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University still replacing trees damaged, destroyed during Hurricane Gustav

Log on to see Richard Humphreys discuss the University’s trees.

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Richard Humphreys, Facility Services manager, stands next to the Tony Pertitta Memorial Red Oak outside of the University Laboratory School as he discusses the University’s management strategy for trees damaged during Hurricane Gustav.

Some of the trees that survived labor resources on that,” Fellner the blow dealt by Hurricane Gustav said. “ By the time we get to next more than six months ago have gone winter, we should have everything on to prosper, and replaced.” By Lindsey Meaux others are still reThe University Staff Writer covering. purchases its trees The University from a wholesaler lost about 230 trees after Gustav, and because it enables them to pick the another 100 sustained damage. Near- specific specimen of trees native to ly 100 trees were replanted, including southern Louisiana and choose when a mature live-oak tree and two small they’re purchased. live oaks, according to Fred Fellner, “A lot of times, donated trees Facility Services assistant director. are not the same quality as one that The shade-providing plants you can buy,” Fellner said. “We took should be restored in the coming a lot of effort to plant them correctly year, according to Fellner. and keep them alive.” “We’re still cleaning up some TREES, see page 4 stumps ... We’re still expending our

Students excited for spring weather

By Mary Walker Baus Contributing Writer

Today’s arrival of the vernal equinox gives students the reassurance for many nice summer days to come. Sabrina Bauggue is one of many University students excited for the end of winter. With the spring expectations of sunshine and warmer air looming, students SPRING, see page 4 Log on to see images from spring time.


One Voice seeks economically friendly programs Staff Writer

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Editor’s note: This story is the fourth in a fivepart series profiling each of the presidential and vice presidential Student Government tickets. The stories will run in alphabetical order based on the presidential candidate’s last name. As the University braces for an economic crisis, students campaigning for seats in Student Government have had to incorporate scaled down programs and fiscally responsible budgets into their platforms. While other tickets have proposed important and feasible changes for the University, the One Voice 2009 ticket claims it’s the only one that will be able to fulfill all of its campaign promises in the face of impending budget cuts.

The One Voice ticket, manned by presidential candidate Greg Upton, College of Business senator, and vice presidential candidate Laura Boggs, SG executive director, said every one of the issues their ticket proposed is a feasible option for the University. According to Upton, other tickets have suggested serious infrastructure changes which would be too expensive for a University facing enormous budget cuts, such as more campus lighting, decreasing computer-based testing and new parking for students. “We want to focus on things we can do for students that aren’t really expensive,” Upton said. Upton, who has served one year in the SG Senate and two years on the Business

College Council, said his training as an economics major gives him an advantage over other candidates when it comes to University fiscal issues. During his tenure with the SG Senate, Upton co-authored the bill creating the Student Initiative Committee, which organized student ideas on how best to spend $5,000 of student fees. Upton also said he was pivotal in creating the senate statistician position, which he said he would incorporate into his potential administration to help keep track of student opinions. PROGRAMS When developing programs for a possible administration, Upton and Boggs said

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Student Government presidential candidate Greg Upton (right) greets a student Thursday in Free Speech Alley.








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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Osama bin Laden urged Somalis on Thursday to overthrow their new president, issuing a statement that clearly outlines al-Qaida‘s ambitions in a nation long feared to be a haven for the terrorist network. Bin Laden‘s 11-minute audiotape was entirely focused on Somalia, an impoverished country in the Horn of Africa that has been in chaos for nearly two decades, torn apart by warlords and Islamic militant groups. In January, parliament elected President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, a moderate Islamist, in hopes that he would unify the country‘s factions.

MEXICO CITY(AP) — Mexico’s military has captured the security and operations chief of the nation’s most powerful drug cartel, officials said Thursday, delivering another punishing blow only weeks after U.S. officials rounded up hundreds of cartel members north of the border. Vicente Zambada allegedly became a top Sinaloa cartel leader last year, with control over logistics and authority to order assassinations of government authorities and rivals. He was arrested before dawn Wednesday at a home in an elite Mexico City neighborhood, said Gen. Luis Arturo Oliver, the Defense Department’s deputy chief of operations.


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ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Minnesotans put Vice President Joe Biden and four Cabinet members on the spot Thursday, asking how federal aid could help their transit projects, community colleges and small businesses make it through the economic downturn. The focus of the town-hall-style forum in a bus garage in central Minnesota was the middle class, and Biden told the crowd of more than 400 that the Obama administration is making sure the $787 billion economic stimulus package helps middle-class families get through the downturn and prosper when the economy eventually turns around. “We’ll measure our success in these four or eight years based on one thing: whether or not we’ve been able to raise the standard of living for middle-class people,” Biden said.

