The Daily Reveille 4-06-2017

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OPINION

SG coffee sleeves tactless PR move

POLITICS

Professors discuss fiscal session

LOST ART

BY KATIE GAGLIANO @katie_gagliano

DILETTANTE MATTHEW HUTCHINS @FailingReveille If I’m sure of anything, it’s that sexual violence and assault cannot be prevented by coffee sleeves. Unfortunately, our Student Government senators do not realize this; or maybe they were looking for an opportunity to make themselves feel like they were making a difference. They did make a difference, a difference of about $285.60 from the Student Government Initiatives account. This money will be used to order 3,600 coffee sleeves to be distributed across coffee shops on campus during the month of April, which is celebrated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. College of Humanities and Social Sciences senator Sarah Perkins told The Daily Reveille, “[the coffee sleeves] will provoke and maybe incite some more dialogue and conversation that’s really important, at times like this on campus, about sexual violence and assault ... Everybody drinks coffee. It’s great.” How could normalizing sexual assault by placing it on such a mundane object help anyone? What kind of dialogue is going to be created? Wait, I can see it now. “Hey, I have a coffee sleeve just like that.” “Oh, yeah, it really helps my temperature-sensitive hands.” “I don’t understand why it says,

Stolen paintings of LSU figures still lost after nearly 40 years BY WILLIAM TAYLOR POTTER AND CARRIE GRACE HENDERSON @wmtaylorpotter | @carriegraceh

photos courtesy of HILL MEMORIAL LIBRARY

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ince 1980, a cold case — involving several of the University’s most notable historical players — has loomed over David Boyd Hall, the University’s art collections and LSU history enthusiasts. Four paintings were stolen from David Boyd Hall just over 37 years ago, and the pieces of the University’s history have never been recovered. According to a story in The Daily Reveille written days after the break-in, the thieves sliced the works of art from their frames in the evening on Sunday, March 30, 1980. The four paintings are of great historic value to the University. The first was “The Last Meeting of Lee and Jackson” — an original copy of the famous

painting hangs in the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia. Col. David F. Boyd, the first president of the University, persuaded the original artist, Everett B.D. Julio, to paint a copy in 1869. Two of the paintings, done by the University’s first engineering professor, Samuel H. Lockett, are large-scale portraits of two larger-than-life figures in LSU history — Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman and George Mason Graham. The portrait of Graham, who was the first Board of Supervisors president and called “The Father of LSU,” was a full-length portrait painted in 1870. Both the portraits stand more than seven feet tall. The full-length portrait of

see ART, page 19

The countdown to the 2017 regular session is in the single digits, with lawmakers set to convene April 10 for a 59-day fiscal session. The fiscal session will provide legislators the opportunity to overhaul the state’s tax and budget structures to provide greater long-term stability to a system that has been plagued by 15 midyear deficits in the last nine years. The state Legislature has a fiscal session every two years, but this year’s session carries an increased sense of urgency because of the state’s impending fiscal cliff. In June 2018, the state will be left with a roughly $1.5 billion gap between its revenues and expenditures when temporary tax increases expire at the end of the 2017-2018 fiscal year. A number of solutions have been proposed to reform the state’s tax and budget structures and produce adequate revenue to fill the gap. In 2016, the Task Force on Structural Changes in Budget and Tax Policy was formed out of the first extraordinary legislative session to recommend changes “to modernize and enhance the efficiency and fairness of the state’s tax policies.” The 13-member task force proposed limiting deductions and credits for corporate and personal income taxes, lowering the state sales tax while expanding the applicable tax base and adjusting the current income tax

see FISCAL SESSION, page 19

SOFTBALL

Sanchez perseveres despite lupus disease BY HANNAH MARTIN @hmartinTDR When Shemiah Sanchez was 14 years old, something felt different. She was fatigued. She felt like she was going to pass out all the time. The LSU sophomore third baseman thought it would pass. The doctors did, too. But it didn’t. That something turned out to be the chronic autoimmune disease lupus. “At first, I thought lupus was just like the flu and it will go away,”

she said. “It was just something I had to accept and just embrace it.” Lupus can damage any part of the body, including the skin and various organs, according to the Lupus Foundation of America. There is an estimated 1.5 million Americans living with lupus, but no large scale studies have been conducted to show the actual number of people that have been diagnosed with lupus. Sanchez knew nothing about the disease and didn’t know anyone that had been diagnosed before, which was scary for her.

But she continued to battle through the disease. During her four years at East Coweta High School in Newnan, Georgia, Sanchez was a two-time All-State selection and finished her career holding 15 individual season and career records. There was no question that Sanchez would play softball at the next level. Her parents decided to keep her condition a secret while she was being recruited, for fear that schools would lose interest if they knew.

Keeping her disease a secret during recruitment carried on for a while. Now Sanchez has no problem sharing that she has lupus. “Over the years of me coming out about it and talking about it and sharing with my teammates, I’ve loved telling people about it more,” she said. It’s gotten easier to talk about.” Sanchez said the support of her teammates and coaches has helped her get through even the

see SANCHEZ, page 19

LSU sophomore infielder Shemiah Sanchez (23) throws the ball during the Tigers’ 2-0 victory against Georgia on March 26 at Tiger Park AUGUSTUS STARK /

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Aslin awarded Adviser of the Year

Bot Battles

BY KATHERINE ROBERTS @krobe844

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atrick F. Taylor Hall hosted a mechanical spectacle April 4, as four robotic teams battled it out at the University’s first annual Bengal Bot Brawl. The teams, consisting of students from the University’s College of Engineering, clashed their 30-pound weight class robots for the chance to compete in the Robot BattlesTM at the 2017 MomoCon in Atlanta, Georgia. Battlebots nicknamed T. Swift, Atlas, Goliath and Laura took to the combat stage as hundreds of students, faculty and members of the public came to enjoy the metal-on-metal action. One person in attendance, mechanical

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engineering student Girguis Sedky, said he expected to see some tough competition. What he didn’t expect was the number of spectators. “I was expecting that it would be very competitive,” Sedky said. “But I was very surprised by the turn out.” The competition featured one-on-one, sumo-style battles between the student groups. If one robot was able to knock the opposing robot off the stage or disable its movement for more than 10 seconds, that robot won the bout. Three bouts made up one round of the competition, with two bouts securing a win for the round. As the competition proceeded, teams

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The University College selected Jessica Aslin as the LSU Adviser of the Year on March 27 at its annual “Celebration of Excellence” Spring Awards. LSU Adviser of the Year is awarded annually to academic advisers who indicate exceptional advising qualities to counsel students academically. Aslin, a counselor in the Center for Advising and Counseling, was nominated by her supervisor and selected by a committee consisting of University students, staff and leaders in the community and faculty. Aslin said she appreciated the award. “I love it here,” Aslin said. “I love my job. I was a school counselor for two years before I was here and I’ve always liked the whole academic and career aspect of counseling.” Aslin was nominated for the award by Andrea Jones, the assistant director of the Center for Advising and Counseling. Jones said in a news release that Aslin is “innovative, knowledgeable and an amazing adviser … Jessica has approximately 2,000 student contacts each year. One of the

see ADVISER, page 6

ADMINISTRATION

Carville, Honors College dean seek to memorialize William Sherman Campaign aims to rename Parade Ground BY CARRIE GRACE HENDERSON Manship School News Service Before his famous “March to the Sea,” his scorched earth warfare during the Civil War or his outright refusal to run for president, William Tecumseh Sherman was the first superintendent in 1860 of the Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy – the genesis of what is now Louisiana State University. But the University bears no formal monument or memorial to its first leader. In fact, to some in the Deep South, his name is an insult to their ancestors. But national political commentator and University alum James Carville and

Jonathan Earle, Dean of the Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College, hope to enshrine his legacy at the University, by starting a campaign to rename the Parade Ground in his honor. “I’ve always thought that Sherman never got his due here,” Carville said. “He really liked it here, and he was really well liked. He’s considered by many people to be the first great general of modern warfare.” The two men tested their idea in front of a crowd at the French House on campus, where Civil War scholar James Lee McDonough, author of “William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country,” spoke about the general’s time at the University. McDonough said Carville was right in his assessment of Sherman’s popularity at the school. Once, facing greener

financial pastures elsewhere, Sherman contemplated leaving his post. Gen. Braxton Bragg and Gen. George Mason Graham, the first chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees, rallied to raise his annual salary from $3,500 to $5,000, a huge sum for 1860, to keep their “irreplaceable” superintendent. Sherman, for his part, chose to stay with or without the pay raise, deciding he could not ethically renege on his commitment, even for twice his annual salary. Several Civil War veterans are honored with nameplates at the University. Raphael Semmes Road is named for the confederate naval officer and later University professor of philosophy and literature. Edmund Kirby Smith, for

see SHERMAN, page 6

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Civil War scholar and author James Lee McDonough speaks about General William Tecumseh Sherman and his time at the University at the French House on April 4.


