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than a baseball player.” Ten years later, both Nick and Wally Sr. have fond memories of a “faith-filled” brother and son that both agreed put his love for others before himself. “He was a 21-year-old boy who had accomplished more in 21 years than most people do in a lifetime,” Nick said. “His love for others and his faith shone through everything in his life.” The outpouring of support began almost immediately, as the Pontiff house was swarmed with phone calls and letters from those Wally Jr. impacted. As the family endured its “worst nightmare,” they got a profound

Despite an increase in the overall state operating budget and the University’s total operating budget, the University will still incur a limited number of cuts, according to Chancellor Michael Martin. The state’s willingness to fund education did not increase. The Louisiana Legislature provided $132.46 million in state appropriations to fund higher education for the 2013 fiscal year, according to a July 18 letter from Interim President Bill Jenkins to the Board of Supervisors. The appropriation is a decrease of $19.9 million, or 13.1 percent, from the 2012 fiscal year. The LSU System often uses the 2008-2009 academic year as a benchmark for state appropriations. The 2008-2009 year represents the highest state appropriations to the University in recent memory at $234.6 million, according to Bob Kuhn, associate vice chancellor for Budget and Planning. Gov. Bobby Jindal also took office in 2008. Since

PONTIFF, see page 4

CUTS, see page 4

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[Left] A sticker hanging on the Alex Box Stadium outfield wall honors Wally Pontiff Jr.’s retired No. 31. [Right] Tiger fans congratulate Pontiff and teammates after LSU earned a bid to the 2000 College World Series by defeating UCLA in a super regional sweep at the old Alex Box Stadium.

Wally Pontiff Jr.’s legacy lives on 10 years after his untimely death

It came out of nowhere. Home early from the Cape Cod Summer League in 2002 and contemplating a professional baseball contract after being drafted in the 21st round by the Oakland Athletics, all Wally Pontiff Jr. wanted to do was play blackjack. Met with skepticism from his dad, Wally Pontiff Sr., the 21-yearold quickly reassured his father. “Dad, I have will power,” Pontiff Jr. said. So father and son sat side-byside in Harrah’s New Orleans into the witching hours of Wednesday morning, July 24, 2002, testing their luck and strengthening an already stout father-son bond. Hours later, Wally Sr. heard the six words that still stop him in his

tracks. Sitting in a work meeting, he himself to come home [early] and answered a frantic call from a neigh- spend time with the family,” Nick bor. said. “You need to come home,” the A stellar hitter in his three years neighbor told him. “You lost one of as a Tiger, Wally Jr. hit .344 during your boys.” his three seasons, was named to the The player who former LSU 2000 and 2001 Baton Rouge Recoach Skip Bertman called “every- gional All-Tournament Teams and body’s All-Amerwas an integral part Chandler Rome ican” was gone, of the Tigers’ 2000 stricken in his sleep College World SeStaff Writer by sudden cardiac ries championship arrest, brought on by hypertrophic team. cardiomyopathy – a genetic disease Clutch hits aside, Wally Sr. said that causes a thickening of the heart his son cherished his time as a Tiger muscle. and the friendships he made were Discovered that morning by his prevalent throughout his life. then-16-year-old brother Nick, Pon“He had tremendous faith and tiff left behind his parents, Wally Sr. loved the friendships of his teamand Terry, Nick and his sister Haley. mates and people he was around,” “He had an intuition inside Wally Sr. said. “He was a better man

DOWNTOWN

BR hosts planetarium conference 2012 version draws most attendees yet Marylee Williams Contributing Writer

Baton Rouge has hosted a variety of conferences this year, but one taking place this week has participants looking toward the great beyond. The city has opened its doors to 648 delegates from 46 countries and 48 states for the 2012 International Planetarium Society Conference, titled “Bridge to New Beginnings,”

which began Sunday and concludes on Thursday. Kathleen Giesfeldt, 2012 International Planetarium Society Conference volunteer coordinator, described the magnitude of this event. “If you’re into planetariums or astronomy, this is one of the largest events that happens every two years,” she said. Attendees will spend this week in downtown Baton Rouge attending lectures, workshops and exhibitions on advancements in astronomy and planetarium technology. Giesfeldt said the conference is about “sharing the best practices and lessons people have learned and

to further what a planetarium is and can be.” This year’s conference has the most attendees to date, according to a news release. Giesfeldt attributes the higher attendance to Baton Rouge’s location between the Gulf Coast and major cities, such as Houston. In 2014, delegates will travel to Beijing for this conference. The conference also premiered a Dome Village in the River Center on Monday. Jan Herrington, owner of Positive Results Inc., is a member of the PLANETARIUM, see page 4

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The biennial International Planetarium Society Conference is being held at the Baton Rouge RiverCenter this week. The conference showcases the latest and greatest in planetarium technology.


