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Professor: LSU not supported for actions
AAUP censure could hurt credibility Taylor Balkom Staff Writer
for people to come and visit,” Drummond said. “There will also be a ﬂyover by the Louisiana National Guard at 6 o’clock, followed by a mock attack on the U.S.S. Kidd with vintage World War II aircraft. There is always vendors in the street and around the downtown area. Then of course we have the ﬁreworks show.” Interested parties can purchase tickets to watch the lights show from the deck of the battleship.
The University’s actions toward professors isn’t being defended anywhere, according to former University director Ivor van Heerden, whose 2010 ﬁring is half of the cause for a recent censure of the University by the American Association of University Professors. “I am invited all over the world to talk, and I have never had one person utter a word of support for LSU,” van Heerden said in an e-mail. “[The University’s] actions have hurt it enormously in the spheres of private donations, credibility in academic circles, recruitment of top students...and the latest censure ruling will hurt its chances to secure future federal and private foundation funding.” The AAUP added the University to its censure list for “violations of academic freedom” in June. Biology professor Dominique
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Fourth of July activities, fireworks to take place downtown, on USS Kidd Joshua Bergeron Staff Writer
Tomorrow marks the United States of America’s 236th birthday, and with it comes a plethora of activities for Baton Rouge residents. Paul Arrigo, president and CEO of Visit Baton Rouge, said the annual celebration draws large crowds. “There are always quite a few things going on, especially downtown, for the fourth of July,” Arrigo said. “Although Baton Rouge isn’t a destination for
tourists on the fourth, [the festivities] bring in people from nearby communities. In addition, there is always people around town, staying in hotels for the fourth.” Fireworks are a staple of every Independence Day celebration, and Baton Rouge is no exception. Fireworks have been set off over the U.S.S. Kidd for more than 35 years, according to the battleship’s director Maury Drummond. Fireworks go off at 9 p.m., but the Star-Spangled Celebration begins at noon on the Riverfront Stage, located between the U.S.S.
Kidd Veteran’s Memorial and Riverfront Plaza. Country music singer Jenny Brooks will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. She will be followed by pop-rock artist Chris Leblanc and his band. Live musical entertainment will also include vocalist Anita LeBlanc as well as Westbound Train. The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the U.S.S. Kidd’s Veteran’s Memorial. Drummond explained some of the Independence Day events taking place around the battleship. “We are open until 3 o’clock
Pennington researches women’s health New department studies reproduction Austen Krantz Staff Writer
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Assistant Professor Leanne Redman explains the benefits of participating in the clinical programs offered at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
When Leanne Redman began her work at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, she studied reproductive problems in female athletes, but this lead her to work in studying different health effects on female reproduction — the ﬁrst women’s health studies at the center. Redman explained how during her studies, she discovered a
spectrum of women who exhibit reproduction problems as a result of health issues. “There’s women that are underweight with low body fat that aren’t menstruating,” she explained. “But on the other end of the spectrum you’ve got obesity where we’ve got these menstrual problems related to weight gain.” Redman began the Reproductive Endocrinology and Women’s Health Lab in September with the goal of using research ﬁndings on female reproductive problems to help the community. Redman said applying these studies to the community can ultimately improve the
health of the people who live in Baton Rouge — a city she said has the second-highest obesity rate in the country. “Women are generally the nutritional gate-keepers in the household,” Redman said. “They’re usually the people who purchase the food and prepare the meals.” Redman explained women make an investment in their family’s health by learning information from Pennington’s programs that they can convey to their families. “It’s been observed that if a PENNINGTON, see page 11
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Olympic medals placed at Tower of London for safekeeping
Miami rapper Pitbull may head to Alaskan Walmart because of joke
La. Medicaid funding unexpectedly slashed by $859M
LONDON (AP) — There’s safe, and then there’s Tower of London safe. To avoid risking an ounce of precious Olympic metal, London’s organizers handed over their cache of gold, silver and bronze medals to the Tower of London for safekeeping on Monday. The Tower protects Britain’s most valuable treasures, including the Crown Jewels. The medals, mined in Utah and Mongolia, will be locked away for safekeeping. Twitter sees new tweet record during Euro 2012 final Sunday
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Miami rapper Pitbull might soon be chilling out in Alaska. In a marketing deal, Walmart will send Pitbull to the store that gets the most “likes” on its Facebook page. Right now, the leading candidate is Kodiak, Alaska. And there might be a reason. A writer for The Boston Phoenix newspaper thought it’d be funny to send Pitbull to the most remote Walmart possible, and is encouraging people to “like” the Walmart in Kodiak.
Louisiana’s health department was working Monday to strip $859 million from the state’s Medicaid program, cutting 11 percent of the funding for health services after Congress unexpectedly slashed the state’s Medicaid payment. The cuts to the budget came as a surprise to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration and lawmakers, cropping up last week when Congress reduced Medicaid funding to the state in the just-passed federal transportation bill. On the chopping block are charity hospitals, hospice care and Medicaid providers who thought they had escaped deep reductions. Man arrested in Baton Rouge shooting Saturday night
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Twitter says its users ﬁred off more than 15,000 tweets per second when Spain scored its fourth goal in Sunday’s European Championship ﬁnal, setting a sports-related record on the social networking site. The surge in tweets came just weeks before the Olympic Games in London are expected to spur more record-setting activity on social networking sites. Twitter said it registered a total of 16.5 million tweets worldwide during the soccer match Sunday in Kiev.
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Olympic gold medals are shown during a photo op at the Tower of London on Monday. In total, 4,700 medals have been produced and will be awarded.
Russia to hold talks with Syrian opposition, UN’s Kofi Annan MOSCOW (AP) — Russia says it will hold talks with two Syrian opposition groups, ofﬁcials from President Bashar Assad’s government and UN envoy Koﬁ Annan later in July. Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Monday that the ﬁrst group headed by opposition leader Michel Kilowill will arrive later this week. He added that another group with Abdulbaset Sieda will visit Moscow after July 10.
