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Jones’ punt return touchdown propels LSU to 30-26 road victory against MSU By David Helman Sports Writer

STARKVILLE, Miss. — LSU junior safety Chad Jones is not Billy Cannon, but he certainly did his best impression Saturday in Davis Wade Stadium. Clinging to a six-point lead in a wet and wild shootout, Jones delivered both the game-winning points and the game-saving goal-line tackle for LSU (4-0, 1-0) in a sloppy 30-26 win against Mississippi State (2-2, 1-2). Even with a messy victory, LSU moved up to No. 4 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Top 25 national polls. “I’m glad to see our players rally late, but we cannot make mistakes like we did today,” said LSU coach Les Miles. “The team better show up Monday ready to work.” It all started for Jones, like Cannon, with a booming punt deep into LSU territory. Jones fielded a bouncing ball on the Tigers’ 7-yard line, slipped a tackle and was off — streaking, snaking and stumbling to a 93-yard touchdown. “If he didn’t run out of gas, I ran out of gas for him,” Miles said.

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LSU junior safety Chad Jones (3) runs from Mississippi State defenders Saturday to return a punt 93 yards for a touchdown during the Tigers’ 30-26 victory. Log on to see a slideshow from Saturday’s game.

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“Daggone it, it seemed like he made more rights and lefts than he should have, but I’ll tell you one thing — he was not going down, and that team that was running alongside him was certainly going to support him.” With the Bulldogs lined up at the LSU goal line with 1:08 to play, Jones struck again, batting down a sure-thing touchdown pass on third down and assisting on a fourth-down tackle to keep Mississippi State senior quarterback Tyson Lee out of the end zone. “The play worked out like it was supposed to — the linebackers took out the fullbacks, and I came and tackled the quarterback for the fourth down,” Jones said. “I was hoping the play was coming to my side. I wanted to make the big play, and it definitely came.” The late-game heroics were just HEROICS, see page 15

“I’ll tell you one thing - [Chad Jones] was not going down, and that team that was running alongside him was certainly going to support him.” Les Miles, LSU football coach

Lombardi supports raising tuition

LSU System President John Lombardi asked members of the Baton Rouge Rotary Club on Wednesday to walk through the University’s student parking lots. There, they will find one of the fundamental problems in Louisiana’s higher education system, he said. “There are a significant number of students who attend LSU who are capable of paying a higher tuition rather than buying a fancy car,” Lombardi said. Lombardi suggested tuition be raised and TOPS be restructured as ways to combat higher education budget woes. Public colleges and universities went through about $146 million in budget cuts this summer. The Postsecondary Education Review Commission, headed by state House Speaker Jim Tucker, RTerrytown, meets for the first time today. The commission’s goal is to identify problems and inefficiencies in higher education and report back to the Legislature. “Commissions are devices designed to recognize that we don’t have a clue,” Lombardi said. He said commissions ultimately suggest expensive measures, TUITION, see page 15


Area residents sell parking spaces for extra cash University offers about 35,000 spaces on campus By Lindsey Meaux Contributing Writer

Elliot Westphal, State Street resident, has allowed people to park in his yard on University football game days for three years. He has made as much as $1,200 during more popular games by selling each space for between $20 and $60.

Gary Graham, Office of Parking, Traffic and Transportation director, said there are between 30,000 and 35,000 gameday parking spaces available — a number which has proven inadequate for larger games, including the game against Florida in 2007. “For the most part, [the 35,000 spaces] handles the crowds,” Graham said. “When it’s off campus, that’s between the property owner and the person buying the parking space there.” When parking gets short, Graham said football attendees sometimes choose to pay to park off campus in areas like State Street, East Boyd Drive and Aster Street.

If a car would be damaged while its owner is paying to park in a business’s parking lot or a person’s yard, LSU law professor Bill Corbett said tort law would come into play when determining who is responsible for the damages. “The question would be whether by letting [people] park in their lot, they have taken under the responsibility to protect it,” Corbett said. “Tort law steps in where there are no contracts.” Tort law deals with civil wrongs not arising out of contractual obligations. PARKING, see page 15


State Street resident Elliot Westphal, right, sells parking spaces Sept. 19 in his front yard during the Louisiana-Lafayette game.



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Philippine storm leaves 106 dead or missing

Gates does not support setting dates for Afghanistan withdrawal

Attorney: Oklahoma City bombing tapes appear edited

Soldiers return after nearly full year in Iraq

Supreme Court denies request for records in Jena case

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Many Filipino villagers managed to save only the clothes on their backs but began to rebuild Sunday as the flood waters receded from a tropical storm that set off the worst flooding in the Philippine capital in 42 years and left about 80 dead. Some residents began clean-up as the flood receded.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates says it’s a mistake to set a deadline to end American military action, as some liberals have sought, and that a defeat would be disastrous for the U.S. In a stern warning to critics of a continued troop presence in Afghanistan, Gates said the Islamic extremist Taliban and al-Qaida would perceive an early pullout as a victory over the United States as similar to the Soviet Union’s humiliating withdrawal in 1989 after a 10-year war. “The notion of timelines and exit strategies and so on, frankly, I think would all be a strategic mistake. The reality is, failure in Afghanistan would be a huge setback for the United States,” Gates said in an interview broadcast Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Gates’ pointed remarks came as President Barack Obama re-examines his administration’s strategy in Afghanistan.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Long-secret security tapes showing the chaos immediately after the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building are blank in the minutes before the blast and appear to have been edited, an attorney who obtained the recordings said Sunday. “The real story is what’s missing,” said Jesse Trentadue, a Salt Lake City attorney who obtained the recordings through the federal Freedom of Information Act. Feds reviewing endangered status of humpback whale

SHREVEPORT (AP) — Members of the 39th Military Police Company are readjusting to life back home after returning from almost a year in Iraq. Throngs of relatives and friends greeted the Minden-based company as the 97 soldiers arrived Saturday at Shreveport Regional Airport. Gov. Bobby Jindal said it was good news that the unit returned with none wounded or killed and only a handful delayed by minor medical issues. Louisiana confirms three more deaths from H1N1 virus

HONOLULU (AP) — The federal government is considering taking the humpback whale off the endangered species list in response to data showing the population of the massive marine mammal has been steadily growing in recent decades.

(AP) — State health officials say three more people, including a child, have died from complications related to the H1N1 virus known as swine flu. The state Department of Health and Hospitals confirmed the deaths Friday.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court, by a vote of 5-2, denied an appeal by The Associated Press and other news organizations for public access to transcripts of all hearings in the case of a Jena, La., teen accused of beating a schoolmate. Friday’s ruling leaves intact the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal’s June decision that upheld the public’s right to attend juvenile proceedings when the underlying offense is a crime of violence but denied access to the court record and the transcripts. The appellate court ruled that because Mychal Bell’s case was in juvenile court, all records are private — even those of hearings that should have been open to the public. Bell, who is black, pleaded guilty to a second-degree battery charge and received an 18-month sentence for beating a white schoolmate.

Iran’s second uranium enrichment site to be operational soon TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Saturday it will allow U.N. nuclear inspectors to examine its newly revealed, still unfinished uranium enrichment facility as world criticism mounted over the underground site that was developed secretly. The presence of a second uranium enrichment site that could potentially produce material for a nuclear weapon has provided one of the strongest indications yet that Iran has something to hide.


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MDA finishes first play in newly renovated Shaver Theater


Next play: Antigone, to start show Oct. 15

‘The theater looked fantastic — there’s so much attention to detail.’

