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An average of three to four traffic accidents occur on campus at each home game

71 MIPs handed out Saturday

By Adam Duvernay Senior Staff Writer

By Kyle Bove Senior Staff Writer

As Tiger Stadium’s lights fade into Saturday night skies, drivers’ headlights beam through campus area streets, keeping postgame thoughts illuminated for hours in streams of traffic. Contraflow, fender benders and road rage around campus during home games are all as much parts of game day tradition as chanting “Tiger Bait” and tailgating with friends. And when Tiger Stadium empties for the evening, more than 92,000 fans clog the streets. “It’s absolutely insane,” said Bryant Stark, biology freshman. “I make

every effort to not drive after football games.” Stark, who lives off College Drive, said he always tries to stay at a friend’s house after games to avoid getting stuck in traffic. About 450 officers from the LSU Police Department, Baton Rouge Police Department, Sheriff’s Office and other state agencies manage traffic, parking and security details at the games, said Maj. Lawrence Rabalais, interim Chief of LSUPD. Rabalais said it’s much easier to manage traffic before kickoff because fans arrive anywhere between 7 a.m. and noon for tailgating and TRAFFIC, see page 11 BENJAMIN OLIVER HICKS / The Daily Reveille

Drivers faced traffic at a stop-and-go pace on Aster Street before turning northbound on Highland Road after the LSU football game against Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday night.

The LSU Police Department and other local authorities issued 71 summons for minors in possession of alcohol during Saturday’s game, said Maj. Helen Haire, LSU Police Department. Only 13 MIPs were issued during the Vanderbilt game one week ago. She also said more large groups of underage drinkers were cited than during the previous home game. Sean Jensen, geology sophomore, said three of his friends were issued MIP summons while tailgating near Skip Bertman Drive. Jensen said two of his friends were carrying beer cans and another had an empty red plastic cup when they were stopped. He said the officer upturned the red cup and cited his friend on the few drops of beer which fell. Jensen said he saw police officers all over campus during the game — many more than he saw last year, and it made him uncomfortable. Haire said LSUPD was not patrolling more or less than during past games. “I don’t think there should be as many officers because it’s game day,” Jensen said. “You’re supposed to have fun on game day.” Contact Adam Duvernay at


Survey shows decrease in La. Catholics Population down 16 percent since 1990 By Xerxes A. Wilson Staff Writer

Scott Louque grew up indoctrinated in the Roman Catholic Church. After 22 years in the faith, the agricultural business senior abandoned his upbringing looking for something more. American Religious Identification Survey shows the population of

Catholics in Louisiana has decreased 16 percent compared to survey figures gathered in 1990. “Younger people by and large are more likely not to identify with their parents’ religion,” said religious studies assistant professor Michael Pasquier said. “It isn’t a rule, and it isn’t that they won’t start calling themselves Catholic 20 years from now.” Pasquier said younger people not always identifying with the Catholic church and older members passing away can cause some shift in number of Catholics.

This generational gap, along with migration of citizens out of Louisiana for economic reasons, has played a major part in this reduction of number of Catholics in the state, Pasquier said. Louque converted from Catholicism to a non-denominational faith when he was 22 . “I went through confirmation and everything but was never able to get a lot of questions answered,” Louque said. “There is only a handful of people I would call devout Catholics that CATHOLICS, see page 11

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Education sophomore Amerlie Passaro dips her fingers in the holy water at Christ the King Catholic Church on Sept. 13.



Nation & World



Honduras imposes curfew as ousted leader returns

90-year-old man charged with killing terminally ill wife

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The interim government in Honduras has ordered a 15-hour curfew after ousted President Manuel Zelaya unexpectedly returned home and supporters gathered in the streets to support him. The government of interim President Roberto Micheletti says the curfew starts at 4 p.m. (2200 GMT) and ends at 7 a.m. (1200 GMT).

LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. (AP) — A 90-year-old retired physician has been charged with killing his terminally ill wife at their Southern California home but remains hospitalized after turning the gun on himself. Dr. James Fish was charged Monday with voluntary manslaughter and could face 21 years in prison if convicted. Authorities say Fish apparently wanted to end his wife’s suffering when he allegedly shot 88-year-old Phyllis Fish on Sunday at their Leisure World home in Laguna Woods.

UN climate chief says China poised to take lead UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China’s ambition to grow quickly but cleanly soon may vault it to “frontrunner” status — far ahead of the United States — in taking on global warming, the U.N. climate chief said Monday. China could steal the show by unveiling new plans Tuesday at a U.N. climate summit of 100 world leaders. India has also signaled that it wants to be an “active player” on climate change.

