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SCA LE S Johnny Jones helps make LSU a more efficient team Trey Labat Sports Contributor

LSU men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones has drawn praise for kick-starting a stagnant program that hasn’t made an NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009. But what effect did he actually have on the team? Previous coach Trent Johnson left LSU in a precarious situation

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Deans Foster, Koonce to step down Alyson Gaharan Staff Writer

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One-third of AgCenter faculty members earn at least $100k Olivia McClure Contributing Writer

Although some faculty members receive relatively small salaries from the University, their total paychecks are likely much larger if they have a joint appointment with the LSU Agricultural Center. According to the AgCenter’s website, 12 University departments “include faculty [with] full-time extension appointments or joint appointments with research and teaching.” These departments include agricultural chemistry; agricultural economics and agribusiness;

animal sciences; the Audubon Sugar Richardson said a joint Institute; biological and agricultural appointment means a faculty memengineering; entomology; experi- ber’s teaching commitment is with mental statistics; food science; hu- the University while he or she conman ecology; plant, duct his or her reenvironmental and View more salary info at search through the soil sciences; plant AgCenter. Most of pathology and crop the appointments physiology; and renewable natural are with the research division of the resources. AgCenter, but a few are with the coA total of 139 faculty members operative extension service, he said. have joint appointments, according The average total salary for a to salary information provided by jointly appointed faculty member — the AgCenter. Both the University University and AgCenter portions and the AgCenter pay portions of combined — is $96,710. such a faculty member’s salary. AgCenter Chancellor Bill SALARIES, see page 7


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INTERNATIONAL Homophobic attack victim in France becomes cause célèbre at rally PARIS (AP) — The shocking photo of a homophobic attack victim in Paris that went viral on social media this week and caused the French interior minister to weigh in was used as an emblem in a progay rights rally Wednesday evening. The bloody image of Wilfred de Bruijn’s cut and bruised face was brandished by gay groups during a demonstration of several thousand people as evidence of their claim that homophobic acts have tripled nationwide over opposition to a law legalizing gay marriage. Putin’s name placed on secret Finnish criminal blacklist by ‘mistake’ HELSINKI (AP) — Finnish police say Russian president Vladimir Putin’s name was mistakenly placed on a secret criminal register that could theoretically have gotten him arrested at the border. TV station MTV3 reported Wednesday that Putin was placed there for his contact with Russian motorcycle gang Night Wolves, though he wasn’t suspected of a crime in Finland. However, National Police Board spokesman Robin Lardot told the AP the listing was a mistake and that Putin’s name was removed from the list.

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Wilfred de Bruijn was beaten unconscious early Sunday near his home in central Paris, sustaining five fractures in his head and face, abrasions and a lost tooth.

Egypt’s Morsi withdraws complaints against media after reviewing cases CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian official says the president has ordered withdrawal of complaints against journalists for allegedly reporting rumors. Presidential spokesman Ehab Fahmy said Mohammed Morsi ordered cancellation of the complaints filed by the president’s legal office after reviewing the cases “out of respect for freedom of expression and freedom of the press.” The presidency did not release details about how many complaints had been filed since Morsi’s election.

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Judge grants Bin Laden raid member permission to be WikiLeaks witness

FBI arrests New Orleans Catholic school teacher in child porn case

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A military judge cleared the way Wednesday for a member of the team that raided Osama bin Laden’s compound to testify at the trial of an Army private charged in a massive leak of U.S. secrets to the WikiLeaks website. Prosecutors say the witness, presumably a Navy SEAL, collected digital evidence showing that the al-Qaida leader requested and received from an associate some of the documents Manning has acknowledged sending to WikiLeaks. Comeback: Weiner says he may run for NYC mayor after Twitter scandal

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The FBI says a teacher at St. Mary’s Academy in New Orleans has been arrested for allegedly enticing 14-year-old boy to produce sexually explicit images. The Times-Picayune reports 29-year-old Keith Joseph McGee was arrested Tuesday by the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force. St. Mary’s Academy is a private Catholic elementary school for boys and girls, and a middle and high school for girls. The FBI says McGee was arrested after federal agents found evidence on his computer.

NEW YORK (AP) —A bold comeback attempt or chutzpah? In what could be the start of one of the most intriguing second acts in American politics, Anthony Weiner, the congressman who tweeted himself out of a job two years ago with a photo of his bulging underpants, is considering jumping into the New York City mayoral race. The Brooklynian Democrat said in a New York Times Magazine story posted online Wednesday that he realizes he would be an underdog, but he wants to “ask people to give [him] a second chance.”

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Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, right, is escorted Wednesday to a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md. He is scheduled to face a martial court in June.

Maine hermit living in wild for past 27 years arrested for stealing food

Proposed bill would make posting to social media illegal while driving

ROME, Maine (AP) — A man who lived like a hermit for decades in a makeshift camp in the woods and may be responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries of food and other staples has been caught in a surveillance trap at a camp he treated as a “Walmart,” authorities said Wednesday. Christopher Knight, 47, was arrested last week when he tripped a surveillance sensor set up by a game warden while stealing food from a camp for people with special needs in Rome, a town of about 1,000.

(AP) — Hold that Twitter thought. If you are driving, a proposed state law would make it illegal for you to post status updates or anything else to social media websites. With an eye toward closing a loophole in the law that prohibits texting while driving, the Senate transportation committee Wednesday approved a measure that would add accessing, reading and posting to social media sites, such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, to the no-no list while driving.






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Energy drinks pose health risks

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Admins consider plagiarism software Veldman: Site will assist faculty McKenzie Womack Staff Writer

Support is building for new Faculty Senate measures to curtail student plagiarism as of its last meeting. The Ad Hoc Committee on Anti-Plagiarism Software and Services recommended the software TurnItIn and iThenticate to “allow students to learn how to correctly paraphrase and correctly cite where information comes from,” said committee member Jeff Nunn. Committee member Meredith Veldman said the software would help faculty to do their jobs “so much better.” “It’s not just about catching plagiarism and not just about teaching students what’s plagiarism and what’s not,” Veldman said. “It will enable people like me who are trying desperately in a class of 300 to still require writing … and yet have a life.” Committee chair Gundela Hachmann said the software would be used as an educational tool. “It highlights where there is plagiarism, tells you where it came from

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and tells you how much of it is considered plagiarism,” she said. Director of Academic Affairs for Student Government Thomas Rodgers said SG supports the resolution. “We think it’s a great thing for the University,” he said. “It’s a great tool for students to better understand plagiarism.” Hachmann said 165 cases involving plagiarism went to Student Advocacy & Accountability last year, but the actual number of plagiarists is “much, much higher.” She said a many instructors do not want to turn students in because it requires significant work. “When you have to go through a judicial process, you have to make sure you’re fair,” Nunn said. “You have to make sure the person was given the tools to know how to correctly paraphrase and use sources.” Funding for the software would come from the Student Tech Fee, Hachmann said. The cost for a three-year subscription would be $276,613, which is about $92,000 a year. Rodgers said money for the software would have to come from the 2013-14 fee. Contact McKenzie Womack at

College students have a penchant for trading known risks for quick fixes, and despite a recent survey by the American Heart Association saying energy drinks may increase blood pressure and disturb the heart’s rhythm, many University students say they use energy drinks as a way to get a speedy boost. The report, which also stated “consuming energy drinks may increase the chances of developing an abnormal heart rhythm,” follows a report published earlier this year by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that revealed emergency room visits doubled because of energy drinks between 2007 and 2011 from 10,068 to 20,783. The SAMHSA report concluded that 30 to 50 percent of children, adolescents and young adults have consumed energy drinks. Caffeine content in each drink ranges from 80 to more than 500 milligrams, as compared to 100 milligrams in a 5-ounce cup of coffee. Business management senior Danny McInnis said he drinks Red Bull from time to time, even though he sees energy drinks as somewhat of a health risk. “With the caffeine percentage in most of them, they’re probably not good for you,” he said. McInnis also said he believes energy drinks are being used similarly to drugs students use to help them study: as a way to stay focused and pay attention, sometimes late at night. Registered dietitian Vanessa Richard also noted the increased health risks associated with energy drinks. “Often times, energy drinks

have a high amount of caffeine or an undisclosed amount of caffeine,” she said. The high levels of caffeine may cause an irregular or fast heart rate as well as distress to the digestive system, she said. She said a common issue with energy drinks is the rapid consumption because they are easier to drink than coffee or tea. Richard also said she has concerns with energy shots and tabs that introduce a concentrated amount to the body almost instantly. Mechanical engineering senior Austin Hall said he also uses energy drinks when he is trying to stay up late to study. “I feel like they are bad for you, but sometimes caffeine — you want some,” he said. Hall added he normally gets a vodka and Red Bull as his first drink of the night when going out. “Red Bull makes you think faster, it sharpens your mind, too,” he said. “When getting drunk, I need to feel like I’m not as drunk.” The SAMHSA report indicated 42 percent of emergency room visits because of energy drinks included other drugs, such as alcohol.

Richard said mixing energy drinks and alcohol is not healthy for the body. She said the alcohol is a depressant and the energy drink acts as a stimulant, creating conflicting reactions in the body. “One is elevating the heart rate, one is lowering. One is stimulating the brain, one is depressing it,” she said. Richard also said energy drinks may create perceived soberness which could be dangerous as someone’s motor skills and judgment will still be impaired. Biology freshman Allison D’Antoni said she usually chooses coffee instead of energy drinks. D’Antoni said she believes energy drinks are unhealthy because of the large amount of sugar and increased heart risks. “An occasional one is OK, but it can be dangerous to have too many,” she said. Richard said she would discourage the use of energy drinks and advise getting caffeine from a more natural form such as coffee or tea. Richard said it is also important for people to be informed consumers and know how caffeine affects them. Contact Zach Carline at

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IBM holds job information session to fill positions

Company opening development center

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Students suggested changes to the University’s bus system during an evaluation in February. Those changes should come by fall 2014.