By Emily Slack Entertainment Writer

Beneath the dazzling lights and the art deco detailing, the Cavendish family came to life on the stage of the Music and Dramatic Arts Building’s Shaver Theatre. “The Royal Family,” which centers around the Cavendish family of actors, was the first play to open in the Shaver since the lengthy $22 million renovation of the Music and Dramatic Arts Building. The building held a rededication ceremony Sept. 20. This past Sunday was the play’s final showing. “When it’s a new show in a new building, you’re worried about what will happen,” said Vastine Stabler, director of marketing and public relations for the theater department. “We’ve been lucky to have a play that was so good, and people have liked the show so much. We had a gorgeous set and costumes.” Stabler said the theater has had a good turnout since its opening. The shows are usually student-driven, and people said they loved the play. “I think it’s really exciting

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Actors Nick Rhoton, left, and Josephine Hall, right, perform as Oscar Wolfe and Julie Cavendish during a Sept. 15 showing of the play “The Royal Family” in the newly renovated Music and Dramatic Arts building.

because I’ve been waiting to see the new theater,” said Brandon Jones, microbiology junior. “I thought it was definitely a great performance.” “The Royal Family” follows how the Cavendishes handle the idea of its members leaving the stage. The Cavendish family is loosely based on the Barrymore family, of which actress Drew Barrymore is a descendant.

“Part of the fun of having a show [about actors] is the great comedic flair,” said Tony Marble, master of fine arts actor. “It shows how actors push the bounds of acceptable behavior.” John Dennis, director of the play said it was perfect for the theater because it is set in the same time period during which the theater was built. “I’m really impressed with

[“The Royal Family”],” said Jacqueline Coal, music graduate student. “Seeing a play done in the same time period that the theater was built in is really neat.” The cast worked on the play since August and featured actors from all levels experience, Dennis said. “While everyone was going to the [football] games on Saturdays, we were all here building the set,” Dennis said. The entire class of the University’s M.F.A. program performs in the play, which features actors who have been working professionally or are a part of actors’ unions. “The Royal Family” also featured four professional actors. “I thought [the play] was nice, but it seemed like a smaller production and a smaller theater,” said Mark Kline, accounting sophomore. “The Royal Family” pulled in a packed house of 445 seats for nearly every show, said Stabler.

“I thought it was pretty good even though it wasn’t my style,” said Carlisle Palmer, political science sophomore. “I thought the theater looked fantastic — there’s so much attention to detail.” There are currently 20 M.F.A students in the University’s theater program. “Getting to work with such great cast — and a cast that was so strong — was great,” said Michele Guidry, an M.F.A. actor who has been professionally acting for 9 years. “It’s rare that you get to work with a cast where everyone is on their game.” Response from the Baton Rouge community and from University students has been positive so far, Stabler said. “[Audience response] has been fantastic,” said Guidry. “I teach classes as an M.F.A. student, and all of the students from my classes have come to see the play and have loved it.” “The Royal Family” was written by George Kaufman and Edna Ferber, and a revival of it is featured on Broadway this year. The next performance in the Shaver will be “Antigone” from Oct. 15-25.

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SHC to distribute seasonal flu vaccines in October Medication to cost $10 for students By Steven Powell Contributing Writer

Seasonal flu vaccinations will soon be available to University students, faculty and staff. The Student Health Center has the vaccinations in stock and will distribute them Oct. 19-23, said Julie Hupperich, Student Health Center associate director. The Health Center ordered 3,000 vaccines, but will only administer 2,600 to students, faculty and staff — the other portion was given to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, Hupperich said. She said the shots will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Hupperich said the Health Center anticipates more students will get the vaccine this year because of the heightened awareness from the H1N1 virus. “Most students will probably try to protect against at least one strain, to avoid catching both [H1N1 and seasonal flu],” she said. Despite expecting a bigger turn out, the clinic has the same number of vaccinations as last year because the order was placed in January — before the H1N1 Log on to see complete coverage of the H1N1 virus on campus. outbreak, Hupperich said. Hupperich said every year the Health Center adds more nurses to assist with the distribution. She said although the center anticipates more recipients this year, it is not changing the usual distribution methods. “Last year we tried distributing the vaccine in the [Student] Union to see if it was more convenient,” she said. “The turn-out was smaller, and we found it’s easier to pool resources at one location rather than stretching out operations to several areas.” Sean Smith, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals public relations officer, said there is no way to determine how many flu vaccines are in the state because most clinics order through private companies. “We are really encouraging people to get the shot and take extra precautions this year because of the H1N1 outbreak,” he said. “We don’t want people to get both viruses.” Smith said the at-risk group includes people 6 months to 18 years old, people more than 50 years old, pregnant or

breast-feeding mothers, people with pre-existing conditions and people with asthma or those living with an asthmatic. Hupperich said the vaccine costs $10 for students and $20 for faculty — cheaper than the average $20-$30 vaccines at other clinics. Jordan Lefler, linguistics graduate student, said she will likely get vaccinated after catching the flu two years ago. “I got a flu shot from the Health Center last year,” she said. “This year will depend on how the virus seems to be spreading on campus.” Ben Carroll, electrical engineering junior, said he didn’t get a flu shot last year and paid the consequences. “I’ll learn from my mistakes and get one this year,” he said. Carroll said the H1N1 outbreak made him more aware of the flu, but he is more concerned with staying healthy as a whole, rather than worrying about the hype of a single disease. “I’m not sure where I plan to go for a vaccine,” he said. “I’ve gone to the Health Center before, but I’m not sure where I’ll go this year.” Though the vaccines are already in stock, the Health Center is waiting until mid-October to administer the vaccine, ensuring the vaccine’s six-month protection window lasts the entire flu

season, Hupperich said. “Last year, we were seeing cases as late as February and March,” she said. Hupperich said the Health Center has been much busier this year because of the H1N1 outbreak, but the increase in business has not affected their finances or supplies.

“We’ll probably see the H1N1 virus overlap with the seasonal flu,” she said. “It will definitely be a very busy fall.”

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University Registrar Program for airport Algae Self-Service to begin buses in the works poses Oct. 1 to mark the Shuttles from LSU potential start of new program could run for students health risk By Mary Walker Baus Staff Writer

By The Associated Press WAUSAU, Wis. — Waterways across the upper Midwest are increasingly plagued with ugly, smelly and potentially deadly blue-green algae, bloomed by drought and fertilizer runoffs from farm fields, that has killed dozens of dogs and sickened many people. Aquatic biologists say it’s a problem that falls somewhere between a human health concern and a nuisance, but will eventually lead to more human poisoning. State officials are telling people who live on algae-covered lakes to close their windows, stop taking walks along the picturesque shorelines and keep their dogs from drinking the rank ‘ water. Peggy McAloon, 62, lives on Wisconsin’s Tainter Lake and calls the .’ algae blooms the “cockroach on the water.” Wayne Carmichael “It is toxicology professor like living in the sewer for three weeks. You gag. You cannot go outside,” she said. “We have pictures of squirrels that are dead underneath the scum and fish that are dead. ... It has gotten out of control because of the nutrient loads we as humans are adding to the waters.” Blue-green algae are common in waters but not every lake develops serious problems until plentiful “man-induced” nutrients like phosphorous arrive, said Jim Vennie, a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources expert. The toxins released by the algae can be deadly. Symptoms include rash, hives, runny nose, irritated eyes and throat irritation. No people have died in the U.S. from the algae’s toxins, according to Wayne Carmichael, a retired aquatic biologist and toxicology professor in Oregon. Many, however, have gotten sick: “Sooner or later, we are going to have more acute human poisoning,” Carmichael said. The scum has killed dozens of dogs over the years — including at least four in Oregon, three in Wisconsin and one in Minnesota this summer. Wisconsin wildlife experts are warning duck hunters with dogs to be extra cautious this fall.

