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The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault issued its first official report Tuesday since its founding Jan. 22, debuting various resources for colleges and universities across the nation to use in their fight against sexual violence. At, schools can find guidelines for conducting campus surveys on sex crimes, as well as information on various programs aimed at preventing sexual assault. Seirra Fowler, health promotion coordinator for the University’s Student Health Center, said she is grateful for the renewed attention the issue is receiving, but noted the University is already ahead of the curve when it comes to efforts to combat sexual assault. The University’s Lighthouse Program, a subdivision of the Student Health Center established in 2003, offers support and medical services to sexual assault victims across campus. Fowler said the center’s many features include the services of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. The SANE program also offers students a free, comprehensive rape kit. Fowler said one of her favorite aspects of the task force’s report was the multitude of prevention options it suggested. “In terms of prevention, it’s hard to identify which program is the best program to use,” Fowler said. However, the University will not be required to utilize the suggested prevention options, nor will it have to take advantage of any of the task force’s resources. According to the report, the White House is currently exploring legislative options that will mandate colleges and universities to conduct a campus climate survey in 2016. Because many victims of sexual assault do not report their experiences, the climate surveys seek to assess the true breadth of the problem on campuses. Until then, schools’ compliance could be slim because of the task force’s lack of enforcement authority. The University and Student

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Edwin Edwards is the last of a dying breed — a politician unafraid to reveal just how much he loves politics. The former Louisiana governor and current Democratic congressional candidate for Louisiana’s 6th District spoke eloquently about the drama and grandeurs of governing, at a time when his younger fellow candidates seek to distance themselves as far as possible from the toxic unpopularity of career politicians. When you ask the now-86-yearold politico what he likes to do for fun, his answer is immediate. “I run for public office,” Edwards said. “I like politics. I like dealing with people. I like the clash of good minds who have different opinions.” Edwards, who previously represented the state’s 7th District in

the House of Representatives, rose to national prominence after serving four terms as Louisiana’s governor between 1972 and 1996. The state’s longest-serving executive endeared himself to voters with candid, crude comments on the true nature of state politics. “I’m an egotist, I’ll confess to that,” Edwards said. “I like to get things done, and you get things done by having power.” Edwards, who is currently barred from holding any statewide office, openly admits he would run for governor if he were able, but he said he would not consider a hypothetical presidential campaign. “I think, unlike our present governor, it’s unrealistic,” Edwards said with a laugh. EDWARDS, see page 4


Student brightens levee with installation Michael Tarver Contributing Writer

Summer Zeringue’s art installation stands outside the confines of traditional pieces with its bright, vibrant colors in an otherwise boring scene of concrete and constant green along the levee near campus. The ceramics and sculpture senior received special permission from the city of Baton Rouge to display her final senior project on the railing along the stairs of the levee at the intersection of Skip Bertman

Drive and River Road. The piece is entitled “Prism” and uses colorful plastic vinyl to absorb sunlight and project bright colors onto the concrete steps leading up to the levee. As viewers approach the levee, they may be drawn to the streaks of brilliant color flowing up the otherwise ordinary steps. The shadows of the plastic fabric project onto the gray canvas of the stairs and almost look like chalk drawings. INSTALLATION, see page 15

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Studio art senior Summer Zeringue will display her final project, titled “Prism,” for one month.

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Colorado aims to regulate pot consumption Tanning ban for minors nears passage The Associated Press

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DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s marijuana experiment is threatened by the popularity of eating it instead of smoking it, leading the pot industry to join health officials and state regulators to try to curb the problem of consumers ingesting too much weed. A task force gathered Wednesday to start brainstorming ways to educate consumers, including a standard warning system on popular edibles, which is the industry term for marijuana that has been concentrated and infused into food or drink. One idea was to fashion labels on edible pot similar to the difficulty guidelines on ski slopes, a system very familiar to Colorado residents. Weak marijuana products would have green dots, grading up to black diamonds for the most potent edibles. “We should have a marking so that when people come in, they know what they’re getting,” said Chris Haslor of the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council. Marijuana-infused foods are booming in the state’s new recreational market.

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Colorado state regulators and health officials are joining the pot industry to resolve the problem of consumers eating too much edibles too quickly.

Some choose edible pot because of health concerns about smoking the drug. Others are visitors who can’t find a hotel that allows toking and are stymied by a law barring public outdoor pot smoking. Whether through inexperience or confusion, many are eating too much pot too quickly, with potentially deadly consequences.

A college student from Wyoming jumped to his death from a Denver hotel balcony last month after consuming six times the recommended dosage of a marijuanainfused cookie. And earlier this month, a Denver man accused of shooting his wife reportedly ate pot-laced candy before the attack, though police say he may have had other drugs in his system.

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Both the House and Senate have agreed to prohibit anyone under the age of 18 in Louisiana from using a tanning bed. The Senate voted 37-0 Wednesday to support the House-backed measure. The bill by New Orleans Rep. Helena Moreno, a Democrat, is one step from final passage, needing House approval of a technical change. Supporters said the ban would lower risks of skin cancer associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight or tanning lamps and beds. At least five states — California, Illinois, Nevada, Texas and Vermont — ban the use of tanning beds for minors, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.


Iraqis vote without U.S. troops The Associated Press

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq voted Wednesday in its first nationwide election since U.S. troops withdrew in 2011, with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki confident of victory and even offering an olive branch to his critics by inviting them to join him in a governing coalition. But his optimism will do little to conceal the turmoil and violence that still stalk Iraq in the eight years he has held office, with the looming threat of the country sliding deeper into sectarian

bloodshed and risking a breakup. “Our victory is certain, but we are talking about how big is that certain success,” he said after voting in Baghdad. “Here we are today, successfully holding the ... election while no foreign troops exist on Iraqi soil. I call upon all the other groups to leave the past behind and start a new phase of good brotherly relations,” said al-Maliki, who faces growing criticism over government corruption and persistent bloodshed as sectarian tensions threaten to push Iraq back toward the brink of civil war.

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College of Students sacrifice sleep, health for finals Science graduation relocated Panya Kroun

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Limited seating concerned students Deanna Narveson Staff Writer

The College of Science’s commencement ceremony is once again scheduled to take place in the Carl Maddox Field House after a relocation to the UREC was met with complaints from students. The College of Science made its second graduation ceremony relocation Tuesday thanks to an executive decision by LSU President F. King Alexander, said biology senior Tuan Tran, president of the College of Science council within Student Government. The College of Science was set to hold commencement in the Field House on May 16, but on April 24, students in the college received an email telling them their ceremony would be moved to the UREC, Tran said. Each graduating senior would receive five tickets for friends and family members to attend the ceremony because of the smaller size of the new location, Tran said. Tran heard from a fellow student that the ceremony was moved out of the Field House because of renovations to the building. Guillermo Ferreyra, interim dean of the College of Science, said the move to the UREC was a major concern because of the ticket limit placed on students. Ferreyra said the college looked at other venues for the ceremony, but none were larger than the UREC. Tran said students sent emails to the Registrar’s Office and expressed their concerns about the ticket limit on social media. Tran then received an email on April 28 from an advisor saying Alexander heard about the problem Monday morning and made the call to move commencement back to the Field House by 4 p.m. that same day. Ferreyra said the ceremony is back to its original facility and there will not be a limit on attendance. Tran said the students appreciate Alexander’s actions and his commitment to students.

