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Greener Days

University trees are rich in history

Ferris McDaniel

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Staff Reports State district Judge Janice Clark ruled that the University’s presidential search process was illegal in a short minute entry Thursday, ordering the names of more than 30 potential candidates to be released immediately. Court hearings for the suit filed by The Advocate and NOLA. com | The Times-Picayune ended Thursday, after which Clark submitted the ruling. The publications followed Daily Reveille Editor in Chief Andrea Gallo’s lead when she first threatened to file suit earlier this month. Gallo’s court hearing is scheduled for April 30. “I am happy to hear that Judge Janice Clark sided with transparency and holding our state officials accountable. Today was a huge victory for journalists, academics and members of the public who care about the future of LSU,” Gallo said. Once Clark’s judgment is filed, the University and its legal counsel will be given a timeframe during which they can file an appeal. Herb Vincent, associate vice chancellor for University Relations, said he could not comment on the University’s behalf as of Thursday afternoon, nor could he confirm whether the University intends to appeal. Jimmy Faircloth, the University’s attorney for the case, also said he would not comment until speaking with his clients.

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The Bicentennial Oak provides dappled sunlight Thursday outside the Journalism Building. The tree is among the five vacant endowments available and has stood at its current location for more than 200 years.

Steele Burden, the University’s landscaper from 1932 through 1970, began a legacy decades ago when he began planting many of the campus’ iconic live oak trees, which now tower over faculty, students and visitors at almost every step. Today, about 1,300 to 1,400 southern live oaks, scientifically named Quercus virginiana, stand limb-in-limb, making up nearly a fifth of the 6,000 trees and an even smaller percentage of the more than 40 plant species on campus, which have been appraised at $45 million in assets to the University. Fred Fellner, assistant director of Landscape Services, and many others work to continue Burden’s mission every day through tree maintenance and the Endow an Oak program, which was introduced in 1993 to better the condition of oaks that suffered during “budget limitations,” according to the LSU Foundation’s website. The University’s dedication to maintaining a green campus is also observed every Arbor Day with events like today’s fourth annual Spring Greening Day from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., which sees student and faculty volunteers spreading mulch, planting flowers and holding a sustainability expo at Free Speech Plaza, Fellner said. “I think the University has accomplished Burden’s and the people who GREEN, see page 6


Mingo, Reid selected in first round of Draft Tyler Nunez Sports Writer

For the second consecutive year, an LSU football player was selected as the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft when defensive end Barkevious Mingo was selected earlier than expected by the Cleveland Browns. “It was just an exciting moment,” Mingo said in a news release. “It snuck up on me. I can’t wait to get to Cleveland. It is such a loyal fan base with hard-working people. They love their Browns – rain, sleet or snow.” The notoriously small defensive end established himself as an elite pass rusher in his time at LSU by tallying a career-total 29 tackles for

loss and 15 sacks in 40 games. He led the Tigers with 12 quarterback hurries in his junior season in 2012. In his final season as a Tiger, Mingo earned second team All-SEC honors after recording 38 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. “I’ll never forget the crowd noise and everything about ‘Death Valley,’” Mingo said. “Going to LSU helped me reach my dreams of playing in the NFL.” Listed at 6-foot-4, 241 pounds, Mingo’s relatively small size combined with his impressive strength and speed had many scouts labeling him as a “boom or bust” prospect. Others have speculated that he DRAFT, see page 6

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Former LSU football player Barkevious Mingo stands with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday after being selected sixth overall by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Check out more photos of the draft, p. 9.

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INTERNATIONAL California man arrested in Venezuela, accused of violence on behalf of U.S. CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A 35-year-old filmmaker from California has been arrested by Venezuelan authorities who are accusing him of fomenting post-election violence on behalf of the U.S. government. President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday that he ordered Timothy Tracy’s arrest on suspicion of “creating violence in the cities of this country.” Venezuela’s interior minister said Tracy was working for U.S. intelligence, paying right-wing youth groups to hold violent demonstrations in order to destabilize the country after Maduro’s election win. U.S. tourists swim for 14 hours after ship sinks off coast of St. Lucia SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Siblings Dan Suski, 30, and Kate Suski, 39, were forced to jump overboard when the charter boat they rented for a fishing trip began to sink eight miles from shore. They swam for 12 to 14 hours until they finally came within sight of land and crawled upon a nearby spit of sand. A farmer eventually spotted them and called the police to help hospitalize the siblings, while the captain and first mate, who had gotten separated, were rescued after spending 23 hours in the water.

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Timothy Tracy sits inside of a vehicle in Venezuela. The 35-year-old filmmaker from California was arrested Wednesday by Venezuelan authorities.

New Israeli finance minister ignites culture war against Orthodox Jews JERUSALEM (AP) — A cultural war has erupted between Israel’s rising political star and his ultraOrthodox rivals. Newly minted Finance Minister Yair Lapid, hugely popular for opposing the long-standing preferential treatment enjoyed by the religious minority, is moving swiftly to slash state handouts to large families, compel lifelong seminary students to work and join the army, and remove funding for schools that don’t teach math, science and English.

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Obama consoles families, survivors of Texas blast as thousands gather

Baton Rouge company is target of federal lawsuit on charges of racism

WACO, Texas (AP) — President Barack Obama consoled a rural Texas community rocked by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion, telling mourners Thursday they are not alone in their grief and they will have the nation’s support to rebuild from the devastation. “This small town’s family is bigger now,” Obama said during a memorial service at Baylor University for victims of last week’s explosion in nearby West, Texas, that killed 14 and injured 200. Nearly 10,000 gathered to remember the first responders killed in the blast. More turns in poisoned letters case as Dutschke investigation continues

Court says Colo. employees who test positive for pot can be fired

(AP) — A Baton Rouge company is the target of a federal lawsuit alleging widespread discrimination against black employees. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, accuses Turner Industries of subjecting black workers to a hostile environment in which the use of racial slurs is commonplace. The claims were filed in Middle District Court in Baton Rouge on behalf of former employee Enrico Williams. The lawsuit alleges Williams was fired after learning he had signed an affidavit corroborating co-workers’ charges of discriminatory practices. William’s statement was part of a separate lawsuit filed last year against the company.

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Court of Appeals on Thursday found there is no employment protection for medical marijuana users in the state since the drug remains barred by the federal government. Employers in the state can lawfully fire workers who test positive for the drug, even if it was used off duty. “For an activity to be lawful in Colorado, it must be permitted by, and not contrary to, both state and federal law,” the appeals court stated in its 2-1 conclusion.

(AP) — House Speaker Chuck Kleckley said Thursday he doesn’t believe any proposal to tap into the federal Medicaid expansion money will win passage in the Louisiana Legislature this year. Kleckley, R-Lake Charles, said lawmakers are looking to access money from the Affordable Care Act. But he said too many financial reviews of the Medicaid expansion disagree about whether it would cost or save Louisiana money.