Sooner or later we are going to have ...human poisoning

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A new student service will save students time, a walk around campus and even money. The Student Self-Service, a free service effective Oct. 1, will save students a trip to the Office of the University Registrar and the Office of Admissions and Student Aid by allowing them access to student loan lenders, enrollment verification certificates, good student discount certificates and enrollment history. “We’re going to basically make it a lot easier for students to obtain a number of services that before they had to come to our office or student aid to get,” said Robert Doolos, University registrar. “[Before] students who needed their enrollment certification [to give to their insurance companies] had to come in here and physically pick one up. Students will be able to get these documents and other information via the Web.” The Student Self-Service will be available on the PAWS desktop under “Student Services.” From PAWS, students can access the enrollment certificate, the good-student discount certificate and loan and lender information. “[The Student Self-Service] will bring awareness to students about how much loans they have,” said Amy Marix, associate direc-

tor of Federal Financial Aid. “This gives students access to all loan data at their fingertips.” The new service is provided through the National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit organization which collects data from different university registrars throughout the nation. All enrollment, good student discount and loan and lender data is sent to the Clearinghouse. Doolos said students’ grades or GPAs are not sent to the Clearinghouse. “We have been shipping the Clearinghouse files just indicating basic directory information about students, [such as] they’re here, they’re enrolled, they’re full time,” Doolos said. “Lenders and guarantors go to one Clearinghouse to get all the information. We report it once, and therefore, we’re not having to report things time and again. [Lenders and guarantors] go to one place to get the information they need without having to call all the different universities.” Doolos said basic self services students can access online has freed up his staff to help students with bigger issues. James Catalano, architecture sophomore, said he doesn’t know where the Registrar’s Office is located but this new service will be helpful. “It’s quicker, faster and easier — the way everyone likes it,” Catalano said. Contact Mary Walker Baus at

By Brianna Paciorka Contributing Writer

Cash-strapped students in need of transportation to area airports for holiday breaks might find relief in Student Government’s efforts to start a free holiday shuttle service by the Thanksgiving holiday. Noah Miller, SG transportation director, said SG is currently working on sending a shuttle to the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport from the University every 30 or 60 minutes for holiday breaks. A shuttle to the Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans is also a possibility for the service. The shuttle would most likely leave in the early morning and afternoon if started, Miller said. The exact days of service before each holiday have not been decided. “Nothing is set in stone yet,” Miller said. Demand would dictate how many days the shuttle is offered for the Christmas holiday, but Miller said the shuttle service may be limited to one day before the holiday starts because of costs. SG would cover the service’s costs, though a budget has yet to be determined. “When you get into doing multiple days, the money starts to rack

up quickly,” Miller said. “If we can afford multiple days, it would be a possibility ... We would not like to charge students anything because they are already paying the fees for the buses.” Tiger Trails’ buses would provide the shuttle service, though Gary Graham, Office of Parking, Traffic and Transportation director, said the service would not take away from the bus system. “We have extra buses available,” Graham said. “Now, if they want five or six buses, then it would be one or two buses not running [for Tiger Trails].” A broadcast e-mail will be sent to students within the next two weeks to gather more information on their demand for the service, Miller said. Stuart Watkins, SG president, said holiday shuttle services were “one of the hot button topics” when transportation was discussed during SG campaigning. “With thousands of campus residents, we were wondering if [a shuttle service] was a possibility,” Watkins said. “In the past, they’ve had to take taxis or things like that, but now that we moved to a privatized transportation system, we’ve heard of things very similar to this at other major universities. We’re hoping to work this in as well.”

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Slippery Situtation Tigers sweep



Georgia, Auburn By Rob Landry Sports Contibutor

plays to seal a 30-26 victory. “That’s what great defenses do,” said sophomore cornerback Patrick Peterson. “They come together as a team. That was a hell of a push by the defensive line.” That goal-line stand was the second in as many weeks for the Tigers’ defense, and LSU coach Les Miles couldn’t have been happier about the way his defense took care of the Bulldogs’ near game-winning touchdown. “That was a great last effort,” Miles said. “They fought hard all the way on that drive, not just on that final stand. The defense just played with

Before the LSU volleyball team began its four-match road trip Friday, LSU coach Fran Flory said her team needed to keep its intensity up for the entire weekend, and she got what she wanted. The Tigers (9-4, 3-1) swept Georgia (10-4, 1-2) on Sunday afternoon in Athens, Ga., behind the stellar play of senior outside hitter Marina Skender. Skender led the Tigers with 13 kills, marking the eighthstraight match Skender has recorded double-digit kills. “I was just trying to do my job,” Skender said. “Having a great team around me helps me play great.” The Tigers took the first set easily, 25-13. The second set was not the same cakewalk. The match went into extra points before LSU came out on top, 30-28. The final set was another close one, with LSU scraping out a 25-22 win to complete the sweep. “For as hard as our team was playing in the second and third sets, to walk away from this thing with a three-set loss is not devastating, but it certainly is disappointing,” said Georgia coach Joel McCartney following the match. “We deserved more than that today.” The Tigers finished the match with a .290 hitting percentage, 13 blocks, nine aces and 40 digs. The attendance at the Ramsey Student Center was 1,243, a season-high crowd for the Bull-

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[Above] LSU junior defensive tackle Drake Nevis (92) recovers a Mississippi State fumble Saturday in Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss. The Bulldogs had two fumbles in the game. [Bottom] The LSU defense piles on Mississippi State’s goal line in the fourth quarter to stop them from scoring a possible game-winning touchdown.

LSU defense holds strong to keep Tigers’ victory intact despite ball-handling issues By Andy Schwehm Sports Writer

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STARKVILLE, Miss. — Both LSU and Mississippi State made holding onto the pigskin look like a Herculean task in a rain-soaked first half at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss. But the true test of will came late in the fourth quarter when the Tigers’ defense faced the Bulldogs’ offense on LSU’s 2-yard line with four plays to put it in the end zone with LSU holding a 30-24 lead. The Tigers proved one of their Achilles’ heels from last season has faded, as the defense kept the Bulldogs from scoring on four straight


LSU outscores Tenn., Georgia, 11-1 Banks’ hat trick helps defeat No. 8 Bulldogs By Rowan Kavner Sports Contributor

Defense wins championships — but a little offense never hurts, either. Six different LSU players scored in the Southeastern Conference’s opening weekend as the Tigers outscored their opponents, 11-1, with freshman Carlie Banks scoring a hat trick.

LSU (6-2-2, 2-0-0) kept up its intensity against Tennessee (5-4-1, 1-1-0) on Sunday after pummeling then-undefeated No. 8 Georgia (8-1-1, 1-1-0) on Friday. The Tigers led the entire way against the Volunteers in a dominating 5-1 victory. Senior forward Rachel Yepez put two early scores on the board to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead within the first 10 minutes of the game. “The second one I was actually looking to cross it, and it kind of deflected off the defender, and I just finished it,” Yepez said.

LSU coach Brian Lee had high praise for his forward who now has five goals this season. “Rachel’s really, really important,” Lee said. “She’s kind of the heart and soul of our team.” Sophomore forward and midfielder Kellie Murphy recorded her first goal of the year on a header off a perfect cross from senior midfielder Malorie Rutledge. Rutledge notched a goal of her own, going coast-to-coast cutting through the SOCCER, see page 10

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Senior forward Rachel Yepez chases the ball down the field as she is pursued by two Georgia defenders Friday night.





Saints defense shines in 27-7 road victory against Bills Owen ends game without reception By John Wawrow The Associated Press

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Turns out Drew Brees doesn’t have to throw a touchdown pass — or put up 45 points — to secure a victory. The New Orleans Saints’ overlooked defense proved pretty stout. Will Smith had a sack and an interception to lead a Saints defense that held Terrell Owens

without a catch for the first time since his rookie season in 1996 on the way to New Orleans’ 27-7 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Running back Pierre Thomas sealed the win by scoring two touchdowns in the final 10 minutes and finished with a careerhigh 126 yards rushing — all in the second half. Brees finished 16 of 20 for 172 yards, ending an NFL-leading 22-game streak of throwing for 200 yards or more. “Our defense played outstanding,” Brees said. “Every time they stepped on the field, they just felt like the were going to shut them down.”

New Orleans generated four sacks and prevented Buffalo (1-2) from registering a first down in its final five possessions. The cherry on top was shutting out T.O., who failed to make a catch despite five passes thrown his way, ending a 185-game streak that was the longest of any active player. It was also the third-longest streak in NFL history, behind Marvin Harrison (stuck at 190) and Jerry Rice (274). Owens’ day got even worse after the game. On his way up the tunnel, T.O. was struck in the face and chest by a large bucket of popcorn thrown from the stands.

