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The BIRTH CONTROL question
Thursday, February 9, 2012 â€˘ Volume 116, Issue 88
Obamaâ€™s decision to make birth control mandatory sparks debate
Kate Mabry Staff Writer
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced late last month it would require all health insurance providers to include prescription birth control in their healthcare coverage, leading to disapproval from many religious people across the nation, state and University. History sophomore Emily Nuttli, a member of Christ the King Catholic Church and Center at LSU and Louisiana Students for Life, said she feels the rule is an infringement on the workings of the Catholic Church. â€œThis rule is requiring us to do something that is against our beliefs,â€? she said. â€œItâ€™s against the First BIRTH CONTROL, see page 7
Columnists go head to head on the issue, see p. 21.
Jindal to release budget today
Chief of staff says higher ed. spared Brian Sibille Staff Writer
After years of ďŹ scal and midyear budget cuts to higher education, Gov. Bobby Jindal will reveal the 2012-13 state budget today, but his chief of staff announced Wednesday that colleges may breathe a sigh of relief when the budget is unveiled. Stephen Waguespack, Jindalâ€™s chief of staff, said Jindal personally told higher education administrators that the governor will not cut public colleges in the next ďŹ scal year and hopes to give the universities an extra $100 million, according to The Associated Press. The Associated Press also reported that Jindal said the $100 million is contingent on JINDAL, see page 7
New gateway signs to mark campus entrances Plans include video board, logo sculpture Rachel Warren Staff Writer
Facility Services wants to make the University a prettier sight for visitors by incorporating large signs on campus, though funding for the project has not yet been secured. Jason Soileau, assistant director
of planning, design and construction for Facility Services, said the department plans to construct new gateway monuments at several points on campus. Soileau spoke before the LSU System Board of Supervisors last week. The board approved the plans, allowing Facility Services to begin planning and searching for funding. He said the three original gateways were built in areas where people used to enter campus, but now
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Gateway signs â€” each consisting of two 9-foot stone columns with a 36-foot-long metal sign â€” will be added to campus entrances.
visitors are taking alternate routes. â€œTheyâ€™re just not where people are coming in anymore,â€? he said. â€œWeâ€™re trying to reinforce the brand of LSU, and we want people to know when they get on campus.â€? The ďŹ rst two gateway signs will be built at South Stadium and West Lakeshore drives and at Dalrymple and West Lakeshore drives.
The gateways will each consist of two 9-foot stone columns and a 36-foot-long metal sign with the Universityâ€™s name on it. Soileau said he didnâ€™t have exact estimates but expected them to each cost about $100,000. Facility Services will also construct a roundabout at the intersection of Dalrymple Drive and West
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A snow plow works on a closed road in southern Romania Wednesday. Bulgaria and Romania are suspending all shipping on the Danube River due to 90 percent of the river surface being covered with floating ice, making Europe’s main commericial waterway difficult to traverse, Bulgaria’s Transport Ministry said Wednesday.
Ahmadinejad seeks rebound in upcoming Iranian elections
Russian scientists reach ancient artic lake in search for life
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — There’s a Persian saying used to describe an under-the-radar political effort: “Driving at night with the lights off.” Allies of embattled President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may be doing just that as they campaign in Iran’s hinterlands in hopes of scoring a comeback in next month’s parliamentary elections. The voting March 2 should — momentarily, at least — shift attention from Iran’s international standoffs over its nuclear program back to the country’s internal power plays: The ruling system striking back against perceived runaway ambitions by Ahmadinejad and his inner circle.
MOSCOW (AP) — Opening a scientiﬁc frontier miles under the Antarctic ice, Russian experts drilled down and ﬁnally reached the surface of a gigantic freshwater lake, an achievement the mission chief likened to placing a man on the moon. Lake Vostok could hold living organisms that have been locked in icy darkness for some 20 million years, as well as clues to the search for life elsewhere in the solar system. Touching the surface of the lake, the largest of nearly 400 subglacial lakes in Antarctica, came after more than two decades of drilling.
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Whales denied 13th Amendment rights on grounds of not being human
FEMA plans to waive debts of disaster victims who recieved aid
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge in San Diego dismissed an unprecedented lawsuit Wednesday seeking to grant constitutional protection against slavery to a group of orcas that perform at SeaWorld parks, saying the 13th amendment applies only to humans. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ﬁled the lawsuit in October and named ﬁve whales as plaintiffs. PETA says the wild-captured orcas are enslaved by SeaWorld because they are held in concrete tanks against their will. Chinese Motorola employee convicted of stealing trade secrets
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Wednesday that it is rolling out a plan to waive debts for many victims of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters who may have mistakenly received millions of dollars in aid. The debts, which average about $4,622 per recipient, represent slightly less than 5 percent of the roughly $8 billion that FEMA distributed to victims of Katrina and other 2005 storms.
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge convicted a Chinese-born American of stealing trade secrets Wednesday but acquitted her of more serious charges of corporate espionage at a trial in Chicago that highlighted fears about China pilfering information from U.S. companies. Software developer Hanjuan Jin was accused of spiriting away around 1,000 conﬁdential documents from the Motorola Inc. ofﬁce where she worked before heading to a Chicago airport with a one-way ticket to China.
BR Police arrest dead 4-year-old’s father for second-degree cruelty (AP) — The father of a 4-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself to death has been arrested. Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Kelly says 26-yearold Shawn Dean was booked with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and felon in possession of a ﬁrearm in connection with the death of his son, Shawn Dean Jr., earlier Wednesday. Investigators believe Dean left a gun in the home that the little boy could access, and he accidentally shot himself in the head with it. Kelly says the victim was apparently home with his sleeping mother and another child when the shooting happened just before 11 a.m.
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[Above, top center] Entries in the LSU Student Art Show Competition adorn the walls of the Union Art Gallery. [Bottom center] A mixed media sculpture combines unexpected elements to create an eye-catching piece. [Right] A jacket made entirely of McDonald’s cardboard boxes and straws stands on display. The works featured in the LSU Student Art Show Competition are unlabeled to allow unbiased voting and will be judged by three art professionals. Selected works will return to the Union Art Gallery on Feb. 17.
Largest freshman class in five years enters ROTC Number of scholar awards decreased Claire Caillier Contributing Writer
Increased sightings of students dressed in combat boots and starched camouflage uniforms reflect the growth of ROTC cadets present on campus. “The fall semester was the largest freshman class of cadets we’ve had in five years,” said Capt. William Conger, scholarship and enrollment officer of ROTC. Conger said he could not release specific enrollment numbers due to safety concerns, but said “the increase is important to the University as a whole.” Conger attributed the increase to patriotism and the benefits of the disciplinary and leadership skills gained from the program.
Political science junior Gregory Davis said being a member of ROTC has taught him leadership skills as well as the ability to stay organized. “Since I was a little kid, I wanted to be in the Army, and ROTC at LSU was the best option to do so,” Davis said. Cadets are able to compete for scholarships and receive a monthly stipend that enables them “to focus on their studies,” Conger said. ROTC provides a foundation for cadets to establish a regimen in order to transition into college with ease, he said. “Bonds established among cadets helps to foster discipline,” Conger said. Recruitment takes place on and off campus, he said. Cadets promote the program in Free Speech Plaza and also participate in activities on campus to spread the word. Conger said he visits high
schools as well as talks to prospective cadets individually. “We are fortunate LSU is world renowned,” he said. “People know who LSU is, so we don’t have to do a lot of recruiting.” Most interest in ROTC is sparked from word of mouth and visibility, Conger said. Conger said he also uses national advertising and marketing, social media and the Internet as recruitment tools. Awarding scholarships to cadets is a highly selective process, he said. The number of scholarships awarded has reduced because of Congressional budget cuts. “Three years ago, we had 20 scholarship recipients. This past year we had eight,” Conger said.
