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An executive with the group overseeing the Louisiana Superdome and the New Orleans Arena warned lawmakers Tuesday the state must ﬁnd $27.5 million next year to fulﬁll contracts that keep the Saints and Hornets in New Orleans. The state pays the two teams direct cash payments each year to retain the clubs — subsidies the team owners have said are needed to make operating in the relatively small New Orleans market worthwhile. The money comes from the budget of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District (LSED). It operates the stadium and the arena where the NFL and NBA teams play. Doug Thornton, senior vice president of SMG, the company that manages the Superdome and the Arena, said the LSED won’t bring in nearly enough for the ﬁscal year starting July 1 to cover the payments. The problem has recurred ever
At 75 years old and with a pacemaker in his chest, Lilian De Jonge’s father still has enough energy to ride his bicycle daily. “Thanks to research for heart disease, he is alive and doing very well,” De Jonge said. “He might not be around if it wouldn’t have been for
Ashley Smith’s speech and debate team is planning a tournament Friday, but members of the team are having trouble communicating because of the University’s mid-semester switching of e-mail services. “I felt like changing in the middle of the semester is beyond ridiculous,” said the mass communication junior. “It seems like college bureaucracy, like ‘We’re going to do this now, and it’s not going to affect the people who are changing.’” Several students are experiencing similar problems because of the transition from Outblaze e-mail to Gmail, Google’s e-mail service. The transition began Jan. 28. It broke students, faculty and staff into groups, and is moving in alphabetical order. Sheri Thompson, Information TIGERMAIL, see page 4
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Skye Erie, sculpting senior, works on a project Tuesday that will be on display Thursday at an exhibit outside the Shaw Center for the Arts.
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While the University is well known for its commitment to athletics and academics, the campus tradition of public art is slightly less known but no less relevant. Five University sculpture
students will transport their work downtown Thursday to the Shaw Center for the Arts to participate in the show “You Are Here.” After setting up their pieces around the perimeter of the complex, the student art will remain on public display until the center decides to remove them.
The show, which will take place Thursday between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., is part of the advanced context and content class, which challenges students to allow the space the sculpture will ﬁll to drive the content of the art. SCULPTURE, see page 6
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Concert promoter Live Nation Inc. and ticketing giant Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. confirmed their merger plans Tuesday and got right to work addressing antitrust concerns that have taken center stage. Ticketmaster Chairman Barry Diller, to be chairman of the new company — which would be called Live Nation Entertainment — sought to dispel the notion that the deal would lead to higher ticket prices. “Ticketmaster does not set prices. Live Nation does not set ticket prices. Artists set the prices,” he said, without mentioning the ticket surcharges Ticketmaster relies on for much of its revenue. Under the deal announced Tuesday, each Ticketmaster share would be replaced by 1.384 shares of Live Nation stock.
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Senate passes stimulus; Louisiana ranks lowest Treasury reveals bank help in seat-belt usage WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus measure Tuesday, part of a series of government steps that could marshal close to $3 trillion to revive the collapsing national economy. The 61-37 vote by the Senate was a key victory for the president but sets up difficult negotiations with the House, which passed a slightly different version from the $838 billion bill approved Tuesday. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., vowed to send a finished bill to Obama’s desk “as soon as possible.”
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Classical organization gathers for ‘ancient’ movie night Club unites lovers of Greek, Roman history By Mary Walker Baus Contributing Writer
About 20 members of Students for the Promotion of Antiquity gathered Tuesday night in the HoweRussell Geoscience Complex to enjoy some free pizza and an “ancient” ﬁlm. “I have a dream, and my dream is you,” sang Esther Williams as Amytis after her breathtaking underwater dancing scene in the 1955 ﬁlm “Jupiter’s Darling.” SPA is just that: a dream. SPA President Michelle Richardson, business senior, was just another classics lover before she and some other students founded this organization. “It was obvious when I came
to college that we needed to form a classical organization,” Richardson said. Richardson was a member of the Junior Classical League in high school, so developing SPA and now being its president, fulﬁlls her love of the classics. SPA is a special interest organization of Campus Life put together by students who, like Richardson, have a love of classical Greek and Roman history, but who did not choose a related major at the University. In order to be a member, Richardson said a student would need to have a genuine interest in the classics. The classical movie night with free pizza is an event sponsored by SPA and Eta Sigma Phi, an honor fraternity that seeks to promote and expand the classics program. Membership for Eta Sigma Phi requires students to have at least a “B” in
Campus Crime Briefs have some teeth pulled and hoped the marijuana would help. Ofﬁcers also found 19 keyless entry car remotes in Longo’s car, Rogé said. Longo was booked in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison charged with felony possesLog on sion of marijuato check na, possession out the of drug parainteractive phernalia, posCampus session of burCrime glary tools and Briefs map. driving with an expired driver’s license. Rogé said LSUPD notiﬁed the
MAN ARRESTED FOR MARIJUANA ON HIS WAY TO DENTIST A man unafﬁliated with the University was arrested on South Campus Drive at about 6:30 a.m. on Feb. 5 for felony possession of marijuana and other charges, said Capt. Russell Rogé, LSU Police Department spokesman. Charles B. Longo, 49, of 15011 Cranbrook Court, Baton Rouge, was driving near South Campus Drive when LSUPD ofﬁcers saw him. When Longo, who appeared nervous and agitated, rolled his window down, the ofﬁcers smelled burning marijuana, Rogé said. Longo told the ofﬁcers he was on his way to a 9 a.m. dental appointment. The ofﬁcers noticed a marijuana cigarette in the car. Longo told the ofﬁcers it was his and there was more marijuana in the trunk. The ofﬁcers arrested Longo and searched the vehicle. They found a large number of marijuana roaches, a marijuana grinder, rolling paper and 12.2 grams of loose marijuana scattered on the vehicle’s seats. They found two bags of marijuana in the trunk — one with 28.7 grams and the other with 13 grams of marijuana. Longo told the ofﬁcers he was smoking marijuana because he lost his job and couldn’t afford pain medication. He said he was on his way to
certain Latin or Greek classes. Eta Sigma Phi Adviser and Latin instructor Ann Ostrom attended the event. “When I was in college, I was a big history and classics nerd myself,” said Ostrom. “I had the most supportive adviser. So when this opportunity was presented, I decided to take the position and try to give these students the same experience I had.” “Jupiter’s Darling” isn’t ancient in its production, but rather in its content. The ﬁlm is an old MGM aquatic musical comedy about Hannibal’s march on Rome. In addition to movie nights and museum visits, SPA has hosted Toga Bowling and are planning a Toga Putt-Putt night, to be announced at a future date. MAGGIE BOWLES / The Daily Reveille
Contact Mary Walker Baus at firstname.lastname@example.org Baton Rouge Police Department about the keyless entry devices, and an investigation is underway. UNIVERSITY STUDENT ARRESTED FOR DWI A University student was arrested for driving while intoxicated Feb. 6 at about 2:30 a.m. Ofﬁcers saw Justin D. Frasier, 20, of 193 Talmadge Road, Dubach, driving a vehicle with heavy damage to the front on Aster Street without his headlights on. When ofﬁcers stopped him, smoke began billowing from the car, Rogé said. Frasier told ofﬁcers he just left Mike’s Bar and Grill, where he thought the accident happened. The ofﬁcers gave him a ﬁeld sobriety test, arrested him and brought him to the police station. Frasier submitted a blood sample, which showed his blood alcohol content to be .142. Being under 21, Frasier’s BAC was seven times the legal limit, Rogé said. Frasier was booked in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for a ﬁrst offense DWI and hit-and-run driving. LSUPD and BRPD are investigating the hit-and-run charge.
