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Report highlights multiple violations

Thursday, March 25, 2010

By Rachel Whittaker Chief Sports Writer

The report LSU issued to the NCAA on Tuesday outlined violations in which a former LSU player engaged in improper telephone calls and received illegal transportation and housing prior to his starting at LSU. Names and locations are redacted throughout the report, which chronicles the University’s internal investigation surrounding former defensive lineman Akiem See Hicks, a junior a PDF transfer version of college from California the report at who left LSU after the 2009 football season, and former wide receivers coach D.J. McCarthy, who resigned amid the investigation in December. Athletic Department officials suspected possible violations as soon as Hicks moved to Baton Rouge without being enrolled as a student at LSU last summer. Members of the Compliance Office then worked to prevent further violations by making coaches aware of the VIOLATIONS, see page 19

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[Left] Chris Sellers, left, and Brooksie Bonvillain of the “Leading the Way” campaign wait to hear the results of the Student Government election Wednesday in Dodson Hall. [Right] J Hudson, left, and Dani Borel of the “StudentsFIRST” campaign wait to hear the results. “StudentsFIRST” and “Leading the Way” will face each other in a run off.

‘Leading the Way’ and ‘StudentsFIRST’ to face each other in a second vote By Catherine Threlkeld Staff Writer

The top candidates from the “Leading the Way” and “Students FIRST” tickets will face each other in a runoff election Tuesday after knocking candidates from the other two tickets out the race. “Leading the Way” candidates Brooksie Bonvillain and Chris Sellers won 40.9 percent (2,194 votes) of the student vote, while J Hudson and Dani Borel of “StudentsFIRST,” took 27.9 percent (1,493 votes). Candidates must receive a majority of the vote to win an election. Theo Williams and Millena Williams of “Geauxing the Distance” earned 23.9 percent

(1,279 votes), and Bryan Wooldridge and John Craig of “Two Kings” took 7.4 percent (394 votes). “I’m so overwhelmed,” Bonvillain said. “Forty percent was our goal, and we reached it.” Hudson said his main goal was to make it into the runoff. “I have excitement for the candidates that made it, but sadness for those that didn’t,” Hudson said. Approximately 19 percent, or 5,315 students, of the University’s nearly 28,000 students voted in the election, according to election results and numbers from the Office of Budget and Planning. The SG constitutional revisions also passed

through the student body vote with 82 percent in favor of the revisions. “It’s exactly what we needed,” said Arts and Sciences Senator Drew Prestridge, who supported the “Leading the Way” ticket. “There’s no question it’s better for SG.” Some changes to the Constitution include elimination of the Trial Court, reapportionment of senators to number of students, a one-term limit for SG presidents, fall University Court elections and college councils’ move to the executive branch. Arts and Sciences Senator Aaron Caffarel authored the legislation for the constitutional RESULTS, see page 19


Lod Cook shares business experiences with class Entrepreneur emphasizes risks By Sarah Eddington Staff Writer

Business students in the Lod Cook Conference Room heard about the real-world entrepreneurial experiences of the building’s namesake Wednesday. Lod Cook, Louisiana native and world-renowned businessman, gave a presentation to the business college’s entrepreneurship class, MGMT 4030, which

is part of the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute. “An exciting thing about entrepreneurship is the risk taking,” Cook said. “You can try to minimize it, but there’s always going to be a risk.” Chancellor Michael Martin said for all Cook’s success and accomplishments, he continues to contribute to the University. “Hearing Lod Cook speak here in the Lod Cook Room is like hearing Abraham Lincoln speak at the Lincoln monument,” Martin said. Cook received degrees in math and petroleum engineering

from the University. He later received his Masters of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. He began working for the Atlantic Richfield Company in 1956, one of the largest oil companies in the U.S., where he later became a chairman and CEO. “Entrepreneurship doesn’t just mean starting your own business,” he said. “At ARCO, everyone had responsibility for the bottom line and could therefore influence it.” Cook said the first time he COOK, see page 19

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Lod Cook, member of the LSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, speaks to students in an entrepreneurship class Wednesday at the Lod Cook Alumni Center.



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Libya releases Islamic militants accused of plotting overthrow

PETA: octuplets’ mother ponders offer to save home of 14 children

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya has released 214 Islamic militants after they renounced violence. The Libyan leader’s son Seif al-Islam Gadhafi said 34 members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, including its leader, were sent home Tuesday after they affirmed they had broken ties with the organization.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Things have appeared to be going to the dogs for octuplets’ mom Nadya Suleman, who is in danger of losing her home. Now it turns out that dogs — and cats, too — might be able to keep a roof over the heads of Suleman and her 14 children. PETA heard of a planned foreclosure on Suleman’s house and has offered an undisclosed sum to put a sign in her front yard: “Don’t Let Your Dog or Cat Become an Octomom. Always Spay or Neuter.”

French sex workers protest legal brothels, claim to be “proud” PARIS (AP) — Dozens of French sex workers proclaiming themselves proud to be prostitutes marched Wednesday to protest a lawmaker’s proposal to legalize brothels in France, arguing that such a law would deny them the freedom to work on their own. A lawmaker has proposed reopening brothels in order to move prostitutes off the streets and provide them with medical, financial and legal protection.

Fugitive missing for 38 years found running Arizona City chapel HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A hitchhiker originally sentenced to be executed for the 1951 killing of a Montana man who picked him up during a blizzard has been found running a wedding chapel under an assumed name in Arizona 38 years

after he skipped out on parole. Frank Dryman was found after the victim’s grandson hired an investigator who tracked the fugitive to his Arizona City notary and chapel business, where he was known as Victor Houston. Now 78, Dryman was awaiting extradition proceedings after his Tuesday arrest in Pinal County. Military aims for mandatory, more efficient concussion detection HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Battlefield medics will soon conduct mandatory examinations of service members who may have sustained concussions instead of waiting for them to complain of symptoms, the military’s brain-injury experts said Wednesday. Medical leaders developing new guidelines said early diagnosis will lead to better treatment and tracking of concussions, the most common form of traumatic brain injury from the improvised bombs used in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Jindal budget plan moves $14 million in costs to school districts

US Airways resuming nonstops to BR after more than a decade

(AP) — Louisiana’s education chief Wednesday defended Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposal to shift $14 million in transportation and salary costs from the state to local public school districts next year. Lawmakers and local school leaders said the districts can’t afford the added expense, but Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek said school systems have unspent dollars in reserve accounts and federal stimulus money available to cover the costs. “I think that the evidence shows that the districts have the financial resources to be able to address these needs. Now, some people will not have all the resources, and some people will disagree,” Pastorek told the House Appropriations Committee, which is combing through Jindal’s budget recommendations. Jindal’s plan is for 2010-11 fiscal year.

(AP) — US Airways says it is bringing back nonstop service between its hub in Charlotte, N.C., and Baton Rouge after a sevenyear hiatus. It will offer three daily flights in each direction, starting June 24, operated by US Airway’s regional partner, PSA Airlines after a 12year break.

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Prestridge presents new legislation

Trial Court judge could be impeached By Xerxes A. Wilson Senior Staff Writer

Articles of impeachment were introduced against two judges on the University Trial Court at the Senate meeting Wednesday. Sen. Aaron Caffarel, University Center for Freshman Year, introduced legislation to impeach Trial Court Judge Daniel Marsh of the University Trial Court. Sen. Caffarel withdrew the legislation later in the meeting. Sen. Drew Prestridge, College of Arts and Sciences, introduced legislation to impeach University Court Chief Justice Sean Horridge. The impeachment saga began with a student filing a complaint

about a referendum on Wednesday’s ballot that revised the SG constitution. The student said the language of the referendum violated SG rules requiring a fair and free election because it would influence voters, Caffarel said. Caffarel accused Marsh — who was assigned to hear the complaint — of being biased. Cafferel said the judge sent an e-mail before the election asking students not to vote in favor of the referendum because it eliminated the Trial Court. Caffarel requested Marsh to recuse himself. Marsh refused, and Caffarel requested the University Court recuse him. Caffarel called for the impeachment of Marsh for violating SG bylaws and rules of court after not recusing himself. Horridge administered the vote for recusal via e-mail after Caffarel requested the recusal. This prompted

legislation for the impeachment of Horridge, as Prestridge said a vote via e-mail was a “shady” violation of court rules. Marsh announced his recusal to the Senate and said he felt he was not biased because the complaint pertained to the language in the referendum and not potential results of the referendum. Caffarel then withdrew the articles of impeachment toward Marsh. Horridge defended himself saying he administered the vote via email because of time constraints and denied he broke rules doing so. The impeachment legislation for Horridge will be heard at the Senate meeting next week. A Trial Court hearing Wednesday night ruled the referendum in question invalid because of the language. Caffarel said decision will be appealed. A 550-foot king cake will be

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College of Arts & Sciences Senator Drew Prestridge, center, speaks to the SG Senate durings its meeting Wednesday evening.

created to celebrate the University’s Sesquicentennial. Ifti Rouf, chairman of the Sesquicentennial Student Committee, told the Senate on Wednesday the University wanted to break the world record for largest king cake. Dining Services will bake the cake in the days leading up to LSU Day on April 24 and assemble it in the Cotillian Ballroom, Rouf said. The funds will come from

sponsors and donors, Rouf said. Director of Student Involvement Melissa Guidry told the Senate only one student SG members spoke to at the Straight Talk event Wednesday opposing the controversial mandatory class gift fee for graduating seniors. Contact Xerxes A. Wilson at


Investigation continues on West Laville copper thefts One man arrested, another suspected By Ryan Buxton Senior Staff Writer

One suspect has been arrested in connection to a string of copper thefts from the West Laville residence hall, but the LSU Police Department is continuing an investigation on a second suspect who remains unidentified. The copper theft incidents, nine in total, began in October 2009 when copper tubing and construction tools were reported missing by the company contracted to work on the dormitory, the name of which could not be released because of the ongoing investigation, said Sgt. Blake Tabor, LSUPD spokesman. After about four similar incidents were reported between October and January, LSUPD began conducting undercover patrols of the area and saw unusual activity. “There were a few incidents where they made patrols, saw nothing, patrolled again an hour later and found copper in the middle of the ground,” Tabor said. The officers suspected the culprit was removing copper

tubing from walls in the building and, when officers approached, left the copper on the floor and escaped through an alternate route. LSUPD eventually received a call on March 13 about suspicious activity near West Laville, which led to the arrest of Christopher Powell, a 20-year-old unaffiliated with the University, who was found in the residence hall with remnants of copper tubing and a saw, Tabor said. Powell confessed to stealing copper that night but said it was the only time he had done so. He was charged with seven counts of simple burglary, five counts of criminal damage to property and one count of resisting an officer and booked in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. He confirmed someone else was involved but did not name the person and refused to give any additional information, Tabor said. More investigation incriminated Powell further.

