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Athletic Dept. downplays connections to indicted booster Silvio involved with baseball club By Amy Brittain Contributing Writer

A prominent LSU athletics booster indicted in a nationwide steroid distribution ring has loose ties to the LSU baseball program, though those associated with the team deny knowing the donor.

Jodi C. Silvio, a 49-yearold pharmacist of Fairhope, Ala., served on the Tiger Athletic Foundation’s Board of Directors until the University learned of his indictment in early March. He faces 62 counts of drug conspiracy, drug distribution, money laundering conspiracy and money laundering connected with his alleged involvement in the Applied Pharmacy Services compounding pharmacy in Mobile, Ala. The Mitchell Report, a 2007

detailed account of steroid use in Major League Baseball, claims APS supplied five MLB players with human growth hormone and other perfor- Paul Mainieri mance-boosting LSU baseball coach substances. Miriam Segar, associate athletics director for compliance, emailed more than 60 LSU coaches,

trainers and Athletic Department officials March 6 to reveal the indictment. “Unfortunately, one of the persons arrested is on the TAF board,” Segar wrote. “Let us know if there is anyone named in the investigation that has been involved with your program.”

‘I don’t ever remember meeting [Silvio]. I don’t even recognize him.’

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Between the traditions of Saturday nights in Tiger Stadium and sunny afternoons sprawled on the grassy Quad lies another tradition only manifested during inclement weather. Trudging through campus and struggling to stay dry becomes necessary when water

levels rise and Highland Road begins to resemble a river. As the spring semester ends, the University community is well acquainted with flooded Log on to streets, rising water in see Lindsey basements and the loss of Meaux flip flops thanks to water breakdown in the streets. drainage The rains that bring issues standing water to campus at the University. WATER, see page 17

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Within hours of Segar’s email, Silvio’s name was removed from the list of Board of Directors on TAF’s Web site. Gen. Ron Richard, CEO of TAF, has repeatedly declined comment on Silvio’s involvement with the booster club. LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri responded to Segar’s email by acknowledging Silvio’s involvement with his baseball coaches committee as a $200 member. “I got that e-mail from Miriam,

More organizations and officials have joined the protest against the University for eliminating Ivor van Heerden’s position at the Hurricane Center, and one New Orleans-based organization thinks its efforts are paying off. S a n d y Rosenthal, Le- ‘Citizens in vees.org direc- Louisiana tor, told The Daily Reveille ... are now she spoke to without an van Heerden on Tuesday, and he independent assured her the expert voice University was on hurricane reconsidering its and flood decision. “My sourc- protection es at LSU are issues.’ now telling me that a review of Arnie Fielkow the process reNew Orleans sulting in Dr. van councilman Heerden’s dismissal has started,” Rosenthal said in a letter to Levees.org members. Vice Chancellor of Research VAN HEERDEN , see page 17

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Global health authorities warned on Wednesday that swine flu was threatening to bloom into a pandemic, and the virus spread farther in Europe even as the outbreak appeared to stabilize at its epicenter. A toddler who succumbed in Texas became the first death outside Mexico. New cases and deaths finally seemed to be leveling off in Mexico, where 160 people have been killed, after an aggressive public health campaign. But the World Health Organization said the global threat is nevertheless serious enough to ramp up efforts to produce a vaccine against the virus.

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(AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal has been much more visible during the opening week of the regular legislative session than he was in previous sessions. Jindal testified before a Senate committee on Tuesday and watched debate in the Senate on Wednesday. His office has sent out lists of bills the governor is supporting. And his staff has been offering more comments in committee hearings. The changes come after lawmakers complained they didn’t know the governor’s positions on bills during the last legislative session and received conflicting information, particularly about a legislative pay raise bill that Jindal ultimately vetoed. Jindal said the increased visibility will persist.

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Lafayette school closed Panel OKs plan to transfer N.O. hospital over swine flu fears (AP) — Control of the New Orleans public hospital should be stripped from LSU and handed to a newly created board not affiliated with the university, a House committee agreed Wednesday. The House Health and Welfare Committee approved the bill without objection, sending it to the full House for debate, despite arguments from LSU System President John Lombardi that it could harm plans to build a new $1.2 billion replacement teaching hospital in the city.

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Students, officials voice concerns about gun bill Identical measure introduced last year By Kyle Bove Chief Staff Writer

Students and University officials are firing their opinions left and right about House Bill 27 — a proposal that would allow the concealed carry of firearms on college campuses. The 2009 Legislative session kicked off Monday, and Chancellor Michael Martin is making his opinion heard. “I will — in any way I can — legally, morally, ethically, logistically, spiritually and metaphysically oppose the gun bill,” Martin said. “In my view, it is unquestionably bad for a campus.” Filed by Rep. Ernest Wooton, R-Belle Chasse, the bill is identical to one he submitted last year and, next to the budget, has been one of the most talked about issues at the University.

The bill is designed to improve safety on college campuses for students and faculty with the credentials to carry concealed firearms, especially when faced with incidents like the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007, Wooton said last year. Martin said he is worried about guns getting into the wrong hands if the bill is passed. “Let’s not arm a looney, or somebody who is temporarily looney ... with someone who legally has the right to carry it, but may not have the capacity to hang on to it,” Martin said. Martin said if students feel the need to carry guns on campus, they have missed the point of a University. “We all want to embrace this as a place of peace and open discourse and collegiality and friendship,” Martin said. “Anyone who is paranoid enough to feel they have to carry a gun probably is missing the point and contributing to an environment we don’t want.”

Campus Crime Briefs MAN ARRESTED FOR DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED LSU Police Department officers arrested a man unaffiliated with the University on April 21 at 9 p.m. for driving while intoxicated. LSUPD officers responded to a crash on Nicholson Drive and arrested the driver — who rearended a vehicle — after noticing he was intoxicated, said LSUPD spokesman Capt. Russell Rogé. Officers arrested Eric Guitreau, 29, of 1932 Oleander St., Baton Rouge, and transported him to LSUPD. He blew a .305 blood alcohol level — about four times the legal limit, Rogé said. Rogé said Guitreau admitted to consuming eight 16 oz. beers and shots of Bourbon. Guitreau was booked in East Baton Rouge Parish prison for a DWI, careless operation with a crash involved and violation of the open container law. MAN ARRESTED FOR POSESSION OF MARIJUANA WITH THE ATTEMPT TO DISTRIBUTE LSUPD officers arrested a man unaffiliated with the University on April 24 at 10:30 p.m. for possession of marijuana with the attempt to distribute. Officers arrested Xzavier Nelson, 19, of 5455 Longfellow St., Baton Rouge, and charged him with burglary and the marjiuna charges, Rogé said. Officers stopped Xzavier in the Miller Dorm parking lot for suspicious behavior and searched his backpack to find 39.9 grams

of marijuana, four iPods, a digital camera and a cell phone. After searching Xzavier, officers found a class ring on suspect’s possession with a different name, Rogé said. The suspect ad- Log on to see a mitted to breaking map of where into the owner of the ring’s pickup the crimes occurred. truck.

J.P. Gwaltney, president of the University chapter of Students for Concealed Carry, presented concealed carry information to the Student Government Senate during an April 1 meeting. To receive a concealed firearm permit, a 21-year-old must first pass a state and FBI background check, a training course and a shooting competency test administered by the Department of Public Safety, Gwaltney said. On April 15, the SG Senate voted to neither support or oppose the gun bill. “I do not have an opinion because [SG] do not have a consensus,” said Stuart Watkins, SG president. “I encourage all students to voice their opinions to their state representatives.” Former SG President Colorado Robertson — then Senate speaker — cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of the bill. Former SG President Cassie Alsfeld vetoed the resolution because the Senate’s vote was too close

University on April 24 at 10 p.m. for criminal trespassing. Officers responded to a call at the International Culture Center in reference to a suspect panhandling for money, Rogé said. Officers found Jimmie Pierce, 46, of 2765 70th Avenue, Baton Rouge, outside of the ICC, and Pierce admitted he was trying to find money for a cab, Rogé said. Officers had previously banned Pierce from campus for begging for money, Roge said. Officers issued Pierce a misdemeanor summons for remaining after being forbidden. Officers found a glass smoking pipe on Pierce’s possession, Rogé said.

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to be fully representative of student “I just think that there [would opinion. be] so many more opportunities for Many students support the bill. something to go wrong,” Bauggue “I don’t see it getting passed said. “It’s rare that you hear of [this year], but I’m very pro-gun and something where a gun is used. I wouldn’t mind it in the least,” said think if you increase the amount of Josh Dear, anthropeople that are carpology sophomore. rying them, you’ll Dear, 20, said increase the likelihis family contribhood of an accidenutes yearly to the tal shooting.” Log on to National Riffle AsMartin said he hear students sociation, and he looks forward to deopinions about plans to apply for bating the bill with weapons on a concealed-carry Wooton if he gets campus. permit on his 21st the chance. birthday. “I believe what Other students oppose the con- the legislature and others ought to troversial piece of legislation. worry about are things that make this “It’s kind of terrifying,” said better. And that’s a debate I don’t Sabrina Bauggue, nutritional science see in any way makes this a better senior. place,” Martin said. Bauggue said while she understands the reasons behind the bill — like preventing massacres like the Contact Kyle Bove at one at Virginia Tech — she doesn’t kbove@lsureveille.com support it.

