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The LSU Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve F. King Alexander as the new LSU System President Wednesday at the Board’s meeting. Alexander will officially assume his position July 1.

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Board of Supervisors members unanimously voted Wednesday at a special meeting to install F. King Alexander as the University’s next president and said they “absolutely” stood by their decision not to release other presidential finalists’ names requested by multiple parties. Board of Supervisors Chairman Hank Danos said newly installed University president Alexander would be paid around $600,000 in a five-year contract, similar to the salaries of former LSU System President John Lombardi and Interim System President and Chancellor William “Bill” Jenkins. Danos would not release many details about the potential contract, although he said the Board must first approve the terms, which could happen as soon as the Board’s April meeting. The Board held an executive session at its Wednesday meeting to discuss its next move regarding the public records requests submitted by Andrea

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IBM Services Center to create jobs Fernanda Zamudio-Suarez Staff Writer

Gov. Bobby Jindal and IBM Senior Vice President Colleen Arnold announced Wednesday the start of IBM Services Center: Baton Rouge, a new technology center that will be built in downtown Baton Rouge and create 800 new jobs. IBM Services Center: Baton Rouge will present career opportunities for computer science, science, technology and engineering professionals and college graduates. In a news release, the University estimated 542 indirect jobs and a total of about 1,342 jobs would be created in the area. Interim System President and Chancellor William “Bill” Jenkins said the IBM-LSU program will provide job and educational opportunities. “The state wants to expand its economic base, and this partnership IBM, see page 19


University CFO Squad could redefine LSU’s program setup exposes Kuhn to retire NCAA fan shortcomings Alyson Gaharan Staff Writer

Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor and Interim CFO Robert Kuhn said Wednesday that he would step down from his position within the Office of Budget and Planning, seeking retireKUHN ment after more than 39 years at the University, and allow President-Elect F. King Alexander to build his own team of administrators.

Kuhn’s announcement comes a few months after longtime University CFO Eric Monday left the University for a similar position at the University of Kentucky. Kuhn’s departure marks the sixth high-level administrator to leave the University in a series of exits that began last year with the ousting of former System President John Lombardi, followed by former Chancellor Michael Martin leaving, former Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Jack Hamilton stepping down, Monday’s accepting of a new position and Vice Provost of Equity, KUHN, see page 6

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The moment when the air temporarily left the PMAC was palpable. When third-seeded Penn State grabbed a nine-point lead late in the first half of Tuesday’s duel with No. 6-seed LSU, déjà vu appeared inevitable for the Lady Tigers. Whether it was a reminder of last season’s brutal 90-80 NCAA Tournament ousting at the hands of the Lady Lions or five years of regression-then-inconsistency since five straight Final Fours, the

relatively sparse crowd of 3,055 was sucking wind. An hour later, the crowd was holding its breath. The silence eventually erupted into cheers as a squad of seven secured the Lady Tigers’ first Sweet 16 berth since 2008. While the crowd was certainly loud — especially any time Penn State had possession in the waning minutes — it was the smallest of LSU’s 10 NCAA Tournament games in the PMAC, according to the announced number. That’s hardly a surprise, though, given that the PMAC becomes a surreal version of LSU’s familiar home court during the NCAA Tournament. ANALYSIS, see page 19

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INTERNATIONAL Part of Berlin Wall removed in early morning operation, backup needed BERLIN (AP) — For nearly 30 years, the Berlin Wall was the hated symbol of the division of Europe – a gray, concrete mass that snaked through neighborhoods, separating families and friends. On Wednesday, it took hundreds of police to guarantee the safe removal of 15 feet (fewer than 5 meters) of what’s left of the wall. Even though most of the strip remains intact, the move angered many Berliners, who believe developers are sacrificing history for profit. Scuba divers arrested, caught cutting main Telecom Egypt Internet cable CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s naval forces captured three scuba divers who were trying to cut an undersea Internet cable in the Mediterranean on Wednesday, a military spokesman said. Telecommunications executives meanwhile blamed a weeklong Internet slowdown on damage caused to another cable by a ship. Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali said in a statement on his official Facebook page that divers were arrested while “cutting the undersea cable” of the country’s main communications company, Telecom Egypt.

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Pope tries to demystify office, turning away from previous traditions VATICAN CITY (AP) — He still goes by “Bergoglio” when speaking to friends, seems reluctant to call himself pope and has decided to live in the Vatican hotel rather than the grand papal apartment in the Apostolic Palace. It might seem as if Pope Francis is in a bit of denial over his new job as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. Such moves hint, even at this early stage, only two weeks into his papacy, at an apparent effort by Francis to demystify the office of pope.

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DENVER (AP) — Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes has offered to plead guilty and serve the rest of his life in prison to avoid the death penalty — a deal that would bring a swift end to the sometimes wrenching courtroom battle and circumvent a prolonged debate over his sanity. Prosecutors haven’t said whether they would accept the offer, and victims and survivors of last summer’s massacre were divided on what should be done.

(AP) — Louisiana’s Department of Education has received 11,800 applications for state-funded private school tuition, with interest in the voucher program growing larger, Superintendent of Education John White said Wednesday. About 10,000 parents applied last year for their children to attend private and parochial schools with tax dollars, the first year the voucher program was statewide after being piloted in New Orleans. White said the first round of student assignments will be made in mid-April.

Gang of Eight members tour border, say immigration bill near unveiling NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators crafting a sweeping immigration bill vowed Wednesday that they would be ready to unveil it when Congress reconvenes in less than two weeks after getting a firsthand look at a crucial component of their legislation: security along the U.S.-Mexico border. The four senators are members of the so-called Gang of Eight, which is close to finalizing a bill aimed at securing the border and putting 11 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship

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Records provide new look at shooter of former Arizona Rep. Giffords PHOENIX (AP) — Almost everyone who crossed paths with Jared Loughner in the year before he shot former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords described a man who was becoming more unhinged and delusional by the day. He got fired from a clothing store and thrown out of college, shaved his head and got tattoos of bullets and a gun on his shoulder. He showed up at the apartment of a boyhood friend with a Glock 9-mm pistol, saying he needed it for “home protection.”

New Orleans council discusses racial profiling, police stops and frisks NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anecdotal allegations of persistent racial profiling by New Orleans police punctuated a meeting of a City Council panel where local government watchdogs said better data collection is needed to make sure officers are no longer doing unconstitutional race-based stops and frisks. Susan Hutson, the city’s Independent Police Monitor, told council members her own study indicates the police department policy needs to provide guidance, including specific examples, on what qualifies as justifiable suspicion for a stop.




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LSUPD releases interactive map to increase safety Map available on website, app store

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The LSU Police Department recently released an interactive crime map on its website to increase safety awareness among students and other people living on or around campus, according to LSUPD spokesman Capt. Cory Lalonde. The map takes the information put into the daily crime log and translates it onto an interactive map, Lalonde said. Lalonde said the map is not an emergency alert system like the text messages, but it is an interactive way for people to see crimes that occurred

on campus. The map has icons around LSU’s campus that allow the user to click to see the date, time and description of the crime that took place at that specific location. Lalonde said one of the best features is the ability to filter results to see crimes in a particular time window or by type of crime. Sgt. Joe Thompson, who worked on the interactive map for LSUPD, said the biggest challenge in making the map was the lack of street addresses on buildings, which made it difficult to pinpoint on-campus crimes. “One of the best things about it is that it’s easy to use,” Thompson said. “The map comes up and you can click on an icon and it gives a brief description of what [the

crime] is.” Lalonde said the map can be accessed from a mobile device using the app “Crime Reports.” Thompson said the map is “a work in progress,” as LSUPD is working to fix bugs, put X and Y coordinates on campus buildings and streets and to make the map easier to use. “We want to be as open and honest as we can about crime,” Lalonde said. “The LSU community is aware of instances and is one of the best resources to try to counter criminal activity because the community is our eyes and ears. We encourage everyone to contact us about suspicious activity.”

