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Cut to the Chase Enrollment could drop by nearly 8,500 if University hit with steep budget cuts
has been a sticking point between the two since the beginning of the year. The University is bracing An estimated 8,500 students to endure a 29.8 percent drop in may leave the University if state enrollment if it’s funding is cut by forced to cut $71.9 30 percent next million from its ﬁscal year. budget next ﬁs- Log on to see This ﬁgure cal year, according — among others Kyle Bove to documents oblike hikes in tutained by The Daily break down the ition and student budget cuts. Reveille. fees — was not And an apparincluded in the ent difference between the Uni- LSU System’s “budget reduction versity and the LSU System’s approaches to dealing with the cuts BUDGET, see page 8
By Kyle Bove
Chief Staff Writer
BUDGET CUTS BY THE NUMBERS:
LSU System President John Lombardi
• University may be forced to cut $71.9M (30 percent) of its budget next ﬁscal year. • The cut may decrease enrollment by 8,500 (including nearly half of minority enrollment). • University, System trying to decide if cuts should be performance-based or across the board.
University Chancellor Michael Martin
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Governors consider turning down stimulus money By Melissa Deslatte The Associated Press
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(AP) — A handful of Republican governors are considering turning down some money from the federal stimulus package, a move opponents say puts conservative ideology ahead of the needs of constituents struggling with record foreclosures and soaring unemployment.
Though none has outright rejected the money available for education, health care and infrastructure, the governors of Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alaska, South Carolina and Idaho have all questioned whether the $787 billion bill signed into law this week will even help the economy. “My concern is there’s going to be commitments attached to it that are a mile long,” said Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who considered rejecting some of the money but decided Wednesday to accept it. “We need the freedom to pick and choose. And we need the freedom to say, ‘No 7:20 a.m. 8:20 a.m. Noon 3:20 p.m. 4:20 p.m. 5:20 p.m.
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thanks.’” U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., the No. 3 House Democrat, said the governors — some of whom are said to be eyeing White House bids in 2012 — are putting their own interests ﬁrst. “No community or constituent should be denied recovery assistance due to their governor’s political ideology or political aspirations,” Clyburn said Wednesday. In fact, governors who reject some of the stimulus aid may ﬁnd themselves overridden by their own legislatures because of LAWMAKERS, see page 7
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Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks Wednesday at the State Capitol.
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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel declared Wednesday that it will not open the Gaza Strip’s blockaded borders until Hamas militants free a captured Israeli soldier, dealing a blow to Egyptian efforts to broker a long-term cease-fire. The decision was condemned by Hamas, which is desperate for border crossings to be opened in order to start repairing destruction from Israel’s military offensive in the coastal territory last month. In parallel, the prime minister of the rival Palestinian government in the West Bank announced plans to stream reconstruction money directly to the people of Gaza.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI received Nancy Pelosi, one of the most prominent abortion rights politicians in America, and told her Wednesday that Catholic politicians have a duty to protect life “at all stages of its development.” The U.S. House speaker, a Catholic, was the first top Democrat to meet with Benedict since the election of Barack Obama, who won a majority of the U.S. Catholic vote despite differences with the Vatican on abortion. On his fourth day in office last month, Obama ended a ban on funds for international groups that perform abortions or provide information on the option — a sharp policy change from former President George W. Bush’s Republican administration.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Eric Holder, the nation’s first black attorney general, said Wednesday the United States was “a nation of cowards” on matters of race, with most Americans avoiding candid discussions of racial issues. In a speech to Justice Department employees marking Black History Month, Holder said the workplace is largely integrated but Americans still self-segregate on the weekends and in their private lives. “Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards,” Holder said. Race issues continue to be a topic of political discussion, but “we, as average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race.”
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Attorney General Eric Holder makes remarks commemorating African American History Month on Wednesday.
Republican faces recall Revenue panel increases effort for stimulus vote shortfall projection NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao, the Vietnamese Republican who made a successful longshot bid for Congress in an overwhelmingly black and Democratic New Orleans district, is the subject of a recall petition filed by critics of his vote against President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package. Rev. Aubry Wallace is the chairman of the recall effort. In a news release, he and Rev. Toris Young criticized Cao (pronounced “Gow”) for twice voting against the stimulus bill, which Obama signed into law this week.
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SG hosts second ‘straight talk’ with students By Adam Duvernay Staff Writer
Despite a light rain and the clatter of power-tools outside the LSU Student Union, a free king cake giveaway was enough to stop students long enough for Student Government to grill them on their concerns. Setting up shop outside in Free Speech Alley, the SG executive branch hosted another edition of “Straight Talk with Student Government” on Wednesday afternoon. Aiming for a Mardi Gras theme less than a week before the holiday, SG sought to have an open forum to discuss student issues. Though SG President Colorado Robertson had planned to have live, Louisiana-themed music present during this session, time and revenue constraints kept the bands from appearing. “We decided not to have a band today because they were going to charge us an arm and a leg,” Robertson said. To make up for the missing music, SG carted out a public announcement system with the intention of blasting jazz and zydeco sounds. However, a broken power outlet in
the alley ended that ambition. LSU Dining Services provided SG with about 500 pieces of king cake for the event. Though there weren’t any plastic babies hidden inside the pieces, the traditional Mardi Gras treat served its purpose. “This is supposed to kick off the Mardi Gras celebration,” Robertson said. “Everyone enjoys a moist piece of king cake.” While some students did walk up to the SG booth with legitimate concerns about the University, many said they were only interested in a free piece of cake. “I just went into New Orleans and didn’t get any king cake, so I Log on to see thought I would just come over SG reps. and get some,” talk to said Adam Prenstudents tice, electrical and pass engineering seout king nior. cake. Before he had time to pick up his cake, Robertson and Prentice got involved in a conversation about the delays in Union construction. Prentice said as long as new Union facilities are open before he graduates in May, he would be happy.
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Adam Prentice, electrical engineering senior, speaks with SG President Colorado Robertson on Wednesday during Straight Talk with SG in Free Speech Alley.
Other students didn’t bother to stick around and chat with SG, nabbing some cake on the run and continuing on past the Union. “Some people were just taking king cake and leaving,” said Iftekhar Rouf, assistant director of student involvement. “When you pass out free food, it’s bound to happen.” Robertson said getting students to stop and share their concerns is always difficult for SG. He said people going to lunch are more likely to stop than people coming from the Union on their way to class. Aaron Caffarel, University Center for Freshman Year Senator, said
he had spoken to very few students about specific University issues. While he said “Straight Talk” was a good opportunity to make SG visible, he agreed most students who stopped were only after free king cake. “Students look at us and say ‘Oh! King cake!’ and it gets them to stop,” Caffarel said. “This whole thing helps to promote a positive image of SG.”
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Martin ‘an open book’ about budget cuts Senate passes new parking resolution By Ryan Buxton Contributing Writer
Though information on the University’s budget concerns is still sparse, the Staff Senate finds itself questioning the best role to play in the ongoing financial uncertainty. The looming budget reduction was again one of the most important topics at the Senate’s meeting, joined this time by a vote on a parking-related resolution and a presentation on the celebration of the University’s sesquicentennial— its 150-year anniversary. Staff Senate President Patricia Beste expressed the importance of the staff finding its niche in the adjustment of the University’s budget. She said there is a question of how high profile the staff should be concerning the budget. “The staff are employees of the legislature and aren’t usually supposed to lobby them or make statements to the public,” Beste said. But this situation is unique, Beste said, and the staff will definitely play a role in budget revision. The question is whether their actions will be “big and public.” Beste stressed the potential magnitude of the cuts and what they could mean to the University’s progress. “[The University] is on the brink of being everything we’ve dreamed of,” Beste said. “This
cut could set us back 20 years. We don’t want that when we’re so close to being so good.” Staff members sang praise for Chancellor Michael Martin and his openness as the budget situation progresses. “The chancellor has been an open book,” Beste said. “He knows the University isn’t about him; it’s about everyone.” Senator Donna Torres of Accounting Services said she is impressed with the chancellor’s involvement during budgetary concerns. “[Martin] is real,” Torres said. “He’s not sitting in an ivory tower.” Beste asked members of the Senate to suggest ideas on what actions the staff should take regarding the budget, emphasizing that Martin wants the staff to have a voice in any decisions. The staff also unanimously passed a resolution regarding parking. The resolution seeks to acquire a pro-rated parking fee for facility workers who work at night and may only be parked on campus during the last hour of Easy Streets lockdown. These workers are currently paying half of the parking fee but only parking in a reserved lot for a small amount of time, said Chad Gothreaux, Staff Senate presidentelect. The resolution will now be sent to the provost for approval. Rusty Jabour, vice chancellor of Communications and University
Relations, spoke to the group. Jabour also serves as co-chair of the Sesquicentennial Committee and spoke about plans for celebrations in 2010. Some of the projects in the works include LSU Serves the World, a Web site honoring service by members of the University
community worldwide, and LSU Day, a festival that allows the public to “see, explore and discover LSU.”