Students for the Promotion of Antiquity gather Tuesday night in the Howe-Russell Geoscience Complex to watch an “ancient” movie.
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all this research.” Two years ago, De Jonge’s father didn’t show any symptoms of heart disease — he even felt fine at check-up appointments. But eventually his fatigue and pain grew worse, culminating in a heart attack. De Jonge, Pennington Biomedical Research Center Metabolic Core director, said her father arrived at the hospital emergency room with chest pains and went into cardiac arrest, nearly dying. But the doctors were able to resuscitate him in time. Like De Jonge’s father, more than one million Americans will have a coronary attack this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. And in Louisiana, the silent killer has taken the lives of more women than men. “We tend to think of heart disease as a men’s issue, but, unfortunately, more women die of cardiovascular disease than the next five causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer,” Louisiana’s first lady Supriya Jindal said in a news release. The first lady promotes February as American Heart Month and continues to work with the Louisiana Pediatric Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign. This month the Governor’s
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‘We tend to think of heart disease as a men’s issue, but, unfortunately, more women die of cardiovascular disease than the next five causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer.’
Mansion will join buildings and monuments around the country that will be lit red every night to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease. Since “Go Red for Women” launched in 2004, landmarks across the nation, including the Ben Franklin Bridge, Graceland, the Empire State Building, the Space Needle in Seattle and the Puerto Rico Capitol have turned red during February. The mansion’s lighting is one of many activities throughout Baton Rouge to encourage hearthealthy lifestyles this month. Free public health screenings will be held by Ochsner Health System on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Select on Constitution Avenue. Ochsner will conduct blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol testing. “Unfortunately, heart disease doesn’t only affect people at a certain age,” said Wendee Bloom, American Heart Association communications director. “We target women, but lots of
men come too. It’s open to the public, so anyone can come.” Julie Hupperich, Student Health Center associate director, said 15 to 20 percent of students who come in for nutrition counseling have some risk factors for heart disease, whether it’s elevated lipids or high blood pressure. “We do see students who have elevated cholesterol and have some early signs of heart disease,” Hupperich said. “But in this population, it’s not a primary concern for students. They’re more concerned with weight gain than cardiovascular disease.” Hupperich said students usually perceive heart disease as an “older person’s” disease. “They think of heart disease as something that develops in someone who is 50 or 60 years old,” she said. “Typically, it tends to be among older people, but there are certainly college students who have early signs.” The most common form of heart disease in young women is high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association.
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About 5.8 percent of women ages 20-34 have high blood pressure. Learning how to shop for low-fat foods and making healthy choices when dining out, even at fast-food restaurants, is important, Hupperich said. “The college age is when you form habits that will stick with you for the rest of your life,” she said. “It’s the perfect age to make healthy choices related to heart health.” The Capital Area “Go Red for Women” luncheon and fashion show will also be held Thursday. The ticketed heart-healthy luncheon program aims to educate women about cardiovascular disease, risk factors and how to prevent the disease. Local women will share their survival stories followed by a welcome from Supria Jindal. The luncheon will close with a fashion show. “I encourage men and women to not only listen to their bodies, but to also prioritize proactive measures such as exercising and eating healthy,” Jindal said in the release. “By establishing healthy habits for our families, our children will also carry this heart healthy behavior into adulthood.”
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TIGERMAIL, from page 1 Technology Communications and Planning officer, said more than 38,000 TigerMail accounts need to be activated. She said the transition team activates 3,000 accounts daily. “The transition process is really straight forward,” Thompson said. “There haven’t been any bugs or problems. We’re doing it in stages to make sure no problems occur.” The transition team activates a group each day, Thompson said. Thompson said ITS knows how to avoid potential problems because they have undergone a mass switch of e-mail accounts when the University switched to Outblaze. Bethany Blackson, English sophomore, said she was skeptical of the switch, but the process flowed well for her, though she did not know her old e-mails would not transfer over automatically “Gmail is a free service,” Thompson said. “The only cost is the cost of people and time to make the transition.” Thompson said she does not have an official count of how many accounts have been activated, nor does she have an estimate of the cost of the switch. “The phasing is kind of weird,” said Mark Slavich, marketing senior. “It doesn’t make a lot of sense. It’s odd having one person switch one day and someone else the next ... I just don’t like it.”
