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Many students are voting in their first presidential election, p. 4

Social media is a game-changer in the 2012 campaign season, p. 6

How does religion influence who students vote for? p. 7

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Reveille columnists explain why they voted for their candidate of choice, p. 16 and 17 PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS / The Associated Press

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INTERNATIONAL Anonymous movement in London protests on Guy Fawkes night LONDON (AP) — Several hundred protesters wearing masks have gathered outside the British Parliament to mark Guy Fawkes night. The protesters Monday were supporters of Anonymous, a loosely organized movement of cyber rebels and activists. Anonymous draws much of its iconography from the story of Fawkes, and the anti-hero’s ghostly white mask is a staple of the online movement’s demonstrations. There were fireworks and bonfires throughout much of England to mark the anniversary. Syrian chaos deepens as rebels, Palestinians fight each other BEIRUT (AP) — New chaos engulfed Syria’s civil war Monday as Palestinian supporters and opponents of the embattled regime were swept up in intense fighting in Damascus, while rival rebel groups clashed over control of a Turkish border crossing. The rare infighting — accompanied by car bombs, airstrikes and artillery shells that killed or maimed dozens of people — heightened fears that if Syrian President Bashar Assad falls, the disparate factions battling the regime will turn on each other.

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Supporters wearing Guy Fawkes masks pause for the media to film and photograph them Monday as they take part in a protest march along Whitehall in London.

Months of Nigerian floods kill 363, displace 2.1 million LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency says 363 people died over months of flooding across the West African nation and 2.1 million others were displaced. The agency made the announcement Monday as Nigeria’s annual rainy season is coming to an end. The report covered July through the end of October. The agency said Adamawa and Kogi state suffered the worst casualties, with more than 18,000 people being injured.

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Police helicopter refurbished before crash, two officers killed

Sean Payton could be a coaching free agent in 2013 after suspension

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta police helicopter that crashed and killed two officers on board had been completely refurbished within the last decade, and its pilot and maintenance crew were confident it was safe to fly, officials said Monday. The 45-year-old chopper went down on a busy city street late Saturday while the officers were searching for a 9-year-old boy who had run away. The helicopter hit a power line pole, and part of its landing gear got tangled up in cables before the rest of it plummeted to the street. Post Sandy, manic Monday begins for commuters in New York

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Dismissing speculation that he might be interested in Sean Payton, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he has “a lot of faith” in coach Jason Garrett and has no idea if the suspended New Orleans Saints coach might be available next season. Payton was suspended for the season by the NFL for his role in the bounty scandal. The league has taken issue with a clause in the contract extension he agreed to more than a year ago, which was to have kept him in New Orleans through 2015.

NEW YORK (AP) — Commuters streaming into New York City on Monday endured long waits and crowded trains, giving the recovering transit system a stress test a week after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the eastern third of the country, with New York and New Jersey bearing the brunt of the destruction. Trains were so crowded Monday on the Long Island Rail Road that many people missed their trains. With PATH trains between New Jersey and Manhattan still out, lines for the ferry in Jersey City quickly stretched to several hundred people.

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City of Atlanta Capt. Stacie Gibbs and Major Vincent Moore embrace Sunday at the crash site of a police helicopter that killed two officers in Atlanta.

112-year-old U.S. apparel maker in Pennsylvania to shut down

International Paper gives two reservoirs to LDWF in order to preserve

ORWIGSBURG, Pa. (AP) — One of the last U.S. apparel manufacturers of its kind is losing its shirt. FesslerUSA had survived war and depression, free trade and foreign imports, producing millions of knitted garments from its base in eastern Pennsylvania. Five years ago, third-generation owner Walter Meck and his family were feeling so good about the company’s prospects they doubled capacity, moving into a former pencil factory outside the small town of Orwigsburg.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — International Paper is giving the state two reservoirs that are popular recreational sites near Bastrop, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Monday. The Bussey Brake reservoir is on a 2,600-acre site and the Wham Brake reservoir on about 5,500 acres. The company, which closed its Bastrop mill in 2009, impounded both areas in the 1950s. The donation will preserve them for future generations, said IP Senior Vice President Tommy Joseph.



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LSU employees give more money to Obama than Romney Kevin Thibodeaux Contributing Writer

Professors from the University donated nearly $8,000 to President Barack Obama and only $2,000 to his competitor Mitt Romney in the upcoming presidential election. Thirty-three professors and employees donated a total of $9,554 to the two presidential candidates. The average donation was $308, and the largest donation came from English professor Benjamin Kahan, who contributed $1,508 to Obama’s campaign. On the Republican side, Frank Opelka, chief executive of the LSU Healthcare Network, donated $985. Only three University employees donated to the Romney campaign, but the average donation of $670 is more than double the approximate average of $250 contributed to the Obama campaign. Contact Kevin Thibodeaux at

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Democratic incumbent faces competition in mayoral race Megan Dunbar Staff Writer

While presidential politics have dominated national headlines, state and local issues are also part of today’s ballot. The mayoral election will decide whether Democratic MayorPresident Kip Holden will serve four more years in office, or if the mayor-presidency will go to one of the other three challengers. Republican candidate MayorPresident Pro Tempore Mike Walker is closest to upsetting the past favorite, but two unaffiliated candidates are also running. After fellow candidate Gordon Mese called for Walker to bow out of the race at a mayoral debate, Walker said he would never step out of a race he is winning. Walker’s main idea is the elimination of Baton Rouge crime, and his plan to combat that includes financing a new police academy and making crime-stopping a priority in the budget. Mese is running on the platform of a closer-knit Baton Rouge.

He wants to keep graduates of the local universities in the city. Mese has a background in urban planning and believes Baton Rouge’s basic infrastructure is the root of the city’s problems. His solutions include an overhaul of the Unified Development Code that will reform city permits, utilities and street planning, among other basic aspects of Baton Rouge life. Attorney Steve Myers has run in eight separate elections now, winning one in 1996 for a seat on the Democratic State Central Committee. Myers said he hates singleissue candidates. He boiled down his fiscal policy, saying paying for public safety and infrastructure are the two main pillars of financing Baton Rouge, and the rest is bonus. He introduced 40 more issues in his “Myers Message” series, with a three-part video on the economy and one about development in downtown Baton Rouge and Tigerland. He suggested the Tigerland

area is neglected and students have moved on to newer residences, and he wants to turn that around. “Everything around LSU should be spic-and-span clean, and Tigerland is far from that,” Myers said, citing graduation speakers and other illustrious visitors to the University’s campus. Voters will also weigh in on the gun law issue politicians have been debating about for the past few months. The amendment proposes concealed weapons permits are unnecessary, and any further law change would have to be reviewed by a court. Other amendments up for a vote include setting money aside for Medicaid, tax exemption for non-manufacturing businesses that was previously conserved for manufacturers and property tax exemption for spouses of disabled veterans. Contact Megan Dunbar at

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Both candidates call education a priority as tuitions rise

Ben Wallace Senior Contributing Writer

Tangled in the complex political web of election issues sits education, which will have large financial implications for many students both during and after college graduation. No matter what happens Nov. 6, the U.S. will end up with a president who graduated from Harvard Law School. Each candidate has personally invested a hefty amount of time and dollars into higher education, helping to fuel heated debates on the subject at the forefront of many students’ minds. President Obama says Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney hasn’t prioritized education and that if the former Massachusetts governor is elected, he’ll apply heavy cuts to student loan funding, deepening the burden on recent college graduates buried in debt. “I’m not going to cut education funding,” Romney responded in the first of three presidential debates, repeatedly asserting the importance of a proper education to lead a successful American life. As governor, Romney implemented a state-funded, meritbased student aid program in

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Presidential candidates often make college campus campaign stops. Just this week, Republican candidate Mitt Romney [left] visited George Mason University on Monday, while President Barack Obama [right] visited the University of Cincinnati on Sunday.

