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Student arrested for indecent behavior

SWIPE A SWEATER Tacky sweater app connects users to perfect match BY KATIE GAGLIANO | @katie_gagliano When looking for the one, swipe right and swipe left no longer applies to just dating. Now, a new app is taking the popular dating app design and using it to pair users with the perfect tacky Christmas sweaters. Ragstock, a new and recycled clothing company with a wide array of Christmas and costume apparel, recently released the web-based app, Swipe-A-Sweater. The app catalogs roughly 25,000 sweaters offered on Ragstock’s devoted Christmas sweater website, This isn’t the company’s first photos by MICHAEL PALMER / The Daily Reveille

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LSUPD spokesperson Lt. Kevin Scott said an 18-year-old University student was arrested for indecent behavior with a juvenile and possession of pornography involving a juvenile after he was caught sending a nude video of himself to a 15-year-old. Scott said on Nov. 17, Tyler Braud was arrested because of information received by LSUPD from LSU Residential Life. A residential assistant was reportedly informed that Braud sent a nude video of himself to the juvenile, according to Scott. According to WBRZ, the video was reportedly recorded in a University dorm room via Snapchat. The 15-year-old victim confirmed the incident, Scott said, and Braud later admitted to sending the video. According to Scott, nude images of the juvenile were also found on Braud’s phone. Braud was arrested and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for the charges mentioned above.

see CRIME, page 2


SG initiates 24-hour Union to divert student flow during finals BY NATALIE ANDERSON @natalie_mechell While the smells, sounds and cramped space of Middleton only add to the stress of finals week, the extra space of the Student Union may provide students relief along with a refreshing change of scenery. The LSU Student Union will be open 24 hours during finals week, from Dec. 4 to Dec. 9. The entire Union will be open for students to study during regular hours, but after 11 p.m., concentrated study will

move to the first floor in the Live Oak Lounge only. Students will check-in using their Tiger Card. LSU Dining will provide coffee, water, pastries and fruit. Coca-Cola will provide Monster Energy samples. McDonald’s also agreed to remain open until 2 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 and Monday, Dec. 5. Clarissa Burns, Student Government director of Student Auxiliary Services, said this initiative had been discussed by SG for years. During the summer, she said SG president Zack Faircloth started meeting

with Assistant Vice President of Auxiliary Services Margot Carroll, to discuss the idea of a 24-hour Union during finals week. Once Burns was appointed to her position in August, she assumed the responsibility of making it happen. Burns said SG worked with Auxiliary Services, the Center for Academic Success, LSU Catering and the Staff Senate. She said all of the departments were excited to help put the initiative together, and SG did

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The Student Union will be open 24 hours during finals week.


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Swipe-A-Sweater by Ragstock is a new app that matches users with the perfect tacky sweater.

SWEATER, from page 1 foray into the tacky sweater market. Ragstock president Libby Finn said the company has been on the forefront of the movement since tacky Christmas sweaters began growing in popularity a decade ago. Now that demand has skyrocketed and mass market producers have joined the market, Ragstock has been looking for a way to stand out from the crowd, she said. Enter the Swipe-a-Sweater app. Finn said the app allows customers to find the perfect sweater to match their personalities without having to scroll through endless options. The app functions similarly to dating apps like Tinder, allowing users to swipe right or left when they see a sweater they like. The app opens with a menu of questions focused on style, size, personality and

UNION, from page 1 not run into any “road blocks” with anyone. “We had big support from Middleton also because it’s just another way to help divert some of that student flow during finals week,” Burns said. “The original idea was to emulate kind of the first floor of Middleton, kind of like a coffee shop space, but where people would be comfortable working in groups and feeling like they could just spread out and really get some good studying done during finals week.” Both Kendra Davis and Louis Gremillion, who ran for president and vice president, respectively, under the Restart Campaign last year, said they were happy SG was able to make the 24-hour Union idea a reality, regardless of the fact it was originally a part of Restart’s platform.

