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No. 3 Alabama

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LSU secondary looking to put stop on ’Bama receiving corps

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By Rachel Whittaker • Chief Sports Writer It’s no secret Alabama sophomore running back Mark Ingram is an integral part of the Crimson Tide offense, with 1,004 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns — eight rushing — in eight games this season. But the Alabama wide receiving corps provides a balance to the unit. Junior quarterback Greg McElroy has completed passes to 17 different receivers, and reigning Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year Julio Jones remains a threat to opposing defenses. McElroy and the Crimson Tide passing game will face a rejuvenated Tiger secondary on Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in a top-10 showdown in Bryant-Denny Stadium between No. 9 LSU (7-1, 4-1) and No. 3 Alabama (8-0, 5-0). Not making the trip? The LSU pass defense is Watch the game on CBS No. 24 in the country and tied in Baton Rouge. Kick off for No. 17 nationally with 11 is at 2:30 p.m. interceptions, already surpassing their total of eight in 2008. LSU sophomore cornerback Patrick Peterson said he requested to guard Jones on Saturday. Jones, a 2009 preseason All-American, caught a 24-yard pass against Peterson to set up Alabama’s game-winning touchdown against LSU last season. “[Jones] is a talented guy, but we’re probably the PASS DEFENSE, see page 11

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[Left] LSU senior safety Chad Jones. [Above] Alabama sophomore wide receiver Julio Jones.


Holden: Perkins-Acadian to extend to six lanes Plan aims to ease corner’s traffic flow By Mary Walker Baus Staff Writer

Traffic flow in Baton Rouge is about to take another step toward improvement. The 22nd project within The Green Light Plan, a transportation program to improve roadway infrastructure and citizen safety throughout East Baton Rouge Parish, will add six turning lanes to the intersection of Perkins Road t Stanford Avenue and Acadian Thruway.

The new lanes include a new “This project was designed right-turn lane and an additional as a direct response to alleviatleft-turn lane to the southbound ing current bottlenecks and areas Acadian Thruway and westbound prone to traffic congestion while Perkins Road, a preparing our key new right-turn roadways and lane to the northintersections for bound Stanford future growth,” Avenue and an Holden said. additional leftHolden said turn lane to the the Perkins at eastbound Perkins Stanford and Road. Acadian intersecMelvin “Kip” Holden M a y o r tion is one of the EBR Parish mayor-president President Melvin most widely used “Kip” Holden, entrances to the District 12 Councilman Rodney University’s campus. “Smokie” Bourgeois and District The project will also provide 10 Councilwoman Tara Wicker TRAFFIC, see page 11 announced the plans Thursday.


‘This project was designed as a direct response to alleviate current bottlenecks.’

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East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden announces Thursday the addition of six lanes to Perkins Road at Acadian Thruway.



Nation & World



Hurricane Ida rips into Nicaragua’s Atlantic coast

Army: 12 die, 31 wounded in Fort Hood shooting

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Hurricane Ida ripped into Nicaragua’s Atlantic coast Thursday, destroying homes, damaging schools and downing bridges before losing steam and becoming a tropical storm. Ida clocked 75 mph (125 kph) winds when it struck land around sunrise in Tasbapauni.

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A soldier opened fire at a U.S. Army base in Fort Hood, Texas, on Thursday, unleashing a stream of gunfire that left 12 people dead and 31 wounded. Authorities killed the gunman and apprehended two other soldiers suspected in what appears to be the worst mass shooting at a U.S. military base. The shooting began around 1:30 p.m., Lt. Gen. Bob Cone said at a news conference. He said all the casualties took place at the base’s Soldier Readiness Center.

Chinese activist risks jail with letter to Obama BEIJING (AP) — Thousands of people will send letters to President Barack Obama this year. Few besides Yang Zili are likely to risk jail by doing so. A Chinese dissident recently freed after eight years in prison, Yang said Thursday he is seeking Obama’s help in gaining medical parole for two friends who were jailed with him for forming a political study group.

Medical marijuana shops abound in California SEBASTOPOL, Calif. (AP) — The surge in medical marijuana in California has left many communities scrambling to regulate the free-for-all, while others are trying to ban the drug altogether. The issue took on greater urgency

after the Obama administration announced looser federal marijuana guidelines last month. Some local governments are looking to take an approach similar to Sebastopol, where officials welcome the business as a strong source of tax revenue during the recession. First lady praises employees at Energy Department WASHINGTON (AP) — On a visit to the Energy Department on Thursday, first lady Michelle Obama quizzed middle-school students about red blood cells and nanotechnology during a practice science quiz competition. Mrs. Obama also praised department employees during her 13th stop on a tour of the federal bureaucracy. “You don’t often get the thanks that you deserve,” she said. “Sometimes you get a lot of the blame and none of the credit for the progress that has gone on in this country.”



Pennington to receive about $6M to study exercise, age

State high school Graduation Exit Exam to end

(AP) — The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is getting about $6 million over the next two years to study whether a specific exercise program can stave off disability in older people. The LSU campus and seven other universities each will enroll about 200 people who cannot walk a quarter of a mile. Half will get education about healthy aging. The rest will get training in stretching, balance, leg exercises and walking. The University of Florida’s Institute on Aging in Gainesville is in charge of the $29.5 million program. Researchers will evaluate whether it helps daily living activity and thinking, and avoids injuries from falls and of major walking disability. They will also assess the intervention’s cost-effectiveness. Pennington Biomedical Research Center is located on Perkins Road.

