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Petroleum engineering junior Feiting Long is an international student from Chengdu, China.

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The United States’ criminal justice system has received its share of controversy over the years, and one University assistant professor had the opportunity to voice his thoughts in a book on the topic. Bryan McCann, assistant professor of rhetoric and cultural studies, contributed to the new University of Illinois Press book, “Working for Justice: A Handbook of Prison Education and Activism.” McCann worked on the book with fellow members of the Prison Communication, Activism, Research and Education group. “We began meeting, collaborating, holding sessions at conventions, and working on publications together, and it generally just grew into an informal working group of scholars, teachers and activists who believe that our country’s rate and level of incarceration is a human rights catastrophe,” McCann said.

Petroleum engineering junior Feiting Long perspired as if he’d recently emerged from a tunnel connecting the University to his native Chengdu in Western China. Though the Louisiana heat seemed to get the best of him, he said it’s just an annoyance one learns to appreciate when living in the state. “Before I came here, I did a lot of research on LSU and the weather and I knew it’d be very hot,” Long said. “I just found the campus to be a very beautiful and I chose to come here.” As the most populous countries in the world, China and India also rank as the top two in international student populations at the University — the countries sent 392 and 210 students last spring, respectively, according to the International Services office. The next closest was Iran with 94. These students learn to adapt to Louisiana culture and climate during their tenure at the University. HEAT, see page 4

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Alexander talks University mid-career earnings King highlights strengths of LSU

Taylor Schoen Staff Writer

LSU President F. King Alexander addressed the University’s nation status among other topics Tuesday Morning at the University Executive Education’s Breakfast to Business series. Alexander cited a study that ranked the University 33rd out of more than 160 research schools nationwide for mid-career earnings — the salary a graduate will make between ages 42 to 45. “LSU ranks 33rd and

Alabama ranks 79th in midcareer earnings,” Alexander said. “Florida’s mid-career earnings are less than LSU.” USC Chapel Hill, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State mid-career earner graduates also earn less than LSU graduates, according to Alexander. Alexander went on to point out that the University has a high return on investment due to low tuition and high earnings later on. “This fallacy that [higher] cost has something to do with quality education experience is perhaps the biggest fallacy in American higher education,” Alexander said. However, when asked about

possible methods of fundraising for the University if tuition would increase, Alexander responded it would be balanced. “I think it would balance tuition,” Alexander said. “The question is where is tuition going … on the face of it, we’re about $2,500 below the national average. We’re $2,200 below the southern average. The question is: Where do we fall in this equation today?” Alexander also said higher education has never been needed more than right now, not only for students but also for society as a whole. He discussed the earning BREAKFAST, see page 4

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LSU President F. King Alexander speaks Tuesday at the Breakfast to Business lecture in the Business Education Complex.

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INTERNATIONAL Train cars topple over after derailment in Spain, dozens feared to be dead MADRID (AP) — A train derailed in Spain on Wednesday night, toppling passenger cars on their sides and leaving at least one torn open as smoke rose into the air. Authorities did not immediately release casualty figures. A photographer at the scene said he saw dozens of what appeared to be dead bodies being extracted from the wreck by emergency workers. Spanish National TV showed footage of what appeared to be several bodies covered by blankets alongside the tracks next to the damaged train wagons. Mexican drug war boils over again in Michoacan after staged ambushes MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s rough western state of Michoacan, producer of avocados and waves of migrants, is proving just as painful a thorn in the side of President Enrique Peña Nieto as it was for his predecessor, Felipe Calderon. Coming off a stunning success with the capture of Zetas cartel leader Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, Peña Nieto almost immediately was plunged back into the bloody reality of Mexico’s drug war this week as gunmen staged a coordinated series of ambushes on federal police convoys Tuesday.

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Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a train that derailed Wednesday in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. No casualty information has been released.

Pope urges Roman Catholics to resist ‘idols’ of money, power, pleasure RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pope Francis made an emotional plea Wednesday for Roman Catholics to shun materialism in the first public Mass of his initial international trip as pontiff, then returned to Rio de Janeiro for a meeting with drug addicts. The session was to meant to drive home the message that the humble pope has repeatedly delivered during his short papacy: that the Catholic Church must focus on the poor, those who are suffering and the outcasts of society.

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Former president George H. W. Bush shaves head to encourage child

Federal appeals court asks judge to reconsider $6 million CITGO penalty

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush has shaved his head to show solidarity for the sick child of a Secret Service agent. A statement issued by a Bush spokesman Wednesday says the 89-year-old former president acted earlier this week at his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. That was after he saw members of his Secret Service detail with newly shaved heads to show support for the 2-year-old son of an agent. The child’s undergoing treatment for leukemia and is losing his hair as a result. President Obama says Washington has ‘taken its eye off’ the economy

LAFAYETTE (AP) — A federal appeals court ordered a district judge to reconsider a $6 million penalty against CITGO Petroleum in a lawsuit over a 2006 oil spill at the company’s Lake Charles refinery. At issue is a June 2006 oil spill that happened when heavy rains caused two “slop oil” tanks at the refinery to overflow, sending wastewater and other pollutants into nearby waterways. A recent 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling instructs U.S. District Judge Richard Haik to reevaluate the company’s prior environmental violations and its decision to put off needed upgrades that might have prevented the spill. Governor Bobby Jindal’s ex-counsel draws in state contracts

GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — Seeking to build momentum for looming fiscal fights, President Barack Obama on Wednesday cast himself as the champion for middle-class Americans struggling to make ends meet. He chided Washington for having “taken its eye off the ball” and declared that the economy would be the “highest priority” of his second term. Obama also accused Republican lawmakers of succumbing to “an endless parade of distractions and political posturing and phony scandals.”


George H. W. Bush sits with a 2-year-old undergoing leukemia treatment. Bush and members of his Secret Service went bald to show solidarity for the child.

Pennsylvania gay couple marries as county defies state-wide ban NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — At least five same-sex couples obtained marriage licenses Wednesday in a suburban Philadelphia county that is defying a state ban on such unions. Alicia Terrizzi and Loreen Bloodgood were the only couple to marry right away, exchanging vows in a park before a minister and their two young sons. “We’re not setting out to be pioneers. We don’t think our family is any different than anybody else,” said Terrizzi, a 45-year-old teacher.

(AP) — A law firm run by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s former executive counsel has received more than $1.1 million in no-bid contract work from Jindal appointees and state agencies since leaving the governor’s office and is becoming a fixture in high-profile legal battles for the Republican administration. The Faircloth Law Group has handled cases including the defense of the governor’s signature education laws.




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CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS In a July 23 column titled “Oregon college tuition approach could be a good idea,” Audrey Peck and John Burbank were listed as executive directors of the Economic Opportunity Institute and originators of the Pay It Forward plan. While Burbank is the executive director of EOI, Peck is a former higher education policy intern who worked with the company. The Daily Reveille regrets this error.

