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Friday, May 4, 2012 • Volume 116, Issue 139

‘They don’t like us, and we don’t like them.’

Xerxes A. Wilson To most, retirement means doing something besides working. For some in higher education, it means ballooning one’s income. Six administrators within the LSU System Office receive state retirement pensions while being paid by the LSU System, which forks over more than $650,000 in salaries to employees who still receive or have previously received state retirement benefits. On the LSU Baton Rouge campus itself, some 50 employees with previous retirement history collect salaries ranging from $4,800 to $165,000. In total, the campus pays about $2.4 million in salaries to employees who have previously retired, according to the same records provided by the System Office. This double-dipping, as it is known, is legal and fairly common within state government, particularly in higher education. In some cases, it can even become tripledipping. The higher education institutions in the LSU System use two state retirement systems: the Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana (TRSL) and the Louisiana State Employees Retirement System (LASERS). TRSL has rules for retiring from its system and then returning to work while drawing a pension. LASERS also has rules for reentering taxpayer-supported work after retiring. These rules, in some cases, include forfeiting received benefits and reducing income. It is possible, however, to retire, begin receiving LASERS benefits, be rehired by the University System or on a campus with a salary and accumulate a new set of benefits in the TRSL retirement system. TRSL confirmed this, but the Human Resources Management at LSU refused to make any comment on the story or offer any explanations. Vice President for Academic

Baseball: Former slugger Blake Dean to return as student coach, p. 7

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LSU Sophomore pitcher Joe Broussard throws to get a runner out at first in Tuesday’s win against Tulane, 9-5.

LSU head coach coronate us already,” Mainieri Paul Mainieri can’t quite said. “We’ve got nine [SEC] wrap his head around the ri- games remaining.” valry with Ole Miss, wonderFriday’s opener will be a ing why the Rebels “seem to be matchup of premier sophomore a little more of a starting pitchers, rival” than other with LSU ace Chandler Rome schools. Kevin Gausman Sports Contributor Junior outpitted against Ole fielder Mason Katz was quick to Miss right hander Bobby Wahl, dispel any of his coach’s doubts. both of whom were named to the “They don’t like us, and we Golden Spikes Award watch list don’t like them,” Katz said. “That Wednesday. goes in all sports, really.” Wahl’s 2.09 ERA, five wins Regardless of the animosity, and .211 opposing batting average Mainieri knows the series is a piv- have stymied some of the counotal one in the Southeastern Con- try’s best teams, including No. ference Western Division race, 7 Florida and TCU. He was also where the No. 24 Rebels (30-16, recently named to the National 10-11 SEC) trail the No. 4 Tigers Pitcher of the Year watch list. (35-10, 14-7 SEC) by four games. Gausman said he doesn’t Coupled with LSU’s recent need any extra motivation afstruggles on the road, Mainieri ter surrendering six hits and six was hesitant to rest on his team’s runs in just 2 1/3 innings in last accomplishments. “People seem to want to OLE MISS, see page 11

Sydni Dunn Special Reports Chair

With baseball season in full swing, fans visiting the concession stands at Alex Box Daily Stadium can be assured Reveille that LSU Dining’s faSpecial cilities have a clean bill Report of health after routine inspections by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. The PMAC, Tiger Stadium’s Stadium Club and LSU Dining’s mobile concessions trailer all

Average faculty salary up by $1,368 Joshua Bergeron Contributing Writer

Speakes said. Violations are documented in two categories, critical and non-critical. Critical refers to issues that could cause foodborne illness. While no issues were documented for the annually licensed joints, seasonal facilities — specifically the 50 individual stands in Tiger Stadium — had a mix of violations. Tiger Concessions Director Larry Wallace said a crew of state inspectors visits nearly every home athletic event to monitor the seasonal stands’ operations. If a problem is noticed, the official attempts to correct it on the spot, Speakes said. CONCESSIONS, see page 5

SALARIES, see page 5

Health inspections of University concession stands come up clean yielded perfect scores in the annual report. These facilities operate on a one-year permit because they are used for events outside of the athletic season. But the nearly 70 concession stands licensed on a seasonal basis — following the athletic schedule — did not produce the same results. DHH spokeswoman Meghan Speakes said DHH inspects all facilities one to four times a year, depending on the license type. The manner in which the inspections are conducted, however, remains the same, she said. Inspectors arrive unannounced and evaluate various aspects of the facilities based on a checklist of items, including the cleanliness of the area and the storage of food,

Ph.D.s increase earning potential

Students have heard it before: actively working in one’s field of study yields more money than going into academia. At the University, the average faculty member makes approximately Check out the $69,067, acupdated salary cording to new findings from database at Daily lsureveille.com. The Reveille’s salary database. That’s slightly below average for professors across the board, according to Bob Kuhn, associate vice chancellor for Budget and Planning. That average also includes faculty other than professors and instructors, but the number provides a monetary comparison of the expected income for students who go into academia as opposed to professional jobs in their field. For example, students can look to biology and chemistry, two popular disciplines in the STEM — or science, technology, engineering and math — fields. On average, associate professors in biology make about $66,000, while associate chemistry professors make about $65,000, according to Salary.com statistics. That’s significantly less than what top-level scientists in those fields might make outside the classroom — nearly $100,000 for biologists and $99,000 for chemists, statistics show. But those fat paychecks don’t come immediately after graduation. Average entry-level salaries are closer to $45,000 for biologists and $47,000 for chemists who work in the field. Professors don’t fall so far behind in every discipline, though. For example, while a top-level accountant might earn around $75,000, an accounting professor can make as

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INTERNATIONAL

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NATIONAL

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New political system causes more chaos in streets of Egypt

Widow to get five exotic animals from the Ohio zoo

Judge won’t order Grosse Tete truck stop tiger’s removal

CAIRO (AP) — The streets and sidewalks of Cairo have always been rather chaotic. But they’ve only gotten worse in the political turmoil as Egypt stumbles toward a new system following the fall of President Hosni Mubarak. Street vendors selling clothes, food or household goods take over sidewalks and sometimes invade half the street, blocking vehicles. Garbage piles up on curbs. In some places, water sewage backs up and fills a street and is left for days without being repaired. Four students killed as Syrian forces raid university dormitories

Egyptian street vendors take over the sidewalks and invade spaces from the streets Monday while displaying merchandise for sale in Cairo, Egypt.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The widow of a suicidal animal owner who released dozens of exotic creatures last fall will get the five surviving animals back from an Ohio zoo today. And a friend says the woman plans to take the animals back to the farm in eastern Ohio where they previously lived. Cyndi Huntsman told The Associated Press on Thursday that Marian Thompson intends to return the animals to the Zanesville farm once she gets the two leopards, two primates and a bear back from the Columbus zoo.

Philippines erect wall to obscure view of slums, abject poverty

More teen girls using best birth control drives down teen birth rate

(AP) — State Judge Michael Caldwell refused to order the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to remove an 11-year-old tiger from a truck stop in Grosse Tete on Thursday. He also ruled that the Animal Legal Defense Fund and two plaintiffs don’t have legal standing to bring up the question. In November, Caldwell ordered the department to revoke the permit for a tiger at Tiger Truck Stop. ALDF sued last month, saying the department refused to confiscate the animal from the truck stop and owner, Michael Sandlin.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Delegates attending an international conference in the Philippines capital may not see what they came to discuss: abject poverty. A makeshift wall has been erected across a bridge on a road from the airport to downtown Manila that hides slums along a garbage-strewn creek. Presidential spokesman Ricky Carandang defended the wall’s installation, saying “any country will do a little fixing up before a guest comes.”

ATLANTA (AP) — More teen girls now use the best kinds of birth control, a new government study says. About 60 percent of teen girls who have sex use the most effective kinds of contraception, including the pill and patch. That’s up from the mid-’90s, when less than half were using the best kinds, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found. The trend in better contraception is helping to drive down the teen birth rate, health officials said.

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian forces stormed student dormitories Thursday during an anti-government protest at Aleppo University, firing tear gas and bullets in an hourslong siege that killed at least four students and forced the closure of the state-run school, activists said. U.N. truce observers toured other restive parts of the country, and residents told them of being too terrified to walk on the streets after dark as the 14-month-old uprising rages on. The U.N. estimates 9,000 people have been killed since the revolt began.

