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FACULTY

Former professor sues Art School Suit claims misuse of student fees Alyson Gaharan Staff Writer

University art students have grown suspicious of how their money is being used after news of illegal student fees administered within the School of Art. Former University faculty member Margaret Herster filed suit against the School of Art on Jan. 22, claiming misuse of student fees and accusing school Director Rod Parker of denying her equal pay and advancement because of her gender, The TimesPicayune reported Friday. In a letter written to University officials in February 2012, Herster said Parker and other art school faculty were aware of the unlawful collection of fees and misappropriated student money averaging $28,000 annually, none

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[Top left] A french bulldog dressed as a glamour rock star pants in the heat Sunday after the costume portion of the Krewe of Mutts dog parade downtown. [Top right] A Mardi Gras-themed adoptable dog smiles during the parade. [Center] A French bulldog dressed as a triceratops walks the streets of downtown. [Above] A girl holds her biker-themed Yorkie during the costume contest portion of the parade. [Right] Two dogs strut during the parade. See more photos and a video online at lsureveille.com/multimedia.

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STUDENT GOVERNMENT

SG seeks higher voter turnout Judah Robinson Senior Contributing Writer

As the Student Government election season approaches, Commissioner of Elections Aimée Simon said she hopes this election will go “smoothly” and that voter turnout will improve. Pre-qualifying for the SG presidential candidates will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, with the general election being held March 11 through 12. “My biggest responsibility is making sure that the elections go as smoothly as possible and, to be

honest, as drama-free as possible,” said Simon, political communication senior. “Because we know that less drama gets more students out to vote.” Simon said voter turnout at the University is low compared to other Southeastern Conference schools, such as the University of Alabama. “’Bama has beat us in football and voter turnout,” Simon said. “I am really ready for students to take SG seriously, and I really want to beat ’Bama.” Simon also said she understands students running for SG office have invested a significant amount of time

in preparing for this election. “The candidates seeking these positions normally would have started planning their campaign since last summer,” Simon said. “It takes a lot of guts to put yourself out there — that’s why I want this election to go as smoothly as possible.” Simon said she has already started to meet with some presidential and vice presidential candidates to explain the election’s code of conduct. Some of the previous campaign violations included candidates standing too close outside of academic buildings’ doors and a VOTERS, see page 6

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LSU Commissioner of Elections Aimée Simon displays her Student Government color-coded election rules Sunday in the Quad.


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INTERNATIONAL Deadliest fire in more than ten years kills 232 people in nightclub BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A blaze raced through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday, killing 232 people as the air filled with deadly smoke and panicked partygoers stampeded toward the exits, police and witnesses said. It appeared to be the world’s deadliest nightclub fire in more than a decade. Witnesses said that a flare or firework lit by band members may have started the fire. Another 117 people were being treated at hospitals, Police Maj. Cleberson Braida Bastianello said. French fight to legalize marriage and adoption for same-sex couples PARIS (AP) — Tens of thousands of people marched in Paris on Sunday in support of a governmentsponsored bill to legalize marriage and adoption for same-sex couples. Demonstrators waved banners emblazoned with phrases such as “Equality of rights is not a threat” as they began marching from Denfert-Rochereau square in the southern part of the city. The march drew 125,000 demonstrators, according to police, far less than the estimated 340,000 that turned out for a march by those opposed to the bill two weeks ago.

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Relatives of victims react as they wait for news Sunday near the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Berlusconi defends Mussolini for allying with Hitler, sparks outrage ROME (AP) — Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi praised Benito Mussolini for “having done good” despite the Fascist dictator’s anti-Jewish laws, sparking expressions of outrage Sunday as Europe held Holocaust remembrances. Berlusconi also defended Mussolini for allying himself with Hitler, saying he likely reasoned that it would be better to be on the winning side. “It is difficult now to put oneself in the shoes of who was making decisions back then,” Berlusconi said.

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NATIONAL

STATE/LOCAL

Casey Anthony files for bankruptcy in Florida despite questionable expenses

Two St. Mary deputies released from critical condition after being shot

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Casey Anthony filed for bankruptcy in Florida on Friday, claiming about $1,100 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities. Court records show that Anthony, who was acquitted in 2011 of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, sought Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in federal court in Tampa. Court papers list her as unemployed, with no recent income. Anthony lists about 80 creditors in the court filing. The claims largely cover fees for legal, psychiatric and forensics services. But one claim covers a debt for scuba diving services. American pastor sentenced to eight years in Iran, rights violated

Fraud concerns linger over new Ill. license law for illegal immigrants

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An American pastor who has been jailed in Iran since September has been sentenced to eight years in prison, the U.S. State Department said Sunday. Spokesman Darby Holladay said the departmen is calling on Iran to respect Saeed Abedini’s human rights and release him. Iran’s semi-official news agency, ISNA, quoted Abedini’s attorney, Nasser Sarbazi, as saying his client stood trial on charges of attempting to undermine state security by creating a network of Christian churches in private homes.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — As Illinois becomes the most populous state to issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, concerns remain that the measure doesn’t have enough safeguards to avoid the identity fraud faced by the three other states with similar laws. Backers of the proposal, who call it a public-safety measure, argue that required facial recognition technology is reliable enough to prevent fraud, but opponents point to fraudulent cases in New Mexico, Washington and Utah after those states began issuing illegal immigrants licenses.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana State Police say two St. Mary Parish sheriff’s deputies are out of critical condition, and the man accused of shooting them and killing two other people has been booked on arson and two counts each of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. Trooper Stephen Hammons says 48-year-old Wilbert Thibodeaux of Charenton is being held without bond in the Iberia Parish jail. Hammons says the body of 78-year-old Eddie Lyons of Charenton was found in a mobile home that had been set on fire Saturday. Sulfur dioxide level in air spikes above federal standards in Chalmette

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Casey Anthony smiles July 7, 2011 before the start of her sentencing hearing in Orlando, Fla. Anthony filed for bankruptcy Friday.

CHALMETTE (AP) — As the state Department of Environmental Quality continues to examine heightened sulfur dioxide levels in the Chalmette area, St. Bernard Parish officials and a New Orleans environmental group are putting pressure on the agency and the EPA to tighten regulation of industrial plants in the parish. Parish Chief Administrative Officer Jerry Graves tells The Times-Picayune he is “absolutely appalled at the very cavalier attitude of the DEQ and EPA officials.”

