Legislative Session: See which bills pertain to higher ed., p. 3
Theater: ‘The Lion King’ to show in N.O., features LSU alumna, p. 9
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Texting doesn’t hurt writing skills, students and profs say
As text messaging’s popularity continues to rise, Biochemistry sophomore Corey Guidry and sosome may assume the constant abbreviations and au- ciology freshman Melissa DeMoura both agreed — to-corrections would hurt students’ writing skills, but texting hasn’t affected the way they speak or spell. some students and University profesDeMoura said she noticed people Rachel Warren sors say they’d be wrong. used to shorten words to keep mesAnn Martin, English professor, sages short, but today’s smartphones Staff Writer said she hasn’t noticed any changes in have eliminated the hassle of typing students’ writing abilities through the years, despite full sentences. the improvements of technology. “With iPhones, you don’t really worry about “The students who were bad spellers and sloppy abbreviations as much,” DeMoura said. “People writers are still bad spellers and sloppy writers,” she used to do that, but it’s not much of a problem said. “And the ones who try are still trying.” anymore.” Guidry said he uses punctuation and capital letters in his text messages because he thinks it’s important to speak well all the time. He also thinks it makes the message seem like more of an effort. “When people send you these quick messages in shorthand, it makes you think, ‘Am I not worth typing a whole word?’” he said. History professor James Hardy said he thinks texting interferes with the way students learn, but he hasn’t noticed a decline in their writing skills. “It seems to me there’s no real reason they’re even in class if they’re on the phone,” he said. “They’re not paying attention.” Hardy said he doesn’t send texts or even own a cell phone because he doesn’t see the point. “I’m looking at it from the outside,” he said. “It really just eats up time, and it isn’t time I think WRITING SKILLS, see page 15 photo illustration by MARIAH POSTLETHWAITE / The Daily Reveille
Along with most of the nation, University students and professors are largely inﬂamed by radio talkshow host Rush Limbaugh, who recently made several controversial birthcontrol stateLIMBAUGH ments on his show that have sparked contention among politics and the media. Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University law student, expressed her support for President Barack Obama’s policy on birth control, which requires healthcare coverage for contraceptives, at an unofﬁcial congressional hearing last month. Limbaugh responded to her statement, saying, “What does it say about the college coed Susan Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex.” Limbaugh, who mistakenly called the student “Susan,” has retracted his comments and apologized. While some supporters have backed Limbaugh’s remarks, many found them to be inappropriate. The host has since lost the support of several of his show’s advertisers. Limbaugh’s comments have gained notoriety in the media and have crept into the political arena. “These comments were a distraction from the messages that the Republican candidates were trying to put forward,” said James Garand, political science professor. While the uproar following Limbaugh’s comments has subsided, Garand said Democrats will likely continue to remind voters about his comments as the general LIMBAUGH, see page 4
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Nation & World
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
U.K. government sued for helping U.S. covert drone strikes in Pakistan
U.S. soldier suspected in Afghan shootings could face death penalty
Governor Jindal pitches revamp of education system to lawmakers
LONDON (AP) — In a new claim of British complicity in rights violations overseas, a human rights group took legal action Monday against the British government, accusing it of passing on intelligence to help deadly U.S. covert drone attacks in Pakistan. The challenge is the latest in a string of lawsuits against U.K. spy agencies for sharing intelligence with foreign governments in lethal danger.
ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the death penalty is a consideration as the military moves to investigate and possibly put on trial a U.S. soldier suspected of gunning down 16 Afghans. In his ﬁrst public remarks on the incident, Panetta said Monday the shootings must not derail the military mission in Afghanistan, and pressure to do so from political leaders in Kabul and Washington must not alter that course. Twelve defendants in Ohio Amish attacks join challenge
(AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal framed his plans to overhaul public education ﬁnancing and teacher evaluations Monday as a “moral imperative” to improve education, as lawmakers opened their threemonth regular session. The Republican governor wants them to shift taxpayer money into a program that would pay for private school tuition, do away with the seniority-based system of teacher pay and make it tougher for teachers to reach the job protection called tenure.
Prince Harry completes first major tour for Queen Elizabeth II LONDON (AP) — Say goodbye to the party prince; say hello to the queen’s secret weapon. That’s how royal watchers have seen Prince Harry’s ﬁrst major diplomatic tour — a 10-day jaunt to the Caribbean and South America to represent his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II as part of celebrations marking her Diamond Jubilee. The trip offered Harry, 27, a ﬁrst step onto the international stage in a role that will become increasingly common as a younger generation of royals step to the fore.
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Giorgio Vasari’s fresco bearing the words “Cerca Trova” (seek and you shall find) is believed to cover Leonardo da Vinci’s lost painting,“The Battle of Anghiari.”
Lost mural by da Vinci may have been discovered in fresco FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Researchers may have discovered traces of a lost mural by Leonardo da Vinci by poking a probe through cracks in a 16th-century fresco painted on the wall of one of Florence’s most famous buildings. As of Monday, the ﬁndings still leave mystery in the hunt for the “Battle of Anghiari,” a wall mural painted by Leonardo in Florence’s storied Palazzo Vecchio, and possibly hidden behind a fresco done by Giorgio Vasari.
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CLEVELAND (AP) — All 12 defendants charged in beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio will close ranks and challenge the constitutionality of the federal hate crimes law, a member of the defense team said Monday. J. Dean Carro, a University of Akron law professor who ﬁled a challenge on behalf of the alleged ringleader and one of his sons, said all defendants would challenge the law and try to have the indictment dismissed. The judge extended Monday’s deadline for prosecutors to respond until April 16.
Bald eagles discovered nesting in a BREC Baton Rouge park (AP) — BREC’s Farr Park Equestrian Center and RV Campground along River Road has some relatively new residents: two bald eagles that may be parents. The nest and the birds were discovered about three weeks ago when a horseback riding instructor saw the nest and informed others with East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park Commission system about the ﬁnd. “It’s in one of the pastures that’s in Farr Park,” said Greg Grandy, BREC’s conservation director.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Higher Education Legislative Bills
Brian Sibille Staff Writer
In conjunction with Monday’s start of the legislative session, these higher education bills will be debated in the upcoming months:
Houseof of Representatives Representatives House HB1 - State Appropriations Annual revision of the state budget that will determine the University’s operation budget for the 2013 Fiscal Year. HB53/SB51 - Retirement Age This bill would increase the retirement age for certain members of the Louisiana State Employees’ Retirement System and the Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana to 67 years old. HB61/SB53 - New Retirement Programs This bill would create a new cash balance retirement plan for certain members within state retirement programs, including some faculty members. HB137, HB140 and HB435 TOPS for Veterans These bills seek to provide TOPS aid and residency status to veterans at Louisiana public institutions, regardless of the amount of time veterans live in the state. HB275 - Board of Supervisors Authority This bill would continue to permit increases to tuition and fees through the LA GRAD Act 2.0, allowing the University System to govern similarly to schools in the same tier.
HB294 - Capping TOPS TOPS aid could not exceed $1,600 per semester. TOPS would be capped from the 2014 Fiscal Year to the 2018 Fiscal Year.
HB848 - Board of Supervisors Resident Status Authority This bill would allow for each university’s boards of supervisors to grant residency status to out-ofstate commuters or non-resident distance learners.
HB348 - TOPS Eligibility This bill would allow the SAT to also count for the award. It would also eliminate the plan of cutting TOPS from high-income students, should funds run out.
