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Alexander sheds light on search Alyson Gaharan Staff Writer

LSU President Designate F. King Alexander, president of California State University Long Beach, revealed a few details Thursday at his first news conference on campus about the secretive search that resulted in his selection. Alexander said he was first contacted about the newly combined president-chancellor position by R. William Funk & Associates, the search firm hired with LSU Foundation money to assist the Presidential Search Committee. The news conference was one of many meetings Alexander has had at the University

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over the past couple of days — he also met with students Thursday and will meet with the faculty today, who have thus far expressed mixed opinions on his selection. Having grown up in the South, Alexander said he was open to the search process and the idea of being a part of LSU, and he began a series of phone and in-person interviews with search committee members that resulted in his recommendation Monday as the only finalist for the job. Alexander was neither aware of who else was being considered for the position, nor how many others were in the running, he said. The search process was

confidential, which he said is not uncommon when searches reach the level of university president or chancellor. The search’s confidentiality was a crucial component of his participation, he said, because releasing the names of those involved is always a “precarious situation.” “I would not have done it if the confidentiality wasn’t in place,” Alexander said. Although Alexander has not officially received the Board of PRESIDENT, see page 11

Read what Alexander told students, p.4.

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F. King Alexander, lone finalist in LSU’s search for a new president, revealed a few details about his search process Thursday during a news conference in the Student Union.

Back to the Ballot

Second Student Government presidential election to be held Monday Ferris McDaniel

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announced · 10 a.m. - deadline for expenses · 4:30 p.m. - initial time to announce results (postponed for more than an hour)

After more than a week of Student Government roller coaster rides — including an initial triumph by Unite LSU Student Government presidential candidate John Woodard and vice presidential candidate Taylor Parks, their subsequent disqualification, a reversal of the disqualification, Woodard and Parks’ reinstatement as the winners and a nullification of last week’s election — a second SG presidential election will be held Monday. The decision to void last week’s election and hold a second election was reached by a unanimous vote from the University Court after new evidence was provided by Shauncey Hunter, SG solicitor general, which raised reasonable doubt to the fairness of the original election. However, Woodard said the solicitor general never contacted him during the investigation. “They didn’t even let us know what was going on,” Woodard said.

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Unite LSU presidential candidate John Woodard (right) and vice presidential candidate Taylor Parks (left)

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Impact attempts 19 to reopen the complaint hearing that was dismissed the previous Thursday, but it was dismissed Monday because it had already been voted on.


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LSU Student Government Commissioner of Elections Aimeé Simon

Night hearing 17 that overturned Unite’s disqualification and reinstated every member of its ticket to their elected positions

University Court Chief Justice Morgan Faulk

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INTERNATIONAL Obama insists ‘peace is possible,’ in Middle East after rockets hit Israel JERUSALEM (AP) — Insisting “peace is possible,” President Barack Obama on Thursday prodded both Israelis and Palestinians to return to long-stalled negotiations with few, if any, pre-conditions, softening his earlier demands that Israel stop building settlements in disputed territory. The president made his appeal just hours after rockets fired from Hamas-controlled Gaza landed in a southern Israeli border town, a fresh reminder of the severe security risks and tensions that have stymied peace efforts for decades. Scientists find universe is 80 million years older than originally believed PARIS (AP) — A new examination of what is essentially the universe’s birth certificate allows astronomers to tweak the age, girth and speed of the cosmos, more secure in their knowledge of how it evolved, what it’s made of and its ultimate fate. The universe suddenly seems to be showing its age, now calculated at 13.8 billion years — 80 million years older than scientists had thought. It’s got about 3 percent more girth — technically it’s more matter than mysterious dark energy — and it is expanding about 3 percent more slowly.

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A Jordanian protester holds a placard that reads in Arabic, “America is the head of terrorism,” during a protest near the Israeli embassy against Obama’s visit.

Cyprus rushes bailout plan as time runs out before financial devastation NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cypriot politicians moved Thursday to restructure the country’s most troubled bank as part of a broader bailout plan that must be in place by Monday to avoid financial ruin. Concerned customers rushed to get cash from ATMs as bank employees protested. Cyprus has been told it must raise 5.8 billion euros ($7.5 billion) if it is to receive 10 billion euros ($12.9 billion) from its fellow eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund.

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Alcatraz marks 50 years since its closure with newly discovered photos

Slidell woman arrested for stealing over $2 million from former bosses

ALCATRAZ ISLAND, Calif. (AP) — The National Park Service on Thursday unveiled an exhibit of newly discovered photos that depict new details about the final hours of Alcatraz, the infamous prison on Alcatraz Island was closed after holding the likes of gangsters Al Capone and Mickey Cohen. The ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the closing was attended by former guard Jim Albright, who had been a guard during two escapes, including the one made famous in the movie “Escape from Alcatraz.” Chicago officials to close 54 public schools to address $1 billion deficit

Former mining town poised to be first in Arizona to allow civil unions

SLIDELL (AP) — A 72-year-old Slidell woman has been accused of stealing more than $2 million from two women who she worked for as a personal assistant for the last 28 years. Sgt. Sean Beavers, of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, says Janice Ricks Linam was booked March 14 on two counts of bank fraud. She was released after posting $500,000 bond. Information on whether she has an attorney was not immediately available. Beavers said Thursday that the son of one of her employers contacted the sheriff’s office in December after discovering irregularities in his mother’s finances.

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) — A former mining community in rural southern Arizona that has shifted over the years into an artists’ haven and tourist destination is poised to become the first city in this conservative state to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples. The Bisbee City Council, on an initial vote Tuesday, unanimously endorsed an ordinance that would give same-sex partners in civil unions the same rights in the city as married couples, the Sierra Vista Herald reported.

(AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal’s tax code rewrite could cost the state as much as $650 million in lost revenue, according to a nonpartisan analysis released Thursday. The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana says the plan relies on revenue figures from 2011 when the state was struggling with the recession, and the use of those figures appears to skew the data used to devise Jindal’s plan.

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools officials said Thursday they plan to close 54 schools in an effort to address a $1 billion budget shortfall and improve a struggling educational system — a plan that drew the ire of parents and teachers. District CEO Barbara ByrdBennett and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel say the closures are necessary because too many CPS buildings are half-empty. CPS, the nation’s third-largest district, has about 403,000 students but seats more than 500,000, officials say.

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The last prisoners depart from Alcatraz Island federal prison on March 21, 1963. The anniversary of the prison’s closure was celebrated Thursday.

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Jindal’s tax proposal could devastate film industry Jonathan Olivier Staff Writer

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s new tax plan proposal is causing concern in film industry circles across Louisiana, and some of those affiliated with the film industry fear the possible changes will devastate the industry. The part of Jindal’s plan that raises eyebrows in the film industry include possible changes to Louisiana’s Motion Picture Investor Tax Credit. The tax credits have lured in various film companies to the state in the past, and Louisiana has in turn benefitted drastically as a result, said Executive Director of the Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association David Tatman. Jindal’s tax proposal would place a $1 million cap on “star talent,” which refers to the amount an actor can be paid by production companies and then applied as an expense for tax credits, Tatman said. There is currently no cap on actors’ salaries. “This would have a phenomenal impact on our industry,” Tatman said. “It will make Louisiana less attractive to do larger productions.” Tatman expressed concerns that film industry leaders will move out of Louisiana and take their business elsewhere. “Georgia, for example, would be a state that would become much more attractive than Louisiana, if this were to pass,” he said. “In the past, other states have tried to do similar things like New Mexico and

Michigan, and they made changes to their program, and Louisiana has actually benefitted from it because that means the productions and much of the activity moved to Louisiana.” Tatman said the tax proposal would have a tremendous impact on what has grown into a large industry in the state. “Right now we estimate there’s somewhere around 14,000 people working in the [film] industry in Louisiana,” he said. “According to our numbers, we are close to or past the seafood industry in terms of the number of jobs that are produced in the state. That’s pretty significant, as [Louisiana is] one of the largest seafood producers in the country.” The tax plan would have a dramatic effect on companies such as the Baton Rouge-based Celtic Media Centre, which is the largest studio facility in the state, said Director of Studio Operations Patrick Mulhearn. “It would be devastating to us in particular because we tend to get these really big movies that have big stars in them,” he said. Though the film industry would be directly affected, Tatman said the Louisiana economy will take a hit as well. “Then there’s the other part of this that trickles through the economy and that is it’s not just actors, or lighting people or sound recording – it’s plumbers, it’s electricians, it’s caterers, it’s hotels, it’s restaurants,” he said. Mulhearn said he and his colleagues are optimistic the Jindal administration and LED will


Actress Anna Kendrick sits in the Quad Oct. 24, 2011, for the filming of “Pitch Perfect,” which was filmed on campus last fall.

compromise on the issue. “I would think that they’re going to take a harder look at it I’m sure, I would be shocked if there isn’t some sort of compromise that happens between now and the end of the session,” he said. The LFEA is currently working with the administration to ensure changes made will not negatively impact the state’s film industry, Tatman said. “We are working with them, we will continue to work with them and the legislature to make sure that whatever we do, whatever changes are made to the program,

that it doesn’t put Louisiana at a competitive disadvantage with other states,” he said. According to a article, Louisiana Economic Development secretary Stephen Moret said the Jindal administration is committed to the film industry and the proposal would have “a negligible impact” on many of the productions. “We will continue to work closely with the industry on potential tweaks to our proposal in order to do what is best for Louisiana’s economy,” Moret said according to the article. According to Mulhearn, the

tax credits and exemptions that companies receive in Louisiana prohibit money from going into the state treasury. The portion the film industry prohibits is miniscule, he said. “Where film falls on the scale of everything that’s out there, it’s really less than 2.4 percent of an impact… where all the money that’s not coming into the state treasury, the film industry is only responsible for less than 2.4 percent of that,” he said. Contact Jonathan Olivier at


Louisiana Queer Conference to be held on campus Saturday Gill of ‘The Trevor Project’ to speak Erin Hebert Contributing Writer

Members of the local LGBT community and their allies across the state will have the chance to unite Saturday at the third annual Louisiana Queer Conference, LAQC. Open registration for the allday event begins at 9 a.m. in Coates Hall, with the conference welcome beginning at 9:30 a.m. The cost of registration is free for University students and $5 for the public. Lunch will also be provided. The University’s Spectrum organization is hosting the event, along with local LGBT group Equality Louisiana. LAQC’s primary goal is to provide “leadership development, networking opportunities, and social support” to LGBT students and allies in Louisiana, according to the conference’s website. The conference’s keynote speaker will be Alison Gill,

government affairs director for The more than 200 people have already Trevor Project, who will discuss registered for the conference online. methods for turning education into Organizers are expecting ataction. tendees from across Louisiana, inThe Trevor Project is the fore- cluding students from every major most national orgauniversity in the state, Kilnization for crisis christ said. 2013 Louisiana and suicide prevenKilchrist said a tion services to Queer Conference “Queer Prom” will also LGBT youth, ac- When: 9 a.m. Saturday be held in the Atchafacording to its weblaya Room of the Student Where: Coates Hall site. Union at 8 p.m. The prom, O r g a n i z e r s Cost: free for University which will have an “Unhope to increase der the Sea” theme, began students, $5 for the public attendance from as a way for LGBT youth the last two conferto receive the high school ences and provide a larger range of prom experience they may have workshops for attendees, according missed out on, Kilchrist said. to international studies junior, Spec“So many LGBT people aren’t trum Vice President of Administra- allowed to bring who they want to tion and LAQC Chair Moriah Gra- prom in high school,” Kilchrist said. ham. “It was essentially just an idea of alWorkshop topics available at lowing them to be who you are and the conference will include politi- bring who you want.” cal activism, strengthening student Main events at the conference organizations and transidentities, will be held in 143 Coates Hall, with along with a variety of others, Gra- workshops occurring in various ham said. locations in Coates. Spectrum President and biological engineering senior Kameron Contact Erin Hebert at Kilchrist, who held Graham’s chair position for last year’s LAQC, said