activity. Instead of the typical answers, Folklore Digital, the design and consulting firm that designed the app, decided to go in a quirkier direction, Finn said. First, the app prompts users to select their desired style, with options ranging from vests to sweatshirts. The next question focuses on how the users are feeling this holiday season. The six options vary from horny to hungry, and the app’s graphics change as users try out different choices. Then the app asks what users are looking forward to doing this holiday season, from eating to playing in the snow. The final question asks users whether they’re “petite and sweet,” “just right,” or a “Santa in training” to determine sizing. Finn said the goal of the swipe design and fun categories was to get customers excited for the holidays. Sweater shopping should be fun, and every customer should be able

to have a sweater that reflects their personality, she said. “If you’re going to go to a Christmas party, you don’t want to be wearing the one that everybody bought at the department store,” Finn said. “You want to find the ugliest one, the most different one, the most unique one.” The sweaters range in price from less than $20 to over $100, Finn said. The price range depends on the images, embroidery and embellishments on the sweaters, with the majority of the sweaters falling in the $20 to $60 range, she said. Each sweater is authentic vintage and was not originally worn as a gag, as many massproduced tacky sweaters are today, but for fun seasonal gatherings, according to a Ragstock press release. Most of the sweaters are roughly 15 to 20 years old, and the majority have been imported from Ragstock vintage clothing purchasers around the world.

“The point of the campaign was never really about me and Kendra,” Gremillion said. “We wanted to make history as a ticket and that was something that really drove us as two individual leaders. But the purpose of the campaign was always focused on improving the student experience, so to see that Student Government pursued our initiative without being under our leadership, that doesn’t offend us at all. We were actually really excited they took a look at our platform and saw that they could accomplish this initiative.” The idea came directly from students, Davis said. She said everything listed on their platform had been discussed with administrators prior to putting it on their ticket. “We didn’t want to build our campaign on empty promises, so we knew that this was probably going to happen, if not this

initiative, then it was going to be another one, because everything on our platform was feasible,” Davis said. Gremillion said he encourages SG to look at the other initiatives that were part of the Restart campaign’s platform and work to pursue those, as well, because they will be able to help the students of the University. Burns said the funding came from both the executive branch of SG and the Staff Senate. Burns also said this was a pilot program, so reserving only the Live Oak Lounge as an extra study space will help SG to judge its success in hopes of making it a new tradition and spreading it out to the entire Union. “Of course we would love for it to be a success and I think we’re pretty set-up now for the whole thing to go very well,” Burns said.

UNIVERSITY STUDENT DENIED ACCESS TO FLORIDA GAME, ELBOWS ARRESTING OFFICER An 18-year-old University student was arrested after she was denied access to the LSUFlorida game and refused to leave, Scott said. According to Scott, on Nov. 19 around 3 p.m., LSUPD responded to a disturbance at the Student Gate (Gate 7) of Tiger Stadium. The student, Jariah Ebanks, attempted to enter the game but was denied because her Tiger Card was previously scanned, Scott said. Ebanks was ordered to leave, Scott said, but returned to the area a short time later. Ebanks refused to comply with additional orders to leave the gate area, according to Scott. While detained, Ebanks reportedly elbowed an arresting officer, Scott said. She was arrested for remaining after forbidden and resisting arrest and was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. TWO JUVENILES ARRESTED IN STOLEN VEHICLE AFTER POLICE PURSUIT Two juveniles were arrested after stealing a car from East Fraternity Lane and leading police on a vehicle pursuit, Scott said. On Nov. 21, LSUPD responded to a report of a stolen vehicle that was taken on East Fraternity Lane, according to Scott. He said around midnight, LSUPD observed the vehicle on Highland Road near McKinley Street. LSUPD’s attempt to stop the vehicle resulted in a pursuit that ended on East Fraternity Lane, Scott said. The 15-year-old driver of the vehicle was apprehended after the pursuit, according to Scott. During his apprehension, a 14-year-old passenger reportedly opened a pocket knife and threatened an officer, Scott said. He was also apprehended, and both were taken into custody. A third passenger managed to flee north from the scene on foot, Scott said. The 15-year-old juvenile was arrested for possession of stolen, aggravated flight from an officer and simple criminal damage to property. The 14-year-old juvenile was arrested for possession of stolen objects and aggravated assault on a peace officer. Both were booked into East Baton Rouge Juvenile Detention Center. STUDENTS ARRESTED FOR FIGHTING OVER PHONE Scott said two 18-year-old University students were arrested after fighting over a “mobile device.” On Nov. 22 around 10:30 p.m., LSUPD observed Noah Sawyer and Brandon Hutson fighting over a phone near the north side of the Residential College complex, Scott said. Sawyer and Hutson were arrested, issued misdemeanor summons for disturbing the peace then released.