Georgia toddler among 5 killed as storms drench Southeast ATLANTA (AP) — A two-year-old boy has been found dead in Georgia after floodwaters swept him from his father’s arms, and authorities say at least four others have died across the Southeast as rains drench the area. Carroll County Deputy Coroner Ed

Baskin said the boy was found Monday afternoon downstream of his family’s mobile home, which was split apart by a swollen creek. The parents had been rescued as their one-year-old son clung to his mother’s arms. Three Georgia motorists died when their vehicles were swept off Atlanta-area roads, and another woman was found dead in the water. Republican senators urge Treasury to end bailout program WASHINGTON (AP) — Forty senators — all but one of them Republican — want the Obama administration to let the $700 billion financial rescue program expire by year’s end, saying the money has been used in ways not contemplated by Congress. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, the senators said the program’s unobligated funds should be used to reduce the national debt. The bailout initiative, called the Troubled Asset Relief Program, is scheduled to end Dec. 31, but Geithner could extend it to Oct. 3, 2010.



Judge: Ex-US Representative Jefferson won’t get new trial WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Louisiana congressman convicted of corruption has lost his bid for a new trial in federal court. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III in Alexandria, Va., denied a request by former Rep. William Jefferson on Friday for another trial. Jefferson was convicted Aug. 5 on 11 of 16 federal counts for using his influence to broker business deals in Africa after federal agents found cash in his freezer. A jury in Virginia ruled Jefferson must forfeit roughly $470,000 in bribery receipts. He later filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation. In his request, Jefferson argued that during the trial he should have been allowed to use information about a sexual relationship between Lori Mody, a cooperating witness, and then-FBI agent John Guandolo. He wanted to challenge the credibility of FBI Special Agent Timothy Thibault, who headed the case, or the integrity of the investigation, according to court records.


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Student organization competes in food drive against UGA Donations to benefit B.R. Food Bank By Xerxes A. Wilson Staff Writer

The University Athletic Training Student Association aims to “can the Bulldogs,” leading up to LSU’s football game against Georgia. The association is participating in a food drive competition against University of Georgia’s Sports Medicine Club, said Erin Greenwich, kinesiology senior and Athletic Training Student Association president. It is collecting non-perishable food contributions, which will be donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank at the end of the two week competition. The

winner will be announced when LSU plays Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Oct. 3. The association is partnered with the CHAMPS Life Skills program in the Academic Center for Student Athletes, Greenwich said. “It’s a good thing for the students to be doing,” said Jade Jenkins, assistant director for diversity, inclusion and civic engagement for the CHAMPS program. “At the same time, it’s all the [Southeastern Conference] schools working together to give back to our communities.” Mike Manning, president and CEO of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, told The Daily Reveille on July 9 that funding for the food bank has been cut dramatically in the recent economic downturn. “It’s going to be a dramatic

reduction in the amount of food we can purchase,” he said. “Especially at a time when we’re seeing an increase in need because of the economic downturn.” The CHAMPS program was already participating in the “Together We Can” food drive with other SEC schools when the Athletic Training Student Associations competition began, so the two groups combined their efforts. “The SEC [‘Together We Can’] food drive is not really a competition,” Jenkins said. “It’s just basically partnering together to do a community service event to raise awareness and give back to our local food banks.” The clubs will collect donations at all the home sporting events until Sept. 27, Jenkins said, and the groups also have collection bins inside the Cox


Social work minor planned Program will have 18-hour requirement By Ryan Buxton Staff Writer

The University’s School of Social Work has plans to begin offering a minor program starting fall 2010. Social Work Dean Christian Molidor said the school decided to offer a minor to get closer to its goal of expanding its presence and potential for community outreach. “This is part of our strategic plan to become a bigger part of the University and to become a bigger part of the community,” Molidor said. The School of Social Work currently offers only master’s and doctoral programs. This is because of an agreement made with Southern University about 50 years ago, Molidor said. Southern was to offer a major in social work, while LSU would host the graduate programs. The agreement is no longer legally binding, but Molidor said it is still being upheld. “We still want to demonstrate our respect to Southern, our historic black college, and not compete with them,” he said. Denise Chiasson, assistant dean of the School of Social Work, said offering a minor is important in exposing the social work graduate program to students. “Many undergrads [have] no idea we have a master’s program” Chiasson said. “We’re hoping to give them exposure to what social work is, instead of some of the myths that are out there.” Erin Mire, social work graduate student, got an

undergraduate degree in anthropology. Mire said she would have liked to learn more about social work before entering grad school. “You could get a better understanding of what social work is,” Mire said. “Grad school is a big commitment. [With a social work minor], you could see if it’s really something you find worth doing.” Minors are developed by “departmental, school or college faculties,” according to the University general catalog. The social work minor will have an 18hour requirement, Chiasson said. Courses required for the social work minor will not be a scaled back version of the graduate program but rather a surveytype program set up to give

students a feel for the field of social work. “The minor was developed so we could include everything from birth to death,” Chiasson said. “We will have courses on childhood, adolescence, adulthood and the elderly and several courses on crisis intervention and juvenile delinquency.” The social work minor would work well with a number of undergraduate major programs offered by the University, but Molidor said it would be best suited to a program dealing with human development, such as education or psychology.

