Bayou Bash: Tiger fans celebrate as recruits commit to LSU, p. 9
Music: Colour Revolt to play Saturday at Spanish Moon, p. 15
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SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED.
Tigers sign 22 football recruits
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RECRUITS, see page 7
Facebook Timeline to become mandatory
Emily Herrington and Gordon Brillon
LSU’s 2012 signing class may have lacked pizzazz without ﬁve-star über prospects Gunner Kiel and Landon Collins, but LSU coach Les Miles seemed happy with the newest members of the Tiger family. By National Signing Day standards, LSU’s day could be considered tame. The Tigers didn’t nab a single ﬁve-star prospect, and none of the recruits were ranked at the top of their positions. But Miles said LSU accomplished its goals of replenishing positions that were depleted by graduation and the NFL Draft, speciﬁcally at linebacker and defensive back, where LSU nabbed 10 of its 22 commitments. The linebackers look to be the headliners of the class, especially after four-star linebacker Kwon Alexander aligned with LSU early Wednesday. “We graduated three guys that played the majority of our snaps,” Miles said about LSU’s linebacker situation. “The opportunity to recruit a great class there is just what this team needed.” The Oxford, Ala., native chose the Tigers over home-state schools Alabama and Auburn. When he made his decision, Alexander removed his warmup to reveal an LSU bowtie with matching suspenders. “Kwon Alexander … was one of the fastest and most athletic men that we saw on ﬁlm,” Miles said. Joining Alexander were Louisiana natives Ronnie Feist, Trey Granier and Lorenzo Phillips, rounding out what Miles
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LB Kwon Alexander OG Vadal Alexander WR Travin Dural OL Derek Edinburgh Jr. LB Ronnie Feist SNP Reid Ferguson TE Dillon Gordon LB Trey Granier OL Jerald Hawkins RB Jeremy Hill WR Kavahra Holmes
DL Danielle Hunter WR Avery Johnson LB Deion Jones QB Jeremy Liggins ATH Lamar Louis CB Jalen Mills LB Lorenzo Phillips CB Derrick Raymond S Jerqwinick Sandolph CB Dwayne Thomas S Corey Thompson
Last week, Facebook announced it will make the Timeline proﬁle mandatory for all users in coming weeks, inciting mixed reactions across the nation and on campus. The Timeline offers a linear, chronological display of activity and makes archived Facebook data readily available. The proﬁle features a list of years in the upper right-hand corner that users can click to view content from the selected year. Timeline makes old relationships, birthday wishes and photos more accessible. Upon activating Timeline, users have seven days to review and clean up their proﬁles before they go live and are viewable to the public. Users may hide information and add events from past years. According to Continuing Education IT coordinator and selfproclaimed social media enthusiast Alex Cook, Facebook’s ultimate goal — gathering new users and collecting their information — remains the same as before the development of the Timeline proﬁle. FACEBOOK, see page 8
BRFD fought 726 fires in 2011 Lauren Duhon and Danielle Kelley Staff Writers
Every day, 600 men and women protect 75 square miles in Baton Rouge from ﬁres. Baton Rouge Fire Department ﬁre equipment operator Mike Leming is one of those 600, though he doesn’t think of himself as a hero. “I just like my job,” Leming said. “My job is to make sure the truck is completely equipped and ready to respond.” When an emergency call is made, Leming drives the truck to the scene and operates the water pump in case of a ﬁre.
Of the 30,001 potential ﬁre incidents BRFD responded to in 2011, 726 were ﬁres. Of those ﬁres, 313 were structure ﬁres and 257 were residential ﬁres, according to BRFD statistics released Tuesday. One person died and two were injured in ﬁres last year. “We see a spike in ﬁres during the colder months ... due to space heaters, some chimney ﬁres [and other] heat sources,” Leming said. Kinesiology senior Lindsay Hazel has felt the impacts of ﬁres. Her family home burned down Jan. 5 after the family pet set off an accidental ﬁre. “It spread to the roof,” Hazel
said. “From there, it spread to the rest of the house.” The blaze destroyed Hazel’s entire house, leaving behind only her mother’s wedding dress in the ashes. Hazel said her family struggled in dealing with the loss. “My father, who passed away two years ago, built the house,” she said. “It was the house I grew up in, and all of the memories are gone now. The hardest part is knowing that it is all gone and I can’t get it back.” But Hazel is still grateful for the safety of her family and the efforts FIRE, see page 7
Baton Rouge 2011 fire statistics - 8 in public assembly - 4 in schools and colleges - 3 in health care and penal institutions - 13 in stores and offices - 1 in industry, utility, defense, laboratories, manufacturing - 3 in storage structures - 24 in other structures - 163 fires in private dwellings - 70 in apartments
- 2 in hotels/motels - 22 in dormitories, boarding houses, tents, etc. - 257 TOTAL RESIDENTIAL FIRES - 313 TOTAL STRUCTURE FIRES (sum of everything above) - 413 other fires - 726 TOTAL FIRES (sum of everything above)
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Nation & World
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Nobel Peace Prize jury investigated after complaints about past winners
Washington Senate approves bill to legalize gay marriage
Job fair for veterans to be held Thursday at N.O. Superdome
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize ofﬁcials were facing a formal inquiry over accusations they have drifted away from the prize’s original selection criteria by choosing such winners as President Barack Obama, as the nomination deadline for the 2012 awards closed Wednesday. The investigation comes after persistent complaints by a Norwegian peace researcher that the original purpose of the prize was to diminish the role of military power in international relations.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, setting the stage for the state to become the seventh to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. The measure now heads to the House, which is expected to approve it. Gov. Chris Gregoire supports the measure and has said she will sign it into law, though opponents have promised to challenge it at the ballot with a referendum.
(AP) – It’s free, but job seekers and employers must pre-register at www.uschamber.com/veterans/ events, by clicking on New Orleans link and ﬁlling out the form. The military-to-civilian recruiting ﬁrm RecruitMilitary says nearly 700 job-seekers and 37 exhibitors had signed up by Wednesday. They included 276 soldiers, 157 sailors, 91 airmen, 89 Marines, 33 Coast Guardsmen, 32 spouses and seven others. The job fair is part of a program created by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It is sponsored by RecruitMilitary and Entergy Corp.
Panetta: U.S. combat in Afghanistan to end next year BRUSSELS (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta laid out the administration’s most explicit portrayal of the U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan, saying Wednesday that U.S. and other international forces in Afghanistan expect to end their combat role in 2013 and continue a training and advisory role with Afghan forces through 2014. Panetta’s remarks to reporters traveling with him to a NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels showed how the foreign military role in Afghanistan is expected to evolve.
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A model displays an autum/winter design by Agatha Ruiz De La Prada during the Madrid’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, in Madrid, on Wednesday.
Egypt soccer fans rush field after game; 74 dead, hundreds injured CAIRO (AP) — At least 74 people were killed and hundreds injured after soccer fans rushed the ﬁeld in Port Said Wednesday after an upset victory by the home team over Egypt’s top club, setting off clashes and a stampede as riot police largely failed to intervene. It was a bloody reminder of the deteriorating security in the Arab world’s most populous country as instability continues nearly a year after former President Hosni Mubarak was swept out of power in a popular uprising.
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Small radiation amount ‘could have’ escaped Southern California plant LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tiny amount of radiation could have escaped from a Southern California nuclear power plant after a water leak prompted operators to shut down a reactor as a precaution, but plant workers and the public were not endangered, ofﬁcials said Wednesday. The leak was detected Tuesday afternoon in Unit 3 at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, about 45 miles north of San Diego. The seaside plant was taken off line while investigators tried to determine what happened.
Housing program for hurricanes Ike and Gustav victims ends (AP) — A federal program that provided temporary housing assistance to nearly 20,000 families displaced by two 2008 hurricanes has come to an end. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said 3,500 households affected by hurricanes Ike and Gustav were still enrolled in its rental assistance program when it ended Tuesday. The department said it will provide $28 million to help ﬁnd permanent housing for those residents.
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BATON ROUGE COMMUNITY
Pennington will no longer host festival
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Guarisco was Inducted into Student Government last week and sits attentive during Wednesday’s meeting.
Former state senator joins LSU SG Danielle Kelley Staff Writer
Many Student Government senators hope to one day represent a larger body of constituents. Recently inducted Graduate School Senator Tony Guarisco has been there and done that. The non-traditional graduate student wouldn’t reveal his age, but his salt-and-pepper hair is just one sign that he’s been around much longer than his SG colleagues. Guarisco received his bachelor’s degree in business administration at Nicholls State University, juris doctor at Loyola University — where he was president of the Student Bar Association — and attended UNO for his master’s before dropping out after completing 18 hours. Guarisco has been pursuing in a master’s degree in liberal arts at LSU since 2007 and plans to graduate in May after completing his remaining three hours. Guarisco says his recent days at the University are more fulfilling than his past education because now he’s learning simply for the sake of knowledge. “I’m going to learn to live a better life ... the life of an
educated person,” he said. “It’s been a joy to be in a learning environment with [younger] people. It’s a symbiotic relationship.” But Guarisco is no stranger to politics. Guarisco first began representing Assumption and St. Mary parishes and parts of Terrebonne and St. Martin parishes in 1976. He held office for the next 12 years. Before serving as a state senator, Guarisco was an elected delegate to the Louisiana Constitutional Convention to help write the Bill of Rights that was ratified in 1974. While in office, Guarisco wrote and passed the Endowment for Excellence, which gave the University millions to spend at will, and the Endowed Chairs for Eminent Scholars, which enhanced faculty salaries. “It’s an enticement to attract faculty ... and a better student body,” Guarisco said. He also lobbied to require admission standards for public higher education institutions. “None of the public colleges had admission requirements,” except for a high school diploma, he said. “I used to call it 13th and
14th grade. The young people weren’t prepared and the colleges were getting their money.” The resolution never passed while he was in office, but the University has since installed competitive admission standards, Guarisco said. Guarisco hopes to bring to the SG Senate floor a resolution to encourage the state senate to repeal a Louisiana statute passed during the Cold War that requires all state employees — including University faculty and student workers — to sign an oath to the state. “You have to swear that you’re loyal to Louisiana, due to the communist statute,” he said. Other SG members say Guarisco is an indicator of their diversity. “I think it’s good to have diversity in the Senate,” said Emily Landry, E.J. Ourso College of Business senator. “Student Government is where every voice can be heard, not just the young voices.”
