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Chelsea’s Cafe, located underneath the Perkins Road overpass, is one of 43 Baton Rouge establishments participating in Restaurant Week.

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Academic Affairs details initiatives Lawrence Barreca Staff Writer

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Restaurant Week brings low-cost meals to local eateries, p. 3

The University Office of Academic Affairs has its hands full as it works on a number of initiatives for the future of the campus. Jane Cassidy, vice provost for Human Resources and Facilities Management, said its initiatives include “anything that reaches out to the academic portion of the campus … from recruiting students to retention of students, facilities, faculty and reports as to how successful the University is in terms of student GPA report through the provost office of Academic Affairs.” Cassidy said the office’s major focus is the reaffirmation process. The “site visit” for University reaffirmation is spring 2014, and three years of work have been required to pull together all the information needed to keep the University accredited. INITIATIVES, see page 4

BATON ROUGE COMMUNITY

CAAWS receives grant to help animal control Feral cats will be focus of funding

Trey Labat Staff Writer

The Capital Area Animal Welfare Society recently received a $5,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to help the program in its efforts to help animals throughout Baton Rouge, especially the city’s feral cat population. According to CAAWS, the feral cat problem in Baton Rouge is an epidemic due to the warm climate, which exponentially increases the number of kittens born each year. CAAWS works to trap,

sterilize, mark and release — what they call “TNR” — feral cats throughout the area. Once a feral cat goes through the TNR process, it is released into managed colonies. Marion Ratterree, clinical veterinarian and head of the unit of research and resources at the Tulane Primate Center, said it is crucial to release the cats back into their natural habitat. “If you take the cats away, a new animal will step into its place,” Ratterree said. “By reintroducing the spayed cat back into its natural habitat, you can curtail the number of kittens being born.” The Petco Foundation donates more than $15 million a CAAWS, see page 4

TOM DORSEY / The Associated Press

A cat sits on a painted road stripe Jan. 24 in Salina, Kan. The Capital Area Animal Welfare Society recently received a $5,000 and is using some of the money for controlling Baton Rouge’s feral cat population through spays and neuters.


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INTERNATIONAL U.S. diplomat denies America will pick sides in Egyptian unrest CAIRO (AP) — A senior U.S. diplomat on Monday urged Egypt’s military and new interim leadership to ensure an “inclusive” transition to democracy, dismissing accusations that Washington backs any one side in the deeply polarized country. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns was making highest level visit to Egypt by an American official since Islamist President Mohammed Morsi was overthrown by the military July 3 following days of mass protests. Spanish PM refuses to resign after involvement in economic scandal MADRID (AP) — Spain’s prime minister on Monday brushed off demands he should resign after text messages emerged showing him comforting a political party treasurer who is under investigation over a slush fund and secret Swiss bank accounts. The spectacle of alleged greed and corruption has enraged Spaniards hurting from austerity and sky high unemployment with no end in sight. Former Popular Party Luis Barcenas testified Monday in Madrid, telling a judge investigating about his involvement.

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An Egyptian cleric and a supporter of ousted President Mohammed Morsi hold up a placard Sunday as they leave with other clerics following a protest.

Asiana Airlines to sue TV station for reporting offensive fake pilot names SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asiana announced Monday that it will sue a San Francisco TV station that it said damaged the airline’s reputation by using bogus and racially offensive names for four pilots on a plane that crashed earlier this month in San Francisco. An anchor for KTVU-TV read the names on the air Friday and later apologized. The report was accompanied by a graphic with the phony names listed alongside a photo of the burned-out plane that had crashed.

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Profits from Jackson comeback tour could have reached $1 billion

Hotline for reporting Gulf of Mexico oil spill fraud set up by BP

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson could have earned $1.1 billion or more if he had performed a worldwide concert tour and created a Las Vegas show before his death, an accounting expert familiar with the singer’s earning potential told jurors on Monday. Arthur Erk, a certified public accountant who conducts royalty audits for musicians, told jurors that Jackson may have earned $1.5 billion for the shows if he had charged higher ticket prices during later shows on the “This Is It” tour.