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Communications Academic Center. “The softball team came out and helped collect cans at the two volleyball games over the weekend, and this weekend we are going to have student athletes at the two soccer games to collect and get the word out about giving to the food bank,” Jenkins said. Greenwich said along with the collection bins at the sporting events, the club recruited about 12 local high schools to partici-

pate. The high school donating the most will receive 500 dollars in medical-related supplies from an Athletic Training Student Association sponsor. Greenwich said the groups are planning to hold the competition every year LSU and Georgia play football against each other.

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Miles says linemen’s injuries are short-term

By Rachel Whittaker Chief Sports Writer

MCCRAY, see page 7

MILES, see page 6


LSU senior safety Danny McCray (44) helps senior wide receiver R.J. Jackson (28) tackle Louisiana-Lafayette wide receiver Louis Lee on Saturday in LSU’s 31-3 win.

Man of the House

LSU senior safety Danny McCray’s role extends beyond defensive leader By Rachel Whittaker Chief Sports Writer

Most 8-year-old boys spend their time away from school playing with friends and enjoying life in their own free-spirited ways. But not LSU senior safety Danny McCray. When the Houston native was 8, he was forced to assume the role of man of the

house when his father, Roger Wayne Harris, died in a car accident May 4, 1996. McCray has two sisters — Kemberly, 25, and Dannyell, 16, and his mother, LaQuita McCrayHarris, said they look up to him for everything he has done for their family. “He took on the role of their father and pretty much my dad,

too,” McCray-Harris said. “He was very humble, and whatever needed to be done, he was always there protecting his sisters even though he was the one in the middle. To this day, they are still afraid to disappoint Danny.” McCray-Harris said she was blessed to raise a son as respectful and caring as Danny. “If he wasn’t my child, I

would want my child to see Danny as a role model and mold himself after him,” she said. “Even his high school coach said to me if his daughters were old enough, he would want them to date a guy like Danny because of his character.” McCray-Harris said Danny is

Injuries to three defensive linemen are “short-term,” and senior tight end Richard Dickson will be back at practice and likely play at Mississippi State after experiencing dizziness following a hit Saturday, LSU coach Les Miles said Monday. Miles said junior defensive lineman Akiem Hicks is “coming off the flu.” Junior defensive end Lazarius Levingston missed LSU’s games against Vanderbilt and Louisiana- Log on to Lafayette with see Miles an ankle injury, discuss and freshman defensive lineman the team’s Josh Downs left performance the game against Saturday. ULL with an undisclosed injury. “I’m not really certain the specifics of those guys. It will be dayto-day,” Miles said. “If Dickson is unable to go [Saturday], that would be a loss for us. He probably could have finished [the ULL game] if we needed him to. We don’t expect him not to practice or not to play.” Miles said he was happy with LSU’s dominant play in its 31-3 victory against ULL, but he had one main message about LSU’s performance through three games — the team wants to be “better than good.” “No matter what, you couldn’t be any better than 3-0,” Miles said.


Jones hopes play against ULL is sign of things to come Junior safety at his ‘natural position’ By Amos Morale Sports Contributor

Kelvin Sheppard is a big Chad Jones fan. “I always tell him I think he is one of the best safeties in the country,” said the senior linebacker. “He’s a very gifted safety.” Jones might have earned himself a few additional fans Saturday, and he hopes his performance against Louisiana-Lafayette is just the beginning. The New Orleans native

switched from nickelback to his “natural” position at safety at the be- Log on to see ginning of the sea- Chad Jones son, and the move talk about his paid dividends in performance Saturday’s 31-3 Saturday. victory as Jones intercepted two passes — the first multi-interception game of his career. “That is what everyone has been waiting for from Chad Jones,” said redshirt freshman defensive end Chancey Aghayere. “Usually, when they think of Chad Jones, they think of a big hitter, not a great coverage person. I was excited for him. He got his big

performance that he wanted.” Jones is hoping his play Saturday is a sign of things to come this season. “I feel much more comfortable and much more confident because I feel like it’s my natural position,” Jones said. Jones said he always plans on having big games. “I’m going to catch a pick, make some type of turnover, make tackles, make big plays — I go into every game like that,”

JONES, see page 7


LSU junior safety Chad Jones runs the ball Saturday while sophomore cornerback Patrick Peterson follows during LSU’s 31-3 win against Louisiana-Lafayette.



