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Check Inside For: photos from last week’s events, including Glow Wild and the Spring Plant Sale, page 6.

The Next Level

BASEBALL Tigers defeat Crimson Tide in 14 innings, sweep series, page 5.

Multi-sport star Chad Jones looks forward to NFL Draft, page 5.


Volume 114, Issue 127

Environmental Education

Monday, April 19, 2010


Jindal proposes $29.5M reduction

By Xerxes A. Wilson Senior Staff Writer

BR hosts Earth Day Celebration focused on La. By Sarah Eddington Staff Writer

Thousands of Baton Rouge residents flocked downtown to attend Baton Rouge’s 21st annual Louisiana Earth Day celebration Sunday in honor of Earth Week, which began Friday. The event spanned most of the downtown area, starting at the river end of North Boulevard and continuing onto the Old State Capitol Grounds. Earth Day, celebrated on April 22, was created 40 years ago by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, and is celebrated in 190 countries in an effort to raise awareness for the Earth’s environment. The celebration included multiple food vendors and local catering, environmental demonstrations, educational activities and live music from local bands such as the Bucktown Allstars and Wayne Toups

& Zydecajun. “This has become one of the largest festivals in the country focused on our state’s love of the natural beauty of Louisiana and need to preserve and conserve our environment for future generations,” East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden said at the festival. This year’s theme was “We live in the house we ALL build,” but there was a strong focus on Louisiana. “Louisiana loses wetlands the size of a football field every 38 minutes,” said Tiffany Swiderski, member of America’s Wetland Conservation Corps, a division of the LSU AgCenter. Corps members helped children decorate brown grocery bags with Earth Day themes to later be donated to Southside Produce Co. EARTH DAY, see page 15

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[Top] A labyrinth of free shoes is laid out Sunday to promote recycling instead of wasting during the Earth Day celebration downtown. [Bottom] Richard Ourso shows off his eco-friendly floors, cabinets and tiles at Earth Day.

The University may be spared from furloughs and construction postponements on the new band hall before the end of the academic year. Gov. Bobby Jindal outlined his plan for balancing the budget for this fiscal year Friday. The plan includes a $29.5 million reduction for higher education, with the University’s Baton Rouge campus absorbing $3 million in reductions by June 30. The Revenue Estimating Conference, tasked with predicting the state’s revenues, announced last week the state must cut $319 million from its budget by the end of June, which prompted the governor’s proposal. The University’s proposed share is substantially less than the $11 million Chancellor Michael Martin submitted preliminary plans to cut earlier this month. Savings from a state-mandated spending freeze will cover the University’s share of the cut, avoiding drastic action in the final months of the fiscal year, Martin said in an email. Jindal ordered the partial state spending freeze late last month. Jindal’s plan also proposes no new cuts for higher education despite a new $398 million hole adding to the deficit for the fiscal year ending PROPOSAL, see page 15


UCourt unanimously upholds Trial Court decision By Grace Montgomery and Catherine Threlkeld Staff Writers

It’s finally official. After a long week of complaints, three Trial Court hearings and appeals, a University Court case and long nights of debate in the Student Union, the University is ready to recognize its next Student Government president and vice president, J Hudson and Dani Borel. UCourt heard Docket 10-08 between Speaker of the Senate Tyler Martin and Hudson on Friday night in the Student Union. “We hold that the Trial Judge,

Daniel Marsh, did not fully comprehend the basis of the complaint … Mr. Marsh contradicted himself numerous times in explaining contribution and expenditure reports,” Martin said in his appeal to UCourt. The appeal also said Marsh claimed there are no “explicit writings” in regards to what expenditures are. The appeal cited Article 7, Section 4, Subsection A, which “explicitly states that in-kind contributions should be included on the expenditure report of each candidate.” UCourt voted unanimously in favor of Hudson and Borel and to uphold the previous decision of the Trial Court.

UCourt Chief Justice Sean Horridge said the UCourt deemed the clarity of the subsection to be unclear and open to interpretation. “We feel there is no defined distinction between an expense report and an expenditure report anywhere,” Horridge said. “It is our decision a total expenditure report was filed and deemed complete, including all expenses and in-kind contributions.” Hudson and Borel will be officially inaugurated Wednesday night during the Senate meeting. “It goes to show the democratic process of SG played out,” Hudson said.

Borel said she’s excited to finally put to use the team’s hard work for the last two weeks. Associate Justice Brittany Smith issued a statement urging the organization to move forward to better the student body, Horridge said. “The entire process brought tension and discord on the entire Student Government,” Smith said. Trial Court heard three complaints last week, and Judge Daniel Marsh ruled in favor of StudentsFIRST candidates Hudson and Borel each time. All three decisions were appealed to UCourt. UCourt met Wednesday night

and decided whether to grant writ to the appealers. For a writ to be granted, three of the nine UCourt justices must find there is reason to review the case. UCourt did not grant writ to Docket 10-07 between the Election Board and StudentsFIRST candidates or Docket 10-09 between Leading the Way candidate Brooksie Bonvillain and Hudson. The appeals process cannot continue for those two cases, and the Trial Court opinion stands. Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at


MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010

Nation & World



EU anticipates half of normal flights could resume Monday

Treasury secretary: economy growing faster than expected

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Major airlines that sent test flights into European air space found no damage Sunday from the volcanic ash that has paralyzed aviation over the continent, raising pressure on governments to ease restrictions that have thrown global travel and commerce into chaos.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said the economy is growing faster than the Obama administration expected. He told NBC’s “Meet the Press” the country is on the way to sustained job creation. But he acknowledged that unemployment may remain high, as close to 10 percent. Geithner said there’s more confidence in the business world, and he said the private sector is growing.

Poland president, first lady interred in Krakow amid new hope KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — Tens of thousands of Poles bade farewell to President Lech Kaczynski on Sunday at a state funeral filled with pomp, pride and an outpouring of patriotism that his divisive and unpopular leadership had never generated. “Poles finally appreciate him,” said Ryszard Stolarski, 56, one of many weeping mourners. “I never imagined that Poland would honor Kaczynski in this way.”

