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Q&A: Better Than Ezra puts a rock spin on tailgating tunes, p. 10
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Grad student alleges sexual abuse by faculty member Restraining order issued Monday Brian Sibille Staff Writer
A restraining order was issued against a University employee Monday after a graduate student accused him of burglary, harassment and extensive sexual abuse. Marc Boudreaux, assistant director of biotechnology and molecular medicine at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, has been ordered by the Family Court of East Baton Rouge to refrain from all forms of contact with Elizabeth Lum, animal science
graduate student. In the restraining order, Lum said Boudreaux broke into her apartment Friday and stole two laptops and a journal. She also accused him of sexual, physical and emotional abuse, occurring in 2009 and 2010. Lum said BOUDREAUX she began working in the BioMMED lab, where Boudreaux is the assistant director, in 2008. She said a relationship with Boudreaux began in late 2009 and became sexual by March 2010. Lum said she later attempted to
end the relationship after learning a woman once employed by Boudreaux was living with him, but she said he threatened to jeopardize her job and educational progress if their relationship ended. Lum told The Daily Reveille on Sunday that Boudreaux would say things like, “You can’t ﬁnish your Ph.D. without me.” Boudreaux then demanded she move into his residence, forcing her to engage in numerous sexual acts with him and the woman also living with him, Lum said. She said Boudreaux would also send her sexually explicit text messages. Lum’s petition for protection also cited physical abuse, stating Boudreaux would shove her down steps, spit on her and blow his nose
on her. She said he also forced her to cook and clean for him. The order cites additional abuse including Boudreaux forcing Lum to move the other woman into an apartment without help and write the woman’s scholarship application essays. Lum said she attempted to move out multiple times, but Boudreaux would threaten her and later promise that “things would be different.” She said Boudreaux convinced her he was the only reason she was able to keep her job at the BioMMED lab, saying other staff members doubted her ability and intelligence. “I was not myself,” Lum said, explaining he once convinced her
What lies beneath
she was the cause of the problems. As all of this was occurring, harassment also took place on campus in the BioMMED lab, she said. Lum said Boudreaux would approach her in the lab in the presence of other employees and address her attempts to move out of his residence and end communication with him. Lum said Boudreaux went to her adviser and the BioMMED staff claiming she was “crazy” and unﬁt to continue her job. She said she ﬁnally left Boudreaux’s residence and ended the relationship in September 2010 after informing friends of the abuse. FACULTY, see page 4
Tunnel steam system under Quad powers surrounding buildings
Inspiring tales as old as Himes Hall, the tunnel system buildings in the Quad, but we do have other tunnels that come lurking below the sunny and well-traversed Quad has spurred off of that and come out of the Power House that serve addistudent curiosity and decades of urban legends. tional areas on campus,” Mayne said. Drafted into the original campus plans by Theodore Link, The Quad tunnel reaches the Pentagon community, snakes the master planner and architect for the Univerbehind Hill Memorial Library and goes out tosity, the oldest tunnels were installed with the ward the Journalism and Cox Communications Morgan Searles rest of the Quad around 1927, according to Jim buildings. Staff Writer Mayne, associate director of Utility Services. A tunnel leading to the Law Center is one The tunnels are responsible for transporting steam, natural of the newer portions, running from the Power House directly gas, chill water, some domestic water, sewage and drainage to to the Art Building, then down South Campus Drive to Highand from buildings and the campus Power House. land Road, running north to the Law Center. Mayne said the tunnels’ original concept was centered on At one time, steam came from that tunnel to the University providing steam and heat to buildings. TUNNELS, see page 4 “Originally that small set of tunnels did service the
1924 tunnel blueprint showing aerial view of the Quad
blueprint courtesy of JIM MAYNE; photos by MORGAN SEARLES / The Daily Reveille
[Left] An original blueprint drawn in 1924 shows the tunnel system that runs underneath the Quad. [Top] A ladder leads into the tunnels, and [bottom] pipes carry steam power to buildings. Watch a video of a trip through the tunnels and read an Out of Print blog about the experience at lsureveille.com.
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Nation & World
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Libyan officials struggle to control information flow, propaganda
‘Kudzu bug’ threatens to eat US farmers’ lunch: soybean crops
Snake farm owner pleads guilty to animal cruelty to 17 dogs, five cats
TRIPOLI, Libya — The celebratory gunﬁre was deafening as reports spread that Moammar Gadhaﬁ’s son Muatassim had been captured. The problem is, Libyan ofﬁcials say, it wasn’t true. Libya’s new rulers have found it hard to control the ﬂow of information in a country that was run by one man for more than four decades. Fighters often tell a different story than ofﬁcials in Tripoli, reﬂecting the uprising’s lack of organization. Propaganda also has been used by both sides in the brutal conﬂict. UK may launch Parliament security overhaul after Murdoch pie attack
BLACKVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Kudzu — the “plant that ate the South” — has ﬁnally met a pest that’s just as voracious. Trouble is, the socalled “kudzu bug” is also fond of a crop that is big money for American farmers: soybeans. Rather than feeding on the pods or leaves, as corn ear worms and common stinkbugs do, kudzu bugs attack the stems and leaf petioles, literally draining the life out of the soybeans. The bug is still too new for experts to have come up with the most effective spraying regimen. Sheriff: DNA testing provides leads in effort to identify serial killer’s victims
LONDON (AP) — The speaker of Britain’s House of Commons says a pie attack on media mogul Rupert Murdoch at a parliamentary committee hearing could lead to permanent security changes. An activist launched a shaving foam pie at Murdoch, 80, inside the Houses of Parliament in July as Murdoch testiﬁed about Britain’s tabloid phone hacking scandal. Visitors in the future may face new restrictions during high proﬁle events, including restrictions on the type of items they can bring into Parliament.
CHICAGO (AP) — A sheriff whose ofﬁce exhumed the skeletal remains of eight of serial killer John Wayne Gacy’s never-identiﬁed victims said Monday that dozens of families of men who disappeared during the 1970s have come forward for DNA testing. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said about 70 families contacted the department through its website or by calling detectives since last week’s announcement that the remains had been exhumed. Gacy killed at least 33 young men between 1972 and his arrest in late 1978.
OBERLIN (AP) — A former Oakdale snake farm owner has been sentenced to jail for cruelty to animals, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Monday. Allen Parish sheriff’s deputies got a warrant in March 2010 to search the home of David Beauchemin and his wife after getting a complaint that a dog turned over to their Happy Hounds Rescue had been advertised for sale on the Internet. Deputies booked them with cruelty to 17 dogs and ﬁve cats taken from their property. Wildlife agents cited the Beauchemins with 22 counts of illegally possessing pythons over 12 feet in length. Work on new main East Baton Rouge Parish library to begin Wednesday
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Clemson University doctoral student Nick Seiter shows a sweep net filled with “kudzu bugs” caught in a test plot Sept. 30 in Blackville, S.C.
