Athletic Dept.: Chancellor Martin addresses athletic issues, p. 5
Opinion: Columnists debate merits of iPhone 4S features, p. 9
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Charity: The Londoner hosts fundraiser for dog’s eye surgery, p. 3
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Volume 116, Issue 32
Crime Report Card
Crime at SEC schools by percent: Source: Universities’ annual security reports
Drug violations - 21.7% Liquor violations - 67.5%
Forcible sex offenses 0.92%
Motor vehicle theft -
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University police report less crime in 2010, decrease aided by community involvement
Brian Sibille Staff Writer
The LSU Police Department’s annual crime report suggests the campus has become signiﬁcantly safer over the past two years, as the University has seen major declines in burglary, alcohol and drug incidents. The Annual Security and Fire Report was released last week in accordance with the Clery Act, which requires all university and college police forces to provide information about crime on and in proximity to campuses. The report shows an 87 percent decrease in burglary since 2008, with 13 incidents in 2010. Alcohol-related
arrests have also decreased signiﬁcantly since 2008, and LSUPD saw 13 fewer drug arrests than in 2009, according to the report. LSUPD Major Helen Haire, who helped compile the report, said some decreases could be attributed to changes in Clery Act guidelines, but a strong deterrent of crime is partially attributed to better community involvement. Haire said LSUPD has seen an increase in the number of reported crimes, and citizens have been more proactive in reporting crimes as soon as they happen. She said this makes it easier for LSUPD ofﬁcers to make arrests and identify crime trends in different areas on campus. She said people are also more aware of LSUPD’s
authoritative presence on campus. “Our message is sent and known,” she said, adding that those wanting to commit crimes have noticed an increase in awareness on campus. The atmosphere at home football games has also changed, she said. Students know ofﬁcers from multiple agencies are on the lookout for alcohol violations, and attempts to illegally bring alcohol into games have decreased. The increases in awareness and reporting are a product of LSUPD’s “conscious effort to promote CRIME, see page 11
Students invited to nominate grad. speakers until Oct. 15 Previous speakers include presidents Andrea Gallo Staff Writer
Amid the “Pomp and Circumstance” and gold tassels, students can submit nominations for the speaker at the University’s May 2012 commencement exercises. Chancellor Michael Martin and his staff are currently accepting nominations for graduation speakers, and students can submit their choices to the chancellor via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) until Oct. 15. Martin said it is too early to
qualify candidates or say what traits include former President Jimmy the University Carter, former Presiis seeking in a The Daily Reveille’s wish list dent George H.W. commencement Bush and former First of graduation speakers: speaker — inLady Barbara Bush. • Stephen Colbert stead, he wants Both George W. Bush to hear suggesand Dick Cheney were • Anderson Cooper tions of indialso May commence• Tina Fey viduals worthy ment speakers while • Steve Jobs of speaking. they were serving • Barack Obama An array of terms as president and • Conan O’Brien prominent polivice president, respec• Seth Rogen cy-makers who tively. • J.K. Rowling have impacted State leaders Gov. • Jon Stewart the country, Bobby Jindal and Sen. • Oprah Winfrey state or UniverMary Landrieu have sity have spoken also spoken at May at past University commencements. commencements. Previous May commencement speakers of the past 20 years SPEAKERS, see page 11
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Former President Ronald Reagan is among the University’s notable graduation speakers.
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Nation & World
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Iran criticizes Turkey for allowing NATO missile defense shield
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says it’s final: No GOP presidential run
Public defenders sue over poor conditions in Orleans Parish Jail
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran criticized Turkey on Tuesday for agreeing to allow NATO to station an early warning radar in the southeast of the country that will serve as part of the alliance’s missile defense system. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed the defense system was meant to protect Israel against Iranian missile attacks in the event a war breaks out with the Jewish state. Wildlife officials say roving manatee in Puerto Rico to be relocated
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — After a surge of new speculation, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared with ﬁnality Tuesday that “now is not my time” to run for president, dashing the hopes of Republicans still searching for someone other than front-runners Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. Christie had insisted for months that he wouldn’t run. But then came an intense weekend of reconsideration before he made an announcement at a news conference at the New Jersey Statehouse.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saying there is too little privacy and often too little time and space provided for meetings with their clients, lawyers for low-income defendants in New Orleans are suing Sheriff Marlin Gusman over conditions at the Orleans Parish jail. The lawsuit, ﬁled Tuesday by the Orleans Public Defenders ofﬁce, also says that waiting times for such meetings are often too long and visiting hours too restrictive at the ﬁve neighboring facilities that make up the jail. Gov. Bobby Jindal orders flags to half-staff for archbishop’s funeral
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Wildlife ofﬁcials in Puerto Rico plan to relocate a male manatee who escaped from a rehabilitation area during a hurricane. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokeswoman Lilibeth Serrano says biologists are tracking the mammal along the island’s north coast. The manatee was stranded as a young calf in 2005 and dubbed “Tuque” for the south coast beach where he was found. He was being rehabilitated in the north in semicaptivity to get him used to the wild, but escaped during Hurricane Earl last year.
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Namibians welcomed home Tuesday the skulls of ancestors taken to Germany for racist experiments more than a century ago.
Return of 20 Namibian skulls Tuesday ignites anger, not peace WINDHOEK, Namibia (AP) — Human skulls taken from Namibia by German colonizers returned home Tuesday after more than 100 years, but the reconciliatory gesture instead has ignited anger and renewed demands that Germany pay for its sins in this corner of Africa where more than 60,000 people were killed. The return of 20 skulls taken to Germany for racist experiments also has fueled anger about current injustices from people decimated after rebelling against German colonizers.