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Blowout in Gulf less damaging The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A blown-out natural gas well blazing off Louisiana’s coast poses fewer environmental dangers than past offshore accidents because it appears to primarily involve gas that disperses relatively easily, scientists said Wednesday. “A gas well’s not going to result in any kind of major pollution — perhaps not even significant pollution if it’s burning,” said Ted Bourgoyne, the former chair of Louisiana State University’s petroleum engineering department. He now runs the consultancy Bourgoyne Enterprises Inc. Federal inspectors saw no sheens near the well during flyovers Wednesday morning, which indicates the gas is burning off without releasing oil or other hydrocarbons — which are sometimes found in gas wells — into the water. While it’s not clear if the well in Tuesday’s blowout contained any crude oil, officials and scientists agree that the latest mishap shouldn’t be nearly as damaging as the BP oil spill that famously sent crude oil oozing ashore in 2010. The fire broke out late Tuesday hours after the blowout, authorities said. Forty-four workers were evacuated from a drilling rig at the site, and no injuries were reported. University of Georgia marine scientist Samantha “Mandy” Joye also said the pollution and health dangers posed by a gas well are quite different than those posed at the well where the Deepwater Horizon rig blew up in 2010, killing 11 people and spewing millions of gallons of oil for weeks. “The biggest danger from gas is that it is extremely flammable. At high concentration, gas

exposure can cause health issues (vomiting, headaches, and worse) but such high levels are not likely to be reached in warm, shallow waters,” Joye said in an email response to questions. That’s not to say there were no dangers. The Coast Guard maintained traffic restrictions within 500 meters of the site and the Federal Aviation Administration restricted aircraft up to 2,000 feet over the area. Tuesday’s blowout occurred at a drilling rig adjacent to a natural gas platform that wasn’t producing gas at the time. The rig was completing a “sidetrack well,” which drills into the same well hole under the platform. Industry experts say such wells are used to remedy an obstruction or other problem with the original bore, or to access a different part of the gas reserve. Gas spewed throughout the day and ignited late Tuesday night. The cause of the blowout was under investigation being overseen by the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Rig owner Hercules Offshore Inc. said the plan to stop the flow of gas may include drilling a relief well to divert the gas from the accident site, which could take weeks. “We are singularly focused on coming up with an action plan that would regain control over the well,” said James Noe, an executive with Hercules, which was operating the rig for Walters Oil & Gas, an exploration and production company. Natural gas — mostly methane — is far more soluble than oil, meaning it more easily dissolves, dilutes and disperses than crude oil, said Donald Boesch, president of the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science

and a member of the federal panel that investigated the BP oil spill. That means concentrations would be are far less lethal to the marine environment, he said. Joye said the accident, the second blowout off the Louisiana coast this month, does raise concerns about whether more regulation is needed. “I believe that BSEE is taking rig safety very seriously, but more active rigs gives rise to more opportunity for problems. Accidents can happen,” she said. Officials on the mainland were also concerned about whether the well fire would affect this weekend’s Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo. The major tourist event for the barrier island community of Grand Isle was canceled after the 2010 BP oil spill. “It’s important for tourism and for the island’s economy. We won’t cancel it unless we have to,” said event coordinator Angela Dorvin. Jefferson Parish Council member Chris Roberts said he expected the rodeo to go on. Environmentalists in Louisiana said the accident proves the need for strong oversight of offshore operations. “We won’t have the oil like we did in 2010, but still this is something we need to watch closely,” said Darryl Maleck-Wiley of the Sierra Club. “Once again this is highlighting the dangerous nature of oil and gas operations in the Gulf and that we need aggressive inspection programs of these operations by the federal government.”

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Flood board sues BP, others The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The oil and gas industry has cost Louisiana hundreds of thousands acres of coastal land that serve as a natural buffer against flooding from hurricanes, officials in charge of New Orleans-area flood protection say in a lawsuit seeking to hold dozens of companies responsible. Corrosive saltwater from a network of oil and gas access and pipeline canals has killed vegetation and swept away vast amounts of soil, the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East’s board of commissioners claims in the lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday in Orleans Parish Civil District Court. The wetlands are considered a crucial buffer against hurricanes because they can help keep storm surge floodwaters at bay. “What remains of these coastal lands is so seriously diseased that if nothing is done, it

will slip into the Gulf of Mexico by the end of this century, if not sooner,” the lawsuit says. Oil and gas industry leaders and Gov. Bobby Jindal were highly critical of the lawsuit. Jindal’s office issued a statement Wednesday night saying the governor demands the lawsuit be withdrawn. He questioned the legality of the board’s contract with its lawyers and referred to the suit as a “trial lawyer windfall.” The board says it will have to bear many of the costs associated with the need for increased flood protection. The lawsuit, a draft of which was provided to The Associated Press before it was filed, seeks unspecified damages. “Even the industry recognizes they are responsible for some of the land lost, and it’s not an insignificant amount,” said board vice president John Barry, author of “Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America.” About 100 companies are

named as defendants in the lawsuit, including Apache Corp., BP America Production Co., Chevron USA Inc., ConocoPhillips Co., Exxon Mobil Corp., Shell Oil Co. and The Pickens Co. Inc. Officials in the oil and gas industry said they will vigorously defend against the lawsuit. Jindal said in his statement that the board had overstepped its authority by filing suit against nearly 100 companies, effectively taking on the role of the governor, attorney general and environmental entities in determining the state’s policy on coastal issues. The suit says the U.S. Geological Survey has determined that “altered hydrology” associated with oil and gas activities is one of the primary causes of coastal land loss.

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Miss Sophie Lee - The Spotted Cat Music Club The UpStarts - Old Point Bar Twilight Tour - Baton Rouge Zoo

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Within the Ruins - North Gate Tavern Rex Gregory - The Maison

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Luke Winslow King Blues and Jazz - The Three Muses "Twelfth Night" - Louisiana State University

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G Love & Special Sauce - Harrah's Casino - New Orleans G. Love and Special Sauce - Harrah's Casino - New Orleans The St. Peter Street All-Stars - Preservation Hall Blues Jam - Phil Brady's Bar & Grill

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The Red Frets - The Station Sports Bar and Grill

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the Soul Project NOLA - Cafe Negril Turnpike Troubadors in Concert - Varsity Theatre - Baton Rouge W. Kamau Bell - Howlin' Wolf Tom Fischer and Friends - Fritzels Jazz Club Chris Johnson (Telegraph Canyon) - Mud and Water

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LUCID Dance Party Featuring Matsy(aka Matt Cee) - The Library at Northgate Jumbo Shrimp - The Spotted Cat Music Club Barry Stephenson's Pocket - The Maison Reggae Night with DJ T Roy (Canceled) - Blue Nile The Soul Rebels in Concert - Le Bon Temps Roule

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Cat's A** Karaoke - George's Place

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Washboard Chaz Blues Trio - The Spotted Cat Music Club Chance Bushman - The Maison The Faux Barrio Billionaires - The Maison

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Tim Northern Stand-Up Comedian - The Funny Bone Comedy Club "Twelfth Night" - Louisiana State University

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ComedySportz - La Nuit Comedy Theater Leroy Jones - Preservation Hall Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular - Paragon Casino Resort Music in the Atrium - Belle of Baton Rouge

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Glen David Andrews - The Three Muses Southern Smoke Reunion IV - House of Blues New Orleans Love Gun: Kiss Tribute Band - Howlin' Wolf Kevin Clark and Barry Boulon - Fritzels Jazz Club Jason Eady - Mud and Water The Jeremy Graham Band - Paragon Casino Resort

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Hug Life - Adult Improv Show - La Nuit Comedy Theater

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Cottonmouth Kings - The Spotted Cat Music Club Stooges Brass Band - Tipitina's - New Orleans The Soul Rebels in Concert - D.B.A. Tim Northern Stand-Up Comedian - The Funny Bone Comedy Club Yo! Majesty - Howlin' Wolf Know Your Enemy - Southport Hall The Bar Hoppers - The Station Sports Bar and Grill Brass-A-Holics - The Maison

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Stand Up Showcase - La Nuit Comedy Theater Our First Fight - Chelsea's Cafe

