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Tigers snatch No. 2 recruiting class in the nation Mike Gegenheimer Sports Writer
If having the No. 1 recruit in the country wasn’t enough, LSU secured the nation’s second-best class at the conclusion of National Signing Day on Wednesday. The Tigers scored four ﬁve-star and 13 four-star recruits on Wednesday — according to Scout.com — as high school athletes across the country sent in letters of intent to prospective schools. “This class is a must,” said LSU coach Les Miles. “It’s an opportunity to replace guys that have graduated from college and gone on to business or gone on to the NFL, to replace those when they’re juniors, and that in three years have gone on to the NFL.” LSU’s 2014 freshmen class
stretches across ﬁve states and includes several players who top the national rankings for their respective positions and states. But no recruit ranked higher than St. Augustine High School running back Leonard Fournette out of New Orleans. Fournette verbally committed to the Tigers in early January, but a collective sigh of relief was felt throughout the LSU fan base when he ﬁnally signed on the dotted line. “[Fournette] has all the natural skill and ability that there is,” Miles said. “He’d be miserable if somebody didn’t have expectations that he’d have a great freshman year.” Miles added that Fournette is the type of player who could follow in the footsteps of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Florida State’s Jameis Winston and
STORY EXTRAS OPINION: Read what one columnist thinks of the Tigers’ success on signing day, p. 5 POLL: Which LSU signees are you most excited to see in the 2014 season? Vote online at lsureveille.com. win national awards as a freshman. The day’s biggest question mark came from another Louisiana talent in No. 1 wide receiver Malachi Dupre, who continued his recruitment process until the 11th hour, taking ofﬁcial visits as SIGNING DAY, see page 15
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LSU head football coach Les Miles speaks to reporters Wednesday about recent football signees at Bayou Bash in L’Auberge Casino.
Leaders travel to D.C. for LSU Day
Student resiliency important on campus Minorities often underrepresented
Deanna Narveson Staff Writer
LSU President F. King Alexander and the chancellors of other LSU system schools traveled to Washington, D.C., for an Alexander-led initiative called LSU Day this week. Alexander and the chancellors intended to lobby for higher education, and they met with the University’s Louisiana Delegation and other federal departments that fund the University. Alexander said Wednesday he thought it was a good couple of days in the nation’s capital. The trip began with an event hosted at Sen. Mary Landrieu’s house. “We’re glad we’re all here together uniﬁed,” Alexander said. “We want to make sure that Louisiana gets its funding.” Alexander said after meeting with the delegation Wednesday, the group of chancellors and deans would be at the Rayburn LSU DAY, see page 4
events have a tryout but the club itself is open for anyone looking to join and have fun ﬁshing.” Sparks said kayak ﬁshing is a perfect opportunity for a college student looking for an outdoor experience because it is one of the most accessible forms of ﬁshing. “Kayak ﬁshing can be as cheap as you want it to be,” Sparks said. “You can get a used kayak for $200 or $300 and that makes it very easy for someone to get involved.”
While there are outlets for minority students on campus to seek guidance, some University students and faculty are still focusing on the underrepresentation of minority students on campus. Danielle Alsandor, assistant professor of Higher Education in the College of Human Sciences and Education, spoke Wednesday on the topic of resiliency of underrepresented college students within the University and across the realm of higher education. One of the issues Alsandor discussed was minority student recruitment and retention in higher education. Though the University is known for having diverse student bodies, African-American students
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DIVERSITY, see page 15
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LSU Kayak Fishing Club member Jacob Cormier fishes off his boat Jan. 31 on University Lake.
Kayak fishing group experiences national success William Morris Contributing Writer
Sporting success at the University is usually associated with football, baseball, track and other sports that draw crowds. But over the last year, a new sport, kayak ﬁshing, has provided a new avenue of success for a group of students who want to take their sport to the next level. In a national collegiate kayak saltwater ﬁshing competition last year, the club took ﬁrst place in
both individual and team competitions. This new season and beyond, they are hoping to continue the success. Thomas Sparks, mechanical engineering senior and founding member of the club, said the sport is relatively small right now, but with their recent success, they have already seen a growth in interest. “What is really important ﬁrst and foremost is that the club is open to everyone and anyone who wants to join,” Sparks said. “Our competition teams for national
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Judge orders no jail time for Texas teen Jindal looking at tweaks to tenure law The Associated Press
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FORT WORTH (AP) — A judge on Wednesday ordered a Texas teenager who was sentenced to 10 years’ probation in a drunken-driving crash that killed four people to go to a rehabilitation facility paid for by his parents. Judge Jean Boyd again decided to give no jail time for Ethan Couch, defense attorney Reagan Wynn and prosecutors told reporters after the hearing, which was closed to the public. Prosecutors had asked Boyd to sentence him to 20 years in state custody on charges related to two people who were severely injured. The sentence stirred ﬁerce debate, as has the testimony of a defense expert who says Couch’s wealthy parents coddled him into a sense of irresponsibility. The expert termed the condition “afﬂuenza.” Wynn and prosecutor Richard Alpert would not identify the facility where Couch will go or where it is located. The teen’s family previously had offered to pay for Couch to go to a $450,000-a-year rehabilitation center near Newport Beach, Calif.
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Tonya Couch, left, and Fred Couch, parents of teenager Ethan Couch, arrive at juvenile court for a hearing about their son’s future Wednesday in Fort Worth, Texas.
Couch, who is currently in state custody, is expected to receive alcohol and drug rehab, and could face prison time if he runs away from the facility or violates any other terms of his probation, Alpert said. There is no minimum amount of time Couch must spend in the facility before his release,
prosecutor Riley Shaw said. Wynn ripped the media and the public’s focus on “afﬂuenza” and said that his client was misunderstood. He said reporting of the Couch case had “so twisted the facts that were actually presented in court that I don’t think the truth will ever be able to come out now.”
(AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal signaled Wednesday that he’s willing to make changes to his 2012 law that made it tougher for teachers to reach the job protection status of tenure. Jindal spokesman Kyle Plotkin said the Republican governor is working with the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, an education union that has ﬁled a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality, and superintendents on possible tweaks to the law. The sweeping set of changes, known as Act 1, made it harder for teachers to achieve tenure and reworked the process for appealing ﬁring decisions, among many other changes. The teachers’ group says the changes violated their rights.
Pope pressured to act on abuse The Associated Press
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis came under new pressure Wednesday to punish bishops who covered up for pedophile priests when a U.N. human rights panel accused the Vatican of systematically protecting its reputation instead of looking out for the safety of children. In a scathing report that thrilled victims and stunned the Vatican, the United Nations committee said the Holy See maintained a “code of silence” that enabled priests to sexually abuse tens of thousands of
children worldwide over decades with impunity. Among other things, the panel called on the Vatican to immediately remove all priests known or suspected to be child molesters, open its archives on abusers and the bishops who covered up for them, and turn the abuse cases over to law enforcement authorities for investigation and prosecution. The committee largely brushed aside the Vatican’s claims that it has already instituted new safeguards, and it accused the Roman Catholic Church of still harboring criminals.
