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Study Help: SG working to update test bank, p. 3
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Caching In University plays part in modern-day treasure hunting
Taylor Parks gripped a map what she seeks is far from gold. and compass in her hands. She Parks is a geocacher, and the studied the path she was sup- University campus is her treasure posed to follow, reisland. Brian Sibille maining inconspicuGeocachContributing Writer ous yet alert, as she ing is what many embarked on a journey to ﬁnd consider a modern treasure hunt hidden treasure. in which people ﬁnd or hide However, Parks, a psychol- items using a GPS device while ogy freshman, is no modern-day going unnoticed by those Jack Sparrow. Her iPhone serves as her map and compass, and GEOCACHING, see page 5
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[Above] Taylor Parks, psychology freshman, looks through a box found Wednesday at a geocaching spot on campus. [Right] Parks displays the geocaching app on her iPhone. Geocaching is a modern-day treasure hunt that is a popular hobby at the University.
Parking violations caught on camera Celeste Ansley Staff Writer
The Ofﬁce of Parking, Trafﬁc and Transportation is using new devices to take pictures of cars receiving tickets. The ofﬁce received new handheld devices and updated software that allows patrollers to take pictures of cars ticketed. The new software also has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities and can upload tickets immediately. Gary Graham, director of the Ofﬁce of Parking, Trafﬁc and Transportation, said the new equipment was necessary because the previous equipment was 14 years old and the department could no longer ﬁnd parts or make repairs to the system or handhelds. “We were concerned if the system crashed or handhelds were in need of repair, we wouldn’t be able to do the enforcement part of the job,” Graham said. Graham said the upgrade cost $90,000 to $100,000, and each handheld cost around $3,500. The upgrade costs were the TICKETS, see page 5
Chancellor: Tuition increases in best interest of students
As money from increased tuition will help bridge the budget gap, the University will be able to Riots and incivility, metaphori- offer adequate classes and sections, cally speaking, have broken out be- leading to a quicker graduation for most students. cause of recent increases “If we have to in tuition. take the kind of cuts And while the UniWho pays we have to face, even versity’s tuition is set to for higher ed? at 10 percent, and we steadily increase, ChanAn in-depth look have to remove seccellor Michael Martin at budget cuts tions and options, says it is in the student across the country you may be here anbody’s best interest. Final Part other year to get your “If it comes down to degree,” Martin said. it, it is in the best interest “And another year of LSU to pay more either through tuition or fees,” Mar- cost you two ways: the cost of betin said. “I believe if you pay more ing here and the cost of not having now, it is going to cost you less in a job.” Martin also argued increased the long run.” Martin said the advantages of tuition would bolster the quality and reputation of the University, leading increasing tuition are two-fold. Xerxes A. Wilson
to better job prospects for graduates. “You don’t get to drive a Bentley for the price of a Taurus,” Martin said. “We believe we are giving a very high quality of education at LSU, and to diminish it would tax folks like you for the balance of your life.” In the past two years leading up to this school year, the University exercised legislatively granted authority to increase tuition by 5 percent. The University again crusaded the idea of further increasing tuition through the LA GRAD Act, which was approved in the legislative session. Ten-percent tuition increases for the next six years would see TUITION, see page 5
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Nation & World
Friday, Jan. 21, 2011
Australian flood crisis threatens third-largest city and rural towns
National zoo signs 5-year panda deal with China; pair to stay in US
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees to receive Bart Starr award
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rural towns in Australia’s southeast and the nation’s third largest city were on ﬂood watch Friday as rivers surged in a weeks-long ﬂood crisis that has created widespread devastation across the continent. Residents of Brisbane, the capital of northeast Queensland state which was devastated by ﬂooding last week, were sandbagging low-lying homes again as a high tide was expected on the main river that snakes through the city.
WASHINGTON (AP) — National Zoo and Chinese conservation ofﬁcials have signed a deal extending the stay of Washington’s two beloved pandas. The $2.75 million deal signed by the Smithsonian National Zoo and China Wildlife Conservation Association on Thursday at the zoo’s panda exhibit allows 12-yearold Mei Xiang and 13-year-old Tian Tian to stay until 2015. The pair arrived at the zoo in 2000. The deal was ﬁrst announced Wednesday. More than 120 busted by FBI in huge Northeast Mafia crackdown
US deports 26 Haitians in first such instance since earthquake in 2010
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees has been named the recipient of the 2011 Bart Starr Award. The award honors players who demonstrate good character in the home as well as leadership on their teams and in their communities. NFL players vote on the award when they vote on the Pro Bowl. Brees followed up his 2010 Super Bowl MVP performance by leading the Saints back to the playoffs this season. All the while, the quarterback maintained charitable causes that have donated millions of dollars to schools, athletic ﬁelds and facilities for cancer patients in New Orleans.
MIAMI (AP) — Immigration authorities repatriated 26 Haitians previously convicted of crimes on Thursday, plus another man who was acquitted in a 2007 terror plot, the ﬁrst such deportations since the Obama administration halted them following the devastating 2010 earthquake. The deportations were immediately criticized by members of the Haitian-American community and immigration advocates who say the Haitians will face dire conditions.
(AP) — There now are ﬁve applicants for the job of Baton Rouge police chief. The Advocate reports that two lieutenants in the department, Keith Lockett and Carl Keith Dunn, are the latest to submit their applications to the Baton Rouge Fire and Police Municipal Civil Service Board. Both Lockett and Dunn began their careers in the Police Department in 1983.
Wiretaps of Berlusconi’s racy parties capture Italians’ attention ROME (AP) — For gossip-loving Italians, it’s a feast. To others, it may be more than they ever wanted to know about their premier, Silvio Berlusconi, his purported sexual appetites and parties with topless girls — or, in one case, with a woman told to dress in a sexy nurse’s uniform. Italian newspapers are ﬁlled with embarrassing leaks of wiretaps ordered by Milan prosecutors as part of their prostitution probe targeting the 74-year-old Italian leader and his alleged encounters with a Moroccan teenager known as Ruby.
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities orchestrated one of the biggest Maﬁa takedowns in FBI history Thursday, charging 127 suspected mobsters and associates in the Northeast with murders, extortion and other crimes spanning decades. Past investigations have resulted in strategic strikes aimed at crippling individual crime families. This time, authorities used a shotgun approach, making scores of simultaneous arrests stemming from different mob investigations in New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island.
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Giant panda Tian Tian eats a snack at the National Zoo in Washington on Thursday.
