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Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Campaign introduces student contest

By Kyle Bove Senior Staff Writer

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University Army ROTC cadets stretch as the sun rises Tuesday morning. While some of the 160 Army ROTC cadets will continue their education or pursue field-specific training, Lt. Col. John Wright said about 75 percent of those selected for active duty will be deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. The University will celebrate Veterans Day on Saturday with the LSU Salutes program on the Parade Ground with the school’s corps of cadets and the Cadets of the Ole War Skule.

University to honor military servicemen, veterans Saturday on Parade Ground By Sarah Eddington Contributing Writer

For some, Nov. 11 is a time to reflect on those who served in the armed forces. But for those who have served, Veterans Day provides personal reflection of time spent in service to the United States. The University celebrates Veterans Day every year with the LSU Salutes program, put together by the University’s corps of cadets and the Cadets of the Ole War Skule, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster the University’s military heritage.

The event, which originated during the ’70s, will be held Saturday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. on the Parade Ground. LSU Salutes is a way for the University to commend its men and women who went through the student cadets program, according to Lt. William T. Conger, LSU Army ROTC recruiting operations officer and assistant military science professor. “I think it’s an incredible program,” Conger said. “To have the young men and women, as well as the old, come and to be able to be together says a tremendous amount about the University and the corps of cadets.”

Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day and was celebrated on Nov. 11, the anniversary of the armistice ending World War I on that day in 1918. The federal legal holiday was observed on the fourth Monday of October during the ‘70s but reverted back VETERANS, see page 15

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A Macbook Pro and a parking pass to gets through Easy Streets could be just a short video entry away for University students, thanks to the Forever LSU Campaign. The Student Video Contest, announced last week in a broadcast e-mail, is part of Forever LSU’s new student-driven campaign set to launch in the ‘Private spring. Students who want to funding is participate in essential the contest must create a 2-3 in fulfilling minute video LSU’s using a mobile device with obligations.’ video to tell students how they Michael Martin can contribute LSU chancellor to Forever LSU and, in turn, the future of the University. “I really hope that the students take the opportunity to participate,” said Beverly Major, director of the Forever LSU Campaign, the University’s fundraising organization. “I want to see their creativity.” Submissions that meet the requirements will be featured on the University’s YouTube page and will be judged by a panel of students, CONTEST, see page 16


Paint ‘splatters’ on Parade Ground RHA event kicks off Homecoming Week By Brianna Paciorka Contributing Writer

Friends with globs of paint in hand menacingly chased each other around the Parade Ground on Tuesday evening, while red, orange and blue paint flew into the air and landed messily on people. Nearly 800 students made music and

art when Splatterbeat, onto the person drumsponsored by the Resiming the trash can. Many dential Hall Association, students sent paint flying kicked off LSU’s Homewhile banging the trash Log on to see a cans to a melody or aimcoming as part of a series video and pictures of events this week. ing the splashes at peers. from Splatterbeat. “Think ‘Miss ConMore than 25 trash geniality’ or the Blue cans filled with a total of $600 of diluted paint were Man Group,” Biggs placed on tarps in a small corner of the Pa- said. “[People have told me], ‘I’ve gone to rade Ground for students to bang on, said homecoming all five years I’ve been here, Claire Biggs, mass communication sopho- and this is the best homecoming event,’” more and Splatterbeat co-chair. SPLATTER, see page 15 The trash cans, when hit, splatter paint

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Madelyn Bramlet, chemical engineering sophomore, left, reacts as she gets a paint-filled hug Tuesday night from Dallas Amond, chemical engineering sophomore, during Splatterbeat.



Nation & World



NATO seizes 250 tons of bombmaking materials in Afghanistan

Ida weakens to a depression, soaks the Southeast

KABUL (AP) — International troops and Afghan police seized 250 tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer — enough to make up to a couple hundred roadside bombs, the Taliban’s most lethal weapon in what has been the deadliest year of the war, NATO announced Tuesday. North, South Korea clash at sea before Obama visits

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Storm Ida sloshed ashore with rain and gusty winds Tuesday before weakening to a depression, causing little damage along the Gulf Coast but bringing more rain to the alreadysoaked Southeast. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Ida’s center first touched land on Dauphin Island, Ala., before heading across Mobile Bay toward the Alabama mainland and on to Florida. Obama salutes Fort Hood victims, promises justice for killer

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The navies of North and South Korea clashed at sea Tuesday for the first time in seven years a week before President Obama’s visit to Seoul. United Airlines pilot charged with being over alcohol limit LONDON (AP) — A United Airlines pilot who was pulled from his transAtlantic flight to Chicago shortly before takeoff has been charged with having too much alcohol in his system, British police said Tuesday.

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Somberly reciting 13 names and 13 stories, President Obama saluted the Americans killed at this Army post as heroes who died for their country — and promised a nation demanding answers that “the killer will be met with justice.” Addressing a hushed crowd of thousands of soldiers Tuesday, the

president spoke forcefully if indirectly of the alleged shooter’s motives in last week’s massacre, never mentioning Maj. Nidal Hasan by name. “It may be hard to comprehend the twisted logic that led to this tragedy,” Obama said. “But this much we do know: No faith justifies these murderous and craven acts.” New York governor pushes for gay marriage vote next week ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s governor is pushing state lawmakers to consider a bill to legalize same-sex marriage next week after his effort to force a Senate vote appears to have all but lost. Gov. David Paterson is placing the bill on agendas for special sessions on Nov. 16 and 17. Senate Democrats said the bill wasn’t likely to be considered during Tuesday’s special session. Paterson is urging a vote even if the bill he strongly supports fails.


Three more Louisiana deaths blamed on complications from swine flu (AP) — The state Department of Health and Hospitals says three more people in Louisiana have died from complications of swine flu bringing the total to 33 deaths in the state since August. Health officials say the latest deaths include a man and a woman from the seven-parish area that includes East Baton Rouge and a woman from the four parish area around New Orleans. Meanwhile, more vaccine is arriving in the state weekly. Health officials tell The Advocate that about 390,000 doses of vaccine have been delivered across the state, with about 57,000 doses administered since the program started. Search for Plaquemines 70-yearold fisherman continues POINTE A LA HACHE, La. (AP) — Plaquemines Parish sheriff’s deputies are searching for a 70-year-old fisherman who


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was knocked overboard from his small boat as Tropical Storm Ida approached Monday. Authorities say Leo Ancalade is presumed dead. The Coast Guard says Ancalade was towing friends whose small boat lost power in the Mississippi River near Fort Jackson. The commander of the sheriff’s office marine division, Capt. Robert Cosse, says a wave overturned his boat. Ancalade’s friends, Gerald and O.V. St. Ann, dove into the river in a failed rescue attempt.

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Campus Crime Briefs HERGET RESIDENT CAUGHT WITH MARIJUANA Patrick Hagood, an 18-yearold student of 5607 Woodlawn Place, New Orleans, was arrested Nov. 2 at 12:39 a.m. for simple possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. LSU Police Department officers were dispatched on a call to Herget Hall when someone reported the smell of burning marijuana, according to LSUPD Sgt. Antoine Busby. Once the officers knocked on Hagood’s door, Busby said they smelled a stronger odor coming from the room. They obtained permission to

search the room where they discovered 3.5 grams of marijuana, cigarette papers, a glass pipe and a cigarette rolling machine. Hagood was issued a misdemeanor summons and released. WOMEN STEAL SNACKS, DRINKS FROM UNION Two University students; Shenice Jones, 22, and Dwana Wilkerson, 21; were arrested Nov. 3 at 1:18 p.m. for shoplifting from the LSU Student Union bookstore. Jones and Wilkerson, both of 2506 Gates Circle, were discovered stealing water, sports drinks and chips — worth a total of $15.92 —

by an employee, Busby said. Busby said they were detained in the back room by a manager until LSUPD arrived. He said the women admitted to the thefts and were issued misdemeanor summons and released.

officers they had read about the fieldhouse online and had wanted to check it out for themselves. They were issued misdemeanor summons and released.

HABITUAL LINGERER THROWN OFF CAMPUS STUDENTS TRESPASS IN After multiple arrests for the HPL FIELDHOUSE same crime, David Zavala, a 41Kenneth Tayyear-old unaffililor, a 19-year-old ated with the Unistudent of 6069 versity from 2600 Argonne Blvd., Florida Blvd., was Log on to see a New Orleans; Wilarrested Nov. 5 at map of where crime liams Morrison, a about 2:30 a.m. happened around 21-year-old student when he was found campus this week. of 1443 Brightside sleeping on camDrive, and Jared pus. Pope, a 22-year-old student of the An LSUPD bicycle patrol same address, were arrested Nov. 4 found Zavala sleeping on the for criminal trespassing. ground near the Union construcAccording to Busby, LSUPD tion site, Busby said. officers responded to call concernAfter waking him, officers ing students entering the Huey P. discovered he had been banned Long Fieldhouse at about 7:42 from campus before. p.m. He was arrested for remaining Busby said officers found the on campus after being forbidden, students sitting on the second floor brought to the Public Safety Buildbalcony. He said the students told ing and asked to leave campus.

