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New CDC study: STD cases rising because of increased testing percent of University students tested for STDs at the Many students may already be Health Center in 2008 tested stressing about upcoming exams and positive for Chlamydia. projects with two weeks of classes already in the books. But recent studies might just spark concern about a different kind of test — STD tests. Last week, the Center for Disease Control said sexually transmitted diseases, which statistics previously showed had been on the decline, are now rapidly rising, and Chlamydia cases are reaching unprecedented highs. But increases in the number of people getting tested lie at the root of the STD boom. Testing is an important factor when analyzing the University’s sexual health because, although the University’s STD data hasn’t ﬂuctuated from the national average, STD testing numbers are at a standstill. “In 2008, only 2,097 students came [to the Student Health Center] for testing,” said Ashley Granger, Health Center Wellness Education coordinator. “[Of these,] 68 percent ... tested positive for Chlamydia.” The roughly 1,400 students testing positive for Chlamydia seems
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percent of University students reported experiencing HPV within the last school year, according to a spring 2008 ACHA survey.
percent of University students reported experiencing genital herpes during the last school year, according to a spring 2008 ACHA survey.
In-state applicants down for fall 2009 By Lindsey Meaux Staff Writer
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Louisiana seems to be moving backward instead of forward — at least with regard to high school graduates. For the University, a decrease in in-state graduates means fewer in-state applicants to the University. While the overall number of applicants for the fall 2009 semester is up, the number of in-state applicants is down 3 percent. Mary Parker, Undergraduate Admissions and Student Aid executive director, said the University will not diminish the quality of students to make up for the drop but instead will compensate for it with more rigorous in-state recruitment and an increase in out-of-state applications. Parker said overall the University has seen a 6 percent increase in applications since January 2008. She said the University had about 12,300 total applications at this APPLICATIONS, see page 4
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Former Black Panther member West out of running emphasizes fight against racism for NFLPA position
The FBI probably didn’t think one of their “most wanted criminals” would end up winning a Lenin Peace Prize, and she very likely thought the same. Angela Davis, former member of the Black Panther Party, one-time FBI’s “most wanted criminal,” winner of the 1979 Lenin Peace Prize and two-time vice-presidential can-
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didate for the American Communist Party, spoke at an MLK Commemoration Day Ceremony on Friday afternoon at the Lod Cook Alumni Center. Davis disANGELA DAVIS cussed the prespolitical activist ence of racism in today’s society. 7:20 a.m. 8:20 a.m. Noon 3:20 p.m. 4:20 p.m. 5:20 p.m.
“Racism has not ended because a black man holds the highest ofﬁce in the land and a black family is in the White House,” Davis said. Davis opened her speech with a smile and thanked the University for receiving her. The audience ﬁlled about 300 chairs, and people lined the walls. “She touched on several different issues,” said Kathryn DAVIS, see page 4
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LSU Board of Supervisors member Rod West is no longer a candidate to be executive director of the NFL Players’ Association, according to The Associated Press. West, who is also president and CEO of Entergy, Inc., in New Orleans, was one of eight ﬁnalists to replace the late Gene Upshaw as executive director.
“I am extremely honored to have been considered, and I wish the NFLPA success in the selection process,” West said in a written statement. “I am pleased that my family and I are staying home in New Orleans and that I will continue to work for [Entergy] and alongside the incredible people here.” Contact Leslie Presnall at firstname.lastname@example.org
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New class on hurricanes, typhoons is ‘encompassing’ Students study all aspects of storms By Lindsey Meaux Staff Writer
Hurricane season begins June 1 for the Gulf Coast, and it brings preparations with it. From stocking pantries with water and non-perishables to buying hurricane lamps, people throughout the Gulf area wonder if this year will be a lucky one or a disastrous one. But students enrolled in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences 3200 — hurricanes and typhoons — will better understand hurricane cycles by end of the spring semester. Kam-Biu Lui, creator of the
course and oceanography and coastal sciences professor, said 17 students are enrolled in the undergraduate course, but he would like to expand the class to about 50 people. “It is very important for us [living in Louisiana] to have a very comprehensive and inter-disciplinary view about hurricanes,” Lui said. “This is not meant to be a highly specialized course. I hope this will become part of the general education for students and citizens of Louisiana.” Corey Sibley, geography junior, is enrolled in the “encompassing” class, and said he is “very impressed” with it. “It’s nice to know how these things work,” Sibley said. “He’s doing a really great job in not just
showing the meteorology, but the devastation and impact.” Sibley, who enrolled in the class as a “wonderful tie in” for his geography degree, said he would be open to taking similar classes in the future. According to Lui, hurricanes have a wide-ranging impact on everything from natural sciences to social sciences. “So far, we had not had a course focusing on hurricanes as a multi-faceted phenomenon,” Lui said. Donald Baltz, chair of the department offering the course, called the class ideal for students who “have an interest in knowing something about how storms impact the area in a little more depth than they would find in typical reporting.”
Class action lawsuits rise in 2008 Business booming despite the economy By Steven Powell Contributing Writer
Despite the struggling economy, some industries are still seeing action, but not the ideal kind. Class action lawsuits rose in 2008, and some experts predict numbers will rise through 2009. “The increase is not exactly caused by the recession, but more so a decline in the stock market,” said Glenn Morris, Paul. M. Hebert Law Center professor. “They are more indirectly related.” Federal securities fraud class action lawsuits rose from 177 in 2007 to 226 in 2008, a 27 percent increase. But the effect of these lawsuits on the economy is still unclear. When there is a significant drop in corporate shares and corporations are holding back information, many people suspect shaky business practices and will file a class action lawsuit, a lawsuit brought to court by a large group of people, Morris said. James Richardson, Public Administration Institute director, said it is hard to tell how these lawsuits
will affect the economy. “Each one of these lawsuits will probably have a different effect on the company, depending on the individual outcomes,” Richardson said. Morris said a study in the early ‘90s indicated a company’s extreme drop in the market was almost always followed by a class action lawsuit. Congress reacted to these lawsuits by passing the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, creating rules that make it harder for attorneys to engage in abusive class action lawsuits. “The reform forced companies to bring up specific examples of information where corporations had lied,” Morris said. “Before this, people could file a complaint and the company’s files would be searched, hoping to find something incriminating.” Morris said many plaintiff attorneys will still file a class action lawsuit, regardless of the laws, hoping for a settlement. “If a company undergoes a lawsuit, there is still a risk of a huge loss, even with that small of a chance,” Morris said. “That’s why many companies settle out early.” Although this system cushions the fall by creating jobs for both
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plaintiff attorneys and defense attorneys, Morris said many national law firms are still undergoing layoffs. Bill Corbett, Law Center professor, said attorneys specializing in security fraud class action lawsuits will see an increase in business, but the rising lawsuits will most likely have little effect on the legal industry as a whole. Law firms dealing with these types of lawsuits will have more work and may expand their business, but as of this point in time, there is no way of knowing the overall impact on the legal industry, Richardson said. Morris said the increasing lawsuits are associated with rapid market changes and will decline once the market stabilizes, but he said with the current shaky state of the market, these lawsuits will continue to rise, he said. Contact Steven Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org
“This is a scientific examination of the history of storms,” Baltz said. “This gives us some insights into how the patterns might change from time to time over long periods of time.” The class may be able to answer pertinent questions about when another huge-scale hurricane might hit Louisiana, said Baltz. Baltz said “Weather Channel junky” students will enroll in the course, but those who “avoid the subject unless there’s one hitting right at you” won’t take the course. The class is particularly useful for students contemplating a life spent along the Gulf Coast, said Mike Efferson with the National Weather Service. “Louisiana is in what would
be considered a higher-risk area,” Efferson said. “Living on the Gulf Coast, you’ve got to be aware of the preparations that are needed to either ride out or evacuate from the storm itself.” Accompanying floods, rather than winds, account for the majority of hurricane-related fatalities, Efferson said. Efferson suggested people be aware of the inconveniences associated with living in hurricaneplagued areas. “Some people don’t want to have to live with having to evacuate every so often,” Efferson said.
