CARLOTTA Block party to be held, Friday, Oct. 30 this year, page 9.
Men and women’s basketball teams hold media days in preparation for upcoming fall practice, page 5.
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Huey P. Long’s legacy, impact still linger By Mary Walker Baus Staff Writer
Larger, louder and Long-er. These words emulate the theme of Huey Pierce Long’s reign as governor and senator of Louisiana, Kingﬁsh to the people and self-proclaimed father of the University. “Huey viewed LSU as politically useful to him,” said Paul Hoffman, a history professor sanctioned by the University to study it “He was showing that if a poor state like Louisiana can have a good university with open access and a lot of support for students who can’t afford to go because of the depression, [then] that ﬁt in with his larger political agenda.” “HIS” UNIVERSITY Long was elected governor of LouiLONG, see page 15
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Kennedy’s merge suggestion rejected By Kyle Bove Senior Staff Writer
Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy said he has already received calls from multiple legislators in support of his college board consolidation plan, despite a panel looking for ways to cut government ‘The spending rejectchairman’s ing it Tuesday. “It’s a action bump in the undermines road,” Kennedy the purpose said. The Comof the mission on S t r e a m l i n - commission.’ ing Govern- John Kennedy ment voted 8-1 La. treasurer against debating Kennedy’s suggestion to abolish the governing boards of the LSU, University of Louisiana and Southern University systems. LSU’s governing board is called the LSU Board of Supervisors. Kennedy, a member of the commission, wants all public fouryear universities in Louisiana governed by the state Board of Regents to exist without independent oversight boards. He said this will ease the battle between colleges for state funding and increase efﬁciency. The panel is putting together a HIGHER ED, see page 19
Tutorial center opens in Middleton New location smaller, more centralized By Olga Kourilova Contributing Writer
A new tutoring center occupies the space where reference stacks used to stand in the back of 141 Middleton Library. The grand opening took place Wednesday at 9 a.m. About 200 students come in daily for tutoring, said Susan Saale, Center for
Academic Success academic support coordinator. Most students come for help in math, she said. The new location serves to replace one of the previous centers in 236 Coates. The CAS will continue to maintain the Nicholson and Allen hall locations. “We’re ﬁnally getting out of the basement,” said Melissa Brocato, CAS director. Student Government helped during negotiations for the space and helped to collect funding, Brocato said. The Middleton Library location will also stay open late — until 9 p.m. on
Wednesdays — and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays, Saale said. Tutoring is available in math, chemistry, physics and foreign languages including Latin, Spanish, Italian and French. Funding for the center came from private donations and deans of various colleges on campus, said Jamie Segar, director of development at the Division of Student Life. Approximately 70 students work as tutors for the CAS. Tutors can apply by ﬁlling out an online application and are CENTER, see page 19
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Shane Chang, electrical engineering junior, helps Joanna Thomas, biology freshman, with school work Tuesday in the newly-opened Center for Academic Success tutoring center.
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Nation & World
Unification Church marries 45,000 in global mass wedding
Obama says he’s looking at any way to create jobs
ASAN, South Korea (AP) — It was his wedding day, but Choi In-seok admitted to a twinge of nervousness Wednesday about spending the rest of his life with the woman handpicked for him by the Uniﬁcation Church. The 34-year-old was among 45,000 people worldwide who took part in a mass wedding that was the largest in a decade.
SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) — Standing at the site of a highway project funded by his economic stimulus plan, President Obama said Wednesday he is committed to exploring all avenues to create jobs. Obama said his administration is going to keep going until “every single American in this country who’s looking for work is going to be able to get the kind of wellpaying job that supports their families.” “We are moving in the right direction,” he said.
Russian gay activist expresses disappointment in Clinton MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s leading gay activist said Wednesday he was disappointed that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with a foe of gay rights during her trip to Russia and did not decry homophobia in Russia. Clinton attended a ceremony at Moscow State University with Russian ofﬁcials including Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who has blocked all attempts to make gay pride marches in Moscow.
PepsiCo iPhone application draws fire for stereotyping women MILWAUKEE (AP) — PepsiCo Inc. is facing criticism for an iPhone application that promises to help men “score” with two dozen stereotypes of women by giving users pickup lines and a scoreboard to keep track of their conquests.
An apology by the company — which is using the app “Amp up before you score” to market its Amp energy drink — is igniting more online criticism. But the company is sticking by the app. The free application, released last week, was still available Wednesday morning. NC church plans to burn Bibles, Christian books on Halloween CANTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina pastor says his church plans to burn Bibles and books by Christian authors on Halloween to light a ﬁre under true believers. Pastor Marc Grizzard told Asheville TV station WLOS the King James version of the Bible is the only one his small western North Carolina church follows. He says all other versions, such as the Living Bible, are “satanic” and “perversions” of God’s word. They also will burn music and books by Christian authors.
A weary, hopeful New Orleans awaits Obama’s visit
PSC won’t push change to ‘Do Not Call’ law
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Subrina McCrary believes President Obama can support New Orleans’ recovery from Hurricane Katrina by creating more jobs and helping build better schools. What she doesn’t want is Obama using her Lower 9th Ward neighborhood as just another photo op. On Thursday, Obama makes his ﬁrst visit to the city since becoming president, and McCrary’s community will be one of the stops. She lives on Flood Street, in a neighborhood at the epicenter of Katrina’s devastation. The area was inundated by the torrent of water that poured through levees when the hurricane struck in August 2005. “We need a lot of stuff around here,” McCrary, 43, said from her largely desolate street near the Dr. King Charter School the president will visit.
(AP) — State utility regulators refused Wednesday to ask the Louisiana Legislature to change state law to ban debt collectors from calling people on the “Do Not Call” list. Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta was pushing for the change, saying the debt collection calls can become harassing and intimidating.
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Manship gets positive review from accreditation team Many strengths, few weaknesses in report By Nate Monroe Contributing Writer
The Manship School of Mass Communication received a positive scorecard from an accreditation team that scrutinized the school throughout the week, Manship School Dean John Hamilton announced on Wednesday night. Team members from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication found the school complied with all its standards for accreditation — a good indication the school will receive reaccreditation later this year. The AEJMC requires accreditation evaluations every six years. “This accreditation team was the most demanding I’ve seen,” Hamilton said. “That makes this [positive report] doubly impressive.”
But Hamilton was insistent the report was a draft — which doesn’t guarantee the school’s reaccreditation. A ﬁnal report will arrive next month, and the AEJMC Accrediting Council will make a ﬁnal decision on reaccreditation in April. Hamilton said it’s unusual for the council to vote against the recommendation made in the report, but “things could happen,” he said. “This was very welcome news,” said Joe Coussan, mass communication College Council president. “I’m very proud of the student effort.” The report highlights several strengths in the undergraduate program, like “an astute and effective dean” and “a mix of seasoned veteran professors and young professors, who appear collegial, student-oriented and productive researchers.” The report did ﬁnd two weaknesses with the undergraduate program — a heavy expectation for new professors which could inhibit
their pursuit toward tenure and “a curriculum that leaves little room for electives and may not serve all concentrations as effectively as it could.” But Hamilton stressed the school remained in compliance with all AEJMC standards despite the weaknesses. Another part of the accreditation process involved meetings with students to ﬁeld compliments or concerns with the Manship School. “Students praise the high expectations placed on them by faculty and the ‘real world’ experiences provided in the upper division courses,” the report said about a meeting with advertising students. As with the strength and weakness summary, the student input in the report primarily reﬂected a positive attitude toward the school, though there were some complaints. “Students feel ‘behind’ in their knowledge of and ability to apply
Film sparks debate on sexism Forum discusses women in hip-hop By Emily Holden Contributing Writer
Disapproving nods and whispered “nuh-uhs” were the quietest reactions to a documentary shown in the African American Cultural Center Wednesday night. The ﬁlm, “Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes,” examined sexism, masculinity and homophobia in the hip-hop world and featured interviews with prominent rappers. The Black Student Union organized the ﬁlm-viewing and forum in conjunction with the Women’s Center’s annual Gender on Film series. Jared Clemons, BSU co-chair of education, said the documentary focuses on an often-overlooked social issue. “It’s something that doesn’t really receive enough discussion,” Clemons said. “Enough dialogue hasn’t been opened up about it.” The forum featured a discussion with two panelists: Jas Sullivan, assistant professor of African and African American Studies, and Rasheedah Jenkins, a former graduate assistant in the department. One section of the ﬁlm explored the adverse reaction at Spelman College in 2004 to Nelly’s “Tip Drill” video, in which the rapper swipes a credit card down a woman’s mostly bare backside. Students at the womenonly college protested the video when Nelly made plans to visit the school to sponsor a charity event to increase bone marrow
“accepted” images of women donation. Many in the crowd of about represented in the media. Ray James, political science 60 students at the forum agreed the way a woman dresses af- junior, said disrespect of women extends outside the fects the level hip-hop commuof respect she nity to society as a receives. Sulliwhole. van said, in his “It’s society,” personal opinJames said. “It’s not ion, all women just rap or black peoshould be reple degrading black spected. people.” “It’s not The forum bemy decision to gan with a focus on judge or catsexism but quickly egorize somespiraled into a conone for the way versation about the they look,” he media’s ability to said. cultivate racial steThe ﬁlm Shauntae Joseph reotypes. showed clips biology senior “I’m a progresof men gropsive black woman,” ing women and calling them “bitches” for wear- Littlejohn said. “I’m gonna be ing skimpy bikinis at Black En- something. I’m gonna be sometertainment Television’s Spring body. And just because people Bling. The video segment in- see nigga and black and ignorant cluded a section describing the as synonymous doesn’t mean difference between “sisters and that’s what I am.” The next installation of the bitches.” Shauntae Joseph, biology Gender on Film series is from 6 senior, said women are treated p.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 19 at the differently depending on how Women’s Center. they carry themselves. She said she has attended parties where women sing along to songs that Contact Emily Holden at call them negative names. email@example.com “We’re rapping the whole song, calling ourselves bitches and hoes,” Joseph said. “So how are we gonna get mad at the man who’s saying it when we’re saying it ourselves?” Kiara Littlejohn, biochemistry freshman, said some women see other women getting attention for dressing and acting a certain way in music videos and emulate that appearance. Sullivan said society must work to eliminate these
‘We’re rapping the whole song, calling ourselves bitches and hoes. So how are we gonna get mad at the man ... when we’re saying it ourselves?’
