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University may provide full degrees online By Xerxes A. Wilson Senior Staff Writer
and gritty as it seems. Ò When you think construction, you think building with hammers and nails Ñ thatÕ s not always it,Ó Couchis said. While on-site visits are necessary, positions like safety engineers or working in planning and scheduling are not outdoor jobs, Couchis said. Ò The perception of construction management needs to change,Ó Roider said. Ò As we move towards more environmental engineering and green
Students who hate getting out of bed to go to class may soon be able to get an LSU degree without stepping into a classroom. The University is currently developing plans to put entire degrees online in the future. Ò IÕ m not picking on Phoenix or Kaplan or anyone else,Ó Chancellor Michael Martin said. Ò I am absolutely convinced that people will pay at least as much as they pay to those institutions to be a Tiger and not whatever you are if you go to Kaplan.Ó College of Engineering Dean Richard Koubek co-chaired a task force assessing the feasibility of online degrees and examining steps other universities are taking in the same area. Koubek said the task force is going to report its ﬁndings to the deans next Thursday. Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Astrid Merget said the University will target graduate degrees and post-college certiﬁcates for master’s degrees. For example, the College of Engineering is considering an
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Lauren Couchis, construction management junior, left, and Katie Reynolds, construction management senior, center, wait for their Structural Technology I class to begin Tuesday in Patrick F. Taylor Hall. There are few women in the male-dominated construction management major program.
Construction management lays foundation, offers unexpected opportunites for women By Grace Montgomery Staff Writer
For some women, walking into a room of only men can be intimidating, but for construction management junior Lauren Couchis, itÕ s just another day in class. The construction management major is not usually associated with women, but a growing number of female students are taking interest in the ﬁeld. Assistant professor in construction management Emerald Roider estimates that of the more than 600 students in
construction management major, about 40 are women. Nationally, 900,000 women work in construction management, which constitutes about 10 percent of the total workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Ò We see the industry overall is growing with great projections forward, and women have a growing place there,Ó said Julie Lyssy, marketing director of the National Association of Women in Construction. But the major is not always as rough
Williams pair leads ‘Geauxing the Distance’ campaign EditorÕ s note: This story is the third in a four-part series on the Student Goverment campaigns. The candidates will be presented alphabetically by last name. By Catherine Threlkeld Staff Writer
Student Government presidential candidate Theo Williams and vice presidential candidate Millena Williams have more in common than their last name. They also share ideas on how to run Student Government and help students.
The pair announced their candidacy in the Greek Amphitheater last Wednesday under the slogan Ò Geauxing the Distance.Ó Ò The basis behind Ô Geauxing the DistanceÕ is, instead of sitting and waiting for student opinion to come to us, we’re going to go ﬁnd it,Ó Theo Williams said. Millena Williams said the slogan complemented their vision for their campaign, including going the distance for students on campus and in the community. Theo Williams said he ﬁrst decided to run last semester and chose Millena Williams as his running mate because she was already
assisting the campaign by bringing in a service component. Ò The original intent was to bring service, but it felt really comfortable,Ó Millena Williams said. Ò We had a friendship that felt comfortable and would be good match.Ó Theo Williams has worked in SG since his freshman year, serving as executive aide under former SG President Colorado Robertson and as assistant director of external affairs under current SG President Stuart Watkins. Ò Beyond that, I think my involvement in organizations other CANDIDATE, see page 11
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Student Government presidential candidate Theo Williams hands out fliers to a student passing by in Free Spech Alley on Monday.
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Nation & World
Vice President Biden condemns new Israeli settlement plan
Pennsylvania woman charged with recruiting jihadists online
JERUSALEM (AP) Ñ Vice President Joe Biden condemned an Israeli plan to build hundreds of homes in disputed east Jerusalem on Tuesday, casting a cloud over a high-proﬁle visit that had been aimed at repairing ties with the Jewish state and kickstarting Mideast peace talks.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ñ A suburban Philadelphia woman Ò desperate to do somethingÓ to help suffering Muslims has been charged with using the Internet to recruit jihadist ﬁghters and help terrorists overseas, even agreeing to move to Europe to try to kill someone, prosecutors said Tuesday. A federal indictment charges that Colleen R. LaRose, who called herself JihadJane online, agreed to kill a Swedish citizen on orders from the unnamed terrorists and traveled to Europe to carry out the killing.
Former Medellin drug trafficker Porras dies at 62 years old BOGOTA (AP) Ñ Evaristo Porras, a former high-ﬂying Medellin cartel drug trafﬁcker associated with Pablo Escobar in the 1980s, has died at age 62, reportedly in economic ruin. Porras’ death was conﬁrmed by the Gaviria funeral home in Bogota, which said he was buried on Friday. It was ﬁrst reported Tuesday by the Bogota newspaper El Tiempo. Ò He died of a heart attack in his Bogota homeÓ on March 3, the paper reported.
NASA: Money essential to adding more space shuttle flights CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) Ñ With space shuttle retirement just months away, a senior NASA manager said Tuesday it wouldnÕ t be hard to add more ﬂights, provided the nation is willing to keep paying $200 million a month.
NASAÕ s three shuttles are scheduled to retire in September, after four more trips to the International Space Station. Some in Congress, however, are pushing for additional missions to ﬁll the gap between the end of the shuttle program and the nationÕ s next manned spaceship, whatever and whenever that might be. Police hunt for former Pres. Teddy Roosevelt’s walrus tusk thief OYSTER BAY, N.Y. (AP) Ñ Authorities are hunting for the person who stole a 15-inch walrus tusk from Theodore RooseveltÕ s home on Long Island. The superintendent of the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Thomas Ross, says the tusk was one of a pair displayed on a ﬁreplace mantel. It was discovered missing Feb. 22 from a secondﬂoor guest room in the Oyster Bay, N.Y., home. The room is usually sealed off by a rope when visitors take guided tours.