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Touchstone, international studies junior. Touchstone said she was unfamiliar with Davis before the event, but her controversial background encouraged her to attend. Other attendees were more acquainted with Davis and her activism. “My mom walked with Martin Luther King and was inspired by Angela Davis,” said Stella O’Rourke, communications studies senior. Davis, who has written several books and taught at multiple institu-
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minute when compared to the 23,400 undergraduates enrolled at the University. But many don’t consider the nearly 21,300 University students not getting tested each year. In spring 2008, the American College Health Association conducted a study of the University’s general health by surveying 715 students. According to this survey, 44.4 percent of students didn’t use preventative STD methods during their last vaginal sex encounter, and 96.1 percent didn’t use a condom during oral sex. “You can definitely get an STD from oral sex.” Granger said. “If you’re in [any kind of] sexual relationship, whether it’s high risk or low risk, you need to ... keep up with your [STD] testing. People ... may think they’re safe when they’re not.” Laci Lemoine, secondary education junior, spoke to a classmate who told a story about how she was out the night before and had lost her favorite boots. “Boots Girl” had received several text messages from a random guy who “had a lot of fun with [her] last night.” To Lemoine’s surprise, the girl was more concerned about whether he had her boots than the “God knows what” she did with him. “I think the majority of sexually active people just assume ... [an STD] couldn’t happen to them,” Lemoine said. But University students assuming they’re sexually healthy isn’t completely speculative. The University ranked No. 2 among Southeastern Conference schools in a Trojan Condoms’ national study of the most sexually healthy universities. But Louisiana ranked No. 2 on a very different list — states with the most reported cases of gonorrhea, according to the CDC. Studies also show Louisiana among the country’s highest in reported Chlamydia and Syphilis cases. Granger said the University and the state’s contradicting STD rates could be results of different environments. She said University students
THE DAILY REVEILLE tions, spoke on topics based on civil rights and social responsibility. “I’ve been involved with struggles for equality and justice for almost all my life,” Davis said. Davis praised President Obama for identifying with the black struggle, but emphasized that his success is not strictly because he is of African descent. “If a black candidate vowed to continue war in Iraq, then we wouldn’t have responded the same way,” Davis said. Davis spoke of two Americas, one of which has struggled with racism and inequality. Her activism for that America
“was seen as negative because it was racially based, but she stood for what she believed in and fought for herself and others,” said Cerise Edmonds, coordinator from the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Davis also mentioned her involvement with the American Communist Party. She commended black Communists for their role in encouraging collective change. After her speech, Davis received a standing ovation.
live in an environment where health care is easily available and sexually healthy relationships are encouraged. But most Louisiana residents do not. In another ACHA study, University students were asked about their number of sexual partners. Although most students guessed their peers’ average to be around six or seven partners, the actual average was only one. “Students recently are dealing with more mental health issues [rather] than going out and having ... multiple sexual partners,” Granger said. “Having unsafe sex would add to their worries. After Mardi Gras, well, that’s a different story.” STD testing among students increases drastically in the weeks after Mardi Gras vacation, Granger said. About 16 percent of University students claimed to have unprotected sex while under the influence of alcohol, according to the ACHA study. “We know things like this happen,” Granger said. “There’s no judgment ... we just want [students] to be responsible about the choices they make.” Testing also tends to increase a few weeks into students’ first semester. Granger said this increase is usually attributed to students “adjusting to new friends, new events and life away from home.” Whatever the reason a student may get tested, the Health Center assures free gynecologist or physician consultations, counseling and STD information, among other things.
“The Wellness Department also provides free condoms,” Granger said. “The pharmacy has them ... six for $1. You can’t even get that at CVS.” Health Center STD testing is also available a low cost, ranging from $26 to $50 depending on the processes involved. If a student is unable to pay the testing fee, the Health Center will help them “get connected to resources in the community on a very slide scale fee or at no cost at all,” according to Granger. Granger said students’ testing information is completely confidential. The bills aren’t sent home but appear as a Health Center charge with no specific details on the student’s fee bill. But if students are still uneasy about Health Center STD testing, the local STD clinic and Planned Parenthood offer other alternatives. The STD clinic is located downtown in the Office of Public Health and, unlike the Health Center and Planned Parenthood, requires no appointment. Most likely, testing for students will be easier and cheaper at the Health Center than anywhere else, Granger said. “Students can come in and ask ... about [STDs] for themselves, a report or even for a friend,” Granger said. “It doesn’t matter who they’re asking for, there’s no judgment — we’re going to give you the information.”