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Make New funding to up class support inventions schedule announced Deanna Narveson Staff Writer
The University announced the addition of three Saturday classes to the spring 2014 schedule to make up for days missed because of snowy weather earlier in the semester. Feb. 15 will be used to make up missed Tuesday classes from Jan. 28; Feb. 22 will take the place of the Wednesday, Jan. 29 missed classes; and March 29 will replace the Friday, Jan. 21 classes. Classes on those days had to be canceled as the University was hit by unusually icy, winter weather that caused roads and government ofﬁces to be shut down. The University originally announced in an email sent out Jan. 29 it was looking to utilize Saturday classes so as not to cut into Mardi Gras and Spring Break holidays and potentially ruin students’ plans. The make up days will be held at the same time and in the same location as regularly scheduled. The University said the Saturdays were selected based on campus activities for those days and a “need to hold the make-up days as soon as possible.” Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @TDR_news
A funding system for assisting with marketing faculty inventions and technology, called the LSU Leveraging Innovation for Technology Transfer, or LIFT, was approved by the Board of Supervisors Friday. The LSU LIFT fund would award grants of amounts up to $50,000 twice a year to faculty members to help with applied research and with getting new innovations ready to be marketed, said Nicole Honoree, LSU System director of research and economic development initiatives. The fund will be sustained permanently by allocating 5 percent of the University’s future intellectual property licensing income directly to the new fund and the ﬁrst grants are expected to be awarded July 1, according to a University release. According to the release, applicants to the fund would have to present their projects to a committee. Research funding usually comes in much larger sums for beginning new research, but the LIFT fund is designed to provide enough money to develop already existing ideas to a proﬁtable level, Honoree said. For Chandra Theegala, biological and agricultural engineering associate professor, the funding this program provides would give him the ability to build a permanent structure to house his recent invention, which currently sits on a trailer. Theegala said funding for the
type of research that goes on after an idea is developed is hard to come by, citing difﬁculty getting the funding to test one of his other inventions, a water skimmer that separates crude oil from saltwater. Theegala said he thought the program would be effective and would help with some of the problems he experienced when he developed his skimmer because he could not get funding to develop it further, despite its multiple uses in the oil industry. “The LSU LIFT Fund will provide our excellent faculty with a new means of advancing their innovative research towards the market,” said J. Stephen Perry, member of the LSU Board of Supervisors. Civil and environmental engineering professor Ronald Malone said when he developed his water treatment technology he was originally rejected by the University. “When I was developing my technology, we literally had to go to the bank and borrow the money to get the patent,” Malone said. Malone said LSU LIFT looks like a promising program for young professors and those that have new ideas they want to pursue. Malone said that while $50,000 doesn’t appear to be much money, it can go a long way toward getting an invention on the market.
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Senate talks future initiatives Jacquelyn Masse Contributing Writer
Student Government discussed Student Union seating, improvements with parking lots and possible initiatives for this semester at its Senate meeting Wednesday. The Senate passed a resolution urging Auxiliary Services to increase Union seating by adding tables or opening the Cotillion Ballroom and second ﬂoor lobby. “I want to be able to have a place to eat between classes without worrying if seating will be available,” said Senator Andrew Mullet. SG passed another resolution urging the Ofﬁce of Parking, Trafﬁc and Transportation to improve the parking lot behind West Hall. SG discussed possibly adding more concrete barriers and additional signage to the lot. A new career service prep shop
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House Ofﬁce Building on Capitol Hill with about 200 University alumni and those afﬁliated with the University for a reception. Jason Droddy, director of external affairs, said the meetings Wednesday were to include discussion of college affordability. Alexander said the University received $600 million in federal funding, and more than $27 million in Pell Grants last year. Most years, the deans and
for students called Tailored Tigers will be available for students in the future for renting formal wear. This program will give students the opportunity to rent free formal wear if they can’t afford it. Career Services, SG President John Woodard and SG Vice President Taylor Parks will be contacting businesses to donate formal wear to Tailored Tigers. Parks said she would also accept any donations made by students. An Academic Major Fair for students will take place sometime this semester on Feb. 24, March 24 or March 31. Parks said the fair will have senior advisors of colleges discussing different academic programs, majors and minors offered within their college. SG also discussed a possible weeklong break for Thanksgiving instead of a fall break for next year. Woodard said if students aren’t happy about the idea, he would make
sure fall break would be spaced far enough from Thanksgiving. “I think it could be a good opportunity for our out-of-state students or international students to spend some time at home for the holidays,” Parks said. SG will decide on the possible schedule change after they send out a survey seeking student input, Woodard said. Another initiative discussed was the possibility of having a syllabus database that teachers would post online. Parks said this would allow students to see if the class is suitable for their personal preference. The University attempted to have this database before, but teachers refused, saying syllabi are their personal property.
chancellors of the nine system schools make individual trips to Washington, D.C., to meet with congressional representatives, Droddy said. This week was the ﬁrst time they all traveled together. The trip to Washington, D.C., this week was funded in part by donations and the alumni association, and it is a chance for them to present data and research and show off the school as a “national university serving a national purpose,” Droddy said. Alexander said the group also
thanked their congressional representatives in Washington. “I think its been a very successful 24 hours,” Alexander said. Alexander also traveled to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 16 as one of 100 university deans and chancellors to attend the White House summit, which focused on increasing the accessibility of higher education.
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Player overcomes disease to return to the game
story TOMMY ROMANACH Sports Contributor
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In February 2013, the LSU women’s basketball team began warming up for a game against Mississippi State. As the pregame drills started, then-sophomore forward Sheila Boykin noticed her legs were not working correctly and felt numbness as she continued to practice. Boykin had never considered herself a player who lets people know when something is wrong. But the mysterious feeling in her legs lingered throughout the first half, and she was forced to tell coach Nikki Caldwell she couldn’t continue with the game. Boykin first diagnosed herself with a knee injury, something she suffered with while in high school. But this was a different sensation. This was something that could affect not only her career, but the rest of her life. “I was thinking, ‘OK so I’ll be back by next week?’ That’s the first thing I asked [trainer] Micki [Collins],” Boykin said. “And she was like, ‘No baby, you’re going to be done for the rest of the season.’” WHAT IS GUILLAIN-Barré Boykin was diagnosed with SYNDROME? Guillain-Barré syndrome, a disorder that affects the peripheral Often referred to as GBS, the disorder affects nervous system. the peripheral nervous system, which After the diagnosis, Boykin includes the brain and spinal cord. GBS was put in the hospital for five causes paralysis, often beginning in the days as doctors kept the synfeet and hands and moving elsewhere on drome from spreading further the body. It can become life-threatening if it into her body. With the team reaches the respiratory system, which can in Missouri and her family still make breathing difficult or impossible. driving to Baton Rouge from their home in Los Angeles, Collins expected Boykin to break down at some point. But as Collins was starting to learn, Boykin is a BOYKIN, see page 8
Signing day could fix LSU’s blues THE SMARTEST MORAN James Moran Sports Columnist If the Under Armour All-America Game was seen as a nightmare for LSU, then National Signing Day would have to be considered a dream come true. Losing Speedy Noil, Tony Brown and Gerald Willis III in January left a bad taste in the mouths of the LSU faithful, but the impressive haul LSU coach Les Miles and company secured on Wednesday should be more than enough to wash it out. In a stretch that lasted about an hour, LSU landed signings from fivestar wide receiver Malachi Dupre as well as four-star defensive tackles Travonte Valentine, Davon Godchaux and Trey Lealaimatafao. After losing Noil, getting Dupre to stay home was the biggest news of the day for LSU, but landing the three defensive tackles will be a huge help in replacing Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson. Miles said he expected all three could step in a play right away. For Miles, the focus in SIGNINGS, see page 7
Tigers to take on improved Bulldogs squad tonight Chandler Rome Sports Writer
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LSU junior forward Johnny O’Bryant III dunks the ball Saturday during the Tigers’ 88-74 victory against Arkansas at the PMAC.
