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Instructors Exchanging ideas receive BUDGET CUTS

LSU hosts 10 SEC schools for student gov. weekend conference By Catherine Threlkeld Staff Writer

Sports fans in the Southeast don’t typically think of Tigers, Rebels, Gators and Bulldogs working together. But instead of perpetuating athletic rivalries this weekend, Student Government officials from 11 of the 12 Southeastern Conference schools teamed up and shared ideas. LSU Student Government officials hosted this year’s Southeastern Conference Exchange, and members from the schools visited campus to discuss problems and new initiatives from each school’s campus. Auburn University was the only SEC school not represented. The 50 participants started Saturday by listening to presentations from each school about how the student governments are structured, what programs they started and problems they face. University of Mississippi SG President Artair Rogers and Vice President Richard McKay talked about a green

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‘The best part [of the SEC Exchange] has been the interaction with other schools, learning from the way they’re doing things.’ Jordon Johnson

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LSU Ambassador Ashley Wilking, human resources junior, center, leads a tour of the campus Saturday to the SEC Exchange, a meeting of student government leaders from SEC schools.

dismissal notices By Xerxes A. Wilson Senior Staff Writer

The University began distributing non-renewal notices notifying non-tenured employees of their termination as of Jan. 21, 2011. University spokesman Herb Vincent said it’s likely all nontenure and non-tenure track faculty will eventually receive the non-renewal notifications, which are being sent out in phases. The University has 484 faculty who are non-tenure track employees, according to a University news release. The letters effectively end faculty employment in a year’s time, but last week Chancellor Michael Martin said no final decisions will be made regarding layoffs until the University knows what the next budget cut will be. “To ensure we have maximum flexibility to face whatever we may have to face, it was necessary to inform those people that there is a possibility of some job loss,” Martin said. “On one hand, we are letting everyone know there are budget challenges we have to meet, and it may come LAYOFFS, see page 16

LITERATURE

Middleton Library hosts Harry Potter exhibition Novels used for educational value By Ryan Buxton Senior Staff Writer

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Associate librarian Peggy Chalaron, right, speaks to parents Sunday about the Harry Potter projects the students at LSU and University Lab School created.

Muggles beware: Middleton Library has become a lair for serpents, centaurs and sorcery galore. The library is hosting a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine called “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine,” which explores the traditions in Renaissance alchemy, astrology and

philosophy used in J.K. Rowling’s fantasy series. “When someone is writing, even if it’s a fantasy, they try to build on something concrete,” said Peggy Chalaron, associate librarian. The exhibit outlines the connections between Hogwarts and the great thinkers of the Renaissance period, including influential surgeon Ambroise Pare’, who mentioned the healing power of unicorns in his writings, and Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim, a theologian who argued the validity of magic. Chalaron said the Harry

Potter novels create a “teachable moment” — an opportune time when students are interested in a topic, and it can be built on for educational value. That value was not lost on University instructors. Chalaron approached various people to add a University contribution to the exhibit. Students in professor Larry Livaudais’s digital art classes created mythical creatures and plants in Photoshop. Digital art junior Tahjah Krauss said her favorite part of the POTTER, see page 11


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Nation & World

INTERNATIONAL

NATIONAL

Bin Laden endorses failed attempt to bomb US jet

Cape Wind’s fate unclear, even in Obama’s hands

CAIRO (AP) — Osama bin Laden endorsed the failed attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day and threatened new attacks against the United States in an audio message released Sunday that appeared aimed at asserting he maintains some direct command over al-Qaida-inspired offshoots. However, U.S. officials and several researchers who track terrorist groups said there was no indication bin Laden or any of his top lieutenants had anything to do with or even knew in advance of the Christmas plot by a Yemen-based group that is one of several largely independent al-Qaida franchises. A U.S. State Department spokesman said al-Qaida’s core leadership offers such groups strategic guidance but depends on them to carry it out. “He’s trying to continue to appear relevant,” the spokesman, P.J. Crowley, said.

BOSTON (AP) — After eight years of review, the future of a controversial wind farm off Cape Cod now rests in what would seem to be friendly hands — an Obama administration that’s pledged to make the U.S. “the world’s leading exporter of clean energy.” But it’s tough to tell if Cape Wind’s prospects just got better or worse. Obama has never mentioned the project while talking publicly about renewable energy, despite his enthusiasm for the topic and the fact Cape Wind would be the nation’s first offshore wind farm. FBI: Man who tried to open airplane door released DENVER (AP) — A man accused of attempting to open an airplane’s exterior door while in flight has been released after investigators determined it wasn’t a terrorism

matter, authorities said Sunday. The incident occurred Saturday on a United Airlines jetliner en route from Washington, D.C., to Las Vegas. The plane, which had more than 100 people aboard, was diverted to Denver International Airport. Two children swept away by Tijuana River

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A small body believed to be that of one of two children caught in storm-swollen waters may have been spotted near the Tijuana River in San Diego County. San Diego Lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum says a 2-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy were swept away by the river in Tijuana Saturday night and have not been seen since. Migrants near Border Field State Park reported they may have seen a body in the water early Sunday. Lifeguards, assisted by San Diego Fire Rescue and the Border Patrol, are searching the area.

STATE/LOCAL

Goodwill trips take dentist to Vietnam HOUMA (AP) — A Cajun country dentist who left Saigon as a 9-yearold orphan returns every year to help other orphans in Vietnam. Dr. H. Joseph Le was adopted by a Cajun family in Eunice and now practices near Raceland, but said he has never forgotten his roots. “Charity is charity, regardless, correct? But to do something for people that can identify with you is different,” said Le, 45. “Direct contact with these people means a lot to me. I was one of them.” From Feb. 4-27, he will work on the teeth of children at Thien Phuoc, or Holy House, a group of three orphanages in the jungles outside Saigon. It’s an annual visit. The Vietnamese government doesn’t assist the orphanages. So along with help from charity and faith-based organizations, children at Thien Phuoc support the house by working when not taking courses in

PAGE 2 school, trade school and college, Le said. “If only we can be half as efficient as they are,” Le said, reflecting on the vastly different cultures of Vietnam and America. “Whatever hardship I have here is nothing in comparison.” Navy plance crashes in La. lake; One found, one missing NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard says a small Navy plane has crash-landed in Lake Pontchartrain near New Orleans and that one pilot was rescued and the other is missing. The T-34 plane crash landed Saturday evening. Air traffic controllers at Lake Front Airport notified the Coast Guard at about 6:40 p.m. to say the plane was no longer visible on radar. Coast Guard crews on two small boats and an MH-65C rescue helicopter were sent to the scene. The Coast Guard is searching a 1-square-mile area a couple of miles north of Lakefront Airport.

