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A University ROTC officer is being investigated following reports of a prohibited relationship with a female cadet. Battalion Commander Lt. Col. John Wright confirmed the ongoing investigation but said he LAWRENCE could not identify anyone involved. He said an individual outside the ROTC program made the allegations. The anonymous individual who made the accusations told The Daily Reveille that the officer in question is Sgt. Wayne Lawrence, military sciences instructor and battalion sergeant major, and the cadet is Sheena SERGEANT, see page 6

[Top] Tiger Stadium was a residence hall until the early 1990s. [Right] The Pentagon Barracks are still located by the State Capitol.

Former, current residence halls reflect LSU’s history Countless students have called the Univer- metal doors. The whole place was bulletproof.” sity home over the years, with many living in the Though Naquin attended most of the footsame inspiring halls of the past. ball games, he said the one he University archivist Barry did not attend while living in Paul Braun Cowan detailed the history of the stadium was a unique exContributing Writer on-campus residence halls and perience. how they have evolved since their construction. “It was like an earthquake while the game was going on, even though the whole thing TIGER STADIUM was built out of cement,” Naquin said. For Adrian Naquin, Saturday nights in Cowan cast doubt on the myth associDeath Valley during his undergraduate years ated with Huey P. Long’s involvement in the were rattling — literally. Naquin, who lived creation of Tiger Stadium as a residence hall, in the Tiger Stadium North residence hall as a which says Long used it as a ploy to build freshman in 1971, described the rooms as “in- the arena. destructible.” “Their construction wasn’t necessar“Almost everything in the room was con- ily because Huey Long had anything to do crete,” he said. “The walls, the floor, the desk HISTORY, see page 6 you studied at. The two closets in the room had




Prof. Miles Richardson Students donate for ‘Be the Match’ dies, service set for Sat. Kate Mabry Staff Writer

Andrea Gallo Staff Writer

University professor and anthropologist Miles Richardson died on Monday at age 79 after a battle with brain cancer, according to a news release and his colleagues in the Department of Geography and Anthropology. Richardson was an original above all else, according to Linda Strain, assistant to the chair of the Department of Geography and Anthropology. She said she knew him for about 12 years. “There won’t be another like him. He believed in doing what he

was doing,” Strain said. “What impressed me most was his determination to never give up.” Strain said Richardson adored country music legend Hank Williams and folk music. Richardson was always worrying RICHARDSON her, she said with a smirk. “He used to get on his threewheel bicycle and ride on Perkins [Road],” she laughed. “He couldn’t drive, but he insisted on riding that RICHARDSON, see page 6

About 300 students crowded in Free Speech Plaza on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and participated in the “Be The Match” campaign. Event volunteers for Be The Match, the first campus-wide event to accumulate cheek swabs for cancer patients, collected samples from faculty and students who would like to become a member for the bone marrow registry. Robert Bostick, senator for the College of Agriculture, said the event’s mission is to increase the number of people on the bone marrow registry, a list of volunteers eligible to donate bone marrow. MARROW, see page 6

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Philosophy junior Ellen Lacroix and psychology senior Claire Swinney swab their cheeks Wednesday as part of the “Be the Match” bone marrow registry.

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Queen celebrates 400th anniversary of King James Bible translation

Three-hour lockdown in NC college prompted by man’s golf umbrella

French education in high demand in La., record-high French applications

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II attended a ceremony at London’s Westminster Abbey on Wednesday to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, often considered the most influential book ever printed in the English language. The translation — the Old Testament from Hebrew, the New Testament from Greek — was assembled by 47 translators in six committees working in London, Oxford and Cambridge.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A major university in eastern North Carolina was locked down for three hours Wednesday when a man carrying a golf umbrella was mistaken for a gunman. Greenville Police spokesman Sgt. Carlton Williams said emergency dispatchers received two 911 calls about 9:50 a.m. Wednesday reporting a man was walking along a major street near the East Carolina University campus carrying an assault rifle.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The wave of Hispanics who flooded the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina doesn’t appear to have dampened Louisiana families’ demand for their children to get a French education. There’s a waiting list at all 29 of the state’s public French immersion programs, and this year at least one school — the International School of Louisiana in New Orleans — received more applications for its French program than ever before. Demand for Spanish language education remains strong, both for local use and for commerce. Baton Rouge area meeting federal ozone standards, positive for city

Overpacked China school bus crashes, killing 18 children BEIJING (AP) — An overloaded school minibus crashed head-on with a truck in rural western China on Wednesday, killing at least 18 kindergarten children on their way to class, officials said. Sixty-two children and two adults were crowded into the bus, which had just nine seats, officials said. The driver and a teacher died along with the children, aged 5 and 6, said the director of the provincial work safety emergency office, surnamed Fan. News of the crash ignited public anger across China.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II leaves a service Wednesday marking the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible at Westminster Abbey, London.

Vicious piranhas take tourists’ toes at river beach in west Brazil SAO PAULO (AP) — Thousands of flesh-eating piranhas have infested a river beach popular among tourists in western Brazil and have bitten at least 15 unsuspecting swimmers, authorities said Wednesday. Officials in the city of Cáceres in Mato Grosso state said this is the first time they have had a problem with piranhas at the Daveron beach on the Paraguay river, where the aggressive fish began schooling about two weeks ago.

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US authorities discover major Mexican drug tunnel in San Diego SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. authorities estimate 17 tons of marijuana were seized in the discovery of a major cross-border drug tunnel linking warehouses in San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. Authorities said Wednesday that about nine tons were found on the U.S. side, either inside a truck that was seen leaving the warehouse or at the warehouse. Mexican authorities seized eight tons. Two people, Cesar Beltran and Ruben Gomez, were arrested on a California highway and charged with drug crimes.

(AP) — For the first time since there was a federal ozone standard, the five-parish area of East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Livingston, Iberville and Ascension is meeting it. Steven Moret, secretary of Louisiana Economic Development, said meeting the ozone standard could mean more economic development opportunities. “This is a very positive development,” he said.

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Momma Goldberg’s Deli will open in early January across from Kaminari Hibachi and Sushi in College Rowe on Highland Road.

New deli to open near University Josh Naquin Staff Writer

A new dining option is coming to North Gate, and it’s not selling your mother’s sandwiches. Or is it? Momma Goldberg’s Deli is a small franchise slated to open a location in the College Row shopping center between Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and Kaminari Hibachi and Sushi in early January. Michael Holland and his business partner Brad Matthews will own and operate the new eatery. “This is our first restaurant, and we’re very excited to have a business where we can interact with the public and become a part of the community,” Holland said. The Momma Goldberg’s Deli chain originated in Auburn, Ala. It currently has 20 locations across Alabama with a few in Georgia, according to Holland. “We will be the 21st location and the first franchise in Louisiana,” Holland said The deli will serve sandwiches, soups, salads and nachos, among other items. “Our crown jewel is the Momma’s Love sandwich,”

Holland said. “The sandwich was featured on the Alabama Tourism Department’s list of ‘100 dishes to eat in Alabama before you die’ and in Sports Illustrated.” The Momma’s Love steamed sandwich combines roast beef, ham, hickory smoked turkey breast and Muenster cheese on a hoagie bun. While the chain may have been conceived and cultivated in Alabama, Holland and his partner ­­– who both received their undergraduate degrees from the University of Alabama – promise to leave the crimson in the Yellowhammer State. “I may hide the fact that I graduated from Alabama,” Holland joked. “My partner went to law school at LSU, and we love the people and the area.” Holland said he plans on the deli becoming intertwined with the University and the community. Clarke Cadzow, North Gate Merchant’s Association member and owner of Highland Coffees, has met the owners and said he thought the restaurant has a chance of accomplishing this feat. “They seem to have a college-town type of atmosphere,

which should fit in well with our neighborhood,” Cadzow said. “I think that they will bring a high quality restaurant to College Row and will be successful.” Holland said the deli differs from others because of its steam cooking process and its atmosphere. The deli steams sandwiches to give them a hot and appealing taste and texture. “This isn’t going to be a traditional deli,” he said. “We want it to be a place you can come hang out, grab a beer and some nachos and maybe watch some of the game.” Holland said the deli is currently completing construction and hiring. He and his partner plan on opening the deli before the spring semester starts, if not sooner. He said they plan on building a strong customer base through discounts, social media crossover and appealing hours. “We’re going to have lots of discounts and specials,” Holland said. “We want to get in on the late-night snack scene too.”

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Students, professors dispute over publishing notes online

Andrea Gallo Staff Writer

A clash between students seeking notes online and professors’ intellectual property rights has recently surfaced at the University. Sociology professor Yoshinori Kamo has a policy in his syllabus stating students in his class aren’t allowed to post lecture notes to public forums, but during one of his recent exams, he noticed more than half of his class using the same “cheat sheet” during the exam. Kamo allows his students to bring a cheat sheet, or list of test material, to the exam for help during the test. Kamo said he considered the cheat sheet to be included in the lecture note part of the syllabus, though he did not enforce this policy by punishing students.

