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UNIVERSITY

Facility Services aims for safer roads Group envisions more roundabouts Lyle Manion Contributing Writer

WINDOW Undergrad researcher brings windows to life

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Stained glass windows may remind some people of old buildings, but one University student has a different vision. Computer engineering senior Kathryn Williams is in the process of developing a way to create interactive stained

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glass for the Center for Computation and Technology’s new home at the Louisiana Digital Media Center. The windows will act as a normal PC would, with a mouse and keyboad. “We had these windows in here, and we thought we should have something more interesting than just a WINDOWS, see page 11

A future campus envisioned by Facility Services includes a safer Highland Road and more roundabouts. New sidewalks along Highland from Chimes Street to the south end of campus and an additional roundabout at the Nicholson Extension and Highland intersection are in the planning stages, said Dennis Mitchell, assistant director of master planning and site development for Facility Services. Currently, there are issues with the sidewalks on Highland, Mitchell said. Sidewalks place pedestrians too close to a city road on which the speed limit exceeds 25 miles per hour. Furthermore, tidal wave action occurs during heavy rain. These problems call for a need to get pedestrians farther from the road. ROUNDABOUTS, see page 11

ELECTION

Former LSU football player runs in 6th district race Thomas works to change La.’s image Quint Forgey Staff Writer

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Charles “Trey” Thomas III, Family Values Resource Institute executive director and former LSU football player, is running for a seat in Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District.

In 1997, Charles “Trey” Thomas was starting out as a freshman at LSU, where he was awarded an academic scholarship and recruited for his skills on the football field. For the next four years, Thomas would step into Death Valley on gamedays as a proud member of the LSU Tigers football team. Now, 17 years later, Thomas plans to enter a new battlefield entirely — the race for Louisiana’s

sixth congressional district. However, Thomas views the worlds of politics and sports as not all that different. “We aren’t playing very well together as a team,” Thomas said. “I know that, just as all the possibilities of us being a great team at LSU revolved around how well we played as a unit week in and week out, definitely the same dynamics are at play for us as a country.” Thomas, one of two AfricanAmericans in the race, is the only black Republican running — a rare

distinction considering the current party demographics of the country. According to a Gallup poll from last year, only 5 percent of African-Americans identify as Republican. Thomas said party labels are less important than the personal values and ideologies of voters, and he claimed AfricanAmerican political views were less liberal than they might seem. “By and large, especially in

THOMAS, see page 11


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FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — An Army soldier accused of strangling his pregnant wife so he could pocket $500,000 in benefit money was convicted Thursday by a military judge in a case that hinged on dueling medical experts who couldn’t agree on how the woman died. Pvt. Isaac Aguigui, 22, of Cashmere, Wash., was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole at the end of his four day court-martial at Fort Stewart. A military judge found him guilty of murder and causing the death of an unborn child. His wife, 24-year-old Sgt. Deirdre Aguigui of Minneapolis, was about seven months pregnant when she was found dead in their apartment on July 17, 2011. The verdict should have little effect on Isaac Aguigui’s overall fate. He’s already serving life without parole at a Georgia prison after pleading guilty last summer to murder charges in a double slaying that occurred nearly five months after his wife died. Parents on both sides of the case said the tragedy cost them three lives —

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Pvt. Isaac Aguigui is lead into a Long County, Ga. court room last July. A military judge sentenced him to life in prison with no parole for the 2011 slaying of his pregnant wife.

the convicted husband, his slain wife and the grandchild who was never born. “I don’t know what happened to my son,” Annette Aguigui, the defendant’s mother, said as she and her husband left the courthouse in tears. “I am angry, I am disappointed, I am broken beyond broken. But I can’t stop loving my kid.”

Alma Wetzker, Deirdre Aguigui’s father, had urged his daughter to consider leaving her husband when she called angry and afraid two days before her death. “I was proud to call him him my son-in-law,” Wetzker said. “I’m not sure exactly what caused the downfall. I have no anger toward him. And, for me, I freely forgive him for everything.”

(AP) — Efforts to add wine-infused ice cream to supermarket shelves got a frosty reception Thursday from Louisiana lawmakers who worried that minors could get drunk off the tasty treat. The state’s Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control says lawmakers need to authorize the sale of alcohol-laced ice cream before it can hit grocers’ freezers. But just how to shelve and sell pints of Cherry Merlot and Red Raspberry Chardonnay — sold by Mercer’s Dairy of New York — confounded members of the House Judiciary Committee. Some lawmakers questioned whether Louisiana is ready to stock items like Buzz Bars, ice cream bars that contain whiskey, cognac, rum or lemon vodka among other flavors.

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Obama, Pope find common ground The Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Face to face for the first time, President Barack Obama and Pope Francis focused publicly on their mutual respect and shared concern for the poor on Thursday. But their lengthy private discussion also highlighted the deep differences between the White House and the Catholic Church on abortion and birth control. The gaps were evident in the differing accounts Obama and the Vatican gave of the meeting, with Obama stressing the two leaders’ common ground on fighting

inequality and poverty while Vatican officials emphasized the importance to the church of “rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection.” That point by church officials referred to a major disagreement over a provision of Obama’s health care law. The meeting inside the grand headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church marked a symbolic high point of Obama’s three-country visit to Europe. For a president whose approval ratings have slipped since winning re-election, it was also an opportunity to link himself to the hugely popular pope.

