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Men’s basketball: Tigers open SEC tournament against Arkansas today, p. 7

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Students cope with pet separation when moving to college Kevin Thibodeaux Contributing Writer

A miniscule, multicolored fish may not compare to man’s energetic, fun-loving best friend, but for biology freshman Lauren Sarrazin, they’ll have to do. A friend’s fish is the closest she can get to replacing her chocolate lab, Lady, who Sarrazin had to leave behind when coming to college. Sarrazin, a Lafayette native and one of many University students who deals with leaving a pet behind while attending college, said she misses Lady now that she’s at LSU and her friend’s fish can’t take the place of her furry companion. “It was sad [leaving Lady behind],” Sarrazin said. “I just try to visit her as much as possible.” Coping with leaving pets behind can often be a harrowing experience for students. Stephanie Johnson, a counselor and instructor at the LSU Vet School, works with the school’s “Best Friend Gone Project,” a program designed to cope with the loss of a pet. She said pet separation in college can be difficult because pets are a constant and reliable source of affection for students. “We all get attached to our pets because they’re that one constant,” Johnson said. “They could be the one thing to bring from home that is a reminder.” Pets are great stress relievers that show their owners unconditional love, and pet owners typically have lower blood pressure and heart rates, according to Johnson. Johnson suggested some strategies for students who photo illustration by BRIANNA PACIORKA / The Daily Reveille

PETS, see page 6

New bookstore will dwarf current one Joshua Bergeron Contributing Writer

The University is attempting to create a one-stop shop with its underconstruction bookstore, according to Paul Stevenson, University bookstore general manager. The 50,000-square-foot bookstore currently beRead an ing built on the coropinion on ner of Highland and Semmes the new Raphael roads will dwarf the bookstore current one, which at blogs. stands at 28,000 lsureveille. square feet. The com. new facility will be one of the largest college bookstores, Stevenson said. “Although it is not complete, someone can simply walk through the bookstore and immediately tell the difference between the Union bookstore and this one [on Highland BOOKSTORE, see page 6

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W. Lakeshore, Nicholson common areas for traffic tickets Students say campus speeding is an issue Lauren Duhon Staff Writer

Students have a need for speed. The LSU Police Department issued approximately 800 traffic citations in 2011, which includes speeding and other violations, according to LSUPD spokesman Capt. Cory Lalonde. He said the speeding tickets from campus are just like any other ticket people would receive from the Baton Rouge Police Department or other law

enforcement branches. “If you receive a ticket, you pay it through the judicial system just like any other ticket,” Lalonde said. Lalonde said there isn’t an appeal process for speeding tickets like there is for parking tickets, but anyone can contest his or her ticket at the East Baton Rouge Parish Courthouse. “We don’t deal with the fines,” Lalonde said. “The court does, though. There are increasing fines based on the speeds.” Lalonde said there are no official exceptions for speeding, but there are circumstances left to the discretion of the officer issuing the ticket.

He said if an officer doesn’t deem a driver’s reason for speeding as a viable excuse, the officer will issue a citation to the driver of the vehicle. He said the time of day, weather and location can affect the likelihood of receiving a ticket. “There is somewhat of a grace period,” Lalonde said. “A warning may be issued instead of a ticket at times.” He said officers may be less tolerant of speeding along West Lakeshore Drive, where joggers and other pedestrians are at risk of being injured. West Lakeshore SPEEDING, see page 5

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Tens of thousands of South Africans peacefully protest for the poor

Ohio nursing home meth lab fire death ruled accidental

Douglas Kornfel’s sculpture chosen for New Orleans evacuation art

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Tens of thousands of South Africans marched peacefully Wednesday to demand the governing African National Congress do more for the poor. Police estimate 50,000 people marched in Johannesburg. Smaller crowds turned out in Cape Town and other cities and towns for protests called by the Congress of South African Trade Unions, a close ally of the ANC, but often among its sharpest critics. The federation, known as COSATU, linked the protests to two ANC economic policy decisions. Top policeman says son Paul Condon worked at Murdoch title

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man killed by a methamphetamine lab fire at an Ohio nursing home was burned over 90 percent of his body, and his death was accidental, a medical examiner said Wednesday. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office said it could not release further details about Shaun Warrens, 31, of Ashtabula. Warrens was hospitalized after the fire Sunday in a resident’s room at the Park Haven facility in Ashtabula, and he died Monday.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Massachusetts sculptor’s image of a lone figure with an upstretched arm has been approved as the piece of public art that will be reproduced and placed at 17 points around the city of New Orleans to mark where people without transportation should gather to evacuate for an approaching hurricane. The selection of Douglas Kornfeld’s work was announced this week by The Arts Council of New Orleans and the volunteer group Evacuteer.org, which works with city officials to help those who need aid when evacuations are ordered. Jindal’s staffer who criticized budget fired Wednesday

LONDON (AP) — Two former Scotland Yard chiefs had their children do internships at Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper company, one of them testified Wednesday, revealing yet another link between senior members of the country’s largest police force with its scandal-scarred press. Former Commissioner Ian Blair said that his teenage son and that of his predecessor, Paul Condon, had both gained “work experience” at Rupert Murdoch’s News International, which used to publish the News of the World tabloid.

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A South African protestor holding a placard Wednesday calling for the end of Labour Broking marches downtown in Johannesburg, South Africa.

New Moscow protest authorized Wednesday; turnout in doubt MOSCOW (AP) — Authorities in Moscow on Wednesday gave permission for another major protest rally this weekend, but one of the organizers warned that the turnout may be smaller than the huge throngs that came to previous demonstrations. A wave of rallies in Moscow attracted huge crowds, a stunning show of public opposition to Vladimir Putin. But after Putin’s election on Sunday to a new six-year term as president, the opposition’s ability to maintain that momentum is in doubt.

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(AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal fired the head of his Office of Elderly Affairs on Wednesday after she criticized his budget plans for the agency. The governor’s spokesman, Frank Collins, confirmed that Martha Manuel, executive director of the office for a year, was removed. “We decided to move in a different direction,” Collins said in a statement in which he also defended the budget proposal that was the subject of Manuel’s criticism.

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ADMINISTRATION

O’Brien underscores transparency

Candidate focuses on diversity Brian Sibille Staff Writer

Michael O’Brien presented Wednesday his vision for the University if he were chosen as executive vice chancellor and provost, emphasizing his belief in transparency and openO’BRIEN ness as a university administrator addressing growing financial problems. “The last thing somebody should do is walk in here and tell you what to do,” said O’Brien, the current dean of the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri. O’Brien said his primary goal if chosen as the University’s second-in-command is to foster internal discussion between schools and colleges and to be transparent with administrative decisions. In Missouri, he said he views his current role as a faculty member first and a dean second, and he would maintain the same attitude as the University’s provost. O’Brien said he would place importance on daily communication with faculty and staff. “I’m not a power-hungry person,” O’Brien said. “The title doesn’t mean anything to me. It’s what you get done.” Like past candidates Kevin

Carman and Bobby Schnabel, role in how he interacts and makes O’Brien highlighted a financial decisions as an administrator. “It does teach respect for other strategy that focused on an increase in private funding from alumni and people,” he said. “Anthropologists understand diversity.” other invested individuals. O’Brien is the third candidate Increasing out-of-state enrollment could be another source for to emphasize diversity and name it increased revenue, he said. At Mis- as an area in which the University souri, a decrease in high school could improve. He said he would like to see graduation rates led the school to shift focus to attracting out-of-state more involvement from international faculty in attracting students from students, he said. O’Brien said adding more their respective countries, and the non-resident students resolved Mis- University could be more attractive souri’s problem of decreasing en- to out-of-country students by honoring hours earned at international rollment numbers. This could be applied at LSU, schools. Louisiana’s culture has much he said, though enrollment has been increasing over past years, accord- to offer to international students and ing to the Office of Budget and faculty, O’Brien said. Planning. He said he has strong ties to the O’Brien highlighted many of University, where he almost studied Missouri’s successful past efforts, for his undergraduate degree, and he including a focus on bringing back has many relatives in Louisiana. The open provost position prominent alumni as faculty. could be the “job He addressed the same faculty ‘The title doesn’t mean of the century,” he and the state problems as previanything to me. It’s said, plays a large role ous candidates in past forums, but what you get done.’ in the University’s potential. O’Brien made it “I would come clear he wouldn’t Michael O’Brien equalize differing vice chancellor and provost candidate in and help you depay between discivelop good — and plines because economic demands hopefully big — ideas that come across the country make some dis- from you,” he said, adding he would ciplines more profitable than others. be proud of working with the UniWhat he would work toward versity community. “You have to is ensuring “living wages” for all figure out the needs of students and University employees, including faculty, and then adapt, and not the faculty on a non-tenure track, who other way around.” he said have unharvested potential. O’Brien, who studied anthropology at Rice University and the Contact Brian Sibille at University of Texas at Austin, said bsibille@lsureveille.com his academic background plays a