New technology and programs help Hispanics trace their roots MIAMI (AP) — Programs like NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” and PBS’ “Faces of America” are helping fuel genealogy trends. For many Hispanics, tracing family trees hasn’t been easy. Now that’s changing for America’s largest minority group as a wealth of genealogical data, including a landmark 1930 census in Mexico, is going online. Discovering information about one’s great-great grandparents and other relatives could be keystrokes away for many of the nearly 32 million Mexican-Americans.
(AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered ﬂags at state buildings to be ﬂown at half-staff Thursday, the day of the funeral of Archbishop Philip Hannan. Hannan died last week at age 98 and will be buried in religious ceremonies at St. Louis Cathedral on Thursday. Jindal notes that Hannan was a chaplain for the 82nd Airborne and later became the 11th archbishop of New Orleans. He served in that capacity for more than two decades.
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SG considering moving Local pub $10k for more scantrons to support Main office out of materials currently Kate Mabry Staff Writer
In the midst of midterms week, SG is discussing how it will continue to fund the program which allows students to receive free scantrons and bluebooks from SG’s supply. SG President Cody Wells and the SG Senate recently discussed allocating $10,000 from the Senate Contingency Account to provide additional scantrons and bluebooks to the supply for students. Currently, the SG ofﬁce is out of scantrons due to a complication in ordering the materials. Wells said approximately 100 students come into the ofﬁce each day and take multiple scantrons and bluebooks, and while students are limited to ﬁve per visit, the number of scantrons and bluebooks are ﬂying from the ofﬁce’s desk. One thousand large scantrons cost $40 while 10,000 small scantrons cost more than $600. Though scantrons are reasonably low-priced, bluebooks are much more expensive, with 3,000 costing $2,000, he said. According to Wells, the $10,000 he hopes to receive should last the rest of the school year and into the summer semester. Last year, SG spent $7,600 on scantrons, which lasted through summer school. But this year Wells said he worries that the stock won’t last through midterms and ﬁnals for both the fall and spring semesters. “I understand this is a lot of money, but this must be spent on scantrons if SG wants to continue this initiative,” Wells said. In addition, Wells said he wants to encourage future SG leaders to add this initiative’s expenses into the budget. At this time, no additional money has been set aside in SG’s annual
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budget to fund this program. While the Sept. 28 discussion of taking the money from the SG Contingency Account ended in controversy, the SG Committee of Finance decided on Monday afternoon to present the option of removing the $10,000 from the SG Initiatives Account to the Senate, and Wells and the SG Senate will be meeting again tonight to discuss further options for funding. But De Andre Beadle, senator at the University Center for Freshman Year, said the current restrictions placed on the Initiatives Account will only allow the money for scantrons and blue books to be used once. “We want to amend the SG Constitution and Bylaws to remove the clause ‘to only fund new initiatives’ so that we can use these funds in this account to fund vital SG Programs such as ‘Blue Books and Scantrons,’ Battle of the Bands and other programming ideas that the Executive Branch plans to create,” Beadle said. With the amount almost totaling 34 percent of the Contingency Account, Meredith Westbrook, College of Music and Dramatic Arts senator, said she would prefer if SG looked into other accounts for the money. “We’ve never spent this much money on one thing, and we almost always zero out the entire account without spending $10,000 on scantrons,” she said. According to Westbrook, this account is typically used to help send students and groups to conferences and other nationally recognized events. One such program SG’s contingency fund was used for was the Going Global program, which helps students ﬁnd jobs and internships around the world while also bringing international students to Baton Rouge.
The Londoner Pub & Grill will donate 10 percent of all proﬁts earned between 6 and 10 p.m. tonight to eye surgery for Lexie, a 2-year-old black labrador retriever mix with cataracts. Lexie’s surgery will be performed by veterinarians in the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and will cost about $3,000. Lexie is part of the non-proﬁt Capital Area Animal Welfare Society’s adoption program. Denis Ricou, member of the CAAWS Board of Directors, said the School of Veterinary Medicine regularly performs surgeries on animals from CAAWS. Since CAAWS is a non-proﬁt, CAAWS has monthly fundraisers at The Londoner. “We have a really good relationship with the LSU Vet School,” Ricou said. Normally, the money raised at The Londoner goes toward animal surgeries, CAAWS’s spay/neuter program and the costs of maintaining the CAAWS facility, like purchasing animal food. But Lexie, Ricou said, is a special case because this surgery will help her live a longer and healthier life. He hopes University students support her cause. “Having gone to LSU, I know the students have a strong non-proﬁt support,” he said. Dogs are also invited to lounge on the patio during the fundraiser. Ricou said CAAWS is entirely volunteer-based, and students are welcome to volunteer at the shelter.
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Lexie, a 2-year-old black labrador retriever suffering from cataracts, will have her eye surgery performed by veterinarians at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. The Londoner Pub & Grill is donating 10 percent of their profits from 6 to 10 p.m. tonight to the Capital Area Animal Welfare Society to help finance the surgery.
