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Students question why aerospace major isn’t offered Renee Barrow Contributing Writer

On Wednesday afternoon, the University’s Society of Automotive Engineers Aero Design Team presented its final projects, but the members are not majoring in aerospace engineering. The University does not offer it as a bachelor’s degree program. “We’re the flagship college in the state, and I think we should

offer the most technical courses possible,” said mechanical engineering senior Aaron McCloud. In fact, no universities in Louisiana offer an aerospace engineering degree program. “We are the first to offer an aerospace minor,” said Keith Gonthier, associate professor of mechanical engineering. “Short of getting a degree, this is a really good option.” Gontheir said the minor,

created in 2010, consists of 19 credit hours, including 4000-level courses like aerodynamics, vibrations, jet and rocket propulsion, aircraft design and spacecraft design. “It is designed for mechanical engineering majors,” Gonthier said. “Aerospace engineering is basically mechanical.” Some students, however, disagree with this idea. Joseph Bosley, an aerospace


engineering freshman at the University of Alabama, is from the Baton Rouge area. He said he elected not to attend college closer to his home because there is no established aerospace engineering department. Bosley said when applying to colleges, he quickly learned about Louisiana’s lack of options for his interest in aerospace engineering. “It really did surprise me because there is a NASA center in

New Orleans,” Bosley said. “Once I heard that [the major was not offered], I pretty much started looking out of state.” Bosley said the program a student attends has a high potential to affect a future career path. “Companies tend to pay a lot of attention to what program you go to,” Bosley said. “I don’t know how much someone AEROSPACE, see page 6

LSU Wake soars out of Monroe tournament




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LSU wakeboarders Jordan Hughes (top), Kyle Jordan (left middle), Nick Vaccari (left bottom) and Brandon Lauber (middle) perform tricks Wednesday in the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.


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hree comepting wakeboarders took to the water Saturday at the final installment of the Louisiana Collegiate Wake Tour in Monroe before it was Kyle Jordan’s turn to ride. Jordan, a mechanical engineering junior, got on his board and executed a raley, launching in the air like Superman, before moving into a series of aerial tricks, jumps and grabs. This was the fourth tournament of the school year for LSU Wake, the University’s wakeboarding and wakeskating club. The team went into the tournament after a disappointing score at a tournament in Mississippi earlier this month and with only eight team members able to compete, said Brannon Lauber, business senior. They redeemed themselves that afternoon when they found out they won the tournament by the small margin of half a point, Lauber said. LSU Wake won the entire Louisiana Collegiate Wake Tour, beating other universities in the region and qualifying for the national tournament in Shreveport on May 30. In wakeboard tournaments, Lauber said, the boat goes down to the end of the course and turns around to go back to the starting point, allowing time for about six tricks. Each of the six divisions WAKEBOARDING, see page 15

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Wreck renews demands for regulation Sheriff defends jail fire safety efforts The Associated Press

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — The latest in a string of fiery oil-train wrecks brought renewed demands Thursday that the Obama administration quickly tighten regulations governing the burgeoning practice of transporting highly combustible crude by rail. With production booming in the Bakken oil field along the U.S. northern tier and in Canada, some experts said stronger rules to head off a catastrophe are long overdue. However, drafting and approving new regulations can take months or even years, an elaborate process that involves time to study potential changes and a public comment period before anything is adopted. In the latest crash, a CSX train carrying Bakken crude from North Dakota derailed Wednesday in downtown Lynchburg, sending three tanker cars into the James River and shooting flames and black smoke into the air. No one was injured, but the wreck prompted an evacuation and worried local residents and officials. There have been eight other significant accidents in the U.S.

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Firefighters and rescue personnel work along the tracks Tuesday where several CSX tanker cars carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire in Lynchburg, Va.

and Canada in the past year involving trains hauling crude, and some of them caused considerable damage and deaths, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Bakken crude ignites more easily than other types. The NTSB and members of Congress have been urging the Transportation Department to

work swiftly on new standards that would make tanker cars more rugged. “Everybody is waiting on them and expecting some significant action,” Grady Cothen, a former Federal Railroad Administration official, said after Wednesday’s wreck. “It’s a frontand-center concern on the part of everybody in rail transportation.”

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The sheriff in New Orleans is defending his actions to improve fire safety at the city’s jail complex. Lawyers for inmates and the U.S. Department of Justice recently called for a contempt finding against Sheriff Marlin Gusman. They say problems with fire safety conditions at parts of the Orleans Parish Prison, including faulty alarm and sprinkler systems, violate a court-backed reform plan. Court documents filed Thursday by Gusman’s lawyers say most of the problems cited deal with conditions in two jail complex buildings that are more than 80 years old. They also note that a new jail is nearing completion. A hearing on the jail’s fire safety issue is set for Monday.


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TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford began a leave of absence and headed for a rehab center Thursday, leaving his scandalized city in the dark about his political future after a report surfaced of a second video of him apparently smoking crack cocaine. Ford announced Wednesday that he would take leave for an unspecified amount of time from both his mayoral post and his re-election campaign, but he did not abandon his bid for a

second term as mayor of Canada’s second largest city. One of his campaign rivals and other Toronto politicians demanded he resign. Toronto police said they were looking into the new video, which was reported by the Globe and Mail newspaper. A day after announcing his decision, Ford boarded a plane for Chicago headed for a treatment program that will last at least 30 days, his lawyer Dennis Morris told The Associated Press. Morris declined to say if Chicago was his final destination.

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Students develop product for news organizations Deanna Narveson Staff Writer

University students have taken to the Internet to voice the changes they want to see on campus. FixLSU is a Wordpress website launched around late February, where students can contribute and post about University issues, said mass communication senior Rachel Weaver. The site is a method of crowdsourcing, or obtaining information from a large group of people. Since its creation, there have been more than 180 posts and about 48 comments published to, showing students are most concerned about transportation, Weaver said. “Without fail, every Friday morning I walk to the bus stop and wait, only to find the bus full to the point of bursting when it finally does arrive,” a student posted to FixLSU using the username Kvwilk. “I’m not sure how

we could fix this, besides maybe spreading the busses out a little more?” The goal of FixLSU is not to solve the school’s problems, but to facilitate communication about issues and provide data about what people are talking about, Weaver said. Though it may seem like activist action to improve the University, FixLSU is actually the alpha test for a product Weaver and other members of the University’s Create Lab are developing to give breaking news back to news organizations, show them where to look deeper into problems and quantify complaints and concerns, Weaver said. Create Lab is a part of the Manship School of Mass Communication’s Digital Media Initiative, an extracurricular group that seeks to solve a real-world problem for a client. Prentiss Darden, one of only two returners to Create Lab

this year, said the group’s mission started two years ago with the goal to create a product for | The Times Picayune. Darden said the group is working to develop a widget, or application, that processes the data collected from people’s comments about issues to take to | The Times Picayune in the next few weeks. The group set up a table in Free Speech Alley last week, showing students the data they had collected so far. LSU President F. King Alexander stopped by to talk to students and looked at their data. Alexander said he thought it was a good way to get information about student’s concerns; his only comment was it should be change from “FixLSU” to “ImproveLSU” because he said the University is not broken.

