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LSU beats West Virginia, 47-21 Mark Clements Sports Writer

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[Left] LSU running back Michael Ford celebrates a touchdown with offensive lineman Josh Williford on Saturday during the fourth quarter of LSU’s 47-21 win over West Virginia. [Right] LSU running back Spencer Ware takes a hit from West Virginia defensive back Keith Tandy.

September has been kind to the LSU football team. With a 47-21 victory over West Virginia on Saturday, the Tigers extended its win streak in September games to 21 victories. The team also earned respect in the polls, gaining 42 first-place votes in the AP poll to jump Oklahoma and gain the No. 1 spot. The ranking is LSU’s first stint at No. 1 since the 2007 season. LSU gained 15 first-place votes in the Coaches Poll to move up a spot to tie Alabama at No. 2. The Tigers’ (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) win over the Mountaineers (3-1, 0-0 Big East) boiled down to momentum. Athletes have called momentum one of the most unstoppable forces in sports. If a team loses momentum, the game could follow. Until the 11-minute mark of the third quarter, it seemed momentum was on LSU’s side. But the tides turned on the Tigers. A dropped touchdown pass by junior wide receiver Rueben Randle and a missed field goal by junior kicker Drew Alleman allowed the Mountaineers to capitalize with 14 straight points. “There were a couple of times I thought we had momentum,” said West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. “I thought the pass protection was fantastic and [quarterback] Geno [Smith] had time, and we had some guys get open and make some plays. The offensive game plan was not a problem.” The problem for the Mountaineers came on the kickoff following their second touchdown of the half. In front of a jam-packed Milan Puskar Stadium bumping with excitement, junior FOOTBALL, see page 6

TECHNOLOGY

Students experience Internet problems

Josh Bergeron

Contributing Writer

Students and faculty have experienced problems with Internet performance this semester because of a significant increase in the amount of devices accessing LSU Secure wireless network, according to Sheri Thompson, IT communications and planning officer. “We have had a couple complaints about the performance of the Internet,” Thompson said. “In terms of our wireless usage, we have seen significant increases there.” Information Technology Services can track how many devices are accessing the wireless network simultaneously. During the fall 2010 semester, ITS tracked as many as 9,534 devices using INTERNET, see page 15

POLITICS

Congressman Ron Paul kicks off youth tour at Union Theater Anti-Paul students protest outside

Clayton Crockett Staff Writer

Texas Congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul demonstrated how the perennial concept of liberty would be applied to modern America under his presidency — socially, economically and internationally — in a presentation at the Union Theater on Friday. Paul visited the University to kick off the national Youth for Ron Paul movement. A line of hundreds of Paul

supporters waited outside for the presentation, and as soon as the auditorium filled to capacity, the crowd cheered until Paul took the stage to advocate restoring liberty to the country. The best way to achieve prosperity is through true freedom, he said. “I believe we have been an exceptional country,” Paul said, and he added the nation could be exceptional again. The “exceptional” aspects of the nation have been mitigated by the federal government, he explained. Using food as an example, Paul said the federal government is regulating everything the American people consume.

“Why shouldn’t you be able to make up your own mind?” he asked the audience. Paul reserved extra criticism for politicians in Washington, D.C., and their interpretation of the Constitution. “The parts they don’t like, they totally ignore,” he said, adding that those are “also the parts they don’t understand.” Paul applied the idea of freedom to all facets of American life, namely economics. “We need a new system of economics, absolutely,” he said. “Freedom is economic liberty and personal liberty.” PAUL, see page 15

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GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul waves to University students Friday before giving a speech in the Union Theater, where he discussed the war and current


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INTERNATIONAL

Nation & World

Monday, September 26, 2011

NATIONAL

STATE/LOCAL

Saudi women get right to vote and run in local elections, not to drive

Man with broken leg survives 4 days in desert, inspired by “127 Hours”

Taxi drivers now required to “fluently speak” English, standards not specified

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, considered a reformer by the standards of his own ultraconservative kingdom, decreed on Sunday that women will have the right to vote for the first time and run in local elections due in 2015. It is a “Saudi Spring” of sorts. For the nation’s women, it is a giant leap forward, though they remain unable to serve as Cabinet ministers, drive or travel abroad without permission from a male guardian.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A North Carolina man crawled for four days across the Utah desert after breaking his leg on a solo hike, inspired by a Hollywood movie about a man who cut off his own arm to save himself after being trapped by a boulder in the same canyon. Amos Wayne Richards, 64, of Concord, N.C., is now recovering at home. He said he was inspired to hike Little Blue John Canyon after he saw the Oscar-nominated movie “127 Hours” but fell 10 feet during his trek on Sept. 8.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans taxi drivers must meet a new requirement: the ability to “fluently speak” English. The City Council passed the requirement Thursday on a 7-0 vote. Drivers already have to be able to read and write English. The Times-Picayune reported that the ordinance does not specify who will judge how fluent a taxi license applicant can speak English — or what standards will be used. Council member Kristin Giselon Palmer sponsored the measure, saying she had heard stories of riders having trouble communicating directions to drivers. Gretna seeks sponsor to save local Mardi Gras for 65th anniversary

Knox can’t rest, faces 26 years in prison as appeals court nears verdict PERUGIA, Italy (AP) — Amanda Knox can’t sleep or eat properly as she awaits to know if an appeals court in Italy will uphold or overturn her murder conviction, a friend of the jailed American student said Sunday. A verdict is expected in early October, capping an appeals trial that began almost a year ago. Knox was convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering Meredith Kercher, her British roommate in Perugia, and sentenced to 26 years. Knox’s boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito of Italy, was convicted of the same charges and sentenced to 25 years.

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Bullfighter Jose Tomas performs at the Monumental bullring in Barcelona on Sunday at a farewell fight before a polemical ban for Catalonia takes effect.

Spain’s Catalonia bids farewell to bullfighting before ban takes effect BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Matadors drove the killing sword into bulls for the last time Sunday in Spain’s powerful northeastern region of Catalonia in an emotive farewell fight before a polemical regional ban on the country’s emblematic tradition takes effect. Three of Spain’s top bullfighters starred in the sold-out show at Barcelona’s 20,000-seat Monumental ring. Catalan bullfighter Serafin Marin closed the fight killing the last of six bulls to great applause.

Man jumps overboard on Mexico cruise, ship searched by authorities GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Mexican authorities are searching for a 39-year-old man who was seen jumping off a Carnival cruise ship near Cozumel. Carnival officials said the man reportedly jumped off the Conquest ship Friday night. The ship returned to the location where the man was last seen and began searching for him. According to a statement from the cruise line, Mexican authorities searched the ship and then allowed it to continue on its scheduled trip.

GRETNA (AP) — As it looked like Mardi Gras was dead in Gretna, the City Council is taking another stab at saving its traditional celebration. City Councilwoman Belinda Constant said she is close to a deal with a private sponsor who would pay a portion of the $87,000 cost Gretna anticipates for city services on Fat Tuesday. If a deal is reached, the Krewe of Grela could go ahead with plans to parade on its 65th anniversary.

