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Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s emotions spill out after four-touchdown performance against Alabama.

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Quarterback Joe Burrow cemented himself as the Heisman Trophy frontrunner in LSU’s 46-41 win over Alabama.


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Clyde Edwards-Helaire embodies underdog mentality that makes LSU special


BY BRANDON ADAM @badam___ TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Clyde Edwards-Helaire watched Alabama defeat LSU every year since he was in middle school. But on Saturday he watched as LSU senior quarterback Joe Burrow kneeled the ball to run out the clock in No. 2 LSU’s 46-41 victory over No. 3 Alabama. It was the first time since 2011 LSU beat Alabama, and eight years later Edwards-Helaire is no longer in middle school. Edwards-Helaire, who is 5-foot-8, 209 pounds, may look like David, but he played like Goliath on Saturday. He finished with 29 touches for 180 total yards and four touchdowns, scoring two in the fourth quarter to help seal the win. His background as an undersized running back and Baton Rouge native is why the win means so much to EdwardsHelaire. The junior running back watched from the sideline for the most part the last two years as LSU struggled to look competitive against Alabama. He remembered standing on the sideline last year as Alabama routed LSU 29-0 in Tiger Stadium and feeling like the offense could’ve done something more early on to get LSU going. This year Edwards-Helaire felt waves of emotion after LSU’s biggest victory in recent years. Tears fell as Edwards-Helaire reached the sidelines after his final touchdown sealing the win for LSU. CBS cameras caught the moment Edwards-Helaire was embraced by LSU wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph. Edwards-Helaire described the first win over Alabama in eight years as overwhelming. He struggled to put words together to describe it. “Part of it is probably that and understanding there were plenty of guys before me that didn’t win a game,” Edwards-Helaire said. “There were five-year seniors that didn’t win a game here against Alabama. My strength coach Connor Neighbors was a fullback here some years ago. “Just to see the look on his face, as far as emotion, I can’t, you can’t remake that. Looking at him he was holding back tears, I’m holding back tears, it wasn’t just something for people on the team now, it was for everybody.” The emotion carried over after the game as well. EdwardsHelaire and his father found each other near the edge of the field, sharing a long, emotional moment. The raw reactions from Edwards-Helaire and LSU weren’t just of joy but of relief. While Burrow was held high on the shoulders of his teammates after the game, EdwardsHelaire might’ve stood the tallest. He picked up key extra yards whether it was his patented spin

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LSU junior running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (22) celebrates after a touchdown during the Tigers’ 46-41 victory over Alabama in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Nov. 9. move or running through defenders. “We have a lot of guys on this offense and on this team that were overlooked,” Burrow said. “Clyde, being 5-foot-8, not everybody wanted him. Justin Jefferson, two-star recruit; Thad Moss, transferred; me, transferred.” LSU has become a gumbo of underdogs and misfits led by coach Ed Orgeron. Most of the players on LSU’s team were recruited by Orgeron. There’s only three coaches on staff Orgeron didn’t originally hire — offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and defensive backs coach Corey Raymond. “Sometimes you get in the zone,” Edwards-Helaire said. “[Kevin Faulk] and I were talking all last night and even when I woke up today we were talking. He said ‘man you’ve got to understand if this was a game I could pad up for, I would pad up for it.’ To have a guy who played 12-13 years in the NFL to look me in the eyes and tell me that, it shows these are moments you can’t get back.” Edwards-Helaire picked up 11 first downs, three of which came on third down and kept drives alive. “A quote that always sticks with me is by [LSU running backs

coach Tommy Robinson],” the diminutive running back said. “Throw your heart across the line and your body will follow. I live by that motto, and it happens.” On the season, Edwards-Helaire has 786 yards on 135 carries. His 11 rushing touchdowns leads the Southeastern Conference. A far cry from being listed as a three-star recruit out of Catholic High School in Baton Rouge. For long LSU’s goals were derailed by Alabama. The Tide’s success was rubbed in LSU’s face, and the Tigers were looked upon as an offensive-inept team stuck in the previous century. Yet a group counted out by the outside world and led by an often-mocked coach in Orgeron, who many thought wouldn’t survive the 2018 season, were the ones to finally breakthrough against Alabama. After only mustering 10 points in the three previous meetings against Alabama, LSU offense led by Edwards-Helaire and Burrow scored a school-high 46 points against the Crimson Tide in Bryant-Denny Stadium, where Alabama had won 31 straight games dating back to 2015. “That just goes to show you that stars, recruiting, all the things the media puts out, it doesn’t really matter,” said junior center Lloyd Cushenberry, a

