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A multi-bar wristband will be introduced in Tigerland this Wednesday to help students save money as they travel from bar to bar. The Geaux What is the Band costs $10 Geaux Band? and will allow • Available every patrons access to Mike’s Daiquiris Wednesday and Grill, Reg- • $10 grants gie’s Bar and JL’s admission to Place on Wednes- Mike’s, Reggie’s and JL’s day nights. The wrist- • Ages 18 and bands will be sold up in the Greek parking lots from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and at Tigerland from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday nights. Jesse Lyman, history junior, introduced the idea of the universal wristband to Tigerland bars this WRISTBAND, see page 4

SCHOOL OF MUSIC

Dark comedy hits stage this week Plot follows unhappy 21st-century wives Josh Naquin Staff Writer

A dark comedy that highlights the trials and tribulations of three 21st century wives is taking the stage this week in a production titled “The Smell of the Kill.” The production, which follows the wives as they struggle to break free of their husbands’ restrictions, is directed by Macy Jones and will run today through Nov. 6 in the Studio Theatre

located in the Music and Dramatic Arts Building. A primary theme of the show is “the problems of balancing what you want in life with what you have to settle for,” Jones said. Jones chose to direct this play because she thought its witty humor would intrigue student audiences. The wives find themselves trapped by the American dream and are unhappy with the superficiality of their lives, Jones said. The wives bond over their collective marital misfortune throughout the play and lament the realization of their lives as shallow and meaningless. The end of the show leaves

the women with a decision to make – continue on the path they are following or diverge from what they had previously accepted. The action-packed production runs just short of an hour and a half, and although it touches upon serious concepts, it will provide audiences with a night full of chuckles, Jones said. Performances of “The Smell of the Kill” will be held at 7:30 p.m. until Nov. 5, with a closing 2 p.m. matinee performance Nov. 6. Tickets are $10 at the door. AMY BROUSSARD / The Daily Reveille

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[Left to right] Amanda Schmidt, Michelle Bart and Lauren Stefanski act in a scene during a dress rehearsal on Monday for “The Smell of the Kill,” which opens tonight.


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INTERNATIONAL

Nation & World

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NATIONAL

STATE/LOCAL

China’s unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou 8 successfully launches

Graphic of zombie Obama shot in the head stirs controversy in Va.

Gov. Jindal’s cabinet secretaries seeking to stick around

BEIJING (AP) — China’s unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou 8 blasted off Tuesday morning, the Chinese state media reported. It is the latest step in what will be a decade-long effort by China to place a manned permanent space station in orbit. The state-run Xinhua News Agency said the spacecraft took off from a base in the far western city of Jiuquan. Minutes later, the news agency cited Chang Wanquan, who leads China’s space program, announced the launch a success. U.N. urges Libyan authorities to protect weapons from terrorists

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Halloween-themed graphic featuring a zombie President Barack Obama with a bullet hole in his forehead provoked widespread outrage and the attention of the Secret Service Monday after a local Republican committee in Virginia used it to scare up interest in Halloween parade political activities. The montage, a banner on a mass e-mail to Loudoun Republicans, mingles seasonal images including a a disfigured U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

(AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal is interviewing his highest-ranking officials as he determines how he’ll piece together the second term of his administration. Most of his more than a dozen cabinet secretaries have said they are seeking to return to their positions, and Jindal hasn’t indicated any intentions for a wholesale shake-up. The Republican governor won overwhelming re-election two weeks ago to his second four-year stint as Louisiana’s top executive. The new term begins in January. Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater wants to stay in his position, his spokesman said Monday.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council urged Libyan authorities on Monday to prevent thousands of shoulderfired missiles and other weapons purchased by Moammar Gadhafi from getting into the hands of armed groups and terrorists following the country’s eight-month conflict. The Russian-drafted resolution adopted unanimously by the council also called on the Libyan government to destroy chemical weapon stockpiles in coordination with international authorities.

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A rocket carrying the unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou 8 blasts off Nov. 1 from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China’s Gansu Province.

Libyan council names Abdel-Rahim al-Keeb new prime minister TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya’s interim leadership has chosen an electronics engineer from Tripoli as the country’s new prime minister. Abdel-Rahim al-Keeb was chosen Monday by 51 members of the National Transitional Council and will appoint a new Cabinet in coming days. The new government is to run Libya in the coming months and pave the way for general elections. Jalal el-Gallal, an NTC spokesman, says al-Keeb received 26 votes.

San Diego school chooses lesbian homecoming king and queen SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego school district superintendent is praising a high school for choosing a lesbian couple to be homecoming king and queen but says he’s sad that the school has received hate mail and calls since. Superintendent Bill Kowba said Monday that some of the hate e-mails and calls that Patrick Henry High School received were from people who are not residents of San Diego. Kowba says San Diego Unified School District rejects intolerance and he supports the decision made.

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State asks EPA to reconsider new rule regarding air pollution (AP) — Left unchanged, state and energy company officials say a federal air pollution reduction rule announced in July could lead to rolling blackouts in Louisiana next summer. In addition, state officials say they don’t believe Louisiana should even be included in the rule. The Cross State Air Pollution Rule addresses air pollution that creeps over state lines, with a focus on power plants.

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LITERATURE

Something to sink your teeth into: ‘Vlad Dragwlya: Son of the Dragon’ College of Business admin. writes novel Catherine Parsiola Contributing Writer

Dazzling golden eyes, toned bodies, and glittering skin may be descriptions today’s teens would use to characterize vampires, but Timothy Rodrigue would argue they’re wrong. Rodrigue, assistant director of the E.J. Ourso College of Business, has been working on his first book, “Vlad Dragwlya: Son of the Dragon,” for about 15 years, and it hits Rodrigue shelves today. The fictional book is based on the life of 15th Century Romanian Prince Vlad III, the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s 1897 Dracula character. He said he originally organized his story as a play, then realized it was too long to be performed in a reasonable amount of time and changed the format. Rodrigue said his interest in Dracula’s story began around age 10 when he began reading stories about Frankenstein, Wolfman, and “The Phantom of the Opera.” His interest in the movie version of Dracula led him to research the real-life inspiration, and his book project followed suit. Rodrigue said vampire myths are universally appealing because many cultures contain some form of a vampire creature. He said Stoker introduced the creature into readers’ imaginations and the subsequent introduction of film further popularized the creature. Rodrigue said he attempted to maintain historical accuracy as frequently as possible in writing the novel. He said several periods in the prince’s life required fictionalization because of the ambiguity surrounding his experiences as a Turkish captive and his 12 years under house arrest. Timothy Rodrigue Rodrigue E.J. Ourso College of self-published Business assisstant the novel director through his publishing house, Gate 6 Publications. He said the inspiration for the name is the gate through which he, as a former member of the Golden Band from Tigerland,

‘I never would have imagined sparkling vampires walking around in the daytime. But it sells.’

entered Tiger Stadium for home football games. Rodrigue said he plans on publishing again and would like to write a screenplay in the future designed for film. He said he has never read the Twilight series or seen the movies and doesn’t think he would enjoy them. He said in older vampire folklore, vampires weren’t “sexy beings” or attractive to members of the opposite sex. “I never would have imagined sparkling vampires walking around in the daytime,” Rodrigue said. “But it sells.”