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CAMPUS LIFE

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Students petition for more commuter parking spots, collect 116 signatures Organizers to meet with Faculty Senate Kate Mabry Staff Writer

About a dozen students gathered on the Parade Ground on Friday afternoon to rally for additional commuter parking spaces on campus. Although the rally itself didn’t yield a large turnout, the group was successful in getting the attention of students in the Student Union and Free Speech Plaza, where they collected 116 signatures from students supporting their cause. The group’s leader, communication studies junior Shelby Taylor, said the rally was about striking a balance between commuter and resident parking. “This isn’t a petition to remove residential parking, but residents can’t fill up the entire Hart Lot during the day,” Taylor said. “The lot should have both residential and commuter spaces. It’s a problem when students have to wake up two to three hours before their class starts to get to campus to get a parking spot.” According to Taylor, the overarching response from students was anger. “[Students] are tired of inadequate parking,” she said. “I assume the turnout was low because students couldn’t find parking.” Taylor said within two days the Facebook page for the event gained support from more than 100 students. “It just proves that parking really is a problem for students, and LSU can’t ignore it any longer,” Taylor said. Stephen Peltier, co-organizer of the rally and creative writing junior, said the group will be collecting student signatures next week in Free Speech Plaza. He said their goal is to obtain 500 to 1,000 signatures and e-mail addresses. “We plan on sending out an online petition for students to sign electronically, and then we’ll send the petition to the chancellor’s office and the Office of Parking,” he said. In addition, Peltier said he will present the petition to the Faculty Senate on Tuesday and at a private meeting with Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope on Oct. 5. “I want to encourage students to come out to the Faculty Senate

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Communications studies junior Shelby Taylor petitions for better parking Friday during the commuter parking rally on the Parade Ground.

meeting on Tuesday to support the cause,” Peltier said. Holly Dicharry, history senior who participated in the rally, said she would walk or ride her bike to class when she lived near campus. Now that she lives farther away, she decided to schedule her classes early in order to avoid chaotic parking problems. Dicharry also said she tried to arrange a carpool with friends, but conflicting schedules made it difficult. “We’ve mastered the art of following people to their cars in the parking lot to take their spot,” Dicharry joked. Trey Duplantis, music freshman and rally participant, said he would like to park in the Hart Lot near the Music and Dramatic Arts building where he has class in the morning, but since part of the lot has been converted to residential parking, he has been unable to find a spot in the area. “Most days, I check to see if the lot is full,” he said. “If it is, I

have to park on the south side of campus and ride my bike to class.” Jonathan Lambert, coastal environmental science sophomore, agreed parking is a problem for all students – both residents and commuters. “I’m a resident, so I can’t imagine how commuters must feel about it,” he said. “But now that Kirby-Smith is open, more residents need parking on the north side of campus.” Taylor said she has heard about Student Government’s initiative to add commuter spaces, but she worries action will not be taken soon enough. “Students want this now, not five years down the road,” she said. “There’s too much talk and not enough action. We want to be communicated with, and we will be heard.”

This week at LSU UREC join the UREC Fitness Challenge Free to ful-time students & UREC members visit www.LSUedu/UREC for details MLK Committee Meetings Mondays, 4:30 pm, Tchoupitoulas Room, 4th floor Student Union Come and help us plan our MLK events for next year Gisclair Memorial Historical Miniatures Tournament and Convention October 1st 9:00am-9:00pm All Star Lanes 9829 Airline Hwy. $5 play all day DO YOU HAVE AN OCCURRENCE? Call Becky at the Student Media Office 578-6090, 9AM- 5PM or E-mail: oncampus@lsureveille.com

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CHANCELLOR

Monday, September 26, 2011

STUDENT LIFE

Martin to start giving Students claim execution injustice for Troy Davis out ice cream coupons Vigil held Sunday night Andrea Gallo Staff Writer

If students give Chancellor Michael Martin the scoop, he plans on giving them a scoop back — a scoop of ice cream, that is. Martin recently said he may spend about $600 in hopes to dispense about 300 coupons for free ice cream at the University’s Dairy Store to University students when he sees them around campus. He said he’s currently working with his staff to figure out the details of the potential plan. When Martin visits University donors or alumni, he said he distributes LSU lapel pins, but ice cream is something that would attract more students. His main goal is simply to be able to give something away to students when he strolls the campus, and the way he can do that is by buying them ice cream cones, he said. Martin said this is a way for him to contribute back to University students. “I feel like he’s trying to reach out and build relationships with students,” said Alexandra Dalton, undecided freshman. “That seems like a good opportunity.” Gary Hay, director of the University’s School of Animal Sciences, said several University professors use Dairy Store ice cream for their events, like Bill Richardson, chancellor of the LSU AgCenter. Hay said he will be happy to work out an arrangement with

Martin as long as Martin is willing to pay for the coupons, which Martin said he is. Hay said using coupons can increase business for the Dairy Store, which means he could hire more students to work at the store. “We prefer to hire students because they make really good employees,” Hay said. But students may not be as responsive to Martin’s ice cream incentive because they are unsure of his accessibility. “I don’t care about the ice cream,” said Kaila DesAngles, animal, dairy and poultry sciences sophomore . “The incentive for me would be if it would be make a difference to talk to him at all.” Dalton and DesAngles said as out-of-state students, they both would want to discuss increasing tuition rates with Martin. Dalton said her older brother received a Bengal Legacy Scholarship to attend the University, but the University eliminated the scholarship due to budget cuts, thus she could not receive one. Joseph Butler, computer science sophomore, said ice cream is not enough of an incentive to meet with the chancellor, though a meal at The 5 dining hall might be. Butler said if he was passionate about an issue, he would talk to someone about it, regardless of the incentive. Contact Andrea Gallo at agallo@lsureveille.com

Brian Sibille Staff Writer

Only days have passed since Troy Davis was executed for murder in Georgia, but University students continue to raise awareness about what they consider a failure of the justice system. Nine students gathered at Memorial Tower on Sunday night for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Davis, who was convicted of killing a police officer in 1991 despite faulty evidence. Students present said the vigil was only the beginning of change they want to see on campus. “The justice system failed, but humanity hasn’t,” said Matt Novak, coastal environmental science sophomore, after the group spent minutes in silence. Davis, who was executed via lethal injection Wednesday, made news last week as the fourth scheduling of his execution neared. Davis and supporters claimed his innocence and requested a second trial, which was later rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court. Novak said he wants people to start caring about death penalty issues and those facing wrongful conviction. Joan Broussard, biological sciences senior, said she’s read about more than 250 executed inmates who were later proven innocent by newer technologies and evidence that surfaced too late.

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Alex Bobet, international studies senior (center), mourns at the candlelight vigil for Troy Davis on Sunday at Memorial Tower.

