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Groovin’ moved to PMAC due to forecast
Salute to Servicemen Chancellor’s Day Parade honors military service
Friday,Ê MarchÊ 19,Ê 2010
Graduate school dean selected
By Ryan Buxton
By Adam Duvernay
Senior Staff Writer
The Parade Ground will be quieter than expected Saturday, as GroovinÕ on the Grounds has been relocated to the PMAC. The show, featuring Shinedown, Big Boi and Prom Date, was relocated because of weather forecasts predicting rain for Saturday. The National Weather Service forecasts a 30 percent chance of rain Saturday during the day in Baton Rouge. That chance increases to 60 percent by night. Mixing precipitation and electrical equipment is dangerous, said Michelle Eldredge, associate director of Campus Life. Ò We would rather have a successful event inside than no event at all,Ó Eldredge said. Despite the move, there will still be a student section at the show. The ﬂoor of the PMAC will be open to the ﬁrst 1,000 students with a valid student ID, Eldredge said. Upper-level, general-admission seating will be available for the rest of the audience and the public. Students will enter the PMAC through the northwest lower entrance. Other attendees will enter
David Constant, Interim Director of the Graduate School, was appointed dean of the Graduate School on Thursday, pending approval by the Board of Supervisors. Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Astrid Merget recommended Constant for the position to Chancellor Michael Martin, who approved her decision. Constant was chosen instead of the second ﬁnalist for the position, Geography and Anthropology Department Chair Patrick Hesp, after a lengthy process. “We had two outstanding ﬁnalists for this position, so this was not an easy decision,Ó Merget said in a news release. Ò But having two excellent contenders for the job speaks to the strength of LSU.Ó During the search process, Constant said he would search for ways to alter the Graduate SchoolÕ s faculty-to-student ratio and increase student diversity if chosen. Constant replaced former Graduate School Dean William Worger in May 2009.
GROOVIN’, see page 11
By Ryan Buxton Senior Staff Writer
The University has changed in the last 150 years, but the deep-rooted role of the military hasnÕ t. The UniversityÕ s military traditions were in the spotlight Thursday as the LSU Corps of Cadets marched onto the Parade Ground for the annual ChancellorÕ s Day Parade.
The parade this year was held also as part of the UniversityÕ s sesquicentennial celebration. The ChancellorÕ s Day Parade is a time to reﬂect on the military history of the University and for the chancellor to commend ROTC students, said Col. Frederick Guendel, commandant of the Corps Cadets. Ò It gives the chancellor an opportunity to support these guys and help connect them across
time to the founding of the University in 1860,Ó Guendel said. Chancellor Michael Martin said he was honored to pay tribute to the cadets from the UniversityÕ s Army and Air Force ROTC programs and Southern UniversityÕ s Navy ROTC. Ò IÕ m proud to have the chance to celebrate the success and commitment of our cadets PARADE, see page 11 photos by J.J. ALCANTARA / The Daily Reveille
[Inset] Col. Frederick Guendel, LSU’s Commandant of Cadets, left, and Chancellor Michael Martin walk behind the LSU Army ROTC on Thursday during the Chancellor’s Day Parade on the Parade Ground. [Background] Cadet Jonathan Gipson marches.
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Wooldridge, Craig combine humor with initiatives EditorÕ s note: This story is the last in a four-part series on the Student Government campaigns. The candidates will be presented alphabetically by last name. By Catherine Threlkeld Staff Writer
Most Student Government election candidates are armed with buttons, pushcards and stickers. SG presidential candidate Bryan Wooldridge and vice presidential candidate John Craig of Ò Two Kings for LSUÓ are armed with humor. During debates and interviews, Wooldridge and Craig have been less
than serious about their bid for the presidency and vice presidency. To help bring together the executive, legislative and judicial branches, Craig said heÕ d like to throw a Ò sweetass keg partyÓ if elected. Some candidates have strong opinions about the controversial Graduate Walk project, which will add a mandatory $30 fee to every graduating seniorsÕ fee bill if passed. Ò ItÕ s 30 bucks. ThatÕ s like fourthgrade allowance,Ó Wooldridge said. To increase the number of incoming and transfer students on campus, Craig said he does his part by smiling at guests and putting some Ò spring in his step.Ó
Ò A lot of people here are from Louisiana,Ó Craig said. Ò Those people are going to go here anyway.Ó In the Freshman Leadership Council debate Tuesday night, the candidates discussed what issues they like from other campaignsÕ pushcards. Ò I wouldnÕ t choose one ticket. I would choose many initiatives,Ó Craig said. Ò WeÕ re not going to let pride stand in the way of the betterment of LSU.Ó Presidential Candidate Theo Williams said he liked Two KingsÕ idea of using sporks in the Student Union to cut down on plastic utensil use. The spork combines a fork and spoon into one
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SG presidental candidate Bryan Wooldridge, right, and vice presidental KINGS, see page 11 candidate John Craig debate their ticket Thursday in Dodson Auditorium.
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Nation & World
USGS seismologist warns of more Chile earthquake aftershocks
South Carolina governor to pay $74K in ethics fines
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) Ñ A U.S. seismologist says Chileans will continue to feel aftershocks from last monthÕ s megaquake for a year or longer. Walter Mooney of the U.S. Geological Survey predicts that in the coming month there will be 25 to 45 temblors topping magnitude 5.0.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Ñ South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has agreed to pay $74,000 in ﬁnes to resolve dozens of charges that he violated state ethics laws with his campaign spending and travel, including a taxpayer-funded rendezvous with his Argentine mistress, the State Ethics Commission said Thursday. The commission brought the 37 civil charges against the Republican last year. Sanford, who is term-limited and will leave ofﬁce in January, still could face criminal charges.