OZARK, Miss. (AP) — Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson said Thursday afternoon that his department was helping the FBI search for Everett Dutschke, a Mississippi man being investigated in the poisoned letters sent to the president and others. He says Dutschke had been under surveillance. His home and business had been searched earlier in the week. Dutschke’s attorney Lori Basham said authorities know where her client is and that he continues to cooperate.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama bow their heads as they attend the memorial for victims of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.

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UREC expansion fits within student-agreed budget Student fee about $40 a month Gabrielle Braud Contributing Writer

A leisure pool in the shape of LSU, the longest indoor recreational running trail, triple the amount of cardio and weight space — all these plans and more fit within the student-agreed budget of the finalized plans for the University Student Recreation Complex redesign and expansion, according to LSU Director of University Recreation Laurie Braden. Braden said that together with the project design team, plans for the UREC renovations are on track to be completed by the 2016 academic year and have been refined to stay within the approved budget while managing to add 152,000 square feet to the currently 120,000-square-foot facility, totaling 272,000 square feet at completion. Phase I of the UREC redesign and expansion project will begin shortly after May 15 and is set to be completed by Nov. 1, Braden said. Phase I includes expanding the fields at River Road, going from the current three fields to an eight field multi-sport complex. But Braden said some

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The new UREC leisure pool will be in the shape of the LSU logo and will be the last area constructed in the two-phase expansion plan.

alternative plans will have to be made to accommodate club and intramural sports while the new fields grow in. Teams will be able to use University High School fields and other fields around the Baton Rouge area to continue to play. Also under Phase I, the outdoor adventure course on River Road will move across the street from the front of the current UREC. Following Phase I, work will begin over the summer to add 360 additional two-hour parking spaces for UREC visitors, which Braden

said will be enforced, along with the construction of new tennis courts. Phase II of the project will begin in January 2014 and is scheduled to be completed 12 to 14 months from when that construction begins, Braden said. Phase II includes the expansion and redesign work that will take place within and around the current UREC facility. These plans include the addition of four indoor basketball courts and the restriping of the

current four courts within the UREC, along with the two additional multi-activity courts, making a total of 10 court spaces. Braden said the running trail will potentially be the longest indoor collegiate recreational running trail complete with inclines and slopes. “You will run four laps around eight basketball courts for a mile and that is not counting the part that weaves through the fitness area,” Braden said. Once Phase II is complete, the

UREC will have 44,000 square feet of cardio space compared to its current 13,000 square feet, a leisure pool, an additional entrance on the east side of the building, opposite from the current main UREC entrance that will remain the same, along with renovations to the current indoor pool and more. “There will be times during construction when we will have to make accommodations and move equipment around, but we will never stop serving students,” Braden said. The student fee, which is currently $65 a semester, will go into effect in July and will grow each semester until it caps at $200 per semester. “It is essentially $40 a month,” Braden said. Braden also said it is important to honor her commitment to students that they will be allowed to use the UREC for as many semesters as they paid for it in the event they graduate before it is completed. “Even though students may not have the full advantage of using the facility right away, they are leaving a legacy. They are making LSU better and that is the thing that is really exciting,” Braden said. Contact Gabrielle Braud at

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Apps aid religious LSU students Smartphone apps seen as convenient Erin Hebert Contributing Writer

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Students who participated in LSU’s Change Break Tennessee trip that took place over spring break found Goodwill donations.

LSU students prepare for service trip to Peru adviser to the poor Appalachian region. He and University students University students with Vol- participated in construction work unteer LSU are preparing to em- and worked in a thrift store where bark on a service trip to Peru begin- they interacted with the people of ning May 28 as a part of Change the community, he said. “We accomplished a lot of Break Peru 2013. Fifteen students and three great work, but we also made good advisers will visit the villages of connections with one another as Cai Cay and Cusco for 10 days to well with some of the community work with youth in a school setting members in Tennessee,” he said. “I and preform low-level construc- think a lot of the students left the tion work, said Meredith Keating, experience inspired to want to do something more leadership and development junior ‘It felt really good to here locally, and also after graduand international service chair for just not only know that ation, they’re goto want to do Change Break. you’re doing well but to ing something.” Change Break Anthropology Peru is the second actually see someone’s alternate service face light up whenever junior and domestic Change Break project hosted by Volunteer LSU. you helped them out.’ coordinator Kaylah Williams spent The first was the Kayhlah Williams her spring break inaugural event held in Cosby, anthropology junior and domestic in Cosby volunChange Break coordinator teering for Change Tenn., over spring Break also. break. Williams said she was able Keating said she and the other student volunteers have been meet- to make a lot of connections with ing regularly to learn about Peru’s community members and recalled culture, as well as create games a specific occasion where she was and plans to help teach the youth able to help a girl pick out a prom dress in the thrift store where she in Peru. The goal of the trip is to chal- was working. “It felt really good to just not lenge the viewpoint of students by immersing them in a situation they only know that you’re doing well may not have experienced before, but to actually see someone’s face but also to make a difference in light up whenever you helped them out,” she said. Peru, Keating said. Williams said there will be “We’re not just going to go and think that everything is going to be more Change Breaks in the future perfect after we leave, but we do that students can participate in, want to make our mark while we’re though the destinations have yet to be determined. there,” she said. “I highly suggest if there’s Assistant Director of Campus Life Josh Dean will be accompany- anyone that wants a new awesome ing the students on Change Break and different volunteer experience Peru, and he said the trip will chal- to definitely look into applying lenge students’ perspectives and for more of a Change Break trip,” show them how different poverty is she said. in other parts of the world. Dean also took part in Change Contact Jonathan Olivier at Break Tennessee, where he panied nine students and another

Jonathan Olivier Staff Writer

Need to check a Bible verse or find out the direction of Mecca when preparing for prayer? There’s an app for that. From Islam to Judaism, religious students of all faiths at the University are turning to smartphone apps to help fill their daily devotional needs in today’s increasingly technological world. Petroleum engineering senior Ibrahem AlKubaisy said he enjoys incorporating religious apps into his daily life because they make his phone experience more useful. One app AlKubaisy uses is alQibla, which he said is a free twoin-one app that shows the user the direction of the Islamic holy city of Mecca as well as reminders of the five daily prayer times of the Islamic faith. The app sends notifications to the user when it is time for them to pray at dawn, noon, afternoon, sunset and after sunset. AlKubaisy also uses a free Quran app when he does not have access to a physical copy of the Islamic text. “Sometimes you become lazy, and instead of having to go back home to get a book you can just take your phone out,” AlKubaisy said. AlKubaisy’s Quran app has translations and a dictionary for various words that may have a different meaning now than they did when the Quran was first written, he said. Similar to AlKubaisy, Nick May, child and family studies sophomore, uses the Daily Torah app on his iPhone when he needs to check a verse of the Jewish text in English or Hebrew. May said although the app is convenient, he enjoys the experience of reading a physical copy of the Torah over reading verses on his phone. “I think [the physical copy] is cooler because it forces you to read through every little thing that’s in it,” May said. “With this, you just find the verse you want and boom, that’s it.” AlKubaisy agreed with May that he prefers reading a physical text to reading an app. “I feel more connected with the book because you’re using it for one purpose,” AlKubaisy said. “With my phone, I could get a text or call and it will distract me.” Candace Elenez, interdisciplinary studies senior and treasurer of the University’s chapter of Christian sorority Sigma Phi Lambda, said she doesn’t see much of a difference between using her Bible app and a physical copy. “It’s the same words, just a different medium,” Elenez said. Other apps AlKubaisy use focus on certain seasons of the faith, such as Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting and one of the Five Pillars of the faith. AlKubaisy said Ramadan is a time when Muslims try to perform good deeds for others and

