Football: Columnist thinks Lee needed more play time in Saturday’s game, p. 8
Construction: River Road closure to affect traffic for four months, p. 4
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Steering the Flagship
HEALTH College administrators are under the spotlight amid climbing tuition and mounting student debt. The Daily Reveille poses
about making the tough decisions Andrea Gallo Staff Writer
Programs cut. Professors laid off. Tuition hiked. When these troublesome topics arise, administrators decide the fate and the future of universities. They’re also the ones taking the brunt of the blame as the nation’s higher education crisis leaves students and parents wide-eyed at the price tag of a college education. LSU is no stranger to these problems. This year alone, the University took a $1.9 million budget cut, and tuition for residents increased by nearly $300, while non-resident tuition rose by around $1,400. How do the University’s administrators cope? Chancellor Michael Martin and Director of External Affairs Jason Droddy spoke with The Daily Reveille about higher education and its leadership.
Chancellor Michael Martin speaks at the Chancellor-Faculty Senate Forum Oct. 16, 2010, in the Shaver Theatre in the Music and Dramatic Arts building.
Crime: Former LSU football player Charles Scott charged with rape, p. 7
What qualities do higher education administrators need? “You have to believe in the power of higher education. You’ve got to be thick-skinned enough to defend those values even when others affront them and challenge them,” Martin said. “You need an objective that transcends the moment. You’ve also just got to love the environment. I don’t think you can do any of these jobs without coming to work every day
Blood drive held on campus all week Josh Naquin Staff Writer
How do administrators take controversial stances without angering donors? “You’ve got to decide when you’re willing to run a risk, not on behalf of yourself but on behalf of
Students have one last chance to donate blood on campus before the year ends. The Student Health Center, in conjunction with ﬁve local blood banks, is holding a campus-wide blood drive on Tower Drive that Blood donation will run Monday preparation tips: through Friday • Drink an extra from 10 a.m. to 4 16 oz. of water p.m. • Eat a healthy The Blood meal Center, Our Lady of the Lake, • Get a good Ochsner, United night’s sleep Blood Services • Do not donate and LifeShare if you are feelwill take turns ing ill running two mobile blood donation units in front of the Student Union. The event marks the last of ﬁve campuswide drives held this year. The center has been organizing ﬁve campus-wide blood
HIGHER ED, see page 6
BLOOD DRIVE, see page 6
loving it. This is a fragile organism. You’ve got to love it enough that you’re going to protect it, even sometimes at the risk of your career or reputation.”
Jefferson gets first 2011 start in 42-9 rout of W. Kentucky Tigers 10-0 for first time since 1958 Albert Burford Sports Contributor
The quarterback that brought LSU to an 8-0 record sat on the bench as the game started for the ﬁrst time this season during LSU’s 42-9 victory against Western Kentucky. The win pushed No. 1 LSU to its ﬁrst 10-0 record since the 1958 season, when LSU won a national championship. Senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson, who played the majority of LSU’s 9-6 win against Alabama, got his ﬁrst start of the season, while fellow senior quarterback Jarrett Lee didn’t see playing time
until the fourth quarter. LSU coach Les Miles said the decision to name Jefferson the starter was made late in the week. “The decision made by the staff and myself on the quarterbacks was a one-game decision,” he said. “We’ll kind of go from there. I certainly liked how both quarterbacks played.” Jefferson completed eight passes on 14 attempts for 168 yards and one touchdown on a 59-yard bomb to junior wide receiver Rueben Randle in the ﬁrst quarter. Lee went 2-of-4 for 15 yards and a touchdown. As Lee stepped onto the ﬁeld in the fourth quarter, he was greeted with enthusiasm from the remaining LSU contingent. Senior offensive lineman T-Bob Hebert downplayed the impact of one quarterback over
the other. “I don’t think it affected us at all,” Hebert said. “We’re used to both these guys and we have faith in both of these guys that they can come in and run the offense efﬁciently.” The Tigers got off to a slow start, leading only 14-7 at halftime against the 41.5-point underdog. Miles said the Tigers lacked intensity throughout the game. “I don’t think that this was in any way an impassioned effort by our guys,” Miles said. “But I think they did the things they needed to do to ensure victory.” At the end of the ﬁrst half, the Hilltoppers were dominating possession, holding the ball for 20:01, while the Tigers only had possession for 9:59. FOOTBALL, see page 6
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Senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson (9) sprints ahead of a Western Kentucky opponent Saturday during the Tigers’ 42-9 victory.
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Nation & World
Monday, November 14, 2011
Germany probes killings of 10 by suspected far-right extremists
Connecticut storm highlights decades of repeat issues
Scrap metal thefts increase in Union Parish, four arrested
BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors are investigating suspicions that the killings of 10 people over a seven-year period were the work of far-right extremists. Federal prosecutors said Friday they were looking into the murders of eight people of Turkish origin and one Greek in several German cities between September 2000 and April 2006, as well as the killing of a police ofﬁcer in the southwestern city of Heilbronn in April 2007.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A storm hits Connecticut and causes hundreds of thousands to lose power. Utility companies take a week or longer to restore it. Public outrage leads to state investigations. Ofﬁcials order service improvements. It’s a never-ending cycle in the Land of Steady Habits. The problems that arose after the freak October snowstorm and Tropical Storm Irene in August are similar to ones that cropped up after other major storms dating back to 1985.
MARION (AP) — Authorities say the high prices being paid for scrap metal and copper are keeping Union Parish sheriff’s investigators busy. The New Star reports that four people were arrested Thursday and Friday and warrants issued for another suspect. Twenty-eight-year-old Titus Douglas, of Marion was arrested Thursday, and accused of stealing pipe and channel iron from property in Marion. The victim reported the value of the pipe and iron at $1,000. He was booked for theft of items valued at more than $500 and trespass. Southern University considers merging eight academic colleges
Rescued baseball player Wilson Ramos says he’s thankful to be alive VALENCIA, Venezuela (AP) — His eyes tearing up with emotion, Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos embraced his rescuers Saturday and said he had wondered whether he would survive a twoday kidnapping ordeal that ended when commandos swept into his captors’ mountain hideout. Ramos said that he was happy to be alive a day after his rescue, saying that his ﬁnal moments as a prisoner were hair-raising as police and the kidnappers exchanged heavy gunﬁre in the remote area where he was being held.
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Aerial view of a house in Zwickau, eastern Germany, that was set on fire and exploded a week ago photographed Sunday.
Newborn baby added to Nigeria payroll, earning $150 a month LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A newborn baby in Nigeria got added to a government payroll, earning about $150 a month for the last two or three years, a discovery indicative of the widespread corruption starving the oil-rich West African nation of much needed funds, authorities said Friday. The baby was one of many socalled “ghost workers” found to be getting salaries without performing a job, said Garba Gajam, the attorney general of Zamfara state.
