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By David Helman Sports Contributor

The name has stuck with John Chavis for nearly his entire life. From winning a national title with the Tennessee Volunteers to assuming command as LSU’s new defensive

coordinator, it’s never long before he’s known simply as “chief” to players and peers alike. “My mother was full-blooded Cherokee, and my dad was Lumbee, and it’s a name that stuck early in life,” Chavis CHIEF, see page 43


Students’ personal info. released By Kyle Bove

Senior Staff Writer

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Defensive coordinator John Chavis watches and critiques linebackers Barkevious Mingo (left) and Jacob Cutrera (right) as they run drills Aug. 13 at practice.

About 2,000 University students recently found out their names and social security numbers have been posted on a University Web site accessible to the public since fall 2006. The error was caught in July — nearly three years later — according to University spokeswoman Kristine Calongne. The names and social security numbers were displayed on a Web site managed by the University Writing Program in the College of Arts & Sciences. Calongne said the information was displayed online to alleviate scheduling conflicts for a certain course. A faculty member put the information on the Web thinking only other faculty members teaching the course could see the information, but the Web site wasn’t on a secure server, meaning anyone could access it. “The faculty member did not realize that the posting would be available to the public, and no one else with the University knew about the posting, which is why it was still online in 2009,” Calongne said in an e-mail to The Daily Reveille. Calongne said she could not comment on any disciplinary action A&S, see page 43


H1N1 outbreak spreads across campus, nation SHC treats outbreak, takes precautions By Adam Duvernay Senior Staff Writer

Students returning from summer vacation bring with them a host of new experiences and ideas to share with the campus community. But this year, they brought the H1N1 virus, more commonly referred to as swine flu. Students have been arriving at the Student Health Center with typ-

ical flu-like symptoms since July, in New Orleans on Aug. 13. though flu season doesn’t start for The H1N1 virus has killed several months. about 1,000 people worldwide, The Health compared to 3,500 Center has reportpeople killed every ed more than 50 year by the seasonal student cases of flu in the United Type A influenza in Log on to get the latest States alone. the last two weeks Because the updates and check alone. H1N1 outbreak has past articles on H1N1. The Departspread to pandemic ment of Health and levels across the Hospitals estimates between 20,000 world, the Center for Disease Conand 30,000 people in Louisiana trol and Prevention stopped tracking have been infected with the H1N1 the national number of individual virus, and the first Louisiana death FLU, see page 42 caused by the virus was confirmed

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Casey Landers, international marketing senior, and Michael Taylor, agriculture business senior, leave the Student Health Center on Aug. 20 after being tested for H1N1.



Nation & World




Thousands flee homes as wildfire rages toward Marathon, Greece

Obama family ready for vacation after Hurricane Bill causes delay

Former EBR sheriff sentenced to 10 years for possession of cocaine

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A raging wildfire raced down a mountain slope in Greece toward the town of Marathon on Sunday, while despairing residents pleaded for firefighters and equipment that were nowhere to be seen. Tens of thousands of residents of Athens’ northern suburbs evacuated their homes.

OTIS AIR BASE, Mass. (AP) — Hurricane Bill blew out in time for the Obama family to blow in to Martha’s Vineyard for the president’s first vacation since taking office. The first family began their vacation Sunday just hours after the National Hurricane Center lifted a tropical storm warning that had included the small island off the Massachusetts coast where the Obamas planned a weeklong break. The hurricane forced the president to delay his departure from Andrews Air Force Base by a few hours to mid-afternoon. “He wants you to relax and have a good time. Take some walks on the beaches. Nobody’s looking to make any news,” White House spokesman Bill Burton told reporters on the plane. Some Obama friends, including White House adviser Valerie Jarrett and Chicago physician Eric Whitaker, joined the family on the island. The president has no official events scheduled in the week ahead.

BATON ROUGE (AP) — A former East Baton Rough Parish sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Twenty-eightyear-old Larry Wright, of Zachary, was convicted of attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, as well as possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. On Friday, U.S. District Judge James J. Brady sentenced Wright to 120 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

Afghan election conflicts escalate after accusations of voter fraud KABUL (AP) — The outcry over alleged vote fraud in Afghanistan’s election escalated Sunday, with President Hamid Karzai’s chief opponent charging that turnout figures were padded and the chief fraud investigator saying some of the allegations were serious enough to influence the outcome if true. The controversy threatens to discredit an election that the Obama administration considers a key step in a new strategy to turn back the Taliban insurgency.

State hires Mathies to run Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration MONROE (AP) — Officials at ConAgra Foods Inc. are counting on state farmers to produce more than half the sweet potatoes it will need for the planned Lamb Weston processing plant near Delhi. But those farmers wouldn’t have a crop without the LSU AgCenter Sweet Potato

Research Station. Company officials and economic developers have cited the research station in Franklin Parish as a key component in ConAgra choosing northeastern Louisiana for its plant. Bayou Manchac designated as historic waterway, second in state BATON ROUGE (AP) — Historians are unsure exactly when and where French explorer Pierre Le Moyne saw the tall cypress pole smeared with animal blood that he described on a map as “le bâton rouge.” But they do know that on March 24, 1699, Le Moyne — better known as the sieur d’Iberville — turned off the Mississippi River and onto what would later be called Bayou Manchac, which is now Louisiana’s second historic waterway. State Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham made the designation official last weekend. Iberville’s trip was significant not just for the “growth and establishment of Louisiana, but also to that of the nation,” he said.


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Tiger Trails to begin full bus service today Real-time locator among new features By Brianna Paciorka Contributing Writer

Tiger Trails, the University’s new bus system, will begin full service for students, faculty and staff today after taking over the University’s bus system from the Capital Area Transit System on Aug. 1. The new bus system features additional routes to the Garden District, downtown and Perkins/ Log on Stanford and a to see real-time bus employees locator, which of First passengers can Transit talk access on their about the cell phones, said new bus Gary Graham, system. Office of Parking, Traffic and Transportation director. “What it shows on the phone is where a bus is at a particular time and what its next stop is,” Graham said. Graham said eventually monitors will be installed at bus stops. Bus riders can currently track their bus at New buses are also in order for Tiger Trails, and temporary buses are currently in use until the new buses ordered for the system arrive. The new, smaller buses will arrive in late September and the larger buses by next spring. “There’s going to be a year of transition until we get things really up and running,” Graham said. Since the service started, Graham said Tiger Trails hasn’t had any major problems, and any problems the system had were quickly corrected by First Transit, the company providing service for Tiger Trails. “The company is very responsive to any issues that have come up,” Graham said. “There was a driver on the downtown route who misunderstood the route. It was actually brought up by a rider ... We went back to the reports, figured out what the driver was doing, and it was corrected later that day.”

First Transit held a job fair, and an experienced team selected qualified drivers for Tiger Trails, said Catherine Utt, First Transit general manager. “We turned away a lot of people simply because they weren’t made out to be part of First Transit,” Utt said. “We try to make sure that everybody who’s coming in has the First Transit way of thinking — courteous, safe and has lots of experience.” The new drivers must have at least five years of commercial bus experience and go through extensive training with First Transit trainers, Utt said. “We also made sure that everybody knew exactly why First Transit was coming in, why we were taking this over from CATS and any specific complaints we had gotten,” Utt said. “They are aware that [certain behavior] is not going to work when they are driving.” Riders call in regularly saying the new system is “a complete change from CATS,” Utt said. “I had a woman call about one of our drivers saying she wanted to stay on the bus for a couple extra loops because the driver was so friendly,”

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Tiger Trails, the University’s new bus system, will begin service today. The system features more routes and a real-time bus locator.

Utt said. “We like to reinforce that with [the drivers] and let them know that we are hearing about all of the good things people are saying, so it doesn’t go unnoticed.” Despite no longer serving the

University, CATS worked out a deal with the University and will continue to allow University students, faculty and staff to ride its buses for free. The University will also allow the public to ride Tiger Trails for free in

exchange. CATS used the University’s ridership and mileage to help support its federal funding. The company BUS SERVICE, see page 41



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Phase I of construction complete, open to students Construction already begun on Phase II By Steven Powell Contributing Writer

With Phase I almost complete and students finally kicking back and enjoying part of the renovated Union, University Student Union officials have already kicked off construction for Phase II. The July 27 opening of the Live Oak Lounge, located on the first floor of the Union, offers new seating areas, dining options, a billiard room and more. But Student Union Director Shirley Plakidas said more chaos is imminent. “The whole front lobby is pretty well boarded up,” she said. “The wall went up — Phase II has begun.” Plakidas said Phase II includes ceiling work in the lobby, installing sprinklers and

renovating meeting rooms, store rooms, the third floor offices, Tiger Lair food court and the Magnolia room. She said food court renovations won’t begin until Dec. 1, but work has already started on the rest of Phase II. “The first part of Phase II — everything but the food court — should be finished by March 2010,” she said. “Basically, it will take about seven to eight months to renovate that area.” Plakidas said the east side of the building, including the Tiger Lair and Magnolia room, is expected to be completed by Aug. 1, 2010. David Heidke, LSU Dining and Concessions director, said the new food court will contain a few new names, along with some familiar ones. “Quiznos Subs will take the place of Blimpie, and we plan to add a Panda Express,” he said. “We’ll still have Chick-fil-A,

sushi, a pasta line, a traditional food line and the Outtakes Quick Cuisine area.” In addition, Heidke said Papa John’s Pizza will replace all campus Pizza Huts. Plakidas said all stores will be self-sustaining, eliminating the wait of a single checkout line. Heidke said Dining Services and Union Officials are discussing setting up a temporary food service line next semester, while the Tiger Lair is closed. “Luckily, McDonald’s and Einstein Bros. Bagels are open to offer students places to eat while Tiger Lair is closed,” he said. “However, we’re still discussing the arrangements for temporary food operations.” Outtakes at the 459 Commons dining hall and the sister operation at Pentagon Dining Hall will remain open until 10 p.m. on UNION, see page 41


New waitlist option available No overflow space to be used for housing By Lindsey Meaux Senior Staff Writer

With less than two weeks until she had to leave Florida for the University, DeShauna Henry still didn’t have secure housing for her freshman year. When she applied June 2 to live in a residence hall, the soonto-be biological sciences freshman was immediately notified the residence halls were filled to capacity, and she would be placed on a waitlist while Residential Life weeded through the list of students who were already assigned to a residence hall. ResLife advised Henry to arrange for alternative housing. “I looked [for an off-campus apartment], but I didn’t really go to [Baton Rouge] because I’m from Florida,” Henry said. She chose to ignore ResLife’s recommendations and hoped a dormitory would become available — her scholarships would pay for a dormitory, whereas her parents would have to pay out of pocket for an apartment. After a summer of uncertainty, Henry said she received her room assignment in Herget Hall on Aug. 10, within days of her move-in date. The waitlist is new to the 2009 school year. ResLife — which Director Steve Waller anticipates will house 65 percent of the incoming freshman class — implemented a waitlist May 6. Students who applied for housing after May 6 were placed on the waitlist, and they were advised to make alternative housing arrangements, HOUSING, see page 40

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The new residents of Blake Hall sign in Thursday during Roaring into the Halls. Some students were placed in residence halls through the new waitlist option.

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Rubble remains in the Student Union on Friday. Phase I is almost complete, and construction has kicked off for Phase II, most of which should be finished by March 2010.

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University remains in top tier of ‘America’s Best Colleges’ Chancellor praises faculty, students By Kyle Bove Senior Staff Writer

LSU again landed in the top tier of the “Best National Universities” list in U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” which was released Thursday. The University broke into the coveted top tier for the first time last year and is now in a six-way tie for last place in the top tier — the

No. 128 spot with the Universities of Arkansas and Kentucky, Colorado State University, Duquesne University and Missouri University of Science & Technology. Harvard University and Princeton University are tied for No. 1. U.S. News & World Report releases the Best Colleges list every year, ranking universities based on admissions standards, facilities, peer surveys and other criteria. Last fall, Chancellor Michael Martin hailed the University’s Flagship Agenda — a campaign to make LSU more nationally prominent — as the reason for the jump into the top tier.

He echoed the same sentiment Thursday. “The Flagship Agenda really was the culmination of things that were already happening,” Martin said. “We have great a faculty and great students.” Martin said it is important to remember this ranking doesn’t reflect the near $20 million in budget cuts the University is having to endure this year. He said the cuts could affect the University’s ranking next year. And while LSU is the only public university in Louisiana ranked in the top tier on the 2010 list, several of its peer institutions — universities that share the same

role, scope and mission — are ranked higher. The University of Florida tied for the No. 47 spot this year, while Auburn University and the University of Alabama tied for the No. 88 and No. 96 spots, respectively. Ohio State University tied for the No. 53 spot, the University of North Carolina tied for No. 28, and West Virginia University was ranked as a third-tier institution. Martin said LSU’s rating helps in continuing to break a stereotype some hold about southern public universities being subpar, athletics-focused schools. “People assume that’s all

we’re good at,” Martin said. “[But] our academics are on par with our athletics.” Martin said the U.S. News & World Report’s list is the most popular and referenced ranking out there, meaning the University’s ranking is great for its image and recruiting. “I don’t know any one ranking that characterizes what we really are, but it’s a good image perception to have,” Martin said.

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KLSU broadcasting license in danger with $10K fine Public files missing from 1998-2002 By Kyle Bove Senior Staff Writer

The Federal Communications Commission is fining KLSU, the University’s student-run radio station, $10,000 for a record-keeping violation. KLSU must pay the fine by Sept. 7, or the FCC will not renew its license to broadcast.

John Friscia, faculty adviser for KLSU, said the radio station failed to keep track of certain public files needed for the station’s license to be renewed by the FCC. The station didn’t keep proper track of its public inspection file between 1998 and 2002, according to the FCC report. Former KLSU faculty adviser Raymond Bigalki filed a complaint with the FCC against the station in late 2003, Friscia said. Bigalki complained about KLSU’s missing data and suggested the station’s operating license not be renewed.

The FCC notified KLSU about the complaint in 2004, but it took about five years for the commission to formally charge the station for the violation. Friscia said he thinks some of the data might have been lost during the station’s remodel in 2000. “Somebody misplaced [the files],” Friscia said. KLSU is operating normally, but the station’s budget will be its biggest hurdle this semester, Friscia said. The University is having to endure about $20 million in budget cuts because of slumping state

revenue and the national recession, and the fiscal belt-tightening is being felt throughout its campus. With the $10,000 fee considered, the station’s budget situation looks even bleaker. “We’ll have to figure out how to absorb that into our budget,” Friscia said. “Everybody knows it’s been a tough year already budget wise.” Friscia wasn’t specific about how the fine will be paid, but said he expects KLSU to pay it and get its license renewed. Chris Normand, KLSU

station manager, said while he wasn’t a student at the University when the files went missing, he is confident the station will pull through this incident. “We’re definitely creative people, so I think we can find some creative ways to get around these budget issues,” Normand said. KLSU is owned by the University and broadcasts on 91.1 FM. Contact Kyle Bove at

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Center opens new clinical space



Area provides more professional environment By Olga Kourilova Contributing Writer

Purple scissors in hand, Paul M. Hebert Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss and Clinical Education Director Robert Lancaster, along with clinical faculty members, cut the ribbon that officially opened the new LSU Law Center Clinical Legal Education Space on Friday. Renovations began last spring to transform largely unused office space in the basement of the Old Law Building, built in 1936, into a functional space for the clinical program, Weiss said. The new space is designed to mimic a small law office, complete with interview and conference rooms, a reception area, student work space and faculty offices. “When you’re in a more professional space, it helps you to get in the right mindset,” said thirdyear law student Nichole Schulte, who will be participating in the immigration clinic. Construction was completed in July and for less than the projected budget of $320,000, Weiss said. “I hope that this new space will provide a visible sign post


(From left to right) LSU System President John Lombardi, Frank Neuner, James Dennis, Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss, Clinical Education Director Robert Lancaster, Lucy McGough, Scott Sternberg and Christopher Pietruszkiewicz cut the ribbon that officially opened the new LSU Law Center Clinical Legal Education Space on Friday.

of progress we’ve made in this program.” Weiss said. Judge James Dennis, U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, swore in the 20 students that would be participating in the program’s third semester. Students can become certified to practice law after four semesters of law school, Lancaster said. Dennis stressed the advantage of being able to practice law while still in school. Upon entering law

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The Tiger Band practices marching down the hill Saturday afternoon.

school, Dennis said his goal was “to become a rich lawyer,” but he realized he had no idea how to be a lawyer when he graduated. The clinical program is critical for self-confidence, professor Lucy McGough said. “That’s hard to teach in a book,” she said. Judge Frank Neuner, chairman of the Louisiana Public LAW CLINIC, see page 40

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Vet school raises price Grad. school tuition increases Students find ways to maintain quality to adjust to changes Tuition increased $750 per semester By Sarah Eddington Contributing Writer

Because of the passing of House Bill 872, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine increased tuition by $750 per semester effective this fall, bringing the total cost of annual tuition close to $14,700. The LSU Board of Supervisors approved the increase July 16. HB 872 allows graduate school programs funded by the state to raise their tuition. The bill authorizes the LSU Board of Supervisors to establish specified tuition and attendance fee increases. The fee increase was necessary to ensure the stability of the school, according to Peter Haynes, dean of LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. “We’re forced to keep up with the escalating costs of education,” Haynes said. “The school needs to be accurately funded to continue.” Emily Strecker, first-year veterinary student, heard about the fee increase on TV. Strecker said her parents were willing to help her pay for

undergraduate education, but it is up to her to find funding for graduate school. “It’s unfair,” Strecker said. “I had to go back and rework all my finances.” Tuitions are rising across the country, Haynes said. The University had one of the lowest veterinary school tuitions last year, according to a data report by The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. “Higher education has been compromised in many states,” Haynes said. The money will not be going toward any new additions but will cover a lot of the school’s own expenses, Haynes said. “We are doing the best we can with the resources we have,” he said. The intention is to ensure students from last year won’t be seeing any changes within the school this year, said Joseph Taboada, associate dean for student and academic affairs. “Students won’t be seeing the same amount of cuts as some of the other departments,” Taboada said. Because of budget cuts, certain staff positions that were VET SCHOOL, see page 42

By Olga Kourilova Contributing Writer

The University graduate program is “a pretty good bargain” compared to its peers, interim Dean David Constant said. The Legislature approved House Bill 872 by Rep. Hollis Downs, R-Ruston, this summer. The bill authorizes the LSU Board of Supervisors to impose increases in tuition beginning this fall, meaning a $30 increase per credit hour for graduate students. Constant said it’s still too early to tell the effect on enrollment, although the school expects the number of graduate students to increase to nearly 5,000 based on the application pool. The University had 4,794 graduate and professional students in 2008. Recruitment programs are being developed to bring that number closer to 6,000 for next fall, he said. An in-state graduate student taking 15 hours can expect to pay $3,078.70 for tuition and fees this fall, compared to $2,547.70 in 2008, according to records from the Office of Budget and Planning. Average graduate tuition for

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peer institutions is $7,619 this year, according to a report by IPEDS Peer Analysis System, an online data comparison system operated by the National Center for Education Statistics. Still, many students are struggling to gather additional funds for the fall. Nadia Miskowiec, French graduate student, said she’s had to apply for additional financial aid because of the increase. “I have to graduate by a certain date, so I paid anyway, but I wasn’t too happy,” said Miskowiec, who’s still waiting on a response from the Office of Financial Aid. Students on scholarship are finding it less difficult to adjust.

“I understand that they had to raise the fee because the University is undergoing budget cuts,” said Rebecca Bond, history graduate student. The increase didn’t affect her choice of classes, Bond said, because she has a graduate assistantship. The school also offers waivers and exemptions to the increase for students who demonstrate the need for financial assistance, Constant said.

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Martin: Furlough plan delayed University budget cuts go into effect By Kyle Bove Senior Staff Writer

University staff will not be forced to take a salary cut because of budget changes just yet. The University’s proposed furlough plan is indefinitely on hold, Chancellor Michael Martin announced Aug. 13 in a campus e-mail. The plan was going to be presented to the LSU Board of Supervisors on Aug. 27.