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La. infrastructure needs work Report card give U.S. D-plus

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Infrastructure in Louisiana needs work and the U.S. as a whole fares even worse, according to a report card released last week by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Louisiana received a C-minus on the report card released by the Louisiana ASCE last year, which is better than the Dplus national collective grade in the recent national ASCE report card. To call attention to the infrastructure problems the nation faces both currently and in the future, representatives from each ASCE state chapter visited Washington, D.C., to meet with senators and address what can be done about aging infrastructure in the U.S. and possible solutions, said chair of the Government Relations Committee of the Louisiana chapter of ASCE Jeff Duplantis. Duplantis, along with journal editor for the Louisiana division of ASCE Nedra Davis and another Louisiana ASCE member spoke with the state’s representatives in Washington, D.C., on March 19 and March 20 to urge them to think about the recent grade and to find a sustainable funding source, Duplantis said. “[Members of Congress] utilize and they have utilized the ASCE national report card in some of their defense and justifications for moving forward with some of these things,” Duplantis said. “So, it’s on the tips of their tongues. We wanted to

be up there this past week to re- infrastructure issues,” Davis iterate a lot of that and let [Con- said. Duplantis said there are sevgress] know a new [report card] eral programs locally to improve was out.” Davis said ASCE is involved infrastructure such as Baton Rouge’s Green in crafting inPlan, frastructure bills ‘It’s obvious something Light which, accordand is asked to comment on happened in a positive ing to the Green Light website, them. direction, but if “is a comprehenThe national you’re looking at the sive transportareport card is released every score as it is, it’s still tion program to improve roadway four years, Duplantis said, and way below where we i n f r a s t r u c t u r e and citizen safety the nation’s 2013 need to be.’ throughout East D-plus is actuBaton Rouge ally an improveJeff Duplantis Parish.” ment from the chair of the Government Relations Davis said D it received in Committee of the Louisiana the DOTD and 2009. chapter of ASCE Baton Rouge De“ [ We ’ r e ] making strides,” he said. “It’s partment of Public Works are doobvious something happened in ing a good job of moving projects a positive direction, but if you’re forward in the state. “I think that everyone’s looking at the score as it is, it’s still way below where we need struggling in hard economic times right now and looking for funding to be.” According to Duplantis, ne- sources,” she said. “But I think glect of infrastructure is the rea- both DOTD on the state level son for the low grades on the re- and Baton Rouge DPW, they’ve done a fantastic job in really utiport card. “One of the reasons that lizing local resources and local we’re in the situation we’re in companies.” Duplantis noted several with a lot of the infrastructure is that there hasn’t been any main- other cities, like Shreveport and tenance involved, or minimal New Orleans, have infrastructure maintenance,” he said. “There’s programs, but taking steps to imnot been a whole bunch of money prove Louisiana’s grade goes beput back into our infrastructure. yond individual cities; it is a state The interstate highway system issue. “Baton Rouge is doing a lot was built back in the ’60s and there hasn’t been a lot of up- to improve some of the infrastructure components, but you grades.” Plans are on the table to fix have to look at that as a snapsome of the problems and update shot within the state,” he said. Louisiana’s infrastructure, and “Things are being done, but is it progress is slowly being made widespread enough?” but the issue is funding, Duplantis said. “We’re looking to the White Contact Jonathan Olivier at House, basically for them to push Congress to fund some of these

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SOLO Eyewear gives back Alumna donates glasses for charity Jonathan Olivier Staff Writer

Around 1 billion people don’t have access to eye care and close to 80 percent of the global population’s blindness can be prevented, according to University alumna Jenny Amaraneni, who said these statistics motivated her to want to lower that number. Amaraneni is the founder and CEO of SOLO Eyewear, a California-based company that crafts sunglasses with a twist. “SOLO is a line of hybrid bamboo sunglasses,” Amaraneni said. “Our sunglasses are handcrafted using recycled bamboo, and for each pair purchased, we are able to fund eye care for people in need.” SOLO Eyewear is available across the country, including in three retail locations in Louisiana: Green Serene in New Orleans, Bella Lucca in Slidell and Ruby in Hammond. Amaraneni said she is also looking to expand in Baton Rouge in the near future. Amaraneni works with nonprofit organizations to deliver eyewear to the less fortunate, and she has so far been able to fund eye care for more than 3,000 people in 19 countries, she said. Mark Sachs, director at Restoring Vision — a nonprofit organization that works with SOLO — started working with Amaraneni in 2011. Restoring Vision has helped to provide 1.8 million pairs of glasses to more than 600 groups that visit developing countries around the world, he said. “We are a nonprofit that provides reading glasses and sunglasses to groups going to developing countries,” Sachs said. “So we work with a lot of church groups, a lot of medical groups, student groups that are going to developing countries. We get them to take the reading glasses and the sunglasses with them and then they distribute them to people.” Sachs said extra glasses courtesy of SOLO are added to shipments when groups go to other countries. Amaraneni was the vice president of marketing for Pi Sigma Epsilon when she attended the University, and she said the experience has helped her in her endeavors. “Getting a strong understanding of marketing and event marketing, and also building confidence in the leadership position – those were all key building parts of me getting to where I am today,” she said. Amaraneni said one of her favorite classes at the University, a franchising class, taught her fundamentals she still uses. “I loved the franchising class because [professor Robert] Justis brought in Todd Graves from Cane’s and a few other kind of entrepreneurtypes to come into our class – it was really inspiring,” she said. Amaraneni will address entrepreneurship and tell her story as a guest speaker for the University


SOLO Eyewear is a line of handcrafted sunglasses made with recycled bamboo. Each pair purchased funds eye care for someone in need in a developing country.

Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute at 4:45 p.m. April 16 in Room 1420 of the Business Education Complex. The speech is primarily for students focusing on entrepreneurship at the University, but students from all concentrations can attend, said director of the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Fellows Program Michelle Boullion. Boullion often encourages alumni to visit the University and speak at the Stephenson

Entrepreneurship Institute to share their experiences with students. “We try to bring graduates back quite a bit, because many of them have been in the entrepreneurship minor just like Jenny and they want to come back and share their experiences, and it’s good because she’s still really young and the students can identify with her,” Boullion said. Contact Jonathan Olivier at


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East Baton Rouge Parish ranks 18th healthiest in La. Fernanda Zamudio-Suarez Staff Writer

East Baton Rouge Parish ranks 18th among the healthiest parishes in Louisiana, according to the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, a study released last week by the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. Recent health rankings of East Baton Rouge Parish indicate those numbers are not as accurate, according to Sunanna Chand,

community outreach coordinator for the Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative. Chand said the numbers from the study were from 2009 and statistics have since changed slightly. The rankings are based on mortality, morbidity, health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and the physical environment. Sierra Fowler, Student Health Center health promotion coordinator, said the SHC is a service for students, and it important for them to use the resources the University

provides to stay healthy. If students live in East Baton Rouge Parish after graduation, their health will affect the city’s ranking in the future. “When you establish that good health early on, students will have those patterns of staying on top of their health,” Fowler said. The Student Health Center is available for more than just personal medical appointments, Fowler said. Students can request for representatives to speak to organizations, and they can stay informed on health issues by stopping by the


Initiative promotes healthy lifestyle for minority men Camille Stelly Contributing Writer

Fresh Cuts Clean Health, a Community University Partnership initiative, will host a health night tonight at the BarancoClark YMCA to teach AfricanAmerican and Latino men and their families ways to live a healthy life. Tonight’s health night will be a March Madness-themed night where men will be able to watch the NCAA tournament and learn more about having a healthy lifestyle. “It’s difficult to get men to be proactive about health,” said project coordinator and biological sciences senior Carlissa Wells. “March Madness is something that will spark their interest, as well.” The health night is a followup program to the previous health screenings at barbershops in the Baton Rouge community. Hilltop Barber Shop and L.E’ Gina Salon, the first barbershop and salon aimed at the Latin community, hosted initial barbershop screenings where minority men received blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol evaluations. Fresh Cuts Clean Health is

hoping to prevent, identify and reduce hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes among African-American and Latino men because they have a higher risk of getting those diseases than other demographics. “Our goal is to raise prevention and awareness about heart disease,” Wells said. The health nights are specifically for the barbers, screened participants and their families, according to Wells. “At the health nights, we incorporate different aspects to make it fun and attractive,” Wells said. “There are sessions on portion control, dental health and tobacco prevention and awareness. Zumba and exercise sessions are offered.” The Fresh Cuts Clean Health initiative depends on many local health organizations for its success, Wells said. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation is one of the program’s sponsors, which is part of Mayor-President Kip

Holden’s Healthy BR Initiative. LSU Health provides phlebotomy services to assist with the screenings, and Pennington Biomedical Research Center hosts the health nights. Fresh Cuts Clean Health started in October 2010 when CUP was awarded an Impact grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield Louisiana, according to CUP liaison Brandon Smith. Smith said CUP is looking to expand Fresh Cuts Clean Health. “Our first expansion was to the Latino community,” Smith said. “But we are trying to expand outside of Baton Rouge to New Orleans, Alexandria — anywhere where there is an LSU presence. But our home will always be based in Baton Rouge.” The health night will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the BarancoClark YMCA at 1735 Thomas Delpit Drive. Contact Camille Stelly at

health center’s table in Free Speech Plaza. Chand said East Baton Rouge ranks No. 1 for the second year in clinical care, meaning access to and quality of health care are the top in the state, and the city will continue to focus on promoting these services. “Our residents do not have to leave the city to receive great clinical care,” Chand said. Partner programs like the Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative will help improve health by encouraging an active lifestyle and

healthy eating, Chand said. The Healthy Corner Store program is another initiative that will provide grants for grocery stores to sell fresh produce to reduce food deserts in the parish, Chand said. The city has also partnered with Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge to get residents physically active and encourage exercise.

