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UNO students take action against budget cuts, call for LSU to get involved in protests, demonstrations
Mobile restaurants gather for BR Food Truck Showcase, p. 9 Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010
‘Funeral’ for higher ed. starts at noon
Catherine Threlkeld Staff Writer
Editor’s note: This story contains language some may consider offensive. Matthew Albright Staff Writer
NEW ORLEANS — At the hillside amphitheater at the University of New Orleans on Wednesday, hundreds of students took action against budget cuts. On stage at UNO, local hip-hop artist Truth Universal performed in front of a backdrop of banners
reading “Jindal’s Helicopter Rides Cost More than My Education,” “Stop Cutting, Start Investing” and “Who Dat Fighting Against Budget Cuts? WE DAT!” Students ﬂocked to the ﬁeld Wednesday as part of the Block Party for Higher Education, an event hosted by the Save UNO Coalition and UNO’s Student Government. The event, publicized via Facebook, on-campus ﬂiers and posters and professor encouragement, was PROTEST, see page 15
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[Left] UNO interdisciplinary studies student Helen Larry, right, copies down phone numbers of legislators supplied at the booth manned by UNO urban studies graduate student Lauren Lastrapes, left, Wednesday at the Save UNO Block Party for Higher Education. [Right] Rapper Truth Universal performs at the protest.
Faculty Senate is holding a jazz funeral procession today at noon on the Parade Ground to raise awareness of proposed budget cuts. A news release from geography graduate student Ryan Orgera encourages attendants to wear funeral attire. “The jazz funeral procession draws on a sacred Louisiana tradition to celebrate the resilience and solidarity of the LSU community and commemorate what will be lost and its impact on students and on the future of Louisiana’s economy,” the release says. Proud Students, the LSU Graduate Student Association and LSUnited are co-sponsoring the event. A news release from Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope says the jazz funeral is meant to make sure the governor and legislators know the University is paying attention. “Our state has turned its back on publicly-funded higher education,” Cope said in the release. “If having educational opportunities for you or your children cut by 35 percent concerns you, if you think this is bad for the state’s economic development, if this affects you in any way directly or indirectly, you have only one option — make noise.” Contact Catherine Threlkeld at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alumnus teaches in Pakistani school Romero calls for LSU contribution Julian Tate Contributing Writer
Despite the Taliban’s restrictions on women’s education in Pakistan, a school tucked away in the hills ﬂanking the northern Pakistani village of Aliabad has pledged to provide young women with a safe environment to learn. University alumnus Christen
Romero discovered the academy while studying abroad and hopes to start a student initiative to help the remote institution. Shadow Girls Academy is a small school that consists of a guardhouse, a small library, two classrooms, a dining area, an administrative ofﬁce and four 12-person dorm rooms in the distant hills of northern Pakistan. “I want LSU to play a bigger role there,” Romero said. “We’re 30,000 people strong.” Romero would like University students to set up an organization to
fundraise and gather books to send to the academy, as he will not be able to return there once he begins graduate school. “Female education in Pakistan is under constant scrutiny from various conservative sectors of the population. Moreover, fathers are often afraid, unwilling or too poor to send their daughters to the centers of education in the larger, more dangerous cities,” the academy website reads. The Taliban took control of the area in early 2009 and issued an orPAKISTAN, see page 15
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LSU alumnus Christen Romero, left, teaches a class of girls at Shadow Girls Academy in Aliabad, Pakistan. Romero hopes LSU students will start a group to help the school.
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Iranian opposition lawyer on hunger strike while in prison
Naked Cowboy briefs New Yorkers on his presidential bid
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has gone on a hunger strike to protest her detention in solitary conﬁnement on suspicion of spreading propaganda against the ruling system, her husband said Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s “Naked Cowboy” is looking for some new exposure as a presidential candidate. Robert Burck is familiar to any Times Square tourist as the man standing in the heart of the “Crossroads of the World,” playing a guitar and wearing only tightywhiteys, boots and a cowboy hat. But he wore a suit and tie Wednesday as he announced his intention to run for president in 2012 as a member of the conservative tea party movement.
Surprise tiger born to supposedly infertile mother in Frankfurt zoo BERLIN (AP) — Surprise! A Sumatra tiger cub born to a mother previously thought to be infertile is in good health at the Frankfurt Zoo in Germany. Zoo Director Manfred Niekisch says the female cub was born weighing just over two pounds on Sept. 10 but has gained almost nine pounds from a steady milk diet. Niekisch said the zoo keepers dubbed the baby Daseep and have been raising her by hand after her mother rejected her at birth.
Four tornadoes tear across Northern Arizona, damage homes BELLEMONT, Ariz. (AP) — A rare swarm of tornadoes shoved semis off highways and destroyed homes in the pre-dawn darkness Wednesday, leaving startled residents wondering if they were in Arizona anymore or had woken Three and a half week-old female tiger cub Daseep is surrounded by photographers at the zoo of Frankfurt, central Germany, Wednesday.
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up in the twister-prone Midwest. After one tornado rumbled through Bellemont around 5:30 with wind speeds of up to 110 miles per hour, residents armed with ﬂashlights emerged from their homes to check on the damage. They found a house splintered, windows smashed, garage doors twisted, but no major injuries. Oregon woman pleads guilty to killing pregnant woman HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman obsessed with having a baby pleaded guilty Wednesday to the murder of a pregnant woman whose unborn child was cut from her abdomen after she was bludgeoned to death. Korena Roberts, 29, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Her plea means she won’t face trial and a possible death sentence.
Baton Rouge development returning hurricane GO Zone bonds
Judge postpones trial in Gulf oil spill cases to February
(AP) — A ﬁnancially troubled commercial and residential development in Baton Rouge has agreed to return $144 million in special hurricane recovery borrowing to the state. A lawyer for the Perkins Rowe development, Fred Chevalier, told the State Bond Commission on Tuesday that the Gulf Opportunity Zone bonds would be forfeited. GO Zone bonds are special low-interest, tax-free borrowing that Congress approved after hurricanes Katrina and Rita to spur post-storm economic rebuilding. The program ends at the end of the year and about $700 million in projects are competing for the remaining $230 million in bonds. Bond Commission director Whit Kling told The Advocate that the project has used about $5 million in bonds so far.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge agreed Wednesday to postpone a trial designed to assign percentages of fault to the companies sued over the massive Gulf oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier rescheduled the start of the trial for Feb. 27, 2012, about four months later than the original trial date.
ACLU investigates NOPD’s records on identification checks NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The ACLU of Louisiana says complaints from residents spurred a request for New Orleans Police Department records on a practice of stopping and getting identiﬁcation from people not accused of doing anything wrong. A news release Wednesday says the ACLU has been told that police stop people, ask for identiﬁcation, record it and let people go.
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Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010
Carman denied MSU provost job Sydni Dunn Staff Writer
College of Science Dean Kevin Carman failed in his bid to become Montana State University’s new provost, according to a report by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle in Bozeman, Mont. Carman was one of four finalists for the position and visited the MSU campus Sept. 15 and 16 to meet with students, faculty and administrators. He also conducted campus and community forums.
Carman told The Daily Chronicle he was “not out looking for jobs” other than the MSU position. When his application for LSU’s vice chancellor for research and economic development position was questioned, he announced that search had been suspended. The winning finalist was Martha Potvin, former dean of the college of arts and sciences and biology professor at the University of North Dakota, according to an MSU news release. Potvin will be the first
woman to permanently hold the position and will begin duties in January. “Dr. Potvin will be a wonderful addition to our university,” MSU President Waded Cruzado said in the Oct. 1 release. “Her background and qualifications make her an excellent fit for MSU.” Carman was unavailable for comment Wednesday.
