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Volume 113, Issue 103

Chasing an SEC Title

Friday, March 6, 2009

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Lady Tigers take five-game win streak into conference tourney By Rachel Whittaker Sports Writer

Five weeks ago, LSU women’s basketball coach Van Chancellor didn’t think his team would be here. The Lady Tigers are the No. 3 seed in this weekend’s No. 9 Ole Miss No. 9 Ole Miss No. 8 Arkansas

No. 5 Tennessee

No. 5 Tennessee No. 4 Florida

No. 11 S. Carolina

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Alcoholic Beverage Control agents raided Mellow Mushroom on Burbank Drive on Wednesday night, issuing nine underage drinking citations. The agency cited the minors sometime between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., according to Debra O’Neill, East Baton Rouge Parish ABC Board director. “Most of them were too intoxicated to even respond,” O’Neill said. The restaurant isn’t required to appear before the Board for this violation, but if they are issued another citation within a year, an appearance will be mandatory. “[Mellow Mushroom will have to] pay the fine, or [choose to] fight it and come before the board,” O’Neill said. Mellow Mushroom officials declined to comment about the raid. O’Neill said agents were responding to one

Southeastern Conference tournament with a 17-9 overall record and a 10-4 conference record. They have a first-round bye for the eighth-straight year, and they’re on a five-game winning streak — all against SEC opponents. TOURNEY, see page 6

No. 6 Miss. St.

No. 6 Miss. St.

Sat., March 7 @ 5:30 p.m. 2009 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Sun., March 8 @ 6:30 p.m.

No. 3 LSU No. 10 Kentucky No. 7 Georgia

No. 7 Georgia

Sat., March 7 @ 8:00 p.m. LSU junior guard Allison Hightower

No. 2 Vanderbilt

ABC raids Mellow Mushroom on Wed. By Kyle Bove

No. 1 Auburn No. 12 Alabama


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International cultural center repairs to begin in May By Xerxes A. Wilson Contributing Writer

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More than six months after Hurricane Gustav, the International Cultural Center is finally on track to begin repairs in May. Although repairs have not been made six months after the storm, Maureen Hewitt, manager of the International Cultural Center, doesn’t fault the University for

the time it has taken to plan the projects. “I certainly do not envy the task of trying to bring all the information together from FEMA, the state level, the environmental and occupational rules and regulations involved and making sure everything gets done right,” Hewitt said. “It is a huge task, and there is reason for it to take so long. If they could do it faster, I am quite sure they would be doing so.” Emmett David, director of Faculty Development, said the damages to the ICC will cost an estimated $295,000 to repair and should be completed by August.

Wind from Hurricane Gustav damaged the roof of the ICC, causing water to leak in to multiple parts of the building. With the roof still in disrepair, water continues to cause mold and damage to the structure and contents of the building. Wind from the storm also blew out the some of the stained glass windows high in the center’s main hall. Leaking water in the ICC’s apartment area caused the most damage, Hewitt said. The area is still closed by order of the fire marshall. DAMAGES, see page 6

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Damage to the ICC remains months after Hurricane Gustav.








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LONDON (AP) — When 007 hits 65, should he be deep-sixed? No, say British intelligence chiefs, who want their older officers to keep working, even if it means Her Majesty’s secret service has spies who hobble in from the cold. Lawmakers disclosed Thursday that veteran intelligence operatives are being asked to keep working after their usual retirement date to tackle an unrelenting threat from terrorism. Britain’s veteran spies — like all senior government staff — must step down at the age of 65, according to government policy — but are instead being kept in their posts as exceptions to the rule.

MOSCOW (AP) — In some of his strongest criticism of his successors, Mikhail Gorbachev on Thursday likened Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party to the worst of the communists he once led and helped bring down, and said Russia is today a country where the parliament and the judiciary are not fully free. In an interview with The Associated Press some 20 years after the Soviet empire started its rapid collapse on his tumultuous watch, Gorbachev also said the global economic crisis showed capitalism should be tempered with elements of the socialist system he played such a critical role in sweeping away.


Obama welcomes allies, skeptics to health summit


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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama pumped health care allies and skeptics alike for ways to overhaul the nation’s costly and frustrating system Thursday and heard only applause and agreement when he told them there’s “a clear consensus that the need for health care reform is here and now.” However, he conceded at a White House summit that opinions vary widely on exactly what to do and said that winning quick approval for historic and stunningly expensive legislation won’t be easy. Still, the unanimity on the urgency to act underscored how the political environment has become more favorable to revamping the thorny system since President Bill Clinton’s attempt failed in the 1990s under intense resistance.

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks Thursday to the White House Forum on Health Reform.

Calif. Supreme Court weighs Lawsuit filed in ‘Joe the same-sex marriage ban Plumber’ records probe SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As thousands demonstrated outside, California Supreme Court justices weighed Thursday whether voters‘ decision to ban same-sex marriage was a denial of fundamental rights or within what one justice called the people‘s “very broad powers” to amend the state constitution. Gay rights advocates are urging the court to overturn the ban, approved in November as Proposition 8, on the grounds it was put before voters improperly, or at least prematurely.


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UNO instructor O’Conner named newest Boyd professor 67th professor to receive honor By Leslie Presnall Staff Writer

The LSU Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed at Thursday’s meeting to name Charles O’Connor, chemistry professor at the University of New Orleans, the newest Boyd professor. O’Connor is the sixth

professor from UNO and the 67th professor in the System to receive the honor since the initiation of the award in 1953. The Boyd professorship is considered the System’s highest academic rank and is limited to professors who have attained national or international distinctions for outstanding research, teaching and other creative achievements. O’Connor is considered an international expert on materials science and nanotechnology.

He is the author of two books on magnetic properties of materials, and his work has been cited more than 850 times by other researchers. O’Connor also led the development of a UNO outreach summer research program for high school students. He earned his doctoral degree in chemistry at the University of Illinois in 1979 and joined UNO the same year as an assistant professor. He was named a full-time professor

in 1989, and he was honored as a distinguished professor of chemistry in 2001. The Board also approved 14 new endowed professorships in medical education, basic sciences, engineering and the humanities at LSU institutions statewide, including five at LSU. The Board also approved the recommendation for the donation of a storage building from the East Baton Rouge 4-H Foundation, Inc. to the Agricultural

Center’s Central Research Station. The Foundation donated an 11,320 square foot building to the AgCenter for storage space in return. The estimated building value is $190,000.

