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lsureveille com Log on to see students, speakers in Free Speech Alley.


NEWS Cell phone-only lifestyle becoming more popular, page 3.

Les Miles talks about cutting practice short because of storm damage, page 7.


Volume 113, Issue 118

Friday, March 27, 2009




Picking up the pieces 4.

Severe weather trashes campus


By Lindsey Meaux, Andy Schwehm, & Jarred LeBlanc Staff Writer, Sports Contributors

The scene that greeted University students, faculty and staff Thursday morning was eerily familiar — debris covering the ground, tree limbs in the streets and scattered power outages. Thanks to Thursday morning’s severe weather,


Chelsea’s ordered to rezone or shut down

Owner says he is not in violation By Joy Lukachick Staff Writer

The owner of Chelsea’s Cafe must look into rezoning his restaurant or possibly face having his doors closed after the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control fined the restaurant. Chelsea’s owner David Remmetter was cited for two violations after a Jan. 22 raid by the ATC. Though one of the charges LICENSE, see page 6


WEATHER, see page 5

More on Log on to see pictures and a video of damage on campus.


Guidelines adopted for allocating budget cuts By Kyle Bove Chief Staff Writer

photos by EMMETT BROWN / The Daily Reveille

Opinion ................... 12 Classifieds ............... 14

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1. Workers remove bleachers from the field Thursday morning at the LSU Soccer Complex. 2. A tree limb crushes the bed of a truck in the East Campus Apartments’ parking lot. 3. Workers assess the damage to the LSU football indoor practice facility Thursday morning. 4. Part of the practice facility’s roof lies on the ground where it landed after the storm. 5. An uprooted tree sits outside Johnston Hall. 6. “About 35 percent” of the practice facility’s roof was lost in Thursday morning’s severe weather.

The Board of Regents met and adopted on Thursday the formula to be used for allocating budget cuts to higher education next year. Under Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposed state spending budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, higher education would face a $219 million cut in funding to help make up for state revenue shortfalls. That means the LSU System would face about $102 SYSTEM, see page 6








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BRUSSELS (AP) — Pirates armed with machine guns hijacked a Norwegian chemical tanker Thursday off the coast of Somalia, the ship’s owner said, an attack that came less than 24 hours after a smaller Greek-owned vessel was seized in the same area. The U.S. 5th Fleet, which patrols the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden, confirmed both hijackings and said they took place in the same area but separate from the gulf, one of the world’s busiest — and now most treacherous — sea lanes.

BAGHDAD (AP) — A car bomb exploded Thursday along a bustling commercial street in a mostly Shiite area of north Baghdad, killing at least 20 people in the third major attack in the capital this month. Recent high-profile blasts suggest that Sunni insurgents are trying to mount a comeback as the U.S. prepares to leave Iraqi cities in three months and hand over responsibility for security in the capital to the Iraqis. Shaken survivors voiced fears that the blast heralded a return to violence that swept the Iraqi capital before U.S. and Iraqi forces turned the tide in late 2007.


Fargo uses social networks to fight floodwaters


friday, march 27, 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! campus housing contract renewal-residence halls Open to ALL residents on campus to reserve a space anywhere on campus and have the option to invite one person to join them. get noticed forever in the 2008-2009 gumbo! March 27th is the deadline to reserve your place in LSU history by getting into the Gumbo yearbook. Your organization has a story to tell. Share it by calling Andrew or Melissa at 578.6090 and getting the details you need to get noticed & leave a legacy. side walk chalk art festival Moved from Sat., March 28 to Sun., March 29 due to bad weather. Go to to obtain an application to participate in competition on March 28. Win one of 4 $100 cash awards! T.H.i.n.k Open mic night 7:00pm Friday, March 27 African American Cultaral Center Remembrance ceremony Monday, March 30, 2009, 2:00pm at Indian Mounds Hosted by social work 7807 grief and bereavement class in remembrance of all family, friends, and first responses who have died.

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — When Kevin Tobosa got word Thursday that a friend needed help building a sandbag dike, he immediately posted a status update on his Facebook page: “Heading to 2825 Lilac Lane in North Fargo — needs to be raised another 2 feet.” When city officials needed volunteers at other dikes, Tobosa suggested setting up a Facebook group. By Thursday, it had attracted more than 4,550 members. “We really need volunteers again today to get the dikes buttoned up and fill the rest of the sandbags,” read a message sent to the group Thursday. Social-networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter have become vital tools for volunteers as they wage a desperate, round-the-clock battle to protect Fargo from the river and spread the word about rising floodwaters.

CAROLYN KASTER / The Associated Press

Jerry Sampson tosses a sandbag on Thursday as he and other volunteers shore up the sandbag dike in Fargo, N.D.

La. labor secretary still Final in-orbit Discovery negotiating on stimulus inspection complete (AP) — Louisiana’s labor secretary said Thursday he continues to negotiate with federal officials about ways the state could take $98 million in stimulus money to expand unemployment benefits. Gov. Bobby Jindal has refused the unemployment money because he said he doesn’t want to force businesses to pay more taxes. Companies’ unemployment tax rates are tied to three years of their unemployment claims history. Jindal said if benefits are expanded, businesses’ claims history could increase, driving up their tax rates.


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Study shows ‘cord-cutting’ trend increasing among youth By Kyle Whitfield Editor

Christine Thrower came to LSU from Clovis, N.M., a city 900 miles away from football-crazy fans and party-hard undergraduates. Thrower relies primarily on phone calls to keep in touch with her family. But instead of calling her parents’ landline phone, Thrower is part of a growing sector of people who are mainly a cellphone-only lifestyle. “I have a grandmother who doesn’t have a cell phone,” said Thrower, English literature senior. “I call her landline.” At least 20 percent of households in 11 states rely only on cell phones according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study conducted this month. Louisiana ranks No. 27 with 15 percent of households following the cell-only trend. The CDC’s study, according to the abstract, was based on data from the 2007 National Health Interview

Survey and the 2008 Current Population Survey’s Annual and Social Economic Supplement. Nielsen Mobile also reported in a September 2008 study that “at the end of 2007, 16.4 percent of U.S. households had abandoned their landline phone for their wireless phone, but by the end of June 2008, just 6 months later, that number had increased to 17.1 percent.” That 17.1 Log on to percent transsee how lates into 20.2 cell phone million housetowers on holds, the study said. campus It only work when makes sense you make that college a call. students — a younger, more mobile generation — are perpetuating that trend. Nielsen said 64 percent of decision makers in wireless-substitution homes are in the 18-to-34 year-old age range. That age bracket comprises just 30 percent of the population in the U.S.

15 percent of La. households cell only

KIM FOSTER / The Daily Reveille

Michael Lavespere, AT&T radio frequency performance engineer, explains how the different parts of cell phone tower work last week.

