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Former faculty member and coastal researcher Ivor van Heerden settled a lawsuit against the University out-of-court Monday, according to court records reported by The Advocate. Jill Craft, van Heerden’s attorney, told The Advocate details of the settlement could not be discussed until the settlement is finalized. The lawsuit was slated to begin Feb. 19 and charged the wrongful termination of van Heerden’s non-tenured position by the University in 2009 after his investigation into the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The former deputy director of the LSU Hurricane Center claims the University terminated him after he blamed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ work on the New Orleans levees for flooding in 80 percent of the city following the storm. Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at; Twitter: @TDR_news

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Email demands AgCenter ousters McKenzie Womack Staff Writer

An anonymous email saying the LSU Agricultural Center should replace all of its administrators and the dean of the College of Agriculture was sent Friday to the Transition Advisory Team’s subcommittee student members and some University officials. The letter, which appears to have been written by an LSU Agricultural Center faculty member, also called for a more academiccentric structure and a downsizing of the administration, citing corruption and unqualified administrators. “We do not respond to anonymous sources,” said Frankie Gould, director of communications for the AgCenter. University Associate Vice Chancellor for Communications Herb Vincent said the University would not comment on anonymous letters like this. Charles Lewis, microbiology AGCENTER, see page 4


Sunset Diner to replace Taco Bell in 459 Outtakes

New menu features sandwiches, burgers Zach Carline Contributing Writer

Students living on campus will now have to find a new place for their “fourth meal” — the Taco Bell in 459 Outtakes will live no más. LSU Dining’s contract with the Taco Bell franchise has ended, and Friday was the last day Taco Bell was served in 459 Outtakes. Sunset Diner will soon be there, occupying the same location as the Taco Bell but with food made on the premises and a focus on breakfast items, burgers and sandwiches. Marketing director for LSU Dining Dean Samuels said LSU

Dining began online surveys last November to gauge student food interests and satisfaction with the 459 Commons. Through the research, they were able to determine students were looking for a different dining experience. “The menu concept had been floating around for a while. Once we did the research, it confirmed a lot of our beliefs as to what students wanted,” Samuels said. Biochemistry freshman Khizir Qureshi said he ate at the Taco Bell location at least twice a week and was not aware of Taco Bell’s closure. “I’m kind of disappointed; it was a convenient location for a Taco Bell,” Qureshi said. TACO BELL, see page 4

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The place where Taco Bell used to be in 459 Outtakes stands empty Wednesday. The location will soon house Sunset Diner.

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Gag orders silence Israeli press in digital age, called into question

Carjacking victim recalls abduction by fugitive ex-LAPD officer Dorner

As tourists leave, post-Mardi Gras cleanup begins in New Orleans

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s military censor, which has long served as the country’s guardian of state secrets, is under the microscope following a pair of reports broken by the international media. An Australian broadcaster’s story this week about the suspicious death of an Australian-Israeli prisoner held by Israel, following foreign reports of an Israeli airstrike in Syria last month, have revealed the limits of Israel’s decades-long censorship rules and court-imposed gag orders. In today’s Internet age, many are now asking whether these restrictions are even relevant.

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — There was no question. The man standing before Rick Heltebrake on a rural mountain road was Christopher Dorner. Teams of officers who had sought the fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer since last week were closing in. Dorner pointed the gun at Heltebrake and ordered him to get out of his truck. “I don’t want to hurt you. Start walking and take your dog,” Heltebrake recalled Dorner saying during the carjacking Tuesday afternoon. Hackers use national alert system to spread zombie warnings in West

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Maintenance workers swept and hosed down sidewalks outside of bars, restaurants and strip clubs and street-sweeping trucks made continuous passes on Bourbon Street as a few straggling tourists took in the ritual of the post-Mardi Gras cleanup on Wednesday. A regular visitor from Atlanta, Jan Crofford, had spent much of Mardi Gras marching in the St. Anne parade. As she walked through the Quarter on Ash Wednesday, she carried a shopping bag. Her forehead bore the smudge of ashes from a morning Mass at St. Louis Cathedral in the historic Jackson Square.

UK police arrest six people in News of the World phone hacking probe LONDON (AP) — British police investigating computer hacking and privacy offenses by the media on Wednesday arrested six people alleged to be involved in intercepting voicemails for the defunct News of the World tabloid. Authorities said the six former journalists for the tabloid were arrested in a new line of inquiry to the ongoing investigation in Operation Weeting, which is one of three investigations into press wrongdoing.

DETROIT (AP) — Warnings about the zombie apocalypse may seem pretty amusing, but officials say they’re dead serious about figuring out who hacked into the nation’s public warning system to broadcast such messages in a handful of states. People in California, Michigan, Montana and New Mexico have heard the warnings about attacking zombies. Greg MacDonald with the Montana Broadcasters Association said the consequences of attacks on the alert system could be severe.

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A law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Tuesday a charred body inside the mountain cabin that went up in flames is believed to be that of ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner, suspected in four killings.

Carnival cancels 12 cruises on the troubled ship after Gulf breakdown HOUSTON (AP) — Carnival Cruise Lines has canceled a dozen more voyages aboard the Triumph and acknowledged the crippled ship had been plagued by other mechanical problems in the weeks before an engine-room fire left it powerless in the Gulf of Mexico. The company’s announcement on Wednesday came as the Triumph was being towed to a port in Mobile, Ala., with more than 4,000 people on board, some of whom have complained conditions on the ship are dismal.

More schools planned for Louisiana voucher program, 133 approved (AP) — More schools are on the list for Louisiana’s voucher program next year, so the number of students using taxpayer dollars to go to private schools is expected to grow as student applications were released on Wednesday. The Department of Education says 133 private schools have been approved to receive voucher students in the 2013-14 school year. That’s up from 117 schools this year.

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Workers clean up debris on Bourbon Street in the early morning of Ash Wednesday, the day after Mardi Gras, in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Sanity ruling on disabled boy’s beheading postponed until Thursday THIBODAUX (AP) — A Lafourche Parish judge has postponed a ruling on whether a man accused of beheading his disabled son is able to help his attorneys and therefore fit to stand trial on a charge of first-degree murder. District Judge John LeBlanc had said he would rule Wednesday on whether to try Jeremiah Wright for the death of 7-year-old Jori Lirette or send Wright back to a mental hospital for further treatment. The ruling is now expected Thursday.




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[Top] The Rev. Matthew McCaughey (left) distributes ashes to a parishioner on Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, at Christ the King Parish and Catholic Center at LSU. [Bottom] McCaughey blesses ashes on Ash Wednesday. According to Roman Catholic belief, ashes are placed on the foreheads of parishioners to remind them of their mortality. Lent is a 40-day period of fasting, prayer and repentance and ends with the celebration of Easter, which is March 31 this year.

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VALENTINE, from page 1

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Falling victim to Cupid’s arrow costs more for men Gabrielle Braud Contributing Writer

The love bug bites men harder than women, according to statistics from the National Retail Federation. Men will spend significantly more on Valentine’s Day than women this year, with men shelling out, on average, roughly $175.61 on jewelry, flowers, a romantic evening out and more, while their significant others will spend approximately $88.78. For some, the holiday is not so much about romance as it is about an obligation — an expensive one at that— with total Valentine’s Day spending expected to reach $18.6 billion in 2013 in the U.S. Santiago Patino, finance senior, said Valentine’s Day is “mandatory.” “It’s a girls’ thing,” Patino said. “It’s for the girls, not so much for the guys, and that’s why guys don’t like it as much.”

