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STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Improved visibility on the horizon Lawrence Barreca Staff Writer

sticking point when it comes to living in the capital city. Baton Rouge has consistently resided in the Inrix Traffic Scorecard Top 25 cities with the worst traffic in the United States, as anyone attempting to travel down College Drive could have surmised. However, traffic in Baton Rouge has actually improved, according to Inrix. In June 2011,

While many University students are enjoying days on the beach and soaking in the summer fun, Student Government will remain on campus in an attempt to better itself for the upcoming semester. SG experienced its share of highs and lows during the spring semester, including an election fiasco that tarnished its reputation as the school year came to a close. With this in mind, SG has several major initiatives, including improving transparency and increasing visibility among the student body. “Our goal is to make Student Government more visible to students,” said Trey Schwartzenburg, chair of SG’s Summer Planning Committee. “We want to let students know that we’re actually doing something that can impact them and improve their student college experience at LSU.” But Brianna Crabtree, chair of the Temp Governing Document Committee, said many students know little about SG’s work. She

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VISIBILITY, see page 11

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Moneyunder30.com named Baton Rouge one of America’s most affordable cities for young adults.

Baton Rouge named one of nation’s most affordable cities for those under 30 Trey Labat Staff Writer

No money, no girlfriend, no problem in Baton Rouge, according to a recent list put together by moneyunder30.com. Baton Rouge was ranked fifth on the “20 Best Cities to be Ranked Young, Broke and Single” list compiled by the website. Baton Rouge even beat out New Orleans, which came in at No. 7.

Baton Rouge has gained a reputation throughout the nation as a cheap city for young professionals to live in. According to apartmentratings.com, the average price for a two-bedroom apartment in Baton Rouge is only $973, which may sound pricey to some college students, but for young professionals, it’s much less than the $1,377 apartment in Houston or the $1,923 apartment in Silicon Valley.

One of Baton Rouge’s biggest industry, oil production, has continued to grow as well. Around 18 percent of companies throughout Baton Rouge are planning to hire new employees in the coming quarter, according to a recent survey by the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. Terrible traffic — something every University student is familiar with — is a major

SUPREME COURT

Alumna’s lawsuit knocked down by SCOTUS Court upholds affirmative action Taylor Schoen Staff Writer

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday to maintain the University of Texas’ affirmative action undergraduate admission policies after being challenged by Abigail Fisher, a University alumna, in the case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin yesterday. According to a press release from the NAACP, “the Court

added a wrinkle by sharpening the standard that universities must meet, requiring colleges to show there were no ‘available, workable race-neutral’ alternatives available to them.” The Supreme Court has handed the case down to lower courts now for further review. While the policy looking at race when considering applicants remains, there will now be stricter guidelines for schools to prove programs that encourage racial diversity are in the university’s best interest. This ruling will make it more difficult for colleges to use policies supporting affirmative action

to promote diversity, according to CNN. The case began in 2008 when Abigail Fisher, a white Texan and LSU alumna, sued UT on the basis of racial discrimination. These claims alleged UT had violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Fisher said she believes she was unfairly discriminated against because she is white and was reviewed differently than less-qualified applicants of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. The University of Texas enacted the Top Ten Percent Plan LAWSUIT, see page 4

CHARLES DHARAPAK / The Associated Press

Abigail Fisher stands at a news conference Monday at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. Fisher sued the University of Texas at Austin for discrimination.


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INTERNATIONAL Jolie makes U.N. debut, urges nations to address wartime rape UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Actress Angelina Jolie made her debut before the U.N.’s most powerful body Monday as a special envoy for refugees and urged the world’s nations to make the fight against rape in war a top priority. She told the Security Council that “hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of women, children and men have been raped in conflicts in our lifetimes.” Jolie said the council has seen 67 years of wars and conflict “but the world has yet to take up warzone rape as a serious priority.” Brazilian leader caves to protestors, ups transportation spending SAO PAULO (AP) — Under pressure after more than a week of nationwide protests, Brazilian leader Dilma Rousseff said Monday her government will spend $23 billion more on public transportation and announced five core areas that leaders will focus on to speed political reform and improvements to government services. Rousseff made the announcement after meeting with leaders of a free-transit activist group that launched the first demonstrations more than a week ago and has called for new protests Tuesday.