“I’ll let the lecture notes go because students have to download it and study it,” he said. “Cheat sheets are something students are going to bring to the exam. It’s not fair for the people who work diligently on the cheat sheets themselves.” Once Kamo discovered his students were sharing cheat sheets on the popular website Noteswap, he contacted Ryan Grush, the creator and CEO of the site and requested that he remove the cheat sheets. Grush did not comply. “That’s [students’] work and their intellectual property,” Grush said about why he did not remove the notes. Kamo also sent e-mails to his entire class and the students he knew posted the cheat sheets on Noteswap and said if the notes weren’t taken down, the issue would be “brought to a

higher authority.” But bringing the issue to an administrative level may not have changed the outcome. T. Gilmour Reeve, vice provost for Academic Programs, Planning and Review, said while the University has policies that protect its faculty members’ intellectual property, when professors create policies about students sharing notes, they become unenforceable. “I think there is a concern about what gets passed ... but you can’t say, ‘It’s against the rules of my class,’” he said. “You’ve opened up a can of worms.” Reeve said students have been sharing notes since before websites like Noteswap existed, either by hand-copying or photocopying them. “The issue of enforcement of rules is critical anytime you write a

rule,” he said. “If you can’t enforce it, don’t write it.” After Kamo asked his students to take down the notes, they contacted Grush. “We said, ‘if a student wants to take down their notes, we’ll do that,’” Grush said. Grush then removed the cheat sheets from Noteswap. “Sifting through information is a part of learning in college,” Kamo said. “Copying someone else’s cheat sheet from a public forum is a cheap way to get the grade. ... I was disappointed.” Kamo said he’s unsure if he’ll allow students to use cheat sheets in the future because of this issue. Reeve said the way he would address these problems as a professor is by underscoring the problems students run into by using online note websites like Noteswap,

like getting inaccurate notes. “There’s better sources of information that you can judge the reliability more directly,” he said. This issue had not been raised before during Reeve’s time at the University, he said, but he’s hesitant about the University creating specific rules to address these issues. “It’s a big issue and I believe it has important implications, but there isn’t a readily available solution,” Reeve said. “Every case would have to be addressed individually. You need to think about your own ethical behavior. We have a lot of freedoms, but we have a lot of responsibility.”

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SG urges development of bike commuter option

Opinions mixed on resolution Kate Mabry Staff Writer

Student Government recently passed legislation to urge the University to investigate the creation of a bike commuter option. The resolution, which would give students who usually bike to campus an undetermined number of parking passes good for one day, was created as an incentive for students who live off campus and would enjoy the cost-efficient bike commuter pass as opposed to the $63 per semester commuter parking pass for full-time students. Matt Wyatt, senator for the College of Agriculture and co-author of the legislation, said he wrote this resolution to decrease problems with parking. “Instead of creating more parking, we’re hoping to put less cars on the road,” he said. “The resolution will be implemented following software upgrades to [the Office of Parking, Traffic and Transportation’s] database system.”

The safety education program will ideally be held for freshman orientation programs as well as bike commuter registration sessions. According to Wyatt, Duke University currently has a similar bike commuter option, which has proved to be successful. Wyatt contacted officials from Duke in order to receive more information on the program and placed them in contact with Gary Graham, director of the Office of Parking. Graham said he has spoken about the bike commuter option with members of SG, but at this time, he has not reviewed the written legislation. “As for the general discussions, we would have to have a registration program put in place for bikes before we can move forward with the commuter option we’ve spoken about,” he said in an e-mail to The Daily Reveille. “Details are very broad at this point.” At Duke, students are granted a certain number of one-day parking passes when they register as a bike commuter, and similarly, the Office of Parking at LSU will select an ideal number of passes for students that semester if the program is implemented.

While students will be presented with a select number of day passes for vehicle commuting, they can also chose to buy additional day passes or a semester parking pass at a later date at the Office of Parking. But some students worry the increase in bikers on campus will lead to a lack of available spaces on bike racks. In response, Wyatt said the current amount of bike racks are determined based on the number of

people within each building. While there are enough racks now, SG can look into adding more in the future if needed. Josh Brunet, petroleum engineering freshman, said he supports the idea of the bike commuter option and named saving money as one of the benefits. “Opening up parking would also be another benefit,” he said. Other students said they would prefer the convenience of a

full-semester parking pass. “This is Louisiana,” said Marcus Alexander, political science and sociology senior. “It storms all the time. I would rather the convenience of both options rather than just having a few day [parking] passes.”

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Greenway initiative gets $1.9 M Morgan Searles Staff Writer

The Downtown Development District recently received $1.9 million in federal funding to move forward with Downtown Greenway, a trail connecting neighborhoods and parks. The total length of the Downtown Greenway would be about 2.73 miles, stretching from City Park to Memorial Stadium and Goldsby Field, according to the Greenway’s application for the Transportation Enhancement Program. The trail would connect seven parks from the BREC, including the proposed Convention and Seventh Street Park, Spanish Town Park, Goldsby Field, Memorial Stadium, Expressway Park, Brooks Park and City Park. Gabe Vicknair, development project director for the DDD, said the recent federal grant will go toward the first phase outlined in the Greenway’s feasibility and cost study — a conceptual schematic created in March 2010 outlining possible project options. The first phase includes a stretch of trail from BREC’s City Park to the North Boulevard Town Square. Additional funds will be gathered to create a full greenway plan with specified path configurations and amenities. Vicknair said the Downtown Greenway is important to reach out to other communities and increase connectivity to one another and to downtown, while providing alternative transportation between downtown and residential neighborhoods. “The most interesting aspect of it is the connectivity of different neighborhoods that are not connected now,” Vicknair said. “It will break down the physical and psychological barriers around the [Interstate] 110 area. We’d like to address those areas under the interstates with some lighting and some amenities.” Vicknair said early conceptual talks have introduced the idea of recreational amenities along the

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Greenway, possibly including a skate park and a basketball court. “We hope to improve the perception of these areas,” he said. “If crime is at all a problem, we hope to improve that with adequate lighting and more eyes. More improvements lead to safety and awareness along the Greenway. But there are no specific safety concerns at this point.” Planning should begin early in 2012, with construction starting toward the end of next year. Phase one could be completed after about six months to a year of construction. Vicknair said one of the greatest challenges ahead will be to identify funding for the next phases

of the project. “We feel confident we can identity those funds through [Department of Transportation and Development] and federal grants,” he said. “Other obstacles could be crossing busy intersections, like Government Street. We have to make sure the crossing point has adequate lighting signals to make the crossing of Government as safe as possible.”

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The patients in need of transplants include those with diseases affecting the blood, such as leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia. “Every year, over 10,000 people need bone marrow transplants and do not have a match in their family,” Bostick said. “Most bone marrow transplants now are very similar to donating blood and no longer require actually going into your bone.” Bostick said the University of Louisiana at Lafayette held a similar event, which brought in more than 125 faculty and students. Bostick created a goal to reach 200 students and faculty at the University and was ecstatic to surpass his goal by 100. “Turnout today was so amazing,” Bostick said. “I was so inspired by all the students who came out.” As students arrived at the event, they were presented with a form requiring their basic information. Bostick said the paperwork took about five minutes and was the longest part of the process. After the individual’s cheeks had been brushed with four separate cotton swabs, event volunteers placed them in a tray to be sent to the national campaign headquarters. The DNA on the cotton swabs will be processed, and the individual will be entered into the bone marrow registry. Once in the registry, the recipients will receive a verification card in the mail, but will not hear from the registry until a potential match has been located. But Bostick said the odds of becoming a match are one in 500. Bostick became interested in starting the program when he volunteered at a hospital cancer center in high school. “There is a cure,” Bostick said. “It’s other people. I’m a cure for someone out there.” Marisa Primeaux, English secondary education freshman, said she learned about the event from a friend. “If given the chance to help someone, I will,” she said. Patrick Newcomb, mass communication junior, said he was surprised by the large turnout. “Many people who pass by on Free Speech Alley just say no thanks [to campaigners],” he said. “It just shows that if there’s a good cause people will get behind it.” The event was sponsored by LSU Ambassadors, led by Bostick with help from Student Government, the Residence Hall Association, Freshman Leadership Council, Tigers Donating Life and the University Recreation Center.

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HISTORY, from page 1 with it,” Cowan said. “The East and West Stadium dorms were completed in 1931. The North Dorms were created in 1936, and the South Dorms were built in 1953.” Rooms in Tiger Stadium were not air-conditioned, and in some cases as many as six men shared a room. The combined capacity was 1,500 students and, along with the Pentagon, the rooms housed all male on-campus residents until after World War II, Cowan said. Tiger Stadium residence halls were gradually phased out throughout the 1980s, but Athletic Department officials said student-athletes lived in the stadium until the early 1990s, Cowan said. FIRST RESIDENCE HALLS When the University moved to its current location in 1925, male students were housed in the Beauregard, Jackson, Lejeune and Taylor halls, which comprise the current Pentagon housing community, Cowan said. Women were housed in the Pentagon Barracks at the former downtown campus. The Pentagon community on campus still houses students, and the Pentagon Barracks downtown hold the offices of the lieutenant governor, according to the National Parks Service. PLEASANT HALL Modern-day Pleasant


RICHARDSON, from page 1 bike. He was determined not to be dependent on anybody.” Richardson also wasn’t afraid to express his opinions, Strain said. He used to wear posterboards emblazoned with his political views and march across campus. “[He was] not shy at all,” she smiled. “But sweet, sweet, sweet as pie.” Most of all, Richardson loved the University and chose an assisted living home near campus before he moved into a nursing home during his final months, Strain said. “His favorite thing ... was teaching because he retired, but they had to talk him into retiring,” she said. Richardson retired from the

which was originally called Smith Hall, was built in 1931 as the first women’s residence hall, Cowan said. That building housed students until the Department of Continuing Education moved in. THE HORSESHOE Annie Boyd, Evangeline, Louise Garig, Grace King and Highland halls were completed between 1935 and 1937 to supplement women’s housing in Pleasant Hall, Cowan said. “All the dorms on the other side of Highland Road were for women originally,” he said. POST-WORLD WAR II “In 1941, we had 7,500 students here on campus, which was a lot,” he said. “The campus was bursting at the seams. The campus was really only designed for 6,000. By 1947, there were 10,000 on campus.” Johnston, Hatcher and Hodges halls were built along Fieldhouse Drive and the first Married Housing buildings were constructed on the west side of Nicholson Drive for the post-war boom in student population. Those buildings were constructed between 1947 and 1949.

