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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 • Volume 117, Issue 48
SCHOOL OF GHOULS
Campus celebrates Halloween
As ghouls and goblins make their descents on Baton Rouge today, the University community has been celebrating Halloween throughout the week. Many students celebrated the ritual this weekend at Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans, while others dressed up early for parties around the city. Students adorned doors with zombies in East Laville Hall and handed out candy to young trick-or-treaters in Kirby Smith Hall. Here are some other ways to haunt campus as the University embraces the Halloween spirit.
Boover arrested a second time Chris Grillot Staff Writer
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Just weeks after 19-year-old University student Nicole Boover was arrested for allegedly trying to murder her mother on Oct. 8, she was arrested again Friday for theft and unauthorized use of a debit card. She has since been suspended from the University, LSU Police Department BOOVER spokesman Capt. Cory Lalonde said. Attempted murder wasn’t Boover ’s only crime Oct. 8. Also that day, her Evangeline Hall roommate reported to LSUPD that $70 and her debit card were missing from her wallet, Lalonde said. After further investigation, ofﬁcers determined the stores where the suspect attempted to use the card, and by looking at surveillance cameras, they determined that Boover was the culprit.
The LSU campus celebrates Halloween on Tuesday evening by decorating residence hall doors [top left] and with several events, including the Halloween BOOzar [top right, bottom left] and Boo in the Shoe [bottom right].
BOOVER, see page 11
• Scary, funny or just plain witty, dress up for a costume contest from noon to 5 p.m. at the bookstore. • Get in the spooky mood from 6 to 7 p.m. as Swine Palace performs Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat” in the Event Room at the bookstore. • “The Dark Knight Rises” screens in the Cotillion Ball Room starting at 8 p.m. • Perpetual Groove will play at The Varsity at 8 p.m.
Listen to 91.1 KLSU for a spooky 13th Gate Halloween experience at 4:20 and 5:20 p.m.
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‘Dark Knight Rises’ Batmobile tour to come to campus Jacy Baggett Contributing Writer
On the day of the biggest football game of the year, tailgaters will also be able to view original Batmobile vehicles on display Saturday on the Parade Ground. Warner Brothers Home Entertainment Group is hosting a Batmobile tour across the United States at major sporting events to promote the home entertainment release of “The Dark Knight Rises” on Dec. 4, according to a news release. The day of the home game against the University of Alabama was speciﬁcally chosen because it draws such a large crowd.
Batmobiles that will be on display Saturday on the Parade Ground: • “Batman” television series and “Batman: The Movie” (1966) - driven by Adam West • “Batman” (1989), “Batman Returns” (1992) – driven by Michael Keaton • “Batman Forever” (1995) – driven by Val Kilmer • “Batman & Robin” (1997) – driven by George Clooney • “Batman Begins” (2005), “The Dark Knight” (2008), “The Dark Night Rises” (2012) - Black Tumbler - driven by Christian Bale
The Batmobiles will be on display from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Parade Ground at the corner of Highland Road and Raphael Semmes Road. The next stop on the Batmobile tour is New Orleans on Monday. “The Dark Knight Rises” is the
ﬁnal ﬁlm in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.
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The Black Tumbler, which was featured in “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Night” and “The Dark Night Rises,” is one of the Batmobiles that will be on display Saturday.
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Nation & World
INTERNATIONAL EU beer brewers refuse to swallow France’s huge increase on tax BRUSSELS (AP) — France, the land of wine, is planning heavy taxes on beer, and that is not going down well with brewers — even in other nations. President Francois Hollande is pushing through legislation to increase taxes on beer by 160 percent to help fund struggling social programs as France tries to contain a budget deficit hit hard by the economic crisis. The change means the price of a beer will increase by about 20 percent in bars and supermarkets, said Jacqueline Lariven, spokeswoman for the French brewer’s federation Brasseurs de France. Police say they may move from New Scotland Yard to smaller building LONDON (AP) — Anyone who has read a Sherlock Holmes novel can tell you that Scotland Yard equals London police. Perhaps no longer. London’s police force may move from its headquarters, known as New Scotland Yard, as it faces making budget cuts of more than 500 million pounds ($800 million). Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey said Tuesday that it plans to save 6.5 million pounds per year by moving to a smaller building.
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The French are planning a heavy tax that would affect local brews as well as the 30 percent of imported beer the French drink.
Wild boar attacks and injures four people on Tuesday in Berlin BERLIN (AP) — Berlin authorities say they shot and killed a 120 kilogram (265-pound) wild boar after it attacked and injured four people including a police officer in a residential neighborhood. Police said Tuesday the boar bit a 74-year-old man on the back and leg, and knocked a 74-year-old woman to the ground and injured her hip on Monday afternoon in the Charlottenburg area of the capital. It also bit a 24-year-old woman before she climbed aboard a parked car to safety.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Hurricane Sandy prompts harrowing NYC hospital evacuation
Early voting ends Tuesday for Nov. 6 presidential election
NEW YORK (AP) — Evoking harrowing memories of Hurricane Katrina, 300 patients were evacuated floor by floor from a premier hospital that lost generator power at the height of superstorm Sandy. Rescuers and staff at New York University Langone Medical Center, some making 10 to 15 trips down darkened stairwells, began their mission Monday night, the youngest and sickest first, finishing about 15 hours later. Among the first out were 20 babies in neonatal intensive care.
