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Holiday: Cost of Turkey Day feast lower in Baton Rouge than rest of country, p. 3

Women’s Basketball: Lady Tigers dominate University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 80-28, p. 5

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CRISIS Bus system facing for 2012. Brian Marshall, CATS CEO, said the system had two different $2.1M shortfall funding sources, one state and one Morgan Searles Staff Writer

The Capital Area Transit System narrowly avoided closing down this year, but the transportation system is still staring down the barrel of a $2.1 million deficit

federal, but the money “dried up” in 2011 and will definitely not be a part of the 2012 budget. Marshall said most public transportation systems in cities the size of Baton Rouge spend about $85 per rider, whereas CATS spends $35 per rider. “We recognize people now

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have to wait an hour for the bus,” Marshall said. “That’s unreasonable. We recognize that. We recognize the routes don’t make a lot of sense. It would not make good sense for us to cut services.” East Baton Rouge MayorPresident Kip Holden found $1 million from outside sources for CATS a few months ago — a temporary solution to the CATS, see page 15

80 percent of CATS riders are working people CATS spends $35 per rider, compared to $85 in other cities comparable to Baton Rouge CATS employs 150 people

CATS buses make about 10,000 trips a day

Information courtesy of CATS CEO Brian Marshall and Scott Dyer, spokesman for Kip Holden’s office

Band Hall sees more move-in delays Laura Furr

Capital Area Transit System By the numbers


Contributing Writer

The new Tiger Marching Band Hall is still not approved to be occupied, though the move-in date was originally set for Oct. 1. Construction was completed at the beginning of the month, and the building passed inspection Nov. 11, according to Louisiana Office of Facility Planning and Control project manager David Van Alstine. But the University’s Office of Facility Services is waiting on the approval of a few minor changes to the contract to be processed by the state office before move-in, said Facility Development construction manager Jerry Landry. The architect can then recommend the final acceptance of the building to the state office, Landry said. As of Friday, Landry said he anticipates the final approval will be issued “in the next few working days.” Facility Services has not yet received information on the approval. Landry also said there could be another delay of up to 45 days once final approval is granted to organize payments to those involved in the project.

Budget timeline

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Inconsistencies surround stabbing Brian Sibille Staff Writer

Splattered blood stained a Highland Plantation Apartments unit and the area surrounding it this weekend after a 30-year-old resident was stabbed, but reports of the incident are conflicting. Sgt. Don Kelly, Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman, said BRPD officers were called to the Highland Road apartment around 3 a.m. on Saturday morning. He said the unidentified victim sustained non-fatal stab wounds to the upper chest and arm. Kelly said the victim initially told officers he was stabbed

near Florida Street and Jasmine Boulevard, but later changed his story to say the stabbing occurred at Sherwood Forest and Coursey boulevards. The apartment complex is no longer a crime scene, but no further information regarding the investigation is available because it is still ongoing, Kelly said. But residents say the victim’s story does not match up with events on Saturday. Jake LeBas, painting and drawing sophomore and Highland Plantation resident, said he saw the victim, his neighbor, walking around the apartment complex earlier in the day,

knocking on other residents’ doors. Later that night, the man was again walking around the complex but covered in blood, according to another resident, Roland Parker, graphic design sophomore. LeBas said he, Parker and friends then called the police. After assessing the situation, an officer told the group the man claimed he was stabbed on Florida Street and walked back to the apartment, but the officer expressed doubt in the man’s story, saying the blood stains did not match up with reports, LeBas said. STABBING, see page 15

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Blood trails are seen on the sidewalk (left) and inside the bathroom (right) of an apartment in Highland Plantation. Conflicting reports surfaced regarding a resident being stabbed early Saturday.

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Nation & World

Tuesday, November 22, 2011



Hugh Grant claims Non-Murdoch tabloid hacked him in 2007

Mother of bomb plot suspect apologizes to New Yorkers

Bossier Parish voters approve construction of new $195M casino

LONDON (AP) — Actor Hugh Grant told a London courtroom Monday about the dark side of celebrity life, describing mysterious break-ins, leaked medical details and hacked voice mails — and laying blame on the entire tabloid press. Grant’s testimony to a judge-led media ethics inquiry capped a tough day for Britain’s beleaguered press. Earlier, the parents of a murdered schoolgirl whose phone was targeted by the tabloid described how the hacking had given them false hope that their daughter was still alive.

NEW YORK (AP) — The mother of a “lone wolf” accused of plotting to attack police stations and post offices with homemade bombs apologized to New Yorkers on Monday, even as questions arose about why federal authorities — who typically handle terrorism cases — declined to get involved in what city officials called a serious threat. The mother of Jose Pimentel spoke to reporters the day after her son was arraigned in state court on terrorism-related charges.

BENTON (AP) — Bossier Parish voters have overwhelmingly approved a fourth floating casino in Bossier City — a gaming barge and Margaritaville-themed hotel. KTBS-TV reports 61 percent of those voting Saturday approved of the casino, while 39 percent were opposed. The $195 million project just north of Louisiana Boardwalk will feature a 400-room hotel, theater, pool area and a Margaritaville restaurant. Developer William Trotter said he plans to begin construction at the first of next year with completion in May 2013. Southeastern Louisiana fires football coach, no reasons provided

UK to completely cut financial ties with all Iranian banks Monday LONDON (AP) — The U.K. will cut financial ties with Iranian banks over fears about its nuclear program, Britain’s Treasury chief George Osborne said Monday. Osborne said all U.K. financial institutions will cease business relationships and transactions with all Iranian banks, including the Central Bank of Iran on Monday. The ban extends to all branches and subsidiaries of Iranian banks. Osborne said this is the first time the government has cut an entire country’s banking sector off.

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British actor Hugh Grant gives evidence Monday at the Leveson inquiry, a media ethics probe in the wake of Rupert Murdoch’s phone hackings.

European Commission proposes total ban on shark finning in EU BRUSSELS (AP) — The EU’s executive arm said Monday that it wants to completely ban shark finning — the practice of removing sharks’ fins and throwing the finless creatures back into the sea to die. Under the proposal approved by the European Commission, all boats in EU waters and EU registered boats would have to land sharks with their fins attached to prove that the rest of the shark had not been discarded.

Navy plans to kick out 28 sailors for illegal use of synthetic drug, Spice SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Navy says it plans to kick out 28 sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan for using a synthetic drug that mimics marijuana called Spice. The announcement Monday comes only a month after a similar investigation into illegal drug use led to the dismissal of 64 other sailors — also from the San Diegobased U.S. Third Fleet. Some of the 64 were assigned to the USS Carl Vinson, the carrier from which Osama bin Laden was buried at sea.

HAMMOND (AP) — Southeastern Louisiana University has fired football coach Mike Lucas, effective immediately. The university announced Lucas’ dismissal Monday. It did not provide reasons for letting him go. Although the program ended the 2011 season with a win, defeating in-state rival Nicholls State 31-14 last week, the Lions were 3-8 (1-6 Southland Conference) this year.

