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Tigers use fake field goal, late touchdown to top Florida in 33-29 thriller Rachel Whittaker Chief Sports Writer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Could LSU really pull off wild miracle last-second victories against Southeastern Conference opponents in two straight weeks? You better believe it. LSU coach Les Miles reached into his bag of tricks and dialed up a fake field goal on fourth down from the Florida 36-yard line with 35 seconds to play, and junior quarterback Jarrett Lee threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Terrence Toliver four plays later to lift LSU (6-0, 4-0) to a 33-29 victory Saturday night in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The win is only LSU’s third victory against Florida (4-2, 2-2) at the Swamp since 1988. With the late game heroics, the Tigers jumped to No. 9 in both polls Sunday after lingering just outside the top 10 for several weeks. The Gators fell from No. 14 to No. 22 after just their second pair of back-to-back losses in six seasons under Florida coach Urban Meyer. On the trick play, senior punter Derek Helton attempted a lateral to senior kicker Josh Jasper, reminiscent of Colt David’s fake field goal against South Carolina in 2007, but the lateral fell short. However, the ball fortuitously bounced straight up in the air for Jasper to secure and run for five yards and a first down to keep LSU’s hopes alive. It was nearly an illegal forward pass, but the play stood upon review. Miles said his initial plan was to attempt a 53-yard field goal that would have tied the game at 29-29, but after LSU called its final timeout FINAL PLAYS, see page 15

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University students now have a clear, simple way to track their academic progress with the official launch of the Comprehensive Academic Tracking System on Oct. 4 after a two-year pilot stage. CATS, a product of the Office of the University Registrar, is designed to increase retention, graduation rates and student success, said Patricia Beste, senior associate registrar. Beste said the program tracks


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PHIL SANDLIN / The Associated Press

LSU senior wide receiver Terrence Toliver goes for a 28-yard run to set up the winning touchdown on Saturday before being brought down by Florida junior cornerback Janoris Jenkins during the Tigers’ 33-29 win against the Gators.

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full-time students, starting with the current freshman class, on a semester basis to ensure they are on course to graduate on time. Each major has a “recommended path that is the optimal path for graduation in four years,” according to program literature. Degree progress is examined twice per semester by monitoring students on the critical requirements designated by each college, and CATS provides feedback when those requirements are not being met. “CATS doesn’t allow students to go through a semester without taking critical requirements,” Beste said.“They will only be notified if they are not meeting minimum academic progress.”

Beste said the office predicted a specific outcome for the first year, and results have been on target with 10 percent of freshmen already off track. In addition to a notification e-mail, CATS will put a hold on scheduling until the off-track student meets with an adviser. “CATS has a human component to it,” said Brian Antie, CATS coordinator. “It works directly with students — counseling and advising is so important.” But if students remain off track for two consecutive semesters, they will be required to change their major, said Clay Benton, TRACKING, see page 15

The same day English instructor Martha Strohschein learned she was nominated for the department’s teaching award, she also received her second termination letter from Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Gaines Foster. Strohschein, a senior instructor in the English Department, has taught at the University for 26 years and said her story is all too similar to that of other instructors within the department. All the instructors in the English Department have received termination notices, said assistant professor Daniel Novak. “Instructors [have gotten] their termination letters extended but still don’t have job security even when they teach the majority of the writing classes for students in this University,” Novak said. The extension assures the instructors’ employment for an additional six months “but instead of giving them a contract for six months, they were given a letter saying they were going to be fired in six months,” Novak said. The English Department has approximately 90 faculty members, 36 ENGLISH, see page 15


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Errant driving ended with a 5-foot hole blasted in the side of Koi restaurant on State Street late Saturday. Koi will be closed about a week for renovations after what manager Darren Benh called a drunk driver crashed into the side of the building. A police report will be filed later this week.

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INTERNATIONAL North Korea leader Kim Jong-il and heir appear at lavish parade PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The next leader of North Korea from the only ruling family the isolated nation has ever known made his public debut Sunday, clapping and smiling as tanks and rocket launchers rolled past in what was said to be the largest military parade staged by the communist state. Two weeks after he was made a four-star general and set on the path to succession, Kim Jong Un sat next to his father, current North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, and waved from an observation platform to a raucous crowd cheering below. The celebration marked the 65th anniversary of the Workers’ Party, which rules the impoverished, authoritarian nation. It was designed, outside experts on North Korea said, to introduce the younger Kim to his people and burnish his image as the next leader. “The parade served as a sign

that the military has loyalty to the successor,” said Kim Yonghyun, an expert on North Korea at Seoul’s Dongguk University. The question of who would lead the nuclear-armed nation of 24 million had arisen after Kim Jong Il reportedly suffered a stroke in 2008. His third son, the Swisseducated Kim Jong Un, emerged as the heir apparent despite his youth and inexperience. Dressed in a dark blue civilian suit, the younger Kim watched over a plaza named for his grandfather, North Korea’s founder Kim Il Sung, who led his nation during the 1950-53 Korean War. Thousands of troops from every branch of the 1.2 million-member military goose-stepped to the accompaniment of a military brass band while citizens waved plastic bouquets. Trucks loaded with katyusha rocket launchers rolled by, but they were dwarfed by a series of missiles, each larger than the last.

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Human letters meaning “65” are created by participants on Sunday in Pyongyang, North Korea. The nation celebrated the 65th anniversary of the communist nation’s ruling Workers’ party.

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Anti-gay torture allegations stun neighbors in New York City

Former police officer’s trial in stun gun death to start Monday

NEW YORK (AP) — Allegations that gang members attacked two teens and a man last week because they were gay don’t square with the reputation of their Bronx neighborhood, where gay men and women live openly and neighbors are tolerant of homosexuality, residents and city leaders said. One teen even called the suspects themselves “chill,” though she and other neighbors said the gang members often partied and were violent when drinking. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he was sickened by the accusations of violence, which police said included sodomizing one man with a plunger handle and hourslong torture of others, “and saddened by the antigay bias.” The attacks came following a string of teen suicides around the country last month that were attributed to anti-gay bullying.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jury selection in the trial of a former Winnfield police officer accused of killing a handcuffed prisoner by repeatedly shocking him with a stun gun is set to begin on Monday. Scott Nugent faces manslaughter and malfeasance in office charges in the death of 21-year-old Baron Pikes. Pikes was shocked nine times with a 50,000-volt stun gun as he was arrested on a drug possession warrant in January 2008. The parish’s coroner, Dr. Randolph Williams, ruled that Pikes’ death was a homicide. Williams said he consulted with two other coroners, and both agreed that Pikes died of cardiac arrest caused by the Taser shocks. He said Pikes was already dead during the final two shocks to his body. Anger over Pikes’ death has threatened to inflame racial tensions in Winnfield, where the



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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The University of New Orleans will dedicate a Hurricane Katrina memorial on Monday, nearly five years after the university resumed classes after the August 2005 storm. The memorial is near Milneburg Hall on the university’s Lakefront campus. It is set near a cluster of trees permanently bent by Katrina’s winds. UNO was the only New Orleans university to reopen for the fall 2005 semester.