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ENROLLMENT

Mardi Gras festivities begin New Vet School

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Jupiter and Juno parade starts season

Shannon Roberts

McKenzie Womack

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Baton Rouge’s Mardi Gras season kicked off Saturday with the Krewe of Jupiter and Juno parade downtown. A family-oriented parade, people hollered instead of screamed and did not flash for beads. Alcohol, as well, was mostly absent, save the occasional old man dancing by himself on the side. Tess Baudry, an architecture junior, said she was looking forward to her first Mardi Gras as a 21-year-old. “It’s a good time for me to catch up with my friend Jose Cuervo and my boyfriend Jack Daniels,” Baudry said. Cody Drago, also an architecture junior, said the difference between Baton Rouge and New Orleans is the smell. “It smells better here,” Drago said. “But you still get a ticket for public urination.” Baudry said another difference between the two cities’ carnival celebrations is the attire. “People are wearing more clothes [in Baton Rouge],” Baudry said. High school marching bands participated, along with dance teams and radio stations. The Mad Hatter from “Alice in Wonderland” performed a solo

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[Top] Floats pass by spectators Saturday during the Krewe of Jupiter and Juno in front of the Baton Rouge River Center. [Bottom] Members of the Krewe of Jupiter and Juno throw beads from their float.

act in the parade, waving, smiling and occasionally running over to the children in the crowd.

2013 Baton Rouge parade schedule: • Friday, Feb. 1: Krewe of Artemis, 7 p.m. • Saturday, Feb. 2: Krewe of Mystique, 2 p.m. • Saturday, Feb. 2: Krewe of Orion, 6:30 p.m. • Friday, Feb. 8: Krewe of Southdowns, 7 p.m. • Saturday, Feb. 9: Krewe of Spanish Town, noon • Tuesday, Feb. 12: Beauregard Town Walking Parade, noon

The University’s School of Veterinary Medicine has seen a trend of females making up three-quarters of entering classes in recent years. The school’s class of 2016 was comprised of 69 females and 19 males, and the class of 2015 was comprised of 66 females and 22 males, according to the school’s website. Assistant Dean of Student and Academic Affairs of the School of Veterinary Medicine Joseph Taboada said this is a trend that started in the 1980s when more women began applying to medical fields. During the same time, men began turning to higher-paying fields, such as computer sciences and engineering. Veterinary medicine demands a significant level of caring and empathy, and Taboada speculated this as a possible reason why women are drawn to it. “In general, women tend to have a higher degree of empathy and caring,” he said. Taboada said the School of Veterinary Medicine receives between 650 and 800 applications a year. The school doesn’t attempt to attract a specific gender, and gender is not a deciding factor for admission.

Among those applying, the ratio of females to males mirrors the ratio of accepted students, he said. Fourth-year veterinary medicine student Ryan Dhuet said more women are going into the veterinary field because they “feel” for the animals. “Women on a whole are more compassionate,” he said. Elise Madara, a third-year veterinary medicine student, agreed with Dhuet, saying “Our nature is to be nurturing, is to be the healers, and we’re able to compete in that field now.” Taboada said two years ago, women in the veterinary field made up more than 50 percent of practicing veterinarians. The men in the field are typically older and graduated in the ’60, ’70s and ’80s. Dhuet said men also have to be compassionate to deal with animals and their owners. “I think most guys wouldn’t admit it, but I feel like we all have a soft side,” Dhuet said. Dhuet said he decided to go into veterinary medicine after he realized human medicine didn’t excite him as much as he thought it would. Contact Shannon Roberts at sroberts@lsureveille.com

The 501st Legion, Vader’s Fist, also walked in the parade. Comprised of mostly adults, they donned “Star Wars” outfits from stormtroopers to Darth Vader to Princess Leia in her slave costume. The next parade will be the Krewe of Artemis on Feb. 1 with more parades throughout the weekend.

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FOOD

Monday, January 28, 2013

LSU student opens muffaletta shop in BR with father Duo inspired by N.O. grocery store Jonathan Olivier Staff Writer

In an effort to bring a traditional New Orleans-style muffaletta shop to Baton Rouge, a University undergraduate and her father opened 926-Muff on Congress Boulevard. Leigh Ann Town, communication disorders senior, headed the marketing aspect of the shop through social media while her father Greg Town researched and created the business plan. Since its Jan. 17 opening, Leigh Ann said customers have called the shop after trying the sandwich to praise its authentic New Orleans taste. “We’ve only been open a week and we’ve had repeat customers multiple times,” Leigh Ann said. Greg’s inspiration for the shop stems from past experiences with the famous muffalettas served in New Orleans. “I always loved muffalettas and grew up getting them at Central Grocery in New Orleans,” he said. Leigh Ann learned of muffalettas from Central Grocery as well, because her dad would often bring the sandwiches for the family. “My dad’s been a real French Quarter enthusiast his whole life, and every time he’s down there on business he gets a muffaletta from Central Grocery and brings it home,” she said. Greg made the decision to open a muffaletta business in Baton Rouge around August, offering the same traditional New Orleans ingredients such as Leidenheimer bread, olive salad, salami, ham, mortadella and provolone cheese, but with some noticeable differences. “We put more meat on it and heat it. Central Grocery only does theirs cold,” Leigh Ann said. Running the sandwich through a conveyor oven makes the bread crispy while melting the cheese onto layers of meat and olive salad below, Leigh Ann said.

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A half of a muffaletta is served Saturday at 926-Muff on Congress Boulevard. 926-Muff is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and delivers to LSU’s campus.

Lauren Arikol, history senior and 926-Muff employee, said the muffalettas in New Orleans are “riding on tourism rather than the quality of the sandwich.” Leigh Ann said quality of the sandwich is important. “We sell one sandwich, so it has to be awesome,” she said. The menu contains a whole, half- or quarter-muffaletta along with bottled drinks and chips. The shop also delivers, extending to the 70808 area code, around campus and Our Lady of the Lake Hospital area. While Leigh Ann is busy with the new business, she also has to focus on her last semester of school. She said students wishing to start a business while still in school should get to know their professors and classmates. “Getting to know them is really important, and it’s great to get support,” she said. Good communication with teachers is essential because most of them are understanding and willing to help, Leigh Ann said. “So many of my sorority sisters have been by, and they’ve been liking it and sharing it on Facebook. The LSU community has really gotten us started. … They have helped spread the word,” she said. Leigh Ann also advised to stay focused on school while staying organized to keep grades in check.

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LSU communication disorders senior Leigh Ann Town places one of the three meats on a quarter of a muffaletta on Saturday. The muffalettas are made with Leidenheimer bread, olive salad, salami, ham, mortadella and provolone cheese.

“I’ve had to be so much more organized than I have in the past. I have a system, and I haven’t let myself slack on anything,” she said. “School is the most important thing right now and graduating is the goal.” Leigh Ann said she wants to run the business full time after graduation, and she and her father have aspirations of opening a muffaletta shop in the French Quarter in New Orleans. 926-Muff serves as the name and phone number of the shop and is located on 3158 Congress Blvd. Business hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven day a week. RICHARD REDMANN / The Daily Reveille

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LSU communication disorders senior Leigh Ann Town spreads olive salad on Leidenheimer sesame seed bread Saturday at 926-Muff on Congress Boulevard.