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United Students Against Sweatshops petitions Martin for workers’ rights Group looks to expand membership

Rachel Warren Staff Writer

A dozen students gathered at Memorial Tower on Thursday morning with one goal in mind: to change the way the University monitors the construction of its licensed products. Members of United Students Against Sweatshops met with signs in hand to deliver a letter signed by about 90 students to Chancellor Michael Martin. The letter asks Martin to unite with workers’ rights groups and discusses Nike’s work practices. Katy Bradley, anthropology senior and USAS member, said the group wanted to make one last effort to raise awareness on campus before the semester ends.

“We like sports and we like years to come. student pride,” Bradley said. “We “The best thing anyone can just want LSU to be a responsible do to help this organization is consumer.” just to join it,” Bell said. “It’s the Bradley said the group has right thing to do.“ had a similar protest before, but Bradley said if Thursday’s only two students effort is still un‘We just want LSU successful, the attended and the letter was iggroup will conto be a responsible nored. tinue to approach “We’re hopthe chancellor’s consumer.’ ing with more office with the student support, topic. Katy Bradley we’ll make things “We can afanthropology senior happen,” she said. ford for these Bradley said the issue was items to not come from sweatsupposed to be brought before shops,” Bradley said. “And it’s the Student Senate but has been the right thing to do. We want to put off because the group doesn’t show that we value the people have enough student support. working to make these clothes.” The group was just granted Ernie Ballard, director of official organization status from University Relations, said in an Student Life this semester. e-mail Martin had no comment USAS member and mu- on the letter at press time. sic senior Brian Bell said the group recently gained several Contact Rachel Warren at new members, and he hopes it will continue to grow in the rwarren@lsureveille.com

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United Students Against Sweatshops protests LSU’s affiliation with Nike and its tie to sweatshops May 3 near Memorial Tower.

RESEARCH

Pennington scientists to examine female athletes’ health Study receives $2.3 million grant

Emily Herrington Staff Writer

The Pennington Biomedical Research Center recently received a $2.3 million grant to study the health of female collegiate athletes. The study will span five years and follow 500 female athletes from LSU, American University in Washington, D.C., and Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Though co-principal investigator Tiffany Stewart couldn’t disclose the specific outcomes the researchers are looking into, she said they are examining the

health, performance and wellbeing of female student-athletes. “Athletics is a pretty intense thing, especially for female athletes,” Stewart said. “They train so hard, and keeping healthy can be a challenge.” Shelly Mullenix, senior associate athletic trainer and director of wellness, said she has wanted the University’s Athletic Department to collaborate with Pennington for some time now. “Pennington is known worldwide and our athletes are part of an internationally-recognized program, so it just makes sense to pair them up,” Mullenix said. Mullenix said she believes the study with Pennington will help educate athletes on wellness “at a much grander scale.” Athletes will be divided into two groups, and investigators

will test to see if health education is more effective via peer intervention or through pamphlets, Mullenix said. The study will follow each female athlete for 18 months, and Stewart said the study isn’t intensive and is flexible with rigid athletic schedules. “It’s designed to get big results without being that laborintensive,” Stewart said. The athletes will be compensated $20 for their participation, which will come from the grant money from the National Institute of Mental Health. The $2.3 million will also go toward materials, travel and the study conductors’ salaries. Contact Emily Herrington at eherrington@lsureveille.com

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Resolution to keep campus free from firearms passes Cell-phone ban in buildings rejected Rachel Warren Staff Writer

The Faculty Senate voted unanimously Thursday afternoon to pass a resolution to keep the campus a “firearm-free zone” despite any changes proposed to the state’s constitution. A bill regarding gun-carrying laws in Louisiana made its way through the House of Representatives’ Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday and is set to move to the House floor. The resolution was only read once, but former Faculty Senate

President William Daly requested the Senate suspend the rules and waive the second reading. Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope said the University has been exempt from state law before and the proposed policy is feasible. Cope said the University Staff Senate is on board with the resolution and the next step will be to present the recommendation to the Office of Academic Affairs. The Senate also heard from Mandi Lopez, associate professor of veterinary surgery for the School of Veterinary Medicine and chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Plus/Minus Grading. Lopez submitted the group’s final report on the resolution to implement a plus/minus grading

system at the University. The group recommended that the Senate approve the resolution, stating in its report that “the use of a suffix grading system is consistent with current standards in the majority of peer universities considered.” The Senate will vote on the resolution at its first meeting in the fall. In other business, the Senate voted to kill a resolution that recommended banning the use of cell phones and excessive noise in academic buildings with a 22-12 vote. During the debate, several members brought up concerns of how enforceable the policy would be and whether or not it violated students’ rights.

The resolution’s sponsor, communication studies Assistant Professor Graham Bodie, proposed using signs to deter students from causing distractions in hallways. Many members wondered aloud whether students would acknowledge the signs at all. “The whole purpose of this resolution really wasn’t an attempt ... to hire a police force to go around and slap hands or give people demerits,” Bodie said. “It was simply to create a culture of respect at this University.”

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LSU Chancellor Mike Martin expresses his opposition the bill that would allow firearms at the Faculty Senate meeting on Thursday.

STATE

Legislation to include Cajun French translation heads to Senate Kate Mabry Staff Writer

Louisiana’s official bilingual status just got a little more inclusive. Legal documents translated from English to French will now also be translated to Cajun French whenever possible, according to a recently passed resolution from the state’s House of Representatives. The resolution, introduced by Rep. Stephen Ortego, D-Carencro, aims to preserve the endangered Cajun French language, which is derived from French, German, Portugese, Spanish and Haitian Creole. While Cajun French can be heard in some parts of southern Louisiana, many students have noticed a decline in the number of Cajun French speakers.

Biology sophomore Tori Thibodeaux, a Lafayette native, said the language is rarely spoken in her hometown today. “Some of the older generations do, but it’s not common anymore,” she said. Thibodeaux attributed the decline in speakers to the predominant role English has played in Louisiana in recent decades. Thibodeaux said her grandparents’ family friend — whose first language was Cajun French — was banned from speaking the language in school. From her experience decades ago, the family friend thought it wouldn’t be necessary to teach her children Cajun French. Thibodeaux said her grandparents speak Cajun French but never taught her parents the language. Thibodeaux, who is enrolled

in the University’s Cajun French spring course, said her heritage and high school background inspired her selection. “Some of my family members speak Cajun French, and I took French in high school,” Thibodeaux said. “The language is an important part of the culture in south Louisiana.” Denise Egéa-Kuehne, director of the French Education Project for Research and Teacher Education, said she is in favor of the resolution’s passage. “Any action in support of any language is a sound decision,” Egéa-Kuehne said. “Let’s hope that the new legislation will increase the efforts to support the French language and culture in Louisiana. It is a most valuable part of both its heritage and of its economic resources.”

BATON ROUGE COMMUNITY

Students help girls’ self-esteem Shannon Roberts Contributing Writer

A group of University students will encourage junior high girls to be positive about themselves during the Girls on the Run 5K relay Saturday at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Students in associate professor Laura Choate’s girl’s and women’s wellness class will participate for the first time in a University partnership with the Girls on the Run of Greater Baton Rouge. Choate said she contacted the organization after reading about it, and together they devised the idea for University students coming to support the girls. Girls on the Run is a 10-week program that visits schools, teaching girls the importance of active, healthy lifestyles and the “joy, happiness and confidence” girls can feel about themselves. Because students in the class

learn about problems affecting women’s health and wellness, Choate said the service learning project acts as a tool that brings classroom instruction to life. “It’s one thing to sit in our classroom and talk about what girls need to hear, but it’s quite another thing to go out and see [it],” Choate said. She said girls learn to believe in themselves through the program that counters unrealistic portrayals of women in the media. “Girls today are just bombarded with unrealistic ideals of how they should look and how they should act,” Choate said. About 25 students, along with other volunteers, will participate in hosting booths for girls to visit after the relay. The students will also host a post-race pancake breakfast for the runners. Choate said the booths will offer different activities to boost girls’ self-confidence and teach them to

love their bodies. One booth will allow parents and family members of the girls to write encouraging messages, while another will ask girls to write negative notes about themselves and then throw them away. Other booths will be available for girls to write positive thoughts about themselves. “We want [girls] to hold onto their authentic selves,” Choate said. Community counseling graduate student Tenikka Sanders said students in the class brainstormed ideas for booths, and Choate helped decide which ones to create. The groups were divided and assigned specific roles.