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A Balancing Act


Brennan reopens recruiting process Four-star recruit cites transitioning offense BY JOSH THORNTON @JoshuaThornton_

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Tigers improve from three against Houston, seek to continue balanced scoring BY JACOB HAMILTON @jac0b_hamilt0n LSU coach Johnny Jones emphasized the importance of being a balanced scoring team. During the season’s first media news conference in October, he said constantly moving the ball and scoring from the inside-out would make his

team’s offensive attack harder to scout and suppress. Sophomore guard Antonio Blakeney echoed that sentiment, citing LSU’s knockdown shooters and bigs who can finish at the rim. Sophomore guard Brandon Sampson said scoring is second nature for this year’s Tiger squad. LSU opened the season posting 82.3

points per game through its first three contests before laying a 47-point dud against Wichita State last week. Jones hinted that the three-game stand at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament was an eyeopener for his team, which ranks 267th in the nation with a 31.8 three-point shooting percentage.

see SCORING, page 8

Why the NFL, football are failing CALD UP CHRIS CALDARERA @Caldarera_TDR The NFL and ESPN — two of the most notable franchises in all of sports — are failing harder than LSU students in Calculus class. The NFL has seen doubledigit dips in its Nielsen ratings numbers, and ESPN lost 621,000 subscribers in October — the biggest drop in company history. Why are these once-invincible corporations struggling? Pundits speculate that the NFL had to compete with coverage of a historic presidential election and the World

Series. However, most believe that Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest has led to the significant plummet in ratings. Although all of these theories are plausible, I think the biggest blow to the NFL’s fanbase is the fact that professional football is so darn boring. For years, fans have complained that the NFL lacks competitive fire, but it’s hard to be competitive when there is such talent gaps between teams. Take this week’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings for example. The Cowboys are

see FAILING, page 8


The Carolina Panthers prepare to snap the football during Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Longtime four-star quarterback Myles Brennan has reopened his recruitment process, the Mississippi native announced on Twitter. Brennan is the 10th ranked pro-style quarterback in the 2017 class according to The longtime LSU commitment reopened his recruitment one day after LSU offered four-star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who is currently an Alabama commitment. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound signal caller, Brennan, was offered by Oklahoma State on Tuesday. Brennan was one of two quarterback commitments in LSU’s 2017 class beside St. James High School’s signal caller Lowell Narcisse. Narcisse is ranked as fourstar by 247sports and is listed as the sixth-ranked dual-threat quarterback, according to the recruiting website. Brennan cited LSU’s transition on offense as reason for him to reopen his recruitment. Here’s what Ed Orgeron said about LSU’s transitioning offense at his introductory news conference Saturday: “We’re going to look at recruiting the best offensive coordinator in football and bring him to LSU. I do believe that nowadays you have to run the spread offense. You have to have dual-threat quarterbacks that can run the ball and throw it. But you have to have somebody who knows how to run it. “We still want to be a physical football team. We have great backs at LSU. We have one of the best backs in the country coming back next year in Derrius Guice. We’re going to recruit some of the best backs in the country. We have some great backs on our team that we haven’t played so we have to use those guys. We want to use our skill sets. We want to use our tight ends, throwing the football like we did in our last game. “We have a blueprint. I have a mindset on what we’re going to go get, who we’re going to go get, we’re going to go get it.”



