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Miles reloads roster on Signing Day needed replacing. LSU coach Les Miles said he filled several of those needs with Signing Day, LSU was running low on ammo, and as he brought in 27 new Tigers. “I like the blend of size and strength National Signing Day was the perfect opand speed,” Miles said. “It’s a highly portunity to reload the weaponry. The Tigers had a daunting task ahead ranked class that has character and integrity. If I had to preof them following the dict, this is as strong a events that transpired Read about fans’ class as we’ve signed, after the squad lost to celebration, p. 7. and it’s the style of class Clemson in the Chickfil-A Bowl in December. An entire start- that will put us in a great position moving ing defensive line, a few linebackers, a forward.” With the exception of defensive line safety and a cornerback, among others, Lawrence Barreca Sports Writer

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LSU coach Les Miles talks about the 2013 recruiting class Wednesday at a news conference in the Athletic Administration Building.

Adopt-A-Hall LSUPD, Res Life team up to improve safety in residence halls Nic Cotten

recruit Tashawn Bower, a former Auburn commit who was the second-to-last signee for LSU, the Tigers’ list of prospects was set in stone heading into Signing Day. The vast majority of the 2013 class members completed their letters of intent

Students living in dorms already have RAs knocking on their doors, and a new program will have police hanging out in their lobbies. The LSU Police Department is collaborating with Residential Life in “Adopt-A-Hall,” an effort to enhance community policing and relationships with students, according to LSUPD Spokesman Capt. Cory Lalonde. Lalonde said the program is an effort to prevent crime, and is not in response to any event or recurring problem on campus. He said the officers will not have required time to spend at the residential halls and will find their own time to stop by the dorms. Six volunteer officers will be assigned to Evangeline Circle, the Pentagon, Broussard Hall and Herget Hall and will make frequent stops at the residence halls to address student’s questions and concerns regarding LSUPD and campus safety, Lalonde said. According to LSUPD records, these halls account for

Go to to watch a video of the event and voice your opinion on the 2013 recruiting class.


Numbers show larger spring freshman class McKenzie Womack Staff Writer

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The Office of Budget and Planning released the 2013 spring semester enrollment numbers Wednesday evening, which revealed a slight decrease in total enrollment from fall 2012 but a small increase from spring 2012. The total enrollment count for students registered at the University for spring 2013, which includes undergraduate, graduate and professional students, is 27,365 students.

Enrollment for the fall 2012 semester was at 29,549 students, leaving spring 2013 at a 7.4 percent decrease in the number of students enrolled from fall 2012. In spring 2012, 27,162 students were enrolled in the University, which is 203 students fewer than the number of students currently enrolled. This semester, 527 new freshmen undergraduates enrolled at the University, a 73 percent increase ENROLLMENT, see page 6


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LSUPD officer JaKouri Williams poses Jan. 24 in front of Miller Hall. Police officers like Williams recently teamed up with Residential Life to increase safety and build a relationship with students in residence halls.

An upside-down Nissan Xterra blocks traffic Wednesday at Burbank Drive and West Parker Boulevard while police direct traffic.

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INTERNATIONAL Six dead, hundreds of homes destroyed in Solomon tsunami SYDNEY (AP) — Six bodies, including a child’s, have been found in the sodden wreckage left by a tsunami that smashed into villages in the Solomon Islands, flattening dozens of homes in the South Pacific island chain. The 4-foot-1-inch waves that roared inland Wednesday on Santa Cruz Island, in the eastern Solomons, were too fast to outrun for five elderly villagers and one child, who died after being sucked under the rushing water, George Herming, a spokesman for the prime minister, said Thursday. Makeup artist behind Chewbacca, Yoda of ‘Star Wars’ dies at 98 LONDON (AP) — Stuart Freeborn, a pioneering movie makeup artist behind creatures such as Yoda and Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” films, has died. He was 98. LucasFilm confirmed Wednesday that Freeborn had passed away, “leaving a legacy of unforgettable contributions.” “Star Wars” director George Lucas said in a statement that Freeborn was “already a makeup legend” when he started working on “Star Wars.” “He brought with him boundless creative energy,” Lucas said.


A tsunami Wednesday destroyed the village of Venga in the Solomon Islands. The damage seen is part the survey by a damage assessment crew.

Seized Iranian ship revealed to be carrying varied explosives, weapons SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A ship seized by Yemeni authorities last month carried a wide variety of Iranian-made weapons, Yemen’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday. In a statement, the ministry detailed contents of the Iranian ship seized in Yemen’s territorial waters in mid-January. It described contents as “large, diverse and dangerous” weapons that also included night vision binoculars and goggles, remote devices, circuits, wires and rifle silencers.

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Four dead, nine injured in fiery 27-vehicle highway crash in Georgia

Baton Rouge chief of police fired despite falling homicide rates

MONTROSE, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Department of Transportation says a crew was on the way to place signs warning of lowvisibility on Interstate 16 when cars began crashing in a fiery, 27-vehicle pileup that killed four people. DOT spokeswoman Jill Goldberg says a call from a 911 operator Wednesday morning saying motorists were complaining about driving conditions prompted the agency to dispatch a crew with caution signs from Dublin, about 10 miles from the crash scene. N.J. Gov. Christie to former White House doc: ‘shut up’ about weight

Boy Scouts executive board delays decision on policy excluding gays

(AP) — Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White has been fired after less than two years on the job. East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden’s administration fired him on Wednesday, WBRZ-TV reported. White told the station he received a letter from the city’s chief administrative officer, William Daniel, that there was a “substantial disagreement with the direction of the Baton Rouge Police Department.” A call to the mayor’s office for comment was left unreturned. WAFB-TV reported the dismissal comes after months of speculation that White’s position was in jeopardy.

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Caught in an ideological crossfire, the Boy Scouts of America is retreating until May from a decision about whether to ease its policy of excluding gays. Whatever the organization eventually does, it’s likely to anger major constituencies and worsen schisms within Scouting. The delay, which the Scouts attributed to “the complexity of this issue,” was announced Wednesday after closed-door deliberations by the BSA’s national executive board.

LAFAYETTE (AP) — A probe of bribery in the Lafayette court system has expanded to include a former employee of the Acadiana Outreach Center. The Advocate reports 59-yearold Elaine Crump admitted in court Tuesday to falsifying certificates that defendants had completed court-mandated community service at the center. Crump pleaded guilty to one count of misprision of a felony.

SEA GIRT, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie lashed out Wednesday at a former White House doctor who said she worries about him dying in office because he is so heavy, telling her to “shut up.” Connie Mariano, who served as White House physician from 1992 to 2001, told CNN she’d like to see Christie run for president in 2016 but he needs to lose weight. She said she worries he could have a heart attack or stroke. “I’m worried about this man dying in office,” Mariano said.

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Emergency workers and firemen attend to the scene of a 27-vehicle pileup Wednesday on Interstate 16 near Jeffersonville, Ga.

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STUDENT MEDIA Gumbo extends deadline for free senior portraits until today The LSU Gumbo Yearbook has extended the deadline for seniors to take their free portraits until 5 p.m. today to satisfy high demand, according to Gumbo editor Melissa Rushing. “There’s a really good turnout, so we opened up more hours for students to get their pictures taken,” Rushing said. The portraits are being taken from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in the Capital Chamber of the Student Union.

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School of Architecture evaluated Luke Jones Contributing Writer

The School of Architecture needs improvements in cultural diversity, accessibility, financial considerations and pre-design and site design skills, according to six accreditation committee members from the National Architectural Accrediting Board who made the recommendations Wednesday. The list of standards defined by the Board are classified as having been met with distinction, not met or being causes for concern. “Most state universities are not unique for cutting back in their budget,” said Team Chair of the NCARB Accreditation Team Dan Redstone. “The ability to maintain the level of quality is always a challenge.” Within the School of Architecture, conditions met with distinction included communication skills and fundamental design skills, especially in 4000-level courses. Conditions not met included cultural diversity, pre-design skills, site design and communication and

social responsibility. Causes for concern included physical and sensory accessibility, comprehensive design, financial considerations and building service systems. The committee will submit its recommendations to the National Architectural Accrediting Board, who will then release the official accreditation report for the School of Architecture in July or August of this year. Prior to the committee’s evaluation, the School of Architecture submitted a preliminary report that detailed the state of the school. This report, which was sent in September 2012, included information such as average GPA, male-tofemale ratio, budget allocation, admission rates and many more aspects of the program. The committee spent four days evaluating the status of both the master’s and bachelor’s programs to determine if standards set up by the National Architectural Accrediting Board were met. The bachelor’s program has

been accredited since 1962, while the master’s program has been accredited since 2000. “The accreditation of the school is critical,” said architecture junior Ryan Zeringue. “Without it, a degree would be meaningless.” Over the course of the week, student work was showcased through an exhibit in Atkinson Hall where committee members, faculty and students could interact and observe a variety of pieces during the accreditation process. “To me, the accreditation procedure for our degree is more than just a requirement to seek a license to practice, but a chance to showcase the incredible work and community we have here at the school to visiting professionals,” said architecture senior Tyler Detiveaux. The majority of the committee agreed that the program has produced students with strong design skills as well as a strong community outreach program. The accreditation process, which occurs every six years, consists of evaluations in 32 student

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A gathering was held Wednesday to discuss the issues related to the School of Architecture’s evaluation by the Accreditaton Committee.

performance criteria, which are broken down into three areas. These areas comprise specific requirements in professional and ethical practices, critical thinking and communication skills and technical building skills. “We want to not just meet their standards, but to exceed them,” said Director of the LSU School of Architecture Jori Erdman. “It’s extremely important for the School of Architecture to have accreditation because we are the flagship institution of the state.”