Second ex-New Orleans cop charged in Katrina conspiracy
Missing executive’s body found in Mississippi River in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Ñ A second ex-New Orleans ofﬁcer has been charged in a conspiracy to cover up a deadly police shooting of unarmed residents after Hurricane Katrina. The shootings on the Danzinger Bridge killed two and wounded four others. The federal charge of misprision of a felony, which means misconduct, was unsealed Tuesday against ex-detective Jeffrey Lehrmann. Lehrmann is now a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in Arizona. The police are accused of fabricating witness statements, falsifying reports and planting a gun in an attempt to make it appear as if the shootings were justiﬁed. Michael Lohman, a retired lieutenant, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to obstruct justice.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Ñ A body pulled from the Mississippi River near the French Quarter on Tuesday was that of a missing Texas oil company executive, police said. Police believe Douglas Schantz, 54, president of Houston-based Sequent Energy Management, drowned accidentally, said Bob Young of the New Orleans police department. Youth minister’s 24-year sexual battery sentence upheld BASTROP, La. (AP) Ñ Fourth Judicial District Attorney Jerry Jones says a state appeal court has upheld the sentence of a former youth minister sentenced to 24 years for molesting teens and three years for violating probation. Jeremy Michael Little, 26, pled guilty after his arrest in January 2009 to three counts of sexual battery. State Judge Carl Sharp sentenced him on May 28.
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Campus Crime Briefs Man arrested for extra charges on credit cards at concession stands Chadrick Banks, an 18-year-old man unafﬁliated with the University, of 5357 E. Brookstown Drive, was arrested March 5 and charged with felony theft following an investigation into complaints made at the PMAC and Alex Box Stadium, said Sgt. Jason Bettencourtt, LSU Police Department spokesman. University Athletics ofﬁcials contacted LSUPD regarding complaints of extra charges on customers’ credit cards at the concession stands in Alex Box Stadium and the PMAC, Bettencourtt said. Police observed Banks making
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extra charges on customers’ credit cards using security cameras installed at the stands where the complaints originated. Banks took cash from the register and used the unauthorized transactions to balance the stand’s records, Bettencourtt said. Banks later admitted to making unauthorized transactions. Bettencourtt said the total amount stolen was about $2,500. Banks was booked into East Baton Rouge Prison. Man claims to be bodyguard, asst. coach for visiting basketball team Leonce Vallery, a 49-year-old man unafﬁliated with the University, of 3426 Fairﬁeld Ave., was arrested and issued a summons for trespassing. Vallery approached ofﬁcers and asked to be let into the basketball game against Georgia despite not
having a ticket, Bettencourtt said. Bettencourtt said Vallery was making irrational claims about being a bodyguard and assistant coach for the basketball team. One of the ofﬁcers recognized Vallery as a person banned from the area for a similar incident, Bettencourt said. Vallery was issued a misdemeanor summons and released off campus. Students arrested for possesion of marijuana, drug paraphernalia Grant Swonke, a 19-year-old University student of 15910 Champions Drive in Houston, and Tyler Boland, an 18-year-old University student from 12208 Bayswater Court Road in Glenn Allen, Va., were arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Bettencourtt said. Ofﬁcers smelled marijuana at
Broussard Hall on March 2. Police determined the source of the smell was coming from Swonke and Boland, Bettencourtt said. Swonke had about one gram of marijuana, Bettencourtt said. The students were issued summons and released. Man caught driving without license, smoking marijuana with minor Adrian Tate, a 29-year-old man unafﬁliated with the University, of 5153 Hollywood Blvd., was arrested and issued a summons for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and issued a citation for driving without a license, Bettencourtt said. Police patrolling Dalrymple Drive at 2 a.m. on March 7, made a trafﬁc stop after observing a car cross the center line. Police approached the car and smelled marijuana, Bettencourtt said. Tate, the driver, and a 14-year-
old female passenger admitted to smoking marijuana, Bettencourtt said. Daisy Milton, a 36-year-old woman unafﬁliated with the University, of 638 S. 14th St., arrived at the LSUPD station to pick the minor up. Police asked Milton to verify the date of birth of the minor, but she could not. Police then contacted the minor’s actual mother. The juvenile’s mother veriﬁed her daughter didn’t have permission to be with Milton or Tate, Bettencourtt said. Milton was arrested and issued a summons for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and resisting a police ofﬁcer.