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Admins told to prep for mid-year budget cuts
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Although there is no certainty of a cut, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Jane Cassidy said Wednesday the administration has already asked deans to prepare for a midyear cut of the same magnitude as last year’s — about 4 percent of each department’s budget. State agencies, including higher education, might take a $200 million mid-year cut if the government is forced to refill its “rainy day” fund, which was emptied to fill this year’s budget deficit. Baton Rouge native Bob Reid and former state Rep. Ron Gomez filed suit Monday in Baton Rouge district court, claiming legislators violated the state constitution by not refilling the “rainy day” fund. Jason Droddy, University director of external affairs, said the University is already preparing for a mid-year budget cut, and the additional loss from the lawsuit would make the cut even bigger. Cassidy said if the additional $200 million cut materializes, deans will be responsible for finding places for the money to be cut from. LSU System Spokesman Charles Zewe said the mid-year cuts will likely be boosted if the rainy-day funds have to be replenished. “It’s something that’s out of our hands,” Zewe said. “It certainly will affect us and all of the state government. It’s a matter of serious concern.” The LSU System is already projected to potentially cut $182 million without a mid-year cut. The University was originally projected to cut $62 million, but it is taking on an additional $2 million of the Pennington Biomedical Center’s cuts, bringing the LSUBaton Rouge cut to $64 million,
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Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at a press conference in April as the University prepared for the last mid-year budget cut. This year’s cuts could be of the same magnitude.
Zewe said. Meg Casper, Board of Regents spokeswoman, said the Board is anticipating the additional midyear cuts will effect higher education negatively. Casper said it is unclear if the lawsuit will be decided in time to affect mid-year cuts.
The Board of Regent’s plan for mid-year cuts is due to the legislature Oct. 27.
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Band formed when students moved in
Faculty Senate resolution
Students play music in Pentagon SG Senate challenges Celeste Ansley Staff Writer
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When they moved into the Pentagon residence halls this fall, the members of casual music group C4 didn’t know they would wind up jamming in the middle of the courtyard for other residents to enjoy. C4, named after the stack in Beauregard Hall where the ﬁrst three members met at the beginning of the semester, perform live music in the Pentagon courtyard. Austin Williams, mechanical engineering freshman and drummer, Dominick Dujuilio, civil engineering freshman and keyboardist, and Andrew Borniak, music freshman and bassist, met shortly after moving in and started playing music in the dorm rooms, Williams said. “[Dujuilio and Borniak] were just jamming one day, and I grabbed my drumsticks and started playing on stuff in their room,” Williams said. “We did that for a couple of nights until we decided to try going outside.” Dragging out chairs and blankets from their rooms, a small audience gathered to listen to the band play. After playing twice in the courtyard, the group added two more members — Bob Price, music freshman and saxophonist, and John Trufant, music freshman and guitarist. Williams said C4 played by improvisation only in the ﬁrst few sessions without any practice beforehand. “I would start a beat, and the rest of the guys would start playing, and everyone had a small solo,” he said. “But as we got more people and more instruments, they’ve been wanting to play actual songs like jazz or pretty much anything.” The band has received positive feedback for its music from both residents and the Department of Residential Life. It was asked to play for a ResLife event held in the Pentagon courtyard and often receives words of encouragement from fellow residents, Williams said. Jay High, ResLife communications manager, said having live music around residence halls is a step toward the environment they’re looking for. “We went to great lengths to establish a nice community for the Pentagon,” High said. “It’s a place where students feel like it’s their own area to hang out, bring
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Austin Williams, left, mechanical engineering freshman, and Andrew Borniak, right, music freshman, jam in the Pentagon courtyard Wednesday.
instruments and jam together.” Live music is a positive reﬂection on the residential colleges, and the only concern with musicians is ﬁnishing before the established quiet hours, High said. Williams said the band is courteous to residents who need to sleep or study. “Most people seem to like it when we play because it’s not obnoxiously loud and we’re always done by 10 [p.m.] when quiet hours start,” he said. Emily Guidry, art history freshman, said she enjoys the music most of the time. “Sometimes the music would bother me when I’m studying, but they usually don’t play very late. Overall, I appreciate what the band adds to the Pentagon community,” Guidry said. Williams said the Pentagon
community has had a big inﬂuence on the band’s formation. “It is a community. If it weren’t for the Pentagon, this wouldn’t have happened. We don’t have a lounge here, but I’d take a courtyard over a lounge any day,” Williams said. With the fall semester in full swing, C4 has had difﬁculty organizing time to play, but the members are talking about playing in the Greek Amphitheater one day after a few more jams in the courtyard, Williams said. “I’ll be walking around in The 5, and people will ask me, ‘When are you playing again?’ We love the support we get from the Pentagon community,” he said. Contact Morgan Searles at email@example.com
Student Government Senate’s resolution allowing students to wear any organization’s regalia at the main commencement ceremony will battle the Faculty Senate’s resolution in the Provost’s ofﬁce. SG Senate passed the resolution at Wednesday’s meeting, along with a resolution urging the dining halls to make nutritional information available to students. During the public input portion of the meeting, students voiced opinions about the Faculty Senate resolution that will go up against SG Senate’s resolution. SG Vice President Dani Borel warned the two resolutions will go head to head in Provost John Hamilton’s ofﬁce, and if the SG resolution isn’t solid and foolproof, it won’t hold up. The ﬁnal SG bill allows for all departmental honors. SG President J Hudson said the Faculty Senate executive council asked him to get student opinion on the banning of cords two weeks ago. He reported students’ negative opinions to the Faculty Senate on Wednesday and said the Faculty Senate had already decided on recommendations and could care less about students’ opinions. Hudson said the Faculty Senate passed regulations in 1992 banning beach balls and kegs from the commencement ceremony. The Faculty Senate put commencement cords on the same level as those items.
Hudson urged the SG Senate to give control of commencement to the students. “It’s our day — we are commemorating ourselves,” Hudson said. Kenneth Boothby, a petroleum engineering major, said students in organizations work toward goals in their organizations for four years. “I chose on my graduation day to wear something that represents who I am as a person,” Boothby said. Robert Ingram, a member of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, said graduation is a time to celebrate academics. Tau Beta Pi is the equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa, yet is left out of the Faculty Senate resolution. “In 20 years who cares if you wore your ropes to walk in and out of the PMAC?” Ingram said.
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LSU punt and kickoff return teams show passion, expertise Rachel Whittaker
Defensive end out for rest of season
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There is a unique group on the LSU football ﬁeld known as the “Wild Tigers.” It’s neither the offense nor the defense — it’s the special teams unit, and the return game in particular has made an impact for LSU this season. It’s impossible to ignore the production of junior cornerback Patrick Peterson, who is No. 3 in the nation and No. 1 in the Southeastern Conference with 23.6 yards per punt return (12 returns for 283 yards). Peterson has also scored twice by punt return he is tied for No. 1 in the country with two touchdowns through ﬁve games this season. LSU sophomore wide receiver Rueben Randle also returns punts for the Tigers (two returns for 10 yards), and junior cornerback Ron Brooks is involved in the kickoff return game (three for 87 yards). Sophomore cornerback Morris Claiborne and redshirt freshman safety Craig Loston also each have one kickoff return for 25 and 12 yards, respectively. Randle said one thing that distinguishes LSU’s special teams unit from others is its personnel. “We put all our best players on special teams, and that’s a key for us,” Randle said.
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Junior cornerback Patrick Peterson directs his players on the field Saturday during the Tigers’ 16-14 win against Tennessee in Tiger Stadium.
