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HC court Hundreds of students protest Provision voting budget cuts at State Capitol could aid cuts to ends today higher ed Kayla DuBos
The 2010 Homecoming Court has been selected, and voting for this year’s king and queen is open until 4 p.m. today. This year’s nominees for homecoming queen are business management senior and Student Government vice president Dani Borel, psychology senior Kristin Davis and mass communication senior Aly Neel. The nominees for homecoming king are mass communication senior Francis Boustany, sociology, criminology and African American studies senior Devon Wade and human resources and leadership development senior Stuart Watkins. Voting for homecoming king and queen can be done online. Students can log into PAWS and click on “Homecoming Elections” under the drop-down menu in “Student Services” to vote. This year’s number of court applicants has doubled, according to Katie McGee, assistant dean of students and associate director of Student Advocacy and Accountability. “The number of applicants made this year’s selection process extremely competitive,” McGee said. Contact Kayla DuBos at firstname.lastname@example.org
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speakers, Samuels blasted Jindal from a podium on the building’s front doorstep. “The governor scolds the higher education community for whining,” Samuels complained, to widespread boos. “We don’t just have a deﬁcit of dollars. We have a deﬁcit of new ideas, a deﬁcit of vision and a deﬁcit of political courage from our leaders.” In between speakers, organizers led the crowd in repeated chants, including “Where is Bobby,” “Save our state, educate” and “When they say cutbacks, we say ﬁght back.” Protesters also carried signs, ranging from distributed ones saying “Stand up for higher education,” to
As higher education and health care suffer continued cuts in state funding much more severe than other parts of the budget, state ofﬁcials have claimed their hands are tied. A maze of constitutional and statutory dedications protect huge swaths of the state’s budget. Higher education and health care are the only major programs that don’t enjoy such protections, so they get cut signiﬁcantly worse than the rest. But a provision nestled deep in the state’s constitution may mean that conventional wisdom isn’t entirely true. Article VII, Section 10, Subsection F, Subsubsection 2a says that “adjustments to any constitutionally protected or mandated allocations or appropriations ... are authorized when state general fund allocations or appropriations have been reduced in an aggregate amount equal to at least seven-tenths of one percent of the total of such allocations and appropriations for a ﬁscal year.” Simply put, this means the state has the authority to cut 5 percent from even those programs that are constitutionally protected once the state’s general fund is cut by at
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Matthew Albright Staff Writer
An incensed wave of students surged up the State Capitol steps Wednesday, blasting Gov. Bobby Jindal for continued cuts to state higher education funding. The Rally for Higher Education drew about 500 students from throughout the state — students in LSU purple and gold were sprinkled throughout a crowd of University of New Orleans and Southern University blue, Southeastern Louisiana University green, and Nicholls State University and University of Louisiana at Lafayette red. “Bobby Jindal, where are you? Can you please show your face?” shouted Southern political science
junior Dadrius Lanus through a megaphone, to thunderous applause. “We will not stand for this.” The protest was organized by the Education Now coalition, which links student protest groups at several of the largest state universities in Louisiana, like Save UNO and LSU’s Proud Students. Originally organized by Save UNO, the protest eventually grew to include several universities. Southern University professor Albert Samuels called roll as he addressed the crowd, eliciting cheers from the different institutions as he called out their names. “When young people get together, you can literally change the world,” Samuels told the crowd. Like the rest of the dozen
Nicholls students start protest group Campaign aims to inform businesses Catherine Threlkeld Staff Writer
Nicholls State University students have started their own budget cut protest campaign to make businesses realize how important their university is to the area. The long-term goal of the group, called “Stand Up 4 La,” is to get a constitutional amendment to protect higher education or lift protections on other parts of the state budget,
leveling the playing ﬁeld when it comes to budget cuts, said Nicholls State art senior Amy Marie Mahler. Since 2008, Nicholls has suffered a 29-percent budget cut and is facing another 35-percent cut in July 2011, Mahler said. “Which means, if worst case scenario, we would lose about 2,000 students,” Mahler said. “We’d lose 18 degree programs, and we’d lose countless faculty and staff.” Stand Up 4 La was started by students who were upset with budget cuts, Mahler said. “We kept saying, ‘I wish we could do this,’” Mahler said. “Instead of just talking, we decided to
do something. It’s not just one department. It’s made up of students from all over campus.” One point the campaign is pushing is the My Dollar Campaign, where each time patrons visit businesses in Houma and Thibodaux, they bring fake dollars. Mahler said a faculty member brought a fake dollar to a local gas station. “The next week he went back to the same gas station and asked if they’d gotten any more dollars, and the person behind the cash register pulled out a really big stack of NICHOLLS, see page 15
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Nicholls State University students protest Wednesday during the Rally for Higher Education at the State Capitol. NSU recently began its own protest campaign.