“As a result of arrest, there was a search warrant on his residence,” Tabor said. “We found stolen tools and numerous receipts where he had sold copper in the past.” Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman, said stealing and selling cooper for profit is a common crime in the Baton Rouge area because copper is expensive. “They steal copper wire, steal the gutters or steal anything they can made of copper, and they turn around and sell it,” McKneely said. Copper thieves typically glean as much copper from one location as they can until the missing copper is noticed, McKneely said. “Most people, after they find they’re experiencing that kind of theft, make precautions so they don’t continue to be a victim,” he said. But the thefts in West Laville continued because of a peculiar situation. Powell was working for a

subcontractor hired to fix the building’s windows — a company separate from the one doing construction there, Tabor said. “Normally, [Powell] wouldn’t have had entry to that building,” Tabor said. “Our belief is he stole a set of keys from someone doing construction inside.” Powell worked on the building’s windows, and police believe the second suspect was also working there. Tabor said all construction company workers are being investigated regarding the thefts. “They’re no longer being

questioned as witnesses,” Tabor said. “They’re now being questioned as suspects.” LSUPD is in the process of reviewing receipts to determine the value of the copper stolen by Powell, Tabor said. “We have to be accurate — for him, as far as restitution he will have to pay back, and for the insurance companies,” he said.

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Three new scholarships promote studies abroad Gilman selection not based on student’s merit By Mallory Logan Contributing Writer

Tough economic times are not discouraging students from studying abroad. Lee Rivers, Institute of International Education assistant manager of outreach and special projects, presented his organization’s study abroad scholarship program on campus Wednesday evening in an effort to promote new scholarships available. “We’re trying to diversify who’s studying abroad as well as the locations they travel to,” Rivers said. IIE offers three scholarship

programs including Gilman, Fulbright and Boren awards, but Rivers focused mainly on the Gilman program. Australia and New Zealand are popular countries in which to study abroad, but Gilman favors students who choose to study in less popular areas such as Egypt or Israel. Gilman is offering more scholarships than ever before, according to its Web site. “Gilman gives over 2,000 awards for up to $5,000, and the check goes directly to the recipient,” Rivers said. Gilman is offering a new initiative for this summer that encourages students with majors that don’t typically study abroad to participate. “The STEM initiative targets science, technology, engineering

and mathematics majors because they are under-represented in study abroad programs,” Rivers said. Gilman only offers scholarships to students who plan to study for at least four weeks and who are currently receiving a Federal Pell Grant. “You’re allowed to study anywhere in the world except somewhere on the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning List and Cuba,” Rivers said. Selection for the Gilman scholarship is based off the student’s ethnicity, where a student plans to study, and the diversity of the institution from which they come. “Students are not selected on a merit basis,” Rivers said. Kendra Brumfield, a senior who studied in Senegal, West Af-

rica, used her Gilman scholarship to learn in an enviornment foreign to her. “Studying abroad gives you a different perspective on what other people think,” Brumfield said. Brumfield applied what she learned in Senegal to encourage high school students in Baton Rouge to study abroad. “I made a documentary of my time there and showed students at my old high school what my experience was like,” Brumfield said. And Brumfield did not fear the language barrier she was presented with in Senegal, where French is the official language. “I liked how English was not a language spoken there because it made me learn quickly,” she said.

Brumfield started working for Gilman after she came back from studying abroad. “There are professional opportunites available with Gilman that could benefit any student,” Brumfield said. The Fulbright Program and Boren Awards feature internship and teaching opportunites instead of academic courses. Spring, fall and summer programs are available, and the online application for this summer’s program is due April 6. “It’s an all-around experience,” Brumfield said.

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Race to benefit sex slavery victims Run hosted by Tigers Against Trafficking By Grace Montgomery Staff Writer

Tigers Against Trafficking will hold its second annual 5k run March 27 at 4:30 p.m. on the Parade Ground. TAT works to promote awareness of international human trafficking among students and to raise funds to support the cause, according to TAT officer Jennie Armstrong. All proceeds from the 5k will benefit the A-21 Campaign, which operates from Greece and works to rehabilitate victims rescued from sex

slavery. “Since our events are fully funded by corporate sponsors, all registration goes directly to the rescue and rehabilitation of women and children sold into sex trafficking,” Armstrong said. TAT’s goal for the 5k is to register 500 runners for $25 each in an effort to raise $10,000, Armstrong said. Sign-in for the event will begin at 3:30 p.m. Jambalaya and other free food will be available for participants after the race. The band Winbourne will play at the race. An estimated 27 million people are enslaved across the world today, and about 80 percent are women and children, Armstrong said.

“Every 47 seconds someone is sold into slavery,” Armstrong said. TAT began in October 2008. Their first 5K was in March 2009 with about 400 participants, Kaiser said. “It started off as just an event, we didn’t realize it would grow as much as it has,” Kaiser said. TAT officially became a student organization in August 2009, and in October they hosted a benefit concert that raised more than $7,000 for the A-21 campaign. “We want to raise awareness for the next generation,” Kaiser said.

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TigerTV expands show lineup

Station offers new sketch comedy show By Chris Abshire Entertainment Writer

TigerTV is having a big spring with an award-winning feature program and a new comedy show. Recently the station introduced “Your Source,” a half-hour feature show on the impact of budget cuts to the University. “We tried to get a lot of different perspectives on the budget cuts issue,” said TigerTV station manager Lance Frank. “The show focused on how the cuts would affect students, what it means for the University and how students can get involved with the issue.” “Your Source” was met with critical acclaim, winning the award for Best Television Broadcast by the College Media Advisers for TigerTV earlier this month. “It was so exciting to see this

kind of positive national response to our feature that was very much a local story,” said “Your Source” producer Madeline Peters. “Your Source’s” feature angle helped the show bring a new perspective to the budget cuts issue. “Unlike many pieces that student media outlets produce, we managed to work in a very personal aspect to the show by highlighting the ways that students can get involved,” Peters said. While more episodes are in the works for “Your Source,” the budget cuts feature is still replaying daily on the station. On Tuesday, TigerTV’s newest comedy show, “Sketchmo,” made its debut. Dubbed a “mix between SNL Digital Shorts and Chappelle’s Show” by creator Mac Alsfeld, “Sketchmo” is a half-hour comedy show that pokes fun at everything from Nicolas Cage to Axe Body Spray. “The main inspiration for this show was getting a production for

TigerTV outside of the studio, and giving the station something to air that was different and fresh for students,” said Alsfeld, English senior. Alsfeld also noted that he wanted to branch out the kind of productions Student Media could put out. “I just thought that so much of what TigerTV airs is pretty straightforward, so I thought that a comedy show would be a more engaging route to explore,” said Alsfeld, who is also minoring in film. New episodes of “Sketchmo” air each Tuesday at 6:30 and 11:30 Contact Chris Abshire at

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Mack, Young lead 11-0 rout of Lions


Coming Home Ensminger relishes hometown roots in return as LSU tight ends coach

By Chris Branch Sports Writer

One can only wonder if the LSU softball team remembers how to lose. A first-inning home run from Tiger senior right fielder Rachel Mitchell and two monster innings helping propel LSU (28-4) past Southeastern Louisiana (5-15), 11-0, at North Oak Park in Hammond on Wednesday. The victory extended the Tigers’ win streak 23 games. “Mission accomplished,” said LSU coach Yvette Girouard. “We kept the streak alive and looked good in the process.” Mitchell went 4-for-4 in the game. Sophomore first baseman Anissa Young went 3-for-4 with a home run, and sophomore right hander Brittany Mack tossed a three-hitter in the shutout. The young pitcher improved to 7-2 with the win. The Round Rock, Texas, native had a shaky outing Tuesday against Nicholls State on Tuesday. LSU won that game, 7-0. “I needed this,” Mack said. “The past two games have definitely been up and down for me. I’ve been all over the place with my control, and my confidence went down a little bit. I definitely needed this. I just tried to stay positive, and all my pitches were working pretty well.” Girouard agreed. “She has those little valleys sometimes,” Girouard said. “We just needed to get her back on track because she’s going to be very important to us throughout the stretch and the rest of her SOFTBALL, see page 15

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LSU tight ends coach Steve Ensminger works with tight ends Monday [right] and offers advice to junior tight end Deangelo Peterson during practice Tuesday [left] at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

Home is where the heart is. “He’s the greatest man in For LSU tight ends coach the world,” Ensminger said. “He Steve Ensminger, coaching in the helped me get into college coachcity where he grew up and at the ing when I went to the national school where he played quarter- clinics. He would always call me back is a dream fitting the phrase. aside, and we’d spend nights toEnsminger became LSU’s gether eating and talking football.” tight ends coach Feb. 25, replacing Ensminger’s wife, Amy, said Don Yanowsky, who left LSU for moving back to Louisiana after Memphis. her husband’s six-year tenure at With LSU’s 2010 spring prac- Auburn “couldn’t come at a bettice nearly complete, Ensminger ter time.” The couple’s oldest said he is blessed daughter, KrysBy Rachel Whittaker to coach at his talin, is getting alma mater. Enmarried June 25 in Chief Sports Writer sminger played Amy Ensminger’s quarterback for LSU under coach hometown of Donaldsonville. Charles McClendon from 1976“It’s a lot easier to do things 79, and threw for 2,770 yards and for the wedding being home,” 16 touchdowns during his career. Amy Ensminger said. “My family “I’ve coached for 28 years, was really excited. It’s been a long and I’ve coached at some great time since we’ve been home.” schools,” Ensminger said. “But Steve Ensminger’s coachprobably every coach in the coun- ing career began in Louisiana at try who’s coached on the college Nicholls State in 1982, where level would love to get back to the he was the wide receivers coach school they played at, so this is re- for two years. His next two stops ally exciting.” were close by, as he spent three Ensminger said playing for years each at McNeese State and McClendon helped him realize his ENSMINGER, see page 15 own calling to a coaching career.