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the community. “[The app] has useful reminders of the things you can do, either between you and God or asking if you’ve donated today,” AlKubaisy said. AlKubaisy said he has noticed an increase in Islamic leaders who use technology to connect with the younger generation, particularly since the Arab Spring, which was largely fueled by Twitter users. Elenez said she has also noticed a movement toward social media and technology in her own church,

Istrouma Baptist. The University’s chapter of Sigma Phi Lambda has employed the use of social media and apps like Instagram to good results, including new pledges who noticed the sorority’s Internet activity and decided to join, she said. “I’m a technology person in general, and I think it’s beneficial for whatever you’re doing,” Elenez said. Contact Erin Hebert at


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Atkinson to get elevator, renovated bathrooms Nic Cotten Staff Writer

Atkinson Hall’s bathrooms will be renovated this summer and an elevator will be added as well, according to Facility Services Associate Director Sam Territo.

The project is set to be completed before the fall semester, though the elevator may not be finished until September, depending on the contractor, Territo said. Territo said the project was initiated to get the building up to code with the Americans with

Disabilities Act by making the bathrooms handicap-accessible and allowing those who need handicap access to the building to access higher floors through the elevator. “This is getting underway after three years of planning,” Territo said. “We are keeping in mind not just

wheelchair access, but Braille needs and other handicap entrance issues.” Territo said the project had to wait until summer because the noise associated with the construction would have interfered with lectures, and the bathrooms would be closed, preventing student access.

This is one of many projects Facility Services has or will undergo to improve building safety and handicap access on campus, Territo said. Contact Nic Cotten at


SG allocates $45,000 to help fund new Career Center Judah Robinson Senior Contributing Writer

Students who need help preparing a resumé, getting ready for a big interview or snagging a job or internship right out of college will have a new state-of-the-art career center on campus to help them, partially thanks to Student Government. On April 17, SG Senate passed a financial bill that gave a total of $45,000 to help fund technology, signs and furniture for the new Olinde Career Center. The $45,000 from SG was taken from two accounts: $29,790.50 from SG’s Initiatives Account and $15,790.50 from SG’s Surplus Account, according to the bill. The Olinde Career Center is expected to open at some point in 2013, according to a Career Services brochure.

Career Services’ 2011-12 abbreviated annual report says it provides services to thousands of students including career assessments, facilitating interviews, holding career expos and assisting employers with job postings in Careers2Geaux, an online job posting resource for students. Director of Career Services Mary Feduccia said this new career center will be a better resource and will be more visible to students compared to the current center. “Since Career Services’ inception in 1985 at LSU, we have been located in two completely different locations on campus,” Feduccia said. “Having this new Career Center located in the Student Union will bring all of our staff into one place.” Feduccia said students currently have to look for Career Services because of its multiple locations, but the new Olinde Career Center will make

it more visible to students. Feduccia said this new state-ofthe-art career center will put the University in line with other SEC and ACC Universities across the nation. She said the Olinde Career Center will not be funded through student fees or state dollars. “We worked 24/7 and were able to raise the $3.35 million dollars needed for this center,” Feduccia said. She said many organizations and individuals gave money. Former SG Speaker of the Senate Meredith Westbrook, author of the financial bill, said the Career Center is an important asset to all students at the University. “They teach students how to build a resumé, how to go into interviews and how to land a job or internship,” Westbrook said. “It doesn’t just help students get jobs, but it teaches

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The new Olinde Career Center will be located in the Student Union and is expected to open at some point in 2013. The center cost $3.35 million.

them the skills they will need in the future.” Former SG President Taylor Cox said the new career center will not only benefit current students, but also University alumni. “This Center literally benefits thousands of people,” Cox said. Cox said he not only supported

SG’s effort to help fund the new center, but he also made an individual contribution to the center because of how important he believes it is for students. Contact Judah Robinson at

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originally planted the trees mission,” Fellner said. “We’re just carrying it on with the time.” The trees that sprawl across campus are aesthetically, environmentally and psychologically beneficial, according to Fellner, who wrote his Ph.D. dissertation about LSU’s urban forest in 2011 while attending Southern University. The generous amount of foliage provides an intimate setting on campus, prevents erosion, stabilizes the ecosystem, maintains cooler temperatures, stores carbon, softens rainfall and reduces flooding, among other things, Fellner said. Fellner said the psychological effects are found in the opportunity for students to study, rest and connect with nature under the umbrella of southern live oaks. He said students are drawn to the trees, and they contribute to the full university experience. “LSU has a feel to it, an ambience. It’s a special place,” he said. “[Students] are connecting with the trees, and they’re not even putting it into words. You know there are even people hanging hammocks in the trees now?” A person can endow a tree by donating money — $50,000 for oaks in the Quad, $4,000 for the other oaks around campus. A plaque that displays the donor’s name is placed at the base of the endowed tree. Half of the money is secured in an endowment fund, milking money from interest that equals about $20,000 to $30,000 a year, Fellner said. The other half, combined with the roughly quarter-million dollar budget, is used for upkeep of the University’s landscape, he added.

This includes running copper cables down the limbs and trunk of the trees to protect them from lightning strikes and constructing walkways made of special bricks that allow water to percolate into root systems, Fellner said. The fund also covers planting new trees — 150 in 2012 — and today’s Spring Greening Day, Fellner said. Most of the day will be spent nurturing the campus’ trees, which are the landscape’s “salient feature,” Fellner said. Many campuses plant droves of flowers, he said, but “our campus is a little bit more of a roughand-ready place. It’s more of a forest. Plus we have to put up with football.” Due in part to the aforementioned efforts, the University was named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in 2012. The national program was created in 2008 to honor universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. There are currently five oaks in the Quad available for endowment and several other oaks available campus-wide. Among the vacant endowments is the mammoth oak that has stood in front of and in between the Journalism Building and Hodges Hall for more than 200 years, Fellner said. The tree’s diameter is measured at 62 inches and the crown — the upper, leafy part of a tree — is 60 feet tall by 45 feet wide. The ancient green sage has lived in two centuries and watched a slew of events — wars, beginning with the Civil War; budget cuts; the arrival of the first female students; the football team’s debut kickoff and the current system reorganization — happen