three-star recruit himself and the last player taken in LSU’s 2016 recruiting class. “Once you step foot on campus everything is an even-playing field. Put in the work, and I’ve known since day one in his first practice [EdwardsHelaire would] be special.” Edwards-Helaire’s 103 yards was the first LSU had a 100-yard rusher since Jeremy Hill had 107 yards on 29 carries in 2012. With that effort, Edwards-Helaire is only the 13th SEC player to have 100 yards rushing against Alabama under Nick Saban, which dates back to 2007. For most of this season critics questioned Edwards-Helaire and the Tigers rushing attack, especially after LSU’s struggled to run the ball in its first three games. Now they’re quiet, and many have begun to praise the smallest player on LSU’s roster. As Edwards-Helaire talked to the media after LSU’s big win, he was quick to point out every reporter surrounding him was taller than he was. “I proved I’m an every-down back, I’m an SEC back,” EdwardsHelaire said. “I had that doubt coming in to LSU, “oh he’s not big enough. He’s not going to be fast enough.’ But you know, everybody can measure the things they see, but they can’t measure your heart.”


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“THAT’S LOCKETT, I GUESS” Ceiling collapsed in three Lockett Hall classrooms on Friday

BY BAILEY CHAUVIN @BaileyChauvin Several ceiling tiles collapsed in three classrooms in the basement of Lockett Hall on Friday. Facility Services received a phone call from their Customer Services Center on Friday, notifying them water was coming through the ceiling in rooms B2 and B5 of Lockett Hall, according to Executive Director of Facility and Property Oversight Tammy Millican. Millican was unable to confirm the exact time the call was sent, but said custodial staff members were cleaning the water in those classrooms by 12:45 p.m. on Friday. Carpenters were dispatched to replace the fallen ceiling tiles. Ceiling tiles had fallen before English senior Louise Cramp’s 9:30 a.m. his-


Large chunks of the ceiling in Lockett Hall haphazardly litter the seats and floor after the collapse on Nov. 8. tory class on Friday, held in B9 Lockett Hall. Cramp said she noticed four fallen ceiling tiles on the floor in the back of the classroom when she arrived around

9:25 a.m. Bits of the ceiling were scattered in and around one row of seats, and a “sizable pool of dusty water” was collecting around the fallen tiles, Cramp said.

Once history graduate student Chase Tomlin arrived to begin teaching the class and saw the debris, he called Facility Services. A worker was dispatched to address the situation, but didn’t arrive before the class ended, Tomlin said. After calling Facility Services, Tomlin said he taught the class as planned. “I asked [the students] to remain seated away from the area,” Tomlin said. “The students seemed relatively amused, perhaps like it did not come as a surprise that the building was falling apart around them.” Even if she had not noticed the pool of water, Cramp said she would have suspected water damage because of the appearance of the ceiling tiles. “All of the sections around the tile that had fallen in were a brown-orange color,” Cramp said.

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Program offers efficiency advice to local businesses BY GUNNAR VIATOR @wviato1 The LSU Industrial Assessment Center (LSU-IAC) offers free consultation services to Louisiana businesses whose annual energy bills fall between $100,000 and $2.5 million. A team of undergraduate students, graduate students and trained faculty spend a day surveying a business and identifying sources of inefficiency and waste. They then make recommendations to promote energy savings, minimize waste and reduce pollution costs. The program exists at other universities across the country, including the University of Ala-

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Trump met with cheers at LSU-Alabama game BY BAILEY CHAUVIN, JULIA-CLAIRE EVANS, AND RACHEL MIPRO @BaileyChauvin, @juliaclaire1026, and @remroc 15 President Donald Trump was among the thousands of fans in Tuscaloosa watching the “Game of the Century” between LSU and Alabama on Saturday. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were met with mostly cheers from the crowd as his presence was announced before the highly anticipated matchup began. This warm welcome stands in stark contrast to his reception at two other sporting events Trump attended in the past two weeks. Trump attended Game Five of the World Series between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros in Washington, D.C. on Oct 27. When he was recognized during the game, the crowd booed and broke out into chants of “lock him up.” A few days later, Trump traveled to Madison Square Garden in New York and became the first sitting president to attend an Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial arts match. Trump, along with sons Donald Jr. and Eric, were greeted with both boos and cheers at the event. Political science and mass communication sophomore Mary Reggie believed Trump

attended the LSU-Alabama game for positive publicity. “I think Trump needed a win in regards to his public opinion after the bad reactions he received at the World Series and the UFC fight,” Reggie said. “Alabama and Louisiana are both deep red states, so he was going to receive a positive reaction. It was guaranteed the stadium would erupt in cheers for him.” Business and psychology junior Mignon Huckabay,

who attended the game in Tuscaloosa, said fans were even more enthusiastic about the LSUAlabama matchup because of the president’s attendance. “Everyone was pretty excited,” Huckabay said. “People were walking up and down the street in Tuscaloosa selling Trump gear, and people were taking pictures with flags.” Additional fervor was caused when protesters brought out the “Baby Trump” balloon, a 20-foot

tall inflated caricature of the president, and set it up in a park near Bryant-Denny stadium. The balloon was slashed later that night. Police later identified the suspect as 32-year-old Hoyt Hutchinson of Tuscaloosa, according to The Washington Post. He was charged with first degree criminal mischief, a felony, and was later released on a $2,500 bond. Huchinson created a GoFundMe for himself on Saturday, under the name of “Restitutions


