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$WOOSH Nike deal with LSU declining in value

Chris Abshire Senior Investigative Reporter

Former defensive end Sam Montgomery spent much of his time at LSU adorned in purple and gold, an unmistakable swoosh dotting that wardrobe from the practice field to the classroom. That look became second nature for Montgomery, as the Nike logo pervades LSU’s Athletic Department, with the apparel giant pumping nearly $11.9 million into Tiger athletics during the course of its potential seven-year deal with the department. The contract, guaranteed for six years with a school option for a seventh, could be up for renegotiation this year, and several factors would shape those talks. The waning value of the present deal, the half-million-plus sum LSU still foots to outfit its teams, minor incentive bonuses and a small cash payout highlight Nike’s current commitment. “You grow up seeing that check, that swoosh everywhere,” Montgomery said in November. “To wear it every day for your team and school, that’s a dream.”

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The iconic Nike swoosh stands out on junior running back Michael Ford’s left shoulder. Nike’s logo is emblazoned on almost all of LSU’s athletic swag.


Nike isn’t the only company to sponsor Tiger athletics — Wilson has a deal with the baseball team and negotiations for a new softball equipper are ongoing — but it helps outfit or equip all of LSU’s teams. L S U doesn’t see most of that $11.9 million value in cash. Like all collegiate deals, most of that number involves Nike allotting the school inventory — facemasks, shoes, jerseys, etc. — to buy at wholesale or retail price. “You see a lot of gaudy numbers released, but the major breakdown comes from how much you can buy wholesale vs. retail,”

McKenzie Womack Staff Writer

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Georgetown professor encourages social awareness in MLK celebration Michael Eric Dyson speaks on campus Nic Cotten Staff Writer

The widely known AfricanAmerican cultural commentator Michael Eric Dyson brought his intellect and social consciousness to the University on Wednesday night during the Martin Luther King Jr. commencement celebration and imparted on the hundreds present the distinction between learning and schooling. Dyson, a Georgetown sociology professor, grew up and went

to school in segregated Detroit in the 1960s and was inspired by his teachers and pastors to be smart, religious and socially engaged. “Learn how to think — the point of coming to school is not to memorize facts, but to have a living experiment with learning,” Dyson said. “A vibrant, seductive, erotic exchange with ideas. Now, I don’t mean sleep with every idea,” he joked. Dyson is the author of 18 books, including “Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster” and “Know What I Mean?: Reflections on Hip-Hop.” He has DYSON, see page 15

GRAD Act prompts concern

Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown sociology professor, speaks at the LSU Union Theater on Wednesday. Dyson is also an esteemed author, scholar and radio host.

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Louisiana Board of Regents member Robert Levy called the LA GRAD Act a “double-edged sword” in a meeting Wednesday while discussing the necessity of legislative support for tuition autonomy. Signed into law by Gov. Bobby Jindal in 2010, the LA GRAD Act was initially intended to reward higher education institutions for improvements, said Larry Tremblay, deputy commissioner for Planning, Research and Academic Affairs. “Now it’s punishing institutions because of budget cuts,” Tremblay said. “Institutions have said, ‘You keep taking money away but expect us to get better.’” Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell, who spoke Tuesday before the joint legislative committee on education, stressed the importance of legislative support regarding management control over tuition. “We’re looking at how to move higher education forward,” Purcell said. “We’re finding a means for which to support higher education.” If a school fails to achieve the LA GRAD Act’s benchmarks, such as set retention rates, completion rates and graduation rates, the school loses tuition authority and 15 percent of its performance funding for the year, said Assistant Commissioner for Program Administration LeAnn Detillier. “The problem is that budgets are being cut and institutions have to reduce staff. They’re having to do a whole lot more with a whole lot less,” Detillier said. “We’re saying we want to see improvements in retention, completion and all these areas where it makes it a lot more difficult when you have a lot less support services and things on campus to help you do that.” Levy referred to the LA GRAD Act as an “800-pound gorilla.” “As money becomes less and requirements become more, there will be a calamity at a large four-year school,” Levy said. Contact McKenzie Womack at

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INTERNATIONAL Filming begins on DreamWorks’ WikiLeaks movie “The Fifth Estate” LONDON (AP) — DreamWorks Studios says filming has begun on a movie about WikiLeaks, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (TV’s “Sherlock”) as the website’s controversial founder, Julian Assange. “The Fifth Estate” also stars Daniel Bruhl as Daniel DomscheitBerg, an early WikiLeaks associate who fell out with Assange. Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie and Dan Stevens are among the cast of the film, due for release in November. U.S. drone strike kills 7 suspected al-Qaida militants in Yemen SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials say a U.S. drone strike on a car outside the capital of Sanaa has killed at least seven suspected al-Qaida militants. The officials say the drone attack took place Wednesday near the town of Khwlan, some 35 kilometers (20 miles) southeast of the capital. Military officials and tribal witnesses say the car was destroyed, and burnt bodies could be seen inside the wreckage. The officials and witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

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Julian Assange addresses the Oxford Union on Wednesday via video link from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

Prime minister proposes British vote on leaving European Union LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Wednesday to offer citizens a vote on whether to leave the European Union if his party wins the next election, prompting rebukes from European leaders accusing the premier of putting the bloc’s future at risk. Claiming that public disillusionment with the 27-nation EU is “at an all-time high,” Cameron used a long-awaited speech in central London to say that the terms of Britain’s membership in the bloc should be revised with voter input.

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Pastor convicted of killing second wife faces trial for death of first

Jindal administration shelves cut to Medicaid hospice program at vigil

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former Methodist clergyman convicted of bludgeoning his second wife to death in 2008 now faces trial for killing his first wife, too. Arthur Schirmer was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder and evidence tampering after a jury in the Poconos concluded he clubbed Betty Schirmer on the head with a crowbar, then loaded her into their PT Cruiser and staged a low-speed accident in an effort to conceal the crime. Schirmer awaits trial for the 1999 death of his first wife, Jewel Schirmer. Navy to institute random BAC tests to curb sailor alcohol abuse in U.S.

Two New Jersey men sue Subway over short footlong sandwiches

(AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration scrapped plans Wednesday to shutter the state’s Medicaid hospice program in February, meaning the state will continue to provide end-of-life care to people on their death beds who can’t afford private insurance. Jindal’s Health Secretary Bruce Greenstein made the announcement as hospice program supporters were gathering for a candlelight vigil on the state Capitol steps to protest the cut. Greenstein said grant funding will cover the hospice costs this year. The small crowd cheered in what people expected to be a somber vigil. Instead, they celebrated.

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — Two New Jersey men sued Subway this week, claiming the world’s biggest fast-food chain has been shorting them by selling so-called footlong sandwiches that measure a bit less than 12 inches. The suit, filed Tuesday in Superior Court in Mount Holly, may be the first legal filing aimed at the sandwich shops after the embarrassing Facebook photo of a footlong and a ruler showing the sandwich was not as long as advertised went viral last week.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Hornets are moving ahead with plans to change their name to the Pelicans next season, people familiar with the decision said. The people spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the Hornets have not announced the name change. The people say that is expected to come Thursday, along with the proposed new color scheme of blue, gold and red.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Navy said Wednesday it will conduct random blood-alcohol tests on its sailors in the United States starting next month, a sign of how concerned the service’s leaders have become about the effects alcohol abuse is having on the force. The tests are part of Navy Secretary Ray Mabus’ 21st Century Sailor and Marine Initiative, an expansive program intended to improve the well-being of sailors and Marines after more than a decade at war.