The Daily Reveille beneath its reaching limbs. Live oaks dripping with history, as if it were sap, can be found all around campus. Thirty-one trees found in the Memorial Oak Grove, just south of the Student Union, were dedicated on March 12, 1926, for past University students and one unknown soldier who died during World War I, according to Peter Soderbergh in his book, “Tower, Tablet, and Tree: LSU and the American Legion: the Interwar Years, 1919-1941.” Because of its history as a military institution, the University was “more determined than most universities to properly memorialize her fallen servicemen,” according to Soderbergh. The oak saplings were donated by a well-known area horticulturist at the time named Edward A. McIlhenny, and a plaque with the name of each former student and the unknown soldier were set (but not until 1941). Many of the trees today come from the LSU Burden Center, a 440acre area dedicated to horticultural and agronomic research, Fellner said. The University purchases the trees for wholesale from the Burden Center, who in turn spend more money on research and trees that will eventually be planted on campus. “It’s sustainability,” Fellner said with a grin. The University would be drastically different without the army of live oaks and its comrade trees, Fellner said. He thinks the campus would be dirtier, noisier, hotter and people would be more nervous and drive faster. Contact Ferris McDaniel at

Friday, April 26, 2013 Reid’s versatility and experience against top competition may serve a team better as an outside make him an ideal fit for San Franlinebacker rather than his regular cisco, who runs a fast, aggressive defense. role as a defensive end. Due to the 49ers’ loss of Pro Cleveland’s decision to select Mingo with the sixth pick came as Bowl free safety Dashon Goldson, a surprise to many, as the franchise Reid will likely play a major role in ignored an looming need for a cor- San Francisco’s defense as a rookie, nerback despite having two pro- and he may even start. Mingo and Reid’s selections ductive pass rushers in left outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard and the marked the first time in LSU football recently acquired outside linebacker history that multiple former Tigers have been taken in the first round in Paul Kruger. The athleticism that Mingo consecutive drafts. The duo is at the top of an LSU brings to the defensive line could draft pool that conprove to be invaluable for ‘I’ll never forget the tains as many eligible underclassmen as Cleveland. Now crowd noise and the number of former with three valuTigers drafted in the able pass rushers, everything about past two years comthe Browns’ defense could pose ‘Death Valley.’ Going bined. Mingo and Reid many offenses to LSU helped me reach join the ranks of such with problems my dreams of playing recent LSU greats blocking. to be selected in the Safety Eric in the NFL.’ first round of the Reid joined NFL Draft as defenMingo in being Barkevious Mingo sive backs Mo Claidrafted on Saturformer LSU football player borne and Patrick day when he was selected by the San Francisco 49ers Peterson and defensive ends Glenn who traded up to select him with the Dorsey and Tyson Jackson. The rest of the pool will have to 18th pick in the NFL Draft. Reid was the most decorated of wait until the NFL Draft continues LSU’s potential draft picks as a se- with the second and third rounds tolection to the 2012 Associated Press day at 5:30 p.m. The draft will conclude on Saturday with the final four All-America second team. The safety capped his three-year rounds beginning at 11 a.m. career at LSU with 194 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions and See all 32 first-round 11 broken up passes in 39 games. draft picks, p. 10. The All-American started all 13 games of his junior season as team captain and finished third on the Contact Tyler Nunez at team with 91 tackles (42 solo) in; dition to two interceptions and seven Twitter: @NunezTDR pass breakups.

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‘That’s my brother’ Stevenson brothers share intimate bond by CHANDLER ROME · Sports Writer


he basketball hoop standing in a Youngsville, La., driveway can’t begin to tell the story. It’s seen puddles of sweat, mostly from the four Stevenson boys who have called it their own. It’s seem some smiles after a victory. It’s surely seen some tears after defeat. But what’s happened on that pavement extends far beyond victory and defeat. It’s where 16-year-old Matt Stevenson matches wits with his brother — and hero — 18-year-old LSU freshman outfielder Andrew Stevenson. Born with Down syndrome, Matt brings an unmistakable glow to any field, seat or room. It’s an aura Andrew can feel, even hundreds of feet away in center field. “He brightens my day up any time I see him. [He’s] always got a smile on,” Andrew said. “I like seeing that whenever I’m out here.” Matt made a confession about those basketball games before Wednesday’s LSU baseball game against Tulane: “Andrew wins.” But those losses make Matt smile. Anytime he’s with Andrew, it’s almost impossible for him to contain his excitement, as the mention of Andrew’s name elicits a full-tooth grin no one can ignore. STEVENSON, see page 15 RICHARD REDMANN / The Daily Reveille

LSU freshman outfielder Andrew Stevenson (6) and his brother Matt take the field after the Tigers’ 4-3 victory against Tulane at Alex Box Stadium. Matt, who has Down syndrome, often cheers on his brother from the stands.


LSU, S.C. to face off in Alex Box Chandler Rome Sports Writer

As its name indicates, the Intimidator towers over right field to remind opposing teams of the rich history of LSU baseball as they venture into Alex Box Stadium. This weekend, however, the Next up for billboard’s luster the Tigers: may fall on blind eyes as No. 15 Who: LSU (38South Carolina 4, 15-3) vs. treks into Baton South Carolina Rouge to face (31-11, 11-7) No. 2 LSU (38-4, 15-3 Southeast- When: 7 p.m. ern Conference) tonight in a pivotal threeWhere: Alex game set. “We can say Box Stadium we won a nation- Watch or al championship in 1991, but 90 listen at home: percent of their Cox Sports team wasn’t born Television, Eagle yet,” said LSU 98.1 WDGL senior first baseman Mason Katz. “So I don’t think that really matters. With three College World Series appearances in the last three seasons, and two national titles to boot, the Gamecocks come to the series as seasoned veterans of the atmosphere expected for tonight’s BASEBALL, see page 11


Simmons lifts LSU past Alabama in walk-off style Tigers look to take series Saturday Spencer Hutchinson Sports Contributor

Yet another LSU versus Alabama grudge match lived up to its billing. The No. 12 LSU softball team battled No. 4 Alabama into extra innings on Thursday, finally prevailing, 3-2, in the bottom of the eighth inning on a walk-off RBI single from freshman first baseman Sandra Simmons. LSU (38-11, 13-6 Southeastern Conference) seemed to have a firm grip on the victory in the top of the seventh inning when senior pitcher Rachele Fico had Alabama (40-8, 12-7 SEC) down to its

last out. Alabama trailed 2-0 at the time, and Fico had only allowed two hits. Needing only one more out to secure the win, Fico allowed two consecutive Alabama hits, hit a batter, and walked two more hitters, allowing the Crimson Tide to tie the game at 2-2. Fico got out of the seventh, only to fall into another basesloaded jam in the top of the eighth. But Fico came through with her second strikeout of the game and forced Alabama into two more harmless outs, which gave Simmons the opportunity to notch the win in the bottom half of the inning. “My team had my back tonight, big time,” Fico said. “… We really came up big with this win tonight. It was an awesome team effort.”