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Friday, Jan. 21, 2011
Student Government starts revival of test bank on PAWS Andrea Gallo Staff Writer
Students will have the opportunity to peruse sample exams and questions submitted by professors as Student Government revitalizes its test bank on PAWS. SG Director of Academics Jeffrey Wale is compiling the bank by individually e-mailing University professors and asking for sample exams or questions. Wale has thus far contacted faculty in the colleges of Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, the Manship School of Mass Communication and the E.J. Ourso College of Business. “Our goal is to help as many students as we can,” Wale said. “The impact right now is thousands of students, which I think is tremendous. Even if we only have a few professors participate, I’m thankful.” But Academic Affairs Vice Provost T. Gilmour Reeve said the test bank plan lacks a detailed vision. “Before Student Government starts to propose processes, they need a clear statement of what is going to happen and why, and then they can proceed,” Reeve said. “It’s like writing the rules to a game.” Reeve said the decision for a professor to submit an exam must be weighed on a class-by-class basis. “You need to think about your own course and your students and
Caroline Robinson sports administration sophomore
‘Sometimes people don’t know what teachers are looking for.’
the pros and cons. It’s not an eitheror, yes-no-type decision,” he said. “You have to ask, ‘How many students do you have? What kind of students? How many courses? How many sections? Is that class taught by one or multiple professors?’” Reeve said he expects professors will be reluctant to submit materials because of the nature of the Internet and because courses and course objectives change, making old tests obsolete. Lance Ginn, business management freshman, said he understands professor reluctance and believes a test bank may cause more students to miss class. Though there is student support for the test bank, some students are concerned, as well. “I’d be wary because sample tests may be helpful to learn, but the level of difficulty on the actual exam may differ,” said Alexis Patin, accounting sophomore. History professor Karl Roider contributed to the test bank and said he puts sample exams with
Hannah Alley undeclared freshman
‘It gives a preview of what to expect, and ... a sneak peek of how tests are set up.’
essay questions on Moodle to assist younger students. “It’s mainly for first years. Freshmen don’t know how to approach and study for them,” Roider said. “I put them so students will know what it’s like.” Hannah Alley, undeclared freshman, agreed with Roider. “It gives a preview of what to expect, and it gives students a sneak peek of how tests are set up,” Alley said. The Department of Physics and Astronomy has a different take. Department chair Michael Cherry said he publishes sample exams because it makes students feel more comfortable, but he doesn’t think it’s helpful. “Physics requires students not memorizing acts, but understanding concepts,” Cherry said. “If the test bank is used as extra practice, then it’s great, but if it’s used to memorize, then it’s not a good tactic.” Cherry said he believes students who use sample exams instead of working homework
Alexis Patin accounting sophomore
‘I’d be wary because ... the level of difficulty on the actual exam may differ.’
problems struggle in class. “Time management and keeping up with homework are key,” Cherry said. “Publishing old tests doesn’t enforce that.” Caroline Robinson, sports
administration sophomore, said sample tests and pretests offered in her past classes have been helpful. “Sometimes people don’t know what teachers are looking for,” Robinson said. The test bank was initiated in 1994 and last updated in 2001, according to Wale. All old exams have been removed. The test bank is currently labeled as “Sample Test Database” under Student Services on PAWS.
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New ‘W’ policy extends drop date Celeste Ansley Staff Writer
Faculty Senate passed a resolution Thursday to change the University’s “W” policy at its monthly meeting. The new policy allows students to drop a class without receiving a “W” up to the seventh class day, and the last day to add a class is now on the eighth class day. The current policy allows students to drop classes on or before the sixth class day and add classes up to the eighth class day. Student Government Senate passed a resolution Sept. 29 to extend the “W” policy by two days. Faculty Senate’s Admissions, Standards and Honors Committee rejected the SG resolution during the fall semester, but the two sides made a compromise to have the policy extended by only one day. The Faculty Senate passed the new resolution Thursday with one opposing vote. “This is a policy students really do want and care about,” said SG Vice President Dani Borel. Jeffrey Wale, SG director of academics, said many faculty members use the first class day to go over syllabi and don’t get into course material until the second class day. Under the current policy,
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LSU System President John Lombardi discusses budget cut predictions for the next legislative session Thursday afternoon at the Faculty Senate meeting.
students taking classes on Tuesday and Thursday only have one class day to get a feel for the class, Wale said. Wale said passing the resolution is the first step in making the change, and details must still be worked out with the Registrar’s Office. “We do see a lot of students adding classes on the seventh and eighth class days,” said Robert Doolos, University registrar. The final decision for changing the withdrawal policy belongs to the Provost’s Office. LSU System President John Lombardi spoke at the meeting to answer questions from senators on budget cut topics like fee increases,
budget proposals and TOPS. “The first good news is that it does not appear the budget will be as catastrophic,” Lombardi said. Lombardi said his best guess is the budget presented to the Legislature will feature less than a 10-percent cut to higher education. Faculty Senate also discussed issues like guidelines for interruptions to the calendar year, admission requirements to the University and faculty members’ right to assign student grades.
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Fate of more than 72 library databases depends on Gov. Jindal’s budget Morgan Searles Contributing Writer
Librarians, students and professors alike wait in limbo to hear if the Louisiana Board of Regents will refurbish funding for university library databases in the state. LOUIS, the Louisiana Library Network, has received the majority of its monetary support from the Board of Regents since 1995 but lost that support in September 2010 because of budget issues. Now Louisiana universities are waiting for the governor’s budget to be released. If the Board of Regents is budgeted enough money, it may be able to refurbish funds for LOUIS, said Sara Zimmerman, LOUIS executive director. “In the meantime, we are preparing to talk to state-elected officials and Regents themselves to see if we can become more of a priority,” Zimmerman said. “We will fight for funding, but we will give the board a chance to see if they will reinstate funding before we go directly to [the] Legislature.” The University has lost six of its 72 electronic databases. These include WebFeat/360 Search, SPORTDiscus, Oxford English Dictionary Online, CQ Global Researcher, WorldBook Online and International Political Science Abstracts (IPSA), according to the University library website. LOUIS member libraries are funding the remaining databases until July 2011, Zimmerman said.
“When the Regents in July 2010 eliminated all funding, LOUIS was going to have to cut every database,” she said. “But the libraries managed to cover almost everything. Your library funded all of this through June 2011, but we do not have funding for July.” If LOUIS funding is not refurbished, the University will have to pay for databases that need to stay, Zimmerman said. “These resources have to be here,” Zimmerman said. “They support accreditation, research and teaching in the classroom. Universities will have to figure out which ones they need to have and buy those, which will cost them more than if they continued to buy it as a consortium.” The six unrenewed databases caught the attention of library users last semester, said Faye Phillips, associate dean of libraries. “We had complaints at the first of the fall, but it dwindled off when people found other resources,” Phillips said. “But when the spring semester starts and people start doing research again, they will probably have more complaints.” Zimmerman said the libraries received many letters from faculty and students concerning the cut of certain databases. “I was surprised and enlightened so many students are aware of products and use them extensively,” she said. Losing more databases might change the nature of the library
instruction course offered by the University, said Michael Russo, instruction coordinator for the library. “The primary ones that we focus on in the course were saved,” Russo said. “But we had a meeting among the library instructors to discuss, ‘If we didn’t have databases to work with, could we accomplish the goals of the course without the databases?’ We have some ideas to fall back on, but it’s not the same.” Students and faculty have played a part in securing temporary funding in the past and should continue to work for a restored budget, Russo said. Contact Morgan Searles at email@example.com
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Taylor Parks, psychology freshman, looks through a container found at a geocaching spot on campus. The hobby has become inexpensive thanks to smartphone apps.