Major U.S. airlines won’t charge for carry-ons, other fees apply ATLANTA (AP) — Five major carriers agreed on Sunday not to follow the lead of a small Florida airline planning to charge for carryon bags. Their commitment comes in time to keep travelers from running for exits during the summer

flying season, but it is doubtful that it marks a change in strategy. Airlines are going to tack on every fee they can get away with because it bolsters their revenue stream while allowing them to keep base fares lower. They just don’t feel like passengers will tolerate losing their free carry-ons — at least not right now. SEC case damages Goldman’s reputation, could ruin dominance NEW YORK (AP) — While Goldman Sachs contends with the government’s civil fraud charges, an equally serious problem looms — a damaged reputation that may cost its clients. The Securities and Exchange Commission’s civil fraud charge against Goldman has tarnished the Wall Street bank’s already bruised image, analysts say. It could also hurt its ability to do business in an industry based largely on trust. Damage from the case could hit other big banks as well.


Louisiana jobless rate falls to 6.9 percent from 7.3 percent in Feb.

Fourth officer charged in Katrina deadly police shootings cover-up

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 percent in March, putting the state in company with 16 other states and the District of Columbia, which saw the figure fall from February, the federal Labor Department reported Friday. On a seasonally adjusted basis, the state saw its jobless rate fall from 7.3 percent in February. In March 2009, the rate was 6.2 percent. The unemployment rate for March was 9.7 percent. The Labor Department said that in the South, the jobless rate was 9.8 percent for the second month. In March 2009, the regional rate was 8.4 percent. Louisiana’s latest rate was the second lowest in the South and tied for eighth lowest in the United States. On a seasonally adjusted basis, the number of people employed in Louisiana grew by 10,450.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A fourth New Orleans police officer was charged Friday with helping cover up deadly police shootings of unarmed civilians in Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath. He later resigned from the department, a police spokesman said. The officer, Robert Barrios, is charged with conspiring to obstruct justice.

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88-year-old Miss Peggy still attending University of New Orleans NEW ORLEANS (AP) — You won’t find many 88-year-olds attending college classes and living in a dorm but, to Peggy Saavedra, her tiny apartment at the University of New Orleans feels just right. For as long as she can remember, “Miss Peggy” has loved going to school. When she was a little girl, she wanted to start elementary school so badly, her mother figured out a way to send her a year early.


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Bill to change student loans

Reform to take effect July 1, 2010 By Joanna Zimmerman Contributing Writer

President Obama passed the publicized health care reform bill at the end of March, but one of the lesser-known additions to the bill is a reform to college student loans, which will take effect July 1, 2010. Several University students take out loans despite TOPS and other LSU scholarships. “This semester was my first to take out a student loan, and I took out $5,500,” said Samantha Barnes, sociology senior. Barnes said she took out the loan to help with the cost of tuition, rent and everyday expenses. The process of applying for a loan currently allows a student to choose which bank to go through. Barnes said she also plans on taking out loans to pay for two years of graduate school. In the past, private banks have handled the loans college students take out for their tuition. The new reform would move loans to federal jurisdiction. The current system allows private banks to lend money to college students while the government guarantees the loans. Private banks started receiving money from the federal government

to keep rates low and to provide loans to students for tuition and fees when the Federal Family Education Loan Program passed in 1965. Officials predict the government will save $61 billion during the next 10 years. With the additional savings, the government plans to increase the amount of money spent on Pell Grants, which provide money for lower-income college students based on need. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which passed in February 2009, increased the maximum amount for a Pell Grant by $500 for more than 7 million students. The savings will also use about $19 billion to offset the costs of the new health care system. The cost of college is rising despite the country’s economic downturn. Students can expect to pay $172 to $1,096 more in tuition and fees for the 2009-2010 year than for the 2008-2009 year, according to CollegeBoard online. College tuition for the 20082009 school year cost more than $43,000 a year, according to Campus Grotto online. Total costs of enrollment can run up to $53,000. Many private banks and other financial institutions will lose a significant amount of business. Among these are Citigroup, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Sallie Mae and JP Morgan. Lisa Westermann, Wells Fargo

spokesperson, said the company does not expect the new bill to impact them significantly. “We’ve been expecting this for several years, so we have been moving our business more toward private student loans,” Westermann said. Students apply for private loans after they receive grants and loans from the government, Westermann said. These loans help offset leftover costs. “It is too early to speculate” if Wells Fargo will have to lay off employees, Westermann said. The company recently bought up Wachovia and will be able to offer student loans out of those additional locations as well. Another company that will lose business from students is Sallie Mae, which specializes in private student loans. The legislation will prevent it from originating student loans. “The final legislation passed by Congress will force Sallie Mae to reduce its work force by 2,500 from today’s 8,600,” said Rick Castellano, director of public affairs at Sallie Mae. “These are painful decisions, and they are in the process of being finalized.” Mark Rodgers, Citigroup director of public affairs, said his company also advocated maintaining competition in student lending.

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MBA program among public top 50 E.J. Ourso College of Business ranked 37th By Mandy Francois Contributing Writer

The E.J. Ourso College of Business announced its ranking as one of the top 50 public MBA programs in the country last Thursday. The program ranked No. 71 out of 97 ranked schools and 426 surveyed institutions. The College of Business ranked 37 among public institutions, according to a University news release. LSU shared a four-way tie with the University of Cincinnati, Univer-

sity of Colorado-Boulder and Claremont Graduate University. Tim Rodrigue, assistant director of Alumni and External Relations for the College of Business, said the University’s business program has ranked among the top 50 public schools in the last three years. He said U.S. News and World Report only ranked 75 schools last year, and the results were not made public. The ranking will encourage more students to study at the University, Rodrigue said. “Our rank really depends on the economy,” said Rodrigue. “We are judged by whether or not our students get jobs when they graduate.” U.S. News and World Report ranks schools on factors like job

placement and starting salary, he said. The programs at Harvard and Stanford tied for No. 1, and MIT held the No. 3 spot. “Schools like Harvard will continue to stay on top,” Rodrigue said. “We hope to continue moving forward incrementally.” Vanderbilt ranked No. 36, the highest ranked SEC school overall. Other SEC schools with higher rankings included University of Florida at No. 39, University of Arkansas at No. 50 and University of Georgia at No. 59. Contact Mandy Francois at

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By Andrew Hanson

By The Associated Press

Monday, APril 19, 2010

Banquet celebrates Indian culture House passes bill to Traditional clothes, protect float-builders cuisine featured Contributing Writer

“Let’s rock this party!” and “Go Tigers!” may sound more like gameday chants than those heard at a traditional Indian banquet. But they were rousing words by Indian Student Association president Vamshi Samudrala on Saturday night at Mauj — a traditional Indian banquet that allowed Indian students at the University to connect with their roots. Samudrala said about 550 tickets were sold, and students and Baton Rouge residents alike packed the floor of the PMAC at the ISA-hosted event. The event featured entertainment ranging from traditional Indian dances to a modern rock group. Sixteen acts performed, including party bands Chukdumdum and Funky Monkeys in Town. Attendees stepped through the doors of the PMAC on a red carpet into a world of pure Indian culture. Most guests were dressed in traditional Indian clothes: the women in saris, the men in kurtas. The tables were filled, and lines stretched from one end of the redand orange-clad PMAC to the other when dinner was served.