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Local Thanksgiving costs decrease, national costs rise Dinner for 10 costs under $40 Josh Naquin Staff Writer

Baton Rouge area shoppers will find the costs of this year’s traditional Thanksgiving meal items, especially turkey, are something consumers can more easily gobble up. The average cost of a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people in the Baton Rouge area is $39.10, a decrease of $1.49 from last year’s average cost of $40.59, said Jeanette Tucker, LSU AgCenter family economist. The 3.6-percent decrease in price from the cost of last year’s average Thanksgiving meal is based on a survey Tucker has conducted for the past six years. Tucker’s survey compares prices from three local grocery stores to find the average price and uses the American Farm Bureau Federation’s national shopping list, which includes turkey, cranberries, stuffing, peas, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and milk, among other food items. Tucker said turkey prices are responsible for a large portion of dinner savings this year. “Turkey is selling for 87 cents per pound, which is down 15 cents from last year, when turkey was selling for over a dollar per pound,” Tucker said. Tucker attributed the price fluctuation to an increased supply of turkey this year. “The [U.S. Department of


Agriculture] data I’ve looked at in- nation’s increased average prices. dicated turkey production has been “Fuel used for tractors and up since August,” Tucker said. food transportation can definitely “They have more affect prices,” abundant turkey inTucker said. ventories this year.” Tucker ofOther notafered a few tips ble Thanksgiving for people lookstaples that cost ing to save monless this year iney on purchasing clude cranberries, Thanksgiving down 35 cents per dinner food. 12-ounce bag, and “Purchasing cubed stuffing mix, generic or storeBruce Sharky down 12 cents per brand options for landscape architecture professor foods can save 12-ounce bag. But while people a good Thanksgiving dinner prices are deal,” she said. down in Baton Rouge, prices for Skye Jackson, English senior, comparable items nationally have said she shops frugally by only increased 13 percent from last visiting the grocery store when her year, according to the American stomach is full. Farm Bureau Federation. “Never go to the store when Tucker said increased fuel hungry or else you’ll be buying costs may play a role in the things you don’t need,” Jackson said. “Stay focused and only get what you planned on.” Bruce Sharky, landscape architecture professor, said he prepares

‘Make a list and think through the quantity you’ll need. People often buy too much.’

for shopping by compiling a list. “Make a list and think through the quantity you’ll need. People often buy too much,” Sharky said. Tucker also suggested people in Baton Rouge take advantage of low turkey prices and donate a turkey to someone in need. “Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for the blessings we have and a time to keep the less fortunate in mind,” Tucker said.

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Money-saving shopping tips from Jeanette Tucker, LSU AgCenter family economist: • Check store ads and flyers for money-saving specials. • Purchase generic or store-brand food items. • Shop alone and avoid shopping while hungry. • Avoid expensive single servings and snack packs.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Professor discusses sexuality history Lauren Duhon Contributing Writer

As lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans look to the future and fight for full equality, members of the campus community gathered Monday to discuss the LGBT community’s past. Carolyn Herbst Lewis, assistant professor of history and women’s and gender studies, discussed the history of sexuality in the U.S. with Spectrum members and University students as part of the first LGBT History Address. The talk honored of LGBT History Month in October, which the Student Government Senate passed a resolution Oct. 5 to recognize. Lewis focused on the Cold War era and how sexuality and gender were perceived as a civic duty. Heterosexuality was equivalent to being an American at the time, she said. In order to understand homosexuality, it’s important to understand the history of heterosexual relationships, according to Lewis. She said if society does not talk about heterosexuality, the implication is that there isn’t any history. No history means it’s a norm and anything different is a deviation from that, Lewis said. “There was a goal to strengthen morality,” Lewis said about the Cold War era. “The Soviets wanted to weaken [the U.S.].”

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Spectrum member Rachel O’Pry, left, gives Professor Carolyn Herbst Lewis an award of appreciation from LGBTQ organizations Monday at the LGBT History Address.

Lewis said sexuality was an important factor of American society at that time. The family, which was considered to be the stability of the nation, depended on control of sexual behavior, she said. “Sex ensured security and stability of the nation,” Lewis said. “Russia was the antithesis of everything the United States stood for.” Lewis said though sexuality was a focus of this period, it was a time of male dominance, and samesex couples were not protected or accepted. Homosexuals were considered weak, she said. Adrian Serio, Spectrum vice president and biological and agricultural engineering senior, said these gender ideals and the focus on a heterosexual family function is

still prevalent. Spectrum Education and Advocacy Co-officer Rachel O’Pry said it is inspiring to hear about the history and struggles the LGBTQ community faced. “It is hard for LGBTQ students to find out about their history,” O’Pry said. “I hope this address sparks more research about the history of LGBTQ people.” Shane Cone, Spectrum president and geology junior, said he hopes students have a better understanding of LGBTQ history after attending the address.

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Martin lists higher ed inspirations

Andrea Gallo Staff Writer

As colleges across the nation face daunting tasks of budget splicing and fundraising that Chancellor Michael Martin calls a necessity of today’s administrators, Martin listed some of his own college administrator inspirations. “I just don’t think it’s the sort of thing that captures people’s attention in light of other things they can be captured by,” Martin said. MARTIN Administrators should have a well-defined sense of themselves and their values, but those can’t always be written on paper, Martin said. “I have discovered in this job the very things you do the best are the things you can’t tell others about,” Martin said. Sherry Allison, president of Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Allison is the president of SIPI, a national Indian Community College and Land Grant Institution comprised of American Indian and Alaskan Native students. “Sherry’s a Najavo woman with a Ph.D. who went home to help save a Native American university called SIPI,” Martin said. ”I have watched her ... and then I’ve watched people

help her do it who I believe are also heroic.” The mission of SIPI is to prepare “Native American students to be productive life-long learners as tribal members in an ever-changing global environment.”

Donna Shalala, president of the University of Miami The University of Miami was plagued with football scandal this year when long-time football booster and incarcerated Ponzi-schemer Nevin Shapiro revealed he was giving illegal perks to football players. Martin called Shalala heroic for “dealing with this scandal.” Martin found himself in a less intense version of a football scandal in August when quarterback Jordan Jefferson was arrested for his possible involvement in an altercation outside of Shady’s Bar. He expressed his admiration for Shalala and her strength as an administrator. Clark Kerr, former president of the University of California and former University of California at Berkeley chancellor Kerr made Martin’s list of notable administrators for his contributions to the University of California system and higher education. Martin described him as “a great administrator.” Kerr led the University of California system for nine years and is credited with coining the concept that all students, regardless of

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monetary situations, should be entitled to education. Kerr also developed the multi-campus public institution model that the LSU System follows. Chuck Young, former chancellor of UCLA and former University of Florida president Young spent 29 years as the chancellor of UCLA and increased the university’s budget from millions to billions of dollars. “We’re constantly in some mode in making sure we can fund a university. But if we assemble a good team, you can be part of setting that agenda,” Martin said. Young was also the chairman of the Association of American Universities and was a member of the NCAA Presidents Commission. Contact Andrea Gallo at