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If you happen upon a horde of brain-dead zombies walking through the Quad next week, don’t be alarmed. “The Walking Dead” isn’t being filmed on campus, and the apocalypse hasn’t arrived just yet. It’s just finals week, and it decays much of the student body. During finals week, students cram an entire semester’s worth of material within the span of five days and hope for the best. Even students with flawless GPAs struggle with finals week, with some final exams and projects making up more than 30 percent of a student’s entire grade. A study session of such huge proportions is often accompanied by a drastic change in lifestyle as well. Many students alter their sleep

schedules and diets to accommodate the stresses of week 16, and the changes are rarely healthy. Anthropology junior Kat Donner rarely sleeps during finals week. “I’m lucky if I get four hours,” Donner said. Many students try to fend off sleep, a necessary activity for proper physiological function, with beverages loaded with caffeine and sugar, said mass communication sophomore Zach Heathman. “I don’t really eat full meals — I snack a lot instead,” Heathman said. Elementary education senior Emily Calloway said she doesn’t usually bother to cook during finals week. “I eat bad foods. It’s easier to grab Cane’s six times a day because it’ll take less time than actually preparing food,” Calloway said. While students feel they of-

ten need to adapt these temporary lifestyle changes to pass their classes, professionals warn they come at a cost. Darcy Johannsen, a nutrition researcher at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, said caffeinated beverages may provide students with up to four hours of increased energy, but when the effects of the caffeine and sugar disappear, drinkers often feel more tired than before. “Caffeine stimulates cortisol production, which makes you feel more alert and energetic, but when you stop producing so much, you crash,” Johannsen said. Johannsen also warned that a mixture of unhealthy dieting and sleep deprivation could produce potentially catastrophic results. “People who are sleep deprived for two days are less alert than people who drive under the influence of

alcohol,” Johannsen said. Johannsen suggested that making time for sleep and eating healthier foods could actually improve students’ final grades. “Sleep and nutrition are important to performance,” Johannsen said. As long as final exams represent such a substantial part of a grade, however, it’s unlikely students will change their unhealthy finals week habits. Donner said she would probably be able to manage her schedule and diet more easily if final tests were worth less than they typically are. “I wouldn’t mind taking more tests during the rest of the semester if it meant the last one was worth a little less,” Donner said. Contact Panya Kroun at


CAMPUS CRIME BRIEFS Man charged with DWI claims he was hallucinating during questioning

Man charged in stolen phone incident at UREC

An LSU Police Department officer noticed a dark pickup truck slowly traveling south on Highland Road and swerving into the other lane at 4:12 a.m. on April 22, said LSUPD spokesman Capt. Cory Lalonde. The officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and after talking to the driver, Jordan L. Ziler, 21, of 504 Orangewood Drive, the officer noticed several signs of intoxication. Ziler refused to take the standardized field sobriety test and also refused to take a chemical test after being transported to LSUPD, Lalonde said. Ziler admitted to investigators he took narcotics before his arrest, but did not specify what type. He also told investigators the narcotics were causing him to hallucinate during questioning, Lalonde said. Baton Rouge EMS transported Ziler to the nearest hospital. When released, Ziler was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison

for DWI and improper lane usage. LSUPD officers issued a misdemeanor summons to McKinley K. Tezeno, 19, of 6815 Chapelfield Lane, Houston, Texas, on April 23, at 6:48 p.m. for stealing a cell phone, Lalonde said. LSUPD received a complaint on April 9 from a victim who claimed someone stole their cell phone at the UREC basketball court. Lalonde said LSUPD investigators reviewed security footage from the UREC and identified Tezeno stealing the victim’s phone. LSUPD released a Help Identify email with a still frame of Tezeno, which prompted Tezeno to turn himself in, Lalonde said.

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‘Frozen’ played on Tiger Stadium screen Deanna Narveson Staff Writer

Campus was alive with the sound of music late Wednesday morning, as Disney’s “Frozen” played on the new video board in the north endzone in Tiger Stadium. Assistant Director of Athletic Facilities and Grounds Eric Fasbender said the movie was playing while workers were testing the new

screen’s synchronization with audio playback. Fasbender said the boards are tested periodically to ensure the sounds and visuals are in sync. The video board is one of three new boards installed in the stadium, one in the north endzone and two in the south. Contact Deanna Narveson at



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Despite his status as one of the country’s most legendary governors, Edwards’ current headquarters near Old Jefferson Highway are stripped of any trappings befitting of his larger-than-life political persona. He sat behind a rented desk in the back room of a bare office building, accompanied by his 35-year-old wife and their infant son. Edwards said he plans on hiring a more extensive staff as needed, even acquiring a campaign manager to relieve his wife of her current duties. The politician’s age shows in his description of his potential campaign operation. “I will have to staff the office with secretaries to do the typing and letter-writing and answer the telephone,” Edwards said. “And then I will have people who will be in charge of the sign brigade.” Edwards’ candidacy in the 6th District race marks the first foray back into politics for the “Cajun Prince” since he was released from federal prison in 2011, after serving more than eight years on charges of racketeering, extortion and bribery. Edwards does not shy away from talking about his jail time, instead turning his experiences behind bars into a badge of honor. The lawyer tells stories of how he “walked the track” with his fellow inmates, writing letters for them, preparing powers of attorney for them, helping them get GEDs and comforting them upon news of a deserting wife or sick child. “In so doing, I comforted myself,” Edwards said. “It made me feel good about myself because once again I was needed.” Even today, Edwards maintains he received an unfair sentence. “It was undeserved,” Edwards said. “But I’ve had a lot of undeserved good luck, so I accepted it philosophically.” Although many University students only know Edwards as a corrupt politician from their parents’ generation, the candidate said he would make an attempt to rally younger voters to his campaign, even if it’s in vain. “They’ve been lied to so much and disappointed so much, they just don’t trust politicians or public servants as they should,” Edwards said

