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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Senioritis kicks in before graduation, affects those with and without jobs

Scientist to speak at May graduation By Rachel Warren Contributing Writer

communication studies professor. “Seniors get lethargic,” Honeycutt said. “They’ve been in school for four years and are making a life change, whether it’s going on to graduate school or getting a job. This is a way of acting out against the uncertainty of their life change.” Phillip Sheridan, general studies senior, said his senioritis started after getting accepted into the Atlantic Acting School in New York. “You get to this point when you realize none of this will mean anything in four months,” Sheridan said. Honeycutt said senioritis can affect any senior, regardless of GPA. “It’s related to a large change in lifestyle and the stress that comes with that,” he said. “It doesn’t necessarily reflect their GPA.” Seniors had an average GPA of 3.015 for fall 2009, which was higher than any other

The University announced Tuesday that Kristina Johnson, Under Secretary of Energy in the U.S. Department of Energy, will speak at the University’s spring commencement ceremony. Johnson’s job is to promote America’s energy security through reliable, clean and affordable energy, according to the Department of Energy Web site. Chancellor Michael Martin said he’s excited to have Johnson give the commencement address because of the encouragement she can offer students, particularly women. “She’s a very famous woman scientist,” Martin said. “That sends a message to young women out there.” Martin said a faculty senate executive committee makes a list of people it would like to invite to speak, and he picks from the list. The final decision is based on whether a potential speaker is available and what message they’ll send to students. Martin said he picked the fall commencement speaker on his own and wanted a variety of opinions involved in the decision this year. He also said he hopes to involve students

MOTIVATION, see page 19

SPEAKER, see page 19


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Stephen Eckholdt, construction management senior, Krista Allen, history senior, Lauren Ellerman, mass communication senior, and Matthew Mick, finance senior, have secured jobs for after their graduations in May. Graduating seniors, whether they already have jobs or not, often suffer from Senioritis, an increasing difficulty to focus on academics.

By Sarah Eddington Staff Writer

There’s a long-running phenomenon that sweeps every University graduating class. Senioritis — the increasing difficulty to focus on one’s academics in light of impending graduation — affects most seniors, but students respond differently to the condition. The effort to stay committed to schoolwork can be grueling for students who already have jobs lined up after graduation. Lauren Ellermann, mass communication senior, said she’ll be working as an investigative assistant with an agency under the Department of Homeland Security in May. Ellermann said she has been working for the department since her junior year but will work full-time after graduation. “Life is hectic as a senior,” she said. “There are definitely nights when I just want to go home, drink a beer and not do anything, but I

resist the temptation.” Ellermann said it’s been harder to focus on school since she got the job. “I’ve definitely been slacking a little bit because I see the graduation line, and I know I just need the minimum grade to graduate and that I have a job,” she said. “It takes some of the pressure off, but I still want to make good grades.” Matthew Mick, finance senior, said his initial plan was to attend law school, but he changed his mind after receiving a job offer from Texas Memory Systems. “As soon as I knew I had somewhere I could go after graduation, it was a big weight off my shoulders,” he said. “Especially now that I have a job, it’s harder to focus, and it’s easier to cram and worry about things later.” WHY SENIORITIS SETS IN Senioritis is a natural occurrence that typically sets in during the fall semester of a student’s senior year, said James Honeycutt,


ECO at LSU hosts fifth Earth Day By Ryan Buxton Senior Staff Writer

Sustainability was the word Tuesday as students gathered on the Parade Ground to celebrate the environment at ECO at LSU’s fifth annual Earth Day festival. The event, hosted by the Environmental Conservation Organization and sponsored by Student Government, focused on the message of individual sustainability. “We’re trying to elaborate on the individual role in conserving resources,” said Matt Wyatt, ECO co-president. Though Earth Day was April 22, the event was held Tuesday because the Parade Ground was booked during the previous week for LSU Day setup, Wyatt said. The Earth Day event featured various

booths giving away items like free plants and bike tune-ups, and the LSU AgCenter was also on hand with animals like pigs and goats for students to interact with. The various booths and attractions were all meant to be fun and informational reminders about how students’ actions affect the environment, said Katherine Boy Skipsey, ECO co-president. “People don’t pay attention to things that surround us every day,” she said. ECO member Valeria Socorro said having the event outdoors on the Parade Ground is important to remind people what the festival is about. “If people were outside more, they could appreciate the Earth more,” Socorro said. Meredith Hunt, coastal and

environmental studies senior, said the wide variety of booths and activities at the event contributes to its appeal. “Diversity is probably the best thing they have going,” Hunt said. “They can attract animal enthusiasts, people who are interested in solar energy and who want information about programs.” Students were able to partake in a photo petition to promote legislation allowing local apartment complexes to offer their residents solar energy. A representative from the company Lite Solar, University alumnus Justin Runnels, was at the event to educate students about solar energy and collect photos and signatures for the petition. ENERGY, see page 19

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Lauren Hull, conservation biology sophomore, left, gives Kathleen Brannen, geology and biology senior, a henna tattoo Tuesday during ECO Earth Day on the Parade Ground.



Nation & World



Insurgents attack in Kandahar in south Afghanistan, kill three

Malcolm X assassin Hagen freed on parole from Manhattan prison

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — The powerful half brother of President Hamid Karzai urged the international aid community not to pull out of the troubled southern city of Kandahar, where insurgents attacked Tuesday night, killing at least three and injuring dozens.

NEW YORK — The only man to admit shooting Malcolm X was freed on parole Tuesday, 45 years after he assassinated the civil rights leader. Thomas Hagan, the last man still serving time in the 1965 killing, was freed from a Manhattan prison where he spent two days a week under a work-release program, state Department of Correctional Services spokeswoman Linda Foglia said.

Iran foreign minister hopeful for nuclear fuel deal, no sanctions TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister on Tuesday expressed optimism Tehran would soon strike a deal with the international community to provide his country with nuclear fuel — the latest in a new Iranian diplomatic push to stave off fresh U.N. sanctions over its controversial nuclear program. As part of the push, top Iranian officials have been courting some non-permanent Security Council members to pre-empt possible sanctions.

Man pleads guilty in last summer’s attack on Milwaukee mayor MILWAUKEE (AP) — The 21-year-old man accused of beating Milwaukee’s mayor last summer pleaded guilty Tuesday in a deal with prosecutors, averting a trial that was scheduled to begin next week in the attack at the Wisconsin State Fair. Anthony J. Peters was accused of turning on Milwaukee Mayor

Tom Barrett in August when the mayor allegedly intervened in an argument between Peters and his daughter’s grandmother outside the fairgrounds. Soldier arrested for assault of 52-year-old homeless man in Ohio CINCINNATI (AP) — A soldier and another man have been arrested in the beating of a homeless man, and two other soldiers are suspects, police said Tuesday. Military police in Fort Knox, Ky., turned over 24-year-old Riley Feller to the Hardin County, Ky., sheriff’s office Tuesday. Feller was being held on a fugitive charge at the county jail. He will be arraigned Wednesday, pending extradition to Ohio. Cincinnati police say Feller, 24-year-old Michael Hesson of Cincinnati and two soldiers based at Fort Bragg, N.C., badly beat 52-year-old John Johnson on April 10 at a homeless encampment under a bridge.



Package of bills would tweak La. parole requirement if passed

La. family with drywall-tainted home awarded more than $164K

(AP) — Louisiana, where one out of every 55 adults is incarcerated, could see its prison population gradually decline if a package of bills up for debate in the House this week is passed into law. The four bills mainly target nonviolent offenders, who make up 60 percent of the state’s inmates. The proposed laws would enable prisoners not serving time for violent or sexual offenses to be considered for parole sooner and earn early release for good behavior. Most of the bills would only apply to those convicted after Aug. 15, so it would be years before major reductions in prisoner numbers would be seen. Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc is a strong proponent of the bills. The House is scheduled to consider the proposals Wednesday and Thursday.

(AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday awarded more than $164,000 to a Louisiana family whose home was ruined by Chinesemade drywall and said the tainted material must be removed. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon’s latest ruling comes less than a month after he awarded $2.6 million to seven Virginia families. His earlier decision was the first of its kind for a batch of federal lawsuits over drywalltainted homes. Drilling to begin to relieve pressure on well spewing oil in Gulf (AP) — BP plans to begin drilling a relief well by Thursday in a $100 million effort to take the pressure off a well that is spewing 1,000 barrels a day of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast.

