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Mother connects with military son overseas through art BY EMILIE HEBERT firstname.lastname@example.org When Baton Rouge native Margaret Evangeline’s son Michael was deployed to Iraq, she didn’t think writing letters was the most personal way to communicate with him. Instead, she sent aluminum bars overseas and asked him to shoot them. The narrow, rectangular bars are the exact regulation size allowed for shipments to the military. The bars, along with the rest of Evangeline’s “On War” exhibit, are displayed at the LSU Museum of Art until Aug. 2. The 72-year-old’s paintings, mixed media and installation pieces examine the effect of war and violence on relationships and the healing power of art during times of conflict. Curator Katie Pfohl said Evangeline’s exhibit raises questions about the way people respond to war and does not take an overt political stance. “It’s not really a pro or anti-war show,” Pfohl said. “It’s a show that really kind of explores the impact war has had on Margaret and her family and the role that art can play in helping people respond and recover to war.” This is Evangeline’s first retrospective exhibit, but some of the pieces date back to the ’80s. As a child, Evangeline toured the State Capitol and
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Margaret Evangeline opened her new ehibit ‘On War,’ which features art pierced with bullet holes at the LSU Museum of Art on March 13.
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LSU Foundation names new president
STAFF REPORTS email@example.com The LSU Foundation confirmed Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret as its new president and CEO Monday. He will begin his new job in May. Moret served as assistant to former Chancellor William “Bill” Jenkins from 1998 to 1999. Moret, a University alumnus, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and served as Student Government president. Gov. Bobby Jindal appointed Moret in 2008. Moret since has launched a five-year initiative to strengthen the greater Baton Rouge economy. Moret will replace interim president and CEO G. Lee Griffin, who served since July 2011. “One of my life’s greatest privileges and joys has been my quarter-century affiliation with our state’s flagship research university,” Moret said in a press release from the LSU Foundation. “I share the aspirations of LSU President F. King Alexander and the LSU Foundation Board of Directors for LSU to build a more robust philanthropic support base that will enable the university to better sustain the important work of its faculty, continue and enhance its transformative impact on the lives of students, and invest in opportunities for academic preeminence.”
Middleton to add 20 Lenovo laptops for student check-out PCs to join existing 70 Macbooks BY DEANNA NARVESON firstname.lastname@example.org The circulation desk in Middleton Library will soon add 20 Lenovo laptops to the existing collection of 70 MacBooks for students to check out. The available laptops range
from two to four years old, but are often all checked out, said Library Head of Access Services Kelly Blessinger. “We are hoping that the infusion of 20 new laptops will help alleviate this.” Blessinger said. “We are also discussing implementing new technologies such as electronic wait lists that will notify users when a laptop is available.” Student circulation desk
worker and sociology junior Angelica Nunez said about four people come to check out laptops during the four to five hours she works each day. “A lot of people check out on Friday so they can return it on Monday and have it for the weekend,” Nunez said. Anthropology graduate student Ray Siebenkittel said the ability to check out a computer from the library got
him through a tough semester when he didn’t have his own laptop. “I lived off the Middleton Library laptops,” Siebenkittel said. “I would go check it back in and then wait and check another one out immediately.” A Tiger Card is required for check out, and the laptop must be returned in 72 hours, Blessinger said. Students are liable for any damage to the comput-
ers, which are purchased with Student Tech Fee money and owned by Information Technology Services. They are a part of ITS’s Gear2Geaux program, which provides students with electronics free for temporary use through Middleton Library. Some programs at the University require students to
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Softball’s Bell named SEC player of the week Junior shortstop Bianka Bell was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week for the first time in her career Monday after helping LSU win its weekend series against previously undefeated No. 1 Florida. Bell went 10-for-14 at the plate in the three games this weekend. She drove in eight runs, and her home run Sunday gave the Tigers a 6-3 lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Bell’s efforts earned
her a 1.000 slugging percentage and .714 on-base percentage. Bell’s performance this weekend bolstered her yearly numbers, resulting in a .545 batting average, an on-base percentage of .590 and a slugging percentage of 1.000. Bell now has hit nine home runs, driven in 41 runs and collected 88 total bases. LSU hosts Nicholls State at 6 p.m. tonight at Tiger Park.
Right-hander Lange grabs national, SEC weekly honors LSU freshman pitcher Alex Lange may not have picked up his fifth win of the season this weekend, but his performance helped the Tigers’ rookie sensation pick up his second and third weekly awards. Lange was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week for his performance against Ole Miss on Saturday, the league announced Monday. He also earned National Player of the Week recognition from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper later in the day. Lange (4-0, 1.45 ERA) struck out a career-high 13 batters and allowed three hits over eight innings of work during the Tigers’
5-3 loss to Ole Miss on Saturday. Lange’s 13 strikeouts were the most for an LSU pitcher since April 11, 2014. He struck out the side in the second, fourth and eighth innings and at one point, retired 14 consecutive Rebels. But LSU freshman closer Jesse Stallings gave up a run in the top of the ninth, preventing Lange from notching his fifth win in as many starts. Lange has pitched a team-high 31 innings this season and allowed six runs on 20 hits. He also has fanned 39 batters while walking just eight. The freshman will return to the mound this weekend when the Tigers travel to Arkansas.
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University group offers mentorship for Google Summer of Code BY JOSE BASTIDAS firstname.lastname@example.org For many, working at Google is a dream job. Since Fortune Magazine and the Great Place to Work Institute named Google 2014’s “Best Company to Work For,” people from all over the world want to join the Google family, and with an internship through a University research group, students have a way in. The STE||AR Group at the University’s Center for Computation and Technology serves as a mentor organization for the Google Summer of Code 2015 Program for the second year, giving students from all over the world the chance to work on open source coding projects during the summer. “Google is a company that has vested interest in open source projects,” said STE||AR Group scientific program coordinator Adrian Serio. “During the summer, they will fund students to work on the open source project of their choosing. We have the honor to be one of those projects.” Open source computing allows any user to download a program’s code, edit it and run the changed program, Serio said, so students can complete tasks from anywhere. To be a mentor organization for the GSoC a group must submit an outline of the project they are working on, as well as a list of ideas students could pursue while participating. Students interested in
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Adrian Serio helps organize STE||AR Group’s scientific program, which will team up with Google for a mentorship program. applying for the program must be at least 18 years old, either part-time or full-time students at an accredited institution and eligible to work in the country they will reside in during the program. Serio said proving the organization’s credibility is a major factor. “Because we’re an open source project, location doesn’t matter,” Serio said. “Last year, we had three students. One guy was in China, one guy was in India and we had one guy in Germany. They weren’t physically at LSU, but they worked on the project that we developed. If you have a computer and have
internet access, in theory, you are eligible for this program.” Students must submit proposals based on the work the organization does in order to apply. The STE||AR group runs a project called HPX, the C++ runtime system works to distribute the work an application is doing throughout the nodes cluster of a supercomputer. Hartmut Kaiser, computer science adjunct professor and CCT senior scientist, said as the computing power of machines increases, organizations like The STE||AR Group work to create software allowing applications and technology to use as much of the computing power as
possible. Kaiser, who served as a mentor on the program last year, encourages University students to submit proposals to the group. “We want our students to be competitive, and this is a very good way for a student to get into a cool, open-source project and into a worldwide community and learn something in the process,” Kaiser said. “The student proposes what he or she wants to do over the summer, types a plan, their tasks and the outcomes, and based on that, we select the best.” Despite the worldwide competition for a program spot, Kaiser said University students
have the advantage of being in the same, or at least nearby, time zone with the mentors, making communication easier between mentor and student. He said University students also have an advantage in that, if selected for the program and depending on performance, The STE||AR Group could offer them a spot as student workers to continue their collaboration after the internship. While the organization won’t receive funding from Google for this program, participants receive a $5,000 stipend, while mentors receive $500. After the program ends, mentors and students are invited to the GSoC mentorship summit, a three-day networking opportunity. Computer science junior Alexandra Willis, who is applying for multiple internship opportunities, said she’s inclined to apply for GSoC. “[Having The STE||AR Group as a mentor site for the GSoC program] looks really good on LSU ... [because] you learn so much more from actually doing coding projects than you do in class,” Willis said. “If you could say in your résumé that you worked on a project that Google sponsored, it’s fantastic.” GSoC will accept proposals from March 16 to March 27 through the program’s website. The STE||AR Group will select as many students as Google allows them to. Kaiser and Serio said they expect to select two to four students.
