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Jindal cuts $200 million from Griffin: higher education LSU must Alyson Gaharan Staff Writer
More than $200 million was cut from higher education for the 2014 ﬁscal year in the $24.7 billion preliminary executive budget Gov. Bobby Jindal presented Friday. The proposed total higher education budget is composed of different funds that experienced drastic changes this year – the higher education general fund underwent
cuts of nearly $700 million, while the statutory dedications fund was increased about $600 million. The increases and decreases in these funds, as well as others that contribute to the total higher education budget, resulted in a total budget of about $2.7 billion, which is $200 million less than the 2013 ﬁscal year. Lawmakers and University administrators said they are unsure about what those numbers mean, particularly
the increase in the statutory dedication fund. Sen. Dan Claitor said the $200 million higher education cut looks bad, but it’s actually even larger than it seems. “We are uncertain about the switch from state general funds to statutory dedications,” said University Director of External Affairs Jason Droddy. Jindal’s budget proposal BUDGET CUTS, see page 15
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fill ‘huge gap’ McKenzie Womack Staff Writer
As the president and CEO of the LSU Foundation and a member of the Transition Advisory Team, Lee Grifﬁn dedicates his time to ensuring the continuation of LSU’s legacy. The Foundation is looking to douGRIFFIN ble its fundraising and endowment in the next four to nine years by expanding its donor base, Grifﬁn said. Grifﬁn said the Foundation has to step up and raise a lot more money to try and ﬁll the “huge gap” that reduced state appropriations have left in the University’s budget. Grifﬁn attended LSU as a graduate student on an assistantship. He received a master’s degree in economics and ﬁnance and went to work for a bank. He is the retired chairman and CEO of Bank One of Louisiana, which is now Chase. “A university like LSU makes FUNDRAISING, see page 15
SG to fund fourth Tiger Trails night bus route Student fees will not be affected Judah Robinson Senior Contributing Writer
Students living on Ben Hur Road and Brightside Drive will ﬁnd a new designated driver in a recently announced fourth evening bus route on the weekends. The bill to add the new Tiger Trails route was passed by Student Government last Wednesday. The newly added “drunk bus,” as students often refer to it, will begin running Thursday. The new route will cost approximately
$12,500 to run until May 4 and bus, then why wouldn’t Student will be funded through SG’s Ini- Government pay for this bus?” tiative Account. DeBlieux said. Mass com- ‘We have the money, so “We have the munication freshmoney, so let’s do let’s do this.’ man Alexande this.” DeBlieux, who However, Alexande DeBlieux authored the bill this newly added mass communication freshman to fund the new fourth bus is only evening bus route, being temporarsaid it is a great idea to add this ily funded because SG’s Initiative fourth bus to the existing three Account can only be allocated to evening Tiger Trails buses. DeBlieux said he recently atBUS, see page 6 tended a University parking forum where he said the idea of a fourth Would you be willing to evening bus route was discussed, pay additional student fees but there was no available funding for a new bus route? Vote for that route. “If so many people want this at lsureveille.com.
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Student Government is adding a new route to cover Ben Hur Road and Brightside Drive on Thursdays from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
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INTERNATIONAL Pope delivers final Sunday blessing before resigning to life of prayer VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI bestowed his final Sunday blessing of his pontificate on a cheering crowd in St. Peter’s Square, explaining that his waning years and energy made him better suited to the life of private prayer he soon will spend in a secluded monastery than as leader of the Roman Catholic Church. On Thursday evening, the 85-year-old theologian will become the first pope to have resigned from the papacy in 600 years. This was his next-to-last appointment with the public as pope. Afghanistan: U.S. special forces must leave province after reports of torture KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s president on Sunday ordered all U.S. special forces to leave a strategically important eastern province within two weeks because of allegations that Afghans working with them are torturing and abusing other Afghans. The decision seems to have caught the coalition and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, a separate command, by surprise. Americans have frequently drawn anger from the Afghan public over issues ranging from Qurans burned at a U.S. base to allegations of civilian killings.
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Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing during his last Angelus noon prayer, from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Sunday. He reassured the faithful that he wasn’t abandoning the church by retiring to spend his final years in prayer.
Tribal fighting in Darfur leaves 60 dead, despite previous cease-fire KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Renewed fighting between two Arab tribes over mining rights has left 60 people dead in the northern Darfur region, Sudan’s state news agency said Sunday. The state news agency said fighting on Saturday was the worst since a cease-fire agreement was reached last month. The agency said fighting began when a group of armed tribesmen in vehicles and riding camels attacked the El-Sireaf area in North Darfur.
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Medical copter crashes in Okla. after accreditation; two killed, one injured
CEO Paul McIlhenny of Tabasco sauce company dies at 68
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The company that operates a medical helicopter that crash-landed outside an Oklahoma City nursing home early Friday, killing two people onboard and critically injuring a third, had just recently undergone an exhaustive accreditation process, officials said. Wichita, Kan.-based EagleMed LLC just received its three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services in October, said Eileen Frazer, the commission’s executive director. Hanford nuke site’s woes increase with leaking tanks; public not at risk
AVERY ISLAND (AP) — Paul C.P. McIlhenny, chief executive and chairman of the board of the McIlhenny Co. that makes the trademarked line of Tabasco hot pepper sauces sold the world over, has died. He was 68. The company, based on Louisiana’s Avery Island, said in a statement that McIlhenny had died Saturday. The statement, released Sunday, credited McIlhenny with introducing new varieties of hot sauces sold and with expanding their global reach. The 145-year-old company has been producing world-famous sauce since shortly after the Civil War.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Federal and state officials say six underground tanks holding a brew of radioactive and toxic waste are leaking at the country’s most contaminated nuclear site in southcentral Washington, raising concerns about delays for emptying the aging tanks. The leaking materials at Hanford Nuclear Reservation pose no immediate risk to public safety or the environment because it would take perhaps years for the chemicals to reach groundwater, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday.
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Investigators with the FAA look over the wreckage of a medical helicopter which crashed Friday in front of the Saint Ann Retirement Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. Two people were killed in the crash and a third person was injured.
Romney to give first postelection interview to Fox regarding President NEW YORK (AP) — Fox’s Chris Wallace has landed the first postelection interview with defeated Republican nominee Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann. Wallace said on “Fox News Sunday” that the interview will air on his show next week. Additional portions will be on Fox News Channel the next day. Wallace says he’ll ask Romney how he has dealt with the defeat, what he plans to do and his thoughts about President Barack Obama’s second-term agenda.
Louisiana to receive $1.4 million from civil settlement with Toyota (AP) — The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office says the state will get $1.4 million from Toyota Motor Corp. to settle a lawsuit filed after Toyota recalled 14 million vehicles worldwide for accelerating without warning. Louisiana is among 29 states which — along with American Samoa — are getting $29 million from the automaker. Amanda Larkins tells The Advocate that Louisiana’s share is $1,457,058.