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BATON ROUGE COMMUNITY

Miss. abortion clinic Geaux Big service project opens gets license warning registration for students, faculty Jonathan Olivier Staff Writer

ROGELIO V. SOLIS / The Associated Press

An anti-abortion demonstrator attempts to give a leaflet to a driver leaving the Jackson Women’s Health Organization Inc., Mississippi’s only commercial abortion clinic in Jackson, Miss., on Friday while other abortion foes gather to pray.

The Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s only abortion clinic said it received notice Friday that the state Health Department intends to revoke its operating license. However, the clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, is not expected to close anytime soon. Under a state administrative procedures law, the clinic can remain open while it awaits a hearing by the department. That could be more than a month away. Clinic owner Diane Derzis said this week that she expected the notice about a possible license revocation. Health Department workers inspected the facility Jan. 16 to see if it had complied with a 2012 state law that requires anyone doing abortions at the clinic to be an OB-GYN with hospital admitting privileges. Derzis said local hospitals would not issue privileges to out-ofstate physicians who do most of the abortions at the clinic. Admitting privileges can be difficult to obtain. Some hospitals won’t issue them to out-of-state physicians, while hospitals that are affiliated with religious groups might not want to associate with anyone who does elective abortions. “They were clear that they didn’t deal with abortion and they didn’t want the internal or the external pressure of dealing with it,” Derzis told The Associated Press on Jan. 11. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who signed the 2012 law, has said repeatedly that he wants Mississippi to be abortion-free and that he’d shut the clinic if he had the power to do it. Supporters of the law say it’s intended to protect women’s safety. Opponents say admitting privileges are unnecessary because the clinic has an agreement to transfer patients to a local hospital if an emergency arises; the patients would be tended by physicians on duty at the hospital. The clinic filed a federal lawsuit last summer as the law was about to take effect, arguing that the law is unconstitutional because it would effectively block women’s access to abortion in Mississippi by closing the facility where most of the 2,000-plus

abortions a year are performed in the state. A 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade established the nationwide right to abortion. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III gave the facility time to try to comply with the law, blocking any criminal or civil penalties during that period. Clinic attorneys are asking Jordan to extend his injunction on the law. The clinic filed a plan with the state Health Department showing that it intended to seek admitting privileges for its physicians, and the department allowed six months for that process, until Jan. 11. The Jan. 16 inspection was triggered by the clinic’s missing the Jan. 11 deadline. The Health Department wrote a letter Thursday that was delivered to the clinic Friday, showing the findings of the inspection. The department noted that none of the three physicians affiliated with the clinic have local hospital admitting privileges. It said one of the physicians previously had the privileges, but those had expired July 27. The department also noted that the clinic had too few parking spaces available. State regulations require the clinic to be “located in an attractive setting with sufficient parking space provided.” The department told the clinic to submit a plan within 10 days showing how it would correct the parking situation. The clinic’s parking lot holds fewer than 20 cars. Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at news@lsureveille.com; Twitter: @TDR_news

Registration for the inaugural Geaux Big Baton Rouge service project began last week, providing an opportunity to volunteer at various sites around the Baton Rouge community in April. Geaux Big Baton Rouge is a new student organization founded in 2012 by public relations senior Elaine Giles and will begin its volunteering operations April 20. Geaux Big Baton Rouge was founded out of Giles’ interest in starting an organization at the University that gives back to the community. After scouring the Web, she said she found an event she thought would be a fit for Baton Rouge. “Geaux Big Baton Rouge modeled itself after the Big Event, which is a program that started at Texas A&M about 30 years ago and has expanded to schools across the country,” said Assistant Director of Campus Life Josh Dean. The Big Event focuses on a one-day service project to help around the University’s community, garnering support from thousands of students. “I thought, ‘Wow, this program has to be special, and it has to come to campus,’” Giles said. The volunteers will be assigned to roughly 100 different project sites around Baton Rouge. Sites range from residential homes

to nonprofit organizations such as the various service sites to feel a connection to the Baton Rouge churches or schools. Giles said the organization community. Dean said he wants volunteers is willing to take almost any job ranging from painting, cleaning, to build a relationship with the yard work or doing crafts with people the volunteers are helping children. “The possibilities are as well. “Geaux Big Baton Rouge is endless,” she said. “We’ve got a a one-day service lot of requests for project, but we painting, a lot of ‘We’re trying to really hope the debris removal and unite the community work of the day a lot of cleaning extends beyond in different and LSU.’ just that one day,” buildings.” Dean said. “We are Giles took her Josh Dean trying to unite the idea to Dean, and Assistant Director of Student Life community and he helped Giles get the resources she LSU.” needed to start the project. Registration is also open to all Giles recruited four additional faculty and staff members wishing students to help with the task of to give back to the community. “Regardless of age, gender, starting the organization and to begin planning the details of the strength or size, there is an opportunity for everyone to get service project. Over the past year, Giles and involved on this day of outreach her team of student organizers have and make a difference in our banded together to create what is community,” said assistant director of Geaux Big volunteer recruitment now Geaux Big Baton Rouge. “She’s really put her heart and Margaret Price via email. Those interested can register soul into this the past year,” Dean said. by visiting geauxbig.lsu.edu. Fliers, The service project looked posters and other promotional to other universities as a guide to items will also be administered to set different participation goals. students around campus beginning According to Giles, Ole Miss had this week. Volunteer registration just more than 1,000 volunteers at closes March 18. its first event — a goal she thinks Baton Rouge can meet. Giles said she wants students Contact Jonathan Olivier at to have fun volunteering while jolivier@lsureveille.com getting to know the people at


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HEALTH

Penalties, medical care for ‘health sinners’ are questionable, costly Mike Stobbe The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Faced with the high cost of caring for smokers and overeaters, experts say society must grapple with a blunt question: Instead of trying to penalize them and change their ways, why not just let these health sinners die prematurely from their unhealthy habits? Annual health care costs are roughly $96 billion for smokers and $147 billion for the obese, the government says. These costs accompany sometimes heroic attempts to prolong lives, including surgery, chemotherapy and other measures. But despite these rescue attempts, smokers tend to die 10 years earlier on average, and the obese die five to 12 years prematurely, according to various researchers’ estimates. And attempts to curb smoking and unhealthy eating frequently lead to backlash: Witness the current legal tussle over New York City’s first-ofits-kind limits on the size of sugary beverages and the vicious fight last year in California over a ballot proposal to add a $1-per-pack cigarette tax, which was ultimately defeated. “This is my life. I should be able to do what I want,” said Sebastian Lopez, a college student from Queens, speaking last September when the New York City Board of Health approved the soda size rules. Critics call these approaches unfair, and believe they have only a marginal effect. “Ultimately these things are weak tea,” said Scott

Gottlieb, a physician and fellow at the right-of-center think tank, the American Enterprise Institute. Gottlieb’s view is debatable. There are plenty of public health researchers that can show smoking control measures have brought down smoking rates and who will argue that smoking taxes are not regressive so long as money is earmarked for programs that help poor people quit smoking. And debate they will. There always seems to be a fight whenever this kind of public health legislation comes up. And it’s a fight that can go in all sorts of directions. For example, some studies even suggest that because smokers and obese people die sooner, they may actually cost society less than healthy people who live much longer and develop chronic conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. So let’s return to the original question: Why provoke a backlash?