of younger voters. “Naturally you folks at your age are disillusioned. I understand that, and I know I have a hard job restoring your faith. But I’m gonna try.” Edwards described himself as a middle-of-the-road candidate, though the 86-year-old candidate expressed the most tolerant views on gay marriage in the race. “I would like to give gays and lesbians an opportunity to participate in the full freedoms of our country and to enjoy the benefit of what we now call a marriage,” Edwards said. Though Edwards said he would not be opposed to the legalization of gay marriage in the state, he recognized it would be difficult to achieve, given Louisiana’s current attitudes on the issue. If elected to Congress, Edwards plans to address Baton Rouge’s traffic problems on the House Public Works Committee, hoping to spur the construction of elevated roadways in the state. “You could elevate a roadway over the present interstate, it could be built in record time, and people traveling east and west would use the overhead ramp without disturbing the ground-level I-10,” Edwards said. Edwards also said he wants to get moving on the creation of a high-speed transit system between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. “I’m 86 years old. That ain’t gonna help me a damn bit,” Edwards said of the long-term project. “I have the vision to see that it’s gonna be needed and we ought to get on with it now.” On the subject of health care, the candidate has a muddled history. Though Edwards criticized Gov. Bobby Jindal for rejecting Medicaid expansion, he said he would not have originally voted in favor of the Affordable Care Act. However, Edwards supports many of the program’s aspects, like the option for young adults to stay on their parents’ plan until age 26, and he said he will not vote in Congress to repeal Obamacare in its entirety. “By reforming it, you don’t risk losing the good provisions,” Edwards said. “You can address the bad ones.” Contact Quint Forgey at

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Thursday, May 1, 2014 Brandabur is the founder of Girl Warrior, a female empowerment organization that operates on campus. Though Brandabur said she has been pleased by the campus’ antisexual assault initiatives, she said the Lighthouse Program has room for improvement. Brandabur said the program is

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Recent recruiting trends bother LSU coaches

David Gray Sports Contributor

Getting a Head Start

One of the first things LSU gymnastics associate head coach Jay Clark sees when he enters his office each morning is a white dry-erase board on the wall opposite his desk. He sometimes refers to it as the “war board.” On the board are names of more than 40 club gymnasts scattered across the nation. College recruiters in other sports may have identical practices, but that’s where the similarities in the ongoing recruiting battle ends. There has been a growing trend in recent years of women’s collegiate gymnastics programs recruiting club gymnasts early in their careers, usually as they’re entering high school. The new method has resulted in student-athletes making verbal commitments at progressively younger ages. According to, there are 187 gymnasts who have verbally committed to universities in 2016 and 2017. So while University High’s Dylan Moses made headlines when he verbally committed to the LSU football program in September of his freshman year, such practices have become the norm in collegiate gymnastics. Clark isn’t a fan of the new trend. “In a sport where you’re concerned about body type and maintaining a level of athleticism as a gymnast ages, it makes no sense for us to be committing ninth graders, yet that’s what we’re doing nationwide,” Clark said. “In my mind, recruiting is no longer recruiting. It’s really a roll of the dice. But we’re forced to play that game, or else we lose out.” According to Article of the NCAA Division I Manual, coaches are restricted from contacting prospective student-athletes or their legal guardians until July after their junior year of high school. Given the NCAA’s heavy restrictions, college coaches are forced to recruit through different avenues, like consulting a gymnast’s club coach. According to LSU coach D-D Breaux, the undesired recruiting methods thoroughly limit what coaches can learn about the gymnasts they’re pursuing. “Recruiting kids so early isn’t a good thing, but it’s something that happens,” Breaux said. “The only thing we can evaluate is the gym they come from,


Facility set to open in the fall

Taylor Curet Sports Contributor

Starting in January 2015, the LSU tennis program can take to the court come rain or shine. Thanks to the new tennis facility tentatively scheduled to be completed by next January, LSU tennis will have 12 outdoor and six indoor courts for practice and competition. Other than making it the last Southeastern Conference school to enjoy indoor courts, LSU coach Jeff Brown said the new facility will give the program a leg-up in many respects. “When we would go to other places, you may be sort of envious of what these other places were able to practice and play their matches in,” Brown said. “But we’re going to be one of those places now. That’s going to be exciting to have that as the backdrop for everything that we do.” The new facility will stand near Alex Box Stadium off of Nicholson Drive. What is to be made of LSU tennis’ current home, W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium, has yet to be determined. The 12 outdoor courts will be separated in the middle by a grandstand for spectators. Lady


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Erin Macadaeg performs on beam. Macadaeg committed to LSU her junior year of high school.

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Corbello continues high school success at LSU Family ties help freshman succeed

Tommy Romanach Sports Contributor

Typically, the success pitcher Baylee Corbello has had in her freshman campaign at LSU is hard to predict. Leading the team in earned run average, wins, complete games and strikeouts is an impressive feat for any player in their first year. But take a closer look at Corbello’s career, and her 2014 season begins to make more sense. She’s been in this situation before, and college dominance is just another step in her rise to success. “You always need the mindset of pitchers having put in more hours than hitters,” Corbello said.

“So you need to just trust your preparation, because you worked harder than that batter that’s in front of you.” Corbello also faced the role of being both a young leader and workhorse when she was at Sam Houston High School in Lake Charles. In her first three seasons at Sam Houston, Corbello was the team’s only pitcher and started every game. The team had just lost its only pitcher to graduation, and Corbello was forced to start. This task did not phase the freshman. She was coming into the school with most of her teammates from middle school, and she thought of it as a fun opportunity. As she went through her freshman season, she kept to a single mindset: “Don’t try to be perfect.” As long as she trusted herself and went into games with a

calm psyche, she could take the constant workload. Corbello became wellknown within the state when Sam Houston won consecutive state championships in her final three years. She won the State Tournament Most Outstanding Player in each of those years, and was named Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013. Inspiration for Corbello came from her sister, Whitney Corbello, who was also one of her coaches at Sam Houston. Whitney played as a catcher at McNeese State, and her knowledge of pitchers has helped her give guidance through the years. “Whitney helped me with my spins on my pitches. As a catcher, she has that sort of connection,” Corbello said. “She knew what it took in terms of the FRESHMAN YEAR, see page 8

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LSU freshman pitcher Baylee Corbello (19) winds up a pitch on April 23 during the Lady Tigers’ 6-1 victory against the University of South Alabama at Tiger Park.