This accreditation committee from the National Architectural Accrediting Board comprises six representatives from four collateral organizations: the American Institute of Architects, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, the American Institute of Architecture Students and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Contact Luke Jones at


TOPS bill would cap money students could receive Alyson Gaharan Staff Writer

As the state’s higher education budget shrinks and tuition increases, Rep. Joe Harrison, R-Napoleonville, plans to propose a bill in this spring’s legislative session that will use two main measures to reform TOPS by thousands of students each year who rely on the scholarship to pay for their education. Harrison’s bill, if passed, would require students who lose TOPS to pay back the money they received if they fail to maintain TOPS requirements, which stipulates a minimum GPA for each tier of the program. When the state uses taxpayers’ money to make an investment in students’ education, students have a responsibility to honor their end

of the deal by committing to academic excellence, Harrison said. “It’s a loan from the state that’s being abused. If they do fail within the first few years, the students and parents must pay the state back,” Harrison said. “The state is giving students this opportunity, and we hope that they would recognize that.” As tuition grows, it places a greater burden on legislators to make a decision about what direction TOPS should take, said University Director of External Affairs Jason Droddy. Droddy said TOPS is “immensely popular,” a fact that makes passing a bill like Harrison’s “very difficult in the near term.” Harrison said that, much like a loan, students should not accept TOPS if they have no intention of rising to its required

academic standards. “[Students] shouldn’t begin attending a university where they won’t excel,” Harrison said. “If that deters people from going to certain schools, I hope that happens. Getting a degree is most important.” The bill’s second measure would cap the amount of TOPS money students can receive from the state. Harrison said the cap would probably be the equivalent of four years of LSU tuition. Harrison has written three similar bills regarding a TOPS cap in past years, but they all failed to pass. Harrison said the deteriorating budget situation makes him more optimistic about the bill’s passage. “At the rate we’re going now, we won’t be able to continue this program for more than two more

years,” Harrison said. “Our losses are substantial. We’re losing faculty and students, and we have to show some fiscal responsibility.” More than $1.6 billion has been spent on TOPS since the program began in 1998, according to the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance’s TOPS Payment Summary. TOPS funding comes from two sources: the state general fund, which is supported by taxes, and the Millennium Trust Fund that endows money from tobacco settlement proceeds. Harrison said he is concerned primarily with the use of taxpayer money wasted when it pays tuition bills for students who don’t take their education seriously. “We have to protect the taxpayers’ dollars that are being spent,” Harrison said. “Look at this

from their perspective.” About 34 percent of TOPS students lose their awards at some point, according to a TOPS report published by the Louisiana Board of Regents. “I care about our future. Young people have to be part of the solution, not part of the problem,” Harrison said. Harrison said the bill would not work retroactively, and it would be phased in so only students who earn TOPS after the bill passes would be affected. Many university presidents in the state have spoken with Harrison about their support for the bill, Harrison said.

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Students participate in TigerFit Wellness Challenge Program promotes healthy lifestyles Zach Carline

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University students will now have the opportunity to make healthy lifestyle changes and win prizes with the help of the University Student Recreational Complex and the Student Health Center. The UREC and Student Health Center collaborated to bring students the TigerFit Wellness Challenge, an 11-week program free to students and designed to help them reach their health, fitness, financial and mental health needs, with the opportunity to win prizes by attending seminars. “By coming together and promoting this program, we are hoping to get more students who would not have used the UREC

or health center services,” said UREC Coordinator of Fitness and Wellness Lacee Breeden. Registered dietitian at the Student Health Center Vanessa Richard said the program is based on the TigerFit Warrior Challenge, a program designed mostly around fitness. The program will consist of 10 weekly wellness meetings. In addition to the meetings, there will be nutrition, stress and relaxation workshops and the Student Financial Management Center will also host a financial wellness seminar. Richard said the challenge is “something that is fun and easy to do, so [students] can stay on track.” The participating students will be given a passport to place the stickers they receive for attending each program event. The more stickers students acquire, the more prizes they will have the opportunity to win. The grand prize will be a custom-made bicycle for the

student by a local bike shop. have specific goals but hopes to Richard said any student may get in shape. “It will help me stay on track participate in the activities, but more than if I was only those registrying to do it by tered in the pro‘This may be an myself,” she said. gram will have opportunity to make Andre said the opportunity to win prizes. those goals sustainable she believes the nutrition part of As of Tuesand achievable.’ the program will day, 225 students help her maintain were registered to Vanessa Richard a healthier diet. participate in the Student Health Center dietitian “Right now, program, Richard my diet is pretty said, adding that the large turnout may be due to much mac and cheese and ramen noodles. It’s convenience-based New Year’s resolutions. International studies junior rather than anything healthy,” Chelsea Andre said she does not she said.

Biological engineering junior Daniel Rees said he has some more specific goals for the program. Rees said he is looking to add more workouts to his routine and develop a better diet — one he can maintain on the budget of a college student while still having fun. “I’m on the cycling team,” he said. “I’d like to get a healthy diet going to support my workouts.”

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of campus. Lalonde said the University launched the emergency text notification system soon after the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007. Olivia McClure Prior to using text messages, it was more difficult to keep the Contributing Writer University community informed The University tested its during an emergency, he said. emergency text messaging sysHowever, the amount of intem Wednesday, sending about formation that can be included in 28,000 messages in less than a text message is limited, Lalonde one minute, acsaid. cording to IT ‘It’s always a balancing “It’s always security and pola balancing act icy officer John act between the accuracy between the acBorne. and the quality of the curacy and the In addiquality of the intion, more than information along with formation along 39,400 emails the actual timeliness.’ with the actual were sent within timeliness,” five minutes and Lalonde said. Capt. Cory Lalonde more than 1,900 BiochemLSU Police Department spokesman computers on istry freshman campus were activated with no- Megan Gilliam said she is not tifications almost immediately, signed up to receive emergency Borne wrote in an email to The text messages but thinks the serDaily Reveille. vice is effective in sharing critiAccording to a Jan. 29 Uni- cal information with students. versity news release, “LSU tests “If people don’t sign up its emergency text messaging for it, then they’re not going to system twice a year, with the last know,” Gilliam said. test occurring Sept. 26, 2012.” Though she doesn’t receive The University also sends desk- the text messages, Gilliam said top notifications to some com- she checks her email and reads puters on campus as well as the emergency broadcast mesbroadcast emails, the release said. sages regularly. LSU Police Department University students, faculty spokesman Capt. Cory Lalonde and staff can opt to receive the said the University is legally emergency text messages by gorequired to give warning of ing to myLSU, clicking “Campus dangerous situations. Lalonde Community” then “Emergency said the emergency text mes- Text Message.” saging system permits quick communication of informaContact Olivia McClure at tion about an incident, such as instructions to avoid certain areas

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more than half the crimes committed in residence halls in 2011 and 2012. Lalonde said there is no exact timeline for when the program will be activated campuswide, but it will begin on a small scale this week. Residential Life Spokesman Jonathon Hyde said the Adopt-A-Hall program has four goals: increasing positive visibility; creating a good relationship between LSUPD, ResLife staff and students; promoting safety and providing educational opportunities for residents. “It is still a pilot program, and we will use the next few weeks to fine-tune the organization,” Lalonde said. “We feel this is a big move to close the gap between police and residents on campus.” In 2011, 141 crimes were reported to LSUPD that took place in residence halls, 66 of which happened in one of the aforementioned halls. In 2012, there were 117 total crimes in residence halls, and 63 were in these four halls. Herget Hall had the largest number of crimes, with 34 in 2011 and 15 in 2012. Herget had

RECRUITS, from page 1 before 9 a.m. Miles said Bower is a perfect fit for the Tigers. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he plays in every game and at some point in time, should he continue to improve, he might start,” Miles said. “That kind of defensive end is exactly what we needed. He was a tremendous get for us, and it was a need that this team had to have.” Miles wanted to make sure he addressed every hole left by the 2012 departures. “Our first need was with four defensive ends graduating and two defensive tackles leaving,” Miles said. “We had to replace them with a quality defensive line class. We got three defensive tackles and four defensive ends. Need met.” Along with Bower, seven other recruits, including Maquedius Bain, Kendell Beckwith, Greg Gilmore, Frank Herron, Christian LaCouture, Lewis Neal and Michael Patterson, are capable of playing in the defensive trenches. Miles was also proud of the 2013 linebacker class, which includes junior college transfers. “Maybe some of the best prospects in our staff are our linebacker prospects,” Miles said. “We got two junior college guys, so we have some young men and we have some guys who are a little older and a little more ready to play.”