Massachusetts. He also supports the idea that higher education should be available and affordable to everyone, though he hasn’t offered ways to make it happen. Obama has maintained that higher education is one of his top priorities, evident by the fact that Pell Grant funding has yet to drop despite the urge by Congress to cut federal funding to the financial aid program. As president, he passed legislation that makes it easier for students to pay back federal loans. He also played a role in increasing the number of Pell Grant recipients and extended the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which

provides up to $2,500 of credit per student annually, for up to four years. A possibility under either administration could be the elimination of subsidized student loans, for which the federal government pays the interest on student loans while the recipient is enrolled in college. In any case, both tuition and student debt are soaring both nationally and locally, according to figures provided by the LSU Office of Budget & Planning and The National Center for Education Statistics. In Louisiana, 46 percent of college students graduate with

debt, averaging more than $22,000 per student, according to a survey of 2011 graduates by the Institute for College Access & Success. That’s not so bad compared to the rest of the country. The Bayou State has the fourth-lowest percentage of students graduating with debt. As for the amount of debt incurred, Louisiana ranks No. 35 in the U.S., meaning 34 states have higher average debt amounts per student. Political science junior Jamal Reneau said he believes Obama has the better policies for higher education, but doesn’t think any will get passed through a Republican Congress.

“There’s really a stalemate,” Reneau said. He won’t cast a vote in the presidential election because he feels powerless under the current Electoral College system. English senior Daniel Brooks said he will vote for Obama, although he doesn’t believe either candidate has an idea to improve education as a whole. “I get the feeling that Romney is not too much concerned with the plight of the overworked college student,” Brooks said, adding, “I think [Obama] really does have student debt on his mind.” The issue hits close to home for Brooks because as a sixth-year senior, he said he will definitely graduate with debt. Kinesiology sophomore Leslie Burch already cast her vote for Romney, but she said education “wasn’t the deciding factor.” Other students, like first-time voter and mass communication sophomore Paige Fenerty, simply haven’t researched the issue. “It probably should [matter], but I haven’t looked into it that much yet,” Fenerty said.

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First-time voters encourage others to choose wisely Jacy Baggett Contributing Writer

For many University students, this election will be the their first time to cast a presidential ballot. For agricultural business sophomore Gabe Stelly, this election is important to him because he feels like he finally has a voice. Stelly said he has always been involved with politics on the local level by talking to people and expressing his views. He said he feels like he finally has a reason to campaign now that his vote counts this year. He said it’s important for students to vote because their votes

could affect the job market and their opportunities for future careers. “This is your country and you are in college to get a job, but you might not have a job to get in four years when you graduate if you don’t go out and vote,” Stelly said. Biology freshman David LaPlante also said it is students’ responsibilities to research the candidates and figure out what they think is best. He said even though each person only has one vote, talking to people could help others make decisions. “You can actually sway a lot more votes than just your own. You

can campaign yourself,” LaPlante said. Stelly said he has always paid attention to the news but has been particularly attentive during this election season. He said much can be learned about a candidate from the debates by the amount of pressure the candidates face. “The president is always under pressure. That won’t change my vote, but it’s important to see how they act under pressure,” Stelly said. However, LaPlante said he thinks the debates are subjective and there is no defined winner. “Everybody wants to say that

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whoever they decided on won the debate,” LaPlante said. LaPlante said voting is more of a responsibility than a privilege, adding he hopes other students make their own decisions instead of relying on their parents or peers to make decisions for them. He said voting for the same candidate as one’s parents isn’t always a bad thing, and it can be completely just. “I see it as a responsibility to absorb as much information as you can, but a lot of people are spoonfed what they are going to vote by their parents and peers,” LaPlante said. LaPlante said he was openminded when he made his

decision, and he hopes other students will be, too. He said he plans to watch the results alone because he doesn’t want to be ganged up on by people supporting a different candidate. “It would be like watching the ’Bama game in the ’Bama section, especially if ’Bama wins,” LaPlante said. Stelly said he plans to watch the election results with the College Republicans of Louisiana State University dressed as Ronald Reagan. Contact Jacy Baggett at

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Candidates avoid discussing sensitive social issues Chris Grillot Staff Writer

While a downtrodden economy and unemployment have been at the forefront of the 2012 presidential election, sensitive social issues have been knocked mostly to the background. But these issues often sway some voters, said Bob Mann, a University political communication professor and director of the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs. Mann said campaigns use issues such as opponents’ stances on abortion or marriage equality to “drive a wedge” between the voter and an opposing candidate. President Barack Obama is

pro-choice on abortion and has endorsed gay marriage, while Republican candidate Mitt Romney is prolife and against gay marriage. Though Mann said abortion hasn’t intruded much in the campaign this year, it came to light in recent weeks when Obama criticized Romney’s endorsement of Indiana Senate contender Richard Mourdock, who supports a ban on abortion, including pregnancies resulting from rape and incest because he said they are “something that God intended.” By criticizing Romney for this, the Obama campaign is trying to portray Romney as far-right wing and drive a wedge between Romney and women voters, Mann said.

Though the Romney campaign says he disagrees with Mourdock’s remark, Romney has yet to withdraw his support. On the other side, Mann said Romney has tried to focus on economic issues, steering away from approaching many social issues such as abortion. “It’s not an issue that generally plays well for them with swing voters,” Mann said. Republicans, though, have changed their stances from far right in the Republican primaries to move more toward the middle ground. This may account for the reason Obama performed poorly in the first presidential debate, Mann said. While some people say they

vote solely on certain sensitive issues deeply affecting them — known as “single issue voters” — this is probably not entirely true, Mann said. “People who say they’re ‘single issue voters’ aren’t really ‘single issue voters,’” he said, explaining the “single issue” is just a “proxy” for other grievances people have against candidates. Creative writing and psychology junior Hannah Marks said voters should not base their decisions on single issues, but she respects that it’s their right to vote how they choose. “It’s not fair for other people to say one issue is important enough,” she said. “But if that’s the most important thing for them, then that’s

what they should vote for.” Political science senior Megan Lassere had similar sentiments, saying it can be “narrow-minded” to vote on single issues. “People should take more issues into consideration,” Lassere said. Overall, social issues haven’t been a huge topic this election season and probably won’t be deciding factors for most voters, Mann said. “These ‘wedge’ issues that are used to scare voters sort of recede into the background when we’re talking about people’s jobs and future and health of the nation,” he said. Contact Chris Grillot at

Debate gaffes give entertainment, no matter the party night just so that they could see it and then said, ‘Which one is an American? Which one is in a city in America, and which one’s in China?’ most Americans would say, ‘Well, that great one is in America.’ It’s not.” -Joe Biden (June 15, 2012)

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“I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks?’ And they brought us whole binders full of — of women.” -Mitt Romney (Oct. 16, 2012)

“Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets — [laughter] — because the nature of our military’s changed.” -Barack Obama (Oct. 22, 2012)

“We know that Pakistan has arrested the doctor who helped us catch Obama’s — bin Laden.” -Bob Schieffer, moderator (Oct. 22, 2012)

“If I blindfolded Americans and took them into some of the airports or ports in China, and then took them to one in any one of your cities in the middle of the

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Social media proves to be game-changer in elections Olivia McClure Contributing Writer

