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Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee will meet with the University’s Transition Advisory Team during its fourth meeting from 5 to 9:30 p.m. tonight in the Lod Cook Alumni Center’s Abell Board Room. The meeting will begin at 4 p.m., and Gee’s visit will be abbreviated due to inclement weather that could affect his flights in and out of Baton Rouge. The Transition Advisory Team’s 10 members also serve as chairs of five subcommittees and a Legal and Regulatory Advisory Team, all of which are working together to develop a concept for the LSU System reorganization. Gee is just one of multiple higher education experts who has provided the Team with reorganization guidance. Currently serving as president of Ohio State, Gee is the University’s chief executive officer and oversees the University’s six campuses, 65,000 students and 48,000 faculty and staff members. Gee is considered a highly experienced and respected higher education authority, and he was named one of the top 10 university presidents in the country in 2009 by Time magazine. Gee served as president of Ohio State from 1990 to 1998 and began his second term in 2007. He also led Vanderbilt University from 2001 to 2007, Brown University from 1998 to 2000, the University of Colorado from 1985 to 1990 and West Virginia University from 1981 to 1985. The meeting will include subcommittee updates and a presentation from SSA Consultant Christel Slaughter on what the next steps of the reorganization process will be. The Team will submit its preliminary concept to the Board of Supervisors at its March 18 meeting, and the final concept will be submitted to the Board for approval this summer. The meeting will be streamed online at

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Students still want TAT representation Staff Writer

The Transition Advisory Team’s subcommittees held their kickoff meetings over the last couple of weeks, and while students on the subcommittees say they feel their voices are being heard, some say there should still be student representation on the Advisory Team.

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The Transition Advisory Team is examining the LSU System and will recommend a reorganization plan to the LSU Board of Supervisors. It will present its initial findings to the Board on March 18. Rebekah Jones, a geography graduate student on the Research and Discovery subcommittee, said REPRESENTATION, see page 4

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INTERNATIONAL Cuba looks to curb deadly scourge of people failing to use crosswalks HAVANA (AP) — Teenagers dash across a six-lane thoroughfare and launch themselves into the balmy waters of the Straits of Florida. A couple skips the sidewalk and strolls down an unlit street as bulky 1950s cars with bald tires and worn brakes zip past inches away. “Here there is no custom of using the crosswalk,” said Maria Rubio, a 55-year-old Havana resident who had just sauntered across the six lanes of bustling 23rd Street, mere steps from a zebrastriped crossing. “We simply cross wherever we are.” Palestinian-only buses presented by government set off uproar in Israel JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s decision to launch a pair of “Palestinianonly” bus lines in the West Bank on Monday — presented by the government as a goodwill gesture, assailed by critics as racism and welcomed by Palestinian riders — is shining a light on the messy situation created by 45 years of military occupation and Jewish settlements in the area. While full and formal peace remains distant, the Jewish and Palestinian populations of the West Bank are so intertwined that daily routines are often shaped in mind-boggling ways.

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People walk across the street Sunday in Havana, Cuba. Jaywalking is an endemic in Havana, where islanders treat the streets like a real-life version of “Frogger.”

Britain’s top gay-rights group calls for apology from Scottish cardinal LONDON (AP) — A Scottish cardinal who stepped down from church leadership after admitting sexual misconduct should apologize to gay people for his years of “vicious and cruel language” about them, Britain’s leading gay-rights group said Monday. Officials in the Vatican refused to say whether they would formally investigate allegations against Cardinal Keith O’Brien. He resigned last week as Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric after being accused of inappropriate behavior.

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Michael Jordan wants paternity suit dismissed, calls it ‘shameless’

Judge throws out Gov. Bobby Jindal’s teacher tenure revamp, salary laws

ATLANTA (AP) — Basketball hall of famer Michael Jordan asked a Georgia court on Monday to dismiss a paternity suit against him, calling it a “shameless, bad-faith attempt to abuse the legal system.” Jordan’s lawyer John Mayoue said in a document filed in Fulton County Superior Court that the six-time NBA champion is not the father of Pamela Y. Smith’s 16-year-old son. The paternity of the teen was “conclusively established” in divorce filings between Smith and her ex-husband, Jordan’s attorney wrote. Three female jurors chosen in Pa. abortion doctor’s murder trial

(AP) — A Baton Rouge judge threw out Gov. Bobby Jindal’s revamp of teacher tenure and salary laws Monday, saying the legislation was unconstitutional because it contained too many items spanning Louisiana’s education laws. Judge Michael Caldwell previously had thrown out parts of the education law that limited the authority of local school boards. But he had upheld the provision that made it harder for teachers to reach the job protection status of tenure and eliminated statewide teacher pay scales. Suspect in teen’s death, shooting released on bond given by supporters

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Three women were chosen as jurors on Monday for the trial of a Philadelphia abortion provider charged with killing a patient and seven babies allegedly born alive. Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, is charged with third-degree murder in a woman’s 2009 death during a botched abortion. He also faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the newborns’ deaths. Jury selection is expected to take a week, given the sensitivity of the abortion issue and the death penalty.

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An Atlanta woman filed a lawsuit Feb. 6 saying basketball hall of famer and Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is the father of her teenage son.

Twelve charged with manslaughter in Florida A&M University death ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Twelve former Florida A&M University band members were charged Monday with manslaughter in the 2011 hazing death of a drum major. Ten of the band members had been charged last May with thirddegree felony hazing for the death of 26-year-old Robert Champion, but the state attorney’s office said they are adding the charge of manslaughter for each defendant. They also have charged two additional defendants with manslaughter, though they have yet to be arrested.

LAFAYETTE (AP) — A college student accused of the first-degree murder of 15-year-old Austin Rivault and the attempted second-degree murder of two other Lafayette teens has been released on bond. The Advertiser reports Seth Fontenot, 18, was released from the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center just after 1 p.m. Monday. His attorney, Thomas Guilbeau, said supporters pledged about $630,000 in cash and property to cover his bond. Fontenot was arrested Feb. 10. after police said he shot three teenagers in a Lafayette neighborhood.