UConn music professor on leave after numerous sexual abuse allegations

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP has set up a hotline for people to report alleged fraud involving claims arising from the company’s massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Monday’s launch of the hotline comes a week after a federal appeals court heard BP’s argument that it has been forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in settlement money to businesses with inflated or fictitious claims. Earlier this month, a judge appointed former FBI Director Louis Freeh to investigate alleged misconduct by a lawyer who helped administer BP’s multibilliondollar settlement with residents and businesses.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A University of Connecticut music professor who was placed on paid leave last month is under investigation by police and school officials amid allegations of sexual misconduct with university students and decades-old molestation involving children, including several boys who attended a camp for sick children. Robert Miller worked at UConn for three decades, but school administrators were not told of the abuse claims until February.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A well that seeped natural gas for several days last week has been temporarily plugged, with work still needed to plug it permanently, federal regulators say. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Monday that Energy Resource Technology LLC used a “bridge plug” to isolate the lower part of the well about 75 miles off Louisiana’s coast.

Woman sentenced 10 years for lying about role in Rwanda genocide CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday sentenced a New Hampshire woman to the maximum 10 years in prison for lying about her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide, saying the United States cannot be a haven for those who slaughter out of hatred and ignorance. Rwanda native Beatrice Munyenyezi declined her right to address the court after U.S. District Judge Steven McAuliffe imposed her sentence. Munyenyezi, 43, was convicted in February.

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In this March 5, 2009 file photo, U.S. singer Michael Jackson announces that he is set to play 10 live concerts at the London O2 Arena later that year.

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FOOD

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Restaurant Week offers affordable fine dining Trey Labat Staff Writer

When faced with a meager budget, many University students won’t experience all that Baton Rouge’s fine-dining scene has to offer. During Restaurant Week, however, those price barriers are reduced, making the food around town more affordable. The event is sponsored by many local businesses throughout the area and presented by DIG Magazine. These local restaurants have made three-course meal selections available at a fixed price. Depending on the dining experience, the prices range

from $15-$35. Chelsea’s on Perkins Road is offering a three-course meal plan for only $15. Customers can get cheese fries, chicken fried chicken and bread pudding — a meal that would typically cost more than $15 without the dessert. The higher the price of the set menu, the greater the savings. Fine-dining establishments such as Galatoire’s Bistro and Le Creolé offer $35 dinner specials. This may sound pricey at first, but the prices are normally much more expensive. A crawfish mason, ribeye bourguinon and chocolate pecan pie meal at Galatoire’s would normally cost a customer $47. Participating restaurants are

not only feeding their customers, but also donating to solve the hunger problem in the surrounding Baton Rouge area. The 43 restaurants participating in the event have raised a total of $215,000 for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. According to eatbr.com, 35,000 meals will be provided to those in need throughout the Greater Baton Rouge area.

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Rock-n-Sake Bar and Sushi is one of 43 Baton Rouge establishments participating in Restaurant Week. Each restaurant has fixed-cost specials every day this week.

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Greg Agid Quartet - The Maison Team Trivia - George's Place

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CSS - Varsity Theatre - Baton Rouge Shannon Powell - Preservation Hall Ray Nagin The Going Away Party - Cafe Istanbul Kocktail Karaoke - Goodfriends Bar Scott Jackson - Old Point Bar

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Comedy Beast Free Show - Howlin' Wolf

9:00 PM

Magnitude - The Maison Tikioki Karaoke - The Saint Bar & Lounge Tom Fischer and Friends - Fritzels Jazz Club

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Irony Free Karaoke - The Library at Northgate

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The Orleans 6 - The Spotted Cat Music Club

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Pentatonix - House of Blues New Orleans Open Mic Night with Kim Cantwell - Old Point Bar

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Authority Zero with Ballyhoo in Concert Varsity Theatre - Baton Rouge Free Comedy Wednesdays - Belle of Baton Rouge

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Robert Plant - Mahalia Jackson Theater Mark Braud - Preservation Hall

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Comedy Night - The Station Sports Bar and Grill Swing-A- Roux - Rock 'N' Bowl

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Karoke in Exile - Caf Lafitte in Exile Chuck Brackman and Barry Foulon - Fritzels Jazz Club Live Band Karaoke - Boudreaux & Thibodeaux's

