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L SU? Current, incoming LSU students consider other options as they face cuts to TOPS, higher education funding, page 2 CHRISTA MORAN / The Daily Reveille

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World Naked Bike Ride comes to New Orleans, raises awarness for cyclist safety, page 4 2019 LSU baseball roster expected to compete for program’s seventh national championship, page 3

“Roseanne Barr’s ... influence is now dangerous, her personality seeming unstable and possibly unhinged,” page 7


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TOPS still in jeopardy after failed special session BY NATALIE ANDERSON @natalie_mechell For the second time in three years, TOPS is at risk of being cut, leaving Louisiana college students and families wondering how they will come up with unexpected tuition dollars to cover the difference that the state will not pay. A chaotic end to the second special session this year — and the sixth one since Gov. John Bel Edwards took office in 2016 — left TOPS only 70 percent funded, and slashed higher education funding for colleges and universities by nearly 25 percent. And as LSU has the most TOPS recipients in the state, students are faced with the possibility of covering $2,200 next year. With the cut to higher education, the University would face a roughly $21 million reduction, which would affect classes, facilities and support services. The threat to TOPS typically results in University students taking on second jobs or missing out on additional educational opportunities – or even considering transferring to schools out-of-state who have more to offer. “If I was a high school senior again this year, I think I would be looking out-of-state,” said LSU Student Government vice president Rachel Campbell. Campbell, a mass communication senior from Mandeville, said she had competitive scholarships with several out-of-state schools when she was a senior in high school, including University of Alabama, which was willing to offer her a full-ride, including room and board plus study abroad opportunities. Campbell stuck with LSU primarily because she was a fan of the Manship School of Mass Communication’s political communication program, and because TOPS was available to her the year she had to make her choice. Campbell said during her sophomore year at the University in 2017, her parents encouraged her to apply to other schools and consider transferring — or see if Alabama was willing to grant any version of their original offer — when TOPS funding was “shaky” before eventually being only partially funded. Though she considered transferring, she decided to stay at LSU with her parents’ help and her position as a Residential Assistant on campus, which helped her costs of housing and provided a partial meal plan. She also stayed at LSU on the promise that TOPS would be fully funded

in the future. Campbell made it through the TOPS cut, but she sympathizes for incoming students who may miss out on additional educational opportunities. “I paid for my study abroad [trip] last summer, but I don’t think I’d be able to swing something like that if TOPS was continually underfunded,” Campbell said. “It makes essentials a question mark on whether or not you can afford it. It makes extra opportunities not even an option anymore.” LSU President F. King Alexander said the uncertainty is creating “question marks in parents’ and students’ minds” about whether TOPS will be a sustainable program. If TOPS is cut, Alexander said LSU is unable to offset the difference for students next year because it has the most TOPS-eligible students in the state. About 52,000 students in Louisiana receive TOPS. Of the nearly 26,000 undergraduate students at the University, about 15,000 use TOPS, Alexander said. Two special sessions have been called this year alone to address the looming $650 million fiscal cliff the state faces when more than $1 billion in temporary sales taxes expire June 30. Legislators have repeatedly attempted, and failed, to pass revenue-raising measures to plug the hole, primarily disagreeing on how much of the sales tax hike to renew or what state services to cut. But even if the legislature successfully funds TOPS, which is not a guarantee, higher education officials say that the uncertainty has already hurt them with students and prospective students. Most students make decisions by mid-spring, sometimes even earlier. “It becomes attractive to look

at University of Alabama, which is not that far away, to get a full ride,” said James Caillier, the executive director of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, which is named after the TOPS co-founder. “But if they knew they had TOPS early, that’s enough to keep them in Louisiana.” Biochemistry senior Robert Henderson was also faced with offers from out-of-state schools like University of Denver and University of Connecticut but ultimately chose the University because of the aid of TOPS. Henderson said he had to take out extra student loans to cover his housing and additional costs when TOPS was cut in 2017. He faces that same possibility now, as well as getting a second job — leaving less time to focus on studies. “Had I known that TOPS was going to be unreliable, I probably would not have stayed here,” Henderson said. “It wouldn’t have cost me much more to go anywhere else.” Lance Chaisson, who graduated from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge in 2017, was set to pursue LSU up until his junior year of high school — but University of Alabama had more to offer him. Chaisson took Alabama up on its offer and received full tuition coverage for four years, as well as a stipend from the engineering school for all four years to study chemical engineering. LSU’s chemical engineering program is considered one of the best in the country. “LSU should take a look [at] Alabama,” said Lance’s mother April Chaisson. “What they’re doing to get kids over there — it’s so surprising.” The 2017-18 school year was the first time in a decade that both higher education and TOPS were fully funded. And