In his two meetings against Georgia last season, LSU junior forward Johnny O’Bryant III noticed some Bulldogs standing still. And who could blame them? The Bulldogs were buoyed by do-it-all guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who scored at will for the cellar-dwelling Bulldogs and shredded the Tigers for a combined 55 points in the two meetings. But with the reigning Southeastern Conference Player of the Year now with the Detroit Pistons, tonight’s 6 p.m. matchup against the Bulldogs (10-10, 4-4 SEC) presents a different dynamic for LSU. “They’re playing more as a team than rather just giving Pope the ball and getting out the way,” O’Bryant said. “He was such a great scorer that they probably
just sat back and watched him do his thing.” With Athens’ most prolific scorer since Dominique Wilkins gone, O’Bryant and junior guard Anthony Hickey said they noticed Georgia playing more at ease and free in its offense, committing to a more team-oriented mindset on the offensive end. Winners of four of their last five games, the Tigers (14-6, 5-3 SEC) look to rectify road woes stretching back to December — a run where LSU finds itself just 2-2 in true road games. In their last two losses at Ole Miss and Alabama, the Tigers struggled out of the gate, made a furious rally and had the ball with a shot to win the game before squandering the opportunity. “We want to contain guys on defense and hit them first on offense before they hit us,” said LSU freshman forward Jarell Martin. “Give it our best for the first five minutes, then play five
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minute segments. We have to stay together as a team and close out games.” It seems the Tigers have solved that puzzle at home, as they raced out to two huge leads before holding off late game rallies in wins against Kentucky and Arkansas. Coupled with the introduction of a 2-3 zone and efficient shooting from the perimeter, LSU now must take the show on the GEORGIA, see page 8
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LSU looks to stop first half woes Tommy Romanach Sports Contributor
LSU forward Theresa Plaisance and her team were concerned with how they started their Jan 16 game at Missouri. LSU fell behind by double digits early, before putting together a run that gave LSU a two-point lead at halftime. Since that game, LSU has failed to lead at halftime in ﬁve consecutive games, and players’ concerns are growing. “We just need to do a better job of playing together and not go oneon-one when things break down,” Plaisance said. LSU (17-5, 6-3 Southeastern Conference) will look to shake its ﬁrst half woes where it started as it again takes on Missouri (14-8, 3-6 SEC) tonight, this time at the PMAC. LSU has responded well to most of its early deﬁcits, mounting comebacks against Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Auburn. But losses to Vanderbilt and Kentucky have pinned the team back to fourth in the SEC. The loss to Kentucky on Sunday proved especially troublesome, as LSU went more than nine minutes without scoring. Plaisance said the Lady Tigers understand what they need to do to move forward from the loss. “I feel like we could have given a lot better effort. We had a lot more to give,” Plaisance said. “So yeah, it was a setback. But we know the
things we need to ﬁnish and touch up on.” Freshman guard Raigyne Moncrief has recently stepped up for LSU. The Fort Lauderdale native has averaged 18 points in the last two games, including a 19 point, nine rebound performance against Kentucky on Sunday. Moncrief said anybody on the team can step up because of the talent surrounding the team, but the team may need her skills as it takes on stronger SEC opponents. In its ﬁrst meeting with Missouri, LSU pulled away after breaking a school record with 13 3-pointers. Despite the loss, Missouri still saw a 30-point outburst from forward Bri Kulas. The senior has been tormenting SEC teams, putting up 21 points per game against conference opponents. After Missouri, LSU will face two of the SEC’s top teams, Texas A&M and South Carolina, in consecutive games. But for now, the mission is Missouri and being able to play a complete game. “The most important thing that we need to focus in on is becoming a 40 minute team,” head coach Nikki Caldwell said. “We’ve got to be ready to defend different styles in the SEC. … But this is only preparing us for the NCAA [tournament].” Contact Tommy Romanach at email@example.com; Twitter: tro_TDR
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Tigers face Longhorns in season opener Czechner aims to fill pitching void Morgan Prewitt Sports Contributor
The No. 17 LSU softball team opens its season with a Top-25 showdown against No. 10 Texas at 6 p.m. tonight in Tiger Park. The opener marks the Tigers’ ﬁrst game since their loss to University of Louisiana at Lafayette in last year’s NCAA Regional. Missing the College World Series last season has fueled the team to make the CWS this year. “That is something that we want to work every single day to make sure something like that
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recruiting is ﬁlling needs with elite players. After adding that trio to solid commitments like running back Leonard Fournette, safety Jamal Adams, quarterback Brandon Harris and linebacker Clifton Garrett, he’s done exactly that. The Tigers signed 22 recruits in total, and may grow to 23 with defensive end Deondre Clark set to sign with either LSU or Oklahoma tomorrow, but LSU’s class is elite either way. On the strength of that early Wednesday push, the Tigers vaulted up the rankings and ﬁnished with the No. 2 recruiting class in the country, trailing only Alabama. What the haul lacked in quantity, it more than made up for in quality — 15 of LSU’s 22 commits were ranked among ESPN.com’s Top 300. It’s hard to imagine how Wednesday could have gone any better for the Tigers. Somewhere deep in the bowels of the Internet there are fans still mad Alabama signed Cameron Robinson and Hootie Jones out of Monroe — those people are delusional. Miles wouldn’t admit to feeling the heat after the Under Armour All-America Game debacle, but he certainly looked both happy and relieved when he addressed the media Wednesday afternoon. I lost track of the amount of times he used the word “tremendous” to describe members of his class, and that was just from his 20-plus minute opening statement. Admittedly, I’ve never seen a vast majority of them play a single snap of football, but according to recruiting analysts, the description seems warranted. Bringing in a highly touted class doesn’t guarantee LSU will beat Wisconsin in the season opener, or anyone else for that matter. But Miles and company’s chances deﬁnitely look better today than they did a couple weeks ago. James Moran is a 21-year-old mass communication senior from Beacon, N.Y. Contact James Moran at email@example.com; Twitter: @Moran_TDR
doesn’t happen to this program again,” said head coach Beth Torina. “We want to get to accomplish our ultimate goal of going to the college world series every single year.” Torina’s theme for the 2014 season is “Locked In,” which she describes as the embodiment of the focus the team has on not only getting to the CWS, but winning it. “Locked in means that all of us are locked in on the same goal, the same mindset. We are all ready to make it to the World Series,” said LSU junior outﬁelder A. J. Andrews. “We all have to stick together to win.” The tough early schedule will test the Tigers’ veterans and freshmen alike and prepare the team for the tough Southeastern
Conference schedule. Following the graduation of Rachele Fico, senior pitcher Ashley Czechner steps to the forefront of the rotation. Statistically, the Tigers seem to be in good hands. Pitching behind Fico in 2013, Czechner had a 12-1 record and a 2.64 ERA. Czechner also recorded three top-25 wins last year, including No. 17 Kentucky, No. 12 Missouri and No. 4 Alabama. “[Czechner] had a great year last year. She kept us in the ballgame against honestly anyone we put her in against,” Torina said. The offensive ﬁrepower in the Tigers’ lineup should relieve some of the pressure put on Czechner. The lineup will feature Co-SEC Freshman of the Year
Bianka Bell, who led the team in home runs last year with 12. Although power hitters like Bell, sophomore Kellsi Kloss and sophomore Sandra Simmons led the lineup statistically, speed is still the heart of the offense. Andrews, senior outﬁelder Simone Heyward, Bell and Simmons combined for 55 stolen bases in 2013. “I think we are still going to rely a lot on our speed game,” Torina said. “I think it would be crazy not to because they are so talented. I think our speed is unbelievable with A.J. Andrews, Jacee Blades and Simone Heyward.” Contact Morgan Prewitt at firstname.lastname@example.org
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different animal. “I remember thinking ‘Just prepare yourself, she’s going to break down here, she’s going to break down,’ She never did,” Collins said. “She asked me lots of questions — a lot of questions. She never cried and she never even looked like she was scared.” Leaving the hospital, Boykin had to learn how to live a normal life with the symptoms the syndrome brought. She couldn’t walk straight. She couldn’t jump. Most importantly, she couldn’t play basketball — for now. But she still had to go to school, and she had to start training to be ready for the next season. Collins and Jon Silver, director of Basketball Operations, worked out a buddy system to help Boykin get to and from class. Employees at the Cox Communications Academic Center, meanwhile, helped arrange tutors to go to Boykin’s dorm. Collins began to put Boykin through training exercises that would gradually bring back her muscle tone. Some of the drills Collins had to make up on her own, but they still helped Boykin regain strength. There was one constant in Collins’s plan: she needed to lay eyes on Boykin every day. Collins said she knew Boykin would have good and bad days. “I’d throw out 10 foam balls or 10 straws, and she’d have to pick up 10 before she could leave that day,” Collins said. “Some days that might take her 15 minutes, the next day it might take her two hours.” After spring break, training became less difﬁcult, and Boykin began to show signs of recovery. The numbness left her legs, but she still walked with a distinct limp, and other symptoms were still present. As the summer dragged on, a date for full recovery was still up in the air. There were fears that Boykin would not play in the 2013-14 season at all.
