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NEWS Vet School holds 16th annual Great Rover Road Run, page 4.

Akon headlines annual Groovin’ on the Grounds concert on campus, page 11.


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Monday, March 23, 2009

University deals with sexual harassment complaints By Joy Lukachick Staff Writer

Charles Rivet’s last day on the University payroll was Feb. 22. Rivet, former Spanish instructor, was accused of making verbal sexual advances and touching one of his students inappropriately in his office in 2007. Kristen Barnes, University student, reported Rivet to the Office of Human Resources in 2007, citing her professor made inappropriate and sexually suggestive comments including, “You have a very nice body” and “If I were not married, I would like someone like you,” according to the civil lawsuit she filed. Barnes is one of five students who filed a complaint alleging

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Junior guard Allison Hightower drives to the basket Sunday night in the PMAC against Wisconsin-Green Bay. The Lady Tigers defeated the Phoenix, 69-59.


Sophomore guard Bo Spencer reacts to the Tigers’ 84-70 loss to North Carolina on Saturday in their second-round game in Greensboro, N.C.

he LSU men’s and women’s basketball teams finished the weekend on polar ends of the emotional spectrum during NCAA tournament play. Men’s coach Trent Johnson was nearly moved to tears while talking about his seniors’ final game. A career-high 26 points from junior guard Allison Hightower led the women’s team to a first-round victory. See page 7 for full stories from both games.

LAWSUITS, see page 5


More ’09 looks to improve campus sustainability By Adam Duvernay Staff Writer

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Editor’s note: This story is the fifth in a five-part 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. Environmental sustainability has been an important plank in each Student Government candidate’s campaign platform throughout this semester’s election season. But one ticket has even adopted the color green to reflect its campaign.

The More ‘09 ticket claims it was the first campaign to tackle the issue of environmental sustainability on campus and has continued to develop those policies. Under the leadership of presidential candidate Stuart Watkins, human resource leadership development junior, and vice presidential candidate Martina Scheuermann, mass communication junior, the More ticket says University students deserve more from their SG representatives. Watkins first served in SG as executive assistant for former SG President Cassie Alsfeld in 2007 and 2008. During those years, Scheuermann also served in SG as the president of the University Council for Freshman Year. Throughout the campaign, Watkins has said he and his running mate would

serve as equals in any potential SG administration. “We work as a team, and it will take that balance to get the job done,” Watkins said. Watkins and Scheuermann said their campaign platforms have focused on small sustainability issues which could be easily achieved despite impending budget cuts. To cut down on waste during the campaign season, Watkins and Scheuermann said they set up two recycling bins on either side of the campaigning in Free Speech Plaza for students to deposit the push cards they had collected. The More ticket brought them back to their respective tickets at the end of each day. MORE, see page 4

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Watkins, Scheuermann plan on taking small steps

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SG presidential candidate Stuart Watkins explains his campaign platform to Lizzie Horner, human resources education sophomore, on Friday afternoon in Free Speech Alley.








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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt will soon file an official request with U.S. authorities to return a 3,000-year-old wooden coffin illegally smuggled out of the country more than a century ago, the country’s top archaeologist said Sunday. In a statement, Zahi Hawass said the nearly 5-foot-long coffin was taken from Egypt in 1884 after it was stolen from a tomb in Luxor, an ancient pharaonic capital in southern Egypt. Hawass says the ornamented coffin belonged to Pharaoh Ames of the 21st Dynasty, which ruled over Egypt from 1081-931 B.C.

BAGHDAD (AP) — The British Embassy said Sunday it had received a new video showing one of five Britons taken hostage nearly two years ago allegedly by Shiite extremists that the U.S. believes are backed by Iran. CNN also reported on Sunday that Turkey’s prime minister said he would be receptive to allowing U.S. troops to leave Iraq through Turkish territory if President Barack Obama’s administration asks permission. British Embassy spokesman Sean McColm refused to identify the hostage or say how and when the video was received. He said the video was “clearly a significant development” and that the British government was working for the safe release of all the captives.


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monday, march 23, 2009 bcm dinner & tnt worship Every Thursday night. Dinner (free) at 7:15pm. TNT Worship Service at 8:00pm. The BCM is at the corner of Highland & Chimes. All LSU students invited! boost your organization membership Get noticed in the Gumbo yearbook. Deadline is March 27th for student organizations. Contact Melissa or Andrew for more information by calling 578.6090 So What’s Next: Life After college African American Cultural Center Time: 6:00pm Monday, March 23 sidewalk chalk art festival go to to obtain an application to participate in competition on March 28. Win one of 4 $100 cash awards!

CHICAGO (AP) — As a bartender and trainer at a national restaurant chain, Rebecca Brown earned a couple thousand dollars in a really good week. Now, as a dancer at Chicago’s Pink Monkey gentleman’s club, she makes almost that much in one good night. The tough job market is prompting a growing number of women across the country to dance in strip clubs, appear in adult movies or pose for magazines like Hustler. Employers across the adult entertainment industry say they’re seeing an influx of applications from women who, like Brown, are attracted by the promise of flexible schedules and fast cash. Many have college degrees and held white-collar jobs until the economy soured.

Rebecca Brown begins her first three-song set Feb. 23 at the Pink Monkey gentlemen’s club in Chicago.

Romer: $100 billion to be used for bad assets

Police: Fourth Oakland officer has died Sunday

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top adviser to President Barack Obama says the government plans to leverage $100 billion to ease the fallout on the nation’s financial system from banks’ bad assets. Christina Romer says the money would be used along with private investments and help from the Federal Reserve to buy hundreds of billions in questionable debts on bank balance sheets. The goal is to thaw the frozen credit system and get lending going again. Romer says the approach is one more piece in the administration’s plan to revive the collapsing economy.


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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — An Oakland police officer shot during a traffic stop died Sunday, bringing the number of officers killed on the deadliest day in the department’s history to four, police said. Officer John Hege, 41, died at Highland Hospital after being gravely wounded in the first of two shootings on Saturday, Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason said. A 26year-old parolee wanted on a parole violation opened fire on Hege and 40-year-old Sgt. Mark Dunakin after they pulled him over Saturday afternoon, police said.

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Air Force ROTC cadets participate in mock deployment Members learn combat survival techniques By Xerxes A. Wilson Contributing Writer

While most students spent their weekend grooving on the Parade Ground or enjoying the start of spring, the Air Force ROTC student cadets spent their weekend learning how to survive in a dangerous combat situation. The student cadets traveled to the Louisiana National Guard headquarters in Carville, La. on Friday to begin their training. The group of about 60 cadets participated in exercises to teach them how to survive in a combat environment, said Captain Michael Krom, assistant professor of aerospace studies. The cadets learned technical skills like how to properly handle an intruder situation, how to secure a military base and how to treat a bullet wound during battle. After their exercises, the cadets were put through a series of simulated combat scenarios to test their decision making and leadership capabilities. These cadets are training to become officers in the Air Force upon graduation, and they could have to employ these skills in less than one month after graduation, Krom said. “Some of our cadets will go on to be personnel officers or human resource officers; the likelihood

of them seeing combat is not that great,” Krom said. “However, in that same bunch we could commission a security forces officer who could potentially have his first assignment be to go to Baghdad and be in charge of base defense, which obviously has a very high likelihood of seeing combat.” Luis Hencker is graduating in May with a degree in human resources education and will continue his Air Force career in the intelligence field. Hencker says the training is important even for cadets that

will not be deployed into combat situations because it teaches cadets how to be better leaders. STUDENT SOLDIERS Krom said the Air Force highly values college graduates coming into the ranks because the cadets with a degree from the University will automatically outrank 80 percent of Air Force. It’s for this reason many of the cadets balance both working for a degree and going through the ROTC’s training program. As part of the ROTC program,

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ROTC cadets practice squad tactics Saturday morning at the National Guard base in Carville, La.