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John Hamilton, Manship School of Mass Communication dean, discusses the results of the accreditation process Wednesday afternoon in the D. Jensen Holliday Forum.
advertising principles to the digital world,” the report said. Hamilton said he is conﬁdent the school satisﬁes the two most important skills for mass communications students — to develop good writing and critical thinking — despite the complaints about
the curriculum. Students will be able to view the ﬁnal report when it comes out next month, Hamilton said. Contact Nate Monroe at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Homecoming court Funds allotted for conference genre leads eligibility expanded Rock Groovin’ survey LSU prepares for 100-year celebration By Ryan Buxton Staff Writer
As the University prepares to celebrate its 100th Homecoming, the Homecoming Court is expanding eligibility requirements to include members from all classifications. Amelia Burns, chair of the Homecoming Committee, said this year’s events will be beefed up to mark the 100th anniversary. “The whole thing is a 100year celebration, and everything is bigger,” Burns said. “But the biggest difference this year is the court.” Homecoming Court eligibility has been limited to juniors and seniors in the past. But only 12 credit hours are required to apply this year, opening the court to freshmen and sophomores, said Katelyn Leonard, chair of the Homecoming Court Committee. “We need a spotlight not only on seniors,” Leonard said. “We have freshmen, sophomores and juniors who have done amazing things they need to be spotlighted for.” Hannah Larkin, accounting sophomore, said having members of her class on the Homecoming Court would probably make her pay more attention to the court. “It makes things more open, and more people will probably apply because they want that recognition,” Larkin said. Megan McAdams, kinesiology sophomore, said court membership should be left to upperclassmen because they have been at the University longer and have had more time to get involved. “I would let a junior or senior get it before me,” McAdams said. Classifications will be kept in mind while applicants are being judged, Burns said. “A freshman isn’t going to be judged against a senior’s involvement,” Burns said. “They’ve only been here 12 hours.” Seniors are still the only
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applicants eligible for king and queen, Leonard said. “Since this is such a big change, we wanted to keep the tradition that senior court members are eligible for king and queen,” Leonard said. Another change is student voting on the court will be limited to choosing the king and queen, Burns said. Students voted on all members of the court in the past. This year’s court will have 14 members, Leonard said, including three senior couples, two junior couples, one sophomore couple and one freshman couple. Full-time students are eligible for Homecoming Court if they have at least 12 credit hours, a 2.5 GPA in the last regular semester and a 2.5 GPA overall. Applications are available online at www.homecoming.lsu. edu and are due Oct. 19. Contact Ryan Buxton at email@example.com
By Xerxes A. Wilson Staff Writer
The Student Government Senate allocated $2,365.55 Wednesday from its contingency fund to pay for airfare for eight members of the National Association of Women MBAs to go to a conference in California. There were almost two hours of debate on the bill in its original form because some senators felt the students attending the conference were doing it as a personal privilege. “This is — as they have honestly said — a networking convention,” said Sen. Amanda Gammon, College of Arts and Sciences. “They are going to learn to build résumés ... They can do those things here.” Initially, the Senate Finance Committee set the allocation in the bill to $2,365.55. After some debate, an amendment was passed temporarily increasing the amount to $3,322.55. The focus of the debate then turned to the percentage the increased amount would take from the Senate Contingency Fund. “If it were up to me, I would pay for the whole trip,” said Sen. Cody Wells, University Center for Freshman Year. “But we only have a limited amount of money.” The Senate settled on allocating the original $2,365.55, which is about 10 percent of the Senate’s contingency fund, Senate Speaker Tyler Martin said. SG Director of Student
Outreach Melissa Guidry said as of Wednesday afternoon, SG had received more than 4,200 responses to the Groovin’ survey since Monday. Guidry said rock was selected by 45 percent of students as their genre preference. Groovin’ organizers will seek a headlining act that corresponds with the winning genre when the survey closes Friday. Guidry also said 53 percent of students voted “no” to country music for the headlining act. The Senate also voiced its support for the creation of an equine science program under the animal science degree program. Gary Hay, School of Animal Science interim director, said a concentration that focuses on equine health care, physiology and nutrition is being considered. Hay said the program makes sense for the flagship institution because the equine industry is the second largest animal industry in Louisiana. Financial constrictions are the
biggest hurdle for the program. “At some point, we will try to institute a riding program,” Hay said. “We would like to get to the point one day where we would have horses on campus for students to ride and offer riding classes.” The Senate also introduced the position of Sergeant at Arms as an officer of the Senate. The Sergeant of Arms’ duty will primarily be to maintain order in the Senate chamber. Multiple times during each meeting, the speaker of the Senate is forced to bang his gavel to either bring order to the Senate or to quiet onlookers in the back of the Senate chamber. Senate Speaker Tyler Martin co-authored the bill and said having a person in the chamber to ask for quiet will help transact business in a more timely manner. Contact Xerxes A. Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Return to the ’MAC Tasmin Mitchell
2009 All-SEC First Team
2009 SEC All-Freshman Team
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2009 All-Louisiana Second Team
2009 All-SEC First Team
Tigers return two starters, set to start title defense
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Hightower returns after record-setting season
The LSU men’s basketball team received The 2009 SEC Coach of the Year and his its 2009 Southeastern Conference champion- team met with media Tuesday with the start of ship rings just two weeks ago, but LSU coach fall practice looming this Friday. The season Trent Johnson doesn’t want to hear about it. begins Nov. 13, and LSU has a little less than “In a perfect world, we a month to answer a lot of would’ve gotten them the questions about the upcomBy David Helman day after we played, and they ing campaign. Sports Writer would’ve been able to enjoy it The Tigers lost three for a week in April and that’s it,” Johnson said. starters from last season’s 27-8 SEC champi“I told them to wear it for two weeks and come onship team, including SEC Player of the Year Oct. 16, I don’t want to see them.” Marcus Thornton, all of whom are playing
LSU senior guard Allison Hightower is Hightower and sophomore forward LaSondra “not human when it comes to basketball work- Barrett to be successful. outs.” “When your best player is your hardest LSU coach Van Chancellor described the worker, you have a shot to win,” Chancellor 2009 First-Team All-Southsaid. “We’ll be in the mix [in By Rachel Whittaker eastern Conference member the SEC], but where we’ll and 2010 National Player of be will depend on finding a Chief Sports Writer the Year candidate with those third scorer.” words Wednesday at LSU basketball media As far as who that third scorer might be, day, and he said the Lady Tigers will need Chancellor listed a few possible options. to establish another scoring threat to go with “That’s a tough question,” Chancellor
TIGERS, see page 14
LADY TIGERS, see page 14
Sheppard, Riley high points in disappointing loss Linebackers step up against Gators By Jarred LeBlanc Sports Contributor
The LSU football team took few positives from Saturday’s 13-3 loss to Florida in Tiger Stadium. But the play of two LSU linebackers — junior Kelvin Sheppard and senior Perry Riley — was hard to miss. In what was arguably the
biggest game of the season for the Tigers at this point, the two linebackers stepped up and displayed their best performances of the season against Florida’s high-powered spread offense. Sheppard and Riley finished the game with 13 and 12 tackles, respectively, which were season highs for both players. “Both guys played extremely well,” said LSU coach Les Miles. “Both of those linebackers are playing better and better each week.” Sheppard gave credit to the
defensive line for his performance. “Rarely an offensive lineman came up on me and was able to release on me because guys like Drake Nevis, Al Woods and Charles Alexander keeping the interior off of me,” Sheppard said. Sheppard and Riley finished the 2008 season ranked No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, on the team in total tackles with 64 and 60 tackles. The two linebackers rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in total tackles LINEBACKERS, see page 14
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LSU junior linebacker Kelvin Sheppard (11) and junior safety Chad Jones (3) tackle Florida sophomore wide receiver Jeffery Demps (2) in LSU’s 13-3 loss Saturday.