A patient is wheeled to an ambulance in the rain Tuesday during an evacuation of New York University Tisch Medical.
New York Stock Exchange will reopen Wednesday after Sandy
Pot, gay marriage, death-penalty, suicide are ballot-item topics
(AP) — A record number of people have cast ballots in advance of the Nov. 6 election, as about one of every 10 registered Louisiana voters showed up for the week-long early voting period that wrapped up Tuesday. The Secretary of State’s Office said more than 280,000 people and counting — out of Louisiana’s 2.9 million registered voters — have voted for next week’s election, which includes the race between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. La. seat belt use at record high of 79.3 percent from 77.7 percent
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Stock Exchange will reopen for regular trading Wednesday after being shut down for two days because of Hurricane Sandy. The exchange said in a statement Tuesday that its building and trading floor are fully operational and that normal trading will resume at the usual starting time. There had been erroneous reports Monday that the exchange floor had flooded. Exchange spokesman Ray Pellecchia said the exchange’s building did not have any flooding or damage.
NEW YORK (AP) — After all the economy-focused campaign talk, voters in some states will get a chance on Election Day to sound off on intriguing topics that the presidential rivals ignored, including death-penalty repeal, marijuana legalization and assisted suicide. In all, there are 176 measures on the Nov. 6 ballots in 38 states, according to the Initiative and Referendum Institute at the University of Southern California. Many are technical proposals by legislators related to state finances and regulations.
(AP) — The use of seat belts in Louisiana has reached a record high of 79.3 percent this year. It’s a factor officials say is contributing to the state’s declining highway death rate. The 79.3 percent rate is an increase from last year’s 77.7 percent, which itself matched a previous alltime high. Preliminary crash statistics for 2011 indicate that Louisiana’s highway death toll declined for the fourth consecutive year. Prior to 2008, the number of traffic fatalities had increased most years.
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LSU chefs have training from culinary school or service
Menus change based on student response Caitlin McCord Contributing Writer
The chefs at the University bring diverse culinary backgrounds and experiences to the campus dining halls. Chartwells Dining, the company behind LSU Dining, conducts national searches for its executive chef positions, said Don Koshis, director of operations for LSU Dining. “We get lots of inquiries,” Koshis said. “A lot of people want to come back to Louisiana or to experience a different area.” Chefs are required to have a culinary degree or 10 years of equivalent service to earn the executive chef title, Koshis said. “We have a detailed process that our company will go through before they will hire an executive chef,” Koshis said. “Years of service and culinary education are extremely important.” Michael Foster, executive chef and director of The 5, fits both categories, Koshis said. Foster graduated from the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute and also studied in Paris, France. He was living in Huntington, Calif., when he responded to an ad on a national database for a position at the University, Foster said. After his first interview, Foster returned to California with news for his wife. “When I went home I said, ‘I’m
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LSU resident dining Executive Chef Michael Foster sharpens his knife on Thursday in preparation to chop onions for The 5 dining hall.
not applying anywhere else. I’m going to get that job,’” Foster said. A few trips to Louisiana and interviews later, Foster was on his way to cooking for thousands of students. Foster’s job description immediately changed, as did the responsibilities that come with the title “executive chef.” “When you become a chef here that position evolves from cooking into all the administrative stuff,” Foster said. On a typical day, Foster must ensure that all products necessary for the day’s menu are available at The 5. He must also make sure that everything is clean and that everyone is doing their job. He makes changes to the menus on the website when there are
substitutions and checks over production sheets from the day before, Foster said. Foster has also implemented an “externship” program in correlation with the Culinary School of Louisiana, said Charlie Casrill, resident dining director. Students from the Culinary School of Louisiana come in and learn the processes. Some stay and continue their culinary careers at LSU, while others find jobs elsewhere, he said. “It’s a big program that [Foster] started that has really benefited us in a lot of ways,” Casrill said. Most importantly, he must pay attention to what the students are eating and what they are throwing away. “I look at the trashcan in the
LSU resident dining Executive Chef Michael Foster pours freshly chopped onions into a pot on Thursday in The 5 dining hall.
dish room and see what’s thrown away so that I can kind of see what [students] didn’t like,” Foster said. “Then, we either change the recipe or change the product.” His favorite part of the job is finding a plate with no food to scrape off. It means the students enjoyed the food they ate, he said. While Foster spends his time in the kitchen, the chefs at the University can be found in other unlikely places.
Both Koshis and Casrill are executive chefs by trade. “We’re not just a bunch of suits walking around,” Koshis said. “That’s what our company is all about, having food people understand and operate food operations.”
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Election’s importance debated Megan Dunbar Staff Writer
Every election has its own catchphrases, and this time around, pundits are claiming this will be the most important election in peoples’ lifetimes. At a panel sponsored by the Paul M. Hebert Law Center last week, Louisiana Commissioner for Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain said this presidential election is one of the most important because “we are on the verge of disaster.” Strain said America is headed for the ﬁscal cliff, which is the name given to what could happen to the United States economy if some laws are allowed to automatically continue or expire. This could happen due to a lack of compromise, leading to governmental gridlock. Political science professor James Garand agreed with those who say this election is the most important, because every election in recent history has been the same way.
