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Friday, September 25, 2009

Hambrice death ruled an accident By Adam Duvernay Senior Staff Writer

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LSU defensive tackle Charles Alexander (91) and sophomore cornerback Brandon Taylor (15) tackle Louisiana-Lafayette running back Undrea Sails on Sept. 19.

THE HEAT IS ON!

LSU starts tough four-week SEC schedule Saturday against Miss. State

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By Andy Schwehm Sports Writer

“Style points” is a phrase frequently used in college football. Though it isn’t officially a statistic, it’s supposedly very important to pollsters and those quirky BCS computers. If that’s the case, then LSU is lacking in fashion in its first three victories of the season, as the Tigers have done just enough to sneak to a 3-0 start.

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But style points will go out the window in the next four weeks, as LSU will take on the meat of its schedule with four straight weeks of Southeastern Conference play, beginning tomorrow at 11:20 a.m. against Mississippi State (2-1, 1-1) in Starkville,

Miss. When asked about the Tigers’ schedule in the next four weeks, LSU senior running back Charles Scott simply called it a “beast,” adding the style points are no worries to the team. “We’re going to have to turn the heat up,” Scott said. “But we are in position to take those strides. It’s just a matter of us getting into practice and really focusing on the STYLE, see page 15

The Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Police Department closed an almost two-month investigation Tuesday into the death of the coordinator of Graduate Student Services for the University’s music department. The death of Lynea Sprung Hambrice, a 36-year-old Baton Rouge resident, was determined to be accidental, said Sgt. Christie Wood, Coeur d’Alene PD. Hambrice died July 30 after falling from the 12th-floor balcony of the Coeur d’Alene Resort and landing on the deck of the main floor of the resort. She sustained blunt-force trauma to her body on impact, Wood said. Ian James, her 38-year-old boyfriend and a Baton Rouge resident, had checked into the resort with Hambrice on July 29, and the couple planned to stay together for four days. James’ 20-year high school reunion was that weekend. James was cooperative with law enforcement and is not considered a person of interest in the case, and no criminal charges are pending against him, Wood said. James made a frantic call to the Coeur d’Alene PD around 12:30 a.m. following the incident. During the call, James told the dispatcher he thought Hambrice had willingly HAMBRICE, see page 15

ENVIRONMENT

Fall Fest implements pilot composting program By Kristen M’lissa Rowlett Contributing Writer

Less waste will be sent to a landfill at this year’s Fall Fest as the University promotes sustainability with composting and recycling. Students from the Environmental Conservation Organization, the Environmental Graduate Organization and the University’s community for sustainability will promote awareness and educate students on composting and recycling at Fall Fest. Composting is the natural

process organic materials, such as food or yard wastes, undergo as they biodegrade, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Man-made compost piles can decrease the amount of waste humans aggregate in landfills. About eight to nine local food vendors, including Raising Cane’s, will contribute by offering compostable containers for food instead of non-compostable or non-recyclable containers, like plastic foam, said Denise Newell, Campus Sustainability manager. ECO and EGO student

volunteers will be in the Quad during Fall Fest to show students what materials can be recycled and composted, said Matt Wyatt, ECO vice president. “People generally have an idea of what recycling is, but they don’t have an idea of what can be recycled,” Wyatt said. Composting will also encourage local vendors to become more green, Newell said. “Ideally, we would like to have no trash cans, but some of the items COMPOST, see page 15

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Waste compost piles up Tuesday at the W.A. Callegari Environmental Center. Fall Fest will implement a pilot composting program to help save money on trash waste.


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Nation & World

INTERNATIONAL

NATIONAL

Obama’s US rejoins UN nuclear treaty conference

Panel advises spending more on national parks

Water gushes down streets in drought-stricken LA

Study shows hurricanes growing more frequent, not larger

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton rejoined a U.N. conference on the nuclear test-ban treaty Thursday after a 10-year U.S. absence from the biennial meeting. She reported President Obama’s administration “will work in the months ahead both to seek the advice and consent of the United States Senate to ratify the treaty.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending on national parks should be increased by at least $700 million over the next seven years, an independent panel urged Congress on Thursday. The additional spending should bring increased tourism, promote enjoyment of the outdoors and help preserve national treasures for future generations, the panel said. The bipartisan National Parks Second Century Commission also urged President Obama to appoint a panel charged with promoting the parks and raising private money in time for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016. It also called for an expansion of the National Park Service’s mission, making education an explicit part of the agency for the first time. “America stands at a crossroads: Down one road lie missed opportunities and irretrievable loss of our natural and cultural legacy.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Not a drop of rain has fallen on Los Angeles in nearly four months, and the main river that runs through the city looks more like a rain-starved trickle these days. But you wouldn’t know it from the wet images coming out of the city lately. Torrents of water have been sweeping cars off streets and barbeques out of backyards as aging water pipes have been bursting at a rate of more than one a day in recent weeks. A recent break in Studio City sprouted a gusher the size of Old Faithful, unleashing water 2 to 3 feet in streets, closing businesses, flooding homes and garages, and carrying away patio furniture. One water break created a sinkhole so big it nearly swallowed a fire truck. The number of breaks — 36 during the first three weeks of September — isn’t unusual for a city the size of Los Angeles, said James McDaniel, senior assistant general manager with the Department of Water and Power.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new study says between 1851 and 2008, the number of hurricanes in the North Atlantic increased, but that the severity of storms has not. The study was done by researchers at Clemson University and Mississippi State University. Their conclusions, based on statistical analysis and available records, contradicts research that says hurricanes have gotten worse with global warming. The study also found no evidence that the United States is getting hit with more intense storms.

World first: Vaccine helps prevent HIV infection BANGKOK (AP) — For the first time, an experimental vaccine has prevented infection with the AIDS virus, a watershed event in the deadly epidemic and a surprising result. Recent failures led many scientists to think such a vaccine might never be possible. The vaccine cut the risk of becoming infected with HIV by more than 31 percent in the world’s largest AIDS vaccine trial, researchers announced Thursday.

STATE/LOCAL

USDA to fund conservation effort in 12 states WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department is pouring $320 million into efforts to improve water quality in the Mississippi River basin. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced in a speech Thursday

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ECONOMY

Craft and budget beers to see greater volume sales

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Domestic, import beer sales down

‘We look forward to football season ... The beer business makes money.’

By Olga Kourilova Contributing Writer

Beer drinkers across the country will have to reach deeper into their pockets this fall to satisfy their cravings. With the price of domestics set to rise, craft and budget beers will see greater volume sales. Though prices increase about every seven months, Joel Settoon, on-premise account manager for Crescent-Crown Distributing — distributor of MillerCoors, Heineken USA, Crown Imports LLC and others in southern Louisiana — expects people may be more aware of the increases now because they’re being more money-conscious. The price of beer, ale and other malt beverages sold for at-home consumption rose 5.3 percent in 2008 from the previous year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index. The cost of those same items rose 4.6 percent more as of July 2009. Anheuser-Busch saw a 1.5 percent decrease in sales volume

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[From left] Management senior Christian Rabito, psychology senior Rebekah Aguirre and management senior Laura Falgost contemplate beer choices Thursday night at Akasha Market in Tigerland.

compared to this time in 2008. “We plan on taking price increases on a majority of volume and in a majority of markets this fall,” Anheuser-Busch InBev said in a statement. “The increase helps cover some input costs.” Input costs such as grain and barley are at their height, said Abita Brewing Company President David Blossman.

Prices have to increase to match increases in cost of gas and delivery as well, Settoon said. The average price of a case has gone up about $4.00 — $19.48 on average in the last 10 years, he said. While domestic and import beer sales may be down, sales of budget beer like Natural Light are up, Blossman said.