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Immigration Enforcement pushes compliance program for businesses ATLANTA (AP) — In the past few months, the roster of companies in a revamped, voluntary immigration enforcement program has expanded by nearly one-ﬁfth as the Obama administration steps up employer audits. It may seem counterintuitive for a company to voluntarily open its books to the scrutiny of federal agents, but ofﬁcials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement say the beneﬁts of its IMAGE program can include lower ﬁnes and can enhance a company’s image.
(AP) — Southern University is proposing merging eight academic colleges and schools into ﬁve as the university begins a reorganization process. The proposed plan would consolidate engineering with architecture, agriculture with the natural sciences and business with public policy, among other changes. The Advocate reports the plan was distributed to faculty Thursday and requested input by Friday.
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1. Finance senior Zachary Corbin, left, is crowned the 2011 Homecoming King. 2. A sorority house shows off its Homecoming spirit with a decorated lawn. 3. Miss LSU-USA Christina Famularo rides down Greek row in the Homecoming parade. 4. Mike the Tiger and cheerleaders wave in the parade. 5. The LSU community is invited to sign the Spirit Wall in front of the Student Union.
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Stadium staff help injured and sick during games Day games usually bring fewer issues Kate Mabry Staff Writer
While cheering and celebrating in Tiger Stadium, students may not notice some of the most important people at the game — the stadium medical staff. At a typical game, the team includes about 30 to 35 professional ﬁrst responders and about 40 ﬁrst aid volunteers who care for the lives of the 92,000 people in Death Valley. David Taylor, assistant director for the Athletics Department, attributes some of the sickness in the stadium to general illness and others to excessive drinking. “Students are often dehydrated, and the heat causes nausea,” he said. “Drinking also contributes to the problem.” On an average game day, stadium staff usually sees between 30 to 40 cases that go to the trauma room. Of those, about 8 to 10 come from the student section, Taylor said. The stadium contains between eight and 10 ﬁrst aid stations with physicians on hand during each game. Each section has a station dedicated to it, and the main trauma room for emergencies is located near Gate 5 where the north end zone meets the west lower end zone, he said. According to Taylor, there is not a signiﬁcant increase in cases between day and nighttime games,
but the staff has seen fewer issues problems outside of the stadium during this year’s games. where fans tailgate. The respond“This year has been relatively ers drive around campus parking quiet,” he said. “We haven’t seen lots with a cart of supplies lookthe higher numbers that we have ing for anyone who might need in years past. The bigger games at assistance and station their headnight would pose the opportunity quarters off Nicholson Drive near to have more issues from drink- Lot B. ing.” Michelle Forbes, undeclared Taylor said in order to pre- freshman and ﬁrst aid volunteer, vent accidents said the most in the stadium, common probthe medical team lems she encounis assigned to ters include heatthe student gate related illnesses. four hours before “We also see kickoff. He said some falls and the staff can imscrapes, but mostmediately reach ly, we see students with heat-related students at the illnesses from exgate and assist cessive drinking them before they David Taylor and not enough enter. assistant director for the water,” she said. “A lot of Athletics Department In order to times, we have to give everyone the beneﬁt of the prevent heat-related ailments, doubt,” he said. “It can be tough to Forbes suggests students drink ﬁnd students that need assistance water while tailgating and stay hydrated throughout the game. once they are in the stadium.” Forbes said the procedure for Taylor said once in the stadium, students in need can go to volunteer ﬁrst aid responders inthe ﬁrst aid station. If a student cludes documenting the situation, becomes sick in the stands, he ad- receiving permission to treat the vised students report it to the staff patient and performing basic diagnoses. immediately. “If the situation is serious, we In the case of a clean-up, the call is reported to the section have professional ﬁrst responders where the accident occurred. Staff and a trauma unit,” she said. Forbes said she usually works members in the area will safely dispose of the waste. He said the on the lower student section, custodial staff is designated to which is one of the more crowded clean up spills and human waste, areas of the stadium. while the medical staff responds Each room holds about ﬁve when blood is involved. to seven responders depending on Taylor said the City of Baton the number of volunteers that day Rouge EMS is responsible for and the size of the speciﬁc room.
‘Students are often dehydrated, and the heat causes nausea. Drinking also contributes to the problem.’
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AJ Sagan, political science senior, said he frequently attends home games, and the most common situations he’s encountered while in the stadium are students vomiting and passing out on the bleachers. “The student section is packed and crazy,” Sagan said. “Students are jumping up and down, and the sun is blaring down [during day time games].” Sagan said nighttime games are more chaotic than those during the day. Despite the additional day heat, he explained students have a longer opportunity to drink while tailgating for night games. “When students are tailgating all day, they are more likely to be intoxicated,” Sagan said.
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Monday, November 14, 2011
River Road closures affect traff ic
Highway to close for four months Brian Sibille Staff Writer
Closures on River Road could cause problems for travelers to the University during the next four months, especially those attending the last home football game of the season. River Road, or Highway 327, will be closed south of Brightside Drive from Trinity Lane to Ben Hur Road. A University broadcast e-mail said repairs to the levee at Duncan Point could affect those who rely on River Road when driving to and from the University. The levee is being repaired after the Mississippi River flood caused damage to it earlier this year. The closure has prompted a change in game day traffic procedures, which went into effect for Saturday’s game against Western Kentucky and will extend to the final home game against the University of Arkansas on Nov. 25. Southbound traffic on River Road will be diverted to Brightside Drive after games. The e-mail also said Gourrier Avenue will not be accessible from River Road. Vehicles parked in the Hayfield Lot will be forced to exit via Gourrier Avenue to Nicholson Road. All other post-game procedures will not be affected by the closure. Any drivers using River Road when traveling to the University should prepare to take
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Portions of River Road are closed due to construction, which has caused traffic problems during game days. The road will be closed for the next four months.
alternate routes and be ready for possible delays, according to the e-mail. Students living in residential areas near the closure should not have problems accessing their homes, said Brittany Johnson, office coordinator at Aspen Heights. Johnson said the closure begins past entrances to Aspen Heights and other student-populated neighborhoods. “Road closed” signs do appear on River Road in front of the housing community, but the signs serve as a warning for the closure farther down the road, she said. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is responsible for the levee repairs, which are estimated to cost nearly $9 million. The e-mail said an August 2011 survey of flood damages
determined Duncan Point as the area in most need of repair. The project will include construction of a seepage berm, a stretch of land that assists the levee in deterring flooding. The Mississippi River’s water level became dangerously high in the East Baton Rouge area in May. Officials with the New Orleans Mississippi River and Tributaries System said the area requires immediate attention because it has the most potential for loss of lives and damage to property if a similar catastrophe would occur.