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New plans for library LSU to host active shooter drill could open up space Reese Perkins

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Deanna Narveson Staff Writer

Creating a 24-hour student study space is more complicated than just keeping the doors open all night, but it is not impossible, said Elaine Smyth, interim dean of LSU libraries. A place for students to study that would be open all day, every day was one of the initiatives listed by the Experience LSU ticket going into the Student Government elections earlier this week. John Woodard, SG president, also asked about it at the recent Board of Supervisors meeting in Shreveport as the plans for renovations to Patrick F. Taylor Hall were presented to the board members. However, the library is working closely with LSUPD, and Smyth said opening the library around the clock before the end of the calender year is possible but not certain, because it will take time and effort to work out the details. Smyth said the issue with keeping Middleton Library open 24/7 all year round instead of just during finals each semester is security. If the doors were open all day, people could take advantage of or damage the library’s resources or harm students, Smyth said. Smyth also said the library is working to find out how to better use its available space and has drawn up plans to expand student study spaces, open the library to the quad and make commonly browsed books more available to students. The library was built in 1958, and had two additional stories added on in 1984, making it the tallest building in the quad. The current plans are just ideas to improve the building, Smyth said, and they were originally a requirement for the University’s reaffirmation of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The plans, which Smyth said she hopes to receive student input on in the future, increase the space for students by moving books into compact shelves, which hold twice as many volumes in the same amount of space, and rearranging the offices within the building. Smyth said the Center for Academic Success’ offices and Supplemental Instructors’ spaces would be moved into Middleton directly above the Shell Tutorial Center. She also said windows could possibly be added to the building and the main entrance realigned so the library as a

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whole looks more like it belongs on the quad. The project could take up to 10 years to complete because the library would need to continue to function while undergoing the renovations and rearrangements. Smyth said the plans for the 56-year-old building could be broken down into smaller phases, and funding would be need to be raised to complete each phase in turn. The plans for increasing Middleton Library’s functionality still need to be approved by Stuart Bell, vice chancellor and provost before any finalized plans can be drawn and presented to raise funding for the project.

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Students studying in Middleton Library should not be completely surprised if the building is raided by an armed swat team during the month of May. LSU Police Department representatives worked with local Baton Rouge agencies on Wednesday to begin planning a campus-wide active shooter drill, said LSUPD Spokesman Capt. Cory Lalonde. The main focus of the drill is to help prepare departments involved for a real situation on campus involving a shooter and other violent situations. Lalonde said the drill will take place on the morning of May 20 around 8 a.m. and cease around noon. The drill will focus heavily on the area of Middleton Library, with the library being the central point of the drill. One of the main things those involved with the drill have had to focus on is making it seem as realistic as possible, Lalonde said. Lalonde said the drill will also feature “roleplayers” who will act as victims, witnesses and possible suspects.

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Because the finer details of the scenario will remain unknown to the response parties involved, the agencies participating in the drill have formed groups consisting of multiple individuals from each agency that share similar job positions to strengthen communication and problem solving techniques. “Those involved will only be given basic info as the events unfold,” Lalonde said. “This will test how we work together as a unit to solve a particular problem.” Outside agencies from the Baton Rouge area such as Baton Rouge Police Department and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center will be participating to drive the sense of realism even further. The

drill will also see participation from government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI. “We want to look at the capabilities of all responding units and figure out how to coordinate those units accordingly to get the most effective response in that type of incident.” Lalonde said. Lalonde said preparing for an incident of this nature is crucial because law enforcements agencies never know when or where an incident such as this may occur.

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RESEARCH

Friday, March 28, 2014

Recent research study defines millennials Michael Tarver News Contributor

A recent research study reveals the millennial generation may be, collectively, less religious, more often single, more racially diverse and more optimistic about financial hardship, though some University experts do not necessarily agree with all of these claims. The Pew Research Center released the study in early March that includes a link to a “How Millennial Are You?” quiz, in which results are based on 14 questions. The questions cover a variety of topics including television viewing time, social media involvement, video game playing and even having a tattoo or piercing. A score of 73 or higher places the quiz taker in the millennial generation. The millennial generation is defined in the study as individuals in the age group of 18 to 33 in 2014. Assistant professor of sociology Heather Rackin said the study may not be accurately representative of the millennial generation as much as it is representative of younger people. Rackin also said the research does not appear to compare different generations to each other. A millennial is someone born

within a specific era of time, or generation, whereas being young is determined by literal age. Rackin said there has been research showing the baby-boomer generation has become “more single” later in life because of the growing number of divorced baby-boomers. To conduct these types of studies, testing for differences in generations is essential, she said. To test these results accurately, information about a 25-yearold from the millennial generation would have to be compared to the information of a baby-boomer at the same age. “The quiz [specifically] asks questions that seem to be behaviors associated with younger people, not necessarily an entire generation,” Rackin said. Religion is one of the main topics discussed in the study. It shows 29 percent of adults in the millennial generation are “religiously unaffiliated” compared to the 16 percent from the baby-boomer generation. The research also shows 50 percent of millennials consider themselves politically independent. From this information, the study, as its premiere finding, says “millennials have fewer attachments to traditional political and

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Students, industry leaders visit Space Day Renee Barrow Contributing Writer

