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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
What’s on their minds?
Students concerned about possible budget cuts impacting class sizes, fees and enrollment
Michael Gilcrease international studies junior
‘It’s probably going to cause me to cut back on the number of classes I take.’
‘I love it here so I’m here to stay, but everyone has to deal Zachary Smotherman with [the music performance cuts].’ freshman
Kiki Francis communication studies senior
‘They need to take money from the athletic facilities and put it into our education.’
‘You don’t want to cut classes. We’re already having Kate Fusilier trouble with history and psycology class sizes.’ senior
‘Students should ... contact their legislators and urge them to Colorado Robertson reduce these Student Government cuts.’ president
By Kyle Bove Chief Staff Writer
Some students are fretting about the grim possibilities a large-scale budget reduction could bring next year — like larger class sizes, higher student fees and the elimination of several scholarships. The University submitted on April 2 its 2009-10 budget draft to the LSU System for review, showing where the expected $50 million reduction in state funding would fall. Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposed state BUDGET, see page 6
‘We will do all we can to minimize these and other adverse consequences of this investment in the University. Everyone should stand up and be counted as our future is shaped over the next four months.’
Elizabeth Talbot history sophomore
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mathematics, secondary education junior
‘The University’s not going to get any better — it’s just going to get worse.’ ‘Increase in tuition? That’s not a surprise. Hopefully they’ll make the right decision.’
Switchboard operator says goodbye By Lindsey Meaux Staff Writer
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The beloved, raspy voice of the woman lovingly dubbed “Ms. Betty,” who has greeted the community on the receiving end of Campus Information for nearly three decades, has left the University and, with her departure, came the end of an era.
The ﬁnal person to hold the title of switchboard operator, Betty Johnson, retired March 31 after 29 years at the University. Those 29 years saw Information Technology Services move to its present home in the Frey Computing Services Center from its previous location in David Boyd Hall, the shift toward computers and the University’s adoption of the 578 telephone exchange. “I watched it change,” Johnson said of the evolution of telecommunications at the University. “When I started in 1980, we didn’t have computers then. We used books to look up our numbers. Now they
don’t even have a book.” Before the 578 exchange and WiFi accessibility throughout campus, calls to Campus Information were more frequent and, according to Johnson, more colorful. One of Johnson’s most interesting experiences was receiving a phone call from someone complaining about a gecko infestation in their home. Johnson, who said she always “tried to help as much as [she] could,” forwarded the call to Knapp Hall where help was available. JOHNSON, see page 14
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Betty Johnson, aka “Ms. Betty,” works at her desk March 31.
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BEIJING (AP) — China released its first human rights action plan Monday, pledging to improve the treatment of minorities and do more to prevent the torture of detainees but said that raising living standards would remain a central goal. China has been criticized by other governments, the United Nations and activists for aggressively promoting economic reform over the past few decades while falling short on basic human rights such as freedom of speech, religion and the right to a fair trial.
KAMIEN POMORSKI, Poland (AP) — Survivors of a fire that killed 21 people at a three-story shelter for homeless families in Poland on Monday described a fast-moving inferno that forced some to jump from windows into trees. Six of the victims were children and another 20 people were injured, most of whom sustained broken bones after leaping from the building to escape the blaze in the northwestern city of Kamien Pomorski. Poland’s president, meanwhile, raised questions about whether the building met fire regulations. He suggested flammable construction material may have contributed to the fire’s speed and intensity.
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The wife of sea captain Richard Phillips says her husband considers the U.S. military the “real heroes” of his ordeal. Hoarse from laryngitis and making her first public appearance since Phillips’ dramatic rescue at sea, Andrea Phillips, 51, thanked the military, supporters and President Obama, who approved the sniper operation that killed three pirates. “You have no idea, but with Richard saved, you all just gave me the best Easter ever,” she said in a statement read by the family’s spokeswoman. Mrs. Phillips was flanked by her 19-year-old daughter, Mariah; 20-year-old son, Daniel; and the captain’s mother, Ginny Phillips.
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Capt. Richard Phillips (right) poses Sunday with USS Bainbridge executive officer Lt. Cmdr. David Fowler (left) after his rescue.
Passenger lands plane Tucker defends Jindal in Fla. after pilot dies over national travel TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Doug White and his family had just enjoyed a smooth takeoff and were ascending through the clouds when the pilot guiding their twin-engine plane tilted his head back and made a guttural sound. The retired jet pilot, Joe Cabuk, was unconscious. And though White had his pilot’s license, he had never flown a plane as large as this. “I need help. I need a King Air pilot to talk to. We’re in trouble,” he radioed. Then he turned to his wife and two daughters, ages 16 and 18: “You all start praying hard.” Behind him, his wife trembled.
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Alleva stays optimistic Alumnus named CEO of the year Covance honored about athletic programs for pharmaceuticals 09-05 was another topic of discussion. The resolution deals with the issue of students purchasing multiple student response clickers for different classes. The resolution By Ryan Buxton encourages University faculty Contributing Writer to use only Turning Point brand Les Miles and Trent Johnson clickers, unless colleges or depull in big bucks to rack up wins partments are willing to supply — a ﬁnancial burden Athletic Di- other clicker brands to students at rector Joe Alleva said is unavoid- no cost. able to keep the University athMass communication profesletically competitive. sor Danny Shipka said i-Clickers, Alleva justiﬁed high coach another brand, are used in his salaries at the Faculty Senate class because they were provided meeting Monday, saying com- at no extra cost as part of the textpetitive salaries are necessary to book package. hire coaches who will lead sports Shipka said students can teams to victory. purchase a book and i-Clicker to“When I’m hiring a coach, I gether for a package price. want the best because I want to He said this resolution’s inwin,” Alleva said. sistence that other “I have to pay brands of clickmarket value to ers be provided to get that person. I students for free don’t like it, but would be costly that’s the world for the Manship we live in now.” School. Despite the “[This resoacknowledgelution] is asking ment by both us to pay for iAlleva and the Clickers for 1,000 Joe Alleva Senate that coach students,” Shipka salaries are too said. LSU athletic director high, Alleva said Per the senthat was outweighed by the posi- ate’s policy, the resolution will tives in the athletic program, in- have a second reading in May. cluding its ability to give money The Senate also elected next back to the University. year’s ofﬁcers. “This past year, over $9 milKevin Cope was unopposed lion has been given back to the in his bid for another term as University by the Athletic De- president. Pratul Ajmera was partment,” Alleva said. elected vice president and Renee Alleva spoke optimistically Casberque was chosen as secreabout next football season. tary. “[The team] is a good group. There’s a lot of excitement on the ﬁeld,” he said. The Senate also heard a Student Government presentation on a new policy for class withdrawContact Ryan Buxton at als. firstname.lastname@example.org SG Senator Meghan Hanna, University Center for Advising and Counseling, explained the proposal, which she called a “3-2-1 tier system.” With the new system, students would be allowed three W’s during their freshman and sophomore years, two W’s during junior and senior years and one additional W for the remaining time needed to complete an undergraduate degree. Student Government President Colorado Robertson said the new system would combat the “use it or lose it” mentality students have about W’s, which do not roll over after the allotted time for use has passed. Faculty Senate former President William Daly explained another advantage of the proposal. “Some students come in with over 24 hours of credit [which eliminates their ﬁrst three allotted W’s],” Daly said. “This way, spread out over 2 years, they are able to take advantage of the drops.” Faculty Senate Resolution
New proposals, officer elections held
‘When I’m hiring a coach, I want the best because I want to win. I have to pay market value to get that person.’