HB883 - Board of Regents Licensure Fee Authority This bill would let the Board of Regents raise licensure fees up to $750 for postsecondary institutions.
HB395 and HB727 - Board of Regents Authority The power to receive, spend and allocate money would be subject to the Board of Regents and its funding formula and recommendations, as opposed to the university systems. HB727 retains the Regents’ current power but allows for institutional mission statements to be considered in funding decisionmaking.
HB926 - TOPS ACT/SAT Eligibility Dates Students seeking TOPS aid could submit ACT or SAT scores to the LSFAC by July 1 of their graduating year or later under certain circumstances. HB945 and HB946, SB579 TOPS Extension for Veterans These bills would extend the fouryear eligibility time constraint for students who are currently active in the U.S. Armed Forces or who re-enlist. The extension would be equal to the amount of time spent in active duty.
HB818 Louisiana Fire and Emergency Training Commission This bill would create the Louisiana Fire and Emergency Training Commission within LSU. The Baton Rouge campus is the current state agency that trains in-service ﬁreﬁghters statewide.
exceed 120 credit hours unless approved by the Board of Regents. SB104 - Transfer Guidelines This bill would change state procedure concerning a system of course numbers and receiving credit for classes when transferring schools. SB301 - Retained Funds Any higher edudcation institutions that wish to retain funds not spent by the end of a ﬁscal year for the next ﬁscal year would be required to create a stabilization plan that requires approval from the Board of Regents. SB383 - Master Plan Revisions The Board of Regents would have to revise master plans for higher education institutions every ﬁve years, and the board would have to develop a “role, scope and mission” for each. SB385 - Board of Regents Authority This constitutional amendment would allow managing boards at each higher education institution to
be in charge of daily operation but at subject to the Board of Regent’s “powers and policies.” SB412 - Louisiana Businesses and Colleges Colleges and universities would be allowed to enter leases with Louisiana businesses in areas designated as business incubators or research parks. SB418 - Board of Regents and Mergers This bill would require the Board of Regents to consider mergers of higher education institutions for the beneﬁt of educational services and programs. SB522 - Intellectual Property Higher education institutions would be required to implement a procedure for licensing intellectual property. The bill encourages institutions to follow an example set by Carnegie Mellon University. Contact Brian Sibille at firstname.lastname@example.org
HB964/SB527 - LSU Shreveport and La. Tech Merger Allows for the merger of LSU Shreveport and Louisiana Tech University, enabling the transfer of LSU Shreveport to the University of Louisiana System.
HB841 - TOPS and Regents Authority This bill would shift power to designate TOPS award amounts from the Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission to the Board of Regents. Currently, the LSFAC correlates TOPS amounts with tuition costs at public institutions. The Board of Regents would evaluate the award amount annually and suggest adjustments to the
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Second vice chancellor candidate asserts universities’ need to adapt
Brian Sibille Staff Writer
As the second vice chancellor of research and economic development candidate, Mark Aldenderfer expressed his belief in enabling research that benefits universities and communities Monday at a forum. The ancient ALDENDERFER idea of a university is important, but society has changed and universities must adapt, said Aldenderfer, the current dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at the University of California, Merced. Aldenderfer said those changes mean it’s important to maintain the original notion of a
university, but it’s essential to recognize the obligations of a modern university to the community, economy, students and faculty. Aldenderfer studied archaeology at Pennsylvania State University and has done research in anthropology. “You need someone who can understand tribal politics,” he said, explaining that his anthropology background allows him to understand communication and deal with individuals from different disciplines. Aldenderfer stressed the importance of interdisciplinary research to “expand horizons” for all researchers. He called himself an enabler in many ways, including the areas of economic development. The community near UC Merced has a high unemployment rate, and the university’s water and solar expertise have helped
the community maintain itself, he said. He was also involved in a program that helped community arts and humanities programs find funding. The ability to make tough decisions is an important quality to have for this position, he said. All areas of research shouldn’t receive equal funding, Aldenderfer said, but he would do what is necessary support research in all disciplines. “Research should be fun,” he said. “My job is to make it as much fun for you as possible.” Morris Foster, the final candidate for vice chancellor of research and economic development, will speak at the last forum at 4 p.m. on Thursday in Coates 2. Contact Brian Sibille at email@example.com
La. ranks fourth in train collisions
causes in vehicle-train collisions is people being distracted while driving. Edwards said people need Louisiana Operation Life- to focus as they approach railroad saver announced March 5 that the crossings by putting down their state ranked fourth nationally in cell phone, turning down music the number of train collisions and and looking and listening for an injuries, according to the prelimi- oncoming train. “Too many drivers don’t judge nary 2011 data from the Federal how close the train actually is to Railroad Administration. Nationally, the number of the crossing and may mistakenly vehicle-train collisions decreased think that they can cross before the by 3 percent to 1,956. These col- train gets there,” Edwards said. Edwards said lisions resulted ‘Trains don’t travel complacency is in 262 deaths and another factor. 964 injuries. on schedule, so Many people travEleven deaths in vehicle-train people should always el over the same crosscollisions oc- anticipate that a train railroad ing every day and curred in Louisimay be nearby.’ may not see a train ana during 2011, there for weeks, which marks a dePatricia Edwards creating a false crease from 2010’s Louisiana Operation Lifesaver sense of security, total of 25 deaths. executive director she said. For vehicle-train “Trains don’t travel on schedcollisions, Louisiana ranked 14th in injuries and 30th in fatalities ule, so people should always anticipate that a train may be nearby,” nationally. Among the parishes with the Edwards said. Edwards said Louisiana Opmost vehicle-train collisions, Caddo Parish ranked first. Jefferson, eration Lifesaver the organization East Baton Rouge, Tangipahoa works closely with law enforceand Iberville parishes all followed ment agencies and transportation safety agencies to promote rail in the top five. Louisiana Operation Life- safety. “The more that we can spread saver Executive Director Patricia Edwards said train accidents are more prevalent because the state is located near ports that allow the transfer of goods by railroad throughout the country. Of the railroad crossings, 44 of them are in East Baton Rouge Parish, according to Louisiana Operation Lifesaver’s incident map. East Baton Rouge has the most railroad crossings in the state, followed by Calcasieu, Jefferson, Ouachita and Caddo parishes. Edwards said one of the
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LIMBAUGH, from page 1 election approaches. “These comments are already being used in fundraising letters by Democrats and the Obama administration,” he said. Garand said he expects Limbaugh’s comments will also be revived during any further discussion regarding contraception. But Garand said he thinks Obama’s phone call to Fluke was politically motivated. “The Obama administration is looking to support their policy relating to contraception and religious freedom, and the president saw an opportunity to make political hay,” he said. From the perspective of Democrats, the phone call to Fluke was a smart move, but Garand said many wonder why the president hasn’t spoken out against negative comments about conservative women, including former presidential Republican candidate Michele Bachmann and former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin. “The president didn’t make a similar call to Sarah Palin when Bill Maher made similar comments,” he said. Maher, political commentator and stand-up comedian, made several remarks about Palin during his satirical comedy show, including calling her the “c-word” during one of his stand-up acts last year. “Many people consider that to be as bad, if not worse, than what Limbaugh said,” Garand said. Shortly following Limbaugh’s comments, Obama accepted a million-dollar campaign donation toward his Super PAC from Maher, and Palin demanded the president return the
money to Maher. “A lot of people see his acceptance of Maher’s donation as an inconsistency,” Garand said. While Gingrich stated Limbaugh’s comments were inappropriate, many think the GOP candidates should have further expressed their thoughts on the incident. But Garand said the Republican candidates have “spoken their piece” on contraception and religious freedom and have indicated that Limbaugh does not represent the voice of the Republican Party. “The Republican candidates want these comments to go away,” he said. “They’re between a rock and a hard place. They certainly are unhappy he made those comments and distracted people from the campaigns, but they don’t want to anger Limbaugh’s supporters either.” Along with the normal stresses of the campaign, Garand said Limbaugh’s comments have made it increasingly difficult for the nominees to run their campaigns. “It’s very interesting how difficult it is for political candidates to control their environments when running a campaign,” he said. “The Republican candidates are going to have to walk a thin line between supporters of Limbaugh and other people.” Bailey Nunez, English and Spanish freshman, said she has mixed feelings about the controversy. “Personally, I feel like he shouldn’t be calling people names like that, but constitutionally, I suppose there’s nothing wrong with it,” she said. Contact Kate Mabry at email@example.com
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Strings attached to limited scholarship funds Maximum NCAA allotment only 11.7 Luke Johnson Sports Writer
11.7. It’s not a nice, even number, but it’s one that college baseball teams and coaches know better than the bounces of their inﬁeld or the dimensions of their stadium.
