Crime: BRPD installs cameras around Baton Rouge, p. 5
Baseball: Tigers defeat McNeese State in Lake Charles, p. 9
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Ludacris to headline Groovin’ concert Danielle Kelley Staff Writer
Three-time Grammy Awardwinning rapper Ludacris will headline the University’s annual Groovin’ on the Grounds concert March 24. Ludacris will share the stage with Breaux Bridge native and country singer Hunter Hayes, Memphis hip-hop, rock and soul band FreeSol and Battle of the Bands winner Hazy Ray. The lineup was announced
Wednesday at a release party hosted by Students on Target, the sponsors of Groovin’, at Free Speech Plaza. In compliance with Students on Target’s policy, Ludacris will perform clean, radio-friendly versions of his songs, and alcohol consumption will not be tolerated at the concert, according to Student Government Director of Programming Khristen Jones. All the festivities cost about $190,000, with talent costing about $115,500, Jones said. The money
comes from the Spring Concert Fund. Ludacris will receive $85,000, while Hayes will gets $15,000 and FreeSol will earn $5,000. The remaining $10,500 will go to the artists’ talent agencies. Hayes, who plays multiple instruments including the accordion, toured with Rascal Flatts and opened for Taylor Swift during part of her “Speak Now” world tour. English sophomore Andree GROOVIN’, see page 8
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Business dean leaves LSU for Arkansas
Andrea Gallo News Editor
E.J. Ourso College of Business Dean Eli Jones was supposed to spend the next few days unveiling the glass titan that he is best known for procuring the funding to build — the University’s JONES Business Education Complex. Instead, he will be changing course by planning for his new job as dean of the University of Arkansas’s Sam M. Walton College of Business. “We appreciate the leadership that Eli Jones provided to the E. J. Ourso College during his time here,” said LSU Chancellor Michael Martin in a news release. “He oversaw the fundraising efforts for and the construction of the college’s new Business JONES, see page 7
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Rapper Ludacris will visit LSU’s Parade Ground on March 24 to perform for students.
Business management senior Laurel Keys has struggled with food since she was 12 years old. “In middle school, me and my friends used to see who would eat the least at lunch that day,” she said Keys is one of up to 24 million Americans of all ages and both genders who suffer from eating disorders, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. In an effort to protect others from the same battle eys ﬁghts, the University is celebrating National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which highlights the severity of eating disorders in today’s culture and provides positive encouragement for people struggling with body image. Keys ice skated for 12 years, and she said the nature of the sport didn’t allow for extra pounds on her body. In high school, Keys said she was addicted to drugs and alcohol, and food was never her ﬁrst priority. She
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said she never understood portion control until she went to rehab for her substance abuse. ut she struggled again when her ﬁrst relationship break-up triggered another episode of weight loss and reinstated her obsession with food. “I bought a scale. I had never owned a scale, and started weighing myself ﬁve times a day,” she said. “I ate raw food, stuff that didn’t really have any calories in it.” Keys knew she should ask for professional help from the Student Health Center when she would sleep in the middle of the day so she didn’t have to eat or think about food. “I was able to go in there for free and not have to ask my parents about it or talk to them about it. I was able to get help for myself without having to talk to a bunch of people about it,” she said. Keys said her eating disorder is a constant struggle that can never be completely cured.
Finance senior Abigail Fisher became the talk of the nation when the Supreme Court announced on Mardi Gras Day that it would hear her case against the University of Texas this fall. Fisher, a white student, FISHER claims the school unfairly denied her admission and accepted less-qualiﬁed minority applicants. As of now, UT is legally entitled to consider race in admissions, but Fisher hopes to change that when she goes before the country’s highest court in October. Her suit says it’s unnecessary for UT to consider race in admissions because the state of Texas already has a policy that ensures diversity on college campuses. Any Texas high school student who graduates in
DISORDERS, see page 8
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Nation & World
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Queen Elizabeth II to open 2012 Olympics and Paralympics
Singer Davy Jones from The Monkees dies in Florida
Loyola marks 100th anniversary with new website for alumni
LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II’s busy summer calendar just got a bit more crowded. Buckingham Palace said the monarch will open both the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics this summer, signaling that both events will be celebrated as great state occasions. It is the ﬁrst time the queen has opened the Paralympic Games, though she has often honored Paralympians for their achievements in the past.
Davy Jones, from The Monkees singing group, is shown at a press conference on July 6, 1967, at Warwick Hotel in New York City. Jones died Wednesday in Fla.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Davy Jones, the diminutive heartthrob singer who rocketed to the top of the 1960s music charts by beckoning millions of adoring fans with the catchy refrains of The Monkees, died Wednesday at 66. His publicist, Helen Kensick, conﬁrmed that Jones died of a heart attack near his home in Indiantown. Jones complained of breathing troubles early in the morning and was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, said Rhonda Irons of the Martin County Sheriff’s Ofﬁce.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new website is one of the tools Loyola University in New Orleans is using to celebrate its 100th anniversary. A Loyola news release says the site was developed over the last four months by the web communications team in Loyola’s Ofﬁce of Marketing and Communications. Alumni contributed with written and recorded memories of their experiences at Loyola. And the site includes photos from the yearbook collection in the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library.
Prank offer of free baby on Craigslist lands teen in trouble
Colorado embalmer charged with stealing gold teeth and fillings
CLINTON, Miss. (AP) — Charges are pending against a Jackson area teen for pulling a prank on a friend when he advertised a free baby on Craigslist using the friend’s cellphone number on the contact information, said police in Mississippi. Police Chief Don Byington would not identify the teens involved. Byington says the 18-yearold student at Clinton High took a photo of an unknown baby boy and placed the ad on Craigslist to give away — not sell — the baby.
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado embalmer was indicted after authorities said he plundered the bodies of clients’ loved ones by taking their gold teeth and ﬁllings. Adrian Kline, 43, of Brighton was accused of pawning more than eight ounces of gold and jewelry he took while he worked alone at night at several mortuaries. With gold fetching nearly $1,800 an ounce in the sluggish economy, pawn brokers say the items could be worth a lot of money.
James Murdoch quits role at UK newspaper branch after scandal LONDON (AP) — James Murdoch, his credibility diminished and his future at the helm of his father’s media empire in doubt, stepped down Wednesday as executive chairman of News International, the troubled British newspaper subsidiary deep in a phone hacking scandal. The move — which the company cast as allowing Rupert Murdoch’s younger son to focus on News Corp.’s international TV holdings — plucks the one-time heir apparent out of the cross-hairs of the crisis that has spurred judicial and police inquiries.
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Angola 5 trial to start as planned despite arrest of defense attorney ST. FRANCISVILLE (AP) — The ﬁrst-degree murder trial of Angola 5 defendant Barry S. Edge will go forward in April as planned, despite the Saturday arrest of one of his defense attorneys. West Feliciana Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested lead defense attorney Nelvil Hollingsworth on Saturday afternoon on a complaint by Louisiana State Penitentiary authorities, who alleged Hollingsworth, 62, tried to enter the prison with 5.2 grams of marijuana hidden in the lining of his jacket.
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Editor’s note: Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by presidential candidates’ last names. Filing for Student Government spring elections began Monday and closed Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. General elections will be held March 26 and 27. The candidates for SG president and vice president include: -Internet trade and ﬁnance junior Baptiste “Bat” Brunner IV for
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Covered bus stops approach completion Kevin Thibodeaux Contributing Writer
The bus stops outside of Lockett Hall on Field House Drive and the Doran Agricultural Engineering Building on the corner of South Stadium and Tower drives will see completion in the next couple of days, according to Gary Graham, director of Parking, Trafﬁc and Transportation. The Daily Reveille previously reported the stops would be complete by the end of February, as Graham said on Feb. 6. Graham said the stops are “substantially complete,” but still require some touch-up work such
as painting. He said he recently received a call saying construction material would be ready to be moved after the touch-ups, which should be completed in a day or two. Once the materials are removed, the stops will be ready for student use. The bus stops, which cost between $80,000 and $90,000, were part of an initiative started by former Student Government President J Hudson and former Vice President Dani Borel.
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Fans of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers displayed their “One Love” for the quick-service restaurant in a recent customer survey. Raising Cane’s was ranked as the second-best quick-service national restaurant chain in customer satisfaction, according to the Quick-Track study conducted by Sandelman & Associates. Raising Cane’s received an “excellent” rating in customer satisfaction from 63 percent of its customers. The chain was surpassed by Salt Lake City-based Café Rio Mexican Grill with a score of 65 percent and tied with In-N-Out urger and Chick-ﬁl-A, according to the survey. The results were obtained from surveys answered by customers who visited the restaurants within the last three months and rated their experience on a scale of one to ﬁve, with one representing “poor” and ﬁve representing “excellent,” the report said. Julie Perrault, Raising Cane’s spokesperson, said this marks the ﬁfth year in a row the chicken ﬁnger chain received a top ranking in the survey. “It’s a really big deal in the industry to end up on the top list,” Perrault said. Raising Cane’s received a high rating for its food temperature, order-ﬁlling accuracy and restaurant cleanliness, according to a Cane’s news release. Raising Cane’s offers a small menu with one main item — fried chicken ﬁngers. The restaurant also serves french fries, texas toast and coleslaw. But students say the restaurant’s simplicity is what makes it popular. “It’s the fact that there’s just a couple things on the menu and they
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make those things really well,” said Andy Bellard, mechanical engineering sophomore. The ﬁrst Raising Cane’s restaurant opened in 1996 on Highland Road just outside the University’s campus. Baton Rouge native and kinesiology sophomore Erin McCarroll said she grew up eating Raising Cane’s and remembers watching the construction of the second location on Lee Drive.
“The chicken is fresh, and I like the batter. And, of course, the sauce,” McCarroll said. There are now 120 Raising Cane’s locations in 16 states, Perrault said.