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INTERNATIONAL

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

NATIONAL

STATE/LOCAL

Anti-gay bill could mean jail time for Ukrainians, sparks international outcry

Nine injured, 14 dead in truck crash in southern Texas

Deadline moved back a month in La. chief justice debate

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — If a group of Ukrainian lawmakers succeeds in its mission, TV shows and movies sympathetically portraying homosexuals, like “Brokeback Mountain,” will be banned. So will gay pride parades. The recently introduced bill, supported by the president’s representative in parliament, would impose prison terms of up to five years and unspecified fines for spreading “propaganda of homosexuality” — defined as positive public depiction of gays. It has sparked an outcry from rights organizations in Ukraine and beyond, who condemn the bill as a throwback to Soviet times when homosexuality was a criminal offense. Kate Middleton made cover girl in South Africa, but didn’t pose for it

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A pickup truck overloaded with illegal immigrants veered off a highway and crashed into trees in rural South Texas, killing at least 14 people and leaving nine injured, authorities said Monday. Federal immigration agents were looking into the human smuggling aspect of the case, while public safety authorities investigated the cause of the Sunday evening crash in Goliad County, about 150 miles northeast of the border with Mexico.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court is giving its justices an extra month to weigh in on a debate over naming the court’s next chief justice. Chief Justice Catherine “Kitty” Kimball had set a July 31 deadline for the justices to file briefs on which colleague is the “oldest in point of service” under terms of the state constitution. Kimball amended her order on Friday to move the deadline to Aug. 31. Justice Bernette Johnson sued earlier this month in federal court to block her colleagues from debating whether she is entitled to succeed Kimball when she retires next year.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The August edition of Marie Claire South Africa featuring an illustration of Kate Middleton has raised eyebrows with some saying the magazine bypassed traditional routes of securing a cover girl. The magazine cover appears to show the Duchess of Cambridge wearing African-style designer clothes, but a closer look reveals that an illustrator and a real-life model were used to create a likeness.

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A firefighter extinguishes part of a wildfire that got too close to a house in La Jonquera, Spain, near the border with France. Officials say wildfires have burned 7,000 hectares of forest.

Britain’s Royal Mail to issue Olympic stamps featuring gold medalists LONDON (AP) — The Royal Mail is planning a tribute to Britain’s Olympians that really sticks — a set of gold medal stamps. The postal service says it will issue a stamp honoring every member of the British Olympic team who wins a gold medal during the games. It is promising to have them on sale within 24 hours of the athlete’s victory. The stamps go on sale Friday, the opening day of the games. The Olympics run through Aug. 12.

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Contempt motion dropped against Ky. teen who tweeted attackers’ names LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A 17-year-old Kentucky girl who defied a court order by tweeting the names of two teenagers who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting her won’t face a contempt charge. David Mejia, an attorney for one of the accused boys, says the motion to hold 17-year-old Savannah Dietrich of Louisville in contempt was withdrawn Monday. Mejia says the decision had nothing to do with public sentiment in the case, although an online petition campaign had garnered more than 62,000 signatures.

Voucher schools may face same performance tests as public schools (AP) — Some private schools who participate in Louisiana’s statewide voucher program will face performance scores similar to public schools, under planned accountability standards. The scoring and penalties for low-performing schools will apply to schools with sizable numbers of voucher students, estimated to be a quarter of the schools in the upcoming school year.

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DINING

Legislators address methods of Faculty Club rebranded, making contact with constituents adds weekend dinner Claitor suggests mailing a letter

Taylor Balkom Staff Writer

Students are often urged to call their legislators if an important issue is passing through Louisiana Congress. Sometimes, especially during session, response times can vary. In June, The Daily Reveille tried to contact the four legislators who DORSEY-COLOMB cover districts that include the University’s campus — Representatives Stephen Carter and Patricia Smith, and Senators Dan Claitor and Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb. The legislators have since contacted The Reveille with further comments on the issue of getCLAITOR ting in touch. According to Carter, the e-mail sent to Carter’s office was lost in spam, and the voicemails were not received. “ T h a t has never happened before,” he said. “It blows me away. I take pride as a public servant in making sure I reSMITH turn all phone calls.” Carter explained his office line is forwarded to his assistant, Charlotte Gooch. “Even if I’m out of town, I’ll return phone calls,” he said. Smith, whose office responded to an e-mail, CARTER said she had been at an out-of-town conference.

“[The conferences] are part of a letter in the mail. our learning and development out“Handwritten ones have the side of session,” she said. most effect on me … I mean someDorseything that I can tell ‘I rarely return or Colomb was some personal, indiunavailable for thought went accept phone calls on vidual comment due to into,” he said. “Not the floor of the Senate a recitation of the personal reasons. Claitor, who chamber. I pay atten- party line, not a realso serves on gurgitation of sometion, as best I can, to thing you heard on four legislative committees, exradio, I mean what’s happening on the plained his prosomething that the the floor and respond writer wrestled with cess of handling phone calls. tamed into a letto those issues, not the and “I rarely reter.” turn or accept Claitor said phone. I never accept phone calls on he brings those letphone calls in the floor of the ters home with him Senate chamber,” and shares them committee.’ he said. “I pay with his family Dan Claitor attention, as best and coworkers. I can, to what’s “It resonates, Senator vDan Claitor happening on the whether I agree with floor and respond to those issues, it or not,” he said. “It’s not fast, it’s not the phone. I never accept phone not easy. It takes effort. I work very calls in committee.” hard for the people and I appreciClaitor also pointed out that ate somebody that takes real time to most legislators have other jobs — communicate me.” he happens to be a lawyer. Therefore, he said, availability is limited, and it usually takes more than one attempt to reach him. “Persistent people are successful and usually motivated,” Claitor said. Contact Taylor Balkom at But he said there is one way to tbalkom@lsureveille.com contact him that truly stands out —

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Come August 16, students will have a new upscale dining option on campus. The Club @ Union Square, currently known as the Faculty Club, will not only offer lunch on weekdays 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., but also dinner service for Thursday through Saturday nights, according to LSU Dining Director David Heidke. “The Union Square is going to be that area that encompasses the Union, the parking garage, The Club,” Heidke said. “We’re just rebranding, so to speak.” Dinner entrees will cost about $22 to $25, and students can use Tiger Cash and Paw Points, but not meal swipes, Heidke said. Though the menu isn’t finalized, guests can expect upscale menu options. “We’ve got some roasted duck, scallops, lamb chops, filet. We’ve got some nice entree salads,” he said. Student Government President Taylor Cox was the only University student who attended a preview tasting last week. He said he tried numerous foods, seared lemon scallops, fried green tomatoes topped with spicy shrimp and bread pudding. “They have definitely taken The Club to the next level,” he said. The Club will also offer numerous red and white wines.