Each Division I baseball team is authorized to use a maximum of 11.7 scholarships on 27 scholar athletes. So how do you divvy 11.7 scholarships among 27 athletes? That’s the golden question — and one that may never be answered satisfactorily. “They should increase it,” said former LSU outﬁelder Mikie Mahtook. “If you have a team of 35 guys, you’ve got to have more than 11.7 to split.”
The numbers are a result of the 1972 Title IX laws, which give female athletes an equal opportunity to participate in sports. While women’s sports have steadily risen in the 40-plus years since Title IX went into place — an undeniable positive — some men’s sports foundered. Baseball is included in that count. Wisconsin scrapped its program entirely, and Cal-Berkeley
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committed to discarding its program in 2010 before fundraising earned enough to keep it aﬂoat. “Women didn’t want to kill men’s sports; they just wanted it to be equal,” said former LSU athletic director and baseball coach Skip Bertman. “I think baseball is pretty much a victim of Title IX.” The NCAA mandates a roster limit for each team, allowing only 35 players. Just 27 are allowed to receive any sort of scholarship.
NCAA COLLEGE BASEBALL REGULATIONS: • Roster size maximum of 35 players • Only 27 players can receive any amount of scholarship money • Partial scholarships must be at least 25 percent of student’s costs
“You can’t even cover a full backup spot,” said former LSU ﬁrst baseman Blake Dean. “You need at least a full 18 scholarships. … You could ﬁeld two full teams with 18 SCHOLARSHIPS, see page 7
Tigers’ season to end in Oregon
LSU no match for the ‘Pit Crew’ MIC’D UP MICAH BEDARD Sports Columnist
Should the Lady Tigers advance past the ﬁrst round, they will face the winner of No. 4 seed Penn State (24-6) and No. 13 seed University of Texas-El Paso (29-3). The second-round contest will tip off March 20 at the PMAC. Connecticut (29-4) holds the No. 1 seed in the Kingston regional and would face LSU should both teams advance to the Sweet 16. “We understand what region we’re in and what road we have to take, but that’s part of March Madness,” Caldwell said. “You’re going
1,977 miles. That’s the distance the LSU men’s basketball team will have to travel in order to extend its season at least one more game. Lurking in Eugene, Ore., is LSU’s ﬁrst-round opponent in the National Invitational Tournament — the capable, battle-tested Ducks. It’s a huge accomplishment for the Tigers to reach the NIT, but unfortunately they drew a tough matchup. Not only does LSU have to play Oregon — winners of six of its last eight games — but the Tigers will have to make the longest road trip of the season. Oregon calls Matthew Knight Arena, one of the most intimidating venues in college basketball, home — impressive considering the arena only opened a year ago. The venue is named in honor of chief donor Phil Knight’s son, who died at the age of 34 in a scuba-diving accident. Knight, the co-founder of Nike, attended Oregon and pumps millions of dollars into the athletic program. I lived in Eugene for eight years. Oregon fans can get rowdy. I’ve never gotten the chance to step inside the $227 million venue that is Knight Arena, but I remember the days when Oregon greats Luke Jackson, Luke Ridnour and Fred Jones graced McArthur Court, the Ducks’ former arena. I witnessed many big Oregon victories inside
TOURNAMENT, see page 7
OREGON, see page 7
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LSU women’s basketball coach Nikki Caldwell speaks Monday evening at the PMAC to a crowd of fans before the NCAA tournament selection show is aired.
Scott Branson Sports Contributor
What a difference a year makes. After missing out on postseason play last season, the LSU women’s basketball team jumped at the news of receiving the No. 5 seed in the Kingston, R.I., regional of this year’s NCAA tournament. LSU (22-10) will face No. 12 seed San Diego State (25-6) in the opening round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship on Sunday at the PMAC.
The Lady Tigers, surrounded by fans and family, watched the NCAA selection show Monday night on the PMAC scoreboard monitor. “It’s always good to see your name across that board when the 64 teams are being called,” said LSU coach Nikki Caldwell. “This team has worked extremely hard to position themselves.” Caldwell said she’s familiar with San Diego State because of the time she spent coaching at nearby UCLA prior to her landing at LSU. “I’m very familiar with [San Diego] Coach [Beth] Burns,” Caldwell said. “I know she’s going to have her team very ﬁred up.”
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Tigers hit West Coast for postseason play vs. Ducks Chris Abshire Sports Writer
It’s been 36 months since the LSU men’s basketball team last saw postseason action. The Tigers (18-14, 7-9 Southeastern Conference) might be far removed from that heartbreaking, competitive second-round loss to national champion North Carolina in March 2009, but tonight’s National Invitational Tournament first-round matchup at Oregon is also a far cry from the doldrums of the past two seasons’ 20-loss campaigns. “We’re excited about receiving the invitation,” said LSU coach Trent Johnson. “The NIT is a very prestigious tournament and has a long history of outstanding teams and players.” The trip to Eugene, Ore., to face the No. 3-seeded Ducks (22-9, 13-5 Pac 12) also marks a regional homecoming for Johnson, who played at Boise State and coached at Nevada and Stanford. LSU, the No. 6 seed in topseeded Washington’s region, ended its regular season with mixed results. The Tigers dropped their final three SEC games in ugly fashion before responding with marked
improvement in a win against ArDevoe Joseph, a dynamic kansas and a tough loss to No. 1 6-foot-4 senior guard, leads an exKentucky in the SEC Tournament perienced Ducks’ backcourt and is last weekend. averaging 16.6 points per game. “Hopefully, we’ll continue to Junior small forward E.J. Sinbuild off the SEC Tournament mov- gler might be Oregon’s most versaing forward,” Johnson said. “We’re tile player, as he crashes the boards playing a very good Oregon team. to the tune of 5.5 rebounds per game It’s a steep challenge, but I know our while also displaying a streaky outguys are excited about side shot for 13.1 points the opportunity.” per game. Next up for The Ducks have Sharpshooting sethe Tigers: been an especially nior guard Garrett Sim steep challenge this Who: LSU (18-14, 7-9 averages 12.2 points season inside the kooky SEC) vs. Oregon (22-9, per game, and Baton confines of Matthew Rouge native and se13-5 Pac-12) Knight Arena. nior forward Jeremy Oregon, who fin- When: 8:30 p.m. today Jacob adds a tough reished second in the Where: Matthew Knight bounding presence and Pac-12, is 15-3 this five points per contest. season on the arena’s Arena in Eugene, Ore. “We went to work uniquely distracting Watch or listen at home: immediately [after the forested hardwood de- ESPN or 100.7 FM game was announced sign, and is averaging Sunday night] prepar74 points per game at home. ing for their offense, which is a danLSU will enter said raucous en- gerous unit,” Johnson said. vironment — where Oregon students LSU and Oregon both went 0-2 get in free tonight — as one of the this season against common oppoworst major-conference road teams nents in Virginia and Vanderbilt. who earned a postseason berth. The Ducks were considered a The Tigers went just 1-7 this prime at-large candidate in a weak season in SEC road games, and the Pac-12 season before falling, 63-62, losing margin in six of those losses to eventual tournament champion was at least nine points. Colorado in the quarterfinals of last
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Kentucky forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) blocks the shot of LSU guard Andre Stringer (10) during LSU’s 60-51 second-round loss in the SEC tournament to Kentucky.