PAGE 3 STUDENT PUNCHES WINDOW ON CAMPUS BUS After a Nov. 6 fight broke out on a University bus at about 2:53 a.m., the offenders were broken up by the bus driver and removed from the vehicle. According to Busby, Ryan Murphy, a 21-year-old student of 296 Al Harvey Road, Stonington, Conn., punched out one of the bus windows as he left. Busby said Murphy was identified by witnesses on the bus, but Murphy had left campus by the time officers arrived. Busby said officers were able to meet Murphy at the Regions Bank on Highland Road and Aster Street. He said the bus driver was called to the bank and identified Murphy as the offender. Murphy was arrested for criminal damage to property and booked in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at


Students travel abroad, administer medical care By Sarah Lawson Contributing Writer

Bloody buckets, crying children and intestinal worms sound more like a slasher movie scene than a summer vacation, but it’s a day’s work for University students administering medical care in clinics to underprivileged communities abroad. Medical mission trips are becoming more popular and accessible to college students, and some University travelers leave the U.S. multiple times to serve challenged regions with medical care. Andrew Keller, biological engineering junior, said most of the conditions he dealt with in Guadalupe and Chicacao, Guatemala, were preventable. “The gynecology team had seen more cervical cancer than this one [U.S.] doctor had seen in 30 years of practice,” Keller said. “If they had been in the states, it would never happen. People just walk it off down there.” Caitlyn Louviere, biological sciences junior, said patients often waited for hours in anguish for care in Granada, Nicaragua, and doctors often showed up late for surgery — and the lack of concern alarmed her. Louviere said a cleft palate surgery, an out-patient procedure that usually takes about an hour in the U.S., incurred a day-long recovery in Nicaragua. She said early detection could prevent a large part of the ailments suffered there. Medical and health care missions were the second highestsearched category for mission trips after orphanage work, according to a report of Web site trends from January through April for Mission Data International’s, a leading mission-trip database. Medical missions are consistently in the top three searches, according to the survey, and 31

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Caitlyn Haines, dietetics senior, works as a dental assistant this summer in the health clinic her group aided in Tlaxiaco, Mexico.

percent of users are college-aged. The percentage of college-student participants rose 7 percent since last year, according to the survey. Meagan McMahone, sociology junior and vice president of missions at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, said interest in BCM’s yearly trip to Mexico has recently increased, but the team was unable to go last year because of drug cartel conflict. The University is lacking in clubs dedicated solely to the organization of medical missions, but students have opportunities to serve through organizations like the Christian Veterinary Fellowship and trips hosted by various church communities. Some students’ reach has extended to Africa, Asia, and Central and South America — regions where the life expectancy from birth is lower than in the U.S. According to statistics by the World Health Organization, heart disease, brain disease, pulmonary complications, diabetes, lung and breast cancers and traffic accidents are among the top causes of death in the U.S., where life expectancy is 75 for men and 80 for women. In African countries like Niger

and Uganda, where life expectancy is in the 40s, leading causes of death include HIV and AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, measles, tetanus, whooping cough and diarrhoeal diseases caused by water contamination — problems that have been virtually eradicated in the U.S. Rachel Faxon, nutrition junior, spent two weeks this summer in Kampala, Uganda, where she helped administer care to slum

inhabitants. Faxon said she worked in deworming clinics to help rid children of intestinal worms contracted from their food and water. Her clinic also treated countless cases of STDs and high blood pressure, she said. “For most people, this was the first time they had ever seen a doctor,” Faxon said. She said malaria and colds were common problems in Uganda because residents were unaware malaria was caused by mosquito bites. Sanitation often allows for the spread of infectious diseases and hampers medical efforts. Louviere said flies buzzed in operating rooms and doctors rinsed tools over a bucket with water between uses in Nicaragua. Julie McNeil, Student Health Center dietician, warns students to research destinations when planning a medical mission. She said

students should be wary of the organizing party, obtain proper vaccines, research meal sources and pack water bottles and sanitary wipes. She advised avoiding meats, cheeses and other dairy as well as rural restaurant fare.

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Grad student blogs CCT to feature ‘green’ booth at from Antarctica Supercomputing 2009 exhibition Project to arrive in Oregon next week By Lindsey Meaux Contributing Writer

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Biological sciences graduate student Shawn Doyle, left, and microbiology senior Amanda Achberger pose near their base camp. Both research glaciers in Antarctica.

Doyle to return to B.R. in December By Kyle Bove Senior Staff Writer

Shawn Doyle, biological sciences graduate student, left the sticky Baton Rouge climate last month for the tip of the South Pole — Antarctica. Doyle is researching the geomicrobiology of the Taylor Glacier and is blogging his findings for science students at Sulphur High School, his alma mater in Sulphur. “My experience so far has been great,” he said in an e-mail to The Daily Reveille. “This is my second time to come to Antarctica. I first came down in 2007 as an undergraduate and ended up enjoying the research so much I continued on the project into graduate school.” Doyle’s blog,, includes video tours of the glacier, pictures of his research findings and daily updates. “My junior year at LSU, I, like many other students, had no idea what I wanted to do as a career,” Doyle said. “Long story short, once I found research to be so entertaining and rewarding, I felt that many students would benefit if they were informed about becoming involved in research and how much fun it can be.” Kevin Carman, College of Basic Sciences dean, said hundreds of students and faculty members do research like Doyle, often in exotic places like Antarctica. “Doyle’s research in Antarctica is the quintessential definition of what it means to be a student at a major research university like LSU,” Carman said in an e-mail. “The experience that he is gaining will undoubtedly have a profound impact on his career, and it will open doors for future career opportunities.” Carman said he admires Doyle’s blog efforts with students in Sulphur High School science classes. “What better way to illustrate that an LSU science degree can

involve much more than listening to pundits in a controlled setting?” Carman said. “You can do science at the highest level.” Doyle is currently analyzing samples in McMurdo Station, an American Antarctic research center. He said sample collection took a shorter time than expected, and, if all goes as scheduled, he should be back in Louisiana by Dec. 1 — nearly a month ahead of schedule. “The scenery is amazing both in McMurdo and especially the Dry Valleys where our field camp was located,” he said. But Doyle said he misses home. “I miss the warmth of Louisiana’s climate and Saturday nights in Tiger Stadium,” he said. Contact Kyle Bove at

The LSU Center for Computation & Technology “green” booth will arrive in Portland, Ore., next week for the Supercomputing 2009 exhibition with reusable posters and videos showcasing research projects made possible through supercomputing along with Famper, a pipeline robot from the University Robotics Research Laboratory. The exhibit will be open Monday through Thursday, and the entire conference will run Saturday through Friday. University representatives have attended since the CCT’s inception in 2004, according to Kristen Sunde, CCT communications director. “This year, the thing that will be a little bit different ... [is] we’re going to be a green conference,” Sunde said. “They’ve asked anyone who’s going to be exhibiting there to do a green booth.” A supercomputer harnesses the power and processing capabilities of several desktop computers. They are traditionally used for physics, chemistry and engineering research or any research that requires processing large amounts of data. To accommodate the conference’s requests, CCT will distribute electronic copies of its magazine and use reusable posters and videos. Additionally, Famper will demonstrate his advantages in

navigating pipelines at the CCT exhibit. About an additional 10 booth. people from the University will at“He’s designed so he can tend the conference. crawl through The University pipelines and registered to have send data back an exhibitor booth, remotely,” Sunde she said. There will said. “We’re gobe more than 100 ing to have a exhibitors present. display set up at “CCT hosts an Supercomputing LSU booth to talk with some tests about what the big put together [so research projects attendees] get a were in the last sense of what it year,” Sunde said. looks like.” “A lot of profesKristen Sunde University sors will go there to CCT communications director research schedpresent research and uled to be highlighted at the con- participate in the sessions ... It’s ference includes research into the considered the premier conference application of high performance on supercomputing.” computing for video design along with information about managing data on supercomputers. Contact Lindsey Meaux at According to Sunde, between 15 and 20 people will work for the


‘CCT hosts an LSU booth to talk about what the big research projects were in the last year.’