GEOCACHING, from page 1
unfamiliar to the sport — often branded as muggles. The worldwide game of hide-and-seek began on May 3, 2000, when the ﬁrst item, or cache, was hidden in Beavercreek, Ore., according to Geocaching.com. Geocachers use coordinates and clues to locate treasure. Many caches are small capsules with a log inside that can be signed, and others are slightly larger and contain items a ﬁnder can take and replace with something else. Geocaching may promote stealth and subtlety, but it has a strong presence on campus and in Louisiana. The Louisiana Geocaching website has 357 members who represent only a portion of the many hunters tracking down thousands of caches across the state. The Baton Rouge area alone hosts more than a thousand caches, and the University is home to many of them. Parks and her fellow cachers spend much of their free time on the hunt. “It’s free entertainment,” Parks said. Parks began geocaching when a friend downloaded the ofﬁcial iPhone application. Since then, she has found more than 30 caches in places as remote as the Tunica Hills forest in St. Francisville, and the free app has been her constant guide. Hunting with friends can add to the thrill, said Christian Bondy, mass communication freshman. She works with a group that signs logs as Team Diva Flare. Bondy and Parks, who often hunt together, said geocaching has also connected them to people around the country. They once discovered a cache in Louisiana left behind by a group from Kentucky. Geocaching began as an expensive hobby because of the high costs of early GPS devices, but it has become inexpensive in past years thanks to GPS capabilities
incorporated into the iPhone and other smartphones. The free app displays three caches nearest to a person’s location then acts as a guide to the cache selected, providing important information and hints along the way. “It gets you to the general area,” Parks said, explaining the app is not 100 percent accurate but still brings her close to a cache. The inaccuracy of cell phone GPS systems should not discourage geocaching newcomers, said Ken White, associate theatre professor, who has been an avid cacher for more than ﬁve years. He said many of his fellow cachers exclusively use an iPhone, but doing so requires practice. White began geocaching as he traveled the U.S. working in theater light design. Caches hidden by locals in the many places he would visit led him to interesting sites he would not have discovered otherwise. White has found 2,011 caches and hidden 51 of his own since he began. His thrill comes from ﬁnding his very own treasure, a cache that is hidden and unknown to those around it. “There’s something magical about geocaching,” he said. White warned, though, that geocaching can lose its luster when the secretive nature of the game is not respected. He said one danger of geocaching is an item being “muggled” or defaced by those ignorant of its purpose. White advised curious beginners to be sensitive and courteous as they begin hunting themselves.
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undergraduate tuition and fees steadily increase to nearly $8,000 annually for in-state students. Out-of-state tuition is projected to to reach more than $25,000 annually, assuming out-of-state fees are increased by 10 percent, as well. The passage of the LA GRAD Act allowed potential 10-percent increases for six years, or until the University reaches the Southern Regional Education Board average for tuition. As tuition increases nationwide, administrators say it is unlikely the University will close the more than 30-percent gap between its SREB peers in six years. Administrators reason students will not feel the sting of increased tuition because aid from TOPS covers the increases. As the legislative session approaches, the University administration is now seeking authority to increase tuition indeﬁnitely without legislative approval. As of 2009, the University tuition was the lowest among its peer institutions as designated by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Martin also said he supported abandoning the block schedule for tuition by charging more per credit hour when students take more than 12 hours in a semester.
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page 5 Although some students believe fewer appeals will be granted, Grasame price as the system purchased ham said he is not sure if the percentin 1997, Graham said. age will be reduced Mindy Le, by the new system. physical therapy “I don’t know junior, said the new if it will be much equipment was not different,” Graham necessary right said. “It remains to now. be seen.” “This is deﬁGraham said nitely not where the the new equipment money should’ve also has the capagone right now,” Le bility to upload the said. “It could have tickets to the server gone to education. immediately, inGary Graham It’s just parking.” stead of the current director, Graham said delayed process. the server is still Parking, Traffic and Transportation Steven Morbeing updated, and gan, history junior, some of the new updates aren’t in said the faster uploading is the best use yet. feature the new system offers. “So far, it’s been a smooth tran“I didn’t know I had gotten a sition,” Graham said. ticket until the end of the month,” Graham said the picture capabil- Morgan said. ity will help with ticket appeals. The Read a blog about the pictures will clarify the car’s license plate, where the car was parked and new ticket procedures at other problems the ofﬁce handles. lsureveille.com “The new system is good because I can see a lot of people getting Contact Celeste Ansley at away with appeals by saying it’s not their car,” said Brian Mackel, firstname.lastname@example.org ogy freshman. The ofﬁce receives between 2,100 and 2,200 appeals per year, 7:20 a.m., and around 75 percent of those are 8:20 a.m. granted, Graham said. Graham said many of the apNoon, peals are treated as warnings for 3:20 p.m. ﬁrst-time violations. “It will make it harder to get out 4:20 p.m., of tickets, but it’s the rules, and you 5:20 p.m. have to follow them,” Le said.
TICKETS, from page 1
‘We were concerned if the system crashed ... we wouldn’t be able to do the enforcement part of the job.’
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Friday, Jan. 21, 2011
Today in sports: Gymnastics home opener against No. 1 Florida at 7 p.m. in the PMAC
Friday, Jan. 21, 2011
Engle takes torch as Tigers’ leader Gymnast the only senior on 2011 roster Rob Landry Sports Contributor
Many people spend their entire lives in search of their true calling but never ﬁnd it. Others accidentally stumble upon their fate. But for LSU senior Sam Engle, she was drawn to her destiny from birth. Engle’s mother Sandy Holsaple was a collegiate gymnast for a year at the University of Montana and went on to coach gymnastics in Wyoming and
Steve Kragthorpe replaces Crowton Rowan Kavner and Michael Lambert Sports Writers
It took only a week for LSU to ﬁnd an heir apparent to much-maligned former offensive coordinator Gary Crowton. LSU announced Thursday evening it hired former Louisville and Tulsa coach Steve Kragthorpe to ﬁll the offensive coordinator vacancy. “This is a great opportunity to join the coaching staff for one of the top programs in college football and to compete in a league as strong and competitive as the [Southeastern Conference],” Kragthorpe said in a news release. LSU was No. 11 in the SEC in total offense with 341.3 yards per game last season. The Tigers ﬁnished fourth in the SEC in rushing offense with 185.7 yards per game but last in the SEC in passing offense with an average of 155.6 yards per game. Kragthorpe, 45, was one of many candidates for the seat that opened when Crowton stepped down and accepted the same position at Maryland. “Steve brings to our staff the type of experience necessary to develop quarterbacks,” LSU coach Les Miles said in a news release. “He’s an experienced play-caller who will bring a great deal of enthusiasm and energy to the staff.” Kragthorpe went 15-21 as head
Read a column about the new hire on page 8. KRAGTHORPE, see page 11
Texas, while also being a nation- gym, and she loved it.” ally rated gymnastics judge. In high school, Engle won From her earliest days, the the all-around at the Level 10 Plano, Texas, naJunior Olympic tive would spend National Meet in hours on end in 2005. Following the gym with her an injury in 2006, mother. she returned to “When she win the ﬂoor exwas born I was ercise title at the coaching in the meet in 2007. gym. And so She was rewhen she was a cruited by nearly baby I’d take her every major proSam Engle to the gym with gram and apLSU senior gymnast me, and I’d put peared ready to her in a little donut mat, and that commit to Missouri before takwas her area,” Holsaple said. ing a visit to LSU. The trip to “When she was old enough to Baton Rouge was Engle’s ﬁrst to climb out of that, she was all over the gym. She just grew up in the ENGLE, see page 11
‘I loved all the coaches ... and the team was awesome. I just fell in love with [LSU].’
LSU senior Sam Engle competes during floor exercises March 13, 2010, in a meet against Iowa in the PMAC. Engle is the only senior on the Tigers’ 2011 roster.
