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Boudreaux loses job amid allegations Court hearing moved to Nov. 17

Brian Sibille and Morgan Searles Staff Writers

LSU School of Veterinary Medicine employee Marc Boudreaux has been fired after weeks of sexual abuse allegations and delayed court hearings. University Media Relations Director Ernie Ballard confirmed Wednesday that Boudreaux was no longer employed by the University.

But Wednesday’s court hearing to decide further legal action against Boudreaux was postponed for the second time, now rescheduled for Nov. 17. Boudreaux, who was accused of the sexual abuse and harassment of graduate student Elizabeth Lum, was served a restraining order on Oct. 17. Further legal action against Boudreaux was supposed to be decided in a court hearing on Oct. 26, but the decision was delayed until Nov. 9. Judge Pamela Baker of the East Baton Rouge Family Court

granted a second continuance Wednesday — requested by Lum’s attorney — on whether to grant a protective order for Lum. Jill Craft, Boudreaux’s lawyer, said she and Boudreaux were ready to go to trial Wednesday. “We are looking forward to trial so Marc can defend himself against these false and defamatory allegations,” Craft said. Boudreaux was given a modified temporary restraining order during Wednesday’s hearing. The adjusted order includes details BOUDREAUX, see page 8

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LSU School of Veterinary Medicine employee Marc Boudreaux and defense attorney Jill Craft speak to the media Wednesday outside the Baton Rouge courthouse.

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Budget cut groups fizzled out, students are urged to stay active Andrea Gallo Staff Writer

Today, the State Capitol stands as a stately guardian, towering above downtown Baton Rouge and peering over the city and the universities sprinkled throughout. But one year ago, about 500 students from across the state filled the skyscraper’s steps, outpouring fury about budget cuts to higher education after Gov. Bobby Jindal projected cutting as much as 32 percent of state funding to the University last year. The fear of losing programs, professors and research opportunities grappled students. The University eliminated 14 foreign language teachers as a way to stay afloat, exacerbating students’ worries. PROTESTS, see page 8

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[Top] More than 300 students and faculty hosted a “jazz funeral” to protest the decline of higher education. [Bottom left] Students from campuses all over Louisiana marched on the Louisiana State Capitol in protest of budget cuts to universities. [Bottom right] Former Student Government President J Hudson and Vice President Dani Borel confronted Gov. Bobby Jindal to raise students’ concerns about cuts to the University.

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Egg attack on Syrians in Cairo is sign of schism among protesters

Most populous Ala. county files for largest municipal bankruptcy

After historic re-election win, Gov. Jindal considers third term bid

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian protesters pelted a group of rival opposition leaders with eggs Wednesday outside Arab League headquarters in Cairo, accusing them of playing along with President Bashar Assad’s government instead of working to overthrow the regime. The attack highlights the growing fault lines in the Syrian opposition, which is struggling to overcome infighting in the face of a brutal government crackdown even after Damascus agreed last week to stop the violence. Quake in Turkey kills at least three, traps dozens in collapsed buildings

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s most populous county filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history Wednesday, years after being plunged more than $4 billion into debt by a corruption-riddled sewer project. Just two months after it seemed Jefferson County could stave off embarrassment by striking a deal with creditors, talks broke down over about $140 million, said Commissioner Jimmie Stephens, who made the motion to file for the protection.

(AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal wrapped up his historic re-election bid with $4.6 million remaining in his campaign account, and Jindal’s chief political strategist said Wednesday that the governor may hang on to some of the cash to seek a third term as governor. “I can’t imagine this is his last term,” the governor’s campaign architect Timmy Teepell said in an interview with The Associated Press. Louisiana’s top executive can serve two consecutive terms in office and then must take a fouryear break before being able to run for another term. NOPD confiscates more than 300 guns, values up to $1,500 each

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An earthquake struck eastern Turkey on Wednesday night, killing at least three people and leaving dozens trapped in the rubble of toppled buildings damaged in a previous temblor, which had killed 600 people. About two-dozen buildings collapsed in the provincial capital of Van following a 5.7-magnitude quake, though most of them were empty or had been declared unfit because they were weakened by the earlier quake, according to media reports.

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Syrian protesters chant anti-Syrian regime slogans as they wave by a Syrian revolution flag outside the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt on Wednesday.

Clashes in streets as Chilean students protest, three officers hurt SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Thousands of students marched through the Chilean port of Valparaiso on Wednesday to demand more money for public education and to show support for student leaders who met with lawmakers. While most of the demonstrators were peaceful, some hurled rocks and other objects at police, who responded with water cannon and tear gas. Three police officers were hurt, and about 20 protesters were detained.

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NYC health club member sues for $200,000 over breakfast promise NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer says there’s no such thing as the free breakfast promised by a highend New York City health club, and he says he should get more than $200,000 for the missing meals. Richard Katz says in a fraud suit made public Wednesday that the Setai Club told him in December 2009 that his $5,000-a-year membership included a “full complimentary breakfast.” He’s demanding $230,000 in damages over the breakfasts and $500,000 for what he calls a libelous comment by a Setai worker.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — From Sept. 1 through Nov. 3, New Orleans police confiscated 347 illegal guns. The department said Wednesday that the guns were seized by officers on foot patrol, at traffic stops and during drug busts. In all, officers retrieved 296 handguns, 33 rifles and 18 shotguns. Police say the guns have a street value ranging from $400 to $1,500 for a Kimber handgun.

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Club commemorates unified Germany Wall erected in Free Speech Plaza Clayton Crockett Staff Writer

As the president of the University’s German Club assembled a recreation of the Berlin Wall on Monday, he plainly stated that he had “no intention of building the wall.” His statement mirrored the East German government’s denial in 1961 ,as it did exactly what it said it would not do — commence construction on the Berlin Wall. George Cruse IV, German Club president and mass communication junior, said his recreation celebrates the 22nd anniversary of the destruction of the wall. Cruse’s exhibit of the Berlin Wall, which stood in Free Speech Plaza from Monday to Wednesday, was built to foster understanding of the recent history of unified Germany. “The best way to remind them that it existed was to build one,” Cruse said. “We’re celebrating it being torn down.”

Along with a physical representation of the wall, he said the station was also interactive, as club members would be asked — in German — to produce their identification papers and empty their pockets with each passing along with a “Welcome to East (or West) Berlin.” Seeing this process caught the attention of many students passing by, Cruse said, which made the activity more effective. But Cruse noted that the engaging nature of the station was unsettling for some, namely older passersby. “If you lived during that time, it divided families overnight,” he said. On the other side of the spectrum are students who know very little about Germany’s history, Cruse said, as he recounted a student asking him if holding a German flag in the open was appropriate at the University. “I don’t think people realize this is not the flag of the Nazi Party,” he said. “People like to take the shadow of World War II and throw it backwards and forward.” The actual wall built by Cruse and members of the German Club consisted of a series of gray boxes

stacked and topped with a German flag. The shoddy nature of the structure was not an oversight, he said. “It really did just look like it was thrown up overnight, because it was,” he said. Markita Lewis, nutritional science sophomore, was particularly inspired by the commemoration. Lewis said she was stopped at the wall Monday and has returned each day since. She even has her own set of “papers” to show as she passes the checkpoint. “I’ve just been coming back each day,” Lewis said. “Even if I don’t take German classes, I’ll definitely get involved in the German Club.” Lewis said the exhibit succeeded in spreading knowledge of the unified Germany. “We’re here to facilitate a deeper understanding of Germany,” Cruse said, which applies especially to the South and the Germanic influences here. “When the Cajuns arrived, Germans were here to welcome them.”

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What is the world searching for? Here are the top 5 phrases that garnered the most web searches on Wednesday, according to Google Trends.

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“Heavy D dead” - Rapper Heavy D — real name Dwight Arrington Myers — died Tuesday, likely due to complications of pneumonia. Official autopsy results will be available in six weeks. Heavy D’s Twitter account drew attention for his final tweet, posted the day of his death: “BE INSPIRED!” “Christmas tree tax” - The Obama administration has put on hold a tax on Christmas trees that would have gone into effect Wednesday. The tax, which was supported by Christmas tree growers, would have charged producers and importers 15 cents per tree. The U.S. Department of Agriculture decided to reconsider the tax after Congressmen, including Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, criticized it as a “Grinch” move.

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“Toyota recall” - Toyota Motor Corp. has recalled 420,000 vehicles in the United States due to potential steering problems caused by the crankshaft pulley on V-6 engines. No injuries or accidents have been reported because of the problem, which affects both Toyota and Lexus models.

“Election results” - United States general elections were held across the country on Nov. 8, including special elections for congressional seats, several gubernatorial elections and a host of citizen initiatives, mayoral races and local office elections.


George Cruse IV, German Club president and mass communication junior, talks Wednesday about the mock Berlin Wall built by the German Club in Free Speech Plaza.

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Faculty, students ponder prospect of four-day school week at LSU Southern in BR recently switched Clayton Crockett Staff Writer

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Salem Al-Ayyadhi takes international studies senior Estefania Reichard’s photo as part of a body image campaign held by the Student Health Center.

‘I Love Me’ promotes healthy body image Catherine Parsiola Contributing Writer

With signs displaying handwritten words like booty, dimples, ears and intellect, University faculty and students posed for the camera in the Student Health Center’s “I Love Me” photo shoot this week. The photo shoot, which will also be open today until 4:30 p.m., is part of the Health Center’s body image campaign. Photos of faculty, staff and students holding signs reading “I love my...” and listing a body part will be used around campus during next semester’s Body Image Week held from Feb. 27 to March 2. Hope McPhatter, health promotion coordinator and one of the campaign’s organizers, said Tuesday’s photo shoot drew about 30 models. She said last year’s campaign drew about 45 participants, and the Health Center is expecting a similar turnout this year. McPhatter said body image is a concern in middle schools, high schools and colleges. The body image campaign raises awareness about healthy body image and encourages discourse about the rarely discussed issue. “We want students to reject that thin ideal ... and accept themselves as they are,” she said. Next semester’s second annual body image campaign will be similar to last year’s. McPhatter said the effects of the campaign are difficult to measure, but the Student Health Center hopes to create a positive shift in students’ thoughts about their bodies. “[Participants] were able to connect to someone else and feel like they weren’t alone,” McPhatter said. Estefania Reichard, international studies senior, said her boss recommended she pose for the shoot. She chose “booty” as her favorite body part and said it’s important to “show off the body parts people don’t appreciate.” Accounting freshman Bria Gailes said campaigns like this are necessary considering the media’s portrayal of beauty. She stressed the importance of self-confidence and chose “everything” as her favorite part. Angela Guillory, assistant dean and director of Greek Life, chose “creativity” as her characteristic for the shoot and said she participated

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because it was an opportunity to celebrate people’s natural gifts and talents. McPhatter said activities for spring 2012’s Body Image Week are still being planned, but students can expect to see the photos from this week’s shoots around campus and in campus media along with programs related to healthy body image. McPhatter said future endeavors could include body image modules within the nutrition section of the MyStudentBody program, an online resource for alcohol, drug and wellness education for college students.