If 1 in 5 U.S. adults smoke, and 1 in 3 are obese, why not just get off their backs and let them go on with their (probably shortened) lives? Because it’s not just about them, say some health economists, bioethicists and public health researchers. “Your freedom is likely to be someone else’s harm,” said Daniel Callahan, senior research scholar at a bioethics think-tank, the Hastings Center. Smoking has the most obvious impact. Studies have increasingly shown harm to nonsmokers who are unlucky enough to work or live around heavy smokers. And several studies have shown heart attacks and asthma attack rates fell in counties or cities that adopted big smoking bans.

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VOTERS, from page 1 campaign that put up signs in bars, which Simon said is against University rules. One issue that needs to be improved is the University’s voter turnout, Simon said. “Students feel disengaged from Student Government,” Simon said. “A lot of students feel that we are all in this as a résumé builder or just in it for ourselves.” SG President Taylor Cox said he feels that many students do not value SG and its importance to the University. “I hate to say it, but a lot of students just view SG as the Scantron factory,” Cox said. However, Simon said if the candidates better publicize their initiatives, the negative perception many students have of SG can be changed. “Students need to know that we are here for them and that we are their biggest advocates,” Simon said. Before becoming commissioner of elections, Simon started her career at SG during the spring semester of her freshman year in 2010. She was appointed as a half-seat senator for UCFY before being elected as a senator for the Manship School of Mass Communication. Contact Judah Robinson at jrobinson@lsureveille.com

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CAT

SCRATCHED Lady Tigers fall to No. 5 Kentucky, 73-60, for fifth-straight road loss

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LSU junior forward Theresa Plaisance (55) led the Lady Tigers against Kentucky on Sunday with a game-high 19 points and eight rebounds.

The LSU women’s basketball momentum going into the second team kept the game close until the half,” Caldwell said. “... You have final minutes Sunday against No. to play this game a certain way for 5 Kentucky in Memorial Coliseum 40 minutes, and that is where we in Lexington, but fell short.” Tyler Nunez it was not enough After a quick to end its woes on 3-pointer from Sports Writer the road. Kentucky sophoThe Lady Tigers’ (12-8, 3-4 more guard Jennifer O’Neill gave Southeastern Conference) 73-60 the Wildcats an eight-point lead to loss to the Wildcats (19-2, 7-1 start the second half, the Lady TiSEC) marked their fifth straight as gers fought hard to keep the game the visiting team. close. “I’m disappointed for our But it seemed every time LSU team because it is another missed forced its way back into the game, opportunity for us to play the way Kentucky fired again to extend its that we are capable of playing,” lead. said LSU coach Nikki Caldwell in “I thought that we were able a postgame radio interview. to cut into the runs that they made, The 13-point deficit was the and we knew that the game was largest suffered by LSU so far this going to be about a game of runs,” season, but the Lady Tigers were Caldwell said. in striking distance for a large maThe game was finally put out jority of the matchup. of reach in the final two minutes. LSU did put an end to its re- LSU senior guard Adrienne Webb cent trend of slow starts on the earned two free throws to possibly road. It fared well against the pow- bring the Lady Tigers within four erhouse Kentucky squad in a back- points after Kentucky junior forand-forth first half that saw seven ward Samarie Walker committed a lead changes and five tie scores. technical foul, but Webb failed to But a five-point run in the fi- convert either. nal 27 seconds of the half put the The Wildcats went on to score Wildcats ahead 31-26 heading the next seven points before the fiinto the locker room – a lead they nal buzzer. wouldn’t relinquish for the rest of “The thing that our group has the game. “That gave them KENTUCKY, see page 11

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Jones’ team headed in right direction THE SMARTEST MORAN JAMES MORAN Sports Contributor Everybody relax, this is all part of the plan. Saturday’s 75-70 loss to Kentucky dropped the LSU men’s basketball team to 1-5 in Southeastern Conference play, which has the Tigers in the basement of the league. That sounds bad, but this season was never supposed to be much more than that. When LSU coach Johnny Jones took over after last season, he said he had a plan to turn the program around. That plan never involved the Tigers being good this season. He had a couple of good sophomores to build around in guard Anthony Hickey and forward Johnny O’Bryant III, but besides that, Jones inherited a flawed team from former coach Trent Johnson. Aside from Hickey, O’Bryant and junior Andre Stringer, no one on this roster fits with the uptempo, run-and-shoot offensive attack Jones is trying to install. That problem is compounded by the learning curve that comes with switching to Jones’ offense, which is pretty much the opposite of the conservative, slow-paced JONES, see page 11

GYMNASTICS

LSU has highest finish in years, places second in Texas Tigers stumble on beam routines Mike Gegenheimer Sports Contributor

LSU gymnastics responded to the flames of a top 15 fire at the Metroplex Challenge with the team’s highest score since March 2010. LSU coach D-D Breaux’s team posted a 197.100 in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday night, despite having to overcome a less-than-stellar performance on the beam.

“The team got over [to the No. 2 Oklahoma’s 197.275, but beam], and I think they became not before sophomore Rheagan more focused on staying on Courville secured the co-allthe beam than around title with ‘There’s nothing to be Oklahoma junior they did executing their skills,” Taylor Spears. upset about. We Breaux said in a Both gymnasts post-meet radio hit our routines, we just scored 39.450. interview. “We have to do a little better “ W e need to go 49 on would’ve loved on beam next time.’ a bad night. We to walk out of couldn’t stick the here with a win,” Kaleigh Dickson landings, and it’s Courville said. LSU junior gymnast the only event we “But I think we couldn’t stick our landing on.” really did make a statement, When all was said and done, and that was our goal. We can the lackluster score on the beam only move forward from here. ultimately cost the Tigers the BEAM, see page 11 team title, falling just short of

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LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux congratulates LSU junior gymnast Kaleigh Dickson on Jan. 4 after Dickson scored a 9.75 on her balance beam performance in the Tigers’ 196-194 win against NC State in the PMAC.