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Candidates meet to discuss issues at Greek Debate 100 students gathered at Sigma Chi house

By Adam Duvernay Staff Writer

Seated close together and in alphabetical order, the 10 candidates running for Student Government president and vice president came together for their first public discussion of University issues. Nearly 100 students crowded the central meeting room of the Sigma Chi Fraternity house to support their favorite SG candidates in the third annual Greek Debate on Thursday night. Standing behind the “Podium of Justice,” Sigma Chi brother Andrew Megison moderated the debate, offering the candidates four rounds of “heated questioning.” The debate began with an initial round of questioning for each of the tickets, followed by a shorter round of rebuttal. The first round was a series of opening statements, in which the candidates were allowed to welcome the crowd and present their campaign platforms. During the session, the candidates laid down the foundations of their platforms, usually relating the issues found on the push cards they

have been distributing for the past two weeks. The first question Megison presented to the candidates was which University issue they felt was the most immediate concern to campus well-being. The answers varied from the obvious issue of the impending University budget cuts, to the accountability of student leaders, to concerns about student apathy. Because the debate was supposed to be reflective of Greek life, the second question of the round asked the candidates to discuss the most important problem facing the University’s Greek community. Though all the candidates agreed safety was paramount, there was disagreement between the candidates over the affordability of obtaining wireless for the houses. Both Sen. Andy Palermo, presidential candidate for the Next Level ticket, and Laura Boggs, vice presidential candidate for the One Voice ‘09 campaign, agreed addressing the wireless concern of Greeks was important. However, Jeffrey Noel, presidential candidate for the Make it Reign campaign, said he would not champion anything which would benefit a certain section of students at the expense of others. “Changing the image of the

Greeks can probably change faster than wireless in the Greek houses,” Noel said. The third question of the round gave each candidate their opportunity to speak on budget cuts. While all participants agreed budget cuts were the most important issue facing the University, each responded to the question with their own party’s platform. The third round of questioning began following a five minute intermission in which candidates were asked questions by the audience. The audience asked questions regarding which parts of their platforms were feasible despite budget cuts, what made the tickets different and where the candidates stood on the possible allowance of concealed handguns on campus. The final question of the debate was one which has been asked each year since the Greek debate began — which line from the University Alma Mater was their favorite and why. After the questioning had ended, candidates were given a final chance to speak and to present their concluding statements.

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Wal-Mart text said to be a hoax Police: rumor about gang initiation false

By Nichole Oden Contributing Writer

Many students received a disturbing text message Thursday warning a gang initiation would occur at an unspecified Wal-Mart that evening. But Baton Rouge Police confirmed the text message is a hoax. “We started receiving calls [Wednesday] night,” said Lt. Bart Thompson of the BRPD. “It is just an urban legend.” The text message read, “Do not go to any Wal-Mart tonight. Gang initiation to shoot three women tonight. Not sure which Wal-mart. Confirmed on TV. Forward to all the girls on your phone.” Similar messages were received in past years through email, according to, a Web site discussing urban legends. “I received the message from several people,” said Rachel Bunch, psychology junior. “I didn’t forward it to anyone, but when my mom called me to tell me about it I decided to just not go to Wal-Mart at all this week.” The first e-mail talking about the gang initiation appeared in July 2005, according to snopes. This e-mail stated a gang initiation would involve killing a women and young child shopping at a Wal-Mart in the Desoto or Memphis, Tenn. area.

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initiation, according to snopes. The message resurfaced Wednesday in at least 31 states, including Louisiana, according to snopes. “I didn’t completely disregard the text, but I had a feeling it wasn’t true,” said Monica Hartman, biochemistry junior.

No murders or attempted murders were reported, and no gang members were arrested or admitted to being involved with any

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‘I didn’t completely disregard the text, but I had a feeling it wasn’t true.’ Monica Hartman

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The 10 Student Government presidential and vice presidential candidates gather Thursday at the Sigma Chi Fraternity house for the third annual Greek Debate.


PAGE 4 SPRING, from page 1

are ready to ditch their pants for shorts and remain outdoors. “I absolutely hate the cold,” said Bauggue, nutritional sciences dietetics senior. “I’m a summer baby, so I’m excited for summer.” The first day of spring is the official end of winter. With 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night, the spring equinox marks longer days and warmer weather. For the central time zone, the vernal equinox sunrise was at 6:44 a.m. “The term equinox means equal night, where the Earth’s position related to the sun makes the same amount of hours between day and night,” said Ricardo Nogueira, geography doctoral student. “The solar point, the position of the sun, is over the equator.” While New Year’s Day marks the beginning of the new year, the equinoxes mark the beginnings of seasons. The vernal equinox marks the beginning of spring and summer, longer day hours than night hours, more solar energy and more intense thunderstorms for the northern hemisphere. “After the spring equinox, we get stronger thunderstorms because contrasting air masses mix,” said Nogueira. “Colder air masses from Canada come down and mix with the warm air masses from the Gulf of Mexico, which developed from the increase in insolation or solar energy. These contrasting air masses make for stronger storms.” After the spring equinox, the Earth’s 23.5 degree tilt will allow the northern hemisphere to receive more solar energy, making our seasons change from winter to spring and eventually to summer. “With the summer solstice, the solar point is 23.5 degrees North at the Tropic of Cancer, so the northern hemisphere gets more direct sun,” said Nogueira. “With solstices, one hemisphere gets more solar energy. With equinoxes, both hemispheres get the same amount.” Nogueira said a Greek astronomer and mathematician named