Sudan and Darfur rebel group sign cease-fire, open negotiations DOHA, Qatar (AP) Ñ SudanÕ s government and a collection of Darfur rebel groups signed a cease-ﬁre Thursday Ñ the second such deal in less than a month with a key rebel faction Ñ opening the way for political negotiations ahead of a full peace agreement. The Sudanese government now has truces with two major rebel blocs, leaving mainly the Sudan Liberation Movement led by Paris-based Abdelwahid Elnur on the outside.
St. Patrick’s Day leprechaun holdup suspect linked to Santa robbery GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) Ñ The man who staged a St. PatrickÕ s Day bank robbery in a leprechaun costume and died during a police shootout also held up a bank days before Christmas in a Santa suit, police said Thursday. Investigators in the Nashville
suburb of Gallatin said information from the FBI linked David Christopher Cotton, 20, of Brentwood to the December robbery. FBI Supervisor Special Agent Scott Augenbaum told The Associated Press that investigators found a Santa suit at CottonÕ s home and that the suspect made similar comments during both robberies. Obama effigy hung at Rhode Island school with fired teachers CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) Ñ A teacher at a failing school where he and all his colleagues are being ﬁred hung an efﬁgy of President Obama in his classroom, apparently in reaction to ObamaÕ s support of extreme measures to ensure accountability in schools. The teachers union on Thursday condemned the efﬁgy, discovered Monday in the teacherÕ s thirdﬂoor classroom at Central Falls High School, saying it was wrong and cannot be condoned under any circumstances.
La. bill would ban selling energy drinks to teens for health reasons
Ex-guards at juvenile detention center indicted on sex charges
(AP) Ñ Lori McHughes calls energy drinks, those jolts of caffeine popular with teenagers and college students, Ò speed in a can.Ó And she wants restrictions on who can buy them in Louisiana. Lawmakers will consider the idea of a ban on the sale of the drinks to anyone under the age of 16, after McHughesÕ health concerns about the beverages persuaded state Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, to propose the prohibition. McHughes, who lives in Bossier Parish, blamed the collapse of her 15-year-old son on his mixture of a Red Bull drink with another called an Ò energy shot.Ó After he ingested the highly caffeinated combination on his way to summer camp last year, McHughes said her son broke into a sweat, felt his heart beating rapidly and passed out.
HOUMA, La. (AP) Ñ Seven former guards at a southeast Louisiana juvenile detention center have been indicted on charges they molested female inmates. The former guards at the Terrebonne Parish Juvenile Detention Center are accused of offering the girls favors like extra snacks and phone calls in exchange for sex.
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Candidates debate minority affairs, tuition hike Next discussion hosted by TigerTV By Catherine Threlkeld Staff Writer
Nearly 70 students attended Ò Hardball with SGÓ to watch the four Student Government campaigns debate minority affairs and controversial issues. The debate, hosted by the Black Student Union and Delta Sigma Theta sorority, marked the third of four debates. The next is the TigerTV debate in the Journalism Building at 7:30 p.m. Brooksie Bonvillain and Chris Sellers represented the Ò Leading the WayÓ campaign. J Hudson represented the Ò StudentsFIRSTÓ campaign. Theo Williams and Millena Williams represented the Ò Geauxing the DistanceÓ campaign, and Bryan
Wooldridge and John Craig represented the Ò Two Kings for LSUÓ campaign. Theo Williams said the University’s new flagship agenda has many pillars, one of which is diversity. Ò IÕ m going to make sure the University holds up to its agreement to keep this University a diverse one,Ó Theo Williams said. Hudson said to increase minority recruitment, heÕ d like to spotlight students organizations to show the events they sponsor. Wooldridge said heÕ d like to open doors for minority students. Ò The way to increase minority recruitment is to open the door of scholarship to everyone: little people, Vikings, Australians,Ó Wooldridge said. Tuition hikes may become inevitable to protect the UniversityÕ s academic core. Bonvillain and Sellers said theyÕ ll need to secure funding to do so.
“I will fight to keep LSU’s tuition as reasonable as possible and keep students here to prepare them for later in life,Ó Bonvillain said. Hudson said tuition increases may become a reality, and the University will not have the resources it currently has. Ò The only way we can do it is to continue to have the funding for those resources,Ó Hudson said. Ò We want to insure that scholarships are available and tuition wavers are available.Ó Theo Williams said he opposes a tuition increase. Ò My opponents are correct in saying we may not be able to avoid a tuition increase,Ó Theo Williams said. Ò I do not believe we should increase tuition. We should be worried about increasing our academic level.Ó To help student organizations, Millena Williams said she can relate to the importance of getting involved
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Protesters out-numbered 300 to 1 Students challenge anti-gay group By Xerxes A. Wilson Senior Staff Writer
A rousing rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody rang from Dutchtown High School today as University students and members of community protested an anti-gay group that never showed up. About 300 counter-protesters gathered at Dutchtown High School anticipating an anti-gay protest from the Westboro Baptist Church, a radical Christian group famous for picketing soldiersÕ funerals and waving Ò God hates fagsÓ signs. The Westboro Baptist Church scheduled a protest against the high schoolÕ s production of Ò The Laramie Project.Ó In 1998, Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, was severely beaten and left die tied to a fence outside of Laramie, Wyoming. Ò The Laramie ProjectÓ chronicles life in the town of Laramie after ShepardÕ s murder. Students from Dutchtown High performed the play without issue on Wednesday with another performance scheduled for Thursday night. Thursday was a different story, as an eclectic mix of people singing and carrying signs lined the entrance to greet the Westboro Baptist Church in a counter-protest. But protesters from the WBC never showed up. Ò There was a lot of hype. To be honest, IÕ m kind of disappointed,Ó said University sculpture junior Peter Wischusen. Ò I saw a great sign earlier that said Ô I hate people who hate people.Õ I think that says a lot about the people out here today.Ó While the true target of the counter-protest never showed up, one man stood opposing the group in the area reserved for the WBC. Anthony Battaglia, a self-described street evangelist said he came to
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The Rev. Clinton Crawshaw, right, and other counter-protesters explain their message of love Thursday at Dutchtown High. One member of the protest group attended.