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Study finds calories alone account for changes in body fat Emily Herrington Staff Writer
The scale may not be the best way to determine obesity. According to a recent study conducted by Pennington Biomedical Research Center, excess calories are the cause of fat gain, and fat gain does not always translate to weight gain. In Pennington’s study, 25 participants aged 18 to 35 spent 10 to 12 weeks living in a monitored metabolic unit. During the first few weeks, participants were fed a normal diet after determining a daily caloric intake level that would not change their current weights. But in the final eight weeks of the study, participants were overfed by 954 calories a day. Study participants were assigned to one of three diets — a low protein diet containing 5 percent of calories from protein, a normal protein diet containing 15 percent of calories from protein or a high protein diet containing 25 percent of calories from protein. Carbohydrate intake was the same among all diets. Participants were given food that met their dietary requirements, monitored to ensure everything was eaten and discouraged from exercise. The study found that all participants gained weight over the three-month investigation period. Those assigned the low protein diet lost lean body mass, while the other two groups gained it. Those in the low protein group gained less weight than the higher protein groups, but more of the excess calories were stored as fat. According to the study, 90
percent of the extra energy in the low protein group was stored as fat, whereas 50 percent was stored as fat for the other diet groups. George Bray, chief of Pennington’s Division of Clinical Obesity and Metabolism and a researcher on the study, summarized the results in an e-mail to The Daily Reveille saying, “In a controlled setting, the increase in body fat during overeating is determined by the excess caloric intake. Protein affects thermogenesis (energy expenditure) and gain of lean body mass, but not body fat.” Bray said he and the rest of the research team were interested in the subject because they wanted to investigate ideas from past studies. “Some earlier research suggested that if you ate a low protein diet you might ‘waste’ calories. This is clearly not the case, but it was an interesting hypothesis to test,” Bray said. Vanessa Richard, Student Health Center dietitian, said gaining body fat is dangerous because it can increase risk for chronic diseases later in life. One could be a normal weight, or even underweight, and still have an above-normal percentage of body fat, Richard said. “Just because someone is thin doesn’t mean their body is healthy on the inside,” she said. Richard said body weight is not an accurate measure, as it’s impossible to determine if fat or muscle is being gained or lost. A body composition analysis is more accurate, she said. Richard said she recommends eating consistently throughout the day and
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“frontloading” calories, or eating a substantial breakfast in lieu of a large dinner. Bray recommends consuming a diet comprising 15 to 18 percent of protein, with high fruit and vegetable intake and low-fat dairy products. The results of this study will be reviewed when the Dietary Guidelines Panel reconvenes in 2015, Bray said. The results could possibly lead to an increase in the national recommended daily protein intake. “I’d encourage people to take the ideas from this study and apply them to their daily lives, in combination with general balanced eating,” Richard said. ALYSSA SIRISOPHON / The Daily Reveille
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Corporations BR Airport sees three-year passenger high should pay Boost gives way to new scanners more taxes, poll says Kate Mabry Staff Writer
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Louisiana small-business owners say national corporations should pay more taxes. Most small-business owners across the nation support increasing taxes to millionaires and large corporations, according to a poll conducted by the American Sustainable Business Council, Main Street Alliance and Small Business Majority. The poll reported 90 percent of small-business owners said corporations use loopholes to evade paying taxes that small businesses are required to shell out, and 92 percent consider those loopholes problematic. According to the poll, 67 percent believe big corporations pay less in taxes than they should. Scott Klinger, tax policy director for Massachusetts-based Business for Shared Prosperity, said these loopholes include shufﬂing funds to offshore tax havens and moving plants and factories from the United States to foreign countries. Both methods help corporations obtain loan deductions and avoid paying U.S. taxes, Klinger said. “Those are the kinds of things we think weaken the American economy and put small businesses at a competitive disadvantage and unleveled playing ﬁeld,” Klinger said. If major corporations paid an adequate amount in taxes, Klinger said, pressure would be taken off small businesses. “There would be more money available to invest in America to do the things we need to do,” he said. Mary Black owns The UPS Store at Citiplace. She said she’s committed to standing up for small businesses. Black said small businesses contribute to the local community, and she believes it’s unfair that larger corporations don’t offer the same contributions. “They could be contributing — they should be contributing,” Black said. “When they avoid paying taxes, it hurts small businesses.” Black said she supports asking millionaires to pay more in taxes. She said she ﬁnds it unfair when corporations “hide” money offshore. “They’re starving the country and, effectively, our state of resources,” she said. Small businesses are committed to serving the community, Black said, which includes paying a fair share of tax dollars. According to a separate study released by LSU and Baylor University, counties and parishes with more locally owned businesses tend to have healthier residents. Contact Emily Herrington at email@example.com
The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport has seen more passengers this year than in the previous three, and additional cash is ﬂying into the airport as well. Jim Caldwell, air service development and marketing manager at the Baton Rouge airport, said the airport has seen a three-year high. In 2011, the airport saw a 4-percent increase in ﬂyers since 2010, which saw a 10 percent increase from 2009, according to Caldwell. The Baton Rouge airport does not receive money from the city. All funds are self-generated. Caldwell said the increase in passengers has brought in additional revenue from parking, spending at the airport’s restaurants and gift shops and the passenger facilities charge, which is a standard fee per passenger. Caldwell said the additional cash will help the airport expand and grow and has led to two major developments: the addition of a fullbody scanner and the expansion and renovation of the airport’s facility. First, he said the airport, which incorporated the full-body scanner into its normal security measures, recently received the newest version of the Advanced Imagery Technology machines with privacy-enhancing software. The AIT machine, which scans for both metallic and non-metallic items, depicts a generic body image, which Caldwell described as “a cartoon-like drawing.” Caldwell said the scanners have been well received by passengers, and many with misconceptions about body scanners have been
reassured once viewing their images. “The scanners make the process faster, and there are no concerns about the image since it’s generic,” he said. Caldwell said the second major change in security affects those waiting for arriving passengers. Prior to Sept. 11, 2001, people waiting for passengers were allowed to enter in the airport and wait at the gate, but afterward, only ticketed passengers could enter through security in order to ensure ﬂyers’ safety. But this change in policy has led to overcrowding in the areas outside of security. With the additional revenue from an increased number of ﬂyers, Caldwell said the airport plans to start construction in March to expand and renovate the airport. Caldwell said several bonds were sold to generate funds for the expansion project, and the money generated by additional business will be used to pay off those bonds in the future. The major focus of the project will be the expansion of the airport’s rotunda to almost twice its current size. Caldwell said the airport lacks a facility for those waiting on passengers, and the current waiting area is narrow and creates a bottleneck. The expansion will provide a spacious waiting area with additional restrooms and seating, as well as restaurants and vending options. The airport, which is nearly 10 years old, still contains some of its original ﬂooring, and Caldwell said the renovation will also provide for new ﬂooring. “These are renovations and upgrades that are overdue,” he said. Ryan Laurent, civil engineering junior and Florida native, said he has ﬂown from both the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport and the Louis
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Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Laurent said he last visited the Baton Rouge airport more than a year ago. “The Baton Rouge airport is smaller than the one in New Orleans, and it only takes about ﬁve minutes to get through security,” he said. Laurent said he enjoys the less stressful environment at the Baton Rouge airport, but wishes it had
more ﬂights. “There’s not too many places to ﬂy to,” he said. “I had to ﬂy to Atlanta and connect to Tampa. The New Orleans airport has a direct ﬂight to Tampa, and it’s much easier.”
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2012 Hall of Distinction Career Expo is today and tomorrow inductees announced National companies, Ferris McDaniel Contributing Writer
Four inductees have been announced for the E. J. Ourso College of Business’ 2012 Hall of Distinction class. The honored alumni include Rolfe McCollister, Anthony Ravani, Sue Turner and Joseph Winkler, who will be inducted at the Hall of Distinction Banquet next month. McCollister, a University graduate, is the publisher and CEO of the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report and the president and founder of Louisiana Business Inc., which publishes the Business Report, 225 Magazine, inRegister magazine and Baton Rouge Region Guide. Ravani is the principal attorney with Lotus Law Group, which he founded in 2007. He earned his master’s degree from the University. Ravani has built three startup companies, directly worked with Microsoft’s former CEO Bill Gates and established a worldwide licensing and operating organization with more than 200 software engineers working in Europe, Japan and the U.S. He also worked as the chief
information officer for the Exxon Offshore Division. Turner, a University alumna, is a member of the Louisiana Museum Foundation and has served on the board of directors for the Louisiana State Museum. Turner is also a board of trustees member and adviser on the National Trust, a member of the board of directors for the BREC Foundation and a founding member of the Louisiana Association of Museums. She is a trustee emeritus for the LSU Museum of Art. Winkler, who has a bachelor’s degree from the E. J. Ourso College of Business, is the chairman and CEO of Complete Production Services. Prior to Complete, Winkler was executive vice president and COO of National Oilwell Varco, Inc.. He also held the position of CFO of D.O.S. Ltd., a privatelyheld provider of solids control equipment and services and coil tubing equipment to the oil and gas industry.
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Rachel Warren Staff Writer
Career Services is extending a helping hand to students looking to secure a job before graduation. The department will host its annual Career Expo today and tomorrow in the Cotillion Ballroom in the Student Union. The ballroom will be open both days from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will also be a networking reception for the College of Engineering tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Lod Cook Alumni Center. According to a University Relations news release, today’s expo will be dedicated to business, liberal arts and graduate school, and tomorrow’s will focus on engineering, science and technology. The release said more than 160 national companies, along with several graduate schools, will be represented at the event. Advocates from each business will share information with students and recruit them for fulltime and part-time jobs, as well
Robert Straus, general management junior, talks to Melissa Gebbia, executive assistant for Pinnacle Entertainment, about job opportunities at the 2011 Career Expo.
as internships. Students can familiarize themselves with the companies by viewing the participant database at careercenter.lsu.edu. There are also preparation tips and videos available on the site. The expo and reception are both free and open to all students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well
as organizations that register ahead of time. Participants are typically encouraged to wear business professional attire.
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Amendment and the free exercise clause.” Katie Richard, mass communication sophomore and member of Christ the King, agreed. “Catholics are pro-life,” she said. “To offer anything that would prevent life from happening is not OK from a religious standpoint.” Jordan Haddad, philosophy and psychology senior and member of Christ the King, said the Catholic Church is actively working to end the “culture of death,” a term for a society that embraces abortion, euthanasia and contraception. “To fund the culture of death is contradicting to what we stand for and work for every day,” Haddad said. But Alecia P. Long, history professor and director of the Listening to Louisiana Women Oral History Project, said the question of whether the rule is infringing on the Church will likely be discussed in courts and possibly even at the U.S. Supreme Court. “In my view, the Obama administration’s order, read and
JINDAL, from page 1
legislators agreeing to increase state workers’ retirement costs and approving changes to the state employee pension system. Waguespack also told The Associated Press that the universities can bank on tuition increases in the upcoming school year as part of the LA GRAD Act. But the University could still be in deep water if this year’s $8.1 million midyear cut is made permanent, or if Jindal’s budget changes when it goes to the Legislature. The University has seen funding cuts for numerous University positions and a lack of faculty pay raises for three years. While not all of Jindal’s past budgets have explicitly called for higher education cuts, the future of the University’s budget will be more clear once the legislative session reconvenes in March. Chancellor Michael Martin and Director of External Affairs Jason Droddy said at the start of the semester they were hopeful newly appointed state legislators will side with the University.
SIGNS, from page 1
be accompanied by a 12-foot-tall, 22-foot-long video board built on a 9-foot base. “Due to the expansive nature of the area, it will have to be very large,” he said. “Anything smaller would fade into the background.” Soileau said the entire project is estimated to cost $400,000 to $500,000. The final gateway sign will be a large structure in the shape of the letters “LSU” at Nicholson Drive and Nicholson Extension. Soileau said the logo will be about 41 feet long, 13 feet tall and elevated on an 8-foot base, covered in protective foliage. “We’ll have adequate parking and pedestrian crossings,” he said. “People will be able to take photos of themselves with it in front of the stadium.” But they’re contemplating
considered carefully, does not constitute an infringement of the First Amendment’s admonition that Congress not make any law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” Long said in an e-mail. “Just making a contract with an insurance company that makes a drug available to your employees does not force anyone to use that drug if they find it is against their religious conscience.” As the media has swarmed around the controversy, others argue the availability of contraception can prevent a number of unplanned pregnancies and abortions. Long said it is a “demonstrated scientific fact” that birth control, if used correctly, can prevent unplanned pregnancies. “If a medical product does what it says it will do safely and effectively, then of course that is a valid reason to include such a product as preventive care, which is what the law says — that certain kinds of preventive care be made available as a matter of law to the people who pay insurance companies for their health care coverage,” she wrote. Nuttli disagreed.