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Gandhi items sell Noted mathematician lectures for $1.8M in auction Sawin shared view LECTURE

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on math theories By Kimberly Brown Contributing Writer

About 15 University students and professors crowded into a Lockett Hall classroom Thursday evening to watch and listen as Stephen Sawin, professor and notable mathematician at Fairfield University, lecture on a few math topics. The lecture included Sawin’s modern perspective on the mathematical theories, including supersymmetry, quantum mechanics and Gauss-Bonnet-Chern theorem, by using mathematical equations, containing physics and geometry to develop a construction of the path integral. “Math is a wrap onto how the universe behaves,” Sawin said. “These topics are just a warmup for students to understand the harder questions that come from physics.” According to Sawin’s specialty in these mathematical fields, supersymmetry is a theory that governs how particles interact in the world. Quantum mechanics is an idea that relates to the string theory, which combines quantum mechanics and

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Notable mathematician Sawin from Fairfield University gave a lecture Thursday about mathematical theories in Lockett Hall.

how physics should work. Ambar Sengupta, University professor, said the Gauss-BonnetChern theorem is “a very beautiful idea” to him. “It is a very important theorem in math,” Sengupta said. “But Sawin’s perspective on this classical idea is more modern and surprising.” After lecturing on these topics, Sawin said students and professors should remember that it’s possible, in some cases, to understand and come up with the path integral of time. It took Sawin and his colleague, Dana Fine,, about four years to come

Campus Crime Briefs HIGH NUMBER OF VEHICLE BURGLARIES IN LARGE PARKING LOTS LSU Police Department officials noticed an increase in vehicle burglaries on campus after the semester break, according to LSUPD detective David Heroman. Out of the nearly 20 vehicle burglaries since January 12, items reported stolen include GPS devices, iPods, dashboard stereo systems and speaker boxes. The burglaries usually occur in the larger student parking lots on Nicholson Extension and lots near the Charles McClendon LSU Football Practice Facility. Heroman said students should remember to lock their doors and park near well-lit areas. Some of

the burglaries occur during the day, though. Often times, a person will appear as if he or she is working on their car, but in reality they are stealing a speaker box or other car parts. Heroman said he encourages students to report any suspicious person in campus parking lots, day or night, to LSUPD at 578-3231. POLICE INVESTIGATING IHOP SHOOTING Police are investigating a shooting that left a man wounded in the IHOP parking lot Wednesday. The suspect exited the passenger side of a dark-colored F-150 pickup truck at about 2:30 a.m., walked toward the victim’s vehicle and began firing, according to a Baton Rouge

up with their perspectives and equations on supersymmetry, quantum mechanics and the Gauss-BonnetChern theorem. Sawin has also published several articles in the American Journal of Mathematics, including Witten’s Nonabelian Localization for Noncompact Hamiltonian Spaces, Subfactors Constructed from Quantum Group and Relative Commutants of Hecke Algebra Subfactors. Contact Kimberly Brown at

Police Department news release. The victim was injured during the shooting and transported to a local hospital where he is in stable condition. The suspect fled the restaurant parking lot, at 3006 College Drive, in the F-150. Anyone with information on the shooting can contact police at (225) 389-3844 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867. FIRE DESTROYS HOUSE NEAR CAMPUS A fire destroyed an abandoned house near the University on Tuesday night. Firefighters arrived at the house on Tennessee Street at East McKinley Street at about 10:30 p.m. The fire was under control by 11:15 p.m. but destroyed the entire rear of the house, said Robert Combs, Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman. Combs said the fire is suspected to be arson. No one was in the house during the incident. Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at

NEW YORK (AP) — Mohandas Gandhi’s eyeglasses and other items sold for $1.8 million Thursday at an auction that drew outrage from the Indian government, a last-minute reversal from the seller and a frenzy of bidding won by an Indian conglomerate that said the pacifist leader’s possessions will be coming home. The lot included Gandhi’s wire-rim eyeglasses, worn leather sandals, a pocket watch, a plate and the brass bowl from which he ate his final meal. The Indian government had protested the sale, saying the items should be returned to the nation and not sold to the highest bidder. The seller and the government could not work out a deal, and the auction went forward as planned. But the self-identified owner, California art collector James Otis, told reporters outside the Antiquorum Auctioneers that he no longer wanted to sell the items. Meanwhile, U.S. Justice Department officials served an Indian

court injunction on the auction house, blocking it from releasing the items. Auctioneer Julien Schaerer announced as the sale began that the Gandhi items would be held for two weeks “pending resolution of third party claims.” Toni Bedi, an executive of the Indian company UB Group, had the winning bid after a furious four minutes in which the offers raced from $10,000 to $1.8 million. Bids came from the floor and by phone and Internet from overseas; none of the other bidders were identified. Bedi said he was acting on instructions of Dr. Vijay Mallya, CEO of UB Group, whose firms in India include breweries, airlines, chemical, pharmaceutical and fertilizer firms and information and technology companies. He said that the company wants to donate the items to the Indian government, and plans to return them for public display in New Delhi. Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at



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Design college associate dean leaving for Delaware By The Associated Press WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The Delaware College of Art and Design has picked an associate dean from Louisiana State University as its next president.

Stuart Baron will start this summer at the college after he finishes this fiscal year as the faculty research, development and advancement dean at LSU’s College of Art and Design. Baron says few schools have

students doing the kind of highquality work he’s seen in the last two years at DCAD. Baron was chosen from more than 50 candidates with support from board members, students, faculty and staff.

Search Committee Chair Ellen Semple says Baron’s academic and artistic experience and his vision for the future growth of DCAD set him apart. Baron has worked at LSU for more than five years, includ-

ing time as the School of Art’s director. He was named interim associate dean last year. Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at


Plans in motion for University sesquicentennial Events to celebrate LSU’s past 150 years By Ryan Buxton Contributing Writer

LSU is turning 150 in 2010, and the University will be celebrating the birthday all year long. Celebrations for the University’s sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, are already being planned. The Sesquicentennial Committee held its monthly meeting Thursday to discuss ongoing plans for the many projects commemorating the 150 years in LSU history. Rusty Jabour, vice chancellor of communication and University Relations and co-chair of the Sesquicentennial Committee, presented the mission statement for the sesquicentennial, which focuses on three important goals for the year. “During our sesquicentennial

year, we’re going to reflect, celebrate and commit,” Jabour said. The year’s events are set to reflect on the University’s history, celebrate the success LSU has achieved and commit to a prosperous future for the school. Jabour said many of the projects are still “in the concept phase,” but the projects in the works are meant to bring together every member of the LSU community. As part of the reflection, a documentary film and a book will look back on where the University began and how far it has come. The hour-long documentary on the history of the University is being produced with Louisiana Public Broadcasters and will debut statewide in early 2010. Later in the year, LSU Press will release “Treasures of LSU,” a book about important pieces of LSU history. A re-release of the documentary is planned to coincide

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with the publishing of the book. Celebrations will take place throughout the year. Annual events like Fall Fest, Homecoming and the Chancellor’s Day Parade will have a sesquicentennial presence. An on-campus festival called LSU Day will be celebrated in April. The festival is modeled after Maryland Day at the University of Maryland. The festival is meant to showcase every part of LSU to the community. Maryland’s version of the event draws 75,000 people, and while Jabour does not expect that turnout, his expectations are high.


Homecoming to include service Applications accepted until March 13 By Alice Womble Contributing Writer

Though continuing the 100year tradition of student planned and coordinated homecoming week, activities for 2009 have been upgraded to include a service component. The Student Homecoming Committee, comprised of a student chairperson, sub-committee chairpersons and committee members, is accepting applications until March 13 for homecoming 2009. Applications can be found in one of the two Campus Life Offices in Johnston Hall or the programs office in the Student Union. The homecoming committee provides students with the opportunity to get involved and spread the spirit of the University, said Jacob Brumfield associate director of Campus Life. “We want to highlight all of the great feelings people have toward this University,” Brumfield said. Last year’s event featured lights under the oaks, a five-kilometer race and a parade, and was the first to implement homecoming on the road, the service-learning component of homecoming 2008. Chelsi Stokes, event

coordinator for homecoming on the road in 2008, said she unexpectedly got involved in a leadership role on the homecoming committee. “At first I thought I was just volunteering to help, but then I ended up being over it,” Stokes said. “I didn’t realize how big it would be.” Students went to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital and St. James Place, a continuing care retirement community where many University alumni reside. The homecoming committee brought Golden Girls, LSU cheerleaders and football players to the children’s hospital and retirement community to bring cheer and the

homecoming spirit to them. They also raffled off a football signed by Les Miles and other players, among other prizes, Stokes said. “We knew alot of people loved LSU in the community but couldn’t come so we decided to bring it to them,” Stokes said. “Especially the alumni because things may have changed since they were there.” Though next year’s service component has not been decided, the homecoming committee intends to continue with this addition.