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This could be the year for the Saints Super Bowl Who dat!? Who dat!? Who dat say they gonna beat them Saints? For most years of the New Orleans football franchise’s pitiful existence, the answer to that question was any team who could show up to the stadium on time. This team has historically stunk. It boasts an all-time regular season record of 268-381-5, including the first five weeks Johanathan Brooks of the 2009 seaSports Columnist son. The team has visited the postseason six times, and its playoff record is a dismal 2-6. Additionally, the Saints are one of five teams in the league who have never been to a Super Bowl. But all that seems to be behind the franchise this season. The former ’Aints are off to a fast 4-0 start and look to be one of the teams to beat in the NFL. Things seem to be falling in place for New Orleans, and although this is terribly premature, this could finally be the year where Saints fans are treated to their mythical “Black and Gold Super Bowl.” It really could. Hear me out. It’s no secret New Orleans has boasted one of the most potent offensive attacks in the league for the last few seasons. Last season, the Saints finished No. 1 in the league in yards per game with 410.7 — nearly 15 yards more than the next closest team. They also finished No. 1 in scoring and No. 1 in passing yards with 28.9 points and 311.1 yards, respectively. Quarterback Drew Brees has emerged as a top-five quarterback in the league statistically and last season fell just 16 yards shy of breaking former Dolphins legend Dan Marino’s single-season passing record of 5,084 yards. He and the Saints running back corps have led the offense to once again being at the top of the league. Running backs Mike Bell, Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas have combined for 589 yards on 114 carries and five touchdowns. Through week five, New Orleans is No. 3 in total yards with 414.2, No. 2 in rushing yards per game with 166.2 a contest and No. 11 in passing yards with 248 per game. But it’s not the offense who has me thinking the Saints could really make a legitimate run at a Vince Lombardi trophy. The Saints have won a couple of games this season using good defense.
That’s been pretty surprising because this unit has been the Achilles heel of the franchise for the last couple of seasons. In 2007 the defense finished No. 26 in the league in total yards after allowing 348.1 yards a game, and in 2008 the unit improved slightly to No. 23 in the same category after allowing 339.5 yards per game. New Orleans fired its former defensive coordinator, Gary Gibbs, after the 2008 season and hired veteran coordinator Gregg Williams. The Saints also made what I consider the best pickup of the last free agency period besides Minnesota’s signing of quarterback Brett Favre when the Saints signed former Vikings’ safety Darren Sharper. Obviously these things worked. New Orleans is No. 6 in the league in yards allowed, with only 295.2 a game, and leads the league in interceptions, with 10.
Sharper has been an absolute beast at his position this season. He leads the league in interceptions. Through four games, he already has five interceptions — two returned for touchdowns. Playing well on both sides of the ball will help the Saints, but they’ll also benefit from poor play from the rest of the teams in their division, the NFC South. The bottom dwellers of the division, Tampa Bay and Carolina, are giving a new definition of what it means to suck. They’ve amassed a combined record of 1-8 and have combined for a -119 point differential. Carolina is No. 15 in total defense after allowing 321.3 yards per game, but the Buccaneers are much worse. They sit at No. 28 in the league after allowing 379.8 per game. Neither team can score, though, as the Panthers are No. 28 in points
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees passes against the New York Jets in New Orleans on Saturday.
per game and Tampa Bay is No. 29 with 14.2 and 13.6 points per game, respectively. The other team in the division, the hated Atlanta Falcons, could be the only real competition for the elusive NFC South crown, as they’re 3-1. Atlanta’s offense isn’t as explosive as New Orleans, nor is its defense as stingy. The Falcons average 346.5 yards on offense per game and allow 355.8 yards per game on defense. The Saints have looked better than them thus far.
All things considered, New Orleans has all the tools to make a run at the Super Bowl. This could be the season when they finally cast aside the demons of years gone by and actually do something worthwhile. Just maybe. Johanathan Brooks is a 21-year-old mass communication senior from Powder Springs, Ga. Follow him on Contact Johanathan Brooks at email@example.com
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Banks leads freshman class, makes ‘immediate impact’ Four LSU starters natives of Georgia By Rowan Kavner Sports Contributor
Freshman forward Carlie Banks was the only LSU soccer player running extra laps Tuesday after practice. It’s just the way she operates. “We had a college-ready player when we got her,” said LSU coach Brian Lee. The Georgia native’s coming out party occurred against her home team when she recorded a hat trick for her first three goals of the season en route to a 6-0 shutout. The Bulldogs were No. 8 and undefeated at the time. “That game against Georgia was her dream,” said her father, Tim Banks. Carlie Banks played against many of the Bulldogs before arriving at LSU. She is from Peachtree City, Ga., about 25 minutes from Atlanta, where many of the Bulldog players are from. “I played against a couple of the girls in club, because I’ve always played a year up,” Banks said. “A lot of the sophomores and a couple of the juniors out there I’ve been playing against almost my whole life.” Banks played club soccer for
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LSU freshman forward Carlie Banks runs around a Georgia player Sept. 25 at the LSU Soccer Complex. The Tigers defeated the Bulldogs, 6-0, with the help of Banks’ hat trick.
coach Brian Moore’s Concorde Fire South. Moore had previously coached LSU senior midfielders Malorie Rutledge and Melissa Clarke with his club team in Georgia. Four of LSU’s 11 starters hail from Georgia, including sophomore goalkeeper Mo Isom. Despite being the youngest of the Georgia products, Banks’ work
ethic could make fans forget she’s only a freshman. “She never was the biggest kid, and I think because of that she knew she had to work twice as hard,” Moore said. “She was a joy to coach.” Moore has a strong relationship with the LSU coaching staff and said Lee gives his players the opportunity to grow. Moore’s
suggestions have worked out swimmingly for the LSU soccer team. “They have fortunately taken some of the information I’ve given them about players to heart and trusted me,” Moore said. Lee said before the preseason Banks was one of the few freshmen he thought had a chance to contribute as soon as she arrived in Baton Rouge. “We thought Carlie would make an immediate impact,” Lee said. “The only question was how much.” Banks is now a consistent starter and a vital component to the Tiger attack. Lee said she fits very well in LSU’s system. “When our team plays well, Carlie plays well,” Lee said. Banks said LSU wasn’t initially on her top-10 list of schools, but after receiving multiple letters in the mail she decided to take a look. “I thought I might as well go on a visit,” she said. “I went and I fell in love with it. It was my last visit, too.” Banks’ father said he’s not surprised at his daughter’s early success because of her intense competitive drive and love of the game. “For her, soccer is her life,” he said. “Ever since she started kicking a soccer ball, she’s always put her whole heart and soul into it. You’ll never see her not play hard.” Soccer wasn’t the only sport Banks played prior to college.
“Growing up, she played softball,” he said. “She actually played baseball with the boys. In high school, she ran track, she played ‘Ever since basketball and [Carlie] she played socstarted cer.” Banks’ famkicking ily has made the voyage to week- a soccer end home games ball, she’s on multiple oc- always put casions despite living about her whole seven hours heart away from Baand soul ton Rouge. “We have into [the been to every game.]’ game except three,” her faTim Banks ther said. “We’ll father of freshman be there this weekend, and forward Carlie Banks we’ll be back next weekend.” Banks said the crucial thing she’s learned from the seniors is she needs to work for everything she gets. So far, she’s taking that point to heart. Banks’ four total goals are fourth-best on the team. The top two goal scorers are Georgia natives Rutledge and Clarke, respectively. Contact Rowan Kavner at firstname.lastname@example.org
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AROUND THE SEC
Florida hosts Arkansas, Auburn looks to rebound from loss Tigers get break during bye week By Amos Morale Sports Contributor
The No. 10 LSU football team has a bye this weekend, but the Southeastern Conference has plenty of big matchups. Here’s a roundup of some key games LSU can watch while it takes a break Saturday. Arkansas (3-2, 1-2) at No. 1 Florida (5-0, 3-0) Arkansas, fresh off a 44-23 win at then-No. 17 Auburn, heads to Gainesville, Fla., to face the Florida Gators this weekend. “I like the way our team is playing,” said Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino in a teleconference. “We are playing with much
more confidence, and we are playing faster.” Arkansas is hoping to have senior running back Michael Smith back this week after the senior tweaked his hamstring in the second half of Saturday’s win. “He went out last night and did some work,” Petrino said. “Hopefully we will get more out of him tonight and he will be ready for game time.” Smith finished last season fourth in the SEC in rushing while starting just 10 games. He averaged just more than 107 yards a game last season but is only averaging 65 per game this season. “We have more weapons on our team than we did a year ago,” Petrino said. “Last year we gave him the ball two out of three snaps.” Florida coach Urban Meyer said the Gators are monitoring Smith to see if he plays.