The Daily Reveille “Contraception isn’t a Godgiven right, and it doesn’t have to be provided by the government,” she said. “If they want to receive contraception, they can do it on their own.” Haddad said the argument that birth control prevents abortions and unplanned pregnancies doesn’t justify the use of contraception. “To accept a lesser evil in face of a greater one isn’t acceptable,” Haddad said. “We stand for the absolute truth and won’t give a little bit here to get a little bit there.” But Nuttli, Richard, and Haddad aren’t necessarily in the majority. In a recent Public Policy Polling survey conducted on behalf of Planned Parenthood, 56 percent of both Catholic and non-Catholic voters and 53 percent of Catholic-only voters said they were in favor of Obama’s decision to include birth
page 7 control in healthcare coverage. Long said the poll statistics show that using birth control is common among American women, regardless of religious affiliation. “Those are issues of private decision making and of conscience that only individuals can decide for themselves in consultation, as they see fit, with the religious leaders whose opinions they respect or subscribe to,” she said. Haddad said he was alarmed to hear the poll statistics. “A distinction needs to be made between what the true teaching of the church is and what many lay people may practice,” he said. “That is something those people need to work on individually.” Nuttli said the stance against the use of contraceptives is a core belief of the Catholic Church, and the number of Catholics using
“Hopefully we’ll have a platform or a stage from which to make our case,” Martin said at the time. While the University’s $8.1 million midyear cut was temporary, the possibility of a permanent cut to the budget still looms. Martin said a permanent cut “narrows the bandwidth of programs we can put on the ground,” and more mergers and consolidations could become a reality if the University sees more cuts with this budget unveiling. The 2012 fiscal year budget didn’t look as grim for higher education institutions as in past years, but further budget woes came at the hands of state legislators. Medical centers across the state are already facing budget crises, as the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans faces cuts and the University Medical Center in Lafayette looks to close down a number of pediatric clinics. Jindal plans to share the budget today at 9:30 a.m. at the Joint Legislative Committee meeting.
contraception doesn’t alter her opinion. “This is the church ruling on it,” she said. “If you are a practicing Catholic, you can’t argue against this.” Long disagreed, stating the provision of preventive care in the form of contraceptive methods is vital. “This is especially true in the lives of young women who often desire to, if they choose to be sexually active, have the ability to control their reproductive capacities and decide when and if it is best for them to get pregnant in order to make it possible for them to achieve other goals in their lives, like completing undergraduate school or pursuing advanced degrees,” she said. Contact Kate Mabry at email@example.com
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Contact Brian Sibille at firstname.lastname@example.org another, flashier option. Soileau said Facility Services is considering incorporating LED technology into the structure to allow it to light up at night with the University’s colors, photos or videos. “It’s a bit more playful,” he said. “It would really bring life to it.” Soileau said he estimates the structure and surrounding site work will cost about $250,000. He said Facility Services hasn’t found any funding sources yet, but he’s hoping for grants, private donations and partnerships. “We’re being creative and open to get this done,” he said. Solieau said Facility Services won’t have anticipated completion dates until funding is secured. Contact Rachel Warren at email@example.com
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Junior in International Studies from Huntsville, Al Lily is Co-Officer for Education and Advocacy in Spectrum, LSU’s LGBTQ student organization. She organizes educational programs for LSU and the community, and arranges for panels to visit classrooms to answer questions. Favorite thing to do: Read Recent achievement: Being on the committee to plan the first Louisiana Queer Conference at LSU Favorite movies: I heart Huckabees What would you most like to learn how to do, or what are you learning to do? I recently was given a mandolin, and I’m trying to learn to play it. Campus Life Spotlight showcases the diversity of involved students at LSU. Send nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org with name, email and why they should be in the Spotlight.
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Dworaczyk allowed to play for a 6th year
SKUPSKI PREPPING FOR THE PROS
Katherine Terrell Sports Editor
some doubles.” Skupski will begin in the ATP Futures Tour, and if his ranking increases enough he will advance into the ATP Challenger Tour and potentially the ATP World Tour, where his brother currently competes. As a two-time ITA Doubles All-American, Skupski said he knows he can have a successful pro career playing doubles. But Skupski said he doesn’t want to be just a doubles player. “The doubles game is improving, but hopefully the singles will work out, too,” Skupski said. “It’s a lot more publicized. There’s more sponsorship, and there’s a lot more prize money.” LSU men’s tennis coach Jeff Brown said
LSU offensive guard Josh Dworaczyk will get one more chance to play for a national championship after all. Dworaczyk has been granted an extension to his five-year playing clock and will be granted a sixth year of eligibility, the NCAA announced Wednesday. Dworaczyk missed the entire 2011 football season after a knee injury during training camp in August sidelined him for the fall. “I’m excited to be able to get another year so that I can finish my career on the Dworaczyk field,” Dworaczyk said in a news release. “I felt like I had some unfinished business, so being able to get this additional year is a blessing.” Dworaczyk spent the season in a coaching capacity, helping out offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa as an assistant. “Getting to see the game through the eyes of a coach and understanding what they are looking for from the players on the field, it helped me fully understand our offense,” Dworaczyk said. “It also gave me a different relationship with my teammates. As a player, I was a leader on the field.
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DWORACZYK, see page 19
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LSU senior tennis player Neal Skupski attacks a volley Feb. 2 during the Tigers’ match against Clemson University at ‘Dub’ Robinson Stadium.
Spencer Hutchinson Sports Contributor
ormer Tigers in the professional ranks aren’t hard to find. From football to women’s basketball and everything in between, the LSU pro factory consistently churns out star athlete after star athlete. Mark another one down in the books. Senior tennis star Neal Skupski is preparing for a professional career of his own. The Liverpool, England, native will begin on the Association of Tennis Professionals Futures Tour in January 2013 after he earns his sport administration degree in December. “I was 18 finishing [high school] and I could have gone pro then, but I wasn’t prepared for it,” Skupski said. “I wanted to come [to LSU] and get a degree. A lot of people tend
to go to tennis too soon and don’t get the education they need, but I think I’m ready.” The Tigers’ team captain will follow in the footsteps of his own brother, Ken Skupski, who attended LSU from 2003 to 2007 before turning professional. Ken, a two-time ITA Singles All-American and four-time First-Team All-Southeastern Conference honoree, is the most decorated men’s tennis athlete in LSU history. Ken is currently the No. 82-ranked doubles player on the ATP tour. Neal said he knows he has a long, hard road ahead, but he hopes to one day play doubles with his brother. “My brother is doing really well right now,” Neal Skupski said. “I have to start at the bottom, but hopefully by 2015 or 2016 I can team up with my brother and play
Tigers fall to Vanderbilt, 61-76
Chris Abshire Sports Writer
The road script was a familiar one Wednesday night for LSU. The Tigers (13-10, 3-6 Southeastern Conference) couldn’t overcome an inefficient secondhalf offense and a dominant opposing inside presence in a 76-61 loss at Vanderbilt. Commodores senior center Festus Ezeli bludgeoned his way to 21 points, and upperclassmen guards Jeffery Taylor and John Jenkins combined for 39 more to lead a second-half surge. “Taylor is a special player, and Festus played really well,” said LSU coach Trent Johnson in a postgame radio interview. “That’s a lot to handle when their best is playing like that. Tip your
hat to Vandy.” LSU is now 0-5 this season in SEC road games and 2-21 since January 2010 against conference foes away from the PMAC. The Tigers fixed one of their nagging issues, only turning over the ball six times, but fell apart defensively in the final 20 minutes, as Vanderbilt (17-7, 6-3 SEC) consistently found the freethrow line on 16 LSU fouls. Four Tigers finished in double-figures scoring, but their solid offensive execution was usually nullified by LSU’s 37 percent shooting — including just 3-of21 on 3-point attempts. “We did everything reasonably well except put the ball in the hole,” Johnson said. “The rebounding was even, we didn’t turn it over, and our guys got
great looks. You have to think the law of averages will help those shots drop at some point.” Senior forward Storm Warren led LSU with 13 points, sophomore guard Ralston Turner added 12 points and junior center Justin Hamilton also had 12, though he didn’t score in the final 17 minutes. The Commodores scored 49 points in the second half to break open a 27-27 halftime tie. Vandy stormed out of the halftime locker room, opening up an 11-point lead behind Ezeli’s relentless play in the paint and by speeding up the game’s pace. Vanderbilt shot 21 free throws in the second half, nine of them by Ezeli during the BASKETBALL, see page 19
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Vanderbilt forward Rod Odom (left) guards LSU freshman forward Johnny O’Bryant on Wednesday during the Tigers’ 61-76 loss against Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn.
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Thursday, February 9, 2012
Despite tweet, Brazil Lady Tigers to build on weekend upset Hot-handed Webb committed to LSU Hunter Paniagua Sports Writer
News travels fast. When that news concerns LSU football, it travels faster. Jeryl Brazil, a junior athlete from Loranger High School and the first commit in the LSU class of 2013, learned that the hard way. When he tweeted “I decommited from LSU” on Jan. 29, he sent fans into a frenzy. They sounded off on the popular message board Tiger Droppings, worrying LSU could no longer recruit and that the program’s prestige had taken a hit after the BCS Championship debacle. Brazil didn’t expect the reaction to be so severe. “People freaked out thinking I didn’t like LSU anymore, and that I wanted to go somewhere else,” Brazil said. “That wasn’t the case. I knew people were going to jump the gun and think otherwise without actually knowing anything.” The truth was Brazil hadn’t actually decommitted. He had expressed interest in checking out other schools and wanted to fully experience the recruiting process. He never intended on breaking the promise he made to LSU coach Les Miles over the summer. “I just wanted to have fun with my recruitment, just visit other places and see what other schools had to offer,” Brazil said. “I knew at the end I would end up coming back to LSU. I just wanted to have fun with it.” Brazil spoke with LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson shortly after the hysteria began. The coach encouraged him to examine other schools but told him he didn’t have to decommit. Brazil said he appreciated the advice Wilson gave him and cleared up the fans’ confusion that day. Loranger coach Sam Messina said he spoke with Brazil a few days later, and he doesn’t expect Brazil to land anywhere other than LSU.