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Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) runs past Bills linebacker Keith Ellison (56) for a fourth-quarter touchdown in New Orleans’ 27-7 win against Buffalo in Orchard Park, N.Y. , on Sunday. The Saints are now 3-0 in regular season play.

“I’m good. Just got to get ready for next week,” Owens said. As for the offense, his role in it and whether he’s happy about the play-calling, Owens would only say: “I’m going with the plays that are called.” Owens was thrown to only once in the first half, when he bobbled a pass out of bounds at the right sideline. He had four passes go his way in the second half, including one up the right sideline that he failed to make a play on, even though he was partially open and the pass fell within 2 yards of him. “We have to get him the football, obviously,” coach Dick Jauron said of Owens. “Clearly he’s a big part of the offense.” Trent Edwards finished 20 of 35 for 156 yards. The Bills marched into Saints territory only once on seven possessions in the second half, and that ended in a turnover. Edwards attempted to force a pass to Owens in the right flat only to have cornerback Jabari Greer get a hand on it. The ball popped up into the air and directly into Smith’s hands. The only points the Bills scored came on a fake field goal early in the second quarter, when punter Brian Moorman rolled left and hit a wide-open defensive end Ryan Denney for a 25-yard touchdown. The Saints went ahead for good late in the second quarter after New Orleans’ Malcolm Jenkins stripped the ball from Roscoe Parrish on a punt return. The play led to John Carney’s 27-yard field goal that put the Saints up 10-7. He also added one from 35 yards out.

New Orleans was only the fourth NFL team — and first since the 1968 Raiders — to score 45 points in each of their first two games. Brees, meanwhile, had matched an NFL record for throwing nine touchdowns. Two more against the Saints would have been a record for three games. The Saints finally wore down the Bills by scoring 17 points on their final three possessions. Thomas put the game away a little over five minutes into the fourth quarter by scoring on a 34-yard run to put the Saints up 17-7. Taking the ball on a sweep left, Thomas burst up the sideline, where he vaulted rookie safety Jairus Byrd, and then dragged cornerback Terrence McGee the final 5 yards into the end zone. “This is a game that in the past would not have gone our way,” Brees said. “It’s the attitude. Once we got in the fourth quarter, offensively our attitude was every time we touch the ball we’re getting points.”

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Men, women net season-best finishes at LSU Invitational Tigers place third, Ladies place fourth By Jonathan Schexnayder Sports Contributor

The LSU cross country teams had their best finishes of the season Saturday despite humid conditions and a relatively wet course at the LSU Invitational at Highland Road Park. The Tigers placed third out of 13 schools with a team score of 87, while the Lady Tigers took fourth out of a 16-team field with a score of 94. Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas schools participated in the meet. “This will be the hottest race of the year,” said sophomore Cullen Doody. “It definitely takes a toll on you.” Doody led the Tigers for the second consecutive week with a No. 16 finish in 27 minutes, 19 seconds on the 8K course. “I think overall it was a much better performance than last week,” said LSU coach Mark Elliott. “They are progressing well.” University of Houston swept both races of the LSU Invitational. The Cougar men posted a score of 29 with their top four runners all

finishing in the top 10 overall. The sixth and seventh overall, respecwomen finished with 40 points. tively. Sophomore Jenna Henssler “Our two front runners aren’t was the first to cross the finish line there like we normally have,” Elfor the Lady Tigers at No. 13 with liott said. “That’s part of [cross a 5K time of 19 minutes, 58 sec- country]. They are redshirting and onds. will come back next year. And we “The times were a little slow will have a better team next year.” for everyone as a whole,” said Other top-25 finishers for the Henssler, who was 45 seconds Tigers were junior Kyle Hecker quicker last week. “The hills take a (No. 21, 27 minutes, 45 seconds) little out of you, but I’m used to it and freshman Kyle Steele (No. 23, because we practice here.” 27 minutes, 50 seconds). Henssler Junior Tim Landry took on the and sophomore Frank role of top Bohn rounded out the runner for the Tigers’ top five at No. Lady Tigers 26 and No. 29, respecas senior Katively. tie Hamel, On the women’s who paced the side, freshman CharLady Tigers lene Lipsey (20 minJenna Henssler last weekend utes, 0.69 seconds) sophomore, runner with a No. 21 crossed the finish line finish at the right behind Henssler Crimson Classic two weekends at No. 14. Also in the top 25 were ago, was held out Saturday with an sophomores Laura Carleton at No. illness. 22 and Amber Abbott at No. 24. Elliott said losing Hamel is The Tigers and Lady Tigers comparable to a football team los- will take a three-week break in acing its quarterback. tion before they travel to FayetteHamel wasn’t the only runner ville, Ark., for the Chili Pepper LSU went without Saturday. Red- Invitational. shirt Tigers Andy Florek and Richard Chautin both competed in the Contact Jonathan Schexnayder at meet but only as unattached ners. Chautin and Florek finished


‘The times were a little slow for everyone as a whole.’


Mickelson wins PGA Tour By The Associated Press

ATLANTA — Phil Mickelson capped off a tumultuous summer at home with a spectacular rally Sunday to win the Tour Championship. Tiger Woods finished another big year by winning the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus. In a riveting conclusion to golf’s regular season, its two biggest stars shared the stage at East Lake with trophies that were meaningful in vastly different ways. Mickelson seized control with a 31 on the front nine and closed with a 5-under 65 for a three-shot victory, his first since his wife and his mother were diagnosed with breast cancer in the spring. Both have a positive outlook in the recovery. For the third time this year, Woods struggled while playing in the final pairing. He didn’t make a birdie until the 15th hole, and by then it was too late to catch Mickelson. Woods closed with an evenpar 70, ending his playoff streak of eight consecutive rounds in the 60s, and was alone in second. Even so, he received quite a consolation prize — a FedEx Cup title that rewarded him for a remarkable year in which he came back from major knee surgery not knowing what to expect. Woods won six times, and was either first or second in more than half his events. Mickelson, who returned to No. 2 in the world with his victory, finished at 9-under 271. He needed Woods to finish eighth or worse to

have any chance in the FedEx Cup, although Mickelson still climbed to No. 2 and earned a $3 million bonus, on top of his $1.35 million for winning the Tour Championship.Four players had a chance to win the FedEx Cup along the back nine. Kenny Perry was the projected winner until he chopped up the par-5 ninth with a bogey and completed his meltdown on the back nine on his way to a 74. Steve Stricker, who only had to finish ahead of Woods when it became clear Mickelson would win the tournament, was in position to do that until mud on his ball in the 16th fairway led to a bogey. Stricker shot a 69 and finished sixth.“I knew it was close, put it that way,” Stricker said of the FedEx Cup race. “Whatever. I played

my hardest.” Mickelson closed out the decade with bookend victories at East Lake. He also won the Tour Championship in 2000 when he rallied to beat Woods in the final round. This one was even more impressive. Confident as ever from his putting tips from former PGA champion Dave Stockton, Mickelson rolled in consecutive birdie putts of 15 feet on No. 3 and 30 feet on No. 4, then pulled into a share of the lead with an approach that caught the lip at No. 8 for a tap-in birdie.

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Sophomore Jenna Henssler runs Saturday morning at the LSU Invitational. The Tigers finished third out of 13 schools, and Lady Tigers took fourth out of 16 schools.





Pitchers shut out competition as LSU sweeps tourney Tigers take LSUE, Louisiana College By Jarred LeBlanc Sports Contributor

The LSU softball team shut out all three of its opponents this weekend in the team’s first fall tournament. The Tigers fought through the heat Saturday and shut out Louisiana College and UL-Monroe, 4-0 and 7-0, respectively. LSU-Eunice fell victim to the Tigers on Sunday, 4-0.

