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LSU senior quarterback Jarrett Lee drops back for a pass against Mississippi State on Sept. 15. The Tigers won, 19-6.

UK junior quarterback Morgan Newton makes a pass Sept. 1 against Western Kentucky University. The Wildcats won, 14-3.

On paper, No. 1 LSU (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) versus Kentucky (2-2, 0-1 SEC) doesn’t look like a marquee matchup. However, the last time No. 1 LSU faced Kentucky, the Tigers couldn’t keep up with the Wildcats. The last showdown between the two schools came a week after LSU achieved the No. 1 ranking in 2007, just like this season’s matchup. The Tigers fell, 43-37, to Kentucky in a triple-overtime battle. The Wildcats forced two LSU interceptions during the game at Commonwealth Stadium, while the Tigers shot themselves in the foot by racking up 12 penalties for 103 yards. “There was a Kentucky game ... and it humbled a very talented team,” said LSU coach Les Miles. “We’ll recognize that a talented team being ranked No. 1 doesn’t necessarily fare too well the next week.” Sophomore defensive tackle Michael Brockers said Miles has brought up the 2007 game at multiple team meetings this week. “We’re putting a big emphasis on this game,” Brockers said. “We’re not letting up.”

Portable campus bathrooms increased Staff Writer

They’re one of tailgaters’ most coveted spots, peeking out from the oaks in unassuming manners. They’re just as necessary as the tailgating tents, the stadium and the tables brimming with food and alcohol. The demand for them is great, and just like any semblance of a true party, some of them lurk

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Fest Rise & Fall introduces

No. 1 LSU vs. Kentucky

Brian Sibille

The LSU Police Department saw fewer drug and alcohol offenses and burglaries in 2010 than in past years, according to annual crime statistics released Thursday. The statistics were divided into four different crime categories — on campus, off campus, at residential facilities and on public property. Only 13 burglaries were reported on campus in 2010, compared to 31 in 2009 and 99 in 2008. Forcible sexual offenses on campus have not seen much change in past years. In 2010, five were reported on campus, with two occurring in residential facilities. But aggravated assault has increased on campus. Four incidents were reported in 2008, 17 in 2009 and 10 in 2010. LSUPD officers made 102 alcohol-related arrests in 2010, compared to 219 in 2009. Fewer drug arrests were also made.

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long after the guests have left. It’s the gameday restroom. Between 200 and 300 bathrooms are available on campus for LSU football game days, materializing as portable toilets throughout the grounds. Around 30 to 50 of those are placed in time for games and removed after, leaving about 200 to 250 portable toilets on campus during the week. Facility Services manages the placement of bathrooms on campus on game days, while the University’s Athletic Department funds them. Ronnie Haliburton, the senior associate athletic director for

facilities and grounds, said Athletics spends between $100,000 and $120,000 on bathrooms for each home game. “We try to do it in ways that are visually non-intrusive, to meet the need and conceal them as best as we can,” said Paul Favaloro, Facility Services director of services and resources. “We tried to have them all removed, but by the time the last one is removed, it’s time to start putting them out again.” This year, the University has expanded its gameday bathroom POTTIES, see page 5

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Tiger spirit will radiate throughout the Quad today during the annual Fall Fest celebration. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., about 64 booths will invade the Quad. Various University departments and student organizations will showcase information and provide students an opportunity to socialize. A new social media element has also been added this year. LSU SCVNGR is a mobile scavenger hunt students can play between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. while attending Fall Fest. Students can play from an app available for smartphones or through standard text messaging. Trace Purvis, University media coordinator, said the Fall Fest game will include 15 coordinates mapped throughout the Quad, Middleton Library and Hill Memorial FEST, see page 6

Stop by The Reveille’s booth today at Fall Fest. Campus buildings with open bathrooms on game days: • Coates Hall • Design Building • Parker Coliseum • School of Music • Patrick F. Taylor Hall • Tureaud Hall • Williams Hall

Portable buildings with bathrooms on game days: • near Visitor Center • near cooling towers on South Stadium Drive • near Human Ecology Building photo illustration by BRIANNA PACIORKA / The Daily Reveille

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Nation & World

Friday, September 30, 2011



Syrian regime supporters pelt U.S. ambassador with food items

Police reports: NY woman says man offered her $180,000 to kill him

New Orleans to host ArenaBowl XXV in 2012, league celebrates 25 years

BEIRUT (AP) — Angry supporters of President Bashar Assad’s regime hurled tomatoes and eggs at the U.S. ambassador to Syria on Thursday as he entered the office of a leading opposition figure and then tried to break into the building, trapping him inside for three hours. The Obama administration blamed the Syrian government for the attack in Damascus, saying it was part of a campaign to intimidate American diplomats.

HERKIMER, N.Y. (AP) — A New York woman is accused of running over a bound man who she said promised her $180,000 if she ended his life, but police said they have no evidence he wanted to die. Francis Nelson, 74, was found dead, his hands and feet still tied, near his abandoned car on a rural road in upstate Herkimer County on Tuesday morning. On Thursday, Jennifer Riesel, who met Nelson through a social club in their hometown of Little Falls, was charged with his murder.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans will host ArenaBowl XXV in 2012. Officials say the championship event will be the fifth hosted by New Orleans, joining the BCS National Championship game, the NCAA Final Four, the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the 2013 Super Bowl. AFL Commissioner Jerry B. Kurz said Thursday the city has a tremendous AFL fan base and believes the city is the perfect place to celebrate the league’s 25th anniversary. New Orleans served as the host city for the last two neutral site ArenaBowls in 2007 and 2008. Nearly 400 Southeast species could be protected under Endangered Act

US criticizes UN for failing to cut $5.2 billion budget adequately UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States criticized the U.N. on Thursday for not making deeper cuts in its proposed $5.2 billion budget for the next two years amid an economic crisis that has forced member states to make far greater sacrifices. Ambassador Joseph M. Torsella, U.S. representative for management and reform to the United Nations, told the U.N. budget committee that the current plan eliminates just 44 positions from a workforce of 10,307 — a mere 0.4 percent.

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A pro-Syrian regime protester holds up a placard against Turkish and United Kingdom prime ministers Thursday in Damascus, Syria.

Gunman kills pregnant woman in Spain, but baby saved via C-section MADRID (AP) — A gunman walked into a Catholic church and killed a pregnant woman Thursday, then committed suicide, but emergency crews performed a C-section on the woman inside the church and saved the baby, a police official said. Another woman sitting near the victim was wounded by a stray bullet in the shooting, a National Police Corps official said. The pregnant woman was just days away from giving birth.