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Retired pastor Arthur Schirmer is led away Dec. 11, 2012, from the Lebanon County Courthouse after a preliminary hearing in Lebanon, Pa.

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Research AgCenter biofuels plant to open Friday series to launch tonight Olivia McClure

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Shannon Roberts Contributing Writer

The University’s Honors College will present a three-part spring research series starting at 6 p.m. tonight in the West Laville library, said Associate Dean Granger Babcock. Associate professor Darius Spieth will present his research on record-breaking artwork sold from 1775 to 1825, according to the Honors College website. Babcock said the series is a way to introduce students to faculty members conducting cutting-edge research who could become future mentors. The second part of the series will be a presentation by professor Gundela Hachmann at 6 p.m. on Jan. 31. Edward Song will give the final presentation of the series at 6 p.m. on Feb. 7, Babcock said. All three parts of the series will take place in the West Laville Library. Hachmann will give her research on Yoko Tawada’s novel “The Naked Eye,” which is about a Vietnamese girl stranded in France during the time of the Iron Curtain’s fall, according to the website. Song’s lecture will be his final research presentation to the Honors College because he is leaving the University at the end of the semester, Babcock said. In “Do We Have to Obey the Law?” he will discuss the state’s ability to force citizens to obey the law and an alternative based on fairness, according to the website. Academic adviser Marybeth Smith said the research series will connect students to faculty and introduce them to research that is “thinking outside the box.” “We’re really looking to get students involved or interested in research early on in their career in the Honors College,” she said. The Honors College will also have two movie screenings later this semester, the first of which is the 1944 documentary “The Negro Soldier” to be shown on Feb. 21, Babcock said. Contact Shannon Roberts at

The LSU AgCenter’s new biofuels pilot plant will combine two of Louisiana’s sweetest ventures: sugarcane and fuel. The ribbon-cutting is slated for 10 a.m. Friday at the plant, which is located at the Audubon Sugar Institute in St. Gabriel. According to a Jan. 3 AgCenter news release, the pilot plant is part of a project funded by a five-year $17.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Director of the AgCenter’s Louisiana Institute for Biofuels and Bioprocessing Vadim Kochergin said the plant will process feedstocks into a stable sugar syrup that will be distributed to the plant’s partners to make biofuels and bioproducts. University chemical, biological and mechanical engineering students will be able to use the plant to learn about biofuel production, Kochergin said. “It’s a paradise for students to learn because when you go to the factory, you see big, big equipment,” Kochergin said. “Here you can see the whole layout, the whole thing in front of you.” Kochergin said the plant has partnered with companies such as DuPont for isoprene production and Virent for gasoline production. The plant will use feedstocks such as energy cane, or high-fiber, low-sugar varieties of sugarcane and sweet sorghum, a plant similar to sugarcane with a high sugar content, Kochergin said. The AgCenter farms some feedstock near the plant, he said. First, the feedstock is shredded, chopped and squeezed for juice. It is then rinsed with water multiple times to extract more sugar content, Kochergin said. The water is evaporated to create the sugar syrup, which has a consistency similar to Coca-Cola, he said. Kochergin said the plant can process one ton of feedstock per hour, which translates into about 300

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New feedstock processing equipment sits outside Jan. 23 at the Audubon Sugar Institute in St. Gabriel, La. The machine takes feedstock and turns it into syrup.

pounds of syrup. He said the plant expects to process its first batch of feedstock in June. Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain said both a need to decrease America’s dependency on foreign oil and environmental reasons make development of the biofuels industry important. Global population is also growing and developing, creating greater demand for energy, he said. “Energy usage is going to increase by 25 percent to 30 percent over the next 30 to 50 years, even with the best efficiencies possible because of the growing population worldwide,” Strain said. Strain said biofuel production is worth exploring because “things that come from biomass are infinitely renewable and infinitely sustainable if it is done properly.” Louisiana is well-suited for making biofuels, he noted, because it is an agricultural state that produces a large amount of biomass. Strain said farmers would benefit from increased biofuels production because they would “find another avenue for that portion of crops he has not been able to sell.”

Michael Salassi, agricultural economics and agribusiness professor, said Louisiana already has the harvest equipment and expertise required for growing and transporting feedstocks. Production and harvesting methods for new feedstock crops are almost identical to sugarcane, he said. “Some of the varieties have been around for decades, but now there’s interest in it, so breeding new varieties of energy cane with those characteristics is starting to take

off,” Salassi said. Significant acreage of energy cane is not yet being farmed in Louisiana, Salassi said, with most growing in small-scale trials. “The basic goal of the research that we’re doing is can we grow these crops, can we process them into final products that can develop an industry in this state, and that’s sort of yet to be determined,” Salassi said. Salassi said he doubts biofuels will be able to compete with oil and natural gas in the U.S. because such a comparatively small amount is produced. Biofuels “will have a niche,” he said, but likely only for nontraditional applications. “Bioproducts may be more feasible than biofuels initially because bioproducts may cost more, and so with biofuels you have to compete with regular gasoline,” Kochergin said. Kochergin said a key issue will be finding what price will encourage farmers to plant feedstock instead of currently competitive crops. “We’re trying to find the questions that need to be answered to build an economical business case for the grower and for the producer of the feedstocks,” he said. “We’re trying to build a bridge between the ag and the processing.”

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said Mark Ewing, the LSU Athletic Department’s chief financial officer. “If your contract is for $10 million but includes mostly retail guarantees, then it’s worth probably more like $5 million.” Of LSU’s current deal, $9.8 million goes toward covering equipment and apparel purchases from Nike. The other $2 million plus change is paid in cash via yearly installments called “sponsorship fees.” LSU’s deal is in its fifth year, making this athletics season an appropriate benchmark for the contract’s terms. For the 2012-13 school year, Nike owes LSU $300,000 in cash while providing access to $1.27 million and $187,000 in wholesale and retail gear, respectively. That wholesale allotment jumps to $1.35 million for each of the next two years, assuming LSU exercises its option for 2014-15. According to Neal Lamonica, the department’s director of fiscal operations, that money flows into the Athletic Department, not the University.


Lamonica said those figures seem exorbitant but don’t cover the full cost of equipping the Tigers. Despite Nike’s sponsorship, Athletic Department expenditures reveal LSU still spent more than $505,000 on athletic equipment for the 2012 fiscal year. Unsurprisingly, $173,512 (34 percent) of that went toward football. However, only $7,590 covered additional costs for basketball, LSU’s second most profitable sport. Ewing said those numbers can be misleading, possibly because a sport’s roster size plays a substantial role in determining how to allocate resources. “We’re always trying to stretch Nike dollars as far as we can, and [Nike] is a premier supplier for basketball gear,” Ewing said. “There’s also a great amount of [football] stuff — you’re talking pads, uniforms, cleats, helmets — and it involves equipping 115 to 120 student-athletes. A sport like basketball or soccer has far fewer players and not as much equipment.” Lamonica said Nike doesn’t specify how much money goes to any sport, and the company’s apparel contribution doesn’t extend to officially licensed products the University sells. The monetary distribution is instead determined through a collaborative effort between the equipment room (namely, equipment manager Greg Stringfellow) and the Athletic Department’s upper brass.