Nation & World

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Actress and U.N. goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie makes her debut Monday before the Security Council at the U.N. headquarters.

Egyptian president condemns Shiite slayings after four killed in mob CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s Islamist president on Monday condemned the brutal killing of four Shiites by a cheering Sunni Muslim mob while the police looked on, saying the culprits must be swiftly brought to justice. But opponents of President Mohammed Morsi said he was in part to blame for implicitly supporting his hard-line allies as they stir up incitement against Shiites in response to Syria’s civil war. Morsi earlier appeared on stage with clerics denouncing Shiites as “filthy.”

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NATIONAL

STATE/LOCAL

Controversial Trayvon Martin murder trial begins opening statements

Jindal announces $46 million fiscal cuts for 2014

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman was fed up with “punks” getting away with crime and shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin “because he wanted to,” not because he had to, prosecutors argued Monday, while the neighborhood watch volunteer’s attorney said the killing was in self-defense. The prosecution began opening statements in the long-awaited murder trial with shocking language, repeating obscenities Zimmerman uttered while talking to a police dispatcher moments before the deadly confrontation. One dead after Indiana grain plant explosion destroys concrete silo

Expansive Texas abortion ban nears legislative passage

(AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration has laid out plans to strip $46 million in state funds from next year’s budget, largely from higher education and health services. Lawmakers required the cuts, but left them to the administration to divvy up. The Jindal administration released the breakdown late Friday. Higher education leaders, health care providers and agency leaders were deciding Monday how to deal with the reductions. One of the steepest cuts will fall on higher education, which will have $11 million less to spend next year than anticipated.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Republican-dominated Texas Legislature pushed Monday to enact wideranging restrictions that would effectively shut down all abortion clinics in the nation’s second mostpopulous state, and Democrats planned an old-fashioned marathon filibuster to stop the final vote. After the House easily approved it Monday, the wide-ranging package of anti-abortion measures was headed to the Senate. The special session is scheduled to end at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An attorney for the city of New Orleans questioned Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman about expensive outside legal fees during a federal court hearing on reforms at the jail Gusman runs. In hours of wide-ranging questions Monday about jail expenses, attorney Harry Rosenberg noted the sheriff’s office spends roughly $1.7 million a year on one firm.

UNION MILLS, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say an explosion at a grain silo in northwestern Indiana left one worker dead. The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department says the explosion occurred Monday afternoon in a concrete grain silo at the Union Mills Co-op. The department says in a news release that the victim was a co-op employee believed to be working in the silo when the blast happened. The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear.

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Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton cries Monday as she listens to the description of her son’s death during opening murder trial statements.

Orleans parish sheriff grilled about legal fees during jail reform hearing

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CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS A June 20 article titled “Alumna to represent state in Miss International pageant” incorrectly identifies the alumna as Ashley Herbert. The correct spelling of her last name is “Hebert.” The Daily Reveille regrets this error.

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ART

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Exhibit details La. family’s history into Edward J. Gay Sr.’s role in Louisiana history. According to Jewett, Gay While the name Edward Gay was a prominent figure in the might be relatively unknown out- sugar industry. Originally from side of the University’s family St. Louis, he moved to Louisiana housing, an on-campus exhibi- after marrying his wife. Here, tion is trying to put a face behind he helped manage his father-inlaw’s sugar plantathe name. tion in Iberville ParHill Memorial ish. Library is featuring Edward Gay Art He soon aca gallery until July 6 Exhibit: quired more holdings of Gay and his nearly in Louisiana and St. 200 years of family What: Documents from the historical Gay family Louis. history. The exhibition “We rarely fo- When: Until July 6 features Gay’s decus an exhibit on Where: Hill Memorial tailed business reone collection,” said Library cords, including sugExhibition Coordiar prices and slave nator Leah Wood Price: Free purchases. Jewett. “But [we] “Even if you’re wanted to show how you can really see what’s not necessarily interested in the going on statewide and nation- topic in general, it’s interesting ally over time through this one to see as individual people that family’s letters, diaries, and they’re just like us,” Jewett said. During the Civil War, Gay photographs.” The exhibit showcases was opposed to secession bememorabilia that dates as early cause his market for sugar was as the late 1700s and transitions New York. He cooperated with Amber Mason