Tulsa school official faces lawsuit after calling educators ‘dirtbags’ TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma’s schools superintendent said Thursday that her chief of staff’s personal Twitter post calling school administrators “dirtbags” was a “poor choice of words” — but called a lawsuit targeting parents of special-needs children that prompted the comment vindictive and “groundless.” In her Sept. 7 posting, Jennifer Carter referred to a lawsuit the Jenks and Union school districts brought against the parents of special-needs students who had sued the districts.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nearly 400 animal and plant species in the southeastern U.S. are part of a national push by the Obama administration to settle whether hundreds of varieties are endangered. The administration agreed to consider whether more than 700 freshwater species — 374 of which are found from Virginia to Louisiana — deserve protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Chancellor Michael Martin discusses his tomato beer concoction Thursday night while bartending at Walk-On’s Bistreaux to raise money for Capital Area United Way during the Shaken or Stirred fundraiser.


Students to take LSAT during game Test takers warned about atmosphere Laura Furr Contributing Writer

While most students on campus are concerned about how the early kickoff time for the Kentucky football game will affect their tailgating schedules this weekend, law school hopefuls are more concerned about how the game will affect their futures. The Law School Admission Test, commonly known as the LSAT, will be administered on campus this Saturday at 8:30 a.m. in Himes Hall. The students are slated to still be testing long after the game begins at 11:20 a.m. Test takers were sent an e-mail warning them about the “circus-like atmosphere on campus,” according to Cassandra Rideau, a Kaplan representative and agriculture business finance senior who is taking the exam on campus Saturday. The e-mail directed students to arrive on campus extra early to avoid traffic and parking concerns. According to the e-mail, the test will now be administered in the basement and second floors to avoid noise disturbances. The LSAT exam, which is required to apply to nearly all law schools in the country, is offered four times a year, and students are allowed to take it three times within a two-year time frame. Saturday’s test date is popular among students because law school applications are normally submitted in the fall semester, said Deborah Williams, a campus representative for Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions Center. “They are only offered four times a year, so this is a big deal,” Williams said. “This [test date] is a popular one.” Students can switch testing centers, but it costs $30 to make the change, Rideau said. Southern University is the only other center in the Baton Rouge area. The test is also being administered at Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana

Technical College and other universities around the state. A.J. Million, sports administration senior, will also be taking the test on campus Saturday. He said he is disappointed that the football game will interfere with the test time. “I was planning on taking the test and then heading straight to the tailgate, that’s why I scheduled to take the test on campus,” Million said. “I’m disappointed that I have to miss a home game during my senior year. Plus, it’s going to be hard to focus when I know I could be doing other things with the rest of the [93,000] fans in Tiger Stadium.” Samantha Goates, history senior, decided to take the test at Southern University to avoid any distractions.

“I’m not all that upset about it,” Goates said. “I realize that the early kickoff was out of LSU’s hands, but I had decided to take it at Southern long ago. I didn’t want to have to deal with the extra-loud tailgaters. We obviously know going in that even several hours before the game isn’t exactly prime concentration time anyway. It’s unfortunate for the people that are taking it here on campus, but you could see it also was fairly avoidable with the other testing centers around town.”

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Plucker’s Wing Bar Mon: $14.99 All You Can Eat Wings and $3 Pluckers Specialty Drinks Tues: Kids Eat Free, $3 Mexican Beers and Margaritas Wed: Live Trivia at 8 pm, $4.50 34oz Mugs Thurs: $12.99 All You Can Eat Boneless Wings, $4.50 34oz Mugs, $5.50 Patron Margaritas Sun: $3 Pluckers Specialty Shots EVERYDAY BEER SPECIAL: $6.50 34oz Mugs--Blue Moon, Dos Equis, Abitas MLK Committee Meetings Mondays, 4:30 pm, Tchoupitoulas Room, 4th floor Student Union Come and help us plan our MLK events for next year LSU UREC at Fall Fest this Friday! Visit the LSU UREC booth to scale the rock wall compete in other action-packed challenges! Visit for details. Gender on Film- “I Don’t Know How She Does It” 10/3/2001 $5 refundable deposit required to reserve tickets Contact Women’s Center @ 225-578-1714 for more info Gisclair Memorial Historical Miniatures Tournament and Convention October 1st 9:00am-9:00pm All Star Lanes 9829 Airline Hwy. $5 play all day Live After Five: Free Outdoor Concert Series Tonight: Chasing Scarlett Americana Roots Rock A.Z. Young Park, 755 Third St., Downtown Baton Rouge DO YOU HAVE AN OCCURRENCE? Call Becky at the Student Media Office 578-6090, 9AM- 5PM or E-mail:

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Trolley Rouge runs on weekends Morgan Searles Staff Writer

The Capital Area Transit System is offering a new mode of transportation on weekends during football season to allow more area businesses to benefit from gameday visitors. Trolley Rouge is a seasonal service running Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 4 p.m., beginning Saturday and operating through Nov. 26, according to a CATS news release. Three trolleys will travel through the downtown area, passing Hollywood Casino and the State Capitol and stopping at hotels on Constitution Avenue and Corporate Drive. It will also stop at Towne Center and Perkins Rowe shopping centers before returning downtown. Day passes cost $4 and will be sold at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center Hotel, Hotel Indigo, other area hotels and at CATS headquarters. The trolley cars can

transport about 30 passengers each. Amie McNaylor, assistant to CATS CEO Brian Marshall, said the service has been in the works for about three weeks and has come together quickly. “We’re looking at it as an economic driver for the city,” McNaylor said. “We get about 200,000 people here for the home football games. We’re looking to give them an easy way to spend money before and after home games.” McNaylor said if the service works well, CATS may use it for special or seasonal events in the future. “The trolleys we are using are brand new and they’re made in 2011,” she said. “We’re really proud of them and want to be able to show them off because they’re something different. People see them running downtown and think that’d be fun to ride.” Trolleys regularly run downtown on Monday through

Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. as a free service, but haven’t run on the weekends. Trolley Rouge is a partnership between CATS, the Downtown Business Association, the Downtown Development District, the Baton Rouge Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Hollywood Casino and hotels and shopping centers throughout the city. McNaylor said the cost for CATS to run the trolley service for nine weekends is about $14,000. Private partnership covers 75 percent of that cost, and CATS pays for the remaining amount. McNaylor said CATS is excited to work with the collective companies and organizations to bring the service to visitors and locals.