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Local businesses learn to work with LSU LSU offers small businesses resources
businesses with a phone number to call, and the L TC will “do the legwork” and ﬁnd the right resources with whom to connect the businesses. D’Agostino said aiding local Emily Herrington businesses is important for the Staff Writer University’s image, and it’s imAbout 50 local small busi- perative for the school to be inness owners munched on Ser- volved in Louisiana’s expanding rano’s tacos and salsa Wednesday economic development. night as they gathered in the L Mary educcia, director of Club room of the PMAC to learn Career Services, explained how how to develop a relasmall businesses can tionship with the Unireach students and ‘As small versity. alumni. Career SerSmall businesses business people, vices offers on-campus often desire to create a we don’t always interviews, access to mutually beneﬁcial relahave the best student resumes, retionship but struggle to intentions to cruitment events and ﬁnd the starting point, an online job-posting said James Pelton, chair- get into a major service, educcia said. system like man of Baton Rouge Scott Bull with Area SCORE, a group Lofton Security SerLSU.’ that assists local busivices said he attended nesses. the seminar to ﬁnd out James Pelton “As small business Baton Rouge Area SCORE how to “get past the people, we don’t always gatekeepers” in order chairman have the best intentions to do more business to get into a major system like with the University. LSU,” Pelton said. Bull said his company has Charles ’Agostino, ex- done security work for the Uniecutive director of the Louisiana versity in the past, but he said he usiness and Technology Center, knows there are other large-scale explained how small business events where additional security owners can easily engage in busi- is needed, and he wants to proness with the University by intro- vide that service. ducing ACCESS LSU. Adam napp, CEO of ACCESS LSU is a free the Baton Rouge Area Champrogram that provides small ber, reiterated recent economic
development press announcements. Knapp announced a new talent development program that will collect resumes in an effort to bring companies and alumni back to the Capitol area. napp said Pixomondo, a digital media facility, will open a branch in aton Rouge, marking the company’s second American branch and 10th worldwide. Pixomondo recently won an Oscar for its ﬁlm “Hugo.” CONNOR TARTER / The Daily Reveille
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BRPD to control crime cameras
Lauren Duhon Staff Writer
When gunshots are ﬁred through the city, the Baton Rouge Police Department will know. BRPD will assume maintenance of the city’s ShotSpotter cameras, which locate ﬁred gunshots, in March after being rewarded a maintenance contract. The Baton Rouge Metro Council decided at its eb. 22 meeting that BRPD will take over the cameras after MMR Communications’ contract ends. The company has operated the network since January 2010. iscussion on who would take over the camera surveillance has been a question looming over Metro Council members for the past several weeks.
BRPD Public Information Ofﬁcer Cpl. Tommy Stubbs said the cameras are monitored by ofﬁcers within the districts and by detectives on handheld devices that are starting to be deployed. “We plan on having more control of the system and making it more exible and accessible through the use of handheld mobile technology,” Stubbs said. The crime cameras have been utili ed in the area since 2007, when city ofﬁcials purchased the surveillance system. There are currently 122 cameras working in the city. The city of New Orleans stopped ﬁnancing a similar crime surveillance program in 2010. Baton Rouge’s cameras are located in areas like Gardere, Mid City, downtown, alley Park, rookstown, Eden Park, the mall and others in the aton Rouge infrastructure. Stubbs said the network and operational costs will be about
$75,000, and the same amount has been requested for an additional cost to replace old equipment. RP will handle all maintenance. The system was expected to receive a public bid, but the cityparish cancelled the bid to award the contract to BRPD. Biological sciences sophomore Colby Gray said the use of cameras can be beneﬁcial for aton Rouge. “If they use camera surveillance for the right reasons, it can be helpful,” Gray said. J Greenwood, animal science and technology senior, said there needs to be a cost-effective way to monitor areas of the city. “It can be beneﬁcial, but I have mixed feelings about it,” Greenwood said. CONNOR TARTER / The Daily Reveille
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A new “crime camera” watches over the intersection of Terrace Street and Thomas H. Delpit Drive near downtown Baton Rouge.
Crime Stoppers releases new, secure application for smartphones
Lauren Duhon Staff Writer
Crime Stoppers recently unveiled Tip Submit, an application for iPhones and other smartphones created by CrimeReports. The application provides a quick way to submit information about crimes in the Baton Rouge area. It allows for video and pictures to be sent securely and anonymously to Crime Stoppers and other agencies that combat crime. Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman Cpl. L’Jean
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EnvironMentors promotes education Paul Braun Contributing Writer
In its second year of existence, the University chapter of EnvironMentors is thriving. EnvironMentors, an initiative of the National Council for Science and the Environment, is designed to enrich the scientiﬁc education of under-represented high school students throughout the country. The University’s chapter partnered with the Scotlandville Magnet High School science department. The LSU chapter of EnvironMentors has accumulated a number of accomplishments on both the national and chapter level in its two years. ive students and ﬁve chaperones traveled to Washington, D.C., in May to compete in the National EnvironMentors Science Fair. Program participant and high school student Markeisha Hill won ﬁrst pri e and a $1,000 scholarship at the fair for her project titled “Why Does My Uncle’s Water Taste Bad?” Hill gathered samples of drinking water from her home, her uncle’s home and a third location and had them analyzed for impurities. Former EnvironMentors Director Susan Welsh said Hill’s project won because of the initiative and understanding of scientiﬁc research that it showed. “Even though it wasn’t clear why it was that the water did not taste right, she was able to work through the scientiﬁc method, understand the steps, thoroughly understand her project and be able to communicate it really well,” Welsh said. “What we try to tell the kids
is that it is O in science if your project does not work. It is still a ﬁnding.” Welsh said she attributes the heightened level of involvement of graduate student mentors and coordinators to the immediate success of the group. “Each [high school] student is paired with two mentors,” Welsh said. “That way, if a mentor has to be out of town, we always have the backup.” The program also aims to provide more opportunities for students to attend college by allowing participants to interact with college students and providing access to resources for collegiate preparedness. Of the group’s 1 high school senior participants, eight have been admitted to a university, and Coordinator Courtney Saari anticipates the rest of the students will follow suit. “This year we are helping students get into schools by making sure they ﬁll out their A SA and take their ACT,” Saari said. “Every student will attend a four-year college or Baton Rouge Community College.” Hill is among the students who have already secured a place in a university classroom for the fall. She was accepted into Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., and received a full scholarship. Alexis Johnson will study in the School of Coast and Environment at LSU upon graduation. Johnson said she was highly inuenced by the example of her mentors Grace Harwell and ari lot bach. “At ﬁrst, I wanted to do
environmental engineering, but my mentors study ﬁsh,” Johnson said. “I like working with ﬁsh and with them, so I decided to switch.” Christopher D’Elia, dean of the School of Coast and Environment, said he has long been concerned about the failure of the science and math education in our society. “I felt when I arrived here as dean almost three years ago that we did not have enough ways to reach out to the community,” D’Elia said. D’Elia said he was pleased by the EnvironMentors’ ability to help students graduate high school and their efforts to promote a college education. “We don’t care where they go as long as they understand that college is within the realm of possibility,” D’Elia said. Contact Paul Braun at firstname.lastname@example.org
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The leader of the fugitive gang known as the “Texas 7” was executed Wednesday for killing a suburban allas police ofﬁcer during a robbery 11 years ago after organizing and pulling off Texas’ biggest prison break. George Rivas, 41, from El Paso, received lethal injection for gunning down Aubrey Hawkins, a 2 -year-old Irving police ofﬁcer who interrupted the gang’s holdup of a sporting goods store on Christmas Eve in 2000. The seven inmates had ed a South Texas prison about two weeks earlier. The gang was caught in Colorado about a month after the ofﬁcer’s death. One committed suicide rather than be arrested. Rivas and ﬁve others with lengthy sentences who bolted with him were returned to Texas where they separately were convicted of capital murder and sentenced to die. Rivas became the second of the group executed. “I do apologize for everything that happened. Not because I’m here, but for closure in your hearts,” Rivas said Wednesday evening in a statement intended for Hawkins’ family.
The slain ofﬁcer’s relatives were absent, but four ofﬁcers who worked with him and the district attorney who prosecuted the case attended on his family’s behalf. They stood in the death chamber watching through a window just a few feet from Rivas. The inmate thanked his friends who were watching through another window and said he loved them. A Canadian woman whom Rivas recently married by proxy, also looked on. “I am grateful for everything in my life,” Rivas said. “To my wife, I will be waiting for you.” Ten minutes later, at 6:22 p.m. CST, he was pronounced dead. More than two dozen police ofﬁcers in uniform stood quietly in a line outside the Huntsville prison during the execution, then walked in unison to stand behind the state criminal justice spokesman as he announced Rivas’ death. Texas’ parole board voted 7-0 this week to reject a clemency petition for Rivas.
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Students angered by increased safety measures in shops Kevin Thibodeaux Contributing Writer
Although increased safety measures have been implemented in the mechanical engineering shops, they are cutting into the time students are granted to work on their senior projects. Mechanical engineering senior Lucas Gauthreaux said the increased safety measures started when a Yale graduate student was killed in April of last year while working in a shop by herself. Before that incident, Gauthreaux said students were given keys to access the shops and weren’t given limits on the machinery or usage hours. Now, he said heavy-duty machinery has lockout systems that shut off the equipment, like the band saw, at 7 p.m. when the faculty supervisor leaves. Mechanical engineering senior Matthew Lousteau said seniors split their ﬁnal year between two classes,
one semester spent designing a ﬁnal project on paper and the other fabricating the design and bringing it to life. Work for these projects may be completed in the engineering shops, depending on the project, which can be as complex as designing. However, Lousteau, a former Reveille employee, said the shops, which are normally scheduled to be open from 6 a.m. until 10:30 p.m., closed about three hours early multiple times in the beginning of the semester. Lousteau said there are normally three permanent supervisors in the shop, a foreman and two faculty supervisors. These faculty members leave the shop around 7 p.m., and student monitors watch the shop until 10:30 p.m. Lousteau said the problem stemmed from a lack of student monitors available to watch the shop early on in the semester. The monitors are present for safety issues. Shop technician Don Colvin
said the shop isn’t guaranteed to be open after the faculty leaves. He said the monitors are present for the students’ safety, and if a monitor isn’t present once he leaves the shop around 7 p.m., the shop will close early. Lousteau said the problem has since been ﬁxed. Gauthreaux also ﬁnds fault with the student monitors, who are often younger than the senior engineering students and don’t know how to operate the more advanced equipment. “All they do is sit there ... pretty much babysit seniors in college,” Gauthreaux said. He said the monitors also run on tight schedules and will force the groups to stop working in the middle of a task when the clock strikes 10:30 p.m. “A lot of our group has jobs and classes,” he said. “We want to make sure everyone in our group is putting in work, and it’s hard to get a time when everyone is available.” Lousteau, Gauthreaux and
Senate passes bike safety resolutions Danielle Kelley Staff Writer
Student Government passed biking-related resolutions Wednesday night in an effort to protect the cycling community on campus. The ﬁrst resolution passed will “urge and request the Baton Rouge city-parish government to expedite biking and pedestrian safety initiatives for the city-parish.” The resolution promotes the creation of a bicycle and pedestrian route along Perkins Road and Highland Road. Matt Wyatt, author of the resolution and College of Agriculture Senator, said that if implemented, the resolution will ensure “the two places that a lot of students do bike are safe.” The resolution was written in light of recent cycling accidents, including one hit-and-run that resulted in a fatality. The other biking-related resolution urges the Ofﬁce of Parking, Trafﬁc and Transportation “to post an updated map denoting the location of all bicycle pumps and repair stations on the LSU Mobile application.” It also asks them to make paper map copies “available upon request at the parking ofﬁce.” “This knowledge would encourage bicycle use, thus promoting sustainable transportation,” the resolution states.