Hipparchus discovered the solstices and the equinoxes in his lifetime circa 190 to 120 B.C.E. Hipparchus discovered the procession of the equinoxes, which is the slow movement among the stars of the two opposite places where the sun crosses the celestial equator. The vernal equinox doesn’t only gain importance from the stars, but also through religion. The first day of spring is also the Persian New Year, called Norooz. “Norooz is based back 7,000 years ago in the Persian empire,” said Pedram Taheri, member of the Iranian Cultural Society of Louisiana. “We celebrate the first day of spring on the exact minute the equinox happens.” Taheri said Norooz, which translates as “new day,” lasts for 13 days. It is celebrated on the vernal equinox because spring time represents the Earth being reborn. On the Islamic calendar, Norooz 2009 is celebrating the new year of 1388. “It’s when nature, trees and grass become green again, and they start blooming,” said Taheri. “Everything is reborn at that time. We deal with a lot of things in nature.” Traditional practices of Norooz include Persian families wearing new clothing, growing wheat or barley to make new year wishes and gathering things that start with the Persian “s,” such as the Persian word for wine. Another traditional practice is having two goldfish in water, with the goldfish representing life and the water representing purity. “I’m getting tired of winter,” said Aaron Sievers, mass communication sophomore. “I’m going to enjoy the spring time. If the weather is nice on the first day of spring, I’m going to lie on the Parade Ground, play Frisbee and blow up water balloons to wreak havoc. I’ll use the 12 hours of night to sleep.” Contact Mary Walker Baus at

TREES, from page 1

Facility Services typically replants between 30 and 40 each year aside from the trees that need to be replaced from hurricane damage, Fellner said. With labor and miscellaneous expenses, Fellner said Facility Services spends as much as $300,000 per year on tree maintenance. In the 1990s, estimates put the worth of the University’s live oaks at $36 million and suggested the towering plants might be saving the University as much as $1 million in electricity, but according to Facility Services Manager Richard Humphreys, present-day plant materials could be worth more than $50 million. Bob Hearn, engineer with the Department of Public Works, said the DPW collected more than 2 million cubic yards of debris in Baton Rouge from damaged trees in the

wake of Gustav. The collection was about four times more than DPW collected in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina, Hearn said. “The whole time Gustav was going on, our streets department was still working,” Hearn said. Greg Bivin, landscape architect with the Department of Public Works, said foresters throughout the country came to Baton Rouge in the wake of Gustav to work on the damaged trees, which were either taken down, pruned or removed.  But Bivin said the amount of time that may pass before any trees on public property are replaced is unpredictable — there’s currently no funding. “Right now, they’re working to get some grant money through the federal government to replace [damaged trees],” Bivin said. “There may be some money coming our way from the stimulus bill. We don’t have

friday, march 20, 2009 a program right now to come in and start replacing trees that were damaged.” Cheré Coen, freelance journalist and part-time hurricane recovery worker, said she has been working as a part of the Resurrection Project in conjunction with the Arbor Day Foundation since Hurricane Katrina to replace trees lost to hurricanes. The Foundation donated about 25,000 seedlings for Gustav recovery, which Coen has worked to distribute throughout southern Louisiana. Some of the seedlings will be available free of charge at this weekend’s Baton Rouge garden show, Coen said. The show is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. in the Parker Coliseum, according to an LSU AgCenter news release. Contact Lindsey Meaux at


friday, march 20, 2009 ONE VOICE, from page 1

they would focus on smaller issues which would only require a conservative investment from SG and University coffers. Though SG provides students with free scantrons and blue books in both the legislative and executive offices, Boggs said not enough was being done to advertise this to the students. If elected, the ticket said it would actively distribute testing material to the students, so long as they could get them from the distributor for less than students are paying. In the center of the hundreds of push cards distributed since they began campaigning, the ticket has proposed several changes for football season, including the replacement of the freshmen lottery for football tickets with a first-come-first-serve system, bonus priority points for attending all home games and setting a minimum percentage of student seats for the stadium. “By having a set percentage of Tiger Stadium for students, this can be a permanent seating arrangement which wouldn’t have to be discussed year after year,” Upton said. Upton recently put forward a bill in the Senate which would facilitate its transition into a paperless environment. The bill would replace many of the printed documents provided to senators before each meeting with a projector screen. A final plank in their platform is a food drive for the local homeless, based on collecting leftover meal plans from students at the end of the year. The drive would be optional

and student run. “SG should be bigger than just things on campus,” Upton said. “This is an opportunity to really reach out to the Baton Rouge community.”