Boykin said her biggest motivation came from her mother, who advised her that there are worse things happening in the world and to remain positive throughout the ordeal. Then, right before the team went on a trip to Spain in August, something in the practice facility caught Collins’s eye. “I saw [Boykin] walking down the hall and I was like, ‘Sheila, you don’t look like you’re limping anymore.’ And she said, ‘What?’” Collins said. “She had become so accustomed to limping, she didn’t even realize she wasn’t limping.” Collins decided to put Boykin on the court for practice that day, and although she didn’t do much, the ﬁnal stage of recovery had arrived. Boykin became acquainted again with the team she left in February. On Nov. 10 against St. Joseph’s, Boykin made her ﬁrst start since her recovery. She has gone on to start in nine other games this season, including a game against Hampton University, in which she notched a career-high seven rebounds. Looking back, both Collins and Boykin feel grateful for the bond they made during the entire process. Collins said although most days as a trainer are ﬁlled with mundane tasks, the time spent with Boykin helped reafﬁrm why she choose her career. Although Boykin is now fully healthy, she still fears the GuillainBarré may come back. In those times, however, she remembers the wise words of her mother. “She always told me, ‘There is a light at the end of the tunnel for you. You’re going to get through this’” Boykin said. “That’s something my mom told me every single day. I didn’t believe it until I started telling myself that.”
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road, where Tigers’ coach Johnny Jones thinks it’s just a matter of channeling consistency for the team to put it all together. “We understand what it takes,” Jones said. “It’s just a matter of getting over that hump and making plays down the stretch. We’ve been in that situation at home as well. I think our team knows that our team is capable.” In Caldwell-Pope’s absence, sophomore guard Charles Mann paces the Bulldog offense,
Thursday, February 6, 2014 chipping in 13.5 points per game to go along with 2.9 assists per contest. The Bulldogs have failed to eclipse 70 points in six of their eight SEC games and are tied for 10th in the SEC, averaging 69.3 points per game. Hickey and Martin agreed the Tigers entered last week’s slate with an underdog, underthe-radar mentality that proved a driving force in the week’s accomplishments. But now entering a pivotal road stretch with whispers of NCAA Tournament aspirations
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one man’s trash
Hindsight 20/20 with Facebook’s ‘Lookback’
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One man’s trash is another man’s masterpiece. Jamaican-born artist Nari Ward makes it his goal to reuse mundane objects to create his works of art. These pieces often address poverty and social issues. In one of his pieces, “Glory,” Ward created a tanning bed out of oil drums to represent America’s unhealthy obsession with oil and other vices. The objects, such as old baby strollers and gasoline tanks, are not normally considered art because of their functionality, but Ward has discovered a way to combine these items into works that have stood in multiple museums across the nation. The question of what defines art is an often-debated topic. Many do not see the use of everyday items as forms of art. “Art is the viewer,” Ward said. “The viewer is a key element. It is all about what the viewer sees and if they are on the same page as the artist.” Ward had a knack for drawing at an early age, but growing up in Jamaica limited his
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growth as an artist. To provide a better life for her children, his mother took a job offer in America and sent for Ward and his brothers one by one. He went to college in New York for visual arts, where he realized he could truly pursue art as a profession. In the early ’90s, Ward began taking an interest in what was going on in the world. He lived in Harlem when drugs and AIDs became prevalent issues. Ward was inspired to begin talking about the issues he saw in his life through his art work. He began working with things that were easily found or discarded and built a narrative around them. Ward saw the idea of creating art out of everyday items as a way to show that nothing in life is worthless. He found this form of art enjoyable, and so did others. Ward has had work displayed in museums, like the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and the Guggenheim Museum. When creating a piece, Ward said it’s
Facebook is the biggest social network on the Internet. It has ushered in the generation of online connections. It gives any user the ability to meet every other user. The website is simply dedicated to people meeting people all over the world. On Tuesday, Facebook cel- Gerald Ducote ebrated its 10th Entertainment Writer birthday as the grandmaster of social networking. How did it celebrate? By being so generous as to offer you the “Lookback” feature. Right now, if you log in to Facebook and then enter the address extension “/lookback,” you will be directed to a new page where a video is waiting. What happens next is a 62 second video composed of photos, statuses and videos posted since the person’s page was made. It sounds touching at first, and it might even seem considerate of Facebook to think of each user personally. But the video doesn’t reflect the personalized sentiment. It starts with a soft piano melody reminiscent of Coldplay’s “Clocks” and is just as cheesy. From there, the “camera” pans over a large wall of Facebook photos. All of your selfies, red Solo cup parties and awkward Christmas cards flying past while a piano forces you to feel nostalgic about
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Artwork by Nari Ward is displayed Wednesday in the LSU Museum of Art in downtown Baton Rouge.
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Artists collaborate on new exhibit at Frameworks Gallery Panya Kroun Contributing Writer
In 1972, Andy Warhol teamed up with Jean-Michel Basquiat, and the duo shook the art world with their strange and beautiful collaborative pop-art paintings. In 2005, Charles Barbier met Clark Derbes, and a similar spark surged through Baton Rouge. This is how Third Mind came to be. To the owners of Frameworks Gallery, The Third Mind is an art exhibit made by two talented painters native to Baton Rouge. To the artists, The Third Mind is the culmination of 11 years of hard work, creativity and friendship. When Derbes, now 35, met
Barbier, a veteran of the Vietnam War, they had arranged to meet for the express purpose of creating art. Neither of them had any idea they’d become lifelong friends. When they started painting together, however, there was no doubt in Dernes’ mind that they’d collaborate again. Their chemistry was instant. “It was a really intuitive experience,” Derbes said. Derbes and Barbier met up every week after their first encounter until 2006, when Derbes moved to Vermont to pursue his career in a smaller town. Many friendships would have broken under the burden of distance, but their bond defied space and time, and the two have met up every year since the move to make a new work of art together.
