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Robertson and former SG Vice President Shannon Bates react to winning the run-off April 10, 2008.
Robertson worked on programs, legacy and transparency while in Student Government Former Student Government President Colorado Robertson left the SG Senate chambers for the ﬁnal time as acting president last Wednesday, his hands above his head displaying a ‘V’ for victory. The senators rose to applaud their outgoing president.
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Robertson and Bates are sworn into ofﬁce April 25, 2008 in front of the Memorial Tower.
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With the tenure of Robertson and former SG Vice President Shannon Bates at an end, Robertson said he was proud of his colleagues’ work and his personal accomplishments in SG. “We’ve estab-
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Robertson lies down to rest during Hurricane Gustav relief efforts in the PMAC.
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Robertson reﬂects on his time in ofﬁce on Monday while Bates looks on in front of Tiger Stadium.
Robertson hands out freezie pops Sept. 16 in Free Speech Alley as part of Straight Talk with SG.
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Robertson talks March 12 about getting free ponchos for students.
Lawsuit against US Appropriations Committee to discuss higher education budgets Corps underway in N.O. Chief Staff Writer
Chancellor Michael Martin, along with other state higher education leaders, will testify today before the House Appropriations Committee about the University’s budgetary future at 9 a.m. in the State Capitol. Martin told faculty, staff and students in a broadcast e-mail sent
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sity has made enormous progress over the past few decades,” Martin said in the e-mail. “The budget as proposed will undo the Flagship Agenda and set the University back in profound ways.” Martin said the cuts would lead to job loss and will negatively impact the Baton Rouge economy. Martin said the committee meeting is the ﬁrst step in budget “conversations” with the Legislature. The session starts Monday. Contact Kyle Bove at email@example.com
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A trial that could affect thousands of New Orleans residents whose homes were ﬂooded after Hurricane Katrina began Monday at the New Orleans Federal Court. The case – known as the MRGO lawsuit – involves one business and ﬁve residents from New Orleans East, the lower Ninth Ward and St. Bernard Parish, who ﬁled a suit against the United States Army Corps of Engineers for the storm surge that ﬂooded homes allegedly caused by the Mississippi River-Gulf
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Monday afternoon the administration will make every effort to convey several key points about the adverse effects a worst-case scenario cut would have on the University, The University is expected to take a nearly $50 million reduction in state funding for the ﬁscal year beginning July 1. Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposed state 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. “Louisiana’s Flagship univer-
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Outlet after Hurricane Katrina. The suit claims ﬂooding arose and led to the wipeout of St. Bernard Parish and the lower Ninth Ward because of poor designing and the Corps’ lack of proper maintenance for the channel that was built in the 1960s. And the case is an umbrella for many other cases involving lawsuits against the federal government for Katrina damage. If the New Orleans residents win the lawsuit, more than 120,000 other individuals, businesses and government entities could have a GOVERNMENT, see page 5
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GENEVA (AP) — Dozens of Western diplomats walked out of a U.N. conference and a pair of rainbow-wigged protesters threw clown noses at Iran’s president Monday when the hard-line leader called Israel the “most cruel and repressive racist regime.” The United States decried the remarks by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as hateful — reinjecting tension into a relationship that had been warming after President Obama sought to engage Iran in talks on its nuclear program and other issues.
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DENVER (AP) — Dozens of people participated in a “lie-down” at Colorado’s state Capitol Monday to demand stricter gun control and mark the 10th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings. Thirteen people representing those killed at Columbine lay like spokes of a wheel at the west steps of the Capitol. They had wrapped blue and white ribbons around their necks, the official colors of the suburban Denver school. Others kneeled nearby as the names of the 23 injured in the April 20, 1999, attack also were read. Among them was Mallory Sanders, granddaughter of slain teacher Dave Sanders, and Steve Wewer, godfather of slain student Daniel Mauser.
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Obama defends secret Jindal: state’s budget memo to CIA employees woes to extend for years WASHINGTON (AP) — Days after releasing topsecret memos that detailed the CIA’s use of simulated drowning while interrogating terror suspects, President Obama went to the spy agency’s Virginia headquarters on Monday to defend his decision and bolster the morale of its employees. “I acted primarily because of the exceptional circumstances that surrounded these memos, particularly the fact that so much of the information was public,” Obama said.
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Office of Diversity hosts workshop Playboy names LSU Series discusses No. 8 party school doctoral students By Lindsey Meaux Staff Writer
Doctoral students, professors and representatives from the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Outreach came together late Monday afternoon for an open forum about doctoral students, their advisement and the responsibility of their mentors. The third and final of the Spring Faculty Enrichment Series, a trio of workshops hosted by the Office of Diversity, entitled “Preparing Diverse Scholars for Diverse Experiences: Mentoring Doctoral Students,” featured a panel of faculty. Katrice Albert, vice provost of the office, was among the attendees. “The doctoral process is so very important ... especially as we use the graduate school to try to increase enrollment with doctoral students,” Albert said. “And we know that [the doctoral process] is the pipeline to the professorate to have a discussion about JASON BORDELON / The Daily Reveille how you actually mentor gradu- Marco Barker, assistant to the vice provost of the Office of Equity, Diversity and ate students.” Community Outreach, speaks to doctoral candidate mentors in an outreach workThe panelists discussed the shop Monday. differences between advisers and mentors, saying a fundamental do we engage existing students,” curriculum. The second workshop, difference is the level of interest Barker said. “The problem is that we have trouble retaining diverse entitled “Stopping the Tenure mentors take in their students. Clock: Balancing Academy and Kelly Rusch, civil and envi- graduate students.” The first workshop of the Family,” occurred March 16. It ronmental engineering professor, enrichment series, was designed to inform tenuresaid mentors entitled “The Power track faculty how to balance their should vest a of Service-Learning family and career. personal inter“We actually had more parin Teaching Social est in their stuJustice,” was held ticipation this year,” Barker said dents. during Martin Lu- of the nearly tripled attendance “If you’re ther King, Jr., com- over previous years. “We were an adviser, memorative events really able to provide some good, we tend to get hot topics ... [on] mentoring docJan. 29. very unifocus,” The work- toral students because there’s no Rusch said. Katrice Albert shop gave attend- other information on campus.” “You don’t see Office of Diversity vice provost ees an opportunity them as an individual ... One size for mentor- to learn from faculty members ing does not fit all. You have to who have incorporated serviceContact Lindsey Meaux at kind of take an interest in them a learning components into their firstname.lastname@example.org little bit.” The practice of mentoring doctoral students aids their future in the professional world, Albert said. “Mentoring is actually helping a graduate student become a professional,” Albert said. “I also think it was very important that the panelists strongly suggested learning the difference between simple advising and the nuances of mentoring.” Marco Barker, assistant to the vice provost of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Outreach, said working to retain doctoral students is a fundamental part of the progress of higher education. The faculty and administrators should come together to address issues of doctoral education and diversity in doctoral education, Barker said. “When we begin to start thinking about the future of higher education and where we see it going, we have to begin having conversations really ... how
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Universities judged on sex, brains By Kyle Bove
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LSU has just enough bikinis, sex and brains to land the University at No. 8 on Playboy Magazine’s Top Party Schools 2009 list, released Friday. The magazine collected information from its staff writers and photographers, campus representatives and thousands of college students. Each University was judged based on five categories — bikini, sex, campus, sports and brains. At No. 1, the University of Miami leads the party pack. “I think [LSU] is a very social school,” said Tory Wiles, business and psychology junior. “I wouldn’t consider it a party school — academics still go pretty far at LSU.” Wiles, who reads the magazine regularly, said Playboy is a reliable source for partying information. He said he remembers when LSU was ranked higher. In 2002, LSU ranked No. 4 on Playboy’s list, but the University didn’t even make the list in 2006. The 2009 list is Playboy’s fourth, but the magazine is already accepting nominations for their 2010 list. “Being a big sports school and a party school go hand in hand,” said Mollie Sciacca,
French senior. Other Southeastern Conference schools also made the top 10 — the University of Georgia holds the No. 7 spot, while the University of Florida sits at No. 4. “I’ve always heard LSU is a party school,” said Jay Baker, Baton Rogue resident. “But it’s no more than any other school in the country.” Baker recently moved to Baton Rouge ‘Being a as part of a long big sports two-year mission for school and his church. He a party said he has enhis stay school go joyed in Baton Rouge hand in and LSU’s athand.’ mosphere and doesn’t conMollie Sciacca sider Playboy a reliable source. French senior Other students consider Playboy the premier authority on partying. “I’d take Playboy’s word for it,” said Mac Alsfeld, English junior. LSU’s highest score was a 14 out of 20 in the “brains” category. The University fell short in the “campus” category, though, with a score of 6 out of 20. LSU scored 13 out of 20 in the “sex” category.
