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LSU senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) is overcome with emotion Friday after the Tigers’ 31-27 victory against Arkansas in Tiger Stadium.

Fernanda Zamudio-Suarez

Mettenberger exits as elite LSU quarterback despite injury

Staff Writer

TYLER NUNEZ • Sports Writer LSU senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger’s collegiate career ended a game earlier than expected Saturday when he suffered a left knee injury in the fourth quarter of the Tigers’ contest against Arkansas. The injury prematurely ended one of the most successful runs by an LSU quarterback, as Mettenberger became the first Tiger to throw for 2,500 yards in backto-back seasons and only the third to eclipse 3,000 yards passing in a

single season. Mettenberger’s final completion to Jarvis Landry on Saturday against Arkansas put him at 3,082 yards this season, leaving him third on LSU’s list of singleseason passing yards. Had he not sustained the injury, he likely would have surpassed JaMarcus Russell, who threw for 3,129 yards in 2006, and he would have had a chance in the bowl game to break Rohan Davey’s

University responds to studio damage



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University administrators are speaking with state legislators to prioritize the repair of the dilapidated ceramics studio, which saw a concrete panel fall from the ceiling over Thanksgiving break. LSU President F. King Alexander said discussion will determine what action needs to be taken in the next few months. “It’s another example of the deferred maintenance backlogs,” Alexander said. After the incident, the College of Art and Design responded by contacting Facility Services. Assistant Director of Long Range Planning Ken Courtade said the state decides the appropriation and timing for

Read our editorial board’s opinion on the damage, p. 12 CEILING, see page 15


Holiday tree reflects community Kaci Yoder Entertainment and Deputy News Editor

For some, a Christmas tree means time with family, humming along to “Deck the Halls” and threading lights through the branches. For others, it means tearing into red and green wrapping paper in search of shiny new trinkets on Christmas morning. Standing more than 30 feet tall at the foot of the iconic Memorial Tower, the University’s Christmas tree means tradition and community. Wednesday night’s Holiday Spectacular marked the 18th annual

tree lighting, but no other tree since the first ceremony in 1995 has been quite as much of a hometown effort as this one. From farm to transport to decorations, this year’s tree has passed only through local hands. Michelle Lowery, associate director of special events for Campus Life and self-proclaimed campus elf, ordered the first ornaments in February and has spent the entire year gathering resources from all over campus and the state to bring the tree to life. The greatest test of Lowery’s planning came earlier this month when Lowery and Fred Fellner, associate director of landscape

services for Campus Life, visited a local farm to personally choose the tree. “You definitely sense that you’re on a mission, and that it is a part of the fabric of the University and that you’re representing LSU,” Fellner said. “It’s all part of that mystique, the aura of what we are and what we do. It’s a big deal.” Though past trees came delivered cross-country from the Pacific Northwest, the University has selected its last five trees from family-run Windy Hills Farm in Ethel, La., about an hour outside of TREE, see page 15

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University students and event attendees gather Wednesday at Memorial Tower for the annual lighting of the LSU Christmas Tree.

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INTERNATIONAL Deal is reached for African elephant poaching, illegal ivory trading JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Key states where the illegal ivory trade flourishes have pledged to take urgent measures to try to halt the illicit trade and secure elephant populations across Africa, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, or IUCN, said Wednesday. The agreement was reached at the African Elephant Summit convened by the government of Botswana and the IUCN held in Gaborone over the past few days. Poverty and corruption, as well as increasing demand from Asia are the principle drivers of poaching and the illegal ivory trade, according to the IUCN. Stolen cobalt-60 found abandoned in central Mexico on Wednesday MEXICO CITY (AP) — A missing shipment of radioactive cobalt-60 was found Wednesday near where the stolen truck transporting the material was abandoned in central Mexico, the country’s nuclear safety director said. The highly radioactive material had been removed from its container, officials said, and one predicted that anyone involved in opening the box could be in grave danger of dying within days.

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A male elephant wears a newly-fitted GPS-tracking collar around his neck Tuesday during an elephant-collaring operation near Kajiado in Kenya.

Ill former South African President Mandela putting up ‘courageous fight’ JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Ailing former South African President Nelson Mandela is not “doing well” but is continuing to put up a courageous fight from his “deathbed,” members of his family have told the South African Broadcasting Corporation in an interview. His daughter, Makaziwe Mandela, told SABC television news: “Tata is still with us, strong, courageous. Even, for a lack of a better word ... on his ‘deathbed’ he is teaching us lessons; lessons in patience, in love, lessons of tolerance.”

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Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lights up in NYC on Wednesday night

La. higher education commissioner plans to quit when contract ends

NEW YORK (AP) — With a flick of the switch, a 76-foot Norway Spruce officially became the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree Wednesday night after it was illuminated for the first time this holiday season in a ceremony that’s been held since 1933. Mayor Michael Bloomberg turned on the lights just before 9 p.m., setting off a dazzling 45,000 multi-colored LED lights and a 9 ½-foot-wide Swarovski star that topped the 12-ton tree. 10 whales dead, dozens stranded in shallow water in the Everglades

(AP) — Louisiana’s higher education commissioner said Wednesday that he won’t seek a contract renewal when his current deal as the state’s chief policy leader for public colleges ends in March. Jim Purcell, who has been in the job since February 2011, notified the Board of Regents about his decision at its monthly meeting. “I’m appreciative of the privilege to serve the board and the campuses, faculty and students and citizens of this great state of Louisiana. I look forward to working with you all over the next few months during the search for the next commissioner and the transition as needed,” he said. Hackers may have compromised info of La. residents who use Chase debit

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife workers in boats struggled unsuccessfully Wednesday to coax nearly four dozen pilot whales out of dangerous shallow waters in Florida’s Everglades National Park, hoping to spare them the fate of 10 others that already had died. The workers suspended their efforts after dark, but planned to return Thursday morning to try again, said Kim Amendola, spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which is taking part in the effort.

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The 80-foot-tall Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit during the 80th annual lighting ceremony Nov. 28, 2012, in New York.

Universal shuts down ‘Fast & Furious 7’ production due to star’s death NEW YORK (AP) — Universal Pictures has shut down production on “Fast & Furious 7” indefinitely following the death of its star, Paul Walker. The studio announced Wednesday that the film will shut down “for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise.” The seventh installment of the street car racing series had begun shooting in September. While much of “Fast & Furious 7” has been filmed, it’s far from complete.

(AP) — Computer hackers may have gained access to the personal information of thousands of Louisiana residents who use debit cards issued by JPMorgan Chase for three state agencies, authorities said Wednesday. Louisiana Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said in a news release that the breach involves the Department of Revenue, the Workforce Commission and the Department of Children and Family Services.