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Monday, January 28, 2013

Tigers aren’t worried about preseason rankings Veteran leaders bring confidence

Lawrence Barreca Sports Writer

An orchestra is starting in Baton Rouge: the ringing of aluminum, the “pop” of a ball meeting mitt and metal spikes crackling on infield dirt resonate through the air. A similar pleasant tune could be heard when the college baseball preseason polls were announced. LSU is receiving some high praise as the 2013 campaign approaches. ESPN/USA Today ranked the Tigers No. 3 in their preseason Top 25, and Collegiate Baseball placed them in the No. 4 spot, while Baseball America put them at No. 10. Despite the high expectations, the Tigers couldn’t care less about where they stand in the preseason polls. “Preseason [rankings] don’t mean anything,” said senior first baseman Mason Katz. “My freshman year we were preseason No. 1, and we didn’t end up in the Top 25. Every day is a new game. We try to win every day.” Last season, ESPN/USA Today placed the Tigers at No. 14 before the year began. The squad was unaffected by the ranking, as it blew through the competition en route to a potential trip to the College World Series. Stony Brook ended that dream for LSU, but the team left behind an impressive season, finishing No. 9 in the final poll. The 2013 season brings some added pressure for the new-look Tigers program, as several new faces will man a number of key positions on the diamond. One of those freshmen, shortstop Alex Bregman, said no one should be concerned with the young guys buckling under the stress. “This team has worked really hard,” Bregman said. “I think we’re going to be able to handle that pressure. The polls are great, and it’s good to see us ranked fourth right now. This team is worried about where we finish the season, and we’re really excited to see how we end up.” The squad retained a core group of veterans to help ease the new athletes into the program. Several members of the current squad, including Katz, senior outfielder Raph Rhymes, junior catcher Ty Ross and junior second baseman JaCoby Jones have dealt with the expectations that come with preseason polls in the past. Now they’re looking to ease the collective minds of the young talent on the roster. “Any time you come to LSU, the expectations are always high,” Rhymes said. “Every season, the expectation is Omaha. You can’t look at it as pressure. It’s a blessing, really. Those polls are great, and it’s pretty cool to see your school’s name ranked up there. We’re going to go with it and work hard.” Contact Lawrence Barreca at lbarreca@lsureveille.com, Twitter: @LawrenceBarreca

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[Left] LSU junior right-handed pitcher Nate Fury laughs during an interview Friday on LSU Baseball Media Day in Alex Box Stadium. [Top right] LSU sophomore outfielder Chris Sciambra talks to a reporter Friday on LSU Baseball Media Day in Alex Box Stadium. [Bottom right] LSU senior first baseman Mason Katz answer reporters’ questions Friday on LSU Baseball Media Day in Alex Box Stadium.

Preseason rankings Rank / Team / Final 2012 Rank 1. North Carolina 2. Vanderbilt 3. Arkansas 4. Louisville 5. Mississippi State 6. Oregon State 7. South Carolina 8. North Carolina State 9. Stanford 10. LSU 11. Kentucky 12. UCLA 13. Mississippi 14. TCU 15. Oregon 16. Georgia Tech 17. Florida 18. Rice 19. Oklahoma 20. Florida State 21. New Mexico 22. Cal State Fullerton 23. Southern Miss 24. Arizona 25. San Diego

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RECRUITING

TENNIS

Bain expected to be key contributor

Lawrence Barreca Sports Writer

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LSU senior Stefan Szacinski winds up to return the ball during the Tigers’ tennis match against Southern Miss on Jan. 21 at home in W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium.

Men’s tennis bounces back Tigers fall to Miss. St., beat Indiana Cole Travis Sports Contributor

After a tough 7-0 loss to No. 11 Mississippi State on Saturday, the LSU men’s tennis team scored a gutsy win against No. 23 Indiana, 4-3, to close out the ITA KickOff Weekend on Sunday. Nothing went well for the Tigers on Saturday, as they were only able to win a single set across all the matches, but they showed some resilience with their performance against the Hoosiers. “That was a big win for us today. We were coming off a tough loss where we didn’t do much right,” said LSU head coach Jeff Brown. “We really had to manufacture some confidence for today’s match.”

LSU took an early lead Sunday by winning the duals point thanks to an 8-3 win by No. 33 senior Stefan Szacinski and sophomore Chris Simpson. Freshman Tam Trinh and senior Roger Anderson also turned in a strong performance, defeating their opponents 8-4. The singles matches drew a variety of performances from the Tigers. Simpson was defeated by Indiana’s Isade Juneau 1-6, 4-6, and Szacinski fell to Sam Monette by the same score, which put Indiana up 2-1. Senior Mark Bowtell quickly leveled the score at 2-2 by defeating Daniel Bednarczyk, 6-2, 6-3. Indiana regained the lead after senior Olivier Borsos was unable to build on his first set win, dropping the final two sets to Josh MacTaggart 2-6, 3-6. With their backs against the wall, the Tigers needed both Trinh

and Anderson to win in order to avoid going 0-2 over the weekend. Both matches went back-andforth, with the Tigers winning the opening sets, and their opponents taking the second. Trinh eventually won a long tie break to win his match 6-3, 2-6, 7-6, and leveled the score once again at 3-3. Anderson had an opportunity to win his match in straight sets, but lost the second in a tiebreaker. He came out firing in the third and took the last set 6-4, clinching the match for LSU, 4-3. “Whenever you can pick up a win against ranked opponent, it will give you momentum going forward,” Brown said. The Tigers return home to face South Florida at 12 p.m. on Feb. 3 at W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium. Contact Cole Travis at ctravis@lsureveille.com

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The Tigers’ defensive line will need some assistance in 2013. Four key members of the 2012 defensive front, including Barkevious Mingo, Sam Montgomery, Bennie Logan and Josh Downs, departed after the squad’s poor finish against Clemson, meaning the program will have to turn to a number of key recruits to get solid pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Defensive tackle Maquedius Bain is one of those key prospects. “He’s the type of person that college coaches label as ‘The Creature,’ and I think he’s going to do some extraordinary things [at LSU],” said Roger Harriot, Bain’s coach at the University School of Nova South in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Bain finds himself among several defensive line recruits in LSU’s 2013 class. Kendell Beckwith, Greg Gilmore and Bain, all four-star recruits, each received praise for their individual talents, but Bain’s play didn’t garner much attention until his official commitment in early January. “[LSU is] excited about him playing defense,” Harriot said. “He was actually the player of the year in South Florida for basketball, so all the athletic talent is there.”

Bain towers above his competition, as his 6-foot-5, 285-pound frame should be effective in the South Eastern Conference. ESPN ranked him the No. 13 defensive tackle in the nation, and he’s considered the No. 26 prospect from Florida. He is featured on the ESPN 150 list as the No. 130 recruit. Bain possesses several qualities seen in former Tigers Mingo and Montgomery, as the incoming recruit is known for his disruptiveness, strength and pursuit off the line. “He’s going to be a great asset at LSU,” Harriot said. “He’s not really that concerned about where the team wants him to play next season. He’s a team player.” Bain’s athletic ability could be seen through his versatility while at Nova South. Not only was he the state basketball player of the year and a top defensive line recruit, but he dominated on the offensive line. “He made the sacrifice to play offensive line for our spring football squad,” Harriot said. “That was a selfless act by him, and it shows the quality of a man he is and the character he has.”