higher education leaders say just giving schools one year without cuts yielded tangible benefits that are all at risk of being undone again. “The shining hope in all this is that our recruiting efforts this year have just dwarfed everyone else in the SEC,” Alexander said. Since 2017, the University has seen a 109 percent increase in outof-state students and a 22 percent increase for in-state students for the 2018-19 school year, according to LSU chief enrollment officer Jose Aviles, who said the numbers are calculated to include students who have made a commitment to enroll by submitting a deposit to LSU. Additionally, of that increase, the University is up by 27 percent for students who come from the state of Alabama. Alexander said the recent success comes from the ability to offer students scholarships and focus on recruitment. “We went from playing defense to playing offense,” he said. “We’re right in the heat of competition for Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.” Alexander also said the year of stability resulted in the University’s largest faculty cohort since he became president in 2013, the second largest graduating class in May 2018 and the largest incoming freshman class for fall 2018. “Hold us whole, let us do our jobs,” he said as a message to legislators, “and you’ll see some outstanding numbers.” SG representatives have publicized their efforts to contact legislators and urge the full funding of TOPS and higher education, inviting students to join their pleas at the Capitol on June 20. “Now is the time to make your voices heard,” said SG president Stewart Lockett in an emailed statement. “It’s not too late to reverse these cuts.” The potential loss in TOPS funding comes at a time when a record 52 percent of Louisiana’s high school graduating class — which is about 19,200 students — qualified for one of the four types of TOPS awards. Louisiana is spending about $292 million for TOPS this year, which includes tuition coverage and, in some cases, stipends for high-achieving students. “Louisiana should make a commitment up front that the money will be available,” Caillier said. “We don’t need any more broken promises. We have too many broken promises in Louisiana, especially to our young people.”

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The return of several veterans sets the 2019 LSU baseball team up for another trip to Omaha BY GLEN WEST | @glenwest21

Perhaps the best remedy for the LSU baseball team after a tough 2018 campaign came during the 2018 MLB Draft, as the Tigers learned of the many signees and players that would make the 2019 squad potentially “one for the ages.” Before the start of the season, LSU coach Paul Mainieri anticipated that Zach Watson, Zack Hess and Antoine Duplantis would all sign professionally.

Watson and Hess were projected to go early on day two of the draft while Duplantis was also projected to go in the middle rounds. Instead, none of the three were selected until late on day three, ensuring they will be returning to school in the fall. “The draft really could not have gone any better for us,” Mainieri said. “In all my years of

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coaching, this is probably the luckiest we’ve ever been. What a huge bonus that is for us that they will all be returning.” Hess, most known for his stellar performance in Omaha at the 2017 College World Series, had an up and down campaign. The sophomore struggled with command much of the season but still led the team in strikeouts with 107 in 92 innings pitched.


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Nude Orleans New Orleans participates in World Naked Bike Ride 2018

BY CLAIRE BERMUDEZ @claireebermudez New Orleans hosted a wide variety of activities this weekend. From the annual Pho Festival, to the 2018 Pride Parade and a Creole Tomato Festival, the city had a lot to offer. However, only one event featured completely nude adults riding bicycles. The World Naked Bike Ride 2018 took place Saturday and yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Hundreds of naked cyclists rode throughout the French Quarter to promote bicycle roadway safety and protest gas and oil emissions. “Our mission is to take to the streets riding nude as the best way of defending our dignity as humans on bikes,” the event’s Facebook page reads. “We expose just how vulnerable we are as cyclist on our own city streets. We also ride to protest the world’s oil dependency, mainly cars, that negatively impacts the environment on this planet.” While some of the more modest participants wore their swimsuits, others just wore their birthday suits. The nearly 300

bold riders started their ride from Piety and Royal streets at 5 p.m. and rode along the Quarter. “[The ride] impacted me by showing how important it is to respect bike riders on the road,” said Brenley Farris, an attendee of the bike ride. “It’s really dangerous for them. Safety should be a priority.” USA Today named New Orleans one of the top 50 best cities for cycling and was named fifth in bike commuting across the country. The idea behind the ride is if you notice cyclists while they’re naked, then you should notice them every day. The ride is almost like a moving art installation, with many participants painting phrases on their backs such as “burn fat not oil,” “lookin’ twice now?” and “now you see me?” Dion Rillieux, who participated in the ride, frequently bikes around New Orleans and said he’s frustrated motorists don’t watch out for him. “It’s everyday, or every other day, you almost get hit,” Rillieux said. “People need to pay more attention.”