1st COURSE: Lobster wontons 2nd COURSE: Crispy chicken, quail and rabbit with sweet potato waffle 3rd COURSE: Bananas foster

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1st COURSE: Spinach and artichoke cheese fondue 2nd COURSE: California salad 3rd COURSE: Steak lovers

1st COURSE: Gulf crab cake 2nd COURSE: Steak frites 3rd COURSE: Bread pudding

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Drag Bingo - George's Place St. Louis Slim - The Spotted Cat Music Club Jet Lounge - House of Blues New Orleans

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page 4 Foundation website, spaying and neutering also reduces many of year to help fund programs like the health and behavior issues CAAWS around the country. that result in the animals being The spaying and neutering of relinquished to shelters. cats and dogs helps drive down Ratterree said cats that have the growing population of wild been sterilized before puberty animals that are filling have less of a chance to shelters throughout the ‘By reducing develop cancers such as state. According to the mammory cancer in fethe feral cat males and testicular in Petco Foundation, bepopulation, males. tween three million and four million homeless you reduce the Ratterree also said dogs and cats are put to chance of ani- neutered male cats are death each year — about less likely to roam, as mal diseases their testosterone levels one every eight seconds — due to overcrowded such as AIDS are lowered. animal shelters. The program at and feline In Baton Rouge luekemia.’ CAAWS relies on the alone, the East Baton general population to exRouge Parish Animal Marrion Ratteree ecute their program. Control center is forced CAAWS provides clinical veternarian, to euthanize more than humane traps and covers Tulane University 10,000 animals each all the veterinary costs year. associated with the neuAccording to the Petco tering of the animal.

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CRIME BRIEFS Former University employee arrested for sexual, simple battery On July 8, LSUPD arrested Kelvin Ray Mills, 48, of 231 21st St., for one count of sexual battery and one count of simple battery. According to LSUPD spokesman Capt. Cory Lalonde, LSUPD received a report from a witness that two females who were attending the Louisiana State Youth Opportunity Unlimited summer camp were inappropriately touched by Mills. Mills was a custodian with Residential Life at the time of the incident, but he has since been fired. On July 4, a LSUPD investigator spoke to both the victims in person. One victim told the investigator that she was at a vending machine on the first floor of Kirby Smith when Mills approached her and touched her on the inside of the leg and in her private area on top of her clothing. The second victim told the investigator that Mills approached her later in the day by the same vending machines and touched her on the small of the back. Investigators used surveillance footage to confirm the victim’s statements. BRPD makes arrest for LSU bowl game rings, drugs, weapons Courtney Henderson, 26, of 5338 Cadillac St., as well as Rashee Scruggs, 30, and Jessie Scruggs, 60, who both live at 5766 Peerless St., were arrested July 10 after BRPD executed search warrants in an attempt to gather information for a homicide investigation. During the search, officers seized four pounds of marijuana, 10 doses of hydrocodone, an NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl ring, a 2004 LSU National Championship ring, a 2005 LSU Peach Bowl Ring, a 2007 LSU Sugar Bowl ring, a handgun and shotgun. The property seized had value in excess of $45,000. The rings belong to former LSU running back Justin Vincent. According to Vincent, the rings were in the possession of a friend who was going to put them in a safety deposit box when they were stolen.

Man arrested for third DUI offense while under the influence of heroin On July 12, Curtis E. Lofton, 24, of 26555 Bobby Gill Road, Denham Springs, was arrested following an accident on Nicholson Drive. According to Lalonde, officers detected signs of impairment from Lofton when they arrived on the scene. Through further investigation, the officers determined Lofton had an outstanding warrant from Zachary Parish City Court. Lofton was then transported to LSUPD when his condition began to deteriorate, and Emergency Medical Services were dispatched to give Lofton treatment. EMS determined Lofton was under the influence of a narcotic — according to Lalonde, most likely heroin — and was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital for treatment. Lofton was arrested for driving without a license, reckless operation and third offense DUI. Gregory Powell, 24, 4600 Burbank Drive Apt. 305, was arrested Man arrested for DUI after admitting to bath salts use July 12 for DUI and improper lane usage following a traffic stop. According to Lalonde, an officer witnessed Powell driving down Nicholson Drive at 15 to 20 miles below the speed limit with his head hanging out the window. Powell was pulled over after veering onto the shoulder and driving for approximately 100 yards. During the traffic stop, the officer noticed obvious signs of impairment, and Powell admitted to ingesting bath salts. The officer was unable to perform field sobriety tests due to Powell’s level of impairment. Powell was then arrested for DUI and improper lane usage.