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Theatrical band Of Montreal to return to Baton Rouge Gerald Ducote Entertainment Writer

For Louisiana fans of the band Of Montreal, now is a special time of the year. The Athens, Ga.-based psychedelicrock group plans to return to the popular Baton Rouge venue Spanish Moon, bringing with it a signature performance involving colorful props and a theatrical stage presence. Before its scheduled May 5 show, The Daily Reveille asked frontman Kevin Barnes about how Of Montreal’s grandiose performance translates to more localized scenes like Baton Rouge. The Daily Reveille: Of Montreal has been coming to Spanish Moon for quite a while. It’s something your fans have come to expect each year. Why does a relatively famous band like Of Montreal keep coming back to this smaller bar in Baton Rouge? Kevin Barnes: It’s fun for us to play a community like Baton Rouge. It’s very similar to Athens, where we’re from. It’s like an exciting southern college town. We just always seem to have a good experience when we’re there, so that’s why we always come back. TDR: Your shows are known for pretty extravagant costumes and theatrics. What do you do to condense your shows to fit a smaller venue like Spanish Moon and still maintain that essence of the band?

KB: The stage production is very modular, so it can be adapted to bigger stages and smaller stages. Whatever space we have, we work with, so we always have some sort of stage production and some kind of visual production. Basically, it’s a little bit different from night to night. TDR: This past Record Store Day, the band re-released the album “Satanic Panic in the Attic” for its 10th anniversary. How do you think Of Montreal has changed since that album came out? KB: We’ve definitely gone through a lot, individually. The lineup has changed a bunch over the years and the style of music has changed a little bit. It’s sort of grown into different areas. There has definitely been a lot of development since then. But it has been exciting. TDR: Has the band been including songs from “Satanic Panic in the Attic” in the shows to coincide with the reissue? KB: Yeah, there’s a couple. We’ve added a couple of songs to the set just because we’ve rediscovered them in a way. TDR: You’ll be touring through Baton Rouge with the Brazilian band Boogarins. How did you determine that was the band Of Montreal should tour with? KB: We just heard them, and we liked what we heard. We knew that they were going to be over for the Austin Psych Fest, which we’re playing as well. It sort of worked out perfectly with


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the timing. TDR: Of Montreal is an original member of the Elephant 6 collective. Are there any plans of collaboration between the bands to release music currently? KB: Not on my side. I haven’t really been that involved with the other Elephant 6 bands. It’s been a long time since I was really working with them, even hanging out, but I still like them, and we still like each other. We’re just not involved in each other’s lives right now. TDR: I only ask because Neutral Milk Hotel, which is from Louisiana, has just recently revived its entire operation and is touring. It raises a lot questions for that whole collective. KB: It’s great that Neutral Milk is getting some shows together and doing that thing again. I’m a fan, and I’d like to see them create some new music and continue to do it. Of Montreal will be performing at Spanish Moon May 5. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and tickets are available, starting at $15.


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Special ceremonies honor diverse groups Participants hope to create a tradition

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People shouldn’t get too comfortable with the calmer predictions, as it only takes one hurricane to cause massive devastation.

Upcoming hurricane season is predicted to be more tame Exercising caution is still important James Richards Staff Writer

Despite forecasts predicting a calmer hurricane season, Louisiana residents need to have a plan for potential storms, said state climatologist and professor Barry Keim. Predictions from Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorological Project show a nearly one in five chance of at least a Category 3 hurricane hitting the Gulf Coast. The TMP predicts nine named storms, three hurricanes, of which one should be at least a Category 3. Historically, these numbers are below average. Since 1981, there has been an average of 12 named storms, 6.5 hurricanes and two major hurricanes per year. Keim said the reason this hurricane season is projected to be less potent is twofold. First, ocean surface temperatures in the past six months have been increasing, meaning the weather systems are likely moving into what is called an El Niño. The El Niño is a particularly warm area of the Pacific Ocean that creates upper atmosphere airflow in other areas of the world, disrupting storms. The other reason for the lesser storm season, Keim explained, is because the Atlantic multidecadal oscillation (AMO), an index of surface ocean temperatures, shows cooler ocean temperatures. Warmer temperature waters are the fuel of storms — more water evaporates, putting more energy into the storm. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

formed during a period of exceptionally warm surface temperatures, Keim said, showing the potential warmer temperatures can cause. People shouldn’t get too comfortable, as it only takes one hurricane to cause massive devastation. Keim said Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the costliest hurricane for its time, formed under these two conditions. In addition, long term AMO patterns indicate warmer ocean temperatures for another 10 to 20 years, Keim said. That means a greater likelihood of more, stronger storms. In the longer term, global climate change models predict the same amount or fewer storms, Keim said. However, the storms that do form will likely be stronger.

Keim is optimistic about Louisiana’s preparedness for hurricane season, mostly owing to the persisting shock from Katrina. “It’s going to take a while to be desensitized from that, I hope it never happens,” he said. People should prepare for this season just like they would any other hurricane season. Keim suggests making a plan ahead of time for where to evacuate. If you’re going to ride out the storm, get some basic supplies ahead of time. “You don’t need a bomb shelter,” Keim said.