President Donald Trump waves to fans during the LSU’s 46-41 victory over Alabama in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Nov. 9.

for Baby Trump Stabber,” to pay off legal fees and restitutions. Under the description Hutchinson stated, “Hoyt made sure our beloved president didn’t have to see this disrespectful balloon on the streets of Ttown today!!” As of Sunday, the page raised more than $30,000, with over 1,000 donors. In a comment on the page, Hutchinson said he plans to donate all leftover funds to Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign. Trump’s attendance at the game made him the second sitting U.S. president to attend an LSU football game, the first being President William Howard Taft, who attended the LSU-Sewanee game in New Orleans in 1909. “Regardless on how I feel about Trump politically, I think it’s cool to have the president of the United States at the LSU game,” Reggie said. “I appreciate his involvement in a big part of American culture.” Huckabay also thought Trump’s attendance was significant. “I thought it was pretty cool because some of my friends in the stadium were so close and were sending me videos of how close they were,” Huckabay said. “The president of the United States was in the same town as us watching our team play. That’s pretty cool.”

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page 4 LOCKETT, from page 3 “I’ve had water damage in the roof of my house before, and that’s what it looked like in my house.” Media Relations Director Ernie Ballard confirmed on Friday afternoon the ceiling damage in t he classrooms was caused by a water leak that originated in Lockett B9. The water eventually traveled to the area above Lockett B2 and B5, causing several ceiling tiles to fall in those rooms, as well. Facility Services was still investigating the source of the leakage as of Sunday, according to Millican. As the custodians and carpenters worked on repairing the ceilings and cleaning the affected classrooms, Facility Services began working to locate and repair the leak. “We have other Facility Services staff trying to locate the source of the leak, which they will repair,” Millican said. “We should have everything complete as soon as possible.” Professors who hold classes in Lockett B2, B5 and B9 have the authority to cancel classes as they see fit. The University Registrar works with Academic Affairs and Facility Services to temporarily relocate classes if there’s a maintenance is-

sue inside a classroom, according to Millican. The Reveille contacted the University Registrar to determine which, if any, professors have temporarily cancelled or relocated their classes, but did not receive any response. Millican said one of the reasons Facility Services responded so quickly to the situation was to prevent interruption to any of the classes held there. “There is no water on the floor; ceiling tiles have been replaced,” Millican said. “We are looking [and] monitoring that there is no more water leaking into the classroom while we search for the source, so they should be able to operate the classroom as normal.” Since the incident, Tomlin said he has received an email informing him of a classroom change for the rest of the semester. Cramp said students in her class were initially surprised to see the ceiling damage on Friday, but class continued as normal without any disruptions. “Everyone was walking and looking around it, but no one tried to sit around it,” Cramp said. “We just got on with class. Everyone was just, ‘that’s Lockett, I guess.’” Brittney Forbes and Rachel Mipro also contributed to this report.

BUSINESS, from page 3 bama and University of Florida. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and has nationally provided over 17,000 assessments with an average of $130,000 in identified potential savings for businesses. LSU-IAC is headed by director Jonathan Shi, Art Favre Chair professor in LSU’s Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management. “LSU-IAC has two goals: to provide free industrial assessment to help manufacturers reduce cost and increase potential savings in areas like energy efficiency, waste minimization, pollution prevention and productivity; and to train engineering students by engaging them in the process,” Shi said. The program started in 2016. Prior to which, there were similar collaborative efforts from different programs like the Chemical Manufacturing Initiative, Shi said. Since then, it has serviced many Louisiana businesses. “We focus on small-to-medium manufacturers. We do 17 [businesses] in a year, averaging about two in a month,” Shi said. “Among others we’ve worked are Baton Rouge Water, Cornerstone Chemical and Tin Roof Brewing Company.” Shi said IAC teams often make

recommendations for lighting. He described a shipyard in New Orleans using incandescent bulbs that saw over 30% reductions in cost after switching to LED lights. The students involved in these energy audits are usually engineering majors, but Shi said construction majors have gone out as well. Because the program is

federally funded, all students performing audits in the community are paid. “I think this is a very good experience for undergraduate students,” Shi said. “First of all, they get paid for about 20 hours a month. Second, they go out to real world businesses and get to talk to people like plant managers, and get to understand their problems and try to figure out how to solve these real world problems.” style.


