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DEAL Students sell drugs for extra cash JAMES RICHARDS · Staff Writer t’s not uncommon for college students to work a job while pursuing their degree. Census data released in January showed 72 percent of undergraduate college students worked during the year. While most students are probably waiting tables or pouring coffee, some University students have taken up a more illicit profession. Dealing drugs. Attitudes and patterns about drug use, particularly marijuana, are changing. A Pew Research study released April 2 showed more than 60 percent of Americans said they

think alcohol is more harmful than marijuana. In addition, 54 percent of Americans favor marijuana legalization, and around 7 percent reported using marijuana in the past month. *Charles Lyndon, a student who sells drugs to his friends on campus, said he was tired of going to buy marijuana for himself and for his friends all of the time. “I wanted to get something out of it, so I started selling,” he said. He became good friends with a dealer, who fronted him a half ounce of weed to start his business. The process of drug dealing is DRUGS, see page 15

*Editor’s Note: the names of the students in this story have been changed to protect their identities. Any perceived similarities with real people are coincidental and unintentional.

photo illustration by TAYLOR BALKOM, RICHARD REDMANN, CHARLOTTE WILLCOX / The Daily Reveille

While some students wait tables or work as baristas for a source of steady income, other students sell drugs.

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Study shows effect of athletics on state Results: out-of-state football fans spend $30 million in La. Deanna Narveson Staff Writer

More people walked through the turnstiles at University athletic events in 2012 than live in the seven-parish New Orleans metropolitan area, said Loren Scott, president and economist at Loren C. Scott and Associates, at a press event Thursday. Scott presented a completed study of the economic effect of LSU Athletics on the state and Baton Rouge, after being commissioned by LSU Athletics. It showed that over a typical seven home game football season, out-of-state visitors spend more than $30 million in the Louisiana, with more than $20 million spent in the Baton Rouge area alone. The last economic study done on LSU Athletics’ effect on the economy was in 2001. Scott said over the years, differences as large as $5 million can be seen in the amount of money brought in for a winning football season, in comparison to a losing football season. Construction on different athletic buildings, including the expansion of the South Endzone in Tiger Stadium, spent about $14 million in local jobs and businesses, resulting in more than $20 million in state revenues over a 14 year period, Scott said. Scott said for critics of LSU head football coach Les Miles’ annual salary, the additional money brought in for a season with more wins than losses more than justifies the expense. A typical night in Tiger Stadium had as many people sitting in the stands as people who live in Lafourche Parish, the study found, and 2,765 people work at a game day. Scott said he was most surprised to learn the number of jobs in the stadium during football season, saying he first believed it would only be around 500 workers. During one football game, 48,800 soft drinks and ECONOMICS, see page 6

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Loren C. Scott, president and founder of Loren C. Scott and Associates, discusses the effect of sports on the Baton Rouge community Thursday at the Athletic Administration Building.

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Nation & World

Friday, April 11, 2014



Stephen Colbert to replace Letterman City Council

dumps first responder domicile rule

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Partly Cloudy HIGH 79 LOW 57 sunrise: 6:41 a.m. sunset: 7:29 p.m.

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NEW YORK (AP) — CBS moved swiftly Thursday to replace the retiring David Letterman with Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert, who will take over the “Late Show” next year and do battle with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel for late-night television supremacy. Colbert, 49, has been hosting “The Colbert Report” at 11:30 p.m. ET since 2005, in character as a fictional conservative talk-show host. The character will retire with “The Colbert Report.” “Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” Colbert said. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.” Letterman, who turns 67 on Saturday, announced on his show last week that he would retire sometime in 2015, although he hasn’t set a date. CBS said Thursday that creative elements of Colbert’s new show, including where it will be based, will be announced later. Mayors of New York and Los Angeles have already publicly urged the new “Late Show” host to choose their city. New York would appear to

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Stephen Colbert (left) host of the Colbert Report, shares a laugh on May 3, 2012 with host David Letterman on the set of the Late Show with David Letterman.

have the clear edge, since Colbert is already based in New York and CBS owns the Ed Sullivan Theater, where the “Late Show” has been taped since Letterman took over in 1993. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo added his voice to the mix, calling on CBS to keep “Late Show” in place and lauding the contributions of such programs to the state’s economy.

“We must ensure that the ‘Late Show’s’ long and proud history of making the nation laugh from New York continues for years to come,” he said in a statement. Letterman offered his endorsement for Colbert’s selection Thursday. “Stephen has always been a real friend to me,” he said. “I’m very excited for him, and I’m flattered that CBS chose him.”

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans City Council has dumped the domicile rule for first responders, allowing them to live where they’d like, unlike other city employees who are required to live in Orleans Parish. The council voted 6-1 Thursday to eliminate the rule for police, firefighters and EMS technicians, contending it was hampering efforts to recruit and retain police. The New Orleans Advocate reports the long-standing policy was suspended for seven years after Hurricane Katrina before going back into effect last year. It was initially approved based on the idea that city workers who live in New Orleans are more invested in their community.


Possible signal heard in flight search The Associated Press PERTH, Australia (AP) — An air and sea hunt for the missing Malaysian jet resumed Friday in the same swath of the southern Indian Ocean where an underwater sensor made the fifth detection of a signal in recent days, raising hopes that searchers are closing in on what could be a flight recorder. An Australian air force P-3 Orion, which has been dropping sonar buoys into the water near where four sounds were heard earlier, picked up a “possible signal” on Thursday that may be from a

man-made source, said Angus Houston, who is coordinating the search for Flight 370 off Australia’s west coast. The latest acoustic data needed to be analyzed, he said. If confirmed, the signal would further narrow the hunt for the plane, which vanished March 8 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard. The Australian ship Ocean Shield, which is towing a U.S. Navy device to detect signal beacons from a plane’s flight data and cockpit voice recorders, picked up two underwater sounds Tuesday.

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Many students miss class Friday before Spring Break Deanna Narveson Staff Writer

Today marks the last day of classes before spring break, and when students return after Easter, there are only 10 days of class left, and 50 percent of students polled in the Quad Thursday said they

Are you going to class Friday?

would not be attending their Friday classes. Out of 22 students asked at random if they would be going to class today, only 11 said they would most certainly be going. Three students counted were not going to class because their classes had been canceled by

Morgan Ruhl

‘You miss so much if you miss a day.’

physics sophomore

their professors. Construction management freshman Andrew Bordelon said he has to go to class because he had a project due in one of his classes and an exam in another. However, some students, like communication disorders junior Chelsea Bonck had options.

Courtney Cribbs

‘I just don’t have Friday classes.’

chemical engineering sophomore

“[My professor] gave us the option to either take our exam Friday or the week after the break,” Bonck said. Emily Ilgenfritz said the only reason she is going to class today is because her ride home for the break can’t leave until after all of her classes, so she might as

‘I’m not leaving until Sunday for the beach.’

Samantha Dantin biology sophomore

well go. The weather has an effect on student attendance too, said Natalie Martin, kinesiology sophomore, who wouldn’t be going because it was too pretty outside. Contact Deanna Narveson at

Greer Darden natural resource ecology, management freshman



Woman injured in Dairy Science lab explosion Deanna Narveson Staff Writer

A woman was sent to the hospital Thursday after an explosion involving a glass beaker in the Dairy Science laboratory, said LSUPD spokesman Capt. Cory Lalonde. Lalonde said LSUPD received a call Thursday at 2:41 p.m. and arrived shortly afterward. He said the incident appeared to be an accident, and he didn’t know the extent of any damage within the building. The woman sustained injuries to her hand and her lab partner received minor cuts to his face, Lalonde said.