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Treasures of LSU exhibit opens

Showcases works from 10 departments Kate Mabry Contributing Writer

In celebration of the University’s 150th anniversary, the LSU Student Union Art Gallery opened a new exhibit Friday called “From Gemstones to Dinosaur Bones: Discovering the Treasures of LSU,” which contains selections from 10 University departments featured in the new book “Treasures of LSU.” More than 50 authors worked on the book, and about 91 objects and representations were selected for the exhibit, said Laura Lindsay, interim dean of the College of Education and editor of the book. Presenting “From Gemstones to Dinosaur Bones” was DAVID LYLE / The Daily Reveille a daunting project, because the exhibit is “the doorway into the This allosaurus skull cast and 17,000 other items are currently on display at the world of LSU,” said Marchita “Gemstones to Dinosaur Bones” exhibit in the LSU Student Union Art Gallery. Mauck, exhibit curator. Other contributing depart“The Commission on the more than 55 million years old. “They are a tiny sample of ments include the Costume and History of LSU thought it should be an important aspect of the the 17,000 specimens in the col- Textile Museum, the Graduate School, Hill Memorial Library, 150th anniversary of LSU’s lection,” Schiebout said. Michael Des- the LSU Student Union Art Galfounding to emmond, architec- lery Permanent Art Collection, phasize the really ture professor, the College of Music and Draunique and imporwrote an entry in matic Arts, the Natural History tant and valuable the book about Museum, the Rural Life Museum ‘treasures’ that the original core and the School of Landscape Arabound around of the campus chitecture. us at LSU,” said The exhibit is great for the and contributed a former Chancelphotograph of the University, and many people lor Paul Murrill. campus in 1951 worked hard to put it together, “The goal is to Paul Murrill from the Archi- Murrill said. get people to take former chancellor “From Gemstones to Ditecture Departnotice of the treament’s collection. nosaur Bones” will run through sures of LSU.” Shirley Plakidas, Student Nov. 14. The exhibit contains a variety of media that would appeal Union director, said the photo to all students, said Judith Stahl, stood out to her. The union had not been built Student Union coordinator. See photos of exhibit Judith Schiebout, geology in 1951, and the scattered oak items at professor and associate curator trees in the area are still in their of the University’s Museum of same place today. It’s fun to pick Contact Kate Mabry at Natural Science, contributed sev- out the differences and eral artifacts from the museum ties in the photo, she said. and the Department of Geology and Geophysics, including an allosaurus skull cast from the last Jurassic age, a mastodon tooth from the Ice Age and a cast of the lower jaw of an ancient whale


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Engineering students first in US to take NASA course Design habitats to sustain life in space Julian Tate Contributing Writer

Students in the University’s Department of Construction Management and Industrial Engineering are working with NASA, going above and beyond — the great beyond — to help maintain a sustainable, long-term human presence in outer space. The students are designing living habitats that will be able to endure the extreme environmental conditions of the moon, Mars and stellar asteroids where future astronauts could potentially live. This project will allow students within the College of Engineering to explore designing systems that will support sustained life on other planets and celestial bodies, as well as give them the opportunity to interact with NASA engineers and learn about potential careers with NASA and its contractors. “The students involved will also create a project that will allow them to involve local elementary school children at Buchanan Elementary in their design,” Department of Construction Management and Industrial Engineering Interim

Chair Craig Harvey said. NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate asked for the development of a course in engineering that would look at the design issues related to living in outer space about a year ago, Harvey said. Industrial engineering professors Laura Ikuma, Gerald Knapp and Harvey then proposed to NASA “an interdisciplinary senior design capstone course.” In the proposal, they offered a class that would focus on how to build a habitat designed for safety and functionality in outer space. NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate then awarded a $54,728 grant to the University’s industrial engineering program to develop the course. As part of the grant, Harvey, Ikuma and Knapp developed course material that could be used by other universities in their senior design capstone courses. “What we’re doing this year is what we call a pilot test of the course,” Harvey said. The students taking the course are the first in country to do so before NASA makes the course available to all engineering programs throughout the country, Harvey said. The 20-person class includes biological, mechanical and industrial engineers and a construction

management student. “I’m really enjoying this class. It’s one of the few classes I look forward to,” said industrial engineering senior Christina Koffskey. The students are split into five groups, concentrated on subjects like growing plants in space or solving sleeping issues, Harvey said. Other groups are studying the actual design materials that should be used, the hazards of lunar dust, radiation and a nutrition delivery system. “We have a NASA liaison that actually reviews the design projects and gives us comments and about whether our design projects are reasonable and fit within the NASA mission,” Harvey said. Industrial engineering junior Justin Alfred said he’s excited about the class. “I really like it, ” Alfred said, “What really drew me to the class was aerospace, and I’m interested in that, but when I found out it was funded by NASA, I said, ‘Sign me up.’” The students will implement their designs by building small scale models or simulations in the spring.

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Freshmen learn Louisiana culture Out-of-state students see ghostly plantation Sarah Eddington Staff Writer

A group of frightened freshmen clung tightly to each other as they were led on a tour Friday night through one of America’s most haunted homes — the Myrtles Plantation. The students listened as the tour guide eerily told tales of ghostly spirits lingering throughout the old St. Francisville plantation. In the 1700s, vengeful house slave Chloe supposedly murdered the wife and children of the plantation’s owner by baking oleander leaves into a birthday cake. This was just one of a series of events hosted by Bengals Beyond the Bayou, a program created by First Year Experience to help acclimate out-of-state freshmen to life and culture in Louisiana and the University. “It’s a really fun program, and it’s something the students really enjoy,” said Missy Korduner, assistant director of FYE. “They get to meet other students as well as faculty and staff.” Events in the past have included the annual “What’s the Big Deal about Jambalaya?” event where students taste the local dish and learn about the culture and traditions of the state, Korduner said.

Erin Percevault, landscape architecture freshman from Verona, N.J., said the program has been helpful in her adjustment to Southern culture. “It’s a completely new and different place, and it has its own nuances,” she said. “I didn’t know what jambalaya was before I came here.” Another event was the “Downtown Getaway” where students traveled to downtown Baton Rouge to see the sights and learn more about the state’s history by visiting the Louisiana State Museum and Capitol. Shanna Powers, pre-veterinary medicine freshman from Cincinnati, said the “Downtown Getaway” was a beneficial experience. “I didn’t know anything about Baton Rouge or Louisiana before I came here,” she said. “It was a good opportunity to get out and do something different.” Powers said the program also helped introduce her to new people. “I made a lot of good friends and even found people who were in a few of my classes,” she said. Ariana Kalziqi, coastal environmental science freshman from Houston, said it’s nice to meet other people from out of state. “There are a lot of things people from Louisiana seem to know but I’m just beginning to figure out,” she said. Korduner said the point of the Myrtles trip was for the students to have fun and experience a haunted

Louisiana plantation house. Erika Heitkamp, biology and agricultural engineering freshman from Houston, said she came for the thrill. “I really like scary stuff,” she said. “It sounded like a good experience.” Students can access the program’s website to locate other students who are coming from the same states and even the same high schools. The program also offers a regional lunch where students can meet faculty members who hail from the same states. “Across the board, we felt [Bengals Beyond the Bayou] was really helpful in helping out-of-state students adjust to Louisiana and acclimate to LSU, as well,” Korduner said. “All the feedback so far has been really positive.”