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Custodial worker shoots two employers, kills self at OSU One victim shot dead on scene, other stable By Collin Binkley The Lantern, Ohio State University
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nathaniel Brown struggled to pay the bills. His relationship with his girlfriend had recently ended. And ﬁve months after he was hired at Ohio State, the man whom supervisors described as “hostile” learned he was losing his job. A series of downfalls ended early Tuesday when the custodial worker shot two of his bosses in a campus building before killing himself there. At 3:30 NATHANIEL BROWN a.m. Tuesday, The custodial worker Brown, 51, shot two of his employers before walked into the Ohio State killing himself. maintenance building where he reported for work every morning. But Tuesday he came in halfway through his shift — armed with two handguns — and shot two of his bosses, killing one, before taking his own life, police said. A building services manager, Larry Wallington, 48, was pronounced dead at the scene. Henry Butler, 60, an operations shift leader,
was shot in the shoulder shooting. and was in stable condiWhen Wallington tion after he underwent tried to ﬂee, Brown surgery at the OSU chased him around the Medical Center. room and continued to Police said they shoot at him, the source responded to the mainsaid. Wallington was tenance building within responsible for contwo minutes and closed ducting Brown’s perLARRY WALLINGTON a southern portion of formance reviews. The 48-year-old Tuttle Park Place and The shooting took the maintenance build- building services manager place one week after ing for much of the day. was pronounced dead at Brown learned from suthe scene. University ofﬁcials pervisors he was losing sent a campus-wide his job. e-mail shortly after 7 Six OSU ema.m. saying a shooting ployees other than the had occurred on camshooter were reported pus, but the campus had to be in the building been secured and that during the shooting, OSU would continue and some of them were normal operations. in the room. Documents show An investigator Brown clashed with conﬁrmed multiple HENRY BUTLER his supervisors during shots were ﬁred, but it The operations shift his brief employment. was unclear how many, When a supervisor leader underwent surgery or if Brown used both after being shot and is in gave Brown his 90-day guns he brought into stable condition. review early this year, the building. Students he became hostile and yelled, “You organized a vigil at 10 p.m. Tuesday might as well ﬁre me now!” accord- outside the maintenance building to ing to the notes. The employee had pray for the victims of the shooting. to call Butler into the room to calm Brown. Everdeen Mason contributed to this On Tuesday, Brown’s supervi- story. Visit www.thelantern.com for sors had gathered in Room 107 of a full version of this story and for the building to conduct an interview updates from Ohio State Univerearly in the morning, police said. sityÕ s student newspaper, including When Brown entered the room, he audio of the 911 phone call. speciﬁcally asked for Wallington, according to a source who asked not Contact The Daily Reveille’s news to be identiﬁed because OSU employees were told not to discuss the staff at email@example.com
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[From left] Weston (drums), Garron (bass), Stacy (keyboard/vocals), Sherri (vocals/rhythm guitar) and Chauntelle (lead guitar) DuPree make up the band Eisley. The band comprises four siblings and their cousin Garron.
Daily Reveille entertainment writer Ben Bourgeois got in touch for a Q&A session with Sherri DuPree, vocalist and guitarist for melodic indie-rock band Eisley. Q: Eisley has performed with several large acts, such as Brand New and Taking Back Sunday, and even made a national television debut on Late Night with Conan O’Brien a few years back. What’s it like coming back to a smaller, more local venue like the Spanish Moon and hooking up with some Baton Rouge bands? DuPree: Yeah, I guess from the beginning, we’ve enjoyed playing in small clubs and still do. Like on a recent Say Anything tour, there were clubs ranging from 400 to 3,100 capacity. Coldplay and The Fray were in amphitheaters. We honestly don’t really care. Both have pros and cons! Q: Eisley has performed with New Orleans natives MuteMath before, and the girls have been down there for some of their shows. Could you share any past experiences from performing or visiting Louisiana? DuPree: Big MuteMath fans ... my sister Stacy [Eisley keyboardist/ vocalist] is engaged to Darren, their drummer. He’s also our neighbor! But we’ve played New Orleans tons over the years, but not enough. We sort of have this connection with Louisiana — our pops was born in New Orleans, raised in Lafayette, and our mom makes amazing authentic Cajun gumbo. It’s serious; Paul of MuteMath says it’s “the best he’s ever tasted,” and he would know! But yeah, we love to get beignets at Café du Monde, walk around, shop, eat great Cajun food in New Orleans — the whole deal. The last time we were there, my husband Max [Bennis, lead vocalist of Say Anything] bought all the guys big dumb cigars, and we walked around and enjoyed the experience. It’s such a fun place. It’s like being in adult Disneyland, and I mean that in the best way possible because I love Disneyland! Q: What’s it like writing and performing within a family dynamic? Does that lead to a more cohesive writing style or any interesting stories from the road? DuPree: The family dynamic really works for us since we’re best friends and do nearly everything together. It’s funny — a year ago, we were hanging out in our bedrooms, and now we’re at each others separate houses every day even though most everyone in the band is married or engaged at this point.
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Toliver misses practice Tuesday with broken left hand Receiver apologizes for altercation By Rachel Whittaker Chief Sports Writer
LSU senior wide receiver Terrence Toliver broke his left hand after the altercation he was involved in early Sunday morning in a parking lot at Reggie’s in Tigerland, and Toliver did not practice Tuesday. LSU coach Les Miles said he does not anticipate “any lasting issues” from Toliver’s injury, and he said Toliver will continue to practice. “It will probably be casted and taped and rubber-casted for the rest of spring,” Miles said. “It’s a simple fracture, not
something that’s not stable, so we the team, the coaching staff, to the feel like there’s less risk to prac- players and my family,” Toliver tice.” said. “It was also embarrassing Miles said Toliver’s hand to me. I want to tell everybody will not be an exI’m sorry and tell cuse for any poor the fans I’m sorry practices. and forgive me for “We’ll throw what happened.” him balls when Cpl. L’Jean Log on to see a video the read dicof Toliver apologizing McKneely, Baton tates, and he’ll for his involvement in Rouge Police Dehave to catch it,” an altercation and the partment spokesMiles said. “If he man, said Toliver police report on the doesn’t catch it, and another perincident. we’re going to son, Timothy Mobark at him. He’s ran, were involved going to have to block with it. I in a “fisted altercation,” and Tolididn’t break it. He did.” ver was tased twice after refusing Toliver made a public apol- to follow police orders. ogy at an impromptu media sesToliver was arrested and sion Tuesday night, claiming his charged with three misdemeanbehavior in the altercation was ors of disturbing the peace, pub“out of my character.” ALTERCATION, see page 7 “It was an embarrassment to
Easy Going LSU defeats University of Louisiana-Monroe, 18-7; Northwestern State game postponed
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LSU wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales, left, runs with junior wide receiver Terrence Toliver during practice March 1 in the Indoor Practice Facility.