LSU Softball - Tiger Park - LSU Ntoon Soul - Paragon Casino Resort

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Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers - Blue Nile

20”x20”x20” exhibit to open during Spring Break Rene Wren Contributing Writer

The Art Gallery in the Student Union will make its grand opening with the 2014 20”x20”x20” A National Compact Competition and Exhibit on Monday. The exhibit will freely open to the public April 14 through April 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each work of art will be smaller than 20”x20”x20” not including the matting and the framing. The exhibit will contain

work from artists from across the country. Cash awards at up to $1,800 will be awarded to the top eight contestants. Shana Barefoot, collections and exhibitions manager at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, will serve as the juror for this year’s 20”x20”x20” competition and judge the work of artists from around the country. Out of 435 entries submitted by 140 artists, Barefoot narrowed the selections down to 70 pieces

by 61 artists. The Art Advisory Committee, made up of students, faculty, staff and members of the community, will sponsor the 20”x20”x20” event — now in its 18th year — as well as decide what exhibits will be featured in the gallery in the future.

Frost/Nixon - Baton Rouge Little Theater

8:00 PM

Clarence Carter - Belle of Baton Rouge Bustout Burlesque - House of Blues New Orleans Mr. & Miss AKA - Cafe Istanbul ComedySportz - La Nuit Comedy Theater Paul Sanchez - Chickie Wah Wah The Honeypots - Buffa's Bar & Restaurant The Bayou Comedy Jam - Baton Rouge River Center Electric Seed - Artmosphere Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns - The Little Gem Saloon

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Tech N9ne & Freddie Gibbs - The Varsity Theatre Brass Bed - Gasa Gasa Destroyer - Lava Cantina Tim Campbell and Members of Arbor Vitae - The Blue Moon Lazy Poets - The Roux House 4 Mob Jam - Paragon Casino Resort

Paramedics tend to a woman whose hand appeared to be cut by an exploding beaker Thursday outside the Dairy Science Laboratory.




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‘I only have one, and it’s in the morning; so I’m going.’

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Lost Bayou Ramblers - Tipitina's Uptown Diamond Life Friday - Eiffel Society Left of the Dial - Circle Bar

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Bustout Burlesque - House of Blues New Orleans Dire Wood - The Blue Moon Late Night Swing with Ra Ra Riot - The Little Gem Saloon

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EVENTS Louisiana Gospel Fellowship Choir Join us for an afternoon of gospel music with the all-male Louisiana Gospel Fellowship Choir at the Jones Creek Regional Branch on Saturday, November 9, at 1:00 p.m.

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Students spend Spring Potential victory for community Break restoring wetlands Michael Tarver

Paul Babineaux Contributing Writer

For the sixth consecutive spring break, Andy Nyman, associate professor of wetland wildlife management, and his service-learning students plan to spend Spring Break differently from those students flooding the beaches of Florida. Nyman’s team will be traveling to the Pass A Loutre Wildlife Management Area at the mouth of the Mississippi River to conduct wetland restoration projects. Nyman began going on this Spring Break trip in 2009, when he and eight University students headed down the Mississippi River to plant Black Mangroves in hopes of holding nutrients in the vegetation that is abandoning, or backing up, along the bottom of the river. Nyman explained this abandoning is affecting the amount of land and marsh in Louisiana and the course that the Mississippi River will flow into the Gulf of Mexico. Nyman, who grew up in New Orleans, said the Black Mangroves have been missing from the area since Hurricane Katrina, and because of the missing trees the water has become increasingly saltier, causing more and more vegetation to die each year. The Pass A Loutre Wildlife Management Area has hosted the University’s students each year on

its manmade island, and Nyman said the Spring Break trip would not be possible without the help of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. This year, the trip has increased its number of students from eight to 12, which has increased the number of trees that can be planted, along with other activities involving erosion and vegetation research. Nyman and the students will depart Monday at 8 a.m. and will remain at the South Pass until Friday. Nyman said the main goal for these trips is to enjoy Spring Break in a different way by appreciating the beauty of the area while trying to manage the abandoning vegetation problem. Nyman explained the crew is not trying to stop erosion but rather trying to help the area last longer. Nyman said students going this year also aim to continue some of the vegetation conservation projects outside of planting the Black Mangroves. Recently, Nyman and his team have created fences among the marsh to keep hogs from damaging the vegetation further. These enclosures have drastically improved the survival of the vegetation that restoration projects have helped build.

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Contributing Writer

After the death of the LGBT fair housing bill in the state legislature, the LGBT community finally secured a victory when the House Criminal Justice Committee Meeting passed the “crimes against nature” repeal Wednesday. This means the crimes against nature law, sometimes referred to as the anti-sodomy law, could be adjusted to remove parts that are considered unconstitutional, reenforcing what has already been deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003. Matt Patterson, Equality Louisiana research and policy coordinator, said the death of the fair housing bill was a disappointment considering the amount of support EQLA expected going into the vote. However, Patterson said there were a few representatives who flipped their votes right before the hearing. If the bill would have passed, it would have “modernized Louisiana’s fair housing law to forbid discrimination in rental or sale of housing because of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and other categories and update language relating to disabilities to use modern ‘people-first’ language,” according to EQLA literature. Patterson said members of

the religious advocacy organization Louisiana Family Forum were berating people involved in the bill hearing with emails encouraging the bill to be killed, including emails sent to the representatives and EQLA staff. Patterson said this may have had a considerable influence on the representatives and the reason some of them ultimately decided to change their vote at the last minute. This kind of mass-email chain can sometimes scare representatives into thinking the emails are reflecting their constituents’ opinions, though the email could be coming from people outside their district, Patterson said. “People get scared when these things happen,” Patterson said. “There were representatives counting their emails in the hearing instead of actually paying attention to the hearing.” Patterson said this kind of scare and influence is frustrating, considering there has been polling information that reflects Louisiana’s support of fair housing for the LGBT community. Though the fair housing bill did not pass, Patterson said there are two more bills currently in the works that focus on housing rights, and he recognized the five votes in favor of the bill were still more than a bill like this has received over the past several years. After a loss for the LGBT

community, House Bill 12 authored by Rep. Pat Smith passed nine in favor to six opposed Wednesday in the House Criminal Justice Committee Meeting. The bill, if implemented as law, would eliminate unconstitutional parts of the “crimes against nature” law still on Louisiana books. Spectrum panel coordinator Michael Beyer said the victory was the first LGBT rights bill that has passed in Louisiana State Legislature since 2011. The bill is currently scheduled to meet the House floor on April 15. “This is a huge victory and is very exciting, but there is still a lot work left to do,” Beyer said. “Whether you agree or not, it’s still unconstitutional.” Devan Blanchard, psychology sophomore and Spectrum member, said while he was disappointed with the outcome of the fair housing bill, he is excited the crimes against nature repeal is moving in a positive direction. “This is some cleaning up of unconstitutional aspects in Louisiana law, and it’s just good for everybody,” Blanchard said.

