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Volume 114, Issue 63

Monday, November 23, 2009

Miles takes the blame for disappointing Ole Miss loss: ‘It’s my fault we didn’t finish first’

By Rachel Whittaker Chief Sports Writer

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[Above] LSU football coach Les Miles tries to settle sophomore quarterback Jordan Jefferson after his firstquarter interception during the Tigers’ 25-23 loss to Ole Miss on Saturday, in Oxford, Miss. [Right} Redshirt freshman fullback Thomas Parsons hangs his head after the disappointing last seconds of the game.

OXFORD, Miss. — It came down to one second of one drive. Down by two points, sophomore quarterback Jordan Jefferson and the LSU offense stood at the Ole Miss 32-yard line Saturday, in prime position to win the game after a lifeless performance from the offense. The turn of events that led to the game’s

final outcome left the team and fans in sheer disbelief. On second down, Jefferson took a sack — his fourth of the day — for a loss of 9 yards that knocked LSU (8-3, 4-3) out of field goal range with 32 seconds to play. LSU was driven back again on the next play, a swing pass to sophomore running back Stevan Ridley that lost 7 yards. Rather than call the team’s final timeout immediately after the play was finished, the clock dwindled to nine seconds, leaving LSU with only one option for victory — a Hail Mary pass to the end zone — which junior wide receiver Terrance Toliver caught 6 yards short of the goal line. The game clock read one second. The field goal unit remained on the sideline, and time expired with the score staring LSU in the face — Ole Miss 25, LSU 23. The loss dropped LSU seven spots from No. 10 to No. 17 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls and from No. 8 to No. 15 in the BCS standings. Ole Miss (8-3, 4-3) jumped back in the rankings, garnering a No. 20 ranking by the AP and a No. 25 ranking in the coaches poll. Miles was asked after the game why the coaches called passing plays instead of running plays when the team was in field goal range. Senior running back Keiland Williams was out of the game with an apparent broken bone in his ankle. “We suggested a run, but [offensive coordinator] Gary [Crowton] had a good thought that the ball would be incomplete at worst,” MISTAKE, see page 11


KKK rally at Ole Miss fizzles in less than 10 minutes Counter movement greets Klansmen By Xerxes A. Wilson Staff Writer

OXFORD, Miss. — Wearing traditional red, black and white robes and carrying flags representing the infamous hate group, about 10 hooded members of the Ku Klux Klan protested on the Ole Miss campus Saturday. The protest, held on the steps of Fulton Chapel, fizzled after less than 10 minutes and faced a large counterprotest from students and onlookers. The Klan traveled to Oxford

to protest Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones’ decision to ban the Ole Miss band from playing “From Dixie with Love” because students chanted “the South will rise again” during the melody. Shane Tate, the North Mississippi great titan for the Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, said in an e-mail the ban is an attack on free speech and Southern Christian heritage. Once escorted to the chapel by police, the Klan members were met by a wall of boos from more than 200 spectators who had gathered in front of the chapel to witness the protest. During most of the brief protest the Klansmen stood silently waving Confederate and Klan flags on the

chapel steps while constantly receiving jeers from hostile onlookers. “Go to hell, KKK,” and “Take off your mask, cowards!” the onlookers chanted. The Klansmen attempted to shout back at the onlookers, but their only audible yells were “the South will rise again” and “white power” chanted in unison with Nazi-like salutes. Police in riot gear escorted the Klansmen down the hill by the chapel and out of sight after less than ten minutes of protesting. “This seems so unnecessary,” said LSU biology sophomore Nilay Patel. “Nothing was accomplished KKK, see page 11

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Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan protest the ban of the song “From Dixie with Love” at Ole Miss on Saturday. The rally lasted only about 10 minutes.



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Egypt’s media prompts soccer fans’ anger toward Algeria

Demonstration at UC-Santa Cruz ends peacefully

CAIRO (AP) — Angry soccer fans rampaged through a posh diplomatic neighborhood in Cairo over the weekend, smashing shop windows and shouting obscenities in a frenzy fed by venomous headlines that portrayed Algerians as barbaric terrorists with a history of violence.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Officials at the University of California, Santa Cruz say dozens of protesters who were occupying the university’s main administrative building have ended their protest. Campus spokesman Jim Burns says the nearly 70 or so protesters who had occupied the university’s Kerr Hall since Thursday in a demonstration over fee hikes walked out of the building around 8 a.m. Sunday. No arrests were made, but Burns says the students who took part in the protest are facing criminal charges or student judicial sanctions. ‘Kick a Ginger Day’ Facebook event could be blamed for beating

Iran begins war games to protect nuclear sites TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Sunday began large-scale air defense war games aimed at protecting its nuclear facilities from attack, state TV reported, as an air force commander boasted the country could deter any military strike by Israel. It said the five-day drill will cover an area a third of the size of Iran and spread across the central, western and southern parts of the country.

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old boy assaulted by a group of middle school classmates in Southern California

may have been targeted after an Internet posting urged students to beat up redheads. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Richard Erickson says the boy, who is redheaded, was kicked and hit in two incidents Friday at A.E. Wright Middle School in Calabasas. As many as 14 students participated in the attacks. The boy was not seriously hurt. Long Beach students arrested in alleged groping LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say five male students have been arrested on suspicion of sexual battery after two ninth-grade girls were attacked at a Long Beach high school. Long Beach Police Lt. Ty Hatfield says one of the victims told Poly High School officials they were groped on their breasts and buttocks during a lunch break Tuesday. The five freshman boys were arrested separately throughout the week as the investigation into the assault progressed.


