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Pennington may open medical school in BR Universities

McKenzie Womack Staff Writer

LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge is seeking to open a four-year medical school focused on research, and the idea has drawn tentative support from the LSU System Board of Supervisors. The LSU medical education expansion, still in proposal stages, would be a branch of LSU Health New Orleans. Each of the four years of study would enroll about 25 students, with a total of 100 students, said Pennington Executive Director Steve Heymsfield. Initially, the school would add students a year at a time.

Steve Nelson, dean of LSU Health New Orleans, said the medical school already has regional programs, but expanding to Pennington is one way to offer students more opportunities. He said the possibility of expanding the Lafayette branch at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, which is directed toward primary care, is another option. Nelson said nothing is concrete. “It is all dependent upon securing additional funding,” he said. A Pennington medical training program has initial support from the LSU Board of Supervisors, said member Ronnie Anderson of Ethel. “There are more applicants than positions in Louisiana,” Anderson said. “This is a great opportunity

for Baton Rouge and for opening up opportunities for med students. It can keep students and doctors in the state.” Board member Lee Mallett of Iowa agrees. “If that’s what we decide to do, it’s a great thing,” Mallett said. “Anytime you can increase doctors and education, it’s great.” Opened in 1988, Pennington, located on Perkins Road in Baton Rouge, is one of 10 campuses under the LSU System. It is a stand-alone unit that focuses on research, and its mission is to eliminate chronic disease, Heymsfield said. Its research has gained national recognition. PENNINGTON, see page 4

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Steve Heymsfield is the executive director of Pennington Biomedical Research Center, which is seeking to open a medical school in Baton Rouge.

LSU club designs, builds race car

Jonathan Olivier Staff Writer

Blazing speed, careful precision and impeccable design are all elements to consider when designing a race car, and nobody knows this better than Tiger Racing, the University’s own group of students who build race cars from the ground up. The LSU Formula Student Automotive Engineering Club created Tiger Racing to compete in the Formula SAE Collegiate Design Series at the Michigan International Speedway this May. The competition features about 120 universities from around the world, all competing in various areas that test car designs, concepts and students’ understanding of the engineering behind their project. Mechanical engineering junior and Tiger Racing President Matthew Richards said the competition features dynamic and static events. “In the static events, you get judged on your presentation abilities, your cost-effectiveness of the car, your design of the car,” Richards said. “In the dynamic events, you have to actually race the car.” The Tiger Racing team is made up of roughly 30 students from different disciplines, and each shares

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Tiger Racing members, who will compete at the Michigan International Speedway, work on a race car Sunday in the Engineering Shops Building.

the task of designing and building the car from scratch, Richards said. Students are allowed outside consulting from faculty and alumni, he said, but according to the rules, they can’t physically help with the build at all. Tiger Racing’s car features a metal frame that sits low to the

ground, accompanied by large tires and a 600cc motor taken from a midlevel street bike, said mechanical engineering senior and Tiger Racing Team Captain Chad Becht. When completed, the car will weigh 450 to 500 pounds and have 80 horsepower, he said, and the gearing is set for the car to reach top

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speeds of up to 90 mph. The car is also capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in under three seconds. The car is still being built and won’t be finalized for a while, Richards said. However, there will be testing in mid-March that will RACE CAR, see page 4

Funding for higher education institutions such as LSU remains unchanged in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recently proposed executive budget for the 2014 fiscal year, according to officials within his administration. While the numerous budgets under the higher education designation total to $209 million less than the previous year, Assistant Commissioner of Policy and Communications Michael DiResto said this is because of the public-private partnerships pursued by the state for many of its public hospitals, including two within the LSU System. “In a nutshell, what you’re seeing there is the result of about a $223 million reduction in total interagency transfers,” DiResto said. This $223 million would have gone through higher education to funding the public hospitals, but with the pending public-private partnerships, that money has been reallocated to the Department of Health and Hospitals. This transfer does not signify a change in funding to higher education institutions like LSU, said Sean Lansing, press secretary for the governor’s office. The University’s Director of External Affairs Jason Droddy did not return calls Monday. Higher education institutions will see no change “after adjusting for items such as the $22 million annualization of the [fiscal year] 201213 mid-year budget reduction,” according to the budget. “The executive budget reflects $209 million less, but that is not a reduction to higher education schools,” DiResto said. Contact Clayton Crockett at; Twitter: @TDR_news

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INTERNATIONAL Horsemeat traces found hidden in frozen beef burgers, meatballs DUBLIN (AP) — So hungry you could eat a horse? Chances are, if you’ve regularly consumed processed-meat products in Europe, you already have. Since Ireland published surprise DNA results Jan. 15 showing a third of frozen “beef” burgers in Ireland contained at least a trace of horse, food scientists in more than a dozen countries have found the animal trotting into products where it was never meant to roam. European horse has yet to be detected in any products sold in America. Prosecutors seek trial for Costa Concordia captain after shipwreck ROME (AP) — Italian prosecutors on Monday officially requested an indictment of the Costa Concordia’s captain on manslaughter charges in the shipwreck of the cruise liner that killed 32 people last year off the Tuscan coast. Prosecutors based in Grosseto, Tuscany, also are seeking a trial for Francesco Schettino, the captain of the luxury cruise liner, on charges of causing a shipwreck and abandoning the vessel during the frantic and confused evacuation of passengers and crew.

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Advertising billboards for Ikea meatballs are taken down from a parking lot at the Ikea store in Stockholm on Monday after the firm became involved in the scandal.

Iranian government scoffs at Oscarwinning ‘Argo’; civilians welcome film TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian officials on Monday dismissed the Oscar-winning film “Argo” as pro-CIA, anti-Iran propaganda, but some young, moderate Iranians welcomed it as a fresh view of recent history. The movie, based on the escape of six American hostages from the besieged U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979, has not been screened in any Iranian theaters. In downtown Tehran, however, bootleg DVDs of “Argo” sell for about 30,000 rials, or less than $1.