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Union forces and was protected from Union troops during the Civil War. After the Civil War when neighboring plantations went bankrupt, he purchased their plantations and helped them out of debt. When political power was restored to the South, he was elected to Congress. The exhibition gives a detailed timeline of his descendants and their role in Louisiana history. His grandson, Edward J. Gay III, sat on the Board of Supervisors and the building committee while the University’s current campus was constructed. Some descendants of Gay still reside in Louisiana, and the Edward J. Gay Planting and Manufacturing Company also still exists in Iberville Parish.

Contact Amber Mason at amason@lsureveille.com

Mosquitoes remain deadly pest Contributing Writer

When pondering the world’s deadliest creature, some might picture monstrous animals armed with sharp teeth and claws. However, size is irrelevant in this case. With more than one million deaths worldwide each year attributed to mosquito-borne diseases, the mosquito is the deadliest animal on the planet, according to The Mosquito Authority. This week is the American Mosquito Control Association’s seventeenth annual Mosquito Control Awareness Week. Local mosquito treatment provider Jim Wood said it is

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A campaign poster for Edward Gay hangs Friday in Hill Memorial Library. An exhibit detailing Gay and his family’s life is on display until July 6.

important that people remember mosquitoes are dangerous as well as an annoying pest. “Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance,” Wood said in a news release. “It’s easy to forget they carry diseases like West Nile Virus and encephalitis, but the threat is real.” Mosquitoes can also carry deadly viruses like malaria, dengue fever and yellow fever. Biology sophomore Anthony Gettys said he understands what makes the tiny pest dangerous but does not make any attempt to protect himself from the tiny angel of death. “The genes that are passed on through different mosquitoes offspring transfers the diseases and makes them dangerous,”

Gettys said. “But honestly, like most people, I don’t do anything at all [to avoid being bit].” Rebecca Christofferson studies mosquito-borne diseases at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. She said mosquitoes serve as viral-amplification centers for diseases that need the pests to complete their transmission cycles. “In Baton Rouge and South Louisiana we are particularly worried about West Nile,” Christofferson said. “You can get West Nile and never know you have it, but in certain instances, particularly with the elderly, you get severe neurological symptoms.” Contact James Moran at jmoran@lsureveille.com

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This file photo provided by the Agriculture Department shows an aedes aegypti mosquito on human skin.

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Andy Forest - The Spotted Cat Music Club My Ticket Home - North Gate Tavern Hotel Books with Brave Coas - Mud and Water Greg Agid Quartet - The Maison Hot Club of New Orleans Jazz Band - The Three Muses

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Opera on Tap - Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter The New Orleans Jazz Vipers - The Maison The Tin Men - D.B.A. New Orleans Rhythm Devils - Blue Nile New Orleans Nightengale Review - The Three Muses Free Comedy Wednesdays - Belle of Baton Rouge

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Summer Fest: Merchant of Venice Claude L. Shaver Theatre

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Comedy Night - The Station Sports Bar and Grill Joe Krown - Swing Music - Rock 'N' Bowl

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St. Louis Slim - The Spotted Cat Music Club Walter "Wolfman" Washington - D.B.A. Gravity A - Blue Nile

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CHEAP, from page 1

LAWSUIT, from page 1

What are some of the best perks of living in Baton Rouge? ‘Everything is pretty close; it’s easy to get wherever you need to go.’

in 1997 that stated any Texas student who ranked in the top 10 percent of their graduating class would automatically be admitted to the university. However, this law was slightly altered in 2009 and was reduced to the top 8 percent. Fisher did not qualify under the Top Ten Percent Plan. The University of Texas fills its remaining undergraduate openings based

