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Poll: La. favors higher wages Jindal doesn’t fare well in survey Quint Forgey Staff Writer
to do this together, but we’re also getting people to pledge money to the Leukemia Society for every mile we ride, so that’s pretty great too,” Prince said. Prince recruited his team of longboarders from all over the city. Some of the riders are former surfers, and some of them belong to the University’s longboarding club, a loose knit group of college students who ride through and near campus. According to David Wynot, biology junior
A recent survey conducted by Public Policy Polling shows a majority of Louisianians are in favor of enacting a $10 state minimum wage, legalizing medical marijuana and recognizing domestic partnerships for gay couples. University political science professor Robert Kirby Goidel acknowledged public opinion in Louisiana is moving in the direction of the poll, but stressed not to place too much importance on the results. “What really matters is not opinion in a poll, but what voters do in an election context,” Goidel said. Sam Gordy, environmental
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[From left to right] Bryan Prince, David Wynot and Ben Bryan prepare for a 111-mile longboarding trip from Baton Rouge to New Orleans. The trek is slated to begin March 29.
Longboarders plan 111-mile journey to New Orleans
Longboarding has gained a lot of traction in Baton Rouge. Students push and carve their way along University sidewalks to get to class and gather in Free Speech Plaza when school ends to ride in a less restricted environment. According to Baton Rouge resident Bryan Prince, though, some riders prefer a more open range — and on March 29, these skaters will glide across the historic River Road all the way from
Baton Rouge to New Orleans. “You probably have to be kind of crazy to do the whole long distance thing, but it’s pretty awesome,” Prince said. Prince is the mastermind behind the 111-mile journey from Baton Rouge to New Orleans, a long distance trek he lovingly calls the Battle Through Da Bayou. Prince created the event to bring long distance longboarders and land paddlers together, and so far 12 other people have pledged to join him on his expedition. “It’s cool just to get all the people who like
Conflicting views of smoking ban policy on campus arise James Richards and Jacquelyn Masse Staff Writer and Contributing Writer
The University has conﬂicting interpretations of a state law mandating public education institutions develop smoke free policies for their campuses by August. So far, many on the campus were under the impression that the University was required to go smoke free in August. But this may not be the case, according to a resolution presented at Tuesday’s Faculty Senate meeting by Charles Delzell, Faculty Senate member and associate chair for instruction of the mathematics department. The resolution, titled “Correcting and Replacing the ‘Smoke Free Campus’ Committee,” said
discussion over whether the University is required to ban smoking has been suppressed. The resolution did not make it to the discussion period, while another resolution titled “Support for a Tobacco-Free Campus” was tabled for further discussion at the March meeting. To meet the requirements of the law, Student Government Speaker Pro Tempore Trey Schwartzenberg said University President F. King Alexander must approve a policy to take effect Aug. 1. But the content of that policy is still to be determined. Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope said Act 211, the law mandating public post-secondary education institutions develop smoke free policies for their
campuses, does not specify the wording of the policy. He said by the letter of the law, a “rogue university” could develop a policy mandating everyone on campus smoke. Cope pointed out, though, the intent of the law is clear in the desire to discourage smoking. Ryan Landry, coordinator in the Ofﬁce of Academic Affairs, said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Stuart Bell sent a message to smoke-free campus committee members in September, stating the University must develop a “smoke-free campus policy.” According to Landry, Bell went on to say the law stops short of mandating a smoke-free campus. TOBACCO, see page 15
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A cigarette butt sits below a no smoking sign in front of Middleton Library. The plan for a smoking ban on campus has been met with differing opinions.
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Nation & World
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Couple sentenced for child’s death HIV
patients face insurance roadblocks
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A couple who believed in faith-healing were sentenced Wednesday to 3½ to seven years in prison in the death of a second child who never saw a doctor despite being stricken with pneumonia. Herbert and Catherine Schaible deﬁed a court order to get medical care for their children after their 2-year-old son, Kent, died in 2009. Instead, they tried to comfort and pray over 8-month-old Brandon last year as he, too, died of treatable pneumonia. “My religious beliefs are that you should pray, and not have to use medicine. But because it is against the law, then whatever sentence you give me, I will accept,” Catherine Schaible, 44, told the judge. She added that her beliefs have since changed. The Schaibles are third-generation members of an insular Pentecostal community, the First Century Gospel Church in northeast Philadelphia, where they also taught at the church school. They have seven surviving children. Judge Benjamin Lerner rejected defense claims that their
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Catherine Schaible was sentenced Wednesday to 3½ to seven years in prison for the
death of her second child who was sick but failed to see a doctor. religious beliefs “clashed” with “April of 2013 wasn’t Branthe 2011 court order to get annual don’s time to die,” Lerner said, checkups and call a doctor if a child noting the violence committed became ill. The order came after a throughout human history in the jury convicted them of involuntary name of religion. “You’ve killed manslaughter in Kent’s death, and two of your children. ... Not God. they were sentenced to 10 years Not your church. Not religious deof probation. votion. You.”
(AP) — People in Louisiana with HIV or AIDS are facing roadblocks in getting health insurance through the online marketplace created under the federal health law. Most companies offering insurance plans for Louisiana residents through the marketplace say they won’t accept payment from a federal program that helps lowand moderate-income HIV and AIDS patients cover their health costs. Estimates are that up to 3,000 people in Louisiana could be affected by the policy. The decision started with the largest insurer offering coverage to Louisianians through the federal marketplace: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.
U.S. warns Ukraine about violence The Associated Press TOLUCA, Mexico (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged Ukraine to avoid violence against peaceful protesters or face consequences, as the United States considered joining European partners to impose sanctions aimed at ending deadly street clashes that are sparking fears of civil war. “There will be consequences if people step over the line,” Obama said shortly after landing in Mexico for a summit with the leaders of Mexico and Canada, as ﬁres burned in central Kiev. “And
that includes making sure that the Ukrainian military does not step in to what should be a set of issues that can be resolved by civilians.” Shortly after Obama’s remarks, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s ofﬁce said he and opposition leaders had agreed on a truce, although the brief statement offered no details about what it would entail or how it would be implemented. Meanwhile, the European Union called an extraordinary meeting of its 28 member countries on Thursday to address the situation.
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LSU ranked by White House College Scorecard Deanna Narveson Staff Writer
The Daily Reveille compiled data from the White House website’s College Scorecard indicating the University ranks seventh in the state in graduation rate and is second-lowest in loan defaults, with only 4.9 percent of students defaulting on student loans. In the data compiled by The Reveille, the University weighs in as the 23rd most expensive institution in Louisiana Conventional rating systems, like the one published annually by the U.S. News and World Report, use different statistics from universities than the scorecard, such as acceptance rates and the number of classes with fewer than 20 students. While the scorecard gives more information about the
affordability of a university, it does not offer a ranking system to compare schools. LSU President F. King Alexander said to make sure people are comparing apples to apples when looking at The Reveille’s compilation of data, because the data includes two-year institutions as well as four-year universities. The White House College Scorecard was launched in February 2013, but some of the data it uses dates back as far as the 201011 school year. It offers a new way to look at choosing where to go to school because it rates universities based on metrics that show the affordability of an education, such as the percentage of student loan defaults, average amount of money borrowed by students and average yearly cost. The White House College
Reveille’s In-State Relative Rankings: 1. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College 2. University of Louisiana at Lafayette 3. Louisiana Tech University 4. Nicholls State University 5. University of New Orleans
LSU’s Rankings within Louisiana: • • •
2nd lowest loan default 7th highest graduation rate 23rd most expensive school
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2014 7:00 PM
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Open Mic Night! - The Station Sports Bar and Grill Rose Sinclair - Artmosphere Larry Sieberth - Snug Harbor-New Orleans
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a family who had to use their retirement funds to pay for their children to go to private universities, because of a “Northeastern mentality” of higher cost equaling better education, which he said he thinks the scorecard proves wrong.