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OLYMPICS

U.S., Lolo Jones O’Bryant’s big day not enough to down the Wildcats win bobsled gold

Tigers fall short at Kentucky Marcus Rodrigue Sports Contributor

A career day from sophomore forward Johnny O’Bryant III was not enough for LSU to complete its comeback against Kentucky, as it lost a 75-70 heartbreaker Saturday at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. O’Bryant paced the Tigers with 21 points and 12 rebounds in a gutsy 39-minute performance. O’Bryant’s 21 points tied a single-game career high and factored into his sixth doubledouble of the year. “When [O’Bryant] is aggressive in the post like he was today, and demanding the ball and finishing at the rim, those are some big things for us,” said LSU coach Johnny Jones in a radio interview. The Tigers (10-7, 1-5 Southeastern Conference) trailed by as many as 15 points before they began to slowly claw back into the contest. LSU was down by two points with 1:04 left, but Kentucky (13-6, 4-2 SEC) secured a victory in the final minute. “You have to give credit to Kentucky,” Jones said. “They were able to hang on [and] made some necessary plays there down the stretch to keep the lead. But

I thought we put ourselves in a position to get the game in overtime, and unfortunately, shots just didn’t go down for us.” After LSU sophomore guard Anthony Hickey nailed a 3-pointer to pull within two points of Kentucky, Wildcat senior guard Julius Mays hit one of two free throws to push the lead to three. The Tigers then added two more points with five seconds left on a put-back from O’Bryant after a missed 3-point attempt. The Wildcats made two free throws on the following possession, and they elected to foul Hickey instead of allowing him to chuck up a 3-pointer. Hickey missed the front end of the 1-and1, and two more Kentucky free throws set the difference at five points. Kentucky shot just less than 52 percent from the floor, and four Wildcats turned in doubledigit scoring efforts. Freshman forward Nerlens Noel demonstrated his power in the paint with 10 points, eight rebounds and six blocks. Hickey and junior guard Andre Stringer shot a combined 7-of-11 from 3-point range, scoring 15 and 13 points, respectively. Both guards acknowledged the loss as being tough to stomach, but they also emphasized the need to move forward. “We just need to stay together,” Hickey said in a news release. “This is not the end, and

Win marks Jones’ third gold metal The Associated Press

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LSU sophomore Johnny O’Bryant III (2) dunks Jan. 16 at the PMAC in the 5854 victory against Texas A&M. O’Bryant scored 21 points in the Tigers’ loss at Kentucky Saturday.

it is still early in the season. We are going to fight until the end. It was a tough loss, but it can’t be a setback.” LSU will return to the floor on Wednesday in the PMAC for a tilt with the No. 22 Missouri Tigers.

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Track and field: Women place second at Arkansas invitational

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — The U.S. team, including Olympic 100-meter hurdler Lolo Jones, won gold Sunday in the combined bobsled-skeleton team event at the world championships. Jones was brakewoman for Elana Meyers in the women’s bobsled portion of an event that also added times in two-man bobsled plus men’s and women’s skeleton. The United States edged Germany by 0.24 seconds even though the Germans won three of four disciplines on the Olympia track. Jones added her first gold medal in her new sport to her two world titles in the indoor 60-meter hurdles, in 2008 and 2010. The winning U.S. team included two-man bobsled pilot Steven Holcomb, who earlier Sunday lost his title in his main event to the youngest world champion in history. At 22 years, 270 days, Francesco Friedrich of Germany broke a record set in 1935 by Swiss driver Reto Capadrutt, according to bobsled’s world governing body. Holcomb

placed fourth. Skeleton racer Noelle Pikus-Pace was 1.7 seconds faster than German rival Marion Thees to lead the United States to victory. Canada took bronze, 1.01 seconds behind the Americans’ overall time of 4 minutes, 31.29 seconds. Meyers and Jones were the third-fastest in women’s bobsled; Holcomb and Curtis Tomasevicz were third in two-man bobsled; and John Daly was seventh-fastest in men’s skeleton. After leading the two-day, two-man bobsled competition throughout, Friedrich became the first man to win senior and junior world titles in the same season. Friedrich and brakeman Jannis Baecker were 0.56 seconds faster than silver medalists Beat Hefti and Thomas Lamparter of Switzerland. Friedrich drove to a combined four-run time of 4 minutes, 22.78 seconds. German bronze medalists Thomas Florschuetz and Andreas Bredau trailed Friedrich by 1.19. Holcomb and Steven Langton finished fourth, 0.08 off the podium, after being third in the opening two runs Saturday.

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KENTUCKY, from page 7

JONES, from page 7

to understand is when you play on the road you can’t wish to win on the road,” Caldwell said. “You have to make your breaks, you have to make it happen, and you have to really see yourself coming away with the win.” LSU was led once again by junior forward Theresa Plaisance, who posted a game-high 19 points and came down with eight rebounds. The performance came despite sitting on the bench for about nine minutes in the first half with foul trouble. Webb also had a big night, putting up 18 points, five rebounds and an assist. Kentucky’s biggest spark came off of the bench from sophomore forward Azia Bishop, who shot 7-of-10 from the field in a 17-point effort in 20 minutes of play. The Lady Tigers will have another shot at success on the road Thursday when they travel to take on Auburn.

style the team played under Johnson. The roster is also missing the quality size and depth necessary to win in the SEC. The man is not a miracle worker. Expecting this team to be better than it is right now is unrealistic. If you find yourself frustrated with this season’s Tigers, then you missed the boat on what this season is all about. Be patient. Since Jones took over, the plan has always been to build for 2013-14 and for the seasons after that. Despite this season’s struggles, that plan is still on schedule. The Tigers’ four current leading scorers are set to return next year, and the only threat to that is Hickey “Honey-badgering” himself out of the program. Despite the returners, the real reason to preach patience is the recruiting class Jones has amassed during his first season. According to ESPN, Jones currently has the No. 11 recruiting class this season centered around five-star forward Jarrell Martin. The Baton Rouge native and Madison Prep Academy product is ranked as the No. 15 recruit in the country. Throw in two more Top-100 recruits in forward Jordan Mickey and guard Tim Quarterman and you begin to see Jones’ plan a little more clearly. If this initial class is any indication, Jones is the best recruiter LSU has had since John Brady put Glen Davis and Tyrus Thomas on a court together. That team made a Final Four run, and with a front line of O’Bryant, Martin and Mickey, Jones’ 2013-14 Tigers would be built in a similar way. This year is a rebuilding year. It will not be pretty from here on out, and there is no way around that, except to wait it out. Jones is building something,

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BEAM, from page 7

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LSU junior forward Theresa Plaisance (55) looks toward the goal Jan. 20 during the Tigers’ 54-51 victory against the Vanderbilt Commodores in the PMAC.