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STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Wells plans ‘budget crisis taskforce’ Danielle Kelley Staff Writer

StartupBuses make stop at Varsity Theatre

StartupBus conductor, described the competition as “25 entrepreneurs on a bus traveling 60 miles Six StartupBuses, including per hour, and they have 72 hours the Louisiana StartupBus, rolled to create, build and launch a startinto Baton Rouge on Wednesday up.” “They literally get on board night for a welcome party at the and pitch their ideas,” Jones said. Varsity Theatre. The Louisiana bus is carryThe StartupBuses carry entrepreneurs from all over the ing passengers from all over the country in technology-packed state, as well as a few entrepreneurs from Chicabuses, according ‘They literally get on go, Arkansas and to a Baton Rouge Silicon Valley, Area Chamber board and pitch Jones said. The news release. their ideas.’ start-ups range There are 11 in function from buses touring the changing the way country, the reTerry Jones Twitter is used lease said. The Louisiana StartupBus conductor to changing conbus passengers are competing in an entrepreneur- sumer behavior. Jones said about 180 entreial competition where six groups per bus create a startup company preneurs/passengers attended the Varsity meet-up. during three days on the road. The Louisiana bus has been The start-up businesses launch when the buses arrive in traveling across the state over the past two days, and after the stop Austin for South by Southwest. “The vision is to empower at the Varsity it will head to Austhe people that create change in tin for the South by Southwest the world and who can disrupt the competition. status quo,” the release said. Terry Jones, managing diContact Emily Herrington at rector of the Regional Innovation Organization and Louisiana eherrington@lsureveille.com Emily Herrington Staff Writer

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readers. You may have noticed that Wednesday’s cover stories did not continue on Yikes!Sorry, page 15 as indicated. The Daily Reveille experienced a printing mixup that prompted the error. But have no fear. Below you can find our cover story about students’ Lenten sacrifices in its entirety. Online, you can find the other stories that were left unfinished in Wednesday’s paper.

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Runners gather for 5k, alcohol Caldwell gives birth to baby girl For more than 100 Baton Rouge residents, the beginning of the week means it’s time to hit the ground running. Each Tuesday, a group of runners gather downtown and relax afterward with a drink as part of Happy’s Running Club. Residents congregate each week at 6 p.m., rain or shine, at Happy’s Irish Pub on Third Street. They run a 5K, or 3.1 miles, and reconvene at the bar.

Just two days after missing out on a conference championship, first-year LSU women’s basketball coach Nikki Caldwell received a different bundle of joy, giving birth to her first child Tuesday morning, LSU announced. Justice Simone Fargas was born at 5:44 a.m., weighing in at 6 pounds, 15 ounces and 19 3/4 inches long. Both Caldwell, 39, and Justice are in good health, according to a news release.

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Students observe Lent by resisting temptation Rachel Warren Staff Writer

With the end of Mardi Gras came the beginning of Lent, and Catholic students are still working hard to maintain their Lenten sacrifices. Father Todd Lloyd of Christ the King Catholic Church on campus said the 40 days of Lent are for people to reflect on the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert. “During that time, he resisted temptation,” Lloyd said. “And so can we.” Catholics also abstain from eating meat on Fridays during Lent. Lloyd said the church used to encourage members to observe meatfree Fridays all year, but the tradition has changed over the years. Not eating meat allows Catholics to sacrifice as a group and brings them closer to one another and to God, he said. “We give up the flesh of an animal because Christ gave up his flesh for us,” he said. Lloyd said most of the students he sees on a regular basis are able to stay disciplined through the Lenten season. “Toward the end, discipline may dwindle a bit,” he said. “But they seem very strong.” Many people feel their strength begin to waver toward the end of the season, and Lloyd said they must persevere to better their relationships with God. “If I give up chocolate, after three weeks I’m starting to really want an M&M,” he said. “That’s really where God comes in.” Brian Baudoin, political science and disaster management senior, said he’s had trouble staying disciplined in the past. Baudoin, who gave up electronics and video games for the season, said he’s trying to be more proactive this year and stay strong throughout the season. “In past years, as it got closer to

Easter, I was just waiting for Lent to end,” he said. “Now I’m trying to use my time for prayer.” Baudoin said his newfound strength came from a startling realization. “God sees the heart,” he said. “He sees what sacrifices are empty.” Lloyd said the church expects its members to observe Lent with three things: penance, prayer and almsgiving. “Hopefully you can connect all three of those,” he said. He said students should use the time they save through penance or sacrifice to pray and do service to become closer to God. English junior Erica deVeer said she’s trying to go above and beyond this year. In addition to giving up sweets and coffee, deVeer committed to praying the rosary every day and going to confession every week. She’s also trying to participate more actively in Mass. “If possible, I kneel on the floor instead of on the kneelers,” she said.

“If it hurts my knees, it helps remind me of what Christ went through for me.” But staying strong isn’t always easy for students. Biology junior Angelica Simmons gave up dessert for Lent. Simmons said she sometimes finds herself getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the week and forgets to maintain her commitment. “In the craziness of student life, it can be challenging to remember something like that,” she said. “But it’s not a small thing. It’s important.” Baudoin said students should surround themselves with people who are positive and supportive to help them stay focused. “I’ve found the people happiest during Lent are the ones whose friends have all given up the same thing,” he said. “It really helps.”

Contact Rachel Warren at rwarren@lsureveille.com

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Drive and Nicholson Drive are the two areas around campus where traffic citations are most likely to be issued, Lalonde said. “People do not realize the speed limit is 35 mph on Nicholson Drive and 20 mph on West Lakeshore Drive,” Lalonde said. LSUPD has not done anything in particular to crack down on speeding, Lalonde said. Traffic stops and tickets have proved to be two ways to prevent speeding and change the driver’s future behavior, he said. Over the past two years, LSUPD has focused on controlling traffic incidents by developing a traffic division within the department, which Lalonde said traf‘I have seen enforces fic laws. many people LSUPD not speeding on has Highland looked into the addition Road.’ of speed cameras on camBilly Nguyen psychology freshman pus, Lalonde noted. Students, however, say speeding on campus is an issue that needs to be addressed. Psychology freshman Billy Nguyen said there isn’t a strong enough presence of police officers controlling traffic on campus. “I try to follow the speed limits, but I have seen many people speeding on Highland Road,” Nguyen said. “I can’t speak for all students, but I think many people do.” This speeding has also caused international studies freshman Meaghin Woolie to feel unsafe walking around campus. “When drivers speed on

campus, there is a potential of harming pedestrians and bikers,” Woolie said. “I try to look both ways before crossing the street, but not all students are as cautious.”