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traditional African drumming as the pomp and circumstance for the entering graduates. “It is a great added program to commencement to have something else to highlight the graduMichael Tarver ates and also incorporate culContributing Writer ture,” Poole said. Like the robing ceremony The African-American and LGBT communities on campus represents graduation through a will walk to the beat of their own cultural lens, the Lavender Graddrums while graduating from the uation ceremony celebrates a University with the Robing Cer- diverse community, recognizing emony and Lavender Graduation graduating LGBT students at the Ceremony, coordinated by the University. Micah Caswell, graduate asOffice of Multicultural Affairs. Both ceremonies are an add- sistant in the Office of Multiculed attempt to celebrate the mile- tural Affairs and coordinator of stone achievement of receiving a the LGBTQ Project and the Safe Space Campaign, said it is impordegree from the University. LaKeitha Poole, coordinator tant to recognize students in this of African American Student Af- way because marginalized people tend to be more fairs, said the roblikely to drop out. ing ceremony is a ‘It is a great Caswell said way to bring an the students will additional sense added program to be presented with of culture to the commencement to this year’s pin graduation experience. The cel- have something else to during the ceremony. While it ebration will also highlight the is geared toward honor the 1964 LGBT graduates, students who ingraduates and also event is open tegrated the Uniincorporate culture.’ the to anyone who versity 50 years wants to partake ago, Poole said. LaKeitha Poole and is open to the Each student coordinator of African American public, he said. participant will Student Affairs The Lavender be presented with the traditional African adorn- ceremony is only in its second ment: a kente cloth, handmade year of existence but has become and shipped from Ghana. Un- an annual University tradition like the general commencement and should continue for years to ceremony, students are allowed come, Caswell said. “This type of ceremony has to choose who will present the cloth. Usually, students choose a been happening at colleges all family member or influential per- over the country for years, so son in their life to take part in the we’re not breaking new ground… we’re catching up,” Caswell said. ceremony, Poole said. Roland Mitchell, associate director of the College of Human Sciences and Education, will address the graduating students and will give the “graduation charge” to send off the students into the Contact Michael Tarver at world, Poole said. The event also features

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Campus University seeks to improve online offerings Nontraditional may be What do you think about students will benefit tobacco online degrees? free in fall University is already smoke free Jacquelyn Masse Contributing Writer

In the fall, the University’s campus will be smoke free, but the stance on other tobacco products is still undetermined. Earlier in the semester, Student Government Senate voted against a tobacco ban on LSU’s campus. The University’s decision could change because of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s “Well-Ahead” initiative, which encourages healthy living spaces called “Well-Spots” in restaurants, schools and businesses. If the University wants to be considered a “Well-Spot,” a tobacco policy needs to be in place. SG President Clay Tufts said he will meet with LSU President F. King Alexander on Monday to discuss the tobacco issue. “We want to see what direction the University wants to go in and see what students have to say,” Tufts said. SG will keep its stance against the tobacco ban. “We think it’s a status thing; I don’t think it’s worth going against student voice for PR,” said former Speaker Pro Tempore Trey Schwartzenburg. While the tobacco policy is still in discussion, the University will officially be smoke free on Aug. 1. The policy is currently in Alexander’s and Provost Stuart Bell’s hands to make the final decision. Smoke Free Committee co-chair Judith Sylvester said a smoke-free campus will be an easy transition for the University if there is preparation. Signs will be placed around campus and trashcans with ashtrays will be filled with cement. The policy does not include an official punishment for students and faculty who smoke. “The whole community has to be the enforcers to kindly and gently tell someone on campus that we are smoke free,” Sylvester said. Repeat offenders may face consequences; however, there is no official plan in place yet.

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Alexander said the focus on online education has been on graduate programs in the past, but it is important to expand undergraduate degrees as well. While some programs may Olivia McClure be delivered 100 percent online, Senior Reporter others may be hybrids that inLouisiana is eight years be- clude in-classroom components hind the rest of the nation in its as well. online degree program offerings, Evidence suggests that gradaccording to LSU President F. uates of online-only degree proKing Alexander. grams are just as good as those of LSU A&M offers a handful regular students, Alexander said. of online graduate-level degrees Administrators will ensure any such as the MBA program. It new program, whether online or does not have any undergraduate hybrid, “is a good, LSU-quality online degrees, although other degree,” he said. Louisiana universities do, includ“This isn’t about dumbing ing other camdown the propuses in the LSU grams,” he said. System. “We’d be making At its meetthem more accesing last week, the sible.” Louisiana Board It is crucial of Regents disthat the Unicussed expanversity creates sion of online more avenues for higher education people to go to F. King Alexander opportunities. school. MinoriThe board reLSU president ties, adult learncently launched ers, people in the, which lists military and others who cannot online degrees available at Loui- attend class at the University siana universities. would benefit, Alexander said. Alexander said because Lou- The University must try to do isiana ranks 49th in the nation for more to reach these populations, adult residents with a college de- he said, and online degrees could gree, increasing accessibility to in fact serve those people better. higher education should always “With underrepresentbe a priority. ed populations, perhaps they Online courses and degrees can succeed because it’s not would enable the University to face-to-face,” he said. reach more nontraditional students as well as those who do not live in Baton Rouge, he said. More online course offerings could also help regular University students finish their degrees sooner. A student who goes home for the summer could still earn a Contact Olivia McClure at few hours of credit through online courses.

‘I think it’s good because you can do it on your own time.’ Allison Falcon biology senior

‘This isn’t about dumbing down the programs. We’d be making them more accessible.’

‘I wouldn’t do well because I need to come to class, but it could be beneficial for people with full-time jobs.’

Brooke Babin graphic design freshman

‘It depends on the person and how they learn. … But it wouldn’t hurt for [the University] to experiment.’

Dylan Ford electrical engineering sophomore

‘You’d have more freedom but it depends on the class. I wouldn’t take hard classes online.’

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LSU Foundation building will take away parking Lyle Manion Contributing Writer

Early construction on the LSU Foundation building this summer will take away commuter parking spaces in the Old Alex Box lot, said Roger Husser, director of planning, design and construction for Facility Services. Construction of the building will take place on the front side of the limestone lot, accompanied by a new paved lot for LSU Foundation employees, Husser said. Additional commuter parking, funded by Tiger Athletic Foundation, should offset this loss, Husser said. A limestone lot holding 1,200 parking spaces will

be added to the west side of Nicholson Drive across from the track, said senior associate director for Tiger Athletics Emmett David. This site previously held vacated apartments. The Daily Reveille reported in January that the new Foundation building intends to increase donations to the University. The LSU Foundation will fund the structure without using money allotted for scholarships. The LSU Foundation’s current office is currently on West Lakeshore Drive. Husser said construction of the building will begin this summer. Contact Lyle Manion at lmanion

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The Nicholson Gateway, a 28-acre site located across from Tiger Stadium will feature mixed-use retail housing, a student residential district and retail space according to the project’s executive summary.