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time last year compared to 13,500 applications now. The problem is not with recruiting efforts or a general disinterest in the University, according to Chancellor Michael Martin. “The number of high school graduates in Louisiana is actually declining,” Martin said. But Martin said decreasing in-state applications comes with a silver lining — diversity. “I believe that great universities embrace diversity in all of its definitions,” Martin said. “People come from places to give you a different view of the world. I came down here, and now I eat gumbo and jambalaya.” Jim McCoy, vice provost of Enrollment Management, Policy and Planning, said the University will continue aggressive recruitment efforts in Louisiana. “We always recruit aggressively,” McCoy said. “We have to assess what we’re doing. We’re not planning [on slacking off].” The University is continuing both in-state and out-of-state re-
monday, january 26, 2009 cruiting efforts by reminding potential students of the advantages of an LSU education, according to Parker. “This year, we have been more aggressive in Louisiana,” Parker said. “We’re also communicating with students who have not applied about the importance of an education at LSU. It would be cheaper for them to stay at LSU than to [go] out of state.” While recruitment efforts in Louisiana may not be as fruitful as in the past, Parker said transfer, minority and international applications have increased. Despite budget cuts, Parker said recruitment will proceed as normally as possible. “We are doing everything possible to use our money wisely so that we are getting the most for the money that we have to use in our recruiting process,” Parker said. “But ultimately we have a class to bring in within reason and within the budget restraints.” Contact Lindsey Meaux at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Marquee recruits visit PMAC
Still learning Tigers in hunt at midway point of season
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LSU senior guard Garrett Temple goes for the layup off the backboard Saturday in the Tigers’ 80-70 loss to Xavier (Ohio) in the PMAC.
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LSU men’s basketball coach Trent Johnson said his team isn’t “there” yet. The Tigers were undefeated at home and coming off three huge victories against Southeastern Conference opponents as they hosted thenNo. 15 Xavier on Saturday. “They’re deﬁnitely the best team we’ve played so far,” Johnson said after LSU’s 80-70 loss in front of 12,806 fans, the largest PMAC crowd since 2006. “Very complete, very solid basketball team.” The loss moved the Tigers to 15-4 on the season after last season’s 13-18 campaign, but LUS’s postgame attitude seemed more like that of a frustrated team still searching
for its ﬁrst win because the Tigers want to be “there.” But Johnson said his team is getting closer. “Could we have played this team like we played tonight a month ago or two months ago?” Johnson said. “I don’t think so.” Every Tiger in the postgame press conference said LSU had to improve. “We have to get in the weight room and get stronger so we can get ready for everything else if we Log on to plan on playing hear Trent in late March,” Johnson’s said LSU senior guard Marcus thoughts Thornton. on If the Tigers Saturday’s plan on playing game. in late March, they will need to make the necessary changes quickly. LSU’s Rating Percentage Index is No. 75 after Saturday’s contest, and its competition doesn’t show signs of bolstering that rating. None of the Tigers’ remaining opponents are ranked in the top 25. LSU’s game against Xavier could have been the marquee victory, but a nine-minute stretch without a ﬁeld goal left the Tigers with a lead they couldn’t surmount. Though during that stretch the Tigers showed signs of maturity. They didn’t take bad shots, kept hustling for loose balls and kept chasing steals. “You want them to go out there MIDSEASON, see page 8
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By Jerit Roser The LSU men’s basketball team’s showdown with No. 15 Xavier on Saturday may eventually bolster the Tigers’ chances for success not on the basketball court — but on the football ﬁeld. The crowd of 12,806 couldn’t help the Tigers defeat a ranked opponent for the ﬁrst time since Feb. 24, 2007. But fans got a chance to show their excitement before several top football prospects on recruiting visits watching the Tigers’ 80-70 loss to the Musketeers. The crowd erupted into multiple chants of “Rue-ben Ran-dle” during the game once the ﬁve-star recruit from Bastrop showed up. The No. 1 wide receiver prospect in the country, according to Rivals.com, is still deciding between LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Auburn. Five-star running back prospect Trent Richardson, who has verbally committed to Alabama, also attended the game, as well as ﬁve-star running back Michael Ford and ﬁve-star defensive tackle Chris Davenport. Ford and Davenport have both verbally committed to LSU. Other LSU commits at the basketball game included cornerback Janzen Jackson, deRECRUITS, see page 8
Kelly, Morris lead team in win against Kentucky Victory snaps twogame losing streak By Rachel Whittaker Sports Writer
LSU’s women’s basketball team knew it needed to step up against Kentucky if the Lady Tigers wanted to halt their twogame losing streak. Two upperclassmen who hadn’t seen much playing time this season rose to the challenge Sunday, as junior guard Andrea Kelly and senior forward Kristen Morris combined for 23 points and 14 rebounds in LSU’s 59-56 victory in Lexington, Ky. Kelly scored every one of LSU’s 3-point ﬁeld goals in her ﬁrst career start. All of her points were from behind the arc.
“The biggest gamble of my coaching career was starting Kelly at the [point guard] position tonight,” Chancellor said in a postgame radio interview. “She had 15 points and no turnovers. And she made ﬁve threes; we didn’t make ﬁve threes.” Kelly made two 3-point jumpers in less than a minute in the second half to give LSU a 5245 lead. But she missed two free throws with 14 seconds remaining to give Kentucky another chance. The junior point guard hadn’t missed a free throw all season, going a perfect 7-for-7 before Sunday. Kentucky’s Carly Morrow made two free throws to cut LSU’s lead to 57-56 with eight seconds left. But LSU junior guard Allison Hightower was fouled and sunk two free throws to extend the lead
to 59-56. The Lady Tigers held on when Kentucky sophomore guard Amber Smith’s last-second 3-point attempt fell short, snapping LSU’s two-game Southeastern Conference losing streak. “We were in our ‘no threeball defense,’” Chancellor said. “With eight seconds to go when we fouled on the baseline, I thought that was going to be a catastrophe for us, but we came out and Hightower made some great big shots.” After Hightower and Kentucky senior forward Eleia Roddy made two free throws each, LSU led 55-52 with 56 seconds to play. Morris then converted a jumper with the shot clock winding down to give the Lady Tigers a ﬁvepoint lead in the ﬁnal 38 seconds. MORRIS, see page 8
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Senior forward Kristen Morris steals the ball from Loyola junior guard Trenell Smith during the Lady Tigers’ 68-50 win against Loyola on Nov. 5. Morris had a season high 10 rebounds in LSU’s 59-56 win Sunday at Kentucky.
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Weekend Sports Briefs SOPHOMORE HENNING SETS SCHOOL WEIGHT THROWING RECORD Sophomore weight thrower Walter Henning made an instant impact in the LSU record books at the Purple Tiger Invitational on Friday. His NCAA automatic qualifying throw of 72 feet, 3 3/4 inches set an LSU indoor and Carl Maddox Field House record. “I don’t think this throw is very indicative of how I’ve been throwing in practice,” Henning said. Junior sprinter Trindon Holliday led the Tigers in sprints with
an NCAA championship provisional qualifying time of 6.66 seconds in the 60-meter dash. Former Lady Tiger Lolo Jones ran the preliminary 60-meter hurdles for the Tiger Olympians team, ﬁnishing with the fastest time ever at the Carl Maddox Field House (8.07 seconds). Jones did not run in the semiﬁnals or ﬁnals. LSU will head to College Station, Texas, on Saturday for the Southeastern Conference-Big 12 Challenge. Rowan Kavner Sports Contributor
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Sophmore Walter Henning sets a new LSU record in the men’s weight throw during his ﬁrst track and ﬁeld meet in the Carl Maddox Field House on Friday.