The economy has people trading down, he said. The price increase will probably make Karmen Jones, elementary education junior, switch the beer in her tailgating cooler. Jones said she’ll probably go for something cheaper. Sales volume for craft beers has increased 5 percent this year, Blossman said. Abita sales have increased 13 percent. The current fad is craft beers, Settoon said. “That’s what people are spending their money on,” he said. Tiffany Toomey, political science junior, said an increase in domestic prices won’t affect her choice of beer much because she mostly drinks specialty beers like Woodchuck and Leinenkugal’s and

expects to pay a higher price for those. Drinking craft beer at home is more common for Justin Greer, English senior, than popping open a domestic at a bar. But crafts have also had to raise prices. Abita increased prices about $1.00 per case in the Baton Rouge area, though they’re trying not to increase them for next year, Blossman said. Historically referred to as a “recession-proof” industry, Settoon said he doesn’t see the industry facing a major decrease in volume for long. “People are going to drink when they’re happy, people are going to drink when they’re sad,” he said. In fact, volume sales in Baton Rouge have increased during the last year, Settoon said. He cited the opening of several new bars and the onset of football season as cause for the increase. “We look forward to football season, that’s when the beer business makes money,” Settoon said. Contact Olga Kourilova at okourilova@lsureveille.com

HEALTH

LSU students’ health worse than national average 13.4 percent have a BMI more than 30 By Steven Powell Contributing Writer

Lauren Stakenborghs admitted her health habits need improvement as she debated going to her evening yoga class. The elementary education senior said she tries to keep a regular yoga exercise schedule, but she has only been successful a few times. A recent survey found University students are worse than the national average in terms of health. The American College Health Association – National College Health Assessment follows last week’s report by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center that shows the poor health of Louisiana children. The Pennington’s report gave Louisiana a D rating in children’s health, citing high obesity and a lack of physical exercise as problems. Julie Hupperich, Student Health Center associate director, said the poor rating of childhood health directly affects University students. The survey only studies children up to age 18, but Hupperich said unhealthy habits do not end with childhood. “Nothing magical happens from the time students graduate from high school to the time they start college,” she said. “This is a good time to intervene [and

establish healthy choices], but many bad habits are brought with them to college.” The University has 5.3 percent of students underweight, compared to 4.4 percent nationally, and 13.4 percent of students who are obese, compared to 10 percent nationally, according to the ACHA–NCHA. The study defines underweight as having less than an 18.5 percent body mass index and obese as more than a 30 percent BMI. The survey also found 36.8 percent of University students do cardiovascular exercise three or more times a week and 31.9 percent of students participate in strength training exercises three or more times a week. These numbers are more than the national average of 36.7 percent of students and 28.7 percent of students respectively. Peter Katzmarzyk, associate executive director for population science at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, said the survey of the state’s childhood health showed a high rate of obesity because of a significant lack of physical activity. He said 57 percent of kids watch more than two hours of television a day, and only 4 percent of kids are eating the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. Katzmarzyk said part of the problem is cultural, since Louisiana and Mississippi always have the highest obesity rate. He said researchers attempt to find why the South has low health scores. Hupperich said the Southern culture seems to revolve around food — people always bring lots

of food to gatherings, events and celebrations. “Living in the South can create challenges,” she said. “It seems like Louisiana is always at the wrong end of the list. Staying motivated to be active and healthy is the best way to learn to work around that challenge.” Joseph Browning, physics senior, said he has decent nutrition habits, but needs to work on his daily exercise. “I never eat anything fried or heavy,” he said. “I probably eat about two to three servings of fruits and vegetables a day and only dine out twice a month.” Browning said he only exercises once a week, but he is trying to increase the frequency. “I dine out at least twice a week,” Stakenborghs said. “I sometimes eat healthier when I’m at home, but not as much as I should.” Katzmarzyk said studies show obesity often lasts a lifetime — it is very difficult to change, causing obese children to age into overweight adults. Researchers are trying to predict the impact unhealthy lifestyles will have on the future health care system, Katzmarzyk said. He said the high obesity rate in children causes an increase in children with adult diabetes, children talking blood pressure medication and children with psycho-social problems. Hupperich said the Student Health Center sees students with problems like diabetes, sleep apnea and hypertension — all related to

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Randy Roth, biological sciences sophomore, enjoys a McDonald’s burger Wednesday in the Union. He said he eats it regularly for its convenience and relatively low cost.

obesity — though it is hard to determine if the number of students visiting the Health Center could be reduced with healthier living. The Health Center works with students individually and at group levels to educate about healthy choices and good nutrition, Hupperich said. She said the Health

Center has two dieticians who meet with students at no charge. “Good nutrition habits are important in achieving a healthy weight,” she said. Contact Steven Powell at spowell@lsureveille.com


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Friday, September 25, 2009

HEALTH

Report ranks Louisiana eighth fattest state in nation LSU Dining offers healthy options By Mary Walker Baus Staff Writer

Tailgating, Mardi Gras and crawfish boils are all staples of Louisiana culture. But while the Cajun cuisine may be good, taste doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Louisiana is ranked as the eighth fattest state with the adult obesity rate at 28.9 percent, according to the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s July 2009 report titled “F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America 2009.” “In terms of nutrition and food, certainly a lot of the cuisine traditional in Louisiana tends to be high in fat, and in the South, a lot of the traditions in our culture involves food and eating,” said Julie Hupperich, Student Health Center associate director and Wellness Education director. “Food has always been a part of the celebration in the South, which is an endearing part of our culture.” Hupperich said the way

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Louisiana cuisine is prepared makes it unhealthy. “Putting bacon, fat or lard on our vegetables [is unhealthy],” she said. “If you’re making gumbo, your base is high in fat, in addition to the sticks of butter.” Randy Roth, biological sciences sophomore, said he never thinks about how his food is prepared when he eats out, and he doesn’t think Louisiana cuisine is fattening. David Heidke, LSU Dining

and Concessions director, said the University’s dining staff has avoided unhealthy components like lard or fat in food preparation for many years. “Any oils we use are transfat free,” Heidke said. “Our vegetables are ... sautéed with oil, but most of the time, they are steamed. We use all fresh vegetables as much as possible. We have lots of baked items.” Heidke said LSU Dining does prepare fried foods, pizza and

TECHNOLOGY

YouTube may offer movies Company contacts Warner Bros. By Catie Vogels Entertainment Writer

Michael Bellocq grew up visiting the local video store with his father to rent movies. Now he is surrounded by them. Bellocq, history junior and a manager at Video USA on Lee Drive, rents movies so he won’t have to wait for buffering like many of his friends who prefer watching movies online. But his preferred method of obtaining movies may be dwindling. YouTube is talking with major movie studios about a deal which would allow users to watch fulllength movies online for a small fee. YouTube, which already provides some free older movies, plans to add new releases from movie giants like Lionsgate Entertainment and Warner Brothers to its repertoire, according to a New York Times article. “While we don’t comment on rumor and speculation, we hope to expand both on our great relationship with movie studios and on the selection and types of videos we offer our community,” according to a YouTube news release. These talks between YouTube and movie studios could affect local movie stores, said Patrick Mulhearn, director of studio op-

erations for Raleigh Studios Baton Rouge at the Celtic Media Centre. “The days of renting movies are ending,” Mulhearn said. “It’s the way the industry is going. It’s changing how we see and get movies.” Movie rental stores already suffered losses with the popularization of On Demand and Netflix, and YouTube movies are going to continue this trend, Mulhearn said. “It won’t be long that you won’t be going down the street to a movie store and renting something for a night or two,” Mulhearn said. “You’ll be hooking your iPod up to the TV to watch movies.” Many students said they would prefer watching movies illegally to watching on YouTube. Jordan LaFrance, photography junior, said he goes to movie theaters or downloads the movies online instead of renting movies. He said he used to enjoy renting movies as a child but doesn’t get the same thrill anymore. “I always went to video stores when I was a kid,” LaFrance said. “It was a fantastic part of the week. Just something about getting to pick out what the family would watch for the night was really fun ... It’s only useful now for when I have friends over, so we don’t have to crowd around a laptop.” LaFrance said he probably wouldn’t use YouTube to watch movies online. “If I’m going to watch a movie on my computer, I might as well download it for free,” LaFrance said.