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24 cases of criminal damage in 2011 that significantly bolstered the number. Herget also accounted for the most thefts and batteries in the past two years, with seven and three, respectively. Broussard Hall had the most cases of illegal drug use, with seven reported to LSUPD in the last two years. Taylor Hall in the Pentagon and Evangeline Hall both had five reported cases of illegal drug use.

Other universities have similar programs that unite residential life with the police department, but they are not common. At Louisiana campuses, only Southeastern University has a bond between police and dorms, and that is because the university police office is located in one of the residence halls, according to Southeastern’s website. Across the nation, police taking an active role in dorm

With multiple losses in the secondary, the Tigers added four potential defensive back prospects, including the electrifying speedster Jeryl Brazil. As the day finally came to a close, Miles expressed how impressed he was with his haul. “The depth of this recruiting class is very strong,” Miles said. “I don’t think there’s much of a difference between the highest-ranked guy and the lowest-ranked guy. They are all very similar and competitive.” Though the clear focus of Signing Day was set on defensive recruits, Miles addressed the fact that the squad didn’t have to upgrade at certain offensive positions, especially tailback. “I like where we’re at with our tailbacks,” Miles said. “We have

a number of them that will fit our needs this fall. I think we’ll have to recruit a great tailback as we come forward.” The LSU coaching staff reached out to every corner of the nation to complete its 2013 class. He noted that this was one of the more geographically diverse classes that he’s brought in to play in Baton Rouge. The Tigers signed 12 from Louisiana, but also brought in prospects from the likes of Illinois, Nebraska and California. In total, 15 out-of-state recruits will join the squad in 2013.

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2013 Recruit List DT Maquedius Bain LB Kendell Beckwith OL Josh Boutte DL Tashawn Bower ATH Jeryl Brazil WR John Diarse OL Andy Dodd OL Fehoko Fanaika DT Greg Gilmore DE Frank Herron DB Rickey Jefferson QB Anthony Jennings WR Avery Johnson LB Melvin Jones

DT Christian LaCouture WR Quantavius Leslie OL K.J. Malone DE Lewis Neal DE Michael Patterson OL Ethan Pocic QB Hayden Rettig LB Duke Riley DB Rashard Robinson TE DeSean Smith WR Kevin Spears TE Logan Stokes DB Tre’Davious White

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Thursday, February 7, 2013 life is not as uncommon. The University of Akron in Ohio has a similar program in which “officers assigned to the residence halls visit them daily and in the evenings, and get to know individual students and groups,” according to Akron’s website. Many universities, including Tulane, have a police “escort” service that provides students with a rides between their classes and their cars in the evenings, according to Tulane’s website. However, none of the Southeastern Conference schools implement a program with police assigned to dorms. Most universities have police safety programs presented in dorms and to freshmen, but that is the extent of the personal relationships between students and police. Hyde said LSUPD will attend staff meetings and other dorm programs in order to attain the four goals of the program. “We are going to test the program out and see if it works and students like it,” Hyde said. “If so, we will try to expand it across campus.” Biological sciences freshman Brennan Robards said the program is a good idea. “As big as Herget is, people could use someone to talk to if

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from last spring. The University had 347 new transfer undergraduate students as well, down 16 percent from spring 2012. At 22,649, undergraduate students enrolled this semester make up about 83 percent of the student body. Graduate students make up the second-largest portion of the University, with 4,338 students. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences has the largest enrollment of the senior colleges with 3,427 students. This enrollment is up 1.5 percent since last semester but has decreased about 8 percent from spring 2012. At 50 students, the School of the Coast and Environment has the least amount of students of the senior colleges, and this is a 9 percent decrease from spring 2012 but a 2

they felt unsafe or depressed,” Robards said. “I would feel safer with cops at the dorm.” Brennan Hebert, chemical engineering freshman, said he thinks increased police presence will make students uncomfortable. “I would feel watched if police were always in my dorm,” Hebert said. “We are in college and should be trusted. Stuff happens here, but not every day. Kids here might rebel against the police.” There have been several recent issues with police in close contact with students in dorms. In December 2012, a University of Kentucky student posted a video of a campus police officer entering his dorm room without permission and with physicality, resulting in the officer being fired, according to WDRB news in Louisville. In 2007, students at the University of Massachusetts planned a two-day protest of class in response to, among other things, “aggressive police patrols of dormitories,” according to a article. Contact Nic Cotten at percent increase from last semester. The College of Engineering is the second-largest senior college with 3,288 students, up 7 percent from fall 2012 and up 8 percent from spring 2012. The graduate school of Human Science and Education has the largest enrollment among graduate students with 951 students. This semester, University undergraduate students are taking a total of 311,316 credit hours— an average of 13.7 credit hours per student. Undergraduate students enrolled in the fall 2012 semester averaged 14 credit hours. Graduate students this semester are taking 48,010 credit hours, averaging 11 credit hours per student.

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Tigers hold off Vanderbilt for win

Fans celebrate new Tigers, enjoy atmosphere

Marcus Rodrigue Sports Contributor

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Three things were synonymous with the 2013 Bayou Bash: food, beer and LSU football. Every year, a congregation of Tiger fans gets together at the Baton Rouge River Center to celebrate the class of new Tigers they will see playing for their beloved purple and gold. “This event is great because right now there is a lull in the football world,” said LSU fan Mike Tabiolo, who was at the Bayou Bash. “The Super Bowl just ended, so this event is great for fans looking to take in some LSU football with their friends.” Instead of putting on their work attire, Tiger fans don their favorite LSU shirts, drive down to South River Road and hang out with coworkers and friends to slurp down cold beer and enjoy the food from local restaurants. In years past, LSU has been rocked by expected Tigers signing with other schools, but this year was devoid of any major upset. “It’s all about the camaraderie between LSU fans,” Tabiolo said. “You get to come here and drink beer with your best friends and talk about football all day. What could

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Tiger fans Jared Roth [top] and Dan Frisard [bottom left] show their Tiger spirit and enjoy food from local BASH, see page 10 restaurants [bottom right] Tuesday at the Bayou Bash Football Recruiting Party in the Baton Rouge River Center.

The LSU men’s basketball team capitalized on Vanderbilt’s poor first half of shooting to secure its third consecutive Southeastern Conference victory in a 57-56 win on Wednesday. The Commodores (8-13, 2-7 SEC) shot 19 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes, tallying a meager 18 points. Vanderbilt would correct its shooting woes by making more than 39 percent of its second-half shots, but the first-half rut would prove too deep for the Commodores to overcome. LSU (13-7, 4-5 SEC) also started slowly, scoring only 15 points with less than four minutes remaining in the first half. Freshman guard Malik Morgan scored the first seven points for LSU, knocking down two early 3-pointers to carry the Tigers through their early-game shooting struggles. LSU went cold, however, and soon found itself trailing by three points. The Tigers then came screaming out of the final media timeout to finish the first half on a 16-0 run that featured four 3-pointers and a crowd-pleasing two-handed dunk WIN, see page 9


Four players competing for center, right field Laird is from Ouachita Christian School in Monroe. “I can hardly hold in my enIt’s a battle in the Alex Box thusiasm about Mark Laird and Stadium outfield. Andrew Stevenson,” Mainieri said. The competitors: sophomore “Both of them can flat out fly, they Chris Sciambra, junior transfer are excellent athletes, they are exSean McMullen and freshmen cellent outfielders, they are tough Mark Laird and Andrew to strike out, and they can Stevenson. The prize: the handle the bat and their Position starting center and right Preview speed is going to be a A five-part field spots. tremendous asset for us.” series All four are leftSenior Raph Rhymes handed, something LSU will start in left field, but coach Paul Mainieri said the remaining positions there has been a shortage of in re- have been up in the air for weeks. cent years. He said two of the four Sciambra said the decision to not will play center and right field, with name starters yet has kept the playone possibly being named a desig- ers on their toes. nated hitter. “No one’s comfortable,” The only returner to the team, Sciambra said. “Even when you Sciambra is coming off a yearlong think one guy gets an advantage, hiatus from play caused by a neck you know you can never let up beinjury last season, while McMullen cause the job’s still open.” is coming to LSU this year from Sciambra said he would ideDelgado Community College. Ste- ally like to play center field, venson is from St. Thomas More a position that requires strong High School in Lafayette, and leadership skills.