“The wire-line side of the business ... there’s less business there,” said Sue Sperry, AT&T spokeswoman. “But it’s translating into more business on the wireless side.” Sperry pointed out landlines still have an important place in society, especially in businesses and during emergencies, like a hurricane. “You don’t need electricity to operate a phone,” she said. “Your landline is the cheapest phone you can get at the discount store [and] is the one that works when you have


AAF-BR to host conference alize that the more [fields] you try out, the more chances you will find something you will stick with and go into,” Feirman said. “This day will let them narrow those choices down or guide By Leslie Presnall them to a new one.” Staff Writer This year’s keynote speaker Students can get the real is Ray Longoria, creative discoop on a career in advertising rector at Austin, Texas-based and media at the 2009 American GSD&M Idea City. Longoria has Advertising Fedearned hundreds eration–Baton of awards and Rouge Student worked as a copyConference on writer and creative Saturday from 9 director for varia.m. to 3 p.m. ous advertising Advertisagencies. He has ing, marketing, also worked on design, photogcreative concepts raphy, creative for BMW, AT&T, writing and mass Southwest Aircommunication lines, Frito Lay, students will gain Subway SandJason Feirman interview, résumé wiches, Chili’s, AAF vice president and networkApple and 3M. ing tips at the Jerry Turk, day-long conference and attend former AAF president and the workshops with industry profes- founder of Sales Team Builder sionals. and former marketing director “It’s an all in one day chance for Louisiana National Bank, will for students to get a perspective also speak, telling students the on what’s out there and listen to “absolute truth” about what he’s people who work in our industry, learned in his 40 years of experilocally and nationally,” said Ja- ence in the marketing, sales and son Feirman, AAF vice president advertising industry. and college connection chair. “This year’s local speakers “Hopefully, this will help them are very diverse,” Feirman said. gauge what direction they want During lunch, students will to go prior to graduating.” have a question-and-answer sesStudents will learn about sion with Katie Ramirez, Mesh copywriting, sales, market re- Design creative director; Rick search, working with photogra- Dobbs, principal owner of Unreal phers and transitioning from print Design; Hunter Territo, Xdesign to Web. At the end of the day, stu- designer; and Jim Overbey, Diane dents will participate in portfolio Allen & Associates copywriter. reviews. Registration begins at 8:45 “Hopefully, students will re- a.m. in the Holliday Forum of the

Students to gain new networking tips


‘Hopefully, students will realize that the more [fields] you try out, the more chances you will find something you will stick with ....’

Journalism Building and costs $10 at the door. “You can’t beat that, especially since we’re serving breakfast and lunch, and you get all this knowledge,” Feirman said.

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an extended outage.” Savannah Smith, theatre sophomore from New Orleans, has been at the University for two years and lives on campus. She hasn’t had a landline phone since attending the University and doesn’t plan on ever buying one. She said all she needs is her cell phone. “It’s with me all the time, so people are always able to get in touch with me,” Smith said. “Just being in college, you have a lot more friends than you did in high school, and you have more of a network. It’s easier to keep track that

way.” Gretchen LeJeune, Verizon Wireless public relations manager for the Houston-Gulf Coast region, said the trend of getting rid of landlines can be attributed to three factors: young people, expanding technology and money. A person saves $33 per month in a single-person household that’s moved from landline to cell-only service, according to Nielsen Mobile’s study. “... A phone just isn’t a phone anymore,” LeJeune said. “It’s a computer. It’s a lifestyle tool. People are more comfortable with it.” Experts aren’t sure what the lifespan of a landline phone service is, but they say landline phone service isn’t going away anytime soon despite this “cord-cutting” trend. “I think the reason people have a home phone is ... the clarity of a wired call is much better than a wireless call,” Sperry said. “Wired services are going to be around for a long time because primarily for business networks.”

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Obama answers questions through online forums By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama seized the bully pulpit Thursday and reprised the best of his acclaimed campaign skills in an unprecedented Internet town hall from the White House — a direct sales pitch for Americans to get behind his $3.6 trillion budget and be patient as he tries to right the tottering economy. After an opening statement and declaring, “This isn’t about me, it’s about you,” Obama took up a microphone and strolled the ornate East Room, playing to an audience of 100 invited guests and what the White House said were an estimated 67,000 people watching him in cyberspace. The event capped a concerted recent public relations foray for Obama in support of his young administration’s assault on the country’s twin crises in the economy and financial system, including two in-person town hall meetings in California and an appearance on Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show.” Obama held a nationally televised news conference Tuesday, also in the East Room, calling on an unusual mix of reporters in an apparent attempt to shake up the focus of questioning. Obama explained he had called the first-of-its-kind online town hall meeting as an “an important step” toward creating a broader avenue for information about his administration. Spokesman Robert Gibbs said there would be more such events. Timing, of course, was key. Obama was beamed out through cyberspace a day after the House Budget Committee adopted a spending and revenue plan that broadly matched his massive $3.6 trillion outline even while seeking to reel back on deficit projections. In a forum that gave him an essentially passive audience, Obama said the budget would put the country on a path to “a recovery that will be measured by whether it lasts, whether it endures; by whether we build our economy on a solid foundation instead of an overheated housing market or maxed-out credit cards or the sleight of hand on Wall Street; whether we build an economy in which prosperity is broadly shared.” Obama’s Republican opposition — which he pointedly did not mention Thursday — has fought his budget proposal, broadly declared it

GERALD HERBERT/ The Associated Press

President Barack Obama addresses a question in an ‘Open For Questions’ town-hall style meeting Thursday in the East Room of the White House in Washington. It was the first online town hall done in the White House.

a spending recipe for national bankruptcy. Not surprisingly, the Internet questioning dovetailed with the president’s key projects: universal health care, improved education, energy independence and the range of promises made in the White House campaign. At times flashing his broad smile and at others determined and serious, Obama drew on his own experiences with the American health care system to empathize with one questioner who supported his goal of universal coverage. He threw bouquets of praise to nurses who helped the family when his daughter Sasha was stricken with meningitis and returned with vigor to a recounting of the experience of watching his fatally ill mother argue with an insurance company to pay what it owed her for ovarian cancer treatment. In a lighter moment, Obama noted there had been heavy support for a question about legalizing marijuana as a means of boosting the economy and creating jobs. “The answer is, no, I don’t think that is a good strategy to grow our economy,” he quipped. The inhouse audience tittered. The president did not make news, but ran smoothly through answers to questions posed to him on the White House Web site and chosen according to rankings by respondents. A moderator read

Obama some of the questions and other questions were displayed on monitors in the room. And with more than 100,000 questions submitted for the forum, it gave the administration a significant number of e-mail addresses for future outreach and the next campaign. The economy dominated, allowing Obama to sell his agenda for putting the country on a sounder footing in the midst of the worst

economic downturn in decades and a financial crisis unmatched since the 1930s. One questioner asked why the U.S. did not adopt a European-style government-sponsored health care system. Because, Obama responded, he believed the best way forward was to build on the current system that relies heavily on employer plans rather than scrap what has existed for generations and largely has met

the need of a majority of Americans. But any overhaul must cope with the country’s institutions that aren’t easily transformed he said, specifically pointing to Medicare and Medicaid, as well as the millions of Americans who are uninsured. Detroit automakers, he said, must evolve or face extinction. He promised more help to the struggling industry but demanded a new way of doing business. “A lot of it’s going to depend on [the auto industry’s] willingness to make some pretty drastic changes. And some of those are still going to be painful,” he said. As reflected in the Internet questioning, housing was near the top of American concerns, prompting Obama to urge mortgage refinancing for the 40 percent of American homeowners that he said were eligible under his programs. Mortgage rates have hit record lows. Obama appeared off balance only once, in an exchange with Bonnee Breese, a Philadelphia high school teacher in the East Room audience who questioned the president about charter schools and his efforts to improve the national teaching corps.