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Students get face time with admins

Andrea Gallo Staff Writer

Chancellor Michael Martin encouraged students to brainstorm ideas for fundraising and the betterment of the University during Student Government’s “Chats with the Chancellor” on Thursday. Martin, along with Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administrative Services and CFO Eric Monday and Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Enrollment Services Kurt Keppler, addressed the questions and concerns of about 15 students in the Live Oak Lounge of the Student Union. Hanif Soysal, biological engineering freshman, asked the chancellor about international students’ and non-residents’ escalating tuition. Martin said the University is trying to raise money for a private endowment that could help students who are unable to afford tuition and fees. Martin is seeking creative fundraising ideas to fund a University endowment, he said. Soysal called Martin “very jolly” and said “Chats with the Chancellor” is a good way to get involved at the University. Robert Cowan, finance junior, asked Martin about ideas for “cost management across departments.” Martin said he wants to spur student involvement in campus decisions, like including architecture students in ideas for upcoming buildings on campus. “We need to use students more rigorously,” Martin said. “There are many issues here that students can contribute to solutions.” Kendale Thompson, political science junior, asked about a fee report breakdown on PAWS, which Monday said he would investigate. Keppler spoke to students about getting involved in University recruitment, residence halls, tuition, scholarships, parking and studying areas.

Hilary Soileau, director of SG’s student outreach department, said while “Chats with the Chancellor” does not reach every student, it’s fulfilling to see the students who show up with questions. “It’s so nice to see that our administrators really, really care,” she said. If students did not have prepared questions but wanted to talk to an administrator, Soileau had

prepared questions they could ask, ranging from trivia to questions about administrative positions. Soileau said SG plans to host another “Chats with the Chancellor” session this semester, but she wants to evaluate this event’s effectiveness before concretely planning another. Contact Andrea Gallo at

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Union director Shirley Plakidas retires after 44 years of service Catherine Parsiola Contributing Writer

For Shirley Plakidas, the Student Union holds many dear memories. Besides having worked in the Union for 44 years, she met the man who would become her husband over coffee in the Tiger Lair. Plakidas, who has served as the Union’s program adviser, program director, assistant director and now director, said the facility was only three years old when she began her employment in 1967. Plakidas officially retires today, and a reception in honor of her service was held

POTTIES, from page 1 offerings by placing five “portable buildings” on campus. One sits by the Human Ecology Building, while two are near the Visitor Information Center and two more are near the University’s cooling towers on South Stadium Drive. Haliburton called these buildings a “trial-and-error process,” and said he is collecting feedback from fans about restrooms and demand. “We took what’s available in the market, and we tried to superimpose that on campus,” he said. The contractor is responsible for bringing in, removing and servicing portable toilets, Favaloro said. Facility Services has received few complaints about the placement of portable toilets, he said, but there have been incidents where faculty members will find a portable toilet’s location problematic, in which case Facility Services will move it. “We try not to have Porta-Potty numbers continually accelerate,” Favaloro said. “They’ve increased over the past year, but we’re at a sustainable place.” Several University buildings are open on game days where people can use the bathrooms, though Favaloro said the goal is to keep as many buildings closed as possible. The buildings are chosen because of their accessibility,

Thursday in the Union. Speakers included Chancellor Michael Martin, Student Government President Cody Wells, Chair of the Union Board Theo Williams III and Eric Monday, vice Plakidas chancellor for Finance and Administrative Services. Martin said Plakidas has made students feel at home during her “stellar career at LSU” and commended her on “44 years of

something very, very special.” Wells complimented Plakidas on her dedication and optimistic attitude, saying, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen [her] not smiling.” Plakidas moved to Baton Rouge shortly after her graduation from the University of Nebraska in 1966. She said she was seeking an escape from the Midwestern blizzards at the time and only planned to stay for two or three years, but is now a “converted Tiger fan.” “The thing that’s kept me in this business is I enjoy seeing people enjoying themselves in this building,” Plakidas said as she

settled into a chair in her office, surrounded by half-full boxes of her personal belongings and red roses on her desk. Plakidas said her greatest accomplishments during her time at the University include performances she was able to offer through the Union Theatre, the entire program of leisure classes and the recent 10-year renovation project. She said exhibits, theatre productions and other events in the Union are possible because of the collective efforts of many people, including student employees and

volunteers. Susan Reed, assistant director for Event Management, has worked with Plakidas for more than 30 years and said Plakidas has been “a mentor and a friend to all of us. We’re going to miss her, to say the least.”

limited access to non-bathroom areas within the buildings and security. Open buildings include the Design Building, Parker Coliseum, the School of Music and Patrick F. Taylor, Tureaud, Coates and Williams halls. Many University buildings, however, are not built to accommodate large crowds. “The pressure to open buildings has been great, and we have tried hard to stop that,” Favaloro said. Andrew Mclaren, biological engineering freshman, said he uses Student Union bathrooms on game days because he thinks portable toilets are inconvenient. Favaloro said there have been past incidents where people have ventured into parts of buildings that they should not have access to and where people have defecated outside of toilets. Thus, Facility Services mandates that there are guards at each bathroom site to prevent crowds from wandering. Along with guards, each building with bathrooms open on game days averages about two custodians for that day who are responsible for maintaining the bathrooms’ upkeep. Despite the increase in available bathrooms, Favaloro said there are still occurrences of people urinating in public on buildings

during game days, in which case the LSU Police Department intervenes. Haliburton said this is one of the University’s main concerns. “We want to protect the integrity of our grounds and buildings at all times,” Haliburton said. Favaloro said the University created three or four permanent “just restroom” buildings on campus in the 1980s, and those are also open on game days. One is in the Patrick F. Taylor Hall parking

lot, one is near the Energy, Coast and Environment Building and one is near the old Alex Box Stadium parking lot. As new buildings continue to be designed on campus, Favaloro said he hopes conversations will take place about ways to incorporate bathrooms to make buildings more friendly to being open on game days. “The whole tailgating experience is a great thing, and we’re

trying our best to facilitate the needs of the crowd,” Favaloro said. Haliburton said the University is concerned with everyone having an enjoyable gameday experience, which includes ample access to bathrooms.

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A step team performs at Fall Fest in the Quad on Friday, October 9, 2009.

FEST, from page 1 Library areas. Each coordinate is associated with a task or challenge. “Challenges include trivia questions, prompts to take pictures or audio/visuals or open-ended ‘tell-us-what-you-think’ type questions,” Purvis said. “Based on responses, you’re given points. It’ll shut down at 1 p.m. and we’ll see who has the most points.” Students who complete the challenges can win prizes like an LSU football signed by Les Miles, tickets to Tigerama and an opportunity to park in the chancellor’s lot for a week. Emaan Abdelbaki, director of marketing with the Office of Communications and University Relations, said LSU SCVNGR is a good way to promote the University to prospective and current students during Fall Fest and beyond. “Students taking a tour of LSU learn information, but after that tour is done they have the ability to go on the SCVNGR tour and learn new things about the University,” Abdelbaki said. “They’re able to check in and get points and maybe get a prize for completing it.” Nancy Little, marketing strategist with University Relations and Fall Fest chair, said additional student groups were invited to

perform in the stage show this year to increase variety. This year’s event will host the National Pan-Hellenic Council’s Love Purple Live Gold Yard Show and performances by the Golden Band from Tigerland, LSU Cheerleaders, Golden Girls, Tiger Girls and more. Fall Fest will also offer free food, including hamburgers, sausage po-boys, pizza, chips, soft drinks, bottled water and ice cream. In addition to the 12,000 hamburgers and hotdogs available, the food court will also have 1,000 veggie burgers to give away at the request of students, Little said. Little said Fall Fest, which has been a tradition at the University since 1994, is a great opportunity to showcase the spirit of the University. “People come to the Quad to meet and mingle,” she said. “Admissions and recruiting invite prospective students to Fall Fest as a recruitment tool. People can see the campus and department offerings we have. It’s an important tradition on campus, and that’s the reason it returns every year.”