Fico battled Alabama ace Jackie Traina, who matched Fico well except for one pitch to LSU freshman designated player Kellsi Kloss, which resulted in a two-run home run that gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. Both Traina and Fico pitched the entire game, despite going into extra innings. Traina took the loss for only her sixth defeat of the season, and Fico notched her 23rd win of the season, despite the rocky finish. Junior outfielder Simone Heyward started what turned out to be LSU’s victorious eighth inning, slapping an infield hit to Alabama shortstop Danae Hays. After sophomore outfielder A.J. Andrews walked and junior utility player Jacee Blades hit into SOFTBALL, see page 15

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Freshman infielder Sandra Simmons bats Thursday during LSU’s 3-2 win against Alabama in Tiger Park. Simmons knocked in the winning run for the Tigers.

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Aaron Nola, Alex Bregman looking to shine for Team USA Lawrence Barreca Sports Writer

For plenty of LSU baseball fans, the two most notable colors in sports are the classic purple and gold sported by the Fighting Tigers in Alex Box Stadium. There are three other colors, though, that have a tad more meaning, at least according to LSU coach Paul Mainieri. Those shades are red, white and blue. Two of Mainieri’s young stars, freshman shortstop Alex Bregman and sophomore starting pitcher Aaron Nola (7-0), will have the opportunity to represent their country when they take the field for the Team USA collegiate squad in the summer. “We all seem to think LSU is the biggest thing going in sports,” Mainieri said. “There is actually one team that is bigger than LSU, and that’s called ‘USA.’ ... it’s just a privilege and an honor for them. Not only that, but they get to play with some of the very best players in the country.” This won’t be the first go-round

for Bregman on the national team. The freshman has competed with the 16-and-under and 18-and-under USA squads in the past. “It was a tremendous honor [to be selected again],” Bregman said. “To wear ‘USA’ across your chest one time is awesome, but to do it three times is unbelievable. I could have never even imagined it, and I’m just really blessed. I’m really happy that I get to do that again and represent myself and my country and my family.” Mainieri noted that this season’s USA squad will travel to Japan, and it is also expected to play a series of games against the Cuban national team in the U.S. Having his players selected for the national team is nothing new for Mainieri. Former Tiger catcher Micah Gibbs was selected to play for Team USA in 2009, and LSU-great and current Tampa Bay outfield prospect Mikie Mahtook joined the national squad in 2010. Mainieri considers the invite to be a careerchanging experience for his players.

“I remember when Mikie came back from playing, he came back with a different level of maturity just having been around all those other great players and knowing they had ‘USA’ across their chest,” he said. “I’m sure it will be a great experience for both Alex and Aaron.” As for Nola, the Team USA experience will be a new one. Nola, who is 7-0 with a 2.15 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 2013, will look to his freshman teammate for advice about travelling overseas. This is the first time in 20 years that two LSU teammates will play together on the national team. “[Having Bregman on the trip] makes it a little more comfortable,” Nola said. “He’s been there already. He’s a little younger, and he knows what to expect. I’ll have to ask him how it is, and I’m excited to be a part of it.” Contact Lawrence Barreca at; Twitter: @LawrenceBarreca

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LSU freshman shortstop Alex Bregman (30) and sophomore pitcher Aaron Nola (10) were selected to play with Team USA this summer.


Lady Tigers qualify two relays for finals at Penn Bria Turner Sports Contributor

The No. 4 Lady Tiger track and field team advanced two teams to the relay finals during Day 1 of the Penn State Penn Relays on Thursday. The 4x100 relay with a team of senior Latoya McDermott, senior Kimberlyn Duncan, senior Takeia Pinckney and junior Toshika Sylvester finished third, behind Texas A&M and Oregon, with a time of 44.36 seconds. The relay team will compete in the event final on Friday afternoon. The Lady Tigers finished runner up in the their heat of the preliminary round of the 4x400 meter relay with

a time of 3:36.81. The 4x400 team consisted of senior Siedda Herbert, junior Nikita Tracey, sophomore Montenae Roye-Speight and junior Natoya Goule. LSU’s distance medley relay (DMR) team finished eighth, but the team ran a season best and the fourthfastest time in school history with a time of 11:22.71. A DMR consists four legs running 1,200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters and 1,600 meters. LSU coach Dennis Shaver said the first day of Penn Relays went as well as he expected. “We achieved what we came here to achieve today, as far as getting both of our relays through to the final. Qualifying well on the first

day at Penn is so important because it really sets up the weekend for us,” Shaver said in a news release. “We also saw a good run from our DMR team. It’s not easy to crack our top 10 list in really any event, so it shows they ran well today in a very competitive field.” Freshman Shanice Hall finished fourth in the high jump with a jump of 5 feet and 7.75 inches. Junior throwers Denise Hinton and Karen Henning finished second and fourth in the hammer throw with throws of 192-6 and 190, respectively. Freshman throwers Kelsey Carlsen and Doren Welch finished 10th and 11th in the javelin throw.

Senior Brittany Porter finished eighth and junior Keri Emanuel landed at ninth in the long jump with jumps of 19-6.25 and 18-3.75, respectively. Today, the No. 10 men’s track and field team will open up competition. Junior Shermund Allsop will be the lone Tiger competing in the 100-meter dash preliminaries. Sophomore Joshua Thompson will compete in the 110-meter hurdles. Freshman Fitzroy Dunkley will compete in the men’s high jump, sophomore Rodney Brown will throw in the men’s shot put and both sophomore Jeremy Tuttle and junior Jeremy Obioha will compete in the men’s discus. Junior Jaora Johnson will be the only Tiger competing in

the men’s pole vault. Senior Damar Forbes will compete in the men’s long jump championship. The Tigers will also run in the 4x100 preliminaries. On the women’s side, Jasmin Stowers will look to make history as the first Lady Tiger to “three-peat” in the Penn Relay’s 100-meter hurdles title. Freshman Chanice Chase will also compete in the event, while junior jumpers Keri Emanuel and Lynnika Pitts will compete in the triple jump. Competition starts at 10 a.m. Friday morning. Contact Bria Turner at

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[Top left] Eric Fisher, from Central Michigan, speaks during a news conference after being selected first overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL Draft on Thursday at Radio City Music Hall in New York. [Top center] Tavon Austin, from West Virginia, stands with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected eighth overall by the Saint Louis Rams. [Above] Eric Reid, from LSU, holds up a team jersey and his daughter after being selected 18th overall by the San Francisco 49ers. [Bottom left] Kenny Vaccaro, from Texas, stands with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (right) and Markell Gregoire, 13, a patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, after being selected 15th overall by the New Orleans Saints. [Bottom right] Dion Jordan, from Oregon, speaks during a news conference after being selected third overall by the Miami Dolphins.