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Bike path to link to downtown Professor wins grant Plans inspired by for LSU hazard plan other cities Staff Writer

Experiencing the culture of the Baton Rouge downtown area will soon be a short bike ride away for students with the city’s newly proposed greenway path. The Baton Rouge Downtown Development District is planning a 2.7 mile “greenway” to connect Memorial Park to City Park. The greenway, a bike and walking path, would begin at Memorial Park, pass the Governor’s Mansion by Arsenal Park and move down Sixth Street or Seventh Street. The path would cross under Interstate 110 and finally connect to Brooks Park and City Park near University Lake. East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden’s administration approved the concept about a month ago. No dates for construction are set, said Development Project Director James Andermann. Inspiration from the project came from similar plans in other cities, according to Andermann. The DDD employees also biked the proposed path once a map was laid out to test if the route was feasible. The greenway is still in planning stages but would feature a bike path and walkway at least 12 feet wide, seating and safety

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features such as lighting and bluelight phones at spaced intervals.   The crossover under I-110 would feature art and additional parking for the greenway, said Andermann.  A pedestrian bridge over Government Street would remove walkers and bikers from traffic.

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But the greenway would not only link the parks — it could potentially tie into many other projects to revitalize the downtown area. “It could be a gateway into the downtown area,” Andermann said. GREENWAY, see page 11

A University professor won a three-year $680,000 grant to develop a hazard plan for LSU campuses from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Assistant Professor in the Department of Disaster Science and Management Melanie Gall’s study will cover the core campuses in Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Eunice and Alexandria. Gall said she plans to complete the research using a “three-tiered plan.” The first tier will develop a hazard profile for each campus, identifying what materials and structures are present. Gall said hazards analyzed are “not just natural” — manmade structures like labs and power plants are included. The second tier will analyze the risk and vulnerability of buildings depending on content, like computers and research technology. Because the amount of student traffic varies greatly between night and day, time will also play a role.  “It’s combining the structures

TECHNOLOGY

Eduroam lets students connect globally LSU among first in US to offer service By Jacob Most Contributing Writer

Students, staff and faculty now have the ability to access the University’s wireless service on campuses all over the world, thanks to a program Information Technology Services unveiled last month. The service, known as education roaming or Eduroam, allows affiliates of an Eduroam-enabled campus to connect to a wireless network on any participating campus around the world, said Ashley Berthelot, editor for the Office of Public Affairs. Students, staff and faculty can use their “@lsu” credentials to gain

access to other wireless networks on campuses all over the globe, Berthelot said. Guests from other Eduroam institutions will be able to access the wireless networks using their own institutional credentials while visiting campuses, she said.

“We are proud to be in a leadership position in the U.S., offering Eduroam services to our faculty, students and staff when they visit campuses in other countries,” said Brian Voss, vice chancellor for Information Technology.

Eduroam is widely available on campuses in Europe and Asia, according to Berthelot. Other U.S. universities that offer Eduroam include Harvard University and the UniverCONNECT, see page 11

you have with people there,” Gall said. Gall considers the third tier, developing disaster mitigation strategies, the most important. Researchers will formulate a plan by studying past damages and envisioning future problems, she said. Once they’re created, each campus will be encouraged to adopt the strategies. Federal grants exist for schools with mitigation plans in effect, and Gall said she hopes LSU will be eligible in the future. “We want to revise it every three years,” Gall said.  The current plan does not study health facilities or extensions of buildings — features Gall hopes to include in the future. Student input will play an important role in the study. A Twitter account is set up for the project, and Gall is considering creating surveys to get student opinions on buildings in need of repair. “It is such an enormous project. Students would know more than I would about all the buildings on campus,” Gall said. The next step is to create advisory boards on each campus. Gall is also incorporating the project into her classes by having students conduct surveys for mitigation.  Contact Grace Montgomery at gmontgomery@lsureveille.com


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ENTERTAINMENT

By Mallory Logan

Internet only draws more viewers

Monday, january 25, 2010

LSU hosts researchers meeting New media increase Gathering brings TV consumption statewide group Contributing Writer

The College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Basic Sciences hosted a symposium Friday at the Baton Rouge Marriott Hotel to bring 270 biomedical researchers together from around the state. “What I’m learning from my trip to Louisiana is the richness of the resources and the biomedical research going on in Louisiana among the academic institutions,” said Dr. Barbara Alving, director of National Center for Research Resources. NCRR is a national organization that funds biomedical research in more than 27 institutions through a competitive review process done by the National Institutes of Health, Alving said. The symposium began with an introductory speech by Thomas Klei, associate dean for Research and Advanced Studies, and concluded with a dinner at 7 p.m. Topics discussed throughout the day were cancer genetics, cardiovascular biology, hypertension, infectious disease, oral health, obesity and diabetes, neurologic diseases and molecular and tumor virology. “There is no doubt that this is the largest biomedical group in the state to get together,” Klei said. The symposium was also a sign of unity throughout campus. “We are moving within LSU with the theme of ‘One LSU’ because we are one university, and we should all be able to work together. So we hope this spreads all over campus,” said Konstantin “Gus”

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LSU Veterinary School graduate student Rebecca Christofferson presents her research board Jan. 22 at the Biomedical Research Symposium.

Kousoulas, professor of veterinary microbiology and parasitology. More than 140 research abstracts were presented in the afternoon, informing the state’s biomedical community of the latest research. “Excellent partnerships are being formed among women and men around the state, and what we should be doing at the national and state level is encouraging further development in this very rich and diverse workplace,” Alving said. University graduate students were among the scientists presenting research abstracts. Veterinary School graduate student Rebecca Christofferson presented the first phase of research on vaccines for the Dengue virus, prevalent in South America. “The problem with Dengue is there are four types of it,” Christofferson said. There is no effective vaccine

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Adam Venezia said he spends most of his time in front of the television with his computer in his lap and his cell phone nearby. “I spend a lot of time on Hulu[. com], but I’ll have the TV on in the background,” said Venezia, history and English senior. “I’ll switch back and forth.” Time spent viewing online video content increased 13 percent in December, according to The Nielsen Company. But the increase in online video viewing did not affect traditional television viewing. “Rather than Americans replacing TV with the Internet or a mobile device, they are just consuming more — often simultaneously,” said a Dec. 15 report Nielsen report. “Despite the availability of video content on the Internet, TV viewing is up about 20 percent over the last decade, and the average American watches 141 hours of programming each month.”