Halloween billboard ad depicting hanged man offends black residents PITTSBURGH (AP) — Some black residents of a Pittsburgh community have complained that an image of a hanged man on a billboard advertising a Halloween attraction is offensive. The billboard is for the Haunted Hayloft in Somerset, about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Owner Elizabeth Svonavec says that she never meant to offend anyone and that there’s a story behind the picture: Two white men were hanged in Somerset in 1893 for killing a farmer.
(AP) — After years of public debate and several design changes, construction of a new main library for East Baton Rouge Parish is about to get under way. The Advocate reports a groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled Wednesday to mark the formal start of the $35.4 million project, which will see the library on Goodwood Boulevard replaced by a facility nearly twice as large to the north of its location.
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Students, fans gobble up Honey Badger T-shirts Local vendors sell fan-favorite shirts Austen Krantz Contributing Writer
The honey badger takes what he wants, but right now University students want his T-shirts. The online collegiate clothing store Tiger District has seen an increasing number of LSU football fans searching for purple and gold honey badger T-shirts since it started making the shirt in September. Tiger District’s shirt portrays a smug honey badger cradling a football while striking the Heisman pose, with the phrase “Honey badger takes what he wants” printed on it. The shirt borrows from the YouTube video sensation that follows a determined honey badger running amok, killing snakes and other animals for food despite incurring various scrapes, bruises and poisonous bites. Fans soon bestowed the title “Honey Badger” upon LSU football player Tyrann Mathieu, generally because he takes what he wants on the field, including tackles and interceptions. Accounting sophomore Max Smith thinks people like the shirt largely because of its clever design as well as Mathieu’s potential to win the Heisman Trophy. “It pretty much sums up what Tyrann does on the field,” Smith said. “People want that on
their shirt.” Other businesses produced similar honey-badger-related shirts but violated NCAA rules by specifically associating their T-shirts with Mathieu. “Player-specific shirts are a big no-no with the NCAA,” said Jared Loftus, owner of Tiger District. “It’s strictly prohibited to make money off of a player.” Loftus said Ti g e r District works to design clever and relevant clothing and developed the shirt to depict honey badger Internet sensation, not a specific football player. “It was a big deal before anyone was using the term honey badger for a football player at LSU,” Loftus said. “It just made sense to put it out there.” Loftus explained the company originally planned to print two dozen of these shirts to see how they would sell. He failed to anticipate how popular the shirt would become. “The next thing you know it turned into a much bigger deal than we could have ever imagined,” Loftus said. “Every day
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we think it’s going to die down it doesn’t.” Since the shirt’s creation, it has gotten nods from CBS, Sports Illustrated and ESPN, Loftus said. “Those honey badger Tshirts floating around LSU’s campus are easily the best in the sport right now,” wrote ESPN’s Edward Ashcoff in a recent ESPN. com article. “ H e r e ally does take what he wants.” While Loftus anticipates similar shirts to emerge from various vendors, he believes Tiger District was the first in the market to establish a successful honey badger shirt. This isn’t the first example of clever shirts circulating through the University community. Storyville’s “Nick Saban is a douche” shirt exploded in popularity in 2007 as a result of the University of Alabama-LSU rivalry and LSU fans’ dislike for Alabama head coach Nick Saban. “That was before everyone and their mother had an anti-Saban shirt,” said Storyville
owner Josh Harvey. The shirt bore the date “11.3.07,” the date of first game between LSU and Alabama since Nick Saban jumped to the Crimson Tide. Many LSU fans wore the shirt to the game in Tuscaloosa, where the Tigers beat Alabama in a close 41-34 contest. Harvey explained many popular Storyville shirts began as custom prints for specific customers that grew in popularity. In
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Online shopping to benefit nonprofits Meredith Will Contributing Writer
Louisiana nonprofit organization HOPE Ministries joined 29 other nonprofits to create an online shopping mall to benefit the local economy and community. The site, called Louisiana Community Marketplace, allows more than 100 companies to sell their products through a single portal. Janet Simmons, director of operations and social enterprise of HOPE Ministries, said the website is growing daily and includes companies like Target, Amazon and Expedia. Simmons said more than $4 billion leaves Louisiana each year in online purchases. The goal of Louisiana Community Marketplace is to bring some of this money back into the community. HOPE Ministries has been working on LCM since 2009 and launched the website Aug. 25 during the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organization’s annual conference. Simmons said the 30 nonprofit organizations involved include HOPE Ministries, Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Special Olympics Louisiana and the Louisiana 4-H Foundation. The purchases made through LCM bring money back into the community by donating a percentage of the purchase price to nonprofits. Simmons said HOPE Ministries expects the average to be approximately 5 percent per store. Louisiana 4-H Foundation Director Eric Eskew said the decision to join the Louisiana Community Marketplace was a “no-brainer.” He said the money donated to the Louisiana 4-H Foundation ultimately benefits the local community, which has more than 50,000 children participating in 4-H across the state. If people change their spending habits and use the Louisiana Community Marketplace, Eskew said there will be more money going to help people in Louisiana. “You could help a lot of nonprofits, which would ultimately benefit the community,” he said. Simmons said the Louisiana Community Marketplace is endorsed by the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations and the Capital Area United Way. Exxon Mobil Corp. is a key sponsor of LCM. She said HOPE Ministries plans for each nonprofit to have its own sponsors. Contact Meredith Will at firstname.lastname@example.org
TUNNELS, from page 1
Laboratory School but that portion of the system has been replaced, Mayne said. However, steam still runs to the Law Center through the tunnel, as well as to the Faculty Club. In some areas the underground piping runs through trench-sized tunnels rather than walkable passages, like one that runs across Highland Road to Grace King Hall. Mayne said students have long been intrigued by the underground tunnel system. “It was popular for students to try to get in the tunnels when ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ was popular,” he said. “My wife attended LSU in the 1970s, and it was one of the challenges of her friends to go down in tunnels and come up in the Parade Ground.” Mayne said the consequences for being caught in the tunnels can include expulsion because it is a restricted area, but he hadn’t heard of anyone being expelled for that reason in his six years working for the University. Popular rumors have circulated, including stories that tunnels run from the University to the State Capitol, supposedly so former Louisiana governor Huey P. Long could exit a football game without competing with traffic. Mayne said this and all other rumors he’s heard are not true. “I can assure you that is not the case, and no tunnel runs from here to downtown,” he said. “There are a lot of things between here and there a tunnel couldn’t get through.” Students have also spread stories about tunnels connecting dorms, but Mayne assured that would also be impossible since most of the dorms don’t have tunnels going into them, and a person
FACULTY, from page 1
Lum said she was alienated from her friends and family while living with Boudreaux. Lum’s original request for a restraining order on Friday was denied because of insufficient allegations. Her apartment was broken into that same day, leading Lum to believe Boudreaux was the culprit. She filed a new request Monday, which was granted after the alleged break-in. She said she found her apartment door ajar around 5:30 p.m. on Friday and discovered the unit had been trashed, with the word “bitch” written on a wall and a bathroom mirror. Lum said her laptop, her current boyfriend’s laptop and a journal were taken — all containing information she said is “incriminating evidence” against Boudreaux in a sexual-harassment complaint filed with the Vet School’s human resources department. Vet School Director of Public Relations Ginger Guttner said the school cannot comment on the allegations and restraining order because it’s a personnel issue. The restraining order is in effect until Oct. 26, when a court case will be held to determine further legal action. Contact Brian Sibille at email@example.com