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STUDENT MEDIA

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Tiger TV Week awards prizes, encourages student participation Events increase awareness Juliann Allen Contributing Writer

University students will get the chance to win prizes, compete in a video games tournament and be on a television commercial during Tiger TV Week — a week of events to promote the student-produced channel and its programs, beginning today. “Our goal is to increase student and campus awareness,” said Taara King, Tiger TV assistant promotions director and mass communication sophomore. “We’re working for [the

students].” The Gold Rush and the Big Stars Bright Lights party are among some of the activities taking place, as well as surprises on campus throughout the week. For the Gold Rush, running Tuesday through Friday 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., students can like Tiger TV on Facebook or follow the channel on Twitter @lsu.tigertv to receive hints about a certain location on campus. A Tiger TV staffer will be at the mystery location to ask each student a trivia question about the University. If the student answers correctly, he or she will receive a prize and be able to create his or her own Tiger TV promo on camera, King said.

The Big Stars Bright Lights party will happen Friday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Free Speech Alley, and will feature bands Motherlode and Gypsy Space Caravan, DJ Wave, an EA Games Madden tournament and free food, King said. She said the week is dedicated to making students part of Tiger TV shows and she hopes it will attract more students to work there. “[Tiger TV] is like a big umbrella,” King said. “We branch out in so many different areas. It’s something for everybody.”

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NATION

Study: Binge drinking in US carries heavy financial burden

Morgan Searles Staff Writer

Bar patrons and party people may think they know the price of a good time, but a new study breaks down the large costs of binge drinking. Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed the cost of excessive alcohol consumption in the United States was $223.5 billion in 2006, which translates to about $746 per U.S. resident on a per capita basis. Nearly three-fourths of these costs are the result of binge drinking, defined as consuming four or more alcoholic drinks per occasion for women, or five or more drinks for men, the report said. The remaining costs came from heavy drinking, which is consuming an average of more than one drink a day for women and an average of more than two drinks a day for men, and any drinking by pregnant women or those under the legal age. The study showed 72 percent of the total cost of drinking resulted from lost workplace productivity, 11 percent came from health care expenses, 9 percent was related to law enforcement and other criminal justice expenses and 6 percent came

WRISTBAND, from page 4

semester after growing frustrated with the high costs. “I was frustrated with spending so much money in cover just to hang out with my friends at the bar,” Lyman said. “Being in a fraternity and an athlete left me split between several different bars, and I would have to pick and choose which groups of friends I’d want to go to the bar with because it just was too expensive to pay cover to go to all of them.” Students like the idea of the Geaux Band. “I would definitely use that,” said biology freshman Lauren Petit.

from car crashes caused by drunk or administration sophomore, said eximpaired driving. tra costs probably come into play Michael Waldmeier, sociol- more on a college campus. ogy senior, said he “A lot of coldrinks about three How much does that drink lege kids drink,” nights a week, but he said. “Drunk really cost? personal alcohol driving happens, The cost of excessive alcohol costs don’t affect and it’s definitely consumption in the U.S. in 2006 not a good thing. his budget. “The high cost reached $223.5 billion. Here’s a We need more probreakdown of the costs: doesn’t surprise grams to prevent me,” Waldmeier the accidents that caused by lack of said. “I’d actually make that number workplace productivity think that it would so high.” be a lot higher.” The CDC from health care expens- study also found Adam Miglioes for problems caused re, sports adminisabout 42 percent by excessive drinking tration junior, said of the total costs, spent on law enforce- or $94.2 billion, he hasn’t incurred ment and other criminal was paid by fedany extra costs justice expenses from drinking, and eral, state and loa good thing about cal governments. college is the conAbout 41 percent, for other costs venience of walkor $92.9 billion, ing home from a Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was covered by the bar to avoid drivexcessive drinkers ing. He said he only spends about and their families. $35 a week on drinks. The study concluded that evi“You can go out and spend dence-based strategies to lower exmoney or stay at home and save cessive drinking should be put into money,” Migliore said. “It’s like $4 place. for a beer at a bar, but it’s only like $6 for a six pack at the store, so it Contact Morgan Searles at depends what you want to do.” msearles@lsureveille.com Matt Baranofsky, sports

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“It will help me save money. I think it’s a really cool idea.” Lyman said although student response has been positive, it was difficult to get the bars on board. “It was extremely hard to convince the bar owners to agree to this idea,” Lyman said. “They’ve had their system in place for a long time. I was very fortunate that they decided to give me the opportunity to run this weekly event.” Darren Adams, owner of Mike’s, Reggie’s and JL’s, agreed to try Lyman’s idea at his bars. “He presented it to us, and we are all for helping the students out. He had a good plan, and we will see

how it works,” Adams said. “I’m a small business owner, and I started on my own. No one’s ever going to achieve anything if someone doesn’t give them a chance.” On a regular Wednesday night, Adams said cover at each of his bars is $5. Adams said he thinks the idea has a potential to help his business and students save. Lyman said he hopes to extend the Geaux Band to be available Wednesday through Saturday nights and possibly get sponsors to help make further discounts. Contact Laura Furr at lfurr@lsureveille.com

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FOOTBALL

No players withheld for ’Bama game Lonergan also expected to return Hunter Paniagua Sports Writer

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[Left] Senior midfielder Taryne Boudreau (16) maneuvers past an Oregon Duck defender Sept. 9 in the LSU Soccer Stadium. [Right] Senior goalkeeper Mo Isom punts the ball to McNeese State during the Tigers’ Sept. 16 match. The current group of seniors has set a program record for wins with 50 and counting in four seasons.