ROTC holds annual dine-in Tradition dates back to ancient Rome By Nichole Oden Contributing Writer

For almost 150 years, LSU ROTC has turned students into dedicated soldiers. Since 1860, students have gone through rigorous physical and leadership training to create future military officers. The program continued its rich tradition Friday as it held its annual formal dine-in. “[The formal dine-in] is a tradition that goes back to the Romans,” said Cadet Preston Collich, general studies senior. The Romans held similar banquets as a way to honor the heroes of battle. Americans later adopted the tradition after the American Revolution. After the Civil War, formal dine-ins disappeared until after World War II, Collich said. The festivities began with the receding line — a tradition where all the guests of the events file in one by one, shaking hands with each of the honorary guests. This year’s honorary guests included Lt. Col. Philip Pugh, military science professor; Maj. Michael Hicks, scholarship and enrollment officer; Capt. Matthew Fox, military science assistant professor; Capt. Daniel Hofstra, military science assistant professor; Carlos Barnes, military science senior in-

structor; Bryan Allen, marksmanship instructor; Meradith Whitaker, battalion commander and William Jenkins, LSU president emeritus. After the Color Guard presented the colors, Cadet Brian West, communications disorder senior, presented “a table for those who could not be with us.” “A white tablecloth to represent purity ... a yellow candle to represent those unaccounted for ... salt for the tears of the the families,” West said. Several of the cadets then presented the grog — a brew made up of different ingredients, each representative of important times in American history. “The grog is a long and glorious tradition,” said Cadet Blaine Theriot, history senior. For guests under 21, there is a “baby grog,” containing no alcohol. Some of the ingredients of the grog included tequilla for the Mexican-American War and rice wine for the Vietnam War. The baby grog included refried beans for the Mexican-American War and rice milk for the Vietnam War. Mississippi River water was added to both. As the grog was mixed, people’s faces turned in disgust at the thought of drinking such a concoction. During the dine-in cadets are expected to follow certain rules, such as no smoking at the table, and clip on bowties are not to be

worn. If a cadet broke any of the rules they were asked to drink from the grog. Jenkins finished the evening with a speech about the seven attributes of leadership. Jenkins said the seven attributes every leader must have are courage and covinction, persistence and tenacity, passion, the ability to adapt, question of moral and ethical principles, communication and respect for others. “This is a time of transition for our military,” Jenkins said. “A good leader can adapt to these changes.” The Scotch Guard also attended the dine-in. The scotch guard is an all-girls group associated with the Army, which was established at the University in 1962 and has been devoted to serving both the Army and the Baton Rouge community ever since. The Scotch Guard will hold its annual Supplies for Soldiers drive March 23-27. They will collect toiletries, dry food, can goods and entertainment items. All of the supplies will be sent to University alumni currently serving in either Iraq or Afghanistan. Students can bring supplies to their table in Free Speech Plaza from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. or to the Military Science Building at any time.

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cadets have many responsibilities outside of their normal classes which makes balancing school and Air Force a big challenge, Hencker said. Because the Air Force ROTC program has a strict four-year graduation plan, balancing both school and Air Force training typically has a positive effect on Log on to see cadet’s school per- mock deployment formance. This has from the event resulted in the Air Force ROTC’s GPA and graduation rates being above University standards, said Colonel Fred Guendel, professor of aerospace studies and detachment commander responsible for the University’s Air Force ROTC program. Psychology and sociology senior Whitney Mithun said joining the ROTC and participating in events like the deployment had a profound effect on her GPA because it taught her time management and how to prioritize. “When I was a freshman, I

didn’t do ROTC and I kind of liked to do the party thing. My GPA was about a 2.5,” Mithun said. “Since I got in the ROTC, I haven’t had less than a 3.8 GPA. It teaches me better time management ... It’s all about learning where your priorities are.” Hencker said being a student as opposed to enlisting directly after college helps cadets become more dedicated to their service. “Yes, we as ROTC are military folks, but we are people who go to college who go to football games, who go out and have fun sometimes so we know what the heart and mind of the civilians are,” Hencker said. “So we can actually go out into the field and say ‘Yes I am willing to defend our people. I want to defend our way of life.’”

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Great Rover Road Run promotes exercise, animal health More than 230 runners participate By Matthew Barnidge Contributing Writer

In a chorus of barks, a tangle of leashes and a stampede of two and four-legged racers, the Vet School continued its theme of community involvement and outreach with two races on campus Saturday morning. The School of Veterinary Medicine hosted its 16th annual Great Rover Road Run to promote animal health and exercise. More than 230 runners participated in two races beginning at the Veterinary Medicine Building. The first was a 5K, where runners ran down Skip Bertman Drive and through campus. The second was a one-mile “fun run” where participants ran, alongside their dogs, down to the old Alex Box stadium and back. Vet School alumna and Pub-

MORE, from page 1 PROGRAMS If elected, the More ticket said it will find a permanent position in its executive staff which will focus on campus sustainability programs. Included in those programs is a plan to consolidate night classes into fewer buildings and to regulate the temperature of campus facilities to save energy costs. Along with buying more recycling bins and recycled paper products, Watkins said he has already spoken with the Agricultural Center about a possible composting system using leftover food from the dining halls. Watkins said his potential administration would also push for an online syllabus database. The database would compile the syllabi of professors from previous years to help students making scheduling decisions. Though they said budget constraints would not allow any SG president to permanently extend library hours, Watkins and Scheuermann said they had set up a proposal to extend operating hours on the Saturdays and Sundays before finals. Because SG members are not allowed to lobby the state government for student issues such as taxfree text books or reduced budget cuts, Watkins said his administration would work in an informative capacity when it came to addressing the state. “We cannot promise tax-free text books as SG, but if elected, we can provide the legislature with in-

lic Programs Coordinator Gretchen Morgan said the event is an “awareness-building thing for the health and fitness of your dog.” Mark Primeaux, music education sophomore, won the 5K with a time of 16 minutes and 21 seconds. “It was actually a lot of fun,” he said. “The course was really fast. It was really simple. I felt pretty good today.” Second-place finisher Josh Heird was visiting from Louisville, Ky. to watch the Louisville women’s basketball team compete in the NCAA tournament Sunday. “It was great. The course was a lot of fun,” Heird said. “I’ve never been to LSU’s campus, so it was good to see.” Second-year vet school student and volunteer Lindsay Willis said the event serves as a fundraiser for the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, which is a local school chapter of a national academic and professional association. She said

about 30 or 40 vet school students have worked since November to put on the event. “It’s just a fun experience,” Willis said. Second-year Vet student and SCAVMA treasurer Chris Darnall said the event raised about $5,000 for the group last year. The group uses the money for things like scholarships, social events and special instructional classes. Once the serious runners finished the 5K, it was the dogs’ turn. Some of the most eager pets dragged their owners along by the leash as the excitement of the moment overtook the canines. “It’s nice to see people who enjoy exercising along with their dogs,” Willis said. “Dogs need exercise, too.”

formation about why we need taxfree text books,” Watkins said. Watkins did promise students more free blue books and scantrons by making them more visible and available, and said his administration would establish and effective night route for students from on-campus residences to Tigerland and back.

of dollars in budget cuts facing the University would be wise spending. “Martina and I, through responsible and rational leadership, will make the most of the fees you pay,” Watkins said. The ticket said by continuing programs such as Eye on the Tiger, which offers a complete online list of all SG spending over a two week period, and saving money with sustainability programs, SG can minimize the effects of budget cuts on students.

BUDGET CUTS, FINANCE Because the operating budget of SG is most directly influenced by student fees rather than through University funding, Watkins and Scheuermann said their administration’s greatest defense against the millions

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Runners and their dogs get some exercise Saturday at the Vet School’s marathon event.

MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2009


ent’s case, and Barnes also declined comment. The East Baton sexual harassment against a Uni- Rouge Parish Sheriff’s office versity employee in the last two served the lawsuit to the Univeryears in the Office of Human sity and Rivet on March 9, and no Resources, according to Marian responses were filed as of March Caillier, Human Resources asso- 19. ciate vice chancellor. The University cannot comAfter her ment on litigation, fourth tutoring said Kristine Casession, Rivet told longne, Universihis student his ty spokeswoman, wife was out of in an e-mail. The town, and he was University would horny, and then also not release he put his hand on individual student Barnes’ leg, the complaints, citJennifer Normand lawsuit said. ing constitutional Rivet con- Human Resources assistant director privacy rights tinued to teach at and because the the University through December federal Family Educational Pri2008. vacy Rights Act includes educaGuillermo Ferreyra, Dean of tional records, said Lloyd Luncthe Arts and Sciences College, eford, attorney for Taylor, Porter, said the complaints about Rivet Brooks & Phillips who represents were brought to him in 2007, and the University. the decision was made to let him go. Ferreyra said he was part of RECENT LAWSUITS AGAINST the process that reported Rivet to THE UNIVERSITY the chancellor and the LSU Board According to Vickie Jones, of Supervisors. Louisiana Office of Risk ManBut Rivet was allowed to agement executive staff officer, teach for another year because he 67 lawsuits were filed against the was given a one-year due notice, University in the past five years, Ferreyra said — contracts require and four of these lawsuits ina one-year notice if the contract volved sexual harassment — that will not be renewed. Department number doesn’t include Barnes. of Foreign Languages and Lit- One of the four cases is closed, eratures interim chair, John Pizer, and three are still open, Jones sent Rivet a letter Feb. 22, 2008 said. notifying him his employment In the past five years, the would end a year later. Office of Risk Management Ferreyra would not confirm paid $3,849,296 for all the lawif Rivet was separated from the suits against the University, and University because of the com- $104,410 for the closed sexual plaint made in Human Resourc- harassment lawsuit. Pending cases’ office. es are not included in the report. Rivet told The Daily Reveille The State Office of Risk Manhe was falsely accused, and there agement pays for all these fees, was no case against him. and no student fees are used. Barnes’ lawyer, Mark Wolfe, None of the four cases inrefused to comment on his cli- volved students, Jones said.

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‘Our process is to be as fair and open minded as possible to all parties involved.’

Barnes said in the lawsuit the Office of Human Resources did not treat her fairly. She claims the Human Resources supervisor advised her to talk with the professor allegedly harassing her and to bring a friend. “LSU failed to take proper steps to investigate this matter or stop Defendant Rivet’s behavior,” the lawsuit said. Caillier said Human Resources doesn’t comment on cas-

es in the department.

DEFINING SEXUAL HARASSMENT Sexual harassment is described in the University handbook, PS-73, as “speech or conduct of a sexually discriminatory nature, which was neither welcomed nor encouraged, which would be so offensive to a reasonable person as to create an abusive working or learning

PAGE 5 environment or impair his or her performance on the job or in the classroom.” Students have two options when they feel like a University employee has sexually harassed them in any way, said Jennifer Normand, Human Resources assistant director. A formal or informal complaint can be filed at the Office of Human Resources. COMPLAINT, see page 6

PAGE 6 COMPLAINT, from page 5

“Our process is to be as fair and open minded as possible to all parties involved, so a person who files complaint has the option to tell us their version of the events,” Normand said. In the formal complaint, the student will meet with a Human Resources supervisor and the accused faculty member will meet on a separate occasion, Normand said. The process will involve any witnesses if it’s appropriate, she said. “In both procedures, we are going to talk to both immediate parties,” Normand said. But the informal route will not include witnesses, and the process is not as invasive in the investigation compared with the formal route, she said. If a student makes a complaint against a University employee, the employee is responsible to meet with the Office of Human Resources and give their version of the story, Normand said. The student’s word is not taken as “the absolute truth” because the Human Resources supervisors have to look at all sides of the story before a decision can be made. When Human Resources tries to determine if a faculty member has sexually harassed a student, the supervisor will look at four criteria — the frequency of the act, the nature and context of the situation, if it was unwelcome and if it meets the reasonable person’s standard — to decide if a violation occurred, Normand said. “We have to take all of those into consideration to determine the severity of what happened and then what disciplinary action is appropriate,” she said. Neither the professor nor the student is to repeat the information outside the Human Resources office to protect all parties involved, she said. “We don’t want the professor to come back and say something to the class that the student filed a complaint against him,” Normand said, explaining retaliation on either side results in disciplinary actions. Human Resources’ objective is to get all the facts and any witnesses who could testify for either party, said Venna Jones, Human Resources director. Most cases are usually wrapped up in 30-90 days, depending on how lengthy the investigation is, Jones said. During that time, there is no policy or rule in place preventing the complainant from hiring a lawyer, she said. THE DISCIPLINARY PROCESS In the University handbook under “Dismissal for cause for faculty,” any University employee found responsible for specific misconduct including sexual harassment must go through the procedures outlined for dismissal. The Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost may determine if the faculty member should be suspended with pay instead of dismissed from the University. Other cases at the University


have involved professors being suspended after a criminal complaint was filed. Tenure does not protect a professor from any disciplinary proceedings, said Kevin Cope, Faculty Senate president. “Tenure guarantees facility will not be dismissed under normal circumstances,” Cope said. But a faculty member can be disciplined for any violation of University regulations or any deviation from the University’s practices or in the event of committing a crime, Cope said. In fall 2008, Kevin Mulcahy, political science professor, was placed on administrative leave after he was arrested Sept. 4 for allegedly entering another professor’s home. Eldon Birthwright, political science professor, told The Daily Reveille in September that Mulcahy had forced his way into the apartment and at no point was Mulcahy invited. On Dec. 7, 2008, The Daily Reveille reported Mulcahy would return to teach for the spring 2009 semester. The case was dismissed Feb. 6, 2009. Tracey Barbera, Baton Rouge assistant district attorney, said the attorneys office had reg-

ular discussions with Mulcahy’s lawyer, Drew Louviere. “We decided [we’re] not going to make any formal charges,” Barbera said. Louviere and Mulcahy did not return phone calls requesting comment. Art Boudreaux, city prosecutor, said once the attorney’s office closed the case against Mulcahy, he decided to drop any charges from his 2006 arrest for allegedly being a peeping Tom on Sept. 15, 2006. At that time, a University student reported Mulcahy to the police, claiming he saw the professor peeping through his window. Boudreaux said he continued looking into the case after the next incident in 2008, but because of the case’s age and the district attorney’s decision, the case was dropped. Caillier said in an e-mail a faculty member may return to teach after suspension when it is determined the faculty member no longer poses a potential threat to him, herself or others. Contact Joy Lukachick at

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MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2009

A Tale of Two Cities



Defense impressive in first scrimmage

By Michael Lambert Sports Contributor


Junior guard Allison Hightower shoots a jump shot over a Wisconsin Green Bay defender Sunday night in the PMAC. LSU defeated Green Bay, 69-59.