By Chris Branch Sports Writer
No midweek hangover this time around. Wednesday’s contest against Louisiana-Monroe didn’t present any problems for the No. 1 LSU baseball team. Behind an armada of runs, LSU (12-0) maintained its spotless record in a 18-7 snoozefest against the Warhawks (5-5) in front of a sparse crowd of 2,666. Sophomore outfielder Trey Watkins, junior catcher Micah Gibbs and senior first baseman Blake Dean all lofted home runs, while junior outfielder Leon Landry went 3-for3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Landry is now perfect in his last seven at bats. Junior right-hander Ben Alsup (1-0) earned the win. Watkins’ homer marked his first of the season, while Gibbs hit his third and Dean blasted his second. “I saw the flags get a little happy,” Gibbs said. “I saw the ball well. Everybody was swinging it well today. It’s kind of like a virus when everyone hits this way. You just end up on the bandwagon.” LSU put the game away in its portion of the fourth inning. Twelve batters saw the plate in the inning as the Tigers hung seven runs and pounded three Warhawk pitchers into submission. LSU freshman third baseman Wet Delatte led off the inning with a walk and didn’t have to wait long. Watkins belted a pitch over the left field fence to increase LSU’s lead to 7-1. Things were just getting started. Sophomore shortstop Austin Nola then laced a double to leftcenter field to keep the inning going. Dean walked to put runners on first and second. Gibbs took advantage. The Pflugerville, Texas, native roped a Warhawk offering over the left field fence for a three-run shot to send the game out of reach at 10-1. A Mikie Mahtook double three
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LSU freshman infielder Wet Delatte throws the ball to first base Tuesday during the Tigers’ 18-7 victory over ULM.
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Mitchell to head AllSEC Second Team By Chris Branch Sports Writer
LSU senior forward Tasmin Mitchell keeps reeling in the accolades. Mitchell, the school’s all-time leader in minutes played and third all-time scorer, roped in SecondTeam All-Southeastern Conference honors Tuesday per the coaches around the league. Mitchell took a step down after being named to the First Team last season. But his team did win the regular season conference title last year, and Mitchell’s Tigers won just two conference games this cam- Tasmin Mitchell paign. LSU senior forward The award adds to Mitchell’s already impressive resumé. The Denham Springs native also boasts a spot on the 2006 SEC All-Freshman Team coupled with a place on the 2006 Freshman All-American Team according to CollegeInsider.com. Mitchell sits just 21 points away from scoring 2,000 in his illustrious career in Baton Rouge. Along with the minutes record, Mitchell owns the record for games started with 132. Mitchell has also grabbed the sixth-most rebounds of any Tiger in his career with 942. ACCOLADES, see page 7
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Tigers use strong second round for team title victory
Loupe gets first win in college career By Luke Johnson Sports Contributor
The LSU menÕ s golf team won its second team title of the season, and junior Andrew Loupe claimed the individual title Tuesday at the Louisiana Classics tournament at the Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette. Loupe shot back-to-back 5-under par 67s to close out the tournament and rallied from five strokes behind tournament leader Scott Langley of Illinois to win his first
collegiate title. Loupe finished the tournament at 8-under 208, one stroke ahead of Langley, who shot a 1-over 73 on the final day. The Tigers posted the lowest team score in the second round and enjoyed a solid third round en route to their first team victory of the spring. The Tigers finished the first round tied for eighth place after they opened up the tournament shooting a pedestrian 7-over par 295. But LSU started turning heads during the second round. LSU posted an 11-under 277 for the second round, enjoying below-par rounds from every golfer competing for a team score. Loupe and junior John Peterson
each finished the first day at 3-under, five strokes behind Langley. Sophomores Sang Yi and Austin Gutgsell were major contributors to the TigersÕ blistering round. Last week, the efforts of Yi and Gutgsell powered LSU up the team leaderboard and gave the Tigers one of their best finishes of the spring. In the Louisiana Classics tournament, both Yi and Gutgsell shot matching scores of 1-over 145, placing them in a tie for 19th place after the first 36 holes. Their efforts were good enough to vault the Tigers into a tie for first place with Illinois and Tulsa through 36 holes. Tulsa fell out of contention in the third round, but Illinois kept the
heat on the Tigers all the way to the finish. Loupe and Yi paced the Tigers during the final round. While Peterson and Gutgsell combined to shoot 9-over, Loupe and Yi combined to shoot 5-under to keep the Tigers at the top of the leaderboard. Their strong play secured the TigersÕ second team title of the season and continued the teamÕ s strong momentum after last weekÕ s second-place finish in the John Hayt Invitational. LSU led the field with 49 birdies during the tournament Monday and Tuesday. Loupe led all individual golfers with 16 birdies and also led the field in par 4 and par 5 scoring.