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Prior to coming to the United States two summers ago, Long said his cousin, who lived in Houston, suggested he attend one of three schools: LSU, the University of Houston or the University of Colorado. Long ultimately chose LSU for its high-ranking petroleum engineering department, affordable tuition and fees and for the state’s subtropical climate. Though the initial transition from China to the U.S. was tough, it manageable due to the hospitality he received upon arrival. “People back home told me it would be hard because, you know, the language is different,” Long said. “But I found it not too hard because the people here are friendly.” Long said English classes and social events provided by international students organizations like the International Cultural Center and Chinese Students and Scholars Association helped him assimilate into Louisiana. They also assisted with moving and scheduling classes for the fall semester. “Through those groups I met so

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The general topic applies directly to Louisiana, he said. “Our current level of incarceration is unsustainable,” McCann said. “Prisons are really kind of a black hole of state money. [In] Louisiana, we incarcerate a higher percentage of our population than any other state, and our schools, universities and several other public resources are going broke. There is certainly a very strong connection between those two things.” More than 1 in 100 adult Americans are imprisoned, and 1 in 86 in Louisiana are behind bars, according to a news release regarding McCann’s contribution. McCann has a theory that stems back to the 1980s and 1990s, saying that today’s high incarceration rates are the result of the “war on crime” that occurred decades ago. He noted that the issue spread into the White House, and the result was a nation that was more aware of criminal issues in society. “Crime really became this national issue, and for the first time, you saw the federal government funneling loads of money into local police departments,” McCann said. “At no point prior to this moment in the ’80s and ’90s was the federal government so involved in local law enforcement.” McCann referenced presidential administrations from Ronald Reagan to Bill Clinton, saying how candidates during the election would have to favor the death penalty and harsh punishments for

many friends from different countries,” Long said. “After a while, I no longer felt lonely since all my friends and family were back in China.” However, adapting to the food here was more of a challenge for him. “The food back home is different, and the first time I came here I ate McDonald’s for a month,” Long said. “I eventually found an apartment where I could cook my own food.” This summer has been quite eventful, Long said. Besides school, he’s spent time fishing, playing tennis, swimming at the UREC and partying with friends. He also plans to visit Pensacola, Fla., or Houston before the semester begins. As for the heat, he’s still learning to adapt. “It’s hot, but there’s nothing you can do about it. I love the weather,” Long said.

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power of getting a degree and the versatility it can provide given that, statistically, a student will have at least five different jobs throughout his or her lifetime. He also said that college benefits more than just students and graduates. “This concept that college is an individual benefit and an individual benefit only … excludes all the societal benefits … all economic studies since the early ’60s when Gary Becker and Theodore Schultz won a Nobel Prize for proving that societal benefits accrue to everybody else at a 12 percent rate,” Alexander said. Alexander also mentioned reaching out to groups of nontraditional students such as veterans.

Thursday, July 25, 2013 “We’ve got populations we’re being asked to reach that we’ve never been asked to reach before,” Alexander said. “The veterans’ programs are coming back, and in interacting with about 500 veterans on my previous campus, I can say honestly they didn’t join the Navy to see the world. They joined the Navy to go to college.” He said a program has been implemented that allows military members to begin taking classes after boot camp to begin building up class credit quickly.

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Contact Tesalon Felicien at drug offenses or risk losing the election. The death penalty debate is still one that continues everywhere from high school classrooms to the highest seats of political authority. The U.S. is the only western industrialized nation that still uses the death penalty. McCann said more than 60 percent of the population still supports it, but in the ’80s and ’90s, an even larger percentage of the population supported capital punishment. Using the knowledge he has acquired and the experiences he has witnessed, McCann is currently working on a book of his own. The work will focus on gangster rap from the ’80s and ’90s and how it became the “resistance culture” decades ago. McCann said that every generation had its own form of “resistance culture,” with the latest example being mainstream rappers and television shows like “The Wire.” His main focus, though, is of a time when rap became a primary influence on society and politics. “What I’m interested in is the way gangster rappers used the same rhetoric of crime that political leaders were using, but using them in ways that were certainly opportunistic and commercial,” McCann said. “It celebrates an area like Compton or Long Beach rather than frame it as this hellacious area of crime.” Contact Lawrence Barreca at; Twitter: @LawrenceBarreca

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LSU to take on ten of the toughest faces in college football this season TREY LABAT • Staff Writer

Any team playing in the Southeastern Conference faces top-level talent throughout the season, and LSU is no different. Other than the obvious picks, like Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Alabama’s TJ Yeldon, here is a look at the some of the strongest players LSU will face during the 2013-14 season. DRI ARCHER (RB), KENT STATE Archer is a speedy running back who rushed for 1,429 yards and 16 touchdowns in the 2012-13 season. He led Kent State in both rushing and receiving and averaged nine yards per carry, leading the Golden Flashes to an 11-3 record. LSU’S BEST MATCHUP: Lamin Barrow (LB). WHY: Barrow has the sideline-tosideline speed needed to contain Archer on outside runs.


DEE FORD (DE), AUBURN Ford was Auburn’s sack leader last season with six overall, and was placed on the Bednarik Award watch list this preseason. Ford also led Auburn in quarterback hits, highlighting his ability to put pressure on the quarterback. LSU’S BEST MATCHUP: La’el Collins (LT). WHY: Collins will be LSU’s best offensive lineman this season and

will be tasked with shutting down the opposing teams’ best lineup. TODD GURLEY (RB) AND KEITH MARSHALL (RB), GEORGIA Last year, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall dominated the SEC as freshmen. Gurley led the Bulldogs with 17 touchdowns while averaging 6.2 yards per carry. Marshall only got 117 carries last season, but he still rushed for 759 yards, including a long of 75 yards. LSU’S BEST MATCHUP: Anthony “Freak” Johnson (DT) and Ego Ferguson (DT). WHY: Gurley and Marshall are a handful once they have a head of steam, so Johnson and Ferguson will be tasked with disrupting running plays in the backfield. DAMIEN SWANN (DB), GEORGIA Swann is the top cover corner for the Bulldogs, who picked up four interceptions and five pass breakups during the 2012-13 season. He was placed on both the Bronko Nagurski Award and the Jim Thorpe Award watch lists for the overall best defensive player and the best defensive back in the nation. LSU’S BEST MATCHUP: Jarvis


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Baton Rouge deserves to be named ‘best sports city’ THE SMARTEST MORAN JAMES MORAN Contributing Writer With football season right around the corner, the sweet aromas of hot boudin and cold beer are beginning to creep their way onto campus. In just 44 days, LSU will host UAB at 6 p.m., marking the return of Saturday night in Death Valley — as great an experience as exists in the world of college athletics. Apparently not. According to a study done by Movoto Real Estate, Baton Rouge ranks third on a list of best Southeastern Conference cities

for sports fans. The criteria for the study included each program’s on-field success, tailgating, per-capita number of sports bars and radio stations, rivalry victories, school population and attendance at football and basketball games. Tuscaloosa, Ala., home of the Crimson Tide, was determined to be the best sports city in the SEC. Starkville, Miss., finished second with Baton Rouge; Oxford, Miss.; and College Station, Texas, rounding out the top five. Maybe Baton Rouge isn’t the best SEC sports city, but to put Tuscaloosa and Starkville as the top two proves these rankings SPORTS CITIES, see page 7

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Tailgaters gather Nov. 10, 2012, on the Parade Ground before the Tigers’ 37-17 victory against Mississippi State.