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According to CAAWS, providing people with the traps is often easier due to trust developed between the cat and the person. CAAWS has several events planned to facilitate the adoption of rescued animals. There are seven animal adoptions events planned for the remainder of the month. “By reducing the feral cat population, you reduce the chance of animal diseases such as feline AIDS and feline leukemia,” Ratterree said. “The feral cat population is a reservoir for those diseases, which can effect family-owned animals.”

Contact Trey Labat at tlabat@lsureveille.com; Twitter: @treylabat_TDR

INITIATIVES, from page 1

Other initiatives include new faculty orientation, professional development for campus administrators, an emergency services session, promotion and tenure for faculty members, renovations and new buildings on campus. Atkinson Hall, which can be found on the far south end of the Quad, is currently undergoing renovations to include an elevator and repair the bathrooms. The current contractor is behind on renovations, and it isn’t expected to be finished in time for the start of the fall semester, Cassidy said. Because of this, Academic Affairs is working with Facility Services to help solve the issue. “We would love to have everything done by the time classes start, especially in the buildings where classrooms are going to be used,” Cassidy said. “Sometimes the [late starts for renovation] have to do with the money not being available or the weather.”

J. PAT CARTER / The Associated Press

A feral cat eats cat food from a box left by a cat lover behind a grocery store in Key Largo, Fla. Cats like these love warm climates like Baton Rouge’s own.

Cassidy also said new buildings will be constructed, but they were never intended to be ready for the fall semester. All in all, she said she expects renovations on classroom buildings to be completed roughly when classes resume. “In general, we try to do renovations of the buildings that classes are held in between semesters or over the summer, where we have a lot more flexibility of rescheduling classes while we do it,” she said. “But we’ll be pretty close this year on everything.” Additionally, 80 to 100 faculty members will be up for promotion and tenure, and Academic Affairs is the final step on campus for reviewing documents for promotions. But Cassidy said Academic Affairs still has room for improvement. She said the office would like to improve on customer service and how quickly they respond to issues. Academic Affairs is also working to clarify a number of campus policies. One such clarification

includes revising of the student appeals process to make the procedure smoother. “We’d love to get it online so that students will be able to track where it is,” Cassidy said. “Right now it’s all manual, and it’s hard, but that’s just where we are with things.” Academic Affairs holds regular staff meetings to discuss initiatives and customer service.

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ON THE Top picks for postseason awards: BEDNARIK AWARD • College Defensive Player of the Year LAMIN BARROW (LB) ANTHONY JOHNSON (DT) CRAIG LOSTON (S) previously won by Patrick Peterson (2010), Tyrann Mathieu (2011) OUTLAND TROPHY • Best Interior Lineman LA’EL COLLINS (OT) ANTHONY JOHNSON (DT) previously won by Glenn Dorsey (2007) BRONKO NAGURSKI AWARD • Best Defensive Player in the NCAA ANTHONY JOHNSON (DT) CRAIG LOSTON (S) previously won by Glenn Dorsey (2007) JIM THORPE AWARD • Best Defensive Back CRAIG LOSTON (S) previously won by Patrick Peterson (2010), Morris Claiborne (2010) BUTKUS AWARD • Best Linebacker LAMIN BARROW (LB) LOMBARDI AWARD • Best Lineman/Linebacker LA’EL COLLINS (OT) ANTHONY JOHNSON (DT) previously won by Glenn Dorsey (2007) PAUL HORNUNG AWARD • Most Versatile Player ODELL BECKHAM JR. (WR)

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MAXWELL AWARD • College Player of the Year ZACH METTENBERGER (QB)

Tigers appear on preseason watch lists

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TYLER NUNEZ • Contributing Writer