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WEATHER, from page 1

damage on campus resembled the destruction left by Hurricane Gustav in September. Though administrators are still assessing the damages, Facility Services reported at least a dozen University facilities sustained damages from heavy winds, which were estimated to have reached nearly 70 mph. No injuries were reported. The University Emergency Operations Center was activated early Thursday morning to monitor the situation, according to a 9:12 a.m. message posted on the University’s Web site. The EOC was activated in response to “the impact of severe weather conditions on and around the LSU campus early Thursday morning.” The EOC was deactivated Thursday afternoon. ACADEMIC BUILDINGS HIT HARD Emmett David, Facility Development director, said as of 2 p.m. Thursday, the Life Sciences Building, the Audubon Sugar Institute building, the Energy, Coast & Environment Building, the Dalrymple Building, 459 Commons, Highland Dining Hall, the new Chemical Engineering Building, the Military Science and Aerospace Studies Building, the LSU System Building and the chancellor’s residence all sustained damage. “Facility Services is aggressively mitigating and preparing the facilities for protection for future inclement weather,” David said. “Facility Services, having just experienced damage from Hurricane Gustav [on] Sept. 1, is very well seasoned on how to secure our facilities.” Among the buildings, the new Chemical Engineering Building, especially the third floor, received the most damage, and it’s the only building that “sustained enough damage to question its use,” David said. The new Chemical Engineering Building was being “reviewed for technical use” by Facility Services as of Thursday afternoon. “The campus is capable of holding classes and conducting business as close to normal as possible,” David said. “[Facility Services] hit the road running at 2 a.m. We have got contractors already on our campus. We are working at full speed.” Overall, the damaged buildings experienced roof damage, shingle loss, mechanical ventilation system blowoff, gutter damage, displaced roof tiles and water damage, David said. Ashley Berthelot, research editor for the Office of Public Affairs and public information officer on duty for the EOC, said in an e-mail to The Daily Reveille that windows were broken at the Chancellor Michael Martin’s home. Berthelot said some vehicles parked near Herget and Miller halls were also damaged. ATHLETIC FACILITIES NOT SPARED Several athletic facilities on campus were also damaged — perhaps most notably the football team’s indoor practice facility which lost “about 35 percent” of its roof.

EMMETT BROWN / The Daily Reveille

A car window sustained damage from Thursday morning’s severe weather.

“That facility has been there for many, many hurricanes and has been able to withstand those types of storms,” said Michael Bonnette, sports information director. “This is the worst I’ve seen it.” LSU football coach Les Miles and his team had to cut an outdoor practice short Thursday because of inclement weather. “It was unfortunate weather we had today,” Miles said. “We’re optimistic the [indoor] field will be ready by midweek next week. We got a good half practice in, and we want to have a quality scrimmage Saturday.” Bonnette said the team will continue to practice outdoors as much as possible. He also said the PMAC could house an indoor practice. The new Alex Box Stadium also took a hit. But LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri said the Tigers’ weekend series with Ole Miss should still go on as scheduled despite damaged outfield fences. “They are going to come up with a temporary solution to the problem for now,” Mainieri said. A light tower in the stadium’s right field was also damaged. “It must have been struck by lightning,” Mainieri said. “We have electricians working on it.” Track and field coach Dennis Shaver said the track facilities are also damaged, but the Tiger Relays at Bernie Moore Track Stadium are still on schedule for the weekend. A softball doubleheader was

canceled Thursday because of damage to Tiger Park’s right-field fence. “It was a department decision,” said Matt Dunaway, softball team spokesman. “There is some minor damage to one of the fences in right field. There is a couple other little things. It’s just one of those things that we felt it was just not in our best interest to play.” Eddie Nunez, associate athletic director of operations and project development, said the LSU Soccer Complex also took a hit — particularly to its bleachers. “They blew over, and it caused minor damage on the field, but it’s nothing that can’t be repaired in the next day or so,” Nunez said. “All the bleachers are unusable, so we will have to remove all of those at some point.” Kent Lowe, men’s basketball team spokesman, said the basketball practice facility under construction received little to no damage. “As far as I’ve heard, everything is fine over there,” Lowe said. TORNADO DEBATE Jay Grymes, WAFB chief meteorologist, called last night’s winds part of “pretty powerful squall lines,” and he said it’s yet to be determined if a tornado hit the University area. A squall line is an organized line of “strong to severe” thunderstorms in a row. The line of storms began to show “bowing” late in the

evening, which Grymes said resulted in the unusually high wind gusts. “These kinds of systems can generate brief tornadoes,” Grymes said. “[It’s possible that with] such a short-lived storm, sometimes the radar [won’t] have time to verify it.” The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport recorded peak wind gusts of 67 mph while wind gusts at two University weather stations recorded peak wind gusts in the 40s. The National Weather Service will likely be the primary determinant as to whether the severe winds will be considered a tornado, according to Grymes. “Is there evidence of the dispersion of the damage that may suggest a rotation?” Grymes questioned. “It’s still as much art as science. The final call for that is the National Weather Service unless we can find a witness who saw the funnel.” Christopher Bannan, meteorologist with the Slidell branch of the National Weather Service, said there were no reports of tornado activity in Baton Rouge. 

PAGE 5 “It was all straight-line wind damage,” Bannan said. “There was no rotation with that storm. It was all going from west to east.” WEATHER FORECAST Meteorologists forecast weather conditions similar to Thursday morning for Friday evening. “Outbreaks of severe weather, particularly tornadic activity, are greatest during the spring,” Grymes said. “Over the next several weeks, we could see other severe weather events.” While Grymes didn’t anticipate the severe weather Thursday morning, he said a cold front could result in catastrophic weather late Friday night or early Saturday morning. “A lot of the ingredients for another round of active weather appear to be coming together for Friday night into Saturday morning,” Grymes said. “The next cold front ... has the potential to be a real bulldozer.”

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was for operating as a bar without a license to do so, Remmetter said his restaurant was following state regulations. Remmetter agreed to pay a $2,000 fine and accept a one-year suspension of his establishment’s license unless he meets the state’s conditions to receive a rezoning change or applies for a parish restaurant license, said state ATC Commissioner Murphy Painter. Remmetter met with Painter on March 18 to discuss the charges. Painter said Chelsea’s was “barely” functioning as a restaurant under the state’s license