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“LSU draws great crowds,” Jabour said. The University’s commitment to the future will come in a Web project called “LSU Serves the World.” The site will honor service by LSU alumni, students and faculty across the globe. The goal is to combine stories of past and contemporary service, Jabour said. Service hours will be logged around the world throughout the year to make a difference in the present while commemorating the work of those in the past. “We want to highlight the LSU connection halfway across the world,” said Jacob Brumfield, Associate Director of Campus Life. Jabour said the committee is being careful to keep the University’s budget situation in mind. Existing events on campus will be given a sesquicentennial twist, a measure Jabour says will save money.


S.C. man charged after gun goes off in class

Proceeds from the documentary, book and official sesquicentennial merchandise will benefit the Forever LSU campaign. Iftekhar Rouf, accounting sophomore and Chairman of the Sesquicentennial Student Subcommittee said student involvement in the events is essential. “If students don’t participate, the programs are useless,” Rouf said. The committee is working with all major student organizations to get feedback from their constituents on what will make the sesquicentennial special. The students are also considering projects like a time capsule, campus beautification and a celebratory tailgate to commemorate the event. Contact Ryan Buxton at

his pocket during class. Reports released by police Thursday show the 19-year-old student originally said the gun fell from his pocket and went off during class at York Technical College on Wednesday.

By The Associated Press A South Carolina technical college student was arrested after authorities said a gun went off in

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Studies show virginity pledges do not work Abstinence still becoming trend By Natalie Roy

Contributing Writer

Virginity pledges advocating abstinence as the best form of protection have become a trend among young adults for personal or religious reasons. But recent studies may have abstinent teens thinking twice about this commitment, labeling virginity pledges “useless” based on studies comparing “pledgers” to “non-pledgers.” Purity rings and abstinence programs are only a few of the materializations of the recent virginity pledge craze. This notion of “cleanliness” has even made its way to popular culture with young celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Jordin Sparks and the Jonas Brothers all pledging abstinence. Abstinence-swearing adolescents are just as likely to engage

in pre-marital sex than their nonpledging peers, according to a study in Journal Pediatrics. Although pledgers lose their virginity later than non-pledgers at an average age of 21 — compared to the national average of 17 — pledgers are more likely to engage in oral and anal sex and less likely to use protective barrier methods like condoms when they do become sexually active, according to the Journal of Adolescent Health. Kathryn Saichuk, Student Health Center Wellness Education coordinator, believes the pledgers’ unsafe tendencies can be attributed to a lack of safer-sex education and a lack of communication about sexual relationships from a young age. “[Pledgers] may not feel the need to research ... how to protect themselves ... if they decide to have a sexual relationship,” said Saichuk. “In their minds, they’re not going to [engage in sexual activities], so there’s no reason to get the facts.” In a high school study conduct-


‘It made you feel bad if you ever broke [the pledge].’ Rebecca Morris nursing freshman

ed by Janet Rosenbaum, Ph.D., of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 82 percent of previously pledging 20- to 23-year-olds denied or forgot about declaring abstinence in middle or high school. Previous pledgers are now just as likely to contract a sexually transmitted disease as non-pledgers, according to Rosenbaum’s study. This further stresses the fact that all adolescents should take the time to educate themselves on sexual protection and “think beyond their sexual beliefs in that moment and understand all viewpoints, not just one picture,” Saichuk said.


Cabinet pledges faster relief By The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Disturbed by what they saw on a bus ride through a city still bearing Hurricane Katrina’s scars, two members of President Obama’s cabinet pledged Thursday to speed the pace of the Gulf Coast recovery operation they inherited from the Bush administration. On their first visit to New Orleans since Obama took office, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced millions in new funding for post-Katrina housing initiatives and vowed to cut red tape that has kept money out of local governments’ hands. “This will not be the last time we are here,” said Napolitano, who is scheduled to take a helicopter tour of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast on Friday. “We’re going to get this done.” The federal government’s response to the 2005 storm that devastated New Orleans was a defining moment for the Bush administration and continued to trouble critics who considered the emergency response too little too late. Obama promised a stepped-up commitment to the region several weeks ago, saying Gulf Coast residents struggling to rebuild have not always received the support they deserve. Katrina was blamed for more than 1,600 deaths and billions of dollars in property damage. Napolitano and Donovan got a firsthand look at the juxtaposition of hard-fought progress and frustrating inertia in neighborhoods devastated by the August 2005 storm. They were joined by Craig Fugate, Obama’s pick to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a target of many New Orleans residents’ frustration since the early aftermath of the storm.

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano [right] answers a question at a news conference in New Orleans on Thursday.

They started with a visit to a lakefront university in New Orleans where students still take classes in trailers, then met with a property owner on the outskirts of the city whose home was rebuilt by volunteers. The bus tour ended at a 9th Ward public housing development rebuilt since the storm’s catastrophic levee breaches. Along the route, they stopped to peer at homes being built as part of actor Brad Pitt’s Make It Right project, but a sign that pleaded “Please Help Our Community” adorned a different house in the same neighborhood. “What we have seen today makes us disturbed, angry even, to see some of the families living the way that they have,” Donovan said at the last stop. “We pledge to you our partnership for a new beginning in New Orleans and across the Gulf.” Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal said he heard some encouraging words Thursday, but action will be

critical now. At the housing complex, a homeowner disgusted by the pace of his own personal rebuilding project waited to hear what the officials had to say. Malcolm Russell, 56, said a $130,000 federal grant wasn’t enough to totally rebuild his home and rental property in New Orleans. “They’re sending all this money from Washington, and the little people are not getting a dime of it,” he said. “Three years later, I’m still begging (Louisiana’s homeowner grant program) for money.” Walter Leger, vice chairman of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, said he almost wished officials had seen how devastated things were before, to realize how far people have come.

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In Rosenbaum’s study, Rosenbaum compared 289 virginitypledging adolescents to 645 nonpledgers. Using data from the leading virginity pledge study, the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, Rosenbaum surveyed the sexual health of middle and high school students in 1995-96 and again in 2000-01, finding that most pledgers denied ever making a vow. Rebecca Morris, nursing freshman, agrees with Saichuk and understands why pledgers forget about their vow all together. Pledgers may make goals they aren’t able to accomplish, Morris said. No one knows where they’ll be in three years. As many studies indicate, a pledger’s decision to keep their virginity vow can change from one minute to another, based on external and internal factors such as the transition from high school to college. On a more national scale, 2 kids ago, a younger Britney Spears

pledged and promoted abstinence, later making it apparent that some people’s “vows” have more to do with perception or pressure and less to do with actual beliefs. This plethora of new information about virginity pledges shakes the foundation for abstinence-only sex education programs, which are run by federal funds that increased from $73 million in 2001 to $204 million in 2008, according to Rosenbaum. “I remember at my [Catholic] school, we had a pledge on paper that we had to sign,” Morris said. “It made you feel bad if you ever broke it. I think [abstinence-only programs] try to scare you out of having sex at a young age. Seriously, that’s what my school did ... and then you get older and realize it’s much less of a big deal.”