Bus system changes expected in fall 2014 Gabrielle Braud Contributing Writer

Students suggested changes for the University’s bus system in February’s bus evaluation, but those recommendations will not be implemented until fall 2014, according to Gary Graham, director of the Office of Parking, Traffic and Transportation. Graham said updating the bus system is a long process. The last time the University conducted a bus evaluation was in the spring of 2008, and changes were not made until a new contract with First Transit was signed in August 2009. However, Graham said the process, which takes about a yearand-a-half, is on track with a final report on the evaluation expected at the end of the month. “It takes a long time to get it operational, to decide what students want and then go through the process of getting the contractor in,” Graham said. Graham said he is happy with the response to the survey because those who took the time to take it reflect the people with the most need for expanded bus service. “It is a good assessment of what students want,” Graham said. “With buses carrying about 10,000 people a day, 2,400 is a good percentage of the ridership.” The final bus evaluation report, based on the student survey, student forums, bus route ride-alongs and meeting between Solstice Transportation Group, the Office of Parking, Traffic and Transportation and other campus

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groups, will be presented to the students in the fall to finalize what students want and the cost, Graham said. Graham said immediate changes to the bus system, like the added Ben Hur Road night route, could only be made within the current contract. August marks the fifth year of the University’s contract with First Transit, so bidding for a bus contract will begin in the fall and the University will have a new contract by August 2014. “We will write the specifications to make sure we get the quality service from whoever the successful contractor is,” Graham said. Following the bus evaluation survey sent to students in March, the Office of Parking, Traffic and Transportation is awaiting a preliminary draft of recommendations for the bus system from Solstice Transportation Group and will then have a final report regarding the status of the University’s bus system. Graham said the Office of Parking, Traffic and Transportation will work with the new Student Government administration when the evaluation comes back to determine what changes will be made. SG will discuss and vote on changes to the student fee for buses, Graham said.

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Recruiting Program Manager for Herman said IBM is mainIBM Ashley L. Phillips said in an ly looking for students with email. backgrounds in “It’s an op- IBM session for potential computer science, portunity for computer enstudents, recent new hires in Baton Rouge: gineering, electriJonathan Olivier graduates and Positions: Application development cal engineering Staff Writer folks in the comor students with software appliIBM is hosting a “campus munity to come When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. cation or develblitz” today to target Univer- and learn more Where: Room 1106 in Patrick F. opment backsity seniors and recent gradu- about an exciting grounds, though ates to fill positions for the new career with IBM Taylor Hall IBM Services Center: Baton and the types of Features: Presentation, networking students from different disciplines Rouge, which will employ 800 jobs that they’re and breakout sessions currently hiring are welcome to people. attend the session. Last week, Gov. Bobby for and the skill Those interested in applyJindal announced alongside Uni- sets required,” said Director of Strategic Part- ing should, however, be familiar versity and IBM ‘It’s an opportunity nerships at the with several computer programofficials that IBM of Engi- ming technologies including will open a softfor students, recent College neering Heather Java, have object-oriented proware development center in graduates and folks in Herman. “They gramming skills, should demondowntown Baton the community to come are looking to strate technical aptitude through make their first work or related coursework and Rouge. IBM will have a temporary and learn more about hires in the next be willing to live in Baton Rouge, office location an exciting career with few weeks or so.” Phillips said. Students visIBM will host both on- and in Baton Rouge IBM and the types iting the session off-campus interviews throughuntil the new are encouraged out April and May, Phillips center is opened, of jobs that they’re to bring a résumé said. which is expected If students cannot attend to be in spring currently hiring for and with a cover letter and can also the session today, IBM will 2015. the skill sets required.’ apply online, host a job fair from 10 a.m. to The sesPhillips said. Cur- 8 p.m. April 23 at the Baton sion is from 5:30 rently three posi- Rouge Marriott. to 8:30 p.m. in Heather Herman Room 1106 of Director of Strategic Partnerships at tions are available Patrick F. Taylor the University College of Engineering with IBM: two senior application Hall, where IBM will host a short presentation, and development specialist openings Contact Jonathan Olivier at break out sessions, as well as net- and one entry-level application development specialist position. work with students, University

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60 other students nominated in U.S.

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Two juniors named New Senate committee to revise Truman Scholars election code, constitution

Truman Scholarship,” said Interim System President and Chancellor William “Bill” Jenkins in the release. “It speaks volumes for the quality and hard work of Staff Reports our students, faculty and staff that two LSU students were honJuniors Catherine Fontenot ored this year.” Fontenot, who studies bioand Matthew Landrieu have been logical sciselected to receive the said nationally competi- ‘It speaks volumes for ences, in the release tive Truman Scholarthe quality and hard “it’s a really ship, according to a news release Wednes- work of our students, big step on way to day. faculty and staff that the reaching our Fontenot and Landrieu were named two LSU students were goals because our goals are Truman Scholars honored this year.’ pretty lofty.” along with 60 other She added students nationwide. William “Bill” Jenkins that the title Only six other stuInterim System President of “Truman dents in the Universiand Chancellor Scholar” will ty’s history have held the distinction. The scholarship help the two “make real change offers up to $30,000 for gradu- happen.” Landrieu studies elementary ate study, admissions and suppleeducation. He said the award afmental aid. According to the release, firmed their aims to give back to Truman Scholars are required to the community. “More than anything, I’m so provide public service for three of the seven years following the excited, and I know Catherine’s completion of a graduate pro- so excited, that it’s just one step closer to the communities that we gram. “We are extremely proud of want to serve and to fulfill our Catherine and Matthew for their purposes,” he said in the release. commitment to serving others and working to make the world Contact The Daily Reveille’s news a better place and are pleased staff at; that the Truman Foundation has recognized them with the Twitter: @TDR_news

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The Student Government Senate approved a resolution Wednesday evening to create a temporary SG document revision committee to address the governing documents of SG, namely the constitution and election code. According to the resolution, the committee’s duties are to review, evaluate and revise the governing documents of SG. The resolution passed through the Senate with 100 percent in favor. The committee will address discrepancies between various SG governing documents as well as concerns with specific sections of those same documents, according to the resolution. The committee will meet at least twice a month, and the committee chair will be responsible for reporting to SG Senate twice a month. The committee will consist of a total of 10 members, including the SG president, the speaker of the Senate and the chief justice — or a designee appointed by any one of these branch heads. The committee will also include two senators, two executive branch members, two college council members and one judicial branch member. The goal of this committee is to produce a formal recommendation to the SG Senate with its

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Student Government Speaker of the Senate Meredith Westbrook speaks Wednesday during a Student Government Senate meeting in the Capital Chambers of the Student Union.

suggested revisions to the governing documents no later than the ninth legislative week of the Spring 2014 regular legislative session, according to the resolution. The Senate also passed a financial bill to allocate $460 from the SG Senate Contingency Account to fund the purchase of cell phone chargers for student use in the Middleton Library. The bill unanimously passed when the Senate voted on it. The funds will purchase 10 iPhone 5 charges, 10 iPhone 4 chargers as well as 10 Mini USB chargers that students will be able

to check out for two-hour periods in Middleton Library. Rather than having to set up by the already existing phone charging stations that are often crowded in Middleton Library, students will be able check out the phone chargers for two-hour periods. The Senate also appointed University Center for Advising and Counseling senator Hannah Faulkner to fill its seat on the Student Media Board. Contact Judah Robinson at

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National headlines direct attention to Jindal’s constituents THE NEW FRONTIERSMAN CLAYTON CROCKETT News Editor “What happened to Bobby Jindal?” “Is Jindal the new Romney?” Jindal “gives up,” “retrenches” and “scraps” his latest income tax plan. These are only tastes of the headlines in newspapers and websites across the country seeking to make sense of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent decision to pass the torch of income tax elimination on to the Louisiana legislature. Jindal, who remarked at the opening of this year’s legislative session that he would not be discouraged by the lack of support, is wise not to pout about the lack of support for his move to replace income and corporate taxes with more expansive and expensive sales taxes. But the flop has led political pundits to sharply reconsider the governor’s national reputation as a rising star of the Republican Party by looking within Louisiana borders for answers as to why such an innovative — and starkly Republican — plan could not pass in the state that voted for his landslide victory in 2011. While the interpretation of the move may vary among Louisiana lawmakers, headlines from within and outside of the state have cast Jindal in a light of being both deflated and unwanted in his home state. “It’s a monumental thing for

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Gov. Bobby Jindal told lawmakers Monday that he’s shelving his tax swap proposal, rather than risk an embarrassing defeat of a restructuring plan that drew ire across the political spectrum and from business leaders.

any politician to realize that what they’re trying to promote the public isn’t behind yet,” Republican John Alario, president of the State Senate, told The New York Times. This may be as lightly as one could phrase the legislative handoff that took place Monday, but it hearkens to unfavorable trends in state support referenced by The New York Times and reported by Southern Media Opinion & Research Inc. April 2: namely, that popularity among his constituents dropped from 51 percent in October to 38 percent in the spring 2013 survey.

As Jindal rides the publicity waves of his latest political adventures — such as calling out the “stupid” elements of the Republican Party and his private school voucher plan — this most recent concession has given the media new reason to inspect just how solid Jindal’s footing is in the race to 2016. With the Washington Post referring to the income tax elimination as a “very public failure” and a New York Times blogger calling it “selfevidently injurious to Mr. Jindal’s chances of capturing the Republican presidential nomination,” Jindal

may now be finding brown grass on both sides of the state border. Perhaps the governor’s perfect posture redirected attention from his crumbling base, but as bold moves continuously turn into consistent defeats, the national media has taken notice that the man’s policies don’t look so good up close. At least Jindal was able to realize before it was too late that his innovative taxation lacked representation, minimizing harm to his cause and planting a lingering hope in the state legislature to pass the bill for him.

As Politico reported, Jindal has not yet conceded defeat — but given the scathing headlines and skeptical eyes watching from blogs and mastheads around the country, he may as well have. Clayton Crockett is a 21-year-old international studies senior from Lafayette.