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Three student suggestions for spring ballot approved Spring election will see vote on $5K By Adam Duvernay Staff Writer
If students ignore Student Government elections this semester, they may be passing up their ﬁrst opportunity to directly choose how their student fees are spent. For nearly a month, the SG Senate has been collecting student ideas concerning how best to spend $5,000 of student fees. After going through e-mails and suggestion boxes located around campus, senators on the Temporary Student Initiatives Committee were ﬁnally able to narrow down the submitted ideas and present them to the SG Senate. The SG Senate voted unanimously Wednesday night to accept the three student suggestions chosen by the Temporary Student Initiatives Committee, which will be put up to a campus-wide vote during the spring election. Their ﬁrst suggestion recommended the funds be used to
increase the University’s commit- other high-trafﬁc computer labs. ment to recycling. The proposition The proposed system may have asked the money to be spent on ad- the option to allow students to reditional recycling bins and a promo- serve University computers remotetional awareness campaign. ly, but the decision to add this feature Speaker Pro-Tempore Drew has not been decided on. Prestridge, who served on the TemFinally, the committee presented porary Student Initiatives Commit- a suggestion to add more heavy-duty tee, said he had been impressed with microwaves in high trafﬁc areas such the suggestion’s thoroughness and as the Student Union and the Design supported it partly Building. because so many “If we had of the suggestions ‘It is kind of ridiculous and microwaves in the they received conmore highly trafcerned recycling on surprising how much these ﬁcked areas of camcampus. pus, it would be things cost, but that’s Sen. Meghan easier for students often the reality of it.’ Hanna, University eating lunch durCenter for Advising the middle of Drew Prestridge ing and Counselthe day,” Prestridge speaker pro-tempore ing, told the senate said. Facility Services No speciﬁc had said a student-funded recycling buildings were ofﬁcially named as plan could be implemented within potential microwave recipients betwo to three weeks. cause permission must ﬁrst be given The second student sugges- from any individual building before tion the committee brought to the new hardware is installed. ﬂoor was to create an online waitThese suggestions were choing system that could immediately sen because they were the most inform students which computers are feasible with the allotted $5,000. available in Middleton Library and Other popular student suggestions
Caterie’s license unchanged Split vote for future lift of smoking ban By Joy Lukachick Staff Writer
The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Council’s ﬁnal vote denying the Caterie owners’ request to rezone the business caused business owners and two councilmen to storm from the room in disgust at Wednesday’s meeting. The Planning and Zoning Commission approved changing the Caterie’s status from a restaurant to a bar Feb. 16, but the Metro Council as a whole rejected the rezoning Wednesday. The vote failed after six councilmen voted yes, three no, two abstained and one member was absent. The council’s split vote means the 1973 establishment located on Perkins Road still cannot allow customers to smoke inside their building. John Hill, co-owner of the Caterie, said when the state changed the smoking laws, it destroyed the restaurant’s night business. One of the main reasons the owners asked for the council to change the status was to keep up with the competition from other bars that can allow smoking within the business. The American Heart and American Stroke Associations and the Cancer Society Association opposed the zoning change and advocated the council should protect the public from second-hand smoke. “No one should have to risk their health for cigarettes,” said Berry Trascher, Louisiana advocacy director for American Heart Association. Allowing the customers to smoke inside the business would not
be in the best interest of the public, Trascher said. “The Caterie got caught in a trap,” said Rodney Bourgeois, District 12 Councilman. “The Caterie was doing ﬁne until the state ... decided to reinterpret the law.” Bourgeois said the restaurant received its license before the other bars in the area were in existence, and zoning requirements were different. The issue isn’t about secondhand smoke because the law allows other bars to have smoking inside their buildings, Bourgeois said. Ritnuy Castine, who attended the meeting and opposed the rezoning, said he enjoys visiting the
Caterie without worrying about smoke. “Supporting the measure would endanger the life of all that go there,” Castine said. Chandler Loupe, District 3 Councilman, said it is unfair to turn the issue into a public health cry for smoking. “I don’t see this as a public issue,” Loupe said. “[I] see it as a business that is trying to survive.”
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did not ﬁt into the relatively small amount offered to students. Hanna said one new bike rack alone would cost almost $5,000, and creating a new crosswalk could reach upward $35,000. Any suggestion involving infrastructure could easily range in the millions.
“It is kind of ridiculous and surprising how much these things cost, but that’s often the reality of it,” Prestridge said. Contact Adam Duvernay at email@example.com
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Obama throws $75 billion lifeline to homeowners President hopes to stabilize market By Liz Sidoti The Associate Press
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — President Barack Obama threw a $75 billion lifeline to millions of Americans on the brink of foreclosure Wednesday, declaring an urgent need for drastic action — not only to save their homes but to keep the housing crisis “from wreaking even greater havoc” on the broader national economy. The lending plan, a full $25 billion bigger than the administration had been suggesting, aims to prevent as many as 9 million homeowners from being evicted and to stabilize housing markets that are at the center of the ever-worsening U.S. recession. Government support pledged to mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is being doubled as well, to $400 billion, as part of an effort to encourage them to refinance loans that are “under water” — those in which homes’ market values have sunk below the amount the owners still owe. “All of us are paying a price for this home mortgage crisis, and all of us will pay an even steeper price if we allow this crisis to continue to deepen,” Obama said.
The new president, focusing closely on the economy, in his first month in office, rolled out the housing program one day after he was in Denver to sign his $787 billion emergency stimulus plan to revive the rest of the economy. And his administration is just now going over fresh requests for multiple billions in bailout cash from ailing automakers. Wall Street has shown little ‘The proviconfidence in the sions of new steps, declining sharply on this plan Tuesday before will help leveling off after us end this Wednesday’s announcement. The crisis... for Dow Jones indus- millions of trials rose 3 points families.’ for the day. Success of the Barack Obama foreclosure rescue U.S. president is far from certain. The administration is loosening refinancing restrictions for many borrowers and providing incentives for lenders in hopes that the two sides will work together to modify loans. But no one is required to participate. The biggest players in the mortgage industry temporarily had halted foreclosures in advance of Obama’s plan. Complicating matters, investors in complex mortgage-linked securities, who make money based
on interest payments, could still balk, especially those who hold second mortgages or home equity loans. Their approval would be needed to prevent many foreclosures. “The obstacles have not gone away,” said Bert Ely, a banking industry consultant in Alexandria, Va. Another cautionary note came from John Courson, chief executive of the Mortgage Bankers Association. “It seems to offer little help to borrowers whose loan exceeds their property value by more than 5 percent,” he said, noting that that requirement would limit the plan’s success in some of the hardest-hit areas in California, Florida, Nevada and Arizona and parts of the East Coast. Indeed, Obama himself said, “This plan will not save every home.” The goal is to lower many endangered homeowners’ payments to no more than 31 percent of their income. But that depends on a high degree of cooperation by lenders who have been increasingly wary of new lending as the crisis has deepened. Still, the Obama administration, after talking with mortgage investors, appears confident that it is providing the right mix of incentives and penalties to make
sure mortgage companies take part. Obama said he backs legislation in Congress to allow bankruptcy judges to modify the terms of primary home loans — an idea ardently opposed by the lending industry. “Taken together, the provisions of this plan will help us end this crisis and preserve, for millions of families, their stake in the American Dream,” Obama said.
Yet, he also added: “We must also acknowledge the limits of this plan.” He called on lenders, borrowers and the government “to step back and take responsibility” and said: “All of us must learn to live within our means again.” Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
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HS students try to break dodgeball record Event scheduled for March 28 By Nichole Oden Contributing Writer
One night several months ago, David Barnett was watching the band Weezer’s music video for the song “Troublemaker” when a crazy idea hit him. The video holds the world record for the largest dodgeball game ever — 50 people on each team. Barnett, a student at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, couldn’t help but think how easy it would be to break the record. Barnett and two of his friends, Andrew Carmichael and Margeaux Marks, are hosting a dodgeball game at the Parade Ground on March 28 in hopes of shattering the Guinness World Record and to raise money for Baton Rouge Food Bank. The three high school students first requested official papers for breaking a world record from Guinness in November, Barnett said. “I had almost given up on hearing back from them, but eight weeks after requesting the papers they finally got back to me,” Barnett said. To make the record official, the group needs at least one referee, media coverage and at least two important people from Baton Rouge to witness it, Barnett said. They’ve already had huge success recruiting people to play in the game. “We invited all our friends on Facebook,” Marks said. “Last time I looked I think it was up to 586 people.” Barnett said they’re hoping to get 1,000 or more people. But having a game this big is going to take a lot more than just people showing up to play. The balls and uniforms cost money, causing the three to search for sponsors. Marks said they plan on using at least 300 balls in the game, and each one costs about $20. “We’re hoping that Dodge dealership will sponsor us,” Carmichael said. Anyone can participate, but people under the age of 15 need a parent to sign a waiver for Guiness.
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Participants need to bring either five canned goods or a few dollars to donate to Baton Rouge Food Bank, Barnett said. “We talked to Baton Rouge Food Bank [on Tuesday], and they are thrilled to be working with us,” Barnett said. On the day of the event, people will sign in a log book before receiving a T-shirt and being assigned to a team. If interested in playing, people should look for “BIGGEST DODGEBALL GAME EVER” event page on Facebook. The group still needs about 400 people to meet their goal.
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LSU men’s basketball player Terry Martin’s car gets towed Wednesday afternoon while he was in Arkansas for a game.
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Research shows economic hardships can lead to obesity More students buying low-priced food By Leslie Presnall Staff Writer
Many are hitting the gym to get the perfect spring break body, but some students are struggling to shed those recession pounds. In a quest to save money during tough economic times, more students are buying lower-priced food, and as a result, gaining weight from the increased consumption of cheaper junk and fast foods. “Research has shown that there is a link between obesity and socioeconomic status,” said Julie Hupperich, Student Health Center associate director. “A lot of college students turn to fast food restaurants and 99 cent menus. Those choices have lots of calories, carbohydrates and fats.” Some fast food chains have salads, fruits or other nutritious items on the menu, but those seem to be higher priced, she said. At McDonald’s, a premium salad with chicken has about 300450 calories, while a less-expensive cheeseburger and French fries can have as many as 1,000 calories, depending on the size.
But many students can save a great deal of money by preparing their own meals. “Be thoughtful when you go grocery shopping,” Hupperich said. “Clip coupons, and shop the sales. Students can buy in bulk with roommates because that’s always less expensive, especially for nonperishable foods like pasta and cereal.” The majority of one’s expenses when grocery shopping is on fresh produce and fresh cuts of meat, which tends to force students on low budgets to stock up on items like potato chips and snack foods for a lower price, Hupperich said. But buying produce that is in season is less expensive, she said. And to get the proper amount of protein from foods other than meat, students can stick to some of the lowercost items like beans, eggs and rice. Students can also save money by purchasing store brands, like WalMart’s Great Value brand, as opposed to national brands. These items are often made by the same company but just packaged differently. In the past, those of lower-economic status tended to weigh less because of lack of food. But today, with dollar menus and cheaper food options, poverty is associated more with obesity, Hupperich said.