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Faculty Senate resolution supports sole clicker system ‘Turning Point’ preferred device By Ryan Buxton Contributing Writer
an easy way for professors to get information from or give in-class quizzes to their students. But because professors seem to have difficulty agreeing on a specific brand, a Faculty Senate resolution seeks to select a sole clicker system for University classrooms. Faculty Senate Resolution 0905 urges all University professors to adopt Turning Point clickers over other brands to prevent the extra cost for students who are required to buy more than one type. The resolution is based on Student Government’s expressed satisfaction with Turning Point and the faculty’s previous endorsement of it. The two most popular
student response systems on campus are Turning Point — a creditcard sized keypad with 12 buttons — and the iClicker — a longer, white remote with six buttons. At the LSU Bookstore, a Turning Point device sells for $40, while the iClicker costs $36. Kevin Cope, Faculty Senate president, said the resolution was meant to save money for students. “The University should make every conceivable effort to control student expenses,” Cope said. “I don’t think we should buy duplicated technology for limited pedagogical gain.” When the resolution was originally read at the Faculty Senate’s April 13 meeting, it asserted that colleges or departments wishing to use brands other than Turning Point would be required to purchase the alternative clickers and distribute them to students for free. Since then, the text of the resolution on the Faculty Senate’s Web
site has been changed, now stating professors who require other brands are “cognizant of the possibility that using alternate clickers may impose an additional financial burden on students.” Cope could not be reached for comment about why the change was made. In a classroom poll of 260 students in Steven Pomarico’s Biology 1002 class, 33.5 percent of the respondents said they were required to purchase more than one type of clicker. Katie Stanford, mass communication freshman, said she was displeased with having to buy two clickers. “I bought a Turning Point clicker and then had to pay about the same price for an iClicker for another class,” Stanford said. “I can’t even use the iClicker in a class outside of the Cox Auditorium, so that was a waste of money.”
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Foster to serve as dean of A&S History dept. admin. to begin on July 1 By Lindsey Meaux Staff Writer
With nearly a month elapsed since the College of Arts and Sciences announced its dean’s impending departure, an e-mail broadcast to the Arts and Sciences faculty and staff announced a temporary replacement has been named. Gaines Foster, chair of the Department of History, will serve as interim dean of the college beginning July 1 until a permanent dean can be found. The search began after Guillermo Ferreyra, mathematics professor, left amid the transfer of the math department from Arts and Sciences to the College of Basic Sciences in March. “[Foster’s] willingness to serve is especially appreciated, as the University may confront a serious fiscal predicament precisely at a time when the College, under the leadership of Dean Guillermo Ferreyra, has attained increasing distinction across many of its departments and programs,” Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Astrid Merget said in the e-mail. “The College is also likely to command a significant role in the realignment of academic units that should solidify and clarify the college’s particularly important role in the University.” Stacia Haynie, vice provost for Academic Affairs, said in a March 16 e-mail to The Daily Reveille an interim dean is typically appointed while a national search is conducted for a new dean. In a broadcast e-mail sent March 6 to the Arts and Sciences faculty and staff, Ferreyra said he intends to continue work as a math professor. “After five and a half years of serving as dean of the College of
Arts and Sciences, I will be returning to my position of professor of mathematics to carry out research, teaching, service and outreach,” Ferreyra said in the e-mail. “I thank the faculty, the staff and the students of the College for allowing me to lead the College and for contributing to excellence with everything they have done.” Merget wrapped up her e-mail requesting the faculty and staff
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One of the arguments against the resolution was the large market for clickers outside the bookstore, such as buying used or borrowing, which makes the expense a bearable burden. In the Biol‘I don’t ogy 1002 poll, think we 75.4 percent of students bought should buy a clicker for duplicate that class, 13.8 percent checked techonology it out of the li- for limited brary and 10.4 percent bor- pedagogical gain.’ rowed from another student. Kevin Cope Natalie Faculty Senate Russ, commupresident nication studies junior, was able to make her money back after she finished with her clicker. “I bought it new, but I sold it back to the Union for pretty much the same amount,” Russ said. “I
didn’t lose any money.” An argument for iClickers was made at the Faculty Senate meeting by mass communication professor Danny Shipka, who uses iClickers in his class. “Mass communication books that we use come with iClicker technology,” Shipka said at the meeting. “This brings no extra cost to the University.” Shipka said these books were available at the bookstore with an iClicker for a packaged rate. Cope said this is an acceptable reason to use an alternate clicker. “If a clicker is prepackaged with textbook and causes no additional expenses, it’s fine,” Cope said. The resolution will have its second reading and a vote at the Faculty Senate’s May meeting. Contact Ryan Buxton at email@example.com
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U.S. Senate in 1996. She is the chair of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. “We’re honored to have Sen. Landrieu serve as our keynote speaker,” Chancellor Michael MarBy Kyle Bove tin said in the release. “We recognize Chief Staff Writer that she has worked tirelessly both Sen. Mary Landrieu will be the here and in Washington to articulate keynote speaker at the 2009 spring the many positive aspects of our commencement ceremony Friday, state and to help the people of LouiMay 15 at 9 a.m. in siana, especially in the PMAC. the wake of recent “I am truly disasters. Being honored to share an LSU alumnus this special day herself, the senawith 2009 gradutor understands ates and their famiLSU’s mission and lies,” Landrieu said serves as a great in a University example of how news release. “Our an LSU education Mary Landrieu graduates face can open doors to great opportunities La. senator, commencement speaker successful careers as well as tremenand effective pubdous challenges as they advance lic service.” in their professional life and their Martin invited Landrieu to chosen vocations. I will encourage speak in March. them to use what they have learned Landrieu’s brother Mitch is to become positive forces in their currently Louisiana’s lieutenant communities and help Louisiana governor, and her father, Moon, become an even better place to live served two terms as mayor of New in the future.” Orleans in the ‘70s. Landrieu, a New Orleans native and 1977 University alumna, Contact Kyle Bove at became the ﬁrst woman from Louisiana elected to a full term in the firstname.lastname@example.org
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better shot at claiming billions of dollars in damages, according to the Associated Press. The lawsuit, which will decide if the Corps violated speciﬁc mandates for the MR-GO, began with arguments heard by Judge Stanwood Duval on Monday. The plaintiffs argue the United States violated federal law by not consulting federal and state agencies concerning the channel and violating policies mandating wetland policies. Led by federal trial lawyer Joseph Bruno, a team of lawyers and experts are seeking to hold the Corps responsible for “its decades-long mishandling of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet,” according to Bruno’s Web site. Bruno and his team were not available for comment Monday. The ﬁrst day of the four-week trial did not include class-action allegations but included the ﬁrst group of witnesses set to testify, according to court documents. The class action trial will not begin until July 30. G. Paul Kemp, one of the plaintiff’s expert witnesses, said the citizens began the trial today by giving their testimony. Each side has 50 hours to present its case, and at least six expert witnesses will present an argument for each side, Kemp explained. “[We are trying] to prove the government acted in an improper way and set the stage for disaster,” Kemp said. Ivor van Heerden, former coastal scientist at LSU, was originally asked to be one of the expert witnesses for
the trial. But he declined because the University said they would ﬁre him, van Heerden told The Daily Reveille on April 13. The Department of Justice is defending the Corps. According to court documents, the U.S. defends the Corps, saying it built the channel it was mandated to build, and a natural disaster destroyed the levees. “The Government further contends that it then maintained the channel in the mandated 36-foot depth and 500-foot width using due care,” the document read.