They created their most prominent pieces in 2012, when they contributed to the BRWalls project. In a joint effort with about 50 other local groups, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge commissioned some of the city’s prominent artists to paint popular buildings in the most frequented downtown areas. Barbier and Derbes were among the artists selected to realize the project. On a purely aesthetic level, Barbier and Derbes have different styles. Barbier uses an eclectic range of bright neon colors to depict symbolic and purposely unsettling scenes. He incorporates pop-art into his paintings and often utilizes exaggerated images of the female form. In THIRD MIND, see page 11
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“The Third Mind,” collaborations between Charles Barbier and Clark Derbes, debuts Thursday at Frameworks Gallery on Highland Road.
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Louisiana artist brings personal flair to Comic Con Will Kallenborn Entertainment Writer
With comic books’ immense rise in popularity in recent years, comic conventions are quickly becoming the place to be for those interested in seeing the biggest stars and meeting up-and-coming writers and artists. Wizard World’s annual Comic Con returns to the Crescent City this weekend, bringing with it a plethora of guests and exhibitors. The convention promises to have another incredible year, with dozens of special guests and fun features. Some of the celebrity guests include Doctor Who’s Matt Smith, the legendary Stan Lee, many of the stars of TV’s “The Walking Dead” and Freddy Krueger aka Robert Englund. On top of that, the show will include dozens of comic’s best artists and writers. One of the show’s guests is Monty Stikkmann, a Metairie, La. native and comic book artist who attends the show as an exhibitor every year. “It’s a nerdapalooza,” Stikkmann said. “There is a little bit of everything. You can nerd out over Doctor Who on one side and what is happening in the next issue of Spider-Man in the other corner.” Stikkmann said the show is a great opportunity for people to check out some of the local talent
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Louisiana offers. The elaborate costumes attendees put together keep drawing Stikkmann back to the show. He said the spectacle of the convention is something that simply should not be missed. “It’s just a big party with people who are in to the same things that you are,” Stikkmann said. Comics have always been a huge source of inspiration for Stikkmann, who said he was inspired to draw comics when he saw the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” TV show and when he read “XMen” Vol 2 #5, which was drawn by Jim Lee and written by Chris Claremont, who will be attending
the convention this year. “When I saw that Jim Lee book, I didn’t know anything could look like that, and I immediately knew that was what I wanted to do,” Stikkmann said. “It just got me, I was in from that point on. Stikkmann said New Orleans is a great place for a comic convention, and few other cities can hold an event like this one. “There’s a lot of stuff that happens after the con, and New Orleans is a great place for something like that to spill out into the streets,” Stikkmann said. Stikkmann also said the city’s abnormal identity is a perfect ﬁt for the eccentric feeling the show brings. Some of the events held around Comic Con include a Drink and Draw on Friday night and a Sci-Fi speed-dating event held throughout the weekend. These events are a good indicator of the wacky fun that can be had at the convention. Stikkmann stressed that the convention is not something to be missed. “Go, especially if you’re into anything nerd culture,” he said. “There’s something for everyone there.” Stikkmann will attend the New Orleans Comic Con, selling commissions and original art and promoting his online webcomic “Flying Zombies.” Stikkmann is also the co-host
of “Monty and the Mongoose,” an online radio show that can be heard at blogtalkradio.com/ﬂyingzombies.
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not finished until he “does not understand what is happening” in the sculpture. As art is meant to be a form of free expression, he does not want to control it. “When you raise a child and then see that child taking on its own responsibilities, you let them control the environment. That is the way I see art.” Ward said. Ward has a residency at the College of Art and Design teaching students how to create installation art. In January, he worked on several sculptures with his students that will be a part of the LSU Museum of Art’s Rooted Communities exhibition. Ward said his goal as an artist is to “express what is happening in the world.” He said he believes if an issue is personally addressed, people will have a clearer understanding of what is occurring instead of believing the words around them. Ward draws a comparison between teaching and art. He said the
THIRD MIND, from page 9 “Border Bust,” two patrol officers grope a half-naked woman on the border of Texas and Mexico as a police helicopter flies over them. The image is explicit and disturbing, but its artistic merit is undeniable. Derbes, on the other hand, uses tribal symbols, classic Americana and simple abstract shapes in most of his work. He loves optical illusions and, more often than not, he prefers sculpture to canvas. When they collaborate, though, it is difficult to tell the two artists apart. In “Alien Encounter,” an acrylic painting that depicts an alien invasion, shapes and colors blend into each other in such a way that they are indistinguishable from each other. The result is something closer to an abstract rainbow-colored canvas than any kind of distinct setting. Derbes said making the artwork is not quite as easy, and working with another artist becomes an act of pure improvisation. “Normally, you have this idea
goal in both professions is to change a life. He said he believes his work is not successful if his audience leaves the exhibit the same way it entered. While teaching, Ward told his students they needed to have a relationship with their audience. “Artists make connections that can’t happen in other spaces,” Ward said. Ward said the space where the works are displayed will grow over time as he visits Baton Rouge for his residency. The pieces on display reflect Ward’s experience with his students and what he has seen in Baton Rouge. The exhibit will open to the public on Friday for free and will be located on the fifth floor of the LSU Museum of Art at the Shaw Center for the Arts.
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Several posts and pics later, the piano crescendos, the cheese factor jumps to 11 and the camera stops on the ubiquitous Facebook “Like” hand. If anything, the video reminds users of just how much of their lives are in the hands of Mark Zuckerberg and company. Overall, Facebook missed it on this one. The “Lookback” idea was the site’s way of thanking its users for 10 years of traffic. It was a heartfelt concept that I find poorly executed because Facebook is full of everyday people. There is nothing wrong with any of the content on a Facebook profile. I’m just confident that people don’t have any desire to relive all of their antics on Facebook. If they did, they would be continuously bumping the same pictures and posts every day.
Don’t think me ungracious. Your users do appreciate you, Facebook. We are thankful for everything you have done in the way of networking. We thank you for giving us something to do when our friends get boring for five seconds. We thank you for 10 years of the good ole white and blue. One piece of advice: when Facebook decides to thank users in another 10 years — and yes, there will still be Facebook in 2024 — maybe try something different. How about a hologram of my friends’ wisdom teeth videos?