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East Laville to be finished April 2012
Renovations under budget, cost $14 M Paul Braun Contributing Writer
East Laville Hall renovations are on schedule and under budget, according to Steve Waller, director of Residential Life. The construction, which is slated to be complete in April 2012, will add 337 beds to the on-campus housing inventory next fall, Waller said. With the addition of Kirby-Smith Hall’s 350 beds at the beginning of the semester in August and the anticipated addition of Residential College One – North Hall and its 358 beds, ResLife will have added more than 1,000 beds to the housing inventory in two years. State legislators approved the East Laville project’s originally estimated cost of $19 million, Waller said. But because of an economic downturn and a drop in construction costs, the
project is expected to cost only $14 million, he said. The costs of the project are broken down into $13 million for construction and $1 million for demolition and disposal. Waller said finishing under budget has been the norm for ResLife since 2007. “We saw costs go down from $250 per square foot to $230 to about $150 as the economy turned,” Waller said. Unlike the changes made at West Laville Hall, renovations at East Laville extended beyond superficial improvements. The hall has been completely gutted, and walls, ceilings, floors, study rooms and common areas will be rebuilt, said ResLife Communications Manager Jay High. High said East Laville’s improvements will also include central heating and air with controls in student rooms. “East Laville will be the residence of the Honors House,” High said. “West Laville will house Honors College students
and non-Honors College students if it does not completely fill with honors students.” The renovation also covers the lobby area connecting East and West Laville halls. The central lobby will serve both buildings and feature a courtyard and patio, Waller said. The second floor will be a faculty residence for the Residential College system, Waller said. Waller said the renovations are part of an orchestrated, decade-long plan that has greatly benefited from the recent “construction climate.” After the completion of the East Laville and Residential College North projects, the next residence hall to undergo major renovations will be Annie Boyd Hall, Waller said.
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drives per year for the last four years. Organizers schedule each drive every eight weeks, with two drives in the fall, two drives in the spring and one drive in the summer, according to Kathy Saichuk, health promotions coordinator for the Student Health Center. “We regulate when we hold the drives to make sure students aren’t trying to donate too often,” Saichuk said. In addition to giving blood, the “Be The Match” campaign will enable people to donate bone marrow at one of the mobile donation units Wednesday. Saichuk said those looking to donate blood should be sure to hydrate with plenty of water and eat a balanced meal before donating. Donors can expect a routine blood iron-count test and a series of background questions when donating. Saichuk said event organizers would like as many people to donate as possible because the fast-approaching holiday season always sees an increased need for blood donations. “We want everyone donating, and not just students — faculty and staff are encouraged to donate as well,” Saichuk said. She said giving blood is a very simple thing to do and just one donation can have a positive effect on many lives. “We’re ranked No. 1 in football,” Saichuk said. “It would be nice to start setting some records for blood donation, too.”
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the institution,” Martin said. He pointed toward stances he took at past jobs. When Martin was the president of New Mexico State University, he gave up University land for a convention center. At first, the move drew a negative outcry, but Martin said he’s now hearing of its success. 3. How can the University make a compelling case to the legislature that it deserves state funds? “We are trying to provide an educational opportunity as good in this state as any state is providing to citizens,” Droddy said. “The state has made us the flagship and we’re trying to live up to that goal.” Droddy and Martin said they align what the University needs with what legislators care about. That means using localized success stories and touting the accomplishments of University alumni who
FOOTBALL, from page 1
“We all had to slap ourselves in the face two times,” sophomore defensive end Sam Montgomery said about the halftime result. “The momentum changed, though, when we stopped them on the goal line when they were so close.” The Hilltoppers utilized their tight ends in the first half for short, quick gains across the middle. Sophomore linebacker Tahj Jones said the team had to make adjustments at halftime. “The Mike linebacker was supposed to jump up on the tight end fast,” he said. “They were just running a little sit-down route.” While the LSU defensive backfield and defensive line have received plenty of attention so far this season, the linebackers lit up the stat sheet Saturday night.
hail from each legislator’s district.
4. Why don’t universities groom successors for administrative positions instead of hiring search firms, as the University has done for the replacement of Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Jack Hamilton? While the University is grooming prospective administrators, the goal is contributing to the greater cause of higher education administration, Martin said. He referred to Eric Monday, vice chancellor for finance and administrative services and CFO, who was promoted from within. “In Eric’s case, we needed someone who understood the finances. And Eric was as good as there was in the country, and he already knew this place,” Martin said. “It’s a blend. You want new faces, you want new perspectives. We should always be mentoring people to move up and move on.” Jones reeled in his first career interception in the third quarter, while sophomore Kevin Minter and senior Ryan Baker combined for 20 tackles. “We’re well-rounded,” sophomore defensive end Barkevious Mingo said. “We have great players at each position that can handle their business and stand out if another part of the defensive isn’t doing so well.” After running for 39 yards in the first half, sophomore running back Spencer Ware didn’t see the field again. Sophomore running back
Monday, November 14, 2011 5. How can universities continue to attract administrators? “The concern is: are there enough people around who are A) capable of it, and B) want to do it?” Martin said. “As a department head, you have 12 colleagues. As a dean, you have six colleagues. When you finally become chancellor, there’s nobody else,” Martin said. “There’s a group of us who get together and just vent sometimes and people say, ‘I’ve been there too.’” Droddy elaborated on difficult daily tasks chancellors face. “One of the things people don’t understand about chancellors and presidents — there’s no vacation,” Droddy said. “No weekend. I can’t think of a vacation the chancellor’s been on when we don’t call every day. It’s a very hard and can be a very lonely life.”
today’s society? “They’re a little smaller stories than winning a national championship in football ... but there are still people leading higher education. I have discovered in this job the very things you do the best are the things you can’t tell others about,” Martin said. “Sometimes, a heroic win is the putting off of a significant loss.” Droddy said higher education successes are generational processes. “Generals win battles over days, coaches win games within hours. Presidents and chancellors aren’t covered by media teams and it’s a gradual thing,” Droddy said. “Just because there isn’t a scoreboard doesn’t mean things aren’t happening.”
6. Why aren’t higher education officials considered heroic in
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Alfred Blue didn’t see playing time until the third quarter. In only two quarters of play, he ran for a careerhigh 119 yards on nine carries for two touchdowns, including a 45yard dash. The Tigers saw issues with ball protection, fumbling four times but only losing one. Western Kentucky senior running back Bobby Rainey, who entered the game ranked third nationally in total yards, ran for 107 yards, but the LSU defense held him scoreless. “I don’t think the score represents how the game went,” Rainey
said. “They’re a great football team, but I felt like we could have played with them if we had kept the same intensity that we had in the first half.” Western Kentucky coach Willie Taggart said he was proud of the Hilltoppers’ performance. “We played hard and didn’t give up,” he said. “We scored more points than Alabama.”