“He ripped us apart last year,” Meyer said. “I never really heard of him until we played them and I saw it first hand. Hard guy to tackle, great acceleration through the hole — they are a big zone running team, and he’s perfect for it.” Petrino said the Razorbacks are preparing for the Gators’ offense and defense in addition to their special teams. Florida is fresh off a 13-3 victory against LSU, and Meyer praised his team for how it came together in the game. “The only chance you have to win in an environment like that is to have a close team that is going to not give in when they have an opportunity to give in,” Meyer said. Meyer said Arkansas is one of the hottest teams in the country. “Offensively they are as well as I ever seen throwing the ball,
Johnson adds versatile Stringer Point guard fourth addition to ‘10 class By Chris Branch Sports Contributor
LSU men’s basketball coach Trent Johnson looks like he’s assembling a firing squad. Andre Stringer, a Jackson, Miss., product, committed to Johnson on Oct. 5. The Forest Hill High School point guard joins Ralston Turner, Matt Derenbecker and Jalen Courtney in the 2010 class. Stringer and Turner are wellknown assassins from beyond the arc. Both average more than 20 points per game, with Stringer scoring 25.0 per game and Turner 27.7 per game. Stringer shot a torrid 53.5 percent from beyond the arc last season for his high school. “He shoots threes like he shoots free throws,” said Forest Hill coach Robert Stewart. Johnson’s affinity for sharpshooting recruits is not one-sided. After a visit to Baton Rouge and an impassioned speech from Johnson, Stringer said he was sold. “When coach Trent Johnson was explaining to me how badly he wanted me and I looked at the roster and heard about my playing time, I felt real confident about coming to LSU,” Stringer said. Courtney also played a
significant role in reeling in Stringer to Baton Rouge. Courtney and Stringer both played for the Jackson Tigers in an AAU league. “He was a big influence,” Stringer said. “We’re really good friends. We were on the same AAU team together, so we’ve spent a lot of time together.” It’s safe to say Johnson, along with the rest of his staff, has dispelled any concerns of his recruiting. The 2010 class now has one four-star and three 3-star recruits, according to Scout.com. Stringer was blown away by Johnson’s recruiting tactics. “Every time I got to see him or he came to see me, he was always saying about how much he wanted me to come to LSU,” Stringer said. “I feel real comfortable with him.” Stewart shared similar
sentiments. “They did a heck of a job recruiting Andre,” Stewart said. The scouting report on Stringer is impressive. A scoring point guard, Stringer is versatile enough to fill many roles on the floor. Analysts agree Stringer’s shooting prowess is certainly his most remarkable attribute. “He’s got deep range, and he’s a guy that likes to put up some shots. And he can certainly score,” said Evan Daniels, Scout.com basketball recruiting analyst. “That’s his best attribute and what he excels at the most. He’s a guy with some potential and a guy who’s going to fit into LSU’s offense.” Rivals.com national basketball analyst Jerry Meyer echoed those RECRUITING, see page 14
and of course they’ve got No. 21 at tailback so this is going to be a real test for us,” he said. Kentucky (2-3, 0-3) at Auburn (5-1, 2-1) Auburn is hoping to rebound from its loss to the Razorbacks when it hosts Kentucky. After facing the SEC’s leading kick returner in Arkansas sophomore Dennis Johnson the Tigers’ host the conference’s second leading return man this weekend — Kentucky junior Derrick Locke. “He’s got great balance, he is really hard to tackle on one, and once he gets momentum down the field — we’ve got problems,” said Auburn coach Gene Chizik. Chizik said the key to stopping the return game is good tackling. “We had a 70-yard return on us last week, and we had three or
four guys in position to make a tackle, and we were 0-for-3,” he said. The Wildcats will likely be without their starting quarterback, junior Mike Hartline. “Hartline is out still,” said Kentucky coach Rich Brooks. “We are trying to determine what to do at that position.” Brooks said his team hopes to have one of its top cornerbacks back for Saturday’s matchup in junior Paul Warford. “Paul Warford did make it through practice on a very limited basis, and we’ll see how his quad responds,” Brooks said. No. 22 South Carolina (5-1, 2-1) at No. 2 Alabama (6-0, 3-0) South Carolina heads to Alabama on Saturday. “We are looking forward to SEC, see page 14
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Carlotta block party returns
Event to be held night before Halloween By Lindsay Nunez Entertainment Writer
Zombie infuation emerges in pop culture, students participate in campus Zombie Day
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[Above] Students dressed as zombies walk around campus during Zombie Day on Oct. 29, 2008. [Right] Matt Rabalais, right, art sophomore, and Graham Bounds, biology junior, apply their zombie makeup in a Coates Hall restroom in preparation for Zombie Day.
Zombies have an uncanny they first beknack for resurrection that seems came popular after the 1932 film to be paying off. “White Zombie” and other clasZombie sics like “Night of By Emily Slack popularity the Living Dead,” Entertainment Writer has explodShaffer said. ed recently In 1932, zomthrough books, movies, televi- bies represented slave labor, and sion and campus events like in the ’60s, they represented the zombie walks. With movies like “silent majority,” in addition to “Zombieland,” which has grossed other movements like the civil more than $47 million since its rights and feminist movements, release Oct. 2, and books like Shaffer said. Seth Grahame-Smith’s “Pride “[Zombies] are the only reand Prejudice and Zombies,” occurring monster that reoccurs a spin on Jane Austen’s classic in multiples,” Shaffer said. “They novel, the supernatural creatures represent the group instead of the experienced a boost in popularity individual psychosis or fear.” this year. Today, the zombie is a meta“You can use [zombies] for phor for anything from the econjust about anything — they’re a omy to the threat of swine flu, really handy tool of criticism,” Shaffer said. The zombie stands said Tracy Stephenson Shaffer, for any unstoppable force. communication studies professor “There is this idea in the poand director of “Nonfiction Zom- litical world how there is always bie,” a social commentary per- the presence of something bad or formance shown in the HopKins evil,” said Ricky Blackwood, a Black Box Theatre on campus on communication studies professor Wednesday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, who researches film and screenOct. 18. writing theory. “The next thing Zombies have long been used ZOMBIES, see page 12 as metaphors for the times since
Hordes of costumed party enthusiasts will cover Carlotta Street for the 30th consecutive year to celebrate the coming of All Hallows’ Eve. The event is traditionally held on the Saturday of Halloween weekend, but to avoid Saturday’s gameday commotion, the block party will take place Friday, Oct. 30. “It’s the biggest block party that happens in the city,” said Jared Loftus, president of North Gate Merchants Association and owner of the store Tiger District on Highland Road. “The streets are packed, and people are just hanging out, having a good time.” The members of the neighborhood and the North Gate Merchants Association put on the event. Local bands’ live music streams through the air and various venders line the street, providing entertainment for the partygoers. After the party filled the street in 2007, the police shut it down. The city then approached the North Gate Merchants Association about making the Carlotta Street party a legitimate event. A police command unit of more than 40 officers will be present at the event to ensure CARLOTTA, see page 13
‘Paranormal Activity’ expands through viral marketing Low-budget film appeals to students By Ben Bourgeois Entertainment Writer
Sidney Blakemore isn’t usually bothered by horror movies. But Sunday night, the 21-year-old University student slept with the lights on. Blakemore, environmental management senior, is one of the increasing number of moviegoers who has seen the low-budget
horror film “Paranormal Activity.” The film, which started as a limited release in Baton Rouge and 12 other college towns Sept. 25, developed a viral following and will be released nationwide Friday, according to a Paramount Pictures news release. DEMAND TO SEE IT The film was initially shown at midnight-only screenings for two weeks, according to the same news release. But in an unprecedented marketing technique, Paramount urged fans to go to the
film’s official Web site and “demand” to have it come to their towns. The film, which played in fewer than 200 theaters last weekend, raked in more than $7.1 million, according to the entertainment magazine Variety. And people have been flocking to Baton Rouge to see the film as well, said Jenna Erwin, manager at Rave Motion Pictures 15 on Picardy Avenue Extension. “We’ve been selling it out since the first weekend,” she said. ACTIVITY, see page 13
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A crowd fills Rave Theater on Friday night waiting to be let into the midnight feature of “Paranormal Activity.” Rave was one of 13 theaters in the nation to premiere the film.
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University’s student literary journal to host art party Students to perform at Shaw Center By Alex White Entertainment Writer
Students trying to share their creativity or discover some of the University’s most talented writers and performers are in for a treat. The Delta Journal, the University’s undergraduate literary journal, is hosting its first of two “art parties” at the Shaw Center, located at 100 Lafayette St., on Friday night. The doors open at 5 p.m., and admission is free. The art party will feature readings from Delta writers, artwork and ceramics and sculptures from graduate students and live music from many local musicians, said co-editors-in-chief Samuel Oliver and Anna Hurst.
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University alumnus Matthew Herron, last year’s editor of The Delta Journal, plays guitar with alumna Erin Miley at last year’s art party.
Whole Foods will cater food and refreshments. Art parties are just the beginning of what the Delta Journal has to offer, said Randolph Thomas, English instructor and faculty adviser for the Delta Journal.
The Delta Journal features student poetry, short stories, fiction, non-fiction, artwork and interviews with special guests, Thomas said. “The Journal is the only complete voice for
TV makes effort to go ‘green’ Networks promote environmentalism By Catie Vogels Entertainment Writer
An episode of “90210” is on the TV, and it suddenly goes to commercial. The stars of the show appear in a commercial put on by the CW and begin talking about ways people can be environmentally conscious in their daily lives. These types of public service announcements have become more prevalent in television, as many networks are “going green.” Planet Green, the first 24-hour environmental lifestyle TV network, was launched in 2008 by Discovery Communications. “Working with a broad range of partners, our goal is to find innovative ways to engage people of all ages and backgrounds through content that’s entertaining, relevant and accessible,” said Eileen O’Neill, Planet Green president and general manager in a news release. “Planet Green is about motivating people to take an active role in a new conversation about the future of our planet.” Planet Green offers original green programming like Emeril Green, Planet Earth, Greenovate and Alter Eco and uses celebrities including Ludacris, Tommy Lee, Adrian Grenier and Emeril Lagasse to promote environmentalism. “Our experts will help you navigate the options for detoxifying your home, life, and planet — without the jargon or the guilt trips — so you can start being the change you wish to see in the world,” according to the Planet Green Web site. Other television networks like Fox are promoting being green through PSAs, as well as doing it themselves. “24,” one of Fox’s shows,
became the first carbon neutral television production this season, according to News Corp’s global energy initiative Web site. For the seventh season of “24,” the Fox team calculated the emissions associated with the show’s production and took steps to reduce its carbon footprint by 43 percent, according to the Web site. “For the first time, the remainder of the show’s emissions will be offset, making the series completely carbon neutral,” the Web site said. NBC also uses PSAs and green programming to spread the word about being environmentally friendly. NBC launched its first Green Week in 2007, during which it presented more than 150 hours of ecothemed content and continued hosting Green Week in 2008 as well,
according to NBC’s Web site. “Here at NBC and NBC.com, we celebrate our talent in the ‘The More You Know’ PSA campaign, presenting green-themed storylines in several of our daytime and primetime shows,” the Web site states. The entire set of NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” is built with eco-friendly materials. “Everything is recycled,” Fallon told the New York Post through treehugger.com, a Web site promoting eco-friendliness.. “We are building everything with recycled metals and using all green lighting. We are starting from scratch so it is NBC’s policy that we make everything from the ground up entirely green.” Cory Vogel, ISDS senior and Organization Liaison for GREEN, see page 12
undergraduate creative writers,” Thomas said. “[The Journal] allows them to practice editing and developing their creative techniques they have learned in courses.” Amanda Mertz, English junior, said she appreciates the opportunities the Delta Journal offers. “[The Delta Journal] is a way to see what contemporaries have to say about your work,” Mertz said. “It’s a way to get out into the real world and show your stuff instead of reading to your stuffed animals at home.” Most students who submit work to the Journal are English majors, but students of all majors get published, Oliver and Hurst said. “We want to be a creative outlet,” Oliver said. “Who hasn’t written a good poem or an essay that they thought was funny?