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Braun let off easy in performance enhancer scandal BARRECA’S LAW Lawrence Barreca Staff Writer It’s been one hell of a year for Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun. On October 1, 2011, Braun took a standard urine test checking for any trace of performingenhancing drugs. The test was made public on December 10, confirming that the 2011 MVP had PEDs coursing through his system, and the MLB hit him with a 50-game suspension. Braun proceeded to successfully appeal the suspension in January 2012, overturning the initial decision and allowing him to play the following season. The 29-year old went on to be an AllStar and Silver Slugger Award winner, finishing second in the MVP voting. Then 2013 hit, and his world came crashing down. Braun’s name appeared three times in a Biogenesis of America report in February, showing that the outfielder may have been involved in receiving PEDs. After denying these accusations and blaming sample collector Dino Laurenzi Jr., Braun was finally handed a 65-game suspension, keeping him out for the remainder of the 2013 season. The Brewer embarrassed himself on a level unlike anyone prior. “By no means am I perfect, but if I’ve ever made any mistakes in my life I’ve taken

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Landry (WR). Why: Landry is LSU’s best route runner and lines up primarily in the slot, giving him more space to operate around Swann. Jeff Driskel (QB), Florida While Driskel struggled at times last year, he still threw for as many touchdowns as LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger. Driskel balances his average arm with good running skills. Driskel was second on the Gators in rushing with 716 yards and four touchdowns. LSU’s best matchup: Jermauria Rasco (DE). Why: Rasco is LSU’s most experienced pass rusher going into the season, and getting pressure on Driskel is the key to shutting him down. Donte Moncrief (WR), Ole Miss Moncrief is a name many LSU fans should already know, as he torched LSU for 161 yards and two touchdowns last season in Baton Rouge. Moncrief was put on the Biletnikoff Award watch list for the nation’s best receiver after ending his sophomore season with 979 yards and 10 touchdowns. LSU’s best matchup: Jalen Collins (CB). Why: Collins will be asked to assume the position of No. 1 corner for LSU this season, and at 6

responsibility for my actions,� Braun said in a February interview with the MilwaukeeWisconsin Journal Sentinel. “I truly believe in my heart and I would bet my life that this substance never entered my body at any point.� Oh, but Braun didn’t stop there. Every line he said in February makes the current situation that much worse. “I’ve always stood up for what is right,� Braun told the Journal Sentinel. “Today is about everybody who’s been wrongly accused, and everybody who has had to stand up for what is actually right. Today isn’t about me; it isn’t about one player. It’s about all players. It’s about all current players, all future players and everybody who plays the game of baseball.� The worst part of all of this? Braun’s getting off easy in a number of ways, and it’s a disgrace to everyone involved. Let’s look at the penalty from a number of angles. Milwaukee is currently 4158, 20 games out of first place in the NL Central and well out of contention for any postseason play in 2013. Braun’s suspension doesn’t hurt the organization in the slightest this season. In fact, it will probably help the Brewers, considering the mounting losses will eventually lead to receiving a better draft pick next year. And outside of his now shattered image, how is this hurting Braun as a player? In April 2011, Braun signed a five-year, $105 million feet 2 inches and 195 pounds, his size gives him the ability to cover bigger receivers. Robert Nkemdiche (DE), Ole Miss Even as a freshman, Nkemdiche should be an immediate impact player for the Black Bear defense. Nkemdiche doesn’t have the sheer athleticism as the heralded Jadeveon Clowney, but he comes in at 265 pounds and should be a better run defender than Clowney was during his freshman year. LSU’s best matchup: La’el Collins (LT). Why: Again, Collins will be faced with a litany of tough pass-rushers throughout the season playing at left tackle. Armari Cooper (WR), Alabama Cooper will be the leading receiver for the Tide next year after accumulating 53 receptions for 895 yards during the 2012-13 season. He was named to the AllSEC Preseason team, and hauled in 26 receptions of 15 yards or more, while catching at least four passes in eight of the last 10 games. LSU’s best matchup: Jalen Collins (CB). Why: LSU fans should look for Collins to be the breakout star of LSU’s defensive backfield. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (DB), Alabama Clinton-Dix proved last year

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2011 National League MVP Ryan Braun was suspended without pay Monday for the rest of the season and the postseason — the start of sanctions involving players reportedly tied to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.

contract extension through 2020 with Milwaukee. Because of his suspension, he will lose $3.25 million this season. He’ll be making a guaranteed $117 million more before his career is finished. Let me cry him a river. And knowing sports fans, all Braun will have to do in 2014 is return to his MVP form, using steroids or not, to win back their favor. If he goes on to hit .300 with 25 home runs next season, that he not only has the best name in the SEC, but is also one of the top ball-hawking safeties in the nation. Clinton-Dix led the Tide with five interceptions last season and could test Mettenberger’s patience in Tuscaloosa. LSU’s best matchup: Alfred Blue (RB). Why: With fellow running back Jeremy Hill’s status in question, Blue will be tasked with bringing safeties down into the box to open up the play-action passing game. Mike Evans (WR), Texas A&M Evans will be Manziel’s No. 1 receiver throughout the season, and based on pure physical talent, Evans might be the best wide receiver in the SEC. Standing at 6 feet 5 inches and with enough speed to take the top off the defense, Evans — combined with Manziel’s ability to extend the play — will be a dangerous option for the Aggies. LSU’s best matchup: Ronald Martin (S). Why: With Manziel’s ability to extend the play, a safety will be needed to corral Evans for the entire game, and Martin will be the best coverage safety on LSU’s roster. Contact Trey Labat at; Twitter: @treylabat_TDR

Brewers fans will bow down and kiss his feet. Sure, they’ll remember he’s a terrible person, but that won’t stop them from loving him “as a player.� Braun should be receiving a lot more than a 65-game suspension. Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is possibly facing a lifetime ban. Why is Braun getting off with a mere 65 games when another player linked to Biogenesis is

looking at having his name completely wiped from the books? It’s time to make Braun actually feel his mistake. To quote John Hammond from “Jurassic Park�: “I don’t blame people for their mistakes, but I do ask that they pay for them.� Contact Lawrence Barreca at; Twitter: @LawrenceBarreca

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aren’t worth the Internet paper they are printed on. Alabama is currently the king of college football — there is not even a debate to be had there. But Tuscaloosa is far from the best city in the SEC for a visiting sports fan. I made the trek there for the LSU-Alabama game in 2011. A group of Alabama fans welcomed us to come watch the game at their tailgate. Food and drinks were had, friendly trash was talked and, overall, the city was a very welcoming host. Then LSU beat Alabama 9-6, and the tide quickly turned unfriendly. Bouncers at multiple bars

wouldn’t let us in after the game because we were wearing the wrong colors. After giving up on that, we had a couple beer bottles lobbed at us from the roof of a fraternity house as we walked back to the car. Tuscaloosa may be the best city in the SEC if you’re an Alabama fan, but if you’re not and the Tide doesn’t roll, the city becomes very unappealing. I’ve never been a road fan in Baton Rouge, but aside from some “Tiger-baiting,” I’ve never seen opposing fans anything but welcomed here. Every tailgate has its share of traveling fans and they are all just as able to come spend their money at Tigerland as someone wearing purple and gold.

The Daily Reveille On to the other city ranked ahead of Baton Rouge: “Stark Vegas.” Forget being ranked No. 2, the only way I can imagine Starkville cracking the top eight cities is if the number of cowbells makes up approximately 90 percent of the equation. Equally as laughable, Columbia, Mo. finished sixth in the report. That means that Missouri — which has only been in the SEC for one unsuccessful season — ranks ahead of Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Auburn. At least Texas A&M has traditions that make it appealing to a visiting fan, but Columbia ranking in the top half of the conference is a joke. Admittedly, I have never been there, but actually having

page 7 success in the conference should count for something. The fact that I’m writing a column on the best SEC cities to visit proves that we are all lost without football and need it back. Just 37 days ’til then. Thank God. James Moran is a 20-year-old mass communication senior from Beacon, N.Y.