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PAGE 6 SCULPTURE, from page 1 “The work is not only physically site specific but also conceptually site specific,” said Malcolm McClay, assistant art professor. “The content of the work is driven by the context in which it is situated.” For this project, the context is the area immediately surrounding one of the premier artistic venues in the city. After McClay took his students on a tour of the site, he asked them to design project proposals incorporating the space they would occupy. Once the sites was inspected, the students were asked to use Adobe Photoshop — a graphics editing program — to implant their preliminary drawings into the proposed space. Once the written and visual elements of their proposals were completed, they were sent to the director of the Shaw Center for approval. “I want these students to have the real world experience of making proposals and possibly having to make compromises,” McClay said. McClay said he told the critics from the Shaw Center to be as critical of his students as they would be of any other artist walking in off the street. “Anytime we have emerging artists and they have a chance to display their art, it’s important to provide that chance,” said Shaw Center director David Briggs. “The nature of this building is to promote a quality of life, and art has an important impact on that
quality.” For some of these students, “You Are Here” represents their first foray into designing art for a public space. Because they were expected to work through the proposal process before their art was accepted, the students earned real world experiences relevant to every artist. “We have to show we are reliable,” said Katie Moser, studio art junior. “If we mess up, we’ll have a hard time working in Baton Rouge again because we’ll have let down the director of the Shaw Center.” Aside from the pressure of working under contract, the artists also must contend with the fact that their art will be on display for any passers by. “It’s definitely more worrisome because it’s going downtown,” said Ariadne Doyle, studio art senior. “It won’t just be our classmates critiquing it, but anyone walking by.” While having their art exposed to public eyes might add some extra stress to a project, Briggs said the Shaw Center’s commitment to University art is important to the Baton Rouge community. “The general public needs the chance to participate in public art, whether they want to or not,” Briggs said.
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PAYMENTS, from page 1 since a deal was negotiated with the Saints in 2001 and the Hornets came from Charlotte, N.C., in 2002. Previously, the state tapped surplus cash, refinanced Superdome debt and borrowed from an economic development fund to fill gaps in Saints and Hornets payments. “We have revenues that are not sufficient to cover the debts,” Thornton told members of the House Appropriations Committee. Both deals were negotiated under then-Gov. Mike Foster. The state’s 10-year deal with the Saints is the largest of the two and runs through the 2010 season, guaranteeing the NFL team $186.5 million in payments. The state now owes the Saints some $23.5 million annually — atop the NFL team’s earnings from ticket sales, concessions, parking and other items. The Hornets deal doesn’t include flat payments, but involves payments based on performance and team income. The state is estimated to need $7 million to pay the Hornets next year. If the state didn’t make the payments to the teams, the Saints and Hornets could leave New Orleans without a penalty. But Thornton said the troubled economy would make it difficult for a team to move, and both the Saints and Hornets have expressed a commitment to New Orleans. “We hope that an eventual solution will address both the shortand long-term challenges that face the Saints and the state,” said Greg
Bensel, a spokesman for the Saints. Hugh Weber, the Hornets team president, said, “We consider ourselves a partner of the state ... we’re a revenue-producing business that provides jobs and opportunities for Louisiana. We are working with state officials to continue serving as an asset for the region.” Currently, the LSED has about $3 million in revenue to cover the direct cash payments — or $27.5 million less than what is needed to pay both teams, Thornton told lawmakers. He said options could include shuffling existing tax dollars or raising new taxes to cover the shortfall. That leaves Gov. Bobby Jindal, who opposes tax increases, to struggle with state lawmakers on ways to fill the gap in the fiscal year starting July 1. The state is facing a total budget shortfall forecast to top
wednesday, february 11, 2009 $1.2 billion. Jindal said Tuesday he intends for the teams to stay, but added, “It’s too early for the state to know what we can and cannot afford for the next fiscal year.” State lawmakers questioned whether the state should continue pumping money into direct cash payments and asked Thornton for other ideas. “I know it’s important, but can we afford it?” said Rep. Tom McVea, R-Jackson. “We’ve just got to have some relief, and I think you know that.” Jindal’s administration is in negotiations with the Saints seeking a new contract to keep the team in Louisiana past 2010. Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Battle for the West
Pitching rotation set for first series By Amos Morale Sports Contributor
LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri has announced the starting pitching rotation for the Tigers’ opening series against Villanova on Feb. 20. LSU senior Louis Coleman will take the mound for LSU in its ﬁrst game in the new Alex Box Stadium. “ H e ’ s pitched with the brightest lights,” Mainieri said. “He’s pitched in Omaha, and he’s been in front of Log on to 8,000 people see the many times, Tigers and I think he’ll during have the most practice poise and not be and at the distracted by all First Pitch the pomp and Banquet. circumstance.”
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Mississippi State will be guard them getting off the bus,” looking for not just one shot at said LSU coach Trent Johnson. the LSU men’s basketball team “They’ve got ﬁve guys that are tonight at Humphrey Coliseum, averaging double ﬁgures ... and but many. they are the twoBy David Helman Open ones, time defending Sports Writer preferably. Western Division The Bulldogs champs.” (16-7, 6-2) boast the SoutheastThough they weren’t “guardern Conference’s second-best ing them getting off the bus,” the 3-point offense and will likely Tigers certainly brought their deneed it to avenge their Jan. 21 fense the last time around against loss to LSU (19-4, 7-1). They the Bulldogs. have hit 39 3-point ﬁeld goals LSU held Mississippi State in their last three games. In wins to a dismal 25 percent shooting against Kentucky and Arkansas, from 3-point range, while junior they shot 51.9 and 48 percent forward Tasmin Mitchell and from 3-point range, respectively. senior guard Marcus Thornton “Mississippi State [through] combined for 55 points in the 81eight league games is 188 out of 57 drubbing. 433 from the ﬁeld and 82 out of SEC WEST, see page 11 200 from the three, so we better
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[Top left] LSU senior guard Marcus Thornton (5) drives the ball past an Alabama defender Sunday. [Above] Mississippi State freshman guard Dee Bost (3) shoots over Kentucky freshman DeAndre Liggins on Feb. 3 during the Bulldogs’ win.
LSU sophomores Anthony Ranaudo and Austin Ross will start the next two games of the weekend’s series. Mainieri said Ranaudo is going to move into the role as the usual Friday starter as the season progresses. “I like to think we have a pretty good lineup, and he has pretty much dominated our lineup,” Mainieri said. Mainieri said Ross was on the PITCHING, see page 11
Tigers excited about home opener in Tiger Park Team not familiar with new field By Jarred LeBlanc Sports Contributor
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LSU junior outﬁelder Jazz Jackson leads off the third base Friday during the Tigers’ practice in Tiger Park. The LSU softball team plays its season home opener tonight in the new Tiger Park against McNeese State.