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But now that LSU has climbed near the top of the SEC, the Lady Tigers want to make the most of their position. “I get pumped up about going to the SEC tournament,” Chancellor said. “This is what you play for — this tournament and the [NCAA] tournament. What a time to win five in a row and against really good teams — ­ not bad teams.” LSU will open tournament play Friday at 9 p.m. against No. 6 Mississippi State. The Lady Tigers have not lost since Feb. 8, a 65-55 defeat at Mississippi State. LSU junior guard Allison Hightower said a key to defeating either team will be reducing turnovers. LSU had 19 and 17

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The apartment area is a very important part of the ICC’s service to international students. It allows the ICC to offer boarding when international students are trying to find a permanent place to stay, Hewitt said. “We are hoping we can get [the living area] back open by August to accommodate new international students for the fall semester,”


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turnovers in its two losses against the Lady Bulldogs this season and 13 in its win against the Gamecocks. “[Turnovers] were a big key to us losing our last game,” Hightower said. “In our past games, we’ve been having pretty low turnovers ... We don’t want to lose possessions, so we definitely have to take care of the ball.” Chancellor said the team will rely on Hightower, a unanimous Coaches’ First-Team All-SEC selection, LSU senior forward Kristen Morris and sophomore guard Katherine Graham to continue clutch performances in the postseason. “Those three, when the road gets rocky, when things go bad ... you have to have players who are going to come up and be the glue

to hold you together,” Chancellor said. “Morris and Graham are those two.” Chancellor said LSU will gain confidence with their No. 1 scoring defense in the SEC and the offensive production of SEC Co-Freshman of the Year LaSondra Barrett. “If you can’t play defense, you won’t get a lot of playing time,” Barrett said. “LSU is based on defense, so you have to change your mindset if you’re offensive minded.” LSU allows 52.5 points per game, which ranks fifth in the nation. They lead the SEC in field goal percentage defense. “If you don’t guard somebody, you’re going to be right over there next to me,” Chancellor said. LSU has reached the championship game of the SEC

tournament in the past five seasons. LSU was the runner-up in 2008, losing to Tennessee, 61-55. “Every game will be hotly contested,” Chancellor said. “There might be two games that are by 10 or 12 points, but the rest of them will go down to the last four or five minutes.” Chancellor also said the team isn’t feeling any nerves it hasn’t felt before. “The games are so important at this time of year that all the games are big,” he said. “There couldn’t be any more pressure than there was for our last five [games].”

Hewitt said. The University has an estimated $12 million in total repairs set to begin this summer. This includes repairs to the LSU Natatorium, Field House, University Press, Life Science Building, Lakeshore House and Rural Life Museum. These projects are each estimated to cost less than $500,000. Architects are about midway through their 90- to 120-day period creating documentation and bid

packages for each project. Once they complete these bid proposals, the projects will move to the bidding stage, David said. The University must also repair the Chemical Engineering Building, New Music Building, University Student Recreation Complex and Kirby Smith Roof. These projects are estimated to cost more than $500,000 each in repairs so there is an additional screening approval step which likely adds

another 90 days to the entire process, David said. The process for getting the money for all these repairs is very complicated, said Donna Torres, associate vice chancellor for Accounting and Financial Services. Ultimately the costs will be paid from state and FEMA funds.

of several complaints the ABC receives every week about underage drinking at local bars and restaurants. The cited individuals will have to appear in court or participate in pretrial diversion, where they would have to take classes. David Clauss, business management junior, arrived at Mellow Mushroom at about midnight — soon after the raid — and witnessed a large crowd of customers outside. He didn’t see the nine who were cited but left after he realized the restaurant was closed for the night. Clauss — who turned 21 on Thursday — was relieved he didn’t arrive earlier than midnight. “If I had been there earlier, I could have had a chance at getting a [minor in possession citation],” Clauss said. O’Neill said possession is the No. 1 problem the ABC deals with in the University area. She said the high number of violators cited Wednesday is rare. “Nine is an awful large number to get in one night,” O’Neill said.

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Miles in no hurry to declare starting QB for ’09 season Tigers to ‘simplify’ defense next season By Rachel Whittaker Sports Writer

Freshman Russell Shepard will play at quarterback in spring practice, coach Les Miles said Thursday night. “Keeping him at quarterback this spring is certain,” Miles said. “There may be some other opportunities for him to move around a little bit and look at him in some other spots, but he’s got to develop. He’s got a great enthusiasm for learning.”

Miles said he’s in no hurry to declare a front-runner for the starting quarterback job, and he said is anxious to see how the competition will play out. “I want to see all the skills,” Miles said. “If somebody emerges that is very obvious, we’ll make that announcement.” Sophomore Jordan Jefferson started at quarterback in the Chickfil-A Bowl for LSU. He guided the Tigers to a 38-3 win against Georgia Tech. He also started Nov. 28 at Arkansas. “You can win with a new guy [at quarterback] just doing the things he’s supposed to do, and you can win with a guy that’s a veteran

that really brings the team to him more,” Miles said. “The key is developing the philosophy you need to win that Saturday.” Miles said junior Terrance Toliver is a key to LSU’s success at wide receiver. He also said junior Chris Mitchell and freshman Tim Molton will also have the chance for increased playing time. “Chris Mitchell will have an opportunity to get some balls thrown to him,” Miles said. “If you look at Brandon LaFell, Terrance Toliver, Tim Molton and Chris Mitchell — someone has to step in there as the fourth [receiver] — those are MILES, see page 10

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LSU coach Les Miles argues with an official Oct. 11 after a Florida fumble was ruled a tackle during the Tigers’ 51-21 loss to the Gators in Gainesville, Fla.

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LSU faces tougher Illinois team Fri. By Casey Gisclair Chief Sports Writer

Tigers hope to shore up their ‘D’ against Auburn By David Helman Sports Writer

It’s not often a team seeks vengeance on an opponent it has already beaten. But LSU’s late-season demise Wednesday against Vanderbilt can be traced back to the Feb. 21 game against Auburn, according to LSU players and coach Trent Johnson. And Saturday afternoon will be a fitting opportunity to address that problem when LSU travels to Auburn (20-10, 9-6) for the regular season finale. LSU beat Auburn, 79-72, in the PMAC on Feb. 21, but the win marked the midpoint

of a two-week stretch that saw the No. 11 Tigers (25-5, 13-2) eke out six wins by 7 points or less in Southeastern Conference play. LSU coach Trent Johnson said he has seen some slack in team defense in the weeks since the Tigers’ first tangle with Auburn “Our defensive rotations and our sense of urgency were lacking on certain possessions,” he said. “Where we’ve been able to survive and win games is that offensively, we’ve had some guys step up and make some huge plays. Sometimes when the ball DEFENSE, see page 10

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[Top left] LSU sophomore guard Bo Spencer and junior forward Tasmin Mitchell try to steal the ball from a Vanderbilt defender Wednesday during the Tigers’ 75-67 loss to the Commodores. [Right] Senior guard Marcus Thornton (5) takes a shot Wednesday against Vanderbilt. [Bottom left] The Tigers stand on the sidelines listening to men’s basketball coach Trent Johnson after LSU’s loss Wednesday.