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royal baby 1. Another offshore rig explosion 2. That huge hole in Assumption Parish

3. Impending summer school finals 4. The approximately 370,000 other babies born Monday

5. Bobby Jindal probably did something recently

6. Breaking Bad premiere (less than a month!)

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7. The fine arts 8. What’s for dinner 9. Isn’t there a civil war somewhere? 10. Literally almost anything

“N-Word vs. Cracker: Which Is Worse?” That was the tagline of a recent panel discussion on CNN that caused Aggi Ashagre much backlash Contributing Writer for the network. Similar discussions have made their way into the homes and classrooms of Americans due to the race-centered stories that have dominated the media recently. While discussions of race make many people uncomfortable, it is important to keep the dialogue going in order for our society to grow and learn from its mistakes. One of the recent top stories that captured America’s attention was of Trayvon Martin. Martin was a 17-year-old African-American boy who was shot and killed while walking from a convenience store to his home in Sanford, Florida in February 2012. The killer was then 28-yearold George Zimmerman, a Caucasian and Hispanic man who says that he acted in self-defense. Zimmerman was Neighborhood Watch Captain at the time and was studying to be a police officer. Despite the fact he was not on duty that night, he grew suspicious when he saw Martin walking alone after dark. RACE, see page 15

Satsuma Harvest not Abita’s best THE BREWMASTER Connor Tarter Columnist The Abita Brewing Company is good at localizing their beers while making them palatable to beer drinkers outside of Louisiana — most of the time. Abita has a series of beers called “Harvest.” Strawberry, pecan and satsuma flavors are added to simple beers throughout the year depending on the presiding flavor’s season. At this point in the year, Strawberry Harvest is beginning to make its way off shelves, to the dismay of many, and Satsuma Harvest is beginning to make appearances in

stores around the nation. Like Strawberry Harvest, Satsuma is a wheat beer at its base, with pilsner malts included in the brewing process to deepen the flavor profile. The difference, however, is that unlike strawberry juice, which is extremely sweet and has quite a domineering effect on a weak wheat beer, satsuma juice and peel do not have this effect, and coriander isn’t making the party any sweeter. Coriander, by the way, is just a fancy word for cilantro — the salsa ingredient. Satsumas, a citrus fruit local to Japan, are essentially just small, sweet oranges with thin skin that grow particularly well in southern Louisiana. Since Louisiana-themed beers are Abita’s main shtick, it makes sense for them

to capitalize on the citrus fruit’s abundance during this time of year. Unfortunately, this one misses the mark. The beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a tint of orange, and produces a creamy, pure white head that rose about one inch. The beer’s pretty appearance is rudely interrupted by the aroma, though, as it skips all the sweetness Abita promised in its product description and only alludes to the orange peel in the brew with a very bitter smell. Not one to judge a beer solely by its aroma, I kept an open mind. The taste, while marginally better than the aroma, left much to be desired, even after only one sip. The mouthfeel is watery and Satsumas, see page 11

Abita’s Satsuma Harvest Wit is a thin wheat beer that falls short of the brewery’s usual level of quality. CONNOR TARTER /

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‘Antiques Roadshow’ to stop in Baton Rouge this weekend Roadshow” will be making its debut appearance in Baton Rouge, but it isn’t a stranger to The hit PBS series “Antiques the state of Louisiana. In 2002, Roadshow” will be making a stop the show paid a visit to New at the Baton Rouge River Center Orleans. “We are in the big leagues this weekend. The show, which premiered now with this show,” Baton in 1997, has received ten Emmy Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden said in a news reawards and is the high‘I don’t think lease. “I don’t think you est-rated show on PBS. The hour-long pro- you can put a can put a price tag on it gram takes viewers to price tag on because of the people it reach.” various cities across the [the benefits will Thousands will country as thousands of people bring antiques of the show’s flock to the Baton Rouge and collectibles to be ap- visit] because River Center with hopes praised. However, only a of the people it that their family heirselect few are chosen to will reach.’ looms and pieces of history will be worth actually showcase their Kip Holden thousands — and maybe items on television. Baton Rouge millions — of dollars. The appraisers in Mayor-President A religious docuattendance are experts from the country’s leading auc- ment that Baton Rouge resident tion houses who offer free ap- Diamond Ryan will be bringing praisals and share the fascinat- to the show dates back to 1796. “I refer to it as a ‘framed ing history of the items that are scroll.’ There is a statement in brought in for examining. One of the most notable ap- Italian which certifies that it is praisals in the show’s history authentic,” Ryan said. “It goes includes a set of Chinese cups on to say this item is being sent that dated back to the 18th cen- from South America to North tury, which were estimated to America. All that remain are be worth up to $1.5 million at a few spindles of black cloth the show’s Tulsa, Okla., stop in fibers which are stated to be from the Virgin Mary from the 2011. On Saturday, “Antiques House of Loreto — a biblical

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Holy place.” Ryan added that she has received much interest in regard to the document over the years, including an inquiry by the Smithsonian Institution. Baton Rouge is one of eight cities that will be featured on the 18th season of “Antiques Roadshow,” which will premiere in January 2014. courtesy of THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, self-titled

Vagrant Records

Musical anachronism Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros has released its second album since becoming folk darlings with the megahit “Home.” But those looking for mawkish duets in the same vein as “Home,” should search elsewhere. Even without romantic serenading, the album does provide a very “Summer of Love” vibe. The record has elements that resemble Elton John and even the Violent Femmes, but overall have a sound straight out of the psychedelic ’60s. The musical experimentation is top-notch with everything from trumpet to marimba. Unfortunately, main female singer Jade Castrino’s silky voice is largely absent, with the exception of “Remember to Remember.” With powerful crescendos and clean music editing, the eponymous record is a solid installment. Just have some spare time to listen — the album clocks in at nearly an hour long. TAYLOR SCHOEN


“The Conjuring”

Warner Bros. Pictures

Director James Wan’s “The Conjuring” has finally brought some life back to a horror genre that has gotten repetitive in recent years. In the film, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren take on a case unlike any they’ve ever seen, as the Perron family’s new house has come with a number of unwanted guests. “The Conjuring” did something that fellow paranormal thrillers failed to do: it had moments that could be considered unexpected. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson were made to play the Warrens, and Lili Taylor’s work as Carolyn Perron gives the audience a reason to become enthralled with the happenings on screen. The number of scares isn’t forced, and the scripting was well done. When you’re used to watching “Paranormal Activity” every year, it’s nice to actually see a story with some freshly written lines. LAWRENCE BARRECA

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Selena Gomez’s debut studio album, “Stars Dance,” is nothing to write home about. The electronic/pop album offers nothing original from the former Disney princess. Instead, it seems more like a cheap rip-off of Lady Gaga and Ke$ha. With weak vocals and even weaker lyrics, “Stars Dance” doesn’t give any reason to listen to it more than once, if that. The Top 40 hit “Come & Get It” is catchy, but when comparing its exotic sound to other tracks on the album, it’s something that would have made more sense coming from Rihanna than Gomez. Save your time and money. No matter how many times Selena Gomez asks, don’t go and get it. The album also lacks any collaborative efforts. A verse by a rapper or even her on again/off again beau, Justin Bieber, might have helped spice up the lackluster tracks. AGGI ASHAGRE

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F*** Buttons, “Slow Focus”

