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ZETA TAU ALPHA PANCAKE BREAKFAST Visit the ZTA sorority house from midnight to noon for pancakes and sausage. Enjoy karaoke, a photo booth and a silent auction. $5 pre-sold tickets, $7 at the door.

KAPPA DELTA SORORITY SHAMROCK Visit the KD sorority house, the Cracker Barrels on Hollydale Avenue and Perkins Road or Billy Heroman’s from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for jambalaya plates. $5. SCHLITZAPALOOZA Go to Schlitz & Giggles on Perkins Road from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. for performances by local artists. Free until the end of the parade, $10 after parade.

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A BIRD’S EYE VIEW Provost search Students, Baton Rouge residents passionate about bird watching

Kevin Thibodeaux Contributing Writer

University students leaving their nest may soon find their way back into one. Bird watching, or birding, has many devoted participants around Baton Rouge and the campus. Jane Patterson, president of the Baton Rouge Audubon Society, teaches a leisure class at the University about bird watching and said there are hundreds of birding enthusiasts around the state. Civil engineering sophomore Fabiola Campoblanco took Patterson’s class this semester and fell in love with birding. Campoblanco said birding is a good way to relieve the stress of studying and spend time outdoors. When Campoblanco enrolled in Patterson’s course, she was shocked to learn she was the youngest person in the leisure class and the only student. She said she’s surprised more young people don’t bird watch. “It’s relaxing but challenging,” Campoblanco said. She said the hobby is for anyone who likes the outdoors or who is curious and likes to pay attention to details. But she says the activity can’t be pigeonholed into merely looking at birds. “It’s not just you go outside and watch birds,”

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY BASH Happy’s Irish Pub will open at 10 a.m. with no cover charge. Drink specials include $2 green beer, $3 Jameson shots, $4 Guinness pints and $5 Irish car bombs. WALK-ON’S BISTREAUX & BAR Visit Walk-On’s from 3 to 7 p.m. for a tray of crawfish and all-you-candrink Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. $20. PHIL BRADY’S BAR & GRILL The bar will offer up Bushmills Irish Whiskey giveaways from 5 to 6 p.m.

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BIRDING, see page 11

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE Parade begins at 10 a.m. at South Acadian Thruway and will travel down Hundred Oaks Avenue, South Eugene Street, Terrace Avenue and Perkins Road.

ACADEMICS

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Fabiola Campoblanco, civil engineering sophomore, bird watches Tuesday on the LSU Lakes.

The four candidates for executive vice chancellor and provost have made their case for the job, and a decision could come by the end of March. A series of open forums, where each candidate gave his vision for the University and answered questions from the crowd, wrapped up March 9, and the search committee is taking a closer look at the candidates, said Thomas Klei, interim vice chancellor of research and economic development and head of the provost search committee. Klei said the committee is waiting for the results of online candidate surveys that were open to the University community after each forum. The results will not be available to the public, but Klei said he anticipates positive feedback. “The applicants are happy with LSU, and the community seems to be happy with them,” Klei said. “Faculty and staff have been represented well in each process so far.” Each candidate spent time on campus meeting with multiple members of the community, including the search committee, various faculty PROVOST SEARCH, see page 11

FITNESS

Spring break is coming, students are getting fit Jacy Baggett Contributing Writer

Marketing freshman Caroline Pennison and pre-nursing freshman Katelyn Sullivan have been munching on Special K products — cereal, protein bars and shakes — for several weeks. They hope their dedication will pay off when they hit the white-sand beaches of Gulf Shores, Ala., next month for spring break. Pennison said dieting before spring break has turned into the norm for college students. “It’s a trend now,” she said.

“It’s what you are expected to do.” Sullivan attributes crash diets before spring break to students’ procrastination. “It feels like spring break is so far away, but it’s really not,” she said. An influx of students has recently swarmed the UREC, according to Taara King, mass communication sophomore and UREC employee. “Spring is a time to show off and prepare for summer, when no one wears clothes,” King said. SPRING BREAK, see page 11

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Students use treadmills and ellipticals Tuesday in the UREC’s cardio room. LSU’s spring break is April 7 to 15, just three weeks away.


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INTERNATIONAL

Friday, March 16, 2012

NATIONAL

STATE/LOCAL

Rescue operation called off, 139 dead in Bangladesh ferry sinking

Schools given option to serve ‘pink slime’ or meat with no filler

Gov. Jindal proposes selling property to generate $75 million

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police and villagers found more bodies Thursday in a Bangladesh river where a packed ferry capsized earlier this week, raising the death toll to 139. Decomposing bodies surfaced after the double-deck ferry was salvaged and the rescue operation was called off, local police chief Mohammad Shahabuddin Khan said. Rescuers had recovered 112 bodies Tuesday and Wednesday. Another 27 bodies were found floating in the water Thursday. German celebrity bunny Til meets untimely demise Wednesday

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will offer schools choice in ground beef buys amid growing concern over an ammonia-treated filler critics call “pink slime.” Under the change announced Thursday, schools will be able to choose between beef patties made with the filler or bulk ground beef without it. The policy will affect food at schools this fall. A USDA official with knowledge of the decision says the agency wanted to be transparent. First Lady Michelle Obama wears Marchesa dress to state dinner

(AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal wants the state to shed some property for upfront cash, offering budget plans that include selling a state mental hospital, a parking lot overlooking the Louisiana Capitol and a prison in central Louisiana. If the property sales generate the money assumed in Jindal’s proposals, $35 million would be used for next year’s operating budget, and another $40 million would be sent to the state’s “rainy day” fund. The administration proposes to sell the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital and use the proceeds for LSU’s public hospital operations.

NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Obama chose an off-the-shoulder Marchesa gown for her duties Wednesday night as hostess at a White House state dinner honoring the British prime minister and his wife, David and Samantha Cameron. It was a deep shade of teal in a draped, column silhouette. The designer of the gown, Georgina Chapman, and her husband, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, were guests at the affair, but they didn’t know Mrs. Obama was wearing one of Chapman’s designs when they arrived.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A convicted felon who pleaded guilty to illegally obtaining an assault rifle at a Kenner gun show has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. Federal prosecutors say 23-year-old Kena James purchased the rifle in June at a gun show for Hilton Fluker, a convicted felon prohibited from owning a firearm. Fluker, an Avondale resident, was convicted on Wednesday to 50 months in prison.

BERLIN (AP) — An earless baby bunny that was a rising star on Germany’s celebrity animal scene had his 15 minutes of fame brought to an abrupt end when he was accidentally stepped on by a television cameraman. The fate of 17-day-old Til was plastered across German newspapers on Thursday, the same day a small zoo in Saxony was to have presented him to the world at a press conference. Zoo director Uwe Dempewolf tells Spiegel magazine Til didn’t suffer: “It was a direct hit.”

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Dead bodies of victims lay inside as rescue workers attempt to lift the wreckage of a ferry Wednesday that capsized in the Meghna River south of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Egyptian prosecutor charges 75 people in deadly soccer riot CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s top prosecutor charged 75 people Thursday in connection with a deadly soccer riot last month in the Mediterranean city of Port Said in which authorities said fans were thrown to their death off the stadium walls and others were killed by explosives as they tried to flee. Scores of fans face murder charges and nine police officers were accused of complicity in murder, in the Feb. 1 riot that left at least 74 people dead.

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FACULTY

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Professor examines evolution theories, public education

Lauren Duhon Staff Writer

University evolutionary biology professor Dominique Homberger examined on Thursday the misconceptions surrounding the theory of evolution and its importance in education. During a talk at the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, Homberger explained that the controversy around evolutionary theory is a recent development in the past 200 years. She attributes the lack of acceptance for evolutionary theory to poor education and a lack of understanding. “You can’t understand the theory without a simple understanding of biology,” Homberger told a crowd of about 30. She said people can’t apply the information if they don’t understand the science behind it. But Homberger noted that the controversy does not lie in the theory of evolution, but within the history of it. “We can reconstruct the

past, but nothing can be certain,” Homberger said. Biologists debate the history of evolution and will continue to do so, but the theory of evolution is accepted, according to Homberger. “There should not be a fear to educate students about evolutionary theories,” Homberger said. “We can’t say since we are not always correct that we shouldn’t teach scientific theories.” Homberger spoke about the strong need to change education in Louisiana. She believes teachers need to expose children to the natural world to explain ecology and adaptation. She also advocated using language to explain changes in evolution over time and teaching students to infer from indirect evidence. The state of Louisiana enacted the Louisiana Science Education Act in 2008, which allows for open opposition and objective discussion of scientific theories, such as evolution, in the classroom. The Louisiana law is the only one of its kind

throughout the country. “It is not a matter of belief,” Homberger said. “It is a matter of education.” She said the problem is that teachers need to teach in a way that students can understand theories. Homberger added that if teachers can’t explain these theories understandably then they aren’t doing their jobs correctly. “Louisiana deserves better,“ Homberger said. “We need to use the reservoir of knowledge available to us. It is our responsibility as teachers to change what we are doing to better education for everyone.” Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the constitutional principles of church separation from the government in order to ensure religious freedom for Americans, sponsored the event.

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Dominique Homberger, zoology professor for the Department of Biological Sciences, presents opinions on evolution Thursday at the Unitarian Church on Goodwood Boulevard.

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PERFORMANCE

La. jazz great to play at Union Theater Joshua Bergeron Contributing Writer

Everyone has a favorite genre of music. But jazz musician Ellis Marsalis believes “people are listening to jazz and don’t even know it.” When Marsalis performs in the Union Theater on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., he will showcase a form of music he feels is now being incorporated into other genres. “Jazz certainly isn’t the most popular form of music,” Marsalis said. “But I believe we are beginning to see it more and more in other forms. People take things that they like and MARSALIS incorporate it into their music all the time.” Marsalis’ jazz music not only influenced other forms of music, but it also made an impression on wellknown musicians like Harry Connick Jr. His influence earned him and his sons — Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason — the 2011 NEA Jazz Masters award, one of the most prestigious awards a musician can receive, according to Michael Derr, associate director of the Union Theater.

“We are very excited to be able to host someone as prominent and award-winning as Ellis Marsalis,” Derr said. “Every year we try to book a Louisiana musician as part of our series. Marsalis was a natural fit.” Marsalis’ appearance in the Union Theater won’t be his only time spent on the campus Saturday. He will take part in a music workshop titled “Ellis and Willis: A Conversation in Jazz” at the LSU School of Music with jazz studies professor Willis Delony. Although the workshop will take place at the University, students from Southern University, Mckinley High School and Denham High School are also invited, according to Assistant Director for Theater Event Development Terry Serio. “We would like to continue to host events centered on education,” Serio said. “It allows students to learn from one of the best in the business.” The jazzy day is partially funded by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. Serio said the Union Theater applied for the

grant last summer, hoping it would be able to fund both the concert and workshop. Once the grant had been approved, Serio learned it only contained enough money to pay for the workshop and part of the performance. Marsalis said education is important in musicians’ lives and it’s important to continue financially supporting the music program at LSU. “It is important for musicians to have a place to learn their skill and apply that in a specific field of music,” he said. “Everyone needs a strong foundation to build on.” Marsalis likened the need for musical institutes to writing. “Someone isn’t going to just come out and write a best-selling novel,” Marsalis said. “It takes time for those writers to develop their skills. In terms of music, I certainly believe educational institutes provide musicians with that ability to practice their craft.” Contact Joshua Bergeron at jbergeron@lsureveille.com

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CRIME

ADMINISTRATION

Foster focuses on external funding

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Actor Russell Brand appears at a book signing on Oct. 13, 2010, in New York. Police in New Orleans issued an arrest warrant for Brand on Thursday.