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La. Democrats demand repayment for Jindal’s travels Jindal allies defend out-of-state travels By Nate Monroe Contributing Writer

A partisan fight is emerging between state Democrats and Gov. Bobby Jindal and his allies over state-paid expenses related to Jindal’s out-ofstate travels for fundraisers, campaign events and media appearances. Jindal has made 17 out-of-state trips, according to a list compiled by The Associated Press, and confirmed by Jindal’s administration, since his inauguration — three additional trips have been taken since the list was published, including a trip to Texas last week for a fundraiser, pushing the total to 20. The cost to the state for nine of the 17 events — the ones exclusively for fundraisers — reached at least $23,000, and the total for all the trips exceeds $54,000. The AP tallied the costs of hotel, airfare, car rental and meal costs of the Louisiana state troopers that accompanied Jindal for each trip. The Louisiana Democratic Party

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Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks to the Baton Rouge press Club on April 20 about the upcoming legislative session. La. Democrats are concerned with Jindal’s traveling expenses.

is calling for Jindal to repay the expenses incurred by taxpayers. “At a time when Louisiana faces a serious budget shortfall and Gov. Jindal is proposing crippling cuts to higher education and other critical programs, our governor is taking money from Louisiana taxpayers for his selfish political purposes,” said Chris Whittington, chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party in a press

release. The criticism is a continuation of a running theme by the state Democrats that Jindal is placing national ambitions above the state’s best interest. “As Gov. Bobby Jindal continues to neglect his gubernatorial duties and jet off to out-of-state campaign fundraisers, it’s Louisiana taxpayers who are footing the bill,” said Scott Jordan,

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YouTube EDU falls behind Experts say online resources valuable By Steven Powell Contributing Writer

YouTube is a popular Web site for posting videos from parties, sporting events and random drunken, 2 a.m. conversations. But it can also be used for education. YouTube EDU is a YouTube service allowing universities to set up an official channel for university-related videos, such as special lectures, class lectures and research findings. But the University hasn’t caught on to the new trend, falling behind six SEC schools — Auburn and Vanderbilt universities and the universities of Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee — that do. Sheri Thompson, IT communications and planning officer, said the University doesn’t have a YouTube EDU channel because not many faculty members have asked for it. “We’re always looking for what the faculty wants to do,” she said. “It would have to come as a request from the faculty — we don’t push for things like that.” Lillian Bridwell-Bowles, Communication across the Curriculum director, said though there is no campuswide practice of posting lecture videos, the trend is catching on in individual departments. Bridwell-Bowles said LSU’s lack of a YouTube EDU channel puts it behind other schools with an abundance of online academic materials. “Most of our YouTube content is all about Mike the Tiger — which is good — but that’s not all we’re

about,” she said. “We need to follow other universities, such as the University of Minnesota, in putting substance material forward.” Bridwell-Bowles said she uses YouTube, Wikispaces and her own blog to post class videos and materials for her English classes, taking advantage of student interaction and involvement. “My students post videos of their class presentation rehearsals online and receive suggestions from classmates for the final presentation,” she said. “The students love the interactivity.” Sarah Baird, Center for Aca-

demic Success associate, said class lectures posted online can greatly benefit students as a class aid, as long as online lectures don’t replace class attendance. Baird said the classroom experience — talking with other students and asking the professor questions — is essential to learning. “Faculty members need to learn how to maximize the availability of online resources for students,” she said. “Online resources can be used as a supplemental educational instructional tool. There are benefits CHANNEL, see page 6

Louisiana Democratic Party spokesman. But Jindal isn’t without his defenders. “This critique by the Democrats is blatant hypocrisy,” said Aaron Baer, spokesman for the state Republican Party. Baer said the Democrats never called for former Gov. Kathleen Blanco to reimburse the state for her travel expenses, and he said Jindal “takes every opportunity he can” to promote Louisiana’s progress and interests when he travels. Bob Mann, former communications director for Blanco and political communication professor for the Manship School of Mass Communication, said he couldn’t blame Jindal for traveling for fundraisers. “It’s hard to tell a politician they can’t raise money,” Mann said. “You can’t just assume you won’t have an opponent.” But Mann criticized Jindal for not taking more opportunities to conduct-

ing in “economic development” when he travels out of state for fundraisers — participating in events like meetings with community business leaders and giving public speeches to promote Louisiana interests. Mann said the Blanco administration grappled with a similar criticism — that Blanco traveled to much — and he said the way they handled “the heat” was by ensuring Blanco’s travels were about economic development first and political interests second. And, eventually, he said, they had to figure out a way to maintain a balance between the advisors who wanted her to travel — often Mann himself — and those who wanted her to stay put and govern. It’s a balance Jindal will need to achieve, he said. “He’s not governing while he’s out doing that,” he said.

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AgCenter hosts workshop on how to make biodiesel Alternative fuel becoming popular By Matthew Barnidge

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Javed Iqbal, lab manager for the WA Callegari Environmental Center, demonstrates the process of make biodiesel, a popular alternative fuel, on Wednesday.

initial investment in supplies of about $1,000 and minimal costs afterward. “You can make [biodiesel] for less than $1 a gallon,” he said. “You’re recycling a waste product. It’s a win-win for your pocketbook and a win-win for the economy.” Callegari Center lab manager Javed Iqbal said the world has an energy problem. “This is the future oil, because fossil fuel is going to expire,” Iqbal said. Iqbal said the Callegari Cen-

ter makes about 50 gallons of B-50 biodiesel, which is 50 percent biodiesel and 50 percent petroleum diesel, every two days. They distribute the fuel to LSU Facility Services and the Landscape Department to run their diesel machines. He said the Callegari Center recycles the waste product from the University’s 459 Commons cafeteria and the Faculty Club. Ian Alvey traveled from Dallas, Texas, to attend the workshop. “I want to become 100 percent

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New study indicates video game addictions are a youth problem Some LSU students following trend By Natalie Roy Contributing Writer

On the day the popular video game Halo 3 was released, Adam Ducoing and his friends spent the entire day glued to the television screen. While being $50 poorer and falling behind on a few school assignments seemed to be the least of their worries, the increasing prevalence of video game addictions is becoming a main concern for parents and teachers, according to a study posted April 18 by Psychological Science. Researcher Douglas Gentile of the University of Iowa surveyed 1,178 youths about their video gaming habits to obtain diagnostic criteria for “pathological” video gaming. Gentile found that 8.5 percent of video game-playing 8- to 18-yearolds exhibit symptoms of behavioral addictions. Gentile identified 11 symptoms of video game addictions, including spending a large amount of money and time on video games and getting irritable or agitated when playing is restrained, disregarding chores and other commitments, using video games as an escape, experiencing a decrease grades and poor academic performance and lying about how much time is spent playing video games. Youths who exhibit six or more of the 11 symptoms were diagnosed as “pathological” gamers.

mixture. He said biodiesel that meets American Society of Testing and Materials standards will work in any diesel engine. Biodiesel is not the only alternative fuel on the market today. Ethanol is also becoming increasing popular. Carney said people should not confuse the two products. “Ethanol is an entirely different product,” he said, adding that it was more similar to gasoline, while biodiesel was a diesel substitute. Carney said biodiesel puts off fewer pollutants than petroleum diesel and provides the same amount of power.

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People came from all across the state and country to the AgCenter’s Callegari Center this week, eager to learn about biodiesel. The LSU AgCenter hosted a biodiesel workshop Tuesday and Wednesday at the W.A. Callegari Environmental Center, giving participants a hands-on demonstration to teach them how to make the alternative fuel. Callegari Center coordinator Bill Carney said biodiesel provides many advantages compared to petroleum diesel fuel. “It’s a cleaner burning fuel, and it’s totally biodegradable,” he said. “It’s not creating any more carbon footprint than it already had.” Callegari Center staff taught participants about biodiesel and gave them an opportunity to make a small amount of the fuel. Carney said individuals can start making biodiesel for a small

self-sufficient,” he said, adding that he wants to be able to teach others how to make biodiesel. University alumna and Bogalusa resident Valencia Donaldson also traveled to Baton Rouge to attend the event. “I want to create Log on to see a green farm envi- the biodiesel ronment,” she said. workshop “One of the things Tuesday. we’re trying to do is live off the land.” Bastrop resident Dale Chaney, who attended the event with his daughter, cited “the high price of diesel” as his reason for attending. Iqbal said many diesel engines cannot handle 100 percent biodiesel, which is why the Callegari Center makes B-50 biodiesel. He said temperature fluctuations can affect pure biodiesel, so it is necessary to make a

While Ducoing, kinesiology sophomore, admits to exhibiting many of these symptoms, he believes negative connotation the term “addiction” gives to this popular pastime is inaccurate. “People say ‘addiction’ like it’s a bad thing,” Ducoing said. “Video games are ... a stress reliever. I’m an avid athlete, so it’s nice to be able to do something for fun that doesn’t involve getting worn out.” John Depp, a secondary education sophomore who works at Gameware on College Drive, agrees not all video gaming is bad but has seen the negative effects of a video game addiction first-hand. “Playing video games was pretty much all my old roommate did,” Depp said. “Hence why he flunked out of college. [Gameware] also sees a lot of regular customers, and the people who come in everyday … or at least three times a week … I would definitely say have an addiction.” Because he only plays Halo, Ducoing only goes to video game stores once or twice a year. But he said knows many University students who let their gaming addiction negatively affect their lives. For those who don’t, the symptoms aren’t the only downside to the gaming addiction. Those who show signs of pathological gaming are twice as likely to have ADHD, develop hand and wrist problems from constant playing and have lower selfesteem, according to the study. This behavioral addiction also affects gamers’ personal relationships. Arguments between addicted video gamers and parents, teach-

ers and friends are directly related, while school grades and the amount of time spent playing video games are inversely related, proving the more time a person spends playing video games, the lower their school grades are. Children who show pathological gaming symptoms are also more likely to carry this addiction into college and adulthood. Depp also admits to being an avid video gamer but isn’t sure about whether he considers himself an addict. “I play a lot, but it’s not my life,” Depp said. “I get studying done. I go to class. It’s a healthy way to escape if you don’t abuse it.” Contact Natalie Roy at nroy@lsureveille.com