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miss their pet that include keeping pictures or videos of their pets, volunteering at an animal shelter or being around friends who have pets. Johnson counsels students who are grieving pet loss or having separation issues. She recommended Companion Animal Alliance, CAAWS and Yelp! as organizations where students can volunteer to deal with missing their animal. Johnson said the University should be more pet friendly like other institutions around the country, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which offers catfriendly dorms, and the University of Notre Dame, which allows students to have fish aquariums. Pets can also help students when they enter an unfamiliar environment like college, Johnson said. Contrary to the idea that pets would make students less socially accessible because of added

responsibilities, Johnson said pets are a great way to initiate social interaction. Owners constantly need to bring their pets outside for a walk, and animals are a great conversation starter. For some students, pets influence their decisions about where to live. Graphic design sophomore Allison Ballard said she still lives at home in Baton Rouge and attributed part of her decision to stay there to her dog. “Whenever I’m stressed out, I go outside and run with my dog, and it relieves my stress,” Ballard said. Political science senior Scott Morvant said he chose to live in an apartment off campus so he could bring his dog with him. Mass communication senior Emilee Margiotta, who is from Slidell, said separating from her pet was difficult. “Before I came here, I went to the University of Tampa, which was

The Daily Reveille like nine hours away,” Margiotta said. “That was really difficult.” She said she would go to pet stores or the homes of friends who had pets in order to cope with separation from her dog. Since moving back to Louisiana, she has gotten her own dog, but she still misses her pets back home. “It’s a lot easier [now] because I can just go home on the weekends,” Margiotta said. But not all students think time away from their pets is a bad thing. Kinesiology freshman and Baton Rouge resident Haley Duke said she likes no longer having responsibility for her dogs. “I like it better because I don’t have to take care of them, and I can just see them whenever I want,” Duke said.

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Road],” Stevenson said. “It is a little less than twice the size of the current store. The store is similar in size to Georgia Tech and Ohio State’s bookstore.” Construction will be complete by December, Stevenson said. Each Barnes & Noble bookstore is tailored to its specific location. Stevenson said the new bookstore will feature architecture iconic to the University, specifically the broad arches on many of the buildings in the Quad. The most prominent part of the new edifice is a large tower connecting a 700-parking-space garage to the bookstore. After climbing several flights of stairs or taking an elevator to the top of the tower, students will see the entire landscape surrounding the University’s campus. Bookstore Assistant Manager Whit Green believes the list of features will be more impressive than the bookstore’s sheer size. One of the most significant additions will be a technology store. The store will offer repair services for computers as well as sell merchandise. Rumors have been circulating that an Apple Store will be included in the new bookstore. Apple representatives confirmed the company is working to bring a store to campus but didn’t elaborate on the plans. “We want students to be able to come to the bookstore and purchase everything they need for school, including technological needs,” Stevenson said. Students may also be able to

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Construction of the new parking garage and bookstore on the corner of Highland Road and Raphael Semmes Road continues Tuesday morning.

witness aviation in the bookstore. Stevenson said officials are considering hanging an airplane shell from the bookstore’s ceiling. Jason Tolliver, director of University Auxilary Services, declined to comment on the issue, but he did say he is “working on something big” for the bookstore. The bookstore will also feature a cafe “proudly serving Starbucks coffee.” The term “proudly serving” is included in the title because the cafe will not be officially licensed, Stevenson said. The Starbucks cafe will have a 100-person indoor and outdoor seating capacity and will be located on the opposite side of the bookstore from the technology store. “It is hard to grasp the size of the new store until you are actually

able to walk around in it,” said Stevenson. “Although we have all of these cool new features, the thing we are really trying to accomplish is to build a community that people genuinely want to hang out in. We would like to be able to host musicians and gameday events as well as other programs with our 40-person seating area.” Tolliver echoed Stevenson’s hopes to create a community as a part of his Union Square idea. “I envision the Union Square as an area where students will want to hang out,” Tolliver said. “The bookstore will certainly be a vital part of the Union Square.” Contact Joshua Bergeron at jbergeron@lsureveille.com

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Tourney Time LSU opens SEC tournament against Arkansas Albert Burford Sports Contributor

Win or go home. That’s how the LSU men’s basketball team has to approach the Southeastern Conference tournament, which the No. 8-seed Tigers (1713, 7-9 SEC) begin today against No. 9-seed Arkansas (18-13, 6-10 SEC) at noon in New Orleans. LSU enters the tournament on a three-game losing streak after taking a 24-point pounding at Ole Miss, dropping an overtime decision against Tennessee and a 15-point defeat at the hands of Auburn. LSU coach Trent Johnson said the Tigers’ problem is simple — they need to shoot better. “Basically, we just haven’t shot the ball well,” he said. “We haven’t been able to get some stops. It’s just one of those things that’s an unfortunate time that we aren’t playing well.” Johnson said the Tigers hit a tough wall after they earned their 17th win. TOURNAMENT, see page 10 photo by AUSTIN BENNETT / The Daily Reveille

LSU senior forward Storm Warren (24) shoots over Tennessee center Yemi Makanjuola during LSU’s 74-69 loss to the Volunteers on Feb. 29 in the PMAC.

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Former golfer wins TAF Athlete of the Year Staff Reports Former LSU golfer John Peterson has been named the 2011 Tiger Athletic Foundation Male Athlete of the Year, the University announced Tuesday. Peterson received the award Sunday at the TAF Academic ExcelPETERSON lence Gala. He was recognized for a 2011 senior season where he became the third Tiger to win an NCAA individual championship. The three-time collegiate AllAmerican broke a 70-year individual winless streak for LSU, who last had a male individual champion when Earl Stewart won the title in 1941. Peterson was also recognized as one of eight recipients of LSU’s Director’s Cup, joining Austin Gutgsell, Smylie Kaufman, Ken Looper, Andrew Loupe, Clayton Rotz, Curtis Thompson and Sang Yi. Peterson is currently playing on the PGA Tour. He recently made his second-straight PGA cut in the Mayakoba Golf Classic, where he finished in a tie for 55th place in a field of 132 players. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at sports@lsureveille.com

TRACK AND FIELD

Walk-on Denise Hinton throwing past expectations Michael Gegenheimer Sports Contributor

Denise Hinton has shattered the Lady Tigers’ record book as a sophomore and forced her way into national championship contention as the nation’s No. 6 weight thrower. But the newest track and field star to come out of Baton Rouge isn’t on scholarship. She wasn’t even planning to be an athlete after high school. “I thought I was done with sports when I decided on LSU,” Hinton said. “My dad and I came [to LSU] for orientation, and when we drove past the [Bernie Moore stadium] my dad suggested I try to talk to one of the coaches.” In that first stroll through the stadium, Hinton met LSU throwing coach Derek Yush and told him about her experience as a shot putter in high school and asked if the team had any extra spots on the roster.

Hinton and Yush kept in contact in the summer before Hinton’s first semester, she eventually joined the team as a walkon without even meeting LSU coach Dennis Shaver. “I think the first time I met Coach Shaver was at the first team meeting when he formally introduced himself to everyone,” Hinton said. “I didn’t know anyone coming into that first season.” Since that introduction, Hinton has switched events and launched into what has become a breakout season for the Peachtree City, Ga., native. This season, Hinton broke her personal best mark in all but one meet, eclipsed the program record five times and earned talk of possibly being rewarded with a scholarship depending on how she performs in this weekend’s NCAA meet. “Denise, in her first six meets as a sophomore, [set personal records] and really put

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LSU sophomore weight thrower Denise Hinton has set a new record five times this season and is the nation’s No. 6 weight thrower.

the school record books basically off the charts,” Yush said. “She’s already a force to be reckoned with in the [Southeastern Conference], and I think she’s certainly got to start thinking about being All-American and then winning a

national championship as an individual.” Hinton earned a spot in the NCAA Indoor Championship meet after securing an automatic qualifying bid for her school record-breaking throw of 69 feet,

9 3/4 inches at the LSU NCAA Indoor Qualifying Meet on March 2. Her record now stands 4 1/2 feet ahead of previous record holder Mallory McDonald, who threw HINTON, see page 10


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SOFTBALL

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Aggressive offense lends hand in 10-2 win against Nicholls

Scott Branson

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The LSU softball team ďŹ nished its ďŹ ve-game road trip with a 10-2, ďŹ ve-inning victory against in-state opponent Nicholls State (4-16) in Thibodaux on Wednesday night. The Tigers’ (11-7) bats got off to a hot start after a tough 1-3 weekend, during which opponents shut out LSU in each of its losses. In the top of the ďŹ rst inning, senior outďŹ elder Ashley Langoni homered to left-center ďŹ eld with two outs to plate senior outďŹ elder Ashley Applegate and give LSU an early 2-0 lead. Freshman shortstop Dylan Supak followed Langoni’s at-bat with

her ďŹ rst career home run to extend the Tigers’ lead to three and added a two-RBI single in the ďŹ fth frame. “I felt pretty good in the box,â€? Supak said. “As a team, we swung the bat really well. Hits are contagious, and that deďŹ nitely showed tonight.â€? LSU coach Beth Torina gave Supak her ďŹ rst start at shortstop against the Colonels after playing her primarily at ďŹ rst base this season. Torina said Supak’s work ethic earned her the start at shortstop, and she didn’t disappoint. “She did a really good job,â€? Torina said. “She has been swinging better and better, and she works so hard in practice. She deserved to have a great night.â€?