TACO BELL, from page 1

Qureshi said Taco Bell serviced his late-night snack needs. “Outtakes is open until three. Breakfast is not really what I’m looking for at two in the morning — I mostly go to Outtakes for a latenight snack, not breakfast,” he said. Qureshi said he will likely eat at the location without a Taco Bell less often. “The trend of breakfast at night is consistent and has been the last three or four years,” Samuels said. It was this research along with insight based on student purchases that led to the development of the Sunset Diner menu. “There are three areas this menu will revolve around: late night breakfast, a quality burger and an option with chicken,” said Don Koshis, director of operations for LSU Dining. “From there it will evolve dramatically,” he said. Research will play a constant role in the development of the Sunset Diner menu. “Over the past years, it has been more about the healthy option and more variety,” said David Heidke, resident district manager for Chartwells. “The menu is to start. We hope to gain some knowledge from this semester.” Biology freshman Meagan

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Valentine’s Day, a holiday notorious for stirring up a whirlwind of high expectations, can lead to elation for some and disappointment for others. Adrienne Wood, history sophomore, is single and thinks Valentine’s Day is a special holiday. “I think it is bad whenever people hate on it. That’s just single people being jealous,” Wood said. Wood said she does, however, think men should spend more on Valentine’s Day than women. “I mean, jewelry is expensive,” Wood said. Wood said she’d be happy celebrating with flowers and a nice dinner if she were in a relationship. “We’re in college,” Wood said. “None of us have fat pockets. It is really about appreciating love in all its forms.” However, the NRF’s 2013 Valentine’s Day statistics also show that men are not the only ones shelling out for the holiday. Meaux said she eats at Outtakes about three times a week and doesn’t like Taco Bell leaving, but she is looking forward to Sunset Diner. “I feel like it’s a better menu, you can get different things. It’s going to be good food. Who doesn’t like breakfast at night?” she said. Meaux also said the convenience of grabbing a sandwich on the run will be nice for students who don’t have much time for lunch. Biology freshman Bobby Rogers Jr. said he ate at Taco Bell regularly, visiting the location six to seven times a week. “It is my go-to late-night snack,” he said. Rogers said he sees the Sunset Diner as an improvement from his go-to. “Breakfast food is definitely better,” he said. Rogers said breakfast food is something he’d rather have late at night over Taco Bell, and the menu is probably healthier as well.

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A typical Valentine’s Day spender, averaging men and women, pulls $73.75 out of those fat pockets to flatter his or her significant other, according to the NRF. On the other hand, the average person is planning to spend about $130.97 on candy, cards, gifts and more on just family, friends, co-workers and pets — up from $126.03 in 2012. Mary Jeremiah, a mass communication sophomore, called Valentine’s Day a “Hallmark holiday” and said people spending that much on Valentine’s Day makes her happy to be single. “If there is going to be a holiday like that, it should be about getting them a sentimental gift, not something of material value,” Jeremiah said. As for men spending more than women, Jeremiah said, “Men feel like they have to spend more because they have to make women happy, or else women will get upset

AGCENTER, from page 1

junior and student member of the Transition Advisory Team’s Academic subcommittee, gave legitimacy to the investigation by saying this request is on target with the subcommittees’ goals. “One of the goals of LSU 2015 is streamlining the LSU System. Some of these positions do seem a bit repetitive,” Lewis said. “But first, an investigation to see whether any of these allegations are true needs to happen.” The AgCenter has an agenda and philosophy that is “incompatible” with the vision of the rest of the

about it.” Caleb Bates, computer engineering sophomore, said for him, Valentine’s Day is just there. “To be honest, a lot of people get upset about it, but there are people who don’t have moms on mother’s day or dads on father’s day,” Bates said. Bates said he’d be willing to spend a lot of money on someone only if he was married or in a committed relationship. “You should really honor whoever you are married to or dating just about everyday,” Bates said. But when it comes to Valentine’s Day, in some relationships, there are those who are ready to give and those waiting to receive. Anne Pizzini, early childhood education freshman, said she doesn’t know what her boyfriend of one-and-a-half years is doing for her on Valentine’s Day, but she is traveling 700 miles to surprise him in St. Louis, Miss. She said she feels LSU System, according to the letter. The letter proposed a streamlined system without an executive vice president for agriculture, chancellor or any vice positions. “Employees are constantly instructed to always credit the AgCenter and never be identified as simply LSU. We are never encouraged to develop programs of national or international reputation, but to only respond to political pressures within the state,” the letter stated. It claimed the school has an “invisible dean” who maintains no contact with individuals. The AgCenter has wasted large amounts of money on “unwise,

like she is living in a movie. “I had never felt so happy to be doing something for someone else. I have never made this big of a romantic gesture before,” Pizzini said. Pizzini said in the end, what people do for Valentine’s Day depends on the couple. “Some couples may be a statistic, but others are unique and may only need to spend a little to show how much they care for the one they love on Valentine’s Day,” Pizzini said.

Check out a gallery of midnight kisses at the Memorial Tower and vote for your favorite campus makeout spot at Contact Gabrielle Braud at unnecessary and unjustifiable expenditures at outlying research stations and campus facilities,” according to the letter. These surpluses are made worse by the AgCenter’s 20 outlying research stations, the letter stated. The letter proposed a major restructuring based on geographical location, commodity or discipline viability, projected future economic industry trends and the changing demographic of clientele.

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LSU hits four home runs, beats Ole Miss

Tigers hungry as they start strenuous stretch against Gamecocks

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It took the No. 10 LSU softball team one game to hit nearly a third of its home run total from last season as the Tigers topped Ole Miss 9-1 Wednesday night. LSU smacked four home runs in the win after only hitting 13 in 2012. “Early on, [Ole Miss pitcher Shelby Jo] Fetner was difficult for us,” said LSU coach Beth Torina. “We had a few issues for our offense trying to make an adjustment, but I thought eventually we were able figure her out the second time around the lineup. We really swung the bats fantastic. It was probably one of our best offensive performances I’ve seen from them since I’ve been coach here.” A two-dinger top of the sixth inning helped facilitate six runs for the Tigers. Junior third baseman Tammy Wray produced the biggest score of the night with her three-run shot to left field that put the game firmly in LSU’s control. “We kind of played off each other, we had confidence in each other,” Wray said. “I had my double in the at bat before [the home run] and I knew the adjustment I had to make to be able to hit it out

LSU sophomore forward Johnny O’Bryant III (2) shoots Feb. 6 during the the Tigers’ 57-56 victory against Vanderbilt in the PMAC. Next, LSU travels to South Carolina.

OLE MISS, see page 10

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While bopping to the pregame music and executing their customary layup lines, each member of the LSU basketball team gets a ritualistic question from junior forward Jalen Courtney. “You ready to eat?” Courtney asks. Hungry or not, the Tigers (13-8, 4-6 Southeastern Conference) must embark on a six-day stretch involving three games and two road trips, starting tonight at Colonial Life Arena against South Carolina (12-11, 2-8, SEC). Led by sophomore Johnny O’Bryant III and guard Anthony Hickey, the Tigers have reeled off four wins in six conference games since dropping the first four, positioning themselves in the middle of the muddled SEC standings. O’Bryant posted a career-high 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 60-57 loss at Alabama on Saturday, good for his ninth double-double of the season and sixth in the last seven games. “I just wanted to win,” O’Bryant said. “I tried to put pressure on the rim and get to the free throw line and do whatever I could to get us a win.” The 6-foot-11 forward’s efforts were not enough as LSU again fell on the road, but coach Johnny Jones noticed progression after his team’s woeful start. Jones pointed to more sensible shot selection and a gradual adaptation to physical SEC play as the impetus for his team’s recent success. “I thought early on we probably didn’t make the best decisions sometimes, or we would take some early shots that we could possibly get a little later in the clock,” Jones said. “I just want to make sure they’re shooting from their areas. USC, see page 10


Athletes trained to deal with press interactions Mike Gegenheimer Sports Contributor