Thousands of strange creatures found deep in ocean

Man indicted in 10-month-old baby’s death

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The creatures living in the depths of the ocean are as weird and outlandish as the creations in a Dr. Seuss book: tentacled transparent sea cucumbers, primitive “dumbos” that flap ear-like fins, and tubeworms that feed on oil deposits. A report released Sunday recorded 17,650 species living below 656 feet, the point where sunlight ceases. The findings were the latest update on a 10-year census of marine life. “Parts of the deep sea that we assumed were homogenous are actually quite complex,” said Robert S. Carney, an oceanographer at Louisiana State University and a lead researcher on the deep seas. Thousands of marine species eke out an existence in the ocean’s pitch-black depths by feeding on the snowlike decaying matter that cascades down — even sunken whale bones.

HOUMA (AP) — A grand jury in Houma has indicted a Chauvin man accused of beating and smothering his girlfriend’s 10-monthold baby on a first-degree murder charge. Authorities say 23-year-old William Henderson broke both of Kaleb Nelton’s arms and then killed the baby when he wouldn’t stop crying. Shreveport demolishes frequent murder site SHREVEPORT (AP) — A vacant house in Shreveport that served as the backdrop for four homicides in two years has been reduced to a mound of rubble by city order. A homeless man was gunned down inside the house. The slaying of a 42-year-old man was preceded by the deaths of two people who were shot in a car outside the house in a robbery. An Iraq war veteran’s decomposed body was found in the house that once stood next door.


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LSU plans next Flagship Agenda Plan may include enrollment increase By Xerxes A. Wilson Staff Writer


Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., goes to a Democratic caucus on health care reform in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009

Landrieu votes in favor of health care By Nate Monroe Contributing Writer

Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu has emerged as an influential moderate in the national debate over health care reform — a fact made evident Saturday evening as political observers closely watched Landrieu’s cloture vote. After days of uncertainty, Landrieu ultimately cast a vote in favor of cloture for the Senate’s version of the health care bill — a key vote the Democratic Party needed to move the bill forward. Opponents back home seized on an opportunity to criticize Landrieu’s vote, with the Louisiana Republican Party expressing disappointment and the “tea party” movement mulling a shot at recalling the Democratic senator. The cloture motion passed on party lines, 60-39, with one Republican Senator not voting. Louisiana’s Republican Sen. David Vitter voted against the procedural motion. Landrieu expressed reservations about portions of the health care bill despite supporting the procedural measure to move the bill forward. Landrieu and other Democratic moderates have relayed skepticism about including a public option in a health care bill. “My vote should in no way be construed by the supporters of this current framework as an indication of how I might vote on the final bill,” Landrieu said in a statement on the floor of the Senate on Saturday. “My vote is a vote to move forward, to continue the good and essential and important and imperative work that is underway.” Landrieu was one of a handful of Senators closely watched by members of both parties and identified as a crucial swing vote. Landrieu was the second to last Democratic holdout during Saturday’s Senate debate, slightly alleviating a tense, cliff-hanger atmosphere hanging over the evening vote. The Louisiana Republican Party quickly blasted out a news release, eager to jump on the opportunity to cast Landrieu as a loyal Obamasupporting Democrat who supports “socialized medicine.” “[Landrieu] could have killed the bill today, but instead she will show her true allegiance lies not with the citizens of Louisiana but with the

liberal Democrats in Washington who are intent to expand the size and scope of government by bankrupting our country,” Roger Villere, chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party, said in a statement. Critics also seized on language Landrieu secured in the bill giving Louisiana $300 million in additional funding to help defer the effects of budget shortfalls. Conservative and nationally recognized news aggregator Drudge Report trumpeted a headline reading “The Louisiana Purchase — $300 million for my vote!” Landrieu was blunt about requesting the funding in her midday statement Saturday. “It is not a $100 million fix, it is a nearly $300 million fix,” she said. “I am proud to have fought for it.” But she insisted the $300 million was not the reason she ultimately voted for cloture. “The reason I am moving to the debate, as I expressed in this statement, is that the cost of health care is bankrupting families and it is bankrupting our government,” she said. “We cannot afford the status quo.” Saturday was the second weekend health care vote to attract national attention — the first coming when the House voted for its own version of Democratic-led reform, and Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao, R-New Orleans, was the only Republican to support the bill. “The tea party movement is very disappointed in the way Sen. Landrieu handled the situation,” said Robert Gaudet, national tea party organizer and founder of the Bossier tea party organization. “She certainly didn’t vote in a way that her constituents want.” Gaudet said the movement was going to consider options to move forward Sunday night, convening meetings with their legal team to determine how to proceed with a potential recall measure against Landrieu. “Retaliation is not what we’re about — we’re about pushing things forward in the right direction,” Gaudet said. “Removing people from office through the right channels is our right.”

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University administration is planning the new flagship agenda to guide the University through 2020 after the first flagship agenda ends in 2010. Facing economic hardships, the University is looking to diversify its revenue sources to fund the advancements of the next flagship agenda. “Flagship 2010 [the first flagship agenda] was heavily oriented around the inputs we need to be a flagship institution,” said Chancellor Michael Martin. “Flagship 2020 needs to be oriented about the outcomes we want to achieve.” The term “Flagship Agenda” was coined in 2003 for a strategic plan to set goals both academically and financially for the to ‘We are so University meet during dependent the decade. Since then, the on the University has state that achieved some we will of those mileboom and stones. “We have bust with made progress them.’ on all of them, some more than others,” Astrid Merget said Executive Executive Vice Vice ChancelChancellor, Provost lor and Provost Astrid Merget. “That is the nature of a goal. A goal is probably never achieved in some senses; otherwise, it is not a goal.” Merget described herself as a “catalyst” in beginning plans for the next agenda. Merget called the first flagship agenda a success because the agenda reached its two “overarching” goals of propelling the University to top tier status and having the University recognized statewide as the flagship institution. Merget said many of the goals from the first flagship agenda will be extended. Currently the University Planning Council (UPC) is comparing the University to peer institutions to decide what exactly the goals will be for things like graduate student enrollment, funding goals and enrollment criteria. “Our original plan [Flagship 2010] didn’t have certain goals that we think are important now,” Merget said. Merget said the new flagship agenda will focus more on international perspectives, civic engagement and physical facilities of the University, all themes that she said were not visited enough in the previous flagship agenda. With the University facing about $25 million in budget cuts for the next fiscal year and a gloomy outlook following the