Watch Dogs 2 an improved version of original BY JAY CRANFORD @hjcranford

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LASM exhibit features photos of the Baobab and Quiver trees juxtaposed against the Milky Way

BY ALLIE COBB | @alliecobbler Do trees and astronomic phenomena relate? Research says they do. As does photographer Beth Moon, who cleverly displays the juxtaposition of the Baobab and Quiver trees against the Milky Way in a Louisiana Art & Science Museum exhibit. “Diamond Nights: Photographs by Beth Moon” is on display until Jan. 15. The photos, featuring the iconic “Tree of Life” Baobab and the surreal Quiver, were taken in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. A self-taught photographer, Moon travels around the world taking photos. For this series, she traveled to areas far from urban lights to better photograph the breathtaking views of the Milky Way, museum curator Elizabeth Weinstein said. “A lot of artists digitally refigure their images

but these were taken as you see them,” Weinstein said. “She set up some lights, but sometimes it was so dark she would have to put a rock in the landscape to help her find what she wanted to photograph.” Valuing quality over quantity, the exhibition features a mere seven photographs. But what the exhibition lacks in numbers, it makes up for in content. Weinstein said the photos are “beautiful” works. The pieces are distinctive and both visually and fanatically appealing. Studies show that starlight can affect tree growth and that trees respond to the rhythm of the planets, with different trees budding at certain times. Oak trees respond to Mars, while Beech trees respond to Saturn.

see EXHIBIT, page 7

Ubisoft’s 2014 release of Watch Dogs was arguably one of the most disappointing releases of that year. While the hacking gameplay brought something new to the table, the game largely fell flat as a whole for not living up to promised expectations and for its bland, uncharismatic main character. Watch Dogs 2 keeps the same gameplay and world narrative as the first installment, but largely tries to distance itself tonally from the first game. The dreary, grey, trenchcoatwearing city of Chicago is replaced with bright colors and skinny jean-wearing hipsters as we move to the San Francisco Bay Area. Just looking at the box art for the two games, you can tell Ubisoft tried to make a much more fun and carefree game than Watch Dogs. The overall narrative is similar to the first game: you join DedSec, a hacking group of idyllic activists fighting against the shadowy “Big Brother” government. That’s about where the similarities end. The main group of characters are flamboyant, witty caricatures of what we all imagine nerdy hackers to be. The playable character, Marcus Holloway, is a fun and sometimes relatable character who doesn’t

see WATCHDOGS, page 7

study spots BY CYNTHEA CORFAH | @LacedInCyn With finals underway, popular study areas are being filled to the brim. From Middleton Library to Barnes & Noble, students are filling the desks and tables at well-known locations. The Daily Reveille is here with a list of lesser-known places on campus to consider when hunting for a study space. INDIAN MOUNDS In addition to being a University tradition, the Indian Mounds are

the perfect study spot for students wanting to sit cross-legged in the sun. Grassy and outdoors, the Indian Mounds are a quiet, open alternative to the loud buzz of students passing through cafes. IN THE TREES One of the many perks of attending the University is the 2,000 live oak trees planted on campus grounds. With branches growing to the ground, the oaks provide blankets of shade

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The Greek Theatre is one of many alternative study locations for finals week.

photos by MICHAEL PALMER / The Daily Reveille

see STUDY, page 7

The sculpture garden’s three dimensional abstract pieces can promote creativity during finals week.


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Art classes should be readily available, can be therapeutic MYIA-PINION MYIA HAMBRICK @MyiaChristine I remember a time when art was my favorite class of the day, but the availability of art in public schools has drastically decreased. Although it is important to provide education in the STEM fields, art can mean something more to those who connect with it. At my high school, art was not an option as an elective. It was a lower-budget school, but none of the schools in my county had art electives, and there were a lot of people that I knew who enjoyed art. We just didn’t have an outlet or a place to learn more and immerse ourselves in the world of art.