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Debt calls would target students’ cells
Obama endorses new collection tactic Brian Sibille Staff Writer
President Barack Obama is endorsing a new debt-collecting tactic that would allow private collectors to increase calls to cellphones, particularly to indebted college students. Debt collectors would be allowed to contact debtors by cellphone if they have failed to make payments, according to a deficit reduction plan submitted to Congress in September. The plan said this method should be more successful in collecting payments than past efforts, as people rely less on landline phones and primarily use cellphones. The Associated Press reported Tuesday contact will be made
through “robocalls” — automated calls that utilize prerecorded messages delivered by computers. If more debt collectors begin calling cellphones, students with debt could be on the receiving end. The tactic will be successful for the federal government but could put greater strain on indebted students, said Emily Hester, Student Financial Management Center coordinator. Hester said students are the new target of these type of debt calls. She said the shift to cellphones is wise, especially when trying to successfully communicate with college students. But educating students about the loans they apply for is a wiser plan, she said. Students have many options on how to pay off loans, but many often accept loans without first considering the best payment option, Hester said. Sarah Odom, biology freshman,
said these calls would be annoying, but more students in debt should be more willing to seek help. Odom said many students do not admit to having debt issues and do not seek ways to solve the problem, but cellphone reminders would not help. “I wouldn’t take a cellphone call from a debt collector seriously,” she said. Odom said she has taken out loans but isn’t worried about paying them yet because she is only a freshman. Max Smith, accounting sophomore, said the calls would be an effective reminder to students who have many obligations and put debt in the back of their minds.
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Composting could save money
Green initiative is also educational Josh Naquin Staff Writer
A new student-driven initiative could make the University a greener place — and save some green as well. Matt Wyatt, Student Government College of Agriculture senator, drafted a finance bill last week asking for funds to support a composting initiative. The SG Senate will vote on the resolution today. “What is holding us up right now is funding,” said Amanda McWhirt, agronomy graduate student. McWhirt’s interest in composting was sparked while participating in a group project for a horticulture class last spring. Her group’s class project has since blossomed into a full-fledged initiative to implement University composting. The group researched facts and figures and compiled a proposal showing the Make your own feasibility of “Worm Box” composting food waste 1. Get a sturdy shoebox- from the two sized container. dining halls on campus. 2. Poke holes in the T h e top of it. project will 3. Fill the box with require an food waste — excluding initial startanimal by-products. up investof 4. Purchase several red ment worms to put in the box. $52,500, according to M c W h i r t ’s They along with nature will turn the waste into group. The fertilizer product. one-time fee will provide a trailer to transport waste from the University to an off-campus composting site, as well as site preparation and irrigation. Projected yearly expenses for the endeavor would cost nearly
$77,000 and would mainly go to pay the yearly salary for a composting tech and graduate student. While she thinks the price may seem steep, especially in times of budget cuts, McWhirt said the investment would be worthwhile. “LSU pays $111,500 for waste disposal services every year,” McWhirt said. “We could save the University roughly $34,500 every year in expenses.” The benefits of composting far exceed the costs, according to Lauren Hull, assistant director of sustainability for Student Government. “By composting, we would be saving waste from going to a landfill where it would produce carbon dioxide and methane gases, which are harmful to the environment,” Hull said. Hull also noted the educational opportunities composting offers. “This could be used as a service-learning opportunity or field class for horticulture and other areas of study,” Hull said. Composting involves mixing brown wastes like paper with green wastes like food scraps in a pile to achieve a favorable carbon and nitrogen ratio. The waste is then covered in a substrate like hay to contain its heat and moisture. Microbes subsequently infiltrate the compost pile and naturally break down the waste. Once the pile is aerated and mixed, it produces landscaping material and fertilizer. Hull said the process may sound complicated and laborious but wouldn’t be much more work than the dining halls already do. “The dining halls already sort and quantify their food waste,” Hull said. The task at hand then becomes collecting the food waste and transporting it to a four-acre composting site. Hull, McWhirt and other composting advocates have secured a plot of land at the W. A. Callegari Environmental Center, a division of
the LSU AgCenter. The Callegari Center is already involved with composting on a small scale, said Andres Harris, LSU recycling manager. “We have used composting at the last three Fall Fests,” Harris said. University Recycling designated compost bins at the autumnal celebration and then transported the bins to the Callegari Center to be composted. “We were able to compost six cubic yards of food waste from this year’s Fall Fest,” Harris wrote on the LSU Recycles Facebook page. Hull said she has spoken with Chancellor Michael Martin, who supports composting, but the initiative needs more advocates. “Taking personal initiative is where it all starts,” Hull said. “If students don’t say anything, then it may not happen.”
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Chancellor Martin discusses realignment, Knight Commission Hunter Paniagua Sports Writer
“The institution’s president or chancellor is responsible for the administration of all aspects of the athletics program.” That principle — also known as NCAA bylaw 2.1.1 — grants control of an athletic department to a university’s chancellor. Though it may surprise some, Chancellor Michael Martin has significant input in the University athletic department. Martin said the magnitude of interest in LSU athletics has always
Read why Martin doesn’t support paying athletes on the Tiger Feed blog at lsureveille.com. required him to maintain a stern watch over the program, but recent national scandals have forced him and his colleagues to take a deeper look at intercollegiate athletics. “Presidents and chancellors have taken their responsibility a little more seriously as of late to try to ensure that we retain integrity,” Martin said.