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 on various factors including race, ethnicity, talents, leadership and family situations, according to Austin news source Statesman. com. Though lower courts have ruled in recent years, the case reached a ruling from the Supreme Court on Monday. This is the first time in only a decade the Supreme Court has faced a case involving affirmative action. The last case was Grutter v. Bollinger in 2003, which also reaffirmed the constitutionality of affirmative

action in regards to the University of Michigan, according to the Associated Press. University of Texas President Bill Powers said “the university plans no immediate changes in its admissions policies as a result of Monday’s ruling and will continue to defend them in the courts,” according to The Associated Press. Contact Taylor Schoen at tschoen@lsureveille.com

Joel Smith Biology senior

‘Housing is a lot cheaper here, especially compared to New York.’ Julia Conena Graduate student

‘It’s hard to find jobs in other places right now. Cost of living in Louisiana is a lot cheaper than in other places.’ Christian LeJeune Graduate student

Baton Rouge drivers could expect to spend an extra 24.7 hours in the car over a year’s time, but as of March 2013, drivers were only expected to spend 18.3 hours in the car. While Baton Rouge’s traffic may not be in the city’s favor, its gas prices are. Since Louisiana has one of the largest oil industries in the nation, gas prices have risen at a slower rate than the rest of the nation. A gallon of gas costs .30 cents less in Louisiana than the national average. With President Barack Obama promoting a $1.75 increase in the minimum wage floor — up to $9, then adjusting to inflation — the cheaper gas will allow residents to enjoy the other entertainment options Baton Rouge has to offer. And cheap entertainment is easy to find in Baton Rouge, thanks to the blog 2BRokeguys.com. The website profiles

various events around Baton Rouge that are accessible for people looking for some cheap fun and include everything from restaurant specials to movie and music deals in the city. Two University alumni — Ryan Chenevert and Josh Howard — started the site and scoff at the notion that Baton Rouge is a boring town. In an April interview with The Daily Reveille, Chenevert said some people have an idea that Baton Rouge is boring, but they were likely just “boring people.” “Being in college is when you learn to be broke,” Howard said.

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What’s

$4.3M LES MILES’ ANNUAL SALARY

Sports in a Win? Duncan

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TRACK AND FIELD

ALL OTHER HEAD COACHES COMBINED

$4.0M

Football staff makes about $4 million more than all other staffs combined

Trey Labat

Miles

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Caldwell Breaux

$2,380.95

$15,964.91

$17,250.00

$31,818.18

$430,000 .00

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Mainieri Torina

EARNINGS PER WIN

graphic by RYAN LACHNEY / The Daily Reveille

The culture around LSU revolves around athletics, and by the amount of money used in bringing in top coaches from around the nation, it shows. LSU pays its coaches handsomely, with football coach Les Miles bringing in $3.2 million more than men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones, who makes $1.1 million. Miles was paid $430,000 per win last year and sported the highest winning percentage of any coach at LSU last year. Coaches such as Jones and women’s tennis coach Julia Sell have added value to the program in other ways than wins, as both Jones and Sell have brought in top 15-ranked recruiting classes for next season. Women’s basketball coach Nikki Caldwell has the highest base salary of head coaches from the University at $310,000. Miles, Jones and baseball coach Paul Mainieri’s salaries are boosted by contribution through the Tiger Athletic Foundation and TV deals. Miles only makes $300,000 in base salary. Swimming and diving coaches James Shaffer and David Geyer have the lowest base salary from the university at $84,000 and $80,000, respectively. Geyer and Shaffer had the second highest winning percentage at LSU, behind Miles. Of the listed salaries in The Daily Reveille’s database, only one of the assistant football coaches —

tight end coach Steve Ensminger — makes less than $300,000. While five coaches sport winning percentages higher than 70 percent, softball coach Chuck Winstead was the most cost effective, making $1,273 per win in the 201213 season. Of the sports with head-tohead comparisons — baseball and softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s basketball — there is a tie in terms of cost effectiveness in wins. Caldwell won the battle of the basketball coaches, as she required just over $26,000 less per win than Jones. Men’s tennis coach Jeff Brown beat out Sell by a little under $6,000, but Sell made up for the win disparity by bringing in the highest recruiting class in the history of LSU women’s tennis. The biggest disparity was between baseball and softball. Torina made only $2,380 per win, while Mainieri made $15,965. The Tiger baseball team had the highest average attendance of any school in the NCAA, and is one of the only baseball programs in the nation which annually turns a profit.