The Colonels plated a run in the bottom of the second inning to cut the lead to two, but Langoni pushed the lead back to three in the top of the third with an RBI single. Nicholls State answered back in the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run, but sophomore ďŹ rst baseman Ashleigh Kuhn extended the Tigers’ lead back to three in the top half of the next inning with an RBI double. Already leading, 5-2, LSU piled on ďŹ ve runs in the top of the ďŹ fth to take a 10-2 lead, which would be the game’s ďŹ nal score. LSU sealed the victory two innings short of the usual seven by maintaing the eight-run lead over the Colonels through the ďŹ fth inning.

Supak’s two-RBI single kicked off the Tigers’ attack, followed by an RBI from freshman third baseman Kailey McCasland, a Kuhn RBI groundout and a pinch-hit RBI single from senior Heidi Pizer. “This is the most aggressive I’ve seen the offense all season,â€? Torina said. “The entire lineup, one through nine, swung hard. They were in attack mode.â€? The Tigers’ leadoff batter reached base in four of ďŹ ve innings and came around to score each time. “The key was they actually hit with people on base, too,â€? Torina said. “They did a good job of moving and scoring the runners.â€? Junior pitcher Rachele Fico pitched four innings and allowed two

runs while earning her sixth win this season. Langoni said the Tigers did what they planned to do against a local opponent. “Any in-state opponent, that’s how we’ve got to play them,â€? Langoni said. “We’ve got to go out and crush the ball.â€? LSU returns to action Friday at 5 p.m against Mississippi Valley State (9-9) in its ďŹ rst game of the Purple and Gold Challenge. The Tigers will face the Devilettes again Saturday afternoon, sandwiching two contests against Troy (16-2) on Friday night and Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Contact Scott Branson at sbranson@lsureveille.com

SWIMMING AND DIVING

Divers head to Zone Championships Shaffer: NCAAs within capabilities Chandler Rome Sports Contributor

The LSU diving team will try to ride momentum from a strong Southeastern Conference Championship meet when it competes in the NCAA Zone D Diving Regional in Iowa City, beginning today. There are ďŹ ve zone meets to qualify for the NCAA Championship Meet, with nine men and 12 women qualifying at each. The formula to qualify changes based on how many divers double or triple, or win multiple events, on the one-meter, threemeter or platform dives. “When I ran the numbers, it’s totally within our capabilities to be at the women’s and men’s NCAAs,â€? said diving coach Doug Shaffer. “We’ve got to be on our game, prelims and ďŹ nals.â€? Shaffer pointed to Texas and future SEC foe Texas A&M as the toughest competition at the meet, along with Houston in the women’s

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competition. He said other dangerous teams include Arkansas and another future SEC rival, Missouri. The Lady Tiger duo of freshman Alex Bettridge and junior Elle Schmidt are coming off a recordsetting SEC Championship Meet. Schmidt scored on all three dives and set a career-best mark on the platform and her best postseason score on the one-meter. Bettridge claimed SEC Freshman Diver of the Year honors after breaking her own school record, placing third on the three-meter and taking sixth in the one-meter, propelling the Lady Tigers to a ďŹ fth-place ďŹ nish in the meet. Senior Matt Vieke and sophomore Daniel Helm will lead the Tigers. Helm shined at the SEC Championships, ďŹ nishing second in the one-meter and setting a new career best on the platform and three-meter. Vieke took ďŹ fth in the one-meter and ďŹ nished one place behind Helm in the three-meter. Vieke will be competing at the last Zone Championship of his career, and he said he hopes he saved the best for last. “I feel more prepared for this

one,� Vieke said. “I know I have the potential to make this the best postseason yet.� Both Vieke and Shaffer said nerves won’t be a factor, even with the high level of competition present. Nerves can be a positive thing, Shaffer said. “Diving is about believing in yourself, getting up and performing,� Shaffer said. “I look at nerves as a positive aspect. They get your adrenaline going and your blood pumping.� XERXES A. WILSON / The Daily Reveille

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All systems go for Lady Tigers heading into tournament MIC’D UP Micah Bedard Sports Columnist It’s always a joyous occasion when a newborn baby is welcomed into the world. The arrival of LSU women’s basketball coach Nikki Caldwell’s daughter Justice Simone Fargas at 5:44 a.m. Tuesday morning was not only a welcome sign to Caldwell but also her team. The first-year Lady Tigers’ coach was supposed to give birth to her first child in late March. For the team’s sake, it’s a good thing Justice was served sooner rather than later. After losing to Tennessee in the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game, 70-58, on Sunday, LSU will get

two weeks off to prepare for the upcoming NCAA tournament. Now that Caldwell will be pacing the sidelines when tournament play begins, the Lady Tigers can focus on the task at hand — hanging up another Final Four banner in the PMAC. LSU won seven of its last nine games before losing its last contest to the Lady Volunteers. One of the key reasons the Lady Vols were able to pull away late was the absence of LSU senior forward LaSondra Barrett, who departed minutes into the second half after an accidental knee to the head. After a slight scare, Barrett accompanied LSU on its flight back from Nashville and posted an encouraging tweet on her Twitter account. “Thanks for everyone’s prayers & concerns from this

weekend. I’m doing fine & in good hands with our trainer & I will be ready 4 NCAA tourney,” she wrote. With Caldwell and Barrett back for the NCAA tournament, the Lady Tigers have a solid chance to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2008. LSU’s host status will be a supreme home court advantage, especially if the Lady Tigers receive a lower seed than their second-round opponent. ESPN.com’s Bracketology expert Charlie Creme currently has LSU pegged as the No. 5 seed in the Raleigh regional, facing off against No. 12 seed Missouri State. If that scenario becomes reality, playing the No. 4 seed will be a big advantage for the Lady Tigers. It’s surprising to see LSU sitting in such a good position,

considering for a while it looked as if the team might miss the NCAA tournament for the second season in a row. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for the Lady Tigers to know Caldwell will be present. If her baby still hadn’t been born next week, there would be an air of uncertainty surrounding the team as to whether or not Caldwell would be able to coach. Uncertainty is not something a coach wants to deal with at the most important time of the season. The confidence Caldwell exudes during games and practices has been a breath of fresh air for LSU. She’s been able to take a senior-laden team and get her players to buy into her coaching philosophy in only her first season as head coach. After senior guard Destini

Hughes went down with a torn ACL in January, Caldwell inserted sophomore Jeanne Kenney as the starting point guard. In turn, Kenney has responded by leading LSU in assists, and her ball handling has steadily improved. I’m sure Caldwell is excited about her newfound role as a mother, but something tells me that she’s itching to get back on the basketball court to start her postseason legacy at LSU. Micah Bedard is a 21-year-old mass communication senior from Houma. Follow him on Twitter @DardDog.