So far things have come easy for the No. 1 LSU baseball team. The Tigers rank at least second in the Southeastern Conference in runs per game, batting average and ERA. That balance has allowed LSU to sweep through its first nine games and outscore its opponents, 109-25. But with Il‘Illinois is a linois coming to Box Stasolid club. Alex dium this weekWe’ll have end, LSU coach Mainieri to stand in Paul said the Tigers there and will have to be focus only on top of their if they on the next game expect their pitch.’ dominance to Sean Ochinko continue. “Illinois junior first baseman will be the best team that we’ll have faced so far,” Mainieri said. “It will be good preparation for us in the last weekend before SEC starts.” LSU trailed for just the second time all season in Wednesday’s game against Mississippi Valley State but used a seven-run eighth inning to secure a 10-4 win. Sophomore catcher Micah Gibbs said after a string of blowout wins, the Tigers needed a game like Wednesday’s to prepare for later in the season. “It’s kind of a good thing that we came out slow for once, so we can learn how to come back,” he ILLINOIS, see page 10





Hornets beat Mavs, 104-88, to win sixth straight Paul scores 27 points, dishes out 15 assists

By Brett Martel The Associated press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tyson Chandler wanted to keep up with Chris Paul on a fast break but could only stop and watch in amazement when he saw Paul dribbled the ball through Jason Terry’s legs at full speed before tossing a pass back to Rasual Butler for a dunk. “Incredible. He made one of the best moves I’ve ever seen in my life — on an NBA player,” Chandler said. “I was at halfcourt, and I just stopped. I couldn’t even finish the break because I had never seen anything like that.” It was perhaps the best of numerous highlights in the latest dominant performance by Paul, whose 27 points and 15 assists helped the Hornets increase their season-best winning streak to six with a 104-88 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.

Paul’s exploits also included a behind-the-back dribble on a fastbreak before setting up James Posey for a layup. Paul hit 10 of 18 shots from the field, scoring on everything from driving floaters over crowds inside to perimeter jumpers before leaving the game to a standing ovation with 3:59 remaining and the game well in hand. “He just controlled the game from halftime on,” Dallas guard Jason Kidd said. “He made the jump shots and made all the right plays.” Paul said he had little choice but to try to pull off his razzle-dazzle dribble between Terry’s legs because he was bolting for the basket at full speed and running out of room. “It was quick thinking. It was either run through him or throw the ball through his legs and pick it up on the other side,” Paul said. “I’ve done it before in practice. ... It was the quickest thing I could come up with.” David West scored 19 and Rasual Butler added on 18 for the Hornets, who haven’t lost since center Chandler returned to the lineup from

a left ankle injury — and rescinded trade — last week. Chandler’s minutes were limited by foul trouble, but he still finished with 11 rebounds and 10 points, slamming down several alley-oop feeds from Paul. Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 27 points and Jason Kidd added 13 and Terry 10, but the Mavericks faded during the last 10 minutes as the game turned into a blowout. The game was tied at 56 when Paul began to take over, scoring on a drive into a crowd and on a soft midrange jumper during consecutive possessions. That ignited a 15-3 run during which Paul scored eight points before Butler capped the surge with a 3-pointer, putting the Hornets up 71-59. Nowitzki helped Dallas pull back to single digits, scoring the Mavs’ last eight points of the period on a jumper and six free throws.

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LSU opens SEC play against UK


Mack, Trahan to take ‘Making adjustments quick is what’s going the circle for Tigers By David Helman Sports Writer

The LSU softball team hopes to play a game this weekend. The No. 19 Tigers (12-4) open Southeastern Conference play Saturday against Kentucky just one week after rainstorms forced them to cancel five separate games. “Being off for a whole week is not much fun,” said freshman pitcher Brittany Mack. “Especially going all the way over to Georgia just to practice and go to a movie.” If the Tigers can avoid the rain, they’ll spend the weekend hosting the new Tiger Park’s first SEC opponent. LSU has been struggling at the plate recently, but Wednesday night’s game against Nicholls State helped them shake the rust off. Junior outfielder Kirsten Shortridge hit 3-of-3 for two runs and two RBI, and the Tigers pushed past the Colonels, 8-0, in just five innings. The win upped LSU’s current win streak to six games. “There’s been a lot of frustration — being young you don’t understand why you’re not hitting the ball every single game,” Shortridge said. “Making adjustments quick is what’s going to matter, and I think everyone is picking that up now.” Kentucky (9-4) is on a hot streak of its own. The Wildcats dropped four of eight games to start the season but have recovered and are enjoying a five-game win streak. “We made the mistake one time in our career here in that we didn’t explain the SEC to a very

to matter, and I think everyone is picking that up now.’ Kirsten Shortridge LSU junior outfielder

young team,” Girouard said. “They are going to get an education in how the SEC works.” The Wildcats will provide the first conference test for LSU’s developing pitching staff. Girouard has paced junior pitcher Cody Trahan’s surgery rehabilitation slowly

in anticipation of SEC play, and Mack has yet to face conference competition. “It’s more than likely to be Cody and Mack this weekend,” Girouard said Wednesday. “There was a dilemma of whether to pitch them midweek, but they hadn’t thrown in awhile and they needed the innings. Every time Cody pitches she looks better and better.” Senior pitcher Dani Hofer is scheduled to return from injury for SEC play, but it remains to be seen exactly when that return will be.

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New Orleans Hornets forward David West (30) is sandwiched between Dallas Mavericks’ Jason Terry (31) and Brandon Bass (32) on Thursday night during the Hornets’ 104-88 victory against the Mavs in New Orleans.

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Tigers prepare for final home meet of the season LSU hosts second Etta James Memorial Meet By Rob Landry Sports Contributor

Seniors Ashleigh Clare-Kearney and Lauren Klein will step onto the PMAC floor Saturday for the last time as LSU gymnasts. The No. 11 LSU gymnastics team hosts NC State on Saturday in the final home meet of the 2009 season. Klein said there are many things she is going to miss, but it is time for her to go. “I’m going to miss the team and knowing you have a group of people that you can always rely on to be there,” Klein said. “But I’m ready to go.” Both Clare-Kearney and Klein said their fondest memory as LSU gymnasts is competing in the Super Six meet last season. “Only 12 girls at LSU can say that they made it to Super Six for the first time in school history,” Clare-

Kearney said. “So being one of those 12 is great, and I’m so excited that I got to be a part of that.” The Wolfpack are hoping a good week of practice and a healthy lineup will lead them to a victory. “We’re getting some kids back in the lineup, and we’re excited to see how they can perform,” said NC State coach Mark Stevenson. The key returning starter for the Wolfpack is freshman Jessica Panza, who was a high school vault champion. She is expected to compete in all four events after healing from a high ankle sprain. Saturday’s meet also marks the second Etta James Memorial Meet. The Tigers set a home attendance record when 7,717 fans packed the PMAC to see LSU host Alabama in the inaugural memorial meet last season. The LSU Athletic Department reports the 2008 meet raised $30,950 for Foundation 56, a breast cancer awareness foundation. Foundation 56 was created in 2007 by former LSU linebacker and current Dallas Cowboy Bradie James as a way to raise breast cancer

awareness in the Baton Rouge area. James was inspired to start the foundation to carry on the legacy of his mother, Etta James, who died of breast cancer. James said it is an honor to be able to do something to carry on his mother’s legacy. “It means so much to my entire family,” James said. “Just to hear her name ring out and have so many people be a part of this.” The goal for this year is to surpass 8,000 in attendance and raise more than $50,000. LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux said the contribution to the Baton Rouge community is special because it focuses on the local area. “So many cancer efforts are about the big picture,” Breaux said. “Well this is about Baton Rouge and our 10-parish area and the people that are in need of breast cancer awareness. For us to be a part of his big picture is a blessing to us.”