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Colleges Professors appreciate Lack of pancakes progress recent salary raises disappoints students University’s Twitter in dean causes confusion searches education classes must deal with a large workload while also reaching Staff Writer out to students who may not want Editor’s Note: This is the third in to be in the class. Yet, she said, they a three-part series looking at the still make low range salaries. University’s recent faculty salary “I value what they do very highraises. ly,” McDonald said. “Their salary is not as high, but you have to deal with After about four years without the budget you have.” salary increases, some faculty and Associate history professor Mastaff on both ends of the pay spec- ribel Dietz said her job is rewarding trum said the recent raises func- in every aspect from the students she tion as a symbolic step in the right helps to the eras in history she studdirection. ies, but her monetary reality is one Jesse Walker, professor emeri- that proves true for many faculty tus of Geology and Anthropology, members. Dietz and her partner both has been working at the University work in higher education to support since 1960. their family. She While he is said she hopes the ‘A lot of people do it merit increases will currently retired and not on salbecause they love it, remain constant. ary, he still does reMcDonald search through the but they still need to be said the professors University. making a salary that in her college are Money never not in the field for shows their value to the money but for crossed his mind when he pursued the love of the job. society.’ a career in higher “A lot of peoeducation, Walker ple do it because Janet McDonald said, describing they love it, but Associate Dean the seven years his they still need to family lived in a be making a salary tent during the Great Depression. that shows their value to society,” He became chair of the depart- McDonald said. ment in 1962, during a time when the Dietz has been at the University number of faculty tripled and gradu- for 18 years and said she is inspired ate students quadrupled. by the positive University culture, “It was a pretty good time,” even though the pay is not ideal. Walker said. “You could get virtu“Being on a college campus, ally anything you wanted. Any pay surrounded by young people who changes I had came naturally. The are discovering, it’s a really inspiring University has really been good to thing,” Dietz said. me.” Dietz said the pay increases Walker said he never struggled helped, but what made her happiest with a lack of raises but sympathizes was the end of the hiring freeze. with faculty who waited more than “People went elsewhere for a four years for their raises. while and we could not replace them However, he said monetary because there was no money,” Dietz concerns should not be greater than said. “Recovering from the freezes is a love for the profession and energy very difficult; when they first started spent worrying on salary increase hiring we still hadn’t gotten a raise.” could be spent research or teaching. Losing parts of the department “The monetary end of it not only hurt research and teaching shouldn’t be a high priority. Your demands, but the morale of the deinterest for the field should trump,” partment was damaged, Dietz said. Walker said. Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Janet McDonald said humani- Contact Fernanda Zamudio-Suarez at ties professors who teach general Fernanda Zamudio-Suarez

Fernanda Zamudio-Suarez Staff Writer

The University still has a ways to go after the end of the hiring freezes, with seven dean searches in progress and continuing through next semester. Jane Cassidy, vice provost for Human Resources and Facilities Management, said though several searches are being finalized, the University has yet to hire anyone. Cassidy said the search process typically has three parts — application reviews, Skype interviews and in-person interviews — before decisions are made. The School of Veterinary Medicine is the closest to finalizing its search, as three candidates have already been interviewed and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Stuart Bell will discuss final options with the search committee next week. Last week, three candidates interviewed with the College of Science and Cassidy said the committee is also close to making a recommendation. The E.J. Ourso College of Business is still in the application stages, but its search committee will solidify who to bring to campus as early as January. Similarly, the School of Library and Information Science is evaluating applications. The College of Music and Dramatic Arts is conducting Skype interviews this week, while the College of Humanities and Social Science is conducting interviews next week. New deans and faculty members are typically brought in at the beginning of the fiscal year, July 1, so the searches still have a ways to go, Cassidy said. Last April — after University Registrar Robert Doolos announced his retirement — the University began searching for his replacement. Cassidy said the search for his position is in its final stages and an announcement will be made soon. Interim Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administrative Services and Interim CFO Robert Kuhn also announced his retirement earlier this year, and Cassidy said candidates are being interviewed on campus this week for the position. This search should be finalized next January, Cassidy said. Cassidy said the faculty and administrators who plan to leave are waiting until the right person is found. Additionally, she said the recent merit increases have helped keep and recruit faculty at the University. “They feel the state is investing in them here,” Cassidy said. Contact Fernanda Zamudio-Suarez at

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Associate history professor Maribel Dietz has worked at LSU for 18 years. Dietz stated that she was pleased with the University’s decision to give professors a raise.

Alexis Rebennack Staff Writer

Tuesday night University students flocked to the 459 and the 5 for the Pancake Breakfast hosted by President F. King Alexander and LSU Dining, only to find out they had been lured by a false promise. The dining halls were serving French toast instead of pancakes. The official LSU Twitter account displayed numerous tweets Tuesday promoting the free pancake event, such as, “Are #pancakes the meaning of life? Let’s find out. 12/3, 10 pm - 12 am, 459 Commons and The 5, ” “The #pancakes will fall like rain,” and “The power of FREE #PANCAKES compels you! 12/3, 10 pm - 12 am, 459 Commons and The 5.” Twitter shout-outs like, “@lsu really? You don’t even have pancakes!” and “@lsu It was great but what I really wanted was some pancakes #falseadvertisement” appeared on the social media site later that night. However, Student Government President John Woodard said he considered this year’s event to be better than previous free pancake nights because more

breakfast options were offered. Biology senior Kirstie Watkins said upon entering the 459 Tuesday night, she was greeted by a table with assorted toppings such as whipped cream, sprinkles and caramel syrup, but it was for hot chocolate. “They set you up to believe there were going to be pancakes because you walk in and see all of these awesome toppings and no pancakes,” she said. Other students like business management junior Ayo Fasheyide said this year’s menu selection was better than the pancakeonly option in previous years. “From what I understand, they just wanted to amp it up this year and provide a full breakfast,” Woodard said. LSU Dining Resident District Manager Tom Williamson said the department will need to look into how the event was communicated on the social media page in order to see where the pancake confusion happened. The event will most likely receive a name change in the future, Woodard said.

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Tom McDermott - The Three Muses Erin Demastes - The Maison

6:00 PM

ZooLights - Baton Rouge Zoo

7:00 PM

Miss Sophie Lee - The Spotted Cat Music Club Celebration in the Oaks - City Park New Orleans

7:30 PM

Kanye West - New Orleans Arena The Trio Featuring Johnny V - Maple Leaf Bar

8:00 PM

Deathtrap - Shadow Box Theatre

9:00 PM

Comedy Gumbeaux - Howlin' Wolf

9:00 PM

Super Water Sympathy - House of Blues New Orleans SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque Tour - House of Blues

10:00 PM

Jumbo Shrimp - The Spotted Cat Music Club Crizzly and Figure - Republic New Orleans Barry Stephenson's Pocket - The Maison

11:00 PM

Cat's Ass Karaoke - George's Place

For more information on LSU events or to place your own event you can visit

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SG changes internally to ensure long-term success Camille Stelly Contributing Writer

Despite keeping the Scantron initiative alive and advocating to get new food options in the Student Union, some students did not see Student Government as an effective organization this semester. “I’m not sure what [SG] has done,” said Maddie Eaves, elementary education freshman. This is due, in part, to SG making a lot of internal changes this semester, said SG President John Woodard. “This was a great semester,” Woodard said. “[SG] was more collaborative as an organization, and we don’t always see that. I am pleased with how we worked together as a team.” Woodard said while there were not many tangible things students could see this semester, the spring semester will be different. “We are more productive, and

that has laid the groundwork to be more relevant during the spring semester,” Woodard said. “We don’t want the sole focus to be on elections in the spring.” SG speaker pro tempore Trey Schwartzenburg said a lot of legislature passed this semester won’t have an effect until next semester. For example, SG has been working closely with the Office of Auxiliary Services this fall to add more services to the Union, which students will not see until midspring. SG has been working on gathering student input about a fee increase to improve the transit system, but students will not feel those effects until next semester. While a number of legislation passed that won’t have an effect until later, Woodard said a lot of changes this semester will aid the success of SG for future administrations. One such thing is extending the presidential term limit to two terms. “A two-term president will be

more effective because a lot of time is spent trying to set up things,” Woodard said. Building a relationship with University administrators and mending the relationship with Student Media will help for a successful Student Government in the future, Woodard said. Schwartzenburg and Woodard both credit the new leadership as the key to ensuring SG is an effective organization and University students will feel the benefits of its work. “This is an exciting time at LSU. Having a strong student leadership is key to the success of the University,” Woodard said. “As an organization, we have restricted our focus to serve LSU students.”

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LSU student body president John Woodard suggested Student Government worked collaboratively this semester when asked to reflect on this semester’s effectiveness.

Do you think SG was effective this semester? ‘I think SG did well. No negative effects on me.’

‘I haven’t really heard much about what they have done.’