Airbus to build first US assembly plant in Alabama MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — European aerospace giant Airbus announced its ﬁrst assembly plant in the United States on Monday, a signiﬁcant step in the competition with archrival Boeing. The French-based company said the Alabama plant is expected to cost $600 million to build and will employ 1,000 people. It will likely produce four planes a month by 2017. Boeing already has a big presence in Alabama, employing 2,700 people in defense and rocket operations.
Baton Rouge police have booked the man suspected of driving the getaway car in a shooting on College Drive that killed one man and wounded another. The Advocate reports 23 yearold Michael C. Francois was booked into Parish Prison Sunday on counts of accessory to ﬁrst-degree murder and accessory to attempted ﬁrst-degree murder. The shooting occurred about 2:30 a.m. Saturday near Interstate 10.
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Bowling tourney boosts BR economy Marylee Williams Contributing Writer
The echo of nearly 100 million bowling pins falling will soon be a memory for Baton Rouge. On July 10, the five-month long United States Bowling Congress Open Championship bowling tournament will come to a close. The tournament, which began on February 11, brought 11,936 teams and about 60,000 bowlers from across the country to Baton Rouge. According to Duane Hagen, USBC Open Championship tournament manager, this year’s tournament has encountered unique challenges and opportunities. He said the USBC spent about $2 million to construct 48 lanes in the River Center, and some innovative improvements include practice lanes, livestream webcams and larger facilities for bowlers. Along with the River Center’s infrastructure improvements, the
USBC tournament also impacted the Baton Rouge economy. Hagen said USBC research shows the tournament brings about $100 million in revenue to the host city. However, this isn’t the first time Baton Rouge has hosted the tournament. Back in 2005, the city also opened its lanes to bowlers. According to Paul Arrigo, president and CEO of Visit Baton Rouge, the city bid $1.1 million to host what he described as “one of the largest events that any city can host at any time.” Hagen said teams usually stay in the host city for about four days, but they only bowl about six hours total and spend the rest of the time out on the town. “For most bowlers, this is a vacation and time to be with teammates,” he said. Arrigo said to prepare for the 2012 tournament, he spoke with restaurant and hotel associations
about increasing accommodations for competitors. Visit Baton Rouge is currently conducting research on the tournament’s economic impact, and some preliminary findings in tax revenue point toward economic growth. In an e-mail, Arrigo said that compared to 2011, the city’s hotel tax increased 17 percent in February, 35 percent in March and 32 percent in April. He said Baton Rouge now has more to offer bowlers than in 2005, and he doesn’t think the economy will suffer when the tournament ends. “Obviously there will be withdrawal after the feast,” Arrigo said. “But the next question will be what is there now coming to Baton Rouge?” Teams compete in two categories: regular (average score 181 or higher) and classified (average score 180 or lower). Within these categories, bowlers play doubles, singles and team events for cash
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Bowlers compete in the United States Bowling Congress Open Championship at the downtown River Center’s new lanes, which cost $2 million to build.
prizes, which total more than $5 million. Duane Hagen, USBC Open Championship tournament manager, has managed these tournaments for four years. He said it is difficult to predict who will win the tournament from day one because teams “post a score and hope it holds up.” The leading regular and classified teams are from La Crosse, Wis. and Madison Heights, Va.
Louisiana also has some competitors who bowled their way to the top. Daniel Broussard, from Broussard, La., and Rob Clark, from Rayne, La., are currently second place in classified doubles. Mark Knippers from Baker, La. is also second in all classified events.
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WSJ ranks University Law Center 11th in jobs report
Joshua Bergeron Staff Writer
The Paul M. Hebert Law Center ranks 11th in percentage of 2011 graduates employed in full-time, long-term legal jobs within 9 months of graduation, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. Director of Communication and External Relations Karen Soniat said the ranking reflects well on the entire school.
“Not only does being ranked 11th show that students are highly valued, it also reflects positively on the faculty, staff and curriculum of the law center,” she explained. The Wall Street Journal’s report stated approximately 81 percent of graduates earned a job within 9 months of graduation. But Soniat said the numbers are not entirely accurate. “Their numbers only reflect the grads that are employed in jobs that
require law degrees,” she said. According to Soniat, 93 percent of graduates were employed 9 months after graduation, up 1 percent from last year. Most of those graduates are employed in private practice, and that is where the money is, according to Justin Mannino, third-year law student and Board of Supervisors student member. “The highest salary was $160,000,” Mannino said. “That person was definitely in private
practice. At the same time, a lot of people don’t necessarily go for highpaying jobs. Some just go into fields that they are interested in.” Mannino also said LSU is one of the best values for a law degree. “Honestly, if you look at the schools that are close to LSU on that list, they are all expensive
institutions,” Mannino said. “LSU is a great value for education in the field of law. The career services program and clinics provide students with the opportunity to get real world experience.” Contact Joshua Bergeron at email@example.com
E-books on the rise at local libraries
Danielle Kelley Contributing Writer
Part of LSU Middleton Library’s collection is open at all hours, though many students desperate to finish a research paper at late hours are unaware of the service. The library’s online catalog, which offers more than 400,000 ebooks, is available to students at any time of day. Director of the School of Library & Information Science Beth Paskoff said this availability is appealling for students. “E-books are very convenient. Students can access them without coming to the library building. That makes them very attractive, especially when you’re writing a paper that’s due in the morning,” Paskoff said.
Only 12 percent of adult e-book readers have borrowed an e-book from a library this past year, according to a Pew Research Center study, and most Americans do not know if their libraries provide e-books. Academic libraries such as Middleton — which has offered ebooks for about a decade — tend to only carry e-books for research, while public libraries like East Baton Rouge Parish Library have e-books for leisure as well as research. “Nationally, the number of [ebook] titles per campus just about doubled between 2010 and 2011,” Paskoff said. Middleton continues to purchase more titles in an electronic format, according to Tom Diamond, head of reference and collection of
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Study: renting textbooks not cheaper Local bookstore opinion differs Kristen Frank Contributing Writer
Students who are thinking of renting textbooks instead of buying them this upcoming semester may want to reconsider their options, according to a study by BIGWORDS.com. The study by the price comparison website showed that renting textbooks is not cheaper than buying and selling them back, despite the recent rental trend among bookselllers. Sales and rental data from January 2012 and buyback data from April to May 2012 were compared in the study. BIGWORDS. com researched 1,000 textbooks by search volume on its own website, and found that buying and selling textbooks instead of renting them saved an average of 95 percent, or $1,000 per school year for students.