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Live Wire performs Saturday at Mauj 2010, an annual spring banquet celebrating Indian culture, presented by the Indian Student Association.

The night began with the lighting of the diya, a traditional Indian lamp, to have the gods bring good fortune on the event. A short prayer song, or Aarti, was sung to honor the gods in the Republic of India’s official language, Hindi. “The Star-Spangled Banner” was played, followed by the Indian National Anthem, “Jana Gana Mana.” “The ISA helps students get into the American lifestyle, guiding them from India to LSU,” Samudrala said. Next, a traditional classical Indian dance was performed, followed by modern rock group Live Wire. The group performed a variety of songs, ranging from Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life” to songs from hit Bollywood movies. The band’s performance — in

Hindi and English — matched the event’s theme of a combination of American and Indian culture. Dinner, catered by The Bay Leaf, featured Indian cuisine, including naan and vegetable biryani. “It’s a good opportunity for students to get out and see a new culture,” said Brad Neumann, business graduate student. Sanjith Venkateswaran, engineering student, attended the event for the first time Saturday. “ISA is like Homeland Security to us,” Venkateswaran said. “We rush to them whenever we have issues, and they safely guide us through them.” Contact Andrew Hanson at

Jonathan Compretta knows how the flashy fun of Mardi Gras can turn tragic, and he thinks Louisiana lawmakers want to make it too easy for companies who build the elaborate floats that carry bead-throwing riders to escape responsibility when things go wrong. Compretta’s brother Jody was crushed two years ago when a Krewe of Endymion float lurched forward, throwing him under just as he was trying to disembark and attend the end-of-parade party. Compretta’s family blamed the company that built the float and hired the driver. Jody’s wife filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Now, Compretta says, a bill passed by the Louisiana House to limit the liability of float-builders would damage future attempts for float riders or watchers to sue when parade festivities hurt or kill someone.

“You’re making a higher standard than other people have to live by when you’re driving a car,” Compretta said. The bill by Rep. Jeff Arnold, D-New Orleans, would require proof of gross negligence or a deliberate act before the companies that build Mardi Gras floats could be held liable for damage, injuries or death during parades. Arnold said the proposal is designed to stop frivolous lawsuits by people who get “hit with a pair of beads or something.” “If a float falls apart, and the pieces of the float fall on somebody, obviously they’re still liable for that,” he said. “I’m trying to protect the float builders from just being sued because of something that happened that had nothing to do with what they do as a profession.” Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at


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Keeping up with the Jones Tigers

sweep Arkansas, 3-2

By Jarred LeBlanc Sports Contributor

LSU safety projected as second- or third-round NFL draft pick By Rob Landry Sports Contributor

He has done it all as a collegiate athlete. Now he’s taking his skills to the next level. Chad Jones was a multisport star at LSU. He was a key contributor to the 2007 national champion LSU football team. As a freshman on the team, Jones amassed 34 tackles, two sacks, one interception and a forced fumble on Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson that gave LSU the opportunity to score the go-ahead touchdown with about a minute remaining in the game. But Jones also played a role as a relief pitcher on the 2009 national champion LSU baseball team. Jones, nicknamed “Dreadlocks of Doom” for the combination of his dreadlock hairstyle and intimidating size on the mound, was a reliable reliever

late in the season, especially in the College World Series, where he threw three perfect innings. But Jones declared in January he was ready to take his athletic abilities to the next level by forgoing his last two seasons of baseball and his senior season of collegiate football to enter the 2010 NFL Draft. Local NFL draft analyst Mike Detillier said he was not surprised at Jones’ decision to turn pro early. “Watching the Capital One Bowl, I figured this was the last time he was ever going to put on an LSU uniform,” Detillier said. “He was either going to play pro baseball or he was going to come out early.” But Detillier, who believes Jones will be a second- or thirdround pick, does not necessarily think it was the right decision. “He wasn’t going to be a first-round pick,” Detillier said.

“I’ve always felt that unless finances were involved that you should come back and play your senior season. But a lot of times kids feel like they want to play in the NFL, and it’s time for them to move on. I think that happened with Chad.” Jones participated in both the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and LSU’s Pro Day. His numbers at Pro Day were better than what he posted at the Combine. Jones said he was very pleased with his increased reps on bench press at Pro Day. “I did nine in Indianapolis, and I did 11 today, and that just shows improvement,” Jones said. “So I think I showed that I definitely can get stronger.” One question many scouts have had for Jones is his dedication to football. Jones was JONES, see page 11

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Junior safety Chad Jones returns a kick off in the fourth quarter for a touchdown during the Tigers’ 30-26 win against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Starkville, Miss., on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009.

The No. 15 LSU softball team’s trio of seniors came up big Sunday on Senior Day in Tiger Park to push LSU past Arkansas, 3-2. The Tigers (36-9, 14-5) swept the Razorbacks (24-21, 8-11) in the three-game series for the first time since 2008. “Three more wins, and it doesn’t matter how tight they were,” said LSU coach Yvette Girouard. “We showed some character, made great pitches when we needed to and got timely hitting.” Senior pitcher Cody Trahan (11-2) started in the circle and picked up her 12th-straight victory at home, dating back to a 12-0 loss on April 19, 2009, against Florida. The Orange, Texas, native pitched five innings, struck out four batters and allowed two runs on seven hits with no walks. Senior center fielder Kirsten Shortridge and senior right fielder Rachel Mitchell each added a hit in the game and combined for six hits in the series. Mitchell started the Tigers’ offense in the bottom of the first inning after drawing a walk, stealing second, advancing to third on a Shortridge ground out and scoring on a throwing error. The Razorbacks tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the fifth inning, but the Tigers struck again in the bottom of the inning. LSU loaded the bases, and junior designated player Ashley RAZORBACKS, see page 11