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Committee deciding Kings’ fate to meet Monday Tim Booth The Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft Chairman Steve Ballmer, part of the group attempting to purchase the Sacramento Kings and move them to Seattle, said Thursday he believes “there will never be a better opportunity” than now to bring professional basketball back to the Puget Sound. Ballmer, who has been mostly quiet about his basketball pursuit, spoke briefly Thursday before a fundraising luncheon for the A PLUS youth program in Seattle. His brief comment came hours after an NBA spokesman confirmed that the NBA committee deciding whether the Sacramento Kings should be sold and relocated to Seattle will hold a meeting via conference call Monday. “Today is about A PLUS. I will say that we’ve got our fingers crossed. Chris Hansen has worked really, really hard, really intelligently,” Ballmer said. “Seattle has got a great bid. We’ve got a great arena plan. I think we’ve got the better arena plan. We’ve got a good offer, it’s been accepted by current owners. We’ve got a great market. It seems like there will never be a better opportunity. But it will be up to the NBA owners.” Monday’s meeting of the joint relocation and finance committees, consisting of 12 league owners, will convene on a call instead of in person. Whenever the committee issues a recommendation, NBA owners will have at least seven business days to review the report before a vote can take place. That means the vote by the entire Board of Governors could happen as early as May 8, but Commissioner David Stern told a meeting of

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7 p.m. first pitch. One noticeable piece of the 2011 and 2012 national titlewinning teams is absent because legendary skipper Ray Tanner accepted the athletic director position in July, handing over the reins to longtime assistant Chad Holbrook. The transition appears to be seamless as Holbrook has guided the Gamecocks (31-11, 11-7 SEC) back into the top-15 fresh off a sweep of Kentucky last weekend. “Ray Tanner built an amazing program,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “When I look at them, I don’t see a weakness. I see a solid team offensively and a good team defensively.” In what has almost become a normal occurrence, the Tigers will face an entirely left-handed rotation, highlighted by Friday night starter Nolan Belcher, who posts a 1.70 ERA. Belcher will face Tiger sophomore Aaron Nola, whose last

Associated Press Sports Editors in New York on Thursday he expected the vote sometime around May 13. The Maloof family has had an agreement since January to sell a 65 percent controlling interest in the Kings to a Seattle group led by hedge fund manager Chris Hansen and Ballmer. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has helped put together a counteroffer complete with a new arena plan and an ownership group headed by software tycoon Vivek Ranadive. Thursday’s fundraising luncheon in Seattle featured a number of NBA players with local connections, including Spencer Hawes, Martell Webster and Brandon Roy, all of whom are hopeful of seeing the NBA return to their hometown. “My biggest thing is I try and keep my fingers crossed that this is going to happen,” Roy said. “I learned that a long time ago. Don’t think worst-case scenario. I try and think best-case scenario and with that I think we’re going to get the team. It’s going to take some time and really we just have to keep that passion up.” The NBA helped broker a deal with the Maloofs and Sacramento to build a new arena in February 2012 after the team had filed to relocate to Anaheim, Calif., the previous year. The Maloofs backed out of the deal not long after to the disappointment of league officials and the anger of the Sacramento community. The damage caused the Kings by the community’s disillusionment with team management was similar in some ways to the struggles once faced by the Charlotte Hornets, another small market with a vibrant fan base that turned away after two starts have yielded consecutive complete game wins in arguably his best two performances of the season. In the two victories, Nola avoided the one bad inning that always seemed to plague him in previous starts, attributing his improvement to working better with runners on base. “I’ve just been making those clutch, quality pitches when guys are on base,” Nola said. “I’ve just tried to get every single leadoff hitter out; that limits the damage.” At the plate, Katz and senior left fielder Raph Rhymes have taken hold of a Tiger offense that has quieted as of late and prompted a lineup change. Now with Katz hitting cleanup and Rhymes hitting fifth, both seniors are assured a bat in their hands as freshman phenom and leading hitter Alex Bregman patrols the three-hole. The switch worked swimmingly on Wednesday, as Rhymes ripped three singles out of the five-hole, driving in two runs and

NBA Commissioner David Stern, right, accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, addresses reporters April 19 following the NBA Board of Governors’ annual meeting in New York’s St. Regis Hotel. Stern told a meeting of Associated Press Sports Editors he expected a vote on the fate of the Sacramento Kings to be made around May 13. RICHARD DREW / The Associated Press

former owner George Shinn was accused of sexual assault. He later moved the team to New Orleans, and the league eventually bought the franchise because of Shinn’s financial difficulties. Stern acknowledged that the league might have to be more proactive to protect both itself and its cities. “We’ve dealt with it on a case-by-case basis, and Sacramento has been particularly vexing as we’ve tried to balance the strong sense that we’d like to help our owner-clients out and at the same time have respect for the city, so we now wind up where we are,” Stern said. “And presumably after we finish with this, the owners will take a long look at how we got here.” Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at; Twitter: @TDR_sports pacing the Tigers to a 4-3 win against Tulane. “I kind of simplified things,” Rhymes said. “I put the bat on my shoulder, relaxed, and it worked out for me.” Mainieri said he still isn’t sure what he’ll do at second base and with a designated hitter against the southpaws. He gave Katz a crack at second base on Wednesday, where the senior played admirably as sophomore Tyler Moore got his chance to start at first. Benched after a shoddy defensive effort last Sunday against Alabama, junior JaCoby Jones was inserted back at second in the seventh inning against Tulane and didn’t record a plate appearance. Mainieri was tight-lipped over any possible scenarios, but he revealed Katz playing second is “one of the two options,” but didn’t prognosticate beyond that. Contact Chandler Rome at; Twitter: @Rome_TDR



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Ricin Gravy Ricin-laced letters pose bigger threat to Americans than Boston bombing SCUM OF THE GIRTH PARKER CRAMER Chief Columnist Ricin gravy, ricin beans — but no ricin letters please. This week, charges against suspected ricin terrorist Paul Curtis were dropped amid new developments in the case. Curtis, a middle-aged Elvis Presley impersonator from Mississippi, was accused of mailing ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss) and a local judge. If you don’t watch “Breaking Bad,” ricin is a toxin 1,000 times more deadly than cyanide, according to the BBC. An amount equivalent to a few grains of salt is enough to kill a person. Is it just me, or does this seem like a much bigger threat than bombs? Bombs can be crudely and relatively easily constructed from household items, as we learned from Boston. Thanks to CNN and the Internet, most of America can probably make a pressure cooker bomb by now. But ricin-laced letters? Anthrax-laced letters? This should be our major concern, right? Let’s look at this comparison as objectively as possible. Bombs — dangerous to build and difficult to transport. Ricin — extremely easy to transport; just put it in an envelope and attach a stamp. The realization that you can mail death is quite terrifying — especially for average, everyday Americans who don’t have the luxury of a paid security force to inspect all the mail that gets delivered to them. Since Curtis has since been acquitted of all charges, that means one of two things: He did it, but the government can’t prove it; or, the more likely scenario, the real culprit is still at large — ready, willing and able to mail more ricin wherever he or she chooses. But why should we care more about ricin than the