Jeff Sherwood, CEO of BIGWORDS.com, said he was surprised with the results of the study because renting a book looks like the cheapest option, but online retailers look at all prices instead of just one to determine the buying and selling rate. He said bookstores can’t offer the same prices online bookstores can. “We search the inventories of all online stores, so we’ll have a much larger inventory than the on-campus bookstores,” Sherwood said. Sherwood said the low percentage of money students get from selling back their books is a result of bookstores acting like a middleman; students sell books back to bookstores, which then sell them to the book distributor. He said the student gets the short end of the stick. Nick Richard, textbook manager of Chimes Textbook Exchange on West Chimes Street, disagreed, saying that from what he’s seen, renting is cheaper than buying and selling back textbooks.
Richard said Chimes Textbook Exchange sells about 15,000 textbooks each year, and about 85 percent of those books are rented. He said the buyback rate was low for the Exchange in the 2011 to 2012 school year because of the rising rental rate. “Take the big freshmen-enrollment classes, like biology or psychology. The average cost of one of those books is $110; about 70 percent of the list price is what the rental price is.” As to online booksellers, Richard said, “There’s no one to talk to when there’s a problem with the book.” Richard also mentioned the access codes some books require for online schoolwork. “For a class like Biology 1001, where there is usually an access code, a national bookselling website wouldn’t have access to a speciﬁc code, like LSU’s.”
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East Coast outages could linger Death toll already at twenty-two The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — From North Carolina to New Jersey, nearly 1.8 million people still without electricity were asking the same question Monday evening: Why will it take so long to get the lights back on? Nearly three full days after a severe summer storm lashed the East Coast, utilities warned that many neighborhoods could remain in the dark for much of the week, if not beyond. Friday's storm arrived with little warning and knocked out power to 3 million homes and businesses, so utility companies have had to wait days for extra crews traveling from as far away as Quebec and Oklahoma. And the toppled trees and power lines often entangled broken equipment in debris that must be removed before workers can even get started. Adding to the urgency of the repairs are the sick and elderly, who are especially vulnerable without air conditioning in the sweltering tripledigit heat. Many sought refuge in hotels or basements. Ofﬁcials feared the death toll, already at 22, could climb because of the heat and widespread use of generators, which emit fumes that can be dangerous in enclosed spaces. At the Springvale Terrace nursing home and senior center in Silver Spring, Md., generators were brought in to provide electricity, and air-conditioning units were installed in windows in large common rooms to offer respite from the
heat and darkness. Residents using walkers struggled to navigate doors that were supposed to open automatically. Nurses had to throw out spoiled food, sometimes over the loud objections of residents who insisted their melting ice cream was still good. The lack of power completely upended many daily routines. Supermarkets struggled to keep groceries from going bad. People on perishable medication called pharmacies to see how long their medicine would keep. In Washington, ofﬁcials set up collection sites for people to drop off rotting food. Others held weekend cookouts in an attempt to use their food while it lasted. And in West Virginia, National Guard troops handed out food and water and made door-to-door checks. When it comes to getting the power running again, all utilities take a top-down approach that seeks to get the largest number of people back online as quickly as possible. First, crews repair substations that send power to thousands of homes and businesses. Next, they ﬁx distribution lines. Last are the transformers that can restore power to a few customers at a time. In Great Falls, Va., just outside Washington, patent attorney Patrick Muir found out ﬁrsthand who was high on the priority list. The area is sparsely populated and wealthy, with mansions spread across secluded, wooded lots. Muir had been raiding water bottles from his powerless ofﬁce to supply his home, which is on a well that was not working. His 8-year-old daughter spoke hopefully of a beach trip to escape the heat. Dad said it was under consideration. "Great Falls always seems to be the ﬁrst to go down and the last one to come back up," Muir said.
A Safeway supermarket trying to stay open with a limited power supply handed out free bags of dry ice. But after two days of temperatures in the 90s, the air inside was stale. Shopping carts with spoiled food, buzzing with ﬂies, sat outside the store. At a CVS pharmacy, Mahesh Tickle did the best he could. He had no cash register, so he made change with loose bills and coins stuffed inside a Ziploc bag. Tickle ﬁlled what prescriptions he could and ﬁelded questions from customers wondering if medications such as insulin had spoiled. Some people said the destruction over the weekend was reminiscent of that caused by Tropical Storm Isabel in 2003 and Hurricane Irene in 2011. Some backup utility crews arrived Sunday in Maryland, but many were not expected until sometime Monday. That's because the storm arrived so quickly, unlike hurricanes, which typically approach with several days of warning and give out-of-state crews plenty of time to get into place. Contact The Daily Reveille news staff at email@example.com
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Going for the (purple and) gold
Athletes show off personality on Twitter
Track program sends eight to London
TAYLOR MADE TAYLOR BALKOM Staff Writer Before Twitter, it was difficult to talk to student athletes unless you knew them personally or were a member of the media. Now everyone can get insight into their favorite athlete’s lives by following their Twitter accounts. Here are five LSU athletes whose Twitter accounts are simply exceptional: TODD J. VAN EMST / The Associated Press ERIC GAY / The Associated Press
Lolo Jones clears a hurdle during a women’s 100 meter hurdles preliminary at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on Friday, June 22, in Eugene, Ore.
Mike Gegenheimer Contributing Writer
The LSU track and field program has produced countless worldclass athletes and champions with many going on to wear the red, white and blue in the Olympic games. This year is no different, as LSU has produced eight athletes from four different nationalities who will travel to London to compete in the 2012 Olympic games next month, including former LSU standout Lolo Jones. Jones will be the lone American to come out of Baton Rouge when she lines up for the 100-meter hurdles after posting a 12.86-second qualifying time in Eugene, Ore., last week.