“One innocent human executed is too many,” Broussard said. Broussard said she strongly opposes the death penalty and the “eye-for-an-eye” mentality it promotes. She said executions only “raise body counts” and do not deter crime or bring about justice. Davis’ execution despite significant doubt shows “how far the Unites States has not come,” she said. Davis Many students promoted Davis’ plea by wearing black and writing “I am Troy Davis” on their faces prior to his death, including Novak and Alex Bobet, international studies senior. Bobet said she had hoped for a retrial for Davis, but, like many,

was shocked Wednesday night when the Supreme Court did not halt his execution. Davis’ death was a violation of the Constitution and the sanctity of life, she said. Bobet and Broussard said they have encountered students who disagree with them, but after their opposers learned more about Davis’ case, they changed their minds. Broussard and others said they will continue to advocate their opposition to Davis’ death as similar cases surface across the nation. “Getting people to think is the first step,” Broussard said. Davis’ vigil ended as Broussard led a huddled group in a rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

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SAFETY

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Rape Aggression Defense classes offered to female students Austen Krantz Contributing Writer

Female University students learned to strike fear into predators in the Rape Aggression Defense System classes offered this weekend by LSU Police Department and LSU Student Health Center. The 12-hour basic physical defense class, held at the Nelson Memorial Building, taught women strategic methods to avoid danger, physical defense techniques and offered a series of simulated attack scenarios. The course, which is taught strictly by RAD certified instructors, cost $45 for the general public, but only $25 for LSU and Baton Rouge Community College students. The course offers a lifetime return and practice policy, meaning anyone who attends a class can return to another for free, no matter where the course is held. The class has strict privacy regulations, including not allowing men

inside other than the instructor. Class participants spoke with The Daily Reveille on the condition their last names be omitted. “I think the more comfortable you are with situations, the more likely you are to react in a more efficient way,” said Vicky K., human resource education graduate student and returning participant. Vicky, who took the course as a freshman, said by returning she could hone her skills to handle various situations. She said she enjoys this class especially because of its appeal to women.                    “The first time I went I didn’t even know something like that existed,” she said. “It’s good to have a special course designed for self defense for women. It’s not just martial arts or anything more abstract like that.” RAD instructor and LSUPD Sgt. Jeffrey Lemoine explained one appeal of the class is its simplicity.   “Many of the techniques, while affective, are simple and easy to

learn,” he said. “Self defense doesn’t have to be complicated.” Lemoine, who has been an instructor for eight years, said he saw this course as an active way of solving a problem on campus. “When I saw female safety was a problem here on campus, my thought was that I can’t just identify a problem, I have to do something about it,” Lemoine said. “This is my way of trying to do that.” Students are encouraged to return to practice what they’ve learned. Lemoine said each class has multiple students who return to practice and update their skills. RAD offers one class per semester as well as more advanced courses, which students must take basic level classes to attend. The next RAD advanced class will be held Nov. 19 at the Nelson Memorial Building. The course was broken down over three days, each offering different lessons. Kathy Saichuk, LSU Health Promotions Coordinator and

BATON ROUGE COMMUNITY

Poverty increases in Baton Rouge Brian Sibille Staff Writer

Poverty in the United States has steadily increased in past years, and amid food bank shortages and an increasing number of students receiving aid, the Baton Rouge and University communities are not exempt. The U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent poverty statistics identified 15 percent of the American population as impoverished, the highest since 1993. Poverty has increased 2.6 percent since 2007, when the recent U.S. recession began, according to the report. Though the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s data shows that unemployment in Baton Rouge has decreased over the summer months from 7.8 percent unemployed in June to 7.2 percent in August, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank experienced an extreme shortage of supplies in late August. At that time, Mayor-President Kip Holden pleaded with Baton Rouge citizens to help those in need during a time of “extreme need.” Mike Manning, president and CEO of the Food Bank, said 2011 has been one of the bank’s toughest years since Hurricane Katrina. “Baton Rouge is certainly not exempt from the economic downturn,” Manning said. “This is the most demand we’ve seen for food in a normal year.” The Food Bank began after the recession of the 1980s hit Louisiana hard, he said. Baton Rouge may have been “somewhat insulated” from the most recent recession, but the food bank is still struggling to feed those in need, Manning said. “We got an influx of food [in August], but we’re not back to where we need to be,” Manning said. University students have felt the pains of increased poverty as well. The Census Bureau reported 14 percent of young adults still lived

with their parents as of March 2011 and claimed 5.9 million Americans aged 25-34 especially affected by the recession had continued living at home. Since the recession, the number of students receiving need-based aid increased 2 percent. More than a third of University students received such aid in the 2010-2011 school year, according to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Student Aid. FAFSA, the federal government’s online aid form, determines which students receive need-based aid such as the federal Pell Grant or the Pelican Promise, which is specific to LSU. The Pelican Promise was

instituted in 2007 and is given to students whose family incomes are very close or lower than the poverty level. In 2010, the poverty threshold for a family of five was a yearly income of approximately $27,000. Robert Snowden, accounting sophomore, is from the Baton Rouge area, and he said poverty is progressively getting worse. “Businesses keep closing, and when there’s less businesses, there’s less appeal for the area,” Snowden said, explaining new businesses do not open for fear of losing money. Contact Brian Sibille at bsibille@lsureveille.com

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A Rape Aggression Defense instructor teaches a student a defensive technique during a RAD class. The course is taught in 12 hours over three days.

RAD instructor, said the class featured lecturing on the first day, defensive tactics and training on the second day and simulated assault scenarios on the last day. The national headquarters of RAD is located in Denham Springs. Lemoine said this helps teach classes

more efficiently. Its training facilities allow instructors to keep themselves sharp, and the headquarters also offers more instructors if necessary. Contact Austen Krantz at akrantz@lsureveille.com


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TECHNOLOGY

Students abuse Internet off campus Austen Krantz

Contributing Writer

University students looking to pirate new tunes off the Internet may face similar obstacles off campus as they face on campus. Sterling University Northgate Apartments recently implemented new measures to combat abusive Internet usage within their complex after noticing slow Internet speeds within the apartments. Jessica O’Neill, property manager for Northgate apartments, said the complex noticed the problem after updating its Internet system. Even after the update, the Internet was running at a slow rate, but it was due to abusive use of the Wi-Fi rather than problems with the system, she said. “If you have someone that’s sitting on the computer all day downloading movies, it’s going to slow down everything else,” O’Neill said. Other local businesses, such as Highland Coffees on Chimes Street, have password-secure networks setup to ensure only their customers can connect.  But certain customers may still abuse these networks. Clarke Cadzow, owner of Highland Coffees, explained previous problems occurred when too many customers occupied

FOOTBALL, from page 6 cornerback Morris Claiborne returned the kickoff back 99 yards for a touchdown, marking the longest return for LSU since former wide receiver Eric Martin’s 100 yarder against Kentucky in 1981. “Anytime you can do something like that, it’s a momentum changer,” Claiborne said. “Especially in a type of game like this, when the game is close, it’s big.” LSU dominated the game from that point on. The Tigers tacked on touchdown runs from sophomore running backs Michael Ford and Alfred Blue to extend their lead to 26 points and win the game. But the victory didn’t come without a struggle, as the Tigers surrendered 533 yards of total offense to West Virginia, including 463 yards passing yards. “We expected a lot of pass, but these were a lot of more quick passes,” said sophomore defensive end Sam Montgomery. “We’ve got a couple things we’re going to work on our defense. As a player, when you start to get satisfied, that’s a problem. We are not happy, but we will celebrate victory.” The Mountaineer offense wasn’t the only one shining Saturday night. The Tigers racked up 186 yards rushing, and senior quarterback Jarrett Lee threw for 180, including three touchdown passes. After defeating three ranked opponents on the road in its first four contests, LSU coach Les Miles said his team is beginning to feel comfortable playing big away games. “By this time, we understand what it means to go on the road,” Miles said. “Our guys understand it’s going to be close and we understand it’s going to be a hostile environment. When the crowd got jacked when we came onto the field, I knew