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LSU reviews emergency routine Coordinators praised for ensuring safety Gabrielle Braud Contributing Writer
Pervasive drug use, campus shootings and budget cuts were among the topics discussed Thursday at a quarterly building coordinators meeting that have led to a shift in these staff members’ vital roles. At the meeting, building coordinators were repeatedly acknowledged for protecting students and employees in emergency situations, and LSUPD addressed the importance of its role in violence prevention. On top of their jobs as staff members, the University’s buildTHE DAILY REVEILLE ARCHIVES ing coordinators volunteer to take The LSU Police Department is testing new equipment that automatically scans and on extra responsibilities in their pulls up data on nearby license plates. departments in order to ensure their buildings and everything really lucky and have impacted policy statement, PS 90, regardwithin them are safe and running people before things have hap- ing worker’s compensation and smoothly. work-related incidents, and PS pened,” Scott said. The meeting also explained Scott said building coordina- 67 regarding the misuse of drugs the new procedures for perfor- tors are the “eyes and alcohol. mance and work prioritization and ears” to help ‘We’ve been challenged Durham said because of budget cuts and the law enforcement the revised policy to do more with less language of PS 90 changes to the University’s work- in their preventaer’s compensation and drug and tive measures. clariﬁes the use just like everyone alcohol policy statements. of compensatory A threat aselse.’ In a presentation on how sessment time and vacation team, building coordinators should re- made up of sevtime. spond to an active shooter on eral members of “We want to Tammy Millican campus, LSU Chief of Police the behavioral inget people back in assistant director of Lawrence Rabalais said the threat tervention team, a productive role Facility Services of an active shooter is something has also been as soon as posto be concerned about. established to monitor instances sible,” Durham said. Rabalais said he feels his where someone has passively or Accident care and prevention team is ready to respond to a directly communicated a threat to will also be improved through shooting incident but is worried themselves or others. ﬁrst aid training for departments about the response of students Scott said the new Residen- and having ﬁrst aid kits on-hand and faculty. tial Life “Adopt-A-Hall” pro- to treat cases on the spot instead Building coordinators will be gram is another part of LSUPD’s of at the Student Health Center. directing department personnel preventative measures. PS 67, the misuse of drug and students within the building “We have a privilege as a and alcohol with regard to emabout what to do and where to go campus to put our arms around ployees, has also been revised during an emerevery member of to help with accident prevention, gency situation, a community,” Durham said. ‘In my heart, I feel we Scott said. Rabalais said. “Drug screening activities Sgt. Kevwill to detect the efBesides the are really lucky and threat of active fectsbeofexpanded in Scott with illegal drugs and perhaps LSUPD stressed have impacted people shooters, Dave alcohol on accidents,” Durham the importance of Maharrey, asso- said. before things have violence prevenDrug screening rules have ciate executive happened.’ tion by monitordirector of Fa- been strengthened as well as the ing and reporting cility and Util- ﬁtness for duty screenings, which suspicious peer ity Operations for are behavior screenings. Sgt. Kevin Scott and co-worker The University randomly Facility Services, LSUPD behavior. addressed the toll screens employees who are conScott said a budget cuts that sidered to be in safety- and-secubehavioral intervention team, have had on building coordina- rity-sensitive positions. Durham made up of various campus life tors’ work order procedures. said the range of the category has departments, has been estabMaharrey said emergencies been expanded to include a wider lished to monitor and address be- and safety issues are still the top range of positions. haviors of concern experienced priority for processing work orDurham said with the refrom students on campus. ders, but work orders regarding vised policy, employees will be “This is where you see law increasing the quality of build- screened after accidents in which enforcement moving,” Scott said. ings will have to be prioritized. they have a causative role to help “No longer can we just wait and “We’ve been challenged to employees better control the cirrespond. We need to respond be- do more with less just like every- cumstances leading up to an acfore it happens.” one else,” said Tammy Millican, cident. 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LSU students compete at ADDY Awards Show Event features ad professionals Olivia McClure Contributing Writer
Local advertisers showed off their best work Saturday at the industry’s biggest night of the year — American Advertising Federation-Baton Rouge’s 59th annual ADDY Award Show. Hunter Territo, president of the Baton Rouge chapter of AAF, said there were more than 300 submissions from advertising professionals and students this year. The top 20 percent of
entrants won awards Saturday and will proceed to the Southeastern District show, where they will vie for a chance to compete at the national level, he said. The judges look for ads that challenge the status quo, Territo said. “Maybe it was a piece of outdoor advertising for a law firm. What made it different for outdoor? Did it set a trend?” Territo asked. Territo, who is also associate creative director of local firm XDesign, said advertising professionals know an ADDY represents high-caliber work. “This isn’t just a Baton Rouge thing. Other markets understand
the value of that ADDY,” he said. University advertising seniors Jesse Barnett, Lacye Beauregard, Johnny Sciortino and Joe Wanko entered their campaign for Boudica, a fictional tea company, to the ADDYs. Barnett said the idea of the campaign is to foster a universal connection to tea because it is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. The most important part of making an ad campaign is building a team that can produce strong work, Barnett said. “I came up with the idea for our ads on a train ride home from Arkansas, but it’s always amazing to see how the other people in your team change your idea and
make it into a real ad,” said Sciortino, who also serves as president of the University’s AdFed chapter. Wanko, who was responsible for Boudica’s online campaign, said advertisers have traditionally aimed to create work with staying power. Because the Web changes so frequently, the focus has shifted to always being able to offer something new, he said. “You have to try to kind of set yourself out there and be different before different happens,” Wanko said. Brian Rodriguez, presidentelect of the Baton Rouge AAF chapter, said local ADDY shows help those areas’ advertising
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The Associated Press CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A false report of a gunman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that briefly caused a campuswide lockdown Saturday stemmed from an electronic message sent to police, authorities said. Officers searched for a man reported to be carrying a long rifle and wearing body armor but found nothing unusual, Cambridge police said. The report — that alleged the gunman was barricaded inside a building on campus — turned out to be a hoax, and there was no threat to public safety, state police spokesman David Procopio said. Cambridge police received the tip in an electronic message around 7:30 a.m., but witnesses on the scene eventually contradicted it, spokesman Dan Riviello said. Neither police nor MIT specified how the tip was received, though the police department’s website says anonymous tips may be made via
text message or email, in addition to a telephone hotline. “The MIT community was sent a precautionary text message at 8:52 a.m. asking them to remain indoors and shelter in place,” the university said in a statement issued following online criticism over the delay in alerting the public that a gunman was possibly on campus. It did not explain why it took more than an hour to issue the alert. A room-to-room search by MIT and Cambridge police, along with state police troopers, led officers to declare that the scene was clear at about 10:30 a.m., MIT said. “No armed suspects were found in the building or on campus and police believe that the event, as reported, did not occur,” according to a statement by Cambridge police. Investigators are trying to identify the prankster and will pursue criminal charges if they do, Riviello said. He declined to provide additional details or confirm reports that
the IP address used by the prankster has been traced to New York, saying the investigation continued. John DiFava, chief of MIT’s campus police, acknowledged the delay in telling students about a possible gunman on campus. “I have to look into it and find out the reason for the lag,” he told the Boston Globe. Junior Zach Wener-Fligner told the newspaper that the delay was “a little worrisome.” “But I assume the relevant area was locked down,” he said. About 11,000 people attend the prestigious school outside Boston where students are famous for their smarts as well as their stunts, including once putting a police car on top of a domed campus building.
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Pedestrians on the MIT Campus in Cambridge, Mass., duck under police tape Saturday after police responded to reports of a gunman on campus that Cambridge police later said were unfounded. Police said that officers searched for a man reported to be carrying a long rifle and wearing body armor and found nothing.