As we inch closer to the 2013 NCAA football season, a number of preseason watch lists have been released indicating who fans can expect to compete for postseason awards. Many of this year’s lists feature six Tigers, giving fans an idea from whom to expect big things this season. LSU senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger was placed on the list for the most prestigious of these awards, the Maxwell Award, presented by the Maxwell Football Club to the player of the year. Mettenberger is among elite company, as other players on the list include Alabama senior quarterback A.J. McCarron, 2012 SEC Defensive Player of the Year South Carolina junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Texas A&M sophomore quarterback Johnny Manziel. Becoming LSU’s first recipient of this award would seem to be a long shot, but Mettenberger’s improvement under the guidance new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron will undoubtedly be something to watch this season. Not unexpectedly, LSU’s defense has also made its presence known on these watch lists. Senior safety Craig Loston

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is expected to compete for the Thorpe Award, given to college football’s best defensive back, and senior linebacker Lamin Barrow will open the season vying for the Butkus Award for best

linebacker. Junior defensive tackle Anthony Johnson appeared on more lists than any other Tiger. He and junior offensive tackle La’el Collins appeared on the preseason lists for the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award, both of which are given to the best linemen in the country. Loston, Barrow and Johnson are also all early considerations for the Bednarik Award, which is given by the Maxwell Club to college football’s best defensive player.

Contact Tyler Nunez at tnunez@lsureveille.com; Twitter: @NunezTDR

Mainieri wants to ‘rebuild’ team Pitching a concern for recruiting Lawrence Barreca Staff Writer

CONNOR TARTER / The Daily Reveille

LSU baseball head coach Paul Mainieri addresses questions Monday at a press conference in the LSU Athletic Administration Building.

LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri addressed the media Monday for the first time since the Tigers left Omaha after a disappointing finish in the 2013 College World Series. After ending last season at 57-11, including two losses in the

Tigers’ only two games in Omaha, the LSU coaching staff spent the next month waiting as its roster began to take shape. With the enrollment deadline for 2014 recruits now passed, Mainieri has a clear idea of how his squad will look when fall rolls around. “Putting together a new team is what we do in our business,” Mainieri said. “It’s the cycle of life. When one group finishes, another group starts. I feel like I’ve been handed this big pile of clay, and as the sculptor of that

clay, it’s my responsibility to make something beautiful out of it.” One of LSU’s primary concerns throughout the 2013 season was solidifying the weekend rotation. That problem persisted into the postseason after sophomore left-hander Cody Glenn was suspended in May due to violating team rules. Mainieri made sure to heavily recruit pitchers for 2014. “The first priority for us MAINIERI, see page 11


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SEC media days sure to be interesting THE SMARTEST MORAN JAMES MORAN Contributing Writer The Southeastern Conference’s annual media days kick off the unofficial return of college football today in Hoover, Ala. LSU won’t get its turn in the spotlight until Thursday, but the Tigers are far from the only storyline that will play out at the Wynfrey Hotel this week. Here’s a list of what to look for during SEC Media Days. JOHNNY FOOTBALL MANIA Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is the biggest star and celebrity in the sport. After his meteoric rise to the top last season, the Aggie signal caller spent his offseason in the spotlight for some of the wrong reasons. Between partying like a rock star, sitting courtside at NBA games, ranting on Twitter and pleading guilty to a misdemeanor Monday, there are questions if Manziel is 100 percent focused on football. Texas A&M will need him to be if they want to build on last season’s success. Manziel will be repeatedly asked about his off-field persona, and everyone wants to see how he handles it. CAN ANYONE CHALLENGE ALABAMA? With back-to-back national championships and three titles in

four seasons, it’s an Alabama world, and everyone else is just living in it. The Crimson Tide are still loaded, and the question is the same as last season: Does anyone have what it takes to knock Bama off? Texas A&M and Georgia seem to have the best chances to end the run, but it should be interesting to see if anyone is feeling confident enough to throw rocks at the throne this week. MILES WILL BE BOMBARDED WITH

HILL QUESTIONS Now that Jeremy Hill has plead guilty to a battery charge stemming from an April bar fight, LSU coach Les Miles will have no choice but to answer some questions. So far, Miles has declined to comment pending the situation playing out in court, but now that Hill has plead guilty and we have all seen the video of him clocking the guy, Miles will be asked about it time and time again this

week. “No comment” isn’t going to cut it in front of the 1,000-plus media members in attendance.

