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Volume 113, Issue 100

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Second text test showed improved results

By Lindsey Meaux Staff Writer

Nowhere Fast

BR problems worsen as traffic congestion drops around country By Lindsey Meaux Staff Writer

Baton Rouge drivers have grown accustomed to the red glow of brake lights and blaring

horns in traffic as the sun goes down over the Mississippi River. And now Baton Rouge traffic is a nationally recognized problem. While drivers nationwide

spent an average of 13 fewer hours stuck in traffic in 2008 than during 2007, Baton Rouge saw a 6 percent increase in overall TRAFFIC, see page 5

photos by JARED P. L. NORMAND / The Daily Reveille

Cars travel through the intersection of E. Parker Boulevard and Highland Road on Monday during peak traffic hours.

In an emergency, sometimes no news can be good news. But University administrators are challenging that mindset with the help of last Thursday’s emergency text messaging test. FirstCall, the University’s emergency text messaging service, reported nearly 1,600 messages failed to deliver, and 158 messages were unaccounted for during the text message test — something Sheri Thompson, IT communications and planning officer, said marked a general improvement compared to prior tests. “Generally, we saw improvement except for in one area,” Thompson said. “We have not ever done a purge of people who are not with LSU. We haven’t cleaned anything out yet. That will hopefully make our data a bit more clean.” Thursday’s message was sent MESSAGE, see page 6


IHRA to hold first drag race in La. in 20 years Contributing Writer


LSU football coach Les Miles is trading the football field for the racetrack this weekend. Miles will be the grand marshal at the International Hot Rod Association’s Mardi Gras Nationals drag race that takes place Friday through Sunday at the State

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er. “We wanted to bring that kind of excitement and flair to the race.” The Mardi Gras Nationals is also hosting an LSU Student Night beginning at 6 p.m. Friday. Students who show their LSU ID will get admission for $10. General admission for Friday night is $35 for adults. All tickets include free parking and a pit pass, which takes fans backstage to watch the drivers tune their vehicles and get autographs, photos and merchandise. “We know how big LSU is NATIONALS, see page 6


By Mary Walker Baus

Capitol Raceway. Stars of the three professional racing classes, Top Fuel, Pro Modified and Pro Stock, will come to the raceway to compete for an individual class purse, as well as points to become the world champion at the season’s end. The Nationals was given a Mardi Gras theme, and on Saturday, IHRA plans to have a parade with floats, beads and a crawfish boil. “Mardi Gras is such a Louisiana tradition,” said Larry Crum, IHRA media and publicity manag-


LSU student night scheduled for Friday

photo courtesy of Larry Crum

The IHRA is hosting Mardi Gras Nationals at the State Captiol Raceway starting Friday.











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HAVANA (AP) — President Raul Castro abruptly removed some of Cuba’s most powerful officials Monday, putting a personal stamp on the government in the biggest shakeup since he took over for his ailing brother Fidel Castro a year ago. The changes replaced some key Fidel loyalists with men closer to Raul, including the longtime foreign minister and the secretary of the Council of State. They also reduced the enormous powers of a vice president credited with saving Cuba’s economy after the fall of the Soviet Union.

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — As top diplomats pledged billions of dollars for war-ravaged Gaza on Monday, ordinary people here — from merchants to housewives — said they’d rather have open borders than handouts. Even some tunnel smugglers who profit from Gaza’s blockaded borders say they’d rather import legally through open crossings than risk Israeli bombing raids and shaft collapses. “I want a cease-fire and open borders. Crossings are better than tunnels,” said 22-year-old smuggler Abu Mahmoud, leaning over a shaft as workers tried to clear a 300-foot stretch of tunnel that had collapsed under an Israeli airstrike.


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(AP) — Shares of Louisiana and Mississippi companies took a battering Monday as the Dow Jones closed below 7,000 for the first time in more than 11 years. Several regional companies hit 52-week lows, especially in the petroleum sector. Benchmark crude oil for April delivery fell $4.61 to settle at $40.15 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. In the petroleum sector, Callon Petroleum Co. fell 14 cents, or 11.7 percent, to close at $1.06. Stone Energy Corp. dropped 56 cents, or 14.1 percent, to $3.40. PetroQuest Energy Inc. was down 79 cents, or 24.4 percent, to a 52-week low of $2.45. McMoRan Exploration Co. shed $1, or 21.8 percent, to close at a 52-week low of $3.59. Energy Partners Ltd. gained 3 cents, or 11.1 percent, to 30 cents.

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Louisiana holds nation’s Gov. Jindal defends message of GOP speech No. 1 incarceration rate (AP) — Widely panned for his national TV address, Gov. Bobby Jindal offered his first defense of the speech Monday, saying he sticks by the message, while acknowledging shortcomings in his delivery. “Look, I get that people thought I could have spoken better. I get that. That’s fine ... What’s important to me is the content. I’m a policy guy. You guys know that. I’ve always been a policy guy, always will be a policy guy. The ideas are important. The substance is important,” Jindal told reporters in the state Capitol, a day after returning from a family vacation.