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Player’s work ethic stems from Tigers best Lions in 11-3 victory mother’s rodeo experience Sports Contributor

There is not much complaining in freshman outfielder Layna Savoie’s vocabulary. Putting in her work at practice, games and non-softball life while attending LSU, Savoie’s busy lifestyle never seems to faze her. Her humility comes from a childhood mostly centered on hard work and responsibility and emulates her mother’s former achievements, something that has stayed with her throughout her life — a childhood at the rodeo. “Rodeo was always important because it was a time for family,” Savoie said. “Very early on we got to learn about rodeo and different animals. And things were always competitive, and that was something I could relate to.” Savoie takes her inspiration in life from her mother, Pam, who has been well-known in the rodeo world since joining the McNeese State rodeo team in the 1980s. Savoie learned rodeo techniques growing up in a rural part of Lake Charles. The culmination of Pam’s time in college came when she won Miss Rodeo America at the 1987 College National Finals Rodeo. Pam said the qualifications to win Miss Rodeo America were “almost too many to count.” Two different tests in horsemanship, private interviews, a 3.0 GPA in college courses and knowledge of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association rules were some of the things she needed to win the title. Pam needed a competitive drive to win such a high honor, and Layna said that edge has transferred to her on the playing field. “She has always been so competitive, and she definitely instilled that in me,” Layna said. “Her discipline and her approach to things made a difference. She always felt, ‘If you are going to do something, try to be the best at it and give it your all.’ Those lessons have been so important to me.” When it came time to raise Layna and her other children, Pam made sure to surround them with horses. And being raised in a rural environment demands responsibilities that would seem foreign to members of suburbia. Layna became familiar with various animals from a young age.

the fourth, driving in four runs, after leadoff double by Jaquish to start the inning, sophomore shortstop Bianka Bell stole second and freshman designated Morgan Prewitt hitter Constance Quinn singled, scoring Jaquish. Sports Contributor Sophomore Sandra Simmons The LSU softball team doubled later in the inning to (32-20, 11-10 Southeastern score Bell and Quinn. Conference) closed its nonIn the fifth, Jaquish drove in conference schedule Wednesday a solo home run, her 12th homer night with a 11-3 victory against of the season. Southeastern Louisiana (19-26, To finish the game, Andrews 10-14 Southland Conference). singled in the sixth to drive in the LSU’s offense took control Tigers’ final two run. of the game early While the ‘They set out to and did not look offense stole the back, scoring a spotlight, freshaccomplish a goal, run in each inman pitcher Bayning, eventually and I think they did lee Corbello had a ending the game solid night in the that tonight.’ via the mercy circle, allowing rule. three walks and Beth Torina “One of our striking out five. LSU softball coach goals for the night Although was to continue scoring through- Corbello allowed three runs, all out, and they were able to put of them came from SLU’s senior runs up in every inning,” said infielder Tori Sheppard’s threeLSU coach Beth Torina. “They run shot in the fourth. set out to accomplish a goal, and “She did a nice job of battling I think they did that tonight.” tonight, and I thought we played While freshman catcher Sah- good defense behind her,” Torina vanna Jaquish shined with a 3-4 said. “We still have to limit some performance, including a home of our free passes, but overall she run and three RBIs, the rest of the kept us in it and was able to finish lineup performed for the Tigers, the game.” with seven different hitters drivThe Tigers will finish their ing in a run. regular season with an SEC seSenior outfielder Simone ries against Mississippi State this Heyward was a perfect 3-3 on weekend in Tiger Park. the night, including a RBI and a double. The Tigers got on the board in the first when Jaquish singled up the middle, scoring junior outfielder A.J. Andrews. In the second, LSU’s lineup took advantage of mistakes by the SLU pitching staff, scoring two runs off of walks and extending the lead to three runs. Senior third baseman Tammy Wray added another run with Contact Morgan Prewitt at a RBI single in the third. LSU continued its success in

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LSU sophomore pitcher Layna Savoie grew up around horses like this one during her mother’s rodeo career.

She was required to feed them, wash their stalls and give them proper vaccinations daily. Pam said it was not the average workload for a child growing up and she believes it gave her daughter an advantage on and off the field. At age 11, Layna chose to move forward with softball instead of rodeo, and her career took off from there. Savoie was named AllSouthwestern Louisiana her senior season at Barbe High School, and the softball team went undefeated in district in 2011 and 2012. Pam asked Layna if she missed rodeo and possibly regretted her decision while in high school. Layna told her mother there were similarities between the two sports that made up for any regrets. “With your horse, it’s a lot of nonverbal communication,” Layna said. “And when you are on the field, you are going to have a lot ‘heat in the moment’ situation. You don’t have time to tell people what they’re doing, and you need nonverbal communication to make

sure everyone is in the right spot.” The responsibilities Layna learned growing up benefited her in her freshman year at the University. As well as being a student athlete, she is also in the Honors College and has been accepted to multiple honor societies. The psychology freshman plans on going to medical school to get her doctorate in psychology. Pam does not doubt what her daughter can do going forward, whether it be at Tiger Park or in the classroom. Layna maintains a hard-working drive picked up from a former rodeo star. “Layna has many more years ahead to continue working hard,” Pam said. “I believe that competing in the sport of rodeo taught her outwork everyone, and that gives her a chance to do anything.”

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page 7 new home, several unknowns remain. Associate Athletic DirecTigers coach Julia Sell said the fa- tor for Operations and Project cility’s amenities, which include Development Eddie Nuñez said a training room, players lounge, the estimated cost to build the coaches’ offices and locker rooms facility is still unknown, as the for both genders, will benefit the Athletic Department is curpresent and future members of rently in the process of bidding the LSU tennis program. the plan to potential contractors. “It puts your program in a However, Nuñez said he expects different place as far as what you construction on the eight-month can provide for undertaking to beyour players,” gin within the next Sell said. “When ‘When we would go to month and a half. you bring in “We’re eager recruits, obvi- other places, you may be to get this project ously, there’s sort of envious of what up and running,” that first effect Nuñez said. “We’ve of ‘Wow.’ Right these other places were been really pushing now, every re- able to practice and play for it for some time cruit we have now … [The faciltheir matches in.’ has come for the ity] will have all coaching staff the amenities that and when you our student-athJeff Brown have that facilletes will need to LSU tennis coach ity, it’s going to be competitive not combine both. only in conference That’s a tough combo to beat.” but also nationally.” But while the Tigers and Adding to those features is Lady Tigers are excited for their LSU’s opportunity to host larger events. What Brown called a “big new house” is already giving Sell ideas for next season. And while a name for the new stadium hasn’t been decided on yet, Sell said the facility’s construction marks the beginning of a new era for LSU tennis. “You can play a dual men’s and women’s match at the same time,” Sell said. “You can host 3 regionals. You can host fall tourREGULAR naments. I want to bring in a proGARDEN SALAD & 20 OZ DRINK fessional tournament. It’s a huge * advantage for anything.” $

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their fundamental gymnastics and their strength and flexibility level. So there’s some real guesswork that has to go on.” In May 2013, Clark presented a proposal to the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/ Women to address the situation. Clark said the proposal was meant to eliminate all on- or off-campus contact with recruits until September of their junior year to help prevent gymnasts from verbally committing so early in their careers. The proposal passed in a vote, but Clark said the NCAA has yet to take action. However, the newest recruits who will compete for the Tigers

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right mentality.” Corbello didn’t have to worry much about school selection, having already committed to LSU before her senior season. One thing she did have to relearn, however, was to quit chasing perfection as she made such a big transition. The freshman began her career by making history, becoming the fifth pitcher in program history to strike out 10 batters in her first appearance in a 1-0 loss to Minnesota on Feb. 7. The next night, Corbello proved it was no fluke when she pitched a 13-strikeout shutout in a 1-0 victory against Oklahoma State. Her tremendous freshman season has earned her awards along the way. Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week, Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Pitcher of the Week and a finalist position for the National

next season are two exceptions to the rapidly growing national trend. Incoming freshmen Myia Hambrick and Erin Macadaeg waited until their junior years to commit, but it wasn’t due to a lack of talent. Hambrick is the highestranked level 10 gymnast in Georgia. She competed in the Level 10 State Championship on March 22 and won titles in all four events, helping her capture the all-around crown. Hambrick also won the floor title in the 2013 Junior Olympics Championships. But unlike her peers, Hambrick waited until October of her junior year to commit to LSU. “I don’t know why everyone commits so early, and it kind of confuses me,” Hambrick said. Fastpitch Coaches Association’s National Freshman of the Year are among the accolades Corbello has received. Corbello said she is proud of her achievements this season, but knows there are many improvements to make. “Coming here as a freshman, I was not expecting to get anything nationally,” Corbello said. “It’s a blessing, and I’m just taking things one game at a time from here on out. The season just goes to prove that hard work pays off.”