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TENNIS

LSU plans building of new indoor complex

come to the matches will drive a little bit and enjoy the whole facility.” Plans for the new facility inLSU may finally be getting what every other school in the clude six outdoor stadium courts, Southeastern Conference already 12 auxiliary courts and six indoor courts. Brown said the new has — an indoor tennis facility. On Monday, LSU Vice Chan- courts might also serve as a club cellor and Director of Athletics for students to join in the future. The indoor courts will serve Joe Alleva announced the Athas an escape letic Department is working with ‘We keep getting [asked] from the weather, which has caused the Tiger Athletic Foundation to why we don’t have [in- the postponement bring a new ten- door courts] when all of of three matches this season. nis facility to the our competitors do.’ so far“We have school’s program. Tony Minnis a nice [facility] “It’s gone LSU women’s tennis coach now, but an even through the first better one with step of approval and is by no means a done deal,” indoors would be great for us to said LSU men’s tennis coach Jeff have continuity in our matches,” Brown. “But if it does get to the Brown said. “If it rains, it’s not point where it’s completed, from an issue and we can just play inrecruiting to actual practice and doors.” In place of Robinson Stamatches, it would be a huge step dium, Alleva said he would like for the program.” LSU is currently the only to see a practice facility built for school in the SEC lacking indoor the University’s gymnastics procourts, and recruits have noticed. gram, a move that would give the “When we recruit players, Carl Maddox Field House free they want to see the same thing space to add locker rooms for the at every school, and we keep track and field programs. getting [asked] why we don’t have [indoor courts] when all of our competitors do,” said LSU women’s tennis coach Tony MinContact Ian Fontenot at nis. “It puts us in the ball game ifontenot@lsureveille.com to be competitive in getting top recruits.” In contrast with the central location of W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium, which was built in 1976, the new facility will be located on LSU’s south campus off GSRI Avenue. “I think a lot of our fans from the [Baton Rouge] community would have easier access ... with some of the things you have to deal with during school hours, such as parking,” Brown said. “I’m sure that the students that Ian Fontenot

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65 feet, 2 3/4 inches in 2003. The throw put Hinton at No. 8 all-time in the SEC and No. 1 this season. If she had thrown the same distance at the SEC Indoor Championship Meet, she would have won by more than three feet instead of finishing a disappointing ninth with a throw of 58 feet, 6 3/4 inches. “The first time you go to a meet and have high expectations, particularly as a walk-on ... a lot of things can happen,” Yush said. “Denise tried to muscle her way

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Hinton said while she is nervous and has high expectations for herself, she knows she’s only a sophomore and still has two years to meet her goals. “My expectation is just that I go out there and compete,” Hinton said. “I want these girls to not [say], ‘Oh, this is just some sophomore from LSU.’ I want them to see me as a competitor and look for in the years to come.”

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“We had a lot of things on our table that we could accomplish and still can,” he said. “But I think the guys started to sense a little pressure as opposed to just enjoying it and playing and continuing to work and grind and let the chips fall where they may.” Arkansas isn’t exactly on fire entering tournament play, either. The Razorbacks have lost seven of their last nine SEC games, with only one of those losses coming against a ranked opponent in a 30-point loss to Florida. “We’ve got an Arkansas team that has had their struggles, but I’ve got to believe they’re going to be ready to start a new season, too,” Johnson said. “We’re looking forward to starting a clean slate.” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said he wants the Razorbacks to push the tempo during the tournament and acknowledged both teams are coming into the game “hungry.” “It’s a one-game season,” Anderson said in a teleconference. “The first game is the most important game in any tournament you play.” LSU and Arkansas played twice this season, each team winning on its home court. In the teams’ first meeting, Arkansas freshman guard BJ

Young dropped 19 points while the Razorbacks shot 50 percent from 3-point range to defeat LSU, 69-60. But when the teams met in Baton Rouge, it was a different story. Four Tigers scored in double figures as the Tigers topped the Razorbacks, 71-65. LSU couldn’t find any perimeter presence in either game, shooting 16 percent from behind the arc in the teams’ first meeting and 15 percent in the teams’ second meeting. But Johnson said LSU has improved as the season wore on. “Going into this season, there were a lot of unknowns,” he said. “We knew we were going to have to get it done by grinding or get it done by committee whether it was by scoring or by doing it defensively.” The winner of the LSU-Arkansas tilt goes on to play No. 1 Kentucky on Friday. “You never know — that’s why you line up,” Johnson said. “I fully expect us to finish like we started — competing our tail off and trying to find a way to win a game.”

through it and found that’s not what it takes to win.” Hinton was favored in her first trip to a conference championship meet that featured seven of last year’s top-10 performers, including Florida senior Fidela James, the defending SEC champion. “I had never had so much pressure put on me, and I guess I just freaked out,” Hinton said. “Last year nobody really expected me to do anything because it was a new event [for me], and this year I went into the SEC as No. 1.”

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Entertainment

Thursday, March 8, 2012

RED STICK ROUNDUP Today:

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Built to Spill The indie-rock band based in Boise, Idaho, has released nine albums and will play an early show before the usual ’80s night. The Spanish Moon, 7 p.m. $20. The Bulldog drink specials $2 off micro-brewery pitchers on Thursday. Happy Hour is 4 to 7 p.m. 50 cents off pints, $1 off pitchers, half-priced house wines and a double shot for the price of a single on any liquor excluding shots.

Friday: Michael Foster Project Michael Foster met his band mates when he attended Southern University’s School of Music. The Varsity Theatre, 9 p.m. $ 10 in advance, $15 at the door. Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Monster Jam will feature trucks approximately 12 feet tall and 12 feet wide, custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. River Center, 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday; 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturday. $44.55. Bogie’s drink specials $4 tall Jim Beam and $4 tall Stoli all night.

Saturday: CULTS The indie pop band from Manhattan plays at the Spanish Moon. 9 p.m. $12. The Molly Ringwalds Hailing from Sheffield, England, this quintet combines individual talents to create the true essence photo courtesy of THE MOLLY RINGWALDS of the ’80s. The Varsity Theatre, 9:30 p.m. $12.

Submit an event for next weekend’s calendar to entertainment@lsureveille.com.

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[Far left] Eco-friendly Toms shoes line the shelves at Noelie Harmon. [Above] Time Warp Boutique’s H.I.P. Vintage clothing uses only vintage materials. [Bottom] Biodegradable WeWood wrist watches are available at Noelie Harmon.

Going ‘Green’ is the New Black

Local vendors promote eco fashion

Environmentally friendly fash- by recycling.” ion is the reason local businesses Holder said he is aiming to take Time Warp Boutique and Noelie vintage clothing and make people Harmon are travrealize it’s modern Haylie Navarre eling to the Big through the fashion Easy on Saturday show. He said addEntertainment Writer as participants in ing pieces, such as New Orleans Fashion Week’s Eco a modern-style jean, make vintage Fashion Day. styles look relevant and fashionClothing from the boutiques forward. will be featured in a fashion show Holder said he doesn’t think at 1 p.m. in Washington Artillery the eco-conscious movement has Park, next to Café Du Monde, gone mainstream in the fashion inalong with other eco-friendly busi- dustry yet, but it is becoming more nesses and local artists. relevant with each season. He said “Buying vintage is recycling,” lots of clothing is being made from said Joshua Holder, owner of vin- 100 percent cotton, and more vegan tage clothing shop Time Warp brands are popping up that abstain Boutique. “You are not putting any waste back into the environment ECO FASHION, see page 15

Definitions of Eco Fashion

Eco Friendly: Products made from recycled, organic or renewable materials. Free of toxins and chemicals. Socially Responsible: A company, group or individual that voluntarily acts in a manner that affects society positively, beyond what is required by law. Fair Trade: Products produced by companies that provide not only legal minimum wage, but a living wage; comply with international, national and state laws; provide safe work environment and maintain conditions of human rights as defined by the United Nations. Local Artisan: Products made by artists within the state or a surrounding state. Source: noelieharmon.com

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SOCIAL MEDIA

Professor debunks equinox broom fad

Facebook trend a balancing trick David Jones Entertainment Writer

Paranormal activity swept through campus this week, inciting awe and confusion among University students. Facebook was in a frenzy as users posted pictures of freestanding broomsticks which they said balanced on their own because of the vernal equinox and a special alignment of the planets. But professor of physics and astronomy Bradley Schaefer dispelled these claims. “I can tell you very confidently that astronomically, the equinox has absolutely nothing to do with [it],” he said. Schaefer dismissed the whimsical trick as a simple balancing act. He said the myth initially claimed that an egg can only stand on its end during an equinox, but the broom phenomenon shares the same premise. Schaefer said both a broom and an egg can stand freely on any day of the year, and a simple experiment could easily disprove the rumor. “Science is all about dispelling these BROOMS, see page 15

HAIR SALON

Character, unique cuts offered at Studio 126 Josh Naquin Entertainment Writer

Nathan Phillip lives his dream every day — except Sunday. Located near the north gates of campus, sandwiched between Chinese Combo King and North Gate Tavern, lies Phillip’s hair salon, Studio 126. Phillip has cut hair there for more than a decade and finds he only needs one day per week off from his “work.” “Every day that I can come in

to the studio and work for myself styling hair is like a dream, a vacation,” Phillip said. Two years ago, Phillip jumped at the chance to purchase the studio where he had worked for about eight years, formerly known as Hair Vision, and the stylist hasn’t looked back since. “I enjoy what I do, and it’s almost like therapy to me to get to meet different people and work STUDIO 126, see page 15

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Studio 126 on West Chimes Street, run by hairstylist Nathan Phillip, offers haircuts for men, women and children. Phillip bought the salon two years ago.