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Coast Guard searches for family that abandoned sinking boat

BP charged with negligence as trial begins over 2010 Gulf oil spill

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — Crews searched by sea and air, seeking the public’s help Monday as they ramped up their efforts to find a husband, wife and two young children who sent a series of distress calls to the Coast Guard the day before, saying their sailboat was sinking far off the Central California coast and they were fashioning a raft from a cooler and a life ring. The unidentified family had been sailing a small vessel west of Monterey Bay, where strong winds and big swells made for perilous conditions. NYC police officer planned to kill estranged wife, eat others

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP put profits ahead of safety and bears most of the blame for the disastrous 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a U.S. Justice Department attorney said Monday in the trial over the spill. The trial could result in the oil company and its partners being forced to pay tens of billions of dollars more in damages. The London-based oil giant acknowledged it made “errors in judgment” before the deadly blowout, but it also cast blame on the owner of the drilling rig and the contractor involved in cementing the well. It denied it was grossly negligent, as the government contended.

NEW YORK (AP) — The estranged wife of a New York City police officer struggled to keep her composure Monday as she testified about discovering shocking emails and other evidence on his computer showing he had discussed killing her and abducting, torturing and eating other women. “I was going to be tied up by my feet and my throat slit and they were going to watch the blood drain out of me,” Kathleen Mangan-Valle told a Manhattan jury.

Prep school receives bomb threat, NSU campus partially evacuated NATCHITOCHES (AP) — Several buildings were evacuated for a time at Northwestern State University and classes were canceled Monday after the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, a college-prepatory high school housed on the campus, received a bomb threat. Officials said later Monday that no explosives were found and both the university and high school were declared safe.

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A 2010 explosion at the BP Deepwater Horizon offshore platform released an estimated 172 million gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico.

La. Tech men’s basketball moves to Top 25 for first time since 1985 RUSTON (AP) – The last time Louisiana Tech was this good, Karl Malone patrolled the courts on the university’s Ruston campus. Second-year coach Michael White might not have a leading man like Malone on his roster, but the program is back among the nation’s best thanks to an ensemble cast that hasn’t lost in more than two months. Louisiana Tech moved into the Top 25 on Monday for the first time since a 13-week run during the 1984-85 season, edging Colorado State for the No. 25 spot.




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Library showcases local African-American history History told through candid photographs Camille Stelly

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The “Blacks in the Red Stick” exhibit began Monday in Hill Memorial Library, featuring photographs depicting the everyday life of African-Americans in Baton Rouge between 1890 and 1947. The exhibit has eight prints, compiled by director of the African and African-American Studies program and associate professor of geography and anthropology Joyce M. Jackson. The photographs were pulled from Hill Memorial Library, the Louisiana State Library and the Louisiana State Archives. Jackson began collecting prints through the years and developed an interest in the history of African-Americans in Baton Rouge. “I look at photography as a way of telling a story, so I look at photographers as storytellers,” Jackson said. “Many of the pictures are depicting blacks in the subservient positions.” The images show AfricanAmericans building railroads, building the streets of Baton Rouge and working farms, along with one scene of Angola prisoners performing manual labor on a farm. Jackson said she wants people at the University to understand the important presence of African-Americans in the Baton Rouge community. “LSU is a major part of Baton Rouge that sits on the edge of the black community,” Jackson said. “This exhibit will bring the community to LSU, and LSU to

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the community.” photographs, she felt a need to According to Jackson, the show images that depicted people eight images selected show a on their own terms, as many of balance of life in Baton Rouge the pictures showed people perand also tell the story of African- forming labor. Americans and how they helped In addition to the “Blacks build Baton in the Red ‘I look at photography as Stick” exhibit, Rouge. “We have a way of telling a story, a complemena mother and a tary exhibit child in one im- so I look at photographers called “Portraits age,” Jackson of the Past: An as storytellers.’ said. “We have Archival Mysanother man sittery” is beJoyce M. Jackson ting in front of ing shown as AAAS program director the store, digwell. nified, to another lady with an “We showed these images to umbrella, looking very nice give another impression of blacks as if she is coming or going to with money,” Jackson said. church.” The difference between Hill Memorial Library Ex- these photographs and the ones hibitions Coordinator Leah Jew- in the first exhibit is that these ett said when going through the photos were asked to be taken,

according to Jackson. These photographs may be the only representation people had of themselves, so they dressed in their finest attire and posed with dignity, Jackson said. Both exhibitions will accompany an interdisciplinary symposium March 8 that will explore historical aspects of AfricanAmericans in Baton Rouge, desegregation, political issues, culture and the arts. Jewett said she hopes people will see the exhibition

and will add to the collection so there will be a complete representation of the Baton Rouge community. “Additions to the collection can include photographs, documents and maps,” Jewett said. The exhibition will run through April 13.

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“Blacks in the Red Stick” comprises multiple photographs of African-Americans relevant to Baton Rouge. The display will be available for viewing through April 13.

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It will probably be a year and a half before any new medical school program could open, Heymsfield said. The final plan must have the approval of the LSU Board of Supervisors, which has indicated its initial support. “It would be a place to train specialized kinds of physicians,” Heymsfield said. “Our focus is to train researchers. Those researchers would go on to be academics and physicians and repopulate the medical schools in Louisiana.” Students who wish to attend Pennington would apply for the LSU medical school in New Orleans but indicate an interest in research. Because it will be a branch campus, administrative departments such as admissions would remain in New Orleans, Heymsfield said. “We wouldn’t recreate all of that here,” Heymsfield said. “There would have to be some commuting back and forth.” He said student numbers are regulated, so schools cannot simply add students. Students from Pennington would come from the other LSU medical school campuses. The LSU System has approximately 1,200 medical students, said Samuel McClugage, assistant dean of Admissions at LSU Health New Orleans. “It might be based at Pennington, but it will be a collaborative effort with the campuses and other hospitals here,” Heymsfield said. Discussions with Pennington’s connection to Shreveport are only on the roughest level, but Heymsfield said there have been “good, spirited