N.O. police issue arrest warrant for Brand NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Russell Brand is wanted in New Orleans. The actor, who is in the Crescent City to shoot an untitled comedy film, was slapped with an arrest warrant from the city’s police department on a charge of simple criminal damage to property valued at $700. New Orleans Police Department spokeswoman Remi Braden told the AP on Thursday that she couldn’t immediately disclose details of the incident on Monday that led to the warrant against Brand. Celebrity website TMZ reported the charges stem from a confrontation with a photographer who was trying to take Brand’s photo from a car. In a tweet posted Wednesday, Brand wrote, “Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iphone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory.”

Neither Brand nor his publicist could immediately be reached for comment. The film shooting in New Orleans, previously titled “Lamb of God,” stars Brand alongside “Dancing with the Stars” champion Julianne Hough, “Parks and Recreation” actor Nick Offerman and Octavia Spencer, the Oscarwinning star of “The Help.” Directed by “Juno” and “Young Adult” screenwriter Diablo Cody, the film chronicles a religious woman (Hough) who questions her faith following a plane crash and moves to Las Vegas to get a taste of life as a sinner. Brand plays a man who helps her find herself again. Brand made headlines recently during the demise of his marriage to pop star Katy Perry. He filed for divorce Dec. 30, and the split was granted by a judge in February. Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at news@lsureveille.com

Vice chancellor of research and economic development candidate Morris Foster stressed at a forum on Thursday the necessity of securing external funding in order for research to continue thriving at the University. Foster said the University’s problems with decreased funding and increased tuition is not different from the University of Oklahoma, where he is the current Foster associate vice president for research and strategic planning. Universities need to start considering new models for generating funds and recognize the importance of sponsored research, whether through federal grants or private agencies, he said. “It’s about the money these days for public universities,” Foster said. He said his role at LSU would require finding new research opportunities and getting faculty involved with national and international groups of researchers. When professors are involved in these groups, the research at their own respective universities improves, he said. That research is often more beneficial to the campus and community. Foster said the University’s focus cannot be solely on money, and research needs to explore potential benefits to campus, local and regional communities. Research is a tool that can help universities become essential sources of support for communities, thus making institutions more valuable in the eyes of legislators, he said.

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The University should focus of interdisciplinary research, sayon research in strong areas, but ing he acts as a “matchmaker” seeking out areas of research that in Oklahoma to pair researchers aren’t as “trendy” should be en- from different backgrounds to couraged, Foster said. produce better results. Faculty should be rewarded Foster is the final candidate for earning grants or getting pub- to pitch his vision for the vice lished — an important practice chancellor position. during a time The job could ‘It’s about the money be filled soon, where faculty have faced stagto these days for public according nant salaries, he Thomas Klei, curuniversities.’ said. rent holder of the He said his position, but the Morris Foster goal for the poyet-to-be-chosen sition is to be candidate for vice chancellor of research executive vice and economic development responsive and chancellor and helpful to faculty researchers. provost may want a hand in seFoster, who has a background lecting the candidate. in anthropology, said he doesn’t have a specific management style but tries to adapt his assistance to the needs of different issues. Contact Brian Sibille at Like past candidates, Foster bsibille@lsureveille.com also emphasized the importance

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TEMPLE’S TRAVELS

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FOOTBALL

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LSU goes full pads in the heat

Former LSU guard hones game, life in Italy

Basketball players don’t usually want brand of basketball was at first. to be called “experienced travelers.” A lockdown defender throughout his But for former LSU guard Garrett career, Temple has never been asked to Temple, his off-court travels have become carry the scoring load at any level. a staple of his nomadic basketball life. He averaged 6.7 points in his LSU Temple’s travels have brought him career and posted 3.8 points per game in to the small town of Casale 51 NBA appearances with the Monferrato, Italy, where he Hawks, Spurs, Bucks, BobChris Abshire plays for Novipiu Casale cats and Kings. Sports Writer Monferrato in Serie A, one of But in Italy, where handEurope’s premier professional basketball check fouls are rarely called and a widleagues. ened paint area makes scoring down low a “The town is pretty quiet, and people tough task, the lanky Temple has elevated are real laid-back,” said the 6-foot-6 Ba- his offensive game. ton Rouge native. “They ride bikes every“The court spacing — how clogged where, there’s mid-afternoon siestas. It’s the paint is — changes how you think on different, but I enjoy it.” the floor,” said Temple, who averages 10.2 It’s far from Temple’s first foreign points per game on 40 percent shooting. foray. “It’s affected my decision-making. You His father, LSU great Collis Temple have to be a great passer and find guys so Jr., practically raised Temple to be a glo- quickly.” betrotter. Temple’s expanded role hasn’t preThere was the vacation to Ghana, Ivo- vented Novipiu from occupying Serie A’s ry Coast and Senegal when Garrett was 5 cellar with a 6-17 record. years old. A visit to Egypt followed a few For a player who had two NBA stints years later. Ski trips across the American with the consistently competitive Spurs, northwest were a Temple family routine. played on two Southeastern Conference “Being in Italy isn’t an extreme, be- champions— including LSU’s 2006 Final cause Garrett’s an international guy,” said Four squad — and won big at University Temple Jr., who was LSU’s first African- High and the AAU levels, the losing has American basketball player in the early required adjustments. 1970s. “He’s embracing the Italian cul“This is the first time since my seture. The travels made him an independent nior year at LSU I’ve been on one team thinker.” for an entire season,” Temple said. “We’ve Temple said Italians’ uniquely por- been so close, and I’ve had to handle the tioned meals and the afternoon naps TEMPLE, see page 7 weren’t a culture shock, but the Italian

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Garrett Temple, who played on LSU’s 2006 Final Four squad, is now playing for Novipiu Casale Monferrato in Italy.

