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Monday, March 30, 2009


Construction forces boarders to adjust

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By Peter Hubbs

By Lindsey Meaux

Contributing Writer

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Some University students enter Urban 9 skate shop only to leave bruised and bloodied. These students, who once went to Perkins Road to use the public skateboard park now under construction, head to Urban 9 for their chance to drop into a pipe and earn their scars. Kristi Williams, spokeswoman at the Recreation and Park Commission for East Baton Rouge Parish, said the Perkins Road skate park construction will add an extreme action park to the facility. Construction on the park, which costs $650,000 of the parish’s nearly $2.5 million overall action park budget, started two weeks ago. BREC hasn’t set a completion date, Williams said. The Perkins Road park renovations, which also include football and baseball fields and a BMX park, total $4.5 million, according to BREC. Meanwhile the Urban 9 store looks no bigger than an average apartment living room, but between its graffiti-covered walls lays

Two days after U.S. House Republicans released the “Road to Recovery Plan” in response to the Democrats’ budget, House minority leader John Boehner convened with U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and local businessmen to garner ‘... We’re support for the not GOP plan. producing The private meeting oc- the kind of curred in Cassi- new jobs ... dy’s District Office. A small for those news conference getting out followed where of college.’ Boehner, ROhio, explained John Boehner his view of Pres- U.S. House minority leader ident Obama’s budget, energy independence and the job market Louisiana college students will face after graduation. “The big issue that we’re dealing with in Washington right now is the president’s budget,” Boehner said. “It raises too much in the way

photos by GRANT GUTIERREZ and MEGAN J. WILLIAMS / The Daily Reveille

[Top] Urban 9 employee Parker Barnes grabs his board as he ollies on the pipe Wednesday at the skate shop’s indoor mini ramp. [Bottom] Construction on the Perkins Road skate park started two weeks ago and will cost $650,000 to complete. Log on to see a video of skaterboarders at Urban 9.

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Show features global animal works Art school alumna takes ‘Best in Show’

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The School of Veterinary Medicine invited more than 200 visitors, including artists from around the world, into its home Saturday as it kicked off its annual exhibit featuring art about animals.

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The Vet School hosted the opening “It brings in a group of people that reception Saturday for its might not have otherwise 22nd annual International come to the Vet School,” Exhibition on Animals in said Gretchen Morgan, Vet Art at the School of VeteriSchool alumna and public Log on to see nary Medicine Library. programs coordinator. “It’s photos of the The show, which artwork from the Vet just another example of the will be on display in the human–animal bond.” School exhibition. Vet School library until Vet School Dean Peter April 26, exemplifies the Haynes echoed this theme Vet School’s dedication to exhibiting and in his speech to open the awards presentation. educating people about the human–animal bond. ART, see page 14

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A guest views “Morning Walk” by Margaret Rice on Sunday. The painting won “Best in Show” at the Vet School’s show.








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BONN, Germany (AP) — Once booed at international climate talks, the United States won sustained applause Sunday when President Obama’s envoy pledged to “make up for lost time” in reaching a global agreement on climate change. Todd Stern also praised efforts by countries like China to reign in their carbon emissions, but said global warming “requires a global response” and that rapidly developing economies like China “must join together” with the industrial world to solve the problem


MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009

Thousands of toxic toads killed in Australian fest

SYDNEY (AP) — Thousands of poisonous cane toads met their fate Sunday as gleeful Australians gathered for a celebratory mass killing of the hated amphibians, with many of the creatures’ corpses being turned into fertilizer for the very farmers they’ve plagued for years. Hundreds of participants in five communities across northern Queensland snacked on sausages, sipped cold drinks and picked up prizes as the portly pests were weighed, measured and killed in the state’s inaugural “Toad Day Out” celebration. “To see the look on the faces of the kids as we were handling and weighing the toads and then euthanizing them was just...,” Townsville City Councilman Vern Veitch said, breaking off to let out a contented sigh. “The children really got into the character of the event.”


Carville, Matalin celebrate women leaders


monday, march 30, 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! 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. the eta kappa chapter of alpha kappa alpha sorority Presenting The Ivy League of the Arts 7:08pm in the Magnolia Room

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — James Carville and Mary Matalin, the husband-wife political strategists on opposite ends of the spectrum, honored outstanding women in Louisiana government Saturday. In speeches that included jokes, and touched on serious issues such as teen pregnancy and the importance of higher education, their message was the same: Louisiana needs strong women leaders and that can only happen if young girls have good, strong female role models. “Girls need to see other successful women,” Matalin said, addressing a room of roughly 250 attendees of the Louisiana Center for Women and Government’s Hall of Fame awards ceremony in New Orleans, where four women were inducted and several others were recognized for their contributions.

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Kathy Bourgeois (left) talks to political consultants Mary Matalin, James Carville and Melinda Schwegmann on Saturday.

ATV safety tips can help Obama rules out sending US troops to Pakistan prevent brain injuries BATON ROUGE (AP) — Serious injuries and deaths of children involved in all-terrain vehicle accidents are a growing problem in Louisiana, according to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital personnel. In response to this concern, Our Lady of the Lake received a $33,419 grant from Kohl’s department store to do ATV safety programs in schools and around the community in Lafayette and Baton Rouge, said Karen Ahmad, an injury prevention nurse for OLOL and the Safety Council of Baton Rouge.


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WASHINGTON (AP) — As he carries out a retooled strategy in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama says he will consult with Pakistan’s leaders before pursuing terrorist hideouts in that country. Obama said U.S. ally Pakistan needs to be more accountable, but ruled out deploying U.S. troops there. “Our plan does not change the recognition of Pakistan as a sovereign government,” the president told CBS’ “Face the Nation” in an interview broadcast Sunday. The president also bemoaned the tenuous security situation in Afghanistan.

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Students shave heads to help fund cancer research Sponsors, barbers donate money, time By Peter Hubbs Contributing Writer

Zack Saucier woke up Friday with a full head of hair but went to sleep that night shaven bald. The petroleum engineering freshman sat down, lost his locks and walked away happy because his new haircut helped fund children’s cancer research. Saucier joined other University students for a local St. Baldrick’s charity event organized by kinesiology senior Tabitha Tate. St. Baldrick’s raises money through volunteers shaving their heads as a symbol of caring for young cancer victims, according to their Web Site. These volunteers have friends and family sponsor their shaving by donating to cancer research. Tate said she learned of the organization from her boss and thought it would be a great way to help such a worthy cause.

“I’ve had cancer twice so it meant a lot to me,” Tate said. Six people dared to lose their hair for good, while seven others donated money, Tate said. She hopes to raise more than $1,000 through the event, and she will continue accepting donations online through the St. Baldrick’s Web site. Saucier said he didn’t expect to shave his head Friday, but he couldn’t say no to such a good cause. “Having a shaved head, it feels good, a lot cooler,” Saucier said. “And helping out feels pretty good too.” Tate said she wants to hold another St. Baldrick’s event in the near future and hopes to get the word out better next time. “We can do a lot of good and reach a lot of people if we just get the word out,” Tate said. St. Baldrick’s sponsors events only if a licensed barber performs the haircutting, so Tate said no one needs to worry about receiving a “messy job.” Tate said she’s glad people were willing to shave their heads because

the event gives cancer victims more than just money. “I know that someone with cancer, they like to see other people willing to say, ‘Hey, I understand’,” Tate said. She said she knows a shaved head doesn’t compare to dealing with chemotherapy, but children like to see other people trying to help. “When students shave their heads, they don’t realize how big a difference their making, but the kids notice,” Tate said. St. Baldrick’s has raised more than $50 million for cancer research by holding events in 48 states and 18 countries. So far 72,000 people have shaved their heads through St. Baldrick’s during its nine years of activity. St. Baldrick’s welcomes any student to organize an event, but they require a background check on all event treasurers and barbers.

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Jeremy Knott, biology senior, has his head shaved Friday by Dawn Thompson of Headquarters Beauty Salon in Zachary, Louisiana as part of the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser to raise money for children’s cancer research.