“I’ve not been running well,” Jones said in a news release. “A lot of 12.9s and a lot of 13.0s, a lot of losing and just filled with doubt and fear this whole season. I woke up today and didn’t even think I would make the team. I was fighting a constant head battle just trying to have confidence and fight through this. I’m just thrilled that I was able to overcome and make this team.” Jones’ qualification comes four years after she lost the very same event in the 2008 Beijing games when she clipped the final hurdle of a race she was favored in, famously falling to the track in tears on the world stage. Jones has also had to overcome hamstring injuries in recent months that put a hint of doubt that the
Richard Thompson, one of four current or former LSU athletes competing for Trinidad and Tobago, competes in the 100 meters on Sunday, May 18, 2008 in Auburn, Ala., during the final day of the SEC Track and Field Championships.
former Lady Tiger would even compete. “There were times when I just wanted to give up this season,” Jones said. “I had the surgery, and then I had two hamstring tears, both requiring a lot of treatment. There were a lot of times where I didn’t think I would be ready in time. I was just trying to overcome those doubts and fears for what I could do and execute technically. It really was quite a battle. It’s great to now have a month to prepare for the Olympics.” While Jones will be the only LSU athlete donning the red, white and blue this summer, other countries will feature some purple and gold as well. Trinidad and Tobago has the most Tigers set to wear its flag with
four athletes in its lineup. Kelly Ann-Baptiste and Semoy Hackett will line up against one another in the 100-meter dash and then with one another in the 4x100-meter relay in London when the two compete the for island nation. Hackett has earned the most qualifications of any former or current LSU athlete with three, including the 200-meter dash, an event that her fellow Lady Tiger and Bowerman Award finalist, Kimberlyn Duncan, failed to qualify in for the Americans. Ade Alleyne-Forte and Richard Thompson will be the two Tigers flying the red and black of the Trinidad and Tobago flag in August. OLYMPIC, see page 7
1. TYRANN MATHIEU, @TM7_ERA Everyone’s favorite Honey Badger tweets his mind several times a day, whether it’s disproving all the haters, showing off his swagger or smack-talking Alabama’s AJ McCarron months before the November rematch. Lately, his tweets consist of life messages to everyone from the youth to ballers. Mathieu’s Twitter never fails to entertain. Prime Example: “PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: YOU CANNOT AND WILL NOT FIND YOUR WIFEY THRU TWITTER! #STOPIT” 2. KEVIN GAUSMAN, @KEVINGAUSMAN Gausman’s tweets are like his fastballs — they hit the spot. The former LSU pitcher tweets about everything from baseball TWITTER, see page 7
LSU men, women finish fourth in Capital One Cup
Track and field teams lead way Mike Gegenheimer Contributing Writer
Two-hundred thousand dollars will not be what’s in LSU’s wallet after the school recently finished fourth in the Capital One Cup competition for the nation’s top athletic program. LSU finished fourth in both the men’s and women’s competitions, the second-highest combined finishes out of any school in the nation, trailing only UCLA. “Congratulations to our student-athletes and coaches in all sports who work so hard every day
to be the best at what they do,” Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said a news release. “Their passion and relentless work ethic are evident by the results in these standings. And a sincere thanks go to LSU fans, the best fans in America, who help provide the resources for our studentathletes to be successful in competition as well as in the classroom.” The Capital One Cup is awarded annually to the best men’s and women’s Division I college athletics programs in the country. This year, the University of Florida men’s program and the Stanford women took the crowns this year. Points toward the cup are earned and tracked throughout the year, based on final standings of NCAA Championships and final official coaches’ polls.
One winning men’s and one winning women’s program is crowned after the completion of the final NCAA spring championships and awarded $200,000 for a general scholarship fund. The track and field program alone scored a combined 112 out of the 170 points LSU tallied both competitions in all sports, after LSU coach Dennis Shaver led the Tigers and Lady Tigers to top five spots in both indoor and outdoor national championships. Willi Stafford has been with the LSU athletic department since 2003 and was the sports information director for the track program this season. “I know I didn’t have a direct ONE, see page 7
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Junior Jasmin Stowers (center) leaps a hurdle during the Penn Relays. Stowers and the Lady Tigers tallied the most Capital One Cup points of any LSU program.
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Students, fans react on Twitter to campus ’Bama troll Mike Gegenheimer Contributing Writer
Editor’s Note: This content contains explicit language. Troll, tide, troll. An unidentified Alabama fan snuck onto LSU’s campus Sunday night and put a Crimson Tide hat on a statue of Mike the Tiger near Tiger Stadium. A sign read “Nick’s Kitty” underneath the statue. Fliers were also posted around campus taunting the Tigers for their 21-0 loss to Alabama in the National Championship. One flier had a picture of former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson with the caption, “Run the option they said. Alabama can’t defend the option they said.” As of now, there is no word on who the culprit may have been, but Twitter feeds have begun to light up with outrage from LSU students after the event.
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The most prominent of a series of pranks on LSU’s campus by an unidentified Alabama fan involved an Alabama hat on a statue of Mike the Tiger with a sign reading, “Nick’s Kitty.”
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Olympics losing former glory, become world’s largest Visa commercial THE GEG STAND
MIKE GEGENHEIMER Sports Columnist What happened to the good old days when the Olympics were all about proving national athletic dominance and gaining four years worth of bragging rights? And the whole “world unity” thing is pretty important too, I guess. The Olympics should be a showcase of world culture, bringing people together every four years to rejoice in the pageantry of truly genuine and noble competition while tearing down ethnic and cultural borders. But now, the most glorified and prestigious athletic competition in the world has been muddled and reduced to nothing more than a glorified and prestigious Visa commercial. The story of Derek Redmond’s father helping his fallen son finish the most important race of his life in the 1992 Summer games in Barcelona is one of the most iconic and touching images in Olympic history. And unless the CEO of Visa was sitting next to Mr. Redmond at the time saying, “Go help your son, it’ll make a great commercial one day,” the credit card company has absolutely nothing to do with that moment, but you would never know that by watching the commercials. I understand sporting events are money-making ventures, and generating profits requires commercials and sponsorships, but the Olympics should be different.