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Kenney to bring local flare and vocal leadership to team Recruit committed to Lady Tigers on Sept. 15 By Michael Lambert Sports Contributor

The 2009 Louisiana Class 4A girls’ basketball championship game was a snapshot into the future of the LSU women’s basketball program. Two blue-chip recruits — St. Michael point guard Jeanne Kenney and Vandebilt Catholic center Theresa Plaisance — dominated the game before St. Michael took its second title in a row with a last-minute shot. And now both Kenney and Plaisance are committed to teaming up as LSU coach Van Chancellor’s 2010 recruiting class. Plaisance committed to LSU in July. Kenney, co-MVP of District 7-4A and a first team All-State selection, vowed to the Lady Tigers on Sept. 15 after visiting for the Vanderbilt football game. “When I came back from the visit, I just had this feeling,” Kenney said. “I couldn’t hold it in any longer. I had to tell him I was going to be a Tiger.” The 5-foot-9-inch point guard narrowed her choices down to LSU, Oklahoma and Florida State, but ultimately the Tigers had everything she wanted in her college. “She was looking for great coaching, a great family atmosphere

MILES, from page 5

“We’re certainly happy with how we’ve started by record. But nobody is happy. I congratulated them with victory, but certainly we want to do better.” One area Miles referred to was the offensive line. He said the offensive staff is still looking for “the best offensive recipe” for success. “I’m not disappointed,” Miles said. “I expected them at this point to be playing at a much higher level. They want to be a dominant group, but they’re not there yet.” The running game also needs to be utilized earlier in games, Miles said. “I didn’t think we rushed the football well enough,” he said. “We rushed for 175 yards, and I’m sitting there going, ‘Wow, when did we do that? Was I there?’” An offensive bright spot Miles mentioned was sophomore quarterback Jarrett Lee, who entered the ULL game for one play and threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to senior running back Charles Scott when Jordan Jefferson left the game briefly. “Lee wants to help his football team,” Miles said. “It’s not really important whose decision it was to throw the football. It was best for the time, and the quarterback responded with the right execution.” On the defensive side, the Tigers have not allowed a touchdown in six quarters. Senior safety Chad Jones led the unit with four tackles and two interceptions. Miles said the defensive MVP award went to Jones. LSU rose from No. 11 to No. 7 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll this week, but Miles said those numbers don’t matter this early in the


St. Michael’s Jeanne Kenney drives the ball down court Feb. 18, 2008, in front of Karr High School’s Brittney Stirgus during St. Michael’s home victory.

and where a team will compete and work hard,” said St. Michael coach Tami Reynolds. “She just fell in love with it. She knew she wanted to go to LSU.” Kenney averaged 14.8 points, 6.2 assists, five rebounds and three steals, while excelling in the classroom with a 3.9 GPA her junior season. Reynolds said Kenney, the No. 31 player on ESPN HoopGurlz 100, sets herself apart from other highschool players with her leadership. “She was a leader from day one as a freshman,” Reynolds said. “These kids respect her. Even the seniors listened to her when she was a season. “In the back end, I may start caring. But in the front end, I really don’t care what we’re ranked,” Miles said. “I just want to be better than the team I’m about to play ... I have no idea what the No. 7 team is supposed to play like. I hope we can play better than that.”

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freshman.” The point guard demands control of her team on the court. “She is one of the best communicators in the country,” said Glenn Nelson, recruiting expert for ESPN HoopGurlz. “You can tell she is

playing the game if you just close your eyes and listen.” Nelson said Kenney has a solid chance to claim a starting spot in the future. “The kids we see translate well at the next level do one thing special,” Nelson said. “She does at least a couple of things well. We call it the ‘it’ factor.” The Baton Rouge native has been compared to former LSU and Capitol High School star Seimone Augustus. “[Kenney] is in that category,” Reynolds said. “They are two opposite players. Jeanne is more of a shooter and great passer. Seimone can just turn a game on.” It will take a lot to match the legacy left by Augustus, but Kenney already has her sights set on something Augustus wasn’t able to capture — a national championship. “It’s a tremendous honor to be compared to her,” Kenney said. “My first goal is to get that starting job. My second is to win a championship.”

Kenney and Plaisance, the two lone recruits in the 2010 class bring local flavor and a basketball connection of their own to the Lady Tigers. “Van Chancellor has done a great job of recruiting,” Nelson said. “It’s good to get local talent. It forms more of an emotional tie with the fans.” The point guard and center duo have played together for an AAU club team for seven years, and they will get the chance to be the focal point of LSU’s offense in the future. “They work well together,” Nelson said. “An inside player and point guard are the foundation of a team. In three or four years, they will finish each other’s sentences.” Nelson said the two local products give Chancellor a strong pair in 2010. He said the two will probably complete the Lady Tigers’ recruiting class.