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The Daily Reveille “Whenever you commit your freshman year, you don’t really know what’s going to happen in the next four years. So I just wanted to weigh all my options to figure out exactly where I wanted to be.” Macadaeg, who lives in California, has experienced an equally successful 2014 season. She has performed in seven different competitions this season, capturing four all-around crowns. She’s also won individual titles in more than half of the events she’s competed in. Macadaeg also claimed a 2014 state title in the all-around. Going to college across the country was not something Macadaeg envisioned when she was younger. But like Hambrick, Macadaeg also waited until her junior year

Thursday, May 1, 2014 before she verbally committed, and she said it helped her make a wellinformed decision. “The only thing holding me back from committing to LSU was because it was so far away from home,” Macadaeg said. “When I was younger, I always thought I’d stay close to home, but now I feel like it would be a good experience to move away. I definitely feel like I made a better decision since I waited.” The recruits’ mutual decision to wait before verbally committing also benefited their soon-to-be coaches. By building relationships with the gymnasts before they committed, Clark said the staff has a deeper understanding of their respective personalities, and they believe the pair ideally matches the type of

student-athletes they’re searching for. “We try to recruit the person as much as the gymnast, so we got to know Myia and Erin in a better way because we signed them in a more appropriate time in their high school lives,” Clark said. “We got to learn what they’re about and their personalities a little better. So I’m excited about the quality of people we’re getting, not just their gymnastics.”

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SUMMER STEALS Make sure to catch these must-see summer flicks JEREMY MARSHALL · Entertainment Writer




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Pulitzerwinning production debuts Play’s themes remain relevant today Joshua Jackson Entertainment Writer




Because of the remake stereotype, no one in their right minds would have predicted “21 Jump Street” would be watchable, let alone leave a seismic crater in the cultural and comedic landscape. This flick has become a classic. Channing Tatum is as hilarious as Jonah Hill, and the world waits with bated breath for the boys to go to college. Any fears of “sequel-itis” should be set aside in favor of feverish excitement because the entire creative team from the first film returned with something to prove. Comedy sequels don’t have the best track record in the past (I’m looking at you, “Ghostbusters 2”), but rules are made to be broken, and if the trailers are any indication, “22 Jump Street” looks to be a monumentally hilarious exception.

Marvel Studios is king of the summer movie, a fact proven categorically by the success of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” It’s taking a gamble by releasing onto the world characters from the darkest corners of their comic universe. Obscurity, thankfully, doesn’t correlate with ineptitude. “Guardians of the Galaxy” is a rejuvenating breath of fresh air with the introduction of an entirely alien cast of characters into the cultural landscape. Chris Pratt plays the roguish “Star Lord.” This cross between “Iron Man” and “Star Wars” looks to be the sleeper hit of the summer.

Take a step off the nostalgia train and look at the story on its own merits. Based on the trailer, the turtles look certifiably awesome, whether they’re technically mutants or not. The idea of William Fichtner playing Shredder is casting gold. The characters evolve over time, and there will never be another movie with those creepy costumes from the ’90s. This is as good as The Ninja Turtles have ever looked, and the talent behind the camera is more than capable. Rest easy, folks — the TMNT legacy shall not be tarnished.



Spidey is back in action, and he’s bringing along some of his more sinister friends. Comic book movies are all about world-building at this point, and Sony is trying its hand at with the bounty of greatness that is the Spider-Man’s rogues gallery. In this next film, prepare to see three of web-head’s biggest and baddest foes come to life in the form of Electro, the Rhino and Green Goblin. All of these characters will be sticking around for the “Sinister Six” movie. I’m more excited than scared about the plethora of villains. The fact that Andrew Garfield is the most capable and personable Peter Parker we’ve ever had is enough assurance for me to predict this flick will be suitably amazing.

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This is the “Avengers” for the X-Men universe. While a coming together of all the great Marvel heroes is impossible because of annoying licensing agreements and other legal mumbo jumbo, this movie is the next best thing. It’s a film that crosses time streams between the 1970s and a dystopian future. The story follows Wolverine being yanked back in time to his younger self to stop an event that will Rube Goldberg its way through history and ultimately lead to complete mutant holocaust. The casts of both X-Men franchises are back and rearing to go. After 15 years of epic hits and disastrous misses when it came to getting the iconic characters right, it looks like the film industry finally hit a bulls eye.

One of the most nervewracking moments in a couple’s relationship is meeting the significant other’s family. Tonight, Theatre Baton Rouge will present “You Can’t Take It with You,” a play where the relatives are nothing like the child. Playwrights George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart wrote “You Can’t Take It with You” in 1936. The play centers around a man from a rich family and his engagement to a young woman with a quirky family. “ Y o u Can’t Take What: “You Can’t It with You” Take It with You” won a Pulitzer Prize for DraWhen: 7:30 p.m. ma in 1937 tonight and received a screen adaptaWhere: Theatre tion that won Baton Rouge an Academy Price: Pay what Award for you can Best Picture. The production has often been compared to a more modern and comedic “Romeo and Juliet.” Keith Dixon, managing director of Theatre Baton Rouge and director of “You Can’t Take It with You,” said this is his last show as part of Theatre Baton Rouge. “I’ve been here 10 years and I find it appropriate that my last show is so aptly titled,” Dixon said. The show is set in 1936, but the play’s themes are applicable to modern times. The grandfather of the play raises questions about the government often asked today, and the love story is happening between different social classes. “This is one of those shows that you don’t tamper with,” Dixon said. Dixon said the characters’ relatability to viewers is another reason for the production’s popularity. Each character is intended to remind the audience of themselves or someone they know. Theatre Baton Rouge picks its plays 1 1/2 years ahead of schedule. Dixon said selecting the right cast and crew determines the outcome of any production. The clear communication between the actors and production staff allows Dixon to focus on the play’s overall PLAY, see page 11

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“Brick Mansions”