Garand said as a nation, the United States has become more polarized as years have passed, and this has contributed to the feelings on both sides of the race that if the other side comes to power, it will be “a complete and unmitigated disaster.” “In Tweedle-Dee and TweedleDum elections, where the sides are close together, it doesn’t matter that much,” he said. The last election of that kind happened in 1976, between Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, when, according to Garand, there were no stark policy differences. Now, he said candidates have no room for compromise on their platforms. Bob Mann, director of the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, said the idea that this is the most important election is “a lot of hype.” Politicians use it to motivate citizens to vote, and it’s understandable, Mann said. He acknowledged that some elections have greater consequence
than others, such as the 2000 race between George W. Bush and Al Gore. He said in the context of war, the 2000 race was the most important in this generation. As far as leveling the playing ﬁeld, Mann said the most important thing a president does is elect Supreme Court justices, and that is one of the biggest issues in this election, with four justices older than 70. Then again, this could be argued for each presidential election, he said. Even concerning healthcare reform, which Mann considers the most divisive issue of the 2012 election, he doubts Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be able to act within a year if he is elected president. “It’s hard to make the case that this is the most important election in our lifetime,” Mann said.
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LSU Police Department ofﬁcers arrested Noel S. Singleton, 21, on Oct. 25 after ofﬁcers noticed her driving a car around the sidewalks of the Parade Ground. Ofﬁcers pulled Singleton over at around 2:20 a.m., LSUPD spokesman Capt. Cory Lalonde said. She submitted to a chemical test for intoxication, registering .12 percent blood alcohol content. Singleton, of 1411 Salisbury Drive, was booked in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Four juveniles arrested for burglary from the LSU Natatorium LSUPD ofﬁcers arrested four juveniles Oct. 22 for burglary and possession of stolen items after receiving reports of children gaining unauthorized access to the LSU Natatorium. When ofﬁcers were notiﬁed Oct. 22, they investigated and found three juveniles. After interviewing them, ofﬁcers were able to identify and locate two other children. Of the ﬁve juveniles — all of whom were male — four were between ages 14 and 10, and one was nine. The four older than 10 years old were charged with burglary and possession of stolen items. The 9-yearold could not be criminally charged, because Louisiana only allows children 10 and older to be charged, Lalonde said. The boys were released to their parents.
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Jordan Jefferson returns to jail
Tyler Nunez Sports Contributor
A judge ordered former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson back to jail on Tuesday, and this time he may be there for a while. District Judge Chip Moore ordered that Jefferson report to jail at 2 p.m. Tuesday, as well as undergo a substance abuse evaluation. The order came after Moore ruled that Jefferson’s arrest last week on drug charges was a violation of his bond agreement related to his arrest last year. “We expected this,” said Lance Unglesby, Jefferson’s lawyer. “Jordan does not see himself as above the process, and this is a process universally applied by Judge Moore.” Jefferson was arrested and charged with simple battery in 2011 for his involvement in a ﬁght at Shady’s Bar. According to reports by WAFB, Jefferson may have to remain in jail until his next court hearing on Dec. 12, but could be released sooner after undergoing a personal evaluation. “Jordan is a very humble, ﬁne young man and looks forward to the day when all of this is behind him,” Unglesby said. Contact Tyler Nunez at firstname.lastname@example.org
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LSU linebacker Kevin Minter forces Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel to scramble and throw an incomplete pass during the game Oct. 20 in College Station, Texas.
Minter gaining national attention, awards as Alabama awaits
A daunting playbook. A competitive corps. A lack of conﬁdence. Looking back at his time as a Tiger, junior linebacker Kevin Minter ﬁnds himself in the middle of a surreal season. “It’s like, man, I just walked on campus and now, I’m being spoken about on ESPN,” Minter said. “It’s a feeling you can’t describe. It’s crazy. I was just on the
Home wins vs. Bama still a new commodity Chris Abshire Sports Writer
From the ﬁrst man on the moon to the new millennium — that’s how long LSU went without beating Alabama in Tiger Stadium. Between LSU wins in 1969 and 2000, the Crimson Tide went 14-01 in Baton Rouge, often ending the Tigers’ Southeastern Conference championship dreams in a crushing fashion. “It was a really strange thing,” said Jim Hawthorne, longtime LSU director of broadcasting. “It didn’t seem to matter how good Alabama was or whether LSU may have been better. There was no rhyme or reason to why they always seemed to win.” Spanning 10 combined coaches, three decades and two stadium
bench the other day.” To be fair, he’s not exactly fresh off the bench, but that must be the modesty talking. Minter started in 11 of LSU’s 14 games last season, ranking ﬁfth on the team in tackles. Still, he never quite reached the level his teammates thought possible. A 20-tackle game was more like it. Minter caught the nation’s collective eye with his record-setting performance against Florida a month ago and he’s continued to
produce since, racking up national awards and the notoriety that comes with them. And as the heart of LSU’s defense, Minter is coming along at just the right time with Alabama looming. “I always knew he had it in him,” said junior safety Eric Reid. “He just had to show the world.” That transition was necessary, Reid said, for both of them. Bunking together during fall camp, Reid and Minter grew close. Both were inheriting the leadership post of their respective
positions. They would sit in their room and discuss their new roles. They were now the ones who had to set the example. They were now the ones tasked with teaching. But for Minter, it doesn’t seem that long ago that he was being coddled. Coming into LSU from Peachtree Ridge as Scout. com’s No. 4 middle linebacker, he quickly realized he wasn’t in Suwanee, Ga., anymore. Defensive coordinator John MINTER, see page 7
Who will win 2013 NBA Title? MIC’D UP MICAH BEDARD Sports Columnist
renovations, Alabama outscored LSU 343-161 — an average score of 23-10 — in those 15 games. The road tradition has continued even into this millennium, though LSU has largely ﬂipped the script. The home team has won just six of the last 16 meetings, with the Tigers claiming four of those six victories. In fact, the home team has only won 42 percent of games in the series, excluding ties. Alabama holds a 24-9-2 advantage against LSU in Baton Rouge. In light of LSU’s ongoing 22game home winning streak, senior offensive lineman Josh Dworaczyk said he couldn’t fathom going 30 years without beating a team in Tiger Stadium.