Alex Bregman stands surrounded by the blinding lights of flashing cameras and dozens of inquiring reporters. He tries to discreetly wipe his sweaty palms on his new LSU baseball pants while attempting to field a barrage of questions about his life. Just minutes earlier, LSU coach Paul Mainieri praised the new infielder’s talents and work ethic during his Media Day conference. “[I’ve] never had to deal with so many [reporters],” Bregman said. “I’m a little nervous. It’s a little different. … I think it’s great, you definitely want the team to be covered in the media.” It isn’t uncommon for young

athletes to feel overwhelmed in their first interactions with the media. Senior outfielder Raph Rhymes recalled the first time he stepped in front of the cameras as an LSU baseball player after transferring from LSU-Eunice as a sophomore. “I went to Eunice and maybe did two or three interviews,” Rhymes said. “Then, out here, I don’t remember how many reporters were out here, but it was overwhelming. I learned real quick that I was probably not the best person to interview. I didn’t know how to speak to the media.” Sophomore gymnast Rheagan Courville said she doesn’t necessarily get nervous, but instead gets tripped up with wanting to say too much — a reaction that’s compounded after an

emotional contest. “Right after you finish a meet you have all this energy and emotion and so much on your mind,” Courville said. “Especially after a big win, you’re just ready to say whatever comes to mind.” With such a large athletic program comes a considerable amount of attention to the men and women who represent the purple and gold. The LSU Athletic Department made more than $107 million in 2011, according to USA Today, which ranks it as the seventh largest in the country. The Tigers spent just less than $92 million on its 15 varsity teams – 11th nationally. Each team is required to provide availability to players and MEDIA, see page 9

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Shirley White (left) interviews sophomore gymnast Randi Lau (right) Feb. 5 in the Athletic Administration Building to help prepare her for future media interactions.

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LSU freshman infielder Alex Bregman catches a ground ball Feb. 5 during baseball practice at Alex Box Stadium.

Fans should keep eye on Bregman MIC’D UP MICAH BEDARD Sports Columnist “Pressure is a privilege” is one of LSU freshman starting shortstop Alex Bregman’s favorite mantras. The 18-year-old will start at one of the most important positions on the diamond Opening Day. Oh, and he’s going to bat third in the batting order Friday when LSU opens its season against Maryland. How crazy is it for coach Paul Mainieri to start a kid who’s never played an out in college? Almost as nuts as it was for him to move shortstop D.J. LeMahieu to second base so true freshman Austin Nola could take over the gap between second and third in the middle of the 2009 season. No one questioned Mainieri after the move helped the Tigers win the College World Series. We’ll have to wait and see how smart Bregman makes Mainieri look as the season progresses. But some LSU fans have unfair expectations for what they want Bregman to be out of the gate. To his credit, he deserves most of the preseason praise he’s received thus far. Quoting the great Boobie Miles, “Hype is something that’s not for real. I’m all real.” Bregman is definitely for real. Despite missing his senior season at Albuquerque Academy, Bregman hit an out-of-this-world .678 to go along with 19 home runs as a junior. He was also the MVP of the gold medalist 18U U.S. National Team at the 2011 International Baseball Federation World Championship.

LSU is lucky an injury derailed Bregman’s senior campaign. If not, he would have probably been a first round pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft instead of going in the 29th round. He would be donning a minor league jersey this spring instead of the purple and gold. If the pressure from fans wasn’t enough, Bregman’s coach is already comparing his competitive drive to one of the best players in LSU history. “Tiger fans are going to love this kid and embrace him,” Mainieri said Jan. 25. “He plays with the same passion as a Mikie Mahtook as a shortstop.” Consider yourself privileged, Alex. If you feel the pressure on your shoulders now, you won’t want to experience it if you don’t live up to the ridiculously high standards the LSU fan base has set for you. Don’t act like Bregman is Jesus walking through the door for LSU baseball. He’s still a true freshman who hasn’t faced college pitching and will have to adjust to the new bats at the collegiate level. With Austin Nola, one of the most consistent players in LSU history, now out of the picture, there’s an immense amount of strain put on Bregman at shortstop and one of the most important spots in the lineup. Mainieri didn’t want senior Raph Rhymes to bat third, despite his .431 batting average last season, nor did he give the opportunity to senior first baseman Mason Katz, who led the Tigers with 13 home runs last season. Mainieri trusts Bregman. This is where Mainieri and LSU football coach Les Miles show similarities, making them so great at their craft. Any given Saturday, you can

see Miles trot out true freshmen to cover kicks or play prominent roles on the offensive or defensive side of the ball. Mainieri and Miles have one common goal: putting the players on the field who give their teams the best chance of winning. Nola gave Mainieri the best chance to win during the middle of the season in 2009. Now he believes Bregman will allow his team to reap the most benefits by starting him from day one. Is he going to hit 20 home runs and bat .350? No. So don’t call him a bust if he isn’t an AllSEC shortstop as a freshman. Bregman’s success will be key if the Tigers plan to reach Omaha in 2013. But don’t throw the kid under the bus if he doesn’t put up the gigantic numbers some expect of him right away. Micah Bedard is a 22-year-old history senior from Houma. Contact Micah Bedard at; Twitter: @DardDog

The No. 25-ranked LSU men’s tennis team will take on No. 56 Rice in a match that was originally supposed to be the first leg of a doubleheader, but was rescheduled due to rain. The Tigers will face a Rice side they have battled to a 3-1 record since the 2007-08 season. “They’re a strong team, it’s ANGELA MAJOR / The Daily Reveille similar to a Southeastern Confer- LSU senior Olivier Borsos dives for the ence-level opponent,” said coach ball during a Feb. 3 match against USF Jeff Brown. “They’ve always at W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium. played us tough, so we know often proving crucial in securing what to expect.” The Owls feature senior Jon- victories for the Tigers. “You always want everyone athan Chang, who has a 4-2 record so far in dual match season to come out in top form, but that and was selected to the All-Con- doesn’t happen all the time,” Szacinski said. “But it’s always ference USA team last season. LSU’s No. 1 senior, Olivier nice when the guys playing in the Borsos, is an injury concern 4, 5 and 6 spots can pick up the slack.” heading into the ‘[Rice has] always The Rice match. He was match leads LSU forced to stop and played us tough, so we into its toughest receive treatment in a Feb. 3 match know what to expect.’ portion of the season so far, where against South it will face No. 27 Florida. Jeff Brown Texas Tech and “He was out LSU men’s tennis coach No. 4 Ohio State. for a couple of “The schedule gets tougher months in the fall, so he’s just trying to get back his match fitness,” in the coming weeks,” Brown Brown said. “There’s a big differ- said. “We’ve got some tough ence between being fit at practice matches coming up, so we’ll look to continue improving our fitness and being fit for a match.” LSU has received solid and get ready for the rest of the play from the bottom half of its season.” lineup as Borsos and senior Stefan Szacinski have struggled for match fitness. Freshman Tam Trinh, senior Mark Bowtell and senior Roger Contact Trey Labat at Anderson have all fought to 3-1 singles records on the season,

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Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel out for the season with torn knee winning streak vanished. Kentucky visits Tennessee on Saturday before returning home Wednesday against Vanderbilt, providing the Wildcats chances to sweep season series against both schools and stay in the SEC race. Bowie believes Calipari is capable of motivating the Wildcats to overcome Noel’s absence, band together as a team and return to the postseason — suggesting that urgency sometimes brings out the best performances.