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so I checked our [coaches committee] roster,” Mainieri said. “Anyone who has given their support to LSU and is accused of doing something unlawful ... it shocks you. But I don’t know anything about it.” Mainieri said more than 365 members belong to his coaches committee, which has about seven meetings each year. “I stand up there with a microphone, but I probably couldn’t name 20 of the people,” Mainieri said. “I don’t ever remember meeting him. I don’t even recognize him. I know ... well, I can’t say for sure that he’s never had any interaction [with our athletes], but I’ve never seen him around our team.” Assistant baseball coach Will Davis, a former Tiger player who oversees the coaches committee, said Silvio has been a member since Mainieri arrived at LSU in 2006. “I don’t think he even came to the meetings. I think he just sent in his membership every year from Alabama,” Davis said. “I would always get it and be like, ‘Oh, that’s kind of weird.’ Everytime we get them in from that far away, it’s kind of odd. But I didn’t question it.” Davis said coaches committee members have the chance to interact with student-athletes on a limited basis. “He had the opportunity to, but he didn’t,” Davis said. LSU equipment manager Greg Stringfellow sent an e-mail on March 6 to Verge Ausberry, senior associate athletic director, about Silvio’s connections to LSU athletics. Stringfellow said he saw Silvio “at baseball a couple of times” and at the 2009 Senior Bowl in Mobile. Stringfellow also wrote that Silvio donated enough money to have his name displayed on a taping table trainers use to care for LSU athletes. “When donors donate things around the building, they get their name put on different things,” Stringfellow said. “I’m sure his name is all over things in the Athletic Department. I happened to see his name on a taping table.” Ausberry said he is unaware if Silvio’s name remains on the taping table. “There’s a difference between

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being indicted and convicted,” Ausberry said. “Just because a guy is charged with something, I don’t think we’d take his name down.” Ausberry also said he will reserve judgment until the case works its way through the legal system. “If he’s cleared of all charges, there might be a chance for him to be put back on the [TAF] board,” he said. Silvio faces charges that he “personally filled numerous prescriptions and orders for anabolic steroids, including veterinary drugs not approved for human use,” according to a 33-page indictment unsealed Jan. 22 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. Silvio allegedly owned 15-25 percent of APS while acting as a treasurer and fill-in pharmacist. His trial has been postponed to January 2010. Silvio and 11 other defendants are charged with distributing the drugs, including testosterone and human growth hormone, to doctors and dealers in states such as Florida, California, Texas and Louisiana. Some of the drugs were allegedly dispensed to users under the age of 21. Bradley Murray, Silvio’s lawyer, said his client anticipated the charges months before they were filed. “The government has been building this case for years ... we have known it was coming,” Murray said. “We have known for a long time that the government intended to name him in the indictment. We didn’t run from anything.” Murray said the indictment is an “injustice,” and he “fully expects” Silvio to be acquitted. “His days in the Applied Pharmacy were few and far between. He was not there day-to-day,” Murray said. “All of these allegations about conspiracies and developing schemes ... he wasn’t around enough to know anything that would approach that.” Murray also said he hasn’t heard any “hint or suggestion” that prosecutors may be looking at Silvio’s connection to the University. “I’m not aware of any evidence that links to LSU,” Murray said. A spokesman for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama said he was unable to answer any questions about evi-

dentiary matters, which would include any potential investigation into Silvio’s LSU ties. Murray did acknowledge his client is a loyal supporter of the University. “I know his heart bleeds purple and gold,” he said. “It’s apparent to everyone that he is a strong LSU supporter.” Silvio donated more than $100,000 to the University during his lifetime, according to the 2004-2005 LSU Foundation annual report that identified him as a “benefactor” level contributor. A representative from the University Registrar’s office was unable to find any records that Silvio attended the University, and an inquiry at the LSU Alumni Association showed Silvio listed as a “friend of the University” but not an alumnus. Murray said he is unaware if his client attended the University.

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to being in a classroom that cannot be duplicated online.” Krystal Chigbu, mass communication freshman, said she prefers the classroom instead of online classes, though she said posting class lectures online would be convenient for early morning and late night classes. “I’m the type that needs to be in class,” she said. “I’m not the tech savy type, so I just get notes from going to class.” Melanie Moran, associate director of Vanderbilt news, said Vanderbilt uses its YouTube EDU channel for a broad spectrum of content, including news, lectures and proctored events. Vanderbilt’s YouTube EDU channel launched in 2007, and focuses on special lectures and events, rather than class lectures, Moran said. Some of their professors use iTunes U, a free podcast service for professors to post class materials, but it hasn’t become wide-spread, she said. “This is a central place for

Thursday, april 30, 2009 online video and content,” she said. “It gives a much wider awareness as to what is happening at Vanderbilt.” Thompson said LSU experimented with iTunes U, but many professors were not interested. Elizabeth Hood, French studies junior, said she thinks posting class lectures online would be convenient, but might cause more problems. “People probably wouldn’t go to class, and professors would give more in-class quizzes and random bonus points,” she said. Bridwell-Bowles said new technology, such as posting videos, presents new opportunity for students — however, she said there is no replacement for human interaction. “There are reasons why the most prestigious universities still put students in classrooms with the best researchers and instructors,” she said. “It’s better to have someone there to answer your questions and not a professor who’s 200 miles away.” Contact Steven Powell at spowell@lsureveille.com


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Very Superstitious

Baseball players cling to superstitious rituals on gamedays By Andy Schwehm Sports Contributor

Don’t touch the foul line when entering a game. Wear your hat backwards for a late-inning rally. Draw crossed lines in the dirt before each at bat. These are just a few superstitions some LSU baseball players adhere to. LSU coach Paul Mainieri — who ironically says he’s reluctant to talk about superstitions because he believes it negates their power — admits baseball players are more superstitious than other athletes. He added that superstitions are more routine than anything else. “I tell people all the time, ‘Look, I’m not a superstitions guy, but why take the chance?’”

Mainieri said. “If something works, do it again. You never know what could happen.” For most of the players on the team, the superstitions are just a way to keep their nerves calm and loosen up. For others, it’s routine to get them in the right mindset for a game. LSU sophomore pitcher Anthony Ranaudo jumps over the foul line before coming out to pitch each inning. Ranaudo said he doesn’t know when the superstition started for him, but he said he probably saw a major leaguer do it and wanted to emulate him. “I try to come out of the dugout and sprint to the line just to get my legs loose after sitting on the bench for so long,” Ranaudo SUPERSTITIONS, see page 19

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[Top left] The LSU baseball team keeps Thomas, its pet turtle, in the training room for good luck. [Above] LSU sophomore pitcher Anthony Ranaudo jumps over the first baseline Friday. Ranaudo makes a conscious effort not to touch the foul line.

THE 6th MAN

Tyler’s decision will harm game For many parents, seeing their children graduate from high school is the proudest moment of their lives. Jeremy Tyler’s parents won’t get to see that moment. Tyler, a 6-foot-11-inch center and high school junior, announced his decision last week to skip his senior year to play professional basketball in Europe. Yes, a high school junior. This is the first time a Johanathan Brooks high school Sports Columnist b a s k e t b a l l star has done something like this, but it could lead to a dangerous trend among those who believe they possess superior athletic skill. In the past, players were able to go straight into the NBA from high school. But now, the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement adopted in 2005 requires entrants into the draft from the U.S to be one year removed from high school and turn at least 19 years old in the year of the draft. Though the agreement was adopted in 2005, the rules didn’t go into effect until 2006. The byproducts of this rule have helped the league get more mature and pro-ready players, and it makes sure the college game gets more legitimate stars. Last year, point guard Brandon Jennings decided to jump from high TYLER, see page 19

BASEBALL

Dean, Shimpf carry Tigers to sixth-straight win Game called at top of seventh inning By Casey Gisclair Chief Sports Writer

Fans roared on Sunday as sophomore outfielder Chad Jones picked up his first collegiate pitching appearance. And senior infielder Buzzy Haydel matched the feat Wednesday with his own pitching debut. Jones tallied another first of his own with his first time at bat since returning to the baseball team following spring football. And LSU coach Paul Mainieri

blazed his own trail, coaching third base for the first time this season with hitting coach Javi Sanchez out recruiting. But on a night of many firsts at Alex Box Stadium, it was two of LSU’s most steady players that carried the Tigers to their sixth straight win. Thanks to a combined 7-for-8 performance with four combined home runs and six RBI from junior left fielder Ryan Schimpf and junior designated hitter Blake Dean, the Tigers pounded Tulane, 13-2, on Wednesday night. “Those kids have something special about them,” Mainieri said. “Not only do they have the talent, but their attitude, self confidence

and approach to the game are so exemplary.” The game was called after the top of the seventh inning, and the 10-run rule was implemented. Both coaching staffs met and decided it was best to save their pitchers for the weekend with LSU holding a large lead. The game was just 3-2 in the fifth inning when Schimpf and Dean sparked a 10-run LSU rally. The duo combined to hit back-toback home runs twice in the inning, pushing the game out of reach. Dean now has 37 career home runs, moving him into 10th place on the all-time LSU home run list. BASEBALL, see page 18

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Junior first baseman Sean Ochinko bats against Tulane in the Tigers’ 13-2 win Wednesday at Alex Box Stadium.