The only sport-specific contributions Nike makes are incentives. Five LSU teams reap financial rewards for postseason success. The football team receives $50,000 for winning the BCS title, $30,000 for a BCS

Championship Game appearance, $10,000 for making a BCS bowl or winning the SEC title and $5,000 for playing in the SEC Championship Game. Men’s and women’s basketball have equal bonus packages, highlighted by Nike paying $30,000 for an NCAA title and $10,000 for a Final Four appearance. Both the men’s and women’s track and field squads tally $5,000 bonuses for winning NCAA team titles, among other incentives.


Considering the incentives and guarantees, Lamonica and Ewing each estimated LSU’s deal to be among the nation’s most prestigious. Their accuracy depends on their definition of prestigious. Football drives these contract deals, and LSU’s brand is among the nation’s most visible, said ESPN uniform expert Paul Lukas. “LSU is interesting because they have a well-respected football look that is traditional but not stodgy,” Lukas said. “They wear the whites at home and away. They’re extremely identified with one uniform, which is rare. It makes LSU a valuable commodity.” That visibility could make for a more lucrative payout soon, since LSU’s current deal appears more outdated by the day when assessing the collegiate landscape. Every school’s deal isn’t publicly available, as private institutions aren’t required to comply with public record laws. Still, the available numbers suggest LSU’s deal doesn’t rank among the nation’s dozen most lucrative. Michigan has the mammoth deal, raking in $66.5 million in value over eight years from its deal with Adidas, while Nike doles out a $33.7 million value to North Carolina for a 10-year commitment. Those institutions own two of the largest athletic programs in the country, with Michigan fielding 27 teams and North Carolina boasting 26. LSU officially sports 18. “We also have that deal with Wilson for baseball [totaling $390,000 combined annually in product and cash] and the money is fueling fewer sports,” Ewing said. “There’s always a caveat that affects how the numbers should be viewed.” Even among SEC schools, which have comparable athletic departments, LSU’s contract isn’t elite. Last January, Ole Miss and Nike agreed to a seven-year contract worth $13.9 million. Auburn reworked its arrangement with Under Armour in 2010, resulting in $27.45 million over seven years. South Carolina finalized a six-year, $19-million contract in 2011. Alabama inked an eight-year, $30-million agreement with Nike in 2010 that included a $2 million “signing bonus.”


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The Daily Reveille home stretch, Lamonica said the Athletic Department is prepared to renegotiate later this year and would be looking for “fair market value.” “When negotiating, it’s always about making sure you’re compensated fairly,” Lamonica said. “We research what Florida and Alabama and the schools we’re on par with are getting to assess our worth. That’s just doing your homework.” As long as the Tiger football team sustains success, Lukas said LSU’s place near the head of the endorsement table during renegotiations is assured. “If you have major exposure, that’s the attraction,” he said. “LSU could change the look of the uniforms around or disregard tradition, and it wouldn’t damage the brand with the recognition

Thursday, January 24, 2013 winning brings. That’s why Nike will throw money at a school like [LSU].” Lamonica said LSU is “very happy” with Nike, but acknowledged the Athletic Department would listen if another company “swept us off our feet.” For Montgomery, his collegiate memories will always include that famous swoosh, and he wouldn’t want it any other way for future Tigers. “LSU will look good no matter what,” Montgomery said. “There’s something special about the purple and gold with Nike, though. It commands respect, just like we do on the field.”

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

King Pin

Sophomore bowler keeps family tradition alive

Cole Travis

Sports Contributor

Raised in an environment full of bowlers, psychology sophomore and LSU Bowling Club President Justin Bui was born to shoot strikes. But now that many of his family members have stopped playing, it has fallen to him to continue the legacy. “[Bowling] used to be a family affair, but that has tapered off in recent years,” Bui said. “My uncle dabbled a bit in the PBA (Professional Bowlers Association), so I just took after him.” His uncle, Jimmy Every,

sidesteps any credit attributed to him for Justin’s success. “[Justin] has taken bowling beyond any level I ever did,” Every said. “I can’t tell you why [the ball] did what it did. … I’m a caveman compared to him.” Every said it was clear from an early age that Justin had a knack for the game, and that natural talent was aided by a thirst to understand everything about the nuances of bowling. “As a kid, he would watch every single tournament on TV, and then spend the rest of the

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Hickey grabs eight steals in LSU win Tigers secure first SEC victory, 58-54 Marcus Rodrigue MORGAN SEARLES / The Daily Reveille

Justin Bui, psychology sophomore and president of the LSU Bowling Club, practices Sunday at All Star Lanes on Airline Highway. Bui is a standout in a long line of bowlers in his family. Watch a video of Bui at

titles and known for his fiery demeanor, saw Bui compete at a recent PBA regional tournament and was blown away. “I had never seen as much passion as [Bui] had that day,” Page said. With the help of Page, who is now a close friend, Bui has won numerous awards, including Louisiana Youth Bowler of the Year in 2012 and Conference Player of the Year as a freshman. Though his early achievements make for an impressive résumé, he is most proud of the success of his cousin, Every’s

Call him the Honey Badger of the hardwood. Sophomore Anthony Hickey snagged eight steals, a career high and the most by a Tiger since 1994, in LSU’s 58-54 win against Texas A&M on Wednesday night. Coach Johnny Jones said Hickey has a “football mentality,” and Hickey’s teammates called him “Hickey the Honey Badger” when discussing his playing style. Check out “[Hickey] is playing like photos from a defensive the game at back,” Jones said. “He’s done a great job of reading shoulders and eyes, and rotating and getting to the ball. And at the same time, Hickey’s really good on-ball. He’s got good hands, strong hands.” The Tigers (10-6, 1-4 Southeastern Conference) found themselves down by 14 points less than 8 minutes into the game, prompting Jones to turn to a press defense in hopes of sparking his team. That it did, as LSU closed out the first period on a 10-0 run that was capped by a Hickey buzzer-beater to make the halftime score 28-27 in favor of the Aggies.