Lance Porter, mass communication professor, said media consumption today is about the three screens: the television screen, the computer screen and the mobile phone screen. “It’s creating more opportunities for people to watch more content,” Porter said. “We have thousands of channels to choose from — millions if you count the Internet, so there’s a lot more content out there, and the content is better because of it.” Drew Parks, microbiology junior, said if he misses his favorite program on TV, he’ll find it on the Internet. Parks said he does not like missing an episode in a series, and the Internet and DVR are good resources for catching up. Ann Ruble, Cox Communications public affairs manager, said online video viewing contributes to traditional television viewing because consumers can become “hooked” on primetime shows after they see them online for free. “The Internet is not pulling consumers away — it’s making our consumers better shoppers for the products,” Ruble said. “As we see MEDIA, see page 11


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HEAVEN SENT Saints beat Vikings in OT, reach first Super Bowl

By The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — They sure ain't the Aints anymore. The New Orleans Saints are heading to their first Super Bowl after battering Brett Favre and beating the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 in overtime Sunday on unheralded Garrett Hartley's 40yard field goal. Favre threw away Minnesota’s best chance to win, tossing an interception deep in New Orleans territory in the closing seconds of regulation. Then the Saints won the coin toss and soon it was over. SAINTS, see page 10

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New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley celebrates after kicking the game winning field goal during overtime in the NFC Championship NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010. The Saints defeated the Vikings 31-28 to advance to the Super Bowl against the Indianapolis Colts.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

No. 3 Tennessee’s late surge too much for Lady Tigers

Seimone Augustus has jersey retired By Rowan Kavner Sports Contributor

Former LSU women’s basketball legend Seimone Augustus choked back tears as her No. 33 jersey was retired Sunday night at the PMAC prior to No.18 LSU’s matchup with No. 3 Tennessee. Augustus, who was awarded with a key to the city, became the first woman in LSU history to have her jersey retired. Former Tiger Shaquille O’Neal, whose jersey is one of eight other retired numbers, and O’Neal’s Cleveland Cavaliers teammate LeBron James praised Augustus’ achievements in a video message. “Congratulations, and welcome to greatness,” O’Neal said.

A rowdy crowd of 4,971 was on hand to witness the ceremony but left unsatisfied as the Lady Tigers (14-4, 3-3) fell to the Lady Volunteers (172, 5-1), 55-43. LSU senior guard Allison Hightower said the team beat itself in the second half. “They got a few easy looks in the post,” Hightower said. “We had a lot of breakdowns at key moments in the game.” Tennessee’s zone defense contributed mightily to LSU’s low field goal percentage of 26.4 percent. “I thought our coverage out of the zone was really good,” said Tennessee coach Pat Summitt. “We extended it. We were aggressive. We got after it.” LSU coach Van Chancellor said the zone was impenetrable and made it difficult to move the ball. “That’s the first time I’ve ever seen Pat Summitt only play one possession of man,” Chancellor said.

“That was a heck of a zone defense they played today.” The Lady Tigers were only down by two points after the first half, 24-22, despite LSU’s two leading scorers, Hightower and sophomore forward LaSondra Barrett, starting 2-of-10 and 1-of-5 from the field, respectively. “I thought in the first half we really struggled to get anything positive going,” Summitt said. The crowd noise reached its peak in the second half when Hightower gave the Lady Tigers their first lead of the game, 33-32, with 11:55 left in the second half. “The crowd was great tonight,” Hightower said. “They got us in the game and got us energetic.” Barrett drilled a mid-range jumper, increasing LSU’s lead to three points, 35-32. Junior forward Jasmine TENNESSEE, see page 10

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Seimone Augustus’ retired jersey hangs among former LSU basketball legends’ jerseys in the PMAC. Augustus’ jersey was retired Sunday night.


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REVELRY

Week in review...

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Christina Eskew, biology sophomore, wins free tuition from Nick Valluzzo, supervisor of the Greater Baton Rouge McDonalds franchise, during the men’s basketball game Jan. 20 in the PMAC.

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Stephanie Mack [left], anthropology junior, and Erica Perry, math sophomore, prepare to participate in Student Activities Board’s Winter Wonderland event Thursday.

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(From left) Megan Balhoff, accounting senior; Robert Oubre, biochemistry senior; and Rebecca Brignac, management senior, enjoy pieces of cake Tuesday, Jan. 19, after the kickoff celebration for LSU’s sesquicentennial anniversary at Memorial Tower.

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Fans posing as Shaquille O’Neal, Conan O’Brian, Ron Burgundy and Peter Griffin make “big head” appearances Jan. 23 during LSU’s game against Ole Miss.


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TRACK

TENNIS

By Luke Johnson

Lady Tigers best ULL, Prairie View

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LSU opens season with 11 wins LSU opens 2010 Two Tigers earn trips season with sweep to NCAA playoffs Sports Contributor

The LSU track and field teams opened the indoor season in grand fashion by winning 11 events, with great performances by familiar faces and newcomers alike, at the Purple Tiger Invitational. Junior thrower Walter Henning kicked off the day for the Tigers by launching the 35-pound weight 71 feet, 4 3/4 inches on his first throw of the day. The throw won the event for Henning and was good enough for an automatic NCAA championship qualifying mark. “I’m pretty surprised I threw that far today considering where I am with my training,” Henning said. “We are still going four days a week with some heavy lifting and haven’t really thrown the weight as much this year as we did at the same time last year.” Henning’s performance in the season opener fit in with his overall goal of a successful performance at nationals. “My No. 1 goal this year is to score 10 points at nationals and

By Sean Isabella Sports Contributor

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LSU junior Walter Henning competes in the weight throw event during the 2010 Purple Tiger Invitational on Jan. 22 in the Carl Maddox Fieldhouse. Henning automatically earned NCAA qualifications with his weight throw of 21.76 meters.

help my team as much as I can,” Henning said. Junior Zedric Thomas followed Henning’s performance by setting a personal record in the long jump, automatically qualifying for the NCAA championships by jumping 26 feet, 3 inches on his second attempt. “I surprised myself today jumping 26 feet. I didn’t see that coming at all,” Thomas said. “Last year didn’t really go as well as I had planned, so that’s just extra

motivation for me going into this year. My goal is to score at the national meet in both jumps to help my team.” Thomas’ jump was a surprise to both him and coach Dennis Shaver. Shaver said he always knew Thomas had incredible talent, but he needed to put everything else together. “With Zedric, the first couple of years he’s been with us it’s been TRACK, see page 9