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Contact Joshua Jackson at email@example.com of what you’re going to create when you start making art, but you have to react to everything your partner does when you collaborate, so it’s always a surprise,” Derbes said. The exhibit was inspired by the work Warhol and Basquiat made together in the ’70s. Their collaborations consummated their friendship in a way the whole world could appreciate. Similarly, Barbier and Derbes wanted to show the world that friends who paint together stay together. “Two heads are better than one – that’s the idea behind The Third Mind,” Derbes said. The Third Mind will open with a reception tomorrow night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Frameworks Gallery at 8501 Highland Road. The duo’s art will hang until March 22. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Social media contributing to breakdown of societal hierarchy NEUTRAL GROUND ELI HADDOW Columnist Last week, chances are most LSU students heard that classes were canceled from some form of hierarchy. Be it the campuswide text system, President F. King Alexander or another news source. This example sticks out in a world of social media that increasingly advocates a departure from the traditional hierarchy of not only media, but society as a whole. We have seen social media help transform countries around the world, but we should use greater caution in giving glory to an entity that we do not yet fully understand. Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have undoubtedly helped protesters connect and communicate, but the downside remains — they detract from the ends that users seek and often result in a disorganized hodgepodge of humanity that contains an inﬁnite number of intentions. News and updates ﬂow onto our phones and computers through our social media, which act as a news aggregator or an ad hoc news outlet. We are so caught up in the present, we are failing to look to the future as we once did, argued media theorist Douglas Rushkoff in a recent POLITICO article. He argues that our traditional perceptions of events have been skewed from the 20th
century emphasis on beginnings, middles and endings to a pervasive “now” that traps us in the realm of current events and prevents us from moving forward. Many would discredit this notion as a fatalist interpretation of the evils of social media that increasingly distract us from work, school and driving. As I mentioned, people in countries around the world have used social media to take great leaps forward. But the fault of Facebook and Twitter is that they create an egalitarian atmosphere that goes against almost everything humanity has achieved in its entire history. Instead of focusing on leaders to ensure a bright future, we become stuck in the “now” and let our emotions stream back and forth on social media. The “now” moves us like sheep from one news cycle to another where we are insulated in the barrage of information from our phones and computers. Whether its from a national newspaper or a crackpot blogger, it meets our eyes the same way. The social media utopia applies not only to media but to large social movements as well. Facebook distinguishes no leaders and therefore, can never be responsible for a successful revolution, but rather culpable for the shortcomings thereof. A prime example was the Occupy Wall Street movement in our own country that united protesters and homeless people in cities across America. As we saw, there was no leader, and there was no concerted message the people of this country could understand and mold into an opinion.
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Rather, many laughed at the wanton disorganization they showed. That is, until the authorities forced the protesters from Zuccotti Park. As a generation that has matured in the advent of social media, it is important to see its beneﬁts can also lead to its downsides. While it unites people across the world in ways previously unimaginable, it also eliminates all structure and solidarity that keeps our society from becoming a mosh pit of noise bound to drown out leaders that can make a difference. Imagine a government entirely of citizens, instead of ofﬁcials, who must run the country, or a news media without authoritative sources like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal or The Daily Reveille. While it makes us feel good to know that people are viewing our opinions on Facebook and Twitter — and sometimes agreeing with them — we must make sure that the incessant inﬂux of information does not obscure what really goes on around us. The world will move forward whether we realize it or not. Let’s just hope we are looking up from our screens when it does. Eli Haddow is a 21-year-old English and history junior from New Orleans.
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CVS cigarette ban based on budget, not on health Shut up, meg Megan Dunbar Opinion Editor CVS/Caremark announced Wednesday it won’t sell cigarettes starting in October because of unhealthy implications. Which is great, since you’ll soon hear about lobbyists in D.C. arguing for stricter regulations on the health of U.S. food. Oh wait. You won’t. This move isn’t about health. Despite the $2 billion cut into CVS’s $123 billion revenue, this is about money. While that might seem like a drop in the bucket for such a behemoth of a corporation, any loss is something to be avoided. Looking at the bigger picture, though, everything comes into focus. By banning cigarettes, CVS catapults itself into a category of cleaner, more family friendly level of drugstores like Target. Consider its image compared to that of Walmart. Target has brighter, cleaner products and markets itself as a place for families. Walmart, on the other hand, has everything, and it’s all gray. Even the lighting in the two stores feels different. So while CVS strives toward its Target, they must have some guarantee they’ll make up the $2 billion in revenue and potentially more. Don’t be surprised when the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association announces it will only fill prescriptions at CVS drugstores
starting in November. There’s always some incentive. If this initiative actually had anything to do with promoting health, CVS would ban alcohol, ice cream and the entire chip aisle. Maybe CVS has those lined up on the chopping block as well, starting an endless parade of banned products. But I assume it doesn’t, unless the company has a whole health food branch waiting in the wings for New York-style bans against large sizes and trans fats to come into full effect after its trendsetting. And wouldn’t that be a spectacular business opportunity. Either that, or CVS is in the process of buying Trader Joe’s from its German-based parent company, Aldi Nord. Regardless of any sort of scheme behind its supposed health-conscious move, it won’t happen until October, so students will have time to adjust to the idea of braving Circle K for more than Polar Pops. Unless Circle K decides to hop on the CVS train and become healthy as well. Then we’d be in a real cigarette desert, and Ra Shop would win the entirety of that revenue. As it stands, CVS will have time to absorb the loss of revenue and beef up for its apparent new role as doctor. I’d love to see CVS expand its stores by turning the space that used to hold cigarettes into a new clinic. The pharmacists could refer potential patients to the in-house
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CVS announced Wednesday it will cease selling cigarettes and other forms of tobacco by October 2014.
doctor for anything that requires a prescription, and everything would be under one roof. Plus, I’m sure “CVS doctor” would look great on a résumé next to other college-student-level jobs like lab intern and bartender. It could be branded as community outreach and get a tax break. The University’s smoking ban also begins next fall, with the start of a new semester. Maybe our local CVS influenced
the timing, so its lost revenue for freshmen wanting to smoke as a mark of newfound freedom wouldn’t reflect poorly on marketing skills. That’s one of its primary niche markets, I’m sure. That and already-drunk members of Greek life who just need one more case of Miller. And soon CVS will deprive them of one-stop-shopping convenience. Maybe this trend will continue, ushering in a new era
of health-conscious businesses and niche markets. We can’t predict the future, but I’d love to see corporations run the numbers. Megan Dunbar is a 20-year-old English senior from Greenville, S.C.
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Dedication to dogs is of utmost importance FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Samantha Bares Columnist Nothing pricks my ears up like talk of dogs. I grew up surrounded by animals, but mostly of the canine variety. To me, they are the perfect animals. They, as my criticism professor said — and I am taking this entirely out of context — have a certain “dogness.” I am certain of their superiority to humans. Imagine being frozen for a century and waking to a dog-ruled utopia. Would you be surprised? Would you submit to their will? Because it seems a logical step in the world’s cultural landscape, considering Russian strays have taken to working the metro system for affection and food while I
haven’t licked transit myself. Also, my first dog, Darla, could yodel. Tell me that doesn’t say “meant for greatness.” So to prepare you all who insist on treating human companions as the betters of dogs, I have a couple suggestions that might ease relations between us and the superior species. The closest I get to a personal code of etiquette is affectionately greeting pets before people. I am so engrossed in finding and scratching a pup’s special spot that I lose all sense of decorum. This behavior is easy to rationalize — yes, even when you look at me like that, with confused eyes and arms still limply outstretched: people can wait because a pooch’s capacity for excitement and love surpasses any emotion in the human spectrum. Play with the dogs for the same reason. Dog happiness has been proven an antidote to the
effects of global warming, something that will contribute to future worldwide living conditions. With each pant, another polar bear gains an ice floe on which to chill. Dog abuse, of course, sends me into a slobbering rage. The sad part of visiting the local shelter is seeing the effect of abuse and neglect on an innocent animal. Unless you want your descendants to be at risk for persecution by our future canine world leaders, cut that out. They never forget. Support their dreams, whether it be acting or policing or practicing their negotiating skills with the mailman. An adorable mutt named Bella, the most prominent pup in my life for the past year, loves to play tug-of-war. Bella doesn’t care about her toys — unless you touch them. She will exercise all of her will and jaw power to get it back, then drop it disinterestedly. I see her promising talent in politics. Take them to the vet, and
try to avoid tricking them into it. Teach your pup that there is no shame in receiving medical attention, so when they are truly top dog in inter-species relations, they will not hesitate to fund healthcare for all beings on Earth. No matter how much they hound you, shoot down their dedication to table scraps, a gateway vice that has led to the downfall of so many young dogs with hopeful futures. Bella’s belly-showing may wear me down, but I will never give her a nibble. Okay, maybe one nibble. If you can’t imagine successful diplomatic relations with Canis lupus familiaris, be sure to emphasize hand-shaking, rolling over, and other rituals in your canine dealings. These will be the foundation for a new age. Lastly, make sure to spay or neuter your dogs — and cats. Superior to humans or not, all animals deserve to live their lives
without threat of starvation, neglect or weather-related misery, and they need us to make sure each one has a loving home. In the year 3014, when this is brought out of my time capsule and read by the future inhabitants of Earth, they will know I tried to bring you humans around to the rightful, peaceful order. I might get a Nobel Peace Prize for my good behavior, way ahead of my time. As for the rest of you, I hope you can accept the guidance and leadership of humanity’s best friend when they are ready to take charge. Samantha Bares is a 20-year-old English junior from Erath, La.