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While the past several summers have been colored by hot air balloons drifting above Pennington Biomedical Research Center, those balloons will be changing course after Pennington announced Wednesday it will no longer host the Baton Rouge hot air balloon championship. Last summer’s balloon championships were canceled amid severe storms when lightning struck a tree near festival patrons, which is part of the reason Pennington will no longer host the championships. “The reasons were logistics and safety,” said Guy LaVergne, Pennington’s assistant executive director of operations in a prepared statement. “There are currently new construction projects on and near the exact site of the Balloon Festival. In addition, we were very concerned about the near-tragic lightning strike last year.” But while Pennington will no longer host the event, it won’t affect the balloon championships’ sponsorships because Pennington was not a sponsor for the Louisiana Balloon Foundation. “We’ve only been providing the grounds for the event, not the resources,” said Angela Gravelles, a Pennington communications representative.
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Several media outlets reported the change was also a result of Pennington’s $340,503 midyear budget cut, but Pennington’s statement didn’t mention the cut, nor did its midyear budget reduction plan reflect a reduction in facilities. Pennington took that cut after LSU absorbed half of the research center’s original cut as part of their resource sharing agreement. “These reductions will reduce support services for our research enterprise, mainly in the area of operational support,” Pennington reported to the LSU System Board of Supervisors. “It will also put one research program on indefinite suspension.” Contact Andrea Gallo at email@example.com
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USBC bowling tournament expected to host 90,000 visitors Kevin Thibodeaux Contributing Writer
Strike! Baton Rouge is about to become a city of bowlers. Nearly 90,000 bowlers and guests from around the world are expected to pour into the city for the 2012 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, which kick off Feb. 11. East Baton Rouge MayorPresident Kip Holden held a press conference Wednesday in the newly transformed River Center to drum up excitement for the tournament, which last made a stop in the city in 2005. The River Center had to be remodeled into a state-of-the-art, 48lane bowling alley to accommodate the 60,000 bowlers that will swarm the city throughout the five-month tournament that runs until July 9. The tournament is expected to pump somewhere between $85 million and $95 million into Baton Rouge.
Visitors will feed the city’s economy through stays in local hotels, cash spent in stores and dining in restaurants. Brian Lewis, USBC managing director of tournaments, said individual bowlers will stay in the city for an average of three and a half nights but will only spend eight to 10 hours in the actual bowling facilities. He said the rest of the time will be spent around Baton Rouge, potentially generating revenue. “We can always count on the city to be very welcoming and deliver that great Southern hospitality to our bowlers,” Lewis said. Cathy Berry, the lieutenant governor’s chief of staff, said the city has more to offer beyond the bowling experience. She mentioned swamp tours and seafood as distinctive aspects of Southern life that visiting bowlers and their guests can enjoy. Lewis said the tournament is currently about 25 teams short of the 12,000-team mark, but the tournament is still accepting entries. That
number is only slightly below the 2005 number. Duane Hagen, Open Championships tournament manager, said the tournament is involved with the local community. Local artwork is scattered throughout the facility, and decorated bowling pins will be distributed to businesses throughout the city for drawings that participants can enter, according to Visit Baton Rouge President and CEO Paul Arrigo. Holden said the lumber used to transform the 49,000-square-foot space where the tournament will take place was all provided by local suppliers. “Over the months that [the tournament is] here, this town will be transformed,” Holden said. “And we are standing where a lot of cities and a lot of states would like to be standing.” AUSTIN BENNETT / The Daily Reveille
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Mayor-President Kip Holden (left), Office of Lieutenant Governor Chief of Staff Cathy Berry (middle) and Visit Baton Rouge Convention and Visitors Bureau President & CEO Paul Arrigo (right) announce the start of the 2012 USBC Championship on Wednesday.
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Child Care Center awarded five-star assessment rating Jacy Baggett
The LSU Child Care Center is now part of the seven childcare centers in Louisiana with a five-star rating from the Quality Start Rating System. The Quality Start Rating System’s purpose is to distinguish and recognize the quality of childcare at institutions throughout the state of Louisiana, said Child Care Center Director Michelle DeMeulenaere. What distinguishes five-star centers from other centers with lower ratings is that all staff members and classrooms meet the “educational component.” DeMeulenaere said 100 percent of the staff at LSU’s center met the qualifications that the Quality Start Rating System set. Teachers and classrooms are assessed based on their qualifications and the performance level of the students. The center has been at its current location on Gourrier Lane for seven years and can care for 185
children at full occupancy, DeMeulenaere said. But those spots are usually full, and parents looking to send their children to the center are met with a waiting list. “There is such a long waiting list because once you’re in, you’re in,” DeMeulenaere said. “People just don’t leave; they usually stay for the full four to five years.” Priority placement and discounts are given to University students, staff and faculty. Children of alumni and the community are able to enroll their children based on availability. Accounting junior Hillary Vigier had her daughter on the waiting list for a year, but Vigier said in an email that it was well worth the wait. Vigier also noted that the center is one of the cleanest and most organized facilities she has ever seen. She said the convenience of the discounted payment being applied directly her University fee bill is one of the best parts of the center. DeMeulenaere said volunteers who want to work with children are
welcomed, but they must have background checks. Working on bulletin boards, filing or other clerical duties are available for volunteers who don’t want to work with children. Holly Grace Whidden, child and family studies sophomore, is a student worker at the center. She said she was placed at the center through
the work-study program. “Before I could work with the children, I had to have a background check, fill out an application and provide references that they actually check,” Whidden said. Whidden said the atmosphere at the center is fast-paced but bubbly. “It’s one of the best day-care
centers I have seen,” Whidden said. “The kids always have a smile on their face.”
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University Research associates hired over assistants Grad students to Theatre apply elsewhere professor Dennis dies
Memorial to be held on Feb. 18 Kate Mabry Staff Writer
University theatre professor John Dennis died Friday in his home at the age of 76. A memorial service is scheduled for Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. in the Claude L. Shaver Theatre in the Music and Dramatic Arts building. Dennis directed several productions at the University, Dennis including “A Christmas Carol,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Dracula.” “The success of the department, Swine Palace, and MFA Acting program is in a large part due to John Dennis and his commitment to his students and the art of theatre,” said Kristin Sosnowsky, interim chair of the College of Music and Dramatic Arts. Theatre junior Tessa Breaux said she worked in the costume section for Dennis’ 2009 set of “Royal Family.” “It was sad to hear about his passing,” she said. “We all knew he had been having a lot of health problems.” Breaux said Dennis, who was often affectionately called “JD” by students and friends, was a legend in the department and respected by many students. “There are ‘We all knew a ton of people he had been who worked having a lot of and trained health with him that really admired problems.’ him,” she said. “It was cool how the whole Tessa Breaux theatre junior atmosphere would change when he walked in the door.” Dennis received several awards for his outstanding work as a theatre director, including two L.A. Drama Critic’s Awards and the Dramalogue Award for Directing. He spent more than 30 years at the University. In 1991, he was awarded the LSU Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 1996, he received the Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award as well as the Tiger Athletic Foundation Teaching Award in 2003. Contact Kate Mabry at email@example.com
each week, but associates are allowed to work up to 40 hours each week, making them more desirable to professors. Cope said if the trend continues, it could cause graduate Rachel Warren students to seek their educations Staff Writer elsewhere. Faculty Senate President George Stanley, chemistry Kevin Cope said he has recently professor and Faculty Senate noticed more professors are hir- secretary, said he hasn’t noticed ing research asthe trend in the ‘The University sociates than reChemistry departsearch assistants, considers exemptions as ment but he can and he’s not hapsee why it would lost money.’ py about it. occur. Cope spoke Stanley said at the last Faculty the University George Stanley Senate meeting was once able to chemistry professor about the trend, waive tuition for which he said he believes could research assistants but is now eventually prove detrimental to required to pay each assistant’s the University. tuition. He said research assistants He said each assistant’s are only allowed to work 20 hours yearly stipend is about $23,000,
depending on the department and grant, and the cost of tuition often pushes that number up to $30,000 or more. “You can hire a research associate for about that much,” Stanley said. “And you’d be bringing in someone who already knows what they’re doing. It’s definitely made hiring them more attractive.” More faculty members hiring associates instead of assistants could also make it more difficult to find grants later on, and Stanley said it could also affect the amount of research the University can do each year. “If we can’t support enough research assistants each year, we’ll get a lot less research done,” he said. Stanley said the issue has affected students who receive fellowships as well.
Fellowships provide students with a set amount of money to cover tuition, but it’s hardly ever enough. Stanley has come up with a proposal to combat the problem, which he’s shown to several other faculty members and members of the administration. He proposed that the University accept the amount a fellowship offers and waive whatever remains, but he said many University officials disagree. “The University sees exemptions as lost money,” he said. “But at a certain point, we need a little less counting nickels and dimes and a little more doing the right thing.”
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Senate tables Free Speech Plaza resolution Danielle Kelley Staff Writer
The Student Government Senate passed a resolution to request University Auxiliary Services and the Student Union to install two water dispensers in the Union and a resolution to urge the city of Baton Rouge and the state of Louisiana to install stop lights “at the intersection of West Parker and Burbank and at Aster Street and Nicholson” at its Wednesday meeting. The Senate also passed a bill “to allocate $4,000 from the Senate Contingency Account to fund the Greek Board of Directors EMPOWER Leadership Program.” SG spent the remainder of its time debating a resolution to urge Finance and Administrative Services “to enforce rules and guidelines that have already been established pertaining to off-campus organizations in the Free Speech Plaza.” The Senate decided to table the resolution after discussion. “We’re not trying to stop free speech from everybody. We’re just trying to put everybody on a level playing field,” said Christian Glorioso, University Center for Freshman Year Senator, who helped write the resolution. According to Glorioso, offcampus organizations are supposed to register their presence in Free Speech Plaza with Finance and Administrative Services. They are also supposed to stay behind a table and are not allowed to “accost” students.