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The Kentucky team that defeated LSU in 2007 was a different team than this year’s. They were ranked much of the season and ended up winning a bowl game. This season is another story for the Wildcats. Instead of beating No. 1 teams, Kentucky has even taken criticism from Sun Belt bottom feeders. “They supposed to be SEC!” Western Kentucky linebacker Andrew Jackson taunted the Kentucky football team from the sideline as his Hilltoppers stayed competitive with the Wildcats. The Hilltoppers (0-3) eventually fell, 14-3, to Kentucky in their first game of the season, but the Wildcats haven’t done well this season for an SEC team. But that won’t stop them from going all-out when they come to Death Valley on Saturday. In fact, senior offensive guard Will Blackwell said the Wildcats, a team with nothing to lose, will be a dangerous opponent for LSU. “They’ll be fighting for their lives,” he said. “Their season’s on the line. We’re going to get their best shot.” Kentucky coach Joker Phillips said his team needs to stay relaxed and play its own game against the

Friday, September 30, 2011 Tigers without worrying about records or prestige. “A lot of people are going to view it as a huge challenge, but we view it as a huge opportunity,” Phillips said. “We’ll go down there, let it rip.” While Kentucky ranks No. 10 in the SEC in total offense and total defense, it brings a few playmakers the Tigers will have to watch. Senior linebacker Danny Trevathan leads the SEC in tackles per game, while fellow senior linebacker Winston Guy ranks third in the SEC in the same category. Junior quarterback Morgan Newton will also provide a challenge for the Tigers as a passer that has the ability to move outside of the pocket. “He’s a very talented thrower and a guy that sees the field,” Miles said. “He’s very accurate. The quarterback’s putting the ball on the money.” The game will be anything but usual for the Tigers, as the game will kick off at 11:20 a.m., a rare latemorning game in Tiger Stadium. “I haven’t played in the morning since little league,” sophomore running back Spencer Ware said. “I’m going to have to wake up earlier, get moving and get my mind thinking it’s the afternoon, even if it’s not.”

The Tigers are confident in their ability to continue making big plays, even at a time they’re not used to. “It’s expected,” said sophomore defensive end Sam Montgomery. “Somebody’s going to make a bigtime play and we’ll be consistent.” LSU ranks first in the SEC in turnover margin at +8, including four turnovers forced at West Virginia. Phillips is wary of protecting the ball against the Tigers. “The thing we can’t do is make the mistake, get all uptight, make another mistake and they start to mount,” he said. “Then all heck breaks loose. We can’t have that. We’ve just got to relax and play ball.” Miles said the Tigers go out of their way not only to teach the defense to make big plays, but also to emphasize ball security in every practice. “Our quarterback, to this point in time, is making better decisions thanks to [quarterbacks coach Steve] Kragthorpe,” Miles said. “I think there’s a real concerted effort to do the right thing with that ball. It’s ours — we want it returned to us.”

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Tigers face tough ranked opponent

Freshman running back Clemons’ father, cousin boast NFL experience

Tennessee No. 23 in NCAA

Chris Abshire Sports Writer

Morgan Wampold

When Kentucky freshman running back Josh Clemons steps onto the field in front of a raucous lunchtime Tiger Stadium crowd on Saturday, he won’t be intimidated. After all, the Fayetteville, Ga., native grew up around too much big-time football to see it as anything but an opportunity. Clemons is part of a strong football lineage. His father, Charlie Clemons, played for Georgia in the early 1990s before enjoying a seven-year professional career at linebacker that included a Super Bowl ring with the St. Louis Rams in 1999 and 20 career sacks. His cousin, Chris Clemons, also played college ball for the Bulldogs from 1999 to 2003 and has played defensive end for four teams during his eight seasons in the NFL. He currently plays for the Seattle Seahawks. Clemons said the time around his pro relatives prepared him for an immediate role in the Kentucky offense. “I have been around football all of my life, and I always wanted to play the game,” he said. “Seeing [my dad and cousin] perform and what they did off the field really helped me see what I needed to do when I got to college.” Despite his family’s defensive prowess, Clemons has been the Wildcats’ best running back on a struggling Kentucky offense early this season. He leads the team with 40 carries for 200 yards and two touchdowns, and he earned the last two starts after sophomore Raymond Sanders suffered a knee injury against Central Michigan on Sept. 10. Clemons also set a school record with his 87-yard touchdown dash in that same game.

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But the freshman said his fast start means little until he does it against Southeastern Conference competition. “I know that I have played well, but most of the teams haven’t been from the SEC, so I don’t feel like I have had success yet until I do what I did the first couple of games against SEC teams,” Clemons said. Clemons’ first taste of SEC play last week against Florida didn’t exactly go according to plan, as an injured hamstring he suffered in the first quarter limited him to just seven yards on three carries in a 48-10 loss. Kentucky coach Joker Phillips said he has seen enough from the young running back in practice this week to start him Saturday. “He made it through the practice, and he will be ready to go,” Phillips told media this week. “It won’t be full speed, but three-quarter speed, maybe. He is healthy enough and, from what I saw [Wednesday], he will be the starter.” CLEMONS, see page 10

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The LSU volleyball team puts its undefeated Southeastern Conference record on the line tonight against an aggressive Tennessee squad. Fresh off Sunday’s 3-0 shutout victory against Mississippi State, the unranked Tigers are looking for similar results again this weekend against No. 23 Tennessee. The Volunteers notched an impressive 3-2 win against No. 6 Florida on Sunday. Coach Fran Flory credited Tennessee’s depth and fierce attack around the net for its success so far this season. “They’re the most talented team in the league,” Flory said. “They are a fearless, young team that goes out and plays with a lot of aggression.” The Tigers need to increase defensive play and organize their offense around the net in order to leave tonight’s match with a 4-0 record in the SEC, Flory said. Senior middle blocker TENNESSEE, see page 10


Unsung sophomore defensive tackle earning his stripes Logan leading D-line in tackles

Mark Clements Sports Writer

Amid a mass of four- and fivestar athletes lining up on LSU’s defense sits one unsung playmaker, quietly beginning to make his presence known on the defensive line. A prospect out of Coushatta, La., sophomore defensive tackle Bennie Logan had the odds stacked against him from the day he stepped foot on campus. As a three-star defensive end recruited in the same class as toprated talents like defensive end Sam Montgomery, and defensive tackles Michael Brockers, Josh Downs and Chris Davenport, Logan’s name slipped past the eyes of many Tiger fans.