can’t go from the tunnel to the inside of a building. Mayne said the only animals living and breeding in the underbelly of the University are cats and rats, but he personally hasn’t seen either. Areas of campus that are not powered by utilities run through the tunnels have direct buried pipes with steam lines buried into the ground, which provides better insulation. Spencer Harbin, psychology and history senior, said he has friends who have traveled through the tunnels. “I heard they were old military tunnels,” Harbin said. “I’d really like to go down there just to see where they go, but I think they have some of the entrances blocked off.” Justin Overman, history
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 senior, said he heard the tunnels ran underneath Tiger Stadium. “I’d want to go down there, but knowing my luck I’d get caught,” he said. For safety issues, most tunnel entrances and exits remain unlocked. Mayne said it’s possible for a gasket to blow or a steam line to fail and cause a maintenance worker to need a quick escape. “There’s nothing pleasant down there, and I don’t know why people would want to go. I don’t even go down there unless I have to,” he said. Problems within the system are unusual and are generally indicated by the loud sound of steam leaking or plumes of steam coming from the tunnels. Workers check the tunnels for problems at least once a quarter,
identifying small leaks. A large repair project by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, a federal government stimulus package, will solve a larger steam-leak issue by reinstalling piping. Mayne said steam clouds can be seen in areas in front of Blake Hall and around East Laville and West Laville Halls, caused by a condensate leak, although the steam line is in good shape. “Water contacts the steam line and steam boils off the line, sort of like spitting on an iron,” he said. Mayne said the leak costs the University around $200 a day, but the loss is only in condensate, not energy. Contact Morgan Searles at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Lonergan expected to practice this week Mark Clements Sports Writer
After shuffling the offensive line the last two weeks, LSU hoped to gain some strength back Monday with the return of junior center P.J. Lonergan. LSU coach Les Miles said he expected Lonergan, who went down with a left leg injury in the Oct. 8 trouncing of Florida, to practice Monday. Senior offensive lineman T-Bob Hebert, who has seen action at multiple positions across the offensive line in his LSU career, filled in for Lonergan the past two games. Miles said senior guard Will Blackwell is the third-string center if both Hebert and Lonergan are unavailable.
against the Wildcats, 15 against Florida the following week and 29 snaps — 42 percent of the plays — against Tennessee on Saturday.
RUN GAME SOLIDIFIES WIN AGAIN The Tigers rushed the ball 52 times against Tennessee on Saturday, amassing 260 yards on the ground while throwing just 17 passes. In every game this season, LSU has rushed for more than 100 yards in the second half of the game to secure the win. “I think in every game there are a number of snaps that every defense plays very fresh,” Miles said. “When you exceed that number of snaps, no matter how good your defense is, it is a wearing effect. You see that in
QUARTERBACKS, see page 7
DEFENSE see page 7
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LSU senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson [left] looks for an open receiver, and senior quarterback Jarrett Lee [right] points out defenders Saturday during the Tigers’ 38-7 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville, Tenn.
Seniors Jefferson, Lee embrace Miles’ two-quarterback system
Hunter Paniagua Sports Writer
An old football adage says if a team plays two quarterbacks, then it doesn’t have one it can rely on.
But according to LSU players, that doesn’t apply to the Tigers’ two senior quarterbacks. Players have continually pledged their allegiance to both quarterbacks as the LSU offense has turned back toward the
two-quarterback system it ran in 2010. Jordan Jefferson has seen an increase in snaps in every game since his reinstatement before the matchup against Kentucky. Jefferson received seven snaps
Stampley, Copeland prove that ‘the fullback isn’t dead’ Offensive players are ‘great assets’ Chris Abshire Sports Writer
While the national spotlight continues to shine on LSU’s running backs for their bruising play, another part of the Tiger backfield is leaving its stamp on opposing defenders this fall. Offensive linemen credit the runners for hitting the hole and running backs always thank the offensive line for the open lanes, but fullbacks tend to be
an afterthought. Not at LSU, where the fullbacks, led by senior James Stampley and sophomore J.C. Copeland, have helped LSU rack up 194 rushing yards per game and 20 touchdowns on the ground against top-flight competition through seven weeks. Senior center P.J. Lonergan said the fullbacks work as an extension of the offensive line in the Tiger offense. “We treat the fullback spot like a sixth lineman — that’s how much respect we have for them,” Lonergan said. “They’re reacting based on our reads and schemes. Those guys are great assets.”
Stampley has been the mainstay at the position in recent years. He began his LSU career as a walk-on in 2009, starting seven games and earning playing time in 22 games before coach Les Miles awarded him a scholarship prior to this season. Despite being slightly undersized at 5-foot-10 and 240 pounds, Stampley, who has received the majority of snaps at fullback this season, is considered to be the hardest hitter on the team by teammates, and he doesn’t shy away from the game’s physical nature. FULLBACKS, see page 7
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LSU senior fullback James Stampley (35) walks down the field during warm-ups Saturday prior to LSU’s 38-7 win over Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Football’s elite continue to suppress the middle class BODY SHOTS
ROB LANDRY Sports columnist Leaving Neyland Stadium Saturday evening was a group of 35 or 40 people walking through downtown Knoxville, Tenn. attempting to recreate the Occupy Wall Street movement. Their march began around 8 p.m. Saturday following the game, when the banks were closed and the only people still in the downtown area were those looking for their cars to head home. They paraded on the sidewalk with signs, banging drums and chanting about the power of the people. The effort intended to show that the middle class could stand up and take down the nation’s elite, but the march lacked the brains and talent to be even the least bit effective. Ironically enough, the same thing happened to the Tennessee Volunteers that afternoon in their 387 loss to LSU. The Volunteers came into the game motivated and played valiantly. They kept the score tied, 0-0, after the ﬁrst quarter. But then LSU’s superior talent
and coaching kicked in. Senior cornerback Morris Claiborne picked off Tennessee senior quarterback Matt Simms on the LSU 6-yard line and returned in 89 yards to the Tennessee 5-yard line. The Tigers scored two plays later and never looked back. LSU posted 383 total yards of offense, including three touchdown passes from senior quarterback Jarrett Lee. Tennessee still managed 239 yards of offense, an impressive feat considering its seemingly never-ending injury list. Star sophomore receiver Justin Hunter was out with an ACL tear, sophomore quarterback Tyler Bray broke the thumb on his throwing hand and junior linebacker Herman Lathers missed the game due to an ankle injury. Senior running back Tauren Poole fought through a hamstring injury and carried the ball 19 times for 70 yards and a touchdown. Simms — after being thrust into the starting role following Bray’s injury — turned in a lackluster 6-for20 day, with just 128 yards and two interceptions. Simms didn’t light the world on ﬁre, but his mistakes only led to
seven LSU points. But sometimes a gritty effort gets rewarded with nothing more than a kick while you’re down. That’s what happened to Tennessee. Poole played through pain and Simms returned to action just as the Volunteers hit their toughest stretch of the season — playing LSU and Alabama back-to-back. Things have gotten so rough in Knoxville that Tennessee coach Derek Dooley’s mom has had to call in radio shows to defend her son’s job. Now the Volunteers get to face the No. 2 team in the country in Alabama, who comes in fresh off a 52-7 dismantling of Ole Miss. The Rebels jumped out to a 7-0 lead on the ﬁrst possession of the game. Alabama then scored 52 consecutive points. Junior running back Trent Richardson exploded for 183 yards on 17 carries and four touchdowns for the Crimson Tide. The backbreaker came on a 76-yard touchdown rush in which Richardson bobbed and weaved his way through Rebel defenders. The entire Ole Miss offense gained 141 yards — 72 of which
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Alabama running back Trent Richardson runs into the end zone Oct. 12 for one of his three touchdowns against Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss.
