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THE DAILY REVEILLE Volume 114, Issue 20

304 fewer freshmen enrolled in 2009 By Mary Walker Baus Staff Writer

The economy is causing more than just cuts in the budget. The 2009 Enrollment Report released Friday by the Office of Budget and Planning showed a 1 percent decrease in total enrollment from 28,194 students in 2008 to 27,992 students. Chancellor Michael Martin said this decrease is not significant, and the University has done well in terms of enrollment after two hurricanes, an economic downturn and budget cuts. In 2008, 4,817 students were in the freshman class, but this fall, only 4,513 freshmen enrolled. Mary Parker, executive director of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, said some of the reasons for this 6 percent decrease are the number of high school students in Louisiana decreasing and the economic situation causing an increase in community college enrollment. “As an admissions director, certainly our objective is to go out and achieve [our enrollment] goal,” Parker said. “But we did not decrease the quality of our class. We stand by the students who were admitted and who enrolled. I am really happy about our freshman class that came in.” Enrollment among graduate students has increased by 4 percent from 4,428 graduate students in 2008 to 4,614 graduate students. ENROLLMENT, see page 16


Monday, September 21, 2009

FINDING THE RHYTHM ULL held to 3 points; Tiger defense makes goal-line stand in win By Chris Branch • Sports Contributor On a day when the Associated Press No. 3 and No. 7 teams fell, along with the nation’s longest winning streak, LSU gutted out a win. LSU moved up to No. 7 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches’ polls, but its performance Saturday wasn’t pretty. The 31-3 LSU victory would seem to say otherwise, but the final score was not indicative of how the game went. “It didn’t feel like that at all,” said Louisiana-Lafayette coach Rickey Bustle. “I felt like LSU had to earn every inch they made. Offensively, we moved the ball between the 20-yard lines quite a bit and just couldn’t get the ball in the end zone.” The Ragin’ Cajun offense was indeed somewhat effective. ULL amassed 109 yards on the ground and had four possessions inside the LSU 40-yard line, but


LSU senior safety Danny McCray (44) sets up to tackle Louisiana-Lafayette sophomore quarterback Brad McGuire (8) on Saturday during the Tigers’ 31-3 victory over the Ragin’ Cajuns. The Tigers allowed only 109 yards rushing against ULL, the least allowed this season.

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points allowed by the Tiger defense. ULL has yet to score a touchdown against LSU since 1924.


rushing yards allowed by the Tigers, the least number of rushing yards allowed this season.


passing yards allowed by the Tigers, 75 yards more than LSU’s matchup against Vanderbilt.


sacks recorded by the Tigers on Saturday, despite having 3 against Vanderbilt and 1 against Washington.


interceptions caught by LSU junior safety Chad Jones, doubling his pick totals from last season.


MDA building officially reopens By Kyle Bove Senior Staff Writer

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Laurence Kaptain, Music and Dramatic Arts dean, discusses the building’s new features Sunday in the Claude L. Shaver Theater.

Carly Zimmerman said she couldn’t believe she was finally standing in the newly renovated Claude L. Shaver Theatre. She wasn’t alone — hundreds of students and interested members of the University community gathered in the art deco theatre Sunday for the rededication of the Music and Dramatic Arts Building, which just recently completed a nearly five-year, $22 million renovation. Zimmerman, president of the Music

and Dramatic Arts College Council, and other leaders spoke about the long remodeling process and what the renovations mean for the University. “It’s a symbol of our past,” Zimmerman said. The latest remodeling comes after a nearly 30-year struggle for state funding and support, said Ronald Ross, former College of Music and Dramatic Arts dean. Originally constructed in 1932 during the Great Depression, it cost about $600,000 and took a mere 18 months to complete.

The dilapidated facilities didn’t match the talent and growing national and international recognition of the school, said Gresda Doty, alumni professor emerita who taught at the University for 29 years. “Our aging facilities didn’t keep up — not even close,” Doty said. She recalled a time when two graduate students were scheduled to present their theses in the same room at the same time. One was a directorial graduate student and the other was a music student studying the MDA, see page 16



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Iran’s leader says U.S. nuke accusations are wrong

Yale student’s body returned to California for funeral

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader said Sunday U.S. officials know they are wrongly accusing Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons. In Iran’s first official reaction to the U.S. decision to scrap a European missile intercept system to defend against threats from Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claimed the Obama administration is following the same policies as its predecessor.

RESCUE, Calif. (AP) — The body of a Yale student found dead behind a wall on what should have been her wedding day has been returned to Northern California for her funeral. Funeral director Dennis Hamilton of Green Valley Mortuary in Rescue said Sunday the body of Annie Le was in the funeral home’s care. Rescue is about 10 miles from the 24-yearold graduate student’s hometown of Placerville. Raymond Clark III is charged with her murder. He has not entered a plea.

Oil company agrees to Ivory Coast waste settlement LONDON (AP) — Oil-trading company Trafigura said Sunday it has agreed to a settlement with people who claim they fell ill after a tanker dumped hundreds of tons of waste around the Ivory Coast’s main city of Abidjan. A spokeswoman said the company will pay 950 pounds ($1,546) per person but denied that the toxic waste has caused serious harm.

Infection kills scientist, possible plague bacteria link CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Chicago Medical Center says the infection that killed a scientist may be connected to bacteria he researched that causes the plague. The university said Saturday its researcher studied the genetics of

harmful bacteria including Yersinia pestis, which causes the illness. He died Sept. 13. His name and age haven’t been released. The medical center says the bacteria he worked with was a weakened strain that isn’t known to cause illness in healthy adults. The strain was approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for laboratory studies. Wildfires grant rescinded after group fails to clear flammable brush LOS ANGELES (AP) — Months before a wildfire burned 280 square miles at the edge of Los Angeles, a little-known group was awarded a $178,000 grant to clear flammable brush and tree limbs to protect a mountain neighborhood in the Angeles National Forest. The work proposed for 90 acres in Big Tujunga Canyon was never done, and the grant was rescinded two days before the massive blaze ignited Aug. 26. Sixty homes were burned in the rugged canyon, by far the greatest concentration of property damage

in the huge wildfire. The ferocity of the fire makes it difficult to say how many homes, if any, might have been spared if the work had been completed. Hillary Clinton sued over alleged age discrimination WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the State Department are being sued by a diplomat who claims she was discriminated against because of her age. Lawyers for Elizabeth Colton filed suit on Friday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that Clinton and the State Department violated her rights by enforcing a mandatory retirement age and denying her a job at the U.S. Embassy in Algeria. Colton, 64, alleges in court documents that she was the top choice for the two-year post as political-economic counselor in Algiers and accepted the offer, which was later rescinded when officials realized she would soon reach the retirement age of 65.


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NEW IBERIA (AP) — Waiting to hear back from the Guinness World Records people is the hardest part about submitting her 26-year-old mixed terrier as the world’s oldest dog, Janelle Derouen says. She does confess to some anxiety about whether Max — who, if you go for the old multiply-by-seven calculation, is about the equivalent of a 182-year-old human — will survive until the confirmation papers arrive. Derouen said she is awaiting word from Guinness, after faxing papers that included a veterinarian’s record of Max’s birth and puppy shots in August 1983. He’s already five years older than Chanel, a dachshund that held the title until her death this past summer at the age of 21. But there’s a lot of competition for top old dog. “We’ve gotten a lot of claims since Chanel died. I would say hundreds,” Jamie Panas, a spokeswoman for Guinness World Records in New York, said Thursday.

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LSU community survey shows approval of wayfinding signs Suggestions will be considered for plans By Kyle Bove Senior Staff Writer

About 80 percent of University students, faculty and staff recently polled said the vibrant directional signs being tested across campus are appropriate for LSU, according to an online survey released Friday. The 13 temporary signs — for things like buildings, roads and parking lots — are part of the final planning phase of the University’s Wayfinding Project, an initiative to redesign all of the directional and informational signs on campus. The test signs, made from temporary materials like plywood and PVC pipe, were displayed for the University community to evaluate the signs’ color, font, readability and design before the actual ones are constructed, said Jason Soileau, assistant director of Facility Development.

