Food: New Mexican eatery Fuzzy’s opens today, p. 3
LGBTQ: Students participate in “Day of Silence” to promote awareness, p. 4
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If Peter Cottontail lived in modernShe said the number of rabbits day Baton Rouge, he’d certainly have a given to Magic Happens increases each friend in Wendy Lincoln. year after the bunny-centered holiday. Lincoln is the founder of Magic Hap“You don’t get a reindeer for Christpens, a Baton Rouge-based group that mas,” she said. “Why would you get a takes in abandoned pet rabbit for Easter?” Rachel Warren rabbits and a small numLincoln said Magic ber of guinea pigs and Happens usually keeps Staff Writer ﬁnds them loving homes. 20 to 30 rabbits but curLincoln said she started rescuing rab- rently has 40 in its program, which she BRIANNA PACIORKA / The Daily Reveille Tinkerbell [above] enjoys the grass Thursday at Magic Happens Rabbit Rescue bits on her own in 2003, and the Magic attributes to the Easter season. Happens Rabbit Rescue was born a year Lincoln said she recently received while black rabbits Cinderella and Jasmine [top right] nibble on roses. later when she found a group of like-mind- a rabbit from a family because a young ed people. girl won it as a prize at the Ponchatoula Lincoln said Magic Happens has ad- Strawberry Festival. opted out 466 animals since the organiza“The people she was with let her tion was founded. keep it, but her parents couldn’t keep Unlike most animal rescue groups, it,” she said. Magic Happens doesn’t house its rabbits Lincoln said she has found that and guinea pigs in a shelter. Lincoln said most people don’t think about their deall the animals are kept in foster homes in cision before they hop on over to the pet Baton Rouge, and most of the rabbits live store. in her own home. “It’s very impulsive,” Lincoln said. Lincoln said people buy and adopt rabbits during Easter, but it’s a hasty act. BUNNIES, see page 11
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The LSU System Board of Supervisors will vote on a $13.8 million tuition increase for LSU System campuses today during its regular monthly meeting, according to a news release. The potential tuition increases would impact each campus on a different level, with a $144 per semester increase at the University to a $387 per semester boost for students at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. The increases, if approved, would mark the fourth consecutive year of 5 percent annual increases. The tuition hike was approved by the Legislature in 2008 as a way to minimize the impact of budget cuts on higher education. In other action, the Board will also consider the approval of reports on LA GRAD Act agreements, a resolution to approve the ground lease and agreements concerning the construction of a digital media facility at the University and the construction of several suites at Alex Box Stadium. The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. at the LSU System Building.
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Students plan vacations, trips home for spring break Kate Mabry Contributing Writer
Spring break ofﬁcially begins Friday afternoon, and students are ready to kick back and enjoy the week without classes. Las Vegas ranked as the No. 1 spring break location with Miami Beach, Key West and Panama City following close behind, according to studentuniverse.com. With Florida’s shimmering beaches only about four hours away, many University students plan to spend their spring breaks
Todd Crawford engineering freshman
“I’m going back to New Orleans. ... Maybe even going to some crawfish boils.”
along the Florida coast. “Based on historical trends, Florida is the most popular travel destination for college students,”
“I plan on just going home to Chalmette and visiting family.”
said Don Redman, spokesman for AAA Louisiana. Sarah Finnegan, civil engineering sophomore, and Jacob Pruitt,
“Some friends and I are getting a condo in Gulf Shores Brandon Berthelot for four civil engineering nights.” sophomore
landscape architecture freshman, said they plan to vacation at a beach near Gulf Shores, Ala. “We found a condo near the
beach, and about 12 of us are going,” Finnegan said. Drew Baccich, accounting sophomore, and about 30 of his fraternity brothers rented a house in Gulf Shores for a week. “Gulf Shores is the place where all the sororities and fraternities go,” Baccich said. “We plan on meeting with more LSU students once we get to the beach.”
Watch a video of students’ break plans at lsureveille.com. BREAK, see page 11
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Friday, April 15, 2011
More than 20 hurt outside of Athens in riot over landfill plan
Federal appeals court dismisses suit over National Day of Prayer
Rundown New Orleans homes featured in ‘Treme’ ad torn down
KERATEA, Greece (AP) — Greek riot police clashed with residents of a town outside Athens who were protesting plans to build a landﬁll to store the capital’s garbage. More than 20 were injured Thursday, ofﬁcials said. Three riot policemen and at least 20 suspected protesters were hospitalized after the clashes on the edge of the town of Keratea, police and public health ofﬁcials said.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday threw out a ruling that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional and ordered that a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s right to proclaim the day be dismissed. A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation did not have standing to sue because while they disagree with the president’s proclamation, it has not caused them any harm.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Several ramshackle houses featured on advertisements for the HBO series “Treme” were demolished Thursday, despite efforts by preservationists and show producers who wanted the row homes renovated. The houses had roofs that were barely there and chunks of siding missing. They needed to be torn down because they were dangerous and an eyesore, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and several neighbors said. The buildings, which sit across from a playground and park, have long been havens for criminals and drug users, they said.