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TRACK AND FIELD

Pole-vaulter Laurent topples LSU records with ease 2012 Olympics next on to-do list By Chris Branch Sports Contributor

Pole-vaulter Rachel Laurent is blazing through the LSU record books. Laurent, a freshman, has already etched her name into the rich lore of an LSU track and field program that has amassed 31 national championships. The Houma native holds the LSU indoor and outdoor polevaulting records, with jumps of 14 feet, one-half inch and 14 feet, 1 1/4 inches, respectively. Laurent’s most recent success came in Philadelphia at the Penn Relays, when she topped the field with a jump of 13 feet, 10 1/2 inches. That jump garnered her the top spot in the 115year history of the Relays. “That tells you an awful lot about her,” said LSU coach Dennis Shaver. “She’s certainly proven she’s a national caliber competitor.” Records are nothing new to Laurent. One of the most gifted athletes to ever grace high school track and field, Laurent finished her senior season at Vandebilt Catholic High School ranked as the No. 1 pole-vaulter in the nation. Needless to say, she raked in some impressive accolades along the way. Among the notables is a gold medal in the USA Junior World Championships in June of last year and two consecutive Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year honors in 2006 and 2007. But her collegiate success hasn’t been a surprise. “She’s always had the drive and ability,” said Charlie Laurent, Rachel’s father. “She’s had good coaching to go along with it.” Shaver deferred credit for Laurent’s performance. “She’s made the transition look easy,” Shaver said. “Coach Todd Lane, who works with our jumpers, has done a fantastic job of showing a lot of patience with the group as a whole.” Laurent was more modest. “I’m very happy with how the transition [to college] has gone,” Laurent said. Laurent isn’t fazed by her rapid ascension into the elite of collegiate pole-vaulting. She has her eye on something bigger — the 2012 Olympics. “That’s my big goal,” Laurent said. “I’m trying to work hard and reach it.” Shaver, who has coached many Olympians, such as Richard Thompson and Lolo Jones, has no doubt Laurent has the ability to compete in London. “As the years pass, if she continues to improve her speed and fitness, she’ll have an opportunity to make the U.S. Olympic team,” Shaver said.

Originally a gymnast, Laurent ventured in pole-vaulting during her eighth grade year at Vandebilt Catholic with her sister Amanda. It was then suggested to her mother that gymnasts made for good pole-vaulters. “We fell in love with [polevaulting],” Laurent said. Laurent proceeded to finish her high school career with the second-highest jump in the sport’s history, a 14-foot leap at the Nollie Arcement Relays during her senior season at Vandebilt. Coming out of high school, Laurent had every major program in the country salivating over the prospect of having her. She took three official visits — Texas Tech,

Texas A&M and LSU. But Charlie Laurent said there was never any doubt where she would land. “She always had her heart set on LSU,” Charlie Laurent said. “My wife and I both went to LSU, so it was natural. We’re very proud of her. It’s a fun thing to watch when your child is successful.” With success come expectations. After a near-unmatched season, Laurent is simply focused on improving her marks. “I just want to try and stay healthy and continue to improve every year,” Laurent said. Shaver agreed. He said Laurent has considerable room for

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improvement, despite her already impressive skill set. “Once she can gain a little more power, her speed is going to increase, and that will allow her to get on stiffer poles,” Shaver

said. “Once she does that, I think she’s going to jump higher.” Contact Chris Branch at cbranch@lsureveille.com


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RECRUITING

Basketball prospect shoots to start as a freshman Coach: LSU is ‘best fit’ for Ludwig By Michael Lambert Sports Contributor

High school basketball recruit Eddie Ludwig has been going to LSU football, basketball and baseball games his entire life. But in November it will be his turn to don the purple and gold and step onto the floor of the PMAC as a member of the LSU men’s basketball team’s 2009 recruiting class. “I’ve grown up a lifelong fan,” Ludwig said. “It’s going to be a memorable moment.” The 6-foot-7-inch forward always considered LSU, but the hiring of coach Trent Johnson in April 2008 increased his interest. Once he met Johnson and some of the players, Ludwig knew LSU was a perfect fit. Country Day High School coach Mike McGuire said the Scout.com three-star recruit also considered Davidson, Wake Forest, Tulane and California, but LSU was on the top of his list. “He compared everybody to LSU,” McGuire said. “He felt like it was the best fit for him.” McGuire said Ludwig was a quiet leader as an underclassman, but McGuire asked Ludwig to be more vocal his senior season. “I realized my senior season I needed to step it up,” Ludwig said. “I felt like I was the glue of the team.” He led the Saints to the Louisiana Class 1A title his senior season after losing in the title game the previous two seasons. The forward contributed 19 points and 15 rebounds in the championship game. The recruit was an All-State selection and the 2009 Small Schools All-Metro Player of the Year for the Greater New Orleans area. Ludwig averaged 23.2 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks his junior season and is Country Day’s all-time leading scorer, racking up more than 2,500 points. “He can hit some baskets from the 3-point line and take you off the dribble,” McGuire said. “He will bring the level of basketball that [LSU is] looking for.” The Tigers lose at least five players, depending on the draft status of rising senior forward Tasmin Mitchell. And Ludwig plans to take advantage of the opportunity to possibly play early. “I realize there are a lot of gaps to fill,” Ludwig said. “If I work hard, I may find a spot in the rotation. I want to contribute, whether it’s starting or coming off the bench.” Sonny Shipp, Louisiana recruiting analyst for Scout, said once Ludwig gets into LSU’s system, he will be a role player. McGuire said Ludwig needs to get bigger and stronger. “He’s been in the weight

room since we finished the season,” McGuire said. “He doesn’t stop working.” Ludwig’s basketball knowledge will overshadow his lack of size and quickness, Shipp said. Ludwig said he can bring a scrappy attitude to the Tigers. “I do all the little things well,” Ludwig said. “I do all the dirty work.” The recruit has high goals for himself and the team next season. He said he wants to continue the winning tradition he began in high school. “I want to win the Southeastern Conference and win a national championship,” Ludwig said. photo courtesy of The Times-Picayune

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Eddie Ludwig [left] of Country Day battles Lloyd Lewis [right] of Arcadia for a rebound during the 1A State Championship game between Country Day and Arcadia at the Cajundome on March 13. Ludwig hopes to start for the Tigers this fall.


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More than just dance Saints cheerleaders find a balance between NFL, attending University

said she was intimidated when she first came to tryouts, but she’s happy she did it now. “I came in straight from high When Bethany Tonguis tried out for the Saintsations dance team school to try out,” Harper said. four years ago, she had no idea “When my friend called to tell me I made the team, I started running what she was getting into. “When I first tried out, I around the restaurant like a crazy thought we just danced on the side- person. I think it was the happiest moment of my life.” lines,” Tonguis said. Besides performing at the But Tonguis, psychology senior, quickly figured out there was home games, the girls make appearances throughout a lot more to bethe year at private ing a professional parties and charity cheerleader than events. The girls looking pretty and have even made performing halftrips to the Middle time shows. East to visit the The Saintsatroops stationed tions are the dance there. team for the New “We’ve been Orleans Saints, and on two different they are hosting military tours — preliminary audithe first to Afghantions Sunday at 9 istan and Kuwait a.m. at the Saints and the second to Practice Facility Courtney Harper Iraq,” Tonguis said. on Airline Highbiological sciences freshman “It’s just a humway in Metairie. bling and incredThe Saintsaible experience tions perform on the sidelines at all Saints home to meet the people protecting our games, and their annual swimsuit country, and it’s so different there. calendar and the “behind-the- It’s not like you can go to Wal-Mart scenes” television shows about if you forget something.” The girls also traveled to Mexthe making of the calendar have turned the team into regional ce- ico and London to represent the Saints and the NFL. lebrities. But being a Saintsation isn’t “You meet so many people and learn so much about yourself,” all fun and games. Tonguis especially remembers Tonguis said. “You are working with professional photographers shooting the swimsuit calendar a few years ago. and businessmen.” Team member Courtney HarpSAINTS, see page 16 er, biological sciences freshman,

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MUSIC

Band raises awareness through music

By Jack LeBlanc

By Joshua Chenier

Entertainment Writer

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‘When my friend called to tell me I made the team, I started running around the restaurant like a crazy person.’

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[From left] Bethany Tonguis, Lashelle Johnson, Meagan McDaniel, Courtney Harper, Alexis Hughes pose outside the Middleton Library on April 23. The Saintsations are holding preliminary tryouts Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Saints Practice Facility.

Virginia-based band Trees on Fire isn’t just looking to impress audiences with their ’90s sounding funk rock. Only four years into their career, Trees on Fire is now gaining some major recognition for their work to promote eco-friendly music. They have brought attention to some environmental issues back home, such as the destructive process of mountaintop removal for the mining of coal that causes topographical and ecological changes. Bassist Brian Wahl said the band members were exposed to the negative effects of coal mining back home and wanted to do something about it. “Because of the way we feel about the environment and global warming, we saw an opportunity with the mountaintop removal to raise awareness,” Wahl said. Their efforts won them the title of “Greenest Regional Band” by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. Andrew Hunter, founder of Drake Records and University alumnus, is a longtime friend of the band and let the guys use his studio in Virginia. Hunter said he was inspired by the band and decided to help them to get their music out. “My whole reason for going into the music business is not to make money, it’s really to help these guys to get their art out to the TREES ON FIRE, see page 13

FASHION

Yohance Myles, theatre graduate student, competed in the “JEANesis: The Origins of Denim” fashion show Tuesday night. Myles won the competition and received a one thousand dollar scholarship to study in a French-speaking country.