“When we talk about being overweight or obese, we talk about decrease in activity levels,” she said. “People who are of lower-economic status don’t have as much access to be physically active like [having] a gym membership.” But the University Student Recreational Complex is offering free fitness and nutrition assessments to students and faculty each Thursday, said Tricia Milford-Hoyt, University Recreation assistant director of marketing and membership. With the high-demand for this type of service, the UREC has created the “Healthy Lifestyles Suite” located on the first floor. Students can get advice from professionals about achieving a healthier lifestyle and gain information on various exercise programs. “As people’s schedules become more and more hectic, the first thing that falls out of their schedule is exercise,” Hupperich said. “If college students are impacted by the recession ... I could see where they don’t have time to go to the UREC.”
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language Clyburn included in the bill that allows lawmakers to accept the federal money even if their governors object. He inserted the provision based on the early and vocal opposition to the stimulus plan by South Carolina’s Republican governor, Mark Sanford. But it also means governors like Sanford and Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal — a GOP up-andcomer often mentioned as a potential 2012 presidential candidate — can burnish their conservative credentials, knowing all the while that their legislatures can accept the money anyway. Jindal said he, like Perry and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, is concerned about strings attached to the money even though his state faces a $1.6 billion budget shortfall next year. Barbour spokesman Dan Turner, for example, cited concerns that accepting unemployment money from the stimulus package would force states to pay benefits to people who wouldn’t meet state require-
PAGE 7 ments to receive them. In Idaho, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said he wasn’t interested in stimulus money that would expand programs and boost the state’s costs in future years when the federal dollars disappear — a worry also cited by Jindal and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. A spokesman said Sanford, the new head of the Republican Governors Association, is looking at the stimulus bill to figure out how much of it he can control. “We’re going through a 1,200page bill to determine what our options are,” Spokesman Joel Sawyer said. “From there, we’ll make decisions.” But state Democratic Party chairwoman Carol Fowler says Sanford’s hesitation is driven by his political ambition rather than the best interests of a state that had the nation’s third-highest unemployment rate in December.
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exercise” released Feb. 4. “We’ve tried to minimize any discussion of enrollment loss and avoid too much focus on alternative sources of revenue,” LSU System President John Lombardi told Chancellor Michael Martin in a Jan. 29 e-mail obtained by The Daily Reveille. “Those issues are likely to prompt questions we’re not ready to answer given the variable nature of the budget conversations at the present time.” With a projected cut in higher education state funding between $212 million and $382 million for the ﬁscal year beginning July 1, the Division of Administration asked Lombardi to complete a “budget reduction exercise” showing what a cut of up to 30 percent in funding would mean for the System. Administrators at the 11 institutions compiled their own budget scenarios to submit to the System ofﬁce, where they were compiled into one “budget reduction exercise” and submitted to the Division of Administration. Records show several differences between what the University submitted and what was shown in the System’s exercise. “I think [the System’s budget reduction exercise] made as good of a case as it could [for the University],” Martin told The Daily Reveille on Wednesday. “I understand that we have other units within the System that have to be represented as well.” Lombardi declined an interview, through System Spokesman
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Charles Zewe, about the differences state funds were cut by 30 percent. The System as a whole would see between the budget scenarios. Martin said University ofﬁ- about $208.8 million in cuts under cials focused more on ﬁnding pos- this worse-case scenario. Whether the budget reduction sible solutions for a cut of up to 30 percent while the System’s interests will be handled in an across-thelay in displaying what an across- board or performance-based fashthe-board cut of 30 percent would ion won’t be determined until more is known about the state’s budget, look like for the System. Martin said. Gov. Lombardi said Bobby Jindal will in the same e-mail submit his executo Martin that some tive budget with suggested the Sysproposed cuts tem use the newly March 13 to the created — but not Legislature. yet ﬁnalized — Martin said Board of Regents’ he is conﬁdent performance-based Michael Martin in Lombardi to funding formula University chancellor choose the right to distribute the path for the Unibudget reduction in the exercise. Others suggested versity and it’s too early in the the System distribute the reduction process to predict exactly how the based on the amount of extra fund- budget cuts will unfold. “I don’t think any of us will ing available to a campus or unit, know the full impact until we get like tuition. “We resisted all these notions that ﬁnal number,” Martin said. Martin said it is important to on the grounds that none of them seemed either wise or fair,” Lom- remember the University is a landbardi said in the e-mail. “And we grant, high research, top-tier instibelieved they would have signiﬁ- tution. “I don’t think you can treat cant negative effects for different campuses depending on how such every institution in the state the differential distributions were cal- same,” Martin said. Besides an estimated student culated. While a more complicated method for distributing the reduc- loss of 8,500 — including 2,250, tion might have been possible, we or about half, the minority student didn’t think it worth the effort to try population — other elements were discussed in the University’s budand resolve that.” Including the now permanent get scenario that were omitted from $10.3 million in mid-year budget the System’s ﬁnal draft. For instance, the Bengal Legcuts, LSU’s main campus in Baton Rouge would see a total budget re- acy Scholarships for non-resident duction of about $71.9 million for sons and daughters of LSU graduthe ﬁscal year beginning July 1 if ates, the Board of Supervisors
‘I don’t think you can treat every institution in the state the same.’
scholarships and the Louisiana Freshman Merit Award would be eliminated under worst-case scenario cuts, according to the University’s budget exercise. “The cutting of any scholarship will have a detrimental impact on students eligible for the awards and may have a negative impact on enrollment,” the document states. Merit increases for faculty, administrative and professional staff would also be “out of the question.” With a large budget reduction, closing academic colleges is likely. “To reach this [30 percent] level of a cut, more than one large college must be eliminated because of the corresponding loss of tuition revenue,” the document states. Martin also suggested to Lombardi the idea of an involuntary furlough for faculty and staff. While
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009 other colleges are making similar decisions, the Louisiana Board of Regents restricts the furloughing of faculty without declaring ﬁnancial exigency for the unit involved — a path University and System ofﬁcials are cautious to explore. Martin said he is not suggesting the University enforce a furlough, but that it is a question of “could this happen.” The issue of furloughing will not turn into a question of “should this happen” or “will this happen” until the University knows the full extent of the budget cuts later this spring. A policy change would also be required to enforce a furlough for faculty.
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INSIDE: Tigers claw past Razorbacks, 72-69, in Fayetteville, page 10. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009
New Alex Box Stadium ushers in new era of Tiger baseball By Casey Gisclair Chief Sports Writer
graphic by STEPHANIE CLARK AND JAY ST. PIERRE / The Daily Reveille
Paul’s 36-point game propels Hornets past Magic, page 10.
The name of the stadium is the same. The uniforms and most of the teams playing in the stadium will be the same. But LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri said the Tigers must make changes when playing in the new Alex Box Stadium. “It’s going to be an adjustment for us,” he said. “That’s why we wanted to get in here early, so our players could have some of the nuances ﬁgured out before opening day.” One of the major differences between the old Alex Box Stadium and the new Alex Box Stadium is the hitting backdrop. ALEX BOX, see page 12
See what the new Alex Box Stadium looks like a day before its opening, page 12.
Lady Tigers hungry tonight to follow up signature win, page 14.
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Tigers rally, slip past Arkansas to extend conference lead Mitchell collects eighth double-double By David Helman Sports Writer
LSU basketball fans are probably getting tired of missing the men’s basketball team play instant classics. The No. 23 Tigers found themselves in a non-televised thriller for the second time in a week, as they overcame an 18-point first-half deficit to defeat Arkansas, 72-69. “We were God-awful in the first half,” said LSU coach Trent Johnson in a postgame radio interview. “It was 26-8 at one point in time, and I said ‘Fellas, we’ve got one or two things we can do. We can come out and compete and play like we’re capable of, or we can just go load the bus up right now and go fly out of here ... Boy, we showed our mental toughness.” Junior forward Tasmin Mitchell and senior guard Marcus Thornton once again took turns fueling the Tigers’ offense. Mitchell carried LSU (22-4, 10-1) through the first half, notching 12 points and six rebounds on the way to a 20-point, 13-
rebound performance — his eighth double-double of the season. Thornton, mostly quiet in the first half, blew up in the second for 20 points — including the gameclinching free throws against the Razorbacks (13-11, 1-10). All told, he shot 10-of-21 for 28 total points. “Tasmin wasn’t his usual self. Marcus was a little fatigued out there, but he made some plays down the stretch,” Johnson said. “We’re doing the little things now that are so encouraging, so nice to see and it’s coming from everybody.” The Tigers once again missed the production of sophomore point guard Bo Spencer — out with a sprained ankle — and once again rallied to replace him. Senior guard Garrett Temple played in relief of Spencer and contributed seven points and three assists. More importantly, Temple grabbed a late offensive rebound off a missed free throw to clinch the win. Senior center Chris Johnson posted 12 points and 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double of his season. He nearly came up with a triple-double, adding six blocks to his totals. The comeback preserves LSU’s
first national ranking of the season, which the Tigers earned Monday following a close victory against Ole Miss. “It’s a good win,” Johnson said. “If you can win on the road in this league or any league and you don’t play well, it just shows you’re a good team.” More important to LSU fans than rankings is the Tigers’ suddenly improved conference standing. Both Tennessee and South Carolina dropped road games Wednesday night, increasing LSU’s lead atop the Southeastern Conference to three games. Wins against Auburn (17-9, 6-5) and Florida (20-6, 7-4) on Saturday and Tuesday would clinch the SEC regular season title for LSU But as usual, the first-year coach isn’t impressed. “All I’m worried about is the LSU Tigers,” he said. “We’re starting to get contributions from a lot of other guys, and that’s the most important thing.”