In 2014, New Orleans had one of the highest bicycle fatality rates, according to Governing magazine. In 2015, the City Council created the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Advisory Committee, which focuses on safety improvements for pedestrians and cyclists. In 2017, the City Council approved new ordinances that increased protection for cyclists. The new laws penalize motorists who put cyclists at risk by obstructing pathways and safety distances. “I tried really hard to focus more on the issue they’re advocating for than the naked bodies,” Farris laughed. “But it was hard not to look. I feel like now I’ve seen every different body type.” The World Naked Bike Ride is an international event, held in 70 cities across 20 countries. The first ride was in 2004, and it wasn’t until 2008 that New Orleans joined in. Initially, riders were protesting against oil dependency and celebrating the human body. In 2006, the cause started focusing more on cycling safety.

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Participants take to the streets in the clothing-optional event, mounting steeds of steel to defend the safety of bikers and the environment.

REV R ANKS ‘Cobra Kai’ is sequel ‘Karate Kid’ fans have waited for

BY EVAN SAACKS @evansaacks

You will be hard-pressed to find someone who loves the 1984 classic “The Karate Kid” more than me. You will also be hardpressed to find someone who hates its sequels and the 2010 remake more than me. So, naturally, I was skeptical when YouTube Red announced it would produce a sequel series to the original movie featuring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka returning to their iconic roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence, respectively. I officially bought into the hype when the first full trailer was released on March 21. Despite the hype, “Cobra Kai” still blew me away. The story revolves around the rivalry between LaRusso and Lawrence, which has been resurrected 34 years later. I was not surprised by how much I en-

joyed their dynamic. The original movie was my favorite hero-villain conflict ever, and I was geeked to see it again all these years later. Zabka’s performance in particular steals the show. As iconic as his character is, Zabka is not nearly the household name Macchio is, yet he delivers a performance that is funny, heartbreaking, nuanced and very real at times. It makes sense for Macchio to receive top billing, but this is Johnny’s story, and William Zabka carries it. What did surprise me about the series was how engrossed I was in the supporting cast. Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan and Mary Mouser all deliver the most believable modern day high school performances I have seen in a long time. I watched this series to finally see LaRusso and Lawrence go at it again, but even if they weren’t in the show, the young cast would have made it an

entertaining watch. The best thing “Cobra Kai” does is make the story believable. The writing made you feel sorry for Johnny Lawrence, one of the most iconic villains of the ‘80s. We were trained to believe the Cobra Kai dojo was the embodiment of evil. Yet when Johnny revives the dojo, we are filled with delight as we see him finally do what he is good at and has always loved. “The Karate Kid” featured one of the most black and white “good vs. evil” conflicts. “Cobra Kai” managed to blur the line, and you will occasionally find yourself on Johnny’s side, something once unfathomable for me. There were a few times when it felt “Cobra Kai” went too out of its way to include call-backs to “The Karate Kid.” Some of them were well done, most notably the inclusion of Commuter’s “Young Hearts,” which you will instantly

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recognize if you have seen the original film. Despite how heavyhanded they are, these call-backs did remind me what a great job the writers did of telling a new, unique story instead of just ripping off the original. However, I will admit I was disappointed Joe Esposito’s “You’re The Best” was not included. You do not need to be a superfan of “The Karate Kid” like me to enjoy “Cobra Kai.” As long as you have seen the original

movie, you will enjoy the 10 episodes that feature relatable characters for anyone who was once in high school. YouTube Red offers a one-month free trial with a subscription that I intended to cancel after watching “Cobra Kai.” I still have not canceled it because I cannot stop rewatching the show. In an era where seemingly every movie or TV show is a sequel or remake preying on nostalgia, this one gets it right.