collaborations and rapport with both the New Orleans and Shreveport campuses.” Robert Barish, chancellor of LSU Health Shreveport, referred questions to LSU Health New Orleans. To be a certified medical school, even a branch, the school must go through an accreditation process that requires it to have 10 years of funding on-hand before it begins, Heymsfield said. He is studying ways to fund the school, and there might be a bit of extra state funding available, as well as support from donors and small businesses, he predicted. Nelson said the cost to educate one medical student is approximately $55,000 a year. Because it is a public institution, state law would dictate Pennington’s tuition. LSU Health New Orleans’ yearly tuition is $20,590 for in-state students and $43,082 for out-of-state students. “In-state tuition is ridiculously low. … It’s free by national medical school standards,” Heymsfield noted. In contrast, students attending Tulane pay $51,000 to $59,000 a year. Pennington’s medical school would follow a slightly altered approach to traditional medical schools. Students are usually in the classroom for their first and second years, but rotate through hospitals their third and fourth years, Heymsfield said. “Actual medical school classrooms are only for the first two years. Because Pennington’s intended program is focused more on research,

The Daily Reveille we would probably house the third and fourth year students,” he said. Heymsfield said first and second year students would take nearly the same classes as most medical students, but with some tweaking to include more research. Third and fourth year students would conduct serious research. Heymsfield acknowledged some politicians are less than enthusiastic. “There’s a little bit of tension surrounding the idea among politicians in New Orleans that maybe the whole medical school might come here,” Heymsfield said. “After Katrina, the medical school did come here for two years. … We know it can fit, but more than anything, we want to collaborate and strengthen the medical school in New Orleans. … We don’t want to yank it out of New Orleans.” Nelson said he does not believe this will diminish the program at New Orleans. “The idea is to offer the students a wider range of options,” Nelson said. “We’re not trying to sacrifice one for the other. … We want to develop opportunities that will offer slightly different career opportunities for the students of Louisiana.” The school’s name has not yet been decided, Heymsfield said. “... It will have LSU in the title,” he said. “The rest of the name depends on who funds it and things like that. LSU Pennington and LSU School of Medicine are some names people have talked about.” Contact McKenzie Womack at

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 RACE CAR, from page 1

include driving the car for the first time to allow the team to assess what’s working and what isn’t, he said. University students have participated in the competition since the mid-’90s, when it began as a senior capstone project that paired engineering students in groups to build the car for a grade. A recent initiative from several students has turned the program that was at risk of shutting down into an official club open to all University students. “In the past years, it’s been [a capstone project], so only seniors were really part of building a car, and we’ve taken it out of that magnitude into a club where we can have students from across all curriculums,” Richards said. According to mechanical engineering senior David Yingst, a chief engineer for Tiger Racing, the new club format will allow a transfer of knowledge from one year to another – something that wasn’t possible with the capstone project. “We’ll be able to have the legacy of knowledge [and] improve on things from year to year instead of having to completely overhaul and reinvent the wheel every year,” Yingst said. Becht said the car’s goal this year was simplicity, which can eliminate potential failures down the road. Past teams haven’t done well, he said, because there was not enough time to test the car before competition and malfunctions inevitably occurred. Becht said the goal this year is to take a top-50 finish.

“It’s like a real-world engineering problem: you just have to figure out what your goal is and find a path to get to that goal,” Becht said. Tiger Racing will have more than one driver to handle the car in the various tests during the competition, but Becht said the team has an ace driver on its side that may give it an advantage. Mechanical engineering sophomore and Tiger Racing driver Steven Rougeou has two World Karting Association national championships under his belt, and travels across the country to compete in various races. Rougeou went to Michigan in 2010 but didn’t get to drive the car in competition due to electrical issues, he said in an email. Actually seeing the car function properly at the competition this year is Rougeou’s goal, and from there, he said, the team can build knowledge and experience for next year. “With any racing, experience is the deciding factor between winning and losing and keeping the tires on the car. I’m not the best racer by any means, but when you practice and do it enough times, you figure out all the secrets,” he said. Richards and Becht said the future is bright for LSU FSAE and Tiger Racing, and both said this year will be a starting point for the team to potentially grow into a world-class racing outfit. “We’re a bunch of volunteers out here – no money, no grades – we’re just doing it because we love it,” Becht said. Contact Jonathan Olivier at


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Tigers signee looks for state title

Bria Turner Sports Contributor

only during home meets and the postseason. “We want [Morrison] at 100 percent for postseason,” Breaux said. “Her history has shown that her ankles cannot take the

LSU signee and McDonald’s All-American Jarrell Martin is a big fish in a small pond. M a r t i n scored the first nine points in Madison Prep Academy’s 7538 win against Florien and finMARTIN ished with 29 points in the Class B regional playoff game. In its first playoff game, Madison Prep routed Forest High School 121-35 – a game in which Martin contributed 28 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and four steals. Three games stand in the way of Madison Prep’s first state title. Prep is a four-year-old school with 235 students, and the basketball program has only been around for three years. Madison Prep is in the LHSAA Class B, with five larger classes above it – Class B is the second-smallest in the state. Martin said he sometimes wished he went to a larger school because of naysayers, but loves attending Madison Prep. “There will be rumors going around that we’re only playing

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Junior all-arounder Sarie Morrison overcame six ankle surgeries to get a perfect 10 on vault during the home meet Feb. 15 against Arkansas. She doesn’t compete in the event on the road to ensure that she’s ready for the postseason, but still contributes on the uneven bars, in which she ranks No. 6 nationally.

