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Mike the Tiger moves indoors while habitat is repaired, p. 4.

Volume 115, Issue 5

Friday, Aug. 27, 2010

Sunday marks Hurricane Katrina’s 5-year anniversary Monday edition to feature storm special Matthew Albright Staff Writer

Sunday will mark the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the storm that tore across the Gulf of Mexico’s coast, devastating whole communities and leaving New

Orleans underwater for almost a week. In the weeks following the storm, the University served as an 800-bed field hospital — then the largest in national history, according to a book written about the experience, “LSU in the Eye of the Storm.” Many students returned to campus that year after seeing their homes flooded and destroyed by the storm. As the anniversary approaches, students on campus and people

throughout the state are stopping to remember the tragedy. In New Orleans, citizens have gathered throughout the week for both formal and informal remembrances. There have been jazz funerals, symposiums, exhibitions and other events. President Barack Obama will travel to New Orleans on Sunday to mark the occasion with a speech at Xavier University. The anniversary also attracted

some national attention. CNN ran a series of reports called “New Orleans Rising,” examining how well the city and the region have recovered. The Newseum, a museum in Washington, D.C. showcasing journalism history, opened an exhibit cataloging coverage of the hurricane. Coverage by New Orleans newspaper The Times-Picayune features heavily in that exhibit. The TimesPicayune won a Pulitzer prize for

that coverage. For retrospectives on the University and its role in the disaster, be sure to read The Daily Reveille’s Monday edition. There will be articles remembering the University’s role in the disaster response and articles about the impact the hurricane had on the University and Baton Rouge. Contact Matthew Albright at

That Was Then . . . This Is Now

photo courtesy of COURTNEY AND JIM ZIETS

ZACH BREAUX / The Daily Reveille

[Left] The Varsity Theatre in the North Gate area advertises “The Third Man” and “Grease” in 1978. [Right] Now-popular restaurant The Chimes has replaced Tiger Town Pharmacy as The Varsity’s neighbor.

North Gate area through the years:

1941 - Louie’s Cafe opens on Chimes Street

1937 - The Varsity Theatre opens

See more photos of the North Gate area then and now at

1983 - The Chimes Restaurant opens

1973 - Fire destroys original Co-op Bookstore and other businesses

2010 - College Row opens, bringing more chain stores to the area

North Gate area gets commercialized facelift, but local businesses have stronger staying power Frederick Holl Staff Writer

From the original location of the Co-op Bookstore and Baker’s Restaurant to Varsity Theatre and

Louie’s Cafe, the North Gate area has housed some of the University’s most beloved local establishments, but a new development is hoping to find its place even without local flavor.

College Row, the new shopping center at the North Gates of the University, is filling up with large national companies in an area that hasn’t seen many chains find success.

Some of the oldest businesses in the area date back before World War II; the Varsity Theatre opened its doors in 1937, while Louie’s, which moved to its current location in 1986, opened on Chimes Street

in 1941. Other popular places haven’t been around quite that long but still have more staying power than other NORTH GATE, see page 6

Wide receiver Terrence Toliver takes on leadership role in senior year, p. 7 Who will win big at the Emmys? Tell us what you think at

Reveille The Daily

Mike the Tiger moves indoors while habitat is repaired, p. 4.

Volume 115, Issue 5

Friday, Aug. 27, 2010

Sunday marks Hurricane Katrina’s 5-year anniversary Monday edition to feature storm special Matthew Albright Staff Writer

Sunday will mark the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the storm that tore across the Gulf of Mexico’s coast, devastating whole communities and leaving New

Orleans underwater for almost a week. In the weeks following the storm, the University served as an 800-bed field hospital — then the largest in national history, according to a book written about the experience, “LSU in the Eye of the Storm.” Many students returned to campus that year after seeing their homes flooded and destroyed by the storm. As the anniversary approaches, students on campus and people

throughout the state are stopping to remember the tragedy. In New Orleans, citizens have gathered throughout the week for both formal and informal remembrances. There have been jazz funerals, symposiums, exhibitions and other events. President Barack Obama will travel to New Orleans on Sunday to mark the occasion with a speech at Xavier University. The anniversary also attracted

some national attention. CNN ran a series of reports called “New Orleans Rising,” examining how well the city and the region have recovered. The Newseum, a museum in Washington, D.C. showcasing journalism history, opened an exhibit cataloging coverage of the hurricane. Coverage by New Orleans newspaper The Times-Picayune features heavily in that exhibit. The TimesPicayune won a Pulitzer prize for

that coverage. For retrospectives on the University and its role in the disaster, be sure to read The Daily Reveille’s Monday edition. There will be articles remembering the University’s role in the disaster response and articles about the impact the hurricane had on the University and Baton Rouge. Contact Matthew Albright at

That Was Then . . . This Is Now

photo courtesy of COURTNEY AND JIM ZIETS

ZACH BREAUX / The Daily Reveille

[Left] The Varsity Theatre in the North Gate area advertises “The Third Man” and “Grease” in 1978. [Right] Now-popular restaurant The Chimes has replaced Tiger Town Pharmacy as The Varsity’s neighbor.

North Gate area through the years:

1941 - Louie’s Cafe opens on Chimes Street

1937 - The Varsity Theatre opens

See more photos of the North Gate area then and now at

1983 - The Chimes Restaurant opens

1973 - Fire destroys original Co-op Bookstore and other businesses

2010 - College Row opens, bringing more chain stores to the area

North Gate area gets commercialized facelift, but local businesses have stronger staying power Frederick Holl Staff Writer

From the original location of the Co-op Bookstore and Baker’s Restaurant to Varsity Theatre and

Louie’s Cafe, the North Gate area has housed some of the University’s most beloved local establishments, but a new development is hoping to find its place even without local flavor.

College Row, the new shopping center at the North Gates of the University, is filling up with large national companies in an area that hasn’t seen many chains find success.

Some of the oldest businesses in the area date back before World War II; the Varsity Theatre opened its doors in 1937, while Louie’s, which moved to its current location in 1986, opened on Chimes Street

in 1941. Other popular places haven’t been around quite that long but still have more staying power than other NORTH GATE, see page 6

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Nation & World



Huge cocaine stash found on ranch in Venezuela

Poll: Most say US still unprepared for natural disasters

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Authorities seized more than 4.4 tons (4 metric tons) of cocaine at a ranch Thursday after F-16 fighter jets intercepted a plane that was flying to pick up the load, Venezuela’s top security official said. Soldiers are searching the area surrounding the ranch located in central Guarico state for more cocaine, Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami said. Grenade explosion injures 16 at Mexican bar

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most people think the U.S. is not better prepared for handling natural disasters than it was when Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast five years ago, according to a poll released Thursday. Almost six in 10, or 57 percent, say the country has not improved its disaster preparations, according to the survey by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. Roughly equal numbers of Democrats, Republicans and independents share that view. Rod Blagojevich headed for retrial early next year

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (AP) — Mexican authorities say at least 16 people have been injured by a grenade that exploded at a bar in the resort city of Puerto Vallarta. Prosecutors say five of the injured have been detained as part of the investigation. They are investigating whether one of the injured was carrying the grenade when it exploded.


CHICAGO (AP) — By dropping all charges against Rod Blagojevich’s brother on Thursday, the federal government removed what had become an obstacle to their primary mission: convicting the impeached Illinois governor in a retrial now set for early next year.


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Jurors who deadlocked last week on all but one of 24 charges in the first trial described the case against Robert Blagojevich as by far the weaker of the two. And they said the former Army officer presented an earnest, sympathetic figure when he insisted on the witness stand that he and his brother did nothing wrong. Arizona governor files brief in immigration battle PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Jan Brewer’s lawyers have filed the first brief in their appeal of a ruling that put the most controversial elements of Arizona’s new immigration law on hold. Brewer asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Thursday to reverse the ruling U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton made last month. The governor’s lawyers say the federal government hasn’t effectively enforced immigration law at the border and in the state’s interior.