If the story of Jesse Owens triumphing over Hitler’s “Aryan Nation” in the 1936 Berlin games were to happen today, Master Card would take credit for bringing you the moment, Chipotle would be Owens’ official burrito, Ben & Jerry’s would come out with a personalized flavor and Budweiser would release a special edition four pack of golden lager — with the irony being lost on everyone. When I think of McDonald’s, the image of a morbidly obese person in a sleeveless John Deere shirt riding a rascal scooter through the drive-thru saying, “Super size the Big Mac, but give me a diet coke. I’m trying to lose weight,” comes to mind. Great athletes and McDonalds should not be mentioned in the same breath, and people like Usain Bolt and Lolo Jones should not endorse food that may or may
not be actual meat, much less be actually healthy. I seriously doubt Michael Phelps’s mother routinely goes to her son’s training and chastises him about not eating enough Subway. Before the Dream Teams, before the Wheaties boxes, Olympic athletes were amateurs. Professional athletes were not a part of the games. Now, I’ll be surprised if in the ESPN interview following an event, an athlete doesn’t thank their mother, God and most importantly “UPS, for providing low cost parcel delivery services all over the world.” What can brown do for you?
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Mayor of London Boris Johnson (left) and chairman of the London 2012 Organizing Committee Sebastian Coe (right), pose Wednesday by the Olympic rings hung from the Tower Bridge in London, where they will remain for the duration of the games.
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SPORTS BRIEFS Hamilton drafted in second round
Hamilton said that while he was initially shocked to see his name called, there is still work to be done in the NBA’s Summer League to earn a spot on the Heat roster. “I”m just looking at it like I’m a walk-on player [in college], and I have to earn my scholarship on the team,” Hamilton recently told The Advocate.
After being drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 45th overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft on Thursday, former LSU center Justin Hamilton had his rights traded to the world champion Miami Heat in a deal that involved former Mississippi State power forward Arnett Moultrie. The Alpine, Utah, native became the first Tiger basketball player drafted since 2009, when Marcus Thornton was selected by the New Orleans Hornets in the second round. Hamilton spent two seasons at LSU, transferring from Iowa State after his sophomore season. After redshirting for a year, he led the Tigers inside, averaging 12.9 points per game and 7.2 rebounds while playing in all 33 games.
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Alleyne-Forte was selected for the country’s 4x400-meter relay, while Thompson earned a spot on the 4x100-meter relay and, what many consider to be the highlight event of the games, the 100-meter dash. Damar Forbes will be the only LSU athlete to compete in something other than a dash, relay or hurdle in London, as well as the only Tiger competing for Jamaica. The Kingston native earned his first Jamaican long jump championship with his 25 feet 10 ¾ inches long jump in his final attempt at the Jamaican National Senior Championships. Nickiesha Wilson will be the only Lady Tiger to compete for the yellow, green and black when she hits the London track for the 400-meter hurdles. Neisha Bernard-Thomas rounds out the list of Tigers on their way to London after qualifying for Grenada in the 800-meter run.
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LSU scored its 17th and 18th commitments for the class of 2013 last week. Melvin Jones became the 17th commitment for LSU football’s Class of 2013 on Friday and the first linebacker to commit to the Tigers. Jones, of Washington-Marion High School in Lake Charles, was
rated a four-star prospect by Rivals, Scout and 24/7 Sports, while ESPN rated him as a three-star player. He is considered the top in-state linebacker prospect for 2013. “It was mainly because I wanted to stay close to home,” Jones told TigerBait.com. “I just decided to call Coach Miles and commit to him. I just thought I was ready.” After spearheading the Washington-Marion defense with 140 tackles last season as a junior, Jones chose the Tigers over new conference foe Texas A&M. Jones is the 10th in-state prospect to pledge to the Tigers for 2013. Barbe tight end DeSean Smith joined Jones as the latest Lake Charles area player to sign with the Tigers. Smith was recruited by new
page 7 wide receivers coach Adam Jones and had offers from Alabama and Florida, among others. He is the No. 4-rated tight end in the nation and the No. 3 player in Louisiana for 2013, according to Rivals.com. Savona named Olympic alternate LSU gymnastics signee Jessica Savona narrowly missed qualifying for the Canadian Olympic squad, but will still travel to London as an alternate. After tearing her ACL in July 2011, Savona made a remarkable comeback to finish in seventh place at the Canadian national selection event last week. She was selected as the first alternate on Friday. “The mental commitment Jessica made months ago to reach her
workouts to Sonic Happy Hour, and they all have a certain sweetness to them, much like Gausman’s beloved powdered donuts. In fact, he clearly has a big sweet tooth judging by all the tweets about sweets. With his major league move to the Baltimore Orioles decided, his tweets will surely improve. Prime Example: “How does Dairy Queen get the swirl on the ice cream cone perfect every time!? #greatexampleofAncientAliens #lookintoit”
list, but this time it’s LSU’s softball star Fico. She spurred the Lady Tigers on their road to the Women’s College World Series and, despite the loss, remained upbeat. Her tweets consist of motivational sayings and an outpouring of positive energy, which can be a nice addition depending on who you follow. Though she only has just more than 300 tweets, her affirmative words can bring a smile to anyone’s face. Prime Example: “Life is something that should make you think… but love is the one exception.”
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2012 school year, accruing 60 points for their national title win. The football and men’s outdoor track and field teams tied as the second-highest point gatherers, after both teams finished second in their respective sports. LSU coach Les Miles led the Tiger football team to perfect 13-0 record before losing to SEC rival Alabama in the
national championship. If LSU had won that game, the Tigers would have finished within two points of taking the crown and the $200,000 prize. The two men’s programs earned 62 percent of the points earned in the competition, propelling the Tigers to an 18-rank increase from last season. “In my dealings with the
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role in the national title,” Stafford said. “But I get a special feeling from seeing the athletes I spend so much time covering and follow all year long contribute to such success.” The women’s outdoor track and field program contributed the most of any LSU team in the 2011-
similar to other football players’ — talking about the “grind” of practice, quoting hip-hop artists and the like. But there’s a minor difference with Landry’s — it’s much more serious and somber. The wide receiver’s tweets are real, meaningful and uplifting all at the same time. It’s a jarring experience to see the contrast between Landry’s thoughtful tweets and the rest of the football team’s more light-hearted ones. Prime Example: “Just remember, someone loves everything you hate about yourself.”