Hard Landings Morrison excels for LSU despite multiple surgeries

Marcus Rodrigue Sports Contributor

When Sarie Morrison prepares to vault or leap onto the uneven bars, her focus is as tight as the screws in her left foot. After six surgeries, the

latest of which required screws to be placed in Morrison’s ankle, the LSU junior all-arounder finds herself competing with some of the top talent in the nation. Morrison recently earned the first perfect 10 of her career on vault, and she stands as the sixth-best bars

performer in the nation with a 9.890 regional qualifying score. But Morrison will not have the chance to show off her dominance on vault in road meets this season, as LSU coach D-D Breaux has decided to allow Morrison to compete on vault


LSU travels to ULL for first road game of the season Tigers last played at ULL in 2002 Lawrence Barreca Sports Writer

LSU and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette are no strangers to each other on the baseball diamond, but the Tigers will be in unfamiliar territory today when they travel on the road for the first time in 2013. The No. 9 Tigers (6-1) will visit Moore Field in Lafayette

for the first time in 11 years. LSU not sure there’s a lot of people who coach Paul Mainieri is expecting have a deep love for LSU over in the crowd to be Lafayette like they ready to welcome ‘It’ll be a very emotional do over here in its Baton Rouge Baton Rouge.” game, and everyone opponents. Mainieri said “We’re rehe’s looking forwill be fired up.’ ally looking forward to seeing ward to [tonight’s how his team hanPaul Mainieri game],” Mainieri dles its first road LSU coach said. “Lafayette’s challenge. a wonderful town. “It’ll be a very I have many, many friends there, emotional game, and everyone will and I know they love their Ragin’ be fired up,” he said. “I’m sure it’s Cajuns and I know they love col- going to be a great environment. lege baseball, too. I’m sure it’s goULL, see page 7 ing to be a raucous crowd, and I’m

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LSU sophomore left hander Cody Glenn (24) winds up Feb. 19 during the Tigers’ 8-1 victory against Lamar in Alex Box Stadium.

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Clapp shows promise on o-line Former LSU players

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Recruit is first OL in 2014 class

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Lawrence Barreca Sports Writer

LSU has had its share of quality offensive linemen come through the program, including recent notable players like junior guard La’el Collins and former Tigers left tackle Chris Faulk and center P.J. Lonergan. The program is hoping to develop another star in the trenches with 2014 commit William Clapp. Clapp, a junior at Brother Martin High School in New Orleans, is one of six current commits for next year’s class, and he’s expected to be a valued member of the group two seasons down the road. “He’s pretty polished,” said Mark Bonis, Clapp’s coach at Brother Martin. “Fundamental-wise, our offensive line coach does a great job preparing those guys for the next level. From William’s standpoint, he listens extremely well and he’s a very good student of the game.” At 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds, Clapp is an ESPN Watch List member and a four-star recruit, and gives the prospect credit for his ability to lock down opposing defensive linemen with his strong hands. Bonis believes his player still has plenty of room to grow, though. “Off the field, he’s a hard-working kid,” he said. “He’s still a baby, which is a good thing. He’s got a long way to go and there’s a lot of

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small schools in an easy classification,” Martin said. “But I love it here.” In the first year of its program, Prep won 16 games and lost in the first round of playoffs. Last year, the Chargers won 34 games, but got knocked out of the semifinals with a two-point loss to Simsboro. With the win against Florien, Prep’s record moved to 39-3 this season. “This year we’re at a good start,” said Madison Prep coach Jeff Jones. “Each year we’ve gotten better and better and better. It’s been a process.” Prep plays Zwolle, the defending state champions, in the quarterfinals today. Martin said he has confidence in his team and is excited about the chance to play for a state championship. “We’re playing good,” he said. “We just gotta finish. I got high confidence in our team, so I think our chances are pretty high.” Standing at 6-foot-8, Martin said he sometimes feels like he’s the tallest person on the court when playing Class B schools. When Prep plays bigger schools like Scotlandville, Parkview or schools in Texas, the players are closer to his size. Martin said he’s been


Then-LSU sophomore center P.J. Lonergan (64) works on blocking drills during practice March 16, 2010. LSU looks to rebuild its offensive line.

growing left to do. I’m looking for him to get in the weight room during this offseason and getting even bigger, stronger and bulkier.” The Southeastern Conference is renowned for its ability to groom defensive linemen, and Clapp will have to prepare for the challenging competition that lies ahead. Bonis is confident Clapp will be ready when the time comes. “We’re a 5A program down here, and we play some of the best programs from around the state,” Bonis said. “A lot of guys who are in the SEC are opponents he’s faced either in previous years or this year coming. As long as he matures and works hard from year-to-year and shows that improvement that he always has, then he’ll be fine.” For now, Clapp has to focus on compared to LeBron James, and although they are close to the same height, the comparison comes from the similar style of play. “It’s a great comparison,” Martin said. “When bigger guys [are] on me, I use my perimeter game and blow past them. When the smaller guys [are] on me, I go to the post and do work down there.” With scholarship offers coming from as far as St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y., Martin chose LSU so he could stay close to home and be near his family. “I’m not nervous to go to LSU because it’s home,” Martin said. “If I were to leave state I’d be nervous.” Jones said Martin signing to LSU and joining the McDonald’s All-American team are goals every young basketball player hopes for, but a state championship would be the cherry on a top of a great year. “It’s been a dream year,” Jones said. “What would make it perfect is if he could come out and win a state championship. That’s his goal, and that’s everybody’s goal.”

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his senior season. Though his fundamentals may be polished, Bonis still wants to see his young offensive lineman grow as a leader on the field. “It’s the gradual improvement that he needs to make from his junior year to his senior season,” Bonis said. “As of right now, he’s more of a leader by example, but there’s no doubt that we’ll be depending upon him this year to be more vocal as a leader. He just needs to work on the things that everybody needs to work on. The kid right now is an elite athlete as he is. He just really needs to get stronger.”

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Thirteen former LSU football players are attempting to impress scouts at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., which started Saturday and runs through today. The combine is these athletes’ biggest chance to raise their stock for the 2013 NFL draft, which begins April 25. Defensive end Barkevious Mingo had the most impressive outing of the former Tigers, finishing with a scouting grade of 92.8, according to, higher than any other defensive lineman at the combine. Mingo posted the position’s best broad jump distance with a 128-inch leap. He also finished second among defensive linemen in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.58 seconds and the vertical jump with 37 inches.

