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As students scramble to find places to live for the next academic year, the debate about housing rises again. More than a quarter of University students live on campus in residence halls and apartments, while the rest live off campus. While Residential Life emphasizes the various benefits of living on campus, many off-campus students suggest dorms can be inconvenient. FACILITIES One advantage of living on campus is the proximity to classes. “It’s easier to wake up, as they’re just 10 minutes away from class,” said Kaitlin Nickelotte, marine biology sophomore. Residential and honors students have some classes in their dorm lobbies, eliminating the need to leave the building. On-campus residences are provided with nearly 10 computer labs with more than 100 computers, according to the ResLife Web site.

Residence halls are equipped with wireless networks, allowing students to work outside their respective rooms as well. The campus transit service at night allows students faster travel to various parts of the University. “We are here to serve the 21st-century students,” said Jay High, communications manager of Residential Life. “Students have high standards that they are expecting, and we want to provide it to them.” High said most off-campus apartments don’t provide such facilities. “When you provide cheaper apartments, you get cheaper apartments,” he said. Apartment complexes like Tiger Manor provide similar on-campus facilities, including features like a club house where students can have parties or tailgate, swimming pools, a game room or an internal alarm system for each unit. Tiger Manor also has its own trolley that transports students to campus.



LSU Day celebrated at Capitol By Xerxes A. Wilson Senior Staff Writer SARA SICONA / The Daily Reveille

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Taking it Off

Students, faculty and professors discuss the differences in living, dining on and off campus

By Jacob Most Contributing Writer

Everybody has to eat, but where and what can be a tough call. As students decide where they are going to live next year, they are also faced with the question of how they’ll eat. Students have the option of eating on campus with a meal plan, eating out or ordering in, cooking for themselves or some combination. “I have lived on and off campus, and I have eaten on and off campus,” said Samantha LeBlanc, communication disorders senior. “I prefer eating off campus and cooking for myself because I have more control of what I eat, and I think it’s healthier.” David Heidke, LSU dining director, said 4,610 students purchased meal plans this semester, which leaves another 21,651 students finding another way to eat, according to the University Office of Budget and Planning’s spring 2010 headcount enrollment.

COSTS Heidke said meal plans are a more costeffective way to eat on campus as opposed to paying for each dining hall meal individually. Fall 2010 meal plan prices for typical students range from the $685 “Tiger Commuter Plan,” which includes 75 meals and $100 worth of Paw Points, to the $1,675 “Tiger Max Plan,” which includes unlimited meals on weekdays and $50 worth of Paw Points. Heidke said approximately 10 percent of the meals purchased through meal plans are never used, but those missed meals are planned in dining hall budgets before each year. LeBlanc said she prefers to cook her meals for herself at her off-campus apartment because it’s cheaper. “I paid over $1,000 per semester when I lived on campus and had a meal plan,” LeBlanc said. “Now I live off campus and I DINING, see page 19


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[From top to bottom] A student studies in his off-campus house. Students gather in East Campus Apartments. Students enjoy off-campus dining options, such as Inga’s. The 5 is the newest on-campus dining location.

The tune of Tiger Band’s pregame routine rang from the steps of the Capitol on Thursday as the University celebrated LSU Day downtown. Students and administrators joined state legislators in the Capitol’s cavernous halls to celebrate the University’s sesquicentennial. The Bengal Brass Band joined the Golden Girls and cheerleaders serenading a group of 100 administrators, legislators and tourists. Chancellor Michael Martin said the event was more than a photo opportunity for the University. “It reminds the legislature and general public that LSU is different,” Martin said. The day started with the Senate passing a resolution recognizing and congratulating the University on its 150-year anniversary. The resolution gives a short history of the University and elaborates on the institution’s accomplishments before thanking the University for its leadership. The House passed a similar resolution. The Senate recognized eight University students and a faculty member for accomplishments in academics, sports and research. It congratulated sociology senior Devon Wade for being named a Truman Scholar. “It’s cool just to know that they care about education and students and appreciate their achievements,” Wade said. Kathy Smith, mathematics senior, was recognized for receiving a Phi Kappa Phi fellowship. “It’s great to represent LSU this way and show we don’t only excel in athletics,” Smith said. About 10 University organizations set up displays showing their accomplishments. “How else would these people know about these designs and great projects?” asked Jack Tourress, mechanical engineering senior. Mechanical engineering students spent two semesters designing, building and testing a mobile deer stand that can be transported LSU DAY, see page 15


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Nation & World



Anti-U.S. demonstrations mark the April 28 birthday of Saddam Hussein

Gulf Coast oil spill could affect U.S. offshore drilling expansion plans

DAMASCUS (AP) — Supporters of Iraq’s late dictator Saddam Hussein gathered in Damascus Thursday to denounce the U.S. “occupation” of Iraq. About 500 Saddam loyalists, including members of his outlawed Baath Party, vowed their support. Ghazwan al-Qubaisi, a senior official, hailed Saddam as a “martyr” amid cheers of “Saddam is a hero.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Thursday the oil spill along the Gulf Coast will become part of the debate on climate change. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the cause of the oil rig explosion, still not determined, could affect what areas the government would open for future drilling. But Gibbs and other officials said President Barack Obama remains committed to plans to expand offshore drilling to areas that now are off limits.

Legislation banning Islamic dress passes half of Belgian parliament BRUSSELS (AP) — The lower house of Belgium’s parliament on Thursday banned burqa-type Islamic dress in public. The phrasing holds no one can appear in public “with the face fully or partly covered so as to render them no longer recognizable.” Both houses of parliament must approve the bill. Approval in the lower house was almost unanimous.

U.S. Navy to allow women to serve aboard submarines amid protests KINGS BAY NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE, Ga. (AP) — U.S. women will be allowed to serve aboard submarines by 2012, the Navy said Thursday. The cramped quarters aboard submarines, combined with long

tours of up to 90 days at sea, kept them off-limits to female sailors for 16 years after the Navy began allowing women to serve on all its surface ships in 1994. There were some protests, particularly from wives of sub sailors, after the military began formulating a plan last fall. Arizona immigration legislation faces lawsuits and harsh criticism PHOENIX (AP) — Anger mounted Thursday over an Arizona law cracking down on illegal immigration. A police officer filed one of the first suits challenging the law. The law, signed by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, sparked fears of racial profiling. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has said the federal government may challenge the law. Those opposed to the law argue there’s no way for officers to confirm people’s immigration status without impeding investigations, and that the new law violates numerous constitutional rights.


Miles on tour, says LSU close to contention and steadily improving ALEXANDRIA (AP) — Les Miles agrees LSU’s performances haven’t been good enough but adds that the Tigers are “not far off.” On Wednesday night, Miles told a crowd that LSU is an offensive improvement away from another title. Miles assures that junior quarterback Jordan Jefferson will improve and sophomore Russell Shepard will play a more prominent offensive role. Obesity researcher appointed as the head of Pennington Center (AP) — The Louisiana State University System has selected a top Merck & Co. obesity researcher to head the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge. LSU President John Lombardi announced the appointment of Steven Heymsfield on Thursday. Lombardi will ask the board of supervisors to approve Heymsfield’s

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BR COMMUNITY Grad students could experience Three parish presidents disadvantages for some careers resign from Loop panel Employers may hire By Ryan Buxton Senior Staff Writer

Students often go to graduate school to increase the likelihood of scoring a great job after graduation, but having an advanced degree on a resume may not always be beneficial. Individuals with master’s or professional degrees sometimes have a harder time finding a job than those with undergraduate degrees because of the higher salaries graduate students command, according to some career Web sites. Graduates with advanced degrees can sometimes lose out on jobs because their education puts them outside an employer’s budget for a new hire, said Sara Crow, assistant director for communications at Career Services. “If you have two top candidates, and one is a student with a bachelor degree who will work for $45,000 and the other is a student who just finished a Ph.D. and wants a minimum of $55,000, that may toss the Ph.D. student out,” Crow said. Xi Chen, electrical engineering graduate student, said salary won’t be her main criteria for a job because employers are looking to hire candidates who will get the job done for the lowest price. “If they can hire an undergrad student, they will if the undergrad can do the same job for a lower salary,” Chen said.

step for them,” she said. “We don’t want to meet a student graduating with a master’s degree and have that student crestfallen when they realize that’s not an automatic salary.” Constant said the Graduate School has seen an increase in enrollment since the economy has gotten worse. But students should have a plan before deciding graduate school is right for them, he said. “For people considering graduate school, they need to have a pretty clear idea of their career path,” Constant said. Career Services offers career counseling, which Crow said is a service it’s never too late to use. “There’s no shame in being a senior and coming in to meet with a career decision-making counselor,” Crow said. “We have appointments with alumni in their 60s who are coming in.”

