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LSU sloppy in first half, dominant in second

A Tale of Two Halves

Spencer Hutchinson Sports Contributor

Ahead only 21-14, lining up to punt the ball away wasn’t the position LSU expected to find itself nearing the end of the first half against unranked Idaho. The Tigers’ first half was riddled with missed opportunities. But something clicked for LSU just before halftime and the Tigers never looked back. The Tigers ran away from Idaho in the second half for an easy 63-14 win, but the victory wasn’t without some early hiccups. LSU came out of the gates fast, stopping Idaho’s first drive on a fourth-and-one and then scoring on its first offensive possession. The Tiger defense followed that up with one of its four interceptions in the game, which a quick touchdown drive boosted to a 14-0 lead. But then the mistakes began. Early in the second quarter, junior quarterback Zach Mettenberger threw a goal-line interception that was returned 94 yards for the Vandals’ first touchdown. “We were right at the door about to kick it in for another score, and I threw the pick,” Mettenberger said. “That really changed the momentum of the first half.” Later in the second quarter, after HALVES, see page 15 AUSTIN BENNETT / The Daily Reveille

Junior wide receiver Kadron Boone (86) runs into the end zone Saturday during the Tigers’ 63-14 win against Idaho. View more photos from the game online at

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Financial review addressed this week

Committee to look at 2006 structure Wilborn Nobles III Senior Contributing Writer

The Temporary Student Government Financial Restructure Committee will meet this week to reflect and debate how to best structure its accounts to provide funds to student organizations. Student Government President Taylor Cox said SG’s accounting system was created by former SG President Michelle Gieg in 2006 to describe how student fees should be used. But Cox said the way SG would like to access several of those accounts has changed since then. “We want to very effectively, but as quickly as possible, meet with all the people on the comFINANCES, see page 15


La. Guard honored at game Shannon Roberts Contributing Writer

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Members of Louisiana’s National Guard were honored Saturday during halftime of LSU’s game against Idaho.

At Saturday’s halftime show, the Golden Band from Tigerland wasn’t the only group who marched onto the field. Members of the 415th Military Intelligence Battalion and 239th Military Police Company — many of them University alumni — gathered on the field after the band’s performance to be recognized for their recent service abroad. Commander of the 415th Military Intelligence Battalion, Maj.

Gary Whipple II, said there were a police company returned in Detotal of 240 service members and cember, he said. 367 family members among the Leaders of the groups looked two groups in attendance. for a way to publicly recognize the The Minuteman Award was soldiers, and after asking the Unialso presented to Inversity about venues, the terim System President Hear more at school volunteered the and Chancellor William field during the Idaho “Bill” Jenkins for the 4:20 and 5:20 game. University’s continued p.m. on 91.1 “I’m humbled,” support of the Louisiana Whipple said of the opKLSU. National Guard. portunity to be recogWhipple’s battalion came back nized at his alma mater in Tiger from Afghanistan in November Stadium. 2011 after serving in Operation GUARD, see page 6 Enduring Freedom. The military

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INTERNATIONAL On Jewish New Year, Israelis fear Iran strike, police patrol the area JERUSALEM (AP) — Israelis ushered in the Jewish New Year on Sunday with a sense of uncertainty, fearful that war with Iran could break out this year. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said several thousand police officers were on patrol in Jerusalem, a standard deployment to secure public areas during the holiday. But paramilitary border police and undercover units were also deployed in case of additional demonstrations by Muslims in the city against an incendiary film portraying the Prophet Muhammad. Hezbollah urges demonstrations and protests against anti-Islam film BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Hezbollah has called for protests against an anti-Islam video starting on Monday and says protesters should not only “express anger” at U.S. embassies but urge leaders to act. Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said Sunday that the Shiite militant group will organize demonstrations against the film in different parts of Lebanon. In a televised speech, he called for an international agreement making it illegal to attack any divine religion.

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Palace to file criminal complaint over Duchess of Cambridge pictures LONDON (AP) — Lawyers for Britain’s royal family will make a criminal complaint against the photographer who took pictures of Prince William’s wife Kate sunbathing topless in the south of France, William’s office said Sunday. The palace has already launched a civil lawsuit against France’s Closer magazine, which published the paparazzi snaps of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, relaxing during a holiday at a private villa in Provence.

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University of Texas defends delayed bomb threat evacuation response

Isaac scatters caskets near Plaquemines Parish cemeteries

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — University of Texas officials were defending their decision to wait more than an hour before evacuating due to a bomb threat, one of three such incidents reported at U.S. college campuses in a span of just a few hours. The Texas school received the first threat around 8:35 a.m. from a man claiming to belong to al-Qaida, officials said. The caller claimed bombs placed throughout campus would go off in 90 minutes, but administrators waited more than an hour before blaring sirens on the campus. FBI agents charge teen with trying to blow up downtown Chicago bar

POINTE A LA HACHE (AP) — Blue tarpaulins cover loose caskets near Plaquemines Parish cemeteries. The caskets floated out of tombs during Hurricane Isaac and were scattered around large sections of eastern Plaquemines Parish. Seventy-year-old O’Neal Dorsey told The Times-Picayune that Hurricane Katrina hardly touched the parish’s cemeteries, but Isaac left damaged caskets and exposed bodies. State and parish crews, contractors and volunteers, have brought most of the loose caskets to Louisiana Highway 39 and covered them with the tarps.

HILLSIDE, Ill. (AP) — Undercover FBI agents arrested an 18-yearold American man who tried to detonate what he believed was a car bomb outside a downtown Chicago bar, federal prosecutors said Saturday. Adel Daoud, a U.S. citizen from the Chicago suburb of Hillside, was arrested Friday night in an undercover operation in which an agent pretending to be a terrorist provided him with a phony car bomb and watched him press the trigger, prosecutors said.

Property owners urged to watch out for termites after Hurricane Isaac (AP) — State authorities are urging builders and homeowners to take steps to prevent the spread of termites as they rebuild after Hurricane Isaac. Agriculture and Forestry Secretary Mike Strain said residents can contact the Department of Agriculture and Forestry to be sure the pesticide company they hire is certified and licensed. Treatments and annual inspections are recommended.



