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University alumnus to sail in London Paralympics Paul Braun

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Danielle Kelley Staff Writer

Immediately following his loss in the Student Government presidential election Wednesday, Renew LSU’s Bat Brunner told The Daily Reveille he would support Be Heard’s Taylor Cox and Carrie Hebert. Cox and Hebert ordered new pushcards bearing the Renew LSU endorsement logo, which were then rendered useless when Brunner and his running mate Madeleine Davis revoked their endorsement Thursday. “I considerately decline to comment regarding any type of endorsement out of sincere respect for both tickets, and Bat and I wish them all the very best,” Davis wrote in a text message. Brunner did not return The Daily Reveille’s four phone messages requesting comment. Brunner and Davis previously told The Daily Reveille three times — in person, by phone and via e-mail — that they would ENDORSEMENT, see page 4

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Mark LeBlanc, who graduated from the University in 2008, will compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London with the U.S. Disabled Sailing Team Alphagraphics.

When the U.S. Disabled Sailing Team AlphaGraphics departs for the 2012 Paralympic Games, a University alumnus will be at the helm. Mark Leblanc, who graduated in engineering in 2008, will compete for the United States at the games in London. Leblanc said he has never viewed his disability as an obstacle. “Technically, I am a congenital amputee below the left elbow,” Leblanc said. “In short, I have one arm. Personally, I do not see it as a disability at all. I have a twin brother, and growing up my parents did not treat us any differently.” Leblanc began sailing at a young age with the Southern Yacht Club out of New Orleans, just as his father and grandfather had done before him. He began competing when he was 11 and participated in national regattas in high school. At the University, Leblanc was an active member of the now-defunct LSU Sailing Club. In 2007, Leblanc’s Olympic aspirations developed in earnest, he said. That summer he chartered a 2.4-meter boat and competed in St. Petersburg, Fla. He finished eighth out of 16 competitors and was invited to train with the U.S. Disabled Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. At approximately eight feet in length, the 2.4-meter boat is small and well-suited for use by disabled athletes, Leblanc said. Because of the level playing field that boat class provides, disabled sailors routinely beat their ablebodied counter parts. “Usually the abled-body boats are much more physical boats,” Leblanc said. “They require you to jump around PARALYMPICS, see page 4


Painters’ League teaches post-graduation career skills ‘Paint Party’ to be held April 1 Kate Mabry Staff Writer

Many students are still uncertain about their plans after graduation, but one group has banned together to accomplish a common goal: to paint, exhibit their artwork and prepare for the post-graduation world as artists.

The Painters’ League is quickly approaching its sixth year of existence, and Katie Naquin, painting junior and president of the Painters’ League, said the organization is “getting better and better each year.” “We started off more exclusive and have opened up to include everyone,” she said. “We started to take trips and get together to concentrate on what to do after graduation. I find that LSU does a wonderful job at teaching you skills in painting, but they lack in teaching you what to do

after graduation.” Although the organization only has 15 members, Naquin said she’s hoping to recruit more next semester. The Painters’ League meets twice a month to hold painting critiques and workshops. The group met Thursday to discuss how to construct a website, and other workshop topics have included how to make a business card and how to build a portfolio. Naquin said the organization is geared toward painting, but many

members are also interested in other forms of art, including sculpture and photography. Before beginning her first semester as president, Naquin said the former president asked if the organization should be exclusive to painters and art majors, but Naquin, who was previously a psychology major, rejected the idea. “I don’t want to exclude anyone that has a passion for painting,” she said. “For example, one of our members is a biology major, but painting

is very much a part of her life.” Naquin said she didn’t always want to be a professional painter. “When I was little, I had the assumption that painters didn’t make any money,” she said. “When I was punished and sent to my room, I’d paint something and slide it under the door to my mom. She always thought painting would be part of my life.” Naquin said she joined the PAINT, see page 4

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Spanish workers wage strike over labor market reforms

Utah teens claim naked run inspired by ‘American Pie’ film

Anonymous jury planned for murder trial of rapper Lil Boosie

MADRID (AP) — Spanish workers are forming boisterous picket lines outside wholesale markets, some TV stations have gone off the air and car factories are all but idled in the early stage of a general strike over labor market reforms. The Interior Ministry said a total of 58 people were detained and nine were injured in scuffles as Thursday’s strike got underway a minute after midnight. Unions are challenging a conservative government not yet 100 days old. Inmate riot at Honduran prison ignites fire that kills 14 people

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Four Utah teens armed with a BB gun told deputies they were inspired by a scene from an “American Pie” movie when they went running naked through an Ogden-area neighborhood. Authorities said Wednesday the teens were spotted streaking in the residential community about 45 minutes north of Salt Lake City at about 2 a.m. Sunday. When a deputy responded, a 17-year-old girl ducked behind a tree.

(AP) — Court officials say the rarely utilized practice of an anonymous jury will be used for the high-profile first-degree murder trial of rapper Torrence “Lil Boosie” Hatch. The Advocate reports the trial of Hatch, accused in an alleged murder-for-hire in 2009, is scheduled to begin April 30. EBR Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said the last time he can recall an anonymous jury being used in a parish case was in 1987 for the trial of three Colombians accused in the machine-gun slaying in Baton Rouge of drug smugglerturned-government informant Adler “Barry” Seal. State receives $575k in housing grants for homeless veterans

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran authorities say at least 14 people have died at a prison after armed inmates started a fire during a riot Thursday. Yair Mesa, the police commission of the rough northern city of San Pedro Sula, said there are at least 14 dead, but the riot has been brought under control. “The uprising has been put down with the need to fire shots,” Mesa said by telephone from inside the prison. He added the 14 victims apparently died of burns or asphyxiation.