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Amish gather before prison terms for hate crime Kantele Franko The Associated Press

BERGHOLZ, Ohio (AP) — Bare feet and work boots shuffle on the wooden floor of the Amish schoolhouse as the children settle into tight rows of scuffed metal desks across the room from their parents — the men on one set of benches, women on another, some cradling younger children. They have gathered to celebrate the end of school, but no one claps or cheers. The only voices raised are those of the students as they begin singing, the melodies rising and dipping like the surrounding hills. A warm breeze carries the religious lyrics, mostly in German, through open windows and over the fields where families will mingle afterward. The ceremony is typically in late April, but this school year was cut short to allow some youngsters a few more days of family time before their parents leave for federal prison. “It’s a happy day on the outside, but not on the inside. On the inside, a lot of times we’re crying, but we have to keep our spirits up for the children’s sake,” said Martha Mullet. Her husband, Sam Mullet Sr., is the group’s leader and is among nine men already behind bars on hate crime convictions for hairand beard-cutting attacks against fellow Amish. He was sentenced to 15 years, the longest term of the 16 defendants. Seven aren’t yet in prison. Come Friday, five of them — four women and one more man — from this tight-knit group in rural eastern Ohio will enter the prison system in various states. That timing made Tuesday’s event the last big gathering before the five depart, and the participants gave The Associated Press a rare glimpse into their largely insular community. Men played baseball in buttoned shirts, work boots and blue pants with suspenders. Their wives, some barefoot, sat outdoors

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Amish men and children listen to children sing in a school house during the final day of class on Tuesday in Bergholz, Ohio, before five members enter prison on Friday.

on benches from the schoolhouse, chatting as their long-sleeved, blue and green dresses and white head scarves fluttered in the wind. Their children snacked and relaxed nearby, dressed like smaller versions of their parents. Martha Mullet said she believes the government is trying to split up the community, but members are determined to ensure the survival of the breakaway group her husband founded. Those who were attacked allege he led in an authoritarian style, and at least one person described it as a cult where members’ “minds were programmed in the wrong way by Sam Mullet.” Mullet’s family denounces that description. Such communities typically limit interaction with news media, but members of Mullet’s group in Bergholz said they were willing to talk because they feel they’ve been treated unfairly by the justice system. The Amish, who shun many facets of modern life, are deeply religious and believe the Bible instructs women to let their hair grow long and men to grow beards and stop shaving once they marry, which means cutting the hair would


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Two cars block an intersection post-wreck Wednesday at the intersection of Gourrier Avenue and River Road.

be shameful and offensive. Prosecutors brought hate crime charges because they said they believed the attacks were spurred by religious differences. The defendants don’t deny the hair-cuttings — some say they regret what happened, others don’t — but contend they stemmed from family disputes that should have been handled internally. They say they’re bound by different rules guided by their religion, that the government had no business getting involved in what they did and that calling it a hate crime was overreaching. “We’re not exactly saying it was wrong, and we don’t say it’s right, either. ... It’s something that will never happen again, I can tell you that,” Wilma Mullet, a daughter of Sam Mullet. She was not among those charged. All 16 defendants appealed, arguing the group’s conviction, sentencing and imprisonment in separate facilities as far away as Louisiana, Minnesota and Connecticut violates constitutional rights and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. Prosecutors reject that argument. The defendants say the

distance to the facilities is too great to travel by horse-drawn buggy or even by using a hired driver, so most of their families likely won’t be able to visit. They plan to keep in touch through letters and occasional phone calls. Prosecutors say the Amish are raising issues already dealt with by the courts, most recently on Tuesday, when a federal judge refused to release Mullet Sr. on bond. The ruling noted prison officials, not the courts, determine where to place inmates. The five reporting to prison Friday said they are somewhat scared and unsure what to expect but are hopeful about being released early for good behavior. They’re sewing clothes, plowing ground and finishing other chores to make life easier for their loved ones while they’re gone. Two women, assigned to prisons in Minnesota, were bracing for their first plane ride. Their departure will leave nearly three dozen children without one or both parents in a culture where the men and women have distinct roles, so the adults made alternative arrangements. Linda and Emanuel Schrock’s oldest children will look after the younger ones while the Schrocks are imprisoned over the next two years. The spouses of Anna Miller and Freeman Burkholder and the 15 children combined from the two families will act as one household while Miller and Burkholder serve one-year sentences. Their spouses are brother and sister, and the children all cousins. Lovina Miller is beginning a similar sentence and giving Martha Mullet custody of her eight children until she returns because her husband is in Massachusetts on a seven-year sentence.

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SALARIES, from page 1 The AgCenter’s information shows 37 percent of its faculty receive total salaries of $100,000 or greater. That is more than twice the percentage — 15 percent — of University-only employees who earn at least $100,000, according to The Daily Reveille’s salary database. About 36 percent of all AgCenter faculty total salaries comes from the University. On average, the portion of a jointly appointed faculty member’s salary paid by the University is $35,837. Richardson said teaching, research and extension were all part of the College of Agriculture until 1972, when the Board of Supervisors created the AgCenter as an autonomous campus to house research and extension. The research division is where scientists create new information, while the extension service transfers findings from laboratories to farmers and others who work with the AgCenter, he said. The reorganization of the LSU System could reunite the College of Agriculture and the AgCenter, but the joint appointment system will remain intact, Richardson said. “The only thing I think reorganization’s going to change is probably what title this person here has that sits in my chair, and we’re actually looking at the Texas A&M model where this person would also be dean of the College of Agriculture, so that’ll really tie things together,” he said. That arrangement would allow better coordination between teaching and research, which Richardson said is important because the AgCenter has more money invested in research and outreach than the University does. Plus, the AgCenter ranks among the top 30 creators of intellectual property in the U.S., putting it in the same ballpark as universities such as Johns Hopkins, Stanford and Duke, he said. “A lot of people still look at us as plows, sows and cows,” Richardson said. “We’re going to make more royalty income off of intellectual property, off our science this year to the factor of about 100 over what the campus is going to make.” Contact Olivia McClure at

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Jenkins said they are two of many faculty members who have chosen to step down during this window of administrative and LSU System changes. “Everyone has their own reasons for seeking different opportunities, and we have a number of faculty and administrators approaching retirement age,” Jenkins said. “We understand that LSU is going through a transition period at the moment, and I am confident we will attract tremendous talent for our future.” Koonce, who wants to retire after more than 46 years at the University and 16 as dean, said he hasn’t determined exactly when he will leave, although he plans to remain in the position until at least the beginning of the fall semester. There are no plans for a search to replace him now, he said. “There’s always a reluctance to leave a position that you really love and have it in your heart to make it a success,” Koonce said. “It’s very difficult to make that decision, but it’s time. At my age you realize you’re getting older and that it’s time to move on.” Koonce said he plans to retire in Baton Rouge and wants to continue to be involved and work with University programs, moving them forward any way he can. College of Agriculture Assistant Dean Jacqueline Mallet, one of Koonce’s colleagues, said she was not aware of his plans to leave before Wednesday. “For someone who has worked so hard for the University for 46 years, there is no way I could be upset with his decision,” Mallet said. “I’m sure things will fall into place.” Mallet, who worked with Koonce for 16 years, said he was an admirable dean and a pleasure to work with. Foster said he wants to step down from his position as dean to return to work as a history professor and historian, but he plans to remain in his position until June 30, 2014. Retirement is many years away,

he said. After spending about a year as the interim dean, Foster filled the position permanently in January 2011. When he agreed to be the College of Humanities and Social Sciences dean, Foster said he didn’t expect the position to develop into something more, but he decided to take the offer despite his desire to return to teaching. Foster said he remained in the position to provide stability for the college as the University experienced so many other administrative changes; namely, the search for a new provost. “My first instinct has always been to be a history professor,” Foster said. “I miss teaching and doing my research. This decision is more about the pull of being a historian than the push of the job as dean. It’s purely a personal decision.” There is no search process for Foster’s replacement now, although Foster said he expects the provost’s office to appoint a search committee by the end of the semester and begin bringing in serious candidates in spring 2014. College of Humanities and Social Sciences Associate Dean Malcolm Richardson said Foster told him and some other colleagues his plan to step down. “We’re sad to see him go because he’s a first-rate dean,” Richardson said. “I’m just glad he’s staying for another year to give time for a good transition and search process.” Richardson said Foster’s leadership deserves high praise for his service as dean despite budgetary challenges that hit hard, especially in the college’s foreign language departments. “Dean Foster has done remarkably well not only in handling the immediate issues but in keeping morale high and keeping the trust of the faculty through all this,” Richardson said.

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after his departure in April 2012. Leading scorer Justin Hamilton bolted for the professional ranks, the Tigers’ best 3-point shooter — Ralston Turner — transferred to NC State and senior forward Storm Warren graduated. Jones inherited a team without two of its top-three scorers from the previous season and only two of the previous season’s starting five. Even with the roster in turmoil, Jones was able to improve the Tigers’ record in various key statistical categories. They are as follows: The biggest change came on offense. The Tigers in the Johnson era — especially in the 2009-10 season — played a slow offensive style, which proved to be inefficient. POSSESSIONS LSU averaged 66 possessions per 40 minutes under Johnson, while in Jones’ first year the team averaged 70 possessions per 40 minutes. By increasing possessions and being more efficient on those possessions, the Tigers averaged 71 points per game, up seven points from the 63 points they averaged in Johnson’s last three seasons. FLOOR PERCENTAGE The Tigers improved their floor percentage as well. Floor percentage is the ratio of scoring possessions to total possessions. Under Jones, the Tigers have scored on a higher percentage of their offensive possessions. SHOOTING PERCENTAGES The Tigers shot 40 percent

Thursday, April 11, 2013 from the floor, 32 percent on 3-pointers and attempted 582 free throws while averaging 65.4 points per game. FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS Under Johnson, the Tigers attempted 1,947 field goal attempts, with 530 of those attempts being 3-pointers. Under Jones this year, the Tigers attempted 1,839 field goals, with 658 being 3-pointers. REBOUNDS When a team takes more 3-pointers, it leads to more chances for offensive rebounds, which often leads to high percentage shots around the rim. LSU improved its rebounding rate from last year, even with losing Hamilton, its top rebounder. 3-POINT EFFICIENCY The Tigers were also more efficient when they shot those threes, as their 3-point shooting percentage went up to 35 percent after averaging 30 percent during Johnson’s last three seasons. Junior guard Andre Stringer improved his 3-point shooting percentage a full nine points from 31 percent last season to 40 percent this season, while shooting 25 more shots. STEAL PERCENTAGE The Tigers’ improvement wasn’t just on the offensive end. Jones implemented a more aggressive defensive style, which emphasized creating turnovers. LSU’s steal percentage — an estimate of the percentage of opponent possessions that end with a steal — was 13.1 percent last year, up from 10.5 in the previous year. The increased percentage of possessions that ended in a turnover for the opponent helped the Tigers

swipe a total of 50 more steals than they did in the 2011-12 season. Four Tigers averaged a steal per game — with junior guard Anthony Hickey leading the team with just under three per game — while two LSU players averaged more than one steal per game in the 2011-12 season. By increasing both their offensive and defensive efficiencies, the Tigers achieved a .500 record in the SEC for the first time since the 2008-09 season. But the biggest change under the Jones regime won’t show itself until next season. Jones is bringing in the highest recruiting class to come to LSU since the 2003 season. The class is highlighted by small forward Jarrell Martin, the No. 14 player in the nation, according to ESPN. Power forward Jordan Mickey and point guard Tim Quarterman round out the top half of LSU’s recruiting haul. Jones also secured help for the undersized Tigers with the commitments of 6-foot-11 center John Odo and 7-foot Darcy Malone — LSU only had one player taller than 6-foot10 last season. With the new players coming in and the returning players becoming more comfortable with Jones’ offensive and defensive philosophies, LSU’s basketball program can expect to return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