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With an estimated Student Government operating budget of $112,321.60 for next year, the SG Senate approved how that money will be spent in a special Senate session Thursday night. The amount is based on a $2.20 fee for all students on the fee bill. Justin Terracciano, University Center for Freshman Year senator, authored the bill with amendments by College of Arts and Sciences Sen. Drew Prestridge and Business Sen. Tyler Martin. The president’s and vice president’s salaries will be $4,000 and $3,200, respectively. Business Sen. Emily Landry proposed an amendment to increase the salaries by $250 each, but the Senate voted down the

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Three parish presidents have withdrawn their support for the proposed Baton Rouge Loop, an 85-mile highway around the Baton Rouge area. Iberville Parish President Mitchell Ourso and Livingston Parish President Mike Grimmer both resigned last week from the Capital Area Expressway Authority’s Executive committee, which oversees possible loop construction. Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez resigned from the panel April 16.

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“It is my understanding that the northern portion of the loop project is the only portion under consideration,” Ourso said. East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden and West Baton Rouge Parish President Riley Berthelot remain on the committee. Ourso has said he wouldn’t support the loop project if a bridge was constructed in West Baton Rouge Parish instead of Iberville Parish. “Without Iberville Parish having a bridge crossing on the southern loop of the proposed project, I do not feel Iberville parish has any viable interest in the Baton Rouge Loop project,” Ourso said. Area residents are concerned about the construction time frame. Construction for the loop would

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amendment. “I believe $4,000 and $3,200 for all the president and vice president does for this University is not enough,” Landry said. The salaries are a change from last year’s and evens them out a little. “My first initial thought was that I wanted the vice president and president to be a little bit more equal,” President J Hudson said. “I think the pay should almost reflect the coproduction of president and vice president.” The executive programming fund, which pays for events like Chats with the Chancellor and Straight Talk with SG was set at $9,500. The original Senate Contingency was set at $28,521.60 but is subject to change pending changes to other funds and next year’s student enrollment. The Presidential Contingency and Vice Presidential Contingency accounts are $7,500 and $3,800. Senate argued Martin’s amendment to lower those

amounts, but the motion failed. “Stuart spent roughly $2,600 out of his account which is only about 30 percent out of his account. Colorado spent even less than that,” Martin said. “There’s really not a reason for this account to be so high.” Speaker of the Senate Brooksie Bonvillain approved Basic Sciences Sen. Brandon Jones and Mass Communication Sen. Zac Lemoine to the new Branding Committee. Bonvillain also appointed Arts and Sciences Sen. David Jones and University College for Advising and Counseling Sen. Sarah Lockwood to the new Sponsorship Committee. Senate reviewed and approved the appointments. Thursday’s meeting concluded the organizational session for this semester, and the session will resume in the fall.

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David Constant, Graduate School dean, said that trend can make it hard to recruit certain students to get a more advanced degree. “There’s certainly opportunities there where the starting salaries are very good for these engineers, and that makes it sometimes difficult to bring them back into graduate school for advanced degrees,” Constant said. Crow said researching one’s desired career path is critical to determine if an advanced degree is necessary or beneficial. “It’s really important to research your occupation so you know realistic salary expectations to have,” Crow said. “There are some fields where having a graduate or professional degree is required — if you want to be an attorney, you have to have a law degree.” Students shouldn’t go to graduate school only because they want a higher salary, Crow said. “We want to see people make that decision because it’s the right

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Caterpillars experience population boom on campus Students notice the insect invasion By Mandy Francois Contributing Writer

A herd of crawling insects has invaded campus, and students have taken notice. These caterpillars are the larvae stage of the live oak tussock moth, or Orgyia leucostigma. The species is experiencing a population boom this year, said Bret Elderd, assistant professor in biological sciences. The male moths are a gray brown with darker wavy bands and a white spot. The female moths are flightless and pale gray. “I’m afraid of them,” said Ann Pulling, kineseology junior. “I was watching one yesterday with my

friend, and then another one fell on him. He screamed and made me brush it off him.” Elderd said booms usually last a couple of years, and crashes are often brought about by a speciesspecific disease that kills a large part of the population. “You see these same population cycles in a lot of insects,” Elderd said. The unusually cold winter caused the caterpillars to appear later in the year, said Timothy Schowalter, head of the entomology department. Schowalter said the caterpillars are normally out at this time of the year, feeding on the oak trees and other plants common to campus. The caterpillars are known to be destructive to plant life in large numbers. “I don’t think they are so

scary,” said Michelle Reulet, ISDS freshman. “One fell on me when I was sitting in front of Coates. It didn’t look dangerous, but I didn’t want to squish it, so I just put it on a leaf.” The caterpillars are harmless, but people should be cautious when handling them. The hairs can cause allergic reactions in some people and have hooks on the ends, according to the LSU Ag Center Web site. The hairs can cause severe irritation if they get into the eyes or nose. This makes some people believe they have been stung, according to the Web site. Contact Mandy Francois at

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The White-Marked Tussock Moth caterpillar population has recently boomed in Baton Rouge. They aren’t poisonous, but may cause allergic reactions in some people.


Students receive awards for digital media entries CxC hosts fourthannual ceremony By Sarah Eddington Staff Writer

Communication Across the Curriculum hosted its fourth-annual Digital Media Festival awards ceremony Thursday, and this year was the biggest one yet. More than 150 students submitted entries representing almost every college on campus, said Rachel Spear, graduate coordinator. “I think it was phenomenal,” Spear said. “I was very impressed with the quantity and quality of the submissions.” What started strictly as a short-film festival four years ago is now a culmination of all forms of digital media, including video, digital photography, animation and advertising campaigns. “We are reaching more students in more colleges,” Spear said. “We changed the categories to be more inclusive, and we pulled from the other studios across campus.” A panel of industry and faculty judges, all of whom are professionals in their respective fields, selected one winner from each category — film and video, information and promotional, technical and scientific, academic and extracurricular, creative animation and photography.

Five students received the Dean’s Scholarship Award, which was given to the student who received the most votes according to their college. The scholarships ranged from $150 to $300. Max Zoghbi, psychology senior, won the Dean’s Scholarship Award for the College of Arts and Sciences for his video entry “Menfuthlick Attini.” “It was great,” Zoghbi said. “It started out as a project just for fun, but then we pushed hard to make it something extraordinary.” Zoghbi said his inspiration came from Saturday Night Live’s digital shorts. “I wanted to have the SNL appeal but still be fun and appropriate,” he said. The video took 12 hours to complete, Zoghbi said. Crystal Bergeron, photography senior, won for the

photography category and the Dean’s Scholarship Award for the College of Art and Design for her digital photograph “Abandoned.” Bergeron said she’s been practicing photography for four years. This was her first submission to the Digital Media Festival. “It felt pretty good to win,” she said. “It was a nice surprise.” Ben Clancy, graphic design senior, won in the technical and scientific category for his digital entry “Bob Dylan — Together Through Life.” “Bob Dylan was a big part of my thought process for the past four years,” Clancy said. Awards included a pen tablet, a Flip HD digital camera, a Best Buy gift card and a Nintendo Wii. In March, CxC was named the 2010 Program of Excellence by the Conference on College Composition and Communication. “This was the first year the

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LSU graduate coordinator Joey Watson hands landscape architecture Kaitlyn Weimer the award for Creative Animation at the 2010 award ceremony on April 29.

conference has picked a single program,” said Joey Watson, Music and Dramatic Arts coordinator. “They said LSU raised the bar on academic programs and was deserving of being the sole recipient of 2010.” Sarah Liggett, CxC director, said she was pleased with this

year’s submissions. “The entries were fantastic,” she said. “I was very impressed by all the finalists.”