BUDGET CUTS, FINANCE Fighting the massive budget cuts facing the University is an important part of all SG campaigns this year. “The main thing is this — we have to present to the state the longterm cost of cutting higher education today,” Upton said. Upton said the main way any potential SG executive can impact how budget cuts will affect the University is to provide quantifiable evidence showing cutting higher education would adversely effect the state as a whole. Even if he’s not elected, Upton said he would work with University administrators and students to put together a document which would show numerically how fewer college graduates would have a negative long-term effect on the state’s economic growth. During her time working with SG President Colorado Robertson, Boggs said she helped begin the “Eye on the Tiger” program, which tracks the finances of SG over 14day intervals. She said if her ticket were elected, this policy would be continued to keep students aware of every SG financial transaction.

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Lady Tigers kick off March Madness in B.R. Lone senior Morris begins her final NCAA tournament By Rachel Whittaker Sports Writer

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LSU junior forward Tasmin Mitchell (right) and senior guard Garrett Temple (left) trap Butler junior forward Avery Jukes (center) during the Tigers’ 75-71 win Thursday against the Bulldogs in the first round in Greensboro, N.C. LSU faces No. 1 seed North Carolina on Saturday.

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — One wouldn’t have expected LSU’s hopes of advancing in the NCAA tournament against Butler to fall on senior center Chris Johnson. But there he was, standing at the free throw line in front of nearly 20,000 fans — almost all Log on of them to see N o r t h Carolina photos f a i t h f u l from the screamTigers’ ing for an game upset. against U p Butler. 74-71, Johnson bricked his first free throw. The Greensboro Coliseum seemed prepared for another March miracle — a possible game-tying shot from the Bulldogs. But Johnson’s second shot went in, giving LSU (27-7) the final 75-71 score and the win, making the Tigers the first team to reach the tournament’s second round. “I thought poise was huge from his standpoint

GREENSBORO, N.C. — If it was October and not March, Saturday’s matchup of No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 8 LSU would be perfectly normal. If anything, Tiger fans would be puzzled by the Tar Heels’ unusually high ranking. B u t it’s March, it’s the N C A A tournament and never has Log on baby blue to read been more Sports terrifying Writer than when David donned Helman’s by North blog of the NCAA Carolina, tournament. one of college basketball’s most dominant programs. “Everybody in the country is prepared for North Carolina, because they may have had one game that hasn’t been on TV,” said LSU coach Trent Johnson. The Tar Heels aren’t even this tournament’s top seed, but they are certainly its most high profile group. Just Thursday, North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough set the all-time

LSU holds off late Butler rally

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[Clockwise from top left] LSU senior guard Marcus Thornton takes a shot Thursday against Butler. North Carolina senior forward Tyler Hansbrough shoots a free throw in the Tar Heels’ 101-58 win Thursday against the Highlanders in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Butler freshman guard BUTLER, see page 10 Gordon Hayward fights with Thornton for the ball Thursday.

TAR HEELS, see page 10

In recent years when LSU’s women’s basketball team prepared for the NCAA tournament, the leadership role would be spread out among the Lady Tigers’ plethora of upperclassmen. But this season, as LSU enters its 11th straight NCAA tournament, that responsibility has been spearheaded by the Lady Tigers’ lone senior, forward Kristen Morris. And as No. 6 seed LSU prepares for its 6 p.m. matchup Sunday against No. 11 seed Green Bay, Morris has made her voice heard. “I talk to [the younger players] a lot, not necessarily just on the court, but if we’re on the sideline and I’m sitting next to somebody I know I can help, I tell them what they can do to get better,” Morris said. The senior forward has played in nine NCAA tournament games in her career, and she said the presence of junior guard Allison Hightower and sophomore guard Katherine Graham adds to the team’s leadership. “[Hightower] leads by example, and that by itself is great for us, and [Graham] is also a vocal leader,” Morris said. “We have the perfect combination basically. Next year they will have to find somebody who can be just as vocal and perform on the court as well.” Freshman forward LaSondra Barrett, the Southeastern Conference Co-Freshman of the Year, will experience her first game in an NCAA tournament Sunday. She said one thing Green Bay does best is shoot the ball, but she said LSU has the Allison Hightower size advantage. LSU junior guard “Green Bay is a really good team,” Barrett said. “They are defensively sound, they shoot the ball well and they play really smart. We are more athletic than them and have more size than them, but that doesn’t all win games.” LSU coach Van Chancellor said LSU and Green Bay will “present matchup problems” for each other. “[Green Bay] shoots it from the outside really well, and those are the kind of teams that give us problems,” MADNESS, see page 8


‘If you lose you go home. The coaches have been preparing us all week, and I think we’re ready.’

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LSU senior forward Kristen Morris shoots a free throw during the Lady Tigers’ 66-55 loss to Auburn. Morris is playing in her last NCAA tournament as the Tigers’ lone senior.