(AP) — The state is about to replace its high school exit exam. Under existing rules, high school students have to pass the Graduation Exit Exam and meet other course requirements to earn a high school diploma. But that system, which won praise for narrowing the achievement gap, is about to be scrapped in favor of end-of-course tests.


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ASPIRE to create undergraduate research opportunities Program to give students advantages By Sarah Eddington Contributing Writer

Undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences are getting hands-on research experience through the Arts and Sciences Program in Research, or ASPIRE. Through ASPIRE, founded last year by former dean Guillermo Ferreyra, undergraduates submit a topic of research interest, and Janet McDonald, associate dean and head of ASPIRE, pairs students with professors in similar fields of research, with the ultimate goal of attending a conference where the students will present research findings. “The idea is to get you as an undergraduate beyond the classroom experience,” McDonald said. “Going to class is great, but one of the best ways to learn something is to learn by doing it.” McDonald said the pilot program last year proved successful, and the program’s funding now supports room for [20 students and advisers.] Currently, 18 students are enrolled in the program. The program is funded by

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Charlotte Gates, psychology senior, talks on Nov. 5 about her September trip to Minneapolis, Minn. where she presented her research on the neurocognition of schizotypy.

grants from the Board of Regents and the College of Arts and Sciences totaling $65,000 for two years, McDonald said. The professors do not get paid for participation in the program, but some become co-authors on the research project. ASPIRE pays for the student, as well as the mentor, to attend the conference, plus expenses equaling up to $1,000. “That’s the unique and really fantastic part about ASPIRE

because most undergraduate students do not get the opportunity to go to such a conference, let alone present at it,” McDonald said. McDonald said conferences can range from regional, national and international. Last year, one student traveled to Dublin, Ireland, for his presentation. Christina Gary, communication disorders senior, will present her research findings at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association on Nov. 21 in New


Public speaks out about bond Parish residents to vote on $901M tax package By Adam Duvernay Senior Staff Writer

East Baton Rouge Parish residents will vote next Saturday on Mayor-President Kip Holden’s bond issue, a $901 million tax package a full year in the making. With only about a week left before the vote, supporters and detractors of the largest Baton Rouge public improvements campaign since the ’60s have been rallying support to each side. If the measure passes Nov. 14, East Baton Rouge Parish would see a new half-cent sales tax and a 9.9mills property tax, about $41.5 million and $31 million per year, respectively. Those funds would go to new public facilities in downtown Baton Rouge — like new parking garages and a Public Safety Complex. They would also go toward parish-wide projects, including drainage and a new parish prison. Some of the newest supporters of the bond include Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu, who announced their support Tuesday. Rannah Gray, a political and media consultant for Holden’s office, said the issue has been supported by both the Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce and multiple labor

unions. “It tells you how this issue has serious support when business and labor can come together and accept this will be good for everyone,” Gray said. Civic leaders of Baker also endorsed the bond Tuesday, including support from the mayor, police chief and fire chief. The new parish prison proposed in the bond would be built just west of Baker and garnered support from the Baker police department for the vote. Baker officials also said the city would benefit from the proposed drainage and sewage projects the parish desperately needs. Gray said it is important to convince the areas outside Baton Rouge to support the vote. She said residents of Baker, Central and Zachary could all benefit from improvements to the Baton Rouge economy. Zachary’s mayor Henry Morton said he still does not support the proposal because it lacks attention to many parish-wide issues in favor of focusing on downtown Baton Rouge. “When I know something is right, I support it. And when I know it’s not, I don’t,” Morton said. “I still don’t believe this bond issue is right for the parish.” Morton also said the unstable economy makes voting on an expensive, long-term project ill-timed. The grassroots organization Progress Is formed last year to support the bond issue and has

continued supporting the program throughout the debate. Todd Teepell, a founding member of Progress Is, said the young people who make up much of his organization are investing in Baton Rouge by supporting the bond. “Our opinion is that Baton Rouge is a good city but is nowhere close to reaching its potential,” Teepell said. “For some people, it’s a test to see if they can really influence the direction of the city.” Teepell said Progress Is will continue to deliver information to local residents and dispel misinformation through canvassing and live meetings until the Nov. 14 vote. Though they support infrastructure improvements downtown, The Baton Rouge Tea Party has spoken out against the bond because of the ALIVE campaign, a proposed educational and informational facility that would be funded by the bond. “There is no private investment willing to come in and take the risk for the project,” said Dwight Hudson, legislative action chairman for the BRTP. “That should be a red flag for voters that the proposal is too risky.” Hudson said BRTP might be more willing to support the taxes if they were separated into different issues. As it stands, the bond vote requires people to vote yes or no on a large package of proposals. Contact Adam Duvernay at

Orleans. Gary said she is glad ASPIRE will fund her trip because conferences can be expensive. Gary said Brittan Barker, communication disorders professor, supervises her work on a project entitled “Mothers’ speech to infants with and without Down syndrome,” where Gary analyzes recordings of mothers playing with their infants and tracks if there is a difference between how mothers communicate with children with Down syndrome and those without it. “These conferences are very competitive,” McDonald said. “So far, all of our students have been accepted in their conferences because they are doing good work and are being mentored really well.” McDonald said the presentation is a great way for the students to network, and it will give them an advantage when applying to

graduate school. “It’s very unusual to have either a conference presentation or publication as an undergraduate, so if you’re interested in going to law school, medical school or graduate school, that’s going to make you stand out and let you get looked at seriously,” she said. Charlotte Gates, psychology senior, traveled to Minneapolis in September to give a poster presentation on her research on the neurocognition of schizotypy — the genetic risk for developing schizophrenia. “It’s the best thing I’ve done academically to prepare for grad school,” she said. Applications for the ASPIRE program are available at the College of Arts and Sciences’ Web site. Contact Sarah Eddington at