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First Rougarou Fest set for Houma, will raise money for wetland center HOUMA (AP) — A new Halloween festival set for downtown Houma will feature a mix of modern pop culture and monster myths from Cajun lore. The first Rougarou Fest — the name means “werewolf” in Cajun French — is scheduled Oct. 26. It links several existing downtown events with Halloween festivities, including a parade, costume contest and a monster-themed race. The Courier reports the event will raise money for the Wetland Discovery Center.



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Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful cleans up LSU Lakes

Jacy Baggett Contributing Writer

Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful hosted its annual International Coastal Cleanup, locally known as Beach Sweep, on Saturday near the University Lake and downtown near the Louisiana Art and Science Museum. Gwen Emick, executive director of Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful, said the event is hosted to clean up the oceans and waterways across the world. Though Baton Rouge doesn’t have any beaches, she said the city does have a lot of water. Emick said trash thrown on the roads ends up in the Mississippi River, and this event should remind people it’s not acceptable to litter.

Emick said she noticed Baton Rouge has looked cleaner recently, compared to previous years. On a scale of one to four, with one being the least amount of litter and four being the greatest, Baton Rouge scored a 1.7 on what she called the litter appearance index. East Baton Rouge resident Pern Lundell said he runs the University Lake three times a week. He said he doesn’t notice much garbage along the lakes when he is exercising. “The level of trash I see here is nowhere near as much as I have seen in other cities,” Lundell said. Emick said people are aware of the litter issue and that Baton Rouge needs to have an attractive appearance to keep tourists coming back. “Litter is such a deterrent to

tourism,” Emick said. Emick said she expected 75 to 100 volunteers at each location to collect litter. To measure the amount of litter collected, the group planned to count the number of full bags. A full bag weighs approximately 17 pounds. She said in previous years they have collected 3,000 to 5,000 pounds of garbage. This year’s collection numbers were not yet available. At the 2011 Beach Sweep, volunteers collected 461 bags of trash and removed 9,220 pounds of trash from the Baton Rouge waterways, according to the Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful website. “Someone has to clean it up. If it’s not volunteers, it’s the city

Baton Rouge Magnet seniors Jade Spears (left) and Erin Drye (right) pick up trash by the LSU Lakes on Saturday with Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful. BENJAMIN OLIVER HICKS /

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government, which costs taxpayers money,” Emick said. Debra Smith, Baton Rouge resident, said this was her first time volunteering for the Beach Sweep. She said she wanted to help the community because the University’s lakes are an area full of friendly

people and are a beautiful place to be.

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Venture capital fund to kick-start startups; goal to raise $5 million Ferris McDaniel Staff Writer

Capital Regions Venture Partners, a new venture capital fund providing initial capital to startup emerging technology and digital media companies, will be officially unveiled Friday at the Kress Gallery downtown during a noon luncheon. The fund has already raised $1 million from a group of investors but plans to collect an additional $4 million, said Trey Godfrey, Springboard Baton Rouge president. The money will help new businesses kick-start their first products, allowing them to generate even more money. The project was conceived by Springboard Baton Rouge, a recently launched entrepreneurial business accelerator in the downtown area, and Vision City Development Group, a real estate development organization. The idea to provide early-stage

companies with the services to successfully take off spawned when John Schneider, managing partner of Springboard and Vision City, and Godfrey’s father, Brace Godfrey Jr., went into business together. But, like many new companies, it lacked the necessities for a smooth beginning. Godfrey said the concept for Springboard was to “create an entrepreneurial atmosphere where we surround everyone with everything we wished we had when we were starting out in business.” Many young, bright entrepreneurs leave the Baton Rouge area for places with a “more mature” entrepreneurial environment such as Silicon Valley or Austin, Godfrey said. “It’s our effort to expand the entrepreneurial ecosystem within the capital region,” he added. Springboard will also announce the first four companies selected to participate in the upcoming fall Startup Accelerator Program at

Friday’s unveiling. Godfrey said because the Vision City Development Group has a background in commercial real estate development, specifically in historic rehabilitation, several potential real estate projects are being evaluated for renovation or new construction. The venture capital fund will help with pre-development expenses for these projects. There are about four or five projects in mind, he said. James Digby, managing partner of Amsterdam-based business accelerator Rockstart, will be the featured speaker at the luncheon. Rockstart is in the final weeks of its six-month program that selects startups to travel to Silicon Valley to visit with other accelerators and entrepreneurs and pitch ideas to investors and venture capitalists. Contact Ferris McDaniel at

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Graduate recovering from accident Chris Grillot Staff Writer

Though still unable to walk, University graduate Lauren Hoft is making strides in her recovery from an automobile accident that left part of her body immobile. “She’s very optimistic about her recovery,” said Ashley Hoft Autin, Hoft’s sisHOFT ter. Hoft, who graduated in May with a biological engineering degree, was involved in an accident Aug. 17 on Highway 411. While on her way home from job training with oil engineering firm Baker Hughes in Houston, she slammed into the side of a vehicle whose driver lost control merging onto the highway, Autin said. Hoft suffered a broken right knee, two broken ankles and five broken ribs. While in the hospital, she lost mobility of the left side of her body and her brain began to

swell, requiring doctors to remove part of her skull to alleviate the swelling. But Hoft is now fully coherent and in therapy three hours a day, “trying to get back to doing things on her own,” Autin said. And she’s giving it her all. On her first day of physical therapy, Hoft surprised doctors, Autin said. “They only like to have the patients do an hour of therapy, but Lauren told them she wanted to keep going,” she said. Autin said the support of friends, family and the Tiger community is keeping her sister in good spirits. After the accident, Hoft’s family set up a donation account through to ease the mounting medical bills. Friends and family were also encouraged to donate blood in Hoft’s name at Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center. Each donation is credited toward her bill. As of Sunday, more than $6,800 had been donated online, Autin said. Hoft has also received at least 50 blood donations in

her name. “All these people rallying together is very uplifting to her,” Autin said, adding that Hoft wants to personally write thank-you letters to everyone who helped. Hoft, 22, grew up in Mandeville. She attended Fontainebleau High School, where she took advanced placement classes and was on the swim team. Autin encourages the community to continue the support by giving to the web page and donating blood in Hoft’s name. The family is also accepting donations through Capital One Bank under Hoft’s name. Finally, Chili’s at 3420 U.S. Highway 190 in Mandeville will donate 15 percent of every sale for each Lauren Hoft flier presented today. The fliers can be found on a Facebook page titled “Ongoing Blood Drives for Lauren Hoft.” Autin said the family is overjoyed by any help received. Contact Chris Grillot at