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Monday, February 25, 2013
National Park fund cuts detailed Engineering students win state competition The Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The towering giant sequoias at Yosemite National Park would go unprotected from visitors who might trample their shallow roots. At Cape Cod National Seashore, large sections of the Great Beach would close to keep eggs from being destroyed if natural resource managers are cut. Gettysburg would decrease by one-fifth the numbers of school children who learn about the historic Pennsylvania battle that was a turning point in the Civil War. As America’s financial clock ticks toward forced spending cuts to countless government agencies, The Associated Press has obtained a National Park Service memo that compiles a list of potential effects at the nation’s most beautiful and historic places just as spring vacation season begins. “We’re planning for this to happen and hoping that it doesn’t,” said Park Service spokesman Jeffrey Olson, who confirmed that the list is authentic and represents cuts the department is considering. Park Service Director Jon Jarvis last month asked superintendents to show by Feb. 11 how they would absorb the 5 percent funding cuts. The memo includes some of those decisions. While not all 398 parks had submitted plans by the time the memo was written, a pattern of deep slashes that could harm resources and provide fewer protections for visitors has emerged. In Yosemite National Park in California, for example, park administrators fear that less frequent trash pickup would potentially attract bears into campgrounds. The cuts will be challenging considering they would be implemented over the next seven months — peak season for national parks. That’s especially true in Yellowstone, where the summertime crush of millions of visitors in cars and RVs dwarfs those who venture into the park on snowmobiles during the winter. More than 3 million people typically visit Yellowstone between May and September, 10 times as many as the park gets the rest of the year. “This is a big, complex park, and we provide a lot of services that people don’t realize,” Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash said. “They don’t realize we’re also the water and wastewater treatment operators and that it’s our job to patch potholes, for heaven’s sake.” The memo says that in anticipation of the cuts, a hiring freeze is in place and the furloughing of permanent staff is on the table. “Clear patterns are starting to emerge,” the memo said. “In general, parks have very limited financial flexibility to respond to a 5 percent cut in operations.” Most of the Park Service’s $2.9 billion budget is for
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Visitors view Half Dome from Glacier Point at Yosemite National Park, Calif. Visitors to America’s national parks will encounter fewer rangers, find locked restrooms and visitors centers and see trash cans emptied less often if 5 percent across-the-board cuts are enacted by sequestration.
permanent spending such as staff salaries, fuel, utilities and rent payments. Superintendents can use about 10 percent of their budgets on discretionary spending for things ranging from interpretive programs to historic-artifact maintenance to trail repair, and they would lose half of that to the 5 percent cuts. “There’s no fat left to trim in the Park Service budget,” said John Garder of the nonprofit parks advocacy group the National Park Conservation Association. “In the scope of a year of federal spending, these cuts would be permanently damaging and save 15 minutes of spending.” For years, Congress has been cutting funding to the National Park Service, and in today’s dollars, it is 15 percent less than a decade ago, said Garder, who is the nonprofit’s budget and appropriations legislative representative in Washington, D.C. Park spending amounts to one-fourteenth of 1 percent of the federal budget, he said. One in five international tourists visits one of America’s 398 national parks, research shows, and the parks are one-third of the top 25 domestic travel destinations. If the cuts go though, the memo shows national parks will notice fewer services, shorter hours and the placing of some sensitive areas completely offlimits to visitors when there are too few staff members to protect resources. The Park Service also writes that communities around parks that depend on tourism to fill their hotels and restaurants would suffer. Cape Cod National Seashore would close the Province Land Visitor Center, shutting out 260,000 people from May through October. Without monitors to watch over nesting birds, large sections of the Great Beach would close to keep eggs from being trampled. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will close five
campgrounds and picnic areas, affecting 54,000 visitors. The more than 300,000 visitors who use Grand Teton’s Jenny Lake Visitor Center in Wyoming would be sent to other areas of the park. The park’s nonprofit association would lose a quarter million dollars in sales. In Yosemite National Park, maintenance reductions mean the 9,000-foot-high Tioga Pass, the park’s only entrance from the east, would open later in the year because there would be no gas for snow plows or staff to operate them. The town of Mammoth Lakes in the eastern Sierra depends on Yosemite traffic to fill its hotels and restaurants. Even programs important to the long-term environmental health of spectacular places are in jeopardy. In Yosemite, an ongoing project to remove invasive plants from the entire 761,000 acres would be cut. The end of guided ranger programs in the sequoia grove would leave 35,000 visitors unsupervised among the sensitive giants. And 3,500 volunteers who provide 40,000 hours on resource management duties would be eliminated for lack of anyone to run the program. Glacier National Park in Montana would delay the opening of the only road providing access to the entire park. When the Going-to-the-Sun Road has closed previously, it meant $1 million daily in lost revenue, the memo said. Even Declaration House in Pennsylvania, the place where Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence, wouldn’t be spared. Nor would comfort stations on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi. “We remain hopeful that Congress is able to avoid these cuts,” said Olson, the national parks spokesman. Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @TDR_news
University Environmental Engineering seniors won first place last week for a senior project entered in the 2013 Louisiana Transportation Conference hosted by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. The DOTD conference engineering competition showcased different student engineering projects, which were judged on everything from project presentation to actual results. The LSU seniors’ project competed against Louisiana Tech University and University of Louisiana-Lafayette, winning the $1,000 prize that will go toward competing in a national competition in New Mexico this spring. Dwayne Belello, Jeremy Beasley, Lucian Hill and Benjamin Pfeifer made up the team that presented the project to the conference. Team members Robyn Jones and Julian Moore did not present at the conference but contributed research on the design project. The project is entitled “Hydrocarbon Fouling of Reverse Osmosis Membranes.” “The goal of this is to pretty much clean the [waste] water, but as a byproduct, we’re taking the waste product and creating energy from it. That’s making it a more sustainable approach to treating [waste] water,” Hill said. Hydrocarbons are commonly found in sources such as crude oil and produce energy when burned. ���We were given the task to remove hydrocarbons from industrial waste water … in an economic, efficient and sustainable manner. The emphasis there is the sustainable approach,” Beasley said. According to Beasley, removing hydrocarbons from waste water is a practice long in existence, but the group’s goal was to “think outside of the box to find a sustainable alternative.” Beasley said the group looked
to several research methods to decide upon a good resource and chose to use rice hulls as the organic material. Biological and agricultural engineering associate professor Chandra Theegala informed the students on burning the protective covering on grains of rice, called rice hulls, to create rice ash. The carbonized rice ash is then used to absorb hydrocarbons from the waste water. “The pitch is you buy [rice] cheap from local farmers, because there are millions and millions of tons that are available for cheap — you use it in industry and burn it,” Hill said. Once the rice ash absorbs the hydrocarbons through several processes, it is then burned as a primary energy form to conduct plant processes, Hill said. This allows plants to become self-sustainable at a cheap rate. The team has proved that the design is viable on paper through tests and research, but the task is to now build a prototype, Hill said. “We actually have to design a physical system to treat the industrial waste water that they’re going to give us at the competition,” Beasley said. The competition will test how well the project removes the hydrocarbons through a technical report, oral presentation and physical results, Beasley said. The team will present the final project at New Mexico State University at the Environmental Design Contest in April, he said. Contact Jonathan Olivier at email@example.com
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new initiatives. DeBlieux said SG has three different accounts — initiative, surplus and contingency. “My plan is to find an alternative way to pay for this bus next semester,” DeBlieux said. “But if it comes to a point where Student Government has to pay for it, we have already planned for ‘If there is that.” anything DeBlieux Student said if SG has Government to pay for the route again can do to next semester, improve he plans to pay safety for our for it through students, then the surplus acwe need to count. Both Merdo it.’ edith Westbrook, speaker Meredith of the Senate, Westbrook and DeBlieux speaker of the Senate said they hope the bus will eventually be funded through alternative means. Although SG accounts are funded by student fees, Westbrook said raising student fees is “absolutely not” among possible options to fund the bus in the future. Westbrook said student safety should be a top priority for SG. “If there is anything Student Government can do to improve safety for our students, then we need to do it,” Westbrook said. She said DeBlieux did a great job pin-pointing an issue that will affect approximately 2,000 students who live near the route. “Students are going to go to Tigerland, and they’re going to go out to bars, and a lot of those students live in The Cottages and The Woodlands,” Westbrook said. One of those students who lives in this area is digital arts sophomore Elizabeth Blanchard, who thinks this new bus route is a good idea to avoid DUI checkpoints on Ben Hur. She also said this is something that will help students who live in The Cottages. “It’s obviously too far to walk from The Cottages to the bars,” Blanchard said. “This is a good way for students to go out without having to take the risk of driving drunk.” Austin Hebert, a business senior who lives at The Cottages, said he is “stoked” about the new bus route. “This is like the equivalent of living in Herget Hall and taking the bus back from the bars,” Hebert said. “It’s great not having to worry about planning a ride back from the bars. It’s like living freshman year all over again.” Hebert said he thinks the bus will be popular with students who live at The Cottages. “There are a lot of students who live here now that used to live on campus and were used to taking the drunk bus home,” Hebert said. The new evening bus will run Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. beginning this Thursday. Contact Judah Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Men’s and Women’s basketball teams have big weekend, win close games
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[Left] LSU senior guard Charles Carmouche (0) keeps the ball away from Alabama sophomore forward Nick Jacobs (15) and senior guard Andrew Steele (22) on Saturday during the Tigers’ 97-94 triple-overtime victory against the Crimson Tide. [Right] LSU junior guard Jeanne Kenney (5) moves the ball past Kentucky sophomore guard Bria Goss (13) on Sunday during the Tigers’ 77-72 victory against the Wildcats.