Tigers’ pitching slows ULL Mormann picks up second win of season

By Jarred LeBlanc Sports Contributor

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Sophomore infielder Tyler Hanover takes a swing during Wednesday’s game against Louisiana-Lafayette in Alex Box Stadium.

The LSU baseball team showed its pitching depth during last night’s 4-3 win against Louisiana-Lafayette as an arsenal of seven Tiger pitchers saw the mound against the Ragin’ Cajuns. No. 7 LSU (16-3, 2-1) improved to 6-0 in one-run games on

the season and has 12 straight victories against in-state colleges, dating back to April 21, 2009. ULL (11-10, 2-4) picked up its third consecutive loss in its fourth consecutive road game. The loss was the first loss the Ragin’ Cajuns recorded in the new Alex Box Stadium. ULL defeated LSU in the two teams’ first meeting in the new Box, 10-9, on March 11, 2009. Freshman pitcher Michael Reed got his second start of his Tiger career and pitched three complete innings, while giving up two

runs on four hits with two strikeouts. It only took 10 pitches for junior pitcher Mitch Mormann (2-0) to pick up the win. The Manchester, Iowa, native pitched 1 2/3 innings, giving up one hit and striking out one batter. “If I can go out there and throw like that, I’ll take that anytime,” Mormann said. Sophomore pitcher Matty Ott earned his eighth save of the season, as he closed the game in the ninth BASEBALL, see page 15





Five Tigers to compete in NCAA Championships in Ohio Three relay teams are seeded in the top 15 By Katherine Terrell Sports Contributor

It’s the LSU men’s turn to show what they can do in the NCAA Swimming Championships. The Lady Tigers picked up eight All-American honors and placed 30th in the Women’s NCAA meet last week in West Lafayette, Ind. The No. 19 ‘We’re Tigers now have chance to hoping their represent LSU to finish today through Saturday at top the McCorkle eight Aquatic Pavilion in Columin the Ohio. 200-yard bus, “I’m exmedley.’ cited to see Andrei Tuomola what the men LSU freshman swimmer can do at their NCAA Championships,” said LSU coach Adam Schmitt. “I think we can definitely make an impact based on where we

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LSU freshman Craig Hamilton swims the 1,000-yard freestyle Jan. 29 against UNO in the Natatorium. Hamilton will swim two events in the NCAA meet this week.

are seeded in several relays and individual events. We are looking to improve from last year’s finish and continue moving up the national ranks.” Senior Sean LeNeave, juniors Hannes Heyl and James Meyers and two freshmen, Andrei Tuomola and Craig Hamilton, will compete in four relays and seven individual events during the meet. LeNeave and Heyl have five years of combined experience between them. LeNeave returns for his second championship, while

Heyl returns for his third. This NCAA meet will be the first for Meyers, Tuomola and Hamilton. Hamilton had an anxious week before the NCAA announced its selections. His time in the 1,650-yard freestyle placed him on the bubble to make the meet. “It was really nerve-racking,” Hamilton said. “I convinced myself I wasn’t going to make it so I wouldn’t be crushed.” The results turned out well for Hamilton, who will swim two


Basketball, soccer ended seasons Intramural activity winding down By Mark Clements Sports Contributor

LSU University Recreation is finally beginning to wind down as the midpoint of the spring semester approaches. Intramural soccer leagues have crowned their champion in men’s, women’s and co-rec divisions. The MBA Ballers defeated Lambda Chi, 3-1, in the Men’s All Campus championship game, which pits the winners of the Men’s A soccer division and the Men’s Fraternity soccer division. Delta Gamma beat Phi Mu, 3-2, in the women’s championship game, and Fist Pump outscored The Wolfpack, 7-6, to win the corec championship. Intramural basketball leagues also ended last week. The men’s championship game matched up the winners of the Fraternity A league and the Men’s A league. The Monstars defeated Sigma Nu A, 47-38, in that game. The Bullets nudged out The System, 35-32, in the women’s championship game. Dunkin’ Donuts held off The System, 47-46, in a co-rec championship game thriller. All basketball championship games were played in the PMAC. Matt Boyer, assistant director of leagues and tournaments, said everything ran successfully. “They had a good atmosphere to play basketball,” Boyer said. “A lot of teams had family

members there, and fraternity brothers came along to watch, too.” Todd Smith, graduate assistant of leagues and tournaments, said about 150 spectators watched the championship games, including several members of the LSU women’s basketball team. “They were there cheering and getting into the games ... It was really neat to see,” Smith said. “I was really impressed with their overall character of the game.” The Monstars, winners of the men’s basketball championship, will travel to Starkville, Miss., this weekend to play in the American Collegiate Intramural Sports Regional Basketball Championships. “Magnolia Madness” will be played at the Joe Frank Sanderson Center on the campus of Mississippi State University. The champion of both the men’s and women’s tournaments will receive free entry into the ACIS National Basketball Championships, which are held in Raleigh, N.C., at North Carolina State University. “We’re really excited to be represented there,” Boyer said. Racquetball, table tennis and 4-on-4 flag football are all currently undergoing playoffs. The flag football league is down to the final four with the next round of games being held Sunday and the championship game immediately following. Racquetball and table tennis playoffs should finish in midApril, Boyer said. Softball, indoor volleyball and dodgeball seasons are underway. Officials are still working out


‘Some people are

complaining. They expect [the officials] to see everything.’ Matt Boyer

assistant director of leagues and tournaments bugs to get the dodgeball league to run smoothly, Boyer said. “Some people are complaining,” Boyer said. “They expect [the officials] to see everything. With six balls flying around the officials can’t see it all. Some teams get upset and end up arguing. There have been a few minor incidents, but for the most part it’s running pretty well.” LSU UREC will also host the Rugby Western Union Collegiate Championships this weekend at the LSU UREC Sport & Adventure Complex. LSU will play host to 12 other schools throughout two divisions of men’s and women’s pools. LSU is the No. 3 seed in Division-I Men’s pool along with No. 1 seed Texas A&M, No. 2 seed Colorado and the No. 4 seed Colorado State. Entry is free for students from participating schools. Nonstudents must pay either $10 for a one-day pass or $15 for a two-day pass. The tournament kicks off Saturday morning. Contact Mark Clements at

events: the 500-yard freestyle and the 1,650-yard freestyle. LeNeave will swim the 50yard freestyle individually, along with all four relays. Relays will be key for the Tigers hopes of scoring high. Three out of the four LSU relay teams are seeded in the top 15. The 200-yard medley relay ranks No. 9, and both the 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relays are seeded No. 14. Tuomola said the 200-yard medley relay in particular has a good chance to place well. That relay team placed third at the Southeastern Conference championship meet with a school record time of 1 minute, 26 seconds. “We’re hoping to finish top eight in the 200-yard medley,” said Tuomola, who will swim breaststroke on the medley relays in addition to swimming in the freestyle relays. Individually, Tuomola is seed-

ed No. 36 in the 50-yard freestyle, No. 33 in the 100-yard freestyle and No. 30 in the 100-yard breaststroke. Heyl and Meyers will complete the relay teams. Meyers will lead off the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard medley relay while also swimming in the freestyle relays. Meyers will also compete in the 100-yard backstroke, in which he ranks No. 30. Heyl has rankings of No. 35 in the 100-yard backstroke, No. 49 in the 100-yard freestyle and No. 35 in the 100-yard butterfly. The fourtime All-American will swim butterfly in the medley relays and in the freestyle relays. Preliminaries will take place each day at 11 a.m., followed by finals at 6 p.m. Contact Katherine Terrell at





Tigers use spring practice to replace four starters Judkins leaves team, Williams injured By Andy Schwehm Sports Contributor

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Junior libero Lauren Waclawczyk serves the ball during LSU’s 3-0 win over Tulane during the NCAA Tournament Championship at the PMAC on Dec. 4.

knows what can happen during the season,” said LSU junior libero Lauren Waclawczyk. “We are all getting a chance to play different positions and understand the game a little bit better right now.” Flory said the lineup has

some familiar faces in it from last season. Senior Brittney Johnson, who has worked most of her career balancing between setter and outside hitter, stepped in to fill the setter position, while Williams and

senior Tania Schatow work at middle blocker. Senior Angela Bensend and sophomore Madie Jones are working as the team’s two outside hitters, though Schatow is also working on the right side at times. “Madie came back really fit and prepared for the spring,” Flory said. “We are asking her to pass and play defense, so she’s not as comfortable as she would like to be. But we need her to expand her role for the team and not just be offensive.” The only position that’s not left with a gaping hole from last season is the libero spot, where Waclawczyk, along with sophomores Sam Delahoussaye and Meghan Mannari, will hold down camp for the LSU defense. Waclawczyk said it has been a friendly battle for the starting spot. “We knew it was going to be a battle coming in,” Waclawczyk said. “The coaches have done a great job of pushing us to the limits. We got down on ourselves at first because we felt we weren’t up to our standards. But now we feel like it will make us a better defensive group.”