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________________________ SELA Aquatics is now hiring lifeguards, swim coaches, swim instructors, managers for several BR and NOLA country clubs for summer 2014. Apply at www.selaaquatics.com. ________________________ GoAuto Ins. PT, Call Center, M-Fri 5pm-8pm Sat 10am-2pm. Email Resume email@example.com ________________________ NEED QUICK CASH? You could earn $100 or more per day. VALENTINE FLOWER DELIVERY DRIVERS NEEDED FEB. 13 & 14. Must have own vehicle, good driving record & know the BR Area. Call Don @ Pugh’s Florist 927-0263 ________________________ Hampton Inn - College Drive has immediate positions for Night Auditor 11pm - 7am, 7 days on - 7 days off. Front Desk Clerk, 7am - 3pm & 3pm - 11pm, ﬂexible schedules for students. Apply in person at 4646 Constitution Ave. ________________________
IMMEDIATE OPENING for Accounting Major. PT assistance in Finance Dept. Position will assist in various areas; mainly AP functions; including entering invoices, ﬁling, matching purchase orders to invoices etc. Candidate needs strong data entry skills; will train on speciﬁcs. Send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org referencing PT Finance Position. ________________________ RED ZEPPELIN PIZZA, ACCEPTING APPS FOR KITCHEN HELP 302-7153 ________________________ 3 Middle School Volleyball Coaches needed at Holy Family School in Port Allen. Call or Text Bart Saia at 225-938-4667 for more information. ________________________ PART-TIME INSTRUCTORS The Little Gym of Baton Rouge is seeking energetic, self-motivated and reliable individuals to lead developmental gymnastics and dance programs for children ages 3-12 years. For more information or to start the application process, email us at eely@ thelittlegym.com ________________________ Vet assistant needed for animal hospital 15 min. from LSU. * Acadian Oaks Pet Clinic * 387-2462 ________________________ ICatchers Hair Salon is on the lookout for a charismatic, professional individual to join our front desk team. We’re searching for someone to work approximately 20 ﬂexible hours per week. We offer competitive pay, plus free and discounted hair services and products. If you’re interested, stop by and apply today at 5454 Bluebonnet Blvd. Suite I, Baton Rouge, La. 70809.
Welsh’s Drycleaners (Perkins and college location) Part time afternoon counter clerk needed!! Great for students!! Flexible schedules. Apply in Person. 225-928-5067 ________________________
PROGRAMS & YOUTH SPORTS COORDINATOR- P/T Coordinate, organize, and supervise youth sports leagues and other youth programs such as after school extended day, holiday and summer camps. This position will have supervision of sports practices, games, afterschool care sites, and camp programming. Previous experience with youth sports and childcare is preferred as well as computer skills in Microsoft Excel. Parttime 25-29 hrs/wk. Current CRP/First Aid Certiﬁcation or ability to be certiﬁed by the Y within ﬁrst 30days of employment. Must pass B/G check and drug screen. Contact Eddrick Martin @ (225) 344-6775 or apply in person to Baranco-Clark YMCA, 1735 Thomas Delpit Dr., Baton Rouge, LA. ________________________ Now hiring Part time sales clerk at Ofﬁce Furniture World.M-F $10.00 Send resume to email@example.com or fax 751-4952 nocalls or walk ins please ________________________ Established BR legal services company QuickLiens.com seeking applicants for B2B marketing and sales targeting law ﬁrms nationwide. Must be an aggressive self-starter who desires to network and build customer base of prominent attorneys. Must be graduating senior or LSU alum with BS in Marketing/Mass Comm. Compensation includes commission plus base pay, performance bonus, health insurance, PTO, mileage reimbursement, and marketing expense budget. Room for advancement. ________________________ The Little Gym of Baton Rouge is looking for energetic, self-motivated and reliable individuals to host Awesome Birthday Bashes for children ages 1-8 years. Weekend hours are required. For more information or to start the application process, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. ________________________ EXTENDED DAY COUNSELOR Dependable and dedicated and must be able to work M-F, hours of 3:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Experience working with youth programs. Part-time 15-20 hrs/wk. Current CRP/First Aid Certiﬁcation or ability to be certiﬁed by the Y within ﬁrst 30days of employment. Must pass B/G check and drug screen. Contact Eddrick Martin @ (225) 344-6775 or apply in person to Baranco-Clark YMCA, 1735 Thomas
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MAKE QUICK CASH THIS WEEKEND Local market research ﬁrm is conducting a door-to-door survey in Lafayette this Saturday and Sunday. You don’t have to administer survey, just drop off and retrieve when completed. 9AM-5:00PM, $100 cash PER DAY + $25 for gas (if you drive). No visible tattoos please. If interested, email email@example.com and I’ll be in touch. Visit our website www.percyandcompany.com for information about our ﬁrm. ________________________ Recent graduate needed for Human Services position. Applicants must be highly organized, efﬁcient, able to multitask, possess excellent clerical skills, and must be professional. This position requires excellent written and oral communication skills. Applicants must be team-oriented, and must possess a pleasant, outgoing and engaging personality. Degree in Human Services related ﬁeld required and experience working with people with developmental disabilities is preferred. Salary is to be determined. Please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 225216-1199 for more information. ________________________ WANTED: SWIM INSTRUCTORS: Crawﬁsh Aquatics; Louisiana Total Swim Program, Part Time Afternoons-April. Full Time Summer. If you are highly motivated, great character, hard working, we can teach the rest. Send resume to:swimminglessons@crawﬁshaquatics. com ________________________ New Year, New Fun Job! Great Starting Pay! Flexible Schedules, Scholarships and Internships available. Customer sales/service. Full training provided. All ages 17+ Apply Today! 225-803-8982 workforstudents.com ________________________ HIRING STUDENTS! *$16 STARTING PAY* Customer sales/ service. PT/FT available with very FLEXIBLE schedules. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY, will train- gain VALUABLE experience for your resume! Apply ASAP for best chances! 225-921-9673 earnparttime.com ________________________ Hostess needed. Beausoleil Restaurant and Bar. Answer phone, greet guest with smile, take reservations. Apply with -in. Must have great smile and engaging personality. ________________________ The License Coach Coaching Staff Support Team Member This position deals directly with customers by telephone and email. Responsibilities
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include responding promptly to customer inquiries, handle and resolve complaints, obtain and evaluate all relevant information to handle inquiries / complaints, perform customer veriﬁcations, process orders / applications / requests, direct unresolved issues to designated resource. Outbound calls to customers currently preparing for exams, providing educational guidance based upon our predesigned systems and the customers strengths and weaknesses. This position would report directly to the Sr. Director of Educational Services and interact with a variety of Fortune 500 companies. We offer a chic high tech work environment in Allen, providing a ﬂexible schedule to accommodate your course studies. Must be able to navigate a Mac computer and be PC proﬁcient. Be able to work independently with minimal supervision. ________________________
JOHNNY’S PIZZA HOUSE *Front / Cashier *Crew Members *Drivers8873 Highland Rd. 70808 (225)763-9797 ________________________
Our hotel sets the standard in business travel, day after day. We are looking for energetic individuals who are passionate about customer service to join our team. We are seeking out dedicated individuals for the following positions: FRONT DESK AGENT must exceed our guest’s expectations and ensure revenue optimization through check in/out while assuring to the attentive coordination of hotel services for our guests. NIGHT AUDITOR perform the duties of a Front Desk Agent and complete, balance and ﬁle night audit reports on the various areas of the hotel to provide accurate, timely information in accordance with cash handling, credit card processing and accounting policies and procedures. BARTENDER will be responsible for delivering excellent guest experience in our bar area by missing drinks for both guests and servers. Other responsibilities include the complete set up and break down of the bar area. HOUSEKEEPING staff are expected to exceed our guest’s expectations by maintaining the highest standard of cleanliness of the guest rooms. Clean and prepare guest rooms and public areas by meeting our established standards. LAUNDRY ATTENDANT & DRIVER process the hotel’s laundry by folding, stacking and storing linen in compliance with hotel standards. Class D driver’s license is needed for driver applicants. If you want to join our dynamic team you will enjoy competitive salary, beneﬁts, paid time off and a 401 (k) plan e-mail your résumé to email@example.com Flexible hours, weekends and nights are required.