Martin has had to balance his responsibilities with LSU’s academic side while focusing on creating solutions to problems running rampant throughout the NCAA. “People are staking out extreme positions,” Martin said. “Hopefully some of us who are rational can find the middle ground that works. But there’s a lot of white noise out there.” KNIGHT COMMISSION One part of Martin’s athletic MARTIN, see page 7
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Chancellor Michael Martin discusses his involvement in the athletic department
Alfred Blue loses home in fire
LSU establishes Relief-4-Blue Fund Staff Reports
OUT OF THE LIMELIGHT Young linebackers stepping into big roles after Sheppard’s departure
Overshadowed by the hype of the defensive line and Baker said. “The defensive line is eating right now, and the record-breaking performances in the secondary, there lies an- secondary is making some plays, but it seems the linebackers other defensive unit trying to earn recognition aren’t getting their share. But hey, we’re winMark Clements of its own. ning.” Sports Writer The Tiger linebackers have avoided the The linebackers’ job got tougher this seamajority of the limelight this season, despite helping LSU be- son after losing two-time leading tackler and All-American come No. 9 in the nation in total defense and No. 3 in rushing Kelvin Sheppard to the NFL. defense. The Tigers turned to Baker — the second leading tackSenior linebacker Ryan Baker said winning comes first, ler last year — and fellow senior Stefoin Francois to combut the linebackers are itching to earn their stripes. mand the linebacking corps, as well as converted senior safety “That’s a thing we’ve kind of being going through lately,” LINEBACKERS, see page 7
Sophomore running back Alfred Blue has experienced success on the field lately, with a 72-yard rushing game against Kentucky last weekend. But outside of football, Blue went through a recent setback when a fire destroyed his family’s home and all their belongings. LSU has set up the Relief4-Blue Fund, which will assist Blue, his younger siblings — Alyhea, Clarica and Blue Clarence, Jr.— and his mother and grandmother. The NCAA has permitted the fund, which will receive donations through the Tiger Athletic Foundation. Under NCAA Bylaw 16.11.12, fundraisers are acceptable in “extreme circumstances ... extraordinary in the result of events beyond the student-athlete’s control.” The fundraising is permissible as long as the proceeds are designated for a specific purpose such as the replacement of belongings lost in a fire. Blue has registered 34 carries for 148 yards and three touchdowns this season.
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[Top] LSU sophomore linebacker Kevin Minter (46) and LSU sophomore safety Eric Reid (1) tackle Kentucky running back Josh Clemons (20) on Saturday in Tiger Stadium. [Bottom left] LSU linebackers prepare for a snap Sept. 10 against Northwestern State. LSU dominated the Demons, 49-3. [Bottom right] Senior linebacker Karnell Hatcher (37) chases Northwestern State quarterback Brad Henderson (10).
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Jefferson’s offensive role going forward appears uncertain Hunter Paniagua Sports Writer
Few teams have a backup quarterback with 27 career starts and nearly 4,000 passing yards. LSU does. Following his reinstatement, senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson has returned as the No. 2 quarterback behind senior Jarrett Lee. Jefferson saw playing time against Kentucky only a few days after he practiced for the first time since August. But how LSU coach Les Miles will continue to use Jefferson remains uncertain. Junior center P.J. Lonergan said Miles has not yet told the team what Jefferson’s role will be. “That all has to do with the coaches upstairs,” Lonergan said. “I’m glad I’m not in the position to make that decision because that’s a tough one.”
Miles admitted he’s still figuring out how to incorporate Jefferson into the offense but said he continues to have faith in Lee. “We’re so early into the plan that it is difficult to figure,” Miles said. “I can tell you that Jarrett Lee is our starter, and our vision first and foremost takes Lee into mind. That is how we are approaching it. We’ll get to the other aspects of the offense later.” Lee said Miles’ support has lifted his game, and the fifth-year senior has performed admirably as Jefferson’s replacement. Lee has thrown for 793 yards and seven touchdowns with just one interception this season. “It’s not something I need to hear, but it is a confidence booster,” Lee said. “I just got to keep working hard and keep these guys believing in me.”
Jefferson entered the game against Kentucky with LSU on the Wildcats’ one-yard line. Lee had already led the Tigers 67 yards, converting two third downs through the air, but Miles called on Jefferson to punch it in from the goal line. Lee said he wasn’t bothered that Jefferson finished the drive. “He came in Jefferson and made a play for us,” Lee said. “That’s what the coaches wanted. I wasn’t mad or upset at all. We scored, put up points and won the ball game, so that’s all that mattered to me.” The two quarterbacks have grown accustomed to splitting duties. Though Jefferson started all 13 games in 2010, Lee saw action in 12
games, often entering for the third offensive series. Lee said this situation is different because he is the starter, but added that he and Jefferson can handle sharing time. “It’s something that Jordan and I have done our whole career here,” Lee said. “We’ve switched out and in. Whatever it takes for us to win ball games, that’s what we’re going to do.” Though the two-quarterback system received heavy criticism last season as neither quarterback seized the full-time role, junior wide receiver Russell Shepard said now it’s different. Shepard praised Jefferson’s ability and believes his skills will cause opposing defenses to struggle. “Jordan did an amazing job stepping in and adding an extra element to the game, which we haven’t had the last couple weeks,” Shepard said. “When you have a quarterback
that can pull it down and run, it creates headaches for the defense.” Jefferson brings a running threat to the offense, Shepard said. Jefferson did not attempt a pass against Kentucky but carried the ball four times for 29 yards and a one-yard touchdown. “I fit in some great spots,” Jefferson said. “Coach is going to use me to my full abilities. Whenever I get my opportunity, I’m going to do whatever I can.” Jefferson said he has accepted his current position, but added he won’t be satisfied until he hears his name in the starting lineup. “It’s a personal goal of mine,” Jefferson said. “I will do whatever it takes to get to that.” Contact Hunter Paniagua at firstname.lastname@example.org