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Hornets beat Magic, 117-85; Chandler to return to team By Brett Martel The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Chris Paul had 36 points and 10 assists, and the New Orleans Hornets handed the Orlando Magic their worst loss of the season, 117-85 on Wednesday night. Rasual Butler added 15 points, and David West had 14 for the Hornets, who’ve won their first two games following the All-Star break. The Hornets are also set for the return of center Tyson Chandler, who failed his physical with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Rashard Lewis had 17 points, and J.J. Redick 14 for Orlando, which shot poorly from the field and free-throw line. Dwight Howard had 12 points and was a non-factor for most of the last three quarters, when he scored only two points. Orlando’s previous worst loss was by 19 points to Boston on Dec. 1. Having won in overtime against Charlotte on Tuesday night, the Magic looked flat in New Orleans, shooting 37 percent (26-of-70) and trailing by double digits most of the game. New Orleans outscored Orlando 44-18 in the paint and outrebounded the Magic 46-35. Orlando was as close as 58-50 after Hedo Turkoglu’s 3 early in the third quarter, but the Hornets seemed unfazed. Minutes later, West’s driving scoop ignited an 8-0 run that included six points from Paul, the last on a soft jumper set up by a weaving dribble across the lane.
Butler added a pair of 3s later in the quarter and Paul another jumper as New Orleans built its lead back up to 86-62 heading into the final period. New Orleans’ lead only grew from there as all 12 Hornets who dressed ended up with at least two points. Reserves Melvin Ely and Devin Brown each finished with 11 points, Peja Stojakovic had 10 and the Hornets shot 58 percent (46-of-79). After Howard had 44 points, 19
rebounds and eight blocks a night earlier, the big worry for New Orleans was what Orlando’s superstar center would do against Hilton Armstrong, Sean Marks and Ely, who’d been reserves before Chandler injured his left ankle in January and was subsequently traded.
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LSU’s Marcus Thornton (5) reaches in as Arkansas’ Rotnei Clarke tries to position himself for a shot Wednesday during the first half of the Tigers’ win, 72-69.
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Fans ready to make transition into new Alex Box Stadium LSU one of top attendance leaders By Casey Gisclair Chief Sports Writer
LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri said he wants two things to happen when his team moves into its new stadium Friday to play against Villanova. First, he hopes to carry LSU’s winning tradition into the new stadium. The Tigers won five national championships in their old stadium and advanced to 14 College World Series. But Mainieri has another tradition he hopes is transferred into the new stadium. “Let’s see, there’s Chris Guillot, the K-Lady, Coon’s Corner, the Leftfield Lunatics and all of the other small groups that make our home field special,” he said. “I sincerely hope all of those traditions are able to be taken into our new home too, because we have the best fans in the country.” LSU has led the nation in fan attendance 13 straight years. Chris Guillot is one of the Tiger fans who has regularly attended LSU games for several decades at the old Alex Box Stadium. He sits behind home plate and regularly helps lead cheers for the Tigers. Guillot said the move has created the most buzz he’s ever seen inside of the Tigers’ fan base. “Doesn’t everybody want a new car?” he said. “That’s how it feels for me. Even though your old car has been steady and loyal and got the job done for more than 30 years, you always feel special when you can get that new one.” Guillot said LSU baseball fans are unlike others around the country because of their passion toward their team. “Fans other places wait for the action to happen,” he said. “But LSU fans make the action happen. That’s what makes us different.” One of the people who makes the action happen with Guillot is Baton Rouge native Anita Haywood, also known as the “K-Lady.” Following each strikeout thrown by an LSU pitcher, Haywood hangs a “K” along the fan’s side of the backstop. Haywood said she has been informed that in the new park, her tradition will remain intact. “I spoke with Herb Vincent, and he assured me that there would be a place for me to put them,” she said. “I do not know where they will go yet, but they will be there with me.” Haywood, a Baton Rouge school teacher, likened her excitement level to something she experiences in her profession. “It’s like moving into a new school,” she said. “I don’t know how I’ll feel until I get there. But I am so excited.”
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LSU fans cheer on the Tigers during last season’s postseason run to the College World Series. LSU has led the nation in attendance for 13 straight seasons.
One thing that will be slightly different in the new park is the seating arrangement of some of the Tigers’ season ticket holders. With more capacity than the old park, Haywood said there were some minor switches in the seating arrangements of season ticket holders. The University tried to keep cliques of fans as close together as possible. “I was talking on the phone to Maw and Paw who usually sit on the sides of us,” Haywood said. “And we figured out that they will be across the aisle now. So one of the things [Maw] asked was, ‘How are you going to share your nachos with me in the new place?’ Baseball is so full of traditions and superstitions, and this park will create many of its own.” One of the things emphasized in the construction of the new stadium was the comfort level for fans. Nearly all of the seats in the new facility will have backs on the seats, and most of the seating behind home plate will have cup holders. On the first day of spring practice in the new stadium, Mainieri also took note of the pavilion covering fans behind home plate. “I am hoping that noise gets trapped in there and turns this place into an absolute boom box,” he said. “I have a feeling that won’t be a problem for our fans.” Guillot said he can assure Mainieri he and the other Tiger fans will do their part to make his wish a reality. “Every person is a character,” he said. “If we didn’t have characters in our seats, baseball wouldn’t be the same here. But the important thing is that we’re like a big family.”
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No Place Like Home [Top] EMMITT BROWN; [Bottom left] GRANT GUTIERREZ / The Daily Reveille
ALEX BOX, from page 9 For the better part of spring practice, there has been no hitter’s eye in the centerfield wall of the new stadium, which leaves hitters staring into Tiger Stadium while hitting. Without a neutral-colored hitter’s eye, LSU sophomore shortstop DJ LeMahieu said the baseball is harder to pick up in the current backdrop. “It is a little different [to not have a hitter’s eye],” LeMahieu said. “With the stadium in the background and the sun shining on it, it’s almost white.” Mainieri said he expects a hitter’s eye to be in place prior to the season opener on Friday. LSU’s third-year coach said he expects the stadium to play as a pitcher’s park, especially early in the season while everyone gets used to the surroundings. “When you hit them good, they tend to go far,” he said. “But especially this time of the year, the ball doesn’t carry as well as when the temperatures are warmer, so I think early the pitchers will have a little bit of an advantage.” Fielders will also have to play the game differently to keep up with the new Alex Box. The infield grass in the new stadium will be kept at 1-inch up from 5/8 of an inch in the old park, which causes the ball to roll slower LSU sophomore catcher Micah Gibbs said the increased length of the grass will benefit speedy hitters who will now get more infield hits. He said the grass will hurt slower, power hitters who will not be able to muscle the ball through the infield as easily. “I hit one on a rope that would have been a single [in the old stadium], but the grass chewed it up, and DJ [LeMahieu] was able to make a play and throw me out,” he said. “I am not the fastest guy anyway, so I will have to put the ball in the air.” Gibbs will also have to adjust to the shadows in
the new Alex Box Stadium. The new stadium has a large structure that covers the fans behind home plate. Gibbs said in games later in the season when the sun is positioned in the left-field portion of the sky, the shadows will be the most difficult to deal with. “As the season goes, the sun is going to move down towards left field,” he said. “It’s going to cause more [shadows], because there will be nothing there to block it.” In the outfield, the fences have been lifted from eight feet to 10 feet, and the walls have been padded to protect players. Mainieri said the extra two feet will turn many balls that used to be home runs into doubles or triples. “There will be about 10 a year now that won’t get out,” Mainieri said. “I am just anxious to see Leon Landry and Jared Mitchell leap up and take some of those away.” Another adjustment players will have to make is in right field, where there is no longer an Intimidator sign — something Mainieri said is disappointing to left-handed hitters. “They will be upset because they don’t have that big sign to use as target practice anymore,” he said. But despite his team’s new facilities, Mainieri said the key to building new tradition in the new Alex Box Stadium is simple. “Stadiums don’t win games,” he said. “Playing good, sound baseball wins games. That is what we’re going to try to do to make this stadium as memorable as the one before it.” Contact Casey Gisclair at firstname.lastname@example.org
Out With The Old... photos courtesy of LSU Athletic Department; ALEX BOND / The Daily Reveille
...In With The New
photos courtesy of STEVE FRANZ / LSU Sports Information
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Lady Tigers to face one of conference’s best home teams Lady Bulldogs 12-2 at home, on neutral court By Casey Gisclair Chief Sports Writer
The LSU women’s basketball team searched for proof it could defeat some of the top teams in the country for the first 21 games of the season. But now, with a 66-47 win against then-No. 9 Florida under their belts, senior forward Kristen Morris said LSU (13-9, 6-4) is looking for more on Thursday when the Lady Tigers travel to play Georgia (15-10, 5-5). “We’re hungry to go out there and get another win,” she said. “We know that this game is just as important as the last game.” The Lady Tigers were 0-9 on the season against teams in the RPI Top 50 prior to Sunday’s win. But junior guard Allison Hightower helped LSU snap that streak, scoring 21 points, pulling down four rebounds and notching three assists and five steals against Florida. The Arlington, Texas, native has been the Lady Tigers’ most consistent offensive player all season and has scored in double digits for 10 consecutive games. But against the Gators, LSU was led by its defense — which ranks No. 1 in the Southeastern Conference in points allowed per game. “If you give Bob Starkey a week to prepare for a game, he’s hard to beat,” said LSU coach Van Chancellor following the game. The Lady Tigers held Florida to just 32 percent shooting for the game and forced 20 turnovers. LSU’s defense will be tested against Georgia by a balanced Lady Bulldogs’ offensive attack. Georgia has an SEC-best six players who average seven or more points per game, led by junior guard Ashley Houts’ 12 points per game. Chancellor said the Lady Tigers will have two primary objectives against the Lady Bulldogs. “We’re going to have to take away second-chance points,” he said. “We gave up 17 against Florida, and I thought that was the only thing we didn’t do real good. And we’re going to have to take care of the basketball, because Georgia at home is just an entirely different team.” Statistics back up Chancellor’s statement. The Lady Bulldogs are 12-2 playing on either their home floor or a neutral floor, including handing No. 3 Auburn their only loss of the season and an 11-point win against No. 18 Vanderbilt. But the Lady Bulldogs are just 3-8 on the road, including a 30-point loss at No. 13 Tennessee and a loss at Detroit, who is just 8-16 on the season. One player the Lady Tigers
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Freshman forward LaSondra Barrett blocks a shot by Florida’s Marshae Dotson in the Lady Tigers’ 66-47 win on Sunday. LSU faces Georgia on the road tonight.
are looking forward to seeing is Georgia sophomore forward Porsha Phillips. Phillips began her career with the Lady Tigers during the 200607 season. But the Stone Mountain, Ga., native sat out last season after transferring to Georgia after her lone season at LSU. Phillips has been a regular in the Lady Bulldogs’ starting lineup and has averaged 10 points and six rebounds per game for the
season. Hightower said she is excited to play against her former roommate for the first time. “It’s going to be fun seeing her,” she said. “I haven’t seen her in over a year. She might try to trash talk, but it’s all in fun.”