Johnson, Tigers emotional after LSU’s Hightower’s career-high 26 points spark wild ride through NCAA tournament Lady Tigers to first-round win in PMAC By David Helman Sports Writer

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Few people would have expected the No. 8 seed LSU men’s basketball season to end here. Twelve months after finishing eighth in the Southeastern Conference, the 2009 SEC regular season champion Tigers gave No. 1 seed North Carolina way more than it asked for before finally succumbing to an 84-70 defeat. Most of the 22,479 people that watched the game in Greensboro Coliseum would call a conference title and a trip to the second round of the NCAA tournament a rousing success for an LSU program that finished 13-18 last season. LSU coach Trent Johnson isn’t one of those people. “We’re not into moral

victories,” Johnson said. “And as By Rachel Whittaker long as I’m representing the LSU Sports Writer Tigers men’s basketball team, LSU junior guard Allison Highwe’re never going to be in moral tower went on a victories. I don’t scoring rampage care where we just when the play, who we No. 6 seed LSU play, when we • Log on to read about women’s basketplay.” Duke fans cheering ball team thought The Tigers she couldn’t do played the Tar with LSU fans against anymore against Heels to a 63UNC fans during SaturNo. 11 seed Green 63 tie after 32 day’s game. Bay. minutes of acHightower tion, but North •Log on to see sparked the Lady Carolina and photos from Tigers to a 69-59 junior guard Ty victory against Lawson proved the men’s and Green Bay in the too much in the women’s games first round of the end, closing the this weekend. NCAA tournagame on a 21-7 ment behind a career-high 26 points. run. She scored 20 of those points SENIORS, see page 15 in the first half, only five points less

than all of Green Bay’s halftime score. She also had only one turnover and made both of LSU’s 3-point field goals. “Hightower was unbelievable,” said LSU coach Van Chancellor. “She just carries us on her back.” Hightower’s previous careerhigh was 23 points against Mississippi State in the Southeastern Conference tournament. She broke that mark on a jumper with 16:43 left in the game. One of only two Lady Tigers with NCAA tournament experience, Hightower left the game with cramps with 4:30 left in the second half. Chancellor called it “a bad coaching move” to leave her in the game for so long, but he said it was difficult for him to substitute for such a dominant player. HIGHTOWER, see page 15

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North Carolina junior guard Wayne Ellington shoots over LSU’s Garrett Temple Saturday during the Tar Heels’ 84-70 win against the Tigers.

The LSU football team ran 48 plays Saturday in its first of four scrimmages this spring. LSU coach Les Miles said his team competed well in the scrimmage, but the Tigers aren’t close to being ready for the first game in September. “The practice was a good one,” Miles said. “We’re not sharp. We’re not ready to play, but ... There’s a lot of enthusiasm.” Miles was encouraged by the defense’s play under new defensive coordinator John Chavis. “They played with a chip on their shoulder,” he said. Miles said there have been a lot of leaders on the defense so far this spring. “The defensive is a little ahead of the offense at this point,” Miles said. “I like the expression of energy that’s come from the defensive Log on side.” The offense to see had some confu- Les Miles sion under a new discuss center, but Miles the said the offen- defense’s sive unit made some big plays progress. as well. Freshman offensive lineman P.J. Lonergan and sophomore offensive lineman Will Blackwell shared snaps at center during the scrimmage. Junior Richard Dugas, a former center, started at fullback while sophomore Stevan Ridley is out with a knee injury. Four quarterbacks shared the 48 plays — sophomores Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee and freshmen Russell Shepard and Chris Garrett. “We are allowing the young guys to gain reps at the expense of the old guys,” Miles said. Miles said Jefferson and Lee are further along right now than they were at the same time last season. “Both Jefferson and Lee looked like they have been in the system,” Miles said. “They look like they are ready to play.” Shepard has been taking all of his reps under center, but the freshman quarterback may eventually be used in other ways.

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Tigers take series with 11-3 victory Tigers finish 4th at Eigth inning used as catalyst for win By Andy Schwehm Sports Contributor

The Tigers have made the most out of their eighth innings this season, scoring 39 runs in the inning heading into Sunday’s matchup against South Carolina. That didn’t change as No. 5 LSU (17-5, 4-2) put up five runs in the eighth to propel itself to a 11-3 victory against No. 27 South Carolina (14-6, 2-4) to take the series, 2-1. “We swung the bats well today, and that was great to see,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said in a news release. “I liked our aggressive approach at the plate, and this is something we can build upon as the season progresses.” The inning got off to a hot start when sophomore center fielder Leon Landry blasted his ninth home run of the season, a three-run shot, to put the Tigers up, 9-3. Senior right fielder Derek Helenihi, who homered for the first time this season earlier in the game, continued the scoring when he ripped a double down the right field line to score two runs and put the Tigers up, 11-3. The game marked the second straight time the Tigers scored 10 or more runs in a game, as LSU put up

10 on Saturday in their 10-3 victory against South Carolina. It was also the first time the Tigers had 10 or more hits in a game since March 11 against LouisianaLafayette when LSU had 13 hits. But strong hitting wasn’t the only story of the weekend. The Tigers had outstanding performances from their three starting pitchers during the weekend series. Sophomore Austin Ross (3-2) went 5 1/3 innings Sunday, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits while striking out three to help the Tigers’ defensive effort. “Our pitching was outstanding [Sunday],” Mainieri said. “Austin Ross gave us a strong outing. With the exception of one inning on Friday night, I thought our pitching was excellent the entire series.” Sophomore Anthony Ranaudo

(2-1) went seven innings on the hill while giving up two earned runs and three hits in the Tigers’ 7-3 loss Friday night. He added nine strikeouts to up his total to 51 on the season. It was the second-straight Friday night Ranaudo’s strong performance went for naught as he got his first loss of the season. It was a different story for senior Louis Coleman (5-1) on Saturday, as he went seven innings, giving up seven hits and 3 earned runs while striking out eight in his third start this season in the Tigers’ 10-3 victory. LSU returns to Alex Box Stadium on Tuesday as they host Harvard in the first game of a two-game series. Contact Andy Schwehm at

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South Carolina freshman Jackie Bradley Jr. makes it safely back to first base Friday as LSU junior first baseman Sean Ochinko awaits the pickoff throw.

SEC Championships Clare-Kearney falls in final rotation By Rob Landry Sports Contributor

LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux said following her team’s win against Centenary that competing in the Southeastern Conference championship meet would be a more difficult task than the national championship. By the end of Saturday’s meet in Nashville, Tenn., it was difficult to disagree with her. The Tigers posted a 196.550, their second highest road score of the season but finished in fourth place at the meet. Alabama, which LSU defeated earlier this season in Tuscaloosa, Ala., walked out of the Sommet Center with the title, scoring a 197.300. “The SEC is the best conference in the nation,” said LSU junior Susan Jackson. “It’s really an honor to be part of the conference. And this is good to have this under our belts for nationals because this is who we will be competing against.” Georgia senior Courtney Kupets won the all-around title with an individual score of 39.775.

Jackson finished the meet tied for second place in the all-around by posting a 39.525. She also tied for the individual title in the balance beam with Kupets. LSU senior Ashleigh ClareKearney tied for the individual title on the floor exercise. The title was the 110th of Clare-Kearney’s career, breaking a tie with April Burkholder for first place in LSU’s all time rankings. “You can’t replace that,” Breaux said. “You just have to hope that you recruit well and you coach well because she has gotten better each year.” The Tigers looked strong through the first three events, sitting in second place after posting a 49.175 on floor, a 49.325 on vault and a 49.150 on bars. But the balance beam was the Tigers’ downfall. Clare-Kearney hurt the Tigers’ chances of finishing higher when she fell off the balance beam in LSU’s final rotation. The fall marks the third straight time Clare-Kearney has fallen in competition. Though Georgia didn’t win the SEC title, it took home nearly all of the individual titles. Kupets won SEC Gymnast of the TITLE, see page 9

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LSU earns first SEC road series victory No. 21 Tigers sweep Mississippi State By Jarred LeBlanc Sports Contributor

The LSU softball team has had a knack for coming back from behind to win games recently. The No. 21 Tigers earned their first Southeastern Conference road series victory after sweeping Mississippi State in three games during the weekend. LSU rallied from behind in two of those contests and also came from behind in both games of its doubleheader against Alabama on Wednesday. “[Mississippi State] was an opponent that we felt like we needed to sweep all three,” said LSU coach Yvette Girouard. “It was one of those sweeps that we had circled in there in the beginning of the year.” The Tigers (20-6, 7-2) rallied from behind in game three against the Bulldogs, scoring 6 unanswered runs after trailing, 5-1, through four innings. LSU orchestrated a similar comeback against Alabama during Wednesday’s doubleheader after trailing 5-1 in the fifth inning. Girouard said her team doesn’t

give up, and the ability to come back from large deficits is a big advantage. “That’s a trait that fortunately we have,” Girouard said. “They are not panicking.” LSU freshman first baseman Anissa Young sparked the offense with a leadoff home run in the fifth inning. LSU junior right fielder Rachel Mitchell turned the spark into fire when she hit a two-RBI single up the middle, scoring junior centerfielder Kirsten Shortridge and sophomore third baseman Jessica Mouse. The Tigers produced 10 hits in the last three innings of the game for the 7-5 come-from-behind victory. LSU sophomore pitcher Casey Faile (4-2) earned her fourth victory in relief after she came in for sophomore Cody Trahan in the fifth inning and allowed only one hit and struck out three. “She hasn’t thrown very much,” Girouard said. “She made the most of her opportunity today and got us out of a jam.” Mouse supplied the game-winning two-out home run in the top of the seventh for a 5-4 LSU victory in game one. The Bulldogs (14-15, 0-9) jumped on top early, scoring 2 runs in the first inning on a single by SWEEP, see page 10