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“With it being my second year and potentially second year starting that I can help out the other guys in the corner and take charge in the outfield,” Sciambra said. “I think that’s where I’m best suited, but if they tell me I need to play right, then I’ll be happy to go over there too.” McMullen said he has primarily been stationed in right field during practice this season. Sciambra practiced there during the fall, but moved to center in the spring. McMullen said Stevenson has practiced mostly in center field and Laird has practiced in all three spots. “You gotta really come out here on your A-game,” McMullen said. “You can’t [take] any days off. A lot of competition means there’s a lot of talent, which is good.” Rhymes, the self-dubbed “grandpa” of the team, is a 23-yearold fifth-year student and a veteran COMPETING, see page 10

LSU freshman Mark Laird catches fly balls Tuesday during practice at Alex Box Stadium. Laird is one of the four players competing for the starting center and right field spots.


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Point guard talks football and Coaches reunite with the future of LSU basketball Tennessee matchup WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

MIC’D UP MICAH BEDARD Sports Columnist Columnist’s Note: A new feature we’re implementing this semester at The Daily Reveille is the “LSU Athlete of the Week.” This week, columnist Micah Bedard sat down with LSU men’s basketball sophomore point guard Anthony Hickey. In future weeks, the nominations for potential Athletes of the Week will be announced on “Out of Bounds” from 6 to 7 p.m. Sundays on 91.1 KLSU. You can vote at Micah Bedard: So what is it with you and Mississippi State? The last two games against the Bulldogs have come down to you hitting a last-second shot. On the last possession, were you thinking about getting another chance to nail a runner? Anthony Hickey: The play just happened. I tried to paint the picture before it was already there and just took whatever they gave me. Last year, I came off the ball screen, this year I took both of my men and got the same floater. I figured if I hit the floater last year, I could probably hit the floater again this year, and I was able to make the shot. MB: Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson hit a game-winner against Auburn and stirred up the crowd by popping his jersey in front of them. Did you do a little of that against Mississippi State? AH: Yeah, I did a little bit. I looked in the crowd, and they seemed kind

of mad, but it was a great game. MB: What’s your favorite part of being an LSU athlete? AH: Just being a Tiger. I love playing basketball here. I want to get a whole lot more people involved in the PMAC, but that’s going to come. We have to give them something to come back for to want to watch us play. We have to win games and get people to come back.

MB: LSU football coach Les Miles tweeted that he would love to see you out on the football field. What position do you think you would be the best at? AH: Playmaker or kickoff return, anything where I can make a play with the ball in my hands. MB: Do you use that football mindset when you guys go into your full-court press? Where do your eyes go when the ball comes inbounds? AH: I try to watch whoever has the ball. I used to play safety, so I read whichever way he’s going to throw it and try to time the ball. I kind of use my football instincts on the basketball court. MB: You guys were 12-7 this time last season. How, if at all, does this 12-7 team feel any different? AH: We’re more confident. We feel no pressure. We were already in that storm and were able to come out of it. The big part is how you do when you’re in that storm, what you do next. If you take two steps back, you have to take four steps forward to get ahead again. We’re just trying to get better every day

and try to get back on track. MB: Against Missouri, some LSU football players like La’El Collins, Jarvis Landy and Anthony Johnson were leading the student section. How hyped up does that get you guys when you see fellow athletes in the crowd? AH: It pumps us up just seeing they take time out of their days to come and support us. I would love to see the PMAC sold out before I leave here. That’s my goal — to try and get as many people in there as possible.

MB: You talked about being a little looser and you guys not feeling any pressure. Do you feel like that has changed with sophomore forward Johnny O’Bryant III this season? AH: Yeah, I’m trying to stay on Johnny. We need him every day, in practice and in games. We need him to have a double-double every game. He’s a key part of this basketball team. MB: How much has senior guard Charles Carmouche influenced your play this season? AH: He’s been there, done that. He pushes me more and tells me what he experienced. I try to take his knowledge and put it in my head. He told me what he went through at Memphis, and I just try to listen to him. Micah Bedard is a 22-year-old history senior from Houma. Contact Micah Bedard at; Twitter: @DardDog

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An air of familiarity will surround the PMAC when LSU (13-9, 4-5 Southeastern Conference) and Tennessee (17-5, 8-1 SEC) clash Thursday. Tennessee first-year head coach Holly Warlick, LSU coach Nikki Caldwell and LSU assistant coach Tasha Butts all spent time together at Tennessee. Warlick recruited and coached Caldwell, Caldwell coached Butts and former Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt coached each of them. Following Pat Summitt’s retirement, Tennessee named Warlick head coach of the Lady Vols after working for 28 years as assistant coach. Warlick said she doesn’t like to think about being the first coach after Summitt, the winningest NCAA basketball coach – men or women’s — or Tennessee’s schedule, which includes eight teams ranked in the current top 16 teams. “If I look at the big picture, it’s a little scary,” Warlick said. “But I try to stay in the moment. … You gotta take what you do and break it down on a daily basis. That’s what

I try to do.” Switching from assistant to head coach has more responsibilities and a tougher workload, but Warlick said her staff, which includes two first-year members, keeps her from feeling overwhelmed and gives her a great comfort level. Butts said she wasn’t surprised when Warlick was named head coach, and complimented the work Warlick’s done so far. “I know Tennessee basketball is something that Pat built,” Butts said. “Right now Holly has the reigns, and she’s done a great job.” Warlick said she’s excited for the Baton Rouge trip to visit Caldwell and her family, and joked that she’ll use her visit to Caldwell’s home to her advantage. “I’m anxious to get down and say hey to her,” Warlick said. “I’ll try to find where her playbook is in the house and steal it. I’m gonna try to get an edge on her.”

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from senior center Andrew Del Piero. “I thought we really allowed Vanderbilt to control tempo there in the first half, I think probably about the first fifteen minutes,” said LSU coach Johnny Jones. “About the last four or five minutes, we jumped up


LSU wins marathon against Tulane Cole Travis Sports Contributor

The LSU women’s tennis team jumped though some logistical hoops in order to win a tough match against Tulane on Wednesday, 4-2. LSU had already won one doubles match and the other two were tightly contested when a steady rain began to fall, suspending play indefinitely. After an hour, officials decided to move the match to the indoor courts in downtown. “It really was the worst time to have a rain delay,” said LSU head coach Julia Sell. This decision led the Lady Tigers though the maze that is New Orleans during Mardi Gras. But Sell said they remained calm and focused throughout the ordeal. After play recommenced, LSU was able to win the doubles point behind a strong performance from the duo of junior Ariel Morton and sophomore Mary Jeremiah, who came back from being down a match point to win 8-7. The cushion provided by the doubles victory proved to be decisive in singles. Tulane came out firing as No. 118 Klara Vyskocilova took down Jeremiah, 6-1, 7-6, to even the score at 1-1. The Lady Tigers countered with a big performance out of freshman Ella Taylor. She defeated Emma Levy, who Sell called Tulane’s best player “by far,” 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. “[Taylor] played an impressive match for a freshman today” Sell said. “[Levy] beat her two weeks ago at Clemson, so she really responded well.” After a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory by Morton, No. 112 senior Kaitlin Burns clinched the match for LSU by defeating Jenny Hois in a long three match set that had two tie breakers, 6-7, 7-6, 6-1. “[Burns] has been battling with some nerves lately, so it was good to see her get this win,” Sell said The Lady Tigers will need to recover from this long day quickly. They leave for California on Friday for matches against Long Beach State and UC Irvine during the Mardi Gras break. Contact Cole Travis at

into our press and went on a nice little run. That gave us an opportunity to go into the locker room with a little bit of cushion.” Vanderbilt opened up the second half with a 13-4 scoring run that cut the LSU lead to four. The Tigers and Commodores exchanged blows for the remainder of the second half, but sophomore forward

The Daily Reveille Johnny O’Bryant III sealed the game by knocking down two free throws with eight seconds left. O’Bryant’s free throws came in a 10-point and five-rebound performance, which snapped his streak of five consecutive games with a double-double. “You’ve just got to stay with it, no matter how good or bad the game

page 9 is going for you,” O’Bryant said. “My teammates just told me to keep playing, and that’s what I did. When it was time to hit the free throws, I just stepped up and hit them.” While O’Bryant posted belowaverage numbers in the paint, his teammates shot almost 43 percent from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Anthony Hickey, who led the

Tigers with 14 points, contributed four of LSU’s nine made 3-pointers. The Tigers will return to action when they put their three-game conference winning streak on the line at Alabama on Saturday. Contact Marcus Rodrigue at

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be better than that?” The only surprise of the day came with the announcement of four-star recruit Tashawn Bower signing with LSU. When his name was announced over the loud speaker, fans cheered and raised their hands in joy. The recruit who seemingly had the most buzz around the Bash was defensive end prospect Frank Herron. Herron’s combination of size and speed reminded one LSU fan of former LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo, a sentiment echoed by LSU coach Les Miles. “He’s just what we need to take over for the losses of Mingo and Sam Montgomery,” Miles said. While most people came for the football, a strong congregation came exclusively for the food and beer — LSU football was just a bonus. A table of LSU fans said while they didn’t know much about any of the recruits, they could point someone directly to the Bud Light trucks. Walk-Ons, TJ Ribs and Pluckers were all in attendance, serving select dishes to the people filling the River Center. According to most Tiger fans, Walk-Ons took home the best food crown, with a much raved about shrimp and grits dish. “The shrimp and grits were phenomenal,” said LSU fan and 10-year Bayou Bash veteran Hubie Branch. “Walk-Ons has done a really good job the past couple of years.” The beer started flowing around 9:30 a.m. and five minutes later, the line was already 20 people long, but a few fans had some complaints. “Last year, they had big plastic beer bottles that you could drink out of,” said LSU fan Bryan Addington. “This year it’s just these tiny little plastic cups out of a tap. I’m going to have one big hangover tomorrow.” The highlight of the day came around 4:30 p.m. when the Golden Band showed up and performed a 30-minute concert for the fans still in attendance. The band’s performance set the stage for Miles, who closes the event every year with a speech.