Samantha Martello

Josh Tharp

Bryce Selders

environmental engineering junior

petroleum engineering freshman

chemical engineering sophomore

Oyinda Odewale mass communication freshman

‘I haven’t been paying attention. I don’t feel like anything they were doing impacted me.’

‘I don’t know what SG does.’

‘I think they are very effective. We get free Scantrons and they make student life easier.’

‘Every time I need a Scantron, they come through.’ Paul Creasy anthropology junior

‘I haven’t heard much and seen much of what they have done.’

Joseph LeBlanc

Megan Cupit

Rachel Falgout

interdisciplinary studies senior

mass communication freshman

business freshman

‘I haven’t heard anything other than suggestions to take surveys.’


Pennington receives $16 million in grants from DOD Gordon Brillon Staff Writer

LSU President F. King Alexander and two Pennington Biomedical Research Center scientists announced Wednesday the center’s reception of two grants totaling almost $16 million from the United States Department of Defense. The two grants will extend research programs between Pennington and the Department of Defense that have focused on improving nutrition for soldiers across all branches of the military. Jennifer Rood, associate executive director for cores and resources at Pennington, said researchers from Pennington have collaborated with the Department of Defense since 1988. The researchers work

primarily with other researchers from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, who focus on improving soldier performance through science and nutrition, Rood said. Rood’s team of researchers will benefit from $7.3 million from the Collaborative Research to Optimize Warfighter Nutrition II, or CROWN II, project. CROWN II is an extension of the CROWN project, which tried to find ways to improve soldiers’ health in the areas of nutrition and resilience, stress and inflammation, metabolism and behavior. The other grant — known as Weight Measurements and Standards for Soldiers — will go to a team working on developing an online and mobile application to help soldiers and their families track their

nutrition and fitness. WMSS is valued at around $8.3 million. Tiffany Stewart, who heads the WMSS team at Pennington, said the grant will help them roll out the application — ­ known as HEALTH — and make it available to United States armed services members and veterans across the globe. Ret. Col. Karl Friedl, the former director of the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, another collaborator on the HEALTH project, said the work done at Pennington has already had great impacts on the health and nutrition of soldiers in the field. “We would not be where we are today with regard to nutrition and fitness if it hadn’t been for the work done at Pennington,” Friedl said. “We’re now able to offer our soldiers

scientifically based rations, where before, nutrition was not considered a priority.” Rood and Stewart also highlighted the fact that the grants would allow for more research jobs to be created at Pennington. They said

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DOES SIZE MATTER? Tigers see rise in rebounds, blocks despite stagnant height


Marcus Rodrigue Sports Contributor

When LSU men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones hit the recruiting trail in 2012, he addressed the glaring deficiency of his contemporary squad — height. Opponents often dominated the Tigers’ small and shallow lineup, but Jones solved that problem with a consensus top-10 recruiting class featuring five players who are at least 6-foot-6-inches tall. Jones’ efforts have paid off in the early stages of this season, as LSU is on pace to have the most singleseason rebounds since 1999. “We realize that we’re a bigger team, so we should put the ball in the post a lot and get to the boards,” said freshman forward Jordan Mickey. “It is a big focal point of our team.” Though the Tigers appear to be bigger across the board, their average height is 6-foot-5-inches, which is the same average height


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SIZE, see page 8

LSU freshman forward Jordan Mickey (25) attempts to block a shot Nov. 22 during the Tigers’ 89-66 victory against the Lions in the PMAC.





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On Wednesday, LSU officials confirmed the ESPN reports that senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger won’t play in the Tigers’ bowl game due to a knee injury. The release wouldn’t confirm a torn ACL because of Les Miles’ team policy against disclosing injury specifics. But between watching the play that injured him, seeing him on crutches and the fact that he’s already been ruled out for the bowl game, it’s fair to assume the injury is serious. After everything he’s gone through on his path to Baton Rouge, it’s a shame this is how his LSU career comes to an end. However, his football career is far from over. Despite the knee injury, Mettenberger still looks to be taken in the first two days of May’s NFL Draft. In the past, knee injuries – especially ones as serious as Mettenberger’s is suspected to be – were a killer for an athlete’s career. But with the advent of modern medicine, players are coming back from knee injuries as strong as ever. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson ran for more than 2,000 yards last season just a few months METTENBERGER, see page 8


‘Tradition Matters’ campaign addresses future for songs Administration struggles for balance Trip Dugas Sports Contributor

The LSU administration launched the “Tradition Matters” campaign prior to the Tigers game against Texas A&M game in an attempt to steer Tiger fans away from the profane lyrics that have found their way into fan favorite songs in the past. Stadium workers distributed 5,000 stickers, 10,000 “Tradition Matters” fliers and 150 miniposters before the Tigers’ 34-10

victory, reminding students and fans of the campaign. Hours later, the campaign faced its first test as the Golden Band from Tigerland played the infamous song “Neck,” while LSU cheerleaders held “Keep it Clean” signs in the air. “It [the vulgarities] wasn’t as vocal,” said senior architecture major and four year Tiger Band member Christopher Doiron. “It wasn’t as bad as it was, but it was definitely still there.” Songs like “Neck” and “Oh Wee Oh” were shelved in recent years due to vulgar chants. Without these energetic songs in their repertoire, Tiger Band members admit the challenge in pumping up

the fans. LSU Associate Athletic Director Michael Bonnette said he and the administration recognize the challenge in creating the balance between fun and tradition. “I think at this point the results are mixed,” Bonnette said. “We’re going to continue to figure out ways to keep these songs part of Tiger Stadium, but we have to make sure in doing so, we don’t compromise the family atmosphere.” But the solution isn’t so easy. The band, administration and football team collaborate to create Tiger Stadium’s lively atmosphere, but it’s ultimately the fans that TRADITION MATTERS, see page 8


The LSU administration and Athletic Department move forward after lewd chants flooded the atmosphere of Tiger Stadium during the Tigers’ 31-27 win against Arkansas.

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LSU players discuss team’s hazing policy Brock

signed on as head coach

Tyler Nunez Sports Writer

Football fans across the nation watched in shock and awe in late October as information surfaced about offensive tackle Jonathan Martin’s departure from the Miami Dolphins. Martin alleged the Dolphins locker room had developed a “culture of bullying” and he repeatedly suffered personal attacks and harassment from teammates. The controversy came to a peak as Martin pointed to veteran guard Richie Incognito as the primary offender and a voicemail that surfaced in which Incognito used racial slurs and threatened to kill Martin and his “real mother.” Martin also claimed he had also been pressured by Incognito to contribute $15,000 to help finance a trip to Las Vegas he did not participate in. While most agree these actions are never appropriate, many current and former football players argued behavior like Incognito’s is bound to exist in a sport as violent as football. “It takes a certain type of person to play this game,” said LSU junior fullback Connor Neighbors. “And it’s not just on the field. It’s off the field as well.” But does football culture excuse hazing and harassment as extreme as what Martin claims to have suffered? Not if LSU senior linebacker Lamin Barrow has anything to say about it. “Those type of actions around here are not tolerated,” Barrow said. “We pick on some of the younger guys sometimes, but it never goes so far as to make somebody feel alienated or make them feel like they’re not a part

Chandler Rome Sports Editor

between the team.” Landry said though it may seem simple, internal conflict within a group or organization rarely is. He said this is a situation in which he is glad he is on the outside looking in. “Let’s just hope that doesn’t happen here,” Landry said. “I can’t even imagine how the turnout would be.”