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Congratulations to the award winners and participants in the 2010 LSU Juried Student Art Show! All works will be on view in the Foster Hall Art Gallery from March 12-31.


LSU volleyball coach Fran Flory has been left with a daunting task this spring. She has to replace four of her starters from last season, all of whom were statistically among the most dominant players in school history: outside hitters Marina Skender and Lauren DeGirolamo, setter Sam Dabbs and middle blocker Brittnee Cooper. Flory’s Tigers recently started replacing the holes in their offense with the start of spring team practices nearly three weeks ago. All four players were, at one time in their careers, members of All-Southeastern Conference teams. “I don’t think you replace them,” Flory said. “You find a way to make up for what you’ve lost in terms of point scoring ability, ball control, setting. Nobody is really replaceable. You just find a way to create something new with what you have, and we have a great core returning.” The team competed in the 5th Annual Texas Tornados College Spring Tournament in Houston

last weekend for their first competitive action of the spring. The defending SEC champion Tigers, who went 25-7 last season, went 2-2 in their four set-matches. They defeated fellow 2009 NCAA Tournament squads Rice and Wichita State, while falling to TCU and New Mexico State. “We were real up and down,” Flory said. “We played very young. We don’t have any rhythm, and part of that is because we are trying a new lineup … I made them work on some new stuff we’ve been working on.” The Tigers will continue with tournament action this weekend in Tallahassee, Fla. They will then go to the SEC Beach Championship on April 17 before hosting their home tournament on April 24. But the Tigers will be short handed for most of the spring. The team only has eight players available and is already down to seven for at least three weeks as junior middle blocker Michele Williams injured her abs during last weekend’s tournament. Flory also announced middle blocker Ally Judkins, a highlytouted recruit from last season, has decided to quit volleyball and leave the University. For now, the Tigers are making do with what they have. “It’s preparing us for who


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Payton, Saints celebrate, but look Red Sox beat Pirates with to avoid Super Bowl hangover Martinez, Hall homers Childress: Don’t expect Favre updates soon

By The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sean Payton has been showing off the Vince Lombardi Trophy at the NFL meetings this week, even taking it over to the PGA Tour stop at Bay Hill. The responses have been mixed. “It was like the Holy Grail,” the New Orleans Saints coach said Wednesday of his visit to the Arnold Palmer Invitational. As for the NFL owners, coaches and players who have watched Payton and the Saints hoist it Sean Payton e v e r y w h e r e Saints coach from Bourbon Street to Disneyworld? “I think they’re jealous,” Payton said. “If you’ve never been to New Orleans, that Super Bowl party began 27 years ago. And it will never end.” One thing Payton knows is his team has to avoid a Super Bowl hangover. Ever since beating Indianapolis in Miami, the Saints — an NFL also-ran for much of their 43 years— have savored the win. Remember, this is the franchise that, after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Big Easy in 2005, was forced to play all its games away from New Orleans. The city has had perhaps more parades and parties than any recent Super Bowl winner, turning Mardi Gras into a Saints celebration. Payton admits all the extra appearances have left him with less time to prepare for next season. “Seems like we just got back from the Super Bowl, and I got a March Madness bracket to fill out,” he said. “I couldn’t even tell you who’s on the bracket.” FIGURING OUT FAVRE Brad Childress is done trying to figure out Brett Favre’s plans. The Minnesota Vikings coach said he remains in contact with Favre but hasn’t set a timetable for the star quarterback to decide if he will return next season. One thing Childress could say for sure: Don’t expect any updates any time soon. “I don’t know if he’s out of bed yet,” Childress joked. “I don’t know if he’s home in Hattiesburg (Miss.). I don’t know. “If you’re talking to me or if you’re talking to someone with the Vikings, better off to give you the farmers’ almanac for you to look at how it looks for 40-yearolds in the fall, planting season for that time of year, where their biorhythms are at,” Childress

added. Favre is the NFL’s career leader in nearly every major passing category and a three-time league MVP. The former Green Bay Packer had one of his best seasons after doing what was once unfathomable – deciding to play for his former rival in Minnesota. The Vikings were rewarded with 33 touchdowns and the lowest interception rate of Favre’s career. Minnesota’s loss at New Orleans in the NFC title game left Favre battered and bruised. Favre has since said his main concern was whether his body could hold up for another season. Childress has maintained he would prefer Favre return by the start of training camp — and even offseason workouts — if he comes back. But Childress also said he

likely wouldn’t have any problem if the quarterback joined the team as late as he did last year when camp was under way. “In this business you have to be able to deal with uncertainty and ambiguity because that’s what our business is about,” Childress said. Even Childress can poke fun at Favre’s retiring flip-flops the past few years. “It is interesting from the standpoint that it’s the story that keeps on giving,” he said. “When you put your ideas on your thin pad, it makes your one-throughfive list.”

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BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Victor Martinez and Bill Hall hit their first home runs of spring training to lead the Boston Red Sox past the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 on Wednesday. Martinez hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Pirates lefthander Paul Maholm. Martinez is batting .265 with only three RBIs this spring. Hall hit a solo shot in the second inning, and Mike Cameron added a solo shot in the fourth. Maholm had allowed just one home run over his first four spring starts. “The home runs aren’t a bright spot on my day, but that is part of the process of spring training,” Maholm said. Boston right-hander Josh

Beckett racked up nine strikeouts in five innings, fanning seven of nine batters in one stretch. He gave up three hits and two walks. “Every day’s getting better and today was by far my best day in two weeks,” Beckett said. Beckett’s strength is no longe an issue. After leaving the game, Beckett threw some extra pitches in the bullpen to get his pitch count past 95. “I’d like to stick around 95 pitches (the rest of spring),” Beckett said. “The most important thing today was that I felt good, and I finished all my pitches. I felt like I could throw any pitch in any count. That’s the feel you want to get by the end of spring training.” Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at





Tigers can have good ‘10-11 if they mature fast

The LSU men’s basketball team didn’t have a good season. I’m tired of hearing about it, and I bet the Tigers are too. So let’s start looking past this season. Grab those sunglasses because this team’s future looks bright. I’m not saying LSU will dominate its way to an SEC championship and score a high seed next sea- Amos Morale son, but the Ti- Sports Columnist gers should be in contention for an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament when next March rolls around. The Tigers’ additions next season are keys to this success. They have one of the best recruiting classes in the country coming in, but what makes this class special isn’t its hype or talent — it’s the potential. This class could be everything the Tigers were missing this season. If what LSU was missing last season were a grocery list, it probably would have looked something like this: Outside shooting. That’s it. The Tigers lacked enough consistent outside shooters to take pressure off post players.

Defenses were able to focus on senior forward Tasmin Mitchell and sophomore forward Storm Warren, forcing the Tigers best outside threat, junior guard Bo Spencer, to shoulder the offensive load. Spencer found himself in a slump during the middle of the season. Mitchell still got his numbers, but he had to work a lot harder to get them, and Warren found himself in foul trouble throughout most of the latter half of the season. To combat this, the LSU coaching staff went to the metaphorical basketball store and marked off this list. The two highest-rated players in this recruiting class, according to, are outside specialists. Metairie Park Country Day School forward Matt Derenbecker’s scouting reports all say he has a smooth stroke and Forest Hill High School guard Andre Stringer also has drawn praise for his range in his scouting reports. Stringer is particularly impressive because of his hops — he can get up and throw it down at just 5 feet 9 inches. You can see his range for yourself on He can be seen hitting consecutive half-court shots during his team’s practice in one video. Another Tiger recruit,

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LSU junior guard Bo Spencer tries to work around Georgia sophomore forward Trey Thompkins during the Tigers’ 50-48 win March 6 against the Bulldogs in the PMAC.

Muscle Shoals High School guard Ralston Turner, can be seen in his highlight tapes knocking down mid-range jumpers with ease. These shooters should help spread the floor and take the pressure off the post game, which will lose its best player in Mitchell. But don’t fear, LSU coach Trent Johnson

picked up a couple of post players while he was out. He’s got Provine High School forward Jalen Courtney, who is a bit undersized for the power forward position, but scouting reports say he is very athletic. But probably the best addition to the LSU post game

will be a player that was on the roster last year: junior Malcom White. White transferred from Ole Miss before the beginning of last season and had to sit out this season, but he could make a big impact on the team next year. He started 27 games his final season at Ole Miss and averaged 7.2 points per game while setting an Ole Miss record for blocks by a sophomore with 43. These additions should make LSU a solid team, but there is a big “if.” LSU could be good if these players are ready to contribute right out of the gate, if the Tigers’ returning players show improvement and all of these parts come together. If the team can’t get in sync and buy into what the coaches are telling the players, it won’t matter how talented this team is. But Tiger fans should hope this team grows up fast — if it does, it could win a lot of games. Or else Trent Johnson could be making another shopping list at the end of the season. Amos Morale is a 22 year-old history major from Houston. Follow him on twitter at TDR_amosmorale3. Contact Amos Morale at





Cavaliers power past Hornets, 105-92, for eighth straight win By The Associated Press