GYMNASTICS GETS BACK ON TRACK IN KENTUCKY The Tigers’ season so far is practically a mirror image of how the team began last season. LSU started the 2008 season 5-0 before falling to Georgia. The team rebounded to defeat Kentucky and move to 6-1, 1-1. This season has had the same formula for the No. 11 Tigers (6-1, 1-1). LSU defeated Kentucky (12, 0-2) on Friday night, 196.575195.225, after falling to Georgia last weekend despite posting a then-season high 195.950. “We came in [Kentucky] with great conﬁdence, and we just wanted to be calm and collective,” said LSU senior Ashleigh Clare-Kearney. Senior Lauren Klein – who
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missed the Tigers’ ﬁrst four meets because of an ankle injury – saw her ﬁrst action since the NCAA Super Six on April 25. The Tigers will hit the road again next weekend to face No. 6 Auburn (2-2, 0-1) on Friday. Andy Schwehm Sports Contributor MEN’S SWIM TEAM WINS SIXTH STRAIGHT MEET Behind a 1-2-3 ﬁnish by senior Julius Gloeckner, sophomore Clint Hallum and junior Sean LeNeave in the 200-yard medley, the No. 18 LSU men’s swimming and diving team earned their sixth straight dual meet victory on Saturday at the Texas A&M Student Rec Center.
“I have to give a lot of credit to our men’s team,” said LSU head coach Adam Schmitt in a news release. “Going into a hostile environment in College Station and coming away with a win is quite a feat for them. ” The LSU women couldn’t match the men’s success, falling to No. 8 Texas A&M, 182-110. “I thought our women’s team could have posted some better times, but hopefully, this is something we can learn from,” Schmitt said. Amos Morale Sports Contributor Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at email@example.com
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PAGE 8 and be aggressive and not be afraid to make a play,” Johnson said. “This group didn’t play afraid. They didn’t play tentative.” LSU junior forward Tasmin Mitchell had a rough night from the ﬂoor. Mitchell, who is ﬁfth in the SEC in ﬁeld goal percentage, scored just 12 points on 5-of-17 shooting. “He took the same shots he’s been taking,” Johnson said. “The ball didn’t go down. He’s not trying to miss them.” Thornton added 30 points for the Tigers, but his shots didn’t fall as easily in the second half as they did in the ﬁrst. Thornton was 6-of-9 in the ﬁrst half but 4-of-9 in the second half with most of his ﬁeld goals coming in the game’s ﬁnal minutes. “Jump shots just didn’t go in,” Mitchell said. LSU leads the SEC in 3-point percentage but managed only 33.3 percent shooting despite shooting nearly 40 percent before the game.
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fensive tackle Joshua Downs, defensive end Mike Brockers, athlete Morris Claiborne and offensive guards Carneal Ainsworth and Josh Williford. Wide receiver Kendall Kelly and defensive ends Sam Montgomery and Bennie Logan were among the uncommitted prospects at the PMAC on Saturday. The large basketball crowd may show its effect on LSU football coach Les Miles’ recruiting class in less than two weeks on National Signing Day on Feb. 4. The Tigers’ 2009 recruiting class is currently ranked the No. 1 class in the country by Rivals. com and No. 3 in the country by Scout.com.
Contact Jerit Roser at firstname.lastname@example.org CLASS OF 2009 RECRUITS AT SATURDAY’S GAME 5-stars: WR Rueben Randle, Bastrop High (La.) 5-stars: RB Trent Richardson, Escambia (Fla.) 5-stars: RB Michael Ford, Leesville (La.) 5-stars: DT Chris Davenport, Mansﬁeld (La.) 4-stars: DE Sam Montgomery, Greenwood (S.C.) 4-stars: WR Kendall Kelly, Gadsden (Ala.) 4-stars: DT Joshua Downs, Bastrop (La.) 4-stars: DE Mike Brockers, Chavez (Texas) 4-stars: CB Janzen Jackson, Barbe (La.) 3-stars: DE Bennie Logan, Red River (La.) 3-stars: OG Carneal Ainsworth, Parkview Baptist (La.) 3-stars: OG Josh Williford, Houston Academy (Ala.) 3-stars: ATH Morris Claiborne, Fair Park (La.)
we got to do.” LSU (10-7, 3-2) shot 37 perMorris, LSU’s lone senior, cent from the ﬁeld, including 36 added 10 rebounds to her 8 points, percent from 3-point range. LSU accounting for all of LSU’s bench led by as many as seven points in points. the ﬁrst half and Chancellor ‘The biggest gamble led 27-23 at halfsaid Morris’ clutch time. shot was crucial to of my coaching career Hightower the win. led the team with was starting Kelly at 18 points on 6-of“Morris hitting that shot 11 shooting, and the [point guard] from the baseline freshman forward position tonight.’ I thought was the LaSondra Bardifference maker rett extended her Van Chancellor in the game,” streak to seven women’s basketball coach Chancellor said. games scoring in “It was outstanddouble ﬁgures, as ing. I also thought she did a great she chipped in 14 points, includjob guarding Roddy.” ing 6-of-8 free throws and three Roddy led all scorers Sunday rebounds. with 22 points on 8-of-14 shootThe Lady Tigers travel to SEC ing from the ﬁeld, and Kentucky foe South Carolina on Thursday. sophomore forward Victoria Dun“It looks like we’re playing a lap had a double-double with 10 bit more relaxed on the road than points and 11 rebounds. we are at home,” Chancellor said. Chancellor said winning the “Now we’ll go to South Carolina turnover battle was what carried and play a good team.” the Lady Tigers through. The seven turnovers were the fewest LSU has committed all season. Contact Rachel Whittaker at “That’s the way LSU wins,” email@example.com Chancellor said. “And that’s all
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LSU senior center Chris Johnson dunks the ball over Xavier junior forward Derrick Brown in the Tigers’ 80-70 loss Saturday in the PMAC.