SPECIAL TEAMS, see page 8
So long, Sam Montgomery. The redshirt freshman defensive end will miss the remainder of the season with torn ligaments in his right knee, LSU football coach Les Miles said Wednesday. Montgomery, who had an MRI on Monday, suffered the injury in the ﬁrst quarter of last weekend’s game against the Tennessee Volunteers on a low block while rushing the passer. “It looks like it’s a very signiﬁcant knee surgery. We wouldn’t expect he will play until next fall,” Miles said. Montgomery had an instant impact on the defense in his ﬁrst ﬁve career games with the Tigers. He started all ﬁve games, registering 18 tackles and two sacks, and is tied for the team in tackles for a loss with six. The Greenwood, S.C., native is expected to have knee surgery to repair the ligaments, although Miles said no timetable is set. “Everybody misses Sam. I think we understand crisis and the injury,” Miles said. “Our team understands that you have to step by some of those distractions to play well.” Sophomores Lavar Edwards and Chancey Aghayere, along with redshirt freshman Barkevious Mingo, are the leading candidates to ﬁll MONTGOMERY, see page 8
Tigers’ 2011 recruiting class resembles small family LSU recruiter leads ‘The Fam’ Michael Lambert Sports Contributor
LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson has kept up the Tigers’ sterling reputation on the recruiting trail in his ﬁrst year on the job. The New Orleans native has nabbed a 17-member, top-5 ranked recruiting class for 2011, according to Rivals.com and ESPNU. But Wilson is not a recruiting coordinator in the eyes of the 17 high school seniors — they see him as a father. “He’s a great father to all of us,” said Anthony Johnson, a Scout.com ﬁve-star defensive
lineman from O. Perry Walker High School. “He’s the father ﬁgure I never had. He’s been there every step of the way since eighth grade.” Johnson and many of the other prospects from across the state in the 2011 recruiting class have become such a tight-knit group through the recruiting process they dubbed their group “The Fam.” The cream of LSU’s 2011 recruiting crop lead “The Fam” — Scout ﬁve-star offensive tackle La’el Collins, four-star running back Jeremy Hill, four-star wide receiver Jarvis Landry, three-star wide receiver Alonzo Lewis and Johnson, among others. “We call each other brothers,” Lewis said. “We’re that close.” “The Fam” began to form between the players’ sophomore and junior high school football seasons
when they attended camps at various colleges. “It started with all of the Junior Days and the small activities on campus,” Hill said. “We just started to build relationships.” This year’s class features a signiﬁcant amount of Louisiana talent. In-state recruits account for 71 percent (12 of 17) of the 2011 class compared to only 46 percent for the 2010 (13 of 28) and 2009 (11 of 24) classes. “We’re all hometown guys and want to represent for our state,” Johnson said. “The Fam” has kept in touch through high school football games on Friday nights and LSU games on Saturdays. “What’s so big about the game weekends is that the cornerstones FAMILY, see page 8
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From left, 2011 LSU commitments defensive end Anthony Johnson, offensive lineman Trai Turner, wide receiver Jarvis Landry, running backs Jeremy Hill and Terrance Magee and wide receiver Alonzo Lewis share a special bond.
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Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010
Florida game a turning point for LSU in recent years Gators upset LSU’s records in ‘08-09 Luke Johnson Sports Contributor
The 5-0 LSU football team will face a familiar quandary this Saturday in Gainesville, Fla. In each of the last two seasons, the Tigers’ campaign has been derailed in games against Florida. The Tigers were undefeated in both 2008 and 2009 before losing to Florida in both games by a combined score of 64-24. If history means anything, the LSU-Florida game this weekend should indicate what direction the Tigers’ season will take. “What we want to do is take one game at a time,” said LSU coach Les Miles. “I think that going on the road to Florida will be a great challenge to our team. This game is certainly a pivotal one, as are all [Southeastern Conference] games. Certainly the opportunity to hold serve and to win is what we are looking for.” The 2008 LSU squad struggled defensively the entire season under co-defensive coordinators Doug Mallory and Bradley Dale Peveto, and their flaws were exposed against Florida.
Florida routed then-No. 4 LSU, 51-21, setting the stage for a second-half slump for the Tigers, who stumbled to a 3-4 finish after the Florida game. Enter new defensive coordinator John Chavis, whose schemes try to take advantage of the Tigers’ athleticism on the defensive side of the ball. The Tigers got off to a 5-0 start in 2009 and were once again ranked No. 4 before kicking off a much-ballyhooed tilt against the then-No. 1 Gators. The LSU defense played true to form, but it was the offense’s turn to struggle, only posting 162 total offensive yards in a 13-3 loss. Once again, the Florida game marked a disappointing turning point for the LSU football team, as the team went 4-2 the rest of the season. This season is setting up the same way. While the Tigers are undefeated, they have failed to substantially put a game away against lesser opponents, leading some in the national media to speculate whether the Tigers are deserving of their No. 12 ranking in the Associated Press Top 25. The Tigers could put those questions to rest with a victory against No. 14 Florida on the Gators’ home turf. “The thing that we want our team to do is go on the road
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Then-sophomore quarterback Jordan Jefferson (9) runs the ball during the Tigers’ 13-3 loss to the Florida Gators last season. The Tigers travel to Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday.
and play just the way we play and eliminate the mistakes and turnovers,” Miles said. “If we make plays, just make the plays that we are capable of making, we will be very happy with the outcome.” Only a handful of key players on the team have played significant time against Florida in Gainesville. Senior linebacker Kelvin Sheppard was a member of the last LSU team to beat Florida — the 2007 national championship team – but that game was in Tiger Stadium. Sheppard also played in both the 2008 and 2009 games, but he isn’t concerned about history
UREC sports approaching playoffs Futsal draws more than 100 teams
Men’s Flag Football Power Rankings:
Mark Clements Sports Contributor
College football isn’t the only season in full swing. Activities at LSU University Recreation are as hot as ever with eight different leagues running, including 3-on-3 basketball, flag football, futsal, indoor volleyball and dodgeball leagues as well as tennis, racquetball and table tennis tournaments. Matt Katz, UREC graduate assistant of leagues and tournaments, said futsal, a new addition to the 2010 season, has been one of the hottest leagues, reeling in 100 teams. “Futsal has been incredible,” Katz said. “The first year with a new sport we had modest expectations. We never imagined 100 teams.” Katz said the only issues UREC has had with the soccer variation were some minor rule tweaks. “We had to make some rule adjustments mid-year ... nothing big, but some small things that have made a big difference,” Katz said. “We’ve gotten great feedback about it, and we’ve
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already had people asking to keep it for next year.” UREC decided at the end of last semester to increase the sport’s season by one game. Katz said the extensions have been a great improvement to the schedules. “People seem to be happy that we increased the amount of games everyone gets,” Katz said. “The extra game seems to be making a difference. The longer season makes it better.” With a longer season in place, more referees were called to oversee games. Katz said the student referees have done their job well despite having to work more hours. “Our officials are doing a great job, and we’ve gotten lot of positive feedback about our
officials,” Katz said. Overall, Katz said things are running smoothly at UREC. The staff is putting together the playoff brackets and preparing for the second half of the semester. “We’re pumped for the playoffs,” Katz said. “It should be fun. Overall, things are going great.” Flag football, on the other hand, has been a staple of UREC sports. With its high popularity, UREC staff members compiled a list of the strongest teams this year as they head into the final week of the regular season.
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repeating itself. “They’re a different team
now. They lost a lot of guys, so we have to watch film and prepare for the team we’re playing this year and not the team we played in past years,” Sheppard said. The trip to Gainesville will be the first significant road trip for many players on the young LSU squad. “We’ve got a lot of players traveling for the first time to a hostile place. Florida’s probably one of the closest places you’ll get to Death Valley,” said LSU sophomore receiver Russell Shepard. “This is going to be the best team we’ve played, and we recognize that.” Contact Luke Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010
Think pink: Support cancer awareness Mick Jagger wants the world painted black. For one month, I want it painted pink. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as I’m sure you are now aware. I’m also sure you know the stats: More than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, according to Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s website. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Athletic Department and the LSU soccer team are hosting a pink match for the second time in as many years. For the soccer team, the match really hits home, as former LSU goalkeeper Robyn DesOrmeaux died of cancer last year. “Almost all of us know someone who has been touched by breast cancer, so we’re happy to do our part,” said LSU soccer coach Brian Lee. “We want to do as much as possible with it, and we’re very excited because it was a great event last year.” It’s great to see the teams in pink and all the men, women and children in the stands donning their pink. Remember, real men do wear pink. T h e s e games, meets and matches do Andy Schwehm more than just money Sports Columnist raise (though that is a big part of it). They raise awareness for women to get screenings for early detection, and that’s what makes them so important. Soccer isn’t the only team that does this, though. Volleyball will have its pink match later this month, softball has one, and gymnastics has the biggest of the four every year with the Etta James Memorial Meet (named in honor of former LSU linebacker Bradie James’ mother). Daniel Nunes, marketing coordinator for the Athletic Department, said these meets cost little to put on, if anything at all, outside of advertising to get people to attend. But the thing is, these pink matches LSU hosts are in sports that have fairly low attendance rates, at least in comparison to other sports on campus. The reason for that is they are all hosted by female teams, which are traditionally less attended than their male counterparts. I’m not trying to be sexist in any way. So stop for a second before you judge. What I’m pointing out here is that no male sporting team on campus has a pink meet. In fact, Nunes said there has never even been a discussion about a male team hosting one. I understand part of the reason for that is females are more likely to attend a pink match than males. The thing is, breast cancer affects men too. You may be watching NFL games this month and noticing all of the players wearing some sort of pink on or around their uniforms. It’s not a fashion statement. The NFL devotes an entire month to breast cancer awareness. About 2,000 American men
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) hugs Carolina Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen (2) after the Saints’ 16-14 win in the Louisiana Superdome Sunday.