PAGE 5 Kemp said he was originally part of the state’s Team Louisiana, headed by van Heerden, which researched the channel’s affect on the ﬂooding in New Orleans. After leaving the University, he has continued with his research to prove the channel had a large impact on the severity of the ﬂooding. “If it’s a scientiﬁc argument . . . I think we will win,” he said. Contact Joy Lukachick at email@example.com
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lished some relationships and foundations like we set out to do and changed SG, and I think it will pay off for everyone,” Robertson said. Despite a general lack of enthusiasm among students when it comes to SG, the usual dissenters could identify steps Robertson’s administration took forward. “In my four years here, each candidate has only done one or two things,” said Brian Whalen, finance senior. “It’s good compared to the past.” Most involved with SG called Robertson-Bates a proactive administration leaving a large space to fill. Robertson and Bates’ Foundation ticket took the election by only 13 votes after a heated campaign season marked by personal attacks. Robertson and Bates took power, then focused themselves on accomplishing the goals set during the campaign and solving a myriad of problems that arose during their administration. PUSH CARD The Foundation push card outlined 28 separate points. They accomplished about half of these. Some issues promised during the campaign never succeeded, including public feedings of Mike the Tiger and an on-campus farmer’s
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market. The Big River Economic and Agricultural Development Alliance decided to relocate to Perkins Rowe instead of campus because of complications approving insurance policies for the University. Robertson actively petitioned the state government to offer tax exemptions for student textbooks during his early months. But Robertson said he had to devote his attention elsewhere as conditions changed. “You only have so much political capital,” Robertson said. “And halfway through our administration, we had to focus that on budget cuts.” Despite these failures, Robertson and Bates succeeded in pushing through important campaign promises like extended library and campus transit hours, allowing debit and credit cards in the Tiger Lair and a bus complaint hotline within six months of entering office. They were also successful in achieving some of their small goals, such as free hot chocolate and snow cones during finals, additional latenight security in Middleton Library and, eventually, free rain ponchos. The University refused to accept a rollover ‘W’ policy, but the Robertson-Bates administration was able to change the policy with time and cooperation from the SG Senate. The new policy allows three W’s
freshman and sophomore year with two for junior and senior year and one for students with more than 120 hours.
TRANSPARENCY AND STUDENT INVOLEMENT Robertson and Bates ran a campaign on transparency and openness, promising to bring students and the rest of SG into the decision-making process. They enacted a number of policies and programs designed to promote these ideals throughout their year in office. One of those programs was Straight Talk with SG, one of Robertson’s longest-running pet projects which brought SG executive and legislative officials out of their offices and into direct contact with their constituents. “Problems were discussed,” Bates said. “But there were also new ideas we wouldn’t have been aware of without the program.” Though Straight Talk sessions were organized to reach out to students, they rarely drew large crowds from the student body, which is historically apathetic to SG, no matter the administration. Michael Heumann, arts and design sophomore, said he never pays much attention to SG campaigns or programs, which he said are usually only beneficial for students living on campus.
“I really haven’t seen very many changes from administration to administration,” Heumann said. During the campaign season, Bates promoted policies aimed at enlisting the aid of student organizations. Once in office, she reached out to these organizations as one of her primary goals. Bates enlisted Sen. Amanda Gammon, College of Arts and Sciences and chair of the Government Relations Committee, to help her reach student organizations. Together they developed Orgs2Geaux. Bates, Gammon and other senators worked together to visit and speak with nearly 50 different organizations about their concerns. FOUNDATION AND LEGACY Perhaps the most visible sign of change that emerged from the Robertson-Bates administration was the development of the Dodson West Garden and the related Class Gift Program. Within a few months of its proposal, the empty lot behind Dodson Auditorium was transformed into a green student sanctuary and a permanent reminder of the contributions of the graduating class of 2009. Robertson learned how to work efficiently in the legislative branch during his time as SG Senate speaker, which carried over to his presidency. “A lot of presidents don’t un-
tuesday, april 21, 2009 derstand that it isn’t just what they say goes,” said former Speaker Ben Clark. “Colorado was more willing to compromise.” Clark said he disagreed with Robertson on some occasions, but he felt Robertson’s administration was generally easier to work with than previous presidents. “When Colorado worked with the Senate, we all usually had the same ideas, even if we had different ways of working towards them,” said Sen. Brett Jackson, E.J. Orso College of Business. This working relationship carried over to Robertson’s dealings with the administration, even on tough issues like budget cuts. “Colorado and Shannon were very effective representatives of the students, very easy and constant to work with, even when we disagreed,” said Chancellor Michael Martin. SG President and Vice President Stuart Watkins and Martina Scheuermann have spent the past few weeks working with Robertson and Bates during the transitional period. “Colorado has done great things for the student body,” Watkins said. “Martina and I are lucky to have had Colorado and Shannon throughout the transitional process.” Contact Adam Duvernay at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Team can still make playoff push
Sunday wasn’t the night to be a New Orleans Hornets fan. Walking back to my dorm after the 29-point beatdown, I was embarrassed for the first time in my life to wear a New Orleans Hornets jersey. The Hornets played Michael Lambert like Sports Contributor more mosquitos in Game 1 against the Denver Nuggets. Their offense couldn’t find its rhythm, shooting only 37 percent from the floor. The defense was nonexistent, allowing the Nuggets to shoot more than 50 percent. Denver struck gold from the 3-point line as well, shooting 52.4 percent from behind the arc. Nuggets guard Chauncey Billups had his way with the Bees. “Mr. Big Shot” scored 36 points and shot 8-of-9 from 3-point land. Former Hornets J.R. Smith and Chris “Birdman” Andersen got the last laugh Sunday night, earning a combined 28 points. But don’t be scared, Hornets fans. It was only the first game of a seven-game series. The Hornets do have Chris Paul — the best point guard in the league who can take over a game at the drop of a dime. That dime needs to be dropped soon, though. The Hornets can’t
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[Top] LSU senior pitcher Nolan Cain pitches Sunday during the Tigers’ 9-4 loss to Tennessee. [Bottom] LSU junior outfielder Blake Dean grounds out against Nicholls State on Wednesday. The Tigers lost 3-1 to the Colonels.
New week brings new lineup as Tigers fall in national polls By Rachel Whittaker Sports Writer
Three losses in five games and a drop in the national polls has caused LSU coach Paul Mainieri to shake up his regular lineup. Mainieri announced on his weekly radio show Monday that freshman Austin Nola will start at shortstop while shortstop DJ LeMahieu will move to second base for tonight’s contest against Southeastern Louisiana at 6:30 p.m. at Alex Box Stadium. Junior Ryan Schimpf will move from second base to left field, which will move junior Jared Mitchell to right field. Freshman outfielder Mikie Mahtook will move over to center field, and sophomore Leon Landry will lose his starting spot in the shakeup. Mainieri said if the shakeup works, it may be on a permanent basis. “We havent made a lot of errors, but there are a LINEUP, see page 10
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Nuggets will end Hornets’ season
I went out on a limb and made a bold prediction before the NBA season started. I said thanks to the addition of forward James Posey and the maturations of point guard Chris Paul and forward David West, Casey Gisclair the Hornets Chief Sports Writer would play deep into the postseason and would have a real chance to win a championship. Guess what. I was wrong. Way wrong. On paper, the Hornets have everything you need to win bigtime games in the NBA — a great point guard, cold-blooded shooters and solid post players. But games aren’t played on paper, and the Bees just haven’t gelled this season. The first reason for that is injuries. From Paul to center Tyson Chandler to forward Peja Stojakovic, darn near every Hornet rotation player has been nicked at some point in the season. The team just hasn’t developed the championship-level chemistry teams like the Lakers, Cavaliers and Celtics have established during their 82 games, pushing the Bees into the bottom half of the Western Conference playoff picture. The biggest concerns for New Orleans are Chandler’s toe CONCERNS, see page 9
TIGERS IN THE DRAFT: A FIVE-PART SERIES
Byrd in stable condition after car accident Full recovery expected for WR By David Helman Sports Writer
Former LSU wide receiver Demetrius Byrd is in the intensive care unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami following a car accident Sunday morning. David Dunn, CEO of Athletes First and Byrd’s agent, issued a statement Monday confirming various media reports of the Miami native’s hospitalization.