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Recent plane crashes ECO lobbies for energy policy in D.C. rally on cause travel anxiety Students Capitol lawn

in a major airline crash. It is also far more likely for a person to die in a car or on a bicycle than in a plane. Statistics also show safety on By Brianna Paciorka U.S. airlines has improved as the Contributing Writer number of plane departures rose Cramped seats, turbulence over the years. Less than 0.5 fatal and the thought of flying 35,000 accidents per million scheduled feet in the air in a large, heavy departures have occurred since object is something many anxious deregulation, according to the travelers find unpleasant. National Transportation Safety One of the safest modes of Board. transportation is air travel, but Davis said, however, that with two major airline crashes hearing such statistics or comalready this year, some travelers, ments about flying being the safespecially those who fear flying, est form of travel does not always may be feeling nervous when tak- help those who feel nervous about ing to the skies. flying. The crash of “If hearing Continental Airthat would’ve lines Flight 3407 helped you, it killed all 49 paswould’ve helped sengers on board you the 10th time, and one on the the 11th time, the ground when it 100th time,” Dacrashed into a vis said. Rebecca Warner house in Buffalo, Davis said senior, English literature N.Y., on Feb. 12, specific informaending a two-year tion is more helpperiod without a single airline pas- ful, and people who feel nervous senger death in the U.S. The crash about flying should learn more happened nearly a month after US about flying, such as the proceAirways Flight 1549 crash-landed dures of flying and the sounds in the Hudson River on Jan. 15. heard during a flight. Treatment is All 155 onboard survived. also an option for those who are Both crashes were widely anxious about flying. publicized by media outlets, causSome University students, ing some travelers to feel nervous however, don’t feel any more nerabout flying despite statistics vous about flying after the recent showing that flying is one of the plane crashes. safest modes of transportation. “Airplane pilots are more Tom Davis, assistant profes- trained than motorists. It’s their sor of psychology, said there are job,” said Rebecca Warner, Engseveral theories behind why peo- lish literature senior. “Flying is ple have fears or anxiety about safer than other forms of travel.” flying. A bad experience with flyErica Boyd, biological sciencing, observing or hearing some- es sophomore, said she believes thing negative happen with flying planes are safe, and plane crashes or a combination of both can also could happen to anyone. cause anxiety for some people, “It’s not going to keep you Davis said. from flying,” Boyd said. “You’ve seen all these things on the news, you’ve heard that negative information,” Davis said. Contact Brianna Paciorka at “For someone that has a little bit more of an anxious temperament, they’re hearing all those negative things … they get on the plane, and they hit a little turbulence. That might be enough for someone altogether to develop a phobia.” While there is a varying number when it comes to the odds of dying in a plane crash, research by the National Safety Council found it is more likely for a person to die falling out of bed or from tripping while walking than to die

Statistics show odds of accidents unlikely


‘Airplane pilots are more trained than motorists. It’s their job.’

By Peter Hubbs Contributing Writer

The LSU Environmental Conservation Organization invaded Washington D.C. on Thursday with 21 students, two minivans and one mission — to make the University more environmentally sustainable. Students joined more than 10,000 other students from around the country to participate in Powershift ’09 — a youth conference demanding government action to reclaim the economy and environment through climate and clean energy policy, according to the Powershift Web site. “The conference will give us skills training to organize effective campaigns on campus, learn how to have quick meetings, talk to the media and learn to be leaders,” said Rachel Guillory, Sierra Student Coalition campus organizer. These skills help ECO make a larger impact on campus after they get back today and work on sustainability efforts, Guillory said. They also allow ECO to avoid having a few leaders run everything then graduate and leave the organization without a stable support, Guillory said. Not even the weather stopped University students from demanding action as they took part in a rally on the Capitol lawn during Monday’s snowstorm. “We’re standing in three feet of snow to avoid three feet of sea level rise,” Guillory said. ECO worked to achieve their main goal of networking during Powershift, said Meredit Soniat, ECO co-president. “Louisiana lacks environmental awareness so networking with people on the same page as us allows us to see what other universities are doing and see what we can follow,” Soniat said. During Powershift, ECO joined up with more than 100 students from across Louisiana to start a joint effort for environmental action,

Guillory said. “It was the highlight of the whole weekend,” Guillory said. “We even had students from Penn State and Michigan that are from New Orleans come just to see what we can do.” One of their plans is to followup on their lobbying of Louisiana congressmen when Congress goes into recess in April, Guillory said. ECO benefited from Powershift greatly, and the only problem seemed to be driving back through

the weather, Guillory said. “We don’t know how we’re going to get home,” Guillory said. “The issue is our safety. None of us are used to driving in the snow.” When they do return, the members of ECO look forward to applying what they learned to the upcoming Unplug energy competition, Guillory said. Contact Peter Hubbs at


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Chancellor Michael Martin reads to first grade students at Buchanan Elementary on Monday to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday during Read Across America Day.