Dozar hits walk-off home run in 14th to top Alabama Tigers take first two games of series By Andy Schwehm Sports Contributor

The 14th-inning stretch must have worked for LSU sophomore third baseman Grant Dozar. Tied at 5-5 against Alabama in the bottom of the inning, Dozar lined a one-out fastball just over the right- field wall to give No. 6 LSU (30-6, 11-4) a 6-5, come-from-behind victory against Alabama (2215, 5-10). The 14-inning marathon was the longest Southeastern Confer-

ence game for LSU since 1996, when the Tigers went to 16 innings against Florida. It was also the longest SEC game for Alabama since 1996, when the Crimson Tide went 16 innings against Tennessee in the SEC tournament. Dozar said it was his first walkoff home run in his life. For his efforts, he got a shaving cream pie in the face. “When I hit it, I didn’t think I had enough height on it,” Dozar said. “Thankfully, the ball carried enough to get out.” That home run wasn’t the only heroic act on Dozar’s résumé for the day. The sophomore also ripped a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 5-5.

Alabama starter Jimmy Nelson had controlled the Tiger bats up to that point, as he finished with 8 1/3 innings pitched, giving up five runs (four earned) on nine hits with six strikeouts in 102 pitches. Crimson Tide reliever Nathan Kilcrease was able to ward off any further damage in the ninth inning, retiring the next two LSU batters with runners on first and second to send the game into extra innings. Kilcrease stifled the LSU bats until Dozar came up in the 14th. “I can’t say enough about the performance of their pitchers, Nelson and Kilcrease,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “They were just ALABAMA, see page 11

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LSU senior first baseman Blake Dean swings at a pitch during the Tigers’ 9-7 victory against Alabama on Saturday at Alex Box Stadium.


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LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva, left, poses with former LSU All-American pitcher Ben McDonald, right, after McDonald’s No. 19 jersey was retired before the Tigers’ took on Alabama on Saturday.

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LSU places 5th, 7th in SEC tourney Loomis: Free agents Junior standout won’t affect draft Loupe finishes top 5 By Luke Johnson Sports Contributor

Both the LSU men’s and women’s golf teams finished in the middle of the pack in Southeastern Conference Championship tournament play this weekend with the Tigers finishing fifth and the Lady Tigers finishing seventh. It was a story of what might’ve been for the Tigers, who reached a tie for third before slipping down the leaderboard in the closing holes of the tournament. The Tigers opened tournament play five shots behind the leader as the four golfers on the team all scored within one stroke of par. But LSU saw an uncharacteristic performance from a key member of the team. Sophomore Sang Yi, who has helped thrust LSU back into national contention with his solid play this spring, shot an openinground 12-over par 82. Yi was hurt mainly by his front nine, where he carded two bogeys, two double bogeys and a triple bogey. The effort placed Yi in 59th place to open the tournament, one spot above last place. But Yi didn’t let the bad first round derail his scoring chances. The sophomore came back to fire a 1-over 71 in the second round. Yi’s second round was bogey-free heading into the final three holes before bogeying two of those

three. But Yi wasn’t finished. The sophomore enjoyed what was perhaps the best run of golf in the tournament as he was 6-under par through the first 13 holes of the last round. Yi carded seven total birdies in the final round, including four on his blemish-free front nine. Yi finished the final five holes at 4-over to shoot a 2-under 68 for the final round. Yi’s opening round may have eliminated him from competition early, but junior standout Andrew Loupe was in contention for medalist honors following the second round. Loupe shot a 2-under 68 in the second round to shoot him up the leaderboards into a tie for fifth. Loupe was aided by an eagle on the par five 15th hole, one of the two par fives on the short course. But Loupe had his work cut out for him, as Alabama freshman Hunter Hamrick, Georgia junior All-American Russell Henley and South Carolina senior George Bryan IV were ahead of Loupe to start the final round. All three golfers ahead of Loupe are ranked in Golfweek’s top-60 individual golfers in the nation, and Henley is ranked No. 1 in the nation. Loupe put together an impressive 1-under 69 on the final day, but it wasn’t enough to catch the golfers in front of him. He finished the tournament in a tie for fourth. South Carolina’s Bryan IV tied with Georgia’s Henley the individual championship with a

6-under cumulative score. The SEC men’s team championship went to No. 18 Georgia, who had built up a fivestroke lead over No. 29 Arkansas at one point during the final round. The No. 19 Lady Tigers seemed poised to make a late run in the championship tournament at North River Yacht Club in Tuscaloosa, Ala., after their 6-over 290 in the second round left them nine shots behind tournament leader, Alabama. LSU positioned itself nicely by having three golfers in the top 20 individual rankings in the tournament, including junior Amalie Valle in a tie for ninth place and sophomore Tessa Teachman in a tie for 11th place. But Teachman opened the final round with a 5-over 41 on the front nine. Teachman bogeyed the first two holes of the round and double bogeyed the 395-yard par four seventh hole. She was never able to recover the form that put her near the top of the individual standings. Junior Megan McChrystal picked up where Teachman left off the second round. McChrystal logged four birdies in the final round to post a final-round 2-under 69, putting her at even par for the tournament. The Lady Tigers finished in seventh place overall, four shots behind No. 4 Auburn.

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By The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Five of the Saints’ top restricted free agents had yet to notify general manager Mickey Loomis by Friday whether they would attend the club’s first offseason workouts next week. Still, Loomis said he saw no reason to allow possible holdouts by running back Pierre Thomas, receiver Lance Moore, safety

Roman Harper, guard Jahri Evans and left tackle Jammal Brown affect the way the Saints plan to approach next week’s NFL draft. “We’ve anticipated that the restricted free agents that we have are going to be back with us for couple reasons,” Loomis said. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at



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Alumni, current athletes break records at Gold Meet Tigers, Lady Tigers take 10 events By Katherine Terrell Sports Contributor

A number of records fell Saturday at Bernie Moore Stadium as LSU alumni and current studentathletes posted blazing times on the track during the Alumni Gold Meet. On a day with ideal weather conditions and a sizeable crowd, the Tigers and Lady Tigers combined for 10 event wins and nine top-10 NCAA performances. The middle-distance runners had a particularly impressive day. Senior All-Americans LaTavia Thomas and Richard Jones both grabbed the No. 1 time in the NCAA this season with their respective times in the 800-meter run. Jones said he knew he had the potential to run a great race after seeing Thomas run in the event before him. “The girls’ race set it up, and we all train together,” Jones said. “So I figured if they were able to do it, we could too.” Jones, who set a personal best in the event with a time of 1 minute, 46.90 seconds, said he won’t be content to coast from here.