“We are saddened by the news that our good friend and client Demetrius Byrd was involved in a car accident [Sunday] morning,” Dunn said. “He is currently being treated at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Fla., and based on early reports, we are optimistic that he will make a full recovery.” Rumors about the accident first surfaced Sunday night on LSU Web sites and message boards and were confirmed when a report by Aaron Wilson of ProFootballTalk. com listed Byrd in “stable condition” following the accident. Tim Hatten, Byrd’s coach at Pearl River Community College,
has been in contact with the Byrd family and said Byrd’s injuries are minimal. “He’s in the ICU because he had a head injury,” Hatten said. “I’ve talked to his mom, who said he’s alert and in good spirits . . . There are no broken bones, and my assumption is he’s in there for observation.” Byrd is one of several LSU players hopeful of being selected in this weekend’s NFL draft. He is considered the No. 22 wide receiver in the draft by Scout.com, and he posted a 4.42-second time BYRD, see page 10
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Wide receiver Demetrius Byrd runs a slant route during practice last season. Byrd is in the intensive care unit of a Miami hospital following a car accident Sunday.
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Tough senior season may hamper Taylor in draft Safety projected as late-round pick By Rob Landry Sports Contributor
LSU safety Curtis Taylor was expected to be one of the premier defensive backs in the country following LSU’s 2007 national championship season. Taylor’s 54 tackles and three interceptions as a junior had NFL scouts eagerly awaiting his senior year. But like most of LSU’s 2008 defense, Taylor unfortunately struggled. In 2008, Taylor managed just 43 tackles and two interceptions. That decrease in production has Taylor projected to be selected somewhere in the sixth or seventh round of this weekend’s NFL draft. “I really thought Curtis could be one of the top safeties selected,” said NFL draft analyst Mike Detillier. “He just didn’t play well as a senior.” Detillier said the biggest area of concern for Taylor at the next level is his pass coverage. “He really, really struggled [playing man coverage] against receivers,” Detillier said. “At times he seemed confused about the assignments.” Shane Smith, Taylor’s coach at Franklinton High School, said Taylor’s biggest strengths are his 6-foot-2-inch, 210-pound frame and his physical style of play. “Physically, when you look at [Taylor], he is one of the most imposing safeties there is in the draft,” Smith said. “But he needs to play with that mentality as well.” Taylor did make a solid case for himself as an NFL-caliber player at the NFL Scouting Combine and at LSU Pro Day. At the combine, Taylor bench pressed 225 pounds 13 times and had a vertical jump of 37.5 inches. He also posted a 4.49 40-yard dash at LSU’s Pro Day. But Taylor’s 2008 shoulder injury is another question NFL teams are looking into prior to the draft. Detillier said he does not believe the injury will have much impact on Taylor’s draft stock because of the intensity of the physical given at the combine. “[At the combine] there isn’t a body part on you they haven’t looked at,” Detillier said. “That is the most extensive physical you will ever go through. [Teams] would know all about his shoulder right off the bat.” Taylor’s great character and hard work ethic are keeping him on many team’s draft boards. “He maybe worked harder when he committed to LSU than when he was a freshman [in high school],” Smith said. “And that says a lot. Sometimes guys can get complacent. But I didn’t see that in high school, and I don’t feel the NFL guys will see that either.”
Smith said Taylor’s family has told him Taylor went to Detroit last week to work out for the Lions. Other teams have contacted Franklinton’s coaches and shown interest in Taylor, including the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos. Taylor is expected to contribute mainly on special teams early in his professional career. “When you’re not an early round pick, and you’re not a quarterback, you have to be able to play special teams,” Detillier said. “Your best friend becomes the special teams coach if you’re a late round pick. How quickly he [gets playing time at safety] will be sorted out.”
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Mississippi State senior wide receiver Audrey Bell runs past LSU senior safety Curtis Taylor during the LSU-Mississippi State football game last season in Tiger Stadium. Taylor is projected as a late-round pick in Saturday’s draft.
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let the Nuggets continue dominating the series. The Hornets’ defense must wake up from the slumber that was Game 1. If New Orleans can steal Game 2 in Denver, the momentum would drastically swing the Hornets’ way. It will only take one win to give the Hornets their groove back. The Nuggets are a hot and cold team. If J.R. Smith is on, he’s on. If the Birdman gets going, he can do damage. If they are cold, all you’re left with is a goofy head of hair and a whole lot of tattoos. The Bees need center Tyson Chandler to return to midseason form. New Orleans can’t rely on
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and ankle. Chandler is simply not healthy, and watching him play through his injury has been as painful as an economics exam. I mean, let’s be real. The Oklahoma City Thunder didn’t even want him. Shouldn’t that tell you something right there? The burst that made him one of the league’s up-and-coming centers just isn’t there, and the second half of the Crescent City Connection just hasn’t been there all season. He answered some critics and came back and played Game 1 against Denver, but I apologize if I don’t consider six points and five rebounds in a game the peak level of production for an NBA center. Without him, the Hornets lack size and depth on the interior, and they have been victimized — especially as of late — by some of the West’s dominant big men like Yao Ming, Pau Gasol and Tim Duncan. The Nuggets got into the act Sunday — their center Nene Hilario ripped up the Hornets’ interior to the tune of 12 points and 14 boards. Bench production is sore thumb No. 2 for the Hornets. What do Sean Marks, Devin Brown and Morris Peterson have in common? They all aren’t very good basketball players who are asked to log 15-20 minutes per game off the Hornets bench — which ranked in the pits of the NBA in bench points per game this season. That puts tremendous pressure on the Hornets’ starters to be better than their opponents’ starters, which isn’t always the easiest thing to do — especially in the NBA playoffs. Case in point — in Game 1 against the Nuggets, the Hornets bench scored 24 points. One player alone on the Nuggets bench — former Hornet J.R. Smith — had 19 points. The Nuggets’ reserves outscored the Hornets’ reserves, 4124, in the game, and similar stats should be expected the rest of the series. It’s just unreasonable to expect the New Orleans starters to outscore the Denver starters by 17 points to make up that
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Sean Marks. Relying on Marks to be the starting center is like counting on Joey Harrington to be the starting quarterback. They are backups, and that’s where they belong. The bench disadvantage killed the Creole Blue in Game 1. Somebody needs to tell James Posey it’s the playoffs. Isn’t this why the Hornets brought him to New Orleans? The Hornets didn’t pay him to score two points in Game 1. New Orleans coach Byron Scott must make adjustments. The Hornets have to find a way to stop Billups and get Chandler back into the series. Billups won’t score 36 points, and the Hornets won’t
shoot worse than 37 percent. Kenyon Martin won’t contain David West as he did in the second half of Game 1. The Nuggets played their best basketball Sunday, while the Hornets played their worst. CP3 will play like the MVP candidate he is, but he needs the help of perimeter shooting. Peja Stojakovic and Rasual Butler must get their shots rolling. Denver has a history of winning the first game of a series but then losing the next four games. In 2005 and 2007, the Nuggets won Game 1 in a series against San Antonio but eventually fell, 4-1. The Hornets are one of the best close-game teams in
the NBA. They had a streak of 13-straight overtime wins going into February. The Bees will need that clutch play down the stretch in this series. Call me a perpetual homer, but I still think the Bees will make it to the Western Conference Finals. The Hornets are on the opposite side of the bracket from the Los Angeles Lakers, who are destined for the Western Conference Finals. The Hornets would only have to come back and defeat the Nuggets and then beat either the Spurs or the Dallas Mavericks, both of whom the Hornets could handle. San Antonio is aging and in-
jured. The last game of the regular season proved the series would be close — the Hornets lost 105-98 in overtime after leading by five with 48.7 seconds left. Even though Dallas is playing well, New Orleans has experience against the Mavs in the postseason, taking care of business against them last year in the playoffs, 4-1. Get your Peja heads ready. Gear up your vocal cords for a few “Wooooooo’s.” The playoffs are just beginning for the New Orleans Hornets.
difference. Another reason the Hornets cannot win the NBA title is the team’s poor play in the New Orleans Arena. The Hornets average more than 16,968 fans per game this season, up from the 14,181 per game the team averaged in 2008. But increased support hasn’t translated into home-court dominance, and the Hornets finished the season just 28-13 on their home floor — a number that is
just 13th among the 16 playoff teams. If you can’t protect your own home floor, how can you be expected to win a seven-game series against some of the West’s best? The answer is simple — you can’t. And that’s the dilemma the Hornets face right now as they now have to win four of the next six games against the Denver Nuggets — a team that just finished polishing them off by 29
points in the opening game of the playoffs. Have teams come from behind after losing game one before? Sure they have. But to play on the NBA marketing campaign — don’t expect too much amazing to happen in the Big Easy this year, because
the only thing “big” and “easy” will be the “big” disappointment the city will have when the Nuggets have an “easy” time eliminating the Hornets.