reason with both the counter-protesters and the WBC. His arguments against the morality of homosexuality were met with some discussion but were mostly drowned out by renditions of Ò Row Row Row Your BoatÓ and the theme song for Ò Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.Ó Absurdity was prevalent for most of the protest. Students held signs saying Ò Billy Mays Lives,Ó and Ò Velociraptor Jesus Died for Your Sins.Ó One sign held by a student dressed as Jesus read Ò Fags are A OK with me.Ó While some protesters were handling the situation with humor, for others it was a much more serious matter. Dani LamanaÕ s brother was killed at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, and the Westboro Baptist Church picketed his funeral. Ò IÕ m disappointed they didnÕ t come,Ó Lamana said. Ò They need to know people are not going to put up with them anymore.Ó Even though there was nobody to protest against, many people felt the counter-protest was still a success. Ò If I would have came out here for this reason 25 years ago, there wouldnÕ t have been three people here,Ó said Shannon Triche, a protester who heard about the event on the radio. For some of the older people at the protest, the gathering brought back memories of the civil rights movement.
Ò I see hope in this group that they are willing to stand up for the rights of minorities,Ó said Rhonda Browning, who protested for civil rights. Ò Even though Dr. King is history, he is local news today.Ó The University Theatre Department brought about 20 students to the protest.
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on campus. Her Ò Geaux ServeÓ days will showcase the UniversityÕ s worth to the community. Craig said organizations should be allowed to express themselves better. Ò We need to loosen up restrictions,Ó Craig said. Ò I really think these opportunities will seem more appealing to the everyday student.Ó Sellers said they built their platform around getting students involved. Ò We want to make student outreach a central part of our administration,Ó Sellers said. Ò We want to help those organizations with their programs. We have the funding and help available.Ó Hudson said under the SG director of organizational outreach, heÕ d like to introduce a liaison to minority organizations. Ò If we have that, it will open up communication and solve problems weÕ ve had in the past,Ó Hudson said.
One audience member asked how the candidates would be representative of the entire student body, and not just the white, Greek community. Sellers said while choosing their college council candidates, it was about choosing the most qualified candidates. Ò And it was from there that we got so much diversity,Ó Sellers said. Ò Diversity is based off diversity of ideas.Ó Wooldridge and Craig attended LSU Lab School, and they said their time spent on the campus will help them if elected. “John and I are very reflective of the entire student body,Ó Wooldridge said. Ò We had a Jewish friend that was going to sign up with us.Ó
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Soleil Burleigh, international studies sophomore
On the Street
Q: What are you wearing? A: “A mismatch of objects. I never wear clothes that all came from the same place.”
Q: What influences your style? A: “Magazines, but mostly I put together my own style based on what I like. I like ethnic clothes … this shirt reminds me of Greece.”
Q: What is your favorite fashion trend right now? A: “I like the hipster look – like, skinny jeans. I actually sewed up all of my boot-cut jeans.”
Q: What’s your least favorite fashion trend? A: “Those ugly rubber toe shoes. I hate them.”
On the Town
photos by J. J. Alcantara and Emily Slack
Burleigh brought in a bluegreen cotton racerback tank and an ash-gray sweater paired with a homemade skirt she made from a linen sheet and coral-colored fabric scraps given to her by her grandmother. Burleigh said she started with the waist-high skirt and built from there. She combined a keepsake charm and an earring of her mother’s on a simple chain for jewelry and a strip “When I go to parties, I’m of purple fabric to tie usually very in her hair. casual.” She said she uses navy Keds to finish the ultra-casual look. She said she wouldn’t change a thing if she wore the combo to a party.
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Hawks at Hand
Lady Tigers take on Hartford to begin NCAA tournament journey
LSU to face Ark. in first SEC series Tigers took 4 of 5 games last season By Johanathan Brooks Sports Writer
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Senior guard Allison Hightower looks for an open player during the Feb. 28 win against Mississippi State. The Tigers won 76-47. LSU will face Hartford on Saturday.
By Rachel Whittaker Chief Sports Writer
The NCAA tournament has arrived, and senior guard Allison Hightower told the LSU women’s basketball team Tuesday she’s not ready to go home. LSU sophomore forward LaSondra Barrett took Hightower’s message to heart, and she said the team does not want to disappoint their most veteran player. The No. 7-seeded Lady Tigers (20-9, 9-7 Southeastern Conference) begin their NCAA tournament journey Saturday at 11:06 a.m. against No. 10 seed Hartford (27-4, 16-0 America East) in the first matchup of the Memphis Region in Durham, N.C.