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LSU junior Susan Jackson [left] and senior Ashleigh Clare-Kearney [right] perform on the balance beam during last year’s Etta James Memorial Meet. The Tigers will face NC State on Saturday in the second Etta James Memorial meet in the PMAC.

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Tigers to begin SEC home play LSU plays host to Auburn, Alabama

By Tyler Harvey Sports Contributor

The LSU men’s and women’s tennis teams open Southeastern Conference play this weekend as they both face Auburn on Friday and Alabama on Sunday. The men’s team will host Auburn at 2 p.m. at “Dub” Robinson Stadium and Alabama at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Tigers are eager to start off strong this season after losing last season’s SEC openers to Alabama and Auburn. “It’s a long SEC season,” said LSU men’s coach Jeff Brown. “We don’t know how it’s going to unfold, but we’d like to start off on the right foot. We’re excited ... and we’d like to get a lot of [fans] out if possible.” Auburn has beat LSU the past three seasons by identical 4-3 scores. “Auburn has been a tough out for us,” Brown said. “We’ve ended up in the rankings 10 or 15 spots above them each year at the end of the year, but we’ve lost to them three times in a row. It’s one of those teams that have just been a tough matchup for us.” LSU senior Michael Venus, ranked No. 9 nationally, said it is important to win both matches this weekend because LSU had to play catch-up after dropping the first two conference matches last season. “[Auburn has] beaten us the last three years on matches we probably should have won,” Venus said. “We’re a better team than that. So we need to take care of them on Friday. Once we do that, we’ll start looking at Alabama and what we need to do to take care of them.”

LSU senior James Cluskey echoed Venus’ statements, saying he wanted to redeem last year’s losses. “I’ve been around long enough now to know most of the guys on their team and who we’re playing,” Venus said. “I am excited to maybe get some revenge this year.” LSU has had better fortune against Alabama, winning two out of their last three meetings. Brown said the Tigers are ready for the big weekend. “We’re healthy, and we played enough matches now to where we’ve had a chance to work on some things from each match,” Brown said.

play at Auburn at 4 p.m. Friday. “It’s usually a battle,” said LSU women’s coach Tony Minnis. “We beat [Auburn], 4-3, last year and the year before. I think the teams are very similar, so I’m expecting a real exciting, competitive match.” The Lady Tigers will get back on the road to face Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., at 1 p.m. Sunday. “[Alabama has] got a young team and a good program,” Minnis said. “They’re having a very good year this year. [In the SEC], you’ve got to come ready to play every time you step out there.”

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said. “We know things won’t always be easy.” The Fighting Illini come into Baton Rouge having won five of their first six games to start the season. The Tigers left-handed heavy offense will be challenged on Friday by Illini sophomore southpaw Phil Haig, who is 2-0 and has pitched 12-straight scoreless innings to start the season. Illinois’ pitching staff has been the strength of their team early in the season and has 2.72 team ERA. Gibbs said LSU’s ability to manufacture runs off the Fighting Illini’s pitching staff will be key to the weekend. “Their pitchers are going to hit their spots, and they’re going to nibble on us,” Gibbs said. “They’re going to be ready to play.” One hitter Haig and the Illini will have to contain is LSU junior first baseman Sean Ochinko. Ochinko has been arguably the hottest player in college baseball the past week and has 20 RBI in LSU’s last five games. Ochinko said LSU’s hitters will need to be zeroed in if they want to continue their torrid offensive pace. The Tigers have scored 10 or

quality receivers. [Molton’s] first opportunity making plays in a live business have been good.” At fullback, Miles said Quinn Johnson was a force in LSU’s tworunning back system, and the team has a few options for a new fullback, including freshman tight end Tyler Edwards or “a mobile offensive lineman.” Miles also addressed the team’s defensive changes under its new defensive staff. LSU hired John Chavis as its new defensive coordinator and Ron Cooper as defensive backs coach in January. “We will simplify some of the things we did, get some of our better players on the field more often and make them more productive,” he said. Junior safety Chad Jones is currently playing outfield on the LSU baseball team, and Miles said Jones’ positive experience as a baseball player also benefits the football team. “Chad is more committed to holding his end of the deal,” Miles


LSU junior outfielder Jared Mitchell steals third base in the bottom of the second inning Feb. 27 against Central Florida at Alex Box Stadium. The Tigers went undefeated against the Knights in the three-game series.

more runs in eight of their first nine games. “Illinois is a solid club,” Ochinko said. “We’ll have to stand in there and focus only on the next pitch we see. That’s when good things happen for our club.” Sophomores pitchers Anthony Ranaudo, Daniel Bradshaw and Austin Ross are expected to start on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, for the second straight weekend for the Tigers. The LSU trio will face an

Illinois offense that has struggled this season and only has two home runs all year. “There’s not a lot of pop in their lineup,” Mainieri said. “But they’re very, very pesky. We know that we’ll have to play our best if we want to continue building momentum here to start the season.”

night. But Johnson said the Tigers is going down it hides a little bit of can’t let a bad night affect the what’s going on at the other end of game plan. the floor.” “Offensively I’m always goJohnson isn’t the only one ing to give guys freedom when the to notice. Senior guard Garrett ball is going down,” Johnson said. Temple, LSU’s 2009 “All-Glue” “I’m not changing that — I’m not defender, said the worried about that Tigers’ defense end of the floor ... has been slipping We need to really since Auburn left ratchet it up a notch town. defensively and “We’ve been not have as many able to get a coubreakdowns.” ple of wins, but A win Saturyou can look back day and a respectat those games that able appearance Trent Johnson could have been in next weekend’s LSU men’s basketball coach losses ... [WednesSEC tournament day] we just didn’t could do wonders do what we needed to do to win for Auburn’s postseason hopes, algames,” Temple said. though it’s far from a sure thing. Auburn is the SEC’s new hot “Every game from here on out, team. Auburn has won seven of its last eight games — their only loss coming to LSU — and could finish the regular season as high as second in the conference standings. “We have to go down there and get back to what we’ve been doing to get to this point,” said senior guard Marcus Thornton. “The loss against Vanderbilt opened a lot of eyes around this team ... we hated to lose on senior night, but going into these games we have something to work on and something to practice on.” Thornton is likely hoping to get back to his usual scoring self. His 18 points against Vanderbilt could be considered an off night. LSU’s top scorer shot just 36.8 percent from the field in the loss and made just 1-of-6 shots from the three-point arc. The timely shots that have fueled the Tigers’ championship season didn’t fall for the team as a whole against the Commdores. LSU shot 15 percent from long range with the exception of sophomore guard Bo Spencer’s 4-of-9

we have a target on our backs,” Thornton said. “Teams would like to beat us because that will probably increase their tournament hopes. We have to match that intensity.” As the SEC regular season champion, LSU has a No. 1 seed and a first-round bye secured in the SEC tournament. But Temple said there’s plenty to play for in the regular season’s final 40 minutes. “Auburn is a one-game season. They’re playing well. We don’t have any reason not to be up for them,” he said. “We’re trying to prove to ourselves that we can play, and we want to go out with a bang.”

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‘Our defensive rotations and our sense of urgency were lacking on certain possessions.’