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Communications clinic expands in Innovation Park Panya Kroun Contributing Writer

With help from businessminded people at the University’s Innovation Park, the Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation, or BRSHF, has transformed into the Emerge Center for Communication, Behavior and Development. The clinic moved from its old location on West Roosevelt Street to its new location in Innovation Park at 8000 Innovation Park Drive on April 4. Faculty and staff participated in a ribboncutting ceremony to usher in the transformation. The Emerge Center fuses a variety of technologies and therapeutic techniques to assist people who face a variety of challenges communicating with other people. According to the center’s staff, techniques include occupational therapy, speech therapy, audiology and various behavioral therapies, including a comprehensive program for autistic children. The center also boasts a therapeutic preschool program for children with developmental language disorders. Innovation Park is a University program that helps local and student businesses alike to

promote, build and expand their businesses through use of its technologies, buildings and programs, including the Business Incubator, which provides businesses with tools for accomplishing these tasks. Personnel from the Emerge Center said they chose to relocate to a facility in Innovation Park after investigating various buildings across the region because it offered the clinic the equipment and space it would need to best increase the quality of life for its clients. The Emerge Center’s extensive and multifaceted approach to addressing communication disorders separates it from every program of its ilk on the Gulf Coast. The Emerge Center is better equipped to fulfill the tenets of its mission in its new building in the University’s Innovation Park. The building is more than three times the size of its previous headquarters and is fitted with equipment integral to its comprehensive treatment plan. Facilities include group therapy classrooms complete with parental observation stations, individual therapy rooms, a fully stocked occupationally therapeutic gym, a training center, cafeteria and resource lending library. At its new and expanded

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The new Emerge Center for Communication, Behavior and Development stands renovated Thursday located at LSU South Campus on Innovation Park Drive.

campus, the Emerge Center can help up to 300 children weekly with its therapeutic research program and 100 children annually in its Integrated Autism Program. Staff can also treat more than 55 clients in need of occupational therapy weekly and has increased the scope of its audiology


Heroin bills seek to punish, treat James Richards Staff Writer

While the country’s attitudes are shifting on drug use and abuse, the Louisiana legislature is moving in two different directions. According to a Pew Research report released April 2, 67 percent of Americans think the government should focus more on providing treatment for drug users, as compared to 26 percent who believe prosecution is the right tool. Two bills in the state legislature take opposing directions on the trends exhibited throughout the country, with House Bill 754 seeking to expand treatment options and HB 332 would increase penalties for heroin distributors. If passed, HB 754 expands access to the opiate overdose medication naloxone, commonly known as Narcan, to first responders like police officers and emergency medical personnel. Shane Evans, chief of investigations at the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office, said the medication saves lives. Opiates work by sedating the body, Evans said, and when somebody overdoses, the sedation can stop critical muscles, like the diaphragm, which controls breathing, from working. Often, the critical factor with an opiate overdose is respiratory depression, where air is unable to

get to the brain because the diaphragm is too sedated. “It’s like drowning,” he said. Vincent Wilson, director of Undergraduate Programs for the School of the Coast and Environment, has a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology and explained how Narcan can save lives. He said it works by binding to the same opiate receptors heroin would, but instead of inducing the sedative high, it sends the user into “acute withdrawal symptoms,” like nausea, pain and diarrhea, among other things. The risks associated with Narcan are significantly mitigated when professionals administer it, Wilson said. “It’s very rare that you get a law which so directly saves lives,” Evans said. Wilson confirmed this, saying in trained hands, the medication can save lives. On the other hand, HB 332 would increase the mandatory minimum penalty on the production or distribution of Schedule I substances. Evans, who spent 12 years in narcotics as a law enforcement officer, said the law is targeted at those selling heroin. “There is a perfect storm for heroin in Louisiana,” Evans said. Penalties for selling heroin used to be much higher but have sinse decreased, Evans said. The penalty was so high, Evans said he

personally never sent anybody to prison for selling heroin. The new law would hopefully deter people from selling, he said. Though the law is aimed at heroin, it would raise the mandatory minimum sentence for all Schedule I drugs, including marijuana and LSD. The other component of the “storm” is the prescription monitoring program for opiate painkiller addiction, Evans said. The program restricts the amount of opiate painkillers people can get from doctors, trying to limit the abuse of prescriptions like Lortab. Because people couldn’t get their prescriptions, they turned to heroin. Wilson said he is more skeptical about HB 332 because heroin addiction is difficult to overcome. “Quitting cold turkey can be life-threatening,” he said. An amendment to HB 332 mandates substance abuse classes, which he said is a good idea but still raises an issue. “The healthcare costs of locking people up are important to consider,” Wilson said.

services by 100 percent. The foundation worked with psychology professors from the University in 2004 to develop a state-of-the art autism treatment program and has since recruited the most highly trained therapist of Childhood Apraxia Speech in all of Louisiana.

In 2011, the foundation planned to expand its campus and services, and in 2012, its staff solicited various donors and raised more than $7 million to move to Innovation Park. Contact Panya Kroun at




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Blues Foundation puts on festival Four-day fest kicks off in French Quarter

Panya Kroun

Contributing Writer

Baton Rouge has got the blues, and no one could be happier. The Baton Rouge Blues Foundation will host an all-day blues festival Saturday in downtown Baton Rouge near North Boulevard Town Square. The festival is held every spring and features both veteran and premiere blues acts in Louisiana. More than 20 bands will play on the four stages at the event. Acts include the popular alternative soul funk group SpeakEasy, returning pros Kenny Neal and Henry Gray and Chris Thomas King of “O Brother Where Art Thou” fame. Repentance Park will host the Foundation Stage, the main stage of the festival, and the Swamp Blues Stage will be set up at Galvez Plaza. The Old State Capitol will feature performances from local bands, and the Gospel and Soul Stage will be established at the Shaw Center for the Arts. Chris Brooks, chairman of the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation, said his group booked a variety of bands to attract a variety of people. “Every style of music is based on the blues, and we want to educate people about its heritage and sound,” Brooks said. While most of the artists performing at the show will play the blues, many of the bands will also incorporate other styles of music into the songs they intend to play. Crossover styles will include soul, gospel, garage punk, electronica and Zydeco. The festival has been advertised as a journey through “the swamp blues.” According to Brooks, “the swamp blues” were born in the bayous of Louisiana and perfected at the heart of Baton Rouge in the 1950s. The melancholy tunes of swamp blues musicians like Slim Harpo traveled all the way to Britain and heavily influenced the iconic sounds of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Today, the swamp blues live on in the form of contemporary artists who blend traditional blues

ECONOMICS, from page 1

more than 14,000 hot dogs were sold at the concession stands within Tiger Stadium. Scott said civic groups, like Boy Scouts of America and various church groups that sell food at the stadium stands, took in a percentage of the total $815,000 revenues in 2012. Joe Alleva, University athletic director, said the study shows how LSU Athletics contributes to the local economy by bringing in businesses that cater to spectators and students. Scott said it was important when analyzing how the sporting events affect the economy to evaluate whether certain funds would still be spent within the state, were it not for the athletic events. He said the University’s athletics bring

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A member of the band C.C. Adcock & The Lafayette Marquis strums his upright bass on April 13, 2013, during the Baton Rouge Blues Festival in downtown Baton Rouge.

musicianship with lyrics that reflect the troubles of modern life. In addition to live performances, the festival will feature food, dancing and artistic exchanges. The festival will even coincide with “The Visual Blues,” an exhibit at the LSU Museum of Art that honors the memory of the Harlem Renaissance. Attendees of the exhibit will be able to paint their own monoprints like the ones featured in the gallery. According to Jeff English, the museum’s communications director, “the work is really inspiring.” Brooks said he hopes the festival will appeal to people of all ages. “A lot of the older generation likes the blues, but there’s a lot of music today still influenced by the blues, so we’re bringing acts that everyone can enjoy,” Brooks said. The Baton Rouge Blues in about $8 million in state tax revenues. Scott said it’s important for students to understand LSU Athletics is completely self-supporting, unlike other institutions, and it does not take any funding from academic programs at the University. LSU Athletics employs a total of 3,948 people, resulting in more household earnings than all food and beverage stores in East Baton Rouge Parish, and $2.8 million in local government sales taxes, the study found.