Other students said they would continue renting movies. “I love renting movies because if there is an actor or actress I love, I want to watch all of their movies,” said Alexis Tolliver, biology sophomore. Tolliver said she would not be willing to pay much for movies on YouTube. “What if your Internet goes out while you’re at the good part of the movie?” Tolliver asked. “I’d be pissed.” Bellocq also said he would continue renting movies. “The only way I would possibly use it would be if any stores didn’t have the movie I was looking for and also if I needed to watch that movie,” Bellocq said. “I don’t think I could sit there watching a movie on my laptop. I like to watch my movies on the big screen.”

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other less healthy options, and he said it’s up to the students to choose what they want to eat. “The real solution to controlling our weight is through a balanced diet,” he said. “It’s just a matter of eating the foods we like in the right quantities.” Mississippi topped the list for the fifth year in a row with an adult obesity rate of 32.5 percent. Eight of the 10 states with the highest percentage of obese adults are in the South, according to the report. Colorado had the lowest adult obesity rate at 18.9 percent. The American College Health Association said 13.4 percent of LSU is obese, with a body mass index higher than 30. Hupperich said students are always surprised by the proper portion sizes they should be eating. “When you show people what a portion of rice is, and when you

look at the amount they’ve grown up with, six to eight servings are considered one serving with red beans and rice,” she said. Heidke said all of the LSU Dining staff is trained to provide appropriate portion sizes at the different locations. He said there is a healthy option at every LSU Dining location on campus. Hupperich said it is important for Louisianans to take individual responsibility about food and exercise choices. Tiffany Compagno, kinesiology senior, blamed the lack of physical activity for the obesity rates in Louisiana instead of the food. “Our culture is music, food and good times,” Compagno said. “We’re a ‘live to eat’ rather than an ‘eat to live’ society.” Contact Mary Walker Baus at mwbaus@lsureveille.com


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In From the Storm

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VOLLEYBALL

Tigers start SEC play Friday By Rob Landry Sports Contributor

The journey started in New Orleans at Tulane, where Ducré decided to play college football. His father Brad lettered for the Green Wave as a running back from 1991-1994, and his family, in nearby LaCombe, La., would be able to see him play. But things didn’t turn out that way. Tulane evacuated to Jackson, Miss., the day

The LSU volleyball team is still trying to find an identity after 11 matches this season. LSU coach Fran Flory says the Tigers are not close to the team she hopes they will be by the end of the season. “We’re still growing, and we’re still building,” Flory said. “I don’t even know if we have the right lineup out there yet.” LSU (7-4, 1-1) will have plenty of travel time to find itself as it begins a four-match road trip Friday against Auburn (9-4, 1-1). Auburn is opening up a threematch Southeastern Conference homestand. LSU sophomore libero Lauren Waclawczyk said the road trip should not be a distraction for LSU. “It’s always better to be at home,” Waclawczyk said. “But at this level, you have to be focused every single game no matter where you’re playing, especially in the SEC. It doesn’t matter who we are playing, where we are playing, we’re going to come in focused.” LSU also has a 20-match winning streak against SEC West division opponents on the line. Auburn is led by junior libero Liz Crouch, the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Week. Crouch is a New Orleans native and product of Academy of the

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Mississippi State running back Christian Ducré runs against Auburn on Sept. 12. Ducré transferred to Miss. State after Tulane cut his major to stay afloat financially after Katrina.

Katrina evacuee finishes career with Mississippi State after leaving Tulane By David Helman Sports Writer

It’s roughly a five-hour drive from southeast Louisiana to Starkville, Miss., but the road has been much longer for Mississippi State senior running back Christian Ducré. He has been chased all across the South as a member of college football’s only homeless football team. He’s suffered the loss of his home and

his degree program. Now, four years removed from the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina, Ducré faces a reunion of sorts as his Bulldogs host LSU on Saturday. “People say Katrina built character,” said Clark Hershey, Fontainebleau High School’s offensive coordinator and Ducré’s former running backs coach. “Katrina exposed character, and we have a lot of high character kids. Christian was one of those kids you could really rely on.”

SOCCER

Tigers face No.15 Georgia to open conference play Clarke’s status uncertain for game By David Helman Sports Writer

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LSU senior midfielder Melissa Clarke kicks the ball down the field during the Tigers’ 4-0 win Sept. 11 against Oklahoma.

The toughest non-conference slate in school history may be finished, but the schedule isn’t getting any easier for the LSU soccer team. The Tigers (4-2-2) are coming off games against No. 2 North Carolina and Duke and now open Southeastern Conference play against No. 15 Georgia (7-0-1) on Friday at the LSU Soccer Complex. The Bulldogs are one of just

four undefeated teams left in the SEC and have skyrocketed up the national rankings in recent weeks. Georgia finished its non-conference campaign with a 2-1 win against Clemson last week. “They’ve got a good team chocked full of good players,” said LSU coach Brian Lee. “Georgia’s a good state. [Malorie] Rutledge, [Melissa] Clarke, [Carlie] Banks, [Mo] Isom – plenty of players to build a program from. So they’re going to be quality.” The Tigers performed well last weekend at the Duke Nike Classic, as they fought to a draw against Duke after staging a two-goal rally in the second half. The team failed to notch a goal against North Carolina in a 1-0 loss last Friday, but the

Tigers’ defense held the Tar Heels goalless until the 78th minute. “It was two quality opponents, but we’re just as concerned leading into SEC play with how we’re playing as opposed to results,” Lee said. “To do that well against Chapel Hill … and then come out flat against Duke but reverse fortunes in the second half, that showed great character and determination.” Conference rival Auburn was actually the first team to foil a UNC win, battling to a 0-0 draw last Sunday. The result knocked the Tar Heels from their No. 1 perch for the first time this season. “The SEC has had their best SOCCER, see page 11


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TENNIS

Lady Tigers travel to Rice, Indiana for two tournaments Three freshmen to showcase talent By Rowan Kavner Sports Contributor

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LSU sophomore Whitney Wolf plays Feb. 7 during the Tigers’ first home match. Wolf and two other Lady Tigers head to Houston this weekend for the Rice Invitational.

The LSU women’s tennis team has the opportunity to see where it stands in two different competitions this weekend. Coach Tony Minnis said the team is taking three players to Houston for the Rice Invitational and four players to Indiana for the Hoosier Classic. “One of the reasons we’re doing this is so we can really familiarize ourselves because we have such a young team,” Minnis said. Minnis said senior Nicole Kantor, junior Kylie Adamek, freshman Ebie Wilson and freshman Kaitlin Burns will make the trip to Indiana. “This is my first tournament of the year,” Kantor said. “Some of the other girls have played tournaments, so I’d say it’s fairly important just to get a good start in the fall.” The competition this weekend at the Hoosier Classic includes Indiana, Mississippi State, Memphis and Kansas State. Kantor said she is looking forward to getting more experience with Wilson, her new doubles partner. “We’ve actually only practiced

together once,” Kantor said. “But our game hopefully will match up well, and hopefully we’ll be able to find ways to win. Once we get out there, usually you can figure it out once you get in a match situation.” Kantor said despite the fact it’s the fall, her goal is still to win every time she steps on the court. Minnis said the games are still important even though they may not have too much bearing on team rankings. “It’s fall. It’s like preseason football,” Minnis said. “It’s based more for individual rankings. It’s important to really gain an identity and gain some confidence, but I think it’s even more important for [assistant coach] Lisa [Jackson] and I to see what we need to work on.” Minnis said sophomore Whitney Wolf, senior Sloane Mathis and freshman Keri Frankenberger will play at the Rice Invitational. Wolf already has experience under her belt with her partner, Frankenberger. “We played together the last tournament and played really well together,” Wolf said. Rice, SMU and Oklahoma are among the big name competition at the Rice Invitational, but Wolf said DePaul could be the most troublesome opponent. Wolf said she feels like she’s been playing some of her best tennis and wants to keep the hot streak going.