Yi grabbed his first top-10 finish of the season after narrowly missing out with a 12th-place finish last week. Junior Clayton Rotz had his best tournament since October at the Brickyard Championship. Rotz competed as an unattached entry, and finished in a 35th-place tie after shooting a 7-over 223. The Tigers return to action March 19 for the Schenkel/E-Z Go Invitational in Statesboro, Ga., at Forest Heights Country Club. LSU finished in a tie for 12th at the tournament last year. Contact Luke Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org
LSU matchup against Nicholls State moved to March 23 Weather concerns cause game delay By Rowan Kavner Sports Contributor
TodayÕ s anticipated matchup between No. 14 LSU and Nicholls State has been postponed to March 23 at 6 p.m. There is a 60 percent chance
of precipitation today with thunderstorms throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service. Season ticket holders can use their original Nicholls tickets for the rescheduled game. The Tigers (18-4) are on a 13-game winning streak and are fresh off back-to-back tournament sweeps. A loss against then-No. 4 Michigan is the only blemish on
LSUÕ s record in its last 17 games. The Colonels (10-5, 4-2 Southland) have won their last two series, taking two of three games against Southeastern Louisiana and McNeese State. The break gives LSU some much-needed rest. LSU coach Yvette Girouard said Sunday senior right fielder Rachel Mitchell slightly pulled her hamstring, and senior center fielder Kirsten Shortridge is nursing
an ankle injury that kept her from pitching last weekend. Girouard said she was prepared to rest players for the game originally scheduled for today. Mitchell hit .385 and knocked in seven runs en route to being named last weekendÕ s tournament MVP. Senior pitcher Cody Trahan (5-0) didnÕ t allow a run in 9.1 innings at last weekendÕ s Purple and Gold Challenge and boasts a re-
markable 0.21 ERA on the season. Ò ItÕ s a good time for Cody to be in a groove, going into [Southeastern Conference] play this weekend,” Girouard said. “We donÕ t really know who our No. 1 is, but boy, we have a lot of options.Ó LSU begins SEC play Saturday at South Carolina. Contact Rowan Kavner at email@example.com
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Kentucky freshman guard John Wall netted SEC Player of the Year honors while Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings earned SEC Coach of the Year. Wall is a national Player of the Year candidate after helping lead the Wildcats to 29-2 record, going 14-2 in SEC play. Wall, along with fellow Kentucky freshman forward DeMarcus Cousins and junior forward Patrick Patterson, was named to the All-SEC First Team. Georgia sophomore forward Trey Thompkins, senior Mississippi State forward Jarvis Varnado, South Carolina senior guard Devan Downey, Tennessee senior forward Wayne Chism and Vanderbilt senior guard Jermaine Beal fill out the rest of the First Team. Familiar LSU foil Varnado was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year for the third consecutive season. Varnado, who is now the NCAA all-time leader in blocks, swatted 11 shots in two meetings with LSU this year. The coaches also selected Florida sophomore guard Ray Shipman as SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Vanderbilt freshman guard John Jenkins as SEC Sixth Man of the Year. Contact Chris Branch at firstname.lastname@example.org
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batters later plated Landry and sophomore second baseman Tyler Hanover to push the game further out of reach at 12-1. “The game got a little bit out of hand after we had that big inning,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We took advantage of it when they threw strikes. Leon had a big day, Watkins had some nice at-bats early and it was good to see Blake have a good day.” The Tigers did allow the Warhawks back into the game. A fiverun output in the top of the fifth for ULM saw the Warhawks pull within six to make the contest interesting. LSU starting freshman pitcher Michael Reed didn’t make it out of the inning after walking home a run after loading the bases. His replacement, sophomore right-hander Shane Riedie, didn’t fare much better. Riedie only faced two batters and allowed a run. Mainieiri decided to pull Riedie in favor of fellow right-hander Ben Alsup. Alsup only needed one pitch to escape the inning. No worries. LSU quenched any comeback hopes in the next frame as the Tigers notched three runs to push the lead to 15-6. The teams then traded runs in the final innings to push the score to its final tally. Reed’s performance might have
been the only less-than-stellar aspect of the evening. Reed lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, five earned runs and walking five. “I thought Michael Reed did some really good things tonight,” Mainieri said. “I thought the first few innings he did a really good job. Then in the fourth inning there he was getting tired and just kind of lost it. I hate to take a kid with 4 2/3 innings, but I was getting worried about his pitch count. I didn’t want to risk him getting hurt.” LSU’s game against Northwestern State has been postponed. It was originally scheduled for Wednesday but has been pushed back to April 20 because of weather concerns in the Shreveport area. LSU’s next game comes against Kansas on Friday in Alex Box Stadium. Contact Chris Branch at email@example.com
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lic intoxication and resisting an officer. Moran received summons for disturbing the peace and public intoxication. “The first time [Toliver] was tased, he was engaged in fighting and wouldn’t stop,” McKneely said. “After he was tased, he was on the ground, and an officer asked him to stay on the ground and not to move. Toliver got up and began to try and walk away. From there he was tased a second time, and an officer was able to place the handcuffs on him.” Miles said Toliver will have to be accountable for his actions and “pay a tremendous price.” “Certainly he’s responsible to not be involved. He’s responsible to not be there,” Miles said. “It’s a tremendous opportunity to play and be on a very large stage in Tiger Stadium. He needs not to be in the public view as he was
PAGE 7 Saturday night.” Miles said Toliver apologized to the team as well on Tuesday. “It’s interesting that a guy who is a pretty good egg, a good student, and does the right things can make mistakes,” Miles said. “His personal embarrassment will be ongoing. But Terrence Toliver is a good person, and I suspect we’ll get by this.” LSU redshirt freshman forward Dennis Harris was also involved in the incident and cited for interfering with a police officer and entering or remaining after being forbidden. LSU men’s basketball coach Trent Johnson said he will not suspend Harris from Thursday’s Southeastern Conference tournament game against Tennessee. Contact Rachel Whittaker at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Martin’s plans sensible, should be implemented cautiously In a broadcast e-mail sent to the LSU community Monday, Chancellor Michael Martin gave his manifesto on how he sees LSU emerging from the current budget problems relatively unscathed. We absolutely agree with the basic premises of MartinÕ s message, though we have some questions about a few of the specifics. MartinÕ s calls to make the University more efficient and self-reliant are commendable. By partnering with public businesses and finding sources of funding
other than the capricious state budget, the University can put out deeper roots to weather the storms of future budget cuts. Additionally, we applaud MartinÕ s exhortations to locate and focus on the most productive programs in the system Ð even if this means limiting or eliminating some of the less productive ones. While a university should certainly not focus entirely on profit, we cannot allow unproductive or under-performing programs to exist unchanged.
