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FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010

Nation & World



Killings of anti-Taliban leaders put Pakistan’s Swat on the edge

Missouri store clerk wins $258 million Powerball jackpot

MINGORA, Pakistan (AP) — The targeted killings of a handful of anti-Taliban leaders has shaken Pakistan’s Swat Valley and raised fears that the militants are re-emerging in the former tourist haven despite a largely successful army offensive against them.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri convenience store clerk with $28.96 in his bank account and a stack of utility bills to pay came forward Thursday as the winner of a $258 million Powerball jackpot. Chris Shaw, 29, said he plans to use the winnings to pay off the $1,000 he owes a friend for a truck he recently bought, catch up on his utility bills, see a dentist about getting his two missing front teeth replaced, and take his three children and his girlfriend’s two children to Walt Disney World in Florida.

Mexico City archdiocese bars priest with sexual assault conviction MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexico City archdiocese said Thursday it is barring a priest who pleaded guilty in 1989 to sexually assaulting an 11-year-old Colorado girl from working in the city. The office of Cardinal Norberto Rivera said that Lucas Antonio Galvan has been stripped of his license to work as a priest in the city because he failed to provide documents about his past. Rivera’s spokesman, Hugo Valdemar, said the decision shows the church is taking sex abuse allegations seriously.

Pa. worker gets 7 years in disabled 14-year-old’s starvation death PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A child services contractor has been sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison in a case linked to the starvation death of a disabled 14-year-old girl. A judge on Thursday gave 72-year-old Earle McNeill a far longer term than the

four colleagues sentenced to date from MultiEthnic Behavioral Services. Four others were convicted at trial this year and are awaiting sentence. Prosecutors say the company forged documents after the 2006 death of Danieal Kelly to suggest home visits to her family and other needy clients that never occurred. Man arrested in stabbing death of Miss. white supremacist lawyer PEARL, Miss. (AP) — A white supremacist lawyer with a knack for publicity was found stabbed to death in a burning house Thursday, and Mississippi authorities later arrested a suspect in the death. Rankin County Sheriff Ronnie Pennington said Richard Barrett’s body was found about 7:45 a.m. after residents reported seeing smoke coming from his house in a rural area outside a suburb of Jackson, Miss. Pennington told The Associated Press a man was arrested in the death, declining to elaborate.


Bill to cap TOPS rejected again by Senate Education Committee

Two New Orleans police officers charged in deaths of their dogs

BATON ROUGE (AP) — A state senator’s annual proposal to cap the amount of money college students could receive through the free tuition program called TOPS failed Thursday, rejected by the Senate Education Committee. The bill by Sen. Butch Gautreaux, D-Morgan City, has been killed in previous years as well. The TOPS program is politically popular, and opponents argue students have earned the free tuition and the state shouldn’t take away what students have been promised. The Senate committee shelved the measure without objection Thursday. Gautreaux said he believes TOPS — the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students — is an important program but sought a cap because of the annual growth of the program, which costs the state more than $130 million a year.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two New Orleans police officers have been charged in connection with the unrelated deaths of their K-9 dogs. The New Orleans district attorney’s office filed bills of information Thursday against Officer Jason Lewis and Sgt. Randy Lewis, The Times-Picayune reported.

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Free Street Painting Workshop with Internationally Renowned Street Painter Lori Escalera 1p.m.-4p.m., Wednesday, April 21 on LSU Parade Ground Visit Foster Hall Art Gallery or for an application and details 5th Annual Graduate & Professional School Open House Hosted by: Black Graduate & Professional Student Association Tuesday, April 27th, 3:00-5:30 Shirley & Bill Lawton Squad Room @ Tiger Stadium Free, Open to the public, light refreshments DO YOU HAVE AN OCCURRENCE? Call Isaiah at the Student Media Office 578-6090, 9AM- 5PM or E-mail:

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Forecasters: Severe weather possible in Arkansas, Louisiana Forecasters are warning that portions of Arkansas and northern Louisiana may see significant severe weather Friday and that a tornado outbreak is possible in the region Friday night and Saturday morning. The national Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said Thursday there was a moderate risk of severe weather Friday, including storms that could produce tornadoes.


Read about the 150-year anniversary’s kick off.

Read about the Chancellor’s Sesquicentennial Service Award, which honors those who serve the University.

Read about the past 150 years of University Keep up to date at history on display at Hill Memorial Library.


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FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010



LSU evolved from military and agricultural roots Gradual shift to a research focus By Ryan Buxton Senior Staff Writer

As Louisiana’s flagship university, LSU strives for academic excellence and breakthrough research. But the path to today’s prominence spans 150 years and generations of dedicated Tigers. As the University celebrates its sesquicentennial, the campus community is reflecting on the past and committing to the future of a school that has gone through many transitions since its founding in 1860. When the University opened with only five faculty members, it had a strong military character with a stern focus on discipline, said Paul Hoffman, a history professor who studies the University. Because there were few Louisiana high schools in 1860, the University accepted students as young as 13, many of whom were sons of planters and were expected to become masters of plantations. Their projected futures as powerful men led to concerns about their obedience, Hoffman said. “The general feeling was these young men were both undisciplined and, because of the social environment, not inclined to take orders from anybody,” Hoffman said. In addition to teaching respect for authority, founders of the University also sought to train military officers. “The division over slavery and the right of the South to have its states rights and therefore slavery was beginning to brew up to be

a nasty thing,” Hoffman said. “On the part of some people interested in LSU, they recognized that a military training facility would be in the interest of the state.” Beginning in 1916, participation in the ROTC was mandatory for freshmen and sophomores, Hoffman said. The rigid day-to-day operation of the University made student life a much different experience than present-day students have, said Leah Wood Jewett, library exhibitions coordinator. “If you think life is hard now, look at these guys who had to wear wool uniforms, had one hour of recreation time and weren’t allowed to gossip,” she said. Students followed strict time management requirements and living standards. “Until the 1940s, they had to get up with bugle calls,” said Barry Cowan, university archivist. “They got up at reveille, and went to bed at taps. They had lights out at a certain time, and their rooms had to stand to inspection.” Women were first admitted to the University in 1906. Hoffman said many lived in a cottage with a matron. The ROTC remained mandatory until 1969, Hoffman said. By then, focus on the military had relaxed, and the ROTC had become largely an instructional program. This marked the beginning of a change in the University’s character. Thomas Boyd, an early president of the University, said in 1917 the University was a “University with a military department,” according to Hoffman. But a new focus on academics

altered that perception. “After 1969, [the University] becomes, by its own description, a research university, which is the identity we’re using now,” Hoffman said. The University had an agricultural research interest from the beginning, Cowan said. Around the 1960s, academics began to diversify. In 1963, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools required the University to do a selfstudy as part of its accreditation process, Hoffman said. Included in the study was how the University was tackling research, and the University’s consideration of that matter began the journey to becoming research-centered Around that time, the University received a large grant from the National Science Foundation, which provided unprecedented funding for the chemistry, physics, geology and mathematics departments, said James Wharton, University chancellor from 1981 to 1989. “That was a windfall of money in the sciences, and LSU was able to hire a number of faculty in that time period that really added dimension and value to those departments,” Wharton said. As academics were flourishing, the University was entering a social transition as the student body got more involved in political activism with issues like the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War. Cowan said the war was particularly catalytic because male students were eligible for the draft unless they got a student deferment. “Being drafted was very much a concern,” he said. “Nobody wants

LSU Day postponed until the fall 600 ft. king cake to go to food bank By Ryan Buxton Senior Staff Writer

LSU Day, scheduled for Saturday, has been postponed until the fall semester because of inclement weather forecasts. “We are expected to get lightning, possibly hail, tornado watches and maybe flash flooding,” said Kristine Calongne, assistant vice chancellor of University Relations,

in an e-mail. “Therefore, we have to put safety first.” The National Weather Service forecasts a 60 percent chance of rain Saturday with severe thunderstorms. Though the worst weather is expected Saturday morning, conditions could interfere with set-up, according to a University news release. “The safety of event staff and volunteers is of [the highest] importance,” the release said. When a new date has been determined it will be announced through and, according to the release.

Because of the postponement, LSU Dining now has more than 600 feet of king cake on its hands. The Sesquicentennial Student Subcommittee planned to create America’s largest king cake, which had already been partially baked Thursday by LSU Dining. “Once you’ve thawed the dough ... you cannot reverse it,” said David Heidke, director of LSU Dining. “We have no choice but to continue to bake it today and tomorrow.” The subcommittee considered passing out pieces of cake to students Friday, but that would have been logistically impossible because volunteers and equipment couldn’t be secured by then, said Iftekhar Rouf, subcommittee chairman. The cake will be donated to the Baton Rouge Food Bank. The cake is planned to be baked again when LSU Day is rescheduled. “I’m happy with donating it to the food bank because we’re ... not wasting the whole thing,” Rouf said. “And students are not going to be left out because we’re going to do it again in the fall.”

