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Students feel effects of executive order, fear uncertain future SG debates resolution to support international students BY KATIE GAGLIANO @katie_gagliano PHOTO BY CAROLINE MAGEE

“That’s our luck,” that we would come to this country and have the situation take a bad turn, Yalda Fazlalizadeh said. Fate is making jokes. The 33-year-old Iranian computer science Ph.D. candidate isn’t a stranger to difficult situations. In her lifetime, she’s witnessed wars, harsh economic limitations and restrictions on freedom of speech and expression, but when President Donald Trump announced an executive order limiting immigration from her country and six others, she said she was shocked. “Because of the very different situations in my country people always feel like they are living on the edge of a sword,” Fazlalizadeh said. “The reality is that people live with that fear of the future all the time.” Fazlalizadeh thought she had moved beyond that fear when she came to the

University to advance her education in August. She recognized that the U.S. and Iranian governments don’t have a warm relationship, but in spite of her nationality she said she was welcomed warmly and respectfully by her colleagues, professors and newly-made friends. Fazlalizadeh said her position is once again insecure following the president’s executive order, and her concern is heightened by frequent changes to the order’s implementation. The Jan. 27 order halted entry and re-entry into the United States for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days, refugee entry for 120 days and entry of Syrian refugees indefinitely. On Feb. 3, a federal judge in Seattle placed a stay on the order, and on Feb. 9 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the



First phase of housing initiative begins

BY CJ CARVER @CWCarver_ In response to recent high crime rates in off-campus housing ­— according to data from the Baton Rouge Police Department — and College of Agriculture president Brad Frazier being robbed at gun point at his off-campus apartment last summer, a new Student Government initiative called the Gold Standard Student Housing Program is being developed. The program, which hopes to announce its first Gold Standard complexes this upcoming January, is the first of its kind across the nation. It’s a partnership among SG, the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s office, LSUPD, BRPD and property management from various off-campus complexes, SG president Zack Faircloth said. The Gold Standard Student Housing Program aims to be a proactive initiative to reduce crime and raise awareness of crime-stopping efforts for everyone at off-campus complexes, according to the SG website. “We got to talking to the DA’s office a little more, specifically their crime strategies unit,”



Assistant coach key to Lady Tigers’ success this season Tasha Butts makes impact on and off the court BY JOURDAN RILEY @jourdanr_TDR As a child, Tasha Butts stayed busy, from cheerleading with her cousins to going to work with her father, who was a janitor at a local middle school. But the time she would spend with her father helped foster the now-LSU assistant coach’s passion for basketball.

Butts and her brother would accompany their father every day after school. The two would rush to help clean so they could grab a basketball and get on the court. And her brother didn’t go easy on her. “My brother would beat me up, knock me down,” Butts said. “But that’s when I think my love really, really grew. Just having access to a gym and a basketball every day, all day.” At times, Butts would be the only girl playing among 15 of her male cousins.

Butts said the older competition never scared her. Playing against her brothers and cousins allowed her to be resilient, she said. From then on, she never backed down from a challenge. Some days she would cheer with her female cousins, but when she stepped foot on the court, her male cousins knew she meant business. “I was in the third grade walking up to my mother’s middle school and then playing against

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Space Law Society established for Law School BY CHRIS CLARKE @ChristophClarke

Last year, the University partnered with master planning firm NBBJ to develop a 10year plan for the University. On Feb. 14, a draft of the Comprehensive and Strategic Campus Master Plan was presented to University leadership for comment before final revisions. The presentations will last until

Early last year, now a Paul M. Hebert Law Center first-year student and Space Law Society president, Zach Miller was pondering the topic for his senior honor’s thesis while playing the popular video game “Civilization V.” The premise of the game is to develop civilizations on a sparsely-populated planet. “I started to wonder what it would actually be like if there was some sort of a colonization of a planet,” Miller said. “If you started getting really nerdy and you tried to figure out what it would actually look like, what sort of diplomatic mechanisms or international laws would govern the colonization of space, and that’s what I ended up writing my thesis about.” The topic of Miller’s honors thesis remained with him after he graduated from the University and became the basis for the newly-created Space Law Society at the Law Center. Space law is an increasingly relevant topic in the 21st century. Although the question of legal status in space is not new — beginning in the late 1960s with issues revolving around the space race — the topic has gained new

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Graduate student awarded artist’s residency in Switzerland Offer comes after Sievers wins 2015 IFC award for sculpture ‘10,656 Palms’ BY HANNAH VENERELLA @hannahvenerella Dig, spin, repeat. These three words strung together sound simple, but in reality they describe months of hand-crafted work that eventually turned into sculptures and large-scale installations. Fine arts graduate student Brittany Sievers’ thesis exhibition, “Dig, Spin, Repeat” will occupy the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Firehouse Gallery until Feb. 24.

Hinting at minimalism, the exhibition is drawn from social psychologist Ellen Langer’s definition of mindfulness, or “the simple act of actively noticing.” Each installation and sculpture is made from either local clay Sievers digs and processes or yarn from the wool she spins. Sievers encourages studying the details of each sculpture and installation: the placement, materials and uniqueness that comes from craftsmanship. Many awards adorn her résumé, including the prestigious International Sculpture Center award in 2015 for her sculpture “10,656 Palms.” The CHUNFENG LU / The Daily Reveille

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Graduate student Brittany Sievers creates art for her MFA Thesis Exhibition on Feb. 11 in her studio.

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#LALege Twitter serves as vehicle for modern civic engagement BY KATIE GAGLIANO @katie_gagliano Feb. 13 the Louisiana Legislature officially opened a special session dedicated to closing the state’s $304 million mid-year budget shortfall. Proposals to close the gap are already on the table, including one from Gov. John Bel Edwards that includes using $119 million from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to shield higher education and health care from cuts. Higher education funding will be a hot topic of debate as cuts are negotiated. For students looking to stay in the know, engaging with legislators and policy experts on Twitter is a great way to start a dialogue and ease into civic engagement, said Lance Porter, a Manship School of Mass Communication associate professor and director of the Social Media Analysis and Creation Lab. Twitter’s open network format allows legislators to put forth their agenda and gain visibility for issues they care about, he said, allowing students to assess which issues their legislators are focused on. This open network is an ideal vehicle for marshalling resources to focus attention on specific causes, or to apply pressure to specific legislators, Porter said. While social media is a springboard for engagement, it shouldn’t be the only outlet for engagement and should ideally result in action, he said. “It can’t end in social media,” Porter said. “It has to create something that organizes people around something to do something.” Here are a number of legislators and state administrators active on Twitter, so you can keep up with all things #lalege:


Comm. of Administration @JayDardenne Republican Followers: 6,484

Things to do with a 30 minute staycation. Go to the top of the Capitol and look for Abramson.

Today’s presentation to Joint Budget about the current year budget shortfall. #lalege 5:25 PM - 13 Feb 2017 29 RETWEETS


JP MORRELL, D-New Orleans @JPMorrell

Senator, District 3 Followers: 5,064

Sat down in BR office @ 10AM settling in for #SpecialSession . So much work to do & #lalege needs to work together to do it. #bettertogether 12:19 PM - 6 Jun 2016

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The LA House Chamber looks great for Christmas! Too bad some legislators may be getting coal in their stockings!

R-Baton Rouge @DanClaitor Senator, District 16 Followers: 2,260

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@JohnJelJedwards Parody Account Followers: 802

@LouisianaGov Democrat Followers: 18.8k

#lagov budget plan will avoid cuts to higher education, K-12 education, public safety, child abuse prevention, among others. #lagov #lalege

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Representative, District 91 Speaker Pro Tempore Followers: 5,681

Girl, you must be a special legislative session because you’re extraordinary & I never hesitate to call you #lagov #lalege #lalegevalentines 6:10 AM - 14 Feb 2017 23 RETWEETS

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Nineteen-year-old with stolen Non-student arrested gun arrested after traffic stop during traffic stop Scott said a 19-year-old non-student was arrested for possessing a stolen handgun after a traffic stop early Sunday morning. LSUPD According to spokesperson Lt. Kevin Scott, LSUPD performed a traffic

stop on Nicholson Drive on Feb. 12 at 12:01 a.m. A .32 caliber handgun with an obliterated serial number was found in the possession of a passenger, Patrick Edwards of Baton Rouge, Scott said.

Edwards was arrested and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number and one count of possession of a stolen firearm.

A 28-year-old non-student fugitive was arrested after a traffic stop early Thursday morning, Scott said. Scott said LSUPD performed a traffic stop on Nicholson Drive on Feb. 9 at 5:30 a.m.

The driver, Brian Green of Baton Rouge, was discovered to have an active arrest warrant with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office. Green was arrested as a fugitive and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

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SIEVERS, from page 3 inspiration for the sculpture came while working at an artist’s residency at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, which was geared toward food production and working with one’s hands, she said. Artist-in-residence programs exist to offer artists a time and space away from their usual environment. They provide a time for reflection, research, presentation and production. Sievers’s residency influenced her to dig and shape local clay. She later cut holes to hang each piece onto chicken wire like Christmas ornaments, she said. The 12-foot sculpture’s ombre effect was created by under and overfiring the clay with a kiln. The whole process took half a semester.