Parker: ‘Leave TOPS alone’

By Xerxes A. Wilson Staff Writer

Student Government hosted Chats with Mary Parker on Thursday in Free Speech Alley, but only one student noticed. Typically, Chancellor Michael Martin is guest of the Chats series. Today Martin was replaced by Mary Parker, executive director of Undergraduate Admissions and Student Aid, because SG officials wanted to give students a chance to speak with a student aid official. Although Parker stood in Free Speech Alley for an hour, only one student who was not associated with SG noticed and asked a question about his finances. And while students passed Parker’s table and didn’t ask her about anything, Parker told The Daily Reveille she disagrees with LSU System President John Lombardi’s comments to the Post Secondary Education Review Commission regarding an overhaul of the TOPS program. Lombardi suggested TOPS be changed to a one-time merit award due to the amount of students who qualify for TOPS despite demonstrating no financial need. “The best scenario would be to leave TOPS alone,” Parker said. “The impact of a cap on TOPS would drastically impact enrollment.” Parker said if the program has to be streamlined, the specifications for qualifying for TOPS should be raised to be less inclusive. Parker said this remedy would keep TOPS as a completely meritbased award as it was designed to be and also give high school students more incentive to reach the higher qualifications. Members of SG either fraternized with passing friends or attempted to attract attention to the free scantrons, rather than informing students who the nondescript University official standing behind the SG table was. When SG members did point out who Parker was, students said they didn’t have questions. Contact Xerxes A. Wilson at

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Tropical Storm Ida to possibly move into Gulf El Niño blamed for idle hurricane season By Lindsey Meaux Contributing Writer

As the 2009 hurricane season draws to a close, Tropical Storm Ida threatens to enter the Gulf of Mexico and end the below-average season with a bang. Ida, which hovered over Nicaragua on Thursday, is expected to travel over Honduras where it will encounter mountainous terrain, which could possibly break up the storm, said Louisiana State climatologist Barry Keim. However, if it survives its passage through the mountains and emerges in the Caribbean Sea, it could remain a tropical storm for three or four days and possibly make its way into the Gulf of Mexico on

Monday morning, Keim said. Assuming Ida makes it into the Gulf, the National Hurricane Center forecasts its landfall in southeastern Louisiana, which would mark the first recorded hurricane to make landfall in Louisiana during November and the end of the hurricane season. Keim attributed the “relatively quiet” 2009 hurricane season to El Niño, a weather pattern during which years occur when there are unusually warm ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. At present, this hurricane season has only had nine named storms. A typical hurricane season has 10 — but he said most years since 1995 had above average hurricane activity, including the 2005 hurricane season with 28 named storms, one of which was Hurricane Katrina. Nan Walker, professor and director of the Earth Scan Laboratory,

said El Niño events occur every two to seven years, and we are currently experiencing a “weak” El Niño. During years when there are a lot of hurricanes in the North Atlantic Ocean, particularly in the Western Atlantic, Walker said there are not many in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. She attributed this relationship to El Niño. “Generally, whenever there’s an El Niño in the Pacific, we have fewer hurricanes than normal,” Walker said. In addition to experiencing fewer hurricanes, Walker said El Niño years are also marked by lower temperatures. “El Niño, in terms of weather here in Louisiana, tend to create relatively cool and wet winters,” Keim said. “More than likely ... we can expect a wetter [winter].” The southeastern portion of the United States is forecast to have lower than normal temperatures,

while the southern coastal area is forecasted to have more precipitation than usual, according to Climate Prediction Center forecasts. For instance, Keim said the most recent “intense” El Niño was in late 1997 and into early 1998 when Louisiana saw a “whopping” 15.43 inches of rain in January. Other recent El Niño years include 1991, 1992 and 1993, when Louisiana received about 10 inches each January. A normal January, like 1994 through 1997, saw about six inches of rain each year, Keim said. However, the estimated 12 inches of rain that drenched Baton Rouge during October should not be attributed to El Niño, Keim said. Past El Niño years did not see its effects in October but in December, January and February. Contact Lindsey Meaux at






Alabama running back Mark Ingram enjoying breakout sophomore season By Amos Morale


Tigers take on postseason mentality By Rob Landry

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When the LSU football team takes the field Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium to face the Alabama Crimson Tide, lining up opposite the LSU defense at running back will be sophomore Mark Ingram. The Flint, Mich., native flirted ‘That’s what with Michigan State and Iowa beeventually committing to Alahis mindset fore bama. is — make “I wish he would have stayed in the Midwest,” LSU coach Les Miles the other joked. “He’s certainly a great player guy ... not for them.” Ingram rushed for 12 touchwant to play downs true freshman and is against him having asa aHeisman-trophy caliber anymore.’ season as a sophomore. He has been mentioned as a Heisman candidate Javier Arenas by several media outlets including Alabama senior defensive back Ingram, much like the way he runs, is aggressively focused when trying to help his team to victory. Ingram’s teammates describe his running as “determined.” INGRAM, see page 7

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[Above] Alabama sophomore running back Mark Ingram (22) celebrates with junior quarterback Greg McElroy on Oct. 3 after a touchdown run against Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. [Left] Ingram (22) runs past Mississippi defenders Oct. 10 in Oxford, Miss.