Festival will be held in downtown Baton Rouge in and around the Shaw Center on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When the first French Quarter Festival launched in 1984, traditional jazz clarinetist Tim Laughlin recalls there was little interest, and most of the streets in the 16-block area were largely empty. “You could shoot a cannon down Bourbon Street and not hit anyone,” Laughlin said. That’s not likely to be the case this weekend for what Laughlin calls the world’s greatest block party. The free festival was conceived to draw local residents back to the historic district after the underwhelming world’s fair of 1984. It now attracts hundreds of thousands annually to hear musicians representing genres from traditional and contemporary jazz to R&B, New Orleans funk, brass bands, Latin and zydeco. This year’s four-day event opened Thursday. One highlight is Friday’s scheduled performance by Grammy Award-winning pianist Dr. John, who last played a French Quarter Fest stage in 1987. Others scheduled to perform include Irma Thomas, Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Rebirth Brass Band, the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans and 102-year-old jazz trumpeter Lionel Ferbos and the Louisiana Shakers. The festival will also

recognize the 50th anniversary of The Dixie Cups and the 40th anniversary of The Dukes of Dixieland. Laughlin has been a featured performer for two decades. Laughlin said the festival offers music lovers a smorgasbord of options — for both food and entertainment — and gives local musicians a little bit of lagniappe: the chance to showcase their talent to the world. He said musicians also can sell their music without the festival taking a cut of the profit, which allows many to recoup their costs. His “Trio Collection Vol. 1” will be available during his set Saturday. Kim Emanuel, of Durango, Colo., danced in the crowd watching a performance by the Big Easy Playboys, who filled the air with the rhythms and sounds of zydeco music. “We love this!” Emanuel said enthusiastically. Emanuel and a group of friends were attending the festival for the second year after having attended the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. “This is right up our alley,” she said. “It’s right outside our [hotel] door. It’s free. The food is amazing. It’s just a great experience.”

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Tigers host SEC rival Georgia

Freshman javelin thrower making strides

Morgan Prewitt

Taylor Curet

Sports Contributor

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Rebekah Wales shrugs her shoulders. To her, the question of why she enjoys throwing the javelin is undefinable. But Wales attracted those kinds of questions after the freshman emerged as one of LSU’s top javelin throwers in school history during her collegiate debut. “It was just something to do other than sit at home,” Wales said. “I love it.” At Louisiana Tech’s Jim Mize Invitational on March 22, the Lady Tigers’ outdoor season opener, Wales threw a personal best of 166 feet, 11 inches to take the javelin title by more than 14 feet, earning Southeastern Conference Women’s Co-Freshman of the Week honors and becoming the No. 5-ranked javelin thrower in LSU history. The toss also shattered her previous personal best of 158-3 that she set during her senior year at West Monroe High School in 2013. To top it off, Wales ranks No. 19 in the current NCAA women’s javelin rankings, joining rookie phenomenon Eva Vivod of Virginia Tech who is No. 1 as the only two freshmen in the top 20. Wales’ rapid success in the javelin throw is even more surprising because in high school it was a sport that fell behind her two main focuses of basketball and softball. “She was a pretty good basketball player and softball player and everything else in high school, so javelin was kind of a part-time thing for her,” said LSU throwing coach Derek Yush. “Coming out of high school, we’d be very happy with her taking her personal best and being consistent with that as a freshman and maybe hit one or two beyond that. … And now she’s certainly superseded that.” Before Wales moved to Baton Rouge to JAVELIN, see page 11

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LSU freshman javelin thrower Rebekah Wales threw the fifth-longest throw in school history on her first collegiate attempt.

While many students prepare to hit the beach for Spring Break next week, the LSU softball team has no such luxury as No. 13 Georgia (34-6, 8-4 Southeastern Conference) comes rolling into Tiger Park for a conference series this weekend. After winning their first SEC series of the season against Tennessee, the Tigers seemed to have finally overcome the inconsistent play that plagued them early in the season. However, that did not seem to be the case as the Tigers (22-17, 4-8 SEC) fell to McNeese State 2-1 on Wednesday. LSU slipped back into its inconsistent hitting that has contributed to losing nine one-run games this season. The Tigers produced only five hits and made mistakes in key points that cost them the victory. “I think we did not help ourselves tonight at any point,” said LSU coach Beth Torina after the McNeese loss. “I thought we made a lot of mistakes that were very costly,” In the past two games, the Tigers have struggled to find an offensive rhythm, producing only one run in eight hits and being out-hit 8-13. LSU faces the difficult task rivals, see page 11


LSU looking to pull away in SEC standings Lawrence Barreca Sports Writer

The Southeastern Conference baseball standings alone tell the story of the skirmishes that occur every weekend. When LSU battles Arkansas this weekend in Alex Box Stadium, it may have its first opportunity to begin to break away from the horde of squads hovering around the .500 mark. Of the 14 teams in the SEC, only five have a winning conference record — LSU, Florida, South Carolina, Alabama and Ole Miss. Florida and South Carolina lead the East with 7-5 conference records, while Alabama holds the top spot in the West at 8-4 SEC, 22-10 overall.

That being said, the “bottom-feeders” in each conference are only three games behind in each division. The weekends have been merciless for the conference that sent two representatives to Omaha, Neb., for the 2013 College World Series. “You can never get down [in the SEC] because the team that beats you this weekend is going to turn around and go out and get beat by someone next weekend,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “If you think your great victories in a particular weekend are going to carry into next week, you’re sadly mistaken.” Last season, two squads pulled away from the pack in time for the SEC Tournament in

May. Both Vanderbilt and LSU entered the tournament with a .700 win percentage or better — no other squad eclipsed the .650 mark. Mainieri said the reasoning behind the close conference standings in 2014 is a combination of two things: equal personnel and an over-abundance of quality pitching. He said the records don’t reflect an average conference. “I don’t think it’s mediocrity,” Mainieri said. “I think it’s just outstanding pitching everywhere. You take South Carolina, who is supposed to be one of the best teams in the country, and they scored one run in sec play, see page 11

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Tigers aim to keep momentum generated positive energy that she has noticed transitioning into practice this week. “Last week did a lot for us, especially while we head into our big meets like the Southeastern Conference Championship,” said Hinton. ‘Everyday “It just really built up is important our team mo. . . and I rale and team think they confidence understand at this point in the seathat.’ son, and we Dennis Shaver just need to LSU track and continue to field coach build.” The LSU men will enter the competition ranked No. 20 and the LSU women rank No. 8, according to U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

LSU must focus to continue success Joey Giglio Sports Contributor

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LSU junior Noel Scott lunges for the ball Sunday during the Tigers’ loss to Georgia.

LSU to end season with doubleheader against Arkansas, Jackson State Jack Chascin Sports Contributor

After an inconsistent season for the LSU women’s tennis team, the Lady Tigers’ regular season comes to an end Saturday when they host a doubleheader against Arkansas and Jackson State. LSU (10-12, 2-10 Southeastern Conference) lost five of its past six matches coming into this weekend, including losses to No. 4 Florida and No. 2 Georgia. The weekend’s doubleheader is the team’s final chance to build positive momentum heading into the SEC Championships, which begin April 16 in Columbia, Mo. The match between the Lady Tigers and the Lady Razorbacks (13-14) should be interesting because Arkansas and LSU have identical records in SEC play. With both squads coming off losses and poor performances during league play, the match may be very closely contended as the two teams fight for muchneeded momentum heading into the postseason. “It’s two teams that have been really close with other teams,” said LSU coach Julia Sell. “We’re both very hungry for the win, and we’re hungry to go into the SEC tournament with confidence.” Arkansas’ latest loss came in a 4-0 sweep against Tennessee. The Lady Vols were also able to beat LSU in their matchup on April 4, when they snuck out of Baton Rouge with a 4-3 victory. Though the Lady Tigers will face stiff competition against Arkansas, they can’t overlook their second Saturday opponent. Jackson State, (8-12, 7-0 SWAC) has played a few SEC teams during its 2014 season, giving the team

some experience against tougher opponents. Although Jackson State isn’t perceived as a threat to the Lady Tigers, it can’t be overlooked by an LSU squad that needs every win it can get at the end of the season. “We just have to focus on the process and not worry about the result,” Sell said. “If I can keep them doing that we can be successful.” The doubleheader will be a stepping stone for the Lady Tigers as they look to start a Cinderella run through the SEC Championships. “The opposite of winning is quitting, and we’re not quitting,” Sell said. The action begins at 11 a.m. when LSU takes on the Razorbacks. The Jackson State match is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.