dream has been her driving force,” LSU coach D-D Breaux said in a news release. “I am so excited for her that she will have the opportunity to experience the Olympics and represent her country,” If Savona were to see action in London, she would be only the third LSU gymnast to compete in the Olympics, joining fellow Canadians Larissa Lowling in 1988 and Jennifer Wood in 1992. Savona also earned fourth place finishes in the all-around at both the International Gymnix Challenge in March and Canadian Championships in May. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at email@example.com Olympic Trials, but that hasn’t stopped him from tweeting nonstop. Between races, he’ll tweet about his undying love for his fellow teammates or getting 152 likes on a single Facebook status. He tweets about almost everything. Prime Example: “Undefeated on kinect dance central in the athlete lounge. Going to London for the Olympics in that now #teamUSA”
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Upheld Obamacare: Mitt Romney’s bastard love child SCUM OF THE GIRTH
PARKER CRAMER Columnist Editor’s note: This column contains explicit language. If I were Mitt Romney, I’d be shitting my pants. Recently, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of President Obama’s flagship piece of legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Thanks to the help of conservative Chief Justice John Roberts, the law was upheld despite fierce opposition. Immediately following the decision, Romney held a press conference denouncing Obamacare, claiming that, under his leadership, we can repeal this unjust tax. At this point, I would just like
to say that Mitt Romney would gladly shoot his mother in the head if it meant he could be president. Secondly, Obamacare is based off something, it’s not an original idea. That’s how the federal government tends to work. Policies are tested in the state, sort of like little laboratories for national legislation. Obamacare is based off a state-wide healthcare program Mitt Romney initiated as governor in Massachusetts. So when Romney gets up and denounces Obamacare, all America should hear is this: “I, Mitt Romney, have terrible ideas. Nobody should ever listen to me, because when my ideas are implemented, the first thing I want to do is repeal them.” Romney is his own worst enemy. Like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Mitt Romney’s secret liberal can occasionally manage to create policy, much to the dismay of his
Republican outer shell. It’s fairly easy to find sound bites and clips of politicians fumbling over their own words, readily contradicting a statement they made two weeks prior — but it’s just too easy with Romney. Every idea Mitt Romney has ever had, he has later retracted and/ or contradicted. Romneycare, good for Massachusetts, not for America. What does that even mean? Let’s take a closer look at Obamacare. According to CBS, 32 million Americans who currently do not have health insurance will be covered under the plan. That is onetenth of the country. Sounds pretty good to me. “Starting in 2014, insurance companies cannot deny coverage to anyone with preexisting conditions,” according to CBS. Good, I’m tired of insurance companies constantly pissing on our heads,
telling us it’s raining and then saying we only have non-pissing rain coverage. Conservatives will say it is a much-too-expensive venture. Let’s check that fact. The cost of the program is $940 billion over 10 years, and it will reduce the deficit by $143 billion during the first 10 years and a further $1.2 trillion during the second decade after implementation, according to CBS. “Don’t tread on me!” cry the conservatives. “Freedom, I’ll castrate my uninsured ass before I’ll ever pay another tax!” Yes, there will be a tax/penalty leveled against those who do not have health insurance by 2014. That is how a checkbook works. You must have revenue before gaining purchasing power. Part of Obamacare will be funded through tanning bed taxes, so every time somebody goes to
get their daily dose of melanoma, they’ll be paying for their own future chemo. There is no difference between this and car insurance. You want to drive? Pay for car insurance. You want to live? Pay for health insurance. But this is America, which allows us the freedom to debate, the freedom to disagree — and subsequently the freedom to be idiots. So if you don’t want to pay for health insurance, pay the fine. Don’t go crying to the government when your nuts fall off. Parker Cramer is a 21-yearold political science senior from Houston. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_pcramer.
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Democratically-elected Morsi not a bad thing for Egypt BLUE-EYED DEVIL NICHOLAS PIERCE Columnist After 5,000 years of pharaohs, kings, sultans and dictators, a dozen foreign invasions, liberations and military coup d’etat’s, Egypt has its first democratically elected leader. And America is ticked. Mohamed Morsi waded through two rounds of balloting and 13 competitors to be sworn in Saturday in front of the watchful eyes of Egypt’s ruling military junta and the Supreme Constitutional Council. In many respects, Egypt’s election couldn’t have been more American. Morsi — who got his Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Southern California and has two children who are U.S. citizens — won by a narrow margin over an equally-despised candidate who was widely viewed as an establishment hack. Congratulations Egypt, you’ve just learned about the lesser of two evils. Now, if you could only convince your supreme court to allow unlimited and anonymous corporate sponsorship of political candidates — then you’ll really be playing in the big leagues. So what’s the United States’ problem?
Morsi was backed by the until recently-banned Muslim Brotherhood — a sort of social reform movement turned Islamist paramilitary organization turned political party. The Brotherhood began in 1928 under the directorship of Muslim cleric Hassan al-Banna, and as is the case with most well intentioned ideas, the M.B. started off on the right foot. Banna eschewed violence and encouraged reform through charity and good works. His organization advocated Egyptian autonomy from Britain and opposed corruption in the monarchy. They organized charity drives, established hospitals and provided essential social services the corrupt regime would not. For the first half of its life, the Muslim Brotherhood was a sort of Islamic version of the Knights of Columbus. In 1949, however, Hassan alBanna was gunned down by government thugs — a long-standing Egyptian tradition — and the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood were rounded up, imprisoned and tortured, also a long standing Egyptian tradition. The Egyptian government officially dissolved the M.B., and with its enigmatic and level-headed leader dead, the Brotherhood and took a turn for the worse.