A total of 423 students applied for the ISC award. It was then narrowed down to seven honorable mentions and 18 recipients, one being Sievers. The ISC award allows students to receive publicity for their work through traveling shows and the option to apply for an artist’s residency. The sculpture was shown at the Mana Contemporary in Jersey City and in Chicago. Through this award, Sievers was chosen, along with another student, for an artist’s residency in Switzerland where she will live and work with world-renowned sculptor Heinz Aeschlimann and his wife for six weeks during the spring. The residency offers young artists a free workshop with living and traveling costs covered, as well as fully equipped studios and guest rooms. To wrap up her semester

at the University, the graduate student began working with a different material and placement, yarn from wool that hangs to occupy the whole room, for her thesis exhibition. “Yarn has a lot of the properties that clay has that I was interested in,” Sievers said. “It’s nice to work with a different material and medium.” The exhibition features a mixture of the two materials, and the details encourage the audience to heighten their exploration of their surroundings, she said. A reception for “Dig, Spin, Repeat” will be held on Feb. 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Arts Council’s Firehouse Gallery downtown. The exhibition is free to observe until Feb. 24. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

MASTER PLAN, from page 3 Feb. 16. “We’ve developed a 10-year master plan that we think not only provides for the future growth of academic programs, research and all the other activities on campus, but also starts to set in motion a transformational change to the campus to make it into an even greater place than it is right now in terms of a place to be in and experience,” said Kim Way, NBBJ director of urban design and planning. Notable features of the Master Plan include the demolition of Middleton Library, Lockett Hall and many non-residential buildings in the south campus area. A new library will be built as well as academic-purposed buildings in south campus near Patrick F. Taylor Hall. The plan also seeks to push much of the parking on campus to the edge of campus, realign traffic routes to relieve congestion and add residential space. The demolition of Middleton, Lockett and the non-residential space is estimated to save the University $136 million in deferred maintenance costs. The demolitions will also open up green space in the historic core of campus. To

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Graduate student Brittany Sievers creates art for her MFA Thesis Exhibition on Feb. 11 in her studio.

good fit.” Other students seem to be life as private companies poise interested as well. Miller said he themselves to privatize space expected maybe 10 or 15 people travel. In the past, space-related at the society’s first interest meetissues were generally dealt with ing last week but saw a turnout of at the national or international about 50. level, using treaties or statutes, The Society is currently because the only organizations working on providing industry capable of space connections and travel were govopportunities for “Like any other ernmental bodies members, along like NASA or the student organization, with bringing in European Space guest speakers to we want to help Agency. talk about space As private students develop law. corporations like any oththeir résumés and er “Like SpaceX and Orstudent orgabital ATK begin to create professional nization, we want take over the dohelp students opportunities for to main of low earth develop their réorbit travel — and sumés and crethem.” SpaceX CEO Elon ate professional Musk calls for a opportunities for ZACH MILLER manned mission them,” Miller said. Space Law Society president to Mars by 2024 In the future, — questions of however, Miller private ownership of celestial said he hopes to expand the bodies is an issue that wasn’t con- scope of the Society by publishsidered by treaties ratified in the ing scholarly papers and sending ’60s and ’70s. students to conferences and conBecause of this heightened ventions. By doing real academic interest in and need for space work in the Society, Miller said law, Miller said he saw a market he can add a “legitimacy” to both for his student organization. the society and its students. “There’s not really a big More information can be market that exists yet for any- found on the Society’s website: thing aviation or aerospace here,” said. “It turned out to be a pacelaw.

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A student interacts with a virtual reality simulation of the future campus proposals in the Student Union on Feb. 15. account for the space lost through demolitions, the plan looks to better utilize classrooms, increasing their usage from around 22 hours per week to 30 hours per week. Student Government hosted a students-only open

forum to comment on the plan on Feb. 15. There will be a second forum on Feb. 16 for University faculty, staff and the general public. Details on the Master Plan can be found on the interactive website at

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Our goal for this is that … one day students and parents can feel really comfortable living at some of these off-campus complexes. ZACK FAIRCLOTH

SG president

HOUSING PROGRAM, from page 1 Faircloth said. “They do what’s called calls-per-unit analysis on apartment complexes so they can look and see. If it’s got 100 units and they get 100 calls from the particular property in a year, they’ve got one call-per-unit.” A typical motel in other cities across the nation operates at around 0.2 calls-per-unit per year, Faircloth said. He went on to explain that there are off-campus complexes which operate at 0.8 to 0.9 calls-per-unit per year. From January 2015 to June 2016, 1,411 crimes were reported to BRPD from popular off-campus housing locations, which included 493 thefts, 328 vehicle burglaries, 204 residential burglaries, 170 batteries, 79 non-residential burglaries, 50 individual robberies, 43 miscellaneous crimes, 38 cases of assault and six homicides, according to data provided by BRPD and analyzed by SG director of transportation Chuck Mock. These calls amounted to about 11 percent of all calls to BRPD during the 18-month period. “Our timeline looks like probably the next three or four months we’re going to spend fleshing out a budget and getting our ducks in a row in terms of who those properties are going to be that want to be a part of the list,” Faircloth said. “As soon as that happens, we’ve got a couple of trainings identified, and we’re looking to bring on a couple of full-time coordinators whose job will be to handle these off-campus surveys.” Each complex looking to opt in

to the program will have a “crime prevention through environmental design,” CPTED, survey done on the property to make sure that, by design, it is safe and that the complex is taking proper security measures, Faircloth said. The CPTED survey is conducted through an LSUPD online portal, meaning LSUPD can access the results and determine if they meet qualifications to be considered “Gold Standard,” SG presidential press secretary Jayce Genco said. “It is my hope that by August that portal will be opened up to all properties [and] we will have two full-time coordinators whose job it is to do these surveys at no extra expense at all to the students,” Faircloth said. Once the portal launches in August, the two surveyors will spend August through December surveying the properties while the DA’s office continues to monitor the numbers on the back end of the calls-per-unit analysis, Faircloth said. Should everything go according to SG’s plan, Faircloth hopes the first announcement of Gold Standard Housing complexes will come out in January. “We know this is a legacy item, we know I’m never going to get to live in a Gold Standard Housing complex, but that’s OK,” Faircloth said. “Our goal for this is that those calls-per-unit drop drastically, that … crime isn’t as prominent as it is right now and one day students and parents can feel really comfortable living at some of these off-campus complexes.”

EXECUTIVE ORDER, from page 1 president’s appeal. The Trump administration has indicated it intends to take additional action and may release an executive order to heighten security as the original order moves through the court system. In the coming days, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will vote en banc on whether to reconsider Trump’s appeal. Wednesday evening Student Government senators heard a bill authored by Graduate School senator Jordan Landry urging the immediate revocation of Trump’s executive order. Landry said he authored the bill in an effort to stick up for the 118 students from countries affected by the executive order. The bill was hotly debated as senators voiced concerns that the bill was politically motivated or politically inclined in such a way that would alienate conservative members of the student body. E.J. Ourso College of Business senator John Fourcade cited the campus’s mock presidential election results as a potential deterrent to supporting the bill, noting that 47.5 percent of voting students supported Trump and likely supported his policies. As a main issue of Trump’s campaign, students supporting Trump likely understood his stance on immigration and knew an action like this was possible, he said. The bill was referred back to the Student Life, Diversity and Community Outreach Committee following a 31-30 vote on a motion from Manship School of Mass Communication senator Beth Carter. Senate speaker Alexandra de Gravelle cast the tie-breaking vote. Fazlalizadeh said political decisions are not black and white, and she can understand Trump’s desire to make the country great and preserve economic opportunities for citizens. Despite this, she said she hopes he reconsiders his position because his actions are doing more to limit the

opportunities of innocent people than restrict the actions of terrorists. Most Iranians come to the United States to participate in advanced educational opportunities and contribute to the country’s research programs, she said. “I hope that he thinks about it and figures out that the banning and even the sanctions just punish ordinary people like me who already suffer from their own government,” she said. Saeed Fosshat, a 28-yearold chemistry Ph.D. candidate from Shiraz, Iran, said instead of a ban, the government could institute tougher vetting processes, though the process is already stringent. Fosshat said it took roughly eight to nine months to complete his visa process and receive permission to enter the country. In addition to extensive background checks, the process is lengthened because Iranians must travel to an American embassy in a neighboring country, such as the United Arab Emirates, Turkey or Armenia, to conduct the necessary immigration interviews, he said. The U.S. embassy in Iran has been closed since the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, and Fosshat had to travel to Abu Dhabi in the UAE for his interview. Altogether, Fosshat and Fazlalizadeh each worked for two years to attend an American university, having to pass the TOEFL and GRE exams to qualify for entrance, in addition to completing the visa process. After investing considerable time, money and effort into pursuing his education, Fosshat said he is fearful he will be ousted and unable to complete his degree. Though the original order called for suspended travel for 90 days, rumors are circulating throughout the international community that additional sanctions could be on the horizon. Fosshat said the fear and uncertainty created by the situation has made it difficult to focus on his studies and routine. Fosshat said he’s chosen to

CAROLINE MAGEE / The Daily Reveille

Chemistry Ph.D. candidate and international student Saeed Fosshat discusses his fears about President Trump’s current immigration executive order on Feb. 15 on campus. shield his family from the news in an effort not to worry his 70-year-old mother, and he instead focuses on his new experiences and friendships when he speaks to his parents. He said knowing he could be deprived of seeing his family is a strange feeling. Fazlalizadeh said her parents are suffering knowing they may struggle to see their child during her six-year Ph.D. program. Fazlalizadeh entered the country on a single-entry visa, and is dependent on her parents’ ability to enter the country for family interactions. A lot can happen in six years — weddings, funerals, births — and Fazlalizadeh said she doesn’t understand why she and other students from the seven countries should live differently from other students, unable to see their families or return home. Though both Fosshat and Fazlalizadeh officially identify as Muslims, neither practices Islam. Westerners typically believe Iran, a Muslim-majority country, is dominated by a single strict, religious point of view, but that is not true, Fazlalizadeh said. Even if it were, followers of a belief system or citizens of a region shouldn’t be judged wholesale. “No nation or no followers of a certain religion can be judged altogether. There might be some evil guys among Muslim people, there might be some evil guys among Christians, but ... it is the responsibility of those people, not that religion,” Fosshat said.

