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Two men shot in hands on East Boyd Chris Grillot and Emily Herrington Staff Writer and Managing Editor

Two men were shot in their hands during an armed robbery on East Boyd Drive early Tuesday morning. Four men were walking on the 700 block of East Boyd Drive when they were approached by a black male wielding a handgun, said Baton Rouge Police Department Spokesman Cpl. Tommy Stubbs. Two of the men attacked the gunman, and in the ensuing fight, the gun discharged, striking both men in their right hands. The suspect fled on foot and was not apprehended. Petroleum engineering freshman Phillip Smith, who was in the area, said he heard a gun shot around 1:30 a.m. and saw two men running and screaming toward Shady’s Bar. Smith said he went to investigate and saw the pair of men bleeding and clutching their wounds. One of the men who was shot passed out a few times, Smith said. Smith confirmed one of the men shot was general business student Jeff Henley, who was arrested last Friday for a DWI after driving a BMW into the lake near Miller Hall. Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at

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Smith, Miles share propensity for hilarity Chandler Rome / Sports Writer Friday afternoon will provide a matchup of the Southeastern Conference’s two most quotable, quirky coaches – LSU’s Les Miles and Arkansas’ John L. Smith. Here’s a snapshot of both men and their most memorable remarks to the media and fans.

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Sept. 9 after LSU’s 41-3 win against Washington: “Our quarterback played very well; he was very kind of on the money.” Feb. 1 regarding former LSU commitment Gunner Kiel: “He did not necessarily have the chest and the ability to lead a program, so you know.”

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Nov. 17 praising his seniors after a Senior Day win against Ole Miss: “Spectacular group of men.You go find them, throw your arms around them, and you give them a big kiss on the mouth – if you’re a girl.” Aug. 5, 2010, discussing Jarrett Lee’s weight loss: “Like, for instance, he was 226. He’s now like 206. He’s lost at least 10 pounds.”


Oct. 21, 2011, regarding LSU’s Pro Combat uniforms: “I can tell you that our uniform will represent LSU and look very much like a uniform an LSU football team will wear.”

His rallying cry to his players in preseason workouts: “Get your piss hot!” July 18 regarding whether he had been contacted before former coach Bobby Petrino was dismissed. “Could we move on to the next question, at least one with intelligence? No, you didn’t get that, did you?” July 18 answering whether he’d like to be the Arkansas coach for more than one season: “Well, certainly. Do I look stupid? Don’t answer that.”

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Sept. 17 Smith’s opening remarks to media members Monday after a 52-0 loss to Alabama that Saturday: “You guys act like it’s … pick it up a little bit!” Get your chin up. Smile. Smile! OK? If not I’m not talking.” Sept. 24 to the Little Rock Touchdown Club: “I’m asking you fans, don’t give up on us. It’s a state of Alabama program, it’s not an individuals program.”


La. price of Thanksgiving up this year expensive than last year’s average of $39.19, according to the Staff Writer LSU AgCenter. Louisiana residents have a The AgCenter ’s average reason to be more thankful for was determined through a surtheir Thanksgivvey based on an Read a columnist’s ing meals this American Farm advice on celebrating Bureau Federayear. The 2012 cost tion shopping list Thanksgiving, p. 8 of Thanksgiving that includes turwill be slightly more expensive key, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls for Louisianians compared to last with butter, peas, cranberries, a year. relish tray of carrots and celery, This year’s cost will aver- pumpkin pie with whipped cream age about $44.35 for 10 people to eat, which is 13.2 percent more THANKSGIVING, see page 11

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Jeanne Tribou (far right) purchases rice Tuesday at the Biological Engineering Student Organization’s annual sweet potato and rice sale on Highland Road.

Former LSU women’s tennis coach Tony Minnis filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the University and several high-ranking Athletic Department officials, including Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva, for racebased discrimination. According to an NBC33 report, Minnis said he made approximately $30,000 less than white coaches in similar positions and Alleva threatened to fire him when he brought up the subject. Alleva declined to comment on the matter Tuesday night. “It is not our practice to comment on litigation,” said Senior Associate Athletics Director Herb Vincent. “We deny the allegations made in the lawsuit.” LSU didn’t renew Minnis’ contract in May after his 21st season as the Lady Tigers’ head coach. “I confronted Mr. Alleva about it and tried to get an explanation,” Minnis told WAFB. “It made absolutely no sense in light of the fact that I had just seen him on a TV interview basically acknowledging that we had very poor facilities and how tough it was to recruit and compete.” Senior Women’s Administrator Miriam Seger, Associate Athletic Director Eddie Nunez and the LSU Board of Supervisors were also named in the lawsuit. Minnis was LSU women’s tennis’ all-time winningest coach, going 285-134 in 21 seasons at LSU while leading the Lady Tigers to 15 NCAA Tournament appearances. But LSU compiled three consecutive sub-.500 records his final three seasons. Contact Chris Abshire at; Twitter: @AbshireTDR

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INTERNATIONAL Church of England says no to allowing women to serve as bishops LONDON (AP) — The Church of England’s governing body blocked a move Tuesday to permit women to serve as bishops in a vote so close it failed to settle the question of female leadership and likely condemned the institution to years more debate on the issue. The General Synod’s daylong debate ended with the rejection of a compromise that was intended to unify the faithful despite differing views on whether women should be allowed in the hierarchy, but backers failed to gain the necessary majority by six votes. Egyptian authorities arresting child protesters, rights group says CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities arrested more than 300 children during protests in Cairo over the past year, beating and torturing some and trying many as adults, a leading international rights group said Tuesday. Human Rights Watch said in a report that the arrests and treatment of detained children violated Egyptian and international law. Clashes resumed Tuesday in downtown Cairo at the site of a bloody confrontation a year ago between protesters and the military.

