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The loss to Troy in Tiger Stadium caused the Tigers to plumage to rock bottom but helped surge LSU to a national championship two years later.

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“The dialogue was what drove this movie, and it shows in the acting. We should pay attention to dialogue more because it’s underrated when it comes to filmmaking.”

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LSU overcomes 10-point deficit to Parade to bypass Clemson for school’s fourth celebrate National Championship Tigers’ national championship win scheduled for Saturday BY NATASHA MALONE @malone_natasha

It was a tale of two Tigers on Monday night in the MercedesBenz Superdome, as Clemson and LSU went to war for the title of 2020 National Champions. For the first time since 2011, the LSU Tigers headed south to New Orleans with an opportunity to bring home a national title to their beloved university in front of the Tiger faithful. Although the marquee matchup was between both teams’ elite quarterbacks, it was the defenses that prevailed early and secondhalf offensive adjustments that pushed LSU to victory. After a slow start on offense, LSU’s top-ranked offense in the country was able to put their foot on the gas and blow past the Clemson defense, overcoming an early 10-point deficit while setting more records on their way and ending Clemson’s 29-game winning streak. Despite being down doubledigits for the first time all season, the Tigers persevered and scored 21 unanswered points to take the lead and never looking back. For the first time all season, the explosive offense conducted by Joe Brady started out the game with back-to-back three-and-outs. The Tigers offense looked to be in a daze, struggling to find any answers for Brent Venables’ defense. Poor field position and strong early play by Clemson’s defense limited the scoring opportunities early, leaving some Tiger fans shaking in their boots. “I was not ever worried,” junior All-American safety Grant Delpit said when speaking about the 10-point deficit they faced in the first half. “I had faith in our team and our offense. We came out the second half and played LSU brand type of football.” Burrow finished the game 31-of-49 through the air for 463 yards and five touchdown passes, while adding another 58 yards on the ground including recording a rushing touchdown to his credit. Unsuprisingly, the Heisman winner was honored one last time as he was given the title of Offensive Player of the Game. Junior linebacker Patrick Queen was named Defensive Player of the Game after leading the team with eight tackles and 2.5 behind the line of scrimmage. Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase are among the two Tigers who were credited with records on Monday night. Burrow passed former Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan for most touchdowns passes in a single season with 60. To go along with that, Burrow’s 521yard total in the national championship was the most all time, for a game title surpassing Clemson’s Deshaun Watson in the BCS/College Football Playoff era. Burrow


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Coach O holds up the trophy on January 13 after LSU’s 42-25 win at the National Championship in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. also threw a title-game record five touchdowns, accounting for a record six overall. Chase, the 2019 Biletnikoff Award winner, continued to show why he was named the top wide receiver in the country, setting a new record for most receiving yards in the first half of a BCS/CFP game. He hauled in 162 first half receiving yards before the intermission. The previous record was held by Andre Johnson in the 2002 Rose Bowl. Chase finished the game with 221 yards and two touchdowns to his credit. “Every team has to pick their poison. Tonight, they chose to double Justin (Jefferson) and that enabled me to go off tonight,” Chase said. “I did not know what to expect coming into the game but this is a great feeling.” Not only did LSU prove they have the best team in the country, but arguably one of the best teams to ever play college football. This Tigers team has been breaking numerous records throughout the season, but their most recent and one of the most impressive of all

is that LSU became the first team to beat the top four teams in the preseason AP poll, and they did it with an average win margin of 21 points. “It definitely speaks about the grit of our team,” Delpit said. “To play in the conference we do and have the amount of success that we did is something special.” With this win, this gives LSU its fourth national championship, and its first since 2007. All four of LSU’s national championships have been won in the city of New Orleans. This win is not only a crowning achievement for LSU and it’s players and coaching staff, but especially for offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger and passing game coordinator Joe Brady, for the way they were able to transform not just the scheme of their offense but the mentality of the entire team. Before the season started, Burrow made a statement to the media saying that LSU would be scoring 40, 50, 60 points a game and they were not far off.