Russell Brock was named the head coach of LSU’s sand volleyball team on Wednesday, becoming the first head coach for the sport in school history. Brock comes to Baton Rouge after eight seasons at Rice’s indoor volleyball program, where he served as a volunteer coach from 2006-2008 before he was named an assistant coach from 2009-2013. “Sand volleyball has been a passion of mine for a long time,” Brock said in a news release. “I feel blessed to be able to invest the time and energy to help develop LSU into one of the best programs in the country.” Brock will work alongside women’s indoor coach Fran Flory, who said Brock’s connections in the sand volleyball world will bring a wealth of experience to an otherwise fledgling program. “His extensive experience in the sport make him a perfect fit to help start our program,” Flory said in a news release. “He is an outstanding recruiter which will enable him to attract outstanding sand volleyball student athletes into our program. His passion for the sport along with his vision for the program will help lead us to national success.”

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Richie Incognito (left) is accused of harassing his former Miami Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin (right).

of this team.” This sentiment was echoed by several of Barrow’s teammates. Junior linebacker D.J. Welter said clowning around between teammates was normal in a locker room and a good way to bond with what he called his brothers. “Some days it might escalate into something a little different and it might get a little personal,” Welter said. “You just have to remember who it is.” But the Tigers definitely have a “what happens in the locker

room, stays in the locker room” mentality, as multiple players used those exact words to describe how they would handle a situation similar to that in Miami. Neighbors said he would hope altercations or disputes could be resolved before the coaches could even get involved. “I don’t believe in hazing or bullying or anything like that,” said junior wide receiver Jarvis Landry. “That’s not a part of this organization and that’s not what we believe in here at LSU. But at the same time, I think that’s

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In basketball, not all shots are created equal. Driving to the hoop and finishing at the rim is often more efficient than a mid-range jumper, while a corner three is a better percentage shot than a three at the top of the key. But more than that, certain players love shooting from certain areas of the floor. Typically, right-handed shooters prefer the left side of the court, as the motion of picking up the dribble to shoot is more natural — vice versa for lefties like junior guard Malik Morgan and senior forward Shavon Coleman. “The motion is quicker, more natural and that helps guys be more accurate from that side of the court,” said LSU coach Johnny Jones. Contact Trey Labat at; Twitter: @treylabat_TDR

“A lot of guys who are right-handed like shooting from the left side of the floor. Pull-ups are just easier from that side of the court.”

ANDRE STRINGER senior guard

ANTHONY HICKEY junior guard

JOHNNY O’BRYANT III junior forward “My favorite spot is the top of the arc. I feel like I won’t miss from there. It’s angled to the right hand once you shoot, you’re shooting directly at the rim, it’s kind of scientific, you know.”

JORDAN MICKEY freshman forward

“It feels more natural shooting [from the left block]. Going from [his hip] into my shooting motion is helps me get into the rhythm of shooting.”

“From the high post, I can drive, I can shoot or I can pass out of it. My range helps me drive to the rim, I can finish above the rim and little bumps don’t really affect me.”










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Players excel from different areas on the court JO







page 8 LSU’s proficiency in the paint, grabbing nearly nine boards per as four of the last five years. The game while coming in tied for 13th only exception is last season, when in the nation with 26 blocks. the average player was only an “One of the first things I inch shorter. learned to do was play defense,” Despite the consistency of Mickey said. “My dad always LSU’s average told me, ‘If you height during the ‘One of the first things want to stay on last six seasons, floor, rebound I learned to do was the the 2013 squad and play defense.’ is producing at a play defense. My dad So it’s something higher level than that has stuck with always told me, ‘If its predecessors. me throughout the The Tigers are you want to stay on years.” sixth in the naThe freshman the floor, rebound tion and second in forward stands at 6 the Southeastern feet, 8 inches, but and play defense.’’ Conference with his 7-foot-2-inch 45.6 rebounds per wingspan faciliJordan Mickey game, and their 6.4 tates his blocking LSU freshman forward blocks per game ability. The Tigers’ are tied for 22nd in the country. roster is stocked with other lengthy Junior forward Johnny players, which may be the key to O’Bryant III augments the inte- its increased production in blocks rior excellence and leads LSU and rebounds. with 10.1 rebounds per contest. O’Bryant and Mickey have O’Bryant accumulated 15 double- teamed up for 41 percent of LSU’s doubles last season and earned a rebounds this season, but they spot on the preseason First Team aren’t the only players crashing the All-SEC. glass. Jones has seen solid effort Mickey joins O’Bryant to fuel from his guards, who account for a

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control the game day environment. After freshman wide receiver Travin Dural scored the late, goahead touchdown against Arkansas, Tiger fans erupted to the sound of “Neck.” The moment produced pronounced profanities that roared through Death Valley and sounded through to the nationally televised audience. “The vulgarity is a little much for young fans and families,” Bonnette said. “We’ve got to be cautious there, but at the same time we don’t want to take away from the atmosphere in Tiger Stadium.”

LSU football players agree that certain songs are vital for creating the LSU game day experience. Junior wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry addressed the need for students to embrace the “Tradition Matters” campaign in a video showed both in Tiger Stadium and displayed on all LSU football social media outlets. “We love to play it, and the stadium loves to hear it,” Doiron said. “The atmosphere has been missing this entire season, and the administration has noticed that it’s been dull even when the games are exciting.” Tradition is something that is built not overnight but over time. “Tradition Matters” looks forward

The Daily Reveille quarter of the Tigers’ boards. The 2013 squad has so far outstripped its 2008 counterpart, which was the last LSU team to make an NCAA Tournament appearance. The current Tigers haul in six and a half rebounds more per game and have doubled the rebounding margin from the 2008 unit. Whether LSU’s success in the lane is predicated on length, effort or intensity, it’s all a part of the plan Jones set in motion last season. Now that the second-year coach has his pieces in place, the Tigers expect to have a powerful post presence every time they step onto the hardwood. “[Dominating in rebounds] is something that coach harps on from our big guys, and they do a great job of it every day in practice,” said senior guard Andre Stringer. “All of our big guys battle day-in and day-out to get those rebounds, and that’s something we take pride in.” Contact Marcus Rodrigue at to the 2014-15 season as an opportunity to reinstall songs and attitudes that improve the Tiger Stadium experience. “The Athletic Department has pinpointed the problems and will meet with LSU President F. King Alexander and others in the offseason to address the campaign,” Bonnette said. “The Athletic Department and marketing department are collaborating to bring back some of the songs that we all love to hear in Tiger Stadium.”

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after gruesomely tearing his ACL and MCL. Peterson is a freak of nature and shouldn’t be treated as the norm, but his quick recovery coupled with that of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III shows how far medical science has come. A knee injury no longer guarantees a full calendar year or more of recovery time. And with the draft moved back to May this season, there’s even a chance Mettenberger can be back in time to go through some pre-draft workouts if everything goes well. NFL draft evaluator Mike Detillier projects Mettenberger as a late first to early second round selection, just as he did before the injury. He slots Mettenberger solidly behind Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater and Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel. But if Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and UCLA’s Brett Hundley decide to return to school next season, Mettenberger could be the next quarterback taken. Until any specifics are released or any complications are discovered, Detillier said there’s no reason to drop Mettenberger’s stock down the draft board. “It’s all about the rehabilitation of the knee,” Detillier said. “In today’s game, if you don’t have an infection in your knee, you can come back from that in six to eight months. If he has surgery and

rehabs everything, he can still be a first- or second-round pick based on supply and demand.” Detillier compared Mettenberger to the Ravens’ Joe Flacco because of his physical size, strong throwing arm and lack of mobility. The Delaware product was the 18th overall selection in the 2008 draft. I give Mettenberger a slight edge because of the progress he made with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. He’s played in a NFL system for one season already, which gives him a head start on adjusting to the league to help offset any practice time he may miss due to his knee injury. But as long as his rehab goes well, there’s no reason the injury should impact his NFL future. He was never going to be a serious running threat, and he has the arm, size and brain of a prototypical NFL quarterback. It’s a shame he didn’t get to leave LSU on his own terms after the circuitous route he took to get here. But aside from not getting the send-off he wanted, the knee injury shouldn’t affect what he does at the next level. James Moran is a 21-year-old mass communication senior from Beacon, N.Y.