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Bruce Springsteen, “Wrecking Ball”

Thursday, March 8, 2012

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Bruce Springsteen’s newest album, “Wrecking Ball,” is about one thing — America. That’s no surprise since he’s best known for his single “Born in the U.S.A.” Springsteen claims his album was inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protests, though many of the tracks were written before the first picket sign was raised. Springsteen, who’s sold more than 120 million albums, is unqualified to sing passion-infused songs from the perspective of the 99 percent. The song “Jack of All Trades,” likely intended as an homage to blue-collar workers, seems far less sincere with Springsteen’s bank account in mind. This album bleeds red, white and blue, but there is nothing at the heart of it. Vague lyrics such as “ain’t no one can steal it, ain’t no one can break it” leave listeners perplexed as to what “it” actually is.

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Miniature Tigers, “Mia Pharaoh”

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Bubblegum pop, lustful lyrics and nostalgia circa the 1980s weave together with sprightly falsetto croons and sunny synthesizers to form Miniature Tigers’ third album, “Mia Pharaoh.” The Brooklyn-based indie-pop act’s 10-track album drips with sex appeal, and tracks like “Sex on the Regular” and “Female Doctor” feature an affectionately rousing sound at a slower pace than previous albums. Miniature Tigers play chemists as they mix listeners’ hormones with ageless questions about love, like “Can I tell her that I love her even though I’m not supposed to?” Soft empathic vocals provide a unifying element among the tracks, but several songs become detached from the otherwise cohesive album, lost in overwhelming electronic synths.

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Andrew Bird, “Break it Yourself”

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Andrew Bird’s sixth solo studio album exemplifies the word pleasant. Bird’s warm, sweeping voice pairs with simple drum work and gentle acoustic picking to lull listeners with what sounds like purity. At times, Bird’s crooning vocals reach a harmony with his violin similar to a second high-pitched stringed instrument, climbing to a symphonic peak. A number of songs also feature speed and energy progressions as well as variations in style. Tracks break from a steady pattern into a different direction, which sometimes features new instruments and vocal styling. Despite the soft nature of the album, Bird still creates moments of momentum and excitement with hard drum beats and fast-paced, heavy, electric guitar strums, which fights off the slowly-dragging soft stretches.

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“Mass Effect 3”

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One of the most anticipated games in recent memory, “Mass Effect 3” brings the exceptional trilogy to an astounding, emotional close. The story picks up soon after the events of “Mass Effect 2,” with Commander Shepard and his crew facing an attack on Earth from the series’ main antagonists, The Reapers. The game’s fighting mechanics, which were near perfect to begin with, see a subtle improvement from previous titles. As with previous installments, the writing, characters and plot are so well developed that a player may often think they’re watching an award-winning movie. As decisions from the first two games impact the plot of the third, the game will repel those who haven’t played the trilogy’s earlier entries. Even with a couple minor stumbles, “Mass Effect 3” will likely be the game of the year.

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“Breakout Kings” Season 2 premiere

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“An Unjust Death,” the second season premiere of A&E’s hit show “Breakout Kings,” kept its promises. Promotions for the grungy drama foreshadowed the demise of one the series’ beloved convicts with the tagline “One King Will Fall,” but no one expected the urgency of the statement. The premiere begins with the gang of barely-reformed convicts on a mission to help capture escapees — the latest a vicious serial killer. The fast-paced episode infused with twists, danger and the feeling of impending doom climaxes as the show reaches its close. The premiere sets the tone for the rest of the season with its cleverly-crafted storyline and witty dialogue. This underrated series has the potential to become a new guilty pleasure for viewers with an appetite for crime shows.

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EDITOR’S PICK: Lovedrug, “Wildblood”

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Consistency defines Lovedrug’s fourth studio album, “Wild Blood.” Though lead singer Michael Shepard flattens his S’s to the point of irritating quasi-lisp status, his vocal quirks mostly add charm and originality to the alternative tracks. Playful guitar notes and chord combinations lend the album a throwback flavor reminiscent of the grunge age, which could appeal to some and throw others off. This style testifies to the band’s 10 years of experience in music and can appeal to multiple generations of rock fans. There is power here in the adherence to traditional instrumental values, in the thought-out lyrics and in the updated and understated style. From the first track to the last, “Wild Blood,” steadily churns through entertaining songs, but it may fail to excite listeners who crave a more epic or revolutionary rock album.

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The new Doritos Locos Taco will be available to order from Taco Bell at Outtakes in the 459 Commons starting today.

Students split on new Dorito taco Some intrigued, others disgusted Raylea Barrow Entertainment Writer

It’s a junk food junkie’s dream. Taco Bell partnered with Doritos to create the new Doritos Locos Taco, which is offered starting today in all Taco Bell locations, including Outtakes at the 459 Commons. At first glance, the taco is like any other, filled with beef, sour cream, lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese and diced tomatoes. But its all encased in a shell made from Nacho Cheese Doritos chips, complete with the powdery cheese residue that sticks to fingers. Matthew McGraw, computer science sophomore, said the marketing strategy of joining Doritos with Taco Bell might be effective since both products could appeal to

the same group of people. “I guess I would try it if it’s good,” McGraw said. Alyse Aldrige, engineering sophomore, said she would also try the new taco. “I would eat it, especially if it was free with your Tiger Card,” Aldrige said. Other students thought the combination of junk foods are an unhealthy choice, such as Logan DelabarreHays, international studies sophomore. “I would rather spend my calories on something else,” Delabarre-Hays said. “That’s just something the world doesn’t need. Americans are already fat.” Echo Matthews, mechanical engineering freshman, said she would never eat a Doritos

Locos Taco. “It’s disgusting. It’s Doritos and it’s unhealthy,” Matthews said. “I think people would order it as a joke.” One Crunchy Taco Supreme is 200 calories with 320 mg of sodium and 12 grams of total fat. A full bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos is 250 calories with 13 grams of total fat. A public Facebook event from Taco Bell invited users to a midnight drive-thru premiere at participating Taco Bell locations. Taco Bell requested that users check-in at midnight to create a record of 100,000 check-ins for the Doritos Locos Tacos.

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itting Room The Daily Reveille talks fashion

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Nike and other athletic shoe brands have reinvented the neon shoe as such bright colors see a comeback into every area of fashion, from shorts to makeup to watches to formal dresses.

As temperatures rise, neon fashions take center stage Fluorescents see comeback from ’80s

When seasons transition and the sun more routinely shows its endearing face, people start to grab warmer colors to embrace the season’s trends. This spring has resurrected the haute trend of neons once so prevalent in ’80s and ’90s fashions. Whether it’s Lycra biker shorts, slap-on bracelets, plastic rings or Colors of Benettontype clothing in fluorescent hues, ’70s and ’80s babies literally could not get Al Burks Fashion Columnist enough of this stuff before it grew too straining on the eye. Now, in 2012, consumers are all too ready to invite this intense spectrum back into their style vocabulary. Neons have found their way to not only the backs and shoes of campus fashionistas, but also to the most exclusive, international high-fashion runways. This trend has even trickled into evening wear, from the red carpet gowns of major award shows to high school formals and city socials. As prom season is under way, it’s game on for the neon gown and formal wear. Sparkles and shimmer accompany jeweltoned stones and shiny details as they latch on to neon-colored backless and strapless evening wear. Even though consumers are far removed from the neon jellie shoes they once adored, sneaker brands like Nike and Adidas have reinvented the neon comfort shoe for street style as well as athletic use. Even minimalistic jewelry designs have taken a liking to the neon trend. Rubber band-based designs available in fluorescent yellows, oranges, reds, blues and purples are accompanied by faux