“This is the student voice to the University saying, ‘We want you to do something,’” said Eben Smitherman, Senator of College of Science. “This is us voicing our opinion through free speech.” Senator of College of Agriculture Kolby Lirette said he not only
represents students, but also Americans. “It’s a Free Speech Plaza. That’s what makes it special,” Lirette said. After more than an hour of debate, Lirette moved to table the resolution for further technical changes. SG President Cody Wells also
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BP-funded advertisements promote tourism on Gulf Coast Kate Mabry Staff Writer
In an attempt to revive tourism on the Gulf Coast after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, state and national government ofﬁcials have released BP-funded ads in a campaign to bring visitors back to the coast. The ads are part of a $78 million deal BP made with Louisiana, which divided the money among every parish in the state. These advertisements inform viewers of the Gulf’s progress and restoration since the spill in hopes to encourage tourism, which is a major source of income for many areas along the coast. BP has posted a series of campaign videos on the company’s ofﬁcial YouTube channel, many of which have aired on cable television across the nation. The ads coin this season as the best tourism season in years. In the ad titled “Great Vacation,” spokespeople from Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana show off local attractions and
promote their areas as fun-ﬁlled, family-friendly vacation spots. Each ad concludes with the BP logo and a short statement from BP. “The objective of the ad is to promote tourism, and yet, the real objective seems to be an ad promoting BP’s image,” said Lance Porter, mass communication professor and advertising area head. “Otherwise, they wouldn’t be stamping their logo at the end of it.” Porter said the advertisement “isn’t a bad deal” from BP’s perspective. “BP was starting from zero, so [adding the brand logo] really wasn’t a bad move for them,” he said. “But overall, the logo takes something away because it reminds people of what happened [during the oil spill].” Porter said the ad’s association to BP seems odd. “It shouldn’t be stamped so heavily by BP if their purpose is to solely bring tourism back to the coast,” he said. “The branding doesn’t help that objective; it only
serves to dilute the message.” Abby Donaldson, international studies sophomore, said her family visited St. George Island in Florida the summer after the spill. “We were worried it would mess up our vacation,” she said. “We kept checking the month before to make sure it was all okay.” While on the island, Donaldson said she saw several company representatives arriving on the beach to investigate whether the island was affected by the spill. “I think there was a little bit of oil washing up, but nothing major,” she said. Donaldson said she plans to visit Gulf Shores, Ala., for spring break. Ashley Renfro, political science freshman, said her family vacations at the beach every year, and in August 2010, they visited Destin, Fla., one of the most popular beach spots in the state. During her stay, Renfro said she heard several locals and fellow tourists talking about the spill and possible oil washing on the shore. “The sand was dirty, but it
DeGeneres helps re-invent JCP The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — As J.C. Penney Co. aims to re-invent itself, it’s hoping a famous former employee can help out. Talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres, who worked at a Penney store in Louisiana as a teen in the 1970s, will make store appearances and star in a new TV ad campaign that will air this spring. “It’s an American company. It’s been around for a long time,” said DeGeneres, during a recent phone interview with The Associated Press. “In the next few years, this is going to be an entirely different experience. I’m excited that I can help out with that image.” It’s a big task. Penney’s sales have suffered because its brand is considered stodgy and its stores uninviting. Under the leadership of its new CEO, former Apple executive Ron Johnson, Penney is re-imagining every aspect of the business. Changes include overhauling its price structure, creating a new logo and carving its 1,100 stores into 100 specialty shops, showcasing new brands like Martha Stewart. But perhaps the biggest challenge for the Plano, Texas-based chain is to sell shoppers on its new pricing, which ofﬁcially launches Wednesday. Penney is getting rid of hundreds of sales and is now focusing on “everyday” prices and monthly sales events. The intent is to get control over discounting while still giving shoppers a good deal every time they shop. But customers, accustomed to seeing big discount signs, may need some heavy coaxing. Penney is banking on DeGeneres’ down-toearth humor and big daytime TV following to bring customers in stores
to see the changes it is making — and explain them. “I think Ellen is someone we all trust. She’s loveable, likeable, honest and funny, but at her soul, we trust her,” Johnson told The Associated Press. DeGeneres, who is also a spokesperson for Cover Girl, will appear in ﬁve commercials, whose details are mostly under wraps. But one ad spotlights DeGeneres, usually dressed in pants, wearing a dress. The talk show host addressed the audience at Penney’s two-day investor meeting in New York last week through a video. “I’m excited to tell everybody
about this partnership,” said DeGeneres. “I’m going to talk about J.C. Penney on my show. I’m going to talk about it to the people in line behind me at Starbucks. The only place I won’t talk about it is at the movies because that’s rude. That’s when I’m going to text about it.” Both Johnson and Michael Francis, Penney’s president and former top marketing executive at Target, ﬂew out to see her at her home in Los Angeles in late fall to talk about marketing ideas. Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
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An oiled brown pelican is rescued June 4, 2010, from Barataria Bay off the coast of Louisiana. The bird was impacted by the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico.
wasn’t too bad,” she said. Trevor McGuire, mathematics graduate student and Florida native, said he didn’t know anyone personally affected by the spill in his hometown of Sarasota, but many areas in the state should be recovering.
“It should be back to normal by now,” he said.
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Thursday, February 2, 2012 RECRUITS, from page 1
called “the best linebacking class that I have seen” from Louisiana. On the offensive end, Miles gave glowing reviews of quarterback Jeremy Liggins and offensive lineman Vadal Alexander and shared a funny story from the recruiting process of one prominent recruit. Miles got a scare from an LSU legacy recruit in wide receiver Avery Johnson — former LSU star Patrick Peterson’s younger brother. Quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe called Johnson to ensure he was faxing his letter of intent, when Johnson decided to have a little fun with the coach, telling him he instead committed to Alabama. Miles said Kragthorpe was taken aback, saying the coach lamented over the fact that Johnson never even visited the Alabama campus. As the coaches were wondering how it happened, Johnson’s fax arrived. “We will punish him severely when we get him on campus,” Miles said to laughter. The major coup at defensive back came in the form of safety Corey Thompson, a four-star recruit who decommitted from Texas A&M on Monday to choose LSU. With Brandon Taylor graduating and top safety recruit Collins going to Alabama, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Thompson was a major get for the Tigers. “Corey Thompson … was one of the ﬁne safeties in the state of Texas,” Miles said. “Frankly, we had to have him. He made a last-minute decision to come to the Tigers and was really exactly what we needed.” Thompson’s last-minute change of heart was a boon to LSU’s class, but the Tigers also got to feel the sting of being spurned for another school on signing day — the equivalent of being dumped right before prom. Shreveport linebacker Torshiro Davis, a four-star recruit who had been verbally committed to LSU for nearly a year, decided instead to sign with Texas. Unexpectedly missing out on
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Davis, who was ranked No. 77 in the ESPNU 150, hurt the Tigers’ class and left the coaching staff scratching their heads. “We did not know that we were going to have a defection late,” Miles said. “We had no idea.” A report emerged on Twitter from Tim Fletcher, the sports director for KTBS 3 in Shreveport, that Davis had heard some grumbles coming from Baton Rouge that may have had a say in his decision. Fletcher’s tweet read, “‘I asked Toshiro [Torshiro] if anything happened recently that moved him off LSU: ‘yeah. Some of the players don’t seem that happy down there.’” The loss of Davis, coupled with Collins’ commitment to rival Alabama and Kiel’s commitment to Notre Dame, put the ﬁnishing touches on what has been a somewhat bizarre month for the Tigers after
losing the BCS National Championship game. “Recruiting this year was a little unusual, I’d have to say,” Miles said. “I ran into some third-party inﬂuential pieces. I think there’s ... lessons learned we’ll have to deal with as we go forward.” There may not be a headliner in the group, but Miles said he’s not worried about what the future holds for this recruiting class. “It’s not what you see in the 40-yard dash, it’s not what you see in how much they weigh,” Miles said. “It’s always going to be about the character, the integrity and the toughness and what they want.”
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of the ﬁreﬁghters who helped them and many other families. “Fireﬁghters do a good job and deserve a lot of praise,” Hazel said. “They don’t get the appreciation they deserve.” A staple of the Baton Rouge restaurant scene experienced a similar loss in December. Mike Anderson’s Seafood Restaurant on West Lee Drive burned after a ﬁre engulfed the famous local dining spot. The ﬁre call came at 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 13, according to Robert Combs, BRFD public information ofﬁcer. The ﬁre started in the banquet room and spread into the attic, and the restaurant was consumed in ﬁre. He said the cause has not been determined, but arson is possible. Mike Anderson’s declined to comment to The Daily Reveille for this story. The restaurant will reopen its doors to the public in spring 2012, according to its website.
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Cook said as Facebook continues to grow, the information will become more interconnected and more valuable. New Facebook apps like Spotify, which tracks music listening, and the Washington Post Social Reader, which displays articles users read, are collecting more specific and robust information than ever before. “As our real lives become more intertwined with our digital lives, we’ll see the development of more pure, organic connections through social media,” Cook said. “How people operate on Facebook already reflects how you conduct your life.” Although Facebook is collecting more information than ever, its new layout may not resonate with members. The mandatory rollout announcement has received mixed reviews from users and students. Paul Dean, graphic design associate professor, said he finds the Timeline design cluttered. “It’s more confusing. I don’t know where to look,” Dean said. He said the profile is “too radical, disruptive and distracting.” He said the former design was more user-friendly and efficient. Cook said he adopted the Timeline as soon as it became available. He is not entirely convinced by the graphic layout, but thinks that it follows current technology trends. “If you were used to the old one, [the Timeline] can be really jarring,” Cook said. “But it’s very picture-oriented, and that appeals to people.” According to a poll by the security researcher Sophos, 84 percent of users hold negative views of the new profile. Of that 84 percent, 60 percent responded with “The Facebook Timeline worries me.” Dean said he shares a similar sentiment. “I hate the idea of this being forced on everyone,” he said. “I don’t like people being able to look through my past.”
Cook said Facebook, in recent years, has become a convergence point for every aspect of people’s lives. “A lot of times, when I’m looking up a restaurant, or a club, or a business, I’ll go straight to Facebook,” he said. “I know that I’ll find the information I want there. It’s a way of normalizing your online presence, both for people and businesses.” The result of this convergence, he said, is a massive accumulation of information the social networking site can use to cater advertisements to users’ interests. “The valuable thing on Facebook is not the advertising space, which is pretty small,” Cook said. “It’s all the information they collect and the interconnectedness of that information.” Dean said he shares as little information as possible because he’s suspicious of personal data mining. He said he’s afraid of Facebook sharing his information with advertisers and possibly the government. Cook acknowledges that the privacy issue is worrying, but as long as Facebook remains ubiquitous, and people keep signing up, there is not much that can be done. “Facebook is free,” he said. “There’s not a lot of leverage for complaint there.” But that’s not stopping students. Jacob Templet, chemical engineering sophomore, said he likes the appearance of the cover photo, but thinks the new organization is convoluted. “I don’t like it — it reminds me of Myspace,” he said. “It’s not old school with the blue bar anymore. It used to be plain and simple.” Sam Pitre, mechanical engineering junior, agrees with Cook. He thinks the profile appears userfriendly and the social media site will be more effective when there is one universal profile again.
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Monkey owners urged to come home The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Wildlife officials have a message for a couple who fled Louisiana with their four monkeys out of fear their animals would be confiscated: Come home and let us inspect your cages and monkeys. Jim and Donita Clark fled their home in DeRidder in October and have been living with their monkeys in their motor home in Texas, terrified that wildlife agents will seize the animals they’ve owned for about 10 years. “The process is still open to them if they choose to return to Louisiana,” said Bo Boehringer,
a spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. “We invite them to participate in the permitting process, and we’re not sure why they are hesitant to do that.” He added that the Clarks have nothing to fear as long as their monkeys are found to be well treated and their cages safe. “If everything is in order, they would be able to keep their monkeys,” Boehringer said. The Clarks remain skeptical. “We do not trust them one bit,” Donita Clark said Wednesday by telephone. She said they would only feel safe to return to Louisiana if they
had a lawyer and “something in writing” from state officials. The Clarks got their first monkey — Tina Marie — more than 10 years ago from a woman who was unable to look after the animal. They later adopted three other Capuchin monkeys — Meeko Mae, Sara Jo and Hayley Suzanne. The Clarks said they do not have money to hire a private lawyer and are looking for a public defender.