Carmouche leads the way past Alabama in the Tigers’ triple-overtime win
Kenney lifts LSU women past No. 8 Kentucky in 77-72 victory
With ﬁve Tigers jumbled together in “We pretty much owed [Alabama] a crowded postgame media session Satur- this one,” Carmouche said. “This was a day, LSU’s lone senior reprewar.” Chandler Rome sentative spoke up. Carmouche put aside Sports Writer Guard Charles Carhis dismal performance at mouche, maligned after playTennessee to spark LSU ing only three minutes in a gritty 10-point (16-9, 7-7 Southeastern Conference) past loss to Tennessee just four days earlier, Alabama in triple overtime for a crucial gave a concise summary of what transpired over the past 55 minutes. ALABAMA, see page 11
The LSU women’s basketball team 11-3 SEC) with a career performance off extended its winning streak to four when it the bench in which she scored a gamedefeated No. 8 Kentucky 77high 22 points. Tyler Nunez 72 on Sunday in the PMAC Kenney hit her ﬁrst ﬁve Sports Writer ,a mere two days after an shots and ﬁnished the game emotional overtime victory shooting 7-for-8 from the in Columbia, Mo. ﬁeld and 5-for-5 from behind the arc. LSU junior guard Jeanne Kenney “I’m on top of the world,” Kenney lifted the Lady Tigers (17-11, 8-6 Southeastern Conference) past Kentucky (23-4, UPSET, see page 11
Offense explodes in Tigers’ 13-1 trounce of SLU Lions on Sunday Katz and Rhymes bat for 11 RBIs Lawrence Barreca Sports Writer
It may have been a few days since the No. 9 Tigers’ hitters faced Southeastern Louisiana University’s pitching, but it didn’t take long for the bats to awaken Sunday in a 13-1 victory in Alex Box Stadium. After the two teams’ previous matchup Friday was
suspended during the bottom of took senior ﬁrst baseman Mathe ﬁrst inning due to inclement son Katz two pitches to start the weather, both the ﬁreworks, as he Tigers (6-1) and ‘When one person starts launched a threeLions (5-2) picked run home run up where they left hitting, the rest of the into the left ﬁeld off Sunday after- team follows through.’ bleachers. noon. Brigham “For us to get Young University off to a hot start Mason Katz delivered LSU its like that, that’s senior first baseman ﬁrst loss in a 9-4 huge,” said senior game Saturday left ﬁelder Raph night, so the Tigers looked to re- Rhymes. “And to come from a group against SLU. veteran guy like [Katz] and set the Sunday’s contest began with tone, that’s big.” runners on ﬁrst and third and two outs from Friday’s game. It only BASEBALL, see page 11
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LSU senior left fielder Raph Rhymes (4) hits the ball Sunday during the Tigers’ 13-1 victory against Southeastern in Alex Box Stadium.
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Resilience defines LSU men’s basketball throughout season MIC’D UP Micah Bedard Sports Columnist Do me a favor: open up Webster’s Dictionary and look up the word “resilience.” You might find the definition, “the power or ability to recover quickly from a setback, depression, illness, overwork or other adversity.” Or there’s an outside chance you’ll discover a picture of the 2012-13 LSU men’s basketball team. The Tigers’ determination doesn’t translate to an NCAA tournament résumé, but one thing is for sure: LSU makes sure it plays every game all-out until the clock reads all zeros. Just ask senior guard Charles Carmouche or sophomore forward Johnny O’Bryant III, who tallied 54 and 51 minutes, respectively, in LSU’s triple overtime triumph against bitter rival Alabama, 97-94. How easy would it have been for LSU to lie down, trailing Alabama by 10 points with 3:37 left in regulation? Instead of pulling out the victory, LSU could have sat back and watched Crimson Tide guard Trevor Releford put on a
show as he piled up 36 points on 14-18 shooting. Sophomore point guard Anthony Hickey could have pouted after being benched for a substantial stretch of the second half instead of hitting a crucial 3-pointer in the third overtime to put LSU up by four, all but sealing the victory. Luckily for the Tigers, none of those outcomes happened. On the 35th anniversary of the 1978 LSU men’s hoops team’s overtime victory against No. 1 Kentucky, the current Tigers didn’t want to disappoint. And they certainly didn’t. The triple overtime affair Saturday afternoon in the PMAC might have been one of the best games ever played in the building. The lead changed hands 16 times throughout the tussle while the score was tied on nine occasions. The Tigers had no business coming back from a 10-point disadvantage with less than four minutes to play, but nobody told them. After watching this team all season, I can’t say I’m surprised. Over and over again, the Tigers have come back from double-digit deficits to either win games or make them far closer than they should have been.
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LSU junior guard Andre Stringer (10) celebrates with fans and teammates Saturday after the Tigers’ 97-94 triple-overtime victory against the Crimson Tide. Stringer scored 10 points in the contest.
