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igerTV hosted Student Government’s annual debate Monday night in the Holliday Forum to discuss each tickets’ initiatives. Experience LSU consists of presidential candidate Christian Coleman and vice presidential candidate Ashleigh Pichon. Clay Tufts, the presidential candidate for The Next Step, appeared alongside his running mate Taylor Lambert. Both tickets had similar initiatives for improvements despite competing for votes. Each ticket said campus safety is one of their biggest concerns. They both suggested more lighting as a possible solution to the problem. The tickets also discussed clearing up congestion in line for football games. Tufts suggested a separate line for people with bags, mentioning he wanted to involve more state police to speed up the process. Tufts and Lambert were also in favor of improving the library. Lambert said she wants to move more desks and computers into the library.


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SG presidential candidate Clay Tufts

SG vice presidential candidate Taylor Lambert

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With Residential Life’s sixth annual UNPLUG contest approaching, students hold varying opinions on going green as individuals and as a community. UNPLUG encourages students to conserve energy and live green, said Maylen Aldana, Residential Life associate director for Student Success and Assessment. The contest, which takes place from March 24 to April 11, will pit residence halls and apartment complexes — West Campus Apartments and East Campus Apartments — against one another to see which one can reduce its energy bill the most. The winning residence hall and apartment

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complex is rewarded with a party for How do you conserve its occupants. energy? Aldana said results are obtained through readings of electricity and water usage performed by Facil‘I turn off my ity Services. The residence hall and lights and my apartment complex that reduces the highest percentage of overall energy power strip are deemed winners. when I leave.’ The contest has proven to reColleen Robichaux duce a generous amount of energy, math senior Aldana said. In 2009, there was an 18 percent decrease in energy usage ‘I drive a in participating residence halls and fuel-efficient apartments. Some say this number could be automobile higher. and use blanBecause of its size, the University could easily reduce vast kets instead Mike Kentucky of heating.’ UNPLUG, see page 19 physics freshman

A new bill filed for Louisiana’s current legislative session could butt in on the University’s upcoming smoke-free policy. Rep. Pat Connick has proposed legislation that, if signed into law, would impose a $300 fine and eight hours of community service on smokers who throw their cigarette butts on the ground. Kurt Keppler, vice chancellor for Student Life and Enrollment at the University, said the bill itself is not uncommon in other states, and many other states have similar penalties for littering. “This is not a unique piece of legislation,” Keppler said. “What’s unique is the timing.” Keppler is the chair of the smoke-free policy committee, which is charged with the task of developing a smoke-free policy to be approved by University President F. King Alexander by Aug. 1. BUTTS, see page 19


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Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards announces Monday he will run for U.S. representative of the 6th Congressional District. Read more about Edwards’

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Earthquake strongly felt across LA The Associated Press

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A predawn earthquake rolled across the Los Angeles basin Monday, rattling nerves and shaking buildings along a 150-mile swath of Southern California but causing no major damage. The 4.4-magnitude quake was centered 2 miles from Encino and 15 miles west-northwest of the downtown civic center, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. USGS seismologist Robert Graves called it a “typical” Southern California quake and said expectations were that damage would be slight, if it occurred at all. Los Angeles police and fire officials said there were no immediate reports of damage. Encino resident Joann Smith described the initial jolt as a “big crash” that shook her house. “My dog got out of bed, and she came looking for me,” Smith said. “She was shivering terribly.” The 6:25 a.m. quake occurred at a depth of about 5 miles. There were several aftershocks, including one of 2.7 magnitude that caused very minor shaking, Graves said. Marita Ipaktchia was in the

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Egill Hauksson a Caltech Seismologist talks about an early morning earthquake during a news conference at Caltech in Pasadena, Calif., on Monday.

kitchen at her Encino home when the quake hit, sending salt and pepper shakers and collectible glass figurines on her shelves crashing to the ground. “The whole kitchen was shaking,” she said “Everything broke. Everything came down.” The quake was felt as far away as Orange County to the south and Santa Barbara to the north.

It was one of the largest to hit Los Angeles since the 6.7-magnitude Northridge quake killed several dozen people and caused $25 billion in damage two decades ago, USGS seismologist Lucy Jones told KABC-TV. “It’s not that large by California terms. It’s the size of earthquake we have across the state once every couple of months,” Jones said.

(AP) — A programming glitch resulted in 8,000 Louisiana taxpayers receiving prepaid debit cards or checks instead of direct deposit for their income tax refunds. Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield told The Advocate on Monday that his agency discovered the problem last week and repaired it. He says the revenue department is offering to cancel the prepaid debit cards and issue refund checks. The problem affected 8,000 out of more than 700,000 returns filed. Now, refunds only are supposed to arrive on debit cards if a taxpayer doesn’t specify wanting the refund by direct deposit or paper check.


Putin recognizes sovereign Crimea The Associated Press

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ignoring the toughest sanctions against Moscow since the end of the Cold War, Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula as an “independent and sovereign country” on Monday, a bold challenge to Washington that escalates one of Europe’s worst security crises in years. The brief decree posted on the Kremlin’s website came just hours after the United States and the European Union announced asset freezes and other sanctions against

Russian and Ukrainian officials involved in the Crimean crisis. President Barack Obama warned that more would come if Russia didn’t stop interfering in Ukraine, and Putin’s move clearly forces his hand. The West has struggled to find leverage to force Moscow to back off in the Ukraine turmoil, of which Crimea is only a part, and analysts saw Monday’s sanctions as mostly ineffectual. Despite Obama’s vow of tougher measures, stock markets in Russia and Europe rose sharply, reflecting relief that trade and business ties were spared.

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Edwards Finalists announced for dean searches announces bid for Congress Deanna Narveson Staff Writer

Quint Forgey Staff Writer

Former Louisiana Governor and convicted felon Edwin Edwards made a dramatic return to Louisiana politics Monday, as he announced his run for Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District at the Baton Rouge Press Club’s weekly meeting. Flanked by dozens of cameras, with Louisiana’s media elite looking on, Edwards quoted a Latin phrase and compared himself to Julius Caesar crossing the river Rubicon. “Alea iacta est,” Edwards declared after his announcement. “The die is cast.” Edwards’ announcement comes mere weeks after he revealed his intentions to run for Congress to Bloomberg View, then denied the report later the same day. Edwards, 86, who served eight years in federal prison for racketeering and extortion and was released in 2011, was the state’s longest-serving executive. He was elected governor a total of four terms between 1972 and 1996. Edwards was recently featured in a short-lived reality show featuring his 35-year-old wife. Edwards addressed the elephant in the room as soon as he stepped up to the podium, referencing his criminal past at the beginning of his remarks. “I haven’t had this much attention since the trial,” Edwards said. Edwards also refused to acknowledge his candidacy as an embarrassment to the state and even said his congressional bid is something Louisiana should be proud of. “Forgiveness, understanding and second chances are important in life and politics,” Edwards said. Robert Mann, University political communications professor, predicts bleak prospects for Edwards’ campaign. Mann said Edwards would make it to the runoff election, but said there is “no chance whatsoever” Edwards will win the race. Mann also said any attempt on behalf of the Edwards campaign to change public perception surrounding the candidate would be in vain. “Those opinions are set in concrete,” Mann said.

The College of Music and Dramatic Arts and the LSU Libraries announced the final candidates for their respective dean searches Monday. The five finalists, two for the College of Music and Dramatic Arts and three for LSU Libraries, will be on campus in the next three weeks, giving open-forum talks to students and faculty as part of the in-person interview process, a University news release said. The finalists for the College of Music and Dramatic Arts dean include Todd Queen, the current chair of the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at Colorado State University, and Kristin Sosnowsky, the interim dean of the school and managing director of Swine Palace. According to the release, Queen will be on campus for

an open-forum talk at 9:30 a.m. today in the Shaver Theatre. Sosnowsky will conduct her open-forum event next Monday at 3:30 p.m. in the same location. The finalists for the LSU Libraries dean include Janice Welburn from Marquette University, Stanley Wilder from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and Frances Wilkinson from the University of New Mexico. Dates for their open-forum interviews are to be determined, according to the release. These dean searches, closing with the in-person interviews this month, were two of seven dean searches that began last year when the deans of six University colleges and the LSU Libraries stepped down.