Ò We all have that mentality, from the last person on the bench to the first five on the court,” Barrett said. Ò It brought chills to me because [Hightower] was really emotional about it. It shows how much she’s meant to the game and this program and how much impact she has on her teammates.Ó The Lady Tigers have not played a game since their 63-61 loss to Vanderbilt in the SEC tournament March 5. Hightower said the break has enabled the team to counter Hartford’s powerful post play and outside shooting. “We have to make sure we are ... staying disciplined,” Hightower said. “We have to block out every single time, and we can’t be hedging the ball screens and fouling jump shooters.Ó LSU coach Van Chancellor knows the
weapons Hartford brings to the court. Hartford coach Jennifer Rizzotti was a point guard for the 2000 Houston Comets when Chancellor was the coach. Chancellor called Rizzotti Ò a joy to have,Ó and he said the Hawks reflect her coaching style more than any team LSU has faced so far. Ò I remember running through the Los Angeles Sparks’ plays, and Jennifer knew them better than they did,” Chancellor said. “We were in the NCAA, see page 7
Chancellor and Rizzotti are set to reunite at the NCAA tournament. Read about it in the basketball blog at lsureveille.com
This is the season within a season. Thirty games will decide who will win the Southeastern Conference championship, and No. 7 LSU (14-2) will start its race for a second-consecutive conference title Friday night in Alex Box Stadium when No. 13 Arkansas (123) comes to town for a three-game series. “Everybody’s excited,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. Ò You come to LSU to play in the SEC, and I think everybody’s chomping at the bit and anxious to get out there and play a team in our league.Ó The Tigers took four of five games from Arkansas last season — two in conference play and two at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. Arkansas returns six position starters from last season’s team. LSU players say they enjoy playing teams with a high level of competition in conference play. “It’s the start of the SEC, so everybody is pumped up for that,Ó said junior catcher Micah Gibbs. “The reason why you come here is to play in the SEC and have this competition.Ó SEC, see page 7
Chavis searches for starting linebackers among freshmen Underclassmen look to replace senior trio By Cory Boudreaux Sports Contributor
What a difference one year makes. The 2009 LSU defense featured an experienced group of linebackers that excelled under the guidance of first-year defensive coordinator John Chavis. But starting this spring, Chavis must find two new starting linebackers from a group of unproven underclassmen. The Tigers must replace three of the top four tacklers from 2009 Ñ linebackers Harry Coleman, Jacob Cutrera and Perry Riley — who combined for 52 career starts.
Senior Kelvin Sheppard is the only starting linebacker to return from last season. The 6-foot-3-inch, 239 pound middle linebacker from Stone Mountain, Ga., started every game of the 2009 season and led the team with 110 tackles. Sheppard said he opted against the NFL draft and returned for his senior season in order to earn his degree and compete for a national championship. Ò It just felt like the right decision when I sat down by myself and didn’t listen to anyone else,Ó Sheppard said. Joining Sheppard at linebacker on the first team defense this spring are Ryan Baker, a 6-foot 221-pound junior, and Stefoin Francois, a 6-foot-1-inch 201-pound junior. Both appeared in at least 10 games in 2009, but neither player has recorded a start at linebacker for the Tigers.
Sheppard said working alongside the new faces at linebacker has increased his responsibilities on defense. Ò I have to be on top of my game, whereas last year I had those older guys around me,Ó Sheppard said. Sheppard also said Baker and Francois have benefitted from spending an extra year in Chavis’ system. “Ryan and Stefoin are way ahead of where we were last year. The defense is way ahead of where we were last year when Chavis got here,” Sheppard said. “Guys are flying around. They understand the scheme a lot better, and they’re moving around a lot faster.Ó Francois is transitioning to strongside linebacker from safety, where the Tigers initially recruited him to play. SCHEME, see page 7
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LSU senior linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, right, tries to tackle junior safety Stefoin Francois, left, during practice in the Indoor Practice Facility on March 9.
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Eugene moves to safety to help young secondary Defense focusing on forcing turnovers By Mark Clements Sports Contributor
The LSU football teamÕ s secondary only lost one starter from 2009 to the NFL draft with the departure of safety Chad Jones. With large shoes to fill, defensive coordinator John Chavis and the coaching staff turned to the lone senior starter in the secondary Ñ Jai Eugene. Eugene has seen action in 38 games throughout his LSU career, all of which came as a cornerback. LSU defensive backs coach Ron Cooper approached Eugene in the offseason and proposed the position change to him, to which he obliged. Ò I love it. I have more freedom back there,” Eugene said. “It has expanded my knowledge of the game. I really like learning a new position ,and it makes me understand the defense more, too. I sometimes wish I would have moved back there earlier in my years.” The initial outlook for the 2010 starters is beginning to form with spring practices under way. So far this spring, Eugene, junior Patrick Peterson, sophomore Morris Claiborne and junior Bran-
don Taylor have been getting the majority of the reps with the first-team defense. The only new name to the potential starting lineup is sophomore cornerback Morris Claiborne. EugeneÕ s move to safety opened up a potential starting job at cornerback, and Claiborne is taking full advantage. Other Tiger defenders spoke highly of the young athlete, who saw action in seven games last season, recording seven tackles. Taylor said Claiborne is going to be a great addition to the defense. “Mo has good speed,” Taylor said. Ò If someone gets away from him, he’s going to run them down. IÕ m not too worried about Mo. IÕ ve seen him play before, and I know heÕ s going to lock it down over there.” Peterson also said Claiborne has a lot of potential. Ò He is going to be pretty talented,” Peterson said. “He’s going to be a pretty good corner for us this year.” Peterson said the focus in the secondary this spring has been forcing more turnovers and getting off the field on third downs. Ò Finishing. ThatÕ s one of the main aspects [Chavis] preaches,” Peterson said. Ò We must get off the field on third-down situations. Sometimes it’s going to be hard, but we have to dig deep as a team and as a unit to make things happen.”