LSU softball coach Yvette Girouard accepted the LSU job nine years ago with the promise of a new stadium for her team. Girouard will ﬁnally get her wish when the team opens the season Wednesday at 6 p.m. against McNeese State in the new Tiger Park. Girouard said the new ﬁeld is gorgeous and has the most character of any other park. “When people get in there tomorrow night, they are going to be blown away,” Girouard said. “It’s got the arches of LSU. It’s got the brick of LSU, but it’s got the ambiance and character of no other.” Girouard said she talked to
former LSU athletic director and baseball coach Skip Bertman and said he cemented his legacy in Baton Rouge with the new Tiger Park. “He did with this facility,” she said. “He got it done.” The team hasn’t practiced much on the new ﬁeld because of continuous construction. “ Ye s t e r d a y Log on to see was the ﬁrst day we the Tigers ever hit,” Girouard during their said. “We’ve never practice at Tiger been in the dugout Park. yet.” LSU junior Kirsten Shortridge, a transfer from Baylor, said she isn’t fully acclimated with the center ﬁeld of the new park yet. “Finding the fence is going to be a little different,” Shortridge said. The grand opening of the new Tiger Park will begin with a cere-
mony for past softball alumnae. Coaches from the other LSU women’s sports will be honored also and allowed to throw the ﬁrst pitches in the new stadium. “Unquestionably this has to be the largest monetary contribution LSU has made to any women’s sport,” Girouard said. The Tigers (32), who played their ﬁrst ﬁve games in Honolulu, Hawaii, start freshmen at catcher, ﬁrst base, second base and shortstop. “We’re going to have a big crowd, but when we go play in the [Southeastern Conference], there are always big crowds every weekend,” said sophomore third baseman Jessica Mouse. “It will be a great
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LSU holds strong recruiting advantage in Louisiana In-state high schools produce best athletes By Michael Lambert Sports Contributor
In recruiting, location may play as big a role as name recognition and past success. One of the reasons LSU was able to claim four straight Scout. com top-10 recruiting classes is the location of the program — the high school recruiting gold mine of Louisiana. LSU has signed 10 of the 11 Scout.com five-star players in Louisiana in the past six seasons. Some of the best Tigers have been recruited in the Pelican State, including former running back Jacob Hester, wide receiver Early Doucet, defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey and safeties LaRon Landry and Craig Steltz. Sixty percent of players on the 2009 roster came from Louisiana high schools. Location is key in recruiting, and universities that reside in states with the best recruits have translated into on-field success. The past six national champions have come from California, Texas, Florida and Louisiana, four states with the best high school prospects, according to local recruiting experts. The high school talent in those states have yielded Bowl Championship Series title trophies — Florida and LSU have won it twice, and USC and Texas have claimed the title once, all since 2004. Rene Nadeau, college football analyst for ESPN and TigerVision, said California, Texas, Florida and Louisiana have the best high school talent in the nation, but Louisiana is the least known out of the four.
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Bastrop High School’s Rueben Randle smiles Feb. 4 after announcing his decision to attend LSU during National Signing Day in Bastrop, La.
“We compare with anybody in the country,” Nadeau said. “We may not turn out as many athletes as California, Florida and Texas, but per capita, I’d say Louisiana is as good as anybody else in the country.” LSU also has the surrounding Southern states to recruit high school players. LSU coach Les Miles has attracted talent from Houston and the Gulf Coast to sign with the Tigers. Three of the five Scout.com five-star players in the 2009 recruiting class came from Louisiana high schools, but quarterback Russell Shepard and his cousin, safety Craig Loston, are from Houston. Nadeau said LSU’s name recognition and history plays into the decisions of in-state prospects. “LSU has such a great name and will attract kids,” Nadeau said. “Les Miles, and before [Alabama coach] Nick Saban, both won national championships.” LSU is the only major college football program in Louisiana, a recruiting advantage Florida, USC
and Texas do not have. Florida fights Florida State and Miami, USC battles UCLA and California, and Texas duels Texas A&M and Texas Tech for
in-state recruits. When Miles coached Oklahoma State from 2001-2004, he often lost recruits to Oklahoma. Miles now guides Louisiana’s flagship university. “[Miles’] recruiting base expanded once he got to LSU,” said Sonny Shipp, Louisiana recruiting expert for Scout.com. LSU’s biggest recruiting rival recently has been Alabama, only two states away. The Tigers and Crimson Tide battled for several high profile 2009 recruits, including wide receivers Rueben Randle and Kenny Bell, defensive end Sam Montgomery and running back Trent Richardson. Randle and Montgomery signed with LSU, while Bell and Richardson chose Alabama. Nadeau said the South has a history of developing fast college players and will continue to do so in the future. “If you want speed and
athleticism, the southeastern portion of the United States is the way to go,” Nadeau said.
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Fans excited about recruiting class, make predictions to who will have the greatest impact is a toss up between Shepard and Randle. Will Onellion, computer engineering sophomore, thinks By Sean Isabella Randle will make the biggest imSports Contributor pression. A week after the LSU foot“I think Randle is going to ball coach Les Miles and his staff start right away,” he said. “Physihauled in one of the top recruiting cally he’s a lot like [Alabama classes in the country, Tiger fans wide receiver] Julio Jones ... are still oozing We can expect with excitement. the same kind of Twenty-five production from high school sehim.” niors signed naRising setional letters of nior wide reintent on National ceiver Brandon Will Onellion Signing Day to LaFell will enter play football at computer engineering sophomore the spring as the LSU next year. team’s main tarThe Tigers ﬁnished with a get, while Randle will compete class strong enough to rank No. with rising junior Terrance Toli1 by ESPN, No. 2 by Rivals.com ver, rising senior Chris Mitchell and No. 3 by Scout.com. and several other young players The class, headlined by wide for playing time. receiver Rueben Randle, quarterAnderson thinks Toliver, a back Russell Shepard and defen- Rivals ﬁve-star recruit in 2007, sive back Craig Loston, has Tiger will ﬁnally live up to the hype fans eager for the future. following the departure of wide “I’m excited,” said Zach receiver Demetrius Byrd. Anderson, biology freshman. “Toliver is going to have his “It seems like we got a really breakout season,” he said. good class coming in. All very Fans are still unsure what talented — a lot of local players role Shepard will exactly have and in-state players. That’s what I next year with the emergence of liked about it.” rising sophomore quarterback The consensus among fans as Jordan Jefferson.
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‘I think Randle is going to start right away.’