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Post office housed in new location behind Faculty Club Union construction cause for move By Brianna Paciorka Contributing Writer

The LSU Post Office moved to a new location behind the Faculty Club on Raphael Semmes Road because of Student Union construction. The start of construction on the Union’s northeast quadrant caused the relocation of the post office to portables behind the Faculty Club, said Shirley Plakidas, Union director. The post office moved during Mardi Gras break, and Plakidas could not give an exact date as to when it would return to the Union. “It had to be moved because when building starts on the northeast part of the Union, they have to work in the ceiling of the post office where the plumbing is,”

Plakidas said. “The post office still had their portables from when they used them during the hurricane, so the post office brought them over to use when they were moved.” All of the post office boxes are spread out among the portables in numerical order, Plakidas said. The post office counter is in the first trailer. University Auxiliary Services decided to move the post office behind the Faculty Club because of its proximity to the Union and convenience for students, said Kimberly Roberts, marketing coordinator for University Auxiliary Services. Cyprus Drive near the old Tiger Park and the north side of Middleton Library were also possible locations. “We’re glad it’s near the Union because people come to the Union. It’s in the center of campus,” Plakidas said. The new location, however,

has confused some post office patrons. Plakidas said although both the post office and University Auxiliary Services posted fliers, and the University sent out a broadcast e-mail Feb. 19, some people did not hear about the relocation. “It came as a bit of a shock to them, but once people found out about the new location, everything

was OK,” Plakidas said. Alisa Porch, LSU Post Office clerk, said she hasn’t heard any complaints from students about the new location. “Students have mentioned how much nicer it is here,” Porch said. “So far today, it’s been less busy. Some people still aren’t sure where the post office is and have asked.”

Marshall Hunter, finance senior, said the new location hasn’t been an inconvenience. “It’s not out of my way because I live on campus,” Hunter said. “It’s right across the street from the Union and only takes 10 seconds more to walk here.” Contact Brianna Paciorka at



to update your infrastructure, people are going to be stuck traffic congestion last year, ac- in traffic,” said Mark Lambert, cording to the 2008 Inrix Nation- communications director with al Traffic Scorecard, an annual Louisiana’s Department of Transreport of traffic congestion. portation and Development. “Our Baton Rouge, with a popula- infrastructure is terribly behind tion rank of 67 in the U.S., ranked the needs in Louisiana ... All 33rd for the worst traffic conges- of it comes down to a matter of tion in the nation. money.” But the excessive traffic conFor every gallon of gasoline gestion may be a sign of good purchased by consumers, Lamnews for the area. bert said the state gets $0.16 for “Although nobody loves traf- infrastructure improvement. For fic, in this particular case, it could instance, a 12-gallon tank would be a positive [from an economic provide the state with $1.92. perspective],” said Scott Sedlik, “Price of gas has gone up vice president of marketing for tremendously,” Lambert said. Inrix. “It means that consumers “When gas costs more, you conare going to the malls. They’re serve. It’s almost counterintuimaking trips to the stores. Busi- tive.” nesses are building products and The state receives the same shipping products.” amount of money per gallon — The national 30 percent de- $0.16 — regardless of the price crease in traffic congestion is at- of gas, Lambert said. tributed to the sluggish economy A project to widen I-12 is and rising unemployment rates, scheduled to begin construction Sedlik said. in the next month, according to Don Redthe Louisiana man, Louisiana Department of AAA spokesman, Tr a n s p o r t a t i o n said Louisiana’s and Developeconomy — and ment. The $100 traffic patterns — million project are defying the will widen I-12 to national trend. six lanes in both “The general directions. Mark Lambert concerns of the Another projstate of the econ- La. DOTD communications director ect will widen omy has people I-10 to six lanes staying closer to home,” Red- from the I-10 and I-12 split to man said of the national trend. about 1,500 feet past Siegen “What we have found is that it’s Lane. The project will cost about the state of the economy that has $85 million, Lambert said. people driving more so than just Lambert attributed the Misthe price of gasoline.” sissippi River Bridge as the cause Concerns of job security for problems on I-10, I-12 and have a seemingly direct effect on I-110. people’s travel decisions, Red“Everything narrows down man said. to two lanes,” Lambert said. “You The Scorecard aggregates start restricting the traffic flow.” data collected from automobiles Brian Wolshon, civil and with on-board Global Positioning environmental engineering proSystems and from Departments fessor, said traffic problems are of Transportation and Develop- an example of “supply and dement throughout the country to mand.” identify the 100 most congested “Whenever you make an imcities and the 1,000 worst traffic provement and traffic starts to bottlenecks in the country, Sedlik move better ... People recognize said. that, and it attracts more traffic to Six Baton Rouge traffic bot- that particular location,” Wolshon tlenecks, or points of traffic con- said. gestion, were ranked in the 1,000 The intersection of Highland worst bottlenecks nationwide, according to the Scorecard. The intersection of I-12 eastbound and Millerville Road is ranked 441st among the 1,000 worst traffic bottlenecks. The intersections of I-12 eastbound and O’Neal Lane, I-10 eastbound and I-110, I-10 westbound and Bluebonnet Road, I-12 eastbound and South Sherwood Forest Blvd. and I-110 southbound and Government Street round out the Baton Rouge bottlenecks ranked among the nation’s 1,000 worst bottlenecks. “Unless you have the funds

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‘Our infrastructure is terribly behind the needs in Louisiana.’