Author of the resolution and College of Humanities and Social Sciences Senator Jacob Ecker said Gary Graham, director of the Ofﬁce of Parking, Trafﬁc and Transportation, promised him the resolution is “deﬁnitely doable.” SG passed another resolution “to thank the LSU Vet School for working towards implementing a campus-wide composting program.” The school brings its organic waste to the W.A. Callegari Environmental Center, the LSU AgCenter’s research facility for composting waste. According to the resolution, more than 450 tons of organic waste has been converted into usable material. If equipment was purchased for about $12,000, the University would save approximately $50,000 per year, according to the resolution. “Students’ importance in this needs to be re-stressed,” said Wyatt,
who also wrote the resolution. The resolution also requests the chancellor, LSU Dining, Facility Services and the LSU AgCenter to develop a campus-wide composting program. Another resolution was passed “to congratulate the Hillel Jewish student organization at LSU as an outstanding campus organization.” According to University Center for Freshman Year Senator Tyler Loga, the club has doubled its membership. Speaker Aaron Caffarel addressed the Senate regarding upcoming SG elections, urging the senators not to wear any candidates’ buttons during SG activities.
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Increased safety measures at the mechanical engineering shops have cut into time students can work on projects. The shops have lockout systems that shut off equipment.
Colvin all agree that this year’s senior class is the largest they’ve seen. Colvin said the shop used to stay open even without the presence of a shop monitor, but because of safety concerns involving the equipment in the shop, the school now requires a monitor be present. Lousteau said he averages about nine to 10 hours a day in the shop working on his project, which has an
earlier deadline than most projects. He said the missed shop hours earlier in the semester haven’t set him back too much. “We just have to work harder now,” Lousteau said.
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page 8 DISORDERS, from page 1 “You are only willing to do the work when you are ready,” she said. As part of the week of awareness, the Student Health Center launched a media campaign called “I Heart Me” to promote positive body image and awareness about eating disorders. “The campaign is a prevention approach,” said Vanessa Richard, a registered dietitian. “It promotes people to embrace and love themselves.”
GROOVIN’, from page 1 Ardoin said though she had never heard of Hayes before Wednesday, she considers him “the Justin Bieber of country music.” FreeSol, whose song “Fascinated” features Justin Timberlake and Timbaland, is a self-described “unique hip-hop, rock and soulinfused band from Memphis,” according to its Facebook page. Praise for selecting Ludacris permeated campus and social
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the top 10 percent of his or her class is guaranteed admission to a public university like UT. Fisher was not among the top 10 percent of her class, so she was evaluated on a number of factors, including race. Edward Blum, the director of the Project on Fair Representation, which provided counsel to Fisher, said the assertion that Fisher was denied admission in favor of less-qualiﬁed minority students was quantiﬁed through research that found about 70 minority students were admitted to UT with lower academic achievements and test scores than Fisher. But it’s up to the Supreme Court to decide if admitting those 70 students with allegedly lesser qualiﬁcations was wrong. Political science professor Belinda Davis, who researches public policy, questioned whether it will make a splash. “You have to show that minority applicants with lower scores than the plaintiff were admitted. OK, so they found 70,” she wrote in an e-mail. “I’m not sure that gets you very far outside of giving you the facts that allow you to state a cause of action in your lawsuit.” The court determined some afﬁrmative action admission policies are acceptable in the 2003 Grutter v. Bollinger case, when the University of Michigan Law School argued it had “a compelling interest in diversity” among students because diversity couldn’t be achieved only through objective standards like grades and LSAT scores, Davis said. “So obviously anywhere there’s afﬁrmative action in play, there will by deﬁnition be minority students admitted over white students with better scores,” Davis said. “That’s not really news.” But Fisher’s case argues the top-10-percent program is all UT needs to ensure diversity. “The top-10-percent plan throughout Texas works extremely well in creating a racially and ethnically diverse student body,” Blum said. “That should have been sufﬁcient for the University of Texas.” Davis said that’s up to the court. She cited the U.S. Census Bureau, which says 37.6 percent of Texas’
The American College Health Association conducted its National College Health Assessment at LSU in spring 2011. In the survey, 3.9 percent of students reported experiencing an eating disorder while in college and 53.5 percent of students reported trying to lose weight. Richard said several factors could trigger an eating disorder. “We are sent messages from the media to ﬁx problems we don’t have,” Richard said. Other factors can be genetic predispositions, stress, substance use media Wednesday. Ardoin emphatically expressed her excitement to see him perform. “Oh my God, it’s Ludacris,” she said. “We actually have a big rap artist.”
How do you feel about the Groovin’ lineup? Vote at lsureveille.com. Contact Danielle Kelley at email@example.com population is Hispanic and 11.8 percent is black. Davis compared that to the current UT freshman class, which is 21 percent Hispanic and 5 percent black. “Is this diverse enough, and would the student body be as diverse as it is without considering race? That is part of what the court will need to address,” she said. Fisher eventually enrolled at LSU, where race is part of the admissions process “in only the most minute way,” according to David Kurpius, interim associate vice chancellor for enrollment management. The only time an LSU applicant’s race is observed, Kurpius said, is during faculty reviews when students don’t quite meet admissions requirements but show promise in grade trends or special talents. But even then, race isn’t a true factor in LSU’s decision. Because LSU doesn’t have a limitation on how many students it can admit — as UT does — the decision is more about whether the student is right for LSU than bringing more minorities to campus, according to Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions Lupe Lamadrid. Kurpius said the University does seek out increased diversity by recruiting at high schools with highperforming minority populations. But the national spotlight is now on UT and Fisher. She has remained tight-lipped amid the attention, declining to speak to the press. Blum said Fisher’s lawsuit “requires an enormous amount of courage and commitment” because of the sensitivity that surrounds race and afﬁrmative action. He said isher and her legal team realized accusations of racism might come with the suit. “Abby knew that was a possible consequence of her activities,” he said. But Blum said Fisher has taken the attention in stride. “Abby has lived the last four years of this litigation as a wellbalanced, academically successful, engaged LSU student,” he said.
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The Daily Reveille or low self-esteem, she said. Athletes can also struggle with proper nutritional habits and pressures to have a certain body type, according to Jamie Mascari, sports nutrition coordinator for the LSU Athletic Department. “A lot of sports are judged on appearance and how they look, like gymnastics, cheerleading, diving — they have an aesthetic aspect,” Mascari said.
Thursday, March 1, 2012 Mascari said her main goal is to educate athletes, and her focus is performance. “If you are performing well and your energy levels are right, and you are fueling your body correctly, that should be the focus, not just your appearance,” Mascari said. Mascari said LSU Cheerleaders and Tiger Girls face a lot of pressure to look good because of the uniforms they wear and skills they perform.
She teaches them from the beginning to make the right nutritional and exercise choices. Richard said the Student Health Center can help students who struggle with an eating disorder or who need treatment for a disorder.
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The first day of spring football practice has been moved to Friday, according to LSU Sports Information.
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LSU rolls McNeese with 19 runs
Aaron Nola earns first career win Luke Johnson Sports Writer
“I came in rusty,” Foster said. “I’ll have more experience with baseball now. It’s a step up from high school.” LSU coach Paul Mainieri would agree with Foster’s assessment that he was “rusty.” Foster hadn’t regularly played baseball since his senior year of high school, when he hit .371 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs. “When he ﬁrst arrived with us in the middle of January, his swing was basically what I would call a high school swing,” Mainieri said. “That type of swing will get exposed at the collegiate level with pitchers that know how to pitch to your weaknesses.”
Whatever frustration the LSU baseball team had left over from a disappointing series against Appalachian State looks to have evaporated to the tune of a 19-10 drubbing of McNeese State in front of a record crowd in Lake Charles. The ﬁnal score didn’t tell the complete tale, however, as McNeese State kept it close for most of the game until LSU pulled away late. Junior ﬁrst baseman Mason Katz powered the offense and kept his recent hot streak alive by going 4-for-4 with a walk, a home run, a double and four RBIs. ating back to his ﬁnal at-bat against Appalachian State on Sunday, Katz has reached base safely in his last 12 plate appearances. The Harahan native opened the oodgates for LSU with a three-run bomb in the second inning to give the Tigers an early ﬁve-run lead. “Obviously, I like the way we’re swinging the bats right now,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri in a news release. “Mason Katz is on ﬁre right now, and we’re getting good at-bats throughout the lineup.” The lead looked like it would
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Freshman could earn more playing time in leadoff spot after committing to baseball Hunter Paniagua Sports Writer
Two months ago, freshman Jared Foster was a football player. He was a preferred walk-on, a practice squad quarterback helping the Tigers prepare for the BCS National Championship. He clung to dreams of stepping on the Tiger Stadium ﬁeld and playing for the home-state team he cheered for as a child. But once football season came to an end, oster made a difﬁcult decision between two sports. He chose baseball — for good. Five days before the start of baseball season, Foster announced he would quit football, which he played most of his life, and focus
strictly on baseball. football and baseball, but Foster “I’m actually going to hang said he never had a No. 1 preferit up and stick with one sport for ence. once,” Foster said. “I didn’t know what to expect A Lake Charles native, Foster from college sports,” Foster said. “I starred as a threewent day by day, sport athlete in ‘Being at the top of the and that’s how I football, baseball order is a change from made my deciand basketball at sion.” being at the bottom.’ Barbe High School, Because Fosgaining recognition ter played football as one of the top during his ﬁrst seJared Foster Louisiana quartermester, he missed LSU freshman designated hitter backs in the 2011 all fall practices class. He earned offers from several with the baseball team. Unlike most in-state schools, including Tulane, collegiate prospects, he didn’t get a McNeese State and Louisiana Tech. chance to play in a summer league Instead, he spurned the schol- to develop his skills. arship offers and chose to enroll at Now, with his attention focused LSU as a walk-on. That allowed solely on baseball, Foster expects him the opportunity to play both his newfound devotion to pay off.