ACADIAN HALL Before it became a residence hall, Acadian Hall served as an language-learning environment for the Spanish Department, Cowan said. “Acadian Hall started out life as the Pan American House,” Cowan University in 2007, but came back one year later to teach part-time until he became ill and went on leave. Richardson’s office door in Howe-Russell still carries his nameplate and is adorned with photos, drawings and sayings. He held the Doris Z. Stone Professorship and was one of the founders of an anthropology concentration in the geography Ph.D. program, Strain said. Richardson was at the University for 46 years. Richardson’s memorial service will be Saturday at University Presbyterian Church at 10 a.m.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011 said. “It was built as a cultural center for Latin American and United States culture. There was room for about 20 students to live.”

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STUDENT LIFE Students led a “regimented life” until the early 1970s, when University restrictions were relaxed, Cowan said. Male students were required to participate in ROTC programs until 1969. Men and women’s residence halls were on opposite sides of the campus and separate Deans of Students oversaw male and female students until the late 1970s. Today, there are 17 residence halls on campus and three campus apartment complexes with gender specific and co-ed housing options.

Poole, natural resources ecology and management student. The accuser said Lawrence began a romantic relationship with Poole in April. The two constantly communicated via text messages and phone calls. Wright said he requested an outside investigation to see if the allegations were true, and if they weren’t, to clear the accused individuals. Investigating Officer Cpt. Michael Leiva with Tulane University Army ROTC confirmed the outside investigation is still ongoing but said further information could not be provided at this time. Wright said ROTC officials are not allowed to date students, and the situation could be “career-ruining.” Army Regulation 600-20 Section 4-15a states unnecessary relationships between a training soldier and permanent personnel is prohibited. Poole is no longer under Lawrence’s command but is still under his instruction in class, Wright said, claiming the evidence has not yet been credible enough to consider suspending the officer. When The Daily Reveille spoke with Lawrence on Tuesday, he declined to comment on the matter, saying his lawyer would be in contact at a later date. Poole did not respond to The Daily Reveille’s request for comment as of Wednesday.

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GRAHAM AND POWER HALLS Graham Hall and Power Hall were the only two former residence halls to be demolished. Both halls were built where the West and East Campus Apartments are currently located, respectively, Cowan said. Graham Hall was constructed as a men’s residence hall in 1958 and housed 350 students, he said. An annex was built in 1965 that allowed the building to accommodate 360 additional students. Power Hall was made of six parallel two-story military housing buildings and housed 492 women, Cowan said.


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LSU senior forward LaSondra Barrett (55) drives past a Georgetown guard Wednesday night in the PMAC. View a photo gallery of the game’s highlights at

Lady Tigers down Hoyas, 51-40, despite 26 turnovers in Caldwell’s home opener Mark Clements Sports Writer

There’s no denying the high expectations placed on the LSU women’s basketball team. During the summer, just months after she was hired, incoming LSU coach Nikki Caldwell guaranteed Tiger fans her squad would find its way back to the NCAA tournament this season

after missing out last year for the first time in 13 years. If Wednesday’s matchup with Georgetown was any indication, Caldwell’s expectations may not be too lofty. No. 20 LSU (2-0) outdueled the No. 14 Hoyas (1-2), 51-40, in the PMAC. “For right now, it’s a great win for the program,” Caldwell said. “We want to make sure we’re doing everything we need to do to prepare

for March Madness, and it starts now.” The tone was set early as both teams came out running, with the two sides forcing nearly as many turnovers (5) as points (7) in the first five minutes. That would be the story for the rest of the night. TURNOVERS, see page 12

Junior cornerback Morris Claiborne was named a semifinalist Wednesday for the 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year award. Claiborne is one of just two defensive players on the 15-player watch list. He Claiborne and Alabama junior running back Trent Richardson are the only Southeastern Conference representatives. “[This news] couldn’t come to a more deserving guy and a great leader on our team,” LSU coach Les Miles said. Claiborne leads the Tigers with four interceptions, including one in LSU’s crucial 9-6 victory Nov. 5 against Alabama and two in the Tigers’ 19-6 win Sept. 15 against Mississippi State. He also leads LSU with 128 interception return yards and is fifth on the team in solo tackles with 22. The top five teams in the BCS standings all have at least one player representative among the semifinalists. A list of five finalists will be announced Wednesday, Nov. 30. The winner, which will be announced Thursday, Dec. 8, is voted on by the Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at


Dale Brown unveils motivational book Storied coach uses status to inspire Hunter Paniagua Sports Writer

Legendary LSU men’s basketball coach Dale Brown crawled through a bathroom window of a stadium as a kid to attend his first professional basketball game. The Minneapolis Lakers were playing in his hometown of Minot, N.D., and Brown wanted to score an autograph from one of his favorite players. After the game, he found a scrap of paper and a pencil and asked a player to sign it. The player pushed him away, and 10-year-old Brown vowed

he would never treat anyone that way. “I was embarrassed,” Brown said. “I was hurt, and I was mad. But I had another response when I got home. I thought if I ever become famous, I’ll return every telephone call. I’ll be nice to people. I’ll just be myself.” Brown, 76, maintains that mantra and has used his status to motivate the people that admire him. His new book, “Getting Over the 4 Hurdles of Life,” which he unveiled Wednesday at the Lod Cook Alumni Center, teaches people how to overcome obstacles in life and find success. Brown said the four most common hurdles in life are people saying you can’t accomplish something, past failures, handicaps and a lack of self-awareness.

Brown found inspiration for the book from the lessons he learned from John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach who mentored Brown early in his coaching career. Brown said Wooden would always take time to sign autographs and talk to fans, never letting his fame alter his personality. “He was able to take compliments so well,” Brown said. “Most people would become vain when they get wealthy or famous. He was never vain at all.” Brown has tried to imitate that same attitude in his retirement, spending much of his time as a motivational speaker. Dan Marin, the co-author of Brown’s book and an LSU management BROWN, see page 12


Dale Brown (right), former LSU men’s basketball coach, signs books Wednesday for the release of his book “Getting Over the 4 Hurdles of Life” in the Lod Cook Alumni Center.

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Most early-season bounceback games for major college basketball teams don’t take place at a neutral site against a prime NCAA tournament contender. For LSU (1-1), however, its matchup against an experienced Northwestern squad today in the first round of the eight-squad Charleston Classic will be a welcomed quick turnaround after the Tigers’ struggles in a 71-63 loss Tuesday at Coastal Carolina. The Wildcats (1-0) boast a roster with nine upperclassmen and four returning starters, including senior standout forward and second-team preseason All-American John Shurna. But LSU coach Trent Johnson said Shurna is just one cog in a balanced, deep Northwestern roster keen on efficiently running a Princeton-style motion-and-cut offense. “They have guys that can pass and catch from all five spots,” Johnson said. “What stands out is how they always test your defensive principles in terms of staying disciplined.” Those principles seemed lacking in LSU’s prior outing against Coastal, as the Chanticleers outrebounded LSU by 19 and forced the Tigers to gamble defensively with an up-tempo pace, reaching the free-throw line all game long. “For whatever reason, we broke down [Tuesday night],” Johnson said. “Us not putting a body on people on the boards was surprising, frankly. We have to be a team that wins with defense and rebounding, and that’s where the effort needs to come from to

bounce back.” Warren recorded his seventhAfter scoring 96 points in straight double-figure scoring the opener against Nicholls, LSU game with 14 points to go along struggled to score 63 points on with nine rebounds. 36 percent shooting, including a The Wildcats are picked to 19-minute stretch in the middle of finish in the top half of the Big 10 the game when the Tigers made conference with a wealth of reonly five shots from the field. turning contributors from consecJohnson said the offense utive 20-win National Invitational played well enough to earn the Tournament squads. victory, but indicated the team “Without question, they’ll be will need to calm down in transi- playing in March,” Johnson said. tion and shooting It’s the secthe ball. ond time LSU “We had all has played in an the shots we needearly-season ined,” the fourthvitational under year coach said. Johnson. The Ti“Going forward, gers lost to Consome of those necticut and Arishots will fall. The zona State by at Trent Johnson emphasis for them least 19 points in LSU men’s basketball coach all comes back to their appearance defense and rein the 2009 NIT bounding because that’s how you Season Tip-Off. create some of your offense, anyJohnson said he has no prefway.” erence in the scheduling but LSU may need those shots added that his players are lookto fall sooner rather than later, as ing forward to seeing a field that Northwestern held its opening op- includes Georgia Tech, Seton Hall ponent, Texas Pan-American, to and 2011 Final Four participant less than 40 points in a 60-36 de- Virginia Commonwealth. but victory. “I like playing games period, Shurna led the way offen- and it says good things about the sively for the Wildcats in the win, program when you’re asked to be scoring 15 points, while senior a part of an event like this,” Johncenter Luka Mirkovic and junior son said. “In a situation like this, guard Drew Crawford combined the players are excited to play a lot for 23. of basketball again.” LSU sophomore guard Ralston Turner paced LSU Contact Chris Abshire at against Coastal with 15 points, and senior center Storm


‘Without question, [Northwestern] will be playing in March.’