Rockets will fly today at the University’s Space Day. The College of Engineering will host 175 middle schoolers from across the state at Patrick F. Taylor Hall to participate in space-themed competitions, including rocket and engine building, according to a news release. Mimi LaValle, director of communications for the College of Engineering, said they will shoot their rocket projects off between 9:30 and 10 a.m. This exercise will use generated pressure and energy to launch the rockets, LaValle said. The event is intended to interest children in science, technology, engineering and math — STEM fields — the news release said. LaValle said this event will help attract students to the University to earn engineering degrees and potentially begin their careers at the NASA Michoud Assembly Center in New Orleans. “This is fantastic for students and for Louisiana,” LaValle said. The event will last through mid-day, running from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

At 2 p.m. in the Frank Walk Room, the University’s Space Day will be followed by the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture series, where Wanda Sigur, vice president and deputy of Civil Space for Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Space Systems Company, will serve as the keynote speaker. She will be introduced by Patrick Scheuermann, director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Sigur will discuss the presence of space research in Louisiana and other topics concerning STEM and industry leaders. The event is sponsored by the College of Engineering, the College of Science, Jacobs Technology, NASA, the National Administration for Advanced Manufacturing and Lockheed Martin Corporation. Free parking will be available to the public for the lecture.

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religious institutions.” However, Rackin said the question of being “religious” is difficult to define because some people may consider themselves religious or spiritual but do not attend conventional religious institutions. Much of the research collected regarding religion is based on attendance, so different forms of spiritually may not be represented in raw data, Rackin said. “People generally take offense to being generalized, but statistical analysis represents general trends,” Rackin said. Associate professor of religious studies Michael Pasquier

said millennials are affiliating with religion in more ways than people who grew up in previous generations simply because the 21st century is more secular overall. While this is a difficult concept to measure, Pasquier said Pew Research studies go further in measuring religious affiliation, taking into account various spiritual paths and religious mindsets. Pasquier gave the example of a young person buying and reading the Dalai Lama’s latest book instead of going to church. He said part of what makes Pew Research studies so interesting is the provocative and

informative way the center presents the information. While the research may not answer every question, it cultivates interest and questions that need to be answered regarding religion and affiliation, Pasquier said. “If you look around any [college] classroom on campus today, you will find more people that are atheist but also more that are identifying with spirituality in different ways,” Pasquier said.

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Sports

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MIDSEASON SLUMP Sluggish offense heads to Gainesville

Bregman’s media silence is unwise

Chandler Rome Sports Writer

Scuffling, passive and unlucky — it’s the current state of the LSU baseball team’s offense. As the Tigers (20-5-1, 3-21 SEC) trek to Gainesville for a three-game set at Florida (16-9, 3-3 SEC) beginning tonight, the team is mired in an offensive funk that has produced six runs in the last 33 innings of baseball, dipped the team’s batting average to .199 in Southeastern Conference play and silenced the team’s leader. Sophomore shortstop Alex Bregman, who’s 3 for his last 23 and hitting .130 in SEC play, was made off-limits to reporters starting Thursday in hopes to “take some pressure off him.” Baseball team spokesman Bill Franques said in an email Bregman’s silence “won’t be permanent” and estimated the policy would only last a week or two. LSU coach Paul Mainieri termed the slump “the first of Bregman’s career” and was adamant on shielding his sophomore shortstop from the media — adding Bregman received unusually high media attention during his freshman season and hasn’t had a break since. “This kid is 19 years old, [and] he feels the weight of the world on his shoulders,” Mainieri SLUMP, see page 7

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LSU sophomore infielder Alex Bregman (6) throws the ball to first base Sunday during the Tigers’ 2-2 tie against Georgia at Alex Box Stadium.

Ignoring a problem doesn’t make it go away. If anything, it makes everything worse. LSU shortstop Alex Bregman and his coach, Paul Mainieri, would benefit from remembering that a few weeks from now when a horde of reporters bombard the sophomore with every question imaginable. Mainieri announced Thursday that Bregman won’t speak to the media for at least a week while the Tigers’ phenom tries to refocus and break out of the worst slump in his LSU career. Bregman is hitting .130 with only one RBI in the Tigers’ six Southeastern Conference games. The sabbatical was Mainieri’s idea, according to Mainieri himself, but no matter who though of it, this is the wrong idea. If avoiding the media is the goal, creating a media fiasco that highlights Bregman’s struggles even more isn’t the way to go. Mainieri claimed the move was to take some pressure off the 19-year-old since, “he feels the weight of the world on his shoulders.” Presumably the reason Bregman feels so much weight on his shoulders is because he was thrust into a BREGMAN, see page 7

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Depleted Lady Tigers face Louisville in Sweet 16 Tommy Romanach Sports Contributor

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The chips are stacked against the LSU women’s basketball team this weekend, but no one knows that better NCAA than the Lady Tigers themselves. Women’s Impossible odds are someke m t b al o urna thing the Lady TilT gers have dealt with all season long. It’s their persona now. “I honestly think our backs have been against the wall the entire season,” said freshman guard Jasmine Rhodes. “So I think that this is no different.” LSU (21-12, 7-9 Southeastern Conference) will face its biggest test of the year when it plays No. 3 seed Louisville (32-4, 16-2 s

American Athletic Conference) in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament Sunday afternoon on the Cardinals’ home floor. The Lady Tigers are attempting to reach the Elite Eight for the first time since a Final Four run in 2008. But to accomplish the feat, they’ll have to defeat a team they lost to earlier this season — and do so with a limited roster. Louisville handed LSU its first loss of the season with an 88-67 victory Nov. 14 at the KFC Yum! Center, the same building the two teams will play in Sunday. The game featured a 21-0 run by the Cardinals that put the game out of reach. Senior forward Theresa Plaisance said the run was marred with the Lady Tigers’ own mistakes, and they have become a new team since then.