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The late Paul Walker’s final completed film “Brick Mansions” leaves a sour taste in the mouths of film fans. Plagued by terribly written jokes and even worse editing, the American remake of French film “District 13” is less entertaining than its predecessor. As a movie based around saving a man’s girlfriend and protecting a city, the plot of “Brick Mansions” has been seen before, but the delivery is the real problem. The term “action” is used loosely in this motion picture as the physically demanding scenes are poorly coordinated. The cast, while likeable on paper, fail to show any semblance of working together on screen. Fans of Paul Walker’s work in “Fast and The Furious” films should avoid this movie at all costs. People will want to like this movie because it is one of Walker’s last, but the best isn’t always saved for the end. JOSHUA JACKSON

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Damon Albarn, “Everyday Robots”

XL Recordings

Damon Albarn is a busy man. Since the 90s, he’s been neck deep in British pop, creating influential albums with his band Blur, known for the seminal alternative single “Song 2.” After ending Blur, Albarn went on to writing and drawing for Gorillaz, his highly successful virtual band. Now, the longtime producer has stepped up to the mixing board to make a record for his fans and for himself. “Everyday Robots” serves as a portfolio containing Albarn’s more than 20 years of experience in listening to, writing and recording music. The album spans a range of genres, shifting from brooding beats like that of fellow musician James Blake to jangly new-wave Dylanesque ditties. If left on repeat, this album could fill hours of relaxing contemplation, mirroring Albarn’s demeanor as a musician. “Everyday Robots” is his long-awaited chance to just sit down and enjoy his work. GER- GERALD DUCOTE


Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”

Republic Records

If there’s ever been a time to move on from that bad boy in your life, it’s now with Ariana Grande’s new single, “Problem.” The new record includes a verse by Iggy Azalea and a quick appearance by Big Sean in the chorus. The song is typical Grande with her big voice that hits an array of notes perfectly with a mix of pop and R&B. The single’s heavy horn influence as well brings in more of the R&B influence. Grande sings about a guy in her life who’s bad for her, but she can’t seem to let go. However, she has “one less problem” without him. Azalea’s verse strengthens this statement with her independent lyrics and powerhouse voice. Grande’s new single is perfect for the upcoming summer to blast in your car, on vacation or at a party and forget all about the problems in your life. This single will be on repeat for an extended amount of time. MEG RYAN

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“Batman: Eternal,” Issue #4

DC Comics

There’s trouble brewing within Gotham City in the fourth issue of DC’s year-long series run of “Batman: Eternal.” Carmine Falcone has returned to his city and is ready to start war with The Penguin. Commissioner Gordon is behind bars for causing the accidental death of 150 subway passengers while his daughter Barbara, also known as Bat Girl, races to prove his innocence. In the middle of it all is Batman. The storyline is settling in after an explosive opening issue, which is the only problem with a 52-part story. It takes 52 weeks to get the pay off. The book was well written, but promises of excitement are overshadowed by slow pacing. Have faith going forward because the story promises major ramifications for The Dark Knight — hopefully those ramifications show up soon. JEREMY MARSHALL

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The Lab of Madness

One of the darlings of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Jeremy Saulnier’s “Blue Ruin” is a heartrenching tale of family and loss. The film tells the story of a lonely beach bum who goes on a quest to avenge his family. The story is brutally honest, and the main character, played impeccably by Macon Blair, is eminently relatable. The clumsy manner in which he goes about committing heinous deeds makes one wonder how far one would go to protect their family. For a film clearly done with a small budget, it feels sincere in a way that many other films made recently cannot seem to replicate. There are a few times where the acting falls flat, but otherwise, this is an unusually good film from an unexpected place.


The Pixies, “Indie Cindy”

PIAS Recordings

“Indie Cindy” may have The Pixies’ name slapped on it, but don’t let that fool you – this is not The Pixies of the 80s we all know and love, but the washed up vulgar remnants of a formerly great band. “Indie Cindy” is no “Doolittle.” In fact, it’s not even a “Bossanova.” Every song on this release is bland and boring and carries none of the charm of the oddly dissonant and soothing pop sounds and depressive lyrics the group is so well known for. There’s no point in even including a track list with the album because all the songs sound the same. The Pixies used to be great, but this is one of the worst releases of the year. Some bands can get away with getting old, but it’s time for The Pixies to PANYA KROUN call it quits.

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Crawfish cook-off to be held Friday Will Kallenborn Entertainment Writer

Crawfish are a staple of Louisiana cuisine and culture, and almost every Louisianian claims that his or her recipe is the best one around. Finally, Baton Rouge residents will get the opportunity to prove who is the crawfish king. The Junior Achievement of Greater Baton Rouge and the Big Buddy Program are bringing crustacean competition to the city this year with the first annual Crawfish King Cook-Off on Friday May 2. Michele Carbo, Junior Achievement development manager said her organization and the Big Buddy Program have been planning the event for over a year, and she’s sure it will be a big success. “People will be able to

listen to great music, taste crawfish, see what these teams have to offer and help us crown the first ever crawfish king,” Carbo said. “We are really excited for it all to come together.” The event will feature 40 teams battling it out using over 4,000 pounds of crawfish to impress a panel of community and culinary leaders. Attendees will have a wide variety of crawfish to try as each team will bring their own flavor to the boil. “Some of our teams have secret recipes of spices and seasonings that they’re going bring out to help them win but others are brining out their recipes here for the first time,” Carbo said. “Overall the teams are very mysterious to the secrets of their success.” Carbo said she hopes the event

will bring more attention to the Junior Achievement of Greater Baton Rouge, a volunteer organization that teaches financial education and entrepreneurship skills to students from kindergarten to 12th grade. “We teach students real world concepts that are going to help them connect the classroom to their real lives,” Carbo said. She said the two groups are excited to bring this event to Baton Rouge, which has never before had a crawfish boil of this caliber. All you can eat crawfish tickets to the event are $20. The Crawfish King Cook-Off is located downtown behind the Live After 5 stage. Contact Will Kallenborn at