LSU ranked No. 9 in the SEC last season in turnovers forced, garnering just 18 takeaways. Ò Coach Chavis has been stressing turnovers,” Eugene said. “Every opportunity we have to strip the ball or get an interception, we need to maximize it and get a turnover.” The secondary, although young, has some experience and a fair amount of potential. The four defensive backs have combined for 95 appearances in their LSU careers. Ò WeÕ re young but everybody knows their role, and if everybody knows their role, we will be straight,” Taylor said. As LSUÕ s anchor in the secondary last season, Peterson, a second team All-American, realizes the youth of the defense and says he is ready to step up as a leader for the Tigers. Ò ItÕ s been wonderful coming back for my third year and playing with a bunch of good guys,” Peterson said. Ò We lost a lot of talent and me coming back as a leader, I think I have to take charge, not only in the secondary, but with the defense in general É We need to get the young guys ready to play.” LSU hired Chavis in 2009 to help mend a Tiger defense that struggled in 2008. LSU showed progress, but had a hard time defending the pass last season. The Tigers ranked No. 9 in the
SEC in pass defense, allowing 192.4 pass yards per game. Peterson said he sees a strong future for the LSU secondary in 2010. Ò The defense had a lot of energy last year, so I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like this year,” Peterson
said. Ò I believe weÕ re going to be much better, more sound, and finish out games just like we started. I can’t wait.” Contact Mark Clements at email@example.com
FridAy, MArch 19, 2010 NCAA, from page 5
championship rounds against the Sparks, and I could call out play seven, and Jennifer would already know it. This team has her attitude, spitfire, hustling, scrapping and fighting.” Chancellor said Hartford will know where to exploit the Lady TigersÕ defensive weaknesses. The Hawks boast the America East Player of the Year in senior forward Di-
SEC, from page 5
LSU dropped two of three games last weekend against Kansas for their first losses of the season, but picked up a midweek win Wednesday night against in-state opponent Nicholls State. Seven LSU pitchers combined to allow three runs on five hits against the Colonels, and LSU batters combined for nine hits, including two home runs, in the win. “It definitely got us back on the right track,” Gibbs said. “For us to come out firing like that definitely got us back on the right track for this weekend.”
SCHEME, from page 7
He said his experience playing linebacker at East St. John High School in Reserve has helped him in making the transition, but he also said he has yet to complete the position switch. Ò The hardest part in the transition from safety to linebacker is
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ana Delva, who ranks No. 2 in the nation with 65 percent in field goals for the season. Ò They have a great low-post presence and shoot the 3-ball well,” Chancellor said. Ò Those are the two things we struggled with on defense all year. TheyÕ re not going to beat themselves.” No. 25 Hartford and No. 21 LSU are the only top 25 teams to go head-to-head in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Both teams are
top 10 in the nation in scoring defense Ñ Hartford at No. 3 with 50.1 points allowed per game and LSU at No. 6 with 52.1 points allowed. Barrett said associate head coach Bob Starkey has been aggressively coaching the team about containing the Hawks in the post. Ò [Starkey has] been going over really detailed how good their post players are at stealing and beating us inside,” Barrett said. “That’s one thing where, as post players, we
have to lock in and do a better job than what weÕ ve done, especially after the Vanderbilt loss.” The Lady Tigers did not have the task of winning on the road in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, as the first two rounds were played in Baton Rouge. But Chancellor said the road atmosphere wonÕ t bother LSU. Ò We try to make a road game in the playoffs similar to when we play a road game in the SEC,” Chancellor
said. Ò We donÕ t try to talk about road games. We just talk about playing basketball games. WeÕ ve played at Nebraska in front of a packed house, and you canÕ t play in a more hostile environment than Tennessee.” If LSU defeats Hartford on Saturday, the Lady Tigers will take on the winner of No. 2 seed Duke
Gibbs said a similar situation occurred last season, and it gave the team enough momentum to win two games in LSU’s first SEC series against Kentucky. Last season, LSU lost on Friday night and Sunday against Illinois, but won one of its midweek games before conference play started. Junior pitcher Austin Ross will get the start for LSU on Friday night. Ross (2-0) has pitched 21 2/3 innings and earned a 4.57 ERA for the Tigers. He leads the team with 25 strikeouts, and opponents are batting .232 against him.
Of the innings he has pitched, 18 have been shutout frames. Ò Austin Ross has been really good in 18 of the 22 innings he has pitched,” Mainieri said. “He’s had a couple of bad innings, and IÕ d really like to see him Ô stop the bleedingÕ when things start to unravel a little bit. ThatÕ s when IÕ ll know he’ll be a great SEC pitcher.” Ross was the Sunday starter for much of last season and said he wonÕ t treat tonightÕ s start any differently than any heÕ s had. Ò It is the open of SEC play, but it’s still a baseball game,” he said. Ò IÕ ve got to go out there and do the things that I have to do to
make good pitches and give our team a chance to win.” For the Razorbacks, senior Mike Bolsinger will start on the mound. Bolsinger (2-0) has pitched 21 1/3 innings and has amassed 19 strikeouts and only five walks. LSU sophomore Joey Bourgeois will start for the Tigers Saturday. In his last outing, Bourgeois (2-1) was shelled in an 11-9 loss to Kansas. He pitched 1 2/3 innings, gave up six runs on five hits with no strikeouts and three walks. Ò Last outing, I just didnÕ t have command for anything,”
Bourgeois said. Ò YouÕ re not going to have your best stuff every game, and last game was my time to not have anything.” Combating Bourgeois will be Arkansas sophomore Drew Smyly. Smyly (2-0) leads his team in strikeouts with 31. LSUÕ s Sunday pitcher is yet to be announced, but the Razorbacks will start junior Brett Eibner. Eibner (2-1) has the lowest ERA among Arkansas starters with a 1.23 average.
defeating the blocks because you really have to use your hands now,” said Francois. Sheppard said Francois has looked comfortable in his new role this spring. “Stefoin is a very smart guy,” said Sheppard. Ò We can communicate on the field. He talks to me and gives me a lot of good feedback.”
Francois began the position switch last season to address injury issues at linebacker. He said during his time as a backup he and Baker formed a bond which will benefit both players as they work to supplant themselves in the starting lineup. Ò We always said once we get that chance, weÕ re going to grab it
and run with it,” Francois said. Baker has been working at weakside linebacker since the beginning of spring practice. He recorded 16 tackles as a backup last season, the most memorable being a goal line stand on fourth down to secure a victory at Mississippi State. Baker said he has focused on becoming a “complete player,”
heeding each word of advice he receives from Chavis and Sheppard. Ò We donÕ t want to have a drop off from last year,” Baker said. “We want to come in and compete and have a good year.”