Barrett, LSU thrash Rebels Rachel Whittaker Sports Writer
LSU women’s basketball coach Van Chancellor had his players do something rather unusual to motivate them before LSU’s game against Ole Miss on Thursday night. They rowed in a boat on the ﬂoor. The message was simple, Chancellor said. Play as a team, even in the most dire circumstances. “I cut the lights out and put them in a boat like they were lost in the Gulf of Mexico, and they had to row and be together,” Chancellor said. “They had to get to land and get safe and be together. … I was doing anything for us to pull together and play together.” The strategy clearly paid off Thursday in the PMAC, as the Lady Tigers (13-7, 3-3) blasted Ole Miss (8-9, 1-4) in a 78-43 victory. It was the largest margin of victory ever for the Lady Tigers against Ole Miss in the PMAC. Ole Miss had its eyes on beating LSU for a record third-straight time, but LSU’s team effort offensively and defensively ensured that would not happen. Guard Jeanne Kenney tied her own freshman record with ﬁve 3-pointers, and junior forward LaSondra Barrett erupted for 17 points in the second half. She notched 19 total points in the contest. The Lady Tigers led by seven points at halftime, 29-22, and Barrett had only two points on free throws. But the effective shooting performances of Kenney (15 points) and sophomore guard Adrienne Webb (17 points) gave Barrett time to get in a groove offensively.
WIN, see page 11
‘In the first half I was just trying to read Ole Miss and just try to let the game come to me. ... In the second half, I was more aggressive.’ LaSondra Barrett LSU junior forward
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LSU junior forward LaSondra Barrett drives past a Rebel defender Thursday night during the Tigers’ win against Ole Miss in the PMAC. Barrett scored 19 points, leading the Tigers to a 78-43 victory.
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Friday, Jan. 21, 2011
FIRST AND GINN
New coordinator Kragthorpe’s success will depend on Miles Be careful what you wished for, LSU fans — it’s finally here. Steve Kragthorpe is taking the reins as LSU’s newest offensive coordinator. It’s a move many LSU fans have begged for as the offense plummeted in national rankings during the past three seasons. Whether former offensive coordinator Gary Crowton’s departure to Maryland was of his own choosing, it was the right move for both sides to end what had become an increasingly unsuccessful partnership. That being said, a small group of Tiger fans believes Crowton’s play-calling was handcuffed by LSU coach Les Miles in recent years.
If Miles does have his fingerprints on the offense, don’t expect the play calls that have infuriated fans in recent years to improve. Every short-side option will make Miles’ new sevenyear contract extension look Ryan Ginn like a prison Sports Blogger sentence. Kragthorpe, formerly the head coach at Louisville and Tulsa, has a reputation for succeeding with quarterbacks. Despite struggling to a 6-6 season in his first season at Louisville, he helped Brian Brohm command
one of the top-10 passing and scoring offenses in the country. Prior to his head coaching stints, he helped re-establish Drew Bledsoe as an NFL starter and Pro Bowl selection with the Buffalo Bills in 2002. The offensive mess awaiting him in Baton Rouge might require his best work yet. Kragthorpe inherits an offense that managed just 10 passing touchdowns compared to 11 interceptions in 2010. Rising senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson managed just a 114.7 passer rating, ranking 100th out of 116. Jefferson fended off fellow quarterback Jarrett Lee to keep the starting job in each of the past two seasons.
LSU faces Ole Miss on Saturday Michael Lambert Sports Writer
Inspiration to beat Ole Miss will be staring the LSU men’s basketball team in the face Saturday afternoon. Members of LSU’s 1981 and 1986 Final Four teams will be honored during halftime of the Tigers’ tilt at 12:45 p.m. against the Rebels, celebrating the 30th and 25th anniversaries of the prestigious seasons, respectively. Those teams, in addition to the 1953 and 2006 Final Four squads, finished a combined 7-1 when playing the Rebels. “The fact that they are honoring the Final Four teams at halftime, we could take that as motivation to step our game up,” said freshman guard Matt Derenbecker. “Those guys worked so hard, and that’s what we need to do. We need to start working our tails off to get in the position they were.” LSU (10-8, 2-1) can earn its third Southeastern Conference win, one more than its total from last season, by defeating the struggling Rebels (12-7, 0-4). Rudy Macklin, a forward
for the 1981 Final Four team and one of the players being honored Saturday, sees the matchup as a chance to continue making a push in the SEC West. “This team has a great chance to win the [SEC] West,” Macklin said. “Winning this Saturday will be a big boost, and I believe they can do it.” The Tigers are tied with Mississippi State for second place in the SEC West, even after being pounded by Kentucky, 82-44, in Rupp Arena last Saturday. The biggest obstacle for the Tigers’ defense Saturday will be limiting Ole Miss senior guard Chris Warren, the fourth-highest scoring player in the SEC with 18.3 points a game. “He can control the game by himself,” said LSU coach Trent Johnson. “We have to make him work for everything he gets. Chris is, without question, one of the better players in our league.” LSU’s own Warren, junior forward Storm Warren, is once again listed as probable. Storm’s minutes have increased every game since missing the Virginia game with tendonitis in his right Achilles.
“He hasn’t practiced,” Johnson said. “He’ll probably be like this all year long.” LSU will continue to be without its leading scorer, freshman guard Ralston Turner. Johnson said Turner will not play in the Ole Miss game, but he’s continuing to make progress after missing the past three games with a stress reaction in his right foot. “He’s better,” Johnson said. “If you ask him, he’ll probably think he can play tonight, but we’ll treat it day by day.” Junior forward Garrett Green will get his third start of the season Saturday after coming off the bench and scoring in double digits the past four games. Green will be joined by junior forward Malcolm White in the frontcourt. Saturday’s game will be White’s first opportunity to square up against his former teammates. The Baton Rouge native transferred to LSU from Ole Miss in 2009. Contact Michael Lambert at email@example.com
With highly touted sophomore quarterback Zach Mettenberger now enrolled at LSU, it will be interesting to see if Jefferson’s three-touchdown explosion in the Cotton Bowl will be enough to earn the starting spot when the Tigers open their 2011 season against Oregon. All quarterback uncertainty aside, if Kragthorpe is allowed to run the pro-style offense that has come to define him, there will be no room for excuses. LSU’s offense is unquestionably more talented than any of the units he coached at Texas A&M, Tulsa or Louisville. He will also have a pro-style quarterback who played in the NJCAA title game in December.
In reality, it will be hard for Kragthorpe to fail, at least initially. Worsening an offense that finished 107th out of 120 teams in passing offense is a nearly impossible task. Just how far the offense improves from that disaster might be a measure of how much freedom Miles gives his new coordinator. If Kragthorpe’s play-calling leash is a tight one, prepare for a long seven years. Follow Ryan Ginn on Twitter @TDR_Ginn. Contact Ryan Ginn at firstname.lastname@example.org
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No. 24 LSU to host No. 1 Florida in home opener Rowan Kavner Sports Writer
Many teams schedule home openers against inferior squads to get an easy win to start the season. That won’t be the case for the No. 24 LSU gymnastics team (0-2, 0-1), which welcomes No. 1 Florida (2-0, 1-0) to the PMAC in tonight’s priority point meet. The Gators glided through their ﬁrst two meets, posting scores of 196.925 and 196.775 in two wins. The same luck hasn’t graced the Tigers, whose scores of 193.350 and 194.500 in two road losses this season have hardly dazzled. The only time the Tigers posted a score under 195 last season was in their opening meet.
LSU coach D-D Breaux said it’s more important for the Tigers to focus on rebounding from two subpar scores and gaining consistency rather than focus on playing the No. 1 team in the nation. “We ﬁgure we’re at the bottom of the hill, and we’re going to carry our ﬂag to the top,” Breaux said. Junior Ashley Lee said it’s difﬁcult not to think about the early season losses with all the work the Tigers put in at practice, especially during two-a-days. “It is frustrating to give it all you have and then not come out with the win,” she said. “But like D-D always says, it’s not how you start, it’s how you ﬁnish.” Lee said LSU should beneﬁt from playing at home for the ﬁrst time.