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Monday, November 14, 2011
You’re my boy, Blue
Former LSU RB charged with rape
Scott detained, arrested Sunday
Sophomore has career game against Western Kentucky
Hunter Paniagua Sports Writer
Former LSU football player Charles Scott was arrested Sunday for the alleged rape of an 18-yearold woman at his home in Prairieville, according to a report by The Advocate. According to the report, Ascension Parish deputies were called to Scott’s home at about 4 a.m. for a reported disturbance. Deputies learned that the disturbance stemmed from an alleged raping of the woman by Scott. Scott was detained and was later arrested and charged with one count of simple rape. As of Sunday afternoon, no bond had been set. Scott graduated from LSU following the 2009 season and ﬁnished his career with 2,317 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns. The Salina, La., native was drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles traded Scott to the Arizona Cardinals in August 2010. Scott also spent time on the New York Giants’ practice squad but did not make an NFL roster in 2011.
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Sophomore running back Alfred Blue scampers for a touchdown during LSU’s 42-9 victory against Western Kentucky.
On a night when the focus was supposed to be LSU alumni returning for Homecoming, sophomore running back Alfred Blue stole the show. The Boutte, La., native led the Tigers with 119 yards on the ground and scored twice Saturday in LSU’s 42-9 victory. In just one game, Blue eclipsed his freshman season totals of 101 yards and a touchdown. “It’s just seizing the opportunities when you get the chance, and tonight they called my number,” Blue said. “I had one big run and I guess they saw I was hot and they kept feeding me [the ball].” That “big run” was a 45-yard touchdown scamper, which left multiple Western Kentucky defenders in his dust. The Tiger running back wasn’t touched on his way to putting LSU ahead by 19 points late in the third quarter. Blue said senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson had to read the tight end ﬁrst on the monster gain. “If he’s covered, he hands the ball off to me,” Blue said. “I saw the [offensive] lineman BLUE, see page 11
LSU unanimous No. 1 in AP poll Tigers hold top spot in BCS poll
Staff Reports The LSU football team became the ﬁrst unanimous No. 1 team in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll since 2008 after a 42-9 win against Western Kentucky. The Tigers are the ﬁrst team to receive all 60 ﬁrst-place votes since Texas did on Oct. 26, 2008. LSU has been the nation’s No. 1 team since Sept. 25. Oklahoma State was second in this week’s AP poll for the second consecutive week, followed by Alabama at No. 3, Oregon at No. 4 and Oklahoma at No. 5. The Tigers also stayed in ﬁrst place in the BCS standings, followed by Oklahoma State at No. 2 and Alabama at No. 3. Oregon jumped from No. 7 to No 4 in the BCS standings after a 53-30 win against then-No. 4 Stanford, which fell to No. 9. Oklahoma had a bye week, but jumped ahead one spot to No. 4 after Boise State dropped to No. 10 with a, 36-35, loss to TCU.
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Tigers ride balanced offense to win Chirs Abshire Sports Writer
The LSU basketball team’s season opener may not have drawn rave reviews, but the Tigers’ 96-74 victory Saturday against Nicholls State made for a successful matinee showing. Seven Tiger players hit double ﬁgures in scoring, fueling a balanced offensive performance that helped LSU exact a measure of revenge against the Colonels, who snapped the Tigers’ 82-game home winning streak against instate opponents last season. LSU (1-0) scored 53 points in that defeat. It had 51 points by halftime on Saturday, leading by 11 at the break en route to a second-half blowout. Freshman point guard
Anthony Hickey paced the Tigers, notching a team-high 14 points, ﬁve assists and four steals in an impressive backcourt debut. But he wasn’t the only standout freshman wearing purple and gold. McDonald’s All-American and heralded recruit Johnny O’Bryant III electriﬁed a modest PMAC crowd with his initial action off the bench. The freshman entered the game after sitting for the ﬁrst four minutes of play and promptly recorded eight consecutive points, four rebounds and two exhilarating blocks in a three-minute span. “It was great. I wish it had never ended,” O’Bryant said of his hot start. “I just tried to ﬂow with the game as I got in, because it is a different level than I’m used
to. For my ﬁrst time, I enjoyed doing some positive things.” O’Bryant ﬁnished with 12 points and eight rebounds. LSU hit the 90-point mark for the ﬁrst time since LSU coach Trent Johnson’s ﬁrst season and showed some dynamic inside-out playmaking that has been absent from the Tigers’ middling 11-20 squads the past two years. Despite some defensive lapses, LSU was never seriously threatened in the second half. When Nicholls closed the deﬁcit to 10 points with six minutes to play, the Tigers sealed the game with a torrid 19-2 run that featured buckets from seven different players. That scoring versatility was NICHOLLS, see page 11
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LSU freshman guard Anthony Hickey defends Nicholls guard Bryan Hammon on Saturday during the Tigers’ 96-74 victory. See a full gallery of the game at lsureveille.com.
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Miles’ QB decision puzzling, potentially costly BODY SHOTS ROB LANDRY Sports columnist Saturday night’s win against Western Kentucky should have been a shining moment for the LSU football team, which now boasts a 10-0 record for the ﬁrst time since 1958. Instead, the evening will be remembered as one of Les Miles’ biggest coaching gaffes of his career. Miles started senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson for the ﬁrst time this season and played him nearly the entire game. Fellow senior signal caller Jarrett Lee didn’t get a snap until the fourth quarter was under way. In LSU’s 9-6 win against Alabama on Nov. 5, Miles needed to bring in Jefferson to relieve Lee. Lee had thrown two ugly interceptions and appeared to be rattled by the Crimson Tide defense. It was the right call to give Jefferson most of the snaps in Tuscaloosa. But it wasn’t on Saturday. Western Kentucky should have been a game for both quarterbacks to boost their conﬁdence and get in a rhythm for the home stretch of the regular season. Jefferson needed to work on running a normal offense that wasn’t completely reliant on read options and designed quarterback runs. Lee needed help to regain the conﬁdence he had for the season’s ﬁrst eight games. Instead of helping both quarterbacks get in a groove for Ole Miss next week and the season ﬁnale against Arkansas, Miles exposed one quarterback’s weaknesses and undercut the conﬁdence of the other. Jefferson still can’t make the check-down reads necessary to move the ball with any regularity on a respectable defense. His inability to make decisions in the passing game also led to a safety when he was called for intentional grounding in the end zone. Lee needed to get back on the saddle and make those quick reads that can’t be simulated in practice to get back the mojo he’d developed in throwing 13 touchdowns to only one interception in the games leading up to Alabama. Since Saturday’s game,
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Senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson (9) runs past Western Kentucky linebacker Saturday Bar’ee Boyd during the Tigers’ 42-9 victory.
there have been rumors that Lee was being punished for skipping class. Also ﬂoating around is a rumor that Lee sustained an ankle injury against the Crimson Tide and wasn’t 100 percent healthy. Both rumors seem completely bogus. If Lee was in fact skipping class, why did he play at all? If he did not fulﬁll his duty as a student, he should have been forced to sit out the entire game. It teaches no lesson to Lee, or anyone else on the team, to just suspend him three quarters against a scrub opponent. Lee could not have been too injured, either, considering he was running designed option plays and scrambling when there weren’t receivers open. It seemed more that Miles simply relegated Lee to the backup role after one bad performance. If that is the case, it’s
completely hypocritical of Miles. Jefferson was immediately platooned by Miles once he was cleared of felony charges in his August bar brawl. He didn’t play only in mop-up duty. In fact, Jefferson played in the ﬁrst quarter of his ﬁrst game back. Jefferson made a mistake, Lee took over and then Jefferson was immediately given another chance. Lee had a bad day against Alabama, Jefferson took over and Lee is now relegated to only playing in garbage time. Some things just don’t add up. And the worst part of all for Tiger fans is that this decision may cost LSU its shot at a national title. Neither Jefferson or Lee alone can win the championship.