App alerts emergency contacts Joshua Bergeron Staff Writer

As students settle into their daily routines on campus, their cyber godmother is working to keep them safe. Secret Chaperone, a web and smartphone application, is a confidential alert system that can be used to “minimize risk and dangers associated with encounters with people you do not know,” according to the application’s website. The application’s founder, Robin Hatheway — a registered nurse and professor at Southeastern University in Hammond — launched the application three weeks ago and said it is most useful to alert friends and family in case of emergency. “I created it because I used to go to five to 10 people’s houses a day, but no one knew exactly where I was,” Hatheway said. “If a college student is on their way back from a night class, the app could be especially useful.” Upon logging onto the application’s website, users can manage their schedules and plan out their day. The application sends a text

message approximately 15 minutes before an event to notify the user to check in. If the application does not receive a notice of a “safe check in,” it will notify the user’s emergency contacts with a text message. The app also has a 911 panic feature. Although the application launched just six weeks ago, Hatheway said she has already received positive feedback from several sororities on campus. Some students also see the value in Secret Chaperone because of the potential dangers of campus at night. Creative writing junior Samantha Roberge said the application may help, but it will not completely resolve all safety concerns. “LSU Police can’t be everywhere to watch out for suspicious people,” Roberge said. “From just looking at the application, it looks like it could help out. At the same

time, someone’s first instinct isn’t going to be to press the help button if someone pulls a knife. But if a friend knows where you are going to be, then in an emergency it would be priceless.”

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Analytics program debuts, teaches skills to interpret data

Danielle Kelley Contributing Writer

Twenty LSU graduate students are on their way to earning a degree only offered at about five universities nationwide, according to Kenneth Koonce, dean of the College of Agriculture. The Master of Science in Analytics degree will give students an opportunity to learn business skills needed to communicate with employers and how to make observations from large amounts of data, Koonce said. “Analytics is a concept of being able to analyze, interpret and draw conclusions form massive amounts of data,” he said. The degree is the brainchild of both the experimental statistics program in the College of Agriculture and the E.J. Ourso College of Business, and it’s aimed at students who have learned

quantitative skills like economics, engineering and mathematics, Koonce said. Students are paired with local businesses to get real-world practice analyzing and sharing their conclusions with administrators, Koonce said. “They have to work together, not only as a team, but with the CEOs,” he said. Jim Van Scotter, master of analytics adviser, said the University and state will benefit from the program for years to come. He said he expects the majority of the students to have job offers by graduation from the companies involved. Nearly all of the students in last year’s pilot group were hired upon graduation, Van Scotter said. Koonce said businesses have “billions of lines of information,” yet they do not know how


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to draw conclusions from the data. Armed with the degree and knowledge of analytics programs like SAS Institute, the students will be able to detect trends in healthcare, retail and even frauds in banking, Koonce said. The University received a million dollar grant from SAS Institute to kick-start the program, and LSU is only the second school to be paired with the program, Koonce said. Though only 20 students are enrolled in the 10-month program this year, Koonce said he expects

40 students to be enrolled in the coming years due to “tremendous interest” from businesses. “It will bring us a lot more interaction with the business community,” Koonce said. “The businesses are going to get a lot more involved in LSU.” Koonce said he not only predicts businesses will hire graduates, but they’ll also send their own employees to the University to earn the Master of Science in Analytics. Van Scotter said the computer programs the students will

learn will put them ahead of their competitors. “LSU and the ISDS department, we try to be very proactive and keep up-to-date with the current techniques. This is the hottest thing that’s happened in the statistics and analytics world at this time,” Van Scotter said. “It’s not theoretical at all. It’s practical.”

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Whipple was an ROTC graduate and a member of the Tiger Band. He said he was proud to be a part of the University’s military history. “It’s just nice that the University recognizes contributions of service members. I’m very proud to have graduated from here and been commissioned from LSU,” he said. Jason Kocsis is an interrogator with the 415th Military Intelligence Battalion, and his mission in Afghanistan was to speak with detainees to gather information vital to soldiers. Kocsis said he wasn’t nervous about walking onto the field because he played football in college, but this time was different because he was in his military uniform. “It’s very respectful for the college community to recognize us like that,” Kocsis said. Kocsis said he was grateful to the University for bringing the soldiers and their families to the game. Because this was his first LSU football game, he was most excited about being inside the stadium and recognized in front of everyone in attendance.


Kocsis brought his seven-yearold daughter to the game. He said she was thrilled to be there, but it didn’t start out that way. “She wasn’t at first because we had to miss a Daddy Barbeque at her school today,” he said. “But as we pulled up and she saw the stadium, her eyes lit up and she said this is the most exciting thing she’s ever done.” For Kocsis, being recognized publicly at the stadium made his service “worthwhile.” He said the recognition shows how much people appreciate the service of the military. Sean Burbano, a human intelligence collector with the 415th Military Intelligence Battalion, said

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[1] Students crowd the Quad on Sept. 14 to watch performances, chow down on free food and visit with various student organizations. [2] The Phi Beta Sigma steppers take the stage as part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council’s Love Purple Live Gold Yard Show. [3] Mike the Tigers dances with the LSU Golden Girls. [4] LSU football coach Les Miles makes a guest appearance at Fall Fest. [5] A Sigma Lambda Gamma member performs during the Love Purple Live Gold Yard Show.

this was his second LSU game, but he was looking forward to seeing the game from the field perspective. “The crowd here at Tiger Stadium is unbelievable,” Burbano said. Burbano said a friend accompanied with him to the game because his wife is currently serving overseas. “I’m very thankful to be given the opportunity to come out here, to be recognized by everyone for what we’ve done,” he said. “I always appreciate it when people show their support.” Burbano said he was flattered to be honored in Tiger Stadium. Capt. Katasha Cherry of the 239th Military Police Company


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served 11 months in Iraq before returning home in December. She said the recognition at the game made her realize that people understand what military members go through. “It reminds us of how appreciative everyone is because we’ve been home for a while now,” Cherry said. While serving overseas, Cherry said she sometimes felt alone and thought no one understood. “Everyone’s embraced us,”

she said. “The LSU family, our own families, everyone’s embraced us. … It’s like they’re giving us one huge hug.” Cherry’s sister and niece came to the game to support her. She said they were very proud of the military being honored. “They love any opportunity to say, ‘That’s my sister,’” she said. Contact Shannon Roberts at


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Second quarter no cause for concern THE CHAMPION SOUND ALEX CASSARA Sports Writer

made his first collegiate start — one he won’t soon forget. The two-sport White Castle standout hauled in two interceptions, returning the first for a 45-yard touchdown in the second quarter to put the Tigers up 14 and send the 92,177 in attendance into a frenzy.