ESPN fumbles again with Hank Williams Jr. dismissal BODY SHOTS
Rob Landry Sports columnist For the first time I can remember, my Monday night didn’t begin with my favorite question. Are you ready for some football? That’s because legendary country singer Hank Williams Jr. was relieved of his duties as Monday Night Football’s intro singer Monday after making controversial comments about President Barack Obama. Williams said Obama playing golf with Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner would be like Hitler playing golf with Benjamin Netanyahu — the current Prime Minister of Israel. While Williams’ comments were extreme and out of line, it was by no means cause for his dismissal. First, why anyone puts any stock into what a musician has to say about politics is beyond me. There’s a reason his profession isn’t political
analyst — he doesn’t know a whole lot about it. Second, if ESPN hadn’t made such a stink about this, few people would even know this happened. I won’t go off on a political tirade here because, much like Williams, my job isn’t to talk about politics. But if Williams made those comments five years ago about former President George W. Bush, who was constantly maligned and harassed, he would still be the leadoff voice for Monday Night Football. I guarantee it. But ESPN loves to throw its immense weight around when it leeches on to a cause. Last summer ESPN senior college football writer Bruce Feldman was suspended for ghostwriting controversial material in former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach’s book, “Swing Your Sword.” Ironcially, Feldman was granted permission by ESPN higher-ups to ghostwrite the book. After the Twitterverse made #FreeBruce” go viral, ESPN backtracked, saying Feldman was never
actually suspended. Feldman eventually left ESPN for CBS Sports. In another twist of fate, Leach was let go by Texas Tech because of a crusade by another ESPN analyst, Craig James. James was the leader of the Leach lynch mob after rumors began to swirl that James’ son, Adam, had been locked in a closet by Leach after he was unable to practice due to an injury. Leach vehemently denied the rumors he locked an injured player in a closet as punishment. He claimed
Adam was a nuisance to the team, and despite his injury did not want to act as a member of the team. ESPN began pumping antiLeach material onto every newscast it aired until Texas Tech eventually fired him. To add to the bizarre nature of ESPN’s decision, four days after Leach’s firing, Craig James was part of the announcing crew calling Texas Tech’s bowl game. The Williams decision just adds to the speculation that ESPN tries to operate by its own rules instead of adhering to understood journalistic norms. I am well aware the “E” in
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011 Conference. When the Aggies’ admission went to a vote, Martin voted involvement includes his member- to accept them. Although SEC Commissioner ship in the Knight Commission, a group formed in 1989 by university Mike Slive said the conference has presidents and chancellors to ensure ﬁnished adding teams for now, Marcollege athletics programs maintain tin said he expects conversations to the educational mission of colleges. begin about adding a 14th team and Martin will travel to Washing- that Slive simply wanted to quiet the ton, D.C., on Oct. 24 for a Knight rumors. One possible candidate is MisCommission meeting. The group will discuss the rising costs of ath- souri, whose curators voted Tuesday letic programs, recent scandals and night to consider leaving the Big 12. Martin didn’t speculate as to lowering academic standards. “I really hope that we get what the 14th team might be but back to remembering that these are feared that school will fall outside of student-athletes, not the other way the current SEC region. “The bigger the geographic around,” Martin said. “We have an obligation to them. If we’re going to footprint gets, the harder it is to get admit them as students, then we have teams in and out without missing a lot of school,” Martin said. “I think to make sure they are students.” Martin said he worries that col- West Virginia desperately wants to legiate athletics have become noth- be a part of the SEC, but Morganing more than a stepping stone to the town is a killer to get to. If you send the tennis team to Morgantown, they pros. may never come He considered home.” proposing that athMartin said letes admitted with money has taken subpar test scores control of the NCAA should sit out from and concerns about athletic participation television contracts during their freshhave driven the reman years. He also alignment discusrecommended postsion. season participation “I hope we have should be linked to Michael Martin the courage not to let a school’s Academthat be the only facic Progress Rate, a LSU chancellor tor, but it is a big facmetric used to determine the academic success of a tor,” Martin said. “I’d be very disingenuous if I didn’t admit that.” school’s athletes. Martin still fears academics have at times been forgotten, espe- SHADY’S ALTERCATION The Aug. 19 incident at Shady’s cially during the most recent series Bar involving a number of LSU footof conference realignment. ball players tested Martin’s guidance of the athletic program. REALIGNMENT “We’ve gotten our prioriMartin said he made several trips to Atlanta for “secret meet- ties out of shape,” Martin said. ings” to discuss the addition of “We’ve turned student-athletes into Texas A&M to the Southeastern celebrities, and in this case in a
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‘I really hope that we get back to remembering that these are studentathletes, not the other way around.’
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BENEFITS OF ATHLETICS Though the negativity surrounding collegiate athletics has grabbed the public’s attention, Martin hopes the positivity of sports will move to the forefront. He mentioned the impact athletics has on the city, the community service athletes provide and the success stories of athletes who utilized their educations. “You look around this campus and look at what athletics does, and you can see all the good things it does here,” Martin said. “It’s easy to ﬁnd all the negative stuff, and there’s plenty of it out there. But you have to look a little harder sometimes for the positive stuff.”