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Egéa-Kuehne said some Cajun French terms continue to be heard in Louisiana today, including “chaoui” for “raccoon,” “pacane” for “pecan” and “cher” for “dear.” But Thibodeaux said she doesn’t know if the legislation will have an impact on preserving the Cajun French language.

“I think it’ll only have a minor impact,” she said. “Speaking the language would have a greater impact.”

Contact Kate Mabry at kmabry@lsureveille.com


Friday, May 4, 2012 CONCESSIONS, from page 1

For the 2011 football season, for example, DHH attended five home games. At those games, department officials conducted 237 total inspections. Of these evaluations, inspectors documented 134 non-critical and 38 critical violations. Though Speakes was unable to provide the reports that listed the reasons for the violations, she said “the sanitarians noted that the majority of the critical violations that were documented dealt with employee handling” such as hand washing, not using an ice scoop or not wearing a hair net. These violations were corrected, she added. “Fans can know that the stadium food that is provided is clean, and the stands are licensed by the state,” Speakes said. The process to prepare for these inspections begins long before the gates open for the first home game, Wallace said. In the offseason, the individual concession stands are stripped and thoroughly cleaned. Once spotless, they receive a seasonal operations permit. The next step is educating the staff on what’s to come. All concessions personnel — three managers, 15 associates and a slew of volunteers — are trained on food safety by the

SALARIES, from page 1

much as $92,000, according to the Salary.com statistics. One way graduates can raise their salaries is by getting a Ph.D., according to chemistry professor Graca Vicente. “Teaching requires a certain level of creativity, especially in math-related fields,” Vicente said. “Graduates that earn a Ph.D. go on to make a lot more than I do. The industry pay is a lot higher, but the work is not secure.” The freedom that comes with being a professor is another appealing draw into academia. “As a teacher, I am able to do research on whatever field I am interested in,” Vicente said. “In the industry, what you do really depends on the company. If the company runs out of money, you might be out of a job.” That freedom and security is alluring to some, but the extra schooling required to become a professor is not appealing to everyone. Kaitlin Jarnigan, marketing junior and president of business fraternity Pi Sigma Epsilon, said she

ADMINISTRATION, from page 1

Affairs Carolyn Hargrave accounts for the largest salary at $235,472 annually while on retirement. Special Assistant to the System President Bob Keaton receives $164,550, according to System Office records. These salaries are partially funded through fees levied by the System Office on individual campuses. They are also partially comprised of other “self-generated” funds which includes the System’s claim on 10 percent of royalties from intellectual properties like trademarks and patents generated on the individual college campuses.

DHH, according to Don Koshis, LSU Dining director of operations. In addition to the DHH presentation, supervisors in charge of food production are required to be certified by food training company ServSafe. To attain certification, Wallace said employees must take an intense course and exam detailing food preparation, potential illness involved in the food industry and how to manage these problems. Employees must score 90 percent or above on the exam to gain certification, Wallace said. ServSafe certification must be renewed every five years, but LSU Dining requires its management to retest every three years. Wallace said the training is some of the best, which is one factor that contributes to the stands’ inspection results. “In eight years, I’ve served about 10 million fans,” he said. “There’s not been one sick person.” He said he clocks about 78 hours a week working home games during football season. Among all the staff, he estimated there’s about 1,000 hours that go into each game, from moving food from stadium warehouses to the stands to getting the last volunteer to sign a health safety waiver. By the time fans step into Tiger Stadium, Wallace and his task force have been working for hours.

The Daily Reveille He said he arrives at the stadium around 7 a.m. on Saturday game days and doesn’t leave until Sunday around 3 a.m. About six hours before the gates open, the supervisors who oversee operations at the stadium’s 50 stands arrive to prepare. Hours later, their nearly 1,200 volunteers show up to what will be a fastpaced shift. But by the time they arrive, the stands have been cleaned and stocked with food for the event. Workers review health procedures and open for business about two hours before game time. Food safety doesn’t stop when the action begins, Wallace said, noting actions like keeping time logs kept to track how long food has been stagnant and posting hot buttons safety reminders for volunteers. Koshis noted that fans don’t attend the game to stand in the concessions line. LSU Dining must provide for the customer and get them back in the stands smiling and healthy. “I take care of my fans one at a time,” Wallace added. “And it’s a bonus if someone says, ‘Damn, that was a good hot dog.’”

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is unsure if teaching is right for her. “I think that unless someone is really passionate about the subject, they won’t want to necessarily get a Ph.D. in it and teach,” Jarnigan said. But when that passion is there, teaching is a fulfilling path, said Alvin Burns, chair of the University’s Department of Marketing. “Certainly getting a doctoral degree requires a few extra years in school,” Burns said. “For a few years, you essentially live in poverty. But we do it because we love to teach.” Some at the University believe that allure of freedom and dedication to the University is quickly diminishing. “We should get past this myth that LSU is such a jolly place, that people want to stay here,” stressed Kevin Cope, Faculty Senate president. “I think that was the case until a few years ago, but the steady stream of bad news from the Capitol has worn out that goodwill.” Burns agreed with Cope, saying that some in the marketing department have left because of looming budget cuts.

One administrator who recently left the University for a higher salary is E.J. Ourso College of Business Dean Eli Jones. Though Jones’ exact motivation for leaving is unclear, he will enjoy a raise in his new job. The Daily Reveille reported on Feb. 29 that Jones accepted the business dean position at the University of Arkansas, where he’ll make $375,000. That’s up from his base salary at LSU of $299,999. “Some people do leave and take higher salaries,” Burns said. “But most don’t do it for the money. I personally love working at LSU; there is a culture and working environment here unlike any other.” Although some faculty leave for higher-paid positions, Kuhn said the quality of instruction at the University remains strong. “Despite the $92 million in cuts in state appropriations, teachers have continued to provide a great education to students,” Kuhn said. “That is a credit to them. We have great faculty at LSU.”

Public records indicate multiple administrators at the System Office are not only receiving a salary while technically retired, but they are also possibly accruing a separate benefits package through TRSL — thus, triple dipping. The Louisiana Legislative Auditor released a report in February which found the cost for state employee benefits increased by 56 percent — a little more than $2 million — between July 2005 and July 2011, even though the overall headcount in state government decreased by 11,210, or 10 percent. The auditor’s report said the increase was due largely to higher health-care costs, cost-of-living adjustments for retirees and the

massive unfunded accrued liability in Louisiana’s retirement system.

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HIT & RUN

BASEBALL

Dean to return as student coach

Former Tiger retired from MLB Luke Johnson Sports Writer

The home dugout will feature a familiar face when the 2013 LSU baseball team takes the field for the first time. Former LSU slugger Blake Dean retired from professional baseball this spring and will join LSU coach Paul Mainieri’s staff as an undergraduate assistant coach this fall. Dean, who the Dodgers drafted in the eighth round of the 2010 MLB draft, informed his club this spring that he was not planning on continuing his career. DEAN “I’m retired,” Dean said. “I went back to spring training and I just didn’t enjoy it. I did three years of [professional baseball] and I didn’t enjoy it at all. I went back to spring training and told the farm director about three days before spring training was over that I was done.” Though he was a four-year DEAN, see page 11

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LSU junior left fielder Raph Rhymes hits the ball April 18 during the Tigers’ 5-4 victory against Lamar University at Alex Box Stadium. His batting average is .503.

Rhymes rounds second base April 18 during the Tigers’ 5-4 victory against Lamar University at Alex Box Stadium.

Tigers use strategy to adapt to team’s strength Luke Johnson Sports Writer

With a lineup that features a wealth of line-drive hitters, No. 4 LSU has been aggressive out of necessity this season when it has a runner on first base. Couple that with the 33 double plays the Tigers have grounded into this season — the second most in the Southeastern Conference — and one can see why they have been creative with their aggression. Rather than continue to beat its head against the wall with momentum-killing double plays, LSU

has taken advantage of strengths and minimized its weaknesses with the hit-and-run.

fender for an easy double play. But it can be lethal with batters who know the art of directional hitting.

get a guy on first, you can hit and run, now you’ve got [runners on] first and third with nobody out.”