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CF “Antoine is a special player. He came here from day one and established himself as a starting player, very good defensively. Center field, he did a tremendous job in right field last year.”


“The left field position is really the one position that’s up for grabs right now. Of course Beau Jordan played there all the time last year. Beau had a really rough last month of the season and a pretty average summer. I still love Beau.”

BEAU JORDAN Jordan batted .286 with 39 RBI in 2016 for LSU while starting 63 games in leftfield as a sophomore. Jordan hit his first career grand slam against Missouri last season, which he finished with a career high five RBI. Mainieri noted that there could be an early competition in left field between Jordan and Breaux.

A member of the 2016 Freshman All-SEC Team, Duplantis makes a move over to center field this season after starting all 66 of LSU’s games last season in right field. He finished with the second highest batting average for LSU last season, batting .327 with 39 RBI.


COLE FREEMAN “When you think about the teams that get to Omaha and have success in Omaha, it’s not a requirement, but a lot of times you see teams that have a very good senior presence on their team.”

“Perhaps there’s a little more power potential, and as long as you feel that freshman, despite the fact he [Smith] does not have the experience, he still gives you more than the experienced player.” 3B


BRENNAN BREAUX Sophomore Breaux batted .139 with one double and five RBIs. He played in 49 games as an outfielder/ pinch runner and delivered the game-winning hit in the Tigers ‘7-1 victory in the third game of their series against Arkansas. Breaux will be in and out of the lineup, pending the length of junior Greg Deichmann’s facial fracture injury.



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KRAMER ROBERTSON Robertson also returns for a senior season after being drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 32nd round of the 2016 MLB Draft. Robertson batted .324 with 39 RBI last season and also scored 61 times which was number three in the SEC.

MICHAEL PAPIERSKI Papierski returns to LSU to be behind the plate for the third consecutive season. He batted .242 with 20 RBIs a season ago. On the defensive end, he threw out 19 runners trying to steal bases last season. He was a switch hitter for most of his first two years at LSU but began just hitting right handed at the tail end of last year.

“Brennan Breaux has made remarkable improvement. I don’t know how much he’s put on, but I’ll bet he’s probably put 10 to 15 pounds on, and he’s hitting the ball with a lot more authority, and he can run pretty well.”

“I felt Jake Slaughter was one of our top nine players. So rather than be the backup at another position, your more traditional position you play, I’d rather have that player be one of the starting nine if he’s one of your best nine guys.”

The Daily Reveille previews LSU’s baseball season, with quotes from coach Paul Mainieri

SS “I don’t think we’d come close to winning 45 games last year if Kramer Robertson doesn’t do what he did for our team, moving over to shortstop, being the offensive force that he was.”


Freeman returns for his senior year where he will remain at the reigns of second base. Freeman started all 66 games for the Tigers last season batting .329 with 27 RBI on the season. He was drafted in the 18th round of the MLB Draft a year ago but returned to LSU for another crack at Omaha.

JOSH SMITH Smith comes in as a freshman who was ranked as a Top 400 prospect by Baseball America in 2016. Smith batted .379 with 28 RBI in his senior season at Catholic High. The Detroit Tigers drafted Smith in the 38th round of the 2016 MLB Draft.

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JAKE SLAUGHTER Slaughter comes to LSU as the No. 1 prospect out of Louisiana by Prep Baseball Report. He was drafted in the 36th round of the 20 training 16 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs and batted .406 with 33 RBI in his senior season at Ouachita Christian High School.


ALEX LANGE Lange, a projected lottery pick in this year’s MLB Draft, finished last season with a 3.79 ERA and an 8-4 record. The 6-foot-3 junior finished last season as a member of the 2016 NCAA Regional All-Tournament team.

“Alex Lange has been one of the greatest competitors that I’ve been around in my coaching career. Forget about his talent, forget about his ability, forget about his size or the strength of his arm.”


Arden Key takes leave of absence, Brandon Harris to transfer BY JOSH THORNTON @JoshuaThornton_

the media respect the privacy of Key as this is a personal matter.

LSU junior defensive end Arden Key is stepping away from football for “personal reasons,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron announced on Feb. 15. “In consultation with our staff and his family, Arden Key has decided to take some time away from football for personal reasons,” Orgeron said in a statement. “We fully support Arden in his decision and look forward to welcoming him back home to the Tiger family at the appropriate time.” Key recorded 12 sacks last season, which broke LSU’s single season record. Orgeron and Key will have no further comment on the matter. Orgeron asked that fans and members of

SPRING GAME SET FOR NIGHT KICKOFF LSU fans won’t have to wait until September for a Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. Orgeron announced on Feb. 14 that the National L Club spring game will kickoff at 7 p.m. on April 22, and the game will air on the SEC Network. The night kickoff is the first since 1995, when the Tigers had a 6 p.m. kickoff under former LSU coach Gerry DiNardo. LSU opens spring practice on March 11 and will have a total of 15 practices leading up to the game. LSU plans to have events and activities leading up to the contest, but they are still being planned.

HARRIS ANNOUNCES TRANSFER LSU’s quarterback depth chart is now thinner. Senior quarterback Brandon Harris announced in a tweet that he will be transferring. Harris has been granted his full release and plans to graduate this semester, according to his statement. Harris began the 2016 season as LSU’s starter but was replaced by senior quarterback Danny Etling in LSU’s second game of the season against Jacksonville State. The Bossier City native started two games for LSU last season and threw for 139 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound


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LSU then-freshman defensive end Arden Key (49) leaves the field after the Tigers’ 31-14 defeat against the University of Arkansas on Nov. 14, 2015, at Tiger Stadium.

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Tigers working on speed, reshaping offensive philosophy LSU looking to utilize quickness on basepaths BY KENNEDI LANDRY @landryyy14 LSU is seeing more speed than ever this season — both on the bases and at the plate. A team that normally relies on home runs and power hitters is adding more versatility to its lineup. After a back-and-forth offensive performance during the Tiger Classic, LSU is working on finding its groove at the plate. Despite a setback in the 7-3 loss to Penn State, the Tigers finished the weekend with 40 hits and 40 runs scored. “We talk a lot about buying into a plan and buying into the process,” junior center fielder Emily Griggs said. “Coach [Howard] Dobson and Coach Lindsay [Leftwich] and Coach [Melissa Brown] always talk about having an approach and having a plan when you go up to the plate. Everyone from top to bottom bought in, and that’s why we had the results that we did this weekend.” While power hitters like senior catcher Sahvanna Jaquish and newcomers Amanda Doyle and Sydney Springfield hold down

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LSU senior infielder Constance Quinn (5) runs to catch the ball after an opponent bats during the Tigers’ 4-3 victory against McNeese State University on Feb. 11 at Tiger Park. the team’s offense, the Tigers are working on filling in holes in the lineup. “There isn’t a part of the game that’s too small to pay attention to,” Griggs said. “Sometimes a lot of people get hung up on the long ball or the home runs, and I think

if you really look back at it, a lot of those home runs weren’t solo home runs. They were a lot of rallies started by slappers.” LSU coach Beth Torina said the Tigers are working on creating more opportunities on offense and not relying completely on

those power hitters. “When you have speed on the bases and at the plate, you can put a lot of pressure on teams,” senior right fielder Bailey Landry said. “Our speed players are really fast, so as long as you can put pressure on the defense you can

make things happen.” Landry, a returning All-American, adds depth in the two hole spot with both power and speed. She led the Southeastern Conference with six triples last season and had one triple on eight hits in the Tiger Classic. Landry said it’s always important to make the defense think about what she is going to do next. It is key to keep the defense on their toes so they don’t know how to respond. “I am so glad that Bailey Landry is on my team,” Griggs said. “You don’t know where to play her. Do you play her like a regular slapper? Do you play her like a hitter? I think having that diversity in her is an amazing thing to have, I’m just so glad she’s on my team.” Big base hits and homeruns matter a lot more when there are people on base. All of the little things add up, and it comes in hand when producing more runs, Griggs said. “We have more speed than what we even showed this weekend,” Torina said. “We didn’t necessarily play into that speed as much as it will come into play in the future. It’s going to be exciting, it’s going to be fun. I think as we move forward, you’ll see some more things from them.”

Doyle to train with USA softball junior team in offseason BY HANNAH MARTIN @hmartinTDR

Following the post season of NCAA softball, freshman infielder Amanda Doyle will train with the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team. Doyle was chosen in January as one of the 24 athletes following a two-day selection process by the Women’s National Team Selection Committee. To be selected for the training team, Doyle had to battle among a handful of other players to earn a spot. “There was so much competition at every single position,” Doyle said. “There was like seven or eight first basemen that I was competing with and multiple power hitters that I had to compete with.” Doyle and the other athletes will be competing in a training camp and exhibition games in Oklahoma City and at the World Cup of Softball XII. “Knowing that I get to play with the National Team this summer is a great feeling,” Doyle said. Following the conclusion of the World Cup of Softball XII, Doyle will be competing to make the final 17-player roster for the 2017 JWNT. The team will play in the Junior Women’s World Championships

There was so much competition at every single position. AMANDA DOYLE


in Clearwater, Florida. The 2017 USA Softball JWNT will look to defend the gold after a record-breaking performance at the 2015 WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In Oklahoma City, the JWNT went undefeated, leading the tournament with a .425 team batting average and 119 runs scored. Doyle made an immediate impact at the annual Tiger Classic. She started all four games, with three games at first base and one at third. She finished her first weekend with the Tigers with a .500 batting average and notching three RBIs. The infielder came in highly recruited and part of the No. 2 recruiting class in the country.