each year are diagnosed with breast cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute’s website. Although that is only 1 percent of the total number, it’s still a percent, and that’s what matters. So why don’t any of the major men’s teams around campus host a pink meet? “We just decided to keep with women’s sports because it gives people an opportunity to come out to these events and gives them a place to come out and support the team and the issue, as well,” Nunes said. And there is the issue of overkill. You don’t want to overdo the pink because then it may lose its meaning. I get that.
But it would be nice to see football or basketball or baseball get a pink game, and LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri told me he would be open to the idea of having one. So, Patrick Peterson, you want a marketing ploy to make another statement? Maybe you should wear pink while prancing into the end zone. Andy Schwehm is a 21-year-old psychology and English senior from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_Aschwehm. Contact Andy Schwehm at email@example.com
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page 8 “The issue is ... making sure the quarterbacks get the informain for Montgomery. tion and have somebody to visit Miles said there has been with immediately,” Miles said. discussion this week regarding a With Montgomery now out possible change in offensive co- for the year, freshman linebacker ordinator Gary Justin Maclin has Crowton’s locamoved to defention in the stadium. sive end to give He is normally in LSU more depth. the coaches’ box Miles would above the ﬁeld for not reveal whether games. the former four“We talked star recruit from about possibly beMemphis, Tenn., Les Miles ing on the ﬁeld for would actually see LSU football coach Coach Crowton ... the ﬁeld. and more for the “I’m not requarterbacks than anything,” Miles ally sure, to be honest with you,” said. “We’re still talking about it. Miles said. “I’ll review that tomorNothing’s been done ofﬁcially, and row with the defensive staff.” I’m not certain that will work.” Miles made clear there isn’t a communication issue with Crowton but added the move would beneﬁt junior quarterbacks Jordan Contact Sean Isabella at Jefferson and Jarrett Lee. firstname.lastname@example.org
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‘Everybody misses Sam. I think we understand crisis and the injury.’
SPECIAL TEAMS, from page 5 “A lot of teams don’t put starters on special teams, so they don’t get as much productivity as we do.” LSU is No. 4 in the nation and No. 2 in the SEC in punt return average with 21 yards per return (14 returns for 293 yards). In kickoff returns, the Tigers are No. 22 in the country and No. 4 in the SEC with an average of 25.2 yards per return (15 returns for 378 yards). Peterson’s electric performances are not all the special teams unit has to offer, special teams coach Joe Robinson said. “When you start talking about coverage, it is talent, but it’s also just desire,” Robinson said. “We’ve got some guys who run downﬁeld hard, use their speed and athleticism and have fun doing it. We call them the ‘Wild Tigers.’” Robinson said the punt return unit has a nickname of its own — “The Bandits.” “With the punts, it’s guys who spend a lot of time out there judging the ball,” Robinson said. “Punts tend to move around a lot on them and are tougher to catch because there is a lot of height on them.” Peterson is LSU’s major name on punt returns, and he is also a factor in kick returns with a 28.2 yard average (254 yards on nine returns). But Robinson said Randle is a newly uncovered weapon in the
return game. “I didn’t realize what a good returner Rueben was when he ﬁrst got here,” Robinson said. “He’s really worked hard and brings ball security.” Brooks has been returning punts and kicks since he was 5 years old, and he got the opportunity to return kicks with the Tigers. Brooks made a splash on special teams in the season opener against North Carolina, returning the secondhalf kickoff 50 yards to the UNC 45yard line. In the same game, Peterson broke the LSU record for combined return yards with 257. “My ﬁrst thought is I’m trying to see if it’s coming to me,” Brooks
FAMILY, from page 5 of the class can be in town every weekend,” said Shea Dixon, managing editor of TigerSportsDigest. com. “They make a point to get to pretty much every game.” The group’s bond is also tight away from the football ﬁeld. “We go out on the weekends too,” Hill said. “We play video games or go to the movies. We’re real close, not just because of football.” Hill, a local product out of Redemptorist High School in Baton Rouge, said he was swayed to commit to the Tigers because of Wilson, the ringleader of the 2011 recruiting class. Wilson, who also doubles as running backs coach, was hired in December from Tennessee after former recruiting coordinator Larry Porter left LSU for the head coaching job at Memphis. “He was one of the main said. “If not, then I’m going to make the block. If I know the ball is coming to me, my thing is trying to hit the seam as fast as I can and take it to the end zone.” Robinson agreed Brooks has been a welcome addition to the kickoff return game, and opposing teams are not necessarily safer kicking off to Brooks away from Peterson. “Ron has played the cross kick when they kick away from Patrick,” Robinson said. “We’re very fortunate because we can use Ron to block, and he’s very physical. He’s an explosive, tough, instinctive guy.” Contact Rachel Whittaker at email@example.com
Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010 reasons I committed to LSU,” Hill “His ability to have that rapsaid. “I was a little down when port with kids and be that fatherCoach Porter left, but when I heard ﬁgure type works really well,” Coach Wilson was hired, it lifted Dixon said. “He’s the guy that it all my spirits.” rotates around.” The impact Members of from Wilson has “The Fam” said been seen through they plan to keep the way the playtheir strong relaers have bonded tionships when with the St. Augusthey join the team tine High School in the spring or alumnus. summer. “Everybody “Teams from Alonzo Lewis loves him,” said other places have St. James High School Johnson, who is guys that haven’t wide receiver also a New Orspoken to each leans native. “If you want to be other, and it’s going to be awkward called ‘The Fam,’ you have to have for them,” Hill said. “We’ve been a great role model.” able to bond since we were freshThe charismatic coach men- men and sophomores. It will carry tored former St. Augustine, Ole on for the rest of our lives.” Miss and New England Patriots running back BenJarvus GreenEllis when he was the Rebels’ runContact Michael Lambert at ning backs coach from 2005 to firstname.lastname@example.org 2007.
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Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010
Meals on Wheels Baton Rouge Food Truck Showcase highlights growing mobile restaurant industry
School of Seven Bells to perform Monday
Chris Abshire Entertainment Writer
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[Top] The chef of Curbside Burgers passes a Brian Burger to a customer Wednesday at the Baton Rouge Food Truck Showcase. [Bottom] Ninja Snowballs and Taco de Paco cooks prepare for an onslaught of customers.