Road and West Parker Boulevard is a locale Wolshon said is a prime example of demand outweighing supply at peak traffic hours. “What you have here is you just have the old situation of three pounds of cars in a two-pound bag,” Wolshon said. “That’s a case where there’s not a whole lot of capacity improvements you can make there.” Contact Lindsey Meaux at


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down there,” Crum said. “We want to get students involved. With the economy the way it is, we wanted to help students out, giving them something to do. We hope the LSU community comes out.” Nicolas Duchamp, political science senior, said he thinks giving students a discount on ticket prices is a great idea that supports education by supporting students. “Having discounted prices is a way to help their company, but it’s a way to help students do what they enjoy,” Duchamp said. Gary Carter, the general manager of the State Capitol Raceway, said the idea for the LSU Student Night was a collaborative idea between the Raceway and IHRA, hoping to give students the opportunity to come to the event even on a tight budget. “Just like LSU football has its tailgaters, the racers bring their motor homes and families,” Carter said. “It’s a family-type event where people can be outdoors and watch a car go from 0 to 300 mph in seconds. The Top Fuel cars generate as much force as an earthquake.” In addition to the LSU Student


Night taking place Friday of the event, Les Miles will stand as the grand marshal, opening the Mardi Gras and racing festivities Saturday with his family at his side. Miles used to drag race as a young man growing up in Ohio. “I can pop a clutch as good as the next,” Miles said in an IHRA news release. “I enjoy the speed and the mechanical strategy.” In addition to the professional racers, the Mardi Gras Nationals will host the sportsman competitors and the “Night of Fire” on Saturday, which features the groundshaking jet semi of Bob Motz and the blazing jet bike of Kevin Martin. “It’s exciting to see a big semi with a jet engine on the back of it shooting flames 25 feet,” Crum said. This is one of the Raceway’s first big events since its new owner took over about three years ago. The track, which was built in 1968, used to host the Cajun Nationals drag race back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, but it fell on hard times when bigger tracks opened around the country. Carter said the Louisiana lifestyle of being outdoors gave the track owners and supporters confidence to “bring back

something to this area that had been lost.” Now the Raceway can seat 8,000 people, but because of the pre-event interest shown, Carter said they may only have standing room for the Mardi Gras Nationals. “It’s all about having a dream of something that was lost and trying to recover it,” Carter said. “It’s kind of like the old field of dreams — do it, and they will come.”

Contact Mary Walker Baus at

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by the LSU Police Department at 9:02 a.m. and was received by 9:10 a.m., according to ITS data. Thompson said the time lapse of eight minutes is an improvement compared to prior tests. “The more devices you have receiving the messages, the longer it’s going to take,” Thompson said. “There’s nothing really instant about instant messages in times of crisis ... Most infrastructure are not for text messaging. They’re for phone calls.” The FirstCall system was previously tested Sept. 26.

tuesday, march 3, 2009 The University switched to FirstCall, a Baton Rougebased firm, after the company, ClearTXT, stopped providing emergency communications, Thompson said. To sign up for emergency text messages, students must log on to PAWS and select the “Campus Community” option and then the “Emergency Text Message” option.

Contact Lindsey Meaux at





T.J. talks, Tigers listen

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Coach Trent Johnson yells from the sidelines Feb. 24 during the Tigers’ 81-75 win against Florida.

Johnson finalist for coach of the year By Amos Morale Sports Contributor

Trent Johnson was announced as one of 10 finalists for the 2009 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year award Monday. The LSU coach grinned and offered a two-word

the accolades off to his players after each game. The Tigers remained the SEC’s lone ranked team this week and climbed to No. 11 in the Associated Press Top 25 on Monday after defeating Florida and Kentucky last week. The ranking is LSU’s highest since being No. 9 in the fourth poll of the 2006-2007 season. JOHNSON, see page 11

HOLIDAY, see page 9

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who chose to listen and be receptive to what we were trying to do as a staff.” The deflection of praise is routine for Johnson, who shovels

Basketball coaches deserve holiday February is a pretty good month. You’ve got awesome holidays, like Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Groundhog Day and Flag Day in Canada. I’m going to propose another holiday for the short month: The Johnson/ Chancellor Day of Coaching Excellence and Outstanding Achievement. Wo m e n ’s JOHANATHAN BROOKS coach Van Sports Columnist Chancellor and men’s coach Trent Johnson had great Februaries. Both of their teams posted winning records and made strong cases for their inclusion in the NCAA tournaments. This gives cause to celebrate. The women’s team has been the biggest thing popping at the PMAC, and it must make Chancellor happier than wearing a Snuggie before practice. The Lady Tigers posted a 6-2 record in February to follow up their pretty decent January. The ladies finished the month on their longest winning streak of the season—five games—and cemented themselves among the Southeastern Conference’s best teams as they enter the conference tournament this weekend. Almost no one predicted this

Senior guard Garrett Temple defends Florida’s Erving Walker on Feb. 24 during the Tigers’ 81-75 win against the Gators. LSU clinched the Southeastern Conference title Saturday against Kentucky.

comment about possibly winning the award. “Next question.” Johnson has led the Tigers to a 25-4 record, including 13-1 in Southeastern Conference play, in his first season at LSU. The Tigers won only 13 games last season. But he consistently defers the credit. “I’m proud of where [the players] have taken themselves,” Johnson said. “They’re the ones



Tigers take 24-game unbeaten streak on road against UNO Matulis to start on the mound for LSU By Andy Schwehm Sports Contributor