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Pie lady serves up hand-crafted pastries across La. HAMMOND – Frances Chauvin makes everything from scratch. From the dozens of homemade pies she churns out weekly for Baton Rouge and New Orleans farmers markets, to the radio station she and her late husband owned and managed for 37 years, her dedication inspires a committed following. She is The Pie Lady. The petite, 81-year-old’s weathered hands mold the doughy base of her masterpieces, crimping and tearing excess pastry from the edges. “I don’t waste any of it,” Chauvin said, placing the surplus aside for supplemental use. She recycles the dough to make “shoe soles,” crispy cinnamon-and-sugardusted pastries that serve as convenient farmers market snacks. While Chauvin’s apple, sweet potato, blueberry-peach and cherry pies attract the majority of her customers, her devotion to tradition draws regional and national connoisseurs. Chauvin’s recipes have graced the pages of Southern Living magazine and countless cookbooks. But it is her cushaw pie, similar in consistency and taste to pumpkin, that enticed a New Orleans filmmaker to include Chauvin in “Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans.” Chauvin’s cushaw pie transported Lolis Eric Elie back to his grandmother’s kitchen, he said. “Cushaw is not something most people have ever heard of, much less eaten,” Elie said, describing his excitement when he stumbled upon Chauvin at the Crescent City Farmer’s Market in the late 1990s. For Elie, Chauvin’s homemade crust sets her pies apart. “So few people make pies from scratch now,” Elie said. “The defining element of a good pie is its crust. It needs to be light and flaky.” Chauvin agreed, saying novice pie-makers often overwork the dough. She keeps the recipe

but cannot because of faculty being stretched thin. “My advisor told me it hasn’t happened because no one’s been able to spend time doing it,” McCloud said. Although the College of Engineering recently received new funding, including $105 million for a renovation of Patrick F. Taylor Hall approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors in late March, there are no plans to allocate funding toward an upgraded aerospace program. “If resources continue to come in, one could entertain the notion of a bachelor’s program,” Gonthier said.

farmers’ markets requires sacrifices. Chauvin spends countless hours each week baking dozens of pies and tarts, working until her quota is filled. No days off. For diversion, Chauvin attends the Hammond Chamber of Commerce meetings. A member since 1959, she was given Lifetime Chamber Member Award in 2006. On market days, Chauvin wakes at 4 a.m. Pies already packed, she leaves Hammond by 5 a.m. In addition, her dedication to her customers means she never misses a market, even for weddings. “I know it needs to be done,” she said. “If there was anything else I wanted to do, I would work around it. You have your customers who depend on you and you’re supposed to be there all the time.” She takes a break only in January, when she believes customers are concerned with lean pocketbooks and bulging waistlines. This attention to her

customers has kept Chauvin from raising her prices, even though her profit is slim, even though the cost of ingredients has “jumped.” Chauvin shows no signs of setting down the rolling pin, even though a number of people have advised her to slow down. The markets with its mix of customers and fellow venders, she counters, give her energy. She does acknowledge one adjustment as she gets older: She no longer samples her baked wares because she doesn’t want the extra calories. “I don’t know what (the pies) taste like,” she said. “I don’t eat them at all.” Others do.

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those at the University of Alabama. “We are trying to give our students a good, solid mechanical engineering degree with specialized work in aerospace sciences,” Gonthier said. Some University students think LSU tries to suit local needs. “I guess LSU is tailored to more local matters,” said civil engineering senior Vu Le. “LSU does have a petroleum engineering department, and there are a lot of oil refineries on the Gulf Coast.” Gonthier said many of the college’s students will find work in the oil and gas industry. “[An aerospace engineering bachelors program] would require additional resources that we just don’t have at the time,” said Gonthier. McCloud and Gonthier said the college would like to offer core courses, like calculus and physics, with a specific focus in engineering

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would benefit from minoring in aerospace engineering.” LSU mechanical engineering senior Anthony Thompson told The Daily Reveille in January he found networking difficult, and major corporations in the aerospace field do not usually visit LSU’s career fairs. While the University’s minor requires 19 hours of course, Bosley said he estimates taking at least 12 hours each semester of strictly aerospace-related courses. “It’s important for me to be somewhere that’s on the edge of technology right now,” Bosley said. Although students like Bosley may be lured out of Louisiana because of the lack of a desirable degree program, Gonthier said the college is not necessarily attempting to compete with programs like

morning to oversee the stations’ books, the self-described “money lady.” She delivered bills by foot within a mile radius “just to say hello,” Chauvin said, and to save on stamps. That dedication inspired the radio staff, Wooley said, including the steady flow of interns from nearby Southeastern Louisiana University. “They [the Chauvins] were mentors without knowing they were mentors,” Wooley said. “They never said, ‘This is how you do this.’” Perhaps the station’s most famous graduates, Good Morning America Anchor Robin Roberts, credits part of her journalistic success to the Chauvins, calling them her second family. “We could tell Robin Roberts was going to do well because she did her best in everything she did,” Chauvin said. Chauvin’s charisma is contagious, Wooley said. She makes everyone feel important. Her personality and sharp memory are on full display at markets, connecting with vendors and customers alike. Chauvin’s concern for her customers makes her a attractive presence at the Red Stick Market, said Copper Alvarez, executive director of the Big River Economic & Agricultural Development Alliance. “She makes you excited about what she has to offer,” Alvarez said. Chauvin said she never imagined being a professional pie maker. It was a hobby that took a life of its own when one of her sons enlisted her to jumpstart a farmer’s market in Hammond. She decided to bake homemade pies for a simple reason: She liked them – it could have easily been cakes if she had felt differently that day, she said. The Hammond market fizzled, but New Orleans visitors lured Chauvin across the lake to the Crescent City Market. Following Katrina, Chauvin reduced her twice-a-week New Orleans visits to biweekly appearances and shifted her focus to the Baton Rouge market. Making so many pies for two

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simple, mixing only flour, salt, butter-flavored shortening and ice water. “The less you handle the pastry, the better it is.” Chauvin would know. After winning local pie competitions for years, organization officials asked her to be the judge. Chauvin underscores the importance of fresh ingredients, which she uses for all of her pie fillings, except cherry. She buys pumpkins, strawberries, peaches and sweet potatoes from fellow vendors at the farmer’s markets, receiving updates on the crops in the process. While Chauvin’s cushaw pies are all her own, she doesn’t like to experiment with new recipes or stray from the basics, claiming she doesn’t have the time. At her busiest, she spends days baking as many as 25 pies, 80 tarts and 100 shoe soles. Chauvin learned the art of baking from her grandmother, who lived next door to the family’s 149acre rice farm in Fenton, La. “I just grew up baking.” Her grandmother taught by doing, guiding Chauvin and her younger sister through time-consuming recipes like cinnamon rolls. It’s a tradition Chauvin continues, instructing her seven children, 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren on the fine points of pie making. Working with family is nothing new to Chauvin, who operated WFPR radio in Hammond, with her late husband, John, from 1958 until 1995. While at the country-centric station, Chauvin and her husband put community first, airing programs like a birthday club and swap shop. “We did well because we promoted every little thing [in the community] and did not charge them for it,” Chauvin said with a laugh. But charity didn’t make the Chauvins soft, said former station employee Peggy Cross Wooley. “They expected commitment and dedication out of us,” Wooley said. “They didn’t say, ‘This is what we expect.’ You just knew it.” Chauvin arrived early each





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TRACKING THE TIGERS LSU prospects making moves as the NFL Draft approaches JAMES MORAN · Sports Columnist

Odell Beckham Jr.