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Students learn ways to stay relaxed during exams SAB hosts annual Timeout event By Sarah Eddington Staff Writer

Hundreds of students passing through Free Speech Alley on Thursday participated in Timeout, the Student Activities Board’s third-annual relaxation event in preparation for finals week. The event included free massages from Massage Emporium, smoothies from Smoothie King, health tips from various campus organizations and childhood games like hula hoops and Connect Four. “Timeout is about taking a quick break before we hit the finals time crunch,” said Celinda Miranda, SAB’s Ideas and Issues Committee adviser. “We want to raise strong awareness about all the stress finals week brings and provide information on how students

can make good, healthy choices.” Leticia Garcilazo, committee chairperson, said the event offered people a chance to have fun before dead week. “People can come out, relax and unwind before they have to start studying,” she said. Representatives from LSU Dining offered students healthy eating habits. “We are really focusing on brain foods that promote memory,” said Briggitte Mosley, registered dietician for LSU Dining. She said fruits and vegetables are ideal, and foods high in sugar and fat should be avoided. Jessie Kathmann, communication studies senior, said the tips were useful. “It’s not that I want the junk food, but sometimes it’s just easy to grab it,” Kathmann said. “It was nice to have someone reinforce good eating habits.” Mosley said diet sodas with artificial sweeteners can actually

promote memory loss later in life and be counterproductive to studying. “The brain is 78 percent water,” Mosley said. “It’s important to keep hydrated with water so it can function properly.” Ashley Granger, wellness coordinator at the Student Health Center, said students shouldn’t become overwhelmed. “We try to tell students to take a deep breath, make a list and set a game plan,” Granger said. “It’s also important to keep in mind the amount of caffeine you’re consuming.” The Health Center provides counseling for students who may be experiencing large amounts of stress, Granger said. “When you need a break, it’s important to have a good group of friends you can call and talk to,” she said. Students should get at least six hours of sleep a night and keep naps between six and eight minutes, said

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Students participate in Student Activities Board’s Timeout on Thursday, an annual relaxation event before final exams, in Free Speech Alley.

Diane Mohler, assistant director of the Center for Academic Success. “The amount of rest you get makes a difference on how you perform on a test,” Mohler said. “If you’re not feeling comfortable with the material and you’re not getting a lot of rest, your brain will lock up.” Aubrey DeVillez, international

studies sophomore and SAB member, said it’s important to be optimistic. “Take time out for yourself, and don’t get too stressed out,” DeVillez said. “Stay positive.” Contact Sarah Eddington at


Southern cooking style, tradition grow in popularity American interest soars after Katrina By Mary Foster The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Contemporary southern cooking is getting a taste of something fresh — respect. Even above the Mason-Dixon Line, the food of the South is no longer about fried chicken and barbecue cliches. It’s a celebration of local, vibrant produce and carefully raised meats; of exotic ingredients like collards, okra, pork bellies and grits; and of traditions and cultures as deep, varied and flavorful as the foods. “The South has always been cyclically hip,” says John T. Edge, director of Southern Foodways Alliance. “But now it’s become a permanent condition. America is coming to appreciate the range of culture and tradition in the South.” That appreciation has made it possible to dine on great downhome food in places as varied as Oregon, Illinois and New York. At Hungry Mother in Cambridge, Mass., for example, chef Barry Maiden serves up what he and his partners call “contemporary American” food. The menu sports cornmeal-dredged catfish and other southern classics that draw on Maiden’s childhood in rural southern Virginia. “For a few years now I think southern cooking has become known as a serious type of cooking,” Maiden said. That interest also produced a flood of award-winning cookbooks and chefs that can do better than just hold their own against the rest of the country. For example, all three finalists

for the top American book in this year’s James Beard Foundation cookbook awards are southern — “My New Orleans,” by John Besh; “Real Cajun,” by Donald Link; and “The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern,” by Matt Lee and Ted Lee. Food & Wine magazine will even devote its September issue to the region and its food. “We’ve seen a huge rise in interest in the food of the South outside the South,” says Dana Cowin, the magazine’s editor-inchief. “We’re seeing an expansion of ideas for southern food being adopted by cooks in other areas. There are people doing wonderful southern cooking in New York, in Boston, in Chicago.” In many ways, the South has benefited from a growing national interest in local and crafted foods. “A few years ago you used to go to the farmer’s market and everything was from Florida or California,” says Kathleen Purvis, food editor at the Charlotte Observer and chairwoman of the James Beard Book Awards Committee. “Now it’s locally grown for the most part, and that is certainly a reflection of southern cooking, which is closely tied to the land.” She also thinks the interest isn’t all that new, pointing out that Craig Claiborne was writing about the South during the ’70s, and Joe Dabney won a Beard award in 1999 for his cookbook “Smokehouse Ham, Spoon Bread, & Scuppernong Wine.” In explaining the appeal, Edge points to the variety of southern cooking, which includes Cajun, Creole, soul and seafood. “It’s an area comparable in size to Western Europe,” he says. “And it has the same range of cultures.” Television has also played a

role, giving voice to advocates like Paula Deen and her sons, Jamie and Bobby Deen, who have launched their own shows and cookbooks. The scattering of southerners across the country that has taken place in recent years — some forced by Hurricane Katrina — may also account for some of the spread of down-home fare.

“I used to take the pimento cheese sandwiches my mother made for my lunch, the red velvet cakes for my birthday, the grits for Sunday breakfast for granted,” says Bon Appetit magazine restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton. Moving north made him appreciate the rich culinary traditions of the South, says Knowlton, who

grew up in Atlanta. “When chefs started focusing on local food, the South was a natural place for them to focus,” he says. “Both in terms of flavor and tradition.” Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at



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By Rachel Warren, Contributing Writer. Tips from Angela Lowery, biology junior. Photos by Erin Arledge

White top and blue jeans

“This is an off-white, almost cream top. It’s BCBG, and I like it because it has a kind of loose, blousy fit. The skinny jeans are from Charlotte Russe. I would pair it with heels for going out or sandals for class. I can really wear it anywhere, you can dress it up or dress it down,” Lowery said. She said she would also pair the outfit with a pair of metallic gold sandals, gold hoop earrings and bracelets.

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Lowery wore a pair of Dior sunglasses, a dress and sandals. “[This is a] green BCBG dress. I guess it’s a sundress. And I got these rhinestone sandals at Dillard’s, they’re Gianni Bini,” Lowery said.

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Green top and bermuda shorts

“I would probably wear this to class, but I would also wear it out to eat or to the movies ... I would call this ‘casual wear,’” Lowery said. The outfit includes denim bermuda shorts from Forever 21 and a green Gianni Bini halter that Lowery said she wears without straps. “The shoes are Gianni Bini also ... I like wearing them to class because they’re super comfortable and good for walking around LSU’s campus because it’s so big,” Lowery said.

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Swinging for a Comeback No. 15 Tigers rides four-game losing streak into bout with No. 6 Florida LSU baseball is in the midst of a real losing streak for the first time this season. The No. 15 Tigers (32-10, 117) have had only one losing streak — back-to-back losses against Auburn — thus far this season before entering their current four-game skid. LSU was swept by Ole Miss on the road last weekend and dropped a midweek contest to UNO on Tuesday. “We know what it felt like to win it all, and we know what we have to do,” said sophomore right fielder Mikie Mahtook. “It’s a collective effort, and we’re not going to get

too frustrated.” Mainieri. The schedule isn’t getting any Mainieri said he canceled a easer for the Tigers as they will recruiting trip Wednesday to be travel to Gainesville, Fla., this with his team so he could stress the weekend to face importance of the No. 6 Florida in rest of the season. By Johanathan Brooks a three-game se“I thought it Sports Writer ries. was important that The Gators (28-11, 12-6) have we address what happened [Tueswon their last four Southeastern day] night and kind of put it in Conference series and are No. 2 in perspective and see where it fits in the SEC East behind South Caro- to the big picture,” Mainieri said. lina. “With 14 games left in the regular “If we can have some suc- season, where do we stand? What cess in these last 14 games, it’s not do we need to do? How do we get unreasonable to think we can still better?” sneak into a position of even a naMahtook said spirits were low tional seed — certainly of hosting following the series sweep at Ole a regional,” said LSU coach Paul Miss, but some of the veterans on

the team have emerged as vocal leaders, and the team’s morale is high. “We were disappointed obviously losing those few close games,” Mahtook said. “We knew we gave a good effort, and we played well. We just didn’t play well enough to win.” LSU junior catcher Micah Gibbs said the experience of facing a tough opposing crowd in Oxford, Miss., last weekend prepared the Tigers for what they’ll face this weekend. “We definitely got a big test this past weekend at Ole Miss,” FLORIDA, see page 14


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[Clockwise] LSU junior pitcher Anthony Ranaudo, senior first baseman Blake Dean, junior pitcher Austin Ross and junior pitcher Daniel Bradshaw play ball.


Tigers trounce Bulldogs, 5-1, shine on national television Mitchell becomes all-time HR leader By Chris Branch Sports Writer

The bright lights, rowdy crowd and national television audience didn’t seem to faze the LSU softball team Thursday night. The Tigers looked right at home. Behind a masterful performance by senior pitcher Cody Trahan and an offensive explosion, LSU

tattooed No. 8 Georgia, 5-1, at Tiger Park. ESPN broadcasted the game. “It was an unbelievable night,” said LSU coach Yvette Girouard. “Maybe opening night was close. But the excitement from the crowd — they were into the game. I guess they knew the importance of it. We needed to beat Georgia. We needed a good showing. We also needed a good showing on national television. And wow, did the fans ever show up. It energized our team. The team was so pumped up.” Trahan quenched Georgia’s mighty bats with a seven-inning,

five-hit outing with only one earned run. She didn’t falter early either. Trahan tossed first-pitch strikes to the first 11 batters she faced, an area she struggled with early in her career. “That’s what kept her back all these years,” Girouard said. “You don’t have the luxury of any kind of big movement when you’re always working behind. We’ve preached and preached, and I know she got sick of it, but you have to work ahead. That’s the key to her this year.” BULLDOGS, see page 14

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LSU senior right fielder Rachel Mitchell slams a record-setting two-run hit Thursday, starting the No. 17 Tigers’ 5-1 victory against the No. 8 Georgia Bulldogs.