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22 new Katrina fraud charges announced NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina a few days away, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten announced Thursday the latest round of fraud cases arising from the storm. Letten outlined charges against 22 people accused of bilking government agencies or aid programs out of amounts ranging from $2,000 to more than $400,000. They are among more than 180 Katrina fraud cases prosecuted in the New Orleans federal district and 500 nationwide. Letten said more cases are pending, although he acknowledged that the number is falling and that a five-year statute of limitations will be kicking in for some in the coming months. FEMA chief reflects on Katrina’s lessons CHALMETTE, La. (AP) — FEMA learned from Hurricane Katrina to be more flexible in reviewing

and approving federal funding for storm repair and rebuilding projects, the agency’s head told a congressional panel Thursday just days before the storm’s fifth anniversary. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate told the panel, led by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., that the agency became “too oriented on process” after the 2005 hurricane, prolonging a backlog of projects awaiting money. Several members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation also heard testimony from two other federal agency heads: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and Lt. Gen. Robert Van Antwerp of the Army Corps of Engineers. Donovan said nearly 40,000 families displaced by the 2005 storms were still relying on government housing assistance when the Obama administration took office. Today, he added, 98 percent of them have moved into permanent housing.


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CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS In the Aug. 26 article “University to increase energy efficiency,” The Daily Reveille incorrectly reported that a campus energy efficiency project had a scheduled completion deadline of April 2010. The completion deadline is April 2012.


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Comparative literature, women’s and gender studies programs reinstated other factors at work here besides together to achieve a positive outcompensation,” said Barry Erwin, come.” Qualified candidates for compresident of the Council for a Better Louisiana. “I don’t know, but missioner may hesitate to apply there could be more bubbling be- because of the “number of hoops” they must jump through to be hired, low the surface.” Sydni Dunn Some agree, however, the Erwin said. Staff Writer Louisiana is one of the few need for an interim commissioner The Board of Regents reinstat- is strong. states that requires ed two of three degree programs in approval of the “This is a critcomparative literature and in wom- ical time in higher candidate and his en’s and gender studies Wednes- education — with or her salary, Erday, months after their January ter- the GRAD act, win explained. minations. With the legislaperformance forThe Board’s Academic and mula issues to be tive panel’s recent Student Affairs Committee revived resolved and more refusal, some offithe comparative literature doctor- budget cuts on the cials believe LouiMeg Casper ate program and the bachelor’s horizon, you need siana has taken a program in women’s and gender someone to be the Regents associate commissioner step backward. studies despite previously low leader, someone to Chancellor of public affairs graduation rates. Michael Martin navigate the staff,” The University previously of- Erwin said. even questioned whether debate fered a master’s degree in comparaThe commissioner is required over the interim commissioner’s tive literature, but that program will to “execute and enforce all the de- salary was worth the “black eye” it not be reinstated. cisions, orders, rules, and regula- has given to perceptions of higher The changes will take ef- tions of the Board” and act as an education in Louisiana. fect immediately, according to the authoritative postsecondary voice, “I am disheartened somewhat Board. The programs must submit according to the duties and respon- by the inclination of a legislative a progress report on enrollment and sibilities of the Commissioner. The subcommittee to micromanage completer data by Sept. 1. The de- official must also have constant in- things,” Martin said. partments will seek re-evaluation teraction with the Board, the state, Despite this setback, the Board in 2013. the public and the postsecondary is moving forward with this year’s The committee also moved to administration. agenda. terminate the University’s Center “As would be expected, the The search for a permanent for Advanced Microstructures and member has continued, but a new lack of a full-time commissioner Devices. This high-tech research commissioner could be named by who identifies and drives both an center contained a the December Re- internal and external agenda limits synchrotron — a gents meeting at the scope of work that can be done particle accelerator the earliest, said at Regents and may impact the pace found only in eight Committee Chair at which transformational change locations in the nacan occur,” Casper said. “However, Maurice Durbin. tion — and offered “The Board of the Board and staff collectively students the opporRegents will con- will ensure that the necessary work tunity to work with tinue to work with of the budget, the GRAD Act, the and study the newthe legislature to statewide transfer degree and other Barry Erwin est technology. maximize our abil- numerous legislative mandates are president of the Council for a The Board’s ity to attract and handled efficiently and effectively.” Better Louisiana Search Committee hire a qualified also issued an update on the nation- candidate for the commissioner of Contact Sydni Dunn at wide search for a Commissioner of higher education position,” Casper Higher Education. said. ”It will take us all working Following the resignation of Commissioner Sally Clausen, the Board unanimously approved Tom Layzell to fill the position as the interim, but the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget denied the Board’s proposed $329,915 compensation package for Layzell. The legislative committee declared the payment package too costly despite a decrease of $197,635, or 37 percent, from Clausen’s previous salary of $527,550, said Meg Casper, Regents associate commissioner of public affairs. In an Aug. 17 emergency meeting, the Board decided to move forward without an interim commissioner and instead appointed Board members Artis Terrell, Bob Levy, Roland Toups and Maurice Durbin to manage affairs. The Board hired Layzell one week later to work as a part-time adviser to help oversee budget matters and the implementation of the LA GRAD Act. But with nearly $200,000 being saved, some continue to question the motives behind the legislature’s rejection of Layzell as commissioner of higher education. “It’s possible that there are

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Changes to take effect immediately


‘It will take us all working together to achieve a positive outcome.’


‘This is a critical time in higher education.’


Selected freshmen are contracted Thursday into the Recruit Officer Training Program during the fall 2010 Contracting Ceremony at Alex Box Stadium. They are starting their training toward becoming second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.

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Mike VI kept in night house during habitat maintenance Routine work totals $25,000 to $45,000 Nicholas Persac Contributing Writer

The 15,000-square-foot habitat for the University’s beloved mascot has housed only a live oak tree and a waterfall this week as routine maintenance is completed on Mike VI’s home. “Mike VI was kept inside his night house starting Monday, Aug. 23 so that work could be done on the habitat,” Ginger Guttner, School of Veterinary Medicine spokeswoman, said in an email. While the Vet School provides care for the live tiger

mascot, the Athletic Department is responsible for habitat maintenance. The “routine maintenance of Mike’s habitat” should be complete by Friday, “or Monday at the latest,” Ronnie Haliburton, associate athletic director for facilities and grounds, said in an email. While corrective action to repair the habitat happens as needed, the department generally does “extensive work like this every three to four years,” Haliburton said. The maintenance work includes repairing stucco cracks, replacing damaged molding, recoating stucco in the viewing area and inside the habitat, replacing all sealants and applying epoxy to waterproof the cracks

below the water line at the glass viewing area. Mike VI’s official Twitter account, @MikeTigerVI, posted a message Thursday morning about the construction. “Back inside this morning so that the contractors can do some more work on my pool,” the tiger tweeted. “Hopefully I’ll be back out to see you after lunch.” Haliburton said the average annual cost of maintaining the habitat runs from $25,000 to $35,000 with the bulk of the cost relating to water quality. The routine maintenance costs an additional $25,000 to $45,000. BRIANNA PACIORKA / The Daily Reveille

Contact Nicholas Persac at

Workers give Mike the Tiger’s habitat a fresh coat of paint Thursday as part of renovations. The updates are expected to be complete no later than Monday.


Student gossip website gains prominence among students Forums replace Juicy Campus Kayla DuBos Contributing Writer

‘Even though Greek Rank shouldn’t be taken seriously, it’s still kind of cool...’

Collegiate gossip website JuicyCampus left some students Emily Oakley wanting more upon its exit from biology senior the Internet, but two new sites are waiting to fill the void — Total“When Juicy Campus was in and GreekRank. existence, I looked at that. I went com. on it when I heard about it freshJuicyCamman year because pus, an online I heard about ‘We saw an tabloid targetsome people I ing sororities and opportunity to create knew being talkfraternities, was ed about on it,” a user-generated shut down in May Klein said. “The 2009 because of platform for a segment comments about the severity of rupeople were so mors and abusive mean, though, of college life...’ comments posted that I stopped on the site. going to look at W. Holden Rachel Klein, spokesman it, and then next accounting junior thing I heard was and member of Phi Mu sorority, that it got so bad that they shut said she visited Juicy Campus it down.” when it was still online. With Juicy Campus now


Elaina Mitchell mass. comm. junior

‘Juicy Campus was absolutely ridiculous. Any sites like it are just trashy.’

defunct, other sites have moved in to take its place. is a site similar to TextsFromLastNight. com and TFM has many components to it, including an online store and user-submitted pictures and videos. The site’s layout is based more on entertainment than bashing and harsh judgments. “We saw an opportunity to create a user-generated entertainment platform for a segment of college life that is underrepresented online,” said W. Holden, TFM spokesman. Holden said he took notes on

Michele Graugnard kinesiology senior

‘I don’t think anything on Greek Rank is truthful. People are just bashing each other.

functionality and certain features from those before him, but he feels TFM has exceeded others in its level of entertainment and quality. “TotalFratMove is really funny, and I would definitely go on for a good laugh,” said Kaitlynn Jambon, agricultural business finance junior and member of Sigma Alpha sorority. “However, if it’s bashing sororities, then that is horrible and not funny at all.” TFM has been on the Web since June. Holden said the site has had more than 3 million hits since the page was created. Another site that blossomed during the summer is GreekRank.

com. GreekRank most resembles JuicyCampus with its ranking system and comment area. GreekRank has become a more negative forum, which has caused uproar from users. The negative comments have become a problem and, according to the site, a new Web page is in the making that will focus more on the positive, friendly arena of comments. “We all looked at it before Rush and we were all really concerned because people were making negative comments about us,” said Emily Oakley, biology senior and member of the Chi Omega sorority. “We thought it might affect rush, but none of the girls that came through mentioned it at all. I guess that just shows that no one takes that stuff seriously.”