Five seniors look to cap tenure with championship Chris Abshire Sports Writer

Senior seasons are seen as sacred entities for college athletes. Four years of toil together can forge a bond between members of a graduating class. For this season’s LSU soccer team, a quintet of seniors has taken a different path to maintaining the Tigers’ continued ascent toward the elite halls of NCAA soccer. That unique path hasn’t stopped the group from

bouncing back from an 8-8-5 campaign last year by notching the Tigers’ fourth Southeastern Conference Western division title in five years MURPHY this fall. They also set a program record for wins with 50 — and counting — in four seasons. But only senior goalkeeper Mo Isom and midfielder Kellie

MARTINEAU

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Murphy were on the Tiger roster every step of the way. A trio of Canadian natives —Taryne Boudreau, Allysha Chapman and Natalie

Martineau — made their way to a Baton Rouge home via nationalteam redshirts and transfers. Boudreau arrived on campus in 2007, but redshirted the next season to play in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup for the Canadian squad. Martineau joined LSU as a junior prior to the 2010 season after transferring from Division II University of Montevallo. Chapman played with FIVE, see page 7

Many assumed the three players suspended for allegedly failing a drug test would play in No. 1 LSU’s matchup with No. 2 Alabama on Saturday, and LSU coach Les Miles confirmed the players’ return Monday at his weekly press conference. “There will be no players withheld from this game,” Miles said when asked about the status of sophomore cornerbacks Tyrann Mathieu and Tharold Simon and sophomore running back Spencer Ware. “They will be allowed to come to the field and play when capable.” The three players were “withheld from play” against Auburn — a 45-10 victory on Oct. 22 — and Miles said he expects them to reassume their spots in the starting lineup against Alabama. Junior center P.J. Lonergan is also expected to return against Alabama. Lonergan practiced normally last week after missing the last two games with an ankle injury he suffered against Florida on Oct. 8. MILES EMBRACING ALABAMA HYPE The hype surrounding what has been called a national championship play-in game has hit an all-time high, and Miles said he and his team have embraced that atmosphere. MILES, see page 7

FOOTBALL

Richardson, McCarron lead balanced ’Bama offensive attack Andrew Chapple Sports Contributor

The balance of Alabama’s offense is often overshadowed due to the hype of Heisman hopeful junior running back Trent Richardson and the success of the running game. Richardson and company rushed for 1,834 yards this season, while the quarterbacks passed for 1,827 yards. This seven-yard difference is the most balanced attack in college football.

Richardson has rushed for 989 yards and 17 touchdowns this season, averaging 6.6 yards per carry. “We’re going to have to continue to be able to do that, but not turning the ball over, making good choices and decisions, having balance on offense, which is certainly something that is important to us being successful,” said Alabama coach Nick Saban at Alabama’s weekly press conference. Alabama turned the ball over five times in their first game — a

win against Kent State— but has been stellar since with only three turnovers in seven games. “Everybody having ball security awareness is very, very important and is something that we emphasize a lot … especially after the first game,” Saban said. “The players have responded, and we have not turned the ball over, so that’s something that we need to continue to pay attention to detail.” OFFENSE, see page 7

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Alabama running back Trent Richardson (3) leaps across the goal line to score a touchdown against Tennessee on Oct. 22 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.


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Six Tiger players from Alabama return home Saturday Michael Gegenheimer Sports Contributor

For a few LSU football players, the famous Lynyrd Skynyrd lyrics “Sweet home Alabama, where the skies are so blue,” brings them back to their childhood under the Alabama sun. LSU currently has six players from the Yellowhammer State who will return home this weekend when the Tigers travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to take on the Crimson Tide. “Louisiana fans will support [LSU] until they die and so will Alabama fans,” said sophomore offensive guard Josh Williford. “I think they’re the same, except people have different traditions.” Williford is from Dothan, Ala., a city 200 miles southeast of Tuscaloosa. He was named a two-time first-team all-state lineman in class 2A and second-team all-state for all classes while playing at Houston Academy. Scouts rated Williford as a three-star recruit. He was the No. 77 offensive guard in the nation his senior year. For the Alabama natives, the

homecoming reception may not be warm when the No. 1 Tigers face the No. 2 Crimson Tide in the heated rivalry game. “A lot of my friends go to school up there and I’ve been hearing it from them all week,” Williford said. “I’m just like, ‘Wait till Saturday.’ I really don’t talk to them about it much though. I try to keep my mouth shut before the game.” Freshman quarterback Stephen Rivers is from Athens, Ala., which is 150 miles north of Tuscaloosa. Rivers was a three-star recruit who threw for a combined 3,258 yards and 35 touchdowns during his junior and senior seasons at Athens High. He started for Alabama in the annual Alabama-Mississippi AllStar Classic, where he earned MVP honors after leading Alabama to a 24-17 victory. Rivers’ older brother, Philip, is the starting quarterback for the San Diego Chargers. Freshman safety Sam Gibson hails from Prattville, Ala., 90 miles southeast of Tuscaloosa. Gibson led Prattville High School to a 6A state title as the team’s quarterback in 2008.

During his recruitment, Gibson was rated as the No. 16 player out of Alabama. Sophomore fullback Connor Neighbors, a native of Huntsville, Ala., a city 150 miles north of Tuscaloosa, comes from a long line of Tide players. In last season’s matchup, Neighbors’ brother Wesley was on the Alabama sideline as a defensive back. Neighbors’ father was a center for the Tide from 1983-1986, and his grandfather, Billy Neighbors, was an All-American defensive tackle on Alabama’s 1961 national championship team. Billy was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The only upperclassman from Alabama is senior defensive end Kendrick Adams, whose hometown of Enterprise, Ala., is 190 miles southeast of Tuscaloosa. “Sometimes I’ll get some trash talking,” Adams said about keeping in touch with friends from back home. “They’ll be like, ‘Can’t wait till week such and such.’ I just tell them, ‘We’ll see.’” Adams signed with Auburn coming out of high school but left for

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Defensive end Kendrick Adams (94) makes a tackle Sept. 15 during LSU’s 19-6 victory against Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss.

Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss., where he earned rivals top 50 junior college player honors. “I went to junior college and had to open up my recruitment again,” Adams said. “I met coach

Wilson and wanted to try something different and everything’s been good since then.” Contact Michael Gegenheimer at mgegenheimer@lsureveille.com

CROSS COUNTRY

Teams falter at Southeastern Conference championships Men finish 10th, women finish 12th Andrew Chapple Sports Contributor

The LSU men’s and women’s cross country teams performed poorly compared to their opponents at the 2011 Southeastern Conference championship meet Monday in Maryville, Tenn. The Tigers finished 10th out of 11 with 235 points counted against them and the Lady Tigers finished last with 337 points. The best possible score is 15, and a higher number of points means lower placement. “The team didn’t do quite as well as we could have,” said senior Cullen Doody. Arkansas won the men’s meet with 33 points counted against them and Vanderbilt won the women’s meet with 30 points. Doody led the Tigers with a 19th place finish in a time of 24:53.43. He beat his personal record by nearly 30 seconds. “It’s nice when your training comes together like that, and you have a good day at a big meet,” Doody said. “I’m pretty sure this is the first time I cracked the top 50 or even

top 60. From an individual standpoint I was happy, but I wish the team had done a bit better overall.” Redshirt senior Richard Chautin finished second for the Tigers in 25:34.16 en route to a 39th-place finish. Redshirt freshman Philip Primeaux finished 66th overall in 26:23.22, beating his personal record set at the LSU Invitational by more than two minutes. The performance was Primeaux’s highest finish on the team this season. “I think I ran OK. The course was pretty tough,” Primeaux said. “It was cool to run in a small competitive field like that, but hopefully we can do better at regionals.” Redshirt freshman William Wiesler and junior Roger Cooke rounded out the scorers for the Tigers, finishing 68th and 69th, respectively. Cooke had previously finished no lower than third on the team

this season. “He’s capable of better, but he apparently didn’t have it today,” Chautin said. “It happens.” Junior Charlene Lipsey finished 60th overall for the Lady Tigers in 22:31.40 for 6,000 meters, setting a new personal record.