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Campus Crime Briefs Man arrested for using illegal car lights, reckless vehicle operation A 27-year-old man unaffiliated with the University was arrested and charged with impersonating police on April 23, said Sgt. Jason Bettencourtt, LSU Police Department spokesman. Police patrolling on campus at 2:30 a.m. observed a black truck with flashing strobes in the corner lights of the vehicle, Bettencourtt said. Bettencourtt said such lights

are illegal unless installed on a public safety vehicle. Police following the truck saw it run through a stop sign before driving in the wrong lane, causing multiple vehicles to swerve from harm’s way, Bettencourtt said. When stopped by LSUPD, the driver, Troy Thorton of 143 Pinehill Loop in Bastrop, told the officers he had the lights because he was going to be a firefighter one day and he was just trying to get through traffic. Thorton was also charged with reckless operation and improper lamps, Bettencourtt said. Students arrested for driving while intoxicated, without headlights A




arrested April 22 for driving while intoxicated. Police patrolling Highland Road saw a car nearly cause an accident while driving through a stop sign and turning without a signal, Bettencourtt said. Police stopped the car after it struck a curb. Bettencourtt said the driver, Michael Collins, of 62 Chateau Latour Drive in Kenner, showed signs of intoxication and failed a field sobriety test. Collins didn’t consent to a chemical test. Collins was also charged with careless operation, stop sign violation and failure to signal a turn and was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. The same morning, officers observed a car driving down Highland Road with no headlights,


Students arrested for trespassing near Huey P. Long Swimming Pool

area of the Huey P. Long Swimming Pool, Bettencourtt said. Police found five 18-year-old students trespassing in the area, Bettencourtt said. Leonardo Mayo of 1421 Magnolia Ridge in Bossier City, Leon Flettrich of 5512 Rebecca Blvd. in Kenner, Olivia Joseph of 7453 Kildeer St. in New Orleans, Miriah Land of 402 Osprey Court in Southlake, Texas, and Taylor Baudry of 110 Iverness Approach in Roswell, Ga., were issued misdemeanor summons for trespassing and were released, Bettencourtt said.

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Bettencourtt said. When police made a traffic stop, Bettencourtt said, they smelled alcohol on the driver, 24-year-old University student Jack Loupe of 17752 Links Court in Baton Rouge. Loupe admitted to police he’d been drinking and registered a .095 blood-alcohol level, Bettencourtt said. Loupe was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving with no headlights.


LSU Press hosts panel on ‘A Confederacy of Dunces’ Acclaimed novel turns 30 this year By Ryan Buxton Senior Staff Writer

It’s been 30 years and more than a million printed copies since John Kennedy Toole’s “A Confederacy of Dunces” was published by LSU Press. To celebrate the book’s anniversary, the Press hosted a panel Tuesday on the book’s more than 50 translated editions and the various art the novel’s cover has carried. The novel has worn many titles through its translations. In Italian, it’s “Una Congrega Di Fissati,” while the Portuguese know it as “Uma Confraria De Tolos.” Considering how many different languages have interpreted the book, the panel discussed how successfully “A Confederacy of Dunces” can be translated into different languages while retaining its cultural significance. “How can you depict such a culturally specific novel to an audience unfamiliar with it?” asked Mary Katherine Callaway, director of LSU Press. Laura Gleason, design and production manager of LSU Press who was a student worker at the Press in 1979 when the book was originally designed, sat on the panel and discussed the design principles of several translated covers of “Dunces” and their relevance to the novel. The panel also featured Rod Parker, director of the LSU School of Art, who analyzed the covers from an artistic perspective.

Parker said he measured the designs on the bases of creativity, conceptuality, relevance, uniqueness and durability. The final panelist was Betsy Wing, an award-winning translator who spoke specifically about the French translation. The panel focused on foreign publishers’ strategies to make the book’s cover visually appealing to non-American audiences. “We are a visual culture,” Callaway said. “You can’t judge a book by its cover, but people often do because that’s what draws you in.” The panel spotted a common theme among the cover designs —

the presence of hot dogs, which the book’s protagonist sells in New Orleans’ French Quarter. “There is a fixation on the hot dog in the foreign editions,” Gleason said. A 1988 German edition features a picture of a pinball machine, which Gleason said was probably provoking symbolism. “It’s a metaphor for [the main character] Ignatius being a ball that hits all those jobs, bounces off and goes to other jobs,” Gleason said. Sam Oliver, Latin junior who attended the event, said he’s impressed by the success of foreign translations because of the book’s


Various covers of foreign editions of John Kennedy Toole’s novel “A Confederacy of Dunces” were analyzed during a presentation in Hill Memorial Library.

comedic tone. “It’s amazing anytime someone manages to translate humor across language,” Oliver said. Wing discussed the way translation is seen as a type of performance, representing the author’s original work in a way that resonates in a different language. “The readers in the language of origin are able to have a richer experience with the text, but that doesn’t mean the translation is without value,” Wing said.

John Easterly, executive editor at LSU Press who proofread “Dunces” in 1979, attended the event and said one of the book’s accomplishments is the way its significance translates from language to language. “The New Orleans culture and American culture gets through to foreign cultures,” Easterly said. Contact Ryan Buxton at





Employers projected to hire more graduates this spring National stats may not match LSU’s By Mary Walker Baus Contributing Writer

Seniors graduating this May are projected to have better luck in the job market than their peers did last May. The “Job Outlook 2010 Spring Update” report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that employers plan to hire 5.3 percent more newly graduated college students this year than last year. College hiring has decreased since October 2008 because of

the recession, according to the report. In NACE’s 2009 Spring Update, employers reported hiring nearly 22 percent fewer college graduates in spring 2009 than they did in spring 2008. “Employers are still behind [in hiring numbers] to where they were in 2008,” said Sara Crow, LSU Career Services assistant director for communications. “Obviously, with such a significant decrease last year, it’s good to see improvement. That’s an indication of a strengthening economy.” Crow said job availability and the economy seem to be interrelated because of how the economy affects businesses. She said when companies have less operational revenue, they often

Percent of college graduates hired (2004 to 2010): Spring 2004 to Spring 2005 — 13 percent increase Spring 2005 to Spring 2006 — 13.8 percent increase Spring 2006 to Spring 2007 — 19.2 percent increase Spring 2007 to Spring 2008 — 8 percent increase Spring 2008 to Spring 2009 — 22 percent decrease Spring 2009 to Spring 2010 — 5.3 percent increase projected Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers

decide not to hire more employ- you were in the Northeast last year with a large drop, improveees or fill empty positions. “The pendulum has swung,” ment over the next year is drashe said. “A couple of years ago, matic because of where you came from. The Southstudents got to east may not have pick what job been hit as hard as they wanted, but other regions last now employers year.” have their pick of Crow said what students to NACE’s report hire.” is just a snapshot Hiring of colof projected hirlege graduates in ing in the nation, the Northeast was Sara Crow doesn’t affected the most Career Services assistant director which mean the results in the 2008-09 for communications are applicable to year, decreasing by 38.9 percent from the previ- the University. “I don’t think new graduous 2007-08 year, according to ates should feel worried that jobs the report. But this year, the projected aren’t going to be available to number of hires in the Northeast them,” she said. “There’s always increased the most out of the four a need for entry-level employregions, up 25.5 percent from the ment. The job search is a competitive process.” 2008-09 year. Kristen Dufauchard, mass The Southeast is the only region reporting a decrease in communication senior, said she’s projected hiring of college graduates. In 2008-09, the Southeast, including Louisiana, hired 4,279 college graduates, but this year, the projected number of hires is 3,849 — a 10 percent decrease. Crow said soon-to-be University graduates won’t necessarily have a harder time getting hired just because NACE’s report shows a decrease in hiring in the Southeast region, which includes Louisiana. “Louisiana has come out as one of the top states not experiencing much of an impact from the recession,” Crow said. “If


‘It’s good to see improvement. That’s an indication of a strengthening economy.’

been looking for a job since the beginning of her senior year and is worried about getting hired. “I want to go out of state,” she said. “It makes me more hopeful that regions outside Louisiana have reported they want more graduates.” Not all students are as hopeful. Colin Ryan, religious studies senior, said he’s going to law school because he’s not optimistic about the job market. “I’ve heard it’s still hard to get a job,” he said. D’yonne Jones, sociology senior, said she’s pushed back her graduation date to avoid the job market and minor in an additional subject, which she said will make her more marketable when she figures out what she wants to do. Contact Mary Walker Baus at


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Louisiana sending 500 national guardsmen to Haiti Focus will be on rebuilding schools By Andrew Hanson Contributing Writer

The Louisiana Army National Guard is sending 500 troops to Haiti to aid in the earthquake relief effort and help children of the island. For this particular mission, the bulk of LANG’s focus will be engineering projects, including rebuilding schools to allow Haitian

children to move from the tents currently being used for classrooms, according to a news release from Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office. The mission will be based in the vicinity of Gonaives, Haiti, which is approximately 95 miles north of Port au Prince, the release said. The operation is headed by Maj. Gen. Bennett Landreneau, adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard, and is scheduled to start in May and end in September. The group organizing the mission is New Horizons, which

utilizes military units and personnel to help communities and individuals with humanitarian needs. The release said Louisiana is lending its support with the international aid it received during Hurricane Katrina in mind. “Louisiana received so much support from across the country and around the world after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and we stand ready to lend that same assistance to other parts of the world in their time of need,” Jindal said in the release. The mission is an excellent training opportunity for all soldiers

and airmen as well as a humanitarian effort, Maj. Gen. Landreneau said. “This is a great opportunity for LANG to step up and assist the people of Haiti.” Russell Case, an LSU student and one-year member of the LANG whose platoon wasn’t deployed, spoke highly of the operation. “Although my unit was not shipped out, what I have heard from other people in the Guard is that we are pretty much the most helpful group over there,” Case said. Jindal said his dispatched

guardsmen will be prepared for the challenge after the experiences of rebuilding Louisiana following the state’s own crises. “These brave men and women know firsthand the type of hard work and perseverance it takes to recover from a disaster, and I know they will serve the people of Haiti well in helping them get back on their feet as quickly as possible,” Jindal said. Contact Andrew Hanson at

Millenials more connected than previous generations Technology used by younger generation By Grace Montgomery Staff Writer

The current generation is connected, confident and open to change, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center. The report profiles the “Millennial generation,” or adults aged 18 to 29, and studies demographics, political and social values and technology and social media habits. The report compares its findings on the Millennial generation to those of the three other living generations — Generation X, ages 30-45, Baby Boomers, ages 46-64,

and the Silent generation, ages 65 and above. Each generation has a personality, and Millennials are confident, self-expressive, liberal and open to change, the Pew Group said. One of the strongest findings in the report is Millennials are the first “always connected” generation. Eight in 10 of those surveyed said they sleep with a cell phone by their bed and three-quarters say they’ve created a profile on a social networking Web site. Pre-nursing freshman Marissa Darr said while she never leaves home without a cell phone, her parents always forget theirs. But interior design senior Meredith Hom said other generations are also proficient technology.

