Volume 122 · No. 27
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LSU PERTT Lab recreates oil spill disasters for training, research BY ALLISON BRUHL @albruhl__
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Six years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, more than 400 University students have made efforts to ensure such a tragedy never occurs again. The LSU Petroleum Engineering Research and Technology Transfer, PERTT, Laboratory provides a hands-on training experience for engineering students. Students manage maintenance routines and conduct research. The facility began development in the early ’80s. Originally, the equipment was used for blowout prevention. Today, the facility recreates disastrous oil spills and focuses further research on safety. “In the late 1970s, the government regulator, which at the time
was the Mass Notification Systems, decided they needed to have everyone that worked on a drilling rig trained in well control techniques,” said PERTT Lab Interim Director Wesley Williams. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the largest marine oil spill in history, occurred in April 2010. The Deepwater Horizon rig, owned and operated by offshore-drilling company Transocean and leased by BP, exploded. After, a surge of natural gas blasted through the concrete core of the rig. The natural gas ignited as it traveled to the rig’s platform, killing 11 workers and injuring 17. The PERTT Lab has the capability to provide a full-scale well control training with gas kicks,
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NCAA president to speak at BEC BY NATALIE ANDERSON @natalie_mechell NCAA President Mark Emmert will be speaking at the Business Education Complex Auditorium today at 7 p.m. Emmert will be named the first Brian and Barbara Haymon Distinguished Visiting Professor. He will be at the University for three days discussing leadership. Emmert will be teaching three EMMERT honors classes, as well as giving a public lecture titled “Leadership in Challenging Times” and a question and answer session for honor students. Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College Dean Jonathan Earle said Emmert’s leadership discussion can pertain to the current presidential election, athletics and how to lead a university amid budget cuts. Emmert served as the University’s chancellor from 1999 to 2004 before leaving to become president at his alma mater, the University of Washington. Earle said during those years, the University was committed to academics and formed a nationally-regarded Honors College. “[When he left], a lot of people looked back on his tenure here and said that was a really great time for LSU academics and sports,” Earle said. “Our Honors College on campus, the Ogden Honors College, wouldn’t be what it is today were it not for Mark Emmert.” Earle said this event fits for the Honors College because it lacks a faculty. Emmert was involved in the hiring of former LSU football head coach Nick Saban in 1999. Before Emmert served as chancellor, the football team’s graduation rate was among the lowest and significantly improved to become one of the highest before he left the University. As NCAA president, he’s championed greater support for studentathlete wellness and academic success, prioritizing academics, health, well-being and fairness as the NCAA’s top initiatives, according to a news release. Earle invites all students to attend the public lecture event, which will be followed by a public question and answer session.
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Wesley Williams is interim director of the PERTT Lab’s program, which recreates oil spill disasters for student training.
PERTT, from page 1
which occurs when natural gas prematurely enters the well from the reservoir during a drilling operation. As the gas rises to the surface, Williams said it increases the wellhead pressure. If not mitigated, the pressure can exceed the design pressure and cause a blowout, which is a rupture of the wellhead or casing pressure boundary. This blowout scenario is what happened during Deepwater Horizon. Williams said the lab does not receive any funds from the University and depends solely on grants and research money from companies in the oil industry. The PERTT Lab works with many companies in the oil industry like Shell, Chevron and BP. These companies have shown support for the facility and have performed numerous experiments there. Student workers employed aren’t limited to petroleum engineers. Williams said the lab is open to mechanical engineering and computer science students. He hopes to continue incorporating other departments on campus, including business and design students, to help shape other aspects of the lab facility. “What the students do is very similar to what the industrial training for people would be,” Williams said. Before students start working in the lab, they spend time in basic oil control class and practice different cases on simulators in a computer lab. “It’s been so amazing to have this facility to help with our education. It’s unparalleled,” said petroleum engineering senior Joe Mahfood. “No other school has a well facility on campus. Because of that, LSU is able to give us a really hands on experience.” Moving forward, the PERTT lab will continue to recreate real-world scenarios dedicated to preparing students and conducting research to prevent future oil spill disasters.