Contact Kayla DuBos at

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Students majoring in kinesiology at LSU

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Former Chancellor Sean O’Keefe moved from Alaska to DC hospital Spokesman says he has made progress Staff Reports


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Kinesiology growing within University Kate Mabry Contributing Writer

As society becomes more conscious of health and staying in shape, the kinesiology major has become more popular both at the University and nationally. According to the Office of Budget and Planning, kinesiology’s undergraduate enrollment has increased from 373 students in fall 2003 to 551 students in fall 2009. Between 2003 and 2009, enrollment in kinesiology steadily increased, with the exception of fall 2006. Within a one-year period, the largest increase in enrollment occurred between 2004 and 2005 with an additional 84 students. “Kinesiology caters to many people through its wide variety of concentrations, including athletic training, sports management, exercise physiology and even premed,” said Emily Dawson, kinesiology sophomore. Sports administration has become a popular new program, and many students are interested in working within the sports industry, said Katherine F. Hill, assistant chair of the Kinesiology Department. “The courses are very applied and relative to what the students want to learn,” she said. Laura Aleman, kinesiology sophomore, said she agreed with Hill. “I gained an interest in human movement, physical activity and the anatomy of humans after running cross country and track for several years,” Aleman said. “From the moment I stepped foot onto the track, I knew this was going to be a passion of mine, and once I graduate, I plan to go physical therapy school.” Laura K. Stewart, assistant professor of kinesiology, said many students she encounters are preparing to become physical therapists, a career that has gained popularity in recent years. T. Gilmour Reeve, professor and chair of the Kinesiology Department, said people realize physical activity is important to everyone, not just young children and athletes. “The window has widened,

and there is a larger need for experts,” Reeve said. Reeve said there are many “quacks” in the field looking to make quick money, and it is important experts are available to discredit any false information. “Popular job prospects include strength and conditioning coaching, physical therapy, physical education and corporate wellness programming,” Stewart said. Wanda Hargroder, assistant professor of kinesiology, said kinesiology is more science-based today than it was previously, and more jobs are available in the area. “Some people may say that kinesiology is an easy college degree, but I think it’s just as hard as any other major. Our classes go into great depth and contain a lot of material,” Aleman said. “While most people think studying for kinesiology just contains memorizing, it takes plenty of understanding and comprehending how the body works along with chemistry and physics.” Contact Kate Mabry at

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Former LSU Chancellor and NASA chief Sean O’Keefe has been moved from an Alaska hospital to a hospital in Washington, D.C., according to media reports Thursday. O’Keefe has been hospitalized since he was on a plane that crashed Aug. 9 near Dillingham, Alaska. The crash killed five people — including former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens — while four people survived. A family spokesman told WAFB that O’Keefe wasn’t moved for any “particular danger” and that he has made progress. The name of O’Keefe’s new hospital location was not given. LSU System spokesman Charles Zewe could not confirm the report to The Daily Reveille on Thursday. O’Keefe’s son, Kevin, has already been released from the hospital. Sean O’Keefe was Chancellor at the University from 2005 to 2008. He resigned Jan. 16, 2008. The preliminary report released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board about the crash said the plane left a corporate-owned lodge around 2:30 p.m., and the wreckage was spotted on a remote southwest Alaska mountainside at about 8:05 p.m. It said the crash occurred around 2:45 p.m.

7:20 a.m., 8:20 a.m. Noon, 3:20 p.m. 4:20 p.m., 5:20 p.m.

Investigators had previously said they believed the plane left the lodge between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., and that it was found sometime between 7 p.m. SEAN O’KEEFE and 8 p.m., Former LSU based on preChancellor liminary information they’d received. The report does not give a cause for the crash, and it sheds no new light on weather

conditions encountered by the pilot, who didn’t file a flight plan and was relying on visual flight rules for what was supposed to have been a relatively short flight to a fishing camp. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at

Friday August 27

Pluckers Wing Bar

Mon.: $14.99 All You Can Eat Wings and $3 Pluckers Lemonades Tues.: Kids Eat Free, $3 Mexican Beers and Margaritas Wed: Trivia at 8 pm, $4.50 Mother Plucker Mugs of Bud and Miller Thurs: $15.99 All You Can Eat Wings, $4.50 Mother Plucker Mugs of Bud Light and Miller Lite, $5.50 Patron Margaritas Sun: $3 Pluckers Specialty Shots

9-10:30 AM 12-1:30 PM 4:00-5:30 PM 8:00- 9:30 PM

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businesses that have tried their hand in the area. The Chimes Restaurant opened in 1983 — after the building was previously used as a drug store — and has been around for about 27 years. In the last 20 years, State Street and the Chimes area has seen Pizza Hut, Blockbuster, Gap, Foot Locker, Sunglass Hut, Claire’s, Great American Cookie, Verizon Wireless and others open their doors, only to meet little success and close, according to research done by Clarke Cadzow of the North Gate Merchants Association. In that same timeframe, local businesses like The Chimes, Louie’s, Inga’s Subs and Salads, Highland Coffees, Chimes Textbook Exchange and The Bicycle Shop have remained popular mainstays of the neighborhood. “Chain stores are not going to solidify this neighborhood. Uniqueness is something people gravitate to,” said State Street landowner Jeremy Dellafiora. Campus Apartments, a Philadelphia-based company, owns College Row, as well as the Campus Crossings and Venue apartment complexes. Campus Apartments Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer Dan Bernstein is optimistic the shopping center will bring in enough business to do well. “We hope by bringing in more traffic we’ll be more successful,” Bernstein said. Julia Terese, a creative writing junior who lives on State Street, described the neighborhood as younger and more free-spirited than other areas around campus, and said she doesn’t think the new development goes with the neighborhood. “It doesn’t really fit because it’s a big corporate block,” Terese said. But bringing in local businesses wasn’t an economic possibility because Campus Apartments need-

ZACH BREAUX / The Daily Reveille

photo courtesy of MARY LOU ANDRAS

Louie Sisk, Louie’s original owner, stands in front of Louie’s Dutch Mill on Chimes Street in 1942. Sisk changed the restaurant’s name to Louie’s Cafe in the 1960s.

ed companies that would be able to pay off their leases, Bernstein said. “To get financing you have to have credit tenants,” Bernstein said. “We tried to get a good mix of credit tenants and needed goods and services.” What most people in the neighborhood wanted in the space was a grocery store, said long-time resident Jerome Braud, who has lived in the North Gate area for more than 20 years.