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Richardson: AgCenter unique, College ‘Jeopardy!’ must retain budget authority invites contestants Technology changes could be problematic Alyson Gaharan Staff Writer

The unique statewide operations of the LSU AgCenter make retaining authority, especially over the budget, crucial to any reorganization changes University leaders have in mind, according to AgCenter Chancellor William “Bill” Richardson. While many aspects of the University are located on campuses, the AgCenter is spread out across the state and often deals with small businesses and local clientele, making its daily operations different from most of the University. Two things are critical: the Ag- RICHARDSON Center must report to the president and must retain budget authority, Richardson said. “I’ve got 64 parishes. I have 200 agents out in the field who hardly ever come to the campus,” Richardson said. “A local vendor in Bunkie can’t wait 90 days to get

paid. They have to be paid when they deliver. There’s things the AgCenter has to do differently.” Richardson said the AgCenter’s contributions to the University, including its vast research, hinge on its ability to retain this authority. “The AgCenter has been very supportive of the reorganization process and is a vitally important component of a Flagship University enterprise,” said Interim LSU System President and Chancellor William “Bill” Jenkins. “The research conducted at the AgCenter is critical, not only to LSU’s performance in national rankings, but also to LSU’s impact across the state and nation through its various outreach programs.” Richardson isn’t the only chancellor concerned with reorganization changes that might threaten his institute’s authority. Paul M. Hebert Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss, among others, voiced concerns over the possibility of greater university control of other campuses. Jenkins acknowledged these concerns and said although titles might change, leaders should not be worried about major changes in authority. “I can’t speculate, but I’m confident there won’t be changes in the intrinsic function and organization

of the constituent campuses,” Jenkins said. “Leaders will be in place, but who they answer to is yet to be determined.” If reorganization changes result in more red tape for the AgCenter, it will not result in greater efficiency, Richardson said. “How we get information and how we work with our people is so different from what the campus has to deal with,” Richardson said. Changes in technology and management operations could be problematic for the AgCenter, whose clientele is often from smaller, more rural corners of the state. “Y’all are spoiled rotten. Right now my machine’s on Wi-Fi, but I get 20 miles out of town and have trouble getting Internet,” Richardson said. “We have offices around the state that have dial-up Internet.” Richardson said authority is not a matter of how money is spent or even what his title is. It’s a matter of how it handles things and cooperates with personnel. “When something leaves my desk… it doesn’t go to the campus for them to take a look at. That’s an example of budget authority that’s very critical to us,” Richardson said.

Online contestant test is Wednesday

After taking the online test, students who pass will be invited to an in-person interview in one of several cities across the country, according to the release. Last year’s winner was MonClayton Crockett ica Thieu, a psychology sophoNews Editor more from the University of North The award-winning game- Texas who became the youngest show “Jeopardy!” is inviting College Championship winner at college undergraduthe age of 18. Secate students from College Jeopardy! ond- and third-place across the country winners hailed from Championship: to test online for a Goucher College and chance to participate Who: Undergraduate Vanderbilt Univerin its annual “Jeopar- students sity, respectively. dy!” College Cham- What: Online college “Jeopardy!” has pionship. won the most awards contestant test The online colof any show on telelege contestant test When: 8 p.m. Wednesday vision, as listed in will take place 8 p.m. Guinness World Wednesday and feature “a wide Records, and boasts a viewership range of topics,” according to a of 25 million each week. news release. The winner of the “Jeopardy!” College Championship Contact Clayton Crockett at will win $100,000, while second; and third place offer winnings of $50,000 and $25,000. Twitter: @TDR_news

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Alex Box tailgating area expanded Gabrielle Braud

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Fans have a new area where they can tailgate at Alex Box Stadium after the completion of hard paving around a grove of sycamore trees to the west of the stadium, along with the addition of sidewalk paving around the area. The grove of sycamore trees where landscaping was added are remnants of the old golf course from before Alex Box Stadium was built. “We decided to keep the tree grove with future tailgating in mind,” said assistant director for the University’s Department of Planning, Design and Construction Dennis Mitchell. Mitchell said because the site was so close to the stadium and not being fully utilized, the Athletics Department wanted to design a more user-friendly area for tailgaters. “Tailgaters are going to find their spots; that’s just the nature of tailgating,” Mitchell said. The ground under the trees has been mulched, and there are plans to add more trees to the area. The hard landscaping around the site allows fans to better utilize the space and creates better access to the cub complex, Mitchell said. Adding paving to the area also gives tailgaters the opportunity to set

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The new tailgating area next to Alex Box Stadium is now ready for pre-game festivities.

up on both sides of the sidewalk. Mitchell said the Athletics Department intends to landscape more, but the short-term goal was to enhance the area for the fan experience, especially on rainy game days, by getting concrete down. “I have a feeling that it’s going to grow a little bit,” Mitchell said. “It looks successful.” Contact Gabrielle Braud at

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University Council on Women aims to monitor women’s issues Camille Stelly Contributing Writer

The University Council on Women will be monitoring the gender-ratio gap between full-time men and women faculty members through the LSU System’s restructuring, according to Director of the Women’s Center and member of the University Council on Women Summer Steib. From fall 1999 to fall 2012, there has only been a 5 percent increase — from 30 to 35 percent — in the number of instructional full-time female faculty employed by the University, while the number of instructional full-time male faculty has consistently remained greater than 65 percent. In fall 2008, the University saw its largest number of full-time women faculty at 456 out of 1,324 total full-time faculty, or 34.4 percent. It was not until fall 2012 that the percentage of full-time women faculty reached more than 35 percent in more than a decade. But the surge may be credited to a dip in total faculty in fall 2011, when it went below 1,200 for the first time since 1999. “We monitor university realignment to make sure there is equity in the process,” Steib said. “We look at the positive and negative impacts on women with the restructure.”


the process has been a good way for students to participate, but students need to be on the Transition Advisory Team. “There needs to be one graduate student and one undergraduate student on it. The subcommittees report to the Transition Team, which reports to the Board,” Jones said. “It keeps us three steps down. We should be included.” Academic subcommittee member and Director of Academic Affairs for Student Government Thomas Rodgers said student input on the Transition Advisory Team is important. “I would like to see a student representative on the Transition Advisory Team, but I don’t feel like there is a disregard of student opinion, because in my subcommittee, they were more than willing to listen to the students,” Rodgers said. Rodgers said the meetings are effectively educating those involved. “After my first meeting, I have a much better understanding of the roles that the units in the System play,” Rodgers said. “Chancellor Jenkins was more than willing to hear from the students. He made an effort to ask for student opinion, so I do feel like student voices are being heard.” Jones said the process has been enlightening. “I learned a lot about the structure of the system that I didn’t know,” she said. “The guest speakers that we’ve had come in have really put an emphasis on expanding research and taking better care of grad students,