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EVENTS Rockstar Racing “Business League Night” Get your team of 4 and race every month for a trophy & bragging rights! Not into the league game? Come in and get your 3rd race free! Come be a rockstar at Baton Rouge’s premiere indoor kart facility, Rockstar Racing!
The African-American Read-In Thursday, February 20, 4:00 p.m., Carver Branch Library Children and families are invited to share literary works by African American authors. All presentations must be approved in advance. Children nine and under must be with an adult. Registration required. For more information, call (225) 389-7460
Union Ballroom March 19 11am –2 pm
Scorecard reports that the average student at the University borrows $172.62 per month, and the average cost per student is $10,629 per year, but many students pay less because of TOPS. In January, Alexander traveled to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to speak about the scorecard after attending a White House summit in Washington Alexander said he heard about
Larry Sieberth - Snug Harbor-New Orleans Bayou International Reggae Night with DJ T Roy - Blue Nile Niko Night Life - Eiffel Society
For more information on LSU events or to place your own event you can visit www.lsureveille.com/calendar
Understanding & Rebuilding Your Credit Thursday, February 20, 6:00 p.m., Jones Creek Branch Library Want to understand credit and how you can make the most of it? Financial expert Bennett Blackledge is here to help. The program will provide a method to improve and maintain your credit score. For more information, call (225) 756-1150
LSU 2014 MLK & BHM Commemorative Celebration Friday, February 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm LSU Student Union Royal Cotillion Ballroom, Room 250 Keynote Speaker: Kimberlé Crenshaw
Fairwood’s Awesome Bookworms (FAB) Thursday, February 20, 4:30 p.m., Fairwood Branch Library Join us for our book club for kids ages 7-11! We will be reading George Washington Carver: An Innovated Life by Elizabeth MacLeod. Book doesn’t have to read beforehand. For more information and to register, call (225) 924-9386
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Honors College exposes students to research Michael Tarver Contributing Writer
A University assistant professor will present her research on the link between anxiety and addiction to Honors students today as part of the residential college’s attempt to expose undergraduate students to faculty research. Julia Buckner, assistant professor and director of the LSU Anxiety and Addictive Behaviors Clinic, said the talk will revolve around a model she and her colleagues developed that maps out the different connections made between anxiety and addiction. Buckner said much of her research concludes some people use marijuana or nicotine to avoid social interaction or situations that may cause any form of anxiety. For instance, a smoker might use the excuse of having to go outside for a smoke break so they don’t have to partake in a particular social activity, even something as simple as a conversation,
she said. Certain factors associated with smoking are also often offputting to other people, like the smell or the lackadaisical attitude of some marijuana users, Buckner said. This makes it much easier for smokers to be dismissed or for them to hide behind the abuse of a substance, she said. This can even inﬂuence their personalpreference for entertainment, opting out of certain social situations, Buckner said. “Many people choose to just stay at home and get high instead of going to an event,” Buckner said. With a possible tobacco ban coming to campus this fall, Buckner said there could be evidence of students experiencing anxiety because they cannot bank on cigarettes anymore. Tobacco and marijuana withdrawals often have harsh effects, so this could be evident as well, Buckner said. Latrina Raddler, a practicing professional counselor in Baton
Rouge, said taking away tobacco on campus could force students to seek help for their anxiety issues. Though the talk focuses around a particular topic that could affect students on campus, the main goal is to expose Honors students to the research University faculty is doing, Buckner said. Showing students how to go about conducting research and using a variety of methods is one of the things hopefully accomplished by the presentation, she said. Honors College associate dean Granger Babcock said the focus of this semester’s lecture series is to bring new faculty on campus to the students and have them present their work. Because Honors students conduct undergraduate research, it’s important to expose them to researchers and what they are doing, Babcock said. “Part of the beauty of being at such a large research school is the research,” Babcock said. The funding for the events
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come from the extra cost of living in the residential college, Babcock said. Though the event is advertised for Honors students, the doors are open to anyone who is interested in attending the talk.
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SG discusses budget, new Student Union features
Jacquelyn Masse Contributing Writer
The Student Government Senate discussed the spring semester’s budget and possible longterm plans for the Student Union during their meeting Wednesday evening. The SG budget is funded through student fees and is used to help fund student organizations, SG initiatives and other projects. Each student pays $2.20 toward the SG fund. The budget for the spring semester of 2014 is $24,134 and has increased from the expected $23,634 because of a higher enrollment. SG President John Woodard’s pay was originally $4,300 but is
now $3,100 because of a miscommunication between Woodard and the ﬁnancial coordinator. Woodard can’t access the $1,200, so the money will move to the Presidential Contingency account, which goes toward Woodard’s initiatives. SG also created the ﬁrst Academic Major Fair to be held on March 24 on election day. The fair will have senior advisers of all colleges discussing different academic programs, majors and minors offered within their colleges. A student internship database is also in progress. There will be a link on each senior college website where students can look at multiple internship opportunities. Future plans for the Student Union were also discussed.
Senator William Baumgardner discussed having more movie nights held in the Union Theater. There will also be an electronic wayﬁnder device that will be located on the second and third ﬂoors of the Union. The wayﬁnder is a touch screen panel that will
show students how to get to a particular room in the Union. Another SG idea that’s currently being worked on is a tap shield app that students can use if they feel unsafe and want to contact the police. After students tap their phone, their GPS location
will be sent out to the LSUPD. The app is currently being worked on in conjunction with LSUPD.
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Rivers decides to transfer Mike Gegenheimer Sports Writer
LSU backup quarterback Stephen Rivers conﬁrmed plans to transfer from the University at the end of the academic year at Wednesday’s LSU basketball game. Rivers, a redshirt sophomore, is set to graduate early at the end of May and hopes to see playing time in his remaining years of NCAA eligibility at a different school. “There’s an opportunity for me to play somewhere else and get an opportunity to get on the ﬁeld and, obviously, when you graduate, you get to play immediately,” Rivers said. “I just feel like I’ve had a great three years here. Maybe didn’t get on the ﬁeld as much as I wanted to, but I really enjoyed my time here and can hopefully get on the ﬁeld next year.”
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RECEIVING ATTENTION Top prospect Malachi Dupre ready to begin LSU career DAVID GRAY · Sports Contributor
ive-star prospect Malachi Dupre had already made his decision before he woke up on the morning of national signing day. All that remained was putting the cap on his head and his signature on the dotted line. “The night before signing day, I sat down with my family, and that’s when I decided,” Dupre said. Dupre, the nation’s No. 1 wide receiver, excited the LSU faithful when he pledged his commitment to the Tigers, and his effect was immediately evident as the program’s 2014 recruiting class shot up to No. 2 in the nation, behind only Alabama. For Dupre, a product of John Curtis Christian High School, the opportunity to play at home ultimately swayed him. But the decision wasn’t easy, as the nation’s top programs tried to claw Dupre away from his hometown Tigers. In the two weeks leading up to national signing day, the high school All-American made trips to Alabama, Florida State, Ole Miss and UCLA, a stretch Dupre said was enjoyable yet problematic. “It was a great situation to be in, but at the same time, I don’t think people understand how hard it is because each opportunity is so great, and I was blessed to have all of them,” Dupre said. “Not too many people have that chance.” Dupre now has a chance to blossom at LSU, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for coach Les Miles. The Tigers will enter next season without the services of Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, two 1,000-yard receivers from last season who declared for this year’s NFL draft. But Dupre said he isn’t focused on replicating those results. “Those guys were such great players, but DUPRE, see page 7
Tigers take down Lions in road win Lawrence Barreca Sports Writer
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Malachi Dupre, a product of John Curtis Christian High School in River Ridge, La., signed a national letter of intent to play football for the Tigers on Feb. 5. Dupre was the No. 1 receiver in the nation.