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Fellow defensive end Sam Montgomery also fared well with a vertical jump of 34.5 inches and a broad jump of 114 inches. He finished with a grade of 81.4. Linebacker Kevin Minter was given a grade of 84, the fourthhighest score among linebackers. Minter ran the 40-yard dash in 4.81 seconds, completed 25 reps at the bench press and had a 33-inch vertical jump. Free safety Eric Reid completed 17 reps at the bench press and finished with a scouting grade of 87.5. Cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, who was dismissed from LSU for violation of team rules prior to the 2012 season, also participated at the combine. gave him a grade of 77. Contact Tyler Nunez at; Twitter: @NunezTDR

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 body wasn’t able to hold up this year, obviously I wouldn’t have rigors of hard landings every sin- done it. But it’s holding up right gle meet. … We just decided that now, so I’m really happy.” we would rest her as much and as Morrison said the choice to often as we could and focus on withhold her from vaulting on the keeping her healthy and keeping road was a mutual one based on her fit.” discussion between her and the Despite Breaux’s reluctance coaching staff. to allow her to vault, Morrison “They just want to be cauanchors an LSU tious because squad ranked sec- ‘If my foot’s broken or they want me in ond in the nation not, I’m going to do this the lineup for on vault with a the postseason,” and get it done.’ 49.390 regional Morrison said. qualifying score. “… I trust them, Morrison has also and it is a good Sarie Morrison won 10 individual idea to take me junior all-arounder titles this season, out for the away seven on bars and three on vault. meets because we have a lot of Morrison received the South- depth on vault this year. There eastern Conference Specialist of are a lot of people who can fill in the Week Award for her efforts that are still really good.” against Arkansas two weeks ago, Breaux said Morrison usuwhere she recorded her perfect ally practices vault only one day 10 on vault and dominated un- a week, but retains her muscle even bars with a 9.90. memory through vaulting and Morrison’s success on vault landing drills. Breaux referred to comes half a year after doctors vault as the event most demandadvised her to give up the event ing on Morrison, saying nearly and stick to bars. every part of the vaulting process “It was a hard decision, and holds the potential for re-injury. I knew that I wanted to do vault “That’s the hard landing,” again,” Morrison said. “If my Breaux said. “The sprint, the

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The Daily Reveille board and the landing – all three of those are things that really tax [Morrison’s] ankles.” Morrison still competes on uneven bars every week, helping elevate LSU to a No. 8 national ranking in the event. Morrison said she still favors her right foot when she lands, but she agreed with Breaux that vault presented a greater chance for injury. The toughness Morrison exhibits in her constant battle with injuries can be best summed up by her performance at last year’s NCAA championships. She earned a Second Team All-American honor on uneven bars with a 9.875, all while competing on a broken foot that would soon be held together by a mass of metal. “At nationals, I remember dying in pain and thinking I needed to do this because it might be the last time I ever get to vault again,” Morrison said. “If my foot’s broken or not, I’m going to do this and get it done.”

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That’ll present its own challenge, but I’m looking forward to throwing our team into that environment and seeing how they handle it.” ULL has matched up well against the Tigers in previous seasons, as the Ragin’ Cajuns (7-1) have won two of the last four contests against LSU. Sophomore southpaw Cody Glenn will get his second start of the season, and Mainieri will again evaluate the lefty on the mound. Mainieri noted that ULL’s offense could present Glenn with a challenge. The Ragin’ Cajuns’ offense has scored nine or more runs in four games in 2013. “It’s going to be hugely important for [Glenn] to get us off to a good start,” Mainieri said. “You get into an environment like that, and the last thing you want to do is dig yourself a hole. Hopefully he’ll go out there and pump a lot of strikes. I’ve been watching the box scores for ULL, and they’ve been scoring a lot of runs this week.” Glenn is still vying for a potential rotation spot with senior No. 3 starter Brent Bonvillain running into trouble late in his previous start. Mainieri said he hasn’t decided how much of an effect tonight’s start will have on the weekend rotation. “It’s always an ongoing competitive situation,” he said. “One of those guys is certainly going to go to the bullpen when we get to the [Southeastern Conference], so right now it’s good for Glenn to get in these innings. My only concern right now is winning Tuesday night, and I just want him to pitch well enough for us to win. If he does, then he’s certainly in the mix [for a weekend rotation slot].”

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The band’s name, much like its choice of genre, had to be narrowed down. “It was sort of random. One of us came up with the name ‘Nothing But Loyalty,’ and we were tinkering around with that name and came up with ‘Nothing Of Loyalty,’” Ryan said. “We then felt it was too lengthy of a name and a lot of bands we were listening to OF LOYALTY, see page 11

WALLIS, see page 11

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University students bring pop-punk to Baton Rouge Entertainment Writer

Baton Rouge pop-punkers Of Loyalty didn’t always sound the way they do now. “We were going to be more of a hardcore band,” said graphic design junior Austin Ryan. Inspired by the sounds of With the Punches and Blink-182, Of Loyalty eventually chose to pay homage to its pop-punk

roots, toying with its sound until Of Loyalty decided to create its everything fit. own. The only Of Loyalty’s problem was the writing method lack of a local melded directly pop-punk scene in into the pop-punk Baton Rouge. style. While the “It was nonLocalband light members initially existent before,” wrote in more proSpot said graphic degressive styles, the sign junior Branband quickly realdon Coffee. ized if it wanted to be pop-punk, So, instead of turning away, it needed to change a few things.