SWIMMING

LSU swimmers shine in loss

than a point and into the LSU room in the next few weeks, along with fewer early mornrecord book. “I was pretty excited,” ing practices, to rest and be Gemberling said. “I wasn’t sure at its peak for Southeastern how it was going to go today … Conference Championships on My confidence is as high as it can Feb. 17-20. By Katherine Terrell Trepp said she is already go right now after that.” Sports Contributer feeling the reLSU junior sults as the teams Jane Trepp beat The LSU swimming and begin the process diving teams couldn’t best out Texas A&M’s of resting. Atkinson nationally ranked Texas A&M in Alia “I feel perthe LSU Natatorium on Senior in the 100-yard sonally like I have Day, but the Tigers’ and Lady breaststroke with more energy,” Tigers’ individual performances a time of 1 minTrepp said. “I were something to make a splash ute, 2.01 seconds. didn’t do anyAtkinson is the about — literally. Adam Schmitt thing differently nation’s fastest A sizable crowd of both Aggie and Tiger fans filled the swimmer in that LSU swimming and diving coach than I do in other meets.” Natatorium as the No. 19 Ti- event and was Schmitt said he was proud gers and the No. 24 Lady Tigers previously unbeaten in it this of his team’s performance in the honored their seven seniors season. The Tigers and Lady Tigers meet. before the meet, their last at home “[Texas] A&M, they’re two closed the meet with victories in with both squads together. Afterward, in an LSU the 200-yard freestyle relay, and good teams,” Schmitt said. “It’s swimming tradition, the a pool record for the men in a always a battle on the men’s seniors jumped from time of 1 minute, 20.23 seconds. side. I’m proud of our team for “It was great to compete to- hanging in there and fighting the top of the 10-meter day against such until the end. That’s a good sign diving board as a high-level op- that we can do that here in our their teammates ponent,” said last big home meet.” looked on and Next weekend the men LSU coach Adam cheered. Schmitt. “Texas will host the University of New There was A&M has two Orleans in the Natatorium for plenty to cheer very good teams. their last home meet of the about in a day I’m proud of the season. The Lady Tigers will that saw LSU way we com- travel to Texas to compete against sophomore diver Brian Gemberling peted all the way Houston and Rice. Brian GemberLSU sophomore diver to the end. We ling smash the had some good team record in the and diving three-meter springboard with a swim performances today.” score of 393.07 to win the event. Contact Katherine Terrell at Schmitt said the team will Gemberling’s last two dives kterrell@lsureveille.com spend less time in the weight edged him into first place by less

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LSU women’s tennis coach Tony Minnis couldn’t have been a happier camper after what he witnessed on a blustery Sunday afternoon at W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium. Minnis orchestrated the No. 29 Lady Tigers (1-0) to a doubleheader sweep against Louisiana-Lafayette and Prairie View A&M, both 7-0 wins, as the Lady Tigers dominated their competition in their home opener. Fans young and old bundled in the cold weather to show support to familiar faces as well as

fresh players. Three freshmen, Keri Frankenberger, Ebie Wilson and Kaitlin Burns, all saw their first career dual action in a purple and gold uniform. “I was really pleased,” Minnis said. “Whenever you have a young team, it’s hard to know what to expect.” But it was sophomore Whitney Wolf and senior Nicole Kantor who set the tone early for the Lady Tigers in singles, cruising to straight-set victories against ULL. Wolf, who entered the match ranked No. 120 in the country, used a powerful first serve to blow past Audrey Wooland, 6-3, 6-3, while Kantor provided a masterful ground attack to blank TENNIS, see page 9


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GYMNASTICS

LSU topples Auburn, earns season high on beam

Susan Jackson wins all-around title By Rob Landry Sports Contributor

The balance beam has been the downfall of the LSU gymnastics team so far in the 2010 season. But No. 16 LSU (3-2, 1-1) posted a season-high 48.650 on the beam Friday night en route to a 195.650-193.900 victory against No. 11 Auburn (0-3, 0-2) in the PMAC. Auburn struggled from the first rotation of the meet. Two Auburn competitors fell on the uneven bars, forcing the team to count one of the falls in the team’s scoring. Then three of Auburn’s six gymnasts took a tumble on the floor competition, leading to a season-low 47.750 score on the apparatus. But the meet was not a cakewalk for LSU. The uneven bars proved a challenge, as two LSU competitors fell, forcing the Tigers to count a fall. LSU was led by senior Susan Jackson, who took home the all-around title and won at least a share of every individual apparatus award. The all-around title was eighth of her career and her 41st individual title. Jackson tied her season high on the floor exercise, posting a 9.900. “I’m pretty happy with my performance,” Jackson said. “Overall I’m pleased, but I know that I can do better.” LSU senior Summer Hubbard scored a career-high 9.775 on the vault. Hubbard did not begin competing on the vault until this season. Hubbard said the vault has been a work in progress, but she is excited about the opportunity to continue to compete on the apparatus. “[Friday night] was a big boost in my confidence on vault,” Hubbard said. “I’m ready to do it. I haven’t done it in four years, and I’m ready.” Hubbard also tied with Jackson for the uneven bars title, scoring a 9.875. The title was the ninth bars title and 14th career individual title for Hubbard. LSU sophomore Ashley Lee made her career debut on the floor exercise Friday, scoring a 9.75. “[Lee’s] been a work in progress,” said LSU coach D-D Breaux. “That was a tremendous effort. We needed her to get ready, because we only have five real scores. So for her to be ready on floor is tremendous.” LSU senior Kayla Rogers also posted a season-high 9.900 on the floor exercise. Rogers shared the floor exercise title with Jackson. The title was Rogers’ second career award. Jackson and Auburn junior

Rachel Inniss tied for the balance beam title, each scoring a 9.875. Breaux said the third meet of the season has historically been her team’s most difficult one, but she was very proud of LSU’s performance Friday night. “We established a pattern that we have a tremendous amount of difficulty and a lot of strength, but we are inconsistent in landing and some areas that over time will begin to get better,” Breaux said. “As we get some people healthy and back in our lineup, I think this team will be as good as any we have ever had.” LSU will next be in action Jan. 29 when they travel to Gainesville, Fla., to take on Florida. NICOLE KARAMICHAEL / The Daily Reveille

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LSU senior Susan Jackson jumps during her balance beam routine Friday during the Tigers’ 195.650-193.900 victory against the Auburn Tigers in the PMAC. Jackson scored a 9.875 on beam and garnered a 39.525 all-around title.


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a roller coaster kind of thing,” Shaver said. “We always knew he really had some talent, but he just hasn’t been able to be consistent enough with his day-to-day training and preparation to where he could get into a meet and turn in a top-notch performance.” LSU also saw a new Carl Maddox Fieldhouse record set by sophomore hurdler Barrett Nugent. Nugent ran a blistering 7.74-second 60-meter hurdle preliminary race before running a 7.76 in the final to win the event for LSU. The debut of the 2010 freshman class was also a

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success for LSU. ter sprinters also fared well in Pole vaulter Jaora the event by claiming six of the Jackson, long jumper Demar top seven spots in the event. Forbes and Pinckney led the sprinter Takeia Tigers with her Pinckney all finNCAA proviished either first sional qualifyor second in their ing time of 7.40 respective events. seconds. The Tiger LSU talpole vaulters domlied six NCAA inated the compeprovisional qualiWalter Henning tition by claiming fying marks and junior thrower the top five spots two automatic in the event. marks at the Sophmore Marcus Mc- Purple Tiger Invitational. Gehee higlighted the Tigers’ performance by clearing 16 feet, 6 3/4 inches to claim the individual Contact Luke Johsnson at title in the event. ljohnson@lsureveille.com The Lady Tiger 60-me-

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‘My No. 1 goal this year is to score 10 points at nationals.’