Unity ’09, One Voice ’09 officially endorse Next Level Ticket prepares for Tuesday’s runoff By Adam Duvernay Staff Writer

Student Government senator and presidential candidate Andy Palermo held a brief press conference Friday in the Atchafalaya Room of the Student Union, where he was joined and supported by the leaders of the Unity ’09 and One Voice ‘09 campaigns. Laura Boggs, former vice presidential candidate for the One Voice ‘09 campaign, began the conference by welcoming the supporters of Palermo’s Next Level ticket. Boggs said she was officially endorsing the Next Level ticket because Palermo is the most experienced and qualified candidate. Both the Unity ‘09 and One Voice ‘09 campaigns failed to qualify for Tuesday’s runoff. Boggs also mentioned her support for vice presidential candidate Phoebe Hathorn, who works with Boggs in the SG executive staff. “If every executive staffer worked as hard as Phoebe, everything would run smoother,” Boggs said. Hathorn was unable to attend the conference because she was sick, according to Palermo. Former presidential candidate of the One Voice ‘09 campaign Greg Upton followed Boggs. Upton said he and his campaign had been blessed by their supporters during the general election, but after his loss, he said he would support Palermo. “While the election did not turn out as we had hoped, there is still a candidate who is maybe the secondbest choice,” Upton said. Upton also said he was support-

ing the Next Level over the More Ari Krupkin, former presi‘09 campaign because of presiden- dential candidate for the Unity ‘09 tial candidate Stuart Watkins’ brief campaign, added his official enrecord in the SG senate. dorsement to Palermo’s ticket. He Upton said said the Next Level during his tenure ticket was the camwith SG, Watkins paign which most never sponsored closely mirrored a bill and hardly his own. participated in any “We have ardebates. Upton also gued that this camsaid his running paign is not about mate, Martina Schwho has the most Andy Palermo euermann, had no experience, but SG presidential candidate experience in SG. who is the most “Her involvecapable to bring ment in the UCFY College Council, about the change that SG needs,” while commendable, is no prepara- Krupkin said. tion for running for vice president,” His former running mate, MelUpton said. anie Oubre, said she believed Pal-


‘I can’t do this alone, but with y’all’s help, we can get it done.’

ermo’s ticket was the most capable and experienced in the run-off election. “It is not time for ‘more;’ it is time to keep working with what we have and take LSU to the next level,” Oubre said. Palermo thanked his former opponents for their support and asked

the rest of the student body for an opportunity to win their support as well. “I can’t do this alone, but with y’all’s help, we can get it done,” Palermo said. Contact Adam Duvernay at



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Academic Powerlifting team places first in nationals college Lifters win several individual titles structures may change By Natalie Roy

Contributing Writer

Stands full of chanting fans in LSU gear may be a scenario reminiscent of a football game, but the crowd that filled Family Christian Academy’s gym Saturday was hardly in the thousands, and the venue was definitely no Tiger Stadium. Here, a crowd of committed fans cheered the LSU powerlifting team to a first-place finish. The team also racked up several individual national titles at the 2009 Collegiate National Powerlifting Championships held this weekend in Baton Rouge. The competition is divided into a men’s and a women’s division, both of which are further separated into different weight classes. Each class comprises three lifts: squat, deadlift and bench press. The best legal lift from three attempts on each lift goes toward the lifter’s total record, and the highest total record determines the winner of each class. In the women’s division, University student Ellie Becnel placed first in the 105 weight class, and Pamela Bartz won first in the 148 weight class. Brittany Kean placed first in the 198-plus weight class Kelly Heim and Kayrie Spinney added to the LSU women’s titles, placing in second in the 123 weight class and second in the 132 weight class, respectively. Amber Fontenot placed third in the 165 weight class, and Jasmine Moxley placed fifth in the 123 weight class. Samantha Baker, former cheerleader turned top-five world champion powerlifter, took first place in the 132 weight class and won best female lightweight lifter. In the process, Baker set three new national records with her 407-pound squat, 380-pound deadlift and 985-pound total record. “Sam’s ... probably the best there ever will be,” said LSU coach Arval Bridges. “She’s awesome — all the girls are. Our girls have just done outstanding.” The men’s team, while fewer in number than most other schools, is also “a very strong, high-quality team,” Bridges said. Cody Albright placed sixth in the 275 weight class. Josh Dear won first place in the men’s 132 weight class with a total record of 1,090 —­ a welcome surprise to both the anthropology sophomore and the team. “I was really amped up about [my performance],” Dear said. “I didn’t expect to ... win, but all the cards fell right. It’s pretty awesome.” Three other LSU lifters placed in the top: Andy Hughes placed sixth in the 165 weight class, and Stephen “Reece” Verbois and Zack Wagner placed second in their weight classes, both getting pushed from the top spot because of their body weight. “[If] there’s a tie ... the lifter with the lowest body weight wins,” Bridges explained.

A lifter’s body weight can be very important in those events. Many lifters, like Dean, go on strict diets to prepare for nationals. “It was hardcore,” Dear said. “I had to lose about 7 to 8 pound to compete ... but the [national title] made it that much more worth it. I’ll be eating as much as I can for the next couple weeks until I start training for next year’s nationals.” The powerlifters usually train three days a week for a couple of hours, but for an event like nationals, the team trained four hours daily, Bridges said. “In this year’s training cycle, our coaches put in a lot of time ... and really trained us for a meet setting,” Baker said. “We started doing a 3-by-3, which means we do all three lifts, three days a week.” While it’s still unknown which lifters will qualify for the world championship in Brazil, Bridges thinks there is a definite possibility of a world champion in the LSU powerlifting team’s future. “Everybody thinks of football as being the culmination of dedication, and I ... disagree,” Bridges said. “These kids do more than anybody I’ve ever seen — they live and breathe this, just as any scholarship athlete does. We could have a world champion on our team, but Monday they’re going to go back to LSU and nobody’s going to know it. It’s obvious we don’t do this so we can stand in front of 5,000 people. We do it because we love the sport.”

By Kyle Bove Chief Staff Writer

The University administration is considering retooling academic college structures to foster collaboration and improve efficiency, University Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Astrid Merget said in a broadcast e-mail sent Friday afternoon. “There will [be] some changes in the configurations and names of our colleges and schools and in the reporting lines of several academic units on campus,” Merget said. Merget said these possible changes have been in the works for a while and are not a reaction to possible budget cuts. “I want to assure our students that these changes will not affect their degree programs or their progress toward graduation,” Merget said. “Instead, the changes will help to strengthen academics at LSU and will harmonize our organization with the national Flagship Agenda to attain academic excellence in a time of performance accountability and fiscal constraint.” Merget wasn’t specific about what colleges may be changed but said a proposal has gone before the University Planning Council. GRANT GUTIERREZ / The Daily Reveille

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Andy Hughes, kinesology junior, attempts to bench his first set Saturday at the Collegiate National Powerlifting Championships at the Family Christian Academy.

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Edge of the Earth event held Eight die in N.C. of the world nursing home shooting End theme addressed Gunman started ‘shooting everything’ By Kevin Maurer The Associated Press

CARTHAGE, N.C. (AP) — A lone gunman burst into a North Carolina nursing home Sunday morning and started “shooting everything,” barging into the rooms of terrified patients, sparing some from his rampage without explanation while killing seven residents and a nurse caring for them. Authorities said Robert Stewart also wounded three others, including the Carthage police officer who confronted him in a hallway of Pinelake Health and Rehab and stopped the brutal attack. “We had an officer, a welltrained officer, who performed his job the way he was supposed to and prevented this from getting even worse than it is now,” said Moore County District Attorney Maureen Krueger. By late Sunday afternoon, Krueger had charged Stewart, 45, of Moore County, with eight counts of first-degree murder and a single charge of felony assault of a law enforcement officer. Authorities offered few other details, allowing only that Stewart was not a patient or an employee at the nursing home and isn’t believed to be related to any of the victims. Authorities said Stewart began his rampage around 10 a.m. at Pinelake Health and Rehab in the North Carolina Sandhills about 60 miles southwest of Raleigh, firing shots inside and outside the home. It ended when 25-year-old Officer Justin Garner traded gunfire with Stewart in a hallway, wounding the suspect. Garner was wounded in his leg, and police said Stewart wounded two others. One person remained hospitalized Sunday night at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in nearby Pinehurst, and police would only say Stewart was in the custody of the Moore County Sheriff. Beverly McNeill said her mother, Pinelake resident Ellery Chishole, called moments after the gunman stormed into her room and pointed his “deer gun” at her roommate. “They’re up here shooting, they’re up here shooting,” she frantically told her 14-year-old granddaughter, Tavia, over the phone. Chishole told her daughter she hid her face in her shirt so she couldn’t see the man or what she expected him to do, McNeill said. He didn’t shoot, but left the room and began shooting down the hallway. Carthage police, Moore County sheriff’s deputies and the State Bureau of Investigation conducted a search Sunday afternoon of the nursing home and

its parking lot, where the windows of at least two cars were shattered. Among the items they found was a camouflaged-colored rifle or shotgun, which was leaning against the side of a Jeep Cherokee. Howard McMillian, of Lakeview, said he raced to the scene as soon as he heard about the shooting. His 56-year-old sister lives at the nursing home, and McMillian said his brother had gotten a call from officials saying she was unharmed. “I know she’s real nervous,” McMillian said. “I just want to make sure she’s OK.”