PAGE 8 MADNESS, from page 7 Chancellor said. “They’re going to spread the floor, and they really run their offense well.” The Lady Tigers have won 11 straight NCAA Tournament games on their home floor. LSU football coach Les Miles, baseball coach Paul Mainieri, men’s basketball coach Trent Johnson and athletic director Joe Alleva each donated $1000 to allow students free


Tigers to take on Gamecocks in S.C. By Casey Gisclair Chief Sports Writer

All of junior second baseman Ryan Schimpf’s frustrations this season faded Wednesday night with one swing of the bat. Schimpf hit a three-run home run against McNeese State in the sixth inning during LSU’s 6-3 win, watching the ball sail deep over the right field fence. “It was a relief,” Schimpf said. “We’ve been emphasizing being less passive at the plate, and I think that was a step in the right direction.” Schimpf is one of five hitters in the Tigers’ regular lineup with batting averages below their 2008 totals. Junior outfielder Blake Dean, sophomore catcher Micah Gibbs and sophomore outfielder Leon Landry are among the slumping Tigers. But LSU coach Paul Mainieri is confident his slumping hitters are going to turn the corner this weekend when LSU travels to play South Carolina after combining six hits and seven RBIs in the team’s two midweek wins. “I think they’re coming,” Mainieri said. “They’re so close. We’re getting real close. It’s just a tough kid to play. College kids just can’t do it every time.” With hits being scarce, the Tigers have rode strong pitching to a 15-4 start. The Tigers have a 3.40 ERA on the season, which ranks No. 2 in the Southeastern Conference. But LSU pitchers have not been immune to inconsistency either. Junior reliever Paul Bertuccini had a slow start in 2009 and has a 4.50 ERA, up from his 2.63 ERA in 2008. But Bertuccini turned in his best effort of the season Wednesday and pitched two scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Bertuccini said he believes some of his early struggles are because of the big leads the Tigers have had in some of his outings. “I love pitching in tough situations,” he said. “But it’s always good to get some work.” Log on to to read the complete story. Contact Casey Gisclair at



‘[Hightower] leads by example, and that by iteself is great for us.’ Kristen Morris

LSU senior forward

admission to the game. Chancellor, who will try for

his 50th win with LSU on Sunday, said he couldn’t express enough gratitude to them for donating the money to the women’s basketball team. “I really appreciate the coaches and Joe Alleva buying those tickets for our students to come,” Chancellor said. “I thought that was a tremendous gesture on their part.” Morris said support from LSU fans is invaluable to the team’s energy and drive to compete.

“Hopefully with those tickets being bought, people will actually show up,” Morris said. “Sometimes I don’t think they know how much they mean to us. When they come out, our energy level rises so much, and our play rises to another level.” Hightower said the team might have some nerves coming out for its first game Sunday, but once those go away, she said it’s all about taking away Green Bay’s shooters and

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2009 playing for 40 minutes. “All their players can shoot [3-pointers],” Hightower said. “That means our post players have to try to take that 3 away. If you lose, you go home. The coaches have been preparing us all week, and I think we’re ready.”

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PAGE 10 BUTLER, from page 7 and our whole team’s standpoint,” said LSU coach Trent Johnson. “Late in the year [Chris Johnson] was sick, and he was struggling with his confidence, and his teammates and the staff never lost confidence in him.” Butler (26-6) never even got to attempt a desperation heave. In keeping with a defensive LSU performance, sophomore guard Bo Spencer stole the inbound pass to cap the win. “Defense is going to come out key in every game,” said junior forward Tasmin Mitchell. “[The free throw] was a big play, and the defense did come into play.” The end result was the icing on a cake baked to near perfection by senior guard Marcus Thornton. Thornton shot 75 percent from 3-point range while slicing his way through the Butler defense on the way to 30 points, six rebounds and four assists. “I just took whatever they gave me,” Thornton said. “If they were on me, [Tasmin Mitchell]

TAR HEELS, from page 7 scoring mark for any Atlantic Coast Conference player in a 101-58 win against Radford. “I look back and think of all the players that I’ve watched when I was young,” Hansbrough said. “For me to top all of the scorers in that league, it’s special. It’s an honor. But at the same time, I came here to win the game today and didn’t want to focus on individual goals.” Just to clarify, that makes Hansbrough a more prolific college scorer than Michael Jordan, Chris Paul, Tim Duncan and countless other legends from a conference that’s been known for basketball since its inception. As much as LSU and its fans might know about North Carolina, don’t expect the same familiarity from the Tar Heels — at least, not yet. Following his first-round win against Radford, North Carolina coach Roy Williams said he’d seen perhaps 20 minutes of LSU basketball, meaning the first half of the Tigers’ 75-71 win against Butler. “I watched a few minutes of the first half over at the hotel before we came over, and I thought it would go right down to the wire,” Williams said. “Thornton is just a bigtime player, and I thought he was just sensational at times today, but I didn’t see any of the second half.” Despite leading a star-powered team to a No. 1 seed in the sport’s biggest stage, Williams revealed his vote for National Coach of the Year as none other than Trent Johnson. “I consider him one of the class acts in college basketball,” Williams said. “I’m not sure anybody did a better job than Trent did this year. If I thought he’d buy me dinner, I’d tell him the truth, and it’s that I voted for him for National Coach of the Year. But I don’t think I could swing that anyway.” Johnson was named as one of four finalists for the National Coach of the Year award on Thursday. Barring a mass exodus from Louisiana, the Tigers now have about a day to prepare for the entire state of North Carolina. Somewhere around 150 LSU fans stood present and accounted for during the win