A furlough is required, unpaid time off, and an employee’s salary is reduced by the amount of time they are furloughed. The University constructed its furlough plan as a way of avoiding layoffs after having to cut about $20 million from its operating budget in July because of a $1.3 billion drop in state revenue and the national recession. The plan would have affected more than 1,000 civil service and professional staff members, cutting their salaries by an average of 3 percent. But Gov. Bobby Jindal is enforcing a state hiring freeze for vacant positions to

combat statewide budget cuts. Institutions will be able to keep the state dollars set aside for the University’s vacant positions, Martin said. That, along with limiting pay increases for all LSU System employees this year, means there is no need for furloughs at this time. “I would be remiss if I did not caution you that the possibility for furloughs at some point in the future does still exist, although we hope to avoid that option if at all possible,” Martin said in the email. “But, should further budget FURLOUGH, see page 40

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Chancellor Michael Martin discusses the University’s budget crisis June 3. Martin announced Aug. 13 that the University’s proposed furlough plan is indefinitely on hold.



Annual poster sale returns First day of school Students use art brings sun, heat to decorate dorms By Mary Walker Baus Contributing Writer

Famous faces like Edward Cullen, Marilyn Monroe and The Beatles are on campus this week. The Student Union Art Gallery is sponsoring a poster sale by The College Poster Sale Company this week. Beyond the Wall, the nation’s largest poster fundraising company, Log on to will also have a see recent poster sale Aug. trends in 31 through Sept. poster 4. sales “Posters are among a very affordable students. way of self-expression,” said Michele Keating, Beyond the Wall vice president of retail operations, in an e-mail to The Daily Reveille. “With just a few dollars, you can visually show everyone how you feel, what you desire, who you are, what you dream of.” Each year since 2006, University students have bought the art, music and film posters most, Keating said. Beyond the Wall has been coming to LSU since 1993. “Since the millennium, classic rock, movie blockbusters and iconic celebrity images have been consistently popular,” Keating said. Roommates Rachael Ham, textile merchandising junior, and Emily Buser, biology senior, said they will use the poster sale to decorate their new apartment. “It’s helpful,” Buser said. “They know what students like. [Last year], I got a ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ one.” Erol Liguori, The College Poster Sale Company president, said movie posters have grown more popular among college students over the years, with “Twilight” and “Boondock Saints” being two of the most popular movie posters last year. Liguori said he predicts “New Moon,” “The Hangover,” and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” to be the most popular this year.


‘Posters are a very affordable way of self-expression.’ Michele Keating

Beyond the Wall vice president of retail operations “The trend of fine arts posters ... that’s been going down a little bit, whereas the movies have gone up,” said Blake Liguori, inventory manager of The College Poster Sale Company. Erol Liguori said posters of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” John Belushi,

“Family Guy,” Andy Warhol, “Star Wars” and Marilyn Monroe have been steadily popular throughout the years among universities. Erol Liguori said his company carries 12 different Marilyn Monroe posters because of their popularity. “[Our prices have] been the same for the last six years,” he said. “They will remain the same.” Poster prices for The College Poster Sale Company are between $5 and $9. The bulk of Beyond the Wall posters are between $8 and $10. Ashley Scott, sociology junior and lead employee at the Student Union Art Gallery, said three different poster companies came to the POSTERS, see page 40

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Mary Longino, interior design freshman, shops for posters Sunday at the Student Union Art Gallery. The College Poster Sale Company is holding the sale this week.

Cold front helping to ward off hurricanes By Lindsey Meaux Senior Staff Writer

The clear blue skies and abnormally dry weather forecast for today are bringing more than a pleasant first day for the University — they are warding off hurricanes. As of 2 p.m. Friday, a rare cold front was expected to come through Louisiana and bring sunshine and low humidity for Saturday, Sunday, Monday and possibly Tuesday, while the lowpressure system responsible for it is helping to push Hurricane Bill — and other potential hurricanes — away from the Gulf Coast, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Phil Grigsby. “Even with a weak front like we’re expecting ... That helps to

push anything out of the Gulf of Mexico,” Grigsby said. “Hurricane Bill is being pushed [away] because of this lower-pressure system. If we continue in this type of pattern, that will keep other storms out.” Bill was expected to continue to move within the Atlantic Ocean east of Florida and come close to making landfall in Nova Scotia late Sunday or early this morning, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Tim Destri. Bill is forecast to make landfall as a Category 1 or a weak Category 2 hurricane. Other than Bill, Grigsby said nothing “well organized” is currently developing in the Gulf. While the cold front is not forecast to bring lower temperatures — with temperatures in the 90s expected to continue through the week — it is not an abnormal occurrence for mid-August, WEATHER, see page 40




Sesquicentennial plans continue planned to be scalable based on sponsors and University supportthe University’s changing finan- ers who may be interested in underwriting events. cial situation. Other big sesquicentennial “Each event will be determined based on the budget and projects, like LSU Serves the World, a Web site what is reasonBy Ryan Buxton dedicated to serable within cerStaff Writer vice in the Unitain parameters versity commuPlans for celebrating the and constraints,” nity, as well as a University’s sesquicentennial, or Jabour said. documentary film Wilson said 150th anniversary, are continuing and book on the at full speed as the celebration one such project University’s past nears — despite a shake-up at that may change is 150 years, are the core of the Sesquicentennial LSU Day, a festicoming along on val-like event tenCommittee. Rusty Jabour schedule, Wilson Committee co-chair Chuck tatively scheduled former Committee co-chair said. Wilson said progress for the 2010 for April 2010 The commitfestivities will be unaffected by meant to showthe departure of Rusty Jabour, case every part of the Univer- tee is also planning a sesquicenformer co-chair of the commit- sity to the community. Planning tennial presence in all University tee, from the University. Jabour regarding LSU Day has slowed, events in 2010. “We want to ‘sesquicentenparted ways with the University Wilson said, because of budget in late July when his position, uncertainties. He said the size of nialize’ the events that we have vice chancellor of University re- the festival can be adjusted based historically had in the past, like lations, was eliminated as part of on what money is available, but the Chancellor’s Day parade, LSU Salutes ongoing budand Fall Fest,” get cuts. Wilson said. Wilson Wilson praised the TIMELINE: said as the anwork Jabour • Early 2010 - “History of LSU Documentary” Documentary to be niversary gets had done. produced with LPB (Louisiana Public Broadcasting) on the Univer- closer, the “ R u s t y ’s sity’s last 150 years. committee is leadership and engage- • January 2010 - Launch of LSU Serves The World, a Web site dedi- expanding and cated to service around the globe by members of the LSU commu- has already ment have renity. grown to more ally given the sesquicenten- • February 2010 - Academic convocation called “LSU’s Impact on than 100 memthe World.” bers. nial planning “ C o m a great start,” • April 24, 2010 - LSU Day, a festival showcasing all aspects of the University to the community. munication Wilson said. is important, “My being co- • April 30, 2010 - The University’s official birthday. so as people chair was more • Fall 2010 - Publication of “Treasures of LSU,” a coffee table book. show interest, of an honorary we bring them designation. into the comRusty and his staff really took the leadership the first step is identifying those mittee,” Wilson said. Jabour echoed the attitude of role. He gave us a great founda- funds. “We are discussing fund- involving as many people as postion and brought plans to fruiing opportunities,” Wilson said. sible. tion.” “We always had an open inJabour said he does not ex- “The chancellor has called off pect the committee to falter with- furloughs for the time being be- vitation for every aspect of camout him. He said the vision for cause we have more money than pus to be involved,” Jabour said. the sesquicentennial is complete, we thought. The question is, do “There’s something for everyand now the goal is realizing that we have the money to bankroll one.” vision within budget constraints LSU Day?” Contact Ryan Buxton at Jabour said discussions have — an objective bigger than any single member of the committee. been ongoing with potential “These plans and designs are not based on any one person but on LSU and its anniversary,” Jabour said. Wilson said he expects Chancellor Michael Martin to appoint a new co-chair to work alongside him. Because the sesquicentennial will be such a large University event, Wilson said the committee needs “several arms of the University” to work together and communicate. Jabour’s job duties were assumed by Herb Vincent, senior associate athletic director, upon the elimination of the vice chancellor of University relations position. But Vincent said he will not be filling the vacant co-chair position on the Sesquicentennial Committee, despite his close involvement with the project. Jabour will no longer be involved with planning sesquicentennial events but said he understands how plans may slightly change based on the University’s budget, especially after being affected by budget cuts himself. But Jabour said events were always

Events can change to fit budget restraints


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‘Sharrows’ create awareness for cyclists, motorists Paintings remind travelers of rights By Kristen M’lissa Rowlett Contributing Writer

Baton Rouge cyclists are receiving more attention as residents notice new bike paintings on the streets around the University. “Share the road arrows” — or “sharrows” — were painted on roads such as Highland and Burbank and throughout Baton Rouge as part of East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden’s Healthy City Initiative. Sharrows are stenciled symbols placed on the road to indicate proper positioning for cyclists and to remind motorists and cyclists of travelers’ rights. Sharrows are located on bicycle-friendly paths with minimal traffic, low speed limits and narrow roads. Tiger Cycling Foundation board member Darron Leach created the proposal to implement the 3-Feet Law with the sharrows, which went into effect Aug. 15. The 3-Feet Law states when-


A cyclist rides down Highland Road on Sunday morning. Drivers are reminded to share the road with cyclist by the newly painted bicycle signs on Highland Road.

ever motorists overtake a cyclist, the motorist is required to give at least 3 feet clearance or wait to pass. This law helps protect cyclists from accidents caused by “buzzing,” or when motorist drive too close to cyclists, Leach said. Motorists who don’t abide by the 3-Feet Law can receive a $250

fine if caught, Leach said. Sharrows also serve as an awareness campaign for cyclists to abide by traffic laws, he said. Painting sharrows on the road is costing the city around $900,000, said Baton Rouge Urban Transportation Coordinator Melissa Guilbeau. Many people have a skewed

perception of bicycles as a vehicle for transportation, said Mark Martin, University associate librarian and chairman of Baton Rouge Advocates for Safe Streets. When it comes to bike awareness, Baton Rouge is “woefully behind,” Martin said. Leach said many cycling accidents happen when cyclists don’t abide by proper traffic laws. “Cyclists have to realize that with the rights comes responsibility,” he said. Leach said many cyclists are unaware of the city ordinance against riding on sidewalks. As a vehicle, bicycles are only allowed to ride on roads or designated bike paths, he said. But cyclists on the road create tension for motorists, Leach said. “We get complaints that cyclists take over the road; you can’t get around them ... it causes traffic congestion,” Leach said. “A lot of people complain that cyclists are on the road, not realizing that [cyclists] have the right to be there.” When cyclists disobey the law, motorist get mad, and passing transportation laws becomes more difficult, he said. Moshe Cohen, mathematics

graduate student, hopes the sharrows will encourage more students to bike to campus and create a safer environment for transportation. “If we can help make the road safer for bikes, then we can make the sidewalks safer for pedestrians,” he said. To create awareness for sharrows, Holden is producing a 30second ad spot for local TV stations, Cohen said. “Really the biggest educational tool is to get bicyclists riding on the road correctly, and drivers can understand how to interact with them,” Cohen said. The University is also attempting to create safer streets with Easy Streets II, which is considering creating bike lanes, shutting down streets and making one-way streets where necessary, said Gary Graham, Parking, Traffic and Transportation director. “We will work with the city, [and] if we can’t create dedicated bike lanes, we will do sharrows,” he said. Contact Kristen M’lissa Rowlett at


Louisiana moderates buck party lines on health care Future elections shape reform decision By Nate Monroe Contributing Writer

There’s no need to go to a circus to see a tight-rope balancing act — look no further than Louisiana’s moderate politicians walking the line on health care. Dogged by political pressures and future elections, Louisiana’s two lone Democrats in Congress are vying for middle ground in the national debate over health care reform. Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville, and Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., both known for breaking party lines in the past, are aligning against the Democrats’ current health care reform proposals in Congress, preferring instead to tread a politically safer middle ground. Melancon, who is mulling a run for the 2010 Senate race against Sen. David Vitter, R-La., already voted against a Democratic-authored health care bill

in the House, objecting to the bill over concern that a governmentsponsored public option might harm the private sector and a fear the bill would result in taxpayerfunded abortions. “I am concerned that the public option, as designed, would unfairly undercut anything the private sector could offer,” Melancon said after voting against the bill in the Energy and Commerce Committee. “As someone who is personally prolife and represents a deeply prolife constituency, I am also concerned that this bill does not do enough to ensure taxpayer dollars do not fund abortion.” Melancon’s objections to the bill are some of the same concerns floated by Republicans in Congress — a testament to the strength of Louisiana’s largely conservative voting public.

“[Melancon] isn’t even in a safe Democratic district,” said Bob Mann, mass communication professor and former communications director for Gov. Kathleen Blanco. That reality shapes Melancon’s voting record as a conservative Democrat and will influence how he runs — if he chooses to do so — against Vitter in 2010, Mann said. “He knows Vitter is going to run against Barack Obama,” Mann said. In a state that voted heavily against the Democratic ticket in 2008, Melancon will need to ensure Republicans won’t be able to convincingly align him with Obama, a line of attack the Louisiana Republican Party has already begun to implement. “Melancon is no blue dog — he’s Obama’s lap dog, and he’s too liberal for Louisiana,” reads

a news release on the Louisiana Republican Party’s Web site. Landrieu isn’t up for re-election for five years, but her public statements and actions also indicate skepticism of the Democrats’ reform proposals, especially a public option. “I know there are some people really pushing this public option, but I think it really undermines the essence of our efforts to create a real market-based private sector model but with

strong, I guess, safeguards for consumers,” she told The Huffington Post. Instead of signing on to the Democrats’ Senate bill, Landrieu is a co-sponsor of the WydenBennett Act, a bipartisan health care reform bill. While immediate political pressure isn’t as intense for Landrieu as it is for Melancon, Mann said her reluctance to sign on DEBATE, see page 38

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Pakistani Taliban to help fight in Afghanistan Obama considered ‘No. 1 enemy’ By The Associated Press MAKEEN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani Taliban fighters are committed to helping the fight in Afghanistan and consider Barack Obama their “No. 1 enemy,” a top commander said amid uncertainty Sunday about whether a new leader has been appointed to head the movement. Waliur Rehman made the remarks in an interview with the Associated Press at a time of intense speculation over the next leader of the al-Qaida-allied group. A CIA missile strike on Aug. 5 is believed to have killed former chief Baitullah Meshsud. Rehman, a cousin of Baitullah, is seen as a strong candidate for the post. Speaking Saturday — before aides to another Taliban commander said a second contender, Hakimullah Meshud, had been appointed the next chief — Rehman said Baitullah had given him full control over the network and that a new leader “would be chosen within five days.” He did not refer to the claim that Hakimullah had become the leader — an omission that will add to doubts about whether that appointment had been agreed by all the top Taliban members. It will also likely be taken as a further sign the movement and its up to 25,000 fighters remain split over the succession. Rehman met the AP in a forest near Makeen village in the heart of the semiautonomous lands close to the Afghan border where al-Qaida and the Taliban hold sway. Looking healthy and dressed in clean, ironed clothes, he was accompanied by five armed guards. American officials are watching closely to see who succeeds Baitullah, in particular whether the new leader will direct more fighters across the border where U.S. and NATO forces are facing soaring attacks by insurgents. Baitullah was believed to have mainly concentrated on attacking Pakistani targets. “We are with Afghan Taliban. We will keep on helping them until America and its allies are expelled,” he said, adding this did not mean an end to attacks in Pakistan. “American President Obama and his allies are our enemy No. 1,” he said. “We will sacrifices our bodies, hearts and

money to fight them.” Like most other members of the Taliban network, he insisted Baitullah was alive but sick, hence the need for a new chief. U.S. and Pakistani officials are almost certain he is dead, especially since the Taliban have provided no proof he is alive. Two close aides to another commander, Maulvi Faqir Mohammad, told The Associated Press on Saturday a 42-member Taliban council, or shura, had appointed Hakimullah their new leader in an unanimous decision on Friday. “Now all these talks of differences should end,” said one of the aides, Bakht Zada. “There have not been any differences ever.” Mohammed Amir Rana, an expert on Pakistani militant groups, said he believed the Taliban had not agreed on a replacement.

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Pakistani Taliban commander Waliur Rehman, center, seen from rear, talks to reporters on Saturday in Makeen situated in the Pakistani Tribal region along Afghanistans border.

“Maulvi Faqir Mohammad is trying to manipulate the race by announcing to the press

that Hakimullah is the head,” he said. “Until now there is no consensus,” he said, adding that

supporters of Waliur Rehman, did not accept him. Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the government had received intelligence reports about Hakimullah’s appointment “as the chief terrorist” but there was no official confirmation. The Dawn newspaper quoted one unidentified intelligence officer as saying the announcement “was a ruse” as part of the ongoing power struggle. Earlier this month, Malik had claimed Rehman and Hakimullah had been killed in a shootout between rival factions over who should take over the Taliban and its arms and cash. “There was no truth in those claims of mine or his death,” Rehman said. “It is futile propaganda by enemies.” Since Aug. 5, Pakistani officials have been eager to portray TALIBAN, see page 38



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No U.S. puppet, recent Karzai decisions anger U.S. By The Associated Press KABUL (AP) — Don’t call President Hamid Karzai a U.S. puppet. Far from it. In recent months, the Afghan leader once adored in Washington has angered his U.S. backers with a string of decisions, from pardoning drug dealers to cozying up to warlords — straining relations at a time when the U.S. wants to accelerate its role in the Afghan war. If Karzai is re-elected, the U.S. is going to have to find ways to deal with an Afghan leader who clearly has his own agenda — and both may be forced to sacrifice to see the alliance work. Ahead of last Thursday’s election, Karzai had good reason to distance himself from the United States — to assert independence and attract voters who have grown weary of the almost eight-year U.S. presence in Afghanistan. Though Karzai was practically ushered in to his first term by the Bush administration, U.S.Afghan relations cooled significantly when President Barack Obama came to office in January. Seven months later, relations between Karzai and the Americans are strained. A government order prohibited journalists from reporting

on violence during voting hours on Thursday. Days before that, Karzai allowed an Uzbek warlord allegedly linked to the mass killing of Taliban prisoners in 2001 to return from exile in Turkey. Both moves prompted critical statements from U.S. officials. And Karzai last month quietly signed off on a controversial law allowing Shiite Muslim husbands to refuse food and money to wives who deny them sex. “U.S. government disappointment with President Karzai is well known,” said Ronald Neumann, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan from 2005 to 2007 who now serves as the president of the American Academy of Diplomacy. Neumann said the challenge for Washington is to find ways to influence Karzai without driving him into alliances with unsavory politicians who could stand in the way of urgently needed reforms. “If Karzai wins, we need to work out a reasonable number of things that we really care about and try to get agreement on those while allowing him some space, if we don’t want him to govern as ‘an American puppet,’” Neumann said. After Karzai’s government banned media coverage of violence during the presidential election last Thursday — for fear

such reports would suppress voter turnout — White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the U.S. had “expressed our concern and displeasure about this policy.” That followed an embassy statement saying the U.S. had made clear its “strong concerns” about a future rule in the Afghan government for Uzbek warlord Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, whose return was widely seen as a bid for votes for Karzai among the general’s Uzbek followers. Dostum is alleged to have been responsible for the deaths of up to 2,000 Taliban prisoners early in the Afghan war. Obama has ordered his national security team to investigate allegations in the New York Times that the Bush administration failed to investigate the reported deaths. James Dobbins, who served as President George W. Bush’s first envoy to Afghanistan, said the U.S. government cooperated quite closely with Dostum in 2001 and that he was “quite instrumental” in the success of America’s post Sept. 11 military campaign in Afghanistan, including the fall of Kabul. The U.S. assigned CIA and Special Operations Forces liaison teams and provided him with funding, Dobbins said. “Dostum was controversial then, but also importantly helpful,” Dobbins said. “He is contro-

versial today, and less importantly helpful from a U.S. standpoint. But for Karzai he still brings important support from the large Uzbek minority.” Dostum’s return was expected to net Karzai tens of thousands of Uzbek votes he might not have gotten otherwise. But bringing back Dostum has made U.S.-Afghan relations “scratchier,” Dobbins said because the Obama administration is investigating the Taliban deaths. “Karzai has sought to establish his distance from Washington, even as the Obama administration has sought to establish a less close identification with him,” Dobbins said. “Whoever wins, however, will need to cooperate closely with the U.S., just at the Obama administration will have to cooperate closely with winner,” Dobbins said. Karzai has long called the United States an important and valued ally, and he supported Obama’s decision to send an additional 21,000 U.S. troops to the country this year to help combat the rising Taliban insurgency. A Karzai spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. A former Afghan interior minister, Taj Mohammad Wardak, a member of the Kabul provincial council, said he thought it was

surprising that Karzai brought back Dostum, given the allegations of war crimes and how it had angered the U.S. “America is very important for this country. Justice and rule of law is important. Karzai should pay attention to that. America is a supporter of democracy and stability for this country,” Wardak said. Karzai’s decision last April to pardon five convicted members of an Afghan drug syndicate, including the nephew of a close political ally, enraged Western officials working to combat drug trafficking and was seen as a bid to draw votes. Neumann holds out hope that if Karzai wins a second five-year term, he may be able to break away from some of the Afghan strongmen he courted in the past, since he would have less need for their support. He also added that Karzai is not always wrong about who he needs to work with and forces he needs to placate. “In the end, he needs us and we need him, so we should focus on what is most essential to each and try to move forward together,” Neumann said. Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at




Movin’ On Up Jefferson to use last season’s 8-5 record as building block for ’09 season By Andy Schwehm • Sports Writer The old adage of the football fan says the backup quarterback in a down season is often the best player on the team. That saying may be why sophomore quarterback Jordan Jefferson was lauded by fans last season as a true freshman before he even got his first start in the purple and gold. When that first start came, he left fans with something to be desired, as the Tigers lost to Arkansas, 31-30. Jefferson completed 9-of-21 passes in the game for 143 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 50 yards but could not put together a gamewinning drive with the clock winding down. “I took it hard. I’m not used to losing, and I really wanted to win that game,” Jefferson said. “But I learned a lot from that game. At the end of the game, there were a few things that I missed and I could have prevented, but I learned from the situation.” Jefferson made amends for his first start and left the Tiger faithful thirsting for more with a 38-3 upset victory against then-No. 14 Georgia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, a game in which he was named the Offensive Most Valuable JEFFERSON, see page 39

“I’m ready to go out there and read defenses and win some games.” Jordan Jefferson, sophomore quarterback

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LSU sophomore quarterback Jordan Jefferson avoids a defender during the Tigers’ spring game April 17. Jefferson is expected to start the 2009 season under center.