LSU junior starter Cody Glenn didn’t have the sharpest debut start when the Tigers travelled to a record-breaking crowd at Southeastern Louisiana University, but his offense provided the proper support in a 7-3 victory Wednesday night. For ﬁve innings, SLU (2-2) gave its school-record crowd, 3,747 fans, a reason to believe in an upset victory. LSU (4-0) came into the matchup with 33 straight regular season midweek victories, and it defeated the Lions 13-1 last season. “[The atmosphere] was cool,” said junior right ﬁelder Jared Foster. “It was almost like a [Southeastern Conference] environment. The fans were yelling, and they were right on top of you. It was great, and the environment kept us in the game.” SLU struck ﬁrst after hitting BASEBALL, see page 7
Martin, Mickey power LSU past Mississippi St. Chandler Rome Sports Writer
After four straight debilitating road losses to put their postseason hopes in peril, conventional wisdom expected LSU to come out frustrated. Pitted against a depleted Mississippi State club that had lost seven straight Southeastern Conference games, the matchup seemed to be the perfect remedy for the downtrodden Tigers with the vaunted No. 18 Kentucky Wildcats looming in Lexington. There was no frustration, though, according to junior guard Anthony Hickey. “It was just basketball,” Hickey said. “We just had to protect our court.” Freshman forward Jarell Martin poured in a career-high 20
points against a depleted Mississippi State frontcourt while classmate Jordan Mickey scored 19 of his own, propelling LSU to a comfortable 92-81 win in the PMAC. For a few minutes, it appeared the Tigers (16-9, 7-6 SEC) would run the Bulldogs straight out of the PMAC before the 7,689 in attendance could settle in, as LSU rattled off a 14-0 run, taking advantage of four Bulldog turnovers in the ﬁrst four minutes. LSU coach Johnny Jones refused to point to his team’s early success as a result of pent-up frustration from its recent shortcomings, instead labeling the onslaught as pinpoint execution. “I just think we came out and played well in the ﬁrst half,” Jones said. “A lot of stuff was off the break. We got steals on their end of the ﬂoor, played good defensively
LSU · MISS ST. 92-81 SCORE BY HALVES
1ST 2ND TIGERS 42 50 BULLDOGS 31 50
Craig Sword (MSU) - 33 points, 3 rebounds Jarell Martin (LSU) - 20 points, 8 rebounds
and created those turnovers into scoring opportunities.” Martin, whose previous career-high came in an 18-point performance off the bench at South Carolina, said he didn’t get caught BASKETBALL, see page 7
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LSU freshman forward Jordan Mickey (25) attempts a lay up Wednesday during the Tigers’ 92-81 victory against Mississippi State in the PMAC.
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Thursday, February 20, 2014
LSU hopes to get back on track Tigers travel to PLAYER TO WATCH Tigers try to Mary Nutter Classic Lady keep up on the road LSU will face No. 3 Washington
PLAYER TO WATCH
· Senior pitcher · Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Player of the Week
The No. 23 LSU softball team travels to sunny Palm Springs, Calif., to compete in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic starting Thursday with a double header against Long Beach State (6-4) and No. 3 Washington (10-0). Competing in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic for the second straight season, the Tigers will go up against some of the nation’s top programs, including No. 6 Oregon (12-1) and No. 13 Stanford (12-0). “It is exciting. We will get to make a statement out there,” said LSU head coach Beth Torina. “If we can play well against some of those teams, I think it will show a lot to the rest of the country about who we really are.” Against Long Beach State, LSU will face a power lineup led by junior inﬁelder Ashley Holmes, who leads the team in home runs and RBIs. The Tigers rotation is led by freshman pitcher Baylee Corbello, who was a candidate for the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week this week, after being named the SEC Freshman of the Week last week. The Tigers will have an opportunity to improve offense against the Long Beach St. pitching staff, which has allowed a combined 47 earned runs. LSU’s power offense has come alive in the last six games of the season, hitting seven of its 10 total home runs, including three games with two home runs. Despite the power surge, the Tigers have lost two close games during the same stretch. “The experiences that we are having now, with close games and balls not falling our way, [it] just makes us work harder and come together more in order to have all of those skills to be able to score those runs in SEC play and in regionals,” said junior utility player Dylan Supak. In the second game, LSU will face No. 3 Washington, who will test LSU in every aspect of the game, from the offense’s ability to be productive consistently to the ability of the young pitching staff to close out innings by eliminating mistakes. LSU’s combination of speed and power in the lineup has combined to create opportunities for runs this season. Junior outﬁelder A.J. Andrews leads the team with 11 steals on 11 attempts, while sophomore shortstop Bianka Bell leads the Tigers in home runs with three. Corbello leads the Tigers with a 1.06 ERA and 42 strikeouts, but more pressure may be put on her shoulders after senior pitcher
· 46 strikeouts, nine walks BRYANA WALKER
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LSU freshman pitcher Baylee Corbello (18) winds up Feb. 8 during the Tigers’ 1-0 win against Oklahoma State in Tiger Park.
Ashley Czechner struggled in her last outing against Penn. St. “I have learned to stay within myself and not to let the adrenaline overtake you,” Corbello said, “I have learned to trust my team.” The Tigers’ pitching staff will be tested against the Huskies’ lineup, which includes PAC-12 Player of the Week Kylee Lahners, who hit .643 last weekend during the Littlewood Classic in Tempe, Arizona. Statistically, Lahners has jacked a team-high six home runs leading to 26 RBIs, second on the team. In addition to Lahners, the Tigers’ offense has to compete against Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Player of the Week senior pitcher Bryana Walker. Walker posted a 0.33 ERA through 21 IP in her four wins last weekend. Walker has posted 46 strikeouts and only nine walks through her ﬁrst six wins. Against defending champions Oklahoma, she allowed only three hits and one earned run while striking out 14 batters. Playing against these top teams in such a large tournament will have the feeling of a miniWorld Series, Corbello said. The Tigers begin competition Thursday at 5 p.m., and their second game begins at 7:30 p.m.
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Following their 73-57 loss to South Carolina on Sunday, seniors Jeanne Kenney and Theresa Plaisance entered the postgame press conference dazed. Their emotions ranged from angry to depressed, but one thing was for certain: they didn’t want to feel that way again. “We can’t get any lower than we are at this point for us. We’re LSU. We can’t get any lower,” Kenney said. “It’s a matter of asking ourselves, ‘When is it enough?’ Because I’m tired of losing.” The Lady Tigers remained competitive for most of the game, leading late in the ﬁrst half and keeping the game within three points well into the second half. But large runs by the Gamecocks kept LSU from ever getting its big break. Coach Nikki Caldwell said the Lady Tigers have a problem when their ﬂow is disrupted and suggested changing things in practice after the game. “I talked with my staff about us just leaving the game,” Caldwell said. “We’ve been watching a lot of ﬁlm on ourselves, and this time we said, ‘We’re just going to move on and focus on what we need to do to be successful in Athens.’”