US, Britain, France vow to push ahead in Libya until Gadhafi leaves PARIS (AP) — The United States, Britain and France are pledging to keep up the military campaign in Libya until leader Moammar Gadhaﬁ leaves. In a joint declaration, U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy say they will not stop the campaign and “remain united” — despite European complaints about the low-proﬁle U.S. role. The leaders say as long as Gadhaﬁ remains in power, NATO and its partners “must keep up their operations” to protect civilians and increase pressure on Gadhaﬁ.
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A protester prepares to throw a gas bomb Thursday at riot police during clashes in the town of Keratea, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) southeast of Athens.
Gunman who killed 12 in Brazilian school acted alone was mentally ill
Ground broken for George Washington presidential library
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A 23-year-old guman who killed 12 children in his former school in Rio de Janeiro acted alone, the head of city police’s homicide division said Thursday. Interviews with neighbors, family members and former classmates made it clear the shooter, Wellington Oliveira, “always acted alone,” said homicide chief Felipe Ettore at a news conference. “He is mentally ill, and had a psychotic episode that culminated with this tragedy,” Ettore said.
MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) — It was one of the few things George Washington wanted to do but never got around to: build a library to hold his ofﬁcial and personal papers. On Thursday, more than 200 years after Washington wrote off the idea, dignitaries broke ground at his Mount Vernon estate on a $47 million presidential library of sorts that they hope will evolve into a “think tank” promoting scholarship about one of the nation’s Founding Fathers.
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Fuzzy’s Taco Shop opens today, offers affordable menu options Restaurant had test run Wednesday Rachel Warren Staff Writer
Starting today, students will have a new place to eat and party “south of the border” style. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop ofﬁcially opened today at 7 a.m., according to General Manager Luke Stebbins. Stebbins said the restaurant, which is located amid the block of stores and restaurants at the corner of Lee Drive and Burbank Drive, opened its doors for a few hours Wednesday to give residents an sneak peek of what Fuzzy’s has to offer. Stebbins said he saw positive responses from students Wednesday and has seen it for months on the restaurant’s Facebook fan page. “People love the food,” he said. “They love the concept.” Erica Marroquin, international studies senior, is one of Fuzzy’s newest employees. Marroquin said she has enjoyed her work so far, which has mainly involved setting up the store and training. She said she enjoyed serving people Wednesday during the restaurant’s early opening and thinks the response bodes well for the shop’s future. “Every table was ﬁlled,” Marroquin said. “Everyone loved it.” Stebbins said Fuzzy’s will offer a wide variety of baja-inspired food from tacos to fajitas and frozen drinks, like its unique “Tigerita,” a purple, LSU-inspired margarita with yellow salt around the rim. Stebbins said he thinks one of the factors going into students’ love for Fuzzy’s is the restaurant’s low prices.
“The most expensive thing on our menu is $7.95,” he said. “The price range is really anywhere from $2 to $8, which is obviously the college student price range.” Paige Long, kinesiology freshman, said she’d try Fuzzy’s because she’s always looking for
affordable food in town. “I like Mexican food,” she said. “And I love margaritas.” Stebbins said the taco shop’s owners and managers hope to make the restaurant a hot spot for football game days next semester. “We want to get the word out,” he said. “It’ll be a fun place
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Fuzzy’s Taco Shop officially opened today at 7 a.m. The restaurant’s menu features Mexican food and has a low price range, making it affordable for college students.