“I definitely think the second time around we will be more prepared,” Plaisance said. “I feel we’re a completely new team. We are a lot more mature than we were, especially after the SEC season. We have a lot more to offer now.” The Cardinals followed up a national runner-up finish last season with their second 30-win season under head coach Jeff Walz. The team is led by ESPNW second team All-American Shoni Schimmel, who leads the team with 17 points and 3.6 assists per game. The Cardinals became almost unbeatable at the Yum! Center, going 17-1 at home with the lone loss to Connecticut, the No. 1 team in the nation. LOUISVILLE, see page 7

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LSU senior guard Jeanne Kenney (5) holds her head Tuesday during the Lady Tigers’ 76-67 win against West Virginia in the PMAC. She did not return after leaving during the first half.


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Defensive tackles fight to fill void Mike Gegenheimer Sports Writer

Sometimes to help others, it’s necessary to be a little selfish. At least that’s how LSU freshman defensive tackle Greg Gilmore is approaching spring practice. “That’s what I care about, helping the team, but then I have to be selfish,” Gilmore said. “I have to try to play with these ones and try to be an impact player for myself and my own brand.” The interior of the defensive line has evolved into a tight competition this spring with no set starters emerging from the trenches through the early part of the offseason. Gilmore is one of five defensive tackles currently on LSU’s roster vying for a spot in the two-deep rotation, with three incoming freshmen set to join the team in the fall, following the early departure of Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson to the NFL. Freshman Maquedius Bain said he, Gilmore, sophomore Christian LaCouture and junior Quentin Thomas are the current front-runners for the starting spot, with LaCouture and Thomas appearing to have an edge. “Right now, those are the set guys in the spring,” Bain said. “[Signee Travonte] Valentine and a couple of recruits are coming in, but right now, that’s what I’m going with and that’s the guys that’s been in the trenches before us.” According to Gilmore and offensive tackle La’el Collins, the difference between this year and last year is an actual competition each day for the starting job. All the defensive tackles are pushing harder each day to prove they should be receiving more snaps than their teammates, and they hope that heightened level of competition will make up for a lack of experience. “They know they have less experience than the guys that left, so obviously they’re out there trying to get better each and every day and giving us their all,” Collins said. “Last year, we had those veteran guys out there going through

whatever they needed to go through, but these guys are giving a little bit more effort because they understand that it’s their time to play.” Focusing on his own play has been a key factor for Gilmore this season. The Hope Mills, N.C., native keeps a tally of every mistake he’s made this spring, particularly staying low and getting solid extension with his hands. Each day Gilmore watches film, he marks down his mistakes and focuses on having fewer tallies the next day. “Right now, we’re all fighting for a starting spot, in my opinion,” Gilmore said. “When people know they have to take a back seat in the twos and the threes, they don’t practice as hard, they don’t play as hard and they don’t scrimmage as hard.” LaCouture has emerged as a possible leader for the unit after playing in all 13 games last season and recording 11 tackles and a sack — both of which are the most of any returning defensive tackle. Thomas isn’t far behind, registering nine tackles and a fumble recovery in 11 games played. Both Bain and Gilmore redshirted last season. But even with the green interior, LSU coach Les Miles said he still believes the unit can live up to the standards past defensive tackles have set. “[My expectations] are just like what we’ve had here: stingy, don’t let the ball go up and down the field, pass rush, line of scrimmage stoppers, handle the rush roughly,” Miles said. “I think these guys can be dominant players.” Miles has repeatedly said he expects the 2014 recruiting class to hit the Tigers right where they need it, and he maintains that approach with the defensive tackles, expecting the new signees to compete for playing time in their first season in Baton Rouge. Miles also added that he likes the guys currently on the roster and anticipates them carrying the vast majority of the workload. Bain said he thinks Valentine will quickly supplant himself as the fifth guy at the defensive tackle spot once he reaches campus, but

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LaCouture isn’t ready to anoint him to the rotation just yet. “For me honestly, you come around here, you have to earn your spot,” LaCouture said. “For the young guys coming in, a lot of them are going to have to play because we had a lot of guys leave, but at the same time, you have to focus on you.”

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Friday, March 28, 2014 BREGMAN, from page 5

weighty leadership role and expected to carry the Tigers’ offense, which he obviously isn’t doing. That’s a tough load to carry at a program where the fans expect to win 99 percent of the games the team takes the field for. But LSU has had its share of truly great leaders in the past who carried that load through ups and downs without complaint. Baseball players go through slumps. From Babe Ruth to Miguel Cabrera, it’s unavoidable. And though this may legitimately be the worst slump of Bregman’s life, he will break out of it. He’s too good not to. But what’s amazing is Mainieri and Bregman’s eagerness to pass blame instead of chalking it up as “just baseball,” which is probably the most likely of explanations.