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Dark matter detector in South Dakota mine nearing activation

Louisiana unemployment rate falls to 6.6 percent for October

Israeli airstrikes kill three Palestinian journalists in their cars

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Scientists hoping to detect dark matter deep in a former South Dakota gold mine have taken the last major step before flipping the switch on their delicate experiment and say they may be ready to begin collecting data as early as February. What’s regarded as the world’s most sensitive dark matter detector was lowered earlier this month into a 70,000-gallon water tank nearly a mile beneath the earth’s surface, shrouding it in enough insulation to hopefully isolate dark matter from cosmic radiation. ‘Sesame Street’ Elmo actor Kevin Clash resigns amid sex allegation

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli airstrikes killed three Palestinian journalists in their cars on Tuesday, a Gaza health official and the head of the Hamas-run Al Aqsa TV said. Israel acknowledged targeting the men, claiming they had ties to militants. Later Tuesday, an Israeli airstrike hit a building that houses the office of the French news agency Agence France Presse. An agency photojournalist who was in the office at the time said the target appeared to be two floors above him. No one was injured and the agency

NEW YORK (AP) — Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash resigned from “Sesame Street” on Tuesday amid allegations he sexually abused underage boys, bringing an end to a 28-year career in which he turned the furry red monster into one of the most beloved — and lucrative — characters on TV and in toy stores. “Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work ‘Sesame Street’ is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer,” the 52-year-old performer said in a statement.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.6 percent for October, down from 7 percent in September, and 7.1 percent for October 2011. Tuesday’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed total employment of 1,940,995 in October. The September figure was 1,927,850. The number listed as unemployed fell to 137,785 in October from 144,216 in September. The labor force grew, according to the report, which said there were 2,078,780 people in the workforce in October. Tangipahoa Parish School Board to propose desegregation plan

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Dr. Rowan Williams, the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, speaks Tuesday during a meeting of the General Synod of the Church of England in London.

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Physicist Jeremy Mock inspects the Large Underground Xenon experiment detector that is now in a water tank in a gold mine in Lead, S.D.

Prosecutor: Indianapolis blast that killed two people was not accidental INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The house explosion in Indianapolis that killed two people and left a neighborhood in ruins was not an accident, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry told The Associated Press that city arson investigators and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had concluded the Nov. 10 blast, which also destroyed five homes and damaged dozens more, was not an accident. Officials announced Monday that the probe was a criminal homicide investigation.



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Wednesday, November 21, 2012 Campus Crime Briefs Student arrested for domestic abuse LSU Police Department officers arrested geography graduate student Haikuo Yu, 26, Nov. 14 for domestic abuse involving his wife. Officers were dispatched to Yu’s residence at Edward Gay Apartments around 1:20 a.m. after a complaint of domestic violence, said LSUPD spokesman Capt. Cory Lalonde. Yu’s wife told officers she and her husband were in a verbal

argument before he grabbed her, leaving minor but visible injuries on her arm. Yu, of Apt. 2239 in the Edward Gay Apartments, was arrested for domestic abuse battery and booked in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Two students arrested for marijuana LSUPD officers arrested English student Alyssa Lynn Garofalo, 18, Nov. 16 for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers were dispatched to her Highland Hall dormitory

The Daily Reveille after receiving a complaint Garofalo may have had drugs, Lalonde said. Officers located 23.9 grams of marijuana, plastic bags and a grinder in her dorm. She admitted to selling marijuana, Lalonde said. Garofalo, of 1508 Constantinople Street, Apt. 5, in New Orleans, was arrested and booked in EBR Parish Prison. Two days before Garofalo’s arrest, LSUPD officers arrested mass communication student Robert Richard Erickson, 18, on Nov. 14 on the same charges, though the arrests were not associated. Officers responded to a

page 3 complaint of possible marijuana possession at his Residential College South Hall dormitory, Lalonde said. After investigating, officers found two grams of marijuana, a scale, plastic bags and two vaporizers, Lalonde said. Erickson, of 728 Lakewood Hills Terrace in Austin, Texas, was booked in EBR Parish Prison.

Officers were dispatched to the West Campus Apartments after being advised of two women fighting, Lalonde said. Officers located the women and determined Johnson was the aggressor in the altercation. Johnson, of 1641 Casa Calvo Street in New Orleans, was arrested for simple battery, issued a misdemeanor summons and released.

Student arrested for simple battery LSUPD officers arrested 18-year-old accounting student Danielle Alexandria Johnson Nov. 17 for fighting.