week’s conference tournament. Oregon’s uptempo style will clash with LSU’s rugged defense and deliberate offensive mindset. The Tigers are 17-1 on the season when holding opponents to fewer than 60 points in regulation, but averaged only 57 points offensively in their final five games. “It always starts with defense for us,” Johnson said. “Certainly, we need to be more efficient getting the
ball in the basket, but Oregon will put pressure on our defensive rotation and rebounding commitment.” The contest is the first ever meeting between the two schools in men’s basketball, and the winner will face the Dayton-Iowa victor in the second round. Contact Chris Abshire at firstname.lastname@example.org
LSU returns for four-match homestand against S. Florida Ian Fontenot Sports Contributor
After falling short of a weekend sweep on the road, the No. 25-ranked LSU men’s tennis team returns to the friendly confines of the W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium to face South Florida today at 3 p.m. The Tigers (8-4, 2-2) rolled past Western division rival Alabama, 5-0, on Friday before suffering a 5-2 loss to No. 27 Auburn on Sunday. With two weekends of Southeastern Conference play in the books, LSU will settle in for a week-long homestand against four out-of-conference opponents in South Florida, Illinois State, No. 68 St. John’s and No. 2 Ohio State. “I’ve liked this team’s competitiveness,” said LSU coach Jeff Brown. “Our doubles play has been a little bit up and down, so we need to find something that’s going to work there over the course of the next four matches.” Despite inconsistent doubles
play, the Tigers have managed to produce two nationally ranked duos. Junior Olivier Borsos and freshman Chris Simpson are the No. 38-ranked pair in the country, and senior Neal Skupski and sophomore James Turbervill make up the No. 39-ranked duo. In singles, Tom Knights continued his strong senior campaign over the weekend, as the lone Tiger to win both of his singles matches. The Tigers’ match against South Florida (3-9) will be the first of three out-of-conference matches at home this week that will serve as preparation for the stiffest part of LSU’s schedule, which begins with the second-ranked Buckeyes on Monday. “Going forward, the schedule gets very tough,” said Brown. “We have to be able to take any wins we can get coming up and defend our home as best as possible.” After battling injuries through an 0-6 start, USF has won three of five of its last matches, including
a 5-2 victory against No. 75 Penn last Thursday. “[South Florida] is a good team, but they’ve struggled a bit,”
Brown said. “They’re in a kind of desperation mode with the schedule winding down a bit, and they’re a team that could, and should, make
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to have to play the best in the country to beat the best.” Caldwell said senior forward LaSondra Barrett will be “100 percent ready to go come Sunday” after suffering a concussion and being knocked unconscious in the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game against Tennessee on March 4. “Barrett is such a competitor, and there’s not going to be anything that’s going to stop her,” Caldwell said. Barrett said the team is excited to make the tournament after falling short last season but won’t be taking it for granted. “It beats last year, I can tell you that,” Barrett said. “Right now the record is 0-0. Any team can lose any given day, so we just have to stick with them, and then we move on.” Senior forward Courtney Jones agreed and said watching the show was nerve-wracking, even though the team suspected it would earn a NCAA bid. “Last season was pretty devastating for all of us,” Jones said. “I wouldn’t say we [knew] for sure, but we had some idea. We didn’t think we were practicing for nothing.” Contact Scott Branson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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what fans refer to as “The Pit” during my childhood. In 2000, the UCLA Bruins and highly touted freshman guard Jason Kapono came to town. Midway through the second half, during a Kapono free throw, the student section relentlessly jumped up and down, causing the rim to shake. After the public address announcer asked the students to stop, the jumping only increased. In another contest, a week after a California player’s home burned down, the student section chanted “burning down the house” while he was shooting a free throw. The change of venue hasn’t changed the hostile atmosphere thanks to the obnoxious student section known as the “Pit Crew.” Oregon is 15-3 this season at home and won the CBI Championship against Creighton to ﬁnish its 2011 campaign. As if the home-court advantage and the Tigers having to travel such a great distance isn’t enough, Oregon has a number of favorable matchups on the court. Senior guards Devoe Joseph and Garrett Sim form one of the best backcourts on the West Coast and don’t turn the ball over. The Tigers’ guards might struggle under the constant pressure put on them by Oregon and will have to stay poised if they want to stand a chance against the Ducks. But the biggest disadvantage for LSU will be Oregon junior swingman E.J. Singler. The younger brother of former Duke star Kyle Singler is the Ducks’ leading rebounder, and LSU doesn’t have anyone who can keep tabs on his 6-foot-6-inch, 215-pound frame. It will be a daunting task to escape Eugene with a victory.
season to serve as the numerator. If Mainieri were to offer an outscholarships. That would be a little of-state recruit $15,000 a year, it more reasonable.” would count toward roughly 51 perIn addition to numbers restric- cent of a scholarship. tions, each player on scholarship But half a scholarship would is required to receive a minimum be a steep price for Mainieri to pay 25-percent scholarship. for one player, considering the 11.7 The entire process is enough limit. to make one’s head spin, especially “I don’t know that I’ve ever had when considering most of a player receive a scholarthe work is done by one ‘It sickens me ship in the amount which man. that schools was commensurate to LSU baseball coach don’t look at his value,” Mainieri said. Paul Mainieri describes his all underpaid, in our national “They’re job as a mix of scouting diother words. ... It’s sad, repastime rector, development direcally, that college baseball is favorably.’ treated that way.” tor, head coach and general manager rolled into one How many scholarPaul Mainieri ships a team can dole out is position. Coaches go armed on LSU baseball coach a touchy issue for coaches. recruiting missions with a The reasoning simmering chart of expenses for each scholar- under the surface serves as the funship. Scholarships are broken down damental decision maker — money. into tuition, room, board and books. It’s not a problem at LSU, where For an in-state athlete, tuition the thriving baseball program plays accounts for 31 percent of the schol- in a brand new, multimillion-dollar arship, room accounts for 34 per- facility and generates more than $6 cent, board accounts for 33 percent million in revenue for the University and books account for 2 percent. A and non-revenue-generating sports. full ride for an in-state student costs But in other schools around the $18,616 for a full school year. country, programs are regarded as Tuition costs for out-of-state what Mainieri calls a “black hole.” athletes account for 56 percent of the Many worry that if more scholmoney allotted for scholarships — arships were made available it would about $29,400 per year. create a larger divide between the The total for all of these serves haves and the have-nots. as a denominator. Coaches can then Mainieri said “roughly half” offer an athlete a set amount each of the 296 Division I schools don’t
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Numerous things will have to fall in the Tigers’ favor in order for that to happen. I just don’t see it. I’m expecting a tough loss for the Tigers, ending their season after only one postseason game.