LOUISVILLE, from page 5 If the opponent is not enough, injuries have taken away two of LSU’s starters, including its emotional senior leader. The first fall came during Sunday’s first-round victory against Georgia Tech when freshman guard Raigyne Moncrief went down with a leg injury. The game had been her first start since an original leg injury Feb. 20 against Georgia. Days later, the team announced Moncrief was out for the season. During Tuesday’s win against West Virginia, senior guard Jeanne Kenney left the

Whatever the reason is for Bregman’s slump, rest assured it is not the media. Contrary to popular belief, the media rarely heap more expectations on a player than the player or the fans do. The media didn’t label Bregman the Tigers’ offensive pillar out of the blue. His .369 average, 52 RBIs and National Shortstop of the Year Award last season did that. By passing blame, Mainieri and Bregman essentially abdicated Bregman’s throne as the Tigers’ leader. A leader would have handled a slump with poise and patience, setting an example for other players. A leader would have recognized his poor performance, confronted it and utilized the media to assure fans that slumps are only temporary. Because at the end of that day, that’s what sports media are: a means of communication between the game midway through the first half and did not return. Thursday, coach Nikki Caldwell revealed what many feared: Kenney had suffered a concussion, the third in her last four seasons. Considering Kenney’s past, Caldwell decided it was impossible to let Kenney play again. Without key assets, LSU must rely on the play of Rhodes and freshman guard Rina Hill, like it did Tuesday night. Rhodes scored 11 points and six rebounds in 20 minutes, and Hill went 4-for-4 from the line in the game’s final 30 seconds. With all the trials, there isn’t

The Daily Reveille players and the fans. I assume it’s a rare person who actually cares what I have to say about Alex Bregman. But LSU baseball fans sure care what Alex Bregman has to say about Alex Bregman. The media will never leave him alone because LSU baseball fans are never going away. Prying reporters will be there when he breaks his silence — slump or not — because LSU baseball fans will have questions that need answers. And the No. 1 question needing an answer will be whether the Tigers’ 19-year-old shortstop with “the world on his shoulders” is mentally ready to be the Alex Bregman he is expected to be. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at sports@lsureveille.com; Twitter: @TDR_sports a logical reason LSU should continue its improbable run. But then again, there weren’t many reasons it should have beaten West Virginia. “We’re just going to do all that we can to continue to compete and win basketball games,” Caldwell said. “I know that’s what [Kenney] wants from her teammates.”

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said. “I had several meetings with plate to draw walks and get more him [Wednesday] to get him back runners on base. into the right mental approach. This struggle resulted in He doesn’t have the answers right a lack of aggressiveness at the now, and he’s trying to figure it plate, leaving too many takes on out himself.” fastballs down the middle and Mainieri shuffled the batting letting hittable balls go. order in last Sunday’s tie against “I think what I’ve done is Georgia, moving Bregman from taken the aggressiveness out of third to second, bumping sopho- our hitters,” Mainieri said. “I more outfielder Mark Laird to the think we need to get back to just leadoff spot and playing the style sticking senior of play that Paul outfielder Sean ‘I think we need to get Mainieri grew up McMullen in the back to just playing the with — an agthree hole. gressive, attackThe tinker- style of play that Paul ing offense.” ing worked for Junior ace Mainieri grew up McMullen, who Aaron Nola said emerged with with — an aggressive, the offensive junior designatslump and the attacking offense.’ ed hitter Kade prospect of little Paul Mainieri Scivicque as the run support hasn’t LSU baseball coach only consistent added any undue bats in the Tigers’ pressure on his lineup. McMullen’s .333 average Friday night start. in five SEC starts leads the team Nola, who’s scattered only while Scivicque paces the LSU eight hits in 13 1/3 SEC innings, offense overall with a .373 clip. said no matter the offensive “Everyone in our lineup still struggles, it’s his job to simply has a lot of confidence,” McMul- replicate his past starts. len said. “It’s been a bunch of bad “Guys aren’t hitting too breaks. It’s not like we’re having well,” Nola said. “But I’m just bad at-bats, we’re hitting the ball going to go do what I usually do, hard. Hopefully they’ll start to try to put zeros up and give our fall soon.” team a chance to win.” Mainieri blamed himself for the struggles of late — calling his team more of a speedy singles, doubles-hitting club. Mainieri Contact Chandler Rome at said he’s struggled with how crome@lsureveille.com; much small ball to employ and Twitter: @Rome_TDR how to cater the approach at the


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WEB COMMENTS In response to Fernanda Zamudio-Suarez’s article, “SG pushes for federal assistance,” one reader had this to say: “So let me get this straight. SG is pushing for MORE funding from the federal government because of tuition and fees? Did we not just spend $200,000+ on a concert? and some amount for them to speak for 30-45 minutes with legislative assistants with people who believe and I quote, “the legislation might not [be] prioritized” because it is an election year?! Further, I was hard pressed to find how my fees are being appropriated by SG since it looked like an undisclosed amount. Maybe we should look at how student fees, or even the university budget, are being distributed before we jump to the federal government for aid. This has to be an absolute joke... too bad SG is the only one laughing.” – Dumbfounded

In response to Jacque Masse’s article, “SG passes resolutions to do away with parking zones during intercession,” one reader had this to say: “Kudos to SG for passing these legislative actions! Commuting from off campus has routinely been a problem for me during the summer so I am personally very grateful!” –djohn89 The Daily Reveille wants to hear your reactions to our content. Visit lsureveille.com, our Facebook page and our Twitter account to let us know what you think.