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Student upholds bonfire tradition Annual event attracts tourists Katie Daigrepont Entertainment Writer

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[Left] A mug gets scanned to create a 3-D rendition of it on the computer screen on Tuesday in the CxC studio in the main art building. [Top right] One of the machines used to create designs and textures sits in the woodshop. [Bottom right] The blue styrofoam shows a few examples of textures that this machine can carve out.

Students to show digitally fabricated objects in Middleton Rebecca Docter Entertainment Writer

Back in November, Kele Okereke of the British indie rock band Bloc Party released an exclusive 3-D-printed vinyl for charity. McDonald’s has pondered the idea of putting a 3-D printer in every restaurant to print individualized Happy Meal toys for children. The work of digital fabrication is nearly everywhere.


While this technology may seem like something out of a science fiction novel, it’s becoming more and more popular. And thanks to a host of grants given to the University’s architecture department, students at LSU have been able to utilize the same technology to create everything from wristwatches to replicas of canine skulls. Through analog and digital fabrication tools, students in visiting assistant professor Shelby Elizabeth

Doyle’s Edges: Analog and Digital Fabrication course were able to translate digital models into physical ones. “Tools” refers to an array of digital machinery, such as 3-D printers, 3-D scanners, laser cutters and CNC mill machines. “We’re looking broadly at the idea of how you craft things and what that means in a digital application,” Doyle said. “How do you bring in these tools from a different realm and combine them with

handcrafting things?” Fourth- and fifth-year architecture students in Doyle’s class have brought creations to life through digital fabrication in many forms, most notably the creation of

Watch a video of 3-D printing in action at multimedia/videos.

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Louisiana may not turn into a winter wonderland during the holidays, but there’s no denying the rich tradition and culture found here makes Christmas in the South something extraordinary. Civil engineering senior Kenny Berthelot from Grand Point, La., has been building bonfires on the levee in Paulina, La., for six years now. Each year at exactly 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve, hundreds of bonfires are ignited simultaneously, creating a firework effect along the levees in the parishes of St. James, St. John the Baptist and Ascension. “It’s a huge celebration, and there’s nothing like it,” Berthelot said. “There’s nowhere else I’d rather be on Christmas Eve. It just feels like home to me.” The Christmas Eve tradition of lighting bonfires along the Mississippi River dates back hundreds of years, but no one really knows the exact origin of the custom. Some say the bonfires light the way for “Papa Noel” or those traveling to midnight mass, while others BONFIRE, see page 11

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“Elf” is almost a perfect Christmas movie. It tells the story of Buddy the Elf, played wonderfully by Will Ferrell, who was a human raised as an elf for his entire life before going to New York City to find his biological father. On his visit, he finds a new family, meets a girl and manages to save Christmas. Those story beats seem familiar, but they work perfectly for the movie. Sure it’s composed of many tropes, but why should that make it an awful movie? “Elf” also excels with a script that included instantly memorable characters and repeatable quotes, like “Bye Buddy, hope you find your dad.” and “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?” While some of its humor is corny at times, it only makes it more memorable. It’s a Christmas movie — they’re all like that. And it only helps make “Elf” that much more excellent. ROB KITCHEN

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“Home Alone”

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When it comes to holiday movies, there’s a plethora of choices: sappy, funny, naughty and kid-friendly. “Home Alone” combines all of these elements into a classic Christmas film. The nostalgia factor is also a huge appeal to us ’90s kids. In fact, it may be one of the movies that has gotten better with age. Now you can fully appreciate the subtle humor and novelty of adults playing bumbling cat burglars. It’s also refreshing to see an adorable and innocent Macaulay Culkin instead of his present-day Rickety Cricket appearance. Overall, this movie has everything a holiday film should have, like a suspenseful plot line, slapstick comedy and heartwarming family moments. Relive your childhood with “Home Alone” this season. You won’t be disappointed.

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“Jingle All the Way”

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Before I was old enough to know who Arnold Schwartzenegger and Sinbad were, my family used to take yearly road trips to Syracuse for the holidays and “Jingle All The Way” was on constant repeat the entire trip there. I didn’t truly appreciate this cult classic until I was much older and found out that my brother actually had a Turbo-Man action figure hiding in the back of his closet. In theory, this movie should be terrible, but it manages to capture true dysfunctional holiday spirit (grown men fighting over toys in department stores) with many laughs along the way (Schwartzenegger attempting to mask his accent is merely a bonus). “Jingle All The Way” makes an excellent edition to any holiday movie list.

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“It’s a Wonderful Life”

“Love Actually”


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Christmas is about sharing love, and no other holiday movie captures that quite like “Love Actually.” Starring basically every living actor from the island of Great Britain, the 2003 romantic comedy follows the lives of various Londoners in the weeks leading up to Christmas. From a washed out rock star’s hilarious attempt to revive his career with a cheesy holiday single to a recent widower helping his 11-year-old stepson through his first case of puppy love, the film’s interconnected plots are all as funny as they are touching. I usually hate romantic comedies, but this film made its way to the top of my favorite movies after just one viewing. Not all the storylines end in happily ever after, but every character learns to appreciate the love they do have in their lives, no matter the kind. As the film’s epilogue says: Love actually is all around. ERIN HEBERT

“Die Hard”

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Before you say anything: yes, “Die Hard” is a Christmas movie. And it also happens to be the best Christmas movie of all time. Though the holidays are a season for warm and fuzzy feelings, sometimes by the end of a long year, you’re just in the mood to watch things explode and people fall off of buildings. “Die Hard” is there to meet your needs with a dead German thug in an elevator wearing a sweatshirt that says “NOW I HAVE A MACHINE GUN HO-HO-HO.” Even with all the blood and shootouts, though, there’s still some heart. Don’t pretend you didn’t get a little emotional when John McClane gets reunited with his family at the end. Combine with “Love Actually” for an Alan Rickman Christmas double feature, KACI YODER Entertainment Editor and you’ve found holiday nirvana.


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‘Book Thief’ film simplifies plot BARE KNUCKLES SAMANTHA BARES Entertainment Writer

“The Diary of Anne Frank” is typically the first book that comes to mind when thinking of literature about the Holocaust and World War II. However, Markus Zusak’s 2006 novel “The Book Thief” was the first book I read about the time period that really allowed me to feel how horrible it was for those in Nazi Germany. Narrated by Death and following the experiences of young Liesel Meminger, the book is incredibly detailed and moving. The movie adaptation is all right if you watch it without having read the novel, but it inevitably loses something in transition. The movie gained credibility as the 131 minutes ticked down, but the beginning scenes were awful. It starts with a shot straight out of the “Harry Potter” franchise, looking down on a dark train winding through snowy European countryside. Then we meet Meminger, played by Sophie Nélisse, not looking sick, starving and dirty as she was supposed to be in the novel. In fact, I got the feeling that she was being clumsily presented to the audience looking prim and adorable to signal to us who the princess protagonist is. Nélisse redeemed herself with her performance, but I felt a lack of believability, a watering down of the terrible experiences of this little girl. The rest of the cast was nearperfect. Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson as Liesel’s foster parents, the Hermanns, and little Nico Liersch as

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Actor Geoffrey Rush plays Liesel Meminger’s foster father in “The Book Thief.”