“They’re all fine wines. It’s not wine you can buy at the corner liquor store,” Cox said. Cox said The Club’s staff emphasized the importance of large portions. “They want you to come in and be full and have enough for you to take home,” he said. “I was impressed.” All servers are University students, and Cox praised their service, saying it was up-to-par with notable restaurants around the Baton Rouge area. “It is definitely a place for when my parents go to visit, no longer will I go to Sullivan’s or Texas de Brazil. I will take my parents to The Club. I think it will even be a popular spot for a lot of students to take other students,” he said. Heidke advised students to make table reservations in advance. The Club will be open noon to kickoff for home football games. Guests can “enjoy a tranquil escape before each home game” for a “gameday oasis,” according to The Club’s Facebook page. Reservations are required as well.

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conference’s advisory committee, described the Dome Village as large, inflatable domes that replicate small planetariums for vendors to exhibit their work. When delegates aren’t attending scheduled programs or visiting the Dome Village, they can attend panels on a variety of papers. Herrington said she is most interested in a presentation on 8k, an 8,000 dpi 3D display, which can be used in planetariums. “Lets say there is a meteor coming at you. In 8k, it looks like the

CUTS, from page 1

that time, state appropriations have decreased by 43.6 percent. The University’s total operating budget increased $4.1 million from last year, totaling $445.3 million, Kuhn said. Sixty-five percent of the budget is self-generated revenue. In a broadcast e-mail sent to University faculty and staff Friday afternoon, Martin outlined the cuts for the 2013 fiscal year, despite seeing an increase in the operating budget. “Reductions to academic units will be limited to less than $2 million,” he said in the email. “The School of Veterinary Medicine will have a reduction because it operates as a responsibility-centered managed unit, while the Colleges of Engineering and Human Sciences & Education will experience savings resulting from certain departmental mergers and combinations. Facility Services and Information Technology Services will incur a cut of more than $2 million. The University will not experience any across-the-board cuts or layoffs.”

PONTIFF, from page 1

glimpse of the breadth of the spectrum their son and brother inspired. “We had no idea how many people Wally touched,” Nick said. “We had no clue how important he was to the people in Louisiana.” A quiet, humble leader, Wally Jr. was “blown away” at how many people came to watch him play, and according to his father, never turned down an opportunity to visit a fan or sign an autograph. Wally Sr. pointed to a post-game conversation he had with his son after a poor game merely six months before his death. “He told me, ‘Dad, I’ve never had a bad day at LSU,’” Wally Sr. said. “’If I go 0-for-4 or 4-for-4, I’m still the same son you sent here.’” Now memorialized by the Wally Pontiff, Jr. Foundation that donates money to charities and non-profit organizations within the Metairie and state community, Wally Jr.’s image is maintained through the annual Wally Pontiff, Jr. Baseball Classic at

meteor is coming into your brain,” Herrington said. The conference isn’t exclusively for International Planetarium Society delegates. Tonight at 7 p.m., there is a public screening of “Saving Hubble” in the River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts. This documentary film explores NASA’s 2004 cancellation of the Hubble Space Telescope. Giesfeldt said she is interested in the “Saving Hubble” presentation because she believes in restoring the telescope. She said she hopes this documentary will start a “ground swell” in Baton Rouge.

The Daily Reveille To manage all the delegates, Giesfeldt recruited about 100 volunteers from various Baton Rouge organizations and institutions. The volunteers participated in Seein’ Red hospitality training, which taught volunteers about Baton Rouge attractions and locations. Giesfeldt said she is confident this conference will not only bring the best and brightest minds together, but it will also put Baton Rouge on the map as a location for conferences and conventions.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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Some entities are doing more than others to lessen the effect of the cuts. The Department of Athletics will contribute $5.5 million to help balance the budget. Of that amount, $4 million will be used “to protect the academic core,” and the other $1.5 million will help fund the Cox Academic Center for Student Athletes, according to Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva. “It is important for Athletics to play a role in the central mission of a university, and LSU Athletics is in the unique position to provide this financial support in a time of budgetary need,” Alleva said. “Only a handful of athletic departments in the nation operate using no state tax dollars and no student fees, but to be able to make a contribution of this magnitude is unique and a real credit to LSU’s fans and alumni who support the Tigers and to the coaches and student-athletes whose commitment to excellence translates into continued success.” But, with the first month of fiscal year 2013 complete, the University is operating on an

unofficial budget. The proposed draft will be submitted to the Board of Supervisors at its Sept. 7 meeting for final approval. However, all forms and materials related to the University’s budget must be submitted to the system office by Aug. 17. The University submitted its budget materials Friday, according to Kuhn. James Richardson, director of the University’s Public Administration Institute, said the delay in making the budget official is not unusual in the academic sector, but puts a strain on how much the University can spend until the budget is made official. “Although we have a fiscal year, we really operate based on the school schedule,” Richardson said. “The budget tells institutions how much they can spend in a year. So if the University spends some money in July, we have to say ‘Ok, we only have so much to spend for the rest of the year.’”