“I know I can keep dropping my times.” Jones said. In the field events, junior pole-vaulter Marcus McGehee cleared 17 feet in the pole vault for the third week in a row. McGehee set a new personal best jump of 17 feet, 1 1/2 inches to win the event. Junior Melissa Ogbourne won the triple jump with a mark of 41 feet, 9 3/4 inches. Sophomore Earnest Green set a new personal best with a mark of 48 feet, 11 inches to win the B section of the men’s triple jump. Sophomore Michael Lauro also set a new personal record in the hammer throw with a toss of 217 feet, 8 inches. Lauro finished runner-up to LSU junior Walter Henning, who threw 233 feet, 1 inch. The success of the day extended beyond current Tigers and Lady Tigers. Former LSU AllAmerican Neisha Bernard-Thomas broke a 26-year-old stadium record in the 800-meter run. Bernard-Thomas finished first with a time of 2 minutes, 0.77 seconds, followed by Thomas, who ran the race in 2 minutes, 1.40 seconds. Another former Lady Tiger, Marian Burnett, placed third with a time of 2 minutes, 1.58 seconds. Former Olympian Lolo Jones also broke her own stadium

record in the 100-meter hurdles. Jones sprinted the race in 12.71 seconds to break her 2-year-old record. For Jones and BernardThomas, their record-setting day marked the beginning of the professional season. But for the Tigers and Lady Tigers, opportunities to compete are quickly dwindling. “We only have one more opportunity to compete before we turn our attention to the championship meets,” said LSU coach Dennis Shaver. “The regular season is over just that quick. Our kids understand they must take advantage of every opportunity they have to get it done. That will be the focus for us again next weekend.” The team’s last regular season opportunity to qualify for the postseason will be Thursday at the Penn Relays. Final exams will disrupt the training schedule before the Southeastern Conference Championship meet, Shaver said. The team will have more time than usual between meets because the SEC championship meet falls three weeks after Penn Relays, instead of the usual week.

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LSU sophomore Marcus McGehee clears the bar Saturday during the Alumni Gold Meet in Bernie Moore Stadium.

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Senior Day a loss for No. 72 Lady Tigers No. 55 Tigers prevail against No. 62 Ark. By Rowan Kavner Sports Contributor

It may have been Senior Day for the LSU women’s tennis team, but the freshmen were the ones who stood out despite a losing effort. The No. 71 Lady Tigers (9-14, 4-7) fell at home to No. 23 Arkansas (16-8, 6-5), 5-2, with the only two singles wins coming courtesy of freshmen Kaitlin Burns and Keri Frankenberger. Burns had no trouble after a tight first set in singles, winning 7-6, 6-0, and Frankenberger also won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. “I just played solid. I tried to run everything down and just get it back and make her make the mistake,” Burns said. Burns said she, Frankenberger and freshman Ebie Wilson have learned a lot since the beginning of the season and have continued to develop in Southeastern Conference play. “Keri and Ebie are amazing players,” Burns said. “Keri’s won like every single match — it’s unbelievable.” Frankenberger isn’t undefeated, but she has won nine of her last 11 singles matches. Burns has won three of her last four singles matches. “They’ve done great,” said LSU coach Tony Minnis. “It bodes well for the future because they played really hard today.”  The Razorbacks held a slim 3-2 advantage after winning the doubles point and splitting the first four singles matches. But LSU fell short in the final two three-set matches.  LSU sophomore Whitney Wolf dropped her match to No. 43 junior Anouk Tigu, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, to clinch the victory for Arkansas. Wilson then fell, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0. Seniors Hannah Robinson and Nicole Kantor were defeated in straight sets earlier in the match, 6-2, 6-2, and 6-4, 6-2, respectively.  “The seniors have been a big part of the program the last four years, and you want to see them go out the right way,” Minnis said. “We put ourselves where we were capable

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LSU sophomore Whitney Wolf competes in doubles Saturday against Arkansas in ‘Dub’ Robinson Stadium. The Lady Tigers lost, 2-5.

of winning, but we just didn’t pull it off.” The Lady Tigers will keep fighting in SEC tournament play Minnis said. The Tigers and the Lady Tigers begin the SEC tournament against Alabama on Thursday. NO. 55 TIGERS OVERCOME NO. 62 ARKANSAS, 5-2 The No. 55 LSU men’s tennis team (7-14, 3-8) defeated No. 62 Arkansas (10-13, 1-10), 5-2, on Saturday in the Tigers’ final regular season match of the year. The Tigers dropped the doubles point, but freshman Stefan Szacinski evened the match at 1-1 in the only straight-set match of the day, 6-2, 7-5. Juniors Julien Gauthier and Sebastian Carlsson persevered after dropping their first sets. Gauthier won, 1-6, 6-1, 6-2, and Carlsson prevailed, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, as the Tigers grabbed the first three singles points. LSU coach Jeff Brown said it

was the Tigers’ first indoor match all season, and it took a while for LSU to grow accustomed to the court. “They kept fighting, and they did a good job, and we had clutch performances in the third set,” Brown said. Sophomore Mark Bowtell took the first set but dropped the next two, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. The overall score was 3-2 in favor of LSU when junior Cody Loup clinched the match for the Tigers, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2. “Cody Loup was down a set and 4-1 in his match yesterday, so that was a significant comeback,” Brown said. No. 51 LSU sophomore Neal Skupski finished off the match with a 6-7, 6-4, 7-6 victory against No. 65 junior Chris Nott.

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drafted out of high school in the 18th round of the MLB draft, and many thought he would pursue a baseball career after college. Jones said he told the scouts it was not an issue, and his baseball days are behind him.