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President designate promotes student involvement at forum King says student input invaluable

importance of modern students’ ability to “build bridges” to governments and businesses to further the impact of the university. “We hold the key to the next Nic Cotten economy and the generation of Staff Writer students on the way,” Alexander LSU Presidential Finalist F. said. He talked about his love for King Alexander advocated stuathletics and his dent involvement in the evolution ‘We hold the key to the college basketball adding of the University, next economy and the career, that university saying students are invaluable as- generation of students recreation is an important part of sets on lobbying, on the way.’ the college edueducation and incation. formation fronts F. King Alexander “The best in higher educapresident designate habits are stution, during a student forum Thursday at the LSU dent health habits,” Alexander said. “The issue of health Union Theater. “I have great faith in Student is drowning state economies. Government and student lead- We know the costs of not ers,” Alexander said. “They have great ideas that don’t get heard. Nine out of 10 times, when a student tells you something needs to be done on campus, they are right.” Alexander said students can help the University get ahead in redefining the role of a land grant state university. “One day other universities will come to us for advice on the impact of a state university,” Alexander said. “I want to work on it with our students, and take students alongside us. Someone will look at LSU 10 years from now as the top benchmark of land grant universities.” Alexander said he needs to explore the strengths and weaknesses of the University further before proposing specific courses of action, which he said he will do by getting to know the students and faculty. Student Government President Taylor Cox asked Alexander how he plans to keep students’ tuition money on the Baton Rouge campus, to which Alexander said, “We need to maintain institutional flexibility to creatively solve the problems handed to us. Taking away flexibility equals taking away a university’s ability to get their way out of [a predicament].” Alexander said the University community can work together to improve Louisiana’s 45th national ranking in higher education. He discussed renewing the land grant initiative and said LSU needs to elevate itself on successes to be a national model on what the University means to every parish and student in the state. He said he experienced budget cuts at California State University Long Beach, where he was the president, and had to make admission and hiring decisions based on funding that he would not have done otherwise. Alexander harped on the

paying attention to these issues – health of loved ones or ourselves is an economic, personal and societal issue.” In his closing, Alexander emphasized the importance of student influence and said he looks forward to listening to and learning from students. “Universities show what students are going to do to shape the future. Great universities offer opportunities for students to expand and learn even outside classroom,” Alexander said. “There is greater benefit of B plus students doing everything than A plus students doing nothing.”

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Bucking the Trend

In its first Southeastern Conference series of the season, LSU will try to curb a losing trend against Auburn at Alex Box Stadium this weekend. The Tigers (19-2, 2-1 SEC) haven’t seemed to figure out Auburn (15-6, 0-3 SEC), as it has taken three straight series from LSU dating back to 2009-10 – a time period

task than its 0-3 conference record indicates, according to Mainieri. Starting southpaws Daniel Koger and Michael O’Neal will anchor the Auburn rotation, coupled with lefty junior closer Conner Kendrick – a frightening thought for LSU, which has struggled with lefthanded pitching at points during the season. “We’ve seen enough lefties this year … the hard throwers, soft-tossing guys, a good mix of them,” said

Tyler Nunez Sports Writer

AUBURN, see page 7

TOURNAMENT, see page 7

Tigers try to snap series losing streak to Auburn; Nola takes the mound Friday containing SEC Tournament championships and super regional appearances. “Thanks for the reminder,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said with a grin when asked about the losing streak. “For a while, we played really great against Auburn … [but] Auburn has changed the way they play.” Transitioning from a power-hitting ball club with subpar pitching to one that dominates on the mound, Auburn presents a much tougher

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senior first baseman Mason Katz. “We’re prepared for anything.” Katz, whose nine home runs outnumber the entire Auburn roster’s total, shook off the team’s perceived struggles against left-handers – a night removed from Northwestern State lefty Cody Butler’s nineinning outing where LSU managed only six hits. “It was one of those days where

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LSU opens tournament against Green Bay

The sixth-seeded LSU women’s basketball team will, for all intents and purposes, start a new season at 6:30 p.m. Sunday when it takes on 11th-seeded Green Bay in the PMAC for the first round of the NCAA TournaNext up for ment. The Phoethe Tigers: nix (29-2, 16-0 Hori- Who: No. 6 seed zon League) LSU vs. No. 11 come to Baton seed Green Bay Rouge riding When: 6:30 p.m. a 24-game win streak, not al- Sunday lowing a loss Where: PMAC in conference play or in their Watch or listen home venue all at home: ESPN2, season. 107.3 FM The Lady Tigers (20-11, 10-6 Southeastern Conference) finished the regular season with a six-game win streak of their own, beating three top-15 teams in that span. LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said she isn’t concerned with the past. “There is only going to be one

Sophomore pitcher Aaron Nola reaches for a ground ball Feb. 21 during the Tigers’ win against BYU in Alex Box Stadium. Nola will start Friday in the matchup against Auburn as LSU tries to end a series losing streak that dates back to the 2009-10 season.