Junior Leigh-Anne Naccari finished 67th overall in 22:49.14, for second on the team. “I thought I did OK, but there’s definitely room for improvement,” Naccari said. “I thought the girls’ team had a good effort today.” Juniors Dakota Goodman,

Laura Aleman and Brea Goodman finished 75th, 89th and 90th, respectively, to score for the Lady Tigers.

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Boudreau on that U-20 national team, and she ended up on the Tiger roster in 2009 following her own transfer from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team in 2008. “We have a very unified senior class, but we sort of accumulated as a group through the years,” Isom said. “We didn’t come in together, so it’s been a constant meshing process in every way. It makes our success so fulfilling to have that energy and still share new experiences with them.” As far as the group’s dynamic, the players’ personality quirks highlight the strangely successful and compelling nature of LSU’s fluid on-field style. Murphy is the Louisiana product and head captain. Described by teammates as “our rock,” and “regal,” the Lafayette native said this season has been especially rewarding. “There’s a different team feel,” said Murphy, whose sister, Danielle Murphy, is a sophomore on the team. “Everyone’s got the same goals now, and we’ve avoided some of the personal issues around the team from the past.” Boudreau has come out of nowhere to become one of the most dangerous strikers in the country. LSU coach Brian Lee moved Boudreau to forward this fall after she spent three seasons in the defensive half. The move has

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“Our team has enjoyed the glare of the lights, the big stage and the opportunity to play for a very significant victory,” Miles said. “Once I’ve prepared a team, and I feel like I’ve done a quality job, I want them to play with freedom.” He admitted that preparation for Saturday’s contest won’t follow the regular routine. “I don’t think coaching normally is what we’re going to do, nor do I think playing normally is what we’re going to do,” Miles said. “This is not necessarily a normal week.” HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NICK SABAN Monday marked Alabama and former LSU coach Nick Saban’s 60th birthday, and though Miles said he wasn’t aware of the occasion, he complimented the national championship-winning coach. “I have great respect for the very strong, capable coach at Alabama,” Miles said. “You watch how

elevated the Tiger offense, as Boudreau has racked up 12 goals and seven assists in an All-American caliber senior campaign. “I knew I could make my last chance here special,” said Boudreau, whose soft-spoken nature defies the soccer stereotype about flashy forwards. “This year has exceeded those expectations because we’re winning again.” Isom is probably the most famous name in program history and, as Martineau calls her, “Hollywood all the way” because of her gregarious nature. Although self-proclaimed as a free spirit and labeled the class clown by teammates, Isom is all business on the field. Her 30 career shutouts are an LSU record, but her job wasn’t even guaranteed entering her senior year after a leg injury sidelined her in 2010 and showcased backup Megan Kinneman’s prowess. “To basically have been out a whole year and not knowing your fate, it gives you perspective,” Isom said. “I had to really grind and work to earn my senior shot. It feels surreal and humbling to get the chance again.” While Boudreau’s 31-point offensive outburst this fall and Isom’s famously charismatic personality garner the attention, most around the program point to Chapman as the unsung hero of the team. Chapman’s modest stat line of one goal and two assists this he prepares his team, you watch how they play. If you don’t admire how that happens, then you don’t care very much about football. What a wonderful opportunity it is to compete against the best.” TWITTER OUTBREAK Several LSU players have become big Twitter personalities, with some having thousands of followers, but Miles warned against his players abusing the social network’s power. “These games are played in between the white lines,” Miles said. “It’s awfully important that you don’t spoil that opportunity. Our guys have been guided along those lines as we have approached this game. I told them that we needed no Twitter personalities in this game. As a team, we want to honor this opponent and play with our very best effort.”

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The Daily Reveille fall doesn’t convey her significance as a defensive midfielder to a stifling Tiger defense that has recorded eight shutouts in the last two months. “Allysha is intense. I wouldn’t mess with her,” Martineau laughed. “I’m on her good side and I want to stay that way. You need that intensity to play as fiercely as she does.” And Martineau is notoriously camera-shy, preferring to facilitate the scoring, as her whopping 10 assists this fall indicate. “She’s kind of the seasoned veteran,” Lee said. “Her example in practice and her consistency is the best possible form of leadership as a coach.” While a burgeoning LSU program continues to push toward new accomplishments, the five senior starters have one specific goal in mind before they leave — an SEC Tournament title. “I’ve always said that I wanted to leave LSU with a ring,” Boudreau said. “This is my last chance to be the best in the SEC.” That journey begins Wednesday as the No. 2 seed in the tournament against Auburn, the latest detour on a storybook journey for the seniors. Contact Chris Abshire at cabshire@lsureveille.com

page 7 OFFENSE, from page 5 LSU also has a balanced offense, rushing for 1,512 yards and passing for 1,465 yards. The Tigers have only given up three turnovers this season. Alabama’s passing success has improved over the course of the season. Sophomore quarterback A.J. McCarron averaged 248.3 yards passing and threw six touchdowns over Alabama’s last three wins compared to averaging 153.16 yards and throwing for four touchdowns and two interceptions during the first six games. “A.J.’s played well for us,” Saban said. “I think he’s improved in every game, and he’s done a really good job in managing the game.” McCarron has completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,664 yards this season, throwing for 10 touchdowns and 3 interceptions with a quarterback rating of 150.4. “Whatever we’re asking him to do, he has been able to take it, and I think [offensive coordinator] Jim [McElwain] has done a good job of how he’s fed what he is capable of doing, and that’s sort of accumulated as the season goes on,” Saban said. “But you know, we’ve got quite a few experienced players around, which I think is

also helpful.” One of McCarron’s favorite targets has been senior Marquis Maze, who leads the receiving corps with 39 receptions and 482 yards. “He’s one of the most explosive guys we have on offense, so we are making a conscious effort to get him the ball and he does a good job with the ball in his hands,” Saban said. “It’s not surprising to me that he has the production that he has, and we want more and more players to put themselves in a position where we can have balanced production with some of those guys as well.” Richardson, senior wide receiver Darius Hanks and senior tight end Brad Smelley are McCarron’s second favorite targets, accounting for 52 receptions, 607 yards and three touchdowns. Junior Michael Williams leads the team with 15.2 yards per catch and two touchdowns. “Teams won’t be able to roll their coverage as much knowing that we have guys out there that can make the plays,” Maze said at Alabama’s weekly press conference.