LSU announced plans to hold a parade for the Tigers this Saturday in celebration of Monday’s national championship win. There will be an 11 a.m. parade route on the University’s campus before a noon celebration at Tiger Stadium’s championship plaza, according to The Advocate. The Tigers finished a perfect 15-0 season Monday night by defeating Clemson 42-25 in the College Football Playoff national championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Saturday’s parade will mimic the Tigers’ pregame route down Victory Hill, starting near the Greek Amphitheathre and ending at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The parade will be followed by a celebration at the Maravich Center. Fieldhouse Drive will also be closed to accommodate for the festivities. The celebration was initially scheduled to take place at the Championship Plaza on the western side of Tiger Stadium but the threat of rain moved it inside. LSU Athletics encourages fans to tailgate along the parade route. Campus will open to tailgating at 8 a.m. Doors open to the Maravich Center at 9:30 a.m. All the day’s events are free. Seating inside the Maravich Center is general admission. Food and drinks will be available for purchase inside and outside the arena. In addition to the championship-winning team led by coach Ed Orgeron and Heisman-winning quarterback Joe Burrow, the parade will include the Golden Band from Tigerland, the LSU cheerleaders and former football players. Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to address the crowd at the celebration along with Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon WestonBroome, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey, interim LSU President Tom Galligan and LSU Board of Supervisors Chair Mary Werner. The Reveille and TigerTV will collaboratively live stream the parade and subsequent celebration on Facebook, Twitter and

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TIGER TUITION TROUBLES LSU Wrapped: Tuition increases over $10,000 over last 10 years BY LARA NICHOLSON @laranicholson_ Many Spotify users look forward to seeing their Spotify Wrapped, a personalized, end-of-year list of statistics for users of the popular music streaming platform. At the beginning of December, Instagram stories are sprinkled with neon green and pink graphics of users’ favorite artists and songs from the year. Spotify users were surprised this past December to also see Spotify Wrapped report their favorite music over the whole decade, along with how many minutes of music they’ve listened to over the decade and their top genres. An “LSU Wrapped” recap of some University statistics, specifically tuition and room and board, over the last decade are much more grim. Since the 2009-2010 academic year, the average combined costs of tuition and room and board have increased from $22,105 to $40,211 for out-of-state undergraduate students. For in-state undergraduates, the bill has shot up from $12,955 to $23,534, an over $10,000 increase. There have been substantial increases in tuition costs across the country, according to a 2019 College Board report. The average public four-year institution has seen its tuition rise from $8,420 in the 2009-2010 academic year to $10,440 in the 2019-2020 academic year. These tuition hikes have led to a national student loan debt crisis. The LSU class of 2017 alone garnered an average $24,933 in student loan debt.


estimated at $54.6 million. The project included a “high-tech” lounge area facing Memorial Oak Grove, office space for student organizations, a 24-hour late-night zone, expansion of the Tiger Lair and a new southeast corner entrance. Students and faculty who attended the 2006 groundbreaking ceremony were optimistic about the Union’s future. “Today is a day we bring our University forward with our Union,” thenStudent Government President Chris Odinet said. “The type of Union we’re going to build is the type to represent the type of campus we have.”

Although Clemson and LSU faced off in the 2020 National Championship game on Monday night, fans of each school put aside differences to feed the hungry and raise money for children. In the spirit of sportsmanship, over 100 volunteers from both fanbases gathered at Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana on Jan. 11. Both schools’ Dance Marathons, philanthropic organizations that raise funds and awareness for pediatric hospitals, competed against each other to see which fans could raise the most money for kids. LSU and Clemson worked together to raise money for Champions for Kids. Together, both Dance Marathons’ fundraising efforts raised over $2,500. Fans from both teams worked for Second Harvest to package rice donated by Falcon Rice, a rice mill located in Crowley. Volunteers repackaged two tons worth of large rice totes into smaller three pound bags. After repackaging, the rice will be distributed to pantries, shelters, hospitals, schools and soup kitchens throughout Second Harvest’s 23-parish south Louisiana territory. Jay Vise, the communications director of Second Harvest, said a volunteer event of this size normally requires weeks or even months of preparation beforehand, but the Second Harvest volunteer team succeeded in planning this event in only five days. “Both LSU and Clemson had been looking for an event in the area before the game, and they called us,” Vise said. “Something this large, we would normally have weeks or even a couple months to plan. When it’s brought to us this suddenly, something this important, we’re on board and able to make it happen.” In an LSU press release, Clemson Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Chris Miller applauded the volunteer efforts of both schools. “We are incredibly excited to see our Clemson Tigers take on LSU in the National Championship Game,” said Miller. “But we are just as excited to continue a long-standing tradition