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‘These are my confessions’ Artists shouldn’t be penalized for controversial lyrics OFF WITH HER HEAD JANA KING Columnist It would be a shame if LSUPD arrested Weezer when they take the stage tonight for Groovin’ on the Grounds. But it could happen — rapper Antwain Steward was thrown in jail for murder because of his rap lyrics. It’s no secret that musicians use illegal drugs. In fact, Weezer wrote a song titled “We Are All On Drugs,” and so far, no one has tried to get them arrested. But when Steward wrote a murder confession into a song, the Newport News Police in Virginia took no time at all to arrest him, citing his lyrics in their affidavit. They had no suspects, no murder weapons, no witnesses to the crime. All they had were lyrics sung in a YouTube video. “But nobody saw when I [expletive] smoked him,” Twain Gotti, Steward’s rap persona said in the song “Ride Out.” ”Roped him, sharpened up the shank, then I poked him, 357 Smith and Wesson beam scoped him.” Many who oppose the use of lyrics as evidence are claiming it is his freedom of speech, and artistic expression

should not be used against him. And I stand by that, but his charges should be dropped for reasons more than the first amendment. Before we mistake Gotti’s words for a confession, let’s think about the role rappers and musicians assume as lyricists. Those who oppose Steward’s charges feel the lyrics are being used unfairly and manipulatively, as most judges and jury members would not take into account that many rappers assume fictional and over-the-top personas. Did the police bust down Trinidad James’s door when he admitted to millions that he “popped a molly” and was sweating? No. No one gave a second thought to Ke$ha when she declared she was “taking over, no one’s getting out, this place’s about to blow.” And a confession like that in court would warrant terrorism. When you’re an artist, especially at the celebrity level, your public image is your job. We don’t just buy Kanye’s albums. We buy Yeezus. And we do so with the understanding that Yeezus is a fictional character Kanye plays. In some cases, like Kanye/Yeezus, there is a separate persona created by the artist. But the same rules should apply to public figures without fictional egos going by separate names. Take Zach Mettenberger, for example. He pleaded guilty to sexual battery

Lyrics

“This is How We Roll” A little something bumping, thump, thumping on the wheel ride The mix in our drink’s a little stronger than you think [...]windows tinted hard to see though. Florida Georgia Line

Jana King is a 19-year-old communication studies sophomore from Ponchatoula, La.

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Violation of Title 18, Section 333 of the United States Code

asConfessions “Show Me” So high, ain’t know where to land. Kid Ink

in 2010, after a regretful spring break in southern Georgia. But we boasted him up on our shoulders for 13 games and cheered him on for 10 victories. Should we feel guilty because we cheered for a sex offender? Supporting a person does not mean a blanket approval for all their personal actions. And a person’s accomplishments should not be tainted because of their regretful actions. It’s important to note that yes, Steward could very well have been the person who shot and killed two individuals in 2007. But unless there’s substantial evidence other than lyrics that Twain Gotti sang in a YouTube video, there is no reason for him to be sitting in jail. So until the murder weapon surfaces or Steward publicly confesses, I’m calling for #FreeGotti.

In many states, being under the intoxicant other than alcohol, or public intoxication is illegal. DUI/DWI Violation of Vehicle Code 26708.5

“Counting Stars” Take that money, watch it burn. OneRepublic “The Monster” And I’m coming straight at MC’s, blood gets spilled. Eminem

Aggravated Assault/Battery

“Burn” and we’re burning one hell of a something They, they gonna see us from outer space, outer space Light it up, like we’re the stars of the human race, human race [...]Strike the match [...] We can light it up, up, up So they can’t put it out Ellie Goulding

“Bottoms Up” Goin 95 burning down 129 yeah Looking for the law, while I push my luck Bentley Gilbert

“My Hitta” You looking for some lean, let me call my hittas [...] Got hittas on the block with the glock [...] He talking like a snitch, no that ain’t my hittas

Class 2 Misdemeanor Speeding over 15 mph

Aiding and Abetting/Accesorry Aggravated Assault/Battery Drug Possession

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Clothing choices, styles are a refelction of ourselves OUR LADY OF ANGST SidneyRose Reynen Columnist For me, coming to college meant I was not only embarking on a brand new life experience, but I could finally wear shorts and a tank-top during Louisiana’s sticky, hot months. It was freedom at last, as I imagine is the case with most college students. The way we dress is a reflection of who we are or who we want people to think we are. More simply, what we wear is what makes us feel comfortable. Middle and high schools across the country could apparently care less about what their students feel comfortable wearing. Left and right, schools and even entire parishes are banning everything from saggy pants to leggings. All for various racist and sexist reasons. A recent ordinance in Iberville Parish is seeking to outlaw saggy pants, short skirts and shorts. Supporters of this ordinance seem to want to travel all the way back to the 1950s and take everyone in the parish with them. The stigma attached to saggy pants is almost entirely a result

of the negative perceptions and stereotypes associated with the people who originated the style — African-Americans. Saggy pants, to conservative old white people, are equated with being a thug or being up to no good. I’m not surprised this institutionalized racism is being perpetuated by a southern state’s local government. After many started to don hoodies in protest of the murder of Trayvon Martin, Ebony magazine writer R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy said, “Much of the commentary on sagging pants is rooted in the ‘politics of respectability.’ … This emphasis on respectability often meant conforming to white middle class norms and being refined in one’s dress, speech and behavior.” While white people have appropriated this style in recent years, this ordinance is making it clear that to be considered respectable law-abiding citizens, AfricanAmericans have to dress the way the white government wants them to dress. Opponents of the ordinance dislike the ban because it lets citizens and policymakers know that, if something bothers you personally, it’s totally acceptable to try to ban it altogether. At my high school, the administration forbade girls to

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wear shorts that were deemed too short because we shouldn’t give our male teachers “a preview.” Disgustingly enough, the term “preview” implies that there will be more revealed later. I wasn’t wearing shorts to please my chemistry teacher; I was wearing them because it was 95 degrees outside. In a similar case at Haven Middle School in Evanston, Ill., school administration banned girls from wearing leggings because they were apparently distracting male students.