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TECHNOLOGY

Google funds University computer science mentor program BY NATALIE ANDERSON @natalie_mechell Google has awarded the University the Google igniteCS grant to fund the Geaux CS program to reach out to local communities and promote enthusiasm for computer science. Anas Mahmoud, faculty adviser for the Geaux CS program, selected computer science senior Kristen Barrett as the upperclassman administrative head of the program. From there, the grant proposal was organized, which required an itemized budget, outline of the program and school to mentor. “We want to get them excited about computer science,” Mahmoud said, “and introduce computer science knowledge to high schoolers because research has shown that high schoolers, they know a lot about other disciplines, like math, or aerospace, or petroleum engineering, but not computer science.” Barrett said the group selected McKinley High School based on its high percentage of minorities and students from lowincome families. She said she was not aware of how few resources the school had and felt the school really needed a program like this. McKinley administrators agreed, Barrett said, and the University was selected for funding. She said the program aimed to increase three things: a positive perception of STEM, but mostly computer science; diversity in the field; and college enrollment, especially in Louisiana. The mentors said they felt diversity was important to highlight as a way of encouraging students. Barrett said each of the mentors also have other interests they are involved in or studying, including music, infrastructure, art and robotics. “We [needed mentors with] different experiences because

we knew that we’d have kids that maybe weren’t into computer science,” Barrett said. “Not everybody wants to make a video game and not everybody wants to do IT, so you need to make sure you cover those people and show them that there are other options.” The semester-long project included 10 sessions. During these sessions, Barrett said technical skills like coding and putting together circuits were paired with soft skills, including presentation skills, how to find a job and assistance on getting into college or the workforce. Barrett said communication skills are just as important as technical skills, whether students choose to pursue computer science or not. She said it was also important to discuss social and legal topics to keep students politically aware. Computer science senior and co-administrator for the program Matthew Wolff said the students frequently ask questions that he and the other mentors take for granted, like whether or not Snapchat and Gmail hold onto users’ pictures and data. Additionally, teaching the students the various skills were beneficial to the mentors, Barrett said. “For those presentations, it’s a really good opportunity to let our mentors, who are mostly underclassmen, also get presentation experience and kind of like, stretch their soft skills out a little bit,” she said. It is important to teach computer science because computer literacy is important in every job, Wolff said. “It’s a very bad thing that it’s publicly acceptable to be bad at computers,” Wolff said. “Why is it OK to be complacent with being bad at computers when this is a digital society now?” Jonathan Nguyen, computer science senior and administrative assistant for the program,

added that it is important to teach students to gain a respect for the discipline, even if students decide to take a different path after graduation. Barrett said the mentors wanted to teach determination, self-reliance and learning, independence and problem-solving skills to the students because they are skills needed in every job. She said the students are expected to take a field trip to the University to listen to former McKinley students who are now students at the University. Barrett said that connection can inspire and encourage the high school students. Though Barrett will graduate in May, she said the University plans to continue the program by reapplying for the grant next semester, and make some changes for improvement. The changes she said the program hopes to make include having more mentors, more money and more resources, like computers and different kits to use for the teachings.

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Computer science senior Stephen Doiron and other computer science students serve as code mentors on March 29 at McKinley High School.

CAMPUS CRIME BRIEFS

Former EMS worker Student Student, non-student arrested for sexual battery arrested for trespassing in arrested for after incident with student Tiger Stadium threat

LSUPD spokesperson Lt. Kevin Scott said a former East Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Services employee was arrested for sexual battery following an incident involving a University student back in February. The incident occurred on Feb. 14 at Herget Hall, according to Scott. A student was receiving treatment from EMS when 51-year-old Timothy Eschete

allegedly pinched the student’s nipple. Eschete admitted to pinching the student around the breast area, but not the nipple, Scott said. Eschete is no longer employed by EMS, Scott said. It is unclear if this incident is related to Eschete’s employment with EMS. Eschete was issued a misdemeanor summons for the aforementioned charge and then released.

Two people were arrested for illegally entering Tiger Stadium Tuesday evening, Scott said. On April 4 around 7 p.m., LSUPD responded to Tiger Stadium where unauthorized individuals had accessed the stadium, according to Scott. LSUPD made contact with the two individuals, 22-year-old University

student Emily Vice and 23-year-old non-student Alexander Morales, Scott said. Vice and Morales reportedly entered through an open gate that was being used by staff to access the stadium, Scott said. Both were issued misdemeanor summons for criminal trespassing and then released.

A University student was arrested for allegedly threatening a fellow student during lab coursework, Scott said. On April 4 around 8:30 p.m., LSUPD received a report regarding an assault, which allegedly occurred that morning in Choppin Hall, according to Scott. As a result, 18-year-old University student Taylor Stockman was arrested for simple assault. Stockman was issued a misdemeanor summons and released.


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Thursday, April 6, 2017 ACADEMICS

University Jewish Studies department holds talk on political extremism began as a small party in the 1920s with only 12 of 500 German parliament seats, grow to In conjunction with the obtain almost half of the parliaJewish Studies Program, the ment’s seats? How was the Nazi Manship School of Mass Com- Party able to win over and influmunication hosted two scholars ence so many Germans within a in the Holliday Forum Wednes- matter of a few years? The answer Luckert day to discuss what Manship School Dean Jerry Ceppos presented was the use of procalled “provocative” topics — paganda. By establishing a political extremism and how “brand” through the use of the Christianity is represented in swastika as a “logo,” appealing to target audiencJewish culture. The first “The more and more I es through mass speaker was Stethink about [the use communication and practicing exven Luckert, a senior curator at of propaganda], the ceptional oratory the Nazi the Levine Instimore relevant this skills, Party was able to tute for Holocaust Education at the history becomes.” gain the support necessary to carUnited States Hory out the perselocaust Memorial STEVEN LUCKERT cution of Jewish Museum. Luckert senior curator people and other discussed Nazi non-Aryans. Germany’s use Modern groups like ISIS, of propaganda as a method to garner support as a political par- Luckert noted, use similar ty, and later, support for their an- tactics to spread their mesti-semitism, a topic he said is still sage and increase membership, particularly by embracrelevant today. “The more and more I think ing people’s suffering and about [the use of propaganda], tapping into the need to resolve the more relevant this history that suffering. “We see that today if you becomes,” Luckert said. Luckert presented a look at a lot of extremist parquizzical historical situation: ties … they appeal to people who How did the Nazi Party, which somehow feel disconnected or BY DENA WINEGEART @DenaWinegeart

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Dr. Steven Luckert speaks about the evolution of modern extremism on April 5 in the Holliday Forum. disillusioned with the status quo or their position in that society,” Luckert said. Melissa Weininger, a senior lecturer at Rice University, discussed Jewish authors and how their work reflected the connection between Judaism and Christianity. Weininger said Jewish authors began to write about this connection to

Jewish life and culture not out of negativity toward Christianity, but as a response to changes in Christianity itself. Weininger called this “Jewish backlash.” Throughout the talk, Weininger discussed authors like Uri Tzvi Greenberg, a Hebrew and Yiddish writer whose work emphasized Jesus as a brother in Judaism

and in suffering. Greenberg experienced persecution in present-day Poland. He and his family escaped being killed by Polish soldiers in 1918. Weininger said different artists and authors worked to explore Jesus and other symbols of Christianity as a way to further understand Jewish culture.

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were allowed 10 minutes of time between rounds to repair their robots. While some might think a sumo-style battle is simply about pushing, combat robots from multiple teams used maneuverable metal arms to strike and pick up opponents. In fact, during two separate bouts, robots were seen producing smoke from their interior mechanisms. Three of the participating teams conceived and designed their battle bots as part of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering’s Capstone Design Program. After several months of hard work and collaborative thinking mechanical engineering senior Ryan Moreau said he was glad to have participated in building

teacher to see his or her students his team’s robot, Atlas. “I really enjoyed the perform,” Nikitopoulos said. process,” Moreau said. “I had a At the end of the day, only great team that I worked … We one team could proceed to the had four individuAtlanta competials from mechantion as the victor “I was expecting ical and electrical of the Bengal Bot engineering, and that it would be very Brawl. After tallying the results they were just competitive. But I from the three great.” Someone else was very surprised by judges, team “Goliath” reigned who enjoyed the the turn out.” supreme as the fruits of students’ University’s first labor was Professor Dimitris robotic competiGIRGUIS SEDKY tion champions. Nikitopoulos. mechanical engineering student With all exAs chair of the penses paid, their Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Depart- team will now travel to Atlanta to ment and head of the Capstone compete in the Robot BattlesTM Design Program, Nikitopoulos May 25 through 28. According said it doesn’t get much better to its website, Robot BattlesTM than this. is one of the oldest continu“I don’t think there is a ously running robotic combat greater satisfaction for a competitions in the world.

course, take the whole college experience in. It goes by quick, and real life comes quick,” Aslin said. “Also, just know your resources. There’s tons of stuff on campus that is free for students and so many places they can get help. I just think a lot of that is under-utilized.” According to a news release, Aslin has a Bachelor of General Studies from Southeastern and received her Master of Education with a concentration in guidance counseling from LSU. Aslin also received her Education Specialist Certificate from the LSU and is a national certified counselor and a licensed professional counselor. She joined the University College in 2013 after counseling at Mentorship Academy in Baton Rouge.

Jessica Aslin, a counselor in the Center for Advising and Counseling, is named LSU Adviser of the Year on March 27.

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The College of Engineering hosts the first annual Bengal Bot Brawl on April 4 in Patrick F. Taylor Hall.

ADVISER, from page 3 things that is so special about Jessica is she gives her undivided attention to each of the many students who walk through her door.” Aslin said her goal is to point students in the right direction, working to put herself in students’ shoes to better advise them. “My whole thing is just kind of be open minded and have a place for students to talk or vent, and also to kind of get them pointed to what’s going to help them most next,” Aslin said. For her undergraduate degree, Aslin attended Southeastern Louisiana University. She said she was undecided for a long time, and it was

through an experience with her academic advisers there that helped and led her to her own career in academic counseling. “What I had trouble with when I went to college was just finding out what I wanted to do, and I had a really good experience,” Aslin said. “I went to Southeastern for my undergrad, and I had a good experience with an adviser. I kind of use that experience, and I try to give that to somebody else.” Not being too far removed from college herself, Aslin said the college perspective helped her better assist students. Her advice to students would be not to take their college years or their resources for granted. “My advice would just be, of

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SHERMAN, from page 3 whom the towering residence hall off Aster Street is named, also served in the Confederate Army. Thomas Boyd, namesake of the school’s administration building, was Sherman’s right hand at the seminary who joined the Confederate Army at the outbreak of the war, was captured and then released after Union Gen. Sherman intervened in his furlough. “It will be very controversial, and we know that,” Earle said. “But the idea is that if we’re going to honor our Civil War heroes, we’ve got a guy right here. He was our first superintendent. He’s got a direct connection to the University.” In addition to his role as superintendent, Sherman was one of five professors when the school opened on Jan. 2, 1860. He taught mathematics, engineering and drawing to its original 40 cadets, whose class grew to just over 60 during the first term. Sherman worked tirelessly before the term began, researching and visiting the premier military schools of the time, including his alma mater of West Point, the Virginia Military Institute and the Kentucky Military Institute, McDonough said.

The original seminary building was “a gorgeous palace,” Sherman said of the three-story structure with 30 rooms and five towers in Pineville, Louisiana, “altogether too good for its purpose.” Sherman, though widely disparaged following the war in a place he had once called home, never harbored any ill will toward the South, McDonough said. Sherman blamed politicians for inciting disagreements for short-term political gain. In the end, though, he could not stand for the disunion of the United States and offered his services to the Union army. “He loved the South. He had friends in the South, and he did not want to fight against them in a war, which he believed, correctly, would result in the killing and maiming of tremendous numbers of people,” McDonough said. “He even more clearly foresaw what this was going to be than most in the North or the South.” And while Sherman likely never envisioned the institute of higher learning Louisiana State University is today, Earle said the University still echoes his vision of instilling the values of service and leadership in its students.