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The Club sees higher Paw Point usage, more reservations Extended hours for public a possible cause

Caitlin McCord Contributing Writer

The Faculty Club restaurant began its transformation into The Club at LSU Union Square in August, and has since seen an increase in reservations and Paw Point sales. The transformation included changes such as extended hours, new menu items and a Game Day Oasis. Before the change, The Club only offered weekday lunch hours. It is now open for dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. “If anything, [the transformation] just added a different level of service to The Club,” said Jonathan Miller, general manager of The Club. “Before, we did weddings or rehearsal dinners, so that was catered to a certain person. Now we’re open to the public.” The new menu, which features pan-seared scallops and curry dusted lamb chops, has received positive feedback, Miller said. “Yes, we’ve rebranded and enhanced a couple of things, but the

menu has been pretty much the star of the show,” said Dean Samuels, LSU Dining marketing director. The Game Day Oasis, which offers an a la carte menu, has attributed to a rise in reservations, Miller said. The Oasis is open from noon to kickoff on game days. While there has been a noticeable increase in Paw Point usage,

Miller said there is no way to track whether it is students who are using the Paw Points. “We can track Paw Points, but it’s hard to tell whose Paw Points are being used because there are different types,” Miller said. Multiple Paw Point accounts make it difficult to determine whether students or non-students are using them to pay for meals,

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Apple pie is one of the dessert options available today at The Club at LSU Union Square.

Samuels said. The Club has been open for four months and is serving a steady flow of people, Samuels said. “Last Friday we had 48 tables for dinner,” Samuels said. “For a new restaurant in its fourth month, that’s not average.” The Club will host a Holiday Buffet open to the public Dec. 10 to

14. It will be similar to the Thanksgiving Buffet which began Monday and will run through lunch today, Miller said.

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Professor investigates therapeutic community for juvenile offenders TC offers various support groups

spending money and allocating resources to a problem that is most proximal,” Barthelemy said. He said poor education and violent crimes correlate, and prevention proves to be the best Juliann Allen approach to stop juvenile crime. Contributing Writer Children start to use drugs at earSocial work professor Cath- lier ages than before, and Barerine Lemieux spent four years thelemy said it is more of a challenge to get the researching the children to stop logistics and ef‘The research than to prevent fects of therapeuconsistently shows them from using tic communities initially. in secure treatthat the [therapeutic the drugs Aftercare ment facilities for communities] treatment is also juveniles. Lemieux said approach is one of the effective in helping juveniles she followed 226 most effective.’ refrain from rejuvenile nonturning to their violent offenders Catherine Lemieux old ways, but through therapeusocial work professor Lemieux said tic communities right now there in three confineis less aftercare treatment than ment facilities in Louisiana. Though she could not observe TC. It all boils down to funding, whether the program proved suc- she said. cessful, Lemieux said she tracked 82 percent of the 226 juveniles for two years. Of that percentage, only 10 percent returned to custody for a new charge. “The research consistently shows that the [therapeutic communities] approach is one of the most effective,” Lemieux said. Therapeutic communities, or TC, involve groups like substance abuse treatment, which discusses ways to prevent relapse, support and education groups and community groups, which address any living problems among the juveniles. Lemieux said many of the juveniles have children, so the facility provides parenting education as well. Facilities initially used TC for adult heroin addicts, but the program became a popular treatment for juveniles in the 1990s. Lemieux said out of the research group, 93 percent of the children smoked marijuana, more than three-fourths drank alcohol on a regular basis and many smoked cigarettes. The average age was 16. Although effective, Lemieux said TC is not gaining speed as a way to treat juveniles. She said Louisiana stood as the only state to use its grant funding for TC and uniquely used it for both boys and girls. “This type of program is very expensive to fund, and without support, TC is generally not provided,” she said. Lemieux said though prevention costs less than trying to fix the problem in the community, politicians usually support getting the offenders off the street and in jail than using preventive tactics. Social work professor Juan Barthelemy said the outcome of prevention is not as tangible as controlling the existing problem, which occurs more visibly in communities. “People feel better about

She said she is not sure whether Louisiana still continues the TC program, but if secure treatment facilities have stopped, inadequate funding is to blame. As a result of the way the state prioritizes funding, Lemieux said few people get treatment, but juveniles are more likely to get treatment than adults. Most are victims of poverty, racism, trauma and fewer educational opportunities, and Lemieux said the problems require the investment of the community. She said TC takes care of what the community cannot. “The children who end up in secure treatment have made mistakes and have broken the law, but they also represent some of the most disadvantaged children in our state,” she said. Contact Juliann Allen at


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Game Week Notebook LSU SCHEDULE Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 29 Oct. 6 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Nov. 3 Nov. 10 Nov. 17 Nov. 23

LSU 41, UNT 14 LSU 41, Wash. 3 LSU 63, Idaho 14 LSU 12, Auburn 10 LSU 38, Towson 22 LSU 6, Florida 14 LSU 23, S.C. 21 LSU 24, A&M 19 LSU 17, Alabama 21 LSU 37, Miss. St. 17 LSU 41, Ole Miss 35 @ Arkansas

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KEYS TO THE GAME: Get to Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson to take the pressure off the young LSU defensive backs. Open up the vertical passing game. Arkansas allows nearly 300 yards per game through the air. Contain Razorbacks wideout Cobi Hamilton, who is averaging 112.5 yards per game receiving.