MAKE A HOLE The premise is simple. “The whole purpose of a hitand-run is to make a hole in the infield and make contact on the ground to the right side,” said LSU senior third baseman Tyler Hanover. “That’s a free base hit for you. We’re just trying to put things in motion.” The hit-and-run is a risky play. The runner can be caught stealing, or the batter can hit the ball to a de-

NO BIG BOPPER Without a traditional power hitter in the lineup, the Tigers have used the hit-and-run as a tool to manufacture runs this season. The LSU offense currently ranks No. 2 in the SEC with 306 runs. “When you don’t have the guys who can hit the home run … you’ve got to have guys who can do the job on the hit-and-run,” said junior outfielder Raph Rhymes. “It can totally change the game. If you

“CREATE HAVOC” LSU ranks third to last in the SEC with a 62 percent success rate on stolen bases this season. “We don’t have the fastest team in the world,” Hanover said. “So any time we can get a runner on second base with two outs, whether it’s a … stolen bag or a hit-and-run, we’re trying to get that guy in motion and create some havoc.” STRENGTH, see page 11

SOFTBALL

LSU wraps up regular season against hungry Wildcats Tigers could host tourney games Scott Branson Sports Contributor

In the final week of the regular season, the No. 22 LSU softball team travels to face Kentucky with Southeastern Conference seeding and NCAA Regional hopes hanging in the balance. After dropping two of three contests against then-No. 15 Georgia (38-13, 15-10 SEC) last weekend, the Tigers’ (34-18, 1510 SEC) remaining games are increasingly important to the team’s postseason slate. “We definitely need to get all three wins,” said LSU senior pitcher Brittany Mack. “There’s still

talk about us hosting a regional.” “Kentucky is about as high The Tigers’ No. 20 RPI puts and low as you can get,” Torina the team just outside the top 16, the said. “They can be the absolute number of teams hosting NCAA best team in the conference on days Regional tournament where they want to be. Next up for games. I expect that’s what “I feel like you we’re going to get.” the Tigers: never know what Torina said Kenthe committee is go- Who: No. 22 LSU tucky will be playing ing to decide,” said (34-18, 15-10) vs. knowing a couple of LSU coach Beth To- Kentucky (26-27, 12-13) wins could drastically rina. “All we can do When: 5 p.m. Friday; affect its postseason is present the best case 12 p.m. Saturday and outlook. we can by winning the Sunday “Kentucky needs rest of our games.” to win this weekWhere: UK Softball Kentucky comes end,” Torina said. Complex, Lexington, Ky. into the weekend one “Of course, we want Listen at home: 104.9 FM to win, but Kentucky game under .500 for the season and in the needs to win. I think SEC but on the heels of a series that’s always a challenging weekvictory over then-No. 2 Florida end for you when that happens.” (43-8, 20-5 SEC). The Wildcats Despite playing a team under also took two-of-three from thenWILDCATS, see page 11 No. 10 Georgia in mid-April.

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LSU senior infielder Heidi Pizer catches a throw to first base to get out Bulldog Niaja Griffin on Sunday during the Lady Tigers’ 1-0 win against Georgia at Tiger Park.


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Goody switches schools to fulfill his dreams at LSU Junior pitcher Nick Goody made a trip to Louisiana the summer after his freshman year at State College of Florida to visit Tulane, but Goody wanted to do one more thing before he left the state — visit Alex Box Stadium. So Goody and his mother made the drive to Baton Rouge, walked through the open gates and found a seat in section 206 above the firstbase dugout. Goody stared at the field, dry and brown from the summer heat, and it clicked. “This is where I want to go,” Goody thought to himself. “This is where I want to play.” Goody wasn’t a highly recruited prospect out of high school. He received a handful of offers — from Elon, Miami and Alabama — but those schools could only give him partial scholarships, which placed most of the financial burden on him. Goody’s parents were never married. His mother works for the public school system in Orlando, Fla. His father has been “scraping by, doing what he can.” Because the money wasn’t there for Goody to attend a school like Miami or Alabama, he instead chose the junior college route, enrolling at the

SPORTS BRIEFS LSU softball pitcher earns award for second consecutive week LSU softball pitcher Rachele Fico has gotten used to being at the top — currently holding the nation’s best ERA (0.90). She’s also dominated the Louisiana Sports Writers Association softball awards, earning the LSWA Softball Pitcher of the Week honor for the second consecutive week. Fico has earned the award six times this season, joining fellow LSU Brittany Mack, who received it once. Fico has won the honor 10 times in her career. LSU sprinter remains on Bowerman Award watch list LSU junior sprinter Kimberlyn Duncan was one of 10 athletes on the most recent women’s watch list for the Bowerman Award, LSU announced Thursday. The Bowerman is presented each season to the best collegiate male and female track and field athlete. Duncan is undefeated this season in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash, holding the top NCAA time in both events. She is also a member of LSU’s 4x100-meter relay, which currently holds the best time nationally. LSU fans invited to ‘Cruisin’ for a Cause’ bike night LSU women’s basketball coach Nikki Caldwell will hold a bike night party Friday at Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar on Burbank Drive from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The party will benefit Caldwell’s annual “Cruisin’ for a Cause” bike ride to benefit breast cancer research.

State College of Florida in Sarasota. There, he started at shortstop — he hated pitching — and was a switch-hitter that mostly hit leadoff. In his first at-bat, he hit a home run. He thought college play was easier than high school. Then it went downhill. Goody couldn’t seem to hit or field. He prided himself on rarely committing errors and suddenly had 15 in the span of a couple of weeks. So his coach benched him in an effort for him to get his head on straight. One week became two weeks, and Goody started to get frustrated. Then his coach offered him another chance — to pitch. Goody accepted and took the mound with a scout from the San Francisco Giants in the stands. The scout clocked Goody throwing as fast as 92 mph, an eye-opener for the scout and an eye-opener for Goody. “I think the big man upstairs was letting me know, ‘If you want to chase your dream down, you’re not going to do it being an infielder,’” Goody said. Goody never played shortstop again. He excelled on the mound the remainder of the season and continued to grow as a pitcher playing in the Florida Collegiate Summer League. He compiled offers from other schools but turned them down

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LSU junior pitcher Nick Goody winds up for a pitch Feb. 22 during the Tigers’ 11-4 victory against McNeese State at Alex Box Stadium.

to stay in Sarasota. “I’m pretty big about keeping my word,” Goody said. “I told those guys if they stood by me, I was going to stand by them.” During his sophomore season, Goody led the state with 114 strikeouts. He was named the Suncoast Conference Pitcher of the Year and a JUCO All-American. The New York Yankees drafted him in the 22nd

round, forcing him to make a decision. He could have taken the guaranteed money of a minor-league contract, a tempting offer for someone with Goody’s financial background. But Goody ultimately decided he just wasn’t ready. “I was young,” Goody said. “I didn’t have good mound presence. My body language probably wasn’t

the best. I wasn’t strong enough mentally, physically.” So Goody thought back to that afternoon spent in Alex Box Stadium, called LSU coach Paul Mainieri and officially told him he wanted to be a Tiger. And so far, that appears to be the right decision. Among players with more than 10 appearances, Goody leads the team with a 0.77 ERA. He’s allowed just 12 hits in 23.1 innings of work, earning eight saves and striking out 34 batters, compared to two walks. With his stock high going into the draft in June, Goody could very well hear his name in an early round, leaving him with another decision to leave or return. “I’m praying hard on it, because these decisions I can’t make on my own,” Goody said. “Whatever happens, happens. If it’s a part of my plan, then that’s what I’m going to do. ... I hope I can get [drafted] this year, but I won’t be opposed to coming back here. I love this place.” The same love he felt when he first sat down in section 206.

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Tennessee’s new women’s basketball coach Holly Warlick will be in attendance alongside Caldwell. The two have taken part in “Cruisin’ for a Cause” for six years and raised more than $250,000 for breast cancer research. “We encourage everyone of all ages to come out and help us raise awareness for this cause,” said Caldwell. The bike ride will take place on Saturday, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at Harley Davidson of Baton Rouge. Riders will bike to the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at sports@lsureveille.com

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Watch for LSU baseball this summer COOL HAND LUKE LUKE JOHNSON Columnist One week from today, most LSU students will be switching out their school bag for a beach bag, relishing the blissfully idle sweet release that comes with the conclusion of classes. But for some students, the business started in the spring isn’t finished, and I urge you to take some time from your busy schedule to keep tabs on LSU’s boys of summer. Get out to the ballpark. Enjoy the aromatic mixture of freshly cut grass and steaming hot dogs. Take in the between-innings organ music that can’t be found anywhere else. Once the inning starts, keep your eyes glued to the field because the 2012 Tigers have the potential to make a run to remember this summer. The team sports its own diverse cast of characters and talent that are worth watching, especially because they’re winning. And doing it in a way Gorilla Ball fans could only define as “Bizarro-LSU.”

