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Thursday, October 29, 2009


Stimulus bill funds Basic Sciences By Katie Kennedy News Editor


Customers wait in line Tuesday afternoon at Halloween Express, where local stores have not seen any change in sales despite decreasing national costume sales.


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National Halloween costume sales down, local stores faring well in slow economy By Mary Walker Baus Staff Writer

It looks like the King of Pop will make his comeback thrilling trick-or-treaters this Halloween. While Michael Jackson will presumably be mimicked in many costumes, vampires, pirates, athletes and witches are among the top adult Halloween costumes, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2009 Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey. The survey found some pop culture costumes of last year, Log on to see a video of Halloween costume ideas University students have in store for this weekend’s festivities and a photo slideshow of people shopping for Halloween costumes.

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Sidewalk chalk banned by University Giving flyers requires administrative approval By Kristen M’lissa Rowlett Contributing Writer

University students walk over colorful sidewalk advertisements throughout campus on any given day without noticing, but the University is paying attention. Sidewalk chalking is considered vandalism at the University, said Sarah Latiolais, Union building services manager. If the University can identify the

people who wrote in chalk, they are notified and given a warning, Latiolais said. If the chalking continues, the University will charge the individuals a $25 maintenance fee, which covers the labor for Facility Services to power wash the sidewalks, she said. Joshua Duke, business management and construction management senior, chose to advertise his new Web site,, to University students on the sidewalks around campus. He and a few friends wrote ads in chalk for the site on various high-traffic CHALK, see page 20

The College of Basic Sciences is “easily on pace” toward setting a record in grant money received in a year with a total of $7.6 million already in the bank for 2009, said Dean Kevin Carman. The college received 18 separate grants from the Federal Stimulus bill for 21 faculty members, provided through the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. All six departments of the college — biological sciences, chemistry, physics and astronomy, computer science, geology and mathemat‘These ics — and the federal Museum of Natural Scifunds ence, which directly is included in the college, stimulate received fund- the local ing. “ T h e and state grants span the economy.’ full spectrum of Kevin Carman our research,” Basic Sciences dean Carman said. Carman said the total already received is less than what was actually secured, as many of the funds are multi-year grants. The largest grant this year was $1.8 million — half of the total to be received — for faculty in the chemistry and agriculture departments and the School of Coast and Environment to study the effects of combustion byproducts. “In addition to supporting outstanding research, it is important to note that these federal funds directly stimulate the local and state economy by providing jobs and local businesses,” Carman said. Carman noted several more proposals are still under consideration, and his faculty plans to file more before the year’s end.


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Thursday, October 29, 2009

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U.S. contractor says he fought off militant attack in Kabul

Swine flu hits some schools so hard, temporary close is only option

KABUL (AP) — Armed with an AK-47, an American contract worker said Wednesday he held off militants attacking a guest house in Kabul, allowing about two dozen U.N. election workers to escape. John Christopher “Chris” Turner, a trucker from Kansas City, Mo., described opening fire at the assailants as the guests he was protecting huddled in a laundry room at the back of the building.

CHICAGO (AP) — Across the country schools are closing by the dozen as officials say they’re being hit so hard by swine flu that they feel shutting down for a few days is the only feasible option. The U.S. Education Department says at least 351 schools were closed last week alone — affecting 126,000 students in 19 states. So far this school year, about 600 total schools have temporarily closed.

Car bomb in crowded Pakistan market kills 100 PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Suspected militants exploded a car bomb in a market crowded with women and children Wednesday, killing 100 people. The attack in the northwestern city of Peshawar was Pakistan’s deadliest since 2007.

Sleepy Hollow church: No Halloweenthemed weddings allowed SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. (AP) — A church made famous by Washington Irving’s short story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” has rejected a couple’s request to hold a Halloweenthemed wedding. Lisa Panensky and Jim Nieves signed a contract 13 months ago to get married on Halloween at the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy

Hollow, N.Y. Church officials balked at the couple’s plans to wear costumes and include theme music from “The Addams Family” and “The Munsters.” The Rev. Jeff Gargano said he only recently learned of the Halloween theme. He offered instead to marry them in the cemetery of First openly gay U.S. attorney begins job in Washington SEATTLE (AP) — The new top federal prosecutor in Seattle knows the significance her role carries for many people: She’s apparently the nation’s first openly gay U.S. attorney. But as a daughter of privilege — her dad was a powerful Democratic state senator, and she had all the benefits of a comfortable upbringing and good education — Jenny Durkan also recalls what someone once told her: “You’re the most non-diverse diverse person I know.”


Gov. Jindal travels to Calif. to raise money for reelection campaign BATON ROUGE (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal is heading to California to raise money for his reelection campaign. Jindal’s press office said the governor is attending two fundraisers on Thursday: one in Fresno and another in Pacific Palisades. Jindal spokesman Kyle Plotkin declined to release information about who’s hosting the fundraisers. He said that information would be available from campaign finance reports, which are due next year. The governor is scheduled to return to Baton Rouge on Friday. Jindal has attended a string of out-of-state fundraisers this year. The other trips have taken him to Texas, Missouri, North Carolina, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois and Massachusetts. The governor’s campaign fund topped $3 million by the


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Study: Marijuana proven to slow effects of HIV More research needed for certain claims By Ryan Buxton Staff Writer

Marijuana may be a new way for HIV patients to ease their pain, according to early results of an LSU Health Sciences Center study. The study examines the effects of marijuana on nonhuman primates with simian immunodeficiency virus — the primate equivalent of HIV — and the results are surprising, even to the researchers. “In general, what we are seeing is that not only are animals not dying faster, but it looks like [the marijuana] is being protective,” said Patricia Molina, head of the physiology department at the HSC and principal investigator for the study.

The effects of HIV are not being stopped or reversed, but slowed, said Peter Winsauer, a pharmacology professor studying behavioral effects in the project. The idea for the study came from a similar project on the effects of alcohol on HIV, which showed alcohol consumption inhibited the immune system’s ability to fight the virus. Molina wondered how alcohol and drug use would affect HIV patients. Molina said she expected the effects of marijuana to be similar to alcohol. She hypothesized negative effects in immune system function, metabolism and brain function. The HIV effects, instead, seemed to slow based on the mysterious “protective” effect. “What we hypothesized is being negated by what we’re doing,” Molina said. “It is a very surprising finding.”

Marijuana has been shown in the study to alleviate nausea and increase the usually low appetite of HIV patients in the “classic sense of the munchies,” said Winsauer. The final concern was how brain function would be affected. “If you smoke marijuana, you can’t memorize things,” Molina said. “If I gave you a test, your ability to respond would be impaired.” But Winsauer said the study has shown a tolerance can be built to the brain impairment. “Animals got tolerant to the cognitively disruptive effects of marijuana, but they didn’t become tolerant to the protective effect,” he said. The study results have not yet been peer reviewed or published. Winsauer said he doesn’t expect data trends to change during that process, but more research may be required before the team can make certain claims.

Winsauer said the findings could eventually be used to develop an HIV treatment, but that is in the distant future after further testing. There could be clinical trials on humans in five years, he said, but there is a problem to be addressed — gender. The study is being conducted with only male primates. “Traditionally, you worry about estrogen-cycling females and how estrogen may affect drug use,” Winsauer said. “We’re worried that we might not achieve the same effects in females.” Molina said to develop a treatment, researchers must determine why the virus is being slowed and where in the body it is happening. “We have to figure out where this is happening, like in the immune system, liver or muscles, then what specifically we would have to do to modify the drug to target that tissue,” Molina said.

Medical marijuana laws differ from state to state, but it is not legal in Louisiana, said Amy Ladley, political communication graduate student who teaches and specializes in drug policy. President Obama’s stance on the issue is to leave it for states to decide as long as people distribute and use medical marijuana in a legal fashion, Ladley said. Ladley said she thinks it will take a while for traditionalist states like Louisiana to warm up to the idea, but studies like this one could help. “Studies that are done using sound methodology and reputable health professionals and researchers are always better than what is packaged as the ranting of interest groups,” she said. Contact Ryan Buxton at


Student establishing Campus Kitchen Project at LSU Program to help with hunger relief By Kyle Bove Senior Staff Writer

Jenny Kornuta fought hunger during winter break in 2007, and she’s trying to bring that fight to the University and Baton Rouge communities soon. The mass communication senior volunteered for St. Louis University’s Campus Kitchen Project that December, preparing and delivering meals to families in need. “I never really thought about it before I went to St. Louis,” she said. “The idea of a group of students being able to do something so big while having fun is great.” The Campus Kitchen Project is a national program based out of Washington, D.C. Twenty campuses participate in the program, and Kornuta hopes LSU will become the 21st. “Campus Kitchen volunteers pick up unused, quality food from campus dining providers, as well as from local grocery stores and farmers’ markets,” according to its 2008 annual report. “Trained volunteers

cool and store the donations according to established food handling regulations.” Volunteers then prepare meals with the donated food using donated kitchen space during off-hours. “The Campus Kitchen mission is to strengthen bodies, empower minds and build communities,” Kornuta said. “It’s about trying to be creative in finding partnerships within the community.” The Campus Kitchen Project has served 830,857 meals since its inception in 2001 and engaged nearly 19,000 volunteers across the country, the report states. After making the meals, volunteers deliver them to local organizations as well as low-income families and individuals, the report stated. Kornuta said she remembered having conversations with the people who received meals and how

regular volunteers at St. Louis University got to know the families they delivered meals to over time. “It was the highlight of their day,” she said. “They were so thankful.” Volunteers will also participate in programs that educate people about nutrition. “These programs are often implemented as service learning projects, where students apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations and teach valuable skills to low-income individuals,” according to the report. The LSU Campus Kitchen Project isn’t a national affiliate yet. Kornuta has to get the group approved by the University as an official student organization first. “I am 100 percent supportive of student-led initiatives, and this one definitely targets the servant leader in students at LSU,” said Mary

Wallace, associate dean of students and director of Campus Life, in an e-mail to The Daily Reveille. Kornuta designed the program during a leadership development course she took last semester. She said she wants to have a kick-off event in January for the LSU Campus Kitchen Project which would feature guest speakers from the Baton Rouge community. About 25 percent of people living in Baton Rouge are living in poverty, according to 2007 U.S. Census Bureau data. Kornuta’s plan — developed with other University students — includes establishing partnerships with area food banks, fundraising and getting grants from places like the Rotary Club of Baton Rogue, the University Presbyterian Church and other organizations. Wallace said more people need

assistance as they deal with the realities of a slow economy. Kornuta and other students involved in the development of the LSU Campus Kitchen Project are meeting with University officials soon to get the group approved. A Facebook group was created to generate buzz about the program. The group includes links to the Campus Kitchen Project’s national Web site as well. “This project, if designed well, could have the potential to impact some of the poverty issues in Baton Rouge,” Wallace said.