The best example of LSU’s refusal to go down without a fight occurred in a loss Dec. 22 in Milwaukee, Wisc. LSU trailed Marquette, the current No. 17 team in the country, by double-digits at halftime and multiple times in the second half. Yet the Tigers continually
brought the deficit within striking distance before finally falling to the Golden Eagles 84-80. After the hard-fought loss, I knew this team was something more than a fill-in before coach Johnny Jones’ high-profile recruiting class steps on campus next season. When I talked to Hickey a
few weeks ago when LSU had a 12-7 mark, the same record the 2011-12 team had at that point, I asked him what the biggest difference was between this season’s team and last season’s. “We’re more confident,” Hickey said. “We feel no pressure.” And why should they? The Tigers have nothing to lose. No one expected LSU to compete in the Southeastern Conference after starting out 0-4 in the league. Ten games later, the Tigers are 7-7 in the SEC. Talentwise, the Tigers aren’t a 16-9 team. They have an ex-tuba player at center, a point guard no SEC school wanted running the show and a journeyman fifthyear senior playing at his third school in five years. None of that matters to LSU. The Tigers, winners of seven of their last 10 games, are playing with house money. Win or lose, they’ll continue to adjust to any adversity coming their way — the definition of resilience. Micah Bedard is a 22-year-old history senior from Houma. Contact Micah Bedard at email@example.com; Twitter: @DardDog
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Monday, February 25, 2013
TRACK AND FIELD
Tigers fall to UCLA, 2-0, after Women take second four straight wins on weekend at conference meet Fico records a no-hitter in Calif. Mike Gegenheimer Sports Contributor
For the third time in as many weeks, the No. 11 LSU softball team struggled to close out the last game of a long weekend after strong performances in previous days. The Tigers (14-2) recorded their second loss of the season in a 2-0 effort against No. 16 UCLA (13-1) Sunday despite LSU coach Beth Torina’s team outscoring opponents 26-7 in the four winning encounters it had Thursday through Saturday at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. “We played really well all week,” Torina said. “[UCLA] made big plays when they needed it and we just couldn’t get any breaks.” The Tigers have amassed a total of two runs in the three Sunday games they have played this season — the only triumphant endeavor coming in a 1-0 victory against Nicholls State last weekend in Baton Rouge. With the
exception of two games, LSU has scored at least two runs in every other non-Sunday game this season. In last weekend’s Purple and Gold Challenge, Torina said the Tigers’ slowed offensive production against Nicholls State was due to not making necessary adjustments at the plate for a pitcher whose throwing style was different from others her team saw at the Challenge. The trip to the Golden State was more of the same, with the added problem of a 1,700-mile cross-country trip. “It was a little bit of both,” said junior second baseman Allison Falcon. “We come out loud and big at first. We need to be able to maintain our composure throughout the weekend.” Senior pitcher Rachele Fico showed why she’s an All-American, pitching in four out of the five games for the Tigers, including a no-hitter against Ohio State. But Fico said she isn’t settling for her performance in Palm Springs. “There’s still stuff I need to work on,” Fico said. “I need to fix mistakes and continue to improve my pitches and make sure I’m hitting the spots I need to hit. … At
practice, I need to continue working hard on the mound to keep making our hitters better.” The 7-0 win against Ohio State was Fico’s second career no-hitter with the Tigers — the first stemming from her throwing the program’s third perfect game against Southeastern Louisiana University in 2011. The six strikeouts the Connecticut native threw in the game also moved her past Dani Hofer into sole possession of fourth place all-time in career strikeouts for LSU. Fico threw 385 pitches to 90 batters, allowing 18 hits and striking out 24 batters through 22 innings on the trip. According to Torina, Fico took the brunt of the pitching load in California because of the high level of talent at the Classic. The Tigers will continue their pre-Southeastern Conference schedule road stint with a trip to the East Coast next weekend when they compete in the Citrus Classic at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.
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LSU senior Kimberlyn Duncan set the NCAA and world’s record of 2013 in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.54, while the Lady Tigers finished second overall at the Southeastern Conference meet. Duncan won both the 200-meter and 60-meter dashes with her record-breaking time, the fastest by a collegiate athlete since 2008. Duncan was given the SEC Commissioner’s Trophy as the top women’s scorer with 21.5 total points from competition in three events. The LSU women’s track and field team had a one-point lead over Arkansas in the team standings with two events left in the meet, but the Razorbacks women’s team sealed the team championship in the 1,600-meter relay where Arkansas finished first and LSU finished third. The Lady Tigers finished the meet with six SEC individual titles and the Tigers took one. Along with the titles, a few Lady Tigers made history in Fayetteville. Junior Denise Hinton and senior Laura Carleton are the first Lady Tigers to win SEC titles in their events, the weight throw and 5,000-meter run, respectively. Junior Jasmin Stowers won her
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third consecutive 60-meter hurdles championship, being only the second to do so since Olympian Lolo Jones won three straight from 200204. Senior Charlene Lipsey beat LSU’s indoor record and took the title in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:02.48 while junior Natoya Goule came in second. The duo owns the top two NCAA times in the event. Junior Keri Emanuel finished second in the triple jump, and the distance medley relay team also finished second. On the men’s side, LSU finished No. 5 overall in the team standings. Arkansas dominated the meet, scoring 152.50 to win with Florida taking second place with 117 points. Sophomore Aaron Ernest won the 200-meter dash with a time of 20.53 seconds. Senior Damar Forbes finished second in the long jump, and sophomore Andreas Duplantis finished third in the pole vault. The teams will return to Fayetteville, Ark., in two weeks for the NCAA Championship Meet on March 8-9. Contact Bria Turner at email@example.com
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LSU sets seven team Tigers lose to No. 4 Ohio State records at SEC meet Trey Labat
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The No. 24 LSU men’s tennis team struggled Sunday in its toughest match yet this season, losing 7-0 to No. 4 Ohio State. The match was played indoors, marking the first time LSU has played on indoor courts during the dual match season. “Overall it was a good day for the experience of our guys as far as playing indoors,” said LSU coach Jeff Brown. “There’s a chance we could get pulled into indoor courts next week against Vanderbilt and Kentucky.” The Tigers’ day started slow, as the Buckeyes dominated the doubles competition. The pair of sophomore Chris Simpson and senior Stefan Szacinski — LSU’s highest ranked doubles pairing — fell to the
The LSU swimming and diving teams broke seven records en route to a men’s sixth place finish and a women’s seventh place finish at the Southeastern Conference Championships in College Station, Texas, this weekend. “It is a good direction that we are going in,” swimming coach Dave Geyer said in a news release. “School records and top times show that we are making improvements in our program year after year.” All seven new records came in swimming events. Senior Andrei Tuomola had a hand in three of them as he tied the program record in the 100 freestyle with a time of 43.22 seconds and set a new mark with a 53.02 second time in the 100 breaststroke. He was also part of the record-setting men’s 400 medley relay team including sophomores Michael Young and Frank Greef and freshman Gabe Rooker that was clocked at 3:10.42. Tuomola is the first LSU athlete to swim the 100 freestyle that fast since former LSU coach Adam Schmitt 25 years ago. “That has been on our record board for a while,” Geyer said. “[Tuomola] has been eyeing three records on that board. He got one, tied one and we should have a shot at NCAAs to get them all.” The remaining four records were set in the 200 backstroke by senior Nick Kunkel (1:43.81), 200 backstroke by freshman Danielle
Stirrat (1:56.76), 200 butterfly by Greeff (1:44.58) and the men’s 800 freestyle relay by the team of Greef, senior Craig Hamilton, sophomore Dillon Love and Kunkel (6:25.67). Freshman diver Cassie Weil was named SEC Freshman Diver of the year. Weil finished fifth in the three-meter event with a score of 327.70 and sixth on the platform event with a score of 271.85. She is diving coach Doug Shaffer’s seventh diver to be honored with the award. “It was well deserved,” Shaffer said. “She was the top freshman performer of the SEC Championships.” The Tigers also took home two bronze medals with junior Daniel Helm’s one-meter diving score of 372.10 and Tuomola’s 100 breaststroke. Now the Tiger swimmers await the results of conference championships around the nation to see which student-athletes will make the trip to Indianapolis, Ind., for the NCAA Championships on March 21 for the women and March 28 for the men. “I feel good about our men’s side as far as what we can take to the NCAA meet,” Geyer said. “We will take a look at results around the nation and see where we are at with things.” The LSU diving team will get a chance at qualifying for NCAA Championships at NCAA Zone “D” Regionals on March 11 in Houston.
Buckeyes duo of senior Devin McCarthy and junior Ille Van Engelen 5-8. LSU was ultimately swept in the doubles matches and ceded the point to Ohio State. The Tigers’ singles lineup was shifted again as freshman Tam Trinh took over the court two slot, with senior Olivier Borsos sliding back to court three. Borsos struggled mightily in the postponed match against Texas Tech, and has been in a seasonlong slump, going winless in five matches. Simpson proved to be the Tigers’ bright spot once again, even though he eventually lost his match. Simpson battled the No. 2 ranked player in the nation — junior Peter Kobelt — into a first-set super tiebreaker that he eventually lost 7-6 (11-9). Simpson’s result was the best of
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all the Tiger players, as four Tigers — Trinh, Szacinski, freshman Harrison Kennedy and freshman Boris Arias — were shut out. LSU bounced back in the second leg of Sunday’s doubleheader, winning 6-1 against the Wolves of Wright State. Trinh, who was playing on court one for the first time this season, was the only Tiger to drop a match. Borsos won for the first time in dual match play, besting sophomore Ricardo Pineda on court three. “It was a good day to see where we want to get to,” Brown said. “It was also good to build a little confidence after we were beaten down a little bit.”