The best part about football season is basketball is looming right around the corner. After being robbed of a full slate of games last season due to the lockout, NBA diehards like me couldn’t wait for the 2012-2013 campaign to get underway last night. Only three contests were on the docket Tuesday, but the majority of teams play their ﬁrst of 82 games tonight instead of going trick-or-treating. The NBA is different from all other professional sports leagues because it’s so top heavy. Mediocrity is the worst place to be. Just ask the Atlanta Hawks. Once again this season, there are only a few teams who have what it takes to challenge the defending
BAMA, see page 7
NBA, see page 6
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The L.A. Lakers look on during their preseason NBA game Oct. 21 in Los Angeles. Who will win the NBA title this year? Answer the poll at lsureveille.com.
page 6 NBA, from page 5 champion Miami Heat. I give you the contenders, pretenders and dark horses in the quest for the 2013 NBA Title. THE CONTENDERS: Miami Heat The Heat got help from a foe when Ray Allen ditched Boston for South Beach. With no true center, coach Erik Spoelstra won’t be afraid to send James, Allen, Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers and Chris Bosh out on the court at the same time. Throw Rashard Lewis in the mix and Miami arguably has a better team than the one that captured the 2012 NBA Championship. With a depleted Southeast division, the Heat might win 65 games. Los Angeles Lakers Just when you thought Kobe Bryant didn’t have enough horses to add a sixth NBA Championship ring, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak pulled in perennial All-Stars Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. Acquiring Howard and Nash, along with Oklahoma City trading James Harden to the Houston Rockets, puts the Lakers at the top of the Western Conference totem pole. With the best high-low combination, a veteran backcourt of Bryant and Nash, and a dose of the always exciting Metta World Peace, anything short of a championship will be a disappointment for the Lake Show. THE PRETENDERS: San Antonio Spurs The Spurs are old. Like AARP old. I’m not taking anything away from the best power forward of alltime, Tim Duncan, or two of the best international players currently in the NBA, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, but let’s face it – the Spurs’ reign of dominance is coming to an end. San Antonio will once again have one of the best records. I just don’t see them being able to get past
the Lakers, Thunder or Nuggets in a seven-game playoff series. Brooklyn Nets A new city, new arena and new set of superstar players still won’t mean snifﬁng a title in year one for Brooklyn. The Nets resigning Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Gerald Wallace while adding Joe Johnson gives them one of the best starting ﬁves. There’s no question Brooklyn is now the best team in New York City (looking at you, Carmelo Anthony). I don’t think they’re ready to compete with Miami or Boston yet. THE DARK HORSES: Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce have one more run left. While losing Ray Allen hurts, the additions of Courtney Lee and Jason Terry along with the continuing development of Avery Bradley more than make up for him. Rajon Rondo is the most complete point guard in the game and doesn’t have to impact a game by scoring 30 points. If there’s one team that can dethrone the Heat in the East, it’s Boston. Denver Nuggets Who’s happiest about the Thunder’s choice to part ways with last season’s NBA Sixth Man of the Year James Harden? The Nuggets. Denver should win the Northwest division. It took the Lakers to seven games in the ﬁrst round of last season’s playoffs and is one of the deepest teams in the league. Despite the Lakers getting their man in Dwight Howard, you could argue the Nuggets got the better end of the trade by adding Andre Iguodala. Led by Ty Lawson at the point, the Nuggets will ﬁnd a way to be in the conversation for the NBA Title. Micah Bedard is a 22-year-old history senior from Houma. Contact Micah Bedard at email@example.com Twitter: @DardDog
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Divers battle on the boards Weil enjoying breakout campaign Chandler Rome Sports Writer
Admittedly, freshman diver Cassie Weil had high expectations entering her ﬁrst collegiate season, but she still can’t wrap her head around what’s ﬂashed on the scoreboard. Heralded as one of the top female divers in the nation and one of coach Doug Shaffer’s most prized recruits, Weil started her LSU career on a tear, winning ﬁve of her ﬁrst six competitions while shattering a school record in the process. A 17-time Junior National ﬁnalist, four-time Senior National qualiﬁer and two-time Senior National ﬁnalist, Weil has surprised even herself with the gaudy numbers she’s consistently put up to begin the season. “I was expecting to place how I was, but I wasn’t expecting to get the scores I’ve been getting,” Weil said. “I thought I’d be really sore and slower.” Following in the footsteps of sophomore teammate Alex Bettridge, who had a breakout freshman season of her own last year, Weil said she strives to keep pace with her teammate both in practice and in competition. “When I go to meets, she’s the person I look up to and she’s the person I want to beat,” Weil said. “That’s my goal: to beat Alex, because she’s really good and did really good last year.” Heeding her own advice, Weil kept pace, and then some, in her ﬁrst collegiate appearance,