Tigers tumble in overtime loss against Tennessee Red-hot Vols erase early deficit Chris Abshire Sports Writer
Senior Night began like a dream and ended like a nightmare. The LSU men’s basketball team raced to a 15-point ﬁrsthalf lead but couldn’t stave off a sharpshooting Tennessee squad, falling in overtime, 74-69, in the PMAC on Wednesday night. Freshman point guard Anthony Hickey couldn’t recreate the magic from his Mississippi State game-winner two weeks ago, missing a runner at the end of regulation to leave the game
tied at 60. “It was a good pick set for me, and I had the conﬁdence in my shot,” Hickey said. “It felt good off my hand. Sometimes they don’t fall.” Tennessee guard Cameron Tatum hit a 3-pointer to open overtime, and the Volunteers (1713, 9-6 Southeastern Conference) overwhelmed the Tigers (17-12, 7-8) in the extra session to complete a gradual comeback. LSU coach Trent Johnson ran out all three LSU seniors — forwards Malcolm White and Storm Warren and guard Chris Bass — along with typical reserve Eddie Ludwig and sophomore Ralston Turner in the starting lineup. The Tigers responded to the motivational ploy. White poured in seven early
points for his second-highest total of the season, and the LSU frontline dominated the early proceedings to stake the Tigers to a 31-16 ﬁrst-half advantage that held at 11 by halftime. But the Volunteers roared back with ruthless efﬁciency. Within four minutes, Tennessee slashed LSU’s lead to three points, and the momentum never went away. UT managed 74 points on just 49 shots, shooting 15-of-25 from the ﬁeld after halftime and making 19 free throws, including 7-of-7 in overtime. “They made transition baskets in the second half,” said Hickey, who ﬁnished with 12 points on four 3-pointers. OVERTIME, see page 12
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LSU senior guard Chris Bass (4) drives past sophomore Tennessee guard Trae Golden on Wednesday during the Tigers’ 74-69 overtime loss to the Volunteers in the PMAC.
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Claiborne, Brockers, Randle are locks for first-round picks MIC’D UP MICAH BEDARD Sports Columnist Today is the ﬁrst day of March, and that means one thing — the 2012 NFL Draft is a mere month away. The annual NFL scouting combine ended Tuesday and produced some impressive performances by a few former Tigers. Ron Brooks ran the second fastest 40-yard-dash time by a cornerback (4.37 seconds) and linebacker Ryan Baker put up an impressive 30 bench press reps at 225 pounds. Those performances will aid both Brooks and Baker in their hopes of getting drafted sometime on day three of the draft in April, along with safety Brandon Taylor. I don’t think performances at the Combine signiﬁcantly affect a players’ draft stock, but a good showing in front of NFL scouts doesn’t hurt. Three former Tigers are locks to be ﬁrst round picks: cornerback Morris Claiborne, defensive tackle Michael Brockers and wide receiver Rueben Randle. I’m going to delve deeper into the ﬁrst round of the draft and tell you at exactly what point I expect those three to have their
names called. Morris Claiborne (No. 5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers) It still baf es me Claiborne could possibly be drafted as high as former Tiger cornerback Patrick Peterson in 2011. Despite all the attention defensive back Tyrann Mathieu received in the secondary, it was Claiborne who took home the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back. The Consensus First Team All-American might be better in coverage than Peterson and possesses the ability to contribute immediately in the kick return game. Claiborne could also beneﬁt from learning from veteran corner Ronde Barber. Barber has spent 15 years in the NFL and has a wealth of experience he could pass on to Claiborne. Former LSU defensive backs coach Ron Cooper left LSU to take the same position with the Buccaneers. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Claiborne follow his former coach to the Sunshine State. Michael Brockers (No. 9 Carolina Panthers) Carolina spent its ﬁrst overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft to select former Auburn
quarterback Cam Newton, a player Brockers spent time chasing two seasons ago. Brockers would be a key addition to the Panthers’ defensive front that ranked seventh-worst in the league in sacks last season with only 31. It’s surprising to see Brockers shoot up draft boards since the season ended. Some experts have him pegged as the No. 1 defensive tackle prospect in the draft. rockers deﬁnitely has the size and potential to be a dominant defensive tackle that Commands double teams at the next level. Although he didn’t have the best showing at the combine, I don’t see him lasting past pick No. 10. Rueben Randle (No. 26 Houston Texans) If Randle were to land in Houston, it would be a perfect ﬁt. Houston broke into the playoffs for the ﬁrst time in franchise history last season and has one of the best young defenses in the NFL. Pairing Randle on the opposite side from star wide receiver Andre Johnson would give quarterback Matt Schaub another weapon along with running back Arian Foster.
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Former LSU defensive back Morris Claiborne runs a drill Tuesday at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis.
The big question NFL scouts have about Randle is his ability to block cornerbacks effectively at the next level. I’ve fallen in love with Randle’s possession as well as his deep-ball catching ability during his three years in an LSU Tiger uniform. The Texans will get a great, young wide receiver with room
to grow in Randle if he turns out to be their ﬁrst round selection. Micah Bedard is a 21-year-old mass communication senior from Houma. Follow him on Twitter @DardDog. Contact Micah Bedard at firstname.lastname@example.org
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LSU senior forward LaSondra Barrett has been named to the Coaches’ All-Southeastern Conference First-Team for the second consecutive season, the SEC announced Wednesday. Barrett joined seven other players on the ﬁrst team, but she was the only LSU player on the list. LSU has now had a ﬁrst-team All-SEC women’s basketball player for nine straight seasons. “She has BARRETT been unbelievable for us because there are not too many players in the women’s game that can play one through ﬁve,” said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell in
a news release. “She can play every position on the oor, and she can defend every position on the oor.” Barrett currently ranks No. 10 in the SEC in scoring with 12.7 points per game, No. 5 in rebounding with 7.2 rebounds per game and No. 6 in free throw percentage at 72.4 percent. The Jackson, Miss., native ranks No. 2 in LSU history in career free throws (460), No. 13 in points (1,486) and No. 11 in rebounds (780). Barrett and former players Seimone Augustus and Cornelia Gayden are the only three players in school history to have accumulated 1,400 career points, 700 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals.
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Trio of freshmen could be ‘most talented’ in program history Courville owns 12 individual titles Alex Cassara Sports Contributor
Even as a freshman, LSU gymnast Rheagan Courville didn’t surprise anyone by winning the all-around title in a loss to No. 5 Alabama on Friday. She’s already done it twice before, against Kentucky on Feb. 3 and at a tri-meet in Seattle on Feb. 17. “Rheagan is conﬁdent,” said sophomore gymnast Lainie Fleming. “Not in a cocky way, she just knows she can do her gymnastics. That’s a pretty rare quality as a freshman.” Courville heads up a trio of conﬁdent freshmen, which also includes Lloimincia Hall and Jessie Jordan, that have won all-around titles this season, garnering weekly conference honors for each of them and hoisting the Lady Tigers (4-8, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) to No. 10 in the initial regional qualifying score rankings. Courville leads the team with 13 individual titles and two SEC freshman accolades so far this season, ranking No. 8 nationally in the all-around. She’s No. 23 on the bars and is especially proﬁcient on the vault, where she ranks No. 3 in the country. Hall took the all-around title in the opening home meet against Auburn on Jan. 13. She’s No. 14 in the all-around and No. 8 on the oor exercise. Jordan won her all-around title in a loss at Georgia on Jan. 28. She’s No. 17 in the all-around and No. 13 on the beam. No other team in LSU gymnastics history has ever had three different athletes win SEC
Freshman of the Week. “Without a doubt ... this is probably the most talented, top to bottom, freshman class we’ve had,” said LSU coach reaux. The three budding stars’ personalities are as contrasting as their talent is deep. Hall, of allas, and Jordan, of Houston, may both hail from Texas and share the same goal of winning a national championship, but that’s where their similarities end. uring the oor exercise against entucky, reaux said Hall’s heart was “pounding out of her chest” in anticipation, while Jordan could be seen strumming along on her air guitar to a competitor’s song while on deck. Jordan’s relaxed approach helped her earn a 9.850 — good for second on the oor while Hall channeled her nerves into a 9.875 performance to electrify the PMAC and win the exercise. “[Hall] was just like a demon,” reaux said. “Once we got her calmed down, she did great.” Jordan graduated high school early and joined the team during the Christmas break, which reaux called a “shot of adrenaline.” Since then, she’s also acted as a calming agent. “She’s very low-key,” reaux said. “She just takes things in stride. As she tells us all the time in the gym, I’m not into drama.’” Fleming called Courville a perfectionist with a “super competitive” edge. Her attention to detail and will to win was developed by LSU before she even got there. A Baton Rouge native, Courville grew up watching LSU gymnastics from the PMAC stands while attending University High School. She said it was a dream come true performing in front of the fans for the ﬁrst time after the season-opening win
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LSU’s freshmen trio, Rheagan Courville [left], Lloimincia Hall [center] and Jessie Jordan [right], compete Friday at the gymnastics meet against Alabama in the PMAC.
against Auburn. She was also coached by several former LSU gymnasts throughout her career, including 2010 individual national champion Susan Jackson and 2007 graduate Kelly Phelan. Phelan said Courville and the rest of the rookies have infused the team with an excitement that’s been lacking in recent years. “It reminds me of when I was a freshman, so it’s cool,” Phelan said.