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By Kimberly Brown Contributing Writer

Anticipation filled the Manship Theatre on Saturday night as the audience watched for the first time to see the ending of a 22-minute video about two children living on the planet alone. The Edge of the Earth event, created by University School of Art associate professor Kelli S. Kelley, was an evening of video, music and poetry that metaphorically addressed the theme of the end of the world. The hour-long event featured a performance by several University musicians performing excerpts from Oliver Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time.” University School of Art instructor Jacqueline Dee Parker recited several of her poems, including the “Bird and Squirrel,” and Kelley’s “Bird and Squirrel” video premiered.

“‘Bird and Squirrel’ is a metaphorical fairy tale which tells the story of the last girl and boy on earth,” Kelley said. “They create a bird and squirrel in an attempt to restore life to the planet.” The “Bird and Squirrel” video was a no-dialogue piece that contained music, sounds and poetry. The music and sounds were created by Bill Kelley, recording engineer for the School of Music and Culture Candy founder, a non-profit cultural and educational organization created to foster the growth of creative communities in the Greater Baton Rouge area. “The poem and music changed the film and added other dimensions that I couldn’t have imagined,” Kelley said. The boy and girl in the film were played by Sage Fuchs and Finnian Kelley, Kelley’s niece and son, and Parker’s daughter, Zoe, narrated the “Bird and Squirrel” poem in the film. “There are a lot of intimate connections between everyone in this

film,” Kelley said. “I love working with artists in various disciplines.” Kelley spent three years creating the “Bird and Squirrel” video. While creating the video, Kelley contemplated the unstable balance of Earth and the serious consequences for all of nature if we continue to live oblivious to our impact. “It is our children who will inherit the problems we have created,” Kelley said. “So, having children as characters in the film seemed appropriate.” Kelley received grants from the University’s Office of Economic Research and Development, and her sponsors included the Museum of Art, the School of Art and the School of Music. “I hope the audience will come away reflecting on the experience and how the images, words and music they have experienced relate to their own lives,” Kelley said. Contact Kimberly Brown at



MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009

The Right Stuff

Ross, Coleman pitch Tigers to sixth-straight SEC series victory against Ole Miss The No. 11 Ole Miss baseball We needed every bit of it.” team scored more runs than No. 2 Even though LSU (21-6, 6-3) LSU in the teams’ series this week- failed to hit a home run in the weekend, but the Tigers’ starting pitchers end series, the bats came through in buckled down Saturday and Sunday clutch situations. to win the series. Late hits Sunday in the bottom The starters struckout 15 bat- of the eighth inning by freshman outters in the final fielder Mikie MahBy Michael Lambert two games to take took and junior outSports Contributor both the finale and fielder Jared Mitchell the series, 2-1. brought in the two Sophomore pitcher Austin Ross runs LSU needed to defeat Ole Miss (4-2) threw a career-high eight in- (16-8, 5-4). nings in the rubber match Sunday, al“A great rally in the bottom of lowing two hits and one earned run. the eighth inning,” Mainieri said. “Today was his best outing “Whether it’s 12-11 or 2-1 you’re ever,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. PITCHING, see page 15 “It was a tremendous effort by him.

photos by BENJAMIN OLIVER HICKS / The Daily Reveille

[Top] Sophomore pitcher Austin Ross throws a pitch Sunday afternoon against Ole Miss in Alex Box Stadium. [Bottom] Junior first baseman Sean Ochinko tries to pick off Ole Miss junior Jordan Henry as he slides into first base in the last game of the series. The Tigers defeated the Rebels, 2-1, on Sunday and won the series 2-1.



UNC still my pick for Final Four win

Two weeks after Selection Sunday we’ve witnessed four rounds of the most exciting postseason in sports, and we now know who’ll be making the trip to Detroit for the Final Four. Finally. The anticipation was killing me. CONNECTICUT The Huskies have proven to all their critics and haters their No. 1 seed in this year’s tournament was well deserved. They’ve won a game without coach Jim Calhoun and avoided letting off-court scandals diminJOHANATHAN BROOKS ish the on-court Sports Columnist production en route to the school’s third-ever Final Four. There were concerns about Connecticut’s resiliency before the tournament because of a mediocre record since losing junior guard Jerome Dyson, but the Huskies have turned their swag on at just the right time. A dominant post tandem in Tanzanian-born junior center Hasheem Thabeet and senior forward Jeff Adrien coupled with the ability to match just about any style of play may make Connecticut the team to beat. Sure, Thabeet often times looks to have minimal skills, but when you’re 7’3” and can swat balls for miles, it doesn’t matter how well FINAL FOUR, see page 9


Wind slows passing game in weekend scrimmage Miles: Jefferson in lead for starting job By Jerit Roser Sports Editor

LSU football coach Les Miles said the wind wreaked havoc on his team’s passing and kicking games in its first scrimmage in Tiger Stadium on Saturday. “It was one windy day,” he said. “I don’t know that we were very efficient passing. We made a couple big plays and did a couple good things, but I think the day was the defense’s.” Miles said his four quarterbacks continued to evenly split

snaps, but sophomore Jordan Jef- at wide receiver or running back, ferson appears to be in the lead for Miles said. the starting position. “Jordan JefR U N N I N G ferson certainly GAME is in the lead and Miles said the ‘Jordan Jefferson looks to be making quarterbacks procertainly is in the vided a majority of his case for being the starter,” Miles lead and looks to be the scrimsaid. “We rotated mage’s running them all through. making his case for game success. [Sophomore Jardon’t know being the starter.’ that “Ithere rett] Lee certainly was a had a productive significant carry Les Miles day, and I like other than the LSU football coach [freshman] Russell quarterbacks,” Shepard. Any time Miles said. “The he has the ball in his hand, he has quarterbacks probably gained the the chance to make a big play.” SCRIMMAGE, see page 15 Shepard didn’t take any snaps


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LSU football coach Les Miles speaks at a press conference March 17 about the team’s progress during spring practice.



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Tigers sprint past top competition at LSU Relays 12 LSU athletes qualify for regionals By Chris Branch Sports Contributor

The LSU track teams made it look easy in a meet littered with high-class competition. Top teams such as Baylor, Memphis and TCU traveled to Baton Rouge for the seventh annual LSU Relays at Bernie Moore Stadium. Louisiana schools Grambling, McNeese State, Northwestern State, UL-Lafayette and Southeastern Louisiana also joined in the fray.

“I’m excited that we had enough teams here to run a prelim [Friday],” said LSU coach Dennis Shaver. “Last year we ran a final only. I like running it as often as we can.” LSU emerged from the weekend with 12 individuals and four relay teams qualifying for the NCAA Mideast Regional on May 29-30 in Louisville, Ky. “We really got a lot done at this track meet,” Shaver said in a news release. “We want our athletes to compete in an environment that will help them improve, and we certainly got that this weekend.” The defending NCAA-champion 4x100 men’s relay team

captured a first-place finish by the smallest of margins. LSU senior Jeremy Hicks, junior Will Coppage, sophomore Gabriel Mvumvure and senior Trindon Holliday edged a stellar Baylor team by one-thousandth of a second with a time of 39.70 seconds. In the most entertaining race of the day. Baylor won four relay titles over the weekend. “We really wanted to find out where we were at this point in the season,” Holliday said. “It was a good competition. We knew we weren’t going to be as fast because of the wind, but we were happy with it for the most part.” The men’s 4x200 and 4x400 teams and the women’s 4x400

team also qualified. Individually, Mvumvure arguably had the most successful day on the track for the Tigers. Mvumvure qualified in both the 100-meter and 200-meter events, with times of 10.43 (wind-aided) and 21.15, respectively. The Tigers and Lady Tigers also impressed in the field portion of the Relays. LSU junior Chris Bless, senior Rabun Fox, and freshman Michael Lauro qualified for the men in the hammer throw. Sophomore Mark Deblanc qualified in the javelin and junior Reggie Haslom qualified in the triple jump. Hicks and sophomore Zedric Thomas qualified in the long jump, and

freshman Barrett Nugent qualified in the 110-meter hurdles. LSU sophomore Brittani Carter qualified for the women in the high jump, joined by freshman Rachel Laurent and junior Katelyn Rodrigue in the pole vault. Senior Anna Lyons qualified in the javelin, with junior Kim Williams qualifying in the hammer throw. Sophomore Tenaya Jones qualified in the 100 meter hurdles. The teams now head to the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas from April 2 to 4.