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WEB COMMENTS In the wake of graduate student Sarvnipun ChawlaÕ s tragic, fatal fall from the roof of the life sciences building, our Web site, lsureveille.com, has been flooded with comments. While some are insensitive, there is also a great outpouring of sympathy: Ò My prayers are with him and his family.Ó -Anonymous Ò Dear BASC faculty, staff, and students, It is with profound sadness that I must report the passing of Sarvnipun Chawla, a graduate student in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. Sarvnipun died today as a result of injuries he sustained after a fall from the roof of the Life Sciences Building. I know that you will keep SarvnipunÕ s family, friends and colleagues in your thoughts and prayers.Ó -Kevin R. Carman Basic Sciences Dean Ò IÕ m sorry, but itÕ s not time for criticism. ItÕ s time for condolences and prayer. Please keep the friends and family of Sarvnipun Chawla in your heart and mind. And enough with the criticism.Ó -Anonymous Ò IÕ m am stunned by how inconsiderate people are on this page (some, not all). A lot of you should be ashamed of yourself. Whether he jumped or not it is a tragedy. He is someoneÕ s son, maybe brother, or father, nephew, etc. To be college students, some of the comments made are incredibly childish and ignorant. The only reason someone could say such horrible insensitive things is bc they are ignorant. This is a time that everyone should pull together. LSU is a community. A community I am usually very proud to be a part of. I will pray for you. If you donÕ t have something nice to say then donÕ t say anything at all! BTW the help lines are usually given after a tragedy for people that witnessed it or knew him, not the victim! We should be concerned for his family and friends and figure out how to prevent this from happening again.Ó -Anonymous Ò IÕ m embarrassed by the thoughtless and insensitive
comments posted regarding this story. The most I can hope for is that they are posted by non-LSU people and certainly not students. Or perhaps as we learned physics or english or biology or the like, we forgot the basics. Decency, humility, compassion, and if it must be selfcentered...Do unto others as you would have done unto you. That said, I send thoughts and prayers for strength to all those directly impacted by this tragic loss of life: for peace to this young man ; and for compassion to all of us.Ó -Anonymous Ò I knew Sarvnipun Chawla onlly briefly, he was a nice student. However, I think tragic events like this happen, maybe because folks are in a big hurry with the hustle and bustle of life, to take note that Ô something might not be all right in a personÕ s life.Õ I know in my job, here at LSU, many students come to my office for one thing or another and eventually we get to the real problem. Yes, itÕ s going Ô over and beyond the call of my jobÕ but there are times it is needed, because Ô students may not have a person, they can lay the problem onÕ or much less someone that will actually listen to what they have to say. So, maybe we all need to take Ô inventory of ourselves and try to stop and listen once in awhile.Õ Talking is better than texting! ItÕ s communicating!Ó -Anonymous
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Ò Only 3 out of the last 5 presidents have been Greek. Get over yourself...Ó -Anonymous Commentors had this to say about ThrelkeldÕ s article Ò Hudson, Borel strive to put studentsÕ needs first,” about the “Students FirstÓ ticket: Ò Since when is putting the “students first” an original idea? IsnÕ t it the mission of Student Government to always serve the students? ThatÕ s the main reason why we even elect people. And the issues on this push card are a joke.Ó -Anonymous
Ò One of the best pushcards out there.Ó -Anonymous Commentors had this say about ThrelkeldÕ s article Ò Williams pair leads Ô Geauxing the DistanceÕ campaign,Ó about that ticket: Ò I donÕ t understand how people who havenÕ t ever been in Student Government want to run for one of the top positions and try to lead it? If Ms. Williams is so interested in running for VP, why has she never been involved in SG before? Does she even know all of the VP responsibilities detailed in the SG Constitution? Does she know how to write an Executive Charter or Executive Order? Has she EVER even visited the SG office? Does she understand how
the SG budget works? She. Knows. NOTHING.Ó -Anonymous Ò Sometimes someone that isnt about playing Politics but actual service has the best intentions, Which is why I believe Willimas and Williams are the best canidates. Theodore has SG experiance for the past 2 years and Millens has an excellent reputation for community and student services. Sounds like to me this is the ideal pair to lead the student body, rather than the others trying to gain political points and have a tendancy to distance themselves from the student body.Ó -Anonymous What do you think? Let your opinions be known on our Web site, lsureveille.com. Every article and column you see in our print edition appears online, and all of them are open to comments. Log on today!