ATP Recordings

Andrew Hung and Benjamin Power of the Bristol-based electro noise duo F*** Buttons aren’t exactly accessible to most audiences. But despite their oddity, they were featured on the soundtrack for the London Olympics last year. On their latest album “Slow Focus,” Power and Hung have injected some hip-hop and dance elements that help make their sound more approachable to newcomers. Their mixture of tribal rhythms, long-form drone composition and seething electronic noise is definitely not for the faint of heart. Once that accessibility gap is closed, “Slow Focus” transports the mind sonically and spiritually to what it’s like to go to an amusement park melded with a nightmarish robotic apocalypse. It proves Power and Hung can simultaneously sound creepy, get people on the dance floor and create cosmic enlightenment. RYAN ROGERS

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Earl Sweatshirt, “Hive”

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Film festival goes for the ‘LOLs’ Best Short Film Award and the Audience Choice Award. The Best Short Film Award is voted on by the booking agents, who book the films for the different locations, and the Audience Choice Award is voted on after each show via mobile device. The votes for each award are tallied over the course of the year. Edick says that every film has been chosen for the Audience Choice Award at least once at various locations. The selection process for picking each film is typical of most film festivals. First, the festival jury solicits entries from across the globe, then the jury grades each film. After they see all the films, the jury will re-watch them and decide which shorts are alotted into the 90-minute time frame. According to Edick, the first half-hour of content is chosen unanimously, but the last hour is a battle. The difference between this year’s festival and last year’s is that 2012 festival was composed of 17 family-friendly comedic shorts,

and this year features 9 shorts that are “unrated, uncut and unapologetic,” which make way for a different type of filmmaker. Although LOLSFF wants to make people “laugh out loud,” it also aims to expose “the wealth of undiscovered filmmakers” that deserve more attention than they receive. Edick says that some might recognize a few familiar faces in the films, though he didn’t reveal any names — alumni of the festival include people from popular commercials and regulars on sitcoms. In the future, Edick looks to expand the fest to include more locations and possibly do a campus tour because their product would be perfect for college students. Tickets are $8.50 and can be bought at the door or through the Manship Theatre website at

bright, this beer takes on more flavoring from the orange peel and thin, and lacks the right carbon- coriander, giving it a bitter aftertaste ation for this style of beer. A beer that lingers in the worst way possiwith this flavor profile should have ble. Wheat beers do not often have a a crisp, refreshing finish, but this bitterness in their flavor arsenal, so one leaves my throat feeling coated adding it to this beer doesn’t make a in a thin film as if lot of sense. I just drank a glass I have tried this beer ABITA SATSUMA of whole milk. in a myriad of ways. HARVEST: The flavors I have had it straight, Abita promised both from the bottle and Aroma: 1/5 on its label are inpoured into a lager glass. Look: 3/5 deed all present, I have had it with a slice Taste: 2/5 but none of them of orange. I have had it take center stage, with a slice of lemon. I Feel: 2/5 which is ultimately have even mixed it with this beer’s down- Overall experience: 1.5/5 orange juice (my Beastie fall. A beer with Boys fans will appreci‘satsuma’ in the name should have ate that). But, to my dismay, none a strong, almost overwhelming cit- of these flavor-enhancing methods rus presence. Abita certainly didn’t made my experience any better. hold back with strawberry flavoring This is simply just not a good beer. in Strawberry Harvest or Strawator, Fortunately for Louisiana lowhy hold back on satsuma flavoring cals, Abita does not have a track here? record for producing bad beers, Instead of being sweet and and still offers a wide array of

delicious brews. For now, stick to their year-round beers, at least until the next Harvest beer hits the shelves.

Ryan Rogers Contributing Writer

A national film festival that condenses the traditional film format into a 90-minute compilation of comedy shorts will premiere for the first time in Baton Rouge at 8 p.m. Friday at the Shaw Center For The Arts. The films featured in the Laugh Out Loud Short Film Festival are English-language comedies that are no longer than 22 minutes each, according to Executive Director Joe Edick. These shorts are submitted from places all around the world, including Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Edick was involved with another film festival for 10 years prior to LOLSFF that featured all types of films. The inspiration for LOLSFF came from the desire to create a smaller niche festival that showcased comedies, one of his favorite genres. At each showing, there are two awards that are voted on: the

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Columbia Records

Earl Sweatshirt, the most talented rapper from the Odd Future collective, will soon release perhaps the most anticipated rap album of 2013. Only recently did Earl reveal that his debut album “Doris” will drop Aug. 20, but the Internet has been a-buzzing since he released the incredible single “Chum.” “Hive” is the second official look, and it won’t kill the hype. Backed by a simple beat, Earl delivers expectedly smooth verses with support from rappers Vince Staples and Casey Veggies. It carries the same eeriness fellow Wolf Gang rapper Tyler, the Creator made popular. “Hive” is yet another example of how confident Earl is — even at 19 years old. It’s not an extravagantly great track, but it’s better than most of what Odd Future has put out thus far. It’s doubtful any song on “Doris” will be able to top “Chum,” but “Hive” is a reminder not to sleep on Earl Sweatshirt. BRIAN SIBILLE


EDITOR’S PICK: Bad Cop, “The Light On EP”

You’re not responding the way I imagined you would when I acted out this convo in my head.

Stop it.

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If there’s no genre that Nashville-based group Bad Cop fits into, their latest effort, “The Light On EP,” contains sounds ranging from hardcore punk to garage band and everything in between. First track, “The Wind,” and final track, “My Dying Days,” sound like “Angles”-era The Strokes with The Shins thrown in for fun. Both songs beg for beach and pool listening, or anywhere the sun is shining. The only downer is “Post McDonald’s Punks,” which is almost two minutes of grainy, gritty punk rock that simply feels out of place among the overall calm nature of the collection. For an up-and-coming group, “The Light On EP” is solid and deserves a listen. Though the EP only lasts 15 minutes, there’s enough heart to TAYLOR BALKOM Editor in Chief satisfy any indie rock fan.

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Creating a better cell phone battery is not impossible THE CON ARTIST Connor Tarter Columnist Imagine for a moment that your cell phone could stay on for three days and still have 50 percent battery left. Now imagine that charging that phone’s battery would only take five minutes. Now come back to reality, where phone batteries are considered “good” if they last 12 hours or more with heavy usage. When will batteries not suck? Since cellular phones became a staple in this generation’s culture, this question has yet to be answered. Phones are now surpassing the abilities of the desktop computers popular just five years ago, but they can’t seem to hold a charge. Here’s the problem: Since 2005 or so, phones have been using lithium-ion batteries and not much else. It’s the industry standard for mobile power. The battery technology did not grow alongside other phone components, however. As processors, cameras and memory all made leaps and bounds technologically, they were forced to draw power from the same batteries we’ve been shoving into phones for nearly a decade. The worst news is, no one can say definitively when batteries will make the leap from terrible to terrific. There are other technologies being tested, but many of them are not as cost effective as lithium-ion and could take years to become cheap enough to implement on a large scale.

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 readers had to say in our comment section: In response to Chris Ortte’s column, “Group projects do not work as well as professors intend,” readers wrote: “The problem with most Colleges is that they don’t give enough group projects. In the College of Design group projects are the life blood of the later stages of the


Process engineer Bryant Polzin fills an 18650 lithium-ion battery cell with electrolyte using semi-automated equipment at Argonne’s Cell Fabrication Facility in Lemont, Ill. It’s been nearly a quarter of a century since the last big jump in battery technology, which led to the lithium-ion.