Boston bombings? Because currently, the Boston death toll sits at four with many more injured. If the unidentified suspect chooses to mail more ricin letters, the event could easily surpass the Boston death toll. A package laced with ricin could be shipped to anywhere in the U.S. and a small amount is capable of causing devastating death and suffering. Cracking down on chemical and biological terrorism should be equally as important as preventing conventional terror through bombings and explosions. But the American priority in the war on terror has been stopping radical Islamists who typically use suicide bombing and hijacking as primary tactics. However, I feel as though added emphasis is needed for domestic, secular terror cells who may be more likely to use highly lethal but inconspicuous chemical or biological weapons. It’s become increasingly obvious that some Americans with enough education are capable of producing these chemical agents on their own, at home with relative ease. Catching the ricin perpetrator should be a top priority, not something that’s shelved and pushed back until the government has time. Boston was bad, we all know this, but if you listened to any of the former FBI agents, you know it could’ve been much worse. Ricin doesn’t go boom. Neither does anthrax. But they are just as lethal as a bomb, if not more. Americans have to remember that terrorism is not a Middle Eastern, Islamic phenomenon. Sometimes, it’s just some crazy guy from Mississippi. Parker Cramer is a 22-year-old political science senior from Houston. Contact Parker Cramer at; Twitter: @TDR_pcramer

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[Top] Federal authorities wearing hazmat suits walk to the home of Everett Dutschke for additional investigation Tuesday evening in Tupelo, Miss., in connection with the recent ricin attacks. No charges have been filed against Dutschke and he hasn’t been arrested. [Bottom] Paul Kevin Curtis speaks to reporters Tuesday as his brother looks on in Oxford, Miss. Curtis, who had been in custody under the suspicion of sending letters that tested positive for ricin to President Barack Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., spoke about how the charges against him were dismissed without prejudice Tuesday.

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Strong cyberdefense system should be a priority Sarah Cueva Daily Trojan, U. Southern California

National security threats often invoke images of bombs, guns and invading military forces, but one of the most pressing threats to the United States involves none of these things. Instead, powers hostile to the United States and its interests have quietly launched domestic cyberterrorism attacks against U.S. banks and, most recently, against popular American news agencies. Such subtle acts of espionage, and the likelihood that they will only become more damaging, translate into a dire need for Congress to quickly pass legislation that beefs up cybersecurity defenses. The issue of cybersecurity came to the forefront of national discourse recently, when The New York Times revealed that they had fallen victim to a four-monthlong network security breach that was reported to have originated in China. The initial breach occurred around Oct. 25, 2012, the publication date of an article reporting on the family of the country’s prime minister. This disturbing news was followed by revelations that The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and The Washington Post experienced similar issues within their own networks. The fact that unfriendly powers are carrying out such breaches against institutions of free speech is unsettling enough, but the threats extend beyond mere invasions of privacy. Large attacks were leveled in September against the online systems of JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank and PNC Bank, resulting in at least daylong denials of service. Such attacks indicate that much more is at stake, with some especially problematic areas being not only economic institutions and tech firms but also power grids for nuclear power plants and water purification systems. “Nation-state attackers will target critical infrastructure networks such as power grids at an unprecedented scale in 2013. ... These types of attacks could grow more sophisticated, and the slippery slope could lead to the loss of human life,” said

WEB COMMENTS The Daily Reveille wants to hear your reactions to our content. Go to, our Facebook page and our Twitter account to let us know what you think. Check out what other readers had to say in our comments section: In response to John Parker Ford’s column “University should eradicate campus caterpillar population,” readers had this to say: “Mr. Ford, this article is unforgivable! Rest assured that we who have consciences shall not

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., left, and and the committee’s ranking Democrat, Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger, D-Md., take part in a news conference Oct. 8, 2012, in Washington to discuss pro-business legislation aimed at helping companies fend off sophisticated foreign hackers.

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Students at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University come together April 10 for a Hack Night in the Information Systems and Internet Security lab at the university in New York. The students are not getting together to learn how to hack computer databases; rather, they are studying to become cybersecurity experts to hopefully foil such attacks.

Chiranjeev Bordoloi, CEO of security company Top Patch. According to a CNN interview with James Lewis, a cybersecurity expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, at least 12 of the world’s largest military powers are working to construct complicated cyberwarfare systems.

It would be no stretch to say that the United States has the most to lose at the hands of these powers if our government continues to put cybersecurity on the backburner. Though the media’s constant bombardment of the public with images of war-ravaged Afghanistan would suggest otherwise, the

events in a remote desert nation do not necessarily pose a greater threat to national security than seemingly less dangerous cyberattacks. The recent infiltrations should remind our legislators of this and prompt them to not only engage in serious discussions with other nations such as China, but also quickly pass

take part in your bloodthirsty slaughter of the peace-loving caterpillars. Nay, rather we shall unite to perform rescue missions and provide caterpillitarian aid to the victims of this cruel genocide. So long as cute baby butterflies endure meaningless suffering here at LSU, the Friends of Caterpillars will never be silent! We shall overcome!” - Centrist

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“This is Islam. Every day, every week, year-in and year-out; this is the fruits of Islam: 2013.04.21 (Fallujah, Iraq) Nine people at a restaurant are taken out in mid-bite by Mujahid bombers. 2013.04.21 (Pattani, Thailand) A 49-year-old Buddhist woman is gunned down in a targeted attack by Muslim militants. 2013.04.21 (Paktika, Afghanistan) - Three civilians at a shopping mall are blown to bits by a

legislation that would re-allocate substantial defense resources to building a stronger cyberdefense system. Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) spoke to the immediacy of the situation in an interview with Politico: “Foreign cyberattackers are targeting every aspect of the American economy every day and Congress needs to act with urgency to protect our national security and our economy,” he said. With the defense budget and looming sequestration cuts up for debate, Congress needs to take advantage of an opportunity for bipartisan cooperation. Instead of continuing partisan bickering on troop withdrawals and timetables, lawmakers must work to pass serious legislation that will provide the tools necessary to combat lurking cyberthreats. Attacks on public utilities and power plants can create not only inconvenient but dangerous situations for everyday Americans, and the crash of a bank’s computer system can wreak economic havoc. In addition, some of the nation’s most sensitive intelligence information could be discretely collected and used against us in unexpected attacks. Aggression in cyberspace is unfortunately a product of our times, truly illustrating both the magic and terror that modern technology can bring. As such, our leaders must act so that we are prepared for whatever comes our way. Technological capacities will only continue to grow as time passes, and as nations unfriendly to the United States develop economically and politically, the possibility of more serious attacks will only increase. Constructing a stronger defense in U.S. cyberspace is of paramount importance, and waiting longer could only harm the nation — the time for action is now. Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at; Twitter: @TDR_opinion Shahid suicide bomber. 2013.04.20 (Khar, Pakistan) - A female Fedayeen blows herself up outside a hospital, taking four innocents with her. 2013.04.19 (Wana, Pakistan) Taliban extremists send rockets into an election rally, killing four people. 2013.04.19 (Khalis, Iraq) - A Mujahideen mortar attack on a rival mosques leave seven dead.” - Arafat Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at; Twitter: @TDR_opinion