School of Social Work developing Connecticut police say certificate program in study of aging gum thefts increase By Ryan Buxton Staff Writer

America is aging fast. With the Baby Boomer generation creeping toward the golden years, the number of elderly Americans will increase by millions within 20 years, and the demand for people trained to care for senior citizens will be higher than ever. The School of Social Work is attacking the concern proactively by developing a certificate program in gerontology — the study of aging — which will include in-depth courses, a research project and a field internship beginning fall 2010. The new program will train students in all aspects of dealing with an elderly person, said Christian Molidor, dean of the School of Social Work, who was one of 12 professors chosen to participate in the New York Academy of Medicine’s 2009 Leadership in Aging Academy. “What happens to [elderly people’s] brains?” Molidor said. “What happens when they lose a partner, lose mobility or have to go into a nursing home?” Finding the answers to these questions is important because of how many elderly people there will be in the future, said Scott Wilks, gerontology certificate program coordinator.

“In the turn of the 20th century, we had a triangle: the base of the population was young adults, and as it got to the top it narrowed into a very select percentage of older people,” Wilks said. “In the next 20 years, the triangle will be flipped. There will be more older adults than younger adults.” The certificate program caters to a demanding field — the National Institute of Aging estimates a need for 70,000 workers by 2020, Wilks said. Wilks and Priscilla Allen, associate professor of social work, received prestigious Hartford Grants for their work in gerontology. They were the only two people in the history of Louisiana to receive the grant, Molidor said. One of the grants was a $100,000 faculty award for Wilks, and the other was a $10,000 grant for the certificate program. Allen said the certificate program is meant to teach that aging happens throughout life, not just in later years, and to promote the importance of gerontology. “In a youth-obsessed country, people aren’t always as enthusiastic about working with aging people as we should be,” Allen said. Pennington Biomedical Research Center is also jump-starting gerontology research. Pennington is

one of eight sites conducting part of the largest healthy aging study ever held in the U.S. The portion of the study at Pennington will examine 200 people age 75 to 89 who are losing mobility, meaning they can’t complete a 400 meter walking test, said Tim Church, director of preventative medicine research. The subjects will be split into two groups — one will go through physical activity and resistance training, and the other will be educated about healthy aging. The study will try to determine the most effective ways to maintain the quality of life in the elderly. “It’s really no longer about how long you will live,” Church said. “What really matters is how long we live well. Can you go duck hunting in your later years? Can you chase your grandchildren, feed yourself or go up stairs?” Allen said the focus of gerontology is to address aging issues as soon as possible to prevent complications as people grow older. “We want to maximize people’s capacity,” Allen said. “It’s not just a retrospective or a process in which we are responding to problems.” Contact Ryan Buxton at

investigated four gum theft complaints since June, including one in which a 21-year-old Enfield man was charged with stealing $175 in gum from a local supermarket. By The Associated Press Police in West Hartford and elsewhere said gum thieves want NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — something they can sell quickly, Police in several Connecticut often to make money to support a drug addiction. towns said they’re That’s what dealing with a the man who alsticky situation legedly swiped — chewing gum several hundred thefts. According packs of Orbit in to authorities, the Stratford, Bridgenumber of people port and Fairfield caught stealing told police. chewing gum has “There’s an noticeably inentire black marcreased recently. ket all across ConThey believe the James Perez necticut, where chewy contraband people sell stolen is ending up on Fairfield police sergeant merchandise on the black market, where it’s harder to trace than the street and to businesses,” Fairfield police Sgt. James Perez said. some other stolen goods. In one of the largest recent “People peddle stolen meat, fish, cases, a 21-year-old Stratford candy, gum, almost anything.” man was charged with shoplifting about $800 worth of Orbit chewing gum from stores in Stratford, Contact The Daily Reveille’s news Bridgeport and Fairfield. In West Hartford, police have staff at

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Boosie faces more prison time By The Associated Press

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Torrence “Lil Boosie” Hatch arrives at the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta on Oct. 10.

(AP) — A Baton Rouge rapper who failed to follow a judge’s instructions in a drug case will now have to serve about two years in prison instead of one. Torrence “Lil Boosie” Hatch pleaded guilty in September to a third-offense marijuana possession charge, and state District Judge Chip Moore ordered the 26-year-old to be electronically monitored and to clear his concert dates with the court while awaiting sentencing. Under a plea deal, Moore had been expected to sentence Hatch to 10 years in prison with all but the first two years suspended, meaning the rapper would likely serve about a year. But because Hatch violated portions of Moore’s post-plea instructions, the judge sentenced him Monday to 10 years with all but the first four years suspended. “The max he would do is two

years,” East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said after court. James Manasseh, one of Hatch’s attorneys, agreed with the district attorney’s calculation. Manasseh said his client left home without court permission and his electronic monitoring device died several times because he didn’t charge it properly. “They were not terribly severe violations,” he said. “He just made some bad decisions on his part and the judge felt he had to send him a little bit of a message.” Moore told Hatch, “I really hope that you get it straight.” “You have the ability to change people’s lives for the better, including your own,” the judge said. Lil Boosie’s latest album, “Superbad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz,” was released in September and includes a the lead single “Better Believe It,” featuring Young

Jeezy and Webbie. The album debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Top 200. East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies seized a bag of marijuana, a cigar containing the drug, and a gun from a car driven by Hatch on Oct. 22, 2008. Besides the marijuana charge, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, Hatch was charged with possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance, which carries a mandatory minimum five-year term. Moore said Hatch will be on probation for five years after he is released from prison. The firearm charge is being held in abeyance. If Hatch successfully completes his probation, the charge will be dropped, prosecutors have said. Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at


D.C. sniper executed Tuesday night By The Associated Press JARRATT, Va. (AP) — John Allen Muhammad, the mastermind behind the sniper attacks that left 10 dead, was executed Tuesday night as relatives of the victims watched, reliving the killing spree that terrorized the Washington metro area for three weeks in October 2002. He looked calm and stoic, but was twitching and blinking as the injections began, defiant to the end, refusing to utter any final words. Victims’ families sat behind glass while watching the execution, separated from the rest of the 27 witnesses. “He died very peacefully, much more than most of his victims,” said Prince William County prosecutor Paul Ebert, who witnessed Muhammad die by injection at 9:11 p.m. at Greensville Correctional Center, south of Richmond. Muhammad, dressed in a blue shirt, jeans and flip-flops, had no final statement. Muhammad was executed for killing Dean Harold Meyers, who was shot in the head at a Manassas gas station during the three-week spree across Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Nelson Rivera, whose wife, Lori Ann Lewis-Rivera, was gunned down as she vacuumed her van at a Maryland gas station said when he watched Muhammad’s chest moving for the last time, he was glad. “I feel better. I think I can breathe better and I’m happy he’s gone. Because he’s not going to hurt anyone else,” he said. Dean’s brother, Bob Meyers, said watching the execution was a point of closure but that he was “overcome by the sadness that the whole situation generates in my heart.” “Honestly it was surreal watching the life being sapped out of somebody intentionally was very different,” he said on CNN’s “Larry King Live.” J. Wyndal Gordon, one of Mu-

hammad’s attorneys, described his client in his final hours as fearless and still insisting he was innocent. “He will die with dignity — dignity to the point of defiance,” Gordon said. The shootings terrorized the region, as victim after victim was shot down while doing everyday chores: going shopping, pumping gas, mowing the lawn. One child was shot while walking into his middle school. People stayed indoors. Those who did go outside weaved as they walked or bobbed their heads to make themselves a less easy target. The campaign of terror ended

on Oct. 24, 2002, when police captured Muhammad and his teenage accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, as they slept at a Maryland rest stop in a car they had outfitted for a shooter to perch in its trunk without being detected. Malvo is serving a life prison term. They also were suspected of fatal shootings in other states, including Louisiana, Alabama and Arizona.