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said. “We beat the No. 8 team in the country at our place. I can’t even describe it. It’s a great win.” This performance came despite Kenney facing a foot injury and the recent death of her grandfather. LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said she was unsure if Kenney would play going into the contest. “The fact that [Kenney] came back to play today is a testimony to where she is as a player, and more importantly, who she is as a person,” Caldwell said. The Lady Tigers took a commanding 43-32 lead into the locker room after an electric first half in which they shot 64 percent from the field and 5-for-6 from 3-point range. Kenney provided the spark that led to the early lead, scoring 11 points and hitting three 3-pointers late in the half. The Wildcats then fought their way back into the game by opening the second half with an 8-0 run to cut LSU’s lead to three. Both teams traded punches for the rest of the period. Kentucky finally tied the game at 64 with a layup from senior guard A’dia Mathies with 4:03 remaining in the game. But Kenney responded immediately with
a 3-pointer to give LSU a lead it would never relinquish. Caldwell said the Lady Tigers were determined not to lose another game down the stretch. “We’ve told our kids time and time again, it is not good enough to play for 34 or 36 minutes,” Caldwell said. “We have to play 40-minute basketball, and today we did just that.” LSU junior forward Theresa Plaisance earned a doubledouble, scoring 20 points and grabbing 13 rebounds with three blocks. Mathies led the Wildcats with a team-high 20 points, six rebounds and two steals. LSU junior forward Shanece McKinney continued her recent success in the post, earning five blocks before suffering a leg injury late in the game. McKinney missed the rest of the game, but Caldwell said she is not expected to miss any future games. The Lady Tigers will look to further solidify a spot in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday when they play host to Alabama for Senior Night.
Katz and Rhymes combined for seven hits and 11 RBIs. The quick start was exactly what the Tigers needed after the squad was deflated one night before. “That [home run] was huge, especially coming from a loss,” Katz said. “It was a blessing that the game got moved to today so we could lose, then come back today and wash [Saturday night’s loss] away. It set the tone for the whole game. Hitting is contagious. When one person starts hitting, the rest of the team follows through, and that’s exactly what happened.” LSU collected 13 runs on 19 hits against SLU. “The biggest thing about today was the way Katz and Rhymes broke out,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “I had zero doubt that
they would come through. I’m going to go out on a limb and say if we get 11 runs a day from those guys, then we have a pretty decent chance to win.” Rhymes had a mere one RBI over the squad’s previous six contests. “I was struggling a little bit early on [in the season], and I think me and Mason [Katz] both realized that it was about time we turn it on, and we had a pretty good day,” Rhymes said. LSU also received a solid start from junior starting pitcher Ryan Eades (1-0), as he allowed one earned run and recorded five strikeouts in six innings pitched. Eades threw 10 pitches Friday against SLU before being shut down because of the weather, making Sunday’s start unconventional for the right-hander.
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double-digits with under three minutes left, Jones turned to the 97-94 victory at the PMAC, Hopkinsville, Ky., native, who bringing his team to .500 in SEC immediately stole an inbounds play and back in the middle of the pass to help facilitate a 10-0 run to close regulation and send the conference standings. The New Orleans native game into its first overtime. Assisted by junior guard set the pace for the Tigers early, opening the marathon with a Andre Stringer’s first 3-pointer 3-pointer and snatching three of the game and an O’Bryant layup, the Tigers quick rebounds within the first ‘We pretty much owed found themselves with the Tide four minutes. [Alabama] this one. tied once again as RelAs double This was a war.’ eford launched a teams descended potential gameupon red-hot Tiwinning jumper. ger forward JohnCharles Carmouche It missed, ny O’Bryant III senior guard but sophomore on his every touch and sophomore guard Anthony Rodney Cooper was there to put Hickey’s play became more er- it back, seemingly winning the ratic than beneficial, Carmouche game and sending the Tide into steadied the ship, leading LSU celebration near center court. “My face just dropped,” Carwith seven points at the half and opening the second half with a mouche said. “I just thanked God at that point when they waved it trey from the top of the key. “It’s great to have a group off.” His prayers were answered, of guys like this who trust and believe in each other,” said LSU officials discounted the shot, and coach Johnny Jones. “Winning is the Tigers went on to outscore the Tide in the third extra period. important to them.” Carmouche, who played a Carmouche’s efforts were matched by Alabama junior guard game-high 54 minutes and fouled Trevor Releford, whose 3-pointer out in the waning seconds of the put the Tigers in a 10-point hole third overtime, didn’t try to hide with 6:48 left in regulation. Rel- his fatigue after walking into eford would finish with 36 points postgame interviews, repeaton 4-for-5 shooting from 3-point ing incredulously the exhausting number. land. There, as he spoke again Hickey was made a spectator for most of the Alabama on- for the entire team, he still had slaught when Jones noticed he enough energy to muster one wasn’t his usual assertive self agreed upon sentiment. “It’s always fun winning,” he and lifted him in favor of freshsaid. man Corban Collins. “Coach made his decision to sit me out for a little bit, catch my breath,” Hickey said. “I just kept Contact Chandler Rome at pushing them on the sideline. You email@example.com; got to have faith in your team.” Twitter: @Rome_TDR Then, with the Tide still up
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“Eades was really outstanding,” Mainieri said. “He only threw 10 pitches the other night, but he went through a half-hour starter’s routine and got himself mentally fired up, and then to have that come to a screeching halt and have to regroup and do this again.” Eades said he didn’t let the small break affect him on the mound. “It was a little different for sure,” Eades said. “It’s not something I’ve had to do before, but I just tried to stay focused and stay sharp, be aggressive and make them swing the bats and let my defense play behind me.”