On one of the hottest days of the still young spring, the Tigers took the field Thursday wearing full pads in preparation for the team’s first scrimmage on Saturday. Junior quarterback Zach Mettenberger, along with freshmen Stephen Rivers and Jerrard Randall, worked with receivers on various basic routes during individual drills. Throughout the early practice passing sessions, Mettenberger and crew worked primarily on post routes with a focus on hitting the back shoulder of receivers and then moved on to shorter slant routes. The competition for the No. 2 spot under center was in full swing, with Randall looking sharp while frontrunner Rivers had accuracy problems on a few of his passes. “They’re two young guys right now,” Mettenberger said about the quarterbacks. “They still have a lot to develop in their game. … Seeing stuff that they go through, or that I’ve been FOOTBALL, see page 7

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Lady Tigers look to keep March Madness going into next week Barrett ready after concussion Luke Johnson Sports Writer

With a purple second-line umbrella unfurled over her head, freshman forward Krystal Forthan strutted her stuff on the PMAC floor Wednesday after practice. Horrified by the bad-luck omen of opening an umbrella indoors, an LSU assistant pleaded with Forthan to put the umbrella away. “I don’t get bad luck,” said a confident Forthan as she continued to stroll on her hardwood catwalk. Yep, March Madness is back

round with a win. in Baton Rouge. Standing in their way is The Lady Tigers (22-10) make their return to the tourna- San Diego State (26-6), who ment Sunday after a one-year hi- will come to Baton Rouge havatus that resulted in former coach ing won eight of its last nine games, including Van Chancellor’s a 14-point victory resignation. Next up for against New Mexi“Last year we the Tigers: co in the Mountain were in our apartWest Championship ments or at home,” Who: No. 5 LSU (22-10) said senior forward vs. No. 12 San Diego State Game. The Lady TiLaSondra Barrett. (25-6) gers and the Aztecs “Just watching evtip off at 6:30 p.m. erybody play on TV When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday Sunday night at the was kind of depress- Where: PMAC ing. Right now it Listen at home: 107.3 FM PMAC. Leading the feels good just to be charge for the Azable to play.” The sweetest part about the tecs is junior guard Courtney return to the madness for the Clements, an Arizona transfer, Lady Tigers might be that they who averaged 17.4 points and get to host at least one tourna- 5.3 rebounds this season. She ment game and maybe another MARCH MADNESS, see page 7 if they can get through the first

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LSU senior forward LaSondra Barrett looks to score against a Kentucky defender Feb. 5 during the Tigers’ 61-51 victory against the Wildcats at the PMAC.


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Friday, March 16, 2012

BASEBALL

West Virginia to close Mainieri preps team for SEC play Tigers’ regular season Luke Johnson Sports Writer

and did not have to push or get excited to get the best out of our Sports Contributor team,” Breaux said. “We feel like The No. 10 LSU gymnastics we’ve maintained consistency in team (6-8, 2-4 Southeastern Con- our training cycle, but we’ve also ference) will close out the regu- shown a modicum of improvement lar season tonight in the PMAC each time we come in the gym, and against West Virginia (14-4, 5-1 that’s all we can expect.” East Atlantic Gymnastics League) At this point last season, the in its final home meet of the 2012 Tigers were 3-8 and winless against campaign. conference opponents, only scorThe Mountaining above a 196 twice. eers have had success Next up for This season, while the against SEC opponents squad’s record is still the Tigers: this season, boasting a not pretty, it has shown record of 2-0 against Who: No. 10 LSU (6-8, marked improvement, the conference. Last 2-4 SEC) vs. West Virginia surpassing the 196 week, they upset No. (14-4, 5-1 East Atlantic) mark seven times. 9 Arkansas, which deSophomore gymfeated LSU in Cancun, When: 7 p.m. tonight nast Sarie Morrison Mexico, on Jan. 6 and Where: PMAC said the team’s growth in Fayetteville, Ark., is reflected in this seaon Jan. 20 and bested Auburn on son’s higher attendance at home. Feb. 12. “There’s more excitement this “This is going to be a great year because we’re a better team,” meet,” said LSU coach D-D Morrison said. “We bring more Breaux. “West Virginia is a good to the plate this year. We get the team that is coming in with a lot of crowd involved a lot more, and confidence.” they seem to come back and enjoy LSU is looking to extend its everything just because we’re out win streak to three going into the there having so much fun.” postseason. Breaux said the team has improved every day since its 196.300-195.700 win over Iowa Contact Alex Cassara at last week. acassara@lsureveille.com “We came back in on Sunday Alex Cassara

SOFTBALL

LSU hosts MSU in first SEC weekend series

24-32, but Langoni said the Bulldogs still pose a legitimate threat. “They’re a 10 times better team The LSU softball team will con- than they were last year, and we can’t tinue its Southeastern Conference take them for granted,” Langoni homestand tonight at 6 p.m. in the said. “We can’t come out thinking first of three games against Missis- that we’re going to win these three sippi State (17-9, 3-4 games.” SEC) at Tiger Park. Mississippi State Next up for The Tigers (16comes to Baton Rouge the Tigers: 8, 1-1 SEC) opened on a five-game winconference play by Who: LSU (16-8, 1-1 SEC) ning streak on the splitting a Wednesday vs. Mississippi State (17-9, road — its longest night doubleheader 3-4 SEC) such streak since winwith No. 22 Auburn, ning eight in a row in which snapped LSU’s When: 6 p.m. tonight, 4 p.m. 2001 — including a six-game win streak Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday doubleheader sweep with a 2-0 victory in Where: Tiger Park against South Carothe series finale. lina (19-9, 2-3 SEC) LSU senior out- Watch or listen at home: in Columbia, S.C., on fielder Ashley Lan- 104.9 FM Wednesday. goni said even though The Bulldogs the Tigers don’t play Auburn again in scored 19 runs over two games the regular season, there’s still an op- against the Gamecocks and have portunity to avenge the loss. scored twice as many runs as their “You’ve got to come out and opponents this season. take your anger out on the next “They have a really good ofteam,” Langoni said. “It’s always fense from what we’ve seen,” said payback time.” LSU coach Beth Torina. “Hopefully The Louisiana Sports Writers our pitching is good enough to hold Association named Langoni its Hit- any offense in the conference.” ter of the Week on Thursday for her The Tigers will continue the seperformance over the past week. ries Saturday at 4 p.m., with the seThe Pueblo, Colo., native batted ries finale at 1 p.m. on Sunday. .500, scored seven runs and added six RBI over five games. Mississippi State finished last Contact Scott Branson at season with an overall record of sbranson@lsureveille.com