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Scarification making its mark on society By Ashley Norsworthy
[Above] SG President Colorado Robertson, [below] mass communication instructor and [right] LSU women’s basketball coach Van Chancellor sport a Snuggie this week.
Quirky innovation gains fan base By Ben Bourgeois and Joshua Chenier Entertainment Writers
You want to keep warm when you are feeling chill, but you don’t want to raise your heating bill. Blankets are OK, but they can slip and slide. And when you need to reach for something, your hands are trapped inside. Problem solved. Get yourself a Snuggie. The Snuggie, the blanket with sleeves, went on sale in August by All Star Product Group out of Hawthorne, N.Y. Log on to see The company began a video and television advertising for slideshow of the Snuggie in October and Snuggies on starting shipping to retailers campus. in December, according to an article in USA Today. Four million Snuggies have already been sold. Jennifer Macha, a mass communication professor specializing in advertising, said the Snuggie has been successful because it is a new, unique product and features straightforward advertising. “It’s a new category in and of itself, so you really have to get across the features and the benefits and the selling point of it,” she said. “In the commercial, it’s very obvious what it does because it presents you with, ‘Here’s a problem, the Snuggie is the solution.’” Using late-night informercials is also an effective way to reach audiences, she said.
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SNUGGIES, see page 18
Nearly every culture has practiced body modification, and the most popular forms are tattoo and body piercing. While new forms of body art are gaining in popularity, the tattooing business is still holding its own. Atomic Tattoo has been catering to the University area since 2004. “It’s a college-based [business], so people usually want stuff to do with LSU or Louisiana,” said Jeremy Granger, tattoo artist and body piercer. Granger says the most popular tattoo these days is the fleur-de-lis. “It used to be that you couldn’t give them away,” he said. “They got big after Katrina, probably because it represents New Orleans and Louisiana.” All tattoo stories, however, aren’t picture perfect. “We get about one or two clients in a day that need their tattoos fixed,” Granger said. “We try to get them in if we can.” A unique form of body art gaining popularity is scarification, which includes branding and cutting. Ryan Ouellette, scarification practitioner and owner of Precision Body Arts in Nashua, N.H., has been scarring clients since 2001. “I’m primarily self-taught as far as technique goes, but I have lots of formal safety and anatomy training,” Ouellette said. “I myself only per‘You don’t form cutting.” Scarification was one of the first really forms of body art, but it didn’t gain outside of tribal cultures notice it as popularity until the late ‘80s, Ouellette said. long as you Branding is also an extreme form of body art that consists of a design don’t bump being burned into the skin. Once the burn heals, it leaves behind a design it.’ of scar tissue. “It wasn’t until the ‘90s that it Ryan Ouellette really started to grow as an art form scarification equal to tattooing,” he said. “It’s not practitioner the same kind of demand you would have for tattooing or body piercing.” Now, it is becoming widely accepted as a respectable art. Ouellette has worked all around the United States, in Tokyo and London. He was also instructed in Germany. The process is very different from tattooing, but the pain experienced is about the same. “It’s uncomfortable, but it’s tolerable,” Ouellette said. The healing process is also different because clients are basically dealing with an open wound. “It can certainly be sore ... you don’t really notice it as long as you don’t bump it,” Ouellette said. “The most important thing is to keep it clean.” SCARS, see page 17
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The image of hand is ‘scarified’ into the side of a torso.
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The Appleseed Cast Confessions of a Morrissey Sagarmathay
Vagrant Records (Paramount)
Years of Refusal
Lost Highway Records
The seventh studio album from The Appleseed Cast is the soundtrack to a pleasant dream. The vocals are sparse and usually undecipherable. The singing and instruments are kept at the same level, using voice as another instrument. “Sagarmatha,” the Nepalese name for Mt. Everest, is reminiscent of a Buddhist trance taking listeners on a peaceful-dream journey to the top of the freezing mountaintop. The album is so unobtrusive that if you’re not paying attention, you won’t even know you’re listening to anything at all. Casual listeners will get bored quickly with the lack of variety and comprehensible lyrics.
Isla Fisher plays Rebecca Bloomwood, a journalist with a serious shopping addiction that leaves her drowning in a sea of debt, in “Confessions of a Shopaholic.” The film is based on the novel of the same name by Sophie Kinsella. Fisher tries to apply for her dream job at Alette, a fashion magazine, but finds herself working for a financial magazine instead. The movie follows Fisher as she fights her shopping addiction in fabulous style. Though Fisher is a delight to watch, the movie is only mildly amusing and a bit boring. The only memorable thing about “Confessions” are the clothes and accessories that would make any girl envious.
Ever since he formed the influential jangle pop group The Smiths in 1982, Morrissey has received tons of critical praise for his boastful songwriting and his unique voice. On “Years of Refusal,” the British crooner wails about love lost as usual, but his new backing band gives the album a sound that is fresh but also reminiscent of early Smiths records. Morrissey may be almost 50, but “Refusal” isn’t your stereotypical mid-career crisis album by any means.
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The International Friday the 13th
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
New Line Cinema
“The International” is an action-packed thriller starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts. The two spend the movie chasing the antagonist, an international bank that deals weapons into third world countries, around the globe in attempts to unveil the bank’s conspiracy. This conflict slowly unfolds into an end that is never resolved. The intense plot leaves little time for character development. Despite these minor setbacks, the movie is intriguing and extremely well made. The actions scenes are incredible and definitely worth seeing.
The twelfth installment of the famous “Friday the 13th” slasher films will not disappoint loyal fans. Directed by Michael Bay, the flick follows a group of teens who are terrorized by an angry and vengeful Jason Voorhees. The usual protagonists are portrayed as booze-loving teens who get naked shortly before being beheaded by a machete — talented acting is not required. There is little fresh material, but the classic killer moves will be appreciated by audiences.
Future of Self
Richter Scale Records
Trail of Dead’s sixth major release is a welcome listen. The band completely revamped their method of recording, completely throwing out click tracks and overdubs in favor of tracking all the songs live. Cuts like the six-minute-plus “Isis Unveiled” can get monotonous with its dark lyrics and gloomy melodies, but most songs feature strong choruses and rhythms.
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Editor’s Pick M. Ward Hold Time Merge Records
FOR FANS OF: She & Him, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver
“Hold Time” is the latest album from singer-songwriter Matt Ward. He paired with actress Zooey Deschanel as duo She & Him on 2008’s “Volume One,” and Ward is back with a solo album that features collaborations with Deschanel, Lucinda Williams and Jason Lytle. Ward’s latest effort is solid, featuring cover songs done in the folksy style that he’s known for. “Hold Time” is the perfect album for staying inside on a rainy day or doing homework in front of the fireplace.
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Old sounds find new settings String Ensemble to play N.O. bar Friday
By Jake Clapp Entertainment Writer
On any given night, local bars will be packed with people to see bands perform. Depending on the venue, these bands range anywhere from rock to dance themes to a few hiphop and rap names. But there is one type of band that most people won’t see up on a stage in the middle of a smoky bar — a group of men and women playing the viola and cello. Usually reserved for the concert hall, these groups playing traditional instruments, such as the cello, violin, viola or double bass, are mostly associated with classical pieces and settings. The Contemporary String Ensemble is hoping to change this. In a joint effort between LSU and Loyola University in New Orleans, the Contemporary String Ensemble is working toward bringing these traditional methods into nontraditional settings by playing with a more contemporary style and appearing in more intimate and modern venues such as bars. The ensemble began last fall with an idea between LSU doctorate student Raul Gomez and his sister Andrea, a music industry major at Loyola University. “We had the idea to bring this older style to contemporary settings and introduce it to people our age,” Gomez said. “By playing a more popular sound, we want the classical to blur into a modern style.” Made up of eight LSU School of Music graduate students and 11 players from Loyola, the ensemble tries to incorporate all styles into their performance by mixing in wind and brass instruments and even electronic elements such as sound effects that blend with the
SCARS, from page 15
Those who receive the scar must wash it regularly to keep it clean so it can heal correctly. The actual scar, however, may take weeks or months to develop fully. The scarification body art attracts a different type of people. “It tends to be more of a personal body art than a lot of pop culture tattooing,” Ouellette said. “The designs usually hold a more personal meaning and are usually more well thought out than tattoos.” Ouellette has done many “cuttings” on clients who do not have any other body art. “You can never really visually pick out a ‘scarification type,’” he said. The demand for scarification artists is still quite low, as is the number of skilled practitioners. “If you’re good, you end up getting a lot of work,” Ouellette said. Contact Ashley Norsworthy at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Contemporary String Ensemble rehearses Sunday in the School of Music Building. The ensemble is working to bring their music to non-traditional settings.