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NBA lockout not as simple as copying NFL blueprint BODY SHOTS

ROB LANDRY Sports columnist The entire NBA season is fading further and further into oblivion. NBA commissioner David Stern’s deadline came and went Sunday evening. Stern had sent a proposal from the league owners to the Players Association that was a take-it-or-leave-it type of deal in which there would be no more negotiation. The players decided to leave it. The Players Association is expected to disassociate from the league soon, which would all but end hopes for any part of a basketball season. The lack of compromise and unwillingness to bend by either side has ignited outrage from fans. Some have pointed to the NFL, which was able to secure a final-hour agreement to save the season without losing any regular season games, as a similar example. But the NBA can’t work a deal just like its football counterpart. The differences between the two leagues are polar opposites. The NFL is the country’s most successful sports league, and its lockout was founded on owners and players arguing about which side should get a bigger piece of the enormous revenue pie the league rakes in. The NBA is losing money. The owners are fighting for a bigger piece of the revenue because

numerous franchises are losing substantial amounts of cash each year. It’s getting to a point where the league was even considering contracting teams because it couldn’t afford to fund them all. As many as 13 owners have stated they would benefit financially from a canceled NBA season. That’s not the case in the NFL. Football is America’s most coveted sporting event. The television deals and advertising revenue is through the roof while the NBA is struggling. The difference between the two can be seen in media coverage. The NFL coverage garnered nearly all the attention of sports talk shows, television shows and Internet stories. Granted, the NFL lockout occurred in the summer when there were fewer sports going on, but the NBA lockout has been a sidebar from the get-go. The NBA is instead looking more like Major League Baseball circa 1994 when the World Series was axed because of a player strike. It took baseball years to recover from the strike in terms of fan popularity. Not until the 1998 chase of Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record by Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa did baseball win back some of its fans. Some still haven’t come back. Losing an NBA season may not be hitting home just yet, as most people are enthralled in either college football or the NFL

right now. But for those that have followed it, stop putting all the blame on the players. Both sides are at fault, but if there is any side that should shoulder more of the blame, it’s the owners. The owners allowed players’ and coaches’ contracts to get as inflated as they did. The owners didn’t reel in the overspending when they first realized they were on the verge of a major crisis. Instead, owners continued to spend and continue to throw boatloads of money on undeserving players in search of a championship. One side is attempting to make the other look greedy and vice versa. Instead, both sides are coming out of this with egg on their faces and in jeopardy of losing the people who care most about their product. Rob Landry is a 23-year old mass communication senior from Mandeville. Follow him on Twitter @RobLandry85.

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Miles says players healthy, not overlooking Ole Miss Albert Burford

Sports Contributor

LSU coach Les Miles said his team will be healthy and ready to go for the Tigers’ game at Ole Miss this weekend. Senior defensive end Kendrick Adams didn’t see much time on the field in LSU’s 42-9 win against Western Kentucky on Saturday due to a knee injury, but Miles said Adams was back at practice this week and will be ready to play Saturday. Following the suspension of

Ole Miss starting junior quarterback Randall Mackey, fellow junior quarterback Zack Stoudt will start for the Rebels against LSU this weekend. Stoudt spent time at the University of Louisville when LSU quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe was coaching the Cardinals. Miles said the Tigers will be prepared for Stoudt. “We’ve gone back and looked [at Stoudt],” Miles said. “We’ve seen their offense and we expect that there will be pieces of the best of their offense on display Saturday.”

Miles said he hasn’t decided on a starting quarterback for the game. While both senior quarterbacks Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee saw time against Western Kentucky, Jefferson took a vast majority of the snaps. While students may be looking ahead to a possible Southeastern Conference Championship game and other big games down the road, Miles said LSU has done well focusing on Ole Miss. “I’m not noticing the distraction in how we practice,” Miles said.

“That’s really my greatest parameter for how my team is. They come to work and they’re interested and they’re plugged in and enthusiastic and wanting to be better.” Miles also deflected any talk about the 2009 Ole Miss game, now infamous for a clock mismanagement debacle. “I step out of the past,” he said. “I go back and I hash it out and go forward.” According to Miles, the Tigers’ tough early season games against Oregon, West Virginia and Mississippi

State prepared LSU for the situation it faced at Alabama and will face as the season goes on. Miles said he always consults his team before scheduling tough early-season games, such as the one against Oregon. “I have always turned to my team and asked them if they wanted in, because it’s not about the coach, it’s about the team,” he said. “The team wanted to prepare.” Contact Albert Burford at


Suspension deters Rebel special teams UM punt return No. 1 in SEC Alex Cassara Sports Writer

When Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt suspended running back Jeff Scott on Tuesday for his team’s matchup with No. 1 LSU on Saturday, he didn’t just lose his leading rusher and one of his top receiving threats. He lost the focal point of the Southeastern Conference’s No.1 punt return team. “Of course, that’s a big blow,” Nutt said Wednesday in the weekly SEC coaches teleconference. Scott has taken eight punts for 138 yards and a touchdown, averaging 17.2 yards per return. Ole Miss as a team has two punt return touchdowns and averages 22.6 yards per return.

LSU is ranked No. 1 in the SEC on the other side of the ball in punt situations, allowing only seven yards on 12 returns for an average of .58 yards per return. Scott catching punts would have made for one of the more interesting storylines in an otherwise lopsided statistical match-up. Senior gunner Ron Brooks complimented the opponent’s return team, regardless of who’s catching the punts. “Their returners are really shifty and quick guys, so we’ve got to make sure we take care of our assignments, cover all our lanes, wrap them up and not give them any running room,” Brooks said. Freshman wide receiver Nickolas Brassell scored Ole Miss’ other return touchdown, but Scott actually played a part in that sequence as well. He initially caught the punt and ran towards the right sideline, then he tossed it to Brassell on a reverse, who followed his blockers 84 yards to the end zone.

“We’re making sure that we just get our base things landed before we start worrying about any tricks and things like that,” Brooks said. “We’re always going to keep alert for tricks coming from those guys, though.” Nutt said Brassell lost playing time in last week’s 27-7 loss to Louisiana Tech because he missed a meeting. He also said he would like to get Brassell more involved, but he didn’t say how. Nutt did say sophomore wide receiver Philander Moore would be one player taking on return duties in Saturday’s game. Moore transferred from Blinn Community College in January, where he earned First Team National Junior College Athletic Association All-American return specialist honors by accumulating 811 total return yards and six total return touchdowns. Contact Alex Cassara at


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Several University athletes have homeschool background Adrian Wintz Sports Contributor

Many people have preconceived notions of home-schooled kids as weird, socially awkward or abnormally smart. But students who were homeschooled can blend in at a public university, even in college athletics. Several home-schooled student-athletes at LSU in multiple sports have assimilated with the rest of the student body. Tennis senior Whitney Wolf was home-schooled in Pride, La., before coming to LSU and claiming a No. 52 national ranking in singles during the fall 2011 season. Being home-schooled gave Wolf more time to focus on tennis, which allowed her to participate in regional and national events in her early teen years and gain the attention of college coaches around age 16. “We really start identifying kids late in their sophomore year and junior year [of high school],” said women’s tennis coach Tony Minnis. “One of my former players coached [Wolf]. I thought she just had a tremendous upside, and I got on [recruiting her] really early.” For home-schooled students, the social and academic aspects of

college can be a difficult adjustment. Minnis said the discipline that comes from home-schooling helps make up for that. “One of the biggest parts of school is being exposed to other kids and being exposed to other things,” Minnis said. “It can be tough, but [Wolf] has adapted well.” Gymnastics juniors Janelle Garcia and Ericka Garcia and sophomore Maliah Mathis are also among the few student-athletes who were home-schooled. Janelle Garcia was homeschooled starting in the fourth grade in her hometown of Miami, until she attended high school in Orlando. With her parents’ support, she put gymnastics first and then built her education around it, all the way up until college. “Without my parents, this wouldn’t have been possible,” Janelle said. “They have done anything and everything for me just so I could pursue my passion for gymnastics.” She said she doesn’t remember exactly when recruiters started paying attention to her passion. “The [college] scouts are always at meets, and you have no idea what’s going on,” Janelle said. With the help of summer school going into her freshman year,

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she and the other two incoming freshmen gymnasts meshed into the college environment academically and socially. Janelle said she was a social butterfly before being home-schooled, but then became more shy because she was engulfed in her schoolwork and gymnastics. She said she has since regained her social self. “My first year [of homeschooling], I had kind of lost my

personality,” Janelle said. “I was very timid. I wasn’t as outspoken as I really am. We came in during the summer, and we got to check it out and got to learn how to be in a classroom again.” Gymnastics coach D.D. Breaux said she wanted to ensure her homeschooled student-athletes received the right education and were tested properly. “You have to be a lot more

diligent about the gathering of information and the transcripts,” Breaux said. “There’s a lot more legwork to be done because the kids have been in multiple learning environments. My concern is making sure that if they’re schooled at home, they’re not tested at home.” Contact Adrian Wintz at

page 12 TURNOVERS, from page 7 LSU averaged close to a turnover a minute in the first half of the contest, going into the break with 18 turnovers, on pace to finish worse than its 22 turnover performance Monday night at Wichita State. The two sides combined for a whopping 49 turnovers by the end of the night, with LSU committing 26, and Georgetown surrendering 23 of their own. “I’d probably say 60 percent of that was us just getting rushed and not really looking at the defense,” said senior forward LaSondra Barrett, who led the Tigers with 11 points. “Maybe we’re just rushing our offense or trying to do too much, but it comes over time. Trust me, it’s going to go down.” Credit the tenacious defenses for a fair amount of the turnovers. Seven different Lady Tigers contributed to LSU’s 15 steals, led by seniors Destini Hughes and Barrett, who each tallied four. “It was very fast-paced, but coach [Caldwell] was always telling us to slow down,” Hughes said.