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Libertarian candidate visits campus U.S. Navy SEALs Deanna Narveson Staff Writer

Senatorial candidate Brannon McMorris visited the University’s College Libertarian club Monday night, saying he wanted to help stop the United States from continuing down its current path. “We’re all on a train going into the ocean and instead of stopping the train, we keep laying down track,” McMorris said. McMorris is running in the U.S. Senate race for incumbent Mary Landrieu’s seat, facing off against Democrat Landrieu and Republicans Bill Cassidy, Rob Maness and Paul Hollis. The election is set for Nov. 4. The University alumnus told the 14 students in attendance that he believed in empowering the individual rather than the state or federal government and said he doesn’t think anything at a centralized level is cost effective. “My wife and I were sitting on the couch one night, and I said, ‘I think I’m going to run for Senate,’” McMorris, who works as an engineering consultant, said. “I started this campaign because I was pissed off.” Compared to other parties, Libertarianism gets a bad rap because people think they are all pot smokers and anarchists, McMorris said. “The difference between the Tea Party and the Libertarian Party is [we believe] we shouldn’t be paying for other people’s stuff,” McMorris said, using flood insurance subsidization as

an example. According to the Libertarian Party website, there are currently no party members in federal office, which McMorris attributes to the nation’s two-party system. “When you run as a third party candidate, you’re not going to be as popular,” McMorris said. McMorris cited former U.S. presidential candidate Ron Paul as a key factor in his running because Paul brought the party into the mainstream. The Libertarian Party was founded in 1971 in Colorado Springs, Colo., and held its first party convention the next year. The party’s platform is based on civil liberties and personal freedom, free trade and a free market economy, peace and nonintervention. Chris Ambrogio, co-founder of the University’s College Libertarian club, said it was great to hear McMorris’ point of view. “I think it’s important to have a third party opinion, we have a duopoly that’s dominated by two parties,” Ambrogio said. “You’re not just red or blue, there are lots of different opinions.” McMorris said the United States should repeal the Controlled Substances Act, leaving the states to define what drugs are legal because it would save the federal government the funding used to enforce drug prohibition. He said he believes in ending all intellectual property rights because it would raise the affordability of drugs, and even without patents, innovations would be profitable. McMorris also said he

believes in a free market with little government regulation. McMorris supports tax reform, by means of simplifying the 70,000 page U.S. tax codes and abolishing income tax. He told students he supports marriage equality but believes abortion to be murder. “I wouldn’t be for changing [abortion laws] because it would take a constitutional amendment, and I don’t think they should be written that narrowly,” McMorris said.

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U.S. Senate Libertarian candidate Brannon McMorris speaks to the LSU College Libertarians club Monday in Coates Hall.

seize Libyan tanker The Associated Press TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — U.S. Navy SEALs seized an oil tanker off the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, stopping an attempt by a Libyan militia to sell the shipload of crude in defiance of the Libyan government. Supporters of the militia, which calls for autonomy for the eastern half of Libya, vowed Monday to try again to export oil again from the ports they control. The attempted sale of the oil — Libya’s most crucial resource — was a stark symbol of the weakness of Libya’s central government, which has been unable to impose its authority over the North African nation since the ouster and killing of longtime strongman Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. Power in the country has fragmented among multiple, heavily armed militias, most of them regionally based. An eastern-based militia headed by a commander named Ibrahim Jedran seized a series of oil facilities in the east last summer, bringing Libya’s output of 1.4 billion barrels a day to a trickle and gouging the government’s biggest revenue source. Jedran is part of a movement seeking autonomy for the eastern half of Libya, known by the historical name of Cyrenaica, which has long complained of discrimination by governments in Tripoli. Last week, his militia loaded up a North Korean-flagged tanker with a load of oil worth $30 million at the port of al-Sidra, and

the tanker succeeded in eluding progovernment forces and escaping to sea. The tanker, Morning Glory, was seized late Sunday by U.S. Navy commandos in international waters off Cyprus, the Pentagon said in a statement. Rear Adm. John Kirby said no one was injured in the operation, which was approved by President Barack Obama. The Morning Glory will return to Libya under the control of sailors from the USS Stout, it said. Cyprus’ Foreign Ministry said the tanker was anchored some 18 nautical miles of its port of Limassol when it was captured. It is not known who the oil was to be sold to or who owns the tanker. The attempted oil sale fueled a political crisis in Libya. The parliament, where Islamist lawmakers had a long rivalry with then-Prime Minister Ali Zidan, used the crisis to vote him out, saying it had underlined his weakness. Libya’s interim government said in a statement Monday that the oil cargo will be unloaded when it arrives in Libya. The crew is safe and will be dealt with in accordance with international law, it added. It thanked the United States and Cyprus and “all those who contributed” to the vessel’s capture. Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at; Twitter: @TDR_news

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NUMBERS NEVER LIE Teams with top-10 average recruiting classes have advantage in quest for championship



of the past 8 national champions averaged a top-10 recruiting class in the four years before winning.

Tommy Romanach Sports Contributor

With players such as Leonard Fournette, Malachi Dupre and Brandon Harris, 2014 yielded one of LSU’s best recruiting classes in years. Now the question for many

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2014 season, LSU is one of eight schools that has averaged a top10 class in the last four years.

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fans is how good recruiting translates to a national championship. According to rankings, seven of the past eight national champions have averaged a top-10 recruiting class in the four years before winning. Looking forward to the

These eight teams have averaged a top-10 recruiting class in the past four years. If the trend holds up, one of these teams will be holding the crystal ball when the 2014-15 season comes to a close.





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Martin to return for second season Chandler Rome Sports Writer

LSU freshman forward Jarell Martin told reporters Monday he will return for his sophomore season after meeting with his family, friends and trainer. “It was a big decision,” Martin said. “Guys are very eager to go play in the league, and that’s a great experience. But I felt MARTIN like I have some things to improve on before going off to the next level.” Martin, a McDonald’s AllAmerican out of Madison Prep, was named Louisiana’s Mr. Basketball in 2013. He suffered an early season ankle sprain that impeded progress, but he rebounded to average 10.2 points per game while adjusting to a role on the wing. “I don’t feel like my game is complete or where it needs to be to get to [the NBA],” Martin said. “I need to improve on some things before I just go on to the next level.” Martin added he had not spoken to LSU coach Johnny Jones MARTIN, see page 6


Lady Tigers receive No. 7 seed in NCAA tournament LSU meets Ga. Tech Wednesday in PMAC Tommy Romanach Sports Contributor

The LSU women’s basketball team waited patiently Monday in the Lawton Room in Tiger Stadium as the NCAA tournament committee announced who it would play in the Baton Rouge regional. What the Tigers got was a team with past struggles against the Southeastern Conference and a Big 12 giant potentially waiting in the second round. The Lady Tigers (19-12, 7-9 SEC) learned Monday night they will play Georgia Tech in the NCAA tournament as a No. 7 seed, with the Yellow Jackets playing as a No. 10 seed. LSU is set to play at

11:30 a.m. on Sunday at the PMAC, and the game will be televised on ESPN2. “Just seeing our name pop up and being able to be on our home floor is such a blessing,” said senior forward Theresa Plaisance. “I’m excited for where we stand in the tournament and the seven seed is a great seed to be in.” The Lady Tigers have lost seven of their past eight games, including a 77-65 loss March 7 to Tennessee in the SEC tournament quarterfinals. But a No. 1-ranked strength of schedule helped fortify LSU’s résumé. LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said the committee recognized the strength of the SEC, referencing the two No. 1 seeds awarded to fellow SEC members South Carolina and Tennessee. “When you look at the teams that we’ve played and where we’ve

played, having for the most part the toughest schedule in the country, that says a lot about this team.” Caldwell said. Georgia Tech (20-11, 9-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) comes into the tournament winning three of its past four games, with the one loss being an 82-52 defeat to Duke in the ACC tournament quarterfinals. The Yellow Jackets have gone 0-2 against SEC opponents this season, dropping games to Tennessee and Georgia. Plaisance said Georgia Tech is a great team with superb guard play and weapons down low, and she emphasized how prepared the Lady Tigers must be when taking on the Yellow Jackets. If LSU defeats Georgia Tech, it will most likely face No. 2 seed West Virginia, which takes on TOURNAMENT, see page 6

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LSU women’s basketball head coach Nikki Caldwell (right) and the team celebrate with fans Monday in the Lawton Room after earning a No. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament.