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Complex receives $1M donation SG sets up gameday cleanup, bike week By Adam Duvernay Senior Staff Writer

The Forever LSU Campaign received another substantial donation Wednesday for the E.J. Ourso College of Business-Business Education Complex. Amedisys Home Health Services, a health care and hospital services provider in Baton Rouge, donated $1 million for the new complex. The complex is expected to cost about $60 million, half of which was provided by the state government. The second $30 million must be provided by private funds. The complex still needs between $10 to $12 million after Wednesday’s donation, said Beverly Brooks Major, LSU Foundation director. Major said the complex has enough money to break ground and begin construction but did not know when construction will begin. The complex was a cornerstone project of the Forever LSU

campaign, which is trying to garner at least $750 million by 2010, Major said. “Businesses and individuals, particularly our alumni, partnering with LSU have been extremely supportive because they believe in the vision LSU has set with the Flagship Agenda,” Major said. Bill Borne, founder of Amedisys, is a graduate of the business college and serves on the college’s Dean’s Advisory Council. He was inducted into the college’s Hall of Distinctions this year. “He and his organization recognize the value of hiring LSU students,” Major said. “It’s a way of investing in his current and future employees.” Because of its location and its connection to the University, Amedisys has steadily hired University interns and graduates, said Kevin LeBlanc, Amedisys director of investor relations. “We pride ourselves on

continuing education within the company itself,” LeBlanc said. “This is an important way to invest in our community.” Before the start of the Oct. 10 LSU-Florida game, the University recognized donors who had pledged $1 million or more to the complex’s construction. The donors were honored on the field by University Chancellor Michael Martin and Eli Jones, dean of the E.J. Ourso College of Business. The largest donation so far came from RoyOMartin, a family-owned lumber and construction corporation in Alexandria. The $3 million donation was the gift of Roy O. Martin III, president and chief financial officer of RoyOMartin. Martin holds a master’s in business administration from the E.J. Ourso College of Business. Contact Adam Duvernay at


Researchers get $300K grant By Xerxes A. Wilson Staff Writer

Louisiana sweet potato and landscaping industries are set to get a boost from research performed by the LSU AgCenter. Two University researchers were awarded $300,000 in competitive grants to promote specialty crops in Louisiana. David Picha, horticulture professor, received a two-year, $77,000 grant to find the nutritional components of Louisiana sweet potatoes. Regina Bracy, professor of horticulture and resident coordinator of the Hammond Research Center, received a three-year, $233,000 grant to identify what plants grow and perform particularly well in Louisiana. The grants — awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture — are intended to fund research which will result in Louisiana agricultural products being more competitive on the market. “Our grant is involved with developing a marketing program

specifically to Louisiana that will identify and promote plants that grow well in Louisiana, Bracy said. “We are calling it Louisiana Super Plants.” Plants identified as ones that grow well in the climate of Louisana will be labeled in retail situations, Bracy said. She said the plants identified by her research will be labeled as “LSU AgCenter-recommended.” The labels are intended to improve the sales of these plants and to benefit consumers because they know the plant thrives in Louisiana, Bracy said. Bracy said the University also benefits because the AgCenter’s name is on every plant sold. Texas has a similar program that labels Texas Superstar Plants. Bracy said the Texas program has generated about $1 million in extra sales to these super plants. “The ultimate goal is to promote these specialty crops,” Bracy said. “Once you have increased sales of these specialty crops, you have to also consider it takes more pots,

fertilizer and whatnot, so it has a bit of a ripple effect on the whole economy.” Picha’s project goal is to increase the marketability of sweet potatoes. Picha said his research will entail a full nutritional and vitamin analysis of different edible forms of sweet potatoes — like baked or fried chips — involving different storage lengths. Once the nutritional components of the vegetables are analyzed, Picha said that information will be provided to growers and marketers to use to better market their products. “Many consumers do place a priority on healthy foods,” Picha said. “So if we can clearly define the nutritional value of different types of sweet potatoes, it will let consumers make an informed decision and lead them to choose the Louisiana sweet potato for its nutritional value.” Contact Xerxes A. Wilson at

By Xerxes A. Wilson Staff Writer

Tulane won’t be the only green wave coming to campus this week. Members of Student Government, accompanied by various student groups organized by Volunteer LSU, will sweep across campus Sunday morning to pick up recyclable materials left by Saturday’s tailgating festivities. SG Director of External Affairs J Hudson discussed SG’s participation in the event at the Senate meeting Wednesday. Volunteers will meet on campus at 7:30 a.m. Sunday and receive an assigned part of campus to collect recyclable materials from the ground, Hudson said. Fall into Service is Volunteer LSU’s biggest fall volunteering project, said Chynsia Jenkins, event organizer and psychology junior. Jenkins said Volunteer LSU expects to have between 100 and 150 volunteers for the event. Students can register on the Volunteer LSU Web site.

“It’s going to be pretty big. Everyone is really excited,” Jenkins said. “We want to not just use the volunteers for recycling, but teach them about the importance of recycling.” SG Director of Sustainability Cas Smith announced bike week festivities will begin Friday and run through Nov. 7. Critical Mass will host its monthly bike ride Friday with a Halloween theme, Smith said. Participants are encouraged to wear a costume. Other bike week activities include an urban exploration ride Sunday and a bike auction Wednesday at 10 a.m. on Tower Drive near Free Speech Alley, Smith said. SG is also unveiling the LSU Bikes Web site on Monday. The Web site is meant to be a one-stop shop for bicyclists with networking tools, bike route maps and biking how-to videos, Smith said. Contact Xerxes A. Wilson at




Spencer scores 21 points in Tigers’ only preseason public appearance

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Junior point guard Bo Spencer, left, goes up for a shot as sophomore forward Garrett Green attempts to defend him Wednesday in the PMAC during the Tigers’ Purple and Gold Scrimmage.

By David Helman Sports Writer

If nothing else, junior point guard Bo Spencer looked healthy and more than ready to become the main scoring threat for the LSU men’s basketball team Wednesday night. Spencer was the highlight of a rusty Tiger effort at the team’s Purple and Gold Scrimmage, firing up 19 shots and scoring a game-high 21 points for the purple team in a 46-46 tie. “They were calling a lot of plays for me, and I was trying not to force anything — I was trying to take what was there,” Spencer said. “Coach [Trent Johnson] told me I was going to have to be a scorer … and he told me also to look for my shot, so that’s what I did.” Expectations are on Spencer, just months removed from wrist surgery, to help fill departed guard Marcus Thornton’s shoes and join senior forward Tasmin Mitchell as the Tigers’ main offensive weapons this season. “My wrist is coming back full speed, and my shot looks like it’s getting right back where it was,” Spencer said. Spencer certainly did his best impression of Thornton in the dying moments of the first half when he sank two three-point shots and a running baseline layup in the span of about 45 seconds. But not everything looked picture perfect for the Tigers or their starting point guard. Spencer contributed three of a team total 27 turnovers, as both teams threw passes into the stands, traveled and hacked away at each other in their only public appearance of the preseason. “There were some things out there that weren’t very good,” Johnson said. “But all in all it was a good start for us considering it was the first time for a lot of guys — a lot of guys — under the lights with fans in the stands.” Johnson’s goal coming into the SCRIMMAGE, see page 15

“Coach [Trent Johnson] told me I was going to have to be a scorer ... and he told me also to look for my shot, so that’s what I did.” Bo Specer, junior point guard


‘Respiratory ailment’ doesn’t limit Jefferson By Rachel Whittaker Chief Sports Writer

LSU sophomore quarterback Jordan Jefferson was not limited in practice Wednesday after experiencing a “respiratory ailment” during the week, LSU coach Les Miles said on Wednesday. “[The ailment] is not footballrelated — not a contusion, not an abrasion, not a result of contact or Log on to tape cuts,” Miles see what said. “He got bits Miles had to say of work yesterday, about and there are no isJefferson sues with him.” Miles said playing freshman Russell against Shepard worked Tulane. hard in practice as usual after scoring his first collegiate touchdown, a 69yard run which put LSU ahead of Auburn, 31-3, with 1:09 left in the third quarter Saturday. “[Shepard] has been the same guy, certainly,” Miles said. “The style of career he had in high school put him in some end zones, so we’ll look forward to getting him back there again.” LSU faces Tulane on Oct. 31 in Tiger Stadium. Miles said a distinct sense of enthusiasm emerges among the players when an in-state opponent comes to town. “There are guys on this team who know guys on [Tulane] and have a strong, healthy respect for that team,” Miles said. “We look forward to playing against them, and that’s benefited us in our preparation.” Miles was asked this week why


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Georgia hopes to break Florida’s undefeated record Tennessee takes on South Carolina at home By Jarred LeBlanc Sports Contributor

The Southeastern Conference once again has five teams ranked in the top-25 polls entering week nine of the college football season. The Rebels joined No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Alabama, No. 9 LSU and No. 22 South Carolina in the BCS standings with a No. 25 ranking, following a 30-17 victory Oct. 24 against Arkansas.