Sophomore pitcher Kevin Gausman, LSU’s undisputed ace and recent addition to the Golden Spikes Award watch list, has anchored one of the better pitching staffs in recent memory. Gausman’s not hard to find. Like clockwork, around 7 p.m. every Friday night, Gausman revs the crowd with a Happy Gilmore-style crow-hop throw that likely reaches triple digits to sophomore catcher Ty Ross from behind the mound. When he’s not putting batters away with his electric fastball or a knee-buckling curveball, he’s in the dugout putting away his customary four Little Debbie powdered donuts between each inning. Catch a glimpse of this rosycheeked Colorado native with a howitzer for a right arm when you can, because if you take one look behind the plate when he pitches you’ll see drooling scouts armed with radar guns and notebooks. Gausman is eligible for the 2012 draft, and it would be hard to see him turning down the money that comes as a high first-round draft pick. Joining Gausman are sophomore Ryan Eades and freshman Aaron Nola — giving the Tigers a 1-2-3 punch rivaling the 2009 College World Series team.

But the Tigers aren’t all arms. They happen to have a former walk-on in Raph Rhymes who is flirting with becoming the second SEC baseball player in history to bat above .500 for an entire season. But the most interesting part about Rhymes’ ascension to being the best hitter in college baseball is the way he’s done it. He’s been unselfish, hitting a ball on the ground to the right side to advance a runner, shortening his stroke with two strikes — things that have helped the team win. And winning is what the Tigers have done. They have already matched their win total from last year, and 11 games are still remaining on their regular season slate. So put the 48-hour Call of Duty marathon on hold. If you absolutely need to see the newest summer blockbuster, take in the matinée. When LSU is on the field, put everything else aside because you might be watching history.

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Junior outfielder Raph Rhymes winds up to hit the ball April 25 in the Tigers’ victory against Southeastern in Alex Box Stadium.

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MEN’S BASKETBALL

Martin highly sought 2013 prospect

Chris Abshire Sports Writer

Madison Prep junior Jarrell Martin doesn’t mind the attention he gets as a big-time college basketball recruit. He also doesn’t pay any attention to it. “Focusing on everything can be tough, but my schoolwork comes first right now,” said Martin. “After I take care of the books, then I can play basketball. I’m barely looking at colleges right now.” Colleges are definitely looking at him. The 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward has made a name for himself in the last year as Louisiana’s

premier 2013 recruit and one of the most coveted players in the South. Despite only one year of varsity basketball under his belt, Martin is a unanimous four-star prospect and attracting the attention of power programs as far away as Arizona and Georgetown. “The big draw about Jarrell is he’s a growing power forward, but he has the skills of a three with his dribbling and mid-range shooting,” said ESPN recruiting analyst Dave Telep. The hype ramped up last summer, when Martin threw down a highlight-reel between-the-legs dunk with the New Orleans Elite AAU squad during the Las Vegas Fab 48 tournament.

He was academically ineligible for his freshman year before transferring to Madison Prep — a three-year-old charter school located in north Baton Rouge — where he sat out the 2010-11 season. Martin roared onto the Louisiana scene this spring, averaging 19.5 points and 13 rebounds per game while leading the upstart Chargers to an undefeated district record and the Top 28 as a junior.

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Former Tiger Blake Dean swings at a pitch May 4, 2010, during the Tigers’ 9-5 victory against Southeastern at Alex Box Stadium.

DEAN, from page 7

letterman at LSU, Dean didn’t finish his degree requirement before leaving Baton Rouge to start his professional career. With 18 hours to finish before he graduates, Dean is eligible to join Mainieri’s staff next fall as a student assistant, the same role former Tiger Buzzy Haydel filled last season. In Dean, the Tigers get a decorated member of their 2009 College World Series squad back on their bench. Dean finished No. 2 in school history in hits (332), RBIs (260), total bases (575) and No. 4 in home runs (56). “I think [the players are] really excited about it. Blake has

a great reputation around our program,” Mainieri said. “He’ll come back and finish next year, and having him around the program will be a big help.” Dean returned to Baton Rouge five days ago. “He’s not going to take over as hitting coach or pitching coach or anything like that,” Mainieri said. “But just having him around the team talking to the players will be a real positive.”

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season’s 16-3 loss to the Rebels. “They beat me up pretty good,” Gausman said. “That’s something I’m definitely taking into account.” The Tigers will need more than just Gausman and junior closer Nick Goody if they want to capture the series. Sophomore Ryan Eades has been shaky in the Saturday starting role and freshman phenom Aaron Nola has shown some vulnerability in his last two outings. Kentucky rocked Eades for six runs and nine hits in only 3 1/3 innings two weeks ago in the Tigers’ 8-1 loss. He followed with a fourinning outing in the Tigers’ 8-4 win against Georgia, where he never looked comfortable while surrendering seven hits. A stellar bullpen has saved the rotation from much ridicule, but Mainieri said it must be consistent in order to hold the tenuous leads that LSU customarily holds. Katz and fellow junior outfielder Raph Rhymes will pace the Tigers at the plate, with Rhymes’ nation-best batting average still an astronomical .503. Mainieri said junior outfielder Arby Fields will remain in the leadoff spot for the time being, after

STRENGTH, from page 7

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS The hit-and-run isn’t always the call. Sometimes the decision on whether or not to swing is all up to the hitter. “Sometimes [the runner] will get the steal from coach, and coach will let me swing away,” Rhymes said. “If he gets a good enough

page 11 sophomore infielder JaCoby Jones missed two study halls, prompting a demotion to ninth in the order. “This is the time where all that discipline you want your players to have all year comes into play,” Mainieri said. The most entertaining part of the series will not be the games themselves, but what he hears from the Ole Miss students in the right field bleachers, Katz added. He pointed to last season’s berating of now-senior Alex Edward at Swayze Field as something he looks forward to and is ready to absorb. “It makes me have a good time out there,” Katz said. “They come up with some good stuff. I love hearing it.” Mainieri said his team is playing loose at the right time, especially with this pivotal series on the horizon. He told his team to play with “reckless abandon” in order to play to the top of its capabilities. “The bigger the series, the looser I want them,” Mainieri said. “If they’re tense and feeling the pressure, they’re not going to play to their capabilities.” Contact Chandler Rome at crome@lsureveille.com jump, I’ll take [the pitch], but if I feel like he doesn’t get the best jump and I get a pitch I can handle, I’ll treat it like a hit-and-run.”

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WILDCATS, from page 7 pressure and confident after an upset series victory last weekend, Mack said the Tigers are playing with confidence of their own. “After two upsetting days [last weekend], still coming back and getting the win on Sunday, we’re going into this weekend with a big win against someone that has always been a tough competitor for us,” Mack said. LSU scored two runs and tallied just 10 hits in 29 innings against Georgia, but Torina said LSU still has confidence executing its offense at the plate. “I feel like we’ve faced an All-American every single weekend here for the past three or four weeks,” Torina said. “This is not the team that’s going to hit 100 home runs. That’s not our game. But we do a really good job of finding our way on base, moving runners and being selfless.” Regardless of the offense’s production, the Tigers can likely lean on junior pitcher Rachele Fico, whose 0.90 ERA is best in the NCAA. Against Georgia, Fico became the seventh pitcher in LSU history to reach the 500 career strikeout mark. The Tigers face Kentucky on Friday at 5 p.m., followed by consecutive noon contests on Saturday and Sunday. LSU’s postseason run starts Thursday when the SEC tournament begins in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Contact Scott Branson at sbranson@lsureveille.com


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Cinco de Mayo isn’t a Mexican holiday, it’s an American fiesta THE PHILIBUSTER PHIL SWEENEY Columnist For all intents and purposes, tomorrow isn’t May 5th. It’s Cinco de Mayo, the holiday of tequila and cerveza, burritos and taquitos. A time when students àndaleàndale to Izzo’s and Serranos for peso-on-the-dollar specials and buenos tiempos. Which, of course, renders Sunday the “Seis de Mayo,” when toilets glow with a sol-like corona of methane and other ay-caramba gases — assuming one hasn’t already Qdoba’d in his pants. As it turns out, “chimichanga” is Spanish for “laxative.” But what Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for — save the date in May itself — is anyone’s guess. What exactly are we celebrating tomorrow? Dos Equis’ “Most Interesting Man in the World,” who lives vicariously (through himself), who can speak French (in Russian)? Dora “The Explorer” Marquez and Boots the Monkey’s unfailing foiling of Swiper the Fox? Luchador Rey Mysterio, Jr.’s 1998 smackdown of Chris Jericho to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title? Beans? “I can’t remember exactly what it was about,” confessed Faizan Majeed, biochemistry freshman, “but it’s not [Mexico’s] Independence Day — I know that.” “Well, it wasn’t about drinking, if I remember correctly,” said Courtney Eddleman, biology senior.