Most people who submit tend to not know how talented they really are.” The Journal, which started in 1947, is undergoing a “renaissance,” as the journal is once again starting to find its footing as a prominent campus publication after being completely out of print from 1995-2004, Oliver said. “The Delta has too amazing of a history to die,” Oliver said. “We have had people like John Ed Bradley, the author of ‘It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium,’ write a short story, and famed wildlife photographer C.C. Lockwood has had work published in the Delta.” The Delta Journal will be published in color for the first time in its history this May.
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MUSIC MOVIES BOOKS TELEVISION
Couples Retreat An Education Universal Pictures
The Flaming Lips Embryonic
Don’t waste the $8.50 to see it. It’s as simple as that. This “romantic comedy” is neither funny nor a great date movie. “Couples Retreat” focuses on four couples who go on a relationship therapy vacation on a tropical island resort, but in the end, it is the viewers who need a therapy vacation from the boring film. The occasional amusing scene couldn’t save the overall forgettable movie from drowning. Bora Bora may be paradise, but it is hell for viewers of this movie.
“An Education” is a beautifully filmed coming-of-age movie that manages to avoid the typical clichés involving adolescent life lessons. Impressionable college-bound cellist Jenny meets an older man who opens her eyes to a new world of possibilities while the adult figures in her life continue to pressure her academically. This film accurately displays the challenges placed upon those with overbearing parents. The wardrobe is authentic ’60s, and the English countryside settings are breathtaking. The actors’ performances are impeccable. A touch of comedy added to the romance and drama makes it all the more enjoyable.
It’s hard to imagine, after 26 years, The Flaming Lips could ever top themselves — but it’s time to start believing. On its 12th studio album “Embryonic,” the band has gotten back in touch with its roots and has done something near impossible: combine the intimate feeling of playing in a small setting with the extravagance and emotion of its amazing live shows. The album’s two discs are packed with amazing epics and a few short clips of ’60s-influenced psych-rock. Old fans will feel at home, and new fans will quickly become hooked.
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After debuting on the soundtrack for the movie “(500) Days of Summer,” Australian rock band The Temper Trap released its first studio album, “Conditions,” stateside. Lead singer Dougie Mandagi offers synthladen vocals reminiscent of Coldplay, accompanied by soaring instrumentals heavy on the drums and bass tones. Overall, the tracks sound too similar to each other for the album to be a huge success, and the lyrics tend to lean toward romantic cliches about finding love, but The Temper Trap isn’t a band likely to fade into obscurity soon. The epic “Sweet Disposition,” stands a chance at becoming an indie-rock hit.
Known for providing lead vocals for Linkin Park, Chester Bennington makes a break from the band with his side project Dead by Sunrise. Even though departing from Linkin Park’s stagnant nu metal sound would seem like a good idea, “Out of Ashes” certainly isn’t the right direction. Riddled with mediocre songwriting and attempts at radio-friendly hard rock, this is a boring album at best. Tracks like “Fire” and “Give Me Your Name” sound fresh off a Creed album, which is pretty damning. Bennington is well on his way to having one of the most forgettable rock cuts of 2009.
The renaissance of the girl group is in full swing, and The Saturdays are leading the way. The group’s spirited sophomore effort begins with a couple mid-tempo jams in “Forever Is Over” and “Here Standing,” which lead the listener into the body of this addictive album. The album’s depth is its greatest strength, with massive tunes like “One Shot” and the explosive title track coming in the middle of the record. The album’s catchiest tracks, “Open Up” and “Lose Control,” come in the final third. “Wordshaker” is pure, unapologetic pop and will pick up many new fans and make old ones, like blogger Perez Hilton, very happy.
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Environmental Conservation Organization at LSU, said the push to be more environmentally friendly on TV is a good thing if the networks are actually being green as well. “Sometimes the media is trying
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you know, you’ve got something crawling out of the grave at you.” Today’s society has also contributed to the rise in zombie popularity because people become zombies themselves through their habits, said Debra Odo, nutritional sciences freshman and “Nonfiction Zombie” cast member. Odo said people become zombie-like by falling into uneventful routines or through bad habits like alcoholism or drug addiction. “We fall into this day-to-day routine,” Odo said. “The American lifestyle has become routine and zombie-like.” The popularity of zombies can also be attributed through their relatable characteristics. “[Zombies] are easy to relate to because there are real zombies in the world,” said Casey Miller, communications studies senior, and cast member of “Nonfiction Zombie.” University alum Adam Rabalais has organized a campus zombie walk for the last three years in which students dress up and act like zombies while parading around campus. He said about 130 students participate each year. “It’s fun to see people’s reactions,” Rabalais said. “People really get into it because it’s a fun and easy
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to make their image as a green organization,” Vogel said. “If they are being green, that is fine. It is more substantial if they follow the talk with action.” Caroline Gilchrist, international studies sophomore and secretary for ECO, said the green programming
can be beneficial for students in particular. “If you’re watching and really paying attention, it really is helpful,” Gilchrist said. “It’s teaching you stuff you didn’t know before. It’s mostly entertaining, but if you’re watching it, you’ll be in tune with it and it will
make you more aware.” Many University students think the green programming is a good thing because it promotes environmental consciousness. “It’s because so many people just sit around watching TV that if they see these shows and PSAs, it
may make them more eco-friendly educated,” said Stephanie Walter, business sophomore.
costume. Zombies are associated with large groups, and it’s an easy way for everyone to participate.” Rabalais created the zombie walk after he noticed a lack of participation by students in Halloween activities. This year’s zombie walk will take place Friday, Oct. 30 at 6:00 p.m. Zombies have become so prevalent that the University of Florida implemented a “Zombie Attack Contingency Plan” on its Web site this semester. In the event zombies attack, the plan addresses symptoms like “zombified users will be inarticulate and unable to clearly describe technology problems and use cases.” “We run a huge online course management system, and we have to have contingency plans if there is a problem,” said Steve Orlando, director of the UF news bureau. “They’re usually pretty dry and serious, and we wanted to shake things up.” Orlando said he knew “it had gotten out of hand” when he began receiving calls from the celebrity gossip blog TMZ. But emergency response teams from across the country requested copies of the zombie contingency plan because it has many useful elements for disaster planning, Orlando said. Voodoo Music Fest will attempt
to break the Guinness Book of World Record’s record for the largest zombie walk this year. The record stands at 4,026 participants in a single zombie walk. Shaffer said zombies have gained so much popularity because they are the perfect combination of humor and horror. “No zombie film can take itself too seriously,” Shaffer said. “They lean toward humor in a way that other horror movies don’t.” Filmmakers are attuned to social issues and translate those issues into movie monsters like zombies, Blackwood said. Though the zombie introduces an element of humor through its classically slow and seemingly stupid movements, it brings up a more fundamental fear than other monsters, Shaffer said. “People are obsessed with death, particularly their own,” Shaffer said. “There is only one thing that is sure, and that’s death. A zombie film immediately takes the only thing we’re sure of and takes everything away from us.” Will Lafleur, Latin senior, said he is prepared for any potential zombie attacks. “I’ve got my ‘Zombie Survival Guide’ and ‘World War Z’ books right next to each other on my
bookshelf,” he said. Zombies are also a trend on social networking sites. Facebook searches titled “zombies” will yield more than 500 groups. The group “The Hardest Part of a Zombie Apocalypse Will
Be Pretending I’m Not Excited” has nearly 80,000 members.
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Mollye Deloach, right, communication studies senior, takes a bite out of communication studies graduate student Michael Sanders’ arm during a dress rehearsal Oct. 12 of ‘Nonfiction Zombie’ in the HopKins Black Box Theatre in 137 Coates Hall.