jewels, creating a serious echo of 1980s disco. Beaded and braided wristlet and earring designs incorporating hot rod colors are gaining notoriety in fashion magazines and street fashions across the globe. On international runways, Brazilian designer Carlos Miele presents beautifully constructed wide-leg pants in bold, cautiontape yellow. Meanwhile, a delicate floral detailed skirt from Scottish designer Christopher Kane and a bottom pleated dress from American designer Lyn Devon are all the rage with their potent chartreuse color. On a fashion runway not too far from Baton Rouge, local designer Alicia Zenobia showcased her “Childrenswear for Adults” collection at the annual fundraiser “Alegria The Fashion Show” last Sunday in New Orleans, produced by designer John Delgadillo in collaboration with the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. While a few of the garments were slightly exaggerated and based in fantasy, most looks were on-trend with the intense neon combinations of metallic spandex, fluorescent Lycra and prints with bright hues. One look consisted of a neon yellow siamese twin-like bodysuit, requiring two models to be joined at the hip within it. Other looks included boy-cut short bodysuits with geometric metallic details. Besides those who mirror my own bold preference, most won’t be attending the Saturday night disco in styles so flashy, which leaves them to more subtle means of sporting this trend. One casual brand that has incorporated neon is streetwear and skateboard brand Zoo York. Spring arrivals as well as previous collections from this brand present strong and intense colorways that incorporate the neon trend. Urban Outfitters is another brand that stays up-to-the-minute on trends and produces and supplies trend-forward products as soon as the latest fashions hit the

horizon. Urban heavily caters to consumers by providing the newest neon knit cardigans, tanks and skirts. For a small pop in wardrobe, it may be even more feasible to adapt the extreme lip-color trend. Two brands supplying beautiful neon matte colors are Kanebo COSMETICS and Bobbi Brown,

which have quality options available in strobe reds and crazy corals. Guys with a neon fetish can go for the inexpensive Casio brand Core Digital Watch to bring life to a neutral look. Whatever the new obsession — bags, phone covers, shoe strings, head bands, accessories or

clothing — in spring 2012, there’s a neon for that. Al Burks is a 25-year-old apparel design senior from New Orleans.

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from using fabrics like leather. Many designers today are inspired by the historically preserved, one-of-a-kind designs of vintage garments, Holder said. He said styles from the ’70s have been prevalent for the past few years, and television shows like “Mad Men” have generated an interest in style from the ’50s and ’60s. Holder’s own line of clothing, H.I.P. Vintage, will be included in Saturday’s fashion show. Garments include shorts, skirts, bow ties and halter tops. He creates these garments from unused vintage fabric. Holder calls this process “upcycling,” defined as taking something vintage and reworking it to make something modern. He does this without using any new materials to prevent waste. Saturday’s fashion show will also feature the jewelry line HEAVYmetalbyLW, created by University alumna Lauren Weiner. All of Weiner’s pieces are made from recycled metals and found

STUDIO 126, from page 11

with a variety of hair,” Phillip said. The stylist said he conducts a number of different hair treatments, from cutting to coloring, and works with men, women and children with all hair types and ethnicities. “I know many stylists specialize in one area, but I think a good stylist knows how to do it all,” Phillip said. Patrons entering the studio are often greeted by Phillip’s dog, Milo, and once inside, it’s easy to discern that Studio 126 is not a vanilla hair salon chain. The walls of the studio are painted a sunny yellow and adorned with Phillip’s original paintings. Broad bay windows allow for a good vantage point of the studio’s exterior on busy West Chimes Street – perfect for people-watching – while pop music and playful banter fill the studio’s interior. Construction management senior Brent Albert said he has been visiting Phillip at Studio 126 for

items. Amy Strother, owner of Noelie Harmon, said she thinks many major designers of the fashion industry have begun embracing eco-friendly consumption in the past ten years. But she also said the South, specifically Baton Rouge, could do a better job at promoting and supporting eco and vintage fashion. Noelie Harmon calls itself a “conscious boutique,” a term Strother said is directly related to being a conscious shopper. “If you were to walk into Noelie Harmon, no matter what product you buy, you can buy it with your conscience in check, knowing that it’s a responsible product,” Strother said. Strother said every product carried by Noelie Harmon is a responsibly made product that benefits the environment, fair trade, charity or the local community, but different products support different causes. She said the categories collectively relate to being a conscious shopper. She said she originally opened the boutique as a way to give back

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said. “People are very quick to jump on the bandwagon.” old wives’ tales, these urban myths, Schaefer agreed with Wood. these stupid Internet memes,” “It’s a sociological question: Schaefer said. “The nature of sci- ‘How do these myths get started, ence is to test realand why are they ‘People are very ity.” propagating?’” Psychology said. quick to jump on the Schaefer freshman Sharifeh Schaefer said Hamideh said she people’s readiness bandwagon.’ didn’t know how to accept rumors as to react when she truth could potenKatelyn Wood first saw a picture tially be the downEnglish senior of a freestanding fall of society. broom on her Facebook Timeline. “If we pride ourselves on being “I was kind of freaked out, but in an information age, but most of I didn’t think it was real,” Hamideh the information is wrong, that bodes said. bad for society,” he said. “You, me, English senior Katelyn Wood we have to learn how to recognize said she had a similar reaction to the stupidity and not pass it along.” odd trend and was confused about why so many people were posting Contact David Jones at pictures of a broom. djones@lsureveille.com “This happens a lot,” Wood

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Suspicious Stalkers

NYPD deemed ‘un-American’ BLUE-EYED DEVIL

Nicholas Pierce Columnist They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin said that, but judging by today’s standards, I’d say he probably wasn’t much of an American with his tolerance and eschewing of tyranny and all. So the Muslims are up to it again. What a nefarious lot. They’ve been going to college, praying and whitewater rafting. The nerve of those people. How do I know all the intimate details of these strangers’ lives? Well, thankfully the New York City Police Department has been diligently following, monitoring and keeping track of what these guys and gals are up to. They’ve been reading their emails, infiltrating their collegiate associations and going on free rafting trips. According to the Associated Press, beginning in 2007 the NYPD not only read students’ private email, but also sent undercover officers to compile intelligence data on Muslims at universities across the Northeast. They even made a list of every Muslim-owned business in the city of Newark, N.J., and canvassed

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Newark, N.J., Mayor Corey Booker speaks to the media about NYPD surveillance activities. College administrators at Yale, Columbia and elsewhere issued harsh rebukes for NYPD’s infiltration of Muslim student groups and its monitoring of school websites.

mosques and Muslim neighborhoods across the region. What was NYPD doing in New Jersey? Gov. Chris Christie has been wondering the same thing, because the last time he checked, his state wasn’t even in New York. Connecticut and Pennsylvania are not in New York, either — a

simple oversight, I’m sure. But their efforts didn’t stop there. The NYPD tracked where Muslims lived and what stores and restaurants they frequented, and police were encouraged to talk to business owners and people in these communities to gauge their loyalty.

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“It really makes me chuckle when I read things like “Her audience was mostly kids” REALLY? Someone is clearly out of touch with the reality of the Harry Potter phenomenon because 75% of the people I know who

They took pictures of people, followed them home and eavesdropped on their conversations — all without any evidence or suspicion of wrongdoing. Frankly, I like that part the best. It’s incredibly efficient. If you don’t suspect anyone of a crime, why need a warrant? By cutting out the entire “due process” part, the NYPD saved valuable time they needed for rafting at taxpayers’ expense. And if you’re worried about how much this righteous effort costs, don’t be. According to an internal NYPD memorandum leaked to the AP, the NYPD defrayed its expenses by misappropriating federal anti-drug trafficking funds. This makes perfect sense because Bangladeshi cell phone stores are a much more imminent threat than international drug cartels. I have one problem with this whole thing, though. The discriminatory nature of solely focusing on Muslim Americans has left a bad taste in my mouth. This is the home of the free, after all, and lady liberty does declare, “give us your tired, your hungry and your poor.” To make things a little more equitable, I believe the NYPD’s jurisdiction ought to be enlarged to encompass the entire country — and their monitoring program should be extended into every community, university and house of worship, regardless of religion, color or creed. The precedent has been set — it can’t be a whole lot harder to get this sort of thing going on in every nook and cranny of the country. Imagine the sort of jobs we could create manning a secret police force that large.