“For me, it’s more important if I’m happy with how I play,” Wolf said. “It is more fun to win though.” Minnis said he is excited to see how all three freshmen will contribute early in the season. “What they did at the [Southeastern Conference] tournament really impressed me,” Minnis said. “They really stepped up. They go to the first tournament ever in college without really practicing. You got 10 teams that are in the top 25 in the country, and you hold your own. I was pretty impressed with that.” Despite the youth on display this weekend, Minnis said he hopes the veterans can make an immediate impact as well. “Nicole Kantor and Whitney Wolf are the two players with experience coming back,” Minnis said. “Whitney played really well at the SEC tournament, and hopefully she can build on that, and Nicole has been a really solid player for us for three years.” Minnis said he appreciates how hard the team has practiced in preparation for the year. “This group has an awesome work ethic right now,” Minnis said. “They’re working really hard, and hopefully that hard work pays off.” Contact Rowan Kavner at rkavner@lsureveille.com


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SWIMMING AND DIVING

Tigers hold draft, prepare for intrasquad meet Freshmen impress captains in practice By Katherine Terrell Sports Contributor

Purple and gold will face off against each another after a week of trash talking, practicing and intense drafting. No, this isn’t the NFL — the LSU swimming and diving team will hold an intrasquad swim meet today at 3 p.m. to kick off the season. The team captains held a draft this week to pick swimmers for their teams. Junior James Meyers, captain of the gold team, said the team flipped a coin to determine who had the first pick in the draft. Whoever lost the coin toss got the second and third picks, followed by each team picking one person at a time. “It was kind of difficult this year with all the freshmen we had,” Meyers said. “There’s a lot of talent in that class.” Meyers said he picked a lot of freshmen for his team. He made his

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LSU junior James Meyers swims Jan. 10 in the Natatorium during the Tigers’ meet against Florida State. The Tigers beat the Seminoles, 166-134.

picks by looking up their personal best times and watching at practice. “I kind of had a sense of how their training was this summer and how they’ve been training in the pool,” Meyers said. Sophomore diver Matt Vieke said the squad has been getting into the competitive mode and pumping each other up ever since the teams were announced earlier this week. The two teams have been getting into the spirit of the competition

with some friendly sparring. “Everyone’s already starting to trash talk,” Meyers said. “It’s going to be a really fun meet, but I’m hoping the points will go towards the gold side so maybe we’ll win this year.” Vieke said he is excited for the beginning of the season but also a little nervous because he hasn’t competed in a long time. “Getting into the meet season is definitely an awesome thing,” Vieke

CROSS COUNTRY

Teams to host only home meet Tigers, Lady Tigers prep for Invitational By Luke Johnson Sports Contributor

The central theme for the LSU cross country teams this weekend is the extra motivation of running at home. The Tigers and Lady Tigers play host Saturday to the 2009 LSU Invitational, which will be held at Highland Road Park. LSU will have a three-week break following Saturday’s meet. Saturday will mark the only home event for the LSU cross country teams this season. “We travel pretty far away for most of our meets,” said sophomore Laura Carleton, who paced the Lady Tigers in last season’s LSU invitational with an 18th-place time of 24 minutes, 13.7 seconds. “It’s the one time all your family and friends are there, and it’s cool to have that support since most of our team is from Louisiana.” Sophomore Cullen Doody said he isn’t worried about what the other teams are bringing to the event. He said the teams aren’t worried about the competition and are more focused on what they can control. “I just want to run a better time than I ran last season,” Doody said. “A lot of people have friends and family out there, so there’s a little extra motivation running in front of people you know.” The Tigers will look to duplicate their recent success at the Invitational. The 2008 Tigers took first place in the event, their best outing of the season. The Lady Tigers also fared

well at the event when they placed fifth, also their best team finish of the season. But the Tigers’ top three finishers in last season’s LSU invitational will not race in the 2009 event. Andy Florek, Richard Chautin and Jacob Simmons finished fifth, sixth and seventh respectively. Florek and Chautin redshirted this season, and Simmons is no longer on the roster. “We can’t focus on what we don’t have,” said LSU coach Mark Elliott. “We’ll have some success just by knowing the course. We train on the course every day.” The Tigers will try to erase the bad taste from their last performance at the Crimson Classic, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.. The Tigers placed 10th out of a 16-team field. “Coming off a week when the guys thought they should’ve ran better, there are a lot of things for them to think about to keep them

motivated and doing well,” Elliott said. Doody paced the Tigers for the event with a 26-minute, 52.30second time in the 8K event, which was good for 44th place out of 129 runners. The Lady Tigers put forth a solid effort in Tuscaloosa. Senior Katie Hamel, sophomore Jenna Henssler and freshman Charlene Lipsey placed in the top-35 runners at the Crimson Classic. Hamel placed 21st after she ran the 5K course in 18 minutes, 43.50 seconds, which prompted Elliott to say Hamel ran “extremely well.” “I expect them to improve a little bit on what we did in the last meet,” Elliott said. “Any mistakes they made in the last race, they need to correct for this race.”

said. “It’s nice to have that first month to really pound out some basics.” Senior Leigh Ann King said the team has been using the weeks leading up to the meet to do circuit work and get into shape. Next week, the team will break up into groups based on their strokes and do more specialized work. King said practice has been hard but necessary to get people in shape and give the freshmen time to learn the ropes. The freshmen have impressed the captains with what they’ve shown. “We have a lot of eager freshmen ready to go, ready to swim fast,” Meyers said. “I’m very excited to see how they’ll do in their first swim

meet.” Vieke said having an intrasquad meet is a good way to start the season. “It’s for fun and games to try to get the season rolling,” Vieke said. Meyers said there isn’t as much pressure in dual meets compared to bigger meets. “In dual meets, you’re just racing the person next to you. It’s not really about your time,” Meyers said. “When you’re swimming in a conference meet or a national-level meet, you’re swimming against the clock.” Contact Katherine Terrell at kterrell@lsureveille.com

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GOLF

Friday, September 25, 2009

UREC

No. 11 Lady Tigers tee off in Tenn. Intramurals continue to battle bad weather By Sean Isabella Sports Contributor

The No. 11 LSU women’s golf team won its season opening tournament at the NGCA/Hooter’s Collegiate Match Play Championship nearly three weeks ago. But since winning the opening event of a season for the first time since 2004, LSU women’s golf coach Karen Bahnsen has preached to her team to not get caught up in the moment. “We’ve had [time], so we’ve put that behind us,” Bahnsen said. “You can’t dwell on it — you just use it to build confidence.” The Lady Tigers have a chance to build on their success when they travel to Franklin, Tenn., today to compete in the Mason Rudolph Championships at the Vanderbilt Legends Club. LSU, who edged then-No. 8 Auburn, 3.5-1.5, in the championship round of the Match Play tournament, will face similar competition when it tees off at 8 a.m. The three-day, 54-hole tournament features 12 ranked teams, including eight of the top 10 teams in the country. LSU will compete against No. 1 Arizona State, No. 2 USC, No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 7 Alabama, No. 8 Auburn, No. 9 Virginia and No. 10 Duke, among others. The field has an NCAA

tournament-type feel, but Bahnsen said the quality of the field does not intimidate her. “We just want to go out and play,” she said. “I don’t care where they are from.” Freshman Mary Michael Maggio will try and prove her first collegiate performance wasn’t a fluke after playing a pivotal role in securing the Match Play title for the Lady Tigers. Bahnsen said she was excited with the Conway, Ark., native’s performance and the way she handled pressure. “I knew obviously when I recruited her that she was a good player ... but I was pleased with the way she played right off the bat,” Bahnsen said. While Maggio impressed in her first outing for the Tigers, one veteran expects to rebound from a mediocre performance. Junior Megan McChrystal shot an 80 in the first round of stroke play at the Match Play Championship before bouncing back with a 71 in the second round. “She put a little pressure on herself to start out the season,” Bahnsen said. “That’s not an issue ... she will play well.” Bahnsen said McChrystal and Maggio, along with juniors Amalie Valle and Lindy LaBauve, and sophomore Jacqueline Hedwall, all need to have consistent scores every weekend for LSU to be successful.

“That’s how we are going to win the tournaments we are in, especially tournaments like this with all the best teams in the country,” Bahnsen said. “If you don’t all perform well, you’re not going to have a chance at winning a tournament. It’s that competitive right now.”