LSU track and field will travel to Coral Gables, Fla. this weekend to compete Saturday in the Hurricane Alumni Invitational. Though LSU won seven men and seven women event titles during last weekend’s Battle on the Bayou, coach Dennis Shaver knows his squad must maintain focus and continue to improve. “We only have five Mondays left of training before we begin postseason preparation,” Shaver said. “Everyday is important; everyday has a purpose, and I think they understand that.” Senior thrower Denise Hinton is excited to compete her teammates this week. The Peachtree City, Ga., native believes last week’s success has

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nationals with everybody else,” Smith said. Nationals will be Everett’s final competitive tournament before she enters medical school, and she said she wants to enjoy her last tournament like she did her first trip to nationals last year.

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and Smith hope to build on the success of last year and compete at the level they know the team as a whole is capable of. All three have played competitive tennis at the junior level, and Everett competed for the LSU women’s varsity team for two years, but this tournament represents a last chance to develop the name of the program they have built. “Now looking back, hopefully we can be that team that’s consistently qualifying for

The LSU Men’s Rugby Club team will play Florida in the semifinals of the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference Championship on Saturday, after finishing the regular season undefeated. LSU clinched the top seed in the western division of the SCRC for the third straight year. LSU hopes to complete the perfect season with a conference championship and a national bid to play in the United States of America Rugby College Championship. Led by veteran players club President Daniel Clesi and twotime SCRC Player of the Week senior eighth man Will Middleton, the development of the team throughout the season has prepared more inexperienced players for postseason play. “We have come together as a cohesive unit a lot better,” Clesi said. “Everyone is used to playing with each other now that wasn’t playing with us before. Each different game has been a different experience. Other teams have throw out different strategies. It helps refine your skills whenever other teams target your strengths.” In 2013, LSU came into the conference tournament as the top seed out of the west SCRC after a 5-1 regular season. However, the team did not earn a bid to play in the USA Rugby Championships after it dropped the SCRC

semi-final match against South Carolina, 36-28. “Last year, we lost to South Carolina in the SECs by a try, so the big target we have is to beat South Carolina,” Clesi said. The Tigers may be able to get revenge this weekend because South Carolina is in the semi-finals as the top seed from the east, after finishing the regular season with an undefeated record. If both LSU and USC win in the semi-finals, LSU would play the South Carolina for the SCRC Championship on Sunday. LSU has been dominant in the majority of its games this season, but the largest difference between last year and this year is the team’s victories over top competition, Clesi said. The club defeated the defending SCRC Champions Tennessee, 41-18. “The pretty decisive win against Tennessee was a good indicator [of the development of the team since last season],” Clesi said. “That was good preparation for [Florida] because they play a similar style.”

For collegiate baseball players, the goal is Omaha; for softball players, the goal is Oklahoma City, but for collegiate club tennis players, the goal is Surprise, Ariz. For the third straight year, the LSU Tennis Club sent a team to Surprise to compete in the United States Tennis Association’s On Campus College Championship. The 2014 LSU team began pool play on Thursday and qualified to compete in the Copper Bracket after losing its three matches in pool play. LSU was hoping to improve on its 2013 performance, where they reached the semifinals of the Silver Bracket and finished the year ranked 20th in the nation. However, the team left disappointed after a groggy performance in pool play cost it the ability to compete for the national title in the Gold Bracket. “Last year, we had a team that could’ve probably won the whole thing,” senior Taylor Smith said. “We were actually the only team to beat Georgia, who won the whole thing last year. We were not awake, and we didn’t play to our full potential in our first match [in pool play] against Arizona.” The club had improved in each of its performances at Nationals before losing its pool games Thursday. As seniors, club President Theo Kennedy, Hayley Everett

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of finding their offensive rhythm against the Bulldog’s rotation, which features two of the SEC’s best pitchers in sophomores Chelsea Wilkinson and Geri Ann Glasco. Wilkinson leads the SEC with 182 strikeouts, including a conference-leading 54 strikeouts left looking. Glasco posts a 1.85 ERA in 110 innings pitched, which is fifth best in the SEC. LSU’s lineup will need to step up like it did in the first two games against Tennessee’s senior pitcher Ellen Renfroe, who came into the series 21-0 with a 1.29 ERA. After the series, Renfroe is second in the conference with a 1.54 ERA and leads the SEC with 22 wins. In the first two games, the Tigers produced 15 runs on 13 hits against Renfroe. The Tigers’ pitching has struggled in the past two games, adding to its need for a rebound. LSU’s rotation has given up a combined 11 earned runs on 13 hits and allowed seven walks in game three against Tennessee and

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LSU sophomore infielder Bianka Bell hits a ground ball Sunday during the Tigers’ 9-0 loss to Tennessee in Tiger Park.

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18 innings against Arkansas the last two games.” Now that the calendar has turned to April, Mainieri said he wants his team to begin the process of separating from the remaining squads in the division. LSU will get its first taste of the Razorbacks’ staff over the weekend, which contributed to handing South Carolina two of its five total losses in 2014. Arkansas held the Gamecocks to three total runs in the series, including a shutout in the series finale. Two juniors, southpaw Jalen Beeks and right-hander Chris Oliver, have sub-2.00 ERAs and a combined 8-5 record. Beeks has amassed eight starts this season,

against McNeese. The performance of the rotation needs to more resemble their performance in the first two games of the Tennessee series, where they surrendered only four earned runs in 14 innings.

The first pitch of game one is scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight in Tiger Park.

tossing two complete games in 51 2/3 innings pitched. “They’re all really accurate and have great control of the zone,” said LSU senior outfielder Sean McMullen. “They’ve got good offspeeds, and I know some of them throw 95 [mph]. I don’t think it’s anything that we can’t handle, and I really look forward to the challenge.” Offensively, juniors Brian Anderson and Joe Serrano lead the team with a .336 batting average, and Anderson plus redshirt sophomore Tyler Spoon combined for six total RBIs in the squad’s two victories against the Gamecocks last weekend. Mainieri said he hopes his third starter, junior left-hander Kyle Bouman, will be able to take the mound Sunday, which would

be the second straight week that LSU would have its full rotation healthy for an SEC series. Bouman said he understands how important it is for a squad to have its Sunday starter back. “I definitely appreciate it more. It’s nice to finish a series off by throwing on a Sunday,” Bouman said. “I think [my stamina] is there. It’s up to coach and [LSU pitching coach Alan Dunn] to decide how long they take me for. It’s out of my control, but me being a competitor, I want to go as long as I can.”