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but he expects Alexander to begin looking at what positions he wants to fill. “There’s a big group of people my age who are going to be retiring. It’s a natural progression,” Kuhn said. “This is a great opportunity for Dr. Alexander to put his own team together with his own fingerprints on the structure and who those individuals are.” Kuhn’s retirement coincides with Alexander’s installment as the new University president. “To me, Alexander has to build his own team. I don’t know how he wants to structure this with LSU 2015. I would assume the CFO would be responsible for more than this campus,” Kuhn said. “That’s something Dr. Alexander will want to put his fingerprints on, and I want to give him

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Diversity and Community Outreach Katrice Albert announcing that she’s leaving as well. “As soon as they conduct a search and find a replacement, I’ll be stepping down,” Kuhn said. “When I took the [CFO] position, I said it was on an interim basis, and I would commit to another legislative session and preparing another operating budget, but I’m ready to retire.” Although Kuhn said he has not had a direct conversation with Alexander, he spoke with Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Stuart Bell about the decision. Kuhn said he asked Bell to see how he wanted to proceed with the search for Kuhn’s replacement. Kuhn said there is no search process in the works now,

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the opportunity to do that.” Kuhn said Alexander will lead the University through these budgetary and reorganizational challenges. It’s a revolutionary time for higher education and those involved, and the team Alexander chooses will guide LSU through the process, Kuhn said. “I wish I was 35 years old and starting over again because it’s a new and exciting time,” Kuhn said. “I’m willing to do all I can to help LSU, but on the other hand, I think there are people who can do it better than I. It’s just time for me to go.”

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Gallo, editor in chief of The Daily Reveille, and The Advocate. The session was scheduled under the threat a of lawsuit from Gallo, whose attorney Scott Sternberg sent LSU a letter last week asking the University to seek an attorney general’s opinion on the secretive search. “This is the norm in 45 states,” said Presidential Search Committee Chair and Board of Supervisors member Blake Chatelain. “Either way you do it, there are going to be unanswered questions.” Sternberg said Louisiana’s open meeting laws are the only ones relevant to this case, despite what may be the case in other states. Withholding the records of the 34 other candidates considered for the LSU president position leaves the question of who else the Board could have hired, but if the record was made public, Chatelain said the issue would be different. “The question is who would not have applied if the records had been made public,” Chatelain said. Gallo said the decision to file the lawsuit would depend on the official response from LSU General Counsel Shelby McKenzie, who told the Reveille on Tuesday an official response to the parties involved would be issued Thursday following the Board’s meeting. “Until McKenzie tells me we’re not producing these records or requesting an attorney general’s opinion, we’re operating under the assumption that that will be their answer, although we haven’t seen that answer yet,” Sternberg said. “If that’s their final answer, that’s disappointing, and we will pursue litigation.” McKenzie was unavailable for comment. Alexander said he wouldn’t have allowed his name to be considered by the Presidential Search Committee if he wasn’t guaranteed confidentiality. “This is probably the fourth lawsuit like this that I’ve seen,” Alexander said. “Often times, these fizzle out, and the Board’s

just been put in a very difficult situation of identifying people and bringing them in. If you bring them in, there’s the potential for them to lose their jobs.” Alexander was recommended by the Presidential Search Committee as the sole finalist for the combined University president-chancellor position after months of searching. Alexander, currently the president of California State University Long Beach, was present at the meeting and greeted the Board and meeting attendees immediately following the Board’s vote. “I am pleased and humbled by your faith in me and your confidence in me, and I look forward to working with you closely to build these bonds, to build these bridges and to build LSU to its best capability possible, but also to benefit every single citizen that’s in this state, every person that lives within the state of Louisiana,” Alexander said. Alexander will officially assume his presidential responsibilities July 1, Chatelain said. Until then, Alexander will work closely with Jenkins to develop a greater understanding of the University’s weaknesses. From there, Alexander said he will begin building his team of administrators. Alexander said filling empty administration positions is one his top priorities for his first days at the University. “I don’t want to tread water,” Alexander said. “I want to begin the search processes as soon as possible and get to work.”

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teams at the combine with his athletic ability. Mingo said he wanted to prove to people that Less than a month before the he is more likely to “boom” 2013 NFL Draft, a number of for- than “bust.” mer Tigers tried to impress scouts With his success at the comWednesday on LSU’s annual Pro bine, Mingo refrained from doing Day at the proany of the timed ‘He has gread speed and measured exgram’s practice facility. Instead, on the football field. ... ercises. Many playhe participated ers looked at the They will find a place solely in the indiday of workouts vidual workouts. for him to play.’ as an opportunity “He has great to improve their speed on the footLes Miles draft stock after ball field,” said LSU coach the 2013 NFL LSU coach Les Combine, while it provided other Miles. “They will find a place for players their first opportunity to him to play.” show scouts what they can do. Former LSU cornerback Former LSU defensive end Tyrann Mathieu returned to the Barkevious Mingo has been la- LSU practice facility for the final beled a “boom-or-bust” type of draft prospect after wowing PRO DAY, see page 10 Tyler Nunez Sports Writer

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LSU senior wide receiver Russell Shepard catches a pass Wednesday during Pro Day at the Football Operations Center.

Former LSU wide receiver Russell Shepard tried something unfamiliar Wednesday when he worked out at LSU’s Pro Day. Shepard could be seen reading the ball, switching his hips and retreating back into pass coverage with the defensive backs. Shepard, who never played defense at LSU or in high school, said he was asked by a number of NFL scouts to work out as a de-

fensive back. “That was my first time back-pedaling,” Shepard said. “For my first time, I think I did pretty decent. A lot of teams said they were impressed and I could be a [defensive back] at the next level.” Shepard said he didn’t prepare to work out at defensive back and he didn’t know he was going to do so until he arrived that morning. Despite his unfamiliarity with the position, Shepard said SHEPARD, see page 10


LSU’s bats stifled in 12-5 loss to South Alabama Fico suffers second consecutive loss Spencer Hutchinson Sports Contributor

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LSU senior pitcher Rachele Fico (37) winds up Sunday during the Tigers’ 1-4 loss against South Carolina in Tiger Park. Fico registered a second loss Wednesday.