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New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul (3) pushes past Cleveland Cavaliers guard Mo Williams in New Orleans on Wednesday in the Hornets’ loss.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — LeBron James scored an efficient 38 points on 15 of 22 shooting to go with nine assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers won their eighth straight game, 105-92 over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night. J.J. Hickson scored 20 for the Cavs, who led by as many as 17 and never trailed after James’ floater tied it at 10 in the first quarter. Delonte West added 15 points and Antawn Jamison had 11 points and 11 rebounds as Cleveland won its 27th straight over a team with a losing record. Marcus Thornton scored 20 points and Darren Collison added 17 for the Hornets, who will be eliminated from the playoffs if Portland wins on Thursday. David West added 16 points, while Chris Paul struggled in his second game back from a left knee injury, finishing with five points and seven assists in 32 minutes. Cleveland opened up a 17-point lead with a dominant third quarter, a stretch during which James assumed the role of play maker, scoring only five of his points but dishing out five

assists. Hickson scored 11 points in the quarter on five layups, one of which he converted into a threepoint play. Jamison scored nine points during the period and Mo Williams’ tough fade over Collison made it 81-64 with 2:32 left in the quarter. Still trailing by 17 midway through the final period, the Hornets got the lead down to 96-86 with 4:22 left, then James quickly squashed any notion of a comeback. He hit a tough left-handed driving floater off the glass, and after Paul’s missed 3, James drew a foul and hit both free throws. The Cavs shot 57.1 percent, helped by James’ good shooting as well as Hickson going 9 of 11 and Delonte West going 7 of 11. Cleveland outscored New Orleans 58-36 inside and also outrebounded New Orleans 40-37. Cleveland (57-15), which currently holds the best overall record in the NBA, also improved to a league-best 26-11 away from home with another road game coming up at San Antonio on Friday night. James scored 12 points in the first quarter on an array of

jumpers and acrobatic driving floaters, including one while his momentum was angling away from the basket. There were none of his signature slam dunks, but he set up two jams by Anderson Varejao, one on a no-look pass and another after he intercepted Paul’s pass and led the break the other way. Delonte West scored seven points in the first couple minutes of the second quarter as the Cavaliers’ lead grew to 10. The Hornets kept the game competitive in the first half though, with Thornton scoring nine during the second quarter after being shut out by the tough defense of Anthony Parker in the first 12 minutes. New Orleans tied it at 44 when Paul found West for a dunk, but then Cleveland surged ahead for good. James then hit a short jumper and dunked an alley-oop feed from Williams, then later hit a tough driving floater over James Posey and off the glass after beating Thornton on the dribble.

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Show to benefit From the Flames

By Chris Abshire Entertainment Writer

The third-annual Storyville Fashion Show will have a charitable feel Saturday night at the Manship Theatre. This year’s event is a benefit show for From The Flames, the group founded in the wake of the New Year’s Day fire at The Caterie to help affected ‘This year’s artists recover show has from damage to and a special instruments practice space. meaning “This year’s for us, as show has a special meaning for we know so us, as we know many people so many people were afwho were who fected by The affected by Caterie fire,” The Caterie said Storyville co-owner Josh fire.’ Harvey. All proJosh Harvey ceeds from the Storyville co-owner event will go directly to From The Flames, which recently launched a Web site designed and hosted by I.T. By Design. Storyville has focused on promoting local art and design since opening in 2007. The shop has printed and sold specially-designed From The Flames T-shirts since January. Co-owner Elizabeth Harvey saw a neat fit between the Flames’ efforts and Storyville’s business ideals. “To lose such a big part of the STORYVILLE, see page 13




French rendition of Romeo and Juliet opens By Mary Walker Baus Contributing Writer

Songs of tragic love will echo the 80th anniversary of LSU Opera starting Thursday. The 37 cast members of LSU Opera, accompanied by the LSU Symphony Orchestra, will perform “Roméo et Juliette” by Charles Gounod in the Claude L. Shaver Theatre starting tonight through Sunday. Gounod’s 19th century version of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays is performed in French. “This is the longest continuously active performing arts organization in the history of the state of Louisiana,” said Dugg McDonough, LSU Opera artistic director. LSU Opera began in the 1930s and has built a reputation of producing “outstanding performances” and “exceptional singers,” according to the LSU School of Music’s Web site. “There’s been quite a history of LSU students who have gone onto success in the professional world,”

McDonough said. “What we try to do is train the singers so there’s a solid balance between their vocal and dramatic skills.” LSU Opera offers two main stage productions every year, and the cast performed Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” in the fall. McDonough said he and Michael Borowitz, LSU Opera music director, choose operas based on music students’ knowledge of their craft. He said the organization chose “Roméo et Juliette” because it was written by the same composer as LSU Opera’s first performance. The Opera performed “Faust” by Gounod 80 years ago. “We all got lucky with being able to guide students through works we really care deeply about,” he said. While the opera will be sung in French, McDonough said there will be English supertitles above the OPERA, see page 13

photos by ADAM VACCARELLA / The Daily Reveille

[Above] Kathryn Drake, musical arts doctoral student, practices her role as the titular lead in “Roméo et Juliette” on Monday night in Claude L. Shaver Theater. [Top and bottom right] The cast performs at dress rehearsal. The show will run Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.


‘Cinderella’ opens at River Center Show differs from 1950s version By Elizabeth Clausen Entertainment Writer

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General studies senior Travis Williams, left, and Baton Rouge High student Taylor Mitchell rehearse Sunday at The Dancer’s Workshop for the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s production of “Cinderella.” The show is running this weekend.

When the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s production of “Cinderella” opens this weekend, audiences will notice several differences from the 1950 Disney version of the tale — including men in drag. Travis Williams, general studies senior and administrative assistant at the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, plays one of the wicked stepsisters. “I do want to emphasize that

we’re wicked, not ugly,” he said. “We generally try to steal the show whenever possible … you get to laugh a lot.” The Theatre has performed “Cinderella” almost every other year since 2003. The role of Cinderella will be played by Helen Daigle, a Baton Rouge native who dances professionally with the Louisville Ballet. Williams said the story line will be familiar, but the ballet version of “Cinderella” features unexpected turns keeping audiences engaged. “This show really proves that anybody can come to the ballet and have a good time,” he said. “You really get involved with it and connect

with the characters.” Laura Catalanello, accounting senior, previously filled the role of a pink lady and now plays the fairy godmother. Catalanello, who has been dancing with Baton Rouge Ballet since age 10, has been in two performances of “Cinderella.” “[It’s] just a fun ballet. It’s not as serious as the ‘Nutcracker,’” she said. Stephen Kearnion, University alumnus, plays the other wicked stepsister alongside Williams. “There’s this myth that ballet is inaccessible – this show debunks STEPSISTER, see page 13






The xx gives off impressive energy University hosts Outhouse Festival for independent films A giant wooden “X” sat affixed to the back of the Spanish Moon’s stage Monday night, and a black drum set read “xx” in white letters. As The xx progressed through its show, the “xx” on the drums lit up, casting a white spotlight on the center of the stage. The xx may be new to stardom, but the indie-rock trio from London doesn’t lack the ability to impress. And impress is what the band did Monday night during its first Matthew Jacobs venture to BaEntertainment ton Rouge. Hot off the Writer success of its critically-acclaimed debut album “xx,” the band kicked off its international tour in Baton Rouge, performing a sold-out concert to a crowd that soaked up the show’s energy. Despite the band’s late start to a crowd tiring from less energetic opening acts Nosaj Thing and jj, the energy of the show picked up the moment The xx took the stage, immediately ripping into its signature “Intro.” Each subsequent song seemed to draw more emotion from the

performers and more enthusiasm from the crowd. Continuing its set with single “Crystallized,” the band used its dark image and smooth vocals to achieve an instant connection with a highly engaged crowd. Lead singers Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim sang to each other with electric chemistry. The duo, combined with Jamie Smith’s impressive backing tracks, crafted an intriguing musical persona that gravitated the audience’s attention to the serene ambiance they produced — a feat not always accomplished in small venues like the Spanish Moon. Audience members never lost their interest or enthusiasm as The xx perused its small but excellent catalog. It was heartening to hear the crowd connect with the performances — they joined in with the band on crowd pleasers like “Shelter,” “VCR” and fan-favorite “Basic Space.” And The xx surpassed its reputation as a mellow chill-out band. The musicians amplified their smooth sound to fit a live venue while still remaining faithful to the laid-back album. The aesthetics of the show impressed as well. The band members were dressed in their usual black, and they enhanced their performance

by adding an impressively tranquil light show. Bright purple, blue and white searchlights flashed beams of light across the stage and into the crowd as the band hit its dramatic downbeats. And the audience erupted in cheers during the impressive encore number “Stars,” as a black cloth in the background of the stage lit up with lights and the crowd sang in tune with the chorus, “But if the stars shouldn’t shine / For the very first time / Then dear, it’s fine.” The London trio set the stage for itself as impressive live performers by blending just the right amount of creativity and faithfulness to the original material. The xx will appear at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., in June as the band continues its international tour through the summer. Fans will have an enjoyable time chasing these golden children of the indie-rock scene during their rise to fame. And the band’s space in the music industry won’t be basic for long.

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Students featured in screenings By Ben Bourgeois Entertainment Writer

Students have a unique opportunity to view independent films from University students and filmmakers across the state at the Outhouse Film Festival this weekend. The festival will be held this Saturday and Sunday in Dodson Auditorium. The festival is in its 11th year on campus and is hosted by the Cinema Club at LSU. Garick Giroir, Cinema Club president and head of the festival, said Outhouse is a great opportunity for filmmakers to come together and try to promote themselves. “If people know your name, it’s a good thing,” said Giroir, a mass communication junior. “Outhouse is where they all throw it out there. It’s a close-knit community. Once a year all the local filmmakers get together and talk everything.” Screenings are from noon to 6

p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Josh Carley, a student filmmaker who has two films in the festival, said he’ll use the opportunity to garner feedback on his work. See a full “It’s a cool list of films experience to watch a movie and times with people they are who aren’t my scheduled friends, who are to run on completely unbiased. But at the lsureveille. com. same time, it’s completely nerve-racking,” said Carley, a mass communication senior. “There’s a lot of constructive criticism in the festival. It’s mostly watching reactions during the screening.” The Cinema Club will issue awards during the closing ceremony at 5:40 p.m. on Sunday. The event is free and open to the public.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2010 OPERA, from page 11

stage for audience members. “It’s one of the greatest of the Shakespeare operas,” he said. “It’s what people expect in 19th century French opera in terms of beauty, music, exciting scenes and depth of character. But as an opera, it’s very much faithful to the original play by Shakespeare.” The orchestra sets the tone in each scene, and the stage setting is bare, with one backdrop and few decorations and props, throughout the production. McDonough said the bare stage is typical of a Shakespeare play. He said an empty stage puts the emphasis on the singers who must fill up the space with their voices. “As best we know from sketches and descriptions, the global stage of Shakespeare was basically a stage with no scene,” he said. “Our goal was to focus on our performers and to tell a story in a simple way in terms of having a Shakespearian aesthetic.” Kathryn Drake, musical arts doctoral student who plays the role of Juliette, said at 29 years old, she is still young in the opera world. Drake said her role is difficult because she has to memorize an entire repertoire in French and sing louder than the orchestra. Drake said participating in LSU Opera as a graduate and doctoral student has given her opportunities to sing impressive roles many young singers don’t land. She also performed as Violetta in “La Traviata.” Jin Hin Yap, musical arts doctoral student, said the role of Ro-