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Ò Ah yes, this year itÕ s a womanÕ s turn to be president. IsnÕ t it nice how they switch it up every year? You know, fraternity boy, sorority girl, fraternity boy, sorority girl...Ó -Jack
Ò This particular push card lacks tangible initiatives. 4 of the points are simply Ò advocatingÓ . They also want to Ò assessÓ and Ò inquireÓ . I see tricky wording and programs that do not have the potential to actually accomplish anything.Ó -Anonymous
Ò Nipun was a kind soul. He was one of the intelligent chaps at college (P.E.C, India) who would not go for normal process of learning but understand the fundamentals and then learn the subject. He was not at all a person who would take pressure, but a person who would fight the problems. I canÕ t believe that something like that can happen to him. My condolences go to SarvnipunÕ s family, his relatives and friends. Please pray for his soul. I am friend of Sarvnipun Chawla, batch-mate in engineering college at India. He was a good friend of mine.Ó -Aaditya Jain (India)
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‘Green Zone’ is political commentary posing as thriller In Ò Green Zone,Ó Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass team up again following their pairing in Ò The Bourne Ultimatum.Ó A war thriller set in conquered Iraq, “Green Zone” is chiefly centered on a soldierÕ s search for weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), their possession and possible use by Saddam Hussein being the BushÕ s AdministrationÕ s rationale for going to war. Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Damon) is perplexed because each possible weapon site is turning up empty. Is he being led on a wild goose chase in search of phantom WMDs, or is he a victim in an internal sabotage by an Iraqi agent feeding the U.S. government faulty intelligence? Greengrass uses the fall of Baghdad to indulge in intellectual fantasies about AmericaÕ s rush to war. Greengrass revels in his patented orgasmic camera technique, exploited to useful effect in the “Bourne” films. For once though, his jerky aesthetic falls short, diminishing the power of the images
and vitiating the political impact of the film. One of the ironies of filmmaking is that images in a composition must be clear and fluid even if what is composed embodies chaos. Hence, films are expected to have lucid battle scenes that distinguish between ally and foe, when in reality, the fog of war makes such allowances to visual acuity an afterthought. By realistically photographing these scenes in his pseudo-documentary style, Greengrass loses his audience in the blur and dust. Ò Green ZoneÓ is political commentary posing as action thriller. Like his two Bourne films, Greengrass plumbs the relationship between memory and good action. Jason Bourne is an amnesiac killer who assumes heÕ s the good guy. It takes Bourne confronting his past to atone for his evil deeds. In Ò Green Zone,Ó America wants to flee from its previous failures, content in the knowledge itÕ s an exceptional and good country. But thereÕ s no escape from our Middle Eastern
mistake; weÕ ll have to confront it now or remain tortured by a guilt complex. Ò Green ZoneÓ has been summarily dismissed by critics as fact pregnant with fiction (read: Ò Iraq war Freke ette thriller Ô Green Columnist ZoneÕ strays outside lines of historyÓ Ð USA Today) as if GreengrassÕ role is to act as court or counter-historian. What he actually does is sketch a tiny portrait, so audiences will use their imagination and their memories to create their own masterpieces of governmental cynicism. It is true that no WMDs were found in Iraq, and it is true that faulty intelligence served as the lynchpin for the escapade in the Middle East (Ô BlairÕ s blind faith in intelligenceÕ Ð Guardian UK, Jan. 28). No American needs a film to tell him these obvious facts. The film falters in its
treatment of the possible solutions to the initial Iraqi conflict. Once the government collapsed, the U.S. was left with several unpalatable choices: Either install an unpopular expatriate who lackslegitimacy (as done in Afghanistan), stifle any nascent insurrection by co-opting the feared Iraqi military and BaÕ ath party establishment or disband the BaÕ ath party with the hope the seeds of democracy would flourish and overcome insurgent violence. We picked the wrong option in hindsight, though there is no guarantee any of the others would have turned out any differently. GreengrassÕ s myopia is due to the triumphant confidence of having been proved right; this is what fuels his inability to conceive the complexities of the military and political situation on the ground. Besides, the film only engages in the political justification for the Iraq War, oblivious to possible moral groundings for such an exercise. For instance, would the war have been justified if WMDs were found? WasnÕ t
SaddamÕ s bogus relationship with Al-Qaeda also an important reason for the war? Nevertheless, even if Greengrass’s camera work is finally yielding diminishing returns, even if he is uncomprehending of the power struggle between American intelligence agencies or convolutions of warfare, these are disposable blemishes when a historical immoral dump like Ò Inglourious BasterdsÓ receives critical acclaim. Ò Green ZoneÓ is worth watching simply because it makes us remember our supine complicity during the Iraqi invasion Ñ and hopefully we will never forget. Freke Ette is a political theory graduate student from Uyo, Nigeria. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_fette.
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Reactions to Monday’s tragedy are disappointing Sadly, the Ides of March have played host to another tragedy. On Monday, physics and astronomy graduate student Sarvnipun Chawla jumped from the Life Sciences building, taking his own life. Such a terrible tragedy is never easy for anyone involved. I extend my condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and anyone who knew him. With such a visible occurrence, publicity is unavoidable, but a few reactions Ñ or lack thereof Ñ have caught my attention. In some of my scarce free seconds, IÕ ve glanced at the LSU Facebook page. I had not paid much attention to it until Monday. When I heard news of an event, I looked to the page for information, but found nothing. Well, I did find something, but nothing I was looking for. I found news of the baseball team staying in the national top ten for the 20-something-th poll in a row. I looked again later to see if something might have been posted. This time I found that a similarly curious student had posted on the wall inquiring about the incident. He was met with a short reply, and now I see that his post isnÕ t on the page. ThereÕ s an inquiry further down the page with some reply. The absence of any type of condolences or acknowledgement by the administrators on such a public forum baffles me. I don’t mean to imply negligence or apathy because I donÕ t know the intricacies of their policies. Chancellor Michael Martin did, however, write a broadcast
e-mail to the LSU community. But I would expect an expression of condolence on the page at the very least, but maybe the life of a student is little less important than baseball or womenÕ s basketball. IÕ m not saying that the Matt Lousteau Facebook adColumnist ministrators donÕ t care, just that their silence on MondayÕ s event is curious. The Daily Reveille provided initial coverage on the event. They posted an online article addressing some general facts before anything was confirmed. But the article is irrelevant compared to the comments found below it. Upon reading one of them, I was appalled and canÕ t produce adjectives to describe how disgusting and inhuman the words were. Ò This guy ruined something for everyone. Now, because of his stupid, irresponsible actions, no one will be able to go up to the top of that roof anymore.Ó I can be only slightly optimistic in assuming that this is a joke. Even if it is a joke, these words demonstrate an inability to think or feel on the same level as humans. I am disappointed to know that someone who shares the same species Ñ much less the same school Ñ with me could say something so obliviously dumb. He goes on to explain that Mr. Chawla was an idiot who Ò either 1)