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Year. Georgia junior Grace Taylor was the SEC Scholar-athlete of the Year, and Bulldog coach Suzanne Yoculan was named SEC Coach of the Year. The only award Georgia did not win was SEC Freshman of the Year, which went to Kentucky’s

Whitney Rose. The Tigers now await Monday’s announcement of their regional placement, which will take place on April 4. Though the Tigers have a weekend without a meet, they will not be taking a week off. LSU junior Sabrina Franceschelli said the Tigers plan on working hard to

PAGE 9 perfect their routines before the regional meet. “We’re going to go into the gym and work on hitting more pressure sets,” Franceschelli said. “We’re going to keep the same lineups and just work on everything else.” Contact Rob Landry at



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Paul, West lead Hornets past Warriors, 99-89 N.O. trails Rockets, Spurs in division By The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Chris Paul scored 27 points and David West added 23 points, leading the New Orleans Hornets to a 99-89 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night. The Hornets, who won their third in a row during a four-game home stretch, pulled within 1 1/2 games of the Houston Rockets in the Southwest division. They trail the San Antonio Spurs, who lost to the Rockets earlier Sunday, by a game. Stephen Jackson led Golden State with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Kelenna Azubuike added 16 points after missing his first eight shots. The Warriors, who shot a season-best 56.5 percent against Philadelphia on Friday, connected on only 13 of 43 attempts in the first half. The Hornets led by as many as 23 points in the third quarter and were ahead

SWEEP, from page 9 Mississippi State freshman left fielder Kaili Smith. The Tigers fought back with four runs in the third, highlighted by Mitchell’s three-run home run. Mississippi State tied the game up, 4-4, after two runs scored on a Smith double to right center field. LSU’s four-run inning in the third was all it took to propel the Tigers past the Bulldogs in game 4-1. ‘[Brittany two, The Bulldogs scored one Mack] on two hits came in run in the bottom and saved of the third inthe game ning but could produce in the first only one single for one and the rest of the pitched game. LSU freshwell in the man pitcher second.’ Brittany Mack earned Yvette Girouard (7-1) victories in the LSU coach first two games, giving up one run in nine innings on four hits and 10 strikeouts. “She was a showstopper,” Girouard said. “She came in and saved the game in the first one and pitched well in the second.” Mitchell continued her hot hitting during the series. Mitchell went 5-for-11 at the plate with eight RBIs, two doubles and one home run. “She was absolutely phenomenal this weekend,” Girouard said. “That’s the reason she’s First Team All-SEC and is on the Player of the Year watch. She’s starting to look like the real Rachel Mitchell and is catching fire at the right time.” The Tigers travel to Oxford, Miss., on Tuesday for a doubleheader against the Ole Miss Rebels.

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by double digits for the entire second half until Golden State briefly pulled within nine in the final two minutes. Neither team led by more than two points until Paul sparked a 7-0 run in the final minute of the first quarter to put the Hornets ahead 27-20. In that sequence, Paul hit an outside shot, made a steal that led to a goaltending call and converted a 3-point play in transition. The Warriors never put up much of a challenge the rest of the way. Their only road victory against a team with a current winning record came in New Orleans in January, but they did not come close to matching that effort. The Hornets usually struggle when Paul and West go to the bench at the beginning of the second quarter. This time, they outscored the Warriors 9-2 to go ahead 38-22 before West returned. They extended the advantage to 46-26 while Paul rested for nearly 9 minutes. By the time Paul returned, thirdyear center Hilton Armstrong already had his first career double-double

with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Ryan Bowen, averaging 2.1 points for the season, had six points and even attempted a wild 14-foot hook shot. It almost went in, rolling off the rim before Armstrong was fouled on a putback attempt. He made the two free throws. Armstrong finished with 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds before leaving in the third quarter with a cut on his right hand. New Orleans led by at least 15 until late in the second half, coasting most of the way. Golden State made a modest push late in the fourth quarter, pulling to 94-83 on an Anthony Morrow layup with 3:42 left. But West scored inside on the Hornets’ next possession and the Warriors did not get within single digits until the final two minutes.

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New Orleans Hornets guard Rasual Butler, right, is fouled Sunday night by Golden State Warriors forward Corey Maggette, left, during the second quarter.




‘The show was hot’ Akon, Corey Smith entertain more than 6,000 people at Groovin’ on the Grounds By Jake Clapp Entertainment Writer

“There’s a party down in Baton Rouge tonight!” folk artist Corey Smith yelled to the crowd Saturday night as he opened his act during this year’s Groovin’ on the Grounds concert. Log on to He was see a slide right. show of More than this year’s 6,000 people Groovin’ flooded the Paon the rade Ground Grounds. on a beautiful Saturday afternoon for Students on Target’s annual spring concert. And despite the LSU men’s basketball team’s 84-70 loss to North Carolina in the NCAA tournament, spirits were high, and it seemed people were ready to have “a good time not wasted.” GROOVIN’, see page 13

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[Clockwise from bottom left] DJ-PK1, Corey Smith, Akon and Dee-1 perform Saturday at Groovin’ on the Grounds. [Above] A large crowd enjoys Students on Target’s annual event Saturday on the Parade Ground.

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Simon and Garfunkel should stay reunited

As seen in the film “This is Spinal Tap,” the rock band reunion has become a cliché. After years of not speaking to each other, band members reunite to recapture the magic, make amends, collect on cash or a variety of other reasons. Depending on the band, reunions can either be a fan’s biggest dream or biggest disappointment. Rarely do bands recapture the sound that made them famous in the first place, whether because of old age, drugs or the loss of an original mem- BLAKE LEJEUNE ber. Entertainment After Paul Writer Simon invited old songwriting partner Art Garfunkel on stage last month at the Beacon Theatre, a stunned crowd was treated to three Simon and Garfunkel classics: “Old Friends,” “The Boxer” and “The Sounds of Silence.” Much like the Rolling Stones and the Eagles, Simon and Garfunkel have performed several supposedly “final farewell” tours over the years, including the famous (and free) 1981 Concert in Central Park, which attracted more than 500,000 people. From 2003-2004, the duo played their hits on the Old Friends Tour and grossed more than $120 million in the process. With numbers like that, it’s obvious people are willing to pay big to see the songwriting pair. So why don’t they stay reunited? Even back at the height of their success in the mid ’60s, there was a rift forming between the two, usually over songwriting. Arguments started over who got a song on the album (usually it was Simon), who would sing the song and how the song was structured. After the recording of their final album, “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” in 1970, the pair split and went on to form solo careers. Simon’s career flourished while Garfunkel’s career was remembered for being the second half of Simon and Garfunkel. During the recording of “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” band tensions were high. The Simon-penned title track was sung solo by Garfunkel, and ironically reached the No. 1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” won several Grammys, including Album of the Year and Song of the Year for its title track. This only furthered the resentment between the two, as Paul Simon was annoyed at being REUNION, see page 12



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Storyville holds local fashion show Event featured 16 apparel companies

By Lindsay Nunez Entertainment Writer

T-shirts are no longer the runof-the-mill casual wear most expect. Storyville has revamped the cotton top, producing popular T-shirts with local themes since the store opened in January 2007 on Chimes Street. The store put their second fashion show Saturday at the Manship Theatre allowing local artists, designers and students to strut their stuff. Proceeds from the show went to the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless. The organization provides housing and support services for homeless people in the greater

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relegated to a backing position for his own song. The folk duo has made several public performances together since then, but a full-fledged reunion has never and probably will never happen. Unlike their peers the Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel still sound as good as they did 40 years ago. Amazingly, both of their voices are still intact, despite them both approaching 70.