Before the season started, Doyle was going back and forth with freshman infielder Sydney Springfield at first base. “I have some good competition working with me so I just have to give it my all,” Doyle said when asked about the competitive nature of the LSU softball team. Doyle said she was also playing some third base and getting help from senior catcher and infielder Sahvanna Jaquish. LSU coach Beth Torina was aware of the talent that was being added to the team, but Doyle being a threat at the plate and on defense is what gave her the starting role. “She’s a special, special player,” Torina said. “I think you’re going to see a lot of that name around this program for four years.”

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LSU freshman infielder Amanda Doyle (22) comes into home plate during the Tigers’ 14-2 victory against OSU on Feb. 10 at Tiger Park.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017 GYMNASTICS

No. 2 LSU prepares for top-25 matchup in quad meet BY KENNEDI LANDRY @landryyy14 The No. 2 LSU gymnastics team will face one of its toughest stretches of the season. In the first of two meets this weekend, LSU (6-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) takes on No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 10 Georgia and No. 15 Missouri in the annual Mardi Gras Invitational in St. Charles, Missouri. Despite the Super Six feel to the competition, LSU is focusing on treating this meet just like it would any other one. “In training, we’re treating it as though we’re going into a regular quad meet situation,” LSU coach D-D Breaux said. “The meet itself, yeah, we’re excited

about Oklahoma and Georgia and Missouri being on the floor at the same time, but we’re not going to put any more emphasis on it. We’re trying to stay in the same training cycle and be rested.” The biggest difference in this meet is the use of podium style equipment. Podium equipment is usually not seen or used until the postseason. While the equipment on the podium is much nicer, Junior allarounder Myia Hambrick said it is not something you can prepare for, but something that you have to experience. “That’ll be good practice for nationals,” sophomore allarounder Sarah Finnegan said. “The equipment is a little

different, a little bouncier. You Hambrick said. “We want to get just have to make small adjust- a 198, and we want to hopefully ments. I don’t think we’re going get it more than once before to approach it in any nationals come different manner, just around.” get in and get our job LSU has aldone.” This week, the Tigers ready faced both This week, the Missouri and are ranked No. 2 in Tigers are ranked the nation on floor and Georgia, but this No. 2 in the nation on the first headbeam, No. 3 on vault is floor and beam, No. 3 to-head against and No. 4 on bars. on vault and No. 4 on top-ranked Oklabars. homa. The Tigers are “The only difcoming off a 197.700ference is that 196.325 win against No. 23 they’re going to be in the same Arkansas, which was the 14th arena,” Hambrick said. “Every consecutive 197 score, tying a week, we think about beating school record. them and being the best in the “It’s cool, but it’s something country. Not just them, but beatthat you can’t think about and ing everyone and wanting to be you don’t think about too much,” No. 1 each week.”

The Sooners edged LSU for the NCAA championship in last season’s Super Six. Last year, the Tigers beat Georgia in a recordsetting opening score of 197.825 and beat Missouri with a score of 197.425. Hambrick said Breaux has made the team understand that this meet is no different from any other. The Tigers are focused on getting better and moving forward each week. “We want the kids to be really sharp,” Breaux said. “They had a great practice Sunday evening. They came in and did very little, but their spirits are high and you can tell they’re anxious to go out and compete against somebody that’s not a conference foe, but a team that’s ranked ahead of us.”

across the country hoping to improve NFL draft stock. The combine allows each position group to go through days of testing, which include on-field drills, on-field workouts and possible interviews by NFL franchises. LSU tied Alabama for most combine invites in the Southeastern Conference. In total, 66 former SEC players were invited to the combine — the most for any conference. The 10 former LSU athletes

include running back Leonard Fournette, linebacker Kendell Beckwith, defensive end Tashawn Bower, defensive tackle Davon Godchaux, wide receiver Malachi Dupre, center Ethan Pocic, wide receiver Travin Dural, cornerback Tre’Davious White, defensive end Lewis Neal and safety Jamal Adams. The combine is set to take place Feb. 28 and runs through March 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

SPRING, from page 8 signal caller started all 12 games for LSU in 2015, throwing for 2,165 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. Harris’ departure leaves LSU with Etling, redshirt sophomore quarterback Justin McMillian, sophomore quarterback Lindsey Scott and freshman quarterback Lowell Narcisse, as the only quarterbacks on the Tigers’ roster going into spring practice.


Former LSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6) and then-junior quarterback Danny Etling (16) set up to throw during an outdoor practice on Sept. 27 on the LSU football practice fields at the LSU Football Practice and Training Facilities.

TEN FORMER LSU PLAYERS INVITED TO NFL COMBINE LSU will be well represented at the NFL Combine. A total of 10 former LSU football players received invites to the annual scouting event, which features college athletes

Tigers set to make deep post-season run CAL’D UP CHRIS CALDARERA @caldarera11 In a few short days, the silence that engulfs Alex Box Stadium will be shattered. The outfield grass will be neatly trimmed, the infield lines will be freshly painted and thousands of fans clad in purple and gold will fill the stadium’s vacant seats on Friday, Feb. 17 for LSU baseball’s first pitch against Air Force. For the Tigers, the goal will be a trip to Omaha for the second time in three years. Veteran leadership is often critical to a team’s ability to make a deep postseason run, and this year’s LSU team is primed to do just that. Nine seniors highlight the 2017 roster with shortstop Kramer Robertson, second baseman Cole Freeman and pitcher Jared Poche’ among the most notable of the bunch. This is certainly a leap from last year’s team, which featured only two seniors and saw eight

players starting for the first time in their college careers. Juniors Alex Lange, Greg Deichmann and Michael Papierski will also be crucial to LSU’s success. Perhaps the only obstacle between the 2017 LSU baseball team and the College World Series is the injury bug. LSU lost Bryce Jordan for the entirety of the season after the junior designated hitter tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus during a scrimmage last week. The Tigers will also have to find a way to win, at least temporarily, without Deichmann in the lineup. Deichmann could be out for a while, suffering a fractured cheekbone after being struck in the face by a pitch in a separate scrimmage. Although last week’s scrimmages seem like they belong in the pages of Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” LSU fans shouldn’t hit the panic button yet. The majority of the team has game experience under their belts from last season, and the Tigers will also hope to rely on the impact from freshmen

infielders Josh Smith and Jake Slaughter and freshmen pitchers Eric Walker and Zack Hess. Smith and Slaughter are projected to anchor the infield corners of third and first base on opening night. LSU coach Paul Mainieri said Slaughter’s style of play is similar to that of former standout second baseman JaCoby Jones. “[Slaughter] is the best athlete I’ve ever had at first base,” Mainieri told The Advocate’s Luke Johnson. “Every day, he makes a great play.” Last season, the Tigers were plagued by inconsistency from their starting pitching staff. LSU struggled to find a pitcher to fill the Sunday role and often had to take a “Johnny Wholestaff” approach for the midweek games. This year, LSU is hoping Walker and Hess provide some dependency in the Sunday and midweek roles, respectively. The team seems to have the right mix of veteran leadership and young talent to turn heads. If the Tigers stay healthy, the College World Series is a realistic possibility.


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page 16 ASSISTANT COACH, from page 1 the middle school girls,” she said. “When I got to middle school it then went to high school. I’ve always leveled up, so to speak, and played against bigger and better just because I didn’t want to

Thursday, February 16, 2017 be mediocre.” Butts played basketball throughout high school. She picked up softball, too, but her skills in basketball were undeniable. Her parents told her if she wanted to take basketball seriously, she would have to let

softball go. After she discontinued playing softball, Butts found herself being recruited to start her collegiate career. She was stubborn with her decision process, though. “I resisted,” Butts said. “I

did not want to go to Tennessee starting off. My aunt played at Tennessee in the 80s and so I had this thing about me that I’m going to make my own name, my own way. I’m not going to go.” She changed her mind when she talked to former Tennessee assistant coach Mickie DeMoss and late legendary Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt. Butts joined Tennessee’s women’s basketball team for the 2000-01 season and went on to become a two-time champion with the Lady Vols. Initially, DeMoss met Butts when she was in high school and she noticed Butts was an all around great athlete. “She could shoot the three,” DeMoss said. “She could handle the ball, could post up as a guard. She could just do multiple things and score in multiple ways and it caught our eye … she never disappointed me as far as the way that she performed.” Following her time at Tennessee, she moved on to play for the Minnesota Lynx in the 2004 WNBA season and then eventually played overseas. Throughout Butts’ time in the Tennessee program, DeMoss said she saw her potential. DeMoss left to be a head coach at Kentucky during Butts’ senior year, but she couldn’t help offering her former player a graduate assistant spot at Kentucky whenever she graduated. Did she always want to be a coach? “Absolutely not,” Butts laughed. After she got “playing out of her system” she coached for nearly a decade. “Tasha’s a type of person, you want her in your corner because once you establish that relationship with her she will go to battle and she’s in your corner forever,” DeMoss said.