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Members of the No. 13 LSU baseball team (14-3) were saying all the right things a day before they open conference play against No. 21 Mississippi State (14-5). The team is taking it one day, one game at a time. Leave it to LSU coach Paul Mainieri to make a key distinction. “We try to get the players conditioned that they focus on every game,” Mainieri said. “But when it’s [a Southeastern Conference] game — these kids come to LSU because of the SEC. So I’m not going to MARIAH POSTLETHWAITE / The Daily Reveille stand here and sound like a hypocrite LSU freshman baseball player Aaron Nola (10) pitches Wednesday during the Tigers’ and say the SEC games don’t matter any more than the regular games, 13-0 win against Northwestern State University at Alex Box Stadium. because they do.” But that was 2011, and this year (4-0, 1.32 ERA) and Ryan Eades (3It’s a whole new ballgame once Mainieri feels the added seasoning 1, 2.13 ERA) have confounded hitplay in the ultra-comwill do nothing but ters this season and will take the hill petitive SEC starts — a help his team in its in their usual Friday and Saturday Next up for lesson the young Tigers quest toward its re- roles this weekend. the Tigers: learned quickly last seaturn to the post seaThe new face this weekend beWho: No. 13 LSU (14-3) vs. son. son. longs to freshman Aaron Nola (3-0, After a red-hot 16- No. 21 Mississippi (14-5) And it starts 1.80), who is replacing ineffective 1 stretch that included this weekend with sophomore Kurt McCune as the a sweep of No. 6 Cal When: 7 p.m. tonight, 6 p.m. Mississippi State, Sunday starter. State Fullerton to open Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday which is coming While it may be Nola’s first the season in 2011, LSU Where: Alex Box Stadium off two consecutive career SEC action, he’s seen the welcomed No. 1 Florida losses to Southeast- caliber of players while watching his Watch or listen at home: to Alex Box Stadium ern Louisiana. big brother, senior shortstop Austin for a three-game series 98.1 FM “The difference Nola, play against conference comto open conference play. is we’re a little bit petition. Three games and three losses more experienced this year,” Main“Watching the SEC, I know later, the Tigers were skidding to- ieri said. “If we’re in position to hold every single one of these teams is ward a midseason swoon that made a lead at the end, I think our kids are good,” Aaron Nola said. “You can’t it difficult for them to play their way going to have a lot more poise and take anything for granted.” into postseason consideration. confidence and ability to do that.” “We started out 1-and-5 [in SEC It also doesn’t hurt to throw a play last season], and we felt like we talented trio of young pitchers at were swimming upstream the rest of SEC foes. Contact Luke Johnson at the season,” Mainieri said. Sophomores Kevin Gausman ljohnson@lsureveille.com


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was also deadly from the charity stripe, hitting 86.9 percent of her free throws. LSU coach Nikki Caldwell should be familiar with Clements. The Long Beach, Calif., product dropped 19 points on Caldwell’s UCLA squad in her San Diego State debut last year. The Lady Tigers will counter with their typical brand of hardnosed defense that they used to bottle up opposing offenses to 53 points per game on 34.1 percent shooting. Senior forwards Courtney Jones and Barrett, who both stand

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through, I try to help them out.” Mettenberger expressed confidence in his backups, saying that if he were to get hurt, he feels the team could still go out and beat anybody in the country. The non-pressured offense made easy targets for the selfproclaimed “Fab Five,” the nickname for the group of the top five receivers for the Tigers this upcoming season. “There’s no one guy,” said senior receiver Russell Shepard. “Everybody is pushing each

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emotions that come with the tough losses. But the camaraderie on the team has kept us positive.” Unlike the NBA, where lastplace squads compete for nothing more than draft position, Novipiu is still playing for its Serie A status thanks to the European relegation system, which, in Italy, means last-place teams are replaced by the champions of second-tier Lega Due. “Our main goal at this point is to stay in the first division,” Temple said. Temple said the team’s locker room, which includes five American-based players, a Bosnian, a Serbian and several Italians, is his safety net in a foreign land. “Everybody speaks English well enough to have conversations and joke around,” Temple said. “The locker room is so loose, it actually reminds me of college. They’re my friends here.” Part of his teammates’ joking

6-foot-2, provide LSU’s defensive length. Barrett sealed LSU’s first win in the Southeastern Conference tournament against Arkansas with a block in the closing seconds. The duo also combined to post 21.4 points per game and 12.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 44 percent from the floor. But Jones and Barrett’s impact goes beyond their tough defensive play and their scoring punch — they also bring tournament experience to the roster. “I just try to tell them that everybody is coming at it,” Jones said. “It’s basketball, nobody’s

safe. ... The small things really matter in the NCAA tournament.” With five seniors on the squad and the opportunity to play in front of a home crowd, the Lady Tigers understand the importance of what may be their final game this season. “We knew we had a chance to be in it,” Barrett said. “It’s one loss and you’re out, the season’s done. You can’t have any games where you come not ready to play, or not intense, because you’ll go home.”