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University grad students debut electronic instrument

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Haylie Navarre

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A trio of University graduate students traveled to the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., this past weekend to demonstrate an electronic musical instrument they created at the First Annual Electroacoustic Barn Dance, a three-day festival of electronic music and art. Music composition graduate student Corey Knoll, experimental music and digital media graduate student Jeff Albert and music composition graduate student Nick Hwang have been working on an electronic instrument called a gua for the past two years. Hwang said the instrument, intended for live performance, is used with a laptop and an iPad to allow the user to sample live material and manipulate the sound at the same time. Knoll said the instrument started as a loose collection of electronics, and the students transformed it into something that can be used over and over again. The experimental music and digital media program is built around musicians, composers and programmers looking to specialize in music and digital art. Hwang said it’s the perfect program to mix aspects of creating and composing music. Knoll said there is no disconnect between experimental music and composition. “Today we’re essentially using computers and other technology to create music, where potential is limitless,” Knoll said. Assistant professor of experimental music and digital media Jesse Allison said the program is about using technology and finding how to interface it with music and composition. “Students look at technology and write traditional music with the new technology and vice versa,” Allison said. EXPERIMENTS, see page 11

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Social Structure [Construction No. 1] is an interactive audiovisual performance that includes Plexiglas blocks that serve as both screens and speakers, on which visuals from social media sites are shown.

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Nick Hwang, music composition grad student, gives a demonstration of the gua, an instrument he created with music composition grad student Corey Knoll and experimental music and digital media grad student Jeff Albert.

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What could you do in 72 days? If you were a farmer, you could plant, grow and harvest certain types of peas, eggplants or tomatoes. If you were a newborn baby, you’d be able to lift yourself off the floor with your RACHEL WARREN Entertainment arms. Editor And if you’re NBA player Kris Humphries, it’s about how long you can ride the Kim Kardashian fame train before getting stiletto-booted off. Early Monday morning, rumors began to swirl on Facebook, Twitter and Google + (just kidding about that last one) that Kardashian was planning to file for divorce from her short-term love, whom she began dating in November 2010. The reality celeb soon issued a statement published on her BFF Ryan Seacrest’s website. “After careful consideration, I have decided to end my marriage,” she said. “I hope everyone understands this was not an easy decision. I had hoped this marriage was forever, but sometimes things don’t work out as planned. We remain friends and wish each other the best.“ DIVORCE, see page 11

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‘Real World’ casting directors hold auditions in Baton Rouge Show seeks relatable, fun cast members Eastan Croson Entertainment Writer

MTV’s most iconic reality series, “The Real World,” visited Baton Rouge’s Mugshots Bar and Grill on Saturday in hopes of finding the newest roommates for the show’s 27th season. “We decided to come to Baton Rouge ... because we love coming to the South,” said Bunim/Murray casting director Jessica Thompson. “We get a lot of genuine people who have a great understanding of what it means to be passionate about other people and learning about other people’s stories.” Baton Rouge caught the attention of the casting directors not

only because it is a notorious col- Silcio made his way to the audilege town, but also because the tions after a twist of fate. casting calls haven’t ventured to the “Someone else actually put city in some time. in an application for me, and I got “We haven’t been to Baton called,” Silcio said. “They did it Rouge in a as a joke. I thought I while,” Thompwould come try it out. son said. “We You know, everyone did New Orwants to be on televileans before, sion. I guess that’s a but when we get generic answer, but I outside the bigthink I’m pretty enterger cities we retaining.” ally get a good Thompson kept mix of people an eye out for people who would have who have unique never thought personalities with unJessica Thompson to come out to heard stories ready to casting director for “The Real World” the show. Baton be shared. Rouge was a “We really are good choice for us to come to.” just trying to find that right mix of The lure of reality star fame people who are passionate, relatdrew young people from across able, have fun, have goals and have Louisiana. University alumnus Adam CASTING, see page 10

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‘The type of people that I look for in terms of being casted ... are genuine and passionate.’

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University students and young residents of Baton Rouge and the surrounding area applied to be on MTV’s “The Real World” on Saturday at Mugshots Bar and Grill.


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Best Show - The Raconteurs’ festival-closing act was bluesy and soulful with a hint of Southern style — except when Jack White let loose, playing numerous face-melting guitar solos. Not only is White a wizard on the axe, but the rest of The Raconteurs boiled over with talent, surpassing any other act this weekend. Most Sexual Show - A death defying leap from the DJ stand that led to a full fledged dry-hump session in the middle of the stage — Major Lazer’s show was as crazy as its beats. The DJ group’s hypemen (and woman) did most of the performing as they went to town on each other and members of the audience. Many were getting down in the crowd, but only a few got it up on the stage. Best Costume - The guy who shaved his head to look like Carl, the crass middle-aged neighbor from “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” went above and beyond. Most Obnoxious Fans - The majority of the fans at the Odd Future show didn’t look old enough to get into an R-rated film but were “moshing” and flipping off cameras throughout the vulgar act. It’s a shame the age group that least needs to hear Odd Future’s music had the strongest presence. Hey kid, your mom’s here to pick you up in her minivan. Best Aged Rock Star - A rock-star lifestyle doesn’t do a body well. That’s why Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s performance was awe-inspiring. The 47-year-old singer doesn’t look a day over 40, and his infamous high-pitched bellows stayed in near-perfect key even after years of drug and alcohol addiction.

Editor’s note: This column contains language that may be offensive to some readers. I, along with thousands of others, flocked to City Park in New Orleans on Sunday to witness the guitar prowess of Jack White and the “funk soul brother” Fatboy Slim. However, my peace, love and happiness was ruined by members of the rap collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. By now, I’m sure most have heard about how one of the members allegedly slapped a female photographer during the show. The band’s representative is now telling Billboard.com that the accusations about band member Left Brain are untrue and that he simply swiped at the cameras and didn’t hit photographer Amy Harris. However, there was more to the incident than the slap heard ’round the world. One photographer with glitter on his head was called out by a member of the rap group, who then berated the photographer and called him a “faggot.” Other photographers had water bottles thrown at them and were told to get real jobs. Sure, none of this sounds too insulting, but take into account that throughout the show, members of the group were saying it was all just for fun. Who exactly was having fun in this situation? The photographers being harassed? Most upsetting are the lyrics in Odd Future’s songs, which are misogynistic, homophobic and downright morally wrong. The band’s catalog includes songs about stalking and raping women, as well as diss songs about other rappers like B.o.B. and Bruno Mars — whom Odd Future