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fantastic, and they wouldn’t give our left-handed batters a pitch to hit on the inside part of the plate.” LSU starting sophomore southpaw Chris Matulis put together the most convincing starting pitching performance of the weekend for the Tigers, but it wasn’t always pretty. Matulis did his job for the most part in 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on five hits while striking out three and walking three. He was relieved by Paul Bertuccini for onethird of an inning. Two of the runs came off a home run by Alabama first baseman

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Applegate and freshman shortstop Allison Falcon each hit an RBI single to put the Tigers in front for good. “Everyone [holds] each other accountable and [passes] the bat,” Shortridge said. “As long as we do that, we’ll be fine.” LSU sophomore left fielder Ashley Langoni powered the Tigers to a 4-2 victory in game one against the Razorbacks on Saturday. Langoni went 2-for-3 from the plate and knocked in three RBIs, including a two-run blast over the right-field wall in the bottom of the fifth inning. Trahan picked up the win from the circle in game one. She pitched seven innings, struck out four,



“I told them that I had a great baseball run, and I played at the highest level against the best teams and the best players. So I think I exceeded my baseball expectations,” Jones said. “Now I think it’s time to sit down and focus on football so I can reach those highest limits in football.”

Detillier has high expectations for Jones in the NFL because of his physical nature and knack for bonecrushing hits. “He’s a great athlete, but he’s really a very physical player,” Detillier said. “You see it in his play in run defense, and you see it in his play when a receiver crosses his path.”

Jones, who has heard rumors of possibly being drafted by the New Orleans Saints, said he would be thrilled to have the opportunity to play so close to home. “Being home would be great,” Jones said. “Being Louisiana homegrown would be great for the city and great for the state. And I know

my parents would be happy because they would be able to come to every home game. So yeah, that definitely looks good.”

Clay Jones in the top of the first. The only other run Matulis gave up came on a single in the top of the third and gave the Crimson Tide a 3-1 lead at the time. But Matulis ran himself into trouble in multiple innings, including leaving two on base in both the fourth and fifth innings. He was able to work himself out of the jams, and Alabama finished the game leaving nine on base while LSU left seven. “I did what I could to keep the game close,” Matulis said. “I just left that two-out pitch a little bit up on that home run.” Closer Matty Ott went the rest of the distance for the Tigers. He

gave up the lead with the game tied at 5-3 in the eighth, but he settled down, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out three and walking one on 82 pitches in seven innings. The performance was by far his longest outing as a Tiger. Ott said Mainieri checked with him after every inning to see if his arm was OK. The problem wasn’t Ott’s arm. It was his whole body, he said. “We just pitched like I always do,” Ott said. “We didn’t know how long the game would last, so I didn’t save anything.” Friday and Saturday nights, the LSU home run bats came out

in full force in front of two of the three largest crowds this season. The Tigers went yard six times total in the two victories after not hitting a single home run in last weekend’s series loss to Auburn. On Saturday night in front of 10,019 ­— the largest crowd in LSU baseball history — LSU smacked three solo home runs in the span of four batters in the bottom of the second inning and held on late for a 9-7 victory. Friday night, the Tigers’ bats woke up thanks in large part to first baseman Blake Dean. The Tiger offense came alive after falling behind 4-1 in the

second inning, and the senior had the fourth two-home run game of his career en route to LSU’s 12-5 win. “I started swinging at better pitches,” Dean said. “I didn’t work myself deep into counts to have to work from behind, and that helped me out a little bit.” Alabama leads LSU, 190-1533, in a series that began in 1906. But the Tigers have a 29-10 overall mark against Alabama during the last 11 seasons (2000-10).

walked two and gave up two runs on three hits. Langoni came through for the Tigers again in game two Saturday with a walk-off double to give LSU a come-from-behind victory, 3-2, in 10 innings. Langoni stepped up to the plate with Shortridge on first base and Mitchell on second base with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning. The Pueblo West, Colo., native hit a 1-0 pitch to left-center field for a double, scoring Mitchell and giving the Tigers the walk-off victory. “The games were intense and hard, but they are ranked right below us,” Mitchell said. “We persevered, and we did what we needed to do.” Arkansas came out swinging

in the top of the first, scoring two runs on two hits in the inning. The Razorbacks threatened again in the top of the third inning, loading the bases with only one out, but LSU freshman pitcher Rachele Fico came in to relieve sophomore pitcher Brittany Mack and struck out the next two batters. LSU began its comeback in the bottom of the fourth inning. Shortridge singled to start off the inning and later scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore first baseman Anissa Young, closing the gap to 2-1. The Tigers tied the game, 2-2, in the bottom of the fifth inning. Applegate led off the inning with a single to second base, advanced to second on a walk by sophomore pinch hitter Heidi Pizer

and scored on a single up the middle by Mitchell. Fico (14-4) shut Arkansas out for 7 2/3 innings and picked up the win. The Oxford, Conn., native

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Gumbo to see payment, ordering changes It is important students know the Gumbo fee has been re-purposed to cover the Gumbo DVD. The hardbound book is no longer covered by the fee, and it now costs $50. The Gumbo DVD is not an option. It will be distributed before finals. Many students have expressed they do not want a DVD, but everyone will receive

one. We hope you will enjoy the sights of campus life, sports and more. There are two payment options for purchasing the book: First, go to, fill out the form and submit it. We will then put the charge to your fee bill, which will appear after April 30 to avoid scheduling conflicts. The second option is to print out the form, fill it out, attach a check made payable to LSU Gumbo and send it to B39 Hodges Hall. Another important change is that we are depending on everyone to buy the book. This is a University effort to keep this

110-year-old tradition of LSU alive. If 1,000 people do not order the book, the book will not be made at all because the publisher requires that we have a minimum amount of books ordered. The book costs $50 making it self-sufficient; it costs about $40 to make the book and the rest of the money is for postage, shipping and handling. It has become economically unfeasible to only rely on the fee to pay for the Gumbo. So, if you want one, then encourage your friends to buy one, too. If your organization bought space, then we hope all of the members buy a Gumbo. Also, this new process now

allows alumni/non-students to buy the book. The order deadline is Friday, April 30. This is a strict deadline since we have to submit the order number to the publisher May 1. If you do not order a Gumbo by April 30, you will not receive one and there will be no way to buy one later. The Gumbo is for you, your family, your friends and your future family and friends. It is for those “Remember when...” moments that will happen in the future. We understand that this new process may be frustrating. Even the staff has to pay for a book we are making, but we appreciate all

MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010 of the support we have received. On a more personal note, I’d like to thank everyone who has ever helped me. I have worked at the Gumbo for the past three years and I am currently serving my second (and last) year as editor. I have done my best for you, and I hope you enjoyed the 2009 Gumbo and will enjoy 2010! Thank you and buy your Gumbo! Sheila de Guzman LSU Gumbo Editor Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at