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Adams bests 40-yard time

BY BRANDON ADAM @badam_TDR

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Trimmed down after weigh in at NFL combine, Fournette showcases skills at LSU pro day BY JOSHUA THORNTON @JoshuaThornton_

Leonard Fournette’s lifestyle has completely changed. He’s got meetings to attend, workouts to complete and “plenty” of NFL teams to talk to. Meetings, teams and a schedule he can’t keep up with — but that’s what his Roc Nation agent is for. It’s big transition, he said, but it’s all in preparation for the NFL draft that takes place April 27. “I’m not going to say that it’s too hard,” Fournette said about his life recently. “But it’s something I have to do to better my family and to better my career.” The New Orleans native went through majority of the running backs drills at the combine, including the 40-yard dash, running 4.51 at the NFL scouting event.

In Indianapolis, with hundreds of scouts watching his every move, Jamal Adams walked up to attempt the 40-yard dash. He could’ve “peed” on himself. “[Jamal] was kind of a little nervous,” Jamal’s father George Adams said. Jamal would run a 4.56 40-yard dash time at the combine, slower than what he usually ran when he trained for the NFL draft. However, at LSU’s pro day, Jamal would best his time, with a blistering 4.33 40-yard dash. “I definitely feel like I had something to prove for myself in the 40,” Jamal said. “I knew at the combine, a 4.5 wasn’t me, and I had a different outcome.” Jamal said his technique also contributed to his better 40 time. After the combine, Jamal and his father broke down the film of his run, and they realized that Jamal stood up a few tenths of a second too soon. “I had two wonderful friends of mine, Tremayne Acy and Mo Wells. Those guys helped me with my drive phase,” Jamal said. “At the combine, I popped straight up. I lost a lot of time.” George joked with his son about his time after the combine. “I told him don’t worry about it,” George said, “I was faster than

see FOURNETTE, page 10

see ADAMS, page 10

GYMNASTICS

Clare-Kearney key behind LSU’s dynamic floor routines BY KENNEDI LANDRY @landryyy14 Ashleigh Clare-Kearney is one of the masterminds behind the LSU gymnastics team’s floor routines. Clare-Kearney, who was a gymnast at LSU from 2005-09, was the national champion in both vault and floor during her senior season. In 2010, she graduated with a master’s degree and went on to earn her law degree from Southern University in 2013. Clare-Kearney began as a volunteer coach for the Tigers in 2010, handling choreography for floor and beam. “Gymnastics have been a part of my life since I was five years

old, so I’ve always been really passionate about it,” Clare-Kearney said. “I wanted to be able to give back and do as much as I can, stay involved in the sport and help out in any area that I could so I could maintain a role in LSU gymnastics.” Throughout her seven-year tenure with the Tigers, she has consistently improved LSU’s floor performance. They finished No. 1 in 2016 and currently sit at No. 2 in the rankings. A lot goes into creating ClareKearney’s “masterpiece,” but it all centers around the music. The process begins with the gymnasts sending her

see CLARE-KEARNEY, page 10

COACH ASHLEIGH CLARE-KEARNEY Clare-Kearney was a gymnast at LSU from 2005-09 She was the national champion in both vault and floor during her senior season Clare-Kearney began as a volunteer coach for the Tigers in 2010 and handles choreography for floor and beam.

The Tigers finished No. 1 in 2016 They currently sit at No. 2 in the rankings.


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Running backs Williams, Brossette look to shine in 2017 season BY BRANDON ADAM @badam_TDR With Leonard Fournette off to the NFL, the Tigers are expected to feature senior running back Darrel Williams and junior running back Nick Brossette as backups to junior running back Derrius Guice. “We all just gotta come in, step in and just bring what we bring to the table,” Williams said. “Just like when Terrence [Magee] and Kenny [Hilliard] left me, and Leonard had to step [up] and do the best we could do for this team.” Williams has been on the backend of the log jam at the running back position his entire career, and saw an opportunity his sophomore year slip through his hands when he was passed up by Guice. Williams, who slimmed down to 225 pounds this offseason at the urging of former running backs coach Jabbar Juluke, is ready to attack his second chance. “It feels a whole lot better,” Williams said, regarding his weight loss. “I feel a lot faster, a lot quicker. I just wanted to be back to my old self.” Williams was playing around 240 pounds last season, and said he felt slow. The

weight even earned him a nickname around teammates: “Fat Darrel”. “What really motivated me is my mama started calling me fat,” Williams said. “My mama never called me fat. For her to call me fat, I realized I really am fat.” The senior has been in the program longer than any running back on the roster, but the depth ahead of him limited him to only 176 carries, 831 yards and 10 touchdowns through his first three years. The powerful running back said he sees himself as a fit for Matt Canada’s new offensive scheme. “It’s a great offense,” Williams said. “There’s a lot of shifts, movements and motions. I think it will be hard for the defense.” As for Brossette, he will be two years removed from a knee injury that ended his freshman season. The tailback said he feels faster and stronger, and that he has been working on his pad-level with running backs coach Tommie Robinson. “Definitely, going into this year, I am ready,” Brossette said. “I got stronger and faster, and I feel like this going to be a big year for me.

Keep doing the little things, and everything will take care of itself.” Brossette, who will have his third position coach in three seasons, said the lack of consistency is frustrating but he is happy to have Robinson as his coach. “I like coach Robinson,” Brossette said. “He recruited me when he was at Texas, and I have been having a relationship with him for a while now. Just for him to come in here and take on the role of coaching us it’s an honor.” The former four-star recruit has 27 career carries for 210 yards, 73 of which came on five carries against Missouri. Brossette, who is now referred to as Nicholas thanks to coach Robinson, is eager to see what he can accomplish in 2017. While the coaches have not defined his role, Brossette said he will do what he can to the best of his abilities. “Just working on my game,” Brossette said about this spring. “Learn the offense better and everything about the offense, that is a really big thing for me. Whatever the coaches want me to do, I am going to do it to the best of my abilities.”

LSU then-junior running back Darrel Williams (28) makes his way around the Eagles defense during the LSU 45-10 win against Southern Mississippi on Oct. 15 at Tiger Stadium.

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LSU thenfreshman running back Nick Brossette (4) carries the ball down the field during the Tigers’ 45-21 victory against Auburn on Sept. 19, 2015, at Tiger Stadium.

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Etling slowly adjusting to LSU offense under Canada BY SETH NIEMAN @seth_nieman A new voice can be heard loud and clear in LSU’s spring football practices. That voice is none other than offensive coordinator Matt Canada, the first major hire of coach Ed Orgeron’s tenure at LSU. Known for running an up-tempo and steadily moving offense, Canada’s system has already made an influence on senior quarterback Danny Etling. “We’ve started from the base in, and now we’ll start to figure out where everybody is going to be, what we’re good at, who we want to get the ball to and how we want to get them the ball,” Etling said. “We’re a lot further along. I feel a lot more comfortable. I’m just working more on anticipation of who’s going to be open, what we want to do each play and getting a better rapport with coach Canada.” Etling finished the 2016 season with 2,123 passing yards, completing 160 of 269 passes with five interceptions and 11 touchdowns for the Tigers. Canada’s offense at Pittsburgh, where he was offensive coordinator in 2016, generated 2,882 passing yards and 28 touchdowns. These numbers are slightly larger than Etling’s. “Everything has plays off of it,” Etling said. “You always want to keep a defense on their heels,

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LSU then-junior quarterback Danny Etling (16) lunges forward to gain yards as Louisville senior linebacker Keith Kelsey (55) trails behind on Dec. 31 during the Tigers’ 29-9 Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl win against the Cardinals at Camping World Stadium in Florida. and that’s what coach Canada’s main philosophy is: ‘We’re the offense, and we’re going to be offensive.’ There’s a lot of layers to the offense. There’s a lot we can do, we just have to figure out what we want to do with the talent we have.” Etling used baseball to describe what it’s like to be under center in Canada’s offense.

“It’s kind of like a pitcher having a changeup, fastball and a slider,” Etling said. “You want to be able to switch up the tempo and speed, so that’s kind of what I compare it to.” The Purdue transfer said it’s not hard to pick up the new offense. Etling has been there and done that. “I’d say this one is easier to

pick up than when I first went to Purdue and had to learn that offense,” Etling said. “This has actually been the easiest offense for me to grasp so far, just because of the systematic thought process behind it. As far as what separates Canada from Etling’s prior experiences, he says it all comes back to the basics.

“He’s huge on fundamentals,” Etling said. “I think mine have kind of gotten slowed down a little bit, because once you start playing college football, much of the time is spent preparing for games and defenses. I think we’ve gotten a lot better in the past couple of practices as far as feeling each other, throwing on time and all of those things.”


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Freshman duo spearhead Tigers’ season success

BY JOURDAN RILEY @jourdanr_TDR The LSU beach volleyball team gained early victories at the start of the 2017 season and aims to stay on the road to success until the end. The Tigers look to move up in rankings as they compete in their last two tournaments before the CCSA Tournament and NCAA Championships. The team earned its highest ranking in school history with the No. 7 spot in the American Volleyball Coaches Association and DiG Magazine beach polls. However, seventh isn’t good enough, coach Russell Brock said. “I think it’s a great validation of the work we’ve put in,” he said. “We respect the seventh position, but we are not satisfied with it. We know that our goals are set higher than that, and we know it’s going to be even tougher to get from where we started at the beginning to seven, to get from seven to higher up in the rankings.” Freshmen Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss spearhead the Tigers with a record of 16-3. Seven of those wins come from ranked opponents, and

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LSU sophomore Lilly Kessler awaits the service during the Tigers’ 3-2 victory against FIU in the Tiger Beach Challenge on March 19 at Mango’s Beach Volleyball Club. four come from the Tigers’ latest escapades in Georgia State’s Diggin Duals tournament. The duo dominated against Georgia State, Jacksonville State, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Austin Peay, winning in straight sets in all four matches.