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They kept up the charity — which accounts for its widespread popularity in Egypt today — but added bombing and assassination to its repertoire of tactics. It’s like the Salvation Army, if it were actually an army — and less concerned about salvation and more concerned with the violent overthrow of the government. And so for the last sixty years, the Brotherhood has waited in the wings for just this opportunity, and as a peaceful and popular revolution ejected Hosni Mubarak from power, the Brotherhood was ready to step in and take over — and Mohamed Morsi is its man. But instead of stepping out of the gate with a package of draconian reforms aimed at making Egypt look like Afghanistan in the ‘90s, Morsi has promised a skeptical international community a kinder, gentler Egyptian government. He has resigned from the Brotherhood and announced his intention to appoint a woman and a Christian as his vice-presidents, and he has vowed to honor Egypt’s erstwhile treaty with Israel. Whether or not Egypt’s commanding generals who are “easing the transition to democracy” will allow him to do any of that has yet to be seen. As for Morsi’s ties to the
Brotherhood, it wouldn’t be the first time in history a radical revolutionary group had to bend to the political realities of assuming power — the IRA and the PLO both had to temper its rhetoric and face reality when it came to actually governing its people. In the end, the election of Morsi is not necessarily a bad thing. An election, any election, is a step in the right direction, after all our own founding fathers were once considered radicals and brigands. Within the first 100 years of our existence, we wrote and rewrote our constitution, wiped out the
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native Americans and fought a civil war — and hey, we turned out all right. So here’s to you, Egypt, and your crazy new president. God speed and good luck. Nicholas Pierce is a 22-year old history senior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_nabdulpierc.
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Supreme Court should have reviewed Citizens United decision MANUFACTURED DISCONTENT DAVID SCHEUERMANN Columnist The Obamacare ruling wasn’t the only controversial decision the Supreme Court made recently. On June 25, the Supreme Court overturned a century-old Montana law which banned corporate campaign spending by refusing to reevaluate the 2010 Citizens United ruling. Yet, with the presidential campaigns already under way and the effects of the Citizens United ruling evident, maybe it is time to reexamine that decision. The Citizens United decision ruled that placing limits on a corporation or labor union’s ability to spend money on political advocacy campaigns violated these organizations’ First Amendment rights. The ruling paved the way for corporations and other organizations to influence elections through “independent organizations” and super PACs.
However, one of the claims of the court’s majority opinion was the notion that “independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.” Citing this language, the Montana Supreme Court upheld its law, known as the 1912 Corrupt Practices Act. Their argument: Montana’s own history. At the turn of the 20th Century, Montana was largely at the mercy of the “Copper Kings,” men who made their money in the local copper mining industry and used it to buy newspapers and manipulate the local politics. Eventually, one of the Copper Kings, William A. Clark, was chosen by the state legislature to represent Montana in the Senate. However, it was soon revealed that Clark had bribed members of the legislature for their votes. Clark reportedly responded to the scandal saying, “I’ve never bought a man that wasn’t for sale.” The blatant corruption of the
Copper Kings motivated Montanan citizens to act, eventually resulting in the passage of the 1912 Corrupt Practices Act. But the Supreme Court wouldn’t hear it. Despite the protests of the four liberal-leaning dissenting judges, the Supreme Court decided Montana’s claims were not even worthy of a hearing. Yet, is there really any doubt that money corrupts politics? According to several polls, there isn’t. Most recently, a Reuters poll released in May found that 75 percent of Americans feel there is too much money in politics, and 76 percent believed that the amount of money in elections have given the rich a disproportionate amount of influence compared to the average American. Even if we ignore the usual arguments against Citizens United – that corporations are not people, and that money is not speech – there is still an inconsistency that results in alarming loopholes. While individuals are limited
to giving $2,500 in political contributions to a certain candidate, the Citizens United ruling has allowed individuals to skirt around this limitation by giving them the right to donate an unlimited amount of money to “independent” super PACs and other non-profit entities. Why even have the pretense of a limit in political contributions when individuals can spend money in these ways? If money is equated to speech as the Citizens United ruling states, then the wealthiest Americans essentially have megaphones compared to the rest of us. The ruling squandered one of the most basic tenets of democracy: the position that each American should have equal influence when electing a candidate. The result is that campaigns have become games for the American elite, such as billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who has stated he is willing to spend $100 million to defeat President Obama. This is only the beginning as this year’s election reveals. Already, the presidential
candidates and their independent backers are spending more money on ads at a quicker pace than the record-setting 2008 election. Spending in this year’s election is also expected to double the total of the 2008 election with projections as high as $11 billion. If Americans want to make sure that their democracy is just as open to the downtrodden as it is to the wealthy, then campaign finance reform needs to become a priority. If not, we might as well put a sales tag on our political offices. David Scheuermann is a 20-yearold mass communication and computer science junior from Kenner. Follow him on Twitter at @TDR_dscheu.
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Students should spend their money wisely when abroad Old Gold and Black, Wake Forest U.
After my first week in France, I rifled through my luggage, turned all my pockets inside out and in a last vain, stupidly hopeful effort, searched between the pages of my books. Where did all my money go? This was not robbery, at least in the expected sense. What I mean is that I had robbed myself. I sat and performed an agonizing mental expense report for the week. There were those really over-priced glasses of beer (most of which were purchased under drunken impulse and remain hazy in my memory), a string of excessively sumptuous lunches, various unnecessary French knickknacks, etc. These were all consumer decisions my former instincts would have instructed me to forego, possibly even scoff at rudely in protest of such hiked, touristy prices, but there seems to be a reflexive instinct for travelers to attempt to wring every pleasurable experience from their respective locale, which is all in all a good headspace to be in, granted with certain caveats so as to avoid the consequential poverty that hitches itself to such ruthless indulgence. A first, well-heeded piece of advice is to choose your moments when spending. At minimum, a study abroad runs at least a month. This is actually a lot of time despite your travel instinct’s job to make you feel antsy and harried your whole stay. Not every meal needs to be
a service of worship to your taste buds. Some days you just need to get by. Here in Tours, you can purchase fresh produce, hazardously long baguettes and cuts of cheap, delectable cheeses. And if you’re doing a home stay, you’ll probably make the rounds in terms of local cuisine anyway. There is no perfect formula for going out cheaply here, but that’s probably true anywhere. I do have a few tips, though. First off, there are two focal points of nightlife here in Tours (at least that I’m aware of): Place Plumereau (a square that is enclosed by bars/restaurants and is in close proximity to discothéques or clubs) and the guinguette (a bar/restaurant/café/general-areadown-near-the-Loire-river where hordes of drunk and/or hopeful drunks flock to). For the young and desperately thirsty, the open container law here will be a welcome surprise. The law basically means that you can drink in public, which in American culture is an activity traditionally reserved for haggard-looking alcoholics, rebellious teens, etc. Many of the night-owls double fist tall boys of room temp beers (the ice cold variety presents the problem of numbness) or bottles of liquor that tend to be the preface to a really horrendous following morning. Some of the more serious and resilient partygoers have even taken to wearing backpacks out and stocking them with choice alcoholic beverages to carry them through the night (personally, I
carry around a standard two-step wine opener and heft a bottle of red, but to each his own). Now you won’t be able to get a seat anywhere but this does mean you can offset some of the cost of drinking by supplementing with store-bought stuff between stays at bars or clubs. There are more devious methods you can try as well, like refilling a bar-bought glass with your own cheaply purchased
stuff, but in general this is quite rude and will often get you booted out of a place with very little delicacy. A last, really parent-ish sounding bit of advice is to make a budget for yourself. This might be seem obscenely obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people coast by on guesstimated math and find themselves on the back end of their trip slurping ketchup packets and greedily
devouring the complimentary bread at dinner. If you live abroad smartly, you might actually have enough money left to buy all those souvenirs you promised.