University collaborates on West Carroll Parish health assessment BY ROSE VELAZQUEZ email@example.com A cooperative effort among Louisiana researchers and community leaders aims to improve health in West Carroll Parish, a rural community in northeast Louisiana. On Monday, the Pennington Biomedical Research Center released the West Carroll Healthy Communities 2014 Health Assessment, a report detailing the health priorities of West Carroll Parish, which includes methods to improve the health of at-risk residents. The assessment follows a collaboration among Pennington, the LSU AgCenter, the Southern University Ag Center, the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Services and the West Carroll Parish community. The project began in 2012 and evolved into the “Healthy Communities - West Carroll” initiative. Pennington assistant professor and the assessment’s lead
investigator Stephanie Broyles said the project helped collaborators create a foundation for understanding parish health. With a population of 11,604 residents, West Carroll Parish lacks an urban region within commuting distance, according to the assessment. The University Public Policy Research Lab surveyed residents to develop a baseline to compare changes in parish health over time. Collaborators then met with residents in person to measure health indicators such as body mass index and blood pressure. In comparison to Louisiana’s average, West Carroll Parish residents reported greater access to health care and decreased smoking and alcohol use. Almost 80 percent of residents reported having an annual medical checkup in the last year, according to the report’s executive summary. However, the parish is above the state average for many health concerns including obesity-related behaviors, diabetes and high
blood pressure. The executive summary also states many residents are unaware they suffer from serious health conditions. “We definitely saw that there were some big health differences across income that really pointed to a need to focus a lot of efforts on the lower income population much of which the AgCenter is already doing,” Broyles said. According to the executive summary, low-income residents have a greater risk of poor health. Nearly one-in-three reported difficulties comprehending health materials and one-in-four were diagnosed with diabetes. Almost 40 percent more low-income residents reported poor health compared to high-income residents. “Without that in-person part, I think there’s deeper issues that we wouldn’t have identified,” Broyles said. “Now, the health system in West Carroll can look at these results to better target their work to make a greater impact on the health there,” Broyles said.
TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2015 Louisiana State Softball - Tiger Park - LSU Softball Field Dance Class - Gus Young Park
Sit and Knit - Parkview Branch Library WBA School of Planning & Event Institute - Old Governor's Mansion Happy's Running Club Weekly Run - Downtown Baton Rouge
Delicate Steve - The Spanish Moon
St. Patrick's Day - Happy's Irish Pub The London Souls & Sons Of Bill - The Varsity Theatre-Baton Rouge Preston Gilchrist and Theresa Herrera - Baton Rouge Gallery for Contemporary Art
An American in Venice: James McNeill Whistler and His Legacy LSU Museum of Art Brave Steps: The Louisiana Native Guard - West Baton Rouge Museum Margaret Evangeline: On War - LSU Museum of Art
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Rep. Franklin Foil (R-Baton Rouge) • Louisiana is currently the only state where raising tuition by more than 10 percent requires a two-thirds vote of approval from the state legislature. • Foil’s amendment would give University administration the power to change tuition prices without government consent. LSU SPRING 2015 TUITION = $3,323.55, (12 hours, resident and nonresident*) *Tuition does not include nonresident fee
State Rep. proposes bill allowing higher ed. to set own tuition prices BY AMANDA CAPRITTO firstname.lastname@example.org Statewide budget cuts are prompting Louisiana legislators to propose possible solutions to keep the state afloat — even constitutional amendments. Louisiana state Rep. Franklin Foil, R-Baton Rouge, is proposing an amendment to give large public universities such as LSU and UL-Lafayette more leverage with their tuition. Louisiana is currently the only state where raising tuition by more than 10 percent requires a two-thirds vote of approval from the state legislature. Foil’s amendment would give University administration the power to change tuition prices without government consent. In a statement on March 9, Foil said the amendment’s goal is “to give our colleges more control and stability over their budgets.” Higher education leaders pushed for tuition autonomy for several years, and the Louisiana Board of Regents outlined it as one of its top priorities in its 2015 legislative agenda in February. Though legislators and the Board of Regents aim to change the way tuition is set, Louisiana voters put this amendment in the books. Public university tuition is regulated under an amendment passed in 1995. If Foil’s new bill receives the two-thirds vote from the state legislature, it would then go on a ballot for Louisiana voters. The Daily Reveille previously reported that Louisiana Higher
Education Commissioner Joseph Rallo said he doesn’t think the bill will ultimately go through. “I think it’s highly unlikely any higher education institution would raise its prices anyway because of how many students that would drive away,” Rallo said. He said if a university increases its tuition, all TOPS eligible students will still be fully funded by the scholarship, which comes out of the General Fund for other programs and would cause deficits in other areas. “It seems like a good idea in theory,” Rallo said. “But in reality, these institutions need those restrictions.” Biology freshman Lauren Luckett said she doesn’t think tuition autonomy is a good idea. “I really don’t think it’d be good for the school, the state or the students,” Luckett said. “I don’t want to have to pay more for my education because of statewide issues.” Mass communication freshman Caitlin Gordon said she’d likely have to transfer schools if the University raised tuition. “It’s already so much for me,” Gordon said. “I’d have to start looking other places.” Gordon, a Texas native, said she thinks many out-of-state students would have to leave the University because tuition for a lot of these students is already high. “I don’t think LSU would raise tuition even if the bill was passed because they’d lose so many students from other states, and that’s probably where a lot of their money comes from,” Gordon said.
University Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope said he has split views on tuition autonomy. “I think it could go both ways, and it has pros and cons,” Cope said. “On one hand, you have a lot more money coming in for the schools, and that’s how you’ll see programs and courses not get cut. But on the other hand, more money would be needed for TOPS, and students who aren’t TOPS eligible would have an even harder time getting an education.” University Executive Director of Policy and External Affairs Jason Droddy said he doesn’t believe tuition autonomy means a drastic increase in tuition, especially considering the tuition and fees preceding the 1995 bill placing restrictions on public universities. “You have to remember that the Board of Supervisors had the ability to assess tuition from its creation all the way until that 1995 bill,” Droddy said. “I don’t think I ever heard one person complain about tuition prices from those times.” He said if Franklin’s amendment gets through the state legislature and falls into the hands of Louisiana residents, voters need to be aware of the means necessary to provide high quality education. “I think that the voters would have to understand that there is a certain quality of education we would like to provide, and the means necessary to provide that either fall into state appropriation of funds or tuition and fees,” Droddy said.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 ADMINISTRATION
Carol Barry named interim dean of LIS BY AMANDA CAPRITTO email@example.com
The College of Human Sciences and Education recently named Carol Barry as the new Interim Director for the School of Library and Information Science. Much of Barry’s extensive professional history took place at the University. She served as a board member, vice president and president of the University’s Faculty Senate; chaired several University committees; served as a board member on the Association for Information Science and Technology and worked as associate editor for the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. Dean of the College of Human Sciences and Education Damon Andrew said he is thrilled to have Barry as the interim director and thinks she can bring many great opportunities to the school. “Her knowledge and her experience and her background really made her an ideal candidate to step up to that interim director role,” Andrew said. “The past year or so has been a very exciting and busy time for the School of Library and Information Science because they’ve been working really hard to innovate and reinvent themselves.” Barry said she’s glad she achieved this position when she did because the school is in the process of adding several new certifications and programs, including specializations in information management, archival studies and school and public librarianship. She said her main goal as interim director is to guide and shape the future of
the school. Though the School of Library and Information Science has only about 130 enrolled students, Barry said that’s not the main issue. “The main problem is that people still think of us as ‘the library school,’” Barry said. “That’s not at all what we are — at least not anymore. This school is so much more than that.” Barry said many people don’t realize the number of professions that can come with a library science degree, and people are surprised when they realize what the school’s alumni pursue as careers. She said there are alumni working in Homeland Security and Emergency, US Army Corp of Engineers and various STEM fields. “One of the joys of this field in the 21st century is all the directions students can go,” Barry said. She said another goal of hers as interim director is to recruit more students and help the school grow to receive more recognition. Barry is looking into creating a public relations campaign to highlight the aspects of the School of Library and Information Science that many students are unaware of in hopes of recruiting more graduate students. “The way I view this, and the way I would love other people to view this, is that we are a school of managing information,” Barry said. “Information is everywhere, and we manage it regardless of the format, regardless of the environment. We are the people who know how to describe and organize that information so people can find what they’re looking for.”