next year, Martin said it is cru- so when there is a cut at the state cial to the success of the flagship level it doesn’t destroy the institution’s progress.” agenda to find Both Kuhn new ways of proand Merget said ducing revenues it is also vital to for the Univercontinue to build sity. the University’s “There are endowment. very few op“We haven’t tions left as far tapped our potenas achieving effitial donor base. ciencies,” Martin Michael Martin We have started said. “If we have Chancellor to do that with to cut the budget Forever LSU, and more, it is going to have a significant negative we have built a base and we will impact. I think we have to find continue to grow that,” Merget a way to get new resources to said. Merget said students can give be successful. Where they come feedback on the Office of Acafrom is still an open debate.” Merget said the UPC will demic Affairs Web site regarding discuss the ramifications of in- the goals of the new agenda. Merget will be holding focreasing enrollment from 27,000 to 32,000 students as a means of rums in November and December and said the council plans to increasing revenues. Robert Kuhn, associate vice have a draft of the new agenda chancellor of budget and plan- by February. At that point, the ning, said the challenge of mak- new agenda will be debated at a ing enrollment increases profit- series of town hall-style meetable is the University must first ings across campus, which will figure out where there is space be further edited and presented to to expand enrollment without the LSU Board of Supervisors in drastically increasing operating May. costs. One way the University can Contact Xerxes A. Wilson at enroll more students in a cost fective manner is increasing the number of online classes, Kuhn said. Merget also said becoming less reliant on the state by diversifying the University’s revenue sources will be a longterm goal of the new flagship agenda. “We are so dependent on the state that we will boom and bust with them,” Merget said. “We need to do what the other large land grant universities have done and diversify the resources


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Students explore gourmet lifestyle at Whole Foods, especially the exotic or “hip”-themed classes which feature sushi rolling and preparing seafood. Sandra Brown, employee at The Panhandler, said more students By Sarah Lawson have been visiting the CitiPlace cuContributing Writer linary supply store for kitchen gadWhen Mike Sandoz isn’t gets. “A lot of them work part-time watching sports on TV, he watches another hero of his — Anthony at restaurants, so they come in beBourdain, celebrity chef and food cause they’re interested in trying things,” Brown said. connoisseur. Jennifer Martin, Our Daily Sandoz, nutritional sciences junior, is part of a larger national Bread manager, said about 25 percent of the interest in gourmet downtown locacooking and eating tion’s business and specialty food comes from shopping. college-aged The U.S. spepatrons. cialty food industry “More peois a $20 billion inple are looking dustry with about for naturals and 20,000 stores nationCourtney Baum organic food,” wide led by Whole Whole Foods Marketing Director she said. Foods Market and Judy MyTrader Joe’s, according to an October report from First hand, human nutrition and food inResearch, Inc., an Austin-based structor, said in an e-mail students market analyzing firm. The num- who cook at home have more conbers include gourmet food stores, trol over the ingredients they conorganic retailers and other specialty sume and consume 50 percent less saturated fat, sodium and calories. retailers. “Can you find an economiAnd pains taken by the grocery industry to market ideas of “fresh” cal restaurant that serves a variety and “organic” have turned student of vegetables, whole grains, fresh attention to Baton Rouge outlets fruit, lean meats or fish?” she said. like Our Daily Bread, Whole Foods “They say that good cooks have Market and Red Stick Farmer’s more friends, too.” Lani Bergeron, business sophoMarket. Bravo’s Top Chef and other more, started cooking at age 10, and food competition shows have piqued now she’s known as “the cook” by the interest of students and could be her friends. “I would love to go to culinary responsible for an upward trend in “gourmet” interest on campus and school after I go to college ... That’s across the U.S., according to some why I’m in business. The plan local retailers. The August premiere was to open my own restaurant,” of Top Chef’s latest season attracted Bergeron said. Victoria Jackson, studio art 2.6 million viewers, 1.76 million of those between the ages of 18-49, freshman, said she cooks five times making it the No. 1 cable telecast a week — from Italian and Chinese that day, according to an NBC news to from-scratch confections. She release. NBC Universal owns the said she got her start cooking when she saw the first season of Top Chef Bravo network. “My favorite station by far is in 2006. Sandoz said he cooks every the Food Network,” Sandoz said. Courtney Baum, University day and began cooking about eight alumna and director of marketing at years ago when he entered college. Whole Foods Market on Corporate He said his mother’s cooking is his Boulevard, said stores like Whole Foods make specialty food students see on TV more accessible, and college-aged shoppers have more knowledge of international cuisine because of the shows. “Students are a lot more educated about gourmet foods these days,” Baum said. “They’ve got more sophisticated tastes.” Baum said a significant studentaged population shops at the store, and students are also interested in the classes and workshops hosted

Stores, TV shows pique interests

‘Students are a lot more educated about gourmet foods these days.’

influence — she’s a full Italian with relatives in Sicily, and his uncle owns Tony Angello’s Restaurant in New Orleans. But his culinary products aren’t limited to Italian fare, and he usually starts with strong flavors and sauteing or searing his meats, he said. One of his favorite dishes to prepare is a chicken dish with rice, cannellini beans and lots of rosemary — a tribute to his Italian roots. He said he hopes to attend culinary school because there is only so much he can learn from television chefs. Sandoz is health-conscious in his cooking and incorporates seasonal fresh vegetables in his meals, and he goes for a balance of protein and lean carbohydrates, like brown rice, cous cous or whole-grain pasta, he said. Lynne Maxwell, leisure class coordinator at the Student Union, said four University students attended the “Taste of Wine” class last Wednesday at The Chimes. The class was taught by Stephen Staples, a local wine expert who has taught the class for 27 years. She said the class offered information about wine making, matching wine with food, wine regions and purchasing. Contact Sarah Lawson at



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Nino Bonura rappels over the edge of Tiger Stadium on Saturday. Bonura donated money to the Special Olympics of Louisiana to participate in the Over the Edge event. Log on to to see a slideshow of photos.