Zach Mettenberger

Beckham will be the first Tiger off the board, and he should be able to see immediate playing time on whichever team drafts him. It may take him some time to refine his route running to an NFL level, but much like Vikings rookie Cordarelle Patterson did last season, he’ll be an explosive return man in the kicking game while becoming an increasingly bigger weapon offensively. Bottom line: Beckham will make big plays early on.



With Mettenberger, it all comes down to which team drafts him. He’s coming off knee surgery and was a statue in the pocket to begin with, so going to a team with a solid offensive line is absolutely crucial. He’s a cerebral quarterback, but LSU’s offense featured a lot of two-receiver reads this season, so it would benefit him to watch and learn behind a veteran quarterback for at least part of a season to get acclimated to the complexities of an NFL passing game.

Between his power, incredible balance and intelligence as a runner, Hill can step into an offense and be a stud from day one. Running backs have a short lifespan in the NFL, but because of the way Les Miles distributes carries, he doesn’t have as much wear on his tires as most workhorse backs and could enjoy a good run of success as long as he can avoid any more off-the-field trouble. Landry will go down as one of the great steals of the 2014 NFL Draft. He likely won’t be drafted as high as his former teammates because he lacks the elite measurables, but the dude is a straight-up football player. Between his incredible hands and toughness, he’ll be a third-down weapon as a slot receiver and will make a real difference as a rookie wherever he gets drafted. The franchise that drafts Landry won’t be disappointed.

Johnson’s mixture of elite natural size and pedestrian production has made him a maddening mystery. It’s hard to predict how effective he’ll be at the next level, but if he’s drafted into the right system, he could develop into a very good interior lineman.

Barrow is a bit undersized to be a starting linebacker in the NFL, but a productive career at LSU and a series of impressive workouts should ensure he gets drafted. His speed should allow him to contribute on special teams, and he could one day work himself into a defensive rotation. LAMIN BARROW


ANTHONY JOHNSON Loston struggled with inconsistency and injuries at LSU, but the elite size and speed that made him a five-star recruit out of high school should entice at least one NFL team into taking a chance on him. Like Barrow — and most LSU players during the Miles era — his abilities as a special teams player will land him on an NFL roster. He’ll need to improve his coverage skills if he wants to see playing time at safety.


Ferguson doesn’t have the same physical upside as Johnson, but he’s more of a known commodity and would be a safer pick. He’s not likely to be a star, but he should have a solid career and be able to contribute depth in the middle right away, regardless of where he’s drafted.

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experienced a significant change in their draft stock.

The final month before the NFL Draft usually brings the rise of unknowns and the fall of first-round prospects in mock drafts, and this year has been no exception. With the draft only six days away, here is a handful of former LSU players who

Zach Mettenberger, quarterback Mettenberger was LSU’s biggest surprise in 2013, flourishing under offensive coordinator Cam Cameron until he tore his ACL in the final week of the regular season to end his senior campaign.

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The injury has NFL teams hesitant to spend an early round draft pick on Mettenberger, who sought to quiet those skeptics at LSU’s Pro Day on April 9. He performed passing drills in pads and showed adequate pocket mobility just four months after undergoing knee surgery. “A lot of teams met up with him

on Pro Day to talk with him and see where his head is,” said Larry Holder, a New Orleans Saints beat writer for | The Times-Picayune. “To me, it had to have helped him because it showed not long after the surgery that he was able to go out and make all the throws and really still look the part.” Holder said he projects

Mettenberger as a second-day pick but has heard the quarterback may fall to the last day of the draft. In 2013, Mettenberger dwarfed the output from his junior year, throwing for more than 3,000 yards while maintaining 64.9 percent completion rate. Holder said the most DRAFT DAY, see page 11

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LSU not immune from crowd attendance decline THE SMARTEST MORAN James Moran Sports Columnist People just aren’t going to sporting events like they used to. Attendance numbers have steadily declined for almost all sports across the country during the past few years. Flip on the TV to any random ballgame and there are simply more empty seats than there used to be. The empty-seat epidemic has been attributed to everything from constant ticket price increases to the widespread availability and convenience of games on high definition television. Fans come out for winning teams playing big games, but only a few select arenas and ballparks still fill up on a day-to-day basis. Since LSU boasts “college baseball’s greatest fans,” it’s only natural to assume Alex Box Stadium is one of those venues. Well, not so much. Despite season ticket sales being announced as slightly higher than last season, LSU has seen its average actual attendance decrease by nearly 10 percent (571 people per game) through the first 32 home games of the season. The usage rate (actual total/paid total) has dropped to a dismal 50.37 percent, down almost 5 percent from last season. It’s not just the midweek games against cupcake opponents, either. The Tennessee series this past weekend drew far and away the biggest crowds since opening night against

UNO, and there were still plenty of tickets that went unused. There are plenty of explanations for the drop off — this season’s Tigers aren’t as good as the bunch that set a school record for wins last season, the weather has been lousy and more games have either been televised or streamed online. Now these are all reasonable excuses to not attend a game, and that’s precisely my point. An exceptional fanbase packs the park rain or shine, regardless of how well the team is playing. The first image that comes to mind is Chicago fans filling up Wrigley Field to watch an awful Cubs team on a chilly evening in the Windy City. If LSU ever goes through that type of prolonged failure, Alex Box will become a ghost town, aside from a few lunatics who take a break from posting on TigerDroppings to go hurl insults at Paul Mainieri and

his players in person. Well, “in person” aren’t the right words to describe people yelling from the stands, but it’s something of a step up from anonymously posting garbage on a message board like a pissed-off teenager. Ironically, these same people are the reason LSU baseball fans seem to have an air of elitism. They blast most LSU football fans as being too casual and fair-weather when Tiger Stadium is nearly empty in the third quarter against Kent State, and then they contribute to a near-50 percent usage rate on baseball tickets the following spring. They targeted the student section all football season for ruining their precious band songs and not showing up all the time. However, according to ticket statistics obtained by The Daily Reveille, the average usage rate in 2013 for general admission and reserved section student