A fifth-inning grand slam by freshman Bianka Bell wasn’t enough to pull the LSU softball team out of an 11-run hole, as South Alabama toppled LSU, 125, for the Tigers’ second loss in three games. No. 25 South Alabama (28-5, 5-1 Southland Conference) seemingly had the game wrapped up in the fifth inning, leading 11-0. South Alabama pitcher Farish Beard held No. 13 LSU hitless through four innings, and with three more outs she would

complete a five-inning no-hitter. suffered her second consecuLSU (28-7, 7-2 Southeastern tive poor outing for the Tigers, Conference) blew up Beard’s no- surrendering six earned runs on hitter in the fifth with five runs eight hits in four-and-two-thirds to continue the game, but that innings of work. was all the Tigers could manage. South Alabama managed one South Alabama added one run in run off Fico in the second inning, the bottom of but in the third the fifth inning ‘I have no idea what went the Jaguars teed and closed out on the Tiwrong. We just weren’t off the comfortgers’ ace. Fico able, seven-run allowed four good on any aspect.’ victory. straight hits to “I have no start the third Beth Torina idea what went and gave up LSU coach wrong,” said four runs before LSU coach Beth Torina. “We just being pulled in favor of junior weren’t good on any aspect. We Ashley Czechner. didn’t pitch well. We played terriCzechner allowed the next ble defense. We didn’t swing the three South Alabama runs in bats well. The only bright spot is just two-thirds of an inning. they fought to keep us in it.” SOFTBALL, see page 10 LSU starter Rachele Fico

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Final Four-bound: Louisville, Ohio State, Florida, Indiana No. 4 Michigan

MIC’D UP MICAH BEDARD Sports Columnist The Big Dance has cleared out a little bit. Only 16 teams have a chance to bring home a national championship. Perennial powers Duke, Michigan State and Kansas remain in the field, while bracket busters Florida Gulf Coast, La Salle and Oregon are trying to crash the party. Here’s a breakdown of my hypothetical Elite Eight matchups and my predictions for which teams will be taking their talents to the Final Four in Hotlanta: Midwest Region: No. 1 Louisville over No. 3 Michigan State Duke and Michigan State could be a Final Four matchup. Instead, both teams are playing for a berth in the Elite Eight against either Louisville or Oregon. The Cardinals have shown no weakness in the tournament so far, forcing 44 turnovers in wins over North Carolina A&T and Colorado State. One intriguing matchup if Louisville and Michigan State meet up is the Cardinals front court of Chane Behanan and Gorgui Dieng and the Spartans’ big bodies Adreian Payne and Derrick Nix. Louisville will be able to frustrate the Michigan State guards and get them out of their style of play. The Cardinals will be too much for the Spartans to handle down the stretch, but this could be one of those quintessential March Madness contests. South Region: No. 3 Florida over

I believe in Billy Donovan. Much has been made of Florida’s recent struggles in close games, but Donovan is an expert on preparation and getting his teams ready come game time. If the Gators do in fact make it to the Elite Eight, it will be the third time in three seasons. Their matchup with Michigan will be no easy task. The Wolverines arguably put together one of the best performances of the tournament, a 7853 drubbing of VCU in the round of 32. The Wolverines are playing their best basketball at the right time. Freshman Mitch McGary has been a breath of fresh air in the middle for Michigan, putting up 21 points and 14 boards against the Rams on Saturday. But Florida’s veteran leadership by seniors Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario combined with the play of forwards Patric Young and Erik Murphy will lead the Gators to Atlanta. West Region: No. 2 Ohio State over No. 9 Wichita State The only thing the “Wild Wild West” is missing is Will Smith. A No. 2, No. 6, No. 9 and No. 13 seed make up the remaining teams vying for a spot in the Final Four. Wichita State has been stellar in the tournament. The Shockers hit 14 3-pointers to upset No. 1 seed Gonzaga in the third round. But Ohio State is a team of destiny. The Buckeyes got a lucky break Sunday against Iowa State when guard Aaron Craft drew a charge call with his foot hovering over the restricted area in the final minutes. Craft’s last-second 3-pointer

to put the Buckeyes ahead for good against the Cyclones is a shoe-in to be featured on “One Shining Moment” come tournament’s end. It was one of the best moments of the Big Dance so far. Ohio State has everything working in its favor and it should make the Final Four. East Region: No. 1 Indiana over No. 3 Marquette The Hoosiers survived a scare from Khalif Wyatt and Temple in the third round, doing what every team needs to at this point: survive and advance. I had Miami in this game before it announced a knee injury to center Reggie Johnson will keep him out of this weekend’s action. Marquette has a plethora of guards who push the tempo and do their best to get teams out of what they want to do offensively. The only problem: Indiana has two of the five best players in the country. When he wants to, Cody Zeller can flat out take over a game. The same can be said for Victor Oladipo. Hoosiers coach Tom Crean used to coach Marquette and Golden Eagles coach Buzz Williams was an assistant under Crean. Both teams know a lot about each other, which should lead to the game coming down to the wire. Indiana has too many shooters and the advantage inside. The Hoosiers should make their first Final Four appearance since 2002.

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Louisville guard Peyton Siva waves to the crowd after defeating Colorado State 82-56 in a third-round NCAA tournament game Saturday in Louisville, Ky.

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Eight Tigers head Griffin leads win against Hornets to NCAA meet Brett Martel

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Dimitri Skoumpourdis Sports Contributor

Eight members of the LSU men’s swimming and diving team will begin competition Thursday at the NCAA Championships at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind. Four individual qualifiers and four relay competitors represent the Tigers, marking the largest group sent to the meet during the tenures of swimming coach Dave Geyer and diving coach Doug Shaffer. “We’re going to go up there with eight guys, seven swimmers and one diver, and with a strong focus on relays,” Geyer said. “It is a situation that if we swim the times we went at [the Southeastern Conference Championship], it could be good enough to earn those second swims at NCAAs.” Individual qualifiers for LSU include seniors Craig Hamilton and Andrei Tuomola and sophomore Frank Greeff. To complete the relay squads for the five team races in which LSU will compete, senior Nick Kunkel, junior Michael Saco, sophomore Michael Young and freshman Gabe Roker will also make the trip.

“I think we are in a good spot,” Geyer said. “It is all about beating the majority of the field to finish top eight or top 16.” Junior Sean McKinney will be the only diver representing LSU. He’ll have a busy meet as he’s competing in all three events after finishing fourth at the NCAA Zone ‘D’ Diving Regionals in the threemeter with a score of 621.85. Despite being the only Tiger diver there, McKinney is not letting the moment get the best of him. “It feels great to be there, but I’m just going to do what I’ve been doing,” McKinney said. “It’s just another meet to me really.” Shaffer is confident in McKinney’s preparation and expects a top performance from his only male qualifier. “Sean is ready and has done the prep and the training all year long,” Shaffer said. “I’m going to try and keep him focused. It is fully within his capabilities for him to score at the meet.” The meet will conclude Saturday. Contact Dimitri Skoumpourdis at

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Blake Griffin scored 19 points, Chris Paul added 16 points and nine assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the New Orleans Hornets 105-91 Wednesday night. Caron Butler and Jamal Crawford each scored 13 for the Clippers, who were playing one night after falling in overtime at Dallas. Chauncey Billups briefly returned from a right groin strain to score 11 points before leaving the game with the same injury. But the Clippers opened up a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter and pulled even with Denver for the third-best record (49-23) in the Western Conference. Eric Gordon scored 24 and Anthony Davis had 19 points and nine rebounds for New Orleans, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. The Clippers combined for 13 3-pointers on 29 attempts, with Billups and Crawford each hitting three. Robin Lopez scored 13 for New Orleans, which outshot Los Angeles overall, 49.3 percent (35 of 71) to 46.6 percent (34 of 73). But New Orleans missed 10 of 14 from deep and turned the ball over 12 times, leading to 20 Clippers points.

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New Orleans Hornets center Robin Lopez goes to the basket Wednesday against Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin in the first half of an NBA basketball game.

Los Angeles led by 11 early in the third quarter after Willie Green hit a 3 and Griffin added a couple free throws, but Gordon and Davis helped the Hornets close the gap. Gordon had 12 points in the period, hitting a couple difficult driving floaters, one as he was fouled. Davis hit all five of his shots in the period, including several midrange jumpers. Davis also converted a layup as he was fouled on a feed from

Gordon, and Gordon’s free throw cut the Clippers lead to 79-77 heading into the fourth quarter. But the Clippers soon were back up by 10 after Eric Bledsoe and Matt Barnes each hit 3s during an 8-0 run that made it 89-79.

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time to participate in individual workouts at Pro Day. He and his former teammates reminisced about the days when they played together. “I missed being on the field with [Mathieu],” said former LSU safety Eric Reid. “He did everything I expected him to do and more. If somebody takes a chance on him, he will make a great player.” Mathieu said he looks forward to being welcomed by a new team and putting his past behind him. “It is very exciting, but it is humbling at the same time because of all the things I went through this past year,” Mathieu said. “I am just looking forward to it. I am ready for it to be over.” Reid also participated in individual workouts, including the 40-yard dash, in which he clocked an official time of 4.5 seconds. This was a slight improvement from his performance at the combine, where he ran it in 4.53 seconds. Reid said he can’t comprehend how his life will change

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Junior Meghan Patterson relieved Czechner in the sixth inning and gave up two more runs in twothirds of an inning. “I have no question that [Fico] will bounce back from

when he is selected in the draft. “It is surreal,” Reid said. “Guys say that it is a dream, but I have lived it. I grew up here, I went to LSU and now I am taking that next step — that is the NFL. It has not even hit me yet.” Pro Day also allows lessheralded players to prove to teams they are worth a selection. Such is the case with Lavar Edwards who, as LSU’s backup defensive end last season, was not able to build as much of a résumé as most prospects. Edwards had a performance on par with his showing at the combine, running a 4.78-second 40-yard dash, posting a 32-inch vertical leap and tallying 21 reps in the bench press. “Lavar Edwards should be drafted,” Miles said. “I do not think there is any question we have had great defensive-end play. ... I think he will play in the NFL for years.”