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As usual, the Opinion section of our website, lsureveille.com, has been absolutely buzzing with reader comments. Check it out today, and let your voice be heard. In response to Chris Grillot’s column, “Use of Lil’ Boosie lyrics in court unfair, sets bad precedent,” readers had this to say: “they can’t use lyrics and video thats his creative work and cant be available for use against him because alot of rappers rap about the same things boosie rap about #FREE BOOSIE” TERRY BROUSSARD LAFAYETTE,LA

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Members of the dance group Danza Teocalt perform a Jalisco-style dance during the Cinco de Mayo celebration in Los Angeles, Ca.

“I’m not really sure,” said Jeremy McCullough, kinesiology junior. “It has something to do with the Festival of the Dead.” No way, José. Cinco de Mayo — in all seriousness — commemorates the Mexican army’s magnifico defeat of the invading French army on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.

There, 4,000 Ignacio Zaragoza-led Mexicans rickrolled themselves an escargots burrito of the 8,000 snide, snooty Frenchmen. The victory, by all accounts, “came to symbolize unity and pride for what seemed like a Mexican David defeating a French Goliath,” as Time magazine recently related. Accordingly, Cinco de Mayo

and the army’s war-winning weapon, tequila, remains important to Mexicans, a Mexican vice consul explained to Birmingham News columnist Jim Noles. “It showed them that even one of the most powerful armies in the world could be defeated,” he continued. It showed, more or less, that they’re Mexicans and not

“y dont they show the video of all the good he has done like buy out walmart’s bikes and toys for all the kids in the ‘hood’ that has it hard and keeping them out of trouble and thats not somthing that has to be prooved it is fact!!!! and if you are going to bring up what he said in a song lisin to “trouble man” he dont look for trouble it all ways find a trouble man and I know what he means and if you dont they should not be on the jury because that will not be a jury of his peers‚” - Matthew Ellsworth

MISS YOU no proof let HIM GO” - Anonymous

who was killed saying boosie and his beef was just for his name ‘nussie’ to get known, it had nothing to do with violence‚ go to youtube Nussie talks about boosie beef‚ spread the word this can save boosie’s fate” - T.

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“Free Boosie This Is Not Fair... Most Of Us Relate To His Songs We Know How It Is ‘In The Hood’ Or Growinq Up With Nothing So That CREATIVE WORK is his money‚ He Just Another Black Man Tryna Eat So We buy the music cause we RELATE to it.. If They Dont have Any Evidence Such As Recordings..Txt’s Or Any Other Etc That Proves He Hired A ‘Hitman’ Than Let Him Go !! Free That Niqquh BadAzz ‘We Outchea’ #Waitnq4Yu:))” - Heartless_93 “their is a video of the guy

“If the defense attorney gets to mention anything he does, such as buying bikes for the underprivileged or keeping kids out of trouble, then the prosecutors should get to show his music lyrics. Its all an attempt to display his character. And just because you call something art that most wouldn’t even consider art doesn’t mean it is all of a sudden above scrutiny

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“Mexican’ts.” But outside of Puebla, where the holiday is “El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla,” Cinco de Mayo is hardly celebrated in Mexico. Indeed, the fevered fiesta itself is hardly Mexican, the irony of which “lays as heavy as a bowl of congealed, day-old queso dip,” as Noles quipped. As ubiquitously observed in America as Taco Bell’s “Think Outside the Bun” advertisements, Cinco de Mayo is, in all actuality, as authentically Mexican as Doritos Locos Tacos. Cinco de Mayo isn’t Spanish for anything, then — it’s an American observance. Not because of the French defeat at the Battle of Puebla, which, as a Huffington Post article asserted, “denied Napolean III the opportunity to resupply the Confederate rebels for another year,” thus saving Abraham Lincoln’s carnitas. Not because the battle marked the last instance a country in the Americas would be badgered by the “courtly muses of Europe,” in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous words. But because the holiday, above all, solemnizes freedom and guts, democracy and grit. And tequila. And Lysol and Febreeze. Phil Sweeney is a 25-yearold English senior from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_PhilSweeney.

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in court. If somebody had sent an email with the language he used in his lyrics, it would have certainly been both admissible and likely damning. He put his to a beat and made it public, but it is still something that he wrote and is still just as admissible and just as damning. Celebrity should not exempt one from justice. This is equal under the law, as it should be.” - Ty, Sophmore “FREE Boosie WE Out Chea Waitnn On Youu Babyy !” - Taneshaa ((: Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at opinion@lsureveille.com

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La. needs more specific guidelines on discrimination SCUM OF THE GIRTH

PARKER CRAMER Columnist Who out there thinks it’s right to hate on kids? If you answered “yes,” you may want to consider a future in the Louisiana Legislature, because that’s exactly what they are doing. Senate Bill 217, currently in the process of becoming law, has stirred up controversy in recent weeks because it has been painted as a discriminatory education bill. But it’s not strictly an education bill. The bill states that individuals, schools, companies, etc. who receive a contract from the state cannot discriminate based on “race, religion, national ancestry, disability, sex or age.” OK, that seems fine. Private institutions that receive public dollars shouldn’t be able to discriminate on any of those grounds. But the bill in question seems vague. That’s because there are several categories of discrimination which are left out of the bill — specifically discrimination based on sexual orientation. People across the state are concerned that charter schools, many of which are religiously affiliated, may reserve the right to deny admission or even expel children on the basis of sexual orientation, a physical handicap or a number of other categories. The bill is being sponsored

by Sen. A.G. Crowe, R-Slidell. The Times-Picayune reported that Crowe has supporters, specifically the Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Louisiana Family Forum. Crowe and his supporters are upset because under the current law, schools who receive a Type 2 charter are not allowed to discriminate based on “sexual orientation, athletic performance, special need, proficiency in the English language or academic achievement,” according to The Times-Picayune. Crowe’s supporters are convinced the current law is an intrusion on religious freedom. It would only be intrusive if the schools were not taking taxpayer funds in order to operate. Under a private system, they would reserve the right to discriminate against whomever they want. Basically, the “Crowenies” want to reserve the right to hate. They cry the government is intruding on their religious freedom while they take public funds from a system that is somehow accepted in a country founded on separation of church and state. Taxpayer dollars are literally going to religious institutions. How is that separation of church and state? The law may not explicitly be intended for education, but it will undoubtedly resonate to the schools. Again, I ask you, what kind of cowards want to discriminate against kids? SB 217 also does a good

job of distracting citizens from the bigger issue. Gov. Jindal’s voucher program is designed to take students out of crappy public schools and send them to nice, private ones where they’ll be accepted as long as they’re not crippled, gay or can’t speak English. This is putting a band-aid on a much bigger issue. This state has terrible public schools.

Instead of improving them, Jindal is abandoning public schools in favor of their private counterparts. The youth is the future. If Crowe and his merry gang of bigots want the right to keep gays or anyone with a “special need” out, stop taking public funds. Until then, quit worrying about who the kids fancy. What

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Parker Cramer is a 21-yearold political science junior from Houston. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_pcramer.