Tigers add depth to QB position By Amos Morale Sports Contributor

Most of the questions for players and coaches at the LSU football team’s 2008 media day were again about the quarterback position. After expected starter Ryan Perrilloux was dis‘We are missed from the last sumreally trying team mer, the starting to do as quarterback job to be much as we seemed between thencan to get sophomore Anprepared drew Hatch and hen-redshirt for the tfreshman Jarrett season.’ Lee. Neither had Jordan Jefferson much game experience. sophomore Much of the quarterback attention at media day this year was again on the quarterback position, but for a different reason — the arrival of highly touted freshman quarterback Russell Shepard. Shepard entertained a seemingly endless amount of questions from members of the various media outlets in attendance. But that seemed to be a positive sign for the Tigers, who didn’t face the same questions at quarterback as they did last season. The Tigers know who will most likely take the season’s first snap, and whoever that is this season will have something neither of the quarterbacks had at the start of last season — experience. “Learning from what happened last year, we are just trying to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” said sophomore quarterback Jordan Jefferson, who will likely start the seaQUARTERBACKS, see page 36


Lee matures after rocky first season Sophomore threw more picks than TDs in ’08 By Rachel Whittaker Chief Sports Writer

Jarrett Lee had not played a snap in college football this time last season. Now the sophomore has been through the peaks and valleys of the LSU starting quarterback job, and Lee enters 2009 as the No. 2 quarterback behind sophomore Jordan Jefferson. Lee compiled a 4-4 record in eight

starts during his redshirt freshman season after then-sophomore Andrew Hatch suffered a concussion against Auburn, when Lee led LSU to a 26-21 comeback victory and its first win at Auburn in a decade. Although Lee completed 53 percent of his passes and threw for 1,873 yards and 14 touchdowns — all numbers that rank second in the history of LSU freshman quarterbacks — a statistic that grimly follows him into this season is his 16 interceptions, seven of which were returned for touchdowns. LSU fans hailed Lee a hero for bringing LSU back from a 14-3 halftime deficit to defeat Auburn, but blowout losses

against Southeastern Conference foes Florida and Georgia brought him back to earth, and many fans lost faith in him. He was booed at multiple home games, and some fans even cheered when he was injured in a 31-13 loss to Ole Miss. Lee said he keeps the trials and tribulations of 2008 in his mind as a new season draws near, but he said those moments were part of the growing process for him. “Getting thrown in there really helped me to become a mature player for this fall,” Lee said. “I look at it in a positive way in that it helped me build as a LEE, see page 39

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LSU sophomore quarterback Jarrett Lee runs from defenders Aug. 30, 2008, during the Tigers’ win against Appalachian State.



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Freshman QB comfortable with any position he plays Shepard’s No. 10 HS jersey retired By Michael Lambert Sports Contributor

The numbers one and zero will never again be combined on a Cypress Ridge High School football jersey. The final time the No. 10 jersey was donned by a Cypress Ridge player, LSU freshman quarterback Russell Shepard was carving up the Copperas Cove High School defense for 538 yards and six touchdowns. The jersey lives in the Rams’ football immortality after being retired less than a month after his final game. Collecting more than 8,000 yards of total offense and 98 total touchdowns in three seasons as a starter was enough to keep the number from being worn by future generations. The consensus fivestar prospect was the 2008 Texas Class 5A Offensive Player of the Year, the Touchdown Club of Houston’s Offensive Player of the Year and a starter in the Under Armour High School All-American Game. But now, Shepard will have to forge a new legacy at a new school, trading in his navy blue and forest green jersey for a purple and gold No. 10. Just how he will contribute behind sophomore quarterbacks

Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee is the biggest question surrounding Shepard. The 6-foot-1-inch, 179pound athlete knows he wants to make an impact any way he can. “I will play wherever I am needed,” Shepard said. “Coach [Les] Miles and the rest of the coaching staff have seen what I can do with the ball in my hands. So regardless of the position I play, it is going to be fun to make plays.” During spring practices, Shepard solely worked out with the quarterbacks, but he has begun to see time at other positions. His main focus is learning how to play behind center at the college level. The rest, he said, will fall into place. “I’d rather go 90 percent, 95 percent quarterback and five percent at the other positions,” Shepard said. “Things like receiver or running back come natural. There are things I have to learn, of course, because I’ve never played the position, but it’s something I can pick up along the way.” Shepard was primarily a dualthreat quarterback in high school. Even though he slung for 1,843 yards and 20 touchdowns while scampering for 1,946 and 28 touchdowns during his senior season, he only caught one ball — an 80-yard screen pass. “If I’m going to play quarterback here, I want to become the traditional drop back quarterback and have the ability to make plays if the pocket breaks down,”

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LSU freshman quarterback Russell Shepard runs passing drills Aug. 17 during

Shepard said. With spread offenses and “wildcat” formations all the rage in today’s college football world, LSU may create a “wild tiger” formation of their own. The coaching staff has been careful not to give away any tricks they may have up their sleeves. “Russell Shepard is a tremendous athlete and a guy who can certainly play quarterback but will play and may get plays at other

spots,” Miles said. “We’re still kind of getting a handle on exactly what we want to do with him.” The task of drawing up plays for Shepard belongs to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Gary Crowton, who has been pleased with Shepard’s progress this summer. “He could play a lot of positions and be extremely good at those positions,” Crowton said. “We’re going to let him continue


Garrett rounds out quarterback corps Redshirt could be in freshman’s future By Chris Branch Sports Contributor

A football team can never have too many quarterbacks — quality quarterbacks, for that matter. Ask the 2008 LSU squad. After incoming starter Ryan Perrilloux was dismissed from the team in May 2008, LSU was left with three quarterbacks, none of which had any significant experience. Next in line was Andrew Hatch. The current Harvard student fell to the injury plague in the Auburn game after suffering a concussion, giving way to two freshmen to finish out the season. Although Hatch did return, he made no significant impact. LSU has the same situation this season in terms of quantity. Jordan Jefferson is the apparent starter, while hot recruit Russell Shepard and sophomore Jarrett Lee are vying for the backup job. But another talented offensive orchestrator is waiting in the wings. At 6-foot-4, 235 pounds,

freshman Chris Garrett is imposing. He has the physique of a Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Joe Flacco or even former Tiger Matt Flynn, who stood 6-foot-2 inches and weighed 224 pounds. Offensive coordinator Gary Crowton was quick to note the progress Garrett has made since enrolling at LSU in January 2009. “Chris Garrett has done very well,” Crowton said. “He throws the ball well. He’s a young guy, big and strong at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds. We’re very pleased with how he’s doing. He’s got a chance to really develop.”

Crowton couldn’t resist mentioning Shepard in the same breath, a statement that lends to the Russell/Flynn comparisons. “He’s competing along with Russell Shepard,” Crowton said. “They’re young players trying to learn. I think they’re competing well. The future is bright for both of those young men.” Garrett might have a Flynnesque career as well. Standing in front of Garrett are the three aforementioned quarterbacks. Jefferson flashed some jaw dropping upside in his only two starts, a loss to Arkansas and a thrashing of Georgia Tech in the

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LSU freshman quarterback Chris Garrett (right) pitches the ball Aug. 12 to freshman running back Drayton Calhoun during practice at the Indoor Practice Facility.

Chick-fil-A Bowl. He figures to be the starter, with Lee and Shepard a toss up for the backup spot. Lee has all the physical tools GARRETT, see page 37

to develop and compete, and as we get into game week, we will make decisions on how and when we will use him.” Shepard has been an ambassador off the field for the Tigers’ football program. After committing to LSU a year before National Signing Day, the high school senior became a recruiting guru, talking to recruits across the nation. Shepard still plans to continue using his warm personality to drag prospects to Baton Rouge. “Any time recruits come up here and they want to know about the program, I’ll be happy to talk to them,” Shepard said. “I love meeting new people, especially athletes like myself that can play football. Getting to talk to people like [freshman wide receiver] Rueben Randle or somebody like [ five-star running back recruit] Lache Seastrunk from the 2010 class is an amazing feeling.” Being the top recruit of a premier college football program comes with a whirlwind of attention, but veteran players are making sure he is taking it in stride. “People like [senior left tackle] Ciron Black, [senior wide receiver] Brandon LaFell, even [junior defensive back] Kelvin Sheppard — they’ve helped me out tremendously,” Shepard said. “They make sure my head doesn’t get too big.” Contact Michael Lambert at

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Miles, assistants record sparkling summer for recruiting Class of 2010 up to 22 commitments By Chris Branch Sports Contributor

As summer winds down, the LSU coaching staff is doing what it does best. Recruit. Hard. The Tiger football coaches have been busy during the summer. The 13 commitments coach Les Miles has lassoed balloons the 2010 total to 22. considers seven of those 13 four-star recruits. And the recruiting hasn’t been limited to Louisiana, either. LSU’s reach has stretched as far as Cincinnati to snare four-star running back Spencer Ware and to Virginia Beach, Va., to nab fellow four-star wide receiver Justin Hunter. With only six scholarships available, those additions leave LSU with few holes to fill before next February. TRAVIS DICKSON Travis Dickson is the most recent signee of the impressive class. The 6-foot-3 inch, 228-pound prospect can play multiple positions — tight end, defensive end and fullback.

Football — Southeastern Conference football, for that matter — seems to be ingrained in Dickson’s genes. Dickson’s brother, Richard, is a senior and current starting tight end at LSU. His father, Dick, played at Mississippi State in the 1970s. recruiting analyst Sonny Shipp said Dickson will follow in his brother’s footsteps and stay at tight end. “He’s a guy that can come in

and stretch the field, maybe not quite as well as Richard,” Shipp said. “But I think he’s a little further along physically at this stage of the game compared to where his brother was.” SPENCER WARE Ware’s commitment may have come as a pleasant surprise to many Tiger fans. Ware plays quarterback for Princeton High School in Cincinnati, a mere 95 miles from the confines of Ohio

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Ocean Springs, Miss., fullback Travis Dickson is tripped by defensive backs during a 2007 5A state playoff game. His brother, Richard, is a starting tight end for the Tigers.

State University in Columbus. Ware, projected to be a running back in college, has been regarded by many as a high-profile playmaker on the offensive side of the ball. Standing at 5-foot-11 inches and 215 pounds, most recruiting analysts list size as Ware’s

only weakness. “When he tucks the ball under and runs, he’s a lot more nimble than you would think for a guy with his size,” Shipp said. “He’s able to make a lot of cuts, he can RECRUITS, see page 35





Baseball takes home sixth national championship Former track stars compete in Worlds By Andy Schwehm Sports Writer

While the spring semester was ending and campus began to quiet as students headed home, LSU’s baseball team was beginning to make noise and send other teams packing en route to winning a sixth national championship. The national title was the first for LSU’s squad since 2000 and the first for LSU coach Paul Mainieri, which ties him for the most in the Mainieri family with his father, Demie Mainieri, a legendary junior college coach who won a national championship in 1964. “I told my dad that all I was thinking about during that ninth inning was him and my mom,” Mainieri said after the championship victory. “The Mainieri family has been without a national championship for 45 years, and it was about time to win one.” The Tigers compiled a 41-15 record in the regular season and entered the Southeastern Conference tournament as the regular season co-champions with Ole Miss and the winners of 13 of their final 16 regular season games. In the super regional, LSU defeated national powerhouse Rice, 12-9 and 5-3, backed by the outstanding pitching performances by LSU sophomore Anthony Ranaudo and senior Louis Coleman. The onetwo punch for LSU provided 15 2/3 innings pitched while giving up eight runs (four earned) on 14 hits and striking out 14. Neither starter gave up a walk. “It always begins with your pitching and defense,” Mainieri said after the game. “I know Skip Bertman won championships here with gorilla ball, but if you go back and look at his teams, I guarantee you he had great pitchers. You can’t win in this sport without pitching.” Unlike the 2008 team, the Tigers were determined to do more than just get to Rosenblatt Stadium. They did just that, winning five of six in Omaha — including taking two of three from No. 1 national seed Texas in the championship series — to win the national crown. “We’ve been so consistent all year,” said LSU junior catcher Micah Gibbs shortly after the victory. “We knew that we would be able to come back [from the loss], and that’s exactly what we did today.” It was the second time LSU won the Southeastern Conference regular season title, the SEC Tournament title and the national title in the same year. The only other LSU team to do so was the 1993 squad. The Tigers also became 6-0 in winner-take-all National Championship games. SUMMER BALL After the national championship run, 15 Tigers were dispersed across the country from Alaska to Massachusetts for summer ball. It was a widely successful summer for those Tigers.


‘We knew that we would be able to come back, and that’s what we did.’ Micah Gibbs junior catcher

Five Tigers played in the Cape Cod League, the most prominent of the summer leagues: Gibbs, sophomore pitcher Austin Ross and freshman infielder Tyler Hanover were on the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, while sophomore pitcher Daniel Bradshaw and sophomore outfielder

Leon Landry were on the Harwich Mariners. Numerous other Tigers made all-star teams in their respective leagues. Freshman shortstop Austin Nola, who played for the Dansville Dans, hit for his first career cycle on Aug. 5 in an 11-6 victory. “I’ve never hit one before,” Nola said in a news release. “I was just expecting to come to the game to play ball, have a few good at bats and hit the ball hard. The hits fell today.” INCOMING TIGERS It wasn’t quite as successful CHAMPIONSHIP, see page 36

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Former LSU right fielder Jared Mitchell misses the ball June 23 during game two of the Tigers’ matchup against Texas. LSU won the series 2-1, claiming the national title.




Tigers stumble to open season Veteran team seeks first ever SEC title By David Helman Sports Writer

The most anticipated season in LSU soccer history wasn’t supposed to start with a loss. The No. 25 Tigers (0-1) return eight seniors from an NCAA tournament team and defeated No. 16 Texas for the first time ever in a preseason exhibition. The Tigers also earned their first-ever preseason ranking last week. But the Tigers’ accolades and aim to win the Southeastern Conference didn’t faze Memphis (1-0) on Friday night, as the two-time defending Conference USA champions ran away with an early lead to upset LSU, 2-0. “Memphis exposed some of the things we need to get better at — to start with physical effort,” said LSU coach Brian Lee. “They weren’t being dirty, they were just playing really tough and aggressive.” LSU was frustrated from the first whistle, allowing goals in the 17th and 24th minutes and being held without a single shot on goal. “I thought they played with midseason or postseason effort, and we played with preseason effort,” Lee said. The loss was the Tigers’ first in a home opener since 1997 and is a setback to what is widely considered to be the best team of Lee’s five-year tenure. “We don’t lose many home games ... and certainly we were fearful of the kids overlooking Memphis,” Lee said. “But certainly Memphis isn’t a team — if we did — that you should be taking lightly.” It’s not the perfect start for Lee’s first graduating recruiting class. LSU’s eight seniors have improved from eighth in the SEC to fourth to second over the last three years. The Tigers have captured three-straight SEC West crowns but have fallen just short of attaining more — a fact they didn’t shy away from in preseason. “Winning the SEC is always the goal because we’ve never done it before,” said senior midfielder Melissa Clarke. “We definitely have the biggest opportunity to do so with so many seniors getting ready to graduate.” Lee said the seniors’ hopes for a successful season began as “just a dream” when they agreed to come to LSU. “When we got here the team was coming off back-to-back 12th place finishes in the SEC. So the kids had to buy in,” he said. “This fall we’re going to see, can we take that next step? Can we catch Florida?” Memphis is just the first in a series of non-conference matchups scheduled to help prepare LSU for the SEC slate. The Tigers face Oklahoma on Sept. 11 before traveling to face No. 1 North Carolina SOCCER, see page 35

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LSU midfielder Melissa Clarke (8) guards Vendula Strnadova (5) on Friday. The No. 25 Tigers return eight seniors and seek the first SEC crown in club history.

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This season will prove to be pivotal for coach Miles When LSU football coach Les Miles addressed the media at his annual media day event in early August, he made a joke. He said he held the team’s 2008 event on a Friday and entered through a door at stage left. This year’s event was held on a Sunday, and he entered through the door on the right, because this year he’s “trying anything different.” The reference was to LSU’s dismal 8-5 record in 2008 which saw the Tigers compile a losing record in conference play for the first time since 1999.