Five pitchers saw action in the circle for the Tigers as senior Kirsten Shortridge, junior Casey Faile, sophomore Brittany Mack, freshman Rachele Fico and senior Cody Trahan combined for eight strikeouts and gave up one hit and two walks. Freshman utility player Allison Falcon led the Tigers offensively with three RBIs, including a two-run single in the first inning. Sophomore outfielder Ashley Langoni also had an RBI on a bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning. Trahan and Mack also dominated game one Saturday against Louisiana College and combined for 10

strikeouts and one hit. Junior third baseman Jessica Mouse started off the offense against Louisiana College in the second inning with a single to left field. Falcon followed up Mouse’s hit with a double to center field. Faile drove Mouse in on a single, and Falcon scored on a wild pitch, making the score 2-0. Sophomore Heidi Pizer, a Louisiana-Lafayette transfer, hit a sacrifice fly in the third inning, and Mouse walked with the bases loaded for the final run of the game. Fico and Shortridge pitched the shutout against Louisiana-Monroe in

game two. Fico put away 12 of the last 13 batters she faced. The Tiger offense started off quickly with six runs in the first inning before Langoni added the final run on an RBI-single in the fourth inning, making the final score 7-0. “We got some very solid performances from many Tigers on a very hot day,” said LSU coach Yvette Girouard in a news release. “The entire pitching staff was very impressive as well as Allison Falcon on the offensive side.” The second game of LSU’s Sunday doubleheader against Southeastern Louisiana was canceled because

of travel plans for the Lions, according to softball associate sports information director Matt Dunaway. LSU will host its final fall tournament on Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4. The Tigers will face LSU-Alexandria and Chipola Community College on Saturday at 10 a.m. and noon, respectively. LSU will face Chipola Community College again on Sunday at 10 a.m. and is scheduled to play Nicholls St. at noon. Contact Jarred LeBlanc at


Senior, freshman claim singles titles at Hoosier Classic Kantor beats three No. 1 players By Sean Isabella Sports Contributor

Senior Nicole Kantor and freshman Ebie Wilson both captured singles titles Sunday at the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind. Kantor claimed the Flight 1 singles title, cruising by Kansas State’s Antea Huljev in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, while Wilson notched her first

championship in her second career tournament, with a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Indiana’s Lindsey Stuckey in the Flight 3 finals. “I’m really proud of Nicole and Ebie for winning the tournament,” said LSU women’s tennis coach Tony Minnis in a news release. “Nicole beat three No. 1 players, so I was really impressed with how she played. Ebie winning the tournament as a freshman was really great.” Kantor, a former five-star recruit out of Horton Watkins High School in St. Louis, advanced to the

finals in convincing fashion, defeating Indiana’s Katya Zapadalova, 6-1, 7-5, on Friday and Mississippi State’s Olesya Tsigvintseva, 6-3, 6-3, on Saturday. Wilson, a Mobile, Ala., native, had a tougher road to her title, needing three sets to secure a victory Saturday against Indiana’s Myriam Sopel, 7-6, 3-6, 1-0 (10-5). In doubles, Kantor and Wilson teamed up to make a successful duo, recording two victories on the weekend. The pair picked up an 8-4

victory Friday against Memphis’ Andrea Arques-Garcia and Marjorie Ondeck, and a 8-2 decision against Indiana’s Maria Guerreiro and Evgeniya Vertesheva on Saturday. While two Lady Tigers had success in Indiana, it was a different story for the men 1,113 miles away at the Rice Invitational in Houston. Sophomore Whitney Wolf retired her match Saturday against Oklahoma’s Marie-Pier Huet but fought back Sunday to salvage the Flight 2 consolation title when Sam Houston State’s Georgia Pozzan

defaulted the match. Another LSU newcomer, freshman Keri Frankenberger, beat Tulane’s Lindsay Dvorak, 6-1, 6-1, to win the Flight 4 consolation. LSU is back in action this weekend when Kantor travels to Los Angeles to compete in the pre-qualifying round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Tournament. Contact Sean Isabella at






No. 1 Florida wins, QB Four upsets shake up AP poll three spots Tebow injures head Top remain the same Heisman winner taken to hospital By The Associated Press LEXINGTON, Ky. — With one scary hit on Tim Tebow, the fate of No. 1 Florida — and really, the entire complexion of the college football season — could have changed. The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback was knocked out of Florida’s 41-7 victory against Kentucky after a hard shot to the head in the third quarter, and taken by ambulance to a hospital. “I think it’s a concussion,” Florida coach Urban Meyer said. “I think he’ll be all right. He took a pretty good shot.” Tebow was scheduled to stay overnight in the hospital, Florida spokesman Steve McClain said. The Gators were leading, 31-7, and driving deep in Kentucky territory when Tebow was sacked by Kentucky defensive end Taylor Wyndham on a vicious but clean hit. As he fell back with Wyndham on top of him, Tebow’s head struck teammate Marcus Gilbert’s leg, violently bending his neck forward. Tebow, a tank of a quarterback at 245 pounds, lay motionless for several minutes while Commonwealth Stadium fell silent. He sat up with some help then slowly made his way off the field to a loud ovation. Florida’s medical staff attended to him on the bench and his parents came down from the stands to join him. He was eventually carted off the field with concussion-like symptoms, vomiting several times. About a dozen Gators fans showed up at the University of Kentucky Medical Center after the game, standing outside in the rain and wishing the best for Tebow. Florida is off next week, then plays at LSU on Oct. 10. It’s probably the toughest game on Florida’s regular-season schedule and would be even tougher without Tebow. A third national title in four seasons for Florida; a second Heisman for Tebow — all that becomes iffy if his injury causes him to miss games. Oddly, Saturday started with questions about Tebow’s availability because of a respiratory illness. Meyer said Tebow had just one question after the hit. “He asked me ‘Did I hold onto the ball?’” Meyer said. “I told him he did and he winked at me and said ‘It’s great to be a Gator.’” Still, the image of their leader laying helpless proved unsettling for the defending national champions. “He was a little fuzzy coming off the field,” said backup quarterback John Brantley. “He was looking around. I guess making sure he was in Kentucky.’” The win extended Florida’s winning streak to 14 games, tops in the nation as the Gators (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) continued their mastery over the Wildcats (2-1, 0-1). Florida has won 23 straight in

the series, the second longest active winning streak by one team over another in the country. Yet the outcome became a mere footnote after Tebow went down. Two Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks have been knocked out of games in the first month of the season, with Tebow joining Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford, who injured his shoulder in Week 1 and hasn’t played since. The injury put a stop to another vintage performance by Tebow, whose status appeared to be in doubt in the hours before the game. Tebow was one of several Gators who took a separate plane north because of respiratory and congestion issues, leading to speculation the Heisman Trophy winner wouldn’t play. If Tebow wasn’t feeling well, it didn’t show. He walked off the field following pregame warmups trading head slaps with teammate Brandon Spikes and nearly sprinted into the huddle on Florida’s first possession. He rumbled for 29 yards on the third play of the game, breaking a tackle at the line of scrimmage and bolting through the secondary before getting shoved out of bounds. The drive ended in a field goal, but he was simply getting started. Tebow put the Gators up 10-0 on a 3-yard touchdown run, silencing a crowd hoping Florida could be had if The Wildcats couldn’t get out of their own way. An illegal motion penalty on a punt forced them to rekick, and the Gators took advantage when Chris Rainey blocked it and then fell on the ball in the end zone to make it 17-0 Florida. Tebow finished with 123 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at

By The Associated Press NEW YORK — After a weekend in which four top-10 teams lost, The Associated Press college football poll received a major makeover. No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Texas and No. 3 Alabama held their places in the media poll released Sunday, but 15 teams moved up or down at least three spots. LSU is up to No. 4 after barely avoiding an upset at Mississippi State on Saturday. No. 5 Boise State is in the top five for the first time in the regular season. No. 6 Virginia Tech, No. 7 Southern California and No. 9 Ohio State are back in the top 10. Cincinnati moved up four spots to No. 10, the best ranking in school history. Both No. 13 Iowa and No.