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crunching numbers LSU seeing improvements, still trying to get over hump
In an era of high-speed computers and data collection, statistics have become integral to modernday sports. The LSU volleyball team is no stranger to the use of stats on paper to improve its game on the floor. “Statistics are obviously something the coaches and I look at to get a basic understanding of our performance,” LSU coach Fran Flory said. Halfway through the 2016 season, the Tigers are exceeding their 2015 numbers. The 2015 volleyball unit struggled with offensive consistency and ended the season with a subpar .154 attack percentage — compared to the .220 number hit by its opponents. This, coupled with a .297 assist percentage, led the team to a 9-20 (5-13 Southeastern Conference) record in 2015. Now, LSU (5-8, 0-2 SEC) is hitting a .210 attack percentage compared to its opponents’ .216, and LSU’s assist percentage has also improved to .325. Junior middle blocker Khourtni Fears has a .350 attack percentage, while senior counterpart Tiara Gibson is leading the team with a .667 assist percentage through her 48 sets played. With regard to LSU’s serving game, the Tigers have 54 aces and 105 errors, putting them at pace with last season’s aces and errors totals. This year’s team is relatively tied with its rivals in kills, errors committed, assists, digs and blocks. Yet opponents have had the upper hand on the Tigers as of late.
BY CHRIS CALDARERA @Caldarera_TDR Despite improved attack and assist numbers, LSU has lost four of its past five matches. To Flory, not capitalizing on their “opportunities” is one of the causes of the Tigers current four-match losing streak. “If you compare our stats to the teams we’ve played, you would say we have certainly been in position to win a lot more games,” Flory said. “Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to seize our opportunities, partly due to our technique.” This conundrum led Flory to tweak the team’s practices. This week, LSU worked on technical changes and defensive sets to better suit its personnel on the floor. Offensive aggression is another issue for the Tigers. “I felt that we played too tentatively in the Arkansas game,” Gibson said. “We played on our heels and our opponent capitalized.” Although stats are helpful to coaching staffs, the players do their best to look past the stat books and game results. For the Tigers, their approach and consistency to practice and matches are the main focus moving forward. “The key for us right now is to maintain,” Gibson said. “Maintain intensity at practice and stay with the process, and the results will come.” Up next for LSU is the second of a three-match home stretch, when they take on Texas A&M Friday at 7 p.m. in the PMAC.
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2016 VOLLEYBALL STATISTICS
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ACES & ERRORS
54 aces, 105 errors 59 aces, 97 errors
Junior defensive end Godchaux returns to team after brief suspension Fournette injury status remains unclear
BY CHRISTIAN BOUTWELL @CBoutwell_
imprisonment charges. Godchaux has started in all four games this season. He has added two sacks and 20 total tackles for LSU thus far in 2016.
On the Southeastern Conference’s weekly teleconference, Ed Orgeron confirmed junior defensive end Davon Godchaux will return to LSU’s team on Wednesday. The East Baton Rouge district attorney declined to file charges against Godchaux on Tuesday after the 6-foot-4, 299-pound lineman was arrested around 3:30 a.m. Monday for misdemeanor domestic abuse/ child endangerment and false
LEONARD FOURNETTE INJURY UPDATE Orgeron revealed junior tailback Leonard Fournette, who has been nursing a high ankle sprain, is a “game-time decision” for Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. kickoff against Missouri at Tiger Stadium. Fournette has not participated in LSU’s two practices this week. His status for Wednesday’s practice is unclear.
Fournette, amid his ankle sprain recovery, went down on the second-to-last drive against Auburn. He returned to the game for LSU’s final drive. After the game, former LSU coach Les Miles said Fournette “may have gotten nicked” in the game. Miles said he hoped Fournette’s injury against Auburn is “nothing serious.” “He’ll try to play,” Orgeron said. Senior center Ethan Pocic, starting right tackle Toby Weathersby and freshman cornerback Saivion Smith were also inactive during LSU’s two practices on Monday and Tuesday.
LSU junior defensive end Davon Godchaux (57) prepares for the snap during the Tigers’ 23-20 win over Mississippi State on Sept. 17 at Tiger Stadium. Godchaux was arrested Monday for misdemeanor domestic abuse/child endangerment and false imprisonment charges but will not be prosecuted.