TIGERS STATISTICS PASSING · Zach Mettenberger: 2,272 yards, 10 TD, 6 INT T

RUSHING · Jeremy Hill: 554 yards, 112 carries, 9 TD · Kenny Hilliard: 448 yards, 77 carries, 6 TD · Michael Ford: 395 yards, 68 carries, 3 TD

LSU then-sophomore defensive end Barkevious Mingo (49) goes to tackle Arkansas then-junior quarterback Tyler Wilson (8) in the Tigers’ 41-17 victory over the Razorbacks on Nov. 25, 2011 in Tiger Stadium.

RECEIVING · Odell Beckham Jr: 561 yards, 36 catches, 2 TD · Jarvis Landry: 461 yards, 44 catches, 3 TD · Kadron Boone: 334 yards, 24 catches, 4 TD

RAZORBACKS STATISTICS PASSING · Tyler Wilson: 3,028 yards, 20 TD, 12 INT

RUSHING · Dennis Johnson: 727 yards, 131 carries, 8 TD · Knile Davis: 346 yards, 105 carries, 2 TD · J Williams: 227 yards, 43 carries, 0 TD

RECEIVING · Cobi Hamiliton: 1,237 yards, 80 catches, 5 TD · Chris Gragg: 289 yards, 22 catches, 3 TD · Dennis Johnson: 112 yards, 20 catches, 2 TD

TEAM STATISTICS TOTAL AND SCORING OFFENSE LSU: 343 points, 31.2 points per game Arkansas: 269 points, 24.5 points per game

Rushing offense

LSU: 2,070 yards, 188.2 yards per game, 26 TD Arkansas: 1,321 yards, 120.1 yards per game, 12 TD

Passing offense

LSU: 2,270 yards, 206.4 yards per game, 10 TD, 6 INT Arkansas: 3,259 yards, 296.3 yards per game, 22 TD, 15 INT

TOTAL AND SCORING DEFENSE LSU: 190 points, 17.3 points per game Arkansas: 345 points, 31.4 points per game

Rushing defense

LSU: 1,119 yards, 101.7 yards per game, 12 TD Arkansas: 1,400 yards, 127.3 yards per game, 20 TD

PASSING DEFENSE LSU: 1,973 yards, 179.4 yards per game, 12 TD, 17 INT Arkansas: 3,213 yards, 292.1 yards per game, 23 TD, 6 INT LUKE JOHNSON / The Daily Reveille

Win the turnover battle. The Razorbacks have a -17 turnover differential this season, one of the main reasons why they’re 4-7.


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LSU looks to f inish strong against scuttling Arkansas squad

Sports Contributor

Many fans expected the Battle for the Golden Boot to be another high-implication matchup prior to the start of the 2012 regular season with both LSU (9-2) and Arkansas (4-7) highly ranked in the preseason polls. But when No. 8 LSU travels to Fayetteville, Ark., it will take on a Razorback squad that fell into an abyss early in the season and never fully recovered. “[Looking at] Arkansas, I think they’re a talented team,” said LSU coach Les Miles. “We watched the

film, and you can see why they were ranked in the top 10 to start the season. The Tigers are looking to finish the 2012 season on a high note, and with a BCS bowl game on the line, LSU needs to be victorious Friday. “Overall, we need to finish,” Miles said. “That’s still the goal. We don’t control our destiny, but there’s some destinations out there that this team would love to be a part of.” Arkansas, who was ranked No. 10 in both the USA Today and AP top-25 preseason polls, only had one week to maintain that status. After a 49-24 blowout against Jacksonville State, the Razorbacks hosted the

University of Louisiana at Monroe. It was a contest that blew up every sports media outlet. Unranked ULM marched into Little Rock, Ark. and conquered the Razorbacks, winning 34-31 in overtime. The mighty fell, and they fell, and then fell some more. The Razorbacks have since lost seven games, and now the Tigers will see an unusually poor Arkansas squad heading into the 2012 season finale. Miles isn’t buying into his opponent’s record this week, though. “They’re still there,” Miles said. “They are quality players, and they

play hard. John L. Smith is in a tough position. It’s his last game, but I’m sure he’ll have them ready, and I’m sure this Arkansas team will play inspired.” The Razorbacks have given the Tigers trouble in the past. Since 2005, LSU is 4-3 against Arkansas, but three of the four victories were by a margin of five points or fewer. The Razorbacks have won their last two home contests against LSU, putting extra pressure on the Tigers to finish the season on a high note en route to a BCS bowl game. “For us, we want to finish out RAZORBACKS, see page 7


Tiger seniors remembered fondly Alex Cassara Sports Writer

While the Tigers hit the volleyball around before practice Monday, a raucous eruption rendered any running recordings inaudible for a few seconds. Senior defensive specialist Sam Delahoussaye — all 5 feet, 5 inches of her — blocked 6-foot-4 sophomore middle blocker Madi Mahaffey, setting her teammates off into a cheering chorus and prompting her coach to proclaim it her possible first block ever. “I’m glad that happened before you finished,” LSU coach Fran Flory yelled from the sidelines. “Nothing like the last

practice, monumental moment.” When Flory walked in 15 minutes earlier, practice was surprisingly already in full swing. The team had a game to prepare for, but she wasn’t about to break this up. “I can’t say I’ve had many teams that on the last day of practice, I’d walk in the gym and they’d be playing, and having a great time playing together,” Flory said, watching her team cut up and laugh. When Arkansas comes into the PMAC on Wednesday, LSU won’t be playing to advance because its season was over long SENIORS, see page 7


LSU senior outside hitter Madie Jones (6) and freshman middle blocker Khourtni Fears (1) celebrate a point Oct. 3 during the Tigers’ match against Georgia in the PMAC.