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Tution and fees have drastically increased from the 2009-2010 academic year to the 2019-2020 academic year. Communication studies graduate student Anna Sable-Campbell has collected about $29,000 in debt between undergraduate and graduate studies at the University. She’s paid $1,120 of her loans so far, but garnered an extra $500 on the bill due to interest. The bank tells her that it will take 10 years to pay off her debt,

but she thinks it will take even longer. “To have very little money anyways,” Campbell said, “and then giving that little money you have back and not seeing it actually pay off is really infuriating.” Causes for such sharp increases in tuition, besides infla-

tion, likely include increases in the number of college students, expansions in financial aid programs and higher teacher salaries. The main influence behind rising costs of tuition is simply that more people want to earn a college

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LSU Student Union celebrates 56 years on campus BY AMBER BUETTNER @Amber_Buettner It’s a place at the heart of campus most students visit once a day, if not more. It’s where students eat, study, hang out and possibly nap. The Student Union is a vital place for LSU students and has been for 56 years. The Union was first proposed in The Daily Reveille in 1939 but was not a proposed plan until 1958, according to the Auxiliary Services website. The construction of the Union was funded by a $1.7 million allocation from the Board of Supervisors and $10 student fee, according to LSU Student Union records. The building was first

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made available to students on Jan. 6, 1964. When the Union was built it was thought to be “the University’s living room,” according to LSU Student Union records. For many students, including interdisciplinary studies junior Mallori Palmisano, the Union acts as a living room still today. “The Union is like a safe place,” Palmisano said. “Everybody can come here, chill and get air conditioning and something to eat. It’s in the middle of campus, so that is a good thing about the Union.” “The LSU Union originally featured, among other things, study rooms and a browsing library, a cafeteria and snack bar, a barbershop, separate men’s

and women’s quiet rest areas, a bowling alley, a music listening room and a bookstore,” according to the LSU Student Union records. Through the years the Union has been added on to several times and contains almost none of the amenities it had when it first opened. The first of many renovations began in 1987 when the southwest corner was built, and it has had five renovations since. One of the costlier Union renovations began in 2006. Planning for the project began in 2001. In 2003, the student body voted to increase their $47 Union semester fee by $10 for the next six semesters to help pay for the renovations, which were

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page 4 TUITION, from page 3 degree than ever seen before. The job market for a high school graduate is highly limited, and receiving a postsecondary education provides more security in the job market, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. While the increase in LSU undergraduate population over the last 10 years is minimal, the number of full-time undergraduate students has increased by 24% over the last 25 years. This year’s incoming class of 6,126 freshman students is the largest class in University history, surpassing last year’s record-breaking freshman class of 5,809 students. Overall enrollment at the University currently sits at 31,761, according to LSU Media Relations. Drastic increases in demand for a bachelor’s degree naturally leads to price increases in order to accommodate increased housing, classrooms and supplies. With increases in student enrollment came increases in financial aid opportunities since

FUNDRAISER, from page 3 of community service by partnering with our colleagues from LSU on Saturday by volunteering our time with Second Harvest. I want to thank our Alumni Association and others for organizing our efforts as we assist the local

the passage of the Middle Income Student Assistance Act in 1978, which provides all students with subsidized loan options and Pell Grants for certain qualifying students. Some theorists subscribe to the Bennett Hypothesis, which says as government-funded financial aid increases, so does university tuition so that schools may usurp those government funds for themselves. While this is only a theory, many studies indicate that it could be true. A study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York determined that for every new dollar of federal student aid, tuition increases by anywhere between 35 and 65 cents. But where does this usurped money go? Often, it goes toward paying hefty job salaries. Universities not only grow and develop for the sake of accommodating higher student enrollments, but also to appeal to prospective students and professors against other competitive schools. One incentive for recruiting