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Dr. Laura Ikuma lectures to industrial engineering students Wednesday in a class about designing habitats in space. The project is funded by a grant from NASA.

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Fundraiser offers guided tour of Mike VI’s habitat

Bids on 30-minute visit begin at $2,000 Nicholas Persac Contributing Writer

Members of the LSU community are used to watching Mike VI, the University’s live tiger mascot, travel around Tiger Stadium before football games and splash in his habitat’s waterfall. But for fans wanting a closer peek, the School of Veterinary Medicine is raising money through an auction in which 75 winning bidders get to “Spend An Evening With Mike VI.” “This is an absolutely awesome opportunity for anyone who is contemplating helping the Vet School,” said Betty Karlsson, executive director for institutional advancement at the Vet School. “They’ll get to be up close and personal with [Mike VI] and see how he is fed and talk

with his caregivers. ... They will actually go for 30 minutes behind the scenes with Mike.” The online auction began Sept. 18 and ends Dec. 18. Though Karlsson said she could not reveal the number of bids already placed, she said the response “has been excellent.” The 75 winning bidders and accompanying guests will attend one of two “special evenings” in January or February, which includes “a special dinner with Vet School Dean Peter Haynes in the Tiger Stadium box venue and a behind-the-scenes guided tour of Mike VI’s habitat and private enclosure.” Winners will also attend a presentation by Mike VI’s personal veterinarian, David Baker, and receive a signed, first-edition copy of his 2003 book “Mike the Tiger, The Roar of LSU,” according to the Vet School’s website. Minimum bids are $2,000, and Karlsson said she expects some bids to be greater than that amount. Karlsson said all proceeds will

benefit the Vet School’s Philanthropic Partners Fund, which serves as a dean’s excellence fund. The Vet School dean may then give that money to help students with emergency needs, to provide special equipment and resources and to fund special faculty or student organization projects that otherwise would not have funding, Karlsson said. Karlsson said attendees will learn about Mike VI’s history as well as the stories behind his predecessors, such as the procedures the tigers go through, how they are cared for and what the mascots eat. Mike’s Twitter account, @MikeTigerVI, invited followers to bid in the auction on Sept. 28. “Want to check out my place?” the tiger tweeted. “The LSU Vet School is auctioning off an evening with me, Mike VI.” Contact Nicholas Persac at


State Dept. warns of potential attack LSU students travel despite terror alert Grace Montgomery Contributing Writer

A travel advisory issued last week may have caused concern for Americans in Europe, but University students studying abroad are not letting it affect their experiences. The State Department issued a travel advisory warning Americans of the possibility of a terrorist attack in Europe. They were told to remain cautious, especially in high-traffic areas like airports and tourist spots. There are 25 University students currently studying in Europe, according to Director of Academic Programs Abroad Harald Leder. Theater sophomore Weston Twardowski, who is studying in Nottingham, England, said he was aware of the advisory within a few hours of it being issued. “When I heard, I wasn’t terribly surprised,” Twardowski said. “If you examine the last couple of years, there are frequent terrorist attack attempts, successes and, of course, warnings.” Twardowski said while he plans to be more cautious, he will not rearrange his travel plans. “I have no intention of limiting my travel activities,” Twardowski wrote in an e-mail to The Daily Reveille. “I have no idea when the next time I will be in Europe will be, and I’m not about to let fear destroy my experience.” Math junior Jill Hayden, who is studying in Marburg, Germany, said she was notified of the advisory by multiple family members but wasn’t concerned about the alert. “I live in a rural location in Germany, and in my opinion it is very unlikely to be attacked,”

Hayden wrote in an e-mail. Hayden said she mostly travels within Germany, so the advisory will not affect her future travel plans. Leder said travel advisories don’t discourage travel but ask that people remain aware and cautious while doing so. “We notified students in Europe and are aware of it,” Leder said. “However, there is really nothing out of the ordinary.” Leder said Academic Programs Abroad has dealt with security issues before, like a having a group of University students in London during the summer 2005 bombings. “It’s something we’ve been

living with for quite some time,” Leder said. Leder said he feels University students are safe studying at partner institutions in Europe. “We have a good relationship with partner schools and know they’re taking good care of our students,” Leder said. U.S. citizens are advised to register their travel plans with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy, according to the advisory. The advisory will remain in effect until Jan. 31. Contact Grace Montgomery at

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Mike VI, the LSU mascot, swims for the first time in his habitat Sept. 3, 2007.


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Comeback Kid Lee making the most of his opportunities after tumultuous start to career

during a 51-21 trouncing against the Gators. Sports Writer Lee, a redshirt GAINESVILLE, Fla. — To say LSU junior quarter- freshman at the time, back Jarrett Lee has come a long way since his “pick- threw for 209 yards and two intercepsix” days in 2008 would be an understatement. Nearly a goat after throwing 16 interceptions two tions against an unyears ago, Lee has climbed his way to the top of LSU forgiving Florida defense, includfans’ list of most adored players. ing one that was At least for the time being. In what seems to be a reoccurring theme, Lee led returned for a touchdown. a relentless group of Tigers to victory “Defifor the second-straight week. nitely [redempWith LSU down 29-26 and 3:21 tion],” he said. “Last to play in the fourth quarter, LSU time in the Swamp, I had coach Les Miles summoned Lee to a rough going, but it was exorchestrate a game-winning drive just citing to get back out here and as he did during last week’s bizarre get some big time plays in. … It 16-14 victory against Tennessee. was great.” Ten plays and 62 yards later, Lee Lee has made leaps and bounds answered the call, capped by a 3-yard since his 2008 campaign when he touchdown toss to senior wide receivthrew more interceptions than his er Terrence Toliver with six seconds 13 touchdowns. left. In 11 games — includ“It tells you more about the man ing eight starts — Lee threw than the quarterback,” Miles said. Les Miles seven interceptions that were “What he’s done is he’s competed LSU football coach returned for touchdowns like hell and he learns, and he’s lookincluding a string of four ing for his opportunities stepping in straight games in which he threw a pickto win games.” Lee did the most with his opportunities, consider- six. National media and message ing fellow junior quarterback Jordan Jefferson started boards alike took Lee’s season and in favor of Lee. In five series, Lee finished the game with a spar- ran with it. He quickly garnered the kling stat line — 9-for-11 for 124 yards, two touch- name “Pick-Six” and lost his startdowns and, more importantly, no interceptions, in- ing job to Jefferson last season while only playing in mop up cluding the last-second touchdown to Toliver. “Jarrett is our quarterback,” said junior running duty. In his defense, he was back Stevan Ridley. “I’ve said it all along since the beginning of the year that I had a lot of faith in Jarrett thrown into the fire in 2008 because of an injury to forLee.” Lee’s ability to earn his teammates’ faith hasn’t mer quarterback Andrew Hatch. come easy. Saturday’s performance comes two years reLEE, see page 11 moved from a horrific first Southeastern Conferphoto by ZACH BREAUX / The Daily Reveille ence road start at the same Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