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Tiger fans Glynna Tortorich (left) and Hubie Branch (right) show off their stripes Tuesday at the Bayou Bash Football Recruiting Party in the Baton Rouge River Center.

While last year’s recruiting process led to Miles claiming a certain quarterback didn’t have the “chest” to play in Tiger nation, this year Miles seemed pleased with the crop of talent headed to Baton Rouge. “You will enjoy these men,

they will fight for you,” Miles said. “The people that come here come to enjoy the day, and it just doesn’t get much better than this.” Contact Trey Labat at

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of the game. He said while outfielders ask him for advice, the new guys still teach him things. “We’ve got Laird, Stevenson and McMullen who are all new, but when they came out here they didn’t act like new players,” Rhymes said. “It’s been fun to compete with them because they’re really good outfielders.” Competition aside, the players all say their number one goal is to help the team. “We’re just playing the game that we love and playing as hard as we can.” Sciambra said. “We know that we’re all competing for a starting job out there, but at the same time we’re still helping each other out.” Contact Catherine Threlkeld at


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BATON ROUGE PARADES Saturday, Feb. 9 Spanish Town Parade, noon downtown · The Spanish Town parade rolls on for its 33rd year.

Tuesday, Feb. 12 Beauregard Walking Town Parade, noon · Mardi Gras Day festivities include this nontraditional parade with people pedaling bicycle floats and running as pedestrians power the parade.

NEW ORLEANS PARADES Thursday, Feb. 7 Krewe of Muses, 6:30 p.m. · The Muses celebration is an all-female parade that originated in 2000. Extra points if you're one of the lucky recipients of a Muses' shoe.

Friday, Feb. 8 Krewe of Morpheus, 7 p.m. · Morpheus was established in 2000 and has more than 500 male and female riders. This year, an extra "Sleep Walkers" section is being added to the parade.

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Local woman has decades-long Mardi Gras seamstress career


by KACI YODER · Entertainment Writer

or most people in Louisiana, Mardi Gras is one day a year when anything goes — no responsibilities, no limits and sometimes no shirts. For Loretta Shelton, Mardi Gras is a full-time job. “My Mardi Gras season starts the last of April, and it runs through the night of the ball, which is normally in February,” Shelton said. “That’s how long it takes.” At 82, Shelton has been making dresses for Mardi Gras balls for almost 40 years, working with krewes in and around Baton Rouge, including Romany and Apollo. Much of the signature flash and feathers of Carnival season start from scratch and come straight from Shelton’s well-practiced hands. DRESSES, see page 14 [Top] Loretta Shelton, dressmaker for the Krewe of Romany Mardi Gras Ball, stands in her closet full of dressmaking supplies Tuesday. [Left] Shelton keeps photos of her favorite creations, such as the costume worn by the queen of the 1989 Krewe of Romany Mardi Gras Ball, Maggie Lee, in her home studio. photos by ANGELA MAJOR /

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Krewe of Endymion, 4 p.m. · Endymion is one of the most well-known parades of New Orleans Mardi Gras. The Krewe of Endymion is showing the "World's Largest Mardi Gras Float" this year at 330 feet long, and Kelly Clarkson will serve as the celebrity grand marshal. Krewe of Isis, 6:30 p.m. · The Krewe of Isis was formed in 1973 and is another all-female parade with an Egyptian theme.

Sunday, Feb. 10 Krewe of Bacchus, 5:30 p.m. · Undoubtedly the most popular parade of Sunday night is the Krewe of Bacchus. Bacchus has established itself as the flagship parade of Mardi Gras, and the king of Bacchus this year is film and TV actor G.W. Bailey. The parade has more than 25 floats.

Monday, Feb. 11 Krewe of Orpheus, 6 p.m. · Fun fact about this krewe — one of its founding members was Harry Connick Jr. Orpheus is known to throw a variety of items from its floats.

Tuesday, Feb. 12 Take your pick. Zulu, Krewe of Rex, Crescent City, Argus, Jefferson, Lyra and Grela all run on Fat Tuesday. All of these parades have early starts, so if you don't want to miss the show, you'll need to wake up early. All start between 8 and 10 a.m.

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Reveille Ranks

Bjork, “bastards”


One Little Indian Records

Bjork’s “Bastards,” stylized as “bastards,” is a collection of remixes remastered by Mandy Pernell from “The Crystalline Series” and “Biophilia Remix Series,” which were gleaned from her 2011 “Biophilia.” It’s essentially a remix of a remix. “Biophilia” was the first app album in the world — with an Apple app relating to each song — and Bjork has said part of the album was recorded with an iPad. It’s wonderful and strange, but none of the songs needed to be tinkered with any further. Overlaid with awkward dubstep beats, “Biophilia” loses something in its transformation into “bastards.” The Death Grip remix of “Sacrifice” is especially painful to hear. Don’t waste time with it, considering you can just sit back and listen to the original tracks while perusing her website, which solidifies her ethereal, yet accessible image, or playing with the song apps. Sometimes less is more. SAMANTHA BARES

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Silverstein, “This is How the Wind Shifts”

Hopeless Records

At face value, “This is How the Wind Shifts” is just like every other album by Canadian post-hardcore outfit Silverstein. However, if you take the time to delve a little bit deeper, you’ll find that the album has real depth. A concept album split into two parts, each track on the first half of the record has a mirror track on the second half. And, despite the album being a reincarnation of every sappy, angsty lyric that Silverstein has ever written, the band does it in a more mature way. On this album, there’s less screamo thrashing and more interesting sound effects that bear references to old Bright Eyes albums, as strange as that may sound. While this may not be the best Silverstein album to date, it’s definitely worth a listen.



Josh Groban, “All That Echoes”

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Josh Groban fans will not be disappointed by his sixth studio album, “All That Echoes.” From soulful ballads like “Hollow Talk” to dramatic alt-rock tunes like “False Alarms,” Groban’s gorgeous baritone flits from genre to genre with ease. The album’s first single, “Brave,” is upbeat and touching. Though Groban wrote many of the songs in the album, his covers are among the most magical moments in “All That Echoes.” His takes on Glen Hansard’s “Falling Slowly” and Stevie Wonder’s “I Believe (When I Fall In Love it Will Be Forever)” are masterfully done. Spanish and Italian songs (“Un Alma Mas” and “E Ti Prometerro”) highlight Groban’s range and give the album a distinct flavor. Both Groban’s haunting voice and songwriting chops are beautifully showcased in his latest album. “All That Echoes” is definitely one of Groban’s finest efforts because it truly has something for everyone. MARIE CHANEY

Fall Out Boy, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up)”

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Aging scene kids everywhere can rejoice: Fall Out Boy is back — ridiculously long song titles and all. A stompy, shouty, threeand-a-half minute wailer with a heavy beat, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up)” takes itself much more seriously than the typical FOB song, an obvious effort to show the band has matured during its three-year hiatus. For all its questionable parts — the over-the-top scream of “I’m on fire” in the chorus, the PTSD flashbacks to middle school emo phases inevitably triggered by Patrick Stump’s unmistakably nasal voice — the song itself is ultimately too catchy to hate. FOB’s songwriting and production have evolved enough to suit what is current in music that “My Songs” is listenable, even for those with no attachment to the band. Plus, the music video has 2 Chainz in it. KACI YODER


Frightened Rabbit, “Pedestrian Verse”

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Frightened Rabbit graciously unveiled a new album this week titled “Pedestrian Verse.” The Scottish indie rockers gently embark on their musical voyage with the soft and sweet “Acts of Man.” Lead man Scott Hutchison pours out silky vocals tinged with his native accent, creating a distinct sound that doesn’t get lost in the ocean that is the indie music scene. Another component of Frightened Rabbit that sets it apart from run-of-the-mill bands is the masterful drumming and use of percussion instruments. Any band that is able to master the tambourine without crossing the line into kitschy territory is admirable in my book. While the album is definitely cohesive, it begins to blend together at some points, which isn’t necessarily bad, but not exactly innovative either. Fans of Mumford and Sons’ “Sigh No More” will most likely devour “Pedestrian Verse” with similar vigor. TAYLOR SCHOEN




CHVRCHES is a collision of two worlds that have orbited dangerously close to each other for a while. Though the Scottish electronic pop act has only released three tracks, comparisons to The Knife have been rampant. But on “Recover,” lead singer Lauren Mayberry’s vocals are a stark contrast to The Knife’s distorted, ominous sound. Mayberry’s style is more similar to Ellie Goulding, another female artist fighting to break into the male-dominated electronic world. But where Goulding uses dubstep as a crutch, CHVRCHES has found a niche for taking those Knife-like beats and layering pop vocals over them. “Recover” is the best example of that finesse yet. CHVRCHES crafts fascinating, potent electronic pop that doesn’t compromise BRIAN SIBILLE Entertainment Editor either of its derivative styles.