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Kentucky forward Nerlens Noel (3) injured his left knee after colliding with a cameraman during the second half of the game against Florida in Gainesville, Fla. Noel did not return to the game. Florida won, 69-52.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky received the news it dreaded Wednesday when freshman forward Nerlens Noel was declared out for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee. Noel tore his ACL on Tuesday night when No. 25 Kentucky lost at Florida. An MRI revealed the injury, and the 6-foot-10 forward will have surgery in the next two or three weeks. The projected recovery period is six to eight months. Noel’s injury deals a serious postseason blow to the defending national champions, who had appeared to be gaining some footing after struggling earlier this season while trying to blend in four freshmen. Leading the way defensively for the Wildcats was Noel, who began Tuesday first in the nation with 4.5 blocks per game. The rookie took a positive approach to the diagnosis, posting on Twitter, “Minor setback for a MAJOR comeback! I love you all and can’t thank y’all enough for the prayers.” Noel was hurt with 8 minutes left in the Wildcats’ 69-52 loss to the seventh-ranked Gators. He ran into the basket support after blocking a layup from behind. Noel landed awkwardly, dropped to the floor and started screaming while clutching his knee. Noel had eight points, six rebounds and three blocks before the injury. “I’ve been coaching for 22 years and this is the first injury we’ve had of this kind during the season, which makes it even more devastating,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said in a statement. “I met with Nerlens earlier today. The meeting was really positive, and I loved his attitude. The way he is already dealing with this injury lets me know that he is going to come back stronger than ever. ... Obviously this is not a career-ending injury and it’s one that athletes bounce back from all the time.” The question is if Kentucky (17-7, 8-3 Southeastern Conference) can bounce back from the devastating loss. With Noel out, 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein now must man the post for Kentucky after spending most of the season as Noel’s backup. Cauley-Stein missed four games last month after having a procedure on his left knee, an absence that meant even more minutes for Noel. The Everett, Mass., native clearly relished the extra work, which gave him a chance to display an array of skills. Besides his shot-blocking prowess, Noel was averaging 10.6 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game, with the latter two statistics both ranking 26th nationally. He entered the game with three consecutive double-doubles and on a four-week run as the conference’s top freshman. In his previous five games, Noel had blocked 26 shots. Projected as an NBA lottery

pick by some scouting services if he were to leave after the season, Noel’s draft stock seemed unaffected by his injury. Several blogs still consider him a top-five selection, with others projecting him as a first-rounder. While Kentucky has lacked a bona fide team leader, there was no doubt that the Wildcats seemed to feed off of Noel’s intensity and athleticism. Calipari’s wish has been for other players to display those some traits. Now, the Wildcats have to rework the rotation without their biggest star. Kentucky’s tallest player besides Cauley-Stein is 6-10 sophomore Kyle Wiltjer, whose game had recently blossomed along with Noel’s. Former Wildcats center Sam Bowie believes the injury might initially affect the team’s psyche, especially with so many young players. “His teammates will start to second-guess themselves, and that’s just human nature,” Bowie said. “You always say, “We’ll regroup; people have to step up and take their games to another level,’ and that’s been the politically correct thing to say, but realistically speaking it will affect the team mentally.” Considered the nation’s top recruit last season, Noel led a four-man freshman class also including Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress that was expected to pick up where last year’s championship team left off. Noel has often been compared to national player of the year Anthony Davis because of his size and shot-blocking ability. While Noel downplayed the comparison, he made clear his pursuit of breaking Davis’ singleseason school record of 186 blocks set last year. A Kentucky-record 12 blocks during an 87-74 victory at Mississippi on Jan. 29 put him slightly ahead of Davis’ pace, which was set over 40 games. More importantly, Kentucky’s victory over the then-No. 16 Rebels helped re-establish its credentials as an NCAA tournament team. Their first win over a ranked opponent was part of a seasonbest five-game winning streak that helped put the Wildcats back in the Top 25 on Monday for the first time since falling out Dec. 3 following consecutive losses to Notre Dame and Baylor. Tuesday’s game against Florida was supposed to be another big test, but Kentucky trailed by as many as 19 points before Noel’s injury. The Wildcats seemed even more shaken afterward, and their

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LSU prepares to host NCAA tournament Tyler Nunez Sports Writer

By March 23, the PMAC will be transformed from LSU’s home venue into a celebration of one of the richest traditions in sports: March Madness. The PMAC, along with 15 other arenas around the country, will play host to the first and second rounds of the NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Championship. This is the seventh time the tournament will come to Baton

Rouge since the event expanded to its current 64-team format in 1994. But this transformation is a long process that takes place almost exclusively behind the scenes. According to LSU Event Management Coordinator Julie Cribbs, the process began in 2011 when the Athletic Department bid to host the 2012 and 2013 tournaments. This bid is a series of forms focusing primarily on the budget. “We basically put in one column all of our expenses and in the other our projected ticket sales,”


In this file photo, LSU sophomore guard Jeanne Kenney drives past a SDSU defender March 18, 2012, during the Tigers’ 64-56 NCAA tournament victory in the PMAC.

Cribbs said. “... [The NCAA] obviously want a venue that can sell enough tickets to cover their cost and still make some revenue, which approximately 75 percent of goes to the NCAA.” According to Cribbs, LSU began preparing for the 2013 NCAA tournament in April of last year when it started transferring between LSU and the NCAA through the NCAA’s website. “For example, our marketing department and ticket office have been uploading ticket sales numbers and marketing plans to the [NCAA’s] site the first of every month since September,” Cribbs said. This website is where LSU receives the templates and information to do such tasks as order staff apparel, produce the team manuals and print the tournament operations manual. Cribbs said the process will begin to take shape March 1 when shipments start arriving. This shipment will contain everything necessary to put on the event, from the basketballs and bench chairs to the drinking cups for the fans. “We are also securing hotel rooms and courtesy cars for NCAA representatives, teams and officials,” Cribbs said. The process is also the point when the PMAC will undergo a makeover to meet NCAA standards. This involves replacing floor decals, hanging drapes and placing advertisements. So why go through all this trouble? Other than the obvious chance for the Lady Tigers to play a couple of tournament games in front of a home crowd, Cribbs said it is always good to get national attention. “[One] reason for hosting is to keep LSU in the national light,” Cribbs said. “Whether [the Lady

Tigers] are playing or not, all of the games will be televised by ESPN through their contract with the NCAA.”

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Bonds seeks felony dismissal Paul Elias The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A lawyer for Barry Bonds urged a federal appeals court on Wednesday to toss out the slugger’s obstruction of justice conviction, saying a rambling answer he gave while testifying before a grand jury was not a crime. Appellate specialist Dennis Riordan argued that Bonds was not formally or specifically charged with the felony that he was convicted of committing. A federal jury in April 2011 found baseball’s all-time home runs leader guilty of obstruction for saying he was a “celebrity child” when asked about injecting steroids. Prosecutors asked Bonds during his December 2003 grand jury appearance whether Greg Anderson, his personal trainer, ever gave him “anything that required a syringe to inject yourself with?” Bonds referred to his father, former major leaguer Bobby Bonds, when he responded “that’s what keeps our friendship. You know, I am sorry, but that — you know, that — I was a celebrity child, not just in baseball by my own instincts. I became a celebrity child with a famous father. I just don’t get into other people’s business because of my father’s situation, you see ...” That particular exchange wasn’t included in the indictment originally released in November 2007. The omission is “the dagger in the heart of this conviction,” Riordan argued. Further, Riordan said that Bonds ultimately answered the question when put to him again and denied receiving any substance to inject. Judge Michael Daly Hawkins wondered aloud if Bonds’ direct