One such action to increase and retain women faculty to the University is through the University Council on Women, made up of faculty and staff. According to Steib, UCW’s main goal is to investigate issues involving women, faculty, staff and students. The UCW also looks at issues involving campus safety and the health and wellness of faculty and staff. According to Kristie Galy, chair of the University Council on Women, the policies are not just for the betterment of women, but “for a better campus community all around.” As one of the four pillars of the University’s Flagship Agenda, diversity is meant to strengthen the intellectual environment of the University community by broadening cultural diversity, which includes increasing diversity among faculty, staff and students. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 58 percent of high school teachers are women. Steib credits that dynamic of a larger women ratio in K-12 education as being the nurturing side of education. “It contributes to the stereotype that women nurture and are caregivers,” Steib said. “But it takes a lot of resources to become a professor.” Despite there being a large ratio

difference of full-time women faculty to full-time men at the University, to some students, having either male or female professors makes no difference. “It doesn’t make a difference to me, as long as their teaching is adequate,” said international studies sophomore Justin Blanchard. The teaching styles between male and female professors are different and may vary depending on the gender of the student on a oneon-one basis, Blanchard said. International studies senior Audrey Robert also said the gender of the professor makes no difference as long as she receives adequate instruction. However, Robert said female professors seem less intimidating and more approachable. There is a large gap between the number of women and men in STEM fields, which comprise science, technology, engineering and mathematics. One goal of the Women’s Center on campus, also set up through the Flagship Agenda, is to look at the gap of women in STEM and work with STEM organizations on campus to ensure the recruitment and retention of women to these fields in the academic setting, Steib said.

so having two grad students on the subcommittee … we’re kind of the anecdotal example in the room. Our perspective is very fresh.” Technology and Operations subcommittee member and Student Government President Taylor Cox said the second meeting was better than the first. “My first meeting was very

long, and I didn’t feel like I got a word in, but the second meeting in Shreveport was phenomenal. I really feel like all of the participants were able to individually say the problems that we face,” Cox said.

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Mainieri: ‘There are steroids in college baseball. I’m pretty certain of it.’ Coach believes he faced steroids head-on when recruiting former junior college players in the past Chandler Rome Sports Writer

Editor’s Note: This is the second part in a two-part series detailing steroids and steroid testing among LSU athletes. LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri made no bones about it. “There are steroids in college baseball,” Mainieri said. “I’m pretty certain of it.” While he didn’t name any specific programs or players, Mainieri said he’s noticed the trend develop as his 31-year coaching career has evolved, admittedly caught off guard by the newfound reliance on supplements and proteins. Muscle Milk sponsors

the LSU baseball team, according to strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Phillips, and those drinks coupled with other energy bars, fruits and vegetables are plenty enough to sustain the athletes and give them the energy they need on and off the field. “There’s really nothing out there on the market that they could take, legally or illegally, that’s really going to help them STEROIDS, see page 7

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Players use sport to boost self-image Bria Turner Sports Contributor

The biggest players on a team sometimes have the biggest insecurities. But for some LSU women’s basketball team members, basketball has helped them improve their self-images. Freshman center Derreyal Youngblood, who was given the nickname “Tank” because of her big head as a baby, said she’s dealt with insecurities for most of her life. When she was younger, Youngblood said she never looked people in the eye when she talked to them because of her lack of confidence. She also said she would get upset about the way her clothes fit. “[My pants] would be ankle wipers, or sometimes pants wouldn’t fit my thighs,” Youngblood said. “They wouldn’t fit my waist or were too small for my legs.” Youngblood said until the seventh grade, she was the tallest person in her classes. When she transitioned to junior high, she said she had a realization, “Oh my gosh, there’s kids like my height.” Junior forward Shanece McKinney is 6 feet 4 inches tall. She said she wasn’t tall until she hit a growth spurt in eighth grade. But with a father standing at 6-foot-5 and a mother at 5-foot10, McKinney was never insecure about her height – her parents INSECURITIES, see page 7



LSU begins five-game week Tigers face Stephen F. Austin tonight Chandler Rome Sports Writer

As the No. 8 LSU baseball team begins its five-game week tonight against Stephen F. Austin, don’t be surprised if the usual faces aren’t gracing the Tiger lineup. In an effort to both give his starters a much-needed day off and get bench players game experience before Southeastern Conference play, LSU coach Paul

Mainieri said he’d be shifting the lineup starting with the Tigers’ (10-1) tussle with the Lumberjacks at 6:30 p.m. The shuffling began Sunday as junior outfielder Sean McMullen replaced sophomore Chris Sciambra in right field and at the top of the order after Sciambra cooled off at the plate after a hot start. McMullen, who responded by ripping a single and scoring one of the two Tiger runs, said Mainieri didn’t give him any advance notice of the start but he wasn’t caught off guard. “Coach Mainieri always tells us four outfielders [McMullen,

Sciambra and freshmen Mark Laird and Andrew Stevenson] to be ready no matter what,” McMullen said. Although Sciambra stumbled his way into a 1-for-11 slump in the three games prior to Sunday, Mainieri said his decision to play McMullen wasn’t at all a punishment or message. “I just wanted to give [McMullen] a game,” Mainieri said. “Chris Sciambra’s a very mentally tough kid, so I wouldn’t worry about that.” Mainieri said he also considered inserting true freshman LUMBERJACKS, see page 7

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LSU freshman right fielder Mark Laird (9) slides in to second Friday during the Tigers’ 4-3 victory against Brown at Alex Box Stadium.

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Stopping Turner key for LSU Marcus Rodrigue Sports Contributor

Texas A&M senior guard Elston Turner has paced the Aggies with 18 points per game this season and is tied for second in scoring average in the Southeastern Conference. But LSU held Turner to a meager five points in its 58-54 win against the Aggies on Jan. 23, and a similar defensive performance may be imperative for an LSU win as it travels Wednesday to College Station. “He had a tough shooting night here,” said LSU coach Johnny Jones. “He will definitely come out looking to shoot and make some shots in this game on Wednesday. … Our deal is to hope that we can just contain him, slow him down a little bit.”

Tigers jockeying for tournament seeding If the season were to end today, LSU would be the No. 9 seed in the SEC Tournament, which would slate it to play in the first game on Thursday, the second day of the tournament. But games against Texas A&M and Ole Miss during the final week of the regular season will challenge the Tigers as they try to maintain their first-round bye. As long as the Tigers stay at the tenth seed or better, they will not have to play on the first day of the tournament. “[LSU’s seeding] definitely matters,” said sophomore forward Johnny O’Bryant III. “Getting that bye on the first day is very helpful.”

three-minute performance against Tennessee two weeks ago, senior guard Charles Carmouche has been lighting up the scoreboard. Carmouche was one of the heroes of LSU’s triple-overtime victory against Alabama on Feb. 23, as he registered 20 points and 11 rebounds while playing all but one minute of the slugfest. The senior guard racked up a career-high 26 points as the Tigers defeated Arkansas last Wednesday, and he dropped another 21 in LSU’s loss to Missouri on Saturday. “He’s been aggressive just doing the things he knows how to do,” said junior guard Andre Stringer. “He’s been playing as hard as he can, not taking plays

Carmouche taking over Following his season-low

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LSU senior guard Charles Carmouche (0) dribbles past Texas A&M senior guard Elston Turner (31) on Jan. 23 during the Tigers’ 58-54 win against the Aggies.