SYSTEM, from page 1

million in cuts, according to the Board of Regents, Louisiana’s governing body for higher education. The formula for distributing the cuts is a combination of the new performance-based funding formula — originally designed for increases in state funding — and each institution’s funding base required by the executive budget. The Board of Regents’ budget request for the performancebased funding element of the cut calls for the state to pay 56 percent of the University’s total budget, while the state would pay 60 percent or more for every other four-year institution. The remaining money would come from


regulations, which require selling years, Remmetter said. more food than alcohol. “It doesn’t matter if I’m one State and city regulations say percent over,” Remmetter said. an establishment’s revenue has to “The majority is a majority.” be 50 plus 1 percent from food Painter said while Chelsea’s sales Monday may meet the through Saturday state regulations, and 60 percent the restaurant is from food sales on operating outside Sunday to operate of the city zoning as a restaurant, acstandards. cording to the Al“He is opcoholic Beverage erating 10 years Control and Gamoutside of qualifiDavid Remmetter ing Enforcement. cations, and he adChelsea’s owner C h e l s e a ’s mitted in the hearCafe meets the ing he was outside state requirements and made more the qualifications,” Painter said. than 50 percent of revenue from The city-parish ABC office food sales during the last two said the city and state have zoning

standards for restaurants selling alcohol, and both have their own auditors who inspect restaurants to ensure standards are compliant with the law. The state can’t enforce the city’s license to the city’s office when a restaurant doesn’t comply, said ABC agent Larry Cooper. Painter said Remmetter did not have the correct license from the city, but Remmetter said he had licenses from the city and state. “As far as I know, I’m in compliance with the city,” Remmetter said. He admitted his food percentages didn’t meet the required standards from 1998 to 2006. But

once the restaurant moved locations from West State Street to the current location on Perkins Road, the restaurant started to sell more food than alcohol, he said. “I don’t see how he can fine me for sales not being right in 2006,” he said. Remmetter said to comply with the ATC, he will ask the East Baton Rouge Metropolitan Council to rezone his restaurant. “I don’t think I’m wrong,” Remmetter said. “But I’m going to get rezoned.”

avoiding permanently damag- million budget reduction for LSU ing smaller campuses during this A&M in Baton Rouge. Campus budget crisis. budget plans will be discussed at When the Legislature ap- the House Appropriations Comproves a final mittee higher state budget dureducation hearing ing the session on April 21, acbeginning April cording to LSU 27, the Board of System estimates Regents will have calculated earlier the responsibilthis month. ity of distributing Robertson funds to each syssaid his goal right tem. From there, now is to lessen Colorado Robertson system leaders the proposed SG president will distribute the $219 million, on funds among their top of now percampus entities and make budget manent $55 million mid-year recommendations. The Legisla- cut, to higher education while ture will make final appropria- being realistic about the possible tions. implications if the cut became A $101 million cut to the Sys- a reality. He said it’s important tem would result in about a $45 for students at all institutions to

realize the detrimental effects the reduction in state support could have on their schools and Louisiana in general. The projected cuts to higher education are $219 million — or 15 percent of current state funding — only after including nearly $219 million in federal “stimulus” money. Without the federal money, spending could’ve been cut by more than $400 million. But the federal funds are only good for about two years, meaning higher education’s budget situation may be significantly worse come 2012.


‘I don’t think I’m wrong. But I’m going to get rezoned.’

tuition, research, grants and other sources. “I think it’s been an exclusive group of officials that have put this formula together,” said Student Government President Colorado Robertson. “The information has not been broadcasted down to campuses, students and taxpayers in a very open and transparent form. It’s a complex issue, but it’s an issue that should be explained.” Robertson said the state should fund every four-year institution’s budget at 60 percent. Commissioner of Higher Education Sally Clausen said the performance-based funding formula is being “phased in” over a three-year period to allow systems to make strategic, performance-based decisions while

FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2009


‘I think it’s been an exclusive group of officials that have put this formula together.’

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FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2009


Blown Away


Tigers cut practice in half Thursday

By Rachel Whittaker Sports Writer

J.J. ALCANTARA / The Daily Reveille

[Above] The right field fence was blown away early Thursday morning because of heavy winds that hit the Baton Rouge area. [Inset] The fence is being held up by metal poles after being knocked off its foundation. Officials said the fence won’t be repaired until after this weekend’s series against Ole Miss.

LSU ready to open Ole Miss series By Casey Gisclair Alex Box Stadium was one of several LSU athletic facilities damaged by thunderstorms that rolled through Baton Rouge early Thursday morning. Eddie Nunez, associate athletic director of operations and project development, said the stadium’s outfield was hit the hardest and the entire fence will need to be replaced at some point because the structure was knocked off its foundation. Despite the damage, both Nunez and LSU coach Paul Mainieri said LSU’s weekend series with No. 11 Ole Miss will go on as scheduled — beginning tonight at 7 p.m. in Alex Box Stadium. Both the Tigers and the Rebels come into the weekend with 4-2 records in Southeastern Conference games. REBELS, see page 11

Chief Sports Writer

Severe weather wreaked havoc on the LSU football indoor practice facility and Football Operations Center early Thursday morning, and the football team cut its spring practice short Thursday, coach Les Miles said. LSU will have a scrimmage Saturday, Les Miles and Miles said LSU football coach he hopes the indoor practice facility will be usable by the middle of next week. “We got a good half practice in today,” Miles said. “We want to have a quality scrimmage, and we want to challenge ourselves. The good news is we’ll be able to use [Tiger Stadium] on Saturday, and that’s what we need to do.” Miles said most of the damage to the indoor practice facility was on Log on to the roof. see Les “Several Miles talk pieces of the about roofing shingle, which is metal Thursday’s tin, were torn shortened and are laypractice. ing in an awkward position,” Miles said. “Once they get those pieces off, clean up the debris and start laying the tin yet again, we’ll be ready to go back.”

BRUCE NEWMAN / The Associated Press

[Above] Ole Miss sophomore pitcher (right) tags out an Alabama runner March 20. [Right] LSU junior outfielder Jared Mitchell takes a swing March 17 against Northwestern.

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MILES, see page 11


Chancellor amped for next season Hightower finalist for All-America team By Rachel Whittaker Sports Writer

LSU women’s basketball coach Van Chancellor often said how frustrated he was early this season. But he said Thursday he wishes he could start next season right away. “Last year’s loss [against Tennessee in the Final Four] really devastated me,” Chancellor said.

“But now I wish it was Oct. 15 so we could be practicing right now. I am really pumped up for another year.” Chancellor said the Lady Tigers did “all they could humanly do” this season with seven players in their first year, two sophomores, one junior and one senior. “I thought our kids played about as hard as they could play,” he said. “I’m really proud of them.” Chancellor said the Lady Tigers’ most glaring needs in the offseason will be improving free throw shooting, rebounding and


‘It’s great to know you coach with people who are interested in your program.’ Van Chancellor

LSU women’s basketball coach

outside shooting. “We’re going to get stronger and mainly get better in those three areas,” he said.

THANKING THE FANS Chancellor also had a message for the fans who came to cheer his team on at the PMAC in the NCAA tournament at the end of his second season at LSU. “Our team and the whole coaching staff is just so impressed with our student support at the game the other night,” Chancellor said. “I want them to know how much I sincerely appreciate that. I know I can’t go thank them all individually, but it was great to see CHANCELLOR, see page 9


LSU women’s basketball coach Van Chancellor looks on Sunday during the Lady Tigers’ 69-59 win against Green Bay.