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New swimsuit trends shouldn’t need explanation I probably spend the same amount of money on fashion magazines in a year that a chain smoker spends on cigarettes. They’re my Bible, full of information on what styles are in and out, the newest hair and makeup products and all those diet and workout tips you read MEG RYAN but never actu- Entertainment Writer ally use. Plus, they’re glossy and a stack of shiny covers makes for a perfect complement to your Starbucks in that Instagram photo. Another thing these glossy Bibles include is the attempt to decode the male species. Whether the pages are telling you how to get a man, keep a man or leave a man, the “guy topic” is never forgotten. So it only made sense for the May issue of Glamour to not only include a swimsuit section, but also what men think of your bathing suit choice. The magazine polled men about the types of swimsuits women wear and how men felt about them. Overall, the sporty two-piece, followed by the string bikini, won for the sexiest swimsuit a woman can wear. As for trends, the men were not feeling ruffles, cutouts and extra straps. The men even felt mismatched tops and bottoms were more of a “not” than “hot”. When asked about monokinis, most men had no clue what it was or called them the swimsuit equivalent of the mullet. The most votes for a swimsuit trend that should end went to retro,

high-waisted bottoms. Overall, the poll seems to say men prefer plain and simple bikinis, and all those frilly, fancy swimsuits should be left in the store. Harsh. Women should be able to wear whatever new trend they want and shouldn’t have to worry about explaining what they’re wearing and why they like it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve purchased a trend piece and have had to explain to men who ask me “why?” — because I wanted to. Because it looks cool. Because not everyone has the guts to try it, and now I understand why because I’m spending 15 minutes attempting to explain it to you instead of talking about a topic that matters. It’s much more refreshing to hear a guy say he might not necessarily understand it, but he thinks it’s cool I’ve stepped out of the box and tried something he doesn’t see every girl wearing. Here’s the secret: if you have the confidence to pull it off, you can pull it off. As long as the clothing fits properly, not too tight or too big and works for your body shape, there’s no reason you can’t work that high-waisted suit or monokini. Plus, if you’re wearing it with confidence, the men won’t care it’s not the simple bikini. They’ll just notice you walking the beach confidently in your favorite new swimsuit. If that doesn’t say sexy, nothing does.

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success instead of constantly fixing smaller errors. Dixon also said comedy is one of the hardest genres to perform on stage. While the goal of comedy is to make people laugh, Dixon said forced comedy can lead to an uncomfortable audience that may miss the joke. “You don’t want to play for the humor. You want to play for the truth,” Dixon said. “The humor comes from the truth of the situation.” The set’s design caused problems for the production during the first few rehearsals. Dixon and the set ‘It’s a design crew classic show realized the that stands background must replicate the test of the peculiar time.’ family the story centers Keith Dixon around. director Dixon said the size of the cast was another struggle for “You Can’t Take It with You.” At one point in the play, 18 people will be on stage, creating an intentional feeling of chaos that works with the play’s motif. “It’s a classic show that stands the test of time,” Dixon said. General admission tickets for “You Can’t Take It with You” will be $25 and $15 for students who provide ID. There will be a paywhat-you-can show at 7:30 p.m. tonight. The play’s official opening night is Friday and it will run until May 18. Tickets can be purchased at or at the Theatre Baton Rouge box office at 7155 Florida Blvd.

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WEB COMMENTS In response to Jana King’s column, “Opinion: Attitude about STIs dangerous for sexually active,” one reader had this to say: “I don’t understand how four people shared this article. The picture associated with the column is unfair. The columnist states that getting STIs is acceptable as long as they are detected early. She also goes on to state that the stigma surrounding STIs is why there are currently so many. Apparently it’s the attitudes that keep the STIs coming. Please also fact check or state your source for 19 MILLION Americans having STIs--because it’s beyond wrong. There is a picture of contraceptives with this column, but KING NEVER MENTIONS them and that is frustrating. For someone who has a sex column that features “opinions” almost twice a week, the least you can do is provide a variety of solutions to the issue you’re presenting. Stating and explaining different STIs isn’t something we want to read. Advocate safe sex, state the locations on campus to get them and support and GO DEEPER into why STI rates are so high. Also consider using your stats in relation to OUR campus rather than all of America. It comes off as foolish. King: I personally invite you to Success PR’s (MC 3020) presentation tomorrow in the Journalism Building at 12:30 p.m. In 10 minutes, we are able to provide more information regarding sexual health (highlighting HIV/AIDS) on LSU’s campus than your entire collection of sex pieces collectively.” – M_Yokum

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OUR LADY OF ANGST SIDNEYROSE REYNEN Columnist Beware, students. In the next week or so, you will be bombarded with countless Facebook statuses and tweets about “#finalsweek.” They’re going to be more annoying than finals themselves. Prepare for dozens of Middleton selfies, people declaring how many cups of coffee they’ve had to drink or even how much Adderall they obtained all in preparation for their spring finals. Don’t get me wrong. I sympathize with those who have poor stress management skills, but there should be a cap on whining. As an opinion columnist for The Daily Reveille, it’s my job to whine — although, I prefer the term “opine” — so I recognize the hint of hypocrisy in the above statement. Nevertheless, I don’t think it is your job as a student to let everyone know how unprepared you are for tests or papers you’ve known about for months. Instead of guzzling coffee by the gallons, maybe you could have actually read all of those chapters your sociology professor told you to. Think about all those nights you spent stumbling back from Tigerland. It might have benefited both you and your liver to do your homework, rather than down a few shots of tequila.

But now, you just have 40 pages of essays to write, hundreds of pages of reading to catch up on and a crabby attitude to last you through the rest of the semester. You’re better than that. There’s a certain dignity in maintaining a cool, unfazed appearance when you’re stressed deep down inside. LSU students lack this dignity, it seems. The whole world — or the extent of your social media reach — isn’t concerned with your finals week struggles. Your difficult time cramming for calculus is not a unique one, and complaining about a math class that you didn’t bother to drop in time is a little invalid. LSU itself does a great job of trying to reach out to students having a difficult time. Places like the Center for Academic Success operate every day, but I doubt those people leaving angry reviews about their teachers on Rate My Professor even bothered to get any outside help for difficult classes. In charge of things like supplemental instructor sessions, private tutoring and numerous on-campus workshops all meant to boost your GPA, the Center for Academic Success is an underrated LSU institution. As the number of weeks we’ve been in school for the semester reach double digits, you really shouldn’t be off your game. While finals week unfortunately falls between spring break and the sense of freedom that comes with summer, it is a great time to prove yourself to be the competent student you wanted to be at the beginning of the semester.

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A sense of joy almost overwhelms me when I hand in a final I know I aced. Some finals even serve as “fooled you!” moments for those teachers whose face you barely saw because you skipped class so often. Speaking of teachers, just think about their finals week experience. While you’re enjoying the first few days of your precious summer break, your professor will be hunched over their desk forced to read some freshman’s pathetic interpretation of Sartre’s or Kant’s philosophy. Or worse, consider the mindnumbing agony of all of those teachers’ assistants who have to enter in all of your Scantrons into the machine. So for the love of Mike the Tiger, kick finals week in the face, don’t let it turn you into a whiner, and save yourself from a week of unnecessary stress. SidneyRose Reynen is a 19-year-old film and art history freshman from New Orleans.