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INTERNATIONAL Thousands of UK students protest tuition fees hike LONDON (AP) — Tens of thousands of students marched through London on Wednesday against plans to triple university tuition fees, and violence erupted as a minority battled police and trashed a building containing the headquarters of the governing Conservative Party. Organizers said 50,000 students, lecturers and supporters demonstrated against plans to raise the cost of studying at a university to 9,000 pounds ($14,000) a year — three times the current rate — in the largest street protest yet against the government’s sweeping austerity measures. As the march passed a highrise building that houses Conservative headquarters, some protesters smashed windows as others lit a bonﬁre of placards outside the building. Ofﬁce workers were evacuated as several dozen
demonstrators managed to get into the lobby, scattering furniture, smashing CCTV cameras, spraying grafﬁti and chanting “Tories Out,” while outside police faced off against a crowd that occasionally hurled food and placards. El Salvador prison catches fire, kills 16 inmates, injures 22 SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A ﬁre tore through an El Salvador prison Wednesday, killing at least 16 young inmates and injuring 22. Ten of the injured are listed in serious condition with burns, said Mauricio Ventura, director of the Rosales Hospital in the capital, San Salvador. The small prison in the city of Ilobasco held 96 inmates, 43 of whom were in the area affected by the ﬁre. A ﬁnal count of the inmates showed ﬁve were not injured. Most of the prisoners had served time in facilities for youthful offenders and were transferred to Ilobasco after they turned 18.
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A demonstrator attacks the windows of Millbank Tower, housing the headquarters of the Conservative Party, during a protest in London on Wednesday against increases in university tuition fees.
Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010
US appeals court judge endorses legalizing marijuana use
Settlement reached in suit over school’s handcuffing of 6-year-old
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A U.S. federal appeals court judge says the United States should consider legalizing marijuana. Judge Juan Torruella tells a law school audience in Puerto Rico that experimenting with legalization of marijuana and perhaps other drugs is a better way to reduce drug abuse and crime. The 77-year-old judge says it’s the only “realistic” alternative since the drug war has been “lost” at a high cost to society. His comments Tuesday at the University of Puerto Rico were reported by the newspaper El Nuevo Dia. Torruella sits on the Bostonbased U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He was nominated to be a federal judge by President Gerald Ford and elevated to the appeals court by President Ronald Reagan in 1984.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A law group that sued over a 6-year-old student who was handcuffed to chair at a state-run New Orleans school says the federal lawsuit has been settled. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which ﬁled the suit in July, announced the settlement Wednesday. The center said the state’s Recovery School District, which took over most New Orleans public schools after Hurricane Katrina, agreed to prohibit the use of ﬁxed restraints and limit the use of handcuffs. Security personnel at the schools will receive training on the settlement terms, according to an SPLC news release. “The Recovery School District has reinforced its commitment to their students,” said Thena Robinson, lead attorney for the SPLC. “Hopefully, schools throughout the
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state will follow RSD’s lead and take action to protect students from the brutal restraints and abusive punishments that far too many students endure on a daily basis.” Federal education money to be used to offset state budget cuts (AP) — State Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek told school superintendents Wednesday that their districts won’t receive an expected infusion of $147 million in federal education money. Instead, The Associated Press learned that Pastorek told the superintendents in a conference call that the Jindal administration wants to use the money to help ﬁll in budget gaps next year and to offset cuts to higher education. West Baton Rouge Parish Schools Superintendent David Corona called the news devastating. Districts had been told how much money they could expect and had ing the school districts could use it either in the current school year or the next one.