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Some suggest students may not be best candidates for pet ownership despite benefits Reaux begins her day at 7 a.m. to let her dogs outside. She gets Entertainment Writer home from school at 4 p.m. and It’s a Saturday morning, but then brings them to the dog park Megan Reaux wakes up bright and to play for an hour. She then comearly to the sound of barking from pletes her tasks for the day with her her furry friends. She may have dogs at her side. no plans for the day but an early “It’s nice to have them around awakening is her fate. as a fun break from school,” Reaux Reaux’s basset hound, Imogen, said. “They make me smile. Even and beagle, Geoffrey, help relieve having their company while watchher from the stress ing TV is comfortof the daily grind but ing,” she said. also add to her list of When an responsibilities. apartment beReaux, Univer- Log on to see came too small sity law student, res- students discuss to accomdate her responsibilities of cued both dogs. She pet ownership. two dogs, Reaux found Geoffrey at moved into a PetSmart on an adophouse to provide tion day and Imogen at Petﬁnder. them with a yard. com. She instantly fell in love with Despite the unconditional love the two breeds’ large ears and calm and happiness pets can bring, there nature. are setbacks to owning a pet. Reaux “They’re good dogs for my said she feels guilty when leaving lifestyle. They’re just low energy, PETS, see page 10 gentle and nice dogs,” Reaux said. By Lindsay Nunez
Megan Reaux, ﬁrst year law student, spends last Monday afternoon at her home playing with her dogs Imogen and Geoffrey. Reaux said it is tricky balancing her law school studies and taking care of her pets. photos by SHELBY SANDLIN / The Daily Reveille
Ill coed wins Miss America crown
By Oskar Garcia The Associated Press
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Katie Stam of Indiana was crowned Miss America on Saturday night, ﬁghting off a throat infection, laryngitis and 51 other contestants to win the 88-year-old pageant. The 22-year-old University of Indianapolis student became the ﬁrst Miss America winner from the Hoosier State. She drew loud applause for her rendition of “Via Dolorosa” during the talent portion of the beauty pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Stam said she had trouble sleeping one night this week while she took prescription medicine to ﬁght the infection but got her voice back by Thursday. “I was feeling like myself again — I will never take my health for granted,” she said. The Seymour native also strutted onstage in a black bikini and an off-the-shoulder, white lace evening gown. During the interview portion of the competition she decried the use of performance-enhancing drugs among professional athletes and discussed the deﬁnition of glamour. “That beauty that you feel on the inside, it’s that conﬁdence, that radiance inside of you, that’s what glamour is,” Stam said. Stam won a $50,000 scholarship and hopes to obtain a bachelor’s degree in communications and become a television news anchor. She began competing in pageants at age 15. MISS AMERICA, see page 10
Student production defies ‘normal movie viewing’ Director tests new film techniques By Jake Clapp Entertainment Writer
The lights dim, the movie projector kicks on and ads showcasing trailers of upcoming movies and telling people to silence their cell phones greet the audience. This may sounds like a normal Friday night at the movie theater, but it was anything but traditional. More than 100 people packed HopKins Theatre for the debut of
the ﬁlm “South of Lost,” a cinematic experiment directed by communication studies graduate student Joey Watson. Complete with a preview for “Ten Things I Hate About Commandments,” a mash-up of “The Ten Commandments” and “10 Things I Hate About You,” the ﬁlm strives to entertain and explore how the ﬁlm medium has changed and the varying ways audience perceive cinema. “‘South of Lost’ is not just about what we are seeing, but more about how we are seeing it,” Watson said. “As Robert Altman once said, ‘I’m not creating the event, the event cre-
ates itself.’” Using the ﬁlm’s plot about the lives of a group of ﬁlmmakers and their relationships as a basis, Watson spends nearly two hours experimenting with diverse types of ﬁlm and techniques to deliver the movie. Watson uses ﬁlm formats ranging from 8-mm ﬁlm to a camera on a cell phone to add visual depth to the story, such as the use of grainy ﬁlm to depict the deteriorating perspective of a person suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. To add another layer to the storytelling, the ﬁlm incorlive performance, FILM, see page 10
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Brittany Hancock, communication studies senior, sells tickets Friday for the ﬁlm “South of Lost” at HopKins Black Box Theatre.
PAGE 10 FILM, from page 9 projection of additional video onto another wall, and even the use of other media such as a toy viewfinder passed around the audience. In one scene, two of the story’s characters are going to the Voodoo Music Experience in a stolen car when they are pulled over by the police. To depict the police, another video of the police car with flashing lights is displayed onto another wall. Suddenly the main screen goes black at a crucial moment and the scene ends with a live performer puts a portable video player on a stool in front
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her pets alone in the house. Geoffrey used to misbehave when left alone, so she bought Imogen as a companion. The dog now gets into less trouble. However, the canine pals recently destroyed the living room rug. Reaux said the biggest burden of caring for her pets is the financial responsibility it entails. She pays $50 for flea medication, $60 for heartworm medication and $60 for dog food every two months. She also pays $400 a year for veterinary visits. Over Christmas break, she paid $700 to remove a benign growth off Imogen’s back. Reaux is completely responsible for her pet’s expenditures. Veterinarian Brett Berryhill feels that owning a pet does add to the stress levels of college students. “A pet is a responsibility and
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of the audience. “Normal movie viewing isn’t the dominant form anymore,” Watson said. “I wanted to experiment on how we watch a film.” For many viewers, Watson’s experiment was successful. “It was really interesting and funny,” said Bryant Dixon, construction management junior. “The way the movie was shown was really unique and worked pretty well.” Ronald Rogers, business sophomore, said he liked the techniques. “Showing the different perspectives at the same time let me understand the movie better,” Rogers said. “It added more to the story.”
But some weren’t as fond of the techniques. “The plot was incoherent,” said Amber McKeena, biological sciences freshman. “It didn’t flow well, and I was confused with a few parts.” Watson wanted to test the way film can be seen, and for him, his experiences were worth it. “I wanted to show how the modern generation views things differently,” Watson said. “Working with the different ways,content can be delivered has been utterly liberating.”