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tuesday, september 22, 2009 JONES, from page 5

Jones said. “Things don’t always work the way you want them to, but this week it did.” The two interceptions tie Jones for the Southeastern Conference lead in interceptions with Arkansas sophomore safety Tramain Thomas. Jones said his picks were the product of his teammates being in the right positions. “On the first interception, [sophomore cornerback] Patrick Peterson was playing under the receiver,” Jones said. “It forced the quarterback to make a high throw and the ball came to my hands.” He credited junior cornerback Jai Eugene’s speed for the second interception. “Jai Eugene blitzed off the corner and hit the quarterback as he was throwing, and he kind of threw a dump-type pass, and it

MCCRAY, from page 5

especially protective of his youngest sister now that she has reached dating age. “With my baby daughter, Danny still doesn’t feel like she needs to have a boyfriend,” McCray-Harris said. “If it was up to him, he would probably put a cap on her and seal her up.” Danny McCray received a full scholarship to LSU, both athletic and academic, after finishing high school with a 4.37 GPA, his mother said. Kemberly McCray said her brother writes a message on each of his wristbands before each game in remembrance of his father. “On one wrist he writes [the Bible verses] Proverbs 3:5-6 and my dad’s name, and he writes my mom’s name on the other one,” she said. LSU senior safety Chad Jones said Danny McCray is not only a knowledgeable defensive back whom players and coaches count on to produce on the field, but he is also a model of good character for the team. “He clowns around a little bit, but mostly he’s always serious,” Jones said. “He’s real mature and leads by example on and off the field. He keeps me in line when I’m at practice goofing around.” Danny McCray said he started playing football when he was about 6 years old, and he said his family sticking together helped him heal after his father’s death. “[My father] got to watch me play for about two years,” he said. “It was nice. It was hard [to heal], but my mother had prepared me to be the younger older brother for my big sister and the big brother for my little one.” McCray-Harris said the loss of Danny’s father likely didn’t hit Danny until he left home for college. But she said she and her children “put our arms around each other” and vowed to stay tight-knit even with Danny away from home. “We’ll always be in [Danny’s] life, no matter if he goes to the NFL or the business world,” McCray-Harris said. “I was always there to make sure everything was

kind of fell into my hands,” Jones said. Jones’ two interceptions were the Tigers’ third and fourth of the season. LSU only picked off eight passes all year. Jones said the defense is creating more turnovers because he and his teammates are more in sync with each other. “We know how each other plays,” he said. “Most of us have played with each other for two years.” Jones also said he is gaining more confidence in himself at that position, and he enjoys playing it more than cornerback. “I get to see the whole field,” Jones said. “I can play how I usually play, how I feel like playing. With me playing nickel and dime my first two years, it wasn’t my specialty to cover receivers, but now it is much easier with me playing off the line seeing what’s going on and breaking on the

ball.” LSU coach Les Miles noticed Jones’ increased confidence and applauded his performance Saturday but said he wants to see a lot more from Jones. “I’m not happy with him, and he better not be happy with him,” Miles said. “He needs to continue to develop and continue to grow. These are games we’ve won, which are not nearly as important as games we have yet to play. If he’s ready to play in games we’ve yet to play, that’s what I want to see.” Jones will need to continue playing games like Saturday as LSU has faces each of the SEC’s top-five passing offenses during the final nine games of this season.

OK and [the family] didn’t miss a beat, worked two or three jobs or whatever I needed to do.” LSU sophomore cornerback Brandon Taylor said Danny McCray is “a solid tackler” and “the smartest defender we got,” and the playing without his father inspires his performance on the field. “I’m watching and trying to learn from him,” Taylor said. “Before every game, I see him write on his wristband. That shows me

who he’s playing for.” Danny McCray said he thinks about his father fondly when he gets the opportunity to make plays for LSU. “I know he’s watching,” McCray said. “I want to put on a good show for him.”

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Would La. black men be better off with Kim Jong-Il? Would you rather be a black man in New Orleans or a citizen of North Korea? Setting aside the lack of rights and the whole God/president/supreme nut job thing, the two groups live, on average, just as long. That was one of several conclusions drawn by “A Portrait of Louisiana,” an American Human Development Project of the Social Science Research Council released last week. Among new statewide, parish-by-parish statistics about life expectancy, income and educational attainment, the survey highlights disturbing new numbers about everpresent realities of the “state of the state.” The authors use a Human Development Index (HD), a figure dependent on statistics about health, education and wealth, provided by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Top-ranked Connecticut has an HD Index score of 6.37, while


Let me into the game I paid for! Unfortunately, in the midst of tailgating before the LSU-ULL game, my Tigercard and credit cards were stolen. I handled the situation by filing a report with LSUPD. The officers who assisted

Louisiana scored a 3.85, which is where the whole country was in 1990. Simply put, citizens of Louisiana as a whole are as well-off as the typical American was nearly two decades ago, according to the report. This shouldn’t shock any of you. In almost every typical measure of people in every state, in categories ranging from obesity to education to teen pregnancy, Louisiana is second to last in pretty much all of them. I’ve said it once; I’ll say it again. Thank God for Mississippi. But what the survey highlights most prominently is the racial disparities existing throughout the state in comparison to the rest of the country. For example, on family income, “seven percent of white Louisiana families have incomes below $16,000, and nearly 25 percent have incomes of $100,000 or more. The exact opposite is the case for African Americans.” No, I didn’t gerrymander that.