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FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2009 said. “Certainly I think he’s doing better work in the classroom. He’ll be coming to football pretty quickly.” Miles said sixth-year senior defensive tackle Charles Alexander is “ahead of schedule” recovering from injuries that hindered his playing time last season, and senior linebacker Jacob Cutrera, who filled in occasionally for Darry Beckwith at middle linebacker last season, has also improved in his health after being plagued by a hamstring injury. Miles said he is excited about the entire level of play the team will bring to its 15 spring practices beginning March 12. “Competition will be keen this spring,” Miles said. “That will be a reason this team will develop greater. We have built great momentum beyond the bowl game, and this year’s recruiting class is reflective of that. Our team right now is working as hard as any team we’ve had here, which is the key piece.”

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Daily Emerald goes on strike, protects student press Editor’s note: Through this op-ed provided by The Daily Californian, The Daily Reveille’s Editorial Board supports The Daily Emerald’s staff strike.

BERKELEY, Calif. — On Wednesday morning, the entire editorial staff of the Daily Emerald — the independent student newspaper of the University of Oregon — went on strike in protest of the attempts of its Board of Directors to install a publisher with control over the paper’s editorial content. Today, college newspapers across the country stand in solidarity with the editorial staff of the Daily Emerald in support of the independent collegiate press and studentcontrolled editorial content. We are deeply dismayed by the

unethical actions of the Emerald’s Board of Directors and strongly support the strike until the staff’s demands are met, and independent student journalism can be safeguarded from such attacks at the Emerald and on college campuses nationwide. On Thursday the Board of Directors had the audacity to publish its own version of the Oregon Daily Emerald using content from The Associated Press and a front-page statement from the board. This move is as offensive as it is stupid. In November, the Board of Directors hired Emerald alumnus Steven A. Smith as a consultant, and he drafted a plan which included a call to hire a publisher. Smith then authored the publisher’s job description as well as his own terms of employment for

the position, which the Board approved without negotiation. The Board voted on Feb. 24 to hire Smith as the Emerald’s publisher and give him unprecedented control over the paper’s editorial content and day-today operations. Since its inception, the Oregon Daily Emerald has served as an invaluable learning resource for its student journalists, but if the Board continues to revoke student control over the paper’s content, its mission and legacy will be invalidated. Without objectivity and independent content in the newsroom, the paper cannot properly train its student reporters, and the campus will lose an irreplaceable source of information, outside of the influence of university public relations efforts. The Emerald, like many papers

across the country, is in dire financial straits and faces the possibility of closure — this financial reality, however, should not force the staff to compromise their guiding ethics as journalists or to sacrifice the paper’s autonomy. The decision to give a publisher sway over content would in no way solve the paper’s financial crisis; as such, this seems to be a callous overreaching by the Board and the university, and an attempt to take advantage of a financially struggling, but influential student organization while the time is right. We are living in a tough time for the newspaper business — left and right, the financial crisis is forcing papers to shut down or sacrifice their autonomy under corporate control to remain viable.

Now more than ever, we must stand strong and stand together to maintain our editorial independence — any measure of overarching interference in content undermines our journalistic standards and is unacceptable, no matter the financial situation. Practicing journalism under the possibility of censorship and the meddling influence of an administration undermines the purpose of a free press — we hope the Board of Directors will recognize this undeniable fact and immediately meet the staff’s demands. Until then, we stand with the Oregon Daily Emerald. Contact the Editorial Board at


Was George W. Bush the worst president in history? On Presidents’ Day, C-SPAN conducted its second Historians Survey of Presidential Leadership, which asked 65 presidential historians to rank all former presidents. The list wasn’t exactly scientific — it was compiled according to 10 loose and subjective “attributes of leadership” — but it was relevant nonetheless. Former President George W. Bush was ranked 36th out of 42. Those ranked behind him were — in descending order — Millard Fillmore, Warren G. Harding, William Henry Harrison, Franklin D. Pierce, Andrew Johnson and James Buchanan. As Bush fades from the public consciousness, does this mean he’ll receive a fairer critique? So is Bush another Johnson, or is he the next Harry Truman? We asked some notable voices on campus, and this is what we found. Join the conversation at

Paul Paskoff, history professor George W. Bush will likely rank near the bottom of the list of former presidents, though he won’t displace Buchanan from his well-deserved dubious distinction of having been the most incompetent and ruinous chief executive in our history. Bush may, in fact, go lower than Hoover, who is remembered by most Americans for having presided over the collapse of the Great Bull Market

of the 1920s and the rapid sinking of the American economy into the depths of the Great Depression. But rankings of George W. Bush, made so soon after his departure from the Oval Office, inevitably suffer from the problem of historical near-sightedness. That is, we can’t be certain today how our descendants will regard Bush because we can’t now know the events that will transpire over the next 25, 50 and 100 years and influence their opinions.  Those events will be the prism through which Bush’s historical reputation is refracted.  But, just so you don’t think I’m being mealy-mouthed and waffling, I’d rank George W. Bush among the five worst presidents we’ve had, and I don’t think posterity will be much kinder to him.


his legacy rather than burnishing it. These are the key sources that will shape how Bush himself is talked about by the news media in the future.

Gaines Foster, history department chair I am a bit embarrassed that historians participate in such rankings, since we try to understand the complexity of the past, not turn it into

a contest. As for the most recent President Bush — as for almost all of his predecessors, some later historians will condemn him and others rehabilitate him.  That’s what historians do. And how far in either direction that process goes will depend in part on what happens in the future. But presiding over one of the nation’s worst economic downturns and failing to complete his foreign policy goals hardly bodes well for an outstanding historical reputation. Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at


Regina Lawrence, political communication chair Obviously, historians will play a key role in how Bush is remembered and ranked. Not being a historian myself (I study media and politics), I would say his future reputation will also depend upon the news media.  How the media make sense of Bush’s key policies — the war on Iraq, secret surveillance, torture, Guantanamo, No Child Left Behind, Katrina, etc. — will also influence how Bush is


remembered. Bush’s future reputation will rest on how the initiatives of and problems begun by his administration are understood in the future, and for the general public, that primarily means how the news media talk about those things. Some of those issues may be open to more positive news framing in the future, but some, like Katrina, will probably never be re-framed as “successes.” A lot will also depend on how the Republican Party treats Bush in the future.  They are unlikely to lionize him, as they have Ronald Reagan, and right now, most Republicans seem to be running from

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“I have a different vision of leadership. A leadership is someone who brings people together.” George W. Bush 43rd U.S. President July 6, 1946 — present


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Obama’s election a result of 20 years of rejection Many fail to acknowledge President Barack Obama’s ascension to power represents a rejection of the past 20 years, not the past eight. Tired of the seemingly ClintonBush trade-off at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue that appeared poised to happen at least every other presidential election cycle, Americans elected the heir-apparent of neither potential dynasty. By selecting Obama, Americans signaled a resounding dismissal of traditional — not just conservative — approaches to government and all that those approaches entail. In his first news conference as president, Obama again signaled he was no antagonist to tradition but favored unconventional approaches to classic dilemmas. Obama called first on Helen

Thomas, legendary writer and perhaps the most recognizable White House correspondent, then on Sam Stein, a reporter for the Huffington Post, an Internet-based newspaper. The incident was a symbolic gesture — as noted by The New York Times — of Obama’s respect for the media of old and his apparent eagerness to reach out to different audiences through new media. “It was not the answer but the very fact that he took a question from Mr. Stein that created a buzz and signaled yet another shift in the everevolving news media landscape,” Jeff Zeleny wrote in The New York Times on Feb. 10. Newsweek, Time, The Wall Street Journal and The Chicago Tribune were all snubbed in favor of Stein’s presence.