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“As a kid, he would watch every single tournament on TV, and then spend the rest of the day walking around the house pretending to bowl with whatever he could find.” Jimmy Every, uncle of Justin Bui day walking around the house pretending to bowl with whatever he could find,” Every said. “A balled-up piece of paper, a pair of socks — you name it. He was pretty much self-taught.” All of that practice culminated in the flash point of his competitive career: At age 14, Bui shot his first 300. Bui set his sights on competing in professional tournaments and pursued that goal with the laser-beam like focus that Every said he has always had. Bui’s drive was strong enough to attract the attention of current professionals. Ryan “Rhino” Page, winner of three PBA

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All-round gymnast dishes about the spotlight MIC’D UP MICAH BEDARD Sports Columnist

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LSU sophomore all-arounder Rheagan Courville leaps during the Tiger’s win against Florida on Jan. 11 in the PMAC. Check out a video of Rheagan Courville at

Columnist’s Note: A new feature we’re implementing this semester at LSU Student Media is the “LSU Athlete of the Week.” Our inaugural honor goes to sophomore gymnast Rheagan Courville. In future weeks, the nominations will be announced on “Out of Bounds” on Sundays from 6 to 7 p.m. on 91.1 KLSU. You can vote at Micah Bedard: The loss to Alabama this week was a tough one, but you

guys upset Florida the week before. Assess how this team’s progress has been so far. Rheagan Courville: Obviously we didn’t let the loss bring us down, because we know we’re a better team than that. We just got back in the gym Sunday and we focused on details. We know that all we really need to do is put together the little things, and it will all come together. MB: The Metroplex Challenge is in Fort Worth, Texas on Saturday. There are some top teams in it, like No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 9 Georgia. How does it feel to go into it and put

on a showcase in front of a bunch of good teams? RC: We’re really excited. We have lots of fans coming. We’re going to try and keep up our energy the entire time. It’s a really good opportunity for us to make a statement and we’re excited to compete in that meet. MB: You don’t come back to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center until Feb. 15, but you’ve already had two home meets against North Carolina State and Florida. When people talk about coming to gymnastics SPOTLIGHT, see page 7

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Scouting services follow formula Off-f ield issues factor into rankings Lawrence Barreca Sports Writer

The nation’s top football recruits generally share similar qualities: they’re faster, stronger and simply more talented than their high school competition. But there’s more than meets the eye with the recruiting game according to Kynon Codrington, Rivals. com’s Southeast recruiting analyst. “You also look at production, level of competition they play against and other stuff you don’t see on film,” Codrington said. “It’s a combination of these things plus character. A kid might not initially qualify for or move up in our rankings because of ineligibility due to off-the-field issues.” Scouts watch closely from the time they find a young prospect to

the day a school hosts him on a campus visit. “It’s a long process,” Codrington said. “It usually begins with someone reaching out to us and providing us with information about the player along with film. We’re able to evaluate that film, talk to the player and see what kind of prospect he is and which schools he’s heard from.” Fans across the nation look to websites like ESPN and Rivals to see how certain recruits are rated. Recruits are graded on a star system, with one star indicating a poor prospect and five stars marking a potential professional. “These are the guys who are projected to be starters in the NFL and have long, impactful careers,” Codrington said. “The 4-star guys are going to be just as good, but may not have one element of what the elite guys possess.” According to Rivals, LSU currently has two 5-star commits in the 2013 class. The program also has 16 4-star prospects preparing to join

next year. He and his fellow coworkers at Rivals scout hordes of players every year, and Codrington said one position is generally more difficult to rate. “Quarterback is probably the hardest position to evaluate,” he said. “These kids nowadays are more college ready because they’re preparing and doing more of these camps at an early age, but that doesn’t always equate to success at the college level.” Every player’s rating is simply a projection of how the recruit is expected to perform in college. Other outside factors, like personality, could make any former 5-star recruit a bust. “There’s so many factors,” Codrington said. “That’s why you see some of these highly ranked kids not pan out.” Contact Lawrence Barreca at; Twitter: @LawrenceBarreca


LSU bonds through imitation Tigers practice teammates’ routines Mike Gegenheimer Sports Contributor

Under the bright lights of the floor mat, an LSU gymnast may feel alone and anxious. Luckily, just feet away, 15 backup dancers stand in purple and gold leotards. LSU gymnasts can be seen lining the stage syncing their movements along with select steps of the performing Tiger, and what may look like typical sideline antics to some is actually a form of team bonding for the No. 7 Tigers. “Normally in the past, we’ll maybe do just one person’s routine,” said junior Sarie Morrison. “But this year, we made an effort to sit down thinking, ‘OK, what can we do in everyone’s routine

that would be fun on the sidelines and get the crowd into it too?’” According to sophomore Rheagan Courville, LSU coach D-D Breaux also had a heavy hand in the decision to formalize the dancing, which occurred sparsely in years past. “One day, we were in the gym, and D-D said, ‘I want to get y’all to be in sync with this and make this a thing everyone can catch on to,’” Courville said. “So we practiced it, and we just made it a point to do it every single time.” LSU has used its dancing as a way to build team chemistry, an aspect Breaux said is stronger in this team than those of the recent past. Breaux said the team has adopted a sense of togetherness and ownership; Morrison went as far as describing her teammates as sisters. “We feel each other’s pain and each other’s victories,”

Morrison said. “It’s going to make for a better season for us. … We know we’re good this year, and we have a chance to do amazing things.” LSU sophomore Lloimincia Hall said the support is more than moral. “[Breaux] almost made a joke behind it, saying, ‘if you don’t know your routine, just look on the sidelines,’” Hall said. She also said the hopes of getting the crowd more involved at meets has been a driving force behind the newly refined backup dancing. “The judges are people too,” Hall said. “So if they see that you’re having a great time, and the audience is into it, why wouldn’t they want to give a great score?”

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meets, what’s the atmosphere you want to see inside the PMAC? RC: We love to see lots of energy and a big crowd. We like to see the stands full. I think we’ve had a great crowd so far, and it will only get better. MB: A lot of people don’t know your coach D-D Breaux is the longest tenured coach at LSU. What do you think her impact has been on LSU gymnastics and gymnastics in Baton Rouge and around the state? RC: D-D is a very motivational person, and she always has lots of energy. Throughout the entire meet you’ll see her and she just gets more fired up the whole time. She’s just a great person to be around in the gym and in competition. MB: With the Fab Five of USA Gymnastics having the success they had in the Olympics last summer, how do you think that translates to little girls aspiring to be gymnasts? RC: Oh yeah. I remember watching the Olympics when I was little, and that’s what really got me into it, watching Lilia Podkopayeva win the Olympics. I know that them watching USA win just was really magical and makes you want to get in the gym when you’re little. That’s just a great feeling that all little girls have. MB: A lot of the attention with the Fab Five dealt with the McKayla Maroney face after she lost. Have you ever had one of those moments before when you thought you were a bit underscored standing at the podium? RC: Everyone has those moments, but hers just happened to be