Rudy Steiner were just as I imagined them on paper. But the movie did not have the time to show how complicated these relationships were. It portrayed Rudy as Liesel’s uncontested best friend, an immediate hit, when their constant back-and-forth abuse was what made the revelation of their closeness, especially in the last scenes, that much sweeter. Rosa’s love for Liesel was also grossly simplified. The relationships were all believable for someone who had not read the material cut in translation to the big screen, though. Max Vandenburg, the Hermanns’ hidden Jew, was also oversimplified. He is just a placeholder for the sympathies Liesel learns to feel for Jewish people and for all those oppressed under Adolf Hitler ’s regime. In the book, he is a Jewish fistfighter who spends his days in the basement, whenever he’s not with Liesel, daydreaming about a fight with the Führer. The depictions of ordinary life under the Nazi regime were chilling, however. The book-burning scene was terrible but well-shot, and the

arrogance of both the Nazi officers and the young men and women in training inspired disgust and fury. I found myself equal parts horrified and amused at children in grade school assembled to sing a song with lyrics straight out of a stiff Nazi propaganda pamphlet. The narrator was never identified as Death outright, but it was implied heavily enough and the use of quotes from his uncanny diatribes in the book was well-executed, if sparse. Moviegoers will enjoy “The Book Thief,” especially those who read the book afterward and come to understand motivations and plot elements all the more. But those who have read the book and expected the same thorough treatment that made the original spellbinding will need to make allowances. Grade: B+ Samantha Bares is a 20-year-old English junior from Erath, La.


This 1946 black-and-white American classic only improves with age. There’s no denying that the holiday season is just not the same without the story of Clarence the angel showing George Bailey just how wonderful and precious life is. James Stewart gives the performance of his career as a man who sacrificed his dreams for others, dealing with issues that are still relevant today. It teaches the values of loyalty and self-respect, but the greatest lesson this film has to offer is put best by the angel Clarence: “A successful life isn’t measured by the amount of money you collect, but by the amount of friends you have gained along the way. Remember no man is a failure who has friends.” You’d have to be Scrooge himself to not love this film.


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England in 1819 Baton Rouge Gallery Doors at 6 p.m.

Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar New Orleans Arena Doors at 6 p.m.






Soul Rebels Chelsea’s Cafe 10 p.m.


John Mayer New Orleans Arena Doors at 6 p.m. The Devil Wears Prada House of Blues Doors at 5 p.m.


14 NOFX House of Blues Doors at 6:25 p.m.


Aaron Neville Christmas The Civic Theatre Doors at 7 p.m.










The Commodores L’Auberge Casino and Hotel Doors at 10 p.m.

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Tad Benoit/Sol Driven Train The Varsity Theatre Doors at 8 p.m.


26 Rebirth Brass Band Howlin’ Wolf Doors at 9 p.m.



believe they were originally built as a helpful guide for people traveling on the river at night. But no matter how the custom originated, the tradition is alive and well, and growing more popular every year. People from around the country come to see the enormous bonfires blaze through the night, and Berthelot said he’s talked to tourists from as far away as Minnesota. His father first taught him how to build a bonfire — a family tradition that goes back four generations, Berthelot said, and one he plans to teach his children. “I started doing bonfires when I was 12 years old, when my dad gave me a hatchet and a machete,” Berthelot said. “We would walk to the woods in the back of the house, chop down trees, drag them back home and build bonfires in the backyard, so we started really early.” Each year around mid-December, Berthelot, his two brothers and around four of their friends spend up to two weeks building the bonfire. He said people will even pull to the side of River Road while


Galactic/Orgone Tipitina’s Doors at 9 p.m.

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue House of Blues Doors at 8 p.m.





Meriweather/10 Year Anniversary The Varsity Theatre Doors at 8 p.m.


Ani DiFranco The Varsity Theatre Doors at 8 p.m.

The Revivalists The Civic Theatre Doors at 8:30 p.m.

they’re building to take pictures of them. Although Berthelot said they try to build the tallest bonfire every year, current regulations only allow the bonfire’s height to reach 20 feet. When he passed the levee over Thanksgiving break, he said he saw six bonfires already finished, but added that these were only about 10 feet tall. Permits are required to build bonfires on the levee, and Berthelot said it’s usually the same families who buy permits each year. “It’s kind of like a tailgate,” Berthelot said. “It’s pretty much the same people who’ve been building in the same places, so we know the people next to us because they’ve been next to us for as long as we’ve been doing it.” Of course, no Louisiana tradition is complete without food. Most families bring gumbo or fried turkey and sweets to the levee on the night of the lighting, he said. On Christmas Eve, it’s a huge gathering of family and friends, and after the bonfires have been lit, most families go to midnight mass. “There’s a lot of pride that you feel on Christmas Eve when you’re watching your hard work go up in

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Kenneth Berthelot has built bonfires on Christmas Eve for six years.

flames,” Berthelot said. “All of your family and all the travelers and the tourists are around you congratulating you, and they’re awestruck. It’s a really great feeling.” Contact Katie Daigrepont at

different types of chairs, which the class displayed at a “chair-sitting party” in late November. To fabricate the chairs, students “printed” the necessary materials and then assembled them into stable pieces of furniture, each with its own design. Architecture senior Andrew Pharis said this project taught the class not only how to use the machinery, but also the process of crafting objects. “Each week, we’ve had a problem to solve,” Pharis said. The group also utilized a 3-D scanner to replicate items from the Hill Memorial Archive, such as a ball created by the graphic artist M.C. Escher and an aged canine skull. By placing an object on a grid and waving a handheld scanner over the object, a digital form of the object can be transmitted into a computer to be viewed as a 3-D model. Large laser-cutting machines were used by the class to etch words into pieces of leather and cardboard. “There’s a lot of possible applications for it,” Doyle said. “In architecture, we use it more as a creative process as something to test out ideas and something to prototype ideas,

but there’s also applications for it in creating really specific things like scanning someone’s mouth and being able to replicate a tooth to exactly fit.” In the past 20 years or so, scientists have been researching 3-D printing as an option in operations like bone replacement surgery. Through 3-D printing, scientists can also position cells in definite places to accurately match the tissue of a patient’s body. “The way 3-D printing works is in the same way that a typical printer lays down ink in layers,” Doyle said. “The 3-D printer lays down material in layers, and it depends on the type of 3-D printer, but it’ll either provide a support material, which is what you’re going to break off later, or it will cure certain parts of it so when it comes out of the machine, you’ll actually have an object that replicates your digital model.” Doyle’s class will display its work in a gallery in the lobby of Middleton Library beginning on Sunday. The exhibit is free.

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Time to stop the waiting game — ­ fix buildings The Daily Reveille Editorial Board “The REC is getting a lazy river, and we are losing buildings,” ceramic junior Patrick LeBas The University is crumbling around us and so far the administration’s response has been to sit around and wait for the offchance the Louisiana legislature decides to allocate money to fix our buildings. And after 14 years, it’s time that we took more drastic steps than “wait-and-see.” On Saturday, a concrete panel fell from the ceiling of the ceramics building. Had students not been away on Thanksgiving break, there’s a very real chance that someone could have been seriously injured. The Studio Arts Building, which houses the nowcondemned ceramics studio, has been on the waiting list for state funding since 1999. While the building would have taken only $6 million to repair back then, after neglect for nearly a decade and a half, the bill is up to about $15 million. Our University is not the

well-oiled machine represented on glossy handouts, and we’re still struggling with deferred maintenance to campus buildings that have needed repair since the 1980s. In February 2012, a chunk of Hill Memorial Library plummeted to the ground, luckily causing no injuries. Other buildings suffer from mold infestations, broken air conditioning and lights that have never been replaced. Often, garbage cans in bathrooms overflow, leading to disgusting trash pileups. Individually, these problems aren’t the end of the world, but together they create an unhealthy and unsafe atmosphere for students. Spending day after day in dilapidated buildings underneath a roof that could fall at any minute is not the most conducive environment for learning. And none of this is the fault of Facility Services. The department has a long list of muchneeded repairs but is the first to have its budget slashed come time for the annual state cuts to higher education. Last spring, The Daily Reveille editorial board responded positively to news of the Studio

Arts Building’s proposed $12 million renovation of the Engineering Shops, and we hoped it would bring about drastic changes art students and staff needed. But it’s up to Louisiana’s leaders to allot money to deserving programs and buildings around the state — and they’re not the most supportive of higher education, to say the least. According to Jason Droddy, director of External Affairs, administrators showed legislators who work with the University around the ceramics studio earlier this year to prompt assistance and move things along, but it seems it’s been about as effective as George W. Bush’s flyover of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. That is to say, we have no new money, except for the negligible amount offered by the new building use fee. Estimates for repairs are in the multi-millions and rise each year as our buildings sit unassisted. At this point, it seems we can no longer sit around and wait for the state. It’s time we, the University, took action. “It’s just like in your home,”

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A concrete panel fell from the ceiling on the ceramics studio in the Studio Arts Building over Thanksgiving break.

Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor and Interim CFO Robert Kuhn told The Daily Reveille in 2012. “If the roof falls in, then you fix the roof. Unfortunately, that’s how deferred maintenance moves to the top of the list.” Well, Mr. Kuhn, LSU President F. King Alexander and any

other administrators or state officials who can help us — the roof fell, and now it’s time to fix it.

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Human rights should matter more than religious freedom Shut up, meg Megan Dunbar Opinion Editor Our University’s Student Health Center allows women the right to contraceptives, and many take advantage of this helpful tool for varying reasons. But as we all know, a person’s freedoms end as soon as they intrude on the freedoms of another or so go all the arguments for and against the First Amendment. How do businesses matter while considering contraceptives and relative freedom? Well, they’re not people, so it shouldn’t matter. The owners of Hobby Lobby, however, seem to think the religious rights of their corporation should be held in higher esteem than the human rights of others. Before you jump on my case for mentioning human rights

when discussing contraception — because fetuses are people to some — consider that there are many pressing issues about quality of life after birth that many U.S. organizations seem to overlook. Hobby Lobby actually raised its minimum wage for full-time workers to $14 per hour and $9.50 for part-time workers in April, so it’s not one of the culprits on a basic level. Hobby Lobby tries to support it employees. But the Supreme Court agreed last Tuesday to rule on the company’s case against the requirement that businesses offer contraceptives with no co-pay under the Affordable Care Act next session. This whole argument aside, people need to stop whining about how oppressive the Affordable Care Act is for their livelihoods. If the goal is to allow the underprivileged to die off slowly, those complainers are doing a great job. Truth is, nothing runs

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perfectly the first time around. This health care overhaul is no different, and we’ll work out the kinks for years to come. The real issue here is that health care is finally problematic for the wealthy. If those in power could get what they wanted out of the reform, we wouldn’t have to argue about points that require miserly businesses to help out their female employees. Because it really is females who would be affected by this change. Men may acquire contraception, but the options are much more diverse for females, and ignoring Hobby Lobby’s specific nitpick, the ruling could affect women’s access to medicine that could save their lives. On the topic of the everimportant religious freedom, shouldn’t people other than Christians have the freedom to patronize the only craft store in their area and find holidayspecific decorations? Maybe not, because we’re talking about the same company

that objected to selling Jewish holiday items and only agreed to do so in test locations beginning this November. I’ll try to imagine their thought processes here: Let’s just test religious equality and see how it pans out. Might not work. We really don’t want to allow shoppers to indulge their own religious beliefs. Just in case. We should be proud of them for trying, but that shouldn’t be necessary. I guess these poor Godfearing individuals are just at the beginning of the learning curve about what to do when forced to operate in a democratic country. Maybe if they choose, they can move all the Hobby Lobbys to those few counties in Colorado who voted to secede from the state in the most recent election. They’re super-conservative, they’d welcome all sorts of laws about sexual propriety, as long as it doesn’t involve any sort of empowerment. Or guns. Stay away from the guns.

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Without those guns, they couldn’t take over the country, state by state, a slow rush of revolution headed for the rights of already-alive humans — women, for the most part. And I’m pretty sure most women, except for the token one or two who speak at Republican rallies, are done with any sort of need for debate about birth control. So let’s end it here. Let the Supreme Court rule in favor of human rights, not those of a potential fetus. Megan Dunbar is a 20-year-old English senior from Greenville, SC.

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Quote of the Day “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”

Winston Churchill former Prime Minister Nov. 30, 1874 — Jan. 24, 1965

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Would legalizing prostitution reduce sexual abuse?

Yes. Regulation is needed to shut down human trafficking. No. Doing so would make sex abuse more acceptable. THE BOX DOES NOT EXIST JANA KING Columnist Human trafficking has become an enormous problem in Baton Rouge. Recently, state police busted a massage parlor and found evidence indicating human trafficking. State police investigated and found that females were being housed in office spaces and believe they were forced to perform sexual acts for money. Of course, this is a heinous sex crime. Human beings are going to have sex. Different groups have tried to prevent humans from this for thousands of years, to no avail. What we should be preventing is humans who force other humans to participate in sexual acts without their consent. These acts are sex crimes, most commonly rape. But let’s be clear — the money exchanged is not what makes it a sex crime. The lack of enthusiastic consent is. The current illegality of prostitution protects few and incriminates many — as consenting adults are criminalized. In the event of prostitution, one individual provides a service. The other individual gives payment for said service. If both enthusiastically agree to the sexual act, it cannot be defined as a sexual crime. In the event of sex trafficking, individuals are treated as property and used by another for profit. Those who are involved cannot give consent because they are being held in fear. Prostitutes provide a service in the same way a hair dresser provides a service. You do not own or disrespect the hair dresser because you are paying them. The exchange of money gives you no right to the body or tools of the hair dresser — there is no exchange of ownership. In most states, prostitution is considered a misdemeanor, cited as a crime that disrupts the order of a community. The only reason that prostitution is disrupting the order of a community is because we have no proper system of regulation. We sweep it under the rug with sex crimes. Prostitution is not a sex crime. It is a legitimate working business, just as all sex work is. Strippers, prostitutes and adult film stars are valuable economic resources when regulated and taxed. Critics of sex work will argue that it is in the best interest of the individual to abandon such a physically, emotionally and mentally harmful work. They cite statistics in which sex workers suffer from homelessness or substance dependency. They neglect to devise any sort of action that would help those workers who suffer from either condition. Opponents of prostitution opt to legally abandon these individuals who they claim to care so much about, proving that their morals only reach as far as a jail cell.

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United Kingdom newspaper The Telegraph reported that 80 percent of women do not report sexual abuse, mostly due to fear of the abuser. Prostitution will continue to exist, regardless of its legality. And in the face of a legal system that punishes prostitutes, it is highly unlikely that they will report any mistreatment. This leaves the perpetrator free to continue harming anyone. In August, Switzerland developed and executed its plan to regulate prostitution. Drivein “sex boxes” are garage-sized buildings in which a prostitute can provide his or her service. The structures are situated on the outskirts of Zurich and are closely monitored by authorities. The prostitutes are also given panic buttons, should anything go wrong while providing their service. The prostitutes also pay a nightly tax for their use of the structure. Swiss director of social work for sex workers Michael Herzig reported that the guarded prostitution sites are working. Zurich lawyer, Daniel Hartmann spoke to USA Today on the impact of their program. “Prostitutes have better working conditions here,” he said. “They’re not exposed to the bosses, to the pimps in here.” Regulation is necessary — in addition to legalization of prostitution — to shut down and prevent human trafficking rings. Let’s not continue making criminals out of victims or victims out of consenting adults. Jana King is a 19-year-old women’s and gender studies sophomore from Ponchatoula. Contact Jana King at; Twitter: @jking_TDR

THE UNRIDDLER CHRISTINE GUTTERY Columnist Following a two-month long undercover investigation, state and local authorities arrested six women last Monday after raids on two West Baton Rouge massage parlors on the charges of prostitution at the businesses and said they discovered evidence of human trafficking in the process, according to WBRZ. Sex trafficking — a particular form of human trafficking — is a huge problem internationally and in our own city. It involves exploitation, which comes in many forms, such as forcing victims into prostitution, compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography and misleading victims into debt bondage. Some human rights activists seek to cut down on this crime by legalizing prostitution. This is not the answer. Legalizing it only increases the demand for it by deeming promiscuous behavior socially acceptable, simply continuing the cycle of sexual abuse in the sex industry. Selling sex is a dangerous, harmful profession and shouldn’t be promoted by legislation. Victims of trafficking or not, prostitutes suffer from violence and abuse and may face rape, beatings or other forms of torture. According to a U.S. study of nearly 2000 prostitutes over a span of 30 years, mortality rates were nearly 200 times those of other people with similar demographics. While some say selling sex is empowering for women, for many it’s the exact opposite. Pimps and sex traffickers frequently target vulnerable people with histories of abuse.