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A protestor throws an object into a burning cafe stormed by demonstrators during clashes with the police Thursday at the general strike in Barcelona.

Egyptian court orders ban on pornographic Internet websites CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has ordered the government to ban pornographic websites in order to protect society and its values. The decision and a similar initiative in parliament has fed into fears by liberal and secular Egyptians that their country is moving down the path to fundamentalist Islam, following a sweeping victory by Islamists in parliamentary elections. The ruling can be appealed.

Defendant faces life in prison for Kansas teen cheerleader’s death GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors who say an “obsessed” Kansas man killed a 14-year-old cheerleader and burned her body at an asphalt plant must prove aggravating circumstances, such as sexual assault, to secure a capital murder conviction. Opening statements were set Thursday in the trial of 38-year-old Adam Longoria. The Great Bend man faces life in prison without parole if convicted of capital murder in the August 2010 death of Alicia DeBolt. He also is charged with vehicle burglary and theft.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Four Louisiana cities are getting a total of $575,000 to help house homeless veterans. A news release Wednesday from U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu and Rep. Cedric Richmond said the money is going to housing authorities in East Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette, and to Bossier Parish. East Baton Rouge is getting $198,817.


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Holden Campus sees similar marijuana stats as 2011 LSUPD continues to lead to fight drug use Family ‘Marijuana is just one of those things where if you are found with Bike Day it, you will be arrested, Lauren Duhon Staff Writer

Event celebrates Bike Month Emily Herrington Staff Writer

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden is kicking off Bike Month on Saturday with the annual Family Bike Day beginning at 9 a.m. Holden and his wife will lead Baton Rouge bikers in a two-mile ride from BREC’s Farr Park to Skip Bertman Drive on the new Mississippi River Bike Path. Before the ride, there will be a “Blessing of the Bikes” ceremony, followed by the dedication of the new 9,500-foot-long levee bike path. Baton Rouge is the first city in Louisiana to be recognized as a bicycle-friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists, according to a news release from the Mayor’s Office. Other Bike Month events include the Velo Louisiane Bicycle Festival and Bike to Work Week, said Amanda Schram, federal and state grants coordinator for Holden’s office. Schram said the goal of Bike Month is to promote safety and awareness so automobile drivers and cyclists are knowledgeable of road rules and how to travel safely. Bruce Wickert, chair of the Bike and Pedestrian Committee at the Capital Region Planning Commission, said it’s important to celebrate bicycling because it’s a form of transportation and recreation that improves health and relieves traffic strains. “Declaring Bike Month is about getting people out and about. They’ll have fun doing it, and they’ll be more aware of the movement,” he said. Wickert said he hopes Bike Month participation will encourage legislators and council members to work to improve conditions for cyclists. Adding bike paths is an important quality-of-life component and could influence people’s decisions when considering whether to move to Baton Rouge, he said. Wickert said Bike Month has been recognized in Baton Rouge for five years, but 2010 was the first year it was celebrated in April. Velo Louisiane is typically the largest event, drawing about 300 participants in past years, he said. Contact Emily Herrington at

With 11 marijuana-related arrests at the University since January, the LSU Police Department continues to arrest students who possess illegal drugs. “Marijuana is just one of those things where if you are found with it, you will be arrested, regardless of the amount,” said Capt. Cory Lalonde, LSUPD spokesman Lalonde said arrests for marijuana and other drugs come and go in spurts. He said this year’s number of arrests compares similarly to the number of drug-related arrests around this

possess illegal substances. time in 2011. Lalonde said there hasn’t Overall, LSUPD investigated 90 cases involving illegal drugs been any additional effort to in 2011. Of these cases, 65 were crack down on marijuana on campus, but LSUPD marijuana related, is adamant in en13 of which were forcing the law. for synthetic marJay High, ijuana products. Resident Life Lalonde said associate director these arrests are of communicaprimarily made regardless of the tions and develup of students. opment, said the “More than amount.’ use of marijuana half of the time, or any other illethe arrests are Capt. Cory Lalonde gal or controlled of students,” LSUPD spokesman substance in the Lalonde said. “LSUPD has more interaction residence halls and apartments with students since they populate on campus is strictly prohibited. High said students caught the campus.” Lalonde said LSUPD makes with illegal drugs are typically a significant number of ar- removed from living on campus, rests through traffic stops, when and placed on disciplinary probaofficers arrest people unaffiliated tion for at least two semesters. A with the Univeristy who may letter is also sent home to parents

or guardians about the situation. Petroleum engineering freshman Shelby Johnston believes alcohol is more prevalent on campus than marijuana. “I don’t really feel like it is a problem at the University,” Johnston said. Biochemistry freshman Joe Plourde said marijuana will be rampant on any college campus. “People who smoke are going to smoke,” Plourde said. “It doesn’t really make it an issue.”

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Pennington named fourth best workplace for postdoc scientists Brian Sibille Staff Writer

Science journal The Scientist named the Pennington Biomedical Research Center as the fourth best place to work for young postdoctoral scientists, ranking it among medical research facilities across the nation. The Scientist announced this year’s top 10 list online Thursday and will feature more about the study in the journal’s April issue. Pennington, which operates under the LSU System, was acknowledged for its Education Department, which works with postdoctorals to help them develop their careers, according to a Pennington news release. The study included a number of criteria including quality of facilities and job benefits. The journal also cited Pennington’s part in founding the National Postdoc Association, according to the release.