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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 COMEBACK, from page 3 On the season, Hess went 7-6 in 17 appearances with a 5.05 ERA. Watson came in with equally high expectations, but an oblique injury forced him to miss nine games and was never quite able to live up to the all time great freshman campaign in 2017. Watson started in 57 games and batted .308 with seven homeruns and 34 RBIs but also led the team in strikeouts at 45. “Zach Watson, on his own, feels he needs another year of college baseball,” Mainieri said. “I think Zach is a great ball player, but he’s got some areas he needs to improve. Learn to lay off bad curveballs, hit the ball to right field with authority and a year from now I think you’re looking at a middle first round draft pick.” Duplantis has been the most reliable player Mainieri has counted on the past three years, and that was no different this season. The junior, who has missed only one game in three years, batted .328 and was second on the team in RBIs with 48. “I’m surprised Antoine wasn’t taken where he expected to be drafted,” Mainieri said. “Initially he was very disappointed, but after some time, I think he realized it’s the best thing that could’ve happened to him.” Duplantis will be chasing LSU

and SEC history next year as he is 85 hits away from passing former Tiger Eddy Furniss for all-time hits by any SEC player in history. Duplantis currently stands at 268 while Furniss is at 352. The first LSU player taken was left-handed pitcher Nick Bush, who was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the eighth round and is signing. Mainieri advised Bush along with junior Cam Sanders, sophomore Jake Slaughter and junior Hunter Feduccia to all sign professionally after they were selected in the MLB draft. LSU will also be losing three seniors who went undrafted, including infielder and pitcher Austin Bain, outfielder Beau Jordan and catcher Nick Coomes. The Tigers boasted the number two recruiting class heading into the draft according to Perfect Game and will retain all but two — potentially three — of its signees. The biggest name the Tigers are sitting on pins and needles over is shortstop Brice Turang. Turang, who at one point was expected to be the first overall selection in the draft, had an up and down senior year, dropping to number 21 by the Milwaukee Brewers. Mainieri said before the draft he thought there was no way Turang would step onto the field at Alex Box Stadium,

but Turang’s asking price is significantly higher than the pick value. “I think there’s a possibility he comes to school,” Mainieri said. “Brice really wants to come to LSU. I’ve talked to him frequently over the last month. He’s not sure what’s going to happen. I’m not saying it’s 75 percent or even 50 percent probability, but if he does come to school, he’d have to be gambling on himself big time.” Two of the Tiger signees, pitcher Levi Kelly and outfielder Elijah Cabell, have already announced they are not coming to LSU and instead will sign professionally. LSU will bring in three catchers after the loss of Feduccia and Coomes, a glaring hole on the Tiger roster from this past season. JUCO transfers Bryce Mathis and Saul Garza will compete with freshman C.J. Willis behind the plate. The bullpen was up and down as well for the Tigers, but there will be no shortage of arms this fall as pitchers Landon Marceaux, Cole Henry, Jaden Hill and Easton McMurray bring depth to the rotation. Hill, Marceaux and Henry were all top-150 pitching prospects in the draft, and Mainieri said all three had to turn down “quite a bit” of money to come to school. Mainieri said that incoming

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LSU sophomore shortstop Josh Smith (4) throws the ball into first base during the Tigers’ 7-6 victory against Notre Dame on Feb. 16 in Alex Box Stadium. outfielder Giovanni DiGiacomo is someone Tiger fans should be on the lookout for. “He’s a great ball player that will remind you of Mark Laird and Antoine Duplantis,” Mainieri said. LSU will also see the return of injured pitchers Eric Walker and Nick Storz as well as shortstop Josh Smith next season, which will be a huge bonus. Walker was superb his freshman season, going 8-2 with a 3.48 ERA and 78 strikeouts. Mainieri said that Walker is ahead of schedule in the throwing

program after undergoing Tommy John surgery last summer. Smith had a slow end to his season after suffering a back injury that never healed right. The sophomore shortstop was considered the nucleus of the infield at shortstop and appeared in six games, blasting two homeruns including a game winner on opening night against Notre Dame. Whether Turang comes to LSU or not, Mainieri feels the class is number one in the country, but the addition of Turang would make it a “class for the ages.”