“I came from a little school and hardly [anybody] ever comes from my school and goes [Division-I],” said the Red River alumnus. “Nobody really gave me any recognition coming out of high school. Some people knew I could play, but other colleges don’t really know my school, so I didn’t have the opportunity like these 5A school powerhouses.” After flying under the radar for most of his recruitment, Logan eventually racked up several offers from across the country, including Michigan, Texas Tech and Nebraska but said his home roots were too strong to leave. “I really was looking at Michigan and Nebraska the hardest. ... It was just too far from home,” said Logan, who was recruited by former LSU wide receivers coach D.J. McCarthy. “[LSU] was closer to home so it gave my family an opportunity to watch me play. ”

Adding to his already uphill climb, Logan was asked to move from his familiar defensive end position inside to defensive tackle. While he only saw action in three games as a freshman, Logan said he spent that time learning and developing under former defensive tackles Drake Nevis and Lazarius Levingston, who were drafted in the third and seventh rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft, respectively. “My last two years, the times I didn’t play, I was basically learning the defense and learning the concepts of the defense that I need to know so that I can get myself in this position I’m in now,” said Logan, who finished with five tackles last season. “Those guys took you aside and talked to you about your mistakes and stuff you need to work on and told you how to take notes while you’re in the film room.” LOGAN, see page 10

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LSU sophomore defensive tackle Bennie Logan breaks through the line and prepares for a tackle Sept. 15 during the Tigers’ 19-6 victory over Mississippi State.

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Arkansas welcomes A&M to SEC with crushing defeat BODY SHOTS

Rob Landry Sports columnist I’m officially off the Dan Mullen bandwagon. Mullen, Mississippi State’s head coach, came into this season with aspirations of bringing the Bulldogs back to relevance in the Southeastern Conference. The Bulldogs steamrolled Memphis, 59-14, to open the season and appeared to be headed in the right direction. Then State lost back-to-back games to defending national champion Auburn and current No. 1 LSU. Those losses weren’t enough to deter me from the idea that progress was present in Starkville. But after this past weekend, I’ve lost my faith. Mississippi State needed overtime to beat Louisiana Tech, 26-20, at home. Now, this isn’t to say Mullen can’t right the ship eventually. It just isn’t going to happen this season. There are other teams, though, that could join the Bulldogs this weekend on the list of teams whose hope is lost this year. Fresno State -3.5 over Ole Miss For the other Mississippi school, the future doesn’t look much brighter. In fact, things are so bleak in Oxford that the university chancellor, Dan Jones, had to request fans to stop sending threats to Athletic Director Pete Boone. Fresno State coach Pat Hill and his Bulldogs love to play the roll of spoiler against the big boys, but it’s rare that they’re favored. They relish this moment and add to the Rebels’ hellish season.

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Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill mourns near the end of the Sept. 24 loss against Oklahoma State.

Tennessee -28.5 over Buffalo Tennessee will use this week to establish a running game that has been nearly invisible through the first month of the season. The Bulls are 1-3 and have only defeated Stony Brook. Smokey is getting a whiff of blood this week, and he knows how to go for the throat. Baylor -3.5 over Kansas State Robert Griffin III is the quarterback for Baylor. That alone is enough for the Bears to win the game.   Virginia Tech -6.5 over Clemson Clemson fans seem to believe every victory warrants rushing the field. The past two weeks, the Tiger faithful have stormed the turf in Death Valley to celebrate a victory. But all great parties must come to an end. Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster’s defense has given up just 10 points per game

this season and will be aptly prepared to shut down Clemson quarterback Tahj Boyd. Arkansas +3 over Texas A&M This is Texas A&M’s first game against an SEC team since being officially introduced into the conference. Arkansas will welcome them with open arms and then slam them to the turf. The Razorbacks are eager to rebound from their embarrassing loss last week at Alabama, and the Aggies will be the unfortunate victim of the Bobby Petrino buzz-saw.   Georgia -7 over Mississippi State I’m off the Mullen bandwagon, and Georgia coach Mark Richt desperately needs this win. Neither team is particularly good, but never sleep on a desperate team. Georgia is clinging to dear life and will do anything to get out of the ICU. South Carolina -9.5 over Auburn South Carolina has been very

Jekyll and Hyde in 2011. The Gamecocks eked out wins against Georgia and Navy, winning by a combined six points. Then last week, they hammered a 3-0 Vanderbilt team, 21-3. South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was silenced much of this season, but he’ll have a field day against an Auburn defense that has more holes than a Baton Rouge Police Department accusation. Nebraska -9.5 over Wisconsin This game could be a preview of the inaugural Big 10 title game. Both teams have shown flashes of greatness, and both have shown flaws. Wisconsin has yet to be tested, but playing at home is a big advantage. The Badgers will win, but covering a 9.5-point spread will be a bit too much for them to handle. Alabama -4 over Florida Florida’s weakness coming into the season was supposed to be its rushing defense.

The best rushing attack the Gators have faced this season is Kentucky’s, which ranks No. 90 in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Alabama’s running game is No. 19. Running back Trent Richardson will go buck-wild Saturday. LSU -30 over Kentucky Florida showed last week the key to beating Kentucky is speed. That is something of which LSU has plenty. The Tigers will use their superior athletes to blow the game open in the second half.   Last week: 8-2 Overall record: 27-13   Rob Landry is a 23-year old mass communication senior from Mandeville, La. Follow him on Twitter @RobLandry85.