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As Southern University in Baton Rouge begins planning for the switch to a four-day class week in January, administrators and students analyzed the application and feasibility of such a policy at LSU. Southern recently announced its plans to drop Friday classes beginning next semester. Administrators there are not the first to consider trimming the class week as a cost-saving initiative. “Each university is different,” said Director of External Affairs Jason Droddy as he considered the implementation of such a program at LSU. For instance, many of the benefits of not having classes would be offset because faculty would continue working on campus, Droddy said. Buildings with both classrooms and offices, such as Prescott Hall, would have to stay open regardless of whether there were classes taking place. “You would still have to have the Student Union open,” he said, as the University would still need to provide for students living on campus. “I don’t think the savings were there to warrant it.” Class scheduling also poses issues when considering the

switch. practical, citing longer classes and “If you [switch to a four-day the temptation to procrastinate on week], does it lock students out of a three-day week among other getting to classes that they need to possible concerns. graduate?” Droddy asked. “Who wants to be in class on Student Government Presi- Friday?” asked history senior Vindent Cody Wells agreed, saying cent Carnovale.”I would rather that diminishing the number of not go to class Friday, but the lonpossible class days could affect ger weekend might distract me.” how students orBut the adganize their lives vantages of such around school a system would work. change from stu“College student to student, dents, more so Carnovale said. than any other David Beyer, segment of the biological engipopulation, like neering sophoflexibility,” Wells more, said he said. “The fivethinks the longer day model offers weekend would Cody Wells more flexibility Student Government President be offset by more and more sections class work. [of classes] to be offered.” “I feel like the weekend Wells said he was skeptical of would be longer but shorter in the the idea of a four-day week. sense that you would study more,” “When you look at financial he said. “And Sunday would be models, there would be a lot of even worse.” problems with moving to a fourday week,” he said, adding that he thought it would “negatively affect a lot of systems currently in place.” Despite the immediate benContact Clayton Crockett at efits, students were also not sure whether the system could be


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Rice prof speaks on paranormal, consciousness in lecture

More than 90 students attended Kate Mabry Staff Writer

More than 90 University students and faculty gathered to hear tales and explanations of the paranormal world from Jeffrey Kripal, Rice University professor of religion. Kripal’s lecture, titled “What We Did Not Read: William James and the Physical Research Tradition,” began by focusing on how one should think about religion in the context of paranormal activities. Kripal said the study of religion is usually practiced in the humanities, which he described as “the study of consciousness coded in culture.” The world human beings experience is made up by words and symbols, and in order to

investigate the unknown, one must look closely at extreme or unusual states of consciousness, he said. Kripal also spoke about the work of William James, the American psychologist and philosopher, and the origins of the terms psychic, telepathy, and paranormal. The talk investigated the “filter thesis,” the idea that the brain is a filter that reduces consciousness but cannot construct it. “The brain is like a radio or television set,” he said. “It transmits consciousness but doesn’t produce it. It’s a very simple but very profound idea whose implications are enormous.” According to Kripal, Aldous Huxley, the 20th century English writer known for his novel “Brave New World,” believed the brain filters reality in order to allow people to function normally. Under this presumption, one would be unable to live their daily lives if bombarded by the surrounding activity.

When a student questioned how paranormal activities can be scientifically analyzed, Kripal said there is no way for parapsychologists to test and experiment on the aspects of paranormal experiences. “Science proceeds by excluding things,” he said. “Some scientists will try to say it doesn’t exist because we can’t study it in a laboratory. I just don’t think these things can be squeezed into a scientific method.” Gabrielle Hauth, history sophomore, said she thought the lecture was informative and was interested in the idea that paranormal entities are attracted to certain human energies. The lecture was sponsored by the Philosophy and Religious Studies department. MARIAH POSTLETHWAITE / The Daily Reveille

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Study: ‘Freshman 15’ may be myth Incoming students likely to gain 5 lb.

Josh Naquin Staff Writer

A recent study has found the cultural phenomenon known as the “freshman 15” may be more aptly titled the “freshman 5.” Ohio State University research scientist Jay Zagorsky found the average college student gained 2.4 to 3.5 pounds in his or her freshman year. The study’s findings contradict the popular belief teens are in danger of gaining 15 pounds during their freshman year of college. “There are lots of things to worry about when you go to college,” Zagorsky said in his study. “But gaining weight is not one of them.” While most college freshmen are not concerned about gaining precisely 15 pounds, packing on the pounds is an issue that weighs on students’ minds. Vanessa Richard, registered dietitian at the Student Health Center, said students worried about their weight should examine their lifestyle and eating habits. “Perhaps a student used to be involved in sports in high school but lives a less active life in college,” Richard said. “The point is that reasons for fluctuations in weight depend on the person.” She said students looking to lose weight should improve their diets by incorporating more whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean meats into their diet. Richard said drinking sugary beverages, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol and eating out daily are common contributing factors she sees with college students. “Restaurants serve larger

portions than you would typically make yourself at home, and restaurant meals tend to be higher in calories as well,” Richard said. Ana Garcia, psychology sophomore, said she thought weight gain in college students may be attributed to their busy schedules. “Students are busy and often eat too much fast food, which is not a healthy choice,” Garcia said. Richard also warned that students should make time to eat, as skipping meals is not an effective way to reduce one’s weight. “Skipping a meal will only make you become increasingly hungry and overeat when you do eat your next meal,” Richard said. The study found that, in addition to a lower rate of weight gain, 25 percent of college freshmen actually lose weight in their first year.

“I personally lost weight my freshman year, probably from anxiety and adjusting to change,” said Monica Bossier, psychology junior. Michael Kelly, accounting junior, said exercise is an important part of his lifestyle. He said a college student’s busy schedules may lead to weight gain. “A lack of free time to exercise is a problem I think students have to deal with,” Kelly said. Students interested in adjusting their diets may make an appointment at the Student Health Center for free, confidential and customized consultations, Richard said. Contact Josh Naquin at

Jeffrey Kripal, Rice University professor of religious studies and author of “Authors of the Impossible,” gives a lecture Wednesday evening on the paranormal, telepathy and consciousness in Howe Russell.

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Equality Louisiana advocates for anti-bullying legislation Bill encompasses race, disabilities Lauren Duhon Contributing Writer

In the wake of a bullying uproar around the nation, Louisiana organizations statewide have come together to advocate for an inclusive anti-bullying bill. Equality Louisiana, a LGBTQ coalition of 23 college, local and statewide organizations, supported the creation of possible new antibullying legislation in the state. Currently, the bill has a sponsor in the Louisiana Senate but not the House, said Tucker Barry, Capital City Alliance political director. The framework of the bill was outlined on Saturday by the coalition. The newly proposed bill will be the focus of LGBTQ organizations across the state. Barry said the bill is better than previous bills because it is more inclusive. He said the coalition is an important factor in the success of the bill. The current bill excludes certain public school boards from adopting anti-bullying policies, including East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes. The proposal would remove these exemptions, said Shane Cone, Spectrum president and geology junior. The the proposal will also encompass an enumerated list of characteristics: race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, gender identity, gender expression, physical characteristics, political persuasion, mental illness, physical disability, intellectual disability or development disability. These characteristics aim to protect all students, Barry said, as

the bill involves all communities younger students in grade school and organizations in the state, not dealing with this type of harassjust those who identify as LGBTQ. ment. But this doesn’t minimize “We don’t want it to be anoth- the importance of the issue and er LGBTQ bill,” Barry said. “It is the University’s “commitment to important for others to know this community,” Patterson said. “It is important for everyone bill is for everyone.” The issue of bullying is not to be involved in our state and the new, but with recent legislation in policies that are enforced,” Cone other parts of the nation and con- said. He said many members of stant media attention, support has Spectrum are acgrown, according tively involved to Cone. with the bill as The recently well, and numerpassed bullyous officers have ing legislation in spent hours workMichigan allows ing on making this for religious exbill a reality. emptions when “We feel like acts of bullying Tucker Barry it’s the most effihave moral reaCCA political director cient way to make soning to back a difference across them up. In response to this bill and others being the state,” Cone said. “This bill created around the country, Barry would help everyone, not just the said he recognizes the need for ef- LGBTQ community.” Spectrum also provides a safe fective legislation. The current bill is unaccept- place for students dealing with able to all involved with the anti- bullying and the emotional affects bullying legislation initiative. it may bring, he said. “Ideally, we all want to end CCA Board Member Matthew Patterson anticipates resistance from bullying,” Barry said. “There is a other organizations who may try need to create a safer environment to enact a similar religious exemp- for all students.” tion policy. He said he hopes state legislators realize religious exemptions are not acceptable in combatting bullying. The list also protects students Contact Lauren Duhon at and teachers. Barry said by adding the list, teachers can refer to specific policies when dealing with bullying in the classroom. The bill will define the implementation of bullying policies, which has not been done in the past. Patterson said the goal is to cover all risk. At the University level, the way students think about bullying is drastically different than


‘We don’t want it to be another LGBTQ bill. ... This bill is for everyone.’

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University to offer new service-learning classes The additional service-learning courses are a result of the 2011 Service-Learning Faculty Scholars Program, an initiative by the LSU Center for Community Engagement, Learning and Leadership, or CCELL and sponsored by Student Government.