Tigers’ doubleheader canceled LSU has eleventh game rained out By Jarred LeBlanc Sports Contributor

The No. 17 LSU softball team started its season in the sunny weather of the Paradise Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, but since then, the weather has been everything but sunny for the Tigers. The severe weather that passed through Baton Rouge on Thursday morning left half of the outfield fence in Tiger Park on the ground. But that was the least of the Tigers’ concerns because the weather also forced the team to cancel its doubleheader against Mississippi Valley State scheduled for Thursday night in the stadium. LSU (21-7, 8-3) has now had 11 games canceled or rained out this season. “It’s just been an incredible year,” said LSU coach Yvette Girouard. “We’ve seen a hurricane, snow and a tornado all in year. I’m pretty sure that’s what it is because I don’t think that was just wind that did all the damage to softball, football and Alex Box.” The series against Mississippi Valley State was added to the schedule March ‘It’s just 16 to make up the games been an for previously canincredible celed during year. We’ve the season. “It’s frusseen a trating because hurricane, we tried to up some snow and a make of these games, tornado all and it doesn’t in a year.’ look like it’s going to hapYvette Girouard pen,” Girouard LSU softball coach said. “You always worry about the total number of wins, your RPI and everything else [for your postseason résumé], but we’re in the best conference in the country.” Girouard said the Tigers have no plans of scheduling any more make-up games. “The problem is people’s schedules are full,” Girouard said. “We have maybe one more date where we can try to pick up something, but that’s it.” The Tigers practiced in the batting cages Thursday after the announcement about the cancellation was made. “We practiced in the cage, and we’re just going to take the weekend off because we were scheduled to be off anyway,” Girouard said. Girouard said the cancellations have not affected the team’s performance this season. “Bottom line is we’re winning,” Girouard said. “When you’re in a groove, you want to keep playing, but there is nothing we can do about this now.” Contact Jarred LeBlanc at

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The outfield fence at Tiger Park was torn off its supports early Thursday morning because of the high winds and inclement weather that passed through the Baton Rouge area. The Tigers have now had 11 games canceled this season.

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First outdoor home meet of season still scheduled Weather caused minor damage to stadium By Rowan Kavner Sports Contributor

The LSU track and field team will persevere through the weather — for now. LSU’s first home outdoor meet starts this weekend with the twoday LSU Outdoor Relays at Bernie Moore Stadium. “[The meet] should be really

good depending upon the weather forecast,” said LSU coach Dennis Shaver. “It doesn’t look great. It sounds like it’s supposed to be raining through Saturday.” Shaver said the track facilities did sustain some damage but not enough to cancel LSU’s first home outdoor meet as of Thursday. It is also the first outdoor meet where most of the Tigers and Lady Tigers are expected to compete. The athletes who participated in individual events at the NCAA Indoor Championships on March

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LSU sophmore Walter Henning participates in the men’s weight throw Jan. 23 during the Tigers’ track and field meet in the Carl Maddox Fieldhouse.

CHANCELLOR, from page 7

almost two sections of students fill up like they did.” Chancellor also said he couldn’t thank LSU football coach Les Miles, men’s basketball coach Trent Johnson, baseball coach Paul Mainieri and athletic director Joe Alleva enough for donating $1,000 each to give students free admission to the first and second-round games of the NCAA tournament. “I really want to say how much I appreciate them doing this for me,” Chancellor said. “It’s great to know you coach with people who are interested in your program and are willing to back it up with money. That’s a great statement.” HIGHTOWER ADDS TO SEASON HONORS Junior guard Allison Hightower was named a finalist for the State Farm Coaches All-America Basketball Team on Thursday. She is among 40 women’s basketball players who have a chance to be named to the 10-member team April 4. Hightower is the first player in LSU history to lead the team in points (14.9 per game), assists (3.0), steals (1.9) and blocks (1.2) in a single season. The Arlington, Texas, native scored a careerhigh 26 points in the Lady Tigers’ first-round NCAA tournament game against Green Bay, and she eclipsed 20 points Tuesday

against Louisville, making her the first to have consecutive 20-point games since Sylvia Fowles last season. EASON HAS COLLARBONE SURGERY Chancellor announced Thursday that sophomore guard Latear Eason underwent collarbone surgery after injuring it in LSU’s 6959 loss to Louisville.

13 and 14 didn’t run in LSU’s first outdoor meet last weekend in Lafayette. “Most everybody will be competing in some event or even multiple events in the two-day track meet [this weekend],” Shaver said. Most of the athletes on the track will run relays, including senior sprinter Trindon Holliday, who will run the 4x100-meter relay. “The performances in this meet and the one we just had will determine who all it is that we take to the Texas Relays,” Shaver said. The Texas Relays begin next Thursday, April 2, in Austin, Texas. This weekend’s meet will play host not only to college athletes, but to athletes of all ages. As many as 2,800 athletes will compete at this weekend’s meet, including an age group for “tiny tots,” “bantams,” high school, college and masters, according to a news release. Two former LSU greats will compete in their first outdoor meet of the season this weekend. Hurdler Lolo Jones will run the 100-meter hurdles, and sprinter Richard Thompson will run the 4x100-meter relay. Texas schools Baylor and TCU are among LSU’s competitors this weekend. It is a positive change moving from indoors to outdoors for two LSU sprinters. “I feel more confident in the outdoors than the indoors in both the 100 and the 200 because the indoor is based on the start so you can’t catch up with people,” said sophomore sprinter Gabriel Mvumvure. “Where I grew up [in Zimbabwe, Africa], I

Eason started 19 games this season and averaged 3.4 points and 2.1 assists per game. Chancellor said he expects “a full recovery” for Eason. “She was a critical part of our success this season, and we expect great things from her next season,” he said. Contact Rachel Whittaker at

never used to run indoors.” Mvumvure ran on LSU’s sprint relay teams in the 2008 season, winning titles at the Texas Relays and the Penn Relays in the 4x100-meter relays. Junior sprinter Samantha Henry didn’t run indoors when she was younger, either. “Outdoors are more favorable to me,” Henry said. “I wasn’t

accustomed to running indoors back home [in Jamaica]. Outdoors is more competitive. I like outdoors better.” The meet is scheduled to begin this morning at 10 a.m. with the field events, followed by the track events at 3 p.m. — unless weather pushes it back. Contact Rowan Kavner at

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players who were maybe comfortable in their roles got shook up a The teams met in the finals little bit.” Ole Miss’ strength is its pitchof the 2008 SEC tournament with ing depth. LSU winning 8-2. The Rebels have six pitchers “It’s going to be fun,” said LSU junior second baseman Ryan who currently have a 4.00 ERA or Schimpf. “It’s going to be an in- less, something Mainieri said will tense weekend. We’ve got to come be a major challenge to an LSU offense that has been out with a lot of hit-or-miss all seafire and jump on son. them right off the “It’s hard to bat.” get hot against the The Tigers Rebels,” he said. enter the game “They’ve got some having won four really good arms.” straight games. Ole Miss But Mainieri Paul Mainieri sophomore Drew was not pleased LSU baseball coach Pomeranz will with LSU’s effort likely start Fri— especially in Tuesday’s 4-3 win against Harvard, day’s game for the Rebels. Pomeranz had success against forcing the Tigers’ third-year coach to sit several starters in Wednes- LSU in his freshman season pitching eight innings and allowed just day’s game. “This team’s not going to four hits in a 7-1 Ole Miss victory. “He’s a hard-throwing left be a team where there are two or three players who think the world hander,” Mainieri said. “He’s a revolves around them,” Mainieri very good one.” But the Rebels pitchers strugsaid. “Some of the young players stepped in and played great, gled in the team’s past two games and I think some of the veteran and have allowed 34 combined

REBELS, from page 7


‘[Drew Pomeranz is] a hard-throwing left hander. He’s a very good one.’