to hang out.” The name Fuzzy’s might make students think twice about eating at the taco shop, but Stebbins said the moniker isn’t a reference to anything like moldy meat. Stebbins explained the restaurant chain was founded in
Texas and the name of the man who created the menu was Fuzzy. “They couldn’t think of what to name it, so they named it Fuzzy’s Taco Shop,” he said. “That’s the rumor, at least.” Contact Rachel Warren at email@example.com
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Students promote LGBTQ awareness Groups participate in ‘Day of Silence’ Sydni Dunn Staff Writer
University students proved that actions speak louder than words Thursday by participating in the annual event “Day of Silence.” The all-day event, sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is a national youthdriven project designed to raise awareness about harassment and bullying toward LGBTQ — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning — students in schools. The Day of Silence asks students of all ages to take vows of silence in support of the initiative. University organizations like Spectrum, Social Justice Committee and ResLife Pride, which aim to accommodate LGBTQ students at the University, participated in the event Thursday by going silent publicly in Free Speech Plaza. Members of each group passed out information about the event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spectrum President Kat Barry, English and women’s and gender studies senior, said the University has participated in the event for several years. “It’s really difficult to oversee an event with no words,” Barry joked. She said though it’s difficult to remain silent all day, the experience is worth it. “The experience shows you how valuable your voice really is,” Barry said Wednesday. “It makes you realize you are obligated to use that voice every other day
of the year.” Barry said the groups encourage students to participate because bullying is not limited to the LGBTQ community. She said it is an issue that “plagues everyone.” Spencer Roby, ResLife Pride chairman and mathematics freshman, said the University’s involvement in this issue is what attracted him to LSU. He said he received a flier for Day of Silence last year during Spring Invitational. “I saw that there was a group for people like me,” he said. Roby participated in the event for the first time this year. He also organized the “Express Yourself Showcase” on Wednesday to promote involvement in the event. The showcase, which was sponsored by ResLife Pride, gave students the opportunity to express themselves. About 40 patrons attended the
event in the lobby of Herget Hall and contributed poetry, songs, dance performances and discussion. ResLife Pride Member Mel Acosta Lazo attended the showcase and said it was a great way for everyone to get their “ya-yas” out before the big day. Lazo, a mathematics senior, said the Day of Silence is a time to remember those who have been silenced for being different. “I was silent for a long time,” Lazo said. “I’m still silent with my family.” Lazo said students should never be afraid to be true to themselves. He said Day of Silence is a way to reach out to those students. “Sometimes silence is the best way to get the word out,” he said. Contact Sydni Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Friday, April 15, 2011
Today in sports: Baseball takes on Auburn at 7 p.m. at Alex Box Stadium
Friday, April 15, 2011
LSU in middle of demanding schedule
Tiger Tussle LSU hosts Auburn after losing series last year on walk-off squeeze bunt Rowan Kavner Sports Writer
Tigers host No. 6 Tenn. in Tiger Park Hunter Paniagua Sports Contributor
Spring break may be on the horizon for students, but the No. 21 LSU softball team doesn’t get any relief from the challenges of the Southeastern Conference schedule. A week after sweeping No. 1 Alabama, the Tigers (26-12, 8-6) will host No. 6 Tennessee (35-6, 12-4) for a weekend series at Tiger Park. LSU coach Yvette Girouard said the SEC has supplanted the Pac-10 as the nation’s premier softball conference. “There’s no question to me that it’s the toughest conference in softball,” Girouard said. “Literally every time you turn around, everyone’s ranked. It’s just an amazingly good softball conference.” The SEC has seven teams ranked in both the USA Today and ESPN polls. But LSU and Tennessee may be the hottest of those teams. The Tigers have won 11 straight games, and the Lady Vols are on a seven-game winning streak. “They’re well rounded,” Girouard said. “They have very good pitching and some power hitters. Their speed game is incredible, and they put so much pressure on you.” The LSU pitching staff will feel the pressure as they try to handle a TENNESSEE, see page 7
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LSU freshman outfielder Spencer Ware, right, celebrates with sophomore designated hitter Raph Rhymes after scoring a run Wednesday during the Tigers’ 7-1 win against Alcorn State. LSU hosts Auburn this weekend in a battle of SEC West foes.
A shot at a legitimate return to prominence in the Southeastern Conference is on the line this weekend for the LSU baseball team. LSU (22-12, 3-9 SEC) sits dead last in the SEC West behind three teams with 5-7 conference records, including Auburn (18-14, 5-7 SEC), whom the Bayou Bengals host this weekend. “We can’t have a letdown,” said junior shortstop Austin Nola. “We can’t go out there and compete for ﬁve innings. We can’t play the ﬁrst few innings bad. We’ve got to play all nine as solid as we can.” LSU remembers Auburn well from last year. The series was knotted at one game apiece when LSU tied Auburn in the top of the ninth inning in the rubber game. Auburn outﬁelder Justin Fradejas, whom LSU coach Paul Mainieri called a “bunting machine,” executed a perfect squeeze bunt against then-sophomore Matty Ott in the bottom of the ninth inning, bringing home the game-sealing and serieswinning run in a 6-5 ballgame. “That was kind of a pivotal series in their program really because they hadn’t made the SEC tournament in several years,” Mainieri said. “It kind of gave them conﬁdence that they could do it. They went on to win the SEC West title.” Both Auburn and LSU endured two separate four-game losing streaks since beginning SEC play this season. Auburn was swept by Mississippi State and Vanderbilt, while LSU was swept by Florida AUBURN, see page 7
Dickson overcomes broken leg, will compete for national title Rob Landry Sports Contributor
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LSU gymnast Kaleigh Dickson performs on the uneven bars March 4 in the PMAC. Dickson is the Tigers’ lone representative for today’s NCAA Championships.