SPORTS BRIEFS 18 LSU baseball games, SEC tournament to be televised The LSU baseball team will have at least 18 games televised this season, the Southeastern Conference announced on Wednesday. Eighteen of LSU’s regular season games have been selected to be broadcast on national and regional networks as part of a 15-year SEC contract with ESPN. The first televised game will be against Notre Dame on March 11 on Cox Sports Television. The entire SEC Tournament will also be broadcast on TV. LSU has appeared on television 146 times during LSU coach Paul Mainieri’s five-year tenure.
“He’s a teenager, and not many people get those opportunities,” Messina said. “They only come around once in a lifetime, and sometimes you feel like you don’t want to miss out on some things other people get to do. I know that goes through his head.” For high-profile prospects, the allure of being recruited is often too tempting to ignore. Few can blame Brazil, who projects to play cornerback at LSU, for taking advantage of that opportunity, but he said he hasn’t set up visits with other schools. That bodes well for the Tigers, who stand to add a speedster to their secondary. Brazil, who also plans to run track in college, said he has been timed in the 40-yard dash in less than 4.3 seconds. Messina has used Brazil at quarterback and running back in addition to starting him at cornerback. “It’s big for us because his ability and speed allows him to do some things that not many people can do,” Messina said. “It also allows for other players on our team to get opportunities because teams will try to take him away from what we try to do and leave people open.” Messina said his role on the field has translated to a leadership mentality off it. As his recruiting class’s first member, Brazil said he has taken the task of steering other targets to Baton Rouge. That quality is something Messina said LSU, or any school, should crave. “I’ve seen some changes in him over the last three or four months,” Messina said. “You can tell he’s taking a little more responsibility for the things he’s doing. His attitude has improved a lot in certain areas. I know LSU needs a high-character kid, and he needs to be one of those.”
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volleyball team will attend open tryouts this weekend in Colorado Springs, Co., for the United States Women’s National A2 team. Freshman outside hitter Helen Boyle, sophomore middle blocker Desiree Elliott and junior libero Meghan Mannari were invited by the program to try out for team USA. “We are excited to send Helen, Desiree and Meghan to the USA tryout,” LSU coach Fran Flory said in a news release. “They will be outstanding representatives of our program. It’s every player’s dream to have the chance to play for the USA National Program. Each of these players has earned the right to compete for a spot on the team.”
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build upon it for the rest of the Lady Tigers will continue to look season. to junior guard Adrienne Webb, “We showed that when we who has had the hot hand lately. do commit to it, they can Webb scored a seabe successful,” Caldwell son-high 19 points in Scott Branson ‘No matter said. “They can play, and LSU’s Feb. 2 loss against Sports Contributor they can beat some of the who the next Florida and matched the opponent is, total on a 6-of-9 shooting The LSU women’s basketball best teams in the counteam will host Mississippi State try.” you’ve got to night against Kentucky. Caldwell said Mis- play a certain “I’ve got to compli(13-10, 3-7 Southeastern Conferment my team for really ence) tonight with a chance to win sissippi State, like Kenway.’ finding her,” Caldwell back-to-back games for the first tucky, will be aggressive Nikki Caldwell said. “When she’s in that on defense and try to cretime in nearly a month. LSU women’s mid-range, she’s a pure On Feb. 5, the Lady Tigers ate easy transition basbasketball coach jump shooter.” (15-8, 5-5 SEC) upset then-No. 5 kets. “They’re going to The Lady Tigers Kentucky by a score of 61-51 and won their first SEC game in six look to turn you over,” Caldwell opened the Kentucky game with said. “We feel like if we can limit a different starting five than in tries. Before losing five straight our number of passes and things previous games. Webb, junior in conference play, LSU went on like that, that will limit the number guard Jeanne Kenney, senior forof deflections an op- wards Swayze Black and Taylor a 10-game winning posing team will have Turnbow, and sophomore forward streak. Thursday’s Next up for on us.” Shanece McKinney got the nod meeting with the the Tigers: Caldwell said against the Wildcats, a group that Bulldogs will give the Lady Tigers a chance Who: LSU (15-8) vs. Mis- while there’s always Caldwell said has earned another an “emotional let- start. to start another streak down” after a big win, “That group answered the call to carry them into sissippi State (13-10) When: Tonight at 6 p.m. her team can handle it. and performed the way they had postseason play. “No matter who been practicing,” she said. “They “There’s no time Where: PMAC the next opponent earned it by performing, and evfor us not to progress ... and put ourselves Watch or listen at home: is, you’ve got to erybody understands that.” play a certain way,” in the position to be Radio: 107.3 FM Caldwell said. “We’re one of the teams that TV: CST mature enough at this are seeded high in point because of all the SEC conference,” the adversity that we’ve hit that said LSU coach Nikki Caldwell. Caldwell said the Lady Tigers they understand and they have to Contact Scott Branson at will stick with the same game plan know that we can’t go back.” On the offensive end, the they used against Kentucky and email@example.com
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Stadium named for WWII soldier Chandler Rome Sports Contributor
The LSU baseball program has seen 139 Major League draft picks, two National Coaches of the Year and some of the most gifted players to ever compete in the country. Yet only one can claim his spot in LSU lore as the baseball stadium’s namesake. That luxury goes to Alex Box, a seemingly unknown World War II hero, who was struck down in North Africa at only 22 years old. Box remains mostly anonymous to the current program. Freshman outfielder Chris Sciambra and sophomore outfielder JaCoby Jones both knew he served in World War II, but admitted they knew no other details about his life. Born Simeon Alexander Box on Aug. 5, 1920, Box was raised in Quitman, Miss., until 1935 when he and his older brother moved to Laurel, Miss., so his father could work producing Masonite, a type of hardboard invented in Laurel in 1924. Box excelled in football and baseball and was an all-state selection in track at Laurel High School. “He had been recruited by the Cincinnati Reds out of high school,”
said Bobby Box, Alex’s nephew. “He was also heavily recruited by Mississippi State.” Ultimately, Alex chose to play football at LSU in 1938, citing the engineering program as his deciding factor. He would pursue an engineering degree as a part of the advanced ROTC program. A dislocated shoulder derailed his football career, so he joined the baseball team. Box’s best friend, Red Evans, wrote in a letter to The Advocate in 1988 that Box would throw a ball from the outfield, his shoulder would dislocate, and his teammates from the infield would have to pop it into place. Immediately following his graduation in 1942, Box commissioned as a second lieutenant, shipped off to London and joined the Big Red One, the First Infantry Division of the Army. From London, he was sent directly to North Africa. “He wrote several letters back to his best friend Red Evans,” Bobby Box said. “He described everything that happened.” His heroism was forever established Nov. 9, 1942, when he assisted in destroying six enemy machine guns and an artillery emplacement as
Season lineup holds plenty of competition Albert Burford
The LSU softball team is two days away from its first pitch, and first-year LSU coach Beth Torina still hasn’t decided on a starting lineup. But the decision isn’t tough due to indecisiveness or a lack of talent. Torina said there are plenty of players on the roster of 22 that deserve to play. “There is a ton of competition on the scene,” she said. “There are a ton of talented players on this team.” Torina said she plans to use the Tigers’ out-of-conference games to figure out her favorite lineup before Southeastern Conference play. “A few people deserve opportunities here early,” Torina said. “You might see some in and out the first couple of weeks with different people trying out different spots, different lineups and things until we have that set lineup when we get to SEC play.” Torina has no early favoritism for certain players over others. “I don’t want to make judgment on people solely based on practice, because I don’t think that’s fair,” Torina said. “They all deserve to play, no question.” One way the competition has picked up is the team’s improved offensive performance. Last year, the Tigers ranked ninth out of 11 SEC teams in batting average. Howard Dobson, who joins Torina in his first year at LSU, will serve as the Tigers’ hitting coach. Dobson was formerly the coach for
Southern Miss, and prior to that he was the hitting coach at Oklahoma. While Dobson was at Oklahoma, the Sooners led the Big 12 in scoring and ranked either first or second in the league in batting average in each of his five seasons. Sophomore infielder Tammy Wray said Dobson has made a positive impact with the Tigers during the off-season. “He doesn’t so much try to change our swings as just adjust to the things we need to work on,” she said. Contact Albert Burford at firstname.lastname@example.org
a tank commander in Algeria. His heroics earned Box the Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest decoration given by the Army. Only two months later, tragedy struck. Bobby Box said his uncle was killed instantly after one of the mines he and his fellow troops were setting out exploded. Only 22 years old, Box left behind three brothers, his mother Mattie and father Sam. To honor the fallen graduate, the LSU Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to rename “LSU Diamond” to “Alex Box Stadium” in May of 1943. “He accomplished a lot for a young man in a short period of time during a tough period in the nation’s history,” Bobby Box said. Now known as “The Box,” the stadium housed six national championship teams and moved locations to occupy 10,150 fans — a far cry from the 2,500 it sat in 1938, when Box began at LSU. Bobby Box said his family is honored to be associated with the LSU baseball program, but he defers all credit to former coach and athletic director Skip Bertman and current head coach Paul Mainieri for truly
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Alex Box played baseball for LSU until he joined the Army and served in WWII.
building the program. “My uncle was fortunate enough under bad circumstances to have the stadium after him,” Box said. “It was quite an honor to our family to have it named after him.” While many don’t know the heroic story of Alex Box, his nephew is not discouraged. He said on occasion someone asks him about his uncle, and he’s happy to oblige, showing the scrapbook he has full of newspaper clippings and photos of his uncle.