the network at once. But Cadzow said the coffeehouse tries not to be invasive toward its customers, and no one should expect to see Highland Coffees employees looking over their shoulders anytime soon. “We’re unintrusive,” Cadzow said. “That’s the nature of a coffee shop.” But Highland still tries to keep its network secure and efficient. “Highland Coffee is always exploring additional security measures,” Cadzow said. Illegal downloading causes a different problem on campus, where different types of Internet use are too insignificant to affect the network’s speed. Sheri Thompson, IT communications and planning officer, said the real problem is the time the University spends removing anything illegally downloaded or uploaded on the University’s servers. “What impacts us are the staff hours that are required to deal with the illegal infraction that’s happened,” Thompson said. IT security manager Azim Ashraf said the University’s concern is to uphold the law and protect University students. Students caught making illegal downloads face a $50 fine and are expected to

remove whatever they obtained illegaly. However, the $50 doesn’t cover the expense of catching infractions.   “If you were to try to put a dollar figure on the amount of time that it takes to track down and to enforce and to write communications that reference this type of information, there’s no way $50 would cover the charge,” Ashraf said.  “We don’t want people to have to pay the money, and we don’t want to have to waste our time hunting people down.” At Northgate, however, Internet speed is the main concern, according to O’Neill.  Shane Piglia, Northgate’s IT technician, said Northgate recently implemented a package that looks at Internet traffic, determines the type of traffic and slows it down. “It identifies it as bad protocol and throttles it,” Piglia said. This package manipulates the speed of the traffic it considers bad, such as illegally downloading music or movies, and slows the speed to which this traffic can operate.  This allows faster Internet for residents using the network in a legal manner.

we were going to play. It was like they were having a football party and they invited us.” The win improves Miles’ record to 26-13 against ranked opponents and gives LSU a 36-game non-conference winning streak in the regular season — the longest in the country since a 2002 loss to Virginia Tech. Despite the impressive résumé, Miles silenced the notion that the Tigers are college football’s best team. “I am not in any way saying that

we are the nation’s best team,” Miles said. “I can tell you we’ve played a good schedule at this point and our guys seem to answer the bell. ... I think if we continue to improve and continue to do the things we’re capable of, somewhere down the road, we’ll stake a claim on something important.”

Contact Austen Krantz at akrantz@lsureveille.com

Contact Mark Clements at mclements@lsureveille.com

Monday, September 26, 2011

UP IN THE AIR

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Families and friends form teams and walk at the annual “Light the Night” event on Sunday at Parker Colliseum to commemorate loved ones lost to cancer. View a photo gallery of the event at lsureveille.com.


Sports

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Making his mark

TYRANN MATHIEU

IN HIS 17 GAMES, MATHIEU HAS ALREADY ACHIEVED: More interceptions than

Cornerback, 2010-present

PATRICK PETERSON LSU cornerback, 2008-2010

In 17 games, Peterson had two interceptions. He finished with seven.

More forced fumbles than

ALI HIGHSMITH

LSU linebacker, 2004-2007

In 17 games, Highsmith had three forced fumbles. He finished with seven.

More sacks than

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In 17 games, Mathieu has racked up: • 5 starts • 87 total tackles • 11.5 tackles for loss • 5 sacks

• 11 pass breakups • 3 interceptions • 7 forced fumbles • 4 fumble recoveries

GLENN DORSEY

LSU defensive tackle, 2004-2007

In 17 games, Dorsey had one sack. He finished with 13.

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Mathieu ties former LSU linebacker Ali Highsmith for most forced fumbles in school history

It’s normally the seniors and play hard and play tough on a team who are flirting with and make those plays for my team,” Mathieu said. “We pracschool records. But if there’s one thing tice [stripping] a lot and we have a whole LSU fans have Mark Clements strip period, so learned the past it’s really just two seasons, it’s Sports Writer about us practhat sophomore cornerback Tyrann Mathieu is ticing how we play.” anything but normal. Mathieu’s five forced fumMathieu, who was named bles last season tied him for the the Walter Camp Defensive most in one season with former Player of the Week for his ef- safety Mark Roman’s 1998 forts against West Virginia on mark, and set him fourth on the Saturday, has been hurdling list all time as a freshman. his way into the LSU history The 5-foot-9, 180-pound books. defensive back has since surAfter stripping the ball passed the four-year efforts put from West Virginia wide re- up by former Tiger greats like ceiver Brad Stark in the first linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, quarter of Saturday night’s defensive tackle Drake Nevis showdown, the New Orleans and cornerback Harry Coleman. “You can’t say enough native brought his total to seven forced fumbles, which ties him about Tyrann,” said junior with former Tiger linebacker cornerback Morris Claiborne. Ali Highsmith for the most in “He’s always going to come up with a play. You can’t count LSU history. Highsmith, who wore Ma- him out – not at all.” Entering Saturday’s game, thieu’s No. 7 and was a 2007 first team All-American, started Mathieu had two interceptions 38 games for the Tigers and to go along with his forced spent two seasons in the NFL fumbles. He added a third interplaying for the Arizona Cardinals. ception to an already lofty set In comparison, Mathieu, of accomplishments when he who has played in 17 games for tipped a pass from West Virthe Tigers, tied Highsmith’s re- ginia quarterback Geno Smith cord on just his fifth career start. “I just try to go out there MATHIEU, see page 11

REALIGNMENT

Texas A&M officially joins SEC Staff Reports

Texas A&M will leave the Big 12 and become the 13th member of the Southeastern Conference effective July 1, 2012, the SEC announced Sunday. Although the Aggies were voted into the conference Sept. 6, rumors of possible legal action by other Big 12 members delayed an official announcement. “The Southeastern Conference provides Texas A&M the national visibility that our great university and our student-athletes deserve,” said Texas A&M University President R. Bowen Loftin in a news release. “We are excited to begin competition in the nation’s premier athletic conference. This is a 100year decision that we have addressed carefully and methodically, and I believe the Southeastern Conference gives the Aggies the best situation of any conference in the country.” The move expands the SEC to 13 teams and is its first addition since the inclusion of South Carolina and Arkansas in 1991. Rumors of a possible 14th member to the conference have included Missouri of the Big 12 and West Virginia of the Big East. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at sports@lsureveille.com

VOLLEYBALL

Tigers sweep Mississippi State in first SEC home match Jones powers LSU with 19 kills Albert Burford Sports Contributor

After trailing much of the first set, LSU volleyball rallied to win the set over visiting Mississippi State and never looked back, sweeping the Bulldogs, 3-0 (26-24, 25-18, 25-17). It was the Tigers’ first home match since an Aug. 27 loss to Miami. Mississippi State (6-7, 1-3 Southeastern Conference) began to a hot start, leading the Tigers (10-3, 3-0 SEC) by three and four points for much of the first set. Down 19-22, LSU took a timeout, and junior outside hitter Madie Jones led the Tigers to a tight first set victory. “There was definitely a

turning point where we looked wasn’t satisfied with her team’s at each other and we were like, effort. ‘We’re not going to lose to “Our hitters are kind of exMississippi State on our home pecting our setting and our ball court,’” Jones control to be persaid. “‘We’re takfect all the time,” ing this game, she said. “When we’re going to it’s not that, we’re turn around here not doing a very and we’re going good job of adaptto push through.’” ing. ... We’ve got Jones did to get in the gym that, racking up and get better. seven of her 19 This was not a kills on the night great performance Fran Flory in the first set. for us.” LSU volleyball coach After the first LSU was sucset, LSU put the cessful in shutting Bulldogs away with a strong de- down the Bulldogs’ senior middle fensive effort. blocker Hannah Wilkinson, who Junior libero Meghan Man- leads the NCAA in hitting pernari pulled off 23 digs during centage, and stopping reigning the match, while freshman setter SEC Freshman of the Week LainMalorie Pardo had a .415 setting ey Wyman, who leads SEC freshpercentage. men in kills. Wyman was held to The sweep may look good on VOLLEYBALL, see page 11 paper, but LSU coach Fran Flory

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‘We’ve got to get in the gym and get better. This was not a great performance for us.’