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“I think our guys have done a tremendous job in terms of anticipating passes,” Jones said. “I think they’re really good up on the front of the press, where they’re very aggressive. … I thought the press really changed the game for us.” The Tigers and Aggies (126, 2-3 SEC) would trade blows throughout the second half, but Texas A&M couldn’t make up for its 14 turnovers in the final 20 minutes. Though LSU shot only 41.7 percent from the charity stripe, junior guard Andre Stringer sealed LSU’s first SEC victory with two free throws with 13 seconds to go. “I’ve got faith in [Stringer] as a shooter,” said sophomore forward Johnny O’Bryant III. “…I know when he’s stepping up to the line, he’s going to make the free throws. Andre’s a very clutch player and a very great shooter.” Junior forward Shavon Coleman led the Tigers with 17 points,

caught on camera. I think it’s funny and cute. MB: What do you think of Gabby Douglas and her other teammates guest-starring on TV shows and how their popularity has soared since the Olympics? RC: Well they’re celebrities because of their success. I think it’s great for them because they deserve it. MB: What’s your favorite part of being an LSU athlete? RC: I would say just getting to be a part of such an amazing academic program as well as athletics. LSU has it all, and I’m so proud to be here. MB: What’s your favorite LSU sport besides gymnastics? RC: Obviously football. I didn’t miss a football game all season. Other than football, I’ve been to some tennis matches, volleyball, soccer. I’ve been to just about everything. I really like watching volleyball. MB: As a team, what’s your best gymnastics memory? RC: As a team, I would say my best memory is regionals last year. It was because I fell on vault. When we got to our last event, we needed everyone to hit and could only have one mess-up. The first person in our lineup fell, so we really had to come together as a team. At that moment, I realized how amazing my team is and how they have my back and helped me get through it. We ended up making it to nationals. MB: What’s your favorite gymnastics event? RC: My favorite event is beam. I really enjoy competing vault but beam has always been my favorite event. I

and O’Bryant followed up with 14 points and 10 rebounds in 35 minutes of action. O’Bryant, who posted his fifth double-double of the season, looks to be back in top form after fighting a lower leg injury for the past few weeks. On the defensive side of the ball, the Tigers held Texas A&M senior guard Elston Turner, who averaged 16.1 points per game heading into Wednesday night’s contest, to only five points. LSU will look to notch another SEC win when it returns to the court Saturday night at Kentucky, a game that will be a homecoming for Hickey, who is from Hopkinsville, Ky. “I don’t want to leave out of Kentucky with a loss,” Hickey said. “It’s going to be big for us. We can get this second win and we’re going to keep this thing going.”

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MB: A lot of people are making a big deal of Louisiana State University Laboratory School’s Tim Williams committing to Alabama. You went to U-High — what made you want to stay and continue on at LSU? RC: I just honestly thought no university would ever compare, and I was right.

page 7 MB: Any weird pre-meet rituals that you or any of your teammates do to get you in the zone before the meet? RC: I think we’re all really superstitious, so seeing us in the locker room is a bunch of head cases. I have to use the same amount of bobby pins at every meet. I have to get coffee two times before and drink Nesquik. It’s kind of weird.

Micah Bedard is a 22-year-old history senior from Houma.

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11-year-old daughter, Katelynn. Every said his daughter could not ask for a better teacher. “It is very gratifying to pass something along [to Katelynn],” Bui said. “It is nice to see her

succeeding and having fun.” At 6 years old, Katelynn started to show interest in bowling but quit soon after. When Katelynn renewed interest, Bui took a different approach to teaching. “I was easier on her and

The Daily Reveille tried to make sure she enjoyed it,” Bui said. “I bought her some balls, she joined a league, and she started to have success. Now she enjoys it as much as I do.” Katelynn is now one of the best bowlers in her age group in New Orleans, and Bui continues

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Rec Local record store Atomic Pop Shop offers large selection of vintage vinyl and more

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Daniel Catalanello Entertainment Writer

Record-enthusiast and visual artist Kerry Beary opened Baton Rouge’s only locally owned record store in May 2011, and she’s been convincing people that music sounds better on vinyl ever since. As the vinyl resurgence takes off — more than 4.6 million vinyl records were sold in America in 2012, according to statistics from Nielsen Soundscan on the website Digital Music News — Beary’s business, Atomic Pop Shop, offers both old school and newly released albums. The shop is just a half-block away from Baton Rouge Magnet High School. While detractors may dismiss vinyl records as being obsolete, the music format has recently experienced a resurgence, with record players appearing in various chain retailers across the country. Meanwhile, according to Nielsen, CD sales continue to plummet while vinyls are selling more and more every year. Specifically, vinyl record sales rose by 17.7 percent in 2012, according to Digital Music News. That translates to about 2 million more records sold last RECORD, see page 11

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Atomic Pop Shop owner Kerry Beary returns an album back to its original spot Wednesday.

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Spring calls for facial hair grooming Men, the calendar may say we are knee-deep in winter, but Louisiana is clearly ready to start spring. Instead of clinging to our winter scruff in an attempt to defy nature, we should welcome spring weather with open arms and freshen up our style. The image CONNOR TARTER of a burly, bar- Fashion Columnist rel-chested lumberjack may be something we’re more open to seeing during the short winter months, but when the weather gets nicer, unkempt beards, overgrown hair and dry skin won’t cut it anymore. School has begun and hibernation has ended. Time to stop looking like a bear. To be clear, I do not believe beards are an element of poor style. I pride myself on my ability to sport a beard and remain stylish. But there is a fine line between a sophisticated facial hairstyle and a scraggly mess. Everyone grows facial hair differently, so it’s impossible to say exactly how to groom it. A few rules of thumb do exist, though, and they’re fairly basic. GROOMING, see page 11


The Londoner restaurant features burger challenge Rob Kitchen Entertainment Writer

In a seemingly normal part of Baton Rouge, The Londoner, a seemingly normal pub, proudly sits. It is home to traditional pub and English food like fish and chips, steak and ale pie and shepherd’s pie. But there’s one item on the menu some may not expect: the Big Ben Burger. The Big Ben Burger is a 40-ounce patty dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, eight slices of cheese, four fried eggs and bacon served on top of a plate of fries. The burger started when co-owner Luke Betts, who is the only Brit at The Londoner, came up with the idea to create a food challenge. What followed became the Big Ben Burger.

“He came up with the idea and we just said, ‘Let’s make a burger that’s massive and a spectacle, and if you could eat it, you’d get the whole thing for free,’” said Audrey Gary, The Londoner co-owner. In addition to offering the burger as a challenge, it’s available to order and split among friends. “You can come in with some friends and split the Big Ben Burger and a tower of beer, which is about 100 ounces of beer,” Gary said. While there are other burger challenges in Baton Rouge, the Big Ben Burger is the biggest. The burger itself is about the size of someone’s head. Eating the burger is just as much a challenge. Only one person has ever finished the burger

and the entire plate of fries. When served, steak knives keep the burger in one piece instead of the toothpicks that are used on regular burgers. “I’ve seen only one person finish everything,” Betts said. “He plowed through the burger. It was a bit of a disgusting sight.” The Londoner is also a place to catch soccer matches, which draws in a lot of business for the pub. “The Varsity have tried to do it, and they’ll do well at it, but it’s not local English pub atmosphere,” Betts said. “There’s nowhere else to really go watch football.” MARY LEAVINES / The Daily Reveille

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*Note: This rank includes spoilers. While this season of Parenthood had a promising start, its progression was less than satisfying. It concluded with a finale that left the viewer wondering, “Is there anything else that can possibly happen in the lives of our beloved Bravermans?” So far, the show has covered everything from a cancer diagnosis to teen pregnancy, and if it progresses any further, I can’t see anything short of another heart-wrenching tragedy in the works. The finale’s only redeeming quality was the much-anticipated adoption of Victor, a child taken in by Julia, the youngest Braverman daughter and her husband Joel. And, honestly, that moment wasn’t even that gratifying because it has been expected since the beginning of the season. Overall, the storyline plummeted and ended the season with an underwhelming finale. REBECCA DOCTER


Esben and the Witch, “Wash the Sins Not Only the Face”

Matador Records

British band Esben and the Witch didn’t wow with the Matador Records production “Wash the Sins Not Only the Face” as much as it could have. Each member gives off waves of enthusiasm in performances — the video for “Deathwaltz” is pretty intense, for example — but something hasn’t come together for the group yet. “Violet Cries,” the band’s 2011 debut, fit too handily into the “goth punk” genre, and the band insisted in interviews that its sophomore effort would be drastically different. Largely, it isn’t. It feels nostalgic, with the arrangements coming off as passé and unoriginal. The vocals in “Wash” are nice enough, but bland and largely unintelligible. The instrumentation moved too quickly for the doleful vocals warbling around them. The most I can say for Esben and the Witch is that it has every opportunity to impress SAMANTHA BARES us, and it most likely will. Eventually.