Although there has been plenty of buzz on campus since the signs went up in August, an e-mail sent to about 28,000 students, 1,300 faculty members and 3,800 staff members allowed the University community to formally voice their opinion. Only about 1,400 responded to the multiple choice survey, and comments made in the optional comment box on each question ranged from extremely positive to extremely negative. “The overall design of the signs is acceptable, but the colors are garish and clown-like,” one commenter said. “They do not preserve any sense of dignity, and do not blend in with the rest of the campus at all.” Others liked the signs’ bright, modern purple-and-gold color scheme — a huge contrast to the brown directional signs currently used on campus. “[The new signs] are great,” another commenter said. “A much nicer look for the University than the old, dilapidated ones currently spread all over campus.” Soileau, who has headed the

Wayfinding Project since its inception 18 months ago, said the majority of comments made in the comment boxes were negative. The results of the survey — and comments — will be analyzed by Sasaki and Associates, the Bostonbased architectural planning firm designing the signs for the University. Soileau said all comments will be taken into account as he, Sasaki and the University’s wayfinding committee put together their final plan for the multi-million dollar project, which will be presented to the chancellor in October. “We’ve asked Sasaki to look at certain aspects of the signs based on the comments we received,” Soileau said. One of those aspects is the color scheme of the test sign outside of the Law Center. Soileau said they are re-evaulating the sign’s muted purple accents on the Law Center’s logo after many survey takers said the color did not reflect the University’s colors well. Soileau said he wants the University to have an adopted sign system by the end of the semester.


Students walk past one of the model wayfinding signs in the Quad on Aug. 25. The models were used to gauge student opinion on new directional signs around campus.

Many survey takers criticized the Wayfinding Project itself, saying it’s not what the University needs to be focused on right now, especially considering the University’s round of budget cuts this summer. “The signs are fine, but I’m disappointed to see the University focusing and spending money on something so frivolous when jobs are being lost, academic units are receiving funding cuts, etc,” one

commenter wrote. Soileau said the real signs — which will all have the same consistent design and color scheme — will begin to be installed on campus in phases as funding becomes available in different departments.

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University Baptist minister remembered by friends Campus chapel named after Rev. By Adam Duvernay Senior Staff Writer

He was a minister and a musician, a father and a husband. He taught his daughters to dance on the tops of his feet and ate raw cookie dough from the refrigerator late at night. But on campus, he will be best remembered for his 22 years of ministry with the University Baptist Student Union. After a 25-year-long battle with Parkison’s disease, Rev. Frank Horton died June 18. He would have been 81 years old last week. He was remembered Sunday by a gathering of more than 500 of the people he called friends. His work with the BSU was commemorated with the dedication of the Frank Horton Chapel on the

corner of Highland Road and Chimes Street. Horton was an inspiration and a friend for hundreds of students from the ’60s through ’80s. The people who knew him best were often the students he saw on a day-to-day basis at the BSU. Weaver McCracken met Horton in 1967 while he was a student. For McCracken, Horton helped make a lonely campus a home. McCracken said he found a “special warmness” in Horton the first time they met, and he tried to interact with the reverend daily. McCracken said the daily meetings were never long — he usually interrupted Horton in his office during administrative work. But Horton always took time to speak to him. “Frank helped to make the BSU a place where I really mattered,” McCracken said. “He always had a way of sharing his heart with you.” He told the assembly at University Baptist Church that Horton had provided constant affirmation with

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Weaver McCracken, University Baptist minister and University alumnus, speaks about former Reverend Frank Horton for the Baptist Student Union.

the phrase “I appreciate you.” “Through the years, those words ‘I appreciate you’ have been burned into my mind,” McCracken said. “For me to say those words is the warmest affirmation I can give. I learned that from my friend Frank.” That special warmness was there to greet Gail Stephens when she arrived on campus in the ’70s from her home in Melbourne, Australia. Stephens said her parents had moved to Australia before she was born and made her promise she would visit the BSU and meet Horton when they sent her back to Louisiana. She said when she first entered the BSU, the facility was empty and quiet, except for a smiling Horton standing outside his office. They sat down with a cup of coffee and spoke for hours. “Frank taught me about greatness,” Stephens said. “He had the amazing gift of God to engage and inspire students.” Stephens said she still thinks of Horton as a role model and hero. She said she tries to pass on the wisdom he gave her to her students. Mike Young came to the University and first visited the BSU in 1981. Horton had performed his brother’s wedding ceremony a few years before, and his mother had also made him promise to visit the BSU while at school. For much of his freshman year, Young said he felt alone in a crowd and unsure where he was going. But that changed the day he went to the BSU. “When I stepped inside the doors, Frank was standing outside his office. He looked at me and said, ‘Mike Young! I’ve been waiting for you to get here,’” Young said. After his first year, Young said

he’d fallen out of good academic standing with the school and was forced to wait out a year. But the day he came back, he said Horton was there to welcome him. “Frank gave us a glimpse of what the kingdom of God is like,”

Young said. “Ultimately, I think the world would look a whole lot better if it looked like Frank’s BSU. That’s the kingdom of God — that’s what it looks like.” Contact Adam Duvernay at





Campus architectural history exhibit opens in art gallery Presentation slated for statewide museum By Ryan Buxton Staff Writer

A new architecture exhibit opened in the Student Union art gallery Sunday before it embarks on a statewide museum tour, and Michael Desmond, architecture professor and head of the project, jokingly asked if it could make a pit stop at the Louisiana Legislature. The exhibit, “LSU: Building An American Renaissance,” chronicles the history and current structural condition of the buildings in the Quad, many of which are in desperate need of state funds for improvements and maintenance. A stop at the Capitol isn’t on the agenda, but Secretary of State Jay Dardenne will send the exhibit on a

tour to various state museums after its residency in the Union. The first stop on the tour will be in Tioga. Dardenne said he is enthusiastic about making the exhibit available to everyone in Louisiana, not just those who can visit the Union art gallery. “This exhibit is capturing and depicting [campus history] in a way to make all Louisianians proud of it,” Dardenne said. The exhibit’s debut coincides with the University’s sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary. Michael Finkelstein, president of Landmark at LSU, a group working to preserve historic campus sites, said the exhibit is “the real kickoff to the sesquicentennial.” Finkelstein said the architecture project is also important to Landmark at LSU’s interest in historical parts of campus. “This is a tremendous opportunity for us while we have something

in our backyard that’s tangible and we can look at as a guide to where we’ve been,” Finkelstein said. “And no one knows it better than Michael Desmond.” Chancellor Michael Martin said the timing is also interesting because of the ongoing construction to the Union. “There is something special here,” Martin said. “We’re looking at the changing campus, and we’re doing it here in the Union, which is being changed now.” Martin said another connection is Desmond’s father, who was the architect who originally designed the Union. Martin called it a “nice continuum.” Martin said he hopes the exhibit gives students a new perspective on the campus and sparks interest in the University. “[The exhibit] gives extra appeal of being able to appreciate how we got to where we are now,” Martin

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Chancellor Michael Martin speaks about the new achitecture exhibit, “LSU: Building an American Renaissance,” in the Student Union on Sunday.

said. “I hope students take advantage and learn about this University.” Finkelstein said Landmark at LSU can find inspiration in the project, as well as help from Desmond on reaching the organization’s goals for preservation.


Louisiana to lose Congressional seat Illegal immigrants one cause for loss By Nate Monroe Contributing Writer

Illegal immigrants have become a hot topic in the national health debate since Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburst during President Barack Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress last Wednesday. But illegal immigration is a hot button issue in Louisiana for a different reason. Concerns exist about next year’s census, which so far has scrapped a question about citizenship status — leading to the possibility of counting illegal immigrants among citizen residents in states across the country. The United States Constitution mandates a tally of the country’s population every 10 years — federal funding for various programs, electoral votes and congressional seats are appropriated to states based on the count. Many observers and officials have expected Louisiana to lose a congressional seat for years because of inactive population growth in recent census decades, said Karen Paterson, demographer with the Louisiana State Census Data Center. Some are convinced the stagnation wouldn’t lose Louisiana a Congressional seat if the way the census counted residents was changed. In an Aug. 9 editorial in the Wall Street Journal, Elliot Stonecipher, a state demographer, and John Baker, LSU law professor, argue counting illegal immigrants among citizens in the census will disproportionately benefit states with large illegal immigrant populations, like California and Texas, and hurt states without comparably large illegal immigrant populations, like Louisiana. “Under a proper census enumeration that excluded illegal residents, some of the states project-

ed to lose a representative — including our own state of Louisiana — would not do so,” the editorial said. The issue has become politically charged since the editorial’s publication. The Louisiana Republican Party has taken a strong line against the census plans. “If they do not count the illegal aliens, we would not lose a seat,” said Roger Villere, chairman of the Louisiana GOP. Paterson said the census leaves out the citizenship status question because it’s useful to know who lives in what areas, regardless of citizenship status. “If you live in a place, you probably pay taxes, and you use services as well,” she said. “So in terms of infrastructure, it’s useful to know how many people actually live there, who uses the infrastructure.” In addition, she said the census is “supposed to be non-threatening.” If people perceive any level of threat from the census, they’re unlikely to fill out the forms, lowering the overall response rate — something the government has actively tried to combat by setting goals for higher response rates every 10 years. She added a large portion of illegal immigrants are likely to be missed by the census anyway, because their incentives — not getting caught — dictate avoiding it. “There are a lot of reasons why a state may lose a district,” said Troy Blanchard, sociology professor and demographer. “You can’t just point to one thing and say that’s why a state is losing representation.” Blanchard did say the theory has scientific merit and will be “something to pay attention to,” but it’s likely “not the full picture” of why Louisiana will lose a Congressional district. Paterson was reluctant to directly contradict the notion Louisiana may lose a seat because of illegal immigrants, but she pointed to stagnant population growth numbers as proof other factors are affecting

Louisiana’s apportionment. Louisiana ranks last in the country in the Census Bureau’s population percent change projections from 2000-2008, losing 1.3 percent. At the end of the day, Paterson said, Louisiana will lose a

Congressional seat “because we didn’t grow as fast as other states.”