Adversity causes some people to break but drives others to achieve new heights. LSU redshirt freshman gymnast Kaleigh Dickson would be placed in the latter group. Dickson was primed to contribute as an all-arounder during her true freshman season in 2010, but less than a month before the season started, that plan came to a crashing halt — literally. During Christmas break, the Oldsmar, Fla., native was practicing her ﬂoor exercise routine at her home gym when she landed on a dead spot on the ﬂoor. The rough landing resulted in a
compression fracture in Dickson’s right tibial plateau. The leg required surgery to insert a screw. Dickson’s season was lost. “I had worked through the preseason, which is the toughest part because of the 6 a.m. workouts and getting my routine together,” Dickson said. “And I was ﬁnally ready. I was going to be in the all-around. I was ﬁnally getting my bar routine [worked out]. I was devastated.” Her road to recovery came full circle two weeks ago when she tallied a 39.075 score at the NCAA Regional meet and qualiﬁed for the NCAA Championships on Friday. She would redshirt in 2010 and spent the year doing rehab on her leg by working out as much as she could and doing range-of-motion
exercises to prevent herself from losing ﬂexibility. Dickson followed her rehab regiment religiously. “She was spending equal time [in the training room] to what we were spending training,” said LSU coach D-D Breaux. “She was working out and doing range of motion.” By the middle of the summer Dickson was back in the gym doing work on the uneven bars and running her tumble tracks on the ﬂoor but not doing any work on her tumbling. That didn’t come until October, when she ﬁnally felt conﬁdent in the strength of her leg. As the season came and went, DICKSON, see page 7
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Teams to Thunder will take the West, win championship compete in SEC tourney
Portland is a team that tends to give the Lakers trouble, for whatever reason, and they could cause a little stir in Los Angeles. But the Lakers will be ready to take them down at home in the final game.
Tigers, Lady Tigers face top-notch field Chris Abshire Sports Contributor
The LSU golf teams will begin collegiate golf’s championship season this weekend with road trips to the Southeastern Conference Championships. The ninth-ranked men’s team will face an elite field at the Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simon’s Island, Ga. Five other SEC programs are ranked in the top 15 of the latest Golfweek rankings, and the Tigers will have to take down rivals like No. 2 Alabama and No. 6 Florida to claim the conference title. Despite the challenging field, the Tigers’ play of late, with two victories in the last two events, has them as one of the favorites heading into the three-round tournament on the 6,600 yard, par-70 layout. Senior All-Americans Andrew Loupe and John Peterson will again anchor an LSU squad that has not finished outside of the top five in any event this spring. The Tigers have finished in the top five at the SEC Championship each of the previous two seasons, including a fifth-place result last year on the same Seaside Course at Sea Island they will play this weekend. For the women’s squad, which is just two weeks removed from its worst outing of the season, the task is no easier. Seven of the top 20 teams in the country will tee it up with the No. 6 Lady Tigers this weekend at the Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala. The Lady Tigers finished 13th in the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the University of Georgia two weeks ago under the unusual best ball format. LSU women’s coach Karen Bahnsen said her team has practiced particularly well the last two weeks. Top-ranked senior Megan McChrystal is expected to be one of the top individual performers at the championship. Contact Chris Abshire at email@example.com
Andy Schwehm Sports columnist Now that I have the Eastern Conference of the NBA playoffs all set, it’s time to figure out who’s going to capture the West, the stronger of the two conferences. Just about every matchup in the first round could go either way. The only series that will end in less than six games is the Los Angeles Lakers against your New Orleans Hornets (a first-round playoff matchup that I picked before the season started). The terrible Hornets will be swept by the Lakers in four games. With that out of the way, let’s move on to more important matchups. The best series will be the No. 4 Oklahoma City Thunder against the No. 5 Denver Nuggets. This matchup is intriguing because these are the best two teams in the West in the past 10 games with each holding a 7-3 record down the stretch. The only problem for the invigorated and Carmelo Anthony-less Nuggets is the Thunder matchup favorably against them. The teams met twice last week with the Thunder winning both games rather easily. I’ll take the Thunder in six games. Next, No. 3 Dallas Mavericks take on No. 6 Portland Trail Blazers.
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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35), guard Russell Westbrook (0) and guard Thabo Sefolosha, right, celebrate a 120-106 win against the Lakers on Sunday.
These teams split their season series, 2-2, with Dallas winning the first two and Portland taking the latter two. I can easily see this series going seven games. I’ll take Portland because Dallas always seems to lose in the first round. Finally, the San Antonio Spurs will face the pesky Memphis Grizzlies, who tanked against the Los Angeles Clippers in the final game of the season to ensure they didn’t face the Lakers. This series may be a repeat of last year’s 1 vs. 8 matchup where the Thunder took the Lakers to six games. The Grizzlies have had the Spurs’ number the past two times they have met this season, winning both games after losing the first two.