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denial undercut the government’s argument that Bonds intentionally misled the grand jury. Assistant U.S. Attorney Merry Jean Chan countered that the denial was a lie because Bonds’ former personal assistant, Cathy Hoskins, testified that she witnessed Anderson inject Bonds. Chan said Bonds’ denial and his other rambling answers to the same question throughout his grand jury appearance added up to obstruction. “He answered the question falsely each time,” she said. Bonds and his legal team are asking a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss the lone felony conviction stemming from Bonds’ two-and-ahalf hours of testimony in December 2003 before a grand jury investigating performance enhancing drug use and sales among elite athletes. Bonds, who was rejected by voters last month in his first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame, wasn’t required to attend Wednesday’s highly technical hearing, though Riordan said his client expressed a desired to watch the proceedings in person. Riordan said outside court that he advised Bonds to watch from afar rather than personally attending the 35-minute session in San Francisco. A local television station was given permission to show the hearing live and streamed at least a couple of segments on the Internet. “His presence would have been a distraction,” Riordan said. Legal experts who have followed the case closely since his grand jury appearance in December 2003 are divided over Bonds’ chances before Daly Hawkins and Judges Mary Schroeder and Mary Murguia, each of whom was appointed by a

different Democrat president and all of whom are based in Phoenix, home of San Francisco’s division rival Diamondbacks and about a 20-minute drive from the Giants’ Scottsdale spring training facility. One set of analysts argue that appellate courts are reluctant to overturn jury verdicts absent an overwhelmingly obvious mistake. They say that U.S. District Judge Susan Illston, who ran the trial, is a respected jurist who has few of her cases overturned. “There is a definite overriding respect of a jury’s verdict,” said Howard Wasserman, a Florida International University law professor. “Typically, it’s pretty hard to get a jury’s verdict reversed.” On the other hand, there are those lawyers who argue that Bonds stands a good chance to clear his name. “The government’s biggest hurdle is that testimony obstruction cases are usually based on blatant, undeniable lies to questions at the heart of an investigation,” said William Keane, a San Francisco criminal defense attorney. “Here the prosecution limps in with only a single rambling, unresponsive, unimportant answer that is literally true.” Regardless of the outcome, University of New Hampshire law professor Michael McCann contends that the case was ultimately a loss of the U.S. Department of Justice. In a case that put a superstar athlete at the defendant’s table, the jury deadlocked on three charges of making false statements. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at; Twitter: @TDR_sports

coaches for the media each week, which is organized through the teams’ assigned sports information directors. SIDs may best be known around the country as the people responsible for filling out many collegiate coaches’ ballots for national polls. But in reality, program SIDs act as media liaisons for coaches and players. Bill Franques is the LSU baseball SID, and he is responsible for coordinating player requests, writing news releases, keeping statistics and now handling his modern-day responsibility of managing team social media. “Essentially, my responsibility is covering all the areas in which LSU baseball receives any kind of exposure or publicity,” Franques said. “If there’s a particular question that I know a player might not be comfortable with, I might just alert him a little bit so that he’ll be prepared for that type of question.” Senior first baseman Mason Katz said if team members get a question they aren’t comfortable with, they’ve been trained to deflect the question back to Mainieri or a topic they’re comfortable with. “I was once given advice by the great Tommy Lasorda, ‘Never pick a fight with people who buy their ink by the gallon,’” Mainieri said. “I’ve never made anybody on my team not accessible to the media. What I have done is coach them on what is appropriate and what isn’t appropriate.” After 30 years of coaching, Mainieri said talking to the media as part of the job. He said he always aspired to work at a school where the community cared about its program, and that couldn’t happen if the media didn’t cover the team. “It’s awesome that people care about our program enough to want

to interview us and want to talk to us,” said senior softball pitcher Rachele Fico. “You watch all these big players when you’re a little girl, and you want to be like them; they’re your role models. Being in that position now, it’s a really cool thing.” In 2009, to compete with the growing demand for player interviews, the Academic Center for Student-Athletes and LSU Athletics Sports Information Office created a media training program for studentathletes. Shirley White is one of the outside professionals — along with Tommy Karam — who holds seminars for teams such as gymnastics, volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball on how to better communicate with the media. Karam works with some of LSU’s other programs doing the same thing. “The purpose is to create an awareness of how important it is to know the way you interview really impacts your brand,” White said. “If you’re interviewed a lot, nine times out of 10, you know what the reporter is going to ask you. So be prepared to really make a good impression because you may be in a position where millions of people are watching you.” During the seminars, players are asked practice interview questions while being videotaped. The tape is then reviewed and critiqued by one of the instructors and the team. “Saying the filler words [is the biggest problem],” White said. “The umms, the uhhs, I think, I mean. … [After watching the tape] one of the golfers said that he had no idea he was rocking back and forth. It’s those little idiosyncrasies when you’re nervous that you have but you aren’t aware of.”

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if I needed to.” Wray was also able to score a run with her feet when she stole home on a double steal along with senior catcher Lauren Houston to put the Tigers up 2 to 1 in the fifth inning. Houston and a pair of freshmen — first baseman Sandra Simmons and pinch hitter Kellsi Kloss — were the other LSU players to knock one over the fence, producing five of the team’s eight RBIs. The nine runs scored in Oxford on Wednesday bring the Tigers’ total to 29 on the season including six home runs. But it wasn’t just the bats that were working for LSU — senior pitcher Rachele Fico led the Tigers defensively with a oneearned-run, 11-strikeout performance. “We were just mixing in both sides of the plate and mixing in some off beats,” Fico said. “Houston was doing a good job behind the plate helping me get strikes, and then the offense did awesome tonight, so that made my life really easy.”

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The LSU softball team celebrates Feb. 8 as junior infielder Tammy Wray approaches home plate during the Tigers’ first game of the season against North Carolina.

Fico said the offensive explosion relieved some of the stress on her and allowed her to take more risks and try more things from the mound. The Tigers will continue their preconference schedule back home this weekend at the Purple and Gold challenge. This will be

the second consecutive weekend LSU will play five games in three days.

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USC, from page 5 Along with shot selection, the Tigers have seemingly learned how to execute down the stretch, especially after squandering a four-point lead in an 82-73 overtime loss against the Gamecocks on Jan. 16. “We all have something to learn the further we go along,” said junior guard Andre Stringer. “As you build and progress, you learn different things.” In that loss against the Gamecocks in mid-January, South Carolina true freshman Michael Carrera introduced himself to the conference, coming off the bench to lead all scorers with 23 points to go along with 10 boards. Both Jones and Stringer lamented the easy looks and defensive rebounds Carrera was able to corral in the second half as he resurrected his team from a late-game deficit. “Carrera kind of had his coming out party [against LSU],” Jones said. “He’s really kind of become the leader of their team. He’s a solid player, been really good for them and is kind of carrying them in a sense.” While Carrera has led the Gamecocks in SEC play with 11.6 points per game, two-sport star Bruce Ellington is the only other player averaging double figures, chipping in an even 10 points per game while dishing out 27 assists. Hickey said the Tigers don’t exactly have revenge on the brain, but focus more on returning the favor after letting one get away at the PMAC for only their second home loss of the season. “We’re going to find a way to win,” Hickey said. “We’re going to get this thing together.”

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Do’s and Don’ts of Valentine’s Day Dating

Unusual band promises unforgettable set


- favor sentimental over expensive - avoid traditional dates - use protection if you pick someone up at Reggie’s - treat yo’self - spend time with friends and family instead of sulking - it


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Man Man will play at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Spanish Moon following opening act Murder by Death.

Kaci Yoder Entertainment Writer

Honus Honus, Pow Pow, T. Moth, Chang Wang and Jefferson. No, those aren’t members of a cult or a hip-hop conglomerate.

They’re a gang of bearded, unabashed, unorthodox musicians from Philadelphia known as Man Man. Though it frequents smaller venues, Man Man has made a name for itself over the years. It has

been featured in Nike commercials and episodes of the Showtime hit “Weeds,” and it has toured with acts like Modest Mouse and Yeasayer. Tonight’s early show at the Spanish Moon marks one of the first stops for the band this year.

Frontman Honus Honus, who interviews under his given name, Ryan Kattner, said he’s taken the mic at the Spanish Moon several times throughout his career. Kattner

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Details will spruce up spring wardrobes It seems winter has come and gone here in Baton Rouge. Instead of clinging to the colder days of January, we should spring forward into the warmer weather with a fresher style. Nothing CONNOR TARTER you’re Fashion Columnist says ready for spring weather like colorful outfits that pop. The best way to break the

winter mold is to pair bright, colorful shirts and accessories with your lighter, neutral items like blazers, slacks and suits. Shy away from dark colors like black or charcoal and go for something simpler like a light gray or khaki — neutral enough to match almost anything, but light enough to stay cool in the warmer temperatures of springtime. Patterned ties are especially popular right now and are the best opportunity to breathe new life into a dull shirt or suit. Gray shirt with a black tie? Great for

a classy event in the winter time, but too stuffy for the bright sunshine of early spring. Trade out the black tie for a plaid one that matches some bright slacks and that gray shirt will be ready for the warmer weather. Draw even more attention to a patterned tie with a flashy tie bar. It may seem simple, but it’s a minute detail that can make all the difference. While the tie bar was invented for functionality, it’s now an accessory that can be SPRING, see page 13

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A tie bar, patterned tie and neutral-colored shirt pair nicely with the recent warm weather.