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LSU kicks off inaugural season against ULM Mango’s hosts first match tonight Tyler Nunez

Sports Contributor

The day has finally come. LSU sand volleyball will make its competitive debut today when it takes on Louisiana-Monroe at 4 p.m. at Mango’s Beach Volleyball Club. The contest allows the Tigers to kick off their first season in program history before they travel to Columbia, S.C., for a tournament this weekend. “It feels like it’s been a long time coming, but it’s also been really fast,” said LSU coach Russell Brock. “It kind of sneaks up on you and all of a sudden it’s here.” The Warhawks (0-4) travel to Baton Rouge looking to bounce back from four straight losses they suffered at a tournament in St. Augustine Beach, Fla., earlier this month. But the Tigers are more

concerned about the Warhawks’ experience than their recent performances. ULM has a full year of collegiate sand volleyball under its belt, which gives it an advantage LSU simply cannot replicate. In their first season, the Warhawks finished with a 7-6 overall record and competed as one of six programs in the inaugural American Volleyball Coaches Association Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships. “They’re an established team that has some good experience and we expect them to come in and try to beat us,” Brock said. “We’re going to try to counteract that and beat them.” LSU plans to use the Warhawks’ experience to its advantage, using the inaugural competition as a watermark. Brock said LSU’s strategy for many of the early contests this season will be similar because measuring expectations is nearly impossible with so little knowledge about its own team, let alone his opponents.

“We always expect to win, but I’m also realistic,” Brock said. “This is the first time we’ve been out on the court, and I don’t know exactly how everybody’s going to respond to that. ... The defining process will happen over the next few weeks. Then we’ll be able to put down some more concrete expectations.” Brock only has a few demands of the Tigers in their first competition: work hard, execute what they’ve been training for in practice and have fun. LSU sophomore Emily Ehrle said none of these requests should pose much of a challenge for the young Tiger squad, especially the last one. “Tomorrow, we really don’t know what to expect since it’s our first time,” Ehrle said. “We’re out here to win, but ultimately, since it’s a casual sport and more care free, we’re out here to have fun, have a good time and enjoy what we’re doing.” Contact Tyler Nunez at

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LSU senior Meghan Mannari (4) spikes the ball Friday during a scrimmage at Mango’s Beach Volleyball Club.

Contenders, pretenders, dark horse for NCAA tourney THE SMARTEST MORAN JAMES MORAN Sports Columnist As brackets for the NCAA tournament were unveiled Sunday night, you could smell madness in the air. Now it’s time for all of us to make predictions sure to go wrong and get ready to dive into one of the best sports weekends of the year. I could run through the entire bracket right now, but where’s the fun in that? Instead, here are some teams sure for a deep run, others primed for an early exit and a dark horse to watch. Let the semi-educated guessing begin. Good luck. CONTENDERS Florida Gators (1 seed, South Region) Of course the No. 1 overall seed is always a legitimate threat, but in a tournament featuring the weakest crop of No. 1 seeds I can

TOURNAMENT, from page 5

No. 15 seed Albany in the first round at 2 p.m. on Sunday in the PMAC. The Mountaineers won a share of the Big 12 title after going 16-2 in conference. The No. 2 seed is their highest ranking in school history. Caldwell said to change the tides of this season in the tournament, the most important battle will come internally.

remember, the Gators are as prohibitive a favorite as there’s been in the past few seasons. They ran roughshod through the Southeastern Conference, anchored by one of the elite defenses in the country. The SEC is weak, but the Gators are balanced, veteran and deep — all qualities conducive to avoiding upsets. Florida isn’t in the softest region, but to me, No. 4 seed UCLA and No. 5 seed VCU are a tad overseeded, making the Gators’ path to the Elite 8 very manageable. Kansas could challenge Florida in the Elite 8 if freshman center Joel Embiid is healthy, but that’s a big if, and nobody besides the Jayhawks can score enough points to beat Florida. Michigan State Spartans (4 seed, East Region) Michigan State is a dangerous combination of a veteran team getting hot at the right time and a coach with a track record of making runs to the Final Four. I’ve never been one to jump on the Tom Izzo bandwagon, but this time around, it’s too hard to pass up. “At the end of the day, I’ve always told our kids our biggest opponent will not be the team that comes here,” Caldwell said. “It will be ourselves.”

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The Spartans looked elite through the first three months of the season before struggling through an injury-riddled February. Senior forward Adreian Payne and junior forward Branden Dawson got healthy in time for Michigan State to win the Big 10 tournament, decisively knocking off No. 2 seeds Wisconsin and Michigan along the way. Similar to Florida, the Spartans are a veteran group that gets scoring production from a number of places. With a possible Sweet 16 matchup against No. 1 seed Virginia coming down the pipeline, having balance is a big plus in Sparty’s favor. PRETENDERS Villanova Wildcats (2 seed, East Region) As an offensive-minded team lacking size along the front line, Villanova sets off major warning signs of heading straight toward an early exit this March. The Cats took down the Big East regular season title, but that doesn’t have the same cache as it did

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nor had he informed Jones of his decision prior to informing the media. Jones was focused on his team’s first round National Invitation Tournament matchup with San Francisco and said he will address the future of all his players when the Tigers’ season ends. When asked about Martin’s comments, Jones kept the

before realignment. They allowed 96 and 101 in a pair of blowout losses against Creighton, a troubling fact that highlights Villanova’s lack of size and struggles to stop offensively inclined big men. Villanova may be able to survive its second game against the winner of Connecticut and Saint Joseph’s, but with a red-hot Iowa State team as the No. 3 seed, the Cats aren’t going to survive the Sweet 16. Wichita State (1 seed, Midwest Region) Some people put a lot of stock in the Shockers’ 34-0 regular season. I do not. With No. 10 seed BYU and No. 11 seed Tennessee arguably being Wichita State’s best wins this season, the Shockers haven’t been tested in quite some time. Wichita State made a run to the Final Four last season, but it won’t sneak up on anybody this time around. I say the Shockers are this season’s Gonzaga and get taken out by an ultra-talented Kentucky in the Round of 32.