“We’ve gone 10 years, maybe a little more, without a grocery store in this neighborhood. Their choice of tenants so far I really am not liking on an existential level,” Braud said. But a grocery store wasn’t possible for the space, Bernstein said. “Grocery stores are a difficult development,” he said. “We would have had to devote the whole parcel to a grocery store.” While the new center will bring

The new Louie’s Cafe, located on State Street, was expanded in the 1970s by its new owner and is now a popular eatery among students and locals.

competition, it could have a positive effect on business around the North Gate area, said Charlotte Cox, Storyville manager and member of the North Gate Merchants Association. “I think it’s an incentive for students to come to this side of campus,” Cox said. Campus Apartments tried to bring in good tenants that, although large companies, are relatively unique to Baton Rouge and have a higher chance of being successful,

Bernstein said. Campus Apartments is also bringing in direct competitors to local businesses, but no one wants to see local places go out of business, Faulkner said. “When that happens, you’re getting rid of a lot of what makes a good city,” Faulkner said. Contact Frederick Holl at


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Lauded wide receiver enters his senior season, looks to leave a successful legacy Russell Shepard. “He probably had the least talked about 53 catches that I’ve ever heard of. The wait is finally over for He’s a great receiver, and everybody respects him.” Terrence Toliver. Toliver faced one setback The 6-foot-5-inch receiver came into his own last season as during the 2010 spring semester the Tigers’ No. 2 option behind when he was involved in an offBrandon LaFell. He will finally field incident outside Reggie’s Bar in Tigerland. get his chance to He was charged be the unquesfor disturbing the tioned No. 1 repeace, public inceiver in 2010 toxication and reafter stepping on sisting an officer. campus in 2007 To l i v e r as the nation’s top emerged from receiver recruit. the arrest having Toliver enters been stunned by his senior season the on-site police trying to continue Terrence Toliver officer and sufthe pedigree of LSU senior receiver fered a broken success that has followed LSU wide receivers in hand. “It was an embarrassment to recent years. The Tigers have had five receivers make NFL rosters the team, to my coaching staff, the players, my family and it was since 2007. Toliver had the benefit embarrassing to me,” Toliver said of playing with LaFell, Early after the incident. “That was toDoucet and Demetrius Byrd, all tally out of my character. It won’t of whom he credits with his de- happen again.” Toliver has said during fall velopment as a player. “Those guys were my men- practice he has put the incident tors while they were here,” To- behind him, realizing his position liver said of the three draftees. on the team this season. “I’m just trying to step up “I learned a lot from them, like learning how to run routes, learn- and be a leader this year,” Toliver ing how to read coverage and said. “I was kind of thrust into getting acclimated to the college it this year since LaFell is gone, so I’m trying to step up and be game.” In the first extensive playing a leader this year and help the time of his career, Toliver blos- young guys who just came in.” Toliver has far more experisomed, posting 53 catches for 735 yards and three touchdowns ence than anyone on a talented in his junior year, including two but green receiving corps. In 100-yard games and a six-catch fact, his 53 catches last season performance against Penn State are more than the rest of the receivers’ career numbers comin the Capital One Bowl. “[Toliver] had 50-plus catch- bined. es in the SEC last year, which is huge,” said sophomore receiver TOLIVER, see page 11 Luke Johnson

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LSU receiver Terrence Toliver runs the ball downfield during the Tigers’ 24-15 loss on Nov. 2, 2009. He has more experience than other returning receivers combined.

Tigers prepare to defend SEC title

First tournament takes Tigers to Texas Rob Landry Sports Contributor

The No. 23 LSU volleyball team will begin its 2009 Southeastern Conference title defense Friday afternoon in College Station, Texas. The Tigers will compete in the Texas A&M Invitational, facing off against Pacific on Friday at noon, Siena at 8 p.m. and Texas A&M on Saturday at noon. LSU will take the court with just three returning starters — senior outside hitter Angela Bensend, junior libero Lauren Waclawczyk and junior middle blocker Michele Williams. Bensend will be expected to provide the Tigers’ offensive firepower. In the last three seasons, they have won 14 of 15 matches in which Bensend has logged double-digit kills. Waclawczyk tallied 425 digs in 2009 and finished 10th in the SEC with a 3.76 dig-per-set ratio. Williams, a 2010 All-SEC Preseason Team selection, will bring her 244 kills, 124 blocks and 30 aces to the team. LSU coach Fran Flory said she is ready to see the defense in action. “I think we’re a pretty good defensive and ball control team,” Flory said. “But you don’t know that until you get across the net from someone else.” Other players looking to play OPENER, see page 11


Tigers face defending Conference USA champ Memphis Lee sets focus on improving back line Ryan Ginn Sports Contributor

For the LSU soccer team, the real test begins now. After kicking off their 2010 campaign by pouring in eight goals against a punchless South Alabama side, the No. 18 Tigers (1-0) face a much stiffer challenge Saturday in the form of three-time defending Conference USA champion Memphis (2-0). If LSU coach Brian Lee is

concerned about his young squad looking ahead, he need only point to last year to illustrate the dangers of losing focus. Memphis suffocated LSU’s attack in a 2-0 win to open the 2009 season, allowing no shots on goal during the match. Lee said that result is a distant memory for this year’s team, however. “It’s not a huge factor,” he said. “We’re a very different team in almost every way than we were at the beginning of last season.” The Tigers are different — the team graduated eight seniors and has only six returning starters. Losing offensive stalwarts Melissa Clarke and Malorie Rutledge

seemed immaterial last week, as 11 different Tigers tallied a goal or assist in the first match. The eight balls that found the back of the net were the most in a game for LSU since the 2004 season. But the team also graduated three four-year starters on the back line, and this year’s unit hasn’t quite turned the corner. While the quartet helped keep a clean sheet against South Alabama, they merited only cautious praise post-match. “The back four — we just need some organization work,” said Lee. “[They’re] good players, but not always playing together. We’re

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LSU junior Mo Isom (0) makes a save against the University of South Alabama. The Lady Tigers shut out the Jaguars 8-0 on Aug. 22 at the LSU Soccer Complex. They will travel to face three-time defending Conference USA champion Memphis on Saturday.

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Upcoming seasons will show bright, promising future for LSU sports The future. It’s normally a term coaches cling to when the season isn’t going the right way, when their jobs get put on the line and fans start to mumble. It’s normally something sports fans don’t like to hear. All we care about is the present and the success that team has had in the past. But as we have found out at this University in the past few years with hurricanes and budget cuts, abnormal is the new normal. So when coaches around here use the cliché “the future of the program is bright,” sometimes (though not always), they aren’t lying. Let’s take the case of two smaller sports on LSU’s campus that will make runs at Southeastern Conference championships in the fall — soccer and volleyball. LSU soccer coach Brian Lee and volleyball coach Fran Flory held a joint media day last week to discuss the upcoming season and the “future” of their programs. Now, these two teams normally hold press conferences together, so that was nothing out of the norm. But what was odd about the whole thing was both coaches had the same thing to say. Lee referred to his team as the “next generation” of LSU soccer, Flory spoke of her team as a “special” group of kids, and both teams lack the handful of seniors they normally boast. Their teams are exactly the same. And that’s exciting not only for the “future” of these sports but for the present as well. Lee’s team showed exactly what it’s capable of doing this season with an early 8-0 win at home during the weekend, and while Flory’s team hasn’t played in a match against another team yet, they are likely capable of doing the same thing with the crop of talent they have. The volleyball and soccer teams both have something they haven’t had in the past few years while winning five and three SEC West Championships, respectively — depth. Both are young, energetic teams that have the capability of putting a number of players into a match that will help secure victory. That’s something that hasn’t really been seen from either of those teams recently. That means for the next three to four years, the “future” of these programs is in good hands when the few seniors left on these teams leave. But, then again, why worry about the future when you have the present? I’m not going to go out on a limb and say either of these teams will take home the overall SEC crown. But both will likely take home a division

championship, which is something they have grown accustomed to doing recently. It may take a few years for either team to make serious noise in their postseason tournaments, but that’s not what matters. What matAndy Schwehm ters is that Sports Columnist this year these teams are going to be fun to watch because of their youth. For all you freshmen and sophomores out there, one of the most fun aspects of being on a college campus is being able to watch young players grow into their full potential over four seasons. This is something you will

be able to do with these teams. So watch Lee’s and Flory’s teams over the next few years. We get a little too comfortable at LSU with championship traditions in most of the sports here on campus. And sometimes we take that for granted. It’s nice to see a few teams with a bright future ahead of them. But remember, let’s not forget what these teams can do this year. Andy Schwehm is a 21-year-old psychology and English senior from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_ASchwehm. DAVID LYLE / The Daily Reveille

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LSU junior midfielder Natalie Martineau (3) goes for the ball between the South Alabama defenders Sunday in the Tigers’ 8-0 victory against the Jaguars at the LSU Soccer Complex.

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University Club completes renovations, re-opens Friday LSU to host 2013 NCAA Tournament Luke Johnson Sports Contributor

The LSU men’s and women’s golf teams will get the opportunity to test out their new digs this fall after their home course, the University Club, completes renovations. The company hired to do the renovations, Landscapes Unlimited, installed new lakes and dug dips and furrows into the course, using the dirt from the excavations to add hills and complications to the greens. The course, which is a members-only course, will re-open for play this Friday. Both teams adopted the Country Club of Louisiana last season while the University Club was getting a facelift. The purpose of the renovations was to bring championship golf to Baton Rouge, and the early returns on the investment are looking good. The Tigers were recently chosen as one of six schools to host a regional tournament in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. It will be the first time in the program’s history the Tigers will host a regional. “The ability to host an NCAA regional at home is a tremendous accomplishment for our program,”

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The newly-renovated University Club will re-open Friday. The members-only course has added yardage and a degree of difficulty.