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Foals, “Holy Fire”



Foals returns with its third album featuring energetic rock that combines solid musicianship and anthemic songwriting. Tight, interlocking guitar lines and driving rhythms provide a lively foundation for the songs while singer Yannis Philippakis leads the band with his unique vocal delivery. Tracks like “Inhaler” showcase the band’s ability to ramp up the energy with explosive results. Unfortunately, when the band tries to tackle a lighter, poppier sound like in “My Number,” Philippakis seems to get washed out by everyone else and the vocals end up sounding rather anonymous. The album covers a lot of ground though, with a somber second half that allows the band a chance to show a unique side to its sound.



“Identity Thief”

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“Identity Thief” doesn’t live up to its expectations. With a premiere in the middle of Mardi Gras, people weren’t likely to make the trek to theaters in the first place. That was a smart choice. The premise of the movie was interesting enough, but there were not enough truly comedic moments to keep the audience engaged. The movie was a waste of stars Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy’s talents, but they will surely bounce back from this atrocity fairly quickly. The sad truth about this movie is that it is McCarthy’s first time with a lead role. McCarthy has the gall and ability to play a starring role — she’ll just need to pick a better movie next time. “Identity Thief” is one of those all-too-familiar experiences when you sit in your seat and question whether you should leave early and ask for your money back. STORMY GOOD


“The Walking Dead” Premiere


The wait is finally over. Our favorite zombie apocalypse survivors are back in action. The episode opens with the Governor declaring that Daryl and Merle will fight to the death amid the cheering crowd. Rick and Maggie fire into the crowd, managing to rescue both men. Later, Daryl decides to leave the group with his brother. The main thing that troubled me this episode was Daryl’s decision to leave Rick’s crew to go with Meryl, who is clearly untrustworthy. The episode did have some good moments, especially Glenn and Maggie’s sweet scene. Rick’s hallucination of Lori and his descent into madness was the most disturbing moment of the season so far. Rick’s inability to lead the group made the episode’s final moments tense. Overall, “The Suicide King” started out strong, but ended up feeling anticlimactic and muddled.


The Postal Service, “A Tattered Line of String”

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Once again, 2013 seems to be the year of the comeback. The Postal Service dropped its first new song in more than a decade this week, the upbeat, dancy “A Tattered Line of String.” “String” brings more growl and guitar than The Postal Service’s typical fare, but it’s just as heavy on the electronica as ever, reminding the world how much some of today’s thriving electropop and indietronica outfits may owe to what The Postal Service was doing back in 2003. Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley also provides some sweet vocals on the track, but even with some fresh elements, there’s not really any of the magic of “Such Great Heights” or “We Will Become Silhouettes.” Though a solid effort from a band well-loved and remembered by so many, nothing about “String” is particularly remarkable.


PVT, “Homosapien”

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Post-modern rockers PVT have emerged from a three-year hiatus with their fourth studio album, “Homosapien.” It may be too obscure or abstract for the likes of some, but the band is experimental to say the least. This is the type of music that could have only been created after consuming copious amounts of psychedelics. The lyrics are abstract and the vocals are haunting and cerebral, rather Depeche Mode-esque. The instrumentals are impressive, no doubt, but they can also be hard to follow and all over the place. It feels like PVT was trying to convey too many messages or sounds at once. It may have been more beneficial to hone a select number of styles and themes rather than creating an internalized competition.




If you haven’t heard the sun-soaked California pop-rock bliss from sister trio HAIM yet, it’s time to start listening. “Falling” only numbers among a few tracks released from HAIM, and it’s the strongest example yet of its ability to craft insanely catchy, funky, jam-packed tunes. HAIM’s releases so far would fit easily on a late-night summer mixtape. With gripping two-part harmonies accompanied by a tight bass line, “Falling” is a lot like those mid-July drives at dusk, when the air has finally ditched the humidity and goosebumps form a long-awaited cool breeze rise on your skin. The standout part of this song is midway through, when the sisters launch into a powerful jam that won’t leave your head for a few days. HAIM is a group of young California women who know how to have fun as BRIAN SIBILLE Entertainment Editor much as they know how to rock.

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Local skateboard company celebrates fourth anniversary Party to honor skating culture

the year, and to just kind of celebrate them as a family,” Culotta said. The celebration will consist of a “skate jam” session during the day at the BREC Perkins Taylor Schoen Road Skate Park. Culotta said he Entertainment Writer hopes to encourage the public to Chris Culotta, also known as come out and meet the team while DJ Bird, has been skateboarding everyone skates together. He said for more than half of his life. He’s the jam will begin around 1 p.m. and last until been able to turn his pas‘It’s celebrating the fact that about 5 or 6 p.m. sion into his you can do something with The parpassion project with the skateboarding. It’s not just a ty continues with a latecreation of local skate- toy or a board with wheels on night fête at board compa- it. It’s another creative outlet.’ Mud and Water, a newly ny Heartthrob opened bar Skateboards. Chris Culotta near The 13th The comfounder of Heartthrob Skateboards Gate, and it pany will be celebrating its fourth birthday this will feature glam-rock band The year. To commemorate the mile- Glitter Boys from Hattiesburg, stone, Culotta and others will be Miss., who Culotta described as hosting an anniversary party this “the ultimate party band.” He also Saturday. Culotta said the company was born when he found himself jobless after a bookstore he was working at closed for business. He said he followed the age-old saying of “do what you love and money will follow,” and Heartthrob is the product of his zeal for skateboarding. “I wasn’t really willing to, you know, work another job,” Culotta said. “So I tried my hand at entrepreneurship … and four years later, I’m still doing it.” The skate shop has expanded to a national level with out-of-state accounts in places like California, Kansas and Pennsylvania. It has also seen increased sales of skateboards and developed a skilled crew of skateboarders, or “riders,” who have placed in national competitions around the country. “That’s what the party is about. Not only to celebrate the company, but to celebrate each rider’s accomplishments through

Heartthrob Skateboards anniversary party: When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: BREC Perkins Road Skate Park Admission: $10 for under 21, $8 for 21 and over said costumes are encouraged but not required. “It’s celebrating the fact that you can do something with skateboarding. It’s not just a toy or a board with wheels on it. It’s another creative outlet,” Culotta said. Mud and Water’s doors open at 9 p.m., and the band will start about an hour later. Admission is $10 for ages 20 and under, $8 for 21 and up. Contact Taylor Schoen at

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and his band seem excited for the early leg of their new tour to carry them tonight through Louisiana’s most famous college town once again. Man Man’s latest album, “Life Fantastic,” produced by Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes, has the 10-yearold band hitting the road again. Kattner seems eager to try out some new live sets, since he has found the response to “Life Fantastic” to be “amazing” so far. As for their stage names, Kattner considers them just another part of their unapologetic eccentricity. “It’s funny because when I read interviews with other bands, nobody ever asks them how they came up with their stage names, but people ask us all the time,” Kattner said. “They’re just names. We just made them up because we thought it was fun.” The men of Man Man don’t offer many explanations for themselves — a tendency that fits their music’s defiance of everything from genre to what counts as an instrument. Their sound ranges from disjointed and experimental to catchy and brassy to echoey and despondent, and their instrumentation constantly pushes limits. “I do think we’re kind of different in that we find sounds and things to put into our music that a lot of people wouldn’t really think of,” Kattner said. “Breaking glass, pouring water into a bowl. We’ll just be messing around and be like, ‘I like the way that sounds.’” According to Kattner, the band’s live shows bring the same kind of aggressively weird energy

page 13 SPRING, from page 11 used as a bold fashion statement and can spice up any man’s look. The best part about tie bars is they can be incredibly cheap. They can be found at for as low as $15, and sells tie and tie bar combos for prices as low as $7.99. Hold back on lunch one day — maybe one burrito instead of two — and use the money you save to add some flair to your wardrobe. This time of year, it’s all about the details. Colors are your friends, and dull, patternless

outfits are the enemy — especially if they don’t fit. A trim black suit will look infinitely better than a baggy blue one, but a trim blue suit looks better than both in balmy weather. Keep it bright, keep it tight and most of all, avoid black and white. Connor Tarter is a 20-year-old communication studies junior from Dallas, Texas.