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New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul sits on the court after colliding with Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony in the second quarter of Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round playoff basketball game in Denver on Sunday.
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lot of plays that we just haven’t made,” Mainieri said on the radio show. “It’s time to give Austin Nola a shot and see if he can’t get the job done.” The Tigers have turned 16 double plays in 40 games so far this season. After dropping two of three games to the Volunteers, the Tigers fell eight spots to No. 9 in the Collegiate Baseball poll. The losses snapped LSU’s Southeastern Conference-record run of nine consecutive conference series wins, and the team lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. LSU also fell to No. 6 in the latest Baseball America poll. While Mainieri said these prior accomplishments were “something to be proud of,” he said falling behind early and poor hitting in the Tennessee series overshadowed the Tigers’ previous success. “You never like losing, and you never want to see anything come to an end,” Mainieri said. “It shows consistency, it shows resiliency and it shows the ability to perform under pressure. But at the same time, [Sunday] we didn’t show any of those things. We don’t play with robots, we play with kids.” LSU senior outfielder Nick Pontiff said the Tigers’ recent struggles are just a “bump in the road.” “We are still in a good position,” Pontiff said. “We have yet to play our best baseball.” Mainieri said LSU has many things to work on in preparation for its game tonight against Southeastern Louisiana — especially overall offensive output. “We’re not getting a lot of production out of Leon [Landry] or Jared [Mitchell],” Mainieri said. “When you fall in a hole, you can’t create a lot of things. You have to hit your way back into it.” One aspect Mainieri said has to be more dominant against a “very good Southeastern team” is starting pitching. LSU sophomore Austin Ross pitched only two innings and allowed six runs and six hits Sunday in his fifth loss of the season. Junior relief pitcher Paul Bertuccini said the bullpen is still finding its role, but there is still plenty of time to get out of the skid. “We can be beaten on any given day,” he said. “Our bullpen needs to step up. Our starters can’t be perfect every day.” Mainieri said he was happy with the play of one pitcher Sunday — senior Nolan Cain. Cain pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up no runs, two hits and struck out seven Tennessee batters. “He battled back from a sore arm this year, and early on we thought he might contend for a
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Junior left fielder Jared Mitchell bats during LSU’s game against UNO on April 14 in Alex Box Stadium.
starting role,” Mainieri said. “He really inspired our team [Sunday] with a courageous performance. It’s a shame we couldn’t come all the way back and get him a win for that performance.” Mainieri said LSU will start sophomore Ben Alsup tonight in just his second career start. Alsup’s last outing was in relief against Nicholls State when he allowed no hits in three scoreless innings.
Mainieri said junior outfielder Chad Jones will return to the team for this week’s games, but he is unsure what role Jones will play. “I know he hasn’t swung a bat in about five weeks,” Mainieri said. “We’ll play it by ear.”
in the 40-yard dash March 16 at LSU’s Pro Day. NFL draft analyst Mike Detillier said the accident won’t affect Byrd’s status in Saturday’s draft as long as the injuries are in fact minor. “If the injury isn’t major, it won’t have a big effect on him. But that’s something his representatives will have to clear up before draft time,” Detillier said. “It sounds like he’s just bumped and bruised around, but they still have to go to a doctor, clear that up with the NFL and get all of that information into the hands of all 32 teams by Friday.” Detillier sees Byrd as a fifthround selection and said the accident hasn’t changed his projection — again assuming Byrd’s injuries are minor. Byrd totaled 35 receptions for 621 yards and seven touchdowns in his first year at LSU and added 37 receptions for 513 yards and four scores last season.
LSU fans might best remember Byrd for his last-second touchdown grab against Auburn during the Tigers’ 2007 national championship campaign. “This tragic accident puts in perspective just how fragile life can be,” said LSU coach Les Miles in a news release. “Demetrius is an outstanding young man with a bright future ahead of him. He was a joy to coach, and he brought a great smile and a wonderful attitude to our football team.” Miles and the entire football program wished Byrd a speedy recovery. “He did a great job for us last year. The previous two years he made some big plays for us as we all see,” sophomore quarterback Jarrett Lee said Thursday. “He’s a great player, but he’s also a great dude. I really enjoyed playing with him.”
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Debating stem cell, partial birth extremes leads nowhere On March 9, President Obama signed an executive order lifting former President George W. Bush’s ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. There is a great deal to be said about the ethics of this decision. But ﬁrst, a fable from Viking mythology. As legend would have it, Loki — the Norse trickster god — once made a bet that would allow dwarves to remove his head. When Loki lost, the dwarves came to collect their prize. To shirk the promise, Loki asked the creatures to deﬁne where the head begins and where the neck ends. Because the dwarves spent the rest of their immortal lives in argument trying to reach this impossibly high burden of speciﬁcity, Loki managed to keep his head in perpetuity. Though creative, this is not valid reasoning. Just because it
is hard to agree on a transition between two certain states does not mean we cannot speak with certainty about either state. One cannot point to the exact point on a color spectrum where red becomes orange, but this does not mean we must call all apples orange or all oranges red. Unfortunately, both extremes of the abortion debate are ignorant of this logical fallacy. It is difﬁcult to deﬁne when a collection of cells becomes a person, but this difﬁculty does not mean the right to choose must extend to partial birth or the right to life must begin at conception. Moral pronouncements at either extreme violate our inbred moral intuitions. If it is moral to kill a baby in the process of being born, then it would also be moral to perform infanticide. Certainly, nothing magically changes about a baby when it moves through the birth canal.
It is also hard to ethically justify the other extreme position. Between 60 and 80 percent of the fertilized embryos women conceive fail to implant in the walls of the uterus, according to John Opitz, a DANIEL MORGAN professor who testiﬁed before Columnist the President’s Council on Bioethics in January 2003. These embryos simply ﬂush out in menstruation. Even more die before the mothers are even aware they are pregnant. Married couples trying to conceive don’t hold monthly “just in case” funerals. And unless you believe hundreds of thousands of never-implanted embryo souls lumber into limbo
every day, nothing objectively magical happens at the moment of conception. And so we are left with a situation not unlike Loki’s wager. Toward the end of pregnancy, the right to life should probably be protected. Toward the beginning of pregnancy, abortion is probably a trivial medical procedure. Candidates for a clear deﬁnition include when the fetus is capable of feeling pain, when the heart develops or when the unborn child is viable. One particularly interesting criterion comes from Sigrid FryRevere, the founder and president of the Center for Ethical Solutions, a bioethics think tank. People are legally considered dead after brain death, and it makes sense to symmetrically consider the genesis of brain activity the start of life. But even without a clear distinction, we can still be opposed
to the most gruesome abortion practices or to support scientiﬁc research on a clump of eight cells locked in the freezer. That being said, it is a shame both sides waste time, energy and goodwill seeking political solutions. By working through charity, those opposed to abortions could make adoption a more favorable solution to the problem of unwanted pregnancy. By seeking private funding, scientists could pursue embryonic stem cell research without approaching Congress. But instead, we’re stuck arguing like Loki’s dwarves while real suffering continues.