“Eight victories and a bowl championship is not enough,” Miles said as part of his opening address. The fifth-year LSU coach has the right idea to try to change things up this season. Eight victories — especially for a team fresh off a national championship — were certainly not enough. This is the make-or-break season for Miles for much of the Tiger Nation because really, no one wants to be associated with losing. If the Tigers fail to live up to expectations like they did last season, Miles’ now relatively cool seat could

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LSU football coach Les Miles supervises practice August 13. He said he will do anything differently to keep the Tigers from repeating their dismal 2008 record.

become quite toasty by season’s end. Despite him being a head coach for nearly a decade, it can be said Johanathan Brooks that it’s still Sports Columnist pretty hard to say exactly how good of a coach Miles is. In his four seasons before taking the job at LSU, he went 28-21 at Oklahoma State and led the Cowboys to three straight bowl appearances for the first time since the mid1980s. But nothing can be conclusively deduced about Miles’ coaching acumen from that period since Oklahoma State is a middle-of-the-road program in the Big 12 that competes with powers like Oklahoma and Texas for the top recruits in the region. To make a comparison of Miles straight-up against other coaches at that point in his career would be pointless and unfair. At Oklahoma State, he showed enough to the powers that be at LSU to be offered a contract following the departure of Nick Saban. His hiring was seen with skepticism at the time, but Miles quickly garnered favor from the Tiger faithful by leading his team to the Southeastern Conference Championship Game in his first season and winning 11

games — helping to heal the wounds created by Hurricane Katrina. LSU saw good times aplenty for LSU in the first three seasons of the Miles era. The Tigers were only defeated six times in that span and won an SEC title and a national championship. But it could be said that he ben-

efitted from his predecessor’s recruiting classes during those seasons. A statement like that would be mostly wrong, but how difficult is it for the average college football coach to be at least moderately successful — which Miles was — when MILES, see page 34

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LaFell to lead Tigers another year Tiger Band cuts back for Seattle trip Senior WR opts out of NFL draft

Pep bands to travel for road schedule

By Amos Morale Sports Contributor

Brandon LaFell could be on an NFL roster right now. The senior wide receiver entered the 2009 NFL Draft but withdrew his name because, as he said, he had unfinished business at LSU. “I was going to graduate in December and get my diploma,” LaFell said. “I’d also have the chance to end off on the right foot.” LaFell said he didn’t like the idea of ending his college career with an 8-5 season after helping the Tigers to 12-2 and 11-2 records in his previous campaigns. “I felt like there’s no better way than to come back and lead our team to a big bowl game, maybe even a national championship — if we come together and play right and then get my diploma,” LaFell said. “Ain’t no better way to end my college career.” LaFell said he is back to return the Tigers to dominance and is doing what he can to make his team better. “I hate losing,” LaFell said. “Losing those games at home — that hurt. I just want to go out there, help my team and get this program back to where it used to be.” The Houston native led the Tigers with 63 receptions for 929 yards and eight touchdowns last season, and he will likely bolster the Tigers’ talented, but inexperienced, receiving corps. The Tigers are without wide receiver Demetrius Byrd, who departed for the NFL, and turn to junior Terrance Toliver and a group of other young receivers, including freshmen Rueben Randle and Jhyryn Taylor to fill his void. Toliver said having LaFell back will be a big boost to him as well as the other receivers hoping to emerge as offensive threats for the Tigers. “He’ll have a lot of double and triple teams,” Toliver said. “That‘ll open it up for the other guys.” LaFell said he isn’t worried about the lack of game experience among the other wide receivers. “I know those guys are ready based on what we did in spring,” he said. LaFell said the Tigers probably didn’t need him to return. “We’ve got guys that can ball,” LaFell said. “Me coming back is just a plus.” Freshman quarterback Russell Shepard said LaFell is in a unique position to mentor him. Shepard may see the field as wide receiver this season, and he said LaFell can offer him insight at that position as well as the quarterback position. “Brandon’s a teacher on the field,” Shepard said. “To have a receiver that knows the game and knows the defenses like that helps out a lot, and he can make you look way better than what you really are.” SENIOR, see page 34

By David Helman Sports Writer

It’s going to be harder than usual for traveling Tiger fans to hear the LSU band this season at football road games. Budget constraints in the LSU Athletic Department have forced the Golden Band from Tiger Land to discontinue its practice of taking the full band to all of the away football games. The band will instead take a small pep band to the season opener in Seattle.

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LSU Senior wide receiver, Brandon LaFell, catches the ball while running drills Aug 14.

“We’ll also be busing the band to and from location in one day in order to save money on extra hotel accommodations, extra days of bus rental and other expenses,” said Herb Vincent, senior associate athletic director. Vincent said the change to inconference travel was made to accommodate the band’s cross-country trip to Seattle for LSU’s season opener — a trip that originally wasn’t going to happen. “Originally we looked into budget cuts and concerns, and we decided one high-profile way to cut back was to not travel to Washington,” Vincent said. The decision to forego the trip TIGER BAND, see page 34

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Miles counting on wide receivers as offensive sparks Toliver hoping to have breakout year By Rachel Whittaker Chief Sports Writer

Brandon LaFell and Demetrius Byrd were the wide receivers featured in most LSU highlight reels last season. LaFell led the team in receiving yards in 2008 with 929, which ranked second in the Southeastern Conference, and Byrd, the team’s second-leading wideout, gained fame for catching the game-

winning touchdown pass against Auburn in Oct. 2007. LaFell had his own game-winner against Auburn in Sept. 2008. With the memories of LSU’s 8-5 season now put aside and the team focused on regaining national prowess, LaFell has a receiving corps around him that he trusts will take the reins on offense with him. Byrd was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the 2009 NFL Draft, but LaFell spurned the draft to return for his senior season. LSU offensive coordinator Gary Crowton said LaFell returning for another season will give the wide receivers a sense of valuable

veteran leadership and knowledge of the game. “He’s played the most of any receiver probably since [former Tiger] Early Doucet,” Crowton said. “He’s big, [6-foot-4, 208 pounds], maybe 210 after a good meal ... He had a lot of catches last year and made a lot of big plays, so it’s nice to have him to help the younger guys around him learn from his example.” One receiver LaFell said will be an effective weapon for the Tigers this season is junior Terrance Toliver, despite starting just two games in 2008. “Terrance Toliver should have

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Former LSU quarterback Andrew Hatch celebrates with former wide receiver Demetrius Byrd after a touchdown during the Tigers’ 41-13 win against Appalachian State on Aug. 30, 2008 in Tiger Stadium. Byrd and Brandon LaFell led the Tigers last year in receptions.

a really big season,” LaFell said. “I don’t think he might [step up with Byrd gone]; I know he will. He’s got the size, the speed and the skills to do everything you need as a receiver. If he puts it all together, he could have one of the best seasons and one of the best careers of all of us.” Toliver finished fourth on the team with 257 yards his sophomore

season and had just one touchdown reception, but he said he is ready to play a bigger role and have a “breakout year” in 2009. “Demetrius Byrd being gone is a big loss for us because he’s been so productive in his two years, but I feel like I can step in and be part of the offense,” Toliver said. “I came and got more focused, stopped a lot RECEIVERS, see page 34



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Running back Bell helps Saints past Texans, 38-14 Bush expected to practice this week By The Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Mike Bell made the most of Reggie Bush’s absence. Bell had 10 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown to help the New Orleans Saints to a 38-14 win over the Houston Texans in a preseason game on Saturday night. Bell, a former starter in Denver who had just 45 yards rushing in the past two seasons, is vying to be the Saints’ third running back. On Saturday, he and Pierre Thomas split time with the first team while Bush was out with a strained calf. “I just wanted to show the team that I could come here and be a consistent running back,” Bell said. “This kind of game was great because it reminds me that I can still play running back. Just to get the carries, and to make the most of this opportunity, that was a real confidence builder.” Saints coach Sean Payton said Bell’s performance wasn’t surprising because he’s been doing well throughout training camp. “He really has done a really good job,” Payton said. “I was encouraged again to see him playing so well.”

Drew Brees was 9 of 14 for 87 yards and a touchdown after missing three days of practice last week to attend his mother’s funeral. Houston’s Andre Johnson had four receptions for 38 yards and New Orleans receiver Marques Colston had six receptions for 66 yards. Matt Schaub threw an 8-yard touchdown pass on the Texans’ first drive. Houston’s starting offense stalled after that and punted on both of its other possessions. Schaub was 11 of 16 for 97 yards. “It’s a humbling game,” Houston coach Gary Kubiak said. “You can walk out of the stadium one week and feel good about yourself, and then walk out the next week and wonder what the heck is going on. We got pushed around. We have to play better than that up front in order to be successful.” Thomas has a 9-yard touchdown reception from Brees on the Saints’ first drive. He got ahead of Houston’s defense and grabbed the ball to score untouched. “It was just blown coverage, a blown assignment,” Houston cornerback Fred Bennett said. On the play before that, Mario Williams got a sack taken away when the Texans challenged the ruling that Brees was down by contact before the ball came out. After reviewing the play, the officials ruled that it not only wasn’t a fumble, it

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New Orleans Saints running back Mike Bell runs by Houston Texans’ Dominique Barber for a first down during the second quarter of a preseason game Saturday in Houston.

wasn’t a sack either, but simply an incomplete pass. A high point for Houston’s starting defense came on the Saints’ second drive. Linebacker Xavier Adibi hit Devery Henderson as he tried to catch a pass inside the 10.

Henderson couldn’t hold on, and the Saints had to try a field goal. They came away empty-handed after the first kick was nullified by an illegal formation penalty and the second one sailed wide left. Still, Houston linebacker De-

Meco Ryans was disappointed in his team’s performance. “We take too much pride in what we do to go out and perform the way we did today,” he said. BELL, see page 33

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Bolt rests after another record-breaking performance Sprinter breaks two world records By The Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Give Usain Bolt a rest on his birthday. After two gold medals and two world records in six days, he surely deserves it. And don’t count on the Jamaican relay runners to drop the baton without him during Friday’s heats. It would be the worst possible present for a man already celebrating his greatness at 23. “I am on my way to being a legend,” Bolt said. Few would doubt that. In his last five major finals going back to the Olympics, he has five gold medals and five world records. On Saturday, he wants to make it a perfect six-for-six and repeat his Beijing Olympics 100, 200 and relay feat. With his blowout win in the 200 late Thursday and world record of 19.19 seconds, he led Jamaica to a 3-0 sprint lead over the U.S. team, with the women’s 200 final set for Friday. Now, it’s up to Allyson Felix to salvage some sprinting pride for the Americans. There is nothing Felix can do about Bolt, but after winning three golds at the 2007 world champion-

ships in Osaka, Japan, she knows something about streaks. And after failing to win gold last year at the Olympics until the 400-meter relay, Felix has something to make up. She feels up to it. “I feel I still have a lot of energy,” she said after two days

of heats. “I’d love to win. I feel good.” As perfect as the Jamaicans are in the sprints, so are the Russians in the walking events at the world championships. Russia made three-for-three Friday when Sergey Kirdyapkin used late sure to win the 50-kilome-

ter walk Friday, the longest event in the nine-day championships. Kirdyapkin was as imposing as Valeriy Borchin and Olga Kaniskina were over 20 kilometers, giving Russia a clean sweep in the discipline. Later Friday, Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown

will try to keep Jamaica’s domination going in the sprints in the 200, where her toughest competition will come from defending champion Felix of the United States. The Jamaicans are riding an incredible high with five gold medals TRACK, see page 33



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Manning’s 2 TDs in 3 series lead Colts past Eagles Vick expected to make debut Thurs. By The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Peyton Manning reverted to his old form Thursday night. Michael Vick might do the same next week. With Vick staying home, Manning threw two touchdown passes in three series to lead the Indianapolis Colts to a 23-15 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. It was the Colts’ first preseason win since 2005, and a dramatic improvement on the 13-3 loss to Minnesota in their preseason opener last Friday. “I don’t think anybody offensively was really happy with what happened last week,” Manning said. “It started with me and the entire offensive starting unit. Overall, I thought everybody came back and did a better job tonight.” Manning drove the Colts 81 yards for a touchdown on their first series, threw a 76-yard TD pass to Reggie Wayne and finished 10 of 14 for 167 yards in less than 11 minutes. Philadelphia played without eight starters and Vick, who could return to action next week for the first time since serving a prison term for bankrolling a dogfighting

operation. The Eagles play Thursday against Jacksonville. The absence of so many players caused problems for the Eagles, who committed 12 penalties, allowed three sacks and had two turnovers — both leading to scores for the Colts. “All in all, that was an embarrassing performance and way too many penalties, not enough intensity all the way around, starting with me,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “It was a poor performance.” Aside from the Eagles’ first scoring play — a perfect 39-yard

strike from Donovan McNabb to DeSean Jackson, who split two defenders down the middle of the field to make it 14-7 — little went right. Manning opened the game with a 12-play, 71-yard drive and beat a Philly blitz to hit Anthony Gonzalez in the corner of the end zone for a 3-yard TD. After Manning fumbled deep in his own territory, Dwight Freeney swatted the ball away from McNabb and Indy’s Keyunta Dawson recovered. Manning took advantage right away, finding Wayne down the left

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Michael Vick, center, attends a conference in Philadelphia on Friday with Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, left, and former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy, right.

sideline on the next play. Wayne scooted down the sideline, then made a nifty inside cut near the 10-yard line to avoid a defender for a 76-yard TD to give Indy a 14-0 lead. The Colts made it 17-7 when Shane Andrus made a 24-yard field goal late in the first half and added two more field goals by An-

drus in the second half. Philadelphia didn’t score again until Adam DiMichele hooked up with Brandon Gibson on a 21-yard TD pass with 26 seconds to go. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at

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Favre shaky, but Vikings beat Chiefs in debut, 17-3 Quarterback goes 1-of-4 in two series By The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brett Favre jogged onto the turf to a chorus of cheers and a hero’s welcome — the kind of reception he’s grown used to over 18 brilliant seasons in his Hall of Fame career. There was one major difference this time around. Those cheers were coming at the Metrodome. Favre made his debut for the Minnesota Vikings in a preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs, going 1 for 4 for 4 yards in a 17-13 victory on Friday night. The game capped a whirlwind week for the 39-year-old quarterback. On Monday he was throwing to kids at a high school in Mississippi, still in retirement and starting to be called “Coach” by the teenagers who were catching his passes. On Tuesday, he flew to Minnesota to sign with the Vikings, his mortal enemies during 16 recordsetting seasons with the Green Bay Packers. By Friday, Favre was playing in a real game, starting for the Vikings and looking every bit as rusty as one would expect a soon-to-be 40-year-old who was sitting on a tractor last weekend. Vikings fans may not have forgotten about the beatings Favre handed their favorite team over the years. But it was clear on Friday night that all is forgiven. Purple Favre jerseys were all over the Metrodome, and flashbulbs accompanied a roar when he joined the huddle for the first time as a Viking in the first quarter. “With all the attention, it’s hard

not to feel like you don’t have to live up to this hype. Not that I don’t want to do that, but the most important thing is to lead this team to victory somehow, someway,” Favre said. “I definitely didn’t want to get off on the wrong foot by fumbling snaps. I wanted to call the plays right, get in and out of the huddle, be as smooth as possible.” He didn’t manage a first down in two series of work, completing only one pass to rookie Percy Harvin before giving way to Tarvaris Jackson. But he made no major mistakes and absorbed a couple of big hits as he looked to start getting back in the groove of being an NFL quarterback. Still, his presence in a Vikings jersey and getting cheered in the Metrodome made the exhibition game feel like some sort of alternate universe. “For us, it’s still a little surreal,” receiver Bobby Wade said. “We’re still trying to process it.” Jackson has probably had to make the biggest adjustment. Five days ago, he was competing with Sage Rosenfels for the starting job. Now he’s trying to earn a spot as Favre’s backup. He responded in impressive fashion, completing 12 of 15 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns, including a 64-yarder to Darius Reynaud. “I’m not going to say it wasn’t hard,” Jackson said. “But I just tried to stay focused on what I had to do and stay focused on the goal at hand. Just tried to go out here and get better.” New Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel had plenty to work on as well. He was acquired in a trade with New England in the offseason and signed a $63 million contract, but new coach Todd Haley has been frustrated so far with Cassel’s

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre is hit by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Corie Mays on Friday as he throws in the first quarter of their preseason game.

progress. After going just 2 of 5 for 15 yards in his debut last week, Cassel led the Chiefs on two scoring drives. He threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Bowe early in the second quarter against Minnesota’s second unit. Cassel faced plenty of pressure, taking three sacks, and finished 9 for 14 for 99 yards. “I thought the quarterback play across the board was better,” Haley

said. “All three quarterbacks looked like they had a handle on what was going on.” For Favre, getting the first game out of the way after a hectic week was a relief. He’ll get two days off, then get back to familiarizing himself with his new teammates and finding his niche in the offense. “I talked to numerous guys on the sideline tonight, and during the

week,” Favre said. “They all said, ‘We just want you to come in and be the leader you have always been. Don’t feel like you have to do everything. “And they are right. I’m trying to kind of purge myself of all of that.” Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at

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Federer in form after twins born, wins Cincy Masters Player competes in U.S. open next week By The Associated Press MASON, Ohio (AP) — Changing diapers doesn’t seem to bother Papa Federer’s game. With a dominant first set on Sunday, Roger Federer showed that he’s in top-of-the-world form after his time off to become a father. A 6-1, 7-5 victory over Novak Djokovic brought him the Cincinnati Masters title, his first championship since his twin girls were born last month. “That’s the special part, especially winning for the first time as a dad,” Federer said. “It gets me going emotionally a little bit, because I know it’s been a wonderful summer.” His stellar season can get even better beginning next week at the U.S. Open. The Swiss star has won the last five titles there, and his performance on Sunday suggested he’s fully capable of another. Djokovic hadn’t lost a set all week, but was never in the title match. “The closest I was going to get to the first-place trophy is now,” the world’s fourth-ranked player said, standing 5 feet away from the crystal bowl that goes to the winner of the $3 million Western & Southern Financial Group Masters. Federer’s glass-enclosed trophy case in Switzerland has gotten a lot of precious additions lately. The 28-year-old star won his first French Open championship, then outlasted Andy Roddick in an epic five-set Wimbledon match that brought him a record 15th Grand Slam title. He shuttled between hospital and practice court for three weeks after his wife, Mirka, gave birth to twins in July. His goal in Cincinnati was to work off the rust and get ready for the Open. What rust? “I felt like my game was already pretty well in place in practice, so knew coming over here it was not just to show up,” he said. “That it paid off so quickly, I’m a little bit surprised, you know?” He took control right away, breaking Djokovic’s serve in a second game that lasted 13 minutes and 22 points overall. The 22-yearold Serb kept up better in the second set, but knew he was headed for his fourth runner-up finish in a Masters tournament this year. Djokovic is looking forward to the U.S. Open, where he had one of his worst moments last year. He got into a verbal squabble with crowdfavorite Andy Roddick, who made a flippant remark about the Serb’s numerous injuries during the tournament. When Djokovic took exception to the remarks after a match at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the crowd booed. Djokovic later apologized. “It was unfortunate for me that it happened in one of the four biggest events in the world, and it happened in the city and tournament where I’ve always felt great, felt at

home,” he said Sunday. “But, you know, it’s the past. I forgot about it. I really look forward to playing there, and hopefully the fans will accept me in a good way.” Federer knows what kind of reception he’ll get, from street corners to center court. They love him in NY. Last year, he was struggling when he showed up in Cincinnati and took an early loss, which opened the way for Rafael Nadal to end his four-year run as the world’s

No. 1-ranked player. A disappointing showing at the Olympics in China made Federer feel worse. Some commentators suggested he’d lost his ability to dominate the big moments. He landed in New York and everything changed. “I was lucky enough that when I got to New York, the fans were really there trying to push me back to No. 1 right away,” he said. “They were great, you know. All the cab drivers and everybody was stop-

ping to wish me luck. It was something that I’ve never really experienced before in New York. I think that really helped turn it around for me.” Feeding off the energy, he beat Djokovic in the semifinals and Andy Murray for the title. When Nadal had to take two months off after the French Open to let his sore knees heal, Federer took advantage of the opening and moved back to No. 1. Federer will be trying to win

a sixth straight U.S. Open title, something no one has accomplished since Bill Tilden did it from 1920-25. “The fans for me really turned it around, and that’s why this year I’m so excited going back there,” Federer said. “I’ve had even better results, so I hope I can again show them what I can do on a tennis court.” Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at



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Florida No.1 in AP preseason Top 25, followed by Texas Gators receive 58 of 60 first-place votes By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — As Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators prepare to make a run at their third national title in the last four seasons, the defending champions have already made some history. Florida is No. 1 in The Associated Press’ preseason Top 25 released Saturday, followed by Texas, Oklahoma, Southern California and Alabama. But the Gators are in a class by themselves, the most overwhelming preseason No. 1 in the history of the media poll. Florida received 58 of the 60 first-place votes, or 96.7 percent. Texas got the other first-place votes. The previous highest percentage of first-place votes for the AP preseason poll, which started in 1950, was 95.4 percent for USC in 2007. Those Trojans got 62 of 65 first-place votes — and didn’t play for the national title. Ten preseason No. 1s have won the national championship. If the Gators can become the 11th, they will have put together one of the great runs in college football history. Only one program since 1950 can claim three national championships in four years; Nebraska won it all it 1994 and 1995, then earned a split title in 1997. With expectations soaring in Gainesville, Fla., coach Urban Meyer has been on a mission to keep his team’s eyes on the small prizes — to heck with history. “There’s a lot of guys getting patted on the back and being told how good they are,” Meyer said in a recent telephone interview. “Their only focus is on survival to the next day and working hard in practice. “I don’t want them to even think about that kind of stuff. Our goal is to get to Atlanta,” he said — for the Southeastern Conference championship game. The rest of the top 10 includes two Big Ten powerhouses (No. 6 Ohio State and No. 9 Penn State) and the defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion (No. 7 Virginia Tech). No. 8 Mississippi is in the preseason top 10 for the first time since 1970, when the Rebels were ranked fifth. Oklahoma State is tied with Penn State for No. 9, the Cowboys’ highest preseason ranking since No. 16 in 1985, when Thurman Thomas was in the backfield. Florida is preseason No. 1 for the third time (1994 and 2001), and the Gators are the 20th defending national champ to start the season on top. From the moment Florida wrapped up its 24-14 victory over Oklahoma in the BCS championship game in January, talk of a repeat started. And when Tebow a few days later announced at a rally on campus celebrating the national title that he would come back for his senior year, there was no doubt the