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Lady Tigers thrash UAPB LSU defense allows record low 8 points in first half of 80-28 win

If one word could sum up with five takeaways. Turnovers plagued LSU’s the LSU women’s basketball offense as well, team’s recordMorgan Wampold as it turned the setting 80-28 Sports Contributor ball over 20 rout of Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday, it’s times. That didn’t stop the Lady Tigers from scoring, defense. LSU’s defense stifled the however, as every player on Golden Lions, holding them to the roster managed at least eight points in the first half — three points. The Lady Tigers still the lowest score ever allowed by the Lady Tigers in a single maintained a 47.1 field-goal percentage, while holding half. LSU forced 35 turnovers Pine Bluff to only 21.3 perand totaled 20 steals for the cent. Senior LaSondra Barrett game, with sophomore Jeanne Kenney leading the defense RECORD, see page 8


LSU CBs finalists for Bednarik, Thorpe

Hunter Paniagua Sports Writer

The LSU defensive backs have earned a reputation as one of the nation’s best secondaries, and cornerbacks Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne received recognition Monday for their performances this year. Mathieu, a sophomore from New Orleans, was named a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the nation’s top defender. Claiborne, a junior and Shreveport native, was named a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the best defensive back. Mathieu joins Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower and Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still as Bednarik Award finalists. Mathieu has two interceptions this season and three forced fumbles, including two fumble recoveries for touchdowns. Claiborne will compete against Alabama safety Mark Barron and North Carolina State cornerback David Amerson for the Thorpe Award. Claiborne has four interceptions in 2011 and a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

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Blackwell anchors deep O-line Friday ‘bittersweet’ for senior Tiger Scott Branson Sports Contributor

Only a handful of the players on this season’s LSU football team experienced the Tigers’ third and most recent national championship in 2007. Senior offensive lineman Will Blackwell, honored this week as the Southeastern Conference’s Offensive Lineman of the Week, was one of those Tigers. He said he still uses that season as inspiration. Blackwell redshirted in his first season at LSU and witnessed the Tigers’ run at the national championship, which he noted as his favorite LSU memory to date.

“Just being around those guys and being on that team and seeing how they handled success, it really motivated me to be one of those people,” Blackwell said. The West Monroe native played in all but one game with no starts during his redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons, primarily contributing on special teams and at times on the offensive line. Blackwell earned the starting job at right guard before his junior season, but he suffered a broken ankle on LSU’s first play from scrimmage in the season opener against North Carolina. He missed nine games before returning for the Ole Miss game and got his second career start in the Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M. Blackwell was once again named the starter at guard before this season, in which he has

impacted a deep LSU offensive line with a team-leading 650 snaps played and 95.5 knockdowns. “We’ve finally gotten to a point where we have a lot of depth,” Blackwell said. “We’ve had guys get banged up, and young guys have been able to just set up and play.” Following the game against Ole Miss, in which five LSU running backs rushed for 50 or more yards, sophomore running back Alfred Blue credited the offensive line for the success of the running attack. “Without them, it wouldn’t be possible,” Blue said. “It motivates us more to know that we’ve got a great O-line in front of us and know that they’re going to hold that hole long enough for us to get BLACKWELL, see page 8

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LSU senior guard Will Blackwell (60) blocks a University of Florida defensive lineman Oct. 8 in Tiger Stadium. The Tigers beat the Gators, 41-11.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Close calls in past Ark. games raise stakes for Fri. Miles point separates predicts One teams in Miles era emotional Senior Day Alex Cassara

Sports Contributor

Loston, Reid to return from injury Hunter Paniagua Sports Writer

The Tigers will bid farewell to 25 seniors Friday in their final game in Tiger Stadium against Arkansas. LSU coach Les Miles said Monday he expects an emotional game from his team. “I can imagine the emotions that will run through them,” Miles said. “I will also encourage them to understand that they need to put them away because they are facing a game with its own impact.” Miles said he expects sophomore safeties Craig Loston and Eric Reid to return when No. 1 LSU faces No. 3 Arkansas on Friday. Loston missed the game against Ole Miss on Saturday, and Reid left in the first quarter with a leg injury. “Reid is a little bit more questionable [than Loston],” Miles said. “Things have gone well for him, and we expect him back for play. “ Senior Derrick Bryant and freshman Ronald Martin filled in for the two injured players against the Rebels. Miles offered condolences to the Arkansas football team for the loss of freshman tight end Garrett Uekman, who was found dead in his dorm Sunday morning. Miles said Uekman made a visit to LSU during his recruitment and left a favorable impression with the coaching staff. “We thought the world of him,” Miles said. “It is very unfortunate. Death is never timely and certainly is most difficult when you are young.” Contact Hunter Paniagua at

In a game as big as Friday’s matchup between No. 1 LSU and No. 3 Arkansas, with the Southeastern Conference Championship on the line, the recent series record against the Razorbacks won’t ease the stress of any fan. LSU is 3-3 against the Razorbacks in the Les Miles era. LSU has scored 184 points and Arkansas has 185 in those six games, with an average margin of victory of 3.5 points. Two of the losses constitute half of Miles’ losses to unranked teams. “It’s just a very competitive and very talented matchup and one that is close by the nature of the teams,” Miles said. “I think it’ll be a very great, competitive game this Friday.” Senior offensive lineman Will Blackwell has played against Arkansas the past three years and said he remembers the two overtime games in 2007 and 2009 well, but the freshest game in memory is always the last. Blackwell most vividly recounted last season’s 31-23 loss, which was the largest point margin of the past six games. “They were quick,” Blackwell said. “We made a lot of mistakes that game. We didn’t play our best game. On the road, the day after Thanksgiving was tough for us.” Senior safety Brandon Taylor didn’t make the road trip and watched from home because of a foot injury. He was impressed with Arkansas’ ball distribution and mentioned the Razorbacks’ propensity for big plays. “That’s something you’ve got to be conscious of when you play against them,” Taylor said. The biggest play came when former quarterback Ryan Mallett hit then-sophomore wide receiver Cobi Hamilton on an 80-yard strike as time expired, allowing the Razorbacks to go into the half with a 21-14 lead and the momentum. The nail in the coffin was a 39-yard Mallett pass to thenjunior wide receiver Joe Adams early in the fourth quarter.

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Mallett was replaced by junior Tyler Wilson this season, who has maintained Arkansas’ powerful passing attack, while Hamilton and Adams still play for the Razorbacks. Sophomore running back Alfred Blue said the Tigers must stick to their fundamentals to quell the big plays of the past, and sophomore defensive end Barkevious Mingo echoed his sentiments. “[We need to] just wrap up the tackles, bring them down and hold out the game better,” Mingo said. Friday’s designation of “Senior Day” may provide another source of motivation for the Tigers. It’s the last game the seniors will play in Tiger Stadium, and Blackwell said his class has a special place for Arkansas in its heart. “We have a personal vendetta against Arkansas,” Blackwell said. “It’s the only team that we’ve played consistently in a series that we won’t have a chance to have a winning record against in our career. That stings a little bit, especially against the team that you know you’re going to play every year and you’re going to fight for the division title.”