Butts arrived at LSU in 2011 and followed her former coach Nikki Fargas. Fargas said she enjoyed coaching her. “Being a former player, whom I coached, I’ll tell you it was a joy to coach her,” Fargas said. “She did whatever was asked of her and would always put the team first.” After Butts was done playing in the WNBA, Fargas — thenUCLA head coach — offered her a job. “I remember reaching out to her,” Fargas recalled. “She was contemplating and with her mom if to return and play in the league and I basically said, ‘You have a job opportunity with me at UCLA.” The rest has been history. Butts and Fargas have formed a close relationship, which includes Fargas doing a little dog sitting for Butts during the holidays. “I don’t charge her,” Fargas quipped. Fargas lauded Butts for her ability to connect with players and her leadership abilities. Senior guard Rina Hill said she likes Butts’ “straightforward” approach. “She’s very specific on what I have to do,” Hill said. “It’s easy for me to see what I have to do. She kind of guides me in the right direction.” Butts works closely with LSU’s guards including LSU’s leading scorers junior Raigyne Moncrief and sophomore Chloe Jackson. This season, Moncrief has averaged 15.6 points per game and Jackson averages 13.2. However, at the end of the day, Butts is a coach. “Coaching is the last hat that we wear,” Butts said. “One day I may have to be a teacher, a psychologist, a psychiatrist … I love the fact that I can mentor our young women and help them prepare for life after basketball.”

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LSU women’s basketball assistant coach Tasha Butts speaks with LSU women’s basketball head coach Nikki Fargas during practice Feb. 15 in the PMAC.


Parading Around

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‘Love and Information’ challenges theatre department BY ABBIE SHULL @abbielj

The Big Easy boasts many of the year’s best parades BY KENNEDI WALKER @kennedibw Ask any Louisiana native what their favorite time of the year is, and many would respond with Mardi Gras. Though Mardi Gras did not originate in Louisiana, Louisiana has made the holdiay its own. With the holiday comes culture, king cake, beads, parades and balls. For a ball, there is a king and queen of each krewe and they work throughout the year to help with planning. Most balls

are formal and attendance is invitation only. Women dress in ball gowns and men wear tuxedos. There are parades all over the state. Shreveport is best known for the Krewe of Centaur and the Krewe of Highland. The Krewe of Centaur was organized in 1991 and occurs two Saturdays before Fat Tuesday. One main goal of the Krewe is to build a better community. In 2005, the American Bus

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Association named the Centaur parade one of the Top 100 Events in North America. The Krewe of Highland Parade is one of Shreveport’s most popular parades, because of its eccentricity and originality. Along with its common parade throws of beads and stuffed animals, the Krewe of Highland also throws hot dogs, moon pies, bananas and Ramen noodles. However, many major parades and balls occur in New

The LSU Department of Theatre begins its spring season with Caryl Churchill’s “Love and Information.” Churchill’s play is odd because it doesn’t follow a linear story. There are seven sections with 50 scenes that can be arranged however the director wants. Tara Ahmadinejad, the show’s director, chose to keep the scenes in the order Churchill wrote them. “I found it pretty compelling in the order it’s in. There is an associative logic we make about why one thing comes after another: a thematic connection, or a word or just a balance,” Ahmadinejad said. Ahmadinejad said she believes “Love and Info” challenges the director because it’s like a puzzle. “The opportunity of the play is to work with your team to invent what isn’t [in the script],” Ahmadinejad said. “It’s puzzle solving, riddle work. The author gives clues and we’re obsessively trying to put them together.” The fact that there’s no narrative plotline is “incredibly frustrating and exciting at the



Kolache Kitchen owner talks business, University inspiration BY ABBY KING @abbby_marieee A kolache is a baked pastry consisting of pillowy dough filled with sausage, cheese, boudin and other fillings, sweet or savory. Originating in central Europe, kolaches have become a popular breakfast food across Texas, and have now spread to Baton Rouge, thanks to The Kolache Kitchen owner Will Edwards. A Houston native and University alumnus, Will Edwards set out to bring this Texas favorite to the Big Raggedy in 2013. He opened his first store, The Kolache Kitchen, on Nicholson Drive, changing the breakfast scene around campus and in the Capital City. In 2015, The Kolache Kitchen expanded to include a second store on Jefferson

Highway and The Rolling Pin food truck. In addition to the physical development of his business, Edwards said he has grown as a business owner. “I feel like we’ve grown in every aspect,” Edwards said. “Been in business now for four years this past January, and each year our sales have gotten better. Our production has gotten better, we’ve become more efficient, and I’ve gotten better at what I’m doing. It’s just been about learning how to be a boss and how to make smart business decisions.” Throughout his college years, Edwards recognized the lack of quick breakfast options around campus that weren’t from fast food chains. In a bid to patch this hole, he drew on his tradition-rich hometown of KIM NGUYEN / The Daily Reveille

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University alumnus Will Edwards displays kolaches in front of Kolache Kitchen on Feb. 12.

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Warner Bros. “The Lego Batman Movie” is the best two hours I’ve spent in a theater so far this year. If you asked me in 2014 if I thought a movie about Lego pieces was a good idea, I would’ve laughed in your face. However, after the smash hit “The Lego Movie,” I was excited to see what Warner Bros. and The Lego Group would produce.

Abbie Shull @Abbielj


LSU Musical Theatre Club

The LSU Musical Theatre Club performed “Hairspray” this past weekend, with the intent to touch the hearts of the audience, with social hurdles that are arguably as relevant today as they were in the ‘60s. The central themes of body image, race and the importance of love dominate the performance.

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“Fifty Shades Darker” subpar, appeals to diverse audiences BY RACHEL RATHLE @rachelrathle Based on the eclectic group in the packed movie theater, it would appear that “Fifty Shades Darker” is a success. The second film of the “Fifty Shades” trilogy made its debut Feb. 10. In comparison to the books, the movie proves to be subpar. Although the plot is better portrayed in “Fifty Shades Darker” than its predecessor “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Actors Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson seem to incorporate their own individual natures into their characters’ already scripted personalities. For example, Christian Grey is supposed to be making himself appear more vulnerable in this film, but he isn’t quite as humorous or lighthearted as the movie indicates. Meanwhile, Anastasia Steele manages to stay a little

more true to her character. Regardless, it takes a certain level of bravery and confidence to play such popular and intense characters, so kudos to these actors. Those scenes cannot be easy or fun to shoot. The first scene featuring Christian and Ana proved to be bold. Ana asks him to kiss her, but not on the lips. Ana’s adventurous side is revealed because, as it turns out, she enjoys Christian’s kinky side. She’s portrayed so innocently, but her “inner goddess,” as she calls it says otherwise. An intense plot line kept viewers on their toes, especially when it came to Christian’s exsubmissive. When guns appear in the trailer, drama’s a given. The film reaches out to a large audience and that’s proven just by walking into any crowded theater. The underage teenagers, the married couples, the

clearly dating couples, the single old men and twenty-somethings all venture out of their Netflix arenas for this movie. Underage teenagers probably didn’t read the books, for fear of their parents finding them under their pillow or on their electronic device of choice. Even so, this scandalous movie is trending on Twitter, a platform especially popular with the younger demographic. The movie, overall, was good, but it isn’t a movie to watch twice. It’s a movie to be watched and that is all. Don’t make it a point to find a Christian Grey. Don’t make it a point to be a freshly graduated college student signing a submissive sexual contract. Watch the movie and think, “Wow, that was good, but I’m going to try to find a healthy and sort of emotionally stable relationship.”


While DC has cornered the market on television adaptations of their comic book heroes, Marvel Entertainment has been building an empire on Netflix — until now. “Legion”- is successful in part because it chooses to ignore the traditional tropes of comic book adaptations.

Abbie Shull @Abbielj


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“John Wick 2” is so good because it builds on the solid foundations that made “John Wick” such a fresh movie — world building and self-awareness.

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“Crack an Egg” by POW!




“Dns” gets the ball rolling with an uptempo progression of distorted guitar and what sounds like a saxophone. “I’m absent in my mind, I’m absent in my brain,” hisses Blum, urging listeners to drift away on whirling waves of synth and a multi-layered solo. Album highlight “Back On the Grid” hooked me in the first two seconds. Blue lays out an infectious line on her keyboard that could push even the shyest audience member to experiment on the dance floor. “Crack an Egg” offers more catchy leads and steady, aggressive drumming, then eases off the gas with its fifth track, “Runner.” Here POW! nearly cuts the tempo in half and pays respect to the avantgarde. Older listeners and music geeks may be reminded of The Velvet Underground as Blum moans


over a borderline creepy soundscape. POW! ironically places “Crack an Egg Intro” in the middle of the record and creates a brief, unpredictable interlude. The next song, “Color the System,” is one of my favorites. It kicks the tempo into overdrive and tosses in a synth tone from an old arcade game I played once. “Crack an Egg” is undoubtedly a fun and enigmatic listen, and it does have its obscure moments, but those are the moments when POW! pushes its creative boundaries. Otherwise, this inyour-face combination of power chords, distortion and synthesizers should satisfy your electropunk needs. For fans of: AUSMUTEANTS and Useless Eaters