Bobby Box does hope that one underlying message about his uncle is prevalent through the LSU baseball community and beyond. “He was a fine, outstanding young man that really loved LSU,” Box said. “He would have quite possibly gone on to become a prominent person.” Contact Chandler Rome at email@example.com
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Thursday, February 9, 2012
Ricky Williams shows there’s more to life than football
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Baltimore Ravens running back Ricky Williams runs between New England Patriots defenders Jan. 22 during the AFC Championship.
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On Aug. 2, 2004, Errick Lynne Williams Jr. prematurely retired from football. Like great running backs before him who retired too early from the game, such as James Brown and Barry Sanders, Williams decided to hang up his cleats while still a top NFL running back for the Miami Dolphins. The decision was mostly due to Williams failing numerous drug tests and not wanting to deal with the public humiliation of a year-long suspension. He came back for brief stints with the Dolphins, Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League and Baltimore Ravens, still showing glimpses of the running back who won the 1998 Heisman Trophy at Texas. On Tuesday, Williams announced that he was retiring again from the NFL, this time after 11 seasons. One can only imagine what Williams could have accomplished if his career was never interrupted. Before Williams took a year off to ﬁne-tune his inner chi, he ran for 1,000 yards in four straight seasons. When he returned in 2005, he reminded NFL fans of why former Saints coach Mike Ditka traded nearly two drafts to get him in the 1999 NFL Draft. If he didn’t miss the 2004 and 2006 seasons, he might be further up on the all-time rushing list. He currently he sits at No. 26. Williams, unlike the countless backs who made quick stops at the top, reminded onlookers he was more than a football player. During his sabbatical from football, he appeared on numerous television programs, such as “60 Minutes,” advocating the preservation of his body and mind for life after football. The acclaimed ESPN “30 for 30” documentary “Run Ricky Run” chronicled his day-to-day activities. Williams tried to become a healer in the woods of California, among other abnormal hobbies. It showed what Williams really was — a human being.
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Give credit to Williams for not conforming to modern football society and refusing to let other people decide when he should walk away from the game. Other running backs, like Priest Holmes and Shaun Alexander, had great three- or fouryear stretches and then ﬂamed out shortly after. I can’t blame Williams for not wanting to be hobbled by the age of 40. Teammates at Williams’ different stops during his career always tabbed him as a “special guy” who was usually shy around the locker room and at practice. Williams’ rough childhood in San Diego with a single mother was a cause of his introverted personality. At no point in his NFL career was there ever a question of how much talent the 10,000-yard rusher possessed. The problem was always his motivation. At times, skeptics questioned whether he was giving 100 percent every time he put on the helmet. It was refreshing to see such a publicized athlete take a stand against the norm for NFL football players. Williams showed it’s possible to pursue other options outside of sports and still have success in the league. I never heard a teammate say anything bad about Williams. Even late in his career, when he was regulated to backup duty, he never made a disturbance in the locker room. After coming into the NFL with so much hype and expectations, Williams walks away from the NFL quietly out the back door — and I don’t think he minds at all.
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RED STICK ROUNDUP
Today: Free West Coast Swing Lessons Get a free taste of swing dancing tonight at Rick-N-Robins Night Club on Mead Road, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Friday: New Venture Theatre Presents: August Wilson’s “FENCES” Directed by Greg Williams Jr., this play follows a Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career. Independence Park Theatre, runs through Sunday, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $20. Krewe of Artemis Mardi Gras Parade This is Baton Rouge’s first all-female Mardi Gras parade krewe. The krewe features a full-length New Orleansstyle night parade in downtown Baton Rouge, 7 to 9 p.m.
‘Star Wars’ re-release brings a dose of nostalgia for students Ryan Buxton Associate Managing Editor
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Robbie Iles, geography senior, explains how he would hang his Lego “Star Wars” fighters from the ceiling when he was younger during an interview Wednesday at his apartment.
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Saturday: Jumpin’ on the Bayou Hosted by Heart ‘N Soul Jump Rope Team, participants can learn tricks and master jump roping. ExerFit Family Fitness, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. $35. Second Saturday: Name that Artwork! Based on the old favorite “Name that Tune.” Visitors see who can recognize an artwork with the fewest number of clues. LSU Museum of Art, fifth floor, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Robbie Iles will ring in his birthday in a galaxy far, far away. The geography senior turns 23 on Friday, and he’ll kick off the celebration at tonight’s midnight premiere of “Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace” in 3-D. His girlfriend surprised him with the tickets — the perfect gift for a die-hard fan of director George Lucas’ space saga. Iles is a long-time lover of the series, who says he’s seen each ﬁlm at least 10 times. “I remember back in the day watching it on the VCR,” he said. “I would rewind them over and over again.” As a child, Lego starships hung from his ceiling suspended by ﬁshing wire. He was such a big fan that in the fourth grade, his mother checked him out of school on May 19, 1999, to see “The Phantom Menace” the ﬁrst day it hit theaters. And now, Iles and millions of others can relive the magic. The entire “Star Wars” series — a cultural phenomenon that has grossed more than $4 billion at box ofﬁces worldwide — is being theatrically re-released in 3-D on Friday with “Episode I.” ‘STAR WARS’, see page 18
Bushwood BBQ serves up delicious sandwiches Eatery offers great services, prices
a ﬂedgling eatery facing the typical woes of a new restaurant, but Bushwood surprised me.
FOOD The sandwich-only menu allows the restaurant to focus almost Entertainment Writer exclusively on cooking the meat, Local barbecue fans, rejoice. the obvious cornerstone of any great Bushwood BBQ Sandwiches, barbecue restaurant. a new restaurant on Perkins Road, Bushwood has three types of opened about two weeks meat – chicken, pulled ago and has already had pork and brisket. I ordered an overwhelming response the sampler, which confrom the community, acsisted of three small sandcording to owner Justin wiches, each with a differA Daily Reveille Page. ent meat. Restaurant Review Page said his goal The chicken was a Grade: Ais to keep the restaurant near-perfect consistency, simple. Patrons won’t ﬁnd but the lack of seasoning chicken wings or baby back ribs on annoyed me. If I hadn’t loaded the the menu — Bushwood only serves sandwich with one of the restaurant’s sandwiches. homemade sauces, it would have Being a huge fan of barbecue, I been bland. decided to give Bushwood a visit. I won’t lie — I was expecting to a ﬁnd BUSHWOOD, see page 18 Joey Groner
Sunday: Afternoon Tea, Fashion and Fancies Afternoon tea will be served with an assortment of sandwiches and pastries, followed by a period fashion show featuring reproduction clothing from the 19th and early 20th centuries. A textile and tea exhibit will also be displayed. Rural Life Museum, 2 to 5 p.m. $65.
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“I Just Want My Pants Back” pilot
The Parents Television Council will surely attack MTV for the network’s new show, “I Just Want My Pants Back.” The first 10 minutes of “Pants” was a blur of sex, weed, alcohol and a onenight stand that jumped around without a focused storyline. hipster Jason Strider, the main character, has a “dry spell” that suddenly changes as he has a one-time tryst with a woman who keeps his pants as a “sex trophy.” The show follows Strider on his quest to retrieve his pants. “I Just Want My Pants Back” is another mediocre and shallow attempt by MTV to reach mature audiences after its failed adaptation of the show “Skins.” Instead of scripted programming, MTV should stick to what they were once good at — music television.
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Superpowers are never boring. It’s always fun to watch people flying around and lifting things with the power of the mind. But unless there’s something behind the powers, it gets stale. Everyone had self-confidence issues in high school, but the amount of teenage angst in “Chronicle” is almost unbearable. Andrew (Dane DeHann) constantly doubts his friends’ good intentions towards him. Sulking in the middle of a thunderstorm is not a good place to vent your emotions. One honestly hopes his friends would eventually slap some sense into him. His constant negativity obviously grew into a serious issue when he blew the wall off a hospital. The premise of “Chronicle” is great — three high school students get superpowers. But mediocre acting and a story that doesn’t have a point mar an otherwise entertaining flick.
Of Montreal, “Paralytic Stalks”
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Of Montreal brings the same frenzied energy they are known for to their 11th full-length studio album, “Paralytic Stalks.” The progressive band continues to redefine its sound and defy classification with tracks that range from psychedelic pop to rock and electronic. The densely-packed, nine-track album features synthesizers and ambient noises that, while unique and often well-paired, polarize individual tracks on the album rather than unifying them. “Stalks” manages to maintain an upbeat sound, despite darker lyrics like “there’s blood in my hair.” The album ends with a 13-minute track, “Authentic Pyrrhic Remission,” which serves as an exclamation mark rather than a period. Fans of bands like The Flaming Lips and Passion Pit will likely find the album has a fresh yet familiar sound.
Dr. Dog, “Be the Void”
Dr. Dog’s lively enthusiasm on its latest album is balanced by the refinement the band has reached. “Be the Void” is a testament to how far the band has come from its first few shoddy, apartment-recorded albums. Each track on this seventh LP bursts with high energy, along with crisp instrumentals and vocalist Toby Leaman’s echoing croons of thoughtful lyrics. There’s plenty at work in each track, but all of the elements don’t fog up the music or crash into chaos. Electric drum beats swing past tambourines while pianos rock out with funky guitar licks, and everything seems to fit together. Dr. Dog also let loose with their guitars; most songs include some solos to top off the explosiveness. To put it simply, “Be the Void” is just a fun LP.
“The Woman in Black”
Arriving right in the middle of a back-to-basics trend in horror movies, “The Woman in Black” relies on old-school scare tactics. Starring Daniel Radcliffe as a young lawyer who must explore a deserted house, the film succeeds in building tension and a creepy atmosphere. Director James Watkins utilizes a beautiful blue-gray color scheme to deliver a perfect mood, and he certainly knows how to set up a scare, but the film never really delivers anything memorable. It’s entertaining to watch Radcliffe do a decent job distancing himself from the “Harry Potter” franchise, but in the end, it’s really not enough to make up for the film’s lack of frights.