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BATTLE SCARS Williams pushes through injuries, graduate school schedule to help hometown team BY JACOB HAMILTON firstname.lastname@example.org LSU gymnastics senior vault and beam specialist Scarlett Williams had an opportunity to redeem herself during LSU’s victory against Alabama on Feb. 27, and she seized it. When senior all-arounder Rheagan Courville was sidelined with flu-like symptoms, LSU coach D-D Breaux turned to Williams. She hopped on the beam with the score tied in the fourth rotation. “There was a lot of pressure,” Williams said. “I didn’t tell [Breaux] until after, but Alabama is the only place I have ever fallen in my whole career. I felt like I owed it to myself, and that it was an opportunity God gave me to redeem myself.” She redeemed herself with a 9.825, helping LSU secure the victory and an undefeated season in Southeastern Conference play. “Her role here is very significant,” Breaux said. “For her to step in at Alabama, give us a 9.825 and be one of the scores that counted in a victory over Alabama. That’s a significant role.” But Williams almost didn’t get the opportunity. Her career nearly ended after two years of college competition. Williams, a transfer from Arkansas, suffered a torn achilles tendon while training on floor before her 2013 junior season. She had surgery that repaired the torn tendon and was a month down the road to recovery when she tore it again. “There was hope, but I really felt down after the second [injury],” Williams said. “The healing
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LSU receives No. 11 seed in Albany Regional
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LSU senior vault and beam specialist Scarlett Williams finishes a vault on Jan. 23 during the Tigers’ 197.350-192.725 victory against Missouri at the PMAC.
Despite starting off the year struggling in non-conference play, the LSU women’s basketball team rallied through its Southeastern Conference schedule to earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight season. The Lady Tigers (17-13, 10-6 SEC) earned the No. 11 seed in the Albany Region and will play No. 6 seed South Florida (26-7, 15-3 American) at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Tampa Bay, Florida. If LSU beats South Florida, the Lady Tigers will face the winner of No. 3 seed Louisville and No. 14 seed BYU on Monday at the same location. “I’m excited to be playing a very good team in USF,” said LSU coach Nikki Caldwell in a news release. “They have tremendous play in the post and on the perimeter. This time of year, it is anybody’s game. I want us to make sure that we are sticking to our game plan, and we are going in there with great intensity and a lot of effort.” LSU has reached the NCAA Tournament in all four seasons under Caldwell. The Lady Tigers will make the program’s
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Tigers use high school postseason experience to prep for tourney BY DAVID GRAY firstname.lastname@example.org Seven minutes. That’s all the experience the 2014-15 LSU men’s basketball team has in the NCAA Tournament. When he was a freshman at UNC Asheville in 2012, current LSU junior guard Keith Hornsby played seven minutes in the Bulldogs’ 72-65 loss to No. 1 seed Syracuse in the second round of the East Regional. Besides Hornsby, no LSU player can boast NCAA Tournament experience, and the No. 9-seeded Tigers (22-10) must play without it when their postseason journey begins against No. 8 seed NC State at 8:20 p.m. Thursday in the second round of the East Regional. But LSU’s collective lack of
postseason experience on the collegiate level is slightly offset by the championship experiences of some of the Tigers on the prep level. “We all come from winning programs, and we realize that winning is important,” said sophomore forward Jarell Martin. “That’s one of the big things for me. I know where I’m trying to go, and as the leader of this team, I’m trying to get my team there.” Martin, a Baton Rouge native, led Madison Prep to its first state championship in the 2013 Class B title game against Simsboro, which knocked Martin and the Chargers out of the playoffs the year before. Martin, who was voted Louisiana’s Mr. Basketball during Madison Prep’s title year, said the disappointment from
the previous season fueled him and his high school teammates in their quest to capture the school’s first basketball championship. Now, Martin will try to lead his collegiate squad to its first title during the NCAA Tournament era. “I have to make sure everyone’s on the right page and has the right mindset,” Martin said. “In practice, we have to make sure everyone’s focused and not playing around. I have to be vocal and lead by example on the floor.” Five Tigers won state titles during their high school careers, and freshman guard Jalyn Patterson also has two national championships from Montverde Academy under
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LSU sophomore guard Tim Quarterman (55) takes a shot March 4 during the Tigers’ 78-63 loss against Tennessee at the PMAC.
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Andrews shows selflessness, consistency as leadoff hitter BY MORGAN PREWITT email@example.com
LSU senior center fielder A.J. Andrews walks up to the plate in the leadoff spot, like she has for the past three seasons. As she stretches her back before stepping into the batter’s box, Andrews’ mindset is simple — just do her part. Andrews has put pressure
on herself to carry the Tigers throughout her career, but this season Andrews has relaxed and focused on having fun instead. Her changed mentality has allowed her to step up as the Tigers’ clear leader this season. “I just really want to do well, so I work hard every single day in order to do so,” Andrews said. “This year, I am trying to play for my team.
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LSU senior outfielder A.J. Andrews practices before batting on March 7 during the Tigers’ 6-0 victory against Arkansas at Tiger Park.
It’s my last year, so I need to have fun. A lot of years, I put pressure on myself, and that kind of takes the fun away from it.” Andrews’ different approach has boosted her production at the plate in her senior season. In her first three seasons, Andrews established herself as a dynamic leadoff hitter. In her career, she has hit .310 and stolen 72 bases. Despite her success, Andrews has struggled with strikeouts, averaging 30.3 per season. Although she led the Tigers with 37 strikeouts in 2014, Andrews’ new approach has changed her focus from getting hits to reaching first in any way she can, translating into a large bump in her walks this season. Andrews is second in the Southeastern Conference with 26 walks this season and tied for 15th in the nation with 0.93 walks per game. “The biggest thing about A.J. right now is that her walks have significantly increased, where in the past she hasn’t necessarily had that many,” said LSU volunteer assistant Kara Dill. “Her strikeouts are down, and her walks are up, which indicates that she is seeing the ball a lot
better. So in the future she can do a lot more things, which is pretty cool.” By increasing her walks, Andrews has become one the most consistent leadoff hitters in the the nation. She leads the SEC and is sixth in the NCAA with a .625 on-base percentage. Through the Tigers’ first 28 games, Andrews has hit .500 and leads the team and the SEC with seven triples. Andrews’ knack for hitting triples combined with her blazing speed around the bases spells trouble for any opposing defense. Andrews’ change in perspective this season has helped her teammates focus on the team’s main goal of going to the Women’s College World Series and winning LSU’s first national title. “The biggest change I’ve seen is in her attitude and her mentality this season,” said LSU coach Beth Torina said. “She was very concerned about her at-bats and what she was doing to produce for the team instead of what she could get the team to do. “Now, she is understanding that her leadership helps the team perform at a higher level. She’s setting an
example of how they all should act. She’s grown a lot as a person in that way.” Andrews’ leadership is crafted to what most inspires her teammates on a personal level. But the unifying element of her leadership is her focus on positivity. For sophomore catcher/ infielder Sahvanna Jaquish, Andrews’ leadership comes in the form of encouraging words spoken in times of trouble. For sophomore pitcher Baylee Corbello, Andrews’ focus on motivation hits at unexpected times, creating moments of clarity with simple, uplifting phrases. Through Andrews’ leadership, the Tigers have embraced the idea of playing for each other and focusing on what they can do for the team. “She’s hands down our leader,” Torina said. “She’s in such a great spot right now with her mentality. She’s having a lot of selfless at-bats ... That goes directly into her leadership of us. The other players witness her doing that, not being selfish and really playing for the team. Then they are able to do the same thing.” You can reach Morgan Prewitt on Twitter @kmprewitt_TDR.