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to see their friend get drafted and possibly die. And second, a lot of people didn’t think we should be over there.” As students were immersing themselves in world events more than ever, the academic progress at the University continued. When Wharton became chancellor in the early ’80s, he set his sights on recognition for University research. Wharton took a month-long tour around the country to observe what other universities were doing right. He found programs with much more financial support and attention than LSU, but he felt the University was proportionally of the same quality. “It’s like diamonds — if you have two diamonds of the same quality, one large and one small, the large diamond gets a lot more attention than the smaller diamond,” Wharton said. Wharton began achieving the prominence he wanted when the

University was named a “Research 1” institution by the Carnegie Foundation in 1987, an honor that required dramatic improvement. The University’s stature has continued to improve with nationally prominent programs like geography eventually evolving into today’s innovative branches of scholarship like coastal studies, Wharton said. The University moved into the first tier for “Best National Universities” on the U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges list for the first time in the 2009 edition. As the University continues to move forward with the focus on research and the development of intellectual property, the community’s eyes are on the next 150 years and what legacy the University will pave next. Contact Ryan Buxton at



FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010


2010 marks anniversary of the Long assassination

Long increased the University’s operating budget from $800,000 to $2.8 million. Long attracted more qualified faculty members and changed the University’s “C” rating by the Association of State UniverBy Mary Walker Baus sities to an “A” rating, according to Contributing Writer Snider. Many famous men laid the Long made sure both state and bricks that built the University dur- federal funds were given to students ing the past 150 years, but 75 years who needed assistance, said Paul ago, one man turned the face of the Hoffman, history professor. He atUniversity toward modernity. tributes the continued growth of the This year marks the Univer- student body to what Long started in sity’s 150th birthday and the 75th the ’30s. anniversary of the The Long Maassassination of chine, Long’s poHuey Pierce Long, litical mechanism, governor and senadealt with multiple tor of Louisiana areas. Long induring the Great creased the LSU Depression era. Marching Band to “The hisnearly 250 memtory of LSU can bers, introduced Audra Snider be measured in its the purple and gold Huey P. Long’s first 75 years and colors to the unigreat-granddaughter its second 75 years, form and helped which correlates compose “Darling to Huey Long,” said Audra Snider, of LSU” and “Touchdown for LSU,” Long’s great-granddaughter. “He according to the LSU Department of was the father of the modern LSU, Bands Web site. and he deserves much of the credit Hoffman said Long’s interest for creating the LSU we all recog- in extracurriculars shifted the Uninize today.” versity from a technical school to a Long became involved with more well-rounded university. LSU in 1930, and by 1935, his imLong is also credited for buildprovements increased enrollment ing landmarks on campus such as from roughly 1,800 students to the Music and Dramatic Arts build5,200 students, Snider said. ing, the Fine Arts building, female

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‘He was the father of the modern LSU ... he deserves much of the credit.’

dormitories, the Huey P. Long Field House and Pool and a larger Tiger Stadium surrounded by dorms. Although Long more than doubled enrollment and created the Tiger-fan culture, some of the memorable buildings he established are in shambles today. Michael Barry, ’82 business administration alumnus, said it took him less than 45 seconds to realize he didn’t want to live in the stadium dorms when he arrived at the University his first year. The stadium dorms on the south end zone are now offices for the Art Department. Other Long-era dorms are either empty or used for storage, said Facility Development director Emmett David in an Oct. 15 article in The Daily Reveille. The Huey P. Long Field House and Pool aren’t in good condition, either. “The decay of the Field House is somewhat symbolic of the decay of Huey’s memory,” Snider said. “Both have been neglected and even vandalized ... their value is no longer recognized.” In September 2008, The Foundation for Historical Louisiana added the Field House to its list of “Treasures in Trouble.” At the time, the crumbling building was No. 13 on the University’s restoration list. “The Field House was a social center,” said Nancy Wyman, ’41 education alumna. “We used to have

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The Huey P. Long Pool, one of Long’s many projects, sits in disrepair. The pool has been closed since 2002 and there are currently no repair efforts being made.

mailboxes there, and there was a big room for dances. Every weekend there were four dances.” Only 50 percent of the building is still usable, including the front half which currently houses classrooms, David said in an e-mail to The Daily Reveille. Even though the Long Machine accomplished more at the University than Long himself, his legacy and influence should still be celebrated, Hoffman said. Long died of gunshot wounds on Sep. 10, 1935, assassinated by Carl Weiss. The University is a symbol of

Long’s philosophy and progress within the state of Louisiana, and these anniversaries should be celebrated together, said Snider. “We can have no appreciation for the advancements we enjoy now if we don’t look back and understand where they came from,” Snider said. “Huey would be enormously proud of his legacy at LSU because his whole focus was about giving young people an opportunity ... through education.” Contact Mary Walker Baus at

Friday, April 23, 2010



Minorities take vital role on campus Women now the majority of students By Grace Montgomery Staff Writer

WOMEN AT THE UNIVERSITY The University first admitted women in 1906. Seventeen collegeaged women, including Annie Boyd and Louise Garig ­— namesakes of two residential halls on campus — enrolled in the fall. “Women were on campus as early as 1897 but in summer school for teachers,” Hoffman said. “In a national context, LSU was way behind.” University President Thomas Boyd approved women enrollment, but no documents exist officially confirming the decision, Hoffman said. “The time was right,” Hoffman said. In 1904, one woman transferred to the University Graduate School. Olivia Davis graduated with a master’s degree in math in 1905. Women became the majority on campus around 1944, but the majority disappeared after World War II, Hoffman said. Today, women make up 51.5 percent of the University’s undergraduate population, according to the 2009 University Annual Diversity Report. Early female students took classes primarily focused in arts, humanities and home economics, Hoffman said. “Few women were in science and engineering — they were actively discouraged from taking those

classes,” Hoffman said. “Many women did nationally, however.” Women were strictly monitored while attending the University. After the late 1920s, women lived in dorms under the supervision of a house mother. During the 1950s, women attended weekly formal dinners with etiquette training they used in hosting dinners for their husband’s business guests, Hoffman said. The structure remained until the late 1960s. As American society transformed, women began to protest restrictions at the University. As enrollment numbers increased, the University had trouble monitoring students’ activities. Residential colleges filled up, and students living off campus were beyond the University’s control.   CIVIL RIGHTS A.P. Tureaud Jr. was the University’s first black undergraduate student. Tureaud was admitted to the University’s undergraduate pre-law and law degree program in 1953. While attending the University, Tureaud was mostly ignored by students and faculty, Hoffman said. “People talked about me as though … I was an inanimate object,” Tureaud said during a 1993 LSU Archives oral history interview. “Most of the professors just ignored me.” After six weeks, the decision to admit Tureaud was repealed, and he transferred elsewhere. The original decision was upheld in 1956, but Tureaud refused to return. In 1964, six black students enrolled at the University, a year before the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, case. 

During the 1940s and 1950s, many black people left the state for higher education, rather than deal with racial tension, Hoffman said. “It’s interesting to think about the talent Louisiana lost,” Hoffman said. The federal government sued the University in the mid-1960s for upholding segregation, and the University began taking steps to improve admission rates, Hoffman said. Harambe was one of the first black student organizations on campus in the 1970s. The main goal of the group was to develop black consciousness and awareness in the students on the campus of LSU, according to Harambe’s constitution. “It was not a radical group, Harambe was a bonding group, a support group, maybe,” said student member Dee Howard during an LSU Archives oral history interview. Today, ethnic minorities make up 15.9 percent of the University’s population, according to the 2009 University Annual Diversity Report. Contact Grace Montgomery at




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Campus location changes, expands over time University has roots as a seminary school By Sarah Eddington Staff Writer

LSU’s campus has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a seminary school in Pineville. The University has been located in three different places before its present-day home in the heart of Baton Rouge, and with each move came changes to its operations. The first campus location was in Pineville, La., in 1860 where it was called the Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy. The all-male seminary utilized a military style of discipline and included a well-defined curriculum emphasizing language, science, math and engineering, said Paul Hoffman, history professor. Civil War Union General William Sherman was the superintendent. Some people believe he gave the University its nickname “the Ole War Skule,” according to Randy Gurie, executive director of the Cadets of the Ole War Skule at LSU. Gurie said military training played a key role in seminary operations.

The students — also known as cadets — wore uniforms to class everyday and received both a basic education and training in military tactics, Gurie said. “It built into those individuals loyalty, commitment, value systems and discipline,” he said. The 438-acre campus consisted of a U-shaped building located on a hill where the students lived and attended classes along with smaller buildings the faculty resided in. “It was basically just a building and some land,” said Barry Cowan, assistant University archivist. The seminary closed during the Civil War and reopened in 1865, but the building caught fire and burned to the ground in 1869. Hoffman said the building lacked cisterns, which could have helped put out the fire. “No one really knows the exact cause of the fire,” Hoffman said. “Some think it was started by disgruntled employees.” The school relocated to the Louisiana Asylum for the Deaf, Dumb and Blind, which used to be located on St. Ferdinand Street in downtown Baton Rouge. The seminary, which had about 175 students, had to share space with the asylum, Cowan said. “The building was essentially the same size as the one they lost, but this one was partially

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The University relocated from the the Louisiana Asylum for the Deaf to the Pentagon Barracks in 1886.

occupied,” Hoffman said. The seminary occupied one wing of the asylum until a few years later when the entire building was given to the seminary. The seminary was officially named Louisiana State University in 1870. The University officially became a land-grant University in 1877 by merging with the Louisiana State Agricultural & Mechanical College in New Orleans, attaining the title of Louisiana State University and A&M College. Congress passed a bill

allowing the University to use the Pentagon Barracks, located in downtown Baton Rouge as its new campus in 1886. “This created more space, and the University had always wanted to move there,” Cowan said. The Pentagon Barracks, comprising 200 acres, was a surplus military base, Hoffman said. The new space allowed the University to install agricultural experiment stations on the campus, which were used in part for education. As the interest in agriculture

increased, the University needed more land, and it eventually relocated to its present-day location in 1922. Cowan said the 2,000-acre location provides ample space for students and the growth of agriculture, crops and livestock. “We started out with one building and some land,” Cowan said. “Now the University sits on 2,000 acres of land and can do whatever they want with it.” Contact Sarah Eddington at

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Former chancellor reflects on cuts Time capsule to Tuition increases aid in mitigation By Xerxes A. Wilson Senior Staff Writer

The threat of cutting colleges and programs is an old story for faculty and administrators who have been at the University since the mid’80s. Former University Chancellor James Wharton led the University through a budgetary crisis during the ’80s. He remains active in the current crisis as a member of the Post Secondary Education Review Committee — a committee tasked with reforming higher education statewide. Two years into the current crisis, the University has taken about $43 million in state funding cuts because of shrinking state appropriations. The mid-’80s saw a similar period in which the state general appropriations shrank by more than $10 million in three years, according to archived financial reports. Fluctuations in state appropriations and higher costs of running the University resulted in 11 funding cuts for the University between ’82 and ’88, Wharton said. “I ruined my health,” Wharton said. “By 1988, I was having heart

problems. I [had] diabetes. You can’t imagine the stress.” Wharton said the two budget periods have differences, but he emphasized he wasn’t criticizing the current administration. “It’s a different situation than it was in my time,” Wharton said. “I really sympathize with Chancellor [Michael] Martin. I would do anything I can to help with the situation here.”