England native awarded men’s All-SEC Second Team honors Skupski represents Tigers on squad By Staff Reports One day after LSU freshman women’s tennis player Keri Frankenberger earned All-Southeastern Conference Second Team honors, LSU sophomore men’s tennis player Neal Skupski picked up conference honors of his own. Skupski, like Frankenberger, was named Second Team All-SEC on the men’s side Thursday. Skupski was the only Tiger to earn a spot on either the first or second team. Skupski compiled a 17-18 overall record on the season with a 7-11 record in the No. 1 spot for the Tigers. He also went 0-2 in the No. 2 spot. “Neal did an excellent job of raising the bar by moving from the No. 4 position last year to being at the top of the lineup now,” LSU men’s coach Jeff Brown said in a news release. “Neal has had several wins at the highest level this year, and he only continues to improve.” Skupski is tied with sophomore Mark Bowtell and juniors Sebastian Carlsson and Julien Gauthier for the team lead with five conference wins. He racked up a 5-6 record in SEC matches. The Liverpool, England, native’s 17 wins were second best for LSU behind Carlsson’s 20. Skupski and Carlsson also went 5-3 as a doubles pair on the season. Skupski helped the Tigers advance to the second round of the SEC tournament by picking up a doubles victory in LSU’s 4-2 win against Alabama in the first round. Skupski was trailing in his singles match against Alabama’s Saketh Myneni, 2-6, 6-4, 2-5, but the contest went unfinished, as the match had already been clinched by then. Skupski lost his second-round SEC tournament match in singles in LSU’s 4-0 loss to Tennessee. His doubles match went unfinished after the Volunteers clinched the match. Tennessee won both the regular season and tournament conference crowns. The Volunteers went 11-0 in the regular season and took the tournament championship with a 4-0 victory against Florida. Tennessee won or shared three of the four major conference awards. The Volunteers also had four players named to the First Team and one player named to the Second Team. Tennessee coach Sam Winterbotham won SEC Coach of the Year, while Tennessee junior John-Patrick Smith was awarded SEC Player of the Year. Volunteer Rhyne Williams shared SEC Freshman of the Year with Vanderbilt’s Ryan Lipman. Alabama senior Saketh Myneni garnered SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year.

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LSU sophomore Neal Skupski stretches for a forehand Tuesday during the Tigers’ match against South Florida. Skupski was named to the All-SEC Second Team.

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Southeastern Conference teams finish spring practice Coaches begin to plan for new season By Johanathan Brooks Sports Writer

Southeastern Conference football teams have wrapped up their spring football practices and coaches discussed themes and trends Thursday in a teleconference. Alabama won last year’s national championship largely on the shoulders of its stout defense. Gone from that national championship defense are six NFL draft players. If the Crimson Tide want to repeat that feat, coach Nick Saban said they are going to need some effort from younger players. “We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Saban said in the teleconference. “We’ve got some good young players who made a lot of progress, and we’re pleased.” The team is working hard to ensure it will continue to be suc-

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Alabama coach Nick Saban pleads his case with an official Oct. 3 during the second half of his team’s 38-20 win against Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium.

cessful in the future, Saban said. “One of the biggest challenges is how do you come back or what’s your attitude going to be after you have success?” he said. “I’ve been pleased with the way our guys haven’t become complacent.” Another hot topic in college sports is conference expansion. It’s been rumored for months

that the Big Ten is looking to expand to 12 teams. When asked about the SEC expanding, Saban said he would be supportive of it in the future. “We did expansion years ago so we could come to 12 teams and a conference championship game,” Saban said. “That format is great for college football. It’s great for


Intramurals to wind down soon Summer league sign-up starts June 1 By Mark Clements Sports Contributor

Summer is fast approaching, and while that means freedom, parties and vacations for most students, it means a new season of intramurals for University Recreation. Activity at UREC is winding down as the spring semester comes to a close. Softball, racquetball, table tennis and volleyball leagues are all entering the final rounds of playoffs. Todd Smith, graduate assistant of leagues and tournaments, said he hopes to have all championship games finished by Sunday night. The men’s volleyball championship game took place Sunday with Carne Buena defeating Phi Delta Theta, 2-1. In the intramural dodgeball final, Just 4 the Shirts swept Flex 3-0 to capture the first ever dodgeball championship at LSU. University Recreation will host three intramural events this summer including sand volleyball, 3-on-3 basketball and softball. Smith said he expects the number of softball teams to decrease in the summer but said he still expects a strong turnout. “It obviously won’t be as big as it is now because we’re only offering three days,” Smith said. “If we can get somewhere around 40 or 50 teams, that’ll be a good number.” Registration for summer leagues begins June 1. The captains’ meetings are set for June 14, with the season kicking off the next night. UREC is hosting an end of the

year players’ meeting to get feedback from students in hopes of improving intramurals and activities. “It’s basically to get people’s feelings on the fees, the rules, the policies … everything we do,” said Matt Boyer, assistant director of leagues and tournaments. “It’s a chance for them to speak up and voice their opinion.” The point of the meetings is to make intramural activity better for the students in the future, Smith said. “It’s a time for any player to come and express anything they see negative or anything to improve on,” Smith said. “We’re looking for people’s feedback on how we can

make it better for them next year.” Boyer said the feedback is important to the department in making changes to leagues, and he hopes for a larger turnout than the first players’ meeting earlier in the year. “Hopefully captains will come out to share their ideas and talk about the program and how we’re going to take it next year,” Boyer said. “We are looking at changes in the program, and their feedback is important.” The meeting is set for May 4 at 2 p.m. Contact Mark Clements at

the fans. Our SEC championship game is a great venue for teams to play in.” Two SEC teams will have new head coaches when the season begins. Tennessee hired coach Derek Dooley in January to replace former coach Lane Kiffin. Kiffin left the Volunteers to take the vacant head coaching job at USC after only one season. “The very first team meeting I had when I was introduced to them as their coach, I told them I was never going to ask them to trust me,” Dooley said. “[Trust] is something you have to earn in time.” Tennessee is Dooley’s second head coaching stop on the collegiate level. He coached at Louisiana Tech from 2007-09 prior to being hired by the Volunteers. Joker Phillips will enter his first season as head coach when he takes the reins at Kentucky. Phillips

has been a coach with the Wildcats in some capacity since 2003. Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was one of the most decorated collegiate football players ever, but now he is in the NFL. Many fans are curious to see how the Gators will replace such an integral part of their success. Florida will try to replace him with junior John Brantley. Florida assistant coach Steve Addazio said Brantley is fitting in nicely. “Johnny had a great spring, which is really no surprise at all,” Addazio said in a teleconference. “Our team has a great deal of respect for him. He’s really paid his dues, and he has a great work ethic here, and when he walks in, they have tremendous confidence.” Contact Johanathan Brooks at



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Henning rewriting LSU record books, dominating competition Junior All-American focuses on team By Luke Johnson Sports Contributor

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LSU junior All-American thrower Walter Henning competes in the weight throw event Jan. 22 during the 2010 Purple Tiger Invitational in the Carl Maddox Fieldhouse.