DARK HORSE Oklahoma State Cowboys (9 seed, West Region) Having a high-scoring guard who can take over a game makes a team dangerous in the NCAA tournament. With Marcus Smart and Markel Brown both playing well heading into the Big Dance, Oklahoma State has two. The Cowboys will have to fight to get past their first two games — No. 8 seed Gonzaga and No. 1 seed Arizona — but it’s not impossible if both Smart and Brown play well. The West is by far the weakest of the four regions, and the highscoring duo of Smart and Brown gives Oklahoma State enough firepower to make a run if it gets through the early rounds. James Moran is a 21-year-old mass communication senior from Beacon, N.Y. Contact James Moran at; Twitter: @Moran_TDR

same demeanor. “That would be exciting news at the appropriate time,” Jones said. “That’s not something I want him thinking about. But I can’t come in here and hold you guys up and tell them not to ask those type of questions.” Contact Chandler Rome at; Twitter: @Rome_TDR

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s e i k n u J e n i l a n e Adr Thrillseekers form first collegiate motocross club PANYA KROUN · Contributing Writer Motocross is the fastest paced and fastest growing sport in the nation, but to riders, it’s more than just a sport — it’s a lifestyle. Many college students claim membership to this fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled way of life, but no competitive collegiate circuit exists for the young sport. According to Logan Van Way, a petroleum engineering junior, the University’s newly formed Motocross Club wants to change that. “Our dream is to make motocross racing a collegiate sport, and if we’re successful, it’ll be groundbreaking,” Van Way said. Van Way is the vice president of the University’s motocross club, which he founded with president Dillon Guillot in December. When Guillot met Van Way, their goal was to gather every motocross rider on campus and form a support network for young riders in MOTOCROSS, see page 15

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When writer and playwright Tennessee Williams moved to New Orleans in 1939, the city left a profound effect on the artist and his work. Now, every year in the city he loved, a group of artists and scholars celebrate the legacy of the great playwright with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. “It was founded by a group of people who sat around thinking that there was a jazz festival and several events that honored music, but realized that there was no one in New Orleans celebrating the literary arts,” said Ellen Johnson, the publicist for the festival. The festival takes place over five days, which are usually at the end of March to celebrate the writer’s March 26 birthday. The festival features a menagerie of events, which appeal to a variety of fans and scholars. Some of the highlights include a master class series, panels, celebrity interviews and a scholar’s conference. Many of Williams’ greatest plays are to be performed during the festival, like “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “The Night of the Iguana” and several of Williams’ Hotel Plays — a series of one-act plays that all take place in different rooms of WILLIAMS, see page 15


TribeFest celebrates Jewish culture, heritage Gerald Ducote Entertainment Writer

If St. Patrick’s Day wasn’t enough of a reason to party this weekend, many celebrated the Jewish holiday of Purim — a biblical holiday when particpants dress up as characters from the Torah. The holiday coincided with TribeFest, a national event celebrating all things in Jewish culture. This year, TribeFest was held in New Orleans, drawing crowds of devotees to Canal Street for food, fun and topical discussions. Following morning religious services, the conference kicked off Sunday with an introduction and opening talks by several guest speakers, including “Rugrats” writer David Weiss and Avital Zeisler, known for developing The Soteria Method of women’s self-defense. After the opener, attendants

were given an hour to sit in on a variety of assemblies. The sessions dealt with political and social issues concerning Jewish people both in America and overseas. Some meetings were on the lighter side, such as “A Wandering Jew’s ‘Global Jewish Comedy Show’” presented by comedian Noah Gardenswartz and a talk on backing Israel involving the use of Internet memes. As made evident by the opening stage’s crowd, TribeFest’s turnout consisted of people from all corners of the earth, depicting Judaism’s reach across nations. Joelle Medina, a member of the Jewish Federations of North America from Montreal, looked for “key take-away ideas of how to grow [her] youth initiatives.” For many of TribeFest’s attendants, most of the fun came from meeting other people of their faith. There was an overwhelming sense

of familiarity on each floor of the conference, as if complete strangers were meeting like old friends. A majority of TribeFest participants were adults looking to aid in Jewish education in their homeland. “For me, to come here, to see the Jewish spirit in Louisiana particularly, it’s inspiring,” said Binyamin Gan Or, CEO of the educational tourism program IsraelWay. “I came to speak, to present some of the Jewish way, and I find myself studying.” The sessions coincided with a carnival celebrating Purim. While there, people could partake in carnival games, face painting and making their own megillah, a traditional Purim activity. One of the carnival’s participants was Dina Mann, the national marketing and outreach coordinator for Reboot, TRIBEFEST, see page 15

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A six-word megillah hangs from a rope Sunday at TribeFest. A megillah tells a long story, typically read from a scroll from the Book of Esther.

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Students fall in selection process of Red Bull competition Bradley Williams Entertainment Writer

Imagine this: the only currency and possessions you have to travel through Europe are the clothes on your back, one backpack, a cell phone and 24 cans of Red Bull. Red Bull’s “Can You Make It” is a competition where college students engage in an Amazing Racestyle adventure where they’re only bargaining tool is an energy drink. “Krewe de LSU,” comprised of mass communication junior Parks Vincent, film and media arts junior William McCray Sutherlin and mass communication and international studies sophomore Avery Raines, vied for a spot within the competition. One hundred teams will begin at a starting point in London, Paris, Milan or Vienna. Each team will receive a welcome kit, a mobile phone and a sealed envelope with emergency funds, just in case. Lastly, but most importantly, each team is equipped with 24 cans of Red Bull. All teams will have the same one-week timeline beginning April 4 and ending at the finish line in Berlin by 5 p.m. on April 11. “McCray found the challenge on Twitter and we just thought we could do it,” Vincent said. Each team competing was faced with the task of creating a video that highlights personality and individuality. Out of the teams in the South, Krewe de LSU came in third in the region.

The Krewe’s video was made over Mardi Gras weekend, depicting the team’s experience in New Orleans. The group cut it down to a single minute, showcasing Louisiana culture while exhibiting Red Bull. The video showcases Krewe de LSU partaking in a traditional Louisiana carnival season. At the end of the video, it shows the three competitors on the roof of a house laughing together with Red Bull in their hands. “Rather than crushing Red Bull and doing flips, we felt that

we should highlight ourselves,” Vincent said. The group said the love and support they received from family and friends kept them optimistic throughout the entry rounds. “My parents were nervous, but after my dad met my teammates, he felt much better and extremely supportive,” Raines said. Though Krewe de LSU was not chosen to compete in the final round, its members still feel proud of their success in the first few rounds of the competition. “Honestly, we are impressed

by the work we did in the amount time we did it in,” Raines said. “It’s been a great experience and awesome.” Submissions were viewed and evaluated by Red Bull and are narrowed down to the best and most outstanding teams. “We know that we wanted to represent Louisiana the

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YouTube star turns online fame into national tour label me what they want, but I know that I’m more than some covers,” SoMo said. From YouTube cover videos Each song that SoMo writes to a national tour, R&B singer stems from a real-life experience. SoMo’s life has drastically He said his talent as a songwriter changed in the past three years. is just as important to his career SoMo, born Joseph Somers- as singing is. Morales, gained popularity from “Whether it’s about sex, the song covers he recorded for love, happy times or sad times, I his YouTube channel. His most try to make my music come from popular cover, the “Drake Med- a real place,” SoMo said. ley” video, has been viewed more Critics have likened SoMo to than 4 million other R&B artists times since its such as Usher and upload in 2011. ‘I feel like I’ve earned Mario. He said SoMo’s fathis comparison ther played in my own way in music.’ comes from the a band called emotion he puts Joseph “SoMo” “Duck Soup” and into his music. influenced SoMo SoMo emSomers-Morales as a musician. phasized his faR&B singer With his father vorite part of his often away, he said he didn’t career is performing in front of embrace his musical talents an audience. He mentioned the immediately. rewards of a live performance It wasn’t until 2009, when outweigh the labor and travel faSoMo’s mother unexpectedly tigue he experiences. brought him a piano for Christ“When I see a person sing a mas, that he taught himself how song that came from my mind, it to play by ear. The piano represented the sign he needed to pursue music. As his career is beginning to grow, SoMo has moved away from YouTube. This change doesn’t mean he has completely forgotten about his subscribers. He has created “SoMo Sundays,” a weekly cover series, to cater to his online fans. The rise in fame encouraged SoMo to create an independent mixtape entitled “My Life,” which includes his radio single “Ride.” As the song gained popularity, SoMo began touring and signed a record deal with Republic Records. The artist is now preparing for his major label debut. SoMo said he hopes the album will show new fans who he is as an artist. He said his selftitled debut album will highlight his musical “attention to detail” and showcase his writing skills. “I feel like I’ve earned my own way in music. People will Joshua Jackson

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confirms that I’m doing something right with my career,” SoMo said. SoMo will be performing at the Varsity Theatre tonight at 9 p.m. Tickets are $23 and can be purchased at The Chimes Restaurant, over the phone at 866-777-8932 or online at SoMo said tonight’s show will be a “romantic rage.” He mentions that despite being low in energy, the performance will be high in emotion as he performs songs from his upcoming album. Even through his new fame, SoMo promises to keep the intimacy he shares with his fans. “No matter how big I become, I will always want to connect with the people,” SoMo said.