“Postdoctoral researchers are vital to our institution,” Executive Director of Pennington Biomedical Steven Haymsfield said in the release. “They bring new ideas, enthusiasm and motivation, and these postdocs create the next generation of scientists who will work in Louisiana and throughout the world.”

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Painters’ League as soon as she discovered the organization. “I wanted to use every possible resource I could to get exposure and do the best work that I possibly could,” she said. “It might be hard to make money at first, but it’s my passion.” Once a month, the Painters’ League hosts a “painting party” open to all students on the second floor of Foster Hall from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Students can show up at their own time to work on their paintings. During the 12-hour day, Naquin said students look forward to painting with fellow students.

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and use your weight. In the 2.4, you are not jumping back and forth. You are sitting and watching. You have to pay attention and make the right tactical moves.” It was after a training trip to Finland during summer 2007 that Leblanc said he felt he had a good shot at making it to the Paralympics. “That was the point where I came to my own at a national level,” Leblanc said. “That fall I took a semester off from LSU and focused on the trials.” Leblanc fell just short of

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support Be Heard. Be Heard campaign manager Thomas Rodgers confirmed that Renew LSU had retracted its endorsement, and Cox confirmed that he and Hebert must now order new pushcards. “The last thing I heard from Bat is he’s staying neutral,” Rodgers said. Be Heard’s other campaign manager, Khristen Jones, said she doesn’t know why Renew LSU rescinded their endorsement. Before this week’s general election, the Renew LSU and Be Heard tickets had visited one another’s sorority and fraternity houses as “friends,” Cox said. “There had been some talk of supporting one another, but nothing had been finalized,” Cox said. Brunner and Davis wore Be Heard stickers after it was announced Wednesday that Be Heard and Your LSU would move on the

runoff, according to Cox. “They said, ‘Congratulations. We would want nothing more than to support you until the end of your race,’” Cox said. Davis e-mailed the Renew LSU logo to Cox with her permission to use it on any Be Heard materials early Thursday morning, according to Cox. But Brunner wrote a statement Thursday afternoon saying he and Davis no longer supported Be Heard and wished to remain neutral. He gave the statement to Cox. After The Daily Reveille printed Renew LSU’s support for Be Heard, Brunner woke Your LSU presidential candidate Landon Hester on Thursday morning with an apologetic phone call, Hester said. Brunner denied the endorsement, despite his three previous confirmations to the contrary. “He did not say he did not support Be Heard. … He was

going to remain neutral,” Hester said. “He came to me and sincerely apologized for that being printed.” Numerous sources told The Daily Reveille that Brunner met with current SG President Cody Wells early Thursday, before Brunner announced he would revoke the endorsement. Wells confirmed he met with Brunner on Thursday, but he declined to comment on what they discussed. Sometime between Brunner’s call to Hester and Renew LSU’s meeting with Be Heard to cancel the endorsement, Wells and Vice President Kathleen Bordelon announced they would support Your LSU’s Hester and Kristina Lagasse. “They’re experienced, they’re dedicated and Landon has what it takes to become the next LSU student body president, especially amid this financial crisis,” Wells said via Facebook.

Bordelon said she chose to support Hester and Lagasse because of personal relationships. “Landon is one of my very best friends. … I’ve worked with him this past year [as deputy chief of staff],” Bordelon said. Lagasse is Bordelon’s sorority sister, and Bordelon called that bond special. “She has that same passion … to better LSU,” Bordelon said. The R.E.A.L. Campaign’s Joshua and Joseph Hollins also announced Thursday they would endorse Your LSU. All SG members emphasized they only speak for themselves and not for the organization as an entity.

qualification for the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games and was listed as an alternate. Betsy Alison, head coach of U.S. Disabled Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, said after losing his spot to compete in Beijing in a triple tiebreak, Leblanc made significant improvements with his coach, Marco Dahlberg. “He is one of the fastest guys in the world,” Alison said. “He has finished in the top six in the last few world cup events.” In the months leading up to his August departure for the games, Leblanc will travel extensively to train.

His competition schedule includes races in Florida, Rhode Island, the Netherlands, France, Germany and warm-up races at the Paralympic venue in Weymouth, U.K. Leblanc said race experience is a crucial aspect of his training that cannot be replicated in solo training. He said dealing with a hectic start is very important to race success. “You have a 100-foot-wide starting line with 20 to 30 boats going five miles an hour right next to each other. Sailors are shouting at each other, sometimes crashing into each other. It is just mayhem,” he said. “The 30 to 45 seconds before

the race is when the boats go to cross the line. It is the most hectic. A bad start can cost you four or five places in the race.” In addition to a strenuous training and competition schedule, Leblanc must also raise funds for his Paralympic campaign. Transportation, coaching fees, shipping boats and equipment fees for this year will cost Leblanc approximately $130,000, he said. Funding from United States Paralympics attempts to cover some of the costs of elite coaching, shipping equipment and transportation, but most athletes need to supplement

the funds they receive, Alison said. Leblanc has attempted to reach out to potential donors through his personal website, “We are amateurs competing in a professional world,” he said. “You can say to yourself, ‘Do I need to buy clothes this week, or should I pay for a personal trainer?’”

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LSU junior quarterback Zach Mettenberger prepares to throw the ball Thursday during practice.