It’s a direct quote from the report. The categories of health, education and wealth feed directly into each other. One in three African Americans in the state has not graduated from high school. This perpetuates a cycle of decline in the standard of living because, as Eric Freeman Jr. the report finds, Columnist “poorly educated workers have the least job security, scant savings, little social capital to draw upon in finding a first or new job and, basic skills to wanting to provide a robust foundation for retooling or higher education.” In short, lack of education leads directly to lack of income, which further leads to higher rates of crime and incarceration. It’s no surprise, then, one in 100 American adults are in prison, but one in every nine black men

are locked up, according to the Pew Center on the States’ 2008 report. With talk of racism reaching a deafening pitch, swallowing every legitimate debate in the country, it’s important to note every domestic policy issue can be translated, into some form or another, as a race issue. The problem is, while racism is something most Americans share ambivalent feelings about, animosity and outright racism happen to have the loudest voices, distracting the media with needless, news-less sensationalism. President Obama said this weekend, “They can’t get enough of conflict; it’s catnip to the media right now. And so the easiest way to get 15 minutes of fame is to be rude to somebody. In that environment, I think it makes it more difficult for us to solve the problems that the American people sent us here to solve.” Trying to equate all criticism of Obama to racism is foolish and silly.

But analyzing demographics and studying different standards of living is the time-tested method of building an agenda and formulating better public policy. Racial disparities will continue to exist as long as those with power continue to pretend as if it’s only good enough to look at how far we’ve come. In Louisiana, it means the difference between where we can go and how well we develop. In New Orleans, it means wondering whether we’d be better off with Jong-Il instead of Jindal.

me were very helpful and friendly. I then called the LSU athletic department to see if I could get a temporary card or a statement saying I was allowed to sit with fellow students in the student section. No luck. I was treated poorly on the phone with no results. I then used a friend’s ID who was not attending the game to try to get in. I got to the front of the line and had the card swiped. I explained

my Tigercard was stolen and showed the man my ticket. Then some old woman ran up to me and said something along the lines of “You’re not a student at LSU,” and then she called the police to throw me out. When I went to the Union to get a new Tigercard today, I found out the person who stole my ID went to the game using my ID to gain entry.

The university’s policies for student tickets are ridiculous. How can someone who stole my ID get in the game, but I couldn’t use another person’s card, even after I contacted the University about the problem? The policy needs to either let everyone in or absolutely no one. I did nothing wrong, except try to get in the game that I rightfully bought a ticket to. Whether the man swiping cards lets certain students in the game based on whether or not he feels like letting them in is not right at all and the policy needs to be reevaluated. Last of all, I am ashamed that the University hires employees like the old woman who treated me like I was crap. This is just another example of the University caring more about getting money from football games than the students who enjoy them.

Student dreams of stapler in Middleton

not to have a fancy car, marry a supermodel wife or see a Saints Super Bowl. No, my dream is for there to be a damn stapler in the second floor computer lab at Middleton Library. Yes, I know it’s crazy this is my dream, but it’s grown over time. You see, one day I would like to print something in the computer lab upstairs, and on that same day, I would like to have the joy of stapling those documents right there at that same moment. I lose hope that this dream is fading away as I only have one year left. So I beg whoever is in charge to take a simple stapler and nail it to the computer station so it never leaves - rain, snow or hurricane. There have been a couple times during my time at LSU when there has been a stapler here, but it happens so rare that I am unsure of how to react when I do see a stapler on the second floor of Middleton. Because of budget cuts, I am aware that this dream may never happen, which is why I have attached $7.52 to this e-mail. That should be enough to be a stapler and many staples. Please, let’s all work together and make this dream a reality.

Some people spend their entire lives searching for their dreams. Until recently, I did not know mine was right in front of me. You see, my dream in life is

Chris Ballay mass communication senior


John Alongia political science freshman

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tuesday, september 22, 2009




Televangelist Osteen highlights divide in religion Some people can’t stand the hellfire-and-brimstone types in Free Speech Alley. That’s understandable. But personally, I find a little dose of hellfire now and again is almost refreshing compared to the happy-golucky suavity of modern Christian televangelists. But the truth is neither side accurately represents Christianity. In fact, the polarization of the two sides is undermining Christianity’s credibility as a religion. On one side, the loud street preachers screech about damnation, and on the other side are the Joel Osteens, who present the scripture through the rose-colored lens of the “prosperity gospel.” Neither approach is ideal. But of the two, those who espouse the prosperity gospel — which is, essentially, the idea faith in God equals that new Ferrari you’ve always wanted — are more threatening to Christianity