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Lady Tigers squad begins season, hosts Tulane today LSU crushed Green Wave last season

Scott Branson Sports Contributor

The LSU women’s swimming and diving squads will take to the pool today for their first regular season meet against Tulane at the LSU Natatorium at 5 p.m. The Lady Tigers will compete against another school for the first time this season after competing amongst themselves in last Friday’s intrasquad meet. Swimming coach Dave Geyer said perhaps just as important as

winning the meet is seeing noticeable growth from all of his swimmers as the season progresses. “You obviously want to put the most competitive lineup out there, so deep down there is that goal to win,” Geyer said. “Right now it’s just about racing and our development for later on in the season.” Diving coach Doug Shaffer agreed, saying he’s focused on practicing what will lead to the players’ best performances in the championship meets this February and March. “We’ve just come off a pretty heavy strength, conditioning and team-building circuit,” Shaffer said. “I really have just started to

pull the trigger on actually performing our competition list in practice on a regular basis rather than the fundamentals.” Shaffer said he wants to see the corrections they make in practice come through in the competitions. “The more you do something, the more it becomes a habit,” Shaffer said. “When we can see the positive habit come through in competition, that’s obviously what we want to see.” Last year, the Lady Tigers traveled to New Orleans and beat Tulane, 194-98, winning 14 of 16 events against their in-state rival. Geyer said the coaches will “play around with the lineup a

little bit and spread things out” to help gauge the talent of the program. “With our women’s roster being a little bit smaller, we’re not going to maximize everyone’s events this meet,” Geyer said. “We’ll just try to keep everybody more fresh and get some racing experiences out of them.” Tulane, coming off a fifthplace finish at last season’s Conference USA Swimming and Diving Championships, is also opening its competition schedule today. Shaffer said today’s meet will be a great opportunity for the women’s squads to get experience in their home pool.

“I want to see them compete and rise to the occasion and represent LSU in a positive light,” Shaffer said. Friday’s meet will be the last one before the Tigers and Lady Tigers compete in consecutive days against Florida State and Florida on Oct. 14 and 15. Geyer said he thinks the Lady Tigers are in good shape going into the weekend. “I think the women will use the fine-tuning against Tulane to get ready for the two meets in Florida,” Geyer said. Contact Scott Branson at


Undefeated Tigers take on No. 16-ranked Volunteers at home LSU 6-0-1 in last seven games Michael Gegenheimer Sports Contributor

The Tigers face their first conference test against a ranked opponent tonight as No. 16 Tennessee rolls into the LSU soccer stadium. Entering tonight’s match with a seven-game unbeaten streak with a 6-0-1 record, the Tigers look to extend their conference record to a Southeastern Conference leading 3-0 against a Volunteers program that LSU hasn’t lost to since 2009,

when LSU knocked the Vols out of the first round of the SEC tournament in a 1-0 overtime game. Coach Brian Lee holds a 4-45 overall record against ranked opponents during his seven years as LSU’s head coach. “Tennessee has had a great season,” Lee said. “They’re very athletic and very well coached. They’ve had good game plans all season, and we’re going to have a challenge in front of us Friday, but were preparing like we do every week.” The Tigers will have a tough test with the Vols, who are fresh off a 4-2 win against No. 12 Florida earlier this week.

Junior forward Alexis Owens led Tennessee in the game with the 10th hat trick ‘We in program hisdefinitely tory. Owens was named Soccer want to America Player win [the of the Week and co-SEC Offen- Tennessee] sive Player of the game so our Week along with LSU senior mid- rankings go fielder Taryne up.’ Boudreau. “I definitely Taryne Boudreau have to keep LSU senior midfielder working,” Boudreau said. “I’m excited to play against her and the rest of the Tennessee team

this weekend.” Boudreau posted two goals in each of the past two games for the Tigers, including game winners in both. Her offensive explosion comes with a strong offensive push for the Tigers since beginning conference play. LSU tallied eight goals in the past two games, despite only scoring 11 through the first nine. Lee attributed the recent success to positioning players in the right spot. “Playing Taryne Boudreau a little higher in the field, she and Carlie Banks are giving us a nice partnership in the front, and the

midfield is really coming through,” Lee said. The stout Vols defense could put a damper on the Tigers’ offensive run tonight. Tennessee averages only .5 goals against this year, allowing only four goals through eight games. “We want to come out hard because we know they’re top 10, so we definitely want to win that game so our rankings go up,” Boudreau said. “That’ll be good because they’re another SEC team and they’re all big rivals.” Contact Michael Gegenheimer at

page 10 CLEMONS, from page 7 Clemons was named a 2010 Georgia Offensive Player of the Year by several state publications and was a highly touted threestar recruit as a Whitewater High School standout. But his family ties to Georgia did not extend to the recruiting process, as the home-state school didn’t give Clemons a serious look. At his father’s recommendation, Clemons gave several other schools, like Maryland and Mississippi State, consideration before he decided on Kentucky. “It isn’t too far from home, and most of our away games are reasonable for my parents to come to,” he

LOGAN, from page 7

Two years later, Logan’s story has drastically changed. The 6-foot-3-inch, 287-pounder made the switch from end to tackle upon his arrival in Baton Rouge, and in only his second season at the new position, Logan has earned his way into the top rotation at defensive tackle. “I can see how he’s more mature,” said senior linebacker Ryan Baker. “The potential is high for Bennie, and I think he’ll be a really good player for a long time.” Logan has played a significant role in all four games this season, accumulating 14 tackles — tied for the most among defensive linemen with Brockers — three for a loss and one sack, as well as earning SEC Defensive Lineman of the

said. “I always wanted to play in the SEC with the hardest-playing teams. The way that Kentucky plays its offense is my strength, being in the pro-style offense and out of the I-formation.” Even though he says the offense is poised to break out, Clemons said the Wildcats have to be prepared for a swarming LSU defense. “They really love to bring the rush off the edge and give the quarterback pressure so he can make bad decisions,” Clemons said. “We have to communicate a lot out there and talk to each other.”

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Contact Chris Abshire at Week honors in the Tigers’ 19-6 win at Mississippi State in week three. With only seven games under his belt, LSU coach Les Miles said Logan’s best football is still in front of him. “Bennie Logan has really developed and really become a very, very strong defensive lineman,” Miles said. “He’s the kind of person that really has the want to achieve and improve and work at it routinely. He continues to improve and continues to be a force inside. We’re excited about Bennie Logan.”

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LSU outside hitter Helen Boyle (8) dives for the ball during a Sept. 25 match against Mississippi State in the PMAC.

TENNESSEE, from page 7 Michele Williams said the team’s front row will need to thrive in order to defeat the Volunteers. Junior outside hitter Madie Jones described Tennessee as an aggressive squad as well, but said the Tigers can match the Volunteers’ intensity. “They’re a really physical team, but we’re very competitive. We’ll fight back,” Jones said. Last week’s win against Mississippi State marked the sixth straight match in which Jones recorded 10 or more kills. She

attributes her recent numbers to her teammates. “The reason I’ve been able to have so many kills is because the middle has been very stacked,” Jones said. Jones and Williams both said there’s room for growth in the LSU squad, which has only three juniors and two seniors on the 16-player roster. Tennessee faces the same situation. The young team has three juniors and two seniors on its roster as well. Jones said that despite their youth, however, the Volunteers still manage to perform like

a veteran team. Flory said Tennessee is good enough to beat anyone, so a total team effort will be necessary for a Tiger victory. Tonight is a student Priority Point game as well as the annual Tigers’ “Gold Game.” Students attending will also get the chance to win two tickets to Saturday’s football game against Kentucky.