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Trial protesters do not understand judicial system ROB IN THE HOOD Robert Klare Columnist What do the trials of Casey Anthony, O.J. Simpson and the officers who assaulted Rodney King have in common? Beside widespread national media coverage, each trial featured an unsympathetic defendant accused of a violent crime. Each jury was unable to reach a guilty verdict due to lack of evidence — prompting a widespread outcry from the public against what they viewed as a failure of the judicial system. The recent trial of George Zimmerman is no different. Although it should have been expected given the lack of evidence, the “not guilty” verdict immediately elicited small protests around the nation. Dissenters gathered in the streets, most of them to show sympathy for Martin’s family. Others took a more aggressive tone, accusing the court system of injustice or corruption. They waved signs with powerful slogans, including “No Justice, No Peace,” “The whole damn system is guilty!” and “Justice system is a joke.” These protesters who attack

the court system emerge every time a verdict like this is reached, but the system never changes. Instead of demonstrating a problem within the courts, these protesters show just how unfamiliar they are with justice system and why it operates the way it does. Like it or not, the “not guilty” verdict is exactly what our justice system should have chosen given the evidence. Zimmerman may have been guilty. Despite the lack of evidence, there is an upsetting possibility that our justice system just allowed a murderer to walk free. And to these protesters attacking the justice system, this is all that matters. But this view is short-sighted. If the courts had allowed the conviction of Zimmerman despite the lack of evidence, these protesters may have gotten the justice they so longed for. Lowering the amount of evidence needed for a conviction may have resulted in a more favorable outcome in this instance, but there is a catch. Lower thresholds for conviction would mean that more people who are truly innocent would be wrongly found guilty. The hard truth is that the justice system will never be perfect. We can never send all the bad guys to jail while letting all the good guys go free. Mistakes will be made. There will always be a

few innocent people that get sent to jail, just as there will always be a few guilty people that go free. The only choice we have is deciding how many innocent people we want to wrongly imprison in order to convict the guilty. Eighteenth century English jurist Sir William Blackstone set this bar pretty high with his famous quote: “It is better that 10 guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.” This idea that it is better to allow a criminal go free than to wrongly imprison an innocent person is why the amount of evidence needed for a conviction is so high. This is the basis of “innocent until proven guilty.” So in some instances like the Zimmerman trial, a possibly guilty man may be set free. For the friends and family of Trayvon, this is understandably hard to accept. But while Zimmerman may walk free, these protesters need to remember that the same system allows innocent people elsewhere in the nation to walk free as well. Robert Klare is a 22-year-old engineering senior from New Orleans.

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MIKE BROWN / The Associated Press

A mother sits with her children on Saturday at the Seminole County Courthouse, in Sanford, Fla. after hearing the verdict of not guilty in the trial of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was cleared of all charges Saturday in the shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.

Candy Crush addictive, costly to some gamers THE CON ARTIST Connor Tarter Columnist Addiction, according to Dictionary.com, is defined as “the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming.” A sheep, according to thefreedictionary.com, is defined as “one who is easily swayed or led.” An addicted sheep, according to me, is someone who plays Candy Crush Saga — the Bejeweled knock-off that has brainwashed millions of smartphone users. To be fair, I have played Candy Crush Saga myself. I am, in

my own words, an addicted sheep. The difference between myself and most other Candy Crushers, though, is that I recognize that the game is a swirling black hole of doom from which none escape. But there’s a trick to avoiding the abyss: don’t spend money on the in-game purchases. The game itself is free. But like most successful free games, spending money is almost required to progress through the game. The gameplay relies on “lives” that must either be bought or gifted from Facebook friends. Requesting the gift of life from Facebook friends is humiliating, so many people throw down enormous portions of their paychecks just to have another go at level 33 or gain access to a new set of levels and challenges. I personally know