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Hornets back on track, snag big win at home vs. Spurs Paul’s last-second free throws clinch game By Brett Martel The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Chris Paul found an unconventional way to deliver a knock-out blow to one of the better defensive teams in the NBA. With New Orleans clinging to an 87-86 lead over San Antonio, Paul split two defenders on the dribble and heaved up a wild, inaccurate shot from behind well behind the 3-point line as he was being fouled by Manu Ginobili. The result was three free throws for Paul, who calmly made them all with 7.1 seconds left, helping the depleted Hornets hold on for a 90-86 victory over the Spurs on Sunday night. “He told the ref before, like, ‘Look man, I’m going to shoot the ball if they come in and foul me,’” Hornets forward David West said. “It’s a tricky play to make, but he knows how to be in the act of shooting when those guys are coming to make sure he gets those extra free throws.” Paul finished with 26 points and West scored 23 points to go with 16 rebounds. West made all 11 of his free throws and Paul made all nine of his. The Hornets were 32-of-33 from the foul line overall, making their last 31, to compensate for 37.5 percent shooting. “We showed a lot of fight,” Paul said. “We showed what this team is capable of if we play hard for 48 minutes.”

Tony Parker led San Antonio with 20 points. Tim Duncan had 19 points and 15 rebounds and Ginobili added 17 points. But even with their “big three” all playing well, San Antonio still needed an extraordinary comeback attempt in the final 30 seconds to give themselves a chance. New Orleans appeared to have the game wrapped up when Rasual Butler’s free throws gave the Hornets an 87-80 lead with 29.6 seconds to go. Then Ginobili hit a quick 3, Butler turned the ball over trying to catch an inbound pass, and Michael Finley hit another 3 to pull the Spurs to 87-86 with 17.8 seconds to go. Paul was the difference in the end, taking West’s inbound pass in the back court, then splitting Finley and Parker on the dribble before getting fouled on his risky but alert 3-point attempt. The Spurs argued vehemently that Paul was fouled before the shot. The officials gathered to discuss it, but ultimately put Paul on the line. San Antonio was left with too little time to answer again and saw their three-game winning streak end, while New Orleans won for the first time in three games.

“It’s a big win for them,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Obviously they were undermanned, pretty significantly, and they did a great job. ... They played more aggressively than we did and they wanted the game more.” The Hornets came into the game missing three key players because of injuries to center Tyson Chandler (left ankle) and Peja Stojakovic (back) and the one-game suspension of primary reserve James Posey, who was punished for throwing a ball at the feet of a referee during a loss in New York on Friday night. BRAIN LAWDERMILK / The Associated Press

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Spurs forward Matt Bonner (left) and guard Tony Parker (right) try to chase down Hornets guard Chris Paul on Sunday during New Orleans’ 90-87 win.

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Tennessee hands Tigers tough loss Lady Vols also defeat LSU, 7-0 By Rob Landry Sports Contributor

It was a rough weekend for LSU tennis. Georgia and Tennessee defeated both the LSU men’s and women’s teams this past weekend. The men’s team fought valiantly against No. 5 Tennessee before losing the final match of the day Sunday, handing the Tigers a 4-3 defeat at W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium. The loss was the third in a row for LSU (6-8, 1-5) and the sixth in its last eight matches. The Volunteers jumped out to an early lead by taking the doubles point, winning two of the three matches. In singles play, the Tigers won the first two matches before losing three of the last five including the final match, which made the difference for Tennessee. Tennessee men’s head coach Sam Winterbotham was pleased with his team’s performance Sunday. “It was a great weekend of [Southeastern Conference] tennis,” Winterbotham said in a Tennessee news release. “[Tennessee associate head coach] Chris [Woodruff] and I couldn’t be more proud of the guys and how they performed today.” The LSU women didn’t show

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Freshman Neal Skupski returns a serve Sunday afternoon against Tennessee match. The loss was the third in a row for the Tigers.

the same fight as the men. The women traveled to Knoxville, Tenn., and were handed a 7-0 defeat at the hands of the Lady Vols. LSU senior Megan Falcon had her five-match win streak stopped when Tennessee junior Caitlin Whoriskey defeated her in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. “Tennessee played an outstanding match, and what we have to do is regroup and get ready for next week,” said LSU women’s coach Tony Minnis. Friday was not any better for either of LSU’s teams. The men’s team traveled to face No. 2 Georgia and fell to the Bulldogs, 5-2. The Tigers had the match tied at

2 before Georgia junior Jaime Hunt defeated LSU freshman Neal Skupski in three sets. The Bulldogs never looked back from that point. “We battled and played great in spots but not our best in others,” said LSU men’s coach Jeff Brown. “We are starting to put it together.” The women’s team took on No. 2 Georgia at home and was defeated, 4-2. LSU jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Falcon defeated Georgia junior Yvette Hyndman, but the Lady Tigers failed to capitalize on the early lead. Contact Rob Landry at

FINAL FOUR, from page 7 you can dribble or shoot.

VILLANOVA In quite possibly the most exciting game this past weekend, Villanova junior guard Scottie Reynolds made a layup with less than one second on the game clock to send the Wildcats to their fourthever Final Four. The Wildcats have surprised many during the tourney and gotten coach Jay Wright to his first career Final Four. They’ve beaten perennial powerhouses Duke and UCLA and used the aforementioned Reynolds layup to knock off No. 1 seed Pittsburgh. If Villanova can continue to get consistent play from Reynolds and senior forward Dante Cunningham, they could shock the world on April 6. And if they can’t, maybe Wildcat fans can take solace in the fact that Wright is the best-dressed coach in the NCAA. MICHIGAN STATE This team is perhaps the least likely of the Final Four participants. No one expected the Spartans to be here after the tournament field was announced — at least not on any brackets I’ve seen. Nearly everyone expected Louisville or Kansas to emerge from the Midwest region despite Michigan State’s tournament history. But the Spartans fended off a pesky USC squad in the second round, the defending national

PAGE 9 champion Jayhawks in the Sweet 16 and beat No. 1-overall seed Louisville to advance to the school’s seventh Final Four. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is tournament tested, and his boys will definitely be a tough obstacle in the tournament thanks to their Big Ten style of stifling defense and rebounding prowess. They can also feed off a potentially pro-Spartan crowd since Ford Field in Detroit is roughly an hour and a half away from East Lansing. NORTH CAROLINA The Tar Heels are the best team still standing. Senior forward Tyler Hansbrough has won just about every award conceivable except for a national title, and this may well be the year. Junior guard Ty Lawson appears to back at 100 percent, which is a great advantage for this team. He was the second-leading scorer in the regular season behind Psycho T, and he’s played exceedingly well in his tournament appearances. The Tar Heels have not had any problems all tournament, and it’ll probably continue in the Final Four. The other teams are good, but I said it a fortnight ago and I’ll say it again, “This team will win the national title.”