MAKING ENDS MEET Wharton said the University struggled to make ends meet in the ’80s on a monthly basis. Because of cash flow problems, the state didn’t have enough money to pay bills. “LSU didn’t operate on a budget — it operated on cash flow,” Wharton said. “The state had no cash to speak of in that time period, and that was my biggest problem.” The University received its monthly funding late because of this problem, Wharton said. “We would go three months, and you had to figure out some way to meet payroll even though you were not getting enough state money,” Wharton said. “There was one Friday in which I just didn’t have the money to meet the payroll, and I knew it would be a national disaster if I didn’t.” Wharton said he was able to draw extra federal dollars in that par-

ticular situation to make ends meet. Both he and Robert Kuhn, associate vice chancellor of the Office of Budget and Planning, said this is a major difference from today’s crisis because while the state has a budget deficit, it doesn’t currently have a cash flow problem. TUITION INCREASES The main tool in Wharton’s budget balancing arsenal was tuition increases. The University raised tuition 84 percent between 1983 and 1987, according to figures from University catalogs. Kuhn said raising tuition during the crisis probably saved the University from disaster. Tuition has climbed by 5 percent during the last three years, and multiple bills in the coming legislative session may allow the University to raise tuition further. “Tuition was raised very judiciously in terms of what impact it would have on enrollment ... and how much could we afford to use,” Wharton said.

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be opened in 2160 Three capsules already on campus By Ryan Buxton Senior Staff Writer

As 150 years of University history is being revived and celebrated, the current generation of students is putting its own history six feet under. The Sesquicentennial Student Subcommittee is planning to take a snapshot of the University and put it into a time capsule to be buried for 150 years and opened during the University’s 300th anniversary in 2160. For the sesquicentennial capsule, the student subcommittee is hoping to include items like a letter from the chancellor, signed photos of sports teams or coaches and contributions from students, said chairman Iftekhar Rouf. But the plans for the capsule are not as concrete as the cement in which it would be buried. Though the subcommittee hopes to bury the capsule by the end of the year, it is still looking for solid funding to complete the project.

“It’s going to cost us about $3,000 to $4,000 to advertise, dig the hole and [complete the project],” Rouf said. The time capsule is presently planned to be attached to the graduate walk class gift project, but Rouf said that is still uncertain because of debates about the fee for the class gift. If the Student Subcommittee is unable to get funding that way, Rouf said he will begin exploring other options. But this isn’t the first time University students have left behind a slice of their identity for the future. The sesquicentennial capsule will join three others in University soil. The first was buried in front of the Student Union in 1967 as part of a program called “World of 2067.” The program’s purpose was to “give a preview of life during the first half of the 21st century,” according to a May 10, 1967, news release from the Union.

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Parade honors military service By Ryan Buxton Senior Staff Writer

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Students study and eat while Forever LSU, a documentary of the University’s history, plays in the background in the Live Oak Lounge on March 10.

‘Forever LSU’ film chronicles history Premiere screening in Live Oak Lounge By Ryan Buxton Senior Staff Writer

Tiger fans across the state celebrated the University’s 150year history by tuning into a 53-minute documentary that premiered March 10 as part of the University’s sesquicentennial. The documentary, titled “Forever LSU,” is the product of a partnership between the University and Louisiana Public Broadcasting. The film premiered on LPB and was streamed live on the LPB Web site. The sesquicentennial student subcommittee held a screening for the film in the Live Oak Lounge that night. Hind Elsanousy, sesquicentennial student subcommittee secretary, said learning about the University’s history through the documentary made her feel closer to LSU. “I don’t know LSU history; I know LSU football,” she said. “Learning the history makes me feel more connected to the University.” Mechanical engineering sophomore Kori Lutenbacher said she was interested in the part of the documentary detailing Thomas and David Boyd, two former presidents of the University. “I didn’t know who the Boyds were, but I see their name on buildings I go into all the time,” said Lutenbacher, who watched the premiere in the Live Oak Lounge. Civil engineering sophomore John Taylor said he enjoyed the story of the beginning of LSU football, which was introduced on campus in 1893, according to the documentary. Herb Vincent, associate vice chancellor of University Relations, said in the film the sport was originally rough and played with minimal padding and no

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helmets. The Tigers were successful early on and enjoyed an undefeated season in 1908. Vincent said, though it is not official, many people regard that season as the Tigers’ first national championship. In addition to athletics, the film covers the University’s history from its Pineville beginnings in 1860 through the present. Aaron Looney, an editor for LSU Public Affairs, said the documentary focuses on how the University has been a large part of people’s lives for the past 150 years. “It was very enriching to go through LSU history and talk to people about how LSU has impacted their lives and the lives of everyone in the community, the state of Louisiana and the whole world,” Looney said. The idea for the documentary originated about two years ago, with intense production taking place last year, said Ed Dodd, co-producer of the film and University Relations director of radio, television and photography. “Forever LSU” was directed by LPB senior producer Tika Laudun, who also directed the documentary “Louisiana: A History.” Dodd said the partnership with LPB was vital to the making of an LSU documentary. “It was a co-production, and we couldn’t have done it without each other,” Dodd said. “If it is successful, they’re as responsible as we are.” The film covered many topics, including the University’s military history and on-campus architecture, Looney said. With 150 years of material to include, Dodd said editing was the most difficult part of the project. “The biggest problem was trying to fit as much as we could in 53 minutes,” he said. “That was the really difficult part, trying to hone it down.” Contact Ryan Buxton at

The University has changed during the past 150 years, but the deep-rooted role of the military hasn’t. The University’s military traditions were in the spotlight March 18 as the LSU Corps of Cadets marched onto the Parade Ground for the annual Chancellor’s Day Parade, which was part of the University’s sesquicentennial celebration this year. The Chancellor’s Day Parade is a time to reflect on the military history of the University and for the chancellor to commend ROTC students, said Col. Frederick Guendel, commandant of the Corps Cadets. “It gives the chancellor an opportunity to support these guys and help connect them across time to the founding of the University in 1860,” Guendel said. Chancellor Michael Martin said he was honored to pay tribute to the cadets from Southern University’s Navy ROTC and the University’s Army and Air Force ROTC programs. “I’m proud to have the chance to celebrate the success and commitment of our cadets who are dedicated to their education and our country,” Martin said then. Martin acknowledged the strong military past at the University and its importance to the University’s character. “We have a 150-year tradition of service to the country in so many ways, not the least of which is military service,” Martin said. The Chancellor’s Day Parade has been a part of the University since its inception , said Aaron Looney, an editor for LSU Public Affairs. The event is co-sponsored by the Ole War Skule, an organization for past members of the University’s ROTC. But the Ole War Skule, also a historic nickname for the University, was a much more exclusive organization when it began in the ’50s than it is now. “It was comprised of those cadets who had been on the old campus downtown and then moved to the present campus when it opened,” said Randy Gurie, executive director of the Cadets of the Ole War Skule. “They were looking for some sort of identity in their new environment.” The Ole War Skule eventually became an advisory group for the University as its members took University administration and faculty positions, Gurie said. Because the organization only accepted cadets from the school’s downtown

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campus, membership diminished as cadets got older and was down significantly by the ’70s. The organization resurged in the early ‘90s, and membership to the Ole War Skule was opened to anyone ever enrolled in the University’s ROTC. The organization changed but was still dedicated to supporting the Army and Air Force cadres on campus. In addition to reviewing the troops, the Chancellor’s Day Parade traditionally included the change of command ceremony for the LSU Corps Commander — a student from either the Army or Air Force ROTC chosen to lead the cadres. But the change of command hasn’t taken place for several years, said mechanical engineering senior Braden Bawcom, the current Corps Commander. Bawcom said the tradition became a formality and was phased out. Bawcom practiced with the troops for a week for the chancellor’s review, which consisted of cadets standing at attention while a reviewing party walks around the troops. “It’s a kind of tradition we like to train our cadets to be accustomed

to,” Bawcom said. The program also included a demonstration by the Pershing Rifles, the University’s official colorguard. Gurie said the Chancellor’s Day parade is a way to keep the University’s military roots on the minds of the community. “It’s like if one of your teachers was trying to ensure you don’t forget a particular thought or idea,” he said. “They would keep it in front of you. That might mean mentioning it to you in class, bringing a placard and putting it on the board or something they hand out. Our idea is to keep the military in front of people.” Bawcom said the University’s rich military history and large number of ROTC alumni make on-campus military events special. “It’s really great when you have a lot of former students coming out to support you who have gone through the same experience,” he said. “You don’t really get that at universities where you have a newer ROTC program.” Contact Ryan Buxton at

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150 Years of LSU



Football team won two BCS titles in 2000s Basketball has appeared in four Final Fours By Rachel Whittaker Chief Sports Writer

Forty-six national championships, 116 Southeastern Conference championships, two Bowl Championship Series football titles and a Heisman Trophy winner just scratch the surface of LSU’s acclaimed

athletic program. Stretching back to the school’s first official sporting event, a baseball game against Tulane in 1893, LSU has become a perennial competitor in 14 sports — seven for women, five for men and co-ed sports

ATHLETICS, see page 18

By Chris Branch Sports Writer

Where to even start? As LSU nears its 150th anniversary, a look back at the LSU men’s basketball program is a storied one. One only has to gaze toward the rafters of the PMAC to

Hall of Fame Daily Reveille file photo

Daily Reveille file photo

see the cornerstones of LSU basketball. Pete Maravich, Shaquille O’Neal, Bob Pettit and Durand “Rudy” Macklin have sealed their jersey numbers in LSU lore. The program began in 1909 amid little fanfare. It wasn’t until Harry Rabenhorst

BASKETBALL, see page 19

Daily Reveille file photo

Daily Reveille file photo

Baseball has six CWS titles in program history Lady Tigers record 32 winning seasons of 35 By Johanathan Brooks Sports Writer

As LSU celebrates its sesquicentennial, it’s a time for those affiliated with the University to reflect on different aspects of the institution.

“[LSU] is something that people around the state should be very, very proud of,” said LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri. “My responsibility is to give this University a baseball program they can be proud of, and BASEBALL, see page 18

By Michael Lambert Sports Contributor

The LSU women’s basketball program has only been around for 35 of LSU’s 150 years of existence. But the women’s basketball team has

done one thing since the program began in 1975 — win. The Lady Tigers have posted 32 winning seasons, advanced to the NCAA tournament 20 times and played in five Final LADIES, see page 19



Volleyball has two Final Fours in 33 years By Andy Schwehm Sports Contributor

LSU’s volleyball history is a short one compared to the University’s 150 years. Nonetheless, it is packed full of history and championships. The volleyball program began a mere 37 years ago in 1974 under head coach Jinks Coleman, compiling a 23-6 record. Gerry Owens took over the program in 1977 and guided the team to a stellar 41-9 overall record en route to being named Louisiana AIAW Champions. The team qualified for its first Southeastern Conference tournament by 1982 and made it to the finals under Ruth Nelson. Four years later under coach Scott Luster, the team won its first SEC regular season and tournament championships, and the program was well on its way to establishing itself as one of the best teams in the conference. At the end of Luster’s reign as coach in 1997, the Tigers had won four SEC titles and reached the NCAA Final Four in back-toback years, 1990 and 1991. Current coach Fran Flory took over in 1998. It took her a few years to rebuild the program

into a championship contender, but by 2005, she had the Tigers back in the NCAA tournament and won an SEC Western Division championship.