LSU was riding a 12-game winning streak last season heading into its 5-hour, 15-inning matchup against the University of New Orleans in May. LSU coach Paul Mainieri remembers the game all too well. “We’re going to do everything we can to avoid another 15-inning game,” Mainieri said. “That was a great ballgame last year, but it was a long one, and it certainly drained

our pitching staff. We’re going to hope that we win the ballgame but do it in just nine innings this year.” This season No. 1 LSU (7-0) is riding a 24-game regular season unbeaten streak into New Orleans. LSU junior second baseman Ryan Schimpf said the team isn’t worried about its streak. “Our goal is to win our next game, and that’s what we are trying to do,” Schimpf said. “We just want to win and play a solid ballgame.” Mainieri will again be playing against something close to his heart. Last weekend against Central Florida it was former assistant coaches, and tonight it is UNO

baseball. Mainieri played second base for UNO from 1978-1979, helping the Privateers win two Sun Belt Conference Championships. Mainieri said he also played in the inaugural season at Maestri Field, scoring the winning run against Oklahoma in the first game in the stadium. “I fell in love with Louisiana when I was at LSU my freshman year, but the years I spent in New Orleans sure enhanced my love for this state and that city,” Mainieri said. “As much as competing against Terry [Rooney] this weekSTREAK, see page 10


LSU coach Paul Mainieri presents former LSU assistant coaches and current UCF coaches Terry Rooney (right) and Cliff Godwin (left) on Friday night at Alex Box Stadium with their 2008 College World Series rings.




New Orleans Hornets forward David West drives into the paint past Philadelphia 76ers center Samuel Dalembert during the first half of their game Monday in Philadelphia. West was chosen the Western Conference player of the week only hours earlier.


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West leads Hornets to fifth-straight win By The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — David West was big again for New Orleans, scoring 30 points with 10 rebounds to lead the Hornets to their fifth straight win, 98-91 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. West was chosen the Western Conference player of the week only hours earlier on the strength of his 28.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in four Hornets’ victories. The new week brought more of the same stellar production. West scored the Hornets’ first 12 points as they raced to a 13-point lead. New Orleans is on a season-high winning streak. Chris Paul bounced back from a two-point first half to finish with 16 points and 12 assists. His 3-pointer with 70 seconds left made it 95-89 and the Sixers could not recover. Led by West, the Hornets won for the seventh time in nine games since the All-Star break. The Sixers lost for the sixth time in eight games since the AllStar break and continue to slide down the Eastern Conference standings. Their 14-4 run last month had them in the hunt for the fourth seed and now they’re closer to eighth. Andre Iguodala scored 30 points and Andre Miller had 28 for Philadelphia. Iguodala swished a 20-footer to bring Philadelphia within one early in the fourth period. Paul assisted on two straight baskets for some breathing room and West made a short jumper to give him 30 points and New Orleans an 84-75 lead. Rasual Butler, who had 16 points and 10 rebounds, hit the Hornets’ eighth 3 of the game and they were back ahead by double digits. The Sixers don’t play again until Saturday and need the break to figure out how to start winning again. But they did have some fight in them, coming back from

13 down to tie the score at 25 in the second quarter. They could have done more to stop West. West, who scored 32 points in Sunday’s win at New Jersey, shouldered the offensive load early when he made six of his first seven shots. When he scored his ninth basket midway through the second quarter, a Sixers fan yelled out, “Will you doubleteam him, please?!” He scored 22 points in the half to help New Orleans lead 46-45 at halftime. Notes: New Orleans’ Antonio Daniels was whistled for a technical foul in the second quarter. ... The Hornets are on their longest winning streak since March 30-April 12 of last season. ... The Sixers are 11-11 against the West. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at

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Basketball intramural playoffs begin today

By Sean Isabella Sports Contributor

March is a time most college basketball fans dream about, signifying one of the most exciting times of the sports calendar. University students begin their own form of March Madness today as basketball intramural playoffs begin at the University Student Recreation Complex. The single elimination tournament, which runs through March 12, will be split between the outdoor UREC courts and University High School’s gymnasium. Teams were required to have at least a .500 winning percentage and a 2.0 sportsmanship rating in order to qualify for the playoffs. Matt Boyer, assistant director of leagues and tournaments, said every team is eligible to play in regional tournaments, but the UREC traditionally selects the winners of the playoffs to represent the University. This year is different because this weekend’s deadline to submit teams for the regional tournament will have already passed before the UREC can announce a champion on March 12. “The deadline [to enter teams in the regional tournament] is actually this coming weekend … so we can’t determine who our top teams are yet,” he said. The Super Bowl and Mardi Gras break have caused the UREC to delay the playoffs. The Sunday league’s regular season was scheduled to start on Feb. 1 but had to be pushed back a week because of the Super Bowl. The playoffs would have started last week but the UREC was forced to move it to this week because of the Mardi Gras holiday. Boyer said the delay makes him unsure whether the University will have representatives in the regional tournament. The UREC will decide if any teams are eligible. “If they want to go, they can talk to us, but we won’t just say they are going automatically,” he said. “It’s pretty much up to them to find their own way.” He said the UREC would cover the entry fee, but teams would be responsible for their own travel, hotel and food expenses. Boyer said the regular season ran smoothly for the most part. “There hasn’t been a whole lot of issues,” he said. “There were a few cold nights in the beginning, but for the most part people are enjoying it. It’s a different environment to play in than the typical hardwood floors and nice comfort of a gymnasium.” Contact Sean Isabella at