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a hotel. The plays will take place in Hermann-Grima house, a historic building in the French Quarter where the audience will follow the actors from room to room. One of the biggest events of the festival is the Stanley and Stella shouting contest, which closes the festival. Hundreds of fans descend upon Jackson Square to recreate the climactic scene in “A Streetcar Named Desire” where Stanley screams Stella’s name in a fit of passion. The event started in an attempt to bring a visually enticing aspect to the mostly indoor festival and has succeeded in drawing a great deal of attention. For the first iteration of the contest, only about 25 people competed. Recent years have dwarfed that number with dozens entering to see who can deliver the most passionate performance. “When it started, we were out there asking people to participate and now they line up to sign up. People are clambering to get into the contest, it’s really taken off,” Johnson said. The festival celebrates the literary significance of Williams’ work while offering events for casual admirers and diehard fans alike. “It’s not the same thing every year. There is always something new, and I think it’s unique in that way,” Johnson said. The festival stretches from Wednesday to Sunday in New Orleans. Tickets for the events can be purchased at the festival’s website, Contact Will Kallenborn at

Most new clubs are approved in the same semester they’re creBaton Rouge. As they assembled ated, but it took the Motocross their crew, they realized they had Club about a year and a half to be attracted enough talent to form a accepted by the University. “There were a lot of roadcompetitive team. There was just one problem: there were no other blocks we had to get past with collegiate teams in the entire na- risk management, but we have riders sign waivers, and we all tion they could compete against. The duo, who were used to wear a lot of protective gear, so soaring over obstacles on their we got through it,” Van Way said. Guillot said the club has 20 bikes, tackled this problem head on by laying the foundations for consistent members, all with their own competitive collegiate their own bikes, gear and styles. Van Way said each bike has race. They contacted the University of Louisiana at Lafayette its own unique flair that reflects with the hopes of forming a team the personality of its rider. Each on its campus and solicited track vehicle is equipped with a sinowners in Breaux Bridge, Hou- gle-cylinder engine capable of reaching speeds ma and Lafayette for discounts on ‘Our dream is to make between 40 and 65 miles per hour, the usage of their motocross racing a and every bike is venues. So far, to withstand their efforts have collegiate sport, and if built high jumps at proven successful, and the club we’re successful, it’ll be high speeds. New bikes can cost up is on track to host groundbreaking.’ to $9,000, but the country’s first used ones typicollegiate event Logan Van Way cally sell for less in fall 2014. Motocross club vice president than $4,000. “Everyone Most of the club’s riders race who’s into riding dirt bikes is a part of this big family, so the peo- on specially designed tracks with ple we talked to have been really built-in hills and obstacles, but a few of them ride cross-country as helpful,” Van Way said. According to Van Way, ca- well, and one member even permaraderie and friendship are in- forms backflips and other stunts tegral to the motocross lifestyle showcased in daredevil competilargely because many riders in- tions like the X-Games. Typical competitions are two herit the sport’s tradition from their fathers, who also ride dirt races long, and scores are awarded based on who crosses the finbikes. “We’re welcoming to new- ish line first. The fastest racers comers, but a lot of people get are given the lowest scores, and into this because they’re sons or the rider with the lowest score at daughters of someone older who the end of the competition wins. In the event of a tie, the racer rides,” Van Way said. This solidarity was integral who performed best in the second to bringing the sport to campus. race of the series is awarded the

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victory. Van Way said skill level varies greatly between the members of the club, and that skilled riders of 15 years practice alongside beginners on tracks and through forests throughout the state. “We have a lot of different people in the club, but as riders, we can tell if someone rides or not when we see them, and we’re all adrenaline junkies,” Van Way said. The motocross club meets

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a program devoted to reinstituting tradition and distinctiveness to young Jews everywhere. “I’ve been having a great time in New Orleans. Purim is considered almost like the Jewish Mardi Gras,” said Mann, a speaker on Torah study at the event as well as a TribeFest participant. TribeFest’s first day concluded with a dinner party to help end the Purim holiday. People gathered together to enjoy kosher cuisine and drinks while dancing to the music of Jewish/Middle Eastern rock act Soulfarm. Sunday night finished with late night services and community events for those interested. Monday’s activities included testing for Jewish genetic diseases, service projects and yoga sessions. Ending at noon today, the third day of TribeFest contains additional talks concerning networking and the Jewish identity. Closing words will be given by a number of speakers such as TribeFest cochair Emma Samuels and Doug Ulman, the president and CEO of LiveStrong.

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TribeFest attendants listen to speakers Sunday at the opening of the festival at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

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WEB COMMENTS In response to Joshua Hajiakbarifini’s column, “Opinion: World’s 6th annual Z-Day call for a change in society,” one reader had this to say: “Capitalism does not work to promote the best things for citizens when politicians decide who are the winners and losers. Case in point is Governor Christie of New Jersey who recently decided to put auto dealers’ interests ahead of consumers’ by prohibiting the direct to the consumer marketing of Tesla vehicles in his state. A global example is the worldwide prohibition of cannabis, which was a complete wrong turn for the world in general. Instead of allowing cannabis to compete fairly in the marketplace, we promoted oil which is responsible for most of our pollution, cut down oxygen producing forests for paper and building supplies, and directed our medicines toward toxic synthetic pharmaceuticals. We could have had a world society where hemp and cannabis were allowed to compete fairly with oil, cotton, and timber. The renewable hemp crop (up to three harvests per year in some climates) could have provided a clean, renewable alternative to our oil based economy. Hemp and cannabis can be used to make thousands of products, including food, fuel, fashion, building materials and medicine. Growing hemp and using it for building materials sequesters CO2 into the houses we build and releases oxygen into the air we breathe. The seeds make an excellent edible oil for highly nutritious food. If hemp were allowed to compete fairly in the world marketplace, how different might our world be today? Would we have the same levels of pollution, world hunger and global warming? Would we have gone down the same corrupt path of concentrating the wealth into the hands of the few at the expense of the many? Hemp requires few chemicals to grow. Hemp is a cleaner crop than cotton, which is the most intensive consumer of chemicals of any crop. How many oil spills might have been avoided if locally grown hemp were allowed to compete fairly with oil for fuel? How many wars could have been avoided as a result of our lust for oil?” – khinnenkamp The Daily Reveille wants to hear your reactions to our content. Visit, our Facebook page and our Twitter account to let us know what you think.

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Student Government candidates discuss possible initiatives Monday during the 2014 Student Government debate held in the Holliday Forum.