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Outside hitter Helen Boyle dives for the ball Sunday afternoon against Mississippi State in the PMAC. The Tigers swept the Bulldogs, 3-0.


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SWIMMING AND DIVING

Purple bests Gold in intrasquad meet Scott Branson Sports Contributor

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Senior midfielder (4) Allysha Chapman breaks out from the pack to score against Mississippi. The Tigers beat Mississippi 3-2 during Sunday’s game.

Tigers net eight goals in wins, extend streak

Adrian Wintz

Sports Contributor

The LSU soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to seven games this weekend with wins over Mississippi State and Ole Miss. The Tigers (7-3-1, 2-0-0 Southeastern Conference) defeated the Bulldogs, 5-1, on Friday and the Rebels, 3-2, on Sunday. Senior midfielder Taryne Boudreau scored four goals over the weekend, netting two in each contest, including the game-winner against Ole Miss. “It was late [in the game], and I knew that one of us had to step up and score for the team,” Boudreau said. “I got the ball, and I felt the defender turn, and I just took a shot. I knew it was going in right when it left my foot.” LSU coach Brian Lee said he appreciated Boudreau’s efforts in Sunday’s game. “She was great, with two goals in an SEC game,” Lee said. “She’s a great player who can play multiple positions. We’ve needed her at midfield, at the back, and now we need her up front, and she’s coming through.” Lee also praised his team’s second half performance Sunday. “Sundays in the SEC are really hard,” Lee said. “I thought we played great in the second half. The character the team showed was really championship-type character.” Ole Miss struck first when Rebels senior Dylan Jordan kicked in a loose ball in front of the net with only one second to play in the first half. “It was a big disappointment,” Lee said. “We could have been a little more composed to get through the end of the half.” LSU responded immediately in the second half, with Boudreau tying the game less than four minutes into the second half, with assists from senior midfielder Natalie Martineau and junior forward Carlie Banks. LSU went up 2-1 five minutes later when senior midfielder Allysha Chapman sped down the left side of the field past the Rebel defenders and scored on a strike into the upper-left corner of the net. The goal was the first of Chapman’s LSU career.

Ole Miss didn’t give up, and the Rebels scored the tying goal with 10 minutes to play. Rebels’ senior midfielder Jenna Strother put the ball past LSU senior goalkeeper Mo Isom to tie the game 2-2. But the Lady Tigers rebounded and took the lead with less than five minutes remaining in the game. Boudreau drilled in the go-ahead goal, her second of the match and her seventh of the season.

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Chants of “Let’s go Purple” and “Let’s go Gold” echoed through the LSU Natatorium on Friday as the swimming and diving teams held their annual Purple & Gold Intrasquad meet. The coaches split the swimming and diving teams into two squads, Purple and Gold, dividing the talent equally so the meet would be competitive. After a long day of competition, the Purple squad took home the bragging rights, beating the Gold squad by a score of 117-77. LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer said the coaching staff was pleased with what they saw from their teams and are looking ahead to the team’s next competitions. “At this point of the season we could have seen any number of results,” Shaffer said. “I’m encouraged with a lot of things I saw today. The intrasquad meet was a collection of three competitions — running relays, diving and swimming relays. The Gold squad held a 16-13 lead over the Purple squad after the running relays. The Purple squad won the diving competition, giving it a 26-22 lead over the Gold squad going into the swimming competition. The Purple squad ran away with the victory in the swimming relays portion, tallying 91 points to the Gold squad’s 55 and claiming the 117-77 victory. Swimming coach Dave Geyer said he was excited by the performance of the freshmen men.

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A swimmer dives into the water during the annual Purple and Gold Intrasquad meet Friday in the LSU Natatorium. The team’s talent was split equally among both teams.

“I’ve been talking a lot about our freshmen guys having some definite potential in the water, and seeing them race today, we’re excited,” Geyer said. On the women’s side, Geyer said junior swimmer Amanda Kendall “looks amazing,” and junior swimmer Sara Haley “looks great in the water.” “I think the freshmen [women] definitely have the skills to develop, they’re just not there at this time,” Geyer said. Shaffer said he saw his team step up and compete through the adversity of being tired and sore. “We had real good success on

the platform, and that was encouraging to see,” Shaffer said. Shaffer said the divers will continue working on strength and conditioning while adding new dives to their repertoire. “We’ll be working more on our competition list and aiming it towards the dual meet and championship season,” Shaffer said. The team captains for the meet were voted on by their peers and will be the captains for the entire season. Contact Scott Branson at sbranson@lsureveille.com


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NFL

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Brees leads Saints in comeback against Texans, 40-33 The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees couldn’t stay angry with Jimmy Graham for long. A miscommunication on what initially looked like a critical interception wound up setting the stage for the veteran quarterback and young tight end to hook up on a pair of big plays in a dramatic 40-33 comeback victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday. “I love the fact that we can have something happen on the field that’s a negative ... and instead of him getting down like some young players might and having that affect what happens later on, he comes out and make a couple huge catches,” Brees said of the 6-foot-6 Graham, a second-year pro and converted basketball player out of Miami. “He’s

mentally tough, physically tough, he wants to be great and he wants me to be able to trust him and have confidence in him, which I do to the utmost.” Brees was intercepted twice, but made up for it with 370 yards passing and three second-half touchdown passes, including a 27-yard strike to Graham as the Saints (2-1) began to claw back from a 26-17 fourth-quarter deficit. Then on third-and-10 with the Saints trailing 33-32 in the waning minutes, Brees found Graham over the middle for a 23-yard gain on which the tight end absorbed two heavy hits as he went down. Graham stood up and flexed both biceps while officials threw a flag for a late hit that put the Saints deep in Houston territory. Mark Ingram then capped the

eight-play, 93-yard drive with his first career TD on a 13-yard run that vaulted New Orleans ahead for good. Graham blamed himself for Danieal Manning’s interception of Brees earlier in the fourth quarter, which gave Houston the ball on the Saints 42 and set up James Casey’s diving 20-yard touchdown catch from Matt Schaub. As Houston was marching for that score, Brees told Graham to expect more passes to come his way. “It meant a lot to me, being such a young player, that Drew has so much faith in me,” said Graham, who led New Orleans with 100 yards receiving on four catches.

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New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) runs as Houston Texans outside linebacker Mario Williams (90) prepares to takcle Graham on Sunday.

GOLF

Lady Tigers finish 11th, post 32-over par score at tournament

Morgan Wampold Sports Contributor

LSU women’s golf coach Karen Bahnsen said it would be difficult for the Lady Tigers to repeat last season’s results at the Mason Rudolph tournament, where they posted a record-setting 21-under par victory in Franklin, Tenn. Her prediction proved correct as the Lady Tigers posted a 32-over par combined three day score and finished 11th at the tournament Sunday. Changes to the course terrain

and the inexperience of some players took some adjusting, according to Bahnsen. “You couldn’t get as close to the hole as easily because the greens were firmer and the course was very wet,” Bahnsen said. The first round concluded with the Lady Tigers posting a 15-over par, putting them in a 4-way tie for eighth place. Though none of the players made even par in the first round, freshman Madelene Sagstrom and senior Tessa Teachman led the pack with 3-over pars for the day.