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LSU coach Les Miles, left, congratulates Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett after the Tigers’ 31-24 loss to the Razorbacks on Nov. 27, 2010, in Little Rock, Ark.

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Former LSU running back Stevan Ridley runs the ball through Arkansas defenders Nov. 28, 2009, during the Tigers’ 33-20 overtime win against the Razorbacks.

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XC team prepares to Tigers alter schedule for short week not fazed transition to track Players by practice change Team picks up the pace for new events

that caters to their specialty. “[The transition] will be vastly different for some cross country runners than others,” Shaver said. Each event has a distinct running style. The 800-meter run is Andrew Chapple nearly a sprint, and the 10,000-meSports Contributor ter run has a similar pace to a cross After a long season of running country race but depends more on on rugged terrain, the LSU cross finishing speed. “You can be a cross country country team will make its transition champion and get into a 10k race on to the track after Thanksgiving. the track and lose,” “It’s just a Shaver said. “Ulcontinuation of timately, it usually what we’re doing,” comes down who said track assistant has the most speed coach and cross at the end of the country coach Mark race.” Elliott. “Workouts The coaches are a lot faster than adjust the workouts they would do for Mark Elliott cross country.” track assistant coach and cross to cater to these types of races. Elliott said the country coach “For track, team took last week off and will run only a few times this the speed work is shorter and faster than cross country training since the week. Track coach Dennis Shaver said events are shorter and faster,” said the rest period is a necessity for any redshirt freshman Bryan Mutell. “All runner before beginning a new sea- of our speed work is on the track.” All distance runners train faster son. “They have to back off of their during track, but 800-meter runners training for a while to rest their and 1,500-meter runners do the mabodies from a tough cross country jority of their training runs at a faster season and start building back up,” pace. Senior Cullen Doody said Shaver said. After the break, the distance there’s also more strategy involved runners resume training for a much in track than there is in cross country. “Some races are slow-paced in different race. The Lady Tigers run 5,000 or the beginning and end up in a kick,” 6,000 meters during cross country, Doody said. “A lot of how you finwhile the Tigers run 8,000 or 10,000 ish has to do with your position when meters. Track distance events encom- the kick starts.” pass 800; 1,500; 5,000 and 10,000 meters and include the 3,000-meter steeplechase, which combines distance running and hurdling. Because of the varied distances, Contact Andrew Chapple at athletes tend to specialize in a cific event and run a training regimen


‘It’s just a continuation of what we’re doing.’

Michael Gegenheimer Sports Contributor

Like the Pilgrims who celebrated the nation’s first Thanksgiving, LSU has also faced a tough road to get to where they are today. The Tigers have played six ranked opponents and can possibly face two more before their pilgrimage ends in New Orleans. With the holidays approaching and this week’s game against Arkansas on Friday, LSU coach Les Miles has the delicate task of altering the team’s practice schedule during the shortened week.

“We’ve already turned the page in our program and our building towards Arkansas,” Miles said. “It is a very short week, and we got started last night watching film.” LSU will move its entire practice schedule ahead a day to accommodate the Friday game. The key change this week will be the team walk-through practice taking place Thursday instead of Friday. The team will also spend its usual pregame night in a hotel on Thursday instead of Friday this week. “We’ll be up here with the team [for Thanksgiving],” said freshman punter Brad Wing. “Honestly, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I want to be with the team.” The shortened week will mean the Tigers have one fewer

day than normal to prepare for the Razorbacks and nine fewer days than they did leading up to No. 2 Alabama. “Everything has to be on point [this week],” senior safety Brandon Taylor said. “There’s no room for mistakes. We don’t have an extra week to make up any mistakes like we had for Alabama.” The Tigers remain characteristically confident the shortened schedule won’t be a distraction for the nation’s No. 1 team. “We’ve been through this numerous times,” Taylor said. “We can eliminate any distractions.”

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set the bar with an impressive 5-for6 from the ďŹ eld for 14 points. Barrett said LSU’s defensive play marked a step in the right direction for the team. “We’re working our way to where we need to be,â€? Barrett said. “We’re setting the tone and bringing the intensity we need to have.â€? LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said last week’s tough 65-62 loss to Tulane in New Orleans was a good experience for the team and has allowed the Lady Tigers to realize and ďŹ x mistakes. “I feel very fortunate to be able to come back and take what we learned from last weekend,â€? Caldwell said. “It’s still early in the season, and we’ll continue to grow.â€? The impressive defensive

performance showed on the glass, too, as the Lady Tigers managed 52 rebounds compared to the Golden Lions’ 29. Barrett led the team in rebounds with seven. Freshman forward Krystal Forthan, who added four rebounds of her own, said rebounding has been a major focus for the team lately. Caldwell said Forthan’s contribution on the defensive side of the ball was important to LSU’s success. “Krystal gives us her ability to rebound, and that’s where we’ve suffered this year,� Caldwell said. LSU faces a tougher challenge tonight, as it takes on undefeated Northwestern in the PMAC. Freshman Karly Roser propelled Northwestern to two solid victories last week, earning Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors.

The Daily Reveille She managed a double-double in the Wildcats’ 71-57 victory against Western Kentucky with 12 points and 10 assists. Northwestern’s other freshman standout, McDonald’s All-American Morgan Jones, also recorded 12 points against Western Kentucky. Caldwell said focusing defensively will be especially important against Northwestern’s high-powered offense and plethora of scorers. “They shoot the 3-ball and are very good offensively, so we’ve been really stressing defense,� Caldwell said. “We’ve had Northwestern in our minds for the past few weeks.� The Lady Tigers will tip off against Northwestern at 7 p.m. Contact Morgan Wampold at

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through. It’s exciting to see guys that are such team players.â€? Blackwell deected praise to the running backs, whom he said have run hard on every play. “The most important thing about those guys is that they want to get those yards for the rest of the team and they don’t care about the individual awards,â€? Blackwell said. The ďŹ fth-year Tiger will be honored Friday in LSU’s pregame Senior Day ceremonies but said he won’t reect much on his college career until after the season. “It’s bittersweet, and we’ve been through a lot, but we’ve still got a lot of work left to do,â€? Blackwell said. “It’ll just make this experience so much better if we can

ďŹ nish out these last three games like we want to, and it all starts with a good game against Arkansas on Friday.â€? Friday’s contest will be the seniors’ ďŹ nal game in Tiger Stadium, but Blackwell said he will follow the example of former Tiger seniors in how to deal with the emotions of the day. “One of the things they did was to just go out there, see your family and do the Senior Day thing, but as soon as that’s over it’s not Senior Day anymore. It’s the Arkansas game,â€? Blackwell said.