EDITOR’S PICK: The Fray, “Scars and Stories”
The work produced on The Fray’s third studio album comes packaged with a sound that has been paraded until it seems bland, similar to saying a word so many times it loses its meaning. The once-effective tactical combination of emotional lyrics and long-drawn chords now bore and berate listeners, sounding whiny and unoriginal. The album fails to move listeners to any emotion, blending in with its cousins in common, formulaic pop fashion. The pain is apparent, and the intention clear. The guitar plinks in “The Fighter” become grating and repetitive. It isn’t awful, and this might be worth looping as a lullaby for amped listeners to drift to sleep at the end of a day spent with actual musical substance.
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‘Eiffel’ brings laughs, confusion
Act one, intermission, act two,
That’s the usual route plays follow, but “Eiffel Tower: Revisited,” decided to take it in a new direction by incorporating Twitter into the performance. The play is an adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s “The Wedding on the Eiffel Tower,” updating the cultural references and making the performance more accessible to a current audience. The plot is simple. A man is trying to take a picture of a wedding party on the Eiffel Tower, but strange things happen when he snaps his camera. The play is a humorous, avantgarde piece that can be hard to follow even with modern adaptations, such as the original narrating phonographs being replaced with a Mac and PC. Director Leigh Clemons said the social media angle — the biggest change made to the play — didn’t start until last semester. Throughout the show, characters on stage and observers in the balcony tweet their thoughts to a projector behind the performers. Daniel Mathews, performance theatre junior, plays the role of Statler from “The Muppets,” who can be found heckling from the balcony throughout the play, and is the show’s social media coordinator. He handled the show’s marketing and publicitity as well as the onstage Twitter screen. The tweets serve as their script, he said, and it can be challenging to
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Jacob Cook, as The General, and Lily McGill, as Lion Minaj, perform Feb. 6 in the comedic show. View a gallery of photos from the play at lsureveille.com/multimedia.
match the timing with the actions. “Usually, you just wait for another actor to give you cues, and you can play off each other,” Mathews said. “If there’s a lag between your phone or laptop and Twitter, you might be very early or very late when your line hits.” The audience is encouraged to tweet their thoughts during the show, which also poses a timing challenge. Theatre sophomore Benjamin Watt plays the photographer and pulls his phone out and tweets during a dance scene involving Lion Minaj. “Audiences are so used to characters only being in the moment,” Watt said. “Twitter breaks that fourth wall.” He’s one of many characters that doesn’t have any spoken lines — the majority of the play is narrated by the Mac and PC. “At the beginning, it was a
challenge,” Watt said. “Every production I’d been in had lines.” Jennifer Guillot, french junior and choreographer of several dances throughout the play, urged students to experience the play. “It’s highly entertaining,” Guillot said. “It won’t make any sense, but you’ll be entertained.” The No. 1 reason to go is its modernization, Mathews said. “If you have an audience that hasn’t seen theatre before ... how do we go about bridging the gap to make it something they can identify with?” he said. He said they’ve solved the problem by making the play culturally relevant. “These pop culture references, that’s what our generation is based off of,” Mathews said. Contact Taylor Balkom at email@example.com
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Get stylish in the storm, find the right rainwear Trendy tips from boots to umbrellas
Over the years, I’ve been all too familiar with the standard black rain boots or galoshes, canary yellow raincoat and hat with a matching umbrella. It’s time to take that norm to the curb. In modern times, we have transcended the “Man in the Yellow Hat” look into a plethora of various styles and details for contemporary rainwear. The rainwear industry has grown reAl Burks cently as suppliColumnist ers recognize the significance and demand for more fashionable dress in a tropical climate. What’s impressive is how brands now have a more stylish take on this concept, incorporating creative prints and images, woven cloth details, zippers, buckles, shoe strings and eyelet holes, tailoring the fit of calf-high rain boots and stacked or other types of high heels. When shopping for rain boots, one’s first priority is usually price, so start this journey at Target, where you can find colorful polkadotted, plaid, checkered or cute kitsch-patterned styles for around $30. But over at Macy’s, you’ll find Dirty Laundry has upped the ante on designer rain boots, offering quilted detailing as well as neon color styles with wedge heels. Lucky Brand offers a classic shoe-stringed calf rain boot in chocolate for men in the Orland style, competing with Lacoste sporty boots that display white foxing and stripe to imitate a casual shoe available in navy and neutral colors, both around $80. In the designer range, many innovative additions have come to dominate. Popular overseas brand Hunter Wellington – often called Wellies – can be found in abundance on targetwholesale.co.uk for what’s considered a bargain price starting around $80. Wellies include all colors in the spectrum, wedges, British flag prints, metallic tones, laced and floral printed rain boots to carry the theme of the spring trend. Others that have caught my fierce eye are the serious paisley prints of cowgirl rain boots by Rain Bops, which have the traditional
shape of cowgirl boots but vary in the wild prints offered to complement its unorthodox presentation. For more heavy-duty, sporty rainwear styles, evaluate your merchandise in person by visiting a few stores around the way. Cabela’s in Gonzales provides a great variety of rainwear finds. Cabela’s GORETEX Guidewear Sport and Under Armour parkas for men are great additions to fitted khakis or quality denim paired together on a stormy afternoon. For women, the North Face white women’s K jacket has a sleek design that comes belted, giving the waist a bit of definition. Dick’s Sporting Goods keeps a fitting inventory of North Face waterproof gear. The women’s Bella jacket with slit pocket detailing is a chic look, and the men’s rainwear options are plentiful, including Adidas, Nike and Orage jackets to accentuate the wardrobe. There are plenty stylish waterproof North Face jackets found in abundance on GearBuyer.com. From order of cheapest to most expensive, the Carli, Claremont, Maya and Grace designs are most fitting for fashionable accessorizing from $80 to $200. A classy umbrella can be bought in the trusty LSU Bookstore. But for a more high-profile shopper, ArtGifts.com has the most charming floral designs. I’m more attracted to the bubble umbrella, usually clear in color to match any ensemble, which can be found on Overstock.com for around $20. When seeking out your rain gear, look not only for protection from torrential downpours but also for items that give a more attractive appeal than the styles of the Swamp People that have entertained us. Al Burks is a 25-year-old apparel design senior from New Orleans.
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Comedic duo talks college issues
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, stars of the new Comedy Central series “Key & Peele,” spoke with several collegiate newspapers, including The Daily Reveille, about everything from their show to legalizing marijuana in a conference call Wednesday. The actors also addressed questions about any content that may have been withheld from the show. “Our general guideline is: How funny is it to us?” Peele said. “If it makes everyone in the room laugh, something comedically precious is happening. Nothing is off limits if you can get the laughs.” Other questions leaned toward the comedians’ race-related sketchMIKE YARISH / Comedy Central es, including bits about Lil’ Wayne Key (left) and Peele (right) perform on the new Comedy Central hit “Key and Peele.” and President Barack Obama. Key “I’m a huge fan of marijuana,” said the actor’s biracial and Afri- develop recurring characters. If the series premiere’s Peele said. “It is a powerful drug can-American perspectives and the way they see the world color those numbers are an indicator, the show that can be used for a whole lot of may get renewed. The first episode good. I very vehemently support it bits. “In the category of racial com- netted 2.1 million viewers, accord- in medical use.” But he advised against teenagedy, there’s a whole landscape of ing to The Hollywood Reporter, things that haven’t been touched,” making it Comedy Central’s most ers using it and did acknowledge popular new series since 2009. its harmful effects. Peele said. The show managed to catch The pair of actors also noted The comedy duo also expressed their desire to break the some students’ eyes. Taylor Simon, the effect Obama has had on black philosophy and eco- comedians, allowing a place for bimold of sketch nomics sophomore, racial comedy. TV shows like ‘I don’t think we thought the show “I don’t think we would have “MADtv” and would have a show was quite comical. a show without the election,” Peele “Saturday Night “I kept forget- said. “Obama gives us [nerdy black Live.” without the ting that I was only guys] a little bit of swagger.” “The biggest Key and Peele emphasized difference is our election [of Obama].’ watching the same two people,” Simon their desire to show the audience a show is not based Jordan Peele said. “They touched good time. on huge characActor, “Key & Peele” on a number of dif“At the end of the day, we like ters,” Key said. “A lot of people tune in to ‘MADtv’ or ferent topics instead of beating a to sit in this office and see what makes us laugh,” Key said. ‘SNL’ to see funny characters, and single issue to death.” The conversation took a turn “Key & Peele” airs Tuesdays that’s been the formula for a very toward politics when the legaliza- at 9:30 p.m. on Comedy Central. long time.” He said the duo hopes the show tion of marijuana came up. Peele Contact Taylor Balkom at will last until a second or third sea- spent three years in Amsterdam email@example.com son so the program can evolve and and had a lot to say on the subject.