The No. 19 Lady Tigers (18-7, 7-5 Southeastern Conference) will attempt to redeem themselves and break their losing ways when they play Georgia (17-8, 5-7 SEC) tonight in Athens, Ga. LSU’s loss Sunday put the team in a tie for fourth with Florida and Kentucky in the evercompetitive SEC. The conference is one of only two conferences with ﬁve teams ranked in the top 20, and only three games separate third and seventh place. Plaisance said the talent level around the conference has become signiﬁcantly better as her career has progressed. “My freshman year, you could really see the gap between the bottom of the SEC and the top of the SEC, but that gap has really gotten smaller,” Plaisance said. “This year, I feel like anybody can go out and win. It’s anybody’s game for whoever competes the hardest.” Georgia contains a wellbalanced offense with four players averaging more than 10 points per game and three players with ﬁve rebounds or more per game. Sophomore guard Shacobia Barbee stands out from the crowd, leading the team in points, rebounds and assists in a win against Florida on Sunday. The Lady Bulldogs also contain a stout record at Stegeman Coliseum, going 13-2 for the season. Kenney and Plaisance have gone 0-2 in the state of Georgia in the previous three years, and they are familiar with the
· Sophomore forward
· 12.7 points per game · 63 steals, 80 assists SHACOBIA BARBEE
environment the Lady Bulldogs can bring. Plaisance said now would be a good time to ﬁnally win in the peach state, but it’s going to require patience and an ability to get stops. After tonight, the Lady Tigers will have a game against Arkansas on Sunday before a showdown with SEC powerhouse Tennessee next week. Looking forward, Caldwell said despite recent struggles, her team has the talent to go far in the tournament. “We’ve got players that took this team to a Sweet 16, and they’re still capable of doing great things,” Caldwell said. “We’re in a much better position than we have been in my past two years here. We’re in the driver’s seat and don’t have to play catch up.”
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Thursday, February 20, 2014 BASEBALL, from page 5
two straight singles to lead off the bottom of the ďŹ rst inning. After a sacriďŹ ce bunt to put both Lion runners in scoring position, junior right ďŹ elder Andrew Godbold roped an RBI single to give his squad a 1-0 lead. But the Tigers wouldnâ€™t be held down for long. In the top of the second, LSU sophomore catcher Chris Chinea hit a one-out double to left ďŹ eld, then junior ďŹ rst baseman Tyler Moore followed with an RBI double to right-center ďŹ eld. Foster, who came into the game batting .077 through three contests,
BASKETBALL, from page 5
up in forcing shots or inserting himself where he didnâ€™t need to be. â€œI stayed patient and let the game come to me,â€? Martin said. â€œTeammates found me when I was wide open. I was aggressive, got offensive rebounds and put it back up.â€? A layup from freshman guard Tim Quarterman with 11:50 to go in the ďŹ rst half pushed the Tigersâ€™ lead to 24-4 headed into the second ofďŹ cial timeout. Bulldog sophomore Craig Sword outscored the Tigers 8-2 in the next two minutes, followed by a 6-0 spurt from freshman I.J. Ready to whittle the Tigersâ€™ lead down to eight. Sword ďŹ nished the game with a career-high 33 points, one of three Bulldogs in double ďŹ gures. â€œTheir big guys set great screens for [Sword] and he was able to get off the screens well with his speed,â€? Hickey said. â€œWe did a bad job of executing on the defensive end and being on the
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they were juniors this year,â€? Dupre said. â€œThatâ€™s three years away from me. Iâ€™m not going to say Iâ€™ll start immediately or do this or that, because thereâ€™s going to be skeptics no matter what you do, especially with the position Iâ€™ve been put in. But Iâ€™m deďŹ nitely ready to start getting to work.â€? Dupre is also eager to work under offensive coordinator Cam Cameron because he saw the way his close friend Beckham excelled under the offensive guru during his ďŹ rst season. Beckham ďŹ nished his junior season with 1,152 receiving yards, a mere 36 yards shy of the total from his ďŹ rst two seasons. Dupre also said Cameronâ€™s NFL experience was too good and too rare of an opportunity to pass up. But Dupre said his chief concern is helping LSU get back to a national championship, no matter how he may ďŹ t into that picture. That selďŹ‚essness is one of the biggest praises J.T. Curtis, Dupreâ€™s high school coach, had for his former player. â€œ[Dupre] lost his quarterback in game four, so we ended up playing a quarterback whoâ€™s more of a runner than a thrower,â€? Curtis said. â€œBut rather than putting his head down and pouting, [Dupre] just geared up and tried to make the team the best it could be with his blocking, and when the opportunity to get him the ball came, he made plays.â€?
proceeded to hit a bullet single past the Lionsâ€™ third baseman, giving LSU a 2-1 lead. He ďŹ nished with two RBI base hits in the game. After the Lions tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the ďŹ fth, the Tigers immediately responded for the second time on Wednesday. Sophomore left ďŹ elder Mark Laird led off the top of the sixth with a walk, then sophomore shortstop Alex Bregman was hit by a pitch. Junior second baseman Conner Hale hit a single to load the bases, and two batters later, both Laird and Bregman came home on a wild pitch and an error by the catcher. Foster would later add an RBI single, and Moore scored on a balk right spots.â€? Hickey canned two consecutive 3-pointers when the Tigersâ€™ lead was at single digits, pushing it back to 13 before the Tigers settled for a 42-31 halftime advantage. With its lead back down to nine just four minutes in to the second half, the Tigers ripped off a 6-0 run behind two 3-pointers from senior guard Andre Stringer to buoy itâ€™s lead to 15. From there, the Bulldogs never climbed to within single digits. Labeled by Hickey as a â€œsetupâ€? game, LSU was still left searching for a complete effort as it allowed two 20-point leads to shrink in each half with a myriad of careless turnovers and mental lapses. â€œWe didnâ€™t put together a full game tonight,â€? Mickey said. â€œWe stopped doing what we had to do, had a lack of communication on the ďŹ‚oor and didnâ€™t execute.â€?
The Daily Reveille to make it 6-2 LSU. Meanwhile, Glenn tossed ďŹ ve innings of three-run baseball (one earned), striking out three and walking one, and picking up the win. â€œI felt good,â€? Glenn said. â€œI felt like I was ďŹ lling up the zone low early. I had a couple of bad breaks, but thatâ€™s baseball, so I wasnâ€™t too worried about it. I hammered my sinker ball in there for the majority of time. â€Ś And I was throwing my curve ball a little more, too.â€?
page 7 The Houston native induced seven ground ball outs, letting his defense play efďŹ ciently behind him. Only Bregman recorded an error in the bottom of the sixth. Hale, sophomore centerďŹ elder Andrew Stevenson and senior third baseman Christian Ibarra all ďŹ‚ashed solid glove work over the nine-inning affair. Overall, LSU coach Paul Mainieri said his squad played well in every facet of the game.