Some perceived the selection of Stein as a slight to traditional media, but some claim this criticism neglects the fact that Stein’s question was just as tough, if not more so, than Thomas’ or likely any other potential questioner’s inquiry. Daniel Lumetta Stein asked Opinion Editor whether Obama would seek prosecution for former Bush administration officials. Obama wisely opted for nuance, focusing on the future rather than the past. By acknowledging the immense role the Internet and new media will play in the future, Obama also invited exploration into this new industry

and the Internet in general. With the amount of bloggers and citizen journalists on the rise, Stein’s selection also brought to light a crucial and often overlooked question concerning the discussion of the modern media world – a question concerning responsibility not just for media practitioners, but also media consumers. In his commentary on the ethics of cyberspace, University professor Louis Day — who literally wrote the book on ethics in media communication — wrote, “The democratizing effect of cyberspace has piqued the interest of all Internet surfers in the ethical concerns of going online. The subject of ‘media ethics’ is no longer the exclusive preserve of those who make their living collecting, editing and distributing information to a mass audience.”

The danger, Day wrote, is that technology itself will become a scapegoat for unethical behavior. Day cautioned against being awed by the “technological charisma” of the new media because it could lead to “technological slavery.” If using new media leads to moral disorder, Day explained, the blame should be directed toward users and not the tools with which they use to behave unethically. Day also stressed responsibility for upholding ethical principles falls squarely on the shoulders of citizens rather than government. Because without self-governing people, there is no self-governing society. Contact Daniel Lumetta at


‘Octomom’ should seriously consider adult industry

Most women wouldn’t dream of becoming porn stars to support their children. But receiving free medical and dental insurance for 14 kids seems like a pretty fair trade for performing serial fellatio. And a $1 million contract isn’t too shabby an offer for showing some occasional skin. Then again, getting an infinite supply of diapers for a year for not baring your less-than-porn-worthy body is a damn good deal too, considering diaper prices. Last month, Vivid Entertainment, the world’s largest adult video production company, thought it MDE Nadya Suleman — the 33-year-old single mother who recently gave birth to octuplets through in vitro fertilization — an offer she couldn’t refuse — because Oprah certainly isn’t

dishing out the dough. The public certainly isn’t throwing her any pity parties. And for some odd reason, reality television isn’t taking the bait, probably because Suleman requested to be paid at least $2 million to publicly share her childcare “expertise.” But Suleman did refuse Vivid’s offer. Apparently, she’s not keen on letting it all hang out on camera yet. “I think it’s kind of funny that I got offered $1 million to make porn,” Suleman told Radar Online. “Those guys at Vivid Video must be nuts! Who wants to see me naked? Maybe in a year when the baby fat goes away.” But Suleman shouldn’t be ashamed of her appearance because she’s got a few stretch marks here and a couple of scars there. Those can be fixed with a few nips and tucks.

And going under the knife a few more times won’t hurt considering she already resembles the love child of Michael Jackson and Angelina Jolie. Suleman should definitely consider laying on her back for a living. She basically did it for Drew Belle Zerby seven months anyway, so she Columnist might as well make a career out of it. She’s unmarried, unemployed and most likely doesn’t have prospects in either area. Her first and only hubby bailed, and for good reason. She’s $50,000 in debt from student loans, receives $490 a month

in food stamps and collects $600 a month in Social Security disability payments for her three disabled children, according to NBC’s “Dateline.” And to boot, her roomies consist of her mother and six other children. But food stamps and welfare can only get Suleman so far, which is why she launched her very own donations Web site complete with graphic photos of the newborns as well as thanks to all those who give a damn: “We thank you for the love and good wishes sent to us from around the world. The octuplets arrived on 1-26-09. They are all healthy and growing stronger by the day,” the Web site says. But don’t turn your nose up and scoff at her proposition quite yet because you’re already paying for her little chickadees’ future college funds

with your tax dollars, though that still doesn’t pay for the half of it. To raise her 14 children into adulthood will cost Suleman about $ 1.5 million, according to financial experts on the “Today” show. Looks like that $ 1 million porn contract is becoming sweeter by the second because the only types of donations Suleman is receiving on her Web site are death threats. So maybe Suleman should suck it up and go down in history as porn’s biggest MILF. After all, beggars can’t be choosers, especially in times like these. Drew Belle Zerby is a 22-year-old mass communication major from Vidalia. Contact Drew Belle Zerby at


Top colleges talk privilege, free speech, career advancement University of Florida (U WIRE) The Independent Florida Gator editorial board discusses the influence online news sources have on cultural literacy. Today, it became apparent that either nothing interesting happened today, or the U.S. has become completely ignorant of world events. The most popular headline on, an otherwise reputable news source, was “Sexy tot mom pics!” This ignorance is nothing new — scholars have published several journal articles on the concept of “American privilege” — the idea that Americans feel they can disregard the rest of the world just because they sit in a position of power and relative wealth. News is digested in bullet points and sound bites, which gels with the fast pace of our society. Opposing technology is nothing less than

curmudgeonly, and the Editorial Board embraces the positive effect the Internet has on journalism. But in breaking up the news, people can read exactly what they want to read and disregard the rest. Further, the current crisis in the journalism industry doesn’t bode well for in-depth investigative stories or international perspectives. As more great papers like the Rocky Mountain News close their doors, people will become less informed. The Daily Campus (U WIRE) The University of Connecticut staff weighs in on free speech on the university’s campus. Recently a Central Connecticut State University student was brought into the police station after giving a class presentation about carrying concealed handguns on campus. What was his transgression?

He dared to talk about guns in class, which made his classmates feel “scared and uncomfortable,” according to his professor. It’s important to note students didn’t complain about Wahlberg’s presentation; the only person who reported feeling uncomfortable was the professor. The scariest thing about this is Anderson claims to have acted after receiving guidance from her department chair and the dean of her department. Someone in a position of power should see the absurdity of Anderson’s reaction, but clearly that was not the case at CCSU. Colleges are supposed to be refuges of learning and a place where controversial ideas can be aired. Harvard (U WIRE) The Harvard Crimson editorialists wisely call for more direction with regard to career advancement

in the public sector. Ashton B. Carter, who recently announced his appointment as the new director of weapons procurement at the Pentagon, will join a flock of Harvard affiliates who have already migrated to the capital. The role call boasts some of our biggest names and the total count comes to at least 10 Harvard professors along with numerous alumni. They may seem like inspiration for a Harvard graduate to pass over Wall Street or med school for a cozy cubicle at the Pentagon. But a closer look at their career paths points motivated students in a different direction. Many of Obama’s Harvard picks moved into their elite roles laterally, from top positions in related fields, rather than through the government apparatus itself. This is discouraging for those of us interested in pursuing government jobs. If Washington wants to

encourage bright students to spend their careers in government, therefore, rather than marketing the public sector to us more aggressively, it should lay out a clearer path to success from within the bureaucracy. As it stands, many government leaders are there by way of other fields. If public service is to become a more attractive option, the government must ensure that career advancement is a real possibility. When career bureaucrats dominate the cabinet roundtable, then advancement shortcuts will be obsolete. Until then, talented students will need to see a less murky path to success if they are to join the public sector.

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