was open, and my teammates were open. I just tried to get them the ball in spots where I knew they could score, and the ball went down for us today.” Thornton shot 67 percent from the field after 5-of-19 and 8-of-17 performances in the Southeastern Conference tournament, earning him his first 30-point performance since Feb. 24 against Florida. “You run into players like that in the NCAA tournament,” said Butler coach Brad Stevens. “As I was watching [LSU] on tape, I thought he was probably a pro. Now I’m convinced of it.” Most of the stories surrounding this Butler-LSU matchup pinned Butler forward Matt Howard as the key to the Bulldogs’ success, and that proved to be exactly right. Howard worked the post against the Tigers all afternoon, tallying 22 points and 8 rebounds. The sophomore gave Chris Johnson and Mitchell fits throughout the game, as he reached the free throw line seven times for 10 points and drew five combined

fouls on the LSU big men. “They were doing it all game long,” Trent Johnson said. “They happen to have a multitude of weapons ... and we made the decision to leave our post guys on their own. We couldn’t afford to cover off their perimeter players.” Howard’s efforts in the paint gave Chris Johnson his third foul with 16 minutes remaining in the game, but Chris Johnson would have the last laugh. As was the case with Kentucky forward Patrick Patterson, Mitchell and Johnson locked onto Howard together and held him to 1 point in the game’s final minutes. “It was really physical,” Howard said. “That’s just what I expected. I wanted to come in and make sure I was as physical or more physical than they were.”

against Butler, but they were surrounded by nearly 23,000 Tar Heel fans, who had arrived early just to scout the competition. Even against the prospect of a sea of that Carolina blue, Johnson didn’t seem that concerned. “We’re going to do the things we’ve been doing all season long,” he said. “If it’s North Carolina, I

think we have an advantage because our basketball coach is light years brighter than Roy Williams ... nah ... We’re just thankful to be playing.”

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Legislature should override $100 million Jindal refused

By any measure, these are tough times. With Louisiana facing massive budget reductions — cuts that are hitting especially close to home with college students — it seems wise to accept any money the state can get its hands on. But Gov. Jindal, who recently chose to reject nearly $100 million in funds from President Obama’s

stimulus package aimed at expanding unemployment benefits, apparently thinks otherwise. This decision seems unwise. With our state in a dire fiscal situation, now hardly seems like the time to be turning down $100 million. In addition, we are wary of letting the decision to reject this money to a single person —

Jindal — who has obvious political capital to be gained from opposing the stimulus. We support future state Sen. Eric LeFleur’s efforts to gain support for a bill in the upcoming legislative session to override Jindal’s refusal to accept the funds. Jindal has justified his actions by claiming the influx of money into the unemployment system

would create an artificially inflated tax burden on employers once the funds are expended. LeFleur has countered that the legislature could easily change the law to accommodate the additional money, then revert the law back once the funds run out. We understand some are wary of trusting the Legislature to decrease the tax back to normal

levels in the future. But the times call for unconventional solutions, and we need to hold our government accountable and ensure our state has access to the maximum resources available. Contact the Editorial Board at


Don’t ask, don’t count – discriminatory census worthless The information gathered from the census is necessary for research in sociology, economics and business marketing as well as the appropriate apportioning of federal funding. Unfortunately, the 2010 census won’t to be accurate. It will fail to count legally married gay and lesbian couples, children of those gay couples and the LGBTQ population in general. This miscount will drastically undermine the data collected and skew every statistic sociologists deem important. A married couple, according to the U.S. census site, is defined as “a husband and wife enumerated as members of the same household.” This definition leaves out legally married gay and lesbian couples. This comes from the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA). The act states, “It’s illegal to

count same-sex partners and identify them as gay and lesbian couples since same-sex unions aren’t recognized on a federal level.” People in gay or lesbian marriages will be asked to define themselves as “unmarried partners” on the census. This is a low blow for gay couples who have lived together monogamously for years, especially because college couples who move in together can define themselves in the same fashion. But it is a harsher blow to the gay couples who have a marriage license issued in their names and won’t be entitled to what the law owes them. If legally married gay and lesbian couples aren’t even counted as 3/5 of a couple, their children have the lower end of the deal yet. Children of same-sex couples

will be counted as belonging to a single parent or an “unmarried partner.” This means the data the census collects will show a percentage of kids raised in single parent households when they are really in two-parent households. In Isabel Blum addition, sameColumnist sex couples with children won’t be counted as families. Finally, the most ridiculous mistake is not counting the LGBTQ population in general. “This is all about the numbers; this is not about lifestyle or anything else,” U.S. Census spokeswoman