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LSU baseball fans display signs April 25, 2014, during the Tigers’ 8-7 victory against Tennessee at Alex Box Stadium.

tickets was 74.02 percent and 70.59 percent, respectively. In fact, the only football game in the past two seasons that the student ticket usage rate plummeted below the current usage rate at Alex Box was a rainy afternoon kickoff against Towson in 2012. It’s easy for those in general admission to blast the students for not showing up because their student tickets are counted by actual attendance instead of paid. Meanwhile, the rest of the crowd beats their chest about a 90,000-plus announced attendance with only 60,000 people actually in the building. With that being said, student attendance at football games did fall slightly from 2012 to 2013. I’m not an advocate for the students — it’s been years since I sat in the student section instead of the press box — but it’s my job to point out

the hypocrisy. The point is not that LSU tackle football has a better fan base than LSU baseball or vice versa. It’s that ebbs and flows in attendance affect all but the most exceptionally loyal followings, and this is the part that won’t be easy to hear — LSU isn’t one of them. The doctor is now out. James Moran is a 21-year-old mass communication senior from Beacon, N.Y.

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Tigers end regular season at home against Miss. State Morgan Prewitt Sports Contributor

The No. 25 LSU softball team (32-20, 11-10 Southeastern Conference) will end the season with a conference series against Mississippi State (37-16, 9-12 SEC) this weekend in Tiger Park. After beginning the season with three straight SEC series losses, the Tigers enter their last conference series with four straight series wins, including a 9-3 record in their last 12 games. During this stretch, LSU’s lineup has developed into an efficient combination of power and speed, scoring five or more runs in eight games. “I think the team as a whole is swinging with a lot of confidence and having quality at-bats,” said LSU coach Beth Torina. “They are picking pitches that they want to hit, and I think they are being really patient and smart at the plate.” The development of freshmen throughout this season has played a key role in the Tigers’ success. In the series against South Carolina and Ole Miss, freshman catcher Sahvanna Jaquish hit .600, including nine RBIs and two home runs. LSU’s lineup is led by Jaquish, who is hitting .338 with a team-leading 44 RBIs and 12 home runs, and junior outfielder A.J. Andrews, who is second in the SEC with 34 stolen bases this season. The Tigers hope to continue their offensive dominance against Mississippi State’s tough rotation, featuring redshirt senior Alison Owen and freshman Alexis Silkwood who have produced a combined 30 wins this season. Owen is second in the SEC with

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LSU junior outfielder A.J. Andrews (6) slides into second base April 23 during the Lady Tigers’ 6-1 victory against the University of South Alabama at Tiger Park.

210 strikeouts and a 2.73 ERA in 159 innings pitched. Silkwood is eighth in the conference with 139 strikeouts and seventh in ERA at 2.10. LSU’s rotation, led by senior Ashley Czechner and freshman Baylee Corbello, aim to limit the free passes that have plagued them this season. In the Tigers’ three losses in their past four conference series, the rotation allowed a combined 22 earned runs and 14 walks while striking out only 12 batters. With a spot in the SEC tournament already clinched, the Tigers can use this series as an opportunity to prepare for postseason competition and focus on limiting free passes given to opponents. Mississippi State’s lineup is led by freshman infielder Caroline Seitz, hitting a team-leading .352, and

senior catcher Sam Lenahan, who leads the team with 10 home runs. First pitch for game one of the series is scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight in Tiger Park.

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significant boom to Mettenberger’s draft stock was the year he spent with Cameron, who coached in the NFL for 14 years. “If [Mettenberger hadn’t played for Cameron], he would not be talked about as a second-round pick because he would not have had the year he had last year,” Holder said. “You cannot discount that. He had an NFL-caliber coach running an NFLcaliber offense, so it certainly was one of the major difference-makers. He had all the tools physically, but I think it mentally helped him get going.” Odell Beckham Jr., wide receiver It’s amazing what a 40-yard dash can do. Beckham has steadily climbed mock draft boards since clocking a 4.43-second run at the NFL Combine in late February. CBSSports. com projects Beckham to be the No. 15 pick in the draft, and Holder said the receiver is a lock to be a mid-first round pick. “You cannot discount the fact that he ran well at the combine, and it’s really been the difference-maker in the story between him and [fellow LSU receiver] Jarvis Landry,” Holder said. “There were a lot of people who thought Jarvis Landry was a better receiver than Odell Beckham going into the combine. Beckham runs fast, Landry runs slow, and things change.” Beckham’s return skills also make him stand out in this year’s loaded receiver class. He notched 1,005 return yards on kickoffs and punts and averaged 26.4 yards per kick return last season. Jarvis Landry, wide receiver Just as a good 40-yard dash time made Beckham’s draft stock soar, a bad one sent Jarvis Landry plummeting down draft boards. Landry pulled his right hamstring and ran a dismal 4.77-second dash at the Combine, which was the slowest time among receivers at the event. He remedied that with

a 4.51-second time at LSU Pro Day but failed to boost his draft stock during individual drills. “You’re expected to have a good pro day,” Holder said. “If you have a bad pro day, that’s a red flag. Jarvis Landry ran better at his pro day, but you can’t drop passes in your pro day, and that happened.” Landry’s lack of speed has likely relegated him to a second-day pick who could fall as far as the fourth round. But Holder raved about the receiver’s hands that give him a tremendous upside. “I think he can catch everything under the sun,” Holder said. “I talked to someone in the know and we went over some LSU guys a couple weeks ago, and we both agreed that someone is going to get a steal in Jarvis Landry. They’re just not going to take him in the first round.” Trai Turner, offensive guard Though LSU’s trio of offensive playmakers appears to be the most desirable bunch from Baton Rouge in this year’s draft class, another former Tiger is skyrocketing up the draft boards. Turner posted the third-best 40-yard dash time among offensive linemen at the Combine, with a mark of 4.93 seconds. Turner’s speed coupled with his 6-foot-3, 310-pound frame have some organizations willing to take a chance on him earlier than expected. “I don’t know if I buy it, but I’m hearing he could sneak into the first round,” Holder said. “I think he could be a day-two pick, and I think he can come in and start in the NFL. I would look out for him. He’s been impressing some teams, so I would not sleep on Trai Turner.”