As short as two elections ago, no one had to — or even could — worry about keeping up with a political candidate on Twitter. Since then, social media has grown to be a significant element of campaigns. Bob Mann, mass communication professor and director of the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs, said in previous elections most campaigns viewed social media as a way to share things such as advertisements and news releases. Now campaigns value social media because it provides a way to connect with and listen to the electorate, Mann said. “It’s not a superficial thing, it’s not a toy — it’s a true and very effective way of creating relationships and something worth spending a lot of money on,” Mann said. Mann said the relatively recent inclusion of social media in campaigns is significant because it can empower voters. “It used to be that the campaigns were much more command and control where the decisions were being made by a small coterie of people,” he said. Mann said most campaigns are still run this way, but smarter ones take voters’ ideas into account. Technological novelties like social media have made this easier, he said. He cited former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean’s 2004

presidential bid, during which Dean polled supporters online about whether he should accept federal matching funds for his campaign, as an early example of technology permitting voters’ opinions to impact campaign decisions. “You can imagine the power that people feel when they’ve actually been asked for their opinion, and their voice actually counted, and they feel like they played some role in the campaign,” Mann said. Social media can also promote political conversations and expose some users to information and opinions they may not have encountered otherwise, Mann said. “It may be that they find that they’re talking about the race amongst their friends in ways they never did before,” he said. Mann pointed out that social media is especially useful for communicating with young people who are otherwise difficult to reach because they tend not to have landline phones and are more transient. But not all young people consult social media for information about the election. Criminology sophomore Patrick McWilliams said he does not use social media to learn about issues or candidates. “I don’t follow any of the candidates or anything like that because it’s hard to separate the truth and what’s the embellishments — what they want you to hear so you’ll elect them,” he said.

Instead, McWilliams said he usually visits websites like to research and form opinions on political matters. And even among those who do follow political candidates using social media, there are those who do not actually support that candidate. A 2012 study conducted by University political science professor Belinda Davis and Public Policy Research Lab operations manager Michael Climek reported “while the [President Barack] Obama campaign’s dominance in social networking is well established, it does not necessarily translate into voter support among young voters.” The study also found no statistically significant difference between the number of Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney supporters among young likely voters who use social media as a source of news. Still, Mann said websites and social media have offered campaigns a base from which to draw volunteers. For instance, many candidates’ websites, including Obama’s and Romney’s, feature online calling tools that allow supporters to make phone calls for the campaign from any location. “I’m thinking about someone who is a Democrat in Baton Rouge or some heavily Republican area who might be able to do online help for Obama, for example, in ways she couldn’t

a few years ago because there wasn’t a campaign here, there wasn’t anybody to talk to, there wasn’t anybody to connect with to get involved with the campaign,” Mann said. “And suddenly, you’ve got all these different ways online to find like-minded people

and connect with them.”

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Religious students call economy most important

Social issue views formed by faith Danielle Kelley Senior Contributing Writer

Though social issues are important when making a voting decision, many religious students say the economy is ultimately the deciding factor in today’s presidential election. “The No. 1 issue to me is, of course, the economy and the national debt. Social issues really aren’t that big of a deal to me right now,” said political science senior Cameron Cooke, member of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry. Cooke said if the economy was better, he would value social issues more than fiscal matters. Cooke said he will vote for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney today, not because he is his first choice, but because he agrees with Romney on most issues. Cooke said he looks at which candidate would line up most with Christ’s teachings in the Bible, specifically those concerning abortion and gay marriage. “I’m not going to say Jesus would be Republican, because that’s ridiculous,” Cooke said. “We as Christians are obligated to search through the Scripture to decide what it is that Christ would see as appropriate and represent what being Christian is all about.” Cooke noted that though he believes marriage is a church matter, he believes Christ would still embrace the LGBTQ

on abortion. She said she would community. “It’s a hard line to walk, but only vote for a pro-choice canI do believe with pro-choice and didate if she mostly agreed with homosexuality [stances], Christ every other stance. “My faith doesn’t affect evwould be adamantly against. He would say to love one another, erything. My faith mainly just and not damn people to hell,” affects the pro-life/pro-choice aspect of the elections,” Vedrenne Cooke said. Cooke said he would only said. Allen Mire, English junior, vote for a candidate who is prosaid he will vote for Green Party choice in rare circumstances. “It would take a lot in me,” nominee Jill Stein because he he said. “It would have to be very doesn’t agree much with either President Barack Obama or Romserious.” Jessica Waggoner, communi- ney, though he prefers Obama. “There really isn’t a negative cation disorders junior, also said for me voting my the economy is the most impor- ‘The No. 1 issue to me is, values in the election,” Mire said. tant issue in the election, but she of course, the economy “There’s a snowsaid she wouldn’t and the national debt. ball’s chance in Louisiana for vote for a candiSocial issues really Obama to win.” date who doesn’t Mire atbelieve what she aren’t that big of a deal tends the Unitardoes. to me right now.’ ian church, and Wa g g o n e r said though he’s said her Christian Cameron Cooke faith helped her political science senior and member of not sure where he stands ethimake the decision the Baptist Collegiate Ministry cally on abortion, to vote for Romney, though she doesn’t agree he feels that the government shouldn’t regulate something that with everything he stands for. “I want things to change. I could be dangerous if made illedon’t feel there are a lot of jobs gal. The self-proclaimed humanleft right now,” she said. Waggoner said she is pro-life ist said social issues like aborlike Romney, but she is mainly tion should be cultural issues, not voting for him because he will try government problems. Mire also said it is interestto repeal the Affordable Care Act. Alise Vedrenne, communica- ing that the “religious right” have tion disorders senior, said social issues are most important to her, only after the economy. “[Romney] more agrees with me on social issues, like the prolife thing. I’m just ready for a change,” Vedrenne said. Vedrenne said her Catholic faith has helped shaped her views

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President Barack Obama leaves St. John’s Episcopal Church on Oct. 28 to return to the White House with his daughters Sasha (left) and Malia (right) in Washington.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney talks with congregants as he leaves the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Oct. 21 in Boca Raton, Fla.

gotten behind Romney because there were questions about his Mormon faith in the primaries. “It’s kind of amazing he was able to beat both [Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann] to become the nominee,” Mire said. Mire said Republicans may have supported Romney because his campaign was centered on economic issues and not social issues. Harrison Winslow, an atheist and biology major, said social issues are “ruled a lot by people’s

beliefs.” Winslow said he will most likely vote for Obama today, but he may vote for Gary Johnson. He said social issues are particularly important in his decisionmaking. “I don’t feel like Mitt Romney is a very suitable candidate,” Winslow said. “I guess fiscal matters don’t matter that much as Contact Danielle Kelley at

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Female, minority students support Pres. Obama Alyson Gaharan and Wilborn Nobles III Contributing Writer and Senior Contributing Writer