LSU swept the Diggin Duals to advance to a 14-5 record. “I think that when they play well — when anybody is at the top of the line and plays well — it kind of just sets the tone for how we’re going to play,” Brock said. “For them, obviously they’re young, so starting the season we

kind of want to work them into their role and give them the opportunity to understand the college game and understand how well they have to play to win at that level. Clearly, they’ve begun to embrace those opportunities to play at the top of the lineup and their record shows.”

The Tigers hope to maintain their momentum as they prepare to compete against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Houston Baptist, Tulane and Central Arkansas in Houston Baptist’s Invitational on April 8 and 9. Brock has no doubt Nuss and Coppola will help advance the team to victories. “We talk about tools that people have when they play the game,” Brock said. “Kristen, there really isn’t anybody faster when in the game. Her understanding of how the game is played puts her in a position to make a lot of plays defensively. That’s stuff that you can’t really teach so we’re working on other aspects of her game but she’s starting at such a great point. She has a great advantage.” “Coming in, [Claire] was very highly regarded as a high school AVCA All-American in the beach coming out,” he continued. “There were only four first-teamers that came out of the high school ranks, and she was one of them. Clearly, she had the ability, well recognized, to be an incredible player. Her responsibility has been to understand how she can be better and she’s embraced it.”

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Mid game adjustments help propel LSU to recent wins BY KENNEDI LANDRY @landryyy14 The LSU softball team has continuously showed improvement at the plate. Even in low scoring games, the Tigers always have a significant number of hits. With a team batting average of .335, they show no sign of slowing down. One of the biggest aspects of the offensive side in softball is being able to make adjustments, not only in practice but in the middle of a game as well. “The higher level you get, it just becomes like second nature to make those in at-bat and in-game adjustments,” senior outfielder Bailey Landry said. Facing pitchers that they have seen before always helps with preparations in practice, but the staff and coach make sure to prepare the batters. Having film and technology assists the staff and players in visualizing pitches before the game. “You get to actually see it before you go up to bat,” Landry said. “Just having that visual aid to help, you get to see yourself do it before you actually do it. We work on that in our mental training as well, so that helps a lot.” The players go into every game with a plan of attack and knowing what to expect from every pitcher. “During practice, it makes it a lot easier when we have coaches and other sports staff that spends so much time just scouting out

the opponent and reviewing film, so that makes our job easy because they say ‘Oh, it’s here,’ so we know to practice there,” Landry said. Going from pitcher to pitcher involves an entire change of pace. Landry said she goes up to bat every time with a plan, and once the pitcher is changed, that entire plan is thrown off. “Making adjustments from pitcher to pitcher, having a new plan pitcher to pitcher, I think is good for us,” LSU coach Beth Torina said. Knowing how to change strategy quickly at the plate is essential to having a good at bat. “This past weekend [Mississippi State] changed the pitchers pretty late in the game, and before that, I was visualizing my at-bat because I knew the pitches I was getting. And then I went up to bat and they had changed the pitcher, so I have to scratch all that stuff. Now I have another play to make,” Landry said. Players are always working on different types of pitches and pitchers to improve both their strengths and weaknesses. “Just in the game, we’re prepared for pretty much anything. And once you get to this level you have to really learn to diversify, I guess, what you do and how you hit and things like that,” Landry said. “The higher level you get, it just becomes like second nature to make those in at-bat and in-game adjustments.”

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The Tigers meet in between innings during their 3-0 loss to Minnesota on March 4. at Tiger Park.


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The way that she hears music is completely different than anything I’ve ever experienced. ASHLEIGH GNAT

senior all-arounder

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Former LSU safety Jamal Adams speaks to the media during the LSU football pro day on April 5 at the Charles McClendon football practice facility.

ADAMS, from page 7 you. I ran a 4.55 at 225 pounds.” George said while training with his son last week, he clocked Jamal with the wind at his back as low as 4.30. “We knew he could run a 4.4, so a 4.3 is even better,” George said. Jamal, who is likely a top-10 pick, may have cemented himself as a top-five pick with his impressive speed. Jamal’s time at LSU’s pro day would have ranked fourth-best in Indianapolis and second among defensive back. “I’m more excited for him than I was for myself because he

FOURNETTE, from page 7 It was a time he was content with. “I felt good with my time at the combine and just kept it there,” he said. Fournette decided not to run the 40 or go through any agility drills, such as the 3-cone drill or two-shuttle drill. Instead, most of his time at pro day was going through pass catching drills and even lined up out wide as a receiver. Fournette was also noticeably slimmer. It was the one thing he wanted to prove to scouts on Wednesday. “My mama has been on me about what I’ve been eating,” Fournette said. “Basically, I just wanted to show everybody I can lose the weight.” The projected 10-pick weighed in at 228 — 12 pounds lighter than he did at the combine. LSU coach Ed Orgeron knew Fournette had dropped weight when he saw him at LSU’s practice facility. “When I saw him at 228 without a shirt on, I said ‘He lost weight, he looks great,’” Orgeron said. “He looked tremendous in the drills that he did. Crisp. His ankle to me looked like a 100 percent. He cut, he changed direction well, he was happy. It was kind of a wow factor when he went through those bags.”

is my son and he is able to do the same things that I have done,” George said. “But I’m not going to say how he is going to go or what until his name is called. I know how the NFL is.” In addition to his training for the draft, Jamal has been followed around 24/7 for NFL Network’s annual series “Path to the Draft,” a show which follows highly-ranked draft prospects. “It’s great, man,” George said. “Really, [Jamal] likes cameras. That’s what me and my wife said when he was playing here for LSU. We always see him on the camera. He finds the camera.” For now, Jamal has plans to

meet with a few NFL teams. Jamal will be flying to Jacksonville on Thursday to meet with the Jaguars and will be meeting with the Chicago Bears and the Tennessee Titans in the near future. Jamal said he hopes to be drafted in the top four, which made him the highest safety ever drafted. The late Sean Taylor, in 2004, and Eric Berry, in 2010, were drafted fifth, which is the highest a safety was ever drafted. Jamal wants to be drafted higher than that and more. “I plan to be a Hall of Famer,” Jamal said.

Fournette said NFL teams wanted to see him lose weight, and he had been asked about his nagging ankle injury from the 2016 season. “They understood the situation I was in, and they understood the injury, and they respected it,” Fournette said about his ankle injury. “They always ask me if I’m 100 percent now, and I give them the right answer — that I’m 100 percent.”

Fournette plans to fly to Philadelphia for the NFL draft later this month, and in the meantime he will train in Louisiana and hold meetings with multiple NFL teams. As for his kids, he’s just trying to keep up with his fast growing daughter. “My daughter … she’s grown now, man,” Fournette said. “I feel like she’s two going on 20. She’s bad, man.”

music in May of the previous year. Afterward, she develops each routine from scratch to fit the individual gymnast. “Something that I pride myself on is making the routines unique for each individual,” Clare-Kearney said. “I don’t want it to ever look like I just came up with the routines that are kind of similar, and I put the girl to the routine. The music is so important. It’s the most important piece.” Clare-Kearney danced until her sophomore year of high school, which has helped with her ability to choreograph the dance moves to the music, but she believes it to be a more natural ability. “She’s amazing. The way that she hears music is completely different than anything I’ve ever experienced,” senior all-arounder Ashleigh Gnat said. “We’ll do a floor routine, and she’ll say ‘Oh, did you hear that?’ and I’m like ‘No, I don’t hear that,’ because she hears things differently, and that’s what makes her more creative. It makes her choreography more innovative, and I think that it gives us a competitive edge.” Clare-Kearney dissects each piece of music even before she starts thinking of the choreography and takes three days with each gymnast to complete an entire routine. “She takes so much time in perfecting it, like she will not leave a floor routine unless it’s perfect,” senior all-arounder Shae Zamardi said. “I think we have some of the best choreography in the nation, and she’s just amazing in what she does. I’ve never met anyone who can

choreograph the way she does.” LSU coach D-D Breaux describes Clare-Kearney as the “voice of reason” on the coaching staff. Clare-Kearney provides a different point of view as Breaux has been coaching much longer, giving the girls the perspectives of “varying people with varying background.” “She’s just a calm presence,” Gnat said. “She’s kind of like an in between of what D-D is and what we are because, like I said, she’s been on both sides, but she’s able to mediate for us and towards D-D.” Apart from her help in the gym, Clare-Kearney has become a “big sister” for the team. As someone who has been on both sides, she knows what to say and how to give constructive criticism from another perspective. “We love any opportunity to have her on the floor. She is such a light and got a really calming presence,” Gnat said. “I talk to her before floor in the PMAC. She’s just in a position where she’s been where we are, and now she’s on the other side of it and she can relate to how we’re feeling before we compete.” Clare-Kearney, both in and out of the gym, provides a much bigger opportunity to an already thriving LSU team. “The fact that she’s choreographed the routines, has made the routine up and has a real feel for how the routine matches the music and how both of those components match the athlete, it’s always great to have her in and out of the gym,” Breaux said. “When you have the kind of championship pedigree that she does, you want her with you on the floor.”


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NATIONAL cherry blossom FE S T I VA L Spring flourishes as cultural and artistic displays are seen from Washington D.C. and the University of Maryland PHOTOS BY CHUNFENG LU


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art by creating a challenge for himself or a problem to solve. “With ‘Song for My Father,’ my challenge was to visualize that which has no image,” he said. “If you want to take a picture of the landscape, you go to the forest, but if you want to make a photograph about deeply longing to be with someone who has died, what does that look like?” The next featured exhibit is painting and anthropology student Dominique Giosa’s “Recognition.” The exhibit involves several media and will

The University eSports club is headed to Las Vegas, Nevada, to compete in the “Final Four” of North America’s largest collegiate eSports tournament, “Heroes of the Dorm.” The team consists of five University players and a substitute, led by captain and mass communication sophomore Ben “Hoss” Hosford. The team is coached by Landon “Aether” Barker and managed by Morgan “ArtemisHowl” Kirpatrick, two prominent figures in the “Heroes of the Storm” scene. Three of the team members, chemical engineering juniors Victor “Viccuri” Alvarado and Nick “Drated” Broyles and dietetics sophomore Austin “HecarimJ” Bollich, have known one another since middle school. Kinesiology sophomore Nathan “TheWinds” Fontenot joined the team just before the tournament. “We’ve all come together and meshed really well in and outside of the team environment,” Hosford said. “In the game, everyone has improved in their skill level, and it shows in our gameplay.”