It would do wonders for the economy. Some have taken issue with this entire initiative, though, and not just the technical details like the jurisdictional problems or the funding hiccups. Some people have called this level of prying “un-American”. That includes the students and faculty of Yale University, who were extensively monitored beginning in 2006 and who, despite having never been charged with or even suspected of committing a crime, found their names included in all sorts of secret intelligence reports. Of course, these reports said things along the lines of “Not much going on. Everybody’s just studying.” Because not a single person this multimillion dollar effort has followed has ever even come close to being guilty of a terrorism-related crime. Another American who has spoken out against the actions of the NYPD is Congressman Mike Honda, a Democrat (of course). But I wouldn’t trust Rep. Honda’s opinion; he and his family were put into a Japanese-American internment camp during WWII, which makes me immediately suspicious. We wouldn’t have locked him up without good reason, right?

are avid readers are huge Harry Potter fans and we aren’t kids !!! I’m 60 years old. The truth is the theme is all about friendship, loyalty and good vs evil. There’s no better formula for all ages.” -Turtlehen

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“Her writing honestly isn’t that great. Her plot, I think, is intriguing (although it has several plot holes if you really look for them), and her characters are to die for, literally, but just take a look at her writing - it’s not developed.” -Anonymous “What’s the plot? How a

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Nicholas Pierce is a 22-yearold history junior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on twitter @TDR_nabdulpierce.

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“How is Zimmerman a psychology student if she thought the first two Harry Potter novels were too long? There’s way more college reading for a major like that. Good Grief, my 5-year-old son has read the first two Harry Potters and is halfway through the third!!” -Anonymous

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Quote of the Day

“A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for them. We chose a different path. Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets.”

Steve Jobs co-founder of Apple Feb. 24, 1955 — Oct. 5, 2011


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HEAD to HEAD

Are Apple products less innovative and uninspired since the death of Steve Jobs?

Yes. Apple is beginning to play things safe. PRESS X TO NOT DIE ADAM ARINDER Columnist “Resolutionary.” That’s how Apple describes the new iteration of its highly successful iPad. Apple is notorious for using lame buzz words like “magical,” “revolutionary” and “it just works” when marketing its newest products. This time, though, whoever came up with “resolutionary” should be fired. I bet Steve Jobs is turning in his grave. Speaking of horrible terms, the new version of the iPad, unveiled Wednesday at Apple’s conference in San Francisco, is called simply that — the new iPad. Not to steal one of Apple’s keywords, but without its late CEO, the company seems less “magical.” Sure, it’s still raking in the dough — new CEO Tim Cook said the iPad 2 sold more than 15 million units last quarter — but the company’s past two keynotes have been a bore. The reason Apple exploded with success in the last decade was thanks to the enthusiastic, hyperbolized keynotes from Steve Jobs. He truly loved his company and got everyone excited to buy its products. Jobs’ persona was what made Apple products the cool thing to own. After Jobs’ death, Cook has led the last two major keynotes — for the iPhone 4S and now the new iPad — yet they’ve been nothing but snooze fests. It probably doesn’t help that Apple’s latest products haven’t been those most “revolutionary” products. The iPhone 4S added Siri — “your best friend who gets things done just by asking,” Cook brags — and a major overhaul to the phone’s camera. Now, we have the new iPad, which lacks the “wow” factor of previous Apple products. The biggest change is to the screen. The new iPad finally boasts a retina display, similar to the one introduced in 2010 for the iPhone 4. This screen has a resolution of 2048 by 1536, “the most ever in a mobile device,” according to Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller. Truly resolutionary. I won’t lie, the first time I saw the iPhone 4’s screen I was amazed at how much better it looked compared to the 3G. And while I’m sure the new iPad screen will look just as impressive, people have seen it before. Other hardware improvements include, again, a boosted camera known as “iSight” and a quad-core A5X processor promising twice the speeds as its predecessor. The new iPad can also support 1080p video recording and playback, which is now a staple of modern tablets and smartphones. While I don’t want to disregard all of this amazing tech crammed into a single, mobile device, it is simply filled with things we’ve already seen. It’s still too early to make a call one way or the other, but this could be a sign of the times for the once-great tech giant.

The company’s sales may not fall anytime soon, but it seems as if it’s going into the defender business strategy — play things safe, don’t make too big of moves and just rest on the foundation you’ve made with your customer base so far. There’s nothing bad about that business model. But that’s a best-case scenario. It also could be that Steve Jobs truly was the vision of this company and without him, every Apple product from now on will be bland and uninspired. We’ve been bored to tears watching the previous two major Apple announcements, and, if nothing changes soon, the rest of the population will become bored with its products as well. If this keeps up, the once-great Apple died last year along with Steve Jobs. Adam Arinder is a 22-year-old communication studies senior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_aarinder.

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No. Sporadic overhauls will come and go. TAYLOR MADE TAYLOR BALKOM Entertainment Writer

While Wednesday’s announcement of the new iPad wasn’t anything revolutionary, it still showed Apple isn’t slowing down following the death of co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs. The new iPad — that’s the name — features minor upgrades to its predecessor, much like the iPhone 4S did to the iPhone 4. The biggest upgrade is the screen. Just like the iPhone 4 and 4S, the new iPad has a “Retina display” screen, with 3.1 million pixels and four times higher resolution than the iPad 2. It also includes a quad-core A5X processor, which allows for more detailed graphics in games and smoother transitions in apps, a 5-megapixel camera and 4G LTE (as opposed to 3G for the iPad 2) support for super fast downloads and quick Web browsing. Minor upgrades, yes. But that won’t stop people from buying iPads and sending Apple’s stock prices sky-high. As was the case for the iPhone 4S

announcement, some will undoubtably be disappointed Apple hasn’t redefined the market for tablets. But let’s be realistic — that can’t happen every year. Every iteration of i-devices doesn’t need to change the way we think about gadgets. In addition to hardware upgrades, Apple announced the iOS 5.1 software update, which brings Japanese language support for Siri and minor tweaks and bug fixes. Apple’s photo browser and editor iPhoto was announced for the iPad, and it takes advantage of the iPad’s features. The software gets a major redesign from its Mac counterpart, adding multi-touch editing for white balance, exposure, saturation and more. There’s also support for geotagging, notes and captions. An interesting omission was Siri — the personal assistant found on the iPhone 4S. Instead, the new iPad got “voice dictation,” which wasn’t explained much during the conference. Redefining gadgets every year has never been Apple’s style. Look at its line of Mac computers: Apple created a new market for ultra-thin laptops in 2008 with the release of the MacBook Air, a completely new take on laptops. But the years since then have seen mostly minor spec upgrades to the entire Mac lineup. The iPhone was announced in 2007. Other than the addition of 3G, there weren’t any major upgrades in the years after that, and no one seemed to mind. I didn’t hear anything about revolutions until the iPhone 4 was announced, with a complete redesign — new screen, new everything. People ate it up then and were let down when the iPhone 4S was announced. What’s wrong with minor upgrades? With the new iPad, Apple managed to create a device faster and more gorgeous than the iPad 2. That’s something worth buying. Consumers seem greedy when they expect a complete overhaul every year. These devices are meticulously designed to a near-perfect shape and size. It’s hard to imagine what an overhauled iPad would even look like. Jobs was obsessed with perfection, and the iPad is a close-to-perfect device. His untimely death may have shaken those who knew him, but these press conferences shouldn’t be interpreted like Apple is scared of releasing something too extravagant. What does Apple have to fear? The company’s stock sits around $530 a share, and it earned a $13.06 billion profit in the first fiscal quarter of 2012. The iPhone 4S sold 4 million units during its first weekend. The new iPad will fly off the shelves, just like the last two versions. Fans have no reason to fear. Apple will still be announcing minor upgrades with sporadic redesigns five years from now. Nearly everything about the iPad works flawlessly — why would Apple need to change it? Taylor Balkom is a 20-year-old mass communication sophomore from Baton Rouge.

PAUL SAKUMA / The Associated Press

Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller talks about the new iPad on Wednesday during its unveiling at a press conference in San Francisco.

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