other to be the best. Everyone wants to be the best, but we don’t have any ‘me’ guys.” But Shepard, the perceived leader of the “Fab Five,” appeared to struggle during the drill, letting multiple balls hit the turf. The team also took part in the Big Cat drill, where tempers began to flare when junior safety Eric Reid was hit while watching two teammates collide. Reid and freshman receiver Paul Turner exchanged words following the incident. In the spirit of the NCAA

tournament, the upset of the day went to 200-pound junior linebacker Seth Fruge, who took down junior running back Alfred Blue in the drill. But LSU coach Les Miles wouldn’t let Mettenberger take on sophomore punter Brad Wing when Mettenberger jokingly called out Wing during the drill.

involved Temple’s cheering section after at least one member of his family made it to each of the team’s first seven home games last fall. “He’s playing in a great environment over there,” said Collis Temple III, Garrett’s brother and another former LSU player. “Getting to visit him with my wife while we traveled in Italy was special.” While Temple’s game might be an obvious beneficiary of the Italian stint, his older brother said the situation’s isolate nature has bolstered Temple’s maturity. “Garrett’s 25, and he’s a grown man, obviously,” Temple III said. “But he’s learned the little things, like taking care of yourself or managing money and time. He’s growing as a person over there, using his free time to read a lot. He’s learning Italian.” One man who needed no affirmation of Temple’s maturity is LSU coach Trent Johnson. Johnson took over as head coach for Temple’s senior season, leading LSU to a league title and

developing a close bond with his point guard. “Garrett is a special kid because he understood leadership from day one,” Johnson said. “As a coach, you rely on the point guard for communication and stability. His knowledge, his loyalty — those things help us maintain a great relationship.” Temple said he wouldn’t trade his Italian experience, but a return to the NBA is his ultimate goal. “I only signed a one-year contract here because I still want to succeed in the NBA,” Temple said. “I’ve learned a lot about myself playing [in Italy], but you dream of succeeding at the highest level. There’s nothing like home.”

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St. Patty’s Day a celebration of everything Irish and unlucky THE PHILIBUSTER Phil Sweeney Columnist The Irish optimistically quip that if it weren’t for bad luck, they’d have no luck at all. Which is to say, of course: bottoms up! Indeed, whatever good luck the Irish had likely ran out some 9,000 years ago, when Ireland was first settled by the Nemedians, Fomorians and Milesians. Contemporarily, the Emerald Isle, bogged down with debt, isn’t so green anymore. In fact, a former European Central Bank official cautioned Thursday that Ireland may require more aid in addition to the 85 billion-euro bailout it received in 2010. Even the Fighting Irish can’t seem to catch a break — it’s all but assumed Notre Dame will be upset today by the Xavier Musketeers in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Truthfully, the “luck of the Irish” is an ironic phrase. The luck of the Irish is precisely bad luck — for all intents and purposes, the Irish are and have been an exceptionally unlucky people. In fact, only whiskey bottles run drier than luck in Ireland. There’s the centuries of oppression by the Norse and the English. There’s the Irish Potato Famine — one million dead, one million fled. There’s the Easter Rising of 1916. There’s the Bloody Sundays of 1887, 1920, 1921 and 1972.

And there’s the gingers — rotten luck, indeed. But since Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day, the ubiquitous celebration of everything that’s green, Irish and alcoholic, we ought to joyfully commemorate the luck of the Irish. Which is to say, of course, that the world ought to celebrate its own luck — for a world without the Irish would be an unfortunate one. There would be no St. Patty’s Day, for one. But there would also be no soda water, the creation of Trinity College professor Robert Percival in 1800 — which means we’d also not have any alcoholic beverages made with the fizzy seltzer. For that matter, we’d be without whiskey, too, the appearance of which was first documented in Ireland in 1405. And it goes without saying that we’d be without Guinness, the popular Irish dry stout brewed in Dublin. In turn, there would be no submarines, which, despite its “Yellow” variant’s ultimate popularity, was the design of Irishman John Phillip Holland in the late 19th century, whose prototype was the first such vessel commissioned by the U.S. and Royal Navies. There’d be no tank, which was originally co-engineered by Dublin native Walter Gordon Wilson in 1915 at the behest of Winston Churchill. Most importantly, though, the Irish have made substantial

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[Left] Each year the Chicago River in Chicago, Ill., is dyed green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. [Top right] Revelers in Dublin, Ireland, dress up to celebrate the holiday. [Bottom right] Bagpipers march through Manhattan in New York City during a parade.

contributions to the world’s literature and arts. Conan O’Brien, basically. In all seriousness, Ireland has given us the music of U2, Van Morrison and Thin Lizzy, for instance. Moreover, for its size and population, Ireland has made a staggeringly disproportionate contribution to the world of literature. Ireland has produced four Nobel Prize winners: W.B. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney.

Particularly esteemed, too, are the works of writers James Joyce and Oscar Wilde and satirist Jonathan Swift. Without Ireland, there would even be no Count Dracula, the creation of Irish scribe Bram Stoker, whose “Dracula” all but defined the modern novel. And tragically, without Ireland’s “Dracula,” there’d be no Count Chocula. Which is to say nothing of the absence of Lucky Charms. In the end, we ought to always celebrate the bad luck of the

up one day and your [hard drive] has been hacked or erased, and that would be a pain to try to download everything again, and I won’t be able to sell my games on eBay or Craigslist or share them with a friend.” - Anonymous

cost $10 less on release when you digitally download, and steam always runs incredible deals. Just this weekend, I bought Borderlands (with all DLC) for $7, and Civilization V (with DLC) for $12. Console gamers may prefer physical disk, but they really haven’t been exposed to disk-less gaming. Xbox does have a direct dload service, which is actually very cool (but too expensive). PC gamers generally all use steam; I haven’t bought a physical copy of a game in years. And even when I get a disk, I just install it and stash the disk.” - PC Gamer