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for opposing pitchers. Heyward has drawn 12 walks and has been hit by 10 pitches to go along with her .349 batting average, which gives her a teamleading .488 on-base percentage. Couple that with her 11 stolen bases this season, and she doesn’t fit the stigma that the nine-hole hitter is the worst on the team. “I actually like the expectation for people to move in because they don’t know what to

This time of year is an LSU sports fan’s dream. LSU football’s spring game is less than two weeks away, and the baseball and softball teams are hitting the midway point of the Southeastern Conference schedule. But there’s something missing in that LSU sports description: the LSU gymnastics team. Don’t get me wrong — LSU Gymnastics has its share of loyal followers. But it doesn’t get the recognition a top-10 collegiate athletic team in the country warrants. Lost in the Final Four action from Saturday night, the Tigers captured the NCAA Columbus Regional with a score of 197.275, punching their ticket to the NCAA Championships this weekend in Los Angeles. LSU returns to the NCAA Championships for the 24th time in school history. Twelve teams compete annually in the NCAA Championships. Fans and the media laud college basketball coaches for making the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament

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Speed Demons Tigers’ improved hitting sparks better base running

Spencer Hutchinson Sports Contributor

With LSU’s power surge at the plate in the 2013 season, it would be easy to forget softball is also a game of speed. LSU’s 33 home runs this season have been key to the Tigers’ success, but also contributing to

LSU’s 33-8 record is improved base running. “Speed is huge,” said LSU coach Beth Torina. “They say speed doesn’t have an off day, and you can see that’s definitely true for our lineup.” At the top of the lineup, slappers A.J. Andrews and Jacee Blades lead the Tigers in batting

averages, hitting .364 and .362, respectively. As a sophomore, Andrews also leads the team in stolen bases, taking a perfect 16 steals on 16 attempts this season. At the bottom of the lineup, LSU utilizes another speedy slapper, junior Simone Heyward, as a second leadoff hitter of sorts. However, Heyward adds another dimension to her hitting approach. Standing at just 5-foot-1, her small strike zone has been a pain


LSU slams Southern in 16-2 win Lawrence Barreca Sports Writer

After trouncing Southern University in the Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic at Zephyr Field on Tuesday night, No. 3 LSU’s offense stayed white-hot in a 16-2 massacre of the Jaguars Wednesday in Alex Box Stadium. The Tigers (32-2, 11-1 Southeastern Conference) didn’t wait long to bury Southern, as LSU put five runs on the board before the end of the second inning. RBIs from senior first baseman Mason Katz, senior left fielder Raph Rhymes and freshman designated hitter Michael Barash gave the home squad a comfortable lead. Two innings later, the Tigers delivered the fatal blow. The bottom of the fourth inning saw seven runs cross the plate for LSU. After Rhymes drew a bases-loaded walk to

give the Tigers a 6-2 lead, Katz In what turned out to be a picked up his third RBI of the sloppy game for the Jaguars’ decontest and junior third baseman fense, the Tigers plated 16 runs, Christian Ibarra stepped to the securing victory No. 32 before plate. The junior college transfer travelling to Arkansas this weekblasted a ball end. that appeared ‘We hit a lot of balls hard. “We hit the to clear the left ball well today, When we can do that, field wall for and we did a a grand slam, that’s what we’re looking good job with but the umpires runners in scorfor. There were no lazy ing position,” overturned the call. Katz said. fly outs.’ “When I “They had a hit it, I saw it couple of misMason Katz hit the bleachhaps today that LSU senior first baseman ers,” Ibarra kept some of said. “Then the infielders told me the innings going for us. We hit that it hit the yellow and bounced a lot of balls hard. When we can back. So I was like, ‘Whatever, it do that, that’s what we’re lookdoesn’t matter. I got the RBIs.’” ing for. There were no lazy fly Instead, it went down as outs.” a three-run double, making it Junior right fielder Sean 11-2 and putting the game out of McMullen proved to be a spark reach for Southern. The Jaguars plug again at the top of the orcommitted eight errors during BASEBALL, see page 11 the game.

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LSU junior third baseman Christian Ibarra celebrates with senior first baseman Mason Katz and freshman shortstop Alex Bregman on Wednesday during the Tigers’ 16-2 victory against Southern University at Alex Box Stadium.

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No. 20 LSU falls to Miss. State Thirty-four charged in Trey Labat

LSU senior Stefan Szacinski serves the ball Wednesday during a match against Mississippi State at the W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium. No. 20 LSU lost to No. 11 Mississippi State 1-4 in a rematch of a Jan. 26 shutout.

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The No. 20 LSU men’s tennis team fell 1-4 to the No. 11 Mississippi State Bulldogs on Wednesday in a rematch of a Jan. 26 shutout loss. LSU went into the match confidently after its dramatic 4-3 win against No. 6 Tennessee last Sunday. The confidence did nothing for the Tigers during the doubles portion of the match, as the Bulldogs raced out to leads on all three courts. “It wasn’t our best day from a tennis standpoint,” said coach Jeff Brown. “We really struggled with doubles to find our form.” All matches remained competitive throughout, with no match being decided by more than two points. LSU seniors Roger Anderson and Olivier Borsos’ match was abandoned while they were down 6-7, as Mississippi State had already clinched the point. The singles point was similarly tight, as four of the six matches went into first set tiebreakers. The match swung permanently in the Bulldogs’ direction as they came away with three of those four sets. “It was a little unfortunate that we lost three out of four tiebreakers and ultimately that was the difference,” Brown said. “If we had gotten three out of four of those, then things could have been a little different. It still would have been tough, but ultimately the tiebreakers in singles was the difference.” Senior Stefan Szacinski was the only Tiger to come away with a victory on the day, marking his eighth straight singles victory.

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After pulling off a major upset against the No. 4 player in the country Saturday, sophomore Chris Simpson couldn’t pull off another stunner, as he was trailing to No. 12 Romain Bogaerts when the match was abandoned. The Tigers have only managed to win consecutive Southeastern Conference games once this season — when they ripped off three straight victories in March — and Brown attributed the stop-start season to the quality of the SEC. “When you play top-15 teams

almost every week, you’re going to struggle unless you’re a topfive team,” Brown said. According to the ITA college tennis rankings, 11 SEC teams currently reside in the top-25. The Tigers continue their quest for the postseason Saturday, when they will play a doubleheader against Arkansas and Jackson State.

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illegal sports betting Tim Talley The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday accuses 34 people and 23 companies, many of them registered in Central America, of operating an illegal sports bookmaking business that solicited more than $1 billion in bets. The 95-page indictment, handed up by a federal grand jury in Oklahoma City on March 20, accuses the defendants of operating from San Jose, Costa Rica, and Panama City to take bets almost exclusively from gamblers in the U.S. The indictment says that since 2003 the operation known as Legendz Sports used the companies to operate as payment processors, launder gambling funds and make payouts to customers. It alleges a conspiracy and accuses the defendants of violating federal racketeering and money laundering statutes as well as operating an illegal gambling business. The indictment also accuses the defendants of violating illegal gambling statutes in several states, including Oklahoma, California, Colorado, Florida, Nebraska, New York and Texas. “Legendz Sports solicited millions of illegal bets totaling over $1 billion on sports and sporting events from gamblers in the United States,” the indictment alleges. As part of the conspiracy, Legendz Sports operated Internet websites and telephone gambling services from facilities located in Panama, the indictment says.

U.S. Attorney Sanford Coats of Oklahoma City said the charges culminated a multiyear investigation by the FBI and Internal Revenue Service. “The defendants cannot hide the allegedly illegal sports gambling operation behind corporate veils or state and international boundaries,” Coats said. The acting chief of the Justice Department’s criminal division, Mythili Raman, said the government is determined to crack down on illegal online gambling by U.S. citizens, regardless of where the business operates or where the defendants live. “These defendants allegedly participated in an illegal sports gambling business, lining their pockets with profits from over a billion dollars in illegal gambling proceeds,” Raman said. Among the individual defendants listed in the indictment is Bartice Alan King, 42, of Spring, Texas, who’s accused of conspiring with others to operate gambling services that took wagers almost exclusively from U.S. gamblers. The enterprise allegedly used bookies in the U.S. to illegally solicit and accept sports wagers as well as settle gambling debts. The 34 individual defendants were allegedly employees, members and associates of the Legendz Sports enterprise, the indictment says. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at; Twitter: @TDR_sports

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Tennis travels to national tourney Team aims to build on last year’s run Cole Travis Sports Contributor

While the men’s and women’s varsity tennis teams fight for positioning in the upcoming Southeastern Conference tournaments, the LSU club tennis team will spend the next several days playing on a national stage. Thanks to its second-place finish in the Southern Section Championship in February, the co-ed club team will compete in the United States Tennis Association Tennis On Campus National Championship in Surprise, Ariz., for the second consecutive year. Last year’s team was the most successful to date, placing 35th out of 64 teams in the club’s first appearance at USTA Nationals. History junior Theo Kennedy said he and his teammates spent last year’s tournament reveling in their hard-earned success. “[Last year] we were ecstatic to be there and just wanted to celebrate,” Kennedy said. “We did all right last year, but this year we are looking to play well, finish top five in the nation and maybe win it if we can.” When civil engineering senior Dillon Braud arrived at LSU in 2008, travelling to a tournament was far from reality for the tennis club, which barely had enough members to sustain itself. Wanting to continue playing tennis at a high level, Braud, along with his twin brother Alex and a few other motivated individuals, took over and started building the program into what it is today. “Each year, we improved as a team and an organization,” Braud said. “We started going to more and more tournaments, getting more members, more volunteer events and more practices. Tryouts this past fall had over

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LSU freshman pitcher Hunter Devall (12) attempts a pick off Wednesday during the Tigers’ 16-2 victory against Southern University at Alex Box Stadium.

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Construction management student Cory Manuel hits a tennis ball during practice Monday. The team will compete in the USTA national championship Thursday in Surprise, Ariz.

100 people.” Kennedy said he believes making the club more organized and efficient helped to recruit higher-quality players. One of those players is biology junior Hayley Everett, who was a 5A Louisiana state champion in high school and was a member of the LSU women’s varsity team for two years. Everett said she was uncertain whether she wanted to play tennis anymore, but was won over by the club’s balance of competitiveness and camaraderie. “It really felt like a family, which was something that I valued while I was with the varsity,” Everett said. “I had heard that they were strong competitors, which is something I still wanted. It just made tennis fun — we compete really hard and want to

win, but we have fun and enjoy being around each other.” Not everyone who tries out can make the team, and those who do may not get many opportunities to compete in tournaments. Kennedy said selecting players to travel is one of the most difficult challenges facing the club officers. “You like everyone on the team, so it is tough to tell people that they won’t get to go [to tournaments],” Kennedy said. “We only get to take 10 players to nationals, and Dillon and I have been debating for weeks to get the best team we can to give us a chance to win.”