“It was my teammates’ support, really. When they encouraged me on defense, it got me going and motivated.” Hughes added 10 points and three rebounds, but it was her intangibles that caught Caldwell’s eye. “It started with Destini,” Caldwell said. “Her on-the-ball defense really trickled down and made everybody else be accountable. When they needed to make big plays and come up with defensive stops, they did so.” After shooting 61.5 percent Monday night, including 66.7 percent from 3-point range, the Lady Tigers dropped to 34 percent from the field Wednesday, with a meager 16.7 percent mark from beyond the arc. LSU would need 17 secondhalf free throws to slowly pull ahead of the Hoyas and secure the victory. “This definitely isn’t a game I’d say to come watch for the offense,” Caldwell said. “I’m proud of our group for coming back in the second half, maintaining their composure and finishing this game out

The Daily Reveille the way they needed to.” While there weren’t many bright spots in the game, it’s hard to be too upset with a hard-fought win against a Sweet 16 squad. It was priority point night in the PMAC, and between forcing shot clock violations, free throws and charges, the rowdy crowd of 4,599 kept the energy up all night, and proved to be a theoretical sixth man for LSU. “It was great to have our fans into it and players,” Barrett said. “Our bench was all over the place. With this team, we feed off each other. [Hughes’] energy out there gives us a lot of energy and that feeds off the crowd. It’s an amazing place to play.” The Lady Tigers will ride their hot streak to New Orleans on Saturday looking for vengeance on undefeated Tulane, who squeaked out a two-point win in the PMAC last season.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011 to help them.” Brown signed copies of his professor, said Brown’s personal- book for a group of personal ity lends itself to inspiration. friends that he said have touched “He’s very upbeat,” Marin his life in one way or another. He said. “Everything he says in said he spoke with people that the book about positive think- have overcome personal tragedies ing, that’s his vision. There’s and plan to use Brown’s book to not a downward inspire their loved thought in his ones. consciousness.” T h o u g h Brown held Brown’s status that positivoften puts him in ity throughout his the spotlight, he coaching career admits he gets and made sure he embarrassed with took advantage of the attention. the opportunities “It’s unfortuhe’d received in nate that you have Dale Brown life. He spent 25 to be a celebrity years as LSU’s former LSU men’s basketball coach to get people to coach and led the look up to you,” Tigers to two Final Four appear- Brown said. “Nobody knew my ances. eighth-grade educated mother, “I would have gotten out of but she accomplished more than coaching earlier than I did if it most celebrities accomplish in wasn’t for the fact I really tried to their whole lives.” use our success and any publicity that was brought to me,” Brown Contact Hunter Paniagua at said. “I tried to use it as a platform to reach out to others and try

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‘I tried to use [my success] as a platform to reach out to others and try to help them.’


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White Light Night Art Hop This annual event is held the Friday before Thanksgiving. Hop a ride on one of the Gerry Lane shuttle vans, the city’s red trolleys or carpool with friends. Refreshments will be served at participating locations. Mid City Art and Design District, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free. Annual Broadmoor Arts & Crafts Festival Savor some crafty cooking at this annual event. Enjoy work by artists and crafters from five states. Broadmoor High School, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday $3. Red Jumpsuit Apparatus The rock band has come a long way since its debut in 2005. Performing with special guests Burn Halo and Seven Circle Sunrise, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is sure to please Baton Rouge fans. Varsity Theatre, 8 p.m. $15.

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Til’ the Break of ‘Dawn’

Students anxiously await midnight premiere of latest ‘Twilight’ installment Haylie Navarre Entertainment Writer

Fans of “Twilight” will be lining up tonight to sink their teeth into “Breaking Dawn,” the first film installment of the saga’s final book. Cinemark Perkins Rowe manager Kurt Jackson said the theater has sold 1,350 tickets so far and has sold out eight screening rooms. The theatre has opened a ninth room and will open more if the demand continues. Jackson said he believes the theater has sold more tickets for “Breaking Dawn,” which was partially filmed in Baton Rouge, than the other premieres in the series because the theater recently switched to all-digital screenings. Previously, the theater screened from actual film and the number of screening rooms was limited by the number of phys‘TWILIGHT,’ see page 19

‘[“Breaking Dawn”] gives me another midnight premiere to go to.’

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Erin Smith elementary education senior

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Saturday: Charlie Hunter A night with the famous guitarist, composer and band leader. Manship Theater, 100 Lafayette St., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Sunday: “Ain’t Misbehavin’” Winner of numerous Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Ain’t Misbehavin’” features 30 unforgettable song-and-dance numbers that take you on a journey through the songs of Thomas “Fats” Waller and through Harlem in its heyday. LSU Student Union Theatre, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. $25-45.

Kristen Stewart, foreground, and Robert Pattinson play Bella and Edward, respectively, in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1,” which premieres in theaters Friday.


Customers camp outside Chick-fil-A to win prizes First 100 receive free food for a year Eastan Croson Entertainment Writer

Along with tons of excitement, Chick-fil-A’s grand opening on College Drive today also brought the chance for locals to win free meals for a year. People began camping out at the restaurant Wednesday morning at 6 a.m. in hopes of being one of the first 100 adults in line in order to receive a year’s worth of Chickfil-A. “We are expecting anywhere from 200 to 250 people to the event,” said franchise operator Brad Arton, who has been


‘We brought a tent and have a couple of sleeping bags. The goal was to stay up all night, but we will see how long we last.’ Christopher Lebeuf

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working with Chick-fil-A for 25 years. After spending 24 hours camping out in a parking lot, the winners received their free meal CHICKEN, see page 19

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People line up tents Wednesday outside the new Chick-fil-A on College Drive to camp out for the store’s opening and win prizes for being among the first 100 customers.

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“Assassin’s Creed: Revelations”


Tablet wars: Nook Tablet vs. Kindle Fire Ubisoft

The “Assassin’s Creed” franchise has returned with its fourth and best game yet — best, that is, for those that have played the other three games. The story mode challenges players from the very beginning, leaving no room for newbies. The game’s story is just as complex and well told as its predecessors, deftly weaving together tales from 12th and 16th centuries to the modern day. But the one-of-a-kind multiplayer is where the game really stands out. Rather than adopting a guns-blazing, “Call of Duty”-style system, multiplayer matches set up cat-andmouse games between two players amid a sprawling city. Coupled with top-of-the-line graphics, outstanding voice acting and an experience that will delight hardcore fans, “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations” is a strong contender for game of the year.



“(Ahk-toong Bay-bi) Covered”

Q Magazine

“(Ahk-toong Bay-bi) Covered,” a tribute album to U2’s 1991 classic, “Achtung Baby,” features a diverse range of artists and genres. The effort includes everyone from electronic artists to more mainstream bands like The Fray. Classic international peace anthem “One” goes the more traditional route and features the hushed, raspy voice of Irish musician Damien Rice. Nine Inch Nails creates a darker, moodier atmosphere for album opener “Zoo Station” with its fusion of electronic and rock music. Famed guitarist Jack White adds a southern rock vibe to his haunting take on “Love is Blindness.” While some of the songs on the album definitely work better than others, the eclectic styles showcase how influential the Irish stadium rockers have been throughout their careers. 


Drake,“Take Care”


Drake’s 2010 album “Thank Me Later” was about his newfound fame. His new album “Take Care” is about its aftermath. “Take Care” is a mix of deep lyrics and smooth tracks that shows a retrospective view of Drake’s experience in the music industry. His previous album was flashier, but Drake maintains a good sound and catchy lyrics in his latest endeavour. The songs have a nice variety, ranging from flows similar to Kid Cudi in “Underground Kings” and sophisticated rhythms resembling Jay-Z in “Headlines.” The new album may not have a great deal of chart-topping singles, but it shows the rappers’ maturity, and Drake should be proud of his work.



Universal Pictures

Look no further for epic battles and mythological plot lines. “Immortals” combines the best snippets of action-packed “300” and storytelling of 2004’s “Troy” to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Amid a star-studded cast, rookie actors Henry Cavill and Freida Pinto have great chemistry that propels the story forward. Pinto steals the show with an exquisite performance so believable viewers can feel the trepidation and conviction in her voice when she tells Cavill to escape or stand strong. While the film does look and feel much like “Lord of the Rings” meets “Clash of the Titans” and “The Scorpion King,” “Immortals” holds its own through its use of realistic and fantastic points of view and motifs. This is definitely a film worth checking out.