University minority students overwhelmingly look to President Barack Obama as the presidential candidate who can deliver equal rights — a top voting issue for them this election cycle. “The Republican Party is on the wrong side of history as far as LGBTQ and women’s rights go,” said Hope Phelps, an English and psychology senior and the fundraising director for LSU’s Feminists in Action. Young people care more about social issues than issues like the economy because social issues affect them more, Phelps said. She is passionate about women’s rights for many reasons, but mainly, this election year is the first time an issue has affected her personally. “I no longer have to pay $200 a month for birth control,” Phelps said, referring to the Affordable Care Act. According to Phelps, free or affordable birth control is an important part of women’s rights because unplanned pregnancies set women back. Also, more unplanned pregnancies lead to more abortions, Phelps said. Phelps said she was confused about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s stance on women’s rights, but said Obama’s support for equal rights for men and women is clear. Another factor in Phelps’ decision to vote for Obama is the numerous Republican congressmen who have been making comments about rape, which Phelps said has exacerbated the problem. Stefano West, a kinesiology senior, is Latino and racially mixed. West also identifies as a gay male. “If I had to pick one issue, LGBTQ rights is definitely it,” West

said. “The economy will always be up and down, and people will always find ways to make more money. But you can’t have ups and downs like that with people’s lives and people’s happiness.” Like Phelps, West said Obama shows clear support for minority rights, but Romney’s stance is vague. “With Romney, the movement would not progress. It would probably stay the same, but it might get worse,” West said. West said that the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and Obama’s support for Pride month are two instances that show the president’s support for LGBTQ rights. Romney’s offensive statements about minorities in the viral video made at a private fundraiser earlier this year showed his true opinion on minorities, West said. Although West said most of his friends support his status as a minority, there is tension with his friends who don’t share his perspective on the presidential candidates. “When people I know say they’re voting for Romney, I wonder if my rights matter at all to them,” West said. Estefania Reichard, an international studies senior and president of the Hispanic Student Cultural Society, said she will not vote for Romney because his higher socioeconomic status makes him unaware “of the struggles that the common member of the working class and middle class both feel.” Supporting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, Reichard supports women’s health issues, the belief that birth control should be free and is in favor of Obama’s view on education. Despite planning to vote for Obama, Reichard acknowledges Romney’s “business savvy,” but stressed that “society isn’t a business” and that Romney has to learn to relate to every group in America


Participants listen to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney deliver a speech during the NAACP annual convention on July 11 in Houston.

to be president. “He can run a company or a business, and knows how to invest and make millions and billions of dollars, but what can he do for me being a student, a woman, a woman of color and being in a working class?” Reichard asked. Acquiring a quality education and education funding are some of the most important issues for African-American students, said Kendale Thompson, political science senior and vice president of the Black Student Union. “Education is the tool and the vehicle that will help us progress because even though we have progressed, not much progression has happened, and when we do progress we’re also getting a fall back,” Thompson said. “If you improve education, you improve the institution which, in turn, will improve the community.” Although Thompson said his parents are capable of paying for his tuition, he supports Obama’s federal stimulus package and disagrees with Gov. Bobby Jindal’s decision to reject the package. Thompson said graduate

students are unable to receive many of the grants they earned previously due to Jindal’s decisions, and now these students struggle to provide money they do not possess. “If I had to pick a candidate, I would have to choose President Obama because he seems like the candidate that’s more into improving education and the development of students and making it affordable for them because not every student can go to their parent and ask them to pay for school,” Thompson said. A registered Democrat,

Thompson said he’s willing to vote for a candidate from either major party as long as the views they support positively affect his own. “If Romney was a whole lot more pro-education, if he had policies that in my view helped the betterment of Americans as a whole, then I might vote for him even though he’s Republican,” he said. Contact Alyson Gaharan at and Wilborn Nobles III at

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Daniel Espinoza biological sciences freshman

‘I already voted. It’s an important right that we worked hard for, especially as AfricanAmericans.’

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‘Yes. I’ll be graduating soon, and this election means a lot to me in terms of job security and the economy.’

‘I am because I feel like the political apathy has led our country down the path we’re on.’

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‘I don’t know anything about politics, and I think people shouldn’t vote just to vote.’

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Student halts education to work for campaign Megan Dunbar Staff Writer

Only three-quarters of the way through his college career, John Parker Ford landed a job as the director of collegiate relations with Cain’s Solutions and put his college education on hold in order to participate in national politics. Ford spent the past 11 months helping former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s campaign for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. As a college student, Ford said he was amazed to be offered the job after working for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in 2007 and 2011. “I wouldn’t have even thought for applying for this job by myself,” he said. Ford took the job even though he had to put off his college career and move to Atlanta. He felt working for a high-profile national candidate would be more beneficial than keeping school as his first priority. “It would have been almost stupid to not take this job, especially since I’m working even before I’ve graduated,” Ford said. He said his interest in politics began during his freshman year in 2008 when the election dominated the news cycle. Ford was just beginning to pay attention to news on his own then, after leaving his parents’ house where politics were not a topic of conversation. His parents are both conservatives, and while Ford said that was the jumping-off point for his own views, he continues to develop his personal politics through reading the newspaper and keeping up with current policy. College, his reading and the people he has met have shaped

Ford’s now more moderate viewpoint, but he still supports conservative ideals. His favorite candidate in the presidential race was U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman Jr., who has been called a moderate conservative and has called for a third party to even out the U.S. political system. While working for Cain’s campaign was not a dream of Ford’s, it helped him realize he doesn’t mind working the 14-hour days campaigning requires as long as he’s invested in something he loves. Ford is enrolled in one online course right now and will return to the University for the spring semester. From January until July, Ford arranged events, especially on college campuses, for Cain as he campaigned for Romney and other Republican candidates. From July until last Friday, Ford’s job was arranging a 30-college tour in mostly swing states for a Cain initiative called “The College Truth Tour.” Ford said he enjoyed having so much to do with a large campaign, and in an ideal world, he would combine his directorship with the College Truth Tour with the political message of the first seven months of his job. “I loved parts of it, and I hated some parts, but I got addicted,” Ford said about working in the political world. Ford said the events he worked on for the first half of his year focused on Republican solutions to national problems, and featured Cain giving a 45-minute speech with a question-and-answer session following. The format of the College Truth Tour talks were similar, Ford said, but the content

changed dramatically. Instead of solutions, Cain spoke about nationwide problems. “Instead of saying, ‘Hey, go vote,’ we were saying, ‘Hey, go vote, but make sure you’re informed,’” Ford said. He took away two main points from the experience. The crowd would get “turned off” when Cain began talking about social issues. “You could see it in people’s faces,” Ford said. The Republican Party “is losing a lot of support from young people and moderate older people — not because of stance, but because of the way we present the stance,” Ford said. He said the other side of this was the liberal faction who came with signs supporting President Barack Obama and sometimes “never raised them because they agreed with Cain.” Ford doesn’t think the College Truth Tour changed much on a larger scale, but said it had an impact for the scale on which they worked.

He estimated the tour reached about 15,000 students. “It’s a small piece in a huge picture,” Ford said. His follow-up job until election day was to make sure the events mobilized students to vote, and produced results in the form of more registered voters. Ford also helped write one of Cain’s messages. “Cain doesn’t have speeches, he more takes a couple, maybe six bullet points, and talks about those,” Ford said. “I was able to write the summary for his message once.” Ford said in the future, he would like to work for something in the private sector relating to public relations, or work on a lower rung of the political ladder. “I was able to do my job fine. I was competent, but I really should not have been in that high of a position so young,” Ford said. Contact Megan Dunbar at

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[Top left] Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson speaks to students on Sept. 28 in the LSU Union Theater. [Top right] Ron Paul delivers a speech to students on Sept. 23 in the LSU Union Theater. [Bottom left] Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney meets with his campaign supporters and Gov. Bobby Jindal on July 16 at the City Club in Baton Rouge. [Bottom right] Newt Gingrich speaks to the Baton Rouge Tea Party on March 22 in Dodson Auditorium.