Zephyr Field and the Wally Pontiff, Jr. Golf Tournament. The Foundation has made numerous donations to both LSU and Jesuit High School – where both Wally Jr. and Nick attended high school. Metairie Playground – where the boys practiced and played as they grew up – was also re-named Wally Pontiff Junior Playground. “We’re able to give back to where Wally wanted,” Wally Sr. said. Beyond the monetary donations, the entire Pontiff family remains overcome with gratitude for the community that has lifted them up. “We lost a wonderful son,” Wally Sr. said. “But we gained a great community.” While Wally Jr.’s mom, Terry, said “the pain never goes away,” the memories and letters the family receives help to bring comfort, even if some are still too difficult to read. Watching Nick – a four-year letterwinner who made the SEC Honor Roll all four seasons – excel from 2006-2009, and attending Tiger ball

games at Alex Box Stadium is something Wally Sr. said the family cherishes. “I hope we continue to do that until the day they put us in the grave,” Wally Sr. said. As the family continues to grieve and remember a humble, faith-filled man, there is one particular immortalization that still surprises Wally Sr. Former LSU star pitcher and current Kansas City Royal Louis Coleman phoned Wally Sr. one afternoon after he was called up to the major leagues. Coleman, who never played with or even knew Wally Jr. and was close friends with Nick, wanted to memorialize a man he never met. “[The Royals] asked if [Louis] wanted to change numbers,” Wally Sr. said. Coleman chose 31.

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FOOTBALL

SEC coaches weigh in on playoffs Mike Gegenheimer Contributing Writer

in 1960. The harshest penalty handed out to a football program came in 1987, when the NCAA shut down Southern Methodist University’s team for a year. SMU football has never gotten back to the level of success it had before getting the death penalty. The sanctions came 11 days after the Freeh Report condemned former President Graham Spanier, Vice President Gary Schultz, Paterno, and former Athletic Director Tim Curley for covering up

Four teams, one champion and an infinite amount of opinions on how it should all go down. At last week’s Southeastern Conference Media Days, coaches were asked about everything from freshman expectations to the Penn State scandal. But no question was more popular to ask than those about the impending college football playoff system in 2014, with the main concern among SEC coaches being whether or not the four teams should be decided by conference champions. “There will be a fifth or sixth team that gets left out of it that will complain,” said Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze. “I do believe it’s going to get it right 90 percent of the time. In those four teams you’re going to find probably the best team that’s playing the best at that point in the year. The NCAA has committed to a four-team playoff system to decide the national champion, but no decision has been made on how the teams will be decided. “I think that they’ll find people from backgrounds that are not conference driven,” said LSU coach Les Miles. “Even if they were conference driven, they’re just so tremendously loyal to the SEC, they would vote for the best teams, period. Same thing if they were Big Ten proponents or PAC-12,

PENN STATE, see page 7

PLAYOFFS, see page 7

[Left] MICHAEL CONROY, [Top and Bottom Right] GENE J. PUSKAR / The Associated Press

[Left] NCAA President Mark Emmert announces penalties against Penn State during a news conference on Monday. [Top Right] Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., on June 18. [Bottom Right] Penn State students react as the NCAA sanctions are announced on Monday.

Not So Happy Valley NCAA slams Penn State with ‘unprecedented’ penalties

A potential exodus of star athletes. No hope of playing in the postseason. More than a decade of accomplishments erased from the record books. And Joe Paterno’s legacy in shreds. Penn State football, a longtime powerhouse that was once one of the cleanest, most admired programs in college sports, escaped the so-called death penalty from the NCAA on Monday but was dealt a heavy blow that will cripple it for years to come. The university agreed to an unprecedented $60 million fine, a four-year ban from postseason

play and a cut in the number of coach Les Miles said that while the football scholarships it can award penalties given to Penn State were — the price it will pay for having unfortunate, they were necessary. looked the other way while Jerry “I think what college football Sandusky brought needed was a reChandler Rome and boys onto camaction from the pus and molested NCAA,” Miles the Associated Press them. said on SportsCenThe NCAA also erased 14 ter on Monday. “Mark Emmert did years of victories, wiping out 111 that. As unfortunate as the sancof Paterno’s wins and stripping tions are, I think were all in suphim of his standing as the most port. He needed to make a statesuccessful coach in the history of ment, and he did.” big-time college football. The postseason ban is On the heels of the harshest the longest handed out by the NCAA sanctions handed down NCAA since it gave a four-year to any program since 1987, LSU punishment to Indiana football

FOOTBALL

Lacy ready to be featured back

Chandler Rome Staff Writer

Success, as defined by Nick Saban, isn’t simply winning. Sure, the coach who has won three BCS National Titles with two different teams may be venerated as the epitome of success by outsiders. Saban, however, will bring them all back to 2010. Fresh off the first national title for Alabama since 1992, the Tide stumbled to a 10-3 record with road losses to South Carolina and LSU, combined with blowing a 24-point lead at home against Auburn in the Iron Bowl. “I think success should be defined: consistency in

performance,” Saban said at Southeastern Conference Media Days. “We’ve obviously learned a lot at Alabama over the last five years.” To ensure no repeat of 2010, Saban will have to start with replacing Heisman Trophy finalist and Doak Walker Award winner Trent Richardson at running back. Enter Dutchtown High product and Geismar native Eddie Lacy. Lacy, who spent most of his sophomore campaign as Richardson’s primary backup, will step into the starting role after recovering nicely from a nagging turf toe injury. “Eddie Lacy has done extremely well over the summer,” Saban said. “I do think that we have a couple running backs that

will probably create some competition.” High school teammates with LSU junior safety Eric Reid, Lacy spurned the Tigers, which already had a bevy of running backs signed, and pounced on the opportunity given to him by Saban. Lacy had other offers from Oklahoma, Tennessee and Mississippi State. Senior center Barrett Jones, who will anchor the Crimson Tide offensive line returning four of five starters, also lauded Lacy’s progression. “I think Eddie is going to become a household name to a lot of people,” Jones said. “I’m just LACY, see page 7

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Geismar native and former Dutchtown standout Eddie Lacy (42) of the Alabama Crimson Tide breaks a tackle against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 24, 2011, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.