a luxury,” Berryhill said. He said most students buy pets on impulse and do not consider the financial responsibility, time consumption, medical needs and living situation that some pets require. Because the average life span of cats and dogs is 12 to 16 years, Berryhill says that students should look into the long-term care that the pet would require. With more apartment complexes becoming pet-friendly it is easier for college students to maintain pets. However, students must still take into account returning home for the holidays, potential internships and frequent residential moves before taking in a pet. Because the law school lifestyle does not leave Reaux with extra funds to spend on boarding her dogs while she travels, she leaves them with family members. While Berryhill finds the average college student’s lifestyle too
inconsistent to properly care for a pet, Reaux disagrees. “There is so much instability in a college student’s life that having a pet adds an element of stability that can be very comforting,” she said. The Baton Rouge area has an overabundance of stray animals, according to Hilton Cole, director of East Baton Rouge Animal Control Center, This is caused by residents not following the leash law and not spaying or neutering their pets. Animal Control keeps stray dogs for six days and stray cats for four days before the animals are euthanized. 80 percent of domesticated animals sent to the pound are euthanized. “Unfortunately students give up more pets than any other age group,” Cole said. The Animal Protection and Welfare Society provides a solu-
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MISS AMERICA, from page 9 Stam was crowned by reigning Miss America Kirsten Haglund of Michigan and will soon embark on a year of travel and public appearances. She said she had one semester left in school — but didn’t know when she would finish — and already was graduating debt-free without the $50,000 prize. Stam said she might use the money for graduate school. The first runner-up was Miss Georgia Chasity Hardman, who took home a $25,000 scholarship. The 52 young women took to the stage in blue jeans, bikinis and tion for students who miss the affection pets can provide. APAWS is a volunteer organization that finds foster homes for dogs and cats. Students can have the benefits of a pet but can return the animal to the program if they no longer have the accommodations. The situation is ideal for students who want the companionship of a cat or dog but may not know their future living situations. The majority of the foster parents are students. Emily Harris, vice president of APAWS and cat foster chair, explained that APAWS provides food and medical care for all the animals in the program. They ask the foster parent to provide a responsible and
ballgowns following a mini-reality series on pageant prep work and a week of preliminary competition. After an opening dance number and the traditional parade of states, judges and fans immediately trimmed the field to 15 finalists. Five more were trimmed based on swimsuit and evening gown competitions, while the remaining 10 went on to showcase their dancing, singing and other skills during the talent portion. Contact The Daily Reveille’s entertainment staff at firstname.lastname@example.org stable environment. On Saturdays the parent must also bring the animal to the Petsmart on Siegen Lane from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for adoption days. Opinions still vary on whether students make decent, responsible pet owners, but programs such as APAWS provide opportunities for students who want a pet but aren’t sure if they are ready for the commitment. Students interested in volunteering at APAWS can visit www. apawspets.org. Contact Lindsay Nunez at email@example.com
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Senate picks cast governors in unflattering light Gillibrand selected for Clinton’s seat
By Beth Fouhy Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — The departure of four sitting Democratic senators this year has cast a new — and at times, unflattering — light on the nation’s governors and their outsize power to fill Senate vacancies. While governors must call a special election to replace members of the House who resign or die before their term is up, 38 states allow governors the sole power to appoint an interim senator, according to the National Council of State Legislatures Just nine states require a special election to fill a Senate vacancy. In three other states — Hawaii, Utah and Wyoming — governors must select a candidate from a list of prospective appointees submitted by representatives of the departing incumbent’s political party. Choosing a new senator has led to considerable drama for the four governors tasked with doing so this year. All have weathered some level of scornw for their choices or for how they handled the selection, with one — Rod Blagojevich of Illinois — facing criminal charges
for trying to barter President Barack Obama’s former seat for cash and favors. “Politically, the choices made by the governors so far have been pretty odd,” said Seth Masket, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Denver. Most recently, New York Gov. David Paterson engaged in a messy, drawn-out effort to name a replacement for Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama’s secretary of state. The process was largely dominated by a high-profile lobbying campaign by Caroline Kennedy, the 51-year-old daughter of President John F. Kennedy hoping to win the nod. Paterson spent weeks vacillating publicly about Kennedy, at turns praising her intelligence while criticizing her lack of experience. The governor hinted openly that he would choose Kennedy, then contradicted himself later by saying he was still considering other candidates. For her part, Kennedy appeared tentative and unprepared, and she abruptly withdrew her name from consideration for the seat Thursday. Her departure launched a war of recriminations between her allies and Paterson’s — a spectacle that suggested Paterson had somehow lost control over the selection process. Paterson announced Friday
he had selected Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, a moderate from the upstate region. But even that choice produced its share of grumbling. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, citing Gillibrand’s opposition to gun control, vowed to challenge her in the 2010 Democratic primary, or to find another candidate to do so. McCarthy came to Congress after her husband was killed and son wounded during a shooting rampage on the Long Island Railroad in 1993. “Gillibrand seems fine for her district, but this is a state where liberals can actually win statewide,” Masket said. “It’s not clear why the governor wouldn’t pick someone more liberal.” In Illinois, Blagojevich prevailed in a high-stakes game of chicken with Democratic leaders by naming former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to Obama’s seat. Senate Democrats had insisted that any candidate Blagojevich named would not be considered a legitimate replacement. They eventually relented and allowed Burris to be seated, but he remains tainted by his connection to Blagojevich and may not be the strongest candidate to withstand a Republican challenge in 2010. While less visible than the Illinois and New York Senate replacements, retiring Delaware Gov.
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Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich makes a statement Friday at a news conference in Chicago, as the Illinois Senate prepares for a trial that could remove him from office.
Ruth Ann Minner has withstood criticism for her choice to fill Vice President Joe Biden’s Senate seat. And Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter’s choice of a replacement for Ken Salazar, now Obama’s interior secretary, has also mystified some. In Delaware, Minner selected longtime Biden aide Ted Kaufman to serve until a special election in 2010. In appointing Kaufman, a relative unknown to most Delaware voters, Minner passed over the state’s popular Lt. Gov. John Carney — reinforcing the notion
that the seat belongs to the Biden family and its loyalists. In Colorado, Ritter chose Denver Public Schools Superintendent Michael Bennet to succeed Salazar, even though Bennet has never run for statewide office and is virtually unknown beyond Denver. The choice sets the stage for a strong Republican push for the seat in 2010.