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from a team who lost eight seniors last season. Chancellor has to be doing something right to achieve this high level of success from a team with 10 underclassmen. I guess he’s not a Hall of Famer for nothing. Meanwhile, Johnson’s men had a pretty fantastic February as well. In their eight matchups last month, every team who stepped onto the floor against the Tigers was sent home with a check in the “L” column and a bruised ego. The winning ways contributed to LSU’s first SEC Western Division and overall title since 2006. Johnson is paying off in a very big way. LSU is predicted as a No. 5 seed in ESPN’s Joe Lunardi’s latest bracketology and have only moved up since appearing as a bubble team not too long ago. The month featured some pretty epic performances from specific players. Junior Forward Tasmin Mitchell scored 41 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a doubleovertime thriller against Mississippi State, and Marcus Thornton was

the model of consistency in scoring excellence with an average of more than 25 points per game in the month. As a result, LSU has moved to No. 12 in the latest Associated Press Poll — even though I still don’t consider them the twelfth best team in America. They’re good, but they aren’t that good. All in all, these coaches have already locked up the SEC Coach of the Year honors, and that’s why they need something bigger. I’m not saying they’re on the level of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. in the sense that these men also have days named after them, but they’re both at least better than Christopher Columbus. He didn’t really do anything special besides “discover” land that was already inhabited. Let’s make this consistent across the board in terms of relevance. I’m going to get on the phone and make some calls to Gov. Bobby Jindal and see if we can’t get this ball rolling as soon as possible. Contact Johanathan Brooks at


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end, I have to separate my own personal emotions [tonight]. My loyalty is to my players and with this university I represent now.” The Tigers went 1-2 against the Privateers last season. LSU lost the first two games of the series, 8-6 and 6-5, at home and away, respectively. The last time LSU beat UNO (4-4) without going to extra innings was March 27, 2007. “I don’t have to inspire our guys to bear down on Tuesday night,” Mainieri said. “They know UNO is a good ballclub. They lost a lot of guys from that team last year, but Tom Walter is one of the very best coaches in the country, and I’m sure they will be ready to go.” Mainieri has a career 5-9 record against the Privateers, including a 2-3 record at LSU. UNO coach Tom Walter has a career 3-6 record against LSU. “They’ve had the upper hand on us so far, and they deserve all the credit for that,” Mainieri said. “We were hoping to get another shot at playing them in the regional last year, but it didn’t work out because they were eliminated before we had the chance to play them and even up the score.” Tonight’s game will be the first road trip of the Tigers’ season. LSU junior first baseman Sean Ochinko said the team is prepared to hit the road. “We’re ready to go out on the road and play hard,” Ochinko said. “We played the first seven hard,


and we are going to try and keep doing what we are doing.” The game will also begin a sixday swing of five games, but Mainieri said he is not worried about his pitching rotation. “I’m excited about it,” Mainieri said. “I like the idea of playing five games in a week because it forces everybody to use their whole pitching staff, and the more the players play, the better they get.” Southpaw freshman Chris Matulis (1-0) will get the start on

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the mound against UNO in place of senior Nolan Cain, who is nursing a sore throwing shoulder. “It will be a big start for him,” Mainieri said. “I was hoping that I could wait another week before throwing him into that kind of environment, but Nolan Cain is down.” The Tigers were 10-3 against Louisiana opponents last season. Contact Andy Schwehm at

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First baseman Sean Ochinko hits a single during the Tigers’ game Feb. 20 against Villanova.


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But the Tigers said they are still focused on the regular season games they have ahead of them. “We want to finish these two games,” said senior guard Garrett Temple “We don’t want to be 13-3 we want to be 15-1.” One of the players Johnson has been deflecting praise to has been senior guard Marcus Thornton. Thornton earned SEC Player of the Week honors this week after scoring a combined 55 points, grabbing 14 boards and dishing out 7 assists against Florida and Kentucky. Thornton was also named the National Player of the Week by ESPN’s Andy Katz. “Marcus Thornton might have quietly become the top contender for SEC Player of the Year,” Katz said in a news release. Gamecocks coach also a finalist Johnson joins South Carolina coach Darrin Horn as the only other SEC coach to be a finalist for National Coach of the Year. Horn’s Gamecocks are tied with Tennessee for first place in the SEC East after preseason predictions had them finishing fifth. South Carolina hosts the Vol-

unteers on Wednesday in a game that could be a chance for the Gamecocks to pad their resume and make the NCAA tournament. Horn said Monday his team knows what they are playing for. “I think we are playing to beat Tennessee,” Horn said on the SEC coaches’ teleconference “Those other things are completely beyond our control.” Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon, Connecticut’s Jim Calhoun , Memphis’ John Calipari, Washington’s Lorenzo Romar, Kansas’ Bill Self, Butler’s Brad Stevens, Illinois’ Bruce Weber and North Carolina’s Roy Williams are the other finalist for National Coach of the Year. Commodores head to the PMAC Vanderbilt heads to Baton Rouge after a rollercoaster week. The Commodores lost to Georgia last Wednesday and then picked up a victory at home against South Carolina on Saturday. “I was proud of the way we responded to our performance at Georgia and how we played at South Carolina,” said Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings. Contact Amos Morale at

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The phrase ‘pink elephant’ is not a racist term, I promise Don’t think of the pink elephant! Err ... chimpanzee. During a timeout at a Hornets game the other day, the team’s dance troupe, named the Honeybees, danced as they usually do. Only this time they danced to Sir Mix-A-Lot’s old booty-shaking hit “Baby Got Back,” and the dance troupe was apparently trying to prove to all the families in the Hive that they do, indeed, got back. As they shook their barely clad bottoms for a full minute and everyone in the arena felt slightly uncomfortable, it was clear this was meant to be innocent fun. It was more than apparent that, somehow, no one in the Hornets organization considered this might be slightly inappropriate and, frankly, kind of weird. It was overlooked. Someone could have called them “whores” and made the Honeybees promise never to dance provocatively again.