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COUNTER CLERK part time afternoon position available flexible hours, great for students. Welsh’s Cleaners College Dr. @ Perkins Rd. apply in person SO, YOU THINK YOU’RE SMART? Train the brain as a LearningRx Cognitive Skills Trainer! We have positions open for Cognitive Brain Trainers at our Baton Rouge center opening in mid-June. Job requirements include: 4-year college degree - available 10 - 25 hours per week (3 pm-7pm are the busiest training times) - high energy level and enthusiasm - quick learner and coachable - strong processing speed and phonemic skills If interested, please send rËsumË to: STUDENT WORK:F/T students. $8.35/ hour, op for frequent raises/op for advancement. On campus. Email ljobs-l@listserv. SERVERS NEEDED Serranos is looking to hire servers. Stop by and apply 225.344.2354 VDP PROGRAMMER Programming background required (C/ Java/VB/VBNET). Will work on complex variable data direct mail projects. Advanced problem-solving & analytical skills required. Fast-paced full-time position. Will train qualified applicants. Send resume to FULLTIME SYS ADMIN Baton Rouge co. seeking graduating seniors for career opportunity in IT field. Great pay and experience. Email NOW HIRING MARKETING MANAGER LSU Student Media is now hiring a marketing manager. Plan and create ad campaigns, communicate with all departments of Student Media, and manage team members. Apply online at advertising/application LEGAL ASSISTANT NEEDED $12/hr. Great personality & computer skills required. Please email or fax your resume to 225-208-1670. LSU STUDENT MEDIA is taking applications for the Student Media Computer Manager Position. Qualified candidates will provide desktop support for a Mac and PC environment, assist the student media outlets (Reveille,

KLSU, TigerTV, Legacy Magazine and Gumbo) in meeting their deadlines, by helping to maintain software and hardware and offering guidance on ways to streamline their processes. $12.50/hr., your own office, flexible hours, 10-15/wk in the summer and up to 20 hr./ wk during the regular semester. LSU Student Media is a dynamic and exciting work environment that strives to prepare students for the real world with real-world experience. Applicants should bring a resume to B-39 Hodges Hall. We are looking to hire immediately. VET TECH Pre-vet or animal sci major needed for small animal clinic in BR. Must be neat, clean, personable and dependable. Some lifting required. 225.927.7196 COLD STONE CREAMERY seeks part time cake decorator & crew members to work in a fun, lively environment. Need to be energetic & reliable. Flexible schedule with competitive pay. Apply online @ NOW HIRING GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Student Media is now hiring graphic designers. Proficiency in Photoshop and InDesign are required. Apply online at DEREK CHANGS KOTO Now Hiring Servers. Hostess, Cashier Flex Hrs(225)456-5454 Apply in person EXECUTIVE PERSONAL ASSISTANT Looking for a full or part time assist to work in an office environment. Pay: $9.00 per hour. To apply please email resume. PLUCKERS BLUEBONNET NOW HIRING Servers, Hosts and Food Runners. Apply at 6353 Bluebonnet in front of the Mall of LA or BECOME A SOCIAL MEDIA EXPERT LSU Student Media is now hiring Social Media and SEO team members. Interested in becoming a part of this growing industry? Apply online at advertising/application PERSONAL ASSISTANT Respite companion for disabled young adult male. Flexible schedule. Email dst. for more details. PARKVIEW BAPTIST PRESCHOOL Afternoon Teachers needed 3-6pm M-F / Field Trip aides needed on Tues & Thurs. Please email your resume to

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Friday, April 26, 2013 makes me grateful and gives me the drive to do what I can to give it The Stevenson matriarch, everything I got — because I know Stephanie, can’t help but smile as he can’t.” Matt followed in his brother’s she sees the bond her two middle boys have formed — and how footsteps in one regard, traveling her whole family has grown since to Williamsport, Pa., to play with Matt’s journey began 16 years ago. his team of special needs children in the Challenger No one, including Stephanie ‘It makes me grateful League — a diand her husband and gives me the drive vision of Little League Baseball. William, had any to do what I can to The boys’ inkling about father had previMatt’s diagnosis, give it everything I ously traveled to let alone the inspigot — because I know Williamsport with ration he’d bring. Andrew when “It was a [Matt] can’t.’ he played on the fluke,” Stephanie Lafayette Little said. “We had no Andrew Stevenson League team, but clue until he was LSU freshman outfielder he said his second born. They did ultrasounds and never detected any- experience there opened his eyes much wider than the first. The thing.” But shortly after delivering second time, he soaked in Matt’s Matt, Stephanie realized some- moment on the diamond instead thing was awry. Nurses whisked of wrapping himself up in compehim away instead of immediately tition. “I feel like I’ve succeeded in bringing him to his mother. Two weeks passed. Doctors a way,” William said. “The dream told the Stevensons they suspected for Andrew to come here is evDown syndrome, but ran further ery baseball player’s dream, and now he’s got his biggest supporter tests to be sure. With a mother’s intuition, here.” Matt can hardly contain his however, Stephanie knew. “I can remember where I was excitement to get to Alex Box at the exact moment when [Stephanie] called,” William said. “It was sort of like OK, here it is. Let’s deal with it.” For the Stevensons, “dealing with it” was simple. Two-year-old Andrew set the example. “There was absolutely no difference,” Stephanie said. “He treated him like a regular brother.” When the duo began school, though, the differences came to light. It didn’t change the attitudes, but the realizations started. As Andrew chased the classic Louisiana boy’s dream of pulling a purple and gold jersey over his head, he knew in the back of his head Matt would never have that chance. “I have an opportunity that he would never get,” Andrew said. “It

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a fielder’s choice, Alabama elected to walk freshman shortstop Bianka Bell to load the bases with one out. Traina forced LSU junior infielder Allison Falcon to pop out for the second out of the inning, but Simmons came through with the two-out walk-off single that slipped into left field and scored Heyward from third. “I was seeing [Traina] well all night, and I knew it was my chance to end this game,” Simmons said. “We wanted to be done with it.” LSU and Alabama return for game two of the series on Friday with the first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. at Tiger Park. Meghan Patterson figures to be LSU’s starter, and she’ll square off with Alabama No. 2 pitcher Leslie Jury, who leads the Crimson Tide with a 1.91 ERA. “This gives us room to breathe a little bit,” Simmons said. “Even though we got that one game, we’re not done. We still need to come out hard on Friday and Saturday and get those wins.” Contact Spencer Hutchinson at

The Daily Reveille Stadium, with a calendar in his room counting down the days and his purple and gold wardrobe meticulously laid out on the eve of Andrew’s next game. While Andrew’s away at school, Matt enjoys his days in Ms. Price’s class at St. Thomas Moore High School and occasional basketball games when Andrew is back at home. Lounging in section 213 with his mom, dad and 11-year-old brother Josh, Matt makes sure Andrew knows he’s there, throwing his hand in the air for a high five as Andrew — or “Beezer” as Matt knows him — runs out to the field for him to imitate. Although he bounces in and out of the starting lineup in an ever-changing outfield landscape, Andrew has kept his situation in perspective, realizing baseball is just a game. But when Andrew does find his name in the starting lineup, fans won’t have to guess it’s him — they can just listen for Matt’s catchphrase. “That’s my brother.” Contact Chandler Rome at; Twitter: @Rome_TDR

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