Tigers Mykala Hedberg, Chan- girls she once played alongside, dler Kleinpeter, Staten Spencer cheering in the stands with every and former All-American Megan swing of the racket. Julie Mazinova, 6-0, 6-0. “It was a little weird, but I’m Minnis was most impressed Falcon. During the so happy they are coming to supby Kantor, who break between port us,” she said. has been a mainthe matches, The Lady Tigers return to the stay in LSU’s Kantor and other courts Friday when they travel to lineup since her members of the Los Angeles for the ITA Kickoff early days as a team were seen Weekend. freshman. catching up with “Her perforthe four Lady Timance was the gers who used up most outstanding Tony Minnis their eligibility out of anybody LSU women’s tennis coach last May. today,” he said. Contact Sean Isabella at Kantor said “One thing with sisabella@lsureveille.com her, we know we’re going to get it was an odd feeling to see the great effort every time she steps on the court.” Burns, Frankenberger, senior Hannah Robinson and junior Kylie Adamek all added singles victories of their own, with Burns’ 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 10-8 victory sealing the match for the Lady Tigers. The duo of Kantor and Burns steamrolled through Mia Gordon and Wooland, 8-2, and the Lady Tigers clinched the doubles point when Wolf and Frankenberg squeaked by Mazinova and Briggitt Marcovich, 8-6. Robinson and Wilson rallied back against Shelby Dufrene and Milou Israel to complete the doubles sweep, 9-8 (7-3). SARAH HUNT / The Daily Reveille “Everyone did a re- LSU senior tennis player Nicole Kantor returns a backhand to her opponent ally good job with all things Sunday during the Lady Tigers’ match against ULL Sunday. considered playing under pressure with it being our first home match and our first dual match,” Kantor said. LSU got off to a torrid start in the second match against Prairie View A&M, clinching the doubles point in less than 40 minutes. Wolf and Frankenberger blanked the tandem of Munashe Makuni and Lerato Ndlovu, 8-0, while Robinson and Wilson dismantled Alejandra Barrera and Melissa Guerrier, 8-2. Kantor provided yet another stellar performance in the No. 2 singles spot with a 6-0, 6-2 straight-set victory against Guerrier. Frankenberger and Burns both blanked their opponents, 6-0, 6-0, to complete a perfect day in their first career dual action, while senior Sloane Mathis clinched the final point of the evening as the sun began to set with a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Margaret Berry. Among the familiar faces in the crowd were former Lady

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SAINTS, from page 5

The team that had no home five years ago after Hurricane Katrina ravaged its city and the Superdome overcame a slew of mistakes in the biggest game the Big Easy has ever seen. "This is for everybody in this city," said coach Sean Payton, the architect of the Saints' turnaround. "This stadium used to have holes in it and used to be wet. It's not wet anymore. This is for the city of New Orleans." Forget the paper bag masks and that long history of losing that started in 1967. Moments after Hartley's kick, they were toasting their hometown winners on Bourbon Street. And in the Superdome, once a squalid refuge after Katrina, they boogied in the aisles as confetti covered the field. "It's a moment I've been waiting for for a long time and obviously we're not done yet," said Drew Brees, Payton's hand-picked quarterback for the Saints' renaissance. The Saints (15-3) will meet Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts (16-2) in the Super Bowl in two weeks in Miami. The Colts opened as four-point favorites. It's the first time the top seeds in each conference made the big game since the 1993 season. "Brett prepared us, but now we've got another challenge in Peyton," safety Darren Sharper said. There were nine fumbles and two interceptions, and the biggest mistake belonged to Favre. Flushed from the pocket in the final minute, he seemed to have room to run to set up a field goal. But hampered by a left leg injured in the third quarter, the 40-year-old quarterback threw cross-field and was intercepted by Tracy Porter at the 22. That finished off Minnesota's chance for its first Super Bowl trip in 33 years — and opportunity to win it for the first time after four defeats. New Orleans won the coin toss, Brees guided it to the Minnesota 22 after converting a fourthand-1 on Pierre Thomas' leap over the line, and Hartley — suspended at the start of the season for using a banned stimulant — split the uprights 4:45 into overtime. "Just helping my team get to Miami," Hartley said. "Just doing my part." It was anything but easy for the Saints, in only their second conference championship game; they lost at Chicago three years ago. They had to withstand yet one more comeback by Favre, who returned to the NFL with the Vikings (13-5) after another brief retirement. He was alternately spectacular and pedestrian Sunday, finally betrayed by his gambling style and, perhaps, an aging body. Minnesota, meanwhile, lost its fifth straight NFC championship game. Porter's pick sent it into overtime, the third time an NFC title game has needed extra time and the second in three seasons. Two years ago, Favre's interception in OT set up a field goal that sent the Giants past the Packers and into

TENNESSEE, from page 5

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New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley celebrates after kicking the winning field goal during overtime in the NFC Championship game Sunday.

the Super Bowl. The Saints can only hope they have the same happy ending as New York did back then. "Yeah," said Reggie Bush, who scored a touchdown and also muffed a punt that set up a Vikings score. "One more step." The seesaw game saw All-Pro Adrian Peterson score three touchdowns for Minnesota and Saints running back Pierre Thomas get two. The Vikings handily won the possession and yardage battles — Peterson rushed for 122 yards

and Minnesota gained 475 overall. But the Vikings were undone by five turnovers, including three fumbles. "We really gave those guys the game," said Peterson, who peeked at the rousing celebrations on the Superdome floor. "Too many turnovers. It's eating me up inside."

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Nelson’s strong physical presence put Tennessee sophomore center Kelley Cain in foul trouble, and things were looking up for the Lady Tigers. Cain finished with four fouls. Nelson’s 10 rebounds didn’t go unnoticed by Chancellor. “She was a big difference for us,” Chancellor said. “I’m really proud of her.” But the Lady Vols’ size and tenacious defense were too much for the Lady Tigers to handle down the stretch, and a three-point lead quickly became an insurmountable deficit for LSU. With the game tied at 37 with 9:30 left, Tennessee went on a 13-point run. The Lady Tigers remained stuck at 37 for almost seven minutes. “They were just so big,” Chancellor said. “And when you got it inside, Cain was such a force.” Nelson said the Lady Tigers can’t make excuses for the size of opponents and physicality of play. “It’s a big challenge, but we’re going to face big girls like that basically through the rest of conference play,” she said. “That’s something we just have to deal with. We have to toughen up and play.”