By Nichole Oden Contributing Writer
The world of medicine and pharmaceuticals is ﬁlled with great minds constantly making new and exciting discoveries. Among these great minds is University alumnus Joe Herring, CEO of Covance. Herring was named the 2009 North American Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology CEO of the Year by Frost and Sullivan, a growth consulting company. He is the ﬁrst CEO of a contract research organization to receive the award. “I was humbled by the selection,” Herring said. “It gives me a tremendous sense of pride for the company. This award really isn’t about the CEO but the company as a whole.” Covance is a drug development services company. Herring said the company’s main focus is to make sure new prescription drugs are safe and are used as intended. Herring graduated from the University in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. “I came to school to be an accountant,” Herring said. “But after taking quantitative statistics, I knew it wasn’t the right career for me.” Herring said his time at the University helped him prepare for life in the business world. He even interviewed for a job with American Hospital Supply Corporation in Thomas Boyd Hall before graduating. After graduation, Herring worked for American Hospital Supply Corporation, Baxter International and Caremark International before beginning work at Covance. He started at Covance in 1996 as corporate vice president and general manager of North America Early Development. He became
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Herring, University alumnus and CEO of Covance was named the 2009 North American Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology CEO of the Year by Frost and Sullivan.
CEO in 2005. Herring said working for Covance has been a wonderful experience, and it has been exciting
to watch the company grow. Herring said the company has gone COVANCE, see page 14
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Students encounter Courses train for ‘green’ jobs industry problems transferring Energy offers opportunities Chancellor: defined curriculum needed By Leslie Presnall Staff Writer
Meg Harvey left LSU to attend Baton Rouge Community College because her grade point average didn’t meet admission requirements. But Harvey said she’s unsure when or if she will be able to get back into the University. “They told me the credits didn’t transfer over,” said Harvey, history junior. “My GPA is a 4.0 at BRCC, but none of those credits would transfer [to LSU].” Transferring from a two-year community college to a four-year university can be a student’s worst nightmare, but Louisiana’s higher education officials are planning guidelines for students to make the switch less painful. In March, the Board of Regents was presented with a statewide pathway for students to earn an associate degree and transfer into a four-year degree program without barriers and credits going to waste. All System ‘My GPA agreedpresidents to estabis a 4.0 at lish a Statewide BRCC, but Transfer Counto guide the none of cil process and set those the framework credits to allow the transfer of all would associate detransfer grees. are [to LSU].’ the “We university of choice, and Meg Harvey if we can’t let BRCC student you in as a freshman because your ACT score is too low, we still should give you a well-defined ladder to get here,” said University Chancellor Michael Martin. Martin said a joint program with Baton Rouge Community College could be necessary to guarantee those students will be future Tigers. “We are clearly participating in a statewide articulation agreement relationship, but I think we have to go beyond that,” he said. Students would, in theory, start a joint program at BRCC with a defined curriculum to get into LSU. “If you follow this path, you can come into LSU as if you were always here,” Martin said. “It’s better than saying, ‘I’m going to take this collection of classes and then run over to LSU and see what counts for what.’” Michelle Samuels, customer service specialist at BRCC, said once students declare a major at BRCC, counselors usually advise them to take certain courses that will transfer to a University with a four-year degree. “We have a lot of students
who come to try to get their GPA where it needs to be to go to a fouryear university,” Samuels said. “They can just come here, [fill out] an application, and then they can transfer.” Harvey was sent to several counselors at BRCC, until finally, they advised her to take online classes through LSU’s Independent and Distance Learning program. One problem associated with that is students can only take three classes at once, she said. “Obviously, you need more than three classes to get your GPA up,” Harvey said. “That really ticks me off because I’m wasting my time here.” Contact Leslie Presnall at email@example.com
By The Associated Press SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — As the economy sheds jobs, community colleges across the country are reporting a surge of unemployed workers enrolling in courses that offer training for “green-collar” jobs. Students are learning how to install solar panels, repair wind turbines, produce biofuels and do other work related to renewable energy. “I think the opportunities in this field are going to be huge,” said Rudy Gastelo, a part-time handyman who left the construction industry two years ago. “I’m not getting that 9-to-5 paycheck, so I’m looking forward to maybe getting a job within a solar company.” To meet growing demand,
two-year colleges are launching or expanding green job training with money from the federal stimulus package. Students and schools are betting that President Barack Obama’s campaign to promote alternative energy and curb global warming will create millions of well-paying green jobs that do not require a four-year degree. Gastelo, 32, is learning how to install solar power systems at San Jose City College, which has long waiting lists for such classes. But the steep economic downturn has not spared the green energy industry, which had been expanding rapidly before the financial crisis. Many renewable-power firms are now canceling projects, laying off workers or selling themselves to competitors because business has dried up. “It’s going to be a very tough
year. A lot of companies are not going to make it,” said Ron Pernick, co-founder of the market research firm Clean Edge Inc. Many newly trained workers are having trouble finding jobs, and some people worry that schools could end up producing too many workers for too few jobs. “Even in these areas with great potential, the number of actual positions is way down from where they could be,” said Barry Sedlick, who chairs the California Green Collar Jobs Council. But many college officials believe there will be strong demand for green-collar workers once the economy rebounds and governments move to limit greenhouse gas emissions and require more alternative energy. The federal stimulus package GREEN-COLLAR, see page 6
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Mass communication residential college plans underway Fall 2010 targeted as opening date By Alice Womble Contributing Writer
Though recruiting students to the University is important, providing the tools to help them succeed is essential. To help incoming mass communication students better adjust to college life, the Manship School of Mass Communication and Residential Life are planning to create a mass communication residential college. “We are working with Residential Life to get one of the Pentagon buildings,” said Associate Dean of Mass Communication David
Kurpius. “We are looking to have 98 to 120 students total.” A committee of Manship faculty and students is meeting to plan what the residential college will entail. “The two faculty members [Andrea Miller and Danny Shipka] have a strong interest in student development,” Kurpius said. “They both bring different skill sets to the committee.” The students were selected as representatives because of their time living in the residence halls and because of their involvement on campus. The mass communication residential college is expected to open in fall 2010. With a year to finish putting the program together, committee members are enthusiastic
about its success, said Danny Shipka, co-rector of the Manship Residential College Program. The residential college, which will target freshmen and sophomores, aims to ‘The provide students residential with a sense of college community by students breaks having live with fellow [LSU] into students in the a smaller sameOmajor. fficials community.’ have not decided Joe Coussan what residence hall will house Manship Council the mass compresident munication residential college. “A lot of the concern
of incoming students is the size of LSU,” said Joe Coussan, Manship Council president and committee member. “The residential college breaks it up into a smaller community.” In addition to providing students with a sense of community, the people behind the mass communication residential college are planning special programming with guest speakers to better acclimate students to both the University and the Manship school. Students will also be able to network and interact with faculty. Sections of certain mass communication classes, undecided at the moment, will be reserved only for students living in the residential college, Kurpius said.