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Farrer out for at least six weeks By Chris Branch Sports Contributor

The LSU men’s basketball team, already lacking in bodies, suffered another blow Sunday. Senior guard and projected starter Alex Farrer suffered a dislocated kneecap in a scrimmage against Houston. “I obviously feel for him,” said LSU men’s basketball coach Trent Johnson. “I hate to see a guy who’s a fifth year senior, with how much time and effort he put into the program then see something like that happen.” Trainer Sean Eddy told Johnson the earliest Farrer could return would be six weeks. Johnson said the dislocation occurred on a play inconsequential to the game. “It happened three minutes into the scrimmage,” Johnson said. “It was unlike anything I’ve seen. The ball was on the clear other side of the floor, and the guy Alex was guarding made a simple cut on the baseline, not involved in the action. Alex turned, and it’s just one of those freak things.” Heralded freshman guard Aaron Dotson, from Seattle, has not been at full strength since his arrival in Baton Rouge. A knee injury that forced Dotson to miss his senior year of high school has lingered. Hobbled or not, Dotson will likely see significant playing time. He, along with sophomore guard Zach Kinsley, will try and fill Farrer’s gap. “Aaron and Zach have not handled the ball in certain key situations, and we’ll get a really good look at that come Friday,” Johnson said. “[Louisiana]-Monroe comes

Lady Tigers win exhibition game, 78-43 By Michael Lambert Sports Contributor

The LSU women’s basketball team hasn’t seen live action against another team since their loss to Louisville in the NCAA Tournament. The No. 9 Lady Tigers got the chance to shed the offseason rust Tuesday night against Loyola-New Orleans and beat the Wolfpack, 78-43, in an exhibition game at the PMAC. LSU only had a 22-20 lead with 5:46 to play in the first half. The Wolfpack shot 44.4 percent from the field in the half, and Loyola senior point guard Trenell Smith had 12 points in the first period.

“We were pretty rusty the first half,” said LSU senior guard Allison Hightower. “Every first game, you’re going to have nerves; you’re going to have jitters.” But the second half was a different story, with LSU outscoring Loyola, 44-18. “This is the tale of two halves,” said LSU coach Van Chancellor. “The first half was the worst defense I’ve ever seen us play in my three years at LSU. In the second half, we really picked it up and began to play much better.” The highlight of the first half for the Lady Tigers was the play of sophomore forward Courtney Jones. Jones began the game with the first points for the Lady Tigers and kept up her hot hand, scoring eight points in the first 10 minutes. “I got a lot of open looks,” Jones said. “They came out with a 2-3 zone, and we had a lot of practice against that. I just got LADY TIGERS, see page 11 JASON BORDELON / The Daily Reveille

LSU senior guard Allison Hightower defends against a Loyola-New Orleans player Tuesday night.

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Out-of-state prospects headline ’10 class National exposure, wins contribute to trend By Michael Lambert Sports Contributor


Justin Maclin, a linebacker from Ridgeway High School and top LSU recruit, practices Aug. 17.

LSU football coach Les Miles has benefited from coaching in a state with some of the best high school football prospects in the nation — the recruiting gold mine of Louisiana. But the Pelican State has fewer premier prospects this year than usual, and Miles has

dug into the depths of nine other states to complete a top 2010 class. “Ever since LSU won two national titles, they are recruiting nationally,” said Sonny Shipp, Louisiana recruiting analyst for “You are going to see more out-of-state recruiting with it.” The nine states are the most during Miles’ five-year tenure in Baton Rouge. Recruits have committed to LSU from places as far as California, Ohio and Kansas. “The national exposure LSU is getting helps,” said Rene Nadeau, college football analyst for ESPN and TigerVision. “With all the TV coverage, more players get to see

LSU.” Eight of LSU’s 12 Scout four- or fivestar commitments in the 2010 class are from outside Louisiana. Texas leads with four 2010 commitments, headlined by Scout five-star wide receiver Mike Davis. The 6-foot-1-inch, 175pound Dallas native is one of the top-ranked recruits for 2010 and the Scout No. 9 wide receiver. Scout four-star offensive tackle Evan Washington and three-star quarterback Zach Lee also hail from the Lone Star State. Scout RECRUITS, see page 11





Goalkeeper Isom stays focused on soccer through faith Sophomore has 11 shutouts this season By Erik Vollenweider Special to The Daily Reveille

Before every game, LSU sophomore goalkeeper Mo Isom goes down on one knee to pray. She then turns to the crowd and holds up a zero to signify how many goals she intends to give up during the game. But this season, the Marietta, Ga. native, has to deal with the fact the person in the stands acknowledging that sign with their own zero is not the same person as it has been in the past. “Before my dad passed, I would hold up a zero with my hands and turn to him in the stands, and he would always hold it up back to me,” Isom said. “Now I hold the zero up to my mom, and she holds it back up to me.” Some of the fans sitting near her mom also hold a zero. John Isom committed suicide in January; Mo Isom has forgiven her father and wants to talk openly about what happened. “I am not ashamed. I gain strength and compassion every day after what happened. People who commit suicide feel very isolated and ashamed and, therefore, keep their pain inside,” Mo Isom said. “I would be more than happy to be the person that shows them that through faith, you can pull through anything and grow from it.” Through it all, Mo Isom points to her faith as to why she was able to function after her father’s death. “I have hit brick walls in my faith, and since everything has happened with my dad, it is the support and crutch that you need when no one else is around,” she said. “My faith has carried me through this.” Mo Isom was raised in the Methodist church, but at LSU she prefers to attend non-denominational service at the Healing Place or The Refuge in Baton Rouge. Isom also participates in many study groups throughout the week. In the immediate aftermath of her father’s death, the impact had Isom considering not returning to LSU for the 2009 spring semester. “It was so unexpected and so tragic, things just froze,” she said. “But I had to separate emotion from survival, something as tragic as that. I had to push forward and continue to succeed. I knew my dad would have wanted me to come back to school and keep playing soccer.” Isom returned only a couple weeks after her dad’s death. Now, when Isom goes down on one knee before games, she is not only praying — she is talking with her father. “It gives me an extra boost, and it makes me happy because I know he is watching,” Isom said.

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LSU sophomore goalkeeper Mo Isom punts the ball after making a save in the Tigers’ 1-0 win against South Carolina on Oct. 25.

LSU soccer coach Brian Lee the country. The Tigers finished as said Isom has emerged as a better runners-up in the SEC in both the player and a better person through regular season and the tournament championship. all of the adversity. Georgia coach Patrick Baker “Her dad was her biggest fan, and I believe it serves as motiva- praised Isom as one of the brighttion as she goes out there every est young goalies in the game. “I coached her as a youth day to make her dad proud of her, as she grows into a great soccer player. I have always been a big fan of hers,” Bakplayer and a great er said. “She is the person as well,” type of player you Lee said. want in your proOn the field, gram. She has the Isom has come talent to get that back stronger than far, she has wonever. Last season, derful size, a wonIsom recorded derful presence seven shutouts, a Mo Isom and a tremendous LSU freshman rekicking game.” cord. This season, LSU sophomore goalkeeper Isom has only Isom has already surrendered 17 surpassed last year’s shutout total with 11 and goals on the season with a 0.75 has led the Tigers to a No. 4 seed goals against average. LSU senior midfielder Melissa Clarke said in the NCAA tournament. In their Southeastern Con- having a goaltender as good as ference opener, Isom and the Ti- Isom makes the entire team betgers made their presence known, ter. “It is very calming to have knocking off Georgia, 6-0, who at the time was the No. 6 team in her behind us,” Clarke said. “You


‘It gives me an extra boost, and it makes me happy because I know he is watching.’

never have to look back and make sure she is in the right place, and she is always there for us to back us up. The goaltender is the leader of the defense, and because she is such a great communicator, she’s a natural at it.” For now, Isom is focused on being the best goaltender to ever

wear the purple and gold, but past her collegiate career, she is focused on much loftier goals — competing in the Olympics and the World Cup. Isom took a major step toward those goals this summer. She was one of three goaltenders to be invited to work out with the Under 23 U.S. Women’s National Team. “We think Mo can be one of the best goalkeepers in the world by the time she is 25, and she is taking steps everyday to make sure that happens,” Lee said. Beyond soccer, Isom has lofty goals for herself when she finally hangs up her cleats. “Off the field I am hoping my soccer career will lead me into a career in broadcasting,” Isom said. “My dream is to work with ESPN or E! Entertainment. I love being in front of the camera and entertaining people.” Isom is a broadcast journalism major, having fallen in love with the broadcast media at a young age, co-hosting a show on a sports talk radio station in Atlanta and working with Disney/ABC Radio. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at

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Some LSU athletes not allowed to grow facial hair Mainieri keeps his players clean cut By Andy Schwehm Sports Writer

With the middle of November fast approaching, the contenders and pretenders are being sorted out. Those who don’t have what it takes are getting out of the competition, while the contenders are stepping to the front. Those who can’t stand the heat are shaving away the facial hair, while the committed are letting it all grow out. While the normal LSU student is able to shave at his (or her) pleasure, members of the LSU baseball team don’t have that luxury, despite the “No Shave November” movement that’s spread by work of mouth among men.

LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri chooses to keep his players clean cut as a form of discipline, something he has done since his first year as a coach. “I was only 25 years old, and I actually had a player on my team that was 24,” Mainieri said. “So I had a no facial hair policy for all the players, but the coach was allowed to wear a mustache to look older and more distinguished than his players.” Mainieri sported that mustache in his first year as a coach and on his wedding day. Now cleanly shaven, Mainieri keeps his players’ beards tamed to see which players on his team are willing to make the sacrifice to be a part of his team. He added being a member of the Tigers isn’t a democracy. “I don’t have time to poll everybody to see what the right move might be [in the heat of a game],” Mainieri said with a

chuckle. “You have to have the faith of your players.” LSU junior catcher Micah Gibbs said the policy holds even during the offseason when fall practice is going on and added he agrees with Mainieri’s facial hair ixnay. “At LSU, you are looked upon so much by the kids,” Gibbs said. “You want to have people see you as cleanly shaven when you are going about taking care of business.” Although Gibbs said he would support a “team No Shave November,” he jokingly noted it probably wouldn’t look unified. “We have a couple of people like [sophomore pitcher] Chris Matulis who I’m not sure can grow any facial hair,” the Pflugerville, Texas native said. “So it may be tough for some of the team, but for others, it may be a little fun.” Mainieri prefers not to look at his facial hair rules as a policy.


Abdul-Jabbar fights leukemia Basketball legend lives productive life By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is being treated for a rare form of leukemia, and the basketball great said his prognosis is encouraging. The NBA’s all-time leading scorer was diagnosed last December with chronic myeloid leukemia, he said Monday. The 62-year-old Abdul-Jabbar said his doctor didn’t give any guarantees, but informed him: “You have a very good chance to live your life out and not have to make any drastic changes to your lifestyle.” Abdul-Jabbar is taking an oral medication for the disease. He is a paid spokesman for the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis, which makes a drug that treats the illness. “I’ve never been a person to share my private life. But I can help save lives,” he said in a midtown Manhattan conference room. “It’s incumbent on someone like me to talk about this.” Abdul-Jabbar became concerned last year after feeling odd sensations. He went for tests at UCLA, where he dominated college basketball in the late 1960s, winning three straight NCAA championships from 1967 to 1969. “I was getting hot flashes and sweats on a regular basis,” he said. “That’s not normal, even for my age.” An exam showed his white blood cell count was “sky high” and a doctor quickly diagnosed his condition. At first, all Abdul-Jabbar heard was the word “leukemia.” “I was scared,” he said. “I thought it was all the same. I thought it could mean I have a month to live.” “That was my first question,” he

said. “Was I going to make it?” A longtime student in martial arts, Abdul-Jabbar said he took the approach of a samurai — to face death without fear. “I had my face on,” he said. Instead, doctors told him CML was treatable with proper medication and monitoring. Abdul-Jabbar is a special assistant with the Lakers and said he hasn’t had to cut back his level of activity of coaching, change his regimen or adjust his diet. “I’m able to sneak out for Thai food,” he said. “There is hope. This condition can be treated. You can still live a productive, full life,” he said. “I’m living proof I can make it.” Abdul-Jabbar recently returned from an academic conference in Abu Dhabi and has several speaking engagements planned.

Among the people he regularly talks to about his condition is his son, a third-year medical student at the University of California, San Francisco. The six-time NBA MVP intends to post updates to his Facebook and Twitter accounts and stay connected through, a Web site for those afflicted by the disease. About 5,000 cases of CML are expected to be diagnosed in the United States this year, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society said. More than 22,000 people are living in the U.S. with the disease. “I want to spread the word,” Abdul-Jabbar said. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at

“I don’t tell my players that they have to shave. They only have to do it if they want to participate on the team,” Mainieri laughed. “They don’t have to be on the team, and therefore they don’t have to follow the rules.” Meanwhile, some 500 yards away, many members of LSU’s football squad were letting their facial hair grow a bit untamed. Nobody on the team said they were strictly not shaving just for November. Instead, some members just don’t have the tools necessary for their grooming. “I ran out of shaving cream,” said junior kicker Josh Jasper, who grew out his beard for two weeks. “I haven’t had any time to go buy any.” Jasper said LSU coach Les Miles does have somewhat of a policy in place in terms of facial hair grooming. But in the midst of a chaotic football season, Jasper said sometimes little things like

facial hair go unnoticed by the “Mad Hatter.” One bearded member of LSU’s football team may stand out more so than others. But it’s not just his beard that makes him stand out — it’s also been his recent play. Junior linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, who said he has been growing out his beard since the summer, made an interception late in the first half of LSU’s 24-15 loss to Alabama with the Crimson Tide threatening to score. “It was a turning point in the game,” Sheppard said. “It happened at a pivotal time.” But Sheppard wouldn’t give the credit to his manly look. “Nah, it was all the hands,” Sheppard said with a laugh.

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Former gymnast Clare-Kearney stays involved post-career LSU alumna stays focused on school By Rob Landry Sports Contributor

Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. This epic quote from Babe Ruth’s character in the 1993 movie ‘The Sandlot’ perfectly sums up the career of former LSU gymnast Ashleigh Clare-Kearney. Clare-Kearney’s name will live on forever in LSU gymnastics lore. She is the most decorated gymnast in LSU history, garnering an LSU-record 114 individual titles and becoming the first two-time individual national champion in LSU history. The accolades do not end there for the Manchester, Conn., native. She was named to the All-Southeastern Conference First Team three times, was the 2009 Central Regional Gymnast of the Year, won 2009 first-team All American honors on floor exercise, uneven bars and vault, was a 2009 national champion on the floor exercise and the vault, the 2008 SEC Gymnast of the Year and she was a 2008 first-team All-American on the floor exercise and uneven bars. But these days, Clare-Kearney isn’t just focusing on athletics.

Clare-Kearney is in the process of completing her master’s degree in Kinesiology-Sports Management at LSU, which she hopes to one day use to become a sports agent. To become a sports agent, though, Clare-Kearney would be required to attend law school. Although she said she feels certain she will at some point attempt to go to law school, she is considering taking a year hiatus from the books following the completion of her master’s. “I might take a break just to have some ‘me’ time,” ClareKearney said. “Even with gymnastics not in my life anymore, with the grad assistantship [at the Cox Communications Center for Student Athletes], and studying for the LSAT and coaching the kids at night, I just haven’t had any time for Ashleigh.” Even though she can no longer compete, the two-time national champion still keeps an eye on the LSU program. Since she is still in school in Baton Rouge, she comes by the gym on occasion to watch her former teammates prepare for the 2010 season. “A lot of the girls ask me for my thoughts and how I would approach an obstacle,” Clare-Kearney said. “Having that relationship with them keeps me coming back

here and wanting to see them succeed.” Clare-Kearney’s presence was welcomed by the current team members. “She knows how college gymnastics is supposed to look,” said senior gymnast Susan Jackson. “When [head coach] D-D [Breaux] is not there or when [assistant coach] Bob [Moore] is looking somewhere else, Ashleigh can be there and say to fix this or fix that.” But Clare-Kearney has other priorities now, outside of LSU gymnastics. She is a graduate assistant for the Cox Center and is coaching a Baton Rouge club gymnastics team called The Bengals. Her role as coach of The Bengals entails training kids from the ages of 7 to 15 years old. Clare-Kearney said coaching younger kids who have not yet developed a sense of competition and dedication to the sport has been a challenge for her at times. “I even told D-D the other day that I have a new found appreciation for coaching that I didn’t have before,” Clare-Kearney said. “There are so many different types of gymnasts and attitudes that you have to tend to their specific needs, even when you want to do it your way.” Senior gymnast Summer Hubbard said she believes

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Former LSU gymnast Ashleigh Clare-Kearney (right) assists senior Kayla Rogers during practice in the Carl Maddox Field House Tuesday.

Clare-Kearney has the ability to be a successful career coach. “I don’t think that’s what she wants to do,” Hubbard said. “But in the future if that’s what she wants to pursue, I think she’d be great at it.” Clare-Kearney said she is enjoying the extra time she gets to spend with her former teammates when she makes it by the gym. “It’s been fun,” Clare-Kearney said. “I was ready to be done with gymnastics as far as my body was concerned, but I wasn’t really ready to eliminate it from my life

completely.” Even though the hero has moved on from her competing days, the legend of Ashleigh ClareKearney will always live on within the LSU gymnastics program. “Ashleigh is someone who could bring 39 points to the table every Friday night,” said LSU coach D-D Breaux. “So we’ve got some big holes in our lineup.”