professors and administrators, of course, is salary. Professors earned an average salary of $126,609 last year at the University, according to the Office of Budgeting and Planning. However, there are many professors who make well over that amount, like LSU Foundation James C. Bolton Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Kevin Smith, who earned $271,179 as the highest-paid professor in 2018. The University spends a total of $259,985,480 on salaries alone. If it were only students paying for these salaries, every undergraduate student would have to pay $10,251.29 in order to cover that bill. The Louisiana state government appropriates about $797 million toward higher education, and about $500 million of that goes toward campuses. Most institutional budgets only have about a third of their budget covered by the state government, according to The Advocate. Louisiana’s state higher education budget was slashed by 60% during

former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s eight years in office. For in-state students, tuition is partially paid for by the state government’s Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, which covers up to $7,462.98 per year for students with qualifying high school GPAs and standardized test scores. If a student isn’t from Louisiana or does not meet the requirements for this program, the options are typically limited to one: student loans. “It’s always looming above everything I do,” Campbell said. “They’re creating a generation of students that are going to have no means of ever being financially stable.” While the number of students pursuing a college degree has increased, the value of a college degree has lowered as a result, according to a study by the Harvard Business School. Costs for a college degree continue to rise disproportionately to increases in salaries or employment opportunities.

community and those in need.” Sally Stiel, senior director of LSU alumni engagement and marketing, agreed with Miller. “We’re excited to partner with Clemson and Second Harvest Food Bank to bring this volunteer opportunity to our LSU alumni, friends and fans in New Orleans,” Stiel said in an LSU press release.

“LSU fans are some of the most passionate college fans around, so it’s only fitting that we put that passion to work for a good cause. We are all Tigers.” To get involved in the mission to feed the hungry, LSU students can volunteer with Second Harvest Food Bank and Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank,

along with local food pantries and soup kitchens. “We know that LSU fans have a history of giving back… and Clemson fans were no different,” said Vise. “It was wonderful to see these fans from different areas of the country come together for a common cause.”

UNION, from page 3 Renovations finished in 2011, with the re-opening of the Tiger Lair. At the time, the food court included Community Coffee, Papa John’s Pizza, Panda Express, Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina, Jamba Juice, Chick-fil-A, Quiznos, Bayou Bistreaux and the On-the-Geaux convenience store. Previously completed projects included renovations of the Union Theater, new office spaces and the Magnolia Room, which became an “all-you-care-to-eat” restaurant in fall 2010 while the Tiger Lair was under construction. Today students can enjoy many of the same amenities at the Student Union. While the Union has changed some of the food options it offers, it still has plenty of choices for students to enjoy, such as Smoothie King, McDonald’s, Create, Build Pizza, Einstein Bagels, Big Squeezy Juice, Panda Express, Chick-fil-A, On-the-Geaux and Community Coffee. Some students, like mass communication freshman Bridget Cotten, wish the Union would expand the food options even further. “I wish that there were some healthier options,” Cotten said. “I know they have Smoothie King and the Big Squeezy, but a lot of the time they are closed or they aren’t as appealing as Chick-fil-A or McDonald’s.”

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The beginning of a semester can often be off to a slow start. Trading a couch surfing lifestyle for the fast-paced rhythm that comes with a new year can put a halt to those vacation vibes. Luckily, this week Baton Rouge is full of events that’ll help wean you back into the Red Stick routine. If you’re looking for a new spot to take your friends, Smokin Aces BBQ will have its grand opening on Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. This smoking BBQ joint will be located in Denham Springs and has been widely recognized as a Baton Rouge favorite. The restaurant is locally owned and operated, serving smoked meats and local treats such as:\ boudin egg rolls, greens, mac and cheese, spare ribs, and their housemade barbecue sauce. With reasonable prices and loads of options, it’s a BBQ lover’s paradise. The full menu is available online and on their Facebook page.