came on the opening drive. Both LSU and Alabama found ways to kill its opponent’s will to live, slowly and steadily. College football’s rich just keep on getting richer and the have-nots continue to be left out in the cold marching alone. No matter how hard the underprivileged ﬁght, sometimes it just isn’t enough to make much of a difference in the long run.
Sometimes you just end up chanting at empty buildings while the elite that work inside it are out enjoying the spoils of their successes. Rob Landry is a 23-year-old mass communication senior from Mandeville. Follow him on Twitter @RobLandry85. Contact Rob Landry at email@example.com
Multi-sport backgrounds help Tigers hone gridiron skills
Scott Branson Sports Contributor
For some LSU football players, high school was spent playing more sports than just football. Sophomore defensive end Sam Montgomery entered Greenwood High School in Greenwood, S.C. primarily playing basketball. During his junior year, Montgomery added football to his repertoire and played both until he graduated. His accomplishments in basketball led him to play alongside future ﬁrstoverall NBA draft pick John Wall. Montgomery said playing basketball with Wall helped improve his overall athleticism. “He made me learn how to dribble and do ﬁnesse moves and learn how to pass and shoot,” Montgomery said. “He made me expand my game to the next level.” Montgomery said he had success when he had to play against
Wall but wouldn’t fare so well now. “Back in the day, before John became as good as he is, I could take him to the hole,” Montgomery said. “Nine times out of 10, John would use the mid-range jump shot. Besides that, in the post and with all the rebounds, I beat him up down there.” Montgomery said he nearly went to North Carolina to play basketball and football, but he chose LSU to focus on football and “the old-fashioned tradition of the LSU defense.” Junior cornerback Morris Claiborne said although Montgomery is good on the basketball court, he wouldn’t be scared to play his teammate one-on-one. “I would rock his world,” Claiborne said. Claiborne kept himself busy at Fair Park High School in Shreveport by playing all the sports he could. He said staying active in
high school aided his college football career. “I played basketball, football, track, tennis and baseball,” Claiborne said. “I hated going home right after school so I really had to be involved in something. I think that really helped with football.” Junior wide receiver Rueben Randle said the other sport he played at Bastrop High School in Bastrop, La. didn’t help much with football, but it didn’t keep him from enjoying it. “Baseball was my No.1 sport coming up,” Randle said. “It was the sport I played starting as a 3-year-old playing teeball and then on up to high school.” Randle played shortstop for his high school baseball team and was scouted by several MLB teams
before choosing to play football in college. He said he ultimately chose football because of the excitement of making plays in front of a big crowd, but enjoyed being scouted. “I remember the Rockies coming to a game, the Cubs and the Angels, and some other teams I can’t remember,” Randle said. “It was a great experience for me, and I really appreciated the scouts coming out and giving me an opportunity.” Sophomore defensive end Barkevious Mingo participated in basketball and track at West Monroe High School in West Monroe, La. and said doing both helped him have success in football. “I think basketball deﬁnitely helped my athleticism and the track helped my speed,” Mingo said. “I had the most success at football so
I ﬁgured I would just ride that one out. It led me here and this is a great place to be.”
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011 QUARTERBACKS, from page 5
“The diversity of attack with both quarterbacks is what we want,” said LSU coach Les Miles. “That certainly will give defensive coordinators issues as they prepare calls and formation attacks. ... I think it should continue.” To this point, Jefferson’s action has primarily come in the running game. Of the 51 snaps he received, Jefferson only attempted seven passes — completing four for 69 yards — and carried the ball 22 times. Jefferson ran the ball 14 times against Tennessee for 73 yards and has racked up 109 rushing yards this season. Junior wide receiver Russell Shepard said he noticed a difference in defenses when Jefferson enters the game. “They expect run,” Shepard said. “We want them to start doing that. Jordan’s one of the premier passers in the [Southeastern Conference]. He has a very talented
FULLBACKS, from page 5
“Contact is my favorite part of this game,” said Stampley, who has broken his own facemask 17 times in gameplay. “I feel like I have to let the defense know what kind of game it’s going to be every time out.” Senior lineman Will Blackwell said Stampley’s fearless blocks are reassuring sights for the guys in the trenches. “We’ve been watching him hit guys in practice every day. To see him do it in a game is always impressive,” Blackwell said. “We love the physicality of the game, and to have a fullback that enjoys it maybe more than the offensive line does, it’s an honor to have James back there.” Miles, who is notorious for fancying a smashmouth brand of football, said Stampley has been a consummate teammate in the Tiger uniform. “He is exactly what college
and live arm. So if they continue the ﬁeld,” Miles said. “As long as to do that, we’ll go to our other it’s a perceived strength, I don’t phase, and that’s to let him sling think you can be wrong putting a it.” guy in the game.” Miles said Jefferson brings a Shepard said the entire team combination of size and speed to has grown accustomed to the rethe running game and possesses volving door at the quarterback the elusiveness of position — includa running back, ing Jefferson. but Miles doesn’t ‘We’re moving the ball, “A month ago consider him a we thought Jordan we’re putting points on would probably run-ﬁrst quarterthe board and we’re be in jail,” Shepaback. Jarrett Lee winning ball games, so rd said. “He can said he and Jeffermove on like nothson bring different we’re happy with that.’ ing’s happened, skill sets to the poand he’s still hapJarrett Lee sition and added py even though senior quarterback the coaches have he’s splitting reps done well at subwith another quarstituting the two. Miles continues terback.” to substitute the two quarterbacks Lee remains the starting quarbased on feel rather than schedul- terback and has completed 62.2 ing snaps. percent of his passes while throw“Both guys give strengths, ing for 11 touchdowns and just and at some point in time you’re one interception. He admitted that going to want to expose the even though he and his teammates strengths of whichever guy is on have grown tired of the constant
media attention the two-quarterback system receives, he continues to do what the coaches ask of him. “We’re ﬁne with it,” Lee said. “We have a goal that we want to get to at the end of the year. We’re moving the ball, we’re putting points on the board and we’re winning ball games, so we’re happy with that.” Shepard said Lee has matured since his freshman season — when he threw 16 interceptions — and his acceptance of the two-quarterback system shows a lot about his character. “When you have somebody on the ﬁeld like that, somebody you know has been through all that and can still step in and be a leader for us, it’s amazing for this team,” Shepard said.