Fried alligator with poblano sal- is open late on Wednesday nights, sa, pulled pork sandwiches and fried salon employees and food truck vencatfish topped with crawfish etouffee dors decided to coordinate and host cream sauce are expected parts of the event there. Louisiana’s food “It’s amazNicholas Persac culture. ing Baton Rouge Contributing Writer But chefs prehas taken to the paring these meals Wednesday night food trucks so well,” McCumsey didn’t use five-star kitchens. They said. “There’s people of all ages served the cuisine from seven of the here. They appeal to a really diverse Capital City’s newest mobile restau- group.” rants during the first Baton Rouge Curbside Burgers, Go-Ya-Ya’s Food Truck Showcase. Crepes, Kickers BBQ, Latte e Miele “Food trucks aren’t just an Gelato, Ninja Snowballs, Taco de Austin or Baton Rouge thing,” said Paco and AllStar Catering all crowdRyan Vivan, an LSU Law alumnus ed under the Perkins Road overpass, who is originally from the Texas where more than 200 people formed capital, where scores of food trucks lines by 7 p.m. to sample the variety feed hungry patrons across the city. of vittles. “People will gravitate to good food, “It’s a very harmonious balwhich is why you see so many peo- ance between price and quality,” ple out here.” said Spencer Harbin, a history senior Hailee McCumsey, salon co- who ordered Korean barbecue from ordinator at 1966 on Perkins Road, Go-Ya-Ya’s Crepes. said several of the trucks often park FOOD, see page 11 at her business, and because the store
While Monday is usually the dread of any college student’s week, School of Seven Bells’ visit to the Spanish Moon on Monday night should offer a welcome diversion, despite the bands’ distinctly scholastic name. School of Seven Bells is a three-piece band comprising guitarist Benjamin Curtis and twin sisters and vocalists Alejandra and Claudia Deheza. The trio met while the members’ former bands — Secret Machines and On!Air!Library!, respectively — were touring with Interpol in 2007, before they decided to collaborate and form School of Seven Bells. The Brooklyn-based band has a sound that falls somewhere between lush shoegaze and classic dream pop. The band’s second album, “Disconnect from Desire,” was released in July and marks a different but familiar direction from the band’s 2008 debut record “Alpinisms.” “Windstorm,” the first track on “Disconnect,” is a clear indication of the band’s new direction, as a driving drum beat and clean pop soundscape complement the Deheza sisters’ vocal interplays. “When we felt [‘Windstorm’] coming together with such clarity, I think that’s when we felt a lot of the record was coming together,” Curtis said. According to Curtis, the album was recorded to be played in a live setting. TRIO, see page 10
BATON ROUGE COMMUNITY
Local programs mix art and alcohol for social opportunities Students get alternative to bars Cathryn Core Entertainment Writer
Baton Rouge has a cure for the same-old-weekend-regimen blues for less than the price of the typical college student’s bar tab. The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and Corks N Canvas offer creative opportunities for students 21 and older to hang with friends, get their drink on and simultaneously discover their
inner Picasso. Attendees of Happy Hour Art and Sip and Spin — put on by The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and Corks N Canvas — are encouraged to bring their own alcohol to enjoy while painting a canvas or working at a pottery wheel with the help of a qualified instructor. Robin McAndrew, University alumna and Community School for the Arts director, said she came up with the idea for the programs three years ago. “I thought people would enjoy socializing while they painted, so we formulated it so that people
come in groups,” McAndrew said. “They bring their own wine and hors d’oeurves, and we supply the artists and the supplies.” Sip and Spin and Happy Hour Art don’t have a typical stiff artenvironment setting, McAndrew said. “It has a different atmosphere as opposed to a classroom,” she said. “So it’s quite a bit more fun — and the liquor helps.” McAndrew said the Arts Council’s programs are “the real deal.” “Some programs have a basic ARTS COUNCIL, see page 10
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An instructor helps participants with paintings Wednesday at Corks N Canvas on Jefferson Highway. The event provides an opportunity to combine art and alcohol.
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Student spins dubstep tracks at Bogie’s on Tuesday nights Owner says event gaining popularity Andrew Price Entertainment Writer
Colored lights spin across the ceiling, and the bar shakes with the vibrations from the bass. Alone in front of the dance floor is DJ Marty McSuperfly, effortlessly spinning hip-hop, house and dubstep. McSuperfly, also known as finance senior Martin Dyer, is the disc jockey on Tuesday nights for Dub Night at Bogie’s Bar and Grill. Dubstep is a style of electronic music that emphasizes heavy
ARTS COUNCIL, from page 9
paint-by-number system or have a lot of the work already sketched out for you,” she said. “Our artist takes the time to walk through and talk to each student to make sure she presents the information in a way that everyone can understand.” McAndrew said the artists will make sure participants leave with a sense of pride. “You don’t have to have an ounce of art experience at all,” she said. “The point of class is to get together with a group of your friends, create something cool and learn a little bit about art in the
TRIO, from page 9
“We made the decision to write and record as we were touring, and so nearly every song is informed by the performance,” Curtis said. “We wanted to capture that kind of live energy, and we thought the best way was to make it as we played shows every night.” “Disconnect” contains songs featuring propulsive drum machines and a rhythm section that sets the band’s rougher edges squarely within a broader pop context. “There are some really strict synthesized moments in our music, but it’s never something that gets in the way of our instruments,” Curtis said. At times, School of Seven Bells feels like a throwback to late ’80s and early ’90s dream pop sounds, but the distinct rhythmic approach on “Disconnect” makes the band’s sound more of a modern update than a nostalgia trip through old electronic-based music. “It’s strange because some people say the record sounds more
synth bass lines and long percus“I got into the DJ software sive patterns. in the beginning of the summer. Dyer was first I was raised playintroduced to the ing drums and the genre in Austin, Fast facts about dubstep guitar, so I was Texas. familiar with mu“I had heard • Dubstep music originated in sic software, but of it before, but not DJ software,” London in the early 2000s there are a couple Dyer said. of spots that play •It shares characteristics with other After learnit a lot,” Dyer electronic genres like bass drops ing the tricks of said. “I think the •It’s characterized by heavy the trade, Dyer first night that I emphasis on bass and a half-time approached longwent it was some drum track time friend Aaron random guy spin- • It’s mostly instrumental, but “Mugsy” Saulning. I thought vocals are used occasionally nier, owner of it was amazing, Bogie’s Bar and seeing everyone Grill, about DJing dancing and having a good time.” at the bar. Shortly after hearing the mu“He loves music, and he’s sic in Austin, Dyer began learning open to any kind of music,” Dyer to play the music himself. said or Saulnier. “I pitched the
idea to him, and he ran with it.” Saulnier said he liked Dyer’s idea and gave him a shot. “I thought he had a pretty good idea, and that’s how this got started,” Saulnier said. Saulnier said he had not heard of dub or dubstep before hearing Dyer play the music. “I can barely turn up the radio at the bar,” Saulnier said. According to Saulnier, the crowd for Dub Night has been steadily growing. “It’s gaining from week to week. The more people see what he’s doing, the crowd keeps growing,” Saulnier said. “It’s a good thing he’s trying to get going.” Word is spreading around campus, and students who have never heard of dub are
experiencing it for the first time. International trade and finance senior Frankie Matto III said he had never heard of dubstep until he attended Dyer’s show one Tuesday. “I like the music, and if there’s a bunch of people then this could be a big hit,” Matto said. Dyer hopes Dub Night will continue to catch on. “Every time we’ve had it, there have been people there dancing and having a good time,” he said. “People can come to a place on Tuesdays and listen to dubstep.”