The Tigers won every home meet last season but haven’t had much luck in recent years against the Gators. LSU has lost three of its last four regular season meets against Florida. “When you’re away, you have all those opposing fans,” Lee said. “Sometimes they can be pretty mean and boo you or clap when you fall. When you have your fans there cheering for you, it just makes it so much easier.” Getting healthy can’t hurt LSU’s chances tonight. Senior Sam Engle missed last weekend’s meet with an ankle injury and is questionable against Florida. “Of course it would help us if she was in the lineup, but if she’s not, it gives us an opportunity to make some lemonade out of a
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The big man has shown his The Hornets knew what to expect from Chris Paul and Da- versatility during fast breaks, too. In fact, his bounce pass asvid West heading into the season. The questions surrounding sist to former LSU standout Marcus Thornton on the team (outside of how the team SCHWEHMMING Wednesday night helped get the would respond AROUND Hornets an overto a new coach) ANDY SCHWEHM time win against dealt with the Sports Columnist Memphis. production the That victory team would get from the other starters and the was the sixth time this season the Hornets clawed back from doubench. Well, the new year has ble digits down to get a win. And, though it sounds cliché, brought a lot of joy and production from those question marks, it was a total team effort. In fact, as the Hornets have won eight of this entire season has been made their last 10 and have the second- possible by the bench and the longest active winning streak in role players. New Orleans doesn’t have the NBA (six games). For the Hornets to have any anyone with a +/- in the top 25 of push past the ﬁrst round of the the NBA. This is a telling statisplayoffs, the team will have to tic in the league that shows how continue to ﬁnd success from many more points a team scores than gives up when a certain more than just West and Paul. New Orleans now stands at player or group of players is on 27-16 and sixth in the Western the court at one time. One would think not having Conference after coming close to pushing a .500 record toward the a player (or group of players) in the top 20 would be a negative, end of 2010. That resurgence is mostly but that isn’t necessarily true. In thanks to the play of center Eme- the Hornets’ case, it means the ka Okafor, who has been brilliant entire team is playing well and winning together, not just one, throughout the season. Okafor is only averaging two or three players carrying the 11.2 points per game this year, load. This is good news for the but he has been eating up the boards, averaging 10.3 rebounds starters, who are getting time to per game, good enough for No. 7 rest in the long NBA season. But for the Hornets to continue their in the NBA. He tied a franchise record success, they will have to ﬁnd Monday against Toronto with 12 ways to win on the road. Let’s face it, New Oroffensive rebounds and ﬁnished the game with 16 total rebounds. leans will be a ﬁve seed at best,
meaning they will be on the road for most of the playoffs. Hornets fans know the team can win at home. In fact, the Bees, despite their attendance woes, have the third best Western Conference home record (17-5). The Hornets have a 10-11 road record, by far the worst of any of the top six seeds in either conference. It’s been a Jekylland-Hyde season for the Hornets when it comes to home and away games. The good news lately is Dr. Jekyll has been showing up on the road, as the Hornets have won ﬁve of their last six, including victories over Boston, Houston and Denver, all potential playoff teams. Their only road loss in the six-game stretch was a 101-97 nail-biter against the defending NBA Champion, the Los Angeles Lakers. Should the Bees be able to continue to push that road record over the .500 mark, it could greatly help come playoff time. In order for that to happen, the Hornets will have to continue to get production from their bench and stay healthy. If the stars all align, this Hornets team could be the surprise of the playoffs. Andy Schwehm is a 21-year-old English and psychology senior from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_ASchwehm. Contact Andy Schwehm at email@example.com
lemon,” Breaux said. “If she can’t go in, somebody else has to go in, and they’ll get better because of it.” LSU scored more than a point higher in its second meet than it did in its opener against then-No. 8 Oregon State. The Tigers lost by only .225 points last weekend at Auburn. Sophomore Ericka Garcia said as long as LSU’s score keeps
trending upward, the opposition doesn’t matter. She said getting nervous about playing the nation’s best can only make matters worse. “We have to be more conﬁdent, and we are going to get there,” she said. “Every single week we’re going to get better and better.” Contact Rowan Kavner at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Louisiana despite living in Texas since she was 3 years. “I came on campus, and I just loved it,” Engle said.“I loved all the coaches, the campus is beautiful, and the team was awesome. I just fell in love with it.” Engle arrived on campus and made an immediate impact. As a freshman, she competed on the balance beam and floor exercise in all but one meet. She also set her career high on the floor in 2008 when she scored a 9.900 against Washington. Engle made an splash on the national stage last season, garnering ‘[Engle is] Second Team a really All-American honors on the great uneven bars. person She also set a career high and a on the bars really great during the leader on 2010 season a 9.950 the team.’ with against Texas Paige Cipolloni Woman’s and Engle’s roommate a 9.925 on the balance beam against Centenary. After coming to LSU as part of a four-person signing class, injuries forced fellow gymnasts Nikki Lyons and Staci Schwitkis to hang up their leotards for good. Injuries also prematurely ended Paige Cipolloni’s days of competition, but she has remained a part of the program by taking on a managerial role. Those injuries have left Engle as the lone senior on the Tigers’ 2011 roster. “She’s done a phenomenal job being the only senior with a huge group of underclassmen,” said junior Ashley Lee. “She has some big shoes to fill with the four seniors last year who left. She’s done a really good job, and she’s been leading by example.” Last year’s seniors — Sabrina Franceschelli, Summer Hubbard, Susan Jackson and Kayla Rogers — have left her a tough act to follow. Engle, however, was not fazed but thankful for the example left by her predecessors. “They showed me how to act,” said Engle, who is an only child. “Susan was very influential to me. … I loved watching her. She was always calm, never worried about anything. Summer was always very peppy. Sabrina was consistent, and Kayla you could go to for anything.” While Engle may not always be the most vocal team member, her endearing personality has won her the hearts of all who spend time with her. “I love her,” said Cipolloni, Engle’s roommate. “She’s my best friend. She will be my best friend, my maid of honor in my wedding. She’s a really great person and a really great leader on the team.”
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coach at Louisville from 2007 to 2009. He had also coached at Tulsa from 2003 to 2006, where he finished 29-22. Tulsa was a combined 2-21 in 2001 and 2002 prior to Kragthorpe’s arrival. After leaving Louisville in November 2009, Kragthorpe took the wide receivers job at Texas A&M but left the post, citing family-health reasons. In addition to the two head coaching jobs, Kragthorpe also worked two seasons in the NFL from 2001 to 2002 as the Buffalo Bills’ quarterbacks coach. Former NFL and college assistant Scott Loeffler and Louisville offensive coordinator Mike Sanford had also reportedly interviewed with Miles for the job.
Loeffler served as quarterbacks coach at Michigan from 2002 to 2007 before taking the same position for the Detroit Lions in 2008. He was most recently the quarterbacks coach at Florida for two seasons. Sanford had experience in the NFL as the Chargers’ wide receivers coach from 1999 to 2001 and went 15-43 as UNLV’s head coach from 2005 to 2009. TCU co-offensive coordinator Justin Fuente was also reportedly in the mix, though it is unclear if LSU actually met with him. The Horned Frogs ranked No. 12 in the nation in total offense with 476.8 yards per game last season.