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behave in a responsible manner.” “It was really good last year,” said Kate Troyer, political science sophomore. “It was a lot better than the year before when the cops broke it up.” The association now funds the permits and insurance needed to close the road so the party can safely take place, Loftus said. “There was no sense in ﬁghting it,” Loftus said. “It’s in our business’ backyards, and things can get ugly if they are not organized.” Loftus said the neighborhood comes together to put on the party
without corporate sponsors. But the association would like to work with the neighborhood to eventually ﬁnd a partner to help fund the event as it continues to grow in size. “I’ll deﬁnitely be there,” said Emony Roane, political science sophomore. “It should be a good time.”
it, you take on his fear.” ANATOMY OF A SCARE One way phobias can de“It’s the highest-selling [limitedrelease] ﬁlm that I’ve seen for velop is when someone is given negative information about a subhow simple it is.” The Rave sold 4,013 total ject, said Davis, whose clinical tickets for the ﬁlm between Oct. work deals with individuals with phobias. For example, someone 6-12, Erwin said. who is told dogs are vicious and can severely injure people can “DOCUMENTARY-STYLE” Despite having no formal develop a fear of dogs, he said. ﬁlm training, Director Oren Peli And this factor often carries over shot the ﬁlm in less than a week into ﬁlm. “If you think about a ﬁlm and with an unheard-of cast, a few how you’re going to friends and a cause fear, you see hand-held video people be afraid, camera, accordand you get the ing to a report negative informaby The Los Antion,” he said. “You geles Times. have people [in the The entire ﬁlm] modeling this ﬁlm is shot from behavior showing a single shaky Sidney Blakemore you that you should camera in a documentary style environmental management senior be afraid of this — don’t go into the similar to ﬁlms like “The Blair Witch Project” bedroom, for example.” and “Cloverﬁeld” and cost under $15,000 to produce, according to The Times. “Paranormal” documents a young couple living alone and their attempts to determine what has been haunting them by ﬁlming what happens in the home while they sleep. And Blakemore said this intimate style of ﬁlming contributes to how effective the scares are. “The ﬁlming makes it more realistic and makes you feel like you’re in the movie and right there next to them,” he said. “After you see this movie, every little noise gives you the chills at night.” Thompson Davis, associate psychology professor specializing in clinical psychology, said a ﬁlm’s simple, intimate production may make it effective with college-aged viewers. “The lack of production may immerse people more,” he said. “If I had to guess for the audience, it would be college-aged people who are living by themselves for the ﬁrst time in their life. [The actors] are modeling very scary behavior happening in their house by themselves in a context that a lot of people have just moved into.” Martin DeLatte, psychology junior, said seeing the ﬁlm through the eyes of the main character allows audiences to connect with their fear. “The fact that it’s all ﬁlmed through their own personal experiences [allows you to] gain the emotions of the people that are there,” DeLatte said. “You side with the main character Micah, and as he is progressing through
Davis offers the disclaimer someone should seek clinical help if truly traumatized by a phobia. But someone losing sleep over a ﬁlm like “Paranormal” may have to muster the courage to go see it again. “If you’re just talking about seeing a movie and getting a little scared, one of the things we’d suggest is to watch it again,” he said. “We offer repeated gradual exposure to what it is they’re afraid of. We do it slow and at a pace you’re comfortable with — we don’t want to give you another traumatic experience that will scare you.”
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everything runs smoothly and no one’s safety is compromised, Loftus said. The Baton Rouge Police Department and the North Gate Merchants Association have been working together since March to choose the best locations for command posts. “We have everything in position as we did last year, and hopefully there won’t be any disturbances,” said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, BRPD. “We hope everyone can have a good time and
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‘After you see this movie, every little noise gives you the chills at night.’
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PAGE 14 SEC, from page 8 playing Alabama, the No. 2 team in the country, in Tuscaloosa Saturday night and seeing what happens,” said South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier. The Tide are undefeated and the Gamecocks’ only loss this
RECRUITING, from page 8 sentiments. “Andre is a big-time shooting threat from behind the arc,” Meyer said. “He shoots it with range and both off the dribble and the pass. More of a scoring point guard by nature, he also is adept at scoring on the move inside the arc when he is going right.” Stringer has his flaws, though. Listed at 5 feet, 10 inches and 170 pounds, most experts list his size as a weakness along with his midrange game. “He has room to improve his ball handling against pressure,” Meyer said. “Defensively, he can
TIGERS, from page 5 professionally. “Marcus Thornton is probably going to play or start for the Hornets. Garrett Temple has the opportunity to make the Houston Rockets, Chris Johnson is over in Turkey playing right now,” Johnson said. “Too many times as coaches, as players and even as fans we all get caught up in the past and want to make comparisons.” Johnson will look to an inexperienced roster to replace the lost production. Of the players expected to carry the load this winter, only junior point guard Bo Spencer and senior forward Tasmin Mitchell have starting experience. Mitchell returned from a foot injury in 2008 to average 16.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in 2009, earning first team All-SEC honors, while Spencer averaged 11.4 points and 40 percent from the 3-point line while playing point guard. “There are a lot of guys right now that have a positive future,” Mitchell said. “We’ll know about
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said. “It could be [sophomore forward] Taylor Turnbow, [junior guard] Katherine Graham or [sophomore forward] Courtney Jones. It’s going to have to be somebody we can go to when [Hightower and Barrett] aren’t scoring.” The Lady Tigers ended in a tie for second place in the SEC last season with a record of 19-11, 10-4, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament with a team that included six freshmen. Chancellor said it was “almost a miracle” for the Lady Tigers to perform as they did, but he said the team is ready to build on its strong finish. “We’re pumped up about this season,” Chancellor said. “We were very young last year, and we’re still pretty young with seven freshmen and sophomores. This team is fun to coach and a joy to be around.” Barrett, the 2008-2009 SEC CoFreshman of the Year, said she has a greater mental grasp on the grind of playing an SEC schedule with a year of experience under her belt. “We started off slow last year
THE DAILY REVEILLE season came against Georgia, when they fell, 41-37, on Sept. 12. The Tide have the SEC’s topranked run defense and fourth best pass defense allowing 65.7 yards and 154.8 yards, respectively. “They’ve played together for a while now,” Spurrier said. “I
think there’s seven senior starters, so they got a ton of experience there within the group, and they don’t make many mistakes.”
get overmatched by bigger and/or athletic point guards.” Stringer said he doesn’t mind the negatives. “It’s definitely motivation to prove people wrong,” Stringer said. Stringer has gotten some favorable comparisons to NBA players from his own coach. “Here in Jackson, I’ve coached against [Golden State Warriors guard] Monta Ellis and against [Cleveland Cavaliers guard] Maurice Williams in high school,” Stewart said. “Andre, right now, is a better high school player than those kids were when they were in high school.” As for Stringer’s size, Stewart
doesn’t think of it as a negative either. “I don’t see it,” Stewart said. “Chris Paul isn’t tall. I don’t think his size is going to hurt him.” Stringer’s compliments only improve off the court. Stewart said despite his awards — Stringer was named the 2009 Gatorade Player of the Year in Mississippi — he doesn’t brag. “You can’t tell all the awards he’s won,” Stewart said. “He’s a modest kid.”
that early, before our first game when Coach starts getting on us.” Senior guard Alex Farrer, sophomore forwards Storm Warren and Garrett Green, sophomore guard Chris Bass and redshirt freshman forward Dennis Harris — all returning players who are expected to start or contribute this season — combined for zero starts and all averaged less than 10 minutes per game. “This is a different team,” Johnson said. “Last year our margin of error was slim. This year we have no margin of error. We have to embrace that and understand there’s going to be some ups and downs.” Adding to the influx of inexperience are two incoming freshmen, guard Aaron Dotson and forward Eddie Ludwig, both of whom could play large roles coming off the bench. “I’m glad guys like Alex and Tasmin are here so I can learn from them,” Dotson said. “It’s good that we are a really young team. We can all grow.” Mitchell will move back outside into more of a small forward role this
season after experimenting with the NBA draft in June. “I’ve been working hard on that,” Mitchell said. “Coach Johnson was telling me all over the summer, whether I was coming back or not, what I needed to work on. That’s what I really, really did over the summer was work on my perimeter game.” The move leaves the Tigers’ post game to be played by a combination of Warren, Green and Harris. Johnson seemed certain the team won’t need to shift its lineup around too much once the season starts, despite the inexperience. “I have a pretty good feel now in terms of the makeup of our team,” he said. “The questions are who are you going to go to offensively when Tasmin is taken away, when Bo is taken away ... But in terms of experimenting during the course of the year and all that, no.”
and then picked it up,” Barrett said. “That’s going to do nothing but fuel us this year to not make the same mistakes of not finishing games. We have to bring it this year.” Chancellor said Hightower is not a natural vocal leader for the Lady Tigers, but he said she will continue to be an influence as the most experienced player on the team. Hightower led LSU in six statistical categories last season, and she is also on the 2010 Women’s John Wooden Award Watch List, college basketball’s highest honor. “Allison Hightower has done a wonderful job of leading them off the court,” Chancellor said. “I don’t think she’s going to be the emotional leader you see on the court, but she’s enough of a leader to really get us fired up. There’s no way not to follow what she does.” Barrett said she can detect Hightower’s burning goal to succeed in her final season. “I joked with her she needs to redshirt so she can play another year with me,” Barrett said. “This year you can see the hunger in Allison’s eyes. We have such a close
connection ... and we don’t want to let her down.” LSU lost only one senior from the 2008 squad, forward Kristen Morris. The Lady Tigers also lost then-freshman Ayana Dunning, who transferred to West Virginia. Two freshmen will join the Lady Tigers this season — Adrienne Webb and Bianca Lutley. Chancellor said Webb “has been an absolute surprise” on the offensive side, and he said Lutley is “a great passer who can shoot the ball.” But Chancellor said the main thing freshmen need to do on the college level is to change their mental approach. “Most of the time when freshmen come into the SEC, it’s in their minds,” he said. “How well do you think you can play when you go to Knoxville, Tenn., in front of 14,000? You have to believe you can play. They’re not used to practicing like we’re about to practice here.”