RIVALRY TIME The fierce rivalry between Florida and Georgia has come to head recently as the teams swapped wins in Jacksonville, Fla., the last two seasons. The Gators piled on the points last season, winning 49-10, after the Bulldogs fueled the rivalry in 2007 when the whole team ran on the field following Georgia’s first touchdown of the game. Now that Florida (7-0, 5-0) reigns supreme in the SEC East, Georgia (4-3, 3-2) needs to beat the Gators to stay alive in the division race. But Florida’s offense isn’t as explosive as it was last season. The Gators still lead the SEC in scoring offense (35.3

points per game) and total offense (457 yards per game), but Florida has only scored 40 or more points against SEC opponents once this season, compared to the five times the team scored 40 or more points against SEC opponents last season. “Last year, I think teams scored a lot of points,” Florida coach Urban Meyer said in a teleconference. “We scored 611 points in a season, which I’m not sure that’s been done before. This year, obviously that’s not going to happen.” Florida senior quarterback Tim Tebow’s numbers have failed in FLORIDA, see page 15

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Florida senior quarterback Tim Tebow throws to tight end Aaron Hernandez on Oct. 24 against Mississippi State in Starkville.



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LA Lakers poised to repeat as NBA champions It seems like just yesterday Kobe Bryant shook off the haters, hoisted his first NBA championship trophy won without the aid of center Shaquille O’Neal and cemented himself as the NBA’s benchmark for excellence. But all that is forgotten now, as a brand new NBA season started Tuesday night, and a whole new crop of teams and athletes are fighting for that No. 1 spot. But teams may have to wait a while because the Lakers are still the best team in the NBA — which is why they’ll probably be the first team to repeat as NBA champions since their three-peat to begin this decade. THE WEST The Lakers were good last season and have only gotten better in the offseason with the acquisition of veteran forward Ron Artest. Artest adds a defensive presence to the small forward position Los Angeles lacked last season. A regular starting lineup of Bryant, Artest, forward Pau Gasol, guard Derek Fisher and center Andrew Bynum could rival any teams in the league as the most complete starting five. Gasol will miss some time this season nursing a hamstring injury, but forward Lamar Odom is a more than capable replacement. The Lake Show should easily run away with the Pacific Division — much like last season. The Northwest Division has at least three teams who could still be in the hunt come April and May. Denver, Portland and Utah were all playoff teams last season, and there’s no reason to assume they won’t be just as good this year. The Nuggets feature the talents of two-time all-star Carmelo Anthony and one-time NBA Finals MVP Chauncey Billups. Anthony averaged 23 points, seven boards and three assists per contest last season, while Billups added 18 points, six assists and three boards of his own last season. The Blazers feature young studs Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge — Roy averaged 23 points, five boards and five dimes, and Aldridge averaged 18 points, 7.5 boards and two dimes per game last season. The Jazz’s best player, guard Deron Williams, may very well be the best point guard in the league. He averaged 19 points, 11 assists, three boards and a steal per contest last year. If I had to choose a team today to win the division — which I do — I’d put my money on the Blazers.

The other division in the West won’t be nearly as competitive. San Antonio should have no trouble winning the Southwest Division behind the efforts of Tim “The Big Fundamental” Duncan. The best power forward in the league averaged 19 points, 11 boards and two blocks last season. The other teams in the division simply don’t have Johanathan enough to comBrooks Sports Columnist pete. Dallas is pretty good, but not good enough to take the division. The Rockets are without Yao Ming, so no dice for them. Memphis is decent but has done nothing and does not have the personnel to convince me they’re a division contender. And the Hornets are pretty bad outside of guard Chris Paul. THE EAST Now onto the East, where big names going new places shook up the offseason. O’Neal went to Cleveland to join LeBron James and “win a ring for the king,” former Detroit Piston forward Rasheed Wallace found himself a new team in Boston and former New Jersey Nets forward Vince Carter has settled in Orlando. These three teams will easily win their divisions because the East is awful. Instead of focusing on division records in the East, people should focus on the Eastern Conference

championship. The Magic were in the Finals last season, so it would be easy to pencil them in to repeat as East champs, but the Celtics and Cavs look really good. Those two teams battled in a good season opener Tuesday night, and I know it’s early, but Wallace and his new afro seem to be fitting in well on Doc Rivers’ squad. The Celtics won’t come close to his 73-9 prediction, however, because that’s just silly. The Cavs, surprisingly, could be the team in third place in the East. James is good, O’Neal still has some game despite his age, and guard Mo Williams has been known to light up the scoreboard. But the rest of the roster could get a little hairy for King James’ men. They don’t have guys who’ve consistently proven they’re elite NBA players. The Magic are my pick to win the East. They have the best center in the game in Dwight Howard, added Carter, who can score like nobody’s business, and will have guard Jameer Nelson healthy for the season. It doesn’t really matter, though, because they’re playing for second place. Johanathan Brooks is a 21-year-old mass communication senior from Powder Springs, Ga. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_jbrooks.

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom (7) shoots between Los Angeles Clippers forward Craig Smith (5) and Clippers center Chris Kaman, right, in the first half of an NBA game Tuesday in Los Angeles.

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Current LSU coach uses playing experience in job By Rowan Kavner Sports Contributor

Some people were born to play. Others were born to coach. Jeff Brown was one of the few destined to do both. Brown was a doubles AllAmerican and the fifth all-time winningest singles player in LSU history before becoming LSU’s men’s tennis coach. But Brown wasn’t a homegrown Tiger. In fact, he lived in Gator Country, and it took the willingness of a certain coach to pull the Gainesville,

Fla., native to Baton Rouge. “Coach [Jerry] Simmons did his homework, and he knew I was a good athlete,” Brown said. “He took a chance on me and gave me the best scholarship offer.” Brown joined the professional circuit after his tenure at LSU. He defeated Pete Sampras and Jim Courier in the first round of the U.S. Open doubles tournament in 1990 and made it to the round of 16. He had the same finish at Wimbledon in 1991. “When I was young and felt like I needed to prove something to

myself, it was satisfying to end up on the pro tour and playing in Wimbledon and the U.S. Open,” he said. Brown said traveling might have been the best part about playing professionally. “Seeing every part of the world and seeing different cultures really helped me to see how people were different yet the same in so many ways,” Brown said. Brown made his way back to Baton Rouge in 1994 when Simmons asked him to return as an assistant and hasn’t left since. “It was nice to get the call to

transition back into college tennis as [Simmons’] assistant,” Brown said. Brown has been a role model to many of his players, but his influence on sophomore Neal Skupski runs in the family. “My brother told me coach Brown was a really good coach, and it would be a really good opportunity for me to improve in tennis if I came to LSU,” Skupski said. Skupski’s brother, Ken, is currently in the top 100 in the ATP Individual Doubles Rankings. He was an All-American at LSU twice in singles and once in doubles before

graduating in 2007. Neal Skupski is reaping the same benefits his older brother once had from Brown’s tutelage. “He’s helped me in many different ways,” Neal Skupski said. “He was a very good doubles player in the past, and he’s helped on the doubles court.”

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RCC defeats Hot Sauce to win intramural soccer division By Jonathan Schexnayder Sports Contributor

The intramural 11-a-side soccer team RCC took the men’s B bracket championship last Sunday at the University Recreation Sports and Adventure Complex. RCC defeated Hot Sauce, 3-0, to wrap up the first division in soccer. All other soccer finals will be decided Sunday, according to the University Recreation Web site. Saber Tooth Ducks downed Thuggish and Messy, 1-0, to reach the finals in the co-rec division. They will face BCM, who also got a 1-0

win against Pandamonium FC in the semifinals. Niupy FC will square off against Whatchuknowaboutit in the men’s A bracket final. Both teams won, 1-0, in the semifinal round. Kappa Kappa Gamma and Delta Gamma will meet in the finals in the women’s division. Kappa Kappa Gamma defeated Phi Mu, 4-2, to reach the finals. Delta Gamma routed Chi Omega, 5-0. In sand volleyball, UREC Men defeated Carne Buena in straight sets, 2-0, to finish the regular season undefeated. Kappa Delta also posted an unblemished record in the

women’s division after beating Delta Gamma in straight sets. Postseason brackets have not yet been finalized as two divisions have not finished regular season play. Postseason begins next week, Smith said. In the Sunday flag football division, Lambda Chi, Hungover, Hot Ice, TD Pizza Crazy, Redshirt Seniors, Intimidation, Skadoosh, Constantly Off and Prestige Worldwide all stand atop their respective divisions with a 2-0 record. In Monday divisions, Stepdads, Loose Cannons, Terror, LSU Law Wash Ups, Deep Ballers, In Tha