The end of the second round showed a drop to 12th place for the Lady Tigers, who ended the day with a tournament total of 27-over par. Sophomore Lindsay Gahm led the team in the second round, posting an even par and tying for 26th place. Sagstrom finished with a 7-over par, followed by Teachman, who posted an 8-over par in the round. Sagstrom’s 2-under par finish in the third round brought the team to 11th place with a 32-over par total for the tournament. Ernst added to the team total with a 1-under par in the third round.

Coach Bahnsen said Sagstrom’s score in the final round helped the team total. “I think she did great in the third round, and she helped the team a tremendous amount,” Bahnsen said. Sagstrom tied for 20th place with a 5-over par tournament total and Ernst placed in a three-way tie for 30th place with an 8-over par total. Bahnsen said the Lady Tigers performed well despite the challenges they faced this weekend. “It was a tough tournament, but they didn’t let the frustration get to

them. Everyone contributed and everyone fought,” Bahnsen said. UCLA, last year’s NCAA Champion, placed first overall with a 9-over par total. UCLA had four players place in the top 20 for the tournament. Lindy Duncan of Duke and Jennifer Kirby of Alabama tied for first place individually with an overall score of 4-under par.

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CROSS COUNTRY

Women win meet, men place second Andrew Chapple Sports Contributor

The LSU cross country teams made their first and last home meets of the season count. The Lady Tigers placed first out of 10 teams, with five runners in the top 10, and the Tigers placed second out of 14 teams, with three runners in the top 10. Junior Leigh-Ann Naccari placed third individually, followed by Charlene Lipsey (fourth), Brea Goodman (sixth), Andria Aguilar (seventh) and Dakota Goodman (ninth). “I think I did pretty well,” Naccari said. “I was hoping my time would be a little bit better from last year but I was happy with the pace.” Niccari finished the course in 22:53, 20 seconds slower than her time at the same meet last season, when she finished in 22:33.57. On the men’s side, Richard Chautin placed sixth individually. “I feel a lot better about how I ran this week compared to last week, but I didn’t expect a lot going into

last week because there’s still time to get back into shape,” Chautin said. “I figure every week I should be one step ahead of where I was the week before.” Senior Cullen Doody, who won last week’s Mississippi State invitational, finished ninth overall in 27:52.4. “This week was a lot harder than last week, I think a lot of the guys had tired legs,” Doody said. “The effort was there but maybe our legs weren’t there.” Doody was immediately followed by junior Roger Cooke, who ran 28:03.7 and placed tenth overall. “This course is tough,” Cooke said. “It’s like déjà vu. Every time you’re running you see the same things over and over again. It kind of gets to you in the mind, especially when you’re not running with people.” Cooke said the team didn’t perform as well as it did last week, but it put forth a strong effort. Chautin, Doody and Cooke finished within 30 seconds of each

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Senior Richard Chautin tries to pass runners at the LSU Invitational on Saturday morning at Highland Road Park. The men’s team placed second in the meet.

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other at the Mississippi State invitational last weekend. “I’d like to call us a three-headed monster,” Cooke said. “We help each other out.” Senior Laura Carleton placed first individually on the women’s side with a time of 21:04.4, a 20-second improvement from her previous best. Carleton, who is redshirting this season, ran as an unattached runner. “I haven’t run a cross country time since last fall and I improved a lot over track season, so I was hoping to see results from that and I feel like I ran how I wanted,” Carleton said. “I kind of felt there was pressure there to win so I was glad to be able to do that, but there wasn’t as steep of competition as there usually is.” ZACH BREAUX / The Daily Reveille

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Monday, September 26, 2011 MATHIEU, from page 7

to himself and returned it 16 yards to the one-yard line, leading to a Tiger touchdown two plays later. “I just try to anticipate the play,” Mathieu said. “I knew they were going to try to get the ball to [wide receiver Tavon Austin]. It was really just about me getting up the field and getting my hands on the ball. I always joke about Eric Reid in the Cotton Bowl letting the quarterback tackle him, and this year I let the quarterback tackle me. I can’t joke anymore.” Joking or not, it’s still all smiles for Mathieu. He began drawing comparisons to former Tiger All-American Patrick Peterson last season after racking up 57 tackles, seven pass breakups, five forced fumbles and two interceptions. Peterson, who was drafted at No. 5 by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2011 NFL draft, encouraged the resemblance when he passed down his No. 7 jersey to Mathieu in the offseason. After Mathieu’s two turnover night Saturday, Peterson tweeted, “Tyrann mathieu is the NEXT Tyrann mathieu. I love the way he plays the game. He will be where I am very soon.” At the rate Mathieu is going, “very soon” could come sooner than some think. In Peterson’s first 17 games, he earned 45 tackles, seven pass breakups, two interceptions, one forced fumble and zero sacks – all numbers Mathieu has exceeded.

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Cornerback Tyrann Mathieu poses on the sideline with other LSU players Jan. 7 during the Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M.

But Peterson isn’t the only former Tiger standout to which Mathieu’s numbers compare. Less than halfway through his sophomore campaign, Mathieu has more sacks – five – than AllAmerican defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey did after two full seasons. Dorsey finished with 13 sacks before he was drafted No. 5 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2008 NFL Draft. Mathieu’s 87 tackles are also two better than former All-American linebacker Kelvin Sheppard had after his sophomore season. “It’s never routine,” said LSU coach Les Miles. “When guys make exceptional plays and when incredible is routine, that’s a problem. The things that he does, it’s

incredible.” But Mathieu said the records mean nothing to him. As he continues to put up numbers comparable to former national championship team members, he said the one thing that does matter is the one thing he doesn’t have – a ring. “We’re just trying to win a championship this year,” Mathieu said. “We definitely have a target on our back now. We aren’t perfect as a team or as a defense so we need to correct our mistakes in practice.”

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two kills on the match. Flory said the team set a strong blocking scheme to stop the potent Mississippi State attack. “You have to credit [assistant coach Steve Loeswick] and [assistant coach Jill Wilson] with the game plan,” Flory said. “Our left sides did a great job of blocking and our backcourt did as well.” Mannari said Jones’ consistency helped the defense. “Every time she goes up, I know she’s going to put the ball down,” Mannari said. “She’s always up there swinging her hardest and trying her hardest to score us a point, and she’s usually very successful in doing it.” Jones returned the vote of confidence in her defense. “It’s so easy to be an outside and hit into the block knowing that someone’s going to cover you,” Jones said. “[The defense has] gotten a lot better this spring, and it’s definitely showing now in our games in the fall.” Sophomore middle blocker Desiree Elliott contributed 11 kills, while senior middle blocker Michele Williams added 9. The Tigers will continue their SEC homestand Friday against a Tennessee team (11-2, 4-0 SEC) coming off a road win against No. 6 Florida. “Tennessee is probably the most physically talented, athletic team in the league,” Flory said. “That’s going to be a huge challenge for us.” Contact Albert Burford at aburford@lsureveille.com