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Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 2019 was the music festival New Orleans deserves

BY LIA SALIME @liasalime With genre-bending music, flavorful multicultural food and activities including a haunted house, it’s only accurate to call Voodoo an experience rather than a music festival. The first day of the weekend experience kicked off at noon on Friday, Oct. 25. With the staff making sure guests were well attended to, good vibes were all around as New Orleans City Park came alive. DJ Nice Rack kicked off on the Le Plur stage, officially turning the music on for the weekend. Electronic artist Templo took the Le Plur stage at 2:30 p.m. to deliver an afternoon delight. Rain joined in making everything muddy and perfectly swampy. The artist started by playing piano, before joining a band and ultimately deciding to do his own thing as a solo artist. He defines his music as “space trash.” “The word we came up with is ‘space trash,’ which I think is kind of fitting,” Templo said. “It’s kind of like hip-hop, dubstep-influenced at this point. I’ve been going all over the board with sound.” The food selection was impressive. Vendor booths lined the walkway, offering everything from traditional New Orleans food to pho from Nola Pho Life and cookie dough milkshakes from Geaux Deaux Cookie Dough. Blue Oak BBQ brought it with the best pulled pork nachos with spicy queso I’d had in years. It’s hard not to admire the respectfulness and creativity of those present. Despite the biting cold, many were dressed in bodysuits and minimal clothing for the unique chance

at self-expression regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation and without fear of harassment. After catching dubstep producer Peekaboo at 7 p.m. on the Le Plur stage with his signature freeform, space bass, I rode the Ferris Wheel to take in the sights before heading to the main act of the night, Guns N’ Roses on the Altar stage presented by Verizon at 8 p.m. In a trip across time to witness this legendary musical act, Axl Rose wore a top hat similar to Slash’s. Everyone brought the rock that rolled the thousands of attendees. I waited all day to hear Axl Rose sing to me, “she’s got a smile that it seems to me, reminds me of childhood memories, where everything was as fresh as the bright blue sky.” They took the entire audience away to that special place. Day two was packed with acts for true music fans. From electropop artist Elohim decked in her usual allblack wardrobe to rock band Young the Giant, experimental pop artist Japanese Breakfast, which is the alias of musician Michelle Zauner, rapper Denzel Curry, Jai Wolf and Clairo, there was so much different unique music to listen, unwind and discover. ZHU started as The National finished their set, beckoning people over to the Wisner stage, which was literally on fire. Their set reminded me of the “Stranger Things” opening score – you know something’s going to happen, and it’s going to be good, so you’re excited and intrigued to know what. Their set slapped, and it prepared the crowd of Bassnectar at 9:45 p.m. in the Le Plur stage. “This is my sixth year in a

row,” kinesiology junior Jordan Canamar said as he waited to see Bassnectar. “Every year has been better than the last. This is the first year I fully decided to dress up, and I came as Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker. Denzel Curry is the one I wanted to see the most, and the crowd was very excited; it was very hype. He put on a great show just what I expected from him.” The sun finally shined on the final day. Though the mud still remained, crowds were acclimated to it. It wouldn’t be a music fest in New Orleans without crawfish bread, and Lakeview Harbor brought the original. The Big Cheezy was

there with tried-and-true traditional favorites like the mac-ncheezy sandwich and the original grilled cheese. Indie rock band Hippo Campus came onstage at 3:30 p.m. to deliver a performance that included stunning jazzy trumpet solos by DeCarlo Jackson. Later in the day, English rock band battled with the setting sun to perform their set, which had The-Beatles-in-2019 vibes. Festival goers camped in front of the Altar stage for hours, so it was mayhem when Post Malone finally came onstage. The artist was worth the wait. From “Circles” to “Goodbyes” to “Sunflower,”


Post Malone performs at Voodoo Festival on Oct. 27.


Teri Loupe displays her costume at Voodoo Festival on Oct. 26.

Post Malone performed his hit songs with flawless vocals and genuine emotion that touched the crowd. His set was one hour and 30 minutes of musical euphoria. It was the perfect energy shot to finish the three-day musical and cultural gumbo. “I would say, even with the bad weather, I think it’s just a great experience,” sports management graduate student Colin Bosco said. “There’s not a better event for the state of Louisiana for quality of music acts and the experience as a whole. It’s consistent every single year. This is, like, my fourth year coming.”


Jai Wolf performs at Voodoo Festival in City Park on Oct. 26.

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LSU freshman kicker Cade York (36) looks to the fans after a touchdown during the Tigers’ victory over Alabama.


LSU junior fullback Tory Carter (44) celebrates after the Tigers’ victory over Alabama.

LSU defeats Alabama 46-41 in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday Nov. 9, 2019


LSU junior offensive tackle Saahdiq Charles (77) dances in the endzone after the Tigers’ victory over Alabama.


LSU football players carry senior quarterback Joe Burrow (9) off the field after the Tigers’ victory over Alabama.



LSU football coach Ed Orgeron after a celebratory Gatorade Bath following the Tigers’ victory over Alabama.