Gators would be the runaway preseason No. 1. Florida’s rugged, multidimensional quarterback won the Heisman Trophy in 2007 and finished third behind Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford and Texas quarterback Colt McCoy last year. As good as Tebow is — he has a chance to end his career as the most decorated player in college footbal history with three national title rings and two Heismans — Meyer sees areas for improvement. “I’d say in the passing game he can certainly improve some things,” Meyer said. “Leadershipwise he used to get angry when he felt other guys weren’t working as hard as he was. Now he gets those players to play at that level.” While Tebow leads an offense with plenty of speedy gamebreakers, All-American linebacker Brandon Spikes — another guy who passed on a chance to enter the NFL draft to return for his senior season — leads a defense that has potential to be the best in the country. All 22 players on the defensive depth chart for the BCS title game are back. Among the standouts are defensive end Carlos Dunlap and cornerback Janoris Jenkins and Joe Haden. All that experience will allow defensive coordinator Charlie Strong to good deep into his playbook. “Our defense has been installed at a much greater pace than ever before,” Meyer said. “That allows you to put in a lot more different packages, three down (linemen) and four down.” The Gators are one of five SEC teams ranked in the Top 25, matching the Big 12 for the most from any conference. Joining Florida, Alabama and Ole Miss are LSU at No. 11 and Georgia at No. 13. No. 23 Nebraska and No. 25 Kansas are the other Big 12 teams, along with Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Utah, which finished No. 2 last

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Florida quarterback Tim Tebow talks with quarterback coach Scott Loeffler, right, during the annual Orange and Blue football game April 18, 2009.

season and was the only undefeated team in major college football, is ranked 19th to start this season. But the Utes aren’t even the highest ranked team from the Mountain West Conference. That distinction belongs to No. 17 TCU, while No. 20 BYU gives the MWC three ranked teams to start the season, as many as the Big Ten and Pac-10 and three more than the Big East, which was shut out. No. 14 Boise State is the highest ranked team from a conference that does not automatically qualify for the Bowl Championship Series. The Broncos, the champions of the Western Athletic Conference, play the season’s first big game, facing No. 16 Oregon on Sept. 3. Notre Dame is back in the rankings for the first time since the final poll of the 2006 season. The Fighting Irish, coming off a 7-6 season, are No. 23. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at

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Memphis not giving up Final Four run without fight School plans to appeal punishment By The Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — No banners are coming down anytime soon. Not the 2008 Final Four banner nor the one honoring three seniors for an NCAA-record 137 wins. Memphis isn’t giving up any of its 38 victories without a fight. The NCAA announced Thursday that Memphis must vacate the 38 wins and the national championship game appearance from the 2007-08 season as punishment for using an ineligible player believed to be NBA star Derrick Rose. Memphis didn’t wait even an hour before declaring plans to appeal what school president Shirley Raines called unfair penalties. “If the appeal fails, the banners come down,” Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson said. Memphis has 15 days officially to notify the NCAA of its intent to appeal a punishment that came down 16 months after the Tigers lost the national title game in overtime to Kansas. Then there’s a 30-day window to file arguments why the best season in school history should remain on the books. “We did everything we could to determine the student-athlete was eligible and that the rules were being followed,” Raines said. School officials refused to detail that argument but Memphis will point to flaws in the NCAA eligibility center — the clearinghouse that approved the athlete before he was admitted and again when the uni-

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“That’s not who we are.” In the second half the Saints added a score on a 79-yard punt return by Rod Harper. Harper played for the Arkansas Twisters of the af2, the developmental league for Arena Football, before signing with the Saints in June. Joey Harrington, who came in for Brees with about five minutes left in the first half, was 8 of 15 for 69 yards. Payton said he has a mild concussion. Mark Brunell took over early in the fourth quarter and was 5 of 6 for 96 yards. Adrian Arrington had three re-

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overall in the championships. The Jamaican team has drawn nearly all its inspiration from Bolt. Bolt has boosted Jamaica to the top of the medal standings with five golds and nine overall. The United States is second with four gold and 13 overall. Kirdyapkin’s victory gave Russia three golds and 10 overall for third place. Gritting his teeth and pointing to the clock as soon as the record flashed, he slashed 0.11 seconds off the mark he set last year. And it came four days after breaking his 100 record by the same margin.

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This is an April 7, 2008, file photo showing Memphis head coach John Calipari reacting during the first half of the championship Final Four game.

versity pointed out a grade change in high school. Johnson noted the center was lauded for doing a “great job” during the NCAA call announcing the penalties. The NCAA said the infractions committee pressed Memphis officials during a June hearing about why steps weren’t taken in November 2007 to bench the ineligible player and avoid problems. Asked Thursday what will happen in the future if a player’s eligibility is in doubt, Johnson made the school’s position clear. “If they’ve gone through the clearinghouse and cleared university admission requirements, then they will participate,” he said. If upheld, then this will be the second time that both Memphis and now Kentucky coach John Calipari have had Final Four appearances vacated. Memphis also lost the 1985 Final Four under then-coach Dana Kirk, while Calipari’s 1996 trip with Massachusetts was erased. “We would rather obviously that not happen,” Johnson said.

Raines thanked Calipari for cooperating with the investigation and noted he was not involved in any allegations. Calipari said he was “very disappointed and disheartened by the NCAA’s findings” in what will be his last comment until Memphis’ appeal ends. He’s happy coaching at Kentucky, where he has full support. “I’m not worried about it because they have never said Coach Cal did anything wrong at all,” said Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, who appeared with Calipari at the Kentucky State Fair on Thursday before the NCAA announcement. “I think he’s a very upstanding guy. I think that’s his reputation and I think that reputation will be with him here. I really don’t foresee any problems.” Memphis finished 38-2 in 200708, setting the NCAA record for wins in a season. The infractions committee said it struck hard because the ineligible player was used the entire season. Rose played in all 40 games, starting 39. The NCAA report did not identify the ineligible player by name,

ceptions for 77 yards for New Orleans. Houston’s Dan Orlovsky was 11 of 17 for 136 yards with a touchdown, an interception and a sack. He found Andre’ Davis on a 23-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. His interception came just before halftime and led to a 22-yard field goal by Garrett Hartley that put New Orleans up 17-7. Saints linebacker Anthony Waters sacked him and forced a fumble in the third quarter. Houston’s Alex Brink was 5 of 8 for 38 yards with an interception in the fourth quarter. Herb Donaldson had a 14-yard touchdown run and P.J. Hill added a

1-yard score for the Saints in fourth quarter. NOTES: The Saints played without starting left tackle Jammal Brown, who had surgery this week to repair a sports hernia. Payton expects him to be out 3-4 weeks. ... Payton said Bush’s injury is “fairly mild” and that he expects him to practice this week. ... Houston rookie tackle Cliff Washburn left the game with a strained left calf.

Bolt’s spirits got a boost before the start when teammate Melaine Walker added the world title to her Olympic gold in the women’s 400 hurdles. With a new take on former President John F. Kennedy’s famous Cold War quote “Ich bin ein Berliner,” Bolt pleased the locals with a training jersey saying “Ich bin ein Berlino,” referring to the bear mascot of the championships. His running was even better than his show. From Lane 5, he gobbled up all the opposition by the end of the curve, and then let those huge arms and legs loose in a whirl of unmatched speed.

Once across the line, he stuck out his tongue much like basketball great Michael Jordan. And in track, he now has the same unmatched stature. Other finals Friday include the men’s 400, pitting defending champion Jeremy Wariner against Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt, the high jump and the women’s discus.

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though descriptions of the athlete involved lead to the conclusion it could only be Rose. He was the lone player who was there just that season — a fact noted by the governing body of college sports. Rose went on to be selected by the Chicago Bulls as the No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft and later won the NBA rookie of the year award. The player was accused of having another person take his SAT exam in Detroit so he would be eligible as a freshman after failing the ACT three times in Chicago. Memphis was alerted to questions over the test and investigated. The player told officials he took the test. But SAT officials later conducted their own investigation and said letters were sent to the player in March and April 2008, the second three days after Rose and the Tigers lost to the Jayhawks. The player did not respond to either letter, so the agency notified the player, the university and the

NCAA’s eligibility center they were canceling his test in May 2008. Rose issued a statement through his attorney Thursday and said “it is satisfying to see that the NCAA could find no wrongdoing on my part in their ruling. “I think it is important for people to understand that I complied with everything that was asked of me while at the university, including my full participation in the university’s investigation of this issue, and was ultimately cleared to play in the entire 2007-08 season by the NCAA clearinghouse and the university.” Memphis already paid $85,000 and must return money received from the NCAA tournament to Conference USA while also being prevented from receiving future shares doled out in the conference’s revenue-sharing program — a total loss estimated at $530,000. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at

PAGE 34 RECEIVERS, from page 25 of playing around and made plays when they threw me the ball.” One of LSU’s most touted new arrivals is Rueben Randle, the No. 1 wide receiver recruit in the nation by, and ESPNU and the No. 1 prospect in Louisiana by Rivals and LSU coach Les Miles said the Tigers’ blue-chip receiver has an opportunity to see immediate playing time in his first season in Baton Rouge. “Rueben Randle looks like he is soon to be a very quality receiver,” Miles said. “I think we’re five deep. That’s certainly enough. We need a good, quality receiving corps in this next [recruiting] class.”

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LaFell said defensive backs on the team, such as junior Chad Jones, sophomore Patrick Peterson and senior Chris Hawkins, are helping him prepare for this season by helping him run more defined routes. “If you don’t get better going against those guys every day, I

TIGER BAND, from page 24

wasn’t a popular one with many LSU fans and alumni who wanted the band in Seattle. “We got a lot of e-mail,” Vincent said. “It generated discussion around the department, and we decided to reconsider and send the band.” The pep band playing in Husky Stadium will be a scant 50 people — roughly 15 percent of the band’s full membership. Even so, the trip to Seattle will cost the Athletic Department around $75,000, according to Vincent. “It sucks that it’s only 50 of us, but you can’t be mad at the Athletic Department. It’s not really their fault,” said Jye Turk, general studies senior and Tiger Band drummer.

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he inherits a roster with players like JaMarcus Russell, Glenn Dorsey and LaRon Landry, just to name a few? That being said, it’s not entirely fair or accurate to try to make a judgment of Miles based on any of those three seasons. The 2008 season was the first real look at Miles, and it wasn’t pretty. Poor quarterback and defensive play plagued LSU throughout the season. The three starters at quarterback, sophomores Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson and now-Harvard student Andrew Hatch, combined for 20 touchdowns but threw 18 interceptions, many of which were returned for touchdowns.


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Randle said he is working to take in everything he can before the season starts so he can contribute his skills in the best ways possible. “Being here in the summer for 7-on-7s helped me learn a good bit of the offense,” Randle said. “I can look at [my teammates] run my routes to make myself better. I was excited to meet them and build a relationship that’s going to help us in the future.” LaFell said he anticipates Randle and other receivers like seniors Chris Mitchell and R.J. Jackson to have opportunities to make plays if opposing defenses put more emphasis on covering him. “I told them they have to go out there, work hard at practice and prepare themselves to be left oneon-one to catch the ball,” LaFell

said. “When I first came in, I knew a lot of guys were going to doubleteam Early [Doucet], which would leave me one-on-one with their second and third-best corner, so I had to take full advantage of that.” Miles said the team’s combination of young and veteran wide receivers will be an integral aspect to propel the LSU offense in 2009. “These should be a number of guys that should give our opponents a difficult time in coverage,” Miles said. “It’s imperative that group has a strong year, and we’re counting on them to do that. They are one of the strengths of our team.”

don’t think this game is meant for you,” LaFell said. “Those guys demand the best from you every time you line up.” And the Tiger defenders feel the relationship with the receivers helps them as well. “Anytime you have a guy that good come back, and you get to go against him in practice, it helps me, it helps him, it helps everybody

around him,” Hawkins said. “He brings leadership, he brings skill and ability, and it makes you have to step up your game.” LaFell’s coaches have noticed his desire to be great for the Tigers. “Now that he’s a senior and veteran player, he’s a big receiver that knows what he’s doing,” said LSU offensive coordinator Gary Crowton. “He’s a very intelligent

player that had a lot of good plays last year. I’m sure he will have a lot of catches this year.” LaFell said he wants he and his team to be better and he is willing to do anything necessary to make that happen. “You’ve got to go out there with that mindset that I’m going to be the best in the game,” LaFell said. “I’m trying to get Pat better.

I’m trying to get Chad better. I’m about to work my butt off, so everybody can be better out here.”

The changes made to the band’s Southeastern Conference travel schedule should help offset the cost of the Washington trip. For instance, Vincent said sending the band to Starkville, Miss., for two days to play this season’s Mississippi State game would have cost $38,000. He added this year’s one-day trip should cost around $15,000. The shortened trip could be an extra strain on students, but band members don’t seem to mind the changes. “It’s not as much fun, in some ways, as having a layover night in the city to hang out with friends in the band, but it’s still a ticket to the game, supplied food, a free trip there and just the experience with Tiger Band itself,” Turk said. “The layover

is a bonus in my eyes and isn’t something to complain about not having.” All in all, Vincent said the various changes — cutting out a fullband trip, as well as cutting trips to one day — will save the Athletic Department somewhere between $120,000 and $125,000. The decrease in band attendance raises the question of who will attend the games. The pep bands for SEC contests will feature roughly 100 members of the 325-person band. Linda Moorhouse, associate director of bands, said members will be picked for pep bands in order of instrumentation, seniority and availability. “Most all of the students will be able to attend at least one road game this fall,” she said.

Turk said he is definitely attending the Washington game and is hoping to travel to Georgia based on seniority. The Athletic Department’s budget will determine if the changes are kept in coming years, but Vincent added that there is currently “discussion” around the SEC to create rules preventing schools from bringing entire bands on trips. “We’re not trying to pick on the band,” he said. “Our Athletic Department spends more on the

band than any other school in the SEC because it’s so important to us.” Vincent said the Athletic Department spends an annual $900,000 on “equipment, salaries and travel” for the band and that it also spent $4.5 million to help fund renovations on the LSU School of Music and Band Hall.

The defense was just as bad. The squad finished No. 32 nationally in total defense and No. 73 nationally in passing defense under co-coordinators Doug Mallory and Bradley Dale Peveto. Both of these issues were directly affected by Miles and are knocks against his legacy already. Miles kicked troubled quarterback Ryan Perrilloux off his squad in the offseason prior to the 2008 season, leaving a dearth of game-ready talent at the position. Miles also chose to promote from in-house to get his defensive coordinators after Bo Pelini left for Nebraska. Miles can’t afford more seasons like that one, or the legacy he leaves will be more like that of former Miami Coach Larry Coker than perhaps he or anybody would have

wanted. No one will remember the great news conference moments where Miles lauded his “damn strong football team,” or told the college football world to “have a great day” the morning of the 2007 SEC Championship Game if he has another 3-5 conference record in 2009. They’ll just remember how a somewhat quirky little man with a funny hat couldn’t live up to their expectations.

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LSU senior wide receiver Brandon LaFell (1) slips out of the grasp of a North Texas player last year in Tiger Stadium. LaFell led the Tigers in receiving yards with 929.

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monday, august 24, 2009 RECRUITS, from page 18 stick his foot in the ground and make people miss.” Shipp said the transition from quarterback to running back, especially in the SEC, will be the toughest adjustment for Ware. “He’s dropping back and seeing lanes open up and taking off and running, whereas when he gets to LSU and he’s lining up either 7 yards deep in the backfield or next to the quarterback in the shotgun, he’s going to have to use his vision a lot more,” Shipp said. “So I think that’s what is going to be interesting to see is how good his vision is when he gets to LSU.” EVAN WASHINGTON Washington, at 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds, is yet another sparkling addition to the 2010 recruiting class. The DeSoto, Texas, native committed to Les Miles and company in July, abandoning offers from Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Miami (FL), Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. “He’s a big guy — a big guy that moves really well for someone with his size,” Shipp said. “He’s got the attributes that you’re looking for in an offensive tackle. The big key for him is going to be putting everything together.” Washington is expected to


start his Tiger career at tackle, but nothing is set in stone.

JORDAN ALLEN Jordan Allen, a Monroe native, was not a surprise commitment to LSU. The 6-foot-6 inch, 250-pound defensive end had his pick of SEC schools. Allen snubbed offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Ole Miss and Tennessee, among others, to play in Baton Rouge. A fierce pass rusher, Allen accrued 70 tackles his junior season for West Monroe High School, including nine sacks. Allen stands to join an impressive list of Rebels to play at LSU, including Bradie James, Andrew Whitworth, Luke Sanders and 2009 recruit Barkevious Mingo. “When you get a kid who’s got physical attributes and then you combine that mental disposition where they’re just relentless out there, go balls to the wall on every play,” Shipp said, “That’s a combination that will make a lot of coaches smile.” RONNIE VINSON Ronnie Vinson would rather be the next LaRon Landry rather than the next Taylor Mays. Vinson, a four-star recruit from New Orleans, committed to LSU on June 8. Vinson turned down offers from USC, where

Mays plays, UCLA, Ole Miss, Michigan, Kentucky and Alabama to join LSU’s 2010 class. Although he is listed as a safety, Vinson is projected to start his career as a cornerback. But Shipp said playing safety is not out of the question. “He’s going to come in and play cornerback,” Shipp said, “But when you look and see how Ron Cooper has Brandon Taylor playing at strong safety right now, because they want a safety that can also cover. Ronnie Vinson is someone that would fit that mold perfectly.” Vinson earned Class 4A AllState honors in Louisiana after a stellar junior campaign at Newman High School. Vinson logged 75 tackles in the process. JUSTIN MACLIN Maclin, a 6-foot-4-inch, 225-pound prospect from Memphis, Tenn., chose LSU over a host of impressive suitors. The speedy linebacker declined offers from Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, USC, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. In his preliminary recruitment, Maclin considered attending hometown Memphis, a special place for his family. His father, James, starred as an offensive lineman for Memphis, and his mother also attended the school.

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and No. 11 Duke at the Duke Nike Classic. The seniors won’t be alone on their quest, as several standout underclassmen are expected to contribute in the starting lineup. Sophomore keeper Mo Isom starts in goal again after earning SEC AllFreshman honors last year. “I have that same sense of urgency the seniors have,” Isom said. “Those girls have made so much progress and worked so hard, I want to contribute to achieving that goal for them.” The Tigers also gain two international-caliber players, as redshirt sophomore midfielder Taryne Boudreau returns to the team after spending last fall with the Canadian international team at the U-20 Women’s World Cup. Sophomore defender Allysha Chapman — also a Canadian international — joins Boudreau after spending her freshman year at Alabama-Birmingham. Redshirt junior forward Courtney Alexander finally has the chance to play after joining the team in the spring of 2008. Alexander was named 2007 Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore and has already notched a goal for the Tigers, heading in a game-winner in the dying moments of LSU’s exhibition with Texas. Isom didn’t mince words about the Tigers’ hopes of a first-place finish. “I won’t sugarcoat it,” Isom said. “I speak for everyone when I say this team expects nothing less than an SEC West championship. This team expects nothing less than an SEC championship. And we expect nothing less than a deep NCAA run. That’s a promise.” Contact David Helman at

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LSU senior midfielders Brittany Lowe (left) and Malorie Rutledge (3) steal the ball from Memphis’ Krista Turner (26) Friday. LSU starts the season 0-1 after a 2-0 upset.