Golf adding to storied history under Winstead By Luke Johnson Sports Contributor

The LSU men’s golf team is completing its 78th year this summer — a successful season that added to the program’s 110 tournament victories, 15 Southeastern Conference championships and four NCAA team titles. The winningest coach in LSU golf history is Britt Harrison, who guided the Tigers to 16 tournament victories in his 11 seasons as the Tigers’ coach. Chuck Winstead, LSU’s current head coach, played under Harrison at LSU. Winstead is in his fifth season and has led LSU to six wins in the last two seasons. The most recognizable alumnus the Tigers have produced is PGA tour veteran David Toms. In his time at LSU, Toms racked up six career tournament victories and two first-team All American selections. Toms has maintained connections to the LSU golf program

by serving as an adviser for the renovations to the Tigers’ home course, the University Club. The Lady Tigers are completing their 30th season, and 26 of them have been with head coach Karen Bahnsen at the helm. Bahnsen was the women’s golf program’s first signee and was inducted into the National Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame last season.

Tennis has 4 SEC titles dating back to 1925 By Sean Isabella Sports Contributor

The LSU men’s tennis team has had the most storied history of LSU’s two tennis programs, dating back to 1925. The Tigers have won five Southeastern Conference championships in their 85-year existence, in addition to five quarterfinal appearences, two semifinal appearences and one runner-up finish. Eight head coaches have led LSU, including W.T. “Dub” Robinson, the namesake of the tennis stadium, and Jerry Simmons, who holds LSU’s all-time record with 278 wins.  LSU enjoyed its best season in 1988 when Simmons led the Tigers to a 27-2 record and a na-

tional championship final berth before losing to Stanford. LSU has seen 24 All-Americans and two SEC Players of the Year in Michael Chmela (1998) and Michael Venus (2009).  The LSU women’s tennis program began as a club sport nearly five decades after the men in 1973.  The Lady Tigers have produced 12 All-Americans and two SEC Players of the Year to go along with three SEC West championships.  Current head coach Tony Minnis is the winningest coach in program history with 253 victories.  Dana De Watlington has the most career wins as a Lady Tiger player with 151, but Megan Falcon is arguably the most decorated player of late.  Falcon, who completed her senior season in 2009, notched 99 career wins and holds the best career winning percentage in singles with a .846 mark.

Swimming, diving see much success in ’80s By Katherine Terrell Sports Contributor

The LSU swimming and diving teams haven’t always been a mainstay on campus.

Friday, April 23, 2010 The Tigers first competed in 1936, finishing third at the Southeastern Conference championship that year. But from 1940-68, LSU had no varsity swimming or diving team. The Tigers returned permanently in 1968, and the Lady Tigers joined the program in 1977. The Lady Tigers quickly placed second in the inaugural SEC women’s championship in 1981. The finish marked the beginning of the most successful decade in history of both teams. The ’80s saw the Tigers and Lady Tigers swim to their highest NCAA placing to date. The Lady Tigers placed 10th in 1986, and the Tigers placed sixth in 1988. The Tigers also won their only SEC championship that year. The decade also produced three individual NCAA champions, 38 SEC champions and 100 All-Americans. The Tigers and Lady Tigers have also had Olympic success, sending 14 swimmers to the Olympic Games. Recent alumni Miko Malberg and Heather Brand both competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Eight-time All-American Rick Meador and Bob Percy are the program’s only members in the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at


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LSU has had 52 track, field athletes in Olympics By Katherine Terrell Sports Contributor

The numbers speak for themselves. In 113 years, the LSU men’s and women’s track and field teams have combined for 31 national championships and 47 SEC championships. In that time span, 52 different athletes, some of whom competed in multiple games, have represented LSU in the Olympics. LSU established the men’s track and field team in 1897. The Tigers won their first championship in 1933. LSU didn’t establish a women’s team until 1981, but once it started winning, it didn’t stop. The Lady Tigers won their first title in 1987, their sixth year of existence. Under former coach Pat Henry, they won 11 NCAA outdoor championships in a row. Between 1987 and 1997, the Lady Tigers also won eight indoor championships. Out of 22 possible championships in that time span, the Lady Tigers won 19. LSU has continued to win

under current coach Dennis Shaver. The Lady Tigers were SEC indoor champions in ’07 and ’08, SEC outdoor champions in ’08 and NCAA outdoor champions in ’08. The Olympic success has been another proud tradition in the history of the programs. Triple jumper Sid Bowman made it to the big stage in 1928, placing sixth.

Gymnastics currently in midst of golden era

NCAA Regional titles, coached 37 All-Americans 12 Southeastern Conference individual champions, 26 All-SEC gymnasts and three SEC Gymnasts of the Year. Her teams have finished the season with a top-10 ranking 25 times, and they have advanced to the Super Six twice. Though the Tigers have not yet won a team national championship, they have had five different girls win individual national championships. The first was Jeanie Beadle, who won the balance beam crown in 1977. Nicki Arnstad won the floor exercise in 2002. Then came the flux of recent champions.

By Rob Landry Sports Contributor

It is a great time to be a fan of gymnastics at LSU. Since the program’s inception in 1975, no era has been more successful than the past five years, which have seen LSU advance to two Super Sixes and produce three individual national champions in four events. LSU coach D-D Breaux has been the only true figurehead the program has known, leading the Tigers for the past 33 seasons. In her tenure, Breaux has missed the postseason just once, in 1984. She has made 21 NCAA tournament appearances, won 11

Lee turns soccer team into powerhouse By Rowan Kavner Sports Contributor

LSU coach Brian Lee has turned the LSU soccer program from mediocre to maginificent in five seasons as head coach. Most of the Tigers’ accolades have occurred during his tenure, and LSU has finished with a better record each season since he became the head coach in the

2005-2006 season. Winning brought in fans as the Tigers drew an average of 1,294 fans per match in 2007, ranking LSU among the top 10 teams in the nation in average attendance for the first time. The Tigers were Southeastern Conference Western Division champions for the third-straight season this year — a feat they never accomplished before Lee arrived. The Tigers are coming off their best season in program history, going 15-4-5 with an 8-2-1 record in the SEC. The 15 wins tied a school record, and LSU made its first ever SEC championship game.  Former Tiger forward Malorie Rutledge finished her career at LSU in the fall as perhaps the greatest athlete to play soccer for the purple and gold.

Softball produces strong history in short time By Jarred LeBlanc Sports Contributor

The LSU softball program is one of the youngest programs in LSU’s 150-year history.

PAGE 11 The softball team first appeared on campus in 1979 and was coached by Carol Smith until the team disbanded in 1981. The team was reestablished in 1997 when the Southeastern Conference began sponsoring softball. Former Tiger coaches Kathy Compton and Glenn Moore each coached the team for two years before current coach Yvette Girouard joined the program in 2001. The Tigers have won eight SEC West championships, five SEC championships and five SEC tournament championships. The squad has 11 NCAA regional tournament appearances since 1997, which leads the SEC. The Tigers have also been to the Women’s College World Series twice (2001, 2004) and have finished third on both occasions. Former Tiger pitcher Kristin Schmidt was the 2004 WCWS Most Valuable Player. LSU’s .777 winning percentage since the team was reinstated in 1997 is the sixth highest winning percentage in the nation. LSU also has the best winning percentage in SEC play (.743) and the best winning percentage in the SEC tournament (.723).

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday, April 23, 2010





Friday, April 23, 2010

Off to Oxford


LSU travels to Ole Miss for three games in first back-to-back away SEC series By Johanathan Brooks Sports Writer

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LSU baseball will take its six-game winning streak on the road this weekend. The Tigers (32-6, 11-4) will head to Oxford, Miss., to face Ole Miss (24-13, 8-7) in the first of two backto-back Southeastern Conference series away from Alex Box Stadium. Almost two weeks ago, the Tigers were on their first losing streak of the season after dropping two games on the road to Auburn. Since then, they have rattled off six consecutive victories including a come-from-behind victory against Northwestern State on Wednesday. “It definitely is good for our confidence,” said junior pitcher ‘If you love Austin Ross. “It kind of makes competition, the bus ride to Oxford a little better tomorrow. You want to end it then you’ve got to love on a positive note.” LSU will face Ole Miss and coming into Florida on the road the next two this weekends before returning home May 7 to face Vanderbilt. The Ti- environment.’ gers also have a midweek game at home next week against New Paul Mainieri Orleans. “It’ll be a big three-game se- LSU baseball coach ries, obviously,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “I don’t think the entire season is going to come down to this series ... It’s going to be a fun series. If you love competition, then you’ve got to love going into this environment.” Throughout LSU’s winning streak, one of the bright spots has been the offensive play of sophomore shortstop Austin Nola. Nola has hit three home runs in the past five games for LSU and was a single shy of hitting for the cycle Tuesday in LSU’s 14-3 win against Northwestern State. “He’s a good hitter,” Mainieri said. “He’s a little streaky. When he’s feeling good up there, he’s got a good bat, but when he’s not, he scuffles a little up there.” Nola hasn’t been playing great defensively. He’s accounted for three fielding errors in the past two games. But he said it hasn’t affected him mentally. “I just need to keep being aggressive, and that’s where my confidence is going to come from,” Nola said. “Even when I’m not hitting, I have confidence out in the field. The field is more of a spot where I can control what I’m doing. I just need to keep being aggressive no matter if I’m hitting or not.”

Junior catcher Blake Dean swings and hits during Wednesday’s 8-6 win against Northwestern.