Animal Science Jennifer Ritchie’s companion animals in society course, ANSC 4900, will work with LSU Tiger Human Animal Therapy Service, or HATS, which coordinates an animal-assisted therapy program at local and long-term medical care facilities. Electrical and Computer Engineering John Scalzo’s senior design and capstone course, EE 4810, will offer a service-learning component, with student teams having the opportunity to work with a local high school to develop, create and present an engineering design.   International Studies Students in Touria Khannous’ survey of world issues class, INT 2000, will learn about community issues and solutions by working with BREC’s Playground KIDZ to combat childhood obesity through nutritious meals and physical activity. Playground KIDZ is a no-cost afterschool program offered at parks in low-income areas of Baton Rouge. Mass Communication Mass media law, MC 3080, a course taught by Erin Coyle, will partner students with an EBR middle school at which they will implement programming designed to combat cyber bullying.   Mechanical Engineering Students in Michael Martin’s ME 4943 class on space systems will develop activities and presentations for EBR students. The University students will use examples from spacecraft design to supplement topics that EBR students are studying in their science classes.   Renewable Natural Resources Philip Stouffer’s class on ecology and management of Louisiana wildlife, RNR 3018, will conduct a wildlife inventory for a BREC park.   Social Work Younghee Lim’s advanced social policy class, SW 7504, will involve students this spring in an advocacy project regarding predatory lending. “Service-learning is such an important part of the University,” said Thomas Rogers, SG director of Academics. “It’s important for our students to give back to the community.” Source: University Media Relations


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Resolution opposes new grading scale

Kate Mabry Staff Writer

The Student Government Senate passed a resolution Wednesday to oppose the Faculty Senate’s plan to create a plus-minus grading system. Scott Sullivan, senator for the College of Science, said there are drawbacks to the Faculty Senate’s resolution, including a lack of consistency between instructors who choose to use the new system and those who continue to use the traditional system. Sullivan said he is concerned more students will be biased to pick the professor with the traditional system if the plus-minus scale is implemented, which could mean the new policy would hurt more students than it would help. “This could endanger scholarships because [employers] don’t look at specific grades but [instead] your GPA,” Sullivan said. “This could also affect enrollment and retention

with more students failing out.” Tyler Loga, senator for the University College Center for Freshman Year, said the SG Senate created this resolution in response to a student who expressed his concerns about the Faculty Senate’s resolution with SG President Cody Wells. “This directly impacts students,” he said. “We’re lucky we got wind of this in time to address the Faculty Senate.” Morgan Taylor, senator for the College of Music and Dramatic Arts, said she is in favor of SG’s resolution. “I’m always hoping for that 89.5,” she said. “So few [students] make a 96 to make an A. This [new] scale would only benefit those who make B pluses and C pluses. I feel like the benefits of our current system heavily outweigh the plus-minus system.” In other action, SG passed a resolution to request the Computer Based Testing Center to exchange its

physical consent forms for an online consent form on the Center for Assessment and Evaluation scheduling website. Currently, the center requires all students to sign a consent form at the beginning of each semester before taking their first computer-based exam. Under the resolution, the center would no longer need to print and organize each student’s paperwork. “If your unique ID is attached to the consent form, it will not only save us a ton of paper but also organize the thousands of consent forms that we sign,” Sullivan said. “This would just allow for a much better way to store information.” SG also passed a third resolution to urge Middleton Library to give an electronic reminder for materials five days before their return date.

ranch has been here for 50 years, and never have we ever seen such an event like this,” she said. “I hope Skywalker’s unfortunate predicament was more of a godsend at a time when we need people to recognize this beautiful place as a treasure and that small farmers such as ourselves depend on the public to respect us and the land more than ever.” The Maui News first reported Skywalker’s predicament Wednesday. The white bull seemed to be fine after the ordeal, De Ponte said, adding that no one has ever been able to stay on him for the full eight seconds during any Maui rodeo. None of the ranch’s 17 other bulls has been successfully ridden. De Ponte’s husband, Louis “Bully” De Ponte, was a champion bull-rider. He died in March.

species, zoo officials plan to separate Pedro and Buddy so they can mate with females. The pair has what’s known as a “social bond,” but it’s not necessarily sexual, Tom Mason, the zoo’s curator of birds and invertebrates, said Wednesday. The zoo has received hundreds of calls about the pair. Mason said he got a call from a group called the Canadian Society for Gay Animals. The story of the same-sex pair has gone viral online, leading to cheeky YouTube videos. Late-night

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WACKY NEWS Skywalker the rodeo bull freed from giant tire stuck on his head HONOLULU (AP) — A rodeo bull in Hawaii appears comfortable again after spending about 20 hours with his head stuck in a giant tire. The 800-pound bull, named Skywalker, couldn’t eat or drink after he got his head lodged in the truck tire that someone dumped at the Triple L Ranch in Maui, ranch owner Paige De Ponte said. “He was uncomfortable, and it took all day to get him out,” she said Wednesday. No one could get near the cranky bull Tuesday until Skywalker became exhausted enough for ranch worker Kawika Manoa to use a piece of wood to pry off the tire, which weighs more than 50 pounds. Skywalker didn’t put up a fight and then went straight for the water trough after being released from the rubber ring, De Ponte said. She didn’t know how the tire ended up around Skywalker’s neck, but she said she hopes his plight will raise awareness about using the rural Kanaio area, in the upcountry region of the island, as a dumping ground. “My message to the public is to please remember that Kanaio is a community where generations have lived and prospered. Our open-range

Pedro and Buddy, Canada’s samesex penguin pair, to be split apart TORONTO (AP) — Toronto’s zoo is splitting up a pair of male penguins whose affection has drawn headlines and jokes about “Brokeback Iceberg.” The African penguins have shared the nest they built since coming to the zoo about a year ago. But since the penguins are an endangered

TV comics have jumped into the icy waters of penguin passion. Jimmy Kimmel riffed on the story during a recent monologue, calling it “Brokeback Iceberg” and claiming the lovebirds were spotted at a Lady Gaga concert. But it’s really not the way it looks, Mason said. “Penguins are so social they need that ... company. And the group they came from was a bachelor group waiting for a chance to be paired up with females,” said Mason, who received the penguins from a U.S. zoo

earlier this year. “They had paired up there, they came to us already paired, and it’s our job to be matchmakers to get them to go with some females.” Buddy, who is 21, had a female partner for 10 years and produced some offspring until his partner died, Mason said. Pedro, 10, has yet to produce offspring.

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page 8 turned mute are Proud Students and College Caucus. Proud Students, co-founded by Letters pleading with legislators to keep higher education fund- now-philosophy graduate student ing safe flooded the campus. Jindal Bradley Wood, helped organize last was spotlighted in newspaper edi- year’s protest at the Capitol and a torials from states he was visiting, jazz funeral for “the death of highwith former Student Government er education” that drew more than President J Hudson asking him to 300 students and faculty. The group prioritize students. Administrators also shot a video asking students talked incessantly of what the Uni- what budget cuts would take from versity could lose with every dollar them and unveiled a banner reading “Don’t Sink trimmed. LSU” crowded Today, stuwith student dents are no lonsignatures to the ger sealing letters. Faculty Senate. Most of the lead“To be honers of organizaest, after the fall tions that rallied [semester], paragainst budget ticipation and cuts have graduinterest plumated. But adminismeted,” Wood trators still say the said. “I think University has not that was mainly been spared. due to Bobby This year, Jindal coming music students out and saying saw their scholarhe wasn’t going ships cut, and all to cut LSU as students living on Cody Wells much as anticicampus were subStudent Government president pated.” jected to a manAly Neel, datory mailbox fee regardless of whether they use a mass communication alumna, orgamailbox. Students involved in Greek nized College Caucus to hold legLife are paying extra fees, and the islators and policy-makers accounttrademark licensing program lost its able for their actions. “I am not saying everything operating support. These were the results of a $1.9 million cut from the was successful,” Neel said in a University’s more than $440 billion Facebook message. “We fell on our operating budget near the beginning faces sometimes. And as much as we kicked ourselves at the time, we at of the semester. “We did not come out unscathed, least tried.” SG has continued to stand bebut we came out less scathed ... and probably survived the legislative hind the University’s administrators session and a lot of other bumps and and mimic their stances. Hudson and lumps along the way about as well former Vice President Dani Borel as we could have expected,” Chan- met with Jindal last year. “Yes, we may have done some cellor Michael Martin said about the crazy things to get his attention, but operating budget in August. The commotion is much quiter the point was we got to talk to him,” now. Students may be confused by Borel said. Cody Wells, current SG presifees, but they are not protesting dent, said his path to fight budget them. Executive Vice Chancellor and cuts has diverged from Hudson’s. “From working in the LegislaProvost Jack Hamilton attributes that to the lack of looming budget ture, I think there’s a way to go about cut scenarios the University previ- getting what you want, and sometimes, yelling and screaming and ously saw. “Everybody understands that kicking is not the way you go about one budget-cut scenario after an- making negotiations,” Wells said. other is not a productive way to do “I’ve worked to build relationships things,” Hamilton said. “The prob- with board members and state leglem is [students] don’t have a target. islators who have influence where If you have budget scenarios with money goes.” Wells said his efforts, along cuts, then you have something to with those of administrators, helped fight against.” Among the once passionate stu- shrink the University’s budget cut dent groups that have disappeared or from $22 million to $2 million.

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‘From working in the Legislature, I think there’s a way to go about getting what you want, and sometimes, yelling and screaming and kicking is not the way you go about making negotiations.’

The Daily Reveille Borel and Hudson hosted “WhatNow Lsu?,” an event promoted with mystery that revealed Flagship Advocates, a separate advocate group. At “WhatNow Lsu?” the estimated 350 attendants were asked to write letters to then Speaker of the House Jim Tucker, among others. Flagship Advocates separately continued this letter-writing campaign through the remainder of the school year. Flagship Advocates is now headed by SG Senate Speaker Aaron Caffarel, and he said the organization has since been dormant because they wanted to wait until after the fall’s legislative elections to outline their agenda. Hudson also created EducateLA, a corporation aimed at spreading awareness about Louisiana’s higher education needs. EducateLA hosted an unsuccessful rally at the Capitol in April. John Parker Ford, EducateLA vice president, said despite the fizzled-out budget cut effort, EducateLA will be successful because of its long-term mission. He said the group is not focused solely on rerouting the University’s funding shortfalls, but also on addressing the problematic roots. Administrators urge students and faculty to remain tenacious amid the budget crisis. Instructors recently breathed a sigh of relief in the provost’s decision to let deans stop issuing termination notices. But plans are going forward for two mergers — one of six University programs and one of two departments. And administrators say a midyear cut could be right around the corner. Contact Andrea Gallo at