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MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009


Let There Be Beer

Zapp’s Beer Festival features more than 200 homebrewed, foreign, domestic beers For Todd Munsey, the Fifth among authentic antebellum arAnnual Zapp’s International Beer chitecture and artifacts. Festival epitomized the part of Attendees paid a $25 enLouisiana he has come to love trance fee to sip on as many difsince moving here from Virginia ferent beers as they could handle five years ago. while walking “This is through the rusBy Jack LeBlanc what Louisiana tic surroundings Entertainment Writer is all about,” of the Rural Life said Munsey, humuseum and lisman resource education senior. tening to the music of Lafayette“Drinking great beer outside on based Zydeco band the Bayou a beautiful spring day in South Boys. Louisiana. It doesn’t get much Vendors came from across better than that.” the state and nation, and featured Munsey, along with 1,500 at- beer heavyweights such as Budtendees, enjoyed the great weath- weiser and Miller as well as mier and sipped beer under the Live crobreweries, regional breweries Oak trees at LSU Rural Life Mu- and homebrews. seum on Saturday afternoon at an “It is a beautiful day for event that had undeniable south- drinking beer,” said Kristina ern flavor. Creighton, a waitress at Zea’s The festival featured an as- Rotisserie Grill Restaurant in sortment of tents with more than Towne Center. 200 homebrews, foreign and doBEER, see page 13 mestic beer and ales scattered

photos by ERIN ARLEDGE / The Daily Reveille

[Above] Brittany Hancock (right), communication studies senior, and Andrea Lewis (left) volunteer at the Zapp’s Annual Beer Fest at the LSU Rural Life Museum on Essen Lane on Saturday. [Middle and right] Many varieties of beer are distributed to patrons at the beer festival.



Limp Bizkit reunion may work

After eight years of not touring or releasing records, the original lineup of Limp Bizkit has announced they are ready to get back together. But much has changed since the band last performed together. The angst-filled rap-rock of the ‘90s and early 2000s has long faded in favor of indie and emo groups. Even Bizkit’s later releases showed signs of fading interest. The band reached BEN BOURGEIOS the peak of Entertainment its success in Writer 2001, selling 14 million records. They were also a frequent guest on “MTV’s Total Request Live,” with videos like “Nookie” and “Faith” scoring top slots for several consecutive weeks. But by the time they released 2005’s “The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1),” without original guitarist Wes Borland, the band lacked advertising pushes and only sold 37,000 copies in the first week. So why are they getting back together? According to frontman Fred Durst, “Regardless of where our separate paths have taken us, we recognize there is a powerBIZKIT, see page 12


Earth Hour brings awareness to energy conservation People participate across the globe By Catie Vogels Entertainment Writer

Saturday night from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., lights went out in the city of Baton Rouge for Earth Hour. Earth Hour, put on by the World Wildlife Fund, asked people across the world to turn off their lights and unplug their appliances to raise awareness of the need to take action against climate change. According to, Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia in 2007, spreading to a “global sustainability movement”

in 2008 with 50 million people mark in December. turning off lights, and this year, At that meeting, official govwas part of a “global vote.” ernment policies will be made “Unlike any that take action election in hisagainst global tory, it is not warming, replacabout what couning the Kyoto try you’re from, Protocol which is but instead, what currently in place. planet you’re “This is a from,” according statement,” said to the Web site. Carter Roberts, Katie Peterson With the slochief executive of gan of “your light ECO vice president, marine biology the World Wildswitch is your amd coastal environment sciences life Fund, in an invote,” Earth Hour terview with The junior had a goal of 1 New York Times, billion people switching off their which helped organize the event. lights. The results of this vote “In and of itself it’s not going to will be presented to world lead- save that much energy. The idea ers at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, DenLIGHTS OUT, see page 13


‘LSU students are certainly doing their part to preserve the environment.’

LEFTERIS PITARAKIS / The Associated Press

Nearly 4,000 cities and towns in 88 countries joined in the World Wildlife Fundsponsored event Saturday in the plan to dim nonessential lights to raise awareness about climate change and the threat from rising greenhouse gas emissions.




BIZKIT, from page 11

Computer worm may hit April Fool’s Microsoft has provided some security software for prevention of the Conficker worm, including: the Microsoft patch, the Microsoft Update for the autorun feature and the Conficker By Lindsey Nunez removal tool. The “vaccine” tool Entertainment Writer released by Panda blocks viruses The biggest April Fool’s Day spread by USB drives. The University has taken prank to be played this year is no precautions to prevent this worm laughing matter. There’s speculation the com- from infecting the campus. An e-mail was sent out to puter worm known as Win32/ Conficker.A, which has already LSU IT contacts specifying that affected approximately 11.4 mil- all Windows-operated machinlion Windows computers, may ery be updated and configured begin communicating with more to download and install security computers via the Internet on updates automatically and be disabled of the autoApril 1. run software. The malware E-mail rehas a list of 50,000 cipients were also potential domains informed to be to infect, and 500 extremely cauof said domains tious when using may be contactportable devices. ed and infected The IT ofWednesday. Sam Oliver fice has been runPaul Ferguhistory sophomore ning vulnerability son, a researcher scans over camfor Trend Micro, theorizes that authors of the virus pus to ensure all computer are have created the worm to spread equipped with the patch to block Conficker. Any computers not other malware for a profit. The worm has yet to do any provided with block by Sunday type of severe harm to the com- were disabled. “I’m not particularly worried puters. However, it downloads Trojans, shuts down security ser- about it,” said Sam Oliver, hisvices and enables the computers tory sophomore. “I think anyone from connecting to security Web with the slightest understanding of what should and shouldn’t be sites. The computer worm origi- done on a computer will miss nally began wreaking havoc in the worst of it. Avoid the illegal Windows computers in October downloads and run the occasional virus scan and you should be 2008. The virus was entering com- fine.” puters via securities holes. Microsoft issued an update that Contact Lindsey Nunez at patched the hole. But in February a new variant of the worm used another hole and auto-update functionality in order to enter the computers. The worm also patches the hole it entered through, making the computer no longer vulnerable. Microsoft said the authors of the worm most likely made this adjustment to ensure other malwares do not enter and take over the machine. The worm can also spread via USB drives and shared networks. The malware has mainly affected corporations but has also reached many home computers. One company already infected with the malware is Southwest Airlines. The technical report from SRI International said the original Conficker worm affected 4.7 million IP addresses while the second version affected 6.7 million. Microsoft and some major security companies have been attempting to decode the worm, find the creator and find ways to stop the worm. Microsoft is offering $250,000 to anyone who can stop the Conficker worm.

Precautions taken but may be a hoax


‘I think anyone with the slightest understanding ... will miss the worst of it.’

ful and unique energy with this particular group of people we have not found anywhere else. This is why Limp Bizkit is back.” So much for doing it all for the Nookie. But who knows? A Limp Bizkit reunion has the potential to

draw some attention from at least initial fans who remember them from their heyday. Tom Beaujour, editor in chief of metal magazine Revolver, told that the successful “comebacks” of other older stars may give Bizkit a chance. “It depends if the statute of limitations is up on Limp Bizkit being

MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009 the most hated band ever,” he said. “Like, is it acceptable to like them? It’s okay for people to like Poison and Warrant again. Bret Michaels is a TV star. Is it okay to like Limp Bizkit again? I don’t know. Hopefully for them it is.” Contact Ben Bourgeois at


MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009 LIGHTS OUT, from page 11 is to create political energy.” The idea of Earth Hour creating “political energy” is evident in many ways, including activity on Facebook. There are more than 500 groups devoted to spreading the word about Earth Hour and its movement to help change political policies about climate change. The largest group, “Earth Hour”, devoted to the topic boasts more than 700,000 members, and there are groups for particular geographical regions as well, like “Earth Hour Malaysia” with more than 66,000 members and “Earth Hour Indonesia” with almost 60,000 members. It’s estimated more than 200 U.S. cities participated in the event this year, including Baton Rouge. The Environmental Conservation Organization at the University was promoting Earth Hour this year and incorporated a bike ride at the time of Earth Hour. Katie Peterson, ECO vice president and marine biology and coastal environment sciences junior, said an ECO member suggested the club do something for Earth Hour. “We thought, what a better way to spend an hour of energy independence than going for a bike ride,” Peterson said. “It is a great way to have some fun without furthering our carbon footprint.” The group met Saturday night at 8 p.m. by the Memorial Tower. People were not allowed to participate unless they promised they had turned off their lights and unplugged their appliances. Peterson said she felt Earth Hour was important because it shows people don’t need to be

dependent on energy at all times. “LSU students are certainly doing their part to preserve the environment,” Peterson said. Sarah Beth Maxwell, geology junior, said she was participating in Earth Hour by turning off all of her lights and unplugging her appliances. She heard about the bike ride and thought it was a great idea to join together with a group that “appreciates the lack of electricity and has fun doing it” but was unable to participate in the ride. Maxwell said she felt Earth Hour was important because it helped to create awareness. “It allows the people of Louisiana and citizens all over the world to have a voice in the vote to end global warming. This mass movement will hopefully show the government that the people are taking a stand for change,” Maxwell said. But not everyone in the Capital City participated in Earth Hour. Danielle Williams, mass communication senior, said she would have participated in the event if she remembered but was not going to plan her schedule around it. Williams said she didn’t think Earth Hour would make a noticeable difference because it isn’t well-known enough yet. “I haven’t really heard much about Earth Hour, and I don’t think many people are actually going to follow through with participating. I don’t think most LSU students will take the time to turn off the lights, unplug their appliances and live without electricity for an hour,” Williams said.