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Do you think minimum wage is a livable wage for students?

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‘It depends how focused you are with spending your money.’

chemical engineeering freshman THE DAILY REVEILLE ARCHIVES

Nearby restaurants are some of the minimum wage-paying businesses where students work because of their close proximity to LSU’s campus.

Minimum wage jobs add to hefty workload for students without much compensation OFF WITH HER HEAD JANA KING Columnist As we begin our lastweekend-of-the-semester-scramble to turn procrastinated projects into academic artwork, summer is on the horizon. Before long, we’ll be trading Blue Books for Netflix and abandoning the Quad for the beach. Then, there are those of us who will be working all summer to fund the fall semester’s rent and coffee addictions. Not quite as desirable but still a productive use of time. Working for $7.25 an hour — whether serving fried chicken and waffles or sweeping movie theaters — is frustrating and often disheartening. It’s not surprising these socalled entry level positions come with little feeling of accomplishment or productivity. But even with the heavy workload and light paychecks, most minimum wage jobs aren’t lacking applicants. In the past two years, I’ve heard many triumphant students brag in class about landing jobs at prime locations, ranging from on-campus positions at the Middleton Library Print Desk to a position at Raising Canes on Highland. The positions come with the benefit of close proximity or are on

the Tiger Trails bus route, helping out with those gas prices that are higher per gallon than your GPA. But if Cane’s ever follows the lead of Hungry Howie’s, which is open until 4 a.m., the workers could find themselves closing up shop well after their classmates crawl out of Tigerland. This trend could be detrimental to a student’s already suffering sleep schedule. These additional factors force your hand when choosing whether to work for $7.25 an hour serving fried chicken on State Street until 2 a.m. or trekking across Baton Rouge midday for a 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. shift at a $9.00-plus an hour clothing store job in the Mall of Louisiana. Ask any American about the job market and they’ll tell you it’s rough. Blaming issues such as job creation and illegal immigrants, politicians have promised voters they could solve our financial crisis, but few have acknowledged the Americans’ plea for minimum wage regulation overhaul. According to a Quinnipiac University poll from earlier this year, 71 percent of American voters support raising the minimum wage, with more than 51 percent supporting a minimum wage of upwards of $10 an hour. Still, senators voted down a bill that would increase the minimum wage nationwide to $10.10 just last week. An entire generation is working hard for a less-than-livable wage, and it’s depressing when you

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inevitably begin to associate your worth as a human with your ability to pay the bills. Think about it this way: The only reason you are being paid minimum wage is because, legally, your boss can’t pay you less. And believe me, if they could, they would. Those who oppose a minimum wage increase are quick to say that employers would sooner cut positions than increase their present staff’s pay. I predict some employers would, and they’d see their business suffer as employees struggled to adjust to a larger workload so the boss could make more money for themselves. Ask Bobby Jindal for his opinion, and you get a response fueled by personal prejudices, calling the economy since Obama’s election a “minimum wage economy.” I’m sure it was an oversight, but Jindal was right, sort of. We’re a minimum wage economy because politicians have allowed their hands to become tied while they are wined and dined by businesses funding political agendas. And with the U.S. Department of Commerce reporting almost 13 million Americans are on welfare programs as of January 1, it’s the government that’s picking up the bill. A business that values its employees and treats them with respect is a business that will succeed. We are the 20, 19 and 20-somethings trying to find

financial independence while also working toward a degree. We are certainly not property to be rented at a single-digit-per-hour wage. Students working for minimum wage aren’t paid enough to support themselves, let alone smile as they hand you a burger worth more than an hour of their time. This University is filled to the brim with students who work hard and enthusiastically for the little they receive. They take out hefty student loans and dine on a feast of ramen and tap water semester after semester to be able to pay for rent, electricity, water, Internet, groceries, gas and school expenses. I urge Louisiana’s leaders to recognize our hard work and give us a break, instead of siding with the business owners who don’t want to fork over any of their six-or-seven-or-eight figure salaries to pay those individuals responsible for their summer profits — the minimum wage workers. Jana King is a 19-year-old communication studies sophomore from Ponchatoula, La.

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‘It used to be the least you could make and still pay rent, food, and other expenses. It didn’t go up with inflation. It’s not right.’

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‘No. Most people pay for college on their own. They need money to put towards that.’

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‘No. Unlike adults, we can’t work 40 hours a week. And our time is worth more than $7.25.’

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Graduation: a sentimental, confusing, awful time SEVEN MINUTES IN KEVIN Kevin Thibodaux Editor in Chief As you wake up today, your newsfeeds will be flooded with posts about the last day of college — if those of us without Friday classes didn’t already post about it Thursday. A week from now, the process will repeat. This time about finals. A week after that, it’s graduation selfies. From outside the senior bubble, all the sentimentality surrounding graduation may seem like frivolous nonsense. But as a freshman, sophomore and junior, I watched with envy as my senior friends prepared to graduate. I would have traded anything to be in their shoes and get out into the world. Now that my time has come, I’m stuck, wishing I could do it all over again, feeling anticipation for the future and unexpected downright terror. I’m not sure what to do or where to go. Graduation is one of the most disorienting and disillusioning times I’ve had the absolute pain of experiencing in my life. I’ve received mixed messages over the past few months.

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When figuring out what to do after college, it is difficult to know exactly what the right decision is.

I’m not sure what to think. I’ve been told if I don’t find a job after graduation, I’m immediately at a disadvantage. I’ve been told to do something spontaneous, like move out of the country without any job prospects or much of a savings. When planning for life after college, it’s difficult to know what is the right choice to make. I’m constantly reminded the decisions I make now could ruin my future.

When I was a kid, I was told the same line I’m sure most of you have heard countless times. My parents told me to find a job doing something I loved. The money wasn’t important. If you find your passion, they told me, then it isn’t really a job at all. Now that I’m faced with impending graduation, that tune seems to have changed. “Do what you love” is now “Do what offers dental and a 401k.” I’m graduating from college,

and people are telling me to think about retirement. Transitions in life are difficult, I’m told. I’ve worked for The Daily Reveille for seven semesters. The opportunities here have led me to some of the best experiences of my life, including an internship in Washington D.C. covering Congress and winning an all-expense paid trip to Japan. I’ve met some of my closest friends in the basement of

Hodges Hall, where we’ve spent countless hours putting together the paper each day. And during that whole time, I’ve tried just about everything The Reveille has had to offer, including writing, editing, designing and taking pictures. But through it all, I never found anything that clicked. I won’t wake up one day with an epiphany about my life’s calling, a professor once said. It’s hard to envision giving up journalism, something I’ve spent four years of my life doing. At the same time, it’s even harder to imagine continuing on this path for the rest of my life. The scariest part about graduation is we are forced to figure things out on our own. There are a bunch of clichés I could put here about the future being now or life being what you make of it. But really, I don’t have the next part figured out yet, and I think that’s a good thing. Kevin Thibodeaux is a 22-yearold mass communication senior from Lafayette.