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Irish — and our good luck, too. But especially on Saturday, wear green clothing, drink green beer, and be green with envy: Even for all their plight, the Irish are undoubtedly the luckiest people in the world. Phil Sweeney is a 25-year-old English senior from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_PhilSweeney. Contact Phil Sweeney at psweeney@lsureveille.com

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We need new, non-political approaches to teaching evolution THE NEW FRONTIERSMAN Clayton Crockett Opinion Editor Perhaps the real reason Americans are so troubled by the theory of evolution is that so many of its most outspoken proponents sound like villains from a James Bond film. I reached this conclusion Thursday night upon hearing Swiss biology professor Dominique Homberger’s thick accent detail the tragic misconceptions regarding evolutionary education. “Zere is simply no controversy,” she said in reference to the history of biology in politics. “In Switzerland, no one in ze Legislature even talked about biology.” Homberger made national headlines in 2010 when the University removed her from her lower-level biology class due to an overwhelming abundance of D’s and F’s among her students’ grades. Beneath the accent, however, lay an astutely tragic message: When education becomes political, everyone loses, especially the gifted students with futures on the line. “If you mix biology with politics, you get politics.” Given the cultural nature of our state — and many others that struggle with evolution — she concluded that the problem lies mostly in the implications of evolution. “For some reason, people do

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Dominique Homberger, professor of zoology for the University’s Department of Biological Sciences, presents opinions on evolution Thursday evening at the Unitarian Church on Goodwood Boulevard.

not like having chimpanzees as an ancestor,” she laughed. She clarified afterward that chimpanzees are not our ancestors but relatives. The key is confidence and security, and the key to confidence and security is education. A cycle is formed. If legislators have doubts in the theory, they may take actions which further inhibit the theory’s place in the classroom. But Homberger took a unique approach to the solution, which few teachers have the guts to do: She blamed herself.

It was an approach I hadn’t considered, as it is always easy to simply blame the uneducated for their own unintelligence, but it made plenty of sense. If there is doubt regarding the theory of evolution, then there is clearly a problem with its education. And her prescription was inspiring. “If you know that it is right, then you should speak about it. You have to be confident,” she said. I particularly applaud her attack on the evaluation systems of universities, which doubtlessly

did a number on her back in 2010. The administration, she argued, judges far too heavily on student evaluations. This is sad because “many teachers get scared and want to be popular.” Who do you think knows more about the subject: the failing student or the professor with the Ph.D.? Too many teachers think “If I’m controversial then I might lose funding,” as she put it, and frankly, that’s depressing. But it makes presentations like Homberger’s “The Separate Evolution of Biology and State”

even more important. The problem is institutionalized, and we have to ask ourselves the basic question of why legislators have any authority over scientists as to what is taught in the classroom. But where are the movements against evolution arising? “These movements are not happening in the states with the best education,” she reminded us. “Even though I’m from Switzerland, I’m a Louisianian now, and I think Louisianians deserve better.” These thoughts make me all the more angry about the Rick Santorums of today, especially the agenda-driven Texas School Board which maintains a stranglehold on the textbook industry. Homberger offered what she called a “modest proposal” on how evolution education can be improved, and I dearly hope progress is made. The intellectual potential lost to religious agendas is too great for a state in our position to bear. No state or nation can afford to hold back its brightest minds, and I praise Homberger for standing up for us. Clayton Crockett is a 20-year-old international studies sophomore from Lafayette. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_ccrockett.

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Study finds spanking can have long-term side effects SHOCKINGLY SIMPLY

Andrew Shockey Columnist Have you ever thought some snot-nosed kid would be less of a brat if he just got a good spanking? I worked three summers as a country-club lifeguard, and I saw my fair share of children engaging in obnoxious and sometimes dangerous behavior. I’d be a liar if I said I never wished their parents would give them a little old-fashioned discipline after their third time-out of the day, but after researching the issue, I’m glad most of the parents were not spanking their kids. Some of the kids definitely needed more discipline at home, but a growing body of research warns parents that spanking can be effective in the short term at best, but at worst it can have long-term effects on the child’s mental development. A recent study by Joan

Durrant of the University of Manitoba and Ron Ensom of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario examined the body of research on physical punishment conducted over the past 20 years. The authors found the case against spanking overwhelming, saying, “Virtually without exception, these studies found that physical punishment was associated with higher levels of aggression against parents, siblings, peers and spouses.” To be fair, ethical considerations and confounding variables make studying spanking incredibly difficult. Linking poor behavior to spanking is challenging because bad kids are both more likely to get spanked and more likely to break the rules in the first place. There are some issues with the reasoning behind the studies, but the sheer volume of research linking spanking to everything from aggressive and antisocial behavior to lowered IQ levels and depression makes a strong case against corporal punishment.

Some students see spanking as a necessary tool for disciplining children. Renewable natural resources junior Clay Lovelace, who was spanked as a child, thinks its necessary for communication between children and parents. “You can’t explain logically to a kid why what they did was wrong,” he said. Lovelace said he would probably spank his kids if they did something bad enough to deserve it. Personally, I think children are a lot smarter than we give them credit for, and spanking can send a confusing message. Looking at it from a child’s perspective, the people he or she relies on and trusts more than anyone in the world are now hurting him or her for something he or she probably didn’t know was wrong in the first place. Adults hitting kids does not prepare them for the real world, where adults are not allowed to hit other adults, kids are not allowed to hit other kids and kids

are definitely not allowed to hit adults. Research has shown punishments in general can counterproductively encourage bad behavior because they let the punished feel like they “paid” for their misdeeds, thereby justifying them. Spanking children can also teach them to fear their parents, encouraging them to hide or lie about bad behavior instead of stopping it. Many parents go on the defensive when their parenting style is called into question. Many also rely on their own personal experiences rather than objective data, pointing out how they were spanked as children but went on to lead a normal life, or how they spanked their child and he or she is now a Fortune 500 CEO. These anecdotes are largely irrelevant to the issue because they are incredibly biased, and more importantly, only represent isolated cases rather than the large numbers of subjects the studies provide. Kinesiology freshman Laura