Monday, january 25, 2010 Hightower and Barrett kept pulling the trigger but continued to struggle in the second half. Hightower finished 6-of-22, and Barrett finished 3-of-11 from the field. “Tennessee’s a good defensive team,” Hightower said. “We just really struggled to knock down shots tonight.” Junior guard Katherine Graham and sophomore forward Courtney Jones were the only two other Lady Tigers to make a field goal in the game. “Right now, I just don’t have anybody that can shoot the ball really well from outside,” Chancellor said. Tennessee junior guard Sydney Smallbone started the game in place of the Lady Vols’ leading scorer, Angie Bjorklund, who has been struggling as of late. Bjorklund still contributed, going 4-of-7 and finishing with 10 points on the night. “It’s good to see her come back and get really focused and play well,” Summitt said. “We rely on her a lot.”

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Advocates for Safe Streets. “It’s something to bring Baton Rouge together.” A passenger rail from Baton Rouge to New Orleans at Memorial Park is also in the works, said Andermann. “They are actually seeing the greenway as more than recreation but for transportation as well,” said

Director of BRASS Mark Martin. Funding for the greenway is still uncertain, but Andermann said there is the potential for government and state grants. Plans are underway to redevelop Memorial Stadium along with initiatives to redevelop low-income areas nearby, which Andermann hopes could tie in with the greenway.

Ruble said Cox’s DVR, On DEMAND and MyPrimeTime have more channels and more options to helped consumers become interwatch those channels, people are ested in more TV programs. DVR usage increased by 22.5 percent in more interested.” 2009, according to Morgan RainNielsen. Ruble said ey, English junior, DVR sales are also said watching continuing to inshows online has crease at Cox. made her more in“People can terested in watchbuild their own liing them on telebrary [on DVR],” vision. She said Ruble said. online video view“DVR’s becoming ing will strengthen Ann Ruble not a nicety but a television viewing public affairs manager, necessity.” and vice versa. Cox Communication Porter said Venezia said he has become a dedicated viewer consumers can watch what they of programs like NBC’s “Chuck” want, how they want, when they and ABC’s “Lost” because they are want and where they want as content becomes more accessible available on the Internet. Television consumption con- through varied media. “We can watch it at work, [and] tinues to increase as the number of television sets per household at the soccer field while the kids increases, the number of channels play, which is unfortunately someincreases and as the popularity of thing people do,” he said. “There is new technology like DVR and TiVo a downside where people just don’t increases, according to the report on interact personally the same way they used to because of the availthe Nielsen Wire. The technology involved with ability.” Erik Williams, apparel design television, the Internet and mobile phones is key to the increase in us- freshman, said people miss opportunities to develop relationships, age, Porter said.

skills or their education because of the amount of videos they watch and the number of ways they can be watched. “[TV and online videos] can consume hours of your life,” Williams said. Porter said the idea of scheduled viewing will go away because of the Internet and technologies like DVR. He said television viewing may turn into a “buffet-style” type of programming where consumers will pick the shows they want to watch and only pay for those shows.

GREENWAY, from page 3

The greenway could provide transportation for students wanting to visit bars, restaurants and museums downtown. “It’s an easier way to get LSU students into the downtown area,” said Moshe Cohen, LSU Committee member of Baton Rouge

MEDIA, from page 4

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‘The Internet is not pulling consumers away — it’s making our consumers better shoppers.’

POTTER, from page 1

project was the freedom students had in designing the magical life forms. “I like being able to have only a few rules and manipulate and do what I want to do,” Krauss said. Students from the University Laboratory school also created art for the exhibit. Instead of digital art, they were asked to use any physical medium to create from one of four categories — monsters, magical creatures, herbology and the centaur. The students manufactured everything from hand drawings to a 13-foot serpent made of wire and papier-mâché. Ana Storer, a University graduate who was a student art teacher at the Lab School when the projects were made, said students were enthusiastic about the project because they love the Harry Potter series. “We told [students] to let their minds run away with them, and they did,” said Beverly Wilson, chair of the fine arts department at the Lab School. Another aspect of the exhibit examines the boy wizard from a business standpoint by looking at the world of Harry Potter copyrights and trademarks. Alexis Carrasquel, patent and trademark librarian, researched the complex business of trademarks and copyrights on the Harry Potter universe. “There are hundreds of trademarks,” Carrasquel said. “Every character is trademarked. The world ‘Muggle’ is trademarked.”

With the combination of art, science and business and the magical pull of Harry Potter, Chalaron said she was attracted to the exhibit for its appeal to all ages. “With Harry Potter, you can get the attention of younger brothers and sisters as well as grandparents,” she said. Wilson said it is always exciting when educators can find a popular subject to grab students’ attention and introduce them to new topics. “Harry Potter is beloved by librarians and teachers because it has created a new generation of readers,” she said. The exhibit runs until March 6.

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“There is a strong sense of partnership,” Andermann said. “We want to create a Garden District feel.” Andermann also cited the economic benefit of a greenway. He hopes houses will develop along the path. Cohen sees the health benefits of a greenway and its tie-in

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sity of Tennessee at Knoxville. Students can use Eduroam to obtain free wireless connections while studying or traveling abroad, said Sheri Thompson, IT communications and planning officer. “It is pretty neat, and it will save a lot of hassle for travelers trying to get Internet access,” said Skyler Bourgeois, mass communication freshman. Eduroam was developed for the international research and education community, Berthelot said. “I am looking forward to using this service while I am on sabbatical this spring,” said Jeffrey

PAGE 11 to Holden’s plan to promote active lifestyles in Baton Rouge. “As Baton Rouge grows into a bigger city, it would be nice to have facilities like a Central Park in New York City,” Cohen said. Contact Grace Montgomery at gmontgomery@lsureveille.com Clayton, physics and astronomy professor. “I think it will make working from abroad a lot easier.” The University incurred no cost for Eduroam, but the infrastructure of the servers and centralized local user databases are required, Thompson said. She said fewer U.S. universities use Eduroam than those in Europe and Asia because they do not have the infrastructure. Information, including a list of universities that use Eduroam, is available at www.lsu.edu/eduroam.