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LSU prepares to compete at SEC Championship in Ark. Tigers look to earn second SEC title Marcus Rodrigue Sports Contributor

The No. 6 LSU gymnastics team will try to capture its second Southeastern Conference championship when it competes in Session II of the conference meet at 6 p.m. Saturday in North Little Rock, Ark. The Tigers (10-4, 5-3 SEC) will compete as the

“It’s no secret that the fourth seed behind No. 1 SEC is an exFlorida, No. 3 Next up for tremely competiAlabama and No. tive conference, 5 Georgia in the the Tigers: not just in gymsecond session. nastics, but in The first session, Who: LSU (10-4, 5-3) every sport,” said which includes vs. SEC opponents LSU coach D-D No. 12 Auburn, When: 6 p.m. Saturday Breaux. “…You No. 16 Arkansas, No. 19 Kentucky Where: Verizon Arena, don’t get a team and Missouri, North Little Rock, Ark. ranked in the top will start at 2 p.m. 10 in anything unThe team that tal- Follow at home: less your coaches lies the highest are passionate and LAUREN DUHON / The Daily Reveille overall score will care a lot about be crowned conference cham- their student-athletes. And LSU junior all-arounder Sarie Morrison flies off the uneven bars March 8 during the Tigers’ 197.500-197.725 loss against Alabama in the PMAC. The Tigers travel to Arkansas on pion, regardless of which session it competes in. CHAMPIONSHIP, see page 7 Saturday for the SEC Championship.

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Tigers continue home stint this LSU to face two weekend against South Carolina ranked opponents Mike Gegenheimer Sports Contributor

The LSU softball team will play its ninth game in two weeks when South Carolina tries to win a series in Baton Rouge for the first time since Bill Clinton lived in the White House. “Of late they’ve been down, but historically they’ve been a very good program,” said LSU coach Beth Torina. “With a new coaching staff and a staff that’s got them excited and is bringing them up, their offensive numbers are unbelievable this year.” The No. 13 Tigers (25-5, 5-1 SEC) will have to avoid overlooking the much-improved Gamecocks, a team that failed to score a run in last understand they swing the bat really well. We’re going to bring our best season’s series in South Carolina. The Southeastern Conference’s and we’re going to give them everyoldest softball team has earned a thing we’ve got.” The Tigers have relied heavily 17-9 record this season after not posting a winning season since six on their strong bullpen this season to push them through years and two coaches tough games. ago, but is still last in Next up for Senior All-Amerthe SEC Eastern Divithe Tigers: ican pitcher Rachele sion through the first Fico has been Torina’s weekend of conference Who: LSU vs. South star pitcher in 2013 afplay. Carolina ter producing an SECThis season the leading 146 strikeouts Gamecocks have When: 6 p.m. Friday; 3 through 112.1 innings surged behind the plate p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. pitched. to produce the SEC’s Sunday However, accordsecond -highest batting Where: Tiger Park ing to Torina, LSU will average at .348 and the No. 3 hitter in the Watch or listen at home: need more than just strong pitching to beat conference — senior Friday/Saturday/Sunday South Carolina. shortstop Samie Garcia listen on 104.9; on “I think it’s unrewho is hitting .467 on Saturday watch on CST alistic to ask our pitchthe season. ers to shut out a team “I don’t think we take anybody for granted in that has hit above .350 as a team.” the SEC,” Torina said. “We all un- Torina said. “I think we’ll rely on derstand they played tough games our pitching staff, but we’re also against Alabama. I think we all going to have to score some runs

Senior LSU pitcher Rachele Fico is handed a ball Feb. 8 at the Tigers’ first game of the season against North Carolina at Tiger Park. Fico has been coach Beth Torina’s star pitcher in 2013, with 146 strikeouts in 112.1 innings. ANGELA MAJOR / The Daily Reveille

as well.” The Tigers are confident in their team — junior pitcher Ashley Czechner said the team expects nothing short of a sweep — but also cited the Gamecocks’ recent series against Alabama as cause for concern with the team. South Carolina lost all three games to the Tide last weekend, but the largest margin of loss to the defending national champions was only two runs. “They’re definitely playing really well,” Czechner said. “They just played Alabama very close. We’re not taking them lightly, but at the same time, we know what we’re capable of and we’re expecting nothing but the best from us and that’s a sweep.” The Gamecocks will roll into Tiger Park at 6 p.m. Friday to kick off their best-of-three series. Contact Mike Gegenheimer at

Trey Labat Sports Contributor

The LSU men’s tennis team will face off against No. 7 Ole Miss and No. 11 Mississippi State this weekend in Baton Rouge. The Tigers will be looking to avenge a loss to the Bulldogs after they swept LSU 7-0 during the ITA Kick-Off Classic tournament Jan. 26. “It was tough in the first match because we were on the road at the start of the season,” said sophomore tennis player Chris Simpson. “We’ll be out for a bit of revenge because of how easily they beat us.” LSU secured its first Southeastern Conference victory of the season last weekend when it upset then-No. 11 Texas A&M. Ole Miss has two players ranked in the top-15 of the national singles rankings, while the Bulldogs have standout freshman Romain Bogaerts. “As long as we’re taking care of ourselves and we’re dialed in, we can play with anyone,” said LSU tennis coach Jeff Brown. Ole Miss is coming off two straight SEC losses, but was riding an eight-match winning streak before last weekend. “Ole Miss is a very good team and they’re having a good year,” Brown said. “So we’re going to have to match that intensity and come ready to play.” While the Tigers toil in Baton Rouge, the LSU women’s team will be traveling to Mississippi to take on Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Like the men, the Lady Tigers are coming off a weekend in which they battled to earn their first SEC win of the season, against Missouri. The Lady Tigers suffered a few

close losses before breaking through for the win against Missouri. The Tigers’ games against Kentucky and Auburn proved to be frustrating endeavors for LSU. Against Auburn, LSU had first set leads on all courts before ultimately falling to defeat, while in the Kentucky match, the Tigers gave up a 3-1 lead to lose 3-4. “We just blew it [against Kentucky]. We did things at two spots that were really just unacceptable in my mind to lose that match,” said LSU coach Julia Sell after the Missouri match. This weekend will be the first time LSU doesn’t face a top-25 ranked opponent since the weekend of March 1, but Sell is wary of the challenge the SEC opponents pose. Senior Keri Frankenberger suffers from constant back pain, something the bus trip to Mississippi may not help. “[Frankenberger] gets treatment for her back pretty much everyday,” Sell said. “On Mondays the trainers will do a needle therapy that’s like acupuncture, and then she receives massages, ultrasound therapy and stem treatment almost every day.” Sell said the Tigers left early Thursday morning so they could get to Mississippi and start stretching out in preparation for the match. With the first SEC win under their belt, the Lady Tigers are looking to carry over the momentum to go over .500 for the season. “We had a lot of things going well for us on Sunday [against Missouri],” Sell said. “Hopefully we can carry that momentum into this weekend.” Contact Trey Labat at