“It really showcases the Manship school takes seriously its commitment to educating future communicators and providing a conducive environment for that,” Shipka said. “These students will be working with each other throughout their college careers.” Kurpius said an additional cost — standard for residential colleges — will be applied to the Manship residential college. Students in the mass communication residential college will be in a two-person bedroom sharing a hall bathroom. According to the Residential Life housing price list, the additional cost to live in the residential college is $275. Contact Alice Womble at firstname.lastname@example.org
Students report ADD as main study impediment Percentage exceeds national average By Natalie Roy Contributing Writer
A typical college semester in Louisiana can include Mardi Gras parades, music festivals and hurricane evacuations. But University students are blaming their inability to focus on school on a less-expected distraction — Attention Deficit Disorder. When asked about factors affecting their academic performance, 12.7 percent of 715 University students surveyed attributed ADD to their inability to study, according to a 2008 study by the American College Health Association. University students claimed ADD is more of a studying impediment than alcohol, which only affected 9.1 percent of the University’s survey takers. The significant discrepancy between the University survey’s ADD percentage and the national average, 7 percent, has many people wondering if students are merely more aware of the increasingly notorious disorder or if University students are really more affected by ADD than the average university. Wellness Education Coordinator Kathryn Saichuk said despite the rising number of University students blaming ADD for their lack of concentration and overall stress, the University is not experiencing an ADD epidemic. “We don’t have any evidence that there is one single contributing factor … Louisiana has over other states that might be a causative agent for ADD,” Saichuk said. “And although there is still no absolute [cause] for ADD … research and data are showing that it may be genetic.” The high percentage of University students claiming to have the disorder could be a product of the stress that comes from constant competitiveness, Saichuk said. “A greater number of students are … feeling the stress of excelling academically and multitasking,” Saichuk said. “[Students] may believe
that this inability to deal with stress is … ADD and [ADD] drugs could help them perform better. However, I think there [are] a lot of myths … about what these drugs do or don’t do. People aren’t educated enough about [ADD].” Sydney Scofield, communication disorders senior, agrees with Saichuk’s analysis. “I’ve [been diagnosed] with ADD,” Scofield said. “But I have a lot of friends who think they have [ADD] just because they have a lot to do, procrastinate and then try to cram everything in at once. Then they blame [the fact] that they can’t concentrate on ADD, when it’s really that they ... can’t handle the stress.” Other students, including biological sciences freshman Sree Yalamanchili and international studies freshman Marta Delgado, believe many students are aware their inattention is not ADD, but blame the disorder in attempt to get the “concentration medication.” “It’s an excuse,” Yalamanchili said. “I know upper-level students that, because of stress, get prescribed [Adderall] by family doctors. Also, I
think people ... diagnose themselves all the time. Not being able to sit still doesn’t mean they have ADD.” Because Student Health Center information about the number of prescriptions of Adderall, the most common ADD drug, is confidential, it is uncertain whether or not the students claiming to have ADD are, in fact, being medicated for the disorder. To be prescribed Adderall, students must go through “extensive” testing, Saichuk said. Students who are claiming to have ADD but don’t should find it difficult to obtain the medication. However, there is always room for error. “There’s always a chance … someone could be misdiagnosed,” Saichuk said. “But we [also] have a lot of students that may come to college already prescribed the medication … and over time, simply outgrow their symptoms. They may have had [ADD] and … with the physiological maturity of the body and the brain … may eventually not need, but [stay on], the medication.” However, like many other students, Delgado attributes the University’s high percentage to the
growing trend. Many of her friends take Adderall, though many don’t need it. “I guess having ADD is the cool
thing to do now,” Delgado said. Contact Natalie Roy at email@example.com
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spending budget has higher education taking a $219 million reduction, on top of the now permanent $55 million mid-year cut, to help make up for slacking state revenue. “This whole economy thing is sad and scary,” said Allyson Bombet, secondary education junior. “It’s sad that it affects our education — that should be the last thing that it affects. If we had better educated people, maybe this wouldn’t happen.” Bombet said she fears the resulting larger class sizes and expected dip in course offerings will deter prospective students from attending the University and put an enormous amount of pressure on current students. “We have pretty large class sizes as it is,” Bombet said. “[And] the whole point of going to a big university is to have options.” The budget is the first draft of what will eventually be presented to the House Appropriations Committee on April 21. According to the budget draft,
GREEN-COLLAR, from page 4
sets aside tens of billions of dollars to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. It will also create thousands of jobs retrofitting government buildings and public housing to make them more energyefficient. “The recovery package will help move industry forward and offer a lot of opportunities for workers at all levels,” said Mindy Feldbaum,
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layoffs and elimination of vacant faculty and staff positions at the University would total nearly 400. The Bengal Legacy Scholarships for Non-Resident Sons and Daughters of LSU Graduates, the Board of Supervisors scholarships and the Louisiana Freshman Merit Award would be eliminated to help cushion the blow of the cuts. A 2 percent increase in auxiliary enterprise surcharges will cause student fees for Residential Housing, the Student Health Center, Student Union and the Office Parking, Traffic & Transportation to increase. Chancellor Michael Martin said the proposed cuts would set the University back decades. He said he’s hopeful this budget draft will show legislators and other decision-makers how serious the cuts would be for the University, without sending students, faculty and staff into a panic. “This won’t be minor,” Martin told The Daily Reveille on April 2. “Anyone who has been in higher education as long as me will know that contrary to what people might say, there is no fat [to cut] at LSU.” A recent study conducted by
economics professor and director of the LSU Division of Economic Development Dek Terrell shows just how major the cuts could be. The study shows how the large budget cuts expected for higher education next year will do more than just damage the University — they’ll negatively impact the entire city of Baton Rouge. Entitled “The Economic Impact of Louisiana State University on the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area,” the study found the University pumps more than $1.2 billion into the Baton Rouge economy annually. “This study shows that the state’s proposed budget cuts aimed at LSU are not just detrimental to the quality of education we provide, but are basically an anti-stimulus package for the Baton Rouge area and beyond,” Chancellor Michael Martin said in an April 8 University news release. The University accumulated 3 percent of gross domestic product for the metro area in fiscal year 2008 and generated an estimated 21,118 jobs in 2007, according to the study.
“The state’s flagship university generates jobs and paychecks that not only sustain and expand a significant portion of Louisiana’s economy but also enhance our quality of life,” Martin said. In March, LSU System President John Lombardi told System chancellors in an e-mail the System will seek a 5 percent tuition increase if faced with about $100 million in cuts for the entire system, as authorized by the Legislature last year. Lombardi said Jindal’s budget will include funding for the TOPS costs associated with the increase. “I pay my tuition myself,” said Michael Gilcrease, international studies junior. “[The increase] is probably going to cause me to cut back on the number of classes I take and cause me to stay here longer. And I’m old enough already.” Gilcrease is 60 years old and is taking 12 hours this semester. “It’s tough enough to get the classes you need now,” he said. Other students, like history sophomore Elizabeth Talbot, said larger class sizes don’t bother them, but an increase in tuition would put
financial strain on their families. “I would hate to put the pressure on [my parents],” Talbot said. “And I want to go to grad school.” Talbot said she understands the state is going through tough economic times, and harsh economic decisions will have to be made. “They have to do what they have to do,” Talbot said. Historically, Louisiana’s constitution has left health care and higher education budgets the most vulnerable in tough economic times because more than half of the state’s budget is considered nondiscretionary and can’t be cut by lawmakers. However, Jindal is supporting Senate President Joel Chaisson’s Senate Bills 1 and 2 that would allow up to 10 percent to be cut from the nondiscretionary funds, rather than the current 5 percent. This will ultimately leave colleges and hosptials better off, Jindal said. If passed, the bills wouldn’t go into affect until fiscal year 2010-11.
director of workforce development programs at the National Institute for Work and Learning. The renewable energy industry generated about 500,000 jobs and $43 billion revenue in the U.S. in 2007. The much broader energy-efficiency industry generated 8.6 million jobs and $1 trillion in revenue, according to a report issued in January by the American Solar Energy Society. The study projected that the
two sectors could employ 16 million to 37 million people by 2030, depending on government policy. In Florida, Palm Beach Community College expects to enroll 200 students this fall — up from 20 students last fall and 150 students this spring — in a new associate degree program that focuses on alternative energy sources such as wind, solar or hydroelectric power. Associate Dean Sam Freas is optimistic about green energy’s
long-term prospects, but he is careful to set realistic expectations among students. “They look at me and say, ‘Can you guarantee me a job?’” he said. “And the answer is, ‘Absolutely not.’” In North Carolina, Central Carolina Community College has long waiting lists for green building and renewable energy classes. The school recently created an associate degree for sustainable fuel
production. “The perception is that there is just a ton of these green jobs already out there,” said Andrew McMahan, who coordinates the biofuels program. “The reality is that they are coming, but like any other industry it needs time to mature.”