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Society should question human genome issues “Dear student, We regret to inform you that, because of the exceptionally competitive gene pool this year, the selection process has been unusually difﬁcult, and the Committee has had to choose only a few students from a large number of applicants with exceptional DNA qualiﬁcations. Sincerely, Admissions Committee” Though this is intentionally exaggerated, it’s not far from what could possibly occur if the scientiﬁc community keeps up its pace in the race to understand the human genome. The genome is a person’s genetic code contained in genes inside the nucleus of every cell in the body. It is made up of three million base pairs of DNA. At the publication of the ﬁrst draft of human genome in 2000, former President Bill Clinton said, “We are beginning to learn the language in which God created life.” Complete Genomics — a center for genetics, bio-tech research and computer technology — hopes to have enough technology to process 1,000 complete genomes by the end of 2009 and
learn this so-called “language of life.” “The future that we all envisage is the day when every infant has their genome sequenced at birth and we utilize that information to optimize health throughout their life,” Andrew Wooton of X Prize Foundation told BBC News on April 8. The merits of such technology and knowledge are evident. Being able to sequence the genome will allow geneticists to make the connection between development of disease and DNA. It will offer more personalized medical treatments to suit individual patients. Doctors will also be able to inform individuals to what extent any particular environmental risk could have on a person based on the faulty genes inherited from ancestors or because of daily lifestyles. The possibility of developing several disorders, including cystic ﬁbrosis, Huntington’s disease and some forms of breast cancer, can be detected at a very early age with this knowledge. Individuals could adopt safe health practices in hopes of prevention. While discovering the secrets
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of the genome has its advantages, society should also consider possible negative ramiﬁcations. Complete Genomics plans to have enough database room and power to hold genetic codes for all citizens within a few DINI PARAYITAM years. With Columnist new technological inventions, the process of decoding the genome will supposedly become simple and inexpensive. If technology is available to read the genome, then a matter of storing the information is nominal. If the database is available for doctors to create personalized health care plans, then private companies could start requesting the information before granting plans. This could result in possible discrimination of someone based on genes. If the private sector ever attained the information, this could mean macro-scale discrimination, because it would only be a matter of time before federal agencies
obtained it. Then, we have a student receiving the aforementioned rejection letter. Regardless of these possible potential consequences, society is fortunate in that it has ample time to decide what to do. “We don’t understand much about the genome yet, despite all the years we’ve been studying it, although new technologies are enabling us to learn faster and faster,” Steven Brenner, professor of biology and University of California at Berkeley said. At best we understand what 1 percent of the genome does.
Now, this apocalyptic prophesy may seem larger than life, but it is a possibility to consider before taking action. Modern people may not be present to see all these changes take place; however, they will be the ones to start those changes. Dini Parayitam is an 18-year-old biochemistry freshman from Lake Charles.
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Media’s hero bias shows in ESPN’s Masters coverage
Journalism is supposed to present facts without bias or favoritism. Many claim most media are leftist and liberal, which is a pretty easy claim to back. And even those who lean toward the left should acknowledge this is not a good thing for either side of the argument. Debate is what forms good opinions. Good opinions form good leaders. Good leaders form good decisions. But this bias can also be seen in “lesser” forms of journalism. This may not seem to matter, but if a method seeps into modern media — even at a basic sports or entertainment level — it can seep into the rest of news-gathering. The most obvious bias lately comes from the biggest national sports news organization — ESPN.
It has long been argued ESPN is a poor company. Blogs like Deadspin have been created pretty much on the premise that ESPN is not reporting the news. And the Masters Golf Tournament made this clear. Most people love a hero. We crowd movie theaters when a new Batman film is released. We read books about Harry Potter, an unlikely hero. So we love Tiger Woods, a hero in his own right. Well, ESPN has not missed this fact. So when it was time for the Masters again, ESPN made no bones about who it was choosing to win. The poll question on the Web site before the tournament asked who was going to win the Masters. The choices?
Tiger Woods. Someone else. Sure, it was kind of funny. Sure, Woods is the obvious choice to win the Masters. Sure, this isn’t going to be the downfall of American journalism. But it stop Travis Andrews didn’t there. Columnist After some less-than-perfect shooting, it was clear Woods might not win the green jacket after all. So ESPN changed its poll question. The new one? Does Tiger Woods have a chance at coming back and winning the Masters? Even after the whole game was said and done — Tiger needing to go to Men’s Warehouse if
he wanted a jacket — ESPN continued to push the issue with columns and articles. I feel sorry for poor Angel Cabrera, whose amazing performance took the green jacket, because more people know Woods lost than know Cabrera won. The inconsistencies in golf journalism may not seem like the most important of topics. But at the most basic level, millions of people pay good money to receive biased information. It doesn’t matter if it involves President Obama, Brad Pitt or Woods — our media love heroes. Our media love big stories. Our media love our money. Thus bias and favoritism like this continues to exist and will continue to exist so long as we eat it up. The Masters could have been far more exciting had the viewer
been watching, say, all the golfers — especially the five who finished before Woods and the three who tied him — than just our gilded hero. And our political decisions could be more informed if we had rounded information on everyone, rather than just a constant spotlight on a select few. Journalism, at its core, is not supposed to be biased. But it is. It is up to the consumer to decide if we want to keep it that way. No one will serve steak if everyone is a vegetarian. And no one will serve heroes if we decide we don’t want them. Travis Andrews is a 21-year-old English senior from Metairie. Contact Travis Andrews at email@example.com
Slavery reparation proposal not rooted in principle House Resolution 40, a bill known as the Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act is the newest controversial brainchild of Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., who is presenting it for review in the Civil Rights Committee. The language of the bill is disturbingly open ended and gives sole power to a reparations commission, which will then operate under its own discretion. But considering President Obama’s opposition to reparations, one must wonder what Conyers hopes to accomplish by proposing such a measure. The authors of the bill must have reason to believe the president will agree to the legislation. If the president opposes slave reparations out of principle, then it’s doubtful this bill will have a chance while he’s in office. However, Obama merely opposes reparations for politically strategic reasons, as evidenced by his answer to concerning reparations in a 2004 questionnaire by the NAACP: “I fear that reparations would be an excuse for some to say, ‘We’ve paid our debt,’ and to avoid the much harder work.” To clarify, this strongly indicates he supports reparations on principle. One logical conclusion is the supporters of HR 40 are betting Obama’s support of the reparation will overcome his fear of political crossfire. Indeed, they seem strangely hopeful that the president will back them. The bill has provisions which give the president direct power to appoint three of the seven members of the reparations commission.