Contact Catie Vogels at


know who number four is.” Canady said he has brewed Another microbrewery rep- several varieties of beers and Creighton spent the after- resented at the festival was B.J.’s mastered a few of his own recinoon working at the Zea’s tent Brewhouse, located near the Mall pes. serving Heiner Brau beer. of Louisiana on Bluebonnet. He said it usually takes two Heiner Brau is a microbrewTodd Landry, finished beer to four weeks to brew a beer and ery in downtown Covington specialist at B.J.’s, spent the af- just about anyone who’s willing owned by brewternoon serving a to try can do it. master Henryk delicious Belgian As the lines at the port-o“Heiner” Orlik. strong white beer potties got longer and more and He is one of only seasoned with more vendors displayed “tapped 10 German brewcoriander root, out” signs, attendee Brian St. masters in the orange peel and George, a Virginia native who United States and spices. works as a chemical engineer in has been making B.J.’s brews Baton Rouge, wandered through beer since age 16. seven staples the festival with a huge grin on Orlik opened year around and his face. Brian St. George the brewery the brews 14 beers in “The Beer Fest is the best local chemical engineer week before Hurall throughout the Baton Rouge has to offer,” St. ricane Katrina hit year. The brew- George said. “It’s all about having New Orleans and has been pro- house carries 47 beers on tap and some drinks, seeing some people ducing a variety brews that are specializes in Belgian beer. you haven’t seen in a while and sold at several grocery stores and John Canady works on the just having fun.” restaurants throughout the state. other side of the business. “Two of three beers sold in Canady’s family owns BootLouisiana is a Budweiser prod- leggers Brewing Supply on Sceuct, so being a microbrewery here nic Highway. Bootleggers sells is difficult,” Orlik said. “Being a every supply necessary for the brewmaster is a very unique job average Joe to brew his own miContact Jack LeBlanc at in America. There are no schools crobrew. here. There are more doctors and lawyers than there are brewmasters.” Micro-breweries like Heiner Brau produce 50,000 barrels a year or less, with a barrel equaling 31 gallons. Regional breweries like Abita and Samuel Adams produce more than 50,000 barrels, but less than the millions of barrels produced by Budweiser, Miller or Coors. Orlik said micro-beers are usually fresher and often unique to the area of the country where they are produced. “In Germany, every small town has its own brewery. You PLUCKERS WING BAR have the mayor; he’s the number $14.99 All You Can Eat Wings one man, and you have the docand $3 Pluckers Lemonade. tor, he’s number two; and then If you don’t like our wings, you have the priest, he’s number three,” Orlik said. “And you we’ll give you the bird.

BEER, from page 11


‘It’s all about having some drinks, seeing some people ... and just having fun’

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PAGE 14 URBAN 9, from page 1

something essential to the University skateboarding scene. Urban 9 houses a unique 15by-18 foot minipipe built from wallto-wall directly into the tiny Baton Rouge business’ shop floor. The minipipe gives University students a suitable substitute for honing their skills. “I’ve been to skate shops all across the country, but Urban 9’s miniramp is the only one I’ve ever seen built right into the store,” said Mike Griffin, political science senior. Griffin has skated in Baton Rouge for 11 years and said the Perkins Road construction affects all of the local skaters. “Urban 9’s ramp gives the kids somewhere to learn, and they need that now without a park,” Griffin said. Williams said until construction is complete, BREC provides a few ramps at the Church Street Park in Zachary. With or without the park, Griffin said he goes to Urban 9 at least once a week to skate and hang out. “I literally tie my skateboard to my bike with bungees and go ride for 45 minutes between classes,” Griffin said. Griffin said the store gives University skaters somewhere to practice outside of the Quad and offers the local driving force to the skateboarding scene, said Urban 9 owner Reno Broussard. Broussard has run Urban 9’s Government Street location for almost 15 years and kept a minipipe in the store for the last five. “The ramp just brings people together to skate at any level ... like someone who’s a little more advanced or just some kid learning to drop in,” Broussard said. “They’re just all caught up in the mix.” His shop’s limited room makes the minipipe smaller than normal ramps, but it’s still “somewhere to skate and learn,” Broussard said. Broussard said the University has been vital to his business with students from out of town coming to

ART, from page 1

“The School of Veterinary Medicine has art on its agenda,” he said, adding the show “displays the school’s commitment to the human– animal bond, reflecting who we are and what we do.” Baton Rouge artist and School of Art alumna Margaret Rice captured the “Best in Show” award for her piece “Morning Walk,” an oilon-wood painting which portrays a large group of fox hounds walking together. Rice said she composed the piece from photographs she took of a group of hunting dogs. “It was really great light because it was the morning,” she said. Rice said she returned to painting again about five years ago, and she mostly paints portraits of people’s pets on commission. She said she has never sent her work to other animal art shows around the country. “This is the only [piece] I actually entered,” she said. “This is maybe my third painting from those photographs.” Art show judge and University alumna Melanie Hansbrough said deciding which 75 pieces to display out of the 583 entries was a difficult

Baton Rouge and needing a place to skate. Location gives him an advantage in attracting these University boarders because Urban 9 is only five minutes from campus in Midcity, “the heart of Baton Rouge,” Broussard said. “Being close to campus, this part of the city has a lot of soul,” Broussard said. “To me, it’s what the real Baton Rouge is.” Broussard said he started the shop simply because he felt an interest in skateboarding and wanted to bring it to Baton Rouge. “Skateboarding wasn’t even on the map in 1993, 1994,” Broussard said. “No one was really paying attention to it. There was just a need for skateboarding in this town.” He said the University helps keep the skateboarding scene going, but current construction on BREC’s skate park hurts the skateboarding scene for the younger crowd. “The older guys can get around a little better whereas those kids have no place to skate except their driveway or maybe a parking lot where they’re probably getting kicked out of,” Broussard said. University students like Darek Jackson, political science senior, stick mainly to the streets and Urban 9 for skating until the new park opens. Broussard said he prides himself on his store, but he realizes service only can do so much in this economy. “We’re providing a product you can live without, I guess unless you skateboard,” Broussard said. “But when times are tough, people still need to have activities, things to do to get their minds off of whatever it may be.” He said he realizes students need something to occupy their time, so he has some simple advice to help them cope. “If you’re out skateboarding, you’re probably not thinking about a bad economy,” Broussard said.   Contact Peter Hubbs at task.

“I’m amazed at the talent,” she said. “It was difficult to select 75 from all the talent that we have. I was overwhelmed at first.” Hansbrough said her main goal was to put together a show that would speak to a variety of tastes and display art in a variety of media about a variety of animals. She said she didn’t just select paintings about dogs and cats. “My main objective in this was to make this a show everyone would like,” she said. “I hope people will be uplifted by the show.” This year’s show, the brainchild of retired Vet School librarian Sue Loubiere, featured work from 270 artists from 41 states and 6 foreign countries. Morgan said the show raises money from the 20 percent commission the school takes from the sale of any piece in the show. She said the school raised about $5,000 last year, which went to improving the library and the school’s wildlife hospital.