MEN OPEN SEASON IN WASH. The No. 18 LSU men’s golf team begins its season Sunday at the PING/Golfweek Invitational in Bremerton, Wash. The 7,142-yard, par-72 course at Gold Mountain Golf Club will play host to four of the top five teams in the country, according to the Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches’ Poll — No. 1 Oklahoma State, who won the event in 2008, No. 2 Washington, No. 4 Alabama and No. 5 Arizona State. LSU enters the tournament with a target on its back, boasting one of the nation’s top golfers in John Peterson. Peterson was dubbed with a preseason No. 8 ranking by Golfweek following a standout campaign last year, earning second-team AllAmerica honors. The two-day tournament is set to begin Sunday morning, with tee times to be announced this weekend.

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By Jonathan Schexnayder Sports Contributor

Intramural sports action continued this week at the University Student Recreational Complex despite inclimate weather. Weather was an issue for some leagues for the second week in a row. Tuesday competitions for 3-on-3 basketball were rained out, assistant director for leagues and tournaments Matt Boyer said in an e-mail. Basketball is scheduled to finish pool play Tuesday and begin bracket play Oct. 5. Boyer said this intramural season is the first year all participants in the competition will make the playoffs, regardless of their record. “By taking all teams into the playoffs, our hopes are to reach out to the more recreational players and get them involved,” he said. In the 5:30 p.m. Monday open men’s soccer division, Malostranska (2-0) took an early league lead this week by upending Channel 4 News Team, 3-1. MBA Ballers routed Hot Sauce, 8-1. The Unnaturals blanked G squad, 5-0, in the 6:30 p.m. division, and Team Pup n Suds held off Grizzly Adams Beard, 1-0. In the fraternity league Monday division, Sigma Alpha Epsilon

beat Sigma Phi Epsilon “B,” 1-0. Kappa Sigma defeated Sigma Phi Epsilon “C,” 5-0. In the Sunday open divisions, Streaks FC, Dirty Souff, Balco Boys, Cody Welch, Whatchuknowaboutit, Niupy FC, Southern Squirrels, FC Happy Feet and Smooth Operators all started out 1-0. The women’s 11-a-side soccer league continues play Sunday. In the Monday co-rec divisions, Pi Sigma Epsilon and Victorious Secret both won their games, 5-0, while Pandamonium FC downed BCM, 1-0. Other league games are played on Wednesdays and Sundays. In team racquetball, Drop it like it’s Tot Tot beat Team UREC, 2-1, and Team Ramrod defeated Ivory Cats. Sport clubs begin next week, said Melissa Longino, associate director of recreational services. The LSU men’s rugby team opens its season at home Saturday at 1 p.m. against Louisiana-Lafayette at the Sports and Adventure Complex fields. Singles table tennis and singles tennis also continue action next week. Contact Jonathan Schexnayder at jschexnayder@lsureveille.com


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NFL

New cornerback: New Orleans was best possible option Saints to play Greer’s former team Sunday By The Associated Press METAIRIE (AP) — Jabari Greer rattles off the names of Frenchman Street music clubs with unusual ease for someone who hasn’t been in the Big Easy for long. It’s one example of what the Saints’ new starting cornerback is talking about when he says signing with New Orleans “was by far the best possibility for me.” “It’s been incredible and the city of New Orleans, man, everybody knows I love jazz,” Greer said after practice this week. “On and off the field, it was just a perfect fit. It was what I was looking for.” That’s not to say Greer didn’t fit in at Buffalo, where he spent his first five seasons — and where, incidentally, the Saints will be playing on Sunday. “That was a team that gave me an opportunity when nobody drafted me. ... I’m grateful for it,” said Greer, who Buffalo signed as a rookie free agent out of Tennessee in 2004. “Some of my closest friends

that I’ve grown in the league with are still there, so it will be great to see them,” Greer said. “It will be even better to compete with them, because any time you get to compete with some of your close friends, that brings the level of competition up even higher. ... Not only do you want to win, you don’t want (them) to win.” Greer made major strides in his last two seasons with the Bills, starting 23 games and intercepting four passes — including two last season that he returned for touchdowns. “We really love Jabari Greer. He was a terrific player for us, first of all, on special teams and as a starting corner,” Bills head coach Dick Jauron said. “Obviously, he’s got athletic skills and has a great attitude and an interesting and great personality. So we look forward to seeing him — just wish he wasn’t opposite from us. ... He’s a tremendous young person.” Yet, after the Bills drafted cornerback Leodis McKelvin in 2008, Buffalo no longer needed Greer as badly as the Saints, a team looking to make changes in a defensive backfield lambasted for giving up too many big plays last season. So Greer played out the last year of his contract in Buffalo and

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Dolphins wide receiver Greg Camarillo (83) and Saints cornerback Jabari Greer fight for the ball Sept. 3 during the preseason at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.

moved on to New Orleans, where he is now regarded as the team’s top cornerback. “He’s come in and played with confidence,” Saints head coach Sean Payton said. “He can run well. He’s got good anticipation. ... He’s someone that has really fit in well in his first year here.” Greer is one of several members of the Saints with former ties to Buffalo, including defensive

tackle Anthony Hargrove and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who was the Bills’ head coach from 2001-03. Williams said he’s curious to see how Greer handles his emotions upon returning to Buffalo. “I’ve been teasing him all week long about: ‘Which ones are your untouchable friends? Which are the ones that we’re going to go up and hug and kiss and which are

the ones that we’re going to go out there and smack?’” Williams said. “So, it will be interesting to see him play this week.” The Saints have been getting informal scouting reports from Greer about some of Buffalo’s personnel this week. Greer said he’s certain the Bills intend to counter his knowledge of their squad and to try to exploit their knowledge of him. “They know that I know who I’m playing,” Greer said, grinning. “I know their personnel. ... I’m sure they’re doing something to game-plan me, to say, ‘What used to get Jabari in practice?’ So this is just one of those games where, you know, I’m looking at them, they’re looking at me, and y’all are looking at us — and it’s fun.” Beyond the football field, fun for Greer often involves live jazz. The musical genre captivated him one summer when he was 13 and playing old records he found in the garage of his family’s home in Tennessee. The Ohio Players, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Marvin Gaye were among the performers who got him hooked. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at sports@lsureveille.com

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Sean O’Hair takes 1-shot lead over Woods, others Tiger gives leader tips on putting By The Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Sean O’Hair knew he would need some help from Tiger Woods to win the FedEx Cup. He got more than he expected. And it was about putting, not points. Woods and O’Hair practiced together on the back nine at East Lake on the eve of the Tour Championship, and O’Hair sought some advice on his putting from the

world’s No. 1 player, regarded as among the best in golf with the putter. Woods suggested that O’Hair open the face of the club on the way back so that he could release the blade through the ball. It paid off Thursday when O’Hair made enough putts for a 4-under 66 and a one-shot lead over three players — including Woods. “I’m going to go chew him out right now,” Woods said. Woods was joking, for it is typical in this sport for players to help each other even as they’re trying to beat each other. O’Hair is the first to concede that his putting has held him back in his five years on

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Tiger Woods hits from the rough on the seventh hole during the first round of the Tour Championship golf tournament Thursday at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

tour, and he wasn’t afraid to ask. “I believe in what he said, and I think it’s the key for me to kind of take my putting to another level,” O’Hair said. “Getting advice like that from good players is obviously awesome, but getting it from basically the greatest of all time is pretty cool. “I mean, I’m his competition, for him to help me out like he did was very classy, I thought.” The tip didn’t take overnight, but it was good enough on greens that were far more firm than any of the 30-man field could have imagined after so much rain in Atlanta over the last week. Woods recovered from a shaky start with three birdies over a fourhole stretch on the back nine for a 67, putting him one shot behind with Padraig Harrington and British Open champion Stewart Cink. Only eight players managed to break par in the final FedEx Cup playoff event, with a $10 million bonus going to the winner. O’Hair is the No. 7 seed, meaning he would have to win the Tour Championship and have Woods finish in a threeway tie for second or worse. So far, so good. And so much golf left to be played. O’Hair could only imagine what it would be like to try out his putting tip on the 18th green Sunday with a chance to go home with $11.35 million, the combined earnings of the FedEx Cup and Tour Championship. “If I do have that opportunity, I hope I have a five-shot lead,” he said.