Wallis was slighted during Oscars

How far is too far when picking on little girls? Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony and the aftermath have presented an interesting dilemma in the case of QuvenSAMANTHA BARES zhané Wallis, the 9-year-old Entertainment dynamo nomiWriter nated for her performance in 2012’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” In what can only be described as a satire on the Oscars proceedings gone horribly wrong, farcical newspaper The Onion dropped the “c-bomb” in a tweet mid-ceremony: “Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a cunt, right? #Oscars2013” The backlash that followed and led to a hasty deletion was unanimously against the use of such a strong, sexualized slur directed at a young girl for the purpose of a stupid joke. Onion CEO Steve Hannah has since released a statement apologizing for the tweet, saying it was a mistake that didn’t fit with the brand of humor typical of the paper. Speaking of stupid jokes, Wallis was the belle of the Oscars ball despite being repeatedly insulted by host Seth MacFarlane. MacFarlane’s performance, which was off-color at

[Top left, right] Graphic design sophomore Austin Ryan, vocalist and guitarist for Of Loyalty, sings Friday at Here Today Gone Tomorrow Thrift Store. [Bottom left] Ryan’s bandmates, business management senior Luke Cook, guitarist, and music performance sophomore Sean Cleere, bass player, play Friday at Here Today Gone Tomorrow Thrift Store.

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The Academy has lost its touch, needs a change KACE IN POINT KACI YODER Entertainment Writer The Oscars are predictable. This isn’t news to anyone. Anybody who knows two things about the film industry could have looked at “The King’s Speech” back during the heated 2011 Oscars race and called its win for Best Picture. A British political period drama with lush costuming set amid World War II, starring Colin Firth

with a speech impediment and produced by the Weinstein Company? Tom Hooper was probably clearing off shelf space before he finished shooting. The Oscars are usually predictable because they’ve been voted on by the same people since the first ceremony back in 1929. OK, not literally the same people, but according to a 2012 survey by The Los Angeles Times, Oscar voters are 94 percent Caucasian and 77 percent male with a mean age of 62. So, basically the same people. Perhaps back during the genesis of the film industry, when movies were made for crusty old

white men by crusty old white men, the Academy stood as a legitimate authority on cinema. But it’s not 1920 anymore, and the kinds of products being put out by creators have changed. There’s more diversity, more depth, greater scope. And yet, in the category of best actor in a leading role, only three people of color have won since 1980. Meanwhile, this year’s Suraj Sharma — star of “Life of Pi,” not that anybody would know based on the recognition he’s gotten — went without ACADEMY, see page 11

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at the time had two word names, so we just dropped ‘Nothing’ and became ‘Of Loyalty.’” The band then started focusing solely on writing choruses that would catch people’s attention.

WALLIS, from page 9 best, included a joke postulating about Wallis’s chances at a sexual relationship with George Clooney. So the context of The Onion’s tweet was not the best. Rather than looking as though it was a jab at the Oscars host’s poor taste in humor, it came off as an attack on Wallis herself. It doesn’t help that there was this pervasive condescending undertone on the red carpet in regard to Wallis insisting to be called Quvenzhané instead of “Little Q.” More than one news outlet commented on her “sassy

ACADEMY, from page 9 even a nomination despite carrying one of the nominees for best picture with two hours of acting essentially by himself. You know who did get a nomination for doing the same thing back in 2011? James Franco in “127 Hours,” and he also got to co-host the ceremony that year. Hm. It’s not all the Academy’s fault. Sometimes a film or a studio simply does not have the funds or connections to promote a film

“We all wanted to play something that sounded cool,” Ryan said. Of Loyalty, which also includes University students John Cleer and John Anny, manages to catch people’s attention during live performances. At an Of

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Loyalty concert, it is common for Luke Cook, business management senior, to wear a horse mask. The band also incorporates chants into its songs, which is most evident in the song “No One Can Escape the Color.” In an attempt to expand the

scene, Of Loyalty commonly books shows with bands that fit into other genres, hoping the audience likes what it hears. “Then some of those hardcore kids may see us,” Ryan said. Of Loyalty will record a demo

soon, and they’ll be at Here Today Gone Tomorrow Thrift Store on March 19.

attitude,” treating the incident like the antics of a silly child, rather than a justified reaction by Wallis to be treated like a person and not a convenient headline. Isn’t it more than a little rude and condescending to not only refuse to use someone’s real name when interviewing her, but to accuse her of being “sassy” for defending herself against this treatment? Well, it is one of the E! Channel’s resident fashionistas, Kelly Osbourne, who committed the offense. But if you are, say, an Associated Press reporter looking to interview an Oscar-nominated actress, no matter how young – and,

in your eyes, inconsequential and not worthy of respect – you need to do your research, learn how to pronounce her name and do not reduce her to a character she will play for your own convenience. If you don’t believe this is an issue, look at all of the comments supporting those who resort to nicknames. They are overwhelmingly dismissive of black women for giving their children names too ridiculous to pronounce. Let’s say it together: “kwuhVEN-zhuh-nay.” Meanwhile, critiques of The Onion’s role in the night are still rolling in. Fans seem to be split into two camps, condemning

either the tweet or the apology. Twitter user @Luvvie said, “If they called Suri Cruise a cunt, best believe that by MORNING, the entire staff of @TheOnionwould be at the unemployment office.” American journalist Joel Stein (@thejoelstein) weighed in as well: “We got that @TheOnion was making fun of our celeb-obsessed, celeb-jealous, celeb-dissing culture and not Quevenzhane Wallis, [sic] right?” Other fans agree with Stein that the newspaper was merely doing what it always had. No matter the spirit in which the tweet was made, let us all

hope that Wallis will not one day look back on her first Oscar nomination and see this controversy overshadowing her success.

enough to snag nominations. But if the Academy truly wanted to honor the overall best every year, they’d go looking for it instead of making it come to them. Ultimately, the Academy is out of touch. Often the Academy will throw people a bone with something like “Milk” in a desperate attempt to prove that they have progressive tastes and can recognize films about more “alternative” subject matter. Even then, though, “Milk” ultimately served as a vehicle for Sean Penn, an older white guy

who has long charmed the highwaisted pants off Oscar voters. Not that he’s not a strong actor, or that “Milk” wasn’t a solid movie — but don’t be fooled. Rarely will a movie win awards without the voters seeing some reflection of themselves in it. The Academy Awards, like every other part of show business, are just that: business. They’re just as much about politics and strategy as they are about talent, and that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. I’m not saying the

Oscars aren’t useful as a benchmark for some of the best filmmaking of each year or that they don’t honor worthy pieces and performances. But they’re not the end-all, be-all of film. Maybe in some magical future where everybody stands a chance at fair representation and voting for the Oscars strictly comes down to the merit of the performances, the Academy Awards could honestly reward the best of the best. But until then, let’s keep things in perspective and enjoy the Oscars

for what they are: a night for every big name in Hollywood to get dressed up and drunk together at the same time.