Jefferson led the Tigers to a 38-3 win against then-No. 14 Georgia Tech in the Chick-ﬁl-A Bowl. Travis Roy, biological sciences freshman, said though Shepard is a capable quarterback, he will play a role similar to former Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin. “[Shepard] can play anywhere,” he said. “I looked at a couple of highlight tapes. He’s more of a natural runner than he is a throwing quarterback, but he can get the job done at that position.” Other fans think Shepard will assume a role similar to the one Ohio State sophomore quarterback Terrelle Pryor had last year. Pryor, the No.1 rated prospect by Rivals in 2008, began the season as a backup to then-senior Todd Boeckman. Pryor gradually saw more playing time as the season progressed, ﬁnishing with 1,311 passing yards, 631 rushing yards and 19 total touchdowns. “They will have a formation for him where he’s back at quarterback,” said Scott Gabel, chemical engineering freshman. “He’ll probably throw the ball a few times and maybe he’ll get a chance to play some quarterback in the blowout games.” Regardless of what role
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‘I’m excited. It seems like we got a really good class coming in.’
Shepard has, almost all fans agree he should be on the ﬁeld. “He is too athletic to keep off the ﬁeld,” Onellion said. Some fans think the quarterback competition this spring will only be a two-horse race between Shepard and Jefferson. Gabel does not see rising sophomore Jarrett Lee as a factor this spring. “With how well Jefferson played in the bowl game, and how many interceptions [Lee] threw, I just don’t see him reclaiming that spot as a starter,” he said. David Schexnayder, biology freshman, thinks Lee should be able to compete for the job. “Even though Lee had a rough start, I think he was thrown in there too early being a young quarterback — not enough experience, not enough practice,” he
‘We signed a really good class — a lot of top David Schexnayder athletes.’ biology freshman said. On the defensive side, fans will turn to Loston to make an immediate impact. Loston, who will most likely play safety, will compete with rising senior safeties Danny McCray and Harry Coleman, as well as rising junior Chad Jones. Rising sophomore Stefoin Francois and redshirt freshman Karnell Hatcher will also look to crack the starting lineup. “He’s ready to start right now,” Onellion said. “He could start for most Division I schools right now, but Miles has a tendency to stick with the veterans.”
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North Carolina transfer making big impact Walter Henning sets school record By Rowan Kavner Sports Contributor
Sophomore weight thrower Walter Henning has come a long way to make it to the LSU track and ﬁeld team. Though born and raised in New York, he wasn’t engulfed in Times Square and Broadway. “I’m not a city slicker. I’m a farm boy,” said the Kings Park, N.Y., native, who grew up on a Christmas tree farm. “I have John Deeres, and I drive a Jeep.” Henning’s father, Walter Sr., started Henning in track and ﬁeld at a young age. The elder Henning has been a track coach for more than 20 years. “He started bringing me to United States Track and Field, and they have a subdivision called Long Island Track and Field,” the younger Henning said. “I started doing those meets in .” His father didn’t necessarily see his son becoming a weight thrower. “He’s a great athlete, always conﬁdent in everything that he did,” Walter Sr. said. “He competed in nationals in the pentathlon and was a medalist at a very young age. He was such a great athlete that I pictured him being a decathlete down the road, and then he got lost with the hammer and the rest is history.” Walter Jr. transferred to LSU from North Carolina after his freshman season. At North Carolina he earned All-America honors after setting the school record in the weight throw at the NCAA Indoor Championships. He ﬁnished third with a throw of 72 feet, 3 inches. “They had a good throwers coach, but the throwers coach that recruited me left,” he said. “[He] went to Oklahoma the summer before my freshman year started, and they promised me a release if I didn’t like the new coach ... and I’m here.” A big reason for the Tigers’ appeal to Henning was LSU throwing coach Derek Yush. “Coach Yush was at Rhode Island when I was in high school and recruited me out of Rhode Island, and because it was a small school they didn’t have any scholarship money there,” he said. “He came [to LSU] my freshman year, and I wasn’t going to leave [North] Carolina before I really gave it a test drive. When I got down here and realized he was down here, I was really happy with that.” Henning’s accomplishments continue to mount. In his ﬁrst meet with the Tigers, he set the LSU indoor and Carl Maddox Field House record with a toss of 72 feet, 3 3/4 inches. The throw earned him the honors of Southeastern Conference Male Field Athlete of the Week. Even after the early success, Henning remains humble. “The important part about him is he’s so level-headed,” said Henning’s father. “He doesn’t have a big ego. It’s important to be grounded.”
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speaking of his son, LSU weight thrower
The following week at Texas A&M he broke his own school record and set an NCAA-leading mark of 73 feet, 4 3/4 inches. No other competitors in the meet reached 70 feet. “Walter is a tremendous competitor,” said LSU track and ﬁeld coach Dennis Shaver. “The biggest thing he’s brought to our throws group is that he loves to compete. For him to come in in his very ﬁrst meet of the year [and] throw a personal best and then go to the second meet and throw another personal best, it’s a great tribute to him just believing in the system and coach Yush.” Senior weight thrower Rabun Fox has noticed personal improvement in his own technique since Henning has joined the team. “Not only is he a great addition to the team overall in terms of the national picture, but particularly each day working with him. He’s been a great help technically,” said Fox. “Due to his experience level and amount of coaching he has had prior to coming here, he is also very good at sharing some of his thoughts on how to improve.” Henning’s mother, Mary Beth, is just as thrilled as Henning’s father with his personal accomplishments. “We’re really proud of him,” Mary Beth Henning said. “In the beginning, he would never be happy with his performance. He would always ﬁnd something that needed to be improved. I came to realize that that’s what keeps him going. He always thinks he can do better. That’s what keeps him training [and] keeps him competing.” Henning’s parents were
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Sophomore Walter Henning sets a new LSU record in the men’s weight throw Jan. 23 during his ﬁrst track-and-ﬁeld meet in the Carl Maddox Field House.
supportive of his decision he made after what Mary Beth called “a year of inconsistent coaching,” and were in attendance when he won the event last weekend at New York’s Armory Track and Field Center. “I’m really, really happy down here,” Walter Jr. said. “This is everything I expected. Even off campus it’s exactly what I wanted. I didn’t really feel at home [at North Carolina]. Here we have cane ﬁelds. One of my best buddies is from Ponchatoula, and you don’t get more country than Ponchatoula.” Henning has won the weight throw in all three of his meets this season. “He’s happy as a clam,” Mary Beth Henning said.