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Middle blocker Michele Williams (23) blocks the ball at the net Sunday afternoon against Mississippi State in the PMAC.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Quia is a flexible learning tool Dear Editor: As the founder and CEO of the company that makes Quia, I was taken aback when I read the Sept. 8 article, “Senate looks to terminate use of online homework tools.” Quia was described as a product that “does not give credit for attempted work,” is “cutthroat and stresses out the whole class,” and that marks answers wrong for “something as small as a missing comma.” This doesn’t sound like Quia to me. When default settings are used, the Quia system allows unlimited attempts at answering questions, gives credit for students’ best scores and ignores punctuation in almost

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all cases (except in exercises that are specifically about punctuation differences between English and the language being studied). It’s an encouraging and forgiving environment that allows every student to learn at his or her own pace. That said, it’s also flexible, and instructors do have the ability to adjust almost any aspect of the product in order to make Quia more challenging. We are happy to work with students and faculty to ensure an optimal learning and teaching experience. Our support team (available at bookhelp@quia.com or 1-877-2824400) is eager to offer any assistance necessary. Paul Mishkin CEO IXL Learning Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at opinion@lsureveille.com

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In reference the Reveille article, “Ron Paul to speak in Union Theater today,” readers had this to say:

“Ron Paul is my choice for President. He stands up for his values. I wish more candidates were like this man.” -Anonymous

“all my mommas bad dreams lately have been about ronpaul.i am nervous yet interested in what momma will say if she could see him” -martiquia “We would all be alot better off if we’d started listening to Taft in the ‘10’s, Goldwater in the 60’s, and Paul in the 70’s.. but hey It’s better late than never. Vote For him in the Primary.” -rufrignkidnme

“Ron Paul is the only one that tells the truth, who wants to hear that at a debate?” -Anonymous “I can’t wait to hear Dr. Paul speak tomorrow. I’ve forgotten what the man sounds like after watching all of these debates.” -Anonymous In reference the Zach Davis’ column, “Pope may soon face

justice in crimes against humanity,” readers had this to say: “I can’t help but think the author might have some alterior motive when I see his home is Poland and the Pope once belonged to Hitler youth.” -Anonymous “What I find disturbing is the fact that the vocal majority of Catholics seem to think the homosexuality part of this scandal is a bigger deal than the child molestation part. We have yet another clear case of the sane members of a group needing to speak up!” -Michael

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FAILURE OF DIPLOMACY

No Child Left Behind needs to be left behind by Obama

Officially signed into law in January 2001, No Child Left Behind came into being with support from both sides of the political aisle. Meant to help reform the state of American education by using standardized tests to more accurately measure student progress, it unfortunately became a bigger hassle for educators and students alike. In a recent article about the importance of the Department of

Education, I mentioned how, besides a few policies, the department is beneficial for American students. No Child Left Behind would be one of the policies that should be axed. Thankfully, it seems we might be heading down such a path if President Obama’s recent ideas concerning No Child Left Behind are any indication. Obama’s administration outlined last Friday how states would

be able to get relief from some of the aspects of No Child Left Behind, should they apply for it and agree to follow Obama’s educational reform ideas. One of the biggest parts of No Child Left Behind which the President and his administration are offering to waive for states is the upcoming 2014 deadline concerning proficiency levels. According to the act, 100 percent of students are meant to be testing on their grade

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level in reading and math in just more than a year. Even if such a goal was possible – and really, the idea of every single student in the country passing is extremely optimistic and naïve – it certainly isn’t going to happen in accordance with No Child Left Behind’s deadline. Last month Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stated 82 percent of schools are failing to meet their Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, an essential part in No Child Left Behind which helps guide schools to eventually reaching the 2014 deadlines. While the numbers may not have been as high as Duncan stated nationwide – an exaggeration undoubtedly meant to help illustrate Zachary Davis how unrealistic Columnist the law is – there is evidence which shows some states are just as bad as Duncan says. Editorial Projects in Education, a source for educational news since the late 1950s, compiled the failure rate of some states to reach their AYP. States like Florida, Missouri and New Mexico are all above an 80 percent failure rate, at 89, 81.9 and 87 percent, respectively. Clearly, the 2014 deadlines are not going to be met. Yet all this debate fails to deal

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with the fundamental flaw of No Child Left Behind — standardized testing. I’ve stated this several times, but the situations illustrated during standardized testing simply aren’t replicated in other scenarios. It doesn’t test one’s knowledge so much as it does their ability to take a test. It will take some time to see how large the effects of No Child Left Behind are when it comes to teaching. During the past decade, teachers have moved more towards “teaching for the test,” ignoring parts of the curriculum that won’t be part of the standardized exams. While that may be a horrible practice, it simply has to be done sometimes, mainly due to how much a teacher’s employment and pay are dependent on it. Ultimately, while No Child Left Behind may have been crafted with the best of intentions, it has been counterproductive in the end. Hopefully President Obama’s recent changes to the law are signs of its impending demise. It’s one thing we can certainly leave behind. Zachary Davis is a 20-yearold history junior from Warsaw, Poland. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_zdavis.

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Companies make promises but don’t deliver on green initiatives There’s a certain bliss in taking a bite of the perfect slice of pizza. Whether it’s the way the cheese slides into your mouth or the way the toppings caress your taste buds, it’s difficult to go wrong with the Italian pie. And yet, Papa John’s has done it. While Papa John’s pizza itself may take the pie for being the tastiest, their conspicuous conservation efforts are not the least bit tempting to my taste buds. Maybe nobody’s noticed, but on the back of those lovely Papa John’s pizza boxes, there’s a recycling symbol. Yes, a symbol which indicates you throw it in a beautiful blue bin labeled recycling. But if you haven’t been doing it, don’t feel bad. Chances are you’re actually helping out recycling facilities. Cardboard food containers can’t be recycled if they have pizza grease or are contaminated by food in any other way. According to the website Earth911, this is because, “when paper products, like cardboard, are

recycled, they are mixed with water and turned into slurry. Since we all know water and oil don’t mix, the issue is clear. Grease from pizza boxes causes oil to form at the top of the slurry, and paper fibers cannot separate from oils during the pulping process. Essentially, this contaminant causes the entire batch to be ruined.” Needless to say, recycling pizza boxes isn’t the answer to global warming, but a general effort from big companies is. Papa John’s may have attempted to go Priyanka green, but in the Bhatia end a lack of eduColumnist cation and a lack of real concern have made it so that all their efforts are lost. If they really wanted their boxes to be recyclable, they would change their universal recipe so that the cheese weren’t so greasy or add a layer of paper on top to keep the grease

away from the inside of the box. But they haven’t done any of this, and the reason is simple and common. With the green movement, many large companies changed the way they managed their businesses in little ways — just enough for the consumer to notice, but not much more. We demanded green goods and we got them to a degree, but what we really got was companies telling us to shut up and smile. Apple, one of the world’s largest companies, seems to have come out with an iEnvironmentalDestroyer — the expensive hipster laptop most of our student population uses. And yet, their green policy is utter crap. To be fair, they’ve eliminated almost all PVC vinyl plastic from their products, which leaves behind toxic waste. They’ve also done a wonderful job in improving their electronic waste cycle, where electronics are given back to the company to be recycled. But when it comes down to it, Apple fails to have a public stance on the

reduction of greenhouse gases or to have any public opinion on the environment at all. They’re ranked 9th out of 18 major electronic companies on the October 2011 edition of Greenpeace’s Electronic Guide. But for being such an international brand, we should expect more from them. Sure, Nintendo and Microsoft are the lowest ranking companies on the list, but with Apple being so much more popular, our need for them to go green is that much greater. In actuality, our need for all big companies to go green seems to have increased exponentially in the past decade. From increasing worries about greenhouse gases to the increasing demand for electronic and hybrid cars, it’s clear that consumers are becoming green. And yet our companies are not. As our demand for more ecofriendly products has increased, so has the propensity for large brands to fall short on their promises. Apple, for example,

promised to become greener as of 2007. While they succeeded in eliminating PVC pastic vinyls from many of their products, their competition succeeded in creating an electronic waste system spanning 85 countries as well as an international stance on carbon emissions, allowing Apple to drop from 5th place on the list to 9th. Big companies need to stop pretending to care about the environment when they really only care about the profit they’re making from our ignorance. We’re trusting Nintendo, Sony and Apple to take our money and use it for green issues, but in the end, they’re just taking our money. Priyanka Bhatia is a a 19-year-old Spre-veterinary medicine sophomore from San Jose, Calif. Follow her on Twitter @TDR_Pbhatia.