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Benefits of coffee outweigh the negative, especially for college students EVERY DAY THE RACHEL WAY RACHEL MIPRO @remroc15 Ah, coffee. Coffee, coffee, soul’s solace, bean of my heart. Over the years, claims about coffee have been wildly disputed. First, we weren’t supposed to drink it. Then it was seen as something to be taken in moderation. Now, finally, some studies show that coffee, in doses of around 3-5 cups a day, can actually be beneficial to your health. The British Medical Journal says that in this quantity, coffee can reduce the risks of health issues like heart disease, liver disease, prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s. Hopefully not too many college students are at risk for liver disease, but the point still carries: coffee is awesome. Most people use coffee as a pick-me-up, a kind of instant energizer. You drink it before class, after class and before major events. For college students, many of whom don’t get enough

sleep and have plenty of work, coffee serves its purpose as an invaluable learning tool, as well as an important social function. You get coffee with friends, with potential romantic interests or by yourself as a way to relax. Making coffee is almost ritualistic. Every morning the sun rises, you wake up and you make coffee. It’s a kind of armor, a way to prepare and guard yourself against the coming day. And the value of coffee extends beyond that. Coffee, both roasted and unroasted, is one of the world’s top agricultural exports and is especially important in the U.S. This year, the National Coffee Association reported the highest percent of past day consumption since 2012. According to their surveys, around 64 percent of Americans had at least one cup of coffee the day before. Around 83 percent of Americans drink coffee, and the average American spends around 1,100 dollars a year on coffee. And these numbers don’t seem outlandish — we’re truly

a caffeinated nation. Americans have been drinking coffee even before America officially existed. During the Revolutionary War, coffee became a symbol of patriotism with many colonists rejecting tea due to unfair taxation, and its popularity never really died out. America remains the top coffee consumer. But even without coffee’s long history, it is such a cool product. There are over a thousand bio-active compounds in roasted coffee. On its way from a green unroasted bean to a latte, coffee undergoes a chemical metamorphosis. The final product, your average cup of joe, has a unique biochemical composition, determined by a multitude of different factors, like roasting and drying. You never really get the same cup twice. Ah, coffee — the great equalizer, the drinkable science experience. What can I say? It’s just a beautiful thing. Rachel Mipro is a 19-year-old mass communication sophomore from New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A popular beverage of the USA, approximately 83 percent of Americans drink coffee.

ABC pulling the plug on ‘Roseanne’ was long overdue EVERY DAY THE RACHEL WAY RACHEL MIPRO @remroc15 “Roseanne” lived, was loved, and then died. We all thought that would be the end, but this year ABC dug up the show’s corpse and reanimated Frankenstein. “Roseanne” came back for a premiere and a proposed eleventh season but with a twist: the main character, Roseanne, was transformed into a Trump supporter. Then two months later, Roseanne Barr tweeted that Valerie Jarrett was the product of the “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes.” The show was pulled from air, amidst Barr’s capitulations and apologies. The ABC entertainment president said that Barr’s Twitter post was “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent” with their values, then killed the project for good. Reactions to the show’s cancellation were strong, some staying defensive, others

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“Roseanne” was officially pulled from air after Roseanne Barr’s “abhorrent and repugnant” tweet regarding Valerie Jarrett. baying for blood. But all this drama shouldn’t have happened in the first place. The show should never have been revived. Roseanne Barr may have been America’s darling twenty years ago, but her influence is now dangerous, her personality seeming unstable and possibly unhinged.

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It’s strange that her tweet about Valerie Jarrett is the one that ruined everything for her, when she has been posting disgusting garbage for years without consequence. She’s tweeted about Pizzagate, promoted conspiracy theories on Reddit and even retweeted a “Pedogate”

video, which claimed that some democrats, mostly those against Trump, were part of a secret pedophile circle. ABC knew all this when they decided to reboot the show and gave Barr a larger platform to preach from. It seems a bit hypocritical for them to disown her now. Even before this

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tweet, they should’ve know that the show couldn’t be separated from its creator. Barr was the heart of “Roseanne” both onscreen and behind-the-scenes. By accepting the show, ABC implicitly accepted her political leanings, disgusting posts and conspiracy theories. The new “Roseanne” hit a lot of current political issues, covering topics like gender fluidity, non traditional family structures and how to deal with family members with opposing views. The family was portrayed as loving and tolerant, even when they were in unfamiliar territory. They accepted and respected different viewpoints. If Roseanne Barr had only followed her show’s message, instead of toxic political cesspools on the Internet, maybe we’d all still be watching the Conner family navigate the new political world around them. Rachel Mipro is a 19-year-old mass communication sophomore from New Orleans, Louisiana.

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