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STAY-AT-HOME STYLIST University alumna, mother of two balances style blogging, fitness and parenting BY CYNTHEA CORFAH @LacedInCyn
etween 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekdays, stayat-home mom and University alumna January Rizzo runs her fashion and lifestyle blog. After her sons Pierce, 9, and Reeves, 7, go to school, Rizzo’s weekdays consist of morning workouts with her personal trainer, eating a quick lunch at home and completing blog tasks. Her blog work ends by 4 p.m. when her sons return home, then she helps with their homework and cooks dinner. In 2013, Rizzo began blogging as an extension of her friendships with women who enjoyed sharing their daily looks on Instagram. Since then, she has
expanded her brand and now has nearly 40,000 Instagram followers. “I am always aware and thankful that my schedule is somewhat flexible, as opposed to those ladies working outside of the home who are coming home in the evenings to then run their blogs,” Rizzo said. “So, while trying to squeeze in everything around my children’s school schedule is tough some days, it’s honestly such a blessing to be able to do and be both a mom and blogger.” Instagram played a role in Rizzo’s growth as a blogger,
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English professor to release southern tragicomic novel Friday BY ALLIE COBB @alliecobbler Early Wednesday afternoon, Chris Tusa sat in his office proclaiming his love for his child. Five years in the making, his “child” is a novel titled “In the City of Falling Stars,” scheduled for release tomorrow from the University of West Alabama Press. Tusa, an English professor, has been a part of the University’s faculty since 2000. Throughout his career, he has
had three books published, with two additional books still in the works. Another book of his is finished but has yet to be published. “For a man, writing a book is the closest to [feeling] like you’ve had a child,” Tusa said. “It’s like you’re sending your kid out to go to college. You send it out there and people say bad things about it. You’re not there to protect it or speak up for it.” The novel takes place in post-Katrina New Orleans during the beginning of the Iraq
War, Tusa said. Fears of terrorism, Bird Flu, West Nile Virus and high levels of mold spores are running rampant. “‘In the City of Falling Stars’ is a tragicomedy that examines the increasing paranoia following the Sept. 11 attacks, as well as a commentary on the devastating psychological scars that the storm left on the city of New Orleans,” Tusa said. The main character, Maurice Delahoussaye, an African American, believes the
see STARS, page 7
MYKEIL CHAMBERS / The Daily Reveille
English professor Chris Tusa explains the plot of his new book, ‘In The City of Falling Stars,’ on Friday in Allen Hall.
Saints, Tigers need to win to unite, uplift Louisiana MY BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL CLARKE PERKINS @ClarkePerkins Football is more than entertainment. It’s one of the few things that relieves tension between the many races and cultures in this country. Whether you’re white, black, Hispanic or Asian, if you share the same love for a team, you cheer them on together. On Saints Sundays, New Orleans is a sea of all races wearing black and gold, tailgating and watching the game in the Superdome or at a nearby bar. I’ll never forget the city’s spirit in 2010 after the Saints beat the Minnesota Vikings and landed a spot in Super Bowl XLIV. After cheering at the top of our lungs, my family and I headed to downtown New Orleans to dance, sing, cry and cheer with the rest of the city. It was a night that seemed as though everyone forgot about the troubles and terrors happening across the country. In that moment, people weren’t worried about the inferiority of the black race or the supremacy of the white race. Everyone came together as one and rejoiced. The celebration grew exponentially after the Saints took home the trophy. The Crescent City went to sleep with a huge smile on its face. That spirit lived on weeks later — after the New Orleans Super Bowl parade, Drew Brees drank and chanted with locals at Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant. Two years ago, LSU students of all colors stormed Tiger Stadium’s field with excitement after beating Ole Miss on Homecoming Day. On Mondays after an LSU win, classrooms are filled with purple and gold. But it looks like Louisiana won’t be getting any tension relief any time soon. Two of our state’s major teams are really letting us down. Like, really. New Orleans is facing one of its greatest racial divides in recent history because of the debate and protest over the presence and meaning of the city’s Confederate monuments,
including a counter-protest that took place last weekend led by former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke. Meanwhile, Baton Rouge is still Baton Rouge. The capital is home to a university where a diversity seminar is held at the same time as a fat-shaming speech. The whole country is experiencing serious racial tension caused by things such as the upcoming presidential election and the countless number of black men being killed by law enforcement seemingly every week. But there’s nothing to relieve the tension. While we could’ve been celebrating a winning season, Les Miles has been fired, and people are debating who should play certain positions. In New Orleans, many fans are expressing deep concerns over Drew Brees and Sean Payton. This is just a stressful year for Louisianians. I guess everyone could come together over the fact that our teams are doing terrible, but it’s not the same. People don’t want to be bothered when their teams aren’t doing their best. Louisiana can’t catch a break. Tensions are flaring, and there’s no way to relieve them — unless our teams start winning, of course.