The regular season schedule still has seven matches remaining, but the No. 19 LSU volleyball team is treating each match like it could be its last. “We’re pretending like we’re already in the first and second round [of the NCAA tournament],” said freshman libero Sam Delahoussaye. “We’re doing this to help us get prepared.” LSU coach Fran Flory has taken preparation for the postseason matches a step farther. Flory gave each team member a laminated card with the NCAA tournament logo and an inscription that reads, “First and Second Round participant,” following the team’s practice on Wednesday. “The staff thought this would be a good way to keep the team focused through the end of the season,” Flory said. “Also, this will help them practice to play in the NCAA tournament because there are so many factors that come into play.” But the postseason mentality is not just for matches. Flory has implemented a practice regiment that mimics what the Tigers will do once the NCAA tournament begins roughly one month after LSU (185, 12-2) takes on Ole Miss (8-16, 2-12) and Arkansas (11-14, 5-9) this weekend. “We’re practicing like it’s the practice leading up to [the postseason match],” Flory said. “Friday night is the first round against Ole Miss, and the second round will be Sunday against Arkansas.” MENTALITY, see page 7


LSU to face Auburn in semis Team has never advanced to finals By David Helman Sports Writer

Another obstacle looms in front of the LSU soccer team’s quest to become the school’s most successful team. Just as No. 16 LSU (13-4-3, 8-2-1) has failed to get past Florida in the regular season, the Tigers have also fallen in the Southeastern Conference tournament’s


‘[LSU and Auburn] have developed into traditional rivals — usually it’s either us or them to win the [SEC] West.’ Brian Lee

LSU soccer coach semifinal round in back-to-back years. “Hopefully, we’ve been battle-tested,” said LSU coach Brian

Lee. “With this group of seniors, it’s one last chance to get through the semifinals and hopefully win [the tournament].” The Tigers get another crack at advancing to the championship round tonight against Auburn (10-7-3, 6-5-0). The SEC’s other Tigers defeated Ole Miss, 2-1, Wednesday night, setting up a rematch with LSU, who defeated Auburn, 2-0, on Oct. 4. “We watched them play last night,” Lee said. “We’ve both REMATCH, see page 7

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LSU sophomore midfielder Kellie Murphy drives the ball away from Mississippi State sophomore midfielder Kim Pettit on Oct. 18 during the Tigers’ 4-0 win.



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Tigers look to replace Clare-Kearney with four seniors Freshmen impress Breaux early By Andy Schwehm Sports Writer

Spring practice for any collegiate football program is a time to start rebuilding the team, from revamping a defense or offense or replacing key position players. For LSU’s gymnastics team, fall practice this season is a time for the Tigers to replace former standout gymnast Ashleigh Clare-Kearney, an All-American and two-time national champion. But senior all-arounder Sabrina Franceschelli isn’t too worried about having to replace Clare-Kearney because she knows the team returns four All-American seniors to this season’s roster in hopes of making a third-consecutive Super Six appearance. The process of starting new with

fall practice began Sept. 20. “The four of us are trying to build a leadership,” Franceschelli said. “We’re trying almost to not replace Ashleigh at all but get to that standard at the beginning of the year. She was one of the higher-scoring gymnasts, but now we feel like we have four high-scoring gymnasts.” One important aspect of the Tigers’ fall practice has been conditioning. Senior Summer Hubbard said fall practice has been useful in getting the team into what she believes is the best physical shape in which it has ever been. Hubbard added fitness training now will help the team be able to compete at a high level come the end of the season. “Our fitness level is a lot better this year,” Hubbard said. “We are progressing a lot earlier and a lot faster than we were in the past, so we are in a great spot.” Another thing taken care of in the fall is floor routine


The women’s gymnastics team stretches during fall practice Nov. 3. The team prepares to replace former standout gymnast Ashleigh Clare-Kearney.

choreography. Jewel Fourrier — daughter of LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux — is unable to help as much as in the past with music selection and routine choreography because of the recent birth of her second child, pushing Clare-Kearney and former gymnast Paige Cipolloni to help make routines. LSU senior gymnast Susan Jackson said while the freshmen are getting routines in place, some up-

perclassmen may make small changes to routines to correct mistakes from last season. “We have to perfect the small things that we had trouble with last year,” Jackson said. “For me, it’s little things like perfecting hand-stands on bars and sticking landings. All my skills will be the same, but I just want to perfect them. I’ve also got a new floor routine.” Through two intrasquad meets, Jackson said she feels four or five

spots have been solidified in each apparatus for the Tigers’ lineups. Breaux said the upperclassmen have been competing well, but she is worried about the middle of the lineup for her team. “The depth of our team is going to have to come from kids with little or no experience,” Breaux said. “As they gain experience and confidence, the team is going to get better and better.” But the future is looking bright for the Tigers, as both Breaux and Hubbard said they have been impressed with how well the freshmen have been competing early in fall practice. “The freshmen are progressing well,” Hubbard said. “We have awesome freshmen that are meshing well with the team. It’s all a new experience for them, but they are doing a great job of pushing through it.” Contact Andy Schwehm at



Team to compete in dual Lady Tigers to travel to Boston Team to play on meets this weekend LSU to take on Alabama, FSU By Katherine Terrell Sports Contributor