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someone who has spent more than of $80 on lives and power ups. A console video game costs less than that and certainly offers more stimulation than “clearing jelly,” but such is the nature of addiction. Can someone please develop a Nicorette-esque app that cures Candy Crush addiction? King, the development studio responsible for the game, has made so much money from in-game purchases — more than $630,000 per day, according to thinkgaming.com — that it no longer needs to display advertisements in the game in order to turn a massive profit. Being ad-free and free to install definitely increases Candy Crush Saga’s draw, but the fact that King makes an average of $2.91 for every one of their 6.6 million daily users is sickening. If you have ever

spent money on this game, I’m begging you — stop immediately. Think about all the life-enriching things you can buy with $2.91. Like a delicious soda. A pair of shoelaces. Two McDoubles. A piece of fruit. The possibilities are endless. The sheep will fight, though. They will fight for their right to spend nearly $3 each day on digital lives that vanish faster than they can say “my over-indulgence applies to animated candy too!” There is a glimmer of hope in that some analysts are predicting the imminent doom of Candy Crush. Charles Mauro, a leading expert on interface design according to Yahoo! Finance, sees a bright future where Angry Birds, or at least some other game, will reign

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once more. Mauro believes that Candy Crush Saga’s prompts to purchase new lives after failing a level results in a feeling of inadequacy, which will eventually push people away from playing any more. The social geniuses at King will continue to grow their kingdom of Candy Crushers unless we make a conscious effort to knock them off their throne of dollars. Take your freedom back, and bring this tyrant’s reign to an end. Connor Tarter is a 21-year-old communication studies senior from Dallas, Texas.

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Pope Francis’ lifestyle unprecedented, yet simple THE TRADITIONALIST Chris Ortte Columnist The pomp and circumstance of the Catholic Church has been a subject of amazement to me throughout my life. The vestments and garments of the priests, the rituals of the mass and most particularly, the ornate structures of the cathedrals were things that I would gaze at in wonder as a child. I grew up in a town where Catholic churches are as plentiful as drive-thrus, and I was raised attending Sunday morning mass at St. John’s Cathedral — a German romanesque cathedral that is nothing short of remarkable. Tradition, ritual and grandeur were heavily a part of my Catholic upbringing. They are things I honor and enjoy still to this day. But our new Pope Francis has shown a veteran’s confidence in leading an atypical papacy after only a few months, living simply in a position that has for thousands of years been draped in eccentricities. Immediately upon his selection, news coverage pegged him as humble man who led an austere life and advocated for the poor. And atypically, the media has stood to be correct in this assertion. Recently, Pope Francis has made some dramatic alterations not only as the leader of the Church, but also as the head of

government in the Vatican. Last week, he overhauled Vatican law in efforts to reflect international standards on sexual abuse against children, as well as sought to reform the Vatican’s bank — an obscure institution linked to the Church that is at the center of a money-laundering investigation. All of these are seemingly obvious changes within the Vatican state, but are in fact more representative of the direction Francis is seeking to align the Church. However, aside from these more broad changes, Francis has exemplified a lifestyle that prioritizes small gestures, like paying the bill at a hotel that belongs to the Church the day after his election, or refusing to use the papal limousine and instead riding in a minibus or asking to borrow a man’s vehicle when visiting the island of Lampedusa. Subsequently, he also called to humility clergy members who tend to have lavish taste in automobiles or the latest technologies, requesting that they abandon such luxuries for the simple life. It is actions like these that may be more revolutionary than the fact he is the first non-European pope in 1,200 years, or the first pope from the global South. His simple gestures, like washing the feet of an imprisoned Muslim woman this past Holy Thursday, will provide an example that will have far greater reach and influence among the Church than overhauling Vatican law. As I, and many others, praise Pope Francis for his humility when it appears to be a time where such

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Pope Francis hugs a child on Sunday at the Pontiff’s residence of Castel Gandolfo near Rome after he delivered the Angelus prayer. Unlike his predecessors, Francis isn’t staying in Castel Gandolfo for the summer, but came to visit for the day.

practices seem so difficult — that we may believe it to be easier for such a person to accept the luxuries afforded to him — I would be willing to bet that the Holy Father is equally amazed at our praises. Pope Francis has reached back beyond the bells and whistles of being the Vicar of Christ. He

has returned the role to its foundations in the simple teachings and parables of Jesus Christ. Considering such the progressive era we live in, I believe Pope Francis’ reign, by the direction he has taken — in perhaps the most tradition abiding position on Earth — will prove to be a

historical one. Chris Ortte is a 22-year-old political science senior from Lafayette. Contact Chris Ortte at cortte@lsureveille.com; Twitter: @TDR_chrisortte