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page 7 even use their full allotment of scholarships. “When you’re at a place like LSU and you’re trying to push to get 20 or 25 full scholarships for the baseball team, it’s falling on deaf ears,” Mainieri said. “Half the schools would never vote for that, because all that’s doing is creating a wider gap.” Even during Mainieri’s 12-year tenure at Notre Dame — one of the more prestigious Division I schools — he wasn’t allowed to use all 11.7 scholarships until his ﬁnal season. The decision to use less than the full amount was an institutional one, according to Mainieri. “The leadership at each institution decides how important college baseball is to them,” Mainieri said.
“It sickens me that schools don’t look at our national pastime favorably.” The likelihood of things changing is slim. While the scholarship limit of 11.7 has been in place since 1991, the parameters for maximum roster size and minimum scholarship amount for each player were implemented in 2008. “We’ll have to learn to accept what we have,” Bertman said. “We’ll never get any more. We might get less someday, but we’ll never get any more.”
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‘The Lion King’ roars into N.O.
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Disney’s “The Lion King” on Broadway opens Wednesday at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans and features University alumna Maurica Roland.
University alumna member of cast
“Both [singing and dancing] have given me the opporEntertainment Writer tunity to really be myself and to Walt Disney’s famous pride express myself,” Roland said. Roland is contracted as a of lions has grown to include a singer for “The Lion King” and former University student. University alumna Maurica performs regularly as a memRoland will perform as part of ber of the ensemble. She is also the understudy for Disney’s “The Lion The Lion King: several parts that King” on Broadway, which opens When: March 14-April 15 require dancing, including the female Wednesday in Where: Mahalia Jackson lead of Nala. New Orleans at the She said the Mahalia Jackson Theater, 1419 Basin St., role requires lots of Theater and runs New Orleans Tickets: 800-982-2787 or simultaneous physthrough April 15. Roland stud- neworleans.broadway.com ical movement and full-out singing. ied musical educaTo prepare for a perfortion at the University and was involved in multiple perfor- mance, Roland does vocal mances, singing as the soloist warm-ups, stretching and yoga for many musical ensembles. backstage. Another prepaShe was also involved with ration tactic Roland uses is the dance-theatre company Of LION KING, see page 11 Moving Colors Productions. Haylie Navarre
SXSW’s ‘Homeless Hotspots’ respectable
Ever consider using homeless people as mobile hotspots? Rethink possible. This year’s South by Southwest festival is doing just that. The annual music, film and interactive conference, running through March 18, started off with the long-anticipated premiere of “The Cabin in the Woods,” a film by Joss Whedon set to be released in April 2012, and the release and performance of Andrew Bird’s new TAYLOR BALKOM album, “Break Entertainment Writer It Yourself.” But the festival has been overshadowed by controversy surrounding British marketing firm Bartle Bogle Hegarty’s use of the homeless from around the country as mobile 4G hotspots. Multiple homeless men wander the conference floor wearing T-shirts that say “I’m ___, a 4G hotspot,” followed by a number to text if you want to use PayPal to pay for Internet access. They carry the physical hotspot in their pockets and have a set location to stay around. The service immediately sparked debates all over the Internet. The New York Times’ David Gallagher called the plan “a little dystopian,” and a quick Twitter HOTSPOTS, see page 11
BR residents explore unique entertainment destinations Students appreciate diversity of clubs David Jones Entertainment Writer
University students are taking a detour from the drunk bus’ Tigerland route to venture into other nightlife alternatives. With more than 40 venues in the area, Baton Rouge has many nightlife destinations for University students who are willing to venture from the beaten path. Shanekia Hall, sports administration junior, said she prefers to unwind at local reggae dance hall Club Culture on Oklahoma Street. Hall described the
venue as a vibrantly colorful place where she can dance away the stress of her day. Hailing from Jamaica, Hall said the club’s Caribbean-style music and flag-adorned ceiling remind her of home. “Most of the time, it feels like we are back at home — not in Baton Rouge where we don’t know most of these songs,” she said. Hall said although the club plays mostly reggae music, anyone can enjoy the atmosphere and appreciate the culture. The club, which also plays Afro-pop and hip-hop music, is open to the public Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. It can be rented out for private parties Monday through Saturday.
Mechanical engineering sophomore Hayden O’Neal enjoys live music at the Texas Club. O’Neal said although he does not frequent the club casually, he regularly attends the fair-priced concerts. “I had a good time at the Easton Corbin concert — one of my favorite country artists,” O’Neal said. The nightclub has become a staple in live music with a long list of performers — including country superstars Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks — gracing the venue’s stage. General manager Kyle Balding said the club specializes in country music but caters to CLUBS, see page 11
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The dance floor at Splash Nightclub is hopping early Sunday morning as patrons enjoy the music and multicolored spotlights.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Student stars in music video for local artist Rob Johnson
Raylea Barrow Entertainment Writer
Lights, camera, action! Taurinesha White, psychology sophomore, never imagined she would be cast as the romantic interest and muse for a local artist’s new music video. White is featured in the video for Island Def Jam artist Rob Johnson’s new single, “Natural Woman,” which expresses admiration for women who are comfortable in their own skin. The video opens by panning over White’s eyes with images of a lake behind contrasting hues of blue and purple. As White applies her makeup and stares in a mirror, Johnson serenades her with “Natural Woman.” Occasionally the two embrace. Produced by Cody Coyote Films and Bay Boy Entertainment, the set was staged at Southgate Towers apartments and took a full two days to shoot the entire video.
White said the experience was something new and exciting. “It was just like a blessing,” White said. “ I wondered how much time went into making a video. I never knew how much you had to do. There were three different scenes, and we shot over and over from a different angle.” In order to convey the romance between the two, the video depicted a few intimate scenes, which White said was kind of awkward, but she said she felt honored to be on the set. “It was a great experience working with Rob,” White said. “[The response to the video] has been really positive. Every woman has been uplifted by it, which is what we were going for.” After meeting at Abounding Love Ministries church and becoming friends, Johnson thought White would be a perfect fit for his video. White agreed and was not paid for her role in the shoot. “When I see her, I don’t see a
fake woman on the outside or the inside,” Johnson said. “I love her demeanor. She really portrayed what I needed to portray. She was perfect.” Johnson, a Baton Rouge native, realized he wanted to make music as a career when he was about 18. His music influences include Brian McKnight, Stevie Wonder and India Arie. After posting his songs on YouTube and Facebook, Johnson was contacted by a Def Jam representative in New York, and they began working together. Johnson said he tries to remain humble and push forward to new heights with his journey to fame. “I haven’t begun to reach where I want to reach, but I am excited and grateful,” Johnson said. “I’m too blind to what I’ve done because I’m trying to see where I’m going.” “Natural Woman” had a personal significance to White with the message of being comfortable in
photo courtesy of ROB JOHNSON
Taurinesha White, psychology sophomore, acted in local musician Rob Johnson’s music video for his song “Natural Woman.”