CASTING, from page 9

stories to tell,” Thompson said. “People who you would want to follow for essentially four months of filming.” Silcio is relying on his brazen personality to get him noticed. “I’m probably one of the biggest jackasses you’ll ever meet,” Silcio said. “I’m just loud and

frontman Tyler the Creator says he wants to stab in the esophagus. Critics heap praise on the band, and swarms of impressionable teenagers flock to the group to imbibe their messages of anarchy and apathy. In fact, as I stood toward the Kevin Thibodeaux back of the crowd Entertainment on Sunday (for fear of the mosh Writer pit in the middle) I noticed it was mostly high schoolaged students at the show. Many members of the collective are actually teenagers themselves. Why is this so troublesome? Well, youths are our future. This is the same attitude that has people putting things like “screw politics” in their political views section on Facebook. This isn’t going to cut it. I, too, find politics bureaucratic and infuriating, but that shouldn’t stop us from taking a stance and staying informed. Some probably don’t agree with the Occupy Wall Street protestors, but isn’t it best they’re trying to do something about what they see as wrong? This is the same attitude that leads to people jokingly tossing around homophobic slurs or the “nword.” I realize some people think the words have no inherent malice or spite, but that doesn’t mean they’re OK. Try saying any of the words from Odd Future’s profanity-laced rants out loud in the Quad and see who doesn’t fire up torches and

obnoxious and very rude and condescending. I probably should have been in a fraternity, but ... I skipped out on that.” The casting directors aren’t only looking for wild characters. Thompson said they also look for people who want to take something away from the “The Real World” experience. “The type of people that I

Most Deserving of a Visit from Child Protective Services - Guy who brought his toddler to the Odd Future show, your kid could have received a straight shot to the face at any moment. Find a babysitter or buy some Wiggles tickets. Most Earnest Performance - GIVERS’ infectiously happy sound was improved by singer and multi-instrumentalist Tiffany Lamson’s chill-inducing performance, as she put her all into show stopper “Ripe.” GIVERS gives more than it takes. Most Crowd-Pleasing Blink-182 showed members of the crowd they still have it. Jams like opener “Feeling This” and classic “Dammit” made the crowd go wild. Contact Brian Sibille at bsibille@lsureveille.com

Attention Tigers... Dear Automotive, I think we need some space... like 3 feet. It’s not you, it’s me. Maybe we should just take a brake? Sincerely, The object in your rearview mirror may be closer than it appears.

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Left Brain, a member of the Odd Future rap group, swings at photographer Amy Harris during the band’s performance Sunday at Voodoo Fest in New Orleans.

sharpen pitchforks. I know the group insists their lyrics are just for fun, but that simply doesn’t cut it anymore. Cultural icons are supposed to be role models. Yes, there have been rock stars who have shot up, lit up and snorted up in the past, but what you do to your body is your own business. Odd Future is advocating violence and ignorance. This can be threatening to other people, as was the case at the Voodoo Experience, where I saw a parent carrying their toddler through the same crowd that housed the previously-mentioned mosh pit. Or as was the case with the female photographer. Odd Future is a talented group

with a real passion for what they do. Their live show would have been great if not for the offensiveness and violence. As long as Odd Future chooses to use such hateful lyrics, listeners should choose to ignore the band. Boycott their shows. Don’t buy their music. And maybe our future won’t be so odd.

look for in terms of being casted for the show are genuine and passionate and definitely have a great charismatic personality who want to actually learn from the experience,” Thompson said. “That is what ‘The Real World’ is about. You are putting yourself in a house with six other strangers that you have no control over. I would hope someone would want to walk away

from the experience knowing something about yourself or have grown as a person.” The location for the new season hasn’t been decided yet, Thompson said.

Kevin Thibodeaux is a 20-year-old mass communication sophomore from Lafayette.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011 DIVORCE, from page 9

I’ll ask the question everyone else is thinking — does it really count as a marriage if it didn’t even make it to the three-month mark? Isn’t it more of an experiment gone terribly wrong? I guess if you spend millions of dollars on something, you can call it anything you want. But I digress. It was the quintessential fairytale romance, or so we were told by the two-night TV special, various commercials and minute-by-minute coverage on entertainment news programs. But there were certainly potholes on the road to less-than-eternal marital bliss. Cameras captured Khloe Kardashian-Odom bad-mouthing her sister’s new beau before he even proposed. K-O worried her future brother-in-law was only in the relationship for the money, the publicity and, let’s be real here, the ass. And mom Kris Jenner (not to be confused with future ex-husband Kris. Awkward.) was clearly upset her daughter wanted to forsake the family name for the way less attractive-sounding Humphries. So what differences (besides the obvious height issue) could have

EXPERIMENTS, from page 9

This technology allows students to be inventive and create interpretive sounds. “You’re not just taking an instrument and writing notes for it. You’re actually making the instrument,” Allison said. Knoll said the concept of experimental music came about in the 1950s and ’60s, when composers were interested in going beyond traditional musical instruments and electronic and experimental music was an untapped field at the time. Knoll said sounds are generated by audio programs on a computer. Sounds can either be played in real time or prerecorded and manipulated. Hwang said the biggest difference between composing for an orchestra and composing electronically is the medium. He said music doesn’t involve only straight beats and drum rhythms anymore, but can include manipulation of sound. When composing electronically, existing works can be sampled, ambient sound or voices can be added and works can be recorded and played back as part of a larger composition. He said digital media requires very little tweaking. Orchestras must rehearse before performances, which Hwang said isn’t always necessary for electronic composition. Hwang said electronic music is gaining popularity both locally and nationally, especially with other universities developing similar programs to the University’s experimental music and digital media curriculum. Hwang teaches an Intro to Computer Music class at the University that covers three aspects of electronic music. Students learn how to sample and master sound, play with digital audio and manipulate sound. He said students also get

been so huge they’d drive a bedazzled wedge between these two love birds? Below is a list of the top five reasons such a holy union would come to an end. 5. Kardashian finally stopped squinting her eyes in a sexy pout and saw what her hubby actually looked like. 4. Humphries found his motherin-law’s super ’80s music video, “I Love My Friends.” Seriously, YouTube it. 3. Humphries finally looked up what the word “pre-nup” means. 2. Kardashian wanted to make an other sex tape and her b-ball boy refused. (Proposed title: “Humping Humphries.”) 1. Kardashian’s ass was growing larger than her ego. But the plot thickens. Humphries released a statement to E! News on Monday afternoon that leads me to believe this mess of a marriage won’t die quietly. “I love my wife and am devastated to learn she filed for background on the experimental music scene to understand where the music is coming from. Hwang, Allison and experimental music and digital media graduate student Michael Straus created “Social Structure [Construction No. 1],” a project Hwang described on his blog as “an interactive audiovisual performance for voice, interactive media and constructed speaker blocks” where social media like Twitter and Flickr “are interpreted into musical relations of resonance and dissonance.” Hwang said the group tried to take aspects of sound, visuals and social networking and build something out of it. The Plexiglas building blocks that make up the construction serve as both a screen and speakers. Viewers are encouraged to interact with the construction by rearranging the blocks, speaking into the microphone and tweeting about the show. The tweets would then become a part of the dynamic image. Allison said moving the blocks reveals different portions of the image. Hwang said the visual canvas changes as participants change the structure. Hwang said the construction is a commentary on social network sites. He said the speakers act on resonance, and the higher the cubes are stacked, the more unstable the structure becomes. “One source thought to pull everything together becomes a destructive source at the same time,” Hwang said. Allison said the concept for this work came from the idea that communication builds the structure of a community and is supported by active members. He said the concept is similar to a city skyline in terms of rising and falling as people come and go. Contact Haylie Navarre at hnavarre@lsureveille.com