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University Print Club holds Valentine’s Day sale Group seeks to promote student art
marble, stone or wood, Desmond produced and spread to others, and Santana explained. as well as the teamwork often inDesmond said an event like herent in the medium, Desmond the Valentine’s Day sale can ex- said. Everyone in the print studio pose the nature of works on projects siprintmaking while while Austen Krantz Print Club Valentine’s multaneously funding the club. sharing the same Entertainment Writer Day Sale: “Students who equipment and often With Valentine’s Day on the aren’t involved with What: Handprinted cards helping each other. way, students won’t have to leave art can have exposure “It’s the earliest campus to ﬁnd a unique way to to something unique and envelopes form of mass comimpress their crush. or unusual,” Des- When: Feb. 9 and 10 munication,” Santana The University Print Club mond said. “Most Where: Free Speech Plaza said. will host its ﬁrst Valentine’s Day people have no idea Cost: $3 per card Despite printcard sale today and Friday from [what printmaking making’s old age, the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Free Speech is].” medium constantly Plaza. Chance Taylor, Print Club changes with quickly developThe nearly 30-member club president and printmaking senior, ing technologies, which Santana is compiling clever, sincere and said the work required to create said makes possibilities endless. visually imaginative $3 cards. an image on material and print it But this doesn’t change the tradiElla Desmond, printmaking se- on paper separates printmaking tional procedures of printmaking. nior and Print Club vice presi- from other artistic endeavors. “These processes are so old, dent, said the sale is run by club “It’s a very hands-on process but people are still using them bemembers who make cards using that’s more personal,” he said. “I cause they’re so beautiful,” Destheir own materials. like working with my hands and mond said. Katherine Santana, print- creating something — building Desmond said the club has making junior an image up.” been active this year. The Print ‘I like working with and club member, Transferring Club often holds sales along with said the club is at- my hands and creating an image using the Ceramic Club and found its tempting to reach different materi- way to the Louisiana Book Fessomething.’ out to students als leaves unique tival and another print art sale in and demonstrate but subtle char- New Orleans. Club members also the distinctive apacteristics on a improved their Facebook page, Chance Taylor peal of print art. Print Club president, printing senior page, which can posting art and promoting their Printmakonly be found in events. ing is the process of transferring printmaking, Desmond said. But because the Valentine’s a picture onto multiple pieces The work and production in Day sale is a voluntary event of paper using an image etched printmaking fosters communica- for Print Club members, half the on other materials like copper, tion with its ability to be mass funds will go to students who
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Katherine Santana, printmaking junior and member of the University Print Club, demonstrates the acid wash process Tuesday.
worked the sale, and the other half will go to the club itself, Taylor said. This will mark the club’s ﬁrst themed sale, when members will
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Red Hot Chili Peppers were announced Wednesday as the third and ﬁnal headliner for the Hangout Music Fest, which brings its musical beach party to Gulf Shores, Ala., on May 18, 19 and 20. Here’s a look at the rest of the lineup:
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ATMOSPHERE AND SERVICE I went to Bushwood at 4 p.m. on a Monday afternoon, hardly peak hours for any restaurant. The place seemed relaxed, but it’s easy to see it becoming a hot spot on a Friday or
Saturday night. The service was outstanding. The staff was friendly, welcoming and eager to serve. My food was delivered hardly a minute after ordering. This may have had something to do with the fact that I went during non-rush hours, but I can’t imagine a typical wait being longer than a few minutes.
feels more like a sports bar or a fun place to hang out with friends.
LOCATION AND APPEARANCE Bushwood is easy to ﬁnd. It’s at 4347 Perkins Road, in the same shopping complex as The Bulldog. The complex has always been a popular spot for restaurants, so Bushwood should succeed there. The restaurant has a nice, modern design, doing away with the old picnic-style table settings. Instead, it
OVERALL EXPERIENCE For me, a return visit to Bushwood is guaranteed. The restaurant’s prices are relatively low, making it student-friendly. My meal cost a total of $10, complete with a side and drink. The food was great and outstanding service was the icing on the cake. Page said he eventually wants to have thousands of Bushwoods all across the country. If he continues with what he’s built, there’s no reason that won’t happen.
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The brisket was probably the best of the three. It had the perfect mix of texture and taste, without needing anything extra to complement it. The pulled pork was – like the chicken – perfectly tender, but a little under-seasoned. But this was easily ﬁxed with a splash of barbecue sauce. Speaking of the sauces, Bushwood’s stand out as the best in the city. Barbecue differs from region to region, and Bushwood’s sauces, from its Vinegar Pepper sauce to the habanero pepper-based Robot Devil, perfectly represent almost all styles of barbecue. The signature side, the Q Bowl, was included with my meal. It was a
delicious, hearty mix of pork, chicken, lima beans and corn that would be perfect on a cold day. Bushwood also wins bonus points for originality on this one, as I haven’t seen anything like this dish at any other barbecue restaurant in the city. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the buns the sandwiches were served on. An aspect of a restaurant that’s usually overlooked, Bushwood’s bread tasted fresh from the oven. It was a perfect complement to the sandwiches.
science ﬁction. It doesn’t engage intellectual problems other [science ﬁction ﬁlms] do engage,” he said. But the runaway success of “Star Wars” and its dazzling special effects made it a “major milestone in the history of cinema,” Freedman said. “It had an enormous rejuvenating inﬂuence on science-ﬁction cinema,” he said. “Since ‘Star Wars,’ science ﬁction has become one of Hollywood’s greatest genres.” Despite the original trilogy’s nearly universal acclaim, the prequels — which also include “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith” — are popularly considered subpar. Top critics on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes assigned the original trilogy an average 85 percent “fresh” rating, while the prequels earned an average of 49 percent. But Iles attributes the prequels’ negative reception to the fact that they’re still relatively new. “We’ve had 20 to 30 years now to let [the original trilogy] permeate with us and become classics,” he said. “With the prequels, nothing
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Wars’ might be considered a little childish, and it might not appeal to adults as much. But it still appeals to me.” Case in point: Jar Jar Binks, the animated, ﬂoppy-eared Gungan who ﬁrst appeared in “Phantom Menace,” drew heavy criticism from viewers who called the character a cheap pandering to children and their merchandise buying power. “I don’t even hate Jar Jar Binks, and I may be one of the few people in the universe who feels that way. But as a kid, I loved him,” Iles said. Horton also recognizes the occasional simplicity of “The Phantom Menace.” “All the conﬂicts are all so black and white and kind of goofy,” he said. The uncomplicated plot of “Star Wars” — essentially a series of battles between good and evil — makes it ironic that the series invigorated the science-ﬁction genre in Hollywood, according to English and ﬁlm professor Carl Freedman, who formerly taught a class in scienceﬁction. “In many ways, it’s only weakly
The re-release is a chance for “Star Wars” to reach a new generation of fans, but it’s also an opportunity for fanatics to go back to the universe that has enchanted them for years. That’s the case for kinesiology freshman Logan Horton, who also plans to attend the midnight premiere. Horton said the series carries a message of opportunity and possibility that anyone can connect to. “Both the main characters from the prequels and the original trilogy, Luke and Anakin [Skywalker], they’re average guys,” Horton said. “One guy can just change the fate of the universe.” Though the series has resonated with millions in the millennial generation, fans that age weren’t able to experience the beginning of the “Star Wars” craze. Astronomy professor Bradley Schaefer was there from the start. In 1977, Schaefer, then an undergraduate at MIT, went to the ﬁrst showing on the opening day of the movie that still gets his heart pumping 35
years later. From the ﬁrst second, he said he knew he was seeing something special. “The opening credits, you’re just seeing this thing — my gosh, you’ve never seen anything like it,” he said. Schaefer, Iles and Horton aren’t alone in their awe. The franchise’s fandom is fervent and widespread, and it has become a bonding mechanism for fans who share the ﬁlms’ universe with one another. Horton said he and his friends reference “Star Wars” often, from inside jokes about the series to ideas about the characters’ relationships. “It becomes more than a movie at that point,” he said. “It really does become a platform for social outreach to different people. You might not have much in common, but you can connect through the movie.” For many moviegoers who have seen all six ﬁlms dozens of times, the 3-D re-release comes with a heaping helping of childhood memories. “The nostalgia effect is immense,” Iles said. “Sometimes I think some of the things in ‘Star
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that’s been made so recently would be considered a classic.” Schaefer was emphatic in praising all six ﬁlms equally. “Of the six movies, you could take the worst one of them and it would still be vastly better than almost every movie around.”
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BASKETBALL, from page 9 Commodores six-minute blitz to open the final half. The Tigers would fight back, though, as consecutive LSU three-point possessions cut the Commodores’ lead to four with six minutes to play. But, after the teams ‘I’m frustrated, traded baskets, but I feel for Va n d e r b i l t promptly used this team. The execution is an Ezeli dunk and a Jenkins there. We just 3-pointer near have to make the four-minute mark to ef- sure this lose fectively seal doesn’t linger the game. over against Vanderbilt Alabama on finished the Saturday.’ game on a 132 run to extend Trent Johnson its winning LSU men’s streak against basketball coach LSU to seven games. “I’m frustrated, but I feel for this team,” Johnson said. “The execution is there. We just have to make sure this loss doesn’t linger over against Alabama on Saturday.” Vanderbilt held an eightpoint lead mid-way through the first half, but cold Commodore shooting and a persistent LSU offense gave the Tigers a brief 2725 lead with eight seconds left before halftime. But Taylor carved his way into the lane, laying the ball in to tie the game at halftime and setting up Vanderbilt’s late dominance.
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[Left] LSU senior tennis player Neal Skupski stretches for a forehand during the Tigers’ match againt South Florida. [Above] Skupski hits the ball Feb. 2 during the Tigers’ match against Clemson University at ‘Dub’ Robinson Stadium.
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Turbervill said Skupski has made it easy to build a partnerSkupski has all the tools to be- ship together because of his procome a great all-around player. fessionalism and his experience. “I know he’s going to be “The best thing about Neal successful in doubles. There’s is he wants the best for everyone no doubt he’s going else,” Turbervill said. to be in the top in ‘The best thing about “I think the sky is the world,” Brown the limit really with said. “But I think he Neal is he wants the Neal. When he’s on best for everyone his game, he can play has a real chance to keep developing his else. I think the sky is really good tennis.” singles.” Despite all the the limit really with Brown said one attention, neal. When he’s on is reluctant Skupski of the main reasons to look Skupski will be suc- his game, he can play toward the future. really good tennis.’ Instead he prefers to cessful, and the reason he’s such an effocus on the Tigers’ James Turbervill fective team captain, current success. sophomore tennis player is his level head. “The goal right “He generally now is just to help makes rational decisions,” Brown the team as much as possible,” said. “In a world where there’s so Skupski said. “I think the team much chaos, he seems to make we have right now should be sense of it all.” pushing to be top 16 and host one Skupski and his doubles part- of the NCAA regionals.” ner, sophomore James Turbervill, are undefeated this season, helpContact Spencer Hutchinson at ing the No. 27 Tigers (3-2) secure firstname.lastname@example.org their highest ranking since 2008.
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Last year, I couldn’t be in the huddle with my teammates, so I tried to be a motivator, giving words of advice or encouragement and doing whatever I could to help from the sidelines.” The BCS National Championship game was the second time he watched the game from the sidelines — the first time coming in 2007, when he was with the team during his redshirt freshman season. “Watching from the sidelines last year wasn’t always easy because I was so used to being a contributor on the field,” Dworaczyk said. LSU coach Les Miles called the return of veteran Dworaczyk “great news for the program.” “You never want to see a player have his career cut short because of an injury,” Miles said. “Josh is a tremendous representative of our program, and it’s nice to see that he’s going to get a chance to finish out his LSU career on the field.” Dworaczyk has played in 38 games, starting 26 contests at left guard. He started all 13 games for LSU in the 2009 to 2010 season.