Lady Tigers ranked Jones tabbed as ESPN analyst No. 22 in AP Poll Bria Turner

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The Lady Tiger basketball team is ranked No. 22 in The Associated Press poll, which is the first time it’s broken into the top-25 since three weeks into the 2011-12 season. LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said although the team doesn’t pay attention to whether it is ranked or not, she’s always known her players were capable of making one of the best teams in the country. “At the end of the day, our body of work is reflective of what the polls are saying about us,” Caldwell said. Freshman guard Danielle Ballard said she’s happy, but she isn’t surprised about the ranking. She said this is the way LSU was supposed to be playing the entire season. “I’m just happy to continue to be beating ranked teams and winning our games playing as a team,” Ballard said. “As long as we play as team, we’re going to continue to beat teams if they’re ranked.” Danielle Ballard receives fifth SEC Freshman of the Week award For the fifth time this season, the Southeastern Conference has honored Danielle Ballard with the SEC Freshman of the Week award, following back-to-back double-double performances in wins against Alabama and thenNo. 13 Texas A&M. Ballard has now earned the award more times than any other player in LSU history and leads the SEC in the number of times she’s received the honor

this season. “I broke a record,” Ballard said. “I am excited about that. I’m just honored to keep having Freshman of the Week.” Lady Tigers finished regular season with eight players After each practice, the LSU women’s basketball team chants, “eight is enough.” LSU is down to eight players after the loss of sophomore forward Sheila Boykin to Guillain-Barre syndrome. With eight players, LSU has beaten No. 7 Kentucky and No. 13 Texas A&M. Caldwell said the phrase refers to accountability. “We want them to know that each player has an important role to play,” Caldwell said. “When you look at the rest of the season, SEC and NCAA, those eight can get themselves into a championship situation.” Caldwell also said the team has responded well to not only losing Boykin, but also freshman guard Kuaneshia Baker and the five 2012 seniors. “Considering what we’ve been faced with … this team has really responded in a tremendous way in showing how competitive their spirit is … and more importantly, becoming a better team,” Caldwell said. “When you’re playing for something bigger than yourself, you can pretty much accomplish anything.”

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Former Lady Tiger and twotime Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones will be an ESPN analyst at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend, where the No. 1 Lady Tigers will compete for the title. Jones works out regularly with the curJONES rent members of LSU’s women’s track team and said in an interview with The Daily Reveille on Monday that will help her while she works as an analyst Friday and Saturday. “I think it’s going to make a job a little bit easier since I know them, I know their stories,” Jones

said. “So it would make my job super easy if they win. But I think they will; they’re in a good position to win.” Jones’ debut as an analyst was with Eurosport in 2009 at the world championships when she had the fastest time in the world in the 100-meter hurdles. An injury kept Jones from competing, so she attended the meet as a sideline reporter, which she said was odd. She compared it to Kobe Bryant working as an analyst on the sidelines of a championship. “I had the fastest time in the world, and I literally had to interview the girls as they cross the line,” Jones said. “And after the race I still had the fastest time in the world.” The gig at ESPN this weekend would help her ease into a life after competition while also allowing

her to stay involved in the sport she loves, Jones said. “[Track and field] is a passion of mine,” Jones said. “Maybe one day, I’ll do [work as an analyst] after I’m done running. It’s another thing I’ll have on the résumé. You can’t run forever.” Outside of her athletic ability, Jones is widely known for her tweets, some of which have caused controversy. Her Twitter account has 344,046 followers. Jones said she’ll keep the world updated during her time at the championship meet, but she’ll keep it business on TV and save the jokes for Twitter. “I’ll probably tweet the stuff I can’t say on TV,” Jones said.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013 STEROIDS, from page 5 that much,” Phillips said. As Mainieri stood firm in his assertion that steroids are prevalent in the college game, his players took a slightly different tone, doubting steroids had reached the Division I level. Both sophomore pitcher Aaron Nola and senior first baseman Mason Katz didn’t rule out the possibility that steroids are used, but said they had never associated with or met anyone who had taken them at the Division I level or while playing in summer leagues. Summer leagues present a new challenge to Phillips, head trainer Jon Michelini and coordinator of sports nutrition Jamie Mascari, as they are unable to keep watch on players as the athletes scatter to different leagues, but remain under the NCAA’s random drug screening. “I’ve known athletes who have gotten tested over the

page 7 summer,” Michelini said. “They’ll be up at the Cape [Cod Summer League], and they’ll contact the individual randomly and do a test on-site.” THE JUNIOR COLLEGE DILEMMA In addition to faster players, stronger arms and stiffer allaround competition, juniors Sean McMullen and Christian Ibarra faced a new challenge off the field coming from their respective junior colleges. “My school [Rio Hondo College] did not get tested at all,” Ibarra said. McMullen said his time at Delgado Community College was exactly the same — no drug testing. Junior colleges don’t fall under the same realm as NCAA, making their testing policies almost nonexistent and totally dependent on the school and what it can afford. While both McMullen and Ibarra said they haven’t dabbled

in performance-enhancing drugs, both consented it would have been much easier to cheat at their former schools and even questioned some teams they played against. “You play some players just from some small towns, and you question,” McMullen said. “You can make your own judgments, but really that’s as far as it goes.” Mainieri has seen the contrast firsthand, acknowledging that during his tenure at LSU he and his staff have recruited junior college players that weren’t the same once they arrived on campus. Keeping his firm stance, Mainieri did not implicate anyone on the current LSU roster and attributed his past faults to simply being naive. “In retrospect looking at it, I’m now a little smarter and would recognize that [the players I recruited] were doing something artificially to help