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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

SEC becomes Thanksgiving feast of personalities THE GEG STAND

MIKE GEGENHEIMER Columnist The SEC Football Media Days can best be described as the awkward Thanksgiving dinner no one wants to attend, but you have to because your mother says so. Throughout the year, the members look forward to this joyous holiday of unity until the day actually arrives. Then all the skeletons come out of the closet. In this metaphor, the mother represents league commissioner Mike Slive. Mama Slive starts the congregation with a touching family prayer and a reminder of the dinner rules. Once finished with opening remarks, she goes on to spend the next 40 minuets bragging about how great all of her children are, asserting her dominance to all the other families. Next up is Papa Nick Saban, who is just plain angry that he has to put up with his wife’s relatives for the next 24 hours. His home has been invaded by people he has learned to hate for 364 days out the year, but for this one brief stint where he actually has to face all of them, he must learn to say, “I love you guys” without having a brain aneurism. His powerful standing in the family is unquestionable, thanks to the fear he has installed in everyone, but many of the other members lay in wait for the day they can overtake the alpha male. SEC newcomers, Texas A&M and Missouri, are the new boyfriends your sisters just had to bring to meet the family. They are awkward, a bit nervous and your overprotective grandmother is constantly asking them if they’ve seen her son’s gun and knife collection, all while alluding to what happened with the last new boyfriends.

If the media had their way, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and Mizzou’s Gary Pinkel would have to change their underwear in between every quarter next season, because the big bad SEC is coming to get them. Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen and Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze — best known for being Michael Oher’s high school coach — are the annoying little brothers everyone knows will never amount to anything, but for some reason, they still have an intense rivalry over what, I assume, is who sucks less. This year Mullen picked on a hopelessly pathetic Freeze, who was trying to convince the media something along the lines of, ‘I know we aren’t that good you guys, but we’re gonna try really really hard!’ Freeze actually tried to twist what he claims is only 60 percent of his team believing in him into good thing. That’s like me walking into my biology class saying that I should pass because I know more than half of the material. Arkansas’ John L. Smith is the senile grandfather who you find massively entertaining, but at the same time, you wonder if that slightly off-color joke wasn’t just a little bit in bad taste. “Do I look stupid? Don’t answer that!” became the quote of the conference from this man, who didn’t quite seem to have a grasp on reality and social norms. South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier is the uncle who’s trying to sneak out the back door so he can make his tee time at the local country club. Spurrier actually alluded to the fact that he “delegates” responsibilities to his assistants, and he doesn’t get stressed out. Basically, Spurrier makes recruiting calls in between drives on the back nine. Kentucky’s Joker Phillips is the cousin everybody forgot to invite to the dinner. I predict the irrelevant Phillips

will not show up for the Wildcats’ season opener because he forgot Kentucky has a football program. Everyone else has. Georgia’s Mark Richt is the aunt who is trying to convince everyone all of her sons’ arrests weren’t her fault, with excuses like, “I blame the school systems for not teaching our children that armed robbery and drunk driving is wrong.” However, Georgia’s arrest total for the year may surpass the team’s 2012 win total. Tennessee’s Derek Dooley is the other brother-in-law who everyone knows your sister is going to divorce, but the poor sap still thinks he can make it work. It’s the giant elephant in the room that rivals the size of your great aunt Sally. You just try to awkwardly smile and say, “That’s nice” when he talks about the trip they have planned to Cabo next summer and how the nonrefundable tickets were a better deal. If Dooley makes it to see another bowl season, it will be a miracle. Finally, LSU coach Les Miles is the crazy “cool” uncle. He’s wildly successful in his career, which you can’t seem to explain because every time you see him he looks “David Hasslehoff eating a burger” drunk. I’m picking Miles and the Tigers to have another extremely successful year, with the exception of Miles getting busted for smoking grass. This isn’t a marijuana reference, but instead he will get caught smoking the actual turf of Tiger Stadium. If anyone is going to kick Papa Nick off of his SEC family throne, Miles will be the one. His personality and career success puts him at the top of the list, but it’ll take consistent dominant performance on the field to sit at the head of the table.

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Arkansas Razorbacks head coach John L. Smith speaks at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala., on July 18.


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molestation charges against Sandusky – the former defensive coordinator. Sandusky was convicted in June of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period, facing as many as 373 years in prison. LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva issued a statement Monday that said, in part, that the focus should remain on the victims and said the case illustrates an important lesson of checks and balances. “It is also an important lesson about having an effective process of checks and balances in place at all of our institutions,” Alleva said. “It reinforces the importance of integrity at all levels of leadership.” The NCAA’s punishment was announced a day after the school took down a statue of Paterno that stood outside Beaver Stadium. The sanctions will make it difficult for the Nittany Lions to compete at the sport’s highest level. Raising the specter of an exodus of athletes, the NCAA

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happy he’s now getting his chance to be the premier guy.” Finishing last season second on the team with 674 yards on 95 carries, Lacy will surely see an increased workload in prime time games, a stark contrast from the mop-up duty he frequented last season.

said current or incoming football players are free to immediately transfer and compete at another school. Miles said that while new Nittany Lion coach Bill O’Brien has a tall task ahead of him, he should embrace the players who choose to stay. “He needs to reconcile those men who are going to be with him,” Miles said. “Establish the culture that’s there … there will be a large number of those men who will want to stay and fight.” Miles added that O’Brien simply needs to keep the team competitive to make the best out of such an egregious situation. “What Penn State needs to do for people that fill the stadium is field a very competitive team,” Miles said. “I think all of college football would like to see that.”