LSU junior All-American and indoor national champion thrower Walter Henning knows something about breaking records — he’s been doing it since his days at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, N.Y., where he broke a 25-yearold record during his senior year. Henning originally committed to North Carolina after setting multiple national records in the indoor weight throw. Henning chose to transfer to LSU after his freshman year at North Carolina. The decision to come to LSU was a two-part choice. Henning wanted to be part of the winning tradition at LSU and wanted to throw under assistant coach Derek Yush. “Me and coach [Yush] have been right on the money since I got down here,” Henning said. “All our training has been going well.” It was obvious since Henning’s second throw in an LSU uniform the Tigers had something special. Henning launched the 35-pound implement 72 feet, 3 3/4 inches, setting a new LSU record by nearly 2 1/2 feet in his first meet. “Walt leads by example in a lot of ways. He’s competitive, and it’s

just really raised the bar,” Yush said. “He comes in, and he works hard every day, and I think everybody else follows.” Henning had an outstanding sophomore campaign that included two All-American performances, a Southeastern Conference title in both the weight throw and the hammer throw and a runner-up finish at the NCAA outdoor championships. But it’s the All-American’s junior campaign that has been generating buzz. Henning has thoroughly dominated the competition by winning all 10 meets this season. The closest any competitor has come to matching Henning’s output was in the NCAA championships, where Memphis’ Steffen Nerdal came nearly within a foot of Henning’s winning throw of 77 feet, 3 3/4 inches. A quick look at the LSU record book shows Henning’s place in history. Henning has beaten the previous gold-standard for the Tigers in the event at every meet since he arrived on campus. The previous bests for the Tigers were 69 feet, 11 1/2 inches in the weight throw and 222 feet, 3 inches in the hammer throw. Henning topped those marks by 8 feet, 1 1/2 inches and 17 feet, 2 inches, respectively. But Henning isn’t concerned about his legacy at LSU or the amount of attention he gets. “It’s not about how far you

throw, it’s about how many points you score at the national meet,” Henning said. “If I could have three national championships next to my name, that’s what I’m looking for. I don’t really care about throwing more than 250 feet in college.” LSU coach Dennis Shaver said Henning has had a tangible effect on the entire team. “Performance speaks. He’s a great competitor,” Shaver said. “When you have a great performer in one of the event groups, it carries over to the other people in that event group, and I think the enthusiasm sometimes gets carried over to the entire team.” Henning’s performances at the top of the collegiate ranks have been masterful, but he may be best known for an errant throw in practice. While practicing at his high school, Henning threw an off-target heave that destroyed school property. “Usually we threw from the half-court line,” Henning said. “One of the throws got away from me and it smashed the corner off one of the basketball backboards.” Henning still has the chunk of backboard, which was proudly on display in his room at his parents’ house.

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LSU middle-distance runners hold top rankings in NCAA By Katherine Terrell Sports Contributor

It’s quite an accomplishment for a team to have one athlete ranked in the top 10 of the NCAA. But LSU’s track and field teams have six top-10 runners in the same event. The Lady Tigers hold four of the top 10 spots in the 800-meter run. Senior LaTavia Thomas has the No. 1 spot, followed by senior Kayann Thompson at No. 2, junior Brittany Hall at No. 3 and freshman Charlene Lipsey at No. 7. The Tigers have two of the top 10 spots in the 800-meters. Senior Richard Jones ranks No. 1, and senior Jamaal James ranks No. 6. All six runners ran those times April 16 during LSU’s Alumni Gold track meet in Bernie Moore Stadium. LSU assistant head coach Mark Elliott said the group targeted the meet as an opportunity to give its best effort and evaluate itself before the Southeastern Conference championship meet. “The only thing I had no control over was the weather, and it was perfect weather,” Elliott said. “There was no excuse.” It came as a surprise to the former LSU All-American to see his group all run season best times on

the same day. “When you’re dealing with individuals, not everybody feels the same,” Elliott said. “That was a surprise to me, but how fast they ran wasn’t.” Thomas set a new personal record of 2 minutes, 1.40 seconds in the meet, breaking her previous record of 2 minutes, 1.56 seconds. Thomas said she hopes to run the 800-meters in 2 minutes this season. “Each year I’ve been getting closer and closer,” Thomas said. “I ran 2:01 ... last year, so I have to run faster than 2:01 this year.” The group usually works out twice a day and averages about 40 miles a week, Elliott said. The group runs throughout the year except for two months in the summer. Distance running might not be for everybody, but Jones said he enjoys it because it allows him to test his own limits. “You’re really pushing your body to its limits, even in your practices,” Jones said. “It’s really just going out there and seeing how far can you go today, after how far you went yesterday.” The junior-college transfer said he wouldn’t have pictured the 800-meter run as his main event while growing up. “My passion was always the

mile. The 800 was my fun race,” Jones said. “When I started getting into college, it became more of my favorite event. I started taking it a lot more seriously. The 800 is an exciting race. It’s fast, it gets done with quickly and I guess I can say I really like it now.” Thomas ran everything from the 100-meter dash to the 1,500-meter run before she started to focus on the 800. “When I started running, I was about four years old,” the Philadelphia native said. “I was good in everything I did when I was younger, but it got to the point where that was the race I’d always win. That’s how I got stuck running middle distance.” Thomas and Jones both said they hope to keep running after graduation. “Running’s one of those sports that depends on how far your body’s going to let you go. If God lets that happen, that’s one of my dreams,” Jones said. “I hope to go pro ... I don’t want to just be an athlete, but I want to be that person that made a statement in running. I want to try to do something different than most runners.” Contact Katherine Terrell at


Cards give Braves 9th loss in a row By R.B. Fallstrom The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rookie David Freese homered, doubled and drove in six runs as the St. Louis Cardinals sent Atlanta to its ninth straight loss, beating the Braves 10-4 Thursday. The Braves wrapped up an 0-7 road trip, their first winless swing of seven or more games since September 1949 when the franchise was located in Boston and went 0-8 in Philadelphia and Brooklyn. Adam Wainwright (4-1) worked six solid innings as the Cardinals completed a four-game sweep. With Albert Pujols getting a day off, St. Louis still won its fifth in a row and swept Atlanta for the

first time since 1993. Jair Jurrjens (0-3) strained his left hamstring and lasted only one inning for Atlanta. The Braves lost 10 straight in 2006— they can match skid Friday night at home against Houston. The Braves have totaled 17 runs during their slump. Rookie Jason Heyward returned after one game on the bench and had two hits, including the first homer allowed by Cardinals pitching in 10 games at home this season. Wainwright, a first-round pick of the Braves in 2000, is 5-0 with a 2.00 ERA against Atlanta in eight games. Yadier Molina helped out with two hits and two RBIs and Colby Rasmus scored four times. Freese’s day was the biggest

by a Cardinals rookie since at least 1957, when rookie qualifications were established, the Elias Sports Bureau said. Freese has eight RBIs the last two games, getting two RBIs Wednesday on his 27th birthday, and 14 on the season. He hit a three-run homer off the right-field foul pole with two outs in the first off Jurrjens, his first of the year and the first of his career at Busch Stadium. Freese added a three-run double off Jesse Chavez in the fifth. The Cardinals scored in double figures for the first time since an 11-6 opening-day victory at Cincinnati. They last swept Atlanta in a four-game series Aug. 14-16, 1989, including a doubleheader. The 1993 sweep was in a threegame set. St. Louis’ string of not allowing a homer at home was the majors’ longest to start the season since the Chicago White Sox also did it the first nine games of 1972, according to Elias. Jurrjens is 0-3 and has given up 17 earned runs in 19 innings in four day starts. He got two quick outs in the first, then hit Matt Holliday and gave up a single to Rasmus before Freese connected on a 1-1 pitch. Freese had a six-RBI game last season for Triple-A Memphis.

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The Cardinals’ David Freese hits a three-run home run Thursday during St. Louis’ 10-4 win against the Braves in St. Louis. Freese had six RBIs in the game.

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PAGE 14 Gibbs said. “That was easily the most hostile environment we’ve been in so far, and we’re going to have another one just like that this weekend at Florida.” One of the players trying to ensure LSU doesn’t have a repeat performance of last week will be junior pitcher Anthony Ranaudo. Ranaudo (2-1) went only 1 2/3 innings in his last outing. The 6-foot-7-inch righty allowed nine runs on nine hits in that short time while striking out two and walking one. Ranaudo said he has put his last

start behind him and is ready to redeem himself Friday night. “I put it to rest,” he said. “I turned the page on it, had a good bullpen yesterday. I worked on some things, and I’m just definitely ready to get back out there on Friday against Florida. It can’t come quick enough.” Pitching against Ranaudo on Friday for Florida will be sophomore Alex Panteliodis. Panteliodis (6-2) maintains a 3.10 ERA through 56 2/3 innings pitched. He has struck out 45 batters on the season while only walking 10. Pitching on Saturday for the