Pick the pieces of your brains up off the floor, ranters, there’s nothing to worry about here. The Tigers scored 60 points for the first time since 1997 in their Saturday matchup with Idaho, routing the Fighting ’Taters, 63-14. The defense looked as opportunistic as last year’s squad, scoring twice on four interceptions, and the passing offense finally caught up with the rushing attack, nearly tying in yardage, 222-234, before Zach Mettenberger was pulled. You know when Russell Shepard’s actually catching the ball, the team is clicking. Yet the second quarter was alarming at moments. Mettenberger opened up the period in the red zone and promptly threw consecutive identical passes into coverage, the second of which was taken back 94 yards to set up a score. Idaho quarterback Dominique Blackman capped off a perfect drive with a 22-yard touchdown to a wideopen receiver when Tharold Simon, of all defensive backs, was badly beaten. Sixth-year senior Josh Dworaczyk, in his first season starting at left tackle, allowed two straight sacks to kill the Tigers’ next drive. Just before the Tigers made it a

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Sophomore safety Ronald Martin returns an interception 45 yards for a touchdown Saturday night during LSU’s win against the Idaho Vandals, 63-14.

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Lavar Edwards had more than just six points on the line. After coming up with LSU’s third of four interceptions Saturday night, the senior defensive end couldn’t allow his reputation to be shattered and not get in the

end zone. “I can’t lie, I would have got some [mocks from teammates],” Edwards said. “The guys think I’m a good athlete, so when something happens to question my athletic ability, they always give me a hard time.” The former Desire Street Academy fullback had no problem

making Idaho quarterback Dominique Blackman miss and waltzed 23 yards to paydirt. Edwards was just one of many previously unheralded Tigers to feast on the hapless Vandals in LSU’s 63-14 Saturday romp. With junior safety Craig Loston still nursing a nagging turf toe injury, sophomore safety Ronald Martin


Tigers finish SEC opening weekend with 1-1 draw Bria Turner Sports Contributor

The LSU Soccer team capped its Southeastern Conference opening weekend with a 1-1 draw against Alabama on Sunday afternoon in LSU Soccer Stadium. “I thought today was one of our lesser performances of the year,” said LSU coach Brian Lee. “We’re still at a point where we’re trying to get better.” With another physical match, the Tigers played their fourth double-overtime game of the season, and came to their third draw. “Draws are generally a good sign; it means you got fighters,” Lee said. “…Overtime comes down

to how hard you’re willing to fight. Overtime’s tough.” Alabama (5-2-1) controlled the ball throughout the game and outshot LSU (4-2-3) 27-9. After the Tigers struggled offensively in the first half, senior forward Carlie Banks scored off of a volley from the top of the box right before the end of half in the 44th minute. “[The goal] brought confidence back after losing to A&M,” Banks said. “But we gotta keep that composure going forward.” The Tide netted an equalizer early in the second half from forward Pia Rijsdijk with an assist from midfielder Theresa Diederich in the 51st minute.

While Alabama controlled the ball during the second half, both teams had many close opportunities to score, but neither could capitalize. LSU’s best chances to score in the overtime periods came from rebound opportunities, but the Tigers could not convert. “We just gotta finish the little ones we get especially late in the game,” Banks said. “We gotta be sharp on those.” Alabama nearly scored off a header by Rijsdijk initiated by a goal kick in the 66th minute, but the header was too strong and sailed over the goal. “I think we were tired, we were SOCCER, see page 11

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Freshman forward Fernanda Piña (7) chases the ball away from an opponent Sunday in a game against Alabama.

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Tigers’ struggles continue against conference foes LSU falls to South Carolina, Alabama Tyler Nunez Sports Contributor

The LSU volleyball team is in danger of falling into a deep hole after losing its first two Southeastern Conference matches this weekend. The weekend ended for the Tigers on Sunday with a five-set loss to South Carolina. After losing the first set, the Tigers stormed back, fighting off three set points to take the second set 28-26. LSU used the momentum to cruise to a 25-16 win in the third set. “I honestly thought that was going to be the turning point,” said LSU coach Fran Flory. “I thought we were going to turn it around and win it in four.” But the Gamecocks came back strong in the fourth set, winning 25-18. South Carolina then won the final set 15-12, sealing its first

victory against the Tigers since 2008. “They made a couple of adjustments, and we didn’t really respond,” Flory said. “We just gave away a couple of runs and errors that we just couldn’t afford.” LSU was able to improve its hitting percentage and its blocking percentage from its match against Alabama on Friday. Flory told her players after the game that, despite the losses, she felt they had become a better team and had taken a big step in the right direction. “I thought we played with as much heart and as much effort as we possible could,” Flory said. “I am really proud of their effort.” The Tigers’ woes began before the first serve Friday when senior libero Meghan Mannari suffered a foot injury during pre-game warmups that kept her out for the weekend. “It’s always hard playing without someone you’re used to playing with for the whole season,” said senior outside hitter Madie Jones. Things did not get any better

for the Tigers, as they went on to fall to Alabama in straight sets. The Crimson Tide dominated from start to finish, significantly besting LSU in team hitting percentage, digs and blocks. The loss marked the first time the Tigers have lost to Alabama since 2006, ending an 11-match winning streak against the Tide. “That wasn’t a good game for our team,” Jones said. “We didn’t show our true colors.” Jones and junior middle blocker Desiree Elliott paced the Tigers offensively, each recording 25 kills over the weekend. Elliott and freshman middle blocker Khourtni Fears led the Tigers with 10 blocks. The Tigers will look to bounce back next weekend when they meet Kentucky and Missouri for their first weekend at home. “Four weekends in a row traveling really gets to you,” Jones said. “We are so ready to be home with our fans.” RICHARD REDMANN / The Daily Reveille

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LSU sophomore outside hitter Helen Boyle (8) tips the ball over the net Aug. 18 in the Purple and Gold Scrimmage. The Tigers will have their first home match Friday.