Woods, Team Stephan Rodrigue and No Hard Feelings hold at least a share of the lead — all at 2-0. In the Tuesday divisions, The Ancient Salmon of Capestrano, Sigma Alpha Epsilon “1,” The GOAT, Acacia “A,” Acacia “B,” The Combine, Acacia Neo, Deez Guys and You Dumb Punt all share 2-0 records. Numerous games were postponed until the end of the season after being rained out. “We are trying to play as many games as the weather will allow us,” Smith said. “If there’s ... a certain amount of rain outs, we are just

going to have to cancel some games. We have to allow ourselves enough time for playoffs to take place.” Next registration period is Nov. 2-5, said Matt Boyer, assistant director of leagues and tournaments. That registration session is for Homecoming week events, which include a punt-pass-and-kick competition, a triples volleyball tournament, a dodgeball tournament and the UREC Grid Iron Challenge 3-on-3 flag football. Contact Jonathan Schexnayder at



Thursday, October 29, 2009


Hornets lose, 113-96, in season debut against San Antonio Parker takes hard fall in Spurs’ win By Paul J. Weber The Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Parker scored 17 points before leaving the game after a hard fall, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the New Orleans Hornets 113-96 on Wednesday night. Parker landed with a thud on his right side after slicing between fellow All-Star Chris Paul and Hilton Armstrong for a layup late in the third quarter. He lay scrunched up and wincing for more than a minute before walking back to the bench on his own. The contact set off heated words between Paul and Spurs newcomer Richard Jefferson, who were both hit with technical fouls at midcourt upon being separated. Paul led all scorers with 26 points and Emeka Okafor had 18 points and 10 rebounds in his Hornets debut after sitting out the preseason with an injured toe. Manu Ginobili scored 16 points in his first game healthy for the Spurs since hobbling through last season with bad ankles. Tim Duncan had nine points and 12 rebounds. Rookie DeJuan Blair, the AllAmerican from Pittsburgh who is becoming more intriguing to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich by the minute after an impressive preseason, had 14 points and 11 rebounds. David West added 18 points and nine rebounds for New Orleans. Parker was 6 of 9 from the field and had six assists before his hard landing set off a chorus of gasps at the AT&T Center. Parker had bumped off Armstrong in midair while putting up the layup, then fell almost horizontally to the ground. He stayed sideways on the ground before turning over on his back and catching his breath. He went to the bench with 2:21 left in the third and was done for the night. Ginobili, a former NBA sixth man of the year, became a starter last year but opened the season back on the bench for the revamped Spurs. Along with Jefferson, the Spurs showed off an overhauled roster that includes veteran Antonio McDyess and Blair. The summer spending spree put the Spurs over the luxury tax threshold for one of the few times in the Duncan era. The hopeful payoff is a long season of what the Spurs had plenty of against New Orleans: balanced scoring providing an offensive punch that San Antonio sorely lacked last season. Six players for the Spurs

were in double figures. Matt Bonner scored 11 points, and Michael Finley and Roger Mason had 11 apiece. Jefferson debuted in the starting lineup but struggled, scoring five points on 1 of 7 shooting. McDyess had nine points off the bench. Poor shooting dug the Hornets in a hole quickly. New Orleans missed 10 consecutive shots over a 6-minute span in the first half while the Spurs rolled to a 16-0 run midway through the second quarter.

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Hornets forward David West drives past Spurs center Matt Bonner on Wednesday night in New Orleans’ 113-96 loss in San Antonio.


Entertainment the Science of Scare

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Complex internal processes define how humans react to horror



Trick-ortreating hours moved up By Ben Bourgeois Entertainment Writer

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[Above] A line of people looking for their horror fix forms outside The 13th Gate on Saint Philip Street in downtown Baton Rouge. [Left] The 13th Gate features an outdoor “haunted” cemetary.

By Jake Clapp Entertainment Writer

Students can get thrills and scares through normal Halloween entertainment like horror movies and haunted houses. While a quick trip through The 13th Gate might make a student lose sleep at night, the processes and theories behind being scared are more complex than a simple walk through a haunted house. “Becoming scared depends on many, many things,” said Thompson Davis, an assistant psychology professor at the University who specializes in fear and anxiety disorders. “There are a lot of psychological and environmental influences that work together to make us scared.” Davis said fears are

individualized, and most are tied to past memories or experiences, which can become stimuli for fear in the future. People learn to be afraid during their lifetimes, and a stimulus can bring back that fear and cause a reaction once they attach the emotion to memories. These fears, worries and anxieties are learned through a combination of four different methods, Davis said. People learn to be afraid through direct conditioning experiences, being bitten by a dog; through modeling, seeing someone act afraid around a dog; through negative information, someone telling you dogs are evil; and through a biological or hereditary vulnerability to anxiety and fear. Davis said most people de-

‘I can’t watch horror. I like to sleep at night.’ Havalend Steinmuller environmental science freshman

‘We go into things [like the 13th Gate] wanting to be scared, so we create that illusion.’ Clint McFerren biology sophomore

‘I watch horror movies if they have a good plot and I like the suspense.’ Fred Garrett history freshman

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photos by SHAINA HUNTSBERRY / The Daily Reveille

LSU campus and the surrounding areas expect to see their fair share of trick-or-treaters Saturday in addition to the routine influx of gameday traffic. East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden has made trick-or-treating in East Baton Rouge Parish an hour earlier because of the LSU-Tulane game in Tiger Stadium. Trick-or-treating will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, according to a news release from the governor’s office. Motorists heading to the game are asked to be extremely cautious while driving through residential areas, and parents are advised to avoid walking through main intersections along gameday traffic routes, according to the release. The LSU Police Department will have officers directing traffic and stationed throughout campus on game day as usual, said LSUPD spokesman Russel Rogé. Officers will be limited as far as directing trick-or-treaters on neighboring streets like State Street and Dalrymple Drive because LSUPD’s jurisdiction does not extend off campus, Rogé said. The Baton Rouge Police Department will handle traffic in the surrounding areas. Rogé said he does not expect too many trick-or-treaters on campus during the day, but LSUPD will take them “on a case-by-case basis.” “They need to stay in the areas off campus; there’s no trick-or-treating that we’re sanctioning on Halloween night,” he said. “[If someone TREAT, see page 12


Bands battle for spot at Groovin’ on the Grounds Students celebrate without alcohol By Lindsay Nunez Entertainment Writer

Halloween will be filled with not only the usual ghosts and ghouls this year, but also with the sounds of some of Baton Rouge’s best bands. Students On Target will host the annual Battle of the Bands competition Saturday in the Greek Theatre from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Students On Target aims to provide students with an alternative to the usual drunken tailgate scene, said Melissa Guidry, political science junior and director of student involvement for the group. Students at Battle of the Bands will enjoy music and celebrate Halloween in an alcoholfree environment. He Bleeds Fireman, Leaving Brightside, MeloMania, Prom Date and The Kids in Sandbox will perform. The organization chose to hold Battle of the Bands on Halloween weekend in conjunction

with Family Weekend, an event the Office of Orientation is having for students’ families to visit for the weekend. “We thought it was optimal because it was a smaller game, and the main focus is to meet up with Family Weekend,” Guidry said. “More than 1,500 people are coming in for the weekend.” Students On Target expects more than 100 people to show up at Battle of the Bands, but Guidry said there is a concern other weekend activities may interfere. BATTLE, see page 13

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Field Day performs at 2008’s Battle of the Bands on Oct. 10 in front of the Union.



Thursday, October 29, 2009


Artists create in derelict areas Project beautifies, supports local talent By Emily Slack Entertainment Writer

Construction sites aren’t usually considered places of beauty, but local artists are creating works of art in otherwise unsightly spaces thanks to the SurReal Estate project. SurReal Estate is a project that uses temporary or derelict spaces like construction sites to promote local artists. Culture Candy, a local nonprofit organization which promotes the growth of local artists, sponsors the SurReal Estate project. “[SurReal Estate] has a personal, community value,” said Erin Rolfs, executive director of Culture Candy. “It shows people what it’s like to live with art on a daily basis — it’s pleasing, expressive and relatable.” SurReal Estate is currently working with Marvin “Buddy” Ragland of Coleman Partners Architects on the renovation of the King Hotel in the downtown area. “This is our first time to work with [Culture Candy], and I think it’s a great idea,” Ragland said. “We’re excited to help the art community in a small, simple way.” The construction team and the owners of the King Hotel project will pay for the supplies and materials the artist will need, Ragland said. The project will begin with an 8-by-12-foot plywood panel on the construction fence around the building, which artist and University graduate Todd Hines will cover with a mural. “[The SurReal Estate project] makes people pay attention to something they normally wouldn’t pay attention to,” Hines said. “[The project] allows you to take something people would normally ignore and turn it into something that is unique and interesting.” Rolfs said SurReal Estate hopes to get local artists to cover the remaining two panels on the fence outside of the King Hotel renovation. “The benefit to [Coleman Partners Architects and the King Hotel owners] is incremental, but they see the space as a way for artists to express themselves,” Rolfs said. “It’s a nod that Baton Rouge desires to embrace local artwork.” Rolfs said getting approval for new projects from landlords and property owners is difficult because they think the art will be extra work, but she is happy the King Hotel project is under way. “We have had such high hopes for this project, and it’s nice to know that it will now be realized,” Rolfs said. The Culture Candy executives were approached by Ragland about a year ago to start a project on the King Hotel

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Artist Eric J. Brown works on a mural in a construction walkway at the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge in March 2008.

construction site. The final sketches for the mural are being approved by the owner of the hotel, and Hines is expected to start painting within the next month, Rolfs said. “[The project] provides the universal value of being able to see art everyday,” Rolfs said. Hines said he wants to create a cityscape that looks as though it were constructing itself in his mural for the wall. Previous SurReal Estate Projects include the walkway outside the One Eleven Apartments, an interactive installation created by University grad students, and Within the Hemline, another installation featuring art created from items normally

found around the house. “We like to support the arts, and this is a great way to do it,” Ragland said. Rolfs said SurReal Estate is based on a similar project in Houston which manipulates abandoned houses into art. SurReal Estate began its first project in February 2008 when a mural was created inside the construction walkway set up around the Shaw Center for the Arts during the time the One Eleven Apartments were being constructed.