AGGRESSIVE, see page 17

Assistant coach takes job at ULM By Chris Branch Sports Writer

LSU assistant coach Keith Richard is returning to his alma mater. Richard has accepted the head coaching position at Louisiana-Monroe, LSU coach Trent Johnson confirmed on Thursday. “Obviously, I’m excited for Keith,” Johnson said. “He was very instrumental in establishing the base of this program.” Richard served on Johnson’s staff the past two seasons after coaching at Louisiana Tech from 1999-2007. Before his time at Louisiana Tech, Richard spent five years at ULM as an assistant. Richard graduated from ULM with a bachelor’s degree in general business in 1982. He earned a master’s from the university in guidance and counseling in 1986. Richard, a Baton Rouge native, played for ULM from 1978-82 and helped the Warhawks to their firstever NCAA tournament appearance. “I would like to thank LSU and especially Coach Trent Johnson for the opportunity to be a part of the basketball program,” Richard said in a press release. “With the recruits that Coach Johnson and the staff have brought in for this coming year, fans will see the program begin to sustain itself and grow in success as the years go on. I wish LSU nothing but the best in the future and I am excited about this new challenge in my career of returning to my alma mater as head coach.” Contact Chris Branch at


Falls keep LSU from Super Six Season not yet over for three Tigers By Andy Schwehm Sports Contributor

It all came down to one event for LSU’s gymnastics team in the national semifinals Thursday afternoon in Gainesville, Fla. — the dreaded beam. A six-inch wide surface, one that the Tigers have excelled on the past few weeks, separated LSU from elimination and a third-straight trip to the Super Six.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, the beam may as well have been an inch wide, as both sophomore Gloria Johnson and senior Summer Hubbard took falls on the apparatus, forcing LSU to count a fall. LSU was left with a 48.625 on the event after five straight meets of posting at least a 49.000 on the apparatus. The Tigers finished in sixth place of six teams with a 196.025 team score. “Beam is what got us here,” said LSU coach D-D Breaux. “We had two falls, and everybody else did really well. Gloria Johnson trains two events. Just stay on the beam. Summer lost her concentration for a

second, and she fell. Other than that we had a good team performance today.” The Tigers had a shot to make it to the Super Six heading into the sixth and final rotation of the afternoon. The team was in fourth place after five rotations, a mere 0.075 behind Oklahoma. The Sooners were able to finish with a 49.250 on the floor to finish with a third place finish of 196.550. Jackson won the event with a 9.90, but it was a bittersweet consolation for the senior, who took home LSU’s first ever national BITTERSWEET, see page 17

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LSU senior Summer Hubbard performs on the bars Friday, Feb. 12, during the Tigers’ meet against Texas Woman’s University in the PMAC.

FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010




Both teams face off and beat Alabama

NFL draft continues on Friday, Saturday

By Rachel Whittaker

Staff Reports


Tigers and Lady Tigers will Saints choose FSU advance to SEC tournament cornerback Robinson Chief Sports Writer

The LSU men’s and women’s tennis teams are moving on in their respective Southeastern Conference tournaments. The No. 8 Lady Tigers defeated No. 9 Alabama, 4-2, and the No. 9 Tigers knocked off No. 8 Alabama by the same score Thursday. The Lady Tigers lost the doubles point to the Crimson Tide but battled back in singles, winning four matches in straight sets. LSU women’s coach Tony Minnis said the first-round victory showed the team’s ability to bounce back from adversity. “In doubles they came out better than us, but in singles with our backs against the wall at the end of the season, we jumped on them and won four first sets,” Minnis said. Senior Hannah Robinson tallied LSU’s first point as she defeated Alice Tunaru, 6-1, 6-3, for the second time this season. Freshman Keri Frankenberger clinched the match for LSU with a 7-5, 6-2 victory against Alabama’s Antonia Foeshe. Frankenberger has clinched a team-high four matches this season and won 10 of her past 12 matches. “This team has been fun. We’ve had … a lot of things not go our way, but I’m pretty impressed with them,” Minnis said. “We’re not as good as we’ve been in the past, but we’ve displayed a lot of character and a lot of fight.” The Lady Tigers will face No. 1-seeded Florida today at 9 a.m. Florida is 35-1 all-time against LSU, including 4-0 in SEC tournament competition. Unlike the Lady Tigers, the Tigers started fast by winning the doubles point against Alabama. The LSU tandem of sophomore Neal Skupski and junior Sebastian Carlsson, No. 55 in Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, clinched the point by winning their match in a tiebreak, 9-8 (4), against No. 22 Saketh Myneni and Houssam Yassine. The match came down to two singles victories — No. 121 Carlsson on court three and sophomore Mark Bowtell on court two. Both matches went to three sets, with Bowtell defeating Alabama’s Ricky Doverspike, 7-6 (7), 1-6, 6-3, and Carlsson sealing the team’s second-round berth with a come-from-behind victory against Jarryd Botha, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7). LSU will next face No. 1-seeded Tennessee today at 5 p.m., a matchup LSU men’s assistant coach Danny Bryan said will be far from easy. The Volunteers

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LSU senior Hannah Robinson waits for the ball in a match vs. Rice on Feb. 27.

beat LSU, 7-0, on March 21. “We could use a couple more years to get ready for them,” Bryan joked. “They won the SEC this season, and they beat us pretty good on the road. We really need to get this one to have a chance

[to make the NCAA tournament]. If we win tomorrow, we should be a lock.” Contact Rachel Whittaker at

It took until the end of the round, but the New Orleans Saints drafted a defensive player with their only first-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. The defending Super Bowl champions selected Florida State cornerback Patrick Robinson with the No. 32 pick in the draft. The Saints got the No. 32 pick in the round by virtue of winning the championship last season. Robinson racked up 46 tackles and a forced fumble in his senior season as a Seminole. The rest of the NFL draft will continue Friday and Saturday. The second and third rounds will

take place today, while the final four rounds will finish up Saturday. Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford was drafted No. 1 overall by the St. Louis Rams. Bradford won the 2008 Heisman Trophy as a sophomore but missed most of his junior season with a right shoulder injury. Rounding out the top five were Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (Detroit Lions), Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oklahoma offensive lineman Trent Williams (Washington Redskins) and Tennessee safety Eric Berry (Kansas City Chiefs).

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Friday, April 23, 2010


Offense a concern for Tigers as they travel to face Kentucky Three SEC series remain for LSU By Chris Branch Sports Writer

Some say the best offense is a good defense. It worked for a while for the LSU softball team. Then McNeese State came to town. The Cowgirls helped the Tigers hit rock bottom offensively Wednesday night, blanking LSU 3-0. The No. 16 Tigers (36-10, 14-5) will try to find their offensive niche this weekend when they travel to Lexington, Ky., to face unranked Kentucky (29-18, 11-11). “Hopefully we just play well,” said LSU coach Yvette Girouard. “We have to bounce from ‘We have back [Wednesday] to bounce and swing back from the bat well. That’s what [Wednesday] we’ve been and swing w o r k i n g on all day the bat [Thursday].” well.’ While the Tigers Yvette Girouard lost no LSU softball coach ground in the SEC standings, the loss was a stark slap in the face for a team needing to rebound offensively, Girouard said. “Unless we start swinging the bats like we’re capable of doing, we’re not going to go too far,” Girouard said. “We have to get everybody’s attention here.” Girouard’s crew could only squeeze four hits Wednesday, with nary a runner crossing the plate against Cowgirl pitcher Meagan Bond. The loss, while it may seem minor, halted a few streaks for the Lady Tigers. Before the loss to McNeese, LSU had never lost a midweek game in the new Tiger Park. The defeat also snapped the Tigers’ 25-game winning streak. Ti‘We have gers Themight to give see much of the [Kentucky] p i t c h same ing respect. p r o w e s s They’ve done against the ildcats. something W Kentucky we didn’t touts two double-digit do.’ game winYvette Girouard ners in RaLSU softball coach chel Riley and Chanda Bell. Riley has posted a 10-6 record thus far this season with a 2.40 ERA, while Bell has notched a 16-10 record with a 2.45 ERA. The Wildcats are led on the offensive side by senior shortstop Molly Johnson. Johnson has battered opposing pitchers to the

tune of a .378 batting average with 21 RBIs and 10 home runs. Kentucky heads into the weekend series coming off two straight run-rule victories against Austin Peay on Wednesday. The Wilcats previously lost two out of three against No. 4 Florida. Taking one from Florida is no small feat. The same Florida squad barrelled through LSU by

a combined score of 13-1 just three weeks ago. “We have to give [Kentucky] respect,” Girouard said. “They’ve done something we didn’t do. I have a lot of respect for them. I hope [the players] do.” HILARY SCHEINUK / The Daily Reveille

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Sophomore outfielder Ashley Langoni bats in a 3-0 loss to McNeese on April 21. The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Tigers.


Friday, April 23, 2010


AGGRESSIVE, from page 14

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LSU junior Samantha Engle looks down to grab the bar during the Tigers’ meet Friday, Feb. 12, against Texas Woman’s in the PMAC.

BITTERSWEET, from page 14

championship in the all-around with a 39.625. “Well it’s been 20 years of work. It’s an amazing feeling, and I’m in shock,” Jackson said. “But I totally wish I could take this honor and send it back to the team and make Super Six, and that would be a truly amazing ending.” The Tigers had a bye on the first of six rotations, affording them the opportunity to sit back and watch favorites Oklahoma and Utah stumble in their first events, vault and floor, respectively. Those stumbles left LSU with a chance to come out with a hot start on the floor, and senior Kayla Rogers did just that as the leadoff gymnast with a 9.850. Sophomore Ashley Lee followed with a 9.750 despite a minor wrist injury, the same injury she had at the end of last season. But senior Sabrina Franceschelli fell on her final tumbling pass and ended with a season-low 9.225. Hubbard righted the ship with a 9.850, and Jackson finished the event for the Tigers with a 9.850. It was the only event Jackson didn’t win. “We were really excited going into the meet,” Lee said. “We had a few mistakes, but it was nothing that brought us down. Even with the mistakes we were enjoying ourselves.” The Tigers followed up their solid floor performance with a 49.100 on the vault highlighted by a career-high 9.95 by Jackson to win the vault title and a career-high 9.90 by Lee, as both earned First-Team All-American honors on the event. After a bye, the Tigers kept the momentum going with their second best bars score of the season, a 49.300. All Tigers scored at least a 9.775 on the apparatus, and Jackson won the event title with a 9.925. Hubbard became an All-American for the third-straight season with a 9.900. Franceschelli had an equipment malfunction on the event when her hand grip ripped when she mounted the apparatus, forcing her to the back of the lineup. She was able to post a 9.825, despite having to use new hand grips. “Not many people could have gotten up and did what she did,” Breaux said. “For the whole team to go to bars and do what they did showed a lot of character.” The season is not over for three Tigers. Jackson, Hubbard and Lee will all compete in individual championships Saturday afternoon. Jackson will compete on bars, beam and

vault, while Hubbard will join her on bars and Lee will compete in her first career national individual championship on floor. “The stress is gone because I’ve already made All-American,” Jackson said. Contact Andy Schwehm at

While Nola’s hitting display has been something to watch for, the pitching matchup Friday night will feature two of the top pitchers in the SEC. LSU junior Anthony Ranaudo will get the start for the Tigers while Ole Miss junior Drew Pomeranz will get the nod for the Rebels. Ranaudo (2-0) has started five games and has a 3.00 ERA. He has struck out 22 batters while only walking 10 and allowing one home run on the season. Pomeranz (6-0) leads the SEC with a 1.38 ERA through 58 2/3 innings in nine starts. He’s struck out 90 batters while only giving up 24 walks. “I don’t know how often you get a matchup like that — especially in the regular season — where you have two kids that are maybe topfive picks in the country going at each other,” Mainieri said. “Pomeranz has been tough on us for about two years. I think we’ve scored a grand total of two runs off him in two years.” Getting the start for LSU on Saturday will be sophomore Joey Bourgeois.