Spring Game provides final peek at Tigers until fall RB Spencer Ware

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Tigers get ready for SEC matchup

Luke Johnson Sports Writer

Chris Abshire It’s been a relatively quiet spring for the LSU football team. Too quiet. No major contributors suffered a serious injury, there’s no quarterback controversy to stir and the Tigers are almost surely a preseason top-5 lock. It only makes Saturday’s National L-Club Spring Game that much more revealing. The annual spring tilt between a divided Tiger roster will be the last look fans get at the team until September, but the day will be as much about looking back as looking forward. With a pregame tailgate, a ceremony honoring last year’s Southeastern Conference championship squad and recognition for cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Tyrann Mathieu’s postseason awards, the game itself seems like the undercard. While LSU coach Les Miles admitted the festivities are nice, it’s still a work day for his team. Miles said LSU won’t “reveal any secrets” during the game, but that execution concerns him more than the playcalls. “It’s going to be a typical Spring Game,” Miles said. “That doesn’t mean these guys will take it lightly. We want to be productive and balanced and game-like in the intensity to compete.” Fan intensity this spring has been trained on junior quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who has taken the starting reigns after two years of waiting behind erratic veterans. “I’ve used the spring to find out what it takes to win,” he said. “These guys — my offensive line and the receivers — have my back, and we’ve reached a trust level with each other. That’s what we hope to show [Saturday].” Mettenberger reportedly threw for 177 yards and three touchdowns during a closed scrimmage in Tiger Stadium last weekend. Despite his solid spring start, the junior transfer said his consistency hasn’t reached his expectations. “As a quarterback, you’re expected to be efficient, and that means being the same guy every snap,” he said. “I missed a couple throws during the scrimmage that the receivers should expect better.”

With temperatures rising toward their sweltering summer norms, the competitive fires are also rising in individual LSU baseball players as they enter the thick of Southeastern Conference play. The No. 15 Tigers (19-6) host No. 3 Arkansas (22-3) at Alex Box Stadium this weekend, with the first pitch of the three-game series slated for 7 p.m. tonight. Practicing in shorts and shirts instead of baseball uniforms Thursday, the team didn’t have quite the same joking demeanor it had shown for much of the early part of the season — though freshman outfielder Jared Foster said he will be sporting a freshly cut mullet for the foreseeable future. With the SEC Western Division leaders crashing their house this weekend, the Tigers are all business. “It’d be huge for us to make some noise,” said junior outfielder Mason Katz. “Show the country we’re not messing around. We’re actually here to play well. … It’s time for us to get going.” Katz was referencing LSU’s middling opener to the conference schedule. The Tigers took the first two games of its conference opener against Mississippi State before dropping the finale, then flip-flopped

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5 looming Spring Game questions MIC’D UP MICAH BEDARD Sports Columnist

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LSU junior running back Spencer Ware runs with the ball April 9, 2011, during the Spring Game in Tiger Stadium. This weekend marks the 2012 Spring Game.

The LSU football team has been patiently waiting and perfecting its craft the past four weeks at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility. On Saturday, the Tigers will cross the street to Tiger Stadium to display their talents in the annual National L-Club Spring Game. It’s the first chance for LSU coach Les Miles to watch his players participate in a meaningful game since the Tigers’ uninspiring performance in the national championship, when they fell to Alabama, 21-0. The game is a big opportunity for players to show the coaching staff how much they have improved throughout the spring and make their

cases for moving up the depth chart. Here are five questions that fans who attend the game should watch for during the game. 1. Does Zach Mettenberger continue his impressive spring? In the last scrimmage before the Spring Game, Mettenberger threw for 177 yards and three touchdowns. Mettenberger gives offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa a new option — throwing the ball deep down the field. Sophomore wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry will make him look like the quarterback that challenged Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray for his starting job. While there’s no doubt he’s the starter, it wouldn’t hurt for Mettenberger to give the Tiger faithful a little more reassurance that he’s the man for the job.

2. Who will step up at outside linebacker? With the departure of seniors Ryan Baker and Stefoin Francois at the starting outside linebacker spots, someone will have to rise to the occasion. Look for sophomore linebacker Tahj Jones and freshman linebacker Ronnie Feist to do just that. At first glance, Jones looks more like a safety than a linebacker. But don’t be confused — he can hit. His speed and strength give him a chance to solidify a starting spot at one of the linebacker spots. Feist is a hoss. He dominated running back Kenny Hilliard in the Big Cat drill earlier this spring and won’t be intimidated despite graduating from high school only a few months ago. QUESTIONS, see page 11

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Students engage with Miles, players at meet and greet Alex Cassara Sports Contributor

Before Thursday, the last time LSU students saw their beloved football team, during the national championship loss to Alabama, it was not a memory to cherish. Their newest experience with the Tigers, however, was one to behold. LSU coach Les Miles opened the doors of the typically airtight Charles McClendon Practice Facility on Thursday for Student Appreciation Day. Students got the chance to watch a full two-hour practice, collect autographs from their favorite players and show off some skills of their own. Petroleum engineering junior Michael Spiers got to talk to Miles before practice started. Spiers said Miles told him how great it was for students to attend practice and that

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LSU football coach Les Miles greets students Thursday afternoon at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility as part of the football program’s meet and greet.