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der, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored. The once-reserve outfielder has established himself as the primary leadoff man for the Tigers. “I’ve got to be picky during my at bats, but if they throw one right over the plate, I’m going to swing, and [LSU coach Paul] Mainieri has all the confidence in me to hit the ball hard,” McMullen said. “I go up there with an aggressive approach.” Freshman southpaw Hunter Devall (3-0) started for LSU, tossing two innings of onehit, one-run baseball. Overall, the Tigers used seven pitchers, who combined to throw nine

innings of two-run baseball while recording 10 strikeouts. Devall said he could have performed better on the mound, but he trusted his offense to back him up. “My performance today definitely wasn’t my best,” Devall said. “I went out there, and the only thing I really had going for me was my fastball. But I knew that our offense was going to come out and score several runs, so I wasn’t worried about the loss.”

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Blues artist to return to B.R. Alumnus overcomes hand paralyzation Taylor Schoen Entertainment Writer

Hancock, Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin, Santana and Grateful Dead as just a few of the group’s major influences. The members, who hail from far-flung locales including Chicago, Austin and Asheville, N.C., value their proximity here to the New Orleans music scene, from which they also draw influence. “The musicians [in New Orleans] are always excited by

Thirteen years ago, Don Haney, a University alumnus, was at the peak of his musical career. Haney was a three-time nominee for guitar player of the year by Los Angeles Music Awards, he charted the top blues stations in the country and received third place on Billboard Magazine’s Top 100 unsigned acts. However, the music stopped for Haney in 2000. He said while playing guitar during a show, he felt an immense, sharp pain shoot through his spine. Haney had ruptured a disc and required surgery. Unfortunately, the surgery didn’t goes as planned, and Haney was left with limited function in his right hand. “It took me 18 months before I could start to move it again. During that time, I couldn’t play music. I couldn’t hold a pick because I didn’t have any strength in my hand,” Haney recalled. Haney was accustomed to hardship. His father kicked him out of his South Dakota home when he was only 12 years old.

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Members of Levee Daze (left to right) music junior Scott Graves, interdisciplinary studies junior John Trufant, mass communication junior Andrew Vorniak and civil engineering junior Dom Dejuilio will play Saturday during Groovin’ on the Parade Ground.

Baton Rouge band to open at Groovin’ Daniel Catalanello Entertainment Writer

When Baton Rouge-based band Levee Daze signed up for Battle of the Bands last semester, the members didn’t realize they would end up playing on the same stage as Lupe Fiasco because of it. The band will do just


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Iconic fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer passed away peacefully Sunday in her Palm Beach home at the age of 81. Known for her brightly colored dresses and unique prints, Lilly Pulitzer certainly left her mark on the fashion community. While many lament the loss of such a talented woman, it’s better to celebrate her life than to mourn her SHAMIYAH KELLEY death — it’s Fashion Columnist the way Lilly would have wanted it. Pulitzer’s life motto was to live colorfully, and indeed she did. As a bored socialite, Pulitzer

that Saturday along with other Groovin’ bill. big-name artists at Groovin’ on The members look forward the Grounds. to the gig and see University it as an opportustudents Andrew nity to showcase Borniak, Dom Detheir far-reaching juilio, John Trufant influences, which NT d and Scott Graves include 1970s E D U ST ban otlight classic rock, funk comprise Levee Sp Daze. The group and more. went head-to-head “We’re like last semester with three other a big melting pot of jazz, blues, bands participating in the music funk, reggae and rock-n-roll,” competition at Free Speech Plaza said bassist Borniak. to win its coveted position on the The band cites Herbie

Bright patterns, hues define Pulitzer legacy started a juice stand to pass the time. She wore bright-patterned sleeveless shift dresses to conceal juice stains. With time, the dresses, known as “Lillys,” grew in popularity. After selling more dresses than juice, she decided to focus on making clothing. Pulitzer’s former classmate Jackie Kennedy was photographed wearing a Lilly Pulitzer dress in Life magazine. The publicity catapulted her brand into becoming a household name. A Lilly Pulitzer dress is a festive staple in any woman’s wardrobe. Now the Lilly Pulitzer brand has expanded to include shoes and accessories as well as clothing. Many students around campus are saddened by the loss but

take solace in remembering the life of such an influential fashion designer. “Lilly Pulitzer will forever be remembered for inserting splashes of original, vibrant color in a world desperate for new hues,” said biology senior Tiffany Lemon. Pulitzer’s legacy will live on through her lively designs, reminding the world to live every day like a party and to dress for the occasion. Shamiyah Kelley is a 20-yearold communication studies junior from Irmo, S.C. BEBETO MATTHEWS / The Associated Press

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Lilly Pulitzer reacts to cheers after her fashion show in New York in 2002. Pulitzer, known for her tropical print dresses, died Sunday in Florida at the age of 81.

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The Knife, “Shake the Habitual”


Rabid Records

Swedish electronic outfit The Knife’s fourth studio album, “Shaking the Habitual,” is shaking habits more serious than nail biting. Released by the brother-sister duo’s own Rabid Records, the album focuses on political messages, namely radical feminism and gender fluidity. The short film accompanying the single “Full of Fire,” for example, was directed by feminist porn director Marit Östberg. The songs are inspired by ’70s protest songs, according to Olof Dreijer. His sister Karin Dreijer Andersson added in a 13-minute film companion to the album called “The Interview” that they want to redefine The Knife into something less marketable and more meaningful. The lyrics are certainly powerful, and Karin’s voice is deep and searching, but the album can be inaccessible and overwhelming in sound and content. Some listeners may not return to the album, but those who do will have much to interpret. SAMANTHA BARES


Dawes, “Stories Don’t End”

HUB Records

Recorded in the Blue Mountains of Colorado, “Stories Don’t End,” the latest release from California indie rock quartet Dawes, channels other releases (Joni Mitchell, Neil Young) from the same location. The record accomplishes a strong California beach vibe much like other records from Dawes, and it becomes clear throughout the record that Taylor Goldsmith, vocalist and lyricist for the band, is unafraid to lay on the emotion with his heart-wrenching lyrics. While the album sounds more put together and less unscripted than the band’s last release, its finesse and mind-blowing instrumentation makes up for a sound that could be interpreted as overproduced. “Stories Don’t End” accomplishes everything it needs to and more.

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Evil Dead

Ghost House Pictures

“Evil Dead,” the remake of Sam Raimi’s accidentally campy ’80s flick, is a gore fest sure to make even hardcore horror fans cringe. “Evil Dead” accomplishes what its ancestor set out to do: be legitimately scary. With a way bigger budget and profoundly better technology, “Evil Dead” is a blood orgy of “The Exorcist,” any Romero zombie movie and “Wrong Turn.” Here’s the setup: a group of young adults go away for a weekend to their cabin in the woods. They stumble upon a basement filled with cat carcasses and ritualistic propaganda, including “The Necronomicon,” a book of demonic curses. One of the characters predictably reads one of the spells aloud and unleashes some horrifying hell-spawn. Cue the battle for survival. The film does a pretty good job of staying true to the original, but with a few added twists. The ending drags at some points, but overall, it’s a well-done remake. TAYLOR SCHOEN


Paramore, “Paramore”

Fueled by Ramen

After a split that almost wrecked the band, Paramore returns with its ferocious, new self-titled album. The album has a consistent edge that its earlier work did not have. The lead single “Now” packs a ferocity the band has not brought to the table since “Misery Business.” In addition, the album has a large variety in its songs ranging from ukulele interludes to pop-punk tracks like “Now,” to slower ballads like “Hate To See Your Heart Break.” It all adds up to an impressive offering that is its longest album yet with 17 tracks total. Long albums may turn some people off, but “Paramore” is still worth a listen. “There’s a time and a place to die, but this ain’t it,” sings lead vocalist Hayley Williams on “Now,” and it could not be closer to

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Season 6 premiere, “Mad Men”


“Mad Men”’s two-hour season six premiere proves the old adage “good things come to those who wait.” This season will follow the crew of Sterling Cooper Draper Price at the end of swinging ‘60s. The Drapers are mixing business and pleasure on their relaxing trip to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, where Don wants to start an ad campaign. Newly brunette Betty receives an unexpected houseguest: Sandy, a 15-year-old who recently lost her mother. This episode fully displays show creator Matthew Weiner’s script-writing skills. The character development throughout this episode was particularly great — Roger’s breakdown at the end of the episode was heartfelt and unexpected. This episode sets the tone beautifully for the rest of the season as each central character’s plot is slowly starting to unfold. Many dramas lose their creative edge after six seasons, but “Mad Men” has aged like a fine wine. MARIE CHANEY

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EDITOR’S PICK: Brad Paisley ft. LL Cool J, “Accidental Arista Nashville Racist”

It’s hard to find a place to start with “Accidental Racist.” There’s the fact it’s already bad because of it’s stereotypical country drawl. “Accidental Racist” is terrible in terms of what makes a song sonically pleasing. Did anyone ever think a country-rap hybrid could be worse than Nelly and Tim McGraw’s “Over and Over”? But then there’s the misguided and ultimately, ironically racist lyrics. Toward the end, LL Cool J, in an impressively monotone and uninterested appearance, offers: “If you don’t judge my gold chains / I’ll forget the iron chains.” If you don’t see the problems with such a statement, then maybe you’re a deliberate racist. This nearly sixminute back-and-forth is anything but progressive. “Accidental Racist” is an abomination to music and the BRIAN SIBILLE Entertainment Editor human race.