“Its not that other generations aren’t open to technology too,” Hom said. “My dad knows more about computers than I do.” The report found Millennials are confident about the future despite the economic downturn. “I think confidence comes from being more accepting of change,” Darr said. Eighty-eight percent are confident they’ll earn enough money in the future while only 31 percent feel they earn enough now. “I think everyone is too wrapped up in the superficial,” said interior design sophomore Caroline Russell. “They’re not looking that far ahead.” Millennials are also more confident in the government than other generations.

“I think that while we want change, we’re not sure what specifically how to change it,” Russell said. The report found Millennials are the least overtly religious of the living generations. One in four Millennials are unaffiliated with a religion, the survey said. “Being dogmatic limits perspective, but I think I’m more spiritual now than I used to be,” said economics sophomore Joey Haynes. The survey also examined lifestyle habits. Exercise plays a larger role in the lives of Millennials than other generations. Fifty-six percent of Millennials said they participated in rigorous exercise in the last 24 hours,

the survey said. “While that is true for a lot of people, I think the motive is different,” Hom said. “It’s not to be healthier, I think it’s a very ‘in’ thing to do.” Going green is another trend most Millennials follow, according to the report. Seven in 10 Millennials recycle paper, plastic or glass at home, the survey said. “I grew up with recycling,” said international trade and finance freshman Carolina Gomez. “For example, my school always celebrated Earth Day and promoted recycling.” Contact Grace Montgomery at


Teachers leaving their profession at high rates Schools seek more competitive pay By Matthew Jacobs Entertainment Writer

Every day, nearly 1,000 teachers leave the field of teaching, according to a report by the Alliance for Excellent Education, a research and advocacy organization for the education industry. An additional thousand teachers change schools in pursuit of better working conditions. The cost of replacing public-school teachers leaving the profession totals $2.2 billion each year, according to the report. And nearly half of all teachers who enter the field leave it within

five years, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. “Beginning teachers cite various reasons for leaving the profession from working conditions, lack of support, student behavior problems, family needs,” said Patricia Exner, associate dean of the College of Education, in an e-mail to The Daily Reveille. The number of students interested in studying education seems to be on the rise despite these fluctuating teaching conditions, Exner said. “We’ve seen many students become interested in teaching, particularly at the secondary level, after discovering their first academic program choice doesn’t mesh with their interests or abilities,” Exner said. The education world is taking notice of the need for teachers,

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as well. Beginning pay is becoming increasingly competitive in gradeschool districts. The average starting pay in East Baton Rouge Parish for beginning teachers with a bachelor’s degree was $20,549 in 1995, according to figures published by the Louisiana Department of Education. For the 2009-10 school year, the average starting pay was $43,536. And more competitive pay is being established at an appropriate time, as national education trends continue to fluctuate. Statistics show as more teachers change professions, more middle and high school students are at significant risk of dropping out of school. One-third of entering ninthgrade students will drop out of high school before attaining a diploma, according to 2001 research by Harvard University. “Sharing with children and young people the excitement of learning and discovery is one of the most rewarding experiences possible,” Exner said. “But obviously the current economic situation and resulting loss of jobs impacts many families … which can impact [students’] performance in schools.” But national education programs are looking to combat struggling professional standards. Since its inception in 1990, Teach for America has seen more than 24,000 potential educators

agree to teach in low-income schools for a minimum of two years, according to the organization’s Web site. “If I wanted to teach, [Teach for America] would be something I’d consider,” said Laurel Johnson, general studies senior.

Students from any academic major and career interest can apply to become a part of the organization. Contact Matthew Jacobs at



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Former Chancellor Emmert named president of NCAA Interim President Isch to leave Nov. 1 By Nicholas Persac Editor

Former LSU Chancellor Mark Emmert will blend his background in academia with athletics, as the NCAA Executive Committee named him president of the organization Tuesday. Emmert, who worked as LSU’s top leader from 1999 to 2004, will become the NCAA’s fifth chief executive when he takes the post Nov. 1, according to a NCAA news release. Emmert left LSU in 2004 to return as president to his alma mater, the University of Washington. Emmert will take over the job from Interim President James Isch, who took that post when Myles Brand died in September 2009, according to the NCAA release. “It is my great honor to accept

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Mark Emmert, former LSU Chancellor, speaks during a news conference Tuesday in Indianapolis after being announced as the president elect of the NCAA. Emmert will become the NCAA’s chief executive when he takes the post Nov. 1.

this assignment,” Emmert said in the release. “It is more than a new job for me. This is special. This is an opportunity to help shape one of the great American institutions.” The UW Board of Regents announced in a news release the

board will name an interim president while searching to permanently fill Emmert’s role. “We recognize that the NCAA presidency is a unique opportunity,” said Herb Simon, UW Board of Regents Chair. “It is the only

organization of its kind, national in scope and we feel the only type of opportunity that could possibly lure Mark away from his alma mater. The nation’s gain is our loss.” Emmert “led Washington to its standing as second among all

public and private institutions in research funding with $1 billion in grants and contracts per year” during his time there, according the NCAA release. Before coming to LSU, Emmert was chancellor of the University of Connecticut from 1995-99 and provost and vice president for academic affairs at Montana State University from 1992-95. Sean O’Keefe, who had been administrator of NASA and U.S. Secretary of the Navy, followed Emmert as LSU’s chancellor in 2004 until he resigned amid pressure from the Board of Supervisors in 2008. Michael Martin, LSU’s current chancellor, took the post in August 2008. He previously worked as president of New Mexico State University.

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University of Wyoming must allow Ayers’ speech By The Associated Press CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday the University of Wyoming must allow 1960s radical William Ayers to speak on the school’s campus in Laramie. The university had cited threats of violence in not allowing Ayers to speak at a campus event planned for Wednesday. U.S. District Judge William Downes said Tuesday that violent threats can’t be used as a reason to deny Ayers’ right to speak on campus. Ayers, a professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago, now plans to speak at UW on Wednesday at the invitation of a student. UW President Tom Buchanan testified Monday that the decision to bar Ayers from speaking on campus this week was based

on concerns about the safety and security of Ayers, students and faculty. He said he thought violence was possible if the speech was allowed because of the types of threats the school received, which were unlike any “I have seen in my 30 years at the University of Wyoming.” Ayers was a co-founder of Weather Underground, a radical anti-war group that claimed to be responsible for a series of bombings, including nonfatal explosions at the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol. He was a fugitive for years before surrendering in 1980. Charges against him were later dropped because of prosecutorial misconduct. He was originally invited to speak at the university in Laramie on April 5 by the privately endowed UW Social Justice Research Center. But the center’s

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William Ayers speaks Nov. 17, 2008, to an audience in Washington. Ayers is being allowed to speak at the University of Wyoming after initially being banned.

director, Franciso Rios, canceled the event after the invitation drew hundreds of protests. UW student Meg Lanker then extended an invitation to Ayers to speak at the school Wednesday, but the university refused to rent out its sports complex for the event. Lanker and Ayers, who

also plans an off-campus speech for Wednesday night, filed a lawsuit against the school, saying it violated their constitutional rights to free speech and assembly. In court Monday, Lanker and Ayers attorney David Lane of Denver said security concerns have been overblown and the

university is more worried about losing donations. One of the donors who threatened to quit contributing recently gave about $2 million to the university, Lane said. Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at




When Stars Don’t Align High school rating not always a sign of NFL success for former LSU players Jacob Hester

By Mark Clements Sports Contributor

Two-star recruits coming out of high school

No. 69

overall (third round, 2008)

If someone would have told Sam Bradford in 2006 he would be the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, he might have called that person crazy. No one would have thought the young Oklahoma Sooner, a three-star prospect out of high school, would develop into a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback. Year after year, college football recruiting boards are filled with high school athletes dreaming of playing

Tyson Jackson

Three-star recruits coming out of high school

No. 3

overall (first round, 2009)