he hoped everything went well so they could do it again. “I’m really glad they [opened practice],” Spiers said. “This is a great opportunity for students to

come out and see everything the football program is working with.” The team was not in pads for the final, lighter practice leading up to Saturday’s spring game. Players

started in individual drills before moving to full offensive and defensive run-throughs. Finally, the entire team convened to run plays, with the crowd getting into it during the pass skeleton drill. Junior cornerback Tharold Simon got the biggest reaction when he picked off junior quarterback Zach Mettenberger in the flat for what would have been a touchdown. Aside from that gaffe, Spiers liked what he saw from the new starting signal-caller. “I’ve heard nothing but good news about him in the past, and just coming out here to see it myself has just confirmed that,” Spiers said. The real entertainment came after practice, when 20 students were invited onto the field to catch punts, throw passes and run through an obstacle course. Coaching tips from Mettenberger and junior cornerback Tyrann Mathieu couldn’t save them

from the riotous laughter of both the players and their peers, as agricultural business student Amy Newberry found out. “I’m not one to get embarrassed too easily. I just laugh it off, so it was perfect when I totally busted my butt,” said Newberry, who fell during the obstacle course. “I really like how they’re involving us.” While Miles did poke fun at the non-athletes throughout the trials, the true spirit of the event was tangible when he pulled his guests together in a huddle on one knee, much like he would with his athletes. “The first thing I do when I run out of that tunnel is look over my right shoulder at you guys in the stands,” Miles said. “We play for you, whether you know it or not.” Contact Alex Cassara at


Tigers return home from sweep to host Arkansas

Sophomore infielder Tammy Wray, who laced an RBI single to score the go-ahead run against The LSU softball team re- Georgia Tech on March 20, credturns home after a four-game road- ited the squad’s win streak to a sweep, as it hosts Arkansas for a complete team effort. “We’re making great contact three-game Southeastern Conference series beginning today at 6 with the bats, one through nine in the lineup, and our pitching on the p.m. at Tiger Park. The Tigers (23-8, 7-1 SEC) mound is fantastic,” Wray said. have won eight straight games “We’re looking forward to conafter beating in-conference foes tinuing the win streak.” Wray said the Mississippi State and team will enjoy playSouth Carolina and Next up for ing in Baton Rouge midweek opponents the Tigers: again after four in a Georgia Tech and McWho: LSU (23-8, 7-1) vs. row on the road. Neese State. “We obviously They will face an Arkansas (18-13, 2-9) love playing in our Arkansas (18-13, 2-9 own stadium with our SEC) squad struggling When: 6 p.m. Friday, own fans,” Wray said. to get back on the right 4 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. The Tigers put track, holding a five- Sunday its streak on the line game losing streak. Where: Tiger Park against the RazorLSU sophomore infielder Allison Fal- Listen at home: 104.9 FM backs, losers of 11 of its last 13 games. con is batting a teamDuring the 2-11 stretch, Arleading .339 this season, and hit .368 during the Tigers’ win streak kansas played three games apiece against then-No. 11 Tennessee (25— their longest of the season. “The eight-game win streak 7, 7-4 SEC) and then-No. 4 Florida feels great,” Falcon said. “I love (29-3, 10-1 SEC), taking one vichaving all of the momentum. We tory from the Lady Vols. Prior to opening SEC get to play at home this weekend and hopefully get three more wins play, Arkansas won 14-of-15 games, including a win over and keep the momentum rolling.” Scott Branson

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LSU sophomore infielder Allison Falcon waits for a pitch March 18 during the Tigers’ 4-0 victory against Mississippi State at Tiger Park.

then-No. 7 Baylor (22-9). “They definitely have played well,” said LSU coach Beth Torina. “We have our work cut out for us, and we know they’re going to show up with very strong offense.” Torina said she thinks LSU’s pitching will match up well against Arkansas’ offense. “We’ll be able to hold them, and that will be the key to getting

three wins this weekend,” Torina said. The Tigers’ pitching staff surrendered no runs on the team’s four-game road trip and only two runs over the last seven games. This weekend’s Saturday contest starts at 4 p.m. and admission will be free. Free seats will be available in sections 101 and 107 on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Once those seats are filled, fans will be directed to standing-roomonly seating on the left field berm. Sunday’s series finale begins at 1 p.m., and fans are encouraged to bring their dogs to take part in Tiger Park’s “Bark in the Park.” Contact Scott Branson at

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LSU takes on Mississippi for pair of ranked matches Ian Fontenot

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The LSU men’s tennis team hits the road this weekend for matches against No. 10 Mississippi State (144, 5-1 SEC) and No. 14 Ole Miss (85, 4-2). With more than half of the Southeastern Conference schedule in their rearview mirror, the Tigers (11-7, 2-4) will set out to end their current three-game skid, including consecutive 4-3 losses to No. 24 Tennessee and No. 4 Georgia. No. 27 LSU will mix up their doubles lineup, as senior Neal Skupski and freshman Chris Simpson debut their pairing on court one. The change will pair senior Tom Knights and junior Olivier Borsos on court two, while junior Roger Anderson will play alongside sophomore James Turbervill on court three. LSU will boast three ranked

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LSU junior Stefan Szacinski serves the ball March 25 during the Tigers’ doubles match against Georgia at W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium.

singles players for the first time this season, as No. 55 Borsos, No. 73 Skupski and newly-ranked No. 98 Simpson take on ranked opponents all weekend. The Tigers face Mississippi

State today in Starkville, Miss., at 2 p.m. for its first chance at a turnaround. “[Mississippi State] has energetic crowds, and they’re a high-energy team,” said LSU coach Jeff Brown.