instruments. “We use a variety of instruments, all depending on what the composer calls for,” Gomez said. “It runs anywhere from our core instruments to guitars, trombones and woodwinds.” The ensemble is not only trying to bring out a more contemporary style but also introduces more modern and original pieces of music by performing at least one piece of music by a local composer at each of the ensemble’s performances. On Friday, Feb. 20, the ensemble will be performing at the Dragon’s Den in New Orleans premiering original work by LSU doctorate student Ronaldo Cadeu, as well as Chilean composer Sebastián Valenzuela and Costa Rican composer Vinicio Meza. “It is important to let people know that there are great composers in the area,” said Sonia Bruno, music graduate student and cello player with the Contemporary String Ensemble. “We try to get the word out that there is great talent around LSU and New Orleans, composers and performers.” Part of this new talent from the University is Brazilian cello player Marcelo Vieira, who will open for
the Contemporary String Ensemble and make his debut playing with the group this Friday. In his opener, Vieira will be performing songs from his upcoming CD “Cello & Voice — I Can Fly,” in which Vieira masters the challenge of singing and playing the cello at the same time in a very original way. “I am very curious to judge the reactions we will get at the Dragon’s Den,” Vieira said. “The purpose of the group is to bring different things to new people and make them ask, ‘What is that?’” The Contemporary String Ensemble will perform Friday at the Dragon’s Den on Esplanade Ave. in New Orleans starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free at the door, but donations are welcome to support the group. “We are inviting people to come experience something unique with our music and then stay with us for Mardi Gras over the weekend,” Gomez said. “People will enjoy this blending of the old and new, and I’m excited to see where it goes.” Contact Jake Clapp at email@example.com
Grant Street Dance Hall Robert Earl Keen w/ The Drew Landry Band Friday, Fe. 20th Doors @ 8pm Show 9pm Tickets available at www.grantstreetdancehall.com Grant Street Dancehall 113 W. Grant St. Lafayette, LA
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Some students have already joined the cult of Snuggie. Mariesa “You’re advertising to people Barbara, kinesiology senior, reat night, so there’s usually people ceived her Snuggie as a gift from sitting on a couch or in a recliner Walgreens. “I use it all the time,” she said. who may not want to get up and turn up the heat or put on a blanket, so “It’s the greatest invention ever.” Meghann Mehrtens, mass comthe Snuggie seems like a decent ﬁt,” munication freshshe said. man, said she also Macha said different audiences ‘It’s everything I’ve got the Snuggie as a gift. embrace the Snugseen on [TV] ... very “I got my gie for different Snuggie a gift reasons. warm as I lay here from myas grand“You’re hitting an older generation watching ... the game.’ mother,” she said. “I think the Snuggie that goes, ‘Wow, Van Chancellor trend will continue that’s really useful. I can wear that LSU women’s basketball coach to get bigger.” Students who at my kids’ soccer game,” she said. “But then younger tried on the Snuggie in the Quad on generations think it’s a spoof, and Monday said it was comfortable but it’s funny and something you’d buy would prefer to keep it inside. “I don’t want to tote it around as a joke for your friends. And all of that increases sales — they’re the Quad or anything,” Barbara getting the most bang for their buck said. “You could just wear sweatpants and a sweatshirt.” without doing much.” Mehrtens agreed and said she The Snuggie is even a big hit on campus. Women’s basketball thinks the Snuggie should only be coach Van Chancellor tried it out in for private use. “I would only wear my Snughis ofﬁce Tuesday and said it was everything he expected it to be — gie in the dorm, not out in public,” Mehrtens said. and more. Emily Erickson, mass commu“It’s everything I’ve seen on television — very comfortable, very nication professor, said the Snuggie warm as I lay here watching tapes uses an effective advertising formula. of the game,” he said. “A classic formula for a great The Snuggie is so functional, ordinary blankets pale in compari- ad is unexpectedness and incompleteness,” Erickson said. “Like a son. “I got a tiger blanket right here good story, the ad has a twist and it ... but it’s always slipping off,” he makes you work just a little bit to said. “It makes me want to take a lit- process it, which engages you.” Erickson said the ads for prodtle nap right here before practice.” Student Government President ucts such as the Snuggie and the Colorado Robertson tried the Snug- ShamWow are tongue-in-cheek, over-the-top parodies of the classic gie on Wednesday. “It does feel pretty comfort- late-night TV commercials. “They dipped into the old toolable. It works well; it keeps you warm,” he said. “It would be perfect box of informational advertising, where you expound upon a prodfor reading a book.” Though he enjoyed wearing it, uct’s merits, and added a winking Robertson said he will not be wear- ‘we-all-know-this-is-absurd’ tone,” Erickson said. “That’s perfect for ing it in public any time soon. “I don’t think I’d wear it in the Gen Y’s and Millennials, who public just yet. It’d have to catch on have been bombarded with advera little bit,” he said. “I feel kind of tising since they were in diapers.” The Snuggie ad runs on like Star Wars.”
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late-night programming, but its biggest success is being played thousands of times daily on Web sites such as YouTube.com. Erickson said these ads don’t even have to run on television very much to be successful. “From what I can tell, most people have seen these online — which means the ShamWow and Snuggie have turned into a cultural trend without even having to spend much on media placement,” Erickson said. “It’s pretty sweet. The advertisers hit the viral marketing jackpot.” Many students seem to ﬁnd humor in the Snuggie, regardless if they have it or not. Barbara said her friends used to make fun of her when she got her Snuggie, but things are different now. “At ﬁrst [my friends] made fun of me,” Barbara said. “But they see me use it, and now they get jealous.” Melissa Bolden, elementary education junior, said she feels funny wearing a Snuggie. “I kind of feel like a blueberry,” Bolden said. Spencer Harbin, history sophomore, said his sister received one as a joke, but now loves it. As far as if he would ever buy one, Harbin offered a different answer. “I would only take one as a gift, maybe even a dare,” Harbin said. People may be reluctant to buy Snuggies now, but Macha sees a bright future for the product. “How many times do you go to a football game and you’re freezing and you’re uncomfortable?” she said. “You’re wearing a jacket, and your arms are warm, but your legs are cold. It’s sort of weird, but if the whole student section had them, it could be cool.” Students can only hope next year’s Pajama Game gets turned into the Snuggie Game. Contact The Daily Reveille’s entertainment staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Funny Bone hosts comic contest Winner to open for ‘big-name’ performer By Catie Vogels Entertaiment Writer
Jonathan Bellah has a chance at being the last comic standing — at least in Baton Rouge. “Doing comedy is one of my favorite things in the world. It’s such an adrenaline rush,” the history senior said. Bellah is a semifinalist in The Funny Bone’s Last Comic Standing Baton Rouge contest. Comics compete Thursday nights at 9 p.m. “It is similar to an open mic setting, but we have judges [and] some professional comedians,” said Tommy Pancoast, manager of the Funny Bone. Last Comic Standing Baton Rouge, which has no affiliation to the NBC television show, consists of four weeks of preliminary rounds — two of which have passed — followed by semifinal and final rounds. Pancoast said anyone, professional or amateur, can sign up for the competition. “We encourage anyone who thinks they are funny and who wants to get on the stage to sign up and bring some friends,” Pancoast said. While it’s not necessary to sign up for the competition, Pancoast
recommends calling and preregistering due to limited spacing. Each night of the preliminaries, approximately 10 comedians have a three-minute set. “As we whittle down the contestants, they’ll get more time on the stage,” Pancoast said. The winner of the competition gets a guest spot to open for a bigname comedian. “It will be a nationally recognized talent — someone who has been on television,” Pancoast said. Bellah is one of 12 semifinalists performing in the competition. Bellah, 22, started doing stand-up comedy a little more than a year ago. His first show was last year at the University’s Last Comic Standing. “I would love to make a career with it, but I realize that, for the most part, all it is is a pipe dream, which is why I haven’t foregone my final year of college, hired an agent and put my name in the pro draft,” Bellah said. While he loves doing stand-up, Bellah said he keeps it as a hobby mostly for monetary reasons. “If I could make money at it, I would consider doing it professionally,” Bellah said. In the meantime, he remains a student at the University and pays the bills by working at Voodoo BBQ & Grill. Bellah said the competition during Last Comic Standing Baton Rouge is tough.
“There are plenty of good comedians in Baton Rouge that come out and do their thing,” he said. “It definitely wasn’t easy.” While he’s not nervous about the semifinal shows, Bellah did admit to being anxious, saying he would be “stoked” if he won and got to perform with a big name comedian. However, Bellah’s comedy isn’t used solely in front of an audience. He confesses to using it in bars as well. “My friends and I were out a couple of weeks ago. I sat down next to a girl at a bar and said, ‘Do comedians get a discount or do we still have to pay full price?’ which apparently is offensive,” Bellah joked. Some University students, while disliking the prices at the bar, enjoy the comedy scene developing in Baton Rouge. Thomas Bonck, sociology senior, said he has a lot of fun at comedy shows in the area. “My favorite part of the shows is watching the comics pick on the audience,” Bonck said. “It’s fun to watch all the people suddenly become self-conscious. And with famous comics like Dave Coulier coming here, comedy is definitely on the radar.”
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Time to nail down facts, find true story behind budget cuts Imagine the University with 8,500 fewer students on campus. That might sound pleasant at first — more open parking places, fewer lines to wait in and less walking traffic on campus. But a closer looks reveals a stark potential reality for the University’s future. If the state forces the University to chop 30 percent of its budget next fiscal year, the University’s infrastructure will take a
crushing blow. Think about larger classes at every level, fewer courses and an even the possible loss of an academic college on campus. Those issues are all possible. The results from these muchtalked about budget cuts are serious — even more than what University and LSU System officials wanted to reveal, according to documents obtained by The Daily Reveille.