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Contact Chandler Rome at crome@lsureveille.com With Saban having the luxury of splitting time in the backfield between Richardson and 2009 Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram in previous seasons, he is hopeful Lacy will be able to fill the void. “Hopefully we’ll be able to find somebody as productive as those two guys have been to share that role again sometime in

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno walks off the field after warmups before the Nittany Lions’ game against Northwestern on Oct. 22, 2011.

the future,” Saban said. Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia, who coached both Reid and Lacy, said that while Lacy is a year older than Reid, the two were close in high school. As far as who takes the upper hand, that’s more difficult for Saia to predict. “I don’t know that either one of them has it,” Saia told the

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whatever. The point is that the person on the committee have integrity and be able to go beyond what would be natural conference allegiance.” In what many considered to be a major flaw in the system, Nick Saban’s Alabama team won the 2012 BCS National Championship at the hands of an LSU team that not only beat the Crimson Tide in the regular season, but went on to win the conference. Saban took a stand at the Media Days in favor of the top four teams format that would award bids to the best four teams in the nation, regardless of conference standing. “You don’t have to win your conference championship to get in the basketball Final Four,” Saban said. “I mean, you got to play your way into it. Whether you win a conference championship or not, if you’ve played and you’re ranked in the top four teams in the country, you ought to have the opportunity to play in the game.” Saban went as far as to say anyone who disagreed with this format was an enemy of the SEC. “I think, to be quite honest with you, whoever’s making the statements about conference champions is really making a statement against the SEC and against any league who has more than one good team who would qualify, trying to enhance the opportunity for somebody from their league to get in,” Saban said. Contact Mike Gegenheimer at mgegenheimer@lsureveille.com

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In the wake of Aurora, don’t overreact about gun control laws MANUFACTURING DISCONTENT DAVID SCHEUERMANN Columnist Last Thursday night, I sat in Prytania Theater in New Orleans watching a movie I had waited with increasing anticipation for four years to see. Only when I arrived home did I learn that, hundreds of miles away in Aurora, Colo., 12 men, women and children were killed and 58 others were injured for sharing that same anticipation. We all know what happened by now. A killer – who will go unnamed by this columnist – entered into the Century Aurora 16 movie theater from an emergency exit and opened fire on the unsuspecting crowd, who was gathered that night to attend the midnight premiere of Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” I cannot pretend to understand what the victims and their families have gone through, and my condolences go out to all those involved.

But I do understand what it was like to watch from afar. It was an uneasily surreal moment, coming home and seeing the news. It was another reminder of mortality, another reminder of how the fickle variables that weave life together through chance and circumstance sometimes culminate in a tragic event. I’m sure the same thoughts were ringing in many peoples’ minds that night: “A change in geography, and that could have been me” or “That could have been my daughter” and so forth. And I’m sure that this mentality is what is causing the nation to now collectively ask “What can we do about this?” Such a tragedy can and did cast a shadow over the hearts of millions. Such a tragedy requires deep and real introspection. But is that what we’re getting? In the wake of the shooting, gun control has been the main issue hogging the spotlight in the media as the killer was dressed in body armor from head-to-toe and armed with three legally obtained

weapons: a Smith & Wesson M&P .223 semi-automatic rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and a Glock .40 caliber handgun. Gun control advocates have bombarded the media, claiming that reducing the access to guns would prevent more atrocities from being committed, while many gun rights activists, thinking themselves heroes, claim they would have been able to stop the killer had they been there. I’ve also come across arguments to install metal detectors at movie theaters, despite the fact that the killer entered from an emergency exit. Both issues seem similar to me in that they are emotional reactions to this terrible travesty. We want something to be done. We want to feel safe, and harsher control on guns makes many feel as if we are really combatting the problem, just as harsher control on drugs makes people feel there is something being done in that regard as well. Yet, for the life of me, I can’t honestly conclude that with harsher gun control, this killer would not have still been able

to carry out his act. Even with a ban on assault rifles, do we really believe that similar damage wouldn’t have been caused with three handguns? What about with a bomb similar to the ones placed in his apartment? Many might take that as an argument for banning them outright, but, like the argument for metal detectors, the logical conclusion of this, to me, is a police state where only the government has guns and must always watch the citizenry — for their own protection of course. I understand many gun control advocates’ aversion to guns. I don’t like guns, myself. I respect their engineering, but I find them to be cowardly weapons that depersonalize killing to too large an extent. Yet, I still do not believe in most control initiatives greater than a background check and required training. The United States does have a bad record when it comes to gun violence, I admit. But how much of that is related to socioeconomics? How much is even related to mental illness? And how many of those crimes

are similar to what happened in Aurora, the actions of a mad man with a plan and determination? A major theme in Nolan’s Batman universe is dealing with fear. Let’s not roll back more liberties out of fear. Let’s attack gun violence at the socioeconomic level or at the mental health level. But let’s also accept that, in order to live in a free society, we must live with some risks. David Scheuermann is a 21-yearold political science senior from Houston. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_pcramer.