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Trahan was more modest. She credited the defense for shaving some hits off her final line. “Pitches get hit sometimes,” Trahan said. “It’s amazing to have Mitch, Shortridge and Langoni and everybody in the outfield. They did an amazing job tonight. Had they not made some of the plays they did, who knows what would have happened this game. Georgia swings the bat hard every pitch. So it’s nice to have a good defense behind me.” Meanwhile, LSU’s offense got started early. The Tigers battered Bulldog sophomore right-hander Erin Arevalo for five earned runs, forcing her out of the game after just two innings of work. “We jumped on them quick,” Girouard said. “I think that got the crowd even more excited.” LSU senior centerfielder Kirsten Shortridge slapped Arevalo’s first pitch of the evening into center field for a base hit. It would only get worse from there for Arevalo. Two batters later, sophomore left fielder Ashley Langoni drove a single to left field to drive Shortridge in. Arevalo then proceeded to walk the bases loaded, leading to another LSU run. The Tigers trotted out a total eight batters in the first inning. Arevalo threw 35 pitches in the frame. The second inning was much of the same. Trahan sent the Bulldogs back to their dugout in order. Senior right fielder Rachel Mitchell took care of business in the bottom half. Mitchell belted an Arevalo offering over the centerfield wall for her sixth home run of the season. More noteworthy was that the home run was the 33rd of Mitchell’s career, making her the all-time leader in LSU history. Leslie Klein, a former threetime All-American for LSU, was the previous record holder. Klein played from 2004-07. “I didn’t realize until about second base,” Mitchell said. “Then I was like, ‘Oh, I totally broke the record!’ It was nice.” The Tigers won’t have much time to relish the victory. The squads square off today in a doubleheader. The games are slated to start at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., with the second contest airing on ESPNU. “Georgia is not dead,” Girouard said. “This is a team that not much affects them. We’re going to see some Bulldogs coming out here fighting tomorrow. It’s nothing I don’t expect from them.” Contact Chris Branch at

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Gators will be freshman Hudson Randall. Randall (4-3) has 34 strikeouts and 14 walks on the season with a 3.65 ERA. Freshman Brian Johnson will be Florida’s Sunday hurler. Johnson (3-2) leads Florida’s weekend starters with a 2.91 ERA. He has struck out 31 while only walking nine. LSU’s pitchers for Saturday and Sunday have yet to be determined.

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LSU junior catcher Micah Gibbs lands safely on third base Tuesday after UNO third baseman Kevin Berry (3) fumbles the ball. The Tigers lost, 7-4.

Spurs finish off No. 2 seed Mavs in Game 6 By Paul J. Weber The Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Spurs moved on, and Dallas is done early again. Manu Ginobili scored 26 points and San Antonio survived blowing a 22-point lead to beat the Mavericks 97-87 in Game 6 on Thursday night, handing Dirk Nowitzki and secondseeded Dallas another first-round exit. The Spurs got payback after the Mavs eliminated them a year ago, and will play either Phoenix or Portland in the Western Conference semifinals. “For us there was no tomorrow,” Ginobili said after the Spurs finished off the Mavs in front of a raucous home crowd and avoided going back to Dallas for a Game 7. Nowitzki nearly carried the Mavs to an unbelievable comeback, getting 25 of his 33 points in a remarkable second half. But the Mavs still stumbled to their third firstround exit in the last four years. George Hill had 21 points for the Spurs, who are coming off their worst regular season in the Tim Duncan era — making this series all the more impressive. It will technically go down as an upset. San Antonio is only the fifth No. 7 seed to win a

first-round series, and the first since the opening round became a bestof-7 in 2003. It hadn’t been done since New York beat Miami in 1998. But with a healthy Big Three and a championship pedigree, the Spurs could hardly be called underdogs. And with no clear favorite in the West, they might be as good a finals pick as any. As for the Mavs, it was yet another early playoff disappointment. It comes three years after the Mavs came into the postseason as the No. 1 seed, only to be knocked out by No. 8 Golden State. The Mavs were the NBA’s best road team in the regular season, but went 0-3 in San Antonio and couldn’t pull themselves out of a 3-1 deficit. This one is especially tough for team owner Mark Cuban, who plunked down an extra $30 million for a deal at the trade deadline that brought Caron Butler from Washington. Butler scored 25 points and rookie Rodrigue Beaubois had 16 points. But aside from them and Nowitzki, no other Dallas player scored more than six points. Now comes an interesting offseason for a team that’s won 50 games for 10 straight seasons, but has only one trip to the NBA finals to show for it. Will coach Rick Carlisle return?

What about Nowitzki? Dallas isn’t likely to get rid of either. Nowitzki also could choose to become a free agent, although he’s steadily said he won’t. There’s no telling how this early exit will change Cuban’s approach toward a bumper crop of

free agents. In the meantime, the Mavs will have a long time to sulk over this one. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at

Friday, April 30, 2010 HOUSING, from page 1

Erick Yellot, computer science sophomore and resident of Campus Crossings, said he has a personal room, more space and a kitchen to cook his own food in his apartment. ACADEMICS “Students do academically better on campus,” said Steven Walker, ResLife director. “They become engaged with the University and community.” He also said on-campus students have shown better academic retention and graduation rates compared to their off-campus counterparts. The shared environment of learning on campus inspires students to study, said Diane Mohler, assistant director of Outreach and Programming for the Center of Academic Success. “When you see others doing it, you’ll sit down, open your books and study as well,” Mohler said. “Because you’re so close to that atmosphere, it can be motivating.” Jerid Thomas, mechanical engineering freshman who lives with his parents in Livingston, said he’s always unable to attend his evening calculus study sessions because of commuting distance. “There are study groups that you can find on campus, which in a big apartment building might be harder,” said Andrew Holley, civil engineering freshman. Students living off campus said the small dorm spaces and the active community can be a distraction. “I’d probably have a harder time concentrating while sharing less space for myself,” said Jewel Borel, leasing consultant of Sterling Apartments Northgate. COSTS “Square footage is the main thing that determines the cost of the buildings,” High said.

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take place in phases and would not begin for three to five years, said Baton Rouge Loop spokesperson Rannah Gray. Funding for the loop has also been a concern. “I know that the financial constraints facing the state will adversely affect the project in the future,” Ourso said. Seventy-seven percent of residents don’t believe the loop will ever be built, according to an April poll by the Baton Rouge Business Report. “I certainly recognize the traffic congestion on I-10 in the Baton Rouge area ... [the] public is in desperate need of relief for this daily inconvenience,” Ourso said. Past alternatives to the loop include a toll road linking Livingston and Ascension parishes or a westbank expressway. The Baton Rouge Loop would stretch through Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Livingston and West Baton Rouge parishes. Open houses displaying plans for the loop took place Jan. 13 through Jan. 25 this year. Planning for the loop began in early 2007. Land-use meetings were held in early February to map out growth. Contact Grace Montgomery at

THE DAILY REVEILLE The rent for East Campus Apartments and West Campus Apartments have the largest square footage and are the most expensive residences on campus, totaling up to $3,805 per semester for a two-bedroom apartment. Miller and Highland halls are the least expensive, with a threestudent room costing $2,305 per semester. Certain popular student apartments like Tiger Plaza and Tiger Manor include amenities like Internet, electricity, cable and furniture in an extra package along with the rent. While deciding whether to rent or own a building, a majority of students like Jessica Bourque, said owning is costly and pointless, as a large amount of money is invested only during their stay in college. “It is a lot of money upfront,” the elementary education sophomore said. “If something goes bad with the market, you won’t get that money back.” SECURITY “We are familiar with the campus and know where the residential communities are,” said Detective Kevin Scott, LSU Police Department spokesman. “We have a variety of resources by which we can touch our entire jurisdiction and focus on our community’s total awareness.” Scott said the department dispatches a neighborhood police officer to every residential building on campus during the night. Residential buildings on campus are also provided with swipecard locks, which allow only residents to enter the buildings. High said LSUPD has a higher patrol frequency compared to offcampus areas. Scott said calls from off-campus students are generally diverted to the law-enforcement agencies of the respective jurisdictions. One of the best-known cases of


safety breach in the University was the double homicide of two students, Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma and Kiran Kumar Allam on Dec. 13, 2007, in an apparent case of home invasion in Edward Gay Apartments. “LSU is an open campus,” High said. “With public thoroughfares running through campus, it always poses a challenge to University patrol.” Several popular off-campus apartments have gated communities, on-duty police officers and electronic access keys. ON-CAMPUS APARTMENTS Apart from WCA and ECA, ResLife also provides family and graduate housing in Nicholson and Edward Gay apartments. “These apartments are for students who want the best of both forms of housing,” High said. “They have modern kitchens, great maintenance and all the utilities.” Allie Miller, residence life coordinator of ECA, said its residents stay connected with campus activities and don’t have to drive to campus. “Off-campus apartments may have comparable facilities, but they are in business to make a profit and are not as committed to the student’s well-being, academic advancement and success,” Miller said in an email to The Daily Reveille. FUTURE OF ON-CAMPUS LIFE Several renovation projects are lined up, including East Laville this summer and Annie Boyd Hall in 2012, according to High. Walker said ResLife invested $168 million in the maintenance and upgrade of on-campus buildings during the past 12 years.

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Tiger Band performs Thursday on the Capitol steps in celebration of LSU Day.