shattering Bettridge’s program record in the 3-meter dive by almost six points and scoring 18 of the LSU’s 78.5 points in a dual meet loss to Auburn. Friends since before they came to Baton Rouge, Weil and Bettridge both said the competition they share is a healthy one, prompting Bettridge to be at her best from day one. “Last year, I started off pretty slow,” Bettridge said. “Now with her here, I know I have to get into it faster than I normally would. I have to start doing my dives a lot better, a lot faster.” Calling the situation a coach’s dream, Shaffer said he’s noticed a higher intensity in practice between both divers. “They’re ﬁerce competitors,” Shaffer said. “You see the ﬁre burning in Alex with Cassie having stepped out in front a little bit. That’s positive and healthy.” Weil said her adjustment from home in Hillsboro, Ore. has been seamless, except for the weight training, which she wasn’t accustomed to in high school. Filled with lofty goals for the postseason according to Shaffer, Weil will look to equal or better Bettridge’s stellar 2011 NCAA Championships, where she was an honorable mention All-American on the 3-meter and was named Southeastern Conference Freshman Diver of the Year. “She’s got high goals for the championship season,” Shaffer said. “She’s using every opportunity that she can to better [herself].” While Bettridge said she’s still a bit ﬂattered that Weil looks up to her, she issued a warning to her young teammate about the meets
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LSU freshman diver Cassie Weil dives from the 3-meter diving board Saturday in the LSU Natatorium.
to come. “Last year was really good for me, so you’d want to come in and beat me, but now I want to beat her,” Bettridge said.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 ﬁrst-time starting sophomore. But still, he admits something was “Chief” Chavis is known for his missing. “I had the size, speed and complicated schemes. This was not a “see ball, hit ball” defense, strength to play that position, but I was lacking conﬁdence to actually to which Minter was accustomed. “The playbook is like an en- make those calls,” Minter said. “I cyclopedia,” Minter said, trying to feel like I’m doing that this year show its size with his thumb and and Chief does too.” Playing against teams like foreﬁnger extended and separated by several inches of air. “Fresh- Saturday’s opponent and on a Tiger team like last man year, it was ‘It’s like, man, I just year’s helped build like, ‘Man, what that conﬁdence. am I doing?’” walked on campus In the BCS loss, The high and now, I’m being Minter registered school game played right into spoken about on ESPN. ﬁve tackles and his lone sack. He his instinctual style. Minter never It’s a feeling you can’t continued to perhis knowledge had to study footdescribe. It’s crazy. I fect of the playbook in ball before, but he had plenty of time was just on the bench the offseason. Sitting in that to do just that, toilthe other day.’ room at camp, ing behind players Reid and Minter like Jacob Cutrera Kevin Minter knew what they and Kelvin Shepjunior linebacker had to do. pard. He redshirt“Even last year, he was feeled his ﬁrst year and played just enough as a freshman to tally 15 ing his way through, he still had a presence about him,” said jutackles. Just as it looked like he was a nior linebacker Lamin Barrow. lock for the Mike linebacker posi- “If there was one thing, he’s been tion with Sheppard’s departure to more vocal this year and he’s rethe NFL, Karnell Hatcher, a well- ally putting the team on his back worn senior, was moved from right now.” So far this season, Minter is safety to ﬁll the void in the spring. They battled through the sum- ranked fourth in the Southeastern mer, fall camp and the ﬁrst half of Conference in tackles with 75, 9.5 the season, but Minter eventually of them for a loss, good for ﬁfth sealed the spot, starting the ﬁnal in the SEC, with three sacks. He’s made nine or more tackles in ﬁve seven games of 2011. He would ﬁnish with 61 tack- of eight games. Of course, he set les, 3.5 of them for a loss, a sack, the school record with 17 solo a forced fumble and fumble recov- tackles against Florida, coming ery, which he fell on in Ole Miss’s up one short of LSU’s total tackle end zone; a solid season for a record of 21 and earning co-SEC
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The Daily Reveille Defensive Player of the Week. Two weeks later against Texas A&M, he made 12 tackles and two pivotal plays with a sack and an interception. That performance earned him not only the SEC honor, but also the weekly Bronko Nagurski, Chuck Bednarik and Walter Camp awards. Even with that kind of recognition, Minter’s teammates said he stays humble. Reid went so far as to say, “He may be the most humble guy you’ll ever meet.” No matter his 6-foot-2-inch, 245 pound frame; that kind of understatement just begs for a needling. “If he was on the ﬁeld for a few more plays, he could’ve been the record-holder around here,” Barrow said of Minter’s breakout performance in Gainesville, Fla. In reply to a simple, recent request by Minter, his bunkmate remembers quipping, “So you make 20 tackles, now you want me to do stuff for you.” Joking aside, he has the respect of his peers, and the country. He also has six promising freshman backers looking up to and learning from him. Minter’s done what he and Reid set out to do, but this may just be the beginning. “It’s really starting to pay off,” Minter said. “And I’m really starting to play my game.”