Cynthia Endo said. But individuals can claim to be anything, from Christian to Hispanic, because of the culture and lifestyle the labels connote. Not attempting to count the members of the LGBTQ community is roughly equivalent to ignoring the community entirely. Because census data is very important to researchers of many fields, including sociologists, the numbers must add up. For the data to be skewed and undercounted just because of political reasons is not good science. Sociologists don’t care if it’s legal for a gay couple to marry, they care more about the number — an eventual and unfortunately inaccurate number — of children raised in a two-parent home. Science is at stake here. The 2000 census cost the

American taxpayers about $4.5 billion — or $15 for every enumerated person. The money used to conduct the census comes from the taxpayers’ pockets. No doubt the cost of the 2010 version will be greater. Inaccurate data provided because of the closed mindedness of the elite and powerful will waste the American people’s time, money and energy. Knowing the data from the census will be incorrect invalidates the survey, making it worthless from the get-go. Isabel Blum is a 20-year-old communication disorders junior from New Orleans. Contact Isabel Blum at


Michael Jordan is going to save our economy By Scott Green University of Illinois

(UWIRE) — I have a plan for fixing the economy that involves Michael Jordan, so Michael, please contact me at your earliest convenience. The idea struck me a few weeks ago when I had dinner at a Chicago restaurant Jordan owns. I’d been stewing about a tiny piece of steak that cost approximately as much as the gross national product of Honduras when in he walked — my childhood sports hero, the greatest athlete of the 20th century, the man who inspired thousands of balding white guys to shave their heads. After a few minutes I worked up the courage to introduce myself and shake his hand. I wanted to pretend I was completely

unaffected by the situation, as if I met immortal beings all the time. “Ohmygodohmygodohmygod,” I said, completely naturally. I’m not sure what happened after that because my therapist and I haven’t been able to draw out the memory. Before Jordan showed up, I balked at the restaurant’s prices; after, I was so euphoric I would’ve paid $4,000 for a grilled cheese sandwich. So his appearance at his eatery that night was great for the economy, or at least the portion of the economy he personally owns. Which brings me back to the original point of this column, namely: I wanted everyone to know I met Michael Jordan. Also, that my run-in with Jordan inspired a plan for fixing the economy — having celebrities show up at regular businesses to get average citizens



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to spend more. Americans want to hang out with famous people no matter how unremarkable they are, as evidenced by Kevin Federline’s fan club. But with fame comes money, so celebrities can afford to hang out at places normal citizens can’t. This is why when you go to Burger King you never see, for example, the pope. This has got to change. Imagine hordes of Catholics filing in, ordering fish sandwiches, their children wearing little cardboard miters. Think what that would do for the company’s employees and investors. McDonald’s would have to get the Dalai Lama just to keep up. Another major religious figure has already proved this would work: Barack Obama.

Obama ate at restaurants from coast to coast last year, and the subsequent attention spiked their profits. People want to get close to anything the president does. Obama’s barber has seen more business, profits at his favorite Chicago coffee shop have skyrocketed and his former Senate seat is so popular, candidates had to be assigned numbers by the U.S. District Attorney. So the phenomenon is real. Once people flock to celebrity-saturated businesses, first the owners will profit, and then we’ll all share in the wealth. This is according to the theory of “Trickle-Down Economics,” which states that as the rich get richer they’ll create jobs, mostly in the hoarding industry. The only trick is getting celebrities to participate. They’ll

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probably be hesitant, because their major form of interaction with the public is reading fan mail in which true fans express themselves via typos, worn undergarments and death threats. (Celebrities know they’ve made it big when they start getting panties on which someone has written, “I’m gonna kill yourselph.”) But there are ways to drive them out into the public, such as threatening to remove Scientology’s tax-exempt status. So it’s only a matter of time until my plan fixes the economy. I bet it’ll make me famous, too. Thank God. I’m never going to a pedestrian business again. Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at


“A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That’s how I want you to play.”

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Are Tibetans justified in seeking independence? Tibetans last week commemorated the 50th anniversary of an uprising against China, which led the Dalai Lama to flee to India and the Chinese government to reassert its sovereignty over the territory. From there, the seat of his government in exile, the Dalai Lama claimed the Chinese Communist Party had turned Tibet into a “hell on earth.” Disregarding the surprisingly angry tone with which he lambasted China, the Tibetan spiritual leader has consistently supported genuine autonomy rather than outright secession. The 6 million Tibetans under Chinese rule encompass about one quarter of Chinese territory. As China fears reprisal for its recent security clampdown – they’ve sent in thousands of troops, ordered monks to stay indoors, cut off cell phone service and unofficially declared martial law – its leader, President Hu Jintao, called for a “Great Wall” of stability in Tibet, according to The New York Times. As human rights watchdog groups eyeball the suspicious Chinese government, Chinese officials accuse the Dalai Lama of provoking separatist sentiment