Fell off accidentally, which is his own fault or 2) Intentionally jumped, which highlights his lack of concern for himself, as well as for those who are close to him and love him.Ó This person demonstrates an inability to actually think with any sense of empathy, sympathy or concern for a fellow student and human being. I canÕ t imagine the ability to call a man an idiot for falling to his death by Ò his own fault.Ó I would venture to say that a person willing
to take his own life is not in a clear state of mind, and the implication that he was inconsiderate for his actions is utterly ignorant. Sadly, this isnÕ t the only reprehensible comment on the thread. In fact, one might say itÕ s representative. These comments are a scary indication of the lack of humanity possessed by hopefully a few people on campus. Shame on you, commenter. I hope that you never have to deal
with the untimely death of a loved one. As for Mr. Chawla, I pray for him, his family and all of his loved ones. Matt Lousteau is a 20-year-old mechanical engineering junior from Laplace. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_mlousteau. Contact Matt Lousteau at firstname.lastname@example.org
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who are dedicated to their education and our country,Ó Martin said. Martin acknowledged the strong military past at the University and its importance to the UniversityÕ s character. Ò We have a 150-year tradition of service to the country in so many ways, not the least of which is military service,Ó Martin said. The ChancellorÕ s Day Parade has been a part of the University since its opening in 1860, said Aaron Looney, an editor for LSU Public Affairs. The event is co-sponsored by the Ole War Skule, an organization for past members of the UniversityÕ s ROTC. But the Ole War Skule Ñ also a historic nickname for the University Ñ was a more exclusive organization when it began in the 1950s. Ò It was comprised of those cadets who had been on the old campus downtown and then moved
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through the southwest ramps. A handicap-accessible elevator will be available at the southeast lower entrance. The move to the PMAC will change production costs, but the exact amount has not yet been determined, Eldredge said. When the show was planned for the Parade Ground, estimated production cost was $35,000, said Melissa Guidry, director of Students on Target. This included a $10,000 portable stage with the remaining cost attributed to labor and equipment costs for the production company. The portable stage wonÕ t be needed in the PMAC, but use of the assembly center is expected to cost about $8,000, though it could be as much $10,000, Eldredge said. Remaining labor and equipment costs havenÕ t been determined because the setup will have to be revised. Seven vendors were originally planned for the Parade Ground during the show, but they will not be inside the PMAC. Concessions will be operated by LSU Dining, Eldredge said. A pre-GroovinÕ wellness fair will continue as planned on the Parade Ground on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair will include food, large inflatables and a performance by the band In Red Letters, Guidry said. Ò The wellness fair began as a part of GroovinÕ ,Ó she said. Ò Last year they went without it, but this year we wanted to bring it back because it helps us focus our message.Ó An official no-play list for GroovinÕ had not been determined by press time, but Eldredge said the artists’ contracts specified they must perform for a family-friendly audience. Ò ItÕ s a University rule we have to abide by,Ó Guidry said. She said she doesnÕ t think Shinedown or Big Boi will have problems putting on an acceptable show. Contact Ryan Buxton at email@example.com
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to the present campus when it opened,Ó said Randy Gurie, executive director of the Cadets of the Ole War Skule. Ò They were looking for some sort of identity in their new environment.Ó The Ole War Skule eventually became an advisory group for the University as its members took University administration and faculty positions, Gurie said. Because the organization only accepted cadets from the schoolÕ s downtown campus, membership diminished by the 1970s as cadets got older. The organization resurged in the early Ô 90s, and Ole War Skule membership opened to anyone ever enrolled in the UniversityÕ s ROTC. The Ole War Skule was still dedicated to supporting the Army and Air Force cadres on campus. Ò To some degree, weÕ ve expanded the role, scope and vision,Ó Gurie said. Ò WeÕ re a support group for those units, but first and foremost weÕ re there to promote and
sustain the military history and heritage of LSU.Ó In addition to reviewing the troops, the ChancellorÕ s Day Parade traditionally included a change of command ceremony for the LSU Corps Commander Ñ a student from either the Army or Air Force ROTC chosen to lead the cadres. But the change of command hasnÕ t taken place for several years, said mechanical engineering senior Braden Bawcom, current Corps Commander. Bawcom said the ceremonial tradition became a formality and was phased out. Bawcom practiced with the troops for a week for the chancellorÕ s review, where cadets stand at attention while a reviewing party walks around the troops. Ò ItÕ s a kind of tradition we like to train our cadets to be accustomed to,Ó Bawcom said. The program also included a demonstration by the Pershing Rifles, the University’s official color guard.
Gurie said the ChancellorÕ s Day parade is a way to keep the UniversityÕ s military roots fresh in community minds. Ò ItÕ s like if one of your teachers was trying to ensure you donÕ t forget a particular thought or idea,Ó he said. Ò They would keep it in front of you. That might mean mentioning it to you in class, bringing a placard and putting it on the board or something they hand out. Our idea is to keep the military in front of people.Ó Bawcom said the UniversityÕ s rich military history and large number of ROTC alumni make oncampus military events special. Ò ItÕ s really great when you have a lot of former students coming out to support you who have gone through the same experience,Ó he said. Ò You donÕ t really get that at universities where you have a newer ROTC program.Ó Contact Ryan Buxton at firstname.lastname@example.org
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utensil. Ò This is probably the greatest man IÕ ve ever met in my life,Ó Craig said of Williams. In TuesdayÕ s debate, Craig also suggested installing guard rails on the Life Sciences Building. Ò Too soon,Ó Wooldridge said. With budget cuts looming, the candidates say a fee or tuition increase is inevitable. Ò TuitionÕ s gonna have to go up,Ó Craig said. Ò ItÕ s pretty much dirt cheap right now.Ó Five of the other six presidential and vice presidential candidates have experience in SG, but Wooldridge and Craig donÕ t. Ò ThereÕ s been a lot of talk on experience,Ó Craig said. Ò I have 22 years of experience in life. I may not remember the first few very well, and I may not remember the last few very well.Ó Contact Catherine Threlkeld at email@example.com
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