Police brutality is a growing issue nationwide LIZZY ON THE LOOSE Elizabeth Garcia Columnist Elizabeth Daly, a 20-yearold student from the University of Virginia, bought bottled water and ice cream for a sorority fundraiser. As she was walking back to her car, she was approached by seven plainclothes agents from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control — one of whom she said jumped on the hood of her car and pulled a gun on her. The officers mistook her case of LaCroix sparkling water for a case of beer, according to The Daily Progress. Unsure of who they were, Daly panicked and fled the scene. She spent the night in jail and was charged with two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer and one count of eluding police — all Class 6 felonies that carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and $2,500 in

fines per offense. In a report, she said she was not aware the agents were officers because they did not reveal a badge or uniform. This is an extremely exaggerated response to suspected underage drinking, but unfortunately, police brutality is becoming more common. Since 9/11, police forces around the country have undergone mass changes thanks to the decade-long war on terror. While the war on drugs gave police forces upgrades on militarygrade weapons, 9/11 gave them an armory. The Department of Homeland Security grant program has written huge checks to police departments across the country to purchase machine guns, helicopters, tanks and armored personnel carriers from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. In the last ten years, the department has granted away approximately $35 million. Radley Balko, a senior writer and investigative reporter who covers civil liberties and the

criminal justice system for the Huffington Post, said police use of military weapons is a problem, but the issue is much more complicated. “The gear and weapons and tanks are a problem,” he said. “But I think a much deeper problem is the effect all of this war talk and battle rhetoric has had on policing as a profession. In much of the country today, police officers are psychologically isolated from the communities they serve. It’s all about us vs. them.” The Founding Fathers would probably have a huge problem with a police force dressed and armed like soldiers patrolling neighborhoods. The solider mentality can explain a lot of the unnecessary brutality that we see from officers around the country today. For example, a Hawthorne, Calif., police officer shot and killed a 2-year-old rottweiler. Officers tried to grab the dog’s leash and then opened fire. In his recent book, “Rise of the Warrior Cop,” Balko

discusses the case. “If you think it’s appropriate to do this to prevent a dog from breaking your skin, that’s a mentality that says, ‘police officers’ safety is to be preserved at all costs,’” he said in an interview about the book. “I can name cases where police officers have shot dogs and missed and shot one another, shot bystanders. Even if you don’t particularly care about the dogs, it is dangerous.” The problem is funded by both sides of the aisle. Since the Nixon era, every president has increased funding for local police departments through various grant or incentive programs. Politicians also throw money at police departments without following up to see where the money goes. Overall, police departments need more accountability. It is hard to fire an officer, and most times — even if they do get fired — another department will hire them. The use of social media has sparked many departments to

punish officers more harshly. If more cops are aware their actions could be recorded, they will most likely act on their best behavior. In addition, citizens need to demand more transparency from police departments. Departments should be required to tape all raids and publicly display records, including the number of SWAT team raids, the reason for the raids and the results. Most importantly, police officers should not be treated above the law. If an innocent family is terrorized during a raid, there should be legal consequences. Elizabeth Garcia is a 21-year-old mass communication senior from Greensboro, N.C.

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with this recruiting class is to rebuild the pitching staff,� he said. “Seven of our top 11 pitchers who went to Omaha with us will not be returning. We have a big rebuilding project with that pitching staff, and I think we’ve recruited the players to rebuild that staff.� But with pitchers as such a focus, many fans questioned why sophomore ace Aaron Nola was shut down this summer, instead of pitching for Team USA. Nola, who went 12-1 with a 1.57 ERA and 122 strikeouts last season, could have pitched for the national team, but he opted to take time off for a multitude of reasons. “I can promise you 100 percent that there is nothing wrong

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LSU sophomore pitcher Aaron Nola (10) warms up June 7 before the Tigers’ Super Regional matchup with the Oklahoma Sooners in Alex Box Stadium.

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