SG member teams up with HeadCount to register voters Wilborn Nobles III Senior Contributing Writer

Student Government’s Office of External Affairs has hosted a slew of activities over the past few months to encourage students to vote. In partnership with HeadCount, a national organization that collaborates with musicians to promote participation in politics, Leslie Leavoy, mass communication senior and SG’s director of External Affairs, held voter registration drives for students for about six weeks during table-sits in Free Speech Plaza. “We would have table-sits two or three times a week for about six weeks, and we would register at least 20 students every time, so we consider that a pretty good turnout,” she said. The University only allows registered student organizations to hold table-sits, so SG was an avenue through which HeadCount held registration drives because HeadCount was not a registered student organization at the time, said Jonathan Brothers, psychology senior and HeadCount’s Baton

Rouge team leader and New Orleans co-team leader. Many students told Leavoy and Brothers they were already registered to vote, but many also asked about voting early, voting locations. But when External Affairs noticed how many students asked about absentee voting, SG created the “How to Absentee Vote!” Facebook group page within the University’s group pages. The page lists the Secretary of State websites for every state for students to learn how absentee ballots operate in their state. “We got a really good response to that, and I think absentee ballots and voting early is becoming really popular on college campuses,” Leavoy said. Leavoy said she plans to study why students choose not to vote because the choice not to do so “irks” her. “In national elections with the Electoral College at work, there is a sense that everyone knows how Louisiana is going to vote,” she said. “It’s been Republican forever, so everyone just assumes it’s going to go like that. Just because

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Election Night Drinking Game Rules

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Celebrity opinions influence fan voting Josh Naquin Entertainment Writer

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The campaigning has been ugly, the debates felt more like one long episode of “The Real Housewives” than political powerhouse meetings and Jim Lehrer’s therapist probably put a KACI YODER down payment on Entertainment Writer a condo in Tahiti halfway through the first debate. How does one deal with election night? The vice presidential

candidates are probably either kicked back at Dairy Queen with a Dilly Bar or pumping out another set at the gym. But what about everyone else? Naturally, like red-blooded Americans, many turned to drinking games for the debates. For some, it was a much needed way to calm their nerves and keep from pitching furniture at their television sets. For others, an alcoholic scavenger hunt was the only way to endure two hours of talking in circles about taxes and healthcare.

The Rules: Take one sip when:

You hear any of the following words: ground game, firewall, Sandy, photo ID, recount, youth vote, Obamacare, battle-ground, interest group. A state is declared red or blue. Any of the third party candidates are mentioned (Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, Virgil Goode, Rocky Anderson) Any of the swing states are mentioned by name (Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Colorado, New Hampshire, Iowa, Wisconsin). A past president is mentioned.

No matter their differences, Americans can agree: When it comes to the tough issues, it’s an American’s constitutional right to get wasted on Tuesday night., has emerged as the leader in bipartisan boozing, posting rules for drinking games before every debate and using Twitter and Ustream to keep score in real time. Similar lists have circulated all over the country, carrying on the age-old tradition of coping with high-stress situations through organized binge drinking.

For those who are spending tonight camped out in front of a screen — TV, computer, phone, iPad or all of the above — here’s a little something to help you through it. Whether one sip, two sips or the whole drink, this is a roundup of some of the best election night drinking game rules around.

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Tune into your network of choice and break out your laptop. Use some, use all, or add your own. Take two sips when: Finish your drink when: You hear any of the following words: voter suppression, Romnesia, elderly, Latino, five-point plan, liberal bias, Benghazi, marriage. A hologram appears. Paul Ryan’s workout photoshoot is shown. Someone criticizes Obama’s performance in the first debate. Someone brings up Romney’s “47 percent” comments. A candidate’s Twitter account posts a picture of the candidate and/or his team watching the votes come in. Photos of Hurricane Sandy aftermath are shown. Anderson Cooper delivers a zinger. A person on your Facebook newsfeed threatens to leave the country.

You hear any of the following words: FEMA, Osama bin Laden, binders. The LSU/Alabama game is mentioned. Your candidate of choice wins a swing state.

Fans buy celebrity-endorsed perfumes, alcohol and clothing brands, but some even buy into celebrities’ presidential candidate endorsements. With the presidential campaign drawing to a close, many celebrities have let fans know which candidate they’re supporting. Endorsements have been declared over the past few months in the form of social media shoutouts, YouTube videos and campaign appearances. Team Obama: Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Jay-Z, Will Ferrell, Julianne Moore, Neil Diamond, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Eva Longoria, Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Hanks, George Clooney. Team Romney: Kid Rock, Kelsey Grammar, Clint Eastwood, Chuck Norris, Lindsay Lohan, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jeff Foxworthy, Donald Trump, Jack Nicklaus, Ted Nugent, Gene Simmons, Adam Sandler. Pop singer Katy Perry appears to be dressing for her candidate’s success. Perry has sported election apparel at several of her concerts in the past month. A blue dress featuring the “Forward” campaign slogan and a ballot frock with the Obama box selected have made Perry’s stance clear. Clint Eastwood made a splash with his unorthodox endorsement of Mitt Romney at CELEBRITY, see page 19

A look at the 2012 elections through Internet memes

Candidates’ quotes create viral sarcasm David Jones

Entertainment Writer

From Big Bird to binders, Internet memes have catapulted the simplest of presidential utterings into web-wide satirical sensations this political season. After months of campaigning, one vice presidential debate and three presidential face-offs, the election has spurred loads of ludicrous material for the newest form of political commentary. Here’s a recap of the most notable 2012 election moments through political memes.

“You didn’t build that” In July, President Barack Obama spoke at Virginia rally and uttered four words that would follow him through the election: “You didn’t build that.” The president was referring to small businesses relying on both individual ambition and public infrastructure, but Republicans quickly pounced on the statement as a hostile ignorance to free market practices. The comment spawned a variety of memes, including Obama donned in a Pharaoh costume yelling, “You didn’t build that” to Egyptian slaves working on pyramids. “You didn’t have to cut me off” If the three presidential debates were boxing matches, the

first was a knockout with the ending blow landing on the referee. Jim Lehrer, moderator of the first debate, struggled to tame the two presidential candidates, who often ignored the docile host and constantly cut him off. The painful interaction among the three men prompted the fusion of Lehrer and Gotye’s face to create a spin on the signature “You didn’t have to cut me off” meme. B for Budget Cuts During the first presidential debate, Republican candidate Mitt Romney spoke on government spending and his plan to end subsidies to PBS. The result? No home for Big Bird. The Inter-

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1. The planning

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Anyone who has seen a dive knows what’s the most important to a good score — a small splash. But beyond that, who knows what to look for? LSU senior diver Elle Schmidt and junior diver Daniel Helm know. The Tigers walked The Daily Reveille through some of diving’s finer points:

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“We do six dives in competition and have to cover five,” Schmidt said “Front, back, inward [standing backward but you dive in toward the board], gainer [standing frontward but you dive back into the board], and then a twisting category.” Schmidt said LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer decides which dives the Tigers do in competition, and the list of dives is published well in advance of a meet.

2. The mindset What do divers think about before taking the plunge? “Nothing,” Helm said. “Once you get on the board, you don’t really think. You just let your body do.” Schmidt said she tries to focus on one thing before each dive and lets the rest take care of itself. “You try not to think of it all at once because if you did, it would seem psychotic,” Schmidt said.

Each specific dive has its own degree of difficulty, which determines a maximum score for each dive. After a dive, the degree of difficulty is multiplied by the judges’ scores to find the dive’s total score. “Judges look for height, proximity to the board and splash,” Schmidt said. “Other than that, it’s form. If your legs are bent or your toes aren’t pointed, you’re going to get points off.” Helm said the judging can start even before the diver reaches the end of the platform or springboard. “Judging starts right when you get on the board, pretty much,” Helm said. “If you look funny on the board they’re already picking you away on it.”

Schmidt said when divers enter the water like they’re supposed to, their hands hit first and make a hole in the water for their body to pass through, and the consequences of making a mistake are immediate. “If you go in the water and something hurts, that’s a pretty good indication that it went wrong,” Schmidt said. Helm said he knows right away if the dive is going to score well and that getting it just right “feels amazing.”