JaMarcus Russell

Chevis Jackson

No. 68

football at the highest level. Some are more heavily recruited than others, and the final product these young athletes become is far from predictable. Recruiting Web sites award stars to high school athletes in an attempt to rank the field of players. LSU has recruited eight five-star athletes that either graduated from LSU or left early for the NFL draft since began issuing stars in 2002. Only half of the eight were drafted into the NFL. None of these four were selected in the first or second round of the draft. Defensive tackle Claude Wroten is the highest selected five-star athlete to come from LSU. Wroten, who was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2006, was selected in the third round at No. 68 overall. LSU has had nine first round selections to the NFL Draft since 2000. With the exception of three-star defensive end Tyson Jackson, every first round selection for the Tigers has been showered with awards and was highly recruited out of high school. Michael Clayton, Marcus Spears and JaMarcus Russell are three of the nine first rounders LSU has produced. Michael Clayton was a consensus high DRAFT, see page 15

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Tigers stumble at home with 7-4 loss

By Sean Isabella Sports Contributor

The No. 15 LSU baseball team began Tuesday night’s game against New Orleans the same way it did in its previous three games — and got the same result. Two days after the Tigers (3210) were swept by Ole Miss this past weekend, they scored first for the fourth consecutive game with nothing to show for it at the end in a 7-4 loss to the Privateers (11-29) at Alex Box Stadium. “They wanted to play very badly, and the bottom line is we didn’t,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “It’s my responsibility to get the team ready to play. I didn’t have them ready tonight, and I’m ashamed of that.” With the game tied at 3-3 in the top of the eight inning, UNO took the lead for good on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Jerad Comarda off LSU junior pitcher Austin Ross and added an insurance run with left fielder Rodarrick Jones’ RBI single. Jones, the Privateers’ eighth hitter in the lineup, killed the Tigers with two singles, a double and three RBIs. “He was capable, but what’s he hitting, .220? He feasted off our pitching. I can’t explain it,” Mainieri said of Jones, who entered the game with a .248 average. The Tigers clawed back with a run in bottom of the eighth inning when LSU sophomore outfielder Mikie Mahtook beat out an infield single to make it 5-4. But the Privateers tacked on two more runs in the top of the ninth with an RBI double from center fielder BASEBALL, see page 15


Attendance numbers exceed capacity in Tiger Stadium Reconstruction in 2000 added seating Editor’s note: This story is the fourth in a five-part series involving attendance at LSU athletic events. By Rowan Kavner Sports Contributor

It seems Death Valley is hiding people. The much-anticipated 2009 matchup between Florida and LSU

drew 93,129 fans — yet the stadium’s seating capacity is listed at 92,400. Games against Louisiana-Lafayette (92,443), Auburn (92,654), Louisiana Tech (92,584) and Arkansas (93,013) also drew crowds greater than the listed capacity last season. But the answer isn’t as complicated as it may seem. “We include the number of credentials we give out to the media and those people that work the events,” said Michael Bonnette, associate athletic director and sports

information director. “The number can sometimes be higher than what the capacity of the stadium can hold.” LSU Ticket Office manager Brian Broussard said anyone who watches the game in the stadium is counted in the final attendance numbers. “We count the press level, and we count Boy Scouts who work sort of as ushers,” he said. “We count people who don’t occupy seats that are sold on the stadium but are at atATTENDANCE, see page 15

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Fans pack Tiger Stadium Nov. 8, 2008, for the Homecoming game against Troy. Five games last season drew crowds greater than the listed seating capacity of 92,400.



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Crenshaw named Lady Tigers’ new assistant coach Chancellor excited about addition By Rachel Whittaker Chief Sports Writer

The LSU women’s basketball team has a new addition to its coaching staff. Joni Crenshaw, who served as associate head coach at Alabama for the past two seasons, was appointed as an LSU assistant coach Tuesday, LSU women’s basketball coach Van Chancellor announced.

Crenshaw has experience coaching at the collegiate level in Louisiana, as she was an assistant women’s basketball coach at Louisiana Tech for two seasons and the associate coach there for one season. The Lady Techsters won two Western Athletic Conference championships in her first two years on campus, where she was also recruiting coordinator. “I made a lot of great relationships with high school coaches and AAU coaches in [Louisiana], so I am very familiar with the area,” Crenshaw said in a news release. “This is exciting to come back to a state

where I have previous experience. I am extremely excited about the opportunity to become a part of the Lady Tiger family and to work for Van Chancellor, an Olympic coach with four WNBA titles, and a program that has gone to five straight Final Fours in recent years.” Chancellor echoed Crenshaw’s emotions about the hire. “I am extremely pleased to have Joni join our staff,” Chancellor said. “She’s grown up in the [Southeastern Conference], having both played and coached in this league. She is going to do a tremendous job recruiting for us, and she will be a great role model

for our players.” Crenshaw previously served as recruiting coordinator for three years at Troy University until 2005, where she was also academic coordinator and in charge of developing post players. Crenshaw said she sees the job at LSU as a way to enhance her coaching career. “I am excited about what the entire staff brings to women’s basketball as a whole and the opportunity to ... continue to grow as a basketball coach,” Crenshaw said. Crenshaw graduated from Alabama in 2002 after four years of

playing basketball there. Crenshaw was a center and team captain her senior season and recorded 716 points, 555 rebounds and 103 blocked shots in her career. In 2001, Crenshaw was recognized as one of the 10 most influential African Americans on the Alabama campus by the Mentor Fellowship Society. Crenshaw’s hire is pending approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors. Contact Rachel Whittaker at


Lady Tigers pass Texas A&M, reach No. 1 ranking

Henning, Nugent win SEC weekly By Katherine Terrell Sports Contributor

The LSU track and field teams have climbed the rankings after a successful showing at the Penn Relays. The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association

released its updated team rankings Tuesday. The Lady Tigers are ranked No. 1, overtaking Texas A&M for the top spot. The Tigers moved to No. 2 after being ranked No. 9 last week. Senior Richard Jones leads the NCAA in the 800-meter run with his time of 1 minute, 46.9 seconds. Junior Walter Henning is ranked No. 2 in the hammer throw with a throw of 239 feet, 5 inches. The Lady Tigers hold the top three times in the NCAA for the

800-meter run. Senior LaTavia Thomas’ time of 2 minutes, 1.40 seconds gives her the No. 1 spot. Senior Kayann Thompson is ranked No. 2 with a time of 2 minutes, 3.54 seconds, and junior Brittany Hall comes in at No. 3 with a time of 2 minutes, 3.76 seconds. Senior Samantha Henry is ranked No. 2 in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.94 seconds and No. 4 in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.18 seconds. The Lady Tigers also have two No. 2-ranked relays

in the 4x100-meter relay and the 4x400-meter relay. HENNING, NUGENT WIN SEC WEEKLY HONORS LSU junior thrower Walter Henning and sophomore hurdler Barrett Nugent were named the Southeastern Conference’s Male Field Athlete and Runner of the Week, respectively, the LSU Athletic Department announced Tuesday. Henning won his second straight

Penn Relays hammer throw title this past weekend. He won with a throw of 237 feet, 9 inches — more than 22 feet farther than the second-place finisher. Nugent became the first male in school history to win the 110-meter hurdles at the Penn Relays. Nugent won with a new personal best of 13.58 seconds. Contact Katherine Terrell at



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Jackon ends college career on top of record books Gymnast won three national titles By Rob Landry Sports Contributor

An athlete’s career can be defined by the championships he or she wins. Those who rise to the occasion in clutch situations will be remembered for their heroics. And no one in LSU gymnastics history has shined in the spotlight more than Susan Jackson. Jackson claimed three individual national championships in her career, more than any gymnast in school history. She was also named the 2010 National and Southeastern Conference Gymnast of the Year. LSU coach D-D Breaux said Jackson’s honors came for her actions both in and out of the gym. “Not only was she decorated, but she was complimented,” Breaux said. “The AAIA Gymnast of the Year award is voted on by the coaches. To win that is truly a national honor. The coaches judge on how the kids represent their university and interact with the other student-athletes, and she has just really done a great job being an ambassador for LSU.” Jackson’s gymnastics prowess began at the age of 3 as a way for her to burn some energy. “I would run across the backs of couches and swing from shower rods or whatever I could get on,” Jackson said. “My mom thought I needed mats around me so that I wouldn’t get hurt.” The Spring, Texas, native did her club training with Dan and Ashley Baker at Stars Gymnastics in nearby Houston. She was a fourtime member of the USA National Team, and she finished fourth in the all-around at the Elite National Classic in 2005. Breaux said she was well aware of Jackson’s talents at a young age.