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Doping allegations against Armstrong don’t matter THE PHILIBUSTER PHIL SWEENEY Columnist Editor’s Note: This article contains strong language. “It was 12 years ago,” I began writing this piece late Sunday, “to the day, in fact, that Lance Armstrong victory-lapped about the Champs-Élysées after the final stage of the 92nd Tour de France, all high-and-mighty, some bicycling Napoleon.” “There was that day a certain je ne sais quoi about the American cyclist,” I soft-pedaled. “A certain air of eminence, maybe. Not swagger but stinky one-franc French cologne, with base notes of haughty and overtones of high-horse. And why not? He’d just won — déjà goddamned vu — his seventh consecutive Tour de France, after all, and there was just something in the 33-yearold’s blood that day, I suppose. Through his seven-year tour de force, too, for that matter. I saw it. The French saw it. And the

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency — they saw it, too.” “Stackers, pumpers, Abombs, gym candy. Jose Canseco’s,” I freewheeled. “Dope, by any other name. And his la-di-da, laissez-faire air, then? ‘Eau de I Got Away with It.’ PEDs, mes amis — performance-enhancing drugs. And Armstrongs’ veins were allegedly full of them. That, and shit, too.” I braked there, suddenly — skid-marking the Word document with type. I’d been in a journalistic kind of yellow jersey at the piece’s 100-word mark, hauling heavy ass downhill to do what Jan Ullrich and Iban Mayo and Ivan Basso and USADA and all Christendom couldn’t — smoke Big Tex, one way or another. Barbecue him. Like a drug-fed, ’roided chicken. It was a swig of joe, though, that pissed on and put out the fire in the pit of my gut. And not café but caffeine, more specifically — the beverage of the bureaucracy; the stimulant of the masses; the performanceenhancing drug of the people. The ever-lawful psychotropic

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alkaloid is nature’s designer drug and mankind’s most done dope. Indeed, the world runs on Dunkin, and 90 percent of North Americans groggily agree that the best part of waking up is coffee — if not Folgers — in their cups. I couldn’t write without the shit, I was sure, filtering through the draft before me — Mr. Coffee, of the same brew, burbled smart-assedly from the kitchen in agreement. Performance-enhancing drugs, all right. Hell, that night, I’d stacked the inky froth with two 5-hour Energy’s. Earlier that day, I’d popped a couple aspirin pills. And that morning, a multivitamin. I’d then forgotten, though, to take my fish oil supplements, still on my desk in my bedroom — beside, that is, a dusty bottle of leftover Lexapro, which I was prescribed after my mother’s death in December. And in my desk drawer, definitively, were two 30-mg Adderall XR capsules. Shit, I’m the goddamned pope of dope, as it were. And Armstrong — neither cardinal, bishop

nor priest. Nor deacon. He’s a mere altar server, for God’s sake, and a saint, moreover, for kicking cancer’s ass. USADA, which in June doped-up doping allegations against Armstrong, is a kind of Devil’s advocate. If it could, it’d strip Armstrong of his triumph in the Tour de Testicular Cancer for, say, his “performance-enhancing” chemotherapy. USADA is an institutionalized anti-doping fetish hitched with red tape to the handlebars of American sports like a wicker basket of dildos and Voodoo dolls. They’re given to a sort of puritanical superstition, these bureaucrats, especially in deference to their Godsped holy war against PEDs. The USADA’s unmentioned motto: “Abandon dope, all ye who enter here.” But they’re armchair dopers, ironically, nine-to-fivers dosed with all manner of de facto PEDs — SSRIs, SNRIs, amphetamines, antihistamines, benzodiazepines, barbituates, Prilosec and Nexium, boner-meds. A white-collar cocktail of drugs, by all accounts. Armstrong, though, is the goddamned doper.

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There’s a word for the USADA: regressive. The agency itself is a performance-inhibiting drug. I, for one, won’t hearten those hindering humanity’s progress — Armstrongs’ seven consecutive Tour de France victories, especially. File this one under: I’m in it for the species. Phil Sweeney is a 25-year-old English senior from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_PhilSweeney.

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“There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven”

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You’ve only heard of 25 percent of the presidential candidates SCUM OF THE GIRTH PARKER CRAMER Columnist Believe it or not, there are eight people running for president this November. Since we are blessed enough to live in a political dichotomy, we are forced by the invisible hand of pragmatism to pick between one of the two candidates guaranteed to win — Obama and Romney. However, there are six other individuals from smaller fringe parties and movements who deserve at least some recognition. Not because they stand a frozen turd’s chance in hell of winning, but because they stand for interesting causes that the big shot candidates won’t even acknowledge. For example, take the most famous of the losers, Ron Paul.

Congressman Paul is a “Republican” from Texas. Paul is a libertarian, not a Republican in the contemporary sense. Paul’s main focus has always been less government, especially when it comes to the Federal Reserve. Speaking of Libertarians, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is the Libertarian Party nominee for president this year. Johnson and Paul have very similar views on several key issues. For example, they both are for the legalization, taxation and regulation of marijuana. This issue has become exponentially more important to many Americans over the past ten years than most ever thought possible, largely because many states have adopted medical marijuana programs. Marijuana legalization is an issue that Obama and Romney

won’t touch. During the 2008 election, Obama said he was in favor of reforming drug laws, and once elected, he went so far as to issue a mandate ordering the federal government not to interfere in states where medical marijuana had been legalized. And if Romney ever lit up a doobie, Joseph Smith would rise from his grave and trigger the zombie apocalypse. Jill Stein is a Massachusetts physician who has run for governor of her state twice. She is the Green Party nominee for president, and probably the most leftist of the candidates. She is critical of Obama’s liberal stances but seemingly conservative actions, like the continuing troop presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. The most entertaining candidate is undoubtedly Jimmy