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page 12 seven-point lead it held midway through the second half. “Defense wins, and we got Junior center Justin Hamcaught slacking down the stretch. ilton was about the only piece But credit them for knocking of the LSU machine to work down shots.” smoothly down the stretch. He After Tennessee’s initial ﬁnished with 17 points, grabbed surge out of the locker room, the nine rebounds and had two cruteams traded buckets for much of cial blocks. the second half. Warren added a quiet eight The olunteers ipped the points and eight rebounds in his early script on the Tigers, using ﬁnal PMAC outing. a persistent post “To see our ‘I’m going to miss it team go out like game to pester LSU in the paint. it hurts a here, especially ending that, UT junior lot,” Warren said. on that note.’ forward Jeronne “I would have Maymon scored loved to wrap it 14 points after the up with a win. Storm Warren break, and freshI’m going to miss LSU senior forward man forward Jarit here, especially nell Stokes racked up 1 points ending on that note.” and seven rebounds with an array Tennessee sophomore guard of spinning jumpers and twisting Trae Golden contributed 14 lay-ups. points for the ols, including a “We had a hard time guard- crucial 3-point play that gave ing in the post because we gam- UT the lead for good with 1:27 bled,” Johnson said. “Once they to play. got a few easy looks and had The Tigers play their ﬁnal their conﬁdence going, we were game of the regular season on in trouble.” Saturday at Auburn, with anyStokes ﬁnished the game where from the sixth to the ninth -of-10 from the ﬁeld, and the seed in next week’s SEC TournaVols doubled LSU’s scoring in ment still a possibility for LSU. the paint, 32-16. As Tennessee picked up its game, the Tigers’ offense stalled. LSU scored just eight Contact Chris Abshire at points in the ﬁnal eight minutes of regulation, squandering the email@example.com
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be good enough with the way freshman pitcher Aaron Nola was mowing through the McNeese State lineup in his ﬁrst career start. Nola retired 12 of the ﬁrst 15 batters he faced but ran into trouble in the ﬁfth inning. McNeese collected three hits against him in the ﬁfth to plate three runs and cut the LSU lead to two runs. Nola left the game after the inning, earning his ﬁrst career win in the process. The aton Rouge product allowed three earned runs and recorded six strikeouts in the outing. “I was very proud of the way Aaron pitched tonight in a new environment,” Mainieri said. “He showed a lot of poise and gave us the outing we needed to win this game.” As the Cowboys rallied, the LSU bats went cold. The Tigers only managed to get one runner past ﬁrst base in the third through sixth innings. But with the Tigers clinging to a 5-4 lead heading into the seventh inning, their bats erupted again. Katz ignited the rally with a one-out double, and the rest of the lineup quickly followed suit in the LSU’s ﬁve-run seventh inning, as
the Tigers chased McNeese starting pitcher Caleb Miller from the game. The hit parade continued into the eighth and ninth innings, as the Tigers tacked on nine more runs, including an eight-run ninth inning. Senior third baseman Tyler Hanover belted three hits in the ﬁnal three innings, including a pair of doubles and four R Is. It didn’t seem to matter who McNeese State threw at LSU, as the Tigers scored 14 runs in the ﬁnal three frames against eight different Cowboy pitchers, three of whom didn’t record an out. But even with a 14-run lead heading into the ﬁnal inning, the Cowboys refused to go away. acing LSU’s closer, sophomore Nick Rumbelow, McNeese State found its own power surge. Pitching for the second consecutive night, Rumbelow gave up two- and three-run homers and a three-run home run in the ﬁnal frame, allowing McNeese to cut the lead to single digits. The Tigers have today off before welcoming Dartmouth to Alex ox Stadium on riday for a threegame series this weekend. Contact Luke Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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It didn’t take long for oster’s “high school swing” to turn into a college one. His quick progress garnered so much praise from Mainieri that he listed oster as one of the freshmen who would have a signiﬁcant impact during a press conference two weeks before the season. The LSU offense felt that impact immediately. In the second game of the season against Alcorn State, oster pinch hit for junior right ﬁelder Mason at with two runners on base. oster blasted the ﬁrst pitch he saw to right center, clearing the bases and earning his ﬁrst and second career R Is. “He’s made a tremendous transformation with his swing,” Mainieri said. “That’s what good
Thursday, March 1, 2012 athletes can do. When you coach them, they can respond to the coaching and apply the things that you ask them to do.” oster has appeared in all eight games this season, starting four, usually hitting near the bottom of the order. He’s tied for third on the team with six R Is and ranks second with a .400 batting average. But it was his legs, not his bat, that gave Mainieri the idea to move him up in the lineup. “It hit me like a sledgehammer in between the eyes that we have got to get more speed at the top of the order,” Mainieri said. “That’s why we made that move.” oster hit leadoff for the ﬁrst time Tuesday against Grambling State, going 3-for-6 with three runs scored. He also drove home a run with a double to left ﬁeld.
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“It’s an honor,” oster said. “ eing at the top of the order is a change from being at the bottom. You see more pitches, get more atbats.” When asked if he deserves more playing time at the top of the order, oster gave a humble, unclear answer. “Whatever lineup works best is what’s best for the team,” oster said. “So that’s what [Mainieri’s] going to do.” But Mainieri was more sure that oster has a future in the No. 1 spot. “Yeah,” Mainieri said with a smile. “I would guess so.”
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RED STICK ROUNDUP Today: ’80s Night Spanish Moon hosts the original and longestrunning ’80s Night in Baton Rouge. 9 p.m. $5. Wake Into The Nightmare This Christian/hardcore band from Baton Rouge started as a group of friends who just wanted to play music and have as much fun as possible. The Varsity Theatre, 9 p.m. $7. Ladies Night at Fred’s $2.75 Bud, Select, and Ultra; $5.50 Absolut and Absolut flavors; $4 Fred’s and Vegas Bombs; $2 shots from midnight to 2 a.m. Starts at 8 p.m.
Friday: Shearwater with Brass Bed Jonathan Meiburg and Will Sheff, who began their photo courtesy of SHEARWATER collaboration as members of Okkervil River, founded Shearwater in 2001 as an outlet for quieter songs on which the two were working. The band released a new album, “Animal Joy,” on Feb. 14. Spanish Moon, 9 p.m. $12. Drink Specials at Mike’s Open bar from 8 to 10 p.m. and $2 Jameson and Rumplemintz shots all night.
Trash and Treasures sale starts Friday
attracted her. “It’s like eight thrift stores combined, but with better deals,” As the saying goes, “one Guidry said. “I’m in college, so man’s trash is another man’s I’m not really in the position to buy new furniture all the time, so treasure.” That’s never been more the sale is a really good place to true than at the Attic Trash and ﬁnd things in good condition.” In addition to furniture, Treasure Garage Sale, run by InKathleen Howell, ner Wheel of Baton a chairwoman for Rouge, a non-proﬁt What: organization that Attic Trash and Treasure the Attic Trash and Treasure Garage works to raise monGarage Sale Sale, said the sale ey for charities. When: offers silverware Held in the old and other supplies. Mervyn’s store at Friday from “We also have Cortana Mall, the 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. kitchen stuff they sale amounts to rows Saturday from can put in their and rows of items 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. apartments,” she people have donated Sunday from said. to the organization. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Howell said Everything from this year is the CDs, cassette tapes Where: event’s 22nd. Each and records to silk Old Mervyn’s store at year, the sale beneowers, sofas, bed Cortana Mall ﬁts charities around frames and jewelry Baton Rouge. will line the shelves. “In the 20 years we’ve been The furniture in particular may pique students’ interest. doing it, we’ve given $1.3 milEmily Guidry, English litera- lion back to the community,” ture sophomore, bought a couch Howell said She explained that each year from the Trash and Treasure sale before moving into her ﬁrst a different charity is selected to receive money. This year, it’s apartment. “It’s huge and red and has the Greater Baton Rouge Hope this majestic print comprised Academy, a school for special of stately unicorns and orange needs children. It will receive 50 trees,” Guidry said. “I think it percent of proﬁts from the sale. “We’ve been very forbrings me good luck.” Guidry’s friend, a “thrift- tunate that the Cortana Mall ing queen,” convinced her to go, but she said the deals really TREASURE, see page 19 Taylor Balkom
Drivin’ N Cryin’ Hard-rock band Drivin’ N Cryin’ will hit the stage for a trip to the past. Chelsea’s Cafe, 10:30 p.m. “Pinocchio” Join Playmakers Young Professionals as they explore this classic story with a Commedia twist. Reilly Theatre, 2 p.m. $15.
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This year’s Trash and Treasures sale will feature items like ceramics [top], furniture [bottom left] and jewelry [bottom right].
Student, professor partner in cupcake shop venture Nicholson Drive store opened Wed.
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Josh Naquin Entertainment Writer
A University student and law school professor are looking to satisfy Baton Rouge’s sweet tooth with cupcakes from their new eatery, Frosted Cupcakes, which aims to please both the eye and the stomach. Nearly a year in the making, Frosted Cupcakes opened its doors to the public Wednesday. The confectionary, located on 5251 Nicholson Drive next to Brew-Bacher’s Grill, offered free cupcakes to all customers who visited the eatery on its inaugural day of business. Owners Kyle Anderman,
business senior, and Andi Carroll, University law professor, conceived the idea for their cupcake shop while working up a sweat on the tennis courts. “I was giving Andi tennis lessons last summer, and we had been discussing a joint business venture for a little while,” Anderman said. “We came across cupcakes one day, and the idea stuck.” Anderman said once he and Carroll decided to make their plan a reality, they spent six months carefully crafting the menu. “We knew what we liked and we enlisted the help of some local pastry chefs to guide us in creating original recipes,” Anderman said. Frosted Cupcakes offers a variety of cupcakes from red velvet to chocolate, but Anderman’s favorite CUPCAKES, see page 19
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First-year law students Stephen Eckholdt (left) and Leanne Kimble (right) dig into Dippin’ Dots and a Reese’s cupcake on Wednesday at Frosted Cupcakes.
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Chiddy Bang, “Breakfast”
The college alt-rap duo Chiddy Bang brings a harder edge and a cleaner, crisper sound to the group’s first studio LP, “Breakfast.” Both MC Chidera “Chiddy” Anemege and DJ/producer Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Beresin manage to demonstrate their evolving styles in a complimenting manner. Xaphoon runs through a gauntlet of sounds, serving listeners with unique synths, acoustic guitars and soulful vocals. Chiddy plays off Xaphoon accordingly, bringing fast, fiery raps to bounce off head-banging, stomp-inducing beats and clicks on songs like “Hand Claps & Guitars” and the title track. While the rapper exhibits his traditional charm, he still puts his game face on for some of these tougher tracks. At times, the album’s childish sing-along pop beats can sound awkward against Chiddy’s rap, but the other explosive tracks make up for it.
Ja Rule, “Pain Is Love 2”
Ja Rule won’t be lavishly celebrating the release of his new album, “Pain Is Love 2,” seeing as he’s still behind bars for gun possession. “PIL2” surprisingly differs from his past R&Binfluenced albums. With raw and explicit lyrics, Ja Rule conveys the story of his fall from fame and the harsh, dark reality of his celebrity experiences. Hardcore, heavy beats are meshed with various collaborations, similar to his past efforts with Ashanti and Jennifer Lopez. Ja Rule is sometimes drowned out by the music and other featured artists, which is a good thing since the album’s lyricism is less than stellar. Overall, the album is a decent comeback for the forgotten millennium rapper.
Green River Ordinance, “Under Fire”
RAYLEA BARROW Good Time Records
Fort Worth, Texas, natives Green River Ordinance’s sophomore album, “Under Fire,” is filled with catchy rock tunes infused with a country twang and doesn’t stop pumping out great tunes until the album ends. It’s straight southern rock, plain and simple. From the Mumford & Sons-like opener “Dark Night,” Josh Jenkins and company preach of country roads and summer nights for an hour straight, and it never gets boring. While the standout tracks “Lost In the World,” “Dancing Shoes” and “Love Laid Down” shine brighter than the rest of the album, the remaining songs are only a hair less impressive. Rarely does an album have such a cohesive sound the entire way though — especially a 15-track one like “Under Fire.” Listening to this album is an absolute treat.