â€œI think we did a lot of aspects of the game really well tonight,â€? Mainieri said. â€œWe had three twoout RBI hits, which was nice to see. I thought our bullpen was outstanding, our starting pitcher was really good and our defense was borderline spectacular.â€? Contact Lawrence Barreca at firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @LawBarreca_TDR
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Contact Chandler Rome at email@example.com; Twitter: @Rome_TDR Dupreâ€™s career contributions, which totaled 1,479 receiving yards and 22 touchdown receptions, helped his alma mater claim three consecutive state championships, including a national title in 2012. But along with his championship experience, Dupre gives the Tigers a legit vertical threat for the passing game. The 6-foot3, 187-pound receiver adds a rare combination of abilities to LSUâ€™s arsenal, Miles said. â€œ[Dupre] could jump out of this gym,â€? he said during his national signing day press conference. â€œHeâ€™s a guy that not only has size and height and ball skills and speed, but he has an explosiveness thatâ€™s just different.â€? With his destination set, Dupre is ready to join forces with the other members of LSUâ€™s elite recruiting class to prove the hype surrounding them was justiďŹ ed. â€œWe had such a great recruiting class this year, with people like Leonard [Fournette] and others ranked high in their positions,â€? Dupre said. â€œWe all have a chip on our shoulders because if youâ€™re No. 1, thereâ€™s no other place you can go but down. Weâ€™re just going to let our actions speak.â€?
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the activity has seen a resurgence around the University, with new caches popping up earlier this month and avid searchers scouring the campus to find the trove of geocaches. The premise is simple: go to geocaching.com and search for geocaches with GPS coordinates or other location information. Then use the information given and a GPS to locate the geocache. Megan Kleefisch, anthropology freshman, said she found out about geocaching through a GEOCACHING, see page 11
NEUTRAL MILK, see page 11
Geocaching sees resurgence in popularity Staff Writer
A person is seen wandering from tree to tree, checking every nook and cranny, looking for some kind of capsule containing a list of names and possibly something else entirely. No, this isn’t the plot of the next Indiana Jones movie — it’s geocaching, a GPS-based scavenger hunt that’s been happening since 2000. Geocaching is “a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices,” according to the official geocaching website. Although not new,
Neutral Milk Hotel sees late popularity “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” is the second album from Ruston, La., indie band Neutral Milk Hotel. It has been lauded as a cult classic in the alternative genre. Today, the album is a massive success for fans between the ages of 18 and 22 years old. But here’s the kicker: the album came out Gerald Ducote Entertainment when these Writer fans were toddlers. An album comes out in 1998 to little fanfare, and in the span of 16 years, it becomes one of the highest acclaimed productions in modern music. My question is “Why?” What makes this one album ring true in the hearts of so many young adults? For listeners, the album is aesthetically appealing, with its cover depicting an altered antique European postcard. Its overall color and visual presence is resonant of both a macabre sideshow (“Two-Headed Boy”) and sentimentalized wartime (“Ghost.”) There are elements of romance, science, religion and war all wrapped up in this album. A significant theme running through the work is Jeff Mangum’s interest in “The Diary of Anne Frank,” citing the book as inspiration for many songs, including “Holland, 1945” and “Communist Daughter.” As for the overall sound of “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,” Mangum’s songwriting is eerily poetic, with each song having its own distinct hook that sinks
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University alumni release indie game with Kickstarter funds Panya Kroun Contributing Writer
Independent games have garnered a great deal of attention recently, with companies like Steam and the Humble Bundle greenlighting indie projects and bringing them to the forefront of the industry. With the help of PixelDash Studios and the Baton Rouge Technology Park, University alumni Matthew and Michael Taranto have jumped into the fray with their new and novel
brainchild “Tadpole Treble.” “‘Tadpole Treble’ is basically an adventure game where you swim through sheet music,” Matthew Taranto said. The brothers came up with the concept for their game after watching their father, a professional composer, create songs with autoscrolling music software. In “Tadpole Treble,” players lead the game’s heroine, Baton, to her home through similar autoscrolling stages built around an original score. The main
objective of the game is to dodge notes, but players can also increase their score by using cymbals and battling bosses along the way. Much of the music featured in the game is inspired by classic Nintendo series like “Banjo Kazooie” and “The Legend of Zelda.” Some of the stages feature compositions from donors who contributed to the brothers’ Kickstarter fund, which they used to make the game. GAME, see page 11
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Brothers Matthew (left) and Michael Taranto (right) at Level Up Lab prepare their new game, “Tadpole Treble,” for release.
“About Last Night”
Kevin Hart is laugh-out-loud funny once again in the new romantic comedy, “About Last Night.” Starring Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant, Christopher McDonald and Paula Patton, this new take on the original 1986 film has few letdowns. The storyline follows two new couples as they face the ups and downs of new relationships. All the actors hit their marks and kept the laughs consistent while also bringing that sweet romantic side with it. While the ending was a little weaker than it could have been, the movie still lived up to its expectations. This release will most likely become a date night go-to. MEG RYAN
The Weeknd, “Drunk In Love”
Some of us were given one more reason to love the weekend with the Sunday release of a remix of Beyoncé’s “Drunk In Love” from her surprise self-titled album. The remix comes courtesy of Abel Tesfaye, also known as The Weeknd. Throughout the week, the track has received much acclaim from his fans. Sticking to his trademark style, Tesfaye works “Drunk In Love” over until it is no longer Beyoncé’s hard-pounding homage to sexual ecstasy. The Weeknd’s singing turns the song’s racy content into a smooth flow of R&B suave that is all his own. His known use of narcotics adds to the aural image of chilled-out bliss and an overall sense of descending from the best night of your life. GERALD DUCOTE
[ B- ] “Robocop”
To be totally honest, the original “Robocop” is not good. But, one of the great things about movies is that they do not have to be good to be great. The campiness and fun of the original film is what made it a cult classic. This new version is not fun. It is the definition of a forced remake made only for money. The plot is boring, and the subplots about Robocop’s interaction with his family are particularly unnecessary. The attempts to recreate the original Robocop’s clunky movement in computer graphics make it look bizarre and awkward. The action sequences are completely forgettable and lack any sense of consequence. If what you’re looking for in a movie is a terrible and painfully obvious debate over free will in a situation so detached from reality that it loses all meaning, then look no further. Otherwise, I would suggest all but the biggest “Robocop” fans avoid this terrible film. WILL KALLENBORN
[ D] Republic
It’s been nearly five years since Phantogram released its debut album “Eyelid Movies.” The trip-hop duo of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel showed that it had potential to grow with each musical effort. With its new album, “Voices,” Phantogram tries to release itself from the shackles that held it back on its first album. The first half of the album stays true to the band’s sound with groove tracks such as “Never Going Home” and “The Day You Died.” The second half of the album drifts into the category of elevator music with songs like “Bill Murray” and “I Don’t Blame You.” Phantogram’s sophomore effort begins strongly but ends softly. While it is not a bad album, “Voices” may have needed another year or so to be the record Phantogram fans expected. JOSHUA JACKSON
Com Truise, “Wave 1”
Com Truise exploded onto the scene in 2011 with the instant retrowave classic “Galactic Melt” and followed it up a year later with the smooth and refined “In Decay.” With “Wave 1,” Seth Haley, the man behind the Com Truise persona, combines funk, ’80s synthpop and danceable modern electronica into a 30-minute journey through time and sound. It opens with the upbeat and drum-heavy “Wasat” and quickly ascends into frenzied electronic pandemonium with “Mind” and “Declination.” The pace slackens as “Declination” melts into the tempered and bass-heavy “Subsonic” but speeds right back up as the frenzied “Valis Called” and “Miserere Mei” follow in rapid succession. The EP ends on a wave of jittery robotic noises that dissipate as the title track reaches a close. If you don’t like synthesizers, you’ll hate this release, but if you’re fond of Daft Punk or the Human League, you’ll fall in love. PANYA KROUN
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EDITOR’S PICK: Bayside, “Cult”
Bayside’s consistency has always been admirable. In its 14 year tenure, the Queens, N.Y.-based punk rock group has played exactly the same type of tunes on every album, a specific formula that it has always stuck to: vocalist Anthony Raneri’s subtlely boyish croon, a crashing display of drums and singing guitar riffs at every turn. With nearly any other band, this would be a red flag; absolutely no progress is usually a pace that doesn’t agree with a longterm band, but Bayside manages to keep fans by being inherently reliable. The band’s latest offering, “Cult,” is no different — the group delivers no-nonsense material in the 11 track release, giving longtime listeners some new, reliable material. The only problem that the band may see with this release is gaining new fans — chances are, if you haven’t been listening to Bayside for a long time, you probably REBECCA DOCTER Entertainment Editor won’t come across it on your own.