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“In the first half I was just trying to read Ole Miss and just try to let the game come to me,” Barrett said. “When you have Jeanne Kenney and Adrienne Webb shooting the ball like they were, there was no point for me to try to get out. In the second half, I was more aggressive.” LSU went on runs of 20-2 and 27-4 in the second half, and Ole Miss attempted only one free throw, which was missed by Rebels forward Pa’Sonna Hope. LSU committed just four fouls, and they shot 16-of-19 from the line themselves, with Barrett leading the way at 8-of-9 from the charity stripe. “We’ve been telling our team that you just can’t win unless you
quit fouling,” Chancellor said. “I’ve probably coached in 2,000 games, and I don’t believe I’ve seen where we’ve only committed four fouls.” Ole Miss coach Renee Ladner, who played at Ole Miss in the early 1980s under Chancellor, said LSU simply exploited all the Rebels’ weaknesses. “Our effort was very poor in the second half,” Ladner said. “They played a sagging man defense tonight, and we prepared for it all week, but we really let it affect us tonight.”
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As usual, the Opinion section of our website, lsureveille.com, has been absolutely buzzing with reader comments. Check it out today, and let your voice be heard. Regarding Andrew Robertson’s column, “Coming out of the atheist closet isn’t easy in the Bible Belt,” readers had this to say: “‘Atheist often claim that faith is being pushed on you, but isn’t that the same thing that you are pushing?’ No, it is not. When I am at work, I do not give my co-workers a hard time for loving Jesus.
Yet I have to endure comments such as ‘What, do YOU HATE JESUS?’ and the ensuing conversation. My co-workers do not have to listen to ‘God is Dead, There Is No Afterlife’ (or whatever Atheist music there might be) on the radio. I *DO* have to listen to ‘Lead me To The Light’ and a ton of other Christian songs on the music playlist at work. My family did not have to reject God at my father’s funeral. I was forced to participate, however, in a function that was more about trying to convert those attending to a particular brand of Christianity than about celebrating what was the life of my father.
So shut the hell up about ‘isn’t it the same’ you have no clue.” -Alvin B. “I find some of the article very true in my own experience. I tried very hard to be a Christian and go to church, teach Sunday School, even teach Bible Study. It was through that experience I came to question and even reject the very things I was teaching. I live in Texas, all my friends, family, and even many co-workers are Christians. When you consider a move to atheism you quickly realize that it is a decision that could cost you most of
your friends and even severely strain your family relationships. It can be quite lonely to come out as an atheist, which is probably why I haven’t done it and just kind of go through the motions of Church. I enjoyed your article.” -Anonymous “I don’t consider myself unlucky to not fall for blind faith. I consider myself lucky to have a very healthy skepticism and a desire to learn and educate myself. Having been raised to be religious but I educated myself out of it. I’ve been an atheist for going on 37 years now and haven’t looked back. However living in
Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 the bible belt and working in the medical field where I am constantly bumping up against conservative religious types, I keep it private. But to friends and family I’m open about it and even blog about it and other things while maintaining a minor sense of anonymity.” -NoSacredCow
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Journalists are lazy reseachers, animals die all the time Shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve, between 3,000 and 5,000 red-winged blackbirds and European starlings were found dead near the town of Beebe, Ark. The story catapulted Beebe into the national spotlight as reports of more animal die-offs surfaced, including nearly 100,000 black drum fish in Arkansas and about 500 more red-winged blackbirds near Pointe Coupee Paris in Louisiana. A slow news week saw dozens of reports of dead animals dropping from the sky or going belly up around the world. A user on the website aggregator Digg created an interactive map documenting the die-offs and invited people to draw their own conclusions about why so many animals were dying. Theories abounded, from toxic gases seeping from the New Madrid Fault Line to climate change to signs of the coming apocalypse. While the map provided links to major news sources reporting each event, only a handful of the reports could be characterized as massive die-offs. These reports included “dozens of blackbirds” in Kentucky, “dozens of fish” in Texas and “several manatees” in Florida. Several! People talk about political bias in the media, but bias toward laziness is often much more damaging. Reporters are more likely to accidentally slant a story because of their own laziness than they are from their political leanings. Within hours of a story breaking, storylines are formed,
and they grow to dominate the discourse. But political bias usually isn’t the culprit. The underlying cause is confirmation bias. Confirmation bias is basically an i n d i v i d u a l ’s tendency to Andrew Shockey seek out or interpret new Columnist information that reinforces previously held beliefs. We see this phenomenon every day when people on opposing sides of a debate like global warming only seek out information affirming their beliefs. Confirmation bias is a major problem in our political discourse, but it even extends to apolitical subjects. In a 24-hour news cycle, journalists are under pressure to find the most attention-grabbing news stories and publish them as quickly as possible. The easiest way to fill space right before a deadline is rehashing a story from another news source or actively searching out a similar one. The result is a rash of poorly researched conspiracy fodder rushed out to grab people’s attention before the next big story comes along. Most journalists probably didn’t realize how common these kinds of animal die-offs are. The U.S. Geological Survey actually keeps track of animal die-offs, with nearly 100 occurring in 2010, ranging from less than 10 geese in Kansas to about 10,000 eared grebe birds in Utah. By nature, people seek
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connections in everything. We tend to have problems accepting random events like these die-offs as coincidences, especially when the media portray them as so out of the ordinary. There is no reason to believe the same thing killed the blackbirds and the black fish, but because they happened around the same time nearby, we instantly connect them. In fact, the mystery of the event behind this whole craze was solved two weeks ago, but no one seemed to notice.
According to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the birds died as a result of a man firing several industrial-grade fireworks near a sleeping flock of blackbirds and starlings, which startled the birds into flight. Local residents reported hearing the birds crash into houses, trees and even the ground in their blind panic. Personally, I didn’t hear anything about the AGFC’s findings on any major news networks even though they were released just a
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few days after the event. I guess a logical and mundane explanation just doesn’t draw the same ratings as signs of the apocalypse. Andrew Shockey is a 20-year-old biological engineering sophomore from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_Ashockey.