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White Rabbits, “Milk Famous”
White Rabbits’ newest album, “Milk Famous,” continues the trend of long-awaited albums that don’t live up to the hype. The group’s third album isn’t bad; the sound is consistent throughout, but there isn’t any one song that begs to be played on repeat. The album is watered-down from the aggressive drum beats and intense vocals that characterize the band’s previous work. While this effort may make the band more accessible to a wider audience of listeners, they seem to have lost part of their personal flair. Many of the songs on the album have overly simplistic basslines that neither the lyrics nor the vocals are strong enough to carry. The songs are easily forgettable, but the interesting juxtaposition of percussion and melody makes the album worth a listen.
Estelle, “All Of Me”
HAYLIE NAVARRE Warner Music/Atlantic Records
Grammy-winning artist Estelle delivers her most personal album to date, with the aptly-named “All of Me.” The album serves as an antidote to fellow British singer Adele’s “21” by offering a different perspective on sorrowful breakups. Listeners will reminisce on their journey through love as the multifaceted album transitions from sounds of heartache to uptempo tunes advocating liberation and enjoying life. In the album’s most notable track, “Thank You,” Estelle thanks her past love for introducing her to pain and making her a woman. But the British songbird refuses to cry over her American boy. By the end of the album, Estelle is asserting her independence in a collaboration with Janelle Monae for retro tune “Do My Thing.” Overall, Estelle succeeds in narrating a cohesive love story with the pop-soul gems the artist is known for.
EDITOR’S PICK: The Magnetic Fields, “Love At The Merge Records Bottom Of The Sea” The Magnetic Fields has set its usual crazy antics aside in favor of a throwback sound for the band’s 10th album, “Love At The Bottom Of The Sea.” The pop group has crafted a record of cheerful, ironic and sometimes humorous tracks with a synthy kick — reminiscent of the band’s earlier albums from the ‘90s. Stephin Merritt, the band’s founder and primary member, is still clearly having fun with the music, penning lyrics like “The only girl I’ll ever love is/Andrew in drag.” Although nothing groundbreaking, the album flows through both hyper songs and languid melodies to establish an entertaining collection. It’s nice to see a group with lasting power that can still produce quality work.
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‘Big Lebowski’ inspiration Jeff Dowd to attend screening at Manship Theatre Joey Groner
In preparation for the ﬁrst annual Louisiana International ilm estival in April 2013, festival organi ers are screening the Coen brothers’ cult classic “The ig Lebowski” on Saturday at the Manship Theatre. The screening will host special guest Jeff owd, a ﬁlm producer who served as the inspiration for the 1 movie’s main character, Jeff “The ude” Lebowski, portrayed by Jeff ridges. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a Wii bowling tournament and pre-show drinks. The ﬁlm will screen at 7 p.m., followed by a A with owd and an afterparty. photo courtesy of JULIA RANSOM Chesley Heymsﬁeld, executive director of LI , said the Film producer Jeff Dowd stands next to an image of “The Dude,” the character he ﬁlm was chosen for a number of inspired in “The Big Lebowski.” The film will screen Saturday at the Manship Theatre. reasons, one of them being the current bowling tournament in about watching it in a room full excited to be a part of the festiaton Rouge, as bowling is an of people who know every line.” val’s planning stages. Heymsﬁeld got “This really has the chance important plot point the idea to set up to be something special,” owd in the ﬁlm. How to go: Louisiana’s own ﬁlm said. “ aton Rouge and New Or“It just really festival after mov- leans and the whole area has bemade sense to do What: Screening of “The ing to aton Rouge come such a great spot for ﬁlm, something bowling- Big Lebowski” from New York. She so a festival is just a great thing centric while we have Where: Manship Theatre was curious about the for the state.” all of these tourists in state’s bustling ﬁlm owd believes the festival town,” Heymsﬁeld When: Pre-screening industry and thought doesn’t need to grow to be as big said. “That’s really entertainment at 5:30 what we want to do, p.m. Saturday, screening at a central hub for the as the Cannes or Sundance festiindustry was needed. vals, as LI should exist to furis have our ﬁngers on “I went on a ther the community and serve as the pulse of what’s 7, after-party at 9:30 happening around the Tickets: $10 for students little road trip of in- a showcase for the state’s growvestigation to see if ing ﬁlm industry. city.” for the pre-screening this idea would work “The si e of the festival reowd said he Heymsﬁeld ally doesn’t matter because it’s loves taking part events and the screening; out,” in events like the $40 for events, screening said. “We decided to not about how big it becomes,” launch the festival to owd said. “ ut you also have screening, as he en- and after-party present Louisiana to to remember that when Sunjoys being a part of everyone else in the dance ﬁrst began, no one thought the special culture world.” it would go anywhere because it that surrounds the ﬁlm. owd will also assist the was held in middle-of-nowhere “There’s such a sense of community among fans of this planners of LI in setting up the Utah in the winter.” movie,” owd said. “It’s one of festival. owd has been involved those movies that has the ability in the planning of other ﬁlm fesContact Joey Groner at to reach a bunch of different peo- tivals, including the Sundance ilm estival, and said he is ple, and there’s something special email@example.com
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iFashion: stylish mobile apps to please the eye News, advice at your f ingertips
Style.com and Elle apps work great for runway photos, videos, events and interviews, as well as beauty and hair tips. It also includes celebrity style updates in real time Not all apps are created equal. throughout the day, making inforAmong the great smartphone mation immediately available to apps that outlive the two-week app users. For technical hands-on regrace period of proving their usefulness, a few noteworthy fashion search and design consulting, design brands and buyers can use apps actually apps such as Trendstop to ﬁnd the provide quallatest fashion trends and forecastity style news ing for upcoming seasons. This app and information provides not only visuals but valuwhile simultaneable article excerpts from fashion ously entertainexperts worldwide. There are packing its users. ages provided at inexpensive rates When I to provide even further and more wake up and go AL BURKS detailed trend reporting services to my closet to Columnist for those analy ing buying trends ponder what shirt is going to ﬁt with which bottom and developing future collections. The Style Studio app is imfor the weather and the occasion, I often wish there was an app for pressive for providing an interface where future or professional that. designers can share a design idea And now there is. Stylish Girl and Cool Guy are or prototype via online networks. two apps that take pictures right Users can design a look in this from a phone and export looks to program and showcase it on cusorgani e and compile outﬁts ev- tomized male or female models. ery day. Other features include the The app is available for $2. on ability to share the outﬁts, tag the iTunes. or the fun and fashionable designer or retailer, make additional comments, shop online, make gossip girl, the E! Online app Fashwish lists and help pack for travel. ion Police provides celebrity style But it doesn’t stop there — a news, photos and videos, dishing variety of trendy technology exists. about the fads with snarky comA fashion reporter or blogger ments about the stars’ wardrobe with the need to share and trade choices and career hype. Last, if fun and games are an advice will enjoy two highly-rated and frequently discussed apps that app must, then try Fashion Story, provide useful and innovative ser- which incorporates fun in the retail buying and selling experivices. Style Tag is a hot app that ence, gives users an idea of what shares accounts from popular de- it would be like to buy and sell signers, retailers and fashion pro- retail inventory for a boutique. or fessionals who constantly update design-conscious app users, Jojo’s Fashion Show their news feeds. This allows un- BURKS IS RAVING ABOUT: World Tour is also a winner. It shares derground fash- - Stylish Girl: daily outfit organizer design competiionistas to follow t o - t h e - m i n u t e - Style Tag: up-to-date fashion news tions and wardrobe scenarios, giving fashion news - Pose: user-friendly style sharing users the chance without having - Elle or Style.com: runway photos to test their style to spend next and month’s rent on - Trendstop: fashion season forecasts knowledge fashion week - Style Studio: design fashion forums showcase expertickets. Speaking - Fashion Police: celeb style photos tise on trend presentations wat difof fashion week, avid attendees - Fashion Story: a glimpse at retail life ferent levels. Overall, these of elite fashion - Jojo’s Fashion Show World Tour: events can also design competition news and trends apps have a the likeability factor take the opportufor their faithful nity to post personal style or runway looks via the users, and like Angry Birds, they snap-and-share option. This could may even go on to inspire fashion possibly garner notoriety from us- merchandise spin-offs that perers’ style-savvy friends who are in- petuate an undying love for the growth of the fashion app. vited to follow the users’ feed. The style app Pose allows users to share and tag posts similar to Al Burks is a 25 year-old apparel Style Tag, also including a proﬁle design senior from New Orleans. that followers can check past styles that have been posted and shared. For professional designers and stylists looking for breaking Contact Al Burks at news from the fashion industry, the firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cool Guy [left] and Stylish Girl [right] are fashion apps that help users coordinate daily outfits and personal styles.
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Social media site offers music community Splash.FM beta form available now Austen Krantz Entertainment Writer
Amid a constantly growing assortment of social media uses, the social music discovery website Splash.FM seeks to provide users with a chance to ﬁnd new and enjoyable tunes while promoting the content they like, meeting others with similar tastes and discovering great new music. The site launched in private beta in January and offered The Daily Reveille a chance to tour its features. Like other social networking sites, Splash.FM allows users to set up an account with a picture and proﬁle information. Users can upload personal music ﬁles from their own libraries, follow other users who post music, stream any of these songs, download user-uploaded content, buy songs from the iTunes library and “splash” music they enjoy. The Splash feature is a key component of the website, allowing users to click a water droplet symbol next to tracks they like, adding a track to “My Splashes” on their pages and increasing the splash number next to the song. This number denotes how many users have splashed the song. User proﬁles display an activity page, which works similarly to a Facebook wall. This section shows a user’s recent actions, like their comments on other people’s music, who they follow and who follows them. Members also have access to a “home” board, which details their personal recent activity, content from users they follow, those members’ activity, posts by the entire community and a list of suggested splashes. Another section features a “Splashboard,” which displays top-rated tracks by friends and others, as well as the top splashers of the site. A website representative said in a news release that the page hopes to spread music that users will enjoy through “who you know” mechanics — following friends with trustworthy musical opinions, users will pick up tracks they will most likely enjoy. As somewhat of an incentive to better communicate and spread good music, each user receives a “Splash Score” — a rank from zero to 99. This demonstrates the participant’s activity on the site. A member betters this score by splashing music, receiving other followers with high splash Scores and by having their posted content re-splashed by other users. eing able to ﬁnd great music through friends while gaining respect for content personally posted or splashed seems like a concept that has the potential to appeal to a wide audience — that is, if the site manages to successfully promote these features. The ability to stream tracks also allows users to ﬁnd speciﬁc
tracks and artists, as they do when using iTunes, Spotify or even YouTube. As with many services in beta testing, some of these features exhibit some fallbacks. Several features seem like great ideas in theory, but sometimes fail to deliver. Searching tracks, artists or albums can prove a mess. The site fails to categorize properly, leaving users to sift through random tracks that may or may not be by the artist they’re looking for. Searching through all results pulls up a list of track names with appropriate artists, but no other information on the songs. In addition, users can ﬁnd highly-splashed songs, but it’s difﬁcult to trace whose page they originally appeared on, unless the song is found on another user’s page. In short, the site can be difﬁcult to navigate. The beta version of Splash. FM presents some potentially great ideas, but the company could better esh out those features before the site’s ofﬁcial release. If the site manages to better organize its library, search engine and splash system, it can bloom into an interesting community of music lovers.