one’s own skin. “There have been times where I have thought I want to have my hair this way or have my skin like that, but you just have to embrace your natural self the way God made
you and just be happy about that,” White said. Contact Raylea Barrow at email@example.com
Audit questions tax credits for Mardi Gras documentary
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A documentary about the Mardi Gras season appears to have improperly received about $935,000 in state motion picture tax credits, the legislative auditor’s office said Monday. The tax credits were handed out for “Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras: Building of the Greatest Free Show on Earth.” The two companies involved in the film, Blaine Kern Artists Inc. and Louisiana Entertainment and Production LLC, said they followed the tax credit rules. The issue is whether expenses incurred by a live entertainment
event can be counted as film production expenses. In this case, the entertainment was the 2007 Mardi Gras season, and the question is whether expenses that would have been incurred without filming the event can be counted as production expenses eligible for tax credits. The auditor said $3.2 million, or 95 percent, of the film production expenses submitted to the state were not eligible for production tax credits. The amount of eligible expenses — about $172,000 — was so low that the film was ineligible for tax credits, the report said. The threshold for qualifying for tax credits is $300,000 in eligible production
expenses. The film had a budget of about $3.4 million, the auditor said. The Department of Economic Development said it would seek to recover the amount of any wrongfully issued tax credits. Blaine Kern Artists Inc. and LEAP later sold $935,114 in credits for $821,343 to 23 individuals, the audit report said. The auditor recommended the state attempt to recover the credits. LEAP is a company that finances and brokers tax credits, according to the auditor. The tax credit program is designed to promote Louisiana’s film industry. The credits, which can be bought and sold, are used by the
owner to lower the owner’s overall state tax bill on a dollar-to-dollar basis. The state has issued about $845 million in movie industry tax credits since the program was set up in 2002. Legislative Auditor Daryl Pupera said $2.9 million of the claimed expenses were for normal operations of Blaine Kern Artists, such as building floats, while $209,848 went to LEAP for producer fees “with little documentation of actual services rendered.” The film was certified by the state economic development agency as eligible to receive credits in December 2006 during the
administration of Gov. Kathleen Blanco. The production was filmed in 2007 and LEAP hired a producer, director and other personnel to film and edit the documentary, the auditor said. According to a letter from state economic development agency Secretary Stephen Moret, the tax credit program is supposed to cover actual film production costs and not general operating expenses of a live entertainment event that is being filmed. Contact The Daily Reveille’s entertainment staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
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them an inside view of homelessness. It’s a complex issue. On one hand, the homeless are given jobs and income, and this could be the ﬁrst step toward reintegration in society. On the other hand, BBH could be using this program as an advertisement for its own services and not really care about the well-being of the homeless. But is it that big of an issue if BBH gets publicity out of this? The Homeless Hotspots website says all donations go directly to whomever sells the access. Is it unorthodox? Yes.
Dystopian? Maybe not. Odd though it may be, these people are given jobs and an income while they work for BBH. That’s money to buy food, clothes and other necessities. The homeless have long been glossed over on the streets by some. Maybe now they’ll start paying attention.
is the result of hard work, focus, dedication and faith. I want my students to see that.” Roland described hearing the cheering audience of children as a “full-circle moment,” knowing the cast had the opportunity to inspire kids. Roland laughed and recalled crying through the ﬁrst act before pulling herself together. Roland said a quick turnaround makes the nearly nightly performances difﬁcult. She said the cast often works 12-hour days and doesn’t have time between locations to recuperate or adjust to the environment. Roland said a typical example would be wrapping up a production on Sunday night and opening in another city on Tuesday. At the bare minimum each person has two 50-pound suitcases, a carry-on and a backpack, she said. The travel adds to the stress of the work, which is already physically demanding. Roland said the performers have to take care of themselves obsessively with daily vitamins and exercise. Roland said she couldn’t be more excited to be performing in New Orleans, as her friends and
family will be able to attend. She is eager to show the people that have encouraged her, including University professors, where their prayers and support have gotten her. Roland is currently teaching piano lessons to the children of performers traveling with the cast. She said she’ll always teach, but she doesn’t have a set plan for the future. “Every time I’ve tried to plan something, God has had other plans. So I’m just going with the ﬂow,” Roland said.
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visualization, as performing multiple roles is mentally taxing. “I visualize myself doing the entire show, and that pretty much preps me for having to go into those roles,“ Roland said. After a six months performing on Celebrity Cruises, Roland moved to Orlando to work at Disney World. She said she was ﬁnally making enough money to begin ﬂying to New York to be cast in larger shows. “You just kind of audition and cross your ﬁngers,” she said. She auditioned three times for “The Lion King” before earning a spot in the production. In her sixth year on Broadway, Roland is well past stage fright. “To do a show is almost like breathing,” Roland said, “It’s a part of my life. It’s what I do every night.” She said she enjoys evoking an emotional reaction and hearing the crowd’s excitement. Roland, a former music teacher, said one particular performance of “The Lion King” in Jacksonville to a theater full of children reminded her of the students she taught in Pensacola. She said the show reminded her of her decision to leave the school to perform professionally full-time. She said she intends to return to teaching, and when she does she wants her students to know it’s possible for each of them to be part of a major production. “I’m not any more special than any of my students that I’ve ever taught or any students that come to see the show,” Roland said. “What I’m doing right now
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a vast audience by playing all music genres. “We are probably one of the most diverse nightclubs in Baton Rouge,” Balding said. Designed to accommodate large crowds, the spacious nightclub has a 1,000-person capacity and has held more than 425 concerts since opening in 1984. The venue has also hosted more than 1,025 male revue shows for its female visitors over the years. Ashley Heard, sociology senior, said she doesn’t usually attend Splash on Highland during its event nights, but it’s her favorite place to enjoy dance music. “It’s a good place to go if you want to actually dance and not get hit on by creepers,” Heard said. Quentin Little, Splash’s general manager, said the club plays a variety of music to please its diverse crowd. He said the second ﬂoor of the venue is dedicated to music videos, ranging from hiphop to country hits. “We want everybody to come out and have fun, no matter who or what you are,” Little said. The club boasts six drinking bars, a professional light show, two ﬂoors and a temperaturecontrolled dance area. Little said these amenities are most useful when the club holds more than 900 guests on its Artist vs. Artist nights, where the songs of two popular musicians are played
back-to-back throughout the night. The Bulldog on Perkins Road offers a different type of diversity to its 21-and-up clientele. The dog-friendly bar allows patrons to bring their canines on the tree-lined patio to join in the revelry. Remi Dematto, the venue’s owner, said the bar’s atmosphere is the reason for its high appeal with University students. The owner said he is proud to be one of the only bars in the area to offer more than 80 draft beers. “Between the patio, the interior and the lounge seating, it’s a little more upscale than your average beer bar.” Dematto said. Rick-N-Robins on Mead Road also offers rare forms of entertainment. The 21-and-up bar gives free jitterbug and Westcoast swing lessons, as well as an opportunity for patrons to belt out their own tunes during karaoke every Thursday. The club, which is open Thursday through Saturday, also features live bands on most weekends.