Nearly all involved in the sex industry have suffered from abuse and violence. According to a report on human trafficking and prostitution funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, 88 percent of female sex workers — trafficked or not — want to exit the industry, but numerous factors make it difficult, some of which include lack of employment skills, dependence on pimp, poor health, addiction, shame and lack of ID. The same report revealed that nearly 80 percent of prostitutes interviewed felt they had been coerced or forced into the industry. This doesn’t sound like empowerment to me. Case studies show legalization actually fuels trafficking and abuse. While regulations are intended to combat trafficking and abuse, in reality, legalizing prostitution empowers pimps, traffickers and the sex industry, according to an article published by the Journal Of Trauma Practice. Based on studies conducted in locations where the sex trade has been legalized, including Australia, Germany and the Netherlands, the number of sex trafficking victims significantly increased after legalization, and violence is still prevalent in the industry. It’s no surprise legalizing prostitution increases demand for prostitutes because doing so sends the message that it is socially acceptable behavior. Men who may have had qualms before sex was legal may feel justified in purchasing sex now. Such legislation also promotes a culture of infidelity and promiscuity, which is harmful to families and children. Clearly the sex industry is harmful not only to those directly involved but to everyone and should not be promoted by legislation. There would be no demand for sex workers if not for the people willing to purchase sex. The most successful route to achieving freedom for trafficking and abuse victims is going after the demand — sex customers — not the supply. Most prostitution laws criminalize the supply — prostitutes, including those trapped in the industry by force or need and who find little chance of escape and rescue. This discourages a friendly relationship between recovery teams and abused prostitutes. Criminalizing customers of prostitutes is the most successful route to freedom for victims of trafficking and abuse. After prostitution had previously been legal and had become a problem, Sweden adopted a law criminalizing Johns. Shortly after adopting the legislation, supply and demand of trafficking and prostitution significantly decreased, according to studies by multiple research groups. According to an academic journal article published by Reproductive Health Matters, the greatest successes in eliminating trafficking resulted not from legalizing prostitution, but from strict enforcement of regulations. To promote justice, freedom and equality, the selling of bodies cannot be tolerated. Christine Guttery is a 20-year-old English junior from Baton Rouge.

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A French sex worker demonstrates outside the National Assembly in Paris on Nov. 29. Protestors gather against a government plan to penalize clients caught in the act of soliciting a prostitute.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013 sophomore season behind thenseniors Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefrecord of 3,347 passing yards set ferson. in 2001. He emerged as the Tigers’ “We are very disappointed for starting quarterback in 2012, and Zach,” said LSU coach Les Miles he put up solid, but not great, numin a news release Wednesday. bers in his first eight games, com“He’s been a tremendous leader pleting 56.6 percent of his passes for our team and he’s as com- and averaging 177 yards per game. petitive a guy as I have ever been Mettenberger made his first around. He’s had a great impact on statement as one of LSU’s all-time our program.” elite quarterbacks A Watkinshe threw TOP 3 LSU QUARTERBACK when ville, Ga., native for 298 yards and SINGLE-SEASON whose motha touchdown in a er Tammy has 21-17 loss to thenPERFORMANCES worked in the No. 1 Alabama Georgia athletics last season. • Rohan Davey (2001) department since The game 3,347 yards 1998, Mettenproved to be a piv• JaMarcus Russell (2006) berger predictably otal moment for 3,129 yards began his journey the rising quarter• Zach Mettenberger (2013) as a Bulldog in back, as he went 3,082 yards Athens, Ga. on to complete But his ten60 percent of his ure was short-lived, as he was passes for 892 yards and four dismissed after pleading guilty to touchdowns in his last four games sexual assault following an inci- of the season. dent in a bar during spring break His play only improved gohis freshman year. ing into his senior season, and After leading Butler Com- under the guidance of first-year munity College to an 11-1 record offensive coordinator Cam Camand a berth in the JUCO Nation- eron, Mettenberger became one al Championship game in 2010, of the Southeastern ConferMettenberger found refuge at ence’s most efficient and effective LSU in 2011, where he spent his quarterbacks. Mettenberger put on a show in his return to Georgia, as he completed 23-of-37 passes for a career-high 372 yards and three touchdowns. The extent of Mettenberger’s injury has yet to be released, but Miles said he suspects his football career is far from finished. “I know Zach will work extremely hard to rehabilitate his Ladies the herdsman is waiting..... knee, and I don’t anticipate this injury having any impact on what saddle up and let’s ride. Call/Text should be a great future in the 903-312-1930 NFL,” Miles said. ________________________

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repairs, but this can be funded in July 2014 at the earliest. The building has been on the capital outlay budget since 1999 and the delay has increased the price of repairs, Courtade said. He said the estimated cost of the repairs is now more than $15 million. Jason Droddy, director of External Affairs, said because the repairs would be state-funded, the University is waiting to see if more money

TREE, from page 1 Baton Rouge. Lisa Peairs, co-owner of Windy Hills, said choosing the tree is a big moment for both the University and the farm. “It’s a good thing to have a Louisiana Christmas tree at a flagship university for the state like LSU,” Peairs said. “We’re extremely proud of it.” Almost old enough to attend the University itself, this year’s tree grew under constant care from the Peairs family for about 15 years. Because Murray Cypress trees naturally grow in a round shape, growers must prune the branches by hand as the tree grows to create the traditional Christmas tree shape. “We picked it because it was the biggest one they had. We saw it and we knew that was it,” Lowery said. Peairs confirmed that the tree hits the maximum height a Christmas tree can possibly grow in Louisiana’s conditions. But choosing a tree was only the beginning. Lowery and Fellner turned to the University community for help transporting the tree from the farm to its new home at Memorial Tower. In true holiday spirit, volunteers from the LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute strapped the tree to one of their own trailers and LSU Police Department escorted them from the

page 15 will be allocated to repair not just this building, but others on campus. The repairs will depend on the money the state has for the projects, he said. Earlier this year, Droddy said administrators took some legislators through the ceramics studio to educate them on the conditions of the facilities. Alexander and Droddy both said there are many other buildings on campus — like the Huey P. Long Fieldhouse and buildings in the

Quad — in need of repair. The new Building Use Fee was established this year to help fund accrued repairs at the University and Droddy said this money could possibly help fund repairs in the ceramics studio. Although the status on repair projects may change after this incident, Droddy said it all depends on funding from the state.

Mississippi River Bridge to the heart of campus Monday morning, all at no cost. From there, workers from facility services put up the tree and reinforced the inner structure with steel rods. “It’s not just holiday spirit, it’s LSU spirit,” Lowery said. “The tree is purple and gold for a reason. We’re bringing people together.” With Billy Heroman’s Florist stringing up the garland and Community Coffee brewing free hot chocolate for the lighting ceremony, a bit of Baton Rouge hangs on

every bough. Even in 75 degree weather, when the cheerleaders’ countdown ended and the tree twinkled to life, a thrill of Christmas spirit swept through the crowd at the foot of the clock tower. Once again, those stately oaks have welcomed family for the holidays.

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