Thursday, November 10, 2011 that account for his whereabouts “for every minute of the day” on about the retrieval of Lum’s per- Oct. 14. She said it’s also significant sonal items, including a bike pump, that the alleged break-in took place clothing and shoes. The judge said because both only hours after Lum’s first request parties work at the same place, the for a restraining order was denied. restraining order was altered so it The order was denied because of wouldn’t interfere with employ- a lack of sufficient and recent eviment, but the new order may have dence that Boudreaux was a threat little effect now that Boudreaux is to Lum, she said. Boudreaux provided no comno longer employed at the Univerment for weeks concerning his alsity. Craft said notification of his legations, which Craft called “luditermination was received after crous, fabricated and ridiculous.” “He is devthe continuance astated by this was granted for TIMELINE OF EVENTS whole situation,” We d n e s d a y ’s Craft said. court hearing. The - Oct. 14 - Initial complaint filed Craft said notice cited “an with Human Resources Department she also questions issue with a male by Lum alleging abuse; Lum claims supervisor” as Boudreaux broke into her apartment why allegations are being made reason for termi- - Oct. 17 - Restraining order now when the inination. The con- against Boudreaux is granted tially consensual flict had resulted - Oct. 20 - A second woman alrelationship and in Boudreaux fil- leges sexual abuse by Boudreaux alleged abuse ocing a human re- - Oct. 26 - Original court hearing curred 14 months sources complaint rescheduled for Nov. 9 ago. against the super- Nov. 9 - Hearing rescheduled a Craft said visor, Craft said. witThe allegations of second time for Nov. 17; Boudreaux multiple sexual abuse were no longer employed by the University nesses who could provide evidence also mentioned in discrediting the allegations against the notice. Boudreaux received notice Boudreaux were ready to testify last week that his termination was during the court case slated for Wednesday and will provide testibeing considered, she said. Craft said many inconsisten- mony during the Nov. 17 hearing. If a protective order is granted cies emerge when considering all of the condemning evidence on Nov. 17, Craft said the ruling will be appealed. She said grounds against Boudreaux. The Oct. 17 restraining order for an order require present threat was granted to Lum after she ac- to the individual asking for proteccused Boudreaux of breaking into tion, but there is no proof of immeher apartment on Oct. 14 and steal- diate danger in this case. ing two laptops and a journal containing proof of his abuse. Craft said Boudreaux denies breaking Contact The Daily Reveille’s news into the apartment, and there are staff at witnesses and electronic evidence

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Happy birthday, Les

For the LSU football coach’s 58th today, The Daily Reveille reflects on some of his best moments.

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Top 5 quotes:

“F-u-p-a-s. Maybe an ‘H’?” - Miles attempting to spell “faux pas” while he talked about punter Brad Wing’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Florida in 2011.

“When I wake up in the morning and I turn that film on, it’s like reading a book, and it’s exciting. I don’t read books, but if I read books it’d be like reading a book.” - Miles on preparing to battle No. 1 Alabama in 2008. “I have a little tradition that humbles me as a man that lets me know that I’m a part of the field and a part of the game. I’ll tell you one thing, the grass in Tiger Stadium tastes best.” - Miles shedding light on his grass consumption during the 2010 game against Alabama.


“We’re looking forward to playing Florida. We’re looking forward to playing Auburn. But we have a new rival in f——g Alabama!” - Miles at the Bayou Bash after Nick Saban took shots at LSU prior to the 2007 season.


“There was some misinformation on ESPN, and I think it’s imperative that I straighten it out. I am the head coach at LSU. I will be the head coach at LSU. I have no interest in talking to anybody else. I’ve got a championship game to play, and I am excited about the opportunity of my damn strong football team to play in it. ... There will be no questions for me. I represent me in this issue. Please ask me after. I’m busy. Thank you very much. Have a great day.” - Miles addressing ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit’s claim that he had taken a job at Michigan prior to the 2007 SEC Championship.

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Top 5 moments:

Sept. 22, 2007 - With a 14-7 lead over No. 12 South Carolina, LSU set up for a 32-yard field goal from the 15. Instead, Miles called a fake, and holder Matt Flynn flipped the ball over his shoulder to kicker Colt David, who streaked up the right side of the field untouched. LSU won, 28-16.

Oct. 20, 2007 - Down 24-23 on the Auburn 22-yard line with less than a minute to go, Miles gambled by not calling a timeout and keeping his placekicker off the field. Matt Flynn dropped back on third-and-7 and threw up a fade to Demetrius Byrd, who came up with the touchdown catch with one second left on the clock to win 30-24.


Oct. 6, 2007 - Miles went 5-of-5 on fourth down against No. 9 Florida, with two of these conversions coming in the final drive of the game. LSU would win, 28-24, on a 2-yard Jacob Hester touchdown run with 1:09 remaining.


Nov. 5, 2011 - Miles may have fallen down coming out of the tunnel, but he didn’t stumble against No. 2 Alabama, winning “The Game of the Century” against Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide, 9-6, in overtime.


Jan. 7, 2008 - Miles hoisted the crystal football when the his Tigers defeated No. 1 Ohio State, 38-24, in the 2008 BCS championship game after a tumultuous season. compiled by ALEX CASSARA / The

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Tigers recovered well from ’Bama, excited for night game Sat. Albert Burford Sports Contributor

LSU coach Les Miles’ jubilant mood carried from Monday to Wednesday as he remained lighthearted during his weekly meeting with media. Despite last weekend’s victory against Alabama, which some players described as the most physically taxing game they had ever played, Miles said the team hasn’t experienced any lag and has been practicing well so far. “I looked for that,” he said. “I

felt like the pace of the practices has been good. I feel like the uptake was what it needed to be.” Miles also addressed this weekend’s matchup with a visiting Western Kentucky team that has won five straight games. “Conceptually, they do a number of things with formations and personnels that are going to concern us, and we have to work on them,” he said. “We feel like we’re going to match up pretty good.” Students aren’t the only ones who are excited for the Tigers’ first home night game since

Northwestern State on Sept. 10. Miles said the team is ready to play under the lights. “We’re thrilled to be back in Tiger Stadium for a night game,” Miles said. “Frankly, it’s about time we had one of those.” Miles declined to name a starter at quarterback. He maintained both senior quarterbacks Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee will see time against Western Kentucky but said he hasn’t spent much time considering a starter for the game. Jefferson took most of the

snaps after the first quarter against Alabama, amassing 67 passing yards and 46 rushing yards. Miles said Jefferson’s time was premeditated rather than a response to the play of Lee. “We anticipated him playing a very significant role in that game,” he said. Lee didn’t return to the field after throwing his second interception of the game in the third quarter against the Crimson Tide. “My same two guys, I’m looking forward to them playing,” Miles said. “They’re working hard

and understanding the position they’re in.” Miles talked on the field with Saban prior to and following the game Saturday. He said both visits were respectful. “I wished him luck and that we’d both stay healthy,” Miles said. “He was gracious in defeat, and I’m certain he’s looking forward to their future opponents.”

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Johnson: Conditioning while fatigued will improve team Andrew Chapple Sports Contributor

When LSU was fatigued at the end of each half last year, sloppy play ensued as the Tigers lost control of the point margin. In turn, LSU coach Trent Johnson has focused on increasing conditioning during practice this season. “They’re going to be pushed unlike they have in the past,” Johnson said. “We practice long; we practice hard.” Johnson said the Tigers have to work on staying mentally and technically sound when their athleticism may diminish due to exhaustion. “We’ve done a lot of late game situations at the tail end of practice because they’re tired,” Johnson said. Freshman guard John Isaac said adjusting to Tiger practices has been brutal because of the amount

of sprints. He said before practice starts, the team runs five times from baseline to baseline in less than 24 seconds. “Then you have to get a ball and run up and down the court as fast as you can for 24 seconds,” Isaac said. “That’s all before, so you’re kind of tired going into practice too.” Isaac said Johnson sets standards for drills, such as making a certain amount of shots. If players don’t meet those standards, they run. During practice, most of the conditioning is tied into basketball drills. “There’s nothing that we do in practice that doesn’t apply to what they can be doing in a game,” Johnson said. “I’m not big on guys lining up on the line and just running for a form of punishment.” Johnson said his main method for conditioning is the quaker drill,

which is a variation of the full court three man weave. Players run down the court passing the ball to each other and shoot at the end before turning around and running the other way for two to three minutes. “Coach Johnson describes it as a way to concentrate on catching the ball with two hands and making plays when you’re tired,” said sophomore guard Ralston Turner. Turner and junior transfer center Justin Hamilton said they often split into separate teams for competitive drills, which keeps the intensity high at practice. “Practice itself is pretty hard, but we also have a lot of competitions, so whoever loses, runs,” Turner said. “Over the course of time that will get you in shape.” Contact Andrew Chapple at

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LSU sophomore guard Ralston Turner drives past Northwestern State defenders Nov. 12, 2010, during the Tigers’ 87-78 victory against the Demons in the PMAC.

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Penn State trustees fire Paterno

hindsight, I wish I had done more.” John Surma, the vice chair of STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- the board of trustees said, “these dePenn State trustees fired football cisions were made after careful decoach Joe Paterno and university liberations and in the best interests president Graham Spanier amid the of the university as a whole.” He said Paterno was told by growing furor over how the school handled sex abuse allegations telephone that he was out after spending most of his life at Penn against an assistant coach. The massive shakeup Wednes- State and guiding its football teams day night came hours after Paterno to two national championships in announced that he planned to retire the 1980s. “The past several days have at the end of his 46th season. But the outcry following the ar- been absolutely terrible for the enrest of former assistant coach Jerry tire Penn State community. But the Sandusky on molestation charges outrage that we feel is nothing comproved too much for the board to pared to the physical and psychological suffering that allegedly took ignore. Speaking at his house to a place,” Surma said. The firings came three days couple of dozen students, Paterno before Penn State said, “Right now, hosts Nebraska in I’m not the footits final home game ball coach. And of the season, a day I’ve got to get used usually set aside to to that. After 61 honor seniors on years, I’ve got to the team. get used to it. I apThe ouster of preciate it. Let me the man affectionthink it through.” Joe Paterno ately known as “JoHe shook hands with many former Penn State football coach ePa” brings to an end one of the most of the students, storied coaching careers - not just in some of whom were crying. Other students were upset. A college football but in all of sports. large crowd descended on the ad- Paterno has 409 victories - a record ministration building, shouting “We for major college football - won want Joe back!” then headed to two national titles and guided five teams to unbeaten, untied seasons. Beaver Stadium. One key question has been He reached 300 wins faster than any why Paterno and other top school other coach. Penn State is 8-1 this year, with officials didn’t go to police in 2002 after being told a graduate assistant its only loss to powerhouse Alasaw Sandusky assaulting a boy in a bama. The Nittany Lions are No. 12 in The Associated Press poll. school shower. After 19th-ranked Nebraska, Paterno says he should have done more. Spanier has said he was Penn State plays at Ohio State and at No. 16 Wisconsin, both Big Ten not told the details of the attack. Sandusky has denied the charg- rivals. It has a chance to play in the Big Ten championship game Dec. 3 es. Defensive coordinator Tom in Indianapolis, with a Rose Bowl Bradley will serve as interim coach bid on the line. After meeting Tuesday, Penn while Rodney Erickson will be the State’s board of trustees said it interim school president. Earlier in the day, Paterno said would appoint a committee to inin a statement he was “absolutely vestigate the “circumstances” that devastated” by the case, in which resulted in the indictment of SanSandusky, his onetime heir apparent dusky, and of athletic director Tim was charged with molesting eight Curley and a vice president Gary boys in 15 years, with some of the Schultz, who are accused in an alalleged abuse taking place at the leged cover-up. Paterno notified Curley and Penn State football complex. “This is a tragedy,” Paterno Schultz about the 2002 abuse charge said. “It is one of the great sor- and is not a target of the criminal rows of my life. With the benefit of investigation. Curley and Schultz