Budget woes treating symptoms, not disease

Gov. Bobby Jindal announced this year his budget for this fiscal year included no new cuts to higher education. It seemed like a welcome relief at the time for students and faculty already suffering under the pressing weight of existing shortfalls. It seemed the governor had finally woken up to the real problems with which we’ve been faced and was actually planning to do something about it. That said, many people and institutions — including The Daily Reveille’s editorial board — remained skepMatthew tical. Jindal’s Albright budget did not Opinion Editor have any legal binding, and there was no guarantee its provisions would pass legislative muster unless he put the full weight of his office behind it. And there wasn’t evidence Jindal was willing to spend the political capital necessary to do that. Sadly, it appears we were right. The bills on this legislative session’s agenda dealing with higher education funding are lackluster at best, and it appears the governor’s bold, commendable ambition will remain unfulfilled. Which isn’t really a surprise. More grim news was announced last week — the state budget is $312 million short, leaving a gaping money hole that must be filled by June. And it appears likely higher education will once again be responsible for cutting funds to balance the books. Cutting higher education is obviously less than ideal, but the

problem runs much deeper than simple fiscal math. Jindal and the legislature are disproportionately cutting higher education and health care because they have to. The fundamental cause of budget cut woes is arcane, procedural and deeply systemic — which means it is not getting the widespread attention it deserves. After a myriad of amendments over time, various departments of the state budget have earned “non-discretionary status” for most of their programs — meaning those programs can barely or absolutely not be cut during budgetary crises like the one through which we are currently slogging. Larger and larger portions of the budget have been deemed “non-discretionary” over time, leaving only higher education and health care primarily in the “discretionary” category. More of the state general fund is non-discretionary at this point than discretionary. Sound boring, tedious and technical? It is. But it means higher education and health care suffer cuts much larger than any other part of the budget when the money gets tight. To be exact, 65 percent of any budget cut must come from higher education or health care. It’s basically constitutionally mandated. So claims by Jindal or any other politicians they are trying to prevent higher education from getting gutted seem suspect, since they are concretely prevented from doing so — unless they make sweeping changes to the system. Bad news, college students : They aren’t. The closest anyone’s come recently is Rep. Neil Abramson’s


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House Bill 820, which would essentially extend budget protections to higher education and health care. With the passage of this bill, the legislature would officially complete the task of protecting virtually the entire state budget — one can only imagine the havoc this would cause during the next budget shortfall. A second concern with the bill is the feasibility of its passage — as a constitutional amendment, it requires a two-thirds vote of the legislature and a vote of the citizens. That’s a difficult political battle to fight.

This brings us to the reason nobody is seriously addressing the real solution to budget inequality — it will be difficult. Legislators will have to painstakingly remove or limit the budget protections on other departments to really fix the system and ensure budget cuts are distributed fairly — instead of disproportionately damaging higher education and thus the state’s future. And that requires the same difficult battle Abramson is going to face with his bill. So the next time you hear politicians saying they fight

budget cuts, know that, while they may be proposing stop-gap measures and short-term solutions, they are afraid of the slugfest required to enact real positive change. Maybe you’ll even get to hear them whine about it. Matthew Albright is a 21-yearold mass communication junior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_malbright. Contact Matthew Albright at



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“Moments of kindness and reconciliation are worth having, even if the parting has to come sooner or later.”

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Line between pornography and art is slim, hard to discern There’s a thin line between art and just plain crude, but who’s to say where that line can be drawn? It has always moved a bit further with each generation. Why can’t pornography therefore be a form of self-expression and art? Pornography is “sexually explicit pictures, writing or other material whose primary purpose is to cause sexual arousal,” according to The Supreme Court defines pornography as having an absence of artistic and social value. Pornography, by definition, should be something looked down upon, but an argument can be made for the defense of this persecuted industry. Plenty of big-name motion pictures, commercials and music videos could be considered pornography but instead are interpreted as a form of art. Why is

that? What separates these films from the unforgivable pornography? The answer is nothing. There is the same level of redeeming social features in Nelly’s “Tip Drill” music video as there are in “Gangbangs of New York.” The only difference is the level of censorship because one has been shown on public television. More than that, pornographic films always have a basic story line to them. Ragina Humpsalot needs her cable fixed by Bill Bigcox, and I’m sure you can gather where the story goes from there. These particular plots use reallife situations and turn them into something kinky, which is more in touch with human social situations than Nelly swiping a credit card down the ass cheek of one of his “hoes.” Why is “Tip Drill”

considered art more than taking a mundane scenario and making it entertaining? Something is clearly wrong with this picture. I will say this — there are some pornographic films that go beyond the point of human sensuality into a realm of disturbing, haunting images (such as bestiality, snuff Kali Babineaux films, rape scenarios, etc.). I Columnist do not consider those films art, and this article is not based on the defense of such films. It is about the adult films showing basic human nature, the lustful twisted animal inside many humans. We are a barbaric society pretending to be civilized

and submerging our animalistic tendencies. Pornography is a release for these emotions — and therefore the truest form of selfexpression. As immoral as pornography is, it does a great job showing the ugly reality of human nature by demonstrating the human weakness for flesh. The honesty of these films is commendable. Humans are lustful creators that constantly crave satisfaction. The porn industry depicts these aspects of human nature perfectly. After all, at the end of the day, we are all animals with the same basic need to mate. Why is there such a negative connotation with adult films? Why is there a set taboo in our minds that tells us watching these films is wrong? I know plenty of people who watch pornography

on a regular basis and are probably the nicest people I know. Pornography will not turn a person into a sex-craving fiend. So, do not be deterred if advocates against the industry proclaim to you that this will be your fate. Porn is a good way to harness sexual tendencies. Pornography is art in its own twisted way. It takes someone with a vision and a perverted mind to create and enhance human sensuality. It is crude, lude and above all an honest depiction of how twisted and messed up the human species really is. Kali Babineaux is a 20-year-old English junior from Baton Rouge. Contact Kali Babineaux at