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University students’ art will be featured in the Arts Council of Baton Rouge’s Firehouse Gallery throughout April

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The Arts Council of Baton Rouge is hosting a series of shows featuring the works of three University students — Zach Fox, Dominique Giosa and Joelle Ferrara — in its Firehouse Gallery throughout April. The first exhibit, on display April 3-7, is studio art senior Zach Fox’s “Song for My Father.” The exhibition is a series of photographs exploring Fox’s grieving process after his father committed suicide seven years ago when Fox was 17 years old. “At the time, I didn’t know what to do or how to react so I didn’t react at all,” Fox said. “It

wasn’t until about two years ago that I felt it was time I forced myself to confront the reality of his absence and to examine how the lack of his presence has marked my life.” Fox said the work explores themes such as time, memory and nostalgia. However, at its core, “‘Song for My Father’ is about the desire to be present with someone who is no longer alive.” The exhibition consists of large color photographs mixed with images from his father’s hunting collection printed on cotton rags.

“I’m interested in the ability to have a tactile experience with a photographic image,” he said. “For me, the rags are about establishing a physical connection with my father who is no longer present.” Fox’s early passion for music is reflected in this piece as well. “I was inspired by the idea of photographs harmonizing with each other, much like two vocal performers singing together to create one voice,” he said. “The work is hung in such a way that references musical notes on a page.” Fox said he approaches his

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University student makes stylish, college budget-friendly jewelry BY YSABELLA RAMIREZ @ysaram97 Devon Sanders, a mass communication sophomore from Houston, has turned her jewelry-making hobby into a business. She now sells fashionable jewelry at affordable prices to University students. She said the idea came to her when her roommate’s birthday was coming up and she wanted to give her jewelry as a present because they always borrowed from each other. Shopping around, Sanders realized that everything she came across was far too expensive. A friend suggested she visit a bead and jewelry supply store in Houston, and Sanders said she recalls walking in and immediately having a “cornucopia of ideas” for different designs. She began making jewelry for fun until someone told her she should consider selling her pieces, and from there, she began promoting them on her own Facebook page and eventually

opened up an Etsy store. The business officially began in July, although Sanders originally thought it would only be a summer endeavor. But she continued to make more pieces and brought her booming business with her when she moved back to Baton Rouge for the school year. She has now sold over 800 pieces. She started this endeavor to show that women don’t need to buy boutique jewelry at astronomical boutique prices most students on a budget can’t afford. She prices her merchandise reasonably, without aiming to make a large profit off of her peers. “I just really enjoy doing it and the whole reason behind [this] was to save money,” Sanders said. “Making my designs expensive wouldn’t agree with my ideals I started this business with.” Sanders essentially completes each part of the process herself. For design inspiration, she draws from friends’ opinions, photos CHUNFENG LU / The Daily Reveille

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Mass communication sophomore Devon Sanders shows her jewelry designs on March 28 on campus.


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Persona 5 is the sixth installment of the Japanese RPG series Persona. The widely successful series combines elements of roleplaying, social interactions and dungeon exploration as your party battles supernatural enemies. After years of delays, Persona 5 was finally released in Japan in September 2016 to critical acclaim, with many near-perfect scores and some reviewers even calling the game a masterpiece. After suffering its own delays, the North American release will finally be coming this month. Even though the Persona series is still gaining traction in the west, Persona 5 is one of the most anticipated RPG releases of 2017.

In 2012, a group of former employees of game developer studio Rare — famed for series such as Donkey Kong, Banjo-Kazooie and Battletoads — announced their intentions to create a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie. Fast forward to May 2015 and Yooka-Laylee became the fastest-growing video game Kickstarter on its way to raising over 2,000,000 pounds in funding. The developers, now under the moniker Playtonic Games, have stated they won’t be satisfied resting on nostalgia and won’t be creating a Banjo-Kazooie knockoff; instead, choosing to focus on recapturing the style and tone of the original series. Described as a “love-letter to Nintendo 64 memories” Yooka-Laylee shows promise behind developers who, out of pure love, are trying to breathe life into an esteemed decades old series.

Outlast 2 is a first-person survival horror. The original Outlast released in 2013 garnered praise as one of the few first-person horror games to successfully tackle the genre without a combat system, but rather, focusing on escaping and hiding from your enemies. While the game had its cheap jump scares, Outlast was still effective in scaring its players. This style of gameplay will return in the sequel, where you will play as a journalist exploring the Arizonian deserts searching for your missing wife — armed only with your camera. The camera has a nightvision mode to help you navigate through the pitch-black night, but once the battery is drained, you will be left helpless against the enemies lurking in the dark. Outlast sold over 4 million copies as the debut release of Red Barrels. Along with Outlast 2 demos receiving high praise, this is a game which deserves to be on people’s radar.

Who at this point hasn’t played the much loved racing series? The world’s most famous plumber has been bringing generations together with Mario Kart for decades. Previously released on the Nintendo Wii U in May 2014, Mario Kart 8 is being ported to the newly released Nintendo Switch console along with some added features. All previously released DLC will be included along with a new battle mode, new characters and items and new Joy-Cons, which will be sold separately. Many consider Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U to be one of the best in the series and with the Mario Kart lending itself perfectly to the portability and couch co-op ability of the Switch, fans are excited for this re-release.

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REV R ANKS THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE Focus Features

For a movie about the terrors of World War II, “The Zookeeper’s Wife” is strangely devoid of tension.

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GHOST IN THE SHELL Paramount Pictures

“Ghost in the Shell” is a gorgeous film that expands on the action and visuals of the original 1995 animated film, but loses some of its brains in the process.

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“Dave Chappelle” is Dave Chappelle’s comeback to stand-up comedy after a decade-long hiatus. The Netflix Original, three-part special was met with positive reviews. The first episode is from a Los Angeles performance at the legendary Hollywood Palladium.

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST SOUNDTRACK

Walt Disney Records A large part of “Beauty and the Beast’s” success — as in any Disney princess movie — is the film’s soundtrack, which includes stars like Celine Dion, John Legend and Ariana Grande.

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The final episode of HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” gave viewers every answer to the list of questions that grew each episode. During the first few minutes of the first episode, a supposedly gruesome murder at a swanky trivia night fundraiser for Otter Bay Elementary, Monterey Bay, California’s premier public school, centers itself as the show’s main mystery. A Greek chorus of fellow Otter Bay parents and Monterey citizens appear in flash cuts of police interviews about the night of and events leading up to the murder. Yet, as we learned, the intricacies of the lives of five mothers, the story of who killed who became unimportant. It was abuse in all its forms that pulled these women together and, after all the quarrelling and rivalry in the past seven episodes, left them frolicking on a beach with their children. The seventh and final episode, “You Get What You Need,” opened in Perry (Alexander Skarsgard) and Celeste’s (Nicole Kidman) home, with viewers straining to hear Perry abusing his wife over the noise of their twin boys’ video game. With impeccable cuts to waves crashing on rocky shores around posh Monterey homes and gossipy detective interrogations, the episode is as beautiful as it is dark. Everything from the nuanced dialogue to a sophisticated score controlled by the characters themselves deserves appreciation. The attention to detail, such as unexplained bruises on Celeste in every scene, despite not always being pointed out by the characters, created a realistic, intense drama series that will no doubt sweep next year’s Emmy Awards. For the remainder of the episode, the suspense intensified as baggage and the secrets of various characters began to unspool. It is Celeste’s child and not Jane’s (Shailene Woodley) who was abusing Renata’s (Laura Dern) daughter at school, a reference to the influence Perry’s abuse has on not just Celeste, but his sons and the town as a whole. In the most bone-chilling scene of the entire series, Perry reveals his knowledge of Celeste’s plan to leave him and flee to the apartment she recently bought, all while

tenderly attending to their son’s sore tooth. One look by Celeste at the Jekyll-Hyde monster played brilliantly by Skarsgard says it all: she does not expect to survive the night. The murder seems not to matter when juxtaposed against the true horrors underlying Monterey Bay, including the many other forms of violence in the series. Perry’s threatening presence follows Celeste anytime she is on screen, and the rage and confusion Jane feels as she mentally confronts her unidentified rapist marks every move she makes. By the time it’s revealed that Perry was the victim discussed in the forward-jumping cuts to detective interviews, it doesn’t seem to matter as much as the fact that Celeste, Renata, Jane, Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz) and Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) all had a hand in his demise, trying to defend Celeste from his latest assault at the school fundraiser. However, it is worth noting that

director Jean-Marc Vallée set the scene perfectly with nearly every question and revelation being tied up amongst the leading women in these final moments. All five women find themselves away from the crowds of trivia night, only for Perry to try to drag Celeste back home. The other four women fight to pull Perry off of Celeste as he beats her, and it is Bonnie who kills him by pushing him down the stairs. The bonds forged by these women in a single night seemed reasonable given the circumstances. They were mature and empathetic enough to share and assuage each other’s pain — in part because of each character’s relationship with domestic abuse, a factor that helped Renata and Jane form a connection earlier in episode six despite their initial rivalry. The finale ties up every loose end, satisfying viewers and creating a smashingly realistic depiction of abuse under the seemingly placid surface of Monterey Bay.

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NEW MUSIC

7/10 “Endless Voyage” by Groundislava

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at all — it clearly works for some artists. While Groundislava mostly abandoned the dirty, lo-fi grit of his debut album, his sound still carries elements of the past. At the same time, Groundislava maintains the chrome-covered, futuristic profile that many people have come to expect. “Endless Voyage” is a prescient look at what EDM could be and hopefully what the rest of the electronic music world navigates toward. Longtime fans of Groundislava will be pleased to hear Jake Weary appear on the track “Until Tomorrow,” which feels like a spaced-out pop tune from the year 2068. Big reverb, lush synthesizers, and warm drums evoke an undeniable ’80s vibe, but Patterson’s personal touch makes the past feel like a look into the future.