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wednesday, february 11, 2009 PITCHING, from page 7 bubble for a spot in the weekend rotation, but in a recent scrimmage, he was impressed with Ross’ pitches. Mainieri said he expected most of the Tigers’ pitching staff to play in the series against the Wildcats. Mainieri also addressed the status of sophomore outfielder Chad Jones. “Chad has played great,” Mainieri said. “He’s got to prove to me for one more week that he’s really reliable, and we can count on him, but so far he’s been a model citizen.” Jones’ teammates have also noticed a change. “It’s almost like he came out here, and he’s a changed player,” said junior outfielder Jared Mitchell. “He’s having fun. That’s the biggest part when you can come out here and relax and play.” Mainieri outlined a projected starting lineup for the Tigers on opening day. Sophomore outfielder Leon
SEC WEST, from page 7 “That was a big emphasis the first time we played them, to take out the 3-pointer,” Mitchell said. “They live and die by the 3-pointer, and so that’s our main goal. If they want to drive, we’ll just collapse and help. But we’ve got to take out the 3.” Mitchell broke out his own 3-point skills in Sunday’s 7662 win against Alabama. He has only attempted 12 3-pointers from the power forward position this season, but he hit 2-of-2 deep 3-pointers against the Crimson Tide on the way to 16 points. “Since I got here I’ve been playing small forward. That requires me to shoot a lot of perimeter shots, a lot of 3s,” Mitchell
TIGER PARK, from page 7 experience for them to get into the loud atmosphere before we actually reach SEC play.” Girouard said she has dealt with a “make-shift pitching rotation” because of injuries to senior Dani Hofer, junior Cody Trahan and Shortridge. Girouard said the original wrist injury to Hofer has now moved to her back, and she’s unsure when Hofer will be able to throw again.
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Landry would lead off for the Tigers, followed by junior second baseman Ryan Schimpf and junior outfielder Blake Dean with sophomore catcher Micah Gibbs batting cleanup.
Sophomore shortstop DJ LeMahieu, Mitchell and junior first baseman Sean Ochinko would be next. The eighth spot could be filled by Jones and senior outfielder Derek
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Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry (left), LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri (center) and LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva (right) sit at the LSU Baseball First Pitch Banquet Tuesday to honor the 2000 LSU baseball championship team.
said. “Me playing the four has kind of limited that, but I’ve still got it in my repertoire. I’m just trying to take high-percentage shots.” For the second-straight time, the matchup will say a lot about the SEC West pecking order. The Tigers took control of the West after their first win against Mississippi State, and a win tonight would give them a two-game lead in the division with seven games left to play. Mississippi State senior center Brian Johnson said he doesn’t need any extra incentive to focus on the 7 p.m. tipoff. The Bulldogs were on a three-game conference winning streak when they came to the PMAC, and they went home to Starkville with a 24-point loss.
“When we went down there, they put it on us. We owe them one,” he said. “It’s an important game, not because it’s LSU but because it’s our next game.” A Bulldog win would create a tie in the SEC West standings and could force a three-way tie with Florida in the overall conference standings. “Coach lets us know where we stand, and we have [standings] in the locker room,” said LSU senior center Chris Johnson. “I don’t like looking at it. It gets into your head, and you seem to lose focus a little bit.”
“She had pretty much extreme complications with the surgery that was supposed to be minor over the summer,” Girouard said. “She threw one day of practice, and that was it. Now she has developed this back problem.” Trahan has seen limited action because of minor back surgery she had during winter break. Shortridge has been in the rotation but isn’t fully healthy after arm surgery during the summer. The Tigers have relied mostly
on sophomore Casey Faile and freshman Brittany Mack, who have remained healthy. Girouard said she wanted to redshirt Mack, but the team’s injuries have prevented that. “Because of the dilemma with the older pitchers, we don’t have a choice,” Girouard said. “We have to throw her.”
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Helenihi would finish the lineup. Mainieri said LSU’s pitchers have “dominated” its hitters through the early work outs. “That’s a very comforting thing,” he said. “Because I know what these experienced position players can do. It encourages me.” Gibbs said the pitching staff is what will bring the team “over the top.” Later in the evening LSU honored the 2000 national championship team at the LSU Baseball First Pitch
PAGE 11 Banquet in the PMAC. Fans, former players, former coaches and alumni joined the 2009 LSU Tigers to honor the team that gave LSU its fifth national championship in 10 years. Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry also spoke at the event.
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Jindal must accept federal bailout money to aid economy Times are difficult, and the path America finds itself on is treacherous. So we should tread with a steady step. When the money from the stimulus package is handed out, 50 governors are going to have to make a choice: Take the money and be indebted to the federal government, or plow through the economic recession without aid. The answer — at least for
Louisiana — is to take the money. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has heavily opposed the stimulus package and is now rumored to be considering rejecting it for his state. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will be facing a similar choice in the upcoming weeks. Without question, Jindal finds himself in a tricky spot. A
life raft, regardless of source, seems impossible to pass up in times as difficult as these. The stimulus package will contain money the state needs to back higher education, something that affects all college students — and even high school upperclassmen — right now. The package could reportedly bring $2.5 billion to Louisiana during the next two years to help offset
proposed budget cuts. That’s money the state simply should not turn down. But let Jindal remember and consider the classic economic saying, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” We urge Jindal to heavily consider all potential consequences of accepting the stimulus package. It is easy to be short-sighted and rash in tumultuous times.
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Republicans cut independents from political process The Republican State Central Committee will hold a meeting in Shreveport to consider a proposal allowing registered voters not affiliated with a particular party to vote in Republican primaries March 14. This proposal would have been unnecessary prior to 2006 because Louisiana had a unique system for choosing elected officials. Beginning in 1978, Louisiana had what might be called a “jungle primary.” Under this system, all candidates for office would run together on one ballot. If no candidate received a majority of votes, there would be a run-off election between the top-two vote recipients. This system had many marks against it — including a gubernatorial race in 1991 between two candidates many people didn’t want to vote for: Edwin Edwards and David Duke. In Louisiana, political parties
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Johnson’s coaching methods not endangering health The LSU men’s basketball team has played a phenomenal season. The team, led by coach Trent Johnson, is the current leader of the SEC and with a continued record of success will soon breach the Top 25 poll. However great this season has been, its success has been attacked, questioned and attributed to “the killing of our students.” I know there have been no deaths related to the basketball team’s success, but Scott Burns’ article is far from anything truthful or rational.
mattered very little. Since the end of Reconstruction in the 1870s until the end of the 1970s, Republicans played only a marginal role, if any, in state politics. The primary system adopted in the 1970s might be seen as carrying on the tradition of marginalizing the influence of national parties within the state. Party affiliation shouldn’t have mattered because anyone could vote for any candidate. However, Republican registration rose during this period. Two things happened: Money from the Republican Party began to flow into Louisiana elections as Democrat incumbents switched their party affiliation to run for another office, and Ronald Reagan made republicanism more popular. As the voting population became increasingly more educated and well-informed, new voters began pulling the lever for candidates in the opposite party of their parents’
party of choice. The Democratic stronghold that developed in Louisiana began to break down in the 1980s as the values of the populace began to change. Staunchly Democratic voters who were bluecollar union Drew members began Walker raising children Columnist who became white-collar adults. Accompanying this change in outlook was a change in the political landscape. No longer was it necessary in Louisiana to be a member of the Democratic Party. A new voter could register as a Republican or even as an independent and still have an equal voice in choosing who was elected to office.