But LSU also had a connection. Running backs coach Larry Porter played with James Maclin at Memphis. Justin Maclin committed to Miles on June 6 on an unofficial visit. Shipp said Maclin’s size provides versatility on the defensive side of the ball. “He could play linebacker, but at [6-foot-4], 225 pounds, he’s got the frame that could easily add a lot more weight,” Shipp said. “He’s someone that could possibly grow into a defensive end.”

Standing 6-foot-4, Hunter certainly has the size to fill a role similar to the ones Dwayne Bowe, Demetrius Byrd and Brandon LaFell have filled in recent times. Shipp said Hunter’s versatile athletic ability made him a prize prospect. “He eats up a lot of space, he eats up a lot of cushion, and he’s also a high jumper, too,” Shipp said. “That was one of the things that attracted him to LSU was the fact that he could come in and he can do some track and field as well.”

JUSTIN HUNTER Hunter, a product of Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, seems to fit the mold of LSU receivers.

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of a signing deadline for the Tigers on Aug. 17 by midnight, as three of the seven possible incoming Tigers signed professional contracts. The signing of Slade Heathcott and Zack Von Rosenberg, two early draft picks, happened well before the signing date. But Brody Colvin, who was on campus at freshman orientation on signing deadline, got an offer early in the morning the day of the deadline from the Philadelphia Phillies and departed campus. That late signing is one of the reasons Mainieri has been pushing for the past few years to have MLB move up the signing deadline to July 15. “It’s so frustrating to spend two years recruiting a player and then lose him in the 11th hour,” Mainieri said. However, Mainieri is still excited about the 34 players on his roster, 27 of whom are on scholarship, the NCAA maximum. He is still allowed to add one more player to his 35 man roster. “Believe me, the sky is not falling in,” Mainieri said. “We are going to play with the kids who really want to play at LSU ... I believe we will win and be successful with the team we have.”

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son opener. “We are really trying to do as much as we can to get prepared for the season.” Hatch got the first start for the Tigers last season. He was hurt in the Tigers’ 26-21 victory at Auburn, leaving Lee at the helm of the offense. Lee started eight games for LSU and threw for 1,873 yards and 14 touchdowns but also threw 16 interceptions. Jefferson, a freshman in 2008, started the final two games for the Tigers and earned Offensive Most Valuable Player honors for the Chick-fil-A bowl. Both freshmen had growing pains during the season. “When you have freshman starting quarterbacks who haven’t played, playing in some of those big games is a new thing,” said LSU offensive coordinator Gary Crowton. “There is so much adrenaline going. They’re making errors. They’re not used to


TRACK AND FIELD The track and field teams finished their seasons this summer with a fifth and sixth place nationally for the Tigers and Lady Tigers, respectively. But many former track and field athletes made a splash competing for their countries. Former Tiger Richard Thompson finished fifth in what was the fastest ever 100-meter dash at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Berlin on Aug. 16. Thompson clocked a seasonalbest 9.93 seconds for Trinidad and Tobago in the event to finish behind Jamaica’s Usain Bolt’s world record 9.58 seconds. That finish comes after a car accident at the beginning of the year that set the sprinter back 10 weeks of training. “Richard has really started to show a tremendous amount of improvement over the last month or so as we have prepared for the World Championships, and that was certainly evident in his performance today,” said LSU coach Dennis Shaver in a news release.

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The Tigers pile up June 24 after defeating Texas 11-4 in the final game of the College World Series to become national champions.

being booed. They aren’t used to two games, including the Tigers’ having all that success when they are 38-3 victory against Georgia Tech in good either.” the Chick-fil-A bowl. Senior wide receiver BranHis teammates have noticed a don LaFell said Jefferson has really change in his attitude as well. stood out as the Tigers’ quarterback “His eyes aren’t bugged,” said this season. senior offensive lineman Ciron “He’s takBlack. “He’s not ing most of the just looking in the reps with the [first stands trying to team],” LaFell said. figure what’s going “He’s been a vocal on. He’s zoned in. leader. He’s just He knows what’s stepping up and going on — it’s his putting us in the huddle. He’s taken right plays.” control of the hudJordan Jefferson Jefferson said dle.” sophomore quarterback his emergence ofLee said he has fers the Tigers a put his tumultuous deeper playbook and will allow them 2008 redshirt freshman season beto do more on offense. hind him. “We added some new plays to “After going through last fall, I use my feet a little bit,” Jefferson feel like I’ve really matured a lot,” said. “Just some things to be more Lee said. versatile on offense, which is going Crowton said he has noticed the to help us a lot this year.” change in Lee’s attitude. Jefferson started LSU’s final “He’s not sitting there absorb-


‘We added some new plays to ... be more versatile on offense.’

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LSU sophomore quarterback Jordan Jefferson (left) makes a pass Aug. 14 while freshman quarterbacks Russell Shepard (center)and Chris Garrett (right) look on during practice at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

ing information that we’re trying to teach him about the opponents,” Crowton said. “Right now, he is extracting that information. It’s almost like he’s asking the question before I can tell him what’s going on because he knows what’s going to happen.” Lee said he spent a lot of time watching film and learning to read defenses better. LaFell said when Lee runs the team, the Tigers “are not missing a beat.” LSU also has two freshmen on the depth chart at quarterback in

Shepard and Chris Garrett. Shepard was one of the top recruits from last year’s high school class and has already impressed his teammates with his exploits on the field. Black found it hard to put in words what he believes Shepard is capable of. “The sky is the limit for [Shepard],” Black said. Contact Amos Morale at

monday, august 24, 2009 GARRETT, from page 16

to succeed, but his mental prowess is a question mark. Lee threw 16 picks last season, seven of which were returned for touchdowns, but the sophomore does have a significant amount of experience to his credit. Shepard is unproven. He has yet to take a snap under the lights in Death Valley, but his athletic ability earned him the top spot in the esteemed ESPNU 150 during his recruitment. No decision has been made on the second spot on the depth chart, but Garrett has made no appearance in any conversation. Flynn, much like Garrett, was overshadowed for four years by former No. 1 overall NFL draft pick and current Oakland Raider JaMarcus Russell. After Russell bolted Baton Rouge following his junior season, Flynn was left the starting job for his senior season. How did he do? The Tigers won the 2007 national championship with Flynn at the helm. Garrett isn’t looking that far ahead yet. The Tupelo, Miss., native said he is practicing as if playing time in 2009 is realistic. “The way I look at it, yeah,” Garrett said. “If you’re out there competing, you always have a shot to play. As you saw last year, Jordan Jefferson was I believe third string, and he ended up starting by the end of the season. I’m just going to go out there and prepare, just in case my name is called.” Interestingly enough, Garrett has ties to an SEC school other than LSU. Garrett committed to thenMississippi State coach Sylvester Croom his junior year at Tupelo High School. A couple of trips changed Garrett’s mind. Before he signed with the Tigers, Garrett knew the obstacles that awaited him at his new school. “I knew before I signed the letter of intent that Russell [Shepard] was coming here,” Garrett said. “We have great quarterbacks here. I’m just going to work hard, be patient and hopefully get my shot one day.” If Garrett follows the script Flynn wrote in 2007, his future will be bright indeed. As talented as Russell was, the only appearance he had in a BCS championship game was on the sideline as a redshirt freshman in 2003. Garrett said practice is going well so far, spotlight or not. “I’m just now getting the playbook around,” Garrett said. “It’s starting to get fun. Once you start learning the plays, you’re just playing football, you’re not out there thinking. It’s getting pretty fun out there.” But practice may not yield immediate playing time, and Garrett did admit a redshirt could be on the horizon. “Oh, it’s definitely a possibility,” Garrett said. “But I’m going to work like it’s not and like I’m going to play this year.”

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Coastal N.O. considering reopening amusement park agency hires new director But the project, estimated to cost $165 million to $170 million, currently depends on the sale of $100 million in Gulf Coast Opportunity Zone bonds. With the recession going, another project — the revival of the Hyatt Regency Hotel near the Superdome — is on a long hold, unable to find buyers for $225 million of the tax-exempt bonds. Bond markets are one problem. But there’s another that long predates Katrina and credit market meltdowns and has been blamed for New Orleans’ economic malaise: city politics. Proposals to revive the park have sniping going on between Mayor Ray Nagin and City Council president Arnie Fielkow, who haven’t been seeing eye-to-eye on anything lately, including Fielkow’s successful effort to block the mayor’s plan to buy a vacant oil industry office building for a new City Hall. Miffed, the mayor at least temporarily pulled the plug on a proposed public-private partnership to redo the city’s anemic economic development efforts. Fielkow, a potential mayoral candidate next year, recently took a city delegation to the Dallas area to look at another idea for the Six

Flags park — the conversion into a Big League Dreams complex. That company operates nine recreational sports complexes in the United States that offer places to play various sports. The parks are free and generate revenue by charging sports groups for league and tournament use. But Nagin contends the deal is solely for the Nickelodeon park. Fielkow says there’s no reason why both couldn’t succeed at the site. Although the mayor said that no public money is involved in the Southern Star deal, the city is still trying to refinance $15.2 million in outstanding federal loans from a decade ago when the site was turned into the original Jazzland theme park, a monumental financial failure that landed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Six Flags Inc. picked up the lease and the park and, in a measure of the park’s success, said after the storm that it would not return. The city is suing Six Flags, but that action is on hold because of Six Flags’ own recent bankruptcy filing. In the meantime, every other corner of the state seems to be enjoying economic development announcements that have nothing to do with tourism: Shaw Group’s

plans to build a nuclear reactor parts plant in Lake Charles, a French company building a specialty chemical plant in Plaquemine, the revival of a chicken processing plant in Farmerville and ConAgra Food’s planned sweet potato processing plant near Delhi. Despite the recession, steelmaker Nucor Corp. is buying land in southeastern Louisiana for a possible pig iron plant and a startup auto company known as V-Vehicle Co. wants to build a futuristic fuel-efficient vehicle in Monroe. All told, there could be thousands of jobs. Back in New Orleans, if the third time is the charm, maybe the Nickelodeon park will work, though it certainly won’t turn around a moribund economy. At a minimum, it would eliminate a certifiable eyesore in eastern New Orleans in the form of what’s left of Six Flags. Beyond that, questions remain even if all the financing is obtained. SpongeBob SquarePants likely has his work cut out for him.

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same tribe as Baitullah and had been seen as a likely replacement. As military chief of Baitullah’s Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or Pakistani Taliban Movement, Hakimullah commanded three tribal regions and had a reputation as Baitullah’s most ruthless deputy. He first appeared in public

to journalists in November 2008, when he offered to take reporters on a ride in a U.S. Humvee taken from a supply truck heading to Afghanistan. Authorities say he was behind threats to foreign embassies in Islamabad, and there was a 10 million rupee ($120,000) bounty on his head. Hakimullah claimed

responsibility for the June 9 bombing of the Pearl Continental hotel in the northwestern city of Peshawar, and the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore earlier this year. Rehamn was among Baitullah’s closest advisers and

deputies. Mehsud reportedly said during a shura that Rehman should be his successor if something happened to him.

silent about moderate and conservative Democrats’ voting records with the Democrats is part of the on health care. image she has crafted for herself “[Melancon and Landrieu] as a moderate, pro-compromise represent the constituents that politician. voted them into office,” said That reputation makes her Kevin Franck, spokesman for a highly sought-after vote in the the Louisiana Democratic Party, Senate, since Democrats can’t defending the two Democrats’ always count on her vote, and it skeptical positions on the public gives Landrieu option. “We are a the potential to diverse people.” leave her own Mann said the special “fingermath favors conserprint” on a final vative Democrats health care relike Melancon and form bill, Mann Landrieu in statesaid. wide elections in “She’s lookLouisiana despite ing at ways to the potential backBob Mann play her cards mass communication professor lash from Demoright,” Mann cratic voters. said. “The DemoBut Landrieu and Melan- cratic Party in Louisiana is not con’s positions do come at a po- like the Democratic Party anytential price. where else in the country,” Mann, a liberal orga- said. nization that supports the Democrats’ health care proposals, paid NOT JUST THE DEMOfor a radio ad accusing Melan- CRATS con of siding with “the special Landrieu and Melancon interests and the insurance com- aren’t the only two politicians panies” when he voted down playing opposites in Louisithe bill in committee, indicat- ana — Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao, ing some Democrats won’t stay R-New Orleans, has said he is

“leaning” toward voting for the House Democrats’ health care reform proposal. Like Landrieu and Melancon, Mann said Cao is simply catering to the preferences of his constituents, a relatively liberal district with a large black population that has historically voted heavily for Democrats. “I’ve seen Cao has expressed reservations,” said Aaron Baer, spokesman for the Louisiana Republican Party, adding that Republicans were “proud” of Cao for qualifying his tepid support for the Democrats’ House bill by expressing serious concern about the possibility of taxpayer-funded abortions. The state Democrats were less charitable toward Cao, taking a “wait and see how he votes” approach. “As we saw with the stimulus, Mr. Cao did not have the courage to stand up to Mr. Boehner and the rest of the Republican leadership,” Franck said.

By The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Considering the recent slew of economic development projects announced by the state has bypassed New Orleans, it wasn’t surprising city officials were excited last week by the prospect of reopening an amusement park. New Orleans, struggling to regain the pre-Katrina economic status quo, which was no shining light, has had few such moments as manufacturing, petroleum and the financial services industry withering before the storm have been little heard-from since. The highest-profile deal with commercial impact has been a state-brokered one that keeps the New Orleans Saints in town through 2025 and obligates the state to lease space from Saints owner Tom Benson in a high-rise largely idled since Katrina. Last week’s flourish was about a plan to reopen the Six Flags theme park, under ownership of a Baton Rouge-based company and with Nickelodeon branding. The Viacom Inc. unit isn’t putting up any money and, if the project is finished, will be paid licensing fees for the cable network’s trademarked name and characters.

TALIBAN, from page 13

the Taliban as in disarray, saying commanders and the rank-andfile were fighting among themselves. At one point, Mohammad — who comes from a different part of the tribal region — claimed to have taken over the leadership. Hakimullah comes from the

DEBATE, from page 12


‘The Democratic Party in Louisiana is not like... anywhere else in the country.’

Contact Nate Monroe at

By The Associated Press BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana’s coastal protection authority has a new executive director in charge of coastal restoration and hurricane protection. Steve Mathies, a former director of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, has been hired to oversee the office that does work directed and funded through the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. Mathies’ hiring was announced on Friday. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern State University and a doctorate from Mississippi State University in botany. He worked as a natural resource specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is a former assistant secretary for the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources.

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JEFFERSON, from page 15

Player after completing 16-of-25 passes for 142 yards and one touchdown along with 25 rushing yards. “I had a couple of weeks to prepare for that game, so I was able to grasp the playbook,” Jefferson said. “It taught me I can compete and be successful at this level.” In all, Jefferson finished the 2008 season by connecting on 36of-73 passes for 419 yards, four touchdowns and one interception while rushing for 134 yards and one touchdown on 49 carries. “He started two games and had a chance late in the Arkansas game when he ... couldn’t get it done,” said offensive coordinator Gary Crowton. “Now he is seeing that he needs to be a little bit better, and I’ve been impressed with his progress.” Jefferson won’t be in the backup role this season — he will be at the forefront of a Tiger team that is ranked in the top 10 in various preseason polls, thanks in part to that bowl game performance. But the St. Rose native is the first to admit he doesn’t have plans to repeat last season’s 8-5 record. The shy and reserved 6-foot-5 -inch quarterback didn’t hold back when asked about his expectations for the season. He said he wants an unblemished record this season, just

ALEX BOND / The Daily Reveille

Sophomore quarterback Jordan Jefferson tries to shake an Arkansas defender Nov. 28 during the Tigers’ loss to the Razorbacks.

as he was in his 21 starts in high school. “Our goal is to have a perfect season and win a national championship,” Jefferson said. “We are coming off an 8-5 season, and we don’t want that to happen again.” So far in preseason workouts, Jefferson impressed his teammates with his newfound confidence in the

huddle as he takes on the leadership role as the Tigers’ starting quarterback. “Last year he wouldn’t say anything in the huddle, but now he’s opened up,” said senior offensive tackle Ciron Black. “He’s not just being one of the guys anymore. He’s being the guy.” Black admitted, though, that

of his passes for 3,425 yards and 40 touchdowns as a junior. “You’re talking about someplayer. You try to look at the good things, but sometimes you just keep body who hadn’t experienced yourself focusing on the bad. In the much but success through his years back of my mind, I knew that was in high school,” West said. “To be put into his situation as a freshman, part of being a quarterback.” he did very well at Lee said transtimes. Of course ferring away from he did make some LSU crossed his mistakes; the probmind, but he said lem with Jarrett’s his teammates and mistakes when he coaches supported threw interceptions him all year. was many of them “Around Januwere returned for ary after last year Jarrett Lee touchdowns. I and being a young don’t know how guy, [transferring] sophomore quarterback much that has to was floating around do with the guy in the back of my mind, but never once did I want to throwing the passes, but that magtransfer,” Lee said. “I wanted to be nified his situation.” West said he does not see Lee here. I came to play ball here. The coaches were on my side the whole feeling extra pressure to prove his time … When a coach asks you to worth as quarterback this season. stay, you see how important you are to a coach.” LSU offensive coordinator Gary Crowton said he is encouraged by Lee’s offseason growth, and becoming more familiar with the offensive scheme will benefit him as he enters his sophomore campaign. “The best thing about Jarrett Lee is he’s not a freshman anymore,” Crowton said. “To be a freshman starting quarterback who hasn’t played, the experience of coming into those big games is a new thing, and there’s so much adrenaline going. They’re not used to being booed or having all the success either, but they learn to be more even-keel, and that’s what I’m seeing with Jarrett.” Glen West, Lee’s football coach at Brenham High School in Brenham, Texas, said Lee’s struggles as a redshirt freshman were new to him following an illustrious high school career. Lee was ranked in the top three quarterbacks in Texas and the top 15 nationally as a senior, and he completed 71 percent

“The lesson Jarrett is living by day to day is his career is not going to be based upon who plays in the first games or even the whole season,” West said. “He realizes that at some point, he’ll have to make decisions to determine the fate of this football team.” LSU coach Les Miles said he expects the lessons Lee will carry from his first season on the field will ultimately make him a viable competitor at quarterback in 2009. “Certainly he had some development issues, but he’s more confident than he’s been, and he understands he was a little premature to play,” Miles said. “Last year was a necessary growing pain, but it was something that’s helped him gain experience on the field.”

LEE, from page 15


‘Getting thrown in there really helped me to become a mature player.’

part of the reason for Jefferson’s timid behavior last season may have been jitters and learning the system. “Last year it was more of him learning than him taking control of the huddle and doing what a quarterback does,” Black said. “This year he’s still learning, but he’s trying to command the huddle and make his reads and make his checks; make

the throws at the same time. He’s progressing every day.” Even highly touted freshman quarterback Russell Shepard praised Jefferson’s leadership. “Jordan and [quarterback] Jarrett [Lee] have been such amazing teachers to me since I’ve gotten here,” Shepard said. But if this season is a test of adversity, Jefferson has been there before. Halfway through his junior season at Destrehan High School, Jefferson broke his throwing wrist on the helmet of LSU junior Drake Nevis, who played for John Ehret at the time. Jefferson didn’t play the rest of the season but rebounded to lead the team to a class 5A state championship his senior season year with an unblemished 15-0 record. This season, coming off the pain of losing his first start and being on an 8-5 team, Jefferson is ready for the challenge. “I’ve had the whole summer to grasp what I needed to learn,” the sophomore said. “Now I’m ready to go out there and read defenses and win some games.”

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Sophomore quarterback Jarrett Lee prepares to handoff the ball to former fullback Quinn Johnson on Sept. 28, 2008 during the Tigers’ win against Mississippi State.