LSU sophomore safety Grant Delpit (7) interacts with fans after the Tigers’ victory over Alabama.


LSU junior defensive end TK Mclendon (84) celebrates with coach Ed Orgeron after the Tigers’ victory over Alabama.


Mike the Tiger celebrates after the Tigers’ victory over Alabama.


LSU senior quarterback Joe Burrow (9) and football coach Ed Orgeron enjoying the Tigers’ victory over Alabama.


Badara Traore (74) runs to sing the alma mater after the Tigers’ victory over Alabama.

LSU analyst Dennis Johnson and coach Ed Orgeron hug after the Tigers’ victory over Alabama.

LSU senior deep snapper Blake Ferguson (48) pauses on the field after the Tigers’ victory over Alabama.


LSU senior quarterback Joe Burrow (9) and football coach Ed Orgeron hug after the Tigers’ victory over Alabama.


LSU football players hug on the field after the Tigers’ victory over Alabama.


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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — LSU senior quarterback Joe Burrow entered the 2019 football season with high expectations for himself and the LSU offense, predicting the revamped offensive scheme and addition of passing game coordinator Joe Brady would lead the Tigers to scoring 40,50 or 60 points a game. Not only has LSU done that for the majority of the season, but they did it Saturday against an Alabama

fans, throwing for 393 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 64 yards and combining for 457 total yards, good for third all-time in LSU history. When asked if he thought Burrow had a Heisman performance tonight, LSU coach Ed Orgeron didn’t mince his words. “I think it is,” Orgeron said. “You know I don’t get a vote but if I did I’d give it to him. I promise you that.” Burrow’s performance was the ultimate redemption after the 29-0 shutout he and the Tigers suf-

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fered in 2018. Last season against Alabama, he threw for 184 yards and an interception. A year later, Burrow has led an offense with a transformed scheme, but retained the bulk of its starting lineup from a year ago. “We had everybody coming back,” Burrow said. “I just can’t say enough about the work we put in this offseason.” “You don’t see a lot of teams go from where we were last season to where we are this year, and

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team that has broken the hearts of LSU fans for almost a decade. They did it to the tune of 46 points, 559 total yards and 29 first downs in what has to be considered one of the best offensive showings against a top-10 team in LSU history. The Tigers’ 46 points scored on Saturday is the most ever against Alabama in LSU history, a sign of the times that the Tigers are no longer that team that “just needs an offense to be special.” Burrow had a performance that won’t soon be forgotten by Tiger

LSU basketball defeats Bowling Green The LSU men’s basketball team opened up its season with a victory over Bowling Green on Friday. The No. 22 ranked Tigers hosted the Falcons in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, winning 88-79. The first half was a closelycontested battle early, as Bowling Green led 20-15. Then LSU went on a remarkable 19-0 run sparked by back-to-back three pointers from sophomore guard Javonte Smart to put the Tigers up 34-20. “I thought we were a little bit out of sync,” said LSU coach Will Wade. “They gave us a lot of resistance early. We were chasing them all over the court defensively and offensively. We were able to kind of hang in there and go on that 19-0 run which helped.” The Tigers set the tone following that run and held onto the lead for the rest of the game. “I just wanted to bring the energy,” Smart said. “We came out kind of slow, but I just wanted to start the game off right and we eventually found our groove there in the first half.” LSU closed out the first half 46-36. Smart exploded for 17 points in the first half and added three rebounds and four assists. Bowling Green trimmed the

Joe Burrow, LSU offense answer call in historic performance against No. 3 Alabama

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LSU defense continues ‘bend but don’t break’ mentality BY JACOB BECK @Jacob_Beck25 TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — It wasn’t pretty at times, but the No. 2 LSU (9-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) defense made enough stops to get its first win against No. 3 Alabama (8-1, 4-1 SEC) since 2011. The Tigers received big contributions from its linebacking corps, with sophomore K’Lavon Chaisson having his best game of the season with 10 total tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss and one quarterback hit. Juniors Jacob Phillips and Patrick Queen had seven total tackles each, while Queen had a timely interception in the second quarter that led to an LSU touchdown just before

halftime. The Tigers only managed one sack for the game, but pressured Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa a number of times with five quarterback hits. The defense forced the Heisman hopeful to complete just over 50% of his passes. The 34 offensive points Alabama scored was their second lowest total of the season other than it’s 35-13 victory over Tennessee in which Tagovailoa went down with an early injury. The first half defensive performance is one that while not historic, was in some ways unbelievable considering the way Alabama has been able to score this season. The 13 points that the Crimson Tide scored in the first half was their lowest first

half total on the season, and ended up being just enough as the Tide got going offensively in the second half. Veteran leadership played a huge part in the lead-up to the game and during it, as senior defensive lineman Rashard Lawrence held the motivation to not lose in his final game against Alabama after losing in his past three seasons. Lawrence finished with four total tackles, 0.5 sacks and two key pass breakups, one coming at a key moment on the Tide’s first drive when Tagovailoa had an open Najee Harris in the flat but Lawrence knocked the pass down.