Monday, November 23, 2009


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Running back racks up 193 yards against Tigers By Rob Landry Sports Contributor

OXFORD, MISS. — It was no surprise that the smallest man on the field would be the biggest thorn in the side of the LSU defense in the Tigers’ 25-23 loss to Ole Miss on Saturday. Not one of the 61,752 fans that packed Vaught-Hemingway Stadium that afternoon was stunned to see the ball in the hands of No. 22. Dexter McCluster was a familiar name to the LSU defense or coaching staff. LSU coach Les Miles reminded the Tigers (8-3, 4-3) all week that the senior running back was capable of doing some major damage. “He’s one of the most talented players in college football,” Miles said. “I think he’s a very good player.” Just last weekend against Tennessee, McCluster posted Ole Miss records of 282 rushing yards

and 324 all-purpose yards. He also tallied four touchdowns in that game. His performance earned him Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week honors. McCluster, who ranks second on the Ole Miss career all-purpose yardage list, lived up to Miles’ assessment and then some on Saturday. The Largo, Fla., native, playing in his final home game for the Rebels (8-3, 4-3), went off for 193 allpurpose yards and one touchdown. His 148 rushing yards on 24 carries marked the second-straight game he rushed for more than 100 yards and the fourth consecutive Southeastern Conference matchup he has reached the century mark. On the second play from scrimmage, McCluster got the handoff on a stretch play, found a hole and kicked it into high gear, gaining 57 yards and setting up Ole Miss to kick a field goal and take an early

3-0 advantage. LSU senior middle linebacker Jacob Cutrera felt the defense allowed McCluster to break big runs by missing assignments and not being in position. “[The defense] played average,” Cutrera said. “We had missed

tackles, guys not being in the right gaps. But you have to give credit to them. They have some good [running] backs.” McCluster spread out his yardage well and gained 107 in the MCCLUSTER, see page 7

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Mississippi senior running back Dexter McCluster and junior quarterback Jevan Snead celebrate their 25-23 victory against LSU on Saturday.

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[Top] LSU cornerback Chris Hawkins tackles Mississippi running back Dexter McCluster on Saturday during the game in Oxford, Miss. [Above] McCluster slips past LSU senior linebacker Perry Riley on a first down run Saturday.

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Mississippi players celebrate with the Magnolia Bowl trophy after their victory against LSU in Oxford, Miss.

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LSU football coach Les Miles’ teams have always seemed to have an excuse for underachieving, but now enough is finally enough. Last year it was inexperience at quarterback and a bad defense. It was a bad call on an interception this season against Alabama. What’s the new excuse for Saturday? It shouldn’t even matter anymore because what occurred Saturday was some of the most painful exhibitions of both “football” and “coaching” I’ve ever seen in my Johanathan life. Brooks There’s simply no ex- Sports Columnist cuse for LSU to look as bad as it did during that game. I’ll recap a bit of what happened. LSU had just scored but missed a two-point conversion attempt and trailed Ole Miss by two, 25-23. The Tigers were successful on an onside kick attempt and were stationed at their own 42-yard line after a 26-yard catch by senior wide receiver Brandon LaFell. Two plays later, it all went to hell for the Tigers. Jefferson took a sack on second down and threw a bad screen pass to sophomore running back Stevan Ridley, which lost LSU 7 yards on third down, bringing up a fourth down with 26 yards to go with 26 seconds on the game clock. Instead of calling a timeout immediately and trying to regroup, the FIRING, see page 7


LSU clinches share of SEC title with victory, UK loss Tigers sweep past Miss. State, Bama By Andy Schwehm Sports Writer

LSU’s volleyball seniors got their bouquets and framed jerseys after a 3-0 (25-12, 27-25, 25-19) sweep of Alabama on Sunday afternoon in the PMAC. But the real present came some 800 miles away in Lexington, Ky., when Florida defeated Kentucky, 3-1, to give LSU a share of the

Southeastern Conference title for the first time since 1991. The victory for the Gators came 15 minutes after the end of LSU’s match and got the Tigers and the remaining fans celebrating and hugging on the main floor of the PMAC. Kentucky still has one match remaining Wednesday night against Tennessee. If the Volunteers defeat the Wildcats, LSU will win the SEC title outright. “What a great way to go out your senior year,” said LSU senior setter Sam Dabbs. “This year has been exciting for us, especially with

beating Florida twice. All the emotions are just running around in my head right now. I don’t even know what to do.” It was the seniors who carried the No. 17 Tigers (24-5, 18-2) to the victory against Alabama on Senior Day. Outside hitter Lauren DeGirolamo corralled a career-high 21 digs, and her four kills put her at more than 1,000 for her career. Fellow outside hitter Marina Skender led the Tigers with 11 kills on a .300 hitting percentage, while middle VOLLEYBALL, see page 7

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LSU senior setter Sam Dabbs sets the ball Friday in the PMAC against Mississippi State. If Tennessee defeats Arizona on Wednesday, LSU will win the SEC title.