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Back On Top handled it all remarkably well. It’s really amazing what the kids have done, and we are getting better.” LSU will head into its first game back in the No. 1 spot against the University of New Orleans tonight in Alex Box Stadium. The Privateers are on a fivegame losing streak, and No. 1 LSU (26-9) defeated UNO (1321), 19-3, in the teams’ first meeting this season on March 3. Mainieri, who got his 100th victory at LSU last Friday in an 8-4 victory against Georgia, won’t be overlooking the Privateers this go around. Last year UNO defeated LSU, 8-6, in Baton Rouge to end a 10-game losing streak. “They beat us two times last year, and we haven’t forgotten that,” he said. “We had a good game against them earlier this BASEBALL, see page 13
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The LSU baseball team watches the fireworks display Feb. 20 before the Tigers’ inaugural game in the new Alex Box Stadium, a 12-3 win against Villanova.
A favorite to return to the College World Series. A preseason No. 1 ranking. And the opening of a top-notch baseball stadium. Through it all, LSU’s baseball team hasn’t dropped out of the top 5 in the nation, and on Monday the Tigers moved back into the No. 1 spot in three college baseball polls for the first time since March 8. Naturally, LSU coach Paul Mainieri has been impressed with his team’s composure. “Going into this season, I couldn’t imagine a team being more under the microscope,” Mainieri said. “The kids have
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What happened to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s “No Fun League” everyone was getting so accustomed to? “We hold ourselves to higher standards of responsible conduct because of what it means to be part of the National Football League,” Goodell said Johanathan Brooks in a 2007 interSports Columnist view with USA Today. When Goodell took over as NFL commissioner in 2006, he brought a tough-as-nails approach to the athletes’ off-field antics that drew praise from all sorts of lawabiding, justice-seeking folk. The result of this approach was the implementation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy in April 2007. Goodell suspended four players during his first year on the job — one of them for more than an entire football season. Adam “Pacman” Jones and Chris Henry were the first to feel the hammer. Jones was suspended an entire season for general thug-like behavior. Henry was suspended for eight games for similar behavior. A suspension forced Tank
LSU junior designated hitter Blake Dean swings during the Tigers’ 16-0 win vs. Central Florida on March 1. Dean earned Southeastern Conference Player of the Week honors this week.
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Yao, Scola lead Rockets past Hornets, 86-66 By The Associated Press
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets knew the math before their game against New Orleans. Win their final two regularseason games and they’re Southwest Division champions. Two more victories would also give them a chance to grab the No. 2 seed for the Western Conference playoffs. Houston made the first step look easy. Yao Ming scored 22 points, Luis Scola grabbed 15 rebounds and the Rockets routed the Hornets, 86-66, on Monday night in their regular-season home finale. Houston came in holding the No. 4 seed in the West, but with the same record as San Antonio and Portland, who both played later in the night. If the Rockets win their last
game in Dallas on Wednesday, they’ll secure their first division championship since 1993-94. But in the jumbled Western Conference, Houston could also slip to fifth place — and lose home-court advantage in the first round — with a loss to the Mavericks. “We just need to keep winning because nothing is secure right now,” said Yao, who showed no ill effects from a sore right foot that kept him out of Houston’s last game. “We still need to win one more game because there is the possibility of us finishing with the second seed, which would be even better.” The Rockets have won five in a row, an impressive stretch run that has assured them of nothing worse than the No. 5 seed. “Right now, we have a chance for everything,” Scola said. The Hornets, meanwhile, blew
a chance to clinch the No. 6 seed in the West. Dallas beat Minnesota on Monday night to equal New Orleans’ 49-32 record — but the Hornets hold the tiebreaker. Still, coach Byron Scott was puzzled by his team’s lackluster effort in Houston. “It is very disappointing,” Scott said. “I think most of our guys in that locker room think that it’s like a light switch, that you can just turn on when the playoffs start. It’s not going to happen, it’s just not.” David West had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Chris Paul had nine points and seven assists for the Hornets, who’ve lost five of their last seven. Scott is worried about his team’s inconsistency heading into its regular-season finale Wednesday in San Antonio. HORNETS, see page 9
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Houston Rockets’ guard Carl Landry, left, and New Orleans Hornets’ David West try to get control of the ball Monday during the Hornets’ 86-66 loss to the Rockets.
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No. 18 Tigers take two of three games in Arkansas LSU sits in second place in division By Jarred LeBlanc Sports Contributor
The No. 18 LSU softball team won two of three games in Fayetteville, Ark., against the Razorbacks this weekend. The Tigers (25-10-1, 10-6-1) dropped game one of Friday’s doubleheader, 8-7, after freshman relief pitcher Brittany Mack allowed the Razorbacks to score two runs in the bottom of the last inning. “Not very good pitching,” said LSU coach Yvette Girouard. “Maybe the cold had a lot to do with all the hits tonight on both sides.” The teams combined for 22 hits in the game, 12 by LSU and 10 by Arkansas.
LSU took the early lead in game two, scoring eight runs through three innings, including a two-RBI home run by sophomore third baseman Jessica Mouse. But Arkansas (24-17, 10-8) fired back in the bottom of the third with four runs, making the score 8-4. The bottom half of the inning was highlighted by a two-RBI double by Arkansas junior designated hitter Miranda Dixon. LSU sophomore pitcher Casey Faile replaced starting junior pitcher Kirsten Shortridge in the third and forced Arkansas freshman shortstop Brittany Griffiths to pop up to her counterpart, freshman shortstop Juliana Santos, to end the inning. Faile pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed three hits, no runs and struck out seven batters. “Casey did a great job coming in the second game and giving us
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LSU freshman pitcher Brittany Mack prepares to pitch in the top of the sixth inning during the Tigers’ 4-3 win against Baylor on March 11.
some very good innings,” Girouard said. “We’ve got to figure out how to use her more. She certainly earned a lot of respect tonight.” The Tigers bit again with single runs in the fifth and the sixth innings to end the game, 10-4. Sophomore pitcher Cody Trahan led the Tigers to their second victory against Arkansas in game three, 7-4. Trahan (7-3) started off hot in the circle, throwing six of her first seven pitches for strikes as she struck out the side in the first. “She was sharp,” Girouard said. “Everything was working. She was working ahead because she used all her weapons.” Trahan stayed hot, as she rode a no-hitter into the fifth inning until Arkansas senior infielder Amie Hubbard singled into left field. Trahan tied her career high with 11 strikeouts, as she gave up three hits and four runs in seven innings. “I wish she could have closed it out with a shut out because she pitched magnificently,” Girouard said. “She was totally dominating for six innings.” The Tigers (25-10-1, 10-6-1) struck in the first when Shortridge scored from third on the throw to first after Santos struck out. The team continued its offense in the second inning when Shortridge hit an RBI single and Santos hit a two-RBI single up the middle with bases loaded, increasing the lead to 4-0.