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LSU hosts first outdoor meet of the season Every member of the team to compete Bria Turner Sports Contributor

The athletes who competed in the NCAA Indoor Championship Meet will compete for the first time of the outdoor season as LSU hosts the LSU Relays on Friday and Saturday at Bernie

Moore Track Stadium. Relays and Penn Relays.” “We always view the LSU For the first time this season, Relays as the every member of ‘We always view the LSU’s team will true outdoor opener for both LSU Relays as the true compete in one of our teams,” meet. LSU will said LSU coach outdoor opener for both run the 4x200 reDennis Shaver lay, which Shaver of our teams.’ in a news resaid isn’t an NCAA lease. “It really event, as preparaDennis Shaver helps prepare tion for next week’s LSU Track & Field coach our athletes for Texas Relays. what they will see later in the “We’re trying to at least season at such meets at the Texas check the marks that we’re

putting down with the athletes and see if they can execute it and see it in competition before we go to Texas Relays where we’ll be trying to run fast,” Shaver said. Competition starts at 4 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday.

with an average scoring margin of 19.6 points (fifth in the NCAA) and a 1.36 assist-to-turnover ratio (fourth in the NCAA). “[Green Bay] is well-coached and will have the discipline to run their action,” Caldwell said. “They are a very unselfish team when you look at their assist-to-turnover ratio. They shoot the three ball, and they make a lot of them. We have been plagued in that area at times.” Junior First-Team All-SEC forward Theresa Plaisance has led the Lady Tigers this season, finishing second in the conference in scoring with 17.4 points per game. She also tallied an SEC-leading 82 blocks throughout the course of the season. For LSU to have success in the postseason, it will have to rely on more than just individual performances, especially with a shallow roster. “Everyone has to do their part. When we talk about our slogan, ‘eight is enough,’ we do feel that eight [players] is enough,” Caldwell said.

The winner of the contest will move on to the second round when it will face either No. 3 seed Penn State or No. 14 seed Cal Poly.

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LSU junior forward Theresa Plaisance (55) and freshman guard Danielle Ballard (32) attempt to block Tennessee senior guard Kamiko Williams (4) in the Lady Tigers’ 64-62 loss against the Lady Vols on Feb. 7 in the PMAC.

champion crowned,” Caldwell said. “It is zero to zero when you start out with your record.” The Lady Tigers have the luxury of opening the tournament at home as LSU hosts the first and second rounds for the second consecutive year. LSU junior guard Jeanne Kenney said she expects the familiar environment to play a significant role in LSU’s favor. “They are coming to our house, and this is a big SEC house,” Kenney said. “We look to take care of our home court. It is going to be a fight. I am glad it is at home. I am excited.” Senior guard Adrian Ritchie anchored Green Bay this season, leading the Phoenix in four statistical categories including scoring with 14.2 points per game and rebounding after registering 159 total boards. The Phoenix regularly dominated their opponents this season

Crimson Tide. “We know it takes detail, and then the student-athletes have to we’ve been focusing on that all care a lot about what they’re do- year,” said sophomore all-arounder Rheagan Courville. “It’s really ing.” As the lowest seed in the just time to put it together. We’ve top bracket, LSU will start the competed against [the other three meet with the floor exercise and teams] all already, and we just then continue with vault, uneven have to put it all together at one bars and balance beam in the given meet.” After conference championusual home meet order. Breaux said she planned to practice go- ships are completed, every team’s regional qualifying on floor first, ‘We know it takes ing score will be and she asserted vault and floor are detail, and we’ve been recalculated. If LSU stays within her team’s power focusing on that the top six, it will events. be awarded the The Tigers all year.’ top seed in one of are the No. 1 the six six-team vaulting team and Rheagan Courville regional meets, the No. 4 floor sophomore all-arounder which take place team in the nation with regional qualifying scores of at a predetermined sites. Breaux said the conference 49.470 and 49.410, respectively. “Floor is one of our best championship isn’t about winevents, so it’ll be exciting start- ning or losing, but about her team ing on something that will propel realizing its peak performance us throughout the meet,” said ju- heading into regionals. “Our focus has to be perfecnior all-arounder Sarie Morrison. “And after floor, we go to vault, tion and performance,” Breaux. so it’s kind of like starting in a “We have to remain very focused home meet. This is actually a and have fun. … I think it’s the nature of this team that when the very good rotation for us.” LSU has a 2-2 record against pressure is on, they tend to rise to the teams in its session, with vic- the level of competition.” tories against Florida and Georgia and two losses to Alabama. The Tigers totaled their highest and lowest scores of the season Contact Marcus Rodrigue at in their losses to the two-time defending national champion