View a full list of LSU employee salaries at lsureveille.com/salary. Contact Trey Labat at tlabat@lsureveille.com; Twitter: @treylabat1017

qualifies for Team USA James Moran Contributing Writer

LSU senior Kimberlyn Duncan qualified to compete for Team USA on Sunday in her professional debut by winning the 200-meter dash at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championship. Duncan is the only current or former LSU athlete to qualify for Team USA, but she will not be the only one making the trip to Moscow, Russia. Six other current and former Tiger and Lady Tigers qualified to represent their countries at the 2013 IAAF World Championships. A quartet of current of former LSU athletes will represent Team Jamaica. Junior Natoya Goule and senior Damar Forbes qualified after being crowned the Jamaican champions in the 800-meter and the long jump, respectively. Former hurdlers Nickiesha Wilson and Isa Phillips also qualified for Team Jamaica. It will be each of their fourth times representing Jamaica at the World Championships. A pair of former national champions at LSU also qualified for Team Trinidad and Tobago. Kelly-Ann Baptiste set two national records on her way to sweeping the 100-meter and the 200meter. She will be joined on the team by Richard Thompson, who qualified in the 100-meter. The IAAF Championships will begin Aug. 10. Contact James Moran at jmoran@lsureveille.com

Three reasons you should care about hockey THE TY-RANT TYLER NUNEZ Contributing Writer Growing up in the South, hockey was always a sport that captured my imagination, but seemed to elude me. Having neither a reasonably close professional team nor cold winters necessary to freeze a pond has led to a local lack of interest in the sport, making it less likely for someone to learn how to play the game at a young age. One of the greatest postseasons in sports — the Stanley Cup Finals — ended last night with

two goals scored in the last 90 seconds. But why should we care? We don’t have a hometown franchise to pledge our allegiance to, and if you have never played the sport, it can be hard to know exactly what you’re watching — at least initially. Hockey is saturated with history, tradition and excitement, creating a unique experience of which every sports fan should be taking advantage. THE STANLEY CUP The Stanley Cup is arguably the most historic and coveted trophy in all of sports. The origins of the prize is one that dates back further than

the NHL itself when all a team had to do to win it was challenge and defeat the current holder of the trophy. Win it, and your name will be engraved on the Cup, along with those of every member of every team to win the award since 1893 (save a few typos and accidental omissions). The adoration players have for the Cup is so strong that it has become tradition for each member of the champion team to receive personal possession of it for one day. There are a number of customs associated with winning the Stanley Cup, the oldest HOCKEY, see page 7

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Chicago Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews hoists the Stanley Cup on Monday after defeating the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 to win the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals in Boston.


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being the members of the winning team drinking champagne from the bowl that tops the trophy. Lore The playoffs are riddled with a multitude of traditions. My favorite of these is the post-series handshake. The simple tradition that every child is taught in Little League is the ultimate sign of respect and sportsmanship. There are few things more powerful than watching two teams who have viewed each other as enemies for a stretch of four to seven games come together and put the integrity of the sport above their

own pride. The Stanley Cup Playoffs are also home to a number of superstitions, including a refusal to touch the conference championship trophy and, of course, the playoff beard. One of the strangest traditions in sports is the Detroit Red Wings’ “Legend of the Octopus,� in which fans throw octopuses onto the ice. The practice began in 1952, when two brothers hurled an octopus into the rink, symbolizing the eight games necessary for the Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup. The team went on to sweep both of their opponents en route to a championship. The practice has become such a popular part of the

The Daily Reveille franchise, that there is now a proper etiquette and technique for throwing the octopus. Other sports may try to replicate these traditions and superstitions, but they will never truly be able to capture the essence of the unique viewing experience created by hockey’s lore.