But this canÕ t be merely a vague sentiment in a mass e-mail Ñ Martin and the rest of the administration need to be willing to make the tough decisions necessary to trim fat from the budget. They might catch heavy flak for such decisions, but budget cuts are the perfect opportunity to make the University as lean and productive as possible. We view skeptically one assertion Martin makes in his email Ñ he wants to Ò increase our student enrollment with a goal of
5,000 new students per year.Ó While an admirable goal, raising the number of students almost necessarily means lowering entrance standards. This seems counter-productive to the larger goal of increasing graduation rates and the overall prestige and competitiveness of the University. If Martin has a way to increase enrollment without lowering standards, weÕ re certainly behind that. But if raising enrollment doesnÕ t bear some other
cost, why havenÕ t we done it already? That said, we wholeheartedly support Chancellor Martin in his efforts to make LSU as budgetcut resistant as possible. This is an example of long-term thinking that has been sadly lacking in previous University Ñ and past and present state Ñ leadership.
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‘The Daily Show’ more than a standard comedy gig In a dark room in the left wing of the Journalism Building, a political communication professor cues up a video for his class. The students close their laptops and look up at the screen as a lone trumpet sounds from the speakers and a deep, authoritarian voice booms across the room. Ò Live from Comedy CentralÕ s news headquarters in New York, this is Ô The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.Õ Ó As the familiar guitar rift hits their ears, every studentÕ s mouth falls open, and their eyes bug out
like in a Bugs Bunny cartoon Ð you can see the gears grinding in their heads and, while nobody actually says it, the question is almost palpable: Are we seriously going to watch Ò The Daily ShowÓ in Matthew class? albright T h e n Opinion Editor mouths go from hanging agape to big, broad grins, and another loud but silent thought
hangs in the air: Awesome. It would be hilarious to give Jon Stewart an honorary teaching position in the political communication department, but the above situation doesnÕ t happen enough to constitute a significant portion of the curriculum. But sometimes Ñ and there are several doctorate-bearing, high-fallutinÕ , academic-paperwriting professors who will tell you this Ñ Ò The Daily ShowÓ calls out a politician or media figure so succinctly, or illustrates some glaring inconsistency so clearly, even
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a trained academic can only tip his hat and watch. Even though Ò The Daily ShowÓ runs on Comedy Central, it is more than just a late-night laugh show. It is almost certainly our generationÕ s most sublime form of satire. What separates Ò The Daily ShowÓ from the standard comedy gig and makes it a potent vehicle for satire is the dedicated team of fact checkers. If a senator makes a claim based on outdated numbers or weak evidence, the odds of Ò The Daily Show” finding and blasting it publicly are at least as good as a legitimate Ò newsÓ organization. Case in point: During Fox NewsÕ coverage of the tea parties, the network used footage from previous protests to make the demonstrations that day seem much more well-attended than they really were. It wasnÕ t CNN or MSNBC that caught them; it wasnÕ t Brian Williams or Katie Couric that got to show the world proof of journalistic manipulation Ñ it was Jon Stewart, who threw down evidence that even Bill OÕ Reilly, spin-master extraordinaire, couldnÕ t refute. While itÕ s certainly a more dramatic example of the showÕ s razorsharp attention to detail, itÕ s not the only one. Anyone who watches the show regularly knows the writing team routinely finds clips of public officials and media personalities blatantly contradicting themselves. They regularly catch false figures and claims that slip through the nets of Ò realÓ news outlets Ñ and they do it all with a bitingly satirical sense of humor and wordplay and a consistency that is truly
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extraordinary. LetÕ s be clear: Jon Stewart is a comedian. The show is not, and in no way claims to be, a real news program. The writers and producers have repeatedly said that the increasing number of people (especially among our generation) turning to their work for news is depressing. But the growing popularity of Ò The Daily ShowÓ is noteworthy. While television news professionals struggle to find relevance in the age of the Internet, maybe they can learn a few lessons from a spoof of their occupation. We donÕ t like divisive, partisan news personalities. We donÕ t like angry, confrontational approaches to issues that shouldnÕ t necessarily merit them. All we want from the media is people who can keep the government accountable, point out inconsistencies where they occur and, if weÕ re lucky, earn a few laughs from it. And the first producer that says the task is too difficult needs only to visit Ò Comedy CentralÕ s news headquarters in New YorkÓ for a lesson from a staff that is a fraction of their size, but has a multiple of their skill. Matthew Albright is a 21-yearold mass communication junior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_malbright.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY Ò We are always the same age inside.Ó Gertrude Stein American writer Feb. 3, 1874 - July 27, 1946
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All students should steer clear of herd mentality For todayÕ s column, letÕ s change things up and talk about some biology. I know, I know Ñ biology sucks. The professors are pretentious blowhards. The material is dry. Yadda yadda yadda. Biology classes might be as useless as Christopher ReeveÕ s spinal cord, but there are still valuable lessons we can learn from them. For instance, one of the major fields of biology is taxonomy — the classification of all living organisms. When we talked about taxonomy in the classroom, we were taught the general classifications: kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus and species. As dull as taxonomy seemed in class, we use a similar classification system daily. On a typical walk through the Quad, you can easily group many of your fellow students into a few general classifications based on their external characteristics. WeÕ re already pretty much aware of these cliques. There are the athletes, the cleat chasers, the loudmouth political science majors, the snobby English majors, the gloomy goths, the puerile punks, the obnoxious skateboarders, the pompous sorority girls, the preppy frat boys ... the list of stereotypes goes on and on. But upon closer examination, thereÕ s a much simpler way to classify these various social sects. Most students, like every other member of the animal kingdom, can be classified as either vertebrates or invertebrates. So what exactly does this mean? Put simply, vertebrates have backbones; invertebrates donÕ t.