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Louisiana State Museum hosts exhibit showcasing life and work of Mignon Faget

around us everyday. I want to make my art an active part of a person’s life.” The iconic artist said she owes her success to good friends and a At 78 years old, New Orleans artist Mignon Faget is still hard at beautiful place to live. work — and she has no intention of stopping. The exhibit displays pieces from Faget’s beginnings as a The artist best known for her intricate jewelry designs is costume designer to her most recent jewelry collections. Her showcasing pieces from her 41-year career at the Louisiworks are arranged by collection and are accompanied by ana State Museum – Baton Rouge in her exhibit, “Mignon short stories, descriptions and patterns and sketches. Faget: A Life in Art and Design,” until Feb. 25. For example, the display of Faget’s Hive line is acThe exhibit highlights the diversity of Faget’s pieccompanied by a fragment of the actual beehive that ines. Her art is whimsical and simple. It’s simultaneously spired her designs. complex and meaningful. Most of Faget’s clothing pieces include ’60s-era Faget bases her designs on everything from plain dresses adorned with sashes, vests and studs. She knots and ribbons to sea shells and Louisiana icons printed designs on her pieces with patterns carved like red beans and a red stick to represent the state’s into linoleum blocks. capital. On a wall behind her apparel designs hangs a Faget recently introduced two new collections — spread from New Orleans Magazine picturing models Hive and Louisiana Bicentennial. Hive was inspired in her designs — most notably an open-front bodyby a beehive, and the bicentennial collection comlength suede and nailhead vest — gallivanting with prises pieces depicting the Pelican State and state seal. members of the rough Galloping Goose Motorcycle She describes her work as “interpreting nature into Club. precious metals.” Coeli Hilferty, marketing and public relations coorAt LSM’s opening reception for her exhibit Thursdinator for Mignon Faget, Ltd., said the magazine cover day evening, Faget said she plans to work forever. was thought to be improper and controversial. Faget, attired in a silk shirt, beige pants and nude flats “Mignon was ahead of her time,” Hilferty said. Faget and accessorized with her own artwork, blushed as she was Virginia Saussy, executive vice president of Mignon Faget, awarded a proclamation from Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne recognizLtd., said while studying at Tulane University, Faget tinkered ing her for her contributions to the cultural enrichment of Louisiana. with creating seashell charms out of metal. Saussy said while Faget Upon receiving the praise, Faget humbly said, “What a glowing description. Is that really me? I just pick and choose things we see FAGET, see page 11 Emily Herrington

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Black Friday shopping tips

As the joy of spending time with relatives is replaced by desires for more stuff, Black Friday offers the opportunity to indulge in mankind’s most basic desire — cheap gifts. The yearly tradition of discount shopping, corporations and Kevin product placeThibodeaux ment will kick Entertainment off again this Writer Friday, but some Black Friday novices may need a few tips to pop their shopping cherry. 1. It’s Friday, Friday, got to shop at Kohl’s on Friday. Companies will employ a variety of strategies to entice potential customers to shop at their stores. Kohl’s recently remixed Rebecca Black’s song “Friday” to use in Black Friday ads. This is a smart move on the store’s part — not only does it show how relevant Kohl’s still is, but it also proves that Kohl’s cares about its customers. (Who doesn’t love the catchy tune and nasal singing?) Do yourself a favor and don’t pay attention to which store has the best deals. That’s an outdated technique anyway. Find which store has the best commercials featuring Rebecca Black songs. In other words, shop at Kohl’s. TIPS, see page 11


Lingerie Soiree flaunted at Club Theory Emily Herrington Entertainment Writer

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Models walk the runway Saturday at the Lingerie Soiree fashion show at Club Theory.

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Fishnets, stilettos and lingerie ruled Club Theory on Saturday night, and it was all for a good cause. Club Theory on Main Street hosted the first-ever Lingerie Soiree fashion show to benefit Capitol Area Reentry Program, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS. The show was brief, lasting only about 10 minutes, but it wasn’t short on enthusiasm from the crowd, models and designers.

Models decked in apparel from three local designers paraded down the long, lean catwalk while within reach of gawking audience members. The designers — Scarlett+Atticus, Marilyn Manor and White Rabbit on the Run — each adorned models in diverse pieces. The varied lingerie designs ranged from knitted tube tops to a metallic jumpsuit reading “Hell is so in.” The show was sponsored by Baton Rouge Boudoir, a local boudoir photography company. Rachel Campo, owner of Baton Rouge Boudoir and fashion show director, said the idea for the Lingerie

Soiree came naturally since it was well-aligned with her company’s mission. “I wanted to add something new to the area that we haven’t seen before,” Campo said. Courtney Talbot, psychology sophomore, said she attended the event to watch her best friend close out the show in Marilyn Manor’s butterfly costume made of tattered blue jeans. “It was awesome,” Talbot said. “I thought it was really interesting. We should do more things like this in Baton Rouge.” LINGERIE, see page 11

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Holiday shopping starts Friday, conflicts with Arkansas game Students prepare for retail frenzy Taylor Balkom Entertainment Writer

It’s the biggest shopping day of the year. To some people, Nov. 25 is about more than LSU playing Arkansas, and Black Friday has stores around the country slashing prices and offering remarkable deals to the first customers in line. “Tanger Outlet Mall, 2 a.m.,” textile and apparel merchandising freshman Ashley Andrews said of

her Black Friday plans. “The first 100 people get a free $20.” Another first-come, firstserved item is the BlackBerry PlayBook. Research In Motion announced via Twitter that the 7-inch tablet will be on sale for $199 at select U.S. retailers. Even online retailers, which usually offer sales on the Monday after Black Friday, have started offering items at reduced prices. For example, Amazon is offering deals on products from HD TVs to basketballs. Local boutique Noelie Harmon will partake in the Black Friday frenzy. “We’ll have a sale on some end-of-season merchandise to

make room for the holiday season,” said Jordan Gremillion, manager of Noelie Harmon. She also said Noelie Harmon would be rolling out its mobile store in anticipation of the crowds. “Because the store is so small, we’ll have our mobile store, Rollie Noelie, outside the store with the sale merchandise,” Gremillion said. But some students said the crowds may keep them away. Emily Dowey, communication studies sophomore, never goes shopping on Black Friday. “There’s too many people,” Dowey said. Others, like mass

communication freshman Nick Larocca, are turned off by the amount of time spent waiting. “I doubt I’d actually stand in line to buy anything,” Larocca said. Crowds of shoppers can get wild and even dangerous. In 2009, a Memphis, Tenn., Toys R Us had to call the police to calm the swarming shoppers. And last year, a woman in Madison, Wis., was arrested when she cut in line and threatened to shoot other shoppers. “She was confronted by numerous shoppers and in turn she made threats to retrieve a gun and shoot the shoppers,” according to a Madison police report.