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University students team with theater troupe to tackle poverty Production debuts Friday at 4:30 p.m. Joshua Jackson Entertainment Writer
Using a combination of skits, testimonials and collective decision-making, one theater company applies artistic talents to inspire conversation about the problem of poverty in America. The original production “How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes” was created by the Illinois theater company Sojourn Theatre. The company’s artistic director Michael Rohd began developing the production with professional artists and students when he taught at Northwestern University. The performance was so well received that Sojourn Theatre is working on spreading the show to different parts of the country. University Communication studies professor Patricia Suchy reached out to Sojourn Theatre in hopes of bringing the company to Baton Rouge to work with University students. After months of brainstorming, Rohd and Suchy developed the idea of bringing “How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes” to Baton Rouge. The University’s version, “How to End Poverty in 60 Minutes,” is a Baton Rouge-focused production that Rohd has come to direct. The show is a series of
poverty-related skits and stories that aim to create a greater awareness of poverty in the Baton Rouge area. The show has partnered with Baton Rouge organizations that ﬁght poverty, and the proceeds of the performance will go to these groups, depending on the audience’s decisions during the show. There are four different moments in the show when the audience will break into small groups and discuss different aspects of poverty and approaches to battling poverty. “It is a collage of moments that continuously invites the audience into a conversation,” Rohd said. As poverty is such a complex issue, Rohd hopes the performance will show how it affects those who are in it or around it. Businesses in areas such as health care, social services and government all intersect with poverty. It’s a topic that is not often talked about because of its serious subject matter, but Rohd said he believes it should not be overlooked. Instead of creating an event that forces an audience to do something, “How to End Poverty in 60 Minutes” wants to inspire thought in its audience. “We try to make an event that we are curious about that allows other people to be curious with us and learn from it,” Rohd said. The cast of “How to End Poverty in 60 Minutes” utilizes the small space of HopKins Black
Box Theatre to its advantage. The closeness of the area increases the opportunity for intimate conversations during the performance. Sarah Friday, performance studies senior and actress in the show, said she joined the production because she believes there are things that can be done to make the Baton Rouge community a better place. “Reading through the script made me think about what I could do to raise awareness about this issue,” Friday said. “I know that those seeing it will feel the same.” Rohd trusts that the rareness of conversing with those in attendance while watching the performances will make a memorable experience for the audience, who he calls “participants.” “How to End Poverty in 60 Minutes” will take place at HopKins Black Box Theatre, 137 Coates Hall on the University’s campus. Performances will be Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. HopKins Black Box Theatre is a not-for-proﬁt University foundation, but the suggested donation is $7. Tickets may be reserved by calling the main ofﬁce of the department of communication studies at (225) 578-4172 from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Thursday, February 20, 2014 GAME, from page 9
“One of the stages is centered around 8-bit chiptunes – I think a lot of people will like that one,” he said. With Kickstarter, the brothers raised more than $34,000 and were able to completely fund the development of their game for Mac and PC. They are currently raising money through Paypal to bring their game to other platforms. If they raise $45,000, it will be released on the WiiU, and if they raise $50,000, they will make versions of the game for the iPhone and Android. Some of the money was spent on marketing, taxes and rewarding donors, but 60 percent of the money paid for the cost of hiring professional programmer Dane
NEUTRAL MILK, from page 9
deep into listeners’ ears. Backing up Mangum’s growling acoustic guitar is a vast array of horns, keyboards, bagpipes, percussion and even a singing saw. Every song, with the exception of the marching instrumental “Fool,” is a sing-along ﬁlled with long, crooning runs of Mangum’s nasally minstrel holler. For whatever reasons present back then, not many of these combined factors sparked interest with listeners back in 1998. Following the album’s relatively uneventful release, Neutral Milk Hotel went on an unspeciﬁed hiatus for what would last 15 years.
Caro, who has worked on more than a dozen games. Matthew Taranto said he and his brother have come a long way since college, but the education they received at the University was essential to their success. Michael played trombone in the Tiger Band and is a professional singer who plays guitar and composes music in his free time. Matthew is a professional church pianist with a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design. “I started drawing my webcomic, ‘Brawl in the Family,’ at LSU as a homage to Nintendo, and our dream of making a game evolved from there,” Matthew Taranto said. He said the process of transitioning from comic art to game development was a difﬁcult but rewarding experience. The biggest Fast-forward to the late 2000s, when the album surged into the public ear with the help of expressive 18-year-olds around the country who resounded Mangum’s feelings and thoughts. “Aeroplane” ﬂourished into popularity, receiving fresh ﬁve-star reviews from numerous publications. The rest is history, and today this album remains many people’s personal favorite. As for Mangum and his bandmates, Neutral Milk Hotel broke its hiatus in April 2013 by announcing a tour with the original “Aeroplane” lineup across America. Fans rejoiced, and the band was welcomed back to the fold as a pillar of modern alternative
The Daily Reveille challenge they faced was transforming their visual art into workable code, but with Caro’s expertise, they were able to create a polished product. “It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s amazing to see our dream come true,” Matthew Taranto said. He said the game should be released in the ﬁnal quarter of 2014. It will likely be available through Bitﬁnity, the brothers’ game studio, and through Steam as a candidate of the Greenlight project, a community-driven program that sells games professionally for a percentage of the proﬁt.
Contact Panya Kroun at firstname.lastname@example.org music. Neutral Milk Hotel will be performing two night shows tonight and tomorrow at the Civic Theatre in New Orleans. For people outside of the aforementioned age range, there is always a possibility you already know this album or are beginning to like it. If it were not for those young adults in that range, “Aeroplane” would not be the musical force of nature it is recognized as today, and Neutral Milk Hotel would still be some guys from Ruston. Be proud, Louisiana.