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music culture would be a blow to the arts community.” Harvey said. “Since Storyville already focuses on local art, there was a natural connection there to support From The Flames.” Saturday night’s show will feature many of the artists affected by The Caterie fire. The Barisal Guns, who lost more than $50,000 of equipment in the blaze, and the Phoenix Rouge Belly Dancers, many of whom used the Bayou Shimmy dance studios next door to The Caterie, will provide live entertainment to complement the fashion show. “Storyville is an established brand in town, and their willingness to partner with us has been tremendous,” said Joy Bruce, relief efforts coordinator for From The Flames. Anna Byars and DJ The Real Steven, who spins records every week at The Spanish Moon as part of the event Velcro, will also be part of the entertainment for the night. All clothing modeled on the runway will be creations of South Louisiana artists. The show will have a different vibe from most fashion shows,

méo has been his most challenging because of the emotional and physical demands of the role. Because of these demands, Drake and Yap will perform as Juliette and Roméo on Thursday and Saturday, and Maria Thomas and Zechariah Baker, vocal performance graduate students, will perform the roles on Friday and Sunday, McDonough said. “We do that to help preserve voices and give more people the chance to perform great roles,” McDonough said. “But opera is an endurance test for the human voice. You can’t sing these characters four days in a row.” The roles of Mercutio, Stéphano and Gertrude are also double cast. Yap said mixing experience levels of music students provides a great opportunity for the undergraduate students to learn from the graduate and doctoral students. Khary Wilson, vocal performance graduate student, said in addition to singing, he’s learned to sword fight and die on stage as Tybalt. Wilson said seeing “the love story we all know and love” put to music is what should drive audiences to the theater. “We’ve had a tradition of putting on great operas,” Wilson said. “It’s been an unbelievable experience to keep that LSU Opera tradition alive.” LSU Opera will perform “Roméo et Juliette” in the Shaver Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Contact Mary Walker at Bruce said. “It isn’t just a normal fashion event where you only watch people walking up and down a runway to music. It is a party with a lot of fun live entertainment, which helps break up some of the usual fashion show routine.” Bruce said. The event starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $9.50, but University students can present their student IDs for $7.50 admission. Contact Chris Abshire at

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that,” he said. Kearnion, who got his start dancing with the LSU Dance Program, said the close friendships between cast members influence the performances. “It really is like family. We’ve seen everyone kind of grow,” he said. “Travis and I are best friends … and I feel like that’s important. We push each other and mess with each other – onstage and off.” Since the show is performed on a regular basis, cast members have to work their way up the ‘This show ladder, earning really more important roles over time, proves that Kearnion said. anybody Rebecca Acosta, can go to University alumna, formerly the ballet filled the role of and have a fairy godmother and is now the good time.’ assistant director Travis Williams of the produc- general studies senior tion. The show’s 90-minute running time and family-friendly subject matter make it appropriate for all ages. “It’s a good date because the guy’s like, ‘Hey, I’m taking you to the ballet!’ But he’s also going to laugh and enjoy himself,” Williams said. Sharon Mathews has been directing the production since it began in 2003.  “There’s a lot of magic in ‘Cinderella,’” she said. “I think it’s one of the most beautiful stories for girls of all ages.” The show also involves interaction with the audience — lords of the court go into the crowd and fit the shoe on young women. “Cinderella” will run at the River Center on March 27th and 28th at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s Web site. Follow Elizabeth Clausen on Twitter @ TDR_EClausen. Contact Elizabeth Clausen at




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Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi Birgisson embarks on yet another side venture, this time with a solo record that streamlines the spacey sound of the band without neutering it. “Go” is teeming with beauty from the first moment and contains a more jaunty bounce than Sigur Ros’ signature glacial balladry. Jonsi sings in English on this album — as opposed to his native Icelandic — but his distinctive voice carries the songs. While “Go” comes on strong during a few tracks, Jonsi has still pared down his main band’s sound without losing its charm or impact.

Hip-hop producer Robin Hannibal and singer Coco’s first album combines beautiful melodies and rich beats to create a jazzy, laid-back lounge sound. Hailing from Copenhagen, the duo combines soul and electronica, two seemingly disparate musical styles. The effect is like a trip to the ’60s, with interesting rhythms and layered instrumentation along the way. Quadron’s self-titled release is a strong debut – Coco’s crisp, emotional vocals are both incredibly moving and irresistibly catchy.



She & Him

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Singer-actress Zooey Deschanel joins forces again with indierock golden child M. Ward for She & Him’s second album, appropriately titled “Volume Two.” The duo continues to capitalize on its signature soft retro-pop sound, but it’s Deschanel’s smooth ’50s-sounding voice and Ward’s sophisticated musical styles that make She & Him impressive. The pair sounds blissful together, although here Deschanel’s efforts often overshadow Ward’s. “Two” neglects to offer anything “Volume One” didn’t, but the album offers a pleasantly listenable array of bouncy sunshine-pop songs echoing sentiments of love.

“The Bounty Hunter” plays out like an awkward Saturday Night Live skit, only it lasts nearly two hours. Nicole (Jennifer Aniston) and Milo (Gerard Butler) are a divorced couple reunited in a laughably absurd plot line, as they dodge gambling bookies and hit up Atlantic City. The chemistry between Aniston and Butler is rarely believable, while the characters’ backgrounds and former relationship is never explained to the viewers. “The Bounty Hunter” is not just formulaic and forgettable, it is contrived in the worst way.




Editor’s Pick Repo Men Relativity Media/ Stuber Pictures

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This futuristic statement featuring a company that brutally retrieves its artificial organs from payment-defaulting patients couldn’t be a more perfectly timed call for universal health care. Repo men Remy (Jude Law) and Jake (Forest Whitaker) are addicted to chasing down past-due organs for parent company The Union and carving up debtors for quick removal and big money. But after a bizarre defibrilliator malfunction, Remy receives his own metallic heart and becomes the prey to his own game when he can’t foot the note.




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inning. The graduate of Holy Cross in New Orleans has earned 24 saves in his young career at LSU and is second all-time in saves at LSU behind Rick Greene (29). Junior catcher Micah Gibbs and sophomore second baseman Tyler Hanover were the driving forces behind LSU’s offense, combining for four hits and three RBIs. Gibbs’ two RBIs bring his RBI season total to 20, and Hanover’s two doubles pushed his season total to six. The rest of the line up added four more hits, but LSU coach Paul Mainieri said his team had many good hits that just didn’t drop. “Had a few of those balls fallen, we would have a little breathing room at the end,” Mainieri said. LSU got on the board early, picking up a couple runs in the bottom of the first inning. Sophomore left fielder Trey Watkins started the LSU offense with a lead-off single. Watkins advanced to second after junior center fielder Leon Landry walked, and found himself at third when he and Landry stole bases on ULL junior pitcher Michael Cook. Watkins scored from third on a sacrifice fly by senior first baseman Blake Dean. Landry scored after an infield single by Gibbs.

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Louisiana Tech as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Before his coaching career, Ensminger spent three years in the professional ranks playing in the Canadian Football League for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles. Ensminger played for the Eagles under coach Dick Vermeil, another influential figure in his life. “Dick Vermeil was an outstanding coach, and knowing I wanted to coach, I asked if I could stay a little while longer just to learn the philosophy,” Ensminger said. “He is the smartest coach I’ve ever been around. We’d have quarterback meetings that would last four or five hours.” LSU junior tight end Deangelo Peterson said Ensminger “is exciting to be around” and shows the tight ends exactly what he expects of them. “He breaks down the simple stuff we get wrong,” Peterson said. “I want a coach who will push me to be better. He is that coach.” Ensminger brings past experience in the Southeastern Conference with him to LSU. He was quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator at Georgia from 1991-93, and most recently, quarterbacks coach at Auburn in 2003 and tight ends coach there from 2004-08. Ensminger has also coached in the high school ranks at Central High School from 2000-02, West Monroe High School in 2002 and Smiths Station High School in Alabama in 2009. “Whether you’re in class all day or on the road all week, the

But the Ragin’ Cajuns answered with two runs of their own in the third inning. ULL junior second baseman Jordan Poirrier lifted a two-run home run the opposite way to the left field to tie the game at two. Both teams remained scoreless for the next two innings until LSU took a one-run lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hanover hit a fielder’s choice with bases loaded to score Gibbs from third base. Gibbs added his second RBI of the game during the seventh inning when he blasted a double off the right field wall to send Dean home safely, giving the Tigers a 4-2 lead. “I just kept it simple and tried to hit the ball right up the middle,” Gibbs said. “He threw a slider, it broke in and I was able to pull it.” ULL answered again in the ninth inning, adding a run to close the gap to 4-3. But Ott sat down ULL junior right fielder Matt Goulas and stubbed the Ragin’ Cajun comeback with runners stranded on the corners. “There are no style points for closers,” Mainieri said. “The only thing that matters is that you get the last out before they tie the game or go ahead.” Contact Jarred LeBlanc at

fun part of coaching is getting to practice and watching the kids get better,” Ensminger said. “College kids are more mature, and they want to be good, so you don’t have to teach them everything.” Steve Ensminger has coached in 11 different places throughout his career, and Amy Ensminger said being a coach’s wife brings joys and challenges because of the amount of traveling involved. “It’s hard when you’re not doing so well, but that’s when you have to stick it out and support them as much as you can,” Amy Ensminger said. “When I had my kids, I didn’t have any family around. That was the hardest part ... Of course you had the support