Contact Matthew Barnidge at

GOP, from page 1

of taxes, and it borrows too much from our kids and grandkids.” The energy policy outlined in the GOP plan, which Boehner said aims to help America move toward energy independence, will be particularly helpful for the Louisiana job market because of Louisiana’s large oil and gas industry, Boehner said. “The rebound from this economy is going to take years and years

and years,” Boehner said. “And a slow economy means we’re not producing the kind of new jobs that would be available for those getting out of college.” In addition, Boehner said the plan will help protect small businesses and families and expand access to “affordable” health insurance. The meeting in Baton Rouge was part of Boehner’s tour of Louisiana, which included a Friday visit to New Orleans and a Saturday

monday, march 30, 2009 afternoon visit to Lafayette. Cassidy also invited James Riley, real estate professional with NAI/Latter & Blum Inc.; and Lester Mclin, president of McLin & Associates, an engineering and land surveying company; to meet with Boehner. “Small businesses drive the job market in Louisiana and across the nation,” Cassidy said. Contact Lindsey Meaux at

MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009 PITCHING, from page 7

happy to be on the top side.” Mahtook hit a single and brought in the tying run with two strikes. “He’s such a great athlete,” Mainieri said. “It’s exciting to me to think how much this kid is going to continue to improve with that experience.” Mitchell drove Mahtook in with a single to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish. “I just knew today [Ole Miss pitcher Scott Bittle] was just living off his breaking ball,” Mitchell said. “I got that pitch, and I hit it.” Mitchell also stole two bases in the series to extend his Southeastern Conference leading total to 22. The outfielder was involved in a controversial catch in the top of the fourth when Ole Miss center

SCRIMMAGE, from page 7

most yards rushing the football on scrambles.” Senior running backs Charles Scott and Keiland Williams took snaps at fullback with sophomore Stevan Ridley and junior Richard Dugas still out following knee injuries. “A guy named [sophomore running back James] Stampley who’s a walk-on is doing a really good job in the physical aspect of the fullback position,” Miles said. “We’re getting some veteran tailbacks in there and roughing them up a little bit.” Miles said he expects Ridley to be back before the start of the season.


fielder Jordan Henry hit a shot to left You’ve got to come in with one-run field. Mitchell ran under the ball and games.” thought he made the catch, but the The second game of the series umpire ruled it a single. went to LSU, 6-5. Senior pitcher “It was definitely a catch,” Louis Coleman and junior outfielder Mitchell said. “Umpires make mis- Blake Dean led the Tigers to victory. takes ... but luckily for us it didn’t Coleman (6-1) had a career-high decide anything.” 10 strikeouts in seven innings, allowThe Rebels ing only one earned (16-8, 5-4) scored run. their only run on a “He was out‘Once you get things wild pitch by Ross standing again, as rolling ... you feel in he’s been all year,” in the fifth. LSU freshman place, and things come Mainieri said. pitcher Matty Ott “There’s something recorded the save smoother and easier.’ extra about him that Sunday. Ott said he allows him to rise Blake Dean was glad to get the up for a team when junior outfielder chance to close in they need him the tight games. most.” “It’s good to gain that kind of Dean recorded a season-high experience,” Ott said. “That’s the four hits and four RBI. role you’re going to be in as a closer. “Those kinds of games are the


GETTING DEFENSIVE While the wind left its mark on the scrimmage, Miles was quick to credit his defense as the biggest reason for any offensive struggles. “The defense was very difficult to move against,” he said. “I think they were aided a little bit by a windy day and the idea that we’re playing four quarterbacks, but give them great credit. Some guys had some great, spectacular days on the defensive side.” Miles said the defense has quickly gotten comfortable with new defensive coordinator John Chavis. “If they haven’t, they’re not playing like they haven’t,” Miles said. “They play like they have ... I

think our guys want to play great ... It’s matched very nicely with some new enthusiasm.” Chavis brings with him from Tennessee a history of playing safeties at outside linebacker. But the biggest position switch in the scrimmage may have been a moving a player to safety. “Ron Brooks, really playing more snaps at safety than he has, made a number of tackles and a couple interceptions,” Miles said. “We wanted to look at him at safety. He has great speed, and we felt like he might be able to roam the middle of the field.” Contact Jerit Roser at

ones that break the ice,” Dean said. “Once you get things rolling ... you feel in place, and things come smoother and easier.” Ott gave up three runs in the ninth, but secured the win to even the series. The Tigers fell to the Rebels in the first game of the series, 7-4. Ole Miss designated hitter Matt Snyder had two home runs and four RBI. The Rebels homered four times, while the Tigers had seven hits. Sophomore pitcher Anthony

PAGE 15 Ranaudo (2-2) took the loss Friday. Mainieri said he has been impressed with the pitching staff, but the middle relievers may be a cause for concern in the future. “Our rotation is better,” Mainieri said. “My concern still remains what happens if the starter doesn’t get past the fifth inning.”

Contact Michael Lambert at





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Gov. Jindal needs to reauthorize LA Swift bus service

Seventy or so miles doesn’t seem much to a man with his own motorcade. But for many Baton Rouge residents with jobs in New Orleans, it’s a lifetime away. In his 2009-2010 executive budget, Gov. Bobby Jindal proposes cuts in many fields, including health care, higher education and a slew of government

programs, despite the benefit of nearly $1 billion from the federal economic stimulus package. The elimination of the LA Swift bus service program is among the cuts. Established during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the program shuttled scores of disenfranchised New Orleanians from Baton Rouge and back for free.

After a while, a $5 charge was added, but the service remained the best way for Baton Rouge residents employed in New Orleans to get to work and back. The $5.8 million saved by cutting the program would be transferred to the state highway program, but it wouldn’t help those who were forced out the city by a natural disaster.

Even with budget cuts affecting every facet of life in America, this program was the best way for those with work to make it into the city, as Jindal has shown once again — in addition to his denial of funds for unemployment benefits — he’d rather turn his back on the most impoverished and trodden-upon citizens than produce a budget that benefits those without

the means to lift themselves from rotten circumstances. Jindal needs to rethink his budget, reinstate LA Swift and renew his commitment to New Orleans.

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Chivalry? A sandwich isn’t going to make itself

Whenever the demon of nostalgia rears its nauseating head, it’s only a matter of time before someone points out “chivalry is dead.” The next time this happens, stop whatever you’re doing, look them in the eye and say “good riddance.” Traditional wisdom tells us to not speak ill of the deceased, but traditional wisdom is exactly what I’m speaking ill of. The 20th century brought tremendous advances for women. With suffrage, reproductive rights, protection from domestic violence, Title IX, the WNBA, Oprah Winfrey’s talk show, talk of Paris Hilton’s showings and Sarah Palin’s vice presidential run, we stand significantly closer to “gender equality” than we did a hundred years ago (although we were slightly closer before the world knew women could be named “Bristol”). For better or worse, the dynamic

of male-female interaction has been changed forever. And this is the crucial plot point the nostalgic omit in their secondhand, cliff-notes synopsis of the “good old days.” Gender equality and chivalry are two sumo wrestlers intent on flinging the other outside the boundaries of social acceptability. Equality is winning the fight, and chivalry will only survive for as long as we tolerate hypocrisy. Equals don’t demand special treatment. Now don’t get me wrong. Sometimes I’ll play the doorstop. If anyone — regardless of sex — carries something heavy, I might take a second out of my day to help. Some doors are more easily opened from one direction or another, and I might give a well-timed nudge when a stranger is on the wrong end of hydraulics.

To be clear, I do these things, not because I have to, but because I want to. And occasionally if I’m on my way to class — and an especially good-looking female follows — I’ll snap the door shut behind me and sing, “fatty, fatty, two by four, can’t get through the schoolhouse door.” Not because I have to, but beDaniel Morgan cause I want to. Columnist When we were young, we had to conform to the rules we were given, no matter how hypocritical they seemed. But we’re grown up now. We get to replace the brainsmattering inconsistencies of our youth with congruency. We get to choose which rules we follow.

Excluding Daily Reveille columnist Dini Parayitam, women choose to be strong, independent and wear Hillary Clinton-style powersuits. You can blame it on loosening morals, feminism, the pill and text messaging. You can long for the days of repression when women were dainty flowers incapable of independence, and men had to prove they could be dependable, subservient providers by picking up the tab and leaving confident answering machine messages. You can try to fight social change. Or you can save your energy and learn to thrive in society’s new social order. Chivalry is dead — good riddance to bad rubbish. The pretense of privilege is a relic of a bygone era. It’s time women gave it up, and it’s time men stopped encouraging them. Gentlemen, the next time you

sense a girl wants you to take the check, lean back in your seat and preemptively thank her for treating you. Have fun with it. I don’t have time to split ponytails over which side of the sidewalk to walk on. If we go out to dinner, we’re splitting the bill. If that makes me less attractive, then those unique, entitled snowflakes can all run back to their fathers. The world has changed. Adapt, or worthy males will select someone else. It’s only natural. Daniel Morgan is a 21-year-old economics junior from Baton Rouge.