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‘Right now, I’m not the football coach. And I’ve got to get used to that.’

have been charged with failing to report the incident to the authorities. Sandusky, who retired from Penn State in June 1999, maintained his innocence through his lawyer. Curley has taken a leave of absence and Schultz has decided to step down. They also say they are innocent. The committee will be appointed Friday at the board’s regular meeting, which Gov. Tom Corbett said he plans to attend, and will examine “what failures occurred and who is responsible and what measures are necessary to ensure” similar mistakes aren’t made in the future. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at

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Penn State football coach Joe Paterno speaks to reporters Tuesday as he leaves for football practice. The Penn State Board of Trustees fired him Wednesday night.

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Senior Yi hopes to overcome late-season struggles in spring

“When I go home to Dallas, I’ll be going hard,” Yi said. “I’ll find a way to practice whether it’s cold or not.” Yi’s fall Morgan Wampold successes have Sports Contributor translated into To say that LSU senior golfer a stronger conSang Yi had big shoes to fill af- fidence in his ter the conclusion of last season game, but there YI would be a understatement. still remains a With the departure of 2011 lot of work to be done, he said. national champion John PeterYi showed some flaws at the son and All-American Andrew Isleworth Collegiate Invitational Loupe, the Tigers looked to Yi as in Windermere, Fla., which ran a team leader this season. from Oct. 23 to 25. The tournaYi, one of two seniors on ment marked the worst of Yi’s the squad, fall performances wrapped up the and his only finish fall portion of outside the top 20. his 2011-2012 He posted 10 campaign with bogeys and two three top-20 double bogeys to put individual finhim out of the top ishes in four 20 with a 7-over-par tournaments. 223. He ranked Despite lateamong the top season struggles, Yi 10 in two of said he remains conthose four. fident in his ability Now, Yi and is optimistic for Sang Yi and the rest of the spring. the Tigers face As for taking LSU senior golfer a four-month over the leadership break until the roles on the team left season resumes in Ponte Vedra behind by Peterson and Loupe, Yi Beach, Fla., when they compete said the challenge inspires rather in the John Hayt Invitational on than intimidates him. Feb. 26. “They had great careers, and Yi said the offseason and that gives me something to strive cold winter weather that comes for,” Yi said. “I feel like them bewith the break won’t be a deter- ing able to accomplish so much rent to his practicing. makes it easier for me to say it’s

Coach Peterson confident in abilities


‘Winning is nice, but my one goal is to get better every single day. If I do that, then at the end of the day, I’ll be fine.’


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New Jersey Nets head coach and Louisiana native Avery Johnson speaks to student-athletes Wednesday at Glen Oaks High School.

attainable, as long as I put in the work.” Peterson said he’s confident in Yi and expects his efforts to translate into victories. “He’s an extremely hard worker both on the course and off,” Peterson said. “Sang is a great senior leader for the other guys.” LSU coach Chuck Winstead

said consistency in the spring will be necessary for Yi to continue his success. “Sang’s had a very good year,” Winstead said. “If he keeps doing what he’s been doing, there’s going to be post season awards for him.” Through all the challenges faced and victories attained, Yi said he has remained focused on

one thing throughout his tenure as a Tiger. “Winning is always nice, but my one goal is to get better every single day,” Yi said. “If I do that, then at the end of the day, I’ll be fine.” Contact Morgan Wampold at


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Plush Love

RED STICK ROUNDUP Friday: Veterans Day Memorial Service Join Baton Rouge residents at the Louisiana Old State Capitol as they conduct a memorial service to honor the men and women of the Armed Forces. The event is free and lasts from 11 a.m. to noon.

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Robert Earl Keen in concert Keen will make a stop in Baton Rouge at The Varsity Theatre as a part of his tour to promote his latest album, “Ready for Confetti.” $20. Chris Isaak in concert “Wicked Games” singer Isaak will take the Manship Theatre stage for a one-night performance. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. $100. photo courtesy of THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Saturday: The Captain Legendary Band Stop in at Chelsea’s Cafe at 10:30 p.m. to listen to a band which boasts a country and rock ‘n’ roll blend.



“The Importance of Being Earnest” Join the Aquila Theatre company as it presents its rendition of the Oscar Wilde comedy about social conventions in 19th-century London. Manship Theatre $38.50

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[Top left] A colorful collection of stuffed animals populates the bookshelf of psychology senior Laura Germany. [Bottom left] Germany displays a small portion of her stuffed animals Wednesday in the Student Union. [Right] Germany adorns her bed with an impressive collection of stuffed animals.

In an attempt to cherish childhood memories, students bring stuffed animals to college

Kevin Thibodeaux Entertainment Writer

Parker the penguin almost didn’t make it. When apparel design sophomore Jessica Sapera was younger, her favorite stuffed animal was involved in a traumatic accident that left the penguin without a head. “One time, when we went on vacation, my mom washed [Parker], and his head fell off,” Sapera said. “I cried, and my mom had to sew [the head] back on.” The stuffed penguin is still kicking, and Sapera even brought it to college with her. Along with Parker, she also brought her childhood blanket, which has sat on her bed since she

was little and is a source of comfort when she gets nostalgic. “I’ll get really homesick sometimes, and I’ll call my mom and hold my blanket,” Sapera said. Parker and the blanket are a couple of the many childhood objects that have accompanied students on the drive to Baton Rouge. Psychology professor Mary Lou Kelley said this is not uncommon, as stuffed animals and other childhood objects are sources of comfort for college students during stressful times. “The main reason, I think, is you associate those items with safety and security and being STUFFED, see page 23

Top Toys of the ‘90s: Beanie Babies Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Lamaze Learning Products Tickle Me Elmo Tamagotchi Furby Groovy Girls Source: FORBES


Lafayette-based restaurant opens in Baton Rouge Burgersmith puts local twist on gourmet burger Joey Groner Entertainment Writer

Burgersmith, Baton Rouge’s newest burger joint, is looking to capitalize on a nationwide hunger for high-quality restaurant ingredients by serving up fresh gourmet burgers. General manager Justin Copenhaver said Burgersmith, located at the corner of Perkins Road and South Acadian Thruway, focuses

on making handcrafted burgers with quality ingredients. Similar restaurants are popping up all over the country, and Copenhaver believes the reason for their success is simple. “It’s one of those times in the economy where if you’re going to spend money on food, you want to make sure it’s top-notch quality,” Copenhaver said. “If you’re going to spend however much money, why get it somewhere where you’re not sure what the quality is?” Burgersmith originally opened in 2009 in Lafayette after founder and University alumnus Russell Umbricht left his job as a RESTAURANT, see page 23


Burgersmith features a local twist on the gourmet burger. It opened Oct. 24 and is located in Acadian Plaza.

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Reveille Ranks

The Beach Boys, “The Smile Sessions”


Capitol Records

“Smile” was the greatest album never heard until 2004. Brian Wilson and his band released “Smile” that year to much critical acclaim, but we haven’t heard the “full” album with original Beach Boys recordings until now. Essentially, it’s the same songs in the same order as Wilson’s album, only now it includes The Beach Boys. This is great because both versions are amazing. Songs “Our Prayer” and “Heroes and Villains” set the bar high for the rest of the album, and it doesn’t disappoint. The Beach Boys were always known for their tunes about surfing, girls and California, but “The Smile Sessions” shows how creative they could be. It’s stunning to see Wilson’s creative mind at work in this album, and one can only wonder the masterpieces The Beach Boys could have released if everything had gone according to plan.


Angels and Airwaves, “Love: Part Two”

To the Stars Records

Angels and Airwaves’ newest album, “Love: Part Two,” is an extension of the band’s 2010 release, “Love,” which was re-released to accompany “Part Two” in a double album. The spacey, synth-heavy “Saturday Love” sets the tone for the second part, which seems to perfectly match the astronaut on the album cover. Angels and Airwaves spurred from Blink-182’s breakup and features the same frontman, Tom DeLonge. While Angels and Airwaves has a more mellow sound, DeLonge still exudes punk. His nasally voice grinds against the satiny acoustics, creating a sound that awkwardly dances between punk and alternative. “Love: Part Two” isn’t bad — it’s enjoyable and flows smoothly with its companion album. While some tracks sound too familiar, others like “Inertia” are interesting and complex. It’s a hit-and-miss effort.



Childish Gambino, “Camp”


Childish Gambino, the rapping moniker of “Community” actor Donald Glover, has until now only released music independently. But he marks his first album with the backing of a record label with “Camp,” which solidifies the Renaissance man’s claims of being a legitimate musician. Gambino’s songs are a mix of Lil Wayne’s signature puns and Drake’s introspection. Delivered at a breakneck pace, lines like, “Took the jacket off third period, ellipsis,” showcase the former “30 Rock” writer’s use of clever wordplay. Glover also uses his music to tell personal tales from his childhood, like how his parents worked two jobs to send him to a “white school.” Songs range from the futuristic dubstep sounds of “Heartbeat” to the slower hand clap of “All the Shine.” Overall, it’s this production that sets the album apart from any of Gambino’s previous independent releases.



The Decemberists, “Long Live The King”

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“Long Live The King,” the 24-minute follow up to The Decemberists’s January release “The King Is Dead,” leaves a little something to be desired. While the songs are mellow and easy to listen to, they are easily forgotten. The band’s cover of the 1973 Grateful Dead song “Row Jimmy” doesn’t come close to the original tune. Excluded from the album’s monotony is “Sonnet,” which includes lively, big band instruments which beautifully play the melody, unaccompanied by vocals, for the second half of the song. “Burning Davy,” with its electric guitar riffs and morose lyrics, has a darker vibe than the rest of the EP. A few extra songs on the album would have made for a more focused sound and possibly more stand-out singles.