PAGE 40 POSTERS, from page 10

University last year, but one company was not asked back because of low sales, among other issues. “On average, we can make as little as $500 ... up to $6,000 for the week,” Scott said in an e-mail to The Daily Reveille. “We make 20 percent commission, which is part of the annual Gallery Exhibitions Budget.” Scott said the poster companies are also charged rent to use the gallery space. The College Poster Sale Company will return to Free Speech Alley in October.

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LAW CLINIC, from page 7

Defender Board, said plans to create a clinical program had been talked about since before 1976, when he graduated from LSU Law School. Weiss was instrumental in implementing the clinical program, Neuner said. LSU Law was one of the last law schools in the nation to develop its clinical program, McGough said. The program is essential to the success of the school because clinical programs are beginning to be considered necessary to be an accredited and top-tier school, McGough said. Weiss said instating a clinical program at the law school was his top priority since becoming

HOUSING, from page 4

Waller said. Students who applied to the University prior to June 1 also had the option of applying for housing. “[The waitlist] makes it much easier for the students that aren’t on the waitlist — they get their assignments,” Waller said. “My goal [for 2010 is for] everybody to get an assignment by the time they come to freshmen orientation. Then we will do an automated waitlist.” In 2008, Waller told The Daily Reveille more than 200 people were turned away because demand for housing exceeded supply. The last 26 male students to apply were temporarily housed in lounges and kitchens of the residence halls in an attempt to house as many residents as possible. The 26 males in temporary housing included three students living in a kitchen in McVoy Hall with the stove deactivated. “My philosophy is, if I put someone in an overflow space ... the other 90 people on the floor don’t have a lounge, don’t have a kitchen,” Waller said. “We don’t penalize the students who apply early for those who apply late.” ResLife added 149 beds to residence halls by turning twobed rooms in Pentagon residence halls into three-bed rooms. While Waller said the dormitories were designed to house three students, they were reconverted to hold

WEATHER, from page 10

Grigsby said. Grigsby, who has been with the National Weather Service in Slidell for six years, said he has seen two weak cold fronts come through Louisiana in August, including one bringing record lows in 2004. “In Baton Rouge, we had in 2004 a very strong front come through. We had six nights of record lows,” Grigsby said. “It’s going to be more of a dryer air mass that comes in, not a cooler air mass.” The six nights of record lows in 2004 began Aug. 13 and saw temperatures in the 50s and 60s, Grigsby said. Beginning Tuesday or


‘I hope that this new space will provide a visible sign post of the progress we’ve made ...’ Jack Weiss

law center chancellor

chancellor in 2007. The clinic functions not only to train law students but also to provide a service to the community, Weiss said. People in the community see the clinic as a source of high quality, low cost legal representation for people who are under-represented, Weiss said. “And they’re right,” he added. two for the 2009 school year. “I get no state funding, so all my resources to support the housing system at LSU comes from rent and conference housing,” Waller said. “That’s why in the past you would do [overflow] because you couldn’t afford to lose that revenue.” Waller said there were 402 people on the waitlist at its peak in mid-July. As ResLife has given room assignments to waitlisted


‘If we continue in this type of pattern, that will keep other storms out.’ Phil Grigsby

national weather service meteorologist

Wednesday of this week, the weather in Louisiana will be back to “our normal summertime-type sea breezes,” possibly bringing scattered afternoon thunderstorms, Destri said.

Contact Lindsey Meaux at Weiss said his hope is the new space will be able to attract additional support for the clinical program. Although he would like to expand the program, Weiss said in the current budgetary environment, it would be impossible to do so without outside aid. McGough said the next step to expanding would be to create a civil clinic that would deal with areas in real estate and wills. Expansion will occur cautiously and logically, McGough said. Juvenile representation was offered in 2003 as the first clinical class at the Law School, McGough said. The Clinical Education program now consists of the Domestic Violence Clinic, the Juvenile


‘We have a lot more to offer — much nicer facilities than we had 10 years ago.’ Steve Waller ResLife director

students and received cancellations, more than 120 students


FURLOUGH, from page 10

reductions occur, the University may have to reconsider the use of the furlough to achieve those outcomes.” Staff Senate President Chad Gothreaux said he was happy to hear about the postponement of the furlough plan but didn’t rule out the possibility of one in the future. “I choose to remain cautiously optimistic that the University’s budget situation over the course of the current fiscal year will not worsen to the point that staff furloughs will once again be put on the table,” Gothreaux said in an e-mail to The Daily Reveille. The University eliminated 24 jobs this summer because of Representation Clinic, the Family Mediation Clinic and various externships where students work for local judges and lawyers. The Immigration Clinic is the newest addition to the law school. The clinic focuses on deportation and removal defense and on immigrant victims of domestic violence, especially women, said Ken Mayeaux, adjunct clinical


‘When you’re in a more professional space, it helps you to get in the right mindset.’ Nichole Schulte

third-year law student

have been moved off the waitlist. While the incoming class has 250 fewer residence hall applicants than the 2008 class, it is up more than 250 applicants from 2007, Waller said. The 2007, 2008 and 2009 numbers are reflective of the size of the respective classes — the overall freshman class in 2007 had 4,600 students while it had 5,100 students in 2008, Waller said.

budget cuts and has slashed funding for programs like the LSU Museum of Art and LSU Press. The effect of the cuts — once projected to set the University back decades — has dwindled to a point where impact on students will be minimal. But Martin continues to stress the importance of planning for the next two years, when budget reductions could be worse. Furloughs are not totally ruled out, he said.

Contact Kyle Bove at professor. The clinics work to allow the victims to testify against their offenders, Mayeaux said. Mayeaux said he’s already received phone calls seeking legal assistance from the immigration clinic, including a call from the domestic violence shelter. Paige Ellison, 2009 LSU Law graduate, participated in the immigration clinic last year. Ellison said students worked mostly with immigration defense and relief and that going to the federal courts and being able to see the conditions at the immigration detention center were the most memorable parts of the program.

Contact Olga Kourilova at “The quality of what we’re offering — we’re seeing more people wanting to live on campus than in the early ’90s,” Waller said of the growth. “We have a lot more to offer — much nicer facilities than we had 10 years ago.”

Contact Lindsey Meaux at

MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2009 UNION, from page 4

Saturdays and 11 p.m. on Sundays during the interim period, Heidke said. Heidke said renovations to the food court will be funded by Chartwells Food Service, the private company contracted by the University to run food services. He said the food court remodeling will cost approximately $2.5 million. Dave Besse, LSU Student Union business manager, said he estimates the Union will lose $125,000 in revenue during the Tiger Lair remodeling, even with the help of McDonald’s and Einstein Bros. Bagels. “Sales are usually slower in the spring than the fall,” he said. “So our commission loss won’t be as big.” The new lounge held its first big event Friday, as Tigers after Ten hosted its annual fall Late Night, a social event allowing students to meet fellow classmates. The event included free food, a band, a comedian and an inflatable obstacle course. Alice Womble, Tigers after Ten chairperson and former Daily Reveille employee, said this year’s Late Night was a huge success, topping the anticipated number of students. “We had at least 900 students, but we know it was well over that number,” she said. Womble said having the event in a new space added a few challenges this year, but she said once everyone is used to it, the new lounge will prove to be a better site for the event.

BUS SERVICE, from page 3

worried it would lose a substantial amount of its federal funding when the University — which once accounted for up to 25 percent of CATS’ system — switched to First Transit. “We weren’t out to penalize CATS — we just wanted good service, and they didn’t do it,” Graham said. “[The deal] is a win-win situation.” Tiger Trails bus driver Donald Ray Smith said students are elated about the new system, and any problems the system may have in its first week will be fixed quickly. “Once everybody learns what direction they’re going and we get more familiar with the campus, it’s going to be great,” Smith said. Tiger Trails is a result of a yearlong student-driven initiative calling for better bus service. The University has a five-year $16 million contract with First Transit, and the student transportation fee increased from $44 to $68 to help cover the cost of Tiger Trails. Utt stressed that the system First Transit is providing with Tiger Trails is different from what CATS offered. “It’s a completely new system, we’re a completely new company and we’re completely different from CATS,” Utt said. “This is a new system for the students, designed by the students, and we’re here to make sure it serves the students as best as we possibly can.” Contact Brianna Paciorka at


“It was a challenge to get used to a new area, but the new space added to the event in multiple ways,” she said. “I think the new lounge will be better because it has more space and is more functional. It’s going to be the new late night zone, so it’s compatible with our types of programs.” Besse said the overall cost of the project is $83,693,000, which is paid for through student fees and bonds. “Before we sold bonds, we started collecting student fees so we wouldn’t have to borrow the full cost,” he said. “We borrowed $73,430,000 through bonds. The rest was paid up front using money collected from the fees. This kept the cost of the fee lower than if we had to borrow an additional $10 million.” Besse said the bonds average at just under a 5 percent interest rate. He said the University has been paying back the bonds, but the project won’t be fully paid off for approximately another 27 years. Plakidas said the Union was originally built and then renovated with 20-year bonds, though these


‘If all goes well, we might be open before March 2011.’ Shirley Plakidas

student union director

bonds are 25-30 years. “Essentially, all auxiliary services are paid through bonds,” she said. Besse said the project cost was estimated at $54.6 million prior to Hurricane Katrina, but building materials and contractor prices rose with demand following the storm. In addition, the original estimate of the Union Theater was undershot by about $12 million. Plakidas said they made the decision early in the project to keep as many services as possible up and running through the construction so the Union will still be available to all students. “Most of the students here now don’t remember when the Union wasn’t under construction, since we started in 2006,”

she said. “Closing it completely during construction would have made the project faster, but some students wouldn’t get to enjoy the Union during their time here.” Though major construction went on for two years without visible results, students are finally seeing progress on a project paid for with their student fees. “I’ve heard many positive things about the Live Oak Lounge,” Plakidas said. “People are happy for it to finally have come to fruition. We expect this area to be heavily used by students.” Ken Boothby, petroleum engineering freshman, said he is impressed with the new lounge, and it’s worth the student fees it cost to build it. “There’s really no other place on campus that’s as comfortable as the lounge,” he said. “This place is really nice.” Paul Barthee, business sophomore, said the Live Oak Lounge is a good place to study, watch television and hang out. “This space is pretty cool,” he said. “Though I didn’t know we had to pay a fee for construction, I

PAGE 41 still think the fee is worth it.” But not all students are sold on the renovations. Daniel Barthee, creative writing and philosophy senior, said he prefers the old downstairs lounge. “Before they renovated this area there was a bowling alley, an arcade and more pool tables,” he said. “I like the new space here — it’s a nice, modern design. However, I would have been fine if they left it how it was.” After battling a couple hurricanes, encountering a few undocumented building features and changing plans to comply with building standards, Plakidas said she hopes all the delays are in the past and the Union can stay on path to the now projected March 2011 completion date. “We just hope the hurricanes stay away this year,” she said. “If all goes well, we might be open before the March 2011. However, the fact that it is a state funded project definitely prolongs the construction.” Contact Steven Powell at



TOP 5 PARISHES WITH HIGHEST REPORTS OF H1N1: •East Baton Rouge Parish: 74 •Lafayette Parish: 69 •Caddo Parish: 63 •St. Tammany: 22 •Calcasieu Parish: 17 (Numbers as of May 2009) Dr. Frank Welch, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals medical director for pandemic preparedness, said he estimates about 20,000 to 30,000 cases of H1N1 in Louisiana. information from La. Dept. of Health and Hospitals graphic by J.J. ALCANTARA / The Daily Reveille

FLU, from page 1

cases in May. All Type A influenza cases are being treated as part of the H1N1 outbreak. “Because it’s so widespread, if it’s Type A it’s likely to be H1N1, because there is so much of the virus going around right now,” said Lauren Mendes, public information officer for the Department of Health and Hospitals. The H1N1 virus is a milder strain of the flu, but spreads rapidly because it is a new form of the virus to which people are not immune, according to Mendes. Though most influenza-related deaths occur in people over the age of 65, the H1N1 virus has been virtually nonexistent in the elderly. H1N1 actually spreads most easily among people between the

ages of five and 25, according to Dr. Frank Welch, medical director for pandemic preparedness in Louisiana. The reason for this is unknown. Welch said the people who are most at risk will fall into this age group, have chronic diseases or are pregnant. Christine Sullivan, nurse manager for the Health Center, credited Greek rush and the return of students to common living environments as the cause of rapid person-to-person spreading on campus. “If it wasn’t rush week, we probably wouldn’t be going through all the precautions we are because there’s so many girls in close contact,” Sullivan said. Sullivan said the symptoms of Type A influenza are very similar to those of the seasonal flu and the

Health Center has treated students with Tamiflu and Motrin accordingly. Casey Landers, international marketing senior, said her symptoms started last Wednesday after visiting a friend with a sister who is rushing. Landers said she noticed she was sick when she was cold outside in August heat. She later developed a sore throat, nasal drip and body aches. Olivia Dejean, psychology freshman, developed flu-like symptoms while meeting and greeting potential sorority sisters last week. When she visited the Health Center, a nasal swab determined she was infected with Type A influenza. She was given Tamiflu and told to isolate herself until her condition improved. Dejean said she returned to Opelousas to wait out the flu. She said she was excused from rush and will have the opportunity to join a sorority when she returns. Though there is currently no vaccine for H1N1, Welch said one should be available by November. Welch said the vaccine will first be available to the at-risk groups and age groups, which would include school age children up to the age of 24 and a significant number of university students. Welch predicts within a year or two people will have become more resistant to this novel strain and swine flu will be incorporated into the seasonal flu category. Contact Adam Duvernay at

VET SCHOOL, from page 8

previously vacant will not be filled, and money will be taken from renovations and travel. “Think of it as plugging the hole in the dike,” Haynes said. However, Haynes calculated the hole to be $700,000. “This will cover about 25 percent of that hole,” he said. Taboada said the majority of students understand the reason behind the fee increase, but they don’t like it. Michele Lee, first-year veteri-

MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2009 nary student, said she cashed in her life insurance to pay for tuition. The dean said he remains optimistic despite economic hardships. “We’re very committed to maintaining quality education,” Haynes said. “We hope we can maintain the confidence of our students, and that our faculty and staff see us through this economic downturn.” Contact Sarah Eddington at


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the faculty member could be facing because it is considered confidential personnel information. Brian Nichols, Chief IT Security and Policy Officer, said this is the first time the University has dealt with a security issue like this. University Registrar Robert Doolos sent a letter on July 28 to the 1,963 students whose information was compromised, apologizing for the incident.

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said. “It has to do with a heritage, and I’m kind of glad that it stuck.” But from watching Chavis’ fiery personality with the LSU defense, one might assume he got the moniker from other means. “He is the chief,” said junior linebacker Kelvin Sheppard. “When he’s out there, everybody gives him the utmost respect, and when he says something, it’s going to happen.” His intense approach is understandable, as Chavis’ move from Tennessee to LSU is expected to restore a Tiger defense which dropped from No. 3 nationally in total defense in 2007 to No. 32 in 2008. “His emotion and his swagger just connected from day one,” said senior linebacker Harry Coleman. “Just playing under him just makes you want to do good, makes you want to play better. And you don’t want him to holler at you. That’s never good.” Chavis comes to LSU after 14 seasons with the Volunteers, where he captured the 1998 Southeastern Conference and national championships with former coach Philip Fulmer. “Not only was I in one spot for a long time, but I was with the same coaching staff for a long time,” Chavis said. “When we got started in the spring, after the second or third day, it felt like home. It felt like my players. It felt like my school and I’m a part of LSU, and I can’t be any happier about that.” Chavis’ final Tennessee defense finished last season as the nation’s third-best defense, despite the team having just a 5-7 record. The Volunteers were the only losing program with a defense ranked No. 25 or better. That fact wasn’t lost on LSU coach Les Miles, who last fall witnessed the Tigers’ biggest defensive dip in eight seasons and the worst of his tenure. “There was an existing culture of dominant defense played here,” Miles said. “Our guys know that price and look forward to it. They wanted it, and it’s who they are.” That price has been made known at offseason workouts and practices. Miles said the team underwent a rigorous conditioning program, and Chavis has opened the defense to competition. But so far the transition has been seamless for the Tigers’ new defensive coordinator. “There’s not one position on our defensive football team where there’s not competition,” Chavis said. “Competition is a driving force to being great.” Joining Chavis on the coaching staff are secondary coach Ron Cooper and defensive line coach Brick Haley to shore up setbacks in last season’s defensive backfield and front line. Cooper was a defensive

“We have no evidence that an unauthorized individual is maintaining or using your personal information,” Doolos said in the letter. So far, no incidents involving the students’ personal information have been reported. In 2006, the University was still using social security numbers as its primary way of identifying students on campus. The University switched to using a nine-digit student LSUID number starting with “89-” in 2007. backs coach with two top-five pass defenses nationally at South Carolina, while Haley comes back to the college game after a stint with the NFL’s Chicago Bears. “Defensively, the enthusiasm with which the new coaches have taken hold and how it’s been met with an equal commitment with our players, it just seems like a lot of fun,” Miles said. Cooper said the collaboration with Chavis and Haley has been a familiar one. Chavis and Cooper both had coaching stints at Alabama A&M, Haley’s alma mater, and all three men have held various jobs in the SEC in the past 15 years. “The three of us that came in have known each other for years,” Cooper said. “Everybody brings a little bit of something to the table … We’ve all got a job to do, and we’ve got to work together.” The trio has an abundance of talent to help regain the defensive mojo. Four of Miles’ five recruiting classes at LSU have been ranked in the top 10 nationally, and many of the Tigers’ projected starters were highly-touted high school recruits. It’s safe to say the LSU defense has become a “Chief” concern. “There’s no question in my mind that we have the talent to become a very good defense,” Chavis said. “You’ve got to make sure you’re asking them to do the things they know how to do. That way they can play more aggressively and cut it loose.” Contact David Helman at

Doolos said part of the reason for the switch was to better protect students against identity theft. “[An incident] is much less likely because we are using the LSUID as the primary identifier for students, faculty and staff in all of our systems and databases,” Doolos said. “We have cautioned faculty and staff, however, that LSUIDs are sensitive data.” He said the University is

working hard to address any problems that may arise and encouraged students to register and use the free credit monitoring service, Equifax, at Students had a similar security scare in 2007 when financial aid records for TOPS scholarships — which included names and social security numbers — went missing. A large number of students at the University have TOPS

PAGE 43 scholarships. The information was lost because of an error made during the transportation of the data between Port Allen and Baton Rouge. The driver of the truck containing the information was at fault and was fired, The Times-Picayune reported. Contact Kyle Bove at




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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK adds new features, uses social networks For nearly as long as stately oaks and broad magnolias have shaded inspiring halls, The Daily Reveille has reported the news relevant to University students. But unlike static University landmarks, your student newspaper is always evolving and has changed countless times to better suit the student body’s interests since the first edition hit stands 122 years ago in 1887. A dedicated group of about 100 student employees work to publish The Daily Reveille five times each week and update our Web site,, numerous times daily with breaking news and

developing stories. After being named the best college newspaper Web site in 2008 by Editor and Publisher magazine, The Daily Reveille continues to give students the best of college media in the nation through our online efforts. A new version of lsureveille. com launched with the start of the semester. We’ve added a campus map with a picture of every building. And we’re using both Facebook and Twitter to give you the news in the mediums you use. All entertainment and opinion writers have Twitter accounts we hope you’ll follow to have a more personal connection with our

writers. We also have several official Reveille Twitter accounts you should follow (see pages 2 and 44 for the account names). We’re also giving students content exclusive to every day of the week — including Saturday and Nicholas Persac Sunday — as Editor part of “Reveille Dailies.” On Mondays, we’ll show you a fun thing to do in Baton Rouge that you may not know of as part of

the “Crawling the Capital” video. On Tuesdays, we’ll offer a tip to be environmentally friendly as part of “The Green Scene” blog. Reporter Amos Morale will talk with a different athlete about off-field activities every Wednesday in the “Spotlight on the famous with Amos” video. On Thursdays, reporter Mallory Matute will teach you to cook a new meal with the help of an expert. On Fridays, freshman reporter Catherine Threlkeld will share insight on moving from Oxford, Miss., and passing on Ole Miss to come to Baton Rouge and LSU in her blog, “Rouge Awakening.” Saturdays are “Football Forum” with our “Season Tracker” and

a podcast about the 2009 Tigers. On Sundays, we’ll have a week in review photo slideshow and video as well as uploading Reveille Radio Director James Haralson’s Sunday show, Reveille Radio Weekend, that airs at 5 p.m. on 91.1 FM. And the new efforts don’t stop there — we’ll add exciting features throughout the semester. Enjoy fall 2009, and be sure to pick up the print edition and visit to make the most of your time as a Tiger. Contact Nicholas Persac at