Baton Rouge area. The fashion show featured 16 local apparel companies. Dresses and sweatshirts were also prominent pieces in the show. Designs on the clothing ranged from fleur-de-lis to cartoons to witticisms. All the shirts came in a wide variety of colors and styles. Hair and make-up was provided by Eutopia Salon. But show didn’t focus solely on fashion — the organizers arranged a collection of special performances. The night began with a high-energy hip-hop dance from the LSU Tiger Girls. Jonathan Pretus of the band Cowboy Mouth was accompanied by Stephen Turner for an acoustic guitar performance. Seth Harvey, one of the owners, later sang a Baton Rouge version of the classic song “Downtown.” The world premiere of the short film “The Shop”

was also featured at the show along with a performance from the University’s Legacy Hip-Hop Dancers. Throughout the show, the audience was given informational briefs on the history of the T-shirt and how to be a fashionable traveler. Josh Harvey, another owner of the shop, said the night was an overall success. “We were kind of nervous,” Josh Harvey said. “But it all turned out awesome, and our guest performers were incredible.” Storyville has two locations, one in Baton Rouge and one in Austin, Texas. A third location will open March 27 on Magazine Street in New Orleans.

It is rare for a group of such high popularity to ever live up to fan’s expectations, but Simon and Garfunkel’s beautiful folk songs have stood the test of time. Songs like “Homeward Bound” and “The Boxer” are timeless pieces of music that don’t really fit in the psychedelic, rock-oriented sound of the 1960s. Two childhood friends from Queens who shared a love of the Everly Brothers probably couldn’t have imagined they would influence a whole generation with their sound-

track for the film “The Graduate.” Will Simon and Garfunkel put aside their differences and do a worldwide classic hits tour? Probably not. But fans worldwide are salivating at the possibility. Here’s hoping they make a stop at our quiet little state.

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Remy Boykins, photography senior, models a Storyville original T-shirt on Saturday night at a fashion show at the Manship Theatre.

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get a broad lineup that could reach a good audience within the budget Whether it was hip-hop we had.” artist Dee-1’s opening act, Corey Even with the smaller budget, Smith’s upbeat mix of country and Students on Target was able to put Southern rock, Akon’s fast-paced together a diverse bill. show or DJ PK1 pumping out the While alcohol was prohibited current hits between sets, there and LSUPD monitored the crowd, were constantly groups of people some pockets of students still dancing, socialmanaged to sneak izing and having alcohol into the fun. show. “We throw “I think the Groovin’ on the alcohol-free enviGrounds each ronment is great,” year as a way for Dee-1 said. “I’m students to get not much of a together and celdrinker, and I try Akon ebrate the school to put a positive year coming to an Groovin’ on the Grounds performer message into my end in a safe enmusic. We’ve got vironment where they can enjoy to take a stand at some point.” music without drugs and alcohol,” The New Orleans rapper said Students on Target President opened the show at 6 p.m. to a Tyler Abadie. “The weather is steadily growing crowd of not great, and people can have a good only students, but also adults and time without worries.” children from the Baton Rouge Each spring, Students on Tar- community. get puts on the free concert for the As his set progressed and more LSU community with hopes to people showed up, the atmosphere raise alcohol awareness and allow changed to the feeling of a large students to have a good time in an party as people began to dance to alcohol-free environment. the music and socialize. Students on Target was able to “This is a good environment,” raise $142,000 to throw Groovin’ said Tim James, sports adminison the Grounds, but even with help tration junior. “I think the lineup from sponsors such as Coca-Cola, last year was better, but Akon Verizon Wireless and Campus Fed- and Corey Smith are still good. It eral, the organization was not able brings people out to the grounds. I to match the larger budgets from like talking to people, so the more previous years, mainly because of out here the merrier.” the economy. By the time Corey Smith took “The economy has made a stage around 7:30 p.m., the crowd couple of our normal sponsors back in front of the stage was packed, out,” Abadie said. “So we tried to and even more people sat in the

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‘People were actually sober and aware; that’s why it was good.’

back of the Parade Ground on blankets and chairs. “I love coming to play in Louisiana,” Smith said. “This was a great time. The weather was beautiful, the atmosphere was good, and I love the fishing here. I also like playing this diverse lineup, too. It lets me play to a wider crowd.” As Smith left the stage, onlookers were shoulder to shoulder around the stage waiting for the crowd favorite — Akon. A good crowd-pleaser, Akon, along with his dress-wearing DJ, Benny D, was able to excite the audience, prompting an explicit yelling battle between the two sides of the stage, massive amounts of dancing and an unedited singalong to his hit, “I Wanna Love You.” Akon’s nearly two-hour show was the highlight of the night, and many students left satisfied. “Akon’s show was really entertaining,” said Benjamin Mabee, landscape architecture senior. “I would have liked to see a few more artists, but this was a good line-up considering the budget cuts and economy.” Even Akon had a good time Saturday night and appreciated the crowd having “a good time not wasted.” “The show was hot,” Akon said. “People were actually sober and aware; that’s why it was good. They knew what was going on.”

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MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2009 SENIORS, from page 7

Lawson, the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, finished the game with 23 points — 21 of them in the second half — after being the center of more than a week of speculation spurred by his injured right toe. “He’s a pro,” Johnson said. “He’s probably one of the best point guards in the country. So for us, we knew our hands were full in trying to contain him.” One reporter asked North Carolina coach Roy Williams if the Tar Heels could have won without their injured point guard who briefly left the first half to have his toe examined. “We’ll never know,” he answered. “I didn’t feel good when I thought that he might not be coming back into the game.”

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“When LSU’s got the ball, she does all the ball-handling. When the other team has the ball, she’s running anywhere and everywhere,” Chancellor said. “There’s nothing wrong with her play; we just have to cut her minutes down by two in each half. It’s hard to take out a woman doing like she’s doing.” LSU senior forward Kristen Morris, who amassed 13 points and 16 rebounds, said Hightower was nearly unstoppable. “Allison did an excellent job in the first half. She was just in the zone,” Morris said. “They were trying to guard her one-on-one, which

THE DAILY REVEILLE Johnson’s postgame words men have had on me has been speemphasized the painful nature cial.” of his team’s final loss. Johnson Johnson will have to say faced the robotgoodbye to those ic routine of an seniors — five of NCAA-sanctioned ‘What [Johnson] did them, including press conference three starters — with misty eyes with this team with the who have surely and fought back expectations we had left their mark on tears when asked the program. coming in ... it was about his seniors. Guard Garrett Coming from Temple became incredible.’ the normally stoic the third Temple to Johnson, that in itplay for LSU, beGarrett Temple self is quite a gescoming the Tigers’ LSU senior guard ture. all-time leader in “The impact minutes played in they’ve had on me in just my 10 the process. years as a head coach, it’s unlike Center Chris Johnson climbed any team I’ve been affiliated with,” to No. 2 on LSU’s list of blocked he said. “I’m not a very emotional shots, behind only Shaquille person, but much has been made O’Neal. Guard Marcus Thornton about ‘Trent Johnson and this and became the Tigers’ seventh SEC that.’ Well, the impact these young Player of the Year while climbing

into the top 10 of LSU’s all-time lists of 3-pointers made and career scoring average, despite playing just two seasons in Baton Rouge. “We had a great season. I’ve had a great five years here,” Temple said. “I was lucky enough to spend four of them with Taz, two of them with Marcus, and one with coach Johnson.” One could call the trio — and indeed LSU’s entire roster — overachievers, but Trent Johnson would likely take offense to that. “I don’t think you guys really get it sometimes,” Johnson told reporters after the North Carolina game. “You know, three and a half months of practice and what these guys did, buying in, being receptive ... And the expectations on this team, there were none.” The Tigers were picked to finish second in the SEC West this

season, without earning a single preseason vote to win the conference title they eventually claimed with two regular season games remaining. “Getting coach Johnson here at LSU, it’s a great building block to upstart LSU basketball again,” Temple said. “What he did with this team with the expectations we had coming in and stuff like that, it was incredible.” Many would probably agree with Temple’s sentiment, but Trent Johnson maintained that “it shouldn’t have ended like this.” With a doubled winning percentage from 2008 and a 10th SEC title hanging in the PMAC, maybe it’s not so bad that it did.