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Ra Ra Riot, “Beta Love”

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Warning: This album may cause listeners to experience excessive toe-tapping, extreme head-bobbing and serious shoulder shaking. Indie-pop darlings Ra Ra Riot grooved back on the scene with the feel-good album “Beta Love” earlier this week. The new installment is in the same vein as 2010’s “The Orchard,” but with a more polished quality. Impossibly infectious synth beats with falsetto vocals jumpstart the album with the tracks “Dance With Me” and “Binary Mind.” Things begin to mellow out mid-album with the ’80s-esque love songs “When I Dream” and “Angel, Please,” providing the album with sweetness, depth and relatable motifs. “Beta Love” is a grab bag of musical experimentation with styles ranging from trance-like electro-pop to vintage rock jams to melancholy orchestra acoustics. It’s sure to supply something everyone can enjoy — even those with the most TAYLOR SCHOEN obscure musical taste.

Toro Y Moi, “Anything in Return”

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Chaz Bundick as Toro Y Moi returns with his third album, featuring a livelier take on the jazzy pop that he became known for with his last album. This time around, there seems to be a clear focus on energetic beats and melodies that prevents the songs from becoming lethargic and overly chilled-out, which his previous music often tended to do. The result is unique, immediate synth-pop with touches of retro R & B to keep things interesting. Every track offers something different from the one before it, and while the differences might not be drastic, they’re enough to keep things fresh. Danceable beats, retro-synthesizers and hooky vocals all meld together here to create a set of songs that improves on his last album considerably. DANIEL CATALANELLO

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Bad Religion, “True North”

Epitaph Records

Bad Religion launches into its 16th album, “True North,” with a sound typical to everything else it has done. The band members keep to their tried-and-true formula of a constant barrage of guitar and hardcore vocals. A lot of the sound on the album can seem repetitive at times, but the nature of the lyrics is what makes this album shine. While some may expect nothing from a band 34 years after its inception, Bad Religion delivers some fantastic lyrics on this album. Some of the lyrical standouts are “Land of Endless Greed,” “Crisis Time” and “Dept. of False Hope.” “True North” is a great record, but it suffers because parts of it can blend together, though it ROB KITCHEN does not take away from the album as a whole.

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EDITOR’S PICK: Foxygen, “We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic” Jagjaguwar With the Internet giving life to new bands every day, it’s a challenge to find a record that cuts the crap and is simply fun. Foxygen’s “We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic” is one of those rare gems. Foxygen jumps genres as often as it changes tempo, exercising shocking control for a band so fresh to the scene. Whether it’s the ’70s-era Velvet Underground romp “No Destruction” or the frolicking ease of “On Blue Mountain” that builds to a crashing finish, this record rarely gets boring. The adhesive that binds it together, though, is singer Sam France’s voice. France’s high notes lightly float, his lower register strongly booms and he knows how to let loose and actually have fun with his voice. Fans of more recent psychedelics like MGMT or of folk heroes like Bob Dylan can find solace in Foxygen. “We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors BRIAN SIBILLE Entertainment Editor of Peace and Magic,” indeed.

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LSU Alum strikes gold with unique breakfast alternative Kolache Kitchen offers pastries, coffee

residents who are unfamiliar with a kolache, the baked pastry is filled with anything ranging from meat, eggs, fruit, cheese or any combination of the four. Stormy Good Over the course of a week, I managed to make the short trip to Entertainment Writer Kolache Kitchen three times and Delightful, divine and deli- tried a variety of items. cious — The Kolache Kitchen The first day I went, I opened Jan. 12 and bought a blueberry muffin seems to be getting and a sausage and cheese busier every day. kolache. The blueberry Kolaches are muffin had what I begoing to be the new lieve were cinnamon breakfast staple for sugar crumbles on University students. top, and the kolache Grade: A Gone are the days was the perfect size. where we go to Louie’s and wait The two of these combined kept 45 minutes to get a subpar meal me full until lunchtime. with inflated prices. On my second trip, I got a The Kolache Kitchen offers breakfast burrito, but I would a blend of kolaches, recommend getting homemade muffins, at least two because IF YOU GO: empanadas, ranchethey were somewhat • Hours: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. ros and breakfast small. burritos made from Monday through Sunday On my third trip, scratch daily. It also • Address: 4245 Nicholson I had cinnamon roll offers a variety of Drive Suite B and a plain sausage vegetarian options, kolache. The regular and the prices cater to college size cinnamon rolls looked too students’ budgets. intimidating, so I went for the For those Louisiana miniature version, and it was the

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An opened sausage and cheese kolache, one of many varieties offered, rests on a table Jan. 12 at The Kolache Kitchen on Nicholson Drive.

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year than in 2009, just three years earlier. Beary said the trend is part of what led her to go from selling records on a smaller scale to finally opening her own location. One of the more surprising things Beary said she’s found is the range of ages that come into the shop looking to add to their collections. “We have collectors as young as 9 and as old as 92 come into the Atomic Pop Shop every day,” Beary said. So while some of the store’s visitors have grown up with vinyl records, many are buying and listening to them for the first time. As for the allure of the vinyl record, it’s no mystery to Beary. “People are getting really tired of music that sounds canned and flat,” she said. “Listening to a digital recording of ‘Revolver’ by The Beatles and then listening to a vintage vinyl pressing will make a believer out of anyone.” For the first time since 1991,

when Nielsen began recording album sales, old albums outsold new releases in the month of July. Whether it’s due to an increase in re-pressings of older records showing up in many chain retailers or due to a renewed excitement toward old music, the trend means good things for any local record store with an extensive vintage selection. And Atomic Pop has just that. Berry boasts that the store offers everything from “rock to Bach.” “We talk to our customers about what they like and what their friends are listening to,” she said. “We prefer to carry the best and most requested music that we can get.” For those looking to dive into the world of record collecting, April 20 might be a good day to start. Thousands of local record stores across the country will celebrate the sixth annual Record Store Day. On this day, record stores and recording artists join to celebrate music by releasing limited and exclusive records in local stores.

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A wall is covered in record sleeves [bottom] Wednesday inside the Atomic Pop Shop on Government Street while owner Kerry Beary [top] shows off some of her favorite albums in front of the store.