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In the words of my predecessor as Opinion Editor, Daniel Lumetta, “Our audience has incredibly high expectations matched only by its short attention span.” Those high expectations are sometimes hard to meet. The stereotype of an opinion columnist is an arrogant intellectual pontificating on political or social abstractions. In the big leagues, this is largely true; columnists for The New York Times or the The Atlantic Monthly may indeed be egotistical pundits, and not all of them deserve it. That being said, this description does not at all fit the Reveille staff. Our goal as a section is, above all, to be relevant to college students. Our goal is to write about the issues important to you, the student body. The reason an opinion section is even in the paper isn’t, as we’d like to think, because the people in it are smarter

or more informed. We’re here to stir up discussion, and to make as many people on this campus talk about the issues that matter. Some things are obviously important. With budget cuts and massive health care reform constantly making headlines, plenty of issues need to be discussed. But it’s a wide, crazy world out there, and there’s no way Matthew Albright this 13-person Opinion Editor staff can know about everything that happens. To that end, your input is essential. We can try to guess what matters are important, and we can certainly write about what we think is important ourselves. But unless you give us your input, we’ll never really know what

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High school students have a ‘Big Easy’ way out

A controversial bill passed in the Louisiana State Legislature on June 23, initiating a program which will allow high school students to earn a career diploma. The aim is to decrease the high school dropout rate in the Louisiana public education system. The option is now available for students who wish to avoid classes such as trigonometry and English literature. Sen. Bob Kostelka, R-Monroe, who sponsored the bill in the Senate, told the Advocate that high school students “are dropping out mainly because they do not find any relevance in most of the things they are being taught.” This bill provides a way for Louisiana to improve its high school dropout rate but does nothing to confront the much larger and more important issue of a cultural propensity to denigrate the benefits of an academic education. With an agricultural

background and high-paying oil field wages available, many students don’t find any use for trigonometry or literature. It’s a travesty that this sentiment is condoned by a legislative bill rather than confronted through an educational campaign that could rescue this state from its near “third-world status.” It was not until after high school, working in a blue collar job, that I realized the importance of mathematics and literature. The usefulness of such subjects should be a focus in high school. Students should not be provided an easy way out. At 15 years old, the path of least resistance is often followed. If we are serious about improving this state and raising it to its rightful place in the nation, we must take the education of our youth seriously. Even the study of Chaucer and Beowulf is important, as it allows the reader a glimpse of the past, as well as a broader per-

spective on life. It is only through the training of our mind to reason and the stimulation of intellectual curiosity that we will be able to rise from the swamp muck to find a horizon full of possibilities. “[T]he use of letters is the principal circumstance that distinguishes a civilized people from a herd of savagNathan Shull es incapable of knowledge or Columnist reflection,” as Edward Gibbons writes in “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.” The cohort dropout rate (the percentage of students who dropout during a standard four-year high school career) for 2007 was 19 percent with a 65.9 percent cohort graduation rate, according to the Louisiana Department of Education. This is a dismal statis-

tic when compared to the national Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate reported by the National Center for Education Statistics of 74.7 percent. Statistically the ninth grade experiences the highest level of dropouts. It’s during this period in life that a person experiences great emotional and hormonal changes. It’s no surprise that Chaucer, Beowulf and trigonometry hold such little sway when placed alongside the opposite sex and preconceived notions of success. This conflict is why a career diploma option for Louisiana’s youth will do more harm than good. The dropout rate will fall, enabling politicians to claim progress and prowess. However, underneath the glitter, the youth of Louisiana will be further steeped in the cultural belief that academics are a waste of time and hold little relevance to them. Success will be measured only in the size of their pickup

truck or the ability to buy Budweiser instead of Natural Light. And the State of Louisiana will be permanently stalled in a state of economic limbo. As it is right now, we are the servants of a great nation. We farm and drill for oil. However, our education is deemed of little importance. By offering the career diploma as a valid alternative to our future children, a comfortable path is provided which will ensure complacent, uneducated human labor. Nathan Shull is a 35-year-old finance junior from Seattle. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_nshull.

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If Kanye can overcome hate, maybe others can too Let’s be frank: The vast majority of the time, anything that slips out of Kanye West’s mouth is at best, ridiculous, and at worst, hugely egotistical. No doubt, when people think of offhanded Kanye West quotes, they think of his appearance on NBC’s “A Concert for Hurricane Relief,” held shortly after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. While on the show, he ventured off script and blasted the Bush administration, famously saying, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” But recently, West has been talking more about a subject that his peers in the hip-hop industry rarely venture into: discrimination against gays. Except for one or two other stars in the industry, discrimination of this nature is rarely talked about, and never so candidly. If homosexuality is broached at all in hip-hop, it is used as an insult. West spoke candidly in past interviews about how black street culture idolizes masculinity and how this idolization in turn creates an environment hostile to gay people. “I wanna just come on TV and just tell my rappers, just tell my friends, ‘Yo, stop it,’” West said when asked further about the subject. Such a blatant plea to end gay bashing in song and in everyday life is something not common in the world of hip-hop. Mr. West’s critique of the industry and its attitudes toward gays is refreshing. It is quite bold of him to so adamantly declare his support for tolerance.

More recently, West has decided to tour with Lady Gaga, an artist who identifies strongly with the gay community. In an interview last month, Gaga told West, “I’m gay. My music is gay. My show is gay. And I love that it’s gay. And I love my gay fans, and they’re all going to be coming to our show. And it’s going to remain gay.” While West’s actions and statements are bold, he is not the only industry heavyweight advocating for tolerance. Industry giant Russell Simmons recently wrote a Stephen Schmitz letter to Democratic New Columnist York Gov. David Paterson urging him to support gay marriage, and R&B superstar Mary J. Blige recently co-hosted a fundraiser to raise money against Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban in California. Nevertheless, the vast majority of hip-hop artists either continue to perpetuate discrimination in their work or fail to condemn their peers who do. Artists such as Busta Rhymes, Eminem and 50 Cent have all used homophobia as a way to sell albums and perpetuate stereotypes. One cannot help but miss the irony in all of this. The industry grew out of the street and gang cultures, cultures largely plagued with poverty and crime, as a means to give a voice to some groups of people who were being ­­­— and who still are being — discriminated

against. Some people, including Kanye West and Russell Simmons, compare the struggle for gay rights to the Civil Rights movement of the ’60s. I respectfully disagree, as black people were discriminated against far more than the gays of today and because they lacked far more rights than the modern gay community. This is not to say discrimina-

tion today is so slight that it is not an issue. In Louisiana, it is still legal for employers to fire employees simply because they are gay. Our state even denies gay couples hospital visitation rights. Because of such things, I applaud West for coming out against such senseless discrimination, despite how I feel about the majority of his viewpoints. I guess the old saying, “beg-

gars can’t be choosers,” rarely rings so true. Stephen Schmitz is a 19-year-old mass communication sophomore from The Woodlands, Texas. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_sschmitz.

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$10.00/HOUR Helper for nice family. Will train nutritious cooking. Near LSU. References. doclevy@ $$$ENTRY LEVEL ADMIN NEEDED!!! Fast Paced, Contracting company is looking for hard working graduates who want to join an organization to grow with into the future. Must be highly organized, energetic and have great attitude. No exp necessary, will train. Microsoft Office a MUST! Please email resume to DO YOU LOVE KIDS??? Looking for a babysitter to help with the kids on weekends/ weekdays. Occasional homework help would be great too!!! Call SUSIE: 225.751.3920 TJ RIBS IS NOW HIRING SERVERS & LINE COOKS. APPLY IN PERSON AT 2324 S. ACADIAN THRUWAY, **EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER** AN OUTGOING STUDENT needed to work P/ T on Tues., Thurs. and Fridays at a premier 3D/4D ultrasound facility. Great atmosphere and pay starting @ $8 per hour! Call 225.769.0000 PJ COFFEE Now HIRING! New location opening soon. No experience necessary-Coffee Training provided. Flexible Hours/ Pay plus tips. For more information, please contact Greg at (225) 281-2041 or email basic resume to Store phone is 225.761.9696 A. C. LEWIS YMCA OPENINGS Now hiring for the following positions: Extended Day Counselor: M-F afternoons 2:45-6pm. Pay Rate $7.25-$8.00 Extended Day Site: Director. Responsible for the oversight of the extended day school sites. M-F afternoons 2:45-6pm. Pay Rate $8.00-$8.75. Please e-mail resume, apply in person, or contact Eddrick Martin if interested. 225.924.3606

For Sale 04’ BLUE SCION Xb 90 K miles asking 5500.00 225.405.3958 2 BED/2 BATH TOWNHSE Very close to LSU. on bus route. great pool and tennis courts. Big clubhse. Private rear patio & carprt. Open kitchen to dinning rm. End unit back of neighborhood. Clean- move in ready! Motivated seller!! 225.938.7785

N ACTORS, MODELS, MAKEUP ARTISTS and concession workers wanted for THE 13TH GATE Haunted House. No Exp. needed. Good Pay. Flexible Hours. Apply in Person at 832 St. Phillip St. downtown BR. September 5th,6th,12th, 13th. 9am-5pm 225-921-8006.

THE BIGGEST POSTER SALE. Biggest and Best Selection. Choose from over 2000 different images. FINE ART, MUSIC, MODELS, HUMOR, ANIMALS, PERSONALITIES, LANDSCAPES, MOTIVATIONALS, PHOTOGRAPHY. MOST IMAGES ONLY $7, $8, and $9. SEE US AT LSU Student Union Art Gallery - Main Floor (Room 216) ON Sunday August 23rd thru Friday August 28th, 2009. THE HOURS ARE 9 A. M. - 6 P. M. THIS SALE IS SPONSORED BY LSU Student Union Art Gallery Committee.


2008 MINI COOPER S for sale. Loaded!! perfect car for a student. Efficient and fun to drive. Please leave a message 225.205.0369

$100.00/WK FOR CARPOOL PICKUP Looking for a student with afternoons free to pickup 5th and 9th grader from Runnels School on S. Harrell’s Ferry. Send an email to krpowers@

3 BED/ 2 BATH TOWNHSE Close to LSU. On Bus Route. Great Pool and Tennis courts. Big Clubhouse. Townhse has Private Rear Patio and carport. Living rm, den, dinning rm, Clean Move in Ready and Motivated Seller


monday, august 24, 2009 225.938.7785 LAKE BEAU PRE TOWNHOME 2BR/2Bath in gated community. Unit has ceramic tile and large patio. $169,000. 225.266.9441 Sofas and Mattresses Here Today Gone Tomorrow Thrift Store has a large selection of sofas and mattresses perfect for the college student. All priced $75 or less. 225.769.2259 Tiger Manor Condominiums. UNITS READY FALL 2009!! Brand new 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units for sale starting at $124,900. Ask about our Guaranteed Buy-Back Program!! 3000 July St. 225-3465055 Location. Location. Location... Start Living. CACRC Back to school Blow-out Need a computer? The CACRC will host its Back to School Blow-Out Sale Fri., Aug. 28 from 9 a.m-3 p.m. at 800 St. Philip St. in downtown Baton Rouge. Look through used computer equipment and other electronics while supplies last. So get here early! For more info., call 225.379.3577 or visit us at FOR SALE - 1999 MAZDA 626 Great Car for students! Good condition, automatic transmission replaced April 2008, 140,462 miles, $3,500. 225.281.0624 94’ Lexus ES300 Black w/ tan leather; excellent condition; Auto; A/C; power everything; new tires; 181K miles (hwy); $4500 obo. email: mdcbatonrouge@yahoo. com or 225.200.6170 Burbank Estates 2BR/2Bath On LSU bus line. New paint and carpet. Ground floor unit. $169,500. 225.266.9441 MATTRESS MART FUTONS STARING AT $66 FUTON FRAMES FROM $99 TWIN SETS FROM $97 FULL SETS FROM $137 QUEEN SETS FROM $167 225.272.4850

For Rent Houses, Condos & Apartments For Lease in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. Keyfinders Realty 225.293.3000 HOUSE FOR RENT Walk to LSU. 4br/1.5. 1485 W. Chimes St. Huge yard. $1000/ mo 225.603.4805 You Will Love williamsburg 4065 Burbank Drive. $475. No Pets. www.lsubr. com for picture and floorplan. 978-1649. LSU Walk to Campus. New Orleans Courtyard/ POOL 1001 Aster 1 br $495. Very Nice. No Pets.766-2115 LSU Busline, 2 bedroom 1 1/2 bath T/H with W/ D, no pets, $650/ month, 225-768-7093 LSU Area 3 BR / 1 Bath Newly Renovated with beautiful wood flrs., new tile in kitchen & bath. Comes with all appl. inclds washer/ dryer. Near LSU campus, on LSU busline or walk to class. 1 yr. sem. lease. Lawn care included. Very nice! $975 w/ $500 deposit 225.928.2864 Attn Serious Students Want quiet? Want space? Large 1 and 2 br apts in small complex within walking distance of LSU. reserved parking, private patio or balcony. No children or pets. 1-br, $500; 2-br, $700. 757-8175 or 924-1934. http// Christian/ musician’s home looking for roommate. private room $350. 4 miles from campus. No gender preference. Call Ben (985) 974-5292 3br/2bath apt. for rent. $960 per month. 225.324.0016 1br,1ba house w.garage entr. lv.&din rms. w/b, cent ac/htr. avail. 9/1 $625 mo. 1st & last 1 yr rent/lease Beauregard Town call Johnny 225-383-0968 225.383.0968 FOR RENT TOWNHOME Need 1 Girl 3/Bedrooms 3/ Baths. Arlington Plantation/Gated. Off/Brightside LSU/Bus Route. $650/mo/includes utilities/ cable/internet/garbage Spacious/1700/sq/ft/ Backyard 504.666.4281 FOR RENT seeking 1 male roommate for nice 2BR 2 1/2 BA TH in Brightside area. Near LSU bus

route $550.00 mo internet/util incl. 504-2505984 or 985-789-0940. 985.674.7833 FOR RENT In Brightside Estates 3 Bedroom/2 bath Furnished 504.782.9018 FOR RENT 3 BR1 1/2 BA house next to campus. Fenced yard. Range, refrig., washer & dryer. Central heat, window A/C. $960 per month. Deposit and lease. Available now. 225.766.2963 FOR RENT 2 BED 2.5 BATH TOWNHOUSE FURNISHED CLOSE TO LSU $1250.00 A MONTH 504.455.6792 WALK TO LSU All newly remodeled 2 BR Condo! $900 mo. Call 769-6368 or 772-4680. WALK TO LSU 2BRUNF $575 3313 Iowa, central AC washateria 9275495 7660579 WalK To Campus 1Br, 2Br, and Townhomes. Starting as low as $400.00. 225.346.4789 Highland Road 3 br 2 ba $950-$1300 225.769.1079 TIGERTOWN 1BRUNF $425 AC stove fridge 9275495/7660579 Tiger Manor Condominiums. UNITS READY FOR FALL 2009! Brand new 1, 2, & 3 bedrooms available. Reserve your unit today! Walk to class! 3000 July St. 225-346-5055. Location. Location. Location... Start Living. 3bd2bahouse rent$1260 WESTHAVEN SUB 6 mi.from LSU on BURBANK lg.den/ kit, fenced yd.2car gar.504.481.5118 504.780.2583 NICE NEIGHBORHOOD-2 Story House--3BR/2BA-W/ D and D/ W--367 Stoney Creek--$1400--Call Rusty 225.892.8702 3 BR / 3 BA Condo for Rent Lakes at Bluebonnet On Bluebonnet near Burbank 3-Year-Old Gated Community Available mid-August $1,450 / month 949-521-3570 2 bed 2 bath flat off South Brightside View on bus line ready to move in immediatley. $675mt Call Monica or Ashley 225.930.9996 2 BD/ 1 BTH 2 BD 1.5 Bath Cottage Close to LSU. Fenced back yard, private parking, 2-story, W/ D, $1,050/ mo. 7951 Bayou Fountain Avenue. Available August 1. 225.330.9286 or 225.757.0494. Chateau du Cour in tigerland Large 2 BR 1 B in gated complex..772-2429 CHARMING VINTAGE 3B2BA COTTAGE newly renov, hrdwd fl thruout, W/D, CA/CH, ofstrt prkng, scurty mntring, yardman, bike to LSU, ap & lease. $990 225.344.1700 Near South Gates of LSU 2 BR 1 1/2 Bath condo 755 East Boyd completely updated ready immediately $1,000/ mo. year lease Call Geri today 225.806.2727 Near LSU Ready to move in now. 3148 wyoming house W/D incl. $695 10060 Lakes blvd. Luxury condo gated community $1295 2924 Iowa Remodeled duplex $650 McDaniel Properties 225.388.9858 Spacious Condo 2br/2ba $950 Carport, wshr/ dryer alarm sys. Near resturants and shopping center Contact Sheila Hyde 225-324-6619 $795 “BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL” COME HOME TO VARN VILLA AND BACK TO SCHOOL AT LSU!!! THIS SPECIAL INCLUDES WATER, SEWER, TRASH AND EXTENDED BASIC CABLE. IMMEDIATE MOVEIN SO CALL US AT 225-767-2434 OR COME AND SEE YOUR NEW HOME AT 1645 BRIGHTSIDE DR. 225.767.2434 $99 Deposit 2 Br Condo Summer Grove Condos only a few miles off LSU has a few nice 2 BR condos for lease. 225.364.2262 4170 Janet St walk to LSU Beautiful 2 story 3000 sf 4 BR 2 1/2 BA security gate backyard gazebo water/sewage pd no pets 2400.00 mo 892-8517 225.615.8521 5118 Brightside View Drive

3BD/2BA $775/ MO-Plus Deposit 225.753.3853 Need Something Typed? Call or email today!! or 225.216.7275 225.216.7275

Roommate Wanted roomate To share newly renovated 2 BR condo, S. Acadian. $500 plus share utilities. 225-810-1417;225-4852683. 225.344.4553 225.344.4553 1 Female Roommate Needed 3 Bedroom/2 Bath House Near Campus $375 + 1/3 of Utilities Contact @ 225.235.1085 Female Roommate wanted Own bdrm and bath, $600+ deposit +1/3 electricity and internet. wanted now. Leigh’s Cove on Lee Drive 225.806.2135 $265 ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED!!! SMALL-ROOMFOR-RENT-IN-HUGE-HOUSE. PERFECT-FOR-A STUDENT. NEAR-LSU. 3BATHROOM-3LIVINGROOM. LARGE-GATED-YARD. NICE-AREA! EMAIL MANYTASKS@YAHOO. COM $425 ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED!!! HUGE-HOUSE-IN EXCLUSIVE-AREA. NEAR-LSU. VERY-NICE-HOUSE TO SHARE-WITH-TWO OTHER MALE ROOMMATES. CABLE-INTERNET-ALARM-LARGE-GATED-YARD3BR-3BATH-3LIVINGROOMS- 225.772.2506 225.772.2506 HOUSE OFF HIGHLAND RD. Female needs two female roomates for 09-10 year. New house, built last year. Fabulous 3BR house off Highland, less than 1 mile from campus. Your own BR and Full Bath! $450/ mo each. Call Jim Talbot (225) 927-2114 roommate needed New home located I-12/ Millerville ten minutes from LSU. 2 rooms available. Rent @ 550/month-includes all utilities. 225.278.7638 Roommate Needed Male grad seeking roommate to share 2BR/2.5B Lake Beau Pre Condo Only $575 ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED!! Gated, Pool, Gym, Tennis Court 225.247.0567 Female Rommate Needed 3 bedroom two bath, third roomate needed. 450 per month plus utilities. courtney place on burbank dr 504.416.4579

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The Daily Reveille - Aug. 24, 2009  

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The Daily Reveille - Aug. 24, 2009  

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