The Daily Reveille divorce,” he said. “I’m committed to this marriage and everything this covenant represents. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to make it work.” Translation: “No one will hire me, and I’m running out of money.” Nice try. I, for one, would love to see what new reality show unfolds from this drama. Maybe “Kim and Kris Re-Konnecting,” or “Kim and Kris: a Komplicated Kouple?” Or, and let’s pray this doesn’t ever happen, “Kim’s Kareer is Kaput.” Rachel Warren is a 21-year-old communications studies senior from New Orleans. Contact Rachel Warren at rwarren@lsureveille.com

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Reality TV personality Kim Kardashian, right, and her soon-to-be ex-husband, NBA player Kris Humphries, arrive Aug. 17 at the Kardashian Kollection launch party.


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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 Chris Grillot’s column, “Recent hit-and-runs highlight problems with city, people,” readers had this to say: “I think that the basic problem here is that Baton Rouge is deteriorating as a whole.” -Anonymous “I think that the basic problem here Chris is that Baton Rouge as a whole is designed for the automobile, not for people. In the past everyone had cars (well, everyone who mattered anyway) and there was never a problem with hit and

runs — as the city has grown larger, students are now living further away from the University and often having to walk to and from classes, often as you point out, in areas that have little if no pedestrian sidewalks. My solution — increase the cost of auto tags in the state to $200 annually and devote all the income to building sidewalks and maintaining the roads.” -Anonymous In reference to Gabie Bacques’s column, “A fun Halloween night may turn into a frightful morning,” readers had this to say: “‘there will be plenty of wasted hoochies dressed in cheap clichéd ‘sexy’ costumes awaiting their equally unoriginal counterparts’...

wow, I really used to love reading the Opinion section. Gabie, you’d gain my respect (and the respect of many other LSU students, I’m sure) if you’d leave out the constant slutshaming in your articles. Halloween is about being someone else for a night, eating candy, and dressing outrageously. And girls who dress sexily on Halloween shouldn’t be belittled to ‘hoochies’ or skanks or any other derogatory term. They’re just having fun. Your misogyny is a hot mess. Cool it.” - Anonymous In reference to the article “Stereotypes cloud Mormon image,” by Morgan Searles, readers had this to say: “With prominent Mormon, Mitt Romney, making a push for

the Republican Presidential nomination, Mormons are once again — with the help of major media outlets — rehashing the myth that their cult is ‘Christian’ Their lifestyle practices are indeed praiseworthy, but unfortunately, you can’t earn your way to heaven. If they are indeed ‘Christian’, why do they attempt to proselytize evangelical Christians?? If a Mormon ever knocks on your door, he will bring a Jesus who is the spirit-brother of Lucifer. This Jesus is one of the billions of spiritbabies that our ‘Heavenly Father’ and our ‘Heavenly Mother’ brought into this universe. According to the Mormons, when Jesus lived on earth, he had several wives, one of whom was Mary Magdalene. After his death and resurrection, he came

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 to America to preach to the Indians.” -Marilynne Winkler Mellander “Elder Brockbank is my cousin! I love you Ben your doing great!” -Anonymous “Wonderful!” -Anonymous “Great Article. I appreciate you taking the time to...set the record straight!” -Anonymous “Good article! Thanks for publishing it.” -Jsmith Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at opinion@lsureveille.com

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Louisiana veteran homeless require proactive solution

From early on, we are initiated into the culture of the soldier. Children spend precious hours of their childhood chasing each other with plastic guns, reenacting battles in their backyards. The transition to adolescence moves the battlefield to digital fronts, where teens begin to think critically about the strategies they utilize to conquer their competitors. At every hop and skip to adulthood, there is a medium for one to be absorbed into the warrior’s culture. But our fascination with war is not about the violence — it’s about the triumph of victory. Terms like “glory” and “valor” are reserved for our enlisted forces — our last remaining everyday heroes. Yes, the actions of individual soldiers are not always commendable, but the military as a whole accomplishes objectives through sheer skill, determination and force that are at times seemingly impossible. But there are two sides to every story, and the darker side of this tale is much less inspiring. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), veterans comprise roughly 20 percent of the homeless population in America. These veterans, who have served on every front from the Vietnam War to the War on Drugs in South America, often struggle with alcohol abuse and mental and drug-related problems. The VA has no doubt been dedicated to alleviating such problems, but the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans estimates that approximately 50 percent of veterans who

experience homelessness are not attended to by the VA’s programs. These individuals are forced to seek out the philanthropy of non-governmental organizations and faith-based services. At the very best, the existence of such widespread veteran homelessness is incongruent with the level of respect and honor associated with serving in the armed forces. At worst, it is downright shameful. The isChris Freyder sues that spur homelessness in Columnist veterans are undeniably complicated, and certainly any solution undertaken will not solve every case of destitution. However, unique opportunities arise for the state of Louisiana as newly minted veterans from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan make their way home. A 2007 report published by the Homeless Research Institute (HRI) showed that Louisiana has one of the highest rates of homeless veterans in the nation, behind only California, Texas, Florida and New York. Current relief programs focus on just that — meals, shelter and psychological counseling. No programs exist in Louisiana that specifically focus on endowing veterans with useable skills and job training. As the HRI report found that many skills learned during military

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service are nontransferable to civilian life, state programs could be developed that introduce willing veterans to vocational colleges. It was also found that 67 percent of homeless veterans that return to the U.S. have spent three or more years in service. Therefore, these veterans are reentering civilian life in their mid-20s without anything more than a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Lack of education, coupled with severe stress disorders, has resulted in these vets becoming poor candidates for the current job market. This is evidenced by the fact that 45 percent of these veterans request help finding a job versus 37 percent

seeking housing aid. Extending vocational school scholarships to veterans would effectively cause the state to meet these veterans in the middle. This more proactive measure would supply veterans with marketable skill sets and may prove more effective in the long run than simply providing aid benefits. Although the LSU system is currently operating under tight budget constraints, it should open its mind to one day partaking in such an initiative. It is tragic that such widespread problems continue to persist, but at the same time they should not be ignored merely because they require

difficult or elaborate solutions. Every soldier entered into a contract with the United States government to offer his or her time, skills and if need be, life. And if the heavy hand of the federal government cannot protect their rights, Louisiana should take the time to care for its own. Chris Freyder is a 21-year-old biological sciences senior from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_Cfreyder.