process.” The great thing about the arts council’s programs is it provides an alternative to normal weekend events, McAndrew said. “It’s something different as opposed to meeting at a bar. It’s something social, and it’s art,” she said. “Art is always good.” Sip and Spin, which follows the same premise as Happy Hour Art, lets attendees work with a pottery wheel, McAndrew said. “Instead of painting, we do clay,” she said. “So the group gathers here, and the artist introduces the potter’s wheel and basic hand-building skills, then they’ll learn how to experience throwing
pottery on the wheel.” Shelby Kiper, art and design junior and assistant and instructor at Corks N Canvas, said students always enjoy participating in the program. “We have a purple-and-gold fleur de lis, an eye of the tiger, we even have a Mike painting,” she said. “It’s a pretty neat thing for LSU students to get involved in. We even have guys come in with their beer or their whiskey and really get into it.” Kiper said working at Corks N Canvas is the best job she has ever had. “It’s fun to teach, it’s therapeutic and it’s a fun environment,”
she said. “As an art student, it’s nice to see the fun, less serious side of art.” Corks N Canvas gives participants their own creative license, Kiper said. “It’s inspiring in a way,” she said. “People come in really nervous and say things like, ‘I can’t draw a stick figure,’ and that’s the good thing. They’re never going to have to. We show them they really can do it.” Rod Parker, director of the LSU School of Art, said the programs are therapeutic, recreational art sessions. “Anything worth knowing takes a lifetime to accomplish,” he
said. “So, the three hours it takes to create a lifetime’s worth of work provides a very, very, very small view of the time it actually takes to understand art.” Parker said the programs have the potential to be both beneficial and detrimental to a person’s experience with art. “Something like that may spark an interest in the arts, but it also has the potential to make something serious seem trivial,” Parker said.
live and organic, but others say it feels more electronic,” Curtis noted. “I think it’s a huge compliment that people can hear our music both ways.” Curtis said the band has been pleased, but not surprised, by positive fan response in a live setting to the new material. “The live feedback has been good, but I think we knew it would be because we always played these songs live, and the songs were created to be played that way,” Curtis said. School of Seven Bells has received acclaim for its intense live shows, as words like “maelstrom” and “overwhelming” have been used to describe its stage presence. But Curtis said the band has no set formula for how it performs. “We don’t have too much of a preconception of what our live shows have to be like,” Curtis said. “Each show is different every night. We react to what we see and sometimes even surprise ourselves.” Despite the lack of a set plan, Curtis said the band does have
specific goals for each live show, including Monday night’s. “The goal is for the show to be really immersive, like you’re surrounded by the music,” Curtis said. “We want to make the crowd feel like they’ve been taken on a journey together, and next thing everybody knows, an hour has gone by.”
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MUSIC * MOVIES * BOOKS * TELEVISION
The Social Network
Cash Money Records
Bruno Mars’ debut album “DooWops and Hooligans” shines as a pop record with just the right touch of soul. Already a pop sensation for his work with B.o.B and Travis McCoy, Mars puts a unique spin on his pop sound. The album has a distinct ’60s feel, but songs like “Liquor Store Blues” and “The Other Side” show reggae and hip-hop influences, as well. Overall, “Doo-Wops and Hooligans” could have been more adventurous but is nevertheless a solid album from a talented artist.
“The Social Network,” a dramatic portrayal of the beginnings of Facebook, has catapulted to the top of worldwide box office rankings. The film, starring Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, follows the lawsuits Zuckerberg faced after being accused of stealing the idea for Facebook and kicking his CFO to the curb while simultaneously tracing the creation of the international sensation. The cinematography is intriguing, the acting is top notch, and the storyline couldn’t be more relevant.
Lil Wayne released the LP “I Am Not A Human Being” from jail this week. Wayne rocks out on the title track and delivers amazing rhymes on “Bill Gates.” Some collaborations would sound better without Wayne’s rap, like “With You,” featuring Drake. Other collaborations reinforce Wayne’s position at the top of the rap game, including “Right Above It,” because they show his versatility as a rapper. Additional noteworthy tracks to consider include “Popular,” “That Ain’t Me” and “Gonorrhea.”
Ben Folds and Nick Hornby
Jimmy Eat World Maximum Balloon Geffen Records
Songwriter Ben Folds and “High Fidelity” novelist Nick Hornby have joined forces to create a collaboration of the highest quality. With the wit of Hornby and the musical prowess of Folds, “Lonely Avenue” is a character-packed album that tells a story with every song. Hornby’s lyrics, which reflect his interest in pop culture, paired with Folds’ fancy and theatrical musical scores filled with piano, horns and an orchestra make for a collaboration that will move listeners from laughter to tears in seconds. Folds and Hornby hit this one out of the park.
With the release of its seventh full-length studio album, “Invented,” Jimmy Eat World has evolved from its teenage beginnings into mature musicians with a distinct handle on their craft. Each of the 12 tracks has an amazing sound that can only come from the careful consideration of talented artists. The album’s lead single, “My Best Theory,” is a powerful burst of energy rightly escalating in popularity. Tracks like “Mixtape” and “Cut,” though, set a more delicate tone for the album. Loyal fans of the band’s previous albums won’t be disappointed in the newest addition.
Acclaimed producer and TV on the Radio multi-instrumentalist Dave Sitek’s side project, Maximum Balloon, is a lighter take on his day band’s brooding urban rock. For a solo effort, Sitek surprisingly lays low, as guest vocalists including David Byrne and Karen O sing on every track of the self-titled effort amid Sitek’s dance-oriented productions. Throughout the record, Sitek uses glitchy electronics, horn blasts and vibrant synths to make pop songs. While some guest vocalists underwhelm and nothing truly surprises, “Maximum Balloon” is a welcome interlude between TV on the Radio albums.
FERRIS W. MCDANIEL
Doo-Wops and Hooligans Elektra Records
I Am Not A Human Being
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Editor’s Pick Mark Ronson & the Business Intl.
Record Collection Columbia
Mark Ronson, the British music producer most famous in America for his work with Amy Winehouse, adds new backing band The Business Intl. to the mix on “Record Collection.” Ronson accents his signature retro-soul sound with synthy pop and hiphop influences. The record benefits from its eclectic guest list, including Ghostface Killah and Boy George. Though not as memorable as his last album, “Collection” is an interesting, enjoyable listen.
FOOD, from page 9
Some of these food trucks use social media like Twitter and Facebook to update patrons on the constantly moving locations. From the University area and Tigerland bars to BREC parks and business districts, they’re serving innovative food across the city. Jared Loftus, who co-owns both Ninja Snowballs and Taco de Paco with different groups of people, said it “makes sense” to open these trucks in Baton Rouge, where food is deeply embedded in the culture. “Our long-term goal is to have multiple trucks in this market,” Loftus said. “I’d like to see us have 10 different kinds of trucks within the next 18 or so months.” Charles D’Agostino, executive director of the Louisiana Business and Technology Center, said food
page 11 trucks in Louisiana have historically served employment sites with pre-made sandwiches, salads and pastries. He said the new trucks must comply with Board of Health and safety regulations as well as have proper permits and licenses while paying regular taxes. “They should have minimal impact on the local economy as they cannot serve large numbers of people,” D’Agostino said in an e-mail. Mike Sutter, a restaurant critic at the Austin American-Statesman in Austin, Texas, said the nearly twoyear-old trend has paved the way for about 1,000 mobile food trucks in the city. He said the trucks are perfect ﬁts for adventurous eaters, and the young, college and “hipster” crowds fueled the trucks’ success. “Baton Rouge is one of the best food towns in the country,” Sutter said. “Think about the kinds of deep,
authentic Cajun food that would come out of those places.” Rob Balon, who reviews restaurants on Austin TV and radio stations as well as his website Dining Out with Rob Balon, said most of his city’s food trucks are not mobile but instead are anchored in a location truck owners lease. The city has at least 15 “major trailer clusters,” a type of truck food court. “The trailer was a low-cost alternative for people who desperately wanted to have a restaurant,” Balon said. “Right now in Austin, out of every 10 restaurant openings, eight of them are trailers. It’s really wacky, but I’d bet money that within a year, you’ll see ﬁxed-location trailers in Baton Rouge.” Contact Nicholas Persac at firstname.lastname@example.org
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Action must be taken to fight budget cuts THIS IS A CALL TO ACTION! We have long sat idle while discussions, decisions and demonstrations for our future take place. The news of the proposed budget cuts has been crammed down our throats, and everyone is obviously upset, but what are we doing about it? Far too many are apathetic toward a very real problem we face in our near future.