LSU men’s golf coach Chuck Winstead said in a news release. “I’m proud and happy for the many people who have made it possible. This is further validation of what we’ve been able to accomplish through our renovation to the University Club and one more step forward for our golf program here at LSU.” Winstead was a driving force behind the planning of the renovations and, along with Lady Tigers’ coach Karen Bahnsen, gave input on how the updates to the course would be designed. Input from Bahnsen, Winstead, and PGA professional David Toms

had a major effect on the style of the changes, said Jared LeBouef, general manager of the University Club. “They go around and they travel and play the best courses in the country, so it comes to life in their vision,” LeBouef said. “With Toms’ experience on the PGA tour, that goes without saying. If you take all that input, you can build a pretty good golf course.” University Club renovations started in December. The only snag in the renovations process was the difficulty brought on by the weather, which LeBouef said was unusually bad in December and January.

The University Club wasn’t deemed worthy of postseason play before the renovations because of its lack of difficult shots. The course lacked “definition and character,” LeBouef said. This will not be the case after

the renovations are completed. The course added yardage and a degree of difficulty that hadn’t been present before the renovations. Hazards and elevation changes now lie where a flat, wide-open shot used to be, forcing golfers to be creative with their appraches to the green. “The whole course was fairly wide open — you could hit the ball anywhere. The greens were fairly flat; we just had a flat piece of land,” LeBouef said. “You have to move a lot of dirt to create what we did, so that’s what we did.” The pro-shop began taking teetimes for the re-opening on Aug. 20, and LeBouef said the times were all booked in 45 minutes. “We had a member get here at 4:30 this morning, two and a half hours before we took tee times,” LeBouef said. “I think the members are excited about the renovations as well.”

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“[Toliver has] taught me how to be a complete receiver,” Shepard said. “[He] has the most game experience on this team, period. From day one, from head to bottom, he’s played more games than anyone on this roster. He’s taught me how to be poised and how to lead by example, which is something I desperately needed.” Toliver heads a group that consists of sophomore Rueben Randle, whose size and physical tools closely resemble Toliver’s, Shepard, who is making a conversion from quarterback to wide receiver, sophomore Chris Tolliver and freshmen Kadron Boone and Jarrett Fobbs. Boone regarded Toliver with reverence and said he is both a vocal leader and is careful to lead by example. “Anything you have a question on, you can just go ask him and he’ll give you an answer,” Boone said. “He’s going to get you ready to go this year. He’s going to go over things with you that you need to work on. If he sees something that you’re doing wrong he’s going to tell you about it to help make you a better receiver.” Toliver could parlay a solid season into a high draft pick, though his statistics should cor-

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younger, so we’ll maybe have the occasional misstep.” Such mistakes will not be so easily dismissed this time around. Memphis returns the previous two Conference USA Offensive Players of the Year, Vendula Strnadova and Ashley Berra. The duo combined for Memphis’ pair of goals in last year’s win against LSU. Senior defender Courtney Alexander said the match is an opportunity for the defense to improve and gain much-needed playing experience. “A lot of [what we need] is just playing together, which comes with

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larger roles on the team are sophomore libero Sam Delahoussaye, sophomore outside hitter Madie Jones and sophomore libero Meghan Mannari. Flory is still unsure how the unseasoned team will perform in its first matches of the season. “There will be opening day jitters,” Flory said. “I’m sure we’ll be nervous.” Seeing how other coaches attack her strategies has Flory excited for the start of the season. “I’m actually anxious to be exploited by another coach, because that’s how we’ll get better,” Flory said. “We try to do that ourselves, but any new perspective of how to attack us is going to make us that much better.” Pacific returns all seven starters from a team that finished in ninth place at 7-17 in the Northwest Congraphic by ERIN CHAMBERS / The Daily Reveille

relate to the effectiveness of whichever quarterback is taking snaps for LSU this season. But when Toliver speaks, he refreshingly refrains from any diva mentality that seems to plague virtually every talented No. 1 option on any football team, professional or collegiate. “I’m trying to do anything to help my team win,” Toliver

said. “I’m not really focused on any individual accolades right now, I just want to help this team win and get over the hump that we’ve been struggling with the last year.”

playing minutes in games,” she said. “When games come, things happen, and you have to be able to adjust and learn. We still have a lot of work to do, but I think it’s getting ready to come together.” The match is the opener of a critical stretch that will see the Tigers travel to face four different teams, all of whom are currently ranked in at least one top 25 poll. “We want to see how we respond to a higher-level challenge, and we’re going to get that with Memphis,” Lee said. “The nonconference schedule is fantastic. I’m excited to see how we do going forward against some good teams.” Lee said the non-conference

slate is designed to simulate the demanding nature of Southeastern Conference play, where the Tigers have surged to three consecutive Western Division championships and finished runner-up for the overall conference title in 2009. LSU goes into the match having moved up to No. 18 in the Soccer Times Top 25 Poll. Memphis claimed its first ranking in the NSCAA Top 25 in program history after wins against Saint Louis and Samford, entering at No. 23.

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ference last season. Siena, who has claimed four out of the last five Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference titles, has five seniors returning to a team that went 15-13 last season. LSU will end the weekend with the same team that ended its 2009 season — Texas A&M. The Aggies defeated the Tigers in the PMAC in the second round of the NCAA tournament — a thought that hasn’t escaped the minds of the LSU players. “We want to win, there’s no question there,” said senior setter Brittney Johnson. “But we want to win in preseason so we have momentum and can come into the SEC strong. We’re going to use each tournament and each weekend to help us get ready for conference play.”

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Recent SG resolution a complete waste of time Monday’s edition of The Daily Reveille contained an opinion column expressing the views of columnist Chris Grillot, a former community college student. In his experience, community colleges offer easier study loads and, above all else, opportunities to cheat. The column was founded in the frustration felt by many University students whose peers have taken numerous courses at lower-level institutions and transferred, but will still graduate with the same degree as those who have taken the harder courses at LSU. As the opinion editor, I was quite proud to feature the column. It was engaging and successfully


As usual, the Opinion section of our website,, has been absolutely buzzing with reader comments. Check it out today and let your voice be heard. Regarding Cody Worsham’s column “Budget cuts are opportunity, natural economic response,” users had this to say: “Mr. Worsham (apologies if the Mr. is presumptuous), your argument is at best flawed and at worst sheer stupidity. As an LSU alum and current grad student I’m insulted that you are using a University-supported medium to advocate for this financial assault upon Louisiana higher education that is horribly unplanned and strategically unsound. Louisiana’s community and technical college system is not a major component of Louisiana’s higher education problems as these institutions typically serve a single community and offer invaluable opportunities for members of those communities to receive technical training, improve current job skills, and complete the core curriculum of any of Louisiana’s four-year institutions in an environment that offers smaller classes and a more intimate learning experience. While Louisiana does support too many four-year institutions, adding our two-year LCTC system only serves to misguide your audience. Also, your claim that higher education can take drastic budget cuts better than other parts of the economy is just silly. An educated population is essential for economic growth and it will take years if not generations for LSU and other universities around the state to recover from these hits, further increasing our state’s dependence

exposed an injustice in the University’s credit transfer policies. However, as a student at LSU, I was quite disappointed in Student Government’s actions Wednesday night regarding local outrage caused by the column. At their first fall meeting, SG senaAndrew tors converged Robertson with BRCC’s Opinion Editor student government president to express its disassociation with The Daily Reveille, and more specifically