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It doesn’t take long to figure out how a dive is going to pan out, Schmidt said. “You know if you get a good takeoff whether it’s going to be good or bad,” Schmidt said. Helm said if something doesn’t feel right, there’s only so much he can do before hitting the water. “If your tops aren’t there or your spins aren’t there, you know you have to save it or cross your fingers and hope you go in on your head,” Helm said.

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LSU redshirt freshman Lzzy Choquehuance dives Oct. 31.

Miles focuses on positives in loss Tigers look ahead to Saturday’s game James Moran Sports Contributor

Rather than focusing on the upcoming game against No. 22 Mississippi State, LSU coach Les Miles was forced to spend most of his media luncheon answering questions about the No. 9 Tigers’ 21-17 loss to No. 1 Alabama on Saturday. Miles said his team played well despite the media portraying an Alabama victory as a “foregone conclusion.” “I’m awfully proud of this team,” Miles said. “It’s an interesting thing when you pick up the newspaper and watch TV and nobody gives you a chance.” Miles focused on some of the game’s positives. “I thought the offense had a very productive night versus a very, very capable defense,” Miles said. “It was maybe [the offense’s] most complete game of the season.” Several of the questions focused on Miles’ play-calling against Alabama. On fourth-and-12 from the Alabama 30, Miles called a fake field goal, but the Alabama defense was ready, and the play was stopped for a loss of two yards. “We saw something we liked, and I wanted to go after it,” Miles said. “Maybe it was a little too aggressive.” On the next drive, Miles sent out senior kicker Drew Alleman to attempt a 54-yard field goal on fourth-and-4. Alleman’s kick fell short of the goal post, one of the kicker’s two misses of the day. Alleman is just 13-for-20 kicking field goals this season, but Miles insisted that he isn’t planning to change kickers. “I like Drew Alleman,” Miles said. “He’s my kicker. I’ll take him. We’ll win a lot of games with him and we have won a lot of games with him.” Miles said if given another opportunity, he and defensive coordinator John Chavis would not change the defensive play calls on Alabama’s final drive, when the Tide went 72 yards in 43 seconds for the game-winning touchdown. Miles acknowledged that the touchdown, a 28-yard pass from MILES, see page 15

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Morgan living the dream, following in mother’s footsteps Freshman set to make a big impact Chandler Rome Sports Writer

Clichés aside, Malik Morgan is living the dream. The former John Curtis star who led the Patriots to the Class 2A state title last season is following in his mother, Detra’s, footsteps as he tries to establish himself in Johnny Jones’ first season. “My mom played volleyball here. She was an All [Southeastern Conference] player,” Morgan said. “I just wanted to come here and create my own legacy.” Starring on two SEC Championship teams in 1985 and 1986, Detra Brown led LSU in kills, hitting percentage and digs in 1985, all the while influencing her son from childhood. Although he committed under former coach Trent Johnson, Morgan said he never wavered in his pledge to the Tigers after Johnson bolted for TCU. “I just wanted to play in my backyard,” Morgan said. “I always felt like this was the school for me since I was young.”

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LSU freshman guard Malik Morgan (right) maneuvers past an Arkansas-Monticello defender Monday during the Tigers’ 82-66 victory against the Boll Weevils in the PMAC.

Morgan’s loyalty to the stately oaks had wide-ranging implications, especially impressing junior guard Andre Stringer. “I think it said a lot about his character,” Stringer said. “He wasn’t trying to be a selfish guy. I think that shows a commitment not to a coach, but to the school itself.

Carrying his passion for the purple and gold onto the practice court, Morgan continues to impress Jones with his rapid progression in transition into the college game. The transition looked seamless Monday as Morgan poured in 18 points off the bench, knocking down all three of his three

point attempts in an exhibition against Arkansas-Monticello. “Coming off the bench didn’t mean anything for me,” Morgan said. “I just wanted to stay focused the whole game.” Unsure of who will become the fifth starter before the team’s Nov. 9 opener against UCSB, Jones hinted that Morgan could take over the starting job at the wing, opposite Stringer. “[Morgan] is very coachable and eager to learn,” Jones said. “He’s a lot farther along than I thought he’d be.” Reigning praise upon his crew of teammates, Morgan said the talent he’s surrounded by is not only making him a better player, but providing a glimpse into the future. “We have one of the best point guards in my eyes, [sophomore Anthony] Hickey, one of the fastest point guards,” Morgan said. “We have one of the great shooters in Stringer on the other

wing … so we’re just going to run as hard as we can.” Stringer said he’s been impressed with Morgan thus far in practice, specifically his nose for the ball and his ability to create open jumpers. “He’s very explosive and a fast guy,” Stringer said. “He deflects a lot of passes and gets a lot of rebounds, so I’ve seen a lot from him so far.” Heading into the team’s exhibition against Arkansas-Monticello Monday, Morgan vowed to do whatever he could to ensure success. “I think everyone understands what their role is and everyone understands what they can do,” Morgan said. “We’ve just got to play to each other’s strength.” Contact Chandler Rome at; Twitter: @Rome_TDR


Mainieri impressed with Purple-Gold World Series Tigers conclude fall practice session Chandler Rome Sports Writer

Only four days removed from watching former LSU standout Ryan Theriot propel his San Francisco Giants, the current batch of Tigers crowned a World Series champion of their own. Behind two stellar pitching performances from junior Ryan Eades and freshman Russell Reynolds, the Gold team won the first two six-inning games and held off a furious Purple rally in the third game to capture the annual Purple-Gold World Series, concluding the Tigers’ six-week fall practice session. “I think the past few weeks demonstrated that we can be outstanding in all phases of the game – hitting, pitching and defense,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said in a news release. Eades pitched three scoreless innings for the Gold team in Game 1, surrendering only one hit and striking out three. Sophomore outfielder Chris Sciambra blasted a double off his high school teammate, sophomore starting pitcher Aaron Nola,

to lead off the scoring for the Gold team in the second inning. Breaking the game open in the sixth inning with four runs, the Gold team got RBIs from freshman shortstop Alex Bregman and sophomore infielder Evan Powell after a double from junior infielder JaCoby Jones, giving Gold a 5-1 win. Fresh off a neck injury last season that sidelined him for almost the entire season, Sciambra added two RBI’s in Game 2 , impressing Mainieri with his speedy outfield play and plate discipline. “Coming on the heels of such a serious injury, it warms your heart to see that young man playing at such a high level without being hesitant or tentative,” Mainieri said. Reynolds and senior Brent Bonvillian impressed in Game 2, combining to allow only six hits in six total innings of work. Highlighted by Sciambra’s two run-scoring hits, Gold held off Purple, which was boosted by a solo home run from junior infielder Christian Ibarra, by a score of 4-2. Mainieri wanted his teams to play a full three-game series, rather than a traditional three-game set where a winner is crowned after it has won two games. After Gold took the first

two games of the series, Purple needed to win the third game by more than seven runs in order to “win” the series. Purple started Game 3 on a tear, shelling Gold junior starter Kurt McCune to the tune of six runs on six hits through one-anda-third innings. Led by a pair of RBI triples from freshman outfielder Andrew Stevenson and McMullen, coupled with senior outfielder Raph Rhymes’ two RBIs, Purple jumped out to a 6-1 lead and looked to spoil Gold’s first two wins. But senior southpaw Chris Cotton shut Purple down, striking out two of the four batters he faced in the sixth inning to preserve the game and series win for Gold, although losing the game 7-1. “We had a very good fall, and I’m convinced we’ll be in the hunt for everything we’d like to accomplish this spring,” Mainieri said.