football is about,” Miles said. “He is a great student. He is a guy that walked on. He is tough, loves his school and is very loyal. That’s exactly what we want here.” Copeland has been Stampley’s running mate this fall, playing more than 100 snaps and serving as the primary fullback in goal-line sets. The sophomore’s takedown of Florida linebacker Jon Bostic sprung sophomore running back Spencer Ware’s second touchdown in LSU’s 41-11 beatdown of the Gators and was highlighted on CBS’ telecast of the game. The fullbacks’ success is the latest example of the unit’s prominence at LSU, even as the position continues to be largely phased out of modern college football. LSU ranks 29th in the NCAA in rushing offense, but nearly every team ahead of the Tigers in the category runs some form of
fullback on 60 percent of its snaps this season. Freshmen Terrence Magee and Kenny Hilliard have each received snaps at fullback this season, an expected trial run for their potential chances at feature back status in future seasons.
an option or spread rushing attack. “I’ve always been a fan of the old school,” Stampley said. “To go out there and prove the fullback isn’t dead is a joy to me.” Miles has often used the position as a breeding ground for future feature backs — former Tigers Stevan Ridley, Charles Scott and Jacob Hester all saw signiﬁcant time at the spot before becoming the starting tailback — and LSU has included a
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the back end of games that we play.” The Tigers had two drives that lasted more than seven minutes, including a 19-play, 99-yard drive that knocked 8:44 off the clock. LSU held the Vols to 19 total plays in the second half, totaling 66 yards. “Anytime you take your defense off the ﬁeld, keep them rested and put them on a comfortable playing schedule where they are not playing a lot of reps, and then offensively you keep the ball and continue to grind out some tough yardage, you will eat the clock,” Miles said. “If they are productive drives that end in scores, that is really what you want.” TIGERS TO DEBUT PRO COMBAT UNIFORMS LSU will wear the new Nike Pro Combat jerseys Saturday against Auburn. It’s the second time the Tigers will wear the uniforms since the series debuted in 2009. Miles said he is a fan of the uniforms, which are different than the ones the Tigers wore in 2009 against Arkansas. “[The uniform] will be a little sleeker in design,” Miles said. “The colors will be historic in base. Some of the uniforms are a wonderfully artistic reﬂection that someone else had. I think our guys will enjoy the uniform and that it is the right uniform for an LSU team to wear.”
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An intimate evening with MUTEMATH Joey Groner Entertainment Writer
Paul Meany is tired. The lead singer of New Orleansbased band MUTEMATH looks half asleep as he slowly sips his coffee, reminiscing about the past month his band has been on tour. The tour, Meany says, has drained him. Not that he minds. “They’ve been some of the most physically fatiguing shows I’ve ever done, which is great,” Meany says. “We’ve played a lot of places like [Chelsea’s Cafe]. It’s been small, intimate, loud, hot and sweaty.” “Odd Soul,” the band’s third record, came at a perfect time for MUTEMATH. After having a bad experience recording its second album, the band lost guitarist Greg Hill. The remaining members — Meany, drummer Darren
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MUTEMATH lead vocalist Paul Meany [left], guitarist Todd Gummerman [middle] and drummer Darren King [right] perform Friday at Chelsea’s Cafe.
King and bassist Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas — decided to go back to basics and simplify their process. “We needed this record. We needed the process of what this record was, which was basically kicking all the cooks out of the kitchen,” Meany says. “Just having a very simple environment for us to record in was therapeutic for us.” The band dropped its electro-heavy sound in favor of louder guitars and a sound more akin to modern bluesrock acts like The Black Keys. A new member of the band, Todd Gummerman, has filled Hill’s shoes on tour, but during recording, Mitchell-Cárdenas assumed guitar duties. Meany says that was the decision that influenced
the direction of the album. “Odd Soul,” Meany explains, is about the band digging into its past. For Mitchell-Cárdenas, who learned guitar from his father, this meant an opportunity to revisit his hard-rock roots. “With this album came a lot of the first memories of music that we had,” says Meany. “For Roy, that was certainly a lot of jamming in the garage with his dad, learning [Led] Zeppelin and [Jimi] Hendrix songs.” For Meany and King, digging into their roots meant revisiting the strict religious upbringing they both experienced. Meany emphasizes that although they’ve moved on from the “admittedly weird” religious circles, their faith still comes through in their lyrics. “This is the first record where [Darren and I] did a lot of lyrics together,” Meany says. “I certainly grew up on Christian music, as did Darren, and there’s no hiding that. It’s part of our DNA, so we let it all out on this record.” MUTEMATH, see page 11
Remakes never stack up to originals
Today’s entertainment industry seems to be peppered with the prefix “re.” Reissue, relaunch and, most prevalently, remake. This past weekend’s box-office releases included remakes of the 1984 cult-classic “Footloose,” starring Kevin Bacon, as well as John Carpenter’s 1982 horror film “The Thing.” In an era where Netflix and instant streaming reign, a cheesy songand-dance remake isn’t a big Haylie Navarre Entertainment incentive for Writer viewers to leave the comfort of their couches and shell out 10 bucks. Apparently neither is an Antarctic shapeshifting alien, seeing as both debuts took a back seat to the futuristic robot-boxing flick “Real Steel.” The past few years have seen an onslaught of remakes, including “True Grit,” “The Karate Kid” and “Straw Dogs.” While some films are adaptations of the originals, others seem to have simply regurgitated the plots of their predecessors. This is a huge cop-out. Instead of taking chances on new REMAKES, see page 10
Spirit of ‘Harry Potter’ alive through Potters Anonymous Students give new club strong support Kevin Thibodeaux Entertainment Writer
Close your eyes, firmly grasp the handle of your luggage cart and sprint toward your nearest train-station platform barrier — because a new student organization, Potters Anonymous, has a one-way ticket to Hogwarts. History sophomore Elizabeth Ritchey, founder of the newly approved organization, said she is planning to take some of the magic of the “Harry Potter” universe and bring it to the University. Ritchey said the club was formed as a way to keep the spirit of the books and films alive after the last “Harry Potter” movie was
released this summer. “I think that people would still be interested in [‘Harry Potter’] because of the fact that we grew up with it,” Ritchey said. “I think it’s going to be a part of our lives forever.” The group will have two different information sessions open to the public on Oct. 24 at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. and Oct. 27 at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Ritchey said the group will also be in Free Speech Alley on the 24th. She said the group created a Facebook page to provide updates on the on the organization’s activities. The Facebook page currently has about 120 members, and Ritchey said she thinks around 110 are planning on joining the actual club. Business management senior Chris Melhado, who is not a member, said he was a fan of