“We’ll have to keep our composure and create our own energy.” The Bulldogs are led in singles by No. 15 Artem Ilyushin, No. 44 Louis Cant, No. 46 George Coupland and No. 67 Malte Stropp. Mississippi State also brings two ranked duos to the courts with the pairings of No. 32 Cant and Stropp and No. 43 Coupland and Ilyushin. The Tigers then travel to Oxford, Miss., on Sunday for their matchup with Ole Miss. The Rebels bring several ranked players in singles and doubles, highlighted by the doubles pairing of German brothers Chris and Marcel Thiemann, who are currently ranked No. 12 in the country. The LSU women’s tennis team hosts Mississippi State (6-9, 0-6) and No. 17 Ole Miss (11-7, 3-3) this weekend. The Lady Tigers were able to

uproot No. 12 Tennessee last weekend, 5-2, leading to senior Olivia Howlett being named SEC Tennis Player of the Week. “We’re excited to get back and hopefully keep the little momentum we have going,” said LSU women’s coach Tony Minnis. No. 35 LSU (10-7, 3-3) will kick things off on today at 3 p.m. as the team takes on Mississippi State. The Bulldogs will boast the match’s only ranked player in No. 113 Alexandra Perper. The Lady Tigers will face Ole Miss on Sunday at noon. The Rebels bring No. 12-ranked Kristi Boxx and No. 78 Caroline Rohde-Moe to the table in singles, as well the No. 6-ranked duo of Boxx and Abby Guthrie. Contact Ian Fontenot at


Lady Tigers wrap up regular-season play in Arizona Morgan Wampold Sports Contributor

The 2012 women’s golf Southeastern Conference Championship is less than a month away, but LSU coach Karen Bahnsen and the No. 4 Lady Tigers have their focus set on the PING/ASU Invitational, which tees off today in Tempe, Ariz. The tournament marks the last of the squad’s successful 2011-12 regular season. The Lady Tigers have notched three first-place finishes since September, and Bahnsen said she doesn’t see why they can’t add to that record this weekend. “We’ve had a chance to win all of the last three we played in,” Bahnsen said. “We have just as great of an opportunity to win this one, too.” The team jumped out of the gate early in the spring, capturing a victory in the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in February. The next two competitions found the Lady Tigers in fourth and second place. Senior Tessa Teachman, who will depart from LSU this spring, said a win in Arizona would be a perfect way to cap off her last regular

season in purple and gold. The Lady Tigers will be without last year’s national champion, sophomore Austin Ernst, in this tournament, but Teachman said she has faith in the other girls to step up and fill Ernst’s role in Arizona. “Austin is a huge factor to have, but if we just go out and play our games like we’ve been doing, we’ll be fine,” Teachman said. Ernst was invited to compete in the LPGA’s Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She’s among four other amateurs competing in the four-round tournament, which wraps up Sunday. Bahnsen said Ernst’s absence gives junior Katrina Hegge an opportunity to compete for LSU’s fiveperson squad. Hegge normally plays in each tournament as an individual, rather than adding to the total team score. The PING/ASU Invitational features a host of tough teams on the links, including No. 1 UCLA and No. 3 USC. Bahnsen said the strong WestCoast squads, who the Lady Tigers rarely face, will give them an edge going into the postseason.

“This field is extremely tough and will help us prepare for the SEC tournament,” Bahnsen said. “That’s why we planned it.” Winning the SEC Championship is a goal Teachman said has been written on the door of the team’s locker room all season, and while her sights are set on Arizona for now, she can’t help but look forward in anticipation to being in Fayetteville, Ark., on April 20.

“I’m more excited than anything,” Teachman said. “We’ve been gearing up all spring, so it’ll be great to show [the SEC] what we’ve got.” Bahnsen said she expects the Lady Tigers to use their time in Arizona to hone their skills and shake off mistakes that have hurt them in previous tournaments. “We need to eliminate mental mistakes this week,” she said. “Emotions get the best of you sometimes,

but we’ve been focusing on our game plan and how to manage those emotions.” Hegge starts off the PING/ ASU Invitational for the Lady Tiger squad today, with a tee time set for 8:40 a.m. The competition will finish Sunday afternoon. Contact Morgan Wampold at

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The Pres. is Mightier


David Scheuermann Columnist The most important job of the press is arguably its role as a watchdog function. It’s what drew me to pursue a major in journalism. The prospect of taking on established leaders and politicians and calling them out on their hypocrisies is an empowering and enticing one. So when I hear the Obama administration has taken action against hard journalism and its sources, both at home and abroad, I take notice. The best example of Obama’s war on journalism worldwide is the story of Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye. S h a y e gained recognition after missiles hit the Yemeni village Manning al Majala in an attempt to take out al-Qaida operatives. The official story was that the Yemeni government was solely responsible for the attack, but when Kiriakou Shaye visited the village for himself, he found something that conflicted with what Yemeni officials were reporting. Shaye took pictures of United States Tomahawk missile components at the bomb site, revealing that the United States must have played a role in the attack because the Yemeni military did not have such equipment. He also disclosed that along with 14 alleged al-Qaida operatives, 14 women and 21 children were killed in the attack. Shaye’s position was later corroborated when WikiLeaks cables confirmed Yemeni officials were indeed lying to their citizens and claiming responsibility for the attacks. Since then, Shaye has been sentenced to five years in prison in Yemen on terrorismrelated charges. He was set to be pardoned by former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh in

February 2011, until Saleh received a phone call from the leader of the free world himself. Obama “expressed concern” about Shaye’s release to Saleh, and just like that, Shaye’s pardon was forgotten. You may wonder how this is an attack on journalism since Shaye was convicted of supporting al-Qaida in Yemen, because of course Obama would want to keep another terrorist sympathizer off the streets. But, human-rights organizations like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have condemned Shaye’s trial for failing to meet “international standards of due process.” In fact, the most damning claim against Shaye seems to have been his connection, through marriage, with an al-Qaida cleric, which he used to gain access to other

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leaders of the terrorist organization. What Shaye seems most guilty of is his desire to report both sides of a story and his commitment to exposing the truth, even if it’s against U.S. interests. Yet the Obama administration’s attack on those who release information contrary to its goals is not limited to foreign nations. In our own country, the administration has done its best to silence and destroy the lives of whistleblowers. Before Obama took office, the 1917 Espionage Act was used three times in cases against federal officials who provided information to the media. Since Obama has been in power, the act has been used six times — a sharp departure from his promise to improve “whistleblower laws to protect federal workers.”