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Animation festival returns for sixth year Event stimulates local economy Morgan Searles Entertainment Writer
Cartoons aren’t just for kids anymore, as proven by the success and growing popularity of Baton Rouge’s annual Red Stick International Animation Festival. Returning for its sixth year, the festival brings competition, screenings, lectures and special events to the downtown Baton Rouge area. The University’s Center for Computation and Technology is sponsoring the festival. University students are involved as ﬁlmmakers, staff workers and volunteers. Several big-name companies are participating in this year’s festival. Events opened Wednesday with a preview of Disney’s new movie “Tangled,” with one of the animation directors for the ﬁlm present, said Stacey Simmons, festival director and associate director of economic development at the CCT. “We have a great relationship with Disney and DreamWorks,” Simmons said. “The legitimacy of those kinds of relationships helps when we talk to try to work with companies.” The festival makes an economic difference in Baton Rouge on both a large and a small scale, said Stephen David Beck, co-founder and festival host and director of the University’s Laboratory for Creative Arts and Technologies and the CCT. “People come into town for the festival, and they rent hotel rooms and buy food,” Beck said. “But on a larger scale, having the animation festival helps to provide a framework and awareness of media in the capital region and attract businesses.” The tax breaks that have attracted ﬁlm production in Baton Rouge similarly affect the animation community, Beck said. “The state has an array of tax credits that make it affordable to set up businesses in Louisiana as part of a coordinated effort to try to establish digital media in the capital region,” Beck said. Simmons said the overall goal of the festival has always been to increase awareness of digital media as
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A display advertises the new movie “Tangled” inside the Rave Motion Pictures Theater at the Mall of Louisiana on Wednesday as a part of The Red Stick Animation Festival.
an economic catalyst to the state. “It’s hard to create awareness in a city that doesn’t have an event. Well, Red Stick became our event,” Simmons said. “We’re trying to become known as the great American animation festival. There currently isn’t one, but we’re getting there.” Beck said animators beneﬁt from meeting other artists during the festival, which allows them to “begin building a community.” One event at the festival geared toward making these valuable connections is Fandemonium. For people interested in video games and animation, this conference-like event gives people the opportunity to meet others within the industry. An event called Video Games Live will close the festival Saturday. It is a collaboration with the Baton Rouge Symphony that brings music from old and new video games into the Baton Rouge River Center with video screens
and interactive activities. Simmons said this year’s festival has made more of an effort to reach out to established ﬁlmmakers. He said the festival has been working to become an Oscar-qualifying festival to show up more prominently on people’s radar. “Animation is more than just cartoons,” he said. “It’s any kind of virtual sequencing that shows process, which creates a nice blend of art and science.” Events began Wednesday and will continue until Saturday. Red, Gold and All-Access passes grant admission to different events. Venues include the Manship Theatre, Louisiana Art and Science Museum’s planetarium and the Old State Capitol.