All this changed in 2006 when the Legislature approved a new primary system requiring both major parties to hold closed primary elections for national office. With the new primary system, candidates have to appeal more to the base of their respective party. As the influence of national parties grows, candidates will have to run to their extreme base. When the new system was introduced, Democratic leaders in the state chose to allow independent voters to participate in the primary process while Republicans didn’t. The message was loud and clear to independent voters — the Republicans don’t want you. The Louisiana Republican Party announced its commitment to being the party of exclusion by disallowing the voices of independent voters to be heard in the selection of their representatives in the general election. Partisanship by another name is
elitism. Republican numbers swelled as a result of the open primary system because independent-minded voters began breaking with the traditional Democratic mentality. Now the Republicans are worried about the influence of independent voters on choosing candidates to run for office. Instead of running moderate candidates, the party has chosen to appeal to the more radical element within the party and has excluded independent voters in the process. The Republican Party is setting itself up to lose the influence it has gained since the 1970s and should abandon its arrogant, elitist policy toward independent voters by opening their primaries to those not affiliated with any party.
Scott, are you upset that John Brady was fired and replaced by Trent Johnson? Why would you put down a great coach who has turned a 13-18 program into a 19-4 program with the potential for an even better record? Why would you accuse a great coach and basketball team of killing healthy student bodies by the means of their “on-the-court success”? There are accuracies within this article. Coach Brady did NOT lead LSU to many successful Cane’s Challenges in 2007 or 2008, and his record of 30-33 in those two years is a good indication of that. Scott, you are very right in saying that “LSU’s offense is dynamic,” which is why the team has been able to overcome early leads and late comebacks. You are correct in saying that football coach Les Miles is a new
spokesperson for Raising Cane’s. Finally, you are correct in citing that the South ranks atop the most obese states in the country. But I must say your blatant and ignorant remarks about the coach, players, University and Raising Cane’s have not gone quietly into the blue recycle bins scattered about campus. Trent Johnson’s coaching methods are not endangering the health of the LSU student body. His coaching methods have proven successful, and the 19-4 record and current leader of the SEC speaks for themselves. Coach Johnson is raising a great team and has maintained the health of all of the players and students. Scott, the Cane’s Challenge has many purposes that benefit the company as well as the athletic program. One of the benefits the University
sees through sponsorships is more affordable ticket prices because corporate sponsorships cover many of the program’s costs. That means free admission for you and me! The Cane’s Challenge (specifically) attracts students to Pack the PMAC to create a loud environment for the players to gain motivation. The Cane’s Challenge also helps people feed their hunger at a lower cost than the paying customer’s price. Cane’s does not make people fat. Lack of exercise, poor eating habits and slow metabolisms make people overweight. Should we attack Les Miles, who coaches a great football team watched by many who stuff their bodies full of beer, BBQ and fried food? I, along with at least 92,800 people, disagree. I ask that you publicly retract and apologize for your comments on
Monday. The derogatory nature of your article toward Coach Johnson, the players, the athletic department, the students and the fans of this university has not gone unnoticed. I certainly enjoy Cane’s after the game because I, like many other Maravich Maniacs, am the one working up an appetite by standing, jumping, hollering and screaming. We do that to support our team, the coaches and the University so everyone has something to be proud of: success. And for the team’s success, we are rewarded with free chicken.
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Internet warriors’ war on Scientology legitimate
We are Anonymous. We are legion. Anonymous does not forgive; Anonymous does not forget. This is the creed of Anonymous, the shadowy Internet-based group that has declared war on the Church of Scientology. The group originated in the murky underbelly of the Internet. Its origins are generally traced to the image board 4chan, where users can post whatever they want. When I say anything, I mean exactly that. The Web site is full of some of the most fascinating — and absolutely most disturbing — content the world has ever produced. If you value your sanity, avoid this Web site at all costs. Imagine the absolute darkest, sickest things the human mind can conceive. Now imagine a world without censorship, where no one knows who or where you are and this sickest of material is posted freely. That is 4chan. The anonymous nature of the Web site is what gives the group spawned by the image board its name. Because of its origins, Anonymous consists almost entirely of computer-obsessed “basement dwellers.” The group’s previous achievements include hacking the American Epilepsy Foundation Web site and
embedding images with bright flashing colors and loud noises, causing countless seizures nationwide. The group is also infamous for harassing posters to its threads. Once their documents are found, Anonymous typically hacks the victim’s MySpace or Facebook account, posting huge amounts of pornography and shock images. To be fair, the image boards Anonymous populates have created some truly hilarious content — the popular Internet memes “roflcats,” “demotivational posters” and even “rickrolling” originated on either 4chan or a similar Anonymous stomping ground. Recently, Anonymous has made a name for itself by combating the Church of Scientology (CoS), which has a history of conflict with Internet organizations. The Church elicited the rage of the group when it began using its crack team of lawyers to regulate what content was posted on YouTube.com. The group began applying pressure to the site that led to videos criticizing Scientology being removed – in some cases, anti-Scientologists even lost their accounts. The final straw came in January 2008, when a video of Tom Cruise was posted to YouTube. While “Mission: Impossible” music played in the background, Cruise —
looking manic, even insane — rambled about his love for Scientology, making such absurd claims like only Scientologists can help after a car accident and that Scientologists are the leading authority on curing addictions. After threat of litigation from the Church, the video was reMatthew moved. Albright The actions Columnist by the CoS — who Anonymous refers to as Co$, deriding their apparent greed — infuriated a great deal of Internet junkies, who saw the act as Internet censorship. The war on Scientology — which is being termed “Project Chanology” — began with massive computer attacks on the church’s Web sites. An unknown number of hackers employed programs that flooded the Scientologist servers with server requests. Without getting into the technobabble, the Scientologist Web sites were brought down. The Church proceeded to hire a Web-hosting service that specialized in securing servers against attacks. The Scientologists then issued a
press-release informing Anonymous of this movement, warning them not to try the attack again. Apparently, the CoS grossly underestimated their enemy. Before the day was out, the Web sites were down again. In addition, Anonymous used the Google Bomb tactic to route users who search “dangerous cult” to the Church of Scientology main Web site. As Operation Chanology continued, the pressure mounted to switch to legal tactics against the organization. This pressure came to a head when Mark Bunker, known as “Wise Beard Man,” called them out and switched to conventional tactics. Instead of hack attacks, Operation Chanology now largely consists of real-life protests outside CoS buildings. In these protests, participants almost always wear some form of mask (most commonly a Guy Fawkes mask, popularized by the movie “V for Vendetta”), and wield signs and bullhorns protesting the group’s attempts at censorship. Also, the group has begun challenging the organization’s tax-exempt religious status. Because the Church requires payment for many religious services, they believe it should lose this tax-exempt status. Although it seems almost
criminal to condone the actions of basement-dwelling hackers with a penchant for ruining lives, Anonymous does actually raise some strong questions. Why should Scientology be allowed to force YouTube to remove content that damages their image while politicians, celebrities and ordinary people are defamed in videos every day? Scientology is essentially using threats of litigation to censor what information is posted about it on the Internet. If this weren’t bad enough, the group is only able to do so because it requires payments — sometimes exorbitant ones — to advance within its ranks. Thus the Church of Scientology has gathered deep coffers with which to wield the justice system as cudgel of intimidation to censor the Internet. This is unacceptable. As long as Anonymous continues to use legitimate means of protest, their cause is also perfectly legitimate. Even if the way they function is relatively unconventional.