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A BETTER PILL TO SWALLOW
Centrism makes issues in Middle East Misuse of antibiotics One hopes it’s common knowledge that the voice of a government is not necessarily the voice of its people, especially when the society in question is not a relatively free one. With religionists ﬁghting to keep a hand in politics, the Middle East is becoming the hardest place on Earth to voice concern with all the rampant extremism in the region. Regardless of the extreme actions of any country’s leader, though, moderates exist in every nation, however hushed their voices may be. The concern is not just the existence of moderate voices in the Middle East but the shamelessness with which these voices are silenced. A perfect example comes from Pakistan in the recent assassination of a governor advocating secularism. Gov. Salman Taseer was shot (26 times, reportedly) by his own bodyguard Jan. 4 for attempting to amend the nation’s blasphemy laws. According to the law he was opposing, anyone who insults Islam should be executed, and the newest victim of this theocratic law was a Christian mother whom a mob had recently and violently attempted to convert to Islam. In a series of petitions, public statements and tweets, Taseer made clear his fearless stance against extremism in Pakistan. Upon his assassination, a lawyer in Pakistan blogged, “The bastards have murdered the one honest man in the whole shameful lot of bigots, fascists and idiots. ... Today is
a most tragic day for Pakistan, for sanity and for humanity.” I cannot agree more, for the prospects of peace are foiled when centrism is seen as apostasy and apostasy as a death sentence. But again, this is not just about the voices of the moderates but Clayton Crockett the despicable pride behind Columnist the actions silencing them. For instance, when the treasonous bodyguard was brought to trial, his entrance into the courtroom saw him smiling as rose petals were tossed about him by supporters of his actions. Members of Taseer’s political party promptly ditched efforts to amend the blasphemy law after his death, and Asif Ali Zardari, the nation’s president and co-chairman of Taseer’s party, did not bother to attend the governor’s funeral, warranting U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s warning: “Societies that tolerate such actions end up being consumed by those actions.” Other pained cries for moderation and secularization are ﬁnding voice in Palestine through the newly formed youth organization Gaza Youth Breaks Out. After a local youth forum Sharek was forcibly closed in late November by Hamas and a number of its members were either beaten or incarcerated, a few students decided the time had come to construct the Gazan Youth’s Manifesto
for Change. In the manifesto, they voice frustration with Hamas, Israel, the U.S. and the United Nations. Their grievances are summarized well in the following excerpt: “We are sick and tired of living a shitty life, being kept in jail by Israel, beaten up by Hamas and completely ignored by the rest of the world.” Like Taseer, they say enough with “disturbed politics, fanatic politicians, religious bullshit.” In Taseer’s last interview, a student somewhat ironically asked him about the security measures he took, given his status as a progressive political pariah. He responded by explaining he does not ﬁnd security to be an issue and much prefers to roam freely. As an afterthought, he concluded by asking if someone did kill him, what would happen to Pakistan? Where would the news spread? I am proud to take part in spreading Taseer’s and the Gazan youth’s message, and I extol the efforts of all in the cradle of civilization hoping for a world free of theocratic barbarism and war. Clayton Crockett is a 19-year-old international studies and mass communication freshman from Lafayette. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_ccrockett.
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undermines the fight against many diseases
We’ve all had that moment when we temporarily become our own doctor. You have a cold or a sore throat, so you grab the antibiotics stored in your medicine cabinet conveniently left over from your last prescription. If your stash is depleted, a trip to the local antibiotic dispensary (aka health clinic) will reward you with an ample supply if you beg enough. Since the onset of mass production of penicillin in the 1940s, the industry of antibiotics has been a carefree one, with usage varying from household hand soap to barnyard animal feed. The application of a cream or the swallowing of a pill to cure ailments like gonorrhea or fullbody infection is nearly miraculous. Doubtlessly, without antibiotics, countless lives would have been lost to disease, both past and present. Unfortunately, our war on bacteria is causing collateral damage. Antibiotic resistance is denoted by a bacterium’s ability to withstand antibiotic treatment. Every time antibiotics are used, bacteria that already possess resistance become the “last man standing.” With no competition for food or space, resistant bacteria proliferate. These resistant strains are easily transferable from person to person. Resistance can then be passed from one bacterial generation to another or transfer laterally within the same generation. Most bacteria that have resistance are harmless to humans and are often beneficial. As a testament, microbes inhabiting our bodies outnumber our own cells nine to one. On the other hand, unchecked antibiotic use has enabled several life-threatening strains of bacteria, such as mycobacterium tuberculosis, to become completely resistant to every antibiotic in the physician’s stockpile. Other afflictions, such as staph infection, are becoming harder to treat as drugs become ineffective. The germs are fighting back and appear to be winning. In no way am I advocating the disuse of antibiotics. In treating many bacteria-borne illnesses, raising the percentage of bacterial resistance is an acceptable risk to save lives. Unfortunately, much of antibiotic use is not acceptable. The Scientific American reports that only 50 percent of antibiotics are used for human treatment and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that only
100 million of the 150 million prescriptions are truly necessary. Even more disconcerting, up to 80 percent of polled physicians recognize they have prescribed antibiotics against their professional judgment when demanded by Chris Freyder patients. Certain Columnist steps can be taken to end this recklessness. Antibiotics should only be used to treat illness rather than as growth supplements for plants and animals. Patients should complete their full course of treatment as prescribed. They should neither request antibiotics nor use left over medication for non-prescribed uses. Physicians should not yield to patients demands and, if possible, only target a small range of bacteria with their prescriptions. These precautions, coupled with the natural tendency of antibiotic-susceptible populations of bacteria to out-compete antibiotic-resistant populations, have the potential to veritably amend the problem of growing resistance. Blaming each other is pointless because finger-pointing never produces a solution. Therefore, our main goal as antibiotic users and distributors is to move forward and educate ourselves on the intended and unintended results of administering these drugs. The University community is a small yet important component in gaining control over the abuse of antibiotics, and such control begins at a micro level. Every student enrolled at the University — including around 150 to 200 future medical students, working with six of the University’s fulltime physicians and two nurse practitioners — has the opportunity to immensely impact the surrounding bacterial ecology. Rest assured, men and women across the world are fastidiously at work to present new solutions to the quandary of antibiotic resistance. Until a viable solution can be reached, we must play our part at an individual level to dodge the danger of impending medical disaster. Chris Freyder is a 21-year-old biological sciences junior from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_Cfreyder. Contact Chris Freyder at firstname.lastname@example.org