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by a single person as their capstone project. The deer stand in the Capitol lobby, contrasting the marble walls. Students said the displays can show the legislators the real implications of their studies. “We can really show people that engineering isn’t just sitting behind a desk crunching numbers,” said Elizabeth Beard, mechanical engineering senior. The House Committee on House and Governmental Affairs passed a resolution earlier in the day

giving the University the authority to raise tuition. If passed, the bill would let citizens vote on a constitutional amendment to exempt higher education from restrictions imposed on fee increases. Raising tuition requires a twothird vote by both bodies of the legislature.

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Rebels’ chest thumping is sad, slightly amusing As readers of The Daily Reveille surely know, the Ole Miss Rebels swept the LSU baseball team last weekend. The debacle capped a forgettable year for Tiger athletic teams against their foes from the Magnolia State. The Rebels have dominated LSU in athletics since November 2009, including a last-second (literally) win in football, a four-game sweep in men’s and women’s basketball and of course the recent baseball sweep. To make this indignation even worse, our friends in Oxford saw fit to remind us with a column on the Web site of the student newspaper, The Daily Mississippian. “After being ridiculed all preseason long, regardless of the sport, about inferior facilities, talent and coaches, Ole Miss fans are able to enjoy any moment when they can say they are better than LSU,” the column said. An Ole Miss alumnus piled on an advertisement in the newspaper trumpeting “The year the Rebels yelled and the Tigers whimpered,”

which added men’s and women’s tennis and men’s golf to the aforementioned Mississippi mastery during the past year. “Thank you Rebel coaches and players for making this a banner year for Rebel fans who view LSU as our biggest rival,” the ad proclaimed. The “Hotty Toddy” hollerin’ harlequin behind the ad declined to comment for this piece, but we at The Daily Reveille have comments for him and all of his ilk. We, as students of LSU, have little time for this “rivalry.” Sure, it’s true the baseball team is slumping, the basketball teams’ seasons left a bad taste in the mouth and football has fallen far from our lofty (and perhaps unreasonable) standards. That said, we at LSU measure our athletic success in championships. The football team boasts three concensus national championships, 10 Southeastern Conference titles, a Heisman trophy winner and the best tailgate experience in college football — that’s right, better than The Grove.

We aren’t impressed by a treeriddled lot on your campus. We tailgate whenever and wherever we please. LSU basketball, while not as accomplished as its gridiron counterpart, posts quite a resume of its own. The Tigers have 10 SEC titles, have been to 20 NCAA tournaments and have reached four Final Fours. Pete Maravich and Shaquille O’Neal called Baton Rouge home. The Lady Tigers made five consecutive Final Fours and have been one of the premier women’s programs in America. Baseball speaks for itself. The Tigers have ruled the diamond for the better part of two decades with 14 SEC titles, 15 total College World Series appearances and six national championships. The reason we bring up all this winning history is because it’s exactly what Ole Miss does not have. The Rebels have never won a College World Series — their last appearance came in 1972. They have also yet to even reach a Final Four or a BCS bowl game. They have no Heisman or Naismith winners to

worship — only a supreme debt of gratitude to the Manning family for most of their athletic success. Since the SEC split into two divisions in the early ’90s, Ole Miss is the only program from the SEC West to never make the exhilirating trip to Atlanta for the SEC championship game. That’s right, Rebs — even those cowbell-clangin’ Mississippi State fans you scorn so much have managed that feat at least once. It’s true we also aren’t quite sure whom our true rival is, but Tiger fans tend to focus our acrimony on places like Alabama, Auburn and Florida — schools that make noise on a national level, contend for championships and challenge us to be better in all athletic endeavors. We simply don’t have time in our busy agenda for a program and a fan base that hasn’t won a football championship of any kind since the Kennedy administration — and no, that SEC West Co-Champions banner from 2003 you have hanging in your football stadium doesn’t count, seeing as how LSU won in Oxford,

won the SEC and went on to win the national championship that season. Nice effort though. If anything, the main motivation for beating Ole Miss is to avoid hearing “Hotty Toddy” from a plethora of overly excited Rebel fans. So, to wrap up this verbose retort, congratulations on your sweep and your moment in the sun, Rebels. The frustration of being bested so thoroughly this semester has given us a terrifying glimpse into your world. We hope to see you in Omaha this summer for the College World Series, though we won’t hold our breath, given your well-documented struggles getting there. We also eagerly anticipate your arrival in Baton Rouge on Nov. 20 for our annual football tilt, considering we owe you two in that department. Until then, and forever after that, Geaux to Hell, Ole Miss.

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How is patriotism any different from racism? Daniel Morgan: Almost all rightly reject racism. It’s good and healthy to take pride in your accomplishments, but feeling proud because you happened to be born a certain race is a hateful shortcut. How is patriotism, taking pride in where you were born, different from racism, taking Daniel Morgan Columnist pride because you were born of a certain race? Matthew Lousteau: I would say patriotism or nationalism is not so easily expressed in seven words. Racism isn’t only pride in one’s race but also hatred for another. Nationalism isn’t inherently bad because pride isn’t inherently hate. Morgan: Patriotism doesn’t have to have hateful intentions to have hateful conclusions. If you believe Americans should get jobs just because they’re Americans, then you also believe Italians shouldn’t get jobs just because they’re Italians. We call a discriminatory businessman racist whether he thinks “I hate black people” or “I love white

people.” Is this a mistake? Lousteau: I disagree — positives of one action don’t require the negatives. Having pride and wanting success for your collective group doesn’t mean desiring harm or failure for other collective groups. I am proud of LSU’s Department of Mechanical En- Matt Lousteau Columnist gineering, but I’d welcome Florida engineers. Morgan: I’d agree with you if the world were one great mixer. But we’re often talking about conflicts where one side wins and the other loses. You can’t cheer for LSU’s football team without hoping Urban Meyer loses. Only so many people can fit at the front of the bus. Racism means giving whites special treatment. Patriotism means giving Americans special treatment. Judging colleges seems valid because people choose where they go to school. Racism and patriotism are evil because no one chooses the color of his skin or where he’s born. Lousteau: Patriotism isn’t the


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same as racism — even in the case of conflict. Employing Americans isn’t the same as not employing Australians. If two applicants are exactly equally qualified, hiring the American because he’s an American may not be “nice” to the Australian applicant, but it’s not subjecting him to the loss he risked by applying. You say racism means giving whites special treatments, but that’s positive action. Racism is defined as discriminatory or abusive behavior toward others of another race — a negative action. For instance, firing Australians because they’re Australians would be evil. Morgan: Patriotism as a means of choosing between two equally qualified applicants doesn’t bug me much. If they’re really equally qualified, then you can use patriotism, racism, a toin coss or any other random process to choose between the two. I’m more concerned about governments creating special laws that benefit their workers. Outsourcing jobs brings prosperity to the third world. International trade brings cheaper goods to our poor. Economic patriotism gets in the way. Lousteau: Neglecting the workforce needing jobs in America is

immoral. Promoting globalism and exchange of diverse ideas is terrific, but globalizing at the expense of American culture seems counter productive. Morgan: The Cajuns and the Kurds kept their culture despite being persecuted by the state. A culture is probably not worth saving if it needs special treatment to be preserved. Lousteau: Preservation and upkeep are realities of living in this universe. Things tend to disorder without input of energy. America’s a melting pot, but without adding heat, things stop melting and just bounce around never forming anything cohesive — like a chunky fondue. Morgan: You seem to be assuming all changes in culture are bad. I don’t think entropy works as a metaphor here. Even worse than bigotry, patriotism creates an opportunity for hypocritical moral spheres. Believing Americans have a “manifest destiny” gave us the moral space to massacre Indians. “American exceptionalism” allowed us to start wars. To the Cambodian civilians whose families and livelihoods were carpet-bombed to hell, America

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must have looked just as evil as Hitler does to us. Patriotism attempts to hide bloody moral consequences behind a flag. Lousteau: The evil of pride in country depends on the elasticity of your nationalistic fiber. Standing by America and what she does rain or shine, genocide or murder is thoughtless and ignorant. Being the “wannabe journalist” I am, criticizing the poor choices and thoughtless actions of “elected” officials is second nature and an enjoyable hobby. Morgan: I think we can agree to agree on that. Daniel Morgan is a 22-year old economics senior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_dmorgan. Matt Lousteau is a 20-year-old mechanical engineering junior from Laplace. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_mlousteau.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “Man-eating lilacs have no teeth, Robin. It’s a process of ingestion through their tentacles.”