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LSU fans celebrate new Tigers at 17th annual Bayou Bash
The 17th annual Bayou Bash provided LSU football fans the opportunity to come together in good spirits for the ﬁrst time since the disappointing loss to rival Alabama that concluded the college football season. LSU fans gathered at the Baton Rouge River Center on Wednesday to celebrate the signing of 22 new Tigers in festivities that mimicked a Saturday night in Death Valley. Fans were able to hang out with fellow LSU supporters for a day ﬁlled with food. Though no game was held, LSU football spirit was in full force. In a tailgate-like atmosphere, drunken fans debated the talent of the 2012 recruiting class while playing drinking games, listening to music and watching highlight videos of the newly signed Tigers. “It was unbelievable food and drinks,” said ﬁrst-time basher Jimmy Plauche. “Its really exciting to watch the recruits come in and to see the changes.” In a year that provided little to the imagination for LSU fans in recruiting,
many Tiger fans appeared satisﬁed with the work of the LSU coaching staff and simply enjoyed the Cajun cuisine and beer provided at the Bash. “It’s always a good time if you’re an LSU fan,” said Bayou Bash veteran Vince Matherne of Ponchatoula. “It’s a great time to come and mingle with your friends.” After a rough January that saw a heartbreaking title-game defeat, top Louisiana recruit Landon Collins pledging to the Crimson Tide and the tease of ﬁve-star quarterback recruit Gunner Kiel, who opted for Notre Dame, Tiger fans could have easily skipped the Bash. “It would have been easy to say not to come [to the Bash] this year after what happened in the national championship game, but that’s for fair-weather fans,” Matherne said. “We’re good fans, and we’re going to come and pull for the Tigers.” Bash-goers were able to sit back and listen to former Tigers, including Darry Beckwith, Demetrius Byrd and Justin Vincent, reminisce about their days as a recruits. LSU baseball coach Paul
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Tiger fans enjoyed the Bayou Bash atmosphere with mementos like an anniversary football signed by LSU legends  and a football helmet signed by Les Miles . The Golden Band from Tigerland  and Golden Girls  perform for the crowd, who gathered around several tables  in the Baton Rouge River Center.
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8:30 a.m. — Doors open for the 17th annual Gridiron Club Bayou Bash at the Baton Rouge River Center. 10:05 a.m. — The dormant crowd erupts after Kwon Alexander picks LSU over Auburn and Alabama. Signing live on ESPNU, he took off his pullover to reveal a purple and gold bowtie and suspenders, sending the crowd into a standing ovation. 11:30 a.m. — Linebacker Torshiro Davis, a Shreveport native, shocks LSU fans by taking back his verbal commitment to the Tigers and signing with Texas. 1:16 p.m. — LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri speaks to the crowd, eliciting cheers. 1:32 p.m. — Former LSU linebacker Darry Beckwith is introduced and speaks to the crowd. 1:35 p.m. — Former LSU wide receiver Demetrius Byrd is introduced to the crowd. He tells the attendees he’s about 80 percent recovered from his 2008 car wreck. 1:49 p.m. — Former LSU running back Justin Vincent is introduced to the crowd and talks about the 2003 national championship season. 1:51 p.m. — Vincent says he was sold on LSU when Nick Saban came to his house in a limo to recruit him. 3:45 p.m. — The Golden Band from Tiger Land, cheerleaders and Golden Girls arrive. 4:00 p.m. — The PA system announces the last of the free beer, inspiring grumbles from the remaining crowd. 5:19 p.m. — The Golden Band from Tigerland performs. 5:39 p.m. — LSU football coach Les Miles appears to speak to the crowd and introduce his staff. 5:43 p.m. — LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis gets the loudest cheer of the staff as fans start chanting “Chief, Chief!” 5:46 p.m. — Miles calls the linebacking class “the finest class from this state that I’ve ever seen,” drawing a cheer from the crowd. 5:54 p.m. — Miles closes his speech with “Geaux Tigers” and receives a standing ovation from those in attendance.
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Football recruiting class: just what the doctor ordered MIC’D UP Micah Bedard Sports Columnist LSU coach Les Miles and his staff have once again assembled a solid group of incoming freshman for the 2012 recruiting class. One thing that sticks out when looking at the commitments: there aren’t any five-star recruits on the list. Even with no majorly-hyped recruits coming to Baton Rouge, Tiger fans shouldn’t doubt the ability of this class to contribute for LSU immediately and in the years to come. So why exactly should LSU fans be optimistic about a bunch of three- and four-star recruits? A few weeks ago when the Tigers took the field for the BCS National Championship Game, there was only one five-star recruit in the starting lineup — junior wide receiver Rueben Randle. Miles has proven over the
years that he doesn’t need all highcaliber recruits to contend for national titles. LSU also had two national award winners in cornerbacks Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne. Both of those stellar players were ranked as three-star recruits by Scout.com. Over the last couple of years, LSU has been able to snag in-state recruits like Claiborne and Mathieu that other schools might have overlooked. In short, it’s beneficial that no high-profile signees are a part of this class. LSU in the past has welcomed blue-chip recruits to campus, and the results haven’t exactly panned out. One supreme example — the 2009 recruiting class. It was one of LSU’s best recruiting hauls in recent memory, bringing in a number of five-star players, including Randle, Russell Shepard, Craig Loston and Chris Davenport. Fast forward to the 2011 season, and those five-stars, besides
Randle, haven’t lived up to the high expectations they were brought to Baton Rouge to fulfill. Davenport switched from defensive tackle to offensive line, where he’s currently lost somewhere on the depth chart. Shepard, who came in as a dual-threat quarterback, moved to wide receiver where he has been much less than spectacular. Even Loston, the No. 1-ranked safety in the country according to Scout.com, only really impacted the team this season with his special teams play. I’m not saying it would have been a terrible situation for LSU football if five-star safety Landon Collins or quarterback Gunner Kiel chose LSU instead of their current destinations. This class just has so many undervalued incoming freshmen that could make an impact for the Tigers in 2012. A plethora of linebackers highlight LSU’s new recruiting class. One of the biggest steals of signing day was No. 3 outside linebacker Kwon Alexander. With Ryan Baker graduating, Alexander,
an Oxford, Ala., native could come in right away and contend for one of the starting outside linebacker positions. I also loved the way Alexander chose LSU, pulling off a sweatshirt to reveal purple and gold suspenders. It doesn’t get any classier than that. He will add instant depth to the linebacker corps, probably LSU’s weakest position going into spring practice. A couple of other players in this LSU class I like include fourstars Dwayne Thomas, a cornerback from O.P. Walker in New Orleans, and four-star wide receiver Avery Johnson out of Pompano Beach, Fla. Thomas has a shot to come in and compete for time in the secondary with the departures of Claiborne to the NFL and Ron Brooks to graduation. Johnson, brother of LSU great Patrick Peterson, showed quickness in the Under Armour All-American Game that could be utilized early in the passing attack.
The 2012 class also won’t have as much pressure to make a significant impact right away as in years past with a majority of returning starters. However, don’t think Miles won’t hesitate to pull a redshirt off any of these recruits as he did this season with defensive lineman Jermauria Rasco and safety Ronald Martin. While LSU didn’t haul in any big-time recruits like a Shepard or a La’el Collins, I’ll gladly take a couple of three-star players that turn out to be as good of players as Claiborne and Mathieu. Micah Bedard is a 21-year-old mass communication senior from Houma. Follow him on Twitter @DardDog.
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Tigers meet Tigers in home opener vs. Clemson Spencer Hutchinson Sports Contributor
The LSU men’s tennis team will face off against Clemson today at 1 p.m. in a battle of the Tigers and the first home match of the season. LSU is coming off a commanding 4-0 victory against No. 25 Minnesota in the ITA Kick-Off weekend on Sunday, and the Tigers are now 2-1 in the young season, with their only loss coming from No. 13 California. LSU men’s tennis coach Jeff Brown said the quick start this season is a nice change from the team’s slower starts in previous seasons. “We’ve played some good teams, and we’ve gotten a couple
good wins already,” Brown said. Maden is the highest-ranked “We’re a little bit ahead of where singles player on either team and we’ve been in the last will most likely square few years.” off with LSU’s No. Next up for Thursday’s match 68-ranked junior Olwill be No. 70 Clemivier Borsos. the Tigers: son’s second-straight LSU’s No. 28 away match followdoubles team of Boring a 7-0 loss to No. Who: LSU vs. Clemson sos and freshman 4 Georgia, but Brown When: 1 p.m. today Chris Simpson will said it would be a mislead the Tigers in doutake to underestimate Where: W.T. ‘Dub’ bles. Robinson Stadium them. Doubles has been “They’re a muchkey for the Tigers’ sucimproved team this cess this season. In the year from last year,” Brown said. Tigers’ two wins against Rice and “They have a lot more depth now. Minnesota, the Tigers are 5-1 in They’re a very dangerous team.” doubles matches, taking the douClemson’s No. 59-ranked Yan- bles point both times. nick Maden will be the biggest In singles play, sophomore threat on the court today. James Turbervill will hope to
duplicate his stellar performance against Minnesota. Turbervill and doubles partner, senior Neal Skupski, picked up a key victory to seal the doubles point. In singles, Turbervill secured a double tiebreaker win to help lock up the 4-0 victory. Brown said one of his main focuses this season will be increasing fan attendance at home matches. In
an effort to draw a larger crowd at today’s match, free pizza will be served before the match starts. “As a program, we’re certainly trying to get some more people up there to see what’s going on out there,” Brown said. Contact Spencer Hutchinson at email@example.com
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Lady Tigers to face Gators at home LSU tries to snap 4-game SEC skid
opportunities, emphasized by Caldwell during practice. “We have to make sure we are locating them in our transition defense,” Caldwell said. “The other thing we have to do Chandler Rome is we have to get on the offensive Sports Contributor glass.” The LSU women’s basketSophomore guard Jeanne ball team will get a Kenney returns to full chance for revenge strength for the Lady Next up for the when it hosts Florida Tigers after suffering today at 6 p.m. in the a concussion Jan. 19 Lady Tigers: PMAC. while playing against The Gators sent Who: LSU (14-7, 4-4) vs. Tennessee. Kenney the Lady Tigers Florida (13-8, 3-5) went through her first spiraling into their When: 6 p.m. today full practice Tuesday current four-game and said she is eager Southeastern Confer- Where: PMAC to return to the court. ence losing streak in Listen at home: 103.7 FM “It’s really great the teams’ first meetbeing back on the ing on Jan. 15. LSU floor,” Kenney said. (14-7, 4-4 SEC) rallied from a “We definitely got better these 14-point deficit with six minutes past two days, so it should be an remaining, but fell 62-58. exciting game [against Florida].” “We had some really good Junior guard Bianca Lutley, minutes at Florida,” said LSU who has exploded for consecucoach Nikki Caldwell. “We just tive career-high scoring games didn’t play it for 40 [minutes].” against East Tennessee State and The Gators boast the SEC’s Vanderbilt, will try to continue top offensive rebounding per- her torrid scoring pace against centage, while the Lady Tigers the Gators. come in as the conference’s No. The Gators come into Ba3 defensive rebounding team. ton Rouge in the midst of a twoLSU, holding teams to an SEC- game losing streak, fresh off an low 32.3 shooting percentage, overtime loss to Arkansas. Juhopes to avoid giving Florida nior forward Jennifer George (13-8, 3-5 SEC) second-chance paces the Gators, averaging with
LSU signs five for 2012; two in ESPN 150 Staff Reports
The LSU soccer team signed five athletes for 2012. The team will replace a five-member outgoing senior class that helped the Tigers to a fourth Southeastern Conference Western Division Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in the last five seasons.