the “Harry Potter” series. He said he’s dressed up for movies and recently started rereading some of the books. Melhado said he was on the University’s Quidditch team but quit because it was too much work. He believes people reread the books and rewatch the movies to remember them and celebrate the series. Melhado thinks fans who are invested in the series can continue the story in their minds and create their own story lines, even though J.K. Rowling claims she will not write anymore “Potter” books. But not everyone is on board with the Hogwarts Express. Business marketing sophomore Sarah Cootes said she POTTERS, see page 11
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Better Than Ezra releases LSU-inspired EP today Album revamps Tiger Band classics Kittu Pannu Entertainment Writer
Louisiana-based rock band Better Than Ezra is getting back to its roots with its latest EP “Death Valley,” an LSU-inspired album released today. BTE bassist and background vocalist Tom Drummond spoke with The Daily Reveille about the EP, which puts a modern twist on classic tailgating tunes. The Daily Reveille: How would you say you’ve translated these songs usually played by the Tiger Band into Better Than Ezra style? Drummond: I guess mostly there’s more of a rock element, for sure. There’s more of a guitar format for most of them. “Chinese Bandits,” not so much. Basically we just updated the songs. We wanted it to be the Tiger Band versions, but we also listened to the original versions, and then we added one part to ”Tiger By
REMAKES, from page 9
ideas and pushing boundaries, major film companies are just trying to feed the pig. Some remakes are from movies that are less than two decades old. The ’80s certainly had some cinematic gems, but they should be left alone and appreciated as nostalgic novelty, rather than molded into modern interpretations. All classic ’80s films had three common factors: the underdog succeeds, the nerdy guy gets the girl and at least one montage ensues with various wardrobe changes. The films were packed with plots as ridiculous as leg warmers. One of the decade’s biggest movie-viewing appeals is being able to look back and laugh at the generational differences, technology being my personal favorite. That’s why my heart sank a little over the proposed remake of “Weird Science.” One reason that would be absurd is that the computer, now a common household item, is no longer thought of as having mystical infinite power. Also, the main characters Gary
the Tail” that the Tiger Band doesn’t do.
TDR: Have you been working on any other material besides the “Death Valley” EP? Drummond: We were planning on recording a new album in January, and so we are sorting through songs now. Recording will start at the very beginning of the year. And we should have a new album out by spring or summer of next year. TDR: What’s the process like for that? Is it similar to your process for the “Death Valley” EP? Drummond: It’s probably going to be the most similar to the “Death Valley” EP because of where everybody is living. But, at the same time, we haven’t really figured out how we’re going to go about it. ... We used technology to host it. It’s kind of the first time we’ve ever done that. It’s a really interesting way of working because you have time and you can do it at your own pace. TDR: Y’all have been around for a while now. Do you have any and Wyatt, who might I add are both only 15 years old, create this entire computer program in one night. The hackers of the group Anonymous wouldn’t hold a candle. I personally enjoy the original films. The two full drawers of VHS tapes beneath my entertainment center speak for themselves. Some films just can’t be improved. For example, the special effects of George Lucas’ original “Star Wars” trilogy may seem unimpressive compared to the works of Michael Bay, but you can’t help but appreciate the innovation of the time. The same goes for actors — some performers embody a character so completely that in my mind they could never be replaced. As much as I like Jeff Bridges, he’ll never be John Wayne’s Rooster Cogburn. In other words, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Haylie Navarre is a 22-year-old mass communication senior from Welsh, La. Contact Haylie Navarre at email@example.com
upcoming performances to promote the EP? Drummond: Yeah, we’re playing the Varsity [on] Nov. 4, and I’m sure we’ll be debuting some of the songs. We had a rough copy of a few of the songs that we played as the intro at the [LSU versus Oregon game] in Dallas. We surprised everybody with these new songs. It was pretty cool, and everybody went pretty nuts. TDR: So, y’all are going more for a national push with this EP? Drummond: I think the EP really is about we went to LSU and we’re Tiger fans. We’ve always wanted to
do these songs. It’s not so much a national push. To be honest, we can probably only get away with this EP because of the nature of the tailgate community at LSU. It wouldn’t work somewhere else. The culture that exists here is different than anywhere else. When you’re tailgating before the game, that’s really what it’s all about. TDR: Which one are you looking most forward to playing live? Drummond: “Chinese Bandits.” There’s only a little piece of it that’s actually “Chinese Bandits.” We incorporated a lot of the student section chants that go on during the games. We’ve incorporated them
into a kind of rap-chant thing. More with a hip-hop beat. It kind of builds on each other and gets bigger and bigger until the end. I hear a lot of the chants have been outlawed, and they’re in the song. TDR: Is there anything else you’d like to add? Drummond: The reason we did this was because we went to LSU, we loved going to the games, we loved being there. The band started in Baton Rouge. We have a lot of memories there. I think people are going to be really excited when they hear this stuff.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011 MUTEMATH, from page 9 Meany talks for a few more minutes, discussing the new album, the recent addition of guitarist Gummerman and how much he’s looking forward to the last week of shows on the tour, which will end Friday at One Eyed Jack’s in New Orleans. He’s still drinking his coffee and looks a bit more awake by the time he’s ﬁnished the cup. As the interview wraps up, he heads back toward his bandmates, joking with them while enjoying time with his family before the show. Fast-forward to 10 p.m. A sold-out crowd is crammed into a small room at Chelsea’s Cafe, tense and eagerly awaiting the band’s arrival. As Chelsea’s has no conventional backstage, MUTEMATH must enter through the audience to take the stage. They do so in typical New Orleans fashion, wading through the crowd while playing bass drums and tambourines. Once they’re onstage, they launch into tracks from their new album. The audience is hooked from the beginning, unable to take their eyes off the band. Whether it’s a new song most haven’t heard or a cut from the ﬁrst album everyone knows the words to, the crowd sings and dances along with the band for the next two hours. Meany is well aware of the band’s reputation for raucous live shows. He knows what the audience is expecting and doesn’t
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MUTEMATH lead vocalist Paul Meany speaks to The Daily Reveille before the band’s show Friday at Chelsea’s Cafe.
disappoint, showering the crowd with water, doing handstands on his keyboard and plunging into the crowd multiple times during the show. Meany says he doesn’t know where the energy for the live shows comes from. “Some of the most energetic shows were right before I could barely keep my eyes open,” he says. Given his earlier state, this certainly seems to be the case tonight. After the band caps off a nearly two-hour performance with a long instrumental jam, the men leave the stage, weaving back through the crowd and
giving hugs and high-ﬁves everywhere. Meany seems extremely tired once again, but he loves it. “This is some of the most high-spirited music we’ve ever made,” he says of the new album. “I’m thoroughly drained at the end of the night. It’s a good feeling.”