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Substance abuse may be our damnation and salvation FRIED PHILOSOPHY AARON FRIEDMAN Columnist Scientists have conducted some pretty wacky experiments in the pursuit of knowledge — and sometimes fun. For example, Louis Joylon West once gave an elephant 3,000 times the human dosage of LSD. Or how about when Milton Rokeach kept confusing his kids’ names just to mess with them and made three guys who thought they were God hang out to see what would happen? Recently, more scientific shenanigans went down when University of California, Los Angeles chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Yunfeng Lu led a team of researchers to get some mice really, really drunk. The study, published Feb. 17 in Nature Nanotechnology, wasn’t conducted just to see if alcohol tore apart their furry families or lowered their already low mouse standards — those studies have already been conducted. It was done to see if a cocktail of enzymes delivered in a nano-capsule
could lower the mice’s blood alcohol levels and prevent liver damage. The results? The three enzymes worked together to greatly reduce blood alcohol levels and also lowered levels of the enzyme alanine transaminase, the biomarker for liver damage. What does that mean for humans? One day, we may have a quick method of sobering up that doesn’t involve accidentally seeing a relative naked or talking to the cops. It also means we can continue drinking without committing acts of hate against our bodies. This is what modern science should be all about — damage control. Alcohol’s been our best friend and worst enemy since our ancestors first gained the ability to efficiently metabolize it and stopped living in trees 10 million years ago. There were a plethora of reasons, but mostly because climbing trees is hard when you’re drunk, y’all. Fifty-one percent of adults 18 and older today are regular drinkers, and there are nearly 16,000 liver disease deaths and more than 25,000 alcohol-induced deaths in the United States every year, not including accidents and homicides, according to
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the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also estimated an additional 10,228 people died in 2010 as a result of drunk driving accidents. Since we’re clearly deficient when it comes to decision-making, why not let science step in and save us? I understand the counter-arguments. Shouldn’t we practice moderation and make better choices instead of creating a new drug? What about our pill-reliant culture? And aren’t we wasting our resources and
best minds solving trivial problems related to our recreational activities? Believe me, the fact that there are at least 17 different prescription pills for erectile dysfunction and no cure for cancer or AIDS is a kick straight to the balls of my heart. I also don’t believe pills are the answer for everything, but given that we can’t or won’t give up alcohol as a society, minimizing the impact of a harmful substance like alcohol is a tremendous accomplishment. On Wednesday, our Student Government allocated funds for a new night bus route that will travel down Ben Hur Road and Brightside
Drive. Although this will be great for drunken students trying to get home at the end of the night, it’s petty compared to what scientists can offer. Imagine a future where an enzyme injection 30 minutes to an hour before your departure from a bar removes all need for a drunk bus or designated driver — less hassle, less accidents, less liver damage. Sure, it’s easy to find fault with our culture’s obsession with substance abuse and pharmaceuticals, but this is different. This is the deus ex machina of alcoholics, whereby an unlikely agent is introduced to solve a seemingly unsolvable problem. I say bravo, Science. Sometimes you do some pretty crazy things, but this is what you were meant to do: improve our lives and prevent us from killing ourselves despite ourselves. Here’s to hoping next year you’ll invent a reason for us not to drink. Aaron Friedman is a 22-year-old Spanish senior from Destrehan. Contact Aaron Friedman at email@example.com; Twitter: @AmFried
LSU presidential candidates should be secret WHAT’S THE BUZZ? THE PICKUP PERSPECTIVE
JOHN PARKER FORD Columnist You hate Nick Saban. If you don’t, you’re in the minority on this campus. As you all know, Nick Saban left LSU to coach the Miami Dolphins and, eventually, the Alabama Crimson Tide. You hate him because he abandoned LSU to coach one of our greatest Southeastern Conference rivals. You hate him even though he waited two years after leaving us to do so. Imagine if you found out today that Les Miles is considering — seriously considering — leaving LSU for a head-coaching job at Florida. If you don’t already hate him, you’d hate him. That’s why the LSU Presidential Search Committee should remain steadfast in its decision to not disclose any names of candidates for
the newly created president of LSU position. Various groups have called for those names to be made public. Most notably, The Daily Reveille and LSU’s Faculty Senate have both demanded the list of about 30 candidates to be shared with the public. After all, students and faculty deserve to know and participate in who is being considered to lead Louisiana’s flagship institution, don’t they? The answer is a resounding, “Maybe.” There is no doubt it would be ideal for everyone on and off campus to know who was being considered for this position. Students and faculty alike could get to know the candidates and offer insight into who would be the best fit to steer our wonderful institution, not only through the soon-to-come systemwide transition, but also for the foreseeable future. The problem, according to search committee chairman Blake Chatelain, is “if [LSU] doesn’t keep this confidential, we’ll limit our
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candidate field.” He has a valid point. Just like in the football metaphor mentioned earlier, schools don’t like hearing their leaders are flirting with leaving. How can LSU hope to attract the best — and surely the most beloved — candidates for a position like this if their interest in the job is made public? Especially at this stage of the game, when there is essentially a one-in-30 chance of being hired, why would the best of the best wager the goodwill they enjoy in their current jobs for a long shot at this one? As usual, the solution lies somewhere in the middle. LSU’s Faculty and Student Government Senates should have been given the opportunity to appoint a member to the search committee. Those members could then have signed a non-disclosure agreement to ensure they would not make the information public. That solution would have allowed students and faculty to place a trusted member on the committee
who would have at least been able to testify to the nature of the selection process post-hire. Or maybe we can come to another compromise. When the time comes, the search committee could release the names of the final three candidates, opening them to questions and concerns from LSU’s faculty and students. That could, of course, cause the same problems releasing all 30 names would, but at least it’s worth discussing. We all know that won’t happen though, so we might as well just buckle in and trust the committee will choose the best candidate for the job. At least we know they won’t be scared to apply. John Parker Ford is a 22-year-old mass communication senior from Alexandria. Contact John Parker Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @JohnParkerFord
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Channing Tatum and CharlAdele’s performance of “Skyize Theron’s opening number fall” — Adele’s performance of “Skydance — The incredibly attractive fall” was as sparkling as her black pair brought such grace and elegance sequin dress. She perfectly complemented this year’s “music in film” theme. Adele hit the high to the introduction of the show with their classic notes with bounds of class, flair and emotion. dance number reminiscent of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The old Hollywood glamour vibe set the tone for the rest of the show.
Weird styles of unknown awardwinners — Winner of Best Cinematography Claudio Miranda for “Life of Pi” sported chest-length white hair and a mad widow’s peak, making him look like he could be Luna Lovegood’s father from “Harry Potter.” And the guy from “Brave” who sported the kilt? Really, y’all?
Jennifer Hudson’s performance of “And I Am Telling You” — Jennifer Hudson wowed us even more than she did when she first performed the “Dreamgirls” anthem “And I Am Telling You” in 2007. And damn, did she look good doing it.
Kristin Chenoweth as a red carpet correspondent — The pintsized D-list actress’s mousey voice, awkward microphone-holding and uncomfortable interviews were cringe-worthy and just plain annoying.
Jennifer Lawrence playing off her trip up the stairs — After being announced the winner of Best Actress for “Silver Linings Playbook,” Jennifer Lawrence had a major trip up the stairs on her way to retrieve the award. Despite the embarrassing slip, Lawrence kept her cool and played off the stumble.
Twitter — Fans took to Twitter on Sunday night to comment on everything from Seth MacFarlane’s jokes to the night’s biggest surprise (tie for Sound Editing?). Whatever they were ranting about, tweeters were more entertaining than the overwrought ceremony.
Oscar Orchestra of Doom — While the orchestra played beautifully, the doom-and-gloom music rushing winners off the stage was a bit too reminiscent of the famous chords from “Jaws.” Also, why didn’t it chime in for Anne Hathaway’s speech? Kristen Stewart — She’s just, like, too cool to, like, care about presenting at, like, the Oscars or whatever. Kristen’s careless demeanor was annoying and made her look idiotic. Plus she starred in “Snow White and the Huntsman” this year, which is a jeer in itself.
Sally Field and Joseph GordonLevitt arriving together — And she tied his bow tie for him. Adorable. Live “Les Misérables” performance — Cheers to that many beautiful people with singing voices to match on stage at one time.
The length — This year’s award show Seth MacFarlane — The Oscars started at 7:30 p.m. and ended at 11 p.m., host was blatantly sexist throughout clocking in at slightly less than four hours. A the night with more jokes falling flat little bloated for an award show that’s noththan hitting the mark. Oh, and the “We ing more than pats on the back. Saw Your Boobs” song. The brief camera pan over Charlize Theron made it apparent she was not happy MacFarlane had seen her boobs.
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Michelle Obama’s presentation — We love the First Lady, but what is she doing presenting the Oscar for Best Picture? Her appearance brought to mind a “Mean Girls”-inspired “She doesn’t even go here.”