Unpredictability and Excitement Fans may think they have an idea where hockey teams stand after a lengthy 82-game season, but when it comes to the playoffs, all bets are off. There is no Miami Heat or New York Yankees in hockey. The playoffs could be considered a completely new season,

page 7 and previous achievements mean nothing. Just last season, the eighthseeded Los Angeles Kings, who lost more games than it won in the regular season, won its first Stanley Cup in franchise history. And not only did the Kings win — ­ they dominated. After a 40-27-15 regular season, they finished with a playoff record of 16-4, outscoring their opponents 57-30. This season has been no exception, as 27 playoff games have ended in overtime. The Boston Bruins made history in Game 7 of the first round by overcoming a threegoal deficit in less than 10 minutes to force overtime and defeat Toronto in what has

been widely regarded as an instant classic. The excitement of games like these combined with the history and tradition that the sport is entrenched in is what makes hockey great. Do yourself a favor and start watching them — especially the Game 7’s. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Tyler Nunez is a 22-year-old mass communication senior from Lake Charles.

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Smoking ban on campus misguided, unfounded A smoking ban on campus may sound like a good thing at first. As a non-smoker, I was initially intrigued as well. Who could argue against clean air, less litter and a healthier student population? Although these goals are indeed noble, an outright ban on smoking on campus is not the right way to proceed. To start, the ban will not stop people from smoking. This should be obvious to anyone even remotely familiar with the great lengths smokers will go to for a cigarette. And unless the proposed ban also plans on somehow eliminating all stress on campus, the more than 7,000 students who smoke will want to light up while they are at school. It’s a simple risk versus reward situation, and for an addict, the reward of a single cigarette will almost always outweigh the risk of getting caught. So the question is not if smokers will smoke, it’s where smokers will smoke. If the ban isn’t well-enforced, students will continue to smoke on campus. And if the ban on smoking

takes the campus ashtrays away — which I don’t see why it wouldn’t — all those cigarettes are now going on the ground or in a normal trash can. If the ban is well-enforced on campus, smokers will simply walk off campus or to their cars to smoke. Unless the surrounding areas provide ashtrays, smokers will throw their butts on the ground and in trash cans there as well. Either way, the ban’s ultimate effect would be giving smokers the choice between littering and risking negligent arson. This ban makes the same mistake made by schools who teach abstinence instead of sex education: it hopes for the best while ignoring the reality. Pushing for a smoke free campus isn’t a bad thing in itself, but ignoring the power of a nicotine addiction will cause this ban to fail and is a naïve mistake for the state legislature. In addition to being ineffective at best, the ban is not even seated on solid science. Smoking has already been banned statewide in restaurants and non-hospitality workplaces. Some may see a ban on smoking on campus as a logical step forward. But while the effects of secondhand indoors are very well understood as harmful, studies on effects of secondhand smoke outdoors are almost non-existent.

Judith Sylvester, an associate professor with the University, submitted information to the state legislature about the effects of smoking on campus while they were debating the ban. Despite being quite knowledgeable on the effects of secondhand smoke indoors, Sylvester could not provide any studies on secondhand smoke outdoors, stating that, “I don’t know for sure about a specific study for outdoors.” So in addition to being an allaround ineffectual plan, the ban is not even based on any sort of fact. How could a legislature vote for such a thing? It’s a classic case of tyranny of the majority. Fueled by the fact that non-smokers are the majority, our representation has been able to stifle the interests of smokers so much that it has become oppression. So, in exchange for a chance at a potential increase in air quality, the population has become willing to criminalize the behavior of a full quarter of our population.

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their TV? The real problem is that Microsoft wants to broaden the appeal of their device by throwing on more bells and whistles when a broader appeal could be better achieved by simply making a good console with good games that appeal to lots of different people. The reason their console has a limited appeal is because gaming has a limited appeal not a lack of voice commands. The industry sees ‘Gamers’ as a small, distinct portion of the population and designs most of their games to appeal to their stereotype of ‘Gamers.’ The industry (consoles developers, publishers, game developers, the lot) needs to stop assuming that only teen and college-age males play video games and make GAMES appealing to all, not features that might appeal to somebody.” - scorne6 Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at opinion@lsureveille.com