But perhaps the biggest obstacle for University students is the football game scheduled for 1:30 p.m. “LSU football is more important [than shopping],” kinesiology senior Allison Courville said. But Courville said she’d be in line with the rest of the shoppers if the game weren’t on. “I could say I’d buy Christmas presents, but in reality I’d probably end up buying for myself,” Courville said.

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Local moviemaker tells story of La. Saturday Night

Film plays tonight at Manship Theatre Joey Groner Entertainment Writer

For John Haynes, LSU football has always been a way of life. Born and raised in Baton Rouge with a father who played as a Tiger in the 1960s, Haynes was always an avid LSU fan. He also discovered a love for filmmaking and founded his own production company, Wish Picture Shows. Haynes recently combined his two passions to create the new movie “Ole War Skule: The Story of Saturday Night.” The documentary focuses on the history of LSU football, going back to the Tigers’ first game against Tulane in 1893. For Haynes, the process of making the film was an attempt to answer certain questions he had about the team’s history. “Being around Tiger football all these years, I had so many questions,” Haynes said. “As I got into film and storytelling, I realized that no one had answered any of the questions I was curious about.” But Haynes’ interest ran deeper than just the history of the team. After the Tigers’ 2007 national championship win, he began to wonder about things like the national championship rings and the BCS trophy. “All of these questions started flooding my mind,” Haynes said. “We decided we needed to tell the story like no one had told it before.” Haynes brought his team to Waterford, Ireland, to visit the Waterford Crystal factory, where each year’s BCS trophy is crafted by hand. The production team also visited the Wilson factory in Ada, Ohio, the birthplace of the footballs used every Saturday by teams across the country. The Balfour headquarters in Austin, where each year’s national

championship ring is made, was another stop on the crew’s journey. “We knew that if we were going to make this movie, we needed to do it right,” Haynes said. “There are all these great details that no one has ever seen before, and we wanted to give the Tiger fans this insight into things they had never seen before.” One of the most important aspects for Haynes was to look into the experience of Tiger Stadium on a Saturday. He knew capturing a gameday experience on film would be a daunting task, but he set out to provide a comprehensive look at every detail of the day. The crew rented a helicopter and flew 15 hours in a single Saturday, covering the day from sunrise to sunset. Haynes said that process took the longest of anything he needed to film, but he was intent on capturing the gameday energy. “We got everything, from the band and players coming down Victory Hill, the players warming up, the pregame show and of course the game itself,” Haynes said. “We were very careful that day. We knew every shot had to tell a story.” Another important facet of telling the story behind Tiger football was researching the history of the program. Haynes said this process took about three years, but he never stopped enjoying it. “The history geek in me always loved discovering that old photograph or that old film clip,” Haynes said. “There are so many

great nuggets of history. That was really my favorite part of making the film.” Haynes and his team took the film on tour around Louisiana earlier this year. He said the film received warm responses from audiences around the state. Haynes said he is proud of the film, saying it fulfilled his original vision, which was to find

an answer as to what make Tiger Stadium a one-of-a-kind experience. “If you ever ask someone to explain what it is that makes Tiger Stadium great, they always get caught up and ultimately say, ‘Well, I don’t know, you can’t explain it,’” Haynes said. “I knew we had to explain it, and I hope people agree with me when I say

we’ve succeeded.” “Ole War Skule: The Story of Saturday Night,” is playing tonight at 7 p.m. at the Manship Theatre downtown. The public is invited to attend and admission is $8.50. Contact Joey Groner at

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 FAGET, from page 9

produced her clothing items, people continually requested to buy her seashells. This and her contempt for the fashion industry’s demand to roll out a new clothing line every season further urged Faget toward jewelry-making, Saussy said. The designer was attracted to the timelessness of jewelry. A story lies behind every one of Faget’s works. While pointing out Faget’s popular 1975 animal cracker collection, Saussy explained that the line was originally comprised of painted ceramic Nabisco-brand cookies. The imitation Oreos and

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2. Adult diapers are a self-respecting grown-up’s best friend. Waking up at 2 a.m. and camping out in front of Best Buy often has unintended consequences, like drowsiness. To fight these repercussions, many shoppers often resort to coffee. However, coffee can be detrimental to one’s plans when, after two 20-ounce cups of Starbucks, nature calls. To combat leakage or to mask an all-out flood worthy of Noah and his ark, pamper yourself with Pampers.

3. When the doors open, it’s every man, woman and child for themselves. It’s 3 a.m. on a Friday morning, and that sound system is calling your name — this is no time for pleasantries or respect for your common man. Lines are for suckers. The truly successful people in this world know the only way to the top is over others. Kick, push, punch and trample your way into the store. All is fair in love and war, and holiday shopping. 4. Skip being green to spend some. We all like worrying about the environment 364 days out of the year, but this is no time for small cars that get great gas mileage. To be a truly successful Black Friday shopper, ditch the Camry for an SUV with extra storage space. That 60-inch TV will take up most of the room, but where’s the space for that

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Emily Kelty, undeclared freshman, also attended the show to watch her winged friend. “It was really cool. I’ve never seen anything like it before,” Kelty said. Mickey Hightower, the designer behind Scarlett+Atticus and a University alumna, is a new designer and said she was thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase her homemade knitwear in the show while contributing to charity. The new designer said she was happy to join the Baton Rouge fashion industry as it’s beginning to gain momentum. “There’s so much going on now. There are so many shows happening. It’s great,” Hightower said.

Lorna Doones were meant to be worn as belt buckles and barrettes. Saussy said Faget, proud of her work, sent a box of her cookie jewelry to the Nabisco corporate office. Instead of receiving a thankyou note or an order for more ceramic cookies, Saussy said Faget received a cease and desist letter from Nabisco, which led her to abandon the Oreos and embrace animal crackers instead. Her animal cracker line has grown throughout the years, and one dark piece stands out. “She was a black sheep,” Saussy said, referencing the single animal cracker amulet. The meaning of Faget’s work has evolved for many throughout blender, racks on racks on racks of clothes or the new La-Z Boy? This is not a time for the ozone layer. Screw the rain forest and drive the H3. 5. Actually, forget gifts — Christmas is a whole month away, and I need some new swag. Christmas is celebrated as a way of selflessness and giving back to loved ones, but it’s also a full month away from Black Friday, and no one is in the mood for “fa la la”-ing. Instead of spending money on others, treat yourself. After all, your loved ones who aren’t spending a week sitting outside of Best Buy to get that TV for 70 percent off. Take the time to update your wardrobe and get three times the stuff for a third of the price. If braving the masses doesn’t appeal to some of fainter hearts out there, you can always skip Black Friday and shop from the safety and comfort of your home computer on Cyber Monday. But be warned, virtual shopping won’t give you near the cardio workout, and that Thanksgiving turkey will most likely stay on those thunder thighs. Kevin Thibodeaux is a 20-yearold mass communication sophomore from Lafayette.