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Saints defense can’t contain Newton, Panthers Steve Reed

Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton (1) tries to run past New Orleans Saints’ safety Roman Harper (41) on Sunday in Charlotte, N.C. Newton threw for 253 yards and ran for 71 yards, sealing the Panthers’ win, 35-27.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton talked all week about how much better the Carolina Panthers were on offense than they showed in their season opener. He proved it on Sunday. The second-year quarterback threw for 253 yards and ran for a career-high 71 yards, leading the Panthers to a 35-27 win against New Orleans and leaving the NFC South champion Saints 0-2 for the first time since 2007. “Times change,” wide receiver Steve Smith said of Carolina’s first win against New Orleans since 2009. Coach Ron Rivera said a loss to Drew Brees and the Saints would have been difficult to take, especially with a tough game coming up Thursday night against the Super Bowl champion New York Giants. “The way we responded as a team this week was outstanding,” Rivera said. “I think the attitude, the effort was great.” The Panthers tied a club record low last week with 10 yards rushing in a loss to Tampa Bay. They had no such problems moving the ball against the Saints. They got the running game going in the second quarter and rolled up 219 yards on the ground and 463 overall. Newton, DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert all scored on short touchdown runs and Steve Smith overcame a sore knee to finish with 104 yards receiving — the 39th 100-yard receiving game of his career. Jonathan Stewart hauled in a 17-yard touchdown catch for the Panthers (1-1), and former LSU star Brandon LaFell had six catches for 90 yards. Newton kept the Saints off balance all day, running eight times for 66 yards in the first half as coordinator Rob Chudzinski used a variety of plays that allowed Carolina to take a 21-13 halftime lead.

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“You do read option, read option, read option and then get them to play seven or eight in the box and you’ve got so many variations of plays and passes you can run off that,” Newton said. Added Tolbert: “The zone read was one of the plays that we saw on film that they was kind of vulnerable to. It was working so we stuck with it. They weren’t fitting the gaps right on that play.” When the Saints began to figure things out, Newton would find open receivers who beat oneon-one matchups on the outside. On one second-half play, there wasn’t a defender within 20 yards of Smith when he hauled in a pass from Newton along the right sideline and raced 66 yards before being dragged down. “I was shocked just as much as anybody,” Newton said. “Of all of the people on this field to be wide open, you would think Smitty would be the last person. But that is what type of pressure the zone read gives us.” Panthers tackle Jordan Gross said bouncing back from last week’s poor offensive outing was big. Gross said he’s never been on a team that has run the ball as poorly as the Panthers did last week. “We played like we’re capable of [against the Saints],” Gross said. “I would expect days

like this to be the standard, not last week.” The Saints, meanwhile, have serious concerns on defense. They’ve allowed 922 yards and 75 points in two games against Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III. “If you look at our defense, and you look at the two offenses we’ve played, we’ve played the most unconventional offenses in the National Football League,” said interim coach Aaron Kromer, who is running the team because coach Sean Payton and assistant head coach Joe Vitt are serving suspensions for their roles in the Saints bounty scandal. “So do we have to do better against those styles of offenses? Yeah, we do. “One thing we need to get settled in on is on that style. But we’ve played two good offenses, and we just need to keep working at it and plugging away.” Brees came in having won five straight starts against Carolina. He threw for 325 yards but was intercepted twice, including once by Charles Godfrey, who returned it 9 yards for a touchdown. The Panthers only sacked Brees once but pressured him into getting rid of the ball early several times. Brees was twice flagged for intentional grounding. Brees briefly appeared to be

hurt in the third quarter when defensive end Greg Hardy collapsed the pocket on came crashing down on his leg from behind. Brees hobbled off the field but returned for the next series, never missing a play. “It’s fine,” Brees said of his leg. “It just got rolled up on in an awkward position.” Brees got off to a good start by completing all six passes for 55 yards on the Saints’ opening drive, including a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham. After converting just two of 11 third-down conversions last week against Washington, the Saints seemed to rectify that problem on the game’s opening drive. But Carolina’s defense came back on the next possession when Godfrey stepped in front of a rollout pass by Brees and returned it

for a score to tie the game. Jon Beason also intercepted Brees on the final drive to seal the win. The last time the Saints started 0-2 was five years ago when they finished 7-9 and failed to make the playoffs. They’ll look to rebound next Sunday at home against Kansas City. “The challenge now is keeping from that mentality of why it’s happening, or pointing fingers and saying ‘this guy isn’t doing what he’s supposed to,’” said Saints tackle Zach Strief. “That’s dangerous. That’s poisonous to a locker room.” Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at; Twitter: @TDR_sports

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ULM falls 31-28 in Carleton sets the pace in opener overtime to Auburn Women finish 9th,

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks didn’t flinch when facing a double-digit deficit to a Southeastern Conference team on the road. They’ve been there and done that, after all. This time Kolton Browning rallied the Warhawks with two touchdown passes over the final 6:15 of the fourth quarter Saturday against Auburn, only to fall 31-28 in overtime when Cody Parkey hit a 35-yard field goal for the Tigers. A 28-14 deficit wasn’t quite as daunting as 28-7 in an overtime win at Arkansas “We don’t ever look at the scoreboard and say, ‘Oh, this is game over,’ or, ‘We’re too far behind,’” said Browning, who played another strong game. “This offense is explosive and really dynamic. We can move the ball up the field really fast.” Auburn (1-2) stopped Browning and the Warhawks to start overtime, and Justin Manton’s 37-yard field goal attempt was deflected by Angelo Blackson. Then Tre Mason rushed for 10 yards, and Kiehl Frazier downed the ball on the next play to set up Parkey’s winning kick. “We knew we couldn’t leave here with a loss,” Parkey said. “It was big for us to get the win, no matter how it looked.” The Warhawks (1-1) rallied to shock Arkansas a week ago, a rare victory against the SEC. This one wouldn’t have been that much of a

shocker against struggling Auburn. “We don’t go by their tradition or what’s on their helmet, we just play ball,” said Louisiana-Monroe linebacker Cameron Blakes. Onterio McCalebb rushed for 128 yards and a 27-yard touchdown on 11 carries for the Tigers. Frazier threw one touchdown pass and caught another, both 33 yards. The Warhawks are 4-35 against teams from the SEC but are hardly an automatic victory these days. “They keep battling back,” said Louisiana-Monroe coach Todd Berry. “There’s a lot of things we have to overcome when we go on the road and play against some very good athletes and great coaches. “It’s all the way on me. I didn’t manage this game as well as I needed to. This is my fault. I wish I could have it over, for the kids’ sake.” Most Auburn fans didn’t stick around long to celebrate the escape against a team (0-9) and a league (0-19) that has never beaten the Tigers, who host No. 3 LSU next week. Browning threw two incompletions in overtime, overthrowing Je’Ron Hamm in the end zone on third down as he was hit by Dee Ford.