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friend in New Orleans, who invited her on a search for caches. She said she liked the idea of a “worldwide scavenger hunt.” For those without a GPS, the creator of the geocache will leave hints on the geocache’s page to guide people to the location. But beyond the hints and GPS, hunters have to scour the area for the exact location. Sometimes the site will have more speciﬁc hints in the form of an encrypted message pointing the searcher in the right direction of the exact location. The decryption key is posted next to the hint, and a “decrypt” button is next to the hint for those who don’t want to spend time decoding. The excitement isn’t in the decryption, though — it’s in the search. Some caches are cleverly camouﬂaged to conceal them from the casual passer-by. Others are buried in hills, buildings and trees. Kleeﬁsch said she once spent hours looking for a cache with her cousins in Florida when it started to rain, forcing them under cover. Undaunted, they searched for another cache after the rain ended, ﬁnding it within minutes. Finding the cache is perhaps the most satisfying part of the process. The cache will usually have a log where those who manage to ﬁnd the hidden treasure sign their name and the
date visited. A cache located between the agricultural engineering buildings and the poultry science building was nestled deep in the cranny of a great oak tree. The small clear canister contained a rolled up piece of paper, with about ﬁve visits logged in the past week from couples, solo hunters and friend groups. Some caches are more difﬁcult to ﬁnd than others, like a recently placed cache titled “A Noble Quest” located up in a tree near the side of the University bookstore. College students aren’t the only ones searching for geocaches. Charlene Mancuso, a 54-year-old resident of McComb Miss., placed “A Noble Quest” with her sister while on a campus hunt. It is a great way for her and her husband to pass the time “while out galavanting,” Mancuso said in an email. Kleeﬁsch said sometimes the caches can get creative, with one of her most memorable ﬁnds being a hidden jar full of pennies, where each person who found the cache added another penny inscribed with their initials to the jar.
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“Wow, only in Louisiana could a piece titled “Female Chivalry” actually be a young white male insisting women adhere to “modesty” . Why don’t you let young women worry about how they present themselves and try not insisting they change their fashion sense to meet “modest” (read: misogynist) standards. Take a hint from other societies that force women into mores of “modesty” and ask yourself if those are the types of social structures we want to emulate (if it isn’t clear I’m referring to countries that support the institutionalization of “hijab”). Cheers.”
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On Feb. 18, while Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo López turned himself in to government custody as thousands of people protested the injustice going on in the country, the most popular national television station showed a telenovela. You may ask: why should anyone care? As a Venezuela native, I’m sorry to see the country has come into the international spotlight for the media’s blatant neglect of a series of peaceful-turned-violent protests. On Feb. 12, Venezuela’s National Youth Day, college students protested the nation’s social and economic crisis. Throughout the peaceful manifestations, students carried their phones to spread the word through social media and posters with messages against the government of President Nicolás Maduro and the problem of insecurity in the developing nation. In the middle of the manifestations— taking place in every major city in the country—Venezuelan military forces used physical harm, released tear gas bombs and opened ﬁre at protesters for exercising their rights. There is no information on how many students the military murdered during the riots, but as of Feb. 14, there have been three conﬁrmed deaths and many more unconﬁrmed deaths throughout the country. Think of it as Occupy Wall Street, but instead of leaving the protesters alone, the government decides to send the military to harm them. This is a crime because the military, trained to protect the public, is instead ordered by the government to sabotage peaceful demonstrations so President Maduro can declare the protests a conspiracy to violently take the presidency away from him. Too long did the Venezuelan people keep quiet while the supply of toilet paper and groceries grew slim, or while hundreds of people were being murdered without cases ever being solved. Now they’ve decided to speak up, and the government is desperately trying to shut them up. As Maduro stands at his podium preaching during a nationwide telecast that the “fascist conspirators” – a term he uses to describe opposition leaders like López –
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A woman holds a sign Sunday that reads, “Venezuela, now that you’re awake, don’t go back to sleep.”
will be stopped. Witnesses testify through social media that armed forces are torturing and raping college students who were exercising their civil right to be angry. What is perhaps the most hideous crime throughout this ordeal, and the hook that captured the international media’s attention, is the fact that the national press — now owned by the government — was not covering any of the protests that halted the lives of people within the major cities. The government regulates the media to keep their brainwashed lower-class supporters from being informed of the injustices happening right outside their doors. With no freedom of the press, students resorted to Twitter to spread their plea to international authorities and beg the world to bring light to the oppression taking place in Venezuela. On Feb. 14, in an attempt to keep information from getting out, the government blocked Twitter images in the country. Venezuela’s youth found loopholes to the blockade and continued posting information to the popular social media site. This is currently the only way people on the outside can stay informed on what is going on in the country. The Venezuelan government’s actions this past week turned what was supposed to be a peaceful gathering to protest insecurity into an all-out discussion on the freedom of speech, as well as bringing the country to a halt. My brothers—currently enrolled in a private elementary school in the capital city Caracas—haven’t gone to school in a week.
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One of them, Carlos Tapia, celebrated his 10th birthday but had to wait to get a present and couldn’t invite friends over because all malls and shopping centers are closed and leaving homes is unsafe. But the fact that I am from Venezuela and I have family and friends living in Venezuela isn’t the only reason I care about this issue. Any violation of our rights has to be front page news, no matter where in the world it is happening. Since the national media are unable to cover what’s happening properly, it is an international news organization’s responsibility to bring to light what is going on, in order for the government to be held accountable for their crimes. Venezuela needs help, and it needs it now. Jose Bastidas is a 20-year-old mass communication junior from The Woodlands, Texas.
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“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. activitst Jan. 15, 1929 — April 4, 1968
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Merger highlights dangers of media consolidation Mr. Fini Joshua Hajiakbarifini Columnist Comcast made news recently with a proposal to buy out its biggest rival Time Warner Cable for $45 billion. This is an unacceptable move by Comcast to corner not only the cable market but the Internet service market. If Comcast gets its way, it will become the ultimate gatekeeper of television and Internet. It will be able to pick and choose which websites to crush and which to promote. In 1983, 90 percent of the media was owned by 50 companies, and today, there are only six and soon to be five unless the Justice Department and FCC prevents the merger. Comcast is already the largest cable company and is beginning to reach monopoly levels of domination over what was once a competitive market. If the Time Warner merger is allowed, Comcast will have control of about one third of the U.S. market and have a virtual monopoly on 19 of the top 20 media markets in the United States. The merger between Comcast and Time Warner signals a dangerous trend for democracy and a free and open society. Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps compared the current media consolidation and corporate power to the Gilded Age and declared Comcast’s recent move as the “cablization” of the Internet. Students and young people are
slowly entering a world where they will be bombarded with consumerist and political propaganda and a lack of critical journalism. The six corporations that control most of what you see, read or listen to are as follows: Comcast, Time Warner, Disney, News Corp, Viacom and CBS. Comcast hasn’t just been spending money on acquiring companies; they have been lobbying Congress for years to end net neutrality and deregulate the media industry. Like other companies, Comcast’s goals are not just about profits but politics. Comcast, along with the other five major media conglomerates, wield tremendous political leverage against politicians and the democratic process that most other companies can’t match. Oil companies are infamous for polluting the climate change debate by funding anti-environmental groups, creating a media blitz and financing politicians. Their power will be nothing compared to the power of the media, which can directly sway the minds and hearts of millions to go buy shoes, purses, $200 belts and vote on a particular politician. In fact, the cable companies lobbied Congress and President Bill Clinton to pass the 1996 Telecommunications Act, which allowed for mergers. Comcast must not be allowed to merge with Time Warner for the simple fact that media concentration restricts competition and creates unlimited power in the hands of about 234 board
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A Time Warner Cable truck is parked in New York Feb. 2, 2009. Comcast has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion in stock, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because it had not been announced.