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Blake takes dubstep to church

On James Blake’s second fulllength album, the London-based dubstep-producer-turned-balladeer successfully blends cutting-edge electronic production with traditional singer-songwriting. The classically trained pianist made clear his aspirations to move away from the more instrumental and sample-based music of his earlier DANIEL CATALANELLO work when he reEntertainment leased a cover of Writer the classic Joni Mitchell song “A Case of You” in 2011. On that track, the artist’s lone voice and piano-playing were more than enough to convey the heavy atmosphere that he previously relied on electronics to attain. And on his debut album that year, the primordial traces of traditional songwriting could be heard, like in the way he used his repeating mantra-like vocals as a center with which to build decadent electronic slow-burners around, as on single “The Wilhelm Scream.” On “Overgrown,” he has fully integrated his singer-songwriting aspirations with the electronic sound he built his name on, and the result is one of his most fully realized releases so far. This success is heavily indebted to the singer’s vocal prowess. Blake could easily be placed alongside other Brits like Amy Winehouse and Adele in the way his tone effortlessly evokes the smokiness of 1960s soul and jazz. And his lyrics here are similarly sultry and emotive. While the album dabbles in countless genres too myriad to name, the songs are essentially R&B in vocal style, with a heavy emphasis on texture. The choir-boy purity of his vocals along with his warped Hammond organs and delicate piano-playing even lend his songs a liturgical feel at times. Blake’s two sides are most successfully displayed on “Life Round Here,” which seems to be just as influenced by Destiny’s Child as it is by Aphex Twin, which is quite a feat in itself. The track features a giddy beat and velvet-smooth intonations that climax in a pyrotechnic display of synths, with the unusually upbeat

Blake lyric, “Everything feels like touchdown on a rainy day,” as the delirious refrain. And while there is a definite focus on Blake’s vocal ability, those looking for more electronic goodness in the vein of his early output will not be disappointed. His textures here evoke forces of nature, whether it’s his thunderous sub-bass or his huge, oceanic washes of white noise. The sounds always manage to seem big and impossibly rich. On “Take a Fall For Me,” Blake is joined by Wu-Tang Clan mastermind RZA for a guest rap verse, injecting some much needed variety and lending momentum to the overall flow of the album. The other guest spot is filled by Brian Eno — which is one hell of a nod of approval for any aspiring electronic artist. Eno, the father of ambient music, lends his production skills to standout “Digital Lion,” one of the more propulsive and energetic cuts here with huge, seething synth chords and hallucinogenic vocal layering that well live up to Eno’s name. The album feels like a victory lap in many ways for the artist, who has successfully pulled off a transition that most would condemn for even being hypothesized. It’s a transition he began on his self-titled

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James Blake shifts away from his usual instrumental, sample-based music and moves toward cuting-edge, electronic sounds in his new album “Overgrown.”

debut two years ago and one he resolves here with utter grace. Grade: A Daniel Catalanello is a 20-yearold English literature junior from Baton Rouge. Contact Daniel Catalanello at

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Architecture school throws end-of-semester party Beaux Arts Ball ‘deeper and richer’ Kaci Yoder Entertainment Writer

Combine a semester of stress, the promise of summer, a theme and about 300 architecture students, and you’ve got Beaux Arts Ball. A tradition of the University’s School of Architecture, each semester the Beaux Arts Ball fills one local venue with some of the most colorful minds on campus for a night of dancing, debauchery and elaborate costumes. The end-of-term celebration aims to bring together students and faculty alike in the name of history and camaraderie. Fourth-year architecture student Andrew Pharis, who serves as president of the University’s chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students, has overseen the planning of the event, which will be this Saturday at Mud and Water. “It’s something that happens every year, and it’s something that everybody always looks forward to,” Pharis said. “It’s better than prom.” Pharis and his fellow architecture students have spent

months planning the bash, a feat costumes, which is really excitthat includes handmade, mus- ing,” Carmouche said. tache-shaped tickets and decoraAccording to Carmouche, tions laser-cut in the University’s some of the more adventurous own architecture studios to re- students have plans to paint and semble chandeliers. All this is de- embellish their own faces and signed to follow this semester’s bodies to represent cubism and Beaux Arts Ball theme: Paris in surrealism in real life. Bringing the 1920s. out the best of design students at “The Art Deco movement the end of the semester is one of started in Paris in 1925, and also the most important parts of the surrealism was happening, so tradition. Salvador Dali and Picasso and “We are pretty much stuck all of those great surrealist and in our studio all year, and so this cubist paintings were is a great time to ‘Paris in the 1920s,’” get out of the studio Beaux Arts Ball: Pharis said of the and have fun with chosen theme. “It Who: School of each other,” Pharis was a great time for Architecture and related said. “Even though art and architecture design schools it’s right before fiand music.” nals and it’s crunch Beaux Arts Ball When: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. time, we could use a is closer to a rave Saturday break.” than an art history As members of Where: Mud and Water lesson, however, and the School of ArchiPharis said the party tecture and related gets “kinda crazy” as the eve- design schools turn out en masse ning goes on and the DJ keeps for the extravaganza, AIAS offispinning. Third-year architecture cers look forward to putting the student and AIAS vice president crowds to good use. Marcelle Carmouche said this “We want to get as many year’s theme will give creative people there as we can,” Carminds in the architecture and de- mouche said. “We usually have a sign programs plenty of inspira- good turnout, but this year we’re tion. donating part of the proceeds to “There’ll be people dressed the American Heart Association, up in fancy 1920s attire, and then so if we raise a lot of money to there’ll be people dressed up give to them, it’d be nice.” in crazy surrealism and cubism Though Beaux Arts Ball

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Laser-Cut chandeliers that will serve as decorations at this year’s Beaux Arts Ball sit on a table Wednesday in Atkinson Hall.

usually raises money for charity, this year AIAS chose the American Heart Association in particular to honor a member of the University’s architecture family — Jack Ford, an adjunct architecture professor, who died of a heart attack in December. Ford’s legacy marks another way the Beaux Arts Ball combines party with history: The

name “Beaux Arts” itself comes from Beaux-Arts architecture, a style taught for hundreds of years in Paris.

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The Daily Reveille staff picks the winners of the MTV Movie Awards BEST MOVIE


Marvel’s The Avengers

Ben Affleck, “Argo” Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”

The Dark Knight Rises Django Unchained Silver Linings Playbook Ted

Channing Tatum, “Magic Mike”

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“A near-perfect close to a near-perfect trilogy. The Dark Knight Rises deserves to be recognized, and this is the awards show to do it.”

Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln” Jamie Foxx, “Django Unchained”

“Often, great performances get squandered by the annual powerhouse, critically adored old dudes. Bradley Cooper in this film is one of those forgotten but great performances.”

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Emma Watson, “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower” Anne Hathaway, “Les Misérables”

“Rebel Wilson gets major points for her effortless brand of hilariousness, but c’mon. Jennifer Lawrence.”


Mila Kunis, “Ted” Rebel Wilson, “Pitch Perfect”

BEST SCARED AS S*** BEST ON-SCREEN DUO: Leonardo PERFORMANCE: Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty” DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson, “Django BEST BREAKTHROUGH Unchained” PERFORMANCE: Quvenzhané Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” BEST FIGHT: (Tie) “Django Unchained” BEST SHIRTLESS PERFORMANCE: Channing finale and “Marvel’s The Avengers” finale Tatum, “Magic Mike”

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Facebook Home depends on users TECH WITH TAYLOR TAYLOR BALKOM Entertainment Blogger The Facebook phone is almost here, and luckily, it isn’t the one we were looking for. Instead of the long-rumored dedicated handheld, Facebook Home is a custom launcher/home screen for your Android device. Basically, users download the “app,” and voila, Facebook is running your phone. The interface itself is impressive. Your home screen is a Flipboard-esque panorama of your friends’ latest posts, pictures or stories. Swiping up, left or right from the bottom of the device brings up an app drawer, messaging or the Facebook app. Apps can be downloaded via the Google Play store, and notifications from messages, apps or emails show up on the lock screen, just like the iPhone. But the most interesting feature of Home is the persistent chat heads that pop up when browsing the OS. No matter what app is open, circular chat heads with friends’ pictures inside appear when a new message is received. It’s a nice alternative to the screen-hogging iOS notifications and too-subtle Android ones. Home will be available for download in the coming months on select Android devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S3, but those who want it as soon as possible need to buy a new phone — the HTC First — on April 12. The First is a run-of-the mill, $99 Android phone with a 4.3-inch, 720p display, 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. While that doesn’t touch specs of high-end phones like the upcoming Galaxy S4 or HTC One, it should handle most actions with relative ease. It runs Home on a stock version of Android 4.1, and that’s a huge deal: Home can be completely turned off, leaving a pure, unaltered Android experience. It’s the first device to do so outside of Google’s own Nexus line. Obviously, Facebook doesn’t want users to do that — it wants everyone to switch to Home. And the social networking giant made the smart choice by not making its own hardware. Instead of competing for third place with BlackBerry and Windows Phone, Facebook can piggyback on the millions of Android users that already exist, putting them on the most popular smartphone operating system in the world. That is, of course, if it can convince people to use it. Facebook Home launches Friday on the HTC First, exclusively on the AT&T network. Taylor Balkom is a 21-year-old mass communication junior from Baton Rouge. Contact Taylor Balkom at

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company is not building a phone or an operating system. Rather, Facebook is introducing a new experience for Android phones.


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Malawian gov. criticizes Madonna Faulkner heirlooms

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BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Malawi issued a scathing critique of pop diva Madonna on Wednesday, accusing her of exaggerating her contributions to the southern African country and demanding special treatment during her tour there last week. A spokesman for the pop star denied the accusations and suggested they were prompted by the recent removal of the president’s sister as head of Madonna’s humanitarian organization there. The singer has a long history with the country, which she first visited in 2006. She adopted two children from Malawi and runs several projects there. She was granted VIP treatment during previous visits, including when she last jetted into the country on April 1. But Madonna apparently was surprised when she learned upon leaving Malawi that she and her travelling party would have to line up with ordinary passengers and be frisked by airport security. “There was a directive that Miss Louise Ciccone [Madonna], travelling on an American passport, and her children Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon, Rocco Ritchie, Mercy James, David Banda Ciccone Ritchie should use the ordinary passenger terminal on their way to their jet,” said an aviation official who refused to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media. A strongly worded statement by the president’s office accused Madonna of trying to use her fame and money to press Malawi into giving her special treatment. “Granted, Madonna is a famed international musician. But that does not impose an injunction of obligation on any government under whose territory Madonna finds herself, including Malawi, to give her state treatment. Such treatment, even if she deserved it, is discretionary not obligatory,” the statement said. The presidential statement also questioned Madonna’s intentions behind her humanitarian efforts in Malawi, alleging that the singer “wants Malawi to be forever chained to the obligation of gratitude.” “Kindness, as far as its ordinary meaning is concerned, is free and anonymous. If it can’t be free and silent, it is not kindness; it is something else. Blackmail is the closest it becomes,” the statement said. President Joyce Banda was reportedly angered by Madonna’s claims that she has built 10 schools in Malawi, and questioned that statement in widely quoted remarks last week. “Where are the 10 schools she has built? She is just building school blocks at already existing schools. In some cases she just renovated an already existing block. This is an insult to the people of Malawi. She can’t be lying to the world at our expense,”

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Madonna tours the Mphandura orphanage Friday near Lilongwe, Malawi. The U.S. performer was spending her fourth day in the southern African country.