Chris Grillot’s column. They wanted to distance themselves so strongly that they passed a resolution. The resolution took up substantial time and was the only measure voted on Wednesday night. The problem with this — if it’s not obvious enough already — is that our representatives felt it more important to pass an official resolution to clear their names — which wasn’t even in jeopardy — rather than preside over other campus matters. Solving the housing needs for more than 600 students and the budget cut crisis will apparently have to wait. Heaven help us if we were to lose our SG diplomatic credibility

with BRCC over an unaffiliated oped column. In all fairness, LSU SG didn’t come up with the resolution on its own. BRCC’s student government president contacted LSU SG officials, and, in courtesy to BRCC, the Senate wrote the resolution to pacify the situation. However, it did manage to take up most of the Senate’s time Wednesday. That was a waste because the resolution has already been printed many times. The newly-passed resolution already exists, in a more abbreviated form, in each and every copy of The Daily Reveille, located at the bottom left-page of the Opinion

section labeled “Editorial Policies and Procedures.” Keep this up, SG, and soon you’ll have the best public image imaginable — and will have accomplished nothing.

on lower-income generating fields like tourism and/or on the sale of our state’s natural resources. And in case you did not realize, education is EXPENSIVE. We deserve the best minds possible here to educate our children and those minds, the equipment these minds and their students use, and other things cost money. To accept anything less than the absolute best is to consign our state to poverty. By the way, LSU has always been considered Louisiana’s primary public institution (at least by the legislature), read up on LSU’s history, as well as the history of Louisiana higher education. While this lack of support for education, including LSU, is hardly new; we have always looked to LSU to provide the pace for our state’s collegiate education. Now, I do agree that because of the economy higher education almost has to take some damage. However, we should be demanding that Gov. [Bobby] Jindal and the Legislature have a sound, strategic plan for making higher education come out of this unfortunate period better. We have “state leaders” who refuse to let their area take one for the team, and as a result the entire state is being forced below mediocrity. Support and/or offer a plan, do not support the status quo and say it will all work itself out. Education is not a commodity, but an investment.”

individual students. I do agree with your point that Louisiana’s public education system is too large. More funding should be contributed to this campus, as it is arguably the highest standard of education and research in the state.”

with non-Muslims. Read Soret EL TOBA verses 5 and 29 Also Soret AL NEISA (WOMEN) verse 169. Also in Soret ALBAQARQ (COW) there are more then 25 verses about KILLING. Do not be kidding yourself.”

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“I’ll be the first to say that I’m almost always in agreement with the right, but this whole affair is absolutely ludicrous! It’s good to see that there are still some people out there (like the author of this article) who actually take the time to research the “ground zero mosque” and Islam in general. Not a day goes by that I don’t hear Muslims slandered in one way or another,

and 99.999 percent of the time the comments contain misinterpreted sections of the Quran or just flat out incorrect, blinding ignorance. To me, what’s occurring in America today is almost eerily similar to what happened before and during the Cold War. In other words, there is a clear juxtaposition between America’s aversion to Islam today and the Red Scare of the past. Thank you, Andrew, for defying the widely-accepted ignorance; I just wish more people saw it the way we do.”

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Student Health Center now prescribing ‘purple drank’

“I don’t care if it’s heroin in my cup. It’s in my cup. F!#% you.” — Lil’ Wayne. Along with many other reasonably intelligent rappers, Wayne has brought a new pimp cup into the limelight in the last decade. Stars like Lil’ Wayne, Three 6 Mafia and Lil’ Boosie have even been seen publicly carrying their new, trendy white Styrofoam cups filled with their new favorite concoction. And it seems the main ingredient of this mixture has grown out of celebrity status into students’ hands at the University. But just what is the main ingredient of Weezy’s favorite drink? You guessed it. Promethazine with codeine. If you don’t know what promethazine (Phenergan, “purple drank,” “sizzurp” or “lean”) is, it is a non-narcotic prescription cough and nausea medication combined with codeine — an opiate. When consumed, it not only alleviates cough and nausea, but produces a sense of drowsiness and an opiateinduced euphoria. Oh, and codeine is also a

Schedule II narcotic with a “high potential for abuse,” according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. So just how is this super syrup getting on campus? Is the beloved Weezy F Baby dealing it out of his tour bus? Of course Chris Grillot Columnist not. Wayne is in jail where he belongs. The precious syrup is coming from a place all too familiar to any student who has been sick. It is coming from the Student Health Center. With that said, I’m not about to bash the Student Health Center and ruin your connection, nor do I really care that the stuff is floating around campus. I just find a level of irony in the whole situation. And the Health Center is not blind to the amount. “[The Student Health

Center is] aware of a growing trend of students abusing prescription medication,” Julie Hupperich, associate director of the SHC, said in an email. She also said the abuse is not the fault of “[the Student Health Center’s] clinicians’ medical expertise or prescribing protocol.” Not satisfied, I interviewed 35 students about the matter in the Quad. I was met with people agreeing with the fact promethazine and codeine is prescribed on reasonable terms. Others claimed it’s possible to acquire without illness. Some said “they had no idea” what I was asking about. Others smirked and told me they wouldn’t comment because of the nature of the subject. And one said, “Dude, I need to get to the frat house.” One student agreed with Hupperich’s statements. Lauren Thibault, mass communication sophomore, said she was prescribed “antibiotics, steroids and promethazine for a ‘hacking’ cough” she had during the spring 2010 semester. Sounds reasonable. But some students disagree.

Ryan Williams, graphic design sophomore, claims he has heard “[the syrup] is easy to get at the Student Health Center.” Ben Cicero, English senior, stated he “met a guy at a party who was drinking ‘lean’ he got by telling the Health Center he smoked too many cigarettes during exam week and got sick.” And to top it off, a former student who wished to remain anonymous told me, “I smoked a bunch of ciggies, told the doctor I was sick and got a big ole bottle from the Student Health Center.” Although the accounts differ, the main idea is the medication is being prescribed to students, even some who don’t need it, in turn adding to the amount of the liquid present on campus. So if you haven’t found the irony yet, it lies (or at least I think it does) in the fact that the powerful concoction is being prescribed to college students on campus. This isn’t the Adderall you buy from your girlfriend’s roommate during exam week to study or the pot you vaporize in your dorm. This is a bit

bigger of a deal — actually a lot bigger. People aren’t buying it from friends — it’s being prescribed. “Lean” has caused deaths by respiratory depression (see: Pimp C and DJ Screw). It has also caused arrests (see: JaMarcus Russell). But overall, don’t beat me up and tell me I ruined your campus connection. I’m not asking for anything to change, nor do I believe anything actually would, no matter what I write about the infamous “purple drank.” I simply find a bit of dark humor in the situation. And on that note, assuming nothing changes, when released from prison, somebody should call up our boy Lil’ Wayne. We can be his Baton Rouge connection when the “pro-methazine fiend” returns. Chris Grillot is a 19-year-old mass communication and English sophomore from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_cgrillot. Contact Chris Grillot at


Egg consumption, the incredible edible salmonella

Whole eggs are nutritional powerhouses. They are considered complete proteins. They contain all nine essential amino acids our body requires — nutrients our body doesn’t make, but needs and must be obtained through our diet. They are economical and stay fresh long when stored correctly. And, just as importantly, they keep us full for a while after eaten. But should the recent recall of eggs stop you from eating them at home or ordering dishes at restaurants that contain them? Last week, we were informed of eggs from two farms in Iowa that were contaminated with salmonella enteritidis (SE) and making people sick. Who’s to blame? Government? Egg producers? Restaurants? Should we consider ourselves lucky every time we order eggs sunny side up at Louie’s Cafe and don’t get sick? Consuming eggs in 2010 has now become even more dangerous than before because federal agencies can’t effectively monitor the safety of U.S. food production. From March 1 to Aug. 25, there has been 2,403 reported illnesses because of SE — that’s a four-fold increase compared to normal incidences. The spread of SE is a consequence of overcrowded egg farms that facilitate the spread of bacteria. Although keeping chickens confined to an area is essential because of predators and wander-

ing chickens, hens piled on top one another in small, battery cages smothered by feathers and feces is a recipe for the spread of diseases. Ninetyeight percent of consumers are choosing eggs produced in this Michael Sandoz fashion. What about Columnist those more expensive, fancy packaged eggs located right next to the regular ones in the grocery store? A brown egg isn’t safer than a white egg. It is just a different breed of hen. “Cage free” chickens don’t guarantee non-contaminated eggs. A “Certified Humane” egg can still have SE. A “USDA Certified Organic” egg doesn’t guarantee an SE-free egg. The only things that guarantees no contamination are pasteurized eggs and pasteurized egg products. If eggs can be “Certified Humane,” why can’t they be “Certified SE Free?” Is it a tougher task? Probably. Is it achievable? Absolutely. Maybe the government has finally realized it is important to keep commercially produced foods, which are widely available safe for consumers. They are finally going at the big egg producers. As recently as July 9, 2010, the federal government is now

requiring egg producers with more than 50,000 hens to take strict measures to prevent SE in their facilities. Previously, all the focus was placed on the post-production of eggs to prevent the spread of SE. The feds were a little late, judging by this current outbreak of SE. I hope we see a full investigation and find out soon if the farms that produced these contaminated eggs were breaking any of the new laws passed or if this newly coordinated strategy between the Food and Drug Administration and the

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Inspection Service has failed us once again. These are the same agencies that were persuaded by the major egg producers in 2005 to remove the safe handling instructions from the outside of the carton and place them inside — essentially hiding them from consumers. Is consuming eggs risky? Cooked and handled properly, they can be eaten and enjoyed with no worries. I ordered mine scattered, cov-

ered, smothered with a side of Bert’s Chili. Michael Sandoz is 27-yearold nutritional sciences junior from Mandeville. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_MSandoz.