I like the experience of the Spurs, who have gotten a little more healthy during the past few weeks. San Antonio will win in six. But keep an eye on those Grizzlies during the next few years. CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS I didn’t have chalk this time. It’s No. 1 San Antonio versus No. 4 Oklahoma City and No. 2 Los Angeles versus No. 6 Portland. The Spurs are getting old, and the Thunder are a young, fast team that should be able to handle anything Gregg Popovich’s Spurs throw at them. I like the Thunder in six games. In the other series, I’m going to take Los Angeles in seven games.
CONFERENCE FINALS The conference finals put the Thunder versus the Lakers in a rematch from last year’s first round. Los Angeles, defending its title, has the experience, but Oklahoma City has the momentum. If Laker center Andrew Bynum can stay healthy — and that’s a big if — the Lakers should be able to take this series. But with that lingering knee injury, I don’t know how effective he can be. I like the Thunder in seven games. NBA FINALS Oklahoma City — the team I picked at the beginning of the season — makes the run to the NBA Finals to face another young team, the Chicago Bulls. It’s Kevin Durant against Derrick Rose. And Durant gets the win in six games. The Thunder win the NBA Finals. Andy Schwehm is a 21-year-old English and psychology senior from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_ASchwehm. Contact Andy Schwehm at firstname.lastname@example.org
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and Arkansas. Auburn shook off the Vanderbilt sweep to complete a sweep of its own against Kentucky last weekend, scoring 35 runs in the series with at least eight runs in each game. Auburn’s lineup, which is hitting .310 this season with 23 home runs, will face a pitcher Friday night in LSU freshman Kurt McCune (51), who hasn’t allowed more than
TENNESSEE, from page 5
Tennessee offense that has hit 49 home runs and stolen 100 bases. The Lady Vols also lead the SEC with a .357 team batting average. “You can’t take a pitch off against a team like Tennessee,” said sophomore pitcher Rachele Fico. “We’re going to have to regroup ourselves, get locked in and focused and play the way we know how.” Fico and junior pitcher Brittany Mack are coming off one of their most dominant performances against Alabama. The pitching duo allowed
DICKSON, from page 5
Dickson competed in the all-around in all but one meet — the season opener at Oregon State. Though she was just a year off the injury, Breaux was not satisfied with Dickson simply being in the lineup. “I did a lot of cajoling and motivating and challenging this year for her to step up and be the best all-arounder,” Breaux said. “There were other kids doing the allaround, like Sarie Morrison, who did a great job for us cranking out 39s in the middle of the season, and Kaleigh seemed to be OK with being the second all-arounder on the team.” Breaux’s words had a strong effect on Dickson down the stretch of the season. She scored higher than 39.000 at the both the Southeastern Conference Championship and the NCAA Regional meets. “She didn’t make [the Regional] bigger in her mind than it was,” Breaux said. “And now she’s going to the national championships.” Dickson credits her injury as the driving force behind her stellar season. “After I had that setback last year, I was extra eager to come out and get better and do what I wanted to do last year,” Dickson said. Breaux hasn’t set expectations
three runs in any of his eight starts at LSU. “Even though they’re 5-7 like a lot of teams are, we know that they pack a lot of punch with their lineup,” Mainieri said. “It’s going to be a great challenge for McCune.” Pitching for Auburn is Zach Blatt (1-2), a junior with a 6.53 ERA who is making his first start of the season. Blatt pitched 5 1/3 innings in relief in Friday’s 12-9 win against Kentucky.
The Auburn pitching staff is its Achilles’ heel. It has a team 5.06 ERA and has allowed eight runs or more in three of its last four games. Auburn’s hitting hasn’t been an issue. Fradejas is back and is one of six Auburn players with at least 95 at-bats hitting .300 or higher. That list includes senior catcher Tony Caldwell, who is batting .313 and went 5-for-5 Saturday with three home runs. “They’ve got several guys that
just two runs in 31 innings of work against the Crimson Tide. But Girouard said the Tigers’ key to victory lies in the offense’s ability to score runs on a Tennessee pitching staff that ranks third in the SEC with a 1.90 team ERA. “We just need to stay focused,” said junior infielder Anissa Young. “We need to win every pitch. We just need to swing at our pitches and execute.” Young has become the most clutch hitter in LSU’s lineup, hitting two walk-off home runs against Alabama. Young also hit a two-run
single in the ninth inning Wednesday to give LSU a 4-2 victory against McNeese State. The Tigers have struggled to take down Tennessee in recent years and haven’t won a series with the Lady Vols since 2007. The two teams played to the only regular-season tie in SEC history in 2009 as the game ended in a 3-3 draw because of Tennessee’s travel arrangements.
this weekend other than hoping Dickson displays the consistency she has shown week-in and weekout this season. But most of all, Breaux is glad she has gotten the opportunity to work with someone as special as Dickson. “She’s just one of those kids that tries to do everything right,”
Breaux said. “She tries to please everybody, but it’s not a conscious effort. She just does the right thing. She says the right things, and she’s a giver. You just enjoy giving to the kids that are givers.”