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Sheriff: No violations Local bars host fundraising event in balloon case action Money being raised CHARITIES

Boy’s parents accused of lying

for United Way By Alex White Entertainment Writer

Charity and drinking have found a way to come together in Baton Rouge. The annual fundraising event series Shaken or Stirred will begin its first event of this year’s series tonight at The Bulldog on Perkins Road. The event begins at 5:30 p.m., and will feature WAFB sports reporter Erin Cofiell, WBRZ weekend sports anchor Chad Sabadie and 104 the X DJ Anna Maran. who all will compete as bartenders for the most tips. The collectd money will all go toward the Capital Area United Way. “It will be like Mardi Gras in The Bulldog,” Sabadie said. “The event combines two things people want to do: help people and socialize.” Besides serving drinks to raise money, $5 raffle tickets will be available for attendees to possibly win prizes like a $300 gameday package from The Bulldog or Stadium Club seats for a 2010 LSU home football game, among others, said Melissa Parmelee, CAUW major gifts coordinator and creator of the Shaken or Stirred event. The Bulldog will donate $5 per head that comes through the doors between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., said Emily Guidroz, CAUW’s director of relationship development. The Shaken or Stirred series will continue into 2010 with five more events featuring celebrities at various locations around Baton Rouge, Guidroz said. Matthew Nomey, general studies senior and bartender at The Bulldog, said getting behind the bar to serve drinks requires a bit of work. “It takes a couple months of busy, busy nights to learn how to pour,” Nomey said. “It takes a while to learn how to count pours and how much goes into what drink.” Nomey said a few key characteristics can make a good bartender. “It’s important to know the beer and drink menus,” Nomey said. “You have to be personable. You are being paid to do [the customer] a service. You want to be engaging and know people’s names if they come in a lot.” Learning efficient ways to better serve the customers is key to success, said Jessica Scallan, bartender at The Roux House on 3rd Street downtown. “A good bartender is someone who can consolidate steps,” Scallan said. “[They need to be] someone who can multitask and grab what they need for later.”

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By The Associated Press FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — The sheriff in the runaway balloon case doesn’t believe he broke the law when he disclosed that child welfare workers were involved in the inquiry, his spokeswoman said Wednesday. A special prosecutor is looking into allegations that the statement by Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden violated privacy laws. “The sheriff stated that he does not believe he violated any laws,” Alderden’s spokeswoman, Eloise Campanella, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. Alderden has accused Richard and Mayumi Heene of lying to authorities for saying their 6-year-old son, Falcon, was on the runaway balloon when it was launched from their backyard. Falcon turned up safe at the family’s home. Prosecutors are weighing whether to file criminal charges against the

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Bartender Anthony Ramirez mixes drinks for a group of patrons at The Bulldog on Perkins Road on Tuesday.

Heenes. Larimer County district attorney’s spokeswoman Linda Jensen said Wednesday no decision had been reached. The Larimer DA’s office confirmed Wednesday that Boulder County DA Stan Garnett’s office will look into claims from Richard Heene’s lawyer that Alderden broke privacy laws. Garnett said he expects the investigation to take about two weeks. He said he’s not worried that his staff will be influenced by Alderden’s 2007 description of the city of Boulder as an “imbecilic borough.” Alderden believed the left-leaning home of the University of Colorado was too secular. “I’ve lived in Boulder since 1968,” Garnett said. “I get used to people teasing us occasionally.” Campanella said Alderden expressed faith in the Boulder County District attorney’s office. She said the sheriff had no further comment.

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N.O. lives on in ‘Year Before’ By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Hurricane Katrina gave Ned Sublette a dramatic coda — and title — for his memoir. “The Year Before the Flood” documents the last year New Orleans and its thriving music scene were still fully intact before the city was nearly washed off the face of the Earth. It’s a tale full of foreboding. “I was convinced I was seeing something imperiled,” said Sublette, 58, in a phone interview. “It was clear something would happen. I just didn’t know when or that it would be a 30-foot wall of water topping the city levees, and that after a catastrophic flood the survivors would be left to rot.” The singer-songwriter, who spent decades playing in the downtown Manhattan rock scene and releasing Cuban music with his groundbreaking Qbadisc label, moved down to New Orleans in 2004 to work on another book, “The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square,” which came out last year. His arrival in the city stirs up old memories of his youth in Louisiana and a newfound ambivalence that courses through his new memoir. “The only reason you put up with living in New Orleans is you get to live in New Orleans,” he explains. “You don’t love New Orleans until you’ve hated it.” He moves into the gritty Irish Channel neighborhood, in a home that was the site of a notorious murder, and he endures a long, “murdery” year, as they say in the violent city. Sublette considers

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does come on campus], they won’t be allowed to go from tailgate to tailgate or anything.” Rogé said LSUPD and the University only recognize the Panhellenic Council’s official annual trickor-treating festivities on Lakeshore Drive, which were held Wednesday. The Council, which governs all the sororities on campus, offers treats to University alumni and local residents every year on the Wednesday before Halloween, said Maggie Fenerty, the Panhellenic director of Greek interrelations. Fenerty said she expected about 2,000 children to come to the sorority houses, the same number of people as last year. The event featured face painting and a beanbag toss, she said. Panhellenic sororities began planning for the event two months ago, and members were urged to make costumes and buy candy for event-goers, she said. Each sorority made its own decorations and bought supplies, so no fundraising was required to finance the event, Fenerty said. Sororities will not offer treats to trick-or-treaters Saturday night, she said. Contact Ben Bourgeois at

buying a gun for the first time in his life. All the while, he is researching the collision of African, European and Native American cultures that laid the foundation for New Orleans’ rich musical tapestry. Born in Lubbock, Texas, Sublette lived until aged 9 in the old city of Natchitoches in northern Louisiana, and recounts how white and black people were segregated in the first section of “The Year Before the Flood.” The rest of the book is the story of how he comes to feel strangely at home in the doomed city of New Orleans. “The real value of the book is its chronicling the passage of time in the last year the city was whole,” says Sublette. “As the year passes, you’re always going to a festival or a saint’s day or an anniversary. There’s a very pronounced rhythm, and you can’t just parachute in.” Sublette peels back the layers of history beneath festivals like Mardis Gras and the forms of music that keep the city hopping: from the hot jazz of Louis Armstrong and the silky R&B of the Neville Brothers and the bouncing hip hop of Master P’s No Limit Records. For Sublette, the city’s great historical divide is along Canal Street, where the downtown Catholic Creole culture clashed with the uptown Protestant, English-speaking territory. “It was the valve between two vast musical hemispheres, one Afro-American and one Afro-Latin, one Protestant with the banjo and fiddle, the other Catholic, emphasizing drumming,” Sublette said. Sublette, who trained as a classical guitarist, fused Latin and honky-tonk music with his album

“Cowboy Rumba” in 1999 and coproduced the public radio program “Afropop Worldwide.” He has since transformed himself into an author and historian who, he says, uses “music as a way of reading history and vice versa.” His first book, “Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo,” got rave reviews, as did “The World That Made New Orleans.” At a launch party for “The Year Before The Flood,” Sublette learned he had made a fan out of Fats Domino, who sent along an autographed photo that read, “Keep writing.” Tom Lowenburg, co-owner of Octavia Books in New Orleans, said readers appreciate Sublette’s perspective and gift for storytelling. “He has a very interesting mind,” he said. “He’s able to draw from all different directions and process it all in a way that is unique.” The new book’s title, of course, wasn’t what Sublette had in mind when he returned to Louisiana. He initially envisioned the book ending with him heading back to New York City early after a drunken tourist breaks into his home during the city’s famous Jazzfest. But Katrina struck just after he left town. The story all came together, even if it meant Sublette had to start writing the memoir all over again. While New Orleans’ music suffered a near-death experience, and fewer African-Americans have come back than whites, Sublette returned five months after Katrina to see the city’s culture reborn. Contact The Daily Reveille’s entertainment staff at

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“We don’t know what to expect with Voodoo [Experience],” Guidry said. “We’re hoping passers-by will stop and listen because the talent of the bands is so good.” Each band will have a 20-minute set to perform its best numbers. Judges from local radio stations and music and dramatic arts professors will judge the bands based on stage presence, musicality, crowd participation and overall performance. Students also have a voice in choosing the winner by using a voting card with a student ID to pick a favorite band. If the judges’ scores tie, the student vote will determine the winner. The winner will receive a 45-minute set as the opening act at Groovin’ on the Grounds in 2010. Twenty bands applied for