If this proposal ever hopes to see fruition, it will require active participation on the part of the president, beyond simply signing the bill into law. And this indicates an alarming amount of confidence in the Linnie Leavines president’s favorable stance Columnist concerning this issue. Regardless of the motivations shrouding this legislation, it is obviously nothing more than a political ploy rather than a sincere attempt to reconcile the disadvantages of a certain demographic. One must wonder how the reparations committee will go about inquiring after an event that happened more than a century ago, especially considering no one from that time period is still alive. Further, the nature of this bill is riddled with frightening irony. While its stated purpose is to “educate the American public” of the commission’s findings and thereby fix racism, reparations are far more likely to foster animosity between races than eliminate them. Proponents of the bill believe seizing money from the public to toss at a group of people is the best way to make everybody get along with each other and compensate for something that happened more than a century ago. Perhaps, under their pretense of good intentions, what they really seek is to nurture racial discord for their own political gain. There is money to be made in
creating such a problem, for without a problem, a politician can’t offer himself as the solution and thereby sustain his career. Taking this a step further, however, it is possible the proposal was generated only to distract from the larger issues of the day. This is a highly controversial topic — perfect for generating mouth-frothing polarization. But there is a slim chance it will sur-
vive the Civil Rights Committee. By such logic, the presence of a bill like HR 40 is highly desirable for many reasons. It ensures discord, which thereby ensures power, it gives faux appeasement to the “victimized,” and it distracts from larger issues. It’s a win-win situation, save the political flak from Republicans. But considering the weight they currently hold in
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Classifieds HELP WANTED AR AMARK @ DOW CHEMICAL looking for friendly faces. Cook, Grill, Deli, & Utility. P/T AM or PM hrs. Apply at Dow Visitor Center, Plaquemine. ATTENTION S TUDENT S Earn Xtra $$$ part-time and valuable marketing experience for THE ADVOCATE... please send resume to email@example.com or call our office to schedule an interview now (225) 922-4297!!! FRONT DESK ATTENDANT S P/T Enthusiastic team players with customer service and computer skills; problem-solving; flex schedules, evenings and weekends; FREE membership. Apply in person to: C. B. Pennington, Jr. YMCA, 15550 Old Hammond Hwy. BR, LA 70810 or call Rachel @ 272-9622. STUDENTPAY OUT S. COM Paid Survey Takers Needed In Baton Rogue. 100% Free To Join! Click On Surveys. PARKVIEW BAPTIS T PRESCHOOL Preschool Teachers needed flex days no degree required 293-9447 COMPUTER PERSON NEEDED -local internet sales company looking for P/T help. Should know photoshop, HTML, basic layout and excel. eBay, Electronics and SEO knowledge a plus. 10-15 hrs per week @ $8 per hr. Possible work from home. Email resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org SURVEY TAKERS NEEDED: Make $5-$25 per survey. www. GetPaidToThink.com AWESOME OPPOR T U N I T Y SU M ME R CAMP INSTRUCTORS NEEDED- Must be Outgoing, Hardworking, and Enthusiastic with children. Please fax resume to (225) 706-1634 or email to email@example.com. FLEXIBLE HOURS - Environmental Consulting and Engineering Firm seeking student proficient in excel and word to answer phones, file, and perform light office work. Flexible 15-25 hours/ week. More hours available during the summer. Competitive salary. Located on Jefferson Hwy. off Highland Rd. E-mail resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (225) 754-0406. T E M P O R ARY WORKERS NEEDED! TEMPORARY WORKERS NEEDED! LSU’s Public Policy Research Lab is now hiring survey researchers for weekend and night work only. Must have a clear speaking voice, be friendly, willing to communicate with people over the phone, and to follow set procedures. Pay is competitive, $7-9/hour. Flexible hours! Great place to work! Prior experience a plus but not required. Contact Kathryn Rountree, Operations Manager, email@example.com to set up an interview. STROUBES CHOPHOUSE DOWNTOWN 107 Third Street. Now Taking Applications for the following: Wait Staff, Bartenders, and Host. Pleas pick applications at Stroubes or Capital City Grill Downtown. TJ RIBS IS NOW HIRING SERVERS. APPLY IN PERSON AT 2324 S. ACADIAN THRUWAY, BATON ROUGE, LA. **EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER** P / T N ANNY Provide part-time childcare for elementary/ middle school age children. Childcare exp. reqd. $9-$10/ hr 225.803.3372 SUBWAY ON FLORIDA Blvd now hiring assistant managers, shift leaders, crew members. Email resume firstname.lastname@example.org NOW HIRING FOR SUMMER & FALL! Child Care Center near LSU now hiring for Summer and Fall Semesters. Afternoon Teachers needed 2:30-5:30 Mon-Fri. 225.766.1159
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coming to Baton Rouge looking for 20 motivated trainers in both FOH and BOH. Call or send info to email@example.com. Visit our website at coyotebluesrest.com. 225.329.2055
adults with disabilities. Several positions, various hours. Apply: St. John the Baptist Human Services, 7732 Goodwood, Ste A-1 225.216.1199
ects. Must be proficient in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Submit resume by Friday, May 1st to: Martha A. Cedotal, Assistant Dean, 338 Choppin Hall
PAR T-TIME RUNNER needed for small law firm. Duties include: filing, answering phones, running errands. Please fax resume to 225-3870150.
L AWN & L ANDSCAPE company currently interviewing for two openings for lawn crew starting mid -May. Paid weekly. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 225-226-0126 now for interview.
STUDENT & SUMMER WORK Local BR company expanding Fast! **$15.00 Base/appt** Flexible Schedules No experience nec Customer sales/ svc Ages 17+ Apply NOW:225-927-3066 www.collegestudentwork.com
SUBWAY 4250 BURBANK Sandwich Artists Needed! No Late Nights. Flexible Scheduling. Next to Izzo and Mushroom.
PROFESSION AL WAREHOUSE PEOPLE Are you worried about JOB SECURITY? At a time when other companies are cutting back and closing their doors, we have not laid-off an employee in over 15 years and continue to grow. Do you enjoy TIME OFF? Within 2 years you will have over a combined month of paid time off and vacation per year!
COUNTER CLERK part time, flexible hours, great for students Welsh’s Cleaners Bluebonnet location and Perkins Rd. at College Dr. location apply in person or call 225-921-6660 K O T O N O W H I R I N G F O R R E L O C AT I O N Hiring all positions. Flexible schedule. Apply within. 225.924.1980 ATTENTION SCIENCE MAJORS C-K ASSOCIATES, LLC, has a part-time/20hrs a week, with potential advancement to fulltime, position available in the Aquatic Toxicity Testing Laboratory to conduct culturing of freshwater test species for use in acute and chronic aquatic toxicity test. Science Majors with aquaria experience a must. Duties include: adhere to NELAC regulations, perform marine and freshwater system maintenance, and assist in testing facility. Weekly work schedules are flexible to school commitments with a rotating weekend. This position is a great opportunity for students to gain job experience in the environmental field. Qualified candidates may apply at www.cka.com or e-mail resume to email@example.com A/ EOE M/ F/ D/ V For more information about C-K Associates, LLC, visit our website at www.c-ka.com MEDICAL Physical Therapy Tech needed for Brusly and Plaquemine. Fax Resume 225-791-3549 DON’T MISS THIS OPPOR T U N I T Y! Now hiring for all positions at the following locations: JEFFERSON 7615 Jefferson Hwy Baton Rouge 70809 PERKINS ROWE 7707 Bluebonnet Blvd. Baton Rouge 70810 “Flexible schedules & Benefits for Full Time Associates” Please apply in person during regular restaurant hours. Equal Opportunity Employer DO YOU S TRUGGLE with body image concerns (concerns about your body size and/ or shape)?Would you like to participate in a new treatment program for body image concerns’To qualify for screening, you must be:Female2145 Years of ageNot experienced eating disorder symptoms in the past year.Call 225.763.0939 or 225.763.3004 225.763.2660 RELIABLE RECEPTIONIS T NEEDED Busy salon seeking reliable receptionist to handle multiple phone lines. Must be able to multi-task and have great customer service and computer skills. 225.200.2957 TJ RIBS - SIEGEN IS NOW HIRING SERVERS. APPLY IN PERSON AT 6330 SIEGEN LANE, BATON ROUGE, LA. **EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER** STUDENT NEEDED FOR OFFICE Organization and math skills a must. Apply in person at St John the Baptist Human Services 7732 Goodwood Blvd Ste A1 225.216.1199
EARN EXTR A MONEY Students needed ASAP Earn up to $150 per day being a mystery shopper No Experience Required Call 1-800-722-4791