Saints remain unbeaten in Tampa

Monday, November 23, 2009


New Orleans pulls out a 38-7 win By Fred Goodall The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. — Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints keep on rolling. Brees threw for three touchdowns and the Saints shrugged off a slow start defensively to remain unbeaten Sunday with a 38-7 rout of the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers and young quarterback Josh Freeman. Robert Meacham caught touchdown passes of 4 and 6 yards in the first half. Third-string running back Mike Bell scored on runs of 3 and 1 yards in the second half, when New Orleans gained 147 of its 183 yards rushing. The Saints (10-0) have their first 10-game winning streak in franchise history. A spate of turnovers made the Saints seem more vulnerable over the past month, but Brees didn’t throw an interception for the first time in five games. The Saints also didn’t allow a sack for the first time since Oct. 18 against the Giants. Tampa Bay (1-9) drove 95 yards for a touchdown on its first possession. But Freeman had little success after his 18-yard scoring pass to Michael Clayton gave the Bucs a short-lived 7-0 lead. Brees completed 19 of 29 passes for 187 yards before being replaced by Mark Brunell late in the fourth quarter. With Reggie Bush out with a knee injury, Pierre Thomas rushed for 92 yards on 11 carries and Bell contributed 75 yards on 13 attempts. Freeman was 17 of 33 for 126 yards and three interceptions. The first-round draft pick was sacked three times and also lost a fumble that led to Brees’ 11-yard touchdown throw to David Thomas in the third quarter. Bush and New Orleans defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis did not make the trip because of knee injuries. Receiver Lance Moore (ankle) and cornerbacks Tracy Porter (knee) and Jabari Greer (groin) also sat out. The Bucs got off to the fast start they were looking for when Freeman found Clayton standing alone in the left corner of the end zone behind Kellen Winslow and Derrick Ward, who were both covered. Brees countered with a 68yard drive he finished with his first touchdown pass to Meacham. He was 4 of 4 for 55 yards on the possession, including a 37-yard completion to Thomas. Malcolm Jenkins’ interception and 14-yard return to the Tampa Bay 29 set up John Carney’s 38yard field goal for a 10-7 lead. Poor clock management by the Bucs at the end of the second quarter gave Brees an opportunity to put another touchdown on the board to make it 17-7 at the half. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at

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LSU senior guard Allison Hightower dribbles the ball during a game against Nicholls State in the PMAC on Sunday night. For the full story about how the Lady Tigers played this weekend, check out CHRIS O’MEARA / The Associated Press

New Orleans Saints running back Mike Bell (21) dives over the line to score a fourth-quarter touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Monday, November 23, 2009 MCCLUSTER, from page 5

first half and 86 in the second half. The senior offensive specialist also had five plays that gained more than 15 yards. The most important of those plays came with the Rebels trailing 17-15 early in the fourth quarter. With 13:33 remaining in the game, McCluster took a handoff running toward the sideline. Before he made a cut up the field, he pulled back and threw a pass to senior wide receiver Shay Hodge, who was wide open inside the LSU 5-yard line. Hodge caught the pass and strolled into the end zone untouched for what would prove to be the deciding points in the ball game. Prior to the game, McCluster

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coaches let 17 seconds dwindle off the clock before calling that timeout. Miles claims it was a miscommunication, but that’s no excuse. With nine seconds left, Jefferson heaved a 42-yard bomb to junior wide receiver Terrance Toliver, which got the Tigers to the Ole Miss 6-yard line with one second left. Then, instead of rushing the field goal team out or calling some hurry up play or attempting anything that would net the Tigers some points, Jefferson spiked the ball, and time expired. “I know there was a lot of confusion on the sideline,” Jefferson said in a postgame interview. “Nobody knew what to do.” Why didn’t they know what to do? Les Miles is the head coach. He should be the one making the decisions in that situation, and he should know better than to attempt a spike in that situation. At least he took the blame for the loss after the game, but words are


had not completed a pass in his career and had two career interceptions. “They weren’t showing any play action fakes, so everyone was flowing to the ball real hard,” Cutrera said. “We just got caught with our pants down.” Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said McCluster and Hodge ran the play to perfection. “[McCluster] did a beautiful job of selling it” Nutt said. “Shay [Hodge] sold it, too. He broke down like he was going to crack the safety like he’d been doing the previous play.” Following Saturday’s performance, McCluster, the only Ole Miss player to ever record more than 100 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards in the same game, needs just

97 yards on the ground to become the fourth Ole Miss player to record a 1,000-yard rushing season. It would be the sixth 1,000-yard season in Ole Miss history. While McCluster will ride off into the sunset as a hero in Oxford, the only thing left for the LSU defense to do is shake its head and look at what went wrong. “He’s a pretty good [running] back,” said LSU senior defensive tackle Al Woods. “But if we had stayed calm and stayed composed we could have done a lot better in containing him.”

probably not going to be enough in this situation. The people are demanding a sacrifice. And while it’s probably too pricey to get rid of Miles thanks to his contract buyout, someone on his staff needs to be given their walking papers. Gary Crowton needs to be that sacrificial lamb. All he’s done in the past two seasons at LSU is set offensive football back a few years and make it, for lack of a better word, offensive. In 2007, when the good times were rolling, he was called “The Wizard.” Nowadays, he’s more like “The Dunce.” His play-calling style can only be described as erratic, unpredictable and illogical. The Tigers only attempted 18 rushes with their running backs during the game, although Jefferson was obviously gun-shy and timid in his first game back from what appeared to be a pretty serious injury. Ridley didn’t even see a rushing attempt until late in the

fourth quarter. There is no excuse to not give the ball to your stud running backs more often. It’s just poor coaching to do otherwise. LSU was only mostly in the game Saturday because of a blocked field goal and a scoring drive that started near midfield. Saturday was a prime example of why LSU is currently sitting at No. 110 in total offense nationally and is near the bottom of the Southeastern Conference in many offensive statistical categories of note. Crowton, thanks for the memories, but your time in Baton Rouge appears to be up. LSU can do better than this.