“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3”


Let’s just get this out the way – yes, the “Call of Duty” franchise is primarily responsible for the recent bastardization of firstperson shooters. But while many try to copy it, there’s just nothing like the real thing. “Modern Warfare 3” delivers more of what fans want – a fun, brisk campaign and a completely revamped Spec Ops mode where you and your friends can battle wave after wave of enemies. A top-notch multiplayer experience changes things up a bit to keep it fresh, but sticks to the same formula that’s made it successful. The game’s short campaign is disappointingly devoid of the jaw-dropping moments included in its predecessors, but this and a few other downfalls won’t stop fans from having a fun time and coming back for more.



Summer Camp, “Welcome to Condale”

Indie-pop duo Summer Camp evokes exactly what you’d expect in Apricot Recording Company its debut album — a summery, youthful feeling reminiscent of late-night sleepovers and pool parties. For most of “Welcome to Condale,” the group delivers these vibes in short, emphatic bursts of pop-rock, backed by jangling guitars and fuzzy synthesizers. Like a John Hughes movie, the tunes are nostalgic, sweet and unapologetically cheesy. Summer Camp only hits a sour note when it veers from this formula. Tracks like “Nobody Knows You” and “Done Forever” are slow-paced, even downright boring. But the duo delivers all its high-energy charm in standouts like “Summer Camp” and “Down.” The album builds on its own energy, amping up the pep and charm as it progresses. Only the slower tracks disturb its flow.


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LSU alumna competes to say ‘I do’ to dream wedding Kittu Pannu

Entertainment Writer

A former University student is on her way to winning the wedding of her dreams. University alumna Annie Blaylock originally stumbled upon the contest at work as she perused wedding vendor websites. “Since my fiancé and I were newly engaged, we were trying to figure out how to have a wedding because they are very expensive,” Blaylock said. “I just thought, ‘I am going to apply for this to see what would happen,’ but I did not expect in a million years that we would be finalists.” The competition drew more than 100 applicants, said Brandi Dunagan, co-founder of the Entwined 2012 competition and wedding coordinator and designer. Of the 11 finalists, Blaylock and her fiancé, Tyler McQueen, stood out the most, Dunagan said. “We love their story, and we chose them because they seem like really genuine people,” Dunagan said. “They’re not trying to make up some grandiose story about why they deserve this wedding, they’re just being themselves.” Blaylock wrote a 300-word essay and submitted photos of the couple. “Four days later, we got a call saying that we were finalists,” Blaylock said. “We were very flattered and honored.” Her essay was a chance to spread a message of valuing family and loved ones, Blaylock said. Losing her father when she was 5 years old helped her become the woman she is today. “In my essay, the message I was trying to get out was that to never take for granted your family, your parents or any loved ones, because you never know what’s going to happen and life’s too short,” Blaylock said. “We’ve been overwhelmed by

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LSU alumna Annie Blaylock and fiancé Tyler McQueen pose with an inflatable Mike the Tiger while tailgating during the 2010 LSU football game against Ole Miss.

the support from family and friends and people we don’t even know.” Entwined 2012 awards one lucky couple a dream wedding, featuring either a bohemian-inspired theme or glamorous-styled one. Blaylock favors the “glam” version. “I think they’re both beautiful, but I really want the ‘glam,’ because I love the elegant flowers and the old car that pulls up to take the bride and groom away,” Blaylock said. After graduating from the University in 2005, Blaylock returned home to Houston to take a job. She met McQueen at a crawfish boil and, five years later, she was engaged. Winners of the contest receive the venue, photographer, wedding planner and design, catering, florist, reception event with music, attire, cake, favors, accommodations, hair and makeup, jewelry, custom lighting, transportation and more. “It’s not just the wedding, it’s really like a whole weekend of events,” Blaylock said. If they win, Blaylock and McQueen will donate some of their winnings to the Humane Society of the United States. “I have a dog that I rescued

when I was at LSU. I could hardly afford to eat, let alone buy my books, and here I was paying for a dog’s vet bill,” Blaylock said. “I wanted to pick [a charity] that was universal. I didn’t want to pick a local Houston group that people couldn’t associate themselves with.” Entwined 2012 is Austin and San Antonio-centric right now, but they plan to branch out to other parts of Texas. “It came as a natural and organic progression with who we were marketing to in the beginning,” Dunagan said. “All of our vendors are really from the Austin and San Antonio area because the wedding venue is right smack dab in the middle of Austin and San Antonio. We saw it as a merging of two different communities in Texas, and we thought we’d spread the word and make it national.” Voting ends Nov. 15 at midnight, and the results will be available Nov. 16.

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International Animation Festival to hold fall retrospective today Emily Herrington Entertainment Writer

The Shaw Center for the Arts is getting animated. The center will host a Fall Retrospective presented by the Red Stick International Animation Festival starting at 1:30 p.m. today, featuring a technology fair, game expo, lectures and screening of films from past festivals. This is the first Fall Retrospective for the 7-year-old festival, said Stephen Beck, festival director, AVATAR initiative director and School of Music faculty member. The full-fledged Animation Festival is put on every year by the University’s Center for Computation and Technology and is usually a week-long affair. The 2012 fest will be held in June. The retrospective will kick

off today with samples of recent Electronic Arts video games, a showcase of projects from the University’s Arts, Visualization, Advanced Technologies and Research program and demonstrations of the Center for Computation and Technology’s latest research in visualization, mobile applications, music interaction and computation. Beck said AVATAR is a digital media research program on campus that tests the latest technology from mobile devices to 3-D glasses. At 3:30 p.m., animation industry professionals from companies such as EA and Pixel Magic will present lectures targeted toward students about how to break into the field and find success. After the informational sessions there will be a showing of the best films from the past six years of the festival. It will also mark the

establishment of the Louisiana Animation Hall of Excellence and honor the first inductee, William Joyce. According to the animation festival’s website, the Louisiana Animation Hall of Excellence was created “to honor outstanding achievement in animation, visual effects and digital media by Louisiana citizens.” Beck said it’s important to recognize homegrown talent in the animation industry. The festival, birthed in 2005, is the oldest film festival in downtown Baton Rouge, Beck said. “It’s grown to be not just about technology, not just about creativity, but really about supporting the creative and technology culture in Baton Rouge and in the state,” he said. Though the crowd varies annually, Beck said festival attendance

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A sign advertising the Red Stick International Animation Festival from 2005 sits outside the Old State Capitol building. The festival will take place today at 1:30 p.m.

is usually in the thousands, and he’s expecting a full house of about 300 for the screening in the Manship Theatre. The lectures or daytime events are free, but tickets are required

for the film screening. Tickets are available at the Manship Theatre box office for $6.50. Contact Emily Herrington at


Shady’s Bar to host Homecoming paint party Friday

Shady’s paint party was a “spur-ofthe-moment” idea. “We want to start a big tradition Patrons of Shady’s Bar will be for LSU Homecoming,” he said. dirtier than usual on Friday as they Udochu Ogbonnaya, mechaniglow in the dark at the bar’s first cal engineering freshman, said he paint party. thinks the University creates a good In spirit of the University’s amount of hype for Homecoming homecoming week, former LSU week with Monday’s Splatterbeat cheerleaders will event and other gocover bar-goers in ings-on throughout purple and gold the week. glow-in-the-dark But Sophia paint. Perlander, comShady’s genmunication studies eral manager John sophomore, said Peak said the the Homecoming Homecoming celcelebrations are John Peak ebration is a first mainly directed Shady’s general manager for the bar, and he toward on-campus hopes it will pump residents, and the up customers for Saturday’s Home- Baton Rouge community doesn’t do coming football game. much to generate Homecoming ex“Besides the parade and events citement. during the day, LSU doesn’t do a Shady’s is also hosting a canned whole lot to get everybody in the food drive similar to the University’s spirit of Homecoming. People don’t ongoing CANapalooza drive to doreally go out for it. I’ve never really nate to the Greater Baton Rouge seen it as a big night.” Peak said. “So Food Bank. that’s what I’m trying to do is create Peak said everyone who brings that to get people in the spirit.” a can will have a dollar added in his Peak said other bars in the area or her name to the “Pay Your Tuition don’t usually celebrate Homecom- Fund.” At the end of the night, there ing week or host special events, and will be a drawing to determine a

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‘We want to start a big tradition for LSU Homecoming.’

winner who will receive cash from the fund. The night will also feature a competition for the best homemade LSU-spirited cup, which can be filled up to 12 ounces for $3 throughout the night, Peak said. The winner with the best-looking chalice will

receive $100 cash. There will also be a competition for the best painted revelers in three categories — best female, best male and best group. “We’ve learned that competitions and fundraisers go really well together, and it’s for everybody,

which is what we’re trying to create — something that’s good for LSU, good for the bar and good for the customers,” Peak said. Contact Emily Herrington at

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Meatless Monday campaign sees popularity increase Emily Herrington

Entertainment Writer

The challenge: Go one day a week without eating meat. The Humane Society of the United States doesn’t think it’s too much to ask, arguing that the benefits far outweigh the cost of missing out on a carnivorous meal. The organization recently revived the Meatless Monday campaign that originated during World War I, said Paul Shapiro, senior director of farm animal protection for the Humane Society. The campaign was originally enacted to help stretch dollars during the war efforts. Meatless Monday has been widely embraced because it takes minimal effort and helps the environment and animal welfare, Shapiro said. The plan also helps reduce risks of heart disease, obesity

and diabetes. Briggitte Mosley, dietitian and director of Athletic Dining, said eating meatless meals lowers cholesterol and fat intake and increases fiber. She said there are little to no risks in omitting meat from a diet if it’s only once a week. “If you plan on doing it longterm, you definitely need to pay attention to make sure you’re getting the right nutrients,” Mosley said. Beans, veggie burgers, tofu and dairy products are good alternatives to eating meat, Mosley said. Emily Berkey, sociology senior and former vegetarian, said getting full on meatless meals isn’t as difficult as some may think. “I go weeks at a time without eating meat, and I don’t even notice,” Berkey said. “I eat lots of beans for protein and nuts. If you mix mushrooms and bean sprouts with a whole grain, that’s a complete meal right there.”