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Tigers win both home weekend matches Mark Clements Sports Contributor

The LSU volleyball team put on a show this weekend in front of a rowdy home crowd in the PMAC, winning both matches of the weekend. After sweeping Kentucky in straight sets (25-13, 25-21, 25-22) Friday night, No. 15 LSU had to outduel the No. 22 Tennessee Volunteers in four tough sets (25-23, 30-28, 2325, 25-20) to walk away victorious. “The bottom line is this was a great SEC volleyball match,” LSU coach Fran Flory said. “It was a battle — every single point was a battle. If you look at the stats, they’re very similar. There’s just a few errors from one team to the other that really decided this match.” With the win, the Tigers improve their record to 7-1 in the SEC and 16-1 overall. LSU had solid performances all around, including great outings by the front line. Along with 14 total team blocks, the Tigers killed 61 balls and had a .339 passing percentage. The Tigers were led by their outside hitters senior Angela Bensend and sophomore Madie Jones, reeling in 18 and 16 kills, respectively. “I thought Madie was outstanding,” Flory said. “She took big swings in big situations, and she terminated. She continues to get better and better. I think that was just absolutely a great effort by her.” VOLLEYBALL, see page 11


With rookie Hall at QB, Arizona beats Saints, 30-20 Bob Baum The Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — With some luck and a lot of help from his defense, Max Hall’s NFL debut as a starting quarterback was a winner, against the reigning Super Bowl champions no less. The undrafted rookie from BYU completed 17 of 27 passes for 168 yards, Jay Feely kicked three field goals and the Arizona Cardinals upset the New Orleans Saints 30-20 on Sunday. Hall threw an interception that led to an early Saints field goal and fumbled twice, but both turned out to be key plays for Arizona (3-2). The first was returned 2 yards by Cardinals tackle Levi Brown for a

touchdown. Guard Alan Faneca pounced on the other for a 10-yard gain. Arizona’s defense, awful in a 41-10 loss at San Diego a week earlier, intercepted Drew Brees three times and converted two turnovers by the Saints (3-2) into touchdowns. Kerry Rhodes returned Ladell Betts’ fumble 27 yards for a score and, with 10 seconds to play, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie returned an interception 28 yards for the game-clinching touchdown. New Orleans’ red zone problems continued. Three times the Saints drove deep into Arizona territory only to settle for field goals and a 13-10 halftime lead. Hall took several brutal hits in the first half. He stood on the sideline

as the man he had replaced, Derek Anderson, played Arizona’s final series of the half. His day didn’t start out so well. Stephens-Howling returned the opening kickoff 60 yards to the New Orleans 45, but on third-and-10 Hall threw his second pass of the game toward Larry Fitzgerald, who was double-covered. Jabari Greer intercepted and returned it 26 yards to the Arizona 47. Brees completed three straight passes to set up John Carney’s 31-yard field goal. The Saints went 76 yards in 11 plays late in the first quarter. On third-and-goal from the Cardinals 1, Brees threw a play-action pass to wide-open Jeremy Shockey in the SAINTS, see page 11

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New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees hangs his head as he paces the sidelines Sunday after throwing an interception against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz.

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Kinneman earned her third shutout Ryan Ginn Sports Contributor

After wrapping up its secondconsecutive win Friday night, the LSU soccer team needed only to beat Vanderbilt to establish itself as a Southeastern Conference contender. Consider it another opportunity lost. The offensively-challenged Tigers (5-6-3, 2-2-2) failed to finish numerous chances in the penalty area Sunday in a 1-0 loss to Vanderbilt, their first home loss in 15 matches. The weekend got off to a positive start when junior midfielder Natalie Martineau headed in a double overtime winner to give LSU a much-needed SEC win against Kentucky. “I saw [LSU sophomore forward] Carlie [Banks] coming, and the ball came over and I just jumped as high as I could,” Martineau said. Up until that point, the Tigers had an 8-0 advantage in shots on goal and a 10-1 edge in corner kicks but were unable to beat Wildcats senior goalkeeper Sydney Hiance. “I was beginning to think we were a little snakebitten,” said LSU coach Brian Lee. “Some of those [chances] were harder to miss than make.” Instead, the ineffectiveness simply came Sunday. Lee bemoaned his young team’s inability to focus through Sunday matches, most notably in a 1-0 win against Louisiana-

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LSU freshman forward Addie Eggleston tries to get past a Kentucky defender during the Tigers’ 1-0 win against the Wildcats on Friday in the LSU Soccer Complex.

Lafayette that he called their worst game of the year at the time. However, he may have a new candidate for that distinction. “Some of them don’t get it, that every game is hard,” Lee said. “Obviously, I think we weren’t prepared mentally and then didn’t bail ourselves out by playing hard physically.” Afterward, Lee conceded that his team was likely incapable of championship-caliber play, instead focusing on simply making the SEC tournament. One player who continued to shine was freshman goalkeeper Megan Kinneman. Kinneman earned her third shutout of the season Friday night — although she didn’t have to make a save. “When I don’t get any shots on goal, that’s big to my defense in front of me,” she said. “Very well done.” The same couldn’t be said for the goal Vanderbilt scored, when All-SEC senior forward Molly Kinsella found herself wide open

in the penalty area and blasted the ball past Kinneman into the far post. Ultimately, it was LSU’s inability to finish similar chances that doomed them. Freshman midfielder Nina Anderson failed to trap a ball played into the box that would have left her one-on-one from seven yards out, and several players seemed more content to fire shots from 25 yards out than pursue quality scoring chances. Junior midfielder Allysha Chapman was the sole offensive catalyst, delivering runs of up to 80 yards only to see consistently inconsistent finishing. “We keep talking about end line crosses, and she probably gets 80 to 90 percent of them,” Lee said. “We’re really, really dependent on Chappy. We just wish there were two of three of her.”

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Jessica Mouse (11) lets the ball pass her during the softball scrimmage against the Southeastern Louisiana University Lions on Sunday in Tiger Park.