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he did not feel uncomfortable because he has watched so many great defensive backs play while at LSU. He worked out alongside former cornerbacks Tyrann Mathieu and Tharold Simon and former safety Eric Reid. Reid said he could see Shepard making the transition to defense at the next level. “He is very quick and explosive,” Reid said. “He is going to have to learn the position because he didn’t play it in college, but if he can learn the position, I think he could be a great corner.” After not receiving an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine in February, Pro Day was Shepard’s best opportunity to audition for NFL scouts and coaches. He said being snubbed from the combine did not bother him because he knew Pro Day would attract more than enough pro scouts. “They all came here,” Shepard said. “We had 10 [general managers] and four head

coaches. The body of works speaks for itself. It’s LSU Pro Day and the athletes here are going to bring the athletes and the coaches, so it’s not that bad.” Shepard measured well, running a 4.51-second 40-yard dash and registering a 38.5-inch vertical jump, but said there were more important things to him

it,” Torina said. “I don’t think we expect her to be perfect every time she comes out, and our defense has to play better behind her.” Bell’s grand slam in the fifth inning forced Beard from the pitching circle, but South

Alabama junior Hannah Campbell held LSU scoreless in the final three innings of the game with only two hits. LSU will play a two-game series against Samford this weekend and a doubleheader against Florida State on Wednesday

before returning to SEC play against Arkansas. Torina said putting forth the same effort as Wednesday night against an SEC opponent is not an option if LSU expects to win. “We just need to get back

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Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (7) runs through a drill Wednesday during Pro Day at the Football Operations Center.

than demonstrating his athleticism. “They know I can run and they know I can jump,” Shepard said. “I just wanted to take it to the football field and look smooth and look like an athlete. I felt like I looked smooth catching the ball today.” Shepard was the only wide receiver working out and caught passes from former LSU quarterbacks Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee. He said he received positive feedback from most scouts and coaches he talked to. He also demonstrated some versatility by catching kickoffs and punts in front of the scouts. “The more value you bring to a team, the more they are going to want you,” Shepard said. “As far as the draft, I have no idea how that is going to go — it’s out of my hands. Hopefully, I can make a 53-man roster when it comes time for camp.”

Contact James Moran at to where we were,” Torina said. “Hopefully we can just write this off as a bad day.”

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Spring break usually conjures up images of lazily lying on the beach, catching a tan, swimming and consuming one’s body weight in Jell-O shots. But for some, taking a beach trip isn’t an option due to budgetary issues, prior obligations or lack of planning. Luckily, there are plenty of fun, cheap options to get you off the couch if you’re staying in Louisiana. New Orleans Film Society’s filmOrama

NOLA Pyrate Week Where: Various venues in New Orleans

Freret Street Festival Where: Freret Street between Napoleon and Jefferson, New Orleans

When: 7 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. April 7

Where: Prytania Theatre, New Orleans

When: Noon to 6 p.m. April 6

Cost: Most events are free, but donations are accepted

When: April 5-11, starts at noon each day

Cost: Free

Description: A weeklong festival of all things piraterelated, including a wench pageant, cemetery tours and bar outings.

Cost: $11

Description: Features more than 200 local vendors showcasing arts, crafts and clothing items. It also features dog and cat adoptions, live music, a food court and a kids’ activity area with inflatables, a petting zoo and maze.

Description: A weeklong showcase of new, foreign, independent and documentary films.

Louisiana Derby & Infield Festival

Zapp’s International Beer Fest

Kite Fest Louisiane

Where: Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, New Orleans

Where: West Baton Rouge Soccer Complex

Where: Rural Life Museum, Baton Rouge

When: Gates open at 11 a.m. Saturday

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 6-7

When: 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on April 6

Cost: $25, $60 for VIP

Cost: Free

Cost: $30 (advance purchase required)

Description: The first horse race is at 1 p.m. Flow Tribe will play at about 2 p.m. The Louisiana Derby will run around 5 p.m., with a concert by Cowboy Mouth after.

Description: An annual celebration of kites that includes activities such as kite flying, kite design competitions, kite making, kite ballets and kite flying lessons.

Description: Zapp’s invites participants to come out and taste more than 200 foreign and domestic beers and ales. Jambalaya and non-alcoholic beverages will also be served. Music will be provided by CJ Solar Band. STAYCATION, see page 15


Is the Strokes’ new album made to impress? Yes. “Comedown Machine” marks the band’s rebirth. No. “Comedown Machine” disappoints in most ways.

The fab five have done it again — and just when most thought they were down for the count. On “Comedown Machine,” The Strokes effortlessly breathe new life into their sound and pull off a minor artistic rebirth. The Strokes, best known for their firstout-the-gate debut, had DANIEL serious trouble followCATALANELLO ing their sophomore Entertainment Writer classic “Room on Fire” and fumbled on the subsequent two releases. On its last outing “Angles,” the band tried

changing things up only to lose what made it so unique in the process. Here, the band remedies this problem by finding an ideal middle-ground between its recent new wave fixation and its signature garage rock sound. It’s a new look that hasn’t forgotten where it came from and seems to have shown up in the nick of time. This new attitude is exemplified in lead singer Julian Casablancas’ vocals. By expanding its sound and experimenting with a wide range of influences, the band has opened up new possibilities for Casablancas’ signature croon, which now includes REBIRTH, see page 15

I wasn’t always a huge fan of The Strokes. I’m not the type of listener who is easily won over — artists have to earn a spot on my playlists, and The Strokes just didn’t merit one at first. Unlike most die-hard Strokes fans, I wasn’t even an avid listener until well after “Angles” was released REBECCA in 2011. But one night at DOCTER a party, a friend (who coEntertainment Writer incidentally happened to be wearing a Strokes shirt) played “Last Nite” on vinyl for me, and I was hooked.

Ever since that fateful night, The Strokes has constantly been with me (quite literally — I keep a physical copy of “Angles” in my glove compartment). So, when I got the news that a new Strokes album was set to be released this year, I was beyond stoked. That excitement didn’t last long. While old Strokes records flow freely and sound as if they’ve been engineered without much conscious effort, “Comedown Machine” sounds so meticulously put together that it actually hurts. It seems as if the band worked so hard to break away from its previous sound that it completely lost sight of what it was DISAPPOINTMENT, see page 15

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Blake Shelton, “Based on a True Story”

Warner Brothers

“Nobody wants to listen to their grandpa’s music,” Blake Shelton once claimed on GMC’s “Backstory.” The tracks in his eighth studio album, “Based on a True Story,” are certainly not “old geezer” country. While the songs are undeniably catchy, the subject matter is nothing new. The album’s first track, “Boys ‘Round Here” crassly encompasses every country stereotype imaginable. The first single, “Sure Be Cool if You Did,” is decent but forgettable and generic. Ironically, the album’s strongest track, “Grandaddy’s Gun,” has a sound reminiscent of old-time country. The worst thing about this album is the obvious use of auto-tune in tracks like “Small Town Big Time.” Shelton’s gravelly drawl certainly doesn’t need it. Overall, “Based on a True Story” has a few good moments, but if you’re craving some country, ignore Shelton’s words and give “grandpa’s music” a chance. MARIE CHANEY

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Olympus Has Fallen

Millennium Films

After a series of family movies and romantic comedies, Gerard Butler returns to action with “Olympus Has Fallen.” For an action movie, this one surprisingly has a lot of substance to it. A terrorist attack on Washington is not a new idea, but “Olympus Has Fallen” presents a fresh take on something done so many times before. The attack this time is fresh and more believable than other movies of the same type. In addition, the movie seems realistic — from the performances of the actors to the story to the action and gore. There are a few minor faults here. Some of the camera angles are awkward and Butler occasionally slips back into his Scottish accent, but it does not take away from the movie. While it’s not for everyone, “Olympus Has Fallen” is worth watching. ROB KITCHEN

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Dido, “Girl Who Got Away”

RCA Records

The last remaining wave of dedicated fans of UK pop artist Dido will be excited for her new album “Girl Who Got Away,” but those who aren’t part of her fanbase shouldn’t expect much. Produced by RCA Records, the album is incredibly bland. Although the promotional single, “Let Us Move On,” features rapper Kendrick Lamar, every track is virtually identical to her 1999 hit “Here With Me” from her debut album “No Angel.” Her voice sounds exactly the same as it did 14 years ago, with no melodic surprises whatsoever. Also, her lead single “No Freedom” is trying hard to be ethereal in its vagueness, but leaves the listener puzzled. Dido doesn’t seem to have a message to convey. Besides the minor gimmick of Lamar’s appearance on the album, there is nothing much compelling about “Girl Who Got Away.”