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Students have option for STD testing — be responsible In spring 2008, the University’s Student Health Center distributed more than 2,000 STD testing results to students. These results not only showed an increase in students getting tested but also an increase in STDs among students. Common knowledge tells us the more people tested the greater the results will be. But the fact is, those increased numbers were a result of more students taking an
initiative and getting tested. But with more than 30,000 students enrolled, and only 2,000 students participating in the Health Center’s options, there’s a huge percentage of students possibly living irresponsibly. According to Ashley Granger, Student Health Center Wellness Education coordinator, the Health Center normally sees an increase in students interested in getting
tested after holiday breaks like spring break and Mardi Gras vacation. But only getting tested after one week of bad decisions is not sensible enough. Getting tested for STDs is a scary process for anyone, but it’s made easier for students by attending a university that offers STD testing and counseling right in the same building. The Student Health Center
offers free gynecologist and STD counseling for students and free condoms provided by the Wellness Department. As far as taking an actual STD test, the cost could range from $26 to $50 depending on the test and if further blood work is needed. With the low price and year-round service the Student Health Center is the best option for any college student. We all know safe sex is im-
portant. But what’s even more important is finding out how safe you are. So take advantage of your surroundings and see how the Health Center can improve your lifestyle. It’s never too late to start living responsibly. Contact the Editorial Board at email@example.com
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Even students have large stake in today’s economy When the average college student turns on their television, it isn’t to watch news about the economy. Let’s face it, we’d all rather get wrapped up in “Lost” than watch an economics expert rant about the end of the financial world. But it’s about time we started paying attention. Recently, the once-abstract gloom and doom, lamented by the major news networks, has been driven painfully home for the LSU campus, in the form of massive budget cuts. The Daily Reveille reported earlier this month the LSU System would suffer as much as $71 million in cuts from the state in the coming fiscal year, for about a 31.6 percent decrease. For now, the budget cuts are not causing any major headaches. The Associated Press analysis
piece “Louisiana budget cuts reveal little pain” explains most other state programs are using surpluses left from the prosperity the state experienced the last few years, and thus will “escape with little in the way of cuts that regular folks might notice.” When drawing on funds set aside in better times isn’t enough, most departments are simply postponing future projects that had been in the works, including renovations or technological innovations. I hope nobody wants to walk in the backdoor of the Student Union anytime soon. The good news is that, for the most part, there will be no major cuts to services provided by the state — for now. The unfortunate, unavoidable truth is, if things don’t improve, this situation will deteriorate. The measures used to trim the
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I’ve also seen shelters and rescue groups do amazing things. Whether it’s no kill rescues or even shelters in the north having animals shipped to them from high-kill areas because they have none up for adoption. There’s one thing every one of them has in common: volunteers. It’s surprising four hours a semester is all that’s required in a club of veterinarians based on shelter rescue. The same goes for those who have rescued an animal and claim you’re God’s gift to animal rescue because you saved it from some horrible environment. While true, I encourage all to volunteer before judging the management of a shelter or rescue group. While not everybody can handle such an experience as it can be very emotional, it can also be amazing, even if it’s just four hours a semester.
Volunteer shares experience In response to the story focused on euthanasia, I’ve been with a humane society for a few years now and on its board of directors for a couple of them. This has allowed me to experience many shelters and situations. While the article brought up a number of key points of animal shelter life, it neglects a few. I’ve seen the shelters with the 90 percent kill rate that have to put dogs down for space because it’s necessary to keep dog-fighting members as “evidence.” I’ve seen the majority of shelters managed by a government employee who cares nothing about animals. But this isn’t a uniform situation. Some of these shelters can do nothing about it.
Stephen Treese animal sciences senior
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budget are, by their very nature, temporary ones. The state can only use its rainyday funds once. It can also only cancel prospective projects once. Unfortunately, there are no concrete signs the econMatthew omy will recovAlbright er in time for Columnist these temporary measures to be sufficient. Unless the economy miraculously recovers overnight, it seems impossible for the state to continue without cutting services. We’re already seeing examples of decreases. Despite drawing upon the $72 million fortuitously set aside in a surplus, the state health care system — which is be-
Forced success is socialism We can change the ownership of schools all we want, but until we change our collective mindset, things will get worse. We pride ourselves on capialism, yet our schools operate on socialist beliefs. Should we set every child up for success, yes. Should we make every child succeed, no! School systems are pushing right now for every child to be successful (thank you No Child Left Behind). If a child doesn’t turn in their assignments, it’s ok, grade them on what they have turned in. If they’re uncomfortable taking a written quiz, give them a verbal one. If they consistently misbehave, re-
ing forced to cut even more than the higher education system — is still having to find ways to slim down. Those on Louisiana Medicare are now only covered for five prescriptions a month instead of the usual eight. To most college students, nothing of value has been lost yet. Relatively few college students have student jobs, and few are likely to rely on Medicare. But you still have a stake in this. It can be difficult to care when the media says the economy is suffering. It can be difficult to care when a student columnist tells you the Louisiana higher education budget is being slashed by $109 million. But if things don’t improve, things are going to get worse, and every Louisianian is going to feel
the pinch. Soon the University will have to start making cuts in the number and variety of classes, and reducing the funds being put into support services. And let’s not forget the real world outside is the one we’re going to have to find jobs in. So as boring and depressing as it is, pay attention to the economy. It may not be a football game, but it definitely will start affecting students in ways that no sport ever will, even if you’re putting money on it. Like it or not, you’ve got money on the economy — and right now the odds aren’t looking good.
ward them the first time they behave, even if the person next to them behaves all the time. Are we really teaching them how to succeed or are we forcing success upon them? The saying goes, “If you give a man a fish he’ll eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish he’ll eat for a lifetime.” With this forced success plan, we’re not teaching our children to fish. Instead, we’re teaching them if they stand in one place long enough, someone will fish for them. We’re creating a breed of lazy human beings. There are people that are third generation welfare recipients. No wonder these kids don’t try, they were taught all their lives to sit around and collect a check. If they want more money, all they have to do is pop out another kid. If that kid needs to pay class fees, tough luck, but, “check out my new iPhone.”
We need to challenge these kids. If we expect a 10 but get a five, isn’t that better than expecting a two and getting a two? Not every child is going to succeed. Some will rise to the challenge. Some will fall to the wayside. Th e successful will have earned it and will feel good about it. The failures are the ones we forced success upon. Not everyone is college material. Those burgers won’t flip themselves. After all, do you really want one of those who didn’t do their assignments operating on your heart?
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“The war on terror cannot ever be won if the war on poverty isn’t won.”