“We’re going to try our hardest to incorporate as much wouldn’t think about reading the of the different elements of the books again or visiting the new- ‘Harry Potter’ world as possible. ly opened “Harry Potter” theme ... I’m going to try and have a park because they are juvenile, couple of meetings where we do but she’d still watch the movies ‘Harry Potter’ food like cauldron cakes and butterbecause they’re beer,” she said. entertaining. Ritchey said Ritchey said another of the the group’s ﬁrst group’s goals is meeting will be to show support a brainstorming for the Universession to dissity’s Quidditch cuss planning team, which she for future events. said doesn’t get Ritchey said Potenough recogniters Anonymous tion. Ritchey said will create two the group will LSU-specific Elizabeth Ritchey hold a fundraiser houses like Gryfhistory sophomore to help send the ﬁndor, Slytherin, Hufﬂepuff and Ravenclaw in the team to the World Cup in New books. She said the group will York City in November. also discuss a “Harry Potter”themed social event like a Yule Ball. Ritchey said the group is planning to read the “Harry Potter” books to East Baton Rouge Parish students as part of a service project. She said when the two new houses are created, the group will create T-shirts with house colors and also award points to the house with most members attending Potters Anonymous events. Ritchey said there will be an incentive at the end of the semester for the house with the most points. Ritchey said regular group meetings will have screenings of the different “Potter” movies and will also try to incorporate book discussions.
“There’s a quote that says, ‘Albus Dumbledore will never be gone from the school as long as those here are loyal to him,’ and I feel like that echoes in the heart of the fandom,” Ritchey said. “Especially this age group, we’ve grown up with the books. We’ve grown up with the movies. We are around the same age as the actors and actresses who play the trio in the movies, and so it hits such a deep chord within us as to good and evil and love triumphing over everything that something like that’s not easy to forget.”
POTTERS, from page 9
‘We’re going to try our hardest to incorporate as much of the different elements of the ‘Harry Potter’ world as possible.’
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Tigers should not let No. 1 ranking distract them
Dear Tigers, Well, OK, we are all in. Two quarterbacks appear to work fine. The defense is very good. Punting and kicking teams appear to be top-notch. Coaching has been solid. All the pieces appear to be in place. It’s time to get serious. The
media likes the Honey Badger to the point of silliness. Did it seem that a certain Tiger was more interested in forcing a fumble to remain in the media’s eye, rather than making a tackle Saturday? Will the light of adoration and accolades blind the team when a task is barely half done? Every week is make or break. Sorry guys, but 11-1 or 10-2 won’t work. It’s all or nothing, and you know it. You are attempting to climb Mouth Everest, and there’s no time to stop and take pictures. It’s a long way to the top, and the air will get very thin and there
are plenty of obstacles in your way to stop you in your tracks. Being ranked No.1 is great. Staying ranked No.1 is unbelievably hard. The Cotton Bowl was really nice last year, but it could have been the Sugar. Remember what it felt like after the Arkansas game? I do. You see, we fans really do live and die each week with you. No, we don’t put in all the hard work, but we do give what’s most important: our hearts and souls. We can handle most anything. Just don’t break our hearts. We’re not only in Tiger
Stadium. We’re the grandma in Alexandria, the uncle in Afghanistan, the young boy in Shreveport, the fireman in Monroe and the priest in Lafayette. We are everywhere. Many of us have never even seen Tiger Stadium or the campus, but we get our glimpses on television, and we see the campus in all its majesty in our mind’s eye. Now, we have reached the midpoint of what has all the makings of a glorious journey. The mountain is high, the challenges are great but our cause is just and our intentions are noble. We cannot pause or rest. The
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 clouds still surround the summit, but the winds of change are blowing and very soon we can see our goal. One foot in front of the other, each step more important than the last. We can make it. We believe, and that is more than half the battle. We are at your side. We are all in. Charles Kendrew Reveille Sports Editor, 1978
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Iranian assassins, Mexican cartels a dangerous cocktail
Who’s scarier — Iran or the couple miles south of Texas. They could have asked for Mexican drug cartels? help from anothThis past week, two Iranian er known terrornationals were arrested for alist organization, legedly plotting to assassinate but they didn’t. the Saudi Arabian ambassador to They went to the United States, Adel al-Jubeir. the pros — the They allegedly planned a bombMexican drug ing that would kill Mr. al-Jubeir cartels — who along with potentially a significare cant number of civilians. Parker Cramer couldn’t less about differIran obviously disputes this Columnist ing ideologies. whole account, claiming that while the individuals in question All they care about is money, and may be Iranian citizens, they are they will do just about anything not affiliated with or acting un- to make it. These cartels have killed der the supervision of the Iranian 40,000 Mexican citizens since government. However, America sees it 2006, when drug violence in a bit differently. They claim the Mexico began to erupt. How two men in question approached many people have died in the a drug trafficker in Northern U.S. in terrorist related violence Mexico. This trafficker happened since 9/11? Just by sheer numto be an informant for the Drug bers, the cartels trump al-Qaida Enforcement Agency. The Ira- with efficiency. The way I see it, through the nians offered him $1.5 million to carry out the assassination of prohibition of narcotics in the al-Jubeir. This is how our gov- United States accompanied with ernment officials were able to ar- the innate American desire to parrest the Iranians before an attack take in such intoxicants, we have created an environment for the could take place. What’s wrong with this? most extreme form of organized We captured the two Iranians criminals to live and prosper. Without prohibition, there who wanted to carry out acts of terrorism on U.S. soil against a would be no cartels. Without foreign diplomat? Without drug prohibition, there would not be prohibition and agencies like the 40,000 dead Mexicans. Without DEA, we never would have ap- prohibition, Iran would not pay prehended these guys, and the at- Mexican cartels to attack Ameritack would have been carried out, can interests. We captured these guys out leaving many dead. My major concern is that of pure dumb luck. It’s not the when these Iranians, whether DEA’s job to apprehend terrorthey were agents of Iran’s gov- ists, so the fact they were the ones ernment or not, wanted to com- who stumbled upon this case mit an act of terror on American should raise questions. This is for-profit terrorism. soil, they went to the biggest badasses they knew. The biggest, This could be a serious threat most vile, murdering clan of de- to the people of the United linquents they could find was a States in the near future if crime
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syndicates like the Mexican cartels are allowed to exist. We send guns to Mexico, the cartels send marijuana, cocaine and crystal methamphetamine back to us. This is the spice trade of the 21st century. Since we now live in a world in which cartels are more likely to commit acts of terrorism than religious or ideological factions, our top priority should be combatting their money supply. Without money, the cartels
cease to exist. They profit off our desire to smoke pot and snort a line off of a stripper’s navel any given Saturday night. People will always use intoxicants, whether it’s alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, prescription medicines or narcotics. It would be safer for everyone if the government would control and regulate these substances to ensure a quality product and reduce organized crime and violence that stems from a drug underground.