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blocker Brittnee Cooper tacked on eight kills. Dabbs dished out 35 assists in the match to go along with eight kills and five digs. With the victory against Alabama (8-21, 6-13), LSU has now won 17 of its last 18 matches heading into a Friday night non-conference tilt with Rice, who won the Conference USA tournament title on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers have also gone undefeated against SEC West opponents for three straight seasons (30 straight wins). “We had a balanced attack going tonight,” said LSU coach Fran Flory. “It was fitting that we set Cooper on match point, and she terminates it with a statement swing for her.” The Crimson Tide controlled the majority of the second set and held a 23-20 lead late. But the Tigers stormed back to take the set, 27-25. Dabbs said it was important for the team to get challenged in the set, especially with the NCAA tournament looming. “You want to be tested every

PAGE 7 now and then,” Dabbs said. “Having our backs against the wall is going to happen in the NCAA tournament. We aren’t going to be able to come out there and win in three easy.” Friday night against Mississippi State, a strong showing by LSU’s duo of middle blockers — Cooper and sophomore Michele Williams — led the Tigers to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-21,25-20) sweep of Mississippi State (8-22, 4-15). Cooper knocked home 13 kills on a .440 attacking percentage, while Williams added on 14 kills of her own, eight of which came in the second set. The Tigers hit .294 while holding the Bulldogs to a .186 attacking percentage and collecting 55 digs as a team. The Tigers had only four blocks in the match. “Part of blocking is channeling the ball, and I thought we did a good job of that,” Flory said. “We don’t have the blocks on the stat sheet, but we were digging well.”

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Take unfortunate loss in stride and try to remain calm LSU fans have every reason to be angry. The football team’s loss to Ole Miss on Saturday was heartbreaking for so many reasons. It puts coach Les Miles’ goal of finishing as a top-five team out of reach, plays havoc with the Tigers’ bowl chances and has made LSU plummet in national rankings and esteem. But the most tragic thing about

the loss is how avoidable it was. In the wake of this defeat, fans all over the city are crying for, among other things we can’t mention in the paper, Miles to be fired. The venom being spewed at the coach and his staff is startling. While fans are right to blame Miles and the rest of the coaching staff for the terrible clock management and poor organization during that game, everyone needs to take

a time out and cool down a little. Now is not the time to be calling for anyone’s head. Miles’ current contract lasts through 2012. If his contract is canceled, it would cost the Athletic Department as much as $15 million. That’s a lot of money, even for an organization as affluent as the Tiger Athletic Foundation. Besides, it’s not like the Tigers are a shame to the LSU name. The

team still has the potential to go 9-3, quite a feat in the highly competitive SEC. And it’s important to remember Miles won a national championship roughly two short years ago. If Athletic Director Joe Alleva eventually decides Miles’ performance is unsatisfactory, he may be justified in firing him. But Alleva shouldn’t — and probably won’t — fire Miles this

season. It should take at least one more season of lackluster results before such a decision is made. And that decision certainly shouldn’t be made now, while tempers are high and the anger is boiling over. Contact the Editorial Board at


Sports fanatics should devote some energy to politics

If we could, for a second, take a break from the murderous rage about LSU’s loss to Ole Miss, it’s important to point out that something important happened while Les Miles was earning the hatred of the Tiger faithful. Saturday evening, the Democrats in the U.S. Senate passed one of the first hurdles in finalizing their health care legislation. The 60-39 procedural vote — along strict party lines, of course — prevented a Republican veto, which means the bill will go to the floor for the undoubtedly grueling debate. This will decide the future of our health care system and is, to put it lightly, big news. I’m admittedly a bigger political junkie than a sports fan (which is certainly a rarity ’round these parts), but it never ceases to amaze me how few people were — and probably

still are — completely unaware of the progress of the health care bill. While TV news shows love to show images of outraged crowds swarming city halls and while Baton Rouge has had its own modest protests in the form of “tea parties,” the general sense I get from most people on campus is one of apathy. Perhaps apathy is the wrong word. Some people actually do care about the health care debate and have formed at least a rudimentary informed opinion. But I’d be willing to bet most students aren’t aware of what happened Saturday. And it isn’t just students. Last weekend, Baton Rouge voters handily defeated Mayor-President Kip Holden’s bond proposal, which would have used a slight tax increase to fund city improvement projects and the controversial Alive project downtown.


LSU needs to save itself now, remove Miles Fans need to keep in mind this isn’t the first time Miles has bewildered us with wacky game management and eccentric play calling. Tennessee game in 2005? Auburn game in 2007? Remember the Georgia game earlier this year? We couldn’t even get a field goal off at the end of the first half! Last night, however, was the most severe by far of all the gaffes Miles has committed. In the past two seasons, Les Miles has an SEC record of 7-8. Yeah, that’s 7 victories and 8 losses. Miles is 0-7 in the past two seasons against Florida, Alabama, Ole

Miss and Arkansas. It’s a legitimate question that should be asked — are we still a dominant football program? So, what needs to be done about this? Do we shrug this off, ignore it and allow Miles to keep plodding along? Are Alleva, TAF and the other big money boosters at LSU simply going to sit around for years, like Tennessee and Miami did, and wait until this program has officially been driven into the ground before making a move? If so, we’re entering a new era of LSU football, Tiger fans. And I don’t think many are going to be happy with the outcome.


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should have looked up the costs and benefits of the bond proposal. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe more people pay attention to political news than I estimate, and they simply don’t like to talk about it. After all, most people don’t find politics as interesting as sports. Or maybe I’m just trying to give Les Miles a break. The poor guy’s going to need Kevlar if he shows his face on campus anytime soon. Matthew Albright is a 21-year-old mass communication junior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_malbright.