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House committee should endorse National Popular Vote Bill SHARE THE WEALTH JAY MEYERS Columnist Anyone who is old enough to vote and pays the slightest bit of attention to politics remembers the United States presidential election of 2000. The contest was between Democrat Al Gore, then-vice president, and Republican George W. Bush. The election was one of the closest in American history and came down to the results of a recount in Florida. Bush narrowly won Florida by only a few hundred votes, giving him the state’s 25 electoral votes and earning him the title of president. Bush appeared to have won fair and square — with one glaring exception: Gore had actually won more votes than Bush. How could that be? I thought we lived in a democratic nation where the majority of the vote represents the will of the people? Unfortunately, that’s not

the case. Because of the way the Electoral College is set up, it’s still possible to have less popular votes but win the election with electoral votes. In fact, four presidential candidates have been elected into office without winning the most votes. Though the United States has a representative form of democracy, the Constitution emphasizes that the people are supposed to govern. To know the majority of Americans may vote for one candidate but that candidate could still lose leads me to the conclusion that the current Electoral College system fails to uphold majority rule, which is the basic tenant of American democracy. A growing movement, which counts Louisiana among its desired states in 2012, argues there is a way to reform our election process without requiring a constitutional amendment. The Louisiana House and Governmental Affairs Committee has advanced a

proposal for our state to join the “National Popular Vote Bill,” a law that would guarantee the presidency to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Under the U.S. Constitution, the states have exclusive and complete power to appropriate their electoral votes however they like, and they may change their state laws regarding how they award their electoral votes at any time. Put simply, states that enact the National Popular Vote Bill will only have their electors cast votes according to who wins the national popular vote. Merely having a majority of votes in a certain state will not assure you any electoral votes. Louisiana House Speaker Pro Tempore Walt Leger told the House and Governmental Affairs Committee that abiding by the national popular vote is “a critical principle that ensures fairness and equity in the election process.” The majority of Americans

seem to agree with Ledger. According to a recent Gallup Poll, 62 percent of Americans would prefer that the president be chosen by popular vote, while 35 percent are in favor of keeping the Electoral College as it is. The current system is “winner-take-all,” meaning whichever candidate wins the most votes in a state receives all of that state’s respective electoral votes. Each state receives two electoral votes and the rest are awarded based upon the states’ number of U.S. representatives, which is determined by population. The Electoral College effectively disenfranchises millions of voters across America in two very different ways. For one, if a voter is for the losing candidate in their state, it’s as if their vote did not even count. Additionally, the current system creates a situation in which most states that already identify themselves as either “red” or “blue” are completely left out of the election process. As a result of this partisanship, candidates only focus their attention on a

dozen or so swing states. A solid blue state like California never gets to see a candidate and neither does a solid red state like Texas. In the 2008 presidential election, candidates concentrated 98 percent of their campaign events and advertisement money in just 15 states, according to The Center for State Innovation, a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution. Louisiana needs to pass this bill. Every American’s vote should count, and count equally. No state should be ignored. The candidate with the most votes wins, just like with any democracy. Jay Meyers is a 19-year-old economics freshman from Shreveport. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_jmeyers.

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FEMALE STUDENT female student wanted to work with adult handicapped female at home and in the community. $12/ hour. start in june. call ann nader @ 225-936-7743. STUDENT POSITION AVAILABLE State agency needs student for filing, answering phones, running errands and other misc. duties. Requires occasional heavy lifting. Email resume to denise. brumfield@la.gov. 225.342.7663 LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT JOB? Bengals & Bandits is looking to add a new member to our team. Part time, flexible schedule, walking distance to class. Retail / merchandising experience a plus. Email jobs@bengalsandbandits.com to apply. BEAUTY CONSULTANT Merle Norman Mall of La. Part time nights and weekends. No experience necessary. Email resume to jamilee19@juno.com REV UP YOUR RESUME! Join the LSU Student Media marketing team and soup up your skills in marketing, event planning, social media, and film though exotic internships. Contact Shannon at marketing@lsureveille.com NOW HIRING $10/HOUR Hosts/ Hostesses needed in Tiger Stadium Club/ Suites for Bayou Country Superfest, all day May 26&27. Contact tdsintern@lsu. edu or 225.578.0183 SUMMER CAMP DIRECTOR Must have degree, experience with kids, organizing large functions and supervising staff. Resume to batonrougekidcam@cox. net COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL Early Childhood Ctr. with great reputation seeking reliable classroom teacher in our preschool. Email: cdsofbr@hotmail.com EDITORIAL & SALES INTERNSHIPS BIC Media Solutions is expanding our custom book division. We are looking to add freelance writers and part-time sales trainees to work on several upcoming projects. If you would like to gain hands-on experience and earn some extra income, we would like to hear from you. Please submit rÈsumÈ and work samples to Wendy Landry at wendy@bicalliance.com. For informa-

ART DEPT MODELS Needed for Fall/ Spring semesters. Classes run 3 hrs M/W or T/TH. Must be full time LSU Student. $12.00 hr to start. Apply at Art Office, 123 Art Building. 225.578.5411 DRIVERS NEEDED Students needed to deliver The Daily Reveille!! Summer appointments/jobs are available, but the ideal candidate will not be a senior this fall, who has reliable transportation, and is able to lift 40 - 50 lbs. No classes for fall before 9 am. The appointment slots are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED, position to be filled IMMEDIATELY to begin Summer 2012. SERIOUS STUDENTS ONLY INQUIRE/APPLY. Pay is $15/hour with most routes taking around 2 hours. Email your resume & statement of interest to: klwilson@lsu.edu. Add DRIVER to your subject line. You may call 225578-3007 with additional questions. LOOKING FOR MOR THAN A STUDENT JOB? Why not work for the highest paying student job on campus? Real world sales opportunities- NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Apply in B34 Hodges Hall today or call (225) 578-609 PLUCKERS WING BAR NOW HIRING for Both Locations: Servers, Hosts and Cashiers. Apply at 4225 Nicholson, 6353 Bluebonnet or at www.pluckers.net COOKS, BUSSERS AND HOSTESS at Ruth’s Chris Steak House Baton Rouge Come fill out an application between 2pm-4pm Monday- Friday 4836 Constituion Ave. 225.925.016 EVENT PLANNER NEEDED Ever planned a prom? A charity event? Been a student leader? We are looking for you. We offer event planning certification to enhance your resume. I need a bright, go-getter student who is available for immediate appointment that would end in May 2013. If you are interested in corporate hospitality, event planning, multi-media campaigns and want to land a job after graduation, send your resume and interest to klwilson@lsu.edu or call 578-6090 for more information. Do it. DO IT NOW!! !!!! HAMPTON INN HOTEL -COLLEGE DR. has positions available for Front Desk Clerks (7-3 and 3-11), Breakfast Hostess (6-2), Laundry (8-4 and 1-9). Apply in person @ 4646 Constitution Ave Baton Rouge, La 70808 225.926.9990

CAN YOU SAY WHAT YOU NEED to say (awesomely) in 140 characters or less? Do you dream up fantastic, powerful Facebook posts? Utilize your creativity and gift of gab at LSU Student Media! Management position available, send resume to marketing@lsureveille.com or stop by B34 Hodges Hall to fill out an application toda EARN $1000-$3200 A month to drive our brand new cars with ads. www. AdCarPay.com MAKE YOUR RESUME STAND OUT from the crowd. NOW interviewing for 2012-2013 positions for LSU Student Media marketing, events, social media and film internships. Contact Shannon at marketing@lsureveille.com JOHNNY’S PIZZA HOUSE -DELIVERY DRIVERS - CREW MEMBERS Apply: 8873 Highland Rd. (In the Starring Hill shopping Center) 225.763.9797 FOX TV SHOW Dreams of Saturday is seeking on-air talent for its internship program. We are a college football recruiting show premiering Aug 19th. Search youtube for Dreams of Saturday Version 4. If you have ever wanted to be Erin Andrews, this is your big break. Please send resume and photo to dreamsofsaturday@gmail.com. TRINITY EPISCOPAL DAY School and Church seeks candidate to assist the facilities manager with light duty cleaning, repairs, and moving of tables and chairs. 25-30 hours/week, M-F, $10-$12/ hour DOE. Position available early May. Send contact information with your qualifications to: lee@trinitybr.org. FACEBOOK WIZ? TWITTER MASTER? Google+ god? Put your skills to good use at LSU Student Media, management position available. Send your resume to marketing@lsureveille.com or stop by B34 Hodges Hall to fill out an application today! PARKVIEW BAPTIST PRESCHOOL Preschool Afternoon Teachers needed 3-6pm flex days. no degree required. Please email your resume to parkviewbps@gmail.com