Two LSU teams will be in Tuscaloosa this weekend, but one will be taking the pool instead of the gridiron. The LSU swimming and diving teams will face Alabama at 3 p.m. today. Following the meet, they’ll get back on the bus and head east to Tallahassee, Fla., for a dual meet against Florida State at 1 p.m. tomorrow. The teams left at 9 a.m. Thursday and will spend a lot of time on the road during the next few days. “As soon as we finish ’Bama, we’re getting on the bus, and we’re driving straight to Tallahassee,” Junior Clint Hallum said. “We’re hoping to get there by 1 a.m. for a midday meet against FSU.” Hallum said the team knows it will be a tough two days, so two things are necessary for this weekend. “First, we’re not holding back against Alabama, our first meet on Friday,” Hallum said. “We have to go all out in every event we’re swimming because we’re going to have to do that to win. If we’re not 100 percent against ‘Bama we’re going to run the risk of losing that meet.” Hallum said the second thing the team needs to do this weekend is to properly recover and warm down from each event. “We’re going to spend a lot of time on the road,” Hallum said. “We need to do all of the necessary

steps so that each time we’re on the blocks, we’re 100 percent recovered and ready to swim.” Hallum said the team swam double meets his freshman year. “I remember it’s tough, and we didn’t respond as well as we should have ... in that second meet,” Hallum said. Hallum said he hopes the upperclassmen can use experiences from that meet to help the underclassmen. Contact Katherine Terrell at

indoor courts By Sean Isabella Sports Contributor

There is an adage that reads, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.” After winning two individual single titles earlier in the year at the Hoosier Classic in Indiana, the LSU women’s tennis team will push for a strong finish in its last tournament of the fall season today at the Harvard Invitational in Boston, Mass. The Lady Tigers’ four freshmen will get their first look at indoor courts this season, as the four-team

tournament begins with doubles competition at 9 a.m., followed by singles action. Harvard, Cornell and Brown — all members of the Ivy League — will compete with LSU in the three-day, round robin tournament. This weekend will serve as a checkpoint for LSU women’s coach Tony Minnis’ squad, with the indoor season beginning in January. “It helps from a recruiting standpoint when you’re recruiting kids in the [Northeast] area and also helps get experience playing indoor tennis because we’re going to face that a lot in the early part of the spring season,” Minnis said. “Hopefully it will serve both purposes well.” LSU started hot in September

as senior Nicole Kantor and freshman Ebie Wilson took home singles trophies in Indiana, winning the Flight 1 and Flight 3 Championships, respectively. Wilson and fellow freshman Kaitlin Burns’ play has impressed Minnis.. “Everybody has made some really nice strides,” Minnis said. “But they played pretty well considering it’s their first semester.” The duo has only a combined singles record of 7-10 in the fall, but Minnis likes the effort and the way the pair has been competing.

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“He’s the type of guy you don’t want to play against,” said Alabama senior defensive back Javier Arenas. “That’s what his mindset is — make the other guy quit and not want to play against him anymore.” LSU senior defensive tackle Charles Alexander said Ingram is a “hell of a runner.” “The more I see him run, he reminds me of a player that once played here — Alley Broussard,” Alexander said. Ingram said one of his personal goals was to rush for 1,000 yards this season. He’s already accomplished that goal even with four games left on the schedule.

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played eight or nine games since then, and it looks like both teams are better. These two teams have developed into traditional rivals — usually it’s either us or them to win the [SEC] West.” That assessment seems fitting. LSU’s win against Auburn was the first of a three-game Auburn losing streak, but Auburn has won five of its last six games heading into tonight’s match. “We are playing LSU, and they are a very dangerous team with a very offensive attack,” said Auburn sophomore midfielder

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Even though the team is preparing as if it’s the postseason, the Tigers realize there are still regular season goals left to accomplish. One of those goals, winning the Southeastern Conference Western Division championship, can be reached with one more SEC victory. “The first goal we can reach is winning the West,” Flory said. “You have to win the West before you can have a chance to win the overall conference championship.” LSU will face an Ole Miss squad Friday night that has been reeling as of late. The Rebels have not won a match since a 3-0 victory against Arkansas on Oct. 14. The Tigers have also won five consecutive matches against the Rebels, including a 3-0 win in the PMAC earlier this season. But Flory said Ole Miss is a better team than its record indicates. “We have a lot of respect for Ole Miss,” Flory said. “They’ve struggled recently, but they’ve had just a rash of injuries throughout the season. From what I hear, though, their team will be back in tact for this weekend.” This weekend, the Rebels will see the return of sophomore outside hitter Katie Norris. Norris has been out for the past two weeks with an ankle injury. Sunday afternoon, LSU will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on Arkansas.




“All you can do is try to make improvements,” Ingram said. “You can never be satisfied — you’ve got to try and get better.” Alabama junior linebacker Rolando McClain said facing Ingram in practice is not too bad but not because Ingram does not give his best

effort. “We have somewhat of an agreement — I won’t try to kill him every time I hit him, and he won’t try to run me over,” McClain joked. Ingram has rushed for 1,004 yards, including a game where he tallied 246 yards on the ground with just 24 carries against South Carolina. He was also the Tide’s leading receiver in the 20-6 victory Oct. 17 with two catches for 23 yards. Ingram has tallied the secondmost rushing yards in the Southeastern Conference, and his eight touchdowns are good enough for second in the league. Ingram also averages 6.6 yards per carry. Alabama senior offensive lineman Mike Johnson said he believes

Ingram’s ability to break tackles is why he has been able to gain so many yards on every carry. “It’s really a treat to block for guys like that,” Johnson said. “We’re not going to be able to block everybody. The running backs have got to be responsible for one or two guys down the field.” Alexander said the Tigers are focusing on Ingram’s ability to break tackles. “We’ve just got to go out there, wrap him up, tackle him and bring him down,” Alexander said. “You can’t go out there and arm-tackle Mark Ingram. He’ll run straight through you.” Ingram’s play has Alabama tied for the conference lead with 17

rushing touchdowns. Though he’s had his name mentioned in Heisman talks, Johnson said the running back has stayed grounded. “He’s getting a lot of attention this year, and the attention is warranted,” Johnson said. “He’s a great player, and he’s just been a pleasure to block for. Nothing has gone to his head.” Ingram said he would vote for McClain for the Heisman. McClain said he’d vote give his Heisman vote to Ingram or Florida senior quarterback Tim Tebow.