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Tigers Carlsson and Skupski fall in ITA double finals Duo struggles in singles matches Hunt Palmer Sports Contributor

Senior Sebastian Carlsson and junior Neal Skupski fell just short of reaching the finals of the consolation bracket at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships in Tulsa during the weekend. The duo entered the weekend ranked No. 16 in the country but got

off to a rough start, losing to Virginia’s Alex Dominian and Jarmere Jenkins, 8-2, on Thursday. Friday was a different story. Carlsson and Skupski ousted Marcelo Arevalo and Rusty Turpin of host Tulsa University, 8-3, to advance to the second round where they bested Yale’s Erik Blumenkratz and Joel Samaha, 8-5. “The guys were disappointed in how they performed [Thursday],” said LSU assistant coach Danny Bryan. “They came out with very good focus [Friday] and were able to succeed on the court.” The team’s run was halted

Saturday when Fresno State’s Remi Boutillier and Rikus de Villiers made quick work of the Tiger twosome, winning 8-2. Bryan was eager to point out the positives from the weekend after the match. “It was a good weekend for Sebastian and Neal,” he said. “They got to play against some of the top players in the country. They know what they need to do, and we will get back to practice and continue working hard to prepare for the next tournament.” In the singles’ draw, Carlsson, ranked No. 78 in the country, won

his first-round qualifying match in three sets against 92nd-ranked Patrick Pohlman of the University of San Diego, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, but fell short of qualifying for the event. Skupski, the No. 31 player in the country, automatically qualified for the event, but was unable to win a match. The junior dropped his first round match to eighth-ranked Eric Quigley of Kentucky, 7-5, 6-1. In his second round match, the Liverpool, England, native, won the first set, 6-4, against Arkansas’ Chris Notts, the 41st-ranked player in the nation, but dropped the final two

sets, 6-3 and 6-4, respectively, eliminating him from the tournament. “Neal played really well against some tough opponents,” Bryan said. “He had a lot of opportunities to win, and he just wasn’t able to get it done. We are looking forward to getting back to work and improving in different areas.” Next on the fall calendar is the ITA Southern Regionals in Tuscaloosa, Ala., beginning Oct. 21 on Alabama’s campus. Contact Hunt Palmer at


Lady Tigers finish second despite rally in the final round

McChrystal sets new school record Cory Boudreaux Sports Contributor

The No. 1-ranked LSU women’s golf team was unable to defend its new ranking despite a near-championship effort from one team member at the Tar Heel Invitational at UNC Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C. Senior Megan McChrystal fired a school-record 11-under par 205 to force a playoff with

Alabama’s Brooke Pancake, but a water hazard on the second playoff hole left McChrystal as the runnerup, while the Lady Tigers also settled for a second place finish in the team standings. Both players scored par on the first playoff hole, but Pancake secured the individual title with a par on the second hole after McChrystal bogeyed the hole after hitting her approach into the water. Fueled by McChrystal’s bogey-free 6-under 66, LSU rallied with a team score of 10-under par 278 during the final round to finish the tournament at 16-under par 848. But the Lady Tigers still

finished 12 strokes behind tournament champion and No.3-ranked Alabama, who surged to the top of the leader board with a first round score of 11-under 277 and never relinquished the lead. “The girls have shown so much heart and determination in these first three tournaments,” said LSU women’s golf coach Karen Bahnsen. “Their first two tournaments were so tight, and there was so much effort expended.” Four out of five Lady Tigers finished in the top 30 among the individual leader board, while only three golfers finished even par or better.

“We didn’t always have our ‘A’ game this weekend, but the girls really responded [Sunday] and I am so proud of them,” said Bahnsen. Joining McChrystal in the top 10 was freshman Austin Ernst, who finished tied for 10th place with a tournament score of 5-under par 211 in her first collegiate appearance. Ernst rallied from 18th place during the third day of the tournament with a final round of 4-under par 68. Junior Tessa Teachman finished tied for 24th place following a tournament score of even-par 216, while sophomore Mary Michael Maggio tied for 30th place

with a 2-over par 218. LSU began the Tar Heel Invitational with consecutive team scores of 3-under par 285 during the first two days of the tournament. The Lady Tigers have yet to post a round over par this season, shooting nine consecutive rounds of par or better. The Lady Tigers will return to action Nov. 5 for the SEC-Pac-10 Challenge at Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif.

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LSU takes second in Cowboy Stampede

Chautin, Carleton finish third overall Ryan Ginn Sports Contributor

While many teams measure progress in wins, the LSU cross country teams will have to settle for second place once again. Both the Tigers and Lady Tigers earned runner-up finishes Saturday at the McNeese State Cowboy Stampede. It was the Tigers’ third such result in as many meets, and the Lady Tigers’ second runner-up finish in three races. Junior Richard Chautin finished in third place, preventing host McNeese State from sweeping the first five positions and tallying a perfect score. It was Chautin’s third topthree finish this year, as he previously won the Bulldog Invitational and finished second in the LSU Invitational.


Rays back to Trop, alive after 5-2 win

The Lady Tigers were paced by from that result to record her fastest junior Laura Carleton, who crossed time of the season by nearly 90 secthe line in third place with a career- onds. best 5K time of 18 minutes, 6.10 The Lady Tigers were hamseconds. pered by the absence of twins Brea “It just goes to show if you put and Dakota Goodman, who sat out the work in and with slight injutrain hard and show ries. Both had been some passion ... among LSU’s topyou can experience three finishers in some success,” said each of the first two LSU coach Mark meets. Elliott of Chautin Elliott deand Carleton. scribed it as a preAlso finishing cautionary measure in the top five was to ensure they’re Mark Elliott sophomore Charhealthy for ArkanLSU cross country coach lene Lipsey, who sas’ grueling Chile has steadily proPepper Festival gressed after sustaining an injury in next week. the offseason. Lipsey ended the race “While every meet is important, in fifth place with a time of 18 min- this is the one I figured I could hold utes, 14.1 seconds. them out and get them prepared for Lipsey, LSU’s top finisher at Chile Pepper next week,” he said. the Southeastern Conference Championships last season, struggled to Contact Ryan Ginn at a 32nd-place finish at the LSU vitational. However, she rebounded


‘It just goes to show if you put the work in ... you can experience some success.’


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ARLINGTON, Texas — Evan Longoria, Carlos Pena and the Rays are headed back to The Trop, one victory away from an improbable comeback. Longoria snapped out of his postseason slump with a homer and two doubles, Pena scored twice with a pair of extra-base hits of his own and Tampa Bay escaped elimination again with a 5-2 victory Sunday over the Texas Rangers. After losing the first two games of the AL division series at home, the Rays won both games in Texas to force a deciding Game 5 at Tropicana Field. Rookie right-hander Wade Davis pitched into the sixth, getting out of a base-loaded jam in the fifth when he struck out Vladimir Guerrero. Rafael Soriano worked a perfect ninth for the save. Tampa Bay, the AL’s best team in the regular season, is trying to become the only team other than 2001 New York Yankees to advance to a league championship series after losing the first two division series games at home. To do that they’ll have to beat Rangers ace left-hander Cliff Lee, who matched a postseason best with 10 strikeouts in a 5-1 opening victory. The Rays send 19-game winner David Price to the mound on Tuesday night in Game 1 starter rematch. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at

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Men’s basketball coach Trent Johnson falls and gets hit with a ball during a dodgeball match against the Maravich Maniacs on Wednesday in the PMAC.