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Freshman pitcher Zach LaZusso (32) pitches Wednesday night in the game against Northwestern in Alex Box Stadum. The Tigers took home an 8-6 win.

Bourgeois (4-1) has earned a 6.23 ERA in 43 1/3 inning pitched. In his last outing he went 5 1/3 innings and gave up four runs on seven hits while striking out seven en route to his fourth win. Ole Miss senior Aaron Barrett will be dueling with him. Barrett (6-2) has amassed a 3.07 ERA in 55 2/3 innings. He’s struck out 66 batters while walking 21. Sophomore lefty Chris Matulis will

get the nod for the Tigers on Sunday. Matulis (5-1) has a 3.86 ERA in 39.2 innings. In his last start, he went 6 2/3 innings and received a no decision in LSU’s 6-5, 14-inning victory against Alabama on Sunday. Ole Miss’ Sunday starter has yet to be determined. Contact Johanathan Brooks at

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swimming and diving and track and field. The NCAA recognizes 42 of LSU’s national championships, tied for No. 5 all-time. The NCAA does not designate a yearly football national champion, leaving out the Tigers’ three titles in 1958, 2003 and 2007. The NCAA also does not include LSU’s 1935 men’s basketball championship, which was awarded before the NCAA tournament system was introduced. The women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams lead all LSU sports with 25 national championships. Herb Vincent, senior associate athletic director, attributed the prestige of LSU athletics to the dedication of LSU fans. “The fans that turn out for events, the way they buy merchandise and the way they follow the teams is the engine that makes it all go,” Vincent said. “They create the atmosphere at the games. That’s the separator; it’s what makes LSU different from other schools.” Tiger Stadium, better known as Death Valley, was built in 1924 — 31 years after the foot-

BASEBALL, from page 9

maybe that can be something that rallies the community and the region.” For most of its 112 seasons of existence, the LSU baseball team has certainly given fans enough from which to derive pride. The program has won six national titles in 15 College World Series appearances, made 23 NCAA Regional appearances and has won the Southeastern Conference 14 times. LSU played its first baseball game in 1893 and picked up a 108 win against Tulane. Since then, the program has seen varying degrees of success. From 1893-1926 the Tigers had 16 different head coaches, and only one — Doc Stroud — lasted for more than two seasons. Stroud coached from 1914-21 and amassed a .563 winning percentage. LSU would not taste championship success under Stroud, however. Its first Southeastern Conference championship would come under Harry Rabenhorst in 1939. Rabenhorst coached the Tigers for 27 years, and during his tenure won two SEC championships. The Tigers won two more titles in the ’60s and ’70s under coaches Ray Didier and Jim Smith but didn’t seem to hit their stride as a perennial powerhouse until they were coached by Skip Bertman. Bertman assumed the role in 1984 and yielded results almost instantly. In his second season LSU finished first in the SEC West, and in his third the Tigers finished first in the conference and would eventually go to the College World Series. It was just the beginning of Bertman’s Hall of Fame career at


ball team’s first game, a 34-0 loss against Tulane in New Orleans on Nov. 25, 1893. Lights were added to the stadium in 1931, allowing games to be played at night and boosting attendance, Vincent said. “Over the course of 150 years, you can see certain times, particularly in football, where the sports have grown by leaps and bounds,” Vincent said. “It has all led to this point in time where we have sellout crowds in football and robust crowds in all our sports.” The LSU football program made its biggest splash in the college scene in the 1958 season, winning its first national championship against Clemson in a 7-0 Sugar Bowl. Billy Cannon accounted for the only scoring play, a touchdown pass to Mickey Mangham. Cannon would cement himself in LSU lore as the only Heisman Trophy winner at the University the following season. Cannon is perhaps most famous for his Halloween Night run in 1959, an 89-yard punt return for a touchdown that propelled LSU to a 7-3 victory at home against Ole Miss. LSU became the first team to win multiple BCS national championships when the Tigers beat

Ohio State, 38-24, in New Orleans under the direction of coach Les Miles. LSU previously won the BCS national title in the 2003 season with a 21-14 victory against Oklahoma, also in the Superdome. Miles is tied for second among coaches in LSU history with five bowl appearances and four victories, trailing only Charles McClendon in both categories. McClendon coached the Tigers from 1962-79, the longest tenure in team history, and ended his career with seven bowl wins in 13 appearances. Vincent said fan attendance is what ultimately enables LSU sports to generate enough money to keep the programs flourishing. “Only three of the sports generate revenue, with football being by far the biggest one,” Vincent said. “When you have that kind of revenue coming in, you can invest in better facilities, good coaches, good sports staff and trainers and managers. But to get that revenue, you have to have that fan following. It all goes back to the fans coming to the game.”

LSU. Bertman coached at LSU for 18 seasons, went to 11 College World Series, earned 16 NCAA tournament berths, seven SEC championships, nine 50-win seasons and five of the school’s six College World Series Championships. He retired from coaching in 2001 as — far and away — LSU’s most successful baseball coach. His No. 15 jersey has been retired by the school, and in 2006, he was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Following Bertman’s tenure, LSU hired Smoke Laval as coach. In his five seasons, Laval was not able to duplicate the success of his predecessor and missed making an NCAA regional in his final season. Laval won the SEC only once and in his two College World

Series appearances finished in seventh place. Laval’s successor, Mainieri, righted the ship once more. After finishing barely above .500 in his first season, Mainieriled teams made back-to-back College World Series appearances in the following years — winning the tournament in 2009. He was named National Coach of the Year in those two seasons. Currently, Mainieri’s team sits at 32-6 and is No. 2 in the SEC West. “I’m proud to be here not just because of the baseball program, but just because this wonderful University gave me an opportunity to go to college,” Mainieri said. “I met my wife here.”

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Friday, April 23, 2010 BASKETBALL, from page 9

came to town that the Tigers were relevant. Rabenhorst took the reins in Baton Rouge in 1925 and served on and off until 1957. The outbreak of World War II forced him to leave the program for three years from 1942-45. He returned to lead the Tigers to one Final Four appearance in 1953. Pettit was LSU’s first true star player. At his peak, Pettit notched 31.4 points per game; only Maravich and Chris Jackson join him as Tigers averaging 30 points or more a game in a season. Pettit was a part of the 1953 Final Four squad and contributed to Southeastern Conference titles in 1953 and 1954. Next on the program timeline is legendary Pete Maravich. Maravich, who still holds the NCAA record for points per game, rifled 44.2 points a night while in Baton Rouge. Maravich also still has a stranglehold on the LSU career points record with 3,667. Macklin holds second place with 2,080. Maravich later had a successful NBA career with the Atlanta Hawks and the New Orleans Jazz. One only has to read the name of the basketball complex to witness his impact on the University. The next superstar to grace

LADIES, from page 9

Fours in their short but storied history. Current LSU coach Van Chancellor said the women’s basketball program is among the best in women’s college hoops history. The Lady Tigers found national success in the program’s second season under the school’s first coach Jinks Coleman. LSU went 29-8 en route to a berth in the AIAW National Championship in 1977. Coleman led LSU for one and a half more seasons before giving up the reins to Barbara Swanner, who went 52-45 in three seasons. The Lady Tigers found stability when Sue Gunter was hired in 1982. Gunter steered the program to 442 wins in 22 seasons with 14 NCAA appearances. “Sue Gunter was an outstanding coach to win all those games,” Chancellor said. “Equally as important, she was a wonderful human being. To put it simply — if you can’t like Sue Gunter, then there is something wrong with you,” Gunter took a medical leave of absence in March 2004 after falling ill, and she died at the age of 66 on Aug. 4, 2005. “She built this on a great foundation, not on superficial stuff,” Chancellor said. “When she left, people could sustain the program. This program would have had a hard time to survive without her here.” Gunter finished her 40-year coaching career as the third women’s basketball coach to reach 700 wins with a 708-308 career record. Chancellor said the program advanced to another level when


the stately oaks was Macklin. An undersized forward at 6-feet-7inches, Macklin was a rebounding fiend. In his first collegiate game, Macklin snared 32 rebounds against Tulane. It was a fitting entrance. Macklin led LSU to a Final Four appearance in 1981 and two Elite Eight appearances. He left as LSU’s all-time rebounding leader after racking up 1,276 boards. He still holds the honor to this day. Macklin left campus in 1981. Under the guidance of LSU legend Dale Brown, the program didn’t falter. Brown, with the help of players like Ricky Blanton, Jackson (now Mahmoud AbdulRauf) and Shaquille O’Neal, led the Tigers to 10 straight NCAA tournament appearances from 1984-93. O’Neal swept through campus like a record-smashing tornado. In only two years the lovable giant rewrote record books and nabbed a slew of accolades. O’Neal, currently with the Cleveland Cavaliers, was a twotime consensus All-American and SEC Player of the Year in 1991-92. He also earned National Player of the Year honors from the Associated Press, United Press International and Sports Illustrated in 1991. Brown served as head coach until his retirement in 1997. His

replacement was John Brady, a former Samford coach. Brady had a tumultuous career at LSU. He and forward Stromile Swift helped lead LSU to a Sweet 16 appearance in 2000, where the Tigers fell to eventual Final Four participant Wisconsin. LSU went to four NCAA tournaments during Brady’s tenure, including a memorable Final Four run in 2006. Recent LSU stars like Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Tyrus Thomas, Garrett Temple, Darrell Mitchell and Tasmin Mitchell anchored the homegrown squad. The appearance in Indianapolis was Brady’s last moment of glory. Brady’s bunch went 1715 the next season and fell to an 8-13 start before Brady was fired. Next came current coach Trent Johnson, the former coach at Stanford and Nevada. Johnson took LSU to the NCAA tournament in his first season, losing in the second round to eventual NCAA champion North Carolina. Mitchell, Temple and Marcus Thornton, current New Orleans Hornet, helped Johnson enjoy a successful inaugural season. Johnson’s squad struggled to an 11-20 season in 2009-10.