Contact Kevin Thibodeaux at “We’re finally catching up with everybody else.” Campo said she was excited to get her feet wet with her first fashion show and was pleased that everything went smoothly and successfully. “It was a great learning experience,” Campo said. “But I wish more people would’ve came out to support the cause.” After covering costs, the fashion show brought in $360 in donations, Campo said. “It’s a good start,” she said. Campo said she plans to host another show in April with betterknown designers and more pieces. Contact Emily Herrington at

The Daily Reveille the years. Saussy said the donkey and elephant animal crackers have grown to be representations of the Republican and Democratic parties, while her collection of adjustable nuts were originally symbols of feminism. Faget engineered a small pulley system inside the pecan pendants of one of her necklaces that allows the wearer to adjust the length of the necklace. Made during a time when it was only appropriate for women’s necklaces to graze their collarbones, Saussy said, “It was freedom of jewelry. She made it a feminist statement.” University alumna Ashley Menou attended the exhibit’s opening and reminisced over her

page 11 first and favorites of Faget’s collections. “Everything she makes is so true to form,” she said. “I love her and her intricacy.” Menou said she was impressed by the exhibit and it exceeded her expectations. “It’s so neat how she’s such a Louisiana icon, and she’s just an hour and a half away,” she said.

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A piece representing the state’s capital from Mignon Faget’s iconic jewelry collection.

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shaved in about a year and before then I shaved very seldom and it hasn’t changed a thing for my dating career. Sure most guys prefer smooth skin to stubbles, and probably all guys, but I really really doubt that a dude is going refuse to seal the deal over some stubbles. Honestly the only reason the you never hear about girls complaining about their dudes gorilla backs or man bush is because if we were honest, we would hurt your poor little bro feelings because the way things really are is that men take minute criticism to the level that affects their entire feeling of

self worth. I’ve held my tongue many a time knowing that if I were to be honest it would result in me having to coddle an adult man, stroking his ego all night, until he felt better when there are many other worthwhile activities to be had. And who are you to single someone out to say that they have nothing better to do than to comment on an article when you just did the same thing. Also the world is definitely not some Lifetime movie but it is also not an episode of ‘Blue Mountain State.’” -Anonymous

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Sorority’s portrayal of Huxtables should not be punished I’ve always conceded that laughter is the best medicine. By taking happenstance in stride, I usually place myself in a proverbial lawn chair to musingly observe my neighbors. Life is too short and brutal to make mountains out of molehills. Yet there are times when matters become too serious to simply remain a careless observer. Sobering words must be disseminated. Last Monday, it was reported that six University of Southern Mississippi sorority members were severely disciplined for attending a party as the Huxtables, the African-American sitcom family made famous by comedian Bill Cosby. According to USM dean of students Eddie Holloway, these six Phi Mu girls dressed in “blackface.” In a news release, Holloway stated, “Though it is clear that these women had no ill intent, it was also clear that they had little cultural awareness or competency, and did not understand the historical implication of costuming in blackface.” To compensate for their actions, these girls have been instructed to attend various cultural competency lectures and also meet with a group of USM’s AfricanAmerican student leaders. After a cursory glance, the girls’ actions may seem reprehensible. But if considered for more than a moment, the upper management of USM, including Holloway, has proven itself to be unforgivably incompetent. Not only did the girls not dress in blackface by representing the Huxtables, but insisting that they did so indicates that those in

charge of investigating the incidence have no idea what blackface is. Blackface is characterized by a very specific denotation, and the girls’ portrayal of Bill Cosby and the Huxtable family does not fit the definition. Historically, blackface was a Chris Freyder form of makeup Columnist used for minstrel show performances. This definition could definitely be expanded to include any costume that is used to mock and denigrate AfricanAmericans outside the context of a minstrel show. However, the six sorority members in question were not simply dressing as stereotypical African-Americans. They were masquerading as six individuals who happen to be African-Americans. The importance of the difference between these two concepts cannot be emphasized enough and has warranted similar depictions in mainstream media. Impressionist Frank Caliendo is known for his recurring impersonation of Charles Barkley on Fox NFL Sunday, and comedian Jimmy Kimmel periodically assumes his famous role as Karl Malone. These performances may be crass at times, but they do not fit the definition of blackface. As with these two comedians, the Phi Mu sorority girls were not attempting to characterize the entire African-American race, but were representing individual human beings, albeit fictional. If this idea is lost on

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Holloway, then perhaps his failure to see past the Huxtables’ race is a form of racism greater than any enacted by the students he is punishing. The actions of USM’s disciplinary staff were deplorable and will possibly permanently besmirch the reputation of these six Phi Mu women. Even if these students are exonerated of the accusations against them, a shameful reputation will always cloud aspects of their lives. In any matter in which such allegations are made, thorough

investigations must be undertaken in order to ensure each involved party is given the correct discipline or recompense. I usually don’t find it my place to make such grave requests, but if matters are to be reconciled, Holloway should be relieved of his position as dean of students. USM’s handling of the situation was far too reactionary and reveals that its leaders are not competent enough to understand incidents that involve racial allegations. It is infuriating that the dynamics of race relationships in America are

still lost on such officials who hold so much power over the lives of the students they influence. Such ignorance only serves to propagate fear and misunderstanding in areas of the country that are still struggling with racial tension. Chris Freyder is a 21-year-old biological sciences senior from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_Cfreyder. Contact Chris Freyder at


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If you don’t vote, you won’t die: exercise right to choose in 2012

With the upcoming presidential election now less than a year away and primary season around the corner, you’ll no doubt start hearing the pleas of several candidates who “need” your vote. And you’ll just as likely hear independent groups, or even keenly interested individuals, urging you to exercise your right to vote. Often, they will attach an additional guilt-tripping truism to their argument, such as “You know, American soldiers gave their lives to protect your right to vote.” I’ll tell you perhaps the most liberating thing you’ll hear about voting from now until then: You don’t have to do it. We don’t live in an authoritarian society where voting is government-mandated, but our society puts a premium on voting that is culturally ingrained. Polling stations give out “I voted!” buttons to those who participate in

the electoral process, and they’ll be no lack of voices piping up next Nov. 6 to give you a little extra incentive as well. The most infamous of all “get-out-the-vote” organizations is probably Citizen Change, a group founded by P. Diddy. The group used the phrase “Vote or Die!” during the 2004 presidential election in an at- Chris Seemann tempt to mobilize Columnist voters. Diddy’s venture was flawlessly parodied by “South Park” just before the 2004 election, when the group takes the catchphrase a bit too seriously. The reason one of the South Park boys refused to vote, of course, is because he was given an odious choice: Either a “giant douche” or a “turd

sandwich” will win the vote to replace the school’s cow mascot. Citizen Change is now defunct — or at least in hibernation — but its message still holds traction with people of all ages in America. But next time someone pipes up about voting in your presence, remember the position we’re in. We’ve been given a choice in the upcoming election between an incumbent pushover president whose greatest legacy may ultimately be as a placeholder in history, and whoever survives in a Republican field where candidates are rushing to throw themselves down a flight of stairs festooned with spikes as quickly as they can — in other words, Mitt Romney. So while parts of the race might provide value as theatrical farce, it’s unlikely to produce a president more than a few people can confidently say they voted for.