Katy Frierson. “We have to match them. We have to play with the same intensity we have had in the last three games.” Auburn notched its first goal just three minutes into Wednesday’s match against Ole Miss. Auburn freshman forward Mary Coffed and sophomore midfielder Julie King both found the net off assists from Frierson, who leads the team with 10. “One of our keys to the game was to come out early and come out strong with a lot of physicality. It was really important to get on the board first,” Coffed said. “We like to get the ball up the

field as fast as we can. Katy gave me a perfect cross, and I was able to place it far post, so lots of the credit goes to Katy.” LSU has taken an easy approach to the showdown, even with a two-game semifinal losing streak on the line. Lee said some players caught a movie Thursday, while other caught up on school work. “We had a good little training session,” Lee said. “Some of the players are studying, some are going to the movies, and we have a study hall tonight.” A win tonight would send LSU into uncharted territory —

the SEC tournament final. The Tigers have dropped their last two semifinal appearances to the tournament’s eventual champion — Florida in 2007 and Tennessee in 2008. Lee said a tournament

championship would come as nice consolation after finishing just short of the regular season championship.

The Razorbacks are another struggling team and have lost five of their last six matches, but they are not playing as if their season is lost. “[Arkansas] feels like if they win out they have a chance to be in the NCAA tournament,” Flory said. “Those kinds of teams can be dangerous.” Following last weekend’s performances against Auburn and Georgia, LSU senior middle blocker Brittnee Cooper was named the Collegiate Volleyball Update National Player of the Week.

Cooper has recorded 287 kills this season. Her hitting percentage is .384, and she averages 1.39 blocks per set, which ranks No. 14 nationally. “I was very surprised to hear I won the award,” Cooper said. “My teammates helped me out a lot. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have won that honor.”

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Capra’s ‘Mr. Smith’ remains relevant 70 years later To protest the dearth of available options at the multiplex, I decided to raid the vault and watch one of those highly touted films from way back. I ended up seeing director Frank Capra’s 1939 film “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” “Mr. Smith” is a Washingtonthemed morality play starring Senator Jefferson Smith (James Stewart) fighting for good and Senator Harrison Paine (Claude Rains) batting for evil. The film opens as the credits roll to the strains of “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” and “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.” The first shot is a close-up of a reporter yelling into a phone, “Senator Samuel Fuller is dead.” The next shot shows Paine waking up the governor, who in turn calls on Jim Taylor, his political boss, for advice. The third and fourth scenes already expose the balance of power in the state. The governor is in bed, while Taylor is cashing chips with his friends. The Masters of the

Universe do not sleep. Paine had snuck in a bill to build a state dam on private land. Taylor owned the land and planned to sell it to the state once the bill was passed. Counting on the political naiveté of Smith, the governor appointed him to the office. Unfortunately, even the best laid plans of men are nuked by mere Freke Ette Columnist chance. Smith also wants to use that same piece of land for a Boy Scouts recreation park. These competing interests set up a magnetic political conflict which will resonate with even today’s audiences. The main reason the film retains its power is superb acting by Stewart and Rains. Stewart, as seen in “Vertigo” and “Rear Window,” usually played the average man

laboring with impotence, who hides an undercurrent of steel beneath the “aw-shucks” demeanor. But never had this tension been put to greater effect than in his metamorphosis from neophyte to quick-witted orator. Rains provides able opposition with his depiction of Paine. As an idealist who had yields to corruption and the influences of power in Washington, we watch him ditch his nobility and enter the senatorial ring like the seasoned gladiator he is. “Mr. Smith” gushes with sincerity and bromides like “a man must stand for his ideals regardless of the opposition” or “one man is capable of making a change.” But is that the behavior we expect in our politicians? While all fights are important, not all are worth dying for. The prudent politician knows the difference, which is why he argues for compromise (partisans of all stripes will disagree with that assessment).

It seems Capra’s veneration of ideals fosters quietism among the populace. “I won’t run for public office, lest I be corrupted,” says one person. His neighbor replies, “I won’t vote. Those people in Washington are beholden to special interests.” But in truth, we are all special interests. The film also exposes the difficulty of identifying the opposition in a democracy. During his filibuster, Smith promises to vacate the floor if the people of his state tell him to do so. Several baskets of mail urging him to quit are brought to Senate, but he doesn’t back down. One could argue the people’s voices were stifled by the political machine and if they were allowed to express their opinion it would be in Smith’s favor. Even if that were granted, it leaves me wondering how we could tell the difference. We watch the news and read about the Tea Partiers rising to take their country back. These groups claim

to know the pulse of the country, but how can we tell they aren’t simply a vocal minority? Not much has changed from President Bush’s transition to President Obama’s. Is it possible these protests are simply fevers stoked by invisible puppet masters like Jim Taylor? So some might disagree, like I do, with the thesis presented by “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” But 70 years after its release, the fact we are still thrilled by its David v. Goliath struggle and elated by the success of the underdog is a testament to how a film can transcend the milieu in which it was made. Freke Ette is a political theory graduate student from Uyo, Nigeria. You can follow him on Twitter @TDR_fette