But that person would have made a fool of himself — conducting himself exactly like Al Sharpton did in light of a controversial cartoon released by The New York Post. The cartoon, published Feb. 18, depicts a policeman shooting a chimpanzee while another officer says “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.” Critics, most notably Sharpton, claimed the cartoon played with old racial stereotypes and was both inappropriate and offensive. Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corp., the Post’s parent company, said it was playing off the chimpanzee that was caught and shot by police after recently mauling a woman in Connecticut. Cartoonist Sean Delonas — who the NAACP wants fired — said the allegation was “absolutely friggin’ ridiculous,” reported CNN. Murdoch offered two apolo-


Newspaper closing marks end of an era By the Editorial Board Rocky Mountain Collegian, Colorado State

(U-WIRE) With the official announcement that The Rocky Mountain News will print its final edition today, those who aspire to fill the shoes of gutsy men and women who write the rough draft of history feel an overwhelming disruption in the force. For our newly unemployed brethren at the Rocky we offer our sincerest condolences — and for us, the closure comes as another jarring indication of the field’s mounting struggles, which are outweighed only by the importance of the free press. The fall of the Rocky, a Colorado mainstay and watchdog for more than 150 years, represents something more, for it is the public — not us notepad-wielding weirdos — who will suffer the wrath of the news media reaper. As newspapers and journalism as the fourth estate lie beaten, so does democracy as we have come to enjoy it. As Thomas Jefferson once said,

“Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.” Information is power. And the newspaper is the conduit through which the people organize and execute their power. For this, journalism must persevere, and it will in some unforeseen permutation of the word. While the press remains free in a Jeffersonian context, the framers of the constitution could not have foreseen a world in which news media was so beholden to its advertisers — companies who, upon the mainstreaming of the Internet, have abandoned the greatest example of dissemination of truth and protection of democracy for blogs and Yahoo! “news.” Is a press really free if it is so easily maimed by the whim of Wall Street and inflated conglomerates? And how does the answer impact those to whom we are truly beholden — you, the public? Ask The Rocky Mountain News Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at



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gies, but Sharpton wants more — he’s being vague about exactly what constitutes “more.” He claimed, “Let us make no mistake about it: We have seen two apologies in one week — really one and a half apologies — which is Travis Andrews unprecedented, but clearly not Columnist far enough,” according to CNN. And now it is a pink elephant for an issue that was probably just a mistake, granted a fairly bad mistake. In a short story by Orson Scott Card, a man is cloned, then each clone is sentenced to death until he can offer an acceptable apology for his treason against the state. He never can, because the state continues to kill him with each

unacceptable apology. Mountains out of molehills is one thing, but Sharpton is making planets out of ant piles. Not to mention the fact that former President George W. Bush was routinely depicted as a chimp. And the only thing someone coming out against this cartoon can do is crash down on his head. There are places where racism exists clearly, blatantly and with more consequences than hurt feelings. The editorial cartoons in a joke of a newspaper is not one of those places. All this will do is gain publicity for Sharpton, which is undoubtedly what he wants. It will not shed light on racism, especially since the cartoon probably isn’t meant to be racist. Even if it was, there are bigger battles for the NAACP and Sharpton to fight. Far more Americans have seen the cartoon than would have seen it before he spoke up. In all honesty, many wouldn’t have

seen this before Sharpton talked loud enough for his voice to end up in a college paper like The Daily Reveille. Sharpton created a pink elephant, and now he is continuing to peddle his horrid creation, which will do nothing more than lessen his credibility. If the cartoon was meant to spread racism, then Sharpton has given it legs to stand on. Whether that dead chimpanzee represented our president or the actual deceased chimpanzee doesn’t matter. All that matters is most of America will now think it represents our president. Top-notch work, Sharpton. Travis Andrews is a 21-year-old English major from Metairie.

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This cartoon image appeared in the New York Post’s Page Six on Feb. 18. The cartoon, which refers to Travis, the chimp who was shot to death by police in Stamford, Conn., after it mauled a friend of its owner, drew criticism on media Web sites and from civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton.

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“I do believe the [Democratic] Party has a bunch of elephants running around in donkey clothes.”