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AUBURN, from page 5 the wind was blowing in,” Katz said. “It eliminated everything to left field, which had been our power strength.” To prepare for the barrage of left-handed pitching his team will see this weekend, Mainieri said he’s weighing right-handed designated hitter options for both Friday and Saturday. “I’d really like to see someone emerge and be the best option,” Mainieri said. “Be that differencemaker.” Sophomore righty Aaron Nola will look to put together a complete start after two inconsistent outings. In his start two weeks ago against Washington, Nola carried a perfect game into the seventh inning before unraveling to give up four runs on five hits. Last Friday against Mississippi State, Nola surrendered a two-run homer in the first inning before settling in for five and twothirds strong innings. “It’s another SEC school that’s going to be really good,” Nola said. “Forgetting about the runs you give up early in the game is huge. Our guys are going to go out and make all the plays behind me and give me run support.” With only four hitters hitting over .300, Auburn may not present a stout challenge at the plate – but the numbers don’t fool Mainieri or his players. “They’ve got some good, solid hitters,” Mainieri said. “It’s going to be a lot of tight balsams. You’re going to have to pitch great on your end and make them earn what you get.” Contact Chandler Rome at; Twitter: @Rome_TDR

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Students should vote despite election’s dangerous precedent The Daily Reveille Editorial Board For those who haven’t kept up with the soap opera that is Student Government elections, here’s a quick rundown of what’s happened. T Graham S. Howell lost the presidential election by more than 1,000 votes. John Woodard was disqualified for overspending his campaign budget, and the turning in of his financial documents 30 minutes late was also called into question. The University Court waived what would have been Woodard’s disqualification over turning in the documents late because Commissioner of Elections Aimeé Simon granted him an extension. Two days later, the UCourt upheld Woodard’s overspending disqualification. The next day, after Woodard filed a complaint, the UCourt overturned the disqualification and reinstated all members of the Unite LSU ticket. Howell’s campaign ticket then filed a complaint to reopen the disqualification. Finally, on Wednesday night, after one-sided evidence presented by the solicitor general, all nine UCourt justices decided the only fair way to settle this mess was to start from scratch and hold a second general election. Wait. What? UCourt can just call another SG election? Apparently it can. And UCourt even has the power to set all the rules in this special election, as none are defined in the governing documents. According to the SG Rules

WEB COMMENTS The Daily Reveille wants to hear your reactions to our content. Go to, our Facebook page and our Twitter account to let us know what you think. Check out what other readers had to say in our comments section: In response to John Polivka’s column “SAE column misconstrued the views,” readers had this to say: “John, your cogitative dissonance here is amazing. So the points Grillot’s article makes is because he’s not a member of the Greek community and he gets paid by the Reveille? Or he has

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LSU finance junior John Woodard, Unite LSU’s presidential candidate, answers a question for the University Court justices March 16 for the Unite LSU vs. Elections Board case in the Vieux Carre Room of the Student Union.

of Court, decisions made by the UCourt are final. The UCourt already ruled in Woodard’s favor. It should be over by now. The UCourt’s call for a second election counters its own guidelines. If the UCourt can’t even keep itself in line, then what will hold this crumbling organization together? This showing is a poor excuse for democracy. This is not how real-world campaigns and elections operate. A decision deemed final should be just that. Evidence showing a candidate partying the

night before financial forms are due and some likely fishy financial documents is not sufficient grounds for a new election. If President Barack Obama violated some sort of election rule in his campaigning, he would receive a one-time penalty or fine. He would never be disqualified from the election, and a second election definitely wouldn’t happen. If SG wants to be taken seriously and seen as a legitimate college-level form of government, its members and people running for

office should try to mirror what happens in the real democratic process. UCourt is setting a dangerous precedent by holding a second election after what proceeded over the past week. It’s made a mockery of SG and a joke of the democratic system the organization supposedly represents. This move basically says that if the going gets too tough, we can just start all over again. Calling for a second election invites mayhem for future elections and severely devalues

the right to write what he likes therefore his opinion is biased? What is bias in an opinion article? An opinion article takes a certain perspective, claiming bias makes no sense. How about Grillot and the Greek community are a set of human beings? The SAE incident should shock the conscience of any human being.” - RA

Dakota and Arkansas legislatures in the writing of their recent abortion bans. As you so accurately put it, science is not arbitrary. Real scientific data is surely out there, and this discrepancy only calls these laws into question. That being said, I disagree with the conclusion you draw from this. If one is unsure whether a human life starts at 6 weeks or 12 weeks, surely you would choose to err on the safe side and side with the earliest ban. After all, better to save as many lives as possible. Now perhaps you don’t believe that a human life starts in the womb. I mean, obviously human life starts, biologically speaking, at the moment of conception. But your position leads

me to the understanding that you don’t being a Homo sapiens with being a person. There are many who share this view. I’d be happy to debate this point with you some other time but allow me for now to make my point. While I don’t consider myself a conservative (or a libertarian) I think that supporting a complete ban on abortion is not hypocrisy even when one is in favor of restricting big government. It’s not that pro-lifers are out to restrict a woman’s rights, it’s that we’re out to protect the most cherished right (the right to life) of a child in the womb. Life is, after all, the first of the “inalienable rights” listed in the Declaration of Independence. You may disagree with our definition of

In response to Parker Cramer’s column “North Dakota outaborts Arkansas with six weeks restriction,” readers had this to say: “Mr. Cramer, You are very wise to point out the discrepancy in scientific data being cited by the North

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the election process. What happens if Woodard loses? He won by a 20 percent margin a week ago. Can he complain until there’s another new election? This situation seems to invite opportunity for endless tailchasing. Only two tickets ran this time. What happens if there are more next year? The multiple disqualifications, hearings, complaints and backpedaling between just two candidates this season are a frightening foreshadow of future elections. Imagine the chaos that could ensue with more people involved. This election cycle’s madness should prompt SG’s judicial branch to re-evaluate its operations if it wants to be seen as anything other than the butt of a joke. So, students, here’s your choice to actually sound your voice. Because you were distracted by one campaign’s allegedly too-fancy banners and too-colorful T-shirts the first time around, you’ve got another chance. You can now vote for the candidate who you want to represent you — since you clearly didn’t do that when you cast your initial vote. Log on to myLSU on Monday. Vote for who you think will best serve you. Amid this ridiculousness, you finally have the final say. Take advantage of it.