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Groundislava’s aesthetic typically reflects this forward-looking view of music, but “Endless Voyage” seems to take a more poetic stance. Juxtapose this album against 2014’s “Frozen Throne” and you can clearly see the ideological shift. The opening track “Nova” is the perfect way to begin your own endless voyage. The song carries an energy and playfulness hard to come by in electronic music. Conversely, the album’s closer, “Dark Planet,” is a tasteful call back to Patterson’s earlier work, relying heavily on synthesizers and trembling pads. There’s something for everyone in this album, and countless voyages to be made with it. For fans of: Wedidit Records and Machinedrum

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“The Music of 7/10 John Lewis” by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

The legacy of jazz pianist John Lewis already includes landmark recordings like Miles Davis’s “Birth of the Cool” and the classic work of the Modern Jazz Quartet. This treatment of Lewis’s compositions by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra offers a refined take on the master’s work. However, “The Music of John Lewis” does falter with an execution that loses much of the distillation of folk and jazz present in the original compositions. John Lewis began his career in popular jazz music with Dizzy Gillespie’s band, where he first widely performed his composition “Two Bass Hit.” This piece is now a standard. A truly unique and entertaining rendition of the chart appears on the orchestra’s recording.

The technique displayed on the solo piano composition “Django,” dedicated to legendary gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, is masterful and inspired. Unfortunately, when playing alongside such emotive performers as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s lead trumpeter Ryan Kisor, the piano performance does come across rather square. This is made clear on the track “Piazza Navona,” in which the pianist follows the lyrically wheeling and roaring lines with an underwhelming break once again rich with inspiration and technique. While the piano performance might be appropriate in the context of this record, it’s at odds with the style that has come to be expected of the JLCO. “The Music of John Lewis” successfully

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REVIEW BY DJ 5/4 HOST OF THE MATH LAB, SUNDAYS FROM 7 TO 9 P.M. (MATH ROCK) Jasper Patterson, better known by his stage name Groundislava, released his fourth studio album “Endless Voyage” a couple months ago, cementing his place in the strange world of west coast electronic producers. Even though Groundislava and the entire Wedidit collective, including artists like Shlohmo, D33J and Ryan Hemsworth, have asserted themselves heavily in the music world, albums like “Endless Voyage” break the boundary between sleepy California future beats and material no one could ever see coming. However, if you’re a fan of Patterson, you may have anticipated this record because it follows a familiar, slightly nostalgic formula used on past albums. I’m not saying following a formula is bad

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displays the technical skill of those involved. That being said, this recording is surely not on par with past releases by the JLCO. The album falls considerably short when compared to 2010’s “Vitoria Suite” and 2015’s “Live in Cuba.” The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will perform with Wynton Marsalis in Greensboro, North Carolina on April 20. Specific information on program content is not available, but the group currently has an impressive rotation of material paying homage to performers such as Buddy Rich, Dizzy and Ella Fitzgerald. For fans of: Modern Jazz Quartet and Max Roach

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1 Hurray For The Riff Raff/The Navigator/ ATO 2 Tennis/Yours Conditionally/Mutually Detrimental 3 Conor Oberst/Salutations/Nonesuch 4 Laura Marling/Semper Femina/More Alarming 5 Thundercat/Drunk/Brainfeeder 6 Jay Som/Everybody Works/Polyvinyl 7 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah/The Tourist/ Wichita 8 Bleached/Can You Deal?/Dead Oceans 9 Tim Darcy/Saturday Night/Jagjaguwar 10 Dirty Projectors/Dirty Projectors/ Domino 11 Real Estate/In Mind/Domino 12 Goldfrapp/Silver Eye/Mute 13 Ne-Hi/Offers/Grand Jury 14 Thievery Corporation/The Temple Of I & I/ESL 15 Karriem Riggins/Headnod Suite/ Stone’s Throw 16 Dude York/Sincerely/Hardly Art 17 Spoon/Hot Thoughts/Matador 18 The Shins/Heartworms/Columbia 19 Pissed Jeans/Why Love Now/Sub Pop 20 King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard/ Flying Microtonal Banana/ATO 21 Animal Collective/The Painters [EP]/ Domino 22 Froth/Outside (Briefly)/Self-Released

This week on The Cine Files, the theme is guest’s choice. We’ll cover some awesome cult teen classics like “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” Directed by Edgar Wright, who is famous for his “Cornetto Trilogy.” The 2010 action film based on the comic book series of the same name was a box office bust but remains revered by critics and teens to this day. The soundtrack is heavily punk influenced and contains tracks written specifically for the film by Beck. Tune in Saturday to hear some Black Lips, Broken Social Scene and Metric, and meet the next host of the Cine Files!

Hail coven! This week on The Rusty Cage, I’ll be kicking off the show with The Doomsday Kingdom and its new track “The Hand of Hell.” The Doomsday Kingdom is fronted by Leif Edling, the chief songwriter and bassist for Candlemass, one of the pioneering doom metal bands of the ’80s. Edling hits us with riff after riff of traditional doom and NWOBHM goodness. Vocalist Niklas Stålvind’s performance is a blast from the past. You could have told me this was a Dio-era Black Sabbath track, and I would have believed you. Come jump into the pit!

Hailing from way across the pond, Mclusky was a Welsh post-hardcore band that made some exceptional punk music in its prime. The three piece called it quits in 2005, but not before releasing “Mclusky Do Dallas.” This sophomore record is chock full of heavy guitars and bitter lyricism. In my opinion, “To Hell With Good Intentions” is one of the album’s best singles. Frontman Andrew “Falco” Falkous practically spits irony on the track with lines like “My band is better than your band. We got more songs than a song convention.” Falco’s vocals are tough, critical and somehow a whole lot of fun.

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page 18 FIREHOUSE, from page 14 be on display April 17-21. Giosa combines art and anthropology to explore the human form while also incorporating human and evolutionary aspects. The final show of the month will be ceramics and sculpture major Joelle Ferrara’s “Converse,” which showcases her pottery. “My work seeks to engage the user with design elements that encourage them to explore the vessels, both with their eyes and hands, creating a special moment every time they use the pot,” she said. Ferrara has been creating art ever since she can remember. “Whether it was sketching my pets or making little sculptures with oven bake clay, I never really knew how to stop making or that that wasn’t something

Thursday, April 6, 2017 that other people did,” she said. “I just always had something to make.” Ferrara said she draws her influence from comforting moments with friends and family, like during meal times, and hopes this sense of comfort is evident in her work. She said she advises future art majors not to overthink their work — something with which she struggles. “Sometimes that time [spent overthinking] is better spent just actually getting to work and learning from mistakes,” Ferrara said. “Pay attention to your craft, but don’t try to force your art to be something it’s not.” These exhibitions will be on view in The Firehouse Gallery at 427 Laurel Street in downtown Baton Rouge. Exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.

DEVON SANDERS, from page 14 she takes of people’s jewelry and Instagram. She describes jewelry making as a trial and error process. She often sends her ideas to her twin sister for honest feedback. “Something I can be really excited about making can wind up being a dud on the website,” Sanders said. Most of her supplies come from a shop in Houston and she makes the pieces in her apartment in Baton Rouge at an old craft table. Running the two websites is not an easy task. Sanders said she had to research a great deal, especially for shipping rates, and seek guidance from friends

before diving into the business world on her own. “It’s definitely still a learning process, especially with the new website, but it’s opened me up to more skills that I would never do otherwise,” she said. “I’m learning so much about business than I thought I ever would.” Each style is named after her friends at the University or in Houston. The first ten pieces she made were named after her best friends from home and the list keeps expanding. “I want customers to have an affordable way to own cute jewelry,” she said. “Students should not have to spend a lot to look cute or make a statement. I know the feeling of getting something new and nice at a price that you feel good about, and I want to

make others feel that way too. It’s what fuels me to keep the business going.” Devon Sanders Designs includes casual and dressy necklaces, bracelets and anklets, ranging in price from $10 to $25. The necklaces can be worn on a night out, a gameday or just to class with a casual top. Sanders said she wants her pieces to be functional as well as stylish, and many can even be layered. “I thought it was going to be something I did for a week; never in my wildest dreams did I think it would become this, but I’m so happy it did,” she said. “It lets me be creative in making my own stuff, while saving money and making a small profit to survive in college.”

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The reception for studio arts senior Zach Fox’s “Song For My Father” exhibit will be held on April 7 in the Arts Council of Baton Rouge.

ESPORTS, from page 14 Over 300 teams competed in “Heroes of the Dorm,” but the final four teams are from the University of Kentucky, University of Texas - Arlington, University of California - Irvine and LSU. Hosford, who joined the team last year, said he believes the team is successful because of its members’ friendships. “We’re here to win, but being friends comes first, and having fun is exactly what we’re doing,” Hosford said. “I think our main strengths are our flexibility and our closeness as a group of friends.” This flexibility has been helpful during the tournament. Each player has an extensive pool

of characters they can play, which makes it easier for the team to play around its opponents’ strengths. Hosford said even in Blizzard Entertainment’s “Meet The Heroic Four” show, the analysts said they had to “nitpick” to find any weaknesses within the team. “Heroes of the Storm” is a multiplayer online battle arena where five players from each team compete to outthink and outplay their opponents. The players choose from one of over sixty characters in the game, and the team looks for characters who will work well as a team. For making it into the “Heroic Four,” each team member received a brand new, custom built PC worth over $1,500 and an all expense paid trip to the

tournament in Las Vegas. Each member of the winning team will receive a $25,000 scholarship for each year they have left in college, at a maximum of $75,000 per player. Throughout the tournament, the team has been sponsored by Ballistix, Gamers Trinity, Scion Group, Tespa, Akquire, GG Superstore and UMG Gaming. On Saturday, April 8, the team will compete against the No. 13 seed, University of Kentucky. The semifinals and final will be held at the Cox Pavilion at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas, but students can watch the live stream on FacebookLive. The team is looking forward to representing the University and hope to bring home a win.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017 ART, from page 1 Sherman, the first superintendent of the old State Seminary at Alexandria and Civil War hero, was painted by Lockett while he was the commander of cadets at the seminary. The painting hung over the mantelpiece of the seminary’s library until the library burned in 1869. A group of cadets, which included a young David Boyd, saved the painting from the blaze. The painting was done after Sherman, as a Union general, had scorched the southern earth during his famous “March to the Sea.” But his friendship with Louisiana military men remained, and it was Sherman who intervened on behalf of David’s brother, Thomas, after he was captured by Union forces. The fourth painting featured George King Pratt, a New Orleans doctor. He was the leading member of the Board of Supervisors from 1900 to 1906. The portrait was painted in 1920 by C.J. Fox. Henry P. Bacot, who served as the LSU Museum of Art’s director for 33 years and retired as professor emeritus in art history, described the theft as a terrible loss and fears the stolen works were destroyed after the FBI was brought into the investigation.