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LINEBACKERS, from page 5 on the team this season with 44 and 42 tackles. Riley, who is only 18 tackles away from matching his total from last season, said he contributes his production to defensive coordinator John Chavis. “Last year I had a tendency to let the offensive linemen hold me a little longer than they should have been,” Riley said. “Coach Chavis does a good job of emphasizing head and hands and getting off blocks to go make a play.” Sheppard and Riley led a defense Saturday that held Florida’s offense to 327 total yards, well below the 526.25 yards per game that the Gators averaged entering the contest. “You see the numbers they’ve put up thus far,” Sheppard said. “For our defense to go out and do what we did, I think it’s very impressive and gives a lot of team confidence.” The defense also limited Florida to a season-low 193 rushing yards and 4 yards per rush on 48 rushing attempts one week after limiting Georgia to a season-low 45 rushing yards. Florida’s 13-point performance was well below the 45.5 points per game the Gators averaged before Saturday night’s matchup. The last time the Gators were held to 13
Thursday, october 15, 2009 points or fewer was on Oct. 1, 2005, when Alabama beat Florida, 31-3. “There is not a better defense in the [Southeastern Conference] right now than LSU,” said Florida coach Urban Meyer. Despite the impressive defensive performance, Riley said the defense needed to get off the field more quickly against the Gators. “We stopped them from scoring a lot of times, but we kept our offense off of the field for too long,” Riley said. “We have to get off the field on third downs and cut out the penalties.” The LSU defense also failed to sack senior quarterback Tim Tebow just two weeks after he suffered his first career concussion. Tebow showed few effects from his injury as he threw the ball 16 times with only one interception and rushed the ball 17 times with no fumbles. “Tebow very rarely makes mistakes,” Sheppard said. “He tried not to give us opportunities to get the ball from him.”
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siana in 1928. At that time, the University had 1,985 students enrolled for the year and 1,204 students enrolled for summer school, Hoffman said in an e-mail to The Daily Reveille. Long didn’t become closely involved with the University until 1930, when then-University president Thomas Atkinson fell ill, according to T. Harry Williams’ book, “Huey Long.” To keep his political enemies at bay and elect a University president with whom he could work well, Long ﬁnally began looking at LSU as “his” university and intervened in academic affairs. The book said Long asked his cronies for suggestions for a new University president, and James Monroe Smith, who was selected, became the main candidate instead of Col. Campbell Hodges. “[James Monroe Smith] in various ways inﬂuenced Huey to save more money for in-state operations,” Hoffman said. “And part of that was expanding faculty and expanding offerings, so this is a more well-rounded institution and not so much a technical school.” Long’s arm reached into the University’s day-to-day operations in 1934 when he had seven members of The Daily Reveille expelled for printing content critical of the then senator. Under Long, the University received class A accreditation from the Association of American Universities, which was eventually dropped, Hoffman said. The Music and Dramatic Arts Building, Pleasant Hall, the Huey P. Long Field House and dormitories around Tiger Stadium were built under the Long machine. Long funded some of the construction by selling property and buildings of the University’s downtown campus to the State Highway Commission for $1.8 million. THE MYTHS Missy Korduner, ﬁrst year experience assistant director teaches the story of Tiger Stadium’s construction during an annual freshman retreat. She told The Daily Reveille in an e-mail many people believe Long told the Legislature he wanted to build new dorms with a grassy courtyard in the center, but instead built a football stadium with dorms around it. However, this version is one of many Long urban myths. In reality, the University received loans from the federal government to build dorms under the stadium, and fees from students living in the dorms eventually paid off the loans. Emmett David, Facility Development director, said the stadium dorms on the south end zone side are used as ofﬁces for the Art Department, and the other dorm rooms are empty or used for storage. Long added 10,000 seats to the 13,000-seat stadium by 1934. For his love of LSU football, he even arranged for students to ride the train for reduced fares for outof-town games. BIGGER AND LOUDER Constructing buildings wasn’t Long’s only contribution to Tiger Stadium. With his interest in the
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University’s band and football 48 feet wide, which was the largteam, Long started the tradition of est pool in the country in the early bigger and louder is better among 1930s. The pool, which was once University students. the Student Union, was drained in Roy King, assistant director 2003 because of a leak. of bands, said Long’s interest in Awareness for the pool’s conthe LSU band changed it from a dition has resurfaced in recent military ceremoyears. nial band to the A i m e e “Show Band of the Schmitt, wife South” under the of LSU swimdirection of Casming coach Adam tro Carazo, whom Schmitt, founded Long hired. saveHPL.org, a Long introWeb site dedicated duced the purple to raising awareRoy King and gold colors ness and money to asst. director of bands and increased the renovate the Field band to nearly 250 House pool. The members, according to the LSU Student Government Senate also Department of Bands Web site. created the Huey P. Long RestoraKing said the band currently has tion Committee to advocate restor325 members. ing the Field House and two stuLong composed songs for the dent organizations — Landmark band with Carazo, such as “Dar- LSU and Preservationists Around ling of LSU” and “Touchdown for Campus — aim to bring the FieldLSU,” which the band still plays at house to the forefront of Univerevery game. sity ofﬁcials’ minds. “[Long] certainly has a place David estimated renovations in [the band’s] legacy, and deserv- for the pool to cost $5 million and edly so,” King said. restorations to the Field House building to cost $20 million, acLONG’S SIGNATURE cording to a Sept. 16, 2008, article Long also included his per- in The Daily Reveille. sonality to other buildings on camIn September 2008, The Founpus, such as his signature Huey P. dation for Historical Louisiana Long Field House and Pool. added the Fieldhouse to its list of The pool is 180 feet long and “Treasures in Trouble,” but at the
‘[Long] certainly has a place in [the band’s] legacy, and deservedly so.’
time, the crumbling building was listed at No. 13 on the University’s restoration list, according to a Sept. 16 article in The Daily Reveille. Schmitt said both the building and the pool have historical signiﬁcance for their connection to Long and an architectural signiﬁcance for resemblance to the Roman Baths. Hoffman said Long gets a lot more credit than he deserves for the accomplishments at the University. Many books give Long credit for the University’s inexpensive tuition, but Hoffman said idea goes back to 1872. Hoffman said the Board of Supervisors made LSU as affordable as possible for its students back in the 19th century. Hoffman said Long gets the credit for expanding student workstudy during the Great Depression, but those programs were already in place. “He was mostly interested in
PAGE 15 a scholarship that could be given to a student without strings attached,” Hoffman said. “He gets credit for building this campus, and he doesn’t deserve it. The Huey P. Long Field House and Pool were the only structures built while Huey was alive. The others were built by the Long machine, but not by Huey.” Despite the facts, people in and around the campus give Long credit for making the University the largest in the state, with the loudest fans and the longest reputation of success. “When you get on LSU’s campus, you realize, as a student, the impact that [Long] did have,” said Stuart Watkins, Student Government president. “Much of what makes LSU the amazing institution it is today is because of the insight and the drive Huey P. Long had.” Contact Mary Walker Baus at email@example.com
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Obama needs to offer N.O. more than just a speech
“New Orleans is a city that has always shown America what is possible when we had the imagination to see the unseen and the determination to work for it.” Those were then-candidate Barack Obama’s words at an address at Tulane University in February of last year. Along with the Crescent City, The Daily Reveille hopes today’s
presidential visit won’t be used simply as a political photo-op. Serious problems still face New Orleans. Amid the destruction after Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent recession, Mayor Ray Nagin warned recently of a $68 million budget shortfall, leaving city workers vulnerable to potential furloughs. In the meantime, “The Big
Easy” now refers to the ease of violent crime across the city, as New Orleans has again become the murder capital of the country. We remember all too well the previous administration’s handling and care for the city of New Orleans. In lieu of a measured and efficient response to a horrible tragedy, we received a presidential speech against the
backdrop of Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral — only to have the city plunged back into darkness when President George W. Bush left. Obama has the chance to do something different. Instead of a flyover of the area or a speech about the importance of the city, he should commit himself to fully restoring and invigorating what
so many are proud to call home. It’s not enough anymore to “laissez les bons temps rouler.” We hope the president makes the good times roll again for New Orleans.
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Rising text message charges point to price collusion
Whether it’s avoiding talking to an overly verbose relative or trying to figure out party plans during a night class, texting has become the go-to method of communication. The total number of text messages people send and receive has increased at a dramatic rate the last several years. This year, Americans are expected to send nearly 1.4 trillion of them — a 24-fold increase from the rate in
2005. Carriers have embraced their popularity, providing phones which now sport full QWERTY keyboards, which make it possible to fire off a text message in no time. Along with the increase in popularity has come an increase in the off-plan text messaging rate (the amount users pay if they don’t have a plan or go over their messages). From 2006 to 2008, all four major cell phone
carriers doubled their price for these types of texts to 20 cents per message. To put this into perspective, at this rate it would cost about $4,500 to send a 3.5 megabyte mp3. A far cry from the rate they used to charge: Nothing. That’s right, when they were intitially made available to customers, texting was completely free — and incidentally, not very popular.