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Brees, Robinson key Saints 28-13 win against Eagles Paul Newberry The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints picked up a much-needed win. For Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles, more misery. Brees threw two touchdown passes, extending his NFL record streak to 51 games, and Patrick Robinson returned an interception 99 yards for a score to lead the Saints to a 28-13 win over the reeling Eagles on Monday night. New Orleans (3-5), which bounced back from a dismal 34-14 loss at Denver, also got a 22-yard

touchdown run from Chris Ivory. The Eagles (3-5) lost their fourth straight, which is sure to keep the heat on Vick and embattled coach Andy Reid. Vick threw a 77-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson in the third quarter, but that was about the only highlight for the visiting team which saw Vick sacked seven times. Not that they didn’t have their chances. The Eagles had first-andgoal four times and managed only two field goals by Alex Henery. In fact, they were outscored in those situations, with Robinson going the other way for a touchdown just when it looked like Philadelphia

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws a touchdown pass Monday during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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junior quarterback A.J. McCarron to freshman running back T.J. Yeldon, was the result of a blown coverage. LSU currently sits at No. 7 in the BCS standings. If the Tigers can win out, they have a good chance of making a BCS bowl. Losses by one-loss teams like Georgia and Florida would help the Tigers’ chances. “Let’s just see how this thing goes,” Miles said. “Can we end up in a BCS bowl? It certainly seems like a possibility.” With the hopes of returning to the BCS National Championship game all but gone, Miles said his team needs to move past the loss and focus on playing

Mississippi State on Saturday. “Today, we will watch that film again and then beyond that, we are done,” Miles said. “You’re forgetting it. We’re taking the positive and moving on and looking forward to playing a very capable team.”

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was on the verge of scoring. Rubbing salt in the wound, Philadelphia squandered a chance to get back in the game with a brilliant trick play on a kickoff return. Riley Cooper laid flat in the end zone, unseen by the Saints, then popped up to take a cross-field lateral from Brandon Boykin. Cooper streaked down the sideline for an apparent touchdown. Only one problem — Boykin’s lateral was actually a forward pass by about a yard, ruining the play with a penalty. Cooper stood with his hands on his hips in disbelief as the officials brought it back. Philadelphia finished with 447 yards — the eighth straight team to put up more than 400 yards on the Saints. That was already the longest streak of 400-yard games given up by a defense since at least 1950, and maybe in the history of the NFL, putting New Orleans on pace to shatter the record for most yards allowed in a season. But New Orleans came through where it mattered most, giving up a season low in points. Their previous best was a 31-24 victory over San Diego. Philadelphia’s last gasp was a fourth-down pass that Vick threw away in the back of the end zone with 7 seconds left, apparently more concerned about avoiding another pick than tacking on a meaningless TD. Brees kept his record touchdown streak going, hooking up with Marques Colston on a 1-yard



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New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas carries Monday against a Philadelphia Eagles linebacker during a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

scoring pass and Jimmy Graham from 6 yards out. The Saints quarterback finished 21 of 27 for 239 yards, a big improvement on his 22-of42 showing against the Broncos. Brees also got plenty of help from the running game, which came into the league ranked last in the league. Ivory, Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram combined for 136 yards, each breaking off doubledigit gains. The embattled Saints defense kept the heat on Vick and the beating made it tough for No. 7 to establish any rhythm. He finished 22 of 41 for 272 yards and really couldn’t be blamed for Robinson’s


interception, which went off the hands of tight end Brent Celek. Celek had a tough night. He also lost a fumble deep at the New Orleans 8 with just over 3 minutes remaining, essentially ending any hope of a Philadelphia comeback.

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Why I Wasted My Vote Gary Johnson is the only candidate tackling many important issues

— although he wants to ban lateterm abortions — and he is willing to end the War on Drugs, which has succeeded only in making our prison population the largest in the world and ruining the lives of many nonviolent individuals. This isn’t to say I agree with all of Johnson’s policies. His desire to cut all government programs by 43 percent and replace the income and estate taxes with the Fair Tax, a single national consumption tax, seems a bit regressive for my tastes. However, my vote for Johnson is something of a strategic and symbolic gesture. The Libertarian Party is the best hope for fiscal conservatism in America. Forgoing the social conservatism that, mark my words, will be defeated by history, the Libertarian Party is the conservative foil needed to keep Democrats on their toes, especially in regard to civil liberties. Unfortunately, as a third party, it has had to overcome obstacles just to get on the ballot. Johnson is only on the ballot in 48 of the 50 states, and he had to battle in the courtrooms just to get there. Yet, if Johnson receives just 5 percent of the popular vote today, then the Libertarian Party will receive equal funding and ballot access in all states in 2016. This could help the Libertarian Party and, perhaps, other third parties like the Green Party emerge as contenders in national politics. Americans could even become enlightened as to how two party control limits their choices. Either way, I owe it to many to vote for Johnson. I owe it to Americans who fear their government’s encroachment on civil liberties, I owe it to those who’ve been beaten by the harsh drug laws in this country and I owe it to the innocent victims of drone strikes in the Middle East. I wouldn’t waste my vote on anyone else.


DAVID SCHEUERMANN Columnist Today, I wasted my vote. While most Americans traversed their polling stations with a clear intent to vote for either President Barack Obama or his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, I had a different plan in mind. I voted third party. I voted for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. The former governor of New Mexico isn’t the most popular or widely known candidate — he’s polled at only 6 percent across the nation. However, Johnson’s platform offers the kind of stark change we were promised four years ago, and it’s a change we need to embrace. In the past 12 years, I’ve witnessed this nation move in a disturbing direction. Civil liberties have been rolled back at an alarming pace; we’ve involved ourselves in numerous foreign conflicts, all while sacrificing our ideals and morality; and the beginning of a sophisticated surveillance state has emerged to keep watch over us. I never had a say in any of these policies until now. Johnson has the strongest record among every candidate on the ballot when it comes to civil liberties. In January, the American Civil Liberties Union gave Johnson the best score on its “Candidate Report Card on Civil Liberties.” The Libertarian Party candidate has voiced opposition to the Patriot Act, the 2001 law that allowed law enforcement to conduct warrantless searches, and the FISA Amendments Act, which expanded the National Security Agency’s ability to monitor Americans’ communications and gave telecommunications companies complicit in this act immunity from lawsuits. Johnson is also the only major candidate who has stated he would never have signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA). The NDAA allowed the federal government to indefinitely detain anyone, including American citizens, without a trial. Similarly, Johnson is

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knowing that Johnson, like most libertarians, rejects the social conservatism that has come to dominate the Republican Party. The libertarian has openly said gay marriage is a constitutionally protected right, he is pro-choice

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Why I voted for Obama Why I voted for Romney SCUM OF THE GIRTH