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campus. It would be silly to ask or even wish people cared as much about our government as they do about football. Football is a deeply ingrained part of our culture, a communal activity that brings people together to just have fun. Politics are divisive, and require thought and effort. Besides, I hardly think it wise to ask LSU fans to support a political party or movement the same way they support our team, given our propensity for alcohol and obscenity. But it doesn’t seem too much to ask that people at least know what’s going on. Instead of memorizing a few stats or player numbers, maybe it’s time Tiger fans — and our country in general — learned the cost and scope of Democratic health care reform. Instead of obsessing over LSU’s football record and bowl prospects, maybe more Baton Rougeans

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The term “voters” should be used with caution. Only 26 percent of registered voters turned out. For those of you keeping score, that’s barely a quarter. And even among those who did turn out, most voters were from middleto upper-class suburban areas, Matthew leading to a lopAlbright Opinion Editor sided, horribly misrepresentative sample. I think it’s safe to say more Baton Rougeans are clamoring for Les Miles to be fired — or tarred and feathered — than are even interested in health care or the bond proposal. A quick look at Facebook indicates this is almost certainly the case on

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Is sex segregation actually progress for our schools? Sex segregation may be justified in some Catholic or private schools in which participation is entirely voluntary. But such a policy is unacceptable in government-funded public schools where voluntary participation is questionable. The ACLU filed a lawsuit on Sept. 8 against the Vermilion Parish School Board on the grounds of sex segregation, which they claim violates Title IX of the Education Amendments, Equal Education Opportunities Act and the Equal Protection Clause. The students at Rene A. Rost Middle School can elect to participate in single-sex classes. In the 2008-09 school year, Principal David Dupuis was authorized to implement a pilot program to study the effects of separating students into different classes based on their sex. This pilot program was initiated in two subject areas, for students in the eighth grade only, said

Calvin Woodruff, attorney for the Vermilion Parish School Board. It involved the study of how sex segregation would affect student performance. Following the study, which spanned two six-week periods, Dupuis wrote a report for the school board laying out the results of his findings. This year, the program was initiated school-wide. Students who attend Rene A. Rost Middle School don’t have the option to attend another public school. Single-sex classes were initially mandatory, but the program became voluntary again after the plaintiff expressed belief that a mandatory program based on sex separation was unconstitutional and illegal. But according to the lawsuit drafted by the ACLU, the school failed to implement a truly voluntary program. The plaintiff in this case was placed in sex-segregated classes against the parent’s wishes.

Furthermore, the plaintiff’s mother alleged “her daughter was approached by the principal and pressured to attend single-sex classes, directly contrary to her wishes.” Implementation of such a program is a social regression to a time when socially Nathan Shull constructed Columnist stereotypes mandated the treatment, education and interests of students. Students should not be guided toward one interest or another based on what educators believe is appropriate for their sex. Marjorie Esman, Executive Director of the ACLU and the ACLU Foundation of Louisiana, explained “in many cases sex segregation is based on outmoded stereotypes that we hope are not at play in Vermilion.”

Many proponents of sex segregation in schools rely on the book “Why Gender Matters” by Dr. Leonard Sax, psychologist and medical doctor. The basic premise is that boys and girls learn in different ways. Separating classes by sex provides an environment in which boys and girls can be taught in the way which best suits their gender. This is based on a set of stereotypes of what an average boy or girl is interested in and how he or she should best be taught. Woodruff said the school board is satisfied the services provided to each sex are equal, because the curricula for all public schools are governed by statewide regulations, which each school is required to follow. But this is not necessarily the case. The ACLU was informed the required reading list for boys differed from that for girls. Although I do believe boys and girls differ in many ways,

these differences should not be reflected in public education. It is also important for both sexes to learn to work with each other regardless of differences. This socialization is essential in a world that is not sex-segregated. Students should be encouraged to pursue their own individual passions and interests, rather than those determined by our society to conform to generally accepted sex stereotypes. In a coeducational environment, individual interests can best be encouraged. In a group composed of only one sex, the pressure to conform to a sex specific stereotype is intensified. Nathan Shull is a 35-year-old finance junior from Seattle. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_nshull.

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Catholic Church’s obsession with sex is unhealthy Obsession is a powerful emotion. Obsession with money or people have made people do horrible things they wouldn’t normally do. It is rare such obsessions are a catalyst for good. This applies doubly for the Catholic Church, which claims more Stephen Schmitz than one bilColumnist lion adherents worldwide. The church’s obsession with sex is a cancer that threatens to tear it to pieces. For all the hype, sex isn’t a subject frequently mentioned in the Bible. While the Bible does speak about it sporadically, it tends to focus more on tenets of compassion, love and faith. Yet, for some reason, the Catholic Church can’t get enough of sex. They preach against premarital sex, adultery, homosexuality and birth control. Ask any devotee, and he or she will tell you they’ve heard warnings about each one in church. Yet, sometimes it’s hard to take these teachings seriously from the Catholic Church. It all sounds a bit hypocritical coming from an organization which saw some leaders rape the most innocent of beings and others use hush money to keep these deplorable acts from the public. The best way to describe the

church’s relationship with sex is to compare it with how some treat alcohol. The two types of people most obsessed with alcohol are the heaviest of alcoholics and the most pious of non-drinkers. The church manages to play both roles at the same time. They preach abstinence and self-restraint, but church leadership fails miserably in practicing such teachings. This obsession recently threatened to fully destroy any positive feelings the public has left after countless headlines about systematic rape, abuse and corruption within the church. A few weeks ago, the church threatened to stop providing any sort of social services to the poor and homeless within the District of Columbia, simply because the city council appears ready to approve an ordinance allowing gay marriage within the district. With this threat, the Catholic Church is whole-heartedly threatening the council and its D.C. constituents over something as silly as gay marriage. A reasonable person would ask why the church is so dead set on this ordinance. Church leadership will tell you the measure would rob him or her of espousing core parts of their beliefs. This is pure fantasy. The law is rather generous to religious organizations. It does not force them to recognize same-sex marriage nor force them to provide space or services for these marriages.