16 Oregon jumped back into the rankings after beating top-10 teams. Georgia Tech also moved back into the rankings. Falling out were Florida State, North Carolina and Washington, which followed its upset of USC with a 34-14 loss at Stanford on Saturday. Florida (4-0) had no problem beating Kentucky, and received 55 first-place votes. For the second consecutive week, the Southeastern Conference has three of the top four teams in the country, with LSU replacing Ole Miss. The last conference to have three of the top four in the AP poll was the Big Eight in 1971, when Nebraska, Oklahoma and Colorado were Nos. 1, 2 and 3. Texas received one firstplace vote and 1,420 points. Alabama had four first-place votes, one more than last week, and 1,400 points. The Gators, Longhorns and

Crimson Tide are the only preseason top-10 teams that have not lost a game. Six times already this season a team ranked in the top 10 has lost to an unranked team. A volatile weekend for highly ranked teams began Thursday night in South Carolina, when the unranked Gamecocks beat thenNo. 4 Mississippi. Ole Miss fell 17 spots to No. 21. And that was only the second-largest drop by a ranked team this week. After California was routed 42-3 by Oregon on Saturday, the Bears fell 18 spots from No. 6 to No. 24. Cal hosts USC on Saturday. Penn State also lost its first game Saturday, falling 21-10 at home to Iowa. The Nittany Lions fell 10 spots to No. 15. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at

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defense to give LSU a whopping 4-0 lead going into the half. Tensions rose continuously throughout the second half as two yellow cards were issued against Tennessee. LSU sophomore midfielder Allysha Chapman left the game after falling to the ground on a slide tackle. “If the game was closer, she could have gone back in,” Lee said. “She tweaked her ankle.” A bullet by Tennessee senior midfielder Mick Imgram on a


free kick cut the score to 4-1, but LSU answered back with a goal by freshman forward Tricia Johnson who had an open net off the rebound of Rutledge’s shot. Yepez had a hat trick attempt foiled by a Tennessee defender’s block in the waning minutes of the game. But Banks managed to get a season-first hat trick Friday in a 6-0 blowout win against the Bulldogs. “I’m not a big fan of Georgia,” said Banks, a Peachtree City, Ga., native. “I’ve played against all these girls all my life, so I just

wanted to prove something.” Banks fired the first goal off a cross by Yepez within the first three minutes of the game. Her second came off the sliding rebound of a shot by Rutledge, and the score was 2-0 at halftime. “Carlie is a good player who depends on our team to play well in nice fluid movement and getting crosses and things like that to get goals,” Lee said. LSU didn’t let up as Yepez notched the next goal for LSU. Banks then completed her hat trick on a shot inside the box. Johnson and sophomore mid-


fielder Taryne Boudreau both scored to cap the 6-0 win. Johnson’s two goals this weekend were her first two as a Tiger. “Brian was expecting a lot, especially from the seniors,” Yepez said. “It’s great, and it’s really exciting to have freshmen step up and score goals. It makes us even more dangerous.” Georgia hadn’t given up more than two goals all season, and LSU kept Georgia’s all-time leading scorer, senior forward Carrie Patterson, scoreless. But Lee felt the team could have scored more.

“You always want to get better,” he said. “You score six on Friday, you kind of feel like you could have had seven or eight.” Lee isn’t satisfied yet despite the team’s success this weekend. “We’ve got a long, long way to go in the SEC season,” Lee said. Senior midfielder Melissa Clarke was questionable going into the weekend but played both games and had two shots against Georgia. Contact Rowan Kavner at

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dogs. “I appreciated the support we had today in the match with a fantastic crowd,” McCartney said. “They could have sat on their hands after that 25-13 loss in the first set, but they actually fed some spirit into us, and I’m appreciative of that.” The victory for LSU was its seventh in the last eight matches against the Bulldogs. Flory said the matches this weekend helped the team “gel.” “I think they decided they wanted to be a team again this weekend,” Flory said. “I felt like we were being a bunch of selfish individuals that were more concerned about success in terms of what it meant personally and not what it meant for the program. But we had a little talk, and they agreed and they made some very positive changes.” LSU got its road trip off to a positive start Friday night with a 3-0 sweep of Auburn (9-5, 1-2) in Auburn, Ala. Skender and senior middle blocker Brittnee Cooper combined for 28 of LSU’s 43 kills. Cooper finished the match with 15 and Skender tacked on another 13. Senior setter Sam Dabbs had a match-best 37 assists. “Sam set a great match and did an excellent job of managing the offense,” Flory said. “We worked hard all week in practice helping her to make the best decision and our hitting percentage tonight reflects that.” LSU’s hitting percentage against Auburn was .356. LSU extended its winning streak against Southeastern Conference Western division opponents to 21 matches and extended its streak against Auburn to 16 matches. But Flory said her team still has work to do, especially on offense. “Passing wise, we have to have the perfect tempo and location pass for our offense to be in-sync,” Flory said. “We need to be able to be more balanced despite the height, location and tempo of our first contact, and that’s something we’re going to get in the gym and try to correct this week.” The Tigers will continue their road trip next weekend with matches at SEC West rivals Alabama and Mississippi State.

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great character and heart.” But the stand was only the capstone to a gladiator-like battle during the entire second half for LSU’s defense, which was on the field for 21 minutes and 10 seconds in the half. Part of the reason for the seemingly ball-hogging nature of MSU’s offense was the running game. The Bulldogs racked up 122 yards on the ground after compiling only 29 by halftime, keeping the chains moving and forcing the Tigers’ defense to stay on the field. LSU junior safety Chad Jones said Mississippi State made adjustments in the second half and started to run the ball more. “They did a good job of running the ball in the second half,” Jones said. “They did a great job of ball control ... They started throwing the ball to the sidelines, and there weren’t too many balls thrown over the middle of the field.” The first half was a different story offensively. Both teams threw after the early morning downpour over the field, as neither team’s running game was going anywhere. After combining for 12 fumbles and interceptions through a combined six games — seven for MSU and five for LSU — the teams amassed seven total Saturday, six in the first half alone. The Bulldogs’ ball woes came mostly through the air, as senior quarterback Tyson Lee

threw three interceptions in the first half. The running game provided two fumbles for MSU, one of which the Bulldogs lost. “You just can’t [have turnovers] in the Southeastern Conference,” said Bulldogs’ first-year coach Dan Mullen. “We [were] playing a top-10 football team [Saturday], and you just can’t make those mistakes. But credit their kids. They made some great plays.” But LSU wasn’t very efficient at converting the Bulldogs’ turnovers into points in the first half, scoring only 10 off MSU’s four first-half mishaps. A pair of second-quarter interceptions by senior cornerback Chris Hawkins and sophomore safety Brandon Taylor deep in LSU’s territory led to a mere 19 yards of LSU offense. Peterson scored the lone touchdown off the first-half turnovers. He turned an interception into a 27-yard scamper into the end zone off a deflection from LSU senior linebacker Harry Coleman. “I got caught in the backfield a little bit,” Peterson said. “I

PAGE 11 knew he was going to throw it a little short, but I still had my guy secure. I saw the ball deflected ... and I took it in for six.” The first LSU fumble came when LSU senior running back Charles Scott was stripped of a ball on third down of the first drive of the game. The ball was recovered by LSU, but it turned a possible first down into a punt. Later in the quarter, LSU junior punter Derek Helton couldn’t handle a high punt on a snap from the LSU 28-yard line, and that led to the ball being recovered by Helton at the LSU 1-yard line. The Bulldogs capitalized on a rushing touchdown on the next play by senior running back Anthony Dixon. Miles said he wanted Helton to kick the loose ball out of the back of the end zone for a safety. “We can’t have those miscues,” Miles said. “It just gives too much momentum to your opponent.”