At face value, this description is no different than the standard biology textbook definition. But from a social standpoint, the implications extend a bit further. Students classified as vertebrates exhibit certain distinguishing traits. They are rugged indiScott BurnS viduals. They Columnist donÕ t follow the herd mentality. They donÕ t base their self-worth on otherÕ s opinions. They avoid investing their identities entirely in a particular group or organization. Then thereÕ s the second group: the invertebrates. Invertebrates can readily be described as followers. The opposite of vertebrates, they invest their entire self-worth in particular groups and clubs. They donÕ t stray from the flock. Their self-image is entirely sculpted by others. So what separates biological vertebrates and invertebrates from sociological vertebrates and invertebrates? Choice. Ferrets and felines, for instance, donÕ t have much say in their inbred genetic traits. Frat boys, on the other hand, consciously embrace their stereotypes as if they were perfectly paired with their particular fraternity based on eHarmonyÕ s 29 dimensions of Ò confratablility.Ó From an outsiderÕ s perspective, itÕ s hard to imagine why anyone would pay top dollar for such low-grade company. ItÕ s even harder to imagine why any guy would
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deliberately go out of his way to portray themselves as spoiled, obnoxious and sexually-depraved. Nevertheless, swarms of young, acceptance-craving pledges are cranked out of the frat boy assembly line every fall, producing an army of spineless bro-tards that come fullyloaded with dysfunctional thinking skills, abusive alcoholic tendencies and a wildly inflated yet perpetually unquenched libido. Of course, frat boys are only the most obvious example. It should be noted most fraternity members donÕ t fit the aforementioned description. But the point is clear: You can gain acceptance without losing your spine and trashing your self-dignity.
That said, certain kinds of Ò stereotypingÓ are completely rational if theyÕ re based on sound reasoning and not prejudice. Rational Ò stereotypingÓ is a built-in evolutionary safeguard. It helps us classify our cognitive perceptions in concrete, easy-to-understand terms. Thanks to rational stereotyping, I know to pull over and hide in the nearest ditch whenever I see a woman talking on the cell phone while driving. Similarly, if a clichŽ sorority girl asks me to buy her a drink, I know the proper response is to call her a whore and bring her weight into question. If you desperately want to be
seen as a particular stereotype, go ahead. Just donÕ t blame people for classifying you in an unflattering way. Besides, if you donÕ t like the way others perceive you, itÕ s your job to change their minds Ñ not force them to completely alter how they think. Scott Burns is a 20-year-old economics junior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_sburns.
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When traveling, beware of infection by parasites By Jenny Caraway Special to The Daily Reveille
Parasites are everywhere. Yes, even here in the good ole U.S. Do you know the difference between a parasitic infection and a bacterial infection? Besides the fact that parasites may make you feel more miserable, many of the medicines that treat parasitic infections are much more unpleasant than those that treat bacterial infections. This is because parasites are eukaryotic Ñ their cells are in the same class as human cells, whereas bacterial cells are prokaryotic. Since their cells are similar to ours, the medicines used to treat parasitic infections can have dreadful side effects. So here are a few words of advice to avoid obtaining an unwanted souvenir on your vacation. You could easily be infected with numerous parasites by unsanitized drinking water. This is
why you shouldnÕ t drink the water in Mexico on spring break Ñ or anywhere else that has questionable sanitation. Two parasites in particular, Entamoeba histolytica and Giardia lamblia, cause nasty cases of diarrhea. Entamoeba histolytica can take the infection to greater severity by causing bloody diarrhea or can even travel to the liver, causing an abscess. For those planning a backpacking trip through nature, I wouldnÕ t advise drinking water from a stream. Even if the water looks sparkling, pure and clean, remember the entire world is a bathroom for animals. Giardia lamblia is commonly found in beavers, and the parasite can be transmitted to humans through fecal contamination. So avoid any water that has not been properly sanitized. But if you insist on being a manly man and relying only on nature, be manly enough to start a fire and boil the water for
several minutes before drinking it. For those of you who plan on water skiing or tubing this break, thereÕ s a dangerous parasite of which you should be aware. ItÕ s called Naelgeria fowleri, a.k.a. the brain-eating amoeba. It lives in warm, unchlorinated fresh water and can travel to your brain through your nose. Doctors will often misdiagnose this infection as meningitis. By the time they realize it isnÕ t meningitis, your parents are picking out a casket. DonÕ t let this scare you from having fun, but if you or someone you know has meningitis-like symptoms after spending a weekend at the lake, let the doctor know ASAP. If you happen to be taking a trip to the Middle East, or Central/South America, beware of sand flies. They can transmit parasites that cause a disease called Leishmaniasis. These parasites can cause skin lesions (which can
leave horrid scars) or enlargement of organs such as the liver or spleen. You know those kids on the commercials from underdeveloped countries with humongous bellies? A major cause is a parasitic infection of organs. Sand flies tend to bite when the sun goes down, so it would be in your best interest to use bug repellents or nets while you sleep. Central/South America is also home to a parasite called the Botfly. This fly will lay its eggs on a mosquito, which can then be transferred to underneath your skin by the mosquito. The small bump may seem to be a pesky pimple, when in actuality there are larvae underneath the skin rather than white blood cells (the main components of a pimple). If you do seem to have this blemish after visiting Central/South America, have a doctor look at it immediately. Before traveling anywhere, I
would advise research on which parasites may be joining you on your vacation. This way you can take any precautions necessary. If youÕ d like to learn about more, Google these: Acanthamoeba (for those who wear contact lenses), Cimex lectularius (for those who would like to lose sleep at night), Toxoplasma gondii (for those who have cats or are pregnant) or Candiru fish (for those who will take a leak anywhere). I apologize if IÕ ve made you all fear for your lives. If I have made you too paranoid to enjoy yourself in the water this spring break, I’m sure you will find a way to drown those fears.
Jenny Caraway is a microbiology senior from West Monroe.