If we can create phones that can accommodate eight cores of processing power, then ­— in my eyes — we have the capabilities to create better batteries. The challenge of creating a new, more efficient battery is a tough one, but one that isn’t impossible. The solution is simple: Divert more funding and attention to battery technology and away from things like phone thinness and design. I would much rather have a phone that’s 0.1-millimeter thicker if it meant that my battery could last an extra hour. The age of wowing audiences with how thin a phone can be has passed — the real wow factor will come with

performance and premium features. The world needs more people like Eesha Khare to direct their massive amount of intelligence toward solving this issue. Khare, according to CNN Tech, won a $50,000 prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for creating a miniature supercapacitor that can charge a cell phone battery in as little as 20 seconds. Khare’s device may not directly solve the short battery life issue, but it definitely puts the right foot forward. At 18 years old, she’s proven that this problem doesn’t require years of

experience to tackle — maybe just a different perspective. Even with Khare’s new supercapacitor and the testing of lithium-sulfur batteries that last up to four times as long as lithium-ion, we are most likely stuck with current battery technology for a while. This being the case, the recently announced Droid MAXX makes a lot of sense. The MAXX, one of three new phones from Motorola, offers an unheard-of 48 hours of battery life. This absurd capacity isn’t the result of any new technology, just an extremely large battery. This makes the phone considerably fatter than its brother, the Droid Ultra, but it is

still very thin and light considering the circumstances. Motorola is on the right track with the MAXX. If our batteries can’t get any better for now, we might as well beef them up to make up for the slack. All we can do is hope other manufacturers see the wisdom in Motorola’s strategy and follow suit.

degree. In the beginning efficiency is not the goal of the group project, learning to cooperate is. Scheduling tasks, assuming responsibility, giving and receiving constructive criticism and even toning down your opinion toward a common goal are the first lessons learned during the first few group projects. In the early 80s’s when I studied Landscape Architecture at LSU, we had so many group projects that we HAD TO learn how to deal with the personality difficulties, organizational inadequacies and the varying ranges of preparedness of each individual in our group problem solving assignments. But once you have run that early gauntlet a half dozen times, efficiency does

sets in. Believe me, when you launch into your career you will encounter, the lazy group member, the closed minded, the unprepared, the underprepared – and one hopes, that through your group learning experiences at LSU you can navigate those difficult moments in your professional world. Good Luck.” - AugustGerard

knows what they are doing, one or two people that doesn’t know what they’re doing but are motivated enough to try, and the rest don’t know anything and don’t care enough to learn. My theory is that senior level group projects are sort of a safety net for students that didn’t learn enough in their sophomore/junior level classes to be able to pass the senior level classes. Even if they don’t really know the material, if they are in a group with someone who does they can leech their way into a passing grade and a diploma.” - Tom504

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Call boxes are the first step in rape prevention LIZZY ON THE LOOSE Elizabeth Garcia Columnist Women on college campuses feel like they have to be on constant alert. As a woman, walking at night can be daunting. I’m constantly looking over my shoulder, clutching my keys in my hand, avoiding eye contact and walking as fast as I can back to my car. According to the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault, “sexual assault” is an allencompassing term that includes rape and any unwanted sexual activity that involves touching. A quarter of college women will be victims of sexual assault during their academic careers, and of those assaults, 80 percent will be committed by an acquaintance of the victim. Despite the statistics, the way we combat sexual assault hasn’t changed. The advice usually given puts the burden of responsibility on the women by teaching women how to stay safe and avoid getting raped. Currently, the way society treats sexual assault victims is appalling. Society shames victims, and our school isn’t doing enough to combat sexual assault and protect women on campus. Zerlina Maxwell, contributing writer at Ebony Magazine, recently appeared on The Sean Hannity Show to discuss whether women should just get guns in order to prevent rape. “I think that the entire conversation is wrong. I don’t want anybody to be telling women anything. I don’t want men to be

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A blue light and ‘Call Box’ sign sit above an emergency call box Wednesday outside of Broussard Hall. These call boxes can be found scattered around campus.

telling me what to wear and how to act, not to drink,” Maxwell said. “And I don’t, honestly, want you to tell me that I needed a gun in order to prevent my rape. In my case, don’t tell me if I’d only had a gun, I wouldn’t have been raped. Don’t put it on me to prevent the rape.” She’s right. According to a study by Charles Corprew III, a psychology professor at Loyola University New Orleans, men who adopt hypermasculine attitudes and the belief that danger is exciting and violence is manly are more likely to commit sexual assault. He suggests that men need a fraternity structure that creates a

space in which they can discuss alcohol abuse, sexual relationships and other potentially problematic behaviors. These discussions can prevent sexual misconduct. In Maxwell’s article, “5 Ways We Can Teach Men Not To Rape,” she says young men need to be taught what is legal consent, that women are not sexual objects, how to express masculinity in a healthy manner, to believe victims of sexual assault and, most importantly, how to intervene and prevent a potential sexual assault. We, as a society, need to stop thinking in terms of how to avoid being raped and instead teach men how to not rape. The Student Health Center

has sexual assault support, and medical services work to help victims of sexual assault by collecting evidence and providing support. The service is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and victims can contact Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response at 383-RAPE after hours and on weekends. While this is great, more needs to be done. Firstly, our campus is dangerous and needs better lighting and more police call boxes. Secondly, LSU’s Mental Health Center should holds talks like Corprew suggests in Free Speech Plaza. Finally, we, as a community, need to change the way we think.

According to the Rape, Abuse and Incent National Network, 54 percent of sexual assaults are not reported to the police and 97 percent of rapists will never go to jail. Women don’t report sexual assaults because of the prevalent social attitudes, which blame the victim for sexual assault. We will never be able to decrease the statistics if we continue to shame victims. Elizabeth Garcia is a 21-year-old mass communication senior from Greensboro, N.C. Contact Elizabeth Garcia at

College summers foreshadow post-graduation lives THE TRADITIONALIST Chris Ortte Columnist The anticipation would nearly kill me each spring as I’d count down each month, week, day, hour and even minute. It seemed my whole existence as a child was to live for summer. There were baseball and basketball camps, fishing and beach trips, lemonade and sun. It was almost as if the sun had only shown during the summer because school was such a bleak and miserable thing to a boy that wanted nothing more than to be outside, sweating and getting dirty. But those times are gone. I came to the realization fairly quickly upon the commencement of my first summer in college

that summers as I knew them had changed for good. It was not the freedom of summer that I longed for, but the rush of college. It took less than a week roustabouting offshore for me to figure out that there is hardly anything that lives up to fall semester in Baton Rouge. Summertime in college is work time. It is a glimpse of what is to come with post-grad life. For most of us, it is the only chance we get to put some work experience of real value on our resume. And ironically, it’s a much more sober three months than the nine spent enrolled in classes. Hangovers are seldom highfived in the office and there are only so many sick days one can take. I spent my first four summers working outside of Baton Rouge and Louisiana. These jobs have taken me to far places, introducing

me to people I never would have met. Hearing about other college experiences from co-workers — at least those who were afforded the opportunity — was a delight. I daydreamt often of what life was like at other campuses, though all else pales in comparison to football season in Death Valley. This summer, I decided to stay in Baton Rouge and take a break. This old college town certainly slows down when June rolls around. It sure is nice to slow down with it, but it’s saddening to see how busy campus isn’t as everyone returns home or goes off interning with some corporation in some concrete jungle. Returning to school has really become my summer. We come to school for two-thirds of the year to do some activities that require some effort, but we are constantly with friends with little to no adult supervision. Four years away at

camp is basically what we’re doing here. Each fall, your compatriots reunite from their city-slicked, corporate-cubicle internship and their livers are fresh. Free Speech Plaza is loud, hipsters are throwing Frisbees on the Parade Ground and tree-huggers are napping in their hammocks in the Quad. Magnificent, I say. I pity the poor soul who is ever bored on this campus. In reflection, middle and high school graduations were bittersweet. For the most part, we yearned for what was on the horizon much more than what we had just experienced. However, college summers have led on that this final graduation will lack much of that sweet and include a handful more bitterness. Seeing that this will be my last fall as an undergraduate at LSU, I do not intend to take one second of it for granted. Perhaps,

it may be the wildest one yet. I am one of the trending nine-semester graduates who are privileged to have five fall semesters under these stately oaks. To those with this opportunity, I say seize it. To the many of you who may be anxious to wipe your hands and be done with academia once and for all, you should remember that while you’re in college, all you have to do is just make the grade — the rest is a big party. So enjoy school while you still can. Chris Ortte is a 21-year-old political science senior from Lafayette.