Woods doesn’t regret giving O’Hair the putting advice. “It’s very simple,” Woods said. “You always help your friends. Sean is a friend of mine, and like all my friends, you always try to make their life better somehow. Sean has been struggling a bit on the greens this year, and I thought I could offer a little bit of help and insight to how he could change that.” Woods, who is in the best shape to capture the FedEx Cup

as the No. 1 seed, could have used some help early in the round. As O’Hair, Harrington and Cink were setting an early pace, Woods was headed in the wrong direction by failing to save par from a bunker on the par-3 sixth, and making bogey on the eighth from the rough to go 1 over. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at sports@lsureveille.com


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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2009 DUCRÉ, from page 5 before Katrina’s landfall. They expected to return to campus soon, but the team didn’t make it back at all. The team moved to Southern Methodist University in Dallas during the subsequent week before settling in at Louisiana Tech for the remainder of the fall. The Green Wave didn’t play a single game at home in the Katrina season. As a redshirt, Ducré didn’t play a single snap. “It was horrible what happened to him,” said Larry Favre, Ducré’s high school coach at Fontainebleau. “Right when he’s learning what it’s like to be away from home, what it’s like to be a college student, he’s forced to go to Ruston. They were a school without a home.” It was a stark contrast to his days as a Fontainebleau Bulldog. Ducré rushed for 1,202 yards and 13 touchdowns in his senior season

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with Fontainebleau. He earned a variety of all-state and all-district honors. Combined with then-teammate and former LSU fullback Steven Korte, Ducré headlined a devastating ground game that helped the Bulldogs to the Class 5A state semifinals. “It was incredible to see,” Hershey said. “Very few times in your coaching career do you get to see athletes like that.” Two years after Ducré fell short of the Superdome in high school, it happened again. Tulane cut his academic major in an effort to stay afloat financially, throwing his future back into question. The NCAA offered students the opportunity to transfer without losing a year of eligibility. Ducré took it. Ducré arrived at Mississippi State for the 2006 season, though he wasn’t offered a scholarship there coming from high school.

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‘Very few times in your coaching career do you get to see athletes like [Christian Ducré].’ Clark Hershey

Fontainebleau offensive coordinator

It was Favre who helped his former star along the way to Starkville. “I had some contacts up at MSU, and I had a large role to play in getting him up there,” Favre said. “We were extremely close when he played for me, so I’m very proud of that.” Ducré’s mother, Alisha Dorsey Lee, sends Favre her son’s press clippings. Favre currently serves as St. Tammany Parish’s director

VOLLEYBALL, from page 5

Sacred Heart. “[Crouch] digs a hard-hit attack very well,” said Auburn coach Wade Benson. “She’s also got a pretty vicious jump serve.” Benson respects the threat LSU poses but feels his team will be able to compete with a squad that swept Auburn a year ago. “LSU is a very physical team,” Benson said. “They’re an older team than we are and more experi‘They’re enced. They more an older have size. It’s going team than to be a tough we are and match for both more ex- teams.” perienced. the Following match at They have Auburn, LSU more size.’ will immediately hit the Wade Benson road to Athens, Auburn head coach Ga., in anticipation of its Sunday match with the Georgia Bulldogs (10-3, 1-1). The Tigers split two matches with the Bulldogs in 2008. Georgia coach Joel McCartney said his team is excited for the LSU match. “We feel this will be one of the biggest challenges of the season for our program,” McCartney said. “There is no doubt the Tigers will be a top-25 caliber team by the year’s end if not sooner, but we will be prepared to battle and show our very best fight come Sunday afternoon in Athens.” Sunday’s match will be Georgia’s second of a four-game homestand. The match with LSU, however will be the only match of the weekend for the Bulldogs. Because there are only 11 volleyball teams in the SEC, every year one school rotates being the team that plays without a travel partner. That means teams facing LSU will only play one match a weekend versus the traditional Friday and Sunday matches. Flory said being the team without a travel partner is a disadvantage but the Tigers should be able to overcome the adversity. “This is SEC volleyball, and you should be able to step up to

of athletics, but he never misses an MSU game on TV, and he’s managed to free up his weekend to be able to go to the Bulldogs’ Nov. 14 game against No. 3 Alabama. “I tell my players our relationship isn’t for four years — it’s for life,” Favre said. Upheaval followed Ducré again at the end of 2008, but this wasn’t the bad kind. Mississippi State hired Florida offensive coordinator Dan Mullen as its new head coach. Mullen brought his popular spread option offense with him — a vastly different scheme from the power offenses of Ducré’s high school and college careers. But the transition has been a smooth one so far. “If you watch him, he is a guy that works hard in whatever you ask him to do, whether block, pass or run,” Mullen said in a preseason press conference. “I’ve been very impressed with what he’s done so

SOCCER, from page 5

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LSU sophomore libero Lauren Waclawczyk hits the ball Sept. 5 during the Tigers’ 3-0 win against Tulane.

the plate,” Flory said. “It really shouldn’t matter. At times it will matter, but we have to be tougher than that.” The main key for the Tigers this weekend will be staying motivated for both matches. Waclawczyk said the Tigers came out flat in last Sunday’s 3-0 loss to Kentucky. “The seniors are doing a good

job of reminding us of the importance of each match,” Waclawczyk said. “Everyone says the championship is up in the air this year, and we’re looking to go get it. So that means taking one game at time and making it important.” Contact Rob Landry at rlandry@lsureveille.com

non-conference [season] ever by far,” Lee said. “The early indications are that the league is as deep in good teams as ever and the parity in the league this year should be tremendous.” LSU senior midfielder Melissa Clarke could miss her secondstraight game of the season, making the Georgia game even more challenging. Clarke tweaked her hamstring last week at practice but was able to play against UNC before sitting out of the Duke game. “She had a few days off, but we really won’t probably know until game time,” Lee said. “She actually played quite well against Carolina despite [the injury].” Senior forward Rachel Yepez said the Tigers need someone to take control of the midfield’s tempo if Clarke, the team’s leading scorer with five goals, can’t lace up Friday night. “Melissa is just so good on the ball, she can beat three players with one move,” Yepez said. “We just have to move the ball a lot quicker and keep it going. We need to get our movement down because we don’t have Melissa to basically

PAGE 11 far and because of that he will have a valuable role in our offense this season.” Those words have proven truthful thus far. With a logjam of options — including senior feature back Anthony Dixon — to choose from, Mullen is finding spots for Ducré on special teams and in twoback sets. He’s rushed for 100 yards on just 19 carries — a 5.2 average per carry — and has 13 yards and a touchdown on two receptions. “I talked to him just before the season started, and he’s the happiest I’ve seen him,” Favre said. “The coaching change has done wonders for him. They’ve been very positive toward him, he’s in the best shape of his life, and this is his last chance to play his home school.”

Contact David Helman at dhelman@lsureveille.com take control of the attack.” Yepez suggested freshman forward Carlie Banks could slide to Clarke’s centralized position in the attack. Banks has started in all eight of the Tigers’ games and has one assist, but she has yet to find the back of the net. “We just need to create goal scoring chances,” Banks said. “I need to be in the right positions and work hard in order to step up and replace [Clarke]. But I have high expectations for myself.” This weekend also marks the beginning of the brutal two-game weekends customary of conference play. Friday marks the first of fourstraight weekends in which LSU plays two games in three days. Tennessee (4-3-1) is the second opponent of the weekend. The Volunteers were on a four-game unbeaten streak heading into last weekend’s game against No. 22 West Virginia when a 72nd minute goal gave the Mountaineers a 1-0 win.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

OUR VIEW

University, students both responsible for healthy eating

It’s time to face the facts — from elementary school up to college, young Louisianans are getting considerably less healthy. The American College Health Association recently released a report indicating students from elementary school to college have deplorable eating habits. The study points out these habits are hard to break once they are formed, so learning healthy habits during these

years is crucial. We realize as well as anyone the temptation of the huge array of delicious food offered on and around campus. But, as this study points out, there’s no better time to start a nutritious diet than now — and the chances of changing later are significantly lower. The University certainly does try to help student health. The administration has made several

moves over the years to increase students’ awareness of obesity, and there have been many efforts to increase healthy options in the dining halls. But dining halls, while important, don’t cover the entire campus, and they certainly don’t serve the entire student body. This is especially true because both dining halls are located on the other side of Highland Road,

because of renovations to the Pentagon Dining Hall. Therefore, the University should work to offer healthier options elsewhere on campus, such as the Tiger Lair food court. Currently, the Tiger Lair’s only options for healthy eating are the salad bar and packaged salads. That said, there’s only so much administrators can do to increase student health.