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“That’s a crazy statistic, especially with the win streak we’ve built,” he said. “It’s tough to even think about the L-word in Tiger Stadium. That’s craziness to me.” Other than a tie in 1985, it was the only word LSU knew for three decades against Alabama at home. Charlie McClendon, LSU’s alltime leader in coaching wins, was 1-7 against the Tide in Tiger Stadium. Four times during those 30 years, the Tigers would have won the SEC simply by winning in Baton Rouge. The most famous loss came in 1979, when LSU dropped a 3-0 rainsoaked decision to the Tide, who rolled to a national title while averaging 34.6 points per game. The Tigers managed four wins in Alabama during the 1980s and two in the 1990s, but the Tiger Stadium voodoo continued, most infamously in 1998 when Alabama scored 15 points in the ﬁnal 2:24 to steal a 22-16 win. Then, Nick Saban came and went. In his ﬁrst season at LSU, the Tigers ﬁnally snapped the streak, beating Alabama, 30-28, behind two touchdown catches by former tight end Robert Royal and the help of a wacky replay reversal that correctly gave possession back to the Tigers after a fumble. Starting with that win, LSU leads the series 4-2 at home during this millennium, and most current players are barely aware of the Tigers’ former futility against the Tide. Dworaczyk understood the
implications more than most of his teammates, boasting that Tiger Stadium has a little “extra ﬁre” in it for the crimson-clad visitors, perhaps because of the their longtime dominance there. “There’s a lot of reasons for that extra intensity, but losing isn’t in the plans anymore,” Dworaczyk said. “The fact that, for some of the older generations, it’s still something new seeing LSU beat Alabama here — You can feel and hear it. We’ve been taught here to respect the teams before us, to take what they did and build on it.” Contact Chris Abshire at firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @AbshireTDR
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FRIED PHILOSOPHY AARON FRIEDMAN Columnist This Halloween, there are spookier things than ghosts or the number of women’s costumes attempting to make cats and other household pets sexy. For a real thriller, look no further than the flagrant manipulation of religion occurring in our own state. Televangelist Jesse Duplantis and his ministry based in Destrehan, La. scare me more than the harbingers of hell in Free Speech Alley. I at least admire their conviction, but Duplantis is less genuine than the thanks received by your neighbor who gives out “healthy candy alternatives” on Halloween night. While religion can be a wonderful thing, providing community, solace and moral grounding, it is susceptible to human abuses. If you’re unfamiliar with Duplantis, here’s a quick rundown: He’s charismatic, an excellent orator and spouts Bible quotes like nobody’s business. He’s also a chief perpetrator when it comes to unscrupulous religious practices. His extravagant personality can’t be contained to the stage of his mega-church and seeps into every aspect of his life, including his $100,000 car and third private jet. He blurred the line between religious and frivolous most recently when he purchased a $3 million, 35,000-square foot plantation home with church donations, claiming it under Jesse Duplantis Ministries to maintain tax exemption. How does Duplantis manage to make such conspicuous purchases without raising the ire of those who follow him? For one, Jesse is wilier than other dime-adozen shameless televangelists. If you remember reading about the Protestant Reformation and Martin Luther’s criticism of selling indulgences, you know religious exploitation is nothing new. As a result, some televangelists have resorted to wacky tactics to get your money. Danny Davis, master of the secret mullet — you know, the kind that can’t be seen head-on
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— peddles “No Evil Oil” and “Favor Prayer Cloths.” Peter Popoff, who disappeared briefly after being exposed as a fraud, asks you to buy his DVD “Prosperity Thinking: God’s Dynamic Forces That Bring Riches to You!” and gives “free miracle spring water.” The water rids you of disease and poverty, but only after sprinkling the enclosed “sacred Dead Sea Salt” on a $27 check addressed to Popoff. While these gimmicks may seem obvious, Jesse is a less blatant subscriber to the so-called prosperity gospel. According to Pete Evans, an investigator from the religious watchdog group the Trinity Foundation, the prosperity gospel posits that “if you give ‘x’ amount of dollars, you’re going to get that multiplied and given back to you [by God].” Head of the Trinity Foundation Ole Anthony has cited the prosperity gospel and preachers like Duplantis as the cause of the overwhelming number of homeless and poverty-stricken people
who visit his soup kitchen. Duplantis disagrees. “You know, it’s OK to make money. You serve a Jewish God! He ain’t broke and neither should you be,” he exclaimed in his DVD “Strike 1, Strike 2, Strike 3: Satan’s Out!” Duplantis argued that it was the love of money, not money itself, that’s bad. The distinction between the two becomes difficult to make, however, when Duplantis has been caught using the church-funded jet for multiple vacations, including a 17-day trip to Hawaii that racked up a calculated $40,000 in fuel and storage fees. Actions like that should be red flags for congregation members, but like the big questions in life, even minute dealings with religion are complicated. Cathy Roe, a woman impoverished by Popoff, told Inside Edition she felt she was “brainwashed” by watching him on television. I find it difficult to believe all of Duplantis’ followers are under
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a spell, though. Instead, they seek what we all seek: hope that our lives will improve, that someone cares and that there’s more than what’s readily seen by the eye. They can’t be faulted for the misdeeds of Duplantis, but it’s important that we all exercise a little caution when choosing our religious conduit. Sometimes, the best we can do is point out inconsistencies. The Bible tells us, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Jesse Duplantis tells us in his DVD, “I respect the Pope, but what are you mad at me for? He got a jet. The president got a jet and we bought it.” Aaron Friedman is a 22-year-old writing and culture senior from Destrehan. Contact Aaron Friedman at email@example.com; Twitter: @AmFried
Quote of the Day “Prohibition is better than no liquor at all.”