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THE LIBRARY IS for people who are actually trying to study; not people who think putting themselves in a quiet place will make them actually study. I don’t want to hear you whispering or eating. TO THE PEOPLE that live on the floor above me, I am not quite sure why you are running in your apartment but I am sick of hearing a herd of elephants at all hours of the night. DEAR ROOMMATE, please be a normal person and not cook at 9 PM just because you have to wait on your boyfriend to do anything. Everyone around me is getting engaged and graduating and I’m just over here like, “Hey look, I haven’t lost TOPS yet!” I love watching hours of you playing Call of Duty... said no girlfriend ever. DEAR ROOMMATE, by definition, an anniversary happens once a year. So, when you’re all up on Facebook every four months bragging about your anniversary, I have to question your intelligence. TO THE FAST FOOD ESTABLISHMENT by LSU who I won’t name- It’s called fast food, NOT, “Let Me Call My Friends and Talk About Boyfriend Problems Then Worry About the Fact That You’ve Been Waiting for 20 Minutes Food.” I’m not eating this crap because it’s nutritious, I’m eating it because I’m in a hurry. Speed it up!

LSU GUMBO YEARBOOK is seeking page designers. Qualified candidates must have experience with the Adobe suite, incl. InDesign and Photoshop, and an eye for pleasing design. Open to all majors. Paid position, flexible hours, 4-6/wk. Must be able to work under deadlines. Must be available one week before fall semester begins. 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 rÈsumÈ to B-39 Hodges Hall or email ST. ALOYSIUS AFTER SCHOOL CARE is looking for counselors to work from 2:55 ñ 5:30 pm beginning August 9. If interested, please e-mail resume to WORK WITH KIDS! Learning Center needs assistants who have an A+ in positive attitude, work ethic, and who are enthusiastic about learning. Applicants must be available to work Tues/ Thurs from 3-7pm. Email resume: COUNTER CLERK part time afternoon position available flexible hours, great for students. Welsh’s Cleaners College Dr. @ Perkins Rd. apply in person EXTENDED DAY COUNSELORS Now hiring for Extended Day Counselors for The YMCA of The Capital Area. Counselors will provide care and supervision of students enrolled in the YMCA Extended Day program. Must be available afternoons Monday-Friday from 3:00pm-6pm. Before School Care is also available. Pay Rate $7.35-$8.00hr. Please contact and send resumes to the following people and locations if interested (Baranco Clark YMCA)225.344.6775 or (A. C. Lewis YMCA) 225.924.3606 or (C. B. Pennington YMCA) 225.272.9622 or

PARKVIEW BAPTIST PRESCHOOL Morning Aides needed 8-12 noon and Afternoon Teachers needed 3-6pm M-F. Please email your resume to STUDENT WORKER NEEDED: Downtown law firm needs student worker for M, W, F; working 6 hours/day, $8/hr; Send resume to PRESCHOOL MUSIC TEACHER NEEDED Do you love working with young children? Do you play a musical instrument? Flexible hours. Part time. Close to LSU. Email your resume to cdshighland@ AFTER CARE BEFORE CARE WORKER Private School is looking for before care & after care workers. Hours are: 6:30 am to 8 am or/and 3:30 pm to 6 pm. Pay is $10/hour. Send your resume at SPANISH & FRENCH ASSISTANTS Private school hiring Spanish and French Assistants to work with 2-4 y.o. Hours 8 am to 4 pm. $7.66/hour. Possibility to work before and after care. Send resume to FULL TIME/PART TIME We are looking for a outgoing and organized individual to work the front desk of a busy salon. Must be available to work Saturdays. Email resume to becky@ 225.246.8005

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Thursday, July 25, 2013 RACE, from page 9

In audio released from Zimmerman’s call to authorities, he was told not to follow Martin, but did so anyway. After losing Martin in the dark, Zimmerman said he began to return to his car when Martin approached him from behind and confronted him. The confrontation then grew physical, according to Zimmerman, which lead to him fearing for his life and pulling out his gun to shoot Martin. In the past year, Trayvon Martin has been one of the top stories on local and cable news, and Twitter, the news platform disguised as a social network. The case even became the first story to be featured more than the 2012 Presidential election according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism. Raymond Diamond, LSU law professor who specializes in race, legal history, and the 2nd Amendment, says the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman story had the perfect ingredients to make national news. “To many, the image is chilling that Zimmerman was a modern day nightrider — much like the slave patrollers in the

antebellum South who patrolled the roads and interrogated and disciplined slaves who did not have a pass — helping to keep black people in their place,” Diamond said. “Whether this would be proven to the satisfaction of a jury was a matter of high national interest, which in turn was the vehicle to sell advertising on every cable news channel you can imagine.” The media has been criticized for painting a skewed picture of the altercation when presenting the story to its viewers by showing years-old pictures of a baby-faced Trayvon Martin and pictures of Zimmerman that show him to be more muscular. Photojournalist and Poynter academic Kenny Irby commented on the media’s approach. “When you have such a lopsided visual comparison, it just stands to reason that people would rush to judgment,” Irby said to The Associated Press. As the story gained leverage, our generation found its first major racially driven story. This wasn’t something being read from a history book, it was happening live on our TV screens. Trayvon Martin began to represent young African-American males all over the country

The Daily Reveille and the tendency for them to be racially profiled. During the two weeks of court proceedings that began on June 24, millions of Americans tuned in each day to watch the countless testimonies. On July 13, Zimmerman was acquitted of the second degree murder charges that were brought against him by the state of Florida. The “not guilty” verdict fueled outrage leading to rallies and riots across the country. The Department of Justice has seized evidence from the case and is investigating whether or not Zimmerman should be charged with violating the civil rights of Martin. Diamond adds that it is difficult to say whether or not the Department of Justice will actually have a civil rights case

page 15 against Zimmerman. “Even though this case was conducted live on twenty-four hour news channels, we don’t know all the facts,” Diamond said. “Prosecutors examining this case will want to determine whether they can match the facts as they would anticipate proving them with each and every element of the crime charged.” On Friday, the film “Fruitvale Station,” starring Michael B. Jordan, will be released across the country. The film follows the story of Oscar Grant III, an African American man who was shot and killed by police at a San Francisco train station on New Year’s Day in 2009. Despite the fact that Grant was unarmed, a police officer alleged that he resisted arrest and decided to shoot him.

The officer was later charged with involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to two years in prison and is now on parole. The film’s release comes at a time when tensions are high in our country when it comes to race and how it is handled in the media. Moving forward, it is important that the media continues these difficult discussions in order for the people of our nation to grow and learn from each other. Aggi Ashagre is a 20-year-old psychology sophomore from Baton Rouge.

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