Walker’s gerrymandering editorial devoid of historical fact I agree with the Drew Walker’s basic premise in his editorial on gerrymandering: heavy-handed use of the practice is generally not such a good thing for our republic. His reasoning for this conclusion, however, does not seem to be based at all on historical fact. He opens with the implication that Franklin Roosevelt is largely responsible for instituting the process in the 1930s, when in actuality it was such an established problem in 1812 that the term was coined, for Gov. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts. The original gerrymander, designed by the governor to include mostly voters inclined to support his party, was deemed by the Boston Gazette to stretch like a salamander across the state. This was 70 years before Roosevelt was born, and 120 before he was elected. Suffice it to say that I don’t think he figured very heavily at all into the discussion among the writers at the Boston Gazette. Furthermore, Walker bases his argument against Louisiana’s second congressional district on the assumption that the state’s largely Democratic legislature would have,

and provoking violent unrest. The Tibetan leader, on the contrary, claims his people seek only powers granted in the Chinese Constitution. The Chinese campaign to squash Tibetan independence, he says, has been violent and repressive and resulted in suffering equivalent to hell. The Chinese, seeking unity, cite recent progress at the hand of the government: it has enacted the abolition of a slave-holding system overseen by the Dalai Lama and financed various measures to improve Tibetan infrastructure. To discuss the situation, we sought out some notable voices on campus. Here’s what they said.

Qinqin Lu, physics graduate student People see the Tibet issue as a serious problem. Tibet is depicted as a once peaceful Utopia and a current miserable Inferno, or even “hell on earth.” However, that image of Tibet is

overwhelmingly contrary to what the Chinese people think. The Tibet controversy is a historically prolonged one. Tibet was first incorporated into China’s Yuan Dynasty around 1249 C.E. The highest ranking lamas in the Gelug school – the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama – are decided every generation in a ceremony held by the central government ever since the inception of those two titles. When China was at war in the early 20th century, the Republic of China’s central government was weakened, and Tibet enjoyed greater autonomy but didn’t achieve sovereignty status. The People’s Republic of China, the current government of mainland China, took Tibet in 1951, and reinstated an effective, legitimate administration. Meanwhile, the ROC – defeated in Civil War and now administers of Taiwan – maintains a department for Tibetan affairs in its Cabinet even today. The situation in Tibet is a theocratic/secular conflict other than a moral corruption of dictatorship. With harsh plateau

geography, Tibet before 1951 was an undeveloped economy and a strict caste society. PRC announced the freedom of the serfs, redistribution of land and the abolishing of the Theocracy. During the past three decades, Tibet has enjoyed huge tax exemption and financial subsidy. Roads and railways, science and medicine may have changed Tibetan lifestyle to some degree, but those changes are benign. After all, isn’t the increase of lifespan a good thing? Social problems exist, but calling them “cultural genocide” is an exaggeration. The Chinese naturally consider Tibet as part of Chinese territory. And we strive to get wealthier and achieve well-being together with our fellow Tibetans. A Chinese rock star of Han ethnicity, Zheng Jun, called Tibet home: “Back to Lhasa, back to Potala. Over Mt. Tanggula I met her the Lotus. Come come let’s come back to Lhasa, back to our long parted home.” The song concludes our feeling.  

Mark Macmurdo, opinion columnist, economics and history senior Although Tibet was by all accounts an imperfect society prior to being absorbed by China, it does not lessen the severity of the Chinese government’s current policies of suppression or its history of destroying Buddhist holy sites. The concept of self-determination — the right of a people to choose their own political organization — has been a central part of 20th century Western thought and should be included on the list of rights being deprived from Tibetans. Until they are given this right to which all humans are entitled — in addition to the rights to speak and organize freely — Tibet is a nation held hostage. Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at


like Gerry, designed districts to protect their party. While this no doubt affects all the state’s districts on some level, it is belied by the fact that since the election of 1988, the state’s delegation has never been less than half Republican. If Democrats in their overwhelming legislative majority had made the districts for themselves, it stands to reason that they would have taken advantage of the 1990 and 2000 censuses to redraw the boundaries that were obviously no longer in their favor. Even that scenario would require that Louisiana Democrats be analogous to national Democrats, since the position of congressman is, after all, a national position. The state Democratic Party would actually have to want the national party to win seats, but the state legislature itself is hardly partisan. For example, the Louisiana House of Representatives, majority Democratic, designated a Republican in 2007 as its speaker. Again, there is no doubt that partisan politics played a role at the fringe in designing the second district, but the primary concern for this particular district is that the city of New Orleans should be kept largely intact. This isn’t a perfect copy of Walker’s vaunted North Carolina requirement that districts follow county lines, but by no stretch of the imagination does it validate the misplaced outrage he directs at it. Eric Schroeder general studies senior




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The Daily Reveille — March 20, 2009  

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The Daily Reveille — March 20, 2009  

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