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Help Wanted TJ RIBS ACADIAN Now hiring servers. Must have 1 year exp. Apply Mon-Fri between 2-4 PM MAKE EXTRA CASH At College Typing Ads for Companies! Work PT/FT. Earn $100s Weekly! P/T SALES ASSOC. Energetic, Happy, Outgoing salesperson needed asap. 20-25hrs/wk. Great place to work w/ great hours. Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5. Some weekends req. Email resume EARN $1000-$3200 A month to drive our brand new cars with ads placed on them. www. VET ASST NEEDED Small animal hospital in Mid City 15 min. from campus. 225.387.2462 PART-TIME STUDENT WORKER Small BR office looking for student available at least 4 consecutive hours on days schedule permitting M - F for shipping & receiving. MUST be attentive to details and be able to LIFT 150 lbs. Send resume to: ione@barnettpromo. com COLLEGE OF SCIENCE Dean’s Office has an opening for a sophomore or junior student worker beginning Monday, August 30th. All majors are welcome to apply. Applicants must be able to work 11:30-1:30 M-F. Job includes office duties. Submit letter of application, resume and list of references to Martha A. Cedotal, Sr. Assistant Dean, 351 Hatcher Hall. 225.578.4001 STUDENTPAYOUTS. COM Paid Survey Takers Needed In Baton Rogue. 100% Free To Join! Click On Surveys. PART-TIME Courier needed for BR law office, M-F afternoons (1:00-5:00), e-mail 225.766.1100 THE UNIVERSITY CLUB Golf Course is now hiring servers and beverage cart attendants for our course re-opening. 225.819.0311 SPANISH SPEAKER NEEDED Home Servicing LLC is looking for a part time student worker fluent in Spanish to assist us with our Spanish-only clients. Pay is $12/ hour plus bonuses. Hours are flexible. Please send resume to careers@ PART TIME IT WORK Work around school schedule possible. Experience and professional appearance required. Send resume to PAULA G. MANSHIP YMCA OPENINGS The Paula G. Manship YMCA is now hiring sports officials and concession stand

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Employment workers. Officials must be professional and have good knowledge of sports. Must be able to work on Saturdays. Official pay rate $10/ hr. Concession stand pay rate $7.50-$8.50/ hr. Contact Sarah Grai, Sports Director, if interested at sgrai@ 225.767.9622 INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE Looking for an intern to assist with financial & tax related projects. Computer/ General Office Skills/ Strong MS Office & Excel Skills Email resume to: COOL JOB TRAINING FOR FUTURE Do you want a job as a social media specialist after graduation? We will provide training for you NOW!! These jobs will be in high demand at large companies. Looking for a sophomore or junior to grow with this job until you are ready to graduate. 90% of our students get placed in careers post graduation. Business, Communications, Marketing, & Entrepreneurship students encouraged to apply. Fill out application in B39 Hodges Hall. Or send resume to: to be considered for an interview. AFTERNOON CHILDCARE TUES/THURS Need dependable loving student to pick up two small boys from nursery school in Baton Rouge and care for them until we are home from work. We live in Pelican Point. (Gonzales). Hrs 3:30-5:30. $10/ hr 504.236.5311 PARRAIN’S SEAFOOD Now hiring all front of the house positions. Apply in person MonFri between 2:00 and 5:00 225.381.9922 $$$$12/HOUR$$$$ Home Servicing LLC is looking for a part time performing loans collector. Hours are 3pm to 8pm Monday through Thursday. Pay is $12 per hour plus bonuses. Please send resumes to FULL TIME PHYSICAL THERAPIST INTEGRATED HEALTH SYSTEMS is in need of a FULL TIME Physical Therapist for our Baton Rouge and Zachary locations. Please fax your resume to 225-757-8875 or call Mr. Ben @ 225-284-8673 VETRINARY CLINIC Seeking part time help. General duties including kennel, helping vet and assisting in surgery. Apply 1302 Perkins Rd 225.381.9661 PHOTO EDITOR HELP NEEDED Photo studio needs part time help w photo editing & office tasks. Approx 10-20 hrs/wk. Flex hrs. Email resume to No calls please. COUNTRY CLUB OF LOUISIANA seeking part-time employee in Tennis Pro Shop. Hours: 4-8pm Tu/Th Contact: 337.794.3029 GREAT OFFICE JOB OPPORTUNITY Environmental Consulting and Engineering firm seeking student proficient in excel and word to answer phones, file, and perform light office work. 15-20 hours/ week during the hours of 8:00 am until 12 noon. Competitive salary. Located on Jefferson Hwy. off Highland Rd. Will consider all majors. Great opportunity for accounting or engineering student. E-mail resume to or


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fax to (225) 754-0406. PLUCKERS WING BAR NOW HIRING Cooks and Delivery Drivers. Apply at 4225 Nicholson BABYSITTER NEEDED! Babysitter for 2 children (9 & 11). Trustworthy, dependable & fun-loving. Need references. 225.753.0763 NOW HIRING $8/HOUR Hosts/ Hostesses needed in Club/ Suites in Tiger Stadium for all 7 home games, 8 hours each game, $8/ hour. Contact, http:// or 225.578.4735 CHILD CARE WORKER NEEDED Sundays, 8:30am - 12:30pm; 4pm-7pm. Working with infants thru age 5. Experience preferred. $8.50/hour. Contact michael@ 225.926.4175 MAKE EXTRA CASH At College Typing Ads for Companies! Work PT/FT. Earn $100s Weekly! ACTORS, MODELS, MAKEUP ARTISTS wanted for THE 13TH GATE Haunted House. No Exp. needed. Good Pay. Flexible Hours. Apply in Person at 832 St. Philip St. downtown BR. September 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th. 9am-5pm jamie@midnightproduction. com 225-921-8006 TENNIS INSTRUCTOR NEEDED for established tennis program. Experience preferred, but will train with little prior experience. Mon -Thur afternoons, some weekends, 6 to 8 hrs/wk. Please call only. 225.803.3361 PARKVIEW BAPTIST PRESCHOOL Preschool Afternoon Teachers needed 3-6pm flex days. no degree required. Please email your resume to TUTOR NEEDED Tutor 7th grader in our home in CCLA. Prefer an education major or recent ed. major grad. Math especially. For Monday and Thursday. 225.752.8302 or 225.202.2712 BRIDAL RETAIL SALES Now hiring p/t employees for weekend hours. Sales experience preferred, but not necessary. Must be able to work Saturdays and Sundays. Email resume to NOW HIRING FOR FALL! Child Care Center near LSU now hiring for Fall Semester. Afternoon Teachers needed 2:30-5:30 Mon-Fri. 225.766.1159 P/T STUDENT WORK with local apparel company / retail website. Customer service, order processing. Pay based on experience and skill level. E-mail resumes to / ROCKSTARS WANTED - JIMMY JOHNS DO YOU ROCK? Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches is looking for KICKASS Sandwich Makers and Delivery Drivers. Now