These young women are now forbidden from wearing a very comfortable item of clothing because boys can’t control themselves. Instead of teaching these 13-year-old boys some decency not to ogle their peers, the girls of the school must suffer. This is sexism. This is the type of behavior that lets young boys know nothing is ever their fault. It is the girls who must change their actions, not the boys. Thoughts like these lead to even bigger issues like rape culture

and domestic violence. Even in settings where certain types of clothing are usually acceptable, establishments around the country are trying to control what their customers wear. In California, a Planet Fitness gym told a woman the crop top she was wearing was too “intimidating” to the other customers. Now women can’t even go to the gym in clothes they feel comfortable in. If I see someone around LSU’s campus whose outfit I disagree with, should I go to Student Government and try to have that kind of clothing banned? The labeling of clothing items as “intimidating” and “distracting” avoids the problem completely. People who wear crop tops, short-shorts and saggy pants are no different from people who wear long sleeves and floor-length skirts. Regardless of the clothes you wear, you deserve respect and consideration. SidneyRose Reynen is an 18-yearold film and art history freshman from New Orleans.

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Hazing detrimental to more than those undergoing it BLUE COLLAR SCHOLAR Justin Stafford Columnist Hazing is often associated with added student stress and pledge deaths. The student being hazed is the only focus, but there is more to the equation, like the detrimental effects of the practices on the one doing the hazing, a matter we often don’t consider. I’m always saddened when a student’s life ends due to hazing, but I usually think of those enduring the torment as the victim, and I never consider the one carrying out the act as one, too. Marquise Braham, a freshman member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity at Penn State’s Altoona campus, jumped to his death from the roof of a Marriott hotel in New York while home on spring break earlier this month. Marquise’s father, Rich Braham, believes the hazing practices that his son was prompted to inflict on other students and those carried out on him are to blame for his death. According to Braham’s father, his son said he was instructed to put on a ski mask and steal a bag of chips from a store during his own

pledging last year. Braham’s son spoke about pledges drinking until they vomited and then repeating the process during hazing. The text messages found on his son’s phone describe how fraternity pledges had a choice of either inserting a sex toy into their body or taking cocaine. There were also photos of a blindfolded pledge with a pistol to his head. I’m not a member of any Greek organization, but I do believe there are professional and social benefits to being involved in a college network like this. From the outside looking in, the notion of brotherhood and sisterhood that is supposed to be in the fabric of Greek Life is torn to shreds when hazing comes in to play. The lengths some of these organizations go to and the sadistic creativity involved in devising hazing techniques are appalling. It’s the strong desire of humans to belong and be accepted that allow the powers of coercion and conformity to seemingly justify one’s subjectivity to participating in heinous acts. Hazing is dangerous to those involved both physically and mentally. It’s all fun and games until someone dies, right? Wrong. It’s unacceptable on all grounds and in every aspect of what hazing has become. There is nothing positive

that can be offered to any individual guided to believe that partaking in humiliation or harming another student is acceptable because they also endured similar treatment as a pledge. In fact, after pledging, a student has a responsibility to be the outlier and to make a stand for their sake and for others. Someone has to be the bigger person for those who can’t muster the courage to draw the line regarding these initiation rituals. Some people can handle physical and emotional damage better than others, and some can’t do it at all. They can’t live with themselves. This should never be the case, and no one should be placed in any position within a “respectable” organization that causes so much harm to so many. Testing the commitment of a pledge, a future brother or sister, can be done safely and without humiliation. See how many service hours a pledge can put in at a local shelter. Testing the boundaries of one’s body and mind through embarrassment and over-consumption displays no virtues worthy of recognition. I can only boil down the reasons for hazing as either the human craving for a sense of belonging or a complete lack of conscience. Those without the conscience stand no chance of altering hazing practices without serious help. As

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Hazing is a somewhat common and potentially dangerous tradition practiced by some fraternities and sororities on college campuses.

for those suppressing their conscience so an organization can accept you, here’s what you need to consider. At the end of the day, can you truthfully accept your actions and yourself? Justin Stafford is a 21-year-old

mass communication junior from Walker, La.