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Venezuela La. develops its first animal response unit celebrates Truck, trailer to be historic used in assistance crowning VET SCHOOL

By Sarah Eddington Contributing Writer

After losing an estimated 8,500 animals — not including those drowned and never recovered — during Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana needed a plan for its pets. Louisiana developed its first animal response unit to minimize the number of animals lost in another disaster, thanks to a grant from the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the International Fund for Animal Welfare. The $140,000 truck and trailer unit ,will be used for animal disaster assistance, said Rebecca Adcock, deputy director of Louisiana State Animal Response Team, and will allow LSART volunteers to create an on-site communication center, emergency veterinary care and an evacuation shelter. Lack of communication can be one of the biggest issues in a disaster response, Adcock said. “It will help us have everything in one place,” said Rebecca McConnico, associate professor of equine medicine at LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and LSART equine branch leader. “The new unit will enhance our abilities to respond more quickly, which could end up saving lives – animal and human.” The 36-foot-long trailer is large enough to set up an evacuation shelter inside. Renee Poirrier, director of LSART, said the unit will be able to hold about 50 dogs and cats. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of the unit were held Friday at the School of Veterinary Medicine. Marlow Ball, fourth-year veterinary student, attended the demonstration and said the new unit will be a positive addition for disaster assistance. “We learned from previous experience,” Ball said. “If we aren’t prepared, problems will arise.” The unit will be used throughout the state, and also in other states if they need assistance, Adcock said. The number of animals lost in Katrina made people in the state and national governments aware of the tragedies that can happen to animals during disasters, Adcock said. “The tragedy turned into an opportunity for our state volunteer groups to create safer plans for people and their pets,” Adcock said. On June 27, 2006, former governor Kathleen Blanco signed the Pets Evacuation and Transportation

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help.” A lot of University veterinarians are members of LSART and are trained to be able to respond to animal emergencies, Adcock said. “The school is very supportive of [LSART],” McConnico said. “We’re available to help if they need it.”

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The newly crowned Miss Universe returned to her native Venezuela on Saturday to celebrate her historic selection, saying the nation would go for its third consecutive win at next year’s pageant. Stefania Fernandez, 18, was welcomed at the airport with a red carpet and flowers. “Nothing is impossible, Venezuela!” she said, stepping off the plane in a blue dress and sparkling crown. Fernandez’s win last month made Venezuela the first country to claim the title two years in a row, after Dayana Mendoza was crowned in 2008. Fernandez, who is the sixth Miss Universe from this beauty-obsessed South American nation, will pass along her national crown to the new Miss Venezuela to be picked at a pageant Thursday. She said she hopes her successor as Miss Venezuela will capture a third consecutive win for their country. “Next year, we’re going for the triplet,” she told reporters.

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The Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) and other contributors gather at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of a new animal emergency response unit at the LSU Vet School’s Equine Lameness Pavillion.

Standards Act, which required parishes to devise plans for evacuating sheltered pets. Louisiana residents can now register their pets at a local parish pickup point for evacuation during natural disasters. The animals are brought to a shelter whose location is coordinated with their owner’s shelter. McConnico said the process is much more efficient if people are allowed to take care of their own pets at a shelter. This was the procedure during Gustav, and fewer lives were lost because of it. “There are so many people that are so bonded with their pets,”

Adcock said. “What we recognized in emergencies is that if you don’t make some type of arrangements for the pets, the people aren’t going to evacuate.” LSART partners with the vet school in providing some of their disaster response training, Adcock said. The University was one of the first veterinary schools in the country to offer third- and fourth-year student courses for animal response, Poirrier said. “We have about 10 or 15 volunteers in every class,” McConnico said. “At any one time, there are 40 to 50 students that would be able to

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‘Hot job’ openings more available to higher ed. grads Higher degrees help to earn more money By Olga Kourilova Contributing Writer

One in six of the 230 “hot jobs” for future graduates will be available to those with associate degrees or higher, according to a recent study by The New Democratic Leadership Council published Sept. 2. The report defines a hot job as a job paying more than the 2006 median wage of $32,000 and having above the 2006 median growth of 10 percent. Jobs which require associate degrees will grow at nearly double the national average, increasing 18.7 percent. The report estimates the average growth to be 10 percent. Another way to look at the future job market is to consider the number of high-paying jobs available to those with an associate degree versus a bachelor’s degree, said assistant professor of economics Kaj Gittings in an e-mail. Because fewer of those jobs are available for

associate degree holders, any increase would result in a larger percent growth than the same increase for bachelor’s degree holders. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states associate degree holders historically earn $5,600 more than high school graduates, while bachelor’s degree holders earn $21,000 more and master’s degree holders earn $33,800 more. The cost of each program varies, as well. A Louisiana resident student taking 12 hours at Baton Rouge Community College this semester pays $969 for tuition; the same student at LSU pays $2,607.70 for tuition. The University’s main campus offers only bachelor’s degrees, while LSU-Eunice and LSU-Alexandria, both within the LSU system, offer associate programs, said Kathryn Carroll, director of research, planning and communication of LSU Continuing Education. Continuing Education does offer a number of credit and non-credit certification courses, but they are not comparable to an associate degree, she said. While an associate degree requires 60 hours, most of the certi-


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fication courses require around 15. “People use the certificates to document additional education in a specific area that might be relevant to a promotion or to changing positions,” Carroll said. The certification courses are helpful in addition to a degree, she said. They are not supplemental.

When considering which educational route to take, students must be realistic about their career goals, said Sara Crow, assistant director of communications at Career Services. “The key for each individual is to really know about the field they’re planning to enter and what it’ll take to be successful in that field,” Crow

An employer looks for a specific set of knowledge and skills. Those may differ in some fields, she said. But attending college provides additional benefits beyond getting an education, including learning discipline and fiscal responsibility, she said. Rachel Bennett, electrical engineering freshman, said she would look into an associate’s program if it were available in her field. Many people may choose four-year programs instead of two-year programs because they carry more prestige, Bennett said. The next several years will require more effort on the applicant’s side when it comes to getting a desired job. Simply sending out a résumé may not be enough, Gittings said. “As far the job market here, for the time being, things still look tough,” he said.

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Ex-aide: John Edwards fathered mistress’ child By The Associated Press CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — A man who once claimed to have fathered the child of John Edwards’ mistress says in a book proposal the former presidential candidate is the real father and that he and Edwards worked with his campaign finance chairman to hide that secret, according to a newspaper report published online Saturday. The New York Times said the book proposal by former Edwards aide Andrew Young states he helped facilitate the affair between Edwards and Rielle Hunter. According to the newspaper, Young wrote that Edwards once told Hunter they would wed after Edwards’ wife, who has cancer, died. Edwards told Hunter that the ceremony would be held on a rooftop in New York and the Dave Matthews Band would make an appearance, the newspaper said, citing its examination of the book proposal. St. Martin’s Press said Young signed a book deal with the publisher in June and it involved a strict confidentiality agreement. A spokesman for the publisher did not immediately return a phone message and e-mail seeking comment Saturday.