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building, I think more females will be interested in the major.Ó Roider began work in construction management in 1998. At that time it was harder for women to get jobs in the field, she said. Ò You had to be more aggressive,Ó Roider said. Now more options are available, and women can choose between working in an office or onsite, Roider said. However, experience in both areas is needed to become a project manager, Roider said. Ò When I was little, I danced and played piano. Construction management is the last thing I thought IÕ d do,Ó Couchis said. CouchisÕ roommate during her freshman year was a construction management major at the time and
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than Student Government will allow me to be a good representative of the student body,Ó Theo Williams said. Ò IÕ ve been able to see how people feel about things without looking at it from a political perspective.Ó Millena Williams said they have the ability to be good leaders and people of integrity, which will help them if elected. Ò Everything IÕ ve been involved
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online construction management masterÕ s degree. Koubek said this would allow construction professionals to get a degree while continuing their careers. Merget and Koubek said undergraduate online innovations will likely come in the form of
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introduced her to the idea. Her roommateÕ s work seemed interesting and it stuck with Couchis, so she registered for classes the following semester. Couchis said her parents were surprised by her major choice and thought she wouldnÕ t stick with it. In her first class, Couchis was the only woman. Her classmates said little to her, and it took time to get to know other students. “It was intimidating at first. In the beginning I didnÕ t even like it,Ó Couchis said. Couchis said she initially felt like men were at an advantage because they knew construction basics before starting college. Ò Most girls come in knowing nothing,Ó she said. Ò YouÕ re really starting at the bottom.Ó But Couchis found there are advantages in being a woman in the
field. Women tend to stand out because there are so few in the major, and teachers have an easier time remembering their names, Couchis said. Ò Though boys know more coming in, girls usually pay more attention to detail and are better at multitasking,Ó Couchis said. But the work is still challenging and Couchis has to stay organized to keep on top of material. Ò Teachers go fast. They expect you to already know parts of materials, at first I wouldn’t know what some words meant in lectures,Ó said Couchis. Couchis said she now enjoys her male-domonated classes and most students are friends outside of class. Ò The funniest thing thatÕ s happened to me is when a guy that IÕ ve
never seen before asks me about class,Ó said construction management senior Ella Godwin. Ò You definitely stand out.” Girls in the major also share a close bond. Ò You do kind of band together,Ó Godwin said. Ò I feel like IÕ m friends with most everyone, but my best friends are the girls.Ó Godwin said being a woman gives her an advantage in searching for jobs, but has been with met with some skepticism by employers during interviews. Ò I worked offshore over the summer with all boys,Ó Godwin said. Ò Interviewers couldnÕ t believe I would be comfortable there.Ó Female employers are frequently more discouraging in interviews, possibly because of the difficulty they had in the past, said construction management senior
Rebecca Magee. Construction management also provides opportunities to network and get involved. Ò If a female student shows initiative and drive, she can get ahead,Ó Roider said. Couchis is banquet chair for the Construction Student Association. She is organizing the annual banquet for more than 200 guests, ranging from construction management alumni to companies looking for future employees. Ò ItÕ s the most companies in one place at one time,Ó Couchis said. Couchis is one of two female officers on the CSA board of about 15 students, she said.
with at LSU, itÕ s been about helping students,Ó Millena Williams said. Ò I have a lot of experience already representing and being liaison between students and things that need to happen on campus.Ó With her experience in service, she said the service component of their pushcard is the most important to her. This includes creating semester Ò GEAUX serviceÓ days, making more upper-level, service-learning courses and establishing a civic engagement distinction program.
Ò ItÕ s not only good to provide that route for students to give back to community, but itÕ s also a good way for LSU to show its worth to community,Ó Millena Williams said. Theo Williams considers transparency the most important item on the pushcard, which includes allowing student input in SG executive staff meetings, holding a campus improvement summit and increasing connection with student organizations. Ò WeÕ re getting students to
believe in SG. Now thereÕ s more of an elitist perception,Ó he said. Ò We want to make students feel more comfortable with SG.Ó Concerning SG action about budget cuts next year, the Ò Geauxing the DistanceÓ pushcard includes an idea for an iAdvocate program. Millena Williams said it would allow students to be more involved in budget cuts by spotlighting students and getting the opinion of different voices on campus. Theo Williams said he wants
students and the University to take proactive approaches to budget cuts, rather than fighting them. Ò IÕ ve been saying Ñ and I hold firmly to it — a vote for us is a vote for yourself because weÕ re providing outlets for students to better educate themselves on budget cuts,Ó Theo Williams said.
online integration with existing classes rather than full undergraduate degrees online. Koubek said online professional and graduate level programs historically generate revenue to funnel back to the institution. Ò [Online programs] can be highly lucrative,Ó Martin said. Ò Just think about Phoenix. They
donÕ t even have a football team, and they paid $32 million to put their name on the [stadium where the Arizona Cardinals play]. If they are making enough money to buy a stadium for a team they donÕ t have, there should be money to be made.Ó Koubek said the programs had to be at least revenue neutral, and any profits made from the online courses could be used to enhance the traditional college. Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope said taking the University online has to be done in a cautious manner. Ò LSU is not the University of
Phoenix,Ó Cope said. Ò It should not be in the business of offering a quick, cheap credential to everyone who applies. We have to make it clear to the audience that simply getting a degree online is not the same enriching experience as coming to a university physically for a period of years.Ó Cope said the fact that the University is providing online degrees could depreciate the standing of the University. Merget said she does not think it would harm the University because traditionally highquality institutions such as Harvard are providing online degree
services. Ò ItÕ s not a substitute for fundamental baccalaureate education at all, but it is in many ways an appropriate way to accommodate lifelong learning, which is so important in a world that is technologically and economically changing fast,Ó Merget said.
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
THE DAILY REVEILLE
Published on Mar 10, 2010