Shapiro said the Meatless Monday campaign’s popularity has increased after public figures like Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Clinton have touted the benefits of shifting to a plant-based diet. “This is a trend that’s fast growing in terms of popularity for so many reasons,” Shapiro said. “We’ll all be better off if we laid off animals and chose a more plantbased diet.” Reducing meat consumption not only prevents animal cruelty and improves health, but can also combat the effects of climate change, Shapiro said. This is because animal agriculture is one of the greatest contributors to climate change. “If every American participated in Meatless Monday [for a year], we would have 1.4 billion fewer animals that were locked up on factory farms,” Shapiro said. “That’s

one-seventh of the number of animals we confine on factory farms each year.” Shapiro said going meatless on Mondays is encouraged because research has shown people are more likely to have habits stick when they’re started on a Monday because it’s seen as a fresh start. David Heidke, director of LSU Dining, said the dining halls do not endorse Meatless Monday, but do offer vegetarian and vegan options. “We’ve been hesitant to not have any meats available,” Heidke said. He also reminded students that meatless does not automatically equate to healthy and offered fried okra as an example — it’s a vegetable, but it’s not particularly healthy because it’s fried. Adam Talley, petroleum engineering junior, said he doesn’t think he has the willpower to avoid eating meat.


University hosts French-inspired film festival Event highlights Louisiana’s culture Eastan Croson Entertainment Writer

The University is embracing its roots this month and giving students a taste of Louisiana’s French culture by hosting the Tourneés Festival. Film screenings, discussions and cultural talks will take place every Monday and Thursday at 6 p.m. in Lockett Hall on campus until Nov. 17. The Oscar-nominated film “Un Prophete” and Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or award winner “Entre Les Murs” have appeared at the festival thus far. Upcoming showings include “White Material” today, “Des Dieux Et Des Hommes” on Nov. 14 and “Copie Conforme” on Nov. 17. “The festival has been a great success so far,” said director of the festival Jerod Ra’Del Hollyfield in an e-mail to The Daily Reveille. “We have held two screenings and have drawn a diverse crowd of students, faculty and members of the Baton Rouge community. Each screening has been attended by roughly 100 people, but we would love to have more.” The festival is co-sponsored by the University’s Center for French and Francophone Studies, Department of English, Department of French Studies, Film & Media Arts Program and International Studies Program. “The interdepartmental interest has been amazing,” said Hollyfield, a Ph.D. candidate in cinema studies. “It’s a true testament to how dedicated faculty are to investigating the global issues that are becoming so much more a part of our daily lives.” The University is hosting the festival as part of a national grant program sponsored by The

French Ministry of Culture and The French Embassy. The University was chosen as a festival site because of recent international political conflicts and Louisiana’s dynamic French history, according to Hollyfield. “The French American Cultural Exchange selecting LSU as a festival sight is a great honor, especially since only 40 schools were given their grant,” Hollyfield said. “It means that they think of LSU as one of the best universities in the nation and Baton Rouge as a city with an interest in these films.” The film festival being hosted at the University only adds to Baton Rouge’s growing film-production industry, Hollyfield said. “The festival is a small start in making Baton Rouge and LSU hotspots for film culture, which means more of the cool jobs students want and more events that would attract people here from other states,” Hollyfield said. The festival is free and offers an opportunity for students to get acquainted with how Louisiana’s celebrated French culture began and how it has shaped the state. “Seeing five French films will not make students fluent enough to go to Paris Fashion Week and network with Jean Paul Gaultier like a native speaker,” Hollyfield said. “What it can do is provide insights into life in France and its former colonies. In addition, seeing a few foreign films in a short series like this may make reading subtitles seem more natural.” The aim of this event is to bring awareness of worldwide globalization and the preservation of French culture that the local community has maintained. “As the flagship research institution of Louisiana, LSU serves as a center for the study of how French culture has influenced the Gulf Coast,” Hollyfield said. “My hope is that the festival will foster discussion between LSU and

the greater Baton Rouge communities about how contemporary French cinema reflects the globalized world and how a unique state like Louisiana fits into that

international scope.”

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Bil Keane, creator of the popular comic strip “Family Circus,” died Wednesday at 89 years old. Keane’s son said Bil died of congestive heart failure.

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Eddie Murphy announced Wednesday that he has withdrawn as host of the 84th Academy Awards following producer Brett Ratner stepping down after making a gay slur. Brian Grazer will replace Ratner, with Deadline reporting the Academy is hoping Grazer can entire Murphy to return to the hosting gig.

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Piers Morgan said Wednesday he will not return to NBC’s “Amercia’s Got Talent” to judge next season. Morgan, who hosts “Piers Morgan Tonight” on CNN, cited a busy schedule as catalyst for his departure.

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Woody Harrelson revealed Wednesday he will play a psychopath in the upcoming crime thriller “Seven Psychopaths.” Harrelson will star alongside Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken in the flick.

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Paintings and various antique furnishings from Michael Jackson’s home in Beverly Hills, seen above, will be auctioned off in December. Jackson’s death bed is among the items being sold.

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CMA Awards celebrate country music

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Grace Potter, left, and Kenny Chesney perform “You and Tequila” on Wednesday evening during the 45th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. The song’s video won Music Video of the Year.

Male Vocalist of the Year:

Blake Shelton Song of the Year:

“If I Die Young” The Band Perry

Album of the Year:

“My Kinda Party” Jason Aldean

Vocal Group of the Year:


Antebellum Vocal Duo of the Year:


Female Vocalist of the Year:

New Artist of the Year:

Miranda Lambert

The Band Perry

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As usual, the Opinion Section of our website,, has been absolutely buzzing with reader comments. Check it out today, and let your voice be heard. Regarding Taylor Balkom’s entertainment column, “Bieber baby claims will end badly for ‘mama’,” readers had this to say: “If you’re going to take a moral stance with your article, then you can’t use phrases like ‘ignoring your moral views’ and insist that ending the life of an unborn child is a better alternative than falsely accusing someone of paternity--an act that can quickly be proven false with little harm done. I’m not justifying her actions either, but she chose life first

and foremost, and that was the most moral of all decisions. And for the record, if you’re going to accuse someone of being selfish, then please be aware that abortion is one of the most selfish acts possible. ‘My freedom is more important than another human being’s life...’ What’s more ‘selfish,’ or to borrow your word-- ‘pathetic,’ than that?” -Anonymous

news item where this gal last year accused an ex-boyfriend of being the father of her child, which he denied, so she’s just a sad and sick person.” -ER

“Get a life no one cares — funny how people throw themselves over some gay teen and follows them like little puppies. Its sad..” -Anonymous

Regarding the sports article, “Reid, LSU defense keep Alabama out of end zone Saturday,” readers had this to say:

“I’m not a Bieber fan so am not posting this to defend him. I saw a

“OK for the sake of argument what if it does come back positive than what. what will beiber do that’s what I want to know will he support the kid or what.” -Anonymous

“Who ever wrote this story must be blind it is bama’s ball” -Anonymous

“Get your eyes checked. the bama player hasn’t hit the ground’s Reid’s knee underneath him. the bama guy was juggling & when the play is over LSU had possession. it was reviewed and confirmed. the only injustice would have been calling it a completion. if it wasn’t Reid’s ball, then it was an incomplete pass. the TE never had possession after initially catching it. he got it knocked loose mid-air & taken away before the two players came to rest” -Anonymous “The TV replay of this play shows the Bama player catching the ball with both hands. If this is an accurate photo, that has not been photoshopped, it shows the Bama player on the ground still with the

Thursday, November 10, 2011 ball in both hands. I’m puzzled as to why this photo accompanied this article??” -Anonymous “Go watch the replay online, it was the right call. sounds like you’re a little bitter.” -Anonymous “Looks to me - from your picture - the player in red has possession of the ball . . .” -Anonymous

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Patients and doctors to blame for unnecessary medical bills According to a recent study by the Mount Sinai and Brown University schools of medicine, primary care physicians prescribed at least $6.8 billion worth of unnecessary tests, procedures and medications to patients in 2009. The study considered tests and procedures unnecessary if the patient exhibAndrew ited no apparent Shockey symptoms or risk Columnist factors linked with the disorder associated with the test. Some of these unnecessary tests included ordering a complete blood cell count during a routine physical, which accounted for more than $32 million in 2009. Physicians were also found to order bone density scans in women younger than 65 showing no signs of osteoporosis and ordering pap smears to test for cervical cancer in women under 21. The $6.8 billion figure is conservative, according to the study’s head author Dr. Minal Kale, because it does not include the emotional and financial costs of incorrect test results. Many imaging scans return false positive readings because the human body can develop numerous benign growths, which are indistinguishable from cancer on many scans. These false positives can result in even more unnecessary tests, which increase both a patient’s hospital bill and anxiety. False negatives are also a

major problem with a variety of tests. If a scan fails to detect any abnormalities, many patients will disregard future warning signs and symptoms believing they are perfectly healthy after receiving a battery of tests. While medical scans have progressed dramatically in the last few years, they are still relatively unreliable for diagnosing conditions without other symptoms and risk factors. Patients, doctors and insurers are all to blame in regards to unnecessary testing since many doctors have a financial stake in ordering more tests while patients have forced doctors to constantly cover their bases to avoid malpractice suits. The current medical insurance model facilitates over-testing by encouraging patients to adopt an all-you-can-eat approach to their medical care since they only pay their hospital bill indirectly. Doctors are also encouraged to subject insured patients to a variety of expensive tests to increase hospital revenue. A poll by the Jackson Healthcare consulting firm found 73 percent of doctors admit to practicing defensive medicine, ordering tests and procedures they believe are unnecessary for patient care, but necessary for avoiding potential lawsuits. The polled doctors estimated defensive medicine is responsible for roughly one quarter of the $2.5 trillion spent on healthcare in the U.S. annually. CT scans are a major area of concern since they subject patients to several hundred times the

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amount of radiation of a standard X-ray while only being more diagnostically relevant in a few cases. One study from the New England Journal of Medicine estimated the radiation from the more than 62 million annual CT scans could be responsible for as many as 1 in 50 future cancer cases in the U.S. Many patients happily accept CT scans and other likely unnecessary tests because they only feel the costs indirectly in their rising health insurance premiums. Patients would also rather run tests than talk about making serious lifestyle changes which would be much more likely to improve their health but requires more personal

sacrifice than running “free” tests. Our current medical system incentivizes doctors and patients to take advantage of unnecessary tests, which can do more harm than good. Unfortunately, changing this system will require removing financial conflicts of interest from doctors as well as educating patients, while somehow reducing doctors’ risks of malpractice suits. Dr. Stephen Smith of Brown University believes medical schools are partially to blame for the rise of unnecessary tests, saying American doctors are “raised in an educational environment where we got dinged if we didn’t order certain tests.” Refining exactly

which tests should be conducted in certain situations could go a long way to reducing unnecessary medical expenses. We will continue wasting money and placing patients at risk until we all learn to accept best medical practices rather than expecting a barrage of tests and procedures for every minor ailment. Andrew Shockey is a 21-yearold biological engineering junior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_Ashockey. Contact Andrew Shockey at