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State officials showing lack of interest in dire times

Last Friday, University officials began distributing notices informing instructors their jobs at the University might not exist by next year. Eventually, 484 instructors — all faculty who are not tenured or on track to receive tenure — will receive the notice, a potent, concrete reminder of the havoc budget cuts are playing with the University and its ability to provide a quality education. In a letter to The Daily Reveille published Friday, Chancellor Michael Martin lamented that the academic side of the University will be forced to cut jobs while the Athletic Department — which is funded independently — prospers. He then said the University should be able to follow the formula that has given our athletic system so much

success — paying top dollar to attract quality teaching talent. It’s a nice sentiment. It’s also absolutely unrealistic and does little to rectify our current budget problems. The simple, brutal truth is our athletic programs can pay top dollar because they receive a staggering amount of support from loyal fans and alumni. Unless LSU’s — and the entire state’s — culture changes drastically and immediately, athletics will always receive more contributions than academics. This is perhaps itself a travesty, but it’s also reality, and so it’s essential Martin and everyone else in power understand government funds are essential to keeping LSU competitive. Unfortunately, it seems our state’s leaders are either too lazy,

too ignorant or just unwilling to ensure this campus — the flagship campus and the centerpiece of the state’s higher education — is provided an adequate lifeline, especially in the present crisis. What’s most infuriating is how little effort it would take. Insulating the University from crises such as the one we are currently experiencing would by no means require a significant raise in taxes. Perhaps the most significant factor in the huge budget gap the University faces is a result of atrocious inequalities in procedure. During times of economic downturn, higher education must cut almost as much money as the rest of the state budget combined (except health care). Fixing this problem would not require any additional tax

revenue — it would merely require legislators to sift through the budget and make our distribution procedures fair. A bill last legislative session would have done just that, but it died in committee — a sign of either subterfuge and sabotage or an outright lack of willpower. This is just one of many common-sense measures our state officials could take to ease the burdens on higher education. But, while hundreds of instructors are being told their jobs are in jeopardy, and while thousands of students wonder whether their degrees will be able to earn them a job upon graduation, our elected officials are sitting in their ivory towers and ignoring the problem. We strongly support the “Save LSU” movement and the

petition being filed by its members. (Read about it in the article “Faculty receive dismissal notices” on Page 1). It’s high time our public servants pay attention to the plight of higher education. It’s high time that college students, the great big sleeping bloc of citizens that politicians believe they can steamroll, wake up and make our voices heard. It’s high time education not be the first thing to be cut, and it’s high time our leaders put the future of the state and its citizens first.

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Obama should use veto, save political process

You may not be aware of it, but our democracy changed last week — and Americans certainly should be displeased. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday to remove government restrictions on corporate contributions to political advertising. The law overturns years of precedent — previous laws and court decisions have indicated that the government was allowed to limit or ban ad spending by businesses in the interest of

protecting the voice of the general citizenry against the overwhelming resources of industry titans. The result of the court’s 5-4 battle, which was bitterly fought along ideological lines, was a sharp, rapid reversal of this philosophy. The majority argued corporations, which are technically considered “people” in our legal system, have free speech rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. I’m certainly all for freedom

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of speech: my job depends on it as much as my freedom. But the financial institutions that left our economy in shambles hardly seem like people to me. Monolithic businesses that have larger incomes than most countries’ GDPs hardly seem like people either. Yes, it’s technically true corporations are “people” under the letter of the law. But this obviously inaccurate status is more a product of legal convenience than an actual assertion of humanity. It’s easy to call a corporation a person when that corporation is involved in a lawsuit or when it engages in a property dispute. But it’s significantly more difficult to argue a corporation, with fiscal resources dwarfing those of even the wealthiest human beings, should be allowed to throw its weight so easily into the political arena. One of the first things you learn in a political communication class is money is the key to a successful political campaign. An articulate, supremely qualified but underfunded candidate will almost always lose to a foolish, inexperienced but wealthy competitor. However lame you might personally find targeted political ads, they are proven to sway the course of elections. And the Supreme Court just officially permitted corporations

to wield this power on a scale regular citizens are incapable of matching. The implications of this decision on our democratic process can hardly be overstated. Allowing corporate funds to flow freely into the marketplace will likely drown out ordinary citizen voices. It will also swell the already colossal torrent of advertising Matthew that inundates Albright voters during Opinion Editor every election, further numbing voters and increasing political apathy. Somebody needs to put the brakes on this, and they need to do it immediately. The political climate is fortunately ripe for this decision to be nullified. President Obama and Congress will likely have the support of the American people in any attempt to minimize the influence corporate America has on elections — after all, anti-corporate sentiment is at an all-time high. In the media’s usual trite distillation, “Main Street” is still out looking for blood on “Wall Street.” It’s also likely most people can get

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behind preventing even more ads from dominating television in the months leading up to campaigns. On the flip side, perhaps politicians themselves don’t want the decision reversed. Your average politician is always ready to accept a huge wad of cash or a favorable ad campaign, and this decision provides just another opportunity to fill their swollen war chests. It’s therefore likely Obama will have to force the change needed to rectify the Court’s misguided ruling. For him, it’s a political gold mine — an opportunity to fight both “Wall Street” and “politics as usual.” It’s a chance to shore up slipping approval ratings in the wake of bungled health care reform fiasco. But most importantly, it’s a chance for him to save our political process and leave power in the hands of the people — the real, living, breathing, voting people. Matthew Albright is a 21-year old mass communication junior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_malbright.

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Give same sex marriage a rest — find new cause

They’ve been called politics’ odd couple. One is a lifelong conservative and former solicitor general under George W. Bush. The other is a famous litigator and, as of late, staunch liberal. Theodore Olson and David Boies are politics’ “Brangelina.” No, they aren’t linked romantically — rather, they are the legal minds behind the challenge to California’s Proposition 8, the amendment to the state constitution barring same sex marriage. Their challenge, Perry v. Schwarzenegger, is currently playing out in federal court in San Francisco. The state of California, including Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown, has chosen not to fight the case, leaving it up to outside special interests. This case isn’t the first involving Olson and Boies. Their last case together saw them on opposite sides of the aisle. Olson was the lead counsel for President Bush in the landmark case Bush v. Gore that determined the winner of the 2000 presidential election — Boies led the legal team of former Vice President Al Gore. The two have become good friends since that case. So after Olson was contacted by Los Angeles-based gay activists led by director Rob Reiner, he immediately suggested bringing on board his friend and esteemed colleague Boies. The symbolism of the case is

obvious, from the teaming up of two of the country’s most partisan and renowned lawyers to the setting of the trial in San Francisco, the site where Mayor Gavin Newsom first began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. Many on the left argue Proposition 8 is a clear violaStephen tion of the 14th Schmitz Amendment, Columnist but they fear the current Supreme Court is too conservative to overturn the law, considering same sex marriage laws are overturned by majorities of citizens in state after state. Others on the left say civil liberties should never be subject to a vote, citing Loving v. Virginia, where in 1967 the court unanimously overturned laws in Virginia barring interracial marriage. Personally, I am more inclined to believe civil liberties should never be put up to a vote, although I’d argue same sex marriage isn’t necessarily a civil liberty. The principles of this case and the continued fight for same sex marriage are honorable and, in my opinion, have the moral high ground. But I am sick of hearing about gay marriage. When people think of any GLBTQ legislation,

they think about marriage. But same sex marriage is probably the least important of these pieces of legislation. The energy spent here should be spent repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, or securing antidiscrimination laws that bar discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, or, most importantly, fighting laws like Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which would subject gay people and those who would defend them to prison sentences and, in some cases, the death penalty. Gay marriage isn’t just passé, it’s worn out. I’m sympathetic to the effort, but I would prefer this energy be harnessed towards accomplishing things far more important. In the midst of two wars, a recession, a health care fight in Congress and a planet succumbing to debilitating climate change, liberals should pick their battles more wisely.