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Iconic cereal mascot remains true naval captain THE CON ARTIST Connor Tarter Columnist Cap’n Crunch, also known as Horatio Magellan Crunch, has been viciously attacked by skeptics across the nation for having improper uniform markings. His uniform currently sports three horizontal stripes on the sleeve, which, according to the U.S. Navy, means he is a Commander — one rank below Captain. Indeed, the Cap’n — a cartoon character — is being criticized for the number of stripes on his fake cartoon sleeves. What’s more, this is apparently important enough for an entire faction of our nation’s

military to issue formal statements about it. The nitpick was originally made by FoodBeast, a food blog based in Orange County, Calif. Since the discovery, the indiscretion has been highlighted across the web, drawing attention from NPR, Fox News and The Wall Street Journal. The Cap’n has drawn so much attention, in fact, that a U.S. Navy spokeswoman told Foreign Policy that he is “wearing the rank of a U.S. Navy commander” and that the Navy’s “personnel records do not show a ‘Cap’n Crunch’ who currently serves or has served in the Navy.” This “scandal” has officially gone too far. Whether the Cap’n has correct markings or not is negligible. He has been a true

American icon since 1963, bringing smiles and sugar to children everywhere. My question to the Navy and other skeptics is this: “Why now?” After all, the Cap’n’s uniform has changed multiple times over the past 50 years, sporting as few as one single stripe at times. The Navy didn’t seem to care then whether he was an actual Captain or not. If you ask me, there’s treachery afoot. This, the year of our dear Cap’n’s 50th anniversary, should be celebrated across the nation, just as any other animated American icon’s semicentennial would be. Instead, major news agencies and factions of our nation’s military are outing him as a fraud and an impostor. Some have even posited that Crunch is a foreigner, a Frenchman

or otherwise. To these hecklers I say only this: How dare you. As Americans, should we oust the Trix Rabbit because he’s an anthropomorphic representation of a rabbit, not a real one? Should we put Sonny the Cuckoo Bird into an insane asylum? Of course not. They are cartoons. They are drawings that appear on cardboard boxes meant to make children want to eat sugary cereal. A good indication that this entire situation is ridiculous is that it’s reached the desk of satirical newsman Stephen Colbert, who joked that the Cap’n’s deception means that eating Cap’n Crunch no longer means supporting the troops, and that the whole reason he ate the cereal in the first place was because he believed the mascot to be an

active-duty naval captain. The Cap’n took to Twitter to defend himself, tweeting: “So much fuss about my name. O, be some other name. What’s in a name? That which we call Cap’n Crunch, by any other name would taste as sweet.” Crunch is right — no matter the name of the cereal, no matter his rank, the cereal will still be delicious, sugary bites of goodness. As with the majority of his Twitter followers, I’m on #TeamCrunch, and I support the Cap’n all the way. Connor Tarter is a 21-year-old communication studies senior from Dallas, Texas.

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Recent study emphasizes importance of HPV vaccine LIZZY ON THE LOOSE Elizabeth Garcia Columnist A new study may be a key player in reducing sexually transmitted diseases and infections, but religious institutions may intervene. The Center for Disease Control published a press release June 19 stating that a new study shows a significant decrease in human papilomavirus infections in those covered by the vaccine Gardasil. The Journal of Infectious Diseases revealed vaccinetype HPV prevalence decreased 56 percent among female teenagers 14 to 19 years of age since the vaccine was introduced in 2006. Only 22 states have mandated the vaccine, amid arguments that requiring an STI vaccine for children will cause promiscuity and encourage premarital sex. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection with more than 40 strains. The CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Cancer Society recommend the vaccine to all men and women between the ages of 9 and 26. It is important to vaccinate both females and males before they have their first sexual encounters and risk becoming infected with HPV. During the 2012 presidential debates, Rep. Michele Bachmann became a well-known voice against the vaccine. “I’m a mom. And I’m a mom of three children,” Bachmann said. “And to have innocent little 12-year-old girls be forced to have a government injection through an executive order is just