because they are the ones rewarded undue credibility. The poster child for this sugarcoated, lazy theology is Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church and the most prominent televangelist today. According to his book promotion, millions — which make up one of the largest audiences in the U.S. and throughout the world — tune in to his sermon every week to “hear his words of inspiration and wisdom.” This makes him one of the most influential and popular televangelists in the modern world. It has also made him one of the most controversial figureheads in the evangelical community. Not everyone agrees Osteen’s message is a completely accurate representation of Christianity. Rev. Michael Horton, a professor of theology at Westminster Seminary in Escondido, Calif., said in a 2008 CBS story about Osteen that the

preacher “uses the Bible like a fortune cookie” when sharing his “cotton candy gospel.” Horton further criticized Osteen by claiming he “tells only half the story of the Bible, focusing on the good news without talking about sin, suffering and redemption.” O s t e e n ’s book “Become a Better You” gives credit to Horton’s criticism. The seven bulleted points Linnie Leavines the books gives Columnist to improve your life do not make one mention of God; the focus is more on the individual. This would be entirely appropriate if it were a garden-variety selfhelp book, but the implementation of the Christian doctrine has drawn criticism and ire, even as it draws in

more followers. Regardless, it was easy for some to give Osteen a pass because the overarching theme of the book was positive and uplifting. But during Osteen’s telling 2005 interview with Larry King, he gave half-answers to King’s questions about the specifics of his faith, which did more to draw criticism than to his publications. Granted, Osteen later clarified his opinions — but his initial hesitancy was enough to sour him and reinforce the criticism that Osteen’s message lacks substance. Whether you agree with the Christian doctrine or not, the conclusion is inescapable — if Osteen is not secure enough in his faith to defend it adequately, then what business does he, and others like him, have being such a prominent televangelist? Moreover, if his presentation of the gospel has been criticized by prominent theologians as an inaccurate representation of Christianity, is

it permissible to allow said presentation to become one of the most prominent symbols for the Christian faith? The solution does not lie in a continual watering down of the gospel. This isn’t to say the truth lies in the caricaturized extremism associated with fire-and-brimstone naysayers. Rather, a happy middle ground must be found and cultivated. Until the two sides are reconciled peacefully, Christianity will remain sorely diluted and largely ineffective. Linnie Leavines is a 19-year-old mass communication sophomore from Central City. Follow her on Twitter @TDR_lleavines.

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Eight phrases or lies students overuse, under-mean Have you lied today? Marvin hasn’t – yet. That’s because it’s 6:00 a.m. on a Friday and he’s still asleep. Just one more day of classes, then he kicks off the weekend at the bar. Too bad Marvin overslept – that’s when the lies began. Watch his day unfold as he stretches the truth to himself and those around him, just like many other students do every day: 1. “Sorry I’m late, professor. My alarm messed up and didn’t go off.” Usually meaning, “I’m an idiot and either didn’t set it right, or I just hit snooze too many times.” That night, Marvin made his way to the bar, where he was on the prowl for a single lady. Marv was, of course, drunk by the time he found one. “Hey, I’m Marvin, what’s your name?” Even though she answered, five minutes later, Marvin would ask, “What’s your name again?” 2. “Sorry, I’m really bad with names,” he continued. Usually meaning, “I’m a jerk and didn’t actually take the two seconds to commit your name to memory. I just shook your hand on autopilot.” Lucky for Marv, the girl was drunk, too. He already forgot her name again. The two found a table on the bar patio and got acquainted. Here are some highlights from the sloppy banter that followed: 3. “What kind of music do I like? Everything!” Except for country, jazz, electronic, rap and ethnic music? I can understand the “country and rap” exception, because people seem to often hate one of the two, but every single person I’ve

asked has answered “everything.” That can’t be right. After the insincere dialogue dissolved, the conversation devolved to the gossip stage, a quick remedy for awkward silence. 4. “Here comes my friend Sharon. She’s so bipolar.” Usually meaning, “Some days she’s not as happy as others.” Again, the “usually” qualifier means, like all these misnomers, there are exceptions. Jack Johnson There truly are Columnist manic, bi-polar people out there, but a simple mood swing isn’t a surefire sign of the disorder. Sharon approaches the table, eager to share her frustration. She picks up where the others left off: “You know Ashley, the black girl from work?” 5. “I love her to death, but…” Followed by an unloving remark. Followed by: 6. “I mean no offense to her, but (racist comment).” These two classic remarks attempt to preface what are otherwise hateful remarks. If you catch yourself starting a sentence with these clauses, realize you’re about to undo their meaning unless you stop talking immediately. Sharon realized her gaffe and went into “damage control” mode: 7. “I’m not racist – I have black friends.” Not much use detailing the

illogic of this one, except to note similarly, Ted Bundy was not a serial killer because he had living friends. Marv and his new girlfriend, whatever her name, had stopped listening to Sharon long ago. Marv went to the bar for another round of drinks. When he got back, his girlfriend was gone. Later that night, Marv punched a hole in the bathroom wall. “Dude,” his friend slurred,