Will Rogers American cowboy and humorist Nov. 4, 1879 — Aug. 15, 1935
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New liquor laws won’t change much in Baton Rouge THE TRADITIONALIST CHRIS ORTTE Columnist Unsurprisingly, the East Baton Rouge Metro Council passed, in an 8-3 vote last Wednesday, an amendment that relaxes liquor laws in Baton Rouge on Sundays. Mayor Kip Holden will have 12 days to sign or veto the amendment. If he does not sign within the 12 days, the amendment will become law Nov. 5. Though loose drinking laws and culture are fairly redundant subjects in South Louisiana, this particular instance has its uniqueness. Two factors make this amendment nearly ineffective: religion and college football. First, being that Baton Rouge is not as heavily Catholic as other areas of South Louisiana, it is as
Christian-based as any other Southern town is. Simply put, the general consensus in our area is that Sundays are the Lord’s Day. Sunday is for church, large midday dinners and lazy naps. With the amendment having passed, I would like to thank God for only a seven-day week. Seven days out of the week to drink would certainly shave a couple of years, per we will always need a day off. The slow-paced Sunday is an establishment in Louisiana and the South. It’s the day typically utilized to get our lives back in order for at least another five days. Fast times on Louisiana Friday and Saturday nights would make any Heinekendrinking-Yankee’s liver show early signs of cirrhosis. I’d give a Yankee two days of rest for every one that a Louisiana man needs. Bill Nickel, a chemical engineering senior, denotes his Sundays as “more of a day for moral
intoxication,” and cannot see the new amendment really affecting his Sundays. “If anything,” Nickel said, “Sundays are composed of vows never to drink again, but we all know how that plays out.” Sunday mornings in college hardly exist — by the time you can recall last night’s shenanigans, the dosage of guilt usually drives the car to church itself. And after you make peace with the Big Man upstairs, at least for another week, it’s time to read those chapters you promised yourself you would never read on Friday or Saturday. It’s no secret, thanks to ’70s country band Alabama, that Louisiana Saturday nights are infamous. Along with bellies full of beer and a possum in a sack, brothers Bill and Jack are usually left with a headache and the shakes. Sentiments from ocal bar managers and owners seem to be mixed.
Some see it as a new opportunity for people to go out after Sunday events, but others are hesitant because of lackluster food service in bars — they don’t see people coming out only to “party” on a Sunday. Stores will also be allowed to open and sell alcohol just as they would on any other day. This should aid our Bloody Mary brunch habits. But the only time of the year where I see it having some kind of effect would be during the NFL season. However, being that Baton Rouge is easily written up as a college town that lives for Saturdays, NFL football does not draw the attention, or the thirst, that Saturday nights in Death Valley do. Sundays are also days of feasts, and football fans are notorious grubbers. But I find that if anyone were to work up a severe buzz in Baton Rouge for an NFL game, it would be over buffalo wings, cheese fries or a backyard BBQ pit.
It’s exhausting enough to run a 14-hour beer-drinking marathon and put your heart, soul and vocal chords into a team that seems to bask in fingernail-biting games. My Sunday afternoons watching the Saints and old Westerns, though just as heartwrenching, are tamer and much less physically demanding. The law could create some tax revenue from liquor sales, but this growth in revenue should prove to be miniscule. It’ll be interesting to see what Tigerland bar comes up with the most clever drink deal on Sundays. Sake Bomb Sunday, anyone? Chris Ortte is a 21-year-old political science senior from Lafayette.
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Kill or capture lists are the wrong move for the future MANUFACTURING DISCONTENT DAVID SCHEUERMANN Columnist The war in Afghanistan is winding down, but the drone wars are set to last forever. The Washington Post’s Greg Miller reported last week that President Barack Obama’s administration is codifying the use of its kill or capture lists for future administrations – a decision that will “institutionalize” targeted killing, creating a “counterterrorism infrastructure capable of sustaining a seemingly permanent war.” Unfortunately, when it comes to “kill or capture,” the Obama administration has shown a tendency to go with “kill.” Permanently institutionalizing this policy may cause more harm than good. The administration is consolidating its lists from the Pentagon and CIA into one large database, dubbed the “disposition matrix.” Similarly, the CIA is moving to become a paramilitary force rather than a predominantly intelligencegathering one, and the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command is establishing a targeting center across the Potomac River to streamline the targeted killing process for future administrations. It’s no secret the Obama administration has embraced the use of drones and targeted killings as part of its counterterrorism strategy, shaping its offense from a page straight out of the Bush administration’s playbook . And that’s no hyperbole. Drone strikes and the kill or capture lists are a neo-conservative’s wet dream, which is why Republican nominee Mitt Romney had no complaint against them when debating against the president.