7/10 “Alice” by Meatbodies

Los Angeles-based psychedelic garage rock outfit Meatbodies returns with “Alice,” the joyously bizarre sequel to an excellent 2014 selftitled debut. Meatbodies began as the solo project of Chad Ubovich, frequent collaborator and close friend to L.A. garage icons Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin. The first Meatbodiess album, written entirely by Ubovich, was a massively-thick, relentlessly-paced garage rock thriller, replete with walls of fuzz and shimmering psychedelic melodies. To say “Alice” is more of the same wouldn’t be entirely inaccurate. A lot has changed since the first Meatbodies release. Namely, they’ve added a second songwriter named Patrick Nolan

and cranked the weirdness up to 11. This album is quieter and less compressed than the debut. Although audiophiles may find this pleasing, I wonder how many fans of balls-tothe-wall psych would label themselves as such. Still, turn it up loud enough and you’ll be in for some pretty blissful doses of fuzz pedal. Opening track “The Burning Fields” mixes Sunn O)))-inspired fuzz guitar with the sound of drum machines and tropical birds. The next two tracks, “Kings” and “Alice,” both sound as if they were pulled out of a half-asleep dream state. It’s a strange way to start an album, and fans of the no-holds barred immediacy of the last album might be put off. The heavy riffs are soon to return, however,

as the middle of the record holds some of the strongest cuts. “Disciples” and “Scavenger,” written by Nolan, are some of the most interesting new garage psych I’ve heard out of L.A. in some time. There’s a sort of deep-seeded weirdness in his songwriting, vocal inflection, and general sensibility that comes off quite refreshing. Nolan’s contributions are all great, including album standouts “Haunted History” and “Gyre.” While Ubovich appears slightly stagnate as a songwriter, Nolan excels throughout the album. His songs are enough to elevate “Alice” to must-listen territory for genre fans. For fans of: Ty Segall, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Thee Oh Sees


Think of a song that pulls you into powerful emotion, be it sadness, power, or majesty. Currently the song that comes to my mind is “Sun(flower)” by Mr. Carmack, an emotional nuke that lays each note in front of you to inspect at your leisure. Every element in this song is useful, and nothing is out of place. “Sun(flower)” is a soft and caring friend that you get to talk to about everything, but only once in a while. When I come across a song like this one, I keep it out of my playlists so I don’t ruin it.

On “Green Onions,” Booker T. Jones leads on organ in an unmistakable 12-bar blues pattern, followed by the rest of the band. Throughout the title track’s three minutes, Jones trades solos with his guitarist Steve Cropper. “Green Onions” has appeared in films, TV shows and video games so many times, nearly everyone knows it. Less people know the song has a second part, “Mo’ Onions,” which appears further down the track list. We’ll be playing the full album, which features instrumental covers like “Twist and Shout,” “I Got a Woman” and “Lonely Avenue.”

Even fair weather punk fans know how iconic The Misfits were within their genre. Although the band is best known for pioneering horror punk, they also managed to belt out a number of classics, and “Teenagers from Mars” is one. This song would be my favorite from the expansive Misfits catalog if I could ever bring myself to choose one. In my opinion, “Teenagers from Mars” is the essence of punk rock — fast, loud, dirty and under three minutes.

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REVIEW BY TAXI HOST OF MORE THAN NOISE, WEDNESDAYS 11 P.M. TO 1 A.M. (PUNK) POW! gave the world a gift with the release of “Crack an Egg,” a dizzying synth punk delight more honest and exciting than anything you’ll find in the Top 40. POW!’s act has been accurately described as garage-punk-with-synths, but it also incorporates elements of psychedelia, new wave and post-punk. Forged from the creative will of Byron Blum and Melissa Blue, POW! got its big break when Thee Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer signed the musicians to his label, Castle Face Records. “Crack an Egg” marks the third full-length album from this ingenious San Fransisco-based duo. I plan to listen to all three, but decided to give this record a fair shake by not comparing it to its predecessors.


1 Austra/Future Politics/Domino 2 A Tribe Called Quest/We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service/Epic 3 The Modern Savage/Unwilling Participants/Self-Released 4 Bonobo/Migration/Ninja Tune 5 Run The Jewels/Run The Jewels 3/Run The Jewels 6 Lettuce/Mt. Crushmore [EP]/Lettuce Records 7 Ty Segall/Ty Segall/Drag City 8 Japanese Wallpaper/Japanese Wallpaper [EP]/Zero Through Nine 9 Cherry Glazerr/Apocalipstick/Secretly Canadian 10 Priests/Nothing Feels Natural/Sister Polygon 11 Foxygen/Hang/Jagjaguwar 12 The Regrettes/Feel Your Feelings Fool!/Warner Bros. 13 Sacred Paws/Strike A Match/Rock Action 14 The Applesauce Tears/Commuters/ Black Cottage 15 Parekh and Singh/Ocean/Peacefrog 16 Japandroids/Near To The Wild Heart Of Life/Anti 17 Tobin Sprout/The Universe and Me/ Burger 18 Thigh Master/Early Times/Bruit Direct Disques 19 Otherkin/Can You Feel It [EP]/ Rubyworks 20 Gabriel Garzón-Montano/Jardin/ Stones Throw 21 Arcade Fire/”I Give You Power” [Single]/Capitol 22 Bash And Pop/Anything Could Happen/Fat Possum 23 Surfer Blood/Snowdonia/Joyful Noise 24 Cloud Nothings/Life Without Sound/ Carpark 25 Homeshake/Fresh Air/Sinderlyn 26 Alabaster Stag/Perfume [EP]/SelfReleased 27 Father John Misty/”Pure Comedy” [Single]/Sub-Pop 28 Chance The Rapper/Coloring Book/ Self-Released 29 The Youngest/See It Through/SelfReleased 30 Angel Olsen/My Woman/Jagjaguwar





Ship of Fools are back perfoming around town after a hiatus. Don’t miss this indie folk-pop quartet with a stacked local line-up as support. _thesmoothcat will be opening with the, yes, smoothest hip hop you’ve heard around here. Hydra Plane will guide you softly through the night with jazzy, swirling guitar and a touch of funk. If you are looking to venture into the vibrant local music scene, this is a good place to start.








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Rebuilding still underway seven months after Louisiana flood

FEMA trailers sit on the front lawns of Sherwood Forest on East Robin Hood Drive in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. KELLY MCDUFF / The Daily Reveille

A house remains abandoned on Frenchtown Road in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana. KELLY MCDUFF / The Daily Reveille

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The Brownsfield Volunteer Fire Department still struggles to get its fire station up and running on Plank Road in Baker, Louisiana.

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Debris remains stuck in the woods from the flood on Chaumont Avenue in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana.

page 22 MARDI GRAS, from page 17 Orleans. Some famous parade include: Krewe of Bacchus, Krewe of Zulu, Krewe du Vieux, Krewe of Muses and a plethora of others. The Krewe of Bacchus parade originated in 1968 and was founded by New Orleans business leaders. This parade features over 30 floats and has over 1000 members in its krewe. The Krewe of Bacchus parade will roll through St. Charles and Canal Street on Sunday, Feb. 26. Bacchus was the first krewe to have celebrities as some of their Kings for the parade. Famous Kings include, Bob Hope, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Harry Connick Jr. and Will Ferrell. “Bacchus is one of the best parades of the whole season,” textiles, apparel and merchandising sophomore Ysabella Ramirez said. “The Sunday before Mardi Gras is one of the most festive because you start with Thoth in the morning and finish with Bacchus at night, a classic Uptown parade with everyone in the thick of

Thursday, February 16, 2017 carnival fever.” Krewe of Zulu is a very wellknown and popular parade, which has come to be remembered for its fabulous ball. Tourists come from near and far just to experience the famous Zulu ball. The ball is always the Friday before Fat Tuesday and the Krewe of Zulu parade occurs on Mardi Gras day. The Krewe of Zulu is also known for its memorable throws, especially their coconuts. “Zulu is my favorite parade,” biochemistry freshman Kalob Jordan said. “Every year my siblings and I have a coconut competition, whoever catches the most wins. I won last year, I caught seven and my brother only caught four. I’m probably going to beat him again this year.” Krewe du Vieux is a French Quarter parade that originated in 1987. It is one of the earliest held parades, taking place on the third Saturday before Fat Tuesday. It is known mostly for its comedic elements, adult content and the showcasing of New Or-

leans’ best brass bands. It is one of the only parades allowed in the French Quarter other than a couple of small ones held on Fat Tuesday. “Krewe de Vieux shows New Orleans’ artistic community coming together and gives people the opportunity to see great live music,” architecture sophomore Amanda Sloss said. “It is also one of the first significant parades of the season, which is always exciting.” The Krewe of Muses is an allfemale krewe. Founded in 2000, this parade has become wildly popular and is known for its decorated shoe throw. This parade is always held the Thursday before Mardi Gras and is loved by most. “The parade is not only beautiful and exciting, but the social aspect of the event is so much fun,” electrical engineering freshman Darrell White said. Overall, Mardi Gras parades are a sight to see. Everyone should experience them at least once in their lifetime.


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The LSU School of Theatre’s “Love and Information” will be performed through Sunday, Feb. 19.

KOLACHE, from page 17 Houston for inspiration. “I just saw the void in Baton Rouge.It’s not only kolaches — there are a lot of things that Baton Rouge doesn’t have that I grew up with in Houston,” Edwards said. “With the large amount of Texas people that go to LSU, I saw the opportunity there to open up my own kolache place. I knew if I could get a good location near campus, it would be a good idea, so I just ran with it.”