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LSU defensive players make a tackle during the Tigers’ 46-41 victory over Alabama in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Nov. 9.

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BASKETBALL, from page 9 deficit five to start the second half, but LSU kept things just out of reach. The Tigers stretched their lead to 15 following a baseline layup from sophomore forward Emmitt Williams with 8:03 left to play. Bowling Green was able to hang around for most of the second half, trailing 71-62 with 3:08 remaining. Following two trips to the free throw line, LSU brought the lead back up to 13. A costly turnover by Smart turned into points for Bowling Green, who cut the lead to seven with 1:56 left to play. Smart redeemed himself by sinking two free throws followed by layups from Williams and senior guard Skylar Mays, giving LSU a 83-70 lead with one minute remaining. The Tigers were finally able to put Bowling Green away, winning 88-79. LSU starts the season 1-0 following outstanding performances from Smart, Williams and Mays. Williams finished with 21 points, 16 of which came in the second half, along with seven rebounds. Smart also finished with 21 points while adding eight rebounds and five assists. Mays

was not far behind as he scored 18 points to go along with eight rebounds and three assists. “It was a good season opener for me, but as you see, my team played great,” Williams said. “They gave me the ball so that’s how I got a lot of shots and I was just trying to go to the glass.” LSU turned the ball over 16 times, which coach Will Wade said helped keep Bowling Green in the game. “We have to be better there,” Wade said. “If we go into [VCU] Wednesday and turn the ball over like we have been turning the ball over, we are going to get our doors blown off. We have to do a better job.” Bowling Green shot just 32 percent from the field but were able to hit 14 three-pointers. The Falcons also picked up 11 steals on defense. This is a solid win for LSU, as Bowling Green was the preseason favorite to win the MidAmerican Conference. “They’re a quality team,” Mays said. “We’ve just gotta stay locked in. We’re gonna be happy with this win come March.” The Tigers will head to Richmond, Virginia next week to battle VCU on Wednesday.

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LSU sophomore forward Emmitt Williams (5) shoots a free throw during the Tigers’ 88-79 victory against the Bowling Green Falcons on Nov. 8 in the PMAC.

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“There was a lot of motivation for Rashard and he did a great job of leadership,” said LSU coach Ed Orgeron. “So did K’Lavon Chaisson, I thought Tyler Shelvin played great in the middle, but that’s what it takes when it comes to a team (Alabama) like this.” Junior safety JaCoby Stevens was another integral part of the Tigers’ defensive effort, contributing seven total tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and one quarterback hit. Stevens felt the sting of an Alabama loss in his first two seasons, and knew just how much this victory meant for LSU. “This was for the whole state of Louisiana,” Stevens said. “I know everybody from the state of Louisiana was tired of losing to Alabama. Alabama was joking that Louisiana is little brother. We’re not. This win is for the entire state of Louisiana.”

we just had a lot of mentally tough people that worked really hard this offseason.” LSU entered the second half with a 20-point lead, but the offense sputtered in the third quarter, with two of its three drives resulting in punts and the other a fumble, leading to Alabama cutting the lead to six early in the fourth quarter. But LSU didn’t panic, responding to each fourth quarter Alabama touchdown with one of its own and sealing the victory on the final drive with a first down by junior running back Clyde EdwardsHelaire. “There was no panic on the sidelines, we knew what we had to do, score to win the game, and probably have to score twice,” Burrow said. “So I just went around to my guys and said ‘if we score two more times we win the game and that’s exactly what we did.”


LSU junior linebacker Patrick Queen (8) and senior defensive linemen Rashard Lawrence (90) sack Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa during the Tigers’ 46-41 victory over Alabama in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Nov. 9.

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LSU senior quarterback Joe Burrow (9) and football coach Ed Orgeron celebrate after the Tigers’ 46-41 victory over Alabama in BryantDenny Stadium on Nov. 9.



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Head to Head Citizens United deserves its First Amendment right YOUR BEST BRETT BRETT LANDRY @bmlandry

political speech were alarmingly broad before the 2010 ruling. Chief Justice John Roberts brought up Walmart selling political-themed action figures. Under the laws prior to the Citizens United ruling, Walmart could have been punished. To allow the censure of any political speech by corporations would, according to the Supreme Court ruling, have a massive chilling effect on American businesses, preventing them from engaging in political dialogue for fear of punishment by the government. This would prevent the U.S. from ever having a true marketplace of ideas. Furthermore, ruling allowing for the censure of corporations from political speech would create a hierarchy of free speech, in which different groups and individuals would have different amounts of free speech guaranteed, inevitably infringing on the First Amendment based on the group size of those engaging in political dialogue. Since many of those who do not support the Citizens United v. FEC ruling fall to the political left, imagine for a minute if the court ruling did fall in your favor and President Donald Trump still managed to get elected president. Under such a ruling, nothing would stop Trump from signing an executive order prohibiting media companies from engaging in any speech that would fall under the scope of “campaign electioneering,” which is a very broad label. Certainly this power would be used to squash political enemies of any incumbent political figure, and certainly does not sound like justice.