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But the U.S.S. Kidd isn’t the only place for Baton Rouge residents and visitors to celebrate their freedom. The Shaw Center for the Arts will hold a benefit for the LSU Museum of Art and the Manship Theatre, titled “Red, White and Blue: The Arts and You.” A limited number of tickets are available. Purchasing a ticket gives the buyers access to food and drink as they watch the fireworks from the Shaw Center’s rooftop terrace. Revelers can also stop by the North Boulevard Town Square to view a screening of the summerclassic, “The Sandlot.” The first showing of the movie is at 4:30 p.m. Another showing will immediately follow. The Town Square fountains will also showcase American pride by spewing red, white and blue colors. Many got an early start on the holiday, and the Baton Rouge Farmer’s Market hosted Star Spangled Saturday this weekend. Chefs from the Louisiana Culinary Institute offered suggestions for patriotic picnic fare that utilized produce from the market. United Blood services is also hosting a blood drive, titled “Red, White and YOU Make a Difference.” Donations on July 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. will automatically be entered into a drawing for two tickets to the American Idol summer tour. Contact Joshua Bergeron at firstname.lastname@example.org
PENNINGTON, from page 1 woman enrolls in a program and she’s in that role in her family, it has a ripple effect,” she said. “There’s a positive effect that ripples to other members of the family because they’re learning about how to prepare nutritious foods and things like that.” Redman said Pennington’s resources allow a mix of expertise in various disciplines that center around similar themes. This ultimately allows multiple steps of research to take place all within the center. “In theory, what we could do
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Homberger’s removal from a class for low grades and van Heerden’s firing are reasons for the censure, according to an AAUP news release. Van Heerden was the director of LSU’s Hurricane Center during Hurricane Katrina and was asked by then-Governor Kathleen Blanco to investigate whether the levees surrounding New Orleans failed because of the severity of Katrina or a structural compromise of the levees. After the Washington Post wrote in September 2005 that the levee failures were due to the structural integrity of the levees, van Heerden said he began to feel pressure from administrators. “I was a marked man on campus, and we started to feel the ire of upper administration,” he said. He said was called before two
in this particular campus is discover a protein, make a drug, test it in pre-clinical studies and we could then test it in people — and it could go to market,” she said. “We [Pennington] are well placed to studying how gaining weight and obesity is impacting chronic diseases,” she said. As part of the University’s system, Pennington is the largest academically-based nutrition research center in the world. “What Toys ‘R’ Us is to a child, Pennington is to somebody that does clinical research,” she said. “We have all the gizmos and gadgets, the bells and whistles,
the state of the art facilities to do whatever you want.” Redman cited two current major projects of her department: Pride, a project to determine the best prevention for women who had gestational diabetes during pregnancy from developing diabetes after they give birth, and Pulse, a mechanistic program to determine preventions for polycystic ovary syndrome — the most common cause of irregular periods, which one-fourth of women exhibit. In addition, participants in this research not only help examine the causes and preventions
for certain health issues, but they can receive information on their personal health. Graduate Assistant Abby Duhé said certain programs allow these participants to view various statistics about their health. “All these tests we’re doing about your reproductive health — we’re going give you all of the information,” she said. “You may not ever see these tests results, pictures of your MRI, your body composition.”
vice chancellors and told to stop speaking to the media. “I was...told my talking to the media was hurting LSU’s chances to secure federal funding and it would be in mine and LSU’s interest to stop talking to the media,” van Heerden said, but that only “doubled my efforts to get to the truth.” Van Heerden’s 2006 book, “The Storm,” was used in litigation that found the Army Corps of Engineers responsible for most of the flooding that occurred during Katrina, but he was denied the opportunity to testify in those proceedings by LSU, according to van Heerden. He said he was given “no reason” for his firing in 2010 and is currently suing the University, claiming he was fired because his criticisms could endanger federal funding for the University. “I had to file a suit against the
University to protect the faculty from the heavy-handedness of upper administration,” he said. The AAUP said van Heerden was denied due process by the University and that it “punished him for exercising his extramural rights as a citizen” in an August 2011 news release. Though van Heerden is critical of the University’s actions, he said he offered to sit down and “resolve this amicably,” but the University has not accepted the offer. “If we go to trial, I would welcome the opportunity to let the public know just how badly LSU behaved,” he said. “But I spent a large part of my life at LSU and would prefer to see healing more than conflict.” Van Heerden said he also hopes current LSU System President and future Interim Chancellor William Jenkins will “get LSU back on track.”
“Maybe Dr. Jenkins will see the pitfalls of prolonging this and a public trial,” van Heerden said. When asked if the censure affected his lawsuit with the University, he said it “becomes just one more negative for LSU to deal with in a time of diminishing budgets and a dislike of higher education by legislators.” Ernie Ballard, media relations director at the University, said Chancellor Mike Martin couldn’t comment on van Heerden’s role in the censure because of pending litigation. LSU System Vice President for Communication and External Affairs Charles Zewe said the LSU system is also unable to comment on the matter because “legal issues in the case remain unresolved.”
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