Whistleblowers have been treated indecently by the administration, going so far as to not only ruin their careers but attack their livelihood in the process. Thomas Drake, who revealed that the NSA spent $1.2 billion to contract a project that could have been done for $3 million, was forced out of his job and had his house raided. Bradley Manning, who is believed to have leaked diplomatic cables and war logs to WikiLeaks, has endured horrible conditions in a military prison. John Kiriakou, a former CIA operative, was charged with giving information to journalists on the use of torture on terrorist suspects, such as waterboarding. The CIA responded by firing his wife while she was on maternity leave. This treatment of whistleblowers is intolerable.

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Not once, in any of these cases, can the government say with a straight face that national security was threatened. Even the leaks released by Manning did nothing to endanger informants or the security of the American people. People who expose the truth and leak this kind of information make up the heart of good, investigative journalism. Attacking them demonstrates that Obama is not a friend to the free press. David Scheuermann is a 20-yearold mass communication and computer science sophomore from Kenner. Follow him on Twitter at @TDR_dscheu.

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Quote of the Day

“Kilometers are shorter than miles. Save gas — take your next trip in kilometers.”

George Carlin American comedian May 12, 1937 — June 22, 2008

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Blaming Obama for high gas prices easy but wrong FOR THINKERS ONLY

Matthew Westfall Columnist Gas prices continue to steadily increase in time for summer travels. Who’s to blame for these crippling costs? The easy answer would be our commander-in-chief, President Barack Obama, right? Wrong. In fact, he has very little to do with it, but many Republicans would have you think otherwise. Unfortunately, the blame will continue to be passed around long after we cast our votes on Nov. 6 — no matter who is in office. For now, it’s Obama who’s taking the blame for burdening our pocketbooks, with Republican presidential candidates repeatedly using quotes out of context to allege that the president and his administration actually wanted to drive up the price of gasoline. Many conservatives would like you to believe President Obama intentionally sabotaged the American people, but it’s simply not true. First of all, the claim is ridiculous. Second, presidents in general have almost no impact on gas prices. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has repeatedly twisted the words of our president. In 2008, Obama said that under his energy policy, energy prices would “skyrocket” — a sound bite that Romney has used for ammunition. A poor choice of words, granted, but the quote was lifted from a discussion Obama was having about a cap-and-trade policy as a means to reduce greenhouse gases and the effect it would have on electricity prices

— not gasoline. Not to mention that bill died in the Senate in 2009, so it couldn’t have driven up gasoline prices. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich claims Obama wants gasoline prices to gradually reach European levels of $9 or $10 per gallon. The claim comes from comments Obama made in a 2008 interview when asked about then-$4-per-gallon gasoline prices and whether that could be a good thing to encourage people toward alternative energy. Obama went on to say, “The fact that this is such a shock to American pocketbooks is not a good thing,” and he “would have preferred a gradual adjustment.” Nothing was said in the context of wanting gasoline prices to reach European highs. Oil prices are set in a world market and are thus affected by world affairs — war scares, emerging economies and increased demand. Why don’t we just drill more oil here. Wouldn’t that solve the problem? Wrong again. Republicans have long campaigned on the belief that we must drill here and drill now to ease the burden. The truth is U.S. oil production is the highest it’s been in eight years, and fuel imports have dropped. A statistical analysis of 36 years of monthly, inflation-adjusted gasoline prices and U.S. domestic oil production by The Associated Press shows no statistical correlation between how much oil comes out of U.S. wells and the price at the pump. Oil prices are up because of the demand of expanding economies, such as China and India, and more recently because of war scares in the Middle East. Democrats took a step in the


Gas prices are shown at different gas stations around the country including [Above] Dallas, Texas, [Top Right] Washington, D.C., and [Bottom Right] Northridge, Calif.

right direction of long-term relief on Monday, offering legislation to cut more than $20 billion in subsidies for the oil companies that have reaped record profits from the pain Americans feel at the pump. A poll released March 25 by Hart Research Associates revealed that many Americans believe progressive energy policies could reshape the situation, and I couldn’t agree more. We need to stop oil companies from exporting oil from our public lands and waters to overseas markets, a policy 60 percent of those surveyed supported. Fifty-five percent believe we need to end big oil subsidies and

instead use that money to fund investments that will make us less dependent on oil — something Democrats are now attempting to do with their proposed legislation. What we need to realize as consumers is that the days of cheap oil will not return. Our resources aren’t infinite, yet our habits would say otherwise. Oil prices will fluctuate, with consumers driving less and switching to more fuel-efficient cars, but that will be a temporary Band-Aid. As much as it may hurt to hear, given that Louisiana’s economy is dependent on oil production, we must begin

shifting our efforts to developing alternative-energy technologies, new methods of conservation and expanding public transportation if we hope to avoid a complete collapse. Matthew Westfall is a 23-yearold mass communication senior from Winchester, Va. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_mwestfall.