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EARN EXTRA MONEY Students needed ASAP. Earn up to $150 per day being a Mystery Shopper. No Experience Required. Call 1-888615-5245 THE CHIMES ON HIGHLAND Now hiring servers and hosts. Apply Mon Fri between 2 and 4. 225.383.1754 NEED RIDE TO AND FROM CAMPUS! Blind student seeks rides Monday; 7:30-10:30 AM, Tuesday and Thursday; 10:30-4:30 PM. $5 each way. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call. 225.644.8006 PT OR PERM ASSISTANT needed in small ofﬁce. Exc. computer skills, customer serv and, prev ofﬁce exp necessary. DJ NEEDED We are expanding and we need more DJ’s. No experience/ equipment needed. Will train. Have reliable transportation. 225.296.0123 ►►BARTENDING UP TO NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. TRAINING AVAILABLE. AGE 18+ OK 1-800-965-6520 ext127 STUDENTPAYOUTS. COM Paid Survey Takers Needed In Baton Rogue. 100% Free To Join! Click On Surveys. PLUCKERS WING BAR $9-$15/HR Now Hiring Delivery Drivers. Apply at 4225 Nicholson PHYSICAL THERAPY TECH PART TIME TECH NEEDED FOR LOCAL CLINIC. PLEASE FAX RESUME TO (225)383-5023 OR CALL TO SET UP INTERVIEW (225)383-5021. FITNESS ATTENDANTS - P/T Mornings/evenings/weekends; health & ﬁtness exp. Conduct ﬁtness assessments, member orientations, etc. Apply in person to: C. B. Pennington, Jr. YMCA, 15550 Old Hammond Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70815 (225) 272-9622 ask for Patti. P/T NANNY Provide childcare for middle school age child afternoons/ early evenings. Childcare exp. reqd. $9-$10/ hr 225.803.3372 SEEKING LICENSED MASSAGE THERA Rigsby Frederick Salon Gallery Spa is seeking a Licensed Massage Therapist. Many beneﬁts offered, including insurance, vacation and a ﬂexible schedule. Two years of experience is
preferred. Please contact Sarah Frederick at 225-769-7903 or email sarah@ rigsbysalon.com. 225.769.7903 CAMELOT CLUB DOWNTOWN COOKS - PREP & LINE Daytime and Nightime Private Club Environment Email resumes & inquiries to email@example.com
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in kitchen. Fresh paint throughout. $130,000 225.448.3194 MUST SELL ! Great condition - 95” sofa and 67” loveseat - eggplant chenille - orig. $6000 now just $450!! Call today!! 1 225.752.8982
RUNNER mornings mid-city 2-3 hrs/ day, 1-3 days/week. $9/hr plus mileage. acadian@Lafastservice.com
CONDO FOR SALE at the Gates at Brightside Apt D8...on LSU bus route...3 BR 2 Bath... NEW PAINT AND CARPET... $175,000...if interested, please call 504.347.3277
LEGAL ASSISTANT WANTED We have a position available for a responsible person to work full time. M-F 8:30-4:30 Duties involve answering phone, entering items on computer calendar, copying and ﬁling. 10.00 per hour. reply with resume please to firstname.lastname@example.org 225.752.595
S. GATES CONDO, EASY WALK, YRD Like new-2bd/2ba, condo, near s.gate, yard/pool $950,733-8306
SEEKING F/T ASST. MANAGER Local apartment complex is seeking a full time assistant manager. Experience is a major plus but not essential. Duties include collection of rent, leasing, and basic customer service. Email resumes to email@example.com or fax to (225) 924-9893. CAJUN CONSTRUCTORS, INC. Admin support needed for clerical and cpu duties. Part-time 24 hours per week $10/hour. Email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org subject pt student worker. Equal Opportunity Employer Drug Testing Mandatory MOCKLER BEVERAGE COMPANY Sign production & ﬁnishing. Part Time, Flexible Schedule, Fun Environment. Hard worker with attention to detail please apply in person and note this ad 11811 Reiger Rd. 70809
ENGLE REALTY’S LISTINGS: 872 Aster 3/2 1393sq $120K 568 Highland Creek 3/2.5 1738 sq $165K. 2150 Duncan 4/2.5 updated, 2763sq $210K. EngleRealEstate. com 225-937-4003 CONDO FOR SALE 2 BR/1Ba Approx 900 Sq Ft. Close to LSU, Downtown, Shopping. Washer/Dryer, Refrigerator remain. New tile counters
3BR 2BA CONDO FOR RENT Highlander Condominiums on Highland Rd. $1500/ month 225.978.5424 1-2 BR APTS near LSU, $450-$500 per month. Call Wang 225-278-6621 or 225.278.6622 CALL FOR MOVE IN SPECIAL 2BR. 4119 Burbank Drive between Walkons and Izzo’s. 445-0039. www. lsubr.com for pictures and ﬂoor plan. WALK TO CAMPUS 1Br on 3297 Ivanhoe $425 & 1Br on 3313 Iowa $450 for more info on both apts. call 225-766-0579 or 225-938-3999 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 SEXY APARTMENT! $450 CASH! Upgraded 2BR, 1.5 Bath. Hardwood ﬂoors, new appliances, CHEAP UTILITIES!!! $870/mo.incl. water. $450 cash at move-in. Avail. immediately. Ask for #265, tell them Rachel sent you. (225) 766-7380 UNIVERSITY HILLS Walk to LSU. 2BR/2B-BRs have separate bath, entry, carport, driveway, mail slot. Cypress cabinets & beams, new stainless appliances, granite countertops, w/ d, privacy
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Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 fence. $1,600 mo/$800 dep. 225.324.8993 Tiger Manor Condominiums. Accepting reservations now for Spring 2011 & Fall 2011! Brand new 1, 2, & 3 bedrooms available. Walk to class. Free Breakfast. Fitness Center. 3000 July St. 225-383-0143. www. tigermanor.com WALK TO CLASS! 1-2 BR, 1 Bath apartment in charming, remodeled historic building on E. State Street near Dalrymple. W/D, wood floors, granite countertops and new stainless steel appliances. $1050 to $1100/month. Includes water, DirectTV & wireless internet. 225.769.6244 Tiger Manor 2BR. 1Ba. Grd. Flr. W/D Newly Renovated, Gated, Security Cameras 225.622.1909 2BR/2BA With Loft $1500/mo The Gates at Brightside Gated Access/Tile & Hardwood Floors/Appliances/Washer & Dryer/ Assigned Parking/Pool 6 Month min lease, Lawn maintenance & Trash included in lease: $1500 per month, $1500 deposit required Credit approval/income verification. Available 1 Feb 2011. 401.575.8627 3 Bed 1.5 Bath House FOR RENT Like New! 2544 Iowa, Engle Realty, rentlsu.com 225-937-4003 2 Condo Rooms for Rent -LSU
3BR/2B CONDO near Tigerland. GATED/ POOL.; $450/ Mo+Util Each; W/ D;LSU BUS Line; Call Mike 504.463-2984. 504.451.0707 Ready for more space? 1100 sqft 2-br townhouse, $700. Big closets, fenced patio. Reserved parking, video security. Leave the car; walk to class. 757-8175. http://riverroadapartments.tripod.com Amazing Converted Loft Live in your own unique 1931 converted brick warehouse with loft 5 minutes from campus. Security, 6 ft jacuzzi bath, spiral staircase, modern kitchen, 30 ft ceilings. see at www. loudpop.com/ loft available March 15th 310.880.0828 310.880.0828 LSU TIGERLAND 1&2 br, Flat & T/H, W/F, Pool W/S pd, LSU Bus $450 - $595 225.615.8521 225.615.8521 225.615.8521 Walk To Campus 1Br, 2Br, and Townhomes. Starting as low as $325.00. www.lsuwestchimesplace. com 225.346.4789 SUBLEASE THE VENUE Private bedroom/ bath in 3 person unit. Rent, 1/3 utilities. Parents offering bonus to person who qualifies to take over lease January - July. email@example.com BRIGHTSIDE MANOR TOWNHOME LARGE 2 BR 1 1/2 B TH. IN 4PLEX OWNER- MANAGED. $750 767-3935 OR CELL 772-2429
For Rent 4 bedroom, 2 bath, with Washer & Dyer. Yard services provided. Fenced in yard. Call Today 225.928.9384 Chateau du Cour Tigerland Spacious 1&2 BR flats in gated small complex. Owner managed. $475-575 767-3935 or cell 772-2429 OLD GOODWOOD Landing 2BD/2BA, Fridge, W/D included. $1,050/month. Has wood & slate flooring with cozy fireplace & vaulted ceilings. In gated community by Whole Foods. 225.281.2320
Roommate Needed! 2 bedroom/1.5 bath condo Close to LSU $600 includes utilities Call for more info: 504.237.2756 Female Roomate Wanted Highland Creek Subdv 3br/2ba house $425.00, 1/3 util. kvf117@ bellsouth.net 504-458-2516 available now
page 15 Ladies, I’m looking for an atleast somewhat attractive woman with casual morals, low standards, and even lower self-esteem to hang out with at Bogie’s. Holla at me at TheJanderson@yahoo.com will you be... The pudding to my pop? The herp to my derp? The mad scientist to my evil genius? I’m looking for a goofy guy to waltz me into a stupor and swing me into a tizzy. Email at NoTime_MustDance@yahoo.com Serious people need not apply. Anime Nerd Seeks Soulmate I’m a guy looking for a gf whose intelligent and creative. If you like Code Geass, Kuroshitsuji, or Tales of Symphonia or have other Nerdish interests, that is good also. Being weird or eccentric is also a plus. Must be protestant Christian. Ninjaninjaninjaninja@hotmail.com Movie buddy 5’6” black haired brown eyed male student. seeking female movie lover to attend movies with. Must have good sense of humor and enjoy life. If interested: firstname.lastname@example.org Normal guy looking for a girl who enjoys playing Frisbee Golf and appreciates spending time outdoors. Bonus points for brains. If interested, email lsucetiger@ gmail.com
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