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always told her it was a beautiful thing. This size of her feet was another story. “When I was shorter, I had big feet,” McKinney said. “I used to feel like, ‘Oh my God, I’m a clown.’ When I got taller it kind of matched, so I grew into it.” People usually assume McKinney plays volleyball or basketball, and she said she loves her height and embraces it. “I wear heels and everything,” McKinney said. “People say, ‘You’re so tall, why do you wear heels?’ I’m like, ‘So, just because I’m tall doesn’t mean I can’t wear heels.’” LSU coach Nikki Caldwell recalled asking an elementary teacher why the students had to be lined up shortest to tallest because it wasn’t fair that she always had to be last. But other than that, the 6-foot coach said she couldn’t think of any insecurities she had about her height while RICHARD REDMANN / The Daily Reveille

LSU senior southpaw Brent Bonvillain (49) pitches Feb. 23 during the Tigers’ 9-4 loss to BYU at Alex Box Stadium. Bonvillain will start against Stephen F. Austin tonight.

an injury.” The Lumberjacks (3-6) will Chris Chinea at catcher for Sun- send senior righty Justin Choate day’s 2-0 win against Nicholls to the mound, facing LSU senior State, but after conversing with southpaw Brent Bonvillain, who pitching coach has a 3.12 ERA in Alan Dunn, he ‘We’re 11 games into three appearances stuck with junior this season. the season now, so I’ve Ty Ross. Bonvillain While bench got to use some of these will have a tough players have act to follow gotten action other guys just to keep as Tiger startin mop-up duty ers did not allow them sharp.’ during late inan earned run in Paul Mainieri nings, Mainall three games LSU coach ieri said tonight over the weekand Wednesday end. The last would prepare them for unfore- time a starter surrendered an seen injuries sustained through earned run was Feb. 24 against the grind of conference season. Southeastern Louisiana. “We’re 11 games into the season now, so I’ve got to use some of these other guys just Contact Chandler Rome at to keep them sharp,” Mainieri; said. “You never know when there’s going to be a little bit of Twitter: @Rome_TDR

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them in junior Mainieri said.


MAJOR LEAGUE INFLUENCE Both former LSU first baseman Blake Dean and LSU pitching coach Alan Dunn have been there before. Dean, who spent three years in the Dodgers’ farm system, rejoined the Tigers this season as an undergraduate assistant coach and said testing in college equals or outnumbers the farm system and MLB testing. “I honestly think I probably got tested here, in a matter of four years, eight or nine times,” Dean said. “You get popped a lot. In pro ball, I was there for three years, and they did it about four or five times.” Dean said catching cheaters is becoming increasingly difficult as the technology has led to keeping banned actions under wraps. Dunn, who spent 22 years in professional organizations before becoming the Tiger pitching growing up. “I actually enjoyed being tall up until the time you start liking boys, then they’re always shorter than you,” Caldwell said. “Other than that, it was great because everybody wanted to pick you on their team.” Caldwell said taller people see the world differently than most people do, so their height should be appreciated. “You don’t miss a lot, and people don’t miss you,” Caldwell said. “You pretty much stand out, and that’s a good thing.” Caldwell said height is out of a person’s control, but a positive attitude and good health is not. Basketball helped improve Youngblood’s maturity and confidence level. She learned to embrace her size and look people in the eye. Basketball also introduced Youngblood to people who had physical and mental similarities to her, Youngblood said, including her best friend Amber Cooper, who plays for Boston College.

coach in 2011, questioned why anyone would want to risk the opportunity to play at such a young age, when most amateur athletes are focused solely on making a career of the game. “I hope they look at it as keeping the game pure,” Dunn said. “Letting your abilities and letting what you do on the field take over and play the game with what God-given ability you have.” Mainieri agreed with Dunn in saying the end of the season’s rewards taste even sweeter after it’s all done right. “Not only are we going to not look for shortcuts, we’re going to intentionally do it the hard way,” Mainieri said. “Because when we hold that trophy over our heads, we want to know we did it the right way.” Contact Chandler Rome at; Twitter: @Rome_TDR “That was my first time ever seeing a female athlete that was my height and as goofy as me,” Youngblood said. “She brought out my personality because she was all out and open, and I was all shy, and I realized, ‘Hey, she’s proud of her size, why can’t I be?’” Caldwell said athletics builds self-esteem; conditions the mind, body and spirit and allows players to learn to communicate and collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds. But Caldwell said being a member of any type of team is just as beneficial to battling insecurities. “Everyone should be doing physical activity of some sort, but belong to a team,” she said. “Whether you’re in a band or some type of club organization — checkers or chess — belong to something, represent something more than yourself.” Contact Bria Turner at

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Northgate Tavern changes name

Students show off meaningful tattoos

A walk around campus will reveal many University students showing off tattoos of different shapes, sizes and colors. They can be memorials or represent

something important to the wearer. Each tattoo is a tiny work of art as original as the individual wearing it. Here are just a few of LSU’s tattoos.

Chimes Street bar now ‘The Library’

Julie Liu, pre-nursing freshman

Samantha Bares

“‘Wanderlust’ represents my love of travel, the magnolia is Louisiana’s state flower and the plum blossoms are Taiwan’s national flower. There’s a branch connecting them to connect my two cultures.”

Cody Leegwater, chemistry freshman “My bird tattoo reminds me of my great-grandmother, who used to embroider and needlepoint. She passed away six years ago, and every time I look at it, I think of her.”

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Katie Picou, animal science freshman

Karl Acker, sports administration senior

“My tattoo is a memorial to my two grandfathers. They passed away within two days of each other. The dove represents my grandpa Arthur, who liked birds. The American flag represents my grandpa Buddy, who was a proud American.”

“My tattoo, a cross, is a memorial to my older brother, who was stillborn. My younger brother designed it.” compiled by MARIE CHANEY;


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Don’t bother bringing study materials to this hangout. Campus staple Northgate Tavern is holding its grand re-opening party Friday, debuting its new name — The Library ‘They also at Northgate — and a new seem to management welcome you attitude. The bar and actually was called Liappreciate brary Joe’s for 30 years until that you are 1999, accordthere.’ ing to manager J.D. MenchaShane Cone ca. Since then, geology senior it has assumed many names, including Ichabod’s and Northgate Tavern. Menchaca said the name needed to be changed to separate the bar from bad past associations and to give a nod to the time when the bar was thriving and popular. With this and other strategies, Menchaca and the two other NORTHGATE, see page 15


Renowned trumpet player performs with students Program arranged for Wayne Bergeron Daniel Catalanello Entertainment Writer

Wayne Bergeron, worldrenowned trumpet player, has played with everyone from Beyoncé to Ray Charles. Tonight, he will add the University School of Music students to that list. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Union Theater, featuring both the LSU Jazz Ensemble and Lab Band with Bergeron as guest. Bergeron, in addition to playing with artists as diverse as Earth, Wind & Fire, Celine Dion and Gwen Stefani, has

appeared on more than 300 TV and motion picture soundtracks, including “The Incredibles” and “Toy Story 3,” according to a news release. Most recently, Bergeron played during the 85th Academy Awards. Trumpet and jazz studies professor and director of the concert Brian Shaw said part of Bergeron’s success can be attributed to his mastering of the higher registers of his instrument. “Entire movie soundtracks are written with him specifically in mind. He has played on nearly every TV series or movie soundtrack featuring the trumpet that has been recorded in Hollywood for the past 20 years,” Shaw said. TRUMPET, see page 15


The Lab Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble rehearses for a concert. The musical groups will perform with Wayne Bergeron tonight.