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Community gathers to Campaigners can pass out ‘trinkets’ discuss LGBTQ bullying Frederick Holl Staff Writer
Maccio said. “Before we become tomorrow’s front page, let’s address this and try to prevent bullying and suicide now.” The town hall meeting was built on the efforts of an Oct. 7 Kate Mabry event hosted by Spectrum and Contributing Writer Safe Space Campaign, Barry About 175 people crowded said. inside the McKernan Auditorium The room in the Africanin the Paul M. Hebert Law Cen- American Cultural Center was ter on Wednesday night to speak full, and it became “very moving about the prevention of anti-LG- when the room was opened up BTQ — Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, for discussion,” Barry said. Transgender and Queer — bullyStudents shared their pering and suicide. sonal experiences, and the room Elaine M. Maccio, the event was full of energy, Parker said. moderator and as“So many sistant professor at people felt so the School of Social passionately Work, facilitated about this isquestions for the sue we had to panelists in the ﬁrst continue to hour. address this The second problem in hour was a brainthe town hall Elaine M. Maccio storming session meeting,” Barassistant professor, School of Social Work among panelist and ry said. audience members Curry said on “how to address the problem she is encouraged by the number of bullying, anti-gay or other- of organizations participating in wise, on grade school and col- the meeting. lege campuses,” Maccio said. “There are so many orgaThe meeting opened with nizations in Baton Rouge now the names of the student suicides that support LGBTQ rights. It announced by Katrice Albert, a highlights how many people are panelist participating in the dis- invested in working against this cussion. problem,” Curry said. This meeting is a direct reThe event was sponsored by sponse to the recent suicides of Capital City Alliance, the LSU gay teens. Ofﬁce of Multicultural Affairs, Many organizations believe Safe Space Campaign, Specnow is the time to act on anti- trum, LSU OUTlaw, LSU School LBGTQ bullying while the me- of Social Work, LSU Women’s dia is concentrating on the issue, and Gender Studies and LSU said Kat Barry, Spectrum presi- Women’s Center, Parker said. dent. “The number of LGBTQ-related suicides this year is consistent with past years. Unfortunately, these are the usual numbers,” said Bruce Parker, Safe Space Campaign coordinator. Contact Kate Mabry at The panelists answering the firstname.lastname@example.org audience’s questions included Katrice Albert, Vice Provost for Equality, Diversity and Community Outreach; Jennifer Curry, assistant professor of the School of Counseling; Tyler Mallet, high school social studies teacher; Roland Mitchell, assistant professor of Higher Education Administration; and Wesley Ware, founder and coordinator of BreakOUT!. Questions spanned from how grammar school teachers should deal with bullying to budget cut effects on LGBTQ groups and alliances on campus. Many students seemed concerned about how administration will deal with bullying and the safety of the LGBTQ students from elementary school through college. Anti-LGBTQ bullying has come to the national forefront. Schools are realizing something needs to be done about bullying, Maccio said. “It’s safe to say this is happening at LSU as well,”
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‘Let’s address this and try to prevent bullying and suicide now.’
Student Government elections could now involve shot glasses and condoms to increase student involvement. Members of SG campaigns will now be able to pass out “trinkets” — items worth less than $2 — to prospective voters, the SG Senate vote Wednesday night. Students campaigning for SG were previously only allowed to hand out paper goods of “no tangible value.” Senators in favor of the bill argued allowing the trinkets would lead to campaign creativity and increased student interest and voter turnout. SG voter turnout has suffered in previous elections. Only 620 students voted in the most recent fall elections, and 5,315 voted last spring. “We want our Student Government campaigns to be more like real campaigns,” said Aaron Caffarel, SG Senate Speaker Pro Tempore. Those opposed expressed concern of potential abuses and students voting based only on who had the best “trinket.” SG President J Hudson and Vice President Dani Borel voiced their strong opposition to the bill, and Hudson is expected to veto it. “I think who offers the best stuff is going to win elections, and that’s
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Two Student Government senators stand up to make a point Wednesday during the Senate’s discussion about the annual LSU Block and Bridle rodeo.