T E A C H I N K OREA! Need work after graduation? Receive: competitive salary, free furnished apartment, free airfare, affordable health insurance and pension, 2 weeks vacation to explore Southeast Asia! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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IS YOUR METABOLISM SLOW? PBRC is looking for people to participate in an 8-week metabolism study. The purpose of this study is to determine if a combination of caffiene and albuterol can increase your metabolism. If you are18-50 years old you may qualify and earn up to $500. Call today 225.763.3000 COLLEGE OF BASIC College of Basic Sciences has an opening for a student worker beginning May 11th. Applicants must premanently reside in the local area, be able to work 30-40 hours per week during summer/breaks and should not be a BASC major. Duties include assisting with Freshman Advising and Dean’s Office proj-
ASK ABOUT OUR FLEXIBLE WORK SCHEDULES FOR PART TIME EMPLOYEES!!! Join our company on the ground floor and be prepared to grow as you continue with your education. At Martin-Brower, the distributor to the world’s largest fast food chain, we are looking for dependable, hardworking individuals who enjoy working in a friendly and safe working environment while earning a competitive wage. We are currently seeking FULL TIME and PART TIME employees. If this sounds like something you would be
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TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2009 interested in, please apply by calling 877MBHIRES or apply online at www.mbhires.com Martin-Brower, 1585 Commercial Dr., Port Allen, LA 70767 AA/ EEO/ m/ f/ h/ d/ v - Drug Free Environment !BAR TENDING! Up to $300/Day. No Experience Necessary. Training Provided. Age 18+ OK 1-800-965-6520 xt127 WORK BETWEEN SEMES TERS. The Baton Rouge Families and Teens Project is now accepting applications for parent and teen interviewers. Social science majros preferred. Please visit http://fs.uno.edu/rlaird or call Dr. Laird at 504.280.5454 T YRUS THOMAS INC. NOW HIRING Tyrus Thomas Incorporated Is now hiring researcher’s and summer staff/ counselors for youth program C. A. T. C. H. Please visit www.tyrusthomasinc.org to apply GREAT HOURS! GREAT PAY! Texas Roadhouse is currently hiring servers and hosts. Make money at a fun restaurant! Come by 10360 N. Mall Dr, M-T, between 2 and 4 pm for an interview. Hope to see you soon! 225.293.0144
IS $1,100.00 PER MONTH; 9 FT. CEILINGS, CERAMIC TILE FLOORING, ALL APPLIANCES INCLUDING WASHER/ DRYER IN UNIT; CONVENIENT TO CAMPUS, INTERSTATE AND SHOPPING 225.413.9800 1 B R R E N T AL 1S T M O R E N T $ 4 7 5 $950/mo includes all utilities, electric, cable & internet. All appliances are included! Gated community, across from City Park www.keyfindersbr.com 225.293.3000 TOWNHOME 4 BR / 2.5 ba w/d, alarm, fans, patio, water pd, no pets $1900 rent / $1000 dep avl 8/1 225-766-6555 FOR RENT 3br/2bth $350/mth 5 min to LSU 281.216.2532 JEFFERSON HIGHWAY CONDO. Gated and secure Nesser Gardens. 2BR/2BA, second-floor porch, wooden min-blinds, front-loading washer/ dryer, granite countertops and laminate wood floors. Call Scott at 225-933-9730. Requires: one-year lease, $1200 deposit, $1200/ mo. rent, and no pets or smokers. 225.933.9730
3BD3BA L A K E B E A U P R E T O W N H O M E Beautiful, perfect location, well kept. avail in August. $201, 000 713.248.9107
$400 ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED ROOMMATEWANTED TO SHARE HUGE-3BR-3BATH-HOUSE WITH MALE. EXCLUSIVE AREA-CONGRESSPERKINS. HIGHSPEED-NET-CABLE-ALARMWASHER-DRYER-LARGE-YARD-GATED. GREAT FOR ENTERTAINMENT-LSU.225.772.2506
UPDATED 3BR/2BA TOWNHOME in growing area of town off Oneal Ln. $114900 318.308.2121 or visit DerbyTownhomes.com
ROOM IN GOOD house. W&D, alarm, etc. No lease needed. $260 + shared utilities. $250 dep. 225.921.1209
ICCESSORIZE is looking for dependable and energetic sales associates at the Mall of La. Must be available to work weekends and/or some week day shifts. Please call Eddie @ 225.572.2127
GIRL NEEDS ROOMMATE AS AP GARDEN DISTRICT HOUSE $600/mo includes utilities. email@example.com
3/3 CONDO AT L SU CAMPUS Gated: 3/3 1700SF $206,000 Almost New. The Gates At Brightside. 1.5 from campus. Income producing while your student lives free. 407-3530564 Susan
FOR RENT *L A K E B E A U P R E ’ T O W N H O M E S * Reserve your place now for Summer/ Fall ’09. 2br/2.5b - $1300/ mo. 3br/3.5b - $1650/ mo. Featuring Clubhouse with Pool, Tennis Court, Gym. All Appliances Included. Dean Flores Real Estate 225.767.2227 WALK TO L SU 1 and 2 BR FLATS and TH, pool, laundry center. University View Apartments on West Parker. Call Hannah 767-2678. NO PETS. 3 BR. 3 br. 2ba. house for rent. 777 Hadley, Meadowbend Subd. Avail. June 1st. $1200. mo. $500. deposit. Call 985-688-2757 985.688.2757 S T O R E Y OUR S T U F F Student Special - Get 1st Month FREE. Climate Control of LA Self Storage. 3147 College Dr. just past the RR tracks. Enter thru College Creek Shopping Center. Various sizes, covered loading, video recorded surveillance and alarms, 24/7 access. 24/7 service with our Insomniac machine (rent a unit, make a payment, buy a lock) - very cool. We Love Students. We also have Budget Rent-a-Car and Rent-a-Truck. 225.927-8070 1-2 BED APT. $450-550/ month, hot water, sewer included, call Wang 225-278-6622 or 225.278.6621 LOOKING FOR ROOMMATES 3 story condo off of brightside, need two male roommates for fall/spring semesters, $400/month. Call to set up an interview or walkthrough. 318.418.0191 TIGER MANOR CONDOMINIUMS. UNIT S R E A D Y F O R S P R I N G & F ALL 2009! Brand new 1, 2, & 3 bedrooms available. Reserve your u n i t t o d a y ! Walk to class! 3000 July St. 225346-5055. www.tigermanor.com Location. Location. Location... Star t Living. PRE-LEASING FOR SUMMER & FALL LSU Tigerland: Studio,1 & 2 Bdr. wood floors, pool, & laundry $465-$695 225-766-7224 FOR RENT NEW TWO BEDROOM TWO BATH CONDO; RENT
PERSONALS LOOKING TO MEET WOMEN. I am a 6’0”, brown haired, brown eyed guy lookin for a petite girl to hang out with and have fun. If interested email firstname.lastname@example.org LOOKING TO MEET COLLEGE GIRL S 6’3 brown-haired, blue-eyed male looking for girl to have fun and hang out with. Have to love
music and getting a bit crazy at times. Email email@example.com HEY! You always seem to be walking to your car as I am walking to class. Last week you actually waved at me (I think it was at me!). This has been going on for quite a few weeks, but we both get “surprised” looks on our faces every time we see each other. Say “Hey!” next time we pass. WEREWOLVES ARE HOTTER Cute and funny wolfboy sick of the vampires getting all the ladies. I’m warm AND cuddly. Shoot me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org Ahhwooo!! LOOKING FOR MY MATCH to fill the little opening in the jumbeled sock drawer of my heart. White female who is into snake charming, chainsaws & sealing envelopes with hot wax. Seeking male companion with high ACT score, high cheekbones and high self esteem. No Weirdos PLEASE! email@example.com I F R AT HARD ALL DAY AND NIGHT One thing a frat cant get me is love. Unless Love is a passed out sorority chick, i’ll take that too BTW. Come frat hard with me (polo shirt included)...firstname.lastname@example.org LOOKING TO SCORE?!?! Fun, smart, cute blonde babe about to graduate... Looking for involved, soccer-playing male grad-student... Only wanting a quick fling before I move away in the Fall! Come play with me! email@example.com I NEED A FRECKLY REDHEAD GIRL I am in love with redheads and their freckles, and I just can’t seem to find any; it’s a problem! I have a great sense of humor, and I’m pretty intelligent and caring. So if there are any freckled redhead girls out there who like to meet a muscular Italian guy, email me at TheGoon6@hotmail.com D E N I M D A N D E S I R E S D ATE Looking for a girl who’s not scared of a little denim. I’ll be at Reggie’s in my jean jacket and dark denims on the stage, sippin on a cranberry vodka. Love it or leave it baby 504.256.7534
PAGE 15 L SU GUY Looking for love in all the wrong places. Finally decided to put this up here. I’m 22 going to graduate next May. I need a sweet girl who is content being herself. I like movies, going out to dinner, traveling, and of course LSU Football. Tigerlovin22@gmail.com SEEKING CHARITABLE, outdoor loving individual. Must love animals and the occasional hiking or camping trip. Drop me a message at HighpointingForAmerica.org I WANT TO BE YOUR DERIVATIVE so I can lie tangent to your curves. Nerdy ndn chick seeking an intelligent and attractive conversationalist. Ladies only, please—I’m tired of natural logs approaching the asymptote. firstname.lastname@example.org SEARCHING 4 SOULMATE 20yo Asian guy seeking masculine guy 18-23 to date. Races open. I’m a sweetheart! email@example.com
MISCELLANEOUS S TUDENT WORKER NEEDED IN: Pathobiological Sciences Department, School of Veterinary Medicine, LSU. Duties include: 1. - Work in Virology laboratory -help in laboratory maintenance. 2.- Type lecture notes. 3. - Prepare PowerPoint slides under the supervision of Dr. Chowdhury 4. - Good typing speed and efficiency in making PowerPoint slides is a must. Please email resume and times of availability to Dr. Chowdhury: Chowdh@lsu.ed 225.578.9488 HILIGHT SPECIAL Salon Chateau inc. is offering $20 off full Highlights with Faith Duncon call 225-7570303visit at www.salonchateauinc.com
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