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men finish 19th James Moran

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Senior Laura Carleton finished fifth overall individually to lead the Lady Tigers to a ninth-place finish out of 25 teams competing at the season-opening Commodore Classic held at Vanderbilt University on Sunday. In her first meet since redshirting in 2011, Carleton paced LSU with a time of 21:14.53 in the 8,000-meter race. “I was happy with my performance,” Carleton said. “First race of the season, it is always good to see where you are after all the miles and all the training over the summer.” The next two finishers for the Lady Tigers were a pair of senior twins. Dakota Goodman finished 42nd overall while her sister Brea finished 48th. Junior Leigh-Ann Naccari finished 62nd to round out the Lady Tigers who finished in the top-100 overall. “I think our girls did really well,” Carleton said. “We didn’t have our full team, but I think everyone who did come ran fairly well for the first race.” Vanderbilt won the meet while Ole Miss senior Katie Breathitt finished first individually. The men’s team did not fare as well as the Lady Tigers in its season opener. The Tigers finished No. 19 out of 25 Division I teams. “It was a mixed bag for the men,” said LSU coach Mark

Elliott. “A couple guys ran well, but collectively as a team, we need guys to run a whole lot better before we come back here for the conference meet.” Senior Roger Cooke was the top finisher on the men’s side, finishing 69th overall with a time of 26:16.54. “Roger ran well for us today,” Elliott said. “Based on this being his first time on the course, he pretty much ran to our expectations.” Junior Bryan Mutell was the next Tiger to cross the finish line as he placed 104th. Freshman Travis Pope finished 118th while sophomores Phillip Dempsey and Phillip Primeaux finished 128th and 129th respectively.

Eastern Kentucky finished first as a team while Western Kentucky senior Joseph Chebet finished first individually. The Tigers will return to Vanderbilt on Oct. 26 for the Southeastern Conference championship meet. “I think the race was a good indication of where we are in the SEC, and now that we have seen the course, we have a better idea of what we need to work on improving going forward,” Cooke said.

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Junior quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) runs the ball downfield Saturday during the Tigers’ 63-14 win against Idaho in Tiger Stadium. Idaho’s early scores offered a lesson for the Tigers as they prepare for next week’s SEC play.

SECOND QUARTER, from page 7

two-score game heading into halftime, my fellow Serranos patrons and I were collectively and equally perplexed. I know this is nothing new. LSU sputtered against Arkansas and Georgia last season before exploding. But they “spuddered” Saturday. The Vandals are far from SEC-caliber, and the Tigers don’t have Tyrann Mathieu to carry them if they start slow against a dangerous opponent. That’s why those struggles needed to happen now. Last season’s Tigers were ready from the start. Had this team opened against an Oregon, a loss wouldn’t be out of the question. This is a team that’s still carving its identity. Mettenberger is still getting his feet underneath him and is improving. The linebacker and secondary corps, while deep, are young and inexperienced. With Dworaczyk and P.J. Lonergan now battling injuries, the offensive line’s chemistry has to be strained. The thing to take away is how they all responded. Mettenberger capitalized on short field position in the drive following his sacks, going 3-for-3 with

BENCH, from page 7

Assisted on both interceptions by deflections from freshman cornerback Jalen Collins, Martin chalked the first interception up to football instincts. “It was awareness,” Martin said. “Actually I was on my man, and I happened to glance back and I saw [Collins], so I ran over.” With LSU coach Les Miles calling Collins’ deflection the key to the play, he lauded both for teaming up on such crucial situations. “It is that safety that is playing the eyes of the quarterback that can be late to the scene and make that play,” Miles said. “Those were bigtime plays.” After learning he’d start last Sunday after the Tigers defeated Washington, Martin relished the opportunity to compete for the starting role with the oft-injured Loston, all the while learning from senior safety Eric Reid. “He knows the defense,” Martin said. “I don’t know everything, but the things I don’t know he’ll keep me on point with.” With victory ensured and junior running back Alfred Blue hobbled with a knee injury, Miles turned things over to freshman Jeremy Hill in the backfield. The former Redemptorist High standout shredded the Vandals for 61 yards and his first two

SOCCER, from page 7

fatigued from Friday night,” Lee said. “Friday night was a big game— we didn’t rotate a lot of players.” The Tigers faced Alabama just 42 hours after losing 1-0 to No. 10 Texas A&M. The Aggies scored in the 13th minute with a header from junior Rachel Lenz off of a Texas A&M corner kick. A&M dominated the game, taking 19 shots compared to the Tigers’ nine. LSU’s closest chance to score came from an Addie Eggleston drive


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a touchdown before the half. He kept it up in the third quarter. You would have never seen a bomb as beautiful as the one Mettenberger threw to Odell Beckham Jr. in the past four years of LSU football. After allowing Blackman an 80 percent completion percentage in the first half, the young secondary held him to just over 52 percent and added another interception by freshman Jalen Mills in the second. collegiate touchdowns in just one quarter of action. Stuck behind a stable of four other proven running backs, Hill burst onto the scene Saturday showing what junior quarterback Zach Mettenberger raved about all summer. “Dude’s a workhorse,” Mettenberger said. “You can really tell why he was such a big recruit coming out of high school.” Sophomore Kenny Hilliard, who chipped in two touchdowns of his own, lauded Hill for playing the same way he’s played “all his life.” “We needed another back and he was there and he did what he needed to do,” Hilliard said. “Jeremy did great.” With Tigers young and old contributing to the vandalization of Idaho, the start of Southeastern Conference play next week may call for more help from the bench. For Martin, it’ll be business as usual. “I’ve just got to be patient and wait for when [Miles] comes up to me next,” Martin said. “When I get the opportunity, I’ve just got to keep performing and keep playing hard each and every down.”