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BCS standings fiasco is only getting messier MIC’D UP MICAH BEDARD Sports Columnist Never say never — Justin Bieber taught me that. Maybe J-Biebs needs to give some advice to those sitting outside the BCS top two, because the race for the national championship is far from over. I was easily the grumpiest person on campus Monday morning. You would have been too if the first thing that came to your mind upon waking up was Notre Dame being No. 1 in the BCS standings. Someone check on Lou Holtz to make sure he hasn’t keeled over in excitement. The BCS has once again been turned on its head, and I love it. Alabama losing to Texas A&M is so two Saturdays ago. No. 1 Kansas State took a thumping from Baylor 52-24 on the road and No. 2 Oregon lost to Stanford 1714 after a controversial touchdown call sent the game into overtime. And now here we are: two weeks of regular season football left with one unbeaten team remaining at the top. Like last season, No. 2

Alabama found the perfect week to lose and now is right back in the national championship picture. But don’t think for a second Notre Dame and Alabama meeting up in the BCS Championship Game in Miami, Fla. is a done deal. Two BCS standings ago, everyone was convinced Alabama and Oregon couldn’t be touched and would waltz to the national title game. Whoops. Fans don’t realize the pressure being at the top of the BCS standings brings. It’s easy to go under the radar and pile up wins. When faced with performing on the biggest stage, some teams crumble under the bright lights. Being the agent of chaos that I am, I’m rooting for the BCS picture to get even foggier before the college football regular season settles. There are just so many different BCS scenarios that could take shape over the next few weeks. Here’s one that sounds ridiculous, but would be a ton of fun. Let’s say Notre Dame falls to USC on Saturday. That would drop the Fighting Irish out of the national championship, but they would still receive an at-large bid because of the Notre Dame rule that allows any independent team to play in the BCS if it’s ranked inside the

top eight. With Notre Dame out of the picture, Alabama, Georgia and Florida all win while Kansas State loses to Texas, leaving the top five teams in the BCS standings: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Oregon and LSU. One of the top two would then have to lose in the SEC Championship. Let’s just say it’s Alabama. Could a Florida-Georgia rematch in the BCS Championship actually be possible? Of course it could. That’s just one example of the multitude of outcomes the BCS could spew out. Who knows what the last two weekends of the college football regular season have in store? It’s what makes the sport so attractive to viewers; any team can lose on any given Saturday. With that improbability from week to week, you see the BCS standings change dramatically. After last season’s championship game where Alabama crushed LSU 21-0, the last thing voters want to see is a rematch in the title game. But that might be exactly what they get. And so much for that whole SEC being left out of the the BCS title picture. In a matter of a week, the question isn’t if an SEC

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Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o is congratulated by teammates Dan Fox and Bennett Jackson during Notre Dame’s 21-6 win against Boston College on Nov. 10.

member will be in the running for a national championship, but whether it will be a matchup of two conference foes. There’s nothing we can do about it but sit back and watch the madness unfold. Until the new playoff format begins in 2014, I hope the BCS is

as chaotic as possible. Micah Bedard is a 22-year-old history senior from Houma. Contact Micah Bedard at; Twitter: @DardDog



Tigers survive Demons, 102-95 Chandler Rome Sports Writer

LSU struggled with the Northwestern State full court press for much of Tuesday night’s second half and nearly surrendered a 21-point lead, but finally found its stroke from the free throw line to secure a 102-95 at the PMAC. Sophomore guard Anthony Hickey paced the Tigers (3-0) with a career high 21 points and six assists, while junior forward Shavon Coleman carried over his momentum from last week with a 22-point performance off the bench. “I knew coming in it would be a hard fought basketball game,” said LSU coach Johnny Jones. “Even with the lead, I told our guys the game was far from over.” Returning from a strained calf, sophomore forward Johnny O’Bryant III showed no ill effects, chipping in 13 points and six rebounds before fouling out late in the second half. Both Hickey and O’Bryant lamented the “tick tack” fouls called by the referees, but did not use the combined 62 fouls and 86 free throws as an excuse for almost surrendering a lead. “Coach Jones just told us, ‘Stay focused in the game, don’t worry about the refs,’” Hickey said. “We’ve got a basketball game to win.” Demon forwards James Hulbin and DeQuan Hicks took advantage of LSU’s foul trouble on the inside, torching the Tigers for 29 and 28 points, respectively.

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Andrew Del Piero, LSU senior center, shoots the ball Tuesday during LSU’s 102-95 win against Northwestern State at the PMAC.

Jones said his team’s shoddy defense coupled with 21 turnovers and 22 missed free throws troubled him, but he promised to rectify those mistakes.