PARKER CRAMER Chief Columnist


Barack Obama: My favorite secret Muslim. Our president of the past four years has spent most of that time, like many politicians, being ridiculed by the opposing party. Despite the Republican effort, the odds are still in the president’s favor to win today’s election. Why? Because half the country still has faith in his policies and shares his ideals. My vote for Obama wasn’t just a vote against Romney. I happen to agree with the president on most things, socially and economically. Obama is pro-gay marriage, which seems to be gaining support among college-aged students from both sides of the divide. Let’s be honest. Those who oppose gay marriage are staving off the inevitable. In this country, we have separation of church and state. The state can’t touch the churches, but somehow the churches keep getting away with dictating federal policy. Obama is also the candidate who has worked to improve women’s rights in the workplace. The president supports the Paycheck Fairness Act, which dictates that women would have to make the same as their male counterparts for the same job. Obama is the candidate who is working to continue funding to Planned Parenthood, which, despite popular belief, is not a coal-fired baby furnace. But if it was, I’m sure it would be clean coal. Planned Parenthood provides a multitude of women’s health services to lowincome females. Socially, we see eye to eye. Economically, Obama’s policies make the most sense mathematically. When people preach the glories of trickle-down economics, all I can picture is a bunch of rich old men dressed in tuxedos, twisting their unlit cigars and adjusting their monocles, smugly saying, “I can’t believe they bought it.” For the wealthiest proportion of our society to pay virtually no tax on the basis that capital gains aren’t actually income is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard. Is there new cash in your pocket or more numbers in your account? If yes, then it’s taxable. America was founded on the hatred of tax. There would have been no revolution without taxes. Today, if even one new tax is proposed, people cry socialism. However, in the 1950s when the tax rate was roughly 50 percent — depending on the income bracket — nobody cried socialism. It was America’s golden age, the height of McCarthyism and the fight

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against the evils of communism. A socialist takeover was a real threat, yet nobody associated the relatively high taxes of the day with being part of a socialist agenda. Taxes were higher, yet President Eisenhower wasn’t called a socialist. Obama is not a socialist. Democrats are not socialists. Romney cannot balance a deficit –– in spite of his business background –– if he has no income tax to balance with. And maybe for some Americans, that’s exactly what they’re looking for: a nongovernment, a literal stagnation of all progress and public services. Is that what we want? A confederation of states each choosing whose rights to recognize and whose to repress? That’s not the America I want to live in. There has to be some form of federal oversight. The states are supposed to be united, not independent. To enjoy what the future has to offer, we cannot devolve to the ways of the past. Parker Cramer is a 21-year-old political science senior from Houston.

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I was born into a conservative family with a racist uncle and a majority of closed-minded relatives, so I am relieved to have the parents I do. My parents raised me to think for myself and challenge my judgments, which have been two of the most important things I’ve learned in life. I was never the best of sons, causing more trouble than not and breaking the rules more often than abiding by them, but I took those lessons to heart and put them to practice when I could. With this election being my first, I challenged myself to stay informed so I could vote for the candidate I believed would serve the country the best – but I was unsure where to begin. As a college student, I am concerned about the future and constantly worrying about the job market for graduates. I knew that in order to increase my chances of getting a job, I needed a president who respects market forces. Unsure how either candidate would improve the market, I sought answers. But before diving into the political scene, I defined exactly what I was looking for out of the next president. I decided the candidate to win my vote would be the one who limits price controls, gives states the flexibility they need and recognizes the danger of taxes only to the rich – because a benefit distributed equally should be paid for equally, otherwise the concern for price is lost. When it comes to fixing the economy, conventional wisdom would point to the conservative. But when Obama took office the market was spiraling down. He has since turned it around, so I didn’t fall for the commonwealth. In fact, both candidates have eerily similar plans, and it proved difficult to find the difference. In the end, though, the difference lies in funding, the limit of government control and, of course, taxes. The president’s plan is to implement more direct government employment at higher wages, more government contracting to enforce the higher wages and more government aid for college students to raise their average salaries. But financial aid is more of a trap than a solution. It works by ensuring students are able to afford college, but it does not ensure that students will graduate. If the recipient drops out of school, he or she must begin paying back the loan immediately. But how can they when jobs are scarce? Isn’t the whole purpose of financial aid is to increase job opportunities? There’s still a possibility I won’t graduate. I hope that isn’t the case, but if it were, I would need a job more than ever.

away your vote is not voting your conscience; it is merely wasting an opportunity. Agreed that Obama has disappointed liberals like me in not acting to reverse the excesses of the Bush administration. However, by not voting for the lesser of the two evils as you suggest,

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Republican candidate Mitt Romney plans to reduce income taxes by 20 percent to increase consumer spending. A secondary effect will be the promotion of small businesses, and more businesses means more jobs. Romney’s plan addresses the issue indirectly. As a result, more jobs will be available whether a person holds a degree or not. Moreover, in his book “No Apology,” Romney addresses his actions to handle education policy after becoming the governor of Massachusetts. He displays the ability to consume and synthesize information, suggesting he has the capacity to be the leader this country needs, and unlike any trite Republican we don’t need. This is why Mitt Romney won my vote: The future he has planned is a future in which I see myself better off in four years. Taylor Hammons is a 19-year-old mass communication sophomore from Atlanta.

you leave the field open to the greater evil. Consider the consequences when, in 2000, people of conscience voted for Ralph Nader because they thought Al Gore was beholden to special interests. We have been living with those consequences for twelve years. That said, your review of the

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Katy Perry performs Saturday before President Barack Obama arrives at a campaign event in Milwaukee.

the GOP convention. The Hollywood giant mocked an empty chair occupied by an imaginary President Obama. The off-thewall endorsement tactic drew criticism, compliments and the ire of comedians. Will Ferrell lent his comedic brand to a YouTube video, proclaiming he will do anything to get people to cast their votes on Nov. 6. “I will personally give

you a tattoo,” Ferrell unflinchingly promised. “Fair warning, I do not know how to draw.” Ferrell concludes the video by telling viewers a vote for Obama is a “slam dunk.” Laura Johnson, mathematics junior and Will Ferrell fan, said she can’t help being influenced by Ferrell’s endorsement video. “I love Will Ferrell,” Johnson said. “I’m not a supporter of Obama, but Will liking him does make me want to listen to him more.” Johnson said the celebrity endorsements, and ensuing press coverage, serve as an affirmation of the stars’ importance in realms outside of the entertainment industry. “It strengthens the notion that celebrities are more than people, that their opinions mean more than mine or yours,” Johnson said. Kara Samson, sociology department administrative coordinator, said stars should keep their political opinions to themselves as they may discourage voters from researching candidate platforms. “There are lots of not wellinformed people that will follow the decisions of celebrities they like instead of doing their homework,” Samson said.

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net exploded with pictures of a sullen Big Bird looking for work and cursing Romney. One meme showed the iconic bird spelling what could possibly be its last “letter of the day,” B for Budget cuts. ERMAHGERD WORMERN The second debate brought on, arguably, the most prolific one-liners of the campaign season. When asked about gender inequality in the workplace, Romney retorted by saying he had “binders full of women” to choose from when trying to staff his governor’s cabinet with female executives. The line instantly became a subject of late-night punch lines and numerous meme adaptations, one in particular being the ERMAHGERD girl. Inappropriate Timing Bill The 1988 political sex scandal involving Monica Lewinsky and former President Bill Clinton makes him a certified expert on binders full of women, right? Well, according to the Internet, Clinton wants to know more. Hey Girl, Paul Ryan “Gosling” The election heated up when Romney nominated 42-year-old Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as running mate. Some female voters became more interested in Paul’s physical attributes than his view on fiscal policy. The new election heartthrob was eventu-

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President Barack Obama uttered these four words in July at a rally in Virginia. They followed him through the election season and turned into viral Internet memes.

ally dubbed Paul Ryan “Gosling,” which launched a series of remixed “Hey Girl” memes. Laughing Joe Biden Viewers of the one and only vice presidential debate may have been left wondering why Vice President Joe Biden couldn’t stop laughing. The 69-year-old politician grinned, sneered and repeatedly interrupted his younger counterpart Ryan, leaving a distasteful impression

on Republicans and Independent voters. Biden’s antics inspired reams of “what makes Biden laugh memes.” Hint: Biden finds everything funny.

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