“Why did you DO that?” 8. “That’s just me, man. That’s what I do.” Problem is you wind up “doing it” because you say you do it, not the other way around. It leads to stagnation. You’ll never improve if you only aim for your own low quotas. With that, Marv stumbled home empty-handed. He doesn’t even own an alarm clock. Even if he did, he’d have said a dozen

more lies before it “messed up” again. Jack Johnson is a 23-year-old mass communication junior from Fort Worth, Texas. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_jjohnson.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2009 CATHOLICS, from page 1

actually lived what they believed.” Brad Fossier, biology senior, said investigating what he really believes made him realize that tradition makes the Catholic experience more real to him. He argues Catholics should embrace the more traditional aspects because they find logical reason for many of the traditions in the church. A 2009 study conducted by Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate for the National Religious Vocation Conference shows a growing trend of priests coming through the Roman Catholic order being more ethnically diverse as compared to the past. The study surveyed 4,000 Catholics in training or in final vows in U.S. religious communities since 1993. The study found Catholics training to join an order are composed of 58 percent white, 21 percent Hispanic, 14 percent



‘Younger people by and large are more likely not to identify with their parents’ religion.’ Michael Pasquier

religious studies assistant professor

Asian and 6 percent black people. This compares to the current 94 percent white composition of the current religious order. Pasquier said the more diverse makeup of those in training in the Catholic Church is based largely on new immigrant populations coupled with an ongoing priest shortage. The shortage of priests varies from diocese to diocese, but there is definitely a shortage priests in this country, said Father Than Vu pastor at Christ the King Catholic Center on campus.

“There are some diocese where the percentages of foreignborn priests is as high as almost 50 percent,” Vu said. “If all of the sudden we lost all of those foreign-born priests the ministry in this country would suffer greatly.” Pasquier said the root cause for the priest shortage comes from changing social climate after World War II movement giving people new social causes to participate in besides religion. Catholics found different ways to benefit society like participating in or against the civil rights movement instead of trying to do good to society by joining an order in the church, Pasquier said. “Today, the reason for the shortage continuing has a lot to do with the sex abuse scandals which perpetuate a distrust of the priesthood,” Pasquier said. Contact Xerxes A. Wilson at

TRAFFIC, from page 1

pregame festivities. The Tigers’ opponents also have a lot to do with traffic. Rabalais said high-profile games like Alabama and Florida attract the most fans, whether they go to the game or not. According to LSUPD estimates, about 150,000 people were on campus for the Florida game in 2007 — the most ever. The same amount of people are expected this season, Rabalais said. Extra officers will be added for the game against Florida on Oct. 10 — especially if ESPN GameDay comes to town. Rabalais said the officers who work game days are either normally off duty on Saturdays or are working overtime. This consideration allows for normal police coverage in Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas while beefing up security at the University. On average, three or four traffic accidents occur on campus at each home game, Rabalais said. “One crash or one stalled vehicle will stall traffic for an hour,”

PAGE 11 Rabalais said. Two minor accidents were reported on campus during the last two home games, said Maj. Helen Haire, LSUPD spokeswoman. “Considering the volume of traffic on game day, two accidents is doing pretty good,” Haire said. The Office of Parking, Traffic and Transportation issued about 60 parking tickets for the last two home games, said Director Gary Graham. Rabalais said the best thing for fans to do is carpool or take shuttles to the game and be patient. Traffic procedures changed for fans leaving Tiger Stadium after home games this season, the LSU Athletic Department announced in a Sept. 9 news release. Both lanes on River Road between the southern-most exits of the Levee Lots and Brightside Drive flow south. Drivers in the left lane will be forced to turn east on Brightside, and right-lane drivers will have to continue south down River Road. Any drivers who use the north exit of the levee lots are forced to go north on River Road, and drivers who use the south exit will be forced to go south. Drivers exiting the Hayfield Lot on Gourrier Avenue will be directed to go west to River Road. Both lanes will be contraflowed to the west, and drivers must turn south on River Road. Any car in the Hayfield Lot wishing to go north will have to drive through the Levee Lots and use the northernmost exit of the lot. Cars leaving the Alex Box Stadium lots will be directed east toward Nicholson Drive. Drivers in the right lane will be able to go straight to Burbank Drive or south on Nicholson, while drivers in the left lane can go straight to Burbank or north on Nicholson. Traffic going south on Nicholson will not be contraflowed this year because construction has ended on Burbank Drive. Rabalais said whether the new routes are effective remains to be seen. “There’s an educational process involved,” he said. “It takes a while for the fans to get used to it. In due time, I think [the routes] will be an advantage.” Contact Kyle Bove at

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