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Avoid “neckbeard.” Keep the length moderate — just long enough to appear full, but no longer — and avoid quirky styles like soul patches and lambchops. Keep it clean and full. Hair is another tough thing to define. By the time he can drive himself to the barbershop, every man should be fully aware of how his hair grows and what it takes to make it look good. I believe cleaner is always better. Cleaner doesn’t always mean shorter, but even a long hairstyle has details that need attention. Know your hair, and don’t be lazy or cheap. Haircuts can be affordable and shouldn’t be avoided when they’re truly needed. Find photographic examples of a hairstyle you think would suit you well, and bring that to your barber — he or she can take it from there. After hair, it’s time to care for our skin. The media has been dictating to us for our whole lives

that proper skin care is a mostly feminine practice. Nothing could be further from the truth. Just because we’re men does not mean it’s OK to let our skin dry out and look bad. Even if you think you don’t have a problem with dry skin, you can still condition it. Every man should at least use body lotion on a daily basis. If you’re interested in maintaining your skin, body butter is a magical product. You will thank yourself later in life when your skin still has some elasticity, and you’ll thank yourself in the short term when your skin looks and feels great. Once we have grooming under control, we can worry about dressing well. Spring style is, and should be, different from winter style. Just because flip-flops are finally comfortable enough to wear outside again, does not mean they’re stylish. Instead, reach for a pair of penny loafers and go sockless. They’re just as cool and comfortable as a pair of sandals, but bring

an element of style that can turn heads. Keep your pants on, gentlemen. It’s not quite hot enough to use the weather as a constant excuse to wear shorts. Stick to your lighter-colored slacks to keep your style fresh and cool, but sophisticated. If shorts are a must, try to keep them solid-colored and slightly above the knee. Baggy cargo shorts tend to look young and lazy. Dress shirts don’t have to retreat into the back of your closet until next fall, either. Stick to the brighter colors in your wardrobe and don’t be afraid to mix and match. Spring is a great time to let loose a little and experiment with color combinations and patterns. Connor Tarter is a 20-year-old communication studies junior from Dallas, Texas.

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Choose your battles In Obama’s ‘gun control package,’ there are more important issues at stake FRIED PHILOSOPHY AARON FRIEDMAN Columnist Americans are literally and figuratively up in arms about Obama’s recent gun control proposals, but in reality, this should be the largest number of Americans pleased by a presidential package since JFK “allegedly” sexed his way around the White House. That’s because it’s not just about gun control. By calling it Obama’s “gun control package,” we’re unnecessarily drawing attention to its two most polarizing elements: its disruption of our love affair with guns and Obama’s endorsement. However, by my tally, most of the executive orders and proposals made Jan. 16 deal with the dissemination of information. With that in mind, this package might as well be referred to as the Freedom of Information Act — except that already exists, and you probably like it. In fact, only four of Obama’s 12 proposals and zero of the 23 executive orders actually limit the type of guns or ammo you can own. More explicitly, the proposals seek to ban the possession of armor-piercing rounds by nonmilitary or law enforcement personnel, limit magazine size to 10 rounds and remove a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives restriction that requires them to allow the import of

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weapons more than 50 years old. Then there’s the contentious renewal of the 1994 “assault weapon” ban. The term itself is often loosely defined, determined by each state — as long as their definitions are not looser than the feds — and doesn’t matter. Admittedly, I was at first hesitant to say it’s unimportant when, according to the Pew Research Center, 40 percent of Americans oppose a ban of said weapons. Furthermore, approximately one-third of the world’s guns reside in 32 to 47 percent of American homes, depending on the source. Still, it’s all relative. The 40 percent who oppose an assault weapons ban is a minority, albeit a large one, and this minority is concerned with an issue that is — as I’ve already said — itself a minority among the proposals and orders. I estimate, however, nearly every American home contains brains. To spell it out, 100 percent of Americans will benefit from the eight executive orders strengthening law enforcement and gun sellers’ abilities to run background checks and trace guns that have been lost, stolen or previously used in a crime. One hundred percent of Americans will see minimized casualties due to programs that fund and plan training for teachers, law enforcement and first responders in preparation for an armed attack. One hundred percent of Americans will be safer as a result of research on gun violence, “Oh, the ignorant, petulant tantrums. No one is trying to take away the right to own guns. Grow up, whiners. Even Ronald Reagan supported an assault weapons ban.” - Scott Garver “Scott, Actually they are trying to take away our rights to own guns. That’s the whole idea behind the Assault Weapon Ban as well as the limits on magazines. If they ban the sale of those guns then, yes, they are taking away our right

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“Guns Across America” rallies were held Saturday across the country. Bret Hankes attends a demonstration in Nashville, Tenn.

violent deaths and the development and successful use of new, safer gun technologies. And finally, 100 percent of Americans will have a higher quality of life from improved mental health programs and a dialogue about the issues those with mental health problems, especially the young, often face. By allowing a perceived violation of Second Amendment rights to steal newspaper headlines and plaster its gun-centric vocabulary over the proposals on Jan. 16, we’ve only succeeded in ignoring more important talking points. As University students, we should be particularly appreciative of learning and understanding

of how communication and research facilitates it. Obama proposed more than $200 million for research and training alone, some of which is expressly concerned with increasing safety at institutions of higher education. Shootings are too common, with a college shooting as recent as Tuesday, but guns aren’t the only issue. Thankfully, the executive orders and proposals place emphasis on improving emergency plans, awareness of gun safety, mediating conflicts and identifying and treating mental illness. Do not mistake down playing the gun’s role in violence as a defense for assault weapons, though. This is not that argument, nor is it

a call for gun enthusiasts and fetishists to shut up. Nothing should be removed from consideration, including the rights of minority groups. Access to assault weapons and armor-piercing rounds, among other things, should not eclipse or prevent a national conversation that affects all of us, including those who oppose the few proposals that would limit gun ownership.

to own them. The “military style” weapons are exactily the kind the founding fathers were intending to protect by including the 2nd Amendment in the Bill of Rights.” - Clinton Stephen Raacke

The same cannot be said for carrying multiple mags. Lets say, for instance, I wanted to carry 300 rounds with me. I could carry 1030 round mags or 30-10 round mags. I’m not sure if anyone has ever been in a situation where they had to carry that much, but trust me, huge pain in the ass. The idea here is that we limit any one person’s capacity to do that kind of damage with so little effort.” - Scott Nation

valid reason for owning a machine gun besides “it’s my right” and “to protect us from the government” (which, as we have detailed, will not matter. You really think your machine gun will stop the military from seizing your property if they really want to?) gets $100 Internet bucks.” - Steve Beckage

“I’m not sure why the logic of limiting mag capacities escapes people. The entire reason they exist is so that I have more rounds at my immediate disposal. The more rounds I have, the more damage I can do in less time and with less effort.