“We follow Texas kids pretty close,” Breaux said. “We started following her when she began competing at a regional level, so probably when she was around 12 years old.” Breaux’s persistence in pursuing Jackson paid off. Jackson had scholarship offers from numerous schools around the country, including traditional powerhouses UCLA, Alabama and Georgia. “[The LSU coaches] showed so much interest in me and actually cared about me as a person, not just me as a gymnast,” Jackson said. Another reason Jackson chose the Tigers was to be a part of something special in Baton Rouge. “I didn’t want to go to a school that had already been on top,”

Jackson said. “I wanted to go to a school that I could help make to the Super Six and set school records and achieve new heights.” Jackson started her attack on those records from day one. “She was ready to go,” Breaux said. “She’s an elite-level athlete.” As a freshman in 2007, Jackson ended the season as an allarounder in the Tigers’ final three meets. She also earned first-team All-America honors on the floor exercise. In 2008, Jackson ended the season standing atop the podium at the NCAA Championships the vault national champion. She was also named first-team All-American on the balance beam, floor exercise, vault and the all-around. She was first-team All-SEC and the

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LSU senior Susan Jackson leaps on the beam March 13 during the Tigers meet against Iowa in the PMAC. Jackson was the recipient of many accolades during her career.

SEC vault champion. She was named first-team All-American on the vault and all-around again as a junior. She was named the Central Regional All-Around Champion and was national runner-up on the vault to teammate Ashleigh Clare-Kearney. But as a senior, Jackson took aim at the record books. She set the LSU record for most consecutive all-around titles with six and spent a majority of the season as the nation’s top-ranked gymnast. But in dramatic fashion, Jackson saved her best performance for her swan song. In the final meet of her career, the NCAA Championships, Jackson won the all-around national championship. In the individual championships, Jackson performed her final routine on the balance beam and stuck it for her recordbreaking third career national title. Breaux said Jackson’s accomplishments cannot be understated.

“She’ll be a hall of famer,” Breaux said. “She’s made a national impact.” Now that the dust has settled on Jackson’s career, she is not sure what to do with herself. “Now I’m just going to go home and just sit down,” Jackson said. “I don’t know what to do because I always have to be doing something. And I’ll miss my teammates and my coaches because we had a blast in there.” But Jackson hopes her accomplishments can be a source of inspiration for gymnasts that hope to someday follow in her footsteps. “I hope that the girls that come in later years can say, ‘If someone like that can do it, why can’t I?’” Jackson said. “I just want our accomplishments to be a benchmark for teams to look at and shoot for.”

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Brother of current shortstop early commits to Tigers Younger Nola plans to pitch for LSU By Chris Branch Sports Writer

It took one stroll onto the grass at Rosenblatt Stadium for Aaron Nola to know where he wanted play college baseball. It wasn’t the genes. It wasn’t the hometown feeling. It was the chance of playing in the College World Series at LSU. “When he walked onto the field at Rosenblatt Stadium, he got chilly bumps,” said A.J. Nola, Aaron’s father. “He said he wanted to pitch on that mound for LSU. For a 16-year old to express a want like that is pretty significant.” Nola, the younger brother of current LSU shortstop Austin Nola, is a junior flamethrower at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge. Aaron has already committed to LSU. Fans were wowed last season when Austin stepped into a starting role for the national-champion Tigers. Austin started 36 games, hitting .240 three home runs and 18 RBIs. Aaron could be better than his brother, the pair’s father said. “Aaron is definitely a better pitcher than Austin was,” A.J. said.

“He’s got him on the mound. Austin always had a live arm but Aaron is a better pitcher.” The duo could theoretically play together at Alex Box. Austin will be a senior by the time Aaron arrives on campus. But the plan could be derailed. If he plays well enough, Austin could be bona-fide pro prospect after his junior season. Austin was drafted out of high school in the 48th round by the Colorado Rockies. Still, the Nola parents hope Aaron and Austin will get the opportunity to play together. “Speaking for my wife Stacie and I, it’s a parent’s dream come true for them both to be at LSU together,” A.J. said. “It might not work out that way, but if it did, we would love it.” Aaron said he would love to get the chance to play with his brother. The distance in age has hindered the chances in previous years, with Austin always on the way out just as Aaron was arriving. “It would be cool,” Aaron said. “It would be a good experience for both me and him. I never really got a chance to play with him before.” A.J. said the two are extremely close — and have become even closer since Austin left for college. “They’re really close now that Austin is out of the house,” A.J. said with a laugh. “The fact they don’t

see each other every day makes them closer.” Aaron agreed. He said the two used to clash, but the separation between the two has made their bond stronger. “We used to fight a lot when he lived with us, but when he moved out, I didn’t see him that much,” Aaron said. “We got closer. We don’t fight anymore.” While the two share baseball talent, they aren’t that similar in the way they progressed through the sport. Austin was always a solid hitter and defender, but never came around as a pitcher. Aaron was the opposite. “Aaron was always a late bloomer in athletics as opposed to Austin,” A.J. said. “Aaron was always a good pitcher but has turned into a solid hitter this season.” Aaron won’t use any of his newfound hitting aptitude at LSU — he will only pitch. He identifies himself as more of a spot pitcher, known for his location rather than speed. The younger Nola currently sports a 6-0 record for the Bears. “I’m more of a spot guy,” Aaron said. “I have a fastball, a changeup and a curveball. This year, everything’s been working. I got my changeup to work more this year.” Aaron is presently nursing a sports hernia which has him sidelined until May 10.

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Catholic High School baseball player Aaron Nola (6) tags second base March 13 in a game against Neville High School. Nola, the younger brother of current LSU shortstop Austin Nola, has committed to pitch for the Tigers.

He received a plethora of interest from other colleges. He said while LSU always remained his top choice, he would have chosen Central Florida if LSU hadn’t offered. A connection with Golden Knights coach and former LSU assistant coach Terry Rooney was his main draw. “Coach Rooney wanted me,” Aaron said. “I was actually thinking about going there because they wanted to see me pitch, and he wanted me to go there. That was my

second choice besides LSU.” Aaron also said he has no doubts about coming to LSU after committing early. The combination of the hometown school, a winning program and the chance to play with his brother were too much to refuse when the scholarship offer came. “It’s for sure,” Aaron said. “I early committed. I’m very excited.” Contact Chris Branch at




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Kelly recovering from Loupe named first-team All-SEC surgery on torn ACL By David Helman

Deputy Sports Editor

By Rachel Whittaker Chief Sports Writer

LSU senior guard Andrea Kelly has recovered from the stress reaction in her foot she suffered in October, but she now has another injury hurdle to overcome. Kelly underwent surgery April 20 to repair her right ACL she tore while playing a game of pickup basketball during spring break. Kelly said she is going through daily physical therapy to recuperate, and she said her recovery timetable is about six months. “It was just an awkward landing,” Kelly said. Kelly said enduring her torn ACL has brought its challenges in the offseason. “It’s been pretty hard to deal with, but everything happens for a reason,” she said. “I’m just working on getting my range of motion and strength back.” Kelly’s foot injury kept her out of the Lady Tiger lineup for the entire 2009-10 season. She said being on the sidelines all year reminded her how much she values basketball in her life. “You really understand how much you love the game and miss the game,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot by sitting and observing how to

play from a student’s perspective instead of a player’s perspective.” Kelly played in all 30 games with three starts in the 2008-09 season — her first at LSU — and was LSU’s leading 3-point shooter, converting 40.5 percent of her shots from behind the arc. LSU coach Van Chancellor said the Lady Tigers greatly felt Kelly’s absence from the court after her injury. “Andrea Kelly has earned the respect of her teammates by how she has conducted herself on and off the floor,” Chancellor said. “We expect her to make a full recovery and play an important role as a senior.” Kelly will be one of three true seniors for LSU in 2010-11, along with guards Katherine Graham and Latear Eason. Kelly said the outlook for the team is bright — only guard Allison Hightower will not return next season. “Our experience together will allow us to play better because we know how each other plays on the court,” Kelly said. “The biggest part of this team is we can all build each other up and be leaders at different times.”

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The Southeastern Conference released its postseason golf awards Tuesday, and LSU junior All-American Andrew Loupe picked up FirstTeam All-SEC honors. Loupe is the second straight LSU golfer to earn the designation, as fellow junior John Peterson made First-Team All-SEC last season. Loupe’s selection made him LSU’s 30th First-Team All-SEC golfer alltime. Aside from leading the Tigers, Loupe ranks No. 8 among SEC players with a 72.09 stroke average. He has appeared in all 11 of LSU’s tournaments this season. Loupe won his first individual title this season with a win at the Louisiana Classics. He earned a career-low score of 8-under par 208. Loupe tied for fourth at this season’s SEC Men’s Golf Championships on April 16. It was his first ever top-five or top-10 finish at the SEC tournament. His performance this season has been enough to earn him the No. 47 ranking in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, which ranks collegiate golfers. Also earning first-team all-conference honors in addition to Loupe were Tyson Alexander from Florida, George Bryan IV from South Carolina, Bud Cauley and Hunter Hamrick

from Alabama, Harris English and Russell Henley from Georgia, David Lingmerth from Arkansas and Jonathan Randolph from Ole Miss. Georgia nearly swept the sport’s individual awards, as Bulldogs coach Chris Haack was named Coach of the Year, while Henley also earned SEC Player of the Year. Georgia freshman Bryden MacPher-

son earned SEC Freshman of the Year. The only non-Bulldog to earn an individual award was Florida’s Bank Vongvanij, who was named the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Contact David Helman at

Wednesday, April 28, 2010




Tigers work on base running to increase scoring Shortridge No. 6 in steals nationally By Jarred LeBlanc Sports Contributor