“If we knock our free throws down, you’re talking about a 20 or 25-point basketball game,” Jones said. “We’ve been in some tough situations, but I was pleased that at the end … the experienced guys were on the floor and they were able to finish the game out the right way.” Down by as many as six in the first half, the Tigers received a spark from seldom used 7-foot3 center Andrew Del Piero, who logged the first first-half minutes of his career. Del Piero scored four points and grabbed two boards to propel a 22-5 run that sent the Tigers into the locker room with a 52-38 lead. “I was really pleased with the way [Del Piero] was able to move his feet out there,” Jones said. “They went with a small lineup, he did a great job defending and keeping the guy in front of him.” Contact Chandler Rome at; Twitter: @Rome_TDR

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the regular season strong and let the rest take care of itself,” said junior safety Craig Loston. “We are preparing to do our best to get ready for these guys, and they’re not going to be an easy group. They have talent, and we’ll have to be ready for what comes our way.” Senior quarterback Tyler Wilson, who has completed 218-of-349 passes for 3,028 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, leads a potent Arkansas offense. Wilson has thrived at home in 2012, where he has completed 61.8 percent of his passes and thrown 15 of his 20 scores. The Tigers’ secondary will be looking to contain him Friday. “They have a great quarterback,” said sophomore safety Ronald Martin. “You know that’s a challenge when you’re going against a very experienced quarterback in the [Southeastern Conference]. All the receivers in the SEC are good, so you have to go out with the mindset at practice each day that you want to get better.” The Razorbacks’ passing attack accounts for 71 percent of the squad’s total offensive yards. Wilson has found success throwing to senior wide receiver Cobi Hamilton, who broke the SEC single-game receiving record with 303 yards against Rutgers. The LSU defensive back corps will be looking for any and all opportunities to add to its SEC-leading 17 picks in 2012. “We focus on getting turnovers,” said redshirt freshman cornerback Jalen Collins. “It’s something we like to do, so of course we’re going to go in there and try to pick it off and create fumbles and get our offense the ball back.”

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Tigers thankful for teammates, family Team, coach share Thanksgiving spirit Alex Cassara Sports Writer

After apologizing for his “impertinent and poor” choice of words in Saturday’s post-game news conference, LSU coach Les Miles turned to a more cheery, but just as timely, subject. “I look forward to Thanksgiving, and I think our team does and I think our country does,” Miles said Monday at his weekly press luncheon. “I think it’s a wonderful time to put things first, like your family, the Lord and football. Happy Thanksgiving to all.” He’s right in his reference to the rest of his team, as many players offered up those same

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ago. The team still has plenty to play for though, as it has come together through this tough campaign in a way that Flory said is rare. That closeness, Flory said, has everything to do with the seniors. “The coaches made a comment that this week would be tough to get through,” Delahoussaye said. The reasons Flory will miss her seniors are as differing as their personalities. Aside from the crashing balls Delahoussaye inexplicably digs up, Flory will miss watching her blossom from the wallflower she

thanks in the week leading up to Thursday’s observation of Turkey Day and Friday’s matchup with Arkansas. Some thanks were as simple as being alive, as is the case for sophomore safety Ronald Martin. “I’m thankful to see another day, each and every day,” Martin said. But naturally, many gratitudes were about football. For freshman cornerback Jalen Collins, it’s about having a chance to show what he can do after never getting thrown at in high school. Junior receiver Kadron Boone realized the scarce opportunity he’s been allotted. “Thousands of kids want to play college football, but for me to actually be here and get an education also, I’m very thankful for that,” Boone said. Scores of athletes may desire to bring their talents to the next

level, but not many can fathom doing it for six years. Senior offensive lineman Josh Dworaczyk, who was granted a sixth year of eligibility after several knee injuries, is thankful for just that. “Days I don’t feel like practicing, the memory of how fortunate I am gets me going,” Dworaczyk said. Family was another obvious favorite. Sophomore receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr., who hail from Convent and New Orleans, respectively, gave thanks for their families being close enough to see on Wednesday before the team departs on the true holiday. Sometimes, family and football collide. “I’m thankful for being able to be around my team, looking at those guys as my brothers since I’m the only boy in my family,” said junior safety Craig Loston.

For those players who aren’t close enough to see their families for a holiday dinner, the team will likely get together like it did prior to Thanksgiving and Arkansas last year for its own celebration. Collins, from Olive Branch, Miss., said he’ll miss his aunt’s sweet potato pie. With a game to play the next day, Loston said his teammates shouldn’t expect too many desserts, one of the only parts of the meal he prefers, along with ham and fried turkey. “I’m not really the Thanksgiving food guy,” Loston said. “That’s not my style of eating. I’m more of a pasta guy.”