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VOLLEYBALL, from page 7

Jones, who finished the game with a .433 hit percentage, credited the back line for the team’s successes Sunday. “We had so much faith in [junior defensive specialist] Lauren Waclawczyk and everyone on the back row that was digging all those crazy balls, and even in the front row with our blocking, it was all clicking,” Jones said. “We trusted in each other today, and it was going great.” Senior setter Brittney Johnson dished out 46 assists in the match

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Arizona’s Kerry Rhodes returns a fumble recovery for a touchdown Sunday during the fourth quarter of the Cardinals’ game against the Saints. Arizona won, 30-20.

SAINTS, from page 7

end zone to make it 10-0. Stephens-Howling brought the kickoff back 48 yards to the 50, and this time Arizona got something out of it. Hall’s 25-yard pass to Fitzgerald set up Feely’s 37-yard field goal that cut the lead to 10-3 with 11:15 to play in the half. After neither team moved the ball, Ben Graham’s 40-yard punt was downed by Arizona’s Michael Adams inside the Saints’ 1-yard line. One play later from the 2, Brees’ short pass over the middle bounced off Betts’ hands and was intercepted by Paris Lenon at the 2.

LEE, from page 7

“That’s part of it,” he said. “Sometimes you’re going to struggle. It’s about how you come back. … I knew my opportunity would come again.” And that’s exactly what happened. Lee saw minimal action in LSU’s first three games, but in an ironic turn of events, fans cried for Lee’s presence when Jefferson strung together three straight games with less than 100 yards passing and no touchdowns. Lee finally saw significant time on the field last week against Tennessee and made Miles look like a genius with two key conversions to Toliver — a 14-yard pass on thirdand-13 and a 20-yard hookup on fourth-and-14. It wasn’t any different for a calm, cool and collected Lee on Saturday. Right off the bat on LSU’s final drive, he zipped a slant pass to Toliver, which resulted in an 18yard gain. Six plays later, he fired a laser to Toliver on another slant for a 28-yard gain to bring LSU to the 3-yard line. “Jarrett Lee is going to be something special,” Miles said. “Guys that have been through what

The Saints defense held, and on third-and-goal from the 1, Hall sprinted left and tried to score but was stopped. Hall fumbled, but Brown picked it up and took it into the end zone for the score to tie it at 10-all with 2:19 to play in the half. That was enough time for Brees, whose 39-yard pass to Devery Henderson moved the ball to the Arizona 15. After three incompletions, Carney’s 32-yard field goal put New Orleans back on top 13-10 1:10 before halftime. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at he’s been through, they grow up to lead things.” LSU fans will most likely cry out again for Lee, but this time in favor of him to start. As of now, Miles still plans to use both Jefferson and Lee in the same respect as the last two games. Lee understands people want him to receive most of the snaps because of his recent performance but at the same time realizes it’s out of his hands. “A young guy, you would think, in the back of your mind, you always want to play,” Lee said. “But it’s all about trying to help the team win.” Contact Sean Isabella at

page 11 and constantly set up the hitters with one-on-one matchups. Johnson said the team’s confidence carries them throughout the matches. “Whenever you believe you’re going to win the game, you do stuff out of your body that you don’t normally do,” Johnson said. “It’s even different from practice carrying over to a game. I believed in us completely and we all made up some good plays so that was really important.” Flory also commented on the team’s confidence and said they go into every game with

a winning attitude. “We have a lot of faith and confidence in each other and in ourselves,” Flory said. “When you win this many matches, it’s hard to break a team. We truly believe, and we’ve proven it. We’ve earned the right to believe that when we walk on the court, we have a chance to beat anybody.” The Tigers face a quick turnaround this week, hosting Arkansas on Wednesday night in the PMAC. Contact Mark Clements at

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Column contained factual inaccuracies Editor’s Note: The Daily Reveille ran a column Oct. 8 by Carrie Fillipetti from the University of Virginia. Fillipetti argued that people around the world should be concerned with Israeli history, but a reader contends the column contained several factual errors.

In her column last week, Carrie Fillipetti stated Israel unilaterally returned 93 percent of the land Israel ever won in a war. What she left out was that most of that land (the Sinai) was from one country (Egypt) and was only returned after Egypt demonstrated that it was a real military threat (Yom-Kippur war). Weaker groups like the Palestinians still haven’t gotten their land back. Fillipetti included “…China, which has been terrorizing

illegally occupied Tibet for years.” But she failed to note that Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands is also illegal — what a hypocritical omission. Fillipetti said Fatah’s charter promises to destroy Israel.  That is factually incorrect.  Only Hamas’s charter says that.  Fatah got rid of that long ago.  Get your Arab political groups straight. Even then, those are just words.  Israel, on the other hand, is actually destroying Palestine

through settlement building. Furthmore, Hamas has repeatedly accepted the international consensus on the two-state solution forwarded by the U.N.,  which falls in line with international law (like the Geneva convention).  Israel and the U.S. have continually blocked this consensus.  So who is blocking peace? Furthermore, Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005 because it was suicide to keep Jewish settlers near enraged Palestinians — not “as a gesture of peace.” 

Monday, Oct. 11, 2010 When Israel withdrew from Gaza, Israel simultaneously expanded it’s settlement project in the West Bank, thus expanding its overall colonization project, not decreasing it. David McLaughlin Medical physics graduate student

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Obama teams up with McDonald’s to prepare future generations this.

You’re not going to believe

Our beloved President Barack Obama gave a speech to his Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Primarily included in the speech were plans for taxes and education. Here’s where it gets good. Obama has made his position on lower income families very clear from the beginning. Education, he believes, is a critical step for lower income groups to get ahead in life. I tend to agree. In order to prepare future generations of progeny for the real world skills Devin Graham they’ll need, Columnist Obama plans to have community colleges team up with McDonald’s Corp., Gap, Inc., Pacific Gas & Electric, Accenture Plc and United Technologies, Corp. Yes. Our saving grace — the missing component to our dilapidated educational system — is that McDonald’s doesn’t run that, too. If the education we give our kids has a slowly degenerating case of Parkinsons, the last thing it needs is a cup of salted death fries. What gives? Will we be taking “Burger Flipping 1001” or “Intro to Re-folding Clothes 1101”? Well, the plan is that McDonald’s will be teaching Professional Literacy programs. PG&E will be training students for jobs in the energy field, in addition to helping community colleges with little things like say, curriculum design. Gap plans to pair up with colleges in seven cities, offering cuttingedge, top-of-the-line, in-store training. The list goes on. First of all, I’d like to step a