Many softball teams throughout the nation used the offseason to improve their teams in various ways. The No. 17 LSU softball team used the summer and fall practice to work on the fundamentals of base running and stealing bases and has become one of the best teams in the nation on the base paths. The Tigers have stolen a total of 104 bases this season, which ranks No. 3 in the Southeastern Conference behind Alabama (109) and Georgia (106). LSU’s current stolen base total is more than double the team’s total of 46 from last season. LSU coach Yvette Girouard said assistant strength and conditioning coach Melissa Moore worked with the team during the offseason and focused on getting the Tigers in shape. “A lot of credit has to go to Melissa Moore and her training staff,” Girouard said. “We challenged her this summer and said we wanted them in better shape.” Senior center fielder Kirsten Shortridge leads the team with 38 stolen bases this season, but senior

right fielder Rachel Mitchell and junior utility player Tiffany Shaw also have double-digit stolen bases with 17 and 16, respectively. Shortridge is seven stolen bases away from tying Dee Douglas’ LSU record for stolen bases in a season (45). Shortridge’s 0.78 stolen bases per game rank second in the SEC and No. 6 in the nation. The Keller, Texas, native is second on the team with a .437 on-base percentage. “I try to get good reads, and my foot speed does a lot for me,” Shortridge said. Being able to steal bases and move into scoring position help teams score runs more easily. The Tigers have used baserunning techniques to move players into scoring position throughout the season, and during the team’s 24game winning streak from Feb. 20 to March 31, LSU averaged 6.58 runs per game. LSU’s numbers have dropped since its winning streak was snapped on April 3 against No. 6 Florida, but the Tigers still use base-running to average more than five runs per game, which ranks No. 5 in the SEC. Girouard said one of the advantages of stealing bases is not having to give up an out by bunting to advance the runner. She said it puts pressure on the other team when LSU has runners in scoring position with no outs.

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LSU sophomore shortstop Juliana Santos attempts to tag Arkansas’ Layne McGuirt out at second base April 17 during the Tigers’ 3-2 victory against the Razorbacks.

“It’s always constant pressure that way,” Girouard said. “Anytime you get someone in scoring position and put pressure on the other team, it’s always in the back of their mind.” Most players who are successful at stealing bases have quick feet and tend to be among the fastest players on the diamond. But some players like Mitchell have used other strategies to steal

bases. “I get lucky sometimes,” Mitchell said. “I’ll knock the ball out of their glove, or I’ll slide into them really hard on purpose.” Shaw, along with freshman Jackie Victoriano, sophomore Katie Guillory and freshman Lindsay Price, often come into the game to pinch run for one of the slower runners on the team. The group has gone a combined

19-for-23 when stealing bases this season. “They stay focused in the dugout,” said junior third baseman Jessica Mouse. “They do stretches and high knees in there. They know that when they get on base and come in to run for somebody, they are going to score.” Contact Jarred LeBlanc at



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Slive: Southeastern Conference exploring expansion just in case By The Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive said the league isn’t considering adding teams but is working on a plan to keep up with other conferences if they expand just in case. The commissioner said Monday the 12-member SEC hasn’t talked to any institutions about joining and has no plans to do so.

The expansion exploration is just an internal look at the potential advantages and disadvantages in case there is a “significant shift in the conference paradigm,” he said. Slive didn’t elaborate on how much expansion would fit that billing. “But I’ll know,” he said. League expansion has been a hot topic since the Big Ten announced in December that it was

considering expanding. SEC teams have won the past four national titles in football and have lucrative TV deals with CBS and ESPN. “That doesn’t cry for change,” Slive said. Any changes would only be made if the league deems it necessary to maintain its prominent position, he said. “We’ve always been known to be a creative league, be on the

cutting edge,” Slive said. “We’re not going to allow ourselves in any way, shape or form, to be anything less than what we are now.” He declined to talk about what factors the SEC might look for in potential new members. “The important thing is we’re paying attention. We’re going to be strategic; we’re going to be thoughtful. But we’re not going to relinquish our role as one

of the premier conferences,” he said. Slive spoke to editors and writers from the Southeast Region of the Associated Press Sports Editors across the street from his office in downtown Birmingham.

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Bay hits first HR, Santana leads Mets past Dodgers By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Bay hit his first home run for the Mets to back another stingy outing by Johan Santana, and New York beat the slumping Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-0, in the opener of a doubleheader Tuesday for its fifth straight victory. Santana (3-1) worked his way around early traffic on the bases, tossing six innings of fourhit ball to extend a run of splendid starts by the Mets’ surprising rotation. Luis Castillo hit a two-run single and New York pitched its

second consecutive shutout, following Mike Pelfrey’s 1-0 win Sunday night against Atlanta in a game that was called in the sixth inning because of rain. More wet weather Monday night led to Tuesday’s old-fashioned, single-admission, twinight doubleheader — but few fans made it to blustery Citi Field in time for the first pitch at 4:10 p.m. There were still plenty of empty sections of dark green seats down low by the time David Wright dived headfirst to score on a second-inning wild pitch by Hiroki Kuroda (2-1).

A sparse crowd began filing in as the game wore on, but it was far from a full house as New York (11-9) improved to 7-1 on its 10game homestand. Pitching has been the key: Mets starters are 5-1 with a 1.17 ERA in the last 12 games, leading the club to a 9-3 record during that span. As white napkins whipped around the outfield in the wind, Fernando Nieve worked two scoreless innings and Pedro Feliciano finished the five-hitter. With its fourth shutout of the season, New York tied San Francisco for the major league lead.

Oliver Perez was set to start for the Mets against knuckleballer Charlie Haeger in the nightcap, a matchup of winless pitchers. Missing injured slugger Manny Ramirez, the Dodgers lost for the fourth time in five games. They have scored only five runs in their last four. Wright drew a one-out walk in the second, went to third on Ike Davis’ double and scored when Kuroda threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded. Bay connected leading off the fourth, driving a 1-0 pitch over the 384-foot sign in

left-center for his first home run since signing a $66 million, fouryear contract with the Mets. New York had been waiting for Bay to break out the power bat that produced 36 home runs and 119 RBIs for the Boston Red Sox last season. Castillo made it 4-0 in the seventh with a two-run single off Ramon Troncoso after fellow reliever Jon Link had loaded the bases.

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school All-American selection coming out of high school in 2001 and was named one of’s top 100 high school players in the nation. The former Tiger wide receiver was selected 15th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2004 and will enter his seventh season with the team. Spears was rated as the nation’s No. 1 tight end prospect in high school and was listed as the No. 3 overall prospect by in 2001. He made the switch to defensive end at LSU and has enjoyed a successful career on the defensive side of the ball. Spears was selected by the Dallas Cowboys as the No. 20 pick overall in 2005 and has recorded 71 starts in five seasons. Russell was recruited as fourstar quarterback out of Mobile, Ala. With tons of hype coming out of LSU, the Oakland Raiders picked Russell as the first overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. The 6-foot 6-inch gunslinger has yet to pan out in the NFL, but the Raiders have not given up on Russell as he enters his fourth season with the team. One former Tiger who was not highly recruited out of high school is running back Jacob Hester.

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tendance at the event.” Broussard said photographers and other press members on the field who aren’t allowed access to the press box are still included in the final attendance. Senior Associate Athletic Director Herb Vincent said facility and concession workers are also included. “There’s a small army of people that have to work to put a game on, and we count everybody in the stadium as people who attend the game,” Vincent said. There are no-shows at every game, but highly anticipated matchups naturally put more fans in seats and attract more media attention. “If it’s something like the Alabama game or the Florida game, you have a television crew here, and they might have an HD crew here,” Vincent said. “ESPN Gameday may be here, and they have a crew.” Broussard said the ticket office already knows the 2010 game against Alabama in Tiger Stadium will be sold out. “It’s not announced yet, but we don’t say we have those tickets on sale when people call in,” Broussard said. “We just know this from

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Mike Petello. Then Comarda struck again, driving in his second run of the night with RBI single past a drawn-in LSU infield. After building a 3-1 lead in the second inning with a pair of RBI hits by Mahtook and sophomore shortstop Austin Nola, UNO starting pitcher Joe Zimmermann shut down LSU for the next 4 1/3 innings. “I don’t want to take anything away from him, but we weren’t taking aggressive hacks,” said Mahtook, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. “We didn’t go up with an aggressive mindset, and it came back to bite us.” Second baseman Nick Schwaner blasted his 15th home run of the season into the right field bleachers in the top of the third inning to close the gap to 3-2.