Tigers host surging Nicholls State in midweek matchup BY JACK WOODS firstname.lastname@example.org After taking two of three games against previously undefeated No. 1 Florida at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium this past weekend, the No. 3 LSU softball team hosts Nicholls State University at 6 p.m. today at Tiger Park. The Tigers’ (27-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) offense continued its hot streak against the Gators (28-2, 1-2 SEC), the best pitching staff LSU had faced to date, scoring 27 runs across three games and out-hitting the Gators, 36-17. The Colonels (16-8, 4-2 Southland Conference) are 7-2 in their last 9 games and carry a 2-2 away record to Tiger Park this weekend. However, the Colonels are 8-4 in neutral site games, displaying their ability to play away from home. Nicholls’ pitching staff will attempt to beat an LSU team that has outscored opponents, 226-45. Junior pitcher Hannah Haydel, who is 9-3 with a 1.58 ERA, leads the Colonels’ rotation. She has held opponents to a .191 batting average and has accumulated 50 strikeouts. The Tigers have averaged more than eight runs per
game this season with a team batting average of .374 and a team on-base percentage of .459. The Tigers have two players, junior shortstop Bianka Bell and senior center fielder A.J. Andrews, batting at least .500. Sophomore right fielder Bailey Landry and freshman left fielder Emily Griggs are both hitting better than .400. Those four players all have on-base percentages better than .500 with Andrews leading the way at .625. The power hitters have been lethal, too. The Tigers have hit 29 home runs and driven in 208 runs. LSU’s offensive attack has racked up 421 total bases and has accumulated a slugging percentage of .597. Sophomore infielder Sahvanna Jaquish has blasted 11 home runs. Going into the weekend, Jaquish’s 45 RBIs were good enough for first in the nation. Bell has hit nine home runs, and junior catcher Kellsi Kloss has added four, including a game-winning grand slam Saturday against Florida. It isn’t just the LSU offense shouldering the load — the pitching staff is doing its part to help the Tigers to victory. LSU’s pitching staff is
27-1 with a 1.36 ERA. The rotation has combined to hold opponents to a .190 batting average and has only given up 34 earned runs. Opponents have only scored more than three runs on four occasions against the Tigers this season. Freshman pitcher Allie Walljasper leads the way with an 8-0 record and a 1.09 ERA. Sophomore pitcher Baylee Corbello threw the team’s only no-hitter of the season and the first of her career in a 11-0 win against Northwestern State on March 3. Freshman pitcher Carley Hoover is 7-1 and leads the team in strikeouts (67). Sophomore pitcher Kelsee Selman is 6-0 and has held opponents to a .181 batting average. LSU’s pitching staff will have to shut down a Nicholls lineup that has a .315 batting average and an on-base percentage of .396. Sophomore third baseman/ catcher Haley Stevenson and junior infielder Alexis Huss lead the Nicholls lineup. Stevenson is batting .437 and has an on-base percentage of .474, and Huss is hitting .392 with three home runs and 19 RBIs. CHARLES CHAMPAGNE / The Daily Reveille
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LSU freshman pitcher Allie Walljasper pitches on March 8 during the Tigers’ 6-0 victory against Arkansas at Tiger Park.
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LSU junior infielder Alex Bregman hits a home run Sunday during the Tigers’ 18-6 victory against Ole Miss at Alex Box Stadium.
LSU rides momentum into midweek match Jaguars (2-8) due to arm soreness, but he will be ready to go for the weekend series Two days after romping against Arkansas. LSU is ranked second in the Southeastern Conference rival Ole Miss, 18-6, the No. 1 SEC in RBIs with 133, which LSU baseball team is set to hit is 13 behind No. 5 Texas A&M. the road to face inner-city foe The Tigers’ ability to drive in Southern at 6 p.m. tonight at runs has vastly improved since their slow start to the season Lee-Hines Field. The Tigers (18-2, 2-1 SEC) against the likes of Nicholls are coming off their first SEC State and Kansas. Southern comes into the series win during the weekend, where they collected 41 hits, game with a 6.67 team ERA, having allowed 11 extra base seven triples on hits and 27 runs. ‘This is going to be a The Tigers’ win challenging part of our the year. The Sunday featured schedule starting with Jaguars’ strugin the Souththe most runs [tonight] going on the road gles western Athletic scored against and then to Arkansas.’ Conference this the Rebels since season could 1936. PAUL MAINIERI hamper their “Let’s take LSU baseball coach hopes of a posit one year at a sible upset, but time, and let’s put the best team we can on Mainieri said he expects a chalthe field right now and go for lenge when they take the field it,” said LSU coach Paul Main- tonight. “We’re looking forward ieri. “We have a team that could compete for it all, so why would to the long drive across town we sell ourselves short this to the Bluff,” Mainieri said. “ was the last time we year?” LSU’s powerful weekend were there. I know that they’ve keeps it at the top of the SEC had a little bit of a tough start in nearly all batting statistics to the season, but they had with a .323 batting average, a big win [Sunday]. They’ve .482 slugging percentage, 229 got some good players. They total hits, 12 triples and 341 always do.” Tonight’s game marks the total bases. LSU seniors Kade Scivicque first of nine road games in the and Conner Hale have been Tigers’ next 12 games, putting hot at the plate for the Tigers them in true enemy territories this season. Scivicque is bat- for the first time this season. The test begins against the ting .420 with a .680 slugging percentage and a .448 on-base Jaguars, and Mainieri said LSU percentage, which are all team is ready to take on the challenge ahead. bests. “We’re ready — more than Hale is batting .378 with a team-best seven doubles and ready,” Mainieri said. “We’re 19 RBIs. Hale has reached excited about it. This is gosafely in 19 of the Tigers’ first ing to be a challenging part 20 games, with his only hit- of our schedule, starting with less game coming in a 7-0 vic- [tonight] going on the road and tory against McNeese State on then to Arkansas.” March 11. Mainieri said he will give You can reach Jack Chascin on Hale a rest day against the Twitter @Chascin_TDR. BY JACK CHASCIN email@example.com
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page 8 TOURNAMENT, from page 5 24th appearance in the Tournament after making back-toback trips to the Sweet Sixteen. Despite Caldwell’s success at LSU, the Lady Tigers struggled through their nonconference schedule and posted the worst mark, 7-7, in four seasons. But LSU responded to the challenge of conference play by posting doubledigit conference wins for the third season during Caldwell’s tenure. The return of junior guard Danielle Ballard from a 14game suspension was the turning point for the Lady Tigers’ season. Without Ballard, LSU was .500 and struggling offensively. The Lady Tigers are 10-6 since Ballard’s return, including four wins against ranked opponents and top-50 RPI teams. In LSU’s wins against ranked teams, Ballard averaged 22.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game while shooting a 49.3 percent clip. She posted double-doubles against No. 12 Mississippi State on Jan. 15 and No. 21 Texas A&M on March 6. But taking over in pressure situations is nothing new for Ballard.
In the NCAA Tournament last season, Ballard put the team on her shoulders following season-ending injuries to then-freshman guard Raigyne Moncrief and former Lady Tiger guard Jeanne Kenney. Ballard averaged 23.3 points and 14 rebounds in LSU’s three NCAA Tournament games against Georgia Tech, No. 7 West Virginia and No. 4 Louisville. Despite Ballard’s knack for exploding in key games, LSU will have to shut down one of the most prolific scorers it has faced all season in South Florida’s junior guard Courtney Williams. Williams averages 20.2 points per game, which ranks 24th in the NCAA, and she leads the Bulls with 106 assists this season. Williams spearheads a South Florida offense that averages 71.8 points per game and shoots 42.5 percent from the floor. “That’s going to be a key matchup for us, taking away the leadership and the guard action that they present,” Caldwell said. “We are going to focus on our ability to defend and disrupt people.” You can reach Morgan Prewitt on Twitter @kmprewitt_TDR.
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LSU senior guard DaShawn Harden (24) plays defense during the Tiger’s 80-63 victory against Texas A&M on March 1 at the PMAC.