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It’s been a controversial few weeks here at the Daily Reveille. Here’s a sample of the comments on our Web site,, about the articles appearing in this week’s editions: Commentors had this to say about columnist Scott Burns’ article, “South Park drama over CENSORED is ridiculous,” about the highly controversial episode of South Park featuring the Prophet Mohammed: “I have been watching South Park since the original episode, “Cartman Gets an Anal Probe” aired back on August 13, 1997. I have seen every episode of the show so my knowledge of the content is unmatched. During the earlier seasons of the show, the appeal was simply eight year old kids swearing. At that point, the concept of eight year old kids swearing was so taboo and unheard of, the show didn’t need any other appeal to get people to tune in. As the show progressed and matured it began to take on all kinds of social issues. But the beauty of South Park is that it leaves no one and nothing alone. It has made fun of every race, every religion, every group of people, every social issue and an extensive list of politicians and celebrities. I can understand Revolution Muslims’ motivation for being upset with the “depiction” of Muhammad. By that same measure, there have been numerous instances throughout the show where Jesus, Buddha, Moses and other religious figures are seen engaging in less than commendable actions, (i.e. Jesus looking at porn, Buddha snorting cocaine, Moses being trapped in a conch shell). My point is that because South Park makes fun of everything and everyone, individuals should not view the show as singling one group out. As offensive as it may be, it is equally offensive to others groups whose leaders or representatives are being mocked. Like the manatees philosophy in the Cartoon Wars episodes stated, “Either everything is ok, or nothing is ok.” -Tony

Opinion She’s never been praised, always been belittled and called stupid by the “elite” media. You write “But voters should not, cannot and will not vote for a character to lead them.” They already did when they voted for Barack Obama, aka, the empty suit. He’s nothing more than a cult character with far left leanings, who tries to portray himself as, surprise, surprise, an “average American” to the “gullible public.” His experience before becoming president- uh, well let’s just say the “elite” media secured the victory for this “character.” So, please quit picking on a woman who resonates with Americans, if you can’t also pick on a man who resonates with brainwashed leftists. How about a little objectivity, please?” -Blaise Blanchard “Why would anyone like Palin need security guards? This is just a reach but I wonder if someone has entertained the possibility that someone might wish to do harm to the most-despised figure on American politics. Matt it’s my guess you don’t have a clue at 21 what the average American is. I didn’t until I entered the Air Force at 23 and during flight training met — and for almost seven years — lived with whites, black americans, one who was native American, another who was Asian American, and still another that was a Muslim. Some came from wealth; others lived a deprived childhood. Also, your contention that

one must be universally approved or liked to “be in touch” with your unarticulated concept of an “average american” doesn’t pass the laugh test. It suggests an odious sense of entitlement-only someone homeless could possibly understand the world of the homeless. That spurrious argument taken to its extreme, would suggest there could be no such thing as charity because the “haves” could not possibly apprehend the suffering of the “have nots”. Maybe, you’ll grow out of it with greater wisdom sooner or later but its clear right now you believe yourself to be something of an oracle. My guess is you never saw Obama’s plummeting poll numbers before the fact or the furor his stealth approach to passing his healthcare package and yet you have convinced yourself you can predict voter choice31 months from now. I wish I was as certain about one thing as no doubt you are about everything.” -Anonymous “Good post. Spot on correct. You are about to get blasted by Palinbots who threaten anyone who dares say anything against their God Palin. Her entire image is a creation of an “elite” PR firm hired by Palin to create her image of a hockey mom, get national exposure and national attention. It’s all fake... especially since she paid a PR firm to create the persona that attacks “elites”. Plus, she spends

most of her PAC money on herself....for consultants who tell her what to do and say.” -Anonymous But isn’t just the Opinion section that’s causing controversy. Controversy still rages on Senior Staff Writer Xerxes. A Wilson III’s article “University biology professor demanding apology,” about professor Dominique Homberger’s outrage over her removal from instruction from a BIOL 1001 class: “I am one of Dr. Homberger’s graduate students. I support her 100%. I’ve taken two classes (macroevolution and comparative anatomy-- with a lot of hard work, I received As in both) and two graduate seminars with her. She is one of the most engaging, caring, motivational and inspirational teachers I have ever had the privilege of working with (... See Morewhich is a reason that I continued at LSU as a doctoral student under her guidance). I have been in her lab since 2002, since I was an undergraduate. In 8 years I have seen countless former students return to our lab to visit and thank her for pushing them to achieve a standard they did not think was possible. Every time she puts a challenge in front of me, one that I might think is impossible, she always says, “I know you can do it.” And it is with her encouragement and mentorship that I have been able to accomplish so many things I thought I never could. I am not

PAGE 17 the only person who has had this experience with Dr. Homberger. She is truly one of LSU’s jewels--not everyone can, or is willing to appreciate her or take her advice--but those who do walk away with something very special. I am extremely proud to be her student.” -Brooke A. Hopkins “Hahahaha... AHAHAHAHAHAHAH! Look at one of the students interviewed. He is a senior engineering major. He knows how to learn and should be absolutely fine in this course. THE TEACHER IS OBVIOUSLY ON A CRAZY POWER TRIP! Those of you on “the outside” and by that I mean those of you who haven’t gone into engineering, need to try and understand that engineers go through insane material at a ridiculous pace. If an intro course is giving a senior engineer problems, then something peculiar is going on... oh and by the way e^(ipi)=cos(pi)+isin(pi)” -I have math homework due more than 10 times a week. What do you think? Every article and column that appears in our print editions also appears on our Web site, And everything that appears online is open to comments. Log on today, and let your voice be heard!

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“Couldn’t have said it better. Good job.” -Anonymous Commentors had this to say about Opinion editor Matthew Albright’s column, “Palin makes a good character, not a good leader,” claiming Sarah Palin isn’t the person she is on TV: “Matthew, you say Palin “is praised daily by the most elite of the media.” What would that elite media be? The New York Times? CNN? MSNBC? CBS, NBC, or ABC? The answer is wrong, wrong, wrong to those questions.

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pay around $950 per semester on groceries and the occasional meal from a restaurant.” Andrew Brien, finance freshman, said his meals are included in his fraternity dues. Chris Simmons, engineering sophomore, said he pays about $2,000 per semester on food purchased at Winn-Dixie supermarket. But Childs said she pays less than $500 per semester on food purchased at Winn-Dixie. OPTIONS Students at the University can purchase a meal plan before each semester, giving them a set amount of meals to use on campus in dining halls like The 5 or the 459 Commons. Heidke said the University requires first-year students to purchase meal plans. With meal plans, students also get Paw Points, a debit system used toward on-campus food purchases. Students can also use meal plans to purchase food at oncampus restaurants like Quiznos, Einstein Bros. Bagels and McDonald’s during weekends when the dining halls are closed. Heidke said the benefit of having a meal plan is the flexibility it offers. “Students have a balanced meal available to them at a number of times during the day with a meal plan,” Heidke said. Brien said he has three meals a day provided for him at his fraternity house. He said the food is usually tasty, and having food prepared for him three times a day where he lives is convenient. Jordan Wilkenson, finance junior, said his fraternity had catering at the Delta Chi house in past semesters, but he said it got too expensive. Wilkenson said he got an oncampus meal plan for the current semester, but it was easier when his meals were catered. Simmons said he doesn’t have a meal plan, and he orders in or eats out almost every day. “I am too lazy to cook for myself, and I did not want to get a meal plan because I feel the oncampus dining options are limited,” Simmons said. HEALTHY EATING Human Ecology professor Beth Reames said proper planning for meals is more important than where you eat. “You can eat nutritious anywhere; you just have to make good choices,” Reames said. Vanessa Richard, dietician at the Student Health Center, said students should aim for between 500 and 600 calories in their fastfood meals. Reames said cooking for yourself offers more options for healthy meals, but they have to be prepared correctly. She said students need to avoid over-cooking foods in order to retain the foods nutrients. Reames said the nutritional value of dining hall meals depends on students’ choice because they offer some unhealthy

THE DAILY REVEILLE meals. Heidke said having a meal plan allows students to have a balanced diet throughout the semester. Heidke also said the University requires first-year students to purchase a meal plan so they can focus on academics and other things instead of worrying about what to cook or how to get food. Heidke said students have access to salad bars offering plenty of fruits and vegetables in dining halls. LeBlanc said part of why she decided to stop buying a meal plan was to start eating healthier. “I found a lot of the hot


food offered at the dining halls was deep fried, and that’s not healthy,” LeBlanc said. LeBlanc said she cooks a lot of chicken and fish to keep a healthy diet. Simmons said he likes to eat at cheap restaurants close to campus. “One of my favorite places to eat is Inga’s Subs and Salads on Chimes because it tastes good, it’s healthy, it’s fresh and it’s cheap,” Simmons said.

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Students gather outside The 5 dining hall, the newest on-campus dining option.

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