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University student makes New Orleans Fashion Week debut Ella Rose shows off floral, retro designs Marie Chaney Entertainment Writer

University senior and emerging designer Ella Rose showed her debut collection at New Orleans Fashion Week on Sunday. Her first collection is composed of 14 ’60s-inspired looks, featuring intricate floral prints, feminine dresses and strong-shouldered jackets. Many of Rose’s pieces showcased her signature screen printing technique. Rose said every second of

stress was worth the payoff. “I haven’t slept in two weeks, so I’m incredibly exhausted, but I’m already excited to start planning and creating my second collection,” she said. After the show, Rose mentioned a few business meetings are in the works, and her clothes may be picked up by New Orleans boutiques soon. “I want to take more risks with my second collection,” Rose said. “I want to continue utilizing my screen printing technique, but I also want to challenge myself and experiment with bolder silhouettes. I still love the idea of a simple silhouette with a gorgeous print.”

Of all the looks in her collection, Rose is most proud of her final look, a pink and gold floral fit-and-flare dress. Rose said she strives to create “wearable art” with her designs. Rose’s first Fashion Week showing has made a mark on her career — and her hand. Rose said her new tattoo, a small button, represents her debut collection and blooming career as a designer. Rose said she plans to move to New Orleans after graduation to join the growing fashion scene. Contact Marie Chaney at

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In these photos, models showcase the many different designs from apparel design senior Ella Rose on Sunday for New Orleans Fashion Week at the Saratoga.

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Hunter said. The program tonight will As for the students playing feature songs written or arranged tonight, this concert presents a specifically for Bergeron, includonce-in-a-lifetime opportunity. ing “Maynard and Waynard,” “He is probably one of the which is to be played by the Lab best musicians I will ever get to Band. The second half of the conplay with,” said Dustin Hunt- cert will feature the Jazz Ensemer, saxophone ble playing songs performance LSU Jazz Ensemble and made famous by junior. late Jazz Lab Band with Guest Bergeron’s Hunter is collaborator MayTrumpet Soloist Wayne playing with the nard Ferguson, inJazz Ensemble cluding, as Shaw Bergeron: and said he looks said, “a couple of forward to play- Where: LSU Union Theater surprises.” ing lead alto for When: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. tonight “I’m excited the first time in Cost: $12 for students with ID; $17 for people to hear a big band with us. I’m playing none other than for faculty, staff and seniors; $20 for alongside some of Bergeron sharing the public the best musicians the stage. in the School of “It’s definitely a great hon- Music,” Dustin said. or and an amazing opportunity With Bergeron as one for everyone in jazz ensemble,” of the most active trumpet

players in the music business today, his involvement with the School of Music is that much more meaningful. Shaw praised Bergeron, not only for his technical ability and improvisational skill but also for his generosity. “Several of my trumpet students happen to be graduating this semester, so this concert is a really nice capstone to their years here at LSU,” Shaw said. “It’s always a privilege to play with someone of his caliber, who is at the very top of the music business internationally, so for our students, it’s an event that I know they won’t forget.”

has seen an improvement in the atmosphere since the new managers plan to repair the estab- management took over. He lishment’s finances, structure and said he intends to frequent The reputation. Menchaca said he has Library more because of the been thinking about the purchase, changes. which was finalized in NovemTerrence Joubert, mechaniber, for years. cal engineering “As much as Grand re-opening party for sophomore, said I like Northgate The Library at North Gate: some may get Tavern as it is confused with now, I can com- Where: W. Chimes Street the name change, pletely respect When: 8:30 p.m. Friday but he hopes the the new owner’s bar will receive desire to resurrect Cost: No cover much-needed an old LSU tradipublicity for tion,” said accounting sophomore it. Joubert said he will Peter Bernzen. continue going no matter the Bernzen said the story often name. told is that students in the days of Geology senior Shane Cone Library Joe’s could tell their par- isn’t drawn to the new name in ents they spent Friday night at the particular, but said the environlibrary without lying. ment is more welcoming under Bernzen added that he the new management. He said the

events and music have won him over. “They also seem to welcome you and actually appreciate that you are there,” Cone said. Booking manager and promotions director Jay Price said the bar will now have a more consistent event calendar, with themed nights almost every day of the week, including Karaoke Monday and live music every Wednesday and Friday. Price said the grand re-opening party will not have a cover and several local bands, including Shoelace and Nil the Prophet, are scheduled to perform. It starts at 8:30 p.m. on Friday.

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Bands turn away from major labels The days of major labels and A&R reps are over. Instead of jumping through hoops to impress a record label representative who may or may not actually come to a show, more bands are turning down avenues they know they can trust — friends. More often than not, bands find friends who have some sort of equipment used for sound recordREBECCA DOCTER ing and, if they Entertainment have the right Writer connections, sometimes those friends will even start their own labels. That’s what happened with Saddle Creek Records, a label started as a class project. Saddle Creek produced records for bands solely in its local scene until it got on its feet. It was started by Mike Mogis and Justin Oberst — Mogis is one half of the indie acoustic outfit Bright Eyes, and Oberst is the brother of the other half, Conor Oberst. If a band doesn’t have recording equipment or famous friends. Crowd funding is another solution. When T-shirt sales and basement recorded demos aren’t enough to keep a band on the road, some turn to “crowd funding,” a phenomenon that has spiked in recent years. Crowd funding is a quick alternative to the demanding process of thinking up creative ways to ask fans for money at shows. A band will say up front what fans can expect when a certain donation amount is reached. Crowd funding is also a more universal way for bands and

musicians to raise money for recording. Instead of having a tip jar at shows and hoping for the best, bands can utilize the Internet. One such avenue many bands and musicians are using today is Kickstarter, a private for-profit company whose website is used exclusively for crowd funding. Kevin Devine, a musician from Brooklyn, N.Y., is a prime example of how quick and effective a crowd funding campaign can be. Earlier this year, Devine started a Kickstarter campaign to fund his projects. He promised two albums, one with Rob Schnapf, co-producer of two Elliot Smith records and one with Jesse Lacey, vocalist for Brand New and co-owner of the label Procrastinate! Music Traitors, both of whom Devine has worked with in the past. Devine also promised a tour scheduled for later this year. As a result of his crowd funding campaign, Devine raised $114,805 to produce the two albums. Part of the reason so many bands and musicians are looking for other ways to get their work out there in demos and MP3s is how fast the music industry is moving in our generation. Bands and musicians don’t have the time to wait around and hope their music is discovered — they have to go out and make sure people discover it. Being creative with your friends and crowd funding are two fairly simple ways to make this happen.