executives who can literally pick and choose candidates, laws or social movements the American people should know about. Before the announcement of the Time Warner merger deal, Comcast had a large victory in the battle over control of the Internet. The FCC recently lost the net neutrality case that basically ended the Internet as we now enjoy it. For a democracy to work, there must be dialogue of many groups in society, and there must
be many ideas at the table instead of the agendas of just six board rooms. The beauty of the Internet is that it was the last medium left to not be corporatized and consolidated for the purpose of consumerism and censorship. Any person can express themselves online to start something important. It is the fringes where great ideas emerge, not the status quo. People need to take the Comcast merger and the loss of net neutrality seriously because
it will limit opportunities for people to 30 second corporatesponsored ads instead of grass roots political activism. After all, that is where the concern for the people instead of profit is. Joshua Hajiakbarifini is a 24 year old political science and economics senior from Baton Rouge. Contact Joshua Hajiakbarifini at email@example.com; Twitter: @JoshuaFini
College students dependent on study drugs 600 WORDS OF SOMMER Annette Sommers Columnist College students are addicts. As I sat down to write this column, I simultaneously checked Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook on my phone. I disgust me. Internet addiction is a very real problem for college students, and some people think they’ve found a solution. Cue Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse. These were all initially prescribed for people diagnosed with ADHD but have made their debut on college campuses across the country as study drugs. Can’t focus? Pop an Addy. Need to read 200 pages before a test tomorrow? Take 70 mg of Vyvanse. This dependence on these drugs is not so different from the
addictive traits shown by hardcore drug addicts. With a possible tobacco ban on LSU’s campus beginning fall 2014, these drugs may spike in use. Students won’t be able to walk outside the library for a smoke break during finals, so they might turn to these drugs to distract from other addictions while studying. LSU faculty and administrators are taking notice, and the Honors College is set to have a seminar today on the correlation between anxiety and addiction and how to combat it. The seminar will address how drugs and nicotine can be used as an excuse to validate avoiding social situations. Anxiety gets the best of us in everyday life and especially five hours before a midterm. In the same way that these addictions soothe the social struggles of life, study drugs can be used to avoid the fear of failing and procrastination.
The dishonest connotation that goes along with these drugs can be, in some opinions, outweighed by the fact that students feel more productive on these drugs and therefore justify taking them for the sake of school. I’m starting to wonder what happened to good, old-fashioned studying. But if you consider the types of tests students take for classes like biology, it’s not surprising they turn to outside stimulants. With such massive amounts of information and tedious names squeezed into two or three exams in one semester, last-minute cramming seems like the only solution for busy college students. It seems innocent when you compare these little pills to other stimulants like coffee and energy drinks, but the way they work are more dramatic. Adderall targets the frontal cortex of the brain, stimulating dopamine and other chemical and hormone receptors
in the brain. When the brain gets used to a drug enhancing the effects of these bodily functions, it stops doing it on its own. Then you want more to keep yourself top notch, or, more accurately, in a drug-induced elation. The discussion is still open about whether or not taking these drugs without having ADHD is harmful. Regardless of the answer, the fact remains that these drugs push your body beyond its normal functioning level and, yes, they can be addictive. Comparing ADHD prescriptions to an Olympic athlete using steroids or a heroin addict looking for a fix is completely valid, but I do see how the use of these drugs changes the way people think. Reliance is a sign of addiction, and I guarantee nearly every student on campus has heard someone sigh in the library wishing for some Adderall. They’ll spend 30 minutes trying to find
someone selling it so they can spend another hour or two going retrieve it. All while their books and laptop sit solemnly in their backpack, untouched. It’s becoming second nature for students to rely on a pill instead of their own capacity to learn and understand. If that doesn’t scare you, it should. Our attention spans are already drastically decreasing from our ancestors’. We have the Internet and 140-character limits to thank for that. But it’s up to us to train our brains to retain what little intelligence and self-motivation we have left. Annette Sommers is an 19-yearold mass communication sophomore from Dublin, Calif.
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TOBACCO, from page 1 The smoke-free committee is a group of Faculty Senate members who have been researching the issue and will make a draft of the proposed policy statement. The draft will ultimately be submitted to Alexander for approval after being reviewed and commented on by the various vice chancellors, Landry said. Landry said the Office of Academic Affairs interprets the
page 15 law as stated in Bell’s message, meaning that while a policy must be adopted by August, the campus is not required by law to be smoke free. This contrasts sharply with statements from smoke-free campus committee members like mass communication professor Judith Sylvester and Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Enrollment Kurt Keppler, who have maintained the campus must be smoke-free by August.
Keppler and Sylvester informed SG Senate on Jan. 15 that the University must be smoke free, according to state law. Keppler also said later during the meeting that he would be open to having designated smoking areas on campus.
funded employees at least $10.10 an hour. The results of the survey did not bode well for Gov. Bobby Jindal, whose approval rating in the poll only reached 35 percent, with more than half disapproving. Additionally, only 37 percent of Louisiana’s Republican primary voters polled want him to run for president. James Roberts, anthropology junior, said he was not surprised
by Jindal’s polling results, and the state’s negative perception surrounding the governor is nothing new. “I don’t think anyone is in favor of anyone in the government right now,” said Stephen Piglia, petroleum engineering freshman.
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Bryan Prince demonstrates pumping, one of the three techniques he will be using to save energy while traveling from Baton Rouge to New Orleans.
LONGBOARD, from page 1
and one of Prince’s fellow skaters, all of them have one thing in common: they are absolutely in love with longboards. “Longboarding is a lot different from regular skateboarding,” Wynot said. To demonstrate this point, Prince hopped onto his glossy, 38inch board, pushed off of the ground and began gyrating down the sidewalk at a breakneck pace, passing all the skateboarders with relative ease. Wynot said typical skateboards are short and have a concave nose and tail, which makes them ideal for performing aerial tricks and grinding on rails. Longboards, on the other hand, are long and flat, and are designed to achieve high velocities without sacrificing maneuverability. Longboards also have smooth wheels, which allow them to grip surfaces and make them easier to balance on. The wheels are attached to the boards via T-shaped trucks, which can be raised or lowered to suit the needs of the rider. Different angles produce different effects and change the way the board can be maneuvered. “You can dance or twist around a lot to move, or you can push off with your legs or pull yourself with a land paddle, which is basically just a long wooden stick you use to propel yourself,” Wynot said. Prince incorporates all three styles of movement into his riding and skates at least 30 miles a day. His favorite place to skate is around the levee, but his ultimate goal is to make it all the way down River Road. “We’ve gotten some local businesses involved, so there’ll be three stops where we can take a break along the way, but we’ll mostly be riding the whole time, so the whole trip should take 10 or 11 hours,” Prince said. Wynot said anyone is welcome to join the group on their trip, so long as they follow the safety rules Prince has implemented. All riders must wear helmets and carry a 70 ounce pack of water with them at all times. Everyone is encouraged to bring food. A car will carry the food and a driver will distribute it at each checkpoint. The car will also transport anyone who cannot finish the ride, though Prince doesn’t anticipate that happening to anyone currently in his crew. “The distance is really just a mental thing, so you don’t have to be athletic,” Prince said. “If you’re in decent shape and you practice a lot, this is definitely doable.” The ride will begin at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino and Hotel
and will end at Audubon Park in New Orleans. “We skate, we raise money and we drink chocolate milk and beer, so it’s a pretty sweet deal,” Prince said. Anyone interested in joining or donating to Battle Through Da Bayou can visit the group’s website at padreprince.wix.com/ultraskate.
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POLL, from page 1 engineering freshman, said he was in favor of the legalization of medical marijuana, but disagreed with the majority of Louisianians when it came to minimum wage, saying a $10 minimum wage would only make prices go up. The survey’s results concerning minimum wage came weeks after President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, in which he said he would issue an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally
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