The lack of art in schools, especially in formative teen years, got me thinking. Sure, everyone should identify their demons and learn to deal with them in a civilized way. There is nothing wrong with talking it out with someone, especially during confusing teenage years when even your thoughts have thoughts. For those who don’t like talking or who are better with something like art or writing, art therapy is the way to go. My teenage sister has always had trouble communicating her emotions to people, so she started doing art therapy, which she endearingly calls art class to avoid the stigma that comes with therapy (which I think is dumb, but that’s another topic for another time.) She enjoyed it, and for the

first time she felt like she could express everything she was feeling to this person who sat across the room and drew with her. Her drawing and painting skills were impressive to begin with, but her art became cleaner and less scattered. She wants to be some sort of artist when she is older. Recently, she has begun to seem more calm and organized. Her maturity, attitude and outlook paralleled the improvement in her art. She takes part in the art elective available at her high school, but she credits the improvement in her six months of quality of life to her art therapy sessions. She said she no longer goes to “art class” each week because she hasn’t needed it lately. She said her casual art has been able to let her express herself

and have the freedom she so longed for before. It’s like if you went to a therapy session and learned breathing methods to calm daily anxieties, except paint is involved. According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy benefits those who have been through emotional and physical trauma as well as those with social disorders and terminal illnesses. The AATA says that, “Art therapy helps people resolve conflicts, improve interpersonal skills, manage problematic behaviors, reduce negative stress and achieve personal insight. Art therapy also provides an opportunity to enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of art making.” With this different approach

to therapy, perhaps people can take that step to get help or find an outlet. Creating is good for us as people, so partaking in and supporting art therapy is a no-brainer. If art was more available at a young age, maybe more kids could grow into art-loving adults who have somewhere productive to release their angst. There would be something for them to find meaning in, especially if they are not STEM-inclined. If you want to get into art therapy, there are many organizations and websites out there like AATA that can get you started. It only takes a little creativity. Myia Hambrick is a 21-year-old mass communication junior from Temple, Georgia.

Meditation potentially an effective alternative to discipline in schools JAY TALKING JAY CRANFORD @hjcranford We have a discipline problem in our public schools. A 2016 U.S. Department of Education report found 2.8 million K-12 students received one or more out-of-school suspensions. On the surface, this seems to be improving, given this is a 20 percent decrease from the 2014 report. However, this decrease is only because many schools are beginning to use alternative forms of punishment, realizing that traditional discipline is not working, and there is no evidence to support it ever has. One such school trailblazing a path in alternative discipline is Robert W. Coleman Elementary School in Baltimore. The Baltimore school still uses detention, but students are not writing papers or staring at walls — they are practicing mindful meditation and yoga. So far, this alternative discipline has yielded amazing results — zero suspensions in the 2016 school year. Coleman Elementary has partnered with the Holistic Life Foundation, a Baltimore-based

non-profit, for a project called the Holistic Me after-school program. The program hosted at Coleman Elementary serves around 120 students who participate in various activities, including breathing exercises, meditation, yoga and fitness. Holistic Me boasts an impressive average daily attendance of 85 percent and also claims that many students return when they are older and volunteer to teach classes and arrange trips to community clean-ups and greening projects. Along with the after-school program, Coleman Elementary has replaced its timeouts with the Mindful Moment Room, commonly referred to as the “calm down room.” Disruptive or upset students are sent, along with a counselor, to the room where they participate in breathing exercises, meditation and dialogue with the counselor about the incident and how to manage their emotions. Students are also allowed to send themselves to the room with a counselor whenever they want. Trips to the Mindful Moment Room, which usually last 20 minutes, have become teachers’ first resort for

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disruptive students, and most students show visible success in relaxation and de-escalation. However, many still doubt the benefits of using meditation in schools. While written accounts of meditation appear in Hindu texts from 1500 BCE, scientific research on the benefits of meditation has only recently been conducted. A 2011 study by Harvard researchers found that practicing mindful meditation has physical effects on the brain. According to their research, after 8 weeks practicing meditation, Gray Matter in the brain increased, along with mass, and four regions of the brain thickened, including areas responsible for cognition, emotional regulation, empathy, compassion and stress. While research on meditation has only been around for just over a decade, there are many studies showing meditation has a variety of benefits for students including improvement in test scores and GPA, reduction in ADHD and other learning disorders, increased intelligence and creativity and up to a 40 percent reduction in psychological distress. Coleman Elementary is not