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Man Man’s members go by their stage names — Honus Honus, Pow Pow, T. Moth, Chang Wang and Jefferson — when performing.

that so often appears on their tracks. Man Man has been known to rev and rock crowds with bizarre onstage antics, variations of songs, freestyling and unrestrained oddity. Always opting for the unexpected choice, when asked who he’d most like to collaborate with in the future, Kattner — who has most notably worked with Joe Plummer of Modest Mouse and The Shins — chose Bill Murray. “I just want to be in one of his movies,” Kattner said. “Or maybe he could get me in a Wes Anderson movie. That’d be cool.”

Man Man will storm the stage of the Spanish Moon at 7 p.m. tonight after a set by openers Murder By Death. Doors open for the early show at 6 p.m., and tickets are $15. Contact Kaci Yoder at

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“Tech with Taylor” discusses Valentine’s Day tech. Read about a Batman comic book crossover event. Check out current New York Fashion Week trends.

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Man Man’s music has been featured in Nike commercials and on television shows such as “Weeds.”

Manship Theatre to show ‘Pretty in Pink’ Brian Sibille Entertainment Editor

Restaurant reservations will be as full as dimly lit sidewalks with romantic strolls tonight for Valentine’s Day, but the Manship Theatre will transport back in time to celebrate the holiday ’80s style. The John Hughes’ Brat Pack staple “Pretty in Pink” will play at 7 p.m. for those who want to beat crowds or stifle Valentine’sinduced woes with 1980s high

school romantic comedy. After the credits roll, a prom-themed after party will allow movie-goers to dance away any remaining sorrow. Music for the after party will be provided by the Judith Light Brigade. Admission for both events is $10, and the movie costs $5. Contact Brian Sibille at; Twitter: @TDR_entertain

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Lady Gaga injures hip, Epic to pull song with offending Lil Wayne lyric cancels rest of tour

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Lil Wayne speaks Sept. 26, 2012, during an interview in New Orleans. Epic Records is going to “great efforts” to take down a new Future remix leaked over the weekend.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Epic Records is going to “great efforts” to take down a new Future remix leaked over the weekend with a vulgar Lil Wayne lyric that has offended the family of Emmett Till. The New Orleans rapper made a sexual reference to the beating death of Till, a 14-year-old Chicago boy tortured and shot in Mississippi in 1955 for whistling at a white woman. Till’s family objected and the Rev. Jesse Jackson reached out to his management, The Blueprint Group, on the family’s behalf. The label issued a statement Wednesday night apologizing for the release of the song. “We regret the unauthorized remix version of Future’s ‘Karate Chop,’ which was leaked online and contained hurtful lyrics,” the statement said. “Out of respect for the legacy of Emmett Till and his family and the support of the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. ... we are going through great efforts to take down the unauthorized version.” Epic will release an official version of the song that “will not include such references.”


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Neither Jackson nor members of Till’s family could be reached late Wednesday. A publicist says Lil Wayne has had no comment so far. He appears briefly on the song, alluding to the black teenager’s beating in a way too vulgar to print. Till, a native of Chicago, was in Mississippi visiting family in 1955 when he was killed. He was beaten, had his eyes gouged out and was shot in the head before his assailants tied a cotton gin fan to his body with barbed wire and tossed his body into the Tallahatchie River. Two white men, including the woman’s husband, were acquitted of the killing by an all-white jury.

Till’s body was recovered and returned to Chicago where his mother, Mamie Till, insisted on having an open casket at his funeral. The pictures of his battered body helped push civil rights into the cultural conversation in the U.S. A Facebook posting on the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation page Wednesday night said Epic Records Chairman and CEO LA Reid had reached out to the family to personally apologize. Contact The Daily Reveille’s entertainment staff at; Twitter: @TDR_entertain

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lady Gaga has canceled the rest of her tour dates due to a hip injury. Live Nation Global Touring said in a news release Wednesday that Lady Gaga has a tear in her right hip that will require surgery, followed by a recovery period. The pop star’s website showed 21 dates through March 20 remaining on her “Born This Way Ball” tour schedule. Fans who have already bought tickets will receive a refund beginning Thursday. Lady Gaga postponed four dates on Tuesday after experiencing difficulties Monday during her concert in Montreal. The singer’s show is high energy with non-stop dancing. She explained to fans on Twitter that she’d hurt herself while performing some time ago. She wrote: “I hid it from my staff, I didn’t want to disappoint my amazing fans. However after last nights performance I could not walk and still can’t”. Gaga has not tweeted since. A news release announcing postponements Tuesday said the 26-year-old singer, whose real name

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Lady Gaga performs Dec. 15, 2012, at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The singer canceled the remainder of her tour Wednesday.

is Stefani Germanotta, was suffering from synovitis, an inflammation of the joints. She underwent tests Wednesday morning that showed she had a labral tear in her right hip, however. The labrum is a layer of muscle that helps holds the ballshaped hip joint in place. The news release says the surgery will require strict downtime. Contact The Daily Reveille’s entertainment staff at; Twitter: @TDR_entertain

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Turning in the Papal Tiara

Pope Benedict XVI resigns due to advanced age, creates opportunities for the Catholic Church BLUE-EYED DEVIL NICHOLAS PIERCE Columnist The pope, infallible mouthpiece of God and leader of more than a billion Catholics worldwide, put in his two weeks notice Monday. Benedict XVI has declared his intent to vacate the Throne of Saint Peter by the end of this month, an act unheard of in modern Catholicism. Key the stirring music and white smoke over the Sistine Chapel — we’re going to have a new pope by Easter, or so says Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi. And all signs are pointing to the next Pontiff being quite different from the last. The last time a pope (Gregory XII) willingly surrendered the Papacy was in 1415, 600 years ago. Needless to say, Benedict’s resignation has gone off about as well as a bomb shell. Despite the fact the news has come as a shock to Catholics and religion columnists around the globe, it’s not as though Benedict XVI hasn’t been dropping hints. In a 2010 interview for the book “Light of the World” by Peter Seewald, Benedict told the author he felt any pope who was unable to physically, psychologically or spiritually continue to discharge his duties has an obligation to step down. It’s an almost exact replica of the list of reasons the ailing pontiff gave to a stunned Vatican audience early Monday morning. “I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,” the pontiff read in Latin. Traditionally, the papacy has been viewed as a position bestowed by God, given up only in death. Benedict went on to stress that in today’s rapidly changing world, the pontificate requires a leader of sound mind and spirit. And while it is clear the Holy Father still has his wits about him, it seems Benedict XVI — who is now 85 and one of the oldest popes in recent memory — wishes to spare his

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Pope Benedict XVI arrives in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Ash Wednesday Mass at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI told thousands of faithful that he was resigning for “the good of the church.”

beloved church the long fight with dementia that so crippled the power of the papacy under his lionized predecessor, John Paul II. The two lasting questions of the pope’s resignation are who will succeed him and what will his legacy be? The former question warrants a column all unto itself, as there is a dizzying number of possible candidates. Paddy Power, an infamous Irish gambling organization, is already running odds on who shalt next wear St. Peter’s weighty crown, or tall funny-shaped hat, whatever. They’ve got Cardinal Peter Turkson at 3 to 1 odds (With U2’s Bono trailing the pack at 1000-1 and Richard Dawkins at 666-1) to win the papacy in March. Why is that particularly interesting? Peter Turkson is African and

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the Cardinal of Ghana. All of the top five candidates hail from outside of traditional popedom, i.e., Europe and Italy in particular. There are two Africans, two Latin-Americans and a Canadian — go figure. More so now than any other point in history the Catholic Church could be on the precipice of electing a non-white, non-European pope. That’s what makes the most sense, as these days, the vast majority of Catholics are neither white nor European. In fact, they are predominantly African and Latino — Brazil is the largest Catholic country on Earth. This shift in ethnic demographics could foretell a shift in church doctrine or at least a shift in church focus. That brings us to the second question of what will Benedict XVI’s legacy be?