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Greek newspaper should find a new identity Neutral ground Eli Haddow Columnist It is sometimes too easy to give someone an A for effort. In college, it usually takes more — or for some, less — than sheer will power to succeed in our classes. The good people who put together The Odyssey at LSU every week suffer from this false sense of appreciation. The newspaper makes its way from Greek house to Greek house once a week and generally either withers on the doorstep or in the trash can — or recycling bin — of every chapter. Why? Because there’s nothing really worth looking at. It’s a shame the members of the Greek community see it as a necessity to write their own weekly newspaper instead of relying on The Daily Reveille to keep them informed with goings on around campus. It’s true, this paper is not always good to Greek life, and the Greek community often treats it in kind with disdain. But that doesn’t mean that an alternative paper will be any more viable. The Odyssey operates under

a parent national company called Olympia Media Group, which produces newspapers on several other campuses, and prints what I guess could be perceived as news. They self-describe as a “lifestyle publication” about topics that concern the Greek community. Yet seldom is there any hard information that could be considered newsworthy. Every so often, one sorority member writes about how splendid another sorority’s philanthropy was, or maybe there’s a review of a Greek-wide event like last weekend’s Songfest. However, what usually graces its pages are pieces that seem to pertain to each other in no particular way except in the question that it evokes in the reader: “Why the hell are you writing about that?” For instance, an article featuring a columnist’s favorite books or films may be situated across the page from some philosophical jargon about how the world is coming to an end because of the Middle Eastern revolutions. Last week, there were two articles on the same page about Yik Yak. I’m not entirely sure what, if any, limitations are put on the writers, but there is seldom any semblance of balance, or frankly news, found within the pages of this

newspaper. Instead, The Odyssey serves as a mouthpiece for the kind of poor public relations that have been costing the Greek community its reputation for years. And, if we’re being honest, the writing can be dubious at best. I don’t need a column explaining the 10 ways Greek members are better than their independent counterparts. Nor do I need a case for why country music is preferable to any other kind of music. If The Odyssey wants to be appreciated for anything more than its double page of pictures, then they are going to have to start actually doing some reporting. This doesn’t seem too far-fetched considering most of its writers study mass communication or some other kind of language art. There are issues that warrant the attention of the Greek community, but instead there are headlines like: “Decisions, Decisions: Bamma or Bonnaroo?” Is it not ‘Bama?’ Or, my personal favorite, the slightly ambiguously titled: “World Perspective.” The best article I’ve seen recently was a restaurant review, simply because the writer had to have gotten up and paid a visit there. Now, I’m not trying to preach from the vaunted pedestal of The Daily Reveille opinion page, I am

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Greek newspaper The Odyssey is delivered to sorority and fraternity houses across LSU’s campus once a week, informing readers about topics regarding the Greek community.

merely trying to point out that the people who put their time and effort into producing The Odyssey should use their talents to make something that people will actually read. I know a few of them, and they are far more dedicated than me. But alas, the Greek community generally meets adversity with a gallant “I don’t care.” Our chapters are well aware of what they can accomplish and how they add to LSU’s lush culture. If

there is going to be a newspaper that tries to reflect this, then at least make it good. Eli Haddow is a 21-year-old English and history junior from New Orleans. Contact Eli Haddow at; Twitter: @Haddow_TDR

Study is correct in claiming the U.S. an oligarchy Mr. Fini Joshua Hajiakbarifini Columnist The world has claimed conspiracy theory for years, but it turns out the U.S. is actually an oligarchy, and I’m glad some top universities verified the truth. For young voters and students who can’t wait to participate in this year’s midterm elections, it may come as a shock that Northwestern and Princeton universities released a study claiming the United States — the democracy we have been taught since elementary school to be proud of — is apparently an oligarchy. For those unfamiliar, an oligarchy is a government ruled by the few instead of by the majority. Many activists have been screaming about this for years, especially after the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court ruling. This year, the McCutcheon Supreme Court ruling made this growing problem even worse by lifting the restrictions of campaign donations per election cycle. My first reaction to the release of the study wasn’t shock, but rather the feeling that major universities had finally caught up

with what activists already knew. The Supreme Court cited freedom of speech as the primary reason for the ruling, which benefits the rich. What the rich have today is disproportionate influence over public policy and unparalleled access to politicians that the general public doesn’t have. Both rulings are unfair because money shouldn’t be considered speech and corporations are not people. Power is shifting from living and breathing citizens to man-made business entities that threaten the democratic process. The candidates with the most money almost always win elections. Because of this disparity, it is extremely hard for a grassroots, anti-establishment candidate to enter political office. This study is a major step in the right direction because it cannot be denied anymore that the United States is an oligarchy instead of the myth of democracy. It’s almost shocking that two elite universities are the source of this revealing study. Obama’s victory in the 2008 election is a perfect example of how popularity in the polls didn’t translate into popular policies in Washington, D.C. After Obama took power, instead of doing what progressives and liberals wanted,

he didn’t go after the banks and didn’t push for major financial regulations. Northwestern and Princeton’s study makes high school civics class almost obsolete. We already suffer from voter apathy and the feeling our votes don’t count, maybe the voter apathetic masses sensed something political junkies missed. Voter apathy is likely to continue to grow because of how unresponsive politics is to the plight of the people. Elections have become more of a ceremonial role than a real political process because after the corporate financed candidate takes office, it is business as usual. Whether the Democrats or Republicans win, the corporate elite wins and the people lose. United States oligarchs are beginning to resemble Russian oligarchs who robbed the state and ruled during the chaotic capitalist era of the ’90s. With the anti-government political climate, it is only a matter of time before America will return to the chaotic pre-New Deal capitalism that will reduce class mobility to an old Greek myth. The corporate elite’s greed for profit has been famously known for years, but now they want a virtual monopoly of political influence that will ruin the lives of ordinary people. As a

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student of history, major disparities cannot last without conflict. Occupy Wall Street was an early sign of a major class conflict that may occur in the future. Some activists call for a constitutional amendment removing money from politics, yet the political and corporate elites have ignored their calls. I hope reform can be made before the people’s faith in the system breaks. John F. Kennedy said it best when he foretold, “Those

who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” Joshua Hajiakbarifini is a 24-year-old political science and economics senior from Baton Rouge.

Contact Joshua Hajiakbarifini at; Twitter: @JoshuaFini

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The radiant installation also incorporates social media to promote and share people’s experiences with it. Zeringue created the hashtag “#PrismBR” so when someone takes photos with or around the piece, she can track their reactions. “I really want people to know about it and interact with it to show who they are through it,” Zeringue said. Zeringue said she got the idea to integrate social media after she saw reactions to her piece last year. The piece was similar to “Prism” in that

The Daily Reveille posts are those that showcase the personalities of the people taking the photos, she said. Zeringue said this idea of including social media in art will be a major part of how art is communicated in the future. “Social media is such a huge deal today, so I think artists will start taking advantage of it,” Zeringue said. She said because it’s a sitespecific piece, the installation was designed and created for the exact location. She said the stairs going up

the levee were perfect because she is enjoys using shadows in her artwork. Though the final result was an illuminating success, Zeringue said she went through an extensive process to secure the space on city property. It took more than a month for Baton Rouge Downtown Development officials to give her permission to begin work on the piece, she said. While many of her classmates chose to do multiple projects for

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