COFFEE, from page 1 ‘consent is hot, assault is not.’ What does that even mean?” “It’s about sexual assault. It’s bad.” “Oh, wow. I never really gave it that much thought, but yeah, it is bad. Hey, do you think murder might be bad too?” I have no issue with SG using money to prevent rape or sexual assault. As CJ Carver cited in his article, 11.2 percent of all collegiate students experience rape or sexual assault. However, a coffee sleeve will do nothing to help anyone, except those with a hot cup of joe. The kind of dialogue that SG intends to create — and probably won’t — with coffee sleeves, it’s useless. If the goal is to incite dialogue, perhaps the dialogue should serve

SANCHEZ, from page 1 worst days. “They know when I’m having a bad day,” Sanchez said. “They know how to pick me up. Even during workouts if they see me struggling, they’ll just check up on me and get me through it.” Sanchez pushes through each workout, which can serve as motivation for the Tigers. “We can sit here and complain about the little nit-picky things,” sophomore outfielder Akiya Thymes said. “But then we look at Shemiah going all out and knowing what’s going on with her internally. It just gives us a reason to not complain.” One thing that Sanchez has asked of her teammates is that they not treat her any differently. Lupus affects each person differently, and for Sanchez, the fatigue and joint pain are what get

“The FBI got involved and all kinds of things, and I think that could have scared people,” Bacot said. “They could’ve thrown them over the levee into the river, or they could have burned them.” In Bacot’s opinion, the thieves were likely not professionals — possibly students or thieves with general knowledge of the paintings. According to the Reveille archives, the burglars broke into Himes Hall through a window and stole approximately $3035,000 of video equipment. The paintings were collectively worth approximately $50,000 at the time. The thieves crossed over the portico connecting Himes to Boyd. According to the Reveille archives, Oscar G. Richards III, the then- LSU Media Relations director, and James W. Reddoch, the vice chancellor for student affairs in 1980, suggested that the crime had a “touch of professionalism.” After the theft, then-LSUPD Chief Gary Durham wrote Reddoch lamenting the University’s security. “I can assure you that even with the aggressive crime prevention/building security program the police department started some six months ago, that few campus buildings are properly secured,” Durham wrote on April 9, 1980. “Our officers can check and

secure a building at one time and recheck it 30 minutes later and find doors and windows open.” Bacot said “The Last Meeting” is most valuable monetarily. He said it would sell for almost $200,000. The portrait of Graham, while worth significantly less, is probably the most valuable to the University, Bacot said. According to the archives, Graham led the University through Reconstruction. “If you know your LSU history, you know that George Mason Graham was the glue that held the university together after the Civil War,” Bacot said. “That painting is very important, and he should be well remembered.” A fifth painting — also done by Lockett — was severed from its frame, though it was left behind. The painting was a half-portrait of Gervais Baillio, a member of the first Board of Supervisors. A 1980 edition of the LSU Alumni News included a reward totalling $10,000 through LSUPD. Though such a long period of time has passed since the crime, and Bacot remains optimistic that the paintings are still safe, despite his theory that the paintings have been long since destroyed. “There’s always hope that somewhere they’re being saved,” Bacot said.

a purpose. A better option would be to use the money to fund the Lighthouse Program, which assists student survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, relationship violence and stalking. Money could also be used to make Rape Aggression Defense Classes free for students, instead of the $25 it costs now. This is not to say that these courses would prevent students from experiencing sexual assault, considering that approximately 80 to 90 percent of women reporting sexual assaults knew their assailant. The familiarity with the assailant, along with the emotional toll on the victim, are main reasons that less than five percent of rapes of college women are reported to law enforcement officials. I know rape and sexual assault victims are not just women, but they do make up a

larger percentage. If we are serious about the issue of rape and sexual assault, then we need to address the rape kit backlog problem, increase punishment for those found guilty, make sure everyone understands what consent is, and ensure victims are able to live normal lives. The University has done a surprisingly good job trying to do everything it can to help. I remember a short educational video during freshman orientation which recreated scenarios where rape was prevented. In the video, rape is prevented because of the realization that consent was not given or the intervention of a bystander. In addition to being educated at orientation, incoming students are required to complete an online course about drugs, alcohol and sexual assault. So hats off to the University

the best of her. She travels to Atlanta each month for chemotherapy because lupus directly affects her kidneys, and she does routine lab tests that monitor her lupus activity with the trainers at LSU. Being in the sun for an extended period of time can being draining for Sanchez and can also cause skin irritation or of lupus flare-ups. Small day-to-day adjustments that Sanchez has made are cutting out red meats from her diet and wearing a face mask during games and practice to avoid any flare-ups. None of this stops Sanchez. “The lupus doesn’t define me,” she said. “It’s just something I have. I’m still able to do what other people can do. I want to show other with people with not even just lupus, but other chronic diseases that they can still live out their dreams and do what they want to do.”

Sanchez has played a key part in the Tigers’ defense at third base. “It’s amazing and huge credit to her and her work ethic for what she’s been through this year,” coach Beth Torina said. “Not only has she done it, but she has really outworked a majority of the team while going through this.” Sanchez has started 30 games through the season thus far and is batting .351 with 18 runs. “She might not have gotten the results she wanted last year, but she’s worked ever since then and she’s earned that starting spot,” Thymes said. As for the disease she continues to overcome, Sanchez wants to take steps to bring more awareness to the disease. “It makes me feel good to show others they can still accomplish their goals and work hard no matter how tough things get just keep pushing,” Sanchez said.

FISCAL SESSION, from page 1 bracket structure, among other recommendations. Task force cochairman James Richardson, a University economics professor, said that though the recommendations are common sense, they’re also political landmines. People are careful about championing tax issues, he said. Each legislator’s home district will have a different opinion about taxes, and they’re not going to rush out to support policy changes before knowing where their constituents stand, Richardson said. “They’re testing the waters back home and looking for other ways of doing this or that. Right now, it’s a game of ... looking at alternatives,” Richardson said. Though it’s difficult to predict how constituents in each district feel, statewide residents are concerned by the state’s fiscal challenges. State budget woes topped the list of residents’ concerns about the state for the second consecutive year, according to the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs’ Louisiana Survey. Though people are concerned by recurring budget deficits, they don’t know how to pinpoint an appropriate solution, Louisiana Survey for truly being committed to stopping rape and sexual assault. I wish I could say that the solution to the problem of rape and sexual assault is an easy one, but it’s not. It is a very complex issue,

author and mass communication assistant professor Michael Henderson said. Seventy-one percent of survey respondents said they favored an approach that combined spending cuts with tax increases to improve the state’s financial situation, but when pressed, the majority preferred spending cuts over tax increases. The difficulty is deciding where to cut, Henderson said. Most people are rubbed the wrong way when lawmakers propose cuts to higher and elementary education, health care or transportation, but those are usually the big budget items, he said. The smaller spending areas where people are willing to cut often won’t produce enough revenue to resolve budget shortfalls, Henderson said. The general public’s fluid opinions make it difficult for lawmakers to make significant changes while accommodating the public’s shifting sentiments, he said. “There’s not a clear path for lawmakers,” Henderson said. “There’s not a clear path to say we want to solve the budget problems, we want to reform taxes and spending in such a way that we solve these structural deficits, but we want to do it in a way that’s not going to cut spending to these things that people like.” one that cannot be fixed by a simple coffee sleeve. Matthew Hutchins is a 20-year-old petroleum engineering sophomore from Birmingham, Alabama.

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You’re Grounded United Airlines bans children wearing leggings from boarding plane cartoon by BETSY PRIMES / The Daily Reveille

dress code.” So she basically enforced her own interpretaMYIAPINION tion, and in the process, humiliated a child and stalled the MYIA HAMBRICK already annoying procedure of @ MyiaChristine boarding a plane. United Airlines made I understand they’re pass headlines last week for not let- members and should represent ting two girls board the plane the airline, but I have flown as a because of their “inappropriate pass member — on another airattire.” Once the girls changed line thankfully — in leggings. I into dresses, they were allowed live in leggings 90 percent of the time, as do many women these to board the plane. While the airline stated that days, and it makes no sense for the girls were flying on fam- a gate agent to be the judge of ily passes and those tickets what’s appropriate and what have a dress code, the code isn’t, especially for a young girl. A more practical use of itself seems to be geared toward women. According to the gate agent’s time would be flyzed.info — a site that out- something like checking peolines the information for dress ple in swiftly, making sure the codes, baggage policies, flight boarding process goes off withlistings and airline procedures out a hitch and focusing on cus— the dress code at United tomer satisfaction. Notice being technically bans leggings with “dress code police” is nowhere in there. this bullet point: It all boils “Form-fitting lycra/ The question no longer down to the fact spandex tops, pants and dresses.” becomes about legality, that corporate dress codes With this in but rather why it was mind, the question applied to 10-year-old don’t seem to be friendly to both becomes not about girls. genders, and it legality, but rather makes things why it was applied difficult for to 10-year-old girls. An MSN article recounts the everyone. It’s hard to discern incident from the point of view what is and isn’t appropriate, of Shannon Watts, a bystander but that’s just another unnecesin the terminal where the in- sary thing people have to worry cident happened. Watts noted about. I get there is a difference the girls were visibly upset and in the genders, but I don’t unthe family was in an intense ex- derstand why we have to call so change with the gate agent who much attention to it just to get stated, “I don’t make the rules, I on an airplane. just enforce them.” In addition to the leggings Watts said she saw one of the bullet point, United’s dress code children put a dress on over her also includes that pass riders outfit to board the plane. This “may wear denim attire (such gate agent enforced the rules as jeans), shorts that are no which state, “Customer ser- more than three inches above vice’s judgement will prevail the knee in a standing position.” in all matters pertaining to the I take issue with this mostly

because the only way I will be seen in jean shorts no more than three inches above the knee is if I make them myself. They literally don’t sell those in stores to people over the age of 10. Guess what? All men’s shorts are made to be no more than three inches above the knee. Men’s clothing also is not generally “lycra or spandex,” nor will they be exposing their midriff or wearing mini skirts.

The only bullet point that practically applies to men is that of not being “excessively dirty, having holes or tears” and “bare feet.” The rules need to be updated to be more practical so we don’t have pretentious gate attendants deciding what’s appropriate on children. I cannot remember the last time I saw a child in business attire, nor can I remember the last time I saw someone fly-

ing on an airplane in a suit for fun. They are usually actual business people. Women, if you ever fly United, just wear a hazmat suit and you should be safe. Men, be cautious of going into an airport with bare feet; you might find yourself in a predicament. Myia Hambrick is a 21-year-old mass communication junior from Temple, Georgia.