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in the gaps and worked my way around it.” Jones said her return to health played a role in her success against Loyola. Jones had knee surgery during the offseason. “I wanted to become a better rebounder and be as aggressive as I could be, so I had to get my knee strong,” Jones said. Hightower led the Lady Tigers with 18 points. The 2010 National Player of the Year Candidate said the team tightened up its defense in the second half. “The second half, we were just more aggressive,” Hightower said. “We didn’t just let them drive where they wanted to.” Chancellor played his reserves once LSU opened up its lead in the second half. Thirteen LSU players saw the court during the game. “The group I was satisfied with was the [junior forward] Taylor Booze, [junior forward Jasmine] Nelson, [sophomore forward Swayze] Black and [freshman guard] Bianca Lutley group,” Chancellor said. “I was really happy with that group.” Nelson scored eight points, while Booze and Black contributed six points each. LSU also hit the

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with multiple types of pressure. From my standpoint, what we were doing offensively, we’re going to have to adjust a bit more because Alex was a guy who made really good decisions.” Junior point guard Bo Spencer said Dotson’s knee has been looking better each practice. “You could tell he still has a little tip-toedness,” Spencer said. “He doesn’t really want to go full speed on it all the way. But I saw him do his first dunk the other day in the scrimmage.” Johnson said Dotson will have to learn how to maximize his effectiveness with a bum knee. “I’m not concerned as much about his lack of explosiveness, the thing I’m more concerned about is when he catches the ball on the wing, that he protects that thing,” Johnson said. “I’m more concerned about when they score that he sprints back on defense and understands what we’re doing. Now, this guy has to learn how to play without his legs.” Sophomore forward Garrett Green is still dealing with a back injury sustained after his freshman season. Green used a medical redshirt last year. Green missed three days of practice and the scrimmage against Houston. Johnson said Green tweaked his back when a South Alabama player stepped in under a dunking Green last weekend and took a charge.

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LSU senior guard Allison Hightower, right, struggles to keep control of the ball in the Lady Tigers’ win against Loyola-New Orleans on Saturday night in the PMAC.

boards hard against Loyola, out-rebounding the Wolfpack, 43-23. “They did a great job of coming out and playing, taking care of the ball and shooting the ball well,” Hightower said. “They did everything coach asked them to do.” LSU sophomore forward LaSondra Barrett did not start but entered the game in the first half and had three rebounds of her own. Last season’s SEC Co-Freshman of the Year showed no signs of a shoulder injury she sustained while playing for the U19 World Championship Team during the summer.

She had six points in 11 minutes. Chancellor was not satisfied even though the Lady Tigers won by 35 points. “To be a pretty good team, we’re OK,” Chancellor said. “To be a team that’s been picked to win this league, to be ranked in the Top 15 in the country — we’ve got a long, long, long way to go.” The Lady Tigers will host Centenary on Nov. 15 for the regular season opener.

“Is it something he could have played and practiced with?” Johnson said. “I think so. But we need to be careful here.” Meanwhile, Spencer has been hampered by an avulsion fracture in his wrist he suffered at the end of last season. Spencer also reaggravated the injury during the offseason. “It’s feeling good,” Spencer said. “It’s not 100 percent yet, about 80. I guess just keep shooting and try to get my flexibility back.” Despite the rash of injuries, Johnson does not have a woeful attitude. “These guys know me and I understand injuries, but we’re not in sympathy mode here,” Johnson said.

rules, LSU has been forced to charge students $4 to attend the Nov. 16 and 17 NIT Season TipOff games in the PMAC. So the LSU Athletic Department decided to pick up the tab for 250 students to enter the gates for each game. Johnson followed suit Tuesday. “I see where LSU is paying for the first 250 [student] tickets for the NIT [next Monday and Tuesday],” Johnson said. “How about Coach J pays for the next 250 students? That would be a pretty good deal huh? I think I want to pay for the next 250.” Johnson’s contribution means the first 500 students who enter each game will get in free of charge.


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five-star running back Lache Seastrunk from Temple, Texas, still has the Tigers on his radar. One of the Tigers’ best prospects comes from Ohio. Cincinnati native Spencer Ware is the Scout No. 9 running back for 2010. The 5-foot-11-inch, 215-pound quarterback passed for 1,938 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for 741 yards and 15 touchdowns his junior season at Princeton High School. Ware is projected to be a running back instead of a quarterback because of his lack of height, according to Scout. Tennessee is home to a top defensive commitment for 2010. Scout four-star linebacker Justin Maclin from Memphis is one of the best defensive recruits for the Tigers. The Scout No. 10 ranked linebacker had 92 tackles, 19 sacks and two touchdowns in 2008. Mississippi, Virginia, Kansas and California each have one 2010 commitment in LSU’s class. Two 2010 prospects come from each Alabama and Georgia. Shipp said Louisiana recruits usually have an advantage to earn a scholarship from LSU, but talent is ultimately the biggest factor. “If there is an out-of-state player better than an in-state player, they are going to go for the out-ofstate player,” Shipp said. “If they are equal, they are going to go for the in-state guy.” The Louisiana talent is not ranked as high as it has been in past years — there are no Scout fivestar 2010 recruits from the Pelican State. “This [year] might be a little below average for in-state talent,” Nadeau said. “They don’t have the marquee guys.” Louisiana had a handful of

PAGE 11 high talent in past years. The 2009 LSU class had three Scout five-star prospects from Louisiana — wide receiver Rueben Randle, running back Michael Ford and defensive tackle Chris Davenport. Shipp said building a rapport with recruits from different states is sometimes challenging for the LSU coaching staff. “They’re not going to have the same relationship with kids and coaches from out of state,” Shipp said. “It’s certainly harder to try to get to know the kids on and off the field.” Visits to Baton Rouge can help the Tigers steal top-talent from other states. Scout four-star defensive tackle Cassius Marsh from Westlake Village, Calif., was sold on the Tigers after his visit. “For a guy like Cassius Marsh, once he came to visit Tiger Stadium, it was done,” Nadeau said. “Once he came here, he was sold and blown away.” Shipp said LSU’s winning ways are a huge factor when a recruit makes his decision. “At the end of the day, LSU’s reputation for winning and sending players to the NFL is what’s going to get you top recruits,” Shipp said. Contact Michael Lambert at





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Take time to remember, thank a veteran today

Your typical morning routine probably consists of something similar to the following: You snooze the alarm several times and then strongly consider not going to class before finally rolling out of bed and eventually making your leisurely way to the University. Instead, imagine being awoken thousands of miles away by the sound of gunfire somewhere

in the desert or even as the sun rises to run around campus instead of dreaming in your bed. Today we celebrate the service of the members of the military and who continue to defend our country to this day. Many times, when we hear the word “veterans,” we think about old fogeys marching in parades, but in truth, many men and women our own age have served

and continue to serve in the military. The University was originally founded as a military academy, and the legacy of service continues today. The cadets program helps train students for military service and there are numerous students at the University who are enlisted — some go overseas during the summers and return for

the school year to continue their studies here. And we have faculty members who have returned to teach and share experiences. We tend not to make a big fuss about this holiday — it falls between midterms and Thanksgiving, and most of us are trying to pull up grades. But take a couple minutes today to remember the people who make it possible for us to attend the University at


If you have friends, family, loved ones or even acquaintances who are in the military, give them a call to say a simple thank you. It sounds cliché, but they truly give up their freedom in order to defend ours. Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at


Should minimum wage be abolished, raised? With the economy in its current tenuous state, economists are considering radical alternatives to traditional policies and understandings of the way the economy functions. For example, some economists argue that the minimum wage should be abolished. Two columnists for The Daily Reveille, Mark Macmurdo and Mark Macmurdo Daniel Morgan, Columnist discuss what they think — both are economics majors, and both have agreements and disagreements on what they think about minimum wage. Here’s what they discussed: MARK MACMURDO — So Daniel, we’re both students of economics. Supply and demand curves tell us setting a minimum wage doesn’t allow markets to be efficient. There’s what we call a dead weight loss — inefficiency created when Congress dictates prices. But I don’t think that’s the whole story. DANIEL MORGAN — Economics has taught us both a lot, but I don’t know how much it has to say here. Price-setting is a zero-sum affair. It doesn’t create new wealth, it just shuffles old wealth around. Economics might tell us how many will be unemployed because of minimum wage or how much workers will gain from minimum wage laws, but economics can’t tell us which is worth more. That’s not a question for economists, that’s a question for ethicists. MACMURDO — That is true. But when we sit here talking

about how a minimum wage will impact the economy, it’s impossible to escape the ethical questions. I see no reason we can’t discuss both from the top of the soap box. Even though I know a minimum wage is inefficient, I think students of economics should be concerned with more than just cold hard calculations. Isn’t fairness (or at least the appearance of it) ultimately more valuable to our society than record profits for shareholders? MORGAN — That’s a judgment call I have a hard time making. It’s easier to consider the effects of minimum wage at the margins. Right now if an employee is willing to work for $7.00 per hour and an employer can only afford to pay $7.15 per hour, then they aren’t able to do business together. I don’t see how this promotes “fairness” -- or “record profits for shareholders,” for that matter. And besides, you can’t be that against minimum wage. You’re only being paid ten dollars for this exchange, and we’ve already been here for an hour. MACMURDO — But if we don’t have a bottom, companies will be able to take advantage of workers because of the company’s ability to act as a single player. Sure, you can come up with examples “on the margins” where everyone loses, but my contention is that in the big picture of things, minimum wage is a socially stabilizing force. MORGAN— I’m not sure the labor market is that lop-sided. In 2008, 2.2 million Americans were paid at or below the federal minimum wage, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s not even one percent of the coun-