Colby Maffei four-star forward
Height: 5-8 High school: Tampa Preparatory School Hometown: Tampa, Fla. Résumé includes: TopDrawerSoccer. com Florida Top 20 (No. 8)
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13.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. “They are a very scrappy team,” Caldwell said. “They get a lot of loose balls, [and] they run down balls with their quickness.” Kenney said the Lady Tigers pride themselves on rebounding and playing staunch defense, two things she says the team has improved upon in the past two days. Mired in the four-game losing streak, she called today’s game a must-win. “Every game is a must-win, especially at home,” Kenney said. “We can’t disappoint our home crowd.” Kenney said the coaches stressed for the team not to beat itself in big games, a problem she admits has plagued the Lady Tigers in some of their seven losses. “We understand where we’re at in the standings,” Caldwell said. “We understand that this game will either boost our team morale or sink us another notch.” BENJAMIN OLIVER HICKS / The Daily Reveille
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LSU junior guard Adrienne Webb (10) makes a jump shot Jan. 22 during the Tigers’ 72-52 loss to Arkansas in the PMAC.
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Lady Tigers predicted to finish second in SEC West Albert Burford
The Southeastern Conference coaches have picked the No. 22 LSU softball team to finish second in the SEC West — right where the Tigers finished last season. Despite returning 2011 ThirdTeam All-American senior pitcher Brittany Mack, 2011 All-SEC FirstTeam senior outfielder Ashley Langoni and 2011 All-SEC Freshman Team sophomore outfielder Simone Heyward, the Tigers failed to place any players on the preseason AllSEC team. Mack enters the 2012 season only 75 strikeouts shy of cracking the top five in LSU history, while Langoni is four home runs short of reaching the same plateau. Heyward led the 2011 Tigers with a .294 batting average as well as 23 stolen bases. “It’s kind of a slap in the face, but we’ve got to take it with a grain of salt and work from there and get
BASH, from page 9 Mainieri also spoke as the crowd eagerly awaited LSU coach Les Miles to make his appearance at the River Center. With all letters of intent being received before lunch time, the afternoon was quiet in comparison to the busy morning. Fans participated in giveaways like a silent auction, raffles and a game known as “Last Tiger Standing” that brought 52 lucky fans on stage for the chance to win two tickets to next year’s game against Texas A&M. The Golden Band from Tigerland, accompanied by cheerleaders and Golden Girls, played fan favorites such as “Hey Baby” and “Eye of the Tiger” as all fans in attendance gathered to greet Miles and his staff. A passionate Miles entered to a sea of purple and gold that was more than excited to see its beloved leader. “There is no other place in America where we can celebrate in a live auditorium selling beer,”
better,” Langoni said. “It’s motivation to push our players that are coming up to want to be on that team next year.” LSU coach Beth Torina said she doesn’t put too much stock in preseason teams and awards. “That’s just something based on what people predict,” she said. “Of course we want to have our players get as many awards as possible, but the ones we’re looking to get are at the end of the year.” Four-time defending SEC West champion No. 3 Alabama was picked to finish in front of LSU in the division, while No. 2 Florida was picked to win the overall SEC title. Langoni said the team uses the rankings as inspiration to start the season off strong. “That just makes us want it even more,” she said. “It makes us want to work even harder to be at a higher standard, a higher ranking, than what they gave us.” Sophomore infielder Ashleigh Kuhn said she doesn’t let Alabama’s
Miles said. “I promise you.” Miles went on to introduce the coaching staff that made this recruiting class possible, including defensive coordinator John Chavis, who received the largest of all cheers among the staff. Miles was also appreciative of the efforts of defensive line coach Brick Haley and running back coach Frank Wilson. Miles spoke at length about the 2012 class, especially its Louisiana natives. “We represent, in this state, that if your family wants to watch you play football, you need to come to Tiger Stadium,” Miles said emphatically. “And we represent, in my opinion, everything that is good and right about college football, and we offer it first and foremost to those men that come from Louisiana.”
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recent reign over the SEC West bother her. “’Bama is a really good team, but we’re not thinking about ’Bama,” she said. “We’re thinking about ourselves.” Last season, LSU swept thenNo.1 Alabama in dramatic fashion. The Tide came to Tiger Park and took the Tigers to a 14-inning game followed by a 10-inning thriller the next night. Both games finished in walk-off home runs for LSU, while the third game in the series was a 2-0 LSU shutout. Torina said the significance of the rivalry between the two topranked SEC West teams can’t be denied. “I think that’s always going to be a rivalry no matter what we do,” she said. “Alabama-LSU goes beyond the softball program. That’s always going to be there.” Contact Albert Burford at firstname.lastname@example.org
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LSU sophomore utility player Jacee Blades catches the ball Jan. 18 during practice.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
RED STICK ROUNDUP Today: Meditation at the Museum Pure Yoga instructor Alvin Temple will lead a yoga session at the LSU Museum of Art. Participants are encouraged to bring mats, pillows or towels. LSU MOA, File photo 5:30 p.m.
Electronic TKVR’s Glow Safari Electronic TKVR’s Glow Safari takes place at The Varsity Theatre, featuring Sissy Nobby, Force Feed Radio, Swiss Chriss and Christoph Andersson. Animal hats and leopard prints encouraged. 9 p.m. $12.
Friday: Stabbed in the Art The event, held on the first Friday of every month, features the work of local artists. Taco de Paco will serve food and drinks. 1284 Perkins Road, 6 to 10 p.m.
Saturday: Krewe of Jupiter and Juno Mardi Gras Parade This New Orleansstyle parade runs through downtown Baton Rouge. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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Stage version of classic Jane Austen novel bows at Shaver Theatre File photo
Baton Rouge Arts Market The local open-air market features Southern culture and the work of more than 50 Louisiana artists. Main Street Market, 8 a.m. to noon.
Sunday: First Free Sunday Visitors to downtown museums receive free admission on the first Sunday of every month. Louisiana Art and Science Museum, LSU Museum of Art, USS Kidd. Poetry Reading and Book Signing with Ava Leavell Haymon Poet and playwright Ava Leavell Haymon will read from her new book “Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread.” Louisiana Art and Science Museum, 2 to 3 p.m.
The romantic tale of Elizabeth Bennet’s trials of love as she realizes her true feelings for Mr. Darcy, “Pride and Prejudice” has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and received countless film adaptations, the latest of which starred Keira Knightley in an Oscar-nominated performance. The stage version, adapted by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan of New York’s Pearl Theatre Company, debuted Wednesday night on the Shaver Theatre stage in the Music and Dramatic Arts Building. The production will remain open through Feb. 19.
Entertainment writer Taylor Balkom attended opening night. Read his review on page 16.
HISTORY OF “PRIDE AND PREJUDICE” 1796: Jane Austen begins writing novel. It was originally titled “First Impressions.” 1811-1812: Austen makes significant revisions to the manuscript. 1813: First edition of novel published. 1935: Broadway play adapted. 1938: First feature film version is made, starring Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson.
Students get a taste of Hollywood as movie extras David Jones Entertainment Writer
University students are following in the footsteps of Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Megan Fox, who all started their careers as background actors in feature ﬁlms. Louisiana has exploded in popularity as a destination for ﬁlmmakers, ranking third in ﬁlm and television production nationwide. The state’s tax incentive program has resulted in more than 300 Louisiana movie productions since 2006, including “The Twilight Saga” and “Battle: Los Angeles,” according to Louisiana Economic Development.
Theatre graduate student Donald Watkins has a feature role in “Pitch Perfect,” part of which was ﬁlmed on campus last semester, where he sings and dances as part of a ﬁctional group called the “Treble Makers.” Watkins credited landing the role to his agent and the booming entertainment industry of the state. “Louisiana is so hot for ﬁlm and television right now,” Watkins said. “If you have the passion and drive, it’s the place to be.” Watkins appears in the ﬁlm alongside celebrities Brittany Snow and Anna Kendrick, who he described as welcoming 15 MINS OF FAME, see page 19
Students participate as extras Oct. 24, 2011, during the filming of “Pitch Perfect,” starring Anna Kendrick (above). Portions of the movie were filmed in the Quad and other spots around campus.
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“Sorority Girls” series premiere
TLC’s new series “Sorority Girls” is another example of British influence in American television. The show chronicles Amelia, Arianna, Dominique, Hannah and Devan, five sassy sorority girls who went to Leeds, England, to establish Sigma Gamma, Britain’s first ever sorority. Fifty eager students participated in rush in hopes of making it through the rounds to be the remaining 14 ladies to qualify as Sigma Gamma house pledges. The show seemed promising at times, with glimpses of insight into sorority life and British lingo. But “Girls” lacks excitement, and British accents can only bring a show so far. “Sorority Girls” is essentially VH1’s “Charm School” without the sleazy uniforms — plus a heaping helping of sorority stereotypes.
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Some things never change. Ringo Starr’s 17th studio album, “2012,” is similar to his previous efforts, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s easy to say the album sounds like The Beatles because, well, he was a member of The Beatles. But it’s true, the lead single, “Wings,” is the only track that offers a different sound, with Santana-esque guitar riffs and a slight Latin flair. The first track, “Anthem,” sounds like a B-side to “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hears Club Band” and unnecessarily uses “This is an anthem” as the first lyrics. The point is, there isn’t anything not to like about “2012.” But there isn’t anything spectacular about it, either. Hardcore classic rock fans will take solace in the throwback theme of the album, while progressive music listeners will be left wanting something different. “2012” is perfectly comfortable being average.