little out of bounds and say that if a program, any program, is so terribly inefficient, so wonderfully and intensely impotent that it cannot adequately prepare students for jobs like folding clothes at the Gap or working the drive-thru at McDonald’s, we have a serious problem. Throwing money at it is like tossing cash onto the Titanic as it sinks into the murky, ice-cold waters of “we did this to ourselves.” I can hear you already – “Ah, it’s no big deal! Higher education is taking a little cut here and there, just a smidgen, so our brothers in education can get a little help. Ya know, paying it forward, bro.” The cuts that we see in higher education are akin to a friend sending you an e-mail about how they’ve recently lost 45 pounds, and in only a few minutes. “Wow!” you say, impressed, of course. “How’d you do it, friend?” Then they, with the shamelessness only a politician can muster, reply, “Well, I just cut my leg off right here below the hip. I don’t walk so great anymore, but ya’ know, I save a killing on shoes now.” I know, I know — it’s mean to pick on poor Obama because it’s just a poor decision made by a man with good intentions and solely in isolation. Surely, no one with a successful background in the cutthroat, intense and globalized economy we live in now would possibly agree with this. No way. On an absolutely unrelated topic, Melinda Gates, the wife of Bill Gates, said community colleges (the very same currently unprepared, by their assertion, for a McDonald’s job) are “hidden gems,” and has a $35 million love gift to back it up. Imagine it: the computers bought by universities in order to

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teach us with flagship–quality education, many running on Windows, helped fluff up the Gates’ empire, only to later be given to community colleges for McDonald’s programs. What a joke. Pennies, pennies, compared to what you paid, you hypocritical spender, you. Obama wrote a big ol’ golden check last March in the meager amount of one billion American blood, sweat and tears dollars for community college worker

training programs, with your little old name at the bottom. The Associated Press and Standford University did a little curious polling for us because they like to check on how we’re holding up. They found that “we,” or around 71 percent of Americans, think it’s sometimes better for people to head off the community colleges in lieu of four-year universities. Like the Titanic, this is dragging out far too long with too

many people involved for me to think this is the least bit funny, and unfortunately, it seems we will be remembered for our tragic failure rather than our beautiful voyage. Devin Graham is a 21-year-old business management senior from Prairieville. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_dgraham. Contact Devin Graham at


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Quote of the Day “Excessive fear is always powerless.”

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Mining valuable metals funds warfare here and abroad Deepti Boddapati University of Connecticut

MANSFIELD, Conn. – (UWIRE) Cell phones and laptops are virtually everywhere. They are balanced next to books in cafes and flipped out to text all our friends. But these technologies, while beneficial to us, contain gold, tungsten, tantalum, and tin — elements that are very dangerous to millions of people in the Republic of Congo. Because the Congo is rich with these metals, they are the main source for them. But the profit from mining and selling these metals is funding a bloody civil war between tribes. These metals, called conflict metals, are strictly regulated and taxed illegally by the mafia like militias that control the Congo, according to These militias control the mines that produce the conflict metals and the lives of the workers who live there. The wages

they give to the workers are often minimal and do not adequately compensate the worker for taking the immense risk of mining. Many of the miners are children who are forced into service by the militias. After taxing the mines, these militias also control smuggling routes and usually ask for very high prices to allow the metals out of the country. estimates the militias make $183 million each year off of conflict metals. Where does this money go? Short answer: weapons. All of the money gained by exploiting the miners is used to purchase weapons needed to fuel the deadliest conflict since World War II. This war has claimed the lives of 3 million people since it started. And killing isn’t the only crime these militias commit. Their preferred psychological weapon of choice against enemy tribes is rape. The Congo contains the worst rates of sexual

violence in the world, according to John Prendergast, a founder of “This is the most dangerous place to be a woman,” Prendergast said. An interview posted on YouTube with some former militiamen reveals the extent to which these men have been brainwashed. They fidget on camera as they justify why they raped, all the while vowing to destroy any man who did the same to their wives and sisters. But perhaps the most chilling testimony was from a man who looked straight at the camera and insisted that being raped was a patriotic sacrifice necessary for the success of the cause. The process by which these conflict metals end up in your cell phones starts in the mines of Congo. With little profit to the miners, the ore is then sent to trading houses in big cities where it is sorted. Next, the ore is smuggled

out to neighboring countries. Here it is shipped to factories in India, China, Thailand and other countries to be mixed with other metals. Finally, the metal is processed into components which are put into our technology. The companies who use these metals, such as Microsoft and Apple, claim that tracing the origin of the ore is very difficult. But conversations with some of the traders in the Congo show that each mine creates a different look in the ore, thus making it easy to trace back. The good news is that this is a problem that can be solved. It starts with every user of these blood-soaked technologies. It starts with you. You, the consumer, need to speak up and show interest in these conflict-free products. Show that there is a demand for conflict-free products — and that companies could profit by converting to them. In addition, there is a bill in

Congress, S-891, which intends “to monitor and stop commercial activities involving the natural resources of the Democratic Republic of Congo that contribute to illegal armed groups and human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo.” Show interest in this bill by sending our senator an e-mail expressing your support for it. This wouldn’t be the first time a conflict-causing product was banned. The Clean Diamond Trade Act of 2005 banned the purchase of diamonds that fueled wars in Africa. The same needs to happen with these conflict metals. The change starts with us, one consumer at a time. The change starts with you.

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Foreign countries’ draft models may be viable in US Since 1973, Americans have not had to deal with the policy of conscription. In the 27 years that have followed, only those who have made the decision to serve the military have done so. Our country has still maintained a strong military without the draft, and while it has had its problems at times, the repeal of the draft has not had a disas- Zachary Davis trous effect. Columnist However, conscription is not dead throughout the world, and some countries, like Israel, still utilize it. While Israel’s conscription policies are very similar to how our draft was conducted (aside from their inclusion of women), it is instead the policies of some of the European countries that are more intriguing. In the European Union, for example, a handful of countries including Greece, Austria and Finland continue to have mandatory service. Before Sept. 27, Germany was also one of these countries. And while they may no longer have mandatory service, we might be able to learn something from how they practiced it. There, men were given three options when drafted by the government upon reaching 18. The first and most obvious was to serve in the military for six months, two of which consisted of basic training. After the first two months, draftees would be

given a post to be positioned for the remaining four, though they would not be forced to go into a combat zone unless they had volunteered. Through all of this, they would be provided free housing, food and health care. Personally, this sounds pretty good to a college student facing college debt. The military option is not what intrigues me, though. It is instead the other two options that could be potentially feasible. Civil protection, the first of these two options, is basically volunteering ones’ self in the event that the community needs you. For six years, the draftee would basically be part of the disaster relief of the community, participating with the volunteer firefighters or other agencies like the Red Cross. While no payment is received during this time, it allows the community to be more prepared in a time of crisis. And while they might never be called upon, at least the option is still there. The last of these options, conscientious objectors, are those with moral problems against joining the military and are allowed to work in a civilian service instead. For six months, these draftees would work in professions which offer a public service, from hospitals and rehab centers to kindergartens. Certainly when one thinks of a draft, Germany’s take on the subject might not be what one had in mind. But it doesn’t sound like something I would be terribly against, at least regarding the