After another run in the third inning, singles by sophomore second baseman Ashley Applegate and freshman first baseman Anissa Young scored two more in the sixth, increasing the Tigers’ lead to seven. But the Razorbacks (24-17, 10-8) didn’t go down easily, as they scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, highlighted by a
two-out, two-RBI double by junior outfielder Jessica Bachkora. LSU took possession of second place in the Southeastern Conference Western Division ahead of the Razorbacks with the series win. Contact Jarred LeBlanc at firstname.lastname@example.org
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TRACK AND FIELD
Weather affects teams in Tempe concerned if they ran.” Shaver said the 4-by-4 relay was the main event affected by the weather. Sophomore All-American Walter Henning headlined the By Chris Branch LSU effort in Tempe, heaving his Sports Contributor way into the LSU record book. LSU’s track and ﬁeld teams Henning recorded a hammer qualiﬁed 11 athletes last week- throw of 235 feet, 5 inches. end at the Sun Angel Classic in The throw earned Henning Tempe, Ariz. ﬁrst place in the But coach meet by an asDennis Shaver 11 feet. ‘We have a lot of peo- tounding wanted more. Senior Rabun “We have a ple who haven’t quali- Fox and sopholot of people who more Chris Bless ﬁed. They only have pitched season haven’t qualiﬁed,” Shaver said. in the hamtwo chances left.’ bests “They only have mer throw with two chances left. tosses of 202 feet, Dennis Shaver They can’t go to 6 inches and 196 LSU track & ﬁeld coach the NCAA chamfeet, 7 inches, repionships without spectively. qualifying for regionals.” In the men’s 800-meter conBlustery conditions led to test, junior Richard Jones sprintkinks in Shaver’s game plan. ed past the ﬁeld after crossing “Honestly, the weather was a the ﬁnish line in 1 minute, 48.85 big factor,” Shaver said. “It was seconds. raining. It hasn’t rained in AriAlso qualifying for the men zona in 60 days, so when it did, were juniors Jamaal Jones in the they weren’t prepared.” 800-meter, Armanti Hayes in the The weather led to multiple 400-meter and Josh Dominguez Tigers being held out of events. in the pole vault. “It was impossible,” Shav“We had some really good er said. “With the wind and the performances,” Shaver said. rain, there was no way they could Fellow All-American LaTarun. I would have been more via Thomas blitzed the ﬁeld in
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the women’s 800-meter race, posting a time of 2 minutes, 4.48 seconds. The time was the second fastest in the NCAA this season. Junior Samantha Henry, sophomore Kenyanna Wilson, junior Liann Kellman and junior Kristina Davis all qualiﬁed for the Lady Tigers in the 200-meter race. The group represented four of seven Lady Tigers who qualiﬁed at the meet. “Overall, I’m pleased with the progress they’re making,” Shaver said. The Tigers are staying home this weekend, competing in the LSU Alumni Gold Meet at Bernie Moore Track Stadium. “The Alumni Gold Meet is always outstanding,” Shaver said. “We get to focus on individual events. This is the last regular season competition.” Fortunately for the teams, Shaver believes the weather shouldn’t pose a problem. “We hope to have better weather,” Shaver said. “We’re counting on conditions to be different in Baton Rouge.”
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“We don’t play hard every game and that is really a problem,” he said. While the standings remain unresolved, the outcome of Monday’s game was decided early, thanks to the Hornets’ offensive ineptitude. The Hornets shot 35 percent (28-of-81) from the ﬁeld and their 66 points were a season low. Houston also held a 46-37 rebounding edge. Paul assisted on three straight possessions, then hit an off-balance shot on the baseline to put the Hornets up 22-17 late in the ﬁrst quarter. Von Wafer swished a shot from the wing just before the buzzer to cut Houston’s deﬁcit to three. With Paul on the bench, James Posey scored seven points early in the second quarter to keep New Orleans in front. Houston reserves Carl Landry and Kyle Lowry then scored on consecutive drives to trigger an 18-0 spurt. Paul returned with 5:41 left in the half, but the Rockets tacked seven more points on the lead over the next three minutes to go up 4331. The Hornets missed 10 straight shots before West’s jumper from the free-throw line ended their 6-minute scoring drought. The Rockets led 47-35 at the break after New Orleans went 5-for19 from the ﬁeld in the second quarter.
The Hornets missed their ﬁrst six shots in the third quarter and Houston opened with a 6-0 burst to lead 53-35. Shane Battier tipped in Yao’s miss and also swatted a breakaway layup attempt by Rasual Butler, prompting one of the loudest cheers of the night. Ron Artest drove for a onehanded dunk later in the third quarter, then smiled as he raised his arms and smacked hands with fans along the baseline. New Orleans mustered a season-low 11 points in the quarter and trailed 67-46. Paul sat out the rest of the night, and the Rockets stretched the lead to 26. Yao came out with 6:16 left after playing 32 minutes, and the Rockets coasted to their sixth straight home win and 33rd of the season. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tigers win rain-delayed match Lady Tigers fall to Mississippi State By Tyler Harvey Sports Contributor
The No. 32 LSU men’s tennis team defeated Mississippi State on Sunday, 4-2, in a match that was sent into rain delay Sunday evening. “It was a good win over another team that is ranked like we are,” said LSU men’s tennis coach Jeff Brown. “We knew how hungry they were, took their best and were able to win.” The Tigers scored the first point Sunday after No. 6 LSU senior Michael Venus defeated No. 88 Ryan Farlow in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2. But the Bulldogs took the next singles point when Christopher Doerr defeated LSU sophomore Julien Gauthier, 7-5, 6-3. Fellow LSU sophomore Sebastian Carlsson answered back defeating Mississippi State’s Louis Cant, 6-1, 6-3, after dropping the first set. No. 89 Artem Ilyushin defeated LSU senior James Cluskey in the last match before the rain delay, leaving the match score tied at 2. Play was postponed while LSU senior Jonathan Tragardh was in a 3-3, third set battle and freshman Neal Skupski was leading, 4-2, in the second set. “For the two guys that were still playing, it was a very sleepless night, going over scenarios in your head and hopeful that things will go your way,” Brown said. “We had to win at least one of them to get into the doubles. I thought they did a great job of being competitive, but the execution suffered a bit with the nervousness.” Tragardh and Skupski may have been nervous, but Tragardh took his match after winning the third set, 7-5, and setting the Tigers up with a 3-2 lead. And Skupksi didn’t waste time claiming the victory for the Tigers. “Jon [Tragardh] did a good job to win his match, which put a little pressure on me to clinch,” Skupski said. “But we did well and got the win. I felt a bit of pressure, but that crowd gut behind me, and I played pretty well.” Skupski won the two remaining sets and clinched a 4-2 victory for the Tigers. “Jon and Neal did a good job of dealing with the pressure and having to sleep on the match,” Brown said. “The team’s kept their head up, and we’re chipping away at the season. We’re going the right direction.” The Tigers face No. 42 Arkansas in their last home match of the season at W.T. Robinson stadium on Saturday. LADY TIGERS The No. 16 LSU women’s tennis team dropped its match
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Freshman Neil Skupski volleys the ball back to his opponent during the Tigers match against Auburn. LSU lost the match, 4-3.
against Mississippi State, 4-3, on Sunday. The singles matches were played first because of the threat of rain in the Starkville, Miss. area. No. 17 LSU senior Megan Falcon took down Martina Banikova, 6-0, 6-0, advancing her season record to 30-6. Falcon is five wins short of claiming her 100th career victory and is tied for 11th for the all-time winningest players in LSU’s program history. Mississippi State’s Olesya Tsigvintseva defeated LSU’s Mykala Hedberg, 6-2, 6-4, while Junior Hannah Robinson defeated Daniela Juskova to give the Lady Tigers a 2-1 advantage. LSU’s Nicole Kantor beat Elna de Villiers in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, extending her season record to 24-12 and putting the Tigers up, 3-1. LSU’s Staten Spencer dropped her match against Valeriya Makarycheva, leaving the Tigers up, 3-2. LSU freshman Whitney Wolf
lost a hard-fought battle to Radka Ferancova, tying the match at 3-3 before doubles competition continued indoors. In doubles action, the No. 17 ranked duo of Falcon and Hedberg battled Mississippi State’s Banikova and de Villiers but were defeated, 8-9. Robinson and Wolf battled Natalia Mayuk and Tsigvintseva but also fell in a an 8-9 match on court two. “Mississippi State came out and played with a lot of hunger,” said coach Tony Minnis. “They have struggled this year, but they came out and played a great match.” The Lady Tigers travel to Fayetteville on Saturday to face No. 14 Arkansas for their final regular season match.