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Obama must convince Russia, China to hold back Iran For those of us growing weary of the health care reform debate’s absolute dominance of every news medium in existence, an old friend has done us all a favor. Unfortunately, that “old friend” is Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and, as usual, his face on TV heralds high international tensions. Ahmadinejad has found himself on center stage again after his country admitted it was constructing another nuclear facility — proving fears the country has been operating nuclear programs without the approval (or even knowledge) of the world community. President Obama, standing alongside British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, issued a strongly worded statement grilling Ahmadinejad and the Iranian leadership for defying global expectations. “Iran has a right to peaceful nuclear power that meets the energy needs of its people. But the size and configuration of this facility is inconsistent with a peaceful program,” Obama said. The recent developments

concerning the previously unmentioned facility bring back to the fore concerns that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons. Historically, the U.S., Britain and France have all been united in opposition to Iran’s pursuit of nuclear energy. But these three nations alone are not able to employ peaceful measures to prevent the program’s advancement — largely because of China and Russia. These two powers, both vetowielding members of the United Nations, have blocked efforts to impose harsh global sanctions on Iran and indeed have provided the country with lifelines to keep their program alive. However, Iran’s behavior regarding this new site is clearly an attempt to keep Western powers in the dark about its ambitions. In doing so, it may have slighted Russia, who first received the information from the U.S. In the wake of these developments, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hinted his country may be willing to begin sanctions on Iran should they continue refusing to cooperate with international demands. Because of sanctions from

the U.S. and its allies, Iran has become increasingly dependent on support from Russia — should that country choose to restrict its support, Iran’s economy could conceivably reach such a critical state that maintaing a nuclear program would prove impossible. Russia’s Matthew Albright Opinion Editor new willingness to even talk about sanctions is definitely a positive sign, but the speed at which they are developing is of great concern. At some point, Iran’s nuclear ambitions are going to lead to a confrontation. If Iran refuses to back down from its current path, and if the U.S. and its allies prove too hestiant to act, Israel is going to have to take action by itself. They have little choice — Iranian leaders, especially Ahmadinejad, have been frighteningly, vocally anti-Israel. Ahmadinejad has referred to Israel as “a stinking corpse” and has publicly declared “it should

be wiped off the map.” Hardly the kind of nation Israel can afford to allow nuclear weaponry. If enough time passes, the nuclear plants that most world leaders suspect to be used to produce weapons-grade material will eventually be “hardened,” preventing air strikes from neutralizing their perceived threat. Israel can’t — and almost certainly won’t — allow that to happen. If President Obama can’t convince Russia and/or China tosoon knuckle down on Iran economically, Israel is probably going to bomb the hell out of it. In other words, there is a clock, and it’s ticking. Although supporting Israel in the wake of such action would obviously be difficult for the U.S., we’d have to take a much more active role than merely supporting them. If Israel is to bomb Iran, its planes must fly over Iraqi airspace — which the U.S., of course, currently controls. An Israeli attack on Iran would likely incite considerable conflict. And, if the U.S. chooses to allow it, it will in-

evitably be drawn into that conflict. But, at the same time, it’s equally difficult to imagine the U.S. refusing to allow Israeli permisison. I hope this situation will not materialize. But, as things stand now, the only way it will be prevented is if enough sanctions from the right nations can force Iran to concede. One thing’s for certain — health care isn’t the only thing we need to pay attention to now. In addition to convincing the country to accept that controversial domestic proposal, Obama has a new, equally tough sell — convincing Russia and China to rein in Iran. It must really suck to be him right now.

that seem to only ever cut our education, wars waged for years when no one is particularly sure what they are being waged over, have spun us around in so many confusing circles that all we can do is fall to our butts and try not to throw up, as the world continues to whirl around us. In generations past we have seen the Greatest Generation rally together to do everything possible for our country’s victory. We have also seen the Flower Generation stand in the way of marching men and refuse to accept the status quo. And we are told that our Generation does nothing. Inactive. M.I.A. But the Greatest Generation was rallying against a man committing mass genocide in a number of different countries. The Flower Generation fought the status quo and stood against conformity and they cried out, “One day we will run this country!” Well, that day has come and gone, and things are the same, if

not worse. And now it is our turn. The Lost Generation does not rally, does not fight, does not vote, does not delude themselves that We The People has existed since the death of our forefathers. We The Lost Generation fight within ourselves the unending battle of assimilation into the young Republicans or the Young Democrats vs. refusal to assimilate at all. We The Lost Generation have lost so many strong men and women to the distractions of celebrity news and “art” that has been manufactured like a Ford T, instead of being created by an actual human being. We The Lost Generation are searching our homes, schools, states, countries, and world for the true path, because the one thing we can say we know is that no one can find us but ourselves.

Matthew Albright is a 20-year-old mass communication sophomore from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_malbright.

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Health Center displays lack of common sense I am astounded at the behavior of the LSU Health Center. A brief story is all I need to make my point. I came in to the health center for a simple sprained limb. While I was at the desk, a young lady came up and complained of her chest hurting and CLEARLY had trouble breathing. The receptionist responded with the following: “Do you have an appointment?” The lady was taken aback and honestly, standing next to her, so was I. She said, “No,” and the lady asked her if she had her ID. The girl asked, “What ID?” and eventually this ended with her Tigercard being thrown on the counter. This seemed understandable, as once again, she could not

breathe very well. You know, respiration, inflating and deflating of the lungs, etc. I was called back to see the doctor at that time so I do not know the rest of the aftermath. My point is, if I have trouble breathing, I am not going to make an appointment; I am going to come in and expect to get help without being given a degrading look for not having made an appointment. Had I been in her position, my lawyer would be the next phone call I made (that would be of course if I didn’t stop breathing from lack of medical care). So, for the moment, let’s forget this talk about health care and insurance overhaul. How about we start with a little common sense among our offices? I support the staff there as much as I can for what they are doing, but this is just plain ludicrous. Stephen Treese animal sciences graduate student


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“Lost Generation” no worse than our predecessors In his View From Another School, Professor Mark Bauerlein calls us the “dumbest generation.” As an English professor, he probably knows far more about the world than a lowly undergrad like me, but I am so sick of hearing criticism about my generation. For once, I want people to see what it’s like from the inside. We are a generation of citizens of the United States who have grown to understand that We The People do not run the country. We The Corporations, We The Lobbyists — who control We The Politicians — control what happens in the grand ‘ole U. S. of A. Elections where men with fewer votes win, budget cuts

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Damn Hugh and his bunnies: They made me gay BREAKING NEWS — After all these years, scientists have finally discovered the reason why some people are gay! Homosexuality is a direct result of, you guessed it, pornography, specifically Playboy, according to Michael Schwartz, chief of staff to Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. That’s a rather bold statement from a congressional staff member. Speaking at this year’s Values Voters Summit, Schwartz made this outlandish claim, and others, including “All pornography is homosexual pornography because all pornography turns your sexual drive inward.” Unfortunately, his reasoning here is somewhat lacking. I have serious doubts a magazine filled with pictures of boobs causes this “plague” we call homosexuality. Teen boys across the country would probably roll over laughing at such an assertion. I mean, if someone looks at

boobs and thinks, “Gross, I think I’ll stick with guys,” maybe he’s actually just inclined to liking men. I also have a hard time believing homosexuality suddenly sprung up during the 20th century. I mean, did Alexander the Great and Richard the Lion Heart really have access to porn? Maybe I’m being too logical. After all, statements like this were a dime a dozen at the bastion of knowledge that is the Values Voters Summit. The values emphasized at the summit are true American values, such as the rejection of pretty much all scientific fact relating to climate change and that rugged individualism which comes with labeling this country’s ruling political party socialistic. An important sidenote here: this was the same summit where former Miss California Carrie Prejean got up and explained to attendees how God was testing

her the day she voiced her opposition to gay marriage. Now, it’s fine if you are against gay marriage — I myself have a few reservations about it — but please do not claim God was somehow testing you. Statements like this have no place in a coun- Stephen Schmitz try faced with an Columnist unending amount of problems, among them teen health and pregnancy. Sexuality and sex need to be more openly talked about. Why? Because without it, the U.S. will continue to have one of the highest rates of teen pregnancies in the developed world. We need to abolish abstinence education. Abstinence-only education programs are among one of the nation’s biggest jokes. If you’re looking for proof behind this, google Sarah or Bris-

tol Palin. Ask yourselves, how many of your friends are virgins? Maybe my friends are more promiscuous than most, but I’d say at least four in five of my friends at LSU have had sex. Instead, what we need to be talking about is how to prevent teen pregnancies. And by that, I don’t mean throwing around condoms and calling it a day. Rather, there needs to be a class in high school where teens are really taught the burdens of being a teen parent. Furthermore, such classes should stress the devastating effects of STDs, particularly ones like herpes and HIV that don’t go away. It is also the responsibility of parents to have an honest conversation with their children about sex. Rather than sheltering kids, parents need to be honest and explain the reality of the world they will face.