Student Government debate inconclusive, fails to address real campus issues Shut up, meg Megan Dunbar Opinion Editor Ill-fitting high heels and suit jackets coupled with a billion iPhone photo opportunities, cheerful white Greek faces and one Twitter hashtag used more for public relations than actual questions. Welcome to the 2014 Student Government debate — if it can even be called a debate. Both campaigns boasted similar answers to softball questions, and the mostused phrase all night was “I agree.” As the figureheads of our University’s student population, the SG president and vice president matter. For the past few years, ours have done a great job conforming to a conservative ideal of the perfect University pair by following a formula — male president, female vice president and a determined focus on nitpicking about issues that will make little to no difference in students’ lives. Both tickets continued this tradition Monday night, hyping their supposed unique passion for campus with redundant phrasing and incorrect verbiage. Their lack of seasoned speechwriters showed, and it was painful. I suppose I understand being on live television is difficult. But this is their supposed career path. A little practice is in order. Although, arguably, being able to talk one’s way around a question without ever answering it is the sign of a true politician. Speaking of typical political moves, presidential candidate Clay Tufts of The Next Step ticket was the only one to cash in on mentioning freedom and soldiers.

Good move. Experience LSU’s vice presidential candidate Ashleigh Pichon fought back, staying close to her practiced central point throughout and working some variation of “college lasts four years, but the experience is forever,” into quite a few answers. The question with the most potential came during a lightning round, which featured the leaders attempting to pare down their strongest qualities. I sat on the edge of my seat, eager to hear some groundbreaking revelation about character. The answers? Passion, ability to relate, perseverance and communication. Interchange any of the four candidates, and you’d hit the nail on the head. They’re all like-minded, goal-oriented go-getters. What a surprise. My real question after all of this is why are the apparent highest-profile possessors of these qualities relatively well-off white students? I’m sure many of us have those four qualities, but we’re not on live television. We’re at home listening to them talk about how well-off we are to have them as potential representatives. While both tickets harped on their accurate representation of the student body, I sure don’t want the person speaking for me to be as obsessed with getting to Washington, D.C. as Experience LSU’s presidential candidate Christian Coleman is. He’s under the impression that legislators wait with bated breath to hear from University students, but I’m pretty sure no one in D.C. cares about public higher education unless their children directly benefit. Both sides of the campaign are adamant about raising awareness. However, their only real solution is bringing these concerns to D.C. So I guess we’ll have to deal with it, no matter who ends up

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in office. They sounded like the Things Sorority Girls Say video on a loop. I wish that was a joke. The only positive aspect of this election season is a relative lack of drama, so far. One ticket dropped out and The Next Step decided not to make an official announcement, instead relying on social media and Monday’s debate to make an effect. And affect they did. Between Tufts’ ever-widening eyes and vice presidential candidate Taylor Lambert’s seeming inability to sit up straight, they highlighted one of two differences between tickets — professional appearance. After a scribbled note from Coleman to Pichon, both proceeded to smile as they answered questions, the corners of their mouths reaching ever skyward as the camera clicked away. But The Next Step was able to roll with their natural humor, leaving Experience LSU languishing in a doll-perfect corner, smiles intact. So it boils down to who you’d prefer show off your campus next year — the ones with a sense of humor or the mannequins ready to smile away all our problems in D.C. And don’t worry, no matter who you vote for, both campaigns think everything on campus — ignoring crumbling buildings, faculty and administrator retention and real issues behind rising tuition — is going great. Megan Dunbar is a 20-year-old English senior from Greenville, SC.

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Mother’s Day shooting coverage shows media bias OUR LADY OF ANGST SidneyRose Reynen Columnist Choosing which stories to tell the American public must be a hard task for the media. There’s so much we should be aware of — Miley Cryus stuck her tongue out again! President Barack Obama did something cute! A Republican politician said something offensive about women! Aside from these topics, the media, in a sadistic kind of way, loves covering violence. Debates about mental illness, gun rights and parenting are aroused, and large numbers of people tune in to see various pundits shout at one another on CNN. Sadly, we’ve been seeing too many of these incidents in a relatively small amount of time. On Mother’s Day last year, a joyous second-line parade in New Orleans was interrupted by a plethora of bullets. Fortunately, there were no fatalities. However, 19 people, including a few children, were shot, and another person was trampled as parade-goers attempted to flee. Soon after, two brothers, Akein “Keemy” Scott and

Shawn “Shizzle” Scott, were identified as the perpetrators of the violent shooting. Although this incident didn’t receive the level of press that accompanied the Boston Marathon bombing or the Aurora theater shooting, the case has been picked up by the U.S. Attorney’s Office after the brothers and seven others were indicted on federal drug trafficking charges. My question: when will national media cover this story? Though there were no fatalities, this is a serious crime of the same nature as what happened in Boston and Aurora. The bullets that struck those 19 people certainly could have killed them. Luckily, they didn’t. Only three people died as a result of the Boston Marathon bombings. Were the deaths of three non-African-American individuals more worthy than the injuries of 19 African-Americans? Nevertheless, I can’t help wondering how or if they would even cover such a story. The perpetrators were not identified as Muslim, so the media can’t go with the seemingly obligatory “terrorist” angle. The perpetrators were not frail, unsociable white kids, so they wouldn’t be able to have debates about their mental health. National media outlets seem

to be unconcerned with the perpetration of this so-called “blackon-black crime.” Unless there are white victims, black criminals don’t achieve the apparent stardom white criminals do. To the media, AfricanAmerican men committing crimes is nothing out of the ordinary and definitely not worth reporting. Even though statistics show white people have a higher rate of committing crimes than African-Americans, there is no societal recognition of these numbers. White people committed 65 percent of the reported rapes and 62.8 percent of aggravated assaults in 2012, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Media coverage of tragic events like the Aurora theater shooting hurts more than it helps. Victims and criminals become pawns in debates about gun rights, mental illness and terrorism. Instead of focusing on the actual humans involved, even the most respectable news outlets politicize the stories to no end. As with the Mother’s Day shooting, it is the lack of coverage that reveals more. Because this incident occurred in a predominantly AfricanAmerican area by African-American men, there is no one in the story for the white viewers at

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Shawn Scott, accused of the Mother’s Day second-line shooting that injured 20 people, is taken to Orleans Parish Prison in New Orleans on May 16, 2013.

home to identify with or even sympathize with. Because of phenomena such as “missing white woman syndrome,” referring to the hours upon hours of media coverage dedicated to stories about upper-middle class white women who have gone missing, it’s hard to ignore the media’s bias against stories that can’t be packaged neatly for the viewer’s consumption. The Mother’s Day shooting is not different from the crimes the

media chooses to cover. The only difference is that the media has deemed the victims unworthy of their coverage and sympathy. SidneyRose Reynen is an 18-yearold film and art history freshman from New Orleans.

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Michele Bachmann’s words advocate majority rights NO WAY, JOSE Jose Bastidas Columnist Representative Michele Bachmann opened the door to a whole new chapter in the “equal rights” debate by speaking on a topic no one has yet considered discussing in the public eye for fear of sounding like an intolerant bigot — the issue of majority rights. Earlier this month, Bachmann told conservative radio host Lars Larson her belief that the gay community bullied politicians’ agenda — a comment inspired by the latest veto of the infamous “anti-gay” bill in Arizona. Bachmann’s words have inspired a local conservative group to take action, and construction has begun on a 40-foot-tall monument to Bachmann in the middle of the LSU Student Union. The conservative group “Conservatives against foreigners and gays and other stuff,” or C.A.F.A.G.A.O.S., has successfully broken ground on the project, despite being unauthorized by school officials. “Michele is finally giving us conservatives a voice in public life,” President of C.A.F.A.G.A.O.S. and conservative studies freshman

Sissy Sarandon said. “After years of suffering in silence while minority rights were being put before our own, we want to honor the person who finally spoke up.” The monument, which as of now has no completion date, will be a giant statue of Bachmann holding a sign, which reads: “Say no to straight bullying.” Equal rights groups on campus declined to comment because they were unaware of C.A.F.A.G.A.O.S.’s existence. “We are following Michele [Bachmann]’s lead and have begun working on our own media advocacy program,” C.A.F.A.G.A.O.S. Vice President and male gender studies sophomore Jardaniel Jameson said. Immediately after Jameson swung a sledgehammer and literally “broke ground” on the project, he was arrested by LSUPD. “Jardaniel is our hero and we have contacted Michele’s office to implore her to come to his rescue,” Sarandon said. “If you’re reading this Michele, C.A.F.A.G.A.O.S. and Jardaniel need you.” C.A.F.A.G.A.O.S. was founded the day after Bachmann’s radio statement. In the past two weeks, members of the group have created proposals to ban gay groups from campus, deport every immigrant — including the ones with green cards — and send letters to

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Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on March 8.

every public official in the nation to implore for the repeal of the Civil Rights Act. So far, they haven’t received any answers. Bachmann’s office manager replied to our request for comment with a puzzled, “Huh?” “We get that our leaders are busy, but we are ready to do whatever it takes to make them listen.”