But the law does force the churches to provide benefits to same-sex spouses though. I can fully appreciate wariness to gay marriage. Opposing samesex marriage for religious reasons is by no means a form of bigotry. Yet, denying social services provided to the neediest of people over employment benefits is woefully negligent. This isn’t the only example of the church’s obsession with sex. The Catholic Church is one of the world’s largest providers of HIV/AIDS treatment to those

stricken with it in Africa. But the church also condemns millions of Africans to death by the way it provides care. The church provides aid on the condition that abstinence is promoted as the way to prevent the spread of disease. No one denies someone who refrains from having sex drops his or her chances of contracting disease considerably. The problem is that abstinence is just not a valid means of preventing the disease. The church is so dead set in its ways that the Pope actually said condoms “aggravate the problems”

of combating the disease. That statement is, at best, horribly ignorant and, at worst, shockingly sinister. The church desperately needs to end its obsession with sex or risk losing further ground in the court of public opinion. Stephen Schmitz is a 19-year-old mass communication sophomore from The Woodlands, Texas. Contact Stephen Schmitz at


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THE DAILY REVEILLE MISTAKE, from page 1 Miles said. “We didn’t want to turn it over, and we lost a runner and were down to Ridley, who in my opinion would have done a great job right there.” Ridley said he thought LSU would call a timeout sooner after his catch on a screen pass lost 7 yards. “I was expecting a timeout, but it didn’t happen,” Ridley said. “We were unprepared for the situation that came up … If we would have done

things differently, maybe we would have had a different outcome.” Miles said there was confusion with trying to call a timeout sooner, which caused 17 precious seconds to evaporate from the game clock. “I heard timeouts being called verbally,” Miles said. “I’m repeating, but I’m not getting it to the official apparently. Those seconds that ticked off before would have certainly made a difference because if we [spike] the ball, we then have the opportunity to kick the field goal to win.”


With one second to play, Jefferson said the “signal-caller” told him to spike the ball. Miles said there was no chance to spike the ball, and he took responsibility for the fiasco that led to LSU’s third loss of the season. “The blame without question is when my quarterback needs to throw it away, and we’re calling a timeout to save as much clock time as we can, but then we’re late to the field,” Miles said. “That was my mistake. It’s my fault we didn’t finish first in that game.” LSU had an opportunity to tie the game after freshman wide receiver Rueben Randle’s second touchdown of the game put LSU just two points behind Ole Miss with 1:17 to play. A fade route pass from Jefferson to Toliver failed on the Tigers’ first chance at a two-point conversion, but an Ole Miss pass interference penalty gave LSU another chance, and the offense ran the same futile play. The final stroke of good fortune came LSU’s way when junior kicker Josh Jasper executed a successful onside kick to senior wide receiver Brandon LaFell, giving LSU the chance to score the winning points. “It’s almost amazing that we had as many big breaks as we did and not come out with the win,” Ridley said. “From the onside kick to the ball we threw down there to Terrance, to being on the goal line. As a team you have to learn and move on.” LSU punted six times in the second half and finished with 290 yards of total offense — just 40 on the ground — compared to Ole Miss’ 426 yards. The winning points for Ole Miss came on a halfback pass from senior running back Dexter McCluster to senior wide receiver Shay Hodge, McCluster’s first career completion, with 13:33 left in the game. McCluster gashed LSU’s defense throughout the day and had 24 carries for 148 yards. Contact Rachel Whittaker at

KKK, from page 1 by them standing out there in those costumes.” About 200 students with “turn your back on hate” written on the back of their shirts stood with the message facing the Klan while reading the University of Mississippi creed. “What we saw with the students and the T-shirts are what Ole Miss is everyday,” said Thomas Reardon, Ole Miss dean of students who witnessed the protests. “The few people who were on the porch of the Fulton Chapel, we don’t know who they are, but we abhor what they stand for. And they do not represent the University of Mississippi.” Artair Rogers, Ole Miss associated student body president, took part in the counter-protest. “The [Klan’s rally] was not pointless — they have freedom of speech and the right to express their values,” Rogers said. “But we wanted to come out and show this creed is what we stand for.”

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Kristen Morrison, ‘09

former Print Sales Manager currently: Part Owner/Account Manager at Red Six Media

Starting my career with LSU Student Media was one of the best decisions I could have made. Not only did I get real world experience, but I also developed many relationships with clients and brands that continue to help me today. Student Media also taught me a valuable lesson in time management skills. If you succeed in having a job like this while also being a full-time student, the real world will be much easier for you to dive into.

Halley Holdsworth, ‘07

former Broadcast Sales Manager currently: Jewelry & Watch Manager, Town&Country magazine

My 3 years in Student Media Advertising were priceless. School taught me a great deal, but the experience I got at LSU Student Media was the most valuable piece of my portfolio and college career. I can honestly say it got me where I am today. I gained 3 years of real world experience and a client base that I was able to carry along with me after graduation. It was challenging, but also fun and rewarding and well-worth my time. I will always be grateful for the experience.

John David Robbins, ‘07

former Print Sales Representative currently: Creative Director for

Working at Student Media gave me the tools and experience I needed to be successful and well prepared for my current job. Having hands-on experience with all facets of the media industry has allowed me to have a competitive advantage over most colleagues my age in the industry. My involvement with student media has been one of the best investments I have made for my future.

The skills I developed while serving as the Broadcast Sales Manager set me apart from all the other applicants while applying for jobs after graduation. While at LSU Student Media, I was trained to build and maintain local and national client relationships through weekly client meetings, media pitch presentations and by developing various integrated marketing packages. My time at LSU Student Media definitely provided the foundation for my future in the media industry and played a huge part while applying for my current position at Town&Country magazine!

Get the fast track to an awesome career with Student Media Advertising.

Donna Weber, ‘08

former Print Sales Manager currently: Multimedia Account Executive at The Tennessean

NOW HIRING! Training Starts Dec. 14th. Applications available in B34 Hodges Hall.

The Daily Reveille - November 23, 2009  

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