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Shorter work weeks will help overcome doctor shortages
The road to medical school is a game of numbers. The roughly 1,200 freshmen at the University who initially express an interest in medical or dentistry school are whittled down to 300 to 350 by the time applications are filed in the spring of junior year, and only around 45 percent of these students will be accepted into LSU’s medical program. It is clear that the competitive nature of pre-med and medical students is not shared by everyone, and thus the field incidentally attracts some of the most ambitious individuals. Driven by a strong desire to be part of this prestigious career, I have largely followed the predetermined path to medical school by intermittently sacrificing large portions of my personal time and grooming my GPA meticulously. Make no mistake — I am not the only one who wants me to become a physician. The United States does as well.
The federal health care bill passed last year will open up health care access to millions of previously uninsured Americans, but some are not sure enough new doctors will be trained to keep up with demand. Despite the efforts of teaching hospitals and medical schools across the country to Chris Freyder attract students, it is predicted Columnist that the nation may face a shortage of 150,000 medical doctors by 2025. To address this issue, the health care bill offers pay boosts and other benefits for primary-care physicians. However, the dilemma America’s health system faces might have to do with something more valuable than money — time. Although the technology and infrastructure surrounding a
physician’s career continuously evolves, one element that has remained relatively unchanged is the long work week that naturally follows. According to The New York Times, it was not uncommon for physicians of the past to work 120 hours a week, and doctors today still work between 60 and 80 hours a week, on average. Individualism and fierce competition have served to strengthen these traditions. For all but the most gifted, this means physicians only have one choice — to be physicians. Pursuing other hobbies or becoming a parent could be seen as a reckless and illadvised use of time. I personally know some who have turned to other science careers in face of this quandary. But the steady entry of women into the medical field and new trends in doctor-patient relationships are rendering this system obsolete. The old practice of having a
handful of personal physicians at one’s demand is yielding to the idea of interchangeable doctors and less intimate doctor-patient interaction. In turn, physicians are accepting fewer weekly hours and spending more time developing their personal lives. Once such doctor, Kate Dewar, works 36 hours a week so she has time to tend to her newly born twins, according to The New York Times. Of course, working less means less pay, but Merritt Hawkins, a doctor recruitment firm, found young doctors are placing quality of life above income. This new breed of doctor might be the answer to America’s physician shortage, and even improve the quality of health care in the country. The privilege of practicing medicine and possessing a reasonable personal life may prove to be more enticing than any monetary incentive ever could be, and open the career to capable individuals who
desire more flexible work hours. Of course, there is nothing wrong with those still willing to spend 80 hours a week tending to their practice, but there is no compelling reason why this should be the standard for everyone. Private practices will always be available for physicians who prefer the traditional system. Only time will tell if this trend will effectively create an influx of new doctors, but it is becoming increasingly evident that the current system can no longer weather the changing climate of health care in America. Chris Freyder is a 21-year-old biological sciences junior from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @ TDR_Cfreyder.
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AT&T/T-Mobile merger raises concerns of duopoly
Kenny Kyunghoon Lee Washington Square News
NEW YORK — AT&T’s acquisition of its competitor, T-Mobile, will give birth to a new juggernaut in the American telecommunications industry, producing a company which can supposedly better serve its customers by providing a faster and stronger network. But is it really worth risking consumer interests? The merger between AT&T and T-Mobile, the second- and fourthlargest wireless service providers, respectively, is expected to create a duopoly of AT&T and Verizon Wireless, which makes the market far more consolidated than necessary. The deal, which is expected to close in a year, makes AT&T by far the largest service provider in the nation with 130 million total subscribers. Various market analysts are raising concerns over the upcoming change in the market. AT&T justified the acquisition in a statement March 20, claiming that the acquisition will benefit the customers by “enhancing network capacity, output and quality in near term for both companies’ customers.” This statement is realizable, as AT&T and T-Mobile have similar technology, and their networks, which already cover large areas of
the country, can contribute to each other to create an even stronger and faster wireless network. However, it still seems that consumers have more to lose than to gain. The customers may enjoy enhanced services after the acquisition, but they have to expect a future increase in price when two or three behemoths dominate the market. Concerns over future price hikes are well-founded. AT&T presents itself as the provider of the highest quality mobile services, which collides with T-Mobile’s brand image as a provider of affordable services. Thus, some of T-Mobile’s more price-efficient contracts may be terminated or altered to maintain AT&T’s brand image and profit margins. In a recent media release by T-Mobile, the company suggested that future rate plans may be subject to a price increase. TMobile merely states “all customer contracts entered into before the change of ownership will be honored (for their applicable period),” suggesting the looming possibility that prices may rise in the future. Moreover, if this acquisition is approved by the regulators, it may encourage future mergers in the market. Mergers and acquisitions are very attractive options to businesses as they can take advantage of various economies of scales
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(various economic benefits made available by the increase in the size of a firm such as a stronger bargaining power in business deals and lower interest rates on loans). In addition, in the telecommunications industry, a bigger size usually means larger control over the market (in other words, more
subscribers) and increased revenues as the companies deal directly with their customers. Once AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile is approved, it may encourage other mergers in the future, as they are highly profitable for telecommunications companies. There are always banes and boons when economic decisions are
made, and they have to be measured carefully. In this acquisition, at least for now, the banes seem to outweigh the boons.