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Apple creates false hype, overpromises features on Siri app

When Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S to the world last month, it was a bit of a letdown in both specs and appearance. Aside from a slightly better camera and a snappier processor, the iPhone 4S is identical to its predecessor. The casing looks exactly like that of the iPhone 4. It was a letdown to those who like to show off their technological penis size by whipping out the latest and greatest new phone. The only real way to boast you’re better than everyone else with your 4S is to show off your new virtual personal assistant, Siri. Siri, an application exclusive to the new iPhone 4S, uses natural language processing to answer questions, send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls and much more, according to Apple’s website. It’s meant to make your life easier. At least that’s what it’s supposed to do. In reality, Siri is nothing more than a cute gimmick and fantastic marketing tool used to suck people

into its mediocrity. With no major changes from the iPhone 4 to 4S, a majority of Apple’s “Let’s Talk iPhone” conference held last month was dedicated to building hype for Siri. D e m o s showing off Siri’s ability to understand natural language wowed audience memAdam Arinder bers and Internet viewers alike, Columnist building up a great deal of excitement for fans, whereupon they flocked to the Apple site to pre-order Apple’s shiny new toy. I didn’t buy into the hype. I didn’t go out and buy an iPhone 4S. However, I have played around with the app and have seen others show off Siri to their friends — The Daily Reveille even interviewed “her.” Needless to say, she was a bit underwhelming. A majority of the features

Apple claims Siri can do simply don’t work as advertised or end up taking a much longer amount of time to complete. Sure, you can ask her “do I need a jacket today?” and Siri can figure out you’re wondering about the weather, or you can just click the handy weather app and see for yourself. Do you really need a computerized female voice to tell you the weather? Why not just stick your head out of the window? Also, like most voice recognition software, Siri has a hard time understanding everyday speech. An Apple commercial shows a wonderful gentleman jogging down by the ocean, listening to music and using the microphone on his headphones to tell Siri to do a variety of chores — she understands everything he says. There were some instances where I had to speak in a monotone, robotic voice in a quiet room just for Siri to understand what I was saying, not talking normally as Apple’s website claims I can. I

don’t speak in a hick accent, and I wasn’t running by the ocean, so it shouldn’t have been that difficult to understand me. I believe that’s what you call a bit of false advertising. Overall, Siri is still a somewhat impressive piece of tech. The app is still in its beta phase and shouldn’t be compared to IBM’s Watson — the supercomputer that can understand natural language and used this ability to win “Jeopardy!”. However, Apple and its rabid fan base pimp her out as having the ability to do everything — including getting a cup of coffee or performing fellatio — when clearly this isn’t the case. Voice technology isn’t new. I’ve been able to tell my phone who to call vocally since 2004. Computers understanding natural language isn’t new either. Ever had a “conversation” with Cleverbot online or one of those goofy bots on AIM? Apple hardly ever innovates new things — it just takes what

already exists and brings mass appeal to it, and Siri isn’t any different. At the moment, Siri is nothing more than a selling tool to push more versions of the new phone. The tech could easily work on the iPhone 4 — hackers have already made it so — but then no one would want to buy a 4S. Don’t buy into the hype. While Siri may seem cool at first, in the end, it’s much easier to perform tasks without using her “assistance.” Adam Arinder is a 22-year-old communication studies senior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_aarinder.

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New ‘no cash’ policy won’t affect most of us or Craigslist As college students, many of us are broke. Instead of buying new things, we scour Amazon, eBay, Craigslist, thrift stores and the classified section to find the things we want at reasonable prices, and a reasonable price typically means buying the good secondhand. A recent bill passed in the Louisiana Leg- Chris Grillot islature seems Columnist to threaten the way people deal with secondhand goods. House Bill 195, which became law on Aug. 15, essentially prohibits people who buy or sell secondhand goods from using cash. State Rep. Rickey Hardy, a co-author of the bill, told Lafayette’s KLFY TV-10 that people now have to pay with checks, money orders or electronic transfers on money. He explained that each transaction will also need a receipt, which is intended to give police a paper trail when tracking thieves who steal things like copper and sell it to stores. The bill appeared to go unnoticed until recently, when some news stations ran stories on how the law can potentially hurt businesses. The bill has also been derided by the public, who claim the law has made it illegal to deal on Craigslist and have garage sales. Being a Craigslist fiend, I had many concerns and decided to get

clarification. It didn’t seem logical to have to go get a money order before deciding to purchase something. Fairly upset, I contacted Rep. Hardy’s office, and was told to talk to Rep. Clif Richardson, another co-author of the bill. Unfortunately, Rep. Richardson was out of the office, so I had to settle for Deana Vickry, his legislative assistant. She talked to me a bit and sent me a press release in which Rep. Richardson explained the bill more thoroughly. While the bill sounds pretty bad, after learning more, much of it seems to have been misunderstood. The bill actually excludes pawn shops, garage sales, nonprofit organizations and charities. Basically, business in these markets can go on using cash without question. Vickry said Craigslist falls under the “garage sale” category, so it would not be affected. Also, the bill does not affect how consumers purchase, and they can always purchase with cash, Rep. Richardson wrote in the press release. So it seems the unclear legal jargon of the bill is probably what caused the misunderstanding. While most markets aren’t affected, there are two places where the bill may actually cause damage to businesses. The bill affects how flea markets and jewelers purchase goods from people, Vickry said. Essentially, if a jeweler wants to buy old jewelry from people, they must use a check, money order or electronic transfer.

KLFY reported that businesses aren’t happy with the new law. According to that report, Danny Guidry, owner of the Pioneer Trading Post in Lafayette finds the bill unacceptable. “We’re going to lose a lot of business,” Guidry told KLFY. “We don’t want this cash transaction taken away from us.” Since the law is meant to help catch criminals, Guidry said he feels he is being targeted for something he isn’t a part of. Basically, some store owners will not be able to pay

customers in cash, which may inevitably lead people away from selling their goods to stores altogether. While it is true that this new law may inconvenience some business owners, the law may ultimately lead to a decline in theft. When a person knows they’re creating a paper trail when selling stolen goods, they may avoid theft all together. In the end, House Bill 195 won’t affect most of us unless we deal with jewelers and flea markets.

No, it’s not entirely right to tell people they can’t be paid in cash, the most basic legal tender. Either people get used to it, or the bill will probably get amended. I guess we’ll see next year. Chris Grillot is a 20-year-old English and mass communication junior from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_cgrillot.

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cared for and loved,” she said. Kelley said the objects, like a picture, are a way of having one’s family or loved ones with them at college. “The objects are associated with positive events and experiences,” she said. Kelley speculates it is mostly females who use stuffed animals to cope with stressful events because of the feminine connotations the objects have. She said males probably have their own items associated with comfort. Denise Lee, manager of Victoria’s Toy Station on Government Street, said the only college-aged students she notices buying stuffed animals are men purchasing the items for their girlfriends, mostly around Valentine’s Day or Christmas. Lee said even with today’s new technologies, children are still drawn to stuffed animals. “It’s more of a comfort, a security thing,” Lee said. “People like to hold onto something.” Psychology senior Laura Germany said she has collected about 50 stuffed animals over the years. Germany started with a couple of stuffed animals from her childhood, and then her boyfriend and roommates started giving them to her as gifts. Germany’s boyfriend, psychology senior Taylor Copeland, said the collection has continued to grow. “It’s kind of snowballed, like, ‘yeah, you know, I have a bunch of Beanie Babies,’ and she was always crazy about Beanie Babies and ... as a child, she would literally do just about anything for them,” Copeland said. “And it went from me getting her a couple, and then

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sports bar, but we also want to entertain students as well. They can chef at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. come in, have a couple of beers, He decided to open a high-quality have a great burger and relax.” Business freshman Brook burger restaurant and set out with business partner Denny Hensgens Crain, who works at Burgersmith as a waitress, said in its first three to create the perfect burger. After the success of the La- weeks of business, the restaurant has seen a healthy fayette store, many mix of students, cities were considfamilies and busiered for expansion, nesspeople. but Baton Rouge “Lunch is our was chosen as the busiest time beperfect location for cause of the busia young business, nesses around Copenhaver said. here, but at night “We looked it’s pretty busy, into a couple difJustin Copenhaver too,” Crain said. ferent markets “I’ve seen a lot of like Mandeville general manager, Burgersmith students and a lot and Covington, of families in here. even Houston and Shreveport,” Copenhaver said. It’s a good mix of people.” Copenhaver said he’s aware “The thing about Baton Rouge that was really enticing is the fact that that Burgersmith is facing stiff comit’s a big market. It’s a great place petition in the Baton Rouge market, to spread the name before possi- whether it’s from newly-opened bly taking the next step outside the state.” Copenhaver said the restaurant’s location at Perkins and South Acadian was also a deciding factor. “Having the student population and the campus so close while being in a residential area, you couldn’t ask for a better spot,” Copenhaver said. “The location is absolutely perfect.” The restaurant’s interior is simple, made up of booths, tables and a bar area. Flat-screen TVs and pictures of the restaurant’s food line the walls. Copenhaver said that while Burgersmith will always be a family restaurant, he would like for it to become a place to watch football games. “The concept that we go by is a fast, casual family restaurant,” Copenhaver said. “We’re not a

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‘[Customers] can come in, have a couple of beers, have a great burger and relax.’

page 23 Fat Cow or traditional hotspots like George’s. He said the restaurant knows it must distinguish itself. “Our signature thing is our Smith sauce, which is a mayonnaise base mixed with our Burgersmith ale, then mixed with our Smith seasonings,” Copenhaver said. “Of course, we like to feature Louisiana items. Everything on tap comes from local breweries like Tin Roof and Abita.” Copenhaver said the restaurant is looking toward the future, anticipating a move outside the state once the Baton Rouge store becomes successful. “We want to do probably four to five corporate restaurants before we franchise,” said Copenhaver. “But even if we move to Texas or wherever, we still want to be based in Louisiana.” Contact Joey Groner at

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