To those who are promoting action, I commend them, but even their efforts are drowned amongst the indifferent. A jazz funeral procession is being held at noon on the parade grounds Thursday by the Proud Students organization to “celebrate the resilience and solidarity of the LSU community and commemorate what will be lost and its impact on students and on the future of Louisiana’s economy.” While being a chance for active involvement, showcasing opposition against unjust treatment toward Louisiana’s higher education system, many have not even heard about the event, much less realize its potential for critical publicity displaying a disgruntled
university. This “call to action” does not subjectively singularize itself among students but goes for faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and football fans alike. Anyone ever associated with the University and/or the higher education system must stand and speak now. If you dislike the idea of your major or department being cut, then stand and speak now. If you would like to know the whole truth behind the foreign language fourteen, then stand and speak now. If you, Chancellor Martin, want people to get off your back, then, for the University, stand and speak now. We must all stand and speak
against the travesties proposed to be enacted upon our university. Action is the only discourse of change. There is a rally at the State Capitol Nov. 10 at 11:30 a.m. Our campus and every other campus in Louisiana should be empty this day; anyone with even the slightest sympathy for our cause should be there, promoting the illumination of our ever-darkening future. Those who lead us have failed and need to see our disapproval. When the clock manager, who calls the shots, forgets his mind and his watch, then we must take the game into our own hands and call our own plays to win the game before time runs out; we cannot
Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010 rely on miracles, for they do not always happen. We must all act now. The hour for action is quickly passing. Don’t handoff the responsibility to act along to the next in line; everyone has a role. One day when you look back at the battle for higher education, don’t be one who remembers what people did for higher education, but one who remembers what YOU did for higher education. Logan Sloan political science sophomore
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Computer testing allows punishment-free cheating This week I’m taking a break from the newest research to talk about a subject near and dear to me: the Office of Assessment and Evaluation’s computer-based testing center in Himes Hall. I’ve only had the misfortune of taking two classes that required computer-based testing, but even my limited experience has shown me how tragically ineffective and unfair the entire system is. Obviously, cheaters benefit during any test, but those benefits are usually countered by fear of discovery and punishment. Unfortunately for honest test takers this deterrent practically doesn’t exist in the computer-based testing center. While students in the testing center are not allowed to wear hats, have any scratch paper or use a cell phone, it doesn’t take much imagination to come up with ways to cheat the system. Here’s the foolproof method students used on both of my teachers. Team up with at least one other student in the class, one takes the test normally but memorizes as many of the questions as possible then tells the other people in the group what questions are on the test in the three days the test can be taken. Next time someone else is the memorizer, and the cycle repeats. Some teachers try to ensure equality but ultimately fail. Test questions in one of my classes were randomly selected from a larger pool of potential questions. The pool is a decent idea, but it was not nearly expansive enough. The teacher compounded the problem by allowing an ungraded
“pre-test” several days before the graded test, which drew its questions from the same test bank as the real thing. The pre-test basically negated the question bank because it gave cheaters another chance to memorize questions before the real test. My other teacher didn’t seem too worried about cheaters. Tests were around 20 questions and did not change at all in the three-day period. To make matters even worse, my teacher allowed two of the six tests to be dropped. Andrew Shockey AllowColumnist ing students to drop two of their test grades means a group of three students could fail two of the tests while memorizing the questions then ace the four that counted for a grade. This isn’t theoretical. I personally saw students in both classes with lists of questions eerily similar to questions I had to answer in Himes the day before. Teachers give tests because they need some way to evaluate our ability. We receive grades that are supposed to reflect how well we understand the material, but when cheaters are thrown into the mix, grades have to be questioned. Cheaters make meaningful evaluation nearly impossible. If a teacher relies on curving grades after a test, then cheaters are going to do disproportionately well and ruin the distribution. Even if teachers just use grades as a general indicator of test
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difficulty, cheaters undercut this practice by artificially inflating their scores without actually learning anything. Those high scores can even result in more difficult tests in the future. A good student who understands all of the concepts in a class will almost always lose out to a cheater who knows the minor details appearing on the test. How can the University even refer to this department as the Office of Assessment and Evaluation when the facility it operates is unable to punish cheaters or protect the validity
of the grades earned by honest hard working students? Teachers have the tools to make this undetectable form of cheating much less attractive. Significantly increasing the number of questions on tests, or in test banks, would make memorizing an entire test far more difficult and simultaneously help good students who understand the material but forget one or two factoids. Another option is cutting the test-taking interval from three days to one, increasing the load on Himes. Making these changes would require more work from teachers and
the testing center, but the benefits would far outweigh the costs. Either shut down the testing center or force teachers to do something about the cheating going on at our esteemed University. Andrew Shockey is a 20-year-old biological engineering sophomore from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_Ashockey.
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Quote of the Day “A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.”
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Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010
SPORTSMAN’S PARADISE LOST
‘Pledge to America’ insult to American public, conservative base Being a Republican these days must be quite similar to being a fan of LSU football. There’s certainly talent within the ranks. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty are all stars in the political arena, much like Russell Shepard, Rueben Randle and Patrick Peterson are on the football field. But talent isn’t enough — especially when there’s utter stupidity at the top. And when Les Miles made a mess of the clock Saturday for the second time in as many years, I couldn’t help but think about the Republican Party and all the crap it has flung at the American public in the last decade. The Bush administration, Michael Steele, the Patriot Act and plunging the nation into two more wars than necessary are just a few examples of the party’s recent defecations on the American public. But when Democrats took their place atop the political
porcelain throne in 2008, I expected the Republicans to get their stuff together. Surely, they would use the Democratic can of whoop-ass of 2008 to seal up their crappy ideas once and for all. Instead, the GOP took all the excreta of the last deCody Worsham cade, packed it into a tight loaf Columnist and gave it a name: The “Pledge to America.” Unveiled by congressional Republicans, including Louisiana’s own Bill Cassidy, the pledge is a 21-page legislative agenda for the next Congress, summarizing the goals of the GOP in the next few years. If you haven’t heard of it, you’re not alone. Only 34 percent of Americans even knew what the pledge was, according to a Washington
Post-ABC News poll. However, those who have heard of it have had no problem sniffing it out for the garbage it is. Only 23 percent said the pledge made them more likely to vote Republican in the upcoming elections, while 29 percent said it made them less likely to vote for Republicans, according to the survey. I’m surprised the numbers aren’t even more tilted against the pledge, because it’s nothing more than regurgitated crap. Long anticipated by conservative pundits and supporters, the pledge was an utter letdown because it’s full of the same talking points the GOP has paraded for years. Promises of tax cuts, medical savings accounts and cuts in spending are unchanged from those promises Bush ran on in 2000. Really, they’re no different from the ones his father ran on,
either. Don’t believe me? Do yourself a favor and watch Jon Stewart’s take on it. I’m not exactly on par with Stewart in terms of political thinking, but he caught the GOP with their pants down on this one, splicing quotes from this year’s pledge and placing them beside verbatim replicas from as far back as 1994. In an election cycle with Democratic support lower than Lindsay Lohan’s credit score, Republicans have a legitimate chance to seize control of Congress and make a push for the White House in 2012. And while there are plenty of Republicans who actually have fresh ideas, led by Ron Paul, the party refuses to part from its old ways. The words haven’t changed in 20 years, so why should the American public expect Republican actions to change, either? The GOP, despite the
opportunity to step in and deliver a knock-out blow to President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party, has simply disgorged the force-fed cow pies of old, put a new label on it and expected the electorate to not know any better. In doing so, they severely underestimated their conservative base. As Bush once eloquently stated: “Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” The pledge isn’t fooling anyone, Republicans. It’s time to look elsewhere, because the clock is winding down. And unlike Miles, there won’t be a last-second yellow flag to save you. Cody Worsham is a 21-year-old mass communication senior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_Cworsham. Contact Cody Worsham at firstname.lastname@example.org
EAT LESS, LEARN MORE
Quantifying difficulty of college majors proves challenging With over one hundred majors at the University, discussions and disagreements about which majors are harder or hardest are quite common. We engineers tend to think we have it the toughest, and students majoring in just about every other major either completely disagree or just don’t want to hear it. But in all honesty, where do we get off making such claims? Doesn’t every other Matt Lousteau student have Columnist to study, do homework and work hard all around just as much to get good grades? Well, the numbers tend to indicate otherwise. According to a study of attrition rates in relation to students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math majors (STEM) by Wake Forest University economics professor Kevin Rask, the average GPA of students at an unnamed northeastern liberal arts college majoring in STEM fell below the average GPA of all students. He says the two primary factors affecting a student’s likelihood of continuing in STEM courses are pre-college preparation and grades received in STEM courses. His study covered nine years of graduating classes, and his data substantiates his seemingly intuitive conclusions. Students coming from high
school with backgrounds already strong in STEM areas of study are likely to continue studying them. Also, students who do well in their first, second and third STEM college courses are more likely to continue in that area of study. His research is spurred by “widespread concern, both in the private and public sectors, about perceived declines in U.S. college graduates in STEM fields.” The cause of the concern is founded in thinking that successful study and advancement in STEM fields is a prominent driving force of national success in the international realm. Dr. Rasks’ work indicates decreasing disparity between STEM-professor grading and non-STEM-professor grading would be a significant means of increasing STEM graduates. Trying to quantify the toughness of a major is difficult, but basing it on average GPAs is a pretty strong indication. Dr. Rask’s research indicates that majoring in a STEM major will result in a lower GPA. But does this mean STEM majors are harder than others? Yes and no. His research indicates it’s harder to get good grades in STEM majors, but does that actually equate to more difficult subject matter? It’s a difficult question to answer, but it’s not impossible. Unfortunately, a caveat accompanies the answer — the subjectivity of deeming something hard.