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career.” Mack and the rest of LSU’s pitching staff will be crucial down the stretch. No. 13 Florida and No. 6 Alabama loom ahead on the schedule after a midweek game at McNeese State on March 31. For now, they can rest. Girouard and company have the weekend off after playing two midweek games this week against Nicholls State and Southeastern, respectively. The break will be key for some injured Tigers — sophomore outfielder Ashley Langoni and sophomore infielder Juliana Santos. Girouard hopes both will return after the break. “I think we’re all looking forward to it,” Girouard said. “It can’t come at a better time, too. It’s going to heal up a lot of people, and hopefully we’ll get Santos back and Langoni back so we’ll be at full strength and the bumps and bruises. Everybody else can have a nice weekend off.” Players are excited as well. The Tigers are not worried about tampering with the current groove they find themselves in, either. “I think we’re all looking forward to it,” Young said. “We really need it to rest and recuperate. A lot of our girls are ready to take of other coaches’ wives. We all had the pressures and had each other to talk to.” Now Steve Ensminger has been reunited with his hometown, and LSU coach Les Miles said he knows Ensminger is in the right place. “He’s demonstrated expertise in coaching on the offensive side of the ball, and he gives us a coach who will be very valuable in recruiting,” Miles said in February. “He’s also an LSU guy, which reinforces that this is the right hire for us.” Contact Rachel Whittaker at

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Senior pitcher Kirsten Shortridge powered LSU’s 22nd consecutive win Tuesday against Nicholls, 7-0, with three hits and three RBIs.

a day off and go home.” Some won’t be just sitting around. Mack said the time off will be key to catching up on some schoolwork. “We have a huge, huge week coming up for us with Florida and Alabama away,” Mack said. “We’re going to get completely

rested and get all of our injuries over with and get ahead on school so we can kick some butt next week.”

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Public feedings of Mike are impractical As veterinarian for LSU’s Mike the tiger, I would like to respond to the suggestion in the Reveille that Mike’s trainers should sponsor a safe, public viewing of our beloved

bengal feasting on a special dinner. Many ideas seem reasonable until more information is available. Knowing how important Mike is to the LSU student body, I am sure that once students have more information they will understand why public feedings of Mike cannot occur. First, as a tiger, Mike is very “private” in some of his behaviors, including feeding. Mike often will not eat until his caretakers have left for the evening or eats

very little until his caretakers leave. It is very unlikely that he would cooperate in any “public feeding.” Second, Mike has a regular routine, which includes receiving food only after entering his night house each evening. It is not in Mike’s best interests to alter his routine and certainly not to feed him outside in his yard, and thereby discourage him from coming into his night house. Third, when Mike’s routine is altered for whatever reason, he rec-


ognizes the change and becomes very focused on what is going on around him. At those times he has no interest whatsoever in food, regardless of how hungry he may be at the time. That is why on football game days he cannot be coaxed into his travel trailer with food treats. He’s simply not interested. So, for Mike’s well-being, we will not be conducting public feedings. Again, I am confident that the LSU student body wants what is best for Mike

and agrees that his needs are more important than establishing another tradition. Dr. David Baker Professor and Director Laboratory Animal Medicine

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People who like cupcakes actually hate being happy I have a serious problem with cupcakes. Now, before you go all “bitchily commenting” and “letter-to-theeditor-writing” about “how is this newsworthy?” and other uppity, judgmental stuff, remember: 1. I’m an opinion columnist — not a news gal. 2. I write about pop culture — not actual important stuff. Cupcakes are about as pop culture-y as it gets. “Sex and the City” helped take cupcakes from elementary school Easter party fare to national obsession after Carrie and Miranda indulged in them at the famous Magnolia Sara Boyd Bakery a decade Columnist ago. Cupcake-specific bakeries are everywhere now. New breeds of special-occasion cakes — think birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, showers — are composed wholly of cupcakes. Entire Web sites and blogs are devoted to cupcake worship. The general consensus about cupcakes among esteemed pop culture columnists such as myself is they represent the American woman’s craving for sweet indulgence after so many crash diets, combined with the girly-girl culture “Sex and the City” helped revive and a nostalgia for childhood comfort food. Fine. I like sweet stuff. I’m a girly-girl. I’m often nostalgic. But cupcakes are not the way, friends. They are inefficiently designed. Cupcakes are too big to bite with the average size mouth, which results in an icing mustache or icing in one’s nose – neither of which I find pleasant. There is the “lick the icing off first” option, but why would anyone want to eat a slobber-topped, icing-less ball of cake? Gross.

Cupcakes are forever crumbling, wasting precious hunks of cakey deliciousness on one’s shirt, or worse, the ground. The actual cups are also useless. They only tear off hunks of cake when peeled back, further adding to crumb-tumbling issues and diminishing overall cupcake volume. If it were acceptable to eat a cupcake with a knife and fork, perhaps I wouldn’t have such a problem with them. But for some ridiculous reason, requesting utensils with a cupcake is socially taboo and results in strange looks and occasional ridicule, a lesson I learned early in life. Cupcakes do not deserve such an esteemed place in the hearts of sentimental Americans. They are designed to be frustrating so you never feel satisfied. Cupcakes are a perfect illustration of Freud’s death drive. “Every drive is an attempt to go beyond the pleasure principle, to the realm of excess jouissance where enjoyment is experienced as suffering,” Freudian scholar Lacan said of the death drive. That’s cupcakes! You want to experience excessive pleasure in the form of iced, cakey goodness, and a whimsically decorated cupcake is – on the outside – the perfect vehicle to indulge your ego’s desires. But the cupcake is never fulfilling. You know the cupcake is going to crumble all over you and you’re going to get icing up your nose, but you eat it anyway, and it’s always disappointing. The pleasure you get from the rich, buttery, sugary treat becomes suffering after it falls apart on your face and puts you in a diabetic coma. You don’t need cupcakes. Regular cake – or even pie – is life affirming. Give me a piece of my ma-


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ma’s passed-down-for-generations, blue-ribbon-at-the-state-fair-winning pound cake — warm — a plate and a fork, and my life is complete. There is nothing better. It will never end up inside my nose. It will never crumble all over my Easter dress, because it’s not in a

damn crepe paper cup. It will always make me feel warm and full, never sugar-sick. All I’m saying is if you support cupcakes, it’s because you hate being happy. Embrace the will to power and real cake.

EDITORIAL POLICIES & PROCEDURES The Daily Reveille (USPS 145-800) is written, edited and produced solely by students of Louisiana State University. The Daily Reveille is an independent entity within the Manship School of Mass Communication. Signed opinions are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the editor, paper or University. Letters submitted for publication should be sent via e-mail to or delivered to B-26 Hodges Hall. They must be 400 words or less. Letters must have a contact phone number so the opinion editor can verify the author. The phone number won’t be printed. The Daily Reveille reserves the right to edit letters and guest columns for space consideration without changing the original intent. The Daily Reveille also reserves the right to reject any letter without notification of the author. Writers must include their full names and phone numbers. The Daily Reveille’s editor-in-chief, hired every semester by the Louisiana State University Media Board, has final authority on all editorial decisions.

Sara Boyd is a 23-year-old general studies senior from Baton Rouge. Follow her on Twitter @ tdr_sboyd. Contact Sara Boyd at

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Say not ‘I have found the truth,’ but rather, ‘I have found a truth.’”

Kahlil Gibran Lebanese-American poet and writer Jan. 6, 1883 — April 10, 1931






‘Genocide’ is only used if politically convenient Every week I’m appalled by the topics deemed relevant by the student body. I was promptly informed nobody would be interested, when I first suggested my column discuss the Armeniam Genocide. But they should be. The U.N. defines genocide as “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.” The U.S. and the U.N. carefully avoided the term “genocide,” in 1994 while genocide was claiming hundreds of thousands of lives in Rwanda. Why? Because Article 1 of the 1948 U.N. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide bestows on the contracting parties an obligation “to prevent and to punish” genocide, “a crime under international law.” What did Rwanda really have to offer economically? Not much — and so the world turned a blind eye. Approximately 800,000 Rwandans were massacred.