MILES, from page 7 Miles said the facility has stayed strong through past storms in the area, but this band of severe weather “got us pretty good.” “Fortunately no one was injured,” he said. “This building has been just a rock through Katrina, Rita and Gustav, virtually everything that’s come along.” Miles said sophomores Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee and freshmen Russell Shepard and Chris Garrett will see playing time at quarterback at the scrimmage. He said Shepard will likely take snaps at wide receiver as well. “All four quarterbacks will have the opportunity to play,” Miles said. “[Shepard] may take a snap or two at other positions,” Miles said. “We’ve thrown him a couple of routes. He has to be an advantage for us, and right now we are

runs in losses to Alabama and St. Louis. The struggles forced the Rebels to move All-American senior closer Scott Bittle to the starting rotation, a move Rebels coach Mike Bianco hopes can jumpstart his struggling rotation. “Giving up about 34 runs in two games hasn’t been good or a lot of fun,” Bianco said in a news release. “It seems we’re never out of the game no matter the score, but you just can’t give up that many runs.” Mainieri said he knows his team will get the best Ole Miss has to offer this weekend, despite the Rebels losing consecutive games coming into the series. “Anytime you get LSU and Ole Miss on the same field in whatever sport, it’s going to be highly intense,” Mainieri said. “[Bianco] will have his guys ready for sure. And hopefully the coach for LSU will have the Fighting Tigers ready to play, too.” Contact Casey Gisclair at

figuring out if him at receiver is an The only thing he’s not getting is a advantage or not. With the ball in live look.” his hands, he makes people miss.” Miles said two walk-ons Miles said junior Richard Du- will play at fullback in Saturgas, a possible canday’s scrimmage. didate to play at He said seniors fullback next seaCharles Scott and son, will have surKeiland Williams gery this spring. and junior Richard He said redMurphy will be at shirt freshman tailback along with linebacker Kellen freshman Drayton Theriot is also out Calhoun. Les Miles for spring practice. “We’re very LSU football coach Miles said fortunate [Calsophomore offenhoun] is here. He sive lineman T-Bob Hebert will weighs 205 pounds, and he came in have a chance to compete for a at 190. He’s getting an idea of what starting job. it all looks like.” “He’s progressing very well for someone who will not take live scrimmage reps,” Miles said. “He’s tough and got good quickness ... he Contact Rachel Whittaker at wants to help the guy beside him when he’s on the line of scrimmage.


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Facility Services department acts swiftly to clean up campus We know this scene all too well. Bad weather. Lots of damage. And a major headache. The severe weather that greeted everyone at the University on Thursday morning certainly wasn’t welcomed. But it seems like the response

on campus was well executed. University Facility Services workers got an early wake-up call this morning and were quick to sweep up the campus. Trucks were stacked with branches and debris well before noon. And workers could be seen scattered around campus assessing damage and making repairs.

Emmett David, facility development director, said workers started their day at 2 a.m. And those workers should be commended for their efforts. We’ve dealt with bigger issues than these. Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Gustav have given us more experience than we all would like.

If you have friends who need help repairing, you know the drill. Get out there, clean up the mess then enjoy a few beers as a reward. Cleaning up after storms has almost become a ritual around here. But the bigger point is just not to stress. We’ve been through pains like

these before, and this situation is no different. We’ll clean up, rebuild and make things better than they were before. Contact the Editorial Board at


Sex column hinders paper’s credibility, averts liability

A University of Montana law professor is looking to the state legislature to establish written policies for hiring student employees at the its student newspaper, the Montana Kaimin. Assistant law professor Kristen Juras said Bess Davis’s weekly “Bess Sex Column” reflected poorly on the university. Juras claimed freedom of speech comes with responsibility. While this isn’t much of an argument, it does have some merit — the Kaimin cannot completely escape responsibility. Because a portion of the Kaimin’s funding comes from student fees, Juras argued, the primary purpose of content should be educational. While this is not the best conclusion, the Kaimin is still accountable for understanding reader sensibilities. Editor-in-chief Bill Oram discounted the scope of his readership as not all students at Montana, I assume, are in their 20s. Some students may be under 18. Though the paper

doesn’t owe them any special obligation, it’s important not to alienate any members of the community. Otherwise, Oram risks credibility among a specific segment of the community for the sake of entertainment. This could be interpreted as advocating unsafe sex. If a reader develops a health problem as a result of bad counsel from the column, then Davis not only introduced, but also encouraged, the potential for harm. This is not to say Davis, Oram or the Kaimin should bear ultimate responsibility for readers’ actions, but to say the paper’s content bears no responsibility to its readers is negligent at best. Richard Nelson, LSU media ethics professor, said a sex column must be authoritative to be effective. In the midst of Juras’s claim that sex columns should be written with some expertise, Davis admitted she was not a “sexpert.” To her credit, Davis includes commentary from health professionals in her column. But to be fair, sex-

ual health is too serious a topic to be discussed by non-experts in a public forum as large as the Kaimin’s. Clearly, using humor and coarse language will affect any column’s reception. But not only is that shock Daniel Lumetta value downsizOpinion Editor ing as society progresses, but it can also desensitize the audience. More shock equals less shock eventually. This is boring by today’s standards. Because hiring and moderation are based on human judgment, publication is determined by the value a column holds for the public. Oram specified that value is meant to educate, entertain and provide a forum to the campus community. But Oram, while noting the column’s popularity, seemingly doesn’t

have a gauge to measure the educational value of the column. It may be immensely popular, and it may be noble to stand in the defense of the First Amendment, but after nearly two months of publication, there appears to be little of relevance Davis can offer the community. With no way of knowing what students think about the column’s future and worth, Oram can’t make of a case for its entertainment value. To counter the lack of depth in Juras’s argument, the journalism department chair said readers don’t have to read what they don’t want to read. In a misguided attempt to reiterate the aforementioned argument, the Kaimin’s editors failed to realize those comments said more about the situation than they intended. If the column isn’t worth reading, it’s not worth publishing. To be clear, there should be no objection to the notion of a column about sexual health and related issues. But, as is common among college students, there appears to be too

little substantial analysis coupled with an abundance of perceived promotion without a broader range of options. The column’s publication depends on the quality of its writing and the value to its readers. One without the other voids its purpose. As both sides raise admirable arguments, no automatic answer arises. And with no compromise or surrender on the horizon, editors must consider their opportunity cost. I do not intend to discredit or berate the Kaimin – its staff does an exceptional job. But the keyword in student newspaper is “student.” It’s a place where journalists learn to be journalists. We all make mistakes.

Daniel Lumetta is a 22-year-old mass communication senior from Metairie. Contact Daniel Lumetta at


Gays are found in the wild – leaping lesbian lizards When God felt the earth was corrupt, He told Noah to build an ark. In the ark, Noah would take his family. And a male and female of every creature on Earth — and Noah thought he had. But he was mistaken. Slithering off the boat after the waters receded were 27 species of lizards, void of males – procreating of their own accord. This was possible through an asexual form of reproduction called parthenogenesis. Parthenogenesis allows a female to lay unfertilized eggs that will hatch as exact genetic replicas of the mother. These “virgin creations,” or parthenogens, are found among higher organisms including fish, amphibians and reptiles. But these lizards are special — 4 of the 27 parthenogenetic lizard species engage in homosexual intercourse. That’s right, “lesbian sex.”