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In reference to John Hansen’s letter to the editor,“Libertarianism doesn’t work,” readers had this to say: “Realtime. This article is full of liberal lies. Dr. Ron Paul is an american hero. How dare you bash him and not understand any of his policy’s. How bout you take this comunist party article and shove it.” -Anonymous “‘Outside of being physically capable, 18 to 25 year olds will take more risks and act in ways that others who are older and perhaps a bit wiser would not. To me this is why so many college age kids support Ron Paul.’

Were you saying this about Obama in 2008?” -Amanda

“Just because the Republican Party is not for government handouts (one of the reason we are so deep in debt) does not mean they are for economic inequality. And where the hell is there an example of true libertarianism in the real world that supposedly does not work. Were you just making things up as you wrote this?” -Lloyd “One thing that really bothers me is that people identify libertarians with communists because we don’t have a working system in the world to point to. Adam Smith’s ‘Invisible Hand’ works to stabilize the markets all around us everyday. People buy what they want, people sell what people will buy. There are no variables like communism: no distribution, no quotas to meet, no bureaucracy.

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Pure and simple supply and demand, the most basic and reliable economic principle - in fact the most basic and reliable concept in the world: that humans do things they want to do.” -Anonymous “This is a well written letter and definitely gives some food for thought to a Ron Paul supporter. As you said, the congressional system is made so change comes very slow, it has always worked this way, but towards the end of the letter you seem to ignore this and rather claim that our society will regress to the point of child labor if Ron Paul became president. Or maybe you were just saying if his legislation passed, but either way I can’t see this happening. If companies began using child labor, this is to say if government regulation was no longer present, news channels would begin reporting on it immediately and I can’t imagine these companies making a profit.

You also mention ‘The Jungle’ but have you not seen the documentary Food inc.? Our current food situation, while not as bad as it was, is still backwards in regards to price and healthiness of food as well as quality which seems to stem from government subsidies regarding corn production. I agree that there is no quick fix for our economic situation, but I believe Ron Paul would give a fresh perspective that would help us move away from the extreme partisanship that our country faces. Compromises would have to be made but I think moving towards a society with less government intervention is a good thing for the current state of our nation. Thank you for writing this letter and giving me an alternate perspective on libertarianism.” -Sam Turner Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at


‘Dry’ Sunday alcohol laws are religious and outdated Since the repeal of alcohol prohibition in 1933, many counties and parishes in America have struggled with deciding whether they want to be “wet” or “dry.” Oftentimes, it seems the “dry” counties of today are “dry” because of religious reasons, like Mormonism in Utah. Other places justify their “dry” county by arguing that residents are safer when alcohol is forbidden. But some places fall inbetween when it comes to being labeled as “wet” or “dry.” Many prohibit alcohol sales only on Sunday. Others are totally “dry,” but allow residents to travel to other counties to buy liquor. Until 2006, alcohol sales in Denham Springs were restricted on Sunday, but residents could travel to other parishes to buy. Similarly, many students may not know this, but Baton Rouge is one of those places that just can’t decide whether to be “wet” or “dry.” That’s right, Baton Rouge has quite a few silly alcohol ordinances that basically shouldn’t exist. To start, alcohol sales are required by law to cease from 2 a.m. until 6 a.m. every day. And on Sundays alcohol isn’t available between 2 a.m. and 11 a.m., but sales can resume from 11 a.m. until midnight, according to

the Office of the Parish Attorney. Along with those laws, bars can’t be open Sunday. But exceptions are made for Super Bowl Sunday and New Year’s Eve when it falls on a Sunday. There’s also another alcoholrestricting law that has proven detrimental to businesses. The law states that restaurants selling alcohol are reChris Grillot quired to gross “60 percent of Columnist their monthly revenue from the sale of food, food items and nonalcoholic beverages,” according to the Office of the Parish Attorney. And to stay open on Sundays, restaurants’ sales must be 50 percent non-alcoholic. The Advocate reported that Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant has felt the negative effects of the alcohol ordinances. Until July 2010, Lucy’s was open seven days a week, but had to start closing on Sundays because their alcohol sales exceeded food sales. General Manager Ryan Fairman described the law as ultimately penalizing them for eight or nine hours of business a week. Luckily, Councilwoman C.

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Denise Marcelle has recognized the stupidity and outdatedness of these laws. She is proposing a change to the law, allowing up to 45 percent of sales to be alcoholic goods. What she’s doing is good, but these laws should be completely nonexistent. For one, alcohol ordinances that prohibit sales on Sundays are indefinitely linked to religious causes — no matter what people claim. Maybe if bars couldn’t open on Wednesday or something, these laws could be defended, but it’s Sunday. You don’t have to think too hard about who this law accommodates. And to top it off, the laws are purely outdated. If anyone can give me a good reason why someone of legal age shouldn’t be able to buy alcohol whenever he or she wants to, please send me an e-mail. You can buy cigarettes and fake weed from Hi-Life Wonderland all night, so why can’t adults buy beer from the Circle K? Why restrict alcohol, and why restrict it in a way that hurts businesses? If bars in Tigerland could be open every Sunday during the fall, they would probably earn a killing. Unfortunately, people tend to buy more beer than they

do food there, so they’re penalized. If anything does change, let’s hope bars and restaurants can one day open in Baton Rogue without restriction, and adults can make their own choices on deciding what time is appropriate to buy booze. Until then, Baton Rouge will continue to be ass-backward with

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In honor of Banned Books Week, here’s my own ban list

As you may be aware, this week marks our nation’s annual celebration of banned books and our unmitigated freedom to access (as expressed by the American Library Association) “unorthodox or unpopular” materials. Phil Sweeney It’s a saColumnist lute, then, to our freedom to read ‘em — to our “fREADom,” in other words. In this sense, Banned Books Week pays homage to what Justice William J. Brennan Jr. judged to be the First Amendment’s “bedrock principle” in the landmark case Texas v. Johnson — chiefly, that the government may not “prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.” It’s definitely a principle

worth honoring — hence Middleton Library’s monthlong intellectual freedom exhibit. But Banned Books Week is perhaps most appropriately commemorated by reading the suppressed materials. That is assuredly not going to happen at the University, of course — not a Bible’s chance in Communist Russia, even. I thus give to you my own SparkNotesstyle version of the ALA’s registry of banned and challenged books — what shouldn’t have been banned, of course, and what should be. What shouldn’t have been banned: “Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut (1969). Celebrated for its satirical consideration of fate, free will and reason, Vonnegut depicted protagonist Billy Pilgrim’s becoming “unstuck in time.” Partly set during the fire-bombing of Dresden, Germany, during World War II, the book is routinely challenged for its purportedly irreverent and

obscene treatment of that conflict. Please. What should be: “Rainbow Six” by Tom Clancy (1998). Clancy’s techno-thriller also features soldiers, depicting the “blacker than black” covert “ops” of a super-awesome, ultra-elite international jet-setting unit of invincible counterterrorism bros that saves hostages from miscellaneous “bad guys” and defeats radical tree-hugging eco-terrorists seconds before they destroy humanity. Seriously, that’s the plot. What shouldn’t have been banned: “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury (1953). It’s ironic that Bradbury’s dystopian novel portraying a future America that prohibits reading is, in fact, similarly challenged. In a word, “Fahrenheit 451” is hot, both in terms of its content — burning books to suppress dissent, for instance — and in terms of its critique of American society.