Edwards has said the affair with Hunter ended in 2006. That year, Edwards’ political action committee paid Hunter’s video production firm $100,000 for work. Then the committee paid another $14,086 on April 1, 2007. The Edwards camp has said the latter payment from the PAC was exchanged for 100 hours of unused videotape Hunter shot. The same day, the Edwards presidential campaign had injected $14,034.61 into the PAC for a “furniture purchase,” according to federal election records. Edwards, a U.S. senator representing North Carolina from 1998 until his vice presidential bid in 2004, acknowledged in May that federal investigators are looking into how he used campaign funds. Grand jury proceedings are secret, and the U.S. attorney’s office in Raleigh declined to confirm or deny an investigation. Edwards adamantly denied during an interview with ABC News

last summer that he had fathered a child with Hunter, and he welcomed a paternity test. His wife, Elizabeth, has said she doesn’t know if her husband is the father. Young said in 2007 he was the child’s father. Hunter said around the same time that Young was the father and the birth certificate does not list a father’s name. Michael Critchley, Hunter’s attorney, declined to comment Saturday. A lawyer for Young did not immediately return messages left at his office Saturday. Joyce Fitzpatrick, a spokeswoman for Edwards and his attorney, Wade Smith, said Edwards would not comment Saturday. Smith has said Edwards may make a statement at some point in the future about the paternity of Frances Quinn Hunter, who is 19-months old, but there was no timetable for that. Young hasn’t spoken publicly since saying he was the father in 2007 and has repeatedly ignored

reporter requests for interviews. Young got his last campaign paycheck in the middle of November, a month before he and Hunter publicly declared through attorneys that he was the father. Fred Baron, who was Edwards’ national finance chairman and a wealthy Dallasbased trial attorney, said last year he quietly sent money to Hunter and to Young’s family to resettle in California. Baron, who died following

complications from cancer just a few months after Edwards acknowledged the affair, said he provided the money on his own, to “help two friends and former colleagues rebuild their lives when harassment by supermarket tabloids made it impossible for them to move forward on their own.” Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at


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Late comeback saves weekend

By David Helman Sports Writer

LaFell, Scott perform well for the Tigers’ offense after struggles in first two games By Rob Landry

Sports Contributor

The bulk of the preseason expectations for the LSU’s offensive unit were placed on the shoulders of senior running back Charles Scott and senior wide receiver Brandon LaFell. But through the first two games of the season, neither player had lived up to the hype. Scott, the Tigers’ leading rusher in 2008 with 1,174 yards and 18 touchdowns, struggled early on in ’09, accounting for only 101 yards on 25 carries. Scott failed to cross the goal line against both Washington and Vanderbilt. LaFell, who tested the waters of the NFL draft in the spring before deciding to return to LSU, had 11 receptions for only 72 yards and one touchdown. LSU’s two offensive leaders had been nearly invisible. That changed on Saturday. The Tigers utilized the talents of their senior leaders, as they accounted for three of LSU’s four touchdowns in Saturday’s 31-3 win against Louisiana-Lafayette. Scott led all rushers with 63 yards on 12 carries, along with a receiving touchdown. LaFell grabbed three receptions for 57 yards and scored twice. LaFell said his slow start to LAFELL, see page 15

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[Top] Senior running back Charles Scott (32) evades a ULL defender Saturday in LSU’s 31-3 win. [Bottom] Senior wide receiver Brandon LaFell carries the ball. Both seniors had their best performances of the season after lackluster performances in the first two games.

A pair of second-half goals Sunday saved the weekend for the LSU soccer team at the Duke Nike Classic. The Tigers (4-2-2) secured a 2-2 draw against Duke with just five minutes to play in their final nonconference game of the regular season. The team played close with No. 1 North Carolina on Friday before falling, 1-0, in the final minutes. “We faced a real character test at halftime to fight our way back and get a result [Saturday] afternoon,” said LSU coach Brian Lee in a news release. “Duke is an excellent team and this is a difficult place for anyone to play. But I am very proud that our girls kept fighting until the very end and of the tremendous character they displayed in the second half. I also thought the team really stepped it up in the absence of [senior midfielder] Melissa Clarke.” Clarke is the Tigers’ leading goal scorer with five but missed Sunday’s game after playing 78 minutes against North Carolina. The Blue Devils (5-3-1) jumped on LSU early in their meeting, scoring in the 18th and 38th minutes on the efforts of senior forward KayAnne Gummersall and junior midfielder Marybeth Kreger. The Tigers fired just two shots on goal before halftime and didn’t seem likely to find their rhythm. “We haven’t learned to come out in the second half after putting a good half on and just kill their spirits,” Duke coach Robbie Church said after the game. “I don’t know if it is a maturity thing about our young team.” LSU senior midfielder Malorie Rutledge closed the margin just SOCCER, see page 11


Tigers swept, 3-0, by No. 16 Kentucky LSU goes 1-1 in first weekend of SEC play By Andy Schwehm Sports Writer

It may have been the hangover from a five-set match Friday night, a long day spent Saturday tailgating or the fact that Kentucky had a bye Friday night. Whatever the case, all LSU volleyball coach Fran Flory knew was her team didn’t show up to play Sunday afternoon against

Friday night], but they No. 16 Kentucky, as the Tilooked physically tired, gers fell in straight sets for and when you are in SEC the first time this season, 3-0 play, you can’t be tired.” (22-25, 15-25, 21-25). The Tigers (7-4) were The loss makes LSU Log on to see outmatched and outplayed 33-5 in the last four years photos from this all match at the net, as the in the Southeastern Confer- weekend’s series. Wildcats (11-1) accumuence at home. Its only losses lated 14.5 blocks against have been to Kentucky (two LSU’s six, one of the better defensive times) and Florida (three times). “What’s important is that we have to blocking teams in the SEC. “They controlled every aspect of the know we have to come out and play every single time we put the uniform on, and our game, and we could never break through,” team didn’t come to play today,” Flory said. VOLLEYBALL, see page 15 “I don’t know if they were hung over [from

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Marina Skender (12), Brittnee Cooper (25) and Lauren DeGirolamo (4) jump to block a ball in the Tigers’ 3-2 win against Tennessee on Sept. 18. LSU lost to Kentucky on Sunday.





Saints take an easy win against Eagles, 48-22 Brees throws three touchdown passes By The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Without Donovan McNabb, the Philadelphia Eagles tried everything they could on offense. Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints stuck to what they do best. Brees tossed three more touchdown passes Sunday, helping the Saints beat Philadelphia 48-22. Brees had six TD passes last week as the Saints (2-0) routed

Detroit 45-27. He picked up where he left off, picking apart Philadelphia’s secondary and completing 25 of 34 passes for 311 yards and one interception. “If you look at our skill group, each game no guy ever knows who’s day it’s gonna be,” Brees said. “Each guy knows it’s their job to open things up for everyone else.” Making his first NFL start for an injured McNabb, Kevin Kolb threw for 391 yards and two TDs, including a 71-yard scoring pass to DeSean Jackson. Kolb also threw three interceptions, though, including one returned 97 yards for a TD

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Saints wide receiver Marques Colston, right, is tackled by Eagles cornerback Sheldon Brown in the first quarter of the Saints’ 48-22 win Sunday.

by Darren Sharper in the final minute. “I’ve got to cut those turnovers out,” Kolb said. “I know better than that. I will do it.” McNabb sat out with a cracked rib. With the five-time Pro Bowl QB in street clothes, the Eagles (11) showed off their creativity on offense. Coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg used several variations of the wildcat formation with three different players taking snaps. Both tackles were split wide one time with only three linemen blocking. Kolb threw an incomplete pass on a reverse flea flicker and Brian Westbrook had an incompletion. It could get even wackier next week when Michael Vick is expected to play his first regular-season game since Dec. 31, 2006. The Saints took advantage of a fumble recovery and interception to turn a four-point halftime lead into a 31-13 advantage in the first 3½ minutes of the third quarter. Ellis Hobbs fumbled the second-half kickoff and Chris Reis recovered at the Eagles 22. Two plays later, Brees tossed an 11-yard TD pass to fullback Heath Evans, who broke a couple tackles, tiptoed along the sideline and dove over the orange pylon. On Philadelphia’s next possession, Scott Shanle stepped in front of Kolb’s ill-advised pass to

a well-covered Jackson for an easy pick. Mike Bell ran in from the 7 to make it 31-13. Jason Avant made a diving catch on fourth-and-goal from the 3 to cut it to 34-20 late in the third. But Reggie Bush, filling in for an injured Bell, had a 19-yard TD run to put the Saints ahead 41-20. New Orleans needed just two plays to go 54 yards after getting the ball with 1:20 left in the first half. Bush turned a short pass into a 29-yard gain, and Brees fired a 25-yard strike to Marques Colston to give the Saints a 17-10 lead. Kolb drove Philadelphia 63 yards in 43 seconds, setting up David Akers’ 32-yard field goal

before halftime. The Saints racked up 421 yards against a defense that dominated the Carolina Panthers in a 38-10 win last week. “You like starting 2-0, but it doesn’t promise you anything,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. McNabb got hurt when he was hit hard in the end zone after scoring on a 3-yard TD run last week against Carolina. He didn’t practice this week and was ruled out 90 minutes before kickoff.