LION KING, from page 9
• Big-name artists like Andrew Bird, Bruce Springsteen, Delta Spirit and others debuted brand new albums. • Facebook and its partners unveiled a bevy of new Facebook Timeline apps. • Joss Whedon’s long-awaited horror flick “The Cabin the Woods,” slated for a mid-April release, opened the film portion of the festival on Friday. “Bridesmaids” premiered at SXSW last year and went on to gross more than $169 million, according to Box Office Mojo. • “Family Guy” creator Seth McFarlane presented eight minutes of footage from his upcoming live-action directorial debut “Ted.” Mark Wahlberg, who stars in the film, make a surprise appearance to discuss the forthcoming comedy with McFarlane. • Al Gore and Napster mastermind Sean Parker spoke for an hour about the effects of Web advocacy and the Internet’s role in mitigating financial influences over politics. • Jeffrey Tambor, best known for his role on “Arrested Development,” led an acting workshop. • Jay-Z ripped through classics like “Hard Knock Life” and “99 Problems” on Monday night during a concert that was live-streamed across the Web. • The remake of “21 Jump Street” starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum bowed at the Paramount Theatre.
CLUBS, from page 9
search for #homelesshotspots found several people on both sides of the argument. Until BBH reveals malicious intentions, I’m behind its message. A knee-jerk reaction would consider how horrifying it is that these poor people are being used as objects, and aren’t they? Saneel Radia, head of innovation at BBH New York, is aware of these concerns, and spoke to newsaggregate website BuzzFeed about the issues. “The worry is that these people are suddenly just hardware, but frankly, I wouldn’t have done this if I didn’t believe otherwise,” he said. That’s a fair point, and I hope no one would treat other humans as hardware. After all, the homeless do get compensated for their work. All proceeds from paying for Internet access go toward that person’s salary. So it can’t be all bad, right? It’s like an updated version of Street Newspapers, print publications written and sold by the homeless as a form of self-employment. A job is a job. Ohio native Melvin, a “Homeless Hotspot,” doesn’t mind the job. He told BuzzFeed that “these people are trying to help the homeless and increase awareness. They’re trying not to put us in a situation where we’re stereotyped.” Melvin also liked how he gets to talk to people and, perhaps, give
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Twenty years of texting has changed the English language for the better
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CLAYTON CROCKETT Opinion Editor “Lawl,” “jay kay,” “roffle” and “gee tee eff oh.” Sound familiar? It’s odd you’d have heard them at all, for each of these terms originated in print and for print’s sake. In fact, it makes almost no logical sense that we should actually pronounce any of these terms aloud, for each of them was invented to save energy for our fingers rather than our tongues. But, as the overwhelming majority of English communication takes place in type, the language’s evolution is occurring at increasingly rapid rates. And it didn’t start with the computer or the cell phone. Languages are like species: They adapt to their environments, consume one another and, in time, evolve.
As usual, the Opinion section of our website, lsureveille.com, has been absolutely buzzing with reader comments. Check it out today, and let your voice be heard. In response to Nicholas Pierce’s column, “NYPD deemed ‘unAmerican,’” readers had this to say: “Please stop making it seem like investigations such as this are not necessary. Yes, there have been no attacks on US soil (except for the military base that
So we must consider the environment in which the language resides: texts, tweets, websites, etc. In the case of progressing technology, it’s a matter of form meeting function. As new technology arises, we need words to describe the previously unthinkable or unknown. An interesting application of this would be the origin of the word “cliché.” A French term, the word originated with the use of the printing press. Typically, words existed on printing stamps and would be arranged to print the text of a page. However, certain phrases would be so common that one could simply make a plate with the series of words rather than rearranging the words repeatedly. These common terms came to be known as “clichés,” named after the sound of the press as it stamped the phrase. In the case of texting, we notice the same progressions taking place today more rapidly than ever before.
Consider the jump from texting on a phone with number pads rather than a QWERTY keyboard on a touchscreen. Texts were quick, shorthand messages rampant with abbreviations due to the inefficiency of typing on keypads. This difficulty gave rise to most of the cellphone slang that exists today, like the “lol’s” and “jk’s.” With touchscreens and QWERTY keyboards, most of these are no longer necessary, and so the evolution of language continues. What bothers me are the complaints regarding this progression. I still recall high school English teachers lamenting the use of “impact” or “gift” as verbs. “Text” has met the same end. But complaining about the rapid change of language is akin to every generation of adults complaining about the youth these days. When they complain about the unruliness and lack of manners, what they’re really noting is their disconnect from a
changing culture. I find the evolution beautiful. It’s a sign of our progress as a species and world culture. Just like biological evolution, we can count on the most efficient words and phrases to win out. For instance, we use German words like “dopplegänger” and “poltergeist” because English lacked terms to describe these concepts. Fortunately for us, English dominates the electronic sphere. While we may complain about the use of terms like “noob” or “pwn,” non-English speakers have to deal with the fact that the vast majority of all Internet content is in English. So, as technology advances, odds are all of the new language required to describe it will be in English, and even more interestingly, we can use technology as a barometer for how the evolution will take place. Generally speaking, Moore’s Law predicts technology will double in efficiency every two
years, marking an exponential increase. Today’s generation of texters, posters and tweeters is only the beginning. Globalization, as has been said time and again, is inevitable, and undoubtedly a world language is on the way. What we may not have considered is the fact that this world language will be codified on the Internet. So next time someone criticizes Internet lingo as detrimental to the English language, know that linguistic evolution is inevitable. We should embrace it as such.
was terrorized by a Muslim yelling Allah is the only true god, but lets forget that for now) but there have been no attacks because the radicals have been found out and their plans squashed because of these ‘racist’ investigations. Guess what, racial profiling works. It keeps you safe because certain groups that are profiled are notorious for their actions and hatred for the US and anyone not like them.” - Anonymous
monks. How dare the NYPD do their job. Don’t they know that at universities it’s more important to be politically correct than it is to be real?” - Anonymous
infanticide three times in Illinois. He voted against bills that would have given care to babies who had already been born after a botched abortion. Obama’s view: go ahead and kill the baby in order to enshrine a woman’s right to choose. His handpicked cohorts in developing Obamacare were three men with pretty radical views: One at one time said contraceptives should be put in the water supply, another said people should be euthanized when they turned 70 and yet another stated that parents should be able to kill their children all the way up until
they were 4 years old. Not radical enough? He mandated Catholics to pay for contraceptives against their consciences. Then there’s America and white-hating Jeremiah Wright. So, you have the audacity to call Santorum too extreme? Matthew to earth, please.” - Blaise Blanchard
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“Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time, but to prevent it from changing too rapidly.”