In the narrowly-decided landmark case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled U.S. corporations have First Amendment rights equal to that of the individual. While such a decision could seem unfair, ruling otherwise would lead to greater injustice and complications regarding campaigning and freedom of speech than ever imagined. For context, the Supreme Court case Citizens United v. FEC originated when Citizens United, a politically conservative nonprofit organization, produced a feature-length film in 2008 titled “Hillary: the Movie,” which was highly critical of former Sen Hillary Clinton, a Democratic presidential candidate in 2008. Citizens United wanted to distribute the film on video-on-demand services and to use cable television to put out three commercial advertisements for the film. Citizens United was accused of violating campaign laws, including using “campaign electioneering language,” which used any public broadcasting server to promote or diminish any political candidate. Ultimately, the Supreme Court ruled laws that prohibited corporations engaging in political speech were in violation of the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of speech. Many criticize the ruling, stating that a corporation is not a person, but facts are stubborn, and the facts of the case show that the U.S. is better off with cor- Brett Landry is a 20-year-old mass porations’ guaranteed right to speech. communication senior from Bourg, First, it is a fair argument to be Louisiana. made that money equates to power in a campaign, and large organizations such as Citizens United hold more power over smaller organizations and individuals. This power is particularly consequential during campaigns, when such large, powerful voices could sway a race. However, such particular circumstances do not justify a corporation being stripped of its right to take part in political narrative. More importantly, government should not have to power to strip a corporation of its voice. If the Citizens United v. FEC case did not lead to a guaranteed right to speech for corporations, government would have the ultimate right to punish corporations engaging in even the slightest of political speech, as the laws governing corporations engaging in The Supreme Court is shown in Washington.

Federal Elections Commission ruling is ruining our country power that if people were passionate about issues, they should get out and put their freedom of speech to work at the polls. The tragic truth GRANT WILKINSON is that this so called freedom of @GrantTWilkinson speech has the ability to alienate and In a landmark victory for cor- brainwash voters. When you have these organizarupt politicians and the benefactors of the flaws in capitalism, the Su- tions funneling unlimited amounts of preme Court came to a decision on money for their own self interest, it Jan 21, 2010 in the case of Citizens leads politicians acting for the people United v. Federal Election Commis- who gave them the money rather than the people who elected sion. The case was them into office. centered around camOn issues like Wall paign finance and the “The Supreme Court Street and emissions roles corporations, inregulations, the pharwas at a pivotal cluding nonprofits, laindustry, bor union, and other moment where they maceutical insurance agencies, similar entities, play in could have subdued healthcare providers the election process. the negative effects and fossil fuel compaThis ruling plagues the nies, all have a vested election field today, tothat we interest in electing morrow and the foreface today.” people who will benseeable future unless efit them and insure the more popular electhat the people give torate talks about it. them money and keep The decision allows making money. for countless sums of The problem arises when we elect money to be donated to candidates on either side of the aisle. The Su- people who are getting rich while preme Court was at a pivotal mo- our bosses get rich, and we are left to ment in 2010 where they could have deal with the ramifications. We grow subdued the negative effects that we to detest the government. They don’t serve us anymore, they serve the rich face today. Today, you have hundreds of spe- and powerful. We must recognize that money is cial interests bidding for their candidate by helping fund their campaign. not free speech. Free speech doesn’t The main argument that led to the cover “Fighting Words and OffenSupreme Court’s decision was that sive Speech.” I don’t think it is cramoney is a form of free speech. The zy to claim the thousands of people argument seems to make sense until who die because they can’t afford you realize this freedom of speech live-saving drugs because of anothdwarfs the speech of citizens that the er’s interactions should head free speech there. When you have corpolicies are going to effect. It’s easy to say from a position of porations polluting our waterways and increasing carbon dioxide emissions which affect the ever-growing battle with climate change that will affect our natural way of life, that should be enough to stop the flow of money there. While I am no judge on the Supreme Court, I think there is enough evidence to support the claim that the ruling in Citizens United v. FEC adversely affects the majority of Americans. This belief that money in exuberant amounts is free speech is simply a talking point to hold back progress and beneficial policies from being implemented.



Grant Wilkinson is a 20-yearold computer science junior from Vinton, Louisiana.