Plus, keeping with LSU coach Les Miles’ recent Will Ferrell

page 11 references, watching freshman Jalen Collins and sophomore Ronald Martin work together was reminiscent of stepbrothers Dale Doback and Brennan Huff’s rendition of “Por Ti Volare.” Simply tear-inducing. The only real concern for the offensive line is its health. The run blocking was as dominant as usual, helping to rack up 268 rushing yards and making true freshman Jeremy Hill look like he’d done it before in his first snaps as a collegiate running back, but it’s one serious injury away from being a liability in the passing game. If the big boys can’t get healthy before Jadeveon Clowney and the Gamecocks roll into Baton Rouge on Oct. 13, LSU is in trouble. All week, Miles gave the Nick Saban “we’re not taking teams lightly” spiel, minus the rage. His players

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echoed him, but their play in the first half didn’t reflect it. But to let Idaho into the game is just what this learning team needed to be prepared going into SEC play this week. The offensive balance will continue to even out as Mettenberger gets more games under his belt. Same with the secondary. And if the line can get healthy, this team can and will be better than last season’s SEC champions.

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Indefinite detention injunction a civil liberties victory MANUFACTURING DISCONTENT DAVID SCHEUERMANN Columnist Rejoice, civil libertarians. Indefinite detentions have finally met their match in court. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest issued a permanent injunction Wednesday of the indefinite detention provisions located in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012. The NDAA is an annual bill specifying the Defense Department’s budget. Last year’s version, however, included language authorizing the government to indefinitely detain anyone, including anyone who “substantially supports” al-Qaida, the Taliban or “associated forces.” The problem lies in the fact that “substantially supports” and “associated forces” are vague terms that would give the government irresponsibly broad powers that could be used against American citizens. Journalists, writers, activists and dissidents of all kinds immediately began to fear this new power when it arose, prompting Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges — along with other notable dissidents including MIT Professor Noam Chomsky and noted whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg — to file suit against the Obama administration. The result: Wednesday’s injunction. Yet while Judge Forrest’s ruling was a victory for liberties and the justice system, it was also a sign of President Obama’s failure to be the change he promised. When President Obama signed the NDAA on New Year’s



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Eve last year, he issued a signing statement declaring his “serious reservations” about the bill’s detention provisions. Obama apologists have latched on to this statement, arguing the president could not take the political risk of vetoing defense funding. I prefer to judge people — especially politicians — by their actions, not empty promises. When a temporary injunction was filed against the detention provisions in May, the Obama administration didn’t back off relieved that these powers were temporarily struck down. Instead, the administration appealed the decision, demonstrating a clear will to keep the powers laid out in the NDAA. In fact, during a hearing in March, Judge Forrest continually asked the administration’s lawyers if the NDAA would apply to journalists doing war correspondence or writers exercising political speech protected by the First Amendment. Time and time again, the lawyers claimed they could not answer those questions. If the administration refused to define the scope of the bill, how can the civilian population ever know what actions would lead to detention under these powers? And how can anyone ensure a future administration won’t apply an even broader interpretation of the NDAA’s provisions? The administration’s refusal to give specifics on the limits of the NDAA’s detention provisions seems to indicate a desire to keep these powers as vague and broad as possible so they can be applied in whatever way the executive branch sees fit. The Sedition Act, the Espionage Act of 1917 and COINTELPRO are all historical evidence of our government’s abuse of

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authority when dealing with those who disagree with it. Yet the NDAA hearings brought their own evidence for possible abuse. During the hearing in March, journalist Alexa O’Brien produced a Department of Homeland Security memo that sought to link the Occupy Wall Street protests with cyberterrorism, according to author Naomi Wolf, herself a plaintiff in the lawsuit. The administration did not dispute the memo when given a chance by Judge Forrest.

Judge Forrest’s permanent injunction of the detention powers was an encouraging decision after a decade of watching civil liberties deteriorate in the name of security. But it’s not over yet. The Obama administration has already appealed the decision, and it is possible a different decision will be reached next time. These are the types of powers all American citizens should be standing against. They defy the core ideals this country was founded on and threaten the health of our democracy.

Civil liberties will hopefully prevail, but it is up to us to pressure the president to cease his defense of these powers and let them die.

endorsing religion. This would include federal govt, state govt, city councils, and schools. Churches are free to promote religion as much as they want and there is nothing to stop them. And I would defend their freedom to do this. But State and Church should remain separate. Keep Church out of State affairs and keep State out of Church affairs. Any entanglements create problems for both.” - fishbusterus

“As an atheist, I don’t think this article gets it quite right. No one has a problem with students praying. The problem is government endorsement and accommodation of religion, from praying at school events to gutting the science curriculum to keep students from facing the uncomfortable disconnect between science and their religion. There’s nothing wrong with a student silently praying to himself during his free time.” - Garrett Ordner

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Fuel efficiency standards to raise gasoline prices THE DAMN HAMM TAYLOR HAMMONS Columnist As per usual, government is using policies to control the market. The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation recently completed the fuel-efficiency standards. Don’t get me wrong, the new standards are good for our fight against oil dependence and encourages the inclusion of renewable energy sources — we can’t burn fossil fuels forever. But one of the secondary effects will be a government-influenced gas price increase, though no one in D.C. will say he or she supports the raise. Steven Chu, secretary of the Department of Energy, spoke to

Congress in February, saying his department’s goal “is to decrease our dependency on oil,” by “working to promote alternatives such as biofuels and electric vehicles.” How he plans to do it is through raising the price of gas. In 2008, Chu told The Wall Street Journal, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” He found a way, all right, and it’s not good that he did – Chu is a walking contradiction. We should never want to be like Europe — we eat American fries now, remember? Because secondary effects are not immediately observable, Chu hopes his plan slips under everyone’s nose. And although an increase in fuel-efficiency is needed, higher gas prices are not. The price of gas in Europe is equivalent to around

eight U.S. dollars. The whole idea emerges from basic economic principles: the higher the price of a good, the fewer consumers. So, raise the price, and everyone will suddenly stop driving, right? But the not-so-basic principle of elasticity shows that gas is one of the most inelastic goods today — an increase in price will not drastically reduce the number of consumers. As the market has repeatedly shown, gas-guzzling vehicles are preferred over the electric and hybrid competition. It should come as no surprise, but for the last several decades, Ford’s FSeries has been the overall bestselling vehicle in America. However, the new standard forces automobile companies to make more fuel-efficient cars — a product not in high demand. How does one sell a product no one wants to buy?