They had developed a system where they both added a dimension to the offense that made it a two-headed monster. Now Miles seems to have taken half the guessing game away. The two quarterback system had been working to perfection. Abandoning it now could be a very costly mistake. Rob Landry is a 23-year old mass communication senior from Mandeville. Follow him on Twitter @RobLandry85.
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The month of March is hectic enough for a basketball coach. Aside from the high expectations LSU coach Nikki Caldwell has for the women’s basketball team this season, the ﬁrst-year coach is also expecting her ﬁrst child in March. “Hopefully we’re still playing games in March that matter a lot and we’ll see what happens when March rolls around,” said sports information director and associate athletic director Michael Bonnette. “Everybody is excited for her, I can tell you that.” Caldwell waited until she completed her ﬁrst trimester to unveil the news. The Southeastern Conference tournament is March 1-4 in Nashville, Tenn., followed by the NCAA tournament. LSU hosts the host ﬁrstand second-round NCAA tournament games March 18 and 20 at the PMAC. “I know [Caldwell] is going to coach as long as she can,” Bonnette said. The Advocate reported Caldwell, 39, is in a relationship with former Oakland Raiders running back Justin Fargas, whom she met while she was coaching at UCLA. Contact Mark Clements at email@example.com
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Lady Tigers to open season at Wichita St. with new head coach Mark Clements Sports Writer
After five straight Final Four runs from 2003 to 2008, the LSU women’s basketball team has experienced a steady decline the past three seasons, moving from consistent 30-win seasons to a mere 19-13 record last year. But a solid signing class coupled with the introduction of new head coach Nikki Caldwell seems to have the Lady Tigers heading in the right direction. “Every day is a day for you to improve through practice, through exhibition games,
through scrimmage and through going on the road and playing Wichita State,” Caldwell said. “We’re looking forward to every day, playing every possession and practicing like it is our last possession.” No. 21 LSU stomped Xavier University of Louisiana, 102-42, in its opening exhibition, and officially tips off the 2011-12 campaign tonight when it travels to Wichita, Kan., to take on Wichita State (1-0). Despite holding Xavier to 24.6 percent shooting — including 19.4 percent from inside the arc — senior forward LaSondra
Barrett said the defense is a focal point in LSU’s preparations. “There’s a lot of things we need to work on as far as defense,” Barrett said. “We’re learning and working hard, and we’ve just got to continue to communicate better.” Fourth-year Wichita State coach Jody Adams, who was a teammate of Caldwell on Tennessee’s 1991 national championship-winning squad, is also hoping to turn things around this year after a 17-15 record last season. The Shockers started in the right direction with a 77-49 pounding of Northwestern State
on Saturday, shooting 57 percent from the floor and drawing the eyes of the Lady Tigers defense. “We’ll continue to get better in our full court pressure, which will allow us to take time off the clock,” Caldwell said. “Now people are into the clock maybe 14 or 15 seconds to run their half-court, which in turn makes us more aggressive on the defensive end.” The contest is set for a 7 p.m. tipoff and will mark the first matchup between the LSU and Wichita State. The Lady Tigers then return to Baton Rouge for Wednesday’s home opener against No. 10
Georgetown, which finished 2411 last season with a trip to the Sweet 16. “It’s exciting for our team that the season is finally here,” Caldwell said in a news release. “We’ve put a lot of hard work in since the summer in preparing for the season ahead. This is a place that has a love for women’s basketball, and I am proud to be the head coach here.”
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Tigers end season with loss at Texas A&M; win SEC West Chris Abshire Sports Writer
This one didn’t need penalty kicks. Unlike the LSU soccer team’s close call with Texas A&M in the 2009 NCAA Tournament that required penalty kicks to anoint the Aggies as victors, Friday night’s first-round contest between the future conference rivals was almost never in doubt. Third-seeded Texas A&M (165-2) stomped LSU, 4-0, in front of a raucous Ellis Field home crowd, ending the Tigers’ season for the second time in three years. Aggie freshman phenom Kelley Monogue scored her 19th goal of the season in the ninth minute,
and A&M piled on two second-half goals on corner kick sets in a twominute span to cap off LSU’s miserable final month. The Tigers (13-8-1) won the Southeastern Conference Western Division for the fourth time in five seasons but lost four of their last seven matches while being outscored, 14-3, in defeat. LSU curiously started sophomore goalkeeper Megan Kinneman in place of senior stalwart Mo Isom, who had recorded eight shutouts in 19 starts this fall. While the first three goals ultimately mar Kinneman’s sheet, the Aggie attack overwhelmed the Tiger back line in the defensive half, piling up 26 total shots and nine on goal — five of which Kinneman
saved in spectacular fashion. “Megan’s a good goalkeeper, and she’s practiced and trained so well lately,” said LSU coach Brian Lee. “Mo hadn’t been in top form as of late, and Megan actually played really good considering the chaos they caused near the net. We were just on our heels all game.” Playing without sophomore starter Alex Ramsey due to her red card ejection in the Tigers’s 3-0 loss to Auburn in last week’s SEC Tournament, the Tiger midfield had trouble possessing contested balls and slowing A&M’s sharp passing. Lee said Ramsey’s absence was a “big factor” in the game, as it moved freshman defender Alex Arlitt to the midfield and put more pressure on senior midfielder
Allysha Chapman, whose groin injury limited her range. “It amounted to us being one player down on the road against a really good team,” Lee said. LSU nearly grabbed an initial advantage as senior forward Taryne Boudreau found room behind the Aggie defense inside the penalty box, took a pass from sophomore midfielder Addie Eggleston and escaped A&M goalkeeper Jordan Day’s clutches with a close-range misfire. After falling behind on Monogue’s eighth-minute score, LSU adjusted its formation and had several opportunities to find an equalizer, but the team was unable to break through before Texas A&M extinguished the Tigers’
hopes with two goals in the 73rd and 75th minutes. Lee said the season was a quality one despite the final loss, which he called “crushing” for the seniors who became the first senior class to win 50 games at LSU. “We’re better off after this season than we were entering it,” the seventh-year coach said. “There’s a lot of youth on this team, and we’ll regroup this offseason to hopefully improve on this result going forward.”