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U.S. foreign aid starves third world, promotes evil The world our parents gave us is rife with problems. Three billion people survive on less than $2 per day. Every day, almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes — one child every five seconds — according to the U.N. These problems are not caused by a lack of money. From 1950 to 1985, the total net transfer of capital from the first world to the third world amounted to the staggering sum of $2 trillion in 1985 dollars. Although private sources accounted for as much as 40 percent of this in the 1950s, that number has trended downwards and reached 16 percent by the 1980s, according to a commentary by Nick Eberstadt entitled “Famine, Development and Foreign Aid.” Two trillion dollars is a tremendous amount of money. In 1985 that was enough to purchase all the companies on the New York Stock Exchange and the entire U.S. farming system, according to the aforementioned commentary. And that amount has not decreased in recent years. Former President George W. Bush vastly increased the amount of aid sent to Africa, and Vice President Joe Biden has often stated his commitment to double foreign aid. But the extreme poverty of the third world has persisted despite
these measures. In fact, an honest examination of the evidence leads one to the conclusion that foreign aid ultimately harms its recipients. Before looking at the way foreign aid affects the impoverished, it is worth pointing out the vast majority of U.S. “foreign aid” is not even nominally designed to help the poor. The largest recipient of U.S. aid in 2008 was Israel. Virtually all of the $2.4 billion was used to buy weapons, 75 percent of which are made in the U.S. Of the $1.7 billion given to Egypt — the second-largest recipient of U.S. aid — $1.3 billion was used for military purchases, according to the State Department. One would have to go down to the fifth largest recipient of U.S. aid, Kenya, to find a country whose primary aid expenditures were not related to the military. The majority of Kenya’s $586 million was used to fight HIV/AIDS and malaria through abstinence education and drug treatment. Most of our “foreign aid” is not welfare but a military expenditure — a subsidy for the weapons industry. But that’s not to say non-military aid helps the poor — even when it’s designed to do just that. One of the largest problems with sending goods overseas is it destroys local industries. No one can compete with free.
President Dwight Eisenhower originally created America’s Food for Peace program in the 1950s to hide the large amount of excess food America’s agriculture subsidies had created. When this wheat was dumped in India, it bankruptDaniel ed thousands of Morgan local farmers Columnist and resulted in the starvation of millions of Indians, according to George Dunlop, chief of staff of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Another tragic example of farm subsidies is Africa. Although historically a food exporter, the continent “lost its ability to feed itself” when foreigners began to “smother Africa with foreign aid,” according to Thomas Sowell’s “The Economics and Politics of Race.” Kenyan economist James Shikwati said, “For God’s sake, please stop the aid!” in an interview with Spiegel. “As absurd as it may sound, development aid is one of the reasons for Africa’s problems. If the West were to cancel these payments, normal Africans wouldn’t even notice. Only the functionaries would be hard hit. Which is why they maintain that the world would stop
turning without this development aid.” The relationship between foreign aid and foreign governments cannot be overstated. “In practically every case, the influx of ‘aid’ has been immediately followed by the emergence of a massive, unproductive, parasitic government bureaucracy whose very existence undercuts the recipients’ ability for sustained economic growth,” according an article by David Osterfeld in The Freeman, a publication by the Foundation for Economic Education. A large government can often get in the way of economic progress. For instance, starting a legal business in Kenya requires as much as 20 licenses and numerous bribes, according to a 2006 “20/20” special. Not only does aid to foreign nations finance destructive bureaucracies that hinders economic growth, but it also disconnects foreign governments from the incentive to better their countries. When U.S. policies damage the economy, it decreases the amount of money politicians collect from taxes. But foreign aid destroys even this tenuous link between politicians and their policies. Andrew Mwenda examined this change in incentives in a 2006 paper entitled “Foreign Aid and the Weakening of Democratic Account-
ability in Uganda.” Addressing how Uganda spends its aid, Mwenda writes, “The government is wasting much of the new money on military equipment and political patronage. To promote democracy and accountability, the West should discontinue future aid flows.” To some extent, democracies succeed in reflecting the will of their people. Americans are concerned with improving the state of the world, and they have supported politicians who favor sending aid. If Americans are willing to vote for politicians who will raise taxes to help the third world, then they will surely donate by themselves without the coercion of taxation. Private charities will not only more flexibly deal with the challenges of poverty but also will not waste billions arming the world. It’s easier for Bono to ask his fans to beg our government to help the poor than it is to ask his fans to donate without the always-corrupt middle-man. But this is a cause we must start supporting. If we want to leave a better world for our children, then we must end foreign aid.
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