The Croods


Though Dreamworks’ films have never quite been able to match the magic of Pixar, you can usually count on them to churn out a solid family movie. “The Croods” doesn’t break any new ground or deliver anything more than the average animated film, but it’s enjoyable, provided you take your younger sibling or similarly small, easily amused child for an afternoon at the movies. While it doesn’t offend, it does struggle to put up a script worthy of actors with the comedic weight and skill of Emma Stone, Cloris Leachman and Nicolas Cage. If you need a way to occupy your time while babysitting or feel extremely passionately about Emma Stone’s filmography, “The Croods” is worth checking out. Otherwise, it’s forgettable.

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The Story So Far, “What You Don’t See”

Pure Noise Records

The Story So Far’s second full-length album brings to mind the days of detention, uniforms and crappy cafeteria food. Basically, it panders to high school kids in the heyday of their teen-angst phase, not that there’s anything necessarily wrong with that. Pop-punk has its redeeming moments and qualities, but none of them can be found here. “What You Don’t See” just feels lazy, generic and trite. Not a single song sticks out from the others — they all just sort of blend together into an indiscernible mash of vanilla pop-punk. The lyrical work can be clever at times, but it’s lost in a wash of humdrum guitar riffs and so-so drum solos. Bands like Four Year Strong and A Day to Remember mastered this genre years ago, and The Story So Far should have taken note before crafting this insipid album.



EDITOR’S PICK: Sigur Rós, “Brennistein”

XL Recordings

Criticizing Sigur Rós is like beating a dead horse. Known for its intricate, climactic songs, the Icelandic group has created its own genre and barely strays from it. With “Brennistein,” this year’s first look at its second release, Sigur Rós wants listeners to think change is coming. That’s apparent with the booming, familiar wub that assonates within the track’s first seconds. It’s dark and heavy, neither of which are new to Sigur Rós, but it feels forced. The beauty of Sigur Rós is the way instruments — including Jónsi’s vocals — play off each other, building up to something extraordinary. “Brennistein” resorts to a cheap trick then quits halfway through, only to return to the familiar. Sigur Rós has proven they can turn things BRIAN SIBILLE Entertainment Editor up, but this is trying too hard.


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Ben Durel geology sophomore

Braiden Mills biology sophomore

‘My parents told my siblings and I that my mom was pregnant.’ ‘One time, my dad and sister called me and told me my brother had been hospitalized after a bad accident.’

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What’s your best April Fool’s Day story?

Izza Islam

‘My sister cleared out her refrigerator and hid inside of it to scare her roommate.’

finance senior

Erin Mackey pre-vet sophomore

‘In the second grade, my friend’s best friend hid her bicycle. She still hasn’t forgiven her.’

Meredith Hamblin communication studies sophomore

‘There’s this website called my friend has been using to make her friends’ tweets full of ghetto slang as a prank.’

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‘Aliens’ explores cosmic questions Rupert Grint of ‘Potter’ films narrates Rob Kitchen Entertainment Writer

The possibility of life on other planets is something that has confused scientists for as long as science has been recorded. The newest show at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum, “We Are Aliens,” seeks to answer that question. The exhibit is a 360-degree planetarium show that explains how humans could find aliens and how it would affect Earth. “We Are In addiAliens” tion, the show Where: Louisiana is narrated by Rupert Grint, Art and Science most rememMuseum bered for his role as Ron When: Times vary. Weasley in the Visit for “Harry Potter” movies. details. The film specifies this idea by discussing exoplanets, which are planets or solar systems that orbit other stars, and how they can sustain life, said Jon Elvert, planetarium director for the Louisiana Art and Science Museum. “[Exoplanets] are an important hot topic in astronomy and science in general right now,” Elvert said. “Scientists have seen at least 400 planets around other stars and they expect that there may be thousands and thousands more.” ‘We’re the The film aliens because also suggests the idea that hu- the ‘earthlings’ mans become are the aliens the aliens. that will “We’re the eventually aliens because the ‘earthlings’ explore Mars.’ are the aliens Jon Elvert that eventually LASM planetarium will explore director Mars.” Elvert said. “Once we go to Mars or eventually back to the moon, we become the aliens that land on other planets.” “We Are Aliens” started Wednesday and will play until June 30. Times for each showing vary from day to day. More information is available at Contact Rob Kitchen at

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Don’t know what to wear on your trip to the beach? Check out “Frugal Fashionista” for spring break wardrobe tips.

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“That Comic Book Guy” reviews a recently-released comic book anthology.

“Tech with Taylor” talks recent changes to T-Mobile and this week’s Game Developer’s Conference.

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Jazz Fest releases detailed 2013 lineup, high attendance expected National, local artists to perform Chevel Johnson The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival’s detailed lineup was released Tuesday, a month before the gates open, organizers said they are energized and expecting to build on last year’s growth in attendance. “Last year’s festival was really special,” festival producer Quint Davis said at a news conference. “It was the first to show attendance going up a notch. We came out of last year with tremendous momentum and after 44 years to be relevant and growing is a tremendous accomplishment.” He added, “This year’s festival has reinvigorated and reignited people, and the anticipation has taken off again and that’s exciting that people are still energized about going to the festival.” That’s thanks in part to a seven-day lineup comprised of more than 80 acts on 12 stages including Billy Joel, Jill Scott, Fleetwood Mac, B.B. King, Frank Ocean, Maroon 5, Gary Clark Jr., Earth, Wind and Fire, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Aaron Neville. “There is no other festival that really is as broad as this, that’s as deep as this, as indigenous as this, and as close to the community as this is,” Davis said. The festival, April 26-28 and May 2-5, released the coveted schedule “cubes,” which show what acts are playing when and where. “Today is the day that the festival really is defined ... by the unequaled talent of New Orleans because today, with the cubes, you see the shows on each stage,” Davis said. “And for every socalled national guest there’s a New Orleans equal and New Orleans match. No other city and no other festival can match that.” Davis urged fans to dig deep into the schedule to find the “nuggets and gems” and get beyond the festival’s surface. “I mean, I can’t wait for Kermit Ruffins and B.B. King,” Davis said, “but as you look through your cubes, think about each day, because nowhere else has this level of talent. Dig deep. There are little things buried everywhere like Earth, Wind and Fire in discussion on the Allison Minor stage and The Selvy singers in the gospel tent.” Davis also showed off the 2013 Jazz Fest poster created by artist James Michalopoulos featuring Aaron Neville and the 2013 Congo Square poster featuring Buckwheat Zydeco created by R. Gregory Christie. In addition, the festival will spotlight Native American

culture, musical talent, crafts very put together,” he said. and food. “Our The Dirty ‘There is no other celebration will Dozen brass band, require a recon- festival that really is as which plays the figuration of the festival on the festival layout. broad as this, that’s as second weekend, The entire cenprovided music deep as this, as ter of the festival, for Tuesday’s from the flag pole indigenous as this, and news conference. to the food booths, Hasting Stewas close to the will be turned into art, a spokesman a Native Americommunity as this.’ for Shell’s Deep can environment, Water division, Quint Davis a village if you the festival’s prefestival producer will,” he said. senting sponsor, He singled out and members of native American flue player Rob- the New Orleans City Council ert Mirabal and a Canadian group, also attended. A Tribe Called Red — electronic music DJs who do Native AmeriContact The Daily Reveille’s can chants over the music. entertainment staff at “It’s really a festival within a; festival and one of the greatest NaTwitter: @TDR_entertain tive American exhibits that we’ve


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Edible Book Festival Where: Alvar Library, New Orleans When: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 6 Cost: Free with entry of an edible book or canned food item Description: The Edible Book Festival is an annual event held throughout the world in April. Attendees are encouraged to join in the fun by creating an edible book entry that will be exhibited, documented for the international edible book archive, judged and eaten.