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“Bittersweet Poetry” by Kanye West [top] featuring John Mayer and “21 Questions” by 50 Cent [bottom] are among the most “splashed” songs on the Splash.FM site.
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Unframed works displayed, available for sale at ‘Sur le Papier’ Raylea Barrow
“Sur le Papier” frees art from the frame. Frameworks Gallery, located on Highland Road, will display unframed and unmatted contemporary art Saturday. The theme of the “Sur le Papier” is works of art on paper. Artists will have their on-paper artwork hung throughout the gallery for sale. Rozlan Fransen, Frameworks Gallery owner, had the idea to do something different in hopes of bringing out a Saturday shopping crowd. The gallery showing differs from previous events with an early opening at 10 a.m. and continuing until 2 p.m. “[Sur le Papier] is something a little different from your standard Friday night gallery,” Fransen said. “It’s a fun twist on an opening.” Fransen said the art shows are typically geared toward an age range of 30 to 40 years old, but Sur le Papier does not have a deﬁned target audience. Billie Bourgeois, New Orleans native and University alumna, will have her artwork hung in the exhibit. “I’m excited about the show because it’s the ﬁrst time paper pieces can be shown,” Bourgeois said, “I thought [Fransen’s] idea was so unusual. A Saturday
morning opening and brunch are really imaginative.” Bourgeois will show three pieces at Sur le Papier: “Saving the Wetlands,” “Bayou View” and “Overpass.” All three pieces are handled similarly in terms of ink, watercolor and mixed media. Bourgeois said she is more of a contemporary realist who leans to toward the abstract. Bourgeois has painted since the fourth grade and still enjoys her career at 68 years old. “It’s my life,” Bourgeois said. “It’s who I am, and it’s so personal to me. I can’t imagine who I’d be if I didn’t do it.” Ignatius Reilly’s gourmet food truck will be at the event to provide brunch, including mimosas and coffee for visitors. According to Fransen, Frameworks Gallery carries everything from oil painting to photography. “A lot of work is on canvas,” Fransen said. “We have teak tables done by a local carpenter. There is also an artist that has a piece on thread. It will be there on Saturday.” Fransen previously worked for Louisiana Homes and Gardens magazine, but left to take a different route in her career. “I graduated in ﬁne arts at all State in Indiana,” Fransen said. “I was working with the previous owner for a year and a half. She retired to another business, and I bought the gallery.”
‘Hugo’ filmmakers to bring studio to BR The Associated Press
(AP) — Pixomondo LLC, which won an Academy Award this year, said Wednesday that it will spend $1.2 million to create a visual effects studio in Louisiana, creating 75 jobs in ﬁlm, television and commercial production. Plans call for the company to use about 6,000 square feet at the Celtic Media Centre in Baton Rouge. The studio will be the German company’s 12th international location. The company said annual salaries will average about $65,000. Plans call for 50 people to be hired during the ﬁrst year of operation, followed by 25 by the end of the second year. Thilo Kuther, the company’s chief executive and founder, said the computer science department at LSU would help set up remote connections with the company’s other studios. Gov. Bobby Jindal said the state began working six months ago with the company to gauge its interest in a visual effects studio that could handle major movie and television productions in the state. The studio will work with Pixomondo’s international locations that require around-theclock production across different
time zones. The state is providing several economic incentives for the project, including work force development assistance, tax credits for high-paying jobs and state digital media and ﬁlm production tax credits of 30 percent to 35 percent. “Louisiana offers a very generous production tax that we can pass on to our clients to bolster our project load as well as our growing teams in Los Angeles, London and Germany, not to mention China and Canada,” Kuther said. Pixomondo won an Oscar for its visual effects work on “Hugo” in Sunday’s Academy Awards. It also has created visual effects for such ﬁlms as “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” “Red Tails,” “Sucker Punch,” “Super 8” and “Fast Five.” It currently is working on visual effects for “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “The Amazing Spiderman” as well as several television shows. The Celtic Media Centre has about 150,000 square feet of stage space and 80,000 square feet of ofﬁce space. Contact The Daily Reveille’s entertainment staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bourgeois gives private art studio classes with her sister, Sheryl Southwick, on mixed media and abstraction. Southwick also has pieces based in abstraction with broken color and has two studios. In addition to Frameworks Gallery, Bourgeois’ artwork has hung at Ann Connelly Fine Art Gallery and Entre Nous Gallery in Lafayette. Following the Saturday release, the art will be on display from Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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“Fish for Dinner” [left], a monotype piece by Sheryl Southwick, and “Saving the Wetlands” [right], Billie Bourgeois’ mixed media design, will be displayed at Frameworks Gallery.
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Youths optimistic about job prospects Haylie Navarre Entertainment Writer
Despite a recent economic downturn responsible for job cuts and increased competition in the employment market, young adults preparing to enter the workforce don’t seem worried. According to a recent study published by the Pew Research Center, a majority of adults surveyed said it was more difﬁcult for young adults today to reach ﬁnancial milestones such as ﬁnding a job, saving for the future, paying for college or buying a home. The study, titled “Young, Underemployed and Optimistic: Coming of Age, Slowly, in a Tough Economy,” said this could be caused by the perception that the age of adulthood is being pushed further back. The survey said the commonly accepted age of ﬁnancial independence has shifted. In 1993, 80 percent of parents said their children should be ﬁnancially independent by the age of 22, but today only 67 percent of older adults agree. But the majority of young adults still believe that 22 is the appropriate age to establish ﬁnancial independence. Accounting freshman Lydia Abadie said her parents currently aid her ﬁnances, but she hopes to be ﬁnancially independent by the
TREASURE, from page 13
management has been able to get us Mervyn’s to do this,” Howell said. “They work very hard to get this place every year. I don’t know where else we’d do it.” Other charities receiving donations are the Salvation Army, Brave Heart Children in Need, Big River Economic and Agricultural Development Alliance, Connections for Life and the Rotary Foundation Scholarship Foundation.
CUPCAKES, from page 13
incorporates a cookie dough center. Beyond cupcakes, Anderman said Frosted Cupcakes will serve Dippin’ Dots ice cream, River Road Coffee and old-school bottled Cokes. The additional menu choices were selected in an effort to complement Frosted’s modern style and laid-back environment. “We offer free Internet, and with comfy lounge areas we hope [Frosted Cupcakes] will become a place where students can gather and relax,” Carroll said. The owners said they’re hoping the store’s location near campus will help them compete with other cupcake eateries. Carroll said there are three other shops in Baton Rouge that serve cupcakes, but noted many are located near Siegen Lane, a farther distance from the University. “I picked this location almost before we decided on what to put here,” Anderman said. Leanne Hinson, landscape architecture junior, said she felt the cupcake shop could stand out to students among a sea of frozen yogurt and other confection sellers.
age of 21. Robert Kaj Gittings, assistant economics professor, is a labor economist who studies the supply and demand of the labor market. Gittings teaches a class on labor economics in which he provides two days’ worth of tips and tricks for job searching. He said his students consistently praise him for these lectures, and he can see students are interested and concerned about entering the job market, but they don’t regard it with urgency. “Many students have the expectation that their degree is going to come with a job,” Gittings said. Gittings said there is a pecking order in the labor market. Students who are seen as “superstars” are sought out and will receive job offers before they graduate. He said these graduates will not have to worry about unemployment. Once someone graduates without a job, they are seen as unemployed, and Gittings said this signals to employers that these students were not “superstars,” making them less valuable potential employees. “That ﬁrst job is so important in basically deﬁning your career path,” Gittings said. The study revealed the employment rate among young adults aged 18 to 24 has fallen to 54.3 percent, the lowest ﬁgure the U.S. ureau of Labor Statistics has collected.
This can be attributed to students not aggressively seeking jobs as well as the lack of available jobs. “Young adults don’t seem to be participating in the labor market as much as they used to be,” Gittings said. He said the labor force participation includes those who are currently employed and those actively seeking employment. The study also revealed workers of all ages desire job security more than a hefty salary. Abadie is among the consensus valuing job security. She said if someone has a steady job they can manage their money accordingly, but losing a job has major consequences. Gittings interprets the precedence of high job security as a sign that people are willing to take a pay cut to ensure less risk in their career. He said compensation packages usually include a salary, which is a known amount, and a bonus, which is the risk taken to make more money. “It seems like younger adults would prefer more of a guaranteed salary than the bonus of risk,” Gittings said.
The charity element gives students a reason to go. Lauren Smith, wildlife ecology sophomore, said she loves that the money goes toward supporting the community. “I’ve always really liked garage sales, too,” Smith mentioned. “This seems like a really unique opportunity to ﬁnd some interesting stuff.” Smith said she will be looking for 1990s relics for a theme party but isn’t opposed to buying other items if they catch her eye and are a good price.
Smith thinks the popularity of thrifting will draw a large crowd to the event. “They’ll be able to ﬁnd some great things for really low prices,” Smith said. The sale opens at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday.