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Tigers, Lady Tigers finish 10th, 8th at ‘Bama Team performance below expectations By Jonathan Schexnayder Sports Contributor

The LSU cross country teams picked up where they left off last season — near the back of the pack. The Tigers wrapped up the 2008 regular season at the Southeastern Conference Championships with a 10th place finish. The Lady Tigers finished last. After being rained out in their season opener at the Texas A&M Invitational, the Tigers and Lady Tigers finally started competition Friday at the Crimson Classic at the Harry Pritchard Running Course in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The women picked up an

eighth-place finish out of 16 teams with 167 points. The men’s team finished 10th with 283 points. A total of 16 teams also comprised the field in the men’s race. “From where we were last year as a team and the personnel that we have, I thought they ran well,” LSU coach Mark Elliott said of the Lady Tigers. “They were very competitive across the board.” Elliott had different things to say about the performance of the men’s team. “The guys didn’t run as well as I thought they would,” he said. “But that’s why we have next week.” Both Alabama teams won their races in their season opener at the 21st annual Crimson Classic. The No. 10 Crimson Tide dominated the men’s side with a score of 34 as three of their runners were among the first four competitors to

cross the finish line. The Alabama women posted a score of 43, with their top three runners finishing in the top seven overall. Other SEC foes Tennessee (55) and Auburn (76), along with Georgia Tech (153) and Belmont (156), rounded out the top five on the men’s side. In the women’s competition, Auburn (75) took second place, followed by Tennessee (88), Georgia Tech (115) and Samford (137). Top finishers individually for LSU were sophomore Katie Hamel in 21st place with a 5K time of 18 minutes, 43.5 seconds and sophomore Cullen Doody in 44th place with an 8K time of 26 minutes, 52.3 seconds. Sophomore Jenna Henssler (19 minutes, 13 seconds) and freshman Charlene Lipsey (19 minutes, 16.6 seconds) followed Hamel, finishing Nos. 33 and 34, respectively.


University Club to be renovated Course to become more challenging By Sean Isabella Sports Contributor

Two weeks after the LSU men’s and women’s golf teams each received top-12 preseason rankings, plans were announced Friday to push the program to an elite level. Athletic Department and University Club officials, along with former LSU All-American golfer David Toms, announced plans for a complete renovation of the University Club, beginning in early December. The University Club, which houses both the men’s and women’s golf programs, will undergo a 10-month renovation process, expected to be finished by the fall 2010 semester. Toms and golf architect Jim Lipe, scrutinized the entire course and created a plan to redesign it to provide a more challenging experience for LSU golfers. The current 7,274-yard, par 72 course, which opened in 1998, will be stretched to some 7,500 yards.  “You not only want to recruit the best players, but when you get here you want them to improve,” said Toms, who turned pro in 1992 after a stellar career as a Tiger. “You want them to be able to play a golf course that’s going to challenge their game.”  Some of the new challenges include shrinkage of the driving areas, as well as new bunkers and expanded water hazards.  Additional trees, with sand dunes and native grasses, will help give the University Club a more PGA Tour-type feel.  LSU Vice Chancellor and Athletic Director Joe Alleva said the renovation is a “perfect project.”  “We’re not going to have any

debt, and we’re not going to use any state money,” he said. All the funds for the project have been provided by Tiger Athletic Foundation and private donors, Alleva said.  LSU men’s golf coach and Toms’ former teammate Chuck Winstead vocalized the positive impact Toms has had on the golf programs. “You won’t go to any university and find the level of player of David Toms give as much back to his university as David has with his,” said Winstead, whose Tigers begin their season Sunday at the PING/Golfweek Invitational in Bremerton, Wash.   Winstead said the improvements will not only give the University Club the distinction of being one of the best courses in the South but will give the program

the opportunity to host major tournaments. He hopes one day LSU will be able to host the NCAA tournament, something he considers a definitive advantage. “Look at the baseball team. They play the super regional at Alex Box Stadium — do they get beat there? No way,” he said. “If LSU football played the national championship game in Tiger Stadium, who’s going to win?” 

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Sophomores Laura Carleton (No. 45) and Amber Abbott (No. 49) rounded out the Lady Tigers’ top five. On the men’s side, sophomore Sean Swanner (27 minutes, 50.7 seconds) finished No. 72 behind Doody, followed by sophomore Luke Dessauer (No. 74; 27 minutes, 54.6 seconds), and freshmen Frank Bohn (No. 77; 27 minutes, 58.4 seconds) and Roger Cooke (No. 79; 28 minutes, 04.6 seconds). LSU hosts its lone home meet

of the season Saturday in the LSU Invitational at Highland Road Park. “Our goal is to try and do better than we did last year,” Elliott said. “We keep trying to improve as we compete each week. I expect better results next week at our home meet.” TheTigers and Lady Tigers finished first and fifth, respectively, at last season’s home meet. Contact Jonathan Schexnayder at




Alumnae welcomed at Tiger Park



Tigers manage a win Saturday, 7-6 By Jarred LeBlanc Sports Contributor

The LSU softball team held off a seventh-inning surge by LSU softball alumnae to win Saturday’s scrimmage, 7-6. The alumnae managed to score three runs in the bottom of the seventh before highly touted freshman pitcher Rachele Fico struck out former All-American Jodi Otten to secure the win. Former Tiger Stephanie Hill scored the alumnae’s first run in the inning on a bases-loaded walk. A two-run single by current assistant coach Log on Kristen Hobbs, to see who played at photos of LSU from 2004the Lady 2007, made the Tigers score 7-6. playing the But then alumnae Fico struck out team. Otten to end the game. “This program is a very proud program,” said LSU coach Yvette Girouard. “The last time we did an alumnae game, we lost.” The scrimmage was the first time Tiger fans were able to see Fico perform in Tiger Park. The two-time Gatorade Softball Player of Year for the state of Connecticut pitched a national high school-record 26 perfect games. Kristin Schmidt, the 2004 Women’s College World Series Most Valuable Player, held LSU scoreless from the circle for two innings before the Tiger bats came alive. “Schmidt gives you fits,” Girouard said. “I went in the dugout and told the pitchers, it’s all about location. You don’t have to throw the ball a million miles an hour.’” LSU jumped out to a 7-0 lead before former Tiger Dee Dee Henderson scored on current assistant coach Kristen Hobbs’ squeeze bunt in the fifth inning. The teams treated the fans to a 10-player home run derby after the sixth inning. Junior third baseman Jessica Mouse led all hitters in the competition with three homers. Girouard said she’s glad the alumnae got to play in the team’s new Tiger Park. “You have to always honor history and never forget it,” Girouard said. “Shame on us if we would forget to honor and try to welcome back our sisters who wore the purple and gold. These are the women who made all of this possible for us.” LSU will continue its fall season when the Tigers host four Louisiana teams, starting with a doubleheader Saturday against Louisiana College and Louisiana-Monroe. LSU will host another doubleheader Sunday at Tiger Park against LSU-Eunice and Southeastern Louisiana. Contact Jarred LeBlanc at

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Members of the alumnae softball team celebrate after the last out of the third inning during the alumnae game held in Tiger Park on Saturday.

A kids zone area, complete with a giant slide and a bounce house, was stationed outside Tiger Stadium prior to Saturday’s football game against Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday. It was open from noon to 6 p.m.





Meyer worried about Florida’s flu bug hitting players By The Associated Press GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP)—Florida’s flu bug is cause for alarm, at least for coach Urban Meyer and his staff. Running back Jeff Demps, tight end Aaron Hernandez and defensive end Jermaine Cunningham were isolated in the days leading up to Saturday’s game against Tennessee. Although Meyer did not say any of the players had swine flu, he certainly was worried the devastating virus could hit his top-ranked team. “It is a panic level of proportion I’ve never seen before,” Meyer said Sunday, a day after his team’s 23-13 victory. “That’s coming from me. You hear about, I think, Wisconsin had 40 players. Ole Miss had 20 players. My wife, with her great insight, said, ‘Do you realize the swine flu and everything is hitting the Florida campus last week.’ My gosh.” Meyer said team doctors and his training staff were doing everything they could to prevent an outbreak. Hand sanitizers were everywhere, and prevention checklists were posted all around the training facility.