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compete for the Lady Tigers, the West Monroe native was a multisport athlete who just liked to be active and outside. In sixth grade, Wales went out for the track and field team’s javelin spot just out of curiosity, and she was instantly a natural. “[Her middle school] got on the intercom one day and said they needed some girls to throw the javelin,” said Wales’s father, Andy. “She said, ‘Hey, I’ll give it a try.’ She really didn’t even have a coach; she just got out there and threw it.” Three years later, after finishing third as a high school freshman at the LHSAA Outdoor State Championships in LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium, her parents knew she had something “special.” She had added a new skill to her repertoire and an unusual sport she was proud to be linked with. Because the javelin throw is so different from basketball and softball, Wales often found herself explaining the sport to her friends. “I have to explain it’s a long spear,” Wales said. “If I say it’s a spear they know, ‘Oh, you’re a spear chunker.’” Before becoming a Lady Tiger, Wales ended her high school career as a two-time Louisiana Class 5A State Champion and a two-time USATF Junior Olympics Silver Medalist. LSU has provided Wales with many resources, which has given her opportunities to enhance her natural abilities. Prior to college, Wales had never lifted weights or had a javelin coach. Since she began working with Yush, Wales has improved her technique and utilized LSU’s weight room. The Lady Tigers throw twice a week, while the rest of their time is devoted to refining their skills and strengthening their shoulders, Wales said. “The success she had in high

school I think was just because she’s a very good athlete and a very good competitor,” Yush said. “We’ve really had to teach her from the ground-up what the javelin was about.” At the beginning of the season, Yush said he had goals for Wales to reach the 160-foot mark by the end of the season. By the end of her first career throw, Wales had exceeded his expectations. The javelin throw was once just a fun way for Wales to pass the time, but now she aims for the 170-foot mark, a measurement that would likely compete for a qualifying spot at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on June 11. “Her dream now is to one day maybe make the Olympics,” Andy said. That achievement may seem like a mile away to Wales, as the sport used to be about just running around her middle school grounds and heaving a stick. While her love and success with the javelin may be hard to define, the javelin is beginning to define Wales.

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In response to Annette Sommers’ column, “Opinion: No, the restrictions protect the general public,” one reader had this to say: “‘My question is why?’ - Preparation. It’s like having life vests stored on boats, yeah you’re not gonna use it when you’re just chilling having a good time, but if something happens, it can save you and the lives of people around you. Take seat belts and air bags as another example. How often do you actually get in a life-threatening car accident... maybe once in your life, maybe never, but it’s there just in case. You may never have to use your concealed firearm, but it just might save you and the people around you when that one freak occurrence comes around. “We have to worry about what kind of events can occur under impaired circumstances.” - In Louisiana, you can’t bring your concealed firearm to any establishment where alcohol is sold. Your permit is void, and then it becomes illegal to carry when your BAC is .05 or higher, or while on any other controlled substances. I can drive my four thousand pound death machine (car) down Highland with a higher BAC than that. “pitiful regulations” - Yeah, its easy to buy a gun, but its a lot harder to get a concealed carry permit. The average time to process just your application for one is around 120 days. You have to go to your local law enforcement office to give your fingerprint. The course offered in my hometown of Covington requires at least 9.5 hours of training. That might not seem like a lot, but a handgun is simple and even you could figure out how to properly use one in that amount of time. “or for protection at home in case of an intruder” - Well what about for protecting your family when you are out eating at a restaurant? “The people who want to carry their guns around are welcome to do so in the comfort of their own home.” - Now you’re talking about guns in general. Thanks to our laws, I can walk down the sidewalk with an AR15 or even a shotgun with me as long as it is in plain sight and I’m not bringing it onto any property that the law otherwise says I can’t. “government wants to strip away our defense” - Yeah that sounds exactly like what a fanatic would say, but it’s kind of true. When it comes to “gun control” you just don’t want your citizens to have firearms, which leaves only government employees (law enforcement) to use and operate them.”

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Vance McAllister [top left], Chuck Gatschenberger [bottom left] and Bill O’Reilly [right] have contributed to this week’s insanity.

Political scandal adds to pre-Spring Break chaos OFF WITH HER HEAD Jana King Columnist The week before Spring Break is always hectic, filled with exams and projects and the occasional coffee bomb scare. But while we’re ordering venti-triple-espressos and rushing to the UREC to put the finishing touches on our beach bodies, the world keeps turning. And this week, the things people are doing will make you wonder what’s wrong with the world.


Bill O’Reilly responded to criticism from Stephen Colbert, insisting he doesn’t believe in governmentally-imposed equality because every person is different. “There will never be equality in this world,” O’Reilly said. “It’s impossible. An opium-laced dream.” The push for equality is misunderstood as a push for handouts. In fact, Bill O’Reilly said it best. Equality activists like Martin Luther King Jr. fought for the equality of opportunity and wanted people to be judged by the quality of their character. He then went on to reassure his viewers Colbert’s progressive comments were nothing more than lies and America is not intentionally oppressing poor minorities for the rich majority to triumph over them. “America is not perfect, but we set the gold standard for opportunity in this world.”

In other news, the Republican Senate shut down the Pay Equity Bill, which would have ensured equal pay for equal work in American businesses.


The staff member who Congressman Vance McAllister was caught on video kissing was “taken off payroll,” possibly forced to resign, but McAllister shows no sign of dropping out of the race for re-election. McAllister couldn’t even try to say he did not have relations with this woman — he was caught on a surveillance camera the Ouachita Citizen then posted online. “I’m asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff and my constituents who elected me to serve,” McAllister said in a statement to the press in regard to kissing his district scheduler, Melissa Peacock. Peacock, of course, isn’t included in this apology because she no longer works on the staff. They’re both responsible, but only one political career died. And, no doubt, this will follow both of them. But McAllister can look to our very own scandalous but political office-seeking Edwin Edwards for proof that the public forgives the leader who is tempted by a woman in a moment of weakness. Meanwhile, Peacock will wear her scarlet letter into each and every interview she has for a political campaign.


makes the decision to purchase a car he “puts research in there to find out what to do.” The obvious flaw here is the government does not insist that you “do some research,” — listen to an ultrasound and have the surgical procedure described to you — before purchasing a car. Women do not want abortions like Gatschenberger wants a car. They want an abortion like an animal caught in a trap — an economic, political and emotional trap. I will agree that research is necessary before deciding how to proceed with a pregnancy. And the best way to do that isn’t to make sure the person has plenty of time to stress over the next nine months to eighteen years of their life. It’s to make the resources available in an informative, nonjudgmental environment so each mother can choose to do what is best for them. It is no coincidence that these three WTF news stories are circulating in the same week. The world is full of humans who say and do strange, illogical things every single day. And we look to some of them for information and leadership. It’s a frightening world we live in, but at least we have Spring Break to look forward to. Jana King is a 19-year-old communication studies sophomore from Ponchatoula, La.

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Drivers should understand automotive basics BLUE COLLAR SCHOLAR

JUSTIN STAFFORD Columnist Automotive insight should stretch beyond knowing how to start an engine, select a radio station and line the shifter up with the “D” on a console or steering column. St. Joseph’s Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school in Baton Rouge, offers a course that includes a lesson on auto maintenance basics. The course is called adult responsibility. If high school students are becoming acquainted with the simple and essential duties that come with having a vehicle before most of them can even vote, college drivers should certainly know some of the tricks too. I believe most college students know how to manage social media — the number of times students check Facebook daily is extraordinary. In contrast, I will wager that the number of students checking their engine’s oil and other fluids throughout a week is minimal. By the amount of cars in University parking lots, I know a large number of students also own automobiles, but some might have no clue about how to service it. Car and Driver magazine lists six things all drivers should know how to do. Firstly, a driver should know how to change a tire. Next,

drivers should know how to use jumper cables. From there is knowledge of how to check oil and tire pressure, as well as how to get unstuck. Last, but not least, is how to spot cops. In the words of late country music singer Jerry Reed, “If you’re one of the millions who own one of them gas drinking, piston clanking, air polluting, smoke belching fourwheeled buggies from Detroit City, then pay attention.” Changing a tire is fairly easy, but it is dangerous if not done properly. A vehicle owners’ manual adresses proper techniques and methods on how to go about the job. Some dealerships will even give a quick tire lesson to patrons who ask for one. The same goes for air pressure in a tire. Service stations will usually check your tires and fill them to the proper pounds per square inch free of charge as a courtesy service. The correct PSI for a type of tire is printed on the outside of the tire, along with its size and other specifications. If you do not own a tire pressure gauge, an auto parts store will have one and they are typically inexpensive. When checking your oil, you’ll need to raise the hood. You don’t want your engine to be running or still hot. There will be a dipstick that rests in a tube running to the bottom of your engine. These are typically labeled and stamped with an oil icon. Remove the dipstick and wipe the oil off of it. Insert the stick back into the tube fully and pull it out. You’ll see a horizontal line across the stick