Contact The Daily Reveille Editorial Board at “human” and say that we’re forcing our definition on others. And while we do agree that you have a right to your opinion, we cannot stand idly by if that opinion comes at the expense of another’s most basic right. So while you may still consider yourself pro-choice, I hope you will not consider being in favor of small government and also pro-life to be hypocrisy.” - Centrist

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Jindal’s Medicaid refusal will hurt employers SHARE THE WEALTH JAY MEYERS Columnist Gov. Bobby Jindal is at it again: leading on the principles of his ultra-conservative base in hopes that his political posturing efforts will boost his shot at contending for the presidential office in 2016. While this obviously isn’t anything new — from starving our state education and hospital systems with egregious budget cuts to his tax proposals that would give tax breaks to the rich by disproportionally burdening the poor — Jindal continues to impress with

each next stunt. Indeed, Jindal’s rejection of Federal Medicaid expansion is ridiculous. Jackson-Hewitt tax services company, a firm that would actually benefit from the new law as more people would be filing taxes, released a new report saying it could cost Louisiana employers up to $77.6 million a year. And keep in mind that Jindal’s opposition to Medicaid expansion would keep health coverage from being extended to Louisiana residents up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line, or $15,864 for one person. Well, if Jindal insists on denying up to 400,000 Louisiana residents access to Medicaid and hurting our economy, he better have a rock-solid reason for doing

so, right? It’s a bit too early for April Fool’s jokes. Yes, as a matter of principle — and hubris — Jindal’s basis behind refusing to provide for low-income residents without access to healthcare is that it is “too costly for the states” and that insurance is better handled by private companies. This notion of high costs is illogical, as the federal government will be picking up the full tab for the first three years. And even after that, the cost is negligible, with each state paying just 10 percent of the cost. And as an added slap in the face, if Louisiana does not participate, the portion of the federal money that pays for the program will be used to support the

Medicaid expansion in other states. What I don’t get, however, is why Jindal would want to burden Louisiana employers, especially given our tepid economic conditions. Instead of accepting the expansion program, Jindal is opting for a program that gives residents between 100 and 138 percent of the poverty line access to healthcare through the state’s new insurance exchanges. This is where the huge cost from employers comes into play. Individuals would now qualify for premium assistance tax credits. As a result, employers with more than 50 workers would be assessed fees for each employee in that group who received these credits.

More concretely, that would cost employers approximately $100 a day per individual, according to the study. So, not only is Jindal putting negative pressure on our economy, he is also transforming our government-run healthcare system into one that is fueled by costly private insurance vouchers. Sounds like a Republican frontrunner for 2016. Jay Meyers is a 20-year-old economics sophomore from Shreveport.

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Bloomberg’s NYC soda ban overstepped boundaries GUEST COLUMN JOSE ALEJANDRO BASTIDAS For the past several weeks, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pushed for a ban that, if passed, would have capped the size of sugary drinks to a trifling 16 ounces. This ban would have included sodas, fruit drinks, energy drinks, coffee and tea-sweetened drinks, according to The New York Times. However, Bloomberg was keen to exempt any product with a high concentration of milk – such as lattes – from the ban since, apparently, milk makes everything healthier. Alcoholic beverages were also left out of the ban proposal since the last time someone decided to set a prohibition of alcohol in the country, which didn’t go well. The ban would have been put in place in fast food establishments, restaurants and movie theater-like locales. However, another loophole was put in place so grocery stores and convenience stores could still sell any sizes they wanted. State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling struck down Bloomberg’s ban March 11 and referred to the regulation as an “arbitrary and capricious” approach to stopping the overwhelmingly high numbers of obesity in America. On one hand, Bloomberg has a point — America is fat. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 37.5 percent of American adults are obese. “I think that it is incumbent on government to tell people what they’re doing to themselves and let them make their own decisions, so our job is to educate people” Bloomberg said in an interview with David Letterman. Multiple entities in the government are trying to reduce obesity

throughout the country by educating young people and adults on healthy diet and exercise. Nothing warms our hearts more than watching Michelle Obama play basketball with Disney Channel stars to promote healthy living. The difference between the first lady’s actions and Bloomberg’s ban is that one is extending a friendly hand into the world of a healthy lifestyle and the other is slapping our hand and taking away our beloved large Coca-Cola cups from McDonald’s, and we have no say in it. The ban received a substantial amount of media coverage due to businesses and consumers claiming their rights were revoked. They are not wrong. The government has no right to impose on its citizens what they can and cannot consume. One of the arguments for advocates of food regulation is that it can be a way to help people who can’t resist the urge to get the largest sized meals. However, as a food addiction skeptic, I believe we choose to order the largest sizes. It’s not some subconscious monster that will burrow into our souls unless we get the 20-piece Chicken McNuggets meal. At the end of the day, Bloomberg was right when he said the government should educate the population about the risks of sugary drinks, but to go to the extreme of limiting their freedom to choose is going overboard. Especially when it comes to an issue that can only be solved by the individual. Jose Bastidos is a 19-year-old mass communication freshman from Caracas, Venezuela. Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at; Twitter: @TDR_opinion

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[Top] Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin drinks from a 7-Eleven Super Big Gulp on stage while speaking March 16 at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md. [Bottom] Montefiore Hospital President and CEO Steven Safyer (left) talks about large sugary drinks on March 12, while New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (right) looks on during a news conference at Lucky’s Cafe in New York.