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Tigers retain one-game lead in SEC West after weekend LSU beats South Carolina in five Alex Cassara Sports Contributor
The LSU volleyball team stayed one game ahead of Arkansas for the lead in the Southeastern Conference Western Division after posting a 1-1 record this weekend, losing Friday to Florida and defeating South Carolina on Sunday. LSU’s results (18-9, 11-6 SEC) were mirrored by Arkansas, which defeated South Carolina on Friday and fell Sunday to Florida. It looked as though LSU might end up even with the Razorbacks (18-10, 10-7 SEC) when the Tigers dropped the ﬁrst two sets to the Gamecocks before surging and taking the next three, 25-21, 25-23 and 15-6. “It’s really important for us to change our mentality when we’re down two sets,” said junior defensive
specialist Meghan Mannari, who recorded a career- and match-high 39 digs. “You’ve got to take control of the match and play our game, our side, our pace, and that’s what we did in those last three.” Junior outside hitter Madie Jones also set a career-high with 23 kills. Freshman setter Malorie Pardo added 56 assists for the Tigers, matching South Carolina’s team total. LSU coach Fran Flory commended sophomore defensive specialist Victoria Jacobsen for an intangible contribution to go along with her nine digs. “The calm that she provided and the control, I thought that she changed our demeanor and made everybody believe that we were going to be okay.” Flory said. Flory compared her team’s performance to that of the No. 1 LSU football team a day before, which went in to halftime with only a 147 lead against Western Kentucky but blew the game open in the second half for a 42-9 win.
“We were ﬂat, a little bit like the football team yesterday,” Flory said. “When their backs were against the wall, they ﬁgured out a way. ... That’s the sign of a team that’s maturing and has a lot of conﬁdence.” The Tigers took the ﬁrst set Friday against Florida (21-5, 14-3 SEC), but the Gators rallied behind a record-setting performance by sophomore middle blocker Chloe Mann to win the last three, 14-25, 21-25 and 12-25, en route to victory. Mann posted a .900 hitting percentage, with 18 kills on 20 swings and no errors, setting the highest percentage in SEC history and second highest in NCAA history for an attacker recording 20 or more swings in a single match. “We had no answer for her,” Flory said. “The key was that she wasn’t predictable. She hit right, she hit left, she tipped and she had a knack for picking the right shot at the right time.” Jones led the Tigers with 13 kills. Pardo had a match-high 42 assists for LSU, to go along with four
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Freshman setter Malorie Pardo (14) attacks the ball during the game against South Carolina on Sunday in the PMAC.
digs and three blocks. Both LSU and Arkansas must face the SEC leaders in Kentucky and Tennessee before the two teams meet in Baton Rouge for the ﬁnal game of the season in what
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Saints beat Falcons 26-23 in overtime on Kasay kick ATLANTA (AP) — A disconsolate Mike Smith watched the chip-shot ﬁeld goal sail through the uprights, then walked slowly across the ﬁeld, his head down, to shake hands with the other coach. Smith knew this loss was on him. John Kasay kicked a 26-yard ﬁeld goal in overtime after the Atlanta coach decided to go for it on fourth down deep in his own territory Sunday, a decision that backﬁred horribly and handed the
New Orleans Saints a 26-23 victory over the Falcons. “I know it will be scrutinized all week long,” Smith said. “I want everybody to understand I take full responsibility.” New Orleans (7-3) took control of the NFC South race, snapping Atlanta’s three-game winning streak. But this one will be long remembered for Smith’s gutsy and ill-fated call, especially if this loss comes back to cost the defending division champion Falcons a return to the playoffs. Atlanta (5-4) rallied from a
10-point deﬁcit in the fourth quarter, tying it on Matt Bryant’s 27yard ﬁeld goal on the ﬁnal play of regulation. In overtime, Atlanta appeared to pick up a ﬁrst down on a pass to Mike Cox, but he was ruled just short after referee Terry McAuley looked at the replay. Then, stunningly, Smith decided to go for it on fourth down from his own 29. Michael Turner was stuffed. Game over. “We were going to be aggressive in all that we did,” Smith said. “Unfortunately, it did not
work out.” After each offense went threeand-out on its ﬁrst possession of overtime, Atlanta faced third-and-1 from the 29. Matt Ryan ﬂipped a pass to Cox, the backup fullback, who was met short of the 30 but stretched out the ball with his right arm, appearing to get it across the line. It was initially ruled a ﬁrst down, but the replay showed he was bobbling the ball as he was going down along the sideline, and the spot was moved back. The Falcons initially sent on the punting team, then called
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Monday, November 14, 2011 have 20 and nine and out rebound a team the way we did, I think it’s LSU’s offensive calling card good for this basketball team,” throughout the contest. Johnson said. Junior transfer center JusDespite the team effort, it was tin Hamilton recorded 11 points the freshman trio that spurred the in his Tiger debut, showcasing a Tigers to a fresh start this season. smooth hook shot from outside Freshman John Isaac, a Leesthe paint and a sharp passing acu- ville, La., native, contributed men with four as13 points off the sists in the post. bench and showThe sophocased his defenmore backcourt sive prowess, haduo of Andre rassing Colonel Stringer and guards off the Ralston Turner bounce and igadded 12 points niting LSU with each off an array 11 second-half Johnny O’Bryant III of 3-pointers and points and three freshman forward free throws. assists. Senior for“All [the ward Storm Warren was LSU’s freshmen] reacted just ﬁne,” utility weapon, cleaning up on Turner said. “John [Issac] gave the boards with seven rebounds us some great minutes, Anthony and hitting three key jump shots [Hickey] did a great job pushing from the mid-range to contribute the ball in the break and Johnny 12 points. [O’Bryant] started hot and made “Any time you have seven it tough inside for Nicholls.” guys in double ﬁgures and have While the Tigers’ scorassist-to-turnover ratio where you ing may have been signiﬁcantly
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‘I just tried to flow with the game as I got in.’