Yet many “liberals” have turned a blind eye to this policy and its devastating effects. Drone strike casualties are expected to exceed 3,000 soon, a milestone in remembering the deaths of Sept. 11. Unfortunately, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) reports that as many as 1,105 of those killed were innocent civilians, including up to 213 children. The government has claimed that its civilian casualty rate is near zero, which is unsurprising if you are aware of how the government counts drone casualties. Official Obama administration policy revealed by the New York Times is to count all adult males killed in these strikes as “militants” whether they are or not. Think about that the next time you read a headline detailing the deaths of “militants.” A study released by NYU and Stanford last month came to a similar conclusion as the TBIJ and also revealed that drones are terrorizing the local population where they are mostly used, noting strikes against rescuers and funeral mourners. The study even reiterated a point many of the policy’s critics have stated against drones – that they “facilitated recruitment” for terrorist groups and have “motivated further violent attacks.” If the long-term strategy is to make us safe and stop terrorism, then drones seem ineffective. This information would have outraged liberals and Democrats five years ago, but there hasn’t been much fuss since Obama took office. But what’s most worrying about this “disposition matrix” is that it is set to become a staple for United States’ counterterrorism in the years to come. This makes me wonder: How would liberals feel with Romney at
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the helm of these powers? And with a kill list that can include an American citizen, such as Anwar al-Awlaki? With a policy that records all adult males killed as “militants?” Jingoist apologia for kill or capture has been frequent among liberal pundits. Just last week, Time columnist Joe Klein said the “bottom line” is “whose 4-year-old gets killed.” Maybe it’s just me, but that argument sounds exactly like what we’ve heard from the very people we’re supposed to be combating. And I’ve heard similar
statements from University professors. This might be blasphemy to some, but an American life is not worth any more than an innocent Yemeni’s. Or an innocent Pakistani’s. Or an innocent life anywhere. By institutionalizing this “disposition matrix” and the use of drones, we will only cause more harm to these innocents around the world and perhaps eventually to ourselves. As a country, we should forgo what is easy when dealing with a terrorist threat, and pursue something better — something that doesn’t
result in unnecessary civilian deaths (and attempts to cover them up), something that doesn’t breed future terrorists and keep us in harm’s way. Otherwise, what are we fighting for? David Scheuermann is a 20-year-old mass communication and computer science junior from Kenner.
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Disney to make new ‘Star Wars’ movies, buy Lucasfilm The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — A decade since George Lucas said “Star Wars” was ﬁnished on the big screen, a new trilogy under new ownership is destined for theaters after The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that it was buying Lucasﬁlm Ltd. from him for $4.05 billion. The seventh movie, with a
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LSUPD ofﬁcers obtained a warrant for Boover ’s arrest, and with help of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Ofﬁce, they arrested her in Jefferson Parish. Ofﬁcers brought Boover back to Baton Rouge where she was booked in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. An even stranger twist in the case happened Oct. 24 when Boover and her mother appeared holding hands in a New Orleans court, The Times-Picayune reported. Sherri Boover, Nicole’s mother, took the stand asking the court to repeal the stay-away order put in place against Boover since she was released from jail on bail Oct. 18. Sherri Boover said she was no longer afraid of her daughter, and the order was lifted. Boover is expected to stay with
working title of “Episode 7,” is set for release in 2015. Episodes 8 and 9 will follow. The trilogy will continue the story of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia beyond “Return of the Jedi,” the third ﬁlm released and the sixth in the saga. After that, Disney plans a new “Star Wars” movie every two or three years. Lucas will serve as creative consultant in the new movies. “I’m doing this so that the ﬁlms her father for the time being. Boover was initially arrested Oct. 8 after she tried to shoot her mother with a handgun around 4:30 a.m. at her mother’s New Orleans residence. Boover ﬂed from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, where she was arrested in her Evangeline Hall residence hall room. Inheritance money appeared to be the motive. Around 4:30 p.m. that same day, LSUPD arrested environmental engineering student Nathan Andrew Yuhas, 18, of 2065 Harts Lane in Conshohocken, Pa., for principal attempted ﬁrst-degree murder. Boover offered Yuhas $50,000 to help her, according to court reports.
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will have a longer life,” Lucas, the 68-year-old creator of the series and sole owner of Lucasﬁlm, said in an interview posted on YouTube. “I get to be a fan now. ... I sort of look forward to it. It’s a lot more fun actually, than actually having to go out into the mud and snow.” Disney CEO Bob Iger said Lucasﬁlm had already developed an extensive story line on the next trilogy, and “Episode 7” was now in
early-stage development. He said he talked with Lucas about buying the company from him a year and a half ago, but they didn’t decide on a deal until recently as Lucas set in motion his retirement. “The last ‘Star Wars’ movie release was 2005’s ‘Revenge of the Sith’ — and we believe there’s substantial pent-up demand,” Iger said. The blockbuster deal announced Tuesday will see Disney
pay half the acquisition price in cash and half in newly issued stock. The company expects it to add to earnings in 2015.
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