Los Campesinos!, “Hello Sadness”

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Thirty seconds into opening track, “By Your Hand,” listeners will be wondering why the fourth album by Los Campesinos! was titled “Hello Sadness.” The name becomes clear several more songs into the album, as the many emotions of relationships are examined, including jealousy, anger and lust. The latter is a prevalent theme in many of the tracks, like “Baby I Got the Death Rattle,” with lyrics like “not headstone, but headboard is where I want to be mourned.” Many songs are slower and darker than the band’s typical style, but the upbeat melody of “By Your Hand” makes it stand out as possibly one of the band’s best singles. The syncopated choral lyrics and hand claps are more likely to have listeners waving good-bye to sadness than saying hello.




Warner Bros. This biopic of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover has an impressive pedigree. Directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and written by Dustin Lance Black (the man behind “Milk”), it has all the makings of Oscar bait. DiCaprio is by far the highlight, making a remarkable transformation into the stiff, guarded and controlling Hoover. DiCaprio’s performance makes for a few particularly powerful scenes, including the highly-hyped, tense kiss with Armie Hammer’s character and a scene where Hoover wears his mother’s clothes, which carries a certain Norman Bates subtext. Unfortunately, the rest of the product mostly falls short. The flashback-heavy writing never finds a sense of immediacy, and the poor make-up job to age the actors is laughable. These missteps detract from DiCaprio and make “J. Edgar” feel like a stagnant history lesson.


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With tablets at the top of many Christmas lists this holiday season, two have emerged as serious competitors to Apple’s iPad 2. The Amazon Kindle Fire, released Tuesday, is a 7-inch tablet running on Google’s operating system, Android 2.3. In the other corner is Barnes and Noble’s recently announced Nook Tablet, which comes out Friday. It also is a 7-inch Android tablet. The main appeal of each tablet is price — $199 for the TAYLOR BALKOM Kindle Fire and Columnist $249 for the Nook Tablet. Both are drastically cheaper than the $499 iPad 2. Stacked against each other, each tablet brings its own unique features to the table. PROCESSOR Both the Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet have a 1GHz dualcore Texas Instruments OMAP 4 processor, which should provide zippy performance and little to no lag. However, this isn’t a guarantee. My HP Touchpad has a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and ran incredibly slow until the recent update. MEMORY The Kindle Fire is limited to 512MB of RAM, while the Nook Tablet has 1GB. While 1GB of RAM is nice, this category comes down to performance, as well. My Touchpad has 1GB of RAM and sputters when multiple apps are open, but the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 do perfectly fine with 512MB.

With the devices being so similar, it’s hard to choose a clear STORAGE winner. The Nook TabThe differences belet’s storage size is defcome apparent here. The initely a win for Barnes Kindle Fire is limited to and Noble, but is it 8GB of internal storage, worth the extra $50? two of which are used It all depends on for the OS. That isn’t a what you’re planning lot of room for all your to use the device for. books, apps, movies and If you only plan to whatever else you want stream Netflix, downto put on the tablet. load apps, read books The Nook Tablet and browse the Interhas double the storage Nook Tablet net, the Kindle Fire of the Kindle Fire with should be more than 16GB of storage plus enough. But if you want a microSD slot for exto have a few albums, pandable memory, up to movies and pictures on 32GB. It’s got a lot more your device, the Nook room for everything you Tablet’s 16GB of onwant to do on a tabboard storage plus exlet. pandable memory slot could be closer to what APPS you need. Neither the Fire nor Will the low price the Nook Tablet has acpoint make up for the cess to the full Android lack of features on Market, but Amazon is these devices? A smallthe clear winner here. er screen, no camera Amazon’s Appstore alKindle Fire and somewhat limited most rivals Android’s with content. The Nook Tablet’s app selection can save you hunapp selection will surely contin- dreds of dollars. It’s worth it. I bought a $99 ue to grow, but it isn’t anywhere discontinued HP Touchpad back close to Amazon’s right now. in August and haven’t looked back. It can do everything the APPEARANCE Both devices are about the $499 iPad 2 can do with a few same size, but the Kindle Fire is a exceptions, like app selection. bit smaller and thinner (7.5 inch- Is webOS as smooth and fluid as es by 4.7 inches, 0.45 inches thin) iOS? No, and neither is Android. than the Nook Tablet (8.1 inches But if you want to have the tablet experience without selling an by 5 inches, 0.48 inches thin.) organ, the Kindle Fire and Nook Color are two perfectly good tabSCREEN Each device has a 7-inch lets that can get the job done. touchscreen. Resolutions differ only slightly on each device — 169ppi for the Fire and 170ppi for the Nook Tablet — so the Contact Taylor Balkom at viewing experience should be more or less the same. It’s a toss-up.

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in case anything happens to my iTunes library,” Schrieffer said. ISDS freshman Mary Miller said she doesn’t buy CDs and mostly uses online streaming websites like Livestream to listen Kevin Thibodeaux to music. She said if people aren’t Entertainment Writer buying CDs anymore, the record The online music magazine labels are doing the right thing, Side-Line reports major music la- but otherwise they should keep bels like Sony, EMI and Universal making physical copies. “If it’s still profitable, I don’t plan to stop the production of CDs think it’s a good idea,” she said. by the end of 2012. Biology freshmen Peter BerThe article claims that labels will release music through online nzen and Keith Lasko said they streaming services like iTunes and think music services like iTunes will limit physical CD releases are changing music in a bad way. They think these services, to special edition packages to be released online through sites like which offer customers the option to purchase indiAmazon. Noel Jackson, History of Recorded Music vidual songs from albums, promote manager of Music • 1877: Phonograph invented one-hit wonders Treasure Chest and cause people on North Acadian • 1901: 10-inch disc record to miss out on Thruway, said introduced hidden treasures the sale of CDs • 1949: 12-inch vinyl LP era began has declined, but • 1952: First eight-track audio tape on an album, like songs that weren’t he hasn’t noticed cartridge emerged released as sinanything recently • 1962: First audio cassette tape gles. that would indi- invented Bernzen said cate that major • 1983: CDs released in U.S. record labels have • 1996: U.S. patent issued for MP3 the way he buys music depends on plans to drop the • 1999: Inception of Napster the artist. CD format. “If it’s like Today’s youth • 2001: iTunes introduced my favorite band, aren’t used to collecting things like CDs, records or I’ll buy the CD,” Bernzen said. cassettes, but there are still a lot “That’s revenue for the band, and of people who buy CDs, Jackson it’s a hard copy if my computer crashes.” said. Jackson said he’s found that “There’s still some people who like to have something in if the CD is good, customers will still buy it. He said he’s sold about their hand, not just air,” he said. But Jackson has noticed a 40 of the 60 copies of new Webbie and Drake CDs he got early new trend in distributing music. Jackson said record com- through a deal with his distributor. Jackson said he’s not worried panies are moving toward making their catalogues digital, and about the music industry because some stores download the CDs of how quickly it changes. “We saw CDs go out, casonto blank discs. He said this new strategy saves the labels money settes go, we saw records come in stocking the CDs and pressing back in,” Jackson said. “That’s why I’m not too scared about CDs them to discs. For Jackson’s store to stay because they just put records back current, he said it needs to have a out.” Jackson said he thinks record machine to press the digital music companies can’t stop producing to blank CDs. Students often get their mu- physical copies because that’s sic from several different sources, where the companies make most but some still think the decision to of their sales. “That’s like shooting themstop making CDs is unwise. Elementary education sopho- selves in the foot,” Jackson said. more Jamie Schrieffer said she buys physical albums and only uses iTunes when she wants to Contact Kevin Thibodeaux at purchase a couple of songs. “I like to have the hard copy

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15 must-see movies before this year’s Oscars

“Albert Nobbs”

“The Artist”

“The Descendants”

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part Two”

“The Help”


“The Ides of March”

“J. Edgar”


“Midnight in Paris”


“My Week with Marilyn”

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Google opens digital music Mignon Faget exhibit store to rival Apple’s iTunes of works opens tonight New Orleans artist to receive award

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The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Google unveiled its much-anticipated digital music store Wednesday as it opened a new front in its battle with Apple to provide services over mobile devices. For the first time, Google Inc. will sell songs on the Android Market, its online store for apps, movies and books. The service is available over the next few days to customers in the U.S., but it aims to roll it out eventually to some 200 million Android users globally. Some songs are free, while others were priced at 69 cents, 99 cents and $1.29 — the same prices as on Apple’s iTunes. Artists whose work is available right away include Adele, Jay-Z and Pearl Jam. The store will feature dozens of free tracks from artists like Coldplay, Rolling Stones and Busta Rhymes. Google is offering 13 million tracks for sale, from three of the four major recording companies — Vivendi SA’s Universal Music, EMI Group Ltd. and Sony Music Entertainment — and a host of independent labels. Warner Music Group was the major recording company left out. Warner spokespeople did not respond to requests for comment. Google is allowing sharing of purchased songs over its social network, Google Plus. Friends will be able to listen to one another’s songs once for free. Once someone buys a song, it can be downloaded and is automatically uploaded for free into an online locker. The song can then be streamed over computer and mobile phone browsers, including the Safari browser, which comes on Apple Inc. devices such as the iPad. People who download the Google music app on devices running Android 2.2 or higher can stream stored songs or download them for offline playback within the app. Google’s director of digital content for Android, Jamie Rosenberg, took a dig at Apple’s online song storage service, iTunes Match, which costs $25 a year. Google’s cloud storage service is free for up to 20,000 songs. “Other cloud music services think you have to pay to listen to music you already own. We don’t,” he said. Recording company executives said that, although some of Google’s features go beyond what is offered at iTunes — specifically the one free listen for friends, the concessions were worth the benefit of reaching new customers. “How many people do you know have both an iPhone and an Android device?” said Universal’s president of global digital