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THE LONDONER IS now hiring hosts, servers and bartenders. Apply in person 1pm - 4pm. 4215 S Sherwood Forest STUDENTPAYOUTS. COM Paid Survey Takers Needed In Baton Rogue. 100% Free To Join! Click On Surveys. HIRING SERVERS & BARTENDER The Italian Bowl is NOW HIRING. Must have positive attitude and great work ethic. If you are looking to make REAL money send resume to theitalianbowl@yahoo.com. 225.744.7333 GEORGES SOUTHSIDE 8905 highland road now accepting applications for line cooks/apply within ZEELAND ST. MARKET HIRING for all positions for breakfast and lunch. Open from 7am til 2:30pm Monday through Saturday. Apply within. 2031 Perkins Road 225.387.4546 INTERESTED IN QUICK CASH? LSU Campus Bellhops is currently looking for men with muscle. Make your own schedule, and make up to $20-40 an hour! Sign up as a team with a friend at campusbellhops.com YMCA CERTIFIED LIFEGUARDS NOW HIRING:. Flex schedules. We will train you! Certification classes offered starting May 2012. Apply at any YMCA branch location: A. C. Lewis (ask for Abby) C. B. Pennington, Jr. (ask for Erin) Paula G. Manship (ask for Billie) Southside (ask for Jessica) ExxonMobil (ask for Toni) Dow Westside (ask for Kayne) DESIGN STAR We are now taking applications for students interested in layout & design. Preference will be given to the candidate with experience in InDesign. Additional experience in Photoshop or Illustrator is a bonus!! Email klwilson@lsu.edu to set up an interview! NOW HIRING SERVERS/BARTENDERS PORTICO!! Contemporary American cuisine. Full bar with a great wine and beer selection. Outdoor dining, live music and both weekday and weekend happy hour! Located on Cousey Blvd by The Chimes & Walkons. Contact Marshal Ratcliff today at (318) 537-3813! Opening in 2 weeks!! LOOKING FOR BUSINESS AND MASS-COMM MAJORS! Work opportunities available in print and digital sales, marketing, and graphic design field! Apply in B34 Hodges Hall today or call (225) 578-6090

LEIGH’S COVE CONDO 2/2, $1200/ mth, very nice, close to campus, w/s inc, gated 504.975.6745 SUBLEASING apartment for May, June, and July, rent only $552 a month. utilities included, 10 minutes from campus 985.502.9490 1BD & 2BD for rent www.geauxluxury.com CHATEAU DU COUR Large Updated 1 or 2 BR, 1 B apt in Tigerland in enclosed 32 unit complex. $495, 595. $300 dep. 767-3935. 225772-2429. 3-3 BEDROOM CONDOS FOR RENT AT Brightside Estates Near LSU/ Brightside and Nicholson. Amenities: Gated, Spacious living, pool,&beach volleyball. email Talbots@cox.net or call 225.266.9063 AVAILABLE SOON 1BR &2BR. 4118, 4065, 4243, 4119 BURBANK $495-$650 Walk or bike to class on path across the old golf course. Near Walk-Ons, Mello-Mushroom, Izzo’s & Taco Bell. LSU bus route. No pets. www.lsubr.com for pictures/floor plans. brrentnow@cox.net for application. 2BED/ 2 BATH CONDO FOR RENT Corner of Burbank and Meadow Bend Dr. Gated, all major appliances. $1100 225.936.5412 NOW ACCEPTING DEPOSITS Arlington Trace & Summer Grove Condos and Lake Beau Pre Townhomes 2 & 3 bedroom floor plans available DEAN FLORES REAL ESTATE www.deanflores.com 225.767.2227 LUXURY CONDOS Spacious 1 & 2 BDRMS gated, courtyard w/pool, granite, wood floors & more - Jr’s, Sr’s & law students welcomed $795 to $925 225.756.8355 2BR/2BTH TOWNHOME Sharlo area, fenced courtyard, covered parking, w/d, fireplace, no pets. 225.648.3115 LSU TIGERLAND 1&2 br, Flat & T/ H, W/ F, Pool W/ S pd, LSU Bus $485 - $675 225.615.8521


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Friday, May 4, 2012 ROOM FOR RENT SUMMER SESSION Crescent City Apartment Complex on LSU Bus Route Pool, Gym, Balcony, Parking. Gated community ONLY $350 a month June July. Please call! 504.487.3013 2BR/1BA HIGHLANDER CONDO North Gates LSU gated W/ D pool $800 avail August 1 225.335.9197 ATTRACTIVE AND HISTORIC Garden District bungalow, 2 BRs, 1 bath, living and dining rooms, large kitchen and porches, $1000/ mo, Available immediately. wolenski@math.lsu.edu or 225.270.2825 LAKE BEAU PRE LEASE 3Bdrom 2bath w/d dw all appliances 2car gar. Near Tiger stadium 1700/mo avail May 15 michael.barefoot@gmail.com 410.703.8742 BURGIN APARTMENTS 1br/1ba, $589/$500dep. 175 Burgin Ave, 10-unit building 2miles from LSU on bus route. No pets. 225.252.3163 SMALL COMPLEX SOUTH of LSU overlooking the golf course. Walk to campus, stadiums. Extra-large 1-br $500 and 2-br $700 with private balcony or walled patio. Video surveillance, on-site manager. Convenient and quiet, perfect for serious undergrad, graduate, and international students. Pets welcome. 757-8175. View and apply online at http//riverroadapartments.tripod.com

STORE YOUR STUFF STUDENT SPECIAL Get first month FREE. Climate Control of LA Self-Storage and Stor-It Mini Warehouses. 3147 College Dr. just past the RR tracks. Enter thru College Creek Shopping Center (FedEx store). Various sizes, covered loading, video cameras, and alarms. 24/7 service with our Insomniac kiosk (rent a unit, make a payment, buy a lock) - very cool. We Love Students. 225.927.8070 RESERVE NOW FOR 2012-2013 3 Bed/3 Bath @ $1650/ Month, Free Optional Monthly Maid Service! Brightside on LSU Bus Route Arlington Trace & Summer Grove Condos Parking for 3 & All Appliances Included Fantastic Pool Available for 1 Year Lease Beginning June 1st, July 1st & Aug 1st. hollisleech@yahoo.com 310.989.4453 HOUSE FOR RENT- 4BR/3BA - lots of space for 4 roommates. Close to LSU - 458 Stoney Creek Ave (off new Staring extension). 2400.00 per month - available June 1. Call 225.247.0606 HOUSE FOR RENT 4 bedroom, 2 bath Central Heat & Air Washer & Dyer Yard service provide gm.properties@yahoo.co 225.928.9384 CONDO ON LEE FOR RENT Nice condo for 2 (1 bd + spacious loft)/ 1 bth. Available on June 1st. Visit www.402lee. com or call (225) 240-7009 for more info.

3BR/2BTH Sharlo area condo. Fenced courtyard, w/d, fireplace, covered parking, no pets. $1300/mo. 225.648.3115 $AVE $ WALK TO LSU! LARGE 1 BR APT. 769-7757 / 2668666 / 278-6392

TWO ROOMMATES WANTED! Gated North Gate condo, utilities included. Large rooms. Washer/dryer. $600 month. 225.241.9429 FEMALE ROOMMATE NEEDED 2BR Tiger Manor $525/ mo to take over 1yr lease in August or sooner. ameiiwess@aol.com

page 15 SEEKING NEW FRIEND(S) TO JOIN our group. Must love shopping, reading, dining out, and trying new things. email for more at knf91@yahoo. com

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I’M A TALL, HANDSOME guy looking for a fun-loving, attractive Christian girl to take walks, watch movies, and take day trips with. Email me at greatguy107@gmail.com INTELLECTUAL NICE GUY looking for a female friend to do things with. (i.e. texting, getting lunch, hanging out...) Emphasis on person to person activities. Not looking for anything fancy just someone to talk to while getting lunch or over coffee or just hanging out when there is nothing better to do. I understand people are busy so not looking for something everyday but every once in a while would be nice to actually have someone to hang out with. SERIOUS offers only please. If interested or have any questions, contact me at pumpitup120@yahoo.com. Put personal ad or something to distinguish your email in the subject line in case it goes in spam.

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TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT Gorgeous, glossy LSU yearbook wants to be taken home to loving owners. Time is almost out to order your 2012 book!! Order by May 25 at: http://www.lsugumbo. com/?page_id=95

NEED MORE FRIENDS? Did you move far from home? Do your current friends suck? Do you just wish you knew more people? We are currently taking applications for new friends to be enlisted among the ranks of our own. Do you think you are worthy? email us at friendshipapplication@gmail.com and fill out our application to see if we find you suitable to be our new friend.

FOUND A LOST Valentine’s Day card from “Mom” has been found. Something very special was also inside the card. If you thought you lost it, we found it. Please come to 211 Journalism Building to claim the card and what was inside. Ask for Linda.

Join us for the groundbreaking ceremony! Thursday, May 10, 10:00 a.m., LSU Student Union in the Live Oak Lounge

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