Coleman Elementary has introduced meditation into their disciplinary programs. the only school buying into the positive effects of meditation. Patterson High School, a nearby Baltimore school, partnered with the Holistic Life Foundation and boasts lower suspension rates and increased attendance rates because of the Mindful Moment program. On the other side of the country, California-based Mindful Schools, a nonprofit organization founded in 2007, has taught educators in all 50 states and more than 100 countries how

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to introduce meditation to their students. While these programs are too new to confidently claim long-term standardized success, it’s time we stopped looking at meditation as an activity for hippies and start considering the potential benefits of meditation as an alternative disciplinary method. Jay is a 22-year-old finance senior from St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Quote of the Day “No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation.”

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Thursday, December 1, 2016 WATCHDOGS, from page 4 take himself too seriously. The carefree banter between characters is filled with pop culture references which, while funny at times, are mostly cringeworthy. However, this carefree cinematic tone does cause tonal dissonance problems between the narrative and gameplay, which is built in a genre centered around destruction and killing. While Watch Dogs 2 is as much a stealth game as it is an action game, there’s nothing pushing you to play a stealthy game. Besides the challenge of stealth being harder and getting to use all the fun tools at your disposal, there is no real reward or punishment system in place to choosing a stealthy play style over a guns-blazing play style. This means most players will fall into a more Grand Theft Auto play style of large explosions and mass killings. While the game makes playing this way satisfying and enjoyable, it is hard to imagine the happy-go-lucky characters in the cutscenes being the same ones who just caused massive property damage and dozens

of deaths. Of course the main draw of this game is the hacking. Watch Dogs 2 doesn’t add a whole lot to the hacking gameplay of its predecessor, except for throwing in a few updates like a drone. The hacking is still fun and unique, though, since no other game series has touched a mechanic like this. What I like best about the hacking and technology is how seamless it can all be. The menus and gameplay mechanics are largely run through your phone, yet they also give the same heads-up display of hackable devices and information on people we saw in the first game. This massive amount of information is displayed elegantly, and I never felt like the screen was cluttered. On top of that, picking and choosing what piece of information you want to take action on works well. I rarely experience an accidental action. Outside of the hacking gameplay, we get the same familiar Ubisoft style of game — an open world with main missions, side quests and collectibles, which you are free to tackle at your own pace.

A lot of these missions are pretty clever. Several use strong comparisons to real world events and people I’m not going to spoil for you. As far as complaints go, I don’t have many. Watch Dogs 2 does most things fine, but not great. The driving feels off and unsatisfying, but serviceable, and shooting is plagued by a sticky cover system. Watch Dogs 2 will not blow you away with any of its gameplay or story, but it has the most important quality of a video game — it’s fun. Ubisoft obviously made it its mission to produce an entertaining game, distancing itself from the drab Watch Dogs. While the game still hits on deep issues of privacy loss and technology-enhanced police states, it does so this time without taking itself too seriously. The clever writing, carefree characters and the creative missions scattered throughout this game cover any blemishes of what had the potential to be boring and uninspired gameplay. Watch Dogs 2 will be sure to keep you entertained for the 15 to 30 hours it takes to beat the game.

EXHIBIT, from page 4 Moon’s idea to photograph iconic trees against the Milky Way pushes people to consider trees as living organisms that respond to celestial phenomena, which becomes a great theme for an art and science museum, Weinstein said. “As an art and science museum, I’m always looking for things that make that connection,” Weinstein said. Adding to the celestial experience, the photos are displayed in a darkened environment. Weinstein said she believes museum visitors enjoy interacting with Moon’s work and the exhibit, while small, leaves a big impact. “Everybody relates to trees,” she said. “They’re all over the

STUDY, from page 4 and privacy. In case of rain prior to your studies, lay down a towel or blanket before sitting. SCULPTURE GARDEN Tired of white walls and fluorescent lights? The sculpture garden, tucked behind the Quad, is far from boring. With three-dimensional art and abstract pieces, the sculpture garden is bound to promote creativity. While there aren’t many seating areas, steps to the surrounding buildings make decent areas for writing, drawing or reading. BACK OF JOURNALISM BUILDING Other than the PMAC, the Journalism Building provides the closest view of Tiger Stadium. The