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Poor design, not safety regulations, to blame for inadequate playgrounds SHOCKINGLY SIMPLE
Andrew Shockey Columnist Everyone remembers the blazing fast slide, gut-wrenching merry-go-round or colossal jungle gym they rushed to every recess. Many of us also remember the scabs, scrapes, bruises and even broken bones we collected throughout our elementary school careers. Changes in playground safety guidelines over the past several years have had a profound impact on the design and operation of the modern American playground. Playgrounds are safer now than the ones we grew up on, and dramatically safer than those of our parents, but some critics aren’t sure that’s a good thing. A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics explored playground safety by talking to parents and employees at 34 day care centers. Many of those surveyed called playground regulations too strict and believe the newer safer equipment is not challenging enough for children. While some playgrounds certainly are boring, their dullness stems from poor design, not their adherence to safety concerns. Safer versions of most of the playground equipment we remember from our childhoods are available. Some new equipment, like giant flexible rope climbers, is even more fun than old metal jungle gyms with the added benefit of not cracking open a falling child’s skull. Arguing that playgrounds should return to the jungle gyms
and Tarzan swings on concrete slabs of our parents’ generation is completely ridiculous. Parents who believe their children would be better off if they just toughened up and played without safety regulations are whitewashing their childhoods and ignoring a growing body of playground safety research. Biological engineering professor Marybeth Lima has worked with local public schools for more than a decade to design, fund and build 26 playgrounds for budgetstrapped public schools in the Baton Rouge area. Lima is an advocate for playground safety but is also a firm believer in the importance of active adventurous play. Lima finds the current national dialogue on playground safety disturbing. “Focusing national attention on potential psychological damage from children falling from a lower height to a protected surface is a non-issue,” Lima said. Debating whether a playground is too safe is a luxury for Lima, who believes the national discussion on playgrounds should be more concerned with availability, accessibility and the involvement of caregivers. Those hoping to toughen up their children or siblings will be pleased to know children can still hurt themselves falling from monkey bars onto protective surfacing, but the chances of their suffering a catastrophic head injury is significantly reduced. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission investigated 40 playground-related deaths from 2001 to 2008. Personally, I am against children dying on
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playgrounds and I have no sympathy for lovers of Tarzan rope swings or other possible head entrapments, since 27 of those fatalities were the result of hanging or asphyxiation. Many critics of stricter playground regulations seem blinded by their nostalgia for their youth. In the 1990s, New York City Parks Commissioner Henry Stern protected a specific jungle gym he remembered playing on as a child, saying, “As long as I was parks commissioner, those monkey bars were going to stay.” Opponents of new playground safety requirements like Stern want to share their childhood experiences with the next generation, but fond memories should not outweigh empirical evidence. Playground-related injuries
are currently the second-most common reason children visit emergency rooms, with more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger treated annually. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 45 percent of these visits involve severe fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations or amputations. If anything, these numbers make a case for stricter adherence to safety guidelines since many injuries are caused by old or poorly maintained equipment. A lack of safety surfacing under climbers and swings creates a serious risk for life-threatening head injuries, but some nostalgic parents long for the days when playgrounds sat on concrete or asphalt slabs. Everyone seems to believe he or she is an expert on playgrounds
because we all spent hundreds of hours on them growing up, but we are simply not qualified to accurately assess safety risks on playgrounds any more than those of us who drive are qualified to build a safe car. Playground designers like Lima are not trying to limit children, but set them free to explore and realize their potential without risking life and limb every recess.
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Should employer health plans be forced to include contraception for employees?
Yes. The reform protects women from religion-based dictation of personal health. POSITIVELY CARNAL KRISTI CARNAHAN Columnist I’m not generally one to applaud government interference in my personal life, whether in my relationships or my medical decisions. I won’t tell you all new government reforms being enacted are good for U.S. citizens. But I am thrilled with the recently announced amendments to healthcare reform. Many Christians are fuming. I am not an outraged Christian. I’m a thankful one. Mandating contraception, including the Plan B pill and implantable devices, is one of the best decisions the Obama administration has made. Yes, Plan B is a contraceptive pill, not a pill to induce an abortion. It’s the government’s job to ensure organizations within the U.S. aren’t blatantly disregarding the rights of all people to freedom of religion. This includes making sure religious employers provide adequate healthcare for employees who do not share their boss’S religious doctrine of no contraception. The new ruling does allow some strict religious exemptions, but with good reason. Not everyone who works for a religiously-afﬁliated organization shares those religious beliefs. If you’ve ever been around health care in this town, you know many who work at Our Lady of the Lake, or its afﬁliates, aren’t devout Catholics. Believing in the core mission of an organization does not give a boss the right to force compliance with everything that faction demands of its members. Most of the organizations throwing a ﬁt about the amendment would never survive if they didn’t employ people outside of their own denomination. Many media outlets reporting on the topic point to the Catholic Church as the greatest dissenter to this amendment. Well, Mr. Pope, I don’t think you can or will ever understand. You don’t have to deal with these issues on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. You have never had the worry of having a child you can’t afford. You will never know the fear that comes from knowing pregnancy could kill you, while a contraceptive implant is a simple way to save your life without major surgery (which also may not be covered). You will never have a period so painful you can’t get out of bed, or ﬁnd yourself trying to prevent a pregnancy from rape. The Pope, as a man who supposedly does not have sex, will never understand the many ways contraception is important to women’s health. The mandates aren’t meant to impede religious freedom, but to protect the right to religious and personal freedom in the workplace. Catholics who don’t wish to use contraception aren’t being tied up and forced to take the pills or get the devices implanted.
Of course, 98 percent of Catholic women in the U.S. use contraception, according to research released in April 2011 by The Guttmacher Institute. Contraceptive coverage will ease a ﬁnancial, mental and emotional burden on women who share the Catholic doctrine, not just those of other beliefs. It simply means it is available for those who need or want it, no matter how you align yourself religiously. All of this adds up to the fact that, frankly, my reproductive choices are none of my employer’s damn business. Healthcare decisions are made between my doctor and me. My employer has no place in that equation. My life, my body and my health are mine. I determine what to do with my body. I determine what I put in my body. I determine what is best for me physically, emotionally and mentally. No one has a right to tell me otherwise. There is no place in health care for dogmatic interference, especially if it isn’t my chosen philosophy. My values, ethics and selfunderstanding will make the best decision on whether contraception in any form is right for me. Your theology doesn’t know my body like I do. When it all comes down to it, I think Lemmy Kilmister (of Motörhead fame) summed it up most appropriately. “Just ‘‘cause you got the power, that don’t mean you got the right.” Kristi Carnahan is a 25-year-old anthropology senior from West Monroe. Follow her on Twitter @TDR_KCarnahan. Contact Kristi Carnahan at firstname.lastname@example.org
No. Federal government cannot intervene in the affairs of the Catholic church. BLUE-EYED DEVIL NICHOLAS PIERCE Columnist
It’s not every day you see a Muslim sticking up for Vatican City. Then again, it’s not every day you see Jews, Mormons and Protestants rallying to the defense of the Catholic Church. But President Barack Obama has managed it. He has united the world’s religions with all of the faiths against him — at least for a second. The provision of the Obama health-care law currently under the microscope dictates that all employers, save churches themselves, must provide their employees with health insurance that covers a wide range of contraceptives. This includes the morning-after pill, socalled “sterilization procedures” and your run-of-the-mill hormone therapies. What’s the problem with this? The law would force every religious school, hospital and charity to conform to this mandate. Some religions and religious folks have no problem with contraception. However, the Catholic Church does, and it has had an issue with contraception for centuries. This isn’t an issue of reproductive rights — no one wants to ban condoms, or even make them less available. This is an issue of First Amendment rights. This is an issue of religious rights. Religious folks simply want to run their institutions in accordance with their faith. If the Catholic Church wants to shell out millions of dollars on a charity hospital, then it ought to be allowed to manage that hospital in the way it sees ﬁt. If you have a problem with that, don’t work for a religious institution.
Whatever long-term impact overturning this statute will have on women’s reproductive rights in the United States will be negligible. In fact, I doubt it will have any negative effect at all, and here’s why: If we simply broadened the exemption for churches that’s already in the law to all religious organizations, we believers get to walk away with our rights intact, and all of the secular businesses out there would still be required to provide the coverage. You could even level the playing ﬁeld and let the secular businesses have a tax break or something on the back side to make things more fair. That way, everyone wins. Considering this is the ﬁrst time a law like this has ever been put on the federal books, this sort of compromise would still amount to a massive net gain of women who would be insured and covered when it comes to contraceptives and unwanted pregnancy, and you don’t even have to force anyone to go against their beliefs. Some would argue that forcing every employer to provide insurance is unconstitutional anyway, but that’s another Head to Head for another day. Frankly, the whole notion is ridiculous. The federal government can’t simply step in and force religious organizations to bend to its will. They cannot, constitutionally or ethically, force people to compromise their beliefs or substitute their world views with state-approved ones. That’s the real issue. What’s the government going to do? Run St. Vincent de Paul out of town for not buying its employees condoms? This country is a melting pot of different perspectives and world views. We have to stop trying to legislate everything into some sort of conformity. That’s what’s great about it. Let the Catholics do their thing, just like Planned Parenthood. Isn’t that how it’s supposed to work? Bottom line: The government can’t make us act against our religious principles simply because it’s statistically expedient. No one is hurt by honoring our religious rights, but a bunch of folks will be hurt by trampling all over them. And to the secular-humanists behind all of this, separation of church and state cuts both ways — so why don’t you stay the hell out of our churches, hospitals, mosques, synagogues, rec centers, temples and Hindu vegan potlucks? Nicholas Pierce is a 22-year-old history junior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_nabdulpierc. Contact Nicholas Pierce at email@example.com
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