FestForAll Where: Town Square (North Blvd.) Downtown Baton Rouge When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 6, noon to 6 p.m. April 7 Cost: Free Description: FestForAll features a full weekend of art and entertainment in downtown’s Town Square and at Old State Capitol and the Shaw Center. It includes various musical performances, art demonstrations, hula hoop circus performances and chainsaw wood sculpture. Contact Taylor Schoen at

working toward. The Strokes is a band that has always promised a pure rock sound, and “Comedown Machine” certainly does not deliver. The main problem with the album is that it lacks the few catchy songs that are the Strokes’

REBIRTH, from page 11 a disarmingly pretty falsetto register. One might wonder if Casablancas was holding out on his full range for just this moment, with the band in need of a serious kick in the pants. His voice’s flexibility reveals a newfound confidence, and that’s saying a lot for a band that seemed to embody the essence of confidence on its earliest releases. This self-assurance permeates standout “One Way Trigger,” in which the band exercises the ghost of 1980’s nostalgia by way of a kinetic beat and a punchy keyboard progression, centered around Casablancas’ effervescent delivery. Meanwhile, the songs “All the Time” and “50/50” hearken back to their “Room on Fire” sound but serve mostly as memorials to that era. Elsewhere, the band is content to experiment freely and without self-consciousness, with a high rate of success. On closer “Call it Fate, Call it Karma,” the band is imagined as a ragtime-era group, with

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signature. There is no “Under the Cover of Darkness” and no “Someday.” The record attempts an enormous buildup to an overarching greatness that simply never presents itself. I felt like I spent the first half of the record waiting for something amazing to happen, only to be left disappointed when the 39

minutes were over. “Comedown Machine’s” one solace is “Happy Ending,” and that’s only because it’s reminiscent of “Angles.” If Julian Casablancas was reading this, he’d probably say, “That was the old Strokes, this is the new Strokes.” If this is the new Strokes, then I don’t want in.

Grade: D-

Casablancas’ croon unsurprisingly fitting right in. On “Chances,” the band enters pseudo-ballad territory, and delivers an incredibly sincere, deliciously cheesy send-up to the high school dance anthems of yesteryear. And while the band often uses pop music of the 1980s as a jumping-off point, it never fails to put its own spin on it and land somewhere unique. “80s Comedown Machine,” the longest song the Strokes have written at nearly 5 minutes, is a slow-burning dirge that features weary mellotron arpeggios that blossom into a intricately layered chorus that is as subtle as it is effective. By embracing a more tender sound on several of these tracks, the band actually comes off sounding cooler than it has in years by virtue of being completely unafraid of sounding totally uncool. This ease in execution allows the strongest aspects of The Strokes’ music — Casablanca’s songwriting and melodic/harmonic sensibilities — to flourish. And while it’s never revolutionary or

game-changing in anyway, it’s almost always fun and effectual. Light-hearted, expertly-executed fun — isn’t that what pop music is all about?

Daniel Catalanello is a 20-year-old English junior from Baton Rouge.

Grade: A

Rebecca Docter is a 19-year-old mass communication freshman from Brandon, Miss.

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“Comedown Machine” is the Strokes’ latest release on RCA Records.




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The Break of Spring 2k13 LSU students: Your vacation may be hard to remember, but be safe

POLIVIN’ THE LIFE JOHN POLIVKA Columnist It’s Spring Break 2K13! Neaux regretz! Well, to those who have made it successfully back from Round Up in Austin, it’s time to go ahead and rally. And for everyone else, the time is finally here. Spring Break is upon us, and that means it is time to kick back and feast your eyes upon the sights Gulf Shores’ beaches have to offer, with much of LSU’s student body migrating east this weekend. On the contrary, there are some things you do not want to see. First and foremost, I guess I’ll go ahead and say outright that I would rather chug dip spit or let Tyrann Mathieu write the baggage checklist for the road trip to Gulf Shores while working part-time as my legal adviser than see ‘Merica or Mitt Romney-themed tank tops. Oh, but I’ll see them. Students across the LSU campus are running on fumes at this point in the semester and are looking to let off a little steam next to the water. And by a little steam, well, I mean a lot of steam. “Face down, bottoms up, ass to ass,” said Grant Burnett, disaster science and management junior from Austin, Texas, in regard to his anticipations of the weeklong festivities. That statement pretty much sums up my opinion on the subject, but to delve into further discussion, there are a couple of vital choices that can be made to ensure good times at Gulf Shores this Spring Break. To directly quote Ben Tucker from the Odyssey, LSU’s Greek newspaper, “maybe instead of tank tops with your Greek letters, consider suiting up in a throwback like Tracy McGrady on the Raptors.” Hey Ben, I can get on board with that. In fact, any NBA jersey from the ’90s will do just fine. Although they can leave a nasty tan line, it will bode well for any guy with a beating pulse to throw a name such as Barkley or Rodman on his back. Something you should not do while in said jersey, or any type of

clothing for that matter, is solely rely on pulling chugs from a bottle of Everclear to get a little weird. This is probably not a good idea. No, this is definitely not a good idea. Considering there is a 95 percent alcohol by volume ratio, you will most likely die. Or wish you had died the next morning. So with that, be cognizant of alcohol volumes as you stock your coolers for the weeklong extravaganza. Though that quite possibly may have been a waste of a sentence, as not one reader will be thinking in terms of which alcohol volume is the safest, including myself. I will sum it up instead with “just don’t die.” But in all reality, no matter what the booze or weather situation may be, this week should be a great one for everyone in attendance. Be safe, everyone. John Polivka old creative from Houston.

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[Top] Texas A&M students Kirsten Stokes, Lauren Taylor and Josh Vasquez talk about their spring break experience so far March 12 at South Padre Island, Texas. [Bottom] Walton County Deputy Sheriff Brad Barefield, left, checks the IDs of Jenna Harris and other spring breakers from Mississippi on the beach March 13 in South Walton County, Fla. As thousands of spring breakers descend on the beaches in this northwest Florida resort area, law enforcement personnel are making regular sweeps looking for underage drinkers.

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Drunk driving can kill people; pledge to stop THE PICKUP PERSPECTIVE JOHN PARKER FORD Columnist If somebody killed your loved ones, what would you say to that person? I can think of a lot of things, but not this: “I want Brett Gerald to know we are a loving family,” or, “We have forgiven you, brother,” or, “I don’t want you to think … I hate you. I don’t. I will keep you in my prayers.” That’s what three family members of the victims who Brett Gerald killed while drunk driving last May had to say after Gerald was sentenced to seven 10-year prison terms earlier this month.

Gerald killed Brenda Gaines, 64; Denise Gaines, 33; Willie Gaines Jr., 15; Rogerick Johnson Jr., 13; Diamond Johnson, 12; Jyran Johnson, 6; and Angela Mathews Mosely, 36, on May 30, 2012. I think these families deserve some kind words. What a group of people. How can they forgive this man who has taken so much from them? Their reaction to this incident is truly remarkable and inspirational. These are the type of people we should all strive to be. So drunk driving. Don’t do it. It’s simple, right? Obviously not. I’d be willing to assume everyone reading this column knows someone who regularly drives drunk. Next time you see them getting behind the wheel,

consider stopping them and think of 15-year-old Willie who will never turn 16. Or maybe it’s you. You’ve been at the bar for a few hours. Threw back a few of Fred’s free drinks, but you only had four Red Bull vodkas and it’s been, like, three hours. You’re pretty good to drive. At least you think you are. Before you get in the car, think about 12-year-old Diamond, and how she’ll never get her driver’s license. Don’t we have enough problems in this country with cancer and other diseases and real accidents to not have to worry about such preventable deaths? I mean dear God, people, what’s wrong with us? We’ll go downtown and spend $45 on three drinks and

a shot at City Bar, but we won’t spend another $20 to take a cab and get home without risking someone else’s life? I want to challenge you all to do something. Make a pledge to not drink and drive from this day forward. I don’t care how you do it. Pledge to yourself. Put it on Facebook. Tweet about it. Tell your friends and ask them to keep you responsible. You can even go to (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and take a pledge through their site. I’m making the pledge right now in ink. I don’t want to be the cause of some other 6-year-old’s death, like Jyran, who will never get a chance to throw a football or baseball all the way across his

front yard. Speaking to the victims’ families after his sentencing, Gerald said, “I trust in God that He will heal your pain because I know I cannot.” Well Gerald, the Gaines, Johnson and Mosely families have already proven they are extraordinary people. Pledge to never be the reason another family has to prove it, too. John Parker Ford is a 22-year-old mass communication senior from Alexandria.