We need to do whatever we can to reduce the presence of forprofit criminals near our borders and in our country, especially if they are migrating from the drug trade to political assassinations. Parker Cramer is a 20-yearold political science junior from Houston. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_pcramer. Contact Parker Cramer at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Kinect should focus on games, not on pointless patents
There are some things Microsoft does well, and there are some things Microsoft doesn’t do well. Since merely listing things from either side would easily set me over my word limit, I’ll keep it brief. For example, the Xbox 360 has done very well. Kinect for Xbox 360 — not so much. Initially introduced at the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) as Project Natal, Kinect looked like the true revolutionary piece of tech to enter living rooms. Microsoft showed off seamless motion gaming, voice control, facial recognition, unique multiplayer gameplay and so much more in this little sensor. Unfortunately, the initial E3 trailer is the only high point for Kinect. “You are the controller,” Microsoft proudly touted in many of its ad campaigns for the motion sensor. After a few design changes, Project Natal morphed into Kinect and has been disappointing users
ever since. Kinect will celebrate its one-year anniversary early next month — after a year, one would think Microsoft would have some great things available for its prized new toy. Nope. Aside from a few dancing and workout games, Adam Arinder Kinect software Columnist is plagued with awful, gimmicky titles filled with forced motion aspects — most of which are completely broken. The best Kinect game to come from Microsoft is “Kinect Sports,” and some of its gameplay barely works half the time. Most new hardware launches rarely ship with blockbuster titles, but it’s like Microsoft isn’t even trying — its latest Kinect patent proves that. Made public earlier this month, Microsoft has filed a patent to use
the 3-D capabilities of Kinect to digitally measure the proportions of a person’s body in order to estimate said person’s age based on the collected data. Kinect would then use this data to restrict access to specific television shows, movies and video games. Effectively, Microsoft wants to use the camera as a high-tech parental control device. With kids becoming more technologically savvy then their parents, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to “protect” them from the evils of this world. Most children today can easily break any silly code their parents may put on the TV or computer and watch all the naughty shows that come on after dark. This patent will supposedly make it more difficult for kids to access this content because the sensor will scan their body, recognize a child has come into the room and lock the inappropriate content. However, not all kids and adults are built the same. What
about adults who are short or kids who are tall? When I was 15, I was already 6’3” — I could easily pass as an adult, especially to a camera. Aside from the body scanning, there would also be an override for someone with an administrator password. To me, the password defeats the whole purpose of the device. What’s the point in having it scan your body to determine your age if anyone can easily disable it with a password? Kids will still be able to break the code, nullifying any type of parental control. While the patent is still pending — and will be an option setting — it seems silly Microsoft is allocating so many resources to doing non-gaming-related features with Kinect. There are literally hundreds of videos on the Internet of hackers doing amazing things with Microsoft’s motion camera — things many gamers would love to see incorporated into big games.
Instead, developers are forcing features into games where it isn’t necessary. Adding voice commands to “Halo” or “Mass Effect” doesn’t make the game better with Kinect as the box proudly displays. It just adds a cheap gimmick — nothing more. While I can’t say Kinect has been unsuccessful — it’s sold more than 10 million units as of last March — it has successfully turned many gamers off and has become nothing more than a cheap gimmick or unnecessary additions to core games. Be careful while shopping this holiday season. Just because the game box says “Better with Kinect” doesn’t mean it’s true.
Adam Arinder is a 22-year-old communication studies senior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_aarinder. Contact Adam Arinder at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Applicator tampons bad for environment, our bodies, sexuality I can see the cringing faces pre- problem with plastic applicator pared for me to mention that awful, tampons is their production. According to The Royal Instiforsaken word. The word we rarely mention because of the taboo that tute of Technology in Stockholm, which carried out a life cycle ascomes with fertility and sexuality. Menstruation, also known as sessment of the environmental im“that time of the month,” “Aunt pact of tampons and sanitary pads, Flow” or my personal favorite, “the it’s the fossil-fuel-guzzling procrimson tide,” has been a hidden, cessing of low-density polyethefeminine world since before I can lene that makes these products so lethal to the enviremember. But the impacts that our ronment. female hygiene products have on The longthe environment, our bodies and lasting waste proeven our sexuality goes beyond duced by this projust the realm of double-X chromocess, in addition somes. to the resourceIn fact, with an estimated 85 intense farming million women of menstruating age in North America — each con- Priyanka Bhatia of cotton, makes you wonder what suming about 11,000 tampons in Columnist we’re really puther lifetime — the environmental impact of our product choices has ting inside our bodies and if these the potential to be detrimental, es- “hygiene” products are even safe. Aside from the pesticides and pecially in the case of the applicator cancer-causing dioxins created tampon. As it turns out, these nifty in- during the production process, the ventions that are meant to prevent FDA seems to think it’s perfectly women from touching themselves, acceptable to put mass quantities ever, are also a painful thorn in the of unsterilized cotton where the sun doesn’t shine. side of Mother Nature. The idea that we’re continuIn 2010 alone, the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal ously stuffing our bodies with what Cleanup Project collected 12,857 Planned Parenthood Northern New tampon applicators along the Unit- England notes as “often made from ed States coasts — each of which chlorine-bleached and pesticidecan take up to 25 years to biode- grown cotton blends” is shockingly disturbing. grade in the ocean. And while the FDA says trace Girls, we know we’re not supposed to flush the applicators down amounts of the carcinogenic rayon the toilet, but even if we avoid this and dioxin are fine, using an avmess, it’s only one of many envi- erage of 20 tampons a month for ronmental problems the loveable twelve months for about 30 years doesn’t sound trace by any means. plastic applicator has caused. While plastic from tampons That doesn’t sound like there’s a may only take six months to bio- chance that we’ll get cancer — it degrade versus the indefinite life sounds like we’re asking for it. Instead we should ask for cycle of sanitary pads, the main
better alternatives — safer choices for the environment, our bodies and, shockingly, something that does require feeling ourselves out. I realize I sound disgusting, but think about it, ladies: Between our legs is an internal world most of us have never even seen. Until Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues,” most women seemed to have forgotten they had any right to a personal relationship with their lady bits.
Even in the 21st century, this self-love is still foreign, but at least we’re starting somewhere. We’re beginning by keeping our bodies safe, by changing from toxic bleached cotton to organic cotton tampons without applicators. Even better, some women are switching to reusable Lunapads or menstrual cups. For fear of sounding like a scary hippie, I tell you the real change toward loving ourselves
and loving our bodies starts in between our legs with a new way to welcome our monthly visitor. Priyanka Bhatia is a 19-year-old pre-veterinary major from San Jose, Calif. Follow her on Twitter @TDR_PBhatia.
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