As a former general studies student, Edwards attributes much of his success to his time at University and his subsequent connections within the Baton Rouge community. “[Graduating from the University] had everything to do with my success to be honest,” Edwards said. “I got a lot of exposure with being a recent grad. I had only been out of college a year and a half when I opened the store, and I still had a lot of friends in fraternities and sororities, so I had

same time,” said theatre studies junior Meg Grey, one of the 10 cast members. “Each night is a little different, and maintaining the energy that this piece demands is refreshingly challenging, as an actor.” The 10 cast members play different characters in every scene, a challenging feat says theatre studies senior Kelsie Stampley. “A lot of my challenges were digging into each character, because they change so often,” Stampley said. “I go from being a child in one scene to playing a woman who finds out her husband can’t have children, so

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Past Krewe of Highland parades have featured unique floats each year. it goes from small issues in life to issues that can change your whole life.” Stampley added that she loves the variety of the show and what each character demands of her as an actor. The cast members are excited to open the show because they want the energy an audience will bring. “Everybody’s experience of [the show] will be different because there’s a vast array of human experience,” Grey said. A moment of the play that sticks out for Grey is a scene in which a man cannot remember his wife. “That scene sticks out to me because of my grandfather, so I

think the audience will take away things they’ve learned throughout their lifetime,” Grey said. Stampley says she feels everyone will relate to at least one moment in the play. For her, “Love and Information” marks the beginning of the end of her University theatre career. “This is a great way to wrap up my journey,” Stampley said. “This is just the beginning, and I have a long way to go, but this is a great way to wrap up at LSU.” “Love and Information” runs Feb. 8-12 and Feb. 14-19 at the Claude L. Shaver Theatre in the LSU Music and Dramatic Arts building. Tickets are $11 for students, $14 for University faculty and staff and $19 for adults.

a large pre-established network. I definitely don’t think I’d be where I am today without my time at LSU.” As for the future, Edwards said he doesn’t plan on settling in one spot any time soon and looks forward to expanding his business. “Nothing’s official yet, but we are looking to expand outside of the Baton Rouge market right now,” Edwards said. “Maybe New Orleans or the Gonzales/ Prairieville area.”

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A cook prepares for the morning rush at The Kolache Kitchen by baking fresh kolaches and pouring eggs on a grill. The Highland location is open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.


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Valentine’s Day vital for fostering year-round love MYIAPINION MYIA HAMBRICK @MyiaChristine Feb. 14 is a day that you either dread or anticipate, depending on what kind of person you are. Valentine’s Day is an ordinary day given an extraordinary purpose: the celebration of love. I understand the counterargument that says we should show our loved ones affection every day of the year. However, having a day on which love and affection is at the forefront of our minds is conducive to a better society. As a kid, I loved the valentine card exchange at school. Every year, my mom and I made tokens of love for all of my friends, and I had something special in mind for each of them. For instance, I’d pick out a color I thought they’d like, or if I remembered they didn’t like horses, I’d refrain from putting the horse sticker on their card. Yes, we are wasteful on Valentine’s Day. We throw away the empty and half-eaten boxes of chocolates — no one knows what’s in the bottom row of those random boxes anyways — and the roses that eventually decay and emit carbon dioxide gases, but humans are inherently wasteful. We create waste on Christmas too, but no one argues it’s a dumb holiday. While Valentine’s Day is usually deemed a holiday for women or those with significant others, you can show your love for someone regardless of their relation to you or their gender. Saying, “It’s a girl holiday, so I don’t like it,” isn’t a real excuse not to participate. Holidays were created to celebrate something special. They’re in place to make life more bearable — we can look forward to an extraordinary day in the cycle of ordinariness that consumes our lives. Having a significant other is not essential to celebrating Valentine’s Day. . The point of Valentine’s Day is to spread love. Walking around with a pleasant smile on your face and positive feelings emanating from your being because you are ultra aware of the meaning of the day makes a

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difference. Marking your calendar for Valentine’s Day makes you more aware of what the day’s purpose is, and you will have a different mindset if you embrace it. On a personal note, I bought my friend cheesy valentine’s gifts last year after a miscommunication with her boyfriend. She loved every bit of the four dollar flowers from Wal-Mart and the cheesy card I gave her because she knew I did it out of my pure love for her. Valentine’s Day 2016, my boyfriend, was my “valentine,” and I enjoyed exchanging specific gifts that showcased our love for each other, but I also had one for a friend. She is one of my closest friends in college, and while I show my appreciation for her every day, I was able to make that day extra special for her. With all the hate we see on the news and social media, the fact that we are all humans looking to be understood and loved escapes us too often. This is why it is important to enjoy and participate in this day of love. Yes, we should practice love every day, and perhaps one day we will be able to be more loving and appreciative, no matter what the calendar says, but for now I’ll settle for having a specific day each year to spread love around the globe in as many ways as possible. Myia Hambrick is a 21-year-old mass communication junior from Temple, Georgia.

Valentine’s Day is pointless, wasteful holiday CHATTY ABBIE ABBIE SHULL @abbielj Valentine’s Day is the absolute worst commercialized holiday in history. Aside from the fact that we’re supposed to save all of our generosity and affection for one day of the year and the horrifying pressure one feels in the weeks leading up to V-Day, we’re left with a pink stereotypical girl-driven holiday. Walk into any store between Jan. 1 and Feb. 14 and you will see mountains of red and pink novelty gifts for men to buy for their girlfriends. The holiday preys upon young heterosexual couples and implies it is the man’s duty to plan and execute Valentine’s Day events and gifts. The worst participants in this institutional insanity are millenials. According to the National Retail Foundation, the average couple will spend between $73 and $175 dollars on V-Day gifts — however, couples aged 20-34 will spend almost three times the national average, and men spend twice as much as the national average. The sad fact is most of these gifts aren’t

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extravagant or special in any way. Discount stores are the most popular V-Day gift destination — it is where 39.6 percent of people purchase their gifts, with department stores following at a close second with 33.2 percent of people shopping there according to the NRF. We’ve been brainwashed by a capitalist society that wants us to believe red roses and Dove chocolate are the height of luxury, they’re not. According to Scientific American, 200 million roses are grown for V-Day alone, and they collectively produce 14,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide enters our atmosphere during this time faster than it can be absorbed by nature. Over 80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from carbon dioxide, which is connected to warming temperatures across the globe. The flowers are also dosed with chemicals to keep vermin and diseases away, but most of those chemicals are so dangerous they’re banned in the United States and Europe. The cut flower industry collectively use just as many harmful greenhouse gases as the oil industry. On top of destroying the atmosphere, jewelry sales from V-Day leave more than 34 million tons of waste worldwide, according to Earthworks. Valentine’s Day also begins a season of depression for adults in the United States. According to the Suicide Prevention Service, V-Day is the start of a rise in suicide rates in the United States because people are pressured to feel happy and be in love in February but that they’re actually more likely to become isolated and have depressive thoughts. Then there’s the origins of the holiday. While many live under the assumption that Valentine’s Day gets its origins from priests who performed illegal wedding ceremonies, that’s not entirely the case. Feb. 14 is the anniversary of the beheading of two men, both called Valentine, by Roman Emperor Claudius II Gothicus. The holiday more likely gets its origins from the Roman festival Lupercalia. Usually held mid-february, Lupercalia is a fertility festival which celebrates Spring’s arrival. The festival also included a lottery men could enter to win a woman. These men would sacrifice a goat and a dog and then beat their prize, a woman, with the hides of these animals. We should show our loved ones we care for them every single day. Our actions and our words speak far louder than any gift ever could. Abbie Shull is a 23-year-old mass communication junior from St. Louis, Missouri.

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Quote of the Week “If we don’t make tough decisions today, our children are going to have to make much, much tougher decisions tomorrow.”

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‘Tykes’ a portrayal of helicopter parenting, poor coaching NO FORTUNATE SON CHRISTOPHER GODAIL @ChrisGodail Sports are not inherently character building, despite the old adage “sports build character.” “Friday Night Tykes,” a children’s reality show on Esquire Network, seeks to offer viewers a glimpse of what life is like for competitors in two independent youth football leagues in Texas and Pennsylvania. The critically acclaimed show gives us a glimpse into everything that is wrong with the worst of youth sports: helicopter parents and over-the-top coaches living vicariously through children. Simply put, it’s a masculinized version of those ridiculous child pageant shows. Swap the obsession over pre-teen tanning beds and teeth bleaching procedures with running faster and getting stronger; it’s pretty much the same thing. Because of parental and coaching over-involvement, developing athletes in the show are subconsciously encouraged to seek out hypermasculinity to prove their worth. What else could we

assume to be the intent of adults covertly questioning the manhood of prepubescent boys because they miss a tackle in youth football? If parents aren’t taking the competition too seriously and pushing their children to “man up” and play through their injuries, overzealous coaches are encouraging violence and yelling profanities at their players. Three years ago, a coach in the series was suspended after he instructed his players to hit their opponents in the head, knowing the likelihood of injury. Another coach was suspended for inappropriate language. In 2015, a player named “JuJu” suffered what appeared to be a head injury following a tackle. Coaches rushed the field and without stabilizing his neck or head to ensure spinal stability, carried his limp body to the sidelines. They proceeded to give him scalp massages to alleviate the symptoms of the likely concussion as he struggled to recite his date of birth. Head injuries are a serious matter. The Sports Concussion Institute estimates that 36 percent of collegiate athletes have been concussed more than once and 53 percent of high school athletes have been concussed prior to

participating in prep sports. So alarming is the causal relationship between contact football and head trauma that the NFL recently earmarked $100 million to be dedicated to research and development of safer player technology. The league has also promoted the comprehensive “Heads Up Football” program which, among other safety measures, teaches players at the youth level to tackle in ways that reduce helmet contact. It’s no secret our youth’s participation in football is dwindling. According to a study conducted by USA Football, enrollment for children ages 6-14 was down approximately 27% from 2010-2015. Concern over concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease found in people with a history of repetitive head trauma is assumed to be a primary cause. Boston University, which houses the world’s largest CTE tissue repository, has autopsied the brains of 94 former NFL players and found the debilitating disease in 90 of them. Change starts at the top and the NFL is finally moving in the right direction, only after previously concealing studied links between concussions and mental

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illness. If the carelessness evident in “Tykes” is any indication, it appears the change has not yet reached the bottom. One could argue sports hurt character when kids are entrusted to man-children, like most of the “Tykes” coaches are. The show

is documented proof that sports don’t build character in our youth — high character coaches and parents do. Christopher Godail is a 27-yearold interdisciplinary studies junior from Kenner, Louisiana.