Sarandon said. “If that means writing to all of them every day until they answer, then we will.” C.A.F.A.G.A.O.S. is a national organization comprised of Sarandon and Jameson. They will be holding tryouts for new members as soon as Jameson gets out of jail. “We want equal rights for ourselves,” Sarandon said. “Everyone

else can just move to Canada.” Jose Bastidas is a 20-year-old mass communication junior from The Woodlands, Texas.

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After school counselor and 3/4 year old pre-k teacher needed 2:30 - 6:00 p.m., Mon. - Fri. 20 minutes from L.S.U. Call us for an interview (225) 336-9030. ________________________ Student-work: IT Help Desk Technician position The successful candidate will have excellent customer service & communication skills. To be considered for this position, the candidate must be in good academic standing with LSU, an undergraduate freshman or sophomore, hold a current driver’s license, & be available to work starting Spring/Summer 2014, including summers. S/he must be willing & able to work mornings (starting at 7:45/8:00am) as allowed by class schedule, as well as occasional evening and/ or weekend shifts for classes & event support. The candidate’s primary responsibilities will be in the area of IT help desk support, hardware troubleshooting/installation/configuration, software installation/training lab configuration, & technical support of occasional off-campus classes & conferences. Other duties as assigned. Please specifically include in your resume your PC troubleshooting & repair experience. Skills required: • Intermediate-to-advanced PC hardware maintenance & troubleshooting experience. Ability to confidently identify a bad RAM module is considerably more important than being able to recite the OSI model, for example. • Software & operating system installation & configuration. • Willing & able to work independently on tasks. Self-starting research for solutions is crucial, especially on new and unresolved issues. Skills preferred: • A+ or other certifications • Familiarity with Symantec Ghost • Previous Help Desk experience

Weekend Leasing Agent Needed ASAP for New Property in Baton Rouge! Hours: Sat 10-4 Sun 1-5 Please fax resume to 225-924-2226 One Bedroom compensation included upon hiring. ________________________

If interested in this position, please send resume describing troubleshooting experience & a copy of class schedule to: seeking to fill a full time position in our health department ASAP! Must be highly organized, detail oriented, with great computer, written, and verbal skills. Please email ________________________

La Carreta Government is looking for team players to compliment our great staff. Hostess and servers please apply in person between the hours of 1-4 Monday thru Friday. ________________________

SUMMER CAMPS-NC MTNS seek staff with commitment to Christ. KAHDALEA/CHOSATONGA Rock Climbing, Backpacking, Art, Guitar, Paddling, MtnBiking, Cooks More.. 828.884.6834 ________________________ Full/Part time, flexible hours. Landscape, Construction Laborer. Call 225-202-8875 or email ________________________ Small Childcare Center off of Perkins Rd. hiring part-time preschool afternoon teacher 2:30-5:30 M-F. Email ________________________ Wanted: Outgoing, personable part-time employee for local nonprofit. Must be an energetic self-starter and a quick learner. Personality and self-sufficiency are critical. Resume/letter of

The Melting Pot Restaurant is now hiring servers and server assistants. Must be able to work late nights and weekends. Please apply in person: 5294 Corporate Blvd. Baton Rouge, LA Monday thru Friday 1-4pm ________________________ DENTAL OFFICE P/T assistant/receptionist needed. Great opportunity for those interested in the dental/medical field. Fax resume’ to (225)766-2122. ________________________ WORK WITH KIDS! Learning Center needs tutors. T/Th after 4pm. For more info: ________________________

Counter help wanted at fast paced Downtown

restaurant. No nights no weekends and flexible hours. Call Craig 225-281-1394 ________________________ Behavioral Intervention Group is looking for Line therapists to implement Applied Behavior Analysis programs one-on-one with children on the autism spectrum. Applicants must demonstrate ability to interact and play with children. Experience with children. Salary $9-$10/hr. Please send resume to ________________________ SELA Aquatics is now hiring lifeguards, swim coaches, swim instructors, managers for several BR and NOLA country clubs for Summer 2014. Apply at ________________________ Hiring Part-Time Brain Trainers! Must have 4 year degree, or be senior in college. (preferred but not required majors: Psych, Educ, COM-D) For more info: call: 225-663-5600, or email: ________________________ Part time afternoon counter clerk needed!! Welsh’s dry cleaners at the corner of perkins and college dr. great for students!! flexible schedules!! apply in person 928-5067 ________________________ NOW HIRING AT NEW YORK BAGEL LEE DRIVE Now hiring for sandwich makers in the kitchen. Looking for reliable hardworking people who can work from 11-4 M,W,F or 11-4 Tu,Th with weekend availability. Night shifts also available 4-8:30 Weeknights. Please apply in store at 257 Lee Drive ________________________ Assistant Managers and Team Members Wanted. Smoothie King and Jimmy John’s. Greater Baton Rouge area. Must have resume’. Email to eric@ ________________________ Students needed to work with individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Great job for COMM D, PSYCH, Social Work and KINES majors. Several shifts available. Apply in person at St. John the Baptist Human Services 622 Shadows Lane St A. Baton Rouge, LA 70806. 225-2161199 ________________________

THE BIG SQUEEZY - NEW JUICE BAR Looking for part & full time juice consultants, food prep, dishwashers, kitchen manager & front of house manager. Please apply in person with resume to 3043 Perkins Rd (next to Jimmy Johns). ________________________ Counter/assistant manager needed for a small family owned cheesesteak shop located on 8775 Jefferson Hwy. The shift hours are 10:30-3:00 M-F. Please come in and apply. ________________________ Preschool seeking professional, loving, & caring individuals for the 4 year old classroom. Must be nurturing and love children! PT (AM/PM) & FT positions avail. Competitive wages offered. Send resume to ________________________ Part-Time position with Nabisco 25-30 hours in

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retail for Baton Rouge area. Please use the link below to apply CareerApplication.aspx?isrc=https%3A%2F%2F careersite_hourly%2Fmoresearch. ftl%3Flang%3Den ________________________ DEREK CHANG’S KOTO: NOW HIRING SERVERS NO EXP NECESSARY APPLY IN PERSON MON-FRI 2:30PM-4:30PM 2562 CITIPLACE CT ________________________ The Camelot Club looking for experienced serves in both dining and banquet service. Dependable servers that have reliable transportation. Part time, day and night availability. Apply in person from 2:00-4:00 p.m. MondayFriday ONLY 451 Florida St., 21st Floor Baton Rouge, La 70801 ________________________ Patrician Management is seeking an Asst. Property Manager with experience along with a P/T weekend leasing agent. Leasing agent is great job for student; must be available every weekend in exchange for an apartment in a great location. Customer service experience preferred. Drug test/criminal background checks required. Email resumes for both positions to or fax to 225924-9893. ________________________ New Year, New Fun Job! Great Starting Pay! Flexible Schedules, Scholarships and Internships available. Customer sales/service. Full training provided. All ages 17+ Apply Today! 225-803-8982 ________________________ HIRING STUDENTS! *$16 STARTING PAY* Customer sales/service. PT/FT available with very FLEXIBLE schedules. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY, will traingain VALUABLE experience for your resume! Apply ASAP for best chances! 225-921-9673 ________________________ Native Spanish Speaker needed to help me with my pronunciation. 1-3hr/wk. $10/hr. Vernon, 963-0596v ________________________