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My Bloody Valentine’s latest album picks up where it left off Daniel Catalanello Entertainment Writer

After 21 long years, My Bloody Valentine returns, and it seems that not much has changed at all — it’s just as great as ever. The Irish alternative rock band left the world hanging in a big way after the critically worshiped “Loveless” was released in 1991. The band was known for its woozy, disDANIEL torted guitar efCATALANELLO fects that became Entertainment a hallmark of the Writer shoegaze genre (a subgenre named for the amount of time guitarists would spend looking down at their guitar pedals). In the mid-’90s, the band’s mastermind Kevin Shields, suffering from creative difficulties and weary of record label disputes, dropped off the radar, leading many to lose hope of ever hearing another album from the band. But here we are. In many ways, the album sounds like the band picking up right where it left off 20 years ago but still manages to sound as cutting-edge and unique as ever. It’s a testament to how ahead of its time the band has always been. Fans will be happy to hear that the band is still primarily interested in investigating sonic extremes and creating layers of distorted guitar that sound just as hazy and ethereal as they do aggressive. And while the guitar work acts as a foundation for the songs, the Shields’ whispery vocals and vocalist Bilinda Butcher are just as integral, with dreamy melodies that contrast brilliantly with their surroundings and evoke 1960s pop music sweetness. This mix of lush, pop melodicism with whirring, howling guitar work is the band’s signature as well

as its strength. The guitar work on “Only Tomorrow” is energetic, but it doesn’t detract from the contemplative and calm vocals that glide gently over the unusual chord progression. One of the most surprising things about the album is how unabashedly joyful it often sounds. Tracks like “If I Am,” “New You” and “Is This and Yes” show a new side to the band, more at ease than before. But don’t worry, the guitars are still central to the band’s sound, and a few breathers help to keep things interesting. These songs certainly rock out, but there is also an attention to detail fans have come to expect from Shields. In “Who Sees You,” he lulls the listener into a trance with his

hushed, hypnotic sing-song melody, sneaking in a vocal hook before obliterating everything in sight with a guitar that sounds something like a mechanical howler monkey. The effect is triumphant, and what else should this band sound like after releasing something easily on par with their 1991 masterpiece? It’s an unexpected but welcome victory. Grade: A+ Daniel Catalanello is a 20-year-old English junior from Baton Rouge.

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LASM hosts abstract Spanish Town flamingo photography exhibit tradition has unique history a walk-through of the exhibition Feb. 28 as part of LASM’s Art After Hours event. She will provide Spotlighting work that aims to insight into many of the pieces and do more than capture a moment in discuss the history of abstraction in time, The Edge of Vision exhibi- photography as well as the different tion at the Louisiana Arts and Sci- processes artists have used since the inception of the medium. ences Museum offers a rare work in the show glimpse into the world of EDGE OF takes“The the most fundamental abstract photography. VISION aspects of how photography The exhibition opened works, light and time, and two weeks ago and runs unEXHIBIT: explores that in a variety of til April 14. The artwork featured in the exhibit includes • Louisiana Arts and ways,” she said. Thompson explained various photographic media Sciences Museum such as still images, videos • Now through April abstract art does not aim to depict subjects in a recogand installations by 20 dif- 14 ferent international artists. • Free with student nizable way, but instead ofThe exhibition’s pur- ID, $7.25 without fers a “chance to look at an image without the specific ported goal is the exploraassociations we have with tion of the possibilities that abstract photography offers, leading something familiar.” “With the abstract image, there viewers to discover “metaphoric suggestiveness, psychological en- isn’t something more recognizable gagement and optical possibility,” to latch onto for meaning or understanding,” she said. according to a news release. These abstractions, according to Exhibition curator Lyle Rexer said he hopes the pieces in the exhi- Thompson, “require viewers to slow bition change the way people think down and perhaps work harder to about photography, both abstract and understand what they’re seeing and how it was created.” traditional. Some of the artists featured in “The kinds of references that we usually cling to in photography are, the exhibition employ cameraless for the most part, absent here,” Rexer processes such as using photographic paper to record the effect of light. said. Kristine Thompson, University Thompson explained that the process assistant professor of photography, allows artists to record the condition said abstract photography “allows of light in a particular time and place. us the chance to rethink our assumptions about what photography is and Contact Daniel Catalanello at how photographs are made.” Thompson will be leading Daniel Catalanello Entertainment Writer

Taylor Schoen Entertainment Writer

Baton Rouge is home to a myriad of traditions and customs: Saturday nights in Death Valley, stumbling into Louie’s Cafe after midnight and chasing albino squirrels, to name a few. But one boggling, unique tradition is homes and businesses proudly displaying Spanish Town flamingos. A Spanish Town flamingo is a fairly large plywood cutout in the shape of a flamingo, which is then painted that familiar pink hue. These fluorescent birds can be spotted all over the Red Stick, from Northgate to the Garden District, but they’re the mascot of the downtown district, Spanish Town. Bill Brumfield, president of the Society for the Preservation of Lagniappe in Louisiana, said the curious birds became a symbol of Spanish Town during the infancy of the Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade. “When the original parades started, the residents of Spanish Town had taken some decorations from their yards, which were pink flamingos, and attached them to their wagons that they were pulling down Spanish Town Road, and it stuck,” Brumfield said. Brumfield said the flamingos have become a comical

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Wooden flamingos stand in University Lake on Jan. 12, waiting to be “adopted” before the Spanish Town parade.

representation of the mantra that “poor taste is better than no taste at all.” One peculiar tradition of the Spanish Town krewes is the annual placement of the plywood flamingos into Capitol Lake. This custom is performed every year to announce the coming of the Spanish Town parade ball and ball. Brumfield said this ceremony started around 1980 as a way of attracting publicity and garnering participants for the fledgling parade. Dedicated fans of the flamingo will either swim or take a boat into the lake and “adopt” one of

these oversized birds. Greg Jennings, kinesiology junior, recently braved the waters with his girlfriend to give one of the flamingos a new home. “The water was disgusting. The lake water is really dirty, but it’s a small lake,” Jennings said. “It was really shallow. I had to float so I wouldn’t sink into the mud.” Jennings said the flamingo was attached to a cinderblock and had to be broken in order to extract it from the lake — one possible reason many of the flamingos around town are not fully intact. Brumfield said what makes Spanish Town different from other parades is the absence of commercially made floats. He said the floats are always a surprise because they are handcrafted by the individual krewes. Brumfield promises Spanish Town parades are “like nothing you’ve ever experienced.” To catch the krewes in action, head downtown at noon Saturday.