Jeffrey Sachs American economist and author Nov. 5, 1954 - present
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America’s military power doomed to weaken, fail In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, public discourse was left with a new rhetorical flourish — “the terrorists have won.” Used sometimes as a somber conclusion to a stirring plea and sometimes as a pretentious punch line to a subtle satire, this phrase ambiguously summed up the worst nightmares of the stunned nation. But few Americans realize what it would truly mean for the terrorists to win. The goals and motivation of Osama bin Laden's attack on the World Trade Center are as unknown to the American public as his location is to the American military. Any attempt to examine the global drama that is world politics must start by examining the goals and motives of the players involved. On Oct. 29th, 2004, Osama bin Laden addressed a speech to the American people. In it, he not only explained why he feels it is “just and permitted [for] the wronged one to retaliate against the oppressor in kind” but also how he plans to end American military occupation of the Middle East and the
world. Bin Laden describes the birth of his hatred for American imperialism as the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon that was made possible by the U.S. Navy. “I couldn't forget those moving scenes, blood and severed limbs, women and children sprawled everywhere. Houses destroyed along with their occupants and high rises demolished over their residents, rockets raining down on our home without mercy,” bin Laden said. “The situation was like a crocodile meeting a helpless child, powerless except for his screams. Does the crocodile understand a conversation that doesn't include a weapon?” Although there is no condoning the intentional targeting of civilians — and bin Laden is a monster by the very standard by which he damns America — it must be acknowledged our misadventures overseas called bin Laden to action. We have all felt the frustration of the War on Terror from the cat's perspective, but there is much to be learned from studying the methods of the mouse. Bin Laden said “all that we
have to do is to send two mujahidin to the furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is written al-Qaida, in order to make the generals race there to cause America to suffer human, economic, and political losses without their achieving for it anything of note other than some benefits for their private companies.” This style Daniel Morgan of fighting — of bleeding Columnist your opponents dry in fruitless military maneuvers — is not something new to bin Laden. In 1979, he left his home country to combat the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, according to a September 2001 BBC Article. Not only did he fight in the Afghan jihad — a battle that was waged with U.S. dollars — but he also received training from the CIA itself, according to the aforementioned BBC article. In his October 2004 speech, bin Laden bragged of his experience in using “guerrilla war-
fare and the war of attrition to fight tyrannical superpowers, as we, alongside the mujahidin, bled Russia for 10 years, until it went bankrupt and was forced to withdraw in defeat. … So we are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy.” Speaking of the 2001 attacks, bin Laden boasted “AlQaida spent $500,000 on the event, while America, in the incident and its aftermath, lost — according to the lowest estimate — more than $500 billion. “Meaning that every dollar of al-Qaida defeated a million dollars by the permission of Allah.” Bin Laden's primary goal is not to attack American citizens. His ultimate end is not to harm America's service members. These things are merely means justified by his end — and that end is an end to America's military involvement in the Middle East. When the American economy can no longer support imperial measures overseas, American forces will be forced to retreat to American soil in the same way Soviet forces retreated from Af-
ghanistan. Using an “ultraconservative” estimate, when all is said and done, the War in Iraq alone will cost more than $3 trillion, according to a study by Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz. The U.S. Military is composed of more than 702 overseas bases, according to a 2003 Department of Defense (DoD) report. The DoD’s 2008 basebudget was roughly $481 billion according to the DoD. This is more than double the 2008 projected deficit of $240 billion. With more than $10.6 trillion of debt, according to the treasury, and a financial crisis that will decrease tax revenue and give President Obama the justification to enact sweeping expansions in government, it’s hard to see the U.S.'s military might lasting much longer. If the U.S. does not start practicing fiscal responsibility and nonintervention, then we will, truly, have let the terrorists win. Contact Daniel Morgan at email@example.com
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We the people need not forget our Constitution “Stop throwing the Constitution in my face. It’s just a goddamn piece of paper!” Sadly, these were the words of former president George W. Bush, uttered in a 2004 meeting with congressional republican leaders. Unfortunately in today’s political climate, these words ring with resounding apposition in regards to the application of our constitutional principles. Many Americans, it seems, have acquired an alarming dispassion for the wisdom offered by our original doctrine. Only 54 percent of Americans know the purpose of the U.S. Constitution was to create a federal government and define its powers, according to surveys conducted by Hearst Reports. Going further, 26 percent believe the documents purpose was to declare independence from England. Only 40 percent know the Bill of Rights is comprised of the first 10 amendments to the original Constitution. These statistics, discomforting as they are, don’t reflect the facile depth of knowledge of many elected officials in Washington, D.C. Many officials have aban-
doned the liberties this nation was founded on. The congressional approval rating currently sits around 20 percent, according to Real Clear Politics. A big part of this can be linked to irrational diplomacy and abrasive action, as our leaders stray further away from our founding doctrine. But this collapse isn’t entirely their fault — it’s also ours. Constitutional law allows anyone to make his or her voice heard. But words are useless if that passion isn’t backed by a practical understanding of what our founding doctrine provides. While our representatives should be held accountable, we, too, should be judged by the standard of our constitutional cognition. Passing the blame to leaders we’ve levied authority does not ameliorate our guilt. In a country where the people are given so much sovereignty, having a solid grasp on our principles is vital. Two hundred and twenty two years removed from its inception, it’s time Americans looked back and analyzed the doctrine this democracy was built on. Dr. James Stoner, political science professor, has taught Constitutional law and political
theory at the University for more than 20 years. “[Constitutional philosophy] isn’t going to last unless the younger generation eventually understands it and understands its value,” Stoner said. “I think that people have a general respect for the constitution,” Stoner continued. “But there’s a great differential Scott Burns between how Columnist much people know about it. In terms of knowledge of the institutions, I think, as with so many things today, people have a lot of fragments but almost nobody’s really been told that it all fits together.” Many problems our country grapples with stem from this diluted, fragmented view of our constitution. But to diagnose this error Americans must grasp how the constitution functions as a holistic unit, uniting its citizens with the basic framework for political life. “(The constitution) is the foundation for our system of government and our law; and it struc-
tures political life in such a way that the constitution is what the parties agree on, whatever else they might disagree on,” Stoner said. Yet decades removed from its inception and ratification, many Americans neglect the importance and continuality it offers. Younger generations must realize precisely how vital these principles hold today and work vigorously to ensure our representatives stick to the timeless values we consent. For the magic of the Constitution is that, even today, its principles hold as true as they did generations ago. “I do think the constitution is a living thing,” Stoner notes. “Not in the sense that its meaning morphs and changes over time but in the sense that it really does energize our lives and bring order to our activity. And only a living thing — something that is made living — can do that. It’s a living thing, but not necessarily a mortal thing. It’s mortal only if we forget it.” There are many ways students can learn about the constitution here on campus. Courses like Political Science 2051 give students a chance to learn the basic
framework of our constitutional government. Other courses, like Political Science 2053 and 2060, offer students a chance to study comparative governments and the origins of political theory. It’s sad to see the foundational values of our country distorted into such a hapless, abysmal condition. That’s why the time to act is now. It’s our civic responsibility, as young Americans, to understand our constitutional rights so that “We The People” can hold our government accountable for their actions. This accountability, it seems, has been lacking for quite some time. If order is to be restored in Washington, D.C., it must begin with the people. As a nation built “by the people for the people,” it is the peoples responsibility to rebuild this country on its universal principles. America’s future is a blank canvas. What sort of picture will we paint?
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