not what we want,” Hudson said. Hudson offered several examples of possible embarrassing uses of the rule, including giving out condoms and shot glasses with the name of a campaign ticket on them. “We all know we have tickets that just want to poke fun at Student Government,” Hudson said. Borel said while she agreed campaigns could use more creativity, the bill allows too much freedom that could damage the reputation of SG. “If you are really gung-ho about this, I urge you to put in some
stipulations,” Borel said. “And I guarantee you the [media] is going to love to jump all over it when presidential candidates are handing out crazy stuff.” SG also passed SGR No. 7, a resolution urging Academic Affairs to no longer allow professors to assign graded work during the concentrated study period, which is the period of Wednesday through Sunday
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LSU beats Alabama with previously ineffective passing game Jarrett Lee: 1, Jordan Jefferson: 3
Pass completions of 10 yards or more in previous 8 games:
Chief Sports Writer
Whatever it was, it worked. Jefferson and Lee were 4-of-7 against the Crimson Tide on throws of 10 yards or more. Jefferson connected on throws of 12-, 19- and 75yard plays, while Lee had a 47-yard completion. LSU is now 20-of-61 on passes of 10 yards or more. Jefferson said he had no idea why it took so long for an aerial
LSU football coach Les Miles on Wednesday predicted a “pretty aggressive rotation” on the offensive line for LSU’s game Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe. Sophomore right tackle Alex Hurst left the Alabama game with an ankle injury, and junior Greg Shaw replaced him. ‘[Junior Junior offensive lineman Tright Bob Hebert brieﬂy guard Will left the Alabama game, as well, re- Blackwell] placed by redshirt has healed freshman Josh Williford. Miles extremely said Hebert “got well.’ a little nicked” but said he did seem to Les Miles be seriously hurt. LSU football coach “[The rotation] has involved T-Bob, Williford, [redshirt freshman tackle Chris Faulk] and Shaw,” Miles said. “Hurst may get a chance pretty quick, but we don’t know. I like how Greg Shaw played. I may start with him.” The only long-term injury LSU suffered against Alabama was junior safety Brandon Taylor, who appeared to injure his ankle. Miles said Taylor is “legitimately” out, and true freshman Eric Reid and redshirt freshman Craig Loston will rotate in at safety Saturday. Miles said sophomore cornerback Morris Claiborne practiced Wednesday after leaving with a
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MILES, see page 8
Completion percentage of passes 10 yards or more in previous 8 games:
Jarrett Lee: 30%, Jordan Jefferson: 29%
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It took nine games, but the LSU football team has ﬁnally established a downﬁeld passing attack. At least temporarily. Through eight games, LSU quarterbacks were 16-of-54 on passes thrown 10 or more yards downﬁeld — screen passes and other short throws that went for more than 10
yards were not counted — including 1-of-8 on Oct. 23 against a depleted Auburn secondary. With the Tigers on a bye week before the Alabama game, something clicked with junior quarterbacks Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee and the LSU receivers. LSU coach Les Miles said during a Nov. 3 press conference he was conﬁdent the passing game would come to “fruition” against Alabama.
Injuries force a varied o-line
Jarrett Lee: 4, Jordan Jefferson: 12
Greg Shaw replaces Alex Hurst at tackle
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Tigers sign O’Bryant, Isaac early Turner, Dotson and White to start today Rowan Kavner Sports Writer
Wednesday was kind to the LSU men’s basketball program. On the ﬁrst day of the early signing period, LSU coach Trent Johnson received National Letters of Intent from forward Johnny O’Bryant and guard John Isaac. Scout.com rates O’Bryant as a
ﬁve-star recruit and Isaac as a threestar recruit. O’Bryant verbally committed to LSU on Oct. 14 and Isaac verbally committed last year, but Johnson was only able to speak about the recruits once they signed. “I’m looking forward to, as a head coach, making sure these two young men achieve their goals while they’re here at LSU and beyond,” Johnson said. “It’s a good day for our basketball program. It’s a good day for our fans.” The 6-foot-9, 245-pound O’Bryant is the No. 21 recruit on
ESPNU’s Top 100 board. He averaged 15 points and 7.2 rebounds a game last season at East Side High School in Cleveland, Miss. “He’s got a wealth of basketball experience with USA Basketball,” Johnson said. “He’s a kid that basically we need to enjoy every second, every day, because he has an opportunity to play basketball for a long, long, long time.” Johnson said he could tell O’Bryant wasn’t a follower and had a different attitude than the typical recruit. RECRUITS, see page 8
LSU sophomore guard Aaron Dotson (12) takes a shot Dec. 14 during the Tigers’ 77-60 win against Southeastern Louisiana University in the PMAC.