Hester was only a two-star prospect out of high school, according to, but racked up 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns in his LSU career. Hester made a big name for himself in Baton Rouge despite his small stature and was picked in the third round as the No. 69 pick overall by the San Diego Chargers. The 5-foot 11-inch bruiser has played in 40 games in two seasons for San Diego with 13 starts. recruiting analyst Mike Scarborough said the star rating system is not based on high school statistics, but rather upon players’ potential to succeed in college. “I barely look at their accomplishments in high school,” Scarborough said. “A lot of it is the measurable, their athleticism and what they do at the combine and at the camps.” Most football fans who follow high school recruiting drool over the five-star prospects committing to their schools, and rightfully so. Local NFL draft analyst Mike Detillier said most of these guys didn’t just become great overnight. “Some guys have that skill set pretty early in their life, and it carries with them,” Detillier said. While many five-star prospects pan out and become great

professional athletes, several of these highly recruited athletes never live up to the hype. awards about 25-30 athletes a five-star rating each year. Of the 32 players selected in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, only five were five-star athletes in high school. Fifteen of the draftees were four-stars, seven were three stars, and five were two-stars in high school. So what happens along the way to develop these two- and three-star athletes into potential future NFL allstars? Both Scarborough and Detillier said a lot of it has to do with players maturing and developing physically later than others. “A lot of times ... there is some physical development of a player,” Detillier said. “A 16- or 17-year-old may not fully mature until he gets 18 or 19 years old, and you can miss a little bit on that. A lot of time the body balance and coordination of a big man comes a little bit later, and at 16 you couldn’t have seen that because you’re just guessing at that stage.”

past history.” Adjustments are made for the media when the press box gets crowded, and as the accommodations rise, so does attendance. “We’ll issue passes to people who don’t have seats,” Vincent said. “For really big games, we’ll put stools in the back of the press box that we don’t have for the other games to let extra [media members] sit.” Ronnie Haliburton, assistant athletic director of facilities and grounds, was a former standout tight end for LSU in the late ’80s. He said the maximum seating was around 75,000 when he played at Tiger Stadium. “We only had one upper deck,” Haliburton said. “We didn’t have that capacity then. I think the largest crowd may have been 82,000.” Tiger Stadium added more than 10,000 seats to the east upper deck in 2000, and a club-level seating area was installed to the upper west deck in 2005. “The first upper west deck was constructed in 1974,” Haliburton said. “That’s when we had the press box in the upper west deck that you saw prior to 2000. That upper deck came down in 2005 and was

reconstructed between the 2005 and 2006 seasons.” Vincent said the press box was expanded when the new upper west deck was installed. “We’re able, for instance, now to accommodate an extra radio crew if an independent broadcast crew wants to broadcast a game,” Vincent said. “There’s more room up there.” Haliburton said there are talks of reconstruction to the south and north ends of the stadium, but no plans or dates are set. He said it’s difficult to predict the changes to the stadium in the next 15 to 20 years. “These concepts could come to fruition in the future, and that’s all predicated on revenue,” he said. “We are landlocked by the campus. Whatever we do, it also has to be dependent on the growth and expansion of our existing campus.” Other Southeastern Conference schools will expand in the near future. Alabama already has plans to exceed a maximum capacity of 100,000 after reconstruction to Bryant-Denny Stadium this summer.

Following a Nola error in the top of the fourth that kept the inning alive, Jones struck again for the Privateers in the top of the fourth inning. He blasted an RBI double past the outstretched arms of Mahtook in right-center field, knotting the game at three. LSU junior pitcher Daniel Bradshaw had a respectable outing in only his third start of the season for the Tigers, tossing 5 1/3 innings. He allowed three runs — two earned — on seven hits to go along with five strikeouts. Despite Bradshaw’s effort, it was the bullpen that faltered down the stretch for LSU. Ross struggled mercifully for his second straight outing. He picked up the loss in Sunday’s 7-6 loss at Ole Miss, allowing three hits, including the

game-winning hit, before a single out was even recorded. It wasn’t any better Tuesday night as Ross tossed an inning of relief and gave up three runs on five hits. Mahtook, senior first baseman Blake Dean, junior catcher Micah Gibbs and freshman outfielder Alex Edward all finished with two hits for the Tigers. “We have to accept our fate because we got exactly what we deserved with the effort we put forth,” said a dejected Mainieri. “I don’t know what else to say.” The Tigers travel to the swamps of Gainesville, Fla., this weekend to take on No. 6 Florida.

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Grad students should get involved

Now, more than ever, is the time for our collective voice to be heard. Every day presents a new issue that threatens the funding of the Graduate School. With decreasing class availability, assistantship opportunities and overall program funding, it is crucial that we take action. Now is the time to get involved. It’s time your voice be heard.

In the early weeks of the fall semester, the Graduate School College Council will be filling all available spots. These include a treasurer, numerous at-large positions, and a limited number of graduate student seats in the LSU Student Senate. This is your opportunity because none of us is as strong as all of us. Brett Jackson LSU Graduate School College Council President Lorra ”Ashley” Bryant LSU Graduate School College Council Vice President


Controversy is raging on over a bill in the legislature that reduces administrative salaries at the University. Here is a sample: “LSU administration is only lean from its fat head down. The fat head over feeds itself and its friends with increased pay and business trips to Hawaii and the like. The fat head feeds on private dinners, rides in private vehicles, and surrounds itself with loyal servants. The fat head quiets the body with false promises and real threats. All on our dime and wasting our time. Lets try something new. Let’s dive into this next

round of cuts, head first.” -Anonymous “Everyone has taken on more responsibility as positions were left unfilled. But only a chosen few have received compensation. Most people got nothing and some even got let go. The chosen few are the same few who make the decisions about who gets what — a clear conflict of interest. Yet they can still look at us with a straight face and tell us there aren’t better options than furloughs and layoffs. The same people who tell us there are no resources to fill positions or compensate people doing extra

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 work are compensating themselves!!!!!!! Disgusting!” -Anonymous What do you think? Are sixfigure salaries for administrators necessary to keep the University competitive? Or is it unfair? Log on today to and let your voice be heard!

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Don’t get discouraged by partisanship — do something

Compromise. Sounds like a dirty word today, doesn’t it? It isn’t terribly uncommon to hear politicians couched as “uncompromising warriors,” people of ideological purity and conviction ready to fight the greedy men in government. What never gets said is there are people of equal ideological purity and conviction on “the other side.” What never gets mentioned is the “uncompromising warrior” is human and might be wrong, and what never gets thought of is maybe somebody else might have a good idea. And nobody seems to remember the “man of ideological purity” talking about “fighting business as usual” is soon to be just another rusty cog in the great broken machine of our democracy. Everyone forgets the democratic process is inherently meant to be one of compromise. We heard Republicans say “Go back to the drawing board,” countless times during the health care debate. What that really meant, of course, was “get this health care legislation out of here entirely because we refuse to accept that you could conceivably be right about anything.” It makes sense politically — in a kind of Machiavellian, selfserving, totally-counterproductive-to-our-democratic-process kind of way. By stonewalling legislation and progress, the minority party can make the majority party look ineffectual, and then sweep back into power. The majority never seems terribly interested in compromising either. By mistaking majority

as a mandate without restrictions, they think they can and should do whatever they think is right — minority be damned. It isn’t a Democratic problem or a Republican problem. It’s an everybody problem. Unfortunately, that means it’s a difficult problem to fix. As politicians became more and more entrenched, the symbiotes that latch onto those politicians — Matthew the national Albright media and acOpinion Editor tive political interest groups — follow suit. Today, every major political or social issue is framed in terms of Republicans vs. Democrats. There is no middle ground; there is no mutually acceptable solution — there is only war. And, instead of covering the real substantive policy arguments for each side, the media chooses to pontificate and speculate on which party is winning. Meanwhile, activist groups feed off the negative energy and unequivocally align themselves with either side of the bi-prismatic spectrum. It becomes too standard to accuse those opposed to their positions of being wrong, so activists begin calling them stupid, ignorant and evil — or socialist or racist, depending upon the flavor. We have a whole huge regime of closed-mindedness and bitterness and, given the plummeting participation rates we’re seeing all over the country, it seems the average American is tired of it.


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So I ask again — how do we fix it? Is the solution a third party? Maybe. But broader than that, the solution is for average people to stand up, get mad about it and hold their political figures accountable. Congress has approval ratings that would make skinheads shiver. Yet it still has an incumbency rate well above 75 percent. We hate our Congress, but we can’t be bothered to figure out what we think of our congressmen. More people are yearly registering independent than Republican or Democrat, yet both parties are still beholden to the most

extreme ends of their ideologies, always pushing further and further to the edges of the spectrum. Young voters, like college students, are increasingly independent of parties, but a pitiful percentage of us ever take the time to vote, let alone more actively participate. How do we fix it? We don’t give up on the system because it sucks, as I suspect most Americans have. We refuse to accept the false dichotomy of our parents, refuse to believe that those that disagree with us are ignorant or evil. We refuse to accept that there are only two answers to

every question, and that the solutions we come up with individually cannot be reconciled together. And, most importantly, we refuse to vote for any old rich guy that does. How do we fix it? We get up and do something about it. Matthew Albright is a 21-year-old mass communication junior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_malbright. Contact Matthew Albright at


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‘South Park’ drama over CENSORED is ridiculous