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Creepy guy observes blond girl in early-morning class

By Will Glass Guest Columnist

Editor’s Note: Will Glass is a guest columnist not normally appearing in The Daily Reveille “Like, oh my God, stop being so antisocial. Come out with your friends tonight.” Well, if I were really antisocial, I’d probably already be outside doing mean things to people, and I wouldn’t have friends. I don’t think you know what antisocial means. Before you get all offended and think that I’m attacking you or your friends, realize that I am doing no such thing. This article is a concentrated attack on one person. She has blond hair and is sitting in front of me in class right now. She doesn’t know that I am writing an article about her as she sits in front of me. I’m sort of the James Bond of journalism. Or Batman I suppose. They’re both stealthy, but

I think Batman takes the stealthy cake. Besides, he’s just as suave as Bond and kicks far more ass. Bond, however, gets more ass. Which is probably why I better identify with Batman. But I digress. This person is talking on her phone right now. In her defense, class hasn’t quite started. But that doesn’t excuse her ignorance. Antisocial Personality Disorder is defined in the DSM-IV as “a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood.” Basically — if you’re antisocial — it is true that you don’t like people, but it is an active dislike. You hurt people with little to no remorse. You might require a high amount of stimulation to feel any sort of emotional rush. This of course leads to things like theft, assault and occasionally murder. This is not the same thing as

not wanting to leave your house or sitting alone at a party. It’s kind of the opposite. An antisocial person would probably be in the middle of the dance floor, perhaps throwing drinks on everyone to make them upset and to get attention. Strike one against blond girl. She hangs up the phone as class begins, and I observe her more passionately now that I am writing an article about her. I realize this is getting a little weird. I notice that she is on Facebook. Strike two against blond girl. We all know that this is annoying classroom behavior. But do I have room to talk? I’m on my computer, aren’t I? At least I look like I’m taking notes or something. She’s blatantly chatting away and occasionally becoming a fan of a new page. Oh, no. The fan pages. Don’t you do it. She clicks “Become a Fan.” Blond girl is now officially a fan of “I HATE BACKSTABBERS.”

girl.

Strike three against blond

The strike doesn’t come from the fact that the otherwise stupidly friendly blond girl in pink sweatpants has such hate inside of her. I actually enjoy that contrast. You can’t see me now, but if you were with me in this class and actively observing her as I am, we might be sharing the hearty chuckle in which I am now partaking. No, the strike comes from the fact that she is now a fan of something that is impossible to be a fan of. She could be a fan of the activity, “HATING BACKSTABBERS.” She could be a fan of an organization called “I HATE BACKSTABBERS.” She could even join a group called “I HATE BACKSTABBERS.” They actually have a groups application on Facebook for such things. But no, this is simply another example of someone thinking

they are becoming a fan of a clever page without understanding what makes the other ones—such as “Not Being on Fire”—actually clever. Seriously, if you’re creating a page for something other than bands, organizations or people, and you want to be clever, you usually just have to stick to nouns and gerunds and avoid statements and pronouns. Example: Being a fan of “Playing With Fire” makes sense. Being a fan of “I Play With Fire” does not. The latter should be a group rather than a fan page. But then again, not everyone takes Facebook and its impact on our culture and language as seriously as I do. No — you’re creepy.

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initiative plan, a bike program and plans for RedBox DVD rentals around campus in Oxford. “The best part has been being able to talk with SEC leaders and hear what they’re doing,” said South Carolina SG Vice President Alex Stroman. LSU Ambassadors led participants on a tour of campus after the presentations. “It’s been a neat experience,” McKay said. “The campus is so different from Ole Miss’.” Forever LSU Director Beverly Major then spoke about networking and job skills. “Networking will be really helpful when we start looking for jobs,” said University of Florida SG Treasurer Maryam Laguna. “We can take back ideas.” A Tiger Trails bus took participants to the capitol building, where they met with Commissioner of Higher Education Sally Clausen. She stressed the importance of building relationships in business, education and world affairs. “Interacting and learning from

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to that. On the other hand, we are going to do our best not to have to exercise those layoffs.” Joni Catanzaro, ISDS instructor, said she is preparing to not have a job next year. “The letter is quite clear that I will not be reappointed,” Catanzaro said. “But the department

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each other is so very important in your careers,” Clausen said. The question and answer session sparked talk of the need for investment in higher education. “You know based on information that the best investment for the economy is a well-educated work force,” Clausen said. “We need more people like you to be educated and in the force.” SG leaders from several schools spoke about problems in dealing with faculty leaders and budget issues. “Great leaders are made in crisis,” Clausen said. “You are now in crisis, and you are coming at just the right time. You have the skills.” After the session, the SEC representatives took a tour of the state capitol, viewed the House of Representatives and Senate Chambers and saw the area where Gov. Huey P. Long was shot. The participants returned to the Student Union to finish the universities’ presentations and enjoyed classic Louisiana foods like gumbo and crawfish étouffée. “The best part has been the interaction with other schools,

learning from the way they’re doing things,” said Florida Student Body President Jordan Johnson. LSU SG Vice President Martina Scheuermann said the meeting with Clausen was the highlight of the weekend. “Hearing from Sally Clausen was a rare opportunity for the students,” Scheuermann said.

“Everyone learned ways to help their student governments deal with budget cuts.” Scheuermann said the presentations gave her the most ideas. “A lot of the response the schools are doing for Haiti is outstanding,” Scheuermann said. “I want to see if we can orchestrate the same response for LSU. I

really hope we can look into it.” At the end of the conference, participants voted to host next year’s conference in Starkville, Miss., at Mississippi State University.

head and dean are doing what they can to save us.” On the same day the notices were sent, University instructors began a petition with the goal of revising tax policies to mitigate budget crisis and amending the state constitution to make higher education less susceptible to state budget pain. Tania Nyman, English

instructor, started the petition through the Facebook group “Save LSU.” This weekend, Nyman’s push for signatures extended from the Parade Ground on Friday to the Superdome before the NFC championship game on Sunday. The petition began on the same day the notices were sent, but Nyman insists her efforts have

nothing to do with her job. University alumna Cindy Michael is considering returning to the University for graduate school but said she will go out of state if the University suffers another major cut. Michael signed the petition Friday, calling it a catalyst for solving the budget crisis. “The state has been chipping

away at higher education and health care for years, but this is the time to change that,” Michael said. Nyman said she is in the process of organizing a protest at the state Capitol in the near future.

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LSU Ambassadors Monica Lindsey, textiles and apparel merchandising senior, right, and Ashley Wilking, human resources junior, center, lead a tour of campus Saturday for the SEC Exchange.

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