Banda said. A spokesman for Madonna expressed surprise at the most recent criticism and called the claim that the singer had requested special treatment “nonsense.” “Obviously these attacks are influenced by the fact that the president’s sister was removed as the head of Madonna’s organization in Malawi due to concerns about mismanagement of $3.8 million,” said Trevor Neilson, whose Global Philanthropy Group is managing Madonna’s projects in Malawi. “As the largest private philanthropist to Malawi we would think that the government would be pleased that she is giving her time and money to one of the poorest countries in the world,” Neilson said. The statement from the president’s office dismissed the claim that Banda is angry because her younger sister, Anjimile MtilaOponyo, was fired as the CEO for Madonna’s charity, Raising Malawi. The presidential statement said Malawi has played host to other international stars like Chuck Norris, Bono and soccer stars Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville “who

have never demanded state attention or decorum despite their equally dazzling stature.” Despite the furor, Madonna seemed unfazed. “My reasons for being here have never changed, I am here because I care deeply about the children of Malawi, that is my main priority,” she said last week at the end of her trip. Madonna traveled there with her two adopted Malawian children, David Banda and Mercy James, both 8, and her biological children Lourdes, 14, and Rocco, 12. Contact The Daily Reveille’s entertainment staff at; Twitter: @TDR_entertain

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Manuscripts and personal letters of the late William Faulkner, whose original writings are a rarity in the literary marketplace, can be viewed Wednesday at Sotheby’s in New York — an event to whet the appetites of scholars before a June auction. It’s a literary treasure trove, said Justin Caldwell, a specialist in books and manuscripts at Sotheby’s. Attendees will have the opportunity to view pieces such as: William Faulkner’s 1950 Nobel Prize for Literature, the Legion d’Honneur medal presented by France to Faulkner in 1951 and Faulkner’s Nobel handwritten acceptance speech draft. It’s an estate package that includes 26 letters and postcards sent by Faulkner, 25 leather-bound columns of the author’s work and manuscripts of “The Trapper Story,” “Vision in Spring,” “Mammy Callie,” and “Hog Pawn.” Some items, such as the Nobel medal, had been stored at the University of Mississippi. Other manuscripts came from the University of Virginia, where Faulkner was a writer-in-residence in 1957-58. All the items were on loan, university officials say, and were always property of the family. There’s also a group of letters and postcards he wrote to his family while living in Paris in the 1920s. Caldwell said the letters include one to his mother in which he warns her he has grown a beard. “He drew her pictures of how he looked,” Caldwell said. Caldwell said Sotheby’s began talks with the family after a

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This undated photo shows the 1950 Nobel Prize medal awarded to Faulkner and a draft of his acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize for Literature.

previously unpublished and untitled 12-page, short story by Faulkner was found among literary papers last year at the family farm in Charlottesville, Va. An original book of poetry Faulkner wrote and bound for his wife, Estelle, was also found. It was published in 1984 from a photocopy. “We were thrilled. Original Faulkner material is very scarce on the market,” Caldwell said. The proceeds from the June 11 auction go to the family. Sotheby’s expects the auction to bring in as much as $2 million. Contact The Daily Reveille’s entertainment staff at; Twitter: @TDR_entertain

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inspired by its roots influence and “dazed” sound, as well as the what they’re doing, and it’s con- members’ geographical proximtagious,” said drummer Graves. ity to the Mississippi. “There’s a lot of hisThe band spent tory of innovation much of its spring and creation in that break playing at See them live: music scene, and just various venues near being around those Who: Levee Daze Asheville, N.C., feelings is influential When: 6 p.m. Saturday where keyboard in itself.” player Dejuilio is Where: Parade Ground The New Orfrom. Now thoroughleans sound is esly warmed-up, the pecially apparent in the band’s group looks ahead to its big show improvisational nature, though Saturday. the group also prides itself on its The band will play at tightness. 9 p.m. at The Library on FriBorniak, Dejuilio and Tru- day and at its Groovin’ show fant began playing music togeth- at 6 p.m. Saturday on the er in early 2011 and after meeting Parade Ground. Graves by chance in an English class, they began performing unContact Daniel Catalanello at der the name Levee Daze. The band said the name was equally

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his situation, and he continued to write music. “It was terrible,” Haney said. “I wondered what the hell would God give me this gift for and then take it away like that?” About four years ago, Haney underwent a second surgery to repair the function to his hand, and it was a success. He slowly began to gain strength back in his hand. Haney considered himself still retired from the music scene until he met Bubba Startz, a young bass player who frequented the South Dakota music circuit. Haney and Startz eventually started making music together and later joined up with Shantel Bolks, a singer and sax player. The group became known as Don Haney & The Prime Rib Special. “We started playing, and it’s just magic. That’s why I can’t retire; it’s just truly magic. That’s the sound I’ve been looking for my whole life — it was Bubba and Shantel,” Haney said. The band has been touring around the nation, and Haney is gearing up for a homecoming. Haney said he’s excited to be back in Louisiana because the people appreciate blues more than anywhere else in the country. Don Haney and his band will also be recording an album in Baton Rouge, which is set to be released in the summer. Don Haney & The Prime Rib Special will play at the Texas Club on May 3.

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After winning Battle of the Bands last semester, student band Levee Daze, composed of (left to right) Dom Dejuilio, Andrew Vorniak, John Trufant and Scott Graves, is slated to pen Saturday’s Groovin’ on the Grounds concert with Lupe Fiasco on the Parade Ground.

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Blues musician Don Haney is returning to Baton Rouge to play and record an album with his band Don Haney & The Prime Rib Special on May 3 at the Texas Club.

From there, Haney taught himself how to play guitar by using books and constantly listening to musicians’ jam sessions. He attempted to make amends with his father in Chicago, and although the venture was unsuccessful, Haney left inspired by the blues. “I was wandering around The Loop, and I heard this guitar lick and it went into my ears and down to my toes. It was like nothing I’d ever heard before in my life, and right then and there, that was it,” Haney explained with the fervor of talking about a first love. At age 16 he said he knew he either had “to learn as much about guitar as he could or forget about it entirely.” He chose the former. Haney had migrated down south to Gonzales because he knew a relative in the area. With no formal education, Haney acquired his GED and enrolled at the University to study music composition. “The music professors tried to talk me out of majoring in music. I mean, they had these child prodigies … and they were fabulous classical musicians, and here I am, a blues player,” Haney chuckled. “So in hindsight, I can see why they thought, ‘Yeah, this is ridiculous.’” Haney went on to prove his professors wrong, playing in various bands and achieving national acclaim. But when he lost the use of his hand, he retired and moved back to South Dakota. He assumed his music career was over. He spent much of his 10-year hiatus from music contemplating

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To Protect and Swag BUT HE MEANS WELL GORDON BRILLON Columnist Usually, here at The Daily Reveille, we leave fashion writing to the Entertainment section. We opinion writers are usually happy if we can get out of the house in the morning with a pair of matching socks and no exposed nipples. But last week, after the Louisiana State Police were selected by the North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors for as the best-dressed state agency, the opportunity was too good to pass up. I’d like to congratulate the state troopers for winning this presumably prestigious award. As State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmondson said, “It’s always nice to receive recognition …The Louisiana State Police has always taken great pride in the uniform that we wear as it represents our commitment to the citizens of Louisiana whom we serve.” The Louisiana state trooper uniform is one of the few in the state I’ve never had the privilege of dealing with personally, but it’s not hard to see why it was honored. The entire uniform is pulled together by a deep shade of navy blue,


Officers of the Louisiana State Police Department display the uniforms that recently won them the title of best-dressed state agency, which was given by the North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors.

from the slacks to the double-breastpocketed shirt to the iconic state trooper flat-brim hat. The pocket flaps, shoulder straps and hat brim are outlined in brilliant gold piping, complemented by the gold Louisiana-shaped badge and what appear to be shiny brass buttons. On the whole, it’s a classy, understated ensemble well worthy of winning the award. They’re definitely better than Rhode Island’s seemingly Nazi-inspired jackboots-and-pantaloons

look, anyway. But it’s pretty obviously a cop’s uniform, and I feel the state police could take a step further to make their uniform reflect the unique culture and law enforcement issues that present themselves in the Pelican State. Southern Louisiana cops could rock some Kevlar-reinforced waders or galoshes to deal with the dual threat of gun-toting swamp people and bayou water parasites. Maybe New Orleans patrolmen

could take a page out of the professional sports playbook and add a sleeve badge reminding them there are still problems with the force. Something like “Driving While Black — Not Actually a Crime” or “Savage Nightstick Beatings are Not an Appropriate Response to Noise Complaints.” Or even something a little more succinct, like “Don’t Tase Old People.” And I’m sure there’s a sizable population in the state who’d love to

the students in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences probably don’t know me from Adam, much to my regret, but I am quite sure none are traumatized at the thought of having a different dean. I’d bet that some faculty members in the college are relieved there will be a new dean. At the very least, they realize — and find consolation in the fact that — deans always come and go. As for me, the big news in my mind is not that I will be leaving the dean’s office in 15 months, but that I will be staying as long as I am. Four years ago, I agreed to be interim dean, with every intention of being only an interim and that certainly for no more than two years. When I agreed to become the dean at the end of 2010, I said I would only stay two more years. I have now agreed

to yet another year. Jack Hamilton, also listed as departing, stayed only two years as provost because that was what he agreed to when he took the job. He took the job, though, after he had spent 18 years as dean of the Manship School and did so because of his commitment to LSU. He remains an LSU faculty member. Vice Chancellor Tom Klei, too, took an administrative job he never sought and is returning to the Vet School, where he is a Boyd Professor. I wouldn’t call either of these a “departure” or interpret their decisions as a lack of commitment to LSU. They took on their jobs in the first place out of a sense of duty to the institution. Several of the other people labeled in the story as departing are really only retiring. Dean of the

Library Jennifer Cargill, Dean of Vet Medicine Peter Haynes and Dean of the College of Agriculture Kenneth Koonce have been longterm deans. I can’t fathom serving as dean for as long as Ken has. You would be hard pressed to find any two people who have done more for LSU for as long a time and as well as Bob Kuhn and Robert Doolos. I lament that we are losing all of these leaders to retirement, but for me the big story is not their departure, but rather their long and able service and commitment to LSU. It says a great deal about them, but it also says much about the strength of the University—particularly so in the case of Bob and Robert, both of whom have degrees from LSU. I hate to lose their skills — and their company. I do worry about continuity in our administration

have the police back in dusters and cowboy boots, whipping out Colt .45s at every traffic stop and assembling posses in their spare time. Sure, there are benefits to having police in simple, easily recognizable uniforms. Underage bar patrons, not that the LSU community would know anything about those, are certainly thankful for the police’s eye-catching uniforms. They make for an excellent reminder of the evacuation route out the back of the bar. And the cops are probably thankful too. As several part-time security officers and traffic meter enforcers, who preferred to remain anonymous, have told me, women do, indeed, “love a man in uniform.” That makes for happy cops. And happy cops get the force working like a well-lubricated machine. Like I said, I’m no fashion expert. I can’t remember the last day I didn’t wear flip-flops. I’m just thrilled the Louisiana State Police have been recognized for outstanding achievement in something besides racial profiling. Gordon Brillon is a 19-year-old mass communication sophomore from Lincoln, R.I. Contact Gordon Brillon at; Twitter: @tdr_gbrillon