flat out wrong.” But really, is the HPV vaccine any more of a government injection than a tetanus shot or the hepatitis B shot, which also help fight an STI? The HPV vaccine protects against two types of HPV that are behind 75 percent of cervical cancer cases and two more types that cause about 90 percent of genital warts cases in both men and women. It is also linked to vaginal, vulvar, penile, anal and oropharyngeal cancers. Nearly 100 percent of cervical cancer is caused by a HPV infection. So, the question at hand is, are we willing to put generations at risk for the sake of misguided morals? Despite a recent study by the Kaiser Permanente Health Plan in Atlanta that found no link between receiving the vaccine and an increased sexual behavior among teens, the answer is apparently yes. According to the Catholic Medical Association, non- vaccinated students would not pose a substantial risk to others if they allowed to attend school. Therefore, the Church finds no need to require the vaccination in schools and believes the state has no right to mandate it. The Church states that it is up to parental discretion whether or not to vaccinate a child. In addition, the Church has expressed its concern that the vaccine might encourage sexual promiscuity. However, according to the CDC, “anyone who is having [or has ever had] sex can get HPV. HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives. This is true even for people who only have sex with one person in their lifetime.” HPV is passed on through

genital contact, most often during vaginal and anal sex, but HPV can also be passed on during oral sex. HPV does not discriminate between straight and same-sex partners. More often than not, the infected person has no signs or symptoms. It is irresponsible for parents and lawmakers to put a child’s health at risk for fear of promoting premarital sex. The vaccine should be mandated to all children in the sixth grade across the United States. Not mandating the vaccine

makes it difficult for parents who do want to protect their children to access to it and pay for it. Without insurance or help from the state, Gardasil is about $130 per dose. If the state did cover the cost, it could off put about $4 billion in direct medical expenses and keep people healthier, according to the Georgetown University Medical Center. “We need to remove the politics and remove the concept of promiscuity out of the equation, and focus on a simple message: This is a vaccine

that prevents cancer,” said Dr. Donald Lewis, chairman of pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Elizabeth Garcia is a 21-year-old mass communication junior from Greensboro, N.C.

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A child health nurse holds up a vial and box for the HPV vaccine Gardasil on March 5,2012 at a clinic in Kinston, N.C.


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said SG is currently working on ways to change students’ perception of the organization as well as how they interact with it. During SG’s weekly senate meeting, Crabtree discussed several potential solutions, including setting up a table in Free Speech Plaza. She also said students should be able to speak openly with SG if any questions or concerns arrive, as feedback will be a necessary tool for the initiative’s growth. “We want students to feel that they are a part of Student

Government,” Crabtree said. “We’re not here to look all big and bad. We’re here to serve the students.” Schwartzenburg said another major goal for SG includes rebranding the organization and improving relations with both students and student media. This initiative comprises prepping the media, designing a new logo and making itself more accessible to the general student body. “Honestly, this past year was rough for Student Government from a [public relations] standpoint and from a general student attitude,” Schwartzenburg said. “Student Government left a bad taste in a lot of

The Daily Reveille people’s mouths, and this is something that we’re committed to fixing in summer planning.” During the summer, SG designated two committees to improve the future of the organization. Both the Summer Planning Committee and the Temp Governing Document Committee have separate initiatives on their agendas, and Schwartzenburg said both are meeting throughout the next few months to make these goals into realities. The Summer Planning Committee is scheduled to brainstorm initiatives for the upcoming school year. Meanwhile, the Temp

page 11 Governing Document Committee is in the process of creating a definite constitution, which will prove a basis for all SG’s workings. “We wanted to make sure that the document has the best interests of the students at heart,” Crabtree said. “We wanted to make a document that could last us for years, and we wouldn’t have to go back and make amendments every year based on how the election went or based on other things.” This also involves making the document accessible to students online as SG members hope the student body will be able to see the backbone

of the organization and read it without being confused. Crabtree said the constitution is a critical aspect to move forward. “I want SG to be an organization that students can finally trust and believe in,” she said. “The constitution is the backbone of SG right now … so if we get that right, then it will ensure that the members of SG are actually serving their purpose and doing what they were elected to do.” Contact Lawrence Barreca at lbarreca@lsureveille.com; Twitter: @LawrenceBarreca

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