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NO FORTUNATE SON CHRIS GODAIL

@ChrisGodail

You’ve got the fashionable — by University standards, at least — Varsity Sports T-shirt that says “Run Hard, Live Easy.” But do you really? If not, why is that? While a good diet consisting primarily of fruits and vegetables is key to optimum health and an attractive physique for most, running is quite the supplement — particularly in the categories of achieving a healthy weight. It’s no secret the United States has an obesity epidemic, with an estimated 36.5 percent of the

population classified as obese. More specifically, a 2011 Centers of Disease Control study determined approximately 5 million college students fit that classification. Obesity carries many health risks, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This isn’t a newsflash, but running — or any cardiovascular activity in general — can aid in the treatment of both. A brisk walk would even fit the bill. However, in 2011, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California compared both weight loss and weight control in thousands of walkers and runners and determined running to be the

superior exercise. On April 15, runners and walkers from all over the world will converge in New Orleans to participate in the 39th annual Crescent City Classic. The 6.2 mile race takes thousands of runners on a picturesque journey through downtown New Orleans and eventually, New Orleans City Park. Approximately 42,000 people participated last year, and John Mirutu of Kenya recorded the fastest finish at 28:04. If you’re like most, you gave up on your new year’s resolution back in early February. If it was to get healthier, it’s never too late to start. Consider walking, jogging, or running the Crescent

City Classic this year, maybe even a combination of the three. No one expects you to run as fast as Mirutu. Personally, I’m expecting to finish somewhere in the 50-52 minute range. But what’s most important to me is that I finish. My health is important to me, and I will continuously strive to improve it. Even if you don’t want to pay to participate in the Classic, just get out and do something active, before the Student Union diet of McDonald’s and Chick-Fil-A catches up to you. With finals just a month out, stress levels are sure to peak. Consider going for a run around the lakes instead of running

to the Taco Bell at 1 a.m. when you’re cramming for your exam. Doing so will release endorphins and condition both your body and mind. According to a 2014 study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, just five to ten minutes a day of low-intensity running, defined as running less than 6 miles-per-hour, is associated with markedly reduced risk of death. In that sense, you can run easy, live longer and actually mean it. Christopher Godail is a 27-yearold interdisciplinary studies junior from Kenner, Louisiana.

American citizens are central to democracy, not presidents LYNNE YOU A HAND LYNNE BUNCH @lynnebunch11 A 2014 study by Princeton University professor Martin Gilens and Northwestern University professor Benjamin Page shows America is dominated by a rich and powerful elite. The professors, who came to their conclusion by reviewing answers to nearly 2,000 survey questions, found the wealthy few influence policy, while the average American has little power. The professors concluded that while Americans enjoy many features central to democratic governance, the country has

shifted toward a more oligarchic approach to policymaking. Though most Americans agree our government should not be an oligarchy, we are straying further away from an authentic, representative democracy. It is hard for the everyday citizen to control those in power, but we deviate more from our democratic goals when we idolize our former or current presidents. Most people have a favorite president, but no matter which leader you admire, your favorite was probably nowhere near the freedom fighter you wanted him to be. It is ok to like one president more than the rest, but no one leader can fully live up to our country’s expectations. Democrats and Republicans

are equally guilty when it comes to romanticizing certain presidents’ work, and both sides often ignore the vices of their party’s icons. From our founding fathers to the former leaders who are still alive today, they have all done things any average person would consider irredeemable. Liberals usually support presidents like Franklin D. Roosevelt for the New Deal, John F. Kennedy for his support of the Civil Rights Act or Barack Obama for the Affordable Care Act. However, these are the same presidents who imprisoned Japanese Americans in internment camps, helped escalate the Vietnam War and oversaw hundreds of drone strikes. Conservatives generally

support presidents like Thomas Jefferson for his support of limited government, Abraham Lincoln for his Emancipation Proclamation or Ronald Reagan for his expansion of the military. Nevertheless, it’s those same presidents who owned slaves, supported shipping slaves back to Africa and tripled the Gross Federal Debt. Today, Republicans and Democrats frequently fight over which party is the true supporter of the people. Those on the right say they are for the people because they support small business and small government, but those on the left argue their side supports the people because they stand up for the poor and the oppressed. However, the truth is that no president is perfect because

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there is no such thing as a perfect leader, especially in a country like America. This country is about the people, not the president, and no leader will ever live up to our country’s impossible standards because we will always have an intrinsic need to strive to be better. America will always be about more than just the person who has the most powerful position in the world. No president is perfect, and America isn’t perfect either, but we can only hope to become as great as the people at the foundation of our country. Lynne Bunch is an 18-year-old mass communication freshman from Terrytown, Louisiana.

Quote of the Week “The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.”

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Miller Hall most beautiful female asylum on University campus HOUSTON, WE HAVE A COLUMN CASEY PIMENTEL @CaseyPimentel1 Among the many dormitories at the University, Miller truly stands out. Every day, more than 540 girls pass through the white asylum halls, walking back and forth from their friends’ rooms. I mean, honestly, who wouldn’t want to spend their days in a room made of stacked white cinder blocks? Another great feature of Miller is its eight washers and dryers, which are supposed to accommodate over 500 girls. It’s a good thing girls don’t go through a lot of clothes or anything, because that would just be bad planning. Miller girls are obviously just overwhelmed by the amount of options for washers and dryers. Instead of facing all their options in the laundry room, they flood out in herds with their laundry baskets to wash at literally any other location besides Miller. While they’re out doing laundry they probably grab a good hot shower too, considering hot water is merely a luxury at Miller. The desirable location of this dorm helps to lure girls into choosing to live at Miller. It’s close enough to sorority row to never miss a Greek event, but far enough away from everything else so you’ll always have an excuse to miss class. Whenever people aren’t using the study rooms for gossip, you can do your makeup work in there. So it balances out. Although it’s almost impossible to be lonely while living in this fine establishment, it happens every now and then. But

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Miller Hall graces the skyline with its presence on the University’s campus. do not fear. Just head to the seventh floor and you’ll be greeted by the friendliest population of geckos you’ve ever met. A little gecko party never hurt anyone, am I right? If the geckos aren’t good

enough company, just invite your boyfriend from your hometown. You can both sleep in your car together, since they aren’t allowed in Miller past a certain hour. Honestly, you’ll probably sleep better in your car anyways,

considering you won’t have to listen to the drunken shrieks of belligerent girls running up and down the hallways at all hours of the night. Trust plays a huge role in the hallways of Miller. When you

leave your room every day, you have to face the decision of leaving your room unlocked for any kleptomaniac to pilfer through your things, or bringing your door key with you. But it’s never just that easy. If one roommate wants to lock the door, then every roommate has to know to bring their key with them as well. If they’re already out and about, you’ll just have to trust all 540 girls to not go into your room. Worst case scenario, if you’re out late and lose your room key or get locked out, you can just wait it out in the bathroom. Sure, a few girls will probably be running in every few minutes to puke in the sinks or to slyly sneak their boyfriends in to pee. While you’re sitting in the fetal position in the hallway, hopefully waiting for one of your roommates to return, just close your eyes and whisper to yourself, “at least I’m close to sorority row” over and over again. It probably won’t help. If you love Miller and want to spend the rest of your life there, you don’t have to worry. It’s been there for decades and the University will probably never follow through with removing it. Fortunately, in your old age, you can return and take a meaningful walk around the lakes and gaze upon the beautiful dull, brick building. So come one, come all to the famous Miller dorms. The bathrooms aren’t clean, the rooms are small, the halls are loud and boys are seen as the devil, but memories are made there. Who doesn’t love a good ole Miller memory? Casey Pimentel is an 18-year-old mass communication freshman from The Woodlands, Texas.

Intersectionality may be solution to community issues MY BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL CLARKE PERKINS @ClarkePerkins Different groups on campus, no matter their sex, race or ethnicity, face battles others know nothing about. Each community confronts its own problems. It’s easy to put all of your resources toward ending the struggles of groups you’re individually affiliated with. Personally, I have been an advocate for the black community — I want to see reform of the criminal justice system (possibly even abolishment), progress to better black neighborhoods, among other initiatives. I have never stood in the way nor blocked

opportunity for other marginalized groups, I have always remained an ally. However, I could admit my main focus was always my community, as a black person. Not until this semester had I ever had a discussion on intersectionality a term coined by civil rights’ advocate Kimberlé Crenshaw which is defined as the interconnection between races, classes, genders and more. Coincidentally, two of my courses focused an entire class period on this topic. After learning about the concept, it changed my mindset on how society should go about its fight for equality. Author, activist and scholar Angela Davis speaks on intersectionality on an international scale. She explains in “Freedom is a Constant Struggles:

Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement” how much greater the world would be if all people worked together, specifically she mentions work between Palestinians and African-Americans. “It’s about racism, but it’s also about homophobia, and it’s about transphobia, and it’s about addressing ableism,” said Davis in an interview last year with Democracy Now! Intersectionality is a global phenomenon and seems as though it may be hard to achieve internationally. We must remember, though, it is possible and should remain a goal. While working towards that goal, intersectionality is something that could be focused on in our local communities as well — our campus in particular.

Could you imagine the progress we’d make, toward equality, if we all came together and helped each other? Imagine if the Minority Women’s Movement worked with the Black Student Union, who worked with Asian American Ambassadors who worked with the Muslim Student Association. These are all on-campus minority organizations that are often marginalized for the color of their skin. If all these groups reached out to other marginalized groups, that may not be racial minorities, then we could make an even bigger advancement. We all provoke a privilege. A person possesses certain privilege for simply being white, male, straight or wealthy. I’m not saying people don’t

already fight for the rights of other communities — there have been members of the LGBTQ community at Black Lives Matter marches and there were black students at the immigration walk out in the Quad. What I’m saying is if this became a mainstream idea, as a society, we could make great progress. The problem is people don’t realize the concept of intersectionality nor do they realize how powerful it may be. Once we make intersectionality one of our main goals, a brighter future will seem much closer. As one of my favorite politicians, Hillary Clinton, said several times, “We are stronger together.” Clarke Perkins is a 21-year-old political science junior from New Orleans, Louisiana.



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