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page 7 about his play calls and his gameplay, and I feel like we need to Karnell Hatcher, who ﬁnished mimic that because that’s what you need out here,” Minter said. third in tackles last season. “I’m still just trying to learn “Lamin stepping in there, he pretmore,” Hatcher said, who has ty much had to do the same thing, eight tackles in the ﬁrst ﬁve games so it helped him a lot, and it helped at his new position. “I’m going me a lot because it was all on me back to ﬁlm from past games I’ve this time.” Minter now leads all lineplayed in and just trying to better myself and see how I can get my backers with 20 tackles — which reads quicker. It’s coming along surpasses last season’s mark — and has earned his very good.” way into a starting Contributions role. from the younger Baker said the linebackers have Suwanee, Ga., naalso been key to the tive has been the Tigers’ success. most impressive of Sophomore the up-and-coming linebackers Kevin linebackers, despite Minter, Lamin Barhaving large shoes row, Luke Muncie to ﬁll. and Tahj Jones have “Kevin kind of seen action in every gets overshadowed game this season, by some of the other contributing a total young guys on the of 42 tackles, three defense, but I think for loss. Kevin Minter he’s done a great “We have demsophomore linebacker job of fulﬁlling his onstrated that we role as middle linehave depth at linebacker and the ability to play a backer,” Baker said. “I don’t think number of guys,” said LSU coach there’s been much of a drop off at Les Miles. “The more veteran and all.” So while opposing offenses experience a guy has will serve them in this game at well. You’re may be scouting the front and going to have to play a number of back of the Tiger defense, Minter guys anyway. We will not hesitate warned against overlooking the unit the middle. to put them in the game again.” “We have some of the best DThe young guns got their chance to shine against North- linemen and some of the best DBs western State, when Baker was in the country, so I’m not giving suspended for violating team excuses as to why we’re overlooked, but … we’re good too,” rules. Minter, Barrow and Muncie Minter said. “We have a solid all ﬁnished with three tackles that linebacking corps, and we’re still game, and Jones added two more a force to be reckoned with.” tackles. Minter said conﬁdence was Contact Mark Clements at the key to ﬁlling in for Baker. email@example.com “[Baker] was so conﬁdent
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What do you think about quarterback Jordan Jefferson being booed at the LSU vs. Kentucky game? Compiled by MICHAEL GEGENHEIMER
‘Yes, he made a mistake. Yes, he was drunk, but nobody is Alex Mouton perfect.’ mass comm. sophomore ‘It’s still got a ways to go before I make a decision to support him or not.’
Jarrett Gartin biology junior
‘It’s bad sportsmanship to boo a player ... but do I think he deserved to get in? No.’
‘He’s still a member of the team, and ... booing one member of the team is like booing Destiny Price the whole chemical engineering team.’ freshman
‘I don’t think he deserved to [get booed]. You should always Lauren Becnel support the mechanical engineering players.’ freshman
As usual, our website, lsureveille. com, has been absolutely buzzing with reader comments. Check it out today, and let your voice be heard.
In reference to Monday’s editorial entitled “With Jefferson’s quick return, Shady’s incident lingers,” readers had this to say: “This entire case is an example of the typical favoritism that tends to follow the football team. Had it been any “average” resident of Baton Rouge, the arrest and prosecution would have taken place with little to no media attention. However, since the football players are involved, the District Attorney decides to bring the case before a grand jury for indictment to save
his elected status so he doesn’t look like the bad guy.” -Anonymous
“I believe ANY athlete who is indicted for ANY crime that could carry a jail term needs to be kept off the team until such time as he/ she is found not guilty by a jury of their peers. Red shirting the athlete would protect their eligibility provided they are found not guilty. No athlete should have the honor of playing for and representing a university with that hanging in the background. Let the athlete keep the scholarship, but red shirt him.” -Anonymous “If he would have just sat him down he would have been punishing him more for something he
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likely didn’t do. Boos would have come in whether Jefferson played in the ﬁrst or third quarter for the ﬁrst time. I’m glad those that are ruling in judgment are without sin. To me, this is just a displeasure for the fact that one player is loved more than the other because he’s done well in the last 5 weeks - with a twist that one was accused of injuring someone and lost all their hard work during the off season. It’s best that we move on now, the likely event of Jefferson being found not guilty is very high. By continuing to debate this, we are injuring what I think is an innocent person. For those that’s never faced a misdemeanor before - you better go look at the last speeding or nonmoving violation you paid - Guess what, that was a misdemeanor!
Cast that stone!!!” -Anonymous “Miles has lost control of his locker room if his players are breaking curfew, violently attacking people in public, and tweeting temper tantrums to the people whose dollars keep the SEC aﬂoat. Fans have a right to boo their dissatisfaction with a team or a player on the team. A good coach would be teaching these boys how to manage both the applause and the boos; if Miles were doing that, there would be no need for this article.” -Anonymous
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Pell Grant cuts reflect D.C.’s slash-happy nature
Like most things, education is becoming more expensive. For those of us with humble roots and little to no parental patronage, scaling the social strata is becoming an increasingly costly proposition. This is where the Pell Grant comes in. Unbeknownst to most of its recipients, the federal government’s largest grant program has gone through a series of changes and now ﬁnds itself on the chopping block again. Setting the stage for conservatives’ slash-happy budgetary battle with President Obama this fall, House Republicans have unveiled a spending bill that will fund the Department XERXES A. WILSON of Education Columnist along with the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services. In a budget proposal, which was issued earlier this week, Republicans proposed cutting funding for the Federal Pell Grant along with aid bound for minority serving schools. For those fortunate enough not to know what a Pell Grant is, the grant is a semesterly stipend issued by the federal government to cover exact costs of education for families with ﬁnancial need as determined by the FAFSA. While the bill will maintain the maximum Pell Grant
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appropriation, it trims eligibility and reduces the number of years students can receive the grant. Overall, the Department of Education would see a $2.4 billion decrease, according to the American Council on Education. The bill can be seen as a list of demands, as House Republicans will likely roll it into a larger spending measure to ﬁnance a number of spending measures. What’s troubling about this is many, myself included, thought Pell Grants were safe from further cutting following the great debt ceiling debacle of 2011. There is undoubtedly a culture of cut in Washington, best evidenced by other sections of the same bill that completely cut funding to Title X of the Public Health Service Act, which provides family planning services to more than 5 million citizens, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. But I must question our priorities when Pell Grants and family planning are at the top of a weak list of reforms. Republican leadership said the bill will cut “wasteful spending.” I’ll concede waste is likely rampant within the Department of Education and every other plush Washington bureaucracy, but giving the most unfortunate students a way that they can break a cycle of poverty hardly ﬁts this category. Perhaps one positive from having an intricate federal budget is there is much room for reductions, but our priorities, I’m afraid,
are askew. With urgent reforms required in Social Security, still-booming defense spending and lingering tax loopholes, there are other cuts — and revenues — that must be considered when culling savings from social programs. At our University, almost 20 percent of students, including myself, require the assistance of a Pell Grant, according to the Ofﬁce of External Affairs. The Pell Grant is the backbone of college aid for those with documentable ﬁnancial need. It’s critically important for out-of-state students who see incredible fees levied at colleges across their home state’s border.