So what happens now? We demand answers. Why is the University and System quarreling over how to handle this situation? Should the budget cuts be performance-based — like the University is proposing — or across the board — like the System is proposing? Why can’t Gov. Bobby Jindal spare the University the brunt of the cut? Jindal shielded the Pennington Biomedical Research Center
and community colleges from mid-year budget cuts. Why can’t he do that for the University? It’s time for the big dogs like Jindal and System President John Lombardi to live up to their billings. Jindal touted the importance of higher education during his campaign for governor. Lombardi came to the University with the reputation of being a fighter. Let’s see how much they
really care about higher education now. Let’s see if the state’s highestranking political official and the state’s highest-paid employee will stay true to their words and reputations. Let’s see if they go down in Louisiana history as one of the few to do so. Contact the Editorial Board at firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Jeezy enforces country’s racial segregation Editor’s note: This column contains language that may be offensive to some people. Young Jeezy’s president is black. What a coincidence – more than 300 million other Americans have a black president, too. Jeezy doesn’t realize this because he’s too busy calling former President George W. Bush a racist. Obama being elected is a moment to be shared by all Americans — no matter their race. Jeezy’s newest song “My President is Black” is nothing more than another example of an ignorant artist trying to make a quick buck. If a white artist wrote a song titled “My President is White,” during the tenure of previous presidents, people would be up-in-arms about the lyrics. This song is a prime example that it’s time to stop segmenting ourselves by race. This country will never move past its racial divide and see the significance of Obama’s presidency if Americans continue to segregate
themselves. During a Jan. 18 concert, Jeezy and Jay Z performed the song at the “Concert on the Eve of Change.” Jeezy showed his immaturity that night by slamming Bush. “I want to thank the motherfucker overseas who threw the two shoes at George Bush,” Jeezy said. “And ... I want to thank the motherfucker who helped them move their shit out of the White House. Keep it moving, bitch, ‘cause my president is black.” Following the concert, conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly discussed the tasteless words on The O’Reilly Factor. But, comedian and political commentator Dennis Miller to hit the nail on the head. Miller said the two artists’ behavior couldn’t overshadow the significance of Obama’s inauguration. “If they couldn’t ratchet down the hate for a day, that’s their problem,” Miller said. “If the dinosaurs were done in by the asteroids, role models in the black community like that are about to be done in
by a shooting star named Barack Obama. “I welcome the next four years when ‘hos’ can once again become a word about an instrument that is used to till a garden at a community center … I am happy for Barack Obama, and I’m sorry emphysema [speaking of Jeezy] and Jay Z could not join me in that Jay St. Pierre happiness.” Copy Editor In response to the comments, Jeezy told MTV that he felt “it was necessary” to write the song. Jeezy said he has never paid much attention to politics because it never benefited him. “This time around, it’s not a black-or-white thing — you got somebody in there for us that’s well-spoken and going to handle their business,” Jeezy said. “I just wanted to do my part and let them know we need change, we need
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two; rather, it is a gradation from one to the other, from restrictive communism to laissez-faire capitalism. It is simplistic and anachronistic to believe this spectrum can be measured from “good” to “evil.” Striking a balance between economic freedom and establishing a social net is important but difficult, yet has been an expressed goal of President Obama’s from the outset of his campaign. The bailouts have been a sad business, but the government did not nationalize these financial institutions. These businesses pleaded for government help. Economists overwhelmingly agree that, should they be allowed to fail, a worldwide depression
could occur. Intervention was necessary. To blame this on socialism is putting the cart before the horse. As America did in the face of this crisis, Iceland recently replaced their broken government with a radically new one. They nominated an economically liberal prime minister, and Europe’s first openly gay leader. Free market policies have failed us, and, as during the Great Depression, we are turning towards leaders who can break from the harmful, winner-take-all policies of the past.
Lack of government oversight to blame, not socialism For the past 30 years, conservatives and democrats alike have overwhelmingly implemented free market policies. Bush expanded these policies in an unprecedented way. Walker can be rest assured socialist policies did not bring about this crisis. There are degrees of capitalism and socialism. There is no clear distinction between the
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help, it’s rough out there.” Jeezy shouldn’t say “it’s not a black-or-white thing” then say “It never benefited us” or “you got somebody in there for us.” Jeezy has rapped numerous times about racism. He, along with most rappers, adds to racial tensions by writing the lyrics that separate blacks and whites. O’Reilly isn’t off the hook either. “When I object [to the video of Jeezy and Jay-Z], I’m a racist,” O’Reilly said during the interview with Miller. That’s not true. You’re entitled to your opinion, but you teeter on the line of racial discrimination when using words like “we,” “us” or “them.” You’re no better than those who use the same terms when describing people. Since the birth of the nation, we have not achieved equality. This doesn’t dismiss Obama’s victory. Claudeidra Minor, Louisiana assistant attorney general and the University’s first black Golden Girl,
Top-10 ways LSU can cut $71 million The following is a top-10 list on how the University can cut its budget by $71 million. 10. House all residents in the PMAC. 9. Serve MRE’s at the dining halls. 8. Move Mike the Tiger to a penthouse suite at the Hilton. 7. Appoint Les Miles head coach of all sports. 6. Double the cost of a
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put it best when she said Obama is “everyone’s president.” “He’s America’s president, and he just so happens to be black,” Minor said. Jeezy claimed, “No president ever did shit for me.” Maybe the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that President Kennedy introduced to Congress didn’t do “shit” for you. Maybe Kennedy also never appointed 40 blacks to administrative positions — something no president had done — and never secured the early release of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from jail in 1960. Not to mention what President Lincoln did. Take a piece of advice from someone who grew up in a primarily black neighborhood and whose best friend is black — know the facts before you rant about something you know little or nothing about. Contact Jay St. Pierre at firstname.lastname@example.org game-day hotdog to $40. 5. Auction Student Government President Colorado Robertson’s hats. 4. Drop the premium movie channels to Mike the Tiger’s cable TV. 3. Sell Van Chancellor on Antiques Road Show. 2. Stop taking in squirrels at the vet school. 1. Cancel classes. Mass Communication 3002 Feature writing
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QUOTE OF THE DAY “Democracy is the road to socialism.” Karl Marx German political philosopher May 5, 1818 – March 14, 1883
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Gays and straights alike embrace French connection AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FRANCE – Fewer topics elicit a more polarizing response than “gay marriage.” A political wedge issue, referendums concerning the legality of homosexual partnerships have been a go-to tool for conservatives seeking to corral voters and shore up political support. At one point in his presidency, George W. Bush thought a highly pressing matter on the nation’s agenda was to introduce a Constitutional ban on the practice. Nevermind that using the Constitution for such a task is inappropriate or that Bush is allegedly a conservative who favors state’s rights and individual liberty. Of course, Bush’s ambitious plan never came to fruition, although it conveniently dominated much of the discussion during his re-election campaign. It also partly inspired states like Louisiana to address the issue on their own. It seems two types of people oppose gay marriage. There are those
who oppose it based upon their belief that the institution of marriage will be corrupted and those who simply despise gay people and their lifestyle. The term “sanctity of marriage” has been the battle cry of the anti-gay marriage movement — that gays engaging in marriage will diminish the value of the institution. But when religious arguments are used to “protect” marriage, opponents simultaneously prove a point: Our government is recognizing a religious institution, not merely a social arrangement. “Secular progressives” (to borrow the term from Bill O’Reilly) would agree the real solution is to change the law — strike marriage from the books and view all domestic partnerships as “civil unions.” Straight people can keep calling it marriage, and gay people will just have to come up with another term. Now, if you still object to the idea of gay partners being
recognized legally by the government, you fall into the second category of gay marriage opponents. You are in the tent that detests gays and their lifestyle and subsequently wish to exert your influence over them. You’re in the ranks of King George, Hitler and Darth Mark Macmurdo Vader – not beColumnist cause you disagree with their choices, but because you wish to limit their freedoms. You can stop reading now. For those rational individuals who recognize the need to respect tradition and religious views while still affording fellow Americans with equal liberties, there’s an interesting example of a system which has come to the service of gays and straights alike. France also once grappled with
the tricky issue of affording gays equal rights while respecting traditional values. The “pacte civil de solidarité,” or PACS, was introduced in 1999 as the solution – giving gay couples similar benefits including lower taxes and easier estate succession. But unlike legislation passed by their European colleagues, French legislators didn’t specify it was intended for gays. They left the language intentionally ambiguous. As a result, PACS have been options for gay and heterosexual couples alike. Described as being in limbo between sharing a residence and being married, the option has attracted many because of its flexibility. It’s also easier to end than marriage while providing similar benefits. When the legislation was first introduced, 42 percent of couples entering PACS were heterosexual. In 2008, that figure ballooned to 92 percent.