Recent resurgence of the debate over the 1915 murder of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire has angered the Turkish government. Turkey recalled ambassadors from Sweden and the U.S. earlier this month when a nonbinding resolution in the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee recognized the slaughter as genocide. This Nathan Shull was followed by a Columnist similar vote in the Swedish parliament. In January 2008, during his Presidential campaign, Sen. Obama promised, “as President I will recognize the Armenian Genocide,” according to the Wall Street Journal. But as the resolution awaits Senate approval, President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are working to discourage the vote. The problem is this resolution

threatens U.S.–Turkish ties, and it jeopardizes efforts to mend relations between Turkey and Armenia. Turkey’s bid for full EU membership has been frustrated for years. Turkey is now turning from the West, as the government begins to remember Ottoman power lay not in following the West, but in leading the Middle-Eastern states. Its importance to the U.S. has increased exponentially. No longer is it begging for admittance into a Western club. Turkey wields considerable power over political processes in a volatile region critical to U.S. national security. It is important the Senate vote to classify the Armenian slaughter as genocide despite this. It may have occurred nearly a century ago, but recognition of historical crimes is important to our ability to recognize and act when similar crimes against the human race are perpetrated in the present. “As crimes of genocide continue to plague the world, Turkey’s policy of denying the Armenian Genocide gives license to those

who perpetrate genocide everywhere,” the International Association of Genocide Scholars stated in a letter to congress, according to Howard L. Berman, D-CA, the House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman. Opponents argue though many Armenians were killed by Ottoman troops, there was no “intent to destroy, in whole or in part” the Armenian people. Therefore, genocide is an improper classification. Critics claim these atrocities occurred under the conditions of rebellion and civil war. There may be evidence to support these claims — and I am not an expert on the evidence provided to the Foreign Affairs Committee. But the House labled the death of the 1.5 million Armenians as genocide in 1975 and 1984. The House Foreign Affars Committee voted to recognize the genocide in 2007 and now in 2010. In all instances, politics prevented a vote on the resolution by Congress in full. It’s time the truth be told. It’s time to judge genocide according

to evidence and not according to political concerns or fear of a legal obligation to provide assistance as thousands die. In the future, will we once again turn our back as children, mothers and fathers are slashed apart with machetes? Why should a college student care about the classification of the murder of 1.5 million Armenians nearly 100 years ago by a regime no longer in power? Because it sets precedence for what our society is willing to accept or condemn. How many more times will we ignore the cries of children, mothers and fathers as they are marched to their death in concentration camps or loaded onto barges and sunk at sea? Nathan Shull is a 35-year-old finance junior from Seattle. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_nshull Contact Nathan Shull at


Twitter plans Internet takeover with @anywhere “…Follow him on Twitter @ TDR_aarinder.” This phrase ends the tagline that appears after every one of my column’s in The Daily Reveille. Twitter seems to be the new information superhighway when it comes to news and journalism, so higher-ups at the paper thought it would be a good idea for us columnists to sign up for the social networking site. I log on and “tweet” my columns each week for my many admiring “tweeps” to read, letting them know my thoughts in 140 characters or less. I feel all warm and fuzzy knowing I’m sharing my news just like the people at ESPN, Fox News and CNN. I see the relevance of my editor’s logic, but the Web site never really did anything for me. I never really saw the appeal of typing things in “text speak” given the 140 character maximum on tweets. Twitter and I seem to have a love/hate relationship. I still think the site is pointless and stupid, but some of my favorite TV shows, such as “SportsNation” and “Attack of the Show” use Twitter as an interactive tool for viewers to get involved. And, yes, I have participated in the mass tweeting. But, Twitter announced its plan last week to take over the Internet once and for all. By releasing what Twitter is calling @anywhere, the networking site plans on releasing development tools and teaming up with a variety of popular developers to expand the Web site’s open platform. “Imagine being able to follow a


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New York Times journalist directly from her byline, tweet about a video without leaving YouTube, and discover new Twitter accounts while visiting the Yahoo! home page,” boasts Twitter’s official blog, “With @anywhere, Web site owners and operators will be able to offer visitors more value with less heavy lifting.” Just when I thought Twitter was everywhere — you’re able to tweet from your phone rather than the Web site, as well as certain RSS feeds and even video games — that little blue bird will be invading other Web sites as well.

Sites such as Amazon, YouTube, The New York Times, Bing, Digg, eBay and others are joining foces with Twitter to feature @anywhere for their visitors. Instead of leaving the site you’re already on or pulling out your cell phone if you really need to tweet, @anywhere will allow Twitter users to post their 140 character updates from many alternative Web sites. I probably wouldn’t ever use Twitter if it weren’t for my job at The Daily Reveille. Sure, I would miss sending secret love messages to “SportsNation” host Michelle Beadle, but that’s life.

But since I am signed up for it, I’m going to get the best of the site. I’ll tweet and play along with Twitter’s little games, and I’ll be sure to brag about the steal I get on eBay when @anywhere goes into effect. That is, until the Web site changes its policy and starts charging users for their tweets. Twitter is hardly making any money last time I checked. With no ads on the Web site, I can’t see how the bird is keeping his little blue wings afloat. Perhaps by lending its services to other sites with @anywhere, Twitter is hoping to piggy back some of that ad revenue generated from its

“partner sites.” However, if that doesn’t work, I’ll be damned before I start paying that little blue bird to relay my 140 characters to the Internet. And the same goes to you, Facebook! Adam Arinder is a 20-year-old communication studies junior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @ TDR_aarinder.

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revisions and said he’s excited SG’s hard work and determination paid off. “I’m so very proud of the student body for recognizing the need for these changes,” Caffarel said. “It’s important and essential to represent the student body.” In the elections for University Court and presidents, vice presidents, secretaries, treasurers and senators of College Council, 73 students won their positions outright, and 42 students will face in runoff elections for a total of 21 positions. Nearly 50 percent of voters favored increasing mixed-material recycling bins on campus, according to results for the second referendum, which funds a student elected initiative with $5,000. The two initiatives not selected were putting bike pumps at existing bike racks and expanding Middleton Library’s clicker rental system. Bonvillain said she was flattered on election night when 10 of her campaign members stayed with her in the Quad until 10 p.m. when voting ended. “Our candidates are close-nit,” Sellers said. “Campaigning is not a chore for us.”

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made a difference was when ARCO was working on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. A portion of the pipeline caught fire and shut down and could have cost the company millions, Cook said. “I came up with the idea of a drag-reducing agent additive that could pump more crude at the same capacity, without having to build more pumping stations,” Cook said. He said he started

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situation and trying to work with Hicks, who did not fully cooperate and lied several times about his housing and transportation arrangements. Hicks originally planned his unofficial visit around the 2009 spring game, but the report says a scheduling conflict changed his plans. Instances of improper transportation occurred when two football operations student workers drove Hicks to and from the New Orleans airport during this visit. Both Hicks and one of the student workers, a female who drove him to Baton Rouge from New Orleans, testified Hicks spent his first two nights of his unofficial visit at her off-campus apartment and she transported him around the city. The two developed a personal relationship when Hicks first came to LSU on his official visit and continued to exchange telephone calls and text messages before he returned for his unofficial visit, according to the report. “[Hicks] is certain that no coaches transported him or provided meals for him while he was in Baton Rouge for his unofficial visit, but he does believe he ate at the Football Operations building during the visit,” the report says. According to the report, Hicks should have completed a “Louisiana State University Compliance


Borel said she’s excited about another week of campaigning, and “StudentsFIRST” will continue to promote the same ideas. “I think our outcome in the next election will be just as great if not better,” Borel said. Joshery DuBois, runoff candidate for College of Arts and Sciences secretary with StudentsFIRST, said his mind is still boggled at the results. “The best thing that could happen is for everyone to know how sincere [Hudson and Borel] are,” DuBois said. “I think the upcoming week will show how passionate and willing they are to go above and beyond for the students and not just for the position.” Theo Williams said it was a good race, and the runoff should be interesting. Millena Williams said she will continue to support her initiatives and work with whomever is elected. “I think we put a lot of good time in, and it was a good experience,” Millena Williams said. Kristin Davis, Sellers’ girlfriend and a member of “Leading the Way,” won a University Court justice seat. “I’m really honored to serve in

this position, and I’m excited to get started,” Davis said. Prestridge has supported Bonvillain and Sellers since they decided to run, and he said he expected the results. “I knew we were going to dominate today,” Prestridge said. “We had the best candidates, best campaign and the best people behind us.” He said “Leading the Way” will campaign harder than ever this week. Speaker of the Senate Tyler Martin also supported the “Leading the Way” ticket, and he said Senate is “going to be awesome next year.” “Obviously we’re happy so many of our candidates won outright,” Martin said. “It’s a weird feeling being involved but not being up for election.” Students can vote in the runoff elections Tuesday, and results will be announced the next day.

investigating the idea, which he later named “Slick ’Em,” on his own. “People actually laughed at me,” he said. “But I felt it was the right thing to do, and it had a great reward. We were able to get two million barrels a day without building more stations.” Cook worked for numerous other companies and is now working in the medical field, developing a deep brain stimulation technique to combat obesity. Dominic Tognietti, finance junior, said Cook was one of the

most successful speakers to address SEI. “It was great to hear all his different success stories,” Tognietti said. “I want to hopefully run my own business one day, but I’m not sure what it will be.” Johnston Waring, management junior, said the presentation was inspiring. “It was really cool to hear Lod Cook speak in the Lod Cook room,” Waring said.

Program Unofficial Visitation Form,” during his unofficial visit. Sam Nader, assistant athletic director of football operations, said the coach recruiting Hicks should have notified Sharon Mangum, assistant athletic director of recruiting and alumni relations, of the visit. Mangum was never notified, the report says. In the overview of the investigation, the report says Miriam Segar, associate athletic director for student services, made repeated attempts to e-mail and call Hicks last summer to ensure his compliance with NCAA rules for prospective student-athletes. “Even after meeting with him, the staff remained concerned because they could not confirm his housing and transportation arrangements during the summer,” the report says. Hicks enrolled in Baton Rouge Community College upon his arrival in Baton Rouge in summer 2009 because he did not pass a required course for eligibility at LSU. The report says he then received impermissible housing by renting an apartment from two former unidentified LSU athletes, a football player and a men’s basketball player, at a rate of $495 a month, discounted from the normal rate of $1,030 a month. The report also states as many as 25 possible telephone recruiting violations have been identified during the recruitment of Hicks and

another player. The report says McCarthy owned a second cell phone in addition to the one LSU supplied him. The University ultimately obtained records from McCarthy’s second phone and entered those calls into the “Comply and Verify” system. “That second cell phone was not registered with the compliance staff and, thus, had not been monitored for recruiting compliance,” the report says. The report says coach Les Miles inadvertently made prohibited calls to Hicks as a result of prior calls not being logged in the compliance system, but notes Miles couldn’t have known the calls were possible violations. Hicks also acquired money and the use of a truck from an assistant coach at an unnamed school who was coaching at an LSU summer camp. Hicks ran into that coach at an off-campus restaurant that summer. “[Redacted] told [unnamed coach] that he did not have any spending money and complained he was having trouble getting around town without a vehicle,” the report says. “[Unnamed coach] gave him some money on that occasion and once more when he saw him later in the summer. The total he gave [redacted] was around $350.”

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