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Louisiana should consolidate its college systems Massachusetts, Maryland, Colorado, Connecticut and New Jersey all have two things in common. First, none of them have a college football program ranked in the top 25. Second, 33 percent or more of each state’s population 25 years or older have a bachelor’s degree as of 2006. These states are, respectively, the top 5 in the nation for this statistic. The statistics could be affected by college graduates who move into or out of the states, but they are still reflective of the knowledge possessed by large portions of the states’ populations. College degrees are becoming more and more important in this day and age. After all, knowledge is power, right? I would make a joke about where you think Louisiana might fall in these rankings, but everyone knows our state has a well-deserved terrible reputation when it comes to education. The great state of Louisiana places 45th on this list. Surprising, right? I expected 50th, too, but we can’t forget Kentucky, Mississippi, Arkansas or West Virginia. What’s my point? Louisiana needs a drastic change. Why? If Louisiana wants to compete with states like Massachusetts, its universities need to produce more and

better college graduates, according to the National Governors’ Associations’ Center for Best Practices. I’m assuming the majority of the population doesn’t want to be poor or dumb. In working on improving anything, one commonly uses a successful example as a model. In this practice, Louisiana fails with a passion. These top states have one, uno, un, eins, state university or college system. Louisiana has three: the University of Louisiana, Louisiana State University and Southern University Systems. In August, State Treasurer John Kennedy recommended to the Commission on Streamlining Government the state eliminate all three systems and defer jurisdiction of the systems to the Louisiana Board of Regents. A bunch of bureaucratic discussion ensued, and the Chair of the commission deemed the recommendation inappropriate to the focus of the commission. He said the Postsecondary Education Review Commission (PERC) already exists, and the move would be under its scope for examination. The minutes of the PERC sessions following the treasurer’s recommendation have not yet been released, but the agendas for the


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meetings are available. It mentions discussion of recommendations, but the press release from the session indicates no progress of the concept. I can only speculate about why politicians want to maintain the administrative nightmare that is Louisiana’s three higher education systems. Matthew It could Lousteau be Louisiana is Columnist full of cultures “steeped in tradition,” and the universities around the state represent the inability of their “old, traditional” communities to change. Maybe it’s just because Louisiana is “slow” when it comes to progress. We’ve all seen what happens to the “slow” gazelles on Animal Planet — cheetah snacks. It could be possible the ugly race monster has reared its head because one of the systems is composed of historically black colleges and universities. I’d like to think race plays the role in 2009 equivalent to that of Paris Hilton in life, but I know better than to be so naïve.

Consolidating the school systems would enable the Board of Regents to raise the standards of lacking Louisiana universities. The schools that can’t meet the standards would lose state funding which would provide spare money to spread around to the thriving universities. Congress needs to put higher education on the forefront of its discussions, not pass it around between different committees and commissions, or Louisiana will remain in the lower ranks of any of statistic worth mentioning.

Louisianians need to get smart if they want an economically competitive state. The first step is consolidation, so contact your representatives and “recommend” it. Matthew Lousteau is a 20-yearold mechanical engineering junior from LaPlace. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_mlousteau.

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WEB COMMENTS Those commenting on our Web site,, have had a lot to say about the columns appearing in The Daily Reveille this week. Commenters had this to say about opinion editor Matthew Albright’s Nov. 2 column, “Vatican, Catholic priests should stop being politicians”: “I wish you would understand this is about eternal salvation not something so insignificant as politics. I pray you will come to repent and beg for God’s mercy.” -Andrew “What Mr. Albright does not seem to realize is that the Vatican was actually responding to a request made by a large number of disaffected Anglicans, who said “we want in.” For example, the Wikipedia entry for the Traditional Anglican Communion mentions them making such a request back in 2007. So this is far from being a sinister plot hatched in Rome to take advantage of Anglicanism in its weakened state one could argue that Rome actually took its time before giving its answer. And given that these requests were coming from all over the world, it is quite normal that they were handled at a universal (i.e. papal) level. Mr. Albright portrays this as a plot to gain numbers for the Catholic Church. This argument is not credible: even if 500,000 people were to come over under this provision, that represents less than 1% of the global Anglican population, and 0.05% of the global Roman Catholic population. Not much of a growth curve there. The real interest in this story, one that is much more positive, is that the proposed new structure will mean the formal inclusion of the Anglican spiritual heritage in the wider Roman Catholic family.” -Father Thomas Dowd

Opinion but only in terms of cost and resources and how they affect our planet, as if they were a problem to be dealt with. You need to get your head out of your ass and see the truth: Children are human beings, not numbers on a chart. What’s wrong with a man having more than two children? Nothing. What’s wrong with birth control? It deliberately prevents a life from being created because it is deemed “inconvenient” or may cause more carbon emissions according to your article. Your “unique angle” does not treat people as human beings, rather it portrays us as animals that cause problems for the planet. Once we think of ourselves as expendable, we’re already doomed, and it wont be because of global warming or carbon emissions, it will come from our own selfishness and refusal to recognize human lives as lives.” -Wade

could be allotted to reducing our carbon footprint...” -Cain Chiasson

“Mr Shull, What you are suggesting is an infringement on my rights to have as many children as I can support. I think the issue should be putting a stop to people who have chidren they cannot support i.e. welfare babies... If the government regulated its financing of government supported children better then there would be a surplus of extra money that