From Jan.17 through Jan. 20, the Walls Project will be hosting MLK Fest 2020 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The three-day weekend event is designed to help people give back and make a positive impact on their communities. Everyday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. volunteers will paint buildings and help cleanup blight and trash from neighborhood streets along Plank Road. This project is a great way for the local community to pay homage to MLK’s mission through servitude. For more details on how to participate visit to RSVP.

On Saturday, Jan. 18, Mid City Makers Market will be having their first art market of the year from 4-8 p.m. This monthly event is a chance for local artisans to showcase their work and for visitors to purchase handmade, one of a kind goods. This event is for all ages to taste, smell and experience all of what the local area has to offer. For more information or future pop up events visit

On Saturday, Jan. 18, Sullivan’s Steakhouse will partner with T. Robertson Bow Ties for the Cajun Koala Bear Rescue project. In an effort to aid Australian wildlife victims, volunteers are needed to help sew joey pouches. Anyone who can sew or cut fabric is encouraged to help in this worldwide effort to help the hundreds of thousands of animals that have been affected by the fires.The event is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is a great opportunity for kids to learn basic skills about sewing. For more information visit Sullivan’s Steakhouse on Facebook.

On Sunday, Jan. 19 Brickyard South is hosting their first Yard Art market of the year from 4-7 p.m. This monthly event is a chance for local artists to showcase their art under the bridge. It is a free event that allows local talented artists the chance to sell their art and gain awareness. Along with the art market, Brickyard will also have drink specials, food, and live music. It’s a great way to support local artists and find new and inspiring work. For more information on this monthly market visit Yard Art on Facebook.

It’s never a dull day in Baton Rouge, so make sure to get out and explore all the great events the city has to offer.

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UNCUT GEMS Uncut Gems is not only a unique film, but it also gives Adam Sandler a chance to show his diverse acting skills. This crime/mystery movie allows Adam Sandler to portray a dark and more serious role, and he did it flawlessly The film itself is very active, and it never slows down. Never a dull moment in a movie is something I value.

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‘Marriage Story’ shows pain of divorce, deserves nominations BY BRITNEY YOUNG @byoun99 On a wonderful Monday morning while everyone was anticipating the LSU national championship game, “Marriage Story” was snatching six Oscar nominations. And, I’ll tell you why they deserve these nominations. The movie starts off with Charlie (Adam Driver) and Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) reading about specific reasons why they love each other. It was a heartwarming start till you realize they’re in couples therapy. We see the awkwardness and distance from these two knowing that their marriage will eventually come to an end, and how this divorce will affect their relationship with their son Henry (Azhy Robertson). Now, this movie has a runtime of two hours and 16 minutes. But, don’t let that discourage you

from watching this great movie. The dialogue is what kept me interested throughout the film. It‘s also very interesting to experience Driver’s acting outside of “Star Wars.” With writing like this from Noah Baumbach, it’s always great to see actors being able to showcase their talent through amazing dialogue that keeps the movie rich and real. I have no experience with divorce in my personal life, but it seems like an excruciating process. The viewer sees how divorce not only affects the two people mentally but also financially. It’s a new perspective of life that I’ve never seen before, but I also hope I never experience. The emotions felt real. The anger and desperation to be heard from a partner who doesn’t listen to you is there. It must be a terrible feeling to get to the point where there had to be a divorce. We see both Char-

lie and Nicole’s pain, and it will get to you because it felt that real. I think we should appreciate and support more films like this because this would never be shown in theaters. Netflix is giving this content a chance, and I’m grateful for that. These movies shouldn’t be suppressed by theaters. It should be praised. Original ideas need to be supported. This is why I enjoyed this movie so much. The dialogue was what drove this movie, and it shows in the acting. We should pay attention to dialogue more because it’s underrated when it comes to filmmaking. I guess you can come to the conclusion that I love the screenplay. Overall, this isn’t a happy film about marriage. It‘s a sad one. But, there isn’t total darkness in the end. There was still love between the two, and it was just sad that it didn’t work out.