Grad student wins ticket to French-speaking country Prize presented for winning fashion show By Lindsay Nunez Entertainment Writer

The voices of quacking ducks and bleating lambs filled the air as 17 sleek models gracefully strutted through the gates of the Sheep and Swine Barn during the “JEANesis: The Origins of

Denim” fashion show held Tuesday by the Department of French Studies. A seven-judge panel observed the show to find the three models that stood out among the rest. The judges were looking for models that portrayed great charisma and professionalism. The title of first place and a $1,000 plane ticket to any French-speaking country went to Yohance Myles, theatre graduate student. Leah Muller came in

second place and received a $250 gift certificate to Esopi Galleries. Grant Gutierrez, Daily Reveille photographer, placed third and will receive at $250 photo shoot with a local photographer. “It was a little intense. The show was put on with such a high caliber,” Myles said. “But it was really fun.” Myles speculates that he will use his ticket to travel to France, FRANCE, see page 14

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MUSIC MOVIES BOOKS TELEVISION

The Soloist Dreamworks Pictures

Bob Dylan

Together Through Life

Obsessed Lionsgate

Columbia

“The Soloist” is a drama that tells the true story of Steve Lopez, a Los Angeles Times columnist who befriends a homeless paranoid schizophrenic Juilliard dropout while searching for a column idea. With a great cast led by exceptional performances from Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx, this film will reach the hearts of the audience, but the directing is only sub-par. “The Soloist” manages to be compassionate without being overwhelming and audiences will walk away feeling inspired.

Bob Dylan’s latest album popped up out of nowhere. With no official press release until late March, fans had a very short time before the album’s April release to build hype. No one saw the album coming. Even after 33 studio albums and more than 40 years of rocking, Dylan consistently puts out amazing work. His latest album showcases some of his most soulful work over the short 10 track album. Dylan’s voice, weathered by age, rings out with life and depth over his backing band and reminds the listener of the soul and life of mid-’40s Chicago blues.

For those seeking feelings of female empowerment, the throw-down girl brawl scene in “Obsessed,” featuring Beyonce Knowles, will leave audiences feeling motivated to kick some ass. Overall, the movie’s portrayal of a surprisingly realistic situation in a suspenseful manner makes the film compelling. The perspective of male victimization is also refreshing. The lavish living and working arrangements of the characters are aesthetically pleasing. On the downside, the insane female’s perspective is almost completely omitted.

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James Earl Jones narrates “Earth,” which follows the sun’s journey across this planet. “Earth” is heart warming, eye opening and informative. The film was released on Earth Day, a more than appropriate time to celebrate Mother Nature. Advances in wildlife photography provide a stunning look at polar bears, humpback whales and elephants, which are the main characters in the plot. Viewers of all ages should be pleased with the content of this film.

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Thursday, april 30, 2009 TREES ON FIRE, from page 11 people,” Hunter said. The Charlottesville, Va., rockers played at Chelsea’s Cafe on Saturday night to kick off their partnership with the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper Organization. Their show at Chelsea’s, along with their appearance on KLSU on Friday, was an effort to get people in the Baton Rouge area aware of their music and efforts with the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper Organization. Hunter said the band was put in touch with the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper Organization to raise awareness and help out this area. “The band’s partnership with the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper Organization was an idea we all decided to go forth with,” Hunter said. “They are the premier conservation organization for the Atchafalaya Basin.” The Atchafalaya Basinkeeper Organization provides the band with another opportunity to get people in this area more aware of becoming eco-friendly, Wahl said. “We’re sure they’re people down here who are aware of the basin’s situation,” Wahl said. “We just want to do whatever we can to help out.” Cara Leverett, Atchafalaya Basinkeeper assistant, said Hunter got in touch with her about joining their cause a few weeks ago. “Andrew knew about us already, but I explained to him everything that we do,” Leverett said. “After he and the band checked out

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our Web site they decided to do this with us.” The band had a tour of the basin Sunday with Dean Wilson, Atchafalaya Basinkeeper executive director. It was the first time anyone in the band had ever seen or been in a swamp before, Leverett said. “The guys learned a lot from this experience and it was really eye-opening for them,” he said. The Atchafalaya Basinkeeper’s goal with Trees on Fire is to promote an overall awareness of the preservation of this area, Leverett said. “Our goal is to preserve, protect and to hopefully one day restore the Atchafalaya Basin,” he said. “Our partnership is an effective and fun way to get people involved in our cause.” Besides their eco-friendly efforts off the stage, the band’s music blends in with their environmentally friendly message. Their songs use enriching vocal harmonies from different members along with melodic rhythms to talk about issues they feel are pressing to them. The band’s music doesn’t force listeners to take action, instead encourages them to become more open and proactive to eco-friendly issues, Wahl said. “The music kind of addresses the issues broadly,” Wahl said. “We don’t like to preach to people and tell them what they shouldn’t do, but maybe suggest what they can

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The band is going to be releasing a full length album soon instead of releasing another EP like originally planned, Hunter said. “The plan was to have four CDs in 2009,” Hunter said. “Now we’re going to go straight to the full length album.” The future for the band looks bright as they continue recording and touring, making a name for themselves through their positive attitudes and goals. “The main plan is to play music and have a good time but at the same time do that responsibly,” Wahl said. The band will join Meriwether on stage at the Varsity Theatre on Friday. Contact Joshua Chenier at jchenier@lsureveille.com

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PAGE 14 FRANCE, from page 11 but he has yet to decide which city. Jean Xavier Brager, French business professor and artistic director of the show, has used the fashion show as a class project for the past three years. JEANesis was used as a showcase for what the students learned in terms of public relations, marketing, advertising and event planning. “I felt that fashion was a great compromise and way to showcase French culture.” Brager said. The theme for the fashion show was based on the myth that denim originated in Nîmes, France, as a means to negotiate prices. Brager explained the show was used to pay a tribute to the intertwined destinies of France and Louisiana. JEANesis collaborated European fashion with the classic ideals of labored denim. “The ambience and atmosphere really allowed the models to connect to the audience and show off the clothes and their personalities,” Brager said. “The show gave a link to labor craftsmanship and fashion.” The show’s location and incorporation of livestock into the show truly exhibited the chosen theme. Rabbits, ducks, chickens and goats were strategically mixed onto the runway. The models held the smaller animals, while the goats walked alongside. “I thought having animals in

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the show would be hectic,” said Quinn Connors, sophomore apparel design student and runway

coach for JEANesis. “But it ended up easy. We just made sure the models were comfortable with the animals.” For men, classic pieces such as jeans accompanied by a T-shirt and fedora were modeled. On the unconventional side of the fashion spectrum, male skirts and red sheer draping fabric over the arms and shoulders to emulate a matador were worn. For women, bright highwaisted skirts and different arrays

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of dress were worn. The girls also modeled jeans and more casual looks. Colorful scarves were incorporated into most ensembles. The boutiques My Louise, Maude, KadStar, Nove and Esopi provided clothing for the show. The Paris Parker salon’s artistic team did hair and makeup.

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NATION

Banks: Fear changed my life By Samuel Maull The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Supermodelturned-TV host Tyra Banks, facing the man accused of stalking her, testified Wednesday that she feared for her safety when she learned he had entered the New York City building where she tapes her show. Banks, 35, said her staff would not let her leave the building on March 18, 2008, because defendant Brady Green, a stranger to her, had shown up. “I was about to leave and a bunch of people from my staff were saying, like, ‘No, you can’t leave.’ They said he was in the building,” Banks testified. Banks said that her staff had previously shown her Green’s photograph, told her he had threatened one of her employees and was “somebody I should watch out for.” Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at news@lsureveille.com

SAINTS, from page 11

“We were shooting on a big beautiful horse,” Tonguis said. “When I got on the horse, it started freaking out, and it kicked me off. I flew into the air, and I broke my tailbone when I landed. But I got up and I shot the rest of the calendar. Sometimes you’ve just got to take one for the team.” Team member Lashelle Johnson, business administration sophomore, said time management is the hardest part of being a

Saintsation. “It’s a big commitment between school, work and Saintsations,” Johnson said. “We’re always in our cars.” The girls drive to Mandeville at least twice a week for practice, in addition to games during the season and appearances across the state. Next season the girls will get a little break, as one weekly practice will be held in Baton Rouge. The girls also work at the NFL draft and the Superbowl festivities,

holding a free clinic for young girls in the Superbowl host city. Team member Meagan McDaniel, communication studies senior who was a Tiger Girl a few years ago, said she thinks being on a professional cheerleading team is completely different than performing on a collegiate team. “I think it’s another level of experiences,” McDaniel said. “It’s professional, but it’s also a lot of fun.” The girls will be getting ready for tryouts this week, as returning

Thursday, april 30, 2009 members have to go through the same process as new applicants. “When people look at our tryout process, it looks intimidating. It is a hard tryout process but it’s not the competitive air you’d think it’d be,” Tonguis said. “You learn a lot about yourself and the other girls. Every girl has a fair chance.”

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THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2009 VAN HEERDEN, from page 1

and Economic Development Brooks Keel, who heads the Hurricane Center, said he could not comment on whether the University was reconsidering its decision about van Heerden. Van Heerden was not available for comment Wednesday. Rosenthal claims the efforts of Levees.org has contributed to the progress. She said the organization will continue its efforts, including asking people to sign the petition to Chancellor Michael Martin, call LSU System President John Lombardi and send a letter to Gov. Bobby Jindal.