taking apps for both locations(Perkins and Cousey) Apply in person 3043 Perkins 2 TEMPORARY WORKER Blackwelder Ranch Weldon Blackwelder HC 73 14 Mc Camey Texas 79752 Duties: Farm workers Farm & Ranch Animals 09/27/2010-7/27/2011 Pay rate $9.78 per hour Farm workers Guaranteed æ of contract hours. All tools, supplies, equipment and housing will be provided at no cost to the worker. Duties consist of branding, castrating, catching cattle. Transportation and subsistence expense reimbursed Interested applicants can send resumes nearest State Workforce Agency office using job listing number TX4809673 DELIVERY DRIVER NEEDED at busy denture lab. Neat, good driving record & drug screen reqd. PT. 225.201.0880 INTERVIEWING IN NOLA for Katrina Recovery. Join our LSU Sociology Research Team to conduct interviews of residents in New Orleans neighborhoods. Saturday trips to New Orleans, with full day of work. $9/ hr with free round-trip transportation & lunch. Interesting, meaningful teamwork on community recovery. Contact David Maddox, WEEKENDS OFF! Local company has immediate openings for various office positions. General Accounting experience along with Microsoft Word and Excel experience are required. Must be detailed, well organized and a team player. Competitive hourly wages and benefits. Office hours 7:30am to 5:30pm. Will work with Your Schedule. EOE AFTER SCHOOL CARE After School Care Counselors M-F from 6:45 - 8:00 a.m. & 3:15-6:00 pm. $7.50/hr. FREE membership. Apply: Paula G. Manship YMCA, 8100 YMCA Plaza Drive, BR, LA or call Lindsay (225) 767-9622 STUDENT WORK! $16.00 Starting Pay! Customer Sales/ Svc. Flexible PT/ FT, No Exp Necc. Conditions Apply- Call NOW! 225-237-3002 STUDENT WORKERS NEEDED for vocational counseling co. fax resume to toll free 1-309-405-1532 RETAIL SALES Wanted, out going, energetic sales associate. Must be mature and self motivated. Apply in person. I Love Shoes, 7729 Jefferson Hwy. 225.767.9043 1 BR / 1 BA CONDO, Gated Complex, Ample Parking, Sparkling Pool, on LSU Bus Route (Brightside). $63,000. 337.937.5585


For Sale VW BEETLE TURBO S 2003 dark grey 6 spd new tires loaded fast 334.663.4936 TIGER MANOR CONDOMINIUMS. UNITS READY FOR FALL and SPRING 2010-2011!! Reserve now! Brand new 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units for sale starting at $124,900. Ask about our Guaranteed Buy-Back Program!! 3000 July St. 225-346-5055 Location. Location. Location... Start Living. 225.383.0143 MATTRESS MART TWIN SETS $127.00 FULL SETS $157.00 QUEEN SETS $187.00 QUEEN EURO TOPS $254.00 FULL PILLOW TOPS $267.00 BED FRAMES FROM $30.00 225.272.4850 ’03 TOYOTA 4 RUNNER SPORT Leather Tow Package Excellent Condition 83,000 Miles 225.772.1680

For Rent PERFECT STUDIO APT on Capital Heights near Acadian. Fully enclosed with privacy gate. Washer/ Dryer, refrigerator included. Some furniture can remain. $600/ mth. Stephanie Stalter (225) 573-1951. (225) 298-1250 LARGE 1-BR (650 sq ft) $500 and 2-br (1170 sq ft) $700 in small quiet complex ideal for serious students. Walk, cycle or take the LSU bus to school, shopping. Onsite manager, reserved parking, video surveillence security. 757-8175. Apply online at TIGER MANOR RENTAL $525/mo 3 bdrm apt., 1 room available, 2 Roomates, seniors 1-Accounting, 1-Engineering. Excellent accomodations. Walk to campus. Call Doug-337-316-1647, or 337-234-019 337.234.0196 315 W PAKER 2br, 2.5 ba, w/ d, alarm, Patio, Water Pd $1200 rent, $500 dep 225-766-6555 BRICK 5BR3BA 3MIN. LSU NEW KIT. APPL., W/D, INT&CABLE READY, 225.241.4679 BRIGHTSIDE PARK TOWNHOMES LARGE 2BR 2.5 BATH W/ D, POOL, PETS OK, 1737 S. BRIGHTSIDE VIEW. $800 9556480/588-3070 southlandpropertiesinc. com ONE BEDROOM DOWNTOWN Beauregard

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Friday, Aug. 27, 2010 Town with W/D $695 plus utilities (approx $200). 225.241.6014 HIGHLAND ROAD House 3 br 2 ba available Aug 1st $1099.00 225.769.1079 1726 BRIGHTSIDE MANOR Beautiful 2br on Bus Rt. washer/dryer, fenced patio, wat/sew pd. $850 Move in special 5883070

2- BEDROOM L.S.U. BUS ROUTE 2-bedroom townhouse, fully furnished 1 and 1/2 baths at 1722 brightside $950.00 per mo. $600.00 dep. 1 yr. lease -296-4006 or 504-495-1733 504.296.4006 BEAU CHENE CONDOS 2BR 2BATH WITH WOOD FLOORS AND ALL APPLIANCES $950 w/s pd 588-3070 or 955-6480 NEAR LSU Carlotta/ Ivanhoe $385-$505 588-3039

3 BEDROOM 1 BATH - $1100/MONTH 875 Aster St. Walk to LSU. Washer Dryer Dishwasher. Central AC, all hardwood floors. Pets OK. Fenced in backyard. Call for an appointment to see. 225.205.0390

1-2 BR APTS near LSU, $500-$600, water, sewage, Hot water included. Call Wang 225.278.6621, 225.278.6622

CONDO ON LSU BUS ROUTE 3 bdrms, 2 baths, $1500/mo, 504-400-1904 or 504.250.3799

L S U Walk to Campus -pool- 2BR all appls. inc w/ d $695 1BR $495 Studio inc ul’s $445. 2BR near BRCC $595. 766-5511

CHATEAU DU COUR IN TIGERLAND Large 2 BR 1 B in gated complex..772-2429

LSU TIGERLAND 1-2 BR, TH & Flats, Pool, W/S Paid, $450 - $650/mo. 225.615.8521

1,2,3 BR CONDOS IN BRIGHTSIDE / SHARLO $650-$1000. 955-6480

TIGER MANOR CONDOMINIUMS. UNITS READY FOR Fall 2010 and Spring 2011!! Reserve Now! Brand new 1, 2, & 3 bedrooms available. Reserve your unit today! Walk to class! 3000 July St. 225-3465055. Location. Location. Location... Start Living. 225.383.0143

HIGHLAND ROAD House 3br/2ba $1099/ mo. 225.769.1079 SPECIALS NOW AVAILABLE Arlington Trace, Summer Grove & Lake Beau Pre Townhomes! 2 & 3 Bedroom Floorplans Gated Communities, Clubhouse with Work Out Room, Pool & Gaming Areas Dean Flores Real Estate 225.767.2227 APTS TO RENT 3030 congress blvd(off Perkins, multiple flats and townhouses recently renovated, no pets, 1 month rent, 1 month security, maxpro 268-0801(Mon-Fri) for pics and floorplans. No Pets. One year lease. $1500 3B/3B CONDO NEAR LSU. GATED, POOL, W/D, IN COURTNEY PLACE CONDOMINIUMS. NO PETS PLEASE. 225.362.2559

Roommate Wanted ROOMATE TO SHARE CONDO Male Roommate to Share 2BR/2BTH furnished condo-Brightside Estates-w/grad student. W/D, CBL/ UTIL/INTERNET paid. $500/ month. Prefer student. No pets. 225.588.9409 FEM. GRAD STUDENTS 4bedrm/2ba house, common area furnished, Nicholson Lakes $400.+util. 504.717.5188 ROOM IN GOOD house. W&D, alarm, etc. No lease needed. $395. Util, cable TV and Internet include. $250 dep. 225.921.1209 MALE ROOMATE WANTED! Non-smoking male roomate. $375/month includes utilities, cable, laundry. 15 minutes from LSU. 225.266.0132

CANTERBURY SQUARE APTS 1 and 2 bedrooms $455-$545 NOW LEASING Graduate and part-time students 3003 River Road 225.343.2466


NOT TOO LATE! 3br/2ba gated, on LSU bus route, pool, assigned parking. 1/2 1st month free. $1400/mo 318.447.2622

ROOMMATE NEEDED for 2 bedroom townhome. Grad student preferred. Room includes private full bathroom. Living area is fully furnished. Private covered parking. $400/month and half of utilities. 225.603.8824

1 BED ROOM AVAILABLE NOW $475. 4065 Burbank. $300 Deposit. Near Walk-Ons

page 15 SPACIOUS ROOM AVAILABLE Room available in 2 bedroom Heatherstone townhouse. 2.5 bath, furnished living, dining, and kitchen. $595/month plus utilities. Email for more info.



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