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“Bombshell,” the fictional retelling of the women who helped bring down Fox News’ chairman and CEO, Robert Ailes, bombed at the box office. While “Bombshell” deals with the heavy subject matter and can be triggering to some, it is overall a well-done movie that many should see. Even though it bombed at the box office, it blowed me away and sheds a light on discussions that need

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How the Heisman-winning quarterback secured his place in Tiger history BY KENNEDI LANDRY @landryyy14 Drew Brees said before Zion Williamson was drafted No. 1 overall by the New Orleans Pelicans that “If you love the city of New Orleans, it will love you right back.” The same can be said for the entire state of Louisiana, and LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is getting the full experience of that love. The Ohio-native and Ohio State graduate transfer catapulted from solid starter in 2018 to Heisman winner in 2019. He was the first LSU quarterback to defeat Alabama since Jordan Jefferson in 2011. Burrow got a small taste of the Louisiana lifestyle the summer he decided to transfer. “I’m glad we went to Mike Anderson’s and ate crawfish that night and he decided to come (to LSU),” Orgeron said at Monday’s weekly luncheon. Burrow got a Lil Boosie Instagram shoutout after the defeat of Alabama. Three days later he was Facetiming with the iconic Baton Rouge-based rapper. WVLA sports director and anchor Brian Holland tweeted Burrow’s adoption by the state of Louisiana was now official. And that’s true. Burrow was embraced by the LSU locker room early last seasonafter facilitating a game-winning drive on

the road against Auburn. He’s became a clear leader of the LSU family. Burrow even admitted at player media availability on Monday he didn’t realize how much the Alabama win meant to Louisiana until the team landed in Baton Rouge Saturday night. “It was pretty special,” Burrow said. “I was surprised to see it. I just wanted to do anything I could to embrace those people who came out.” “It’s hard to take a step back and reflect on it; you can’t really do it during the season, but I’m starting to realize how much that game meant to people.” Burrow has rewritten the LSU record books. He’s LSU’s first Heisman winner since Billy Cannon in 1959 and led the Tigers to their first national championship win since 2007. But most of all, he’s become part of the family. He even trucked a referee during LSU’s win over Arkansas, something many Louisiana sports fans wish they could’ve done themselves. “I thought I would be on this stage, I didn’t think I would be in this jersey though,” Burrow said on the CBS broadcast following the win over Alabama. “It’s been a bumpy road, it’s been a long one, but I couldn’t be in a better place.” Holland was right, the adoption is official.

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LSU senior quarterback Joe Burrow (9) prepares to the throw the ball on January 13 during LSU’s 42-25 win against Clemson at the National Championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.


LSU’s loss to Troy in 2017 a ‘turning point’ for football program BY KENNEDI LANDRY @landryyy14 NEW ORLEANS — October 1, 2017. LSU homecoming. What should have been another “cupcake” game for the Tigers turned into a nightmare by the end of the game as quarterback Danny Etling threw a game-sealing interception as LSU fell to the Troy Trojans on a Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. It was rock bottom for a program looking for a resurgence under coach Ed Orgeron, who was in his first full season as head coach. But fast forward two years (and some change) later and the Tigers have gone from rock bottom to the peak of college football, defeating Clemson 42-25 for LSU’s fourth national championship and becoming the first SEC team to go 15-0 in the College Football Playoff Era. “Early in my career at LSU we faced some adversity, some strong adversity, and it was time to block out the noise,” Orgeron said before the national championship. “We can see through the adversity

it made us stronger. “I do believe the loss to Troy was a turning point in our program. It helped us realize what we had to get done, what we had to do as a coaching staff, as players. We could never let our hands down. We always have our hands up and ready to prepare for every game.” Monday night was the culmination of everything Orgeron tried to instill since he took over the program as the interim coach in 2016. Orgeron is no stranger to adversity. Neither are the players on this team. Orgeron’s now famous “block out the noise” became all the more important after the loss to Troy. Now, in the shadows of the national championship, the Troy loss is a distant memory in the minds of LSU fans, but the players and coaches know what the September night meant in the grand scheme of things. “I think just knowing that we hit rock bottom, knowing it can’t get any worse than that,” said senior defensive lineman Breiden