“We’re trying the best we can, but it’s real,” Meyer said. “We go to the extremes. They get a separate dorm room for them. They get a separate hotel room for them. They put them right on whatever the flu stuff is. Our guys, our team doctors, they’re on it as fast as you can get on it.” Demps, Cunningham and Hernandez all played against the Volunteers, but none of them seemed to play up to par. Demps, who had a 101-degree temperature, ran four times for 31 yards and a touchdown. Hernandez caught four passes for 26 yards. And Cunningham finished with one tackle. Meyer said Sunday that Demps probably shouldn’t have played. “Jeff did not look right, Aaron Hernandez didn’t play like Aaron Hernandez, and Jermaine didn’t play like Jermaine. They were beat up pretty good,” he said. Meyer said there could more isolations this week. He was most concerned with Demps, the team’s starting running back, because he’s on the front end of the flu. Hernan-

dez and Cunningham were getting over their symptoms, Meyer said. On the injury front, Meyer said linebacker Brandon Spikes will be placed in a protective boot. Spikes missed most of the second half of Saturday’s game because of tendinitis in his Achilles’ tendon. The team’s defensive captain limped off the field early in the game, got his left ankle taped and tried to return. But Spikes ended up getting pulled and replaced by Dustin Doe. Meyer said Spikes struggled through practice this week and had to be fitted with orthotics. “It’s a pain issue,” Meyer said. “It’s not a structural issue. It’s not a pull, it’s a tendon strain of the Achilles’ tendon.” Receiver Deonte Thompson (hamstring) also missed the game, but should return against Kentucky. Receiver Riley Cooper pinched a nerve on the first series but stayed in the game.

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Florida sophomore running back Jeff Demps (2) breaks a tackle to score a TD Saturday in Gainesville, Fla. Demps was running a 101-degree fever during the game, and Florida coach Urban Meyer said he should probably have not played.


Ryan throws three TD passes to Gonzales in win By The Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Ryan has a new favorite receiver. No surprise who it is. Ryan threw three touchdown passes, hooking up with Tony Gonzalez for the second week in a row, and the Atlanta Falcons held off the Carolina Panthers 28-20 on Sunday. Through his first two games with the Falcons, Gonzalez has 12 catches for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Just what Atlanta had in mind when it dealt for a tight end who figures to end up in Canton — and starting 2-0 is just what Gonzalez had in mind when he asked to be traded by lowly Kansas City. The Falcons already have matched the Chiefs’ win total for all of last season.

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three minutes after the intermission when she drilled a pass from senior forward Rachel Yepez from 15 yards out to make it 2-1. “That is twice we have played a great first half and we gave up a goal in the first five minutes of the second half,” Church said. “It just changes the whole complex of the team.” The goal gives Rutledge four on the season after she bagged two last weekend against Louisiana-Lafayette and one against Southern Miss on Aug. 28. Rutledge and junior midfielder Courtney Alexander earned themselves places on the all-tournament team. Duke junior defender Gretchen Miller sealed the comeback for LSU when she knocked an errant cross into her own goal to tie the score, 2-2. The pair failed to score in overtime, giving LSU its second draw of

“Not a bad start at all,” Gonzalez said. “It’s just great to be part of a team like this.” Ryan had a big first half, which included a brilliant fingertip grab by Gonzalez on a 24-yard score. Jason Snelling and Roddy White also hauled in TD passes, giving Atlanta a 21-13 lead at the break. Ryan completed 13 straight passes at one point and finished 21 of 27 for 220 yards, though he did have his first interception of the season. Gonzalez led the Falcons again with seven receptions for 71 yards. “He’s one of the greatest tight ends of all time,” Ryan said. “That was a huge pickup for us. ” Jake Delhomme played much better for the Panthers, looking nothing like the quarterback who had 11 turnovers in his last two games. But

his 25-of-41, 308-yard passing performance was marred by that familiar problem — an interception with 2½ minutes remaining near the Atlanta end zone — and the defending NFC South champions are off to an 0-2 start. “It couldn’t be any worse than last week,” said Delhomme, referring to his four-interception, one-fumble fiasco in a 38-10 loss to Philadelphia. “I felt good out there today. ” The Falcons looked to be in good shape after Michael Turner powered over from the 1 with 12:27 remaining, stretching the lead to 2813 lead. Back came Delhomme and the Panthers. A 10-play, 80-yard drive made it 28-20, and Carolina was in position to force overtime with a touchdown and a two-point conver-

the season. “We played some of the best soccer of the year today and the weekend too,” Church said. “It is frustrating for all of us because we played well enough to win. Key decisions at different points, opportunities in front of the goal — the kids are working so hard and trying so hard. We have talked about it a couple of times that we over-try in there; we can let things relax. It is a very difficult pill to swallow, but we have to move on.” The late-game dramatics offset what was a disappointing outing against the Tar Heels (7-0-1). The Tigers played the defending national champions to 76 scoreless minutes before North Carolina junior forward Jessica McDonald headed in a left-hand cross with just 12 minutes to play. North Carolina took six shots on the goal while holding the Tigers to two, but LSU became one of just four teams this season to stay within

one goal of the Tar Heels. “This was a good, positive step forward for us this season. I thought it was a great effort from the entire team for the full 90 minutes,” Lee said in a press release Friday night. “We’re certainly not happy with the result, but North Carolina is an outstanding team and without a doubt the No. 1 team in the country.” Auburn was the other Southeastern Conference school to attend the Duke Nike Classic and performed admirably in a similar weekend to LSU, falling to Duke, 2-1, in overtime Friday night before drawing North Carolina, 0-0, on Sunday. LSU now turns to its conference schedule, which begins Friday night against No. 18 Georgia (6-0-1). The Bulldogs capped off their non-conference schedule Friday night with a 2-1 win against Clemson. Contact David Helman at

sion after driving to a first down at the Falcons 17. But three straight incompletions left the Panthers in desperation mode. On fourth-and-10, Delhomme tried to force in a pass to Steve Smith near the end zone. Chris Houston stepped in front to pick it off at the 4 before being slammed out bounds by Smith, who had a huge game with eight catches for 131 yards despite being hurt on the final play of the first half. The Panthers had one last chance after forcing an Atlanta punt. Delhomme completed four straight

passes to get the ball to the Atlanta 43 with eight seconds left. For the final pass, the Falcons stationed 6-foot-5 receiver Brian Finneran as an extra defensive back. Finneran and Brent Grimes went up together to bat the ball down, and Grimes got a hand on it. Dwayne Jarrett dove for the ball and rolled over cradling it, but it clearly hit the turf before he got his hands extended.

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Carter’s claims of racism toward Obama are unfounded If there’s one job that’s hard to retire from, it’s got to be the presidency. Whether it’s the luxuries of the White House residence, the deluxe accommodations on Air Force One or everybody standing up when you walk in a room, most former presidents simply don’t desire a peaceful retirement. Whether it’s Bill Clinton lending his gravitas to his wife’s campaign or George Bush skydiving with CNN reporters, the constant spotlight the office affords must be a hard addiction to break. Jimmy Carter has had an especially hard time fighting that addiction – since leaving office, he has worked constantly for human rights, founding the Carter center with his wife and taking a lead role in Habitat for Humanity. For his post-presidential work, he’s won a Nobel Peace Prize – the only president to claim that honor. But recently Carter has been

getting his spotlight high on something far less noble – “contributing” to (and by contributing to, I mean wrecking) the public discourse about health care reform. Carter ignited a media frenzy Wednesday during an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams. “I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man; that he is African-American,” the former president said. The results were immediate. Media nationwide latched on to the story, broadcasting the clip ad nauseam and asking their viewers if they agreed – with pretty universally negative results. Pundits such as Bill O’Reilly and his ilk immediately decried the statements as ridiculous and offensive – and, not surprisingly, claimed it was representative of Obama, the Democratic Party and the

entire left. Republican leaders acted with the obligatory outrage, but did not go much further than a few generically indignant statements. T h e y didn’t have to. C a r t e r ’s matthew albright Opinion Editor i l l - a d v i s e d remarks provided yet another high-profile, much-discussed extraneous issue to distract from a much-needed discussion of health care reform. Like Joe Wilson’s now-infamous outburst during the president’s address to a joint session of Congress, this gaffe – and it is a gaffe – was not only inappropriate by itself, but also – and more so — because it derailed what should be our national focus. Taken by itself, the concept is staggeringly illogical. Even if the circumstances are not of his

making, Obama is facing a massive problem that needs solutions. The solutions he and his colleagues have proposed are highly controversial, and for good reason – providing health care for the whole country is necessarily a slide left on the scale of socialism (although merely labeling it “Socialist” is hardly a legitimate attack). This debate cuts to the core of the political divide in our country – and those who value self-achievement over socially mandated progress have a great deal to be leery of. It isn’t ridiculous to assume critics of Obama have legitimate concerns about his policies, their effects and even his most basic ideologies. In the same way Wilson’s outburst turned the debate from a rational discussion of matters of real political philosophy toward anger and impulse, Carter’s remarks portrayed those who oppose Obama more as irrational racists than respectable, logical

people with legitimate disagreements. In the end, it’s probably true that there are those who disapprove of Obama because he is black. Ignoring that reality would be naïve. But saying “an overwhelming portion” of his detractors are motivated more by race than by honest disagreement does a disservice to our political process, our attempts to fix a broken system, and to the American public as a whole. Matthew Albright is a 20-yearold mass communication junior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_malbright.