Clearly the PACS model is an attractive approach to handling the complex issue of equal rights for gays, although they are still limited in some respects. The increasing popularity of PACS among straight individuals also shows that people — in France at least — do not feel the value of their partnerships is diminished by others’ decisions. In fact, a growing trend among straight couples is to perform marriage-like ceremonies after the completion of their PACS. So while they receive the same official recognition as their gay counterparts, the decision on how they will constitute their marriage in a social and religious context is left up to them. And that’s the way it should be. The rites of domestic partnerships divorced from the liberties afforded by the government. Contact Mark Macmurdo at firstname.lastname@example.org
Econ for idiots: Price gouging ensures fairness
In “The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies,” economist Bryan Caplan examines differences between the way economists and non-economists view the world. Previous columns addressed the make-work bias and the antiforeign bias. The third economic fallacy — and the subject of this column — is the anti-market bias. Caplan described the antimarket bias as “a tendency to underestimate the economic benefits of the market mechanism.” This fallacy originates from the public’s tendency to scrutinize a business’ motives rather than its effects. Economists find the assertion “business profits are too high” to be “not a reason at all” for economic problems, according to the Survey of Americans and Economists on the Economy. Meanwhile, non-economists — and hence the majority of the voting population — see business profits as a bad thing, and even as a cause of economic problems. As far as voluntary transactions are concerned, one can only obtain profit by providing a good or service beneficial to others with a higher quality, a lower cost, and the most convenience. When selecting a candidate for office, voters must select a leader of impeccable character above the temptation to abuse his monopoly on violence for personal or short-term benefits. They must be experts on all issues and choose the bundle of policies they suspect will produce the most good — or at least the least bad. When selecting a vendor, customers need only to choose the
best product at the lowest price. The profit motive and the invisible hand take care of the rest. The impossible challenge of the former has led to centuries of bad policies. The empowering freedom of the latter has led to the economic growth Daniel Morgan behind the 21st century’s prosColumnist perity. Unfortunately, the public’s anti-market bias has led to an increasingly large number of decisions to be made by the arbitrary pronouncements of the former rather than the consumer-pleasing calculations of the latter. During Hurricane Gustav, I had several relatives stay with my family. Two of them, Uncle Tim and Parrain John, will serve as examples. When they drive to Baton Rouge, they both have economic incentives to buy gasoline. Tim would enjoy some battery and dynamo-free radio, and John — a veterinarian from New Orleans — brings $500 worth of drugs that need to be kept frozen. In the leadup to the storm, Tim might value the gasoline needed to run the generator at $10. John, on the other hand, could theoretically pay as much as $499 to run the generator without losing money. Because of this difference in preferences, the pricing system will allow John to outbid Tim if there were only one gallon of gas left. While the owner of the gas station would only raise prices to increase his own profits, doing so
would ensure the gasoline went to those who valued it most. On the supply side, when the gas station’s owner sees prices climbing, he will have an incentive to bring more gasoline to the market. In any realistic situation, my parrain would never have to pay $499 for a gallon of gas, for it would be worth the station owner’s while to provide more gas at a far lower cost. In fact, for more than $20 per
gallon, I would siphon gas out of my own car to sell to anyone that needed it in the short-term. Not necessarily because I want to help them, but merely because I want to make some quick money. The government’s laws against price gouging — far from preventing station owners from unfairly raising prices — prevents people from negotiating an exchange above an arbitrary price. And this would result in my
uncle twiddling his thumbs in front of the radio, the gas station owner losing out on an opportunity to make some extra profit and my parrain losing $500. Contrary to the anti-market bias of the public, the principles of supply and demand allow for efficient distribution of resources. Contact Daniel Morgan at email@example.com
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HELP WANTED EARN EXTR A MONEY Students needed ASAP Earn up to $150 per day being a mystery shopper No Experience Required Call 1-800-722-4791 BUSINESS OPPOR T U N I T Y Startup Publishing Company seeking a business partner. Part-time 8-10 hours a week. Fringe benefits and a share in profits. For more information email, firstname.lastname@example.org PAR T TIME RECEPTIONIS T Mid City attorneys office looking for part time receptionist. Duties include answering phones, filing, greeting clients, typing and some office upkeep. Must be organized, friendly and punctual. Needed 20-25 hrs a week in the afternoons. Please email your resume to email@example.com or fax to (225)343-2870. 225.343.2205 N S A L E S A S S O C I A TES NEEDED Massage Envy is looking for enthusiastic Sales Associates for our massage clinic. Must be willing to work nights / weekends. Contact Bobbie at 922-7000 or send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Wages + sales commissions paid. www.massageenvy.com PARKVIEW BAPTIS T PRESCHOOL Preschool Teachers needed flex days no degree required 293-9447 Y OUTH FUN-FITNESS INS TRUCTORS Exerfit is looking for high energy, responsible instructors to run fitness/game oriented classes for youth. Spring/summer jobs available. Fax resume to (225) 706-1634. SWIMMING LESSONS INS TRUCTORS NEEDED Great Part Time Afternoon Spring Semester JobFull Time Summer Job- Great Pay! CRAWFISH AQUATICS, Louisiana’s Total Swim Program- If you are highly motivated, hard working, we can teach you the rest. Please fax resume to 225706-1636 or e-mail to email@example.com ZOES KITCHEN Apply online a zoeskitchen.com At Zoës you will find… An Environment.... that is bright, clean, cheerful, filled with friendly people An Opportunity..... to join a fast growing company with a wide range of growth opportunities An Experience..... that is challenging, fun and rewarding An Organization.... committed to providing our people with value, opportunity and a great place to work A Vision.......... to become a national lifestyle brand that is the leader in the fast-casual restaurant industry for serving the highest quality, best tasting food, customer service and speed of service. 225.216.3534 CLERICAL/HOUSEHOLD WORKER. Good computer skills. flex hr, up to 10/wk. $8/hr. Near LSU. 225.769.7921 P A R R A I N ’ S S E A F O O D R E S T AU R A N T Now Hiring Waitstaff, Host, and Bar Positions Apply Mon - Fri 3225 Perkins Rd 225-381-9922 P A R R A I N ’ S S E A F O O D R E S T AU R A N T Now Hiring for All Kitchen Positions Apply in Person Mon - Fri 3225 Perkins Rd 225-381-9922 C H I M E S R E S T AU R A N T 3357 Highland Road Accepting applications for all positions. Apply in person, only. 11AM-5PM Monday-Frid PROFESSOR SEEKING MOTHER’S helper from 4:30 to 6:30 pm each day. Would assist with supervision of 3 young children and help around the house. Mother would be present at all times. Near Bluebonnet/ I-10. Must provide own transportation and references. 225.202.1528 PRESCHOOL looking for loving and nurturing individuals to work AM shifts. Very Competitive pay. 225.924.6772
PERFECT PAR T TIME POSITION Afternoon Preschool Teacher needed for child care center near LSU.2:30-5:30 M-F 225-766-1159 CHIMES EAS T IS hiring wait staff!!! Please come in and apply between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. 225.296.4981 HIRING WAIT STAFF FOR full sevice menu, deli and host. Apply in person. La Bayou Bistro on La 1 in Brusly. 225.749.6354 SURVEY RESEARCHERS NEEDED!! LSU’s Public Policy Research Lab is now hiring survey researchers for weekend and night work only. Must have a clear speaking voice, be friendly, willing to communicate with people over the phone, and to follow set procedures. Pay is competitive, $7-9/hour. Flexible hours! Great place to work! Prior experience a plus but not required. Contact Kathryn Rountree, Operations Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an interview. PT S TUDENT WORKER Lewis Computer Services, Inc. is seeking a PT Student Worker. Excellent student opportunity. Will be responsible for completing company errands and basic clerical work. Clean driving record is required. Must have excellent communication skills and basic computer skills. Previous office experience preferred. No nights or weekends. Seeking candidates who are available on MWF. Please email resume and class schedule to email@example.com. SURVEY TAKERS NEEDED: Make $5-$25 per survey. www. GetPaidToThink.com R E C E P T I O N I S T NEEDED! FULL & PART TIME RECEPTIONIST NEEDED FOR BUSY SALON! TUESDAY-SATURDAY... SATURDAY’S ARE MANDATORY!!! JOB DUTIES INCLUDE ANSWERING MULTIPLE PHONE LINES, ASSISTING & SCHEDULING CLIENTS, & EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS. PLEASE APPLY WITHIN 5172 CORPORATE BLVD. BATON ROUGE, LA 70808 225.928.7155 THE UNIVERSIT Y CLUB Golf Course is now hiring servers, beverage cart attendants, kitchen staff, and outside service staff. Call 819-0800 for more information. S TUDENT WORK Local BR company expanding Fast! *$15.00 Base/appt* Flexible Schedules No experience nec Customer sales/ svc Conditions Apply Ages 17+ Apply NOW 225-927-3066 www.collegestudentwork.com PBRC S TUDY: PBRC is looking for people to participate in a new research study. The purpose of this study is to determine how your body weight today impacts your health in the future. Participants will be placed on a higher calorie meal plan for 8 weeks. All meals will be provided to you at no cost. Earn up to $3800. Call 763-3000 CYPRESSMOUNDS BASEBALL COMPLEX Cypress Mounds Baseball Complex is currently accepting applications for the following positions: Administration, Retail, Ticket Sales, Food Services, Maintenance. Wages will be $7.00 $10.00 per hour based upon qualifications and experience. Work will be on weeknights and weekends. Flexible Scheduling. To apply, please contact Eric Wiethorn at 225-757-5550 extension 203 to set up an appointment. 225.757.5550 A. C. LEWIS YMCA OPENINGS Now hiring for the following positions: Extended Day Counselor. M-F afternoons 36pm. Pay Rate $7.25. Extended Day Site Director. Responsible for the oversight of the extended day school sites. M-F afternoons 3-6pm. Pay Rate $7.50-$8.50. Exercise & Game Room Activity Coordinator(XRKADE). Responsible for the scheduling of member challenges and events in the activity game room. M-F 3-8pm and some weekends. Pay Rate $7.50-$8.50. Please e-mail resume, apply in person, or contact Eddrick Martin if interested. firstname.lastname@example.org 225.924.3606 WE PAY UP TO $75 per online survey. www. CashToSpend.com
****ATTENTION**** ACCOUNTING Business Majors Incredible Job Opportunity!!!! Now Hiring Part-Time Accounting Assistant Work Directly Under the Controller of the Largest Supplier of Bedding in the Southeast. Great experience. Flexible Hours Competitive Pay Please email resume to: Rhonda@mdserta.com 225.231.1240 STUDENT S NEEDED TO work with children / adults with disabilities. Several positions, various hours. Apply: St. John the Baptist Human Services, 7732 Goodwood, Ste A-1 225.216.1199 !BAR TENDING! Up to $300/Day. No Experience Necessary. Training Provided. Age 18+ OK 1-800-965-6520 xt127 DON’T MISS THIS OPPOR T U N I T Y! Now hiring for all positions at the following locations: JEFFERSON 7615 Jefferson Hwy Baton Rouge 70809 PERKINS ROWE 7707 Bluebonnet Blvd. Baton Rouge 70810 “Flexible schedules & Benefits for Full Time Associates” Please apply in person during regular restaurant
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009 hours. Equal Opportunity Employer INTERVIEWING IN NOL A for Katrina Recovery. Join our LSU Sociology Research Team to conduct interviews of residents in New Orleans neighborhoods. Saturday trips to New Orleans, with full day of work. $9/ hr with free round-trip transportation. Interesting, meaningful teamwork on community recovery. Contact David Maddox, email@example.com STUDENTPAY OUT S. COM Paid Survey Takers Needed In Baton Rogue. 100% Free To Join! Click On Surveys. CASHIERS NEEDED AT Cashiers needed at Matherne’s Supermarket at 7355 Highland Rd. $7.00-$8.00 starting pay for part time. We have 10-6, 11-7 & 2-9 shifts available during the week as well as weekend shifts. Please apply online at www.mathernes.com. Eoe. H O R T AND L A N D S C A R C H S T U D E N T S Immediate P/ T and weekend Spring openings on Coursey in B. R., or on Hwy. 42 near Airline in Prvl. Sell the latest in plants, ponds, and gardening lifestyle products. email:firstname.lastname@example.org Learn while you
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009 earn $9-$10/ hr.at Harb’s Oasis WEEKEND LEASING A GENT Needed for apartment community on Jefferson Hwy. Compensation is an apartment. Great opportunity for a college student. Fax resume to 225-924-9893
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