frame. But a Hightower free throw sophomore forward Kayla Tetschlag and 3-pointer with 10:54 remaining both sank 3-pointers to cut the lead gave LSU a lead they would not re- to 12. linquish. “We played even with them in But Green Bay, who had won the second half,” Tetschlag said. 21 straight games, “Obviously we refused to give up had some missed ‘[Hightower] did an opportunities, 10 in the second half after LSU went on excellent job in the missed free throws a 6-0 run after half... But we weren’t time, and a jumper first half. She was just scared to come by Hightower gave down and take on in the zone.’ the Lady Tigers LSU on their home their biggest lead of court. I’m proud Kristen Morris the game at 49-30. we stepped in with LSU senior forward The Phoenix confidence and did went on a 6-0 run our best and stuck of their own with 8:30 remaining as together.” senior forward Rachel Porath and Green Bay’s scoring defense was

No. 1 in the nation coming into Sunday’s first-round game, and LSU’s 69 points were the second-most the Phoenix allowed this season. “Unfortunately, I think [Green Bay] came in here not knowing who we were,” Morris said. “I wanted to make a statement for myself and make sure my teammates got involved and make sure we didn’t play into the hands of the No. 1 defense in the nation.” LSU will take on Louisville in the second round Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. in the PMAC.


is probably not the best idea ... In the second half, they didn’t necessarily take her out of the game. Her body slowed her down a little bit.” Green Bay coach Matt Bollant said he could not think of anyone in the Horizon League who was quite like Hightower. “She’s special, and she was really special tonight,” Bollant said. “The [3-pointer] she hit in the first half when we defended so well, and it came down to one second left on the shot clock ... and for her to play with that kind of confidence was a difference-maker tonight.” Green Bay led twice in the first half, and the score was tied at two and 11 at different points in the first



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Recent Student Government progress must continue Five tickets have campaigned for the past few weeks to see who will be the new leaders of Student Government. The tickets have all laid out their various ideas and suggestions for reaching the common goal of making the University better. But no matter which ticket

wins, the progress the current administration has made in the past year must continue. SG President Colorado Robertson and Vice President Shannon Bates have done a commendable job of putting the students first in their year in office. Credit card machines in the Student Union’s Tiger Lair,

extended library hours and the implementation of the Class Gift Project are a few of the examples of the change that has occurred. Robertson’s administration has also increased transparency during his time in office. SG posts all of its expenditure reports on its Web site for the public to view whenever they choose.

With budget cuts looming, it may prove more difficult than in years past to accomplish certain goals, and limited resources could hamper some of things these tickets want to accomplish. A year isn’t a lot of time to make significant long-term changes. But Robertson showed if SG officials take the right

approach, a foundation can be laid. Let’s hope that foundation is built upon in the coming year.

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Proposed BR loop will not help traffic problems Anyone who has driven through Baton Rouge during rush hour will agree we need to revamp our clogged interstates and backlogged exit ramps. The Capitol Area Expressway Authority (CAEA) — composed of the parish presidents of Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Livingston and West Baton Rouge — has proposed a $4 billion loop to surround Baton Rouge. Initially, a loop sounds like the perfect solution to our congestion woes. But closer examination reveals several critical errors concerning the efficiency and practicality of this project. The residents of Baton Rouge seem to have the notion the loop will somehow magically decrease traffic. But given the maps the loop committee designed, it is obvious this loop is more of a bypass for Baton Rouge rather than a struc-

ture designed to relieve the traffic problems within the city itself. It is not surprising the CAEA hasn’t realized this, as it has yet to conduct a study to determine how the loop would relieve Baton Rouge’s traffic problems. In addition to errors of logic, the CAEA is guilty of silencing dissenting viewpoints. Take for example the city of Central, one of the areas the loop will affect most. The loop will split Central into north and south sectors in the most obnoxious way possible — a Berlin Wall would result because federal highway regulations require a loop of this nature to be surrounded by high walls on either side. Naturally, residents of Central took issue with this. A meeting was held at Zoar Baptist Church in late 2007 and roughly 1,000 people fought to be heard. However, the CAEA declared

the meeting was not an “official” function, therefore the exchanges there were conveniently “off the record.” In other words, the opinion of Central residents didn’t matter. Perhaps the CAEA is so eager to disregard Linnie Leavines Central City because it would Columnist produce the highest toll revenue for the loop. A similar ploy was pulled Thursday. The CAEA called a meeting at the BREC Independence park to give Central a chance to “voice their opinion.” But those who showed up were not allowed to give public testimony. What ensued was informal dialogue that was, once again,

off the record. This faux meeting was merely propaganda and had no actual impact on the progress of the loop. Furthermore, the CAEA has yet to present a way to pay for the loop, for all that it’s presented as a closed deal. The total cost is an estimated $4 billion, only $1.4 billion of which would come from state or federal funds, leaving a remainder of $2.2 - $3.1 billion to be paid for by private investors. But no private investors have stepped forward to pick up the tab. There are several alternatives to this loop plan. Because the interstate itself is the problem, we should simply widen it starting first at the problem areas. “With $1 billion, we could widen I-10 to Gonzales, widen I-12 to Walker, widen Florida Boulevard to Walker, and build a

new bridge over the Amite River from Hooper Road to Watson,” Central City editor Woody Jenkins said. This would ease the drive from Baton Rouge to these areas. In addition to strategically widening the interstate, an “inner loop” could be built as a supplementary measure. Essentially, this entails widening rural roads to further ease congestion. Not only would such methods cost less than the proposed loop, but they would actually serve the people of Baton Rouge rather than those seeking to bypass it. Linnie Leavines is an 18-year-old mass communication freshman from Central City.

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Dee-1 outperforms Akon at Groovin’ on the Grounds

For West Africa-born Akon, Saturday was a paycheck. For New Orleans native Dee-1, Saturday saw the continuation of a new movement in rap and a transformation in terms of hip-hop and the Big Easy. Born David Augustine, Dee-1 opened Students on Target’s annual Groovin’ on the Grounds concert, preaching “a good time not wasted.” And Dee-1’s performance should have merited the top spot in the lineup. Dee-1 was to Akon what Wyclef Jean was to Chamillionaire at last year’s performance. Wyclef tore it up, not just with theatrics, but with substance, while Chamillionaire proved to be antithetical to Students on Target’s message. While Akon screamed about grenadine in his drink and how much

he wanted to make love to strippers — after starting a chant that divided the crowd into two sections screaming “Fuck that side” — Dee-1 rebelled against mainstream rap by delivering an uplifting message of empowerment, defining himself as a “One Man Army.” Dee-1 earned his spot at Groovin’ by winning Battle of the Bands on his third chance last fall. But he earned my respect long ago. David and I both went to Audubon Montessori School, a K-8 public school with a French immersion program in New Orleans. He was in the grade above mine in the regular program while I attended the French program for seven years. Back then, David was all about basketball. When our middle school organized a basketball team — appropriately named the Toucans after the school’s namesake, John James



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Audubon — David was a starter with a sick crossover that made other students (namely, myself) insanely jealous. Meanwhile, I felt somewhat ostracized from the rest of the school. But I joined a gifted program called Resource along with David, and the two of us shared a love of New Orleans rap, routinely blasting the newest singles from Juvenile, Eric Freeman Jr. Lil’ Wayne and Columnist the rest of the Cash Money Millionaires. But being influenced by Cash Money didn’t affect his selfless sense of purpose. He includes the big rap labels of New Orleans — both No Limit and Cash Money records — in his

influences. But his rap style and topics are light years ahead of both labels when it comes to a message that matters. His rhymes include no swearing or evidence of being under the influence, showing gentlemanly respect in his song “Queens” while rebelling against music orthodoxy in “I Hate Money.” He’s never been one to turn his back on those by his side since the beginning. When I saw him backstage before his sound check, surrounded by pretty ladies and security guards, I shouted his name and he immediately jumped up and ran over to chat with me. I would argue his career hasn’t really started yet. When his movement makes it to the national level — his upcoming April 13 release “David and Goliath” should help — anyone who went to Groovin’

on the Grounds will be telling their kids how they got to see Dee-1 when he was still a teacher, embodying the movement he wants to spread around the world. Before the show, I asked him what he wanted people to get out of his show, and we both talked about how the audience — not he — was the most important part of his set. “They gotta be in it as much as me. I can’t work without them,” he said. “It’s about preaching positivity, you know. I need people to know this ain’t about me. This is about them.” Eric Freeman Jr. is a 22-year-old political science junior from New Orleans.