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often flood infrastructure and basements on campus and distribute the University’s litter along a path to the Gulf of Mexico. The intensity of rainfall is indicative of the flooding experienced by the University — there’s a significant difference between 12 inches of rain during a 12-hour period and an inch of rain during a half-hour period. The latter would cause flooding on campus, said Jim Mayne, Facility Services associate director. And when Baton Rouge has already received significant amounts of rainfall, standing storm water on the University doesn’t drain, Mayne said. Terrain flooding occurs in the Hart Lot located near the Student Health Center, on Highland Road and down CEBA Lane, Mayne said. The Hart Lot is at a significantly lower level than the surrounding area. While there are catch basins lining the driveway into the lot, the intense slope causes the water to “sheet” over them, Mayne said. For instance, Mayne said there was about 4 feet of water in the Hart Lot during Hurricane Gustav. Facility Services representatives likened Highland Road to a “river” during times of intense rainfall. As the road has been overlaid numerous times throughout the years, the gutter system lining the road has become increasingly narrow, Mayne said. As for CEBA Lane, Mayne said there’s a specific low spot near the Facility Services building that tends to “back up in a very hard, extreme rain.” Mayne said he once witnessed a car floating in the area. FLOODED FACILITIES Aided by a series of mid-summer downpours, drainage problems in Allen, Himes and Hodges halls were among the biggest identified after Bobby Pitre started his job as Facility Services executive director in the summer 2008. The problems in Allen and

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Levees.org is not the only organization lobbying for reviewing van Heerden’s status. An unaffiliated group called Leveesnotwar.org is taking similar actions. Founder Mark LaFlaur said he faxed letters Monday to Martin, David Constant, College of Engineering dean, and several other University faculty members, along with U.S. Sens. Mary Landrieu and David Vitter and to the governor’s office. “Give Levitan and van Heerden the leeway to revive the Hurricane Center,” the letter read. “Hurricanes aren’t going away.” The letter referred to former Hurricane Center director Marc Lev-

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itan, who told The Daily Reveille that Keel asked him to step down from his position. Last week, Keel said he wouldn’t comment on Levitan’s decision. Keel called Levitan into a meeting, thanked him for his service then asked him to send in his resignation by the end of the day, Levitan said. But the Hurricane Center officials say Levitan made the decision to step down, and van Heerden was eliminated from the staff because the director was no longer the administrator. Levees.org began to encourage people to send letters to the governor April 15, and Rosenthal said received

408 e-mails before Tuesday. Rosenthal said the governor received an additional 90 letters Wednesday, after she sent an e-blog to members of the organization. She said she can monitor the letters because they are sent through the organization’s Web site. New Orleans Councilman Arnie Fielkow wrote a letter in response to Levees.org’s request for elected officials to respond. “Because of LSU’s actions, citizens in Louisiana and nationwide are now without an independent expert voice on hurricane and flood protection issues,” Fielkow’s letter read. “LSU has not offered an explanation

for firing Dr. van Heerden.” U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon also responded to the request through his communications director Robin Winchell. “As we move forward in rebuilding the hurricane protection system in New Orleans ... Rep. Melancon believes independent review and expert analysis at each stage are essential to making sure we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past,” Winchell said.

Hodges halls — both buildings maintenance funding will pay for with basements lined by airwells the project. The University compiles a list — were fixed with the help of submersible pumps, Pitre said. The each year of necessary projects it submersible pumps, with a design doesn’t have funding to complete, similar to a toilet pump, have at- and the project necessary to stop tached floats. As the water level flooding in Himes is on this list, surrounding the pump rises, the Pitre said. The projects are then prioritized by the float rises activating state. The priorithe pump. tized projects reSubmersible ceive funding as pumps of varying it becomes availsizes are used to reable. move water throughMany of the out the campus. The drainage probcost for purchasing lems stem from and installing each the portion of individual pump the campus that varies, but Mayne lies beneath the said the pump itself Bobby Pitre usually costs about Facility Services executive director ground — the basements. $1,000 while labor “Any of these buildings in for installation usually costs about Louisiana with basements, that’s $1,500. The drainage problems in a difficult situation to maintain,” Himes Hall are not so easily — or Pitre said. “[Louisiana is] so low compared to sea level. There’s recheaply — amendable. The stairs that provide access ally nowhere for the water to drain to Computer-Based Testing in the ... If you get a little plugging in the basement of Himes Hall through [drainage line], then those airwells, the airwell make the building’s they act like bath tubs. “ problem more complicated, Mayne COMPLICATIONS FROM said. “When they added the com- LITTERING When heavy rains are forecast puter lab, they added stairwells going down into the airwells,” Mayne in the University area, Facility Sersaid. “And a stairwell, in the case vices works to ensure the pumps are of a rain, becomes a water-fall type operable and free of debris, Pitre said. Backup pumps are prepared, system.” Facility Services plans to fix and they’re equipped to operate if the drainage problems in the air- the University loses power. wells surrounding Himes in the Ensuring the drains are free summer, Mayne said. Deferred from debris — general litter, leaves

and tree limbs — is the main action the University can take to prevent flooding, and this action interests landscape architecture professors and students. “When it rains, if [litter is] on the ground, it’s going to go into a drain,” Mayne said. “When it drains, it’s going to go into [the drainage system]. Then it’s going to get caught on a little tree limb. And that’s going to build up another thing and another thing ... That’s going to become a damn. Then [they system] backs up, and you’re going to get flooded at your desk.” But litter that falls into drains has bigger consequences than flooding — it also has green consequences, according to Brooke Giraldo, landscape architecture senior and past president of the University’s chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. “Anything that gets put into the drains that either goes into the [Mississippi River] or to the lakes, it doesn’t get filtered,” Giraldo said. “It’s going into a habitat that you eat from. You dump it, you drink it. You dump it in there, and it goes into our groundwater.”

Along with the Department of Environmental Quality and the Louisiana chapter of ASLA, Giraldo started a program in spring 2008 to tag drains with medallions denoting the water body each drain siphons into. The program expanded this year to include the drains on campus. A group including Giraldo and volunteers aimed to tag the more than 150 drains throughout campus Saturday. Because the glue supplied for the excursion by DEQ dried, the effort is indefinitely postponed. The majority of the drains downtown have already been tagged. The program, which uses medallions and glue provided by DEQ, is modeled after a similar program in Portland, Ore. Giraldo said she would like to see the program expand throughout the city, including the drains located in gathering areas including the Mall of Louisiana, Perkins Rowe and the levee. Buck Abbey, landscape architecture professor, said storm water is nature’s way of removing pollutants. “Rainwater is the tool that carries away pollution,” Abbey said. “What ever happens to be downstream, it gets [the pollution]. The water that they drink in New Orleans has been used by seven or eight cities up the river.”

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‘Any of these buildings in Louisiana with basements, that’s a difficult situation to maintain.’

GREEN EFFORTS Besides the storm water that drains, any water that sits on land for extended periods of time, like the storm water that drains over Bayou Duplantier, “goes down and recharges our groundwater,” Giraldo said. “Plants filter some — but not all — of the toxins from the water before it’s absorbed.”

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TECHNOLOGY

Miles employs Twitter as new recruiting tech tool “He’s always recruiting savvy so he understands the big picture, and he understands this is another way to touch the fans but also potentially to reach prospects,” Bonnette said of Miles. By Kyle Whitfield Meanwhile, college athletic Editor programs realize they need to be LSU football coach Les Miles careful to uphold NCAA recruitcongratulated top-three NFL draft ing rules. The NCAA board of pick Tyson Jackson, wished for- directors approved a ban in April mer LSU wide receiver Demetrius 2007 that disallows coaches to Byrd a speedy retext message recovery after his cruits. car accident and But users bragged about who subscribe to LSU’s perforsomeone’s Twitmance in the anter account can nual spring foothave that person’s ball game. messages — or Miles didn’t ‘tweets’ — sent to Michael Bonnette do these things at their mobile dea press conference LSU sports information director vice. The specifics or radio interview on the text mesbut during a five-day span using sage ban are outlined in NCAA his new Twitter account. bylaw 13.4.1.2. The trendy Web site Twitter. “As long as the coaches are com has grown by 1,382 percent not using Twitter to contact indifrom February 2008 to February vidual prospective student-athletes 2009, according to Nielsen, result- and are abiding by other recruiting ing in an increase of about 6.56 rules, such as discussing specific million new unique visitors dur- recruits, there is not an issue with ing that time frame. Now several them using Twitter,” NCAA assoathletic departments are catching ciate director for public and media onto the trend, using the platform relations Cameron Schuh said in to update fans and reach out to re- an e-mail to The Daily Reveille. cruits. Bill Smith, Arkansas assistant USC coach Pete Carroll, athletic director for new media, Georgia coach Mark Richt and said he doesn’t think the NCAA Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin al- will place any direct sanctions on ready frequent their Twitter ac- athletic departments’ use of Twitcounts. LSU sports information ter. Arkansas’ athletic department director Michael Bonnette man- has one of the more active Twitter ages Miles’ account by receiving pages among Southeastern Coninfo from Miles then posting up- ference schools, updating it more dates at the coach’s discretion. than 600 times since it started usLSU — as an athletic depart- ing the software this year. ment — has a separate account that “Your coaches aren’t going to posts news and score updates. As tweet out, ‘Boy, I went to visit Bill of Thursday, Miles has 431 people Smith’s high school today, and who receive his Twitter updates. that Bill Smith is a great athlete,’

Several athletic depts. joining trend

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‘He understands this is another way to ... potentially reach prospects.’