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Jamie Rosenberg unveils Google’s digital music store Wednesday in Los Angeles. Google Inc. will sell songs on the Android Store, its online collection of apps, movies and books.

business, Rob Wells. “I encourage any new entrant into the digital music space who is going to help us reach a broad audience and sell legitimate songs.” Mark Piibe, EMI’s executive vice president of global business development, said Google’s plan to bring legitimately sold music to people in new ways “can only be good for the market as a whole.” Although Google and the recording companies hope sharing of songs helps sell more tunes, some observers were skeptical. Adam Klein, chief executive of discount digital music store eMusic, said that for his customers, buying music is more a considered, personal decision that is often not influenced by friends’ tastes. “A Google Plus tie-in will not make it a game changer,” he said. T-Mobile USA, which brought Google’s first Android-enabled smartphone to market in 2008, also was a partner in the Google music launch. The cellphone carrier said it would offer other free songs to

its customers and soon allow them to pay for music purchases through their phone bill. Google also appealed to independent artists who release their own music, allowing them to upload songs, biographical information and artwork to the store after paying a one-time $25 fee. Artists would be able to keep 70 percent of all sales. By launching the store, Google is opening its music service widely. It released the service as an unfinished beta in May to about a million people in the U.S. who requested an invitation and got one. That version of the service, which essentially uploaded your digital songs for online storage and allowed playback on computers and Android devices, proved to be a hit: Testers were streaming music on average 2.5 hours every day. Contact The Daily Reveille’s entertainment staff at


Tonight marks the opening of a new exhibit in the Louisiana State Museum – Baton Rouge that showcases New Orleans artist Mignon Faget’s lifetime works. Faget, best known for her metal jewelry pieces inspired by nature and New Orleans culture, will be feted with a reception ‘It’s a from 6:30 to 8 fantastic p.m., which inexhibit on cludes an open food and the life and bar, entertainment. artistry of Faget will be on to receive a Mignon hand lifetime achieveFaget. It ment award. The exhibit, spans her “Mignon Faget: career over A Life in Art the past and Design,” several will open to the public today at 8 decades.’ p.m. after the reception and will Susan Maclay run until Feb. Louisiana State Museum Foundation 25, 2012. Susan Maexecutive director clay — executive director of the Louisiana State Museum Foundation, which is hosting the reception — said

Faget’s exhibit first debuted in New Orleans in 2010 and is now traveling to Baton Rouge with a bigger display. “It’s a fantastic exhibit on the life and artistry of Mignon Faget,” Maclay said. “It spans her career over the past several decades.” Maclay said Faget was once a fashion and costume designer, and there will be pieces of her apparel as well as jewelry designs at the showing. Tickets for the opening reception cost $50.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011 CHICKEN, from page 13

certificates this morning at 6 a.m. Many came prepared to spend the night in the parking lot of the restaurant. “We brought a tent and have a couple of sleeping bags,” said Christopher Lebeuf, volunteer coordinator for Hospice Compass, on Wednesday. “The goal was to stay up all night, but we will see how long we last.” Free food was the main attraction for the all-night grand opening, but Lebeuf and his friend Jordan Richardson, history senior, also showed up because they had some free time. “We really had nothing better to do today,” Richardson said. Customers traveled across the country to attend the event and


have a chance to win free food. have had a lot of activities and “I came all the way from things for us to do,” Lebeuf said. southern Il“They have had a lot linois for free of stuff for the kids chicken for like Simon Says, a year,” said and they’ve got a Damon TackBingo board set up, ett. “I’m a retoo.” ally big fan of When the acChick-fil-A, tivities provided and I would use by the restaurant my free meals grew stale, Lebeuf every day.” and Richardson reThe parksorted to other ways ing lot took on a of helping the time tailgate-like atmove along. mosphere with “I’ve really just dancing, food, been people-watchDamon Tackett games and prizing for most of the camper outside Chick-fil-A es for the campday, which is one ers to celebrate of my favorite pasthe new restaurant opening. times,” Richardson said. “The people at Chick-fil-A Those in attendance overall

‘I came all the way from southern Illinois for free chicken for a year. I’m a really big fan of Chick-fil-A, and I would use my free meals every day.’

Graphic design sophomore Sara Granados has been to all the ical copies of the film. Now the midnight “Twilight” premieres. Another scene fans are eager theater can sell more tickets and to see involves Bella giving birth open as many theater as needed. Cinemark will show a to a half-vampire child. Granamarathon of the previous films dos said she wants to see how the starting today at 4 p.m., and Jack- filmmakers portray the child. “Breaking Dawn” will be son said he expects the crowd to accounting sophomore Nicole begin arriving at 2 p.m. Jackson has worked at Cin- Slack’s first midnight premiere of the “Twilight” seemark for the ries. Slack is a fan of previous three the books and said “Twilight” preshe prefers them to mieres, and he the films. said usually She said she five to six peothinks the films are ple will show poorly cast and betup as soon ter actors could have as the theater Bobby Taylor been chosen. She opens so they can be first in manager, Rave Motion Pictures disliked the first film so much that she line, and the rest of the crowd shows up around didn’t watch the second or third films but plans to see this film 3 p.m. for the midnight showing. Bobby Taylor, manager of because she heard it has a better Rave Motion Pictures on Blue- director. Slack said the best part of atbonnet Boulevard, said the theater has sold about 2,800 tickets tending the premiere will be seeand at least nine screening rooms ing the film when it first comes are sold out for tonight’s pre- out because everyone will be talkmiere. Taylor said every screen ing about it, and she wants to be in the building will be showing in the know. She and Granados both said “Breaking Dawn” at 12:01 a.m., and those who miss it will have a they are most excited to see the second chance with an additional epic battle scene from the end of the book, which will be in the 3 a.m. screening. Taylor has experienced the next installment of the film. chaos of several midnight premieres. “It’s bigger than ‘Transformers,’ but not as big as ‘Harry PotContact Haylie Navarre at ter,’” he said. Elementary education senior Erin Smith is excited about the premiere. After watching “Twilight,” the first film in series, Smith caught the fever. She read all four books and attended the midnight premieres of the second and third films. Smith said the best part about going to the premiere is that everyone in attendance is a fan of the series, so no one will be making negative comments. She also said she likes that the final book was split into two films because too much would have been cut out of the story if only one film were made. “It gives me another midnight premiere to go to,” Smith said. She said she is eager to see several parts of the book on the big screen, including a wedding between the protagonists of the series and their honeymoon.

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page 19 appreciated Chick-fil-A getting the community involved in the opening. “This is a lot better than just opening a store like most other restaurants do,” Richardson said. “I think this event is good for the brand and helps the company grow.” The store opened for business this morning at 6 a.m., and Arton said he is excited to see how it does. “We are thrilled to continue expanding and responding to the requests of our loyal customers to bring Chick-fil-A closer to where they live,” said Dan T. Cathy, president and COO of Chick-fil-A, Inc., in a news release. “As we enter new regions and grow in established markets, we are grateful for our outstanding

franchised operators and their team members who provide the freshly prepared food and excellent service on both sides of the counter.” The tradition of giving away 100 free meal certificates started back in 2003, and the company has given away more than $13 million in free food at its stores’ grand openings. “Events like this create a lot of excitement for the community,” Arton said. “We do these things where we give away free Chickfil-A for a year, and we really want to benefit the community by getting local people involved, so we do things to get them excited about it.” Contact Eastan Croson at

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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. In response to Phil Sweeney’s Nov. 14 column, “‘No Shave November’ lauds masculinity, not for women,” readers had this to say: “Personally, I’m sexually attracted to women because they’re, you know, women. If your arousal depends more on body hair than the fact that she’s female, you should probably stick to blow up dolls.” -Anonymous “I’m totally not a sexist you guys, but women need to conform to my notion of femininity.” -Anonymous “Sweeney, please for the love of

God stop writing. In the three years I’ve spent reading through laughably bad opinion columns, yours have to be the worst. I’m not sure if I’m more offended by your blatant sexism and brotastic ignorance or your terrible attempts at word play. Please, do everyone a favor and stop trying to be clever. Just stick to grunting if you need to get some point across.” -LE “So if No Shave November to promote prostate cancer awareness is a man thing then men can’t participate in breast cancer awareness. I love boobies apparel should only be for women since the disease only affects women.” -Anonymous “Sometimes I wish I were still writing for the Reveille, that I had not decided to quit what was then considered a very prestigious

college newspaper. I don’t know how the Reveille can tout any semblance of journalistic integrity when editors sanction this type of sexist bro-rousing (that’s a clever portmanteau of ‘bro’ and ‘arousing,’ used to suggest psychosexual homoeroticism that some men experience when collectively degrading women). Even oped writers are held to some standard, even if they aren’t under the pretense of reporting ‘news.’ And don’t waste your time with any misogynistic or homophobic ad hominem attacks, because I am a straight male. PEACE” -Charles “I know you’re trying to be funny...but this whole thing just comes across as ignorant. Women shouldn’t feel pressured to spend time and money removing hair if they don’t want to, and you should reexamine why you’ve been taught by society

and advertising to oppose body hair on females in the first place. Masculinity has been celebrated for the entire history of the world, and you can’t say the same thing for femininity. If women feel like taking a break from shaving, more power to us. In the end, you have no right to tell us how to manage our bodies. Thinking otherwise would be inherently anti-feminist, so you have a lot of rethinking to do...” -H “That’s funny, because no one wants a mouth full of hair works both ways, eh? Not every woman is a fan of ‘pork chops.’ But...I suppose you’re getting what you obviously wanted, attention.” -Anonymous “If you don’t want men to use the term ‘hoes’ to refer to us women, then why don’t we stop calling each