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Quote of the Day “By burning the Quran, they cannot harm it. The Quran is in the hearts and minds of 1.5 billion people.”
Hamid Karzai Afghan president Dec. 24, 1957 — Present
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Greek unilateral fees should offend all students As a member of the Greek community, I am disturbed to discover the University is proposing a full cut of the entire Greek Life budget and unilateral imposition of a $50 per semester fee on all Greek members. Essentially, the University is forcing Greek students to fund one of its departments to the tune of $420,000 per year. The proposal is set to go before the LSU System Board of Supervisors on Friday. For more than 140 years, LSU’s Greek community has allowed young men and women to develop lasting friendships, develop as a person and a leader, devote hours of service to the
Opinion local community and make lasting impressions on LSU. Last year alone, LSU Greeks donated over $250,000 to over 30 charities, built two homes in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity and devoted over 50,000 community service hours. More than 4,100 LSU students are Greek, about 18 percent of the student body. The University’s reasoning for imposing this fee raises numerous concerns. The University did not provide the Greek system the opportunity to dispute this fee, claiming that the fee should only be imposed on Greek organizations because the Greek community is “selective” in its intake process. However, in most professional and honorary organizations, a minimum GPA, as well as other criteria, are used for intake. Even Student Government has selective interview processes for appointed positions. Yet, members of these
organizations will not have to subsidize the University departments that oversee them. Equally disturbing is that the Greek Life budget actually increases as a result of this unilaterally imposed fee. Next year’s Greek Life budget projects to run a surplus of $86,000, as no additional services will be provided. Other than being told of the projected surplus and other cryptic details of Greek Life’s future budget, the Greek community has no further knowledge of how its fees will be used, even though it asked for a complete budget before Friday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. The University has yet to provide the Greek community with the full budget and seems to have no intention of doing so. The most disturbing issue of all is the lack of input the Greek community will have in how the unilaterally imposed fees are used.
Vice Chancellors Eric Monday and Kurt Keppler both said the Greek community will have no say in how Greek Life is run, even though it will be paying — among all Greek Life expenditures — the salaries of four full-time workers, the $14,000 per year salaries for eight student workers, and the $13.50 per square foot. rent for Greek Life’s office space in the Student Union. Greek Life does not need 12 staff members to police the Greek community, yet the University is “not exploring” staff cuts to unnecessary positions within Greek Life. Since the University is forcing the Greek community to fund one of its departments and allowing no feedback on how it is run, I ask for two signs of good faith. First, I would appreciate if the University demonstrates that it values Greek commitment to the University by extending new, 99-year leases to each Greek
page 9 organization, solidifying Greek presence on campus for future generations. Second, I would like to see the complete, three-year, projected Greek Life budget before the fee is heard at Friday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. This lack of good faith and common-sense approach to budget cuts by the University should offend all LSU students. Unilateral imposition of new fees is not the way to avoid making tough budget decisions. If this can happen to one of the longest-standing communities on LSU’s campus, don’t think for one second the University will stop here. Billy Wright management junior
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Quran burning response unacceptable, hurts US Muslims Pastor Terry Jones is a misguided bigot. The part-time preacher and part-time used furniture salesman has done his damndest to earn that title, using his role as the leader of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., to create more controversy than any poorly funded, 50-member hate group — that’s the Southern Poverty Law Center’s designation, not mine — deserves. The trouble began last year, when Jones and his followers planned to burn copies of the Quran on the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Jones’ intentions were widely publicized and sparked international outrage, which eventually led to the cancellation of the event dubbed “International Burn a Quran Day” by Jones. Jones apparently could not help himself, however, and decided to preside over a “trial” on March 20 in which the Quran was convicted and executed — by burning, of course. This time, the outrage was real as well. Protests erupted in Afghanistan and Pakistan, resulting in the deaths of at least 20 people. American politicians and religious leaders scrambled to repudiate the actions of both Jones and the violent protestors, and some went so far as to place the blame for the deaths on Jones himself. Jones’ credentials as a poorly informed polemicist were wellestablished prior to his Quran burning. He first came to nationwide prominence by placing a sign on the church’s lawn that read “Islam is the Devil.” To top it off, Dove World Outreach participated in a joint protest last year with the ultimate provocateurs at the Westboro Baptist