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the South, more black people are conservative in their thinking,” Thomas said. “Our issue is not a misalignment in the values and platform; it’s a brand issue.” Thomas said the lack of black Republicans in America could be because of the GOP’s failure to create a “positive brand to attract black voters,” but he also said the statistics could reflect Democrats’ attempt to “keep a loyal voting base.” “The Republican party has to make sure it’s not adding fuel to their fire by missing obvious ways to outreach and bring in other voters of other races and backgrounds. I think there’s a genuine effort now to try to make sure that happens,” Thomas said. Thomas is the executive director of the Family Values Resource Institute in Baton Rouge, a nonprofit organization founded by his parents more than two decades ago. Thomas said the FVRI, which was originally founded as a crisis emergency center, now features an adult learning center that offers a GED program. Thomas acknowledged he dealt with the issue of education frequently in his professional life, and he said he views education as “the great equalizer in terms of opportunity.” “The more effectively that we’re able to provide educational options for parents and their children — that is the first and foremost effort to help right the wrongs in society or economics,” Thomas said. Thomas also said he values the many skills imparted outside the classroom by his coaches while at LSU, especially the mental and physical “toughness” demanded by Nick Saban in his senior year. “A lot of those things, even though you think of them in the realm of sports, they definitely apply to any other challenge you face in life. Even if it involves debating or working behind a desk, you’re still going to encounter the need to be tough,” Thomas said. Thomas said there are several state concerns he plans to address if elected, but he ultimately stated one of the Louisiana’s biggest problems is its “image issue.” Thomas, who has lived in Texas and New York, noted former governor Edwin Edwards’ recent joining of the congressional race as a negative reflection of the state. “When people found out you’re from Louisiana, they have a certain image already about what Louisiana is, how Louisiana is and what goes on in Louisiana,” Thomas said. Though Thomas acknowledged some of his fellow candidates, such as Edwards and Paul Dietzel II, were more well-known in the district, he stressed that name recognition was not a prerequisite for a viable candidate. “Name recognition doesn’t mean you’ll be a great candidate or a great leader,” Thomas said.

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“Most accidents I hear about occur in that area,” Mitchell said. To improve the situation, existing oak trees and new landscaping would be placed between pedestrians and the road, Mitchell said. The sidewalks would be placed “comfortably” against buildings, making navigation more convenient. This concept has already been implemented in certain areas, such as around the campus Barnes & Noble, Mitchell said. The courtyard in front of the structure serves as a safe way to navigate Highland, away from traffic. Mitchell said this project is long-term, with no declared date of completion. It could cost more than $1 million, gained through various funding. Though these enhancements would be appreciated, safety isn’t a significant issue along Highland, said Michelle Laskowski, math secondary education junior. “Cars whizzing by don’t really concern me. We’re smart enough to avoid them,” Laskowski said. James Wild, math secondary education sophomore and a resident of Baton Rouge, said new sidewalks are necessary because many students view Highland as

window,” Williams said. The goal of the project is to create a type of interactive display with CCT-related media, Williams said. Williams said she loves computer science, and this project provided her with a way to channel that into a creative outlet. The displays are possible through the use of the Raspberry Pi and another, larger computing unit, Williams said. The Raspberry Pi is a small computer, no larger than a driver’s license and costing no more than $35, which may be plugged in to allow users to perform some of the same functions as a typical PC, such as word processing, creating spreadsheets and playing games, according to the website. The Raspberry Pi, while slower at processing things than a PC, is often used in grade schools to Contact Renee Barrow at teach children about programming, Williams said. rbarrow@lsureveille.com FOR RELEASE MARCH 28, 2014

THE Daily Commuter Puzzle ACROSS 1 “Go get it, Fido!” 6 Grand __; bridge coup 10 Word of disgust 14 Banishment 15 Neighbor of Bolivia 16 Canyon sound 17 Large northern sea duck 18 Intentions 19 Swimming spot 20 Mississippi River boats 22 Not fine; full of gritty particles 24 Weathercock 25 Gullies 26 Still stiff as a board 29 External 30 Body of water 31 __ on; convinces about 33 Whiplash sites 37 Late Chief Justice Warren 39 More impolite 41 Carvey or Plato 42 Iron alloy 44 Adjust a clock 46 Use needle and thread 47 Refueling ship 49 Insteps 51 Kings’ palaces 54 Threesome 55 Continuously 56 Naughtiness 60 Coffin platform 61 Catch with a hook 63 Nairobi’s nation 64 Frosted 65 Every 66 Basic metric unit of volume 67 Takes home, after expenses 68 Putin’s “No!” 69 Wear away

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While demonstrating her work, Williams connected the machines through her MacBook Pro but said they will probably need to use a Windows Surface in the future. “Whenever I talk to people about [working with the CCT], they don’t really know what we do,” Williams said. Williams is a member of the CCT’s tangible visualization group, composed of undergraduate and graduate students. According to the website, the group — also referred to as “tangviz” — focuses on designing and deploying “new kinds of physical interaction devices and associated software systems to simplify, strengthen, and extend computer visualizations.” The group helps connect people and computing through objects they can physically grasp, Williams said.

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simply another part of campus, not the busy city road it is. Facility Services also plans to insert a roundabout at the intersection of Nicholson Extension and Highland Road, Mitchell said. This would allow a left turn on Highland from Nicholson Extension, an option currently unavailable, legally. Laskowski said a roundabout at this intersection is needed because it would lighten early evening traffic on Nicholson Extension. This new roundabout is part of a larger initiative for roundabouts on campus, Mitchell said. Facility Services is currently negotiating with the city about the possibility of roundabout at Parker Street and S. Stadium Drive. This project lacks a start date because funding and approval have yet to be granted. Mitchell said the roundabout on Dalrymple Drive, where landscaping was finalized Tuesday, sets a good example. Throughout construction, only one tree was removed. “People seem to like it and the character of the area is still intact,” Mitchell said.

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