non-military options. Getting a job as a college graduate is not guaranteed, and it only seems to be getting harder. As of earlier this year,’s annual study found only 44 percent of employers planned on hiring those who had recently graduated, and with the rise of unemployment comes more competition. It is in this regard a draft of sorts might be beneficial, both to community and draftee. What if, for instance, upon graduation from a public uni-

versity you were forced to give back to the country in one way or another? You might have the option of being part of a volunteer service for a few years or having a service-based job for a few months. Whether through an interim job in the community or volunteer service, a process like this seems to be a great way to strengthen the community while providing jobs to those who might need them. While full-out military drafts will hopefully remain in America’s past, perhaps community-

based ones can pop up instead. Though the current economy might not provide us the chance to experiment in social changes like this, it should be something to explore when we’re stable once again. Zachary Davis is a 19-year-old history sophomore from Warsaw, Poland. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_zdavis. Contact Zachary Davis at


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assistant registrar. “If you get out [of a major] and get caught up, you can absolutely declare it again,” Beste assured. Summer and intersession classes are not tracked by CATS, and Beste said these times serve as a great opportunity to catch up. She also stressed the program is in no way “punitive” or “punishing” and is instead geared to be “a useful and helpful tool for students.” CATS is modeled after a program created by the University of Florida. Beste said UF has had a successful tracking system for 10 years and helped LSU create a similar version. “It is not out of the box or off the shelf,” Antie said. “It’s customized on campus, for campus.” The Office of Academic Affairs, Office of the University Registrar and University Information Systems have worked closely for the last five years to develop the tracking tool, and the last two years have been devoted to pilot programming. CATS began testing paths in four programs in 2008. It expanded to 50 programs the following year and reached full implementation this year with 207 programs.

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of the second half, he changed his mind. “Not that I didn’t have real confidence in Jasper ... I knew the fake was there,” Miles said after the game. “We execute that fake about once every five years. We were certainly due. We execute that fake about 100 percent in every practice. We bounced it, and thank goodness he made a nice responsible fielding catch.” Lee then engineered the final plays of LSU’s statement-making victory by throwing a 28-yard pass on a slant route to Toliver, giving LSU a first-and-goal at the Florida 3-yard line. Lee spiked the ball on first down, threw an incomplete fade route pass on second down, then completed the touchdown to Toliver on the same play with six seconds left on the clock. “They didn’t like me very much when we were 5-0,” Miles said. “Now we’re 6-0. Hope you guys like me more.” LSU now stands as one of two unbeaten teams in the SEC along with Auburn, who is LSU’s next SEC opponent. Toliver had a career day receiving Saturday, hauling in six receptions for 111 yards and two touchdowns. His first score came on a 38-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter in which he dragged Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins the final few yards to the end zone. LSU put together its highest offensive production of the season, finishing the game with 385 total yards – 224 passing and 161 rushing. Junior quarterback Jordan Jefferson completed 7-of-12 passes for exactly 100 yards and one interception, the first time he reached the century mark since throwing for 151 yards against North Carolina. Lee finished 9-of-11 for 124 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Jefferson’s interception to Florida freshman linebacker Jelani

“We gained a ton of knowledge from the pilot programs,” Beste said. “We did a ‘180’ on the way it worked due to the great feedback, and we’re still learning.” A few glitches have been encountered with the tool, but Beste said they were mostly misunderstandings that the registrar does not intend to let happen again. “But that’s the difficult part to hold up with budget issues,” she said. Beste said the program has taken the current University budget crisis into account and will update CATS every year or as needed. Departments will also be able to make changes to requirements as a result of constructive feedback or cuts. “It’s not a static document,” she said. “It’s forever changing.” Beste said she is excited about the results so far and is looking forward to the future of CATS, hoping to enhance the tool in the future, making it more interactive when scheduling. “A degree is not inexpensive,” she said. “We don’t want to see students unguided or unable to see what to do.” Contact Sydni Dunn at Jenkins proved costly as Florida subsequently took a 7-3 lead in the second quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by redshirt freshman tight end Jordan Reed. Reed was one of three Gators who lined up at quarterback Saturday, along with junior John Brantley and freshman Trey Burton. Jefferson finished with 11 carries for 42 yards and two touchdowns, also converting a fourthand-1 carry at the Florida 1-yard line. Florida finished with 243 total yards, and LSU limited the Gators’ running game, which was missing leading rusher Jeff Demps, to 89 yards on 32 carries, an average of just 2.8 yards per rush. “We don’t get a lot of credit for being a great football team because we play ugly football, a lot of close games,” said LSU junior running back Stevan Ridley, who ran a career-high 28 times for 83 yards. “We made a statement to the country that we can play a quality opponent and win because a lot of people were doubting us.” Both LSU and Florida capitalized on turnovers by the opposing team. LSU punched in 10 points off Gator turnovers — a fumble recovery by freshman defensive back Tyrann Mathieu and a Brantley interception by sophomore cornerback Morris Claiborne — Claiborne’s third interception of the season. Contact Rachel Whittaker at

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according to Novak. “The extent of these cuts make of whom are instructors who teach it so that we really wouldn’t be able the writing portion of the Univer- to do the basic instruction that we’re sity’s curriculum. mandated to do by the state in freshInstructors teach 62 percent man writing and second-year writing of ENGL 1001 by our accreditation sections and 74 English instructors, fall ’10 agencies,” Novak said. percent of 2000 • Comprise 26 percent of first-year The issue is not sections of the writing course teachers just about fewer people d e p a r t m e n t ’s teaching English, Nowriting pro- • Teach 62 percent of 1001 sections vak said. gram, according • Teach 51 percent of all English It’s about the to the Director course sections freshmen and sophoof the Univer- • Comprise 54 percent of second-year mores who are resity Writing Pro- writing program teachers quired to take these gram Barbara • Teach 74 percent of 2000 sections courses that won’t be Heifferon. able to graduate in a The rest of timely manner because the writing program is taught by ei- of a shortage in classes, Novak said. ther graduate assistants or post doc“We teach the required courstorates. es,” Strohschein said. “For every Instructors teach four classes a student in every discipline, you have semester, “and they are very difficult to have the two University writing classes to teach with lots of writing,” courses under your belt before you

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move on.” These courses are “the building blocks” for general education, Strohschein said. “Part of the great mystery to those of us who teach these courses is what is Plan B if in fact the termination letters go through?” Strohschein said. “That’s part of the frustration. What happens to these required courses? Who teaches them?” Faculty and staff in the English Department worry that the University’s recent academic alliance with the Baton Rouge Community College may be the University’s solution to circumvent part of the problem.

Read about how “Bears 2 Tigers” may affect the Eng. Dept. at Contact Julian Tate at

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