was when she arrived to the balanced person she is now. She’ll miss the same about watching exemplary leader Meghan Mannari’s game grow. She’ll miss fiery senior outside hitter Madie Jones inciting her teammates, but not her opponents, like she was sometimes accustomed to doing. She’ll miss the sleep if her team can’t find someone other than Flory to call in the wee hours, which was cool-headed senior Victoria Jacobsen’s job. To kick off their final week together, the athletes all switched jerseys during warm-ups before Sunday’s loss to Missouri. Mannari wore Jones’ shirt while Delahoussaye represented

freshman Haley Smith, who will be the only defensive specialist on LSU’s roster when Delahoussaye and Mannari depart. After four years, Mannari and Delahoussaye have developed a friendship that Smith said would make anyone envious. They’re so close that their parents follow their daughters together. Mannari’s parents recently picked up Delahoussaye’s parents from their Madisonville, La., home before road-tripping to Gainesville, Fla., and Knoxville, Tenn., to watch their daughters play. The families bunked with each other throughout the trip. “We told them, ‘You guys really need to meet. We promise, you’ll become friends,’” Mannari

said. “Little did we know…” This senior class has tied the team together more than Flory usually sees, and when it takes on the Razorbacks, it’s not for nothing. “We’re going out there to play for pride,” Mannari said. “… Just prove that we have something to play for.” What might that be? “We’re playing for each other,” Delahoussaye said.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Culinary Cleansing

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Gaylen Iverstine’s turkeys roam free range and live in a pasture that also holds beef cows. The 150 birds will be ready for Thanksgiving.

Mind your cooking and keep a drink in hand: It’s Thanksgiving THE TRADITIONALIST CHRIS ORTTE Columnist My uncle always says that down here, we eat with our hearts, not our mouths. And I believe it. Much more goes into our castiron pots than just those ingredients that recipe calls for — sometimes it’s blood, sweat and tears. One thing is for certain: What begins with the heart ends in the heart. Thursday will be the grand parade of turkey and cranberry, cornbread dressing and dirty rice, succotash, green bean casserole and maybe some squash and zucchini. There will be gravy to drown in, buttered bread rolls and other vegetables you didn’t know existed but are so dang delicious, all to be washed down with gallons of ice tea minted from mother’s courtyard and her murderous congealed strawberry salad for desert. Food is a way of life down here. There’s a proper way to do food as well as plenty of improper, lousy ways to do food. Usually our best

educators, as with anything else, are age and experience. The spread will have started well before the strike of noon on Thanksgiving Thursday. For my family, my mother usually wakes at the same time my father, brother and I do for our morning hunt, but that’s only to tan the bird. The rest had begun days in advance. Through my adolescence in Louisiana kitchens, I’ve been learned in the ways of spices and sauces by a few different patriarchs, and one particular matriarch. However, there are a few rules I’ve acquired from them that I like to follow when taking to black-iron. The first, being the cardinal rule, is that no man should touch another man’s pot. What is in that pot is either that cook’s glory or demise; no credit or blame should go to anyone else’s hands. Only offer suggestions or recommendations when prompted. Otherwise, let the master work, or let the novice cook and learn. The second thing I stress is time. Although my grandfather would disagree by saying a drink of scotch is the most important, ensuring all the time you need to prepare your dish is

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the most important call of the recipe. Time may be of the essence, but why rush to cook and eat when you know you’ll be back at it — nose in the scented steam — in a couple of hours? You must take your time. Anything rushed on the stove is nothing worth eating. And when living in a world like this, we need all the therapy we can get. Appreciate your time cooking like it’s therapy, and stare into that gravy like it’s the ceiling of a psychiatrist’s office. Especially during the week of Thanksgiving, that local trend of having an intermission from the kitchen to get something done — rather than breaking to get into the kitchen — serves as a peaceful opportunity for time to reflect on all the things to be thankful for. One thing that calls for reflection is the ability to spend time in the kitchen. The last, from which I’ve learned from my grandfather’s recipes and cooking in the kitchen he frequented, is that you should always maintain a drink and good company to keep the atmosphere light. If you’re doing it right, you

should be spending most of your time patiently waiting. A little talking music never hurts, but nothing passes the time like shooting the shit with a buddy over a drink of whatever you fancy. But along with that drink comes responsibility. Don’t give the bottle too much attention — you could lose focus and possibly put sugar on that steak instead of salt. If the bottle needs that much attention, let it entertain your guests. Your culinary ego will certainly be stroked by inebriated taste buds. Now I hope my three culinary commandments have left you with a sense of famine today, because I know around two o’clock in the afternoon Thursday, I will dip into a turkey-induced coma that should hold me over until the end of finals week. Enjoy, and always give thanks.

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Dead week should be used as preparation for finals LA SEULE FEMME KATE MABRY Columnist Many students agree that midterms is one of the most stressful weeks of the semester, but the calm of the following weeks misleads students into the death trap called dead week, the week before final exams. Professors assign last-minute projects, papers and exams on dead week, and once students are behind on dead week assignments, they usually also fall behind on studying for finals. While some may argue students should take time management into their own hands, professors should expect students to procrastinate and vary the deadlines for assignments. We’ve all experienced that burned-out feeling after finals week, but imagine feeling brain dead before finals week even begins, as many students will after cramming in projects during what should be a week of preparation. It’s nice that professors want to give students as much time as possible to work on assignments, but they should move the deadlines up to prevent a clustering of assignments before finals. Jared Johnson, petroleum engineering sophomore, said he took four exams during Dead Week. The cluster of exams during dead week and finals week culminated into his “most stressful two weeks at LSU.” “I just don’t understand how professors can expect a student that is taking 17 hours to sufficiently prepare for the final exam by giving an exam during dead week,” Johnson said. “Isn’t that

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what dead week is for? To focus on finals — not stress out about tests during dead week.” But Johnson isn’t the only student facing the stress of dead week. I have three papers, one exam, one quiz and two projects due next week. Dead week should be exactly what it sounds like: a week without assignment in preparation for final exams.