two-time National Player of the Year Seimone Augustus joined the Lady Tigers in 2002. “The program began to carry on to a new recognition,” Chancellor said. “Attendance improved; a lot of things changed.” Former All-American LSU guard and assistant coach Pokey Chatman filled the void left by Gunter during the 2003-04 season, which ended in the Final Four. Chatman brought LSU back to the Final Four two more times before leaving on March 7, 2007, amid allegations of inappropriate relations with a former player. Current assistant coach Bob Starkey became the interim coach before the NCAA tournament, and LSU made it to the Final Four for the fourth time. “The Final Four runs were

unbelievable,” Chancellor said. “The coaches did a great job, and the players during that time were great.” Chancellor took the helm in 2007, and with the help of a veteran team led by All-American center Sylvia Fowles, the Lady Tigers advanced to their fifth consecutive Final Four. “Fowles did a great job of carrying on what Seimone began,” Chancellor said. LSU bowed out of the NCAA tournament in the second round this season, falling to Duke, 6052. Chancellor will enter his fourth season as LSU’s coach next year after posting a 61-27 record in his first three years.

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Tuesday, january 26, 2010

The Daily Reveille celebrates more than a century of publishing As the University celebrates its 150th birthday, people all over campus are looking back at the long, storied traditions that make this University unique. One of those traditions we’re especially proud of is The Daily Reveille. This paper has been published for more than a century — we have copies from as far back as 1887. The paper first became a daily in 1897. The paper has gone through many different incarnations and titles through the years. During World War II, it was published

semi-weekly while the Korean War forced the paper to cut its Friday edition. We’ve been printing five times weekly since 2002, striving to keep students in the know about important issues in the campus community. The Daily Reveille has a history of searching for news relevant to students, even at the risk of running afoul of dangerously powerful public figures. In 1934, seven Reveille reporters were expelled after they refused to withdraw letters and reporting that reflected badly on the politically omnipotent Huey Long. The case

earned national attention, and the “Reveille Seven” remain a shining example of journalists refusing to bow to political power. The Daily Reveille is proud to continue that tradition of journalistic excellence today. The paper won the prestigious Pacemaker Award by the Associated Collegiate Press in 2003 ­— the highest award a student paper can earn. Our Web site,, won and Editor and Publisher’s Magazine award (or EPpy) in 2008 for best college paper Web site in the country. The paper continues to rank highly in

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not being respectful toward the comedians? You can decide that I just “have a stick up my ass” (which one of the women yelling at said show told me when I asked her to be quiet), but I feel the need to remind potential future audiences what we do takes time — and effort — and please understand that when you are watching us on stage.

were 7th in passing yards, tied for 4th in touchdown passes and tied for 5th in yards per completion. Anyone who knows football can tell you sacks are a result of not only offensive line play but also the quarterback’s decision making. If the quarterback can get rid of the ball quickly, that can compensate for a weak offensive line. Bradford was sacked only 12 times during his 2008 Heisman season. Thirteen of the 44 sacks the Rams gave up were when Keith Null, a rookie from a Division II school, was the signal caller. Perhaps adjusting to the speed of NFL football after playing in DII had something to do with all those sacks? Drafting Bradford would be working toward a solution to the sacks allowed problem. There’s a chance a quarterback can get injured without allowing a sack anyway. Troy Aikman had one of the best pass attempt per sack numbers of any quarterback in NFL history, and even he had his career shortened due to injury. Injuries happen when you play quarterback in the NFL no matter how good your teammates and protection are. According to Morale, “What makes the sack total seem worse is that the Rams finished 31st in the NFL, averaging just 5.5 yards per attempt, yet completed nearly 58 percent of their pass attempts. This average means they attempted a lot of short passes but still allowed their quarterback to be sacked quite a bit even though he isn’t holding the ball too long.” In the NFL, a 58 percent completion rate is below average. The low pass per attempt average could mean the quarterbacks held on to the ball too long and were forced

to dump the ball off for short yardage to avoid sacks. In fact, when you consider running back Steven Jackson led the team in receptions, this is likely the case. All I ask is if writers are going to give sports-related opinions, please do some research on the topic. Listing a couple of stats

without a logical explanation does not make a compelling argument.

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Article, most people miss point of stand-up comedy I received a text message from a comedian friend to tell me my picture was used in The Daily Reveille, immediately followed by a text saying that I would not enjoy the article associated. My comedian friend (whom I will not name because I feel like you should ask permission before discussing a person or using a person’s likeness in a published news source) and I both thought the article misrepresented a faction of local comics. Over the past 20 years, comedians like Patton Oswalt, Eugene Mirman and countless others have worked to change the way standup comedy (as well as sketch, improvisation and character comedy) is treated. Think about it. Would you ever think, “I sure do like heavy metal music, so I guess I’ll go see the opera tonight?” For whatever reason, society understands that comes in genres, eras and styles, yet will not accept the same in regards to comedy, which is just as varied and diverse. I write this editorial not out of snobbishness, as in “Don’t go see those comics, they aren’t any good. See me instead.” I write this editorial because on April 20, myself and several other hard-working comedians had to deal with a packed room full of people yelling at the bar, clapping and screaming after every word said and even trying to get up on the stage. You can report that as “Comedy show fills the room!” but does it matter how many people are there if they are

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Sports column illogical, not wellthought-out As an avid sports fan, I enjoy reading and listening to other people’s opinions on the sport. Most of these opinions are illogical, but you come to accept some people form opinions without much thought. But when something is published in a newspaper, you would think some logic would be a prerequisite for publication. Do I think Sam Bradford should be the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft? Actually, no one cares what I think. But if I were to argue a yes or no case, I would at least use facts that support my side. Arguing the Rams should not draft Bradford because they allowed the 7th most sacks last year makes absolutely no sense. There are 32 teams in the league. Tying for 25th in the league in sacks allowed does not indicate much. Which team was last in the league in sacks allowed? The Green Bay Packers! The Packers


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“The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.” Bret Harte American author and poet Aug. 25, 1836 – May 6, 1902


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Budget cuts are bad, but not the end of the world

As the editorial page editor, I’m really getting tired of writing about budget cuts. Between staff edits and personal columns, I’ve had to delve into the bureaucracy and the intricacies of the budget — and the inadequacies and injustices therein. I probably say “higher education and health care make up a disproportionately huge portion of the non-discretionary funding” in my sleep. With all the bad news, it can be difficult to remain optimistic about the University’s future. As the University celebrates its 150th anniversary and everyone looks back on the long, distinguished history, a precedent emerges — there is some light at the end of the tunnel. This isn’t the first time this campus has faced budget cuts — far from it. And here we are today. “We would go three months, and you had to figure out some way to meet payroll even though

you were not getting enough state money,” former LSU Chancellor James Wharton said in an interview with the Daily Reveille last month. “There was one Friday in which I just didn’t have the money to meet the payroll, and I knew it would be a national disaster if I didn’t.” Wharton was speaking about a crisis similar to the one we’re struggling through now — one that occurred in the ’80s. The state simply didn’t have the money to maintain the status quo, so Wharton and his administration were forced to “move heaven and earth” to keep the University afloat. Wharton says the stress of that time ruined his health – but his efforts paid off. The University survived the cuts, and became the state’s flagship university. So while it’s easy to let the current doom and gloom lead to cynicism and despair, it’s important to remember LSU will survive these cuts.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t need to fight hard now. Wharton was forced to take drastic measures to make ends meet. During his tenure, the University cut about 50 degree programs and consoliMatthew dated 50 more. Albright Opinion Editor And tuition at the University skyrocketed by 84 percent during a four-year period. In the end, Wharton says the cuts forced the University to become leaner and more efficient. While it may not be necessary to cut that many programs — and while an 84 percent increase is obviously unfeasible now — administrators need to know their predecessors took decisive, highly controversial actions to save the school, and those efforts ended up paying out

Eat Less, Learn More

Rich tradition of LSU perseveres Opening in 1860, LSU has endured several closures and changes since its inception. Not even 160 years, 29 different presidents and 7 or more wars could erase the history or some of the traditions of this great institution. Enrollment has increased by approximately 1,400 times since its beginning, and LSU is still the zenith of postsecondary education in Louisiana. The school offers a plethora of majors and fields of study as well as an athletic program matched by none. Such a strong athletic department backing tremendous sports teams, school spirit and enthusiasm is a proud tradition carried on by a vast majority of the student body. Probably the biggest outlet for the athletic department and school spirit is football. With an attendance record of 93,039, this enthusiasm is a force to be reckoned with. The organism that is the LSU football fan base finds its pulse in the stands at the North side of the stadium. The source of the thunderous heartbeat is the group of 325 students in the Golden Band from Tigerland. Having the privilege to have performed as part of this ensemble, I can say that the experience is unique and truly amazing. The dynamic of fan-band interaction is a terrific tradition that amplifies the enthusiasm of the whole beyond the sum of its parts. Playing participation-encouraging musical cheers for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd offensive downs as well as a short hymn after

defensive triumph, the band casts hooks into the crowd, pulling each viewer into the spectacle and calling upon his or her vocal support with melodic demand. The band fills the space between these musical comMatt Lousteau mands with arColumnist rangements of popular songs to keep the crowd entertained and lively. Besides the role it plays in the stands, the band serves as an alarm calling all fans to their battle stations before the game. The “Pregame Salute,” composed of melodic excerpts from “Tiger Rag” and “Fight for LSU,” is quite possibly the most memorable experience of my life thus far. Standing on the field before the gargantuan crowd is quite intimidating as it is, but as each non-percussionist plays the first concert B-flat, there is an eruption from the voices of tens of thousands standing, watching, listening and cheering. Besides tribute to the school, Pregame includes honor to the country with a performance of the “Star Spangled Banner.” The praise of country doesn’t just come from the tradition in sports events; it also comes from the strong military influence felt by LSU. “The Old War Skule” started with 19 cadets and has maintained a military program which

in the long run. For our part, students need to know we can’t simply expect painless change. Tuition will almost certainly increase during the next few years. Programs and services have been and will be slimmed, trimmed and eventually eliminated entirely. All of us — administrators, faculty and students — need to look at this as not just a huge problem but a chance to make our campus leaner and more efficient. But more than just a time for perseverance, now is a time for action. Student Government has a chance to do real, concrete good for the present and future of the University. Their “Fund our Future” march on the State Capitol last month is a shining example of SG channeling the energy and voice of the student body to let our voices be heard in the legislature — where the decisions that really affect us are being made.