In the lesbianistic encounter, an active female mounts a passive one and strokes her partner’s back, neck and “privates” with her tail. The interesting part of these lesbian sexual encounters is what determines which female will be the pitcher and catcher. Researchers found the active female role-playing as the male will always have underdeveloped eggs while the passive female’s eggs will be preovulatory and ready to be laid. These roles may reverse as the female’s egg cycle progresses. A female can take on the reverse role of her previous encounter depending on her eggs’ maturity. Researchers don’t know if the mock male-female sex functions to better facilitate reproduction. But whether it does or not, the eggs will hatch normally with or without it. This form of reproduction shouldn’t be confused with hermaphroditism — a condition where



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both the eggs and sperm can be produced by the same organism, like in flowers. Many lower organisms such as plants and insects reproduce in an asexual fashion. If asexual reproduction is natural for lower organisms, it shouldn’t be strange for it to present itself Isabel Blum in higher organColumnist isms like lizards. There are two reasonable explanations for this phenomenon: evolution or God. Assuming God made all creatures, this reproduction form cannot result from evolution. This would mean God meant for these lizards to be homosexual. The assumption would be

contrary to popular religious belief. But it would explain why all gays and lesbians haven’t been smited by some divine power. Maybe God did make homosexuals. Maybe by creating different sexual orientations, races and cultures, He tests the world’s kindness toward others — the core of the golden rule. But if God opposes homosexuality, there must be other powers at work. Most would expect these lizards had male representatives at one point in history. Either the devil is creating sexual mayhem, or evolution is taking place. Evolution would allow the females to keep reproducing after the death of the last male. But this doesn’t answer how a female of any species can lay a virgin egg without females of its species doing so before. Maybe they have and didn’t know

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it. The quality would only become important when the last male of the species dies, so nobody would notice. Maybe in the future, human females will be able to give birth to a genetically identical twin. Lesbians of the human kind could also rejoice in having children without the use of a sperm donor. Believe what you may. But the fact that there are homosexual organisms other than humans can be a window into the nature of homosexuality. Noah may have made the mistake, but God saw it was good and showed his rainbow pride. Isabel Blum is a 20-year-old communication disorders junior from New Orleans. Contact Isabel Blum at


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Should women be allowed outside of the home?

Columnist Dini Parayitam wrote Tuesday about the modern woman’s role in the workplace and at home. Given the overwhelming feedback, we devoted an entire column for as many responses as we could fit. Here’s what the Peanut Gallery had to say:

Brandon Lee, English senior I was so moved by your column that I feel obligated to offer you a place in my apartment. I have a small cubby under the stairs stuffed with a spare mattress and will even let you use my sheets (after I’ve used them of course). I will expect you to always have food prepared for me and promise to use strong physical force if you ever get out line (talking, laughing, sitting). This actually brings me to one serious issue I have with accepting you into my household: your column. I’d like to know which man gave you permission to write for a newspaper and have your face appear in The Reveille for thousands to see. In fact, I’d like to know who taught you to read. Of course I wouldn’t be that angry with him


Open letter to newly elected graduate school representatives The new executive board and half of the new senate is comprised wholly of chemical engineering students. While everyone was fairly elected, this raises some concerns

considering the fact that he obviously kept your priorities in the right place. Satire usually has some sort of point beyond the literal content, but yours just didn’t. Just the way I like my women.

Michael Strain, sociology senior Women have been working outside the home alongside men since the industrial revolution — before then, both men and women worked together in the home. With the growth of baby boomers into adulthood, we have created a mythical home life that we believe everyone can live up to. There’s also quite a bit of ageism and abelism here. If the only desirable women are young and beautiful, where does that leave an older woman, or handicapped women? Are they unworthy of marriage? And what happens in a divorce? Parayitam clearly believes that stay-at-home mothers are better than working moms. This places motherhood on a pedestal, because only 6 percent of families

about representation. To the new graduate student officers, I urge you to reach outside of your department and look to the concerns of the graduate student population as a whole. There are issues that affect different students in different ways and I hope you will keep your ears open and make the extra effort to hear those voices. Ariel Gratch communication studies graduate student

still live under this model. I realize I’ve been long-winded about this, but here’s why. I work at the Battered Women’s Shelter in Baton Rouge. I’ve seen first-hand, on a regular basis, what happens when women become possessions of their husbands. They’ve become little more than incubators in the best of scenarios, and sexual slaves/punching bags in the worst. These women range across class, race, education and age, so this isn’t just a povertylevel problem. To suggest that women must live in this way is not only impractical, it’s downright dangerous.

Danielle Digilormo, psychology senior I wonder what Dini is thinking everytime I read her column. Maybe you should try being the perfect house wife and see how you like it after years of “providing” and see how much satisfaction that brings you. So, Dini, why don’t you drop out school, if you hate it so much and go stay at home and “primp” so “society will benefit.” That is what you want, right?

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Brandon K. White, philosophy junior Given the overwhelmingly hostile response to Dini’s article, I felt as though I should turn to her defense. Whereas it is surely the case that Dini is in error for a number of reasons, most of her nay-sayers aren’t given her writing a fair reading. What you all miss is the glimmer of truth in her articles, despite the errors, and that glimmer of truth is entirely sufficient to make her writing valuable. She’s wrong about the role of women. That said, she raises a good point. Because of the feminist movement, men and women have been driven into a sort of competition with each other in a bad way, even with respect to relationships. Men and women want to be equal. In the end, though, there’s a house to be taken care of, and neither ends up taking on the responsibility, and the house is a mess, the children are in jail, and the ex-husband and ex-wife can scarcely stand themselves any more than they can stand each other. I’m not saying women

shouldn’t be in the work force. It’s an economic reality that many women must work. That said, Dini is right: the feminists have tried to overturn traditional gender roles so much that now women are looked down upon for being housewives. Feminists haven’t made women free to choose what they want. They’ve merely given women a different set of chains by which to shackle themselves. Ultimately, I consider the feminists and I find myself quoting G.K. Chesterton: “... it [feminism] is mixed up with a muddled idea that women are free when they serve their employers but slaves when they help their husbands.” There is too much of a competitive, divisive atmosphere when it comes to the two sexes. Marriage isn’t supposed to be a competition. It’s supposed to be a mutual cooperation, but more. It’s supposed to be a real union whereby “two become one flesh.” Feminists only care about pursuing an agenda that ultimately hurts everyone, and gives advantage to nobody ... except maybe unattractive lesbians, who can’t have families. Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at

concession stand.

reasonable doubt.

7. All the umpires have law degrees.

2. They seem amazed students would choose a baseball game over studying on a Friday night.   

6. The team’s home page is

10. Home runs are permitted only under affirmative action guidelines.

5. Players do homework in the dugout between innings.   

9. Jersey numbers are their GPAs.

4. Their coach has a Ph.D in physics.

8. Their fans ask for Starbucks at the

3. Calls can be reversed upon

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ENJOY HELPING PEOPLE & making money? Foxy’s Fitness Center & Foxy’s Fitness for Women-now hiring for Sales Position. Apply on-line @ or call 225.296.8000

SUMMER GROVE CONDOS Reserve your unit now for Summer/Fall ’09. 2bed/2 bath - $1,200 2bed/2.5 bath - $1,300 3bed/3.5 bath - $1,650 See our website for more details! Dean Flores Real Estate 9191 Siegen Lane Ste 4-B Baton Rouge, LA 70810 225.767.2227