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Bradley Manning trial disconnects transparency, treason MANUFACTURING DISCONTENT DAVID SCHEUERMANN Columnist There’s often a fine line between patriotism and treason. Colonial soldiers in the American Revolution were treasonous toward their British rulers, but they also held an attachment to the colonies. Depending on who you asked, they were either filthy traitors or honorable patriots. Bradley Manning finds himself in a similar situation. The 25-year-old intelligence analyst has admitted to leaking classified U.S. diplomatic cables and military documents to the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. After spending more than 1,000 days in military custody, Manning pleaded guilty to 10 lesser charges of the 22 brought against him last week. The United States unquestionably views Manning as a traitor, charging him with violating the Espionage Act by “aiding the enemy,” a charge that carries the possibility of life in military custody. Manning, however, paints himself in a much more patriotic light. Manning told the military court that he “wanted the American public to know that not everyone in Iraq and Afghanistan are targets that needed to be neutralized.” “I believed that if the general public, particularly the American public, had access to the


Law school column neither fair nor accurate The headline on John Polivka’s Feb. 21 column, “LSU Law School crumbling from pedestal,” was neither supported by the text of the column nor otherwise fair or accurate. Although it is true that applications for admission to LSU Law are down substantially this year, this decline reflects a well-documented national trend that most attribute to nearly five years of weakness in the national marketplace for legal jobs. The decline in applications here at LSU Law is more or less in line with a similar trend at other law schools.

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Bradley Manning steps out of a security vehicle Nov. 29, 2012, as he is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., for a pretrial hearing. Manning is charged with aiding the enemy by causing hundreds of thousands of classified documents to be published on the secret-sharing website WikiLeaks.

information…this could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general,” Manning said. Manning has a point. The video he leaked, which WikiLeaks unfortunately dubbed “Collateral Murder,” revealed the accidental killing of journalists working in Iraq. The Iraq and Afghanistan documents shed light on civilian casualties, abuses committed by Iraqi soldiers and the hiring of male child prostitutes by a defense contractor. Even the diplomatic cables

Manning leaked were valuable to the public, demonstrating how Yemeni officials covered up for the U.S. missile strikes in the region or how the United States and Britain eavesdropped on then-United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan before the Iraq invasion. However, the government doesn’t care for Manning’s argument. The government, especially under the Obama administration, has been aggressive against whistleblowers and leakers. Under Obama, the Espionage Act has

been used six times against those accused of leaking classified material – twice the number of times it was used by previous presidents. They argue that Manning knew he would be “aiding the enemy” by releasing the information on a public website. Prosecutors may even call a Navy SEAL, possibly one who was involved in the raid against Osama bin Laden, to testify that the terrorist leader had sought access to the leaked material. If that isn’t grasping at a definition of “aiding,” then I don’t

For example, as of Feb. 15, 143 law schools out of approximately 200 in the United States reported an application decline of 20 percent or greater; 73 schools reported a decline of 30 percent or greater. It is hardly the case that this broad adjustment in the legal education marketplace reflects any intrinsic weakness or “crumbling” of our program of legal education, as the headline on Mr. Polivka’s column so unfortunately suggested. In fact, by every objective measure, LSU Law’s star continues to rise. We have been ranked the No. 3 Best Value Law School in the nation by the National Jurist/Pre-Law Magazine in 2012; we remain solidly positioned among the Top 100 American law schools (currently at No. 79) in the 2013 U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate Schools; and we have been named the No. 1 school in the nation in terms of first-time bar passage

ratios in a predictive statistical model based on LSAT scores (Feb. 2012). Perhaps most significantly, some 93 percent of the graduates of the LSU Law Class of 2011 — the most recent class for which we have complete data — were employed as of nine months after graduation (95 percent reporting). When that data is broken down in greater detail, LSU Law actually ranked 11th in the nation in the percentage of 2011 graduates employed in full-time, longterm legal jobs within 9 months of graduation, according to an analysis published in June 2012 by The Wall Street Journal. No other Louisiana law school came close to that mark in the Journal’s analysis. In recent years, we have enhanced our program on many fronts. We have created a vibrant live client law clinic and externship program that provides dozens of our students each year with real-world

experience. We have created a new Energy Law Center to provide our students with broad training (and to prepare them for good jobs) in the critical energy sector. We have dramatically increased the diversity of our student body. We have changed outdated student educational policies and brought our grading system in line with other law schools. We have revitalized our faculty with highly promising law teachers and scholars — as we like to say, we have created the LSU Law “faculty of the future.” We are disappointed, of course, that we are not among the five (yes, only five) law schools in the nation enjoying an application increase this year. We think we should be. We wonder whether we are being lumped together with the many law schools dependent upon national law firms that have drastically curtailed hiring since 2008 while Louisiana firms, the core employers of

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know what is. Should any journalist who discovers that the United States killed civilians in a missile strike be charged with “aiding the enemy” because his piece was being used by terrorists for recruiting? I don’t think so. In fact, Manning initially went to The New York Times and The Washington Post before submitting the documents to WikiLeaks, according to the Times’ Charlie Savage. I don’t think someone antagonistic toward the United States would go to such sources first. Manning’s struggle does demonstrate, however, the differences between the older, entrenched generation leading the country today and the younger one that is so affected by technological innovation. No one is arguing that all information should be publicly available or that there is no use for classifying certain data. However, there is an argument that the government should be more transparent and that there is plenty of classified information the public should know about. And there’s nothing traitorous about that. David Scheuermann is a 21-year-old journalism and computer science junior from Kenner.

Contact David Scheuermann at; Twitter: @TDR_dscheu our students, have not. In any event, though, we are hardly a “crumbling pedestal.” We expect to attract another outstanding entering class in fall 2013 and to continue without a hitch on our upward trajectory of recent years. I’m not sure if Mr. Polivka selected the headline or if someone else bears the responsibility, but all of us at LSU Law would appreciate your exercising greater care and sensitivity to the facts in the future. Karen Soniat Director of Communications and External Relations LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at; Twitter: @TDR_opinion

Quote of the Day “I was against gay marriage until I realized I didn’t have to get one.”