Last Wednesday night started out like any other Wednesday night. After getting home late, I was excited to watch the heavily anticipated new episode of “South Park.” But something tragic happened. The episode didn’t record on my DVR. I tried to catch the 11 p.m. re-air later that night, but at the last minute it was replaced by an old re-run. The next day I tried to watch it online, but the episode had been banned entirely. It wasn’t until later I learned why. After the previous week’s episode, which poked fun at the mysterious aura surrounding the Muslim prophet Muhammad, a group of radical cyber-Muslims evidently demanded that Comedy Central not air the show’s upcoming episode portraying the sacrosanct Islamic prophet. The ensuing backlash and personal threats eventually forced Comedy Central to heavily censor the show’s 201st episode before the Wednesday night premiere. “We have to warn Matt [Stone] and Trey [Parker] that

what they are doing is stupid, and they will probably wind up like Theo van Gogh for airing this show,” wrote one poster on For the record, Theo van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker and religious critic, was shot and stabbed in the head multiple times by an Islamic militant in Amsterdam in 2004 after filming a documentary exposing the abuse Muslim women face in some Islamic societies. later displayed graphic pictures of van Gogh’s mutilated body as a warning to “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. It also posted links to the location of a home the two own together in Colorado as well as the addresses of their L.A. studios and the Comedy Central headquarters. As “South Park” fans know, this is not the first time “South Park” has encountered vicious blowback from radical Muslim groups. The show encountered a similar backlash in 2006, when network executives censored an

image of the Muslim prophet during season 10’s “Cartoon Wars” episodes. The episode was a response to the Jyllands-Posten c o n t r o v e r s y, when a Danish newspaper was threatened by Islamic radicals for publishing cartoons satirizing Muhammad in Scott Burns 2006. Columnist The Jyllands-Posten publication incited thousands of riots and demonstrations across the Muslim world, leading to the deaths of more than 100 protestors in the Muslim world, according to the BBC. Following the Danish incident, Islamic leaders faced mounting pressure to extend Sharia Law sanctions against depicting the Muslim prophet beyond the Muslim world. The impact of this reinstatement is evident in the wake of the show’s latest controversy. Today’s threats are being issued

not from remote locations in the Middle East but from Revolution Muslim — an organization that operates only a few miles from Comedy Central’s New York City headquarters. Many of Revolution Muslim’s members insist they don’t support outright violence or “terrorism.” But given the words of one of the site’s leaders, it’s hard to be certain. “We are commanded to ‘terrorize’ the disbelievers,” Revolution Muslim leader Younes Abdullah Mohammed said in a 2009 CNN interview. “It’s a command from Allah.” “South Park” has always had a unique way of taking serious social issues, wrapping them in a thick band of satire and providing viewers with uniquely profound lessons. The show’s most recent controversy is no exception. The beauty of our modern society is that everyone has a right to hold his or her own beliefs. But as this saga illustrates, there’s a big difference between holding a particular belief and

violently imposing those beliefs upon others. In this instance, Revolution Muslim has clearly crossed the line. These religious extremists aren’t merely threatening the creators of “South Park” now. They’re threatening free speech, in general. Enraged Muslim groups are certainly free to express their outrage. But their right to free speech doesn’t allow them to restrict the free speech of others. Religious radicals may not like everything Stone and Parker have to say. But if they think a “South Park” episode warrants death threats and violence, they can go CENSORED themselves. Scott Burns is a 20-year-old economics junior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_sburns.

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Feel free to not worry about future folks’ plight

The Environmental Defense Fund and the Ad Council released an emotionally moving commercial depicting an older man standing on train tracks. After expressing apathy on global warming, he steps off the tracks to reveal a young girl about to be hit by the oncoming train. Some right-wingers spice up arguments for fiscal responsibility with emotional appeals to think of the future generations who will have to pay for our reckless spending. In both the personal and the political, we face tradeoffs between the present and the future. Money saved now will be worth far more in retirement. The pain caused by a carbon tax might prevent larger pains in the future. An assumption is unquestioned: Good, responsible voters should think about the well-being of those in the distant future. I think this assumption is true to some extent, but there are good reasons to care far less about future generations than about our own. 1. People don’t really care about future generations. When Ben Franklin died, he left £1,000 each for Philadelphia and Boston to gather interest for 200 years before being donated to charity. By 1990, the funds had grown to $2.3 million and $5 million, respectively. This story is remarkable for its success. In 2010 dollars, the funds were worth about $55,000 each. Through the power of compounding interest, his donation was able

to help far more people in the 20th century than it would have in the 18th century. This story is also remarkable for its uniqueness. No one has copied it. Many talk about how much they care about those in the future, but talk is cheap. When it’s time to make serious decisions, almost Daniel Morgan all choose those Columnist they know, even though their money would help far more in the future. Creating legislation that benefits future folk at the expense of modern folk in a world where no one cares about future folk makes about as much sense as supporting art in a world where no one cares about artists. 2. Future generations will be far, far richer than us. If the economy grows at only 2.5 percent a year, prosperity will double every 28 years. From 19802008, the Chinese economy grew at an average of more than 9 percent yearly. I’m willing to sacrifice to help the starving poor overseas. I’m less willing to sacrifice for well-fed millionaires. If growth rates continue, the distant future will be populated by well-off millionaires. Cap and trade might help keep the sea from rising — but, if future folk can rebuild their cities on higher ground with

robot armies, global warming won’t hurt them as much as economic stagnation will hurt me. If we subscribe to the logic of progressive taxation — that the rich should sacrifice more than the poor — than we should feel free to recycle aluminum cans only when the trash can is farther away. 3. Apocalypse. There’s a non-zero chance asteroid strikes, alien attacks or su-

pervolcano eruptions will make humanity extinct. To the handful of survivors standing on the smoldering ashes of civilization, spartan tax increases to balance the budget will seem foolish in hindsight. The chance of apocalypse lowers the amount we should care about future folk. If my great-great-grandkids read this column, now you know why I didn’t create any funds for

you. Sorry. Now go enjoy your robot version of Elizabeth Banks.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010 ENERGY, from page 1

Runnels said the petition got about 50 signatures at the Earth Day event. He said he attends ECO meetings and works closely with the organization to promote solar energy, which he said many college students are interested in exploring. Student Government President J Hudson and Vice President Dani Borel were also at the festival. Hudson said one of the pair’s goals while in office is to increase both large and small sustainability efforts on campus. Goals like reducing printing of receipts in the Union and ensuring on-campus buildings hold up to environmental standards are among the things they hope to contribute to the University’s sustainability efforts, Hudson said.

Wyatt said the event was meant to educate students about sustainability not only on campus, but also in the Baton Rouge community. “Even though this is mainly a celebration mostly students are inclined to attend, students are also part of the Baton Rouge community,” Wyatt said. “LSU isn’t a segregated part of Baton Rouge.” Socorro said it’s important for students to think about their environmental footprint in the largest scope possible. “It’s the ‘think globally, act locally’ mentality,” she said.

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MOTIVATION Many students are able to pull

school. “I’m definitely feeling a bit anxious about moving to the next phase of my life,” he said. Mohler said the center is available for students who may need some outside motivation. Mohler said she recommends habits such as planning ahead, not procrastinating on difficult assignments and changing up work strategies to stay focused. Honeycutt said he could offer seniors one piece of advice. “The known cure for senioritis is graduation,” he said.

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classification, according to the Office of Budget and Planning’s records. Stacia Haynie, vice provost of Academic Affairs, said weaker students tend to drop out before they reach their fourth year of college, and students that make it to senior year have acclimated to college life, resulting in higher GPAs. “Statistically speaking, you’ll have a stronger core of students by senior year,” she said. Though their GPAs may remain intact, seniors can still have trouble focusing and tend to procrastinate, Honeycutt said.

through their senioritis and continue to produce consistent grades, according to Diane Mohler, assistant director of the Center for Academic Success. Krista Allen, history senior, said though it’s a relief to have a job lined up with Teach For America in Georgia, she has always wanted to graduate Magna Cum Laude. “I need four A’s this semester to get it,” Allen said. “No pressure.” Allen isn’t the only self-motivated senior. “I still want to finish strong,” Mick said. “I worked hard over the past four years, and I don’t want to screw around in the last semester.” Stephen Eckholdt, construction management senior, said his senioritis isn’t as severe as it was in high


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in the process in the future. Sen. Elbert Guillory, D-Opelousas, spoke during the fall commencement. Martin said the amount of money it will cost to have someone speak affects whether they’re chosen. He said someone he was considering to deliver the commencement address — who he wouldn’t name — asked for $40,000, and the University can’t afford that amount at this time. He said the University is still in negotiations about the amount Johnson will be paid, but it will be less than $40,000. Past speakers include former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney while they were both in office, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Mary Landrieu and former President of Honduras Carlos Roberto Flores while he was in office. Student Government President J Hudson said he believes Johnson will be a good speaker because of her national and international studies but only learned who she is after she was chosen. Hudson isn’t alone — many students weren’t aware of Johnson’s accomplishments. David Nestasi, general studies senior, said he wasn’t planning to attend the main commencement ceremony, and Johnson won’t change his mind. “It’s just not relevant to my life,” he said. Jorge Aravena, interim chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, said he’s excited to have Johnson speak because she works with energy, which is important to the state and the University. Johnson received a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She was awarded with an honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Alabama at Huntsville in 2009 and was named the Women of Vision Award Winner by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology in 2010. Johnson will speak Friday, May 21 at 9 a.m. in the PMAC. There is no limit on attendance, according to University’s commencement Web site.

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