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year, but that was just one game, and it doesn’t mean anything as we go into [this game] so they have our full attention.” The Tigers enter the game coming off a weekend series victory on the road against Alabama in which they won Friday night, 8-5, and Sunday afternoon, 12-7, after falling on Saturday night, 13-5. The series win was the ninth straight Southeastern Conference weekend series victory for the Tigers, dating back to last season.
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Johnson to sit out four games for a litany of transgressions. Michael Vick was Goodell’s biggest victim. He’s still suspended indeﬁnitely since his involvement with dog ﬁghting. But Goodell has dropped the ball lately in terms of punishing players who have tarnished the league’s image. A few guys’ screwups have gone unpunished and are seriously making Goodell’s earliest punishments look like kneejerk reactions to public outcries generated by the athletes’ actions. The most egregious of these offenders is Donte’ Stallworth. Stallworth hit and killed 59-year-old Mario Reyes last month in Miami while driving drunk, according to a Miami Beach police report. The report
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“I couldn’t be end. more happy with The Crestour team,” Mainview, Fla., native ieri said. “If you went 6-for-12 win two out of during the weekthree on the road, end series with you have to be ec10 RBI and two static, and that’s home runs. how I feel about LSU junior it.” second baseman Paul Mainieri LSU racked Ryan Schimpf LSU baseball coach up 19 hits Sunday also had a huge and 40 overall in weekend, going the series. 8-for-14 with ﬁve runs scored, LSU junior Blake Dean was four RBI and two home runs. named SEC Player of the Week “Both of them are really ﬁndfor his performance this week- ing their groove now,” Mainieri
said. “Ryan Schimpf had so many big hits for us all weekend and is just playing tremendous baseball. Blake has really started to ﬁnd his stroke, and once he gets his conﬁdence back to where it always has been ... He goes on a tear.” The Tigers received a bit of unfortunate news during the weekend as freshman southpaw Randy Zeigler will be out for nine to 12 months with a torn ligament in his throwing arm. The injury occurred Wednesday against Grambling during warm-ups before what was supposed to be Zeigler’s ﬁrst colle-
giate start when he felt something pop. The freshman will have reconstructive surgery on his elbow, commonly known as Tommy John surgery. “That was one of the sadder moments of my coaching career,” Mainieri said. “I’m not so concerned about the team as I am about the kid; I just feel really bad for him.”
for killing a few dogs and Stallworth to still be allowed to play after killing a human. I’m not anti-dog or pro-Vick. It just doesn’t seem right. It’s not as if the league has to wait on a conviction in the legal system before it hands down a punishment. Jones was never convicted on any of the felony charges he had against him, and it didn’t seem to matter. Maybe it’s because the pressure was on Goodell to act because every pet lover in America was speaking out against Vick. Or maybe it was PETA staging protests outside league headquarters that made him act quickly. Maybe if Mothers Against Drunk Driving were to write some letters and stage some protests, Stallworth would get his indeﬁnite suspension as well.
Anything less would be ridiculous. Another athlete that needs some punishment is Plaxico Burress. In November, the ex-Giants receiver suffered a bullet wound in his right thigh after accidentally discharging a gun he carried in his sweatpants. Burress lacked a concealed weapons permit. In no reality should it be acceptable for someone to carry a gun into a nightclub and not have a license for it. Thank goodness it was only himself he shot. This man needs a pretty lengthy suspension to teach him a lesson. Then there’s Matt Jones. Matt Jones was arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance last summer after police found six grams of cocaine and a jar with possible
marijuana residue in a car he was occupying. Jones was never punished by the conduct policy and only was issued a three-game suspension because of a separate substance abuse policy. Goodell should have handed down a suspension of his own as well. Not acting on these three athletes sends a dangerous message to players that they can have some pretty major screwups and not have to answer to their employer. Someone needs to keep these athletes in check and restore the NFL to what it was two years ago — a place where if you screwed up, you paid.
‘Going into this season, I couldn’t imagine a team being more under the microscope.’
said Reyes was not on the crosswalk on McArthur Causeway — a usually busy road — when Stallworth hit him with his black 2005 Bently. Stallworth was only charged with driving under the inﬂuence and second-degree manslaughter. If it were me, it would probably be a harsher charge — but that’s another issue. If Stallworth’s actions don’t ﬁt under the category of something the league should punish, I don’t know what does. A man is dead because Stallworth chose to get behind the wheel after he had too much to drink. The NFL hasn’t moved at all on this matter since it was reported. Goodell needs to get his act together. It’s unacceptable for Vick to be indeﬁnitely suspended
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from about 3,000 employees to more than 8,900, and its revenue has grown tremendously. Since he started working with the company, he said they have invested $1 billion in prescription drugs. Herring said the company has overseen many new drugs, including some for cancer and cardiovascular disease. As CEO of the company, Herring has many responsibilities, including setting the budget and acting as a spokesman on Wall Street. “My role is ultimately to oversee the growth and prosperity of the company,” Herring said. Covance isn’t a stranger to
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Another phone call — or series of calls — Johnson said stood out during her time were phone calls from students looking for the infirmary after Mardi Gras festivities. “I listen to them,” Johnson said. “And when they get through telling me, I say, ‘Let me give you this department, and they can try to help you.’” Sandra Hodges, former supervisor of the Telephone Office, worked with Johnson as a coworker and supervisor for nearly 20 years. Of everyone Hodges supervised during her nearly three decades at the University, she said Johnson stood out as a valuable coworker and friend. “Betty’s dependable. Betty would do anything you would ask her to,” Hodges said. “She was a single mother; she raised her son by herself. He turned out great.” Another significant change to University telecommunications during Johnson’s tenure was the shift to primarily 578 numbers in the late 1990s. Ric Simmons, Information Technology Services executive director, said the transfer to 578 numbers — which spell out LSU — occurred when the 225 area code was created for the Baton Rouge area. The change made 10,000 different phone numbers with the 578 exchange available to the University. About 9,800 of the numbers are in
success. During recent years the company has won multiple awards. World Pharmaceutical Frontiers recently honored Herring, naming him No. 17 on their list of the 40 most influential people in the pharmaceutical industry. Covance made it onto the Forbes Top 100 companies list four years in a row. Herring said it’s very exciting to see a company have such great success in the life sciences. “It’s one of the largest industries with some of the best scientific minds, so it is very humbling to be chosen for the award,” Herring said. Contact Nichole Oden at firstname.lastname@example.org use while there are an additional 6,000 numbers available to the University with the 334 exchange. Before the 578 transfer, the University had about 6,000 numbers of the 388 exchange along with 346 and 334 exchanges. Since her start at the University in 1965, Hodges has seen the telecommunication and University culture evolve during the last 44 years. Hodges described the University telephone system she operated in the ’60s as dramatically different from the present. The initial system, which lit up rather than ringing, had a board with connections for each department and two cords. One cord was plugged in to answer the phone call while the other cord was plugged in to connect the caller with the appropriate phone line. Whenever the phone calls were not answered by the intended recipient, operators were responsible for informing the person on the line. “You had to be quick enough to take it down so another call could ring,” Hodges said. Looking forward to her retirement, Johnson said she’s planning a trip to visit her grandchild and a life of rest.