The Daily Reveille WILLIAMS, from page 5 process was a little longer just because of the second tearing, but it’s actually kind of a blessing when it happened because I had all season to rehab.” She missed the entire competition season but was still in the gym every day. Because she didn’t compete in any meets in the 2013 season, Williams received a medical redshirt, granting her a fifth year of eligibility. She made a full recovery but doesn’t compete on floor to avoid putting extra strain on the surgically-repaired tendon. The Baton Rouge native graduated from Arkansas in May 2014 and entered LSU’s Masters of Business Administration program. Williams
POSTSEASON, from page 5 his belt. Patterson, who hit the gamewinning 3-pointer to win the national title for Montverde last April, said it’s important to keep calm in high-pressured postseason play. “It’s really like any other game, just a lot more at stake,” Patterson said. “We just have to go out there and play hard because if you lose, you go home. We just have to play hard and win.” Three other Tigers have won state titles in high school: sophomore forwards Brian Bridgewater and Jordan Mickey and sophomore guard Tim Quarterman, who helped Johnson High School capture the Georgia Class AAA state title as a senior in 2013.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 asked Breaux if there was a spot for her on the team, and Breaux jumped at the opportunity to add a gymnast with Super Six Championship experience and four years of SEC competition under her belt. “It is everything I have ever dreamed of,” Williams said. “The coaches are absolutely amazing. They welcomed me with open arms, and the girls are so heartwarming.” She doesn’t compete for the Tigers as much as she did at Arkansas, but the fifth-year senior has been instrumental in mentoring the underclassmen and preparing the seniors for life after gymnastics. Senior all-arounder Lloimincia Hall said Williams had a “motherly-like role” since the first day
of training. “There’s a lot of things about her that a lot of people don’t know,” said sophomore all-arounder Ashleigh Gnat. “She has a full-time job. She is an MBA student, and she is in here practicing with us. She is really busy, but she dedicates herself to this team. She is an encourager and such a force in the gym.” Williams said she has formed relationships that will last a lifetime with her current teammates, and although she loved Arkansas, she is fortunate to be with this team for her last year. “It is a great team that I am with,” Williams said. “I couldn’t be happier.”
For Quarterman, postseason is the best time of the year. “In the postseason, there’s greater intensity because nobody wants to lose and go home,” Quarterman said. “The games get more intense, so you have to up your level of intensity and level of play.” Quarterman and his teammates at Johnson High had to overcome plenty of obstacles during their state title run in 2013. The Atom Smashers lost in the first round of the Georgia state playoffs from 2010 to 2012, and the squad underwent a coaching change prior to Quarterman’s senior season. But that didn’t stop the Atom Smashers from defeating rival Savannah High School in the state title game, 61-51, for the third championship in
school history. “You have to go at people because if you don’t and you leave something out there on the court, you could be playing your last game,” Quarterman said. All these postseason experiences could be beneficial for LSU, which regularly plays only two upperclassmen in its sevenman rotation. But the Tigers won’t be thinking about the past when they take the court against NC State — they’ll be thinking about what they can leave behind. “You’re playing for a chance to leave something in the history books,” Martin said.
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Kilts and Kisses celebrates Irish culture
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have in our world today,” Lukova said. “I never wanted to be one of these artists who would create a piece that only they would understand. Then it will be in a secluded gallery where nobody goes.” Malia Krolak, director of LSU School of Art Galleries, said the University’s design professors suggested Lukova as a visiting artist, but her work is relatable outside of the art program as well. Her works focus on social issues, such as peace, censorship, ecology, hunger and corruption. “In graphic design, you have to get an idea across right away, and she does that really well,” Krolak said. “[Her works] are just beautiful. They have really saturated color and give you just an instant visceral reaction when you see it.” Lukova’s works are archival digital prints, but
Wearing kilts to a public event becomes acceptable once a year, and one group is taking advantage of that tradition. Kilts and Kisses is composed of a group of men who celebrate Irish culture, regardless of their heritage. The group kicked off the St. Patrick’s Day Wearin’ of the Green Parade in Baton Rouge on Saturday. The group’s official name is “The Baton Rouge Almost Irish Marching Club” and was started by Lance LaPlace, Jim Smith, Ed Wedge, Jay LeBlanc and Maury Chatellier, who are now board members of the group. The main goal of the group is to provide a family-friendly experience and get as many smiles as they can out of parade-goers. Kilts and Kisses achieves this by walking up to people and placing beads around their necks, handing out carnations, stickers or stuffed animals and, of course, giving a few pecks on revelers’ cheeks. “We have a piper, and we try to play Irish music, so you might grab somebody and do a little whirl,” Smith said. “The whole purpose is to have a good time.” The group reasons that because everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, they might as well have some fun with it. Apart from St. Patrick’s Day being a fun-filled
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Artwork by Luba Lukova is on exhibit Sunday inside the Glassell Gallery located downtown at the Shaw Center.
Graphic design artist Luba Lukova critiques society through works BY GRETA JINES email@example.com Some say a picture is worth a thousand words, and Bulgarian-born artist Luba Lukova’s new exhibit has a lot to say about the issues in today’s society. Lukova is making a statement through her vibrant prints with her first LSU School of Art Glassell Gallery exhibit, “Graphic Guts: The Art of Luba Lukova,” at Baton Rouge’s Shaw Center for the Arts. Lukova said she’s always been interested in addressing current themes through her work because she feels that’s the purpose of art. She likes the idea of her art being easily accessible for nearly any individual to purchase, since they are prints. “This is my reaction to so many issues that we FASHION
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Shreveport designer Megan Mitton’s self-titled fashion line [left] and New Orleans designer Robin Barnes’ active wear line “Fit By You” [right] are showcased Sunday to kick off Southern Design Week in New Orleans.
The Gravier St. Social in New Orleans holds a vintage bar, a pop art wall and chairs in varying fabrics. The area is usually used for guests to order a drink, sit back and relax. But on March 15, furniture was reorganized to create a runway in the center of the space for Southern Design Week to showcase the night’s collections — Megan Mitton and Fit By You. Designers Megan Mitton and Robin Barnes are newcomers to Southern Design Week, and both walked two juxtaposing lines down the runway. Mitton is a senior design student at the University of Alabama but was born and raised in Shreveport. She said her design aesthetic combines a classic southern woman with a touch of edge and sex appeal. She said the goal of all her designs is to
effortlessly turn heads and not rely on over-the-top silhouettes. “It’s not because she has something vulgar written across her or there is some giant thing coming off of her head,” Mitton said. “You turn because something about that makes me turn my head.” Mitton said when she applied to be a participating designer in Southern Design Week, she did not think she had a chance of being included. However, once she heard she was accepted, she had a month to pull an entire collection together. Some items she used from her senior line at school and others she created just for Southern Design Week. Mitton’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection consisted of skirts, sweaters, kimonos and gowns in neutral colors of black, cream, dusty pink and dark green. Fabric choices varied between velvet, lace and leather. Pieces from Mitton’s show include a long, dark green gown
made of velvet with a straight silhouette and a “deep V” neckline as well as a billowing high-low skirt in dusty pink. Mitton describes classic sex appeal as having a daring element, like a plunging neckline, combined with a classic, refined look of a long skirt or covered sleeves. On the other hand, Barnes designs are of a completely different variety — activewear. Barnes is a jazz singer in the New Orleans area. After having a serious kidney issue, she was inspired her to change her lifestyle and she decided to add “clothing designer” to her résumé. “I’m always wearing fitness gear, workout gear and active wear when I’m not performing. Why not do something I love, I support and I know it’s coming somewhere that’s from love?” Barnes said.
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LSU student co-founds exclusive fashion brand Mad Endz BY MICHAEL TARVER email@example.com While most eighth-graders were worrying about their awkward transition from middle school to high school, finance sophomore Avery Theard was working to promote the clothing company that he and his step-brothers created. The now 20-year-old Theard and his two brothers, Bruce Jackson and Barry Sorrell, combined their business savviness and love for fashion to establish Mad Endz, a brand that has touched the East and West Coast though it was born in the Crescent City.