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Friday, March 22, 2013 PRESIDENT, from page 1 Supervisors’ approval for the position — a process that will begin at a special meeting March 27, according to Board Member and Presidential Search Committee Chair Blake Chatelain — his nomination was met with mixed reviews. While University administrators and members of the Boards of Supervisors and Regents have spoken favorably about Alexander in the past few days, he received criticism from the Faculty Senate, which passed a resolution Tuesday stating it has no confidence in the Board to make the right decision about the

SG, from page 1 According to Morgan Faulk, UCourt chief justice, the evidence includes five exhibits, which are explained: • An estimate from Red River IT Consulting, LLC., shows prices for 24 banners. According to UCourt, this estimate was instrumental in defining fair market value for the case and resulted in the nullification of two quotes presented by the election board for banners. • The business purpose of Red River IT Consulting, LLC., describes the company as “an information technology consulting company, located in northwest Louisiana, specializing in the design and development of quality, innovative IT solution for small businesses, local government entities and individuals ... We also offer high-resolution aerial raster imagery maps. We print all of our maps in-house and can print on a variety of media as long as 44” by any length.” It is not noted that Red River produces banners or that it possesses capabilities of printing banners as stated by Unite LSU. • Price quotes are shown for 24 8.5-inch by 7.5-inch banners, printed on vinyl identical to that stated by docket 13-04 by Unite LSU. Eight quotes were gathered — the highest for $409, the lowest for $145. Robbie Mahtook, counsel for Kristina Lagasse, who prepared Unite LSU’s financial documents, stated in docket 13-04 the highest quote they received was $110. • A digital copy of a contract signed between campaign managers Chastity Swinburn and Ashleigh Pichon, which was an agreement to expense tents and tables during active campaigning for $1

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president designate. may not see eye to eye.” Despite the Senate’s resoluAlthough Alexander and tion, Alexander Jindal are both ‘I look forward to said he has a hisOxford-educated, tory of working said meeting Gov. Jindal Alexander well with faculty they didn’t attend and would make and getting his ideas on the university at it his priority as same time and where he thinks higher the LSU president have never met. to ensure faculty education will be five “I look forhave the “resourcward to meetyears from now.’ es to do what they ing Gov. Jindal do best.” and getting his F. King Alexander Alexander ideas on where LSU president designate also said he plans he thinks higher to work “across the aisle” with education will be five years from Gov. Bobby Jindal and state leg- now,” Alexander said. “I think islators who he believes “really we all need to work together and want to do the best for children work together closely. Not fight and students, even though we and work together to promote the

values I think we all believe in.” A state’s higher education system depends largely on the “ebb and flow” of the governor’s leadership, and working closely with that leadership, as well as students and the public, is the key to creating a higher education model that functions in the best interest of the state as a whole, Alexander said. Focusing on increasing graduation rates is not only in the best interest of the state, Alexander said, it’s a “moral obligation.” As the president of CSU Long Beach, Alexander emphasized the motto “Graduation begins today,” and said he personally shook the hands of all 9,000

degree-receiving students as they walked across the stage to receive their diplomas. This emphasis on increased performance is something Alexander said he hopes to bring to LSU, among other ideas for the System reorganization and the ever-worsening budget situation that Alexander said calls for a “more aggressive” pursuit of alternative revenue.

per day per tent and table, is presented. The same agreement was made for election days. Unite LSU failed to expense these items in its financial documents and in docket 13-03. Woodard denied knowledge of this agreement under oath. The total cost of this agreement would have led to a $17 increase of funds. • A signed statement from Vice President Carrie Hebert denotes that Woodard arrived in the Student Government Office at 10:23 a.m. to submit the required financial forms. She said she was aware Unite LSU’s financials were done, due to the fact that the night before, her sorority sister and Unite LSU staff member, Lagasse, asked Simon questions about the financial forms at the Delta Delta Delta sorority house. Faulk convened the entire court Wednesday evening for a last-minute, unpublicized meeting to present the new information, said Michael Smith, SG adviser. Faulk said after the presentation, Smith asked the court multiple times if anybody had any questions or needed to continue looking at

Gipson, Unite LSU’s campaign manager. “The most important thing is to get out there and let [students] know that there is another election,” Gipson said. “If nobody knows about it, then nobody will vote.” Low voter turnout is also a prime concern for Impact LSU, David said. “Turnout is a huge concern when you have multiple elections, and that’s something that will definitely be a concern in this election,” David said. “Honestly, I don’t expect a high turnout.” Impact LSU will tackle the upcoming election like any other election and will share information, state its initiative and promote the candidates using all forms of social media, David said. Once the election’s parameters have been established, Gipson said Unite LSU’s candidates will strictly follow those rules to ensure no further questions are posed after the final results are revealed — win or lose. “We want to make sure this time that this is the nail that hammers the point all the way home,”

Gipson said. The Unite LSU camp feels optimistic going into the weekend of campaigning, Gipson said. Though it was “definitely a trying and grueling last week,” the candidates will enter the weekend with the “best attitudes they can.” The stresses of the previous week have also taken their toll on Impact LSU, David said. “Everyone is tired, but we’re excited that there is an opportunity to do this the right way, the clean way,” David said. “We are glad that the University Court has spoken and that we will be able to have a fair election. There are no other avenues to decide this election, other than to start all over, because of how corrupt, how drawn out and how contentious it has been.” David insisted the controversial election is not a reflection of SG as a whole, but that of candidates from the two tickets. SG is still doing whatever it can to benefit students, he said.

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the documents. The UCourt holds the final judgment in situations such as these, said Dean of Students K.C. White. UCourt has exclusive jurisdiction over matters that fall under any governing documents including the constitution, bylaws, election code, rules of court and rules of order. Smith said White; Mary Wallace, associate dean of students; and himself met with Faulk to discuss options moving forward, per SG’s governing documents. All guidelines for the second election are undetermined. UCourt has the power to set the rules, since none are described for a special election in governing documents. The only standard thus far is that candidates can only use social media to campaign. Current President Taylor Cox asked the candidates Wednesday night to refrain from campaigning for 48 hours until about 8 p.m. on Friday, Impact LSU’s campaign manager Andrew David said. Faulk told both tickets that a complete list of rules would be released today, according to Joe

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