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Rep. Edwards gives hope for Democrats in Louisiana BLUE-EYED DEVIL NICHOLAS PIERCE Columnist I woke up at 5:30 in the morning on Oct. 22, 2011, with the express purpose of driving to the Baton Rouge Fire Department Station on Brightside Drive to cast a defiant ballot against Gov. Bobby Jindal. I’ve never pushed a button with such vitriol before. I hit that ballot like it was Bobby’s face. I’m a Democrat — a disaffected, pissed off, disillusioned Obama-hating Democrat in the heart of a state that’s redder than a Ponchatoula Strawberry. It’s been a pretty dismal few years for folks like me. Between Obama’s warmongering and the weird Ayn
Rand-esque objectivist social experiment Jindal calls state government, I haven’t had anyone to root for — until now. Last Wednesday, John Bel Edwards, leader of the Louisiana House Democratic Caucus, announced he was running for governor, which is a relief, because functional democracies ought not be one-party states. And as much as I truly loathe Jindal, Louisiana Democrats didn’t even field a candidate in 2011 — no offense, Tara Hollis. I bet most of you didn’t even get that last reference, which just goes to show how much of a train wreck this whole thing has become. I assume Edwards decided to announce his candidacy two years before the election so as to give himself plenty of time to remind the rest of Louisiana there is an actual Democratic Party still
in existence in this state. I don’t give a damn if the national party has written off Louisiana and its eight electoral votes, but somebody has got to put a stop to this madness, and we’ve had a lot of luck with fellas with the surname Edwards in the past. At this point, I’d vote for an actual donkey over anyone Jindal endorsed. Frankly, I don’t know much about Edwards, but he realizes endless budget cuts are not the solution to this state’s problems, and neither is eliminating the state income tax or closing prisons and mental hospitals. Or watching unmoved as his state’s flagship university sinks like it’s been torpedoed. At least that’s what he told Jim Inkster on NPR-affiliate WRKF on Wednesday. But after the last few election cycles, I’m not exactly optimistic when it
comes to the efficacy of people running for office. Still, I sure as hell don’t want Senator David “Grabby-Hands” Vitter at the helm. Anyone who can describe Jindal’s school voucher plan as “bold” and “transformational” is clearly a stumbling half-wit. I’d rather we take all of the murderers and crazy people Bobby let loose and put them in charge. We’d be providing a social safety net to the reformed and mentally infirm. It would be more humane, and the state would probably run better, too. So what do we know about John Bel Edwards? He’s the son of a former Edwin Edwards confidant, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Frank Edwards Jr. He’s a West Point graduate and a former U.S. Army officer, and he’s been an outspoken critic of Jindal’s wacky and
nonsensical education “reforms.” All plus marks by my accounting. Regardless of if John Bel Edwards wins, his decision to run is key. It’s high time someone challenged the Jindal machine and gave voice to the hundreds of thousands of folks who’ve been crippled by his résumé building. If we — and Representative Edwards — can’t beat ’em, we can at least put them in check, letting them know we’re still part of this state, and we still have a hand to play. Nicholas Pierce is a 23-year-old history senior from Baton Rouge.
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Monday, February 25, 2013 BUDGET CUTS, from page 1 also assumed the privatization of two of the LSU System’s three hospitals, the Huey P. Long Medical Center and the E.A. Conway Medical Center, although the contracts for these changes have not been ﬁnalized. Though the budget includes hospital funding for the time being, if the hospital transfer contracts are not signed at the expected time, the Jindal administration must either ﬁnd money in the budget to continue funding the two hospitals or the hospitals will be closed. Jindal said 7,000 LSU employees would be laid off if the hospitals are turned over to private management, but he expects most of them to be rehired. “We have not yet had an opportunity to fully assess the potential impact of the proposed budget, but we look forward to working with the governor, legislators and other state leaders in ﬁnding solutions for funding higher education in Louisiana,” said Interim LSU System President and Chancellor William “Bill” Jenkins. Director of Media Relations Ernie Ballard said Jenkins and other University administrators were still assessing the proposed budget and had no further comment about changes to the LSU hospitals. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the proposed budget’s funds, more questions about how
higher education will be affected remain. LSU is one of many universities that receives state funding, and the amount each school receives has not yet been decided. Discussions regarding appropriations to individual schools are expected to begin in March and should be ﬁnalized this summer, Droddy said. Because these talks are just getting under way, it is unknown how Jindal’s proposed 2014 ﬁscal year budget will speciﬁcally affect University students. Claitor said until the Jindal administration’s preliminary budget is approved, students and faculty can’t know with certainty about any changes in tuition or salaries. However, he said a $200 million decrease in the total higher education budget does not bode well. These major budgetary changes signify a larger problem, Claitor said. He said although higher education appropriations have decreased a total of about 9 percent over the course of Jindal’s administration, LSU has been hit harder than many of the other state universities that receive state funds. “LSU under the Jindal administration has taken more than a 9-percent cut,” he said. Claitor said students can see major changes at the University from last year to this year, and those changes can be attributed primarily to decreasing state appropriations that are affecting
The Daily Reveille the quality of the LSU System. “The University is losing prominent faculty and failing to attract others. Classrooms are crowded. Class offerings are less,” Claitor said. “From my point of view, LSU is on the cusp of losing its tier-one status [and] is not going in the right direction.” Claitor said legislators need to realize these drastic appropriation changes to the LSU System are far-reaching and will hurt Louisiana as a whole. “The ﬂagship university belongs to the entire state, not just Baton Rouge,” Claitor said. “If you look around, wherever you come from, LSU has had an impact on the community. Legislators, wherever they’re from, need to recognize that and make it a priority.” Claitor said state appropriations affect research abilities, which, in turn, affect the quality of faculty and general education that students can receive from the institution. “Students should make it known that LSU’s tier-one status should be important to legislators,” Claitor said.
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page 15 FUNDRAISING, from page 1
a huge difference in economic development,” Grifﬁn said. “Economic development creates jobs, creates families; it creates income.” He said after working with consultants, they found they can raise money for the University by making certain investments, adding personnel in key areas and changing a few procedures. “We feel like we can raise more,” Grifﬁn said. “We feel like it’s our responsibility to do it — to help build the greatest university we can possibly build.” Sara Crow, director of communications and donor relations for the Foundation, said establishing relationships with current and potential donors is key to raising money. “The more efﬁcient we are, and the more successful that we’re able to allow our fundraisers to be, and having interactions with donors, that’s what brings in more donors,” Crow said. “If you’re not giving right now, and I don’t establish any kind of relationship with you … you’re very unlikely to [donate to LSU].” Grifﬁn said the foundation is working to build the research area that evaluates alumni of LSU and identiﬁes them as prospects for making gifts to the University. He said they recently identiﬁed — through a wealth-screening company — which alumni have the capacity to give $25,000 or more to the University, and which of those are likely to give to the University.
They identiﬁed 28,000 alumni who have the ﬁnancial capacity to donate more than that amount. Of those, approximately 5,000 have been recorded as having been contacted by the Foundation. Those 28,000 have a gift capacity of $5.2 billion, Grifﬁn said. Crow said she would like to see more alumni engaged in supporting the University. But not just alumni contribute to the University, she said. Many corporations and organizations also donate money. Grifﬁn said the Foundation is looking to place development ofﬁcers in other parts of the country, particularly Houston, which is a major LSU alumni area. He said although the Foundation pays for contracts like R. William Funk & Associates, which is the ﬁrm in charge of searching for the new LSU System president, the Foundation doesn’t have the money to pay for things like faculty and staff salaries. Contracts like Bill Funk are being funded by donor gifts directed for that purpose, Crow said. “Our money is the University’s money,” Crow said. “When we raise an average of $30 million a year, those are donor-directed funds. … There isn’t just this massive pot of money where we could go and give $8 million to give the faculty a raise. It’s already your money.” Contact McKenzie Womack at email@example.com
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