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SHUT UP, MEG MEGAN DUNBAR Columnist This week, we say goodbye to the shortest month of the year — the necessary Black History Month. The month receives much grief, most notably from Morgan Freeman, who said in a 2005 interview that the only way to end racism is to stop talking about it. I respectfully disagree. Racism does not disappear by a simple lack of discussion. This is something that can eventually happen, but Freeman seems to see the situation as somewhat rosier than I — more power to him. I side with historian Carter G. Woodson, founder of the original Negro History Week, who said this month should remain an institution until deemed unnecessary. The month is not a superfluous idea yet. Maybe in cultures where discrimination did not begin with a simple classification of skin color, you could argue this. The United States is not one of those places. It seems to always be the Europeans versus the darker-skinned world. We are taking steps in the right direction — and have been for years — but banishing Black History Month is not the right move. How would it look to cancel a month with actual significance while National Hot Dog Month lives on? Biology freshman Ben McHugh took a different angle, saying Black History Month used to be a beautiful thing, but “humans turned it into a heartless money grab.” McHugh said all awareness

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months have been over-hyped. Can you hype cancer enough? How about bullying or sexual assault? Some of them are ridiculous (see Jazz Appreciation Month), but many make sense and shine a light on an otherwise passed-over cause. Black History Month gives teachers a reason to focus on

African-American history in class, provides a reason to host awareness events and encourages do-gooders to do more ephemeral good. This is not something that needs to change. There is nothing to be gained by crossing Black History Month off the list of cause-supporting times. Arguing against Black History Month is like arguing against

Mother’s Day. Sure, we all know mothers exist and to be one is difficult, but that does not mean a day’s worth of extra attention serves them poorly. A month with more attention to race can serve us all well. To those who say there is no White History Month or anything else: Caucasians already dominate

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Resurrection? Hardly.” - owlafaye

“Resurrection? Of course. I saw Jesus rise from the dead one Sunday in Tillamook Oregon... He was in a white Cadillace convertible and I know it was him because he was with Elvis and Colonel Saunders. They were driving through a McDonald’s (Jesus likes to pizz off Colonel Saunders). Foolish story this here

“Why do you suppose an atheist activist, like Dan Barker, would spend so much time telling people that Jesus probably didn’t exist and that the 500+ first-hand account witnesses saw Jesus after his resurrection were “probably hallucinating” or “exaggerating” without providing any evidence for such a bold assertion?

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the history books, commercials and American popular culture. What more do you want? Plus, there is an Irish-American Heritage Month, a Haitian Month, an Asian-Pacific American Month, a Caribbean American Month and a Filipino American History Month. We don’t hear quite as much about those, and maybe that’s the base issue. If we as a nation paid more attention to these months — mentioned them in history classes and introduced literature from these cultures in English courses — we could be a more well-rounded people. Or maybe we would throw ourselves too many places at once, because there is no way to include everything in a curriculum. I am not saying there is no way to fit African-Americans and other minorities into the United States’ current narrative, just that setting aside time to acknowledge that we have not is better than ignoring the problem. Taking Freeman’s route would erase this nod, and considering we still have a number of people who voted against President Barack Obama just because he’s black, that nod is still imperative. Yes, there is progress. No, there should not have to be. But there is, and there should continue to be. And progress does not include rescinding February’s other title. Megan Dunbar is a 19-year-old English junior from Greenville, S.C. Contact Megan Dunbar at; Twitter: @TDR_MDunbar fetched fairy tale that illustrates the need for people to think critically when presented with foolishness.” - owlafaye

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Movie illustrates need for informant regulations BUT HE MEANS WELL GORDON BRILLON Columnist When a movie starring The Rock starts looking like a documentary, you know we’re beyond the pale. The People’s Champion’s new movie, “Snitch,” released this weekend, has the Rock going undercover with the Drug Enforcement Administration to reduce a prison sentence for his son. He soon finds he can trust no one and gets caught between unscrupulous, violent drug dealers and unscrupulous, violent federal agents. It’s a good enough excuse to watch The Rock punch people for an hour and a half, but it’s also disturbingly close to the truth. The use of drug informants in this country is a totally unregulated activity, and it puts lives in danger every day. In her recent article “The Throwaways,” which won a George Polk Award, New Yorker journalist Sarah Stillman investigated the use of young drug offenders as informants.

Under current legislation, there are essentially no restrictions on the use of informants; law enforcement officers can use anyone, ask them to do anything, promise them anything and then decide whether they want to keep their end of the bargain. California is the only state in the union with a law specifically limiting the use of informants — it says informants must be older than 14 years old. All this leads to is vulnerable people – children and teenagers, drug addicts and those with mental health issues, among others – being put in dangerous circumstances under the protection of people with zero accountability. In an interview with, Stillman told the story of Shelley Hilliard, a teenage transgender woman in Detroit who was caught smoking marijuana on a motel balcony. Police told her to have her dealer return to the scene or she would be incarcerated, “which, you know, was particularly troubling for her as a transgender person, obviously the implicit threats of sexual violence for someone such as her,” Stillman said. The next day, the police

allegedly released the dealer and told him Hilliard’s name. She was later found smothered to death, her body mutilated and set on fire. Now, I don’t think it was the police’s intention to have their informant murdered. Far from it. But as this horrifying case shows, when there are no guidelines on how police must deal with informants and the people they inform on, it opens the door for negligence. What needs to change is the attitude and behavior of police toward the people whose lives they control. I’m joking, of course — that will never happen. Law enforcement has always been an incredibly fraternal and insular institution. Specific legal controls must be put in place to regulate who can be used as an informant, how they must be treated and what they must be rewarded with for putting themselves in a life-threatening situation. What’s the point in asking a teenager to rat on another mid-level drug dealer when another will just pop up in his or her place? If you think I’m exaggerating, I’d urge you to read Stillman’s article. She details many more

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harrowing cases like Hilliard’s and shows how deep the legislative deficiencies go. Most importantly, we must keep in mind that lives are at stake. We’re conditioned to treat those inside the criminal justice system as nothing more than numbers, when these are real people whose relatively minor crimes have taken away control of

their lives. Gordon Brillon is a 19-year-old mass communication sophomore from Lincoln, RI.