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The rain delays did not wear on Tiger fans’ spirit before the game on Sept. 10 in Tiger Stadium.
Clarke Perkins is a 20-year-old political science junior from New Orleans, Louisiana.
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees plays against the Redskins at the FedExField on Nov. 15, 2015.
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STARS, from page 4 government and its politicians are in cahoots with one another and are plotting against African American men in New Orleans. Centered around an interracial relationship, the novel sets out to contemporize the South. Tusa said he believes perceptions of the South have not changed in literature. Southern residents are still characterized as people who go out hunting in their pick-up trucks and sit on their front porches drinking mint juleps, he said. Tusa said he wanted Delahoussaye to be an African American because New Orleans’ African American community was most affected by the storm. His inspiration for the novel came from a conversation he overheard, in which a woman discussed her fears and ensuing theory that in New Orleans, blacks were being targeted. Predominately white areas did not experience much of the damage done to New Orleans, he said. After the hurricane, the affected residents were ushered into trailers, which, six months later, they realized were poisonous. During this time, many blacks felt that the people who were supposed to help them were instead trying to kill
them, he said. Tusa plays upon their fears through Delahoussaye, who suffers from a bout of mental illness, which only adds to the paranoia he experiences throughout the novel. “I’m really interested in mental illness,” Tusa said. “People can create this whole world in their head that doesn’t even exist and just live in it.” Throughout the writing process, Tusa said he really got a feel for his characters. Once he knew who they were, he knew what they would and wouldn’t say. His characters, through their personalities, began to do and say things that he never would have thought of on his own. “It was fun to write about,” Tusa said. “You can turn all your fears into his fears too and create fears you didn’t even know you had.” When watching movies, viewers just take what’s in front of them, but reading is interactive, Tusa said. He makes his students write for their careers and industries, rather than stereotypical English Department-style essays. “A lot of English teachers teach students to write well for the next class,” Tusa said. “But what you should be learning is how to prepare yourself for your life.”
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BLOGGER, from page 4 she said. She not only learned from other bloggers, but also made friends with women blogging throughout the country and used them as a “support system.” To ensure consistency, Rizzo uses Sundays to plan the week’s posts. She uses the open, naturally-lit studio space in her house to do work. She also keeps her new pieces that need to be included in future photoshoots, hung and labeled on a rolling rack in her studio. In addition to full-time blogging and motherhood, one of Rizzo’s main hobbies is working out. “I began taking some weight classes at my gym, got to know those ladies on a weekly basis and haven’t stopped going,” Rizzo said. “I slowly built up what I was able to accomplish and that turned into a full marathon a couple of years ago, which felt like such an accomplishment for me.” With a background in apparel design from the University, Rizzo’s first love was women’s wear design. Although designing isn’t her first priority, Rizzo said she hopes to revisit designing and incorporate it into her daily work along with her blog. She describes her style as “clean lines, polished, colorful, contemporary [and] a little bit southern.”
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Moment or Movement will deliver frank discussions on the tensions and tragedies that took place in our city and across the nation this year, and will provide an examination of our democratic process. The two-day event is free and open to the public. To underscore the importance of voting, LSU will hold a mock presidential election for students through Moodle from September 26—October 2. Results will be announced at the final event on October 4. For more information, visit the URL below. We hope you will join in the conversation.
When October 3-4, 2016 Where Multiple campus locations, including: Energy, Coast & Environment Building • Journalism Building • LSU Student Union
Keynote Speaker Dr. Norman Francis Civil rights pioneer and Xavier University President Emeritus
Featured Speaker Don Lemon CNN Tonight anchor and Baton Rouge native
Please visit lsu.edu/momentormovement for the latest schedule of events.