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try. In Louisiana, we had an estimated 4.4 million people, and 48 thousand were paid at or below minimum wage. I see workers who have something to offer and companies that are willing to pay money for it, and they have to bid against other companies to get those valuable workers. The vast majority of companies pay Daniel Morgan above miniColumnist mum wage. It’s not as necessary as you’re making it out to be. MACMURDO — If less than one percent of Americans are getting paid at the minimum wage, I think it decreases the significance we usually attribute to current minimum wage -- both socially and economically. It shows it’s not high enough to be doing anything serious. There are definitely people out there who believe the government should be more involved in setting the market price of labor (and would like that percentage to increase). I’m not one of them. However, I do think that government can certainly make observations about the market, and ensure that employees are not taken advantage of. Maybe the fact that the number of people working at minimum wage is so low because the wage is so low. We also shouldn’t forget that many states choose to set their minimum wages well above the federal level (Louisiana isn’t one of them). MORGAN — If it were high enough to have a major effect, then it would be even more damaging. I don’t think there’s any margin where I’d stop two strang-

ers from engaging in voluntary exchange because I don’t like the price they’re agreeing to. If you want to, you can ask your boss for a raise and quit if he doesn’t cave in. That might be a good strategy in some cases. At any level minimum wage forces workers to do that. That goes against my moral sensibilities. With an unemployment rate at 9.5 percent, now seems like an excellent time to do away with minimum wage laws. What do you think of that, Trebek? MACMURDO — If you could possibly make the case that a sizable portion of that 9.5 percent was because employers aren’t able to afford their workers, I’d agree. Personally, I haven’t been persuaded that’s the case. MORGAN — I think most small business owners would disagree with you, but I don’t know

how much we can say from the armchair. MACMURDO — And we’re in college right now. I think getting out of this chair would require a bit more work than I’m willing to commit to. MORGAN — Word. Let’s just talk about ethics. Mark Macmurdo is a 22-yearold economics senior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_mmacmurdo. Daniel Morgan is a 21-year-old economics senior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_dmorgan.

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Don’t let fear turn America against Islamic faith If religions could use help in anything, it’s the public relations department. Nobody knows this better than Muslim Americans, who once again find themselves in the spotlight after the horrible tragedy at Fort Hood. Major Nidal Hasan, the suspected gunman in the shooting at the Army outpost there last week, apparently expressed significant complaints about his 7-year commitment to the military. In the weeks leading up the shooting, he became increasingly vocal in his opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was also, coincidentally, a Muslim. Hasan’s involvement in the shooting, which left 13 dead and 29 wounded, unfortunately stoked the long-burning embers of antiIslamic sentiment among far-right critics. Several Fox News pundits in particular took an insultingly passive-agressive approach, plac-

ing special emphasis on claims that Hasan shouted “Allahu Akbar,” (meaning “God is Good) before he began his rampage. Less prestigious personalities — who have less of a “reputation” to maintain — went beyond passive sniping and boldly asserted more extreme proposals. Matthew Albright “It it is Opinion Editor time, I suggest, to stop the practice of allowing Muslims to serve in the U.S. military. The reason is simple: the more devout a Muslim is, the more of a threat he is to national security. Devout Muslims, who accept the teachings of the Prophet as divinely inspired, believe it is their duty to kill infidels. Yesterday’s massacre is living proof,” wrote Bryan Fischer, Director of American Family Association, on the organization’s

Web site. Not only is Fischer’s proposal as absurd as it is insulting, it’s staggeringly uniformed. There are more than seven million Muslims in America alone — if the assertion that devout Muslims support the murder of “infidels” were valid, tragedies such as this would be commonplace. But Fischer isn’t the only one calling for religious discrimination in the military. Freelance Oklahoma columnist Timothy Rollins called in the wake of the attacks for “the honorable discharge of all Muslims from the United States Armed Forces, regardless of the degree to which they may adhere to their faith.” Perhaps Rollins doesn’t realize the full impact of such a policy. Pentagon statistics indicate there were at least 3,400 active-duty Muslim soldiers, and some officials believe there are significantly more. But the numbers are largely

irrelevant. To deny any man or woman with the courage and patriotism to serve in the military the chance to do so simply because they share the same religion as a murderer would be dishonorable and contrary to the most basic ideals of our nation. Besides, there’s no consensus yet among investigators that Hasan’s rampage was motivated by his religious beliefs. It’s true that he became more spiritually active in the months leading up to Thursday, but a more likely explanation of his behavior can be found in his fundamental complaints with Army organization and strategy. In the bigger picture, Fisher and Rollins are largely irrelevant, far-right-wing yokels calling for over-reactionary solutions. But the sentiments they express are caricatured expressions of a general antiIslamic sentiment. While some amount of uneasiness is hardly unexpected given the nature of the conflicts we’ve faced at home and

abroad, to begin casting unreasoned fear of Muslims onto innocent civilians and courageous soldiers is an extreme we cannot allow. Not every Muslim is a raving, turban-wearing suicide bomber. In fact, the vast majority — especially in America — are little different than your average person of faith. “This is not Islamophobia, it is Islamo-realism,” Fischer writes. No it isn’t. Anti-Muslim sentiment is rooted in fear, fear that the people among us are out to destroy our way of life. That’s exactly want the terrorists want. And by giving into fear, we only help them win. Matthew Albright is a 21-year-old mass communication junior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_malbright.

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Representative democracy doesn’t work for BCS, USA This might not be the best week to write about that vile, vindictive whore that is college football. But in light of the tragedy that took place this weekend, let’s take a trip to Imagination Land and just say LSU beat Alabama. Now let’s get even more ambitious and assume the Tigers went on to defeat Florida in the SEC championship game. Now let’s take our imagination one step further and assume both USC and Texas finished the season undefeated. Given the situation — a oneloss, SEC Champion LSU and undefeated USC and Texas — I have little faith the media would’ve voted in favor of the better team and conference at the expense of their beloved media darlings. The reaction here in Tiger Town would have been mutinous. There’d be chaos in the streets. Kirk Herbstreit’s head would be paraded around on a blood-covered spike. Lou Holtz’s blabbering tongue would be cut off and force-fed to Mark May. Brent Musberger’s scrotum would get cheese-grated into oblivion. The list goes on. This scenario brings up an interesting paradox. Most Americans praise and adore our nation’s system of representative democracy, where a small group of elected individuals wield transcendent power over our entire society. We trust them with our currency, our economy, our individual rights and our national security. We support this system in most cases despite our better judgment — no matter who’s in charge — because we’re taught it’s our “patriotic duty.” And if you don’t like it, you

can “git out!” But the reaction is entirely different when we extend these sacrosanct democratic ideals to the holy realm of college football. Fans are willing to revolt against their football overlords. They agree the system is entirely Scott Burns broken — to the point where no Columnist computer formula or BCS/voter hybrid can possibly deliver a truly fair system. The debate has interesting implications on our political society. Throw Harry Reid and Newt Gingrich in a room to debate any policy, and they’ll launch into each other’s throats like rabid dogs. But change the subject to college football, and even the most ardent political rivals will join hands and transform into BCS-anarchists — reviling the entire college football model as unjustifiably evil and corrupt. President Obama openly disparaged the BCS as illegitimate and impractical days before his election. His solution was remarkably simple: To be fair to all teams, champions should be determined on the field, not by electoral votes or computer polls. Of course, if the president applied these same principles to his own office, he would have to admit his democratically elected authority is inherently illegitimate and his economic initiatives — entirely impractical. Maybe it’s time we start applying the same level of scrutiny to our

system of government as we do to our college football system. If thousands of complex computer formulas can’t fix something as trivial as the college football championship system, why should we believe a smooth-speaking lawyer from Chicago and a handful of political cronies can resurrect a politically ravaged economy, maintain an imperial military empire and reform an already government-controlled health care system? It’s also time we give individuals the same rights we advocate for college football teams. Any rational football fanatic

would agree we wouldn’t solve anything by trying to reform the existing AP and Coaches’ poll or even by reconfiguring the entire BCS ratings. That’s why the best thing to do is “let the teams play” until a true champion is determined on the field. The application is ultimately the same for both the BCS and the US government. The problem isn’t merely the corruption in the system. It’s the corruption of the system itself. Once we apply these same “libertarian” ideals to individuals in society, the moral is quite profound.