Theard said his brother Barry came up with the idea to start a clothing brand, but it took nearly two months to solidify a name and style the brand could revolve around. “When you wear Mad Endz, you’re going to stand out,” Theard said. “People are going to notice you in a crowd, and that’s what we’re going for.” In the summer of 2008, Mad Endz was born when the three siblings gathered all of their savings and decided to throw a raffle fundraiser to fund their first line. Theard said they sold somewhere between 200 and 300 tickets to raffle off three prizes: a 32-inch
flatscreen TV, an iPod Nano and a Lakeside Mall gift card. The three brothers turned their $200 in combined savings into nearly $1,000, enough to create their first “respectable” line of crewneck sweatshirts and t-shirts, he said. Mad Endz sold out of its first collection when local New Orleans shop Traffic Boutique picked up its line. After they sold all the pieces they had, they moved on to the next collection, keeping each release small and distinct. The brothers knew from the start they wanted to keep the brand exclusive, offering mostly high-end custom casual wear,
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but after its initial release, Theard said Mad Endz had to expand slightly. In 2010, the brothers decided to throw their first fashion release party. With the help of local designer John McCann, Mad Endz booked the Republic New Orleans venue and sold nearly 1,100 tickets, raising even more money to expand the brand. A year later, Mad Endz threw their second event, a New Year’s bash, at the St. Charles Super Lounge in the Mercedes Benz Superdome with almost 1,500 people in attendance. “Our parents used to work the doors for us, and my dad said some kids were breaking down, crying, because they reached capacity,” Theard said. After the second event, Theard said they had enough money to rent a small office space on South Claiborne Street for the summer, and it was at that point they started seriously focusing on Mad Endz as a sustainable nine-to-five business. Though his brother Sorrell moved on from the company in 2010, Theard made his first trip to California to promote the brand in Los Angeles. Theard said social media has had a major influence on the brand. The Mad Endz Instagram account has amassed 105,000 followers since 2011, and he said
it allows people from all over the world to find their brand at MadEndz.com. Currently, Mad Endz carries everything from hats and scarves to windbreakers and jerseys. Of course, T-shirts, sweatshirts and button-ups are included in the current collection, but Theard said the next collection will feature new items such as a bomber jacket. While the company originally offered only men’s clothing, Mad Endz expanded into women’s wear when it found out its biggest online clientele was women. Now, Mad Endz offers femalecut shirts and leggings along with other unisex items. Additionally, Theard said they want to start focusing more on custom items again to maintain the exclusivity that made them popular in the first place. The current Mad Endz line heavily revolves around floral designs paired with darker colored shirts, many of which focused around the Mad Endz insignia. But Theard said the brand is also changing and evolving with each new item because the designers’ main inspiration comes simply from their lives’ transitions. “We let the brand grow up with us and graduate its style,” Theard said. You can reach Michael Tarver on Twitter @michael_T16.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 GRAPHIC GUTS, from page 9 she begins her creative process working with sketches of each idea. She occasionally experiments with negative space in her sketches to create two images in one piece. Krolak said Lukova has one piece that looks like a mushroom cloud, but upon closer inspection, the profile of two individuals speaking can be seen. “Each one reminds me of a rebus puzzle,” Krolak said. “If you don’t look at the title, you come in and try to guess what each one means, that would be a really fun game. They’re nice to look at, but then they have a deeper message.” Lukova will be visiting the University to present an Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Endowed Lecture entitled “Graphic Guts” in the LSU Design Building’s auditorium on March 25, where she will discuss her artwork. “I’m excited,” Lukova said. “I have to say that I love the South because I love the music that comes from there, but just to display my work there is a tremendous honor.” Graphic design professor Richard Doubleday helped make the decision to bring Lukova to the University. He said, when it comes to the arts, graphic design is pragmatic and solves communication problems for clients, so the content of her work reveals how she confronts these social and political issues artistically. “You don’t really read into what the message means in mundane commercial work,” Doubleday said. “But her work tends to resonate because of those visual
DESIGN WEEK, from page 9 The Fit By You Fall/Winter 2015 collection included printed leggings and graphic t-shirts in bright colors. Many of the shirts include sayings like “move your brass,” “throw me something mister” and “NOLA” with the “L” replaced by a treble clef. Barnes said she finds music and design go hand and hand. She said her designs are comfortable and adapt to what the wearer is doing — including dancing. “Music for me is movement and basically trying to enjoy the moment, and I think that’s the same way with active wear or fitness wear, you need to be moving,” Barnes said. Barnes also felt the New Orleans culture warranted making her designs in bright colors like pink and teal. “I just want to stand out because New Orleans itself is funky, why not make the clothes be fun too,” Barnes said. Both Barnes and Mitton agreed their first experience at Southern Design Week was a positive one. Barnes said they were flexible when she wanted to make her runway unconventional by having the models dance and bounce instead of strictly walk. Mitton said she loved the support she received while getting everything for the show together. “That’s how I made a beautiful show because we were all part of it together. It wasn’t just me by myself,” Mitton said. “[Creator Andi Eaton and the rest of the Southern Design Week] were in it with me, and they loved it just as much.” You can reach Meg Ryan on Twitter @The_MegRyan.
messages. The hope is that she can get students to be aware of all the problems that exist in the world.” It’s likely Lukova was one of the last generations trained in fine classical arts before the use of computer design became popular, Doubleday said. He sees his students turning to the computer more frequently, and while he considers it a powerful tool, Doubleday wants his students to remember it’s not their only tool. “She can draw well, and I think that has a lot to do with her training,” Doubleday said. “[Her art] boils down into these simple, strong and powerful statements.” Krolak said she thinks students should take the opportunity to learn about an artist who has shown a lot of work both nationally and internationally, and it’s a good way to see what’s happening in the art world. She said her hope is that Lukova’s art will also empower students to branch out into their own styles and make a statement. “Her art is just beautiful,” Krolak said. “Apart from being colorful, it’s really interesting ideas, and every single one of them has a lot of impact. The first thing you notice is the color, and then when you look at it, you’re like, ‘Wow.’” Lukova’s 23-piece exhibit features two different print sizes — 19 roughly 30x40-inch prints and four 40x60-inch prints. Lukova will be present during the exhibit’s reception being held March 26 at the LSU School of Art Glassell Gallery. The free gallery is now open and will remain open through April 2.
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KILTS, from page 9 event, members of Kilts and Kisses enjoy seeing their families and friends along the route. The club stems from a similar one based out of New Orleans, which was started by Marty Tittlebaum, a former University engineering professor about 15 years ago. Tittlebaum first told Chatellier about the New Orleans group, which marched in the Irish Channel Parade, and asked him to invite as many of his friends as he wanted. “In New Orleans it was about 3,000 walking guys in their kilts, and after that would be the parade and the floats,” LaPlace said. “We did that for about five or six years and it was a blast.” But once everyone began having families, they realized travelling all the way to New Orleans was more of a task than an enjoyable outing — and harder to get back safely at night — and decided to bring the tradition to Baton Rouge. “We met together and talked, and it just came over drinks one night,” Chatellier added. “We just decided to give it a shot.” Since then, the group has garnered a regular following with a group of 75-100 off and on members. The group has been active in the parade for six years, but about three years ago, the board members made an agreement with parade organizers Pat Shingleton and Robert “Grey” Hammett to allow them to march separately from the parade. While they aren’t involved in the parade itself, they are part of the entity as a whole, starting off the morning with their march and getting visitors pumped up for
the upcoming floats. “What we do is walk around and mingle. We interact with the crowd, which is something the parade doesn’t really have,” Chatellier said. Attire for the event includes a Black Watch tartan, unless a member is Irish, then they are allowed to wear their family tartan, green cummerbund and matching bowtie, a white shirt and a black tailcoat. Aside from the parade, other events include monthly meetings, membership socials, a golf tournament fundraiser and a practice march the week before the parade, which involves a pub crawl. In past fundraisers, the group has donated to Pat’s Coats for Kids and hopes to include events for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and nursing homes in the future. The group’s goal is to become a non-profit organization so they can give back funds they raise to the community as well. “It really started out as just a fun time for a group of guys, and now it’s turned into more of a focus on the interaction,” Chatellier said. When asked about the experience gained from joining, Chatellier said jokingly, “Besides a Jameson shot at 7 in the morning?” Membership is open to everyone, and annual dues are $75. Members receive medallions with their paid dues to wear on parade day. For more information on how to join, visit the group’s website at kiltsandkisses.webs.com. You can reach Ashlyn Rollins on Twitter @ash_r96.