The stresses of this semester have only been intensified with the exclusion of fall break. With one break down this semester, students will be forced to spend their only holiday, Thanksgiving, catching up on work. Instead of enjoying the Thanksgiving break with our families, we’ll be locked in our rooms writing papers, working on projects and studying for lastminute exams.

Clustering assignments during dead week cheats the system. The title dead week actually contradicts its real meaning. In fact, the title better describes Baton Rouge while students are shut away in the library and in their rooms hunkered over textbooks. So professors, I’m only asking that you think back to your days in college and remember the stresses you encountered going into final exams. Dead week

should be a week of preparation; let’s take it back. Kate Mabry is a 21-year-old mass communication senior from New Orleans.

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United States plays silent yet major role in Gaza The Oracle Editorial Board University of South Florida

UWIRE — Though the rockets and bomb blasts are almost 7,000 miles away, the turmoil in Gaza is not far removed from U.S. interests. In fact, with its economic heft, the U.S., as a seemingly silent superpower, is a larger player in the chaos ensuing now than perhaps either Israel or the Gaza strip. But as Israel has intensified air strikes and bombs in retaliation to Hamas-launched rockets from Gaza, the U.S. response has spoken as to what side the American taxpayers will be supporting. While President Barack Obama has said it would be “preferable,” according to The

Associated Press, for violence to not exist, he has consistently defended Israel’s “right to defend itself.” But according to The New York Times, Gaza health officials have reported at least 600 injuries and 70 deaths since Wednesday, and Israel has reported 79 injuries and three deaths. The human rights violations being brought upon the people of Gaza by Israel are not things the U.S. should endorse. While the initial violence of the rocket launch is not condonable, Israel’s response — the response sponsored by the taxpayers of America — is certainly not either, and coupled with the history of aggression and blatant disregard of civilian, women and children’s lives, the U.S.’s

strategic oblivion is one that goes against the very value of democracy that allied Israel with the U.S. in the first place. Gilad Sharon, the son of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, called for the “flattening of Gaza” in an op-ed written for The Jerusalem Post. “We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza,” he wrote. “Flatten all of Gaza... There should be no electricity in Gaza, no gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing.” The U.S. has a strong, vested interest in Israel — an interest so expansive (and expensive) that it is willing to overlook important aspects of democracy, such as human rights, to secure its own best interest in an utterly undemocratic process.

Israel has received about $115 billion in U.S. aid, and continues to receive about $3 billion a year, making it the largest recipient of U.S. aid since World War II. According to a Congressional Research Report prepared for the U.S. Congress, the Bush administration approved a 10-year, $30 billion package for Israel’s Foreign Military Financing grant, which Obama has continued. The very Iron Dome system, the system that has intercepted 245 rockets for Israel since the recent burst of violence, is largely funded by the U.S, which provides an additional $70 million for it per year, according to CNN. While it is incredible that this technology protects Israeli civilians, does the U.S.

government value their lives more than Palestinians? Though a 2011 Gallup poll found 63 percent of Americans supported Israel over Palestine, it is worth a closer look as to whether cozying up to Israel solely because of its “democratic” roots is worth the fiscal and humanitarian costs. A democracy is not simply electing leaders, and by turning a blind eye to these injustices, the U.S. is further distancing itself from other Middle Eastern nations at a time in which diplomacy is needed most.

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Judges duke it out before runoff Political stances stir ethical debate

Megan Dunbar Staff Writer

Election season is still not over for two circuit judges in a judicial election for Louisiana’s Supreme Court. In an eight-contestant race for the judgeship, Democratic Circuit Judge John Michael Guidry and Republican Circuit Judge Jeff Hughes won out, and will continue to battle for votes in a runoff Dec. 8. Hughes ran many television spots stating his conservativeleaning views, a possible bone of contention among those who question the ethics of positiontaking judges. Hughes defended the ads by citing a 2002 Supreme Court ruling. The case, “Republican Party

of Minnesota v. White,” stated judicial election candidates have the First Amendment right to discuss their views. The practice of judges taking stances has been seen as a possible ethical complication. Political science professor James Garand said Hughes has been under fire for this decision from many who believe judges should be nonpartisan and make decisions about cases based on black-and-white facts. Garand disagrees with this idea. “I believe judges are political actors,” Garand said. He said it is no surprise when appointees of President Barack Obama rule on the liberal side of a case, and that is no different in the lower courts. This is not a negative truth, according to top scholars Melinda Gann-Hall and Chris Bonneau, who have conducted extensive research on the subject. The two believe voters should

be able to choose the interpretation different judges will affect on a district, Garand said. And he agreed, saying even though there is a general perception of judges as neutral entities, this is not the true manner by which voters elect. There were more Republicans running in the race than Democrats, and Garand said he was surprised Hughes was the one who pulled through for his party. He attributed the success to Hughes’ television spots. Guidry, on the other hand, campaigned by speaking to church groups and promoted his tradition of being a “fair and impartial judge,” he told news outlets. Garand said the turnout of the Dec. 8 election will depend on who is able to mobilize more voters, but he said he expects Hughes will win. Contact Megan Dunbar at

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