Tune in to 91.1 KLSU at 4:20 and 5:20 p.m. to hear more about the Spanish Town flamingos. Contact Taylor Schoen at

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The Daily Reveille talks fashion

Look chic, festive for Mardi Gras

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Shelton doesn’t do anything by halves. She purchases her fabric and embellishments by the bolt. She customizes every garment she makes specifically for the person who will wear it. She punctuates every other sentence with “really and truly,” because she wants you to know that she really, truly feels that way. In the back of her house in Greenwell Springs sits a room she calls “the hole,” a small sewing room brimming with decades of history — dress patterns and measurements pinned to the curtains, a cabinet stuffed with photographs and folders of sketches dating back to the 1970s, a closet packed floorto-ceiling with bolts of sequin trim and rhinestone appliqués in every color imaginable. And on the corner of her desk: a single, modest sewing machine. A completely self-taught seamstress, Shelton got her start making clothes for her children as her grandmother did for her. She soon discovered a love for jeweling and embellishment, and her interest in making costumes for Mardi Gras balls sparked. When Shelton first came into the Mardi Gras business in 1975, seamstresses placed bids of their requested pay to a krewe to determine who would get the job. Shelton bid $48 on a ball in Plaquemine and soon found herself neck-deep in ruffled petticoats and hoop skirts, making a half-dozen dresses for an antebellum-themed ball that was a bit more than she bargained for. “Forty-eight dollars. They thought I was crazy,” Shelton said. “After I saw what I had to make, I thought I was crazy, too.” Antebellum gowns were only the beginning of a long line of outlandish, elaborate costumes Shelton has custom-made over the years. Some of the dozens of folders in her overflowing cabinet hold photographs of her most difficult projects, full of lush features and rich beading. “This was a Vienna Sausages box,” Shelton said, pointing to a

detailed scale model of a steamboat in the center of a river scene on a king’s train. Beneath that one is a photograph of a half-bride, halfgroom costume, complete with a full train and veil on one side and a top hat and cane on the other. Shelton’s process each year begins with receiving sketches from a ball captain, who has chosen a theme and commissioned a designer to put her ideas on paper. For weeks, Shelton studies the sketches, learning the lines of the dresses and figuring out how best to translate them into reality. From there, Shelton meets with the court for whom she’ll be making costumes to take their measurements and determine if the sketch will work for them or if she needs to make her own adjustments to the design. Once she has put together a strategy, the next step is shopping trips to Houston, Biloxi and New Orleans for fabrics and embellishments, and then the fittings and construction can begin. “When I get involved in it and I see the material, my mind just expands. I just go crazy,” Shelton said. “And if I don’t, I leave it alone for three days, and then I come back and I go crazy.” Though Shelton spends months working on the costumes, she rarely gets the chance to bask in the spotlight. When her creations make their grand debut on the night of the ball, Shelton is backstage with an arsenal of pins, straightening backpieces and making lastminute adjustments. Adding to the fun and tradition of Mardi Gras is enough reward for her, Shelton said. “When people start coming up and telling you how much they enjoyed it, you know you’ve done a good job. It makes you feel good,” Shelton said. “I just love the camaraderie that comes with all of this and the people having a good time after they see your costumes. It’s a big party.” But years of detail work and stitching have taken their toll on Shelton’s hands, and in recent years, she has had trouble making as many costumes as usual. She plans to pass off the construction

photos by KACI YODER [top] and ANGELA MAJOR [bottom] / The Daily Reveille

[Top] Maid Mallory Breaux makes her debut Saturday in a dress designed by Loretta Shelton during the tableau at the Krewe of Romany Mardi Gras Ball. [Bottom] Shelton makes alterations during rehearsal Feb. 1 on a hat she made for a page in the Krewe of Romany Mardi Gras Ball at the Baton Rouge River Center. View a gallery of Shelton’s costumes and more at

of maids’ costumes and later add extra decorations, but she wants to continue making king, queen and ball captain costumes for as long as she can. “I’ve got queens a few years away begging me, ‘Please, Mrs. Loretta, you gotta make my dress,’” Shelton said. “And I just tell them, ‘Girl, you better get on your knees and pray.’” Though her skill with her hands has become more of a challenge over the years, her sharp wit and sense of humor certainly haven’t faded. It’s clear why she and Mardi Gras go so well together. “At the end of the little thing you’re writing about,” Shelton said, “it should say, ‘If she ever stops laughing, come looking for her.’” Contact Kaci Yoder at

It’s that time of year again — Mardi Gras season. Whether you’re heading down to New Orleans this weekend to partake in some debauchery on Bourbon Street, or you’re just celebrating the SHAMIYAH festivities from KELLEY home, these Fashion Columnist quick tips will have you looking fabulous all weekend long. If you plan to go to New Orleans to join in on the Mardi Gras festivities, brace yourself, because you will be on your feet for long periods of time. Comfort will be a top priority, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style for function. Pack a pair of chic ankle boots in a dark color for paradewatching. Stay away from ballet flats because New Orleans streets tend to be unsanitary, especially during Mardi Gras season. That puddle on the ground probably isn’t water, and you’ll want your feet to be completely covered. We all know how unpredictable Louisiana weather can be. It’s important to be prepared for fluctuations in weather while still looking fashionable and festive. Go for a pair of well-fitting jeans

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with a flashy top and a cardigan in case it starts to get chilly at night. Invest in a compact umbrella to take with you. Trust me on this one — you don’t want to be caught in the rain. Now for the fun part: accessorizing. The cardinal rule “less is more” goes out the window. For Mardi Gras, go big or go home. Huge statement necklaces, bangles, masks and (of course) beads are all acceptable for the occasion. A couple of days before heading to New Orleans, get some friends together to do some crafting. Make some fabulous Mardi Gras gear. Last year, my friends got some ordinary bustiers and covered them in purple, green and yellow glitter. Get creative and have fun with it. If you won’t be celebrating in New Orleans, fear not — you too can still be festive. Apply some purple, gold or green sparkling nail polish. Pick up a couple bottles of Sephora by OPI Jewelry top coats to add some bling to your nails. Frock Candy also has a great selection of Mardi Gras-themed clothing that’s not too over-the-top. Shamiyah Kelley is a 20-year-old mass communication junior from Irmo, S.C. Contact Shamiyah Kelley at

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NOLA Rebuild Help rebuild homes in New Orleans on Saturday, February 16, with the St. Bernard Project. The St. Bernard Project is working to assist those affected by Hurricane Katrina by creating affordable housing across New Orleans. Register online at by Friday, February 8.

Tiger Twelve The Office of the Dean of Students will recognize a Tiger Twelve Class of 2013 to honor exceptional students embodying the tenants of the LSU Commitment to Community. Nominate at by Friday, February 8.

Survey of Vulnerability Help identify needs of the Baton Rouge homeless population by conducting surveys with the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless (CAAH). Register for one or multiple shifts between Tuesday, February 26, and Thursday, February 28. A mandatory training will be held Saturday, February 23. Register online at by Wednesday, February 20.

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First-Year Master's, Higher Education Administration Hometown: Madison, MS *Practicum Topical Area: Assessing the needs of Service organizations and implementing a plan to address those needs Area within Campus Life You're Serving: Service What have you been involved in on campus lately: Association of Higher Education Masters Students (AHEMS), Graduate Assistant for Parent & Family Programs in Office of Orientation, Cinderella Project Leadership Academy counselor, Delta Gamma Region 3 Training facilitator Recent achievement: 4.0 GPA last semester *A practicum is a graduate course that provides real-workplace, practical experience in the student's major area of study.

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Upcoming Events Thursday Night Live Open Mic Night Debut a poem, song, comedy routine, or other special talent with your fellow Tigers. Tonight at 8 p.m. in the Live Oak Lounge.

Thursday Night Live Movie Series Valentine's Day Special! Watch Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 at 8 p.m., Thursday, February 14, in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom.

A Night with Maya Angelou Tuesday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the LSU Student Union Theater. Free admission. Student tickets available at the Union Theater box office starting Wednesday, February 13 at 10 a.m.


Michelle Alexander Author, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness will speak about her book Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m., in the Student Union Theater.

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Out of the Shadows

Immigration reform proposal a temporary fix, amnesty-like deal will increase future illegal immigration GUEST COLUMN JOSE ALEJANDRO BASTIDAS As a country that prides itself on opportunity, the United States is constantly a sight of relocation for thousands of people from all over the world who share one goal — to search for a better life. With the endless opportunities America offers its population, it’s only natural that citizens of foreign countries move here to take advantage. But the perceived “immigration problem” isn’t caused by the amount of people who take part in it. It is the amount of people who do it illegally. With the immigration reform proposal, a bipartisan deal decided by the Gang of Eight, the government is looking to bring approximately 11 million illegal immigrants “out of the shadows” by allowing them to stay in the country, pay fines and back taxes, learn English and apply for a green card. As an immigrant myself from Venezuela, I see this as a realistic approach to a problem that can’t be solved any other way. To some, this proposal can be seen as the government condoning illegal immigration. People who oppose this deal must consider the sizable workforce that this population contributes to the country, even if it is not legal. The reality is that a majority of illegal immigrants perform the low-paying jobs that American

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workers cannot or will not do. If people want to stop illegal immigrants from coming to the U.S., they’ll have to eliminate what motivates them to come — the opportunities. But there have to be precautions with the proposal. If 11 million illegal immigrants are granted this amnestylike deal, this will encourage more people to take the risk and try to make it past the border, cheating the system and hoping to remain “off the grid” until the next amnesty in 20 years. A better system should be implemented for recognizing when visas expire and making border regulations stricter. I’m not saying send a couple of cops to bag and tag every foreigner in sight, but the Department of Homeland Security should at least have an administrator whose job could be to ensure immigrants have all their papers up to date. Another part of the proposal is to revise the citizenship test so it has more “focus on the American democracy, U.S. history and what is expected of a U.S. citizen,” as well as to implement an English web-based learning tool to help immigrants learn English, according to These are positive changes to ensure the people are prepared to become American citizens. My only suggestion is that these tools — more specifically the citizenship test — are first tried on actual American citizens to test the validity of the exams. Overall, immigration will be an issue for this country until the

right measures are taken so that only the people who did the work, filled out the paperwork and fought for their privilege to be accepted are able to come into the country. My parents devoted their time and their hard work to make sure I could take advantage

of the opportunities provided by the U.S., and I believe we all have the right to pursue this path — as long as it is done the right way.