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velop a stimulus through varying combinations of the four processes. Once a stimulus affects a person, a natural response shoots through the body and activates an automatic process which triggers the nervous system, said John Caprio, biological sciences professor. Caprio said once the brain recognizes the situation, the sympathetic nervous system takes over, causing a tightening of the muscles and almost shutting down blood flow to certain organs, like the stomach and intestines, to force more blood to the heart in preparation for the fight-or-flight response. “Fight-or-flight is a really unique response,” Caprio said. “Your body naturally and quickly reacts to the situation, and it decides what action it is going to take really quickly. Blood is shifted to where it is needed most, and you are prepared for whatever happens.” Davis said the sense of relief one experiences after being afraid comes from the body trying to balance itself. The body kicks in to return itself to typical levels of functioning and the compensatory action continues after the fear subsides, giving a person a momentary good feeling. These emotions and highs are what thrill-seekers and horror fans experience when they look for the next scare. “Exploring our emotions is a healthy thing,” Davis said. “With horror, like movies and haunted houses, we ultimately know it is a safe environment, but we go along with it because we want the same experiences.” Tracy Stephenson Shaffer, performance studies professor and horror expert, saw “The Exorcist” when she was 6 years old, and she said she has loved every type of horror since. “The illusion of being scared is thrilling,” Shaffer said. “We are already aware that it is not real, but we produce the situation ourselves. So we put aside our disbelief for a while and let go of our


spots in this year’s Battle of the Bands. After the bands performed at a listening party, each member of the Students On Target committee scored the bands based on musicality and uniqueness. The top five bands were chosen based on their scores. “I’m really excited to hear the bands,” Guidry said. “After the listening party, we picked the top quality and best bands to put on an amazing show.” A costume contest for students will also be held at Battle of the Bands. The winner will receive Tiger Cash and Raising Cane’s gift cards.   Students On Target made many changes to this year’s event, Guidry said. The organization is trying to focus more on promoting its mission, wellness.  Pamphlets about student wellness and alcohol will be available at Battle of the Bands. A brief speech on the subject will also be given at the event, Guidry said.

Some students are skeptical about their attendance at Battle of the Bands. “I probably won’t go over there,” said Jordan Wilkins, history junior. “There’s other stuff going on during game day. I tailgate with my friends.” Other Halloween activities may hinder the attendance of some students. “I’ll be out late at Carlotta the night before, so it is a possibility,” said Melody To, French junior. “It’s just really early, and I’m worried everyone will be out doing Halloween stuff the night before.” Other students won’t let date or time stray them away from the musical experience. “I definitely plan on showing up,” said Brittni Lajaunie, engineering freshman.

worries.” Shaffer explained horror is often a metaphor for real-life situations and a return of repressed emotions people can’t articulate, embodying themselves as the monster. “The real monster is something that is happening in the world outside,” Shaffer said. “If we can visualize that fear, even subconsciously, it is easier for us to deal with it. So much of horror is a metaphor for life experiences, but often times that ‘monster’ may not go away.” Dwayne Sanburn, owner of The 13th Gate, has seen hundreds of thousands of people go through his haunted house and can see why so many people like to be scared. “People experience fear vicariously,” Sanburn said. “You can scream and be scared, but you come out the other side laughing. You know it’s fake.” Sanburn said Halloween is one of the few holidays during which people can actually relieve stress instead of building it, but a suspension of disbelief is necessary.

“Some people come through and say, ‘You won’t scare me,’ and often times they aren’t,” Sanburn said. “So you have to willingly immerse yourself into a ‘real’ scenario and believe it is real.” Several students around campus will gladly put aside their disbelief for those few hours of horror. “I love the thrill of not being able to sleep at night,” said Lindsay Bradshaw, business freshman. “Before you watch a movie, you don’t think about [the horror], but once it’s on your mind, it just stays with you.” Clint McFerren, biology sophomore, hasn’t been to the 13th Gate yet, but has experienced other haunted houses. “While you are being scared, it isn’t fun, but at the end you come out all right and feeling good,” McFerren said. “We go into things wanting to be scared, so we create that illusion — and for $20, I want to be scared.”

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Morningwood may have left its label, but the music is still going to the “Nth degree” as is evident on “Diamonds & Studs.” Chantal and Pedro get the album off to a kickin’ start with the in-your-face “Best of Me,” a track that will definitely excite old and new fans alike with its dance invoking chorus. The New York duo excels at maintaining a seductive sound with tracks like the erotic and catchy “How You Know It’s Love,” and the electrorock jam “Sugarbaby.” The album slows and dulls at the end, but the final result is still some kick ass rock ‘n’ roll.

As soon as I loaded Creed’s newest spawn into my iTunes, my computer threw up. And as any good friend would do, I held back its hair. Not realizing the travesty my computer was trying to warn me of, I began to listen. I soon found myself face down in the toilet. “Full Circle” doesn’t even sound like old Creed, which is not a good thing, but still manages to carry over the same unimaginative song writing and shallow lyrics they used eight years ago. When discussion of a Creed reunion began, did anyone just say “No, the world just has too many troubles already?”

Wolfmother first blasted onto the music scene in 2006 with a surprisingly fresh take on the ’70s hard rock genre. But its sophomore album “Cosmic Egg” is somewhat underhatched, as the band has lost a little of the edge and energy its self-titled debut had. The album moves away from the band’s heavy reliance on intense and edgy guitar riffs, which leads to a more mature but less exciting sound. Wolfmother still has obvious influence from Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, making for an album that is easy to listen to but leaves fans wanting more.




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[A+] [F] [B] Cirque du Freak: Michael Jackson’s Amelia Fox Searchlight Pictures This Is It The Vampire’s Columbia Pictures Asisstant Columbia Pictures

Like the Harry Potter and Twilight sagas, “Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant” is based on a paranormal youth book series. Unlike the two previously mentioned franchises, “Assistant” cannot entrance its victims. The film starts out strong by providing an imaginative and refreshing twist on the ins and outs of vampirism, but this freak show only amounts to a bore fest. The director, Paul Weitz, was obviously unsure of what type of audience at which to aim. The characterization and plot are best suited for prepubescent boys, but the blood spilling fight scenes are meant for an older crowd.

Michael Jackson isn’t just the King of Pop — he’s perhaps the greatest performer of this century. Using rehearsal footage from Michael’s comeback tour, this documentary demonstrates his mastery of the live performance. The film doesn’t promise to be anything it’s not — it offers no commentary on his death or his health during rehearsals — but it certainly captures the essence of Michael as both a performer and a person. And this is the closest you’ll get to seeing the tour’s impressive choeography and interactive visuals for yourself.

For an aviation story about hope and inspiration, this movie falls out of the sky. “Amelia” is a biopic about the famous female aviator, Amelia Earhart, who makes an attempt to fly around the world. This movie is too tame, and often boring, for a story about a risk-taking woman. Audiences expect more with stars like Hilary Swank and Richard Gere, but this film acts like a high school history class: all facts, no pizzazz. “Amelia” misses its opportunity to show valor, rather like the aviator who missed her return to America.




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comparison to the numbers he put up during his sophomore and junior seasons. Tebow ran for 23 touchdowns and threw 32 touchdowns with only six interceptions during his Heisman-winning sophomore season. But this season, Tebow has run for six touchdowns and has thrown eight touchdowns and four interceptions. Georgia coach Mark Richt said Florida is undefeated no matter what statistics its offense has put up, and that is what matters. “I don’t know if they’ve had to feel like they need to take a lot of chances downfield,” Richt said. “Whatever strategy they are using right now is working extremely well.” RISING IN THE EAST Another pair of SEC East rivals will meet Saturday night when South Carolina travels to Knoxville, Tenn. After last week’s victory against Vanderbilt, South Carolina (6-2, 3-2) is enjoying its best start since 2007 when the Gamecocks started the season 6-1 before losing the last five games to finish with a 6-6 record.


Tennessee (3-4, 1-3), on the other hand, is coming off its second close loss on the road to a top-10 SEC opponent. Tennessee junior kicker Daniel Lincoln’s 44-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Alabama senior defensive lineman Terrence Cody as time expired to give Alabama the 12-10 victory last week. But Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin thinks his team, which hasn’t lost a game this season by more than 10 points, has played well in the last few games, especially on defense. “We played Georgia, and we played Alabama and haven’t given up a touchdown,” Kiffin said. “We have only allowed both teams combined to enter the red zone one time.” The Volunteer defense hasn’t allowed a single opponent to score more than 26 points the whole season. Furthermore, Tennessee has only allowed 1888 total yards and seven touchdowns this season, which are both second-best in the SEC behind Florida. “They seem to always be in position,” said South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier. “They’re a well-coached bunch of guys that seem to really understand their

he usually makes that he’s not making. I don’t worry about that,” Johnseason was to find help for his few son said. “He’s his own worst enreturning veterans, and several of emy, and I’ve got to get him to relax LSU’s projected contributors turned … He’s fine.” Senior guard Alex Farrer in solid performances. seemed out of sorts Sophomore as well, shooting forward Garrett just 1-of-8 in the Green missed a first half and finwide-open layup ishing with nine in the game’s first points on 3-of-12 minute but finished shooting. the game with 11 But Farrer points, two reand Mitchell were bounds and a block two of five players, while shooting Trent Johnson along with Spencer, 55 percent from LSU basketball coach sophomore guard the field. Green Zach Kinsley and worked his way to six hard-fought points in the paint in sophomore forward Storm Warren, the first half and added a free throw to play all 35 minutes of the scrimmage with just a 60-second halfand a mid-range jumper. “Garrett Green looked pretty time. good considering he’s been out for a year and a half with back problems,” Contact David Helman at Mitchell said. “He really took trol of his advantages.” The Tigers’ young guards showed flashes as well, as sophomore Chris Bass and freshman Aaron Dotson each dished out five assists and combined for six points. But they also tallied seven turnovers between them — mistakes Johnson said the team “just can’t have.” Mitchell, the team’s returning all-conference forward, never seemed to find a rhythm despite finishing with 20 points and eight rebounds. He turned the ball over a game-high six times and shot 36 percent. “There’s a lot of shots out there

assignments very well.”