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other bitches and singing along to such terms in songs when we are at the club...” -Anonymous “Women get October for their boobs. God forbid men get November for their balls.” -Anonymous “But it doesn’t rhyme.” -Anonymous “Not every woman is a hoe. Don’t use that term to refer to us. Saying bros before women would get your point across without degrading females, Mr. Feminist.” -Anonymous

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Report on Iranian nuclear weapons unimportant Surprise, surprise. Iran actually has been working on developing nuclear weapons, according to recent reports following U.N. inspections in Iran. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported last week that Iran performed secret activities aimed toward developing a nuclear device. Following the report came the usual denouncement from Iran of the inspections, but also heightened militant rhetoric toward Iran in the U.S. After hearing Republican presidential candidates pledge military action against Iran, going so far as suggesting we assassinate Iranian scientists, one wonders how far the U.S. is willing to go. If one of our politicians can call for the assassination of foreign civilians, something is clearly wrong. Nuclear weapons bring out the worst in politicians. Hell, a large part of the last century came down to a pointless political “whose junk is bigger” debate based around the stupid things. While there are far more details and nuances to the Cold War, the role nuclear weapons played throughout the conflict cannot be denied. Some people question the report’s legitimacy. While it may not be surprising that Russia condemns the IAEA’s report as “a collection of well-known facts that have intentionally been given a politicized intonation,” there are people who find similarities between it and the reports preceding the Iraq War, like

former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman. She sees far too many similarities between the two. We have yet to find any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, a fact used as the main catalyst for our involvement in Iraq. We don’t need another illplanned invasion of another country, especially if such a report isn’t reliable. Zachary Davis Even if the Columnist report is true, how can the U.S. declare Iran cannot have nuclear capabilities, when both it and its lapdog in the Middle East have them? While it’s true Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has openly targeted Israel and called for its destruction, Israel has not been a beacon of innocence since its appearance in the region in the late 1940s. Given how Israel has launched surprise attacks against neighbors before, who’s to guarantee it won’t be nuclear? If we can accuse Iran of being a dangerous country to have nuclear capabilities, we should simply apply said definition to all countries. This should be the biggest takeaway from this affair. Nuclear weapons are horrible things with a terrible amount of destructive potential. Stopping the spread of such weapons is a noble goal and, hopefully, we can

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dismantle them all. However, focusing on one country who we cannot concretely say is pursuing such a goal is not the way to go about it. As of now, Iran could easily face severe destruction from either the U.S. or Israel’s nuclear capabilities. It’s not too absurd to think a country that feels threatened by two such states might just want a

bit of deterrence. If we really want the spread of nuclear weapons to stop, especially to certain countries in the Middle East, we need to stop the hypocrisy. We already have more nuclear weapons than necessary to destroy humanity. Until we can start doing such an endeavor, we really can have no

say when it comes to other countries’ scientific advancements. Zachary Davis is a 20-year-old history junior from Warsaw, Poland. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_zdavis. Contact Zachary Davis at


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Obsessed ‘Call of Duty’ fan base reaches uneasy heights At the height of one of the biggest gaming seasons in recent times, people are showing their enthusiasm in a variety of ways. Some chose to stay up a full 24 hours playing Bethesda’s newly released RPG epic “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” last week after its release. Others have been hovering over their handheld completing level after level in “Super Mario 3D Land.” Then there are those who take their gaming fervor to the extreme. Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games’ monumental sequel “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” was released worldwide last Tuesday. Many dubbed it the most anticipated game of the year, and several copies leaked early. One eager fellow paid more than $1,700 for an early copy. Instead of paying an absurd amount of money to play a game a

few days early, two men in France decided to pull a stunt seemingly straight from the game itself. Last Monday morning, one day before “Modern Warfare 3” was released, two men crashed their Adam Arinder car into a transColumnist port van. When the van driver escaped from the wreckage, he was attacked with tear gas by the masked men baring knives. The men then stole the delivery van, which reportedly carried 6,000 copies of “Call of Duty” worth approximately 400,000 euros, according to a report from Agence France Presse. You seriously cannot make this stuff up. As over the top as this little

stunt was, this goes to show how massive the “Call of Duty” franchise has become. “Modern Warfare 3” broke the first-day sales record, generating about $400 million in sales in its first 24 hours in stores. The record was held previously at $360 million by last year’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” which beat the $310 million of the 2009’s “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.” Like I said, “Call of Duty” is kind of a big deal. It seems people are taking the game’s tagline, “There’s a soldier in all of us” — a bit too seriously. Moronic stunts like this constantly put a blight on the industry. Video games are constantly under scrutiny for teaching kids how to become killers and corrupting America’s youth, and “Call of Duty” always seems to be one of the games mentioned in

such debates. The franchise has become like the Super Bowl of gaming. Even people who don’t play games nor know anything about gaming have heard of “Call of Duty.” Its astonishingly increasing sales figures proves it. Other games, like as Electronic Arts’ shooter “Battlefield 3,” try to topple the “Call of Duty” name, but publisher Activision does nothing but laugh and count its money as it watches other games fail. Personally, I’m sick of the “Call of Duty” franchise. The gameplay hasn’t changed since “Call of Duty 4” was released in 2007 and has become more ridiculous with every yearly iteration. Yet, just like those who purchase “Madden” every year, there are those who will blindly purchase whatever generic shooter has the “Call of Duty” moniker

on it. If you’re looking for a game this holiday season that truly pushes the boundary of innovation and great gameplay, try “Skyrim” or “Batman: Arkham City.” If you’re looking to simply follow the droves and play a rehash of a five-year-old game, then stick with “Call of Duty.” Because we all know the best gaming comes while being shot in the head by a 13-year-old online while he criticizes your mother by shouting words most teenagers shouldn’t know. Adam Arinder is a 22-year-old communication studies senior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_aarinder. Contact Adam Arinder at


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I’m tired of driving through more attractive option. Most of these commuters the construction on I-10. Sure, I enjoyed feeling like make their adjustments relatively Luke Skywalker darting through quickly, but even more drivers will the trenches on the Death Star fill the new roads in the long term. A 1998 Surface Transportation for a while, but years of driving down the interstate inches between Policy project found 90 percent of road improvea concrete wall on one side and ments are over18-wheelers on the other have fiwhelmed after nally lost its shine. just five years, At least we can all look forleading to an ward to the day when construction endless cycle of is completed and Baton Rouge’s construction and impressively terrible traffic disapovercapacity. pears forever, right? Building Unfortunately, a growing number of studies suggest the wid- Andrew Shockey larger roads into Columnist major cities enening and construction of roads does not reduce traffic congestion courages more people to move to and can even exacerbate the prob- surrounding suburbs, either from the city or another area altogether. lem. Increasing traffic congestion These new residents then commute is an example of induced demand, via their new highways until the meaning as the supply of a good, road system is as gridlocked as bein this case roads, increases, people fore the highway’s construction. Urban planners sometimes are encouraged to take advantage fail to account for the increase in of the new supply. The added congestion comes demand caused by the creation or from a variety of sources as road widening of roads, believing traffic construction encourages more peo- will increase whether or not a road ple to drive in the short term while is constructed. While traffic does causing long term population and gradually increase in most areas, building a new road encourages traffic growth. Severe traffic in the morning more drivers to take it. The road may have served and after work forces many people to leave their homes or businesses the community’s existing traffic earlier or later than they would demands, but the sudden influx of otherwise prefer. New roads al- new demand caused by the road’s low these people to leave closer construction causes the system to to their preferred time, joining the overflow much sooner than exthousands of people already com- pected. Road construction is hardly muting during high traffic periods. This resulted in little to no change a quick and easy process and can cause significant congestion probin net congestion. Another source of influx is lems for months or even years former public transportation users. before a project is eventually As roads are built and widened, completed. These inconveniences some people will stop taking the would be acceptable if the conbus or train as driving becomes the struction could actually alleviate

congestion, but we have already seen this is not the case. If we want to reduce traffic, we have to change our behavior and invest in infrastructure allowing growth rather than throwing money away at short term solutions. Baton Rouge needs to encourage carpooling through a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane, where only cars carrying at least two people are allowed to travel. The Transportation Research Board has found HOV lanes carry more commuters

than conventional lanes on the same highway, especially when combined with other traffic mitigation methods. Modifying Baton Rouge to be pedestrian friendly is probably an impossible task, but encouraging public transportation use through the use of bus lanes and the expansion of bus lines could alleviate some pressure on drivers. Road construction is not pointless, and Baton Rouge and other expanding communities have to spend some time developing roads because they spur economic and

urban growth, but believing they will reduce long-term congestion is illogical. Putting more lanes on the interstate won’t solve our traffic problems, but changing who can use them just might. 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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