Changes in LSU faculty no cause for alarm I couldn’t help but chuckle a bit at the seemingly alarming array of pictures—including my own – on the front page of today’s Reveille, “15 Gone and Counting.” I certainly wasn’t too alarmed when I worked my way through the pictures and the story. First of all, I am not leaving LSU but going back to LSU’s History Department where I belong. Moreover, the thought that anybody would worry about the fate of LSU because I would no longer be a dean struck me as pretty funny. Most of

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— that’s one of the reasons I have found myself being a dean longer than I ever imagined. But I, too, realize administrators come and go. So when I look at those pictures on the front page of The Reveille, I see a great deal of loyalty to the University. And with a new president/ chancellor and provost in place, I worry less about administrative continuity. Gaines M. Foster, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Students for Life most effective organization at LSU RUN TO THE MILLS LANDON MILLS Columnist It’s happened to all of us. Because your friend wants to meet you in front of the Union for lunch, you walk from one end of Free Speech Alley to the next. Within a span of 30 seconds, you have an armful of resources ready for the trash with an occasional sweet that you keep. One organization, Students for Life, stands apart from the rest by posing a question with the intent to educate. “Is abortion morally wrong?” The group is headed by painting senior Elizabeth Pendleton, and uses a chart based on basic embryology and logical conclusions to support its case against abortion. If you were to only stop and listen, you would see the effectiveness of their approach and the engaging conversations they hold. They filled Echo Circle Monday and Tuesday with their “Exposing Planned Parenthood” exhibit that reveals unpopular facts about its history of racism, negative eugenics, abortion statistics and even videos of Planned Parenthood representatives urging abortion. This is a response to Planned Parenthood’s new facility being

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The LSU-based Students for Life organization poses Jan. 12 with its pro-life signs. Group members marched with approximately 3,000 other protesters from the Old State Capitol to the New State Capitol.

built on South Claiborne Avenue in New Orleans, a 7,000-square foot building. Just last week, Rep. Jose Oliva of Florida asked Alisa LaPolt Snow of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, “You stated that a baby born alive on a table as a result of a botched abortion that that decision should be left to the doctor and the family. Is that what you’re saying?”

“That decision should be between the patient and the health care provider,” Snow said. Planned Parenthood has since stated that the child should be provided medical care despite Snow’s response. Students for Life created the exhibit due to lack of education on Planned Parenthood. Life Issues Institute found that 79 percent of Planned

Parenthood’s abortion clinics are located in or within walking distance of black and Hispanic communities. This is unsurprising, because a National Vital Statistics report from June 2012 revealed black women in the U.S. experience about 1.6 times more pregnancies than white women, but have five times as many abortions. Under Planned Parenthood’s

handout for the new facility, it says it wants to “reduce the number of unintended pregnancies in Greater New Orleans.” Planned Parenthood just doesn’t tell you it intends to target minority groups to accomplish its goals. In Baton Rouge, Students for Life protests daily at the local abortion facility, Delta Clinic. Delta has its own history of violations and allegations that keep peaceful protesters such as Students for Life at their facility daily. Kermit Gosnell, formerly an abortionist at Delta, is now being tried for eight counts of murder – seven of those for botched abortions. Of course, the media isn’t covering this because it would appear to be anti-abortion, an unpopular stance today. Students for Life is making an impact at Delta, where young women regularly leave out of conviction due simply to the sheer numbers of willing pro-life advocates to speak and pray with the women in difficult situations. They might be the ones in Free Speech Alley worth listening to. Landon Mills is a 21-year-old international studies senior from Sunshine, La. Contact Landon Mills at; Twitter: @landondeanmills

It’s the grades you make and the hands you shake POLIVIN’ THE LIFE JOHN POLIVKA Columnist Hindsight is always 20/20. This saying resonated in a Reuterspoll, as Reuters questioned a panel of college graduates on a series of things they wish they had done differently during their college careers. Among stereotypical answers like wishing they had studied more and partied less, 40 percent of the 861 students surveyed said they wished they had networked more proficiently, but also said “they did not want their children to emulate college dropouts like Zuckerberg.” In this day and age, the 40 percent concerned with the rampantly growing networking trend are definitely on to something and are cognizant of the fact that this skill holds vast opportunities. While the grades you make during your undergraduate stint are of the upmost importance, shaking more hands will only improve your opportunities

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks Jan. 15 about Facebook Graph Search at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Zuckerberg is a prime example of a college dropout who attained wealth via an unorthodox career path.

upon graduating. In fact, if you believe that every undergraduate’s GPA directly correlates with the stature of his or her salary upon leaving school, you are wrong. Please don’t interpret that I condone or support slacking off if your family owns its own company or your father is a partner in

a law firm. I just simply believe that students’ grades cannot be viewed as a direct reflection of their overall capability in their professional careers. While standardized testing and the tried and true GPA are solid — if not the most — reliable indicators of a student’s abilities, there are exceptions.

Names such as Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs might ring a bell, as their GPAs disappeared once they dropped out of their respective Ivy League schools. I am fully aware that going to an Ivy League school says a lot about a person’s ability, but the bottom line is unorthodox career paths carry a negative stigma. They are not associated with the traditional precursors of successful business ventures. But a ballpark number of a combined $87.3 billion later, the prodigies mentioned above are sitting pretty against the grain of said “negative stigmas” and their not-so-respective 0.00 GPAs. Unbeknownst to the 40 percent in this survey who had wished they’d taken a more prominent approach in networking, there were people who saw the bigger picture and did just that. That person was Mark Zuckerberg. So why not emulate him? He foresaw a problem, or more so an opportunity within a mass market, and implemented his unique skill set to solve it.

While dropping out of school is the utmost extreme end of the spectrum, things such as determination, researching markets and applying real-life skills that can change or make waves in the economy, are plausible for any student willing to put in the work. So the 40 percent in this survey who realized they should have networked to a greater extent during their undergraduate years have done a good job of recognizing a specific facet of college life that could have been explored in deeper bounds. They have also realized that problem as post-graduates. Maybe emulating a few traits exemplified by Zuckerberg could’ve been a lucrative route. But then again, hindsight is always 20/20. John Polivka is a 21-yearold creative writing junior from Houston.

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expect,” Heyward said. “I know they’re saying, ‘Oh, she must not be the best batter.’ But then I come out and I’m actually the third slapper in the lineup, so it just adds one more threat to our lineup.” As if the trio of Andrews, Blades and Heyward wasn’t enough, the Tigers’ ace in the hole is junior Alex Boulet, who serves as the primary pinch runner. Boulet has appeared in only 18 games with five starts, but she is no doubt an added threat to opposing teams, scoring nine runs and stealing six bases on six attempts this season. Torina hailed Boulet as the best baserunner she’s ever coached, which makes for a nicely deployable weapon in close games. “If we put her in, we’re scoring,” Torina said. “The only reason I don’t put her in more is because I’m saving her a lot of times for the right moment when she’s going to change the game.” But in order to get steals and run the bases, a hitter first has to get on base, which was a problem for the entire LSU lineup last season. This season, the Tigers have raised their team on-base percentage to .388 from .332 in 2012. “Speed puts huge pressure on a defense and huge pressure on a pitching staff,”

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LSU junior utility Jacee Blades catches a ball March 24 during the 1-4 loss against South Carolina in Tiger Park.

Torina said. “Your defense has to get rid of the ball so much more quickly.” Now boasting power and speed attacks, it’s difficult to label LSU as strictly a power team or a speed team like in seasons past. “We’re both [powerful and speedy],” Heyward said. “If you have speed on the bases from the top of the lineup, then you get to the meat of the lineup with their power. That’s dangerous.” Contact Spencer Hutchinson at

every year. LSU coach D-D Breaux has done the gymnastics equivalent 24 times in her 35-year career at the helm of the Tigers. Think about that for a second. Coach D-D Breaux didn’t just build this program overnight — she’s been here from the start. If you asked a random LSU fan who the school’s longest-tenured head coach was, you might get responses like track and field coach Dennis Shaver or volleyball coach Fran Flory. And they would be wrong — it’s Breaux. When men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones was introduced last year, he mentioned at his news conference how he remembered Breaux being around as the coach when he was a player in the 1980s. Breaux and LSU Gymnastics have been a force in Baton Rouge for more than 30 years, and it’s time more people started to take notice. Sure, the football team has household names like Zach Mettenberger and Jeremy Hill and baseball has Mason Katz and Raph Rhymes, but the gymnastics team isn’t short on star power. Sophomore Rheagan Courville claimed the SEC Gymnast of the Year title a few weeks ago, which isn’t an uncommon occurrence for the Tigers. An LSU gymnast has won the SEC Gymnast of the Year five of the last 10 seasons. This is the first year regular season All-Americans have been selected for NCAA gymnastics, and LSU had three members on the inaugural

page 23 team: Courville, Lloimincia Hall and Sarie Morrison. No biggie. LSU gymnastics has a high-profile coach and nationally recognized athletes, and it’s a frequent visitor to the biggest stage of college gymnastics. The Tigers have it all. So why don’t they have a cult following like football and baseball? Your guess is as good as mine. After the Summer Olympics in London this past summer, everyone just assumed because the “Fab Five” took over the games that gymnastics was going to catch fire in the United States. Well, it hasn’t. There just isn’t the exposure needed for it to gain traction. A majority of the gymnastic events were shown in primetime on NBC, which is why everyone was glued to the TV to watch every vault McKayla Maroney landed and every floor

exercise Gabby Douglas aced. While the five gymnasts who competed for the U.S were overnight celebrities, LSU has a first-team AllAmerican on vault in Courville and a first-team All-American on floor exercise in Hall. These women are good. People are drooling over the No. 3 LSU baseball team’s winning streak, and rightfully so. But this weekend, don’t hesitate to check in on how the LSU gymnastics team is doing in the NCAA Championships. They deserve it. Micah Bedard is a 22-year-old history senior from Houma. Contact Micah Bedard at; Twitter: @DardDog

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