Lana Del Rey, “Born To Die”
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What Lana Del Rey’s first major-label album, “Born To Die,” lacks in substance and talent, it aims to make up for with buzzworthy lyrics and tired aesthetics. Del Rey’s voice has an older, vintage charm to it, which initially intrigues — until audiences realize that’s all she has to offer. A lack of range and overly dramatic, repetitive lyrics plague “Born To Die,” delivering the listener a dull, sullen experience that seems to drag on. Del Rey’s recent lackluster “Saturday Night Live” performance exemplified her failed efforts to conjure up an image of noir and nostalgia. Upon hearing the full album, Del Rey ultimately falls short, appearing matronly and standoffish — a far cry from the perpetual Instagram filter Del Rey purports to live under.
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At first glance, “The Grey,” the newest entry in the “Liam Neeson Kicks Ass and Takes Names” saga, is a straightforward action film. It’s directed by Joe Carnahan, the man behind some of the simplest action movies in recent years, such as “The A-Team” and “Smokin’ Aces.” But underneath its simple premise of men battling the wilderness, the film is surprisingly philosophical. Carnahan sometimes allows the film to get bogged down in its messages about man’s internal struggle for survival, but the audience will forget about that as soon as they see the next man against. wolf fight scene. In an age where characters and philosophy often take a backseat to special effects and explosions, “The Grey,” is a breath of fresh air.
Darrell Scott, “Long Ride Home”
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Steve Aoki says let them eat cake. For fans headed to see Aoki and Datsik at The Sugar Mill in New Orleans on Saturday, dinner is included with the show — sort of. Aoki, a DJ and producer, has generated buzz on social networking sites like Twitter for dumping salads and throwing cake at his audiAOKI ences. “I have a song called ‘No Beef,’ and the song is all about vegetarians,” Aoki said of showering his audience with greens. “I want to make sure they get fed their nutritional salad.” Concert-goers can also expect dessert at the show. Aoki has crafted a way of “Dim Makifying” audience members by pushing a cake iced with his record label’s name, Dim Mak, into an audience member’s face. But the food is just a small component of his raucous live show – a show Aoki is ready to bring to the Crescent City. “I’m excited because I feel like I haven’t had a really solid show in New Orleans,” Aoki said. “I’m really happy to come down there and do a proper show.” Aoki said his current tour is one of his biggest. He cited performing with dubstep artist Datsik, who he recently signed to his Dim Mak record label, as a transcending experience.
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Much can be surmised from the title of Graffiti6’s first full-length album, “Colours.” British musicians Jamie Scott and Tommy D have composed an upbeat collection of sweetly-sprinkled tracks. Wrapped in visual cues and branded as “folktronica,” the duo of handsome fellas has adequately followed up the hype created by the preceding single, sampler and EP, but they ultimately fail to promote an original concept. The sound is catchy, but the songs aren’t memorable. Leading tracks include the bouncy “Stone in My Heart” and fast-paced “Annie You Save Me.” With a bevy of “Artist to Watch”-type awards and several songs cropping up in popular television shows, “Colours” is a good start for the potentially excellent group, but ultimately leaves room for improvement.
“Playing to his crowd and to you wouldn’t have heard of an my crowd, verging two different artist growing as fast as Skrillex genres of sound and crowds is did,” Aoki said. “Skrillex is the perfect example of an artist that amazing,” Aoki said. One gets the sense that Aoki redeﬁned a genre and created enjoys mixing sounds not just as their own genre by producing a a DJ or producer, but as a col- number of remixes and making laborator. His new album, “Won- it real.” Aoki offered the advancederland,” features collaborations with a diverse group of perform- ment in technology as a possible ers from Weezer lead singer Riv- explanation for the acceleration ers Cuomo to rapper Lil’ John in musical evolution. “People aren’t getting their and hip-hop artists Chiddy Bang music from radio or TV as much. and Kid Cudi. Despite the long list of artists The Internet is the main crux of Aoki has worked with, his ap- why things are changing,” Aoki petite for collaborations may be said. Despite his sizeable inﬂuinsatiable. “I’d still like to work with ence in the electric dance music Zack de La Rocha, Chester [Ben- world, Aoki didn’t anticipate his nington] from Linkin Park, Hay- current career path when attendley Williams from Paramore, Jay- ing the University of California, Santa Barbara in Z – there is a list of people,” Aoki said. ‘I’m really happy to the late ‘90s. “I didn’t The Dim Mak come down [to New even know who founder has proTiesto was. I duced many sucOrleans] and do a wasn’t even a cessful bands since proper show.’ DJ. I was just the label’s incepa punk kid tion more than 15 — a hardcore years ago, but he Steve Aoki kid playing in said he still has no DJ and producer bands,” Aoki set formula when said. deciding whether to sign a band. But it’s not difﬁcult to imag“It’s a gut feeling, really. You have to believe in the artist ine how Aoki got to where he is almost unconditionally,” he said. in the music business, given his tireless work effort and solid “It’s an emotional experience.” Aoki said evolution is key to staff. “I depend on the support of the future of Dim Mak. “[Electric dance music] at my team. If I didn’t have a team this stage right now is at its fast- I wouldn’t be where I am,” Aoki est growing place, not just with said. “It’s all about picking the the audience and people get- right players and ﬁghting the ting involved, but with the pace good ﬁght. It’s been a long ride, of how people are accessing but we have a lot more to accommusic and creating new genres of plish.” music,” Aoki said. Aoki said fellow electric dance artist Skrillex may serve as the epitome of rapid evolution in the music industry. Contact Josh Naquin at “Three or four years ago, email@example.com
Country singer/songwriter Darrell Scott proves he hasn’t loss his writing charm with his seventh studio album, “Long Ride Home,” which features melancholy ballads like “Home Like Sunday” and “Someday” that tug at listeners’ heartstrings. The “Heartbreak Town” writer throws a few upbeat toe-tappers in the mix, incorporating horns, guitars and piano melodies that stimulate the auditory senses. Unfortunately, it’s not enough. Although Scott’s words are notably poetic, his themes become repetitive and annoying. The album feeds into the stereotype of the overly emotional country disasters that push many people away from the genre. After listening to a grueling 16 tracks of despair, listeners will feel like taking a long ride off a cliff rather than home.
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Colour Revolt guitarist Kirkpatrick talks recording
Colour Revolt, the indie rock outfit from Oxford, Miss., is set to re-release its debut EP on vinyl for the first time on Feb. 7. To celebrate the release, the band is playing seven shows across the Southeast, stopping in Baton Rouge at the Spanish Moon on Saturday. Guitarist Sean Kirkpatrick spoke with The Daily Reveille about touring, recording and the band’s love of Baton Rouge. The Daily Reveille: Like your other releases, the EP is only being rereleased on vinyl rather than as a conventional CD. Why is releasing music on vinyl such an important thing for you guys? Sean Kirkpatrick: Mostly, I’d say it’s for the fans. We really wouldn’t have pressed it on vinyl if we hadn’t had so many requests from people to have it. ... We thought it would be cool to do at one point, but we weren’t sure if people wanted the EP to be on vinyl. It was pretty unanimous wherever we played; as we’ve been on tour for the past year and a half, we had both our other records on vinyl, so people would ask, “Why don’t you have the EP on vinyl?” And that’s a good question, but it also costs money,
and we’re not sure how many people would want to purchase it. But the requests kept coming, so we decided to appease those fans and do a re-release of the EP on vinyl. TDR: Tell me about your recording process. How does the amount of time you spend on the road influence what happens in the studio?
SK: We sort of have a racetrack mentality when we go into the studio because our time is usually limited. We have to get all these ideas done within a certain period of time. The last record we only had seven days to record. ... It’s funny going back and listening to that record because all the songs are so fast. If you do a comparison of how we play them live with the record, the record is just so much faster because we’re trying to get all these ideas across in this short amount of time ... I would love to go to a studio and not feel rushed, but up to this point, our recording is hectic. I would say if we had more time, there’s way more potential there for us. We’re looking forward to having more slower-paced recording sessions in the future. TDR: In the past couple of years, you guys had some lineup changes. How did that affect the music and live show?
Radio Bar hosts Prom Date listening party Austen Krantz Entertainment Writer
Local indie synth-pop dance musicians Prom Date will showcase their music and likeness for their fans a little differently Thursday night. The Radio Bar on Government Street will host a Prom Date listening party to play songs from the band’s upcoming EP, to be released Feb. 10. In addition to Prom Date’s attendance, local musicians will perform for the event, including DJ Matt Cee, local hip-hop artist Shoelace and after-party DJ set Casino Night, which is comprised of Prom Date members. Matt Cee also plans to feature a different twist to Prom Date’s new music. “DJ Matt Cee is actually mixing up one of our tracks from the new CD,” said Brett Burke, Prom Date singer and keyboardist. “We love Matt Cee enough to hand him over our raw tracks.” Prom Date plans to offer redeemable codes to fans who attend which can be used for an early download of the band’s new EP, which will only be released digitally. The band’s new three-song, self-titled EP will also break from its traditional sound, Burke said. “The word for [the last EP] was kind of ‘epic,’” Burke explained.
“We wanted to be big and loud.” The band pulled in friends and instruments to create a plethora of sounds for its last release, but this collection will feature more electronic elements, with every song featuring various forms of synthesizers. “We shifted more toward dance,” he said. “It’s definitely more electronic.” Burke explained this event will be a calmer precursor to the band’s Feb. 10 EP Release Party at the Spanish Moon. That show will feature Matt Cee, Austin-based band Sphynx and Jean-Eric of New Orleans.
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SK: I would say it affected us more emotionally than performance-wise. Those guys were our friends, and we had to adjust to not having them in the band. It so happened that the newer guys were fans of Colour Revolt, and they’ve adapted the way they play based on what they’ve heard from our records. … Performance-wise, I would say we’ve gotten tighter. Everybody’s on their game and trying to make it equal to or better than the previous lineup. TDR: Why was it important to include Baton Rouge on this minitour?
SK: Baton Rouge has always been good to us. I think we’ve played the Spanish Moon every time we’ve gone down there. There’s always a great turnout and enthusiasm. It almost feels like a hometown show. It’s important for us to remain loyal to those fans and that venue, unless we blow up and start playing arenas, but I don’t see that happening any time soon. So as long as we can, we’ll always play in Baton Rouge.
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Colour Revolt guitarist Sean Kirkpatrick plays his guitar onstage while on tour in October 2010.