Our hotel sets the standard in business travel, day after day. We are looking for energetic individuals who are passionate about customer service to join our team. We are seeking out dedicated individuals for the following positions: FRONT DESK AGENT must exceed our guest’s expectations and ensure revenue optimization through check in/out while assuring to the attentive coordination of hotel services for our guests. NIGHT AUDITOR perform the duties of a Front Desk Agent and complete, balance and file night audit reports on the various areas of the hotel to provide accurate, timely information in accordance with cash handling, credit card processing and accounting policies and procedures. BARTENDER will be responsible for delivering excellent guest experience in our bar area by missing drinks for both guests and servers. Other responsibilities include the complete set up and break down of the bar area. HOUSEKEEPING staff are expected to exceed our guest’s expectations by maintaining the high-

est standard of cleanliness of the guest rooms. Clean and prepare guest rooms and public areas by meeting our established standards. LAUNDRY ATTENDANT & DRIVER process the hotel’s laundry by folding, stacking and storing linen in compliance with hotel standards. Class D driver’s license is needed for driver applicants. If you want to join our dynamic team you will enjoy competitive salary, benefits, paid time off and a 401 (k) plan e-mail your résumé to jobs@ Flexible hours, weekends and nights are required

Now, Accepting Deposits for Summer/Fall Move Ins Lake Beau Pre Townhomes, Arlington Trace & Summer Grove Condos Dean & Company Real Estate 225-767-2227 ________________________ For Lease. 4br 2bath home near City Park, some furniture and most appliances remain. Fireplace . $2000/mo and $2000 deposit. Utilities not included. Can be seen but not ready until April 1. Owner/Agent. 252-0098 ________________________ LSU area $475-$495/mo 1 bed/bath flats. Water, sewer trash included, wood/tile floor. Call 225615-8521 ________________________ Vintage COTTAGE Home/Renovated/WalkToLSU 3BR/2BTH/HdWdFloors/Marble/Ceramic/ PvtSunDeck/Central/FencedYd/ $1195/ Month/955-1700 ________________________ 1 bedroom condo avail. now on LSU bus route, $825 . For additional info Keyfinders Realty, Inc. Keyfinders Realty, Inc. 8686 Bluebonnet Blvd. Baton Rouge, LA 70810 USA 225-293-3000 OFFICE 225-293-3007 FAX 225-252-8645 DIRECT - Agent -Brittany Coursey

1 bdrm/1 bath condo for sale at The Reserve @ Cedar Lodge. Includes upgraded countertops and flooring and is attached to the garage. Amenities include pool/spa, gym, clubhouse, and basketball court. $125,000. For more information, call Tiffany Lear with Keller Williams at 504-952-5154.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 SG DEBATE, from page 1

Coleman and Pichon suggested a 24-hour space in the library or possibly at another place on campus. Current SG President John Woodard, a member of the Board of Supervisors, asked how the candidates would maintain a relationship with the board. Student representatives on the board are chosen among the various student body presidents throughout the LSU system. Once a student body president serves on the board, representatives from that institution are ineligible for two years, meaning the next SG president would be ineligible to sit on the board. Tufts said the problems at the University are also state issues, while Coleman said he would like to bring legislation from the University to the Capitol. Both candidates agreed it is SG’s job to end the vulgarity from the student section, and the University should not place blame solely

UNPLUG, from page 1

amounts of energy in a short period of time, said Emily Edens, biology junior. This could be done if everyone on campus is willing to participate. Aside from reducing energy on campus, Aldana said UNPLUG hopes to instill in students a desire to continue conserving energy beyond the contest. “Sustainibility is one of our goals in ResLife. We want students to live green,” Aldana said. To capitalize on this message, ResLife urged students to pledge to live green in The 5 and The 459 dining halls, she said. Though ResLife promotes green living, students have varying ideas about the issue. Aimee Turner, anthropology freshmen, said conserving energy on a daily basis is “out of sight, out of mind.”

on the Greek section. Coleman suggested addressing the profanity problem during S.T.R.I.P.E.S to instruct students of the correct chants early. Coleman said he wants to move Groovin’ on the Grounds to Tiger Stadium. When asked how it would decrease costs, Coleman said he wanted it mainly to be a better experience. Marketing sophomore George Bevan said he believes this SG debate wasn’t any different from previous years. “The candidates were just avoiding questions and highlighting their bread and butter initiatives,” Bevan said. Bevan also said he felt the audience was biased. “The only people that come or care about them are people who already know who they are voting for.” Contact Jacquelyn Masse at “Energy is something I don’t really think about because there is just so much going on from day to day,” Turner said. Kynon Ardoin II, biology freshmen, said although he unplugs his coffee machine when it’s not in use, he and many other students don’t worry about reducing energy because they are not directly paying for it. All energy has been paid for in advance through student fee bills, he said. Other students are more concerned about energy use on campus. Michelle Franco, kinesiology junior, said she conserves energy by unplugging appliances and turning off lights when she leaves. “I don’t think about it all the time, but it’s very important,” Franco said. Contact Lyle Manion at

The Daily Reveille BUTTS, from page 1

Keppler said he did not think the proposed bill would affect the University’s eventual policy, and he expressed confidence that the policy would be successful. “I don’t know how [the bill would affect the policy], because no cigarette butts would be thrown because no one would be smoking,” Keppler said. Keppler said the bill was a step in the right direction. “It seems like it supports the concept of not having smoking on campus,” Keppler said. “I think it could be positive.” Keppler said he will be “relying on the community” to ensure the success of the University’s smoke-free policy, as the LSU Police Department will not be enforcing whatever policy is approved, according to LSUPD spokesman Capt. Cory Lalonde. “We, as law enforcement, enforce laws. We don’t enforce policies,” Lalonde said. However, he also said LSUPD would be required to enforce the potential butt law, should it become law. “We’re going to enforce it. We don’t dictate what laws we’re

page 19 going to enforce,” Lalonde said. Connick said he was looking to amend the bill to penalize smokers who litter outside of cars as well. “It’s just second nature to throw your butts wherever you want to,” Connick said. Connick said current state laws impose a $250 fine and eight hours of community service for littering, and justified his proposed $50 increase in fines by saying cigarette butts are the No. 1 litter problem in the United States. “If you get hit with a fine, you’re not going to do it again,” Connick said.

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THE Daily Commuter Puzzle ACROSS 1 Massachusetts’ __ Cod 5 Actor Edward 10 Resting upon 14 Ran up a tab 15 Milan’s nation 16 Finished 17 Cylindrical containers 18 Hollow talk; insincere words 20 Certain vote 21 Forest tree 22 Refueling ship 23 Use one’s head 25 Faux __; social blunder 26 Malaysian wraparound 28 Woods 31 Accumulate 32 Hay bundles 34 Foot digit 36 Ceremony 37 __ mignon; slice of beef 38 “__ Here to Eternity” 39 Grow older 40 Destined 41 Kingdom 42 Hateful 44 Woman’s bow before royalty 45 Put the kibosh on 46 Winnie-thePooh’s creator 47 In a bad mood 50 Run fast 51 “__ Along, Little Dogies” 54 Allowed by law 57 Conceal 58 Corncobs 59 Fight off 60 __ of Wight 61 Worry 62 Doorway 63 Flower stalk DOWN 1 __-Cola 2 Take __; subtract 3 Seeped into 4 Koch & Begley

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48 Bring up, as children 49 Villain 50 Engrossed 52 Doing nothing 53 Abound 55 Wrath 56 Fellows 57 __ and hers

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