Contact Priyanka Bhatia at pbhatia@lsureveille.com

THE G-SPOT

Girls should stop settling for unfulfilling relationships So, how long have you and your boyfriend been miserable together? Sometimes I think people enjoy self-inflicted torment. According to a Southeastern University study, 31 percent of those surveyed said they “sometimes” stayed in relationships they thought should end, and 32.3 percent said they stayed in relationships which became “unhappy.”

This is thoroughly disappointing, and although the demographic was men and women, I have a feeling most of this percentage was women. Guys stay in unsatisfying relationships, too, but it’s clearly more prevalent for women. Women like to take on guys that are challenging, much like a project. They like to say they want a nice guy who bends over backwards with flowers

and compliments pouring out of his every orifice. But we all know the truth. Most girls want a confident Casanova who will fall madly in love, change his ways and eventually become Prince Charming. The first mistake is thinking you’re going to change him. That’s not going to happen. Most girls are willing to wait around until he does change. The problem here is what’s

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being done to you in the meantime. Putting up with these tools day after day is hurting you. The more you compromise and take the beating, the more you break down. Not only is this bad for yourself, but if he does somehow end up changing for the better, this period of emotional Gabie Bacques abuse is building Columnist up resentment that will cause conflict later. Of course relationships require some compromise and sacrifice, but it needs to be on both ends. If one person is constantly giving while the other is taking, there won’t be anything left. Girls tend to be more willing to have things off balance in favor of her partner. They want to nurture the relationship and fix it, and so they sacrifice a little happiness for his sake. People want to be in relationships, and when a girl feels she’s in love, she’s often willing to do anything to stay there, including being taken for granted. It’s worth it as long as you’re together, right? I know it’s difficult sometimes, but use your brain. Is being in an unsatisfying, perhaps even abusive relationship better than not being in one? Sadly, some people would say yes. Maybe if you get out of that crippling situation, you may find someone who’s actually worthy of you. Maybe there really is someone

out there who appreciates you and treats you right, but you’ll never know because you refuse to give yourself what you deserve. Come on, ladies, step it up. I know we’ve been deemed the weaker sex throughout history, but there’s no need to prove it true. We want to get married and have beautiful children before our biological clock goes off, but at what cost? This isn’t the 1800s, and we aren’t producing families to run the farm. We need to be in fulfilling, healthy relationships before we bring anymore Rons and Sammies a la “Jersey Shore” into this world. I know, not everyone wants to get married, and even more probably don’t want kids. For the people who make this their top priority, I suggest finding something that makes you happy instead of depending on someone else to provide that. Being in a relationship for the sake of being in one, regardless of how awful or amazing you treat each other, is a setup for failure and disappointment. Work through problems, but know when enough is enough. Help is available for a reason, so do yourself a favor and come back to reality. Gabie Bacques is a 21-year-old animal science senior from Mandeville. You can follow her on Twitter @TDR_Gbacques.

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wireless internet. “I have no access to the Inthe network at the same time. ternet even though I connect to Thompson said the number has [LSU secure wireless network] significantly increased this se- just like everyone around me,” mester, with about 12,400 de- said Gavin Poiencot, sports comvices using the merce sophomore. network at once. “It won’t accept “The speed my password of the wireless which I know is network can deright.” pend on several Some faculty factors,” Thompmembers have son said. “If a also had problems large number with the Internet. Gavin Poiencot of users are usWayne Parent, ing the network political science sports commerce sophomore at once, that can professor, said his certainly slow down the speed, classes have suffered. especially if a number of those “This semester, for the first users are streaming video.” time — even when I allow them A few students reported not to load completely — [the vidbeing able to log into campus eos] pause often,” Parent said.

INTERNET, from page 1

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‘I have no access to the Internet even though I connect to [LSU secure wireless network].’

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GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul shows off an LSU shirt Friday after beginning his national Youth for Ron Paul movement in the Union Theater.

PAUL, from page 1

Upon mentioning economics, the audience began to chant, “End the Fed,” one of Paul’s slogans against the Federal Reserve. Paul’s conception of liberty and its place in American government also extends overseas. “Ten years in Afghanistan is enough,” he declared. “We should defend our country when we’re under attack.” Not only does America’s foreign engagement defy liberty, it defies the country’s budget as well, Paul explained. “As president, I would get out of those places and leave those people alone,” Paul said. Paul’s discussion on what he called the nation’s “domestic war” immediately evoked a response from the audience. “The danger of the drug war is worse than the danger of the drugs,” he chided to much applause. Paul described the drug war as “prohibition all over again,” and suggested politicians put the responsibility of drug awareness in the hands of the family and the individual. Paul said he seeks to end the “interventionist plan” of economics and entitlements. While speaking of welfare programs and bailouts for banks and bankrupt nations, he said, “Eventually the burden comes back to the American taxpayer.” He also declared his support for the abolition of income taxes. Paul had to pause on numerous occasions to let the crowd quiet down. “Now I know why my favorite place to campaign is college

campuses,” Paul laughed. The energy of the crowd remained high throughout his speech, with some audience members even waving Ron Paul campaign signs. But not all students agreed with Paul’s ideas. Members of the Student Labor Action Project, or SLAP, held a banner and passed out fliers before the event in opposition to Paul’s message. The banner proclaimed education and labor as human rights. According to Nathan Anderson, political science sophomore and member of SLAP, Paul’s policies are “antagonistic to the LGBTQ community.” This accusation is in response to Paul’s opposition to national nondiscrimination legislation for businesses, Anderson said. Paul prefers to pass such legislation down to the state level, he said. “States shouldn’t be voting on basic rights,” Anderson said. “He makes it much harder for us to get our rights.” Medical physics graduate student David McLaughlin took a stand against Paul’s healthcare policy. “He’s not in favor of the government getting involved in health care,” McLaughlin said. “I don’t see another way to get the lower brackets of the population the resources we have.” McLaughlin also argued against Paul’s stance on education, which he says prevents “working-class, poor people” from getting an education by opposing subsidized student loans. Contact Clayton Crockett at ccrockett@lsureveille.com

page 15 “I’ve quit showing clips. It’s not the end of the world, but it does take away a useful component of the class.” Thompson said students should expect slower speeds during the day when classes are in session because of the large amount of traffic from students accessing the Internet. The University’s access is provided by the Student Tech Fee. The fee generated $4,569,303 for 2011-2012 school year, according to the Student Tech Fee website. Thompson said ITS is currently working on a project to increase the campus’s data network capacity. Contact Josh Bergeron at jbergeron@lsureveille.com


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