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Treasury should remove ‘In God We Trust’ from money MANUFACTURING DISCONTENT DAVID SCHEUERMANN Columnist America’s moral fabric is under attack, and it’s a reason to celebrate. The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit last month against the U.S. Treasury Department to remove the “In God We Trust” motto from all currency, declaring the national motto discriminates against nonbelievers. I can already hear the reaction. Devoted theists, especially among the Christian right, probably see this as an assault on the Judeo-Christian principles America was founded upon and an example of America’s slow decline. Others will likely scoff at the lawsuit, charging there are more important pursuits to burden the courts with and that atheists should get thicker skins. However, both of these arguments are either wrong or simply miss the point. For one, this nation was not founded to propagandize for one religion or group of religions. We are not a Christian nation, and anyone who argues against that notion misunderstands the Enlightenment philosophies that inspired our Founding Fathers. Sadly, the Christian right has never let this go despite the historical evidence. Often, they’ll pull out a list of Founding Fathers who were Christian as if that proves their intentions, or they’ll bring out the Declaration of Independence, the document mostly written by Thomas

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Jefferson, a noted deist who removed all references to Jesus’ miracles and divinity in his Jefferson Bible. The Treaty of Tripoli, a 1797 peace treaty signed by the United States under President John Adams, is often largely ignored even though it specifically states “the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” So why is “In God We Trust” stamped on all of our money if it’s not what the founder’s wanted? Well, because of the hardwork and dedication politicallyconnected theists have put in to subvert the secularism established by the Constitution and years of Enlightenment thought. The first appearance of the phrase on currency occurred nearly a hundred years after the country was founded.

In 1861, Rev. M.R. Watkinson petitioned the Treasury Department to add the motto to newly minted coins to “recognize Almighty God in some form.” In 1956, Congress made it the new national motto to differentiate us from those godless commies. Not only was the motto not used until years after the Founding Fathers’ deaths, it was also put forth for entirely religious reasons. On the second point, I largely agree with the detractors. This issue isn’t one that ranks highly on my list of priorities, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an important issue. In fact, I’d probably agree with those arguments if the Supreme Court didn’t throw out important cases against laws such as the FISA Amendments Act like they were no big deal. Far more important cases are thrown out all

the time, so a chance for a little victory in one regard is acceptable to me. Actually, the courts’ reasons for upholding the motto are enough to consider a change as they make some of the most spectacular jumps in logic I’ve ever read. The overriding reason for the motto’s persistence is a legal term called “ceremonial deism.” The term states that references to a deity in governance can, through rote repetition and tradition, erase the religious significance of that message. However, this reasoning sucks. The history of “In God We Trust” is based upon either “recognizing Almighty God” or distinguishing the country from the “godless communists.” In other words, its purpose is purely propagandistic and nothing more. Its

creation was rooted in advancing religion by tying it with our government, and it lacks any honest secular purpose – two conditions that would deem the motto unconstitutional if the Lemon v. Kurtz legal test was sincerely followed. The fact is the motto directly promotes monotheism to the exclusion of all polytheists and atheists, and the government’s use of the motto directly endorses that. Unsurprisingly, no atheists have been involved in these legal decisions. Yet, despite these reasons, I don’t expect the lawsuit to go far as atheists aren’t highly favored. A 2003 Gallup poll found that 90 percent of the country supports the motto, a 2012 Gallup poll found that atheists were less likely to be voted president than any other group, including homosexuals and Muslims, and a 2011 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology reported that atheists are about as trusted as rapists. Thanks. However, let me ask theists something: If the motto were different, if it said “In Many Gods We Trust” or “In No God We Trust,” how would you feel being bombarded with the message all the time by the government that purportedly represents your interests as well as others? And what was wrong with “E Pluribus Unum”? David Scheuermann is a 21-year-old journalism and computer science junior from Kenner. Contact David Scheuermann at; Twitter: @TDR_dscheu

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Several rows of seats are pushed well away from the court along the sides to make room for a minor horde of media members and NCAA officials. A middle-aged home crowd mixes with the die-hard fans and traveling family of the visiting side. The sideline seats appear mostly full on television — and they are, but only in the lower bowl. Behind the baskets, it’s much closer to a mausoleum, with discomfort broken only by the intermittent vigor of the bands in each corner. Whether it’s the Penn State band chanting “Huey Long” and other oddities at free-throw shooters, Cal Poly bringing a leprechaun-green cheering section or the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s band entering with its cheesehead “rally caps” on, NCAA Tournament games in the PMAC are spectacles filtered through purple-and-gold glasses. “I could see our team really taking in the atmosphere here, and it was a great atmosphere, especially for our seniors, knowing that this is their last game at home,” said LSU coach Nikki Caldwell. “We just appreciate the fans who have stayed the course with us and who continue to believe in us when things looked a little bleak.” But the visiting squads that largely bring that contemporary wackiness and fan urgency felt

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LSU women’s basketball coach Nikki Caldwell disagrees with a referee Tuesday during the Tigers’ 71-66 victory against the Lady Lions in the PMAC.

slightly forced by the postseason label, as an imposing but aging sect dominates the home crowd. As an example of the youth disinterest, LSU students could get in free to both the first- and second-round games. In the Lady Tigers’ victory versus UW-Green Bay on Sunday evening, approximately 60 or 70 students were in attendance. That number wasn’t significantly higher for the Penn State matchup. There hasn’t been a homegrown, sure-fire star like Seimone Augustus or an athletic freak

like Sylvia Fowles in the last half-decade to appeal beyond the Lady Tigers’ core fanbase. LSU hasn’t been a captivating draw, and that’s why Tuesday night’s improbable short-handed win could be a turning point for a program that isn’t necessarily rebuilding, but redefining itself. Basketball success is typically predicated on a few talented stars, but the “Seventh Heaven” story the Lady Tigers used to exact revenge on a Penn State squad littered with individual accolades creates a compelling team dynamic going forward. That team dynamic can create a stronger bond than the lure of a few stars, and it already showed in how fervently LSU fans — in attendance or not — embraced the Lady Tigers’ feat during and after Tuesday’s 71-66 victory. After the crowd caught its collective breath and exhaled, senior guard Adrienne Webb — fresh off her career-high 29 points — took in the PMAC crowd as the clock expired and let out an enormous sigh of relief. It looked like a breath of fresh air into the program. The crowd’s roar followed, and the whole team joined in gleeful unison, the women unleashing shrieks of their own. With moments like Tuesday night, Caldwell and the Lady Tigers could get used to that pattern. Contact Chris Abshire at; Twitter: @AbshireTDR

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demonstrates that LSU can fulfill that workforce need of that future economy,” Jenkins said in a news release. The center was developed through public and private partnerships to expand higher-education STEM and computer science programs and to economically revive downtown Baton Rouge. According to a news release from Louisiana Economic Development, the state will provide $14 million over 10 years to increase the number of computer science graduates at the University. About 65 percent of the funding will come from the computer science division of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The University’s computer science program is aiming to double its faculty and triple its graduates. Additionally, the College of Engineering is launching the Geaux Digital Louisiana consortium to promote technology and innovation. “The public-private partnership with Louisiana Economic

Development, IBM and LSU is a powerful example of the triangulation between industry, government and academia that elevates the state’s role as a national leader in economic development,” said College of Engineering Dean Richard Koubek in the release. Gov. Bobby Jindal said the center will help Louisiana students compete with students internationally and ensure their skills are top-tier. “The historic partnership will help drive major economic activity and extraordinary professional and student achievement. Indeed, this investment is a big win for LSU, Baton Rouge and our entire state because it means we can make sure our students can find good-paying jobs here at home,” Jindal said in a statement. Louisiana Economic Development offered IBM $29.5 million over 12 years and a $1.5 million contribution from the city of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish for costs such as personnel recruitment and relocation costs. Contact Fernanda Zamudio-Suarez at

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