But what about “letting your voice be heard,” the most ideal manifestation of democracy we all seem to crave? Despite what some may say, skipping out on Election Day is perhaps the purest way of expressing one’s distaste with the available choices. The refrain of “If you didn’t vote, don’t complain” will still persist, but choosing not to vote expresses a stark lack of confidence with the political situation more than any other method. To clarify, I am anything but “anti-voting.” Every issue and candidate can resonate with a person or group of people, and the decision to vote for either belongs to each individual. If you have a cause you champion, by all means, use your limited electoral power to affect the change you want. But trying to coerce disinterested or frustrated citizens into

voting will not give us a “true” result — the results would be more akin to those of a student government election in high school, where ability to govern effectively is near the bottom on the list of considerations. So when Nov. 6, 2012, rolls around, exercise your right to choose and don’t kowtow to the P. Diddys — P. Diddies? — of the world and their false dichotomies. And if you choose not to vote, don’t be shy. Explain your position forcefully and contribute to the ongoing evolution of American democracy. Chris Seemann is a 21-year-old mass communication senior from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_CSeemann. Contact Chris Seeman at


New bill highlights need for better, safer birth control

It’s only been a month. As vot- the odds of depression, heart aters, we are twiddling our thumbs tack, blood clots, weight gain, to see if another ridiculous bill ca- sore breasts and nausea, according tered to limiting a woman’s con- to the U.S Department of Health trol of her body will pass through and Human Services on Women’s Health. the House and Senate. New studWith the help of the Refusal ies from neuClause, the dream of birth control rologists say the for all women with health insurprogestin in it ance — with no co-pay — could may even impact be further away than we had our thinking, but hoped. This clause, passed in orwhat’s worse is der to exempt certain members we’re not the of religious groups from offerPriyanka Bhatia only ones suffering “free” birth control, has been Columnist ing from the abmarked by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops or the Catholic surdity that is the pharmaceutical Health Association as insufficient. industry. Rather than telling the pharThese bills are just a big “screw you” to women who don’t maceutical industry to create a want to have babies before they better product, we’re stuck taking feel ready. The fact that no other the same awful pills. We’re not the aspects of birth control are being only ones suffering from it. The simple excretion of these looked into is not only beyond hormones from our bodies into the stupid, but also irresponsible. Endocrine disruptors found in sewage systems and eventually contraceptives are often detrimen- waterways isn’t enough to elimital to entire ecosystems. Instead nate the endocrine disruptors and, of demanding our pharmaceuti- thus, causes extensive damage to cal companies create something a the marine ecosystem. In their study “Environmenlittle more functional, we’re busy trying to get rid of the product en- tal Impact of Contraceptive Use,” authors John E. Ehiri and Martin tirely. If the product were Viagra, Birley, both doctors at the Liverthere would be a plethora of out- pool School of Tropical Medicine, rage from men who feel that, al- wrote the effects on aquatic life though nature has told them that are significant: “One of the most worrying they can no longer hold an erection, the ability to defy the odds examples of the effects of such with a magical blue pill far out- pollutants on aquatic life in the UK was the identification around weighs anything else. The fact women are continu- the coast, of a condition known as ously seen as reproduction ma- ‘imposex’ in dog whelks, in which chines is outrageous, but what’s females acquire male characterismore outrageous are the risks we tics that physically prevent them have to take if we don’t want to (the females) from laying eggs.” The question then behave babies. Birth control includes some comes which has a greater impact: the drugs we’re using pretty unpleasant side effects. Using birth control increases to prevent overpopulation or

overpopulation itself? While Ehiri and Birley are uncertain about the issue, it’s not too much to ask for both. From the 1950s to now, women have had the opportunity to obtain a certain level of equality that would be lost without the use of birth control, but just

having birth control isn’t enough. We need to demand birth control that’s healthy for not only our bodies, but also for our environment. We need to fight the problem at the source rather than eliminating it completely. Priyanka Bhatia is a 19-year-old

pre-veterinary medicine sophomore from San Jose, Calif. Follow her on Twitter @TDR_PBhatia.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011 CATS, from page 1 monetary crisis. With $500,000 granted from the East Baton Rouge Parish Mortgage Finance Authority and another $500,000 from the state Office of Community Development, federal funds matched the amount raised, and CATS was able to keep its buses going this year. Scott Dyer, spokesman for Holden’s office, said CATS requested more than $5.4 million from the city for 2011 and the same amount for 2012. The city gave CATS almost $3 million from the general fund for 2011. That same amount is proposed to be given again in 2012, with confirmation from the Metro Council, which has to approve route changes, fare hikes and budget considerations for CATS. In 2010, CATS requested $3.6 million, leaving the system with a $700,000 shortfall, which was resolved with a package of fare hikes and route cuts. Dyer said at this point the

mayor is asking for a business plan that cuts operational costs to a more manageable amount than $2.9 million. “[CATS] isn’t really a city department,” Dyer said. “It’s set up as a separate agency, but they have nowhere to turn to but the city when they have a shortfall. They’ve been having shortfalls since they lost the contract with LSU, and it may have started before that.” Marshall said the loss of the contract with the University hurt CATS significantly, and when the contract becomes available again, the system plans to bid for it with a new approach. Dyer said the downward slide increased last year when the state changed its municipal formula to give more state money to organizations that raise more local money. The Metro Council debated a package proposal earlier this year, which suggested increased fare and reduced routes, but the council rejected the plan. Marshall said CATS is

The Daily Reveille anticipating a tax election next year, which will serve as an investment in public transportation. “Baton Rouge is on the low poll for supporting public transportation and investment,” Marshall said. “The Blue Ribbon Committee the mayor convened and three other private sources recognize Baton Rouge transit is greatly underfunded. They also say ... it’s run as efficiently as possible.” Making about 10,000 trips each day, CATS may look to the business community for support and address internal measures while waiting to pass a tax investment in 2012. With about 150 employees, Marshall said it is not his strategy to release people or services, and he is doing everything possible to keep all staff driving buses and turning wrenches to get residents where they need to go. “What’s really important is 80 percent of riders are working people,” he said. “They, in fact, are in those invisible jobs, mopping floors in hospitals, changing

page 15 beds in hotels, cooking food in restaurants. To lose that workforce would disallow them to work and would severely cripple industry.” Marcus Rogers, computer science sophomore, said he has heard CATS might cut some of its routes. “I use the buses to get to campus,” Rogers said. “If they raised the prices a great deal it could be a problem, but I wouldn’t mind paying a little more if I had to.” Marshall said he hopes to work out all the details before the end of the year. “Working it out means we hope to have some increases in revenue,” he said. “We’re not trying to expand the system right now. All we’re seeking of others is the opportunity to maintain status quo. With the tax election we do want to expand the system.”

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