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Night in Tiger Stadium insulting, unsatisfying I was a guest at the ULL vs. LSU game last Saturday. This was an experience of a lifetime, but a very unpleasant one. Of course I was wearing red and screaming as loud as I could for my Ragin’ Cajuns. At the game, I have never felt so targeted and personally harassed in my life for trying to support my own team, especially in my own state. Tailgating was a different story; I was welcomed and had a great time with the LSU students. Even when we were walking to the stadium, they wished my team luck and told me it would be a good game. It wasn’t until I was in the game that this persecution started. I was aware that I would get teased and taunted, but what happened was much worse. I was being ridiculed for cheering for my team. The last time I checked, Ragin’ Cajuns is not profanity. A wise person told me, “These people at LSU are not fans, they are Fanatics!” I realized that these fanatics were not the LSU students, but the alumni, their children, and those others other crazy Louisianans who think

they have the right to persecute an opponent. Never in my life have I encountered an adult telling their child to mock and insult someone else. I want to thank my parents for instilling the values in me that taught me to respect people and show them hospitality. I don’t understand the mentality that people think they have the right to be offensive to others, even if you are national champions. You are not showing your pride and spirit; you are reveling an over inflated ego. I would like to encourage those LSU students who are great hosts to continue to do this and try to encourage your classmates to do the same. You should also let your alumni and other fans know that such behavior is childlike and not appreciated. I would like to tell those who are being unsportsmanlike to try to look at themselves in the shoes of those they are tormenting. Football is supposed to be fun and bring together people from different schools to celebrate. I am so unsatisfied that I do not believe I ever want to set foot in that horrible place that you call Tiger Stadium again. An unhappy guest at Tiger Stadium, Ashley Carmen Bell ULL student and Ragin’ Cajun fan


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“There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.” Alfred Korzybski Polish-American philosopher and scientist 1879 - 1950






Common decency is officially dead in this country It was the outburst heard around the world. From the halls of Congress to the millions of Americans watching their televisions, Rep. Joe Wilson’s accusation rocked the political world. Past presidents have been booed, but never has a sitting president been shouted at by members of Congress. It was a scene more common to the British House of Lords or the parliaments of Southeast Asia. With that shout, Thomas Jefferson rolled over a little in his grave, and Nancy Pelosi gave Wilson quite possibly the scariest glare I’ve ever seen. Sadly, we shouldn’t be too surprised this kind of behavior has occurred in Congress because it has been occurring all summer. At town hall after town hall, from Washington to Maine, Hawaii to Florida and right here in Louisiana, the rancor felt by mostly older white people was

verbalized in a presidential address to a joint meeting of Congress. To be clear, some of this anger is about race. Many older Americans are scared of what they perceive to be the changing of the guard. They grew up in segregation, whether de jure or de facto, but the lines of race are beginning to blur in a modern America, ever so slightly. But more importantly, the anger is rooted in an unfounded fear held by many Americans that government is somehow inherently evil. President Obama has put forward the most sweeping agenda since LBJ’s Great Society. His plans include a complete overhaul of the financial industry, redefining health care, capping carbon emissions and reinvigorating the national manufacturing base. So much change at one time

has made many Americans wary. Pundits and average people alike say he is moving far too fast. But after eight years in the wrong direction, the faster this nation performs a 180, the better. The fears of many Americans manifeststephen schmitz ed last week during the 9/12 Columnist tea party protest on Washington. Some of these protesters were honestly against many of Obama’s policies, and they should be applauded for voicing their concerns. The same cannot be said for the entirety of the 80,000 or so people protesting. Those individuals who displayed signs saying “The zoo has an African lion and the White House has a lyin’ Afri-

can” or “Cap Congress and trade Obama back to Kenya” make themselves look terribly foolish and terribly ignorant. These signs do nothing to further honest debate and compromise — rather they make those protesting look like a bunch of old white people angry because a black man is president. Rep. Wilson’s temper tantrum had the same effect. It turned a decent speech (in Obama standards) into a far better one. These signs and that outburst remind independent Americans why they voted 52-44 for Obama. They also reminded the people who the adults are. Standing at the podium, Obama appeared to be the baby sitter over an unruly Congress and American public. The rancor in this debate is not one-sided. For years, some on the extreme left have been too belligerent in their argument, but

we have not seen such rancor as we have this year by conservative grassroots activists. A lot of the differences are also regional. Clearly, the most rancorous detractors hail from the South. From the South Carolina trio of Sen. Jim DeMint, Gov. Mark Sanford and Rep. Wilson to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, much of the old, Southern, white male electorate is in a fervor. Maureen Dowd hit the nail on the head in The New York Times last week when she said “For two centuries, the South has feared a takeover by blacks or the feds. In Obama, they have both.” Stephen Schmitz is a 19-year-old mass communication sophomore from The Woodlands, TX. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_sschmitz. Contact Stephen Schmitz at


America losing the capability for mass social movements By Kevin Swanson The Heights, Boston College

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Last weekend’s “Tea Party Protest” of conservative activists in Washington, D.C., provided another example of the growing trend toward the loss of popular social movements in the United States. Despite the protest’s fringe anti-government message, it attracted considerable media attention. However, it wasn’t the remarkable magnitude or substance of the protest that garnered the interest of the media and politicians. Instead, the interest was attributable to the relative novelty such a protest engenders in America today. In the months after the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock, we live in a country that is waging two wars, emerging from the most severe recession since the Great Depression, struggling to provide health care for its citizens and facing a looming environmental crisis. Yet, the most notable movement our society displays before the world is a small group of people who believe our president is a “socialist” and wasn’t born in the United States. As a result, American society is losing the generational capability for mass social movements that inspired the great social progress of the 1960s. When one looks at the recent narratives of contemporary social movements, the evidence points strongly to the corporatization and dissolution of social causes

into a managed movement for political gain. Take this “Tea Party Protest” as an example. While the members of the protest desperately try to brand themselves as grassroots opposition to “big government,” they are instead serving the political interests of opportunistic Republican political organizations. The most notable is Dick Armey’s “Freedomworks,” which is heavily backed by corporate dollars, to delay the president’s health care and energy agendas. The movement against the war in Iraq is another example. While Cindy Sheehan was the most visible face of the movement, it was quickly folded under the wing of In the years prior to the 2008 presidential election, MoveOn capitalized on the anti-war sentiment and turned it into a political issue to attack a Republican president. Instead of a nonpartisan peace movement to realign American foreign policy, the momentum stopped with the election of President Obama. Not only did the anti-war cause virtually stop with the election of President Obama in 2008 with his promise to end the Iraq war, but much of the young generation’s enthusiasm used to elect him has largely fizzled. This is seen in the notable lack of a social movement that would act in support of his health care and environmental agenda. The last time I checked there weren’t 75,000 screaming young people marching to the Capitol demanding affordable health care.

This recent trend in society may be due in part to the isolating and paradoxical effect social networking technology has had on our society. One would think that Facebook would facilitate the type of social interaction that is necessary for a social movement.

However, it has lowered the threshold for social engagement. Instead of actually partaking in an act of social or political activism, we are content to push a button and join a cause on Facebook as an expression of our sentiments. In some respects, this marks

the ultimate destruction of the possibility for social cohesion because a for-profit entity now dictates the terms of people’s interaction. Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at


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Flory said. Kentucky junior outside hitter Sarah Mendoza led the charge for the Wildcats, racking up 10 kills, eight digs, one solo block and three block assists. “Sarah is always steady, although I wouldn’t say she had her best offensive match of the season,” said Kentucky coach Craig Skinner. “She didn’t make very many mistakes though.” The Tigers never matched Kentucky’s intensity in the first set, as they fell behind by as many as five points and never got within two late in the set. The second set wasn’t much prettier, as LSU fell behind 9-1 to start the set and had a weekend-low sideout percentage — getting your serve back after losing it — of 41 percent (10-of-24). The Tigers hit .059 in the set and .126 overall for the match. “It was kind of hard because we never got into an offensive rhythm,” said senior middle blocker Brittnee