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Extramarital sex not tolerated by S. Carolina GOP SCUM OF THE GIRTH PARKER CRAMER Columnist If Justin Timberlake brought sexy back, the Laurens County Republican Party in South Carolina castrated it. This particular GOP subgroup requires its members to sign a pledge before they join, stating they have never had pre-marital sex and will never look at pornography again. Their rationale: The party “does not want to associate with candidates who do not act and speak in a manner that is consistent with the SC Republican Party Platform.” My initial reaction to hearing this: “What a bunch of prudes.” But after getting used to the idea of sexless politics, I’ve decided to commend the LCRP. Finally, politicians who practice what they preach. If politicians never comment on the sextra-curricular activities of others, they wouldn’t have to live up to them. The sad truth is that many candidates, typically Republicans, have to gain votes by denouncing any sort of sex outside of marriage. Former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann told her supporters she would strive to ban pornography. These ambitions seek to alienate certain Americans from exercising their freedoms. Luckily for all of us, Time Magazine compiled a list of the top 10 political sex scandals. Let’s have a look. David Vitter, who Louisiana’s
geniuses recently re-elected, apologized for his hypocrisy only after being caught in a prostitution scandal. Vitter is a staunch advocate of abstinence-only education and a constitutional ban on gay marriage. Mark Sanford, former governor of South Carolina and head of the Republican Governors Association, went missing only to turn up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he was visiting his mistress. Former Sen. Larry Craig, RIdaho, was caught by undercover police trying to solicit anonymous sex in a bathroom at MinneapolisSt. Paul International Airport. Yes, all of the aforementioned are Republicans, some of whom spoke out against the same behavior in which they themselves were engaging. Don’t fret, though, because the Democrats have plenty of sex scandals to match. Retired Congressman Barney Frank, D-Mass., paid a male prostitute for sex. Frank then allowed the same individual to live in his home while still working as a prostitute. The prostitute eventually turned Frank’s home into a brothel, something Frank supposedly didn’t know. Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer was caught with $1,000-an-hour call girls. This could have blown over, had Spitzer not vehemently fought against prostitution rings during his tenure as New York’s attorney general. How can we forget the moneyshot heard ’round the world — the infamous scandal of Bill Clinton, who turned the Oval Office into a fellatio festival. What exactly are Monica Lewinsky’s qualifications on
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her résumé? While politicians on both sides of the aisle have stayed sexy, GOP voters have become quite mundane in the bedroom. It is this lack of libido in the voters that has driven some candidates to the extreme when it comes to speaking out against unnatural or immoral sexual behavior. You see, it’s not the politicians’ fault for being perverts. It’s the voters’ fault for not being perverted enough.
While I admire the LCRP for walking the walk, I still maintain that a person’s sex life is nobody else’s business. All politicians have to do is stop talking about sex and no one can call them hypocritical. Effectiveness and accountability should be what voters look for in the current election season. Are your representatives active, and are they sticking to the standards they set for others? That’s what’s important.
It’s easier to criticize a loudmouth than a mute. Parker Cramer is a 21-yearold political science junior from Houston. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_pcramer.
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Possibility of Valve console would shake the gaming world PRESS X TO NOT DIE ADAM ARINDER Columnist When it comes to computer gaming, nothing can beat Valve Software’s online distribution service Steam. Whether it’s a small, indie title or a huge, multimillion dollar blockbuster, Steam’s great service and unbeatable sales over the past few years have been a staple for PC gamers. Besides providing a central hub for gaming on the PC, Valve has also found the time to develop widely successful games like “Half-Life,” “Team Fortress 2” and “Portal.” But throughout the years, hardcore gaming has shifted from a keyboard and mouse to a controller. With consoles catching up in terms of graphics and performance with gaming computers
at a fraction of the price, console gaming has overtaken PC gaming for the general public. While games like “Battlefield 3” look vastly better on a high-end gaming PC, economically it can’t compete against a $200 Xbox 360 that plays the same game. However, it appears Valve has a plan up its sleeve to merge console and PC gaming into a device that would shake up the gaming world as we know it. Unfortunately, it seems like we’re going to have to wait a bit longer than previously anticipated. Although rumors for a nearby release were squashed this weekend in an interview with gaming site Kotaku, the Internet was ablaze with the possibility of Valve working on a “Steam Box” — a type of set-top box able to download and stream games from Steam. Supposed leaked specs
boasted an impressive amount of tech under the hood — enough to compete directly with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 — alongside a patent filed by Valve last year for a controller with interchangeable buttons and joysticks. All of this made the Steam Box seem like a reality. It turns out all of those leaks were just in-house builds for another Valve product to make Steam easier to use for people with their PC connected to their TV, Valve marketing director Doug Lombardi told Kotaku. What’s interesting about the interview is that Lombardi never fully denied Valve is working on a console — he just said there’s nothing coming out any time soon. If and when Valve does decide to release its own home console, it’ll not only be a big step for Valve but also a big step in the direction gaming seems to be heading.
In the age of 3G, 4G and other number-letter combinations, people want their material at the tap of a finger. Just look at what Apple and iDevices have done for gaming — quick, bite-sized games easily downloaded to be enjoyed immediately. The same goes with the Kindle or Nook, as people can download and start reading a book within minutes — no more drives to the bookstore. If Valve releases a console, it’ll no doubt use the Steam store, and most likely only the Steam store. That would mean the only way to buy a game would be download distribution. Say goodbye to physical discs. There’s even rumor the next Xbox system from Microsoft will forgo discs altogether and primarily use digital downloads or a type of solid-state drive. I’ll take that rumor with a grain of salt and
believe it when I see it. Now would be the perfect time for a Valve home console. The world is ready to embrace the digital format and Steam has enough followers that whatever Valve releases, people will easily throw their money at it. Physical media is dying, leaving online distribution as the future of gaming. If there were to be a company to lead that charge, it would definitely be Valve. Adam Arinder is a 22-year-old communication studies senior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_aarinder.
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Shrum said students will decide if they should be productive in class regardless of their ability to text. “I can sit in a lecture and not pay attention just as well with or without a mobile phone,” he said.
I can spare.” Hardy said he doesn’t allow cell phones in his classrooms because he wants to prepare students for the professional world. “Whatever you do after graduation, you’ll probably have to be in a professional setting at some point,” he said. “And texting during meetings or work is rude. A lot of companies take a hard line, and these kids could be in real trouble if they text all the time.” Hardy said he thinks technology — text messaging included — has caused students to become distant from their teachers. He said students who are more used to speaking to people through messages may be less inclined to visit their professors in person during ofﬁce hours, which could prove detrimental to their grades. “It’s always best to go in person,” he said. “The fact that you make an effort really carries some weight.”
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rude,” he said. According to Shrum, text messaging has not fundamentally changed the way people form relationships, but instead provided different methods for people to do so. “It doesn’t improve relationships or make them worse. It provides new opportunities for relationships,” he said. But not everyone agrees that text messaging is so benign. Lance Porter, the head of the University’s Digital Media Initiative and a professor in the Manship School of Mass Communication, said text messaging and online communications have been detrimental to the modern generation’s face-to-face social skills. “You can’t get full meaning or context from a text message,” Porter said. “People are more comfortable with them because they take less time and less attention than a conversation.” Porter said this reluctance to speak in person is stunting the personal growth of the Millennials, the generation born from the mid1980s up to 2000. “Millennials don’t like faceto-face conﬂict. You probably have friends that have broken up through a text message,” he said. Most students agree that this is the largest problem with texting, and they say moderation is the best policy. “I don’t really like texting now,” said Nicki Klimacek, a communication disorders sophomore. “It makes personal relationships harder to maintain, and being older, relationships are more important. It’s kind of a high school thing.” But while they agree texting can cause problems, it can be hard for students to ignore the text message’s convenience. “I used to always talk on the phone. I would call my mom on the phone, but now I text her. It’s 50-50; it has its advantages and disadvantages,” said Bruce Jackson, a marketing freshman. Porter also said text messaging and social media have made it more difﬁcult for young people to focus on single tasks. “We’re a society of multi-tasking,” Porter said. “The problem is, our brains can’t multi-task.” Porter said he has seen this effect on students ﬁrsthand as a professor, and it has affected their performance in academics.
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