ING A’S SUBS Help needed. Apply online at LIFEGUARDS Lifeguards needed at all (7) branch locations of the YMCA. Certification classes available. We will train you! Flex schedules & fun atmosphere. Be part of our Y family! Apply in person at any YMCA or contact Toni at (225) 924-3606. PRESCHOOL TEACHER NEEDED at local Montessori based preschool. Must be experienced, energetic, and knowledgeable. Call M-F, 8am-5pm by March 31st. 225.343.9998 WEEKEND LEASING A GENT Needed for apartment community on Jefferson Hwy. Compensation is an apartment. Great opportunity for a college student. Fax resume to 225-924-9893 THE UNIVERSIT Y CLUB Golf Course is now hiring servers, beverage cart attendants, and cart staff. Flexible hours and fun atmosphere. Call 819-0800 for more info. P L AS TIC SURGERY PR AC T I C E HIRING RECEPTIONIST/ INSURANCE CLERK. SKILLS AND PLEASANT PHONE VOICE REQUIRED. PRIOR MEDICAL OFFICE EXP PREFERRED. SUBMIT RESUME IN PERSON BETWEEN 10:30AM & 3 PM M-TH @ OLOL, PLAZA II, SUITE 6001, 7777 HENNESSY BLVD. !BAR TENDING! Up to $300/Day. No Experience Necessary. Training Provided. Age 18+ OK 1-800-965-6520 xt127 TJ RIBS IS NOW HIRING SERVERS. APPLY IN PERSON AT 2324 S. ACADIAN THRUWAY, BATON ROUGE, LA. **EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER**

FOR SALE X B OX 360 BUNDLE W/ GUITAR HERO Wolrd Tour and GH 3 *Brand New* $290 225.229.7838 TIGER MANOR CONDOMINIUMS. UNIT S R E A D Y F O R S P R I N G & F ALL 2009!! Brand new 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units for sale s t a r ting at $124,900. Ask about our G u a r a n t e e d B u y -Back Program!! 3000 July S t . 2 2 5 - 3 4 6 - 5 0 5 5 w w w . t i g e r m a n o r. c o m Location. Location. Location... Star t Living. $139,900- 3330 WILL ARD CONDO! High demand 2BR 2BA Views of LSU clock tower on private balcony! Gated! 225.937.4003 Engle Realty 2BR/2BA W/ LOFT Near LSU. 7300 Burbank. 1430sf. Upstairs unit. All appliances inc. Pool. $149K. 225.405.1852 FOR S ALE: Studio Apt. 900 Sq. Ft. Fenced Yard 1535 Nicholson Dr. $114,860 985.859.3292 WHY RENT! 1400 sq ft home 5 miles from campus. 3bdrm, 2bath. Fireplace. New roof. Appliances included. $139,900. Don”t miss out on this great deal! 225.757.7455

FOR RENT WALK TO L SU One BR $425 881 Violet. McDaniel Prop. 225.388.9858 *L A K E B E A U P R E ’ T O W N H O M E S * Reserve your place now for Summer/ Fall ’09. 2br/2.5b - $1300/ mo. 3br/3.5b - $1650/ mo. Featuring Clubhouse with Pool, Tennis

TIGER MANOR CONDOMINIUMS. UNIT S R E A D Y F O R S P R I N G & F ALL 2009! Brand new 1, 2, & 3 bedrooms available. Reserve y o u r u n i t t o d a y ! Wa l k t o c l a s s ! 3 0 0 0 J u l y St. 225-346-5055. Location. Location. Location... Star t Living. A R L I N G T O N T R AC E Reserve yours now for Summer/Fall ’09. 2bed/2.5 bath - $1,300/monthly 3bed/3.5 bath - $1,650/monthly All appliances included. Dean Flores Real Estate 225.767.2227

FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2009 APT FOR RENT 2 bedroom Apt in Tiger Plaza $455/person or best offer. 618.319.0054 CONDO FOR RENT 3 bdr 2 baths BRIGHTSIDE APT.#1204 900 Dean Lee Dr. Baton Rouge La. Gated, Pool, Sand BB, Res.park $1500.00 per Mth 504-382-8655 504.382.8655 HOUSE FOR RENT Beautiful 3/2ba house on lake in Nicholson Lakes sub all amenities LSU area must see 1500/mo 225-9333477 225.751.4212 L SU: TIGERL AND Studio, 1 & 2 Bdr. WOOD FLOORS, POOL, LAUNDRY, QUIET $465$695 225.766.7224 WALK TO L SU 1 and 2 BR FLATS and TH, pool, laundry center. University View Apartments on West Parker. Call Hannah 767-2678. NO PETS.



FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2009 Needs roommate to share 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath Lake Beau Pre Townhouse minutes from class. Gated, Workout Room, Pool, Tennis Court $625 ALL UTILITIES UNCLUDED! Grad or Vet student preferred. 225.247.0567 ROOM IN GOOD house. W&D, alarm, etc. No lease needed. $260 + shared utilities. $250 dep. 225.921.1209 F E M A L E R O O M M A TE NEEDED Female roommate needed to share a 2 br/1ba apt at Tiger Manor $525/month(beginning 8/1)

PERSONALS LOOKING TO SCORE?!?! Fun, smart, cute blonde babe about to graduate... Looking for involved, soccer-playing male grad-student... Only wanting a quick fling before I move away in the Fall! Come play with me! ! GUITARIS T WANTED ! New Band seeking young electric guitarist with influences such as... U2... Coldplay... Fray... Blue October... Practice space preferred, but not necessary. Call Josh @ (318) 458-9766 I NEED A FRECKLY REDHEAD GIRL I am in love with redheads and their freckles, and I just can’t seem to find any; it’s a problem! I have a great sense of humor, and I’m pretty intelligent and caring. So if there are any freckled redhead girls out there who like to meet a muscular Italian guy, email me at BASSIS T LOOKING FOR BAND 19 Years Old 6 Years Experience Experience In Many Different Genres Want To Start Giging ASAP Easy Going 225.614.4032 LIKE TO GET LOS T ON ROADTRIPS? Single guy looking for a fine honey to get lost taking a roadtrip, i have no clue how to read a map, so come get lost with D E N I M D A N D E S I R E S D ATE Looking for a girl who’s not scared of a little denim. I’ll be at Reggie’s in my jean jacket and dark denims on the stage, sippin on a cranberry vodka. Love it or leave it baby 504.256.7534 I LIKE DR. PEPPER (SEXY) I’ve recently discovered my love for HALO. Looking for a female partner to play w/. Call me. 337.274.2979 L SU GUY Looking for love in all the wrong places. Finally decided to put this up here. I’m 22 going to graduate next May. I need a sweet girl who is content being herself. I like movies, going out to dinner, traveling, and of course LSU Football. GIRL NEEDED FOR girl needed for laundry and creation of tasty ice cream treats *TIRED OF BEING HEAR T BROKEN* Smart, shy, Independant LSU Junior girl looking to hang out with a nice, smart, sensible, cute guy for friendship or possibly dating. SEEKING CHARITABLE, outdoor loving individual. Must love animals and the occasional hiking or camping trip. Drop me a message at I WANT TO BE YOUR DERIVATIVE so I can lie tangent to your curves. Nerdy ndn chick seeking an intelligent and attractive conversationalist. Ladies only, please—I’m tired of natural logs approaching the asymptote. SEARCHING 4 SOULMATE 20yo Asian guy seeking masculine guy 18-23 to date.

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The Daily Reveille — March 27, 2009  
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