Kendrick Lamar’s new album shows continued growth JACKSON SQUARE JOSHUA JACKSON Entertainment Editor The state of hip-hop has reached a metamorphosis. Artists are now changing their styles to breathe new life into the genre. This rejuvenation is apparent in Kendrick Lamar’s third album “To Pimp A Butterfly,” which had a surprise digital release a week before its advertised release date. From the single “i,” listeners could tell Lamar had been on a journey since the release of “good kid, m.A.A.d city” in 2012. He was far from the heavy hitting bass of songs such as “Backseat Freestyle” and “m.A.A.d city.” There are no outright, hardhitting tracks on this album. Those looking for bass-heavy tracks similar to Migos or 2 Chainz are better off not listening to this project. But this is where “Butterfly” finds its strength. The album opens with “Wesley’s Theory,” an instant auditory time machine to the ’70s with its funk elements and features from funk forefather George Clinton and Thundercat. After, an interlude comes in featuring a conversation between a man and a woman where she emasculates him until he replies saying he’s done what he should do as a man, but she won’t see that. The third track on the album, “King Kunta,” tells the story of the rise to empowerment similar to
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Kendrick Lamar’s transition to a prominent voice in hip-hop. Much of the album follows this pattern. It’s full of jazz and funk elements, which serve as the soundscape for Kendrick Lamar’s views on African-American culture, its separation from the rest of America and his personal journey as an African-American male. As expected from Kendrick Lamar, part of this journey is being alone on a song. The number of features on “Butterfly” appears to be low. The only noticeable contributions are from Snoop Dogg and Anna Wise
on “Institutionalized.” But there are an abundance of tracks that include samples from other artist’s songs such as Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” in “King Kunta” to The Isley Brothers’ “That Lady” in “i.” Each sample is mixed in effortlessly and works to Kendrick Lamar’s advantage. Other standout tracks include “Hood Politics” in which Kendrick Lamar reflects on the world of his childhood and relates it to the rest of America and “Complexion (A Zulu Love)” where Kendrick Lamar supports the idea of ending colorism
and beauty standards. There are a few skippable tracks on the record such as “You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said),” only because they don’t add anything to the album except for extra minutes. The concept of the album’s title hides in its final track, “Mortal Man.” During the song, he has a conversation with Tupac Shakur where he looks at himself as a caterpillar of his environment and draws a parallel to the butterfly as weak a but talented human. He plans to take advantage of the butterfly until he finds himself in his own cocoon gathering new ideas and concepts. Kendrick Lamar emerges as the butterfly he once tried to manipulate and places a new perspective on his life. Similar to Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “To Pimp A Butterfly” is a conversation in which African-American men are butterflies. They’re harmless and innocent, and as it was a sin to kill the mockingbird, Kendrick Lamar may be saying it was a sin to classify and characterize African-American men. This is who Kendrick Lamar is. He has a new perspective. He’s a concept artist. As “GKMC” told one story, “Butterfly” tells a completely different one. It may take a few listens to see how Kendrick Lamar has evolved, but eventually, people will recognize that Kendrick Lamar is one thing — an artist with honesty. You can reach Joshua Jackson on Twitter @Joshua_Jackson_.
WEB COMMENTS In response to Markus Hüfner’s column, “America would benefit from better public transportation services,” one reader had this to say: “There is an initiative in Baton Rouge to promote biking and walking. Interested readers should consider joining: Bike Baton Rouge (bikebr.org). I joined very recently, so I cannot attest to more than the fact that this organization exists. But based on their website they seem to have accomplished a lot already. They stay informed of government plans and promote biking and walking interests in connection with Baton Rouge development, which is obviously crucial to bringing about change.” – Protarchus
In response to Markus Hüfner’s column, “Police training in U.S. makes officers paranoid, fearful,” one reader had this to say: “I can probably count, on one hand, the number of times I’ve read a well thought out and well researched opinion article in the Reveille. Congratulations to you Markus, not only did you research a modern societal problem, but you also identified a root cause and offered a solution. You should educate your fellow opinion authors on how to write.”
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Americans should examine domestic women’s rights policies when criticizing Middle East SMALL THINGS CONSIDERED ALEX MENDOZA Columnist A pair of proposed laws in Iran would reduce women to “baby-making machines.” Amnesty International has decried the laws, which are designed to limit women’s reproductive choices. The bills are meant to enforce a traditional childbearing role upon Iranian women in the face of declining birthrates. According to the human rights organization, the Iranian parliament approved both proposed bills by an overwhelming majority in August 2014. The bills are being amended before going to an executive council which can make them law. The proposed bills are especially troubling because they seek to undermine Iran’s effective, long-standing women’s literacy and contraception programs. The U.N. called these initiatives part of one of the most successful family planning campaigns in history. The intent of these laws is clear: to strip women of the ability to decide the directions of their own lives in the name of preserving the Iranian state. But before we decry Iran as yet another Middle Eastern country with blatant disregard for women’s rights, we should take a step back and look at how the proposed laws compare to family planning policies
in the U.S. The results are disturbing. For instance, one of the proposed bills would ban voluntary sterilizations, restrict abortions and block access to information on contraception. Voluntary sterilization has been legalized for women in the U.S. over 21 since 1974. However, many states continue to take a questionable approach to abortion and contraception education. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 28 states do not require sex education. In 19 states, if sex education is offered, courses are required to offer information on abstinence but not contraception. If it’s higher birthrates the Irani government is after, Iran would do well to model its sex education programs after the U.S. After all, the U.S. has the highest teen pregnancy rate of any developed country. Meanwhile, eight states in the U.S. ban abortion after 22 weeks, with many laws based on the medically disputed notion that at this point fetuses can feel pain. North Dakota even bans abortion after six weeks. With the burden of pregnancy falling almost entirely on women, Americans should question our own government’s support of women’s rights before casting aspersions on Iranian policy. The second proposed bill would promote early marriage and make the divorce process more difficult. Additionally, it would make it legal for employers to discriminate against female job candidates, es-
pecially single women with no children. Here, Westerners have a sturdier moral foundation for criticism. The average marriage age for women in the U.S. is 27, a number which has been climbing steadily for decades. Meanwhile, employer discrimination based on gender has long been outlawed in our country. Of course, many would dispute fair hiring and employment practices in the U.S. The pay gap between women and men and discrimination in the workplace are just two issues facing working women in America today. Many Americans view the Middle East as one large bloc where women are oppressed in all aspects of life. But the outrage over Iran’s proposed laws stems from the fact that the country has until now been quite progressive in some aspects of women’s rights. In fact, an examination of U.S. policy with regard to family planning, abortion and other women’s issues reveals Iran is in some ways more progressive than the U.S. The U.S. does government does not yet consider “baby-making machine” as a woman’s official role in society. But as the Irani government has shown, progress can be undone in an instant. It is up to U.S. citizens to constantly examine and critique our nation’s policies to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to us. Alex Mendoza is a 22-year-old political science and international studies senior from Baton Rouge.
States where sex education, if provided, must include information on abstinence but not on contraception.
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‘Credit is a system whereby a person who can not pay gets another person who can not pay to guarantee that he can pay.’
Charles Dickens English author Feb. 7, 1812 — June 9, 1870
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Keeping a good credit score is important for future JAY TALKING JAY CRANFORD Columnist Credit is one of those things in life that’s easy to screw up while you’re young and hard to correct when you’re older. A few weeks ago, I wrote a column discussing how to use credit cards. I warned that improper use of a credit card can wreck your credit score and have negative consequences later in your life. Bad credit can affect the level of living you can achieve in your life outside of college. A bad credit score can be the difference between affording to buy your first house or having to rent a house. Bad credit means higher interest on loans, so you may not be able to afford a car loan, and your student loan payment could be higher than the rest of your classmates.’ This is why now is a good time to learn all about credit. Because, as G.I. Joe said, “knowing is half the battle.” Let’s start with the basics — what is credit and a credit score? A credit score is a number used to describe your credit history. It’s a quick and easy way to tell if you will be able or trustworthy enough, to pay back debts. The lower the number, the worse your credit. When you have bad credit, most lenders will charge you more interest because they see you as a riskier investment. For example, landlords might not let you live in their apartment because they are afraid you will not pay them. Luckily for you, you’ve most
CALCULATING YOUR CREDIT SCORE 10%
MONEY YOU OWE
LENGTH OF CREDIT HISTORY # OF INQUIRES ON CREDIT REPORT TYPE OF CREDIT
likely not had time to affect your credit this much, and getting bad credit is avoidable. But before we go into how to avoid bad credit, let’s take a look at the formula used to come up with the credit score. Keep in mind there is no one credit score the government publishes; different companies use different methods to come up with the score. However, they are all similar, if not the same. Of your entire credit score, 35 percent comes from your payment history. This is whether or not you pay your bills every
HOW TO MAINTAIN A GOOD CREDIT SCORE
month. Obviously, if you do not pay, your credit score goes down. Another 30 percent is based on how much money you owe. Using your credit does not automatically make your score go down. However, if you’re using the majority of your credit, other lenders might think you’re overextending your loans and won’t be able to repay everyone. Think of this like that friend who borrows money from everyone. He may have a history of paying everyone back on time. However, if he comes asking you for money, and you know he already has borrowed from three
other friends, you might think that he won’t repay you before he has paid everyone else back. The length of your credit history makes up 15 percent of your credit score. If someone has a longer history of credit, lenders are more comfortable loaning to them because they have more data to review. The type of credit you have is 10 percent of your credit score. There are different types of credit including credit cards, mortgage loans and retail accounts. This isn’t a key factor and is used in conjunction with
other elements. For example, if you have many types of credit, but you aren’t paying them off every month, that’s bad news. However, having the same types of credit while paying your bills every month will look good. The final 10 percent of your credit score comes from the number of inquiries on your credit report. This shows lenders if you might be taking out credit with other people. If someone suddenly starts three new credit cards, this will look suspicious to other lenders. One important thing to note is you usually can’t get your credit score for free. If a service offers you a free credit score, they most likely are just giving you a free trial and will charge you eventually. I’ll say it again to make sure you heard — your credit score is not free. However, you can get your credit report for free. Your credit report will have your payment history and inquires that have been made on you. You should use these free reports to monitor your credit and dispute any unusual activity you see. You won’t be able to see your credit score for free, but your score is calculated by the credit companies by looking at your report. Everything they see, you can see on your report. Be sure to check your report at least once a year and dispute any suspicious charges or inquires that should not be there. Jay Cranford is a 20-year-old finance junior from St. Simons Island, Georgia. You can reach him on Twitter @hjcranford.