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world. We take them for granted a lot but we need trees for our own survival.” Moon, who visited the museum recently, is gifting LASM two of “Diamond Nights’” featured photos and one from a separate series. “I’m proud to be able to show her work,” Weinstein said. “When there is an artist like Beth who is really pushing the envelope as well as making wonderful thought-provoking work, it’s an honor to be able to show it.” The exhibit is fittingly placed in the Universe Gallery, near the planetarium entrance. Admission is $9 for adults. University students can pay a one-time fee of $8 and, in turn, receive free admission for one year. shaded round tables located behind the Journalism Building are best suited for students who want to study outdoors while also using a table and chair. UNDERNEATH THE MEMORIAL TOWER Standing 175 feet tall, the Memorial Tower is suitable for students who enjoy open air and the occasional sound of people passing. Whether you sit in front of the tower for shade or the back of the tower for sun, the Memorial Tower is a peaceful outdoor study area. As an added bonus, the bell atop Memorial Tower chimes every 15 minutes and plays the Alma Mater at noon. DODSON FOUNTAIN IN THE QUAD Tucked away in the quadrangle in front of Dodson Hall, the Dodson fountain calms nearby studiers with the serene sound of falling water. With only a few benches surrounding the fountain, study space can be scarce. The fountain is least occupied in the morning and late afternoon. GREEK THEATRE Originally created in 1925 to hold the entire student body, the Greek Theatre is a wide, open and quiet outdoor space where students can study, practice arts, film movies and read. Featured in “Pitch Perfect,” this historic location is open 24/7 and seats up to 3,500 students.

photos by MICHAEL PALMER / The Daily Reveille

Memorial Tower is one of many alternative study location for finals week.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016


Low-ranked LSU looks to keep up early season momentum Lady Tigers use underdog status as motivation

be a little more “seasoned” for future play. The Huskies defeated LSU, 76-53. “As a coach, you’re never satisfied, and you never feel like you’ve arrived,” Fargas said, “but also not losing focus of what they did accomplish the first month of the season … The

experience and exposure they got is not only going to help us in our next six games but also into SEC play.” The Lady Tigers won their first home victory in an exhibition match against LeMoyne-Owen, 81-34, on Nov. 6 in the PMAC.

LSU stuck with the Huskies much of the first quarter, but UConn took the lead and kept it for the rest of the game. UConn had 20 turnovers but was able to out-rebound LSU, 39-31, in its victorious effort against the Lady Tigers. Freshman forward Ayana

Mitchell said the few games under the team’s belt, regardless of wins or losses, have helped the team play in a more unified way. “The biggest difference [from the start of the season] is we’re starting to come together as one,” Mitchell said. “We’re starting to understand each other’s game and each other’s strengths and weaknesses. We’re just trying to put everybody in the best position for them to be successful for the entire team.” The team competed in a three-day tournament in the Virgin Islands where the they finished 2-1 on Nov. 24-26 with wins against UTEP and NC State and one loss to Kansas State on Nov. 25. Junior guard Raigyne Moncrief won the last game against NC State, 59-58, with a lastminute basket from the arc. Fargas said the tournament challenged both the physical and mental states of the team. “That’s a positive for us in a sense of we know we’re capable of competing back to-back-toback games early November,” she said. “So when March comes during the SEC tournament, you know that you’ve been there done that and can pull from that.” The Lady Tigers will play Texas Christian University at 1 p.m. on Sunday in the PMAC.

at the level.” An area where LSU erred in the overseas tournament, in which it dropped two of three games, was from three. LSU shot 4-25 from three against the Shockers and posted similar numbers in the two other contests. In total, the Tigers shot a combined 11-55 from long range in the Bahamas at a 20 percent conversion rate.