Complex problems can’t be solved by biased pollsters, geeky computer simulations or corrupt, involuntary authorities. The longer we live in that fantasy, the longer we’ll be disappointed. Scott Burns is a 20-year-old economics junior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_ sburns.

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wednesday, november 11, 2009 VETERANS, from page 1

to Nov. 11 in 1978. As a veteran and member of the infantry division of the armed forces for 21 years, Conger said Veterans Day holds a special meaning to him. “When people say thank you, it means more than you could ever know,” Conger said. “It’s important for people to know that’s what carries us on — the support from our country.” Conger said he typically takes the day off and visits his friends who have passed away if he is not attending a community event. “I use it as a day to reflect in my own way,” Conger said.


VETERANS ON CAMPUS The University’s campus is filled with military monuments and memorials that tell a story. The LSU War Memorial at the base of the flagpole on the Parade Ground is dedicated to University alumni, faculty, staff and students who died in service, and the Memorial Tower commemorates Louisianian soldiers who died during WWI. But none can paint a better picture than a veteran. Master Sgt. Wayne Lawrence, senior military science instructor, said he likes to spend the holiday with other veterans. Lawrence was stationed in Afghanistan between July 2002 and January 2003. He also served in Iraq

in September 2003 until March 2004. He served as an infantry platoon sergeant in the 82 airborne division. Lawrence said his platoon in Iraq was hit with daisy chain IEDs — improvised explosive devices strung together to detonate at the same time. “The concussion just blew me out of the truck,” Lawrence said. “I’ve never seen anything like that before.” However, Lawrence, who returned home in December 2008 from a 15-month deployment in Iraq, said he prefers to focus on the progress military presence has made. “The difference between being there in 2003 and going back in 2007 ... it was kind of odd to see the transformation that our presence had done for their country,” Lawrence said. Simple things like building schools and getting the police back on the streets made a significant difference in the lives of the locals, who were no longer afraid to interact with the soldiers, Lawrence said. “It was a big shock for me to see that the majority of the people actually appreciated our help,” he said. Lawrence said the biggest thing he’s taken away from his military

SPLATTER, from page 1

Biggs said. “I definitely think [Splatterbeat] will happen again.” Kimberly Evans, business junior, said she was surprised by how much fun she had at Splatterbeat. “I haven’t really been to a lot of RHA events,” Evans said. “I saw photos on the Facebook event, and it

service is recognizing the underlying commitment that part of the U.S. has for its own way of life. “Our country is worth putting my life on the line for, and our way of life is important,” he said. CHANGING RECEPTIONS The way Americans receive veterans has changed over time, according to Stanley Hilton, U.S. military history professor. “No generation will see what the World War II generation saw,” Hilton said. Hilton said during WWII, Americans were unified as victims of attack, the objectives of the war were clear and the nation was grateful. Hometown parades were held in honor of the veterans. “Today, civilian attitudes have become more complex,” Hilton said. “The nation doesn’t have a lot of patience.” Hilton said if a war drags on, support typically diminishes. “Bipartisanship has disappeared,” Hilton said. “Political ‘leaders’ pay lip service to supporting the troops, but their actions undermine the morale of the troops.” Hilton said people owe an looked like a lot of fun, so I came.” Jordan Nickens, mechanical engineering freshman, said Splatterbeat was a “great idea.” “It’s a hell of a lot of fun,” Nickens said. “I’m covered in paint.” The first 500 students at the event with their Tiger Cards received a free white shirt with the Splatterbeat logo, and all students could

PAGE 15 enormous debt to the veterans, and Veterans Day should be a time of reflection and gratitude. “We have every reason to stop and think about them,” Hilton said. “They are the guarantors of everything we hold dear.” THE NEXT GENERATION The University has contributed thousands of soldiers to the U.S. Army and Air Force, and the Army ROTC currently has around 160 student cadets, according to Conger. He said there is a misconception that all the cadets will be deployed after graduation. In reality, some will continue education or pursue training in a specific field, he said. Because the nation is at war, 75 percent of the cadets selected for active duty will be deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq in the first year, according to Lt. Col. John Wright, military science professor, veteran and University alumnus. “They understand that,” Wright said. “I don’t soft sell the program to them.” Contact Sarah Eddington at enjoy both free food and music at the event, Biggs said. Rebecca Morales, RHA vice president, said the event went better than expected. “Everyone really likes it,” Morales said. “This was the first time we held it, and it’s been one of the more successful programs.” Supplies were a small concern, however, Biggs said. “We went through paint faster than we thought we would, and we had less tarps than we needed because we had to cover the stage,” Biggs said. Biggs said RHA officials found the idea of starting Splatterbeat when the University of Texas at Dallas presented the event at a South West Affiliate of College and University Residential Halls conference this past summer. “I was just super excited to hear about the idea and immediately knew it was something that could be taken to a much larger scale at LSU and become something on the same level as Snowing in the South,” Biggs said. “I never imagined it would be the kick-off event for LSU’s 100 Years of Homecoming though.” Biggs said Splatterbeat is a result of six months of work. A run-through of the event happened three weeks ago, and students have promoted the event since then with t-shirts and banners made from the run-through. “How often do you get to play like this?” said Valerie Wade, mass communication freshman. “If homecoming is like this the rest of the week, it’s going to be the best week ever.” Other events planned for Homecoming week include a concert by Streamline tonight at the Parade Ground, a pep rally Thursday evening at the Parade Ground and the men’s basketball home opener Friday evening. Homecoming week will conclude with a parade Saturday afternoon and the LSU-Louisiana Tech football game at 7 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. Contact Brianna Paciorka at

wednesday, november 11, 2009 CONTEST, from page 1

faculty and staff members. The top three finalists will receive a 32-gig iPod Touch and mentoring from Emmy Award-winning producer, director and University alumnus Robert Zimmerman. Those finalists will then gain access to high-tech equipment to reshoot their videos and edit them down to one minute. The grand prize is a 13-inch, 2.53GHz Macbook Pro and one Central “B” parking pass and Easy Streets wand for one year. Major said the prizes were de-

THE DAILY REVEILLE termined by student focus groups. Submissions will be accepted between Nov. 2-16. Students will vote on the top three videos, and the winner will be announced and featured on the score board during the LSU-Kentucky men’s basketball game February 6, according to Forever LSU’s Web site. “[The video] is saying, ‘I believe in LSU, and I believe in its mission, and I want to give back to my institution,’” Major said. The Forever LSU Campaign raised about $659 million to date, Major said. Its goal is to raise $750 million by 2010 as part of the Uni-

versity’s Flagship Agenda. Major said the money Forever LSU raises goes toward things like scholarships, professorships and buildings. The University’s $431 million operating budget for the 2009-10 fiscal year gets about 95 percent of its funding from the state, tuition and fees. The rest is from other sources, like private donations. But the state’s public colleges and universities are looking at a budget cut of about $150 million next fiscal year. “Private funding is essential in fulfilling LSU’s obligations and

advancing its aspirations as an internationally recognized Flagship university,” Chancellor Michael Martin said in an e-mail to The Daily Reveille. “Private funding is central in our ability to attract and retain world class faculty through endowed chairs and professorships.” Because of private funding, the University will be able to build a new Business Education Complex and a new band hall, Martin said. The oak tree endowments, several laboratories, the Geology Field Camp, Cox Communications Academic Center and the Bo Camp-

PAGE 16 bell Auditorium, the Dalton Woods Auditorium in the School of the Coast and Environment Building, some new buildings at the Rural Life Museum and the Lod Cook Alumni Center are all part of the University because of private funding. “Completing the Forever LSU campaign and redoubling our fundraising efforts beyond the campaign will benefit every member of the LSU family, current and future,” Martin said. Contact Kyle Bove at

The Daily Reveille — November 11, 2009  

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The Daily Reveille — November 11, 2009  

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