of riches back there,” said senior offensive guard T-Bob Hebert. “It was kind of getting pushed back seems like it’s one of their nights and I made a cut off him.” every Saturday, and whoever it is, Blue shredded the Hilltopper is going off.” defense for ﬁve ﬁrst down runs, The strong play of the LSU two of which were rushes of more backﬁeld opened up the Tigers’ than 20 yards. passing game. “It was just the opportuniJefferson’s eight completions ties I had,” Blue said. “[Running were for 10 or more yards, includbacks] coach Frank [Wilson] ing a ﬁrst quarter 59-yard bomb called my number and I did what to junior wide receiver Rueben I do best — run the ball.” Randle which put the Tigers on Blue is the third leading rush- the board. er in a backﬁeld “It gives us a that ranks No. lot of man-to-man 30 this season in coverage when rushing offense. they respect our He accounted running game,” for more than 40 Randle said. “The percent of LSU’s defense comes rushing yards in trying to stop Saturday and a our running game quarter of its total and it leaves us Alfred Blue offense, despite one-on-one with sophomore running back not playing in the the [defensive ﬁrst half and bebacks].” ing taken out late in the game to The deep threat the receivgive freshman Terrence Magee a ers posed forced Western Kenfew carries. tucky to decide whether to focus Nine different Tigers record- on the run or the pass. Blue used ed a rush in the win. his speed when he found a gap in Sophomore running back and the line on his impressive 45-yard usual feature back Spencer Ware run. was noticeably limited in his carHebert also took some credit ries against Western Kentucky. for the run, claiming that even he Ware totaled just 39 yards on six could have scored on that play. carries, which is tied for his sec“I might have gotten hawked ond fewest attempts this season. down,” Hebert admits. “But I Sophomore running back don’t know, I’m faster than Blue.” Michael Ford was the most used back of the night, gaining 63 yards on 11 carries. “I think Blue and Ford got a Contact Michael Gegenheimer at little late game wear down firstname.lastname@example.org age,” said LSU coach Les Miles. “They deserved it, though.” Freshman back Kenny Hilliard ran four times and scored on two 1-yard touchdown runs from the fullback position, despite gaining no net yardage on the day after taking a 3-yard loss in the third quarter. LSU’s offensive line has the challenge of blocking for so many different backs, all of which have their own unique styles. “We have an embarrassment
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‘I had one big run and I guess they saw I was hot and they kept feeding me the ball’
The Daily Reveille improved, the Colonels often carved up a soft LSU defense with 51 percent shooting on the game and eight ﬁrst-half three pointers. “I was pleased with our defensive intensity, but as for our execution on that end, I can’t say I was [pleased],” Johnson said. “Defensively, we have a long ways to go.” Playing at noon as part of a doubleheader with the football team, the Tigers started slow, trailing Nicholls 16-12 through seven minutes of action. Four consecutive LSU threepointers later, the Tigers were off and running to a 23-8 blitz that led to a 51-40 half-time advantage. LSU never led by less than 10 the rest of the way, earning a victory in the season opener as it prepares to hit the road for four consecutive games away from the PMAC this week. Contact Chris Abshire at email@example.com
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LSU freshman guard John Isaac (32) moves past Nicholls defenders Saturday during the Tigers’ 96-74 victory against the Colonels in the PMAC.
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Solutions needed for smoking problems Making the campus tobacco free is a ridiculous initiative, and there are a lot of alternatives to make both parties happy. However, as is the norm with government, the group in power is always willing to put down those who are different and keep them from doing things they personally don’t approve of. There are a multitude of things wrong with this entire situation. First off, when did we get a say in this? Isn’t Student Government supposed to be for the students? I really appreciate the fact
that we got a survey for the UREC trying to increase our fees for something that many of us don’t use and don’t want to pay for, but where was our survey to defend our smoking rights? If you’re going to try and enact something that affects such a large group on campus, you should take everyone’s opinion into consideration. Secondly, the comment that it would be “too expensive to create and maintain smoking designated areas on campus” is frankly and absolutely untrue. The article claims that it would cost too much to make the physical area and maintenance would be too much. Creating a smoking area is a fixed cost. Over time that fee diminishes. Maintenance, I think, would be better. There are already a staff
of janitors who do their jobs, and part of this job is cleaning out the ashtrays everywhere. Nearly every trash can on campus has an ashtray. If you lessen that load into one, or a few, concentrated areas, don’t you think it would make maintenance and cleaning even easier? Without that, the janitors are still being paid, we need no more or no less. But who will you pay for regulation? That’s not a fixed cost. That will have to be paid constantly. If you have 10 regulators being paid minimum wage working from 8 a.m. 4 p.m., that’s $580 a day. Also, 10 is not a reasonable amount of people to regulate no smoking for an entire campus. In just two weeks, this cost would begin to outweigh the cost of a designated smoking area. It’s easy to
skew facts into your favor without really thinking about the situation. Third, if there’s a problem with smoking in certain areas, particularly Middleton, there’s actually a pretty easy fix. Sure, there are some people who will throw their butts anywhere, but don’t you think that the fact that there is an ashtray right in front of the library encourages smokers to smoke there? Move the ashtrays. It’s that simple. If you don’t want people to smoke, don’t line the whole hall in front of Middleton with ashtrays. Don’t put so many ashtrays in the Quad. Fourth, this is an issue that affects a lot more than just students. There are so many janitors, professors, faculty and staff who smoke. We’re not as small of a group as it
Monday, November 14, 2011 seems, we just don’t have representation in the circles that matter. Lastly, the definition of “tobacco-free” can really be called into question. It’s called a tobaccofree initiative, yet it wants to ban things like e-cigarettes and other nicotine substances. Are we going to start getting bag checks to make sure we’re not chewing nicotine gum? Will gum be banned next? If you’re going to push for a tobacco free campus, stick to tobacco-free. Trying to ban nicotine is a whole new issue and much harder to deal with. Blake Bourgeois, ISDS sophomore Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Taxing the rich is neccessary, should not be attacked Adam Davidson, an otherwise brilliant columnist for the New York Times, wrote yesterday in his column titled, “It’s not just about the millionaires,” that “businesses are easy targets, but taxing them — or not taxing them — isn’t the answer.” Like hell it isn’t. As of Nov. 9, the U.S. has $14,973,303,402,570.97 in public debt. To get an idea of how much that is, take the total value of all goods and services produced or performed in the U.S. in 2010 by 300 million or so of us in the country. If we buy nothing — no home, food or electricity — and all the money goes to our debt, we still couldn’t match the total. In 2010, we produced about $14.66 trillion. That’s not quite enough to cover the debt even if it stopped increasing right now, which it clearly is not. That’s what we’re talking about. And when you owe nearly $15 trillion, taxing businesses, the rich, the middle class, sales, income, cigarettes, alcohol — everything, in other words — is up for grabs. Davidson correctly points out that the value of taxing the various income groups is not equal. “When you add up all the money made by all the people who earn more than $1 million a year, it amounts to around $700 billion. But since the millionaires already pay close to $200 billion in taxes, the government would have to increase rates to nearly 100 percent
— which is about the worst idea ever — for it to have any real impact.” Essentially, Davidson argues the benefit of an additional 8 percent tax increase for those who make between $30,000 and $200,00 per year, whose total income is around $5 trillion annually, and who currently pay Devin Graham less than 10 perOpinion Editor cent of that in taxes mostly due to “tax incentives and the fact that most families make less than $68,000, where larger tax rates begin,” outweighs the benefit of a massive tax hike on the rich. Davidson wrote that millionaires pay $200 billion of their combined $700 billion income in taxes already. The government would need to institute a 100 percent tax hike, he claims, for the tax increase to have any real impact on U.S. debt. But should millionaires be taxed at the same rate? Republican candidates like to push for lower top-income marginal rates, citing the 35 percent rate now is too high for a healthy economy. But even during former Republican presidencies, tax rates were much higher for the rich. Eisenhower, for example, kept top marginal tax rates at 91 percent for all but the first year of his presidency, when it was 92 percent. The rich should not be
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“punished” for being successful; I could not agree more. Taking legally-earned money out of their Swiss accounts would not be fair. Higher tax rates, however, are not punishment. I pay taxes and don’t feel oppressed by the government whatsoever. Because there are, by necessity, fewer rich Americans than middle or poor, a higher tax rate may be necessary. In the end, the top 0.1 percent of earners in
the U.S. just don’t feel the impact of income changes to the standard of living that the middle- and low-income earners do. None of the top earners will sell their home from a tax hike. The same will not be true for everyone else. Taxes are not a punishment, and claims like Davidson’s, that the only solution is to squeeze the middle class, ignore obvious differences in standard of living
and income. We have bills to pay, America. The rich can and should pay more. Devin Graham is a 22-year-old economics senior from Prairieville. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_DGraham.