In the end, it’s a student’s responsibility to eat healthy. Next time you’re in the Tiger Lair, try the salad bar instead of chomping down unhealthy, fried foods. Eating healthy is easier than you think — it just takes an effort to start.

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FREKE FRIDAY

Soderbergh’s ‘Informant!’ all technique, banality Certain directors desire to be everything to everyone. To one crowd, they want to be seen as saviors of the independents, masters toiling in a job beneath them. Their films tend to be highbrow and technically innovative, featuring zany dialogue and emphasizing plot and atmosphere. To another crowd, these same people emerge as populists, having become skillful at tapping into the cerebral cortex of the masses. Their films are trafficked through star power, flashy visual style, an abundance of pop culture references, with minimal plot as a necessary crutch in the service of ‘entertainment.’ George Clooney made “Good Night and Good Luck,” then “Leatherheads.” The Coen brothers went from “No Country for Old Men” to “Burn After Reading.” Steven

Soderbergh made “Ocean’s Thirteen,” then jumped ship to “Che” and “The Girlfriend Experience.” One wonders why there needs to be a distinction between art and entertainment, between enjoyment of a film and appreciation of the intelligence behind it. Where would masterpieces like Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” and Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” lie within this artificially constructed continuum? Anyway, Soderbergh has returned to the great unwashed with his new film “The Informant!” “The Informant!” is about a corporate whistleblower, Mark Whitacre, who worked with Archer Daniels Midland, an agriculture-based conglomerate, but ratted on them to the FBI. In the early ’90s, Whitacre, as an ADM division head, exposed a

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scheme by the company and several Asian agribusiness companies to corner the lysine market by forming a cartel. (Lysine is an important amino acid used in baking products and animal feed.) “The Informant!” falls Freke Ette cleanly within S o d e r b e rg h ’s Columnist body of work, a film with unique flair made by a technically talented director. The pacing is subtle, the composition of elements within the frame is competent. Like “The Limey” and “Traffic,” “The Informant!” is exasperating, distancing and unemotive; unlike these two, it isn’t terribly memorable. One doesn’t have much to feel; it’s all tireless banality. The film shares with “Burn After Reading” a belief: zaniness equals comedy — I remain unconvinced. Unlike most genres, comedy is not a democracy; no one needs to be bullied by popular opinion to laugh. The film relies on an overthe-top voiceover narration, which sharply contrasts with the persona displayed by Whitacre onscreen, to create its farcical set pieces. An interior monologue is when a character’s

thoughts are verbalized and is capable of shocking the audience when used correctly, as in “Sunset Boulevard,” or misdirecting them, like in “The Usual Suspects.” Here, however, it reveals a lazy script which is unable to show without telling. Though the film is sold as a comedy — a genre Soderbergh is familiar with, having directed the Ocean series — his characters appear to be puppets feigning life. While the Ocean movies were by no means perfect, festered by inside jokes known only to the cast, there were at least some sequences, like the heist, the audience could enjoy. “The Informant!” would have fared better with a director who is attuned to the way human beings behave. In such a case, this comedy of errors, deception and incompetence would have been an exceptional plunge into the human psyche. All we get here is surface treatment. POSTSCRIPT I’ve noticed an unpalatable trend of Nigerians increasingly popping up in films as token villains. Nigerians have now joined Middle Eastern terrorists, female Asian assassins, South American drug dealers and Eastern European sex traffickers as identifiable stereotypes in pop culture. From the gang leader in

“Wolverine,” the warlord in “District 9” and the Playstation 3 advertisement about Nigerian millionaires, to the references about 419 fraud in “The Informant!,” I’m struck by how these depictions are accepted by audiences as an undeniable fact. This condition is self-induced. For a country that boasts the third largest film industry in the world (after the United States and India) it is astonishing there exists no Nigerian filmmaker of global repute, no actor with the clout of Shahrukh Khan and no film that has made the rounds at international festivals. With all our potential, Nigeria’s impact in the world of film is negligible. It is now necessary for Nigerians to end their pathetic hand-wringing and resist empty gestures, such as the ban on “District 9.” Instead we should look to reverse the situation by presenting a better face to the world. Nigeria needs to become an expert in cinematic diplomacy. Nigerian filmmakers around the world, unite. Freke Ette is a political theory graduate student from Uyo, Nigeria. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_fette. Contact Freke Ette at fette@lsureveille.com

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To all of you who live near people and like to party: Please be considerate of your neighbors. Here are just a few things that would be considered rude:

1) Playing loud music after 11 p.m. on a weeknight (Thursdays count as weekends). 2) Leaving beer cans and trash (or vomit) from your party on your neighbors’ doorstep and not cleaning it up. 3) When someone asks you politely to turn down the music (not stop) and you still don’t. I understand not everyone

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has hard and difficult classes, and that this is a college town and partying comes with the territory. But please, for the sake of your neighbors, turn down the bass and save it for Friday night!

Heather Richards international studies senior

QUOTE OF THE DAY “You always pass failure on the way to success.”

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Author calls Digital Age the dumbest generation By Tony Peterson Fresno State University

FRESNO, Calif. — (U-WIRE) “Teenagers and young adults mingle in a society of abundance, intellectual as well as material… Never have opportunities for education, learning, political action, and cultural activity been greater. All the ingredients for making an informed and intelligent citizen are in place. But it hasn’t happened.” So says Mark Baurlein, professor of English at Emory University and author of The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30). Just who is the dumbest generation, according to Baurlein? In a word — us. “This is the paradox of the

Dumbest Generation,” Baurlein argues. “For the young American, life has never been so yielding, goods so plentiful, schooling so accessible, diversion so easy, and liberties so copious… But the enlightenment hasn’t happened.” The mere mention of the argument qualifies the author as an old curmudgeon, a decrepit, aging man who is unable to let go of the past and unwilling to even try. But closer inspection belies this thought. A humorous way of showing Generation Y’s ignorance is by watching Jay Leno’s Jaywalking segment of his television shows. Leno asks presumably easy questions and gets incredibly idiotic answers. Hilarity ensues. A less amusing representation of our collective lack of knowledge is a recent survey commissioned by the Oklahoma Council on Public

Affairs. The results are astounding. More than half of Oklahoman high school students couldn’t pin the Republicans and Democrats as the two main political parties in America, only 14 percent knew Thomas Jefferson wrote the draft of the Declaration of Independence, and three-fourths of the students surveyed could not even name George Washington as the first president of the United States. Scary. “It’s Oklahoma, what do you expect?” one is tempted to say. But I’d be willing to venture a guess that the vast majority of our generation would not pass the citizenship test that all immigrants must pass before entering the country. “This is the essence of the contemporary zeitgeist,” argues

Reid Buckley in an article for The American Conservative magazine. “…Young people have not been taught to edit. They have not been taught self-criticism. They have been reared in an environment of self-esteem, even when this went unexamined and unearned.” In other words, we’re spoiled. We’re pretentious. We’re narcissistic. We’re haughty, brash and arrogant, and we pride ourselves on our haughtiness, our brashness and our arrogance. Are Buckley and Baurlein correct? The evidence sure points in that direction. While the sobriquet, “The Dumbest Generation,” may be nothing more than hyperbole used to sell books, we do indeed have every advantage that our parents and grandparents had, except, as Baurlein says, the enlightenment “hasn’t happened.”