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Louisiana voucher program not endangered by ruling RUN TO THE MILLS LANDON MILLS Columnist You only get one chance to educate your child. In Louisiana, if a child is in a poorly rated or failing public school, that child now has the opportunity despite family income to attend an alternate private or parochial school of his or her choice. Last spring, Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the Louisiana Scholarship Program into law, which resulted in 10,000 applicants and more than 5,000 scholarships granted from schools rated C, D or F to better alternatives than their underperforming public schools. In November 2012, State District Court Judge Tim Kelley ruled the program to be acceptable, but the funding mechanism, the Minimum Foundation Program, unconstitutional. The proposal to permit children in poorly performing public schools to attend a private school of their choice has met opposition from the two statewide teacher unions and the School Board Association. The Louisiana Scholarship Program funding mechanism will finally be decided by the Louisiana Supreme Court in a matter of days. The “survival” suit brought by the education establishment

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal receives applause from legislators March 12, 2012, as he addresses the state legislature on the opening session in Baton Rouge.

has revealed the true nature of the unions. The suit “is the latest study in how far the education bureaucracy will go to protect its money and power and resist the competition that comes from school choice, even when it means forcing kids to return to schools that steal their futures,” The Wall Street Journal noted last month. The suit comes as no surprise. This past summer, the Louisiana Association of Educators issued warnings to scholarship schools threatening litigation un-

less the schools formally promised the Louisiana Department of Education that they would not be accepting scholarship students. The opposition to school voucher programs by student unions is nothing new. Clint Bolick, vice president of Litigation at the Goldwater Institute in Arizona, pointed out, “In over two decades of school choice advocacy, I’ve never seen thuggery of this magnitude. What the unions can’t accomplish in the courtroom (or the Legislature), they’re trying to achieve through bullying

schools whose only offense is offering educational opportunities to children who need them.” Kelley ruled the program unconstitutional because of two of four statutes in the Act 2 law. When a trial court judge declares a state law unconstitutional, the law bypasses the appeals court and goes straight to the Louisiana Supreme Court. Unsurprisingly, the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, the Louisiana Association of Educators and the Louisiana School Boards Association also filed a cross appeal

stating the remaining two statutes were also unconstitutional. Despite the opposition’s best efforts to slow and stop the program, the Jindal administration will win no matter which way the ruling goes. Justices will hear arguments March 19 on the lower court’s ruling regarding the funding mechanism for the scholarship program. If overturned, Jindal gets the MFP funding mechanism he wants, and the program continues. If upheld as unconstitutional, a different means of support will be found because it is the mechanism and not the program on the line. In the meantime, the program’s progress is not slowed. The second annual Education Summit will be held April 19 in Baton Rouge at the Crowne Plaza with keynote speaker Condoleezza Rice. The scholarship program is also projected to double this year alone. Either way, the opposition will fail and the Jindal administration and children using the program win with or without their preferred source of funding. Landon Mills is a 21-year-old international studies senior from Sunshine, La. Contact Landon Mills at; Twitter: @landondeanmills

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UNIQUE 5 BED HOUSE FOR RENT! Enormous 5 bed/3 bath remodeled house for rent on 1661 College Dr. for $2250/mo. Roommates welcome w/co-signer! $1000 deposit. Large yard! Call (888) 602-5557 to tour today and move in February 20! NOW ACCEPTING DEPOSITS For Summer/ Fall 2013 for Lake Beau Pre Townhomes, Arlington Trace & Summer Grove Condos. 2 Units Available for Immediate Move In at Lake Beau Pre with Move In Specials Dean & Company Real Estate 225.767.2227 NOW LEASING FOR SUMMER/FALL 13 SUMMER GROVE & ARLINGTON TRACE CONDOS. Two & Three Bedroom Units Available. Reserved Tenant & Guest Parking. Gated Entrance, Clubhouse & Pool. Pet Friendly! Referral, Renewal & Early Bird Specials. Call 225.757.0250 & go to SUMMERGROVEBR. COM PROVENCAL DEVELOPMENT LLC 2403 Brightside Dr. email:

SKIM DARK CHOCOLATE MAN searching for fellow food enthusiast to marinate on dinner over dinner. Must not be afraid to order meatballs and have a Lady and the Tramp moment. We could then order Thai Rib’s from Zea’s and top it off with some hazelnut bread pudding. We could have a rooftop dinner for crying out loud! If interested, it would be grape if you could email me at ARTIST WANTED I’m looking for someone to be an artist for a comic. I’d write it, you’d draw it, and together we try to submit it to independents like Image. If you have any questions or if you’re interested please email me- megan.wagner89@ BLACK IPHONE 3G IN BLACK CASE Found 2/16 evening in the Union next to the computers by the student government office and Einstein’s. Belongs to someone named TYLER. Email me: adalto1@tigers.

VET ASST Pre-vet or animal sci major needed for immediate opening at small animal clinic in BR. 12-15 hrs/wk. Some lifting required. 225.927.7196

ROOM FOR RENT Large Room For Rent. NO Pets, Private Balcony. Close to LSU. Must have References. 225.955.1122

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