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Bypassing bureaucracy only way to solve Israel, Iran conflict Iowa State Editorial Board Iowa State Daily

AMES, Iowa (UWIRE) — The Israeli and Iranian governments have both exchanged quite a lot of threats that entail large-scale bombing runs on each other. President Barack Obama recently stated the United States would defend Israel, especially if that required the use of military force, inching us closer and closer to allout war. Yet, maybe there exists the assertion that these threats are merely political figures flexing their military muscles. Under such politicking, one must ask: Do these political figures truly represent their

citizens’ intentions? To place the domestic environment in perspective, U.S., Israeli and Iranian citizens almost never talk to each other. The only contact that really occurs is among our elected officials and ambassadors. There are some Israeli citizens who disagree with their elected officials and their statements, instead seeking out the Iranian citizens directly, conveying passive messages of peace and love. Writers, teachers and graphic designers Ronny Edri and Michal Tamir are leading a campaign on, encouraging fellow Israelis to join in on the positive conversation

surrounding the similarities between the people of the Jewish and Islamic states. The website makes a strong effort to address all fathers, mothers, children, brothers and sisters of Iran. Edri, the campaign leader, wants them to know that is not on his radar. His artistic creations, which contain images of Israeli citizens advocating for cooperation, certainly reiterate constructivist art, aiming to effect social change. The campaign has received support from thousands of citizens, a majority coming from Israel. This demonstrates another effective use of social networking to create change that could very well

radiate to a global stage. Through social networking, the citizens are talking among themselves, circumventing their elected officials and delving straight into the domestic heart of each other. This certainly shows the world there is a shining niche of people who believe in peace and cooperation in stark contrast to their warmongering administrations. As students and social network users, we too have the opportunity to effect real change in our political and domestic environment. This represents a changing world, where we can exercise our citizenship electronically from our bedroom, where we can reach out to thousands of people. We should commend Edri

for his efforts and mirror his constructivism into our own lives. We each have a unique way in which we can participate in such overarching matters. Whether you are a writer, musician, painter or whatever, change can still come from your creative mind. The Israeli citizens are certainly beginning to realize this, and they are reintegrating constructivist art to convey their message. Who knows? Given the political instability in Iran, maybe this movement will prevent war with them.

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QUESTIONS, from page 5

3. Do the Tigers play with chip on their shoulder? Although it’s competition among teammates, don’t expect any player to perform less than 100 percent on the field. The players that remain from the 2011 team remember what it felt like to get embarrassed on national television. They don’t want that to happen again. With pundits saying LSU has lost too much to reciprocate last season’s success, the Honey Badger and others will make sure the game is played with maximum intensity. 4. What leaders will emerge? There’s no denying the Tigers have swag. How they control that swag will be the issue.

SPRING GAME, from page 5 With an experienced offensive line, a stable of running backs and the secondary’s strength, the rushing game might be on more display than Mettenberger. The Tigers piled up 287 yards on the ground during last Saturday’s scrimmage, with junior Spencer Ware tallying 90 yards and freshman Jeremy Hill impressing with 56 yards. One back who won’t see action is junior Michael Ford, who has missed the entire spring with an

Part of it, Mainieri said, had to do with the similarities between coaches, as both Mainieri and Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn have aggressive coaching styles. “For the most part, I kind of know what he’s going to do,” Mainieri said. “It’s just a matter of stopping them. He probably figures the same thing about us. It just makes for very good baseball.” The Tigers will likely send out their normal weekend rotation this weekend, though Sunday’s starter is listed as “to be announced” because Mainieri said he wants to have the option to use Nola if Friday’s game is tight late. If Mainieri doesn’t use Nola on Friday, LSU will start with sophomore Kevin Gausman (4-0, 1.54 ERA) on Friday, sophomore Ryan Eades (4-1, 2.04) on Saturday and Gone from the team are Baker and fellow seniors Will Blackwell and Brandon Taylor, so someone else will have to take the reigns as LSU’s emotional leader. One player I see filling those rather large shoes is sixth-year senior Josh Dworacyzk, who sat out last season due to a knee injury. He coached from the sideline for most of the year, and that will benefit the team down the stretch. Sophomore safety Eric Reid seems like the right player to assume the role as the chief of the defense. 5. Will Craig Loston solidify himself as the starting strong safety? If I could tell Loston one thing before the game, it would be “carpe diem.” He must seize the opportunity undisclosed, minor knee issue. Mathieu, linebacker Tahj Jones, receiver Kadron Boone and center P.J. Lonergan are also questionable for the game. The defensive line was also “nicked up” last week, according to Miles, who said that it contributed to LSU’s impressive rushing output. Miles said the first half would be “almost completely” game-like but said the second half will feature a running clock and situational emphasis. One area Miles said he will have a keen eye on is the Tigers’

The Daily Reveille Nola (3-1, 3.24) on Sunday. Gausman has been electric this season, but he hasn’t had pinpoint control of his pitches lately, issuing nine of his 11 walks this season in his last two starts. The Colorado product worked with pitching coach Alan Dunn on his fundamentals this week to correct his control, but he also said he’s been dealing with a blister on his throwing hand since his start against Mississippi State. “I think it’s going to be there the entire season. It’s just something I’m going to have to deal with,” Gausman said. “I dealt with it last year. I’m still getting used to it, but I don’t think it had any effect on how I pitched.” Contact Luke Johnson at he’s been given to make sure he’s the starter at strong safety this fall. Taylor’s graduation opens the door for the special teams stalwart to show why he was ranked as the No. 1 safety in the country coming out of high school. I’ve been waiting three years for him to live up to his potential. I hope my dreams of teaming with Reid to make one of the best safety combinations in the nation will finally come to fruition Saturday. Micah Bedard is a 21-year-old mass communication senior from Houma. Follow him on Twitter @DardDog.

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