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Scientist fired as deputy director Professor’s teaching contract not renewed By Joy Lukachick Staff Writer
University officials recently notified Ivor van Heerden that his contract as a research professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will not be renewed in 2010. The outspoken coastal scientist who led the state’s investigation of the levees in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina was also fired from his position as deputy director of the LSU Hurricane Center. Marc Levitan also stepped down as director of the University Hurricane Center. Joe Suhayda replaced him as the interim director about a month ago. The Times-Picayune reported Thursday that Levitan’s resignation could be related to the University’s decision to eliminate the deputy director position. Van Heerden will remain as director of the LSU Center for the Study of Public Health Impacts of Hurricanes until his contract ends next year, Suhayda said. University officials would not comment on their decision. Van Heerden did not respond to messages left at his office and home. Attempts to contact Levitan were unsuccess-
ful as both his office voicemail and Hurricane Center employees said he would be out of town until April 15. “We are not allowed to comment on personnel confidentiality,” said University spokeswoman Kristine Calongne. Van Heerden told The TimesPicayune on Thursday the University did not give him a reason for being fired, but David Constant, College of Engineering interim dean, told him the reason was not because of his performance. Constant referred The Daily Reveille to the office of Human Resources Management on Monday and would not comment further on the issue. Suhayda said he didn’t know why van Heerden’s contract wasn’t renewed, but he said he eliminated the scientist’s position because he wants to take the center in a new direction. “I wanted to start with a clean slate,” Suhayda said. Van Heerden’s position at the center is unpaid and is unrelated to his research position in the College of Engineering, Suhayda said. Van Heerden told The TimesPicayune he thinks the decision to fire him began to brew in 2005 when he agreed to head the forensic investigation team after Hurricane Katrina. Two University officials told van Heerden in November 2005 to stop talking to the press. Several
months later, he published a book entitled, “The Storm: What Went Wrong and Why During Hurricane Katrina — The Inside Story from One Louisiana Scientist.” In the book, he highlighted how state and local officials ignored his predictions about New Orleans’ vulnerability to flooding. He also described personal attacks made against him by University administrators in his book and in an interview with The New York Times in May 2006. In response to van Heerden’s 2006 claims, former vice chancellor for communications Michael Ruffner wrote a letter to both The TimesPicayune and The New York Times defending the University. The University did not limit the scientist’s access to the press to talk about Katrina, but questioned some of his technical and professional expertise to comment on levees and construction, Ruffner said in the June 7, 2006, letter to The New York Times. “At the request of the engineering faculty and its dean, we discussed this with Dr. van Heerden and gained his assurance that he would not speak on matters for which he has no professional credentials or training,” Ruffner said in the letter.
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Recent economic strain may spark social cohesion The world’s recent financial misfortune has left a bitter taste in many mouths. Those bitter tastes are well justified given the problems many are having finding jobs and keeping afloat financially. But justification doesn’t mean we should turn our attention away from other side effects of an economic downturn. They often have shocking benefits beneath the surface. Hard times often bring people together. I often joke with my friends from boarding school that we are all closer because we went through something traumatic together. In practice, it does work out that way for the most part. I say, “for the most part” because finding largescale ways to measure contentment and unity are often difficult to come by outside of some sort of nationwide survey that asks people how happy they are.
That type of survey is remarkably unlikely because of that nagging economic downturn. The tight-fitting structure imposed by financial and logistic issues often forces social researchers to look for proxy measures that may indicate difficult-to-measure trends such as social cohesion. Divorce rates were used previously to measure social cohesion. During the Great Depression divorce rates dropped fairly drastically. Likewise, a poll conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 2008 showed a strong decrease in those rates. The most plausible explanation is couples can’t afford a divorce. That finding seems especially obvious when you consider the source of the survey. Regardless of reasoning for their cohesion, couples are forced to remain in contact with each other.
Census and other large-scale survey data of this current recession will not be available for a while, so we have poll information to work with. But the odds are good when more detail comes out, it will reflect similar results Skylar Gremillionto the Great DeGuest Columnist pression. Social cohesion is a profound force in alleviating depressive symptoms and overall mental health and wellbeing. Emile Durkheim, sociological godfather, speculated social integration played an important role in keeping people from committing suicide. In the early days of the Depression, suicide rates increased sharply, but as people began to
develop a sense of oneness in their plight, the rates began to drop. As with the divorce data, it will be difficult to find strong data for suicide rates or any other proxy for social cohesion. Further, the nature of our specific situation may make the data less meaningful than before, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t consider the importance of social cohesion. It’s safe to argue people going through harsh economic times are forced to deal with them in vastly different ways than their parents and grandparents. The past few months have brought successive waves of fearmongering and paranoia about the world’s financial situation. According to the most extreme news outlets and their wacky shockjock pundits, we currently live in a universe that is roughly similar to the tamer scenes in “Mad Max.”
This contrasts sharply with the tact mainstream news agencies have taken, which is a constant bombardment of images of and comparisons to the Great Depression. I’m not so callous to say people benefit overall from an economic depression or that forced coexistence is a pleasure cruise — it’s nearly impossible to compare the respective values of financial drain and interpersonal improvement. In the end, these large-scale measures of unification are proof positive the durability of our social existence and the survivability of hard times. Skylar Gremillion is a 26-year-old sociology graduate student from Plaucheville. Contact the Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at email@example.com
Religious followers discover faith, facts can coexist
As the world celebrated Easter and spring, two of the world’s major religions discovered they have been praying in the wrong directions. Some 200 mosques in Islam’s holiest city, Mecca, point in the wrong direction for prayers. All mosques have a niche pointing in the direction of the Kaaba, an ancient, sacred building in Mecca. But people looking down from recently erected buildings were astonished to find many niches do not point exactly at the Kaaba. Though this may seem like a minor issue, many Muslims were afraid their prayers would be deemed invalid because of these mistakes. People demanded the government correct the wrongly aligned mosques and possibly realign them using laser beams for accurate measurement. But the
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Students shouldn’t bear brunt of budget cuts Professor Rau was correct in his letter “Excessive salaries at the top cost us.” What disturbs me the most about the proposed budget cuts is
government’s cool stance on these recent detections is reassuring. “There are no major errors, but corrections have been made for some old mosques, thanks to modern techniques,” said Tawfik al-Sudairy, Islamic affairs ministry deputy secretary. He extinguished anxieties by deeming “in any case, it does not affect the prayers.” The mosques’ incorrect alignment doesn’t make a difference. People’s prayer, despite the direction, is what’s more important. As this event showed, people’s beliefs are no longer associated with facts. Similarly, as many Jews, Christians and Muslims walked the Via Dolorosa, or the Way of Suffering, to retrace the steps of Jesus Christ to the place of his crucifixion on Good Friday, an Israeli archaeologist Shimon Gibson theorized they were
following the wrong route, CNN reported April 10. Gibson argued he has found the true place of Christ’s trial and the real route to his crucifixion. The Gospel of John describes Jesus’ trial taking place at Lithostratus, Greek for pavement and Gaba- Dini Parayitam ta, a word for Columnist ancient hillock. Gibson followed these observations and noted the trial actually took place in an area outside the current Western Wall of Jerusalem. If the trial is in a different area than the accepted area, then the traditional Via Dolorosa is wrong as well, Gibson argued. The correct
route starts in a parking lot in the Armenian Quarter and heads toward the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where Jesus was crucified. Christians may worry these findings dispute Biblical statements, but in actuality, they only change the accepted geography of critical chapters in the New Testament. Regardless of these new findings, Christians, Jews and Muslims walked the traditional Via Dolorosa and celebrated Good Friday. One Evangelical Lutheran Minister claimed proudly, “For me, the Via Dolorosa is this one.” Both discoveries show tradition binds faith with people. Neither the discovery of wrong alignment nor archaeological excavations were able to dispute faith because most people have learned to dissociate faith from fact in the 21st century.