Cooper. “We just looked a little tired out there in the first match, and after that we couldn’t pick it up.” But Friday night was a different story for the Tigers. While defense marked the majority of Friday night’s match against Tennessee, an offensive outburst, led by junior outside hitter Angela Bensend’s four kills in the final set, sent the 10th largest crowd in school history home cheering, as LSU took home a 3-2 (31-29, 23-25, 22-25, 2512, 15-11) victory. With the victory, LSU moved to 1-3 in Friday night matches and 2-2 in five set matches this season. “Angela Bensend was the key to the match in the last two sets for us.” Flory said. “She hasn’t been feeling very well, so we were trying to protect her a little bit, but what a great performance.” Down two sets to one, LSU outscored the Lady Vols in the final two sets, 45-23, while holding Tennessee to a .000 hitting percentage in the fourth set. LSU had an 83 percent (10-of12) and 75 percent (9-of-12) side-

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The Tigers celebrate a point in the fifth set against Tennessee on Friday.

out efficiency in the final two sets, respectively, thanks in part to the defensive help of sophomore libero Lauren Waclawczyk, who had a career-high 26 digs. Freshman defensive specialist Sam Delahoussaye added on 13 digs. In total, the Tigers had 101 digs and 12 blocks on the night. “Tennessee is a great team,” Flo-

ry said. “We knew they were good, but they were very good; that was an absolute war tonight. Our kids did a great job of persevering. We lost a lot of little battles, but overall we won the war.” Contact Andy Schwehm at

the 2009 season did not concern him at all. “It’s early in the year,” Lafell said. “When we get everything rolling, it’s going to be nice.” LaFell and sophomore quarterback Jordan Jefferson “got it rolling” early on Saturday. Their first connection came with 3:09 remaining in the first half. Jefferson hit LaFell on a hitch route at the line of scrimmage. LaFell eluded one defender and scampered 16 yards down the sideline into the south end zone, giving LSU a 7-0 advantage. Jefferson would find LaFell again on the Tigers’ first drive of the second half. On a third and 3 from the ULL 20-yard line, Jefferson hit LaFell in stride in the front corner of the end zone, extending LSU’s lead to 24-3. “Yeah, it is [a breakout game for LaFell],” Jefferson said. “We really studied ULL’s defense, and we knew that Brandon [LaFell] was going to get open on the plays that we called for the touchdowns. I just laid it out for him and he got it.” LaFell disagreed with Jefferson’s assessment. “My breakout game is going to be the first game that I have two touchdowns and I’m over 100 yards [receiving],” LaFell said. “This game, I feel like I played good, but I can still play better.” Saturday marked quite a few individual notes for the senior wide receiver. LaFell has now caught a pass in 31 consecutive games. The streak, which is the fifth longest in the country, started in the 2007 Sugar Bowl against Notre Dame. LaFell’s second touchdown reception Saturday was the 17th of his career, tying him for No. 7 in LSU history with former Tigers Josh Reed and Ken Kavanaugh Sr. His three receptions of the night also tied him with Tony Moss for No. 9 in school history. Scott finally tallied his first touchdown of the year on a 1-yard reception. Sophomore quarterback Jarrett Lee, who entered the game after Jefferson was temporarily shaken up, connected with a wide-open Scott on a play-action pass. The receiving touchdown was the third of Scott’s career and his first since 2007. His 63 rushing yards was a season high. LaFell said the Tigers need to use Scott more. “The more of that guy running the ball and busting big plays, the better it’s going to be for the passing game,” LaFell said. Even though LaFell and Scott broke through with big performances against the Ragin’ Cajuns, LSU coach Les Miles was still not satisfied. “We have the ability to make plays,” Miles said. “But we’re not hitting on all cylinders just yet.”

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“Looking at the downturn in the economy, a lot of people use this time to go back to school,” Parker said. “If they were laid off, they may look at going back for something else. Students who could not find a job, they may look to come back to graduate school.” Parker said the University has also seen an increase in transfer students and international students. Parker said the University saw an increase in applications for this fall despite decreased enrollment. “In 2008, we had 15,156 [people apply], and in 2009, we had 16,030 [people apply],” Parker said. “What we’ve seen as a national trend is that students this year applied to multiple places. They put in applications ev-

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could only squeeze three points out of it. ULL got within 1 yard of a touchdown, which would have been its first against LSU since 1924. It also would have marked the first touchdown the Ragin’ Cajuns had ever scored in Tiger Stadium. But the LSU defense held, preventing ULL from scoring and sending the 92,443 fans in attendance into a frenzy. “We were just trying to play ball,” said senior linebacker Jacob Cutrera. “The goal is to not let them score at all. We were just trying to do our job and get off the field.” The defense did its job well. After giving up 478 yards to thenunranked Washington, who toppled No. 3 USC Saturday, the new-look

erywhere and really looked at what would be best economically.” Parker said her office has increased its efforts to recruit out-ofstate students during the last two years, but it takes a couple of years to gain the trust of out-of-state residents to come to the University. Martin predicts enrollment to increase at the University because the retention rates keep improving. Parker said her office will continue to find new ways to recruit students. She said her office has Twitter, Facebook and Flickr accounts to better communicate with today’s prospective students.

PAGE 16 the evening in the Shaver Theatre, where some Swine Palace and LSU Opera productions take place now. Several “smart” classrooms have also been added, equipped with projectors, computers and other luxuries the school didn’t have before. A new movement studio, allowing students to experiment with Cirque du Soleil-style fabric performance, and a high-tech piano lab are also part of the renovations. Asbestos abatement stalled the construction process early in 2005. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita also delayed the project because workers were occupied with repairing the damage in New Orleans.

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French horn. The incident was the perfect example of the school’s need for not only more space, but better space, she said. Laurence Kaptain, College of Music and Dramatic Arts dean, Chancellor Michael Martin, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Astrid Merget, Keith Steger, principal designer at HMS Architects — the firm that designed and managed the renovations — and Christel Slaughter, chair of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and chair of the Swine Palace Productions’ Board of Directors all spoke at the event. One name was mentioned in each of their speeches as a key player in getting funding for the

building — LSU President Emeritus William Jenkins, who was also in attendance. “I’m ecstatic — I could not be happier,” Jenkins said. “The building fits with the spirit of the institution. Now we have a competitive edge to attract and retain outstanding students and faculty.” The building — which is now 20 percent bigger — has new features like a black box studio theatre for student productions, a dance/opera studio and a design technology lab, complete with a dozen drafting tables and computers equipped with the latest design software. Classroom demonstrations and small performances were held after the rededication ceremony. A presentation of Swine Palace’s latest comedy “The Royal Family” ended

unit has not allowed 300 total yards in its last two games. “I thought our defense played hard and tackled crisply and played the way an LSU defense is expected to play,” said LSU coach Les Miles. “I liked everything about it.” Miles did not see the same effort from the Tiger offense. Overall, the LSU offense accrued an unspectacular total of 330 yards on a ULL defense that allowed 380 total yards against Southern in their season opener. “I hope that we can keep saying afterward that we’re better with each game that we play,” Miles said. “I think we did not throw the football efficiently. I don’t think we ran the football efficiently. We have struggled where maybe we shouldn’t.” Sophomore quarterback Jordan Jefferson delivered a steady 17-of-

26, 166-yard performance that included two touchdowns and one interception. Jefferson overthrew a streaking Chris Mitchell for the second game in a row for what would have been a touchdown. His lone pick came on a 46-yard heave intended for senior wide receiver Brandon LaFell. “Our quarterback was not necessarily in a groove early, but we have some talent,” Miles said. “We have the ability to make plays, but we’re not hitting on all cylinders just yet, and we must run the football.” The Tigers’ ground attack produced a solid performance, accounting for 164 yards on 36 carries. Senior running back Charles Scott led the bunch with 63 yards on 12 attempts. “We have too many good runners to not run the football more ef-

ficiently, so that’s our quest,” Miles said. Senior running back Trindon Holliday was honored after the first quarter ended for his individual national title in the 100-meter dash at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June. Offensive coordinator Gary Crowton called Holliday’s number on the next play. Holliday seized the opportunity and streaked 11 yards for a touchdown to put LSU up, 14-0. “It was a big honor,” Holliday said. “It was mostly an honor for me to go out there and be honored in front of all those fans. To come out and score a touchdown on the next play is just amazing.” LaFell, who caught a pair of touchdown passes, said the offense is still trying to find its groove after three uninspiring performances.

“We have to do a better job of getting in a rhythm and moving the chains,” LaFell said. “As soon as we’re able to do that consistently, we’ll be a better team.” Jefferson was simply appreciative of the victory, especially on a day of upsets. “We got our third victory tonight, and we’re ready to keep earning victories,” Jefferson said. “We’re going to come in Monday and correct our mistakes and get ready to play again next week.” LSU travels to Starkville, Miss. next Saturday to face Mississippi State (2-1, 1-1).

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