No doubt our generation is just as capable of turning out a Jefferson, an Einstein, a Gates. In fact, we may be even more disposed to the ability to do so. But will we? My friends (I’m channeling my inner McCain), if we don’t take advantage of all that is out there, our younger brothers and sisters will. We will be left high and dry, marooned on the proverbial beach by those who passed us by. As George Santayana said long ago in his famous phrase, “those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” And unless we start learning, Generation Y may become Generation Lost.

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Moore challenges Americans to divide business, gov’t By Nikki Jagerman University of California-Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — (U-WIRE) The heads of most big American companies would rather not talk to Michael Moore now, especially the CEOs of the major banks. In his new film “Capitalism: A Love Story,” Moore explores the current state of the nation’s economy, focusing on housing foreclosures and unemployment. By the end of the film, the audience is asked to take action in various ways against an economic system that favors the rich and allows the rest to suffer. In releasing this film, Moore is challenging Americans, especially young Americans, to make an effort in dividing government from business. Sitting in a packed Bruin Theatre in Westwood, I watched as Moore walked down the aisle to introduce the movie. Wearing his usual baseball cap, he spoke with ease, humor and passion. After the film, he returned to the front of the theatre for a Q&A session, and expressed his desire to inspire younger generations to fix the corrupt principles that run the American economic system by screening the film in a university theatre. The film blames the downturn on the government’s deregulation of the banking industry and the loss of the principles of capitalism. If the United States truly ran a capitalist economy, according to the film, there would not be bailouts. Capitalism is sink or swim – if a company isn’t successful, it goes under while happy customers reward better businesses and

keep them afloat. Up until the Reagan years, as the film says, that was how American businesses were run. The incentive structure is now based on greed rather than honest competition. Major corporations such as Wal-Mart were shown taking out life insurance policies on their workers who are oftentimes more valuable to the company dead than alive. The worker is called a “dead peasant” and their families are often completely unaware of the insurance money the company receives. Aside from the story and facts revealed in the film, it challenges the audience to understand the morals underlying the principles of capitalism. How can the government justify taking away farm land families have owned for generations? After being accused of stating false information, Moore focused on the evidence for the facts stated in the film. Mark Weisbrot of The Huffington Post reported, “As an economist who operates in the think tank world, I have to appreciate this film. He gets the economic story right.” Weisbrot continued, “Moore has bigger targets in his sights: he is questioning whether the ... moral values, and political economy of American capitalism are fit for human beings.” Moore’s outrage pushes him to urge others to act. He says in a letter to his fans, “Once again, I’ve set out to show you things the nightly news doesn’t dare show you. There will be some very wealthy men who will not be happy about this film’s release. So be it. It’s a free country, but

more importantly, it’s OUR country. It doesn’t belong to the richest one percent who now – are you ready for this – have more financial wealth than the entire bottom 95 percent of the country combined!” During the question and answer segment of his Westwood screening, Moore spoke to the audience about the importance of young people becoming involved

with grassroots organizations. One of the best resources for learning about these groups is the Internet. Moore has posted some of his recommended causes on michaelmoore.com in hopes that his audience will take action. As young, educated Americans, students should be working against corruption. With the tools to make a

difference in government and big business, young adults would be doing a disservice to themselves and the nation if they did not act on the “evils,” as Moore calls them, they see happening.

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jumped from the balcony. “She was really mad at me, yelling and screaming and telling me she wanted to kill herself,” James said in a recording of the call posted on the Spokesman-Review’s Web site. James said he and Hambrice went upstairs with a bottle of wine earlier in the evening. Hambrice had a blood alcohol content of 0.23 grams percent at the time of her death. The dispatcher stayed on the line with a distraught James for more than seven minutes before police arrived. Wood said James voluntarily submitted to a polygraph test, and his statements were determined to be truthful. James was arrested Nov. 20, 2008, and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count of aggravated second-degree battery for allegedly hitting Hambrice in the head with a bottle of alcohol during an argument, according to records from the Baton Rouge District Attor-

ney’s Office. Those charges were dismissed Dec. 16, 2008, at Hambrice’s request. Since her death, the Lynea Sprung Hambrice Scholarship for the School of Music has been set up to honor her memory. The scholarship is regulated by the LSU Foundation. Hambrice was a respected singer and told colleagues she loved working with University graduate students, according to Laurence Kaptain, College of Music and Dramatic Arts dean. “She told me in our one meeting before this happened that she felt she had found the perfect job,” Kaptain said. “Speaking for her colleagues and our students, it’s impossible for us to make sense of her bright star being extinguished so suddenly.”

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are not recyclable,” she said. Composting at Fall Fest will benefit the University because it will pay less for trash sent to a landfill, she said. This year’s Fall Fest will be the pilot program for composting, and Wyatt said he hopes the success will spark more initiative to have sustainable composting on campus throughout the year. William Carney, LSU AgCenter associate professor and head of the W.A. Callegari Environmental Center, said all the plates, napkins and utensils will be compostable if they are made from organic materials. The compostable waste will be sent to the Callegari Environmental Center, where it will spend three to four months composting, he said. The compost byproduct will put health back into the soil. The compost byproduct from the Callagari Environmental Center is used by the University and students from

Hill Farm and landscape architecture, Carney said. If composting at Fall Fest is successful, Newell said it may be possible to implement it on campus, but the University will need to analyze the impact of a larger compost location, cost of implementation and operations and the long-term savings. “Sustainability is really a value choice,” Newell said. “If that is what you value, there may be a cost associated with it.” Anne Whitaker, political science senior, said the University is behind on sustainable efforts, but it’s never too late to start. Taylor McDaniel, psychology sophomore, said he thinks anything to lessen pollution and help the environment is an advancement for the University Fall Fest will take place Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Quad. Contact Kristen M’lissa Rowlett at krowlett@lsureveille.com

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things we need to improve on.” To get through the tough slate of SEC games, the Tigers will rely on a defense that has not surrendered a touchdown in six consecutive quarters, dating back to a week-two victory in Tiger Stadium against Vanderbilt. Keeping that streak intact didn’t come easy against Louisiana-Lafayette, as the Tigers had to use a third-quarter goal-line stand at their own one yard line to keep the Ragin’ Cajuns from breaking the streak. “That goal-line stand was really important for this defense,” said junior safety Chad Jones. “I’m glad we got to do that early in the season so we know what it takes to keep our opponent out of the end zone when it really matters.” Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen has recognized LSU’s vast improvement from last season on the defensive side of the ball. “[LSU] is an established team with a very solid defense,” Mullen said. “They have a new scheme on defense that their guys have really bought into.” The Tigers’ defense also has not allowed a touchdown against Mississippi State in Mississippi since 12:56 left in the first quarter of a 37-7 LSU victory in 2005, and Mississippi State has not beaten LSU since a 17-16 victory in 1999 against the Tigers in Starkville. LSU’s last trip to face Mississippi State on the road ended with a 45-0 victory in a Thursday night football game to open the Tigers’ 2007 national championship season. But the Bulldogs are 7-1 in their last eight games, and LSU junior linebacker Kelvin Sheppard said Mississippi State’s offense will pose a threat to the defense. “It’s an SEC opponent, so you know they are going to come out and try to hit you in the mouth,” Sheppard said. “They are a power team, and they have a very strong running back, so we are going to have to tackle well to keep them out the end zone.” One thing will be different this time for the Tigers’ trip to Starkville as kickoff is slated for shortly after 11:20 a.m. The morning kickoff is the earliest start time for the Tigers since last season’s opening game against Appalachian State in Tiger Stadium, a 10 a.m. kickoff because of impending bad weather from Hurricane Gustav, a game LSU won, 41-13. LSU has won its last four games with kickoffs before noon, including a 48-17 victory against MSU in 2006. The last time the Tigers lost an early game was in 2002, a 35-20 loss to Texas in the Cotton Bowl, a 10 a.m. kickoff. That leaves the Tigers not at all worried about the day game. “Last year against [Appalachian] State was one of our better performances,” said sophomore center T-Bob Hebert. “If anything, I’m looking forward to it because ... it’s always nice to have a morning game because it’s a great college football tradition.” Contact Andy Schwehm at aschwehm@lsureveille.com


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