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The reason carriers could provide this service for free is because of the nature of cell phone t e c h n o l o g y. Cell phones are always in communication with the tower on a special low-bandwidth channel. Text messages are Mark Macmurdo slipped into Columnist this channel without increasing congestion (hence the 160 character limit). This may also explain why text messaging works better than phone calls on game days while the cell network is in gridlock. Even though it doesn’t cost them anything to send a text message, it seems reasonable a cell phone company would want to charge for sending messages. After all, they must maintain the network and, in theory, some text messages may be a substitute for voice calls (therefore eroding the company’s profit potential). But many watchdogs believe the industry’s doubling of off-theplan prices for texts — and that they all did it around the same time — has not been reasonable. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) recently sent a letter to the carriers asking them a simple question: Given the fact text messaging costs have not changed, why have your prices doubled? The prodding elicited a Congressional inquiry in June to address the possibility of price collusion and the apparent lack of market competition — both forbidden by the Sherman Antitrust Act. Representatives from Verizon Wireless and AT&T were both present at the
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proceedings. Of course, they denied any appearance of collusion and painted a picture of healthy competition in the market. They also downplayed the significance of the charge increase, saying it only affected 1 percent of text messages because most people have text messaging plans. First of all, 1 percent of 1.4 trillion is a lot of text messages. The number is also misleading — the two wireless carrier representatives testified about 16 percent of their customers chose the payas-you-text approach. The carriers also glossed over basic logic in their statements. They justified the price increase because most people are on plans. But isn’t picking a plan a logical choice given the high price of sending text messages? Wireless companies still appear to be taking advantage of customers by overcharging them on a service which costs them little to nothing. The high price of text messaging seems to be justified only by their great market power. Have prices gone up because of an increase in demand, or a decrease in competition in the wireless market? Have cell phone companies tacitly colluded on the price of text messaging? Our government needs to work for its people and formally investigate these allegations. Mark Macmurdo is a 22-yearold history and economics senior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_mmacmurdo.
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FTC may hold celeb endorsers liable for false claims Let’s play a game. How many celebrities that endorse products can you name? (Hint: It doesn’t really matter, because I’m writing now, and you’re reading in the future. Unless our space-time continuums collide, I’ll never be able to hear your answers. So I win the game. Sorry!) But you can name a lot, right? Most sports stars have some kind of endorsement deal or sponsorship, and many other celebrities have their own fragrances or clothing lines. Celebrity endorsement and name licensing is big business. Who could forget Bill Cosby for Jell-O, Brooke Shields for Calvin Klein, or Fabio for I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!? Have you seen an HP commercial in the last few years? They’re full of celebs bragging about the crap they keep on their HP notebooks. Under new Federal Trade
Commission guidelines, these celebrities, as well as bloggers who are paid to give good reviews or publicity, could be held liable for any untrue statements made about the products they endorse. Last week, the FTC published the final version of its guidelines affecting testimonial advertisements, bloggers and celebrity endorsements. Many of the guidelines were targeted at online and social media marketing, which has become a problem area for the regulatory agency. Bloggers and Twitterers will now have to disclose when they are paid to review or recommend a product. Some brands are upset, citing the difficulty of disclosing all relevant information in a 140-character Twitter post. They feel the guidelines are essentially excluding certain forms of social media marketing, a valuable tool in reaching
today’s technologically connected demographics. Other companies are simply worried about a capitalist’s worst nightmare — additional regulation. To companies who are upset about having to be Sara Boyd honest, I have only one thing Columnist to say: boofreaking-hoo. It must suck to be forced to rely on your product’s actual effectiveness to make zillions of dollars. I’m glad bloggers and other online personalities will be disclosing when they’re paid to give good reviews. So many people turn to the Internet for expert product recommendations or reviews these days — it’s important to know
which ones are legitimate. I hope magazines will be held to the same standard, though they weren’t specifically mentioned in the FTC’s press release. And honestly, I’m pretty surprised this is new. I’ve often wondered how drugstores get to market shampoos as color-safe when they take the color off my hair almost as effectively as bleach. I’d be interested to know just how much “healthier” eating red meat cooked on a George Foreman grill is than eating meat cooked on the stovetop. And is Beyoncé going to be held accountable for L’Oreal’s Infallible lip color claims? I sure hope so, but I’ll believe it when I see it. I can only imagine a world where consumer products actually live up to the claims they make. In that world, I would finally get my hover car, and everyone would have equal access to free,
quality health care! As a consumer, I do feel a little vindicated. I was worried consumers would be hung out to dry completely in the future, especially after seeing what happened to the banking industry after years of deregulation. For me, a poor college student, this is the “hope” President Obama talked about in his campaign — the hope new jeans will indeed fit perfectly, new cars will really get 28 miles per gallon, and frozen pizzas will truly taste like delivery. That’s the America I want to live in. Sara Boyd is a 22-year-old general studies major from Baton Rouge. Follow her on Twitter @TDR_ sboyd. Contact Sara Boyd at email@example.com
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AT&T to charge extra for service already promised Are you tired of dropping calls on your AT&T network cellular device? Are you tired of having to deal with slow speeds on your iPhone’s Internet? Do you wish you could download the “I Am T-Pain” application at a higher speed, thus allowing you to start synthesizing your voice sooner? Well, have no fear. AT&T might soon have a solution for you — sort of. Last month, AT&T started testing a new product called the MicroCell in parts of North Carolina. The MicroCell is a little box used to boost coverage in your home or business. The box basically connects to the customer’s Internet connection and boosts the 3G network in that area. Your area might not have the best AT&T coverage, so you get this little box, and all of your problems are solved. Sounds like a good deal, right? To quote coach Lee Corso, “Not so fast, my friend.” Instead of AT&T working on improving coverage in these socalled “dead zones,” they want you, the customer, to pay extra for one of these little boxes that does the same thing. How much extra, you ask? In these North Carolina test areas, AT&T is tacking on an additional $20 a month to your cell phone bill on top of $150 for the box itself. Now, while numerous phones run on AT&T’s 3G network, the most popular is Apple’s iPhone, so that’s the phone I’ll be talking about today. As most iPhone users know,
having Apple’s “Jesus phone” does not come cheap. Monthly minutes, on top of texting and the mandatory $30 iPhone media package, start to add up. Now think about adding an additional $20 to have your iPhone run as smoothly as promised. I call foul Adam Arinder on AT&T. AT&T reColumnist leased the iPhone without a strong enough network to support it. Now, with the iPhone’s popularity and affordablity, AT&T’s network is hauling a lot of weight on its shoulders, and some customers are experiencing the negative side of its poor performance. Dropped calls, unreliable 3G speeds and delayed voicemails are just a few of the problems facing some AT&T customers. Don’t get me wrong, AT&T isn’t the only service provider screwing its customers with these femtocell devices. Sprint charges $20 a month for its AIRAVE femtocell and Verizon charges $250 for its Network Extender. T-Mobile charges $10 a month for its @Home service, which uses Wi-Fi instead of a cellular connection, but does the same thing. AT&T isn’t the only one at this party, but AT&T’s prices are the most absurd of the four companies. Also, with AT&T boasting the iPhone as its crown jewel, it has many more customers for its network to haul around and as many to disappoint. Instead of overcharging
customers even more, AT&T should step it up and start improving its network, eliminating these “dead zones” so many people are encountering. AT&T should even be giving these things away. With the MicroCell running through your Internet connection, that’s less work the AT&T network has to do, yet it puts more work on your Internet service provider. I’m sure the Internet companies just love that.
I hope these test areas will show AT&T just how pointless these things are. Sure, there are buildings where absolutely no one can get coverage. But it’s a little ridiculous when you can have full bars on your cell phone, yet magically have no signal when you walk 5 feet away when your buddy on another network does. Get your stuff together, AT&T, and maybe you won’t have so many disgruntled customers on your
hands. And maybe people won’t think about jumping ship if Verizon gets its rumored iPhone in January. Adam Arinder is a 20-year-old electrical engineering junior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_aarinder.
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report, which will make $800 million in cost-cutting suggestions for Gov. Bobby Jindal and state lawmakers. The report is due Dec. 15. Sen. Jack Donahue, chairman of the Commission, told the Associated Press he wants to leave higher education cost-cutting matters to boards which are specifically dealing with those issues, like the Postsecondary Education Review Commission, also known as the Tucker Commission. “I’m disappointed,” Kennedy said. “The chairman’s action undermines the purpose of the commission.” Kennedy said the Commission on Streamlining Government naturally deals with funding matters that affect public colleges and universities — like state-owned facilities, vehicles and technology. But the boards have been made off limits. “I know it’s a sacred cow,” Kennedy said. “But that’s all the more reason we ought to address it. I don’t believe in dodging issues.” Donahue, R-Covington, wrote the bill that created the streamlining commission. He told the Associated Press the bill excluded higher education from the panel’s review. “It was my agreement with my fellow legislators that higher education would not be part of this [streamlining commission] process,” he said. “To me, it’s a matter of honor.” Contact Kyle Bove at email@example.com
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trained before beginning to work, Brocato said. The tutorial sessions are scheduled around when the tutors can work, she said. Kelsie Babin, civil engineering sophomore, said she was surprised at how much smaller the new space is compared to the other centers. “You spend a lot more time waiting,” she said. This may be because the help card was easier to see in other locations, she said. The centralized location will probably attract more students, said Ashley Bahry, accounting junior and CAS tutor. “If you didn’t know about it before, you wouldn’t go look for it in the basement,” she said of the mathematics center in 39 Allen Hall. Evan Gerrets, construction management sophomore, said the new location is convenient, but it will probably be more crowded because it’s in a higher traffic area. Philip Benge, mathematics junior and CAS tutor, said feedback from students has been equally positive and negative. The location is more prominent, but some people feel uncomfortable being watched behind the glass wall, he said. “A lot of people felt at home in Allen,” Benge said.
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