... We’re going to get [beam] together and go to Kentucky next week and be even better.” Courville also took home the bars crown to bring her career individual title count to 23. After the meet, Breaux and her team focused on the high score and beating No. 9 Georgia and No. 16 Oregon State rather than the loss to Oklahoma. Junior Kaleigh Dickson earned her first start in the allaround competition Saturday after spending the early season

struggling with her bars routine, her weakest event, according to Dickson, despite it being her highest score Saturday. “We’re really happy about our score,” Dickson said. “Obviously we wanted the win, and if we had had beam, we would’ve gotten a higher score and been able to win. There’s nothing to be upset about. We hit our routines, we just have to do a little better on beam next time.” The Florida native credits the increased support of her coaches and teammates to her success on the uneven bars.

“I really pushed two kids this week: Maliah Mathis and Kaleigh Dickson,” Breaux said. “Those two kids really got the wrath of D-D all week long. I didn’t let up on them because I knew we were going to put a lot on Kaleigh this week. We wanted her in the all around.” Dickson posted a career-high 39.275 in the all around.

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LSU coach Johnny Jones watches his team play Jan. 16 during the Tigers’ 73-82 loss to the University of South Carolina in the PMAC. According to ESPN, Jones has the No. 11 recruiting class this season, so Tiger fans should prepare for a successful 2013-14 season.

but we all have to be patient and wait to see what happens next season. If the plan works and Jones puts LSU basketball back on the map, we will all forget about 2012-13 pretty quickly. Rome wasn’t built in a day. In 2007, Nick Saban was 7-6 in his first season at Alabama. How long ago does that feel? James Moran is a 20-year-old mass communication junior from Beacon, N.Y.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Staying ‘Louisiana proud’ It’s no surprise Forbes.com ranks Louisiana as the best place in the U.S. for business and culture

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The Zulu Mardi Gras parade makes its way onto Canal Street on Feb. 16, 2010. Louisiana’s cultural traditions, remnants of resilient settlers, are arguably part of what makes the state a forerunner in economic prosperity.

THE TRADITIONALIST CHRIS ORTTE Columnist Louisiana has become the most attractive state for business opportunity, according to a Forbes. com article earlier this month. This is a nice take on our state that others may find out of the ordinary. But I’m more inclined to wonder why someone would find this peculiar. For 22 years I have been under the impression that Louisiana was the best place to be on either side of the Mississippi River. Economists and the businessminded folk at Forbes see it as the result of the state’s improved governmental integrity and more probusiness tax policies. For the most part, they’re right, but they rely on numbers too much. Of course, our geographic location must be considered as well when deliberating business opportunity. Having the mouth of the Mississippi at our behest is a blessing of endless value.

However, the most essential part of business is the people who run it. Although difficult to explain why, our culture determines our business potential just as much as our policies and geography. Sure, hearing about “our culture this” and “our culture that” has to be redundant to outsiders, and even I find it a bit monotonous. However, there are some concrete cultural underpinnings of how and why our state has reached such economic prosperity in this time. We, as people of south Louisiana, have evolved through the eras, but there are some essential aspects of our community that have remained, especially through times of trial: innovation, unity and work ethic. These three facets of our heritage create the most definitive description of us — Louisiana resilience. Focusing more on the Acadians and their influence, we see a common story throughout our history: adversity. Faced with settling the lands around Canada’s Bay of Fundy,

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the Acadians encountered a struggle with finding land suitable for agriculture. However, in what is considered one the most incredible developments of the 17th century, the Acadians invented a special drainage system, an aboiteau, that allowed them to control water levels during tide changes in order to farm the marshes. All types of businesses, particularly in oil and gas industries, have been created by what I’d consider Cajun cleverness — purely innovative ideas struck up by Bayou Bill that are patented and have revolutionized energy production, generating millions of dollars. Perhaps the greatest hardship faced was by the Acadians during the persecution and exile called the Grand D’Arrangement. Forced out of Acadia — present-day Nova Scotia — they traveled down the East Coast in hopes of finding a new home. Half perished during the exile, but the survivors eventually found their way back together in our home state. In the past decade, it was common to witness this type of banding together in the catastrophes like

Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, but there are so many more localized occasions of our people coming together to aid others So many of us are willing to pause our own lives and offer whatever we can to a community, family or individual with a struggle. There is this inherent subconscious among us that family, friendship and generosity to strangers creates the support system that keeps a community alive and well. I believe — although I am biased — Louisianians have an easier time setting aside differences and sticking together. Our work ethic does not reflect other labor ethics stereotyped in the South. Sure, we can be very Southern in nature, slow in pace and leisure seeking, but we are not a people of idleness. We are a culture of self-made people that value and enjoy work. It has been our story to struggle, but also to struggle together and to return with greater achievement. Our people settled an edge of the earth that no one cared for. Our

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ancestors turned it into a paradise. Now people are recognizing it and they want to be a part of it. Artists are known for creating glorious pieces of work from their emotion, but they can never explain its meaning. All of us who take part in being Louisianians are merely artists who cannot seem to explain our culture to anyone outside — we just live it. It is up to those incoming strangers to trust and experience the art. With Louisiana having the highest percentage of population living in birth state, it’s evident that what we’ve got is good, what we’re doing is right and we’re proud of it. Stay resilient. Stay Louisiana proud. It’s contagious. Chris Ortte is 22-year-old political science senior from Lafayette.

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Victoria isn’t the only person keeping a secret BWALLY’S WORLD BEN WALLACE Columnist Nervous anticipation creeps over my palms in the form of sweat beads, but I couldn’t be more excited. A tall, thin and yet somehow curvaceous woman is closing her eyes, puckering her lips and begging me to come closer. Naturally, in the most primal sense of the word, I accept her invitation. What follows is like walking in on a real-life, panty-only, perfect10-filled pillow fight. And then it hits me — in what world would a man evade Victoria’s Secret for any reason other than to avoid the potential nightmare of popping an untuckable woody after staring too long at a scantily clad mannequin? And with Valentine’s Day drawing near, hopeful men will be deliberately making the forbidden trek. Many men, including myself, fear women — especially attractive ones. It’s an unexplainable, unshakable drawback to carrying a member between your thighs. Conversation is the hardest part. Normally, it involves a mix of awkward pauses, uncomfortable silences and “How did I already screw this up?” thoughts. But in Victoria’s Secret, none of that matters. Posters don’t talk — at least not yet. The undergarments, even the ones with more see-throughness than substance, won’t turn you down if you approach with modest intentions of holding a casual verbal exchange.