McKowen did not find spanking an effective deterrent as a child. “They’ll do whatever they did wrong anyway. I did,” McKowen said. She doesn’t plan to spank her future children but admitted she would consider it in cases of violence or to protect from dangerous behavior. As someone who made it through childhood unspanked, I have a hard time coming up with situations where I would have been better served with a spanking rather than facing the disappointment of my parents. Spanking might seem like the only solution for some kids, but science tells us its just not worth the pain. Andrew Shockey is a 21-year-old biological engineering junior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_Ashockey.

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Campoblanco said. “You have to identify them and learn about them.” Campoblanco said she has learned a lot in her few months spent birding, although some of it may seem like common knowledge. “I didn’t know they could see color,” she said. “It’s so obvious once you think about it. The males are full of bright colors because they’re trying to attract a mate.” Campoblanco went on several field trips as part of Patterson’s class, but she hasn’t been on a birding adventure of her own yet. She said she plans to eventually attend one of the “bird walks” held at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center on the first Saturday of every month. Other places to go birding in Baton Rouge include the University Lakes, the Blackwater Conservation Area off of Hooper Road and the Highland Road Park Observatory. Campoblanco said step one of bird watching is simple. Birders walk around observing an area and listening for the faintest chirp that would indicate a bird’s presence. Once a noise is made or movement is seen, Campoblanco uses her binoculars to spot the bird. Most birders will then identify the bird using a field guide that illustrates the different species and types of birds. Campoblanco purchased an iPhone app, iBird Explorer South, which allows her to quickly look up the bird according to its features. But she isn’t finished once the birds are identified. Campoblanco said one of her favorite aspects is to watch the winged animals behave and observe their personalities. One day while walking to class, she heard the chirping of a nearby bird. Although she confused the noises with those of other species at first, she then spotted the source of the noise and her own confusion.

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and staff representatives and Student Government President Cody Wells. The search committee will soon discuss each candidate’s qualifications with Chancellor Michael Martin, but the members will not rank the candidates or show favoritism toward one, Klei said. The decision is then in Martin’s hands. Klei said Martin has expressed desire to choose a candidate by the end of March, but the deal may not be sealed. “The process is a two-way street,” Klei said.

“It was a Carolina wren, and it was singing into a tube,” Campoblanco said. “I guess trying to make its song louder. It was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.” Patterson said most bird watchers have a “spark bird,” the one that peaks a person’s interest and instigates the birding obsession. For Patterson, it was the White Ibis, which she said looked like it belonged in a zoo. “If I’m seeing this, what else am I missing?” Patterson asked herself. “Then you start noticing there’s birds everywhere that are different sizes and different colors.” Campoblanco shared the same sentiment, noting that she used to just ignore birds, observing them only in the background, if at all. Now, she can spit out the names of multiple species of birds she’s seen, including Great Blue Herons, Starlings and House Sparrows. On her first trip with Patterson’s class to the Capitol Lakes, Campoblanco said she spotted 39 different species of birds. Because of Louisiana’s tepid winter, birding is a year-round activity, Patterson said. The number of birds peaks in April because different species that are foreign to the state can be seen as they migrate north again. Ryan Terrill, biological sciences graduate student, said he has bird watched with his parents and friends since he was young. “You often have to go to remote areas, explore remote areas,” Terrill said. He said it’s also nice to learn new things about birds and the natural world. “Louisiana is a great place for birding,” Terrill said. “It’s got an incredible number of birds.” Contact Kevin Thibodeaux at kthibodeaux@lsureveille.com The candidates’ visits to campus does not guarantee they would take the job if chosen, he said. The chosen candidate would likely visit campus a second time before accepting the position. After negotiations are complete, the new provost will begin his job in July, when current Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Jack Hamilton leaves the position after two years. He plans to return to the Manship School of Mass Communication. Contact Brian Sibille at bsibille@lsureveille.com

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King said cardio rooms have been crowded recently, which she attributes to people’s desire to get fit for the upcoming mild weather. She said most people are dormant and stay indoors in the winter months, but when spring comes around, people want to be out and about. According to Jamie Mascari, registered dietician for the LSU Athletics Department, the fastest way to drop weight is a low carbohydrate diet. “You’ll see a quick drop in weight, but the faster you lose weight, the faster you will probably gain it back,” she said Mascari advocates slow, healthy weight loss, but she said losing two to three pounds a week

page 11 is a possibility, depending on the person. “Everyone loses and gains weight at different rates, so one particular diet or exercise regimen may work for one person but not the other,” she said. But Mascari warned that low carbohydrate diets have horrible side effects like fatigue, difficulty concentrating, low energy and crankiness. “Slow, healthy weight loss should be the goal,” he said. Mascari said small, gradual changes in diet and exercise habits will add up throughout the year and prevent the need to turn to fad diets. She recommended cutting out sugary beverages, controlling portion sizes and not skipping meals. Julie Hupperich, associate director of the Student Health Center,

agreed. She said if students want to lose weight, they should go back to the basics of nutrition — balance, variety and moderation. She said that all foods can fit into a healthful mean plan, but those higher in fat and calories should be limited. Mascari emphasized that planning is a key factor in healthy weight loss. She said students should stock their pantries with nutritious food choices, check the online menu for the dining halls and incorporate an exercise routine that varies from day to day. “Instead of heading straight to the pizza or burger station, look for protein, grains and colorful vegetables,” she said. Contact Jacy Baggett at jbaggett@lsureveille.com

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