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Being uninformed on the basics of automotive care is a safety hazard and could leave you paying a hefty amount of money to a mechanic.

toward the bottom. This indicates your oil level. If it is below the proper line, add oil until it reaches the line. You don’t have to be as mechanically savvy as a Duke boy from Hazzard County to understand the basics. All the information and methods to do these things are probably in your vehicle’s manual. If not, there’s a vlog on the Reveille website for you. I’d also be more than happy to teach you if you’re a hands-on kind of learner. I work for tips though. Being uninformed on the basics

of automotive care is a safety hazard and could leave you paying a hefty amount of money to a mechanic. I would hate for a student to be stranded on the side of a dark highway because of a busted tire. They could actually have the tools to repair it but not the slightest idea how. Owning a vehicle is an adult responsibility. Part of that responsibility applies to driving, like using turn signals and checking mirrors. The other important part comes into play before a driver even gets behind the wheel. A person can’t practice

safe driving if what they’re driving isn’t safe. Justin Stafford is a 21-year-old mass communication junior from Walker, La.

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Mustaches are a positive symbol of masculinity BRACE YOURSELF RYAN MCGEHEE Columnist Dirty hipster, pedo, Ron Jeremy look-alike, cowboy— all words used to describe men who make the brave decision to forego shaving and don what some may describe as the “hirsute appendage of the upper lip.” As a former clean-shaven man, I used to shun the mustache, mostly because of the derisive comments it would inspire, even among close friends, and because for a time my attempts at any facial hair were horribly pathetic. Having worn a mustache for several months now, I can say with certainty that no man should ever shy away from growing one and that the mustache should come back into widespread style. I last shaved my upper lip on Christmas Eve, last year. Now that I am a yearly Civil War reenactor at the Battle of Port Hudson, I decided I was not going to be subject to any “baby face” comments this year. Knowing fully well that the hair on my cheeks comes in thin — and

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quite frankly, looks ghastly — I resigned myself to the fact that I would have to grow a mustache with a detached chin beard and soul patch. Think King Charles I, Vladimir Lenin, Captain Jack Sparrow or any stereotypical cartoon villain, and you’ll get an idea of what I’m talking about. Thus began the long journey toward a more rugged face.

Initially, my father joined me in my quest for a ‘stache, but sadly, after slight ridicule from my mother, he shaved it off. The pain I felt after having to cut a corner off of his man card is indescribable. The man is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam veteran, so it was admittedly a small slice. Now I have to make a

disclaimer for anyone about to embark on growing a mustache: the first five weeks or so will be absolute hell. When I was in this early development stage, I was always asked the oh-so-annoying question, “Are you trying to grow a mustache?” No, I just forgot to shave my upper lip every single day. An unobservant individual told me once that I had “some dirt on my face.” Thanks for that, by the way. This is where you will receive a majority of the hate that is bound to come your way. I say disregard your naysayers. In fact, continue growing your mustache just to spite them; make it a symbol of your defiance of the shaven status quo. Once you make it past this crucible, you should have the makings of a set of glorious whiskers. Obviously you won’t be impersonating Otto von Bismarck or Mark Twain for a while, but the foundations will be there. For me, this point marked a sharp drop off in insults and jokes at my expense. To this day, I’ve only gotten negative comments from two people once I crossed this veritable Rubicon, one of whom is

a woman I was involved with at one point. The other is my dear older sister, who to this day can’t decide if I look more like Colonel Sanders or Zorro, which, unbeknownst to her, I take as a compliment in the case of The Colonel. The reenactment came and went, and I was bombarded with queries as to whether I planned on shaving. I can proudly say no, Mom, I will not. So I say to any man (or woman) thinking of growing a mustache: go for it. Aside from growing a full beard, joining the military, drinking whiskey, woodworking or killing your own food, it’s one of the manliest things you can do. Just don’t style it as a toothbrush mustache, even if you’re a big Charlie Chaplin fan. Ryan McGehee is a 21-year-old political science, history, and international studies senior from Zachary, La.

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________________________ Need immediately; sales associate for The UPS Store on Coursey Blvd.; 20-25 hours per week; must be available to open/close store and work independently. Salary DOE; send resume to store2305@theupsstore. com. ________________________ Small Child Care center hiring afternoon teacher for summer M-F 2:30-5:30. email resume to ________________________ Fast passed fun downtown rest needs order takers and kitchen help. No nights or weekends and flexible hours. Call Craig... 225-281-1394 ________________________ Help Wanted FatCow Burgersis now hiring, Come Join the heard we are hiring Cashiers and Cooks, competitive pay and tips, we have flexible schedules for school, must have winning attitude. apply in person 4350 highland rd Ste B1 ________________________

The License Coach (www.licensecoach. com) is seeking a new team member to join our customer loyalty team. The following skills are required for this part time position. -Work in a fast paced environment -Have the ability to multi-task -Personable -Handle a large amount of inbound and outbound calls -Internet Savvy -Strong Work Ethic

Models wanted for promotions. Bikini tops and shorts. $10/hr plus gratuity. Fun, safe atmosphere. Text interest to 225-284-4157 ________________________

Mover/Driver for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. Great summer job. Pays 10-12/ hr plus tips and bonuses. Apply online at ________________________

Camp Bow Wow BR is now hiring responsible camp counselors and pet sitters! Must not have a fear of dogs and must be able to work weekends and holidays! Please stop by to fill out an application! 7195 Pecue lane, 70817. 225-810-3647 ________________________

If you feel that you have the skills listed please forward your resume. Location: Baton Rouge Compensation: 12.00 an hour Nights and Weekends Please contact me at blake@licensecoach. com ________________________ Southern Marsh Distribution Center WORKERS NEEDED Come join our growing group of team members! Self-Motivated, Hard Working, Team Players needed. Must be able to pass a drug test upon acceptance. Email your Resume to: ________________________

Apricot Lane in Baton Rouge is looking for outgoing and fashion savvy Sales Associates and Key Holders to join our team! Candidates must LOVE fashion, retail and customer service experience preferred but not required. We are looking for weekday morning availability as well as weekends and holidays. Please email resume to or stop by our location on Jeffersn Hwy to receive an application.