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This is especially true when their home state has no blank check aid program like TOPS, which, unlike Pell, funds the needy and rich without discretion for need. I understand there are those out there who will gnash their teeth upon reading this and rage at the thought of defending such a redistribution of wealth. Unfortunately, there is no empathy grant to allow such people to appreciate the different circumstances and paths into which we are all aimlessly injected.
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“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations.”
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HEAD to HEAD Did Apple drop the ball with iPhone 4S, keynote speech? Taylor Balkom: Apple’s “Let’s Talk iPhone” event started in typical fashion, showing how much it is currently and will be kicking its competition’s ass. OS X Lion has managed to sell 6 million copies since its launch in July. It took 20 weeks for Windows 7 to hit 10 percent of Window’s install base — it took Lion two weeks. Apple’s Mac platform has grown by 23 percent in the last year. PC has only grown four. Apple is quickly approaching 60 million users across TAYLOR BALKOM the globe, and has grabbed Entertainment close to a quarter of the Writer market share as of August 2011. In the portable music player market, the iPod owns a 78 percent market share, selling more than 300 million players since 2001. The iPad is also dominating the tablet market, making up 74 percent of all tablets sold. There are ofﬁcially more than 250 million iOS devices on the market today. Adam Arinder: While that’s all ﬁne and dandy, at the end of the day, Apple continues to be Apple. The company, which thrives on the herd mentality, will be making a killing later this month without having to do any real work. Upgrade a few things, convince millions to buy it, make money — sounds like a great business strategy to me. However, Tim Cook just didn’t bring the same energy to the keynote as former CEO Steve Jobs and his turtleneck did. Jobs was a brilliant marketer and could sell water to a ﬁsh. He made Apple what it is today, one hyperbole and overpriced iThing at a time. This keynote was much bigger than an iPhone event. It showed an underlying theme in the direction I see Apple going in the future. And if you’re an Apple follower, things aren’t looking too bright.
Friends. Instead of “checking in” to places on Facebook, you can easily see the locations of iPhone owners who have opted to use the service. While this may seem like just another way to stalk, it’s actually pretty useful if you get separated from a group. Imagine you’re at a festival of some sort and you go to the restroom. Instead of calling your friends to ﬁnd out their location, just open the app and you can see them on ADAM ARINDER Google Maps. Columnist Adam: Creepy, yet effective. However, not as creepy as Apple’s main highlight of the keynote — a voice-recognition application called Siri. How about you discuss Siri, Taylor? Taylor: “I’m afraid I can’t do that, Adam.” Siri will inevitably kill you, much like the self-aware computer HAL9000 in “2001: A Space Odyssey.” But until then, it’s a pretty advanced voice-command application. You can ask things like “How’s the weather?” and get weather stats pulled up on your phone. Even cooler, you can simply ask “Do I need an umbrella for today?” and Siri will answer whether or not it’s raining. It can also do dictation, and take commands like “Wake me up tomorrow at 6 a.m.” or “Remind me to call Rodger tomorrow.”