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LSU drag show raises awareness for LGBTQ community DEAR SOCIETY JASMINE EDMONSON @edmonsonjasmine The University’s drag show broke attendance records this semester, and I couldn’t be happier for Baton Rouge’s LGBTQ community. “Divas’ Live 4: A Drag Show” had more than 400 attendees in the Student Union Ballroom on Oct. 24. Some people had to stand because the room was packed. Previously, the largest crowd was around 112 attendees. Multicultural Affairs, Residential Life, Louisiana Transgender Advocates and the LGBTQ Project at LSU organized the University’s fourth drag show. The show drew people with different sexualities. This implicates cisgender students, who identify as heterosexual, willing to support safe spaces where LGBTQ students can freely express themselves without criticism. Students, with different sexualities, are advocating for LGBTQ rights and normalizing sexualities that aren’t heterosexual. It’s essential for students to raise awareness about discrimination towarde the LGBTQ community. The best strategy is using creativity or art, like drag shows, to highlight the beauty within

the community. Last year, Feminists in Action at LSU hosted “DRAG Me Out of This Political Climate.” The organization’s goal was to give attendees an opportunity to satirically escape the U.S. political climate. Five local Baton Rouge drag queens performed. The show included different types of queens, instead of white, cisgender male drag queens who usually perform in shows like this one. The Louisiana Queer Conference hosted “Queer After Party” for conference members. LAQC is an annual event held by on-campus organizations like Spectrum, Queer Students of Color and the LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs. The conference began in 2011 to provide leadership development, networking opportunities and social support to LGBTQ students and their allies in Louisiana. Many drag queens in these shows attend or graduated from the University. “Drag” is believed to have originated from theatre. Men, who played female roles in the 17th century, discussed how their costume dresses would “drag” across the floor. This art form became individualized when female impersonation became popular in American culture through a genre known as vaudeville. Vaudeville mixes comedy,

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music, dance and burlesque to create an offbeat type of live entertainment. The genre introduced the first drag queen, Julian Eltinge, into mainstream American entertainment. Today, drag shows like “Rupaul’s Drag Race” help de-stigmatize scrutiny inflicted on LGBTQ community members. This televised and successful show draws high ratings.

Shows like “Rupaul’s Drag Race” inspire members of the LGBTQ community to organize local shows in their cities and encourage them to express the importance of self-love. The key message of the LGBTQ community is to love yourself and spread love to others. Drag queens embolden the beauty of individuals embracing their sexuality through art.

People who are not a part of the community grow to appreciate this art form and respect LGBTQ members, creating a safe environment where they can unapologetically express themselves.

Jasmine Edmonson is a 21-yearold mass communication student from Denham Springs, Louisiana.

Rate My Professors detrimental to professors reputation GABBING WITH GABBY GABRIELLE MARTINEZ @gobbymatinez Imagine a world where humans based their societal interactions on review-style ratings of other human beings. You don’t have to envision this Black Mirror episode plot, because it already happens every semester on college campuses across the country. You’ve more than likely heard of, and have even used, the “” website before. Rate My Professors allows students to leave a Yelp-like review of college professors and the courses they teach. Not surprisingly, this website is seen as a necessary tool in many students’ class scheduling every year. Not only is using Rate My Professors encouraged by classroom peers, but even counselors have started to suggest planning ahead using the site. So, if it comes across as unharmful to the average introspective student looking for which classes to take, what’s the big deal? The “big deal” is the effect it has on the teachers, courses, and even the University. Bad reviews can lower attendance. In most cases, the only

reason someone leaves a review is because they had a less than pleasant experience. People rarely go out of their way to write a good review, and instead send their thanks personally to the teacher. Reviews can also take too much into account a professor’s personality over their ability to educate. You shouldn’t miss out on a class and material that interests you, just of a few bad reviews. On Rate My Professor, users can also categorize professors by phrases like “tough-grader” or “test-heavy.” These categories classify educators as villains for wanting their students to truly learn. Even with all this, people still defend the website by saying that if a college or professor is that bad, maybe being called out is what they deserve, and they should make changes in the future. However, multiple tools are already used to assess this, such as end of course evaluations and being held accountable for class averages. Besides the obvious messed-up morals of publicly rating another human being, Rate My Professors has no form of verification for users. This means that anyone can create an account and post whatever they want about whoever

they want. For example, it took me all but five minutes to create an account and give Kevin McLovin the lowest possible rating for his poor teaching in WGS 6030 at the University. The University doesn’t have a Kevin McLovin or a WGS 6030 class. If this website is becoming so

crucial in students deciding on which classes to take with certain professors, what’s stopping professors from incentivizing current students who give them good ratings? And what’s stopping students from using bad ratings as a threat for individualized grading curves? Rate My Professors offers

nothing more than an outlet to mislead students and scare them away from important classes ,just because they may be more difficult. In the end, the website does more harm than good.

Gabrielle Martinez is an 18-yearold mass communication freshman from Gonzales, Louisiana.

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