BASEBALL, from page 7

But the LSU junior said he just hopes to catch Schimpf for the team lead in home runs before the year ends. “I think that first homer might have been the farthest I’ve hit since I’ve been at LSU,” Dean said. Haydel took the mound in the following half-inning and didn’t allow a run. Haydel has been a utility player his entire career at LSU and played first base after being substituted off the mound in the seventh inning. The Gonzales native said he hadn’t pitched in a game since American Legend baseball his senior year of high school. “Coach told me that I had the next inning,” Haydel said. “So I guess the guys got scared and felt like they had to put up 10 runs to make sure we had enough runs.” Mainieri said Haydel and Jones’ additions to the pitching staff will prove vital later in the season. “Quite frankly, I was pretty impressed,” Mainieri said. “He pumped a lot of strikes, and he had a nice little curveball and changeup.”

The Tigers jumped out of the gates quick and scored three firstinning runs off Tulane junior starter Aaron Loup. Dean started the rally with an RBI single. The next batter, sophomore second baseman DJ LeMahieu, laced a line-drive off Loup’s thigh that pushed runners to first and third base with just one out. Junior first baseman Sean Ochinko cleared the bases off an ailing Loup and laced a two-RBI double to give LSU a 3-0 lead. But the Green Wave struck back for runs in the second and third innings to push the game to 3-2. LSU freshman Chris Matulis relieved sophomore starter Ben Alsup in the third inning and earned the win after pitching 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Alsup pitched 2 1/3 innings in his third start of the season and allowed one run and four hits. But Loup also settled in after his first inning struggles and pitched scoreless second, third and fourth innings before the fifth-inning outburst. Contact Casey Gisclair at cgisclair@lsureveille.com

because they couldn’t say that in any other format,” Smith said. “But they could certainly talk about how great their school is.” Other coaches, such as South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier, likely won’t be using Twitter anytime soon, said Eric Nichols, marketing

director at South Carolina. But the Gamecocks’ athletic department has sent out nearly 3,500 tweets, the most among SEC schools using Twitter. “The thing that makes Twitter work is its authenticity,” Nichols said. “If you have random,

boring tweets that are written from a [graduate assistant], not from a coach, it’s not going to work.”

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THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2009 TYLER, from page 7

school to play in Rome for a year, effectively bypassing the rule. Tyler, who has yet to turn 18, made the decision to do the same, but before he even graduates. These aren’t decisions 17year-old kids should make. They oftentimes aren’t mature or smart enough to do what’s best for them in the long run. Tyler is going to drop out of high school because he averaged 29 points as a junior and a few magazines and Web sites list him as an elite professional prospect. That’s not smart, and it’s

SUPERSTITIONS from page 7

said. “I jump over the line just because it’s a superstition, and it’s a thing I’ve been doing ever since little league.” Ranaudo’s superstitious routines start far before he hops over the foul line. It begins the day before a game when he clean shaves his face and his arms. “It’s all about aerodynamics,” he jokingly said. “It helps me throw faster.” On Friday, Ranaudo goes to classes, eats lunch at 2 p.m., takes a 10-minute nap at 2:50 p.m. and wakes up at 3 p.m. to take a shower. Then he does a pregame workout before getting a grilled chicken sandwich at 5 p.m. from a local deli. He ends the routine at 6:30 p.m. when he starts warming up in the bullpen. LSU psychology professor

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pretty irresponsible for his parents to allow it. Their son may soon find out he isn’t as big of a stud on the court as he thought and could probably use more development time. This kid is a beast against other high school players, but he’s a big fish in a small pond. He could very well get to Europe and fizzle out without the necessary tools to make it in the professional game. Not everyone is Dwight Howard or LeBron James. Most, even elite level, players don’t make the transition from high school to the

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pros and dominate. Kids need more development. Not only does Tyler’s decision impact him, but the ripple effect it may create could be catastrophic for college hoops programs. All across America, young hoops stars are probably thinking they can follow in Tyler and Jennings’ footsteps and go play overseas for a few years before jumping to the NBA. If fewer kids aspire to play for college programs, we’ll again see the days where college teams get the best of the rest, and the quality

of the game will diminish. The NBA needs to work with these foreign leagues and the NCAA to come up with a system that doesn’t allow kids to jump out of American high schools and go pro — perhaps placing an embargo of sorts on exporting athletes and requiring them to attend college for a season or two. Sure that seems rash, but something needs to be done about these kids who want to circumvent the rules so they don’t have to attend college. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe college is for everyone in all walks of life. But I do believe

basketball players would be better served with the one-on-one type of instruction they get in college where the concern is developing players and winners rather than making money like many pro teams. And if athletes needed a deterrent from entering the pros, Jennings only averages 6 points and 2 assists through 25 games for his Italian team, Pallacanestro Virtus Roma, where he doesn’t even start.

Emily Elliott said these kind of it back a few weeks into the seasuperstitious routines are a type son. of selective bias. “I was just trying to mix it up “People tend to notice events and get things going,” Dean said. that conform to During the their existing Tigers’ run to ideas and disreOmaha last seagard evidence that son, senior pitcher does not match,” Nolan Cain licked Elliott said. “This Dean’s bat before is one reason why the game to give stereotypes are him some extra hard to dislodge good luck. But Paul Mainieri and may contribthe junior slugger LSU baseball coach ute to this kind of struggled at the behavior.” beginning of the For LSU junior left fielder season, so the ritual ended. Blake Dean, his batting routine is Now freshman southpaw what needs voodoo work. Chris Matulis brings the magic to The Crestview, Fla., native Dean’s bat. started the season on a slump af“He was struggling for a bit, ter changing his walk-up music to so I was joking around and started “Rockstar” by R. Kelly featuring to kiss and bless his bat,” Matulis Ludacris and Kid Rock from Lil said. “All of the sudden, he startWayne’s “Fireman.” He changed ed hitting the ball so we just kept

doing it. It’s just something that we were messing around a little bit, and it worked.” But one thing that has stayed consistent for Dean throughout his career at LSU has been the cross he draws with the head of his bat before each at bat. “I’ve done that since high school,” Dean said. “It’s something I do that relaxes me, and it gives me protection like a shield when I draw that cross in the ground.” The team has even gotten a mascot as its good luck charm. Senior pitcher Louis Coleman and a few other Tigers found a small turtle wandering around the field March 28 before their game against Ole Miss. LSU made a comeback in the game and won, 6-5, so the team decided to keep it around. They appropriately named it Thomas

after former LSU assistant coach Turtle Thomas. Thomas — now head coach at Florida International — said he got the nickname when he was in ninth grade and someone told him he looked like a turtle. “I was 6-foot-2 and about 150 pounds with a long, skinny neck,” Thomas said. “The school I caught for had green catchers gear, so that the chest protector looked like a turtle shell.” The Tigers keep the turtle in the team’s training room in Alex Box Stadium and are 10-3 at home since Thomas has joined the team as a mascot. “We’ve won a couple of games with him, so why not keep him around?” Coleman said.

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‘Look, I’m not a superstitious guy, but why take the chance?’

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FREEMAN OF SPEECH

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Twitter is fodder for 21st century misinformation How much twit could a Twitter twit tweet if a Twitter twit could tweet twit? Apparently, not enough. As social networking continues to remain the fastest, most efficient way to connect with friends and family, the newest craze in Internet information is Twitter. People on Twitter are given 140 characters to send a brief message, telling people anything from where they are to what they’re doing. This past February, Compete. com named Twitter the third biggest social networking site on the Internet, just after MySpace and the reigning champion, Facebook. Celebrities and politicians alike tweet what they’re doing, most notably the gaggle of congressmen tweeting during President Obama’s Feb. 25 address to the nation. This isn’t a good thing. The prompt for new users on the Web site labels the service as

a micro-blog in response to a simple question: “What are you doing right now?” But if you can see beyond twit level, congratulations. You don’t buy into fads. The media, however, bit long and hard. Most notable of the media twits is CNN’s Rick Sanchez, broadcasting his hour of CNN’s “Newsroom” at 2 p.m. He dedicates his hour of news coverage to asking viewers to respond to stories he reports through Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. CNN’s own breaking news Twitter was recently put to the test of gaining one million followers — those who follow the tweets of others — against the eventual Twitter champion, none other than Ashton Kutcher. When Kutcher reached one million followers, he went on Larry King — who delivered some trash talk during the competition — and,

along with Sean “Insert New Nickname Here” Combs and Jimmy Fallon, talked about how Twitter has inspired a new generation of user-updated media. When the Mumbai terrorist attacks occurred in India last year, it was Twitter leading the way, delivering informaEric Freeman Jr. tion about the attacks to those Columnist who couldn’t rely on traditional forms of media for access. But interactive reporting has its pitfalls. This weekend, the world learned of a possible pandemic, in the form of a new case of swine flu. Twitter became flooded with information requests about the subject, comprising 2 percent of all tweets this past Monday.