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‘Pride and Prejudice’ boasts stellar acting, pitch-perfect design Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” has seen many adaptations over the years, with Keira Knightley’s Oscar-nominated performance in the 2005 film adaptation being the latest. And now the play adaptation, written by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. SulTaylor livan, has come Balkom Entertainment to Swine Palace. I was in Writer the audience Wednesday for the play’s opening night in Shaver Theatre in the Music and Dramatic Arts Building. The Performance As a whole, the acting was outstanding. Thomas Anderson and his wife Cristine McMurdoWallis stole the show as Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. McMurdo-Wallis shined as the emotionally unstable mother, bouncing from joy at her daughter’s prospective marriages to complete and utter insanity at Lydia Bennet’s elopement. Her husband, Anderson, provided the most comic relief with witty comebacks to his wife’s crazy comments and gave one of the more touching moments of the play when he discusses Mr. Darcy’s (Drew Battles) intent to marry his daughter, Elizabeth Bennet (Joanna Cole). Battles and Cole both offered strong performances in the lead roles. Cole stumbled over her words on more than one occasion in the first act but gave a spectacular performance following the intermission. Her portrayal of the strong-willed, blunt Elizabeth was fantastic. Battles also provided moments of hilarity as the dry and sarcastic Mr. Darcy. While he seemed almost too stiff at times, his profession of love for Elizabeth was one of the play’s strongest moments.
What: Swine Palace presents “Pride and Prejudice” Where: Shaver Theatre, Music and Dramatic Arts Building When: Feb. 1-19 were the only stationary objects on stage — simple, but it allowed for the production staff to change scenes without worrying about a busy background. Transitions were splendid throughout the performance and flowed naturally from scene to scene. Lighting was effective at portraying changes in time, shining black lights on the rear of the stage for night scenes and yellow lights toward the front for daytime.
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“Pride and Prejudice” actors perform their final dress rehearsal Tuesday at Shaver Theatre in the Music and Dramatic Arts Building.
Costume and set design To say the outfits were spectacular would be an understatement. Each costume fitted perfectly to the person wearing it and looked like it was taken straight from the early 1800s. Set design was also exceptional. The furniture looked era-appropriate and was placed around the stage for the performers to easily interact with. No qualms there. The Experience The theatre was packed by the time I arrived, and several would-be viewers were unable to find seats until moments before the play began. Luckily for them, the play was running a few minutes behind and didn’t begin until around 7:40. The late start ceased to matter once the performers took the stage. Superb acting combined with great set design and a commendable effort by everyone involved makes “Pride and Prejudice” one of the best University plays in recent memory. Grade: A Contact Taylor Balkom at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Red hot pants provide pop, pizzazz Campus gets a taste of rich, colored denim Designer denim in Crayola colors became available a few years ago in the mid-range price market, holding the loyal contemporary shopper to a new standard for casual Fridays. The pants made a second emergence last spring in the shape of the skinniest jean to match the bold shoes that would come with the summer season. Rich hues in denim trends always seem to pop up when the atmosphere is covered in the neutral tones and tints of autumn. A pop of color in your wardrobe makes a great visual introduction to cleanse the palette of winter colors for the transition into spring. Denim has evolved since the 1950s to become a staple item that sits at the bottom of the wardrobe triangle. We can build our wardrobe knowing a good number of tops will coordinate with most of the denim in our closets. Colors, believe it or not, will diversify those tops and enable the reinvention of certain looks with an undertone of fun and festivity. A pair of apple-red denim
really adds a retro, pop-art feel to a plain vintage T-shirt. For a button-down shirt accessorized with a neutral ďŹ tted blazer, tailored vest or cardigan, bright denim delivers spunk and pizzazz, brightening the aesthetic with a playful element. Although it wonâ€™t be ideal for business meetings, itâ€™ll help capture the eye of new clientele and future employers in a relaxed networking setting by disAL BURKS playing a cool, Columnist candid style. A few brands pushing the great pastel, jewel tone and neon-colored denim styles are James Jeans, AG Adriano Goldschmied, Joeâ€™s Jeans, Paige Premium, J Brand and Michael Kors. These lengthy skinny jeans make hind quarters look perfectly sculpted. Youâ€™ll rarely ďŹ nd a brand delving into different prints and dye techniques, such as Rich and Skinnyâ€™s ombre-colored skinny leg jean, just in time for spring. For those who like to use ankle-cropped denim to show off a fabulous shoe, Free People comes to mind for a great ďŹ t and moderate pricing at $88. But perhaps
your inner-splurger is itching for the more prestigious 7 For All Mankind or Hudson ankle-cropped skinny leg beauties for $169. If you have some serious pennies to rub together, try a beautiful ďŹ‚ared jean brought to us by TEXTILE Elizabeth and James, or the fabulously ďŹ tted DSQUARED2 boot-cut denim, all in the colors of the rainbow. But if you are more like me, hardly possessing a penny with a hole in it, there are still options that will make you and your rear end proud. I have J & Company colored jeans, slightly ďŹ‚ared, that I live and would die by, on sale for just about $40 (as of a few years back), and they were one of the best investments I made for my closet. If extreme comfort and great ďŹ t are elements you look for in denim, J & Company is deďŹ nitely worth it. Lucky Brand Jeans is another connoisseur in the pursuit of spectrum denim design, yielding the cutest capri denim styles with a favorable reputation for quality. If youâ€™re deciding between buying groceries or bottoms to accessorize that fabulous top you got for Christmas, ponder no further. Thereâ€™s some denim out there that only costs a few bottlesâ€™ worth
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Students sport brightly colored denim around campus on Wednesday. The trend returned last spring, but richer hues for the winter months are now in style.
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Foster Hall gallery opens student art show
LSU competition winners to be revealed Friday Haylie Navarre Entertainment Writer
Students are encouraged to touch — and even break — one of the pieces in the upcoming juried student art exhibit in the gallery in Foster Hall, a University-wide competition called “Art Unbound: Urbanature,” which opens Friday. MFA student Forrest Gard created “Stressball,” an interactive installation composed of unfired porcelain spheres of varying sizes and textures. Gard has posted instructions next to his work that encourages the audience to select a clay ball and write down anything that may be bothering them. Participants then take an anonymous photo of what they wrote on the ball and send it to Gard’s phone number or e-mail address, which are posted along with his instructions. In the final step of the instructions, Gard tells participants to “Think about what you wrote really hard and take a couple deep breaths. Take the ball outside. Throw the ball against the wall.” He said people keep their emotions bottled up for long periods of time and never confront anyone with their problems. “It’s a way to uncork what’s bothering you,” Gard said. Gard plans to print the photos that participants send him and post them on the wall as part of his piece. The exhibit will evolve as more photos are sent and posted. He hopes to get a lot of participation from gallery visitors. He said participants might be hesitant to interact with the art at first, but once viewers can see the photos of other people interacting, the participation will increase. Gard said he doesn’t want viewers to get camera shy, and he
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A student’s artwork is displayed in the gallery area of Foster Hall. “Art Unbound: Urbanature” exhibit is set to open on Friday.
wants people to be honest and sin- Levasseur said students can use LSU Press titles to inspire their cere in expressing themselves. The balls can be grouped into work, or they can use the natural three size ranges, with the larger material of books. Levasseur said sizes designed for larger problems. students submitted art in a variety “They can hopefully choose a of formats, but about half of the ball that reflects what they are an- submissions were created using books as a medium. gry about,” Gard said. “We really wanted them to Since the exhibit is partnered with LSU Press and the LSU consider the written word and how that connects to School of Art, the visual art,” Levasconcept of literaseur said. ture was combined She said this with the school’s is the first year annual theme of LSU Press has par“Urbanature.” • What: University-wide art show ticipated in such “The focus is to ask students to • Where: Foster Gallery in Foster an event, and they wanted a way to be inspired by the Hall on campus intersection by vi- • When: Feb. 3 through Feb. 17 connect with students and give sual arts and litera- • Cost: Free them a reason to ture,” said Portia learn about the Levasseur, director of development at LSU Press. scholarly press company. “LSU Press is a non-profStudents are given examples of how to combine these two it, and we’re affiliated with the ideas into a cohesive piece of art. University, but a lot of times, I’ll
Art Unbound: Urbanature
meet undergraduates who don’t know what we do,” Levasseur said. “We thought the best way to try to combat that is to get out there and meet students and give them a reason to learn about us.” Levasseur said this is something the company would like to be able to do annually, and hopefully, submissions will grow. She said less than 30 pieces were submitted for the exhibit and 20 were selected. Levasseur said the competition winners were notified and the names will be publicly announced at the opening event on Friday.
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and humble. Mass communication sophomore Haylee Clark also interacted with stars when she served as a featured extra for “Never Back Down 2,” which was filmed in Baton Rouge in late 2010. She said although she is normally outspoken, she was rendered speechless when she sat next to “Twilight” star Alex Meraz. Clark, who has served as an extra in three productions, said watching herself as an extra in a movie is a unique experience. “I don’t listen to anything else that is going on. I don’t even pay attention to the plot,” Clark said. “I’m just waiting for the little glimpse of me.” Watkins said after enduring hours of scene re-shoots, he
page 19 now focuses on camera angles and continuity slip-ups when watching a movie. He said his newfound criticism almost inhibits his movie experience. Devin Guidry, theatre sophomore, said she appreciated her role as an extra in the movie “Zombie Hamlet,” but would prefer more principal roles in the future. “I felt like I was in a herd of cows,” Guidry said. “We were shuffled back and forth as they pleased.” Guidry said she had to entertain herself between scenes since extras have a lot of down time. She wasn’t paid for acting in the movie, but she expected that when she volunteered. Hank Langlois, casting director for Caballero Casting, said his company is constantly searching for a diverse pool of people to become movie extras. He said there is a
particular need for college-aged extras, as long as working does not conflict with school. “We cast over 3,300 extras for our last movie, ‘Pitch Perfect,’ and a lot of them were college students,” Langlois said. “A lot of casting calls are for that age range.” Langlois said being an extra is a good way for students to make money, with the average pay being about $100 a day. He also said it’s common for a director to give an extra a speaking role at random, boosting his or her pay to a possible $900. Langlois said his company’s next project in Baton Rouge, which will feature Tom Cruise, will also require a large number of extra roles. Contact David Jones at email@example.com
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NJ city turns down ‘Jersey Shore’ spinoff The Associated Press HOBOKEN, N.J. — The city of Frank Sinatra's birth has denied a request for a spinoff of MTV's "Jersey Shore" reality show to film in the city. Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer says the Film Commission's decision was made based on safety and quality-of-life concerns for residents of the city along the Hudson River. Hoboken officials say 495 Productions was seeking a 24-hour filming permit to follow two "wellknown reality television celebrities" who would live in the city. It's not clear who the personalities would be. But The Jersey Journal reported last month that MTV was scouting locations for Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWoww" Farley. The company, which has filmed "Jersey Shore" in Seaside Heights, Miami and Italy, can
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Brother Jed’s presence on campus justified
Something interesting struck me yesterday as I read through The Reveille’s front-page article entitled “The Wrath of Jed.” A fellow student and (I assume)
Christian spoke these words about Jed’s campus ministry: “It looks bad on the Christian faith.” While this may be true, has anyone, especially Christians, asked himself or herself why Jed is here in the first place? After looking over his upcoming schedule, I noticed that Brother Jed only visits secular universities. This is most likely resulting from a true (for the most part) belief that God’s presence is seemingly
absent from universities like our own. So what? For starters, one only needs to read the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). We have been called to make disciples, baptizing them in Christ’s name, as we go out into the world. We were told to love each other as Christ loves us (John 13:34), as well as love our enemies and do good to those who hate us (Luke 6:27).