SG needs to make efforts like this a top priority. But students shouldn’t need to wait for SG. Get involved. Call or e-mail your legislator, and make sure your voice is loudly heard. Yes, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for these budget cuts — historically, we’ve survived them, and we’ll survive them now. But history also teaches us that times like these demand dedication, hard work and the willingness to take difficult action. We’ll pull through this, LSU — but we need to buckle down and work to do it. Matthew Albright is a 21-yearold mass communication junior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_malbright.

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continues to the present day. Now the ROTC Program maintains prominence producing leaders in cadets educated in various degrees, especially scientific degrees like engineering. As an engineering student, I’m appreciative of the everevolving applications of science engineering creates as a fundamental basis for the school. Not only is it a large focus of the current University, but it’s a staple in its history. It even left its mark at the center of the art/sculpture garden where you can find a funnylooking symbol set in cement and bronze. It took quite some time for me to figure it out, but it is a symbol of the engineering honors society Tau Beta Pi — from the time when their buildings were engineering buildings. Now, there are 10 different majors in the College of Engineering, all continuing research and development, generating grant funding and earning further success in their respective fields. These elements of LSU history serve as a foundation for success, and continuing the traditions of excellence will ensure a magnificent future University for generations to come. And they’ve certainly made their mark on me. Matt Lousteau is a 20-year-old mechanical engineering junior from Laplace. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_mlousteau. Contact Matt Lousteau at

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Employment Associates” Please apply in person during regular restaurant hours. Equal Opportunity Employer THE CHIMES at the north gates of campus is now hiring hostesses. Please apply in person between 2-4 PM. 225.383.1754 EARN $1000-$3200 A month to drive our brand new cars with ads placed on them. www. FASHIONISTA ACCESSORIES IS NOW HIRING FABULOUS, FASHION LOVERS FOR OUR BOUTIQUE! RETAIL EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. CALL LACEY AT 225-907-2883 DOES YOUR WEIGHT TODAY AFFECT your health tomorrow? PBRC is looking for people to participate in a new research study. The purpose of this study is to determine how your body weight today impacts your health in the future. Participants will be placed on a high calorie meal plan for 8 weeks. All meals will be provided to you at no cost. Earn up to $3800. Call 763-3000 or visit FUN, ATTRACTIVE PEOPLE needed for entertainment cleaning service. Belle 225.505.4062 THE CHIMES ON COURSEY Taking applications for experienced bartenders. Apply in person. 10870 Coursey Boulevard SALES ASSOCIATE needed for The Royal Standard - home interiors and gift store. Shifts Available on Tues, Thurs, Sat, & Sun. 2+ Weekends per Month Required. Apply in Person at 16016 Perkins Road or Call 225.751.0009 JUNIOR OR SENIOR Interior Design or like major needed for residential construction company. Contact Carol 225.413.5056 BABYSITTING HELP Must have ref and own vehicle. GREAT SUMMER JOB 504.382.3995 PT STUDENT WORKER Excellent student opportunity. Will be responsible for completing company errands and basic clerical work. Must have a clean driving record, excellent communication skills, and basic computer skills. Previous office experience preferred. No nights or weekends. Please e-mail resume and summer and fall class schedules to NOW HIRING FOR SUMMER & FALL! Child Care Center near LSU now hiring for Summer and Fall Semesters. Afternoon Teachers needed 2:30-5:30 Mon-Fri. 225.766.1159 FITNESS INSTRUCTORS/FRONT DESK ASSISTANT NEEDED: Great part time afternoon school year job-Full time summer job-Great Pay!Exerfit Family Fitness, Bluebonnet Ave(Crawfish Aquatic’s Sister Program) If you are highly motivated, hard working, we can teach you the rest. Please fax resume to 225-706-1634 or e-mail to mleach@ website: LIFEGUARDS & SWIM LESSONS NOW HIRING: LIFEGUARDS & SWIM LESSON COORDINATOR. @ A. C. Lewis YMCA. Certification classes available. We will train you! Flex schedules/ fun atmosphere. FREE Membership. Apply in person and/ or call Abby @ 924-3606. PARTY PICS Help wanted for office work and phone answer-


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ing in photography office. $7.50 per hour. Fax resume to 225-767-2761

For Sale CONDO FOR SALE IN METAIRIE ATTENTION NEW DENTAL STUDENT OR MEDICAL STUDENT!!! 2BED/1.5BATH, GREAT LOCATION!!!ONLY $97,000 225.718.0964 TIGER MANOR CONDOMINIUMS. UNITS READY FOR SPRING and FALL 2010!! Reserve now! Brand new 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units for sale starting at $124,900. Ask about our Guaranteed Buy-Back Program!! 3000 July St. 225-3465055 Location. Location. Location... Start Living. BRIGHTSIDE EST CONDO 4SALE 3Bd/2Ba on LSU Bus Route $190K 504.889.1802

For Rent FOR LEASE 2 bdrm, 2 bath unit in Sharlo; updated; 1 yr. lease; $900.00 per month 225.413.9800 LSU SPECIAL! LARGE 1 BR APT. AVL ON JUNE 1 WALK TO CAMPUS! 769-7757 / 978-3123 / 266-8666 3 BED/3 BATH ON BRIGHTSIDE Move in today or reserve now for next year. Great new pool and rec room, parking and all appliances included. On LSU bus route. $1600/month, 1 yr lease. Rent reduction available for April and May. 310.989.4453 $800 TIGER MANOR CONDO Privately owned 1 bdr condo. Ground floor bldg #1. Very new and clean. At present no 1 bdr’s avail. Two pools and a new construction gym. Nightly security or off duty police officer. Walk to class, the Chimes etc. All electric. All appliances are in the unit. The bill has never been over $60. $800 is a discounted rental rate. 225.223.9700 3BR/2BTH BRIGHTSIDE COND $1300/mo. Quiet neighborhood, covered parking, private courtyard, w/d, available 6/01 225.648.3115 BRIGHTSIDE VILLAS (Brightside View Dr.) now leasing remodeled, spacious 2 Bed/1.5 Bath condos. 1100 sq/ ft, wood floors, sec. syst., wet bar, W/ D, private patio w storage. Just mins. from LSU and on bus route. FREE wireless internet, basic cable, pest control $1,050/mo. For more info. 225.663.0038 or ROOMS FOR RENT! 3 BR/2 BATH. Walk or bike to campus! $425500 plus utilities. Pets welcome! Available Now! 225.931.6233 FOR RENT: 3 BR/2 BA HOUSE in Lake Beau Pre with two car garage and backyard. $1600/mos; 1 yr lease; available starting July 1. Contact: 504.309.7595 CHATEAU DU COUR IN TIGERLAND Large 2 BR 1 B in gated complex..772-2429


LARGE 1-BR (650 sq. ft.) $500 and 2-br (1170 sq ft.) $700 in small quiet complex perfect for serious students. Walk, cycle, or take the LSU bus to class, shopping. On-site manager, reserved parking, video surveillence security. 757-8175. Apply online at 1,2,3 BR CONDOS IN BRIGHTSIDE, SHARLO, HEATHERSTONE 225-955-6480


ARLINGTON TRACE CONDOS Gated Community on Brightside Clubhouse on Site All Appliances Included Currently Accepting Deposits for June & August Move Ins! 2 bed/2.5 bath units $1300 3 bed/3.5 bath units $1650 Dean Flores Real Estate 225.767.2227 BRIGHTSIDE MANOR Newly remodeled, 2br 1 1/2ba $750 772-2429 767-3935

Friday, April 23, 2010 Condo at Brightside Manor Brightside Drive, 2BR/1-1/2 Bath townhouse on bus line, W/D, all appliances, $800. plus utilities per month. Patio. Avail. May 1st. 225.252.2398 Condo to rent 3 BR, 2 BA condo to rent in Tigerland, $1100/mo., excellent condition, gated parking, pool, near LSU bus line, quiet, safe, convenient, available immediately 504 905 4782 Store your stuff Student Special - Get 1st Month FREE. Climate Control of LA Self Storage and Stor-it Mini Warehouses. 3147 College Dr. just past the RR tracks. Enter thru College Creek Shopping Center. Various sizes, covered loading, video recording cameras, and alarms, 24/7 access. 24/7 service with our Insomniac machine (rent a unit, make a payment, buy a lock) - very cool. We Love Students. 225.927-8070 Tiger Manor Condominiums. UNITS READY FOR SPRING and FALL 2010! Reserve Now! Brand new 1, 2, & 3 bedrooms available. Reserve your unit today! Walk to class! 3000 July St. 225346-5055. Location. Location. Location... Start Living.


THE DAILY REVEILLE LSU TIGERLAND Lg Studios 1&2 BR TH &Flat Pool, w/ f, Pd Water, Sewer and Gabage $425 to $650 225.615.8521 Summer Grove Conods Gated Community off Brightside Clubhouse with Pool & Work Out Room All Appliances Included 2 & 3 Bedroom Units Available Now, Accepting Deposits for Summer/Fall Move In 225.767.2227 Lake Beau Pre Townhome large 3bedroom 3ba avail June 1 amenities tntc $1700/ mo 225.802.2361

Spanish Town Apt 2 Bed 1 Bath avail NOW or 6/1 $675 225.324.9501 Chateau du Cour In Tigerland. Lge 2 BR apts in enclosed complex. Newly remodeled! $625. 772-2429 767-3935

Roommate Wanted

FEMALE ROOMMATE NEEDED 2BR/2BA Condo 5 min from campus; W/ D; $500 plus 1/2 utilities; gated community 713.817.5553 N Roommate Needed!!! 2 Female roommates needed. Partially furnished 2100 sq. ft. condo. 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. 504.722.1372


Personals memorable experience Tall white male grad student looking for a cute, fit, smart, white female age 22-30 that enjoys dancing, golfing, photography, wine, and the occasional video game. If this description matches you, contact me at:

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