Once the dust has settled, perhaps in a century or two, he’ll be remembered as one of the best popes to sit upon the apostle’s chair — because he’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. Most folks don’t know Cardinal Ratzinger, the man who would become Benedict XVI, who singlehandedly convinced former Pope John Paul II to put him in charge of the church’s ongoing hunt for pedophile pastors. He then presided over the largest culling of priests and clerics in church history. By his own words, Ratzinger swore to clean the church of the “filth” that is pedophilia, and he prosecuted his mission with extreme prejudice. He was the first pope to meet with victims and their families, and he helped institute all of the new

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policies and safeguards the church has implemented in the hopes of making sure this sort of thing never happens again. Times are changing, and fast. The church is attempting to drag itself from the ashes of a crisis Benedict XVI almost single-handedly attempted to surmount. Benedict XVI’s resignation is a symbolic move intended to signal the inauguration of a new era in the Catholic Church, an era to be defined not by the evil that has passed, but by the good that can be done. Nicholas Pierce is a 23-year-old history senior from Baton Rouge.

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Quote of the Day

“We were looking for a ‘good shepherd,’ and instead we got a German shepherd.”

Pope Benedict XVI 265th Pope April 16, 1927 — Present

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The death penalty is appropriate in some cases THE PICKUP PERSPECTIVE JOHN PARKER FORD Columnist Christopher Sepulvado woke up this morning, and he will go back to sleep tonight. Sepulvado, a 69-year-old Louisiana man, was originally scheduled to be executed Ash Wednesday, but has been granted a stay of execution by a federal judge after spending 20 years on death row. For those of you on the edge of your figurative seats, the reasoning isn’t exciting. Louisiana recently joined a growing number of states that have simplified their lethal injection process. The older method, which involved a chemical made up of three drugs, has been replaced by a one-drug concoction due to shortages of one of the three drugs involved in the previous method. This execution will be the first execution to use the singledrug method in Louisiana. And it will be the first here since 2010, so the recent stay of execution was granted on the basis that the newer method might be “cruel and unusual.” In case you were wondering, Sepulvado is being executed for beating and fatally scalding his

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The “death bed” in the death chamber is separated by bars from the witness viewing room at the Walls Unit of the Texas Department of Corrections in Huntsville, Texas. Executions have been put on hold nationwide pending a Supreme Court decision on whether the standard lethal injection violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

6-year-old stepson at their Mansfield home in 1992. This case brings up the ageold question: Should America allow capital punishment? I believe we should, but only in certain cases. Christian Longo’s case is a perfect example. Longo ended up on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list after murdering his wife, MaryJane, and their three

children, Zachary, Sadie and Madison, in Oregon in 2001. This is a man who deserves to die. But maybe we shouldn’t kill him. While on death row, Longo started researching organ donation. He wanted to find a way for convicts on death row and other inmates to donate their organs once they are executed — something that is not done.

This project shows even the worst convicts are capable of doing something good. Many of these people deserve to die, but if they can find a way to make society better, we should keep them alive until they stop doing it. Let’s test drugs and new medical procedures on willing death row inmates. Let them develop programs that will benefit

society, or maybe write books to be used as warnings for young people who may otherwise end up in jail. The legal system would have to change for this to work. There would need to be some type of panel whose job is to review convicts’ potential contributions before deciding if they’re worthy of a stay of execution. They way I see it, this can only benefit society in the long run and could even lead to some pretty innovative ideas. I imagine people can get creative when their lives literally depend on it. Like I said, we don’t currently have a system like that in place. I won’t be sad to see Sepulvado and people like him go until we do. And as far as people who show no remorse or willingness to give back to society, well, when we do find those people, I think justice should be swift and cheap. I would be perfectly happy to see the return of the guillotine. John Parker Ford is a 22-yearold mass communication senior from Alexandria.

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Administration’s justification for killing citizens is weak MANUFACTURING DISCONTENT DAVID SCHEUERMANN Columnist The Obama administration has a funny definition of due process. Last year, Attorney General Eric Holder defended the administration’s right to kill American citizens who are allegedly terrorists, specifically the radical Yemeni cleric and alleged al-Qaida leader Anwar al-Awlaki who was killed in 2011. “The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process,” Holder told a crowd at Northwestern University in March 2012. I don’t know what goes on in Eric Holder’s mind, but when I think of due process, I’m thinking of the standard courtroom affair: a judge, a prosecution and, hey, maybe even some evidence. In fact, Holder’s statement made myself and many others wonder exactly what kind of process is “due” for Americans accused of being terrorist leaders. “Trial by jury, trial by fire, rock-paper-scissors – who cares,”

comedian Stephen Colbert joked on his show after Holder’s conference. Thankfully, we’ve finally learned. NBC News released a 16page white paper from the Department of Justice on Feb. 4 that laid out the Obama administration’s justification for the targeted killing of an American citizen like al-Awlaki. The memo specifically listed three criteria that sufficiently determine whether an American citizen can be lawfully targeted for assassination by our government: (1) If an “informed, highlevel official” has determined the individual poses an “imminent” threat of violent attack against the country, (2) capturing the individual is “infeasible” and (3) the operation is to be conducted in a manner consistent with the laws of war, then the Obama administration considers the assassination lawful. Yet, these criteria are shady. Who is this “high-level official” and how do we determine if he or she is “informed”? Is it right to give this one person sole discretion in determining the fate of an American citizen

without any oversight from the other branches of government? Are we just to trust that this official has sufficient evidence that a citizen is a senior al-Qaida leader? And who or what determines whether capture is “infeasible,” or is “capture” purely a theoretical possibility put there only to make our policy seem more humane? By working under these justifications, the executive branch has the power to accuse a citizen of being an al-Qaida leader without proving such a fact. Obama and his team can simply state that such a person is a terrorist leader, and legally, according to the memo, it is treated as though this person was convicted in court. That is simply too much power. Even the Obama administration’s definition of “imminent” is sketchy. The memo states specifically “the condition that an operational leader present an ‘imminent’ threat of violent attack against the United States does not require the United States to have clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and

interests will take place in the immediate future.” What? Obviously, the administration isn’t trying to justify this power logically or morally, but legally. The memo frequently cited the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which granted the president the power to use lethal force against al-Qaida and its “associated forces.” It also cited Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, a 2004 Supreme Court case that authorized the use of force against American citizens considered enemy combatants. However, the legality of an action does not inherently make it right. Slavery was once legal, the Espionage Act of 1917 and the Sedition Act of 1918 made it legal to imprison and deport those who made anti-war or anti-military remarks and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II was backed by Supreme Court rulings. And even in the Hamdi case, the Supreme Court determined that those citizens accused of being enemy combatants still must have due process rights and the

ability to challenge their enemy combatant status in front of an “impartial adjudicator.” Conservatives who truly oppose government power must ask themselves how they feel giving the executive branch sole discretion in deciding if an American citizen can be assassinated. Liberals must ask how they would feel if former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney or Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., had this power. Awlaki may not have been a great man, but he was not in an active battlefield carrying out any attacks when he was killed. The evidence that he played an operational role in terrorist plots is based on hearsay and trust in our government’s word. This is too much power, and it’s time we called the government out on it. David Scheuermann is a 21-yearold mass communication and computer science junior from Kenner. Contact David Scheuermann at; Twitter: @TDR_dscheu

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