Fehoko. “And knowing that the guys in the room at the time we had some great senior leaders and the seniors now were sophomores on that team. “Knowing that we had young guys who could lead as well, they’ve seen it. They haven’t let that happen one bit. They haven’t let this team fall through the cracks. Winning the Fiesta Bowl, winning a nation championship, it could only get better.” Junior punter Zach Von Rosenberg agreed the Troy loss was the lowest point of his LSU career. But this team was special and they always knew they were special, after the Texas game and especially after the Alabama game. It was about sacrifice and perseverance and execution. This team was wanting to do all of those things. “I you would have told me within two years of that, that’d we’d be here,” Von Rosenberg said. “I mean I knew that we always had the talent. We could always get the players, we could always get the right people here. I was just about getting everybody


LSU freshman safety Grant Delpit (9) prepares to block during the Tigers’ 24-21 loss against Troy on Sept. 30, 2017, in Tiger Stadium. pulling in the same direction to do something like this. It’s just special. The belief and the grind and the willingness to sacrifice everything to get here is all worth it.” That 2017 season didn’t begin or end how the Tigers wanted it to, but it was the start of something new for the program. Orgeron molded this LSU program into something that mirrors himself — a tough, gritty team that does it all for the state of Louisiana.

The Troy loss may have been rock bottom, but LSU made it back to the top of the mountain. “I just think the character and the grit of this football team,” Orgeron said after the win. “I felt like we could have played for another month. We were not tired. This team was ready to go. They were enthusiastic. One team, one heartbeat, the character and the leadership, obviously led by Joe. We wouldn’t be here without Joe Burrow.”


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New tobacco laws are ridiculous, out of touch with American youth YOUR BEST BRETT BRETT LANDRY @bmlandry3 It was not long ago that the world saw the first moments of the new Roaring ‘20s, and much like the romanticized decade of the 20th Century, the U.S. has again gone headfirst into a new prohibition. As last year ended, President Donald Trump signed a “minibus” bill, a spending bill that packaged together different appropriations bills. This ultimately worked to raise the legal age to purchase and smoke tobacco and electronic vaporizer products to 21. The bill also implemented a temporary legal restriction on the production and sale of flavored ecigarette pods, with the exception of menthol and tobacco pods. While the long-term effects of this are still inconclusive, the reasoning behind the law proves the federal government is acting too much as a parent to the American public. Furthermore, the focus on restricting tobacco and vapes advertises the government’s grossly misconstrued priorities of what to

protect the American public from. The ban also highlights inconsistencies within the American legal system on what defines an adult. Finally, like most historical bans on anything, it can be predicted that this ban will backfire. Foremost, the bill banning tobacco and e-cigarettes signed by Trump and written by 10 Democratic Congress members, was created with the goal of preventing underage addiction, particularly in high school students. This is not the role of the federal government. Even when the nation accepted new laws that an American needed to be 21 years old to buy alcohol, it was adopted through the laws of the states, allowing for local governments to add additional restrictions. In the case of alcohol consumption laws, it was understood that the federal government should not be so directly involved with the personal lives of the American public. If the federal government can start restricting something that it deems immoral, there is nothing stopping the federal government from altering the moral standard every presidential administration and banning something else it consid-

ers a vice. Such a ban clearly shows that the federal government has terrible priorities of what it should be protecting young Americans from, if a government should be in that business at all. Roughly 5 million American teenagers use restricted tobacco products, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. However, roughly the same number of American adolescents suffer from childhood obesity, according to a U.S. News study. The difference between smoking and childhood obesity is that smoking has been a decreasing trend due to more medical research creating a stigma against the habit. Obesity, however, is a growing epidemic despite just as much evidence showing that it is an unhealthy lifestyle. Furthermore, a study by the Barna Group found that roughly 68% of adolescents seek out pornography every day, which has severe consequences on the neuroplasticity of the developing mind. This epidemic is severely under-discussed, overshadowed by the vape debate. This law also adds to serious confusion in the U.S. on when a