“It could catch on with students as a different type of dessert place,” Hinson said. Anderman said his cupcakes are reasonably priced around $3 and his business’ products will separate Frosted Cupcakes from the competition. “A lot of places may have food that is pretty to look at or taste good,” Anderman said. “But we’re providing a product that both looks and tastes awesome.” Contact Josh Naquin at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Vasectomy bill in Georgia an inane piece of legislation SCUM OF THE GIRTH PARKER CRAMER Columnist Keep your bills away from my balls. At least that’s what they’re saying in Georgia, where Rep. Yasmin Neal, D-Riverdale, has introduced a bill to ban vasectomies unless men faced a serious health risk. Since voluntary sterilization doesn’t cure a man of anything (other than having another mouth to feed), the bill would essentially ban the practice of vasectomies entirely. How senseless of a bill is this? Who in their right mind would vote for a law that prevents men from creating any future children? For that matter, who would pass any law involving men’s testicles, our most sacred treasures? Nobody. Which is exactly why Rep. Neal proposed this bill. Republicans in the Georgia Legislature are backing a bill that would outlaw abortions past 20 weeks of pregnancy, the point at which a fetus can feel pain. Out of frustration with conservatives’ persistence to regulate women’s reproductive rights, Rep. Neal threw it right back in their faces. In a sarcastic statement, Rep. Neal said, “Thousands of children are deprived of birth in this state every year because of the lack of state regulation over vasectomies.” If abortions deprive children of life, you bet your ass
As usual, the Opinion section of our website, lsureveille.com, has been absolutely buzzing with reader comments. Check if out today, and let your voice be heard. In reference to Jay Meyers’ column “Share the Wealth: Higher age limit in New Orleans bad for tourism,” readers had this to say: “Someone trying to enforce the drinking age may indeed be eating all the low hanging fruit in the tree of crime. However, your attempt to justify your right to drink at 18 with the reasons in this
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vasectomies do, too. No gravy, no baby. Rep. Neal has given the public a fresh perspective. How is it OK to repeatedly attempt to legislate women’s bodies but never men’s? According to society, it’s perfectly acceptable to let a surgeon (or a veterinarian, depending on income) perform a little snippety-snip on the family jewels because a man doesn’t want to have children. Obviously, a woman can choose to have her tubes tied in order to prevent conception
entirely, but that’s not Neal’s point. It’s not the government’s place to legislate an individual’s body. Yet, through anti-abortion and anti-drug laws, they attempt to do it everyday. Nobody loves abortion — not even the most leftist of liberals. Nobody likes to see women abusing the system by using abortion as a regular form of birth control. It’s not. It’s a last resort. That being said, if we are not going to outlaw the primary forms of birth control (condoms,
the pill, etc.), then how is it within the government’s rights to outlaw a secondary or even tertiary method? The issue of abortion has always been simple to me. Are the people protesting abortion going to help these women raise their children? Of course not — they have their own lives to live. If you’re not going to help raise the baby, who are you to decide if a woman has one or not? Thankfully, I’ve got a solution to this problem. Here’s the deal, my rightwing amigos: We will let you
outlaw abortion entirely if you promise to accept a modest tax increase, which will go toward providing 18 years of child support to the single mother whom you forced to give birth. Deal? I thought so.
article is just plain sad. Why don’t you use your time writing about the inequality and poverty you mentioned, or any other number of issues (corruption, gas prices, education). I look forward to your blistering expose on how ignoring the driving age requirement of 16 is right and just.” -Anonymous
there is nothing wrong with writing about this, it is very smart to pick a topic you KNOW will be read by your core readers. Good job, though. You should continue posting irrelevant, self-righteous comments on articles.” -CF
18 year old in Europe can drink wine with dinner but and 18 year old American cannot. It is absurd that an 18 year old American can go to war but cannot drink a beer, legally, even if in the company of their parents. Now, decades after the drinking age in the US was raised to 21, have the statistics yet been compiled which compare ages of drinking related deaths pre and post the age 21 regulation. I doubt any difference exists. I doubt the statistics have even been compiled; and I likely would doubt the statistics if they proved vast savings of life - because in my life experience
I have not seen it. Will we ever outgrow the puritanical outrages that have girdled adult life since the spawn of darker ages? Will we ever let adults act as they see ﬁt Will we ever understand that demonizing drinking, drug use and sexual indulgences simply magnify the practices? We are fools to continue to be led like imbeciles by imbeciles.” -August Gerard Schwartz, LSU ‘83
“The Reveille has written articles on poverty, corruption, gas prices, education, etc. This happens to be an article in a college newspaper about an issue important to a large variety of college students. Not only is
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“When the Federal drinking age was set at 21, Louisiana was the last of the 50 states to conform to the code. The state ﬁnally relented, but only after the Federal Government threatened to withhold Federal highway funds which total in the hundreds of millions a year. It is absurd that an
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HEAD to HEAD
Is Anonymous a terrorist organization?
No. Civil disobedience is not an act of terrorism. Yes. Anonymous is evil and threatens freedom. MANUFACTURING DISCONTENT DAVID SCHEUERMANN Columnist Do you remember where you were when a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack brought down the Church of Scientology website? No What about when PayPal went under attack? Still nothing? These attacks were perpetrated by the decentralized hacktivist collective Anonymous, and you probably don’t remember them because unlike terrorist attacks, they didn’t cause you anything more than an inconvenience. Anonymous is a loosely-afﬁliated group of computer programmers that organizes itself to coordinate online protests. Its methods include DDOS attacking websites, hacking into organizations’ servers and leaking documents. But Anonymous hasn’t once used its capabilities to physically harm another human being or the general public. So why is the United States government lumping the group in with the likes of al-Qaida and foreign cyber spies? A report in The Wall Street Journal last week stated that the National Security Agency is treating the online collective as a potential threat. NSA director Gen. Keith Alexander told ofﬁcials that Anonymous may soon be able to “bring about a limited power outage through a cyber attack.” Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, NSA. That assessment is a little ﬁshy. First, threatening to treat Anonymous as a terrorist organization for a crime they have not committed and have not planned to commit borders dangerously close to convicting the group of thought crime. Secondly, if a 15-year-old in a Guy Fawkes mask can cause a power outage by running a program on his computer, then there may be a bigger problem to look into. In fact, Anonymous has never attempted an act that would cause as much damage to the public as a power outage. They engage in illegal activities, yes, but that is the entire point of civil disobedience. Anonymous is closer to the guys breaking windows at protests than actual terrorists. They simply pursue their goals by using different tactics. Anonymous’ DDOS attacks constitute a form of online protest. They are disruptive and potentially harmful to the organizations they target, but they are nonetheless nonthreatening or at least nonlethal. Leaking documents is a more murky area. Still, while it may take a breach of ethics to retrieve the documents, leaks can often be beneﬁcial to the public. One can point to the Pentagon Papers, the Iraq and Afghanistan War Logs or the leaked diplomatic cables as examples that informed the public and brought transparency to the government. Actually, if you go through a list of activities Anonymous has been involved with, you may ﬁnd a lot of actions that you would agree with. During the Arab Spring, for example, Anonymous acted to take down several websites afﬁliated with the governments of the countries involved in protests and revolution.
Other similar acts include shutting down the RIAA and MPAA websites following the SOPA/PIPA protests, attacking PayPal, Visa and MasterCard in retaliation to pressure put on WikiLeaks and helping to populari e and promote the Occupy Wall Street movement. These acts are exactly why Anonymous is being targeted now. While the group may not be a threat to the general public, it does pose a challenge to authoritarian institutions. As an anarchic organization, Anonymous usually targets concentrations of centralized power, such as corporations and government organizations. Dissent and civil disobedience are completely contradictory to the aims of established institutions, which are heavily entrenched in the status quo. In this context, it is unsurprising that the NSA would be looking to target Anonymous. However, we must remember that all of Anonymous’ activities are nothing more than civil disobedience and disruption. Its actions may be illegal, but legality is not what deﬁnes a protest. Otherwise, we may have to start looking at that Boston Tea Party in a completely different way. Still, Anonymous does not target the public and should thus not be treated as a terrorist organization. But I guess the NSA can take time from protecting our borders in order to make sure Anonymous doesn’t take down any more websites. Never forget. David Scheuermann is a 20-year-old mass communication and computer science sophomore from Kenner. Follow him on Twitter at @TDR_dscheu. Contact David Scheuermann at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE NEW FRONTIERSMAN CLAYTON CROCKETT Opinion Editor It was called freedom of speech. It was called the Internet. His name is Robert Paulson. But this isn’t Chuck Palahniuk’s “Fight Club” or Project Mayhem. It’s Anonymous. It’s a shame that our intelligence of the Internet doesn’t mirror our obvious dependence on it, because we’ve found ourselves in the crosshairs of a group who has that intelligence and knows precisely how to use it for their cause. The line between terrorism and activism or the new term “hacktivism” is a ﬁne one, so I’ll put it plainly: Activism is protesting outside of an abortion clinic. Terrorism is setting the clinic a ame. In even simpler terms, terrorism is violence with a cause. Unfortunately for our safety, no one seems to treat online goods as seriously as material goods, despite the fact that we pay for them, we work to produce them and we inundate our lives with them. So when a man ﬁres a bullet at the White House, headlines across the nation scrawl the attack in outrage. But when word gets out that Anonymous has hacked the CIA or the FBI, the public is apathetic. The same goes for the hacking of PlayStation Network, when hackers gained access to the personal information of up to 70 million users, including credit card numbers, names, birthdates, e-mail addresses and more. Anonymous claims to be on the side of security and transparency, but burning a building down is not how you prove its structural aws, just like killing a man is not
how you prove his weakness by example. In “Fight Club,” the most frightening aspect of Project Mayhem came with the realization that it consisted of everyday people “We cook your meals, we haul your trash, we connect your calls, we drive your ambulances. We guard you while you sleep.” Then Tyler Durden provides the appropriate conclusion: “Do not f--- with us.” And so Anonymous is aptly named. They can hack food transportation lines, they can hack waste management, they can hack any and all online communication and they can hack medical information. They can hack your security while you sleep. Their credo logically mirrors Durden’s: “We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.” No one deserves this power. Should one possess it, using it as leverage for a cause is as evil as coercion under the sights of a gun or an atom bomb. It is said their cause is transparency (and I use “they” loosely, as the group is cleverly decentralized), but transparency in this case is akin to anarchy. Destruction does not bring liberation, just like exposing the personal information of millions won’t teach them to better protect their data. And even if it did, do you know how to encrypt your hard drive? A better question: If you did, could Anonymous still hack it? Yes, they can. The logical conclusion is Anonymous as an Internet watchdog: When Anonymous sees online actions they disapprove of, they hack and expose it. And they’ve got all the guns and every means of watching us. Freedom? It’s totalitarianism by the books. They can watch you, learn about you and exploit you for the simplest of actions, and they’ve proven that they are more than willing. Yet they have no obligation to own up to their actions because anyone and anything can be Anonymous. The mentality is aimless and evil, and with the potential to hack anything from our bank accounts to our energy grids, it threatens not only our freedom but our lives. I should not fear for the data on my hard drive with the publication of this column, yet I do. The FBI should not fear online retribution for arresting a man who invaded the privacy of another, yet it must. When Interpol arrested 25 upper-level Anonymous members Tuesday, its website crashed in the wake. This is the face of modern terrorism: a question mark and a taste for agendadriven destruction. Clayton Crockett is a 20-year-old international studies sophomore. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_ccrockett. Contact Clayton Crockett at email@example.com
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