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Don’t overcomplicate the grading system with plus, minus
The Faculty Senate has been looking into a resolution that would change how the University awards GPA points. The resolution, proposed by professor of finance and business administration Don Chance, will use a plus and minus system in determining students’ class grades and GPAs. If passed, the resolution would keep an A at 4.0 points and make an A– worth 3.7 points. A B+ will represent 3.3 points and a B would be 3.0 points. The system would continue to lower by .3 to .4 grade points until D-, which would be worth .7 points. “The introduction of a plus and minus grading system is a means to increase the accuracy of the evaluation of students,” the resolution states. While it does increase evaluation, the system will inevitably cause tons of problems, and the cost will outweigh the benefits. First, it seems students at
other schools don’t like plus and minus systems to start out with. I’ve talked to friends who attend schools with plus and minus systems, including Loyola University New Orleans and Spring Hill College. They said minuses essen- Chris Grillot tially make them Columnist feel like they are being penalized for getting a good grade. For example, one point can make the difference between an A and an A–. If you’ve worked hard all semester and simply miss an A by one point, you get stuck with an A–, which hurts your GPA. Also, if you can be penalized for still earning an A, there’s the question of whether one point in a class average is actually proportional to a student’s performance. Only .3 points separate an
A and an A –. The difference between an A– and a B+ is .4 points, but both can represent a one-point difference in average grade in a class. Basically, the one-point average change between A and A– already hurts you, but if you’re one point from A– and get a B+, you’re hurt worse. With the B+ comes the big question about an A+, which the resolution omits. If there is going to be a plus and minus system that reward D+, C+ and B+ student, why not reward students who keep a grade high enough to be considered an A+? There is no incentive for “A” students to try as hard as they can to get A+. The plus and minus grading scale allows a student to get “straight As” but not have a 4.0 GPA. Explain that when trying to get into Harvard Medical School. More students asking for “sympathy points” is another
problem this grading system will cause. Numerous students already beg teachers for points to get bumped up a letter grade, but it generally occurs when someone is on the borderline of the next highest grade. With more students closer to the next highest grade, just imagine the amount of people who will be in their professors’ offices pleading to get their B– pushed to a B or B+ knocked up to A–. On the other hand, the grading system does have a few upsides. Students may start trying harder to ensure they get higher grades. Also, the system will reward those students who are at the higher end of the spectrum — except for A+ students, of course. For example, I earned a B with an 89.44 last fall, and I know people who also got B grades with a 79.50 average, so in that case, I would have liked
to be compensated for the extra work I did. But I earned a B, so I got over it quickly. And that’s basically what it boils down to. Want to stand out? Get As. Don’t get Bs or Cs. Fortunately, Student Government opposed the resolution to change the system. It’s easy to see they made the right decision. The current grading scale is simple and effective for the most part. The University doesn’t need a new system to complicate things. 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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‘No Shave November’ lauds masculinity, not for women This month isn’t November — it’s Novembro. Or Novembeard. Either way, “No Shave November” is masculinity month, for all intents and purposes. Just don’t ask Student Government President Cody Wells to sign any legislation to that effect. Phil Sweeney Movember, Columnist a portmanteau of “moustache” and “November,” is an annual, month-long event encouraging the growth of facial hair during this month. The event was reportedly — and fittingly — organized in 1999 by Australian bros, who later established the Movember Foundation charity to increase awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and depression. A month-long celebration of what is most symbolic of manhood, the beard — it’s the most wonderful time of the year. While the occasion is most properly observed by not shaving at all, it is permissible to “clean up” one’s facial fuzz, should it be warranted by his circumstances. In turn, some bros have gratuitously used this latitude to style their “grizz” into goatees and Nietzsches, stashburns and “neards,” Verdis and Van Dykes and — my favorite — mutton chops. It was my intention to use “No Shave November” to trim my prickle into this last style — the “choppa style.” Sadly, my facial hair is patchy and my
whiskers could only ever amount to something more akin to “pork chops.” Intriguingly, some women have banded with their brothers for the “No Shave November” cause. Their desired style, I suppose, is the “Amazonian.” As an explanation, a recent column in the Kansas State Collegian asserted that “saying No Shave November is for men only is a sexist viewpoint, and an opinion that should be changed.” Well, I’m saying it, and mine won’t be changed. “No Shave November” isn’t the ho’st wonderful time of the year. It’s the bro’st. In other words, bros before hoes. Don’t get me wrong, ladies. I’m a proponent of equal rights and opportunities. I’d even say — not around my bros, that is — that I’m feminist. Your sweet, enchanting voices have indeed been silenced over the years, your perspectives straightjacketed, and I share your suffering, in the existential pain of a centuries-long high-heeled forced march. My dogs are killing me, too. But let me level with you, lovelies. Chivalry’s not dead. But whatever’s left of it will most certainly die upon your gender’s collective decision to not shave for a month. Hairy legs and armpits are vomituous, and as fellow columnist Gabie Bacques wrote of “‘down there’ shaving” in a recent column, “No one wants a mouthful of hair.” To boot, some women have notoriously instituted “bedroom bans” to commemorate “No Sex
November” in retaliation for men’s not shaving. That’s just not cool. Men ought to feel justified, then, in questioning the sincerity of the finer sex’s participation in “Movember” and “No Shave November.” Ostensibly, while any supporters of the Movember Foundation and the like ought to be applauded for raising awareness of and money for male-specific diseases, it seems sexually sacrosanct for women to appropriate the event as if it
were their own. Truthfully, men should have drawn a line in the sand after women hijacked pants. You can’t have the moustache, too, girls. Wax your upper lips. Ultimately, equality is important, but so is inequality — or difference, if you prefer. I fear that in their quest “to wear the pants,” women have forgotten the elegant beauty of a long, layered dress — ruffled, billowing and utterly feminine. Celebrate masculinity this
“No Shave November.” But celebrate femininity, too. Celebrate difference. Phil Sweeney is a 25-year-old English senior from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_PhilSweeney.
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