In order for a demand to exist, there must first be an incentive to purchase the good. And the government will not leave auto companies in the mess they’ve created — reference the GM bailout. So, doing what the government does best, taxes will be used to increase the price of imported oil until domestic oil is more favorable. Add another tax on the cost of drilling in American soil, and the government has officially gained control of how much you suffer at the pump. Sure, an increase in gas prices will raise the demand for fuelefficient cars, but they will cost more. With our economy in its current state of suck and unemployment rates comparable to the Great Depression, people cannot afford to purchase a new car. Therefore, most of us would be just as dependent on gas as

we are now. The only noticeable change would be the size of our wallets. If the government leaves gas prices alone, over time, the market will push us into fuelefficiency. If electric and hybrid cars are not in demand now, the price will drop. So, as the cheaper, more fuel-efficient option, more people will buy them. The only difference is that people will buy them when they can afford them. Taylor Hammons is a 19-year-old mass communication sophomore from Atlanta.

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Chicago teachers must emphasize important issues John Buysse Daily Illini

UWIRE — Teachers from Chicago Public Schools hit the streets to strike Monday. It is the first time they have gone on strike in 25 years, and union leaders are butting heads with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel over a number of issues. In fact, they are crying foul on such a variety of issues that many are saying the general public doesn’t fully understand why they are on strike. After researching the issue at length, trying to understand its purpose myself, I came across several articles, each highlighting different issues at stake. For example, the progressive website Occupied Chicago Tribune listed improving education, staffing and compensation as the main issues. The Chicago Tribune, on the other hand, listed low salaries, job security and weakening teacher evaluations as the reason for the teachers’ strike. Whether you agree or disagree with the teachers union exercising its right to strike, this is just bad communication on the teachers’ part. Success of strikes relies on the public’s collective understanding of its purpose. The court of public opinion, much like a court of law, is one in which strong evidence must be paired with logical, pinpointed arguments. Without these, the jury (in this case the public) is unlikely to side with such a weak argument. To keep the metaphor going, the teachers union is similar to the prosecutor in this case. By

fighting for so many different issues, they are basically charging the “defendant” with a laundry list of unrelated crimes. Fighting for this array of issues turns what should be the union’s loud but united voice into a loud noise that the public will easily tune out. This lack of focus will be their downfall. On top of that, public opinion of unions in general is on a steady decline. According to a June 2011 Pew Research poll, 45 percent of respondents had a favorable view of unions. This number is down from 58 percent in 2007. Unions fighting for anything is an uphill battle during this day and age. An unclear message makes this hill even steeper. Although the 2011 Occupy Wall Street movement is not a union-organized movement, it possesses many of the same issues that will likely plague the strike by CPS teachers. The movement started with much of the country behind it but is now a footnote on what will become the pages of history books covering present times. By lacking focus or any concrete demands for what to change and how, the Occupy protestors were easily painted as lazy Americans who want success handed to them. The inability to find its voice and strike a chord in the hearts of everyday Americans (whose opinion does matter), the Occupy movement lost legitimacy. Teaching is a profession that I respect above all others. It is one of the toughest jobs around. It is hard work for low pay and is


Thousands of public school teachers and their supporters rally outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Sept. 13 in Chicago to protest against Penny Pritzker, whom they accuse of benefiting from being a board member of both the Chicago Board of Education and Hyatt Hotels.

sometimes thankless. It’s remarkable that many teachers dedicate their lives to advancing students into a bright future. It is these beliefs that lead me to believe there is merit behind this strike, but I am not exactly sure what that is just yet. To win this battle, CPS

teachers must better organize, engage and convince the public that what they are doing is legitimate. They must narrow in on issues most important to them. Finally, they must walk but never cross the fine line between seeking fairness and pushing greed. Any movement that

displaces 350,000 Chicago children from the classroom must have this merit. Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at; Twitter: @TDR_opinion

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The Daily Reveille HALVES, from page 1 sophomore safety Ronald Martin returned an interception for a touchdown to give the Tigers a 21-7 lead, blown coverage by the Tiger defense led to the Vandals’ second touchdown, closing the gap to 21-14. On the Tigers’ ensuing possession, Mettenberger was sacked twice in a row on second and third downs, forcing the Tigers to punt and giving Idaho an opportunity to tie the game. LSU stopped Idaho deep in its own territory with the help of three consecutive false start penalties by the Vandals. But Idaho still managed to formulate the most successful half out of any Tiger opponent this season. The 14 points the Vandals hung on the scoreboard in the first half came up just three short of the 17 the Tigers surrendered to North Texas and Washington combined. But after halftime, LSU looked like a different team. The Tiger defense completely locked down the Idaho offense. LSU forced two more interceptions and limited Idaho to

page 15 92 offensive yards, shutting out the Vandals’ in the second half. The LSU offense racked up 288 yards and scored on all but two of its six offensive possessions in the second half. The Tigers’ rushing game was the highlight of the offense for the third straight game, running for 268 yards, 201 of which came in the Tigers’ dominating second half. Senior wide receiver Russell Shepard said nothing needed to be said at halftime for the Tigers to know they had to fix their early sloppiness. “When you have a team like this one, the coaches don’t have to get up on us and yell and scream at us because we know what we have to do,” Shepard said. Shepard had his best game this season with 68 receiving yards, but he still hasn’t connected with Mettenberger for a touchdown this season. The LSU passing game as a whole experienced more success than in its previous two games, despite Mettenberger’s early interception.

The Tigers connected on passes for 222 yards, eclipsing the 200-yard mark for the first time this season. Mettenberger also passed for two touchdowns, doubling his total for the season. Mettenberger said the Tigers’ passing performance Saturday is only a small taste of what they are capable of this season. “If we keep executing in the passing game and minimize the turnovers and mistakes, the sky is the limit for us,” Mettenberger said. “We could have put up more pass yards if we wanted to tonight, but we kind of held back.” LSU coach Les Miles said the best thing about the Tigers’ change in play in the second half is that it showed that they can step up their game in crunch time. “I think everybody can see that we can be a dominant football team,” Miles said. “In all three phases, at different times, we were dominant in this game.” Contact Spencer Hutchinson at

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