Meanwhile, LSU’s opponents splashed 21 triples, shooting 40 percent. In its first game back home, against an undefeated and high-scoring Houston team, LSU — which ranks sixth in its conference for three-pointers made — seemingly made a concerted effort to amend that long-range shooting deficiency. Blakeney and Sampson, who entered the contest shooting 21.4 and 28.6 percent from three, were a combined 7-for-12 from behind the arc as LSU concluded the 84-65 victory shooting 12.6 percent higher than its season average. “It’s great to see them get back to their rhythm here at home, and it was needed for us early on for them to feel good to be able to play well,” Jones said. “They had a good balance tonight in terms of driving the ball, getting to the rim and then when the opportunity presented itself, they had good looks and knocked some shots down.” Junior forward Craig Victor II’s return to the starting lineup played a large part in Blakeney’s and Sampson’s enhanced sniping percentage, Blakeney said. “It helps us a lot because he slows us down,” Blakeney said. “If I take a bad shot, he don’t mind telling me ‘That’s a bad shot. Let’s try to get a

better one.’ Just his veteran matureness helps our offense a lot.” Jones said Tuesday’s win was the most complete performance from his team this season. LSU tallied 46 points in the paint and 24 came from three. LSU doesn’t play again until after finals week on Dec. 13 against North Carolina Central. In the meantime, Jones

plans on practicing the same things that led to open looks against Houston so the Tigers can pick up right where they left off on Tuesday. “Offensively, we’ve got to keep making sure that we’re doing a great job of sharing the ball in these next two weeks,” Jones said. “We’ll use a lot of that time emphasizing why we won this game tonight.”

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a long day at work, they want to be entertained. Some turn to sports to escape the nauseating political debates on the various news networks. Unfortunately for these folks, ESPN loves discussing the hot-button issues that people try to escape. To make matters worse, the sports network is notorious for leaning to the left on the polarizing issues, and now they are paying the price. In the past, ESPN has advocated for gun control and has placed controversial figures like Caitlyn Jenner on a pedestal. Whichever end of the political spectrum you fall under, you have to believe that a sports network taking any stance on such matters is utterly ridiculous. As political commentator Ben Shapiro notes, if ESPN doesn’t change soon, “They’ll have MSNBC’s ratings along with their worldview.”

BY JOURDAN RILEY @jourdan_TDR The media projected the LSU women’s basketball team will finish 12th in the Southeastern Conference this season, one year after having a depleted team because of injuries. The remaining healthy Lady Tigers completed the season with an overall 10-21 record and 3-13 finish in SEC play last season. This season is a different story: LSU is fairly healthy, and the Lady Tigers are playing to combat their low-ranking preseason selection. Sophomore guard Chloe Jackson said the underestimation is motivation to play harder and keep up the early momentum. “We expected it,” Jackson said. “We look to be able to prove people wrong this season. We knew we didn’t finish good, we didn’t do that great and it was probably our worst season in a while. We knew we were going to be the underdogs this year.” Coach Nikki Fargas said the experience against opponents like UConn — a four-time reigning National Champion — on Nov. 20 allows the team a to

SCORING, from page 3 “It’s huge for us having an opportunity to get back home after going to the Bahamas, playing three really tough games against some really stiff competition,” Jones said. “I thought the trip really served a purpose for us because we came back with a different focus, mindset in terms of how we needed to play [and]


LSU women’s basketball coach Nikki Fargas makes calls from the sidelines on Feb. 21 during the Lady Tigers’ 57-56 victory against Tennessee in the PMAC.

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Sophomore guards Brandon Sampson (0) and Antonio Blakeney (2) shake hands after making a shot during the Tigers’ 84-65 win against the University of Houston on Tuesday in the PMAC.

10-1 and is ranked fourth in the league for total offense, while the 6-5 Vikings are dead last in the same category. I can’t wait to waste four hours of my life watching such a marquee matchup! ESPN has seen its stock drop for different reasons. The first is that people are tired of “the worldwide leader in sports” spending so much of its time and resources covering off-field issues. People tune in to ESPN to see highlights of the day’s sports games, but instead fans get heaping helpings of who Cavaliers forward Lebron James unfollowed on Twitter and why Saints wide receiver Willie Snead dyed his hair. No, I’m not making this up — ESPN actually wasted time covering both topics. ESPN also has a political problem. When Americans get off of

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