As if on queue, a 20-something man in a paired-off foursome speaks up. “I don’t think anyone should complain about Victoria’s Secret shopping,” he says. I’m not making this up. Panties and bras gift-wrapped in bow ties, waiting to open up a world of ecstasy for some lucky guy, sit below a poster of a woman advertising mostly her bare back. A skinny strip of lace, harder to find than Waldo, graces the top of her buttocks. I wonder for a moment whether the store sells anything besides sex. Then I see a couple of young teenage girls picking through a sea of thongs, and the thought of having a daughter scares me more than graduation and exorcisms combined. After perusing the intimidating full-body contraption section, I make my way into the lotion and fragrance room. Here’s my attempt at listing the brands/scents, increasing in sexual appeal: Love is Heavenly, Hello Darling, Such a Flirt, Endless Love, True Escape, Secret Crush, Simply Breathless, So Sexy, Vanilla Lace, Aqua Kiss, Seduction, Love Spell, Very Sexy, Midnight Dare, Very Sexy Temptation and ultimately, Pure Seduction. I sniff a few, rarely distinguishing one from another. I search my senses to find the “lace” scent inside Vanilla Lace, the only fragrance with a hint of an identifiable aroma in its title. For the life of me, I can’t smell a netted material. But in a store where sex is overtly inescapable, men usually enter for one of two reasons. Most commonly, a female companion “drags” along the man, who’s pretending to oppose the lusty

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venture. Please, fellow males, listen to your senses and oblige them. This is the only time your girlfriend will encourage gawking at nearly nude, incredibly irresistible women. And less often, a brave, confident, more than likely well-endowed alpha male waltzes in to purchase a gift. To you, alpha male, I raise a glass. Because walking into VS without a woman is like walking in naked — either way, everyone stares. Women, on the other hand, shop at VS for mainly one reason:

Undergarments glazed in sex appeal are a super turn-on to the opposite (or same) sex. And who doesn’t want to be sexy? The higher prices come from the craftsmanship needed to remove tiny cloth swaths, and usually butt coverage, from normal panties — and it’s totally worth it. Bros, if nothing I’ve written has allowed you to openly embrace your desire to drop whatever you’re doing and head to the mall, you’re probably into dudes, which is fine (and

arguably another incentive to shop there for the more feminine type). Still need an excuse? They sell men’s fragrances, too. Ben Wallace is a 21-year old mass communication senior from Tyler, Texas.

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FCC’s plan for faster Internet is a sign of progress MANUFACTURING DISCONTENT DAVID SCHEUERMANN Columnist America’s Internet is due for an upgrade. Years after American researchers laid the foundations for what has become the “Information Superhighway,” this country now finds itself trailing in regards to Internet innovation and speeds. The United States’ ranked 13th in Internet speeds last year, according to Akamai Technologies. Ookla, a software company known for testing Web speeds, ranked us at 35, and, in 2011, Pando Networks had us at 26. To make matters worse, the nonprofit New America Foundation found in a report that “the United States is among the most expensive and slowest” of countries that offer broadband services, noting that South Korea — which has the fastest

Internet speeds in the world — had cheaper rates than some of our slowest services. Basically, while we have trouble getting YouTube to play a video without seeing the dreaded “buffering” circle, South Koreans are surfing the Internet at speeds 200 times faster than what we deal with for only a little more than half the price of what we pay. But if the Federal Communications Commission has its way, we might begin to see some change. On Jan. 18, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski issued what is being dubbed the “Gigabit City Challenge.” Genachowski called on service providers and municipal leaders to deploy gigabit speed broadband — Internet speeds about 100 times faster than the average American connection — in at least one community in every state by 2015. “American economic history teaches a clear lesson about infrastructure,” Genachowski said in a statement. “If we build it, innovation

will come.” Accoring to Genachowski, the U.S. needs a critical mass of gigabit communities nationwide so that innovators can develop nextgeneration applications and services that will drive economic growth and global competitiveness. Finally, it seems someone in a leadership position is looking at our lagging position in the world and trying to do something about it. Gigabit-speed communities across the country would help ensure that Americans can be instantly connected to one another and the world. Consumers will be able to quickly upload and download high definition content, innovators will easily share and disseminate knowledge and applications and businesses will perform services much faster. It is the first step in moving toward a more connected future, where information will be instantly available at your fingertips, ready to be shared with the world. However, there will be obstacles toward that goal.

America’s Internet service woes are often attributed to the market’s lack of competition. Private telecommunications companies often fight to retain their strong positions as market leaders, and about 96 percent of American households have access to only two or fewer broadband service providers, according to the FCC. Without fierce competition, what reason do telecommunications companies have to invest in the infrastructure needed to boost our networks? In order for the FCC to achieve these new goals, telecommunications companies must look past their immediate shareholder returns and work toward improving the country or competition should be returned to the market in the form of municipal broadband providers, Internet access services that are funded by local governments. Lafayette’s LUS Fiber is a municipally owned broadband provider that provides ultra-fast speeds at competitive prices. Since the

introduction of LUS Fiber, Lafayette has seen a surge in interest from technology-related companies. Cox Communications, one of the city’s main private providers, has slashed its rates for some across the city, according to USA Today. It is a testament to what fast, affordable services can do for a city in today’s connected age. If Baton Rouge — a city already teeming with bright, young individuals — can position itself as Louisiana’s gigabit community, then it can potentially open itself up to similar innovation and investment. It’s about time for America to position itself as a leader in the digital age. David Scheuermann is a 20-year-old mass communication and computer science junior from Kenner. Contact David Scheuermann at dscheuermann@lsureveille.com; Twitter: @TDR_dscheu


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Monday, January 28, 2013 LAWSUIT, from page 1 of which was authorized by the University’s Board of Supervisors, according to The TimesPicayune. The school conducted an internal audit in response to Herster’s letter that confirmed her claims and revealed additional unauthorized purchases made with student fee revenue,

bringing the total amount of misused funds to $130,000. Graphic design junior Rebecca Kelt is one of many art students upset after learning about the unauthorized purchases made with student fee revenues. “We want to know how much money they actually spend on supplies,” Kelt said. “I’m kind of pissed about it, honestly. Thinking about it more, I’m wondering

The Daily Reveille where my money’s actually going.” Printmaking senior Katherine Santana said many courses she enrolled in had expensive course fees in addition to requirements for pricey equipment like high resolution digital cameras. “I definitely don���t like my money taken from me and spent frivolously,” Santana said.

page 15 “Sometimes it was like $70 or $80, and I never saw where that money was going. I can definitely see the funds being misused. Kelt said she thought her student fees were going toward her education – school supplies, equipment and renovations to the Art and Design buildings. “I know LSU is known to be an athletic school and that Art

and Design is not the most prestigious college to be a part of here in Louisiana, but damn, I’m not paying for a good football team or the honor of having the LSU name on my diploma,” Kelt said. “I’m paying for an education, or at least I thought I was.” Contact Alyson Gaharan at agaharan@lsureveille.com


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