Newly confirmed DeVos unqualified to be education secretary HUMAN WRITES ALAINA DILAURA @alaina_dilaura Your tire is flat. For the fourth time this week, you run over that pesky pothole driving down the street. You brace for the clunking noise that is sure to follow. Instead, you hear a horrifying popping sound; it can’t mean good news for your pocketbook. You need your tire replaced, so you call the plumber. Wait, the plumber? It wouldn’t make much sense to call the plumber, who is inexperienced in fixing tires. Calling the mechanic, whose aptitudes and skill sets are oriented around fixing tires efficiently, would be a more logical decision. Just as you wouldn’t call on the inexperienced plumber to patch a hole in your tire, you wouldn’t call on the inexperienced billionaire to run the national education system. Betsy DeVos has no educational degree, no experience teaching in schools and no clue what it means to be an educator. She is a renowned supporter of “school choice,” a euphemism for the privatization of schools. The programs she supports redirects critical taxpayer dollars away from public schools into private hands, many of which are not held accountable to standardized, public teaching policies. Still, she was confirmed as President Donald Trump’s education secretary.

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What does that say about the importance of education to this cabinet? Growing up, education was a priority in my house. My mother, a public elementary school administrator, continually emphasized learning as a means of discovering the world. She believed

in equal opportunity for every child, regardless of their family’s income, status or race. I watched her spend hours each night curating lesson plans according to her students’ needs like any great teacher would. She spent her time and energy on her students and created an

authentic, provocative learning environment because of it. You can’t turn education into a big business. Teachers should be in a classroom because they care about the wellbeing and advancement of their students, not because they are contracted by a company. There should be heart in education, not greed. When education is seen as business, it fails to adequately serve the needs of children. Teachers care because education matters. Education has the power to build character while fostering critical thinking, decision making and interpersonal skills. Education is the first step to building cross-cultural proficiency. It all begins with the public education system. “You don’t kill public education without killing something that’s very important to our sense of the public good, our civic responsibility,” said Diane Ravitch, historian and critic of vouchers and charter schools, told the Washington Post. DeVos is in favor of a voucher system, which allows parents to use taxpayer dollars for their children’s tuition at their private school of choice, including religiously affiliated ones. Ironically, this system gives families less of a “choice” in their child’s education, as private schools ultimately decide if a student is admitted. These voucher program schools aren’t required to provide parents with information regarding the school’s abilities

to meet the needs of the child. Schools under voucher programs often aren’t required to publish curriculum, test students or meet other educational standards. Public education fosters diversification, where voucher systems encourage religious, economic, racial and ethnic stratification. Attending public schools teaches children how to interact with a variety of individuals, not only those who look and act like them. Legally, fundamentalist Christian academies are allowed to teach creationism versus evolutionism, promote controversial ideas about the role of women in society and question gay rights. But that doesn’t mean the American taxpayer should have to fund it. The voucher system is simply a cover-up for a massive underlying issue. Inadequate funding, curriculum changes and teacher training are public education issues that demand attention. If revitalizing public education means using taxpayer dollars to educate the most impressionable, vulnerable members of society, so be it. No other institution should be more protected than the public education system. Neglecting the 50.4 million students in the United States who attend public primary and secondary schools surely won’t make America great again. Alaina DiLaura is a 20-year-old international studies and mass communication sophomore from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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HOUSTON, WE HAVE A COLUMN CASEY PIMENTEL @CaseyPimentel1 The Baton Rouge Police Department saw a record number of retirements and resignations in 2016. Police agencies worry this rise may be tied to the nationwide scrutiny of officers that has grown over the past years. According to The Advocate, there were only 10 resignations and 15 retirements in 2012. In 2016, BRPD had 32 resignations and 21 retirements, triple the amount of resignations compared to just four years ago. These figures are also a reflection of police departments around the country. Police departments in Dallas, New Orleans, St. Louis, Richmond and Colorado Springs are also experiencing this type of mass resignation. “For about two years, there’s been a marked shift in the view of whether or not entering the policing profession is worth it anymore,” Executive Director of the National Association of Police Organizations Bill Johnson said in an article by The Advocate. “Part of it is it has become more dangerous ... (but also officers) felt local political leadership didn’t have their backs like it used to.” Recent shootings have left both officers and citizens dead. What’s made this profession so

dangerous and undesirable within the past few years is the amount of distrust between both police departments and civilians. Potential danger has always been a part of the job, and the police know that. The difference is the growing rivalry of the white cop against the black man. With the heightening use of social media and video sharing, incidents of cops attacking, beating and killing are more publicized and polarized. More attention is being drawn toward these incidents because they are affecting more people. We are in a constant war between law enforcement and civilians. With the Dallas shooting, Baton Rouge shooting and the San Antonio ambush, our country saw tragedy in the law enforcement community in 2016. Last year, 64 officers killed in the line of duty were buried alongside 963 civilians. Although officers don’t go to work in the morning with the intention of shooting people, these numbers are high. Not to say all 963 citizens were innocent, but the reason tension remains high between police officers and their territories is innocent people are a part of this number. Because of the outcomes of very hard, undesirable situations, police officers have acquired the reputation of being “racist,” “corrupt” and “bloodthirsty.” Hearing people group all police officers into these

categories is heartbreaking. I know there are racist cops, and I know there are corrupt police stations. However, there is nothing that could convince me that a police officer wakes up in the morning hoping for a situation in which he has to choose between losing his own life or taking the life of another. The main reason police officers shoot is because the training they received has led them to believe there is no other choice. To change the stigma, there needs to be change regarding how city police departments are run. Although every station operates differently, all police officers should be required to attend monthly training courses that run through every single option police officers have besides shooting. All stations should also have an extensive interviewing process geared toward ensuring officers are unprejudiced. Police officers should be assigned to patrol the neighborhoods they come from so the officers are already be familiar with the area and its people. Consistency will make it easier for the residents to trust the police enforcement presence and make the cops more comfortable. Police stations are recruiting their police force from surrounding cities, leading to a very tense relationship between neighborhoods and the “unknown enforcers.” As well as improvements on the police side, there are also

many things civilians could do. The “screw the police” mentality needs to end. When you are approached by an officer, do as they request. It’s safer on both ends if you listen to what they ask you to do. Know your rights and respect when an officer is approaching you with a request. If an officer has disrespected you or asked something unfair of you, it is your right and civic duty to report it and have your voice heard. Hold our law enforcement accountable for their actions, just as they do for us. The “Black Lives Matter” movement claims that police officers are the black community’s murderers rather than its protectors. I’m not a black individual, and I will not pretend I have experienced what it’s like. However, I will say that I come from a family with many police officers. My step dad wakes up every morning, puts on his bullet proof vest, hooks up his ear piece, puts on his boots and gets in his patrol car with the intent of returning home that night knowing he did good for his community. He would never choose to kill someone if he did not have to. No matter their race, no matter their age, no matter where they came from or where they are going, he would never take the life of another individual because he didn’t “respect them.” He is the representation of what a true police officer is. He respects everyone he comes in contact with,

on and off the clock. He wouldn’t hesitate for a second to sacrifice his life for someoneelse. The “Black Lives Matter” community has shed hate toward officers, and I don’t disagree with the anger they have. I don’t disagree that racist, degrading officers have infiltrated law enforcement, but I disagree with the idea that all officers are hateful, disrespectful people that want to torment the black community. They are simply here to serve and protect. The whole concept of law enforcement is to ensure the safety and well-being of a community. This idea seems to have been lost within the past few years. This isn’t a “Black Lives Matter” or a “Blue Lives Matter” issue. This is a humanity issue. Respect on both sides has been lost and is in dire need of revival. We need to band together to protest the corrupt officers and the racist officers, not the force as a whole. We can’t thrive with a diminishing police force. These changes will not happen overnight and will take effort and money to implement. It is our job to hold every citizen accountable for their actions. Our police departments are valuable and help nurture the beautiful cities we call home. Casey Pimentel is an 18-year-old mass communication freshman from The Woodlands, Texas.

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Tonight @ 6 PM - 10 PM Royal Cotillion Ballroom (LSU Union) You'll enjoy: - Small bites and lots of king cake - DJ CMix through the party with a New Orleans brass band to end the night - Photo-booth with custom event photo-strips printed on demand - Tarot card & palm reader - Two big-heads (Mr. & Ms. Alligator) who will be walking around taking party pics - Commemorative giveaways

Semi-formal attire Free admission with TigerCard. One Guest per Student.








Study Abroad Fair

Wednesday, FeBRuary 22 11 A.M. - 3 P.M. Royal Cotillion Ballroom

103 Hatcher Hall


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