The controversy spawned a debate on how health information is obtained and disseminated, as the PC World all of a sudden became at odds with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading authority in tracking and accessing the threat of swine flu. “This is a good example of why [Twitter is] headed in that wrong direction,” Brendon Slattery, contributing writer for PC World, said. “It’s just propagating fear amongst people as opposed to seeking actual solutions or key information.” The CDC countered by praising Twitter’s online community for discussing the subject, meaning people held a vested interest in learning more information on the subject. The Center still advocates seeking help from established medical institutions for the most up-todate and accurate information. As the world becomes increasingly interactive, it’s tough to

assess the difference between needless hype and genuine information. For all of the hype about swine flu, an estimated 36,000 people die from flu-related symptoms every year in the U.S. “Bad news always travels faster than good news,” said Al Tompkins, who teaches broadcast and online news at the Poynter Institute. What happened to the journalists in this country? Is the advent of social networking responsible for the decline and fall of credibility in journalism? Are we all journalists now? If so, I’ll call us exactly as I see us: A nation of twits. Eric Freeman, Jr. is a 22-year-old political science junior from New Orleans. Contact Eric Freeman Jr. at efreeman@lsureveille.com

(BI)PARTISAN VIEW

Slice the tomato and make your own sandwich, caveman In response to Daniel Morgan’s column Monday, I am appalled and disgusted. It is crucial that someone set some things straight and give hope to the unambitious, cowardly harpies out there. The notion that the 23-cents deficit in women’s salary is because of stereotypical “women’s” jobs is ignorant. If Morgan had found reliable sources for his information, he would have found that, often, a man and woman in the same field of work do not make the same

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Obama has no control over free trade Before we let blow-hard bourgeois students from an Ivy-league school tell us about Obama’s faults let’s first assess two things. One, what free trade exists in the world? Obama has no control over free-trade, he doesn’t even

amount of income. The pay-gap figure measures only women and men who work full time, for a full year. It does not include women who took time off during the year or worked part time. There are ways to fix this discrimination by the male-dominated work force. In the 1980’s, the state of Minnesota discovered state employees in female-dominated jobs were paid less than those in male-dominated state jobs. To fix this inequality, the state adopted a

system that gave points for skill, effort, working conditions and responsibility for each job. T h e y found male and female jobs rated similarly on these points, but their salaries did not reflect it and gave pay equity raises to Isabel Blum make up for the Columnist difference. Unlike Morgan’s thesis, the only way to fix this unjust pay

discrimination between men and women is to make the government take action. If women had waited for “the market to punish the prejudiced,” they would still be unable to vote. The market is greedy, as Morgan pointed out. Greediness leads smart people to overlook potential greatness. Another faulty assumption Morgan makes is females only suffer from emotional projection and psychological defenses. Between monthly visitors and baking buns in our ovens, women have

to deal with enough hormonalinduced emotions to send Morgan to the hospital in a straight jacket crying that he only wanted his tomato sliced.

have a choice in the matter! The unelected “leaders” i.e. corporate lobbyists of the WTO and IMF decide who gets to trade what in this world. America didn’t become the economic power it did because of free trade. It rose to prominence because of hard-lined protectionist and isolationist policies of the 1800s. Now what defines free trade today? The privatization of third-world country’s resources by corporations backed by firstworld countries: the privatization

of African water by British corporations, OPEC acting like a drug-cartel and let’s not even begin to mention over 100,000 Indian farmers committing suicide because they can’t pay off debts implemented by IMF sponsored banks. If this is free-trade, then I want none of it. Third-world countries need industrial and technological assistance if they want to advance. This does not mean the North cuts the veins of their resources open in the name of free-trade, and I’m

not saying free trade is horrible, but the free trade we practice like the democracy we practice is not true to form. If we truly want to practice free trade, then we need to implement the sharing of information and currency so everyone can live a better life and be able to trade equally, effectively and fairly. Unfortunately, I don’t see this happening under capitalism. Secondly, let’s remember trade, economics and government are about people globally

not about Obama or the U.S. Trade brings us closer together and enculturates all peoples. Instead, the divisive and exploitative techniques used by corporations and their lobbyists are turning humans into cheap resources for labor. Don’t fear the government, make the government fear you!

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KYLE WHITFIELD TYLER BATISTE GERRI SAX DANIEL LUMETTA MATTHEW ALBRIGHT TRAVIS ANDREWS ERIC FREEMAN JR.

Editor Managing Editor, Content Managing Editor, External Media Opinion Editor Columnist Columnist Columnist

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

Isabel Blum is a 21-year-old communication disorders junior from New Orleans.

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Colin Kirk The Global Justice Movement

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.”

Susan B. Anthony American civil rights leader Feb. 15, 1820 - March 13, 1906


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Beauty queens undeserving of crown, winnings

Beauty queens may not be more than just pretty faces. Sure, some can sing and some can dance. Some can even toss and twirl a flaming baton or two. And all of them have obtained, or are in the process of obtaining, a college degree. But those acts are certainly not deserving of a two-year scholarship to the New York Film Academy, which is the case for Kristen Dalton, who won the title of Miss USA 2009 on April 19. She’s been admitted to a prestigious film school on the basis that she can portray Barbie when thousands of other applicants who have spent all their time and money financing a film will get rejected. The 22-year-old North Carolina native also won a year’s rent for a New York apartment along

with a personal public relations team and an undisclosed salary. That’s a pretty sweet deal considering all she had to do was show off her toned, tanned bod in a bikini and evening gown. She didn’t even have to put together a talent skit. Apparently strutting on stage in an itty-bitty bikini and stilettos without face-planting is talent enough. Some of these women may be talented, but I wouldn’t say they’re all intelligent, poised and well-spoken, as Miss South Carolina proved in the Miss Teen USA 2007’s pageant. College degrees can only go so far. When asked why she thought 1/5 of Americans couldn’t locate the U.S. on a world map, this was her reply: “I personally believe that

U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some, uh, people out there in our nation don’t have maps, and, uh, I believe that our education like such as South Africa and, uh, the Iraq everywhere like, such as and, believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., Drew Belle Zerby err, uh, should help South AfColumnist rica and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future.” Miss America prides itself on the fact that it is a “scholarship” pageant because the pageant winners receive an academic scholarship to the school of their choice.

Some girl who has spent the last year doing nothing but starving herself, working out and fake baking is eligible to attend any Ivy League college. The same goes for Miss USA queens. But at least Miss America requires a talent. Miss USA contestants are only judged on their swimsuit and evening gown performances and a question, which they must answer in less than one minute. Once again, these girls can receive a scholarship to their dream school for answering a question in less than a minute when every other applicant has to answer a question in at least a 1,000 word essay. For the record, I’ve never been involved in a beauty pageant and therefore have never lost one, so don’t think I’m bitter.

I am a tad jealous all these women have to do to win a coveted college scholarship is fake bake a few months, learn how to play one song on the piano or do a tap dance a kindergartener could pull off. But if that’s all I have to do to snag a diamond-encrusted crown and a free ride to film school, then maybe I should hire myself a personal trainer and mumble some incoherent answer on America’s poor education system. And if I don’t win, at least I’ll have a chance at becoming a YouTube star. Drew Belle Zerby is a 22-yearold mass communication senior from Vidalia. Contact Drew Belle Zerby at dzerby@lsureveille.com

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Playboy’s rankings the downfall of U. of Arizona By Laura Donovan Arizona Daily Wildcat, U. Arizona

TUSCON, Arizona — (U- WIRE) Last week, Playboy Magazine announced the top 25 party universities in the country, and the University of Arizona was dubbed the fifth-best party school. Instead of experiencing a rush of embarrassment, some students consider it an “honor” to attend a wild university, even though these same students don’t realize that Playboy isn’t doing UA any favors — Playboy is telling the country UA is made up of spoiled, promiscuous, irresponsible, moronic students who are only good for the insanity they bring to university life. According to a recent Daily Wildcat article, each school is selected with the following considerations in mind, “Playboy ranked the schools on five criteria: campus life, sports, sex, brains and “bikini,” which combined weather, guy-to-girl ratio and cheerleaders.” Essentially, Playboy is telling readers that UA is made up of promiscuous women and STD-infected men who are so unfixable they’ve won national recognition for their disgusting, degrading behavior. As to be expected, the Playboy article does nothing to recognize the academic challenges that UA students welcome when they pick a college. Leo, a senior quoted in the article, describes the biggest decision of his life thusly: “When I was applying to schools, it was between the University of Arizona and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Would I rather walk around in

board shorts and sandals, looking at gorgeous girls in bikinis for eight months out of the year or shovel snow and freeze my nuts off in Boulder? I made the right decision.” As amazing as UA is, the University of Colorado at Boulder has higher ranked academics and more selective admission, so this student denied the statistically better school because the cooler weather would make all the girls keep their clothes on. The magazine chose to interview a shallow student who states that his biggest college deal breaker was having the option of attending classes with half-naked girls. Forget academics, good grades or financial responsibility. Why couldn’t Playboy report more reasons why some students decide on UA, which often pampers honors students with scholarships and Honors College memberships because these people are usually excellent investments? Will some of these honors students who don’t go out drinking reconsider going to the UA? Why would they want all their hard work to be jeopardized by the vapid majority that earned us this disappointing reputation? Why will more people soon know that UA is a top party school than the fact that U.S. News & World Report placed UA in a tie for 45th among public national universities in America’s Best Colleges 2009? UA has a smattering of highlights to be proud of, and Playboy has set fire to all of them because most people will only remember this university as a top-five party school. As many Wildcat commenta-

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tors pointed out, this humiliating ranking may actually discourage prospective students. Some of their parents won’t pay for an education that can be destroyed by too much partying. It’s going to be hard for recent graduates to get jobs, and this ranking can tell an employer UA alumnus had too much fun in college and went to a poor university. One can argue this new rank-

ing may bring in more money to the university. Playboy’s endorsement can attract potential Greek Life students who really like wild parties, who in turn invest several thousands more in UA every year. But are these the only kinds of students we want at the UA? Diversity, in every sense of the word, is what makes this university great, and we’d lose

campus diversity if we only began catering to the wild party students. It’s a possible outcome now that Playboy has discreetly announced that they think UA is an academic joke.

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