minor becomes an adult. Right now, one needs to be 17 to start training in the U.S. military and see an R-rated movie. At the age of 18, you can be shipped off to war, can consent to sex and can legally be fully exposed on camera. But to buy tobacco, alcohol and legally gamble, you need to be 21. Now more than ever, the American public craves for consistency in legal age laws. Many Americans today have friends in the military who can be trusted by the government to get blasted by Iranian rockets but are forbidden by Uncle Sam to crack a cold beer; they are allowed to gamble with their lives, but not their paycheck. Finally, this law, like so many other restrictions before it, will likely backfire. Sure, stores may stop selling tobacco and e-cigarettes directly to young people, but has that ever stopped banned materials from getting into the hands of those restricted? A brief interview with the University police will show you the prevalence of hard drugs and marijuana, though there is restrictive laws against them. There will most likely also be an en-

tire black market of tobacco and e-cigarette products catering to younger Greek life members in the fraternity and sorority houses. Furthermore, the future of LSU sponsored events will reach a fork in the road by the next football season. If the police are going to start carding everyone with a can of dipping tobacco or pack of cigarettes, the University will be stunned by the massive decrease in student attendance. The alternative would be that the University simply doesn’t enforce a federal law signed by a President who has attended two Tiger football games. Ultimately, these new laws are ridiculous. They were signed into place by members of the baby boomer generation who are quick to regulate the lives of the new generation, but forgot they had the freedom to drink at the age of 18. I am no smoker, but I will take cancer and freedom over a long life of government regulation. Brett Landry is a 21-year-old political communication major from Bayou Petit Caillou, Louisiana.

‘OK Boomer’ undermines dialogue, chance for meaningful debate GRACE UNDER FIRE GRACE PULLIAM @gcpulli 2019 first saw the widespread use of the phrase “OK Boomer” as a viral copy-and-paste response to a TikTok video in which an unidentified older man states that “Millennials and Generation Z have the Peter Pan syndrome: They don’t ever want to grow up; they think that the utopian ideals that they have in their youth are somehow going to translate into adulthood.” The movement gained further traction in the following weeks. Internet memes on sites that have largely millennial user bases, such as Reddit and Twitter, began popularizing the phrase as a catch-all reaction to the ostensibly dated values and beliefs of the infamously regarded baby boomer generation. Baby boomers comprise the demographic born between 1946 and 1964, aptly named for the sudden

“boom” of pregnancies that occurred in the wake of World War II. Today, estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau place the current number of baby boomers at around 73 million, or roughly 22% of the country’s total population. As younger generations have begun grappling for control over social and political institutions in the West, public opinion surrounding the boomer demographic has grown increasingly negative, with critics pointing to the large number of socioeconomic disasters which have occurred under the long-running political tenure of boomers. Bruce Gibney, author of the controversial “A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America,” explained this phenomenon of contempt in a 2017 interview with Vox: “The boomers inherited a rich, dynamic country and have gradually bankrupted it.” We’re living in what can arguably be called the golden age of viral content creation. As such, and especially when considering the current political climate, the rise of

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an anti-boomer meme seemed all but inevitable. In many ways, “OK Boomer” effectively speaks to the frustrations of younger Americans seeking to re-contextualize inter-generational power dynamics. It makes sense, after all; the meme is a format that we can all understand and most can identify with directly. It’s short. It’s catchy. And, yeah, that’s a problem. As far as jokes go, “OK Boomer” is more than a little stale. As a serious argument, it fares even worse. The thing is, the saying was never intended to be anything more than a meme. Unfortunately, some seem to have lost touch with the phrase’s satirical roots. In many circles, “OK Boomer” has been restyled as a political buzzword, used to passively dismiss and/or insult the perspectives of anyone outside of an arbitrary age range. In the context of serious political dialogue, “OK Boomer” represents a damaging logical fallacy. The phrase, often used as a “wit-


ty” comeback in response to the notions of an older and typically more conservative opponent, is more of a generalized attack than a meaningful argument. The mechanism here is inherently flawed, and it ultimately voids any opportunity for making a meaningful diplomatic statement. Repeatedly weaponizing logical fallacies to “win” arguments cripples one’s ability to commu-

nicate effectively. “OK Boomer” is the epitome of what it looks like to avoid critical engagement, and therein lies the problem. We can only hope to affect the change we want by confronting the opposition in earnest, and with as few memes as possible. Grace Pulliam is an 18-yearold creative writing junior from Zachary, Louisiana.

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