STAYING ALIVE IN THE WEST Week nine’s matchup between Ole Miss and Auburn is a must-win game for each team to stay alive in the SEC West race. The Rebels need to slow down Auburn senior running back Ben Tate, who averages 115.4 rushing yards per game. The Tiger offense averages 430.9 yards per game, No. 2 in the SEC. “We know how fast they came out of the gate,” Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said. “We’re going against a good Auburn team.” The Rebels will be led by junior quarterback Jevan Snead, who has thrown for a combined 572 yards and five touchdowns in the last two games. “I really think he’s come on and is really making good decisions for us,” Nutt said. “Early on with a brand new line to break in, I think there were some times where he felt like he had to make a play, and he forced some things, and interceptions mounted up.”

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LSU after missing last season’s contest with a season-ending shoulsenior running back Keiland Wil- der injury. Miles said Anderson, a canliams hadn’t gotten as many carries as he did in a breakout game with 72 didate for the Doak Walker Award yards and two touchdowns against who has rushed for 646 yards and six touchdowns Vanderbilt on Sept. this season, “is the 12. He said players kind of back you’re like Williams know going to have to their role is to contackle.” tribute to the team “[Anderson] in whatever ways has the potential they are called to make some big upon. plays,” Miles said. “We expect “He’s a talented [Williams] to be Les Miles running back — he a contributor in a LSU football coach can catch it, he can variety of ways, run it and he has and his plays may or may not be carries,” Miles said speed and size.” In regard to officiating, Miles Monday at his weekly media luncheon. “Our football team, even said he tells his players the “absothose individuals who maybe would lute truth” about calls made during like to have more touches, feels like games, and he has faith officials this is a team game and want to help will work as hard as the teams do. us win in any way they can.” “I’ve always felt like the offiTrue freshman fullback Domi- cials will do a great job, work hard nique Allen made his debut for LSU to get it right and pursue excellence against Auburn. Miles said both Al- just like we do,” Miles said. “I don’t len and sophomore fullback James want a player to harp on an issue.” Stampley will see playing time from now on. In Tulane’s running game, seContact Rachel Whittaker at nior running back Andre Anderson will be in the starting lineup against

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Registering for classes shouldn’t be so aggravating

Twice a year, I get Hulk-angry and consider dropping out of college (again). My dog gets scared and hides under the bed. My boyfriend kills extra noobs in Halo to release the tension that infects any person I come into contact with during Scary Sara Time. It’s going to happen again tomorrow. I’ve been doing deep breathing exercises to prepare for the worst. I hope it’ll be better now that I’m a rising senior, but we’ll see. My hissy fit is always triggered by fall or spring registration. I don’t normally have such a huge problem with bad design, but the LSU registration system is so convoluted it actually upsets me. I think I got spoiled when I attended the University of Colorado at Boulder. It might not have an actual tiger on campus (or buffalo in its case), but it does at least have a

user-friendly registration system. Here’s where I blow your mind: Imagine being able to tell the system to only show Monday-WednesdayFriday classes before noon. Imagine entering ENGL 2710 into a search and all available sections popping up instead of combing through every single class in the English department. Imagine a calendar-style graphic which shows you when your classes are so you can streamline your schedule to be as efficient as possible. Imagine actually being able to register at your given registration time. Every time I log on at 5 p.m. and get the “All available registration sessions are full. Keep trying!” message, I grind another layer off my teeth. I talked with University Registrar Robert Doolos about my

issues. He explained a few key features to me and even cleared up some things that had confused me in the past. Doolos did say each registration group has a full 24 hours to register before another group is able to begin scheduling, so you’ll still have the rest of the day to get your classes if you’re not able to schedule in that first hour or so after your Sara Boyd registration beColumnist gins. But that isn’t so comforting when I’m competing against other seniors for classes many of us need to graduate. That’s one of the basic problems with the way class

registration currently works: The process is so complicated it creates a lot of unnecessary stress and anxiety for students. Doolos explained to me that new features in the class scheduling system have essentially been built on top of one another. While new features like waitlisting are a huge step in the right direction, they need to be better integrated into the current user interface. What I really want is a new system — one that looks prettier, is easier for students to use, simpler for staff to navigate and maintain and comes inexpensively during these uncertain budgetary times. This is a top-tier university, so why not use the resources we have to accomplish this goal and teach some people in the mean time? Get students from computer science, engineering and graphic design

concentrations to program and design a registration system that actually works. It could be for a class, sequence of classes or even a competition with scholarships attached to it. It could even be a competitive project among faculty, and the group with the best final product wins their names on a patent. Maybe you’ve noticed a theme in my columns: I want solutions where everybody wins. A new registration system that makes students’ and staff’s lives easier is just that. Sara Boyd is a 22-year-old general studies junior from Baton Rouge. Follow her on Twitter @TDR_ sboyd. Contact Sara Boyd at


Contradictory atheists’ profit depends on concept of God By Cody Worsham Special to The Daily Reveille

EDITOR’S NOTE: Cody Worsham is a guest columnist; he does not appear in The Daily Reveille on a routine basis. For years growing up, I had the same bedtime routine: in bed at 9 p.m. and awake until 10 watching “Whose Line is it Anyway?” The improvisational antics of Ryan, Colin, Wayne and a fourth stepchild comedian were my pubescent tuckme-ins. On some deeply fatigued nights, I would doze off before 10. Unfortunately, each time my blissful slumber was interrupted by the same annoyance: The 700 Club. This got so frequent that it became instinct to turn the television off immediately and return to my sleep, and it’s a habit that continues into my college years. As soon as I hear Pat Robertson, the channel changes. My dislike for the program goes beyond its apparent penchant for interrupting my adolescent dreams. Really, I have no respect for the program or others like it. God and faith, to me, are priceless matters of individual value, and marketing God as a product instead of a person disgusts me. Selling out by selling spirituality as a product to be consumed is the lowest, most loathsome level of hypocrisy, and the Joel Osteens and Pat Robertsons of network

Christianity are the worst kind of false prophets for profit. Still, the market is lucrative. God sells, whether I like it or not, so much so that even the nonreligious want in on market’s Midas Touch. A New York-based coalition of atheist groups recently launched a month-long “Good Without God” advertising campaign, according to the New York Times. The advertisements, run by the Big Apple Coalition of Reason, consist of subway ads reading: “A million New Yorkers are good without God. Are you?” According to the Times, the ads will run in the same manner as an unrelated but similar July campaign by New York City Atheists on the city bus system. This new group of ads, sponsored by an anonymous donor of $25,000, coincides with the Oct. 27 release of “Good Without God,” author Greg Epstein’s “exploration of an alternative to traditional religion,” according to the book’s Web site. The overlap between religion and atheism is quite obvious here. On his Web site, Epstein calls himself a rabbi and chaplain of “The New Humanism,” which upon examination, turns out to be nothing more than a godless religion. Humanists can argue semantics all they want, but any movement requiring rabbis and chaplains is a religious one. In essence, then, the campaign is in itself contradictory. Atheists, even those under the umbrella of


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New Humanism, seek to end human belief and dependence on the supernatural. However, from a business perspective, they need God to sustain their own financial existence. Don’t believe me? See the text of the ads and the title of the books themselves: To maximize profitability and recognition, these movements need the very word “God” in their titular marketing schemes. An ad reading “New Humanism: An Alternative to Religious Belief” would get as much attention from customers as a red-haired stepchild. “Good

without God,” however, intrigues both the religious market and the nonreligious, regardless of personal belief or philosophy. Really, then, Epstein and company will never be good without God, because they need the God market to operate in to ensure their success. The book’s title and contradictory ad campaign make as much sense as sandpaper toilet tissue. Unfortunately, I can’t help but commend Epstein and the Humanists for having the prescience to attack an old, profitable market

with a new angle. So what if he’s compromising his personal values for a little bit of green? Sounds to me like he’s just taking a page out of the Christian book. And, like Robertson and Osteen, I’m not talking about the Bible. Cody Worsham is a mass communication junior from Baton Rouge.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid.”