“The first person who gives a

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Children’s mental health closure saddening, unsurprising BUT HE MEANS WELL Gordon Brillon Columnist I’m a big fan of January. It’s a beautiful time where the promise of a new year and the resolutions that come with it are gradually worn away and reality comes crashing back. There’s a place in my hometown in Rhode Island where a McDonald’s sits next door to Planet Fitness. Guess which one has more people by the end of the month. Remember last year after the president was re-elected? For a little while there was a pleasant atmosphere in the country, and the next few years promised bipartisanship and good feelings. Even our beloved little state, which we can always count on to cause a fuss, just barely tried to secede. Then January came. The president has been re-inaugurated, the secession petition has been officially brushed off and we’re about back to baseline. So it’s about time Gov. Bobby Jindal returned to his usually schlubby self. Jindal announced earlier in the month that the state would be shutting down the Early Childhood Supports and Services program, which provided mental health care and counseling to low-income children under the age of 6. The $2.8 million in federal funds that paid for the program will now be spread across other state programs, freeing up state funds after a tough revenue year.w The decision echoes Jindal’s behavior last year, when he cut a total of $523 million from state health care programs, including a

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Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses the Nebraska Republican Convention in Grand Island, Neb., on July 14. Jindal’s plans to close the Early Childhood Supports and Services program affects Louisiana mental health care professionals and children needing help.

$329 million cut to the LSU public hospital system. The budget for 2013 totals $25 billion. What is the point of penny-pinching for $2.8 million, about one-hundredth of 1 percent of the budget, when it means closing a program that helps so many people? Early Childhood Supports and Services provided help to more than 500 children and

families in various cities around Louisiana — ­ nearly all of whom did not have health insurance — and employed 76 people. It’s debatable whether clearing the state payrolls is the way forward, but sending children and families who need help to fend for themselves without warning is unforgivable. Janet Ketcham, executive director of the McMains Children’s

Developmental Center in Baton Rouge, said the closing of ECSS would make it difficult for the children enrolled to keep up with their peers in school. Ketcham said about 90 percent of children enrolled in ECSS needed speech therapy, and that problems with speech in early childhood are highly correlated with reading problems and learning disabilities later in life.

“In many cases, they’ll never catch up,” Ketcham said. “We’ll pay for it on the back end.” McMains and the ECSS had recently applied for a grant from the United Way. When it was announced ECSS would be dissolved, Ketcham had to retract the grant application. Had they received the grant, the two organizations would have formed a formal partnership and provided speech therapy to kids before they enrolled in school. She has sent a letter to Gov. Jindal asking him to change his mind, but has not yet heard back. It’s nothing new from Jindal, who has a tendency to make entirely self-serving political decisions at the expense of the state’s real problems. In the weeks before it was announced ECSS would close, Jindal announced he would launch a committee to study safety in the state’s schools. In the aftermath of Sandy Hook, can’t we accept that ensuring students have access to mental health care is an important step to ensure their safety? But Jindal took the route that would resonate with his conservative base and cut social programs that actually help people for a relatively insignificant amount of money. For mental health care professionals and the children who need their help, the closing of ECSS is a disheartening decision that sets them back years. For the voters of Louisiana, it’s just a return to normalcy. Gordon Brillon is a 19-year-old mass communication sophomore from Lincoln, RI. Contact Gordon Brillon at; Twitter: @tdr_gbrillon


Students responsible for maintaining value of education Danny Huizinga The Lariat, Baylor University

WACO, Texas (U-WIRE) — As our economy recovers from the bursting of the housing bubble, some warn another is looming on the horizon. The phrase “higher-education bubble” was first popularized by Glenn Reynolds, a distinguished professor of law at U. Tennessee. In his book, “The Higher-Education Bubble,” he defines the term: “Bubbles form when too many people expect values to go up forever.” How do we properly value education against its cost? We all know tuition prices across the nation are rising and have been

for years. Data from College Board’s Trends in Student Aid, one of the most comprehensive sources of statistics on college pricing, indicate financial aid per student in constant (inflation-adjusted) dollars has been consistently rising as well. Because salaries for highly educated professionals have risen rapidly in recent years, an increase in college pricing is somewhat justified. Robert Archibald, chancellor professor of economics at the College of William and Mary, said, “Everyone has three objectives for higher education: lower tuition, higher quality and less government spending on subsidies. The unfortunate truth is

that we can have any two of these, but we can’t have all three. If we mandate low tuition, we have to give on one of the other two.” Tamar Lewin of The New York Times takes a different position, attributing much of the rising education cost to unnecessary increases in administrative staff in colleges across the country. Students have a responsibility to make smart decisions in order to sustain the value of education. College is still worth it; however, if we are not careful, we can make the mistake of overvaluing our education. Maximizing future benefit requires more than sitting through classes. We are not entitled to a job offer or high salaries once we

graduate. In order to deserve these things, we must continue to work hard in classes and focus on enriching ourselves outside the classroom, building time management and communication skills. According to multiple studies, college students spend less time studying today than they did 60 years ago. Social development is a crucial aspect of the college experience, but it is not the reason tax dollars are funding federal student loan and grant programs. Nor is enrolling in college an automatic guarantee to future success. According to the American Enterprise Institute, “Data from the National Center for Education Statistics show that only 58 percent of new college students who

began in 2004 had graduated six years later.” The 42 percent of students who dropped out (roughly twothirds of which cited reasons not related to tuition prices) are left holding thousands in student loans with no diploma to show for it. For these people, it may have been better if they had considered an alternative to college. For those of us who are already here, we need to continually strive to merit the generosity we have been given and work to achieve the success we dream of. Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at

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ANGELA MAJOR / The Daily Reveille

Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown sociology professor, speaks at the LSU Union Theater on Wednesday.

appeared on nationally televised shows such as “The O’Reilly Factor” and “The Colbert Report” to discuss race relations, politics and black and hip-hop culture. Dyson’s eloquent dialogue turned a podium speech into one more similar to a church sermon. Dyson encouraged students to emulate King by committing to justice and non-violence throughout the year. He suggested helping the poor and vulnerable and volunteering at the soup kitchen as ways to do so. Activists should strive to challenge public policy, he said, and that is something Dyson has done his whole life. Dyson said he is motivated

by a desire to share his knowl- as a tool for change. He also said edge and help people wrestle King would have gotten nowhere with big issues, and said he hopes without the help of strong women to speak up for those who are supporting him. vulnerable. He said the younger Dyson teaches a class about generations are sociology and getting better at hip-hop cul‘ Young people handling the big ture, particularly are more open to issues, especially through the work race. multi-racial ideas, of rapper Jay-Z. “Young peoshowed wisdom and success.’ Dyson ple are more open himself to be to multi-racial a hip-hop conMichael Eric Dyson ideas, wisdom noisseur when and success,” Dy- Georgetown sociology professor and explaining the son said. “Obama African-American cultural commentator fortitude of Rosa is president beParks. cause the hip-hop culture was ac“Rosa Parks wasn’t a weak cepted by the young generation woman with tired feet. She was as was a tool to getting the black saying, ‘They ask me what I do culture into white homes.” and who I do it for,’” laughed During his speech about Dyson while referencing recent King, Dyson emphasized words rap phenomenon 2 Chainz. “All

page 15 I want for my birthday… is a big book of prose.” This along with many other pop culture references kept the audience laughing and singing along to songs by Marvin Gaye, Jay-Z and Tupac Shakur. Dyson closed by saying a president alone is not enough to make a change in the way people think and act. He said society needs both prophets and presidents, because prophets challenge the status quo while presidents work within its limits.

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