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Abuse exposes league of unextraordinary gentlemen There was a time where interactions between men and women were so simple. Back when marriage negated the need to purchase an actual punching bag and housewives were invariably treated like undomesticated animals. Through the ardent work of progressive women’s rights agencies, women have witnessed significant social progress through the abrogation of many repressive laws. But based on a few incidents that have taken place in today’s social climate, one could certainly argue the egregious treatment of women hasn’t waned as much as we had hoped. On Feb. 12, television entrepreneur Muzzammil Hassan, 44, went to a police station in Orchard Park, N.Y., to report his wife, Aasiya Zubair Hassan, was dead. Authorities discovered the body had been decapitated and left in his Bridges TV office. Hassan was immediately arrested and indicted for second-degree murder. Ironically, Muzzammil Hassan

founded the Muslim-American television station to combat negative stereotypes by casting Islamic people in a more positive light. Reports indicated Mrs. Hassan had filed for divorce earlier in the week and concomitantly obtained an order of protection from her husband. Hassan’s case is currently being reviewed by the Buffalo judicial system. A similar tragedy occurred six months prior in England. In October, Wayne Forrester, 44, was sentenced to life in prison for savagely murdering his estranged wife. Forrester told police he killed his wife because he noticed she changed her Facebook status from ‘married’ to ‘single’ a few days after he moved out. The day before the murder, Forrester called his wife’s parents and complained her Facebook status “made him look like a fool,” according to the BBC. Investigators said Forrester

was intoxicated and high on cocaine when he assaulted the mother of two in her sleep. Autopsy reports claim the victim was severely beaten and stabbed multiple times in the head and neck. Facebook users typically Scott Burns a c k n o w l e d g e such over-senColumnist sitive feelings as comical. But evidently these new facets of media can extract the worse from people. And then, of course, there’s Chris Brown. By now almost everybody has heard about Brown’s alleged beat down of girlfriend Rihanna on the eve of the Grammy Awards. Days after the incident, photos surfaced online depicting Rihanna’s excruciatingly swollen face moments after the violent exchange. Rumors speculate the altercation emanated

from the female singer’s alleged infidelity. Later that night Brown turned himself into Los Angeles Police and was released on $50,000 bail. MTV reports now indicate the two stars appear to have reconciled. While radio listeners might argue Rihanna’s music inflicts more physical agony than Brown’s fist ever could, their violent encounter represents an ongoing struggle in society. Between one-third and one-half of adult women are beaten by their husbands or lovers at some time. Yet only 14 percent of American women acknowledge having been violently abused by a husband or boyfriend, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice. These surveys also indicate nearly half of these violent crimes against women aren’t even reported to the police. Relational tension between the sexes isn’t anything new. But when these egocentric

power struggles transform into absolute tragedies — as evidenced — it’s time for women to take heed. The University offers self-defense classes that physically empower female students while educating them on a variety of safety maneuvers. Educational class like R.A.D. teach women important defense techniques that could potentially prove to be life saving. To compensate for the inanity of many males, women must be willing and able to physically lay down the law when necessary. That’s why the time to take preventive action is now. Scott Burns is a political science and business sophomore from Baton Rouge.

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Proposed tax amnesty plan rewards criminal activity With economic woes facing much of the country, lawmakers are looking for ways to raise a quick buck. Louisiana is facing its own crisis because of the downturn in the national economy — a $1.3 billion crisis. In response to the revenue shortage, Gov. Bobby Jindal announced in a Feb. 19 news release plans to implement a tax amnesty program. If only former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle were from Louisiana, he might be a cabinet officer. Under the program, if a delinquent pays his entire tax bill, all the penalties and half of the interest will be waived. The taxpayer will still be responsible for 50 percent of the interest. The administration expects to collect up to $150 million through this program. The revenue collected will not be used to shore up the budget, though. Instead, it will be used to “pay off state debt, make one-time investments and reduce the backlog in our construction program,” according to the release. This is not the first time the state has offered a program allowing people to come clean with their taxes. This will be the fifth such program since 1985. The most lucrative, launched in 2001, brought in $192 million. A tax amnesty plan brings to mind discussions of another type of amnesty. In 2007, the U.S. Senate voted on legislation offering illegal immigrants an opportunity to remain in the country and ease their path to full U.S. citizenship.

The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 eventually failed to pass the Senate, largely because of the anger expressed by conservatives towards the authors and supporters of the bill. The most Drew Walker common criticism was the Columnist worry that people who broke U.S. laws were being rewarded for their criminality. Illegal immigrants are able to avail themselves of taxpayer-subsidized health care and education at no cost. While legal immigrants and other citizens are forced to pay taxes to support these services, their illegal counterparts are not so encumbered. Not only would the legislation allow illegal immigrants to remain here, it would offer them a path to citizenship unavailable to others who went through the system legally. There was an advantage to being a criminal. Similarly, citizens who don’t pay their taxes are rewarded while law-abiding citizens foot the bill. If one citizen does not pay his taxes, it means the revenue gained from others’ taxes must stretch further. When fewer taxes are being collected, there is less money to fund government expenditures. The average taxpayer gets less for the money he hands to the government because someone else felt it unnecessary to pay his taxes. Delinquent taxpayers hurt their neighbors. But now, instead of being forced

to pay the penalty for their criminal activity, these citizens are being rewarded. They were able to use the services offered by the state of Louisiana at no charge. The state estimates roughly $297 million is owed in back taxes from July 1, 2001, through Dec. 30, 2008, the period for which amnesty will be offered. That’s almost $300 million of

services either cut from the budget or underfunded. The ones who suffer because of this delinquency are the people of the state. The governor’s plan may bring in needed revenue — at a price. Citizens who have not paid their taxes will get a break because of the amnesty plan, and it should raise some much-needed funds for

the state. But those of us who were responsible and paid our taxes are the ones subsidizing the program. Drew Walker is a 24-year-old philosophy senior from Walker.

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