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Critical Mass bike ride is more than just good times Thousands of people around the world will hop on their bikes tomorrow and assemble at a designated spot in their communities. Through this global phenomenon ­— coordinated on the last Friday of every month ­— enough bikers form a “critical mass” which allows them to move through busy streets that would normally not be safe for a single cyclist. In this manner the group “takes back the streets.” They are able to pass leisurely through an otherwise busy city. Their visibility provides safety, and their size allows them to pass through red lights (through a process called “corking”). When I first arrived at the University bell tower for the ride last month, my two friends and I disputed whether or not the event was “organized.” Ultimately, I came to the conclusion the best way to describe the event is

“disorganized organization.” Critical Mass is not about protest ­— really, it’s not about anything. There are no stated goals. There is no agenda. There is no message because there is no organization ­— it’s little more than a time and a place. Instead, participants each give the event their own meaning. Some probably want to promote healthy activity in Baton Rouge. Some might be angry at our nation’s addiction to oil. Others are just there to party. On last month’s ride, we went from the Memorial Tower to Whole Foods. For me, the ride was fun, but also educational ­— I realized the route to Whole Foods is easily doable (especially without the threat of traffic). Though there is no leader for Critical Mass, the group usually comes to a consensus on which route it will take based on the suggestion of the most vocal

participants. The group has no rules — not that there would be anyone to enforce them. Instead, it is suggested participants should just be normal, responsible members of a community. It’s a good idea to have lights on your ride, and yes, wearing a helmet is preferred. The thrill of the ride Mark Macmurdo is ultimately Columnist what brings these people together. As a single unit riding through the town, a sense of camaraderie is developed. These days it seems as though we have all grown distant from one another. Incidentally, this probably has a lot to do with the fact we are constantly shuffling around in our own

private metal boxes, minimizing the number of personal encounters we have with people (besides the angry look into the eyes of the other “idiots” on the road). Critical Mass isn’t just a good time — it’s a chance to observe and engage in a community. Because of its decentralized nature and lack of political message, Critical Mass brings together a wide group of people without alienating any individuals. This results in an intriguing image ­— a motley crew on wheels. The people who take part in Critical Mass clearly hail from much different parts of our society. The hipsters ride with the frat boys, and everyone gets along (but through the course of the ride you’ll realize few people easily fall into these stereotypes). Instead, Critical Mass is more of a sentiment ­— community can still accomplish things in our society.

Tomorrow will be a very special Critical Mass. Not only does it kick off “LSU Bike Week,” but it coincides with the eve of Halloween. Riders will be in full costume as they ride the streets of Baton Rouge. There is no predestined route, but word on the street is it will involve touring the graveyards of Baton Rouge. As with every Critical Mass, the fun starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Memorial Tower on campus. See you there.

point; he was following Catholic doctrine. Neither was he denying Sen. Kerry the opportunity to be a part of the Church. Sen. Kerry is free to open his heart and mind to the truth and salvation of our Lord whenever he is ready to do so. The

Church will accept him with open arms. If Mr. Schmitz wants to better understand the Sacrament of the Eucharist, the resources to do so are readily available. The Catechism and the documents of the Council

of Trent might be a good place to start. Perhaps, if he actually learns something about them, he may also learn to appreciate them.

Mark Macmurdo is a 22-yearold history and economics senior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_mmacmurdo.

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Lombardi’s TOPS Religion, politics plan hurts parents column inaccurate, more than he thinks inappropriate My son is a high school senior who has been accepted into LSU for the 2010 fall semester. I am very upset about Mr. Lombardi’s proposal to eliminate the TOPS scholarship for households earning over $100,000 per year. My husband and I earn slightly over 100k. In today’s world, our salaries do not afford us a lavish lifestyle. We struggle to pay Catholic school tuition for three children, often giving up things like vacations in order to do so. We do not drive expensive cars. We pay taxes and tuition because we do not feel the public schools in Louisiana — specifically Jefferson Parish — can provide our children with a top-notch education. My salary means more revenue for the state of Louisiana because I pay taxes. Since Hurricane Katrina, my homeowner’s insurance and property taxes have increased to the point that my mortgage has gone up nearly 30 percent. Now, Mr. Lombardi wants to eliminate the TOPS scholarship my son has earned with many hours of hard work. No wonder so many people leave Louisiana! I was finally going to get a little relief, a little help, and he wants to take it away. My family needs TOPS, and after all these years of paying taxes into a school system that ranks as one of the worst in the nation, we deserve it. Shelly Vollenweider River Ridge resident

Stephen Schmitz’s article in Monday’s paper, “Pastors and politicians are like oil and water — they don’t mix,” is an egregious example of anti-Catholic bigotry. His angry tone, inaccurate understanding of the facts and reliance on rhetoric suggest bitterness. These also make for an unpersuasive position. If the negative tone, inaccuracies and empty rhetoric were dropped, perhaps there would be an opportunity for a productive debate. To help him better understand what he unnecessarily attacks, I offer a few corrections to his statements. First, there is no “U.S. Catholic Church.” There is only the one, actual Catholic Church. Second, the Eucharist is not a “Catholic rite.” It is a sacrament. Roman and Byzantine are examples of “rites.” The difference is important, as a sacrament is a visible sign of an invisible grace, instituted for our justification. A rite is a differentiation of churches according to liturgy. Third, and most importantly, in Catholicism the Sacrament of the Eucharist is the acceptance of “bread and wine” as the actual “Body and Blood” of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Consumption of the Host by someone unworthy, such as one who supports abortion, is an act of blasphemy. This is why the now-Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, Archbishop Raymond Burke, was required to block Sen. Kerry’s reception of the Eucharist in his See. The Archbishop did not take action to score any political

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2009 COSTUMES, from page 1

including political figures and Batman, fell in popularity. Jill Sherman, co-owner of Halloween Express on Picardy Avenue, said Michael Jackson and vampire accessories are popular this year. “Sales [on vampire costumes] have been up because of the big movies and shows on television right now,” Sherman said. “We’re running out of certain vampire fangs and the makeup that goes along with making them white.” Sherman said her store sold out of Jackson costumes early and had to order more, but it sold out of The King of Pop’s signature sequin gloves. Christian Coleman, chemical engineering freshman, said dressing up like the late superstar is a respectful tribute to his memory if he’s portrayed in the right way and no lines are crossed. Sherman said the sexier costumes are the most popular with women. “We always sell cats, bumble bees, lady bugs [and] sexy firewoman [outfits],” she said. “With men, it’s the funnier costumes.” Immigrant advocacy groups, offended by the “illegal alien” costume, urged retailers, like Target, to pull the adult costume from shelves in mid-October. Ashlea Walker, Spirit Halloween store manager, said her store initially carried an “illegal alien” costume but pulled it off the shelf. Sherman said Halloween Express also carried the costume. She said when news about it hit, people rushed to the store to buy it. She said she did not restock the costume when it sold out. Chris Williams, history and French junior, said he noticed Target pulled the “illegal alien” costume but said he didn’t find it offensive. Consumers are expected to spend an average of $56.31 this year compared to last year’s $66.54, according to the NRF survey. National spending on Halloween is expected to reach $4.75 billion — a decrease from last year’s $5.77 billion. “Retail sales, in general, are down,” said Doug Weimer, economics professor. “You see Halloween sales reflect what’s going on in general. There’s also a projection that it won’t be as strong a Christmas season.” Weimer said people are more likely to recycle costumes to spend less money. Sherman said Halloween Express has not had any problems with sales. “We’re about even where we were last year,” she said. “I expect to be up slightly, but not by a large margin.” Sherman said this is Halloween Express’ second year in business in Baton Rouge. She said the store is doing better with sales this year because more people know about it, and the store has more costumes and accessories stocked. Spirit Halloween declined to comment about sales. Mollye Ashmore, apparel design junior, said the reason Halloween sales are up locally

is probably because “people in Louisiana celebrate everything more.” Sherman said the costumes at Halloween Express range from $19.99 to more than $100, but the average costume costs between $50 and $60. The average 18 to 24 year old will spend $68.56 on costumes, according to the survey, but some University students have a lower number in mind. Kayli Robichaux, fashion merchandising sophomore, said she and her roommates are dressing as Barbie dolls. “I didn’t want to spend that much money,” Robichaux said. “I just needed a wig and a microphone. I already have the outfit.” Robichaux plans to borrow her friends’ clothes for her Rockstar Barbie costume, but she went to Halloween Express for the accessories.

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coordinator. Passing out flyers on campus areas like in front of the Union without prior permission from the and in the Quad, he said. University is also against Univer“You see something on the sity policy because the flyers can ground in front of you — it’s cause litter, Territo said. natural to look down at it. It was Flyers are nuisances on camcheap and easy,” he said. pus especially when met with He received several e-mails rain or mowers, and taped flyers the morning after can cause damage from University to paint, said Paul officials stating Favaloro, Facility chalking was Services director. not allowed anyRestrictions where on campus against chalkfor any means, he ing and flyers are said. not to prohibit “We try to students from Ann Smith enforce the poliadvertising orgacommunication studies senior nizations, but to cy without being too overbearing,” protect the aesLatiolais said. “In three years, we thetics of the University, Latiohave only [charged] once.” lais said. Chalking around campus is Students can advertise free of a larger problem at the beginning charge in the Union by requesting of semesters when there are turn- spots on multiple TVs inside the overs in organizations, but cam- Union, and they can request table pus organizations are educated space in Free Speech Alley. Orgaabout different forms of advertis- nizations are allowed to pass out ing, said Ashley Territo, Finance flyers with requested table space, and Administrative Services Latiolais said.

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‘If [sidewalk chalk] is done tastefully, it could add to the beauty of campus.’

PAGE 20 Students can also advertise through departments on designated bulletin boards with permission from the department, Favaloro said. Business advertisers must make requests through the Office of Finance and Administrative Services and must be approved by the University, Territo said. Ann Smith, communication studies senior, said she does not think chalking is a large problem on campus. “It washes away with the rain,” she said. “If it is done tastefully, it could add to the beauty of campus.” Lisa Palacio, communication studies senior, said she thinks the chalk adds to the University’s atmosphere. “We just see it as decoration because we don’t really read it,” she said.

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The Daily Reveille — October 29, 2009  

news, sports, entertainment

The Daily Reveille — October 29, 2009  

news, sports, entertainment