Adam: While Siri is an impressive piece of tech, the overall iPhone keynote was a huge letdown. The jump from the iPhone 3GS to the iPhone 4 truly was a huge technological advancement in terms of hardware and software. Unfortunately, the jump from the 4 to the 4S is insigniﬁcant. The only changes, as Tayphoto courtesy of THE ASSOCIATED PRESS lor mentioned, are an improved camera and a faster processor. Apple spent too Apple’s new CEO, Tim Cook, unveils iPhone 4S Tuesday at Apple’s main headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. much time showing Siri off to try and Taylor: Hey, settle down now. One conconvince people this new phone is relevant and ference doesn’t mean the ship is sinking. Cook did Adam: But, Taylor, how could you forget about Ap- should be bought. what he was supposed to do: not screw up. No one will However, with few improvements it should be just ever be able to replace the magic of a Jobs keynote, and we ple’s new main moneymaker app, Cards? After the newly know that. But I can guarantee Jobs handed Cook a white appointed Cook spoke his piece, Senior Vice President of left on store shelves — especially if you already have an leatherbound book containing the next four versions of the iOS Software Scott Forstall took the stage to talk about iPhone 4. iPhone and everything he needed to know. Cook just isn’t Cards. Joining the Apple app powerhouse of iMovie and Taylor: I wouldn’t suggest paying an early-termination used to running the ship yet. For now, small updates to a GarageBand, Cards will allow all iPhone users to create greetings cards to mail to their loved ones. fee to upgrade from the iPhone 4 to the 4S, but if you’re great design are all they need. Suck it, Hallmark. still running on a 3GS, I would deﬁnitely switch. Everyone Jobs trusts Cook to continue making Apple great — he I jest. Cards is a cute gimmick, but Forstall’s main con- was hoping for the iPhone 5, but Apple is sticking to the wouldn’t have hired him otherwise. tribution to the keynote is the introducing the world to iOS design of the 4, which is not a bad thing. The phone is simply gorgeous, even if it’s prone to Adam: While Apple has made a killing with all of its 5. The new slick operating system for all iDevices launches iDevices, the main reason people ﬂocked to Apple’s main on October 12 boasting many features already available on more cracked glass than other phones. There’s an old sayheadquarters in Cupertino, Calif. — as well as crashing other platforms. A new drop-down notiﬁcation system a la ing: if it ain’t broke, don’t ﬁx it. And the iPhone 4’s design multiple websites online — was to see the unveiling of the Google’s Android. A new messaging system called iMes- deﬁnitely isn’t broken. Apple gave its baby a zippier pronew iPhone. With rumors swirling around the net based on sage — allowing users of any iOS device to quickly com- cessor, a phenomenal camera and crazy voice-recognition speculation as well as the “lost” prototype from earlier this municate to each other — similar to BlackBerry’s BBM. software, which is plenty enough for me. summer, everyone was itching for the illustrious iPhone 5. Finally, a deeper Twitter integration rounds out some of the Adam Arinder is a 22-year-old communication studies You’d think after nearly a year and a half since the re- key features promoted by Forstall for iOS 5. senior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_ lease of the iPhone 4, Apple would have something “magiTaylor: Like Steve Jobs once said, Apple may not be aarinder. cal” and “revolutionary” planned for all of its followers. Unfortunately for Apple fans everywhere, the house that the ﬁrst at doing something, but it does it the best. Taylor Balkom is a 19-year-old mass communication Jobs built unveiled nothing but disappointment. Adam: No more Jobs hyperboles, please. He’s gone sophomore from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @ Taylor: To the disappointment of myself and Apple — it’s Cook’s show now. But if Apple is the “best” at mak- taybalkom. fans everywhere, all we got was the iPhone 4S — the same ing things, the company may have surpassed Facebook as design we know and love with a faster processor, better providing easy tools to stalk your friends. Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at graphics, new camera and crazy voice-recognition app, Taylor: Oh yes, we couldn’t forget about Find My email@example.com Siri.
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Other notable speakers include former Honduran President Carlos Flores, a University graduate, and Bob Wright, former chairman and CEO of NBC Universal. But students said they care more about the message a speaker conveys than a speaker’s credentials or position. Austin Wong, biological engineering freshman, said he envisions hearing “an average Joe” who has done something inspirational, like the people featured on “CNN Heroes.” “[I’d like to see] someone who’s made it in life and someone who doesn’t take life too seriously,” Wong said. Maria Aguirre, international trade and finance freshman, said a celebrity could be “too showy,” but a politician might speak for too long. She said she’d rather see someone outgoing and funny. Humor appears to be a theme that resonates among students. Kevin Wood, mechanical engineering junior, said his ideal graduation speaker would be Seth MacFarlene, the creator of the comedic cartoons “Family Guy,” “American
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community involvement,” said Capt. Cory Lalonde, LSUPD spokesman. “We depend on [community involvement],” Haire said. “We’re not going to get mad if you call us. It’s our job.” She said LSUPD has many methods of measuring the effectiveness of its police force, but Clery Act reports are good for comparisons to other universities. Compared to other Southeastern Conference schools’ statistics, the University saw fewer crimes on campus in 2010. LSUPD reported 13 burglaries on campus, but schools like the University of Georgia reported 82. The University of South Carolina had 87 cases. The University also saw fewer liquor law violations — excluding
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Former President Jimmy Carter delivered the commencement speech at the University on May 20, 1994, and also received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
Dad” and “The Cleveland Show.” Gabriela Rivera, marketing freshman, said even a student who is social, involved in a multitude of activities and speaks well would make a good commencement speaker. Cole Cowart, biological sciences freshman, said he’d like to hear a speaker aligned with his faith. He said a speech could perhaps centered on a Bible verse, like
John 16:33, which is about persevering in rocky circumstances. “I would like to hear a spiritual speech,” Cowart said. The Chancellor’s Office has already urged Student Government, the Faculty Senate and the Staff Senate to submit nominations.
DUIs and public drunkenness — than USC, the University of Alabama and the University of Tennessee, among many other SEC schools that reported high volumes. Alabama reported 533 violations, Tennessee had 667 and USC had the most with 875. LSU reported 102 violations. Forcible sex offenses remained high, however, with five reported incidents on the University campus. Some universities reported higher numbers, with 10 incidents at Vanderbilt University, nine at Alabama and eight at the University of Kentucky. LSU was second only to UGA and USC in motor vehicle thefts, with 13 reports. Many universities reported hate crimes, including LSU with one hate crime through vandalism. UGA reported the most with three incidents, and the University of
Florida, the University of Arkansas, Vanderbilt and Kentucky each reported one. The report does not cover every incident of crime on campus because the Clery Act has specific and selective requirements, but Lalonde said the report is a fair representation of campus safety. In accordance with Clery Act laws, all higher education institutions must release crime reports by Oct. 1 of each year. The annual report also focused on fire safety at residential facilities, including emergency evacuation areas, number of drills per year and number of fires. Four fires were reported in 2010 at Highland Hall, Nicholson Apartments and the Business Residential College West.
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