If such honesty and openness were to result in lower teen pregnancy rates, then this would also result in a reduced abortion rate. If Schwartz’s ridiculous statements could somehow start a debate about sex and sexuality, then at least some good came as a result. But if he believes boobs in Playboy somehow made me like boys, then I have to wonder about the state of affairs in Sen. Coburn’s office if it’s being led by someone so blatantly stupid. Stephen Schmitz is a 19-year-old mass communication sophomore from The Woodlands, Texas. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_sschmitz.

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College students: Take pride in your appearance By Ramya Vallabhaneni Johns Hopkins University

BALTIMORE (U-WIRE) — College students are not necessarily known for their keen sense of fashion. Ask anyone. When most people try to conjure up the image of a typical college student, they envision tousled, unruly hair, ratty sneakers, unwashed jeans and old sweatshirts. This student, let’s call him Jim, just got up five minutes ago and is late for class. He’s barely brushed his teeth, much less had the time to comb his hair. He doesn’t care about what people think. He’s a rebel, and the women love him for it. After all, it’s college. Right? Of course, this description does not apply to all of us. It is almost offensively stereotypical to say that most college students roll out of bed not caring how they appear to others. There are many students out there,that take time and effort to look put-together. Yet, we all know this image of the “typical” disheveled college student. We see Jim on campus everywhere, whether on our way to class or sitting in lecture. We know Jim. Some of us may even be Jim. But is it appropriate to dress that way on campus? I say no. Our parents, our college guidance counselors and

those college brochures we all collected our senior year claim that college prepares you for the real world. In the real world, appearance does matter. Therefore, students should take some care in the way they dress for class. If professors dress appropriately for class, why shouldn’t students? They should treat their classes as they would their jobs and dress accordingly. I am not saying that we should wear pantsuits to class, and I am not saying we should dress as though we are going to the bed, which is equally inappropriate. Clean jeans and a clean shirt are more than acceptable. But it’s more than the clothes we wear. It’s also about how we look. Students should brush their hair and shower. We should take the time to look like we care. I think that those who complain about time constraints in the morning can easily take an extra five minutes to brush their hair and put on a clean T-shirt. It is not that difficult. I understand the pressures that come with being a student, particularly at a prestigious university such as this one. I understand that sometimes all you want to do is throw on a sweatshirt after a long night of studying. And this is perfectly acceptable once in a while. But it is completely

inappropriate to do so everyday. What you wear in your free time is your own business. But if you are going to class, you should dress accordingly. Take some pride in your appearance.

And if you won’t do it for yourself, do it for the people in your class - it’s unbelievably distracting trying to hold your breath throughout an entire class period because you’re trying not to smell the unshowered,

unkempt heathen sitting next to you.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2009 PARKING, from page 1

Corbett said he could not find any cases dealing specifically with people paying to park during highdemand times, but he said Posecai v. Wal-Mart Stores in 1999 closely addressed the issue. The case established the owners who allow people to pay to park in their parking lots have no duty to protect the people or their property — unless the damage is “foreseeable,” Corbett said. For instance, someone with a damaged car may have a legitimate case if they could establish damages at higher-thannormal rates. “A court is not going to hold [the property owner] liable for [accidents],” Corbett said. “You can’t prevent accidents.” Westphal said primarily college graduates park in the spaces, and he monitors the parking spaces throughout the night of the game until about an hour after the game ends. He has never had any issues with accidents. Income — regardless of the means — is considered taxable, said

Christopher Pietruszkiewicz, LSU Law School tax law professor. “Income is income from whatever it is,” Pietruszkiewicz said. “When taxpayers deal in a cash economy, there’s no paper trail for the Internal Revenue Service to track.” In the United States, Pietruszkiewicz said more than $250 billion is lost in a “tax gap” — the difference between the amount the IRS should legally collect and the amount it actually does collect. About $197 billion is based on people who underreport on their tax returns, he said. The majority of the discrepancy is comprised of people who live primarily on a cash income. Earning money in a more traditional fashion would require both employers and the employee to report the amount of money they make to the IRS, Pietruszkiewicz said. Whenever the two amounts don’t match, a “red flag” is raised, and an audit is triggered. Contact Lindsey Meaux at

TUITION, from page 1

which are “undoable.” Instead, Lombardi suggested “deregulating” higher education, allowing institutions to better compete for professors and students. Right now, legislative approval is needed for certain kinds of tuition and fee increases. “I’m for charging tuition,” Lombardi said. “In fact, I’m for charging high tuition.” Lombardi said Louisiana gives too many scholarships to students who have the money to attend school without them. He said tuition should be raised and a strong, needbased financial aid program be established. TOPS is a performancebased financial aid program. He said legislators don’t want to pay for higher education out of the state’s tax base but should charge what it costs to produce high quality higher education. “TOPS is a terrific idea that is past its moment in its current form,” Lombardi said. He said TOPS should be a


fixed, one-time award. “The result will be that we’ll be able to deliver high quality higher education with state support at a level everybody’s willing to pay and an individual support at a level people are willing to pay matched to the quality that they’re going to receive,” Lombardi said. He said the state should be focused on its students, teachers and research right now. State Treasurer John Kennedy and other government leaders have suggested the state reorganize and eliminate several of the boards which govern higher education in Louisiana as a way of dealing with budget issues. “Anybody who tells you that reorganizing the way in which people sit around the table is going to fix higher education is in search of an escape from dealing with the real problem,” Lombardi said.

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HEROICS, from page 1

some of many on a rainy afternoon in which LSU scored a touchdown on offense, defense and special teams for the first time since Oct. 12, 2002, against Florida. LSU sophomore quarterback Jordan Jefferson connected on passes of 39, 18, 58 and 40 yards for two touchdowns and a career-high 233 yards. LSU sophomore cornerback Patrick Peterson opened the day’s scoring with a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown, and senior cornerback Chris Hawkins and sophomore safety Brandon Taylor each added a pick in the second quarter. But the Tigers simply could not finish off Mississippi State, as the Bulldogs battled back from deficits of six, two and nine points to come within a literal inch of pulling the upset. “If we don’t play sloppy, if we don’t have miscues in the kicking game, if we don’t do the things that leave our opponents right in position to play with us, this game can be very different,” Miles said. “But until we do that, we’re going to be a team that’s very vulnerable.” The Tigers’ ground game struggled to 87 total yards but LSU also lost roughly 50 yards on sacks and broken plays. “We came out [in the second half], we had a quick little drive and a quick score, and we thought we were going to get rolling,” said senior wide receiver Brandon LaFell, who paced the Tigers’ offense with 101 yards and two touchdowns. “We thought sooner or later they’d drop back and play the deep ball, but they still kept eight in the box and made us try to beat them with the pass.” Mississippi State senior running back Anthony Dixon had a much more memorable day, as his 106 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries vaulted him to the top of the Bulldogs’ all-time rushing and scoring lists. Lee recovered from his three-interception first half to loft a desperate 50-yard touchdown to sophomore tight end Marcus Green to cut LSU’s lead to 23-21 in the third quarter. “You put so much work in and lose so close,” Lee said. “I cannot put into words how this loss feels. We played hard for four quarters — or actually, 59 minutes.” The day seemed destined for oddity as a torrential downpour dampened the proceedings during pregame and lasted well into the second quarter. The Tigers and Bulldogs combined for three fumbles, three interceptions, seven penalties and three botched special teams plays — all in the first-half monsoon. The Tigers experienced their second botched punt of the season when an airmailed snap gave MSU possession at the LSU 1-yard line for an eventual Dixon touchdown. The Bulldog faithful weren’t as effective as anticipated in the early going, as Mississippi State’s white out was marred by the conditions. Roughly 53,612 fans came out into the elements — 1,470 short of Davis Wade’s maximum capacity — and multicolored patches of ponchos dotted the landscape for much of the first half. Contact David Helman at




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