Does “hard” find its source in abstractness, tediousness, immensity, etc.? Well, the answer can only be answered by the answerer. Frankly, I hate homework and avoid it when possible — a possibility not common in engineering. That’s probably why I don’t think my major is “easy.” I enjoy expressing myself, so spending two years in Tiger Band and writing opinion columns is logical, but I would hate to have to practice percussion multiple hours per day or take more than one class in mass communica-
tion. Each person will point to something different as his or her root of difficulty, so arguing about who has the hardest major is pretty much endless. This doesn’t change the fact that one’s GPA at graduation has a significant influence upon initial success in graduates’ careers. So, what makes a major difficult? It could be the amount of work. It could be professors’ standards of grading. It could be the unfamiliarity with a subject. Whatever it is, it seems to have adverse effects on students
who choose majors in the STEM area. If you’re considering arguing the difficulty of your major compared to another, consider the impossibility in proving something is “hard.” Matt Lousteau is a 21-year-old mechanical engineering senior from LaPlace. Follow him on Twitter@ TDR_Mlousteau.
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The Daily Reveille
Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010 PROTEST, from page 1
aimed at getting students involved in preparation for a Nov. 10 march on the State Capitol. A series of tables stretched across the ground in front of the stage, each one providing students a different way to get involved. About 50 students dotted the hillside at any given time. Some sat whispering to each other in the shade of the trees, waving their hands for emphasis as they talked. A steady trickle of students ﬂowed across the grounds throughout the two-hour protest, signing petitions, e-mailing legislators and grabbing posters and leaﬂets. At UNO, the rapper railed against governors and corporations, eliciting cheers from the scattered crowds. At one table, students signed 10-foot-long rolls of plastic, their sprawling John Hancocks in bold, multicolored marker. They would eventually ﬁll two of them front and back. At another table, students knelt on the grass with two laptops, furiously typing e-mails aimed straight at their local legislators. At yet another table, students bent over a list of legislators’ phone numbers, typing them into their cell phones. One long-haired faculty member was handing out bumper stickers that said “Save UNO from Jindal” and “Cutting Higher Education, Courtesy of the Louisiana Legislature.” The rapper started chanting, “Resist, Rebel. Resist, Rebel.” A few students started bobbing their hands up and down to the beat. “Why aren’t we seeing people getting involved at LSU?” demanded Nathalie Tejeda, an anthropology junior at UNO. “What are you guys doing to get riled up?” Tejeda sat on the hillside, arms folded. She was watching what went on at the stage, but like many students sitting there, she wasn’t getting excited. She was staring at the stage or perhaps past it. She was getting angry. Students at the protest Wednesday said they’ve already started seeing the results of cuts. “Walk around, check this place out,” Tejeda said tersely. “There’s no chalk on the chalkboards. There’s no soap in the bathrooms. They keep talking about turning off the air-conditioning after hours, so students with late classes are going to be sweating or freezing.” Nancy Trace, psychology junior, was sitting next to her, and she was just as angry. “I’m just pissed. It’s my education they’re fucking with, and I’m pissed about it.” UNO could face another cut as high as 35 percent — or $20 million — for the next ﬁscal year. On stage, Laura Manning, a
page 15 ﬁeld “and raise 10 kids,” Romero said. der preventing thousands of young Romero stayed at the academy Pakastani women from going to for several months to teach English school. and geography to the female students Women who go against the because “to go to university there, wishes of men are punished and can you have to know English.” even be killed “They think that with no reperPakistan is this huge cussion, Romero country,” Romero said. said, as he re“They know that Engcalled a young land was the colonial school girl who power that occupied was strangled to India and Pakistan, death by her fabut to show them how ther because she small England is and didn’t agree with how big Pakistan is, his marriage arthey’re just like, ‘Wait. Christen Romero rangements. How did that hapLSU alumnus In general, pen?’” women in PakiRomero believes stan — especially its rural areas — there is still hope for Pakistani girls are not educated, Romero said. attending Shadow Girls Academy. “You raise your daughter, you Their kindness and hope warmarry her off at 15 or 16 or 17, you rant help, Romero said. might promise her to marriage way “It doesn’t take much to run [the before then even,” Romero said. school], just a couple thousand dol“And even if she does get an educa- lars a year,” Romero said. tion, you don’t expect her to do much with it.” Ultimately, a woman’s role in Contact Julian Tate at society in Pakistan is to work in the email@example.com
PAKISTAN, from page 1
‘It doesn’t take much to run [the school], just a couple thousand dollars a year.’
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UNO international studies sophomore Dequoya Williams, left, signs a petition to protest budget cuts Wednesday at the Save UNO Block Party for Higher Education.
Save UNO organizer of the event, was getting students riled up. “We want to make it clear that this is a political event,” she said to the crowd. “You are here right now because you give a damn about your future and the future of the community.” Manning said the effort to save higher education spans more than just UNO’s campus. “I’m tired of thinking of it as us versus LSU,” she said. “It’s important to remember we’re all in the same system. We’re all in this together.” The issue of LSU and its role in the cuts is a tender one on UNO’s campus, especially in the wake of Chancellor Tim Ryan’s ﬁring at the hands of LSU System President John Lombardi. Some students refuse to answer questions about the LSU-Baton Rouge campus at all — unless it was in obscenities. “Your chancellor says, ‘I will support you. We will get through this,’” said Bill Bracey, a UNO accounting junior. “And then he gets chopped — that’s pretty scary for us.” Protest organizers distributed posters of a harsh black and white Lombardi silhouette over the words “Be Young and Shut Up.” Bradley Wood, an organizer of the Proud Students budget cuts activism group at LSU, spoke at the
event. “In some ways, you’ve put us all to shame,” he said to the crowd. Wood said LSU students haven’t gotten involved because they haven’t experienced much pain because of the cuts. “But we’re trying to get the attention of LSU students,” he said. “And we’re looking to you for an example.” Emily Srofe, a UNO SG Senator who helped organize the event, said “today we’re trying to send a message to LSU. We want to work with y’all to stop these cuts.” Srofe said the cuts were an “issue of priorities” within the state Legislature. She said it’s important for students to tell their legislators “we’re here, we vote, and we want higher education to be a priority.” UNO SG President John Minio also spoke at the event, calling students to action. “The rest of the state is looking at you because nobody expects us to do anything,” he said. “If we stand up, you can bet the other campuses will stand up behind us.”
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Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010