Church, who are known for their inflammatory signs and staging of protests at U.S. soldiers’ funerals. That being said, Jones is not a murderer. Shifting the responsibility for these deaths to anyone other than those who committed the murders is irresponsible because it disallows us from examining this issue in its entirety. Chris Seemann It’s an inColumnist escapable fact that the violence in Afghanistan and Pakistan was perpetrated by radical Muslims. Unfortunately, the assurance this type of response would result probably empowered Jones, who uses the violence committed by Muslims as a justification for his hateful proselytizing. Violent reprisals following perceived slights are not a new phenomenon for radical Muslims, and it would be unwise to write off these actions as the expected response to any affront. So then, who is to blame? Appropriately enough, the LSU Muslim Student Association held a seminar Wednesday entitled “Islam: Should We Be Afraid?” The featured lecturer was Omar Suleiman, an Islamic religious leader in New Orleans. Suleiman spent a large portion of his time dispelling negative stereotypes of Muslim Americans and emphasizing their integration and positive influence on American society, but also addressed the Quran burning controversy. He echoed the criticism of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has been skewered for stoking the flames of violent protest for imploring the international community to punish Jones on March
24. Jones’ actions were largely unknown in the Arab world this time, as the American media had largely ignored him to prevent violence from occurring. Karzai and Jones both acted irresponsibly, but it is folly to pin the blame for the violence on either of them. Though radicals no doubt represent a small portion of Muslims throughout the world, they are unequivocally
responsible for these violent protests, with many using the uninformed bigotry of Jones to exercise some violent bigotry of their own. Unfortunately, the responsibility for marginalizing these voices of violence and extremism falls upon moderate American Muslims like Suleiman. The only real option American Muslims have is to lead by
example and heed Suleiman’s advice when the next Terry Jones comes prodding: ignore him. Chris Seemann is 20-year-old mass communication senior from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_CSeemann.
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Lincoln said rabbits are less expensive to keep than dogs or cats because they don’t require shots or heartworm medication, but they’re more demanding every day because they need constant attention. “You need to scoop the litter box every day. They need fresh greens and water,” she said. “They can be very bossy.” Lincoln also said rabbits need to spend time with their owners outside their cages. “Rabbits are meant to be on the move all the time, not cooped up in a cage,” Lincoln said. Lincoln said she thinks rabbits make good pets for college students because they tend to keep similar schedules, but students should seriously consider the commitment they’re making before adopting. She said Magic Happens
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Devin Klein, marketing sophomore, said he also plans to spend his spring break in Gulf Shores. “About seven of us are renting a condo,” Klein said. “Gulf Shores is one of the cheapest and closest beaches to home. It was very last minute, but I’m very excited about it.” In addition, some students are taking trips alternative to the beach. Dylan Andre, construction management junior, said he plans to go turkey hunting in Kentucky with cousins during spring break. Andre said he leaves Thursday and will stay for a few days. “I’ve never been yet, but I’m excited to go,” he said. After spending some time in Kentucky, Andre said he may spend some time in Gulf Shores but has no definite plans yet. “I could get a hotel or sleep in my truck,” he said. “I’ll just see how it goes.” Leslie Steele, travel agent at Pearson’s Travel World, said she found many students are traveling to the Bahamas and the rest of the Caribbean this year. “The cruises are popular just because the prices are so good right now,” Steele said. “I would say that this is the trend for this year.” However, many students are looking forward to returning home for the break and visiting family and friends.
places some of its rabbits in foster homes with college students. Heather Weems attended the University as a business management sophomore last semester. Weems said she and her roommate kept two rabbits in their apartment last semester and had to give them to friends after a few months because they were unable to care for them during winter break. She said rabbits don’t make good apartment pets because of the smell of their cages, but they may appeal to college students because they’re relatively low-maintenance. Weems said she and her roommate wanted an animal for their apartment and settled on a rabbit because her roommate was allergic to cats and they thought a dog would require too much work. “We enjoyed it for a short period of time, but then they just got too large,” she said. Weems said the rabbits
became difficult to clean and feed when they started growing. Brendan Jacob, kinesiology sophomore, said he thinks Lincoln’s work is important because of the large number of people who try to keep rabbits as pets. “It’s better than throwing a little rabbit into the wilderness,” he said. “I’d feel bad about that.” Amanda Glaudi, accounting freshman, said her roommate has a pet rabbit, so Lincoln’s cause hits close to home for her. She said she’d consider volunteering for the organization and was happy to see it becoming more visible in the community. “I guess it’s a hidden cause,” Glaudi said. “But it’s something that really needs to be addressed.” Lincoln said she’d like to see Magic Happens move into a real shelter at some point, but she’s not sure where the funds would come from.
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page 11 “Everybody looks at sad puppies in the pound and on those commercials, and they’re quick to donate,” she said. “But no one really donates for bunnies.” Lincoln also said the group would have to increase the number of its volunteers if it were to occupy an official shelter. “If we could do it, it would
be a dream,” she said.
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