Values shouldn’t affect food choices JUST JOSHIN’ JOSHUA BERGERON Staff Writer Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy recently announced his support for “traditional marriage” in an interview with the Biblical Recorder, North Carolina’s Baptist newspaper. “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy said. He offered no apologies for coming out against gay marriage, saying in a follow-up interview that the organization is “guilty as charged.” Then again, he didn’t need to offer an apology. It is his company. It is his opinion. As long as his opinion is an accurate depiction of the company’s ideals, there is no problem with his statements. Some have boldly denounced the fast-food chain, promising to boycott its products. Protesters shouldn’t be surprised. Chick-filA has a long history of exhibiting Christian values. The most obvious display of those values is being closed on Sundays. The chain also donates a portion of its revenue back to conservative charities, such as Family Research Council and Exodus International. Both are opposed to samesex marriage. Until a few days ago, Chickfil-A had done everything except publicly announce its opposition to same-sex marriage. Let’s be clear, Cathy didn’t reject gay marriage. He didn’t denounce members of the LGBT community. Protesters are acting as if the latest comments are shocking and repulsive. He simply voiced his support for the same values that his company has consistently shown. As of Monday afternoon, more

than 4,075 people had signed a pledge at Causes.com to boycott Chick-fil-A. The petition is sponsored by the Trevor Project, a national organization focused on suicide prevention efforts for LGBT youth. “As customers, we can no longer stomach your intolerance and disrespect for countless LGBT citizens,” the pledge reads. “Until your company’s values reflect the freedoms and dignities that all American citizens are due, we will no longer eat at Chick-fil-A.” Cathy is not being intolerant by voicing his support for traditional marriage. If he didn’t want business from the LGBT community, he would have banned them a long time ago. Chick-fil-A isn’t the only food corporation to publicly express its Christian values. In-N-Out Burger has printed references to biblical verses on its packaging since the early 1980s. John 3:16 appears on the bottom of their soft drink cups. The verse reads: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Tyson Foods Inc., the world’s largest chicken company, employs a team of chaplains who minister to employees at production facilities and corporate offices. Other corporations contract out similar services, but it is rare for a company to keep chaplains on the payroll. Hobby Lobby, a popular chain of approximately 450 craft stores, publicly broadcasts its Christian beliefs in its mission statement. It reads: “Honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.” First off, I don’t understand why a company that publicly expressed its views caused such an uproar. The whole issue comes down

to free speech. It is Cathy’s right to speak about his marriage views, if he feels so inclined. He didn’t do it in an offensive way. He simply stated his support of the biblical definition of marriage — one man and one woman. What is an organization that is closed on Sundays to observe the Sabbath supposed to say to a Baptist news organization? Did anyone really expect Cathy to come out in support of gay marriage? His company embraces conservative ideals and was speaking to a conservative news organization. He wouldn’t respond any other way. Secondly, why does it matter that Cathy is supportive of traditional marriage? If protesters are going to voice their opposition, they should be sure to protest all of these companies for showing their “disrespect for countless LGBT citizens.” Chick-fil-A is not discriminating against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transexuals. Its president simply expressed his views. If those views conflict with yours, then maybe it is time to find a different chicken establishment. But if you realize that it is just food, then Cathy’s decision will not change your meal choices. A company doesn’t have to mirror your beliefs for you to consume their products. Joshua Bergeron is a 20-year-old mass communication senior from Fayetteville, N.C. Follow him on Twitter @joshpberg.

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McMillan of Brooklyn, N.Y., and founder of The Rent is Too Damn High Party. His agenda speaks for itself. Virgil Goode is a former congressman from Virginia. I’d never heard of him until I wrote this paragraph, and neither have you. Similar to Romney, Goode likes to switch parties. He was a Democrat, then an independent, then a Republican and is currently a member of the Constitution Party. The final candidate for president is Stewart Alexander, the Socialist Party USA nominee from California. You haven’t heard of him because anything with the word ‘socialist’ beside it automatically conjures up images of Hitler and Stalin — at least in this country. But socialism is not a bad thing, in fact, the United States would be better off if we adopted a few socialist principles into the

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Bike Shop proudly carries mountain bikes, serves LSU In Response to the Article about Masseys opening: I realize that competition is a part of business. Growth and Prosperity are universal virtues in our society. I work at the Bicycle Shop, a business that has been serving the LSU and Baton Rouge Cycling Communities since it was in a repair bay at Death Valley Shell. We have been in business since 1983 fixing flats and getting dirty tuning bikes. We have striven to serve our community. I realize that quotes sometimes have misinformation in them. However, there is misguided statement in that article that paints our store as one not promoting mountain biking, or even having mountain bikes in inventory. We sponsor BRAMBA (Baton Rouge Area Mountain Bike Association), LSU Cycling Club, BR Tri, Rocket Kids, Rocket Chix, as well as one up and coming Junior Racer that is 12. We have no less than 25 percent of our inventory populated with Mountain Bikes. One of our former Employees and a great friend of mine, Kerry Stamey, started BRAMBA and found funding for the Mountain Bike Trails that we all take for granted. We have always supported the Mountain Bike Community. I am the ONLY Licensed PRO XC Mountain Bike Racer in the State of Louisiana. I have been Louisiana State Champ at XC on 6 occasions, State Champ

way our government does things. Socialism is taking care of society, in all respects. I predict a radical shift towards the left in the upcoming years, primarily because the wealth gap in this country is staggering. I encourage you to research these minor candidates and perhaps surprise yourself with which one you side with the most. But don’t bother wasting your vote on any of them. Parker Cramer is a 21-yearold political science senior from Houston. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_pcramer.

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