JOHNNY’S PIZZA HOUSE We offer: -Flexible work schedules -No late nights APPLY NOW: COME JOIN OUR TEAM TODAY! ________________________ Zehnder Communications has an opening for a paid public relations internship. The position starts May 1, running through the summer and fall. Email a cover letter and résumé to Director of Public Relations Ann Edelman at ________________________ DENTAL OFFICE, FRIENDLY DR. & STAFF NEEDS TELEPHONE SECRETARY. MON. -THUR. 2-5:30 CALL DR. BRANSTETTER 225-924-4208 ________________________ 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. 225-216-1199 ________________________ Private school is looking for a Technology Teacher substitute. The position is Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please email your resume to ________________________ YMCA SUMMER DAY CAMP COUNSELORS

NOW HIRING! Counselors responsibile for care and supervision to campers as well as facilitatin games, activities, arts & crafts, and field trips. Monday-Friday, flex schedules and FREE Y membership. Dependable and motiviated individuals, exper. in working with youth and children agest 4-16. Apply in person at any YMCA location: A.C. Lewis, Paula G. Manship, C.B. Pennington, Jr., Dow Westside, Baranco-Clark, Southside, ExxonMovile, and Americana. ________________________ YMCA CHILD CARE & PROGRAMS COORDINATOR Supervise before/after school care sites, holiday and summer camps, family nights, teen and other school age programming events. Experience working with youth and childcare preferred plus computer skills. P/T 22-28 hrs/wk. Current CRP/First Aid Certification. Must pass B/G check and drug screen. Apply in person to Baranco-Clark YMCA, 1735 Thomas Delpit Dr., Baton Rouge, LA or email resume to Eddrick Martin @ ________________________ EVENT COORDINATOR LSU Student Media is looking for someone organized and creative to be the event coordinator of some of the largest events on campus. You must be able to manage as well as work independently. Apply online at




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Hardworking, outgoing individual needed to give product demonstrations at local grocery stores. $50 per demo. For more info or to apply, go to demo-dynamo ________________________ Are you interested in working for KLSU? Are you passionate and knowledgeable about music? Apply today! We are hiring for the following shows into the summer and next fall: Underground Sounds (Underground Hip-Hop), Creative Native (Local Music), a Classic Hip Hop Show, The Revival (Classic Rock), Burning to Babylon (Reggae), and Front Porch Fais Do-Do (Cajun Music). Visit http://www. to apply or contact Ryan at for more info! ________________________ Full/Part time, flexible hours. Landscape, Construction Laborer. Call 225-202-8875 or email ________________________ Tiger TV wants you! Tiger TV is looking to hire sports, news and entertainment anchors. Head out to B23 Hodges on April 25 from 1-5 p.m. to try-out! The dress is business casual. Apply online at ________________________ 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 ________________________

STUDIO [Furnished] Summer Sublet - ON LSU - The Venue - clean end unit, 1st floor. 985-705-8335 ________________________ ________________________

STORE YOUR STUFF - STUDENT SPECIAL Get first month FREE. Climate Control of Louisiana and Stor-it Mini Warehouses. 3147 College Drive just past the RR tracks. Enter through College Creek Shopping Center (FedEx store). Various sizes, covered loading, video cameras, and alarms. 24/7 with our 24 hour Insomniac kiosk (rent a unit, make a payment, buy a lock) – very cool. We love students. 927-8070. ________________________ LSU area $475-$495/mo 1 bed/bath flats. Water, sewer trash included, wood/tile floor. Call 225-615-8521 ________________________ One block from LSU Lakes. Efficiency type with separate kitchen and bath. Internet, utilities and cable included. 225921-3222 ________________________ FOR RENT Brightside Estates Condo 3-bedroom,2-bath,Gated complex,pool,volleyball,on LSU bus route Call Paul 225-266-9063 (900 Lee Drive) ________________________ Sharlow Subdivision – Brightside Area 3BR/2BA, $975 per month with W/D. Available June. No pets. Call (225) 3834064

St. Theresa Summer Day Camp in Gonzales is hiring counselors for May 27thJuly11th. Must be 21 or older. Visit www. or email resume to ________________________ FT home-school tutor/caregiver for 14 year-old girl with autism. Includes ABA training & supervision towards BCaBA / BCBA. Contact

Accepting Deposits for Summer/Fall Move Ins Lake Beau Pre Townhomes, Arlington Trace & Summer Grove Condos 2 & 3 Bedrooms Dean & Company Real Estate 225-767-2227 ________________________ 2 ROOMMATES NEEDED: 4/2 House/ Garage EXTREMELY NICE Close to LSU, $600 month/$200 Deposit, No pets, Utilities pd. Call 225-270-6034

08 burgman 400 scooter low mileage great cond. 3500$ call 225-241-1705 ________________________ HIGHLAND ROAD 3 bedroom 2 bath brick house many amenities $129,900 why rent 225-767-2292 ________________________ Four poster “Pencil Post” queen size solid wood bed ($250) and custom 3-seater sofa with hide-a bed ($400)

Friday, April 11, 2014 DRUGS, from page 1

fairly simple, he said. Most of dealing is buying in bulk and breaking things down for a profit. If a dealer breaks down a half ounce of weed into seven grams, the dealer could make more than the initial cost of the bulk by selling grams individually. He said a gram of weed alone usually sells for about $20. Although sustained profits from individual deals aren’t always assured, Lyndon said he’s grossed about $2,000 from selling weed and LSD in the month he’s been dealing. He said he hasn’t saved any of his drug money, rather he reinvests it into more drugs to both sell and use for himself and his friends. In addition, he holds a different job, one that is taxable, to maintain a clean persona. “I keep my drug money separate from the rest of my money,” he said. *Katy Baker and *James Durbin, students who partnered up to deal, said occasionally people will barter for weed with other drugs, typically prescription painkillers like hydrocodone or ADHD medication like Adderall or Vyvanse. They said those situations depend on whether they could flip the drugs for a good profit, or if they want to use the drugs themselves at the time. Lyndon said he only does about an hour of actual work per week related to dealing. The reason it takes so little time is many of his customers will come to him, making it convenient, he said. Despite not working frequently, dealing is not the most laid back profession, Lyndon’s girlfriend said. Often he will get a call late at night from somebody looking to buy. He pointed out, however, he’s happy to do it because “money is money.” “It’s an inconvenient comfort,” he added. Dealing transforms a social life into a job, Baker said. She said the only “safe” way to sell drugs is to work with trusted friends. “You have to manage relationships carefully.” If a dealer were to get in a fight with a friend, it could potentially escalate a simple disagreement into a prison sentence.

Baker said she already had good social skills before she got into dealing, so this isn’t much of a problem. Baker and Durbin said getting into drug dealing can be easy, if the conditions are right. If somebody has a trusted friend group they can sell to and a good supplier, it’s simple. Without those factors though, the pair said they would not recommend getting into dealing. They said people with little experience working with drug dealers and those who sell to the wrong people have a higher risk of being caught by law enforcement. The only way Lyndon said he’d stop selling is if he got caught by either his parents or the police. Baker and Durbin said they don’t see themselves stopping unless their supplier got busted or if there were a possibility of jail time. In all cases, it seems legal repercussions are a serious consideration. LSU Police Department Spokesman Capt. Cory Lalonde said marijuana arrests are very

The Daily Reveille common on campus, easily the most common drug arrest. In 2013, 69 individuals were arrested for marijuana-related offenses, such as possession. That means LSUPD arrested more than one person a week for marijuana offenses, on average. Every now and then, LSUPD arrests someone for selling drugs, but it isn’t nearly as big of a problem as theft on campus, Lalonde said. Baker said one of the things that has helped them not get caught by police is that she and her partner don’t look like drug dealers. She said they don’t look like “stereotypical stoners,” such as having the cliche qualities of dirty hair, smelly hoodies and red eyes. They would more likely be mistaken for the average cute couple. For *Randy Wright, a student who got into dealing in his junior year of high school, the time to get out was when he realized dealing changed him for the worse. He said initially he sold only to his

page 15 friends, just to finance his personal weed smoking. “I got really into it; I was a middleman for blow [cocaine],” Wright said. He said he became short-tempered and stressed out all the time. Inevitably, he got out of the business because he didn’t want to be “a jerk.” He said he also had some issues in school, but those were not the primary reason for his departure from dealing. Baker does not feel bad about selling drugs to people because she doesn’t sell drugs with what she described as high addiction

potential, like cocaine and heroin. “Weed isn’t addictive, so it’s not a big deal to me,” she said. “If I dealt harder drugs, I’d feel bad.” If marijuana were legalized and regulated, limiting Baker’s ease of business, Baker said she would not be disappointed. “I’d rather it be legal and not be able to sell because I can get other jobs,” she said.

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