the preponderance of them show sympathy for the 23 Americans either completely jobless or destitute or the part time employees or those who have given up hope of finding work. All they seem interested in is highly skilled workers or the agricultural guest worker. As I have always said, much of this illegal immigration to the United States would never have happened, if illegal entry was enacted as a felony. If the genuine 2006 secure double layer fence law had been in place and adequately funded. If the 1986 Immigration Control and Reform Act (ICRA) had strictly been

enforced, instead of the questionable move by big corporations and all businesses to gain the upper hand by buying off lawmakers, until interior enforcement was next to nothing. So over these three decades the unconcerned legislators have turned a blind eye to the millions who crossed the poorly, undermanned borders, or never tracked the 46 percent of airline passenger overstays who joined the illegal immigration invaders. The original 3 million who gained citizenship in 1986 has broadened; bringing in family members through family unification migration, which has led to

President Obama’s Dream Act for years of conceiving children on the taxpayer’s dime. If you are disposed to believe there are 11 million illegal alien populations already settled here, or as most people have illustrated well over 20 million that seems more plausible as far as I’m concerned? That just proves to me that there has been no inclination to stop those who could reach our border, because miles of open areas still remain.” - DFrancis

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San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (center) accompanied by his brother Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas (seated behind him), gestures on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, prior to testifying before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on America’s Immigration System: Opportunities for Legal Immigration and Enforcement of Laws against Illegal Immigration.

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Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at; Twitter: @TDR_opinion will fail, we need a fence first,” readers had this to say: “We need a lot more than a fence. We also need mandatory e-verify for all employers, prosecution and deportation of illegal alien identity thieves, and elimination of automatic citizenship for illegal alien babies.” - John Bowman Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at; Twitter: @TDR_opinion

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“The White House looked into a plan that would allow illegal immigrants to stay in the United States. The plan called for a million Mexicans to marry a million of our ugliest citizens.”

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Feminist is not a dirty word, though few claim the title SHUT UP, MEG MEGAN DUNBAR Columnist My name is Megan, and I’m a feminist. Before you assume I burn my bras, refuse to shave my legs and hate all women who work to keep a household running, hear me out. Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance was amazing and powerful for its all-woman show, despite many of the ads shown before and after working to chip away at the positive female image she presented. So no, I do not think choosing to wear a leotard on stage is a horrid way to promote female empowerment. I do think women have a way to go before they are equal to men. The first definition of “feminism” in Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, and a variation of the answer I received from most students I interviewed in the Quad earlier this week is “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.” If we take the definition at face value, everyone should be a feminist, right? According to University students, wrong. None of the females or males identified themselves as feminists, even though, as kinesiology freshman Brielle Dogan pointed out, feminists are not required to be female. They can be all types of people who “stand up for women’s rights,” Dogan said.

She proceeded to deny being a feminist. Her reasoning? A feminist is also someone who pays attention to social inequalities. Plenty of reasonably welleducated college students and professionals are on this campus. You would think some of us would outwardly be unafraid to put ourselves in the category of those who stand up for women’s rights after growing up in a world where sexism is one of many harmful norms. We all read the stories about wage gaps and listened to Mitt Romney talk about his “binders full of women.” Even in our own school, the ratio of female to male faculty members is 155 to 81, according to the 2010 LSU Employee Assistance Plan. If these instances are not enough to convince you to join the feminist ranks, here are some numbers. In the United States, 91 percent of rape victims are female and 99 percent of rapists are male, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. And as far as the media is concerned, look no further than our Super Bowl ads. set up a hashtag on Twitter — NotBuyingIt — for people to tweet with attention to ads that promote sexism. After Sunday, Audi’s “Seize the Moment” and GoDaddy’s “Perfect Match” took first and second in a contest of mosttweeted-about ads (negatively, of course) on their website. “Seize the Moment’s” glorification of male privilege through stealing a kiss from the adoring Prom Queen is wrong. If you

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This undated screenshot provided by Go Daddy shows the company’s Super Bowl advertisement. The “Perfect Match” spot reinforced traditional gender stereotypes, establishing physical attractiveness as a woman’s only asset.

didn’t see that at first glance, your subconscious certainly picked up on it. “Perfect Match” reinforced traditional gender stereotypes by continuing to hardwire us to accept that feminine attractiveness never holds enough smarts to operate alone. Thank goodness for the hashtag’s making these points more obvious. Maybe if people like Dogan found tools like this, they would be more willing to call themselves feminists. Feminism is not the condemnation of females for choosing to stay home and raise children; to never marry and pursue a career as a lawyer; or to work as a saleswoman after her children grow up and leave the house.

What I just described is hate. And if any so-called feminist thinks it’s getting anyone anywhere, he or she is sadly mistaken. You can’t convince people you have a valid stance by spreading negative propaganda, no matter how much you believe the status quo has wronged you. Feminism is promotion of acceptance. It is something that should not be necessary in modern society, but is. For those of you who laugh it off as a 19th-century problem, you are wrong. Has there been progress? Yes. Women are allowed to vote, wear pants and choose to work in lifelong professions not limited to secretarial positions. But as any female who has

walked down Highland Road in a skirt can tell you, we have a long way to go. Until males stop feeling that it’s acceptable to catcall a woman they have never met in the spirit of warm-weather fun, we have not reached an acceptable endpoint. And honestly, what would be so wrong about a lack of shaving? Any man with a beard can tell you it’s much easier that way. Megan Dunbar is a 19-year-old English junior from Greenville, S.C.

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Adderall: Is the risk worth the reward? POLIVIN’ THE LIFE JOHN POLIVKA Columnist What constitutes using Adderall without a prescription? Common answers consist of finals week, midterms and tests. But some answers might be a little more risqué, such as, “I woke up and went to class today.” Yes, it is common for college students to use and regularly abuse Adderall without facing repercussions. And to no one’s surprise, this is also common knowledge around campus. But it’s an amphetamine. Meaning without a prescription, it is not only illegal to have, but in some cases, can be addictive and lead to death or suicide, as in the case of Richard Fee, a college student who became

addicted and killed himself earlier this week, according to The New York Times. The Times reported that the problem is growing at a rapid rate. Even so, that might not really mean much to you until ecstasy and crystal meth are grouped within the same realms by the Food and Drug Administration. Life isn’t a Perpetual Groove concert, and although that would be pretty cool, your body doesn’t need to be running on all cylinders, five days a week. Now, I’m not suggesting you hold an intervention for every friend you have who occasionally uses the drug. However, when abused on a regular basis, a slow-down would be worth mentioning. And before you look up from this article and say, “Man, no way man, Adderall saved my life, man; I was cracked out on it all night, man,” do a little research.

The Times blasted doctors for handing out Adderall prescriptions like candy after Fee hanged himself once his favorite drug ran dry. Fee’s parents warned him that he would die if he continued to abuse the drug. The New York Times reported that the statistics show “nearly 14 million monthly prescriptions for the condition were written for Americans ages 20 to 39 in 2011, two-and-a-half times the 5.6 million just four years before, according to the data company IMS Health.” Why, then, should LSU be exempted from aiding this number, especially when it is as simple as a text to a friend that you have a test the next day? “Not only is it easily accessible through students, but it is very easily attainable through doctors as well, without having serious symptoms pertaining to ADD or ADHD,” said Tripp

Wells, anthropology junior. “It’s a little odd that a large facet of the student body is against cocaine, but will openly and habitably use Adderall without a prescription.” Is it too far off to assume that anyone who plays his or her cards right can have a prescription of their own if they haven’t found a buddy with one? Certainly not. The standard process can easily be manipulated by incorrectly answering questions on a standard test for ADHD and prepping for questions that will come up in the process, according to Just like that, you can have yourself 90 days of prescribed Vyvanse. It’s as easy as drinking underage in Reggie’s Bar. “But John, that’s a good thing, dude. Now I won’t have to worry about finding some before my test this week,” you might tell yourself.

Oh, word — it’s like that weird feeling when grabbing a pinch of dip and seeing, “Warning: Smokeless tobacco is addictive.” Wait, what? Oh yeah, that’s a thing; people die from that. See above: people die from abusing “study drugs.” Yes, it is a real thing. So is death. So next time you’re studying, grab a friend, make a playlist to listen to on Spotify or read the senseless rambling etched into your desk at Club Middleton. By the way, we have a Community Coffee in the library — that works too. John Polivka is a 21-year-old creative writing junior from Houston.

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