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Economic downturn makes the country better The economic crisis is being portrayed as the end of the world as we know it. It has supplanted the war in Iraq — where American soldiers still die — as the biggest problem facing President Obama. But maybe it isn’t as bad as we all think. Maybe it’s a good thing this downturn hit the economy. “Subprime” has become a term at the center of the economic downturn. The reason for this is understandable. When the supply of money increases, the demand for goods increases. When the demand for a particular good or service increases, the cost of the good increases. Subprime lending increased the supply of money available for people to purchase houses. The demand for houses went up and, as a result, so did housing

prices. The desire to make housing available to all is at the heart of the economic troubles facing the country today. This is the first place to find a silver lining behind this dark cloud of recession. When society’s elite — whether bankers or politicians — begin telling people what they deserve, freedom and liberty are attacked. Not everyone deserves a house. Housing is not an inalienable right guaranteed to every person. It is something for which a person must work. When the government began intervening in the housing market, it tried to score political points by making housing available to people who couldn’t get credit in the regular mortgage market. The prices of houses inflated.



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This is the second revelation of the recession — government manipulation of the free market always hurts the average citizen. Government involvement ceases competition, stymies progress and fixes prices. President Franklin Roosevelt passed the Ag- Drew Walker ricultural AdColumnist ministration Act as part of his New Deal. One result was that some farmers got paid not to grow crops. The rationale was the fear that overproduction was driving prices down. The government stepped in and fixed the price of agricultural commodities, then paid farmers not

to grow those crops. As a result, the price of food rose along with the amount of crop imports that could have been grown here at home. The consumer suffered because the government didn’t want farmers to go out of business even though the economy’s natural progression was to move from agricultural to industrial. Finally — and perhaps most importantly — this recession has made it clear the U.S. can’t continue its expansive, imperialistic foreign policy. Some of the biggest drains on the nation’s resources are the two wars we fight. Instead of acting like the world’s police force, the government could focus on ways to reduce the national debt by looking at places to cut the defense budget. At the end of his time as president, Dwight Eisenhower

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warned the country of the “growing military industrial complex.” We don’t need first-strike capability, nor do we need enough nuclear warheads to destroy the world more than once. If the country is going to become financially stable, the defense budget must be one of the first areas to make cuts. The recession has hurt many people in this country. It has not been easy, but it has been necessary. It has taught us a number of lessons we needed to learn. Drew Walker is a 24-year-old philosophy senior from Walker.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “Chivalry is the most delicate form of contempt.” Charles Dickens English author Feb. 7, 1812 - June 9, 1870


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School segregation re-enforces gender stereotypes

The U.S. education system is in such a desperate condition that it is moving backward to mitigate its circumstances. Girls, less than 50 years ago, especially in Louisiana, fought to attend the same schools as boys. But now, single-sex education is a novel experiment that will supposedly rescue a school’s declining academic scores and alleviate behavioral problems. More than 400 secondary education classrooms have begun using gender segregation since the 2004 federal regulatory change that gave public schools freedom to separate boys and girls, according to the National Association for Single-Sex Public Education. But such programs — while legal — invalidate the Civil Rights movement that successfully abolished such divisions. The Civil Rights movement’s core argument, “everyone is equal,” is demolished if the nation spontaneously reverts back to practicing antiquated

methodologies. Instead of re-enforcing equality between the genders, class segregation directly acknowledges that learning differences are prevalent enough to warrant action. “Research suggests that, whereas many girls prefer to learn by watching or listen, boys generally prefer to learn by doing,” wrote William Pollack in his book “Real Boys.” In reality, although neurological research shows some differences in the learning patterns, these differences are not grave enough to necessitate or justify division. Everyone, in some sense, learns differently. Education is not only about learning, but also about learning together. If society accepts division based on gender, then it should also be ready to accept separation of classrooms based on socio-economic class and even race. But any suggestion of separating schools based on race or class will be eliminated before

even being debated because the idea draws images of the Civil Rights movement and the assiduous characters that worked toward integration. Separating classrooms based on gender should also invoke serious images of women fighting for equality, but instead, these images Dini Parayitam are muddled by psychologiColumnist cal research and inconclusive statistics. The National Center for Education Statistics and College Board show no radical improvement in test scores for single-sex classrooms.   Boys earn slightly lower grades than girls, but achieve higher scores on high-stakes standardized tests like the SAT and ACT exams. Similarly, girls are participating more in athletics and opting to take higher math-

ematics and science classes than ever before. All these achievements are already happening in co-ed classrooms. The existence of improvement contradicts the opinion that boys and girls distract each other. In reality, a diversified environment increases competition and thus, performance level. Co-ed classrooms allow children to recognize diversity, learn cooperation and good citizenship skills. The “real world” is not separated based on genders; it is important for the younger generations to learn to cooperate in a mixed environment. Separating genders at young ages strengthens the use of gender stereotypes and introduces superiority-inferiority complexes. Boys instructed by a male will never understand their female counterparts’ success or intellectual ability. Instead, boys will develop a superiority complex because they could possibly learn to believe they are in the tougher

class. The girls, similarly, can possibly develop an inferiority complex, believing they are in the ‘froo-froo,’ easy classes. The instructors catering to specific genders also increases gender norms. Boys would never truly encounter female sensitivity and girls would not encounter masculine austereness. Without learning to understand the other gender in a social context, collaboration becomes difficult. Transitioning from secondary schools to co-ed colleges and universities will become increasingly difficult. The education system should emphasize teaching students how to live in reality. If men and women cannot be partitioned in society, then neither can classrooms. Dini Parayitam is an 18-year-old biochemistry freshman from Lake Charles. Contact Dini Parayitam at


We’d be nothing without our usual inconsistency

We are nothing, if not inconsistent. Racial diversity has been a talking point in America since it’s conception. In today’s pop culture, the lack of racial diversity often muses up article after scholarly article. Take HBO’s “Entourage,” for example. The show features an almost all-white cast. After some criticism, it finally introduced a black character — a rapper named Saigon. There’s also the question of diversity of the sexes. HBO’s show about four females,“Sex & the City,” has a show about four males, “Entourage.” “Friends” has three men and three women, etc. Some shows actively strive to create diversity, including “Scrubs,” which casts a black best friend and his Hispanic wife as counterparts to Zach Braff’s almost incessant whiteness. It’s interesting when our national consciousness decides to care about racial diversity and when it doesn’t seem to notice. Take our president, for example. In the election before this one, racial diversity in the White House wasn’t an issue of national consciousness. Sure, many folks were wondering if we would ever see a non-white president, but it wasn’t a national talking point until Barack Obama ran for president. The same can be said for Gov. Bobby Jindal: Before his candidacy, no one complained that an Indian-American was

never governor. This can be expected, but it still seems hypocritical. So it’s interesting when such a large-budget film like “Watchmen” is released without a speckle of racial diversity (save for a stereotypically Asian gang that gets thoroughly beaten). And as for diversity of sex, the two most prominent female characters seem more Travis Andrews interesting in taking off their Columnist tops than in anything else. Yet no one cared. Most reviewers didn’t mention this as a problem in the way “Entourage” was seen as racist and sexist when it was first released. And maybe it isn’t a problem. Perhaps I’m reaching here. But there’s a far simpler reason than equal representational for all peoples. While that should be the main point, a secondary issue in having a completely Arian, male, flat cast is it gets boring. Repetition tends not to be interesting. Repetition tends not to be interesting. Repetition tends not to be interesting. Diversity will always make for more interesting cinema, fiction, music, art, whatever. The tension in the differences and the

ease in the commonalities between races and genders is what creates for interesting storytelling. But it almost seems like a dead art. And “Watchmen” proved this. Because even if a film doesn’t have a racially uniform cast, it usually just plays into simple (and boring) stereotypes. When was the last time you saw a cop movie that didn’t feature either a black/white partnership

or a white underling and a black commander? These staples have become so ingrained, movies are losing their creativity under the stresses of either satisfying racial diversity or ignoring it. Either way, film is suffering. Of course, this isn’t the only reason film is suffering, but it certainly is a strong one. Laziness remains the main reason it suffers, and this issue is a direct offshoot of laziness.

Having an all-one-race cast almost ensures one audience or another, but it also often alienates another. But laziness is a staple of American culture, so I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised. Travis Andrews is a 21-year-old English senior from Metairie. Contact Travis Andrews at


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