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In America, healthy skepticism is the best policy In his 2009 book “Idiot America”, journalist and author Charles Pierce sardonically sings the praises of “the best country ever in which to peddle complete public lunacy.” “Never has a nation so dedicated itself to the proposition that not only should people hold nutty ideas, but they should cultivate them, treasure them, shine them up and put them right up there on the mantelpiece,” Pierce writes. It’s hard to argue with him. The U.S., since its inception, has been awash in conspiracy theories, scams, schemes and, most simply and insidiously of all, BS. But narrowing the focus to conspiracy theories still gives us a wealth of examples to examine. The moon landing, the assassinations of multiple presidents, Pearl Harbor and every terrorist attack perpetrated on American soil or elsewhere have alternate explanations enumerated by unusually excitable people who can’t accept the “official” story. Many of these conspiracy theories have gained sizeable levels of acceptance among the American populace, none more than the

assassination of John F. Kennedy. The greatest enemy of the conspiracy theory, though, is Occam’s Razor, a logical principal created by William of Ockham, a 14th century Franciscan friar and logician. The basic distillation of Occam’s Razor declares if there are two competing explanations for a phenomenon, the Chris Seemann one that requires Columnist the least assumptions is more likely to be accurate. The postulate doesn’t simply mean the best explanation is a simpler one, but that the truth is likely the most simplified logical explanation available. Occam’s Razor can be applied to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a common target of conspiracy theorists. The idea Islamic terrorists funded by Al-Qaeda received flight training before they commandeered four planes on that fateful day is not an unbelievable idea, and it certainly should be classified as simpler than

the idea that massive government collaboration was behind a falseflag attack that spurred the creation of new foreign and domestic policy to hand control to the elites of this nation. This convoluted conspiracy theory is more complicated and intricate than even the most detailed movie plots, and the so-called “9/11 Truth Movement” rightfully garners much derision from most Americans. This plot requires assumptions far outside what any available evidence suggests happened that day. But what happens when the facts truly are laid bare and no one wants to listen? For all the rancor the Occupy Wall Street movement has incurred from the media and some politicians, there are some publicly available facts its adherents cite about the relationship between our financial sector and government that are hard to deny, but have proven easy to ignore for many Americans. During the 2008 election cycle, three of Barack Obama’s topten donors were financial service companies, including Goldman-

Sachs and Citigroup, two companies decimated by the 2008 financial collapse. When Obama pays vague lip service to the Occupy movement, it is worthwhile to remember this fact. The companies, both founded in the 19th century, were saved by the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, a bill proposed by George W. Bush’s Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, the former CEO of Goldman-Sachs. Just before these companies were rescued from annihilation brought on largely by their own financial monkey business, Citigroup acquired fellow financial services giant Wachovia for pennies on the dollar while their own house was far from in order. The Obama administration has largely held Bush’s line and has continued to disperse money to these companies. Though most of the bailout money has been paid back, these companies were able to take advantage of the global economic crisis to further entrench themselves in our economy even after their wrongdoing had become clear. Occam’s Razor seems to dictate

there must be a relationship between the survival of these companies and their massive campaign donations and the appointment of former employees to high-level government positions. What simpler an explanation is there? We should always be skeptical when someone theorizes that elite puppet masters are controlling every aspect of American governance, but when information corroborating a more limited version of that reality is available, it is our responsibility to at least acknowledge it. If we want to be responsible citizens, it is necessary to walk the tightrope between excessive incredulity and healthy skepticism. Chris Seemann is a 21-year-old mass communication senior from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_CSeemann.

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Styrofoam cups laugh in the face of sustainability, recycling If being a carcinogenic waste of landfill space were a crime, Styrofoam would be on the most wanted list. From the general production of our take-out boxes and disposable coffee cups to the disposal of these products, Styrofoam, or polystyrene foam, is an utter disaster not only to our general well being but Priyanka Bhatia also to the well being of Mother Columnist Nature. According to the EPA and the International Agency for Research of Cancer (IARC), Styrofoam is a possible carcinogen. In fact, chronic exposure to polystyrene foam was deemed so unsafe that the Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration even tried to limit the amount of worker exposure, eventually leading to a 50 parts per million ceiling in most companies. More concerning, however, isn’t that we often use this material to insulate our own homes, but that we’re using it to insulate our drinks. While the petroleum-based polystyrene is great in controlling the temperature of your hot coffee, the Earth Resource Foundation notes that it’s also great at leaking contaminants into your super sweet drink and environment. This seemingly innocent white cup has the makings of a regular jerk using a production process once ranked to be the fifth

largest creator of hazardous waste worldwide. Since then, the production has been improved, replacing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) which damage the Ozone layer with pentane and other organic compounds, but the disposal of our awful friends has not. While the bottom of polystyrene foam cups may hold the promise of being recycled, the truth is the market for polystyrene recycling is small and shrinking. With so many biodegradable replacements rising up to save the day, many companies aren’t interested in recycling these products, and, even if they are, the recycling requires additional products. With the certainty of closed loop recycling, it’s clear the Styrofoam cup you’re currently staring at will turn into yet another Styrofoam cup. However, Polystyrene foam products exist within a more open loop, meaning that cup could just as easily be turned into a tray or packing peanuts, all of which require additional material. The paradox that comes with foam has also come with the ban of such products in places such as Taiwan, Portland, Ore., and Orange County, Calif. The entire recycling process sounds counter-intuitive, and it is. With the continuous effort towards sustainability, it’s quite disappointing that our path towards a smaller carbon footprint should end at our cold finger tips, and yet that’s what seems to be happening. Time and time again I look to my friend, the large canteen of

decaffeinated coffee in The 5, and each time I’m disappointed to discover the presence of those tiny white cups. The dining halls and our entire campus is covered with messages related to recycling, so why are we so openly using a product that is not only marring the environment in its very production but which is also not recyclable in our parish? Perhaps it’s just a matter of cost, availability and just plain ol’ resource allocation.

But according to Discovery News, the allocation of resources doesn’t have to be wasted on products that will end up as waste in our landfills. Instead of utilizing Styrofoam, we can utilize either sugar cane-based alternatives like Biofoam or, better yet, bring our own reusable cups. Not only would this reduce the amount of waste we put into our landfills, but store-bought mugs typically hold more than the average 8 oz. Polystyrene foam cup.

And they’d be a less likely candidate for releasing toxins into your daily cup of Joe. Priyanka Bhatia is a 19-year-old pre-veterinary medicine sophomore from San Jose, Calif. Follow her on Twitter @TDR_PBhatia.

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