Use this website to get your free annual credit report: creditreport.com.
If you don’t have a credit card, look into opening one and using it correctly.
Don’t open lots of credit accounts at the same time, and don’t open credit cards you don’t need just to increase your available credit.
Try to keep outstanding payments low, and, of course, always pay your bills on time.
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ON WAR, from page 1 put her finger in the bullet hole supposedly left from Huey P. Long’s assassination. That experience, combined with military connections through her husband and son, led her to ask questions about the damaging effects of violence on society. Pfohl approached Evangeline with the idea for the exhibit. Evangeline said she never intended for most of her art to focus on war, but credits Pfohl with recognizing the common theme in three decades of her work and organizing it into a cohesive exhibit. “All my work has not been about war at all, but [Pfohl] saw the thread that ran through it and put it together in a way that really illuminates what I’ve been doing,” Evangeline said. “Overall, I think all of my work has always been about relationships and politics and political issues.” Evangeline’s Sabachthani installation, which is a part of “On War,” includes the pieces she shipped to her son in Iraq and a 70-foot wall projection listing all the recorded wars in history, beginning with The Conquest of Sumner and ending with the contemporary Syrian Civil War. The aluminum bars marked with bullet holes show that tools of violence can be transformed into art that furthers understanding of the effects of war. “It was my idea to install 14 of them in the way of the ‘Way of the Cross’ where people can meditate at each one, and think about ... what it is to keep vigil for someone who’s away at war,” Evangeline said. The “Way of the Cross” is a Catholic tradition of reflecting on different phases of Jesus’ crucifixion. The wall projection is a collaboration with University master’s student John Gray. Another piece of the exhibit is an image of John F. Kennedy and his son printed on an
emergency blanket. Evangeline said the blanket is supposed to sway slightly to represent memories fading away and returning. Pfohl said though Evangeline is renowned nationally and internationally for her art, she isn’t as well-known in her home state. Even though the exhibit touches on a sensitive political issue, Pfohl said the response to Evangeline’s works has been positive. “People have really responded to this personal story of this mother and son making art together — him as a soldier, her as an artist — and really seeing how art helped them through a really challenging time in both of their lives,” Pfohl said. Evangeline attended the University for one year before
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she got married and moved for her husband to complete pilot training. When he was sent to Vietnam, Evangeline said she saw how war can strain relationships. Her son Michael was in the National Guard when he attended the University. Almost immediately after going into active duty, the Persian Gulf War began. He is now retired from the military. Evangeline, who splits her time between New York and Louisiana, has two other sons. Pfohl said the exhibit shows a personal connection between foreign war and the Baton Rouge area and showcases the work of a local artist. “It’s really easy to read newspaper articles and online stories about wars happening in
different parts of the world and feel like these are far away events that are happening to someone else,” Pfohl said. “One of the goals of the show was really to say, ‘No, these are issues that are affecting people that live and work locally, and are things that have very strong connections to the experience of people living in Louisiana and Baton Rouge and at LSU.’” During the creation of her art and the organization of “On War,” Evangeline said her views
on war have evolved. All she is sure of is her purpose as an artist in times of violence. “War is such a complex issue ... I’m not even sure anymore if we are advanced enough to stop having war all the time,” Evangeline said. “I think that we’ll eventually evolve enough that we won’t have to have this, but all I can do as an artist is continue thinking about it and [raise] questions about it even if we don’t know the answer.”
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‘Dub’ Robinson Stadium provides home court advantage BY JACK WOODS firstname.lastname@example.org Home field advantage is something LSU fans know a lot about. Tiger Stadium might garner most of the attention when people talk about “defending home field,” but there is a smaller stadium in the shadows of Death Valley where opponents have found it even harder to exit with a victory. Men’s tennis teams visiting W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium throughout the years have not fared well. LSU men’s tennis coach Jeff Brown said the “Dub” has been a tough place to play throughout the years. “[The ‘Dub’] presents some challenges,” Brown said. “We generally have always had really good crowds, and with really good crowds comes the energy. And when you’re on the road, you sometimes feel like things are stacked against you a little bit. If the crowd is one of those things, it makes it even tougher.” The Tigers have been perfect in defending their home court so far this season. LSU is 12-0 in matches at the “Dub” this season, including wins against in-state foe Tulane, and SEC rivals No. 11 Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Tennessee. The fans’ energy is something the players can thrive on and use as a psychological
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LSU junior Boris Arias waits for the set to resume during the Tigers’ 4-1 victory against Vanderbilt on Sunday at W.T ‘Dub’ Robinson Stadium. edge in a tight match. There might not be 102,321 screaming fans at the “Dub,” but the ones who are in attendance make their presence known as the men’s players battle. Brown said the design of the courts allows the fans to be highly involved in the action, and it’s something the team has taken into account with the design of its new facility, which Brown hopes will be completed in the next few months.
“[At] our courts, our fans are right on top of the action, which is one thing we’re adamant about taking over to the new facility,” Brown said. “Just the proximity and the height of the stands not being too high, so we will maintain that.” With the stands hovering just above and behind the players, fans can be heard and influence the match. But it isn’t just the stadium design posing problems for
opponents. The Tigers are highly familiar with the courts at the “Dub” because they practice on them, said senior Chris Simpson. “You’re so used to them all the time,” Simpson said. “You just know what bounces you’re going to get. When you go to any other facility, you don’t know if the court’s going to be slow, fast, bounce hard or bounce low.” Brown said even the weather can throw off LSU’s foes.
He said some teams aren’t prepared for how warm the temperature can get in Baton Rouge. All those factors combined have resulted in some impressive numbers. From 1983-2014, the LSU men’s tennis team posted a home record of 341-78 for a winning percentage of .814. During the same span, the LSU football team went 15558-2 in Tiger Stadium for a .726 winning percentage. Brown said the success is rooted in the quality of the players LSU has boasted. “Basically it comes down to the players you have playing for you,” Brown said. “We’ve been successful because we’ve had good teams and have had good people playing for us, whether it’s been here or on the road.” Brown said if the team could manage to stay perfect at home, it would be a fitting end to the last season at the “Dub” before LSU moves over to its new facility. “It would be nice if somehow we could go through the season undefeated [at home],” Brown said. “That would mean we’ve picked up some really good wins besides that, but it would be a nice way to send the ‘Dub’ out. We’re certainly going to do our best to do that.” You can reach Jack Woods on Twitter @Jack_TDR. GYMNASTICS
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The No. 3 LSU gymnastics team earned the No. 2 seed for the Southeastern Conference Championship, which will take place March 21 at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia. The Tigers (13-1, 7-0 SEC) will compete in Session Two, which starts at 5:30 p.m., against No. 1 seed Florida, No. 3 seed Alabama and No. 4 seed Auburn. LSU will begin the meet on bars before moving to balance beam, floor and vault. Session One starts at 1 p.m. and will feature No. 5 seed Georgia, No. 6 seed Arkansas, No. 7 seed Kentucky and No. 8 seed Missouri. LSU placed third in last year’s edition of the event. You can reach Marcus Rodrigue on Twitter @rodrigue_TDR.