3BR/2BA Townhouse - LSU Bus Route - Fenced Yard - firstname.lastname@example.org; 225-715-6795 ________________________ 3/1 next to LSU, fenced yard, wood ﬂoors, pets ok, w/d conn. 857 Geranium. McDaniel Properties owner/agent 388-9858 ________________________ 2 BR 1.5 B Townhouse, 7061 Perkins Pl Ct. $650mo 225.767.6375 ________________________ 2/1 duplex next to LSU,Wyoming street, pets OK, wood ﬂoors,$595 McDaniel Properties owner/agent 388-9858/ McProperty.email@example.com ________________________ One BR/BA for male student Spring and/or Summer 2014. $629/mo includes utilities.. call/text 337-501-3115 ________________________ 348 W Parker, 2 and 3 bedroom duplex, washer and dryer,courtyard and pets OK some utilities included. Between Burbank and LSU south gate. $950-1200 call 225615-8521 or 225-892-8517 ________________________ LSU/Tigerland 1 & 2 Bedroom, ﬂat and townhouse, gated community, pool and wood ﬂoors. $485-685/mo call 225-6158521
Cute male and female Teacup Yorkie.12weeks old, $500. will be 4lbs at full growth, Shots and Dewormed, Microchiped,coming with reg., papers. firstname.lastname@example.org , 866-323-3058 ________________________
Cute male and female Teacup Yorkie.12weeks old, $500. will be 4lbs at full growth, Shots and Dewormed, Microchiped,coming with reg., papers. email@example.com , 866-323-3058
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only make up about 11 percent of the student population, which was surprising, Alsandor said. “We need inclusivity,” Alsandor said. “I am more than certain racism and sexism happen here; to what extent I’m not sure yet.” Alsandor said she plans to continue research she conducted at prior universities concerning the statistics and causes of student retention, or lack thereof. There are many factors to consider when dealing with student retention, one of which is how comfortable a student feels at the institution, and race or ethnicity can factor in, she said. While Alsandor said she wants to focus on student retention, representation in the Greek Life realm on campus is another hurdle. DeAndre Beadle, president of Alpha Phi Alpha, said the fraternity, an NPHC organization, has tried to purchase its house from the University for years, though a lack of membership and funding make it more difﬁcult to buy the house. Angela Guillory, director of Greek Life, said Alphi Phi Alpha’s fraternity house is the only Greek house on campus owned by the University and operated by the Department of Residential Life. It’s also the only AfricanAmerican fraternity or sorority house on campus. Beadle said securing the house is important for the future of their chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, but the house may not be purchased in the next ﬁve to 10 years because of the lack of funds. Currently, the set price per year for leasing the house is divided among the members living in the house and a smaller portion divided among the members not living there, Beadle said. Because the chapter only has 24 members, the highest number in years, funds for the house also come from the support of their alumni association.
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late as last week. Many experts considered Dupre to be a must-have for LSU, after it missed out on several highproﬁle, in-state players. Miles described Dupre as a tremendous playmaker with a great catching radius and ability to get to the ball. “I really think that there were not many surprises,” Miles said. “You improve your team by adding better players.” LSU wasn’t perfect on the day, losing ﬁve-star cornerback Adoree’ Jackson and defensive end Lorenzo Carter to USC and Georgia, respectively. The Tigers also missed out on Dupre’s teammate, linebacker Kenny Young, who opted to sign with UCLA. The only position Miles expressed any concern for was along the offensive line. He locked up just two recruits. “We’re going to have to have a great class next year in the offensive
including Leonard Fournette – No. 1 player in the nation
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line,” Miles said. “The opportunities for guys to come in and really compete to play is pretty extreme, and to be honest with you, in my time here, if we’ve ever had a real area of need, we’ve been able to go out there and answer it very effectively, and I’m certain that we will.” The recruiting process isn’t over for the Tigers, however, as four-star defensive end Deondre Clark’s loyalties remain in question. Several reports came out conﬁrming Clark sent in his letter of intent on Wednesday, but nothing ofﬁcial has been released by LSU after Clark reopened his recruiting process despite committing to the Tigers back in June 2013. Miles expressed conﬁdence in the probability of earning a 23rd signee today, but did not cite Clark speciﬁcally.
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Shane Pantoja, bioengineering senior, joined the club without any saltwater ﬁshing experience and quickly found himself enamored with the sport, and he has since turned it into a proﬁtable activity. “Last year, I won the individual championship in Biloxi and got a brand new kayak and some scholarship money,” Pantoja said. “Since then, some ﬁshing companies have sponsored me and this has turned into something I not only enjoy but has been more successful than I could have imagined.” Sparks said the competitions take place across the Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida and it gives them an opportunity to make friends across the region. “We pile into a truck and make our way to Mississippi or Florida and do these all-day competitions so it has really given us a way to make new friends from all over,” Sparks said. “That has been something I never expected from my college experience.” Sparks said spending an entire day in a kayak on the Gulf can be grueling but provides a great
release from college life. “In a typical day, you could kayak anywhere between 2 to 10 miles depending if the ﬁsh are biting,” Sparks said. Because many of the members of the club who compete in national tournaments are soon graduating, Sparks said recruiting new members is a key goal for the group going forward. “We have over 30 members of the club and we’re looking for more,” Sparks said. “We tell people you don’t even need your own kayak. We can usually ﬁnd a way to get enough to go around.” Sparks said the experience of being in a club and meeting new people has really made his time at the University a better experience. “Before I started the club, I didn’t know anyone else who was into kayak ﬁshing,” Sparks said. “Now a lot of my good friends are in the club and I have seen people learn to do something they didn’t know how to do before. For me, it has been a great experience and that is what we hope to keep going.” Contact William Morris at email@example.com
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