Facts are indisputable, historically or scientifically proved or theorized statements, whereas faith is based on the blind seduction of love and hope. Whether a person chooses to allow facts to effect faith or vice versa is a personal choice. Most doctors are religious but still believe in scientific theories such as Charles Darwin’s evolutionism, whereas pious religious authorities reject the same scientific theories. People have discovered facts and faith can coexist symbiotically.
the elimination of student worker positions. While some are arguably unimportant, I’m always amused at how the University seems to look at punishing students first. Increasing student fees and eliminating scholarships isn’t a terrible surprise, but I find it irksome that the System jumps to that any time they need money, not just during this current budget crisis. Rau was right on when he brought up the fact that some faculty had warned of
the dangers of increasing the salary of those in high office. The starting point for saving money should be to cut salaries of the University’s top officials. It was my impression that a university is supposed to be about academics. Apparently though, a university is supposed to be a business, and its sole purpose is to make a profit. What I think the LSU System, and unfortunately our elected officials, fail to realize is something
obvious. Students are not exactly famous for having tons of excess cash to throw around, and if you lean on them too much you will absolutely begin to lose them, and a university is nothing without students. I can’t fathom how this is overlooked so often by so many. There are other ways to cut corners and save money — starting with students is not the best idea. As a student worker, if I were to lose the income from this job I would have
to quit school to take another as my situation wouldn’t allow me to work full time and go to school, and I know many who are in the same boat. I hold out hope that the legislature and the LSU System look for alternate means of saving money and look to the students as a last resort. The system needs to remember where its bread is buttered.
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“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies ... America dies with it.”
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‘Tea Party’ to protest Obama administration’s policies Traditionally, an upside down American flag is used only as a sign of distress. With the recent events on Wall Street — and the bumbling attempts of our leaders to plug the holes in this sinking ship — the threat comes not from foreign enemies but internal ones. The lack of intelligent leadership started by the Bush administration and continued by the Obama administration has not gone unnoticed by the public. In recent weeks, a growing unrest has risen to the surface. Wednesday is a day that will strike fear into the hearts of many procrastinators. This year, though, there is a group of proactive people who hope to turn the tables on the government. Liberty lovers will gather together in cities around the country to demonstrate their displeasure with the policies of the current administration by hosting “Tea Parties.” One such demonstration will take place at the Capitol Building in downtown Baton Rouge from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For many of us, the closest thing we have seen to populist dissent aimed at the government is a brief scene from “Forrest Gump.” We learned of the anti-war movement that swept college campuses in the 1960s, but we’ve never seen that kind of collective turmoil. Occasionally, we hear a news report about a protest in some urban city in some state in the Pacific Northwest or the East coast, but at LSU, we have been largely insulated from the infectious power of political dissent.
Toleration of dissent should be an essential aspect of any institution created by man. Whether that institution is overtly political, social or religious doesn’t matter — there is always a need for someone Drew Walker to stand up and say, “This isn’t Columnist right.” Men are imperfect and so, by extension, are their institutions. But loyal dissent is not the hyper-idealized stuff of pop culture. It’s not a single demonstration with signs and songs carried out to its completion on a single day. Loyal dissent is something deeper. There can be no dissent unless there is a basic set of ideals held up by all members of a society. For the U. S., that underlying principle is freedom. When the first tea party took place in the waters of Boston Harbor, the protest was not directed toward taxes, per se. Instead, the colonists had a problem with the idea that the British crown could tax them with no regard of colonial representation. It was a protest against the tyrannical power with which King George claimed to hold the colonies. The philosophy of the American Revolution placed a premium on the idea of freedom and liberty. These are our basic ideals. “Freedom in economic arrangements is itself a component
of freedom broadly understood, so economic freedom is an end in itself,” Milton Friedman wrote in “Capitalism and Freedom.” This country is founded upon the lofty ideal of governance by the consent of the governed. With consent comes an implied acceptance of dissent when the will of the governed is subverted. The proposed demonstrations being called “tea parties” have
as their fundamental basis this understanding. The dissent that will be carried out on Wednesday is good and necessary. But it must be remembered that the dissent is not against one administration or another. It is directed towards the growing legislative attack on our most fundamental beliefs. The “tea parties” are not about increased taxes or personal
disdain for the political party or platform of a single politician. Instead, it is about the preservation of the rights of every man to be free. Drew Walker is a 24-year-old philosophy senior from Walker. Contact Drew Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bill O’Reilly pretends to understand rap, Eminem you.
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Bill O’Reilly, the famous “political pundit” who gets his kicks yelling his opinions at the masses, has again aimed his sword at rap music with a marginal understanding of the subject. O’Reilly has blasted rap icons in the past. He blamed Rihanna’s savage beating on rap music rather than on Chris Brown. He called Ludacris — who talks about getting too drunk and hooking up with less than desirable women — a gangster rapper in 2002 and torched Pepsi for using him in its ads. Ludacris was dropped from the ads the next day. He called Nas, the hyper-literate rapper who helped legitimize the genre, a “vile rapper.” After the Jay-Z/Young Jeezy performance in D.C., O’Reilly claimed “Jay-Z should know better.” I’m not sure why he should
know better, but that’s another story. Now, O’Reilly has taken his attacks to Eminem, who he claims “no one over 25 listens to.” Someone should give Eminemsupporter Elton John the memo. I’m fairly sure he’s at least 26. O’Reilly is angry about Eminem’s new single “We Made You.” I’m mad, too, because Eminem is one of my favorite rappers, and the song is a horrendous piece of trash. To call it a comeback is an insult to the work Eminem did on his first four major albums. O’Reilly, on the other hand, is mad because Eminem drops a line about having sex with Sarah Palin. He calls the song an “obscene rant about Sarah Palin,” which is ridiculous considering the number of other celebrities attacked in the song. He even got up in arms that feminist groups aren’t attacking
Eminem for the song. While the man’s point is valid — the dig is cheap, stupid, puerile and frankly boring — it again highlights his ignorance of the genre. Eminem came to fame as one of the most Travis Andrews controversial rappers to grace Columnist the game. He sang songs about violently murdering his ex-wife Kim. He rapped about killing homosexuals. He rapped about committing suicide frequently. There is no doubt that, if someone were so inclined, an argument against Eminem’s morality could easily be made. But it seems O’Reilly, as is often the case with the blowhard, missed the forest for the trees.
This doesn’t bother me as an ardent Eminem supporter, but O’Reilly missed the point that Eminem was popular because of attacks like this. Supposedly, no one is listening to Eminem, but the man has gone platinum numerous times. In many of his songs, Eminem thanks the media controversy for selling his records. This makes one wonder what O’Reilly’s goal is here. Because he’s been criticized in the past for being sexist himself, this could be a saving grace. Or, more likely, it could be another desperate attempt to fill air space, which is a shame because people will find him informed — because he chose to build a house of cards when the bricks and mortar sit in studio. It isn’t hard to blast Eminem for something real. But this is far easier, and O’Reilly is lazy. Rather than
gather an actual argument against Eminem, he chose a small point and dragged it into a segment that again attacked rap. His audience eats it up, and his ratings skyrocket. O’Reilly will never discuss T.I.’s songful adoration of God or Common’s begging corner boys to stop slinging. But that’s to be expected. O’Reilly may blast Eminem for using cheap stunts to get noticed — and in this case, Em, you really have failed pretty miserably. Funny, though, how Mr. O’Reilly is guilty of the same crowd. May he who is free of sin cast the first stone. Travis Andrews is a 21-year-old English major from Metairie. Contact Travis Andrews at email@example.com
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