Why do people want to come to the United States? I’m sure everyone has good answers to this question. I certainly have my own good ones, considering I’m an international student from Brazil. But more than trying to explain the reasons why so many people come to this great country — some intending to immigrate, others in search of a better education and so on — I will extend my reflection to a few aspects of immigration that intrigue me. Let’s first list some of the actual reasons. People looking for a better life (mainly in terms of economic conditions) know it’s easier

and fairer to make an honest living here than in many countries in Latin America, for example. Also, people striving to escape from an authoritarian regime that make their lives miserable will consider moving to the United States or to Europe as a chance to start a better life. In a different way, students from many countries live the dream/opportunity to study in an American university — and American academics are open to the benefits of having an international-student community. These are people that will enrich their

knowledge and life experience here, then take it back to their countries. I’m part of this crowd. Considering this, I must say I have a strange admiration for this country regarding its willingness to accept people from all over the world. But I must Marcelo Vieira say it also puzzles Columnist me, considering the intolerance and prejudice against immigrants here, not to mention the strict legislation con-

cerning the matter. There’s also a strong cultural fact I can observe specially from a foreign point of view. My home country — like most other “developing” countries around the world — builds its culture based on the American way of life. I’m talking about capitalism, consumption, technology, show business and all the myriad of things and behaviors that characterizes the lives we live today. These export “goods” are so rooted in society outside the United States that there’s an awkward feeling — as if what we live there is only lived fully in the


U.S. Reaffirming that feeling, American movies show to the world the fantastic people and events that make anyone want to be part of “the scene.” Your thoughts and desires will at some point converge on the famous American dream well-portrayed in cinematographic detail. And along with this admiration and ambition, there’s a kind of jealousy also cultivated by the notion that Americans have to exceed in everything. Who doesn’t want to be the best? But there’s a dark side in all of this Americanism abroad. Aside from the fact the American culture is everywhere, for good or bad, the American establishment also makes itself present through military intervention, assuming a leadership role in conflict regions and sponsoring democratic “freedom” (more on those quote marks in a future column). The response to this truth is at many times the Anti-Americanism that has grown in scary proportions during the Bush years. This horrible tendency also brings people to the U.S. with criminal intentions. It’s more than time to admit a couple of truths about America and the rest of the world — first, the U.S. is a nation that was founded by immigrants and is supported by millions of them. And the world? Let’s say there’s a lot of America in every corner of it. Marcelo Vieira is a jazz cello graduate student from Brazil. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_mvieira.

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Monday, APril 19, 2010 PROPOSAL, from page 1

in June 2011. The proposed plan for filling the new hole for the coming year reiterates the governor’s preliminary budget intention by avoiding funding cuts to higher education. The University has endured about $40 million in funding during the last two years. Jindal said last week further reductions to the coming year’s budget will be introduced as amendments to the proposed budget — formally known as House Bill One — that is being debated today in the House Appropriations Committee. “The plans we are announcing today work to protect critical services by avoiding dramatic reductions in health care and higher education, especially as they are the largest unprotected areas in the budget,” Jindal said Friday in a news release. The administration is projecting to meet the $3 million in required savings by freezing spending on nonacademic support expenditures like travel, equipment and supplies, said Robert Kuhn, associate vice chancellor of Budget and Planning. “The governor’s proposal would allow us to protect the academic core, and we will continue to make financial and programmatic efforts ... to become a leaner, more focused university,” Martin said Friday in a broadcast e-mail. With the specter of cuts for the coming fiscal year looming as the legislative session progresses, the more pressing issue lately has been dealing with the budget deficit in the current year. A total of $3 million in projected savings from a state mandated spending freeze will save the University from postponing construction on the new band hall and enacting furlough plans the University outlined when the total cut was uncertain. The lower-than-predicted cut is a temporary relief for administrators, but the University isn’t completely out of danger this fiscal year. The legislature still has to debate, possibly amend and ultimately approve the plan for filling the deficit. The governor’s plan will navigate the legislative course in the form of a supplemental bill. House Speaker Jim Tucker said at his weekly press conference Thursday he hopes to have the hole filled within the next two weeks. Jindal’s plan outlines a total of $10.4 million in cuts to the LSU System with the Baton Rouge campus slated to provide the most savings, according to a reduction plan submitted by the LSU System on Friday. System President John Lombardi heaped praise on the governor’s plan in a statement Friday. “At our academic campuses, students are assured that they will be able to complete their programs of study without interruption,” Lombardi said. Absent from Jindal’s plan was the employment of the $170 million in Rainy Day funds some administrators and legislators speculated could be used to help cover this year’s deficit. Both Jindal and Tucker expressed their concerns about using Rainy Day funds because of the repayment schedule mandated by state rules. Contact Xerxes A. Wilson at

EARTH DAY, from page 1

“We are promoting Earth Day and educating the consumers,” said Sien Gaines, Corps member. “It’s great to start with the kids, who will then educate the adults.” Representatives from the LSU School of the Coast and Environment also promoted the wetlands. “Earth Day is a great way to get people excited about the wetlands,” said Lauren Land, coast and environment graduate student. “The wetlands are shrinking at an alarming rate, and we want people to be aware of that.” Structure-Green, a solar power company, demonstrated the use of solar energy to power a children’s racetrack toy. “Our goal is to get consumers

off utilities as much as possible,” said Omeed Badkoobeh, design and development manager of StructureGreen. “When you install a solar system, it’s like building a power plant on top of your own house.” The company auctioned off a solar-powered backpack, which had three solar panels on the outside and contained an array of adaptors that could power most devices, including iPods, cell phones and laptops. “We are going to end up hurting future generations if we don’t become more green today,” said Laura Badkoobeh, elementary education senior. The University’s Environmental Conservation Organization was also in attendance. “We are raising awareness to

encourage people to become more energy efficient,” said Jenny Byrd, wildlife ecology sophomore. Matt Wyatt, natural resources conservation sophomore, said he wanted to let people know University students are actively involved in community conservation. The University’s Association for the Education of Young Children set up a hands-on station where children could help construct a house made of mud. “We really promote using nature in the classroom,” said Adell Richards, early childhood education junior. “We are strongly against worksheets. We think kids should be getting messy.” The University’s Recycling and Sustainability managers shared the

PAGE 15 progress of their departments. Andres Harris, LSU Recycling manager, said the University ranked second in the SEC’s Recycle Mania competition in 2009 after recycling more than 1,300 tons. The National Audubon Institute hosted a booth set up for its Louisiana Coastal Initiative. “We are asking people to fill out postcards that we will mail to members of Congress to support the coastal restoration project,” said David Ringer, Audubon’s communication coordinator. “We want to make it a national priority, and a lot needs to be done on a policy level.” Contact Sarah Eddington at

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