“Last time I checked, business negations required a knowledge of diplomacy, competency in written English and/or foreign languages, etc., which you learn about in supposedly useless classes. Don’t fool yourselves by thinking your ability to play beer pong well will prepare you ‘socially’ for the business world. College is not high school. “So-

Commenters had this to say about columnist Stephen Schmitz’s Nov. 2 column, “All that partying you’re doing really will help you”: “If drunken idiocy can be a satisfactory - even superior - substitute for stimulating the mind (as opposed to the gag reflex), then God help us all. Those with 2.9 GPAs may have social and networking skills, but they contribute nothing at all to the betterment of society. Having a job doesn’t necessarily make you an asset to the world at large. There is nothing wrong with having some fun, but the degree to which LSU students party (and party hard) is appalling and has little to do with future job prospects.” -Publius

cialization” is NOT the objective of higher education. Just because others choose to study on a Friday night does not mean that they are by extension ‘judging you’ because they have other priorities. Finally, the Baton Rouge nightlife scene is atrocious, and most students who have been to places outside of East Baton Rouge parish realize they aren’t missing anything.” -Samuel Gipson Wilson Commenters had this to say about columnist Daniel Morgan’s Nov. 4 column, “Overseas troops are not protecting your freedom”: “As a veteran who has fought on both fronts I will say that you do have the right to say what you want when you want. Now after saying that, you are very wrong. You haven’t the slightest idea of what we do, but if you don’t think we protect the interests of this country then move. See how free the rest of the world lives. Better yet, enlist in the service and find out for yourself the truth of how we deal everyday life so you can sit and whine about how bad your day is.” -Z “I believe you should read some history to go with your


economics courses if you truly want to learn how soldiers fighting overseas and on our soil have given their lives for your freedom.” -Joe Vergo “This is absolute garbage. You can criticize the military without insulting the troops, and you can disagree with the military’s policies without disrespecting the men and women who risk their lives fighting overseas. This is absolute garbage. You can criticize the military without insulting the troops, and you can disagree with the military’s policies without disrespecting the men and women who risk their lives fighting overseas.” -meg All the columns that appear in the Daily Reveille can also be found on our Web site, Every column and article you find in our print edition is available online and is open for comments. So log on today, and let your opinions be known!

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“About 1% of the American population is Anglican/Episcopalian. Even if every single one of them entered the Catholic Church, it would have less effect on the US Catholic population than the annual Hispanic immigration from across the border. Why are Protestant and secular sources so upset about such a miniscule event? Perhaps they don’t like the fact that the Catholic Church is right, is generous, and is available seven days a week to receive anyone back into the arms of Christ.” -Thomas Kellmeyer Commenters had this to say about columnist Nathan Shull’s Nov. 2 column, “Families having too many children should be taxed”: “Mr. Shull, obviously you do not think of children as children,

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LSU sophomore cornerback Patrick Peterson tackles Florida sophomore running back Jeffrey Demps on Oct. 10 during the Tigers’ 13-3 loss to the Gators in Tiger Stadium.

threat, and he’s going to come out full stride this last stretch.” best secondary in the country,” PeAnother wide receiver LSU terson said. “His potential will have to contend with Saturday is good, but come Saturday I don’t is sophomore Marquis Maze. Maze think it will happen.” leads Alabama with 15 catches for Jones, who has caught 20 passes 280 yards and two touchdowns. for 229 yards and one touchdown this LSU junior cornerback Jai Euseason, did not play in Alabama’s gene said Maze brings a different game against North Texas on Sept. force to the receiving corps than 19, but Alabama coach Nick Saban Jones. said the Crimson “Maze is more Tide’s second-leadof a deep threat ing receiver is back than Julio,” Eugene to his normal self. said. “Julio is a bit “Julio [Jones] stronger and runs a was hurt earlier lot of comebacks ... in the season and I know they have played a couple of a run game, but as games where he corners we play wasn’t 100 perpass first.” Patrick Peterson cent,” Saban said Alabama seLSU sophomore cornerback in a teleconference. nior left guard Mike “The last game against Tennessee Johnson said he could not emphasize and with the bye week, he’s 100 per- enough the importance of a diverse cent healthy, playing faster and more offensive attack, especially against a confident. He’s a guy that needs to top-10 team like LSU. make plays for us.” “One of the goals we had comAlabama senior kick returner ing into the year was to have more Javier Arenas said Jones’ best foot- explosive plays, especially in the ball is still ahead. passing game,” Johnson said. “We “People scheme to try and shut had a lot of explosive plays and playhim down, and with an injury, that action down the field early in the can be tough for a player as far as year, and we’ve got to get back to being competitive out there,” Arenas that. There is a lot to be said about said. “He’s always been the same SEC defenses that can come in and stop the pass.” Saban said the Alabama wide receivers against the LSU secondary will be a “key matchup” Saturday. “LSU has a really good secondary, very athletic,” Saban said. “They have two really nice size, good physical safeties. They play a lot of close coverage, and our guys are going to have to get away from them and give the quarterback an opportunity to throw the ball.” The LSU defense ranks No. 4 in the country in red-zone defense, allowing opponents to score on 14 of 21 opportunities this season. The Alabama offense is tied for No. 46 nationally in red-zone offense, converting on 32 of 38 trips — 16 touchdowns and 16 field goals. LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis described Alabama’s offense as “very complicated,” with several personnel packages LSU has to be prepared to face. “Their offense doesn’t just line up and get three yards and a pile of dust,” Chavis said. “They’ve got a tailback that can carry the load and great receivers who are good enough that if you load the box on them, then you’re going to pay the price outside.”

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