If we were actually doing what we were called to do, would Jed have any reason to stop here again and make it look bad on the Christian faith? If we were actually living as if the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead was living in us (Romans 8:11), would Jed have anything to scream “hellfire” about? If you who call yourselves Christians on this campus — and this includes myself — would like
Thursday, February 2, 2012 Brother Jed to stop coming here and misrepresenting Christ, then step up and start representing Jesus as you were called and live like He is Lord and Savior. Logan Sloan Religious studies junior
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Groundhog Day irrational, yet irreplaceable THE PHILIBUSTER Phil Sweeney Columnist Today is Groundhog Day, when groundhogs emerge from their burrows to forecast the next six weeks’ weather. According to North American folklore, if the groundhog ventures from its den and sees its shadow, we’re in for six more weeks of wintry weather. If it’s cloudy, and the groundhog doesn’t see its shadow, we’re in for an early spring. Right. Nevertheless, small towns and communities across North America are looking to their oddnamed rodent Nostradamuses to predict winter’s length — Punxsutawney Phil, Staten Island Chuck, Woodstock Willie, and the list goes on. Locally, Louisianians in Iberia Parish are looking to Pierre C. Shadeaux, a nutria hailed as the “Cajun Groundhog.” If Shadeaux surfaces from his Acadian cottage to see his shadow, South Louisiana’s in for summer weather. What, then, if Shadeaux doesn’t see his shadow? South Louisiana’s still in for summer weather. That goes to show, of course, how nonsensical Groundhog Day is — nationally, for sure, but especially locally. Ideally, Feb. 2 would be better marked in Louisiana as “Bobby Jindal Day,” where the state’s denizens gather around to see the oft-absent governor emerge from his hole, see his shadow cast over the state and retreat again into hiding. That would be a more rational and relevant holiday, to be sure. In all cases, though, Ground-
hog Day defies logic. Meteorologists — professional atmospheric scientists, mind you — have enough difficulty in forecasting the next day’s weather, let alone the next six weeks’ worth. And yet, legendary Punxsutawney Phil purports to be right 100 percent of the time, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s official web site. There’s no way. A Canadian study of 13 cities’ weather during the past 30 years places the accuracy of groundhogs’ predictions at 39 percent — a rate more believable. And let’s not forget groundhogs are predictors of a 50/50 proposition. If there were any credibility to their predictions — any at all — that figure would be at least higher than 50 percent, heads or tails. At any rate, there are those of us who accept — who live by — these animals’ powers of divination. An estimated 40,000 of these people are celebrating the holiday in Punxsutawney, Pa., as you read this, awaiting Phil’s prediction, which the rodent gives in “groundhogese” only to the leader of the “Inner Circle,” who then translates it for us. But as unequivocally ridiculous and absurd as it all is — for all of the above — we ought to support the holiday. It’s irrational, baseless and unjustifiable. And that’s precisely the point. Contemporarily, society is marked by a sort of “hyperrationality” — we’re becoming increasingly modernized, bureaucratic and secularized. Scientific understanding is more highly valued than belief, and there’s a noticeable lack of mysticism in all of us today — a “disenchantment,” as it’s called. It’s something comparable to your perception of Christmas be-
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fore and after you discovered — spoiler alert — that Santa Claus isn’t real. The entire affair loses a bit of its luster. Bizarrely, though, Groundhog Day — and not the ubiquitous celebration of Christmas — bucks this phenomenon of disenchantment. In other words, it’s easier to wholeheartedly believe the shoddy weather forecasts of groundhogs than it is to buy the global gift-giving enterprise of Kris Kringle.
Accordingly, if Groundhog Day serves as one of the last of such celebrations — you know, the ones observed in defiance of all reason and logic — then I’m all for it. Nowadays, in the disenchanted status quo, it’s refreshingly admirable to accept as real the unreal, to assume the phony as fact. Of course, that’s technically an endorsement of professional wrestling, too. Here’s to prognosticating
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Facebook doubters should embrace new Timeline feature Whether you like it or not, Facebook Timeline is coming soon to a computer near you. An update to the official Facebook blog last week announced all profiles will be updated with Timeline within the next couple of weeks. Timeline has been an optional Adam Arinder change up to this Columnist point, with many users switching over in December when the update went live. Others, like myself, chose to manipulate the social network by signing up as a developer and getting Timeline last September. Facebook’s original way of encouraging users to change was to allow only those with Timeline to see other Timeline profiles. Now, everyone can see their friends’ Timelines with an option to update
their own profile as well. Of course, as with most Facebook changes, Timeline has been met with backlash. Throughout the past month, I’ve been able to tell who’s made the switch — not by going to their profile, but by seeing comments and complaints in my news feed. I never understood why people love to complain about a free-touse, completely optional website, but I digress. For those who don’t have it, Timeline is a big adjustment — one of the largest changes to the site since its launch in 2004. First, users will be able to customize their page with a cover photo. This cover will display proudly at the top of their Timeline alongside the normal profile picture. I’ve seen people use their profile and cover picture to do some pretty neat things referencing movies and video games or expressing themselves with original art.
Users can then add certain life events to their Timeline, such as their own birth or that fun trip to Europe they took after graduation, as well as add pictures and descriptions. Timeline also organizes everything a user has done on Facebook since they joined the site. All status updates, pictures and likes are displayed aside a vertical line running down the middle of the page — your Timeline. This idea doesn’t sit well with some people. Since Timeline breaks everything down from year, to month, to date, Facebook stalkers have a much easier time to travel back in time to find out almost anything about somebody because people post their whole life on Facebook. CEO Mark Zuckerberg and crew realize this, and they’re giving people a grace period before switching. Whenever your profile updates (if it hasn’t already) you
will be notified you have seven days to delete or hide any and all material from your past before your Timeline goes live. I don’t put any incriminating material on a public social network, but some of my friends are what we call “over-sharers.” If you’re one of these types of people, I highly recommend traveling down your Timeline and deleting those passive-aggressive posts about your ex or drunken pictures from last year’s Christmas party. Overall, I have been highly impressed by the update. It’s Facebook’s best change since the news feed. Sure, it will be met with scorn and contempt from many, but, just like all changes, people will learn to adjust and accept the new feature. Instead of complaining about it, look at it as an opportunity to take a step back a few years and look how far you’ve come. While
those angsty posts from 2008 may be embarrassing to relive, take the time to realize how much you matured over the past four years. Facebook will continue to evolve to stay relevant in the public eye. Either climb aboard and welcome the changes or quit using the site altogether. I jest, because we all know the latter will never happen — someone has to play those crappy Zynga games. Adam Arinder is a 22-year-old communication studies senior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_aarinder.
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Defining sex is important as Valentine’s Day nears Defining sex isn’t easy. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines sex as “sexually motivated phenomena or behavior; sexual intercourse.” It defines intercourse as “physical sexual contact between individuals that involves the genitalia of at least one person.” Not very definitive, is it? Why are we talking about this? What does it matter how we define sex? An immediate need for this is coming up quickly: Valentine’s Day. As a romantic day, many people feel pressured to do something speKristi cial for someone Carnahan special. Columnist For many, “something special” is sex. While no one should ever feel pressured to have sex in any form, it’s useful to know where your boundaries are when talking to your partner about the upcoming holiday. You need to qualify what is and isn’t acceptable for you in this situation. Many of us remember former President Bill Clinton’s infamous words during the Monica Lewinsky scandal: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” Apparently oral-to-genital contact is not a sexual act, according to the former president. Many have heard someone — maybe even ourselves — utter the words “it wasn’t real sex.” The questions remain: What is sex? What is sexual intercourse? Are they the same thing? The reality is that everyone
has different definitions about what is or isn’t sex and intercourse. These definitions don’t have to be extremely different for it to make a difference to people. Sometimes the small variances changes things completely. For some, if you are partially naked, it can be sex but not intercourse. Others believe penetration occurs for both sex and intercourse. Some narrowly define sex as a penis in a vagina — a strict description that allows some to believe their virginity remains intact while still exploring curiosities and releasing sexual tension. The more constricted the definition, the more it allows for exploration of intimate contact, such as naked cuddling as well as oral and anal sex — all with little guilt. These definitions are nothing more than making excuses to reduce the guilt around something you shouldn’t feel bad about in the first place. If I say “sex” without specifying a contact point, I define it as an intimate physical act motivated by or involving sexual feelings between at least two people, with or without nudity. I’m talking intercourse, anal sex, naked cuddling, making out, “second base” and much more, if your motivations are sexual. Just because you have your clothes on or only use your tongue doesn’t mean you’ve avoided having sex. If you’re getting turned on, I’d be willing to bet you’re having sex. Sex isn’t just the penetration, but also the build-up, the tease, the flirt and the foreplay. If you’re doing everything short of penetration, you’re still having sex.
Intercourse is the actual act of putting something in or around at least one partner’s genitalia, which extends beyond penetration to many other acts, including hand jobs. If you don’t know how you personally define sex and intercourse, it’s hard to explain to your partner what you’re not comfortable doing. Vague descriptions like “well, you know, sex” leave both partners bewildered and unsure of acceptable actions. There are longer-lasting needs for these conversations as well. You must know what you believe in order to share it with another
person. Just as vague descriptions can be harmful in the short term, they can add layers of frustration in the long term. The consequences can be devastating if you and your partner have different beliefs about what is acceptable for your relationship regarding sex — both at this exact moment and the blueprints for the future — but can’t express these needs and desires to one another. Most people have seen or been part of a relationship that has broken apart because the couple couldn’t stay on the same page. Sex is only one item on a list of issues that fall victim to lack of communication.
Whatever your definition, belief or idea about sex or sexual intercourse, there is no better time than the present to start thinking and talking about it. Kristi Carnahan is a 25-year-old anthropology senior from West Monroe. Follow her on Twitter @TDR_KCarnahan.
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