James Carville American political commentator Oct. 25, 1944 — present

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Should the federal government recognize gay marriage? Yes, it should be legal, but decided by churches. No, the government should remain traditional.

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Hundreds gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol on Feb. 14 in St. Paul, Minn., where supporters of marriage equality called for Minnesota lawmakers to legalize gay marriage.

THE PICKUP PERSPECTIVE JOHN PARKER FORD Columnist The U.S. government needs to take its dirty little hands out of the marriage issue. More than 80 Republicans, including Jon Huntsman and my personal hero Clint Eastwood, signed a letter to the Supreme Court in support of gay marriage last week. While I appreciate this act of conservatives realizing we’re not quite right on the issue, I’m not convinced their answer is the solution to this problem. America was founded with separation of church and state in mind, and both Congress and the Supreme Court have acted under that assumption for years. When America revolted against the British, we formed our own country but took some of their traditions with us on the way out. One of these was marriage. Marriage is a religious ceremony instead of a government one, which, contrary to popular belief, means gay couples should be able to get married. Hear me out, my fellow conservatives. Because marriage is historically and culturally a church issue, it should be up to our country’s various religious institutions to decide who can be married. When we allow government at any level to legislate marriage in any way, we’re breaking the wall between church and state. This is something that cannot occur. Here’s how it should work. If Monty wants to get “married,” he needs to go to an established religious institution to see if it will marry Monty and his male or female partner. These religious institutions — which aren’t saying “no” to prospective marriage candidates of any sexual preference, by the way — will then decide whether these people are good candidates for marriage under that religious institution’s laws and standards. A quick side note: For those of you who think American religious institutions — particularly churches — would never marry gay couples, Google “gay marriage

Episcopal Church.” Now for the big change that might upset the guy on the other side of the page: anyone who wants government recognition of what is now called “marriage” should have to file for a “civil union.” According to Merriam-Webster, the current definition of a civil union is “the legal status that ensures to same-sex couples specified rights and responsibilities of married couples.” As President Obama would say, let me be clear. Under this proposal, the definition of “civil union” would change. Because the government would no longer recognize “marriage,” marriage could not be used in the definition. In fact, because “marriage-like rights and obligations” would no longer exist, couples — gay or straight and whether they were married in a religious setting aside — would have to apply for a civil union from the government before receiving the benefits married individuals currently do. This would only apply to people who haven’t planned a wedding yet. As far as the government is concerned, it should support strong families regardless of the couples’ sexualities. Even if you could prove without a doubt that traditional marriage is a more ideal situation for child-rearing or anything else, that doesn’t mean gay marriages could not positively contribute to society. With roughly 50 percent of American marriages ending in divorce, the “traditional marriage” crew isn’t doing much to show its own societal value. Marriage isn’t the only church issue the government has thrust its hands into, but it’s the most relevant at this time. For true separation of church and state, we’ll need to discuss currency, tax benefits for religious groups and a host of other things. But for now, solving marriage should be enough. John Parker Ford is a 22-year-old mass communication senior from Alexandria. Contact John Parker Ford at; Twitter: @JohnParkerFord

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Zachariah Long (left) and Edward Ritchie (right) protest against a gay-marriage bill Feb. 17, 2012, in Annapolis, Md. The bill passed, and voters approved the law in the state’s referendum last November.

RUN TO THE MILLS LANDON MILLS Columnist Imagine that I, an advocate for traditional marriage, had the power to concede and reconstruct the institution of marriage. This concession would affect legal measures like Louisiana’s constitution and hundreds of other public policies, which history records as child and family protection. Am I to believe that by allowing this “deconstruction of marriage” to occur, that I would be labeled any differently by my postmodernist friends than I am now? What a bargain. In their eyes, I would be spewing bigotry and ignorance, and I would be “bullied” because of my perception of what constitutes marriage and my conviction of where that definition originates, regardless of the legality. Let’s be clear. The purpose of same-sex advocacy is to change the way the general public perceives homosexuality and create a society where it is equivalent to heterosexual behavior. Redefining marriage does not promote equality on behalf of those who wish for it. Opposition to that claim will charge fairness, equality and progression as grounds for the judicial redefinition of traditional marriage. In “What is Marriage?” Robert P. George, a professor at Harvard Law School stated, “Why else would they be dissatisfied with civil unions for same-sex couples? Like us, they understand that the state’s favored conception of marriage matters because it affects society’s understanding of that institution.” In this debate, there are at least two activist factions: traditionalists and revisionists. For the sake of debate, let’s define marriage in the traditional context as a monogamous couple, a man and a woman, participating in a unique union whose byproduct is often offspring. The inability to produce a child in the case of infertility does not harm this definition as some claim. Preserving the essence of marriage between one man and one woman makes the most sense. Some like to claim that “love” or “commitment” in a relationship should be the

determinant. Nature and anatomy, however — or in a theological view, God — have determined two sexes that produce offspring. The offspring is either male or female, and in traditional marriage there is the biological parent present to guide the child in his or her respective gender role. The law is also in favor of this view. In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act, which, for the federal government, defines marriage as between one man and one woman. On the state level, it allows states to not recognize any unions outside of their state that are something other than one man and one woman. Moreover, on the states’ side, 29 states have included in their definition that supports marriage as a union between one man and one woman in their state constitutions, including Louisiana. Eleven others define it as such outside of their constitutions. A federal amendment to the Constitution has been proposed nearly every Congress since 2002 to support traditional marriage, but has failed to meet the two-thirds majority vote to pass. The social and economic benefits of traditional marriage are outstanding, but revisionist outcomes will present problems. “Social and legal characteristics will provide a poor match for the incentive problems that arise in the two distinctly different relationships of gay and lesbian couples. Forcing all three relationships to be covered by the same law will lead to a sub-optimal law for all three types of marriage,” according to the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. The activists took the wrong approach. Had they vouched harder for pushing civil unions and not the redefining of traditional marriage, they might have more states in alignment with their goals. Instead, they tried to bend the societal norm and perspective of sexuality and relationships, and they presented a poor bargain. Landon Mills is a 21-year-old international studies senior from Sunshine, La. Contact Landon Mills at; Twitter: @landondeanmills

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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The Daily Reveille

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The Best Place to Live is No Longer Top Secret

March 6th 2013 10am - 2pm Student Union Ballroom


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