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U.S. must rise to the challenge, directly engage Russia BRACE YOURSELF Ryan McGehee Columnist On Thursday, as students across the U.S. reposted the “It’s gonna be May” meme ad nauseum, Russia staged its first May Day parade since the time of the Soviet Union. It’s like they are rubbing our noses in the fact that Mother Russia is coming back, just as militaristic as ever. This comes on the heels of months of aggression toward Ukraine, including the seizure of Crimea, repeated incursions into Ukrainian airspace and alleged actions by Russian special operators and intelligence officers. In response, the United States has finally, at the eleventh hour, decided to deploy troops to Eastern Europe, mostly in Poland, with 150 paratroopers from the U.S. Army’s 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team arriving two weeks ago. Well done, guys. One hundred and fifty light infantry in Poland will surely stave off further Russian expansion into Ukraine. While it’s refreshing to see that at least one NATO member is

serious about security in Eastern Europe, this troop deployment is symbolic at best. It reflects the administration’s recalcitrance to commit real military strength to deter the ambitions of Russian President Vladimir Putin, instead choosing to rely on sanctions against specific Russian oligarchs and excluding the Federation from the G8 Summit. As a Russian invasion of Ukraine proper looks more and more imminent, western leaders, President Barack Obama in particular, must rise to the challenge and commit a real presence to Ukraine. A policy of peace through strength kept the Russian bear at bay for half a century. It can certainly work now. However, that policy called for thousands of Abrams tanks and mechanized infantry to maintain constant readiness, should someone in the Kremlin decide it was a good idea to try their luck against NATO. According to the Washington Times, the U.S. has no operational tanks on the continent. Considering the circumstances, I would be acting in the exact same manner as Putin, were I in his shoes. By any reasonable measure, it appears the West simply does not have the resolve to

match Russia in the field, despite having substantial superiority in almost every facet of warfare. That, and I do miss pre-Cold War foreign policy. Perhaps the only reason he has not already seized portions of eastern Ukraine is that he is waiting on the new government in Kiev to make a move against the pro-Russian insurgents who have taken government buildings in the Donetsk region. In fact, on Thursday, Putin informed German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Ukraine must remove troops it has sent to the southeast to quell the pro-Russian uprising. Last time I checked, it is fully within a state’s authority to maintain security within its own sovereign borders. Naturally, Ukraine will not acquiesce to Moscow; however, this will coincide the Kremlin’s narrative of a repressive, right-wing, borderline fascist regime in Kiev going out of its way to suppress ethnic Russians in the East. It would also be a perfect pretext for a full on military intervention — one Ukraine would be powerless to stop. If you think the collapse of the Soviet Union was rough on the Russian military, you would be appalled at the state of the

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People dressed as Russian factory workers hold a man wearing Barack Obama’s mask with mock NATO’s bomb in chains on Thursday, as they take part in a Communist demonstration in downtown Moscow, Russia.

armed forces in other former Soviet bloc states. The U.S. and Europe must position a real military presence in striking distance of, if not within Ukraine. It is all well and good to finally be heading in the right direction with this deployment to Poland, but the conflict at hand is being played out near the Black Sea, not the Baltic.

Ryan McGehee is a 21-year-old political science, history, and international studies major from Zachary, La.

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We are looking for reliable, energetic, dog and cat loving individuals to add to our team. Please come by our Jefferson Hwy location to fill out an application. ________________________ Summer Camp Counselor positions for boys and girls groups needed. Swimming, baseball, fieldtrips. Full & part time. Mon-Fri. (225) 336-9030 ________________________ Typist Needed For Short Story Author I need someone to type of 15 short stories ranging from 1,200 – 1,250 words per story. You would need to bring a laptop to my house. Call Mike at (225) 954-0321 ________________________ Small Child Care center hiring afternoon teacher for summer M-F 2:30-5:30. email resume to cdshighland@gmail. com ________________________

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 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 ________________________ Part time customer service reps needed. Great for students especially for a summer job. Welsh’s Cleaners 4469 Perkins rd. Apply in person. ________________________

Mover/Driver for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. Great summer job. Pays 10-12/ hr plus tips and bonuses. Apply online at ________________________ Part-time courier/runner needed for small law office. Must have reliable transportation and excellent driving record. Send inquiries to tssecretary@ ________________________ YMCA SUMMER DAY CAMP COUN-

SELORS 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. ________________________ WORK FOR THE FUNYON: Writers/ Graphics Editors needed. Paid positions with very flexible hours. You must be quasi-funny. Email for more info: ________________________ Looking for a film coordinator! Must know Adobe Premier or Final Cut Pro and have a creative eye. To apply, fill out an application at advertising/application ________________________ 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 to apply or contact Ryan at for more info!

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Friday, May 2, 2014 WAKEBOARDING, from page 1

of the tournament has a limit to the maneuvers they are allowed to do based on skill level, and each trick earns points for the rider and the team. Lauber said LSU Wake was founded around 2003 and currently has nearly 60 members. The club practices after class and on weekends and is open to anyone who’d like to join. Before the tournament this weekend, the teams spent time together at a team party. Jordan

said they were like a “broternity.” Robert Doggett, a political science senior who competed in the intermediate division of the tournament in Monroe, said LSU Wake is funded by club member dues, local sponsors and the fundraiser they have when they host a tournament in Zachary every year. At the end of his ride Saturday, Jordan said he knew the last maneuver of his ride had to be perfect to raise their team score and beat Mississippi State. He launched and grabbed the board to add to

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his score, winning his division and giving LSU Wake the points they needed to win overall. Fifteen schools will be competing at the national tournament, significantly more than LSU Wake normally competes against, Doggett said. He also said the team could only bring their four best wakeboarders, the team’s top girl and top wakeskater to the threeday-long national tournament. Contact Deanna Narveson at


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LSU wakeboarders Kyle Jordan (top, bottom right), Jordan Hughes (bottom left) and Nick Vaccari (top right) perform tricks Wednesday in the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.



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