What should be: “An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It” by Al Gore (2006). What’s not hot, in turn, is the average temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans, though Gore all but predicted 451-degree heat worldwide. Gore, like Bradbury, seemed to be criticizing American society in the book — less successfully, of course. What shouldn’t have been banned: “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger (1951). “The Catcher in the Rye” is immensely popular among adolescent readers for its bold examination of teenage angst, alienation and rebellion. Oh, and its profanity and sexuality, too, which account for its frequently being challenged by schools and parents. What should be: “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell” by Tucker Max (2006). Comprised of short stories narrated by Max

and similarly revered by adolescents, “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell” is principally concerned with sex, drugs and violence. In fact, it’s a less sincere version of “The Catcher in the Rye” — less authentic, too, in spite of the fact that it’s nonfiction. Here’s the point: no book, passage or word, even, ought to be suppressed, in spite of what’s said above, and you don’t have to read any of the ALA’s banned and challenged books to understand that bedrock principle. A week’s observance of our freedom to access unorthodox and unpopular materials, though, is a great reminder. Phil Sweeney is a 25-year-old English major from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_PhilSweeney. Contact Phil Sweeney at


Saudi women earn right to vote but can’t drive to the polls All this shows is that King This past week, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah granted Abdullah and the Saudi Arabian women in his country the right to establishment are scared. They are far from stupid. vote. They see what’s Whoop-dee-doo. been going on We act like this is news. This in Egypt, Libya, is nothing. Women’s suffrage is Syria and Bahnot a novel concept. Most people, rain. The Arab including yours truly, believe uniSpring would be versal suffrage must be a staple in the end of Saudi any truly democratic society. Arabia as we For those of you who are unaware, Saudi Arabia is a mon- Parker Cramer know it. Having said archy in the Middle East. The Columnist that, the United United States depends heavily on it for oil, so naturally our diplo- States will never openly support matic policy toward the country a Saudi regime change — not unhas been something along the less we are sure the rebels would lines of “to each his own.” And I win. We learned our lesson in 1970s after aiding Israel despite do mean “his.” Saudi Arabia is a feminist’s a threat from Saudi Arabia to cut worst nightmare. Women aren’t oil production that resulted in a allowed to drive or leave the gas crisis and recession. As long as Saudi Arabia’s house unaccompanied by a man. If they do, they can be lashed. It rich, ruling aristocracy can reis an extremely conservative and main in power and in control of religion-centric society — like the black gold, I can guarantee Mississippi with a bit more sand. we won’t supply their rebels with For some reason, every time weapons. This isn’t Libya, for AlSaudi Arabia decides to grant its lah’s sake. King Abdullah and the Saudi citizens a little more freedom, the world rejoices. I just don’t under- elite are afraid of losing control. That’s why they have done stand. Yes, women now have the everything they can to keep the right to vote, but like I said ear- masses happy and at bay. Afraid lier, they are not allowed to drive of the women? Let them vote — or be in public without a male es- or at least try to. If King Abdullah and his cort. So, if their husband doesn’t want to take them, they won’t be family want to retain their royable to vote. Women’s suffrage is alty, they’ll do what the Britdependent on male accompani- ish monarchy did — slowly but surely give more power back to ment. How is that a freedom? I’m curious to see how the people. That way, they stay many women actually cast bal- alive, they stay rich and they belots in the next Saudi election, come a national beloved figurebecause I don’t think it will be head instead of ending up like the monarchs in France and the very many.

Romanovs in Russia. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Will the Arab Spring spread to Saudi Arabia? And if so, will it succeed? As of now, it’s looking like the answer is no. While this slight progression towards democracy in Saudi Arabia should be rejoiced, my advice

is to remain skeptical. It’s not like King Abdullah watched just enough Lifetime Channel to have a change of heart. He has ulterior motives. Deterring the Arab Spring is the King’s top priority and he will continue to provide his people with illusions of freedom in order to accomplish this goal.

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EARN $1000-$3200 A month to drive our brand new cars with ads. www. NOW HIRING OPENING SOON Experienced Bartenders, Waitresses, Barbacks apply in person 2pm-5pm M-F glen’s 5110 Corporate Blvd. next to Hooters GINO’S RESTUARANT Part time hostess needed. Evening shifts. Call for an appointment. 225.927.7156 STUDENT MEDIA SALES!!! Looking for a job where you can get real-world experience in sales while going to school on campus?? We’re looking for some outgoing students who want to enhance their resume and stand out from the crowd! If you’d like to set up an interview please email us at

IVY CONDOMINIUM/WALK TO LSU Great Location/$850 2br/1b cable & W/D incl. New Tile. cats ok. Call 225.572.9002

TOO MUCH TIME ALONE? Would you like a trustworthy male friend for companionship? Someone to hang out or go out with on weekends? If so, please contact me at FAT GUY SEEKS CUTE NERDY GIRL Not for dating or “a fun time.” Just for a buddy or a gaming teammate. Must like gaming, memes, and Mountain Dew. Email me at NERD NSA single and smart 24 yo looking for a fwb for the rest of the semester. please be white and able to host. e mail if interested: WIZARDING FOLK WANTED Need a travel buddy to Pigfarts? Tired of living in a cupboard under your uncle’s stairs? Wish you were able to attend Hogwarts? Then email me (be you a witch or wizard) at mudblood.princess@, and we’ll eat Red Vines together! P. S. Starship Rangers also accepted.

WALK TO CAMPUS 1Br, 2Br, and Townhomes. Starting as low as $325.00. 225.346.4789 GATED CONDO ROOM IN TIGERLAND 3BR/2B. POOL;$450+ Util; W/ D;LSU BUS Line 504.451.0707 CHATEAU DU COUR Large Updated 2BR,1B in Tigerland in enclosed 32 unit complex. $475/$575. 767-3935. 225-7722429. CAMELOT APTS. Large 1BR

GOLD PARTY fri.sept.30&sat. oct.1st.we buy Gold & Silver, chains, rings, coins BEST PRICES IN TOWN we test karet &weight if you like offer, we pay CASH ON THE SPOT for address & appointment call Scott 337-208-6966

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