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Like God, Santa Claus and his elves aren’t impossible

For centuries, mankind has asked the same question: Does God exist? Last Wednesday, Daily Reveille columnist Daniel Morgan tried to present logical and scientific platforms against the concept of God. Yet in his haste to expound upon some obviously strongly held personal aversions toward religion, Morgan made several errors in form and logic. Morgan’s fundamental flaw stems from his adulteration of scientific fact and discovery, leading him to the irrational conclusion that “God is impossible.” The scientific method of controlled and verifiable experiment is useful for achieving a great deal of empirical and anthropological knowledge. But it cannot be used to disprove the possibility there might be higher kinds of knowledge outside the scope of scientific inquiry. Science degenerates into scientism when we make the mistake of assuming a naturalistic world view. While there are certainly methodological means employed in science, many anti-theists, like Morgan, make the mistake of distorting methodology into ontology. Scientific laws of nature describe, but they don’t prescribe. They teach us how nature operates, but they don’t tell us whether there are higher laws that surpass natural laws. The law of gravity tells us precisely what would happen if you jumped off the edge of the Grand Canyon. But if a hang glider jumped off


Religious jewelry shows belief, not disrespect I was initially thrilled to see you ran photographs of my hand-painted saint medal designs in an article by Lindsay Nunez. The photograph by Grant Gutierrez was fantastic. The article? Not so much. How sad it is that a religion professor (Michael Pasquier), a doctorate student of historic costume (Ryan Aldridge), a doctorate student of apparel design (Jessica Pattison) and a psychology junior (Jessica Holmes) all applied negative spin on the concept of people wearing religious iconography as a form of fashion. Those who wear my designs do not wear them to “be publicly irreverent,” or as a “form of freedom of speech.” They do not wear them as “an affect of globalization.” I dispute that “many people complying with this trend don’t know the identity, story or meaning of the saint they are displaying around their necks.” At least Jessica Holmes was forthright when she said, “if you wear something religious it should be used

the cliff, the superior law of aero- there would be no need to change dynamics would overcome existing the future, because everything occurs within His overarching design. gravitational law. Morgan’s second argument is a In this illustration, we wouldn’t argue the law of gravity was vio- variation of the classic philosophilated. Instead we’d say it submits to cal conundrum of the omnipotence paradox. the higher law of aerodynamics. In Morgan’s Likewise, an specific example, omniscient God couldn’t God credoesn’t violate ate a lock that even natural law — he he couldn’t pick? supersedes it. The flaw in this To say a higher argument is that, power is verifiably for all of Morgan’s impossible is, in emphasis on logic, fact, a perversion Scott Burns and creating a lock that of scientific prinMatthew Albright is unpickable by an ciple. Columnists omnipotent being Once we’ve realized the true nature of God, it’s is a logical impossibility. If Morgan wishes to disqualify easier to address the circular arguments presented in Morgan’s col- religion on basis of logic, he has to stick to logic himself. umn. In addition, omnipotence can The first argument is God can’t be both omniscient and omnipotent variably be defined as a god who because if God knows everything can do anything logically possible — including His future actions — — a definition espoused by famed He is unable to change them and religious philosopher Thomas Aquinas. thus not omnipotent. Or, as Christian apologist CaThe definition of omnipotence is disputable, but for arguments leb Colley explained, “While God sake we’ll assume its most basic is unlimited by time, space or force, definition — a god capable of doing His very character has determined that He will never do some things, absolutely anything. The problem with this argu- because to do them would be inconment is a lack of understanding of sistent with His principles.” But even if you define “omnipthe difference between ability and action. Omnipotence means the otent” as being able to do absolutely ability to do anything — not actu- anything, God is fully capable of ally doing everything. God’s om- creating an unpickable lock and niscience might determine what he then picking it. If God can do absolutely anywill do, but it certainly doesn’t limit thing, he can even defy logic. what he can do. Therefore, He’s not susceptible Besides, if God is omniscient,

to the rhetorical bear traps used by Morgan. Our culmination to this debate reiterates the same conclusion even atheist thinkers like Richard Dawkins humbly acknowledge — because the origin of life is unknowable, there are no scientific certainties pertaining to God. Stephen Jay Gould, the late scientist and evolutionist who was himself an atheist, re-iterated this: “Either half my colleagues are enormously stupid, or else the science of Darwinism is fully compatible with conventional religious beliefs and equally compatible with atheism.” For years, most people have operated under the false presumption that science and theism cannot rationally coincide. Once we dispel the false dichotomy of science and supernatural belief, it should become evident the time has come to put an end to this debate. There are many people who wrongly demand scientific proof for God. Yet to definitively claim God is impossible is just as irrational as invoking science to prove He indeed exists. To rationally proceed, believers must remember the creator is separate from His creation. Likewise, atheist thinkers should avoid the philosophical and contradictory aversions they place on faith. When anti-theists morph scientific discovery into an all-encompassing theory explaining metaphysical attributes, they aren’t in the territory of science but philosophy.

Faith and science are each rewarding and beneficial when relegated to their proper place. There’s no reason for the two to distort themselves to prove or disprove something that’s wholly reliant on some level of faith. Students may formulate their own views on whether or not they believe God exists by using the same methods taught in academic subjects like economics or political science. Although there are certainly well-established laws and principles that influence the way scholars view the world, there are many differing schools of thought on how economic and political systems function. These systems are far too complex to be definitively, empirically defined, so logic, reason and argument lead to individual conclusions. In the same way, something as abstract as God cannot be precisely pinned down by the scientific method alone. It requires a personal level of study and observation on the evidence to reach a sound verdict. The quest for truth is a neverending journey that’s unique for each person. And it is always contingent on some degree of faith.

only to display beliefs.” But she too, missed the boat. The reason Catholics, nonCatholics, Jews, Atheists, Agnostics and Buddhists wear my hand-painted medals is because they display a belief in hope; the medals are tokens of hope. How startling it is to see that supposedly educated folks don’t “get” the concept of hope.

is something he and I share; however, our reasons for sharing it differ. Morgan has placed his faith in logic and the scientific method as his ultimate source of truth, whereas I believe in the reliability and validity of logic and scientific inquiry because I believe they were both created by an

infallible God.

validates itself.” But, if we are seeking to prove the reliability of our system of logic, we cannot use logic to do it. Therefore, Morgan has no reliable way of proving whether the system of logic and the scientific method are true. This faith in logic and reasoning

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Faith vs. Reason or Faith in Reason He may not consider it a virtue, but I would like to propose to Daniel Morgan that his world view, too, is based on faith. Morgan claimed we should only accept as true things that are “logically consistent and empirically verifiable.” But how do we know the scientific method is a reliable way to discover truth? Logic, perhaps? That answer seems plausible, but how do we know that our system of logic is reliable and true? Morgan seems to answer this question when he states “reason

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