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Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010
Homecoming football game is storied LSU tradition Cannon recounts legendary game Erin Henley Sports Contributor
On Oct. 25, 1958, 62,000 fans crammed into Tiger Stadium for LSU’s homecoming game against Florida. The game was tied at 7 in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, with a perfect 5-0 record on the line. And 1959 Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon still vividly remembers the emotionally charged game. “I remember the Florida game and how good Florida was that year. I think my most vivid memory was when I had about a 65-yard touchdown run called back,” Cannon said laughing. “It was like they killed me.” Cannon’s 1958 homecoming memory is part of a storied LSU football tradition that dates back to the first homecoming game against Tulane in 1922. Homecoming weekends usually feature a football game as the center point along with parades and various other events. During the 1958 game, Cannon carried four times for 20 yards on the
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Billy Cannon (20) runs during his famous punt return in the 1959 Halloween game against Ole Miss. Cannon went on to win the 1959 Heisman Trophy.
winning drive to get into field goal range at the 19 with less than three minutes left. The game ended in a 10-7 LSU win after kicker Tommy Davis booted a game-clinching field goal. The homecoming victory propelled LSU to the top of the AP poll for the first time in program history. “It was quite exciting, of course,” Cannon said. “The house was full, and that always helps
because back in those days there wasn’t a problem with tickets.” Senior Associate Athletic Director Herb Vincent said conference matchups are exciting, but the homecoming game is nostalgic. “Tradition is such a big part of LSU athletics, and there’s a lot of tradition around homecoming,” Vincent said. “I think there’s a certain electricity around the homecoming game that makes it special.”
Cannon, who is serving as grand marshal of the homecoming parade this year, appreciates the tradition of hosting a football game but feels homecoming has a bigger meaning. “I think homecoming is great. It’s special, and it’s not just a threehour ball game,” Cannon said. “The great part about it is to have the alums back, the former students that are using their education to further their lives. When these guys and ladies walk this campus and pass the buildings teaching the same courses, it brings back so many great times and memories.” Cannon said some of his favorite homecoming memories involve now obsolete traditions like band night and when the team voted for homecoming queen. Cannon said many LSU alumni share his fondness for homecoming. “[Louisiana Secretary of State] Jay Dardenne was a student years back, and he was down on the field before the homecoming game,” Cannon recounted. “He said, ‘I can’t believe it, I’ve been in the stands all my life, but the feeling down here on this field, it’s unbelievable.’ He said ‘I want to hit somebody. I want to make a tackle.’ And we sat there and laughed and had a good time.” Junior offensive guard Josh Dworaczyk said homecoming and
the importance of alumni attendance is something the team talked about in the locker room. “I hope the guys take to heart that you have to play with passion and emotion every single game, but at the homecoming game it’s OK to have a little more passion,” Dworaczyk said. “You’re playing for a lot more. You’re playing for the alumni and everybody coming back, and you definitely want to see a victory, and you want it to end in a pretty fashion.” LSU has not suffered a homecoming loss since losing 13-10 to Alabama-Birmingham under thencoach Nick Saban in 2000. LSU recorded its biggest comeback after rallying from a 28-point deficit against Troy in the 2008 homecoming game. The Tigers are facing off against Louisiana-Monroe in this year’s homecoming game. Junior quarterback Jordan Jefferson said the Tigers are excited for the game and the strong role it plays in LSU tradition. “We’re a very traditional school and a traditional team, and we don’t break tradition,” Jefferson said.
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Freshmen could play pivotal role in Tigers’ success this season Rowan Kavner Sports Writer
A few athletes who have never played in a regular season college game could be critical to the LSU men’s basketball team’s success this year. The first nine points of the Purple vs. Gold scrimmage last Friday were scored by freshman guard Ralston Turner and freshman forward Matt Derenbecker. Turner finished with 21 points and was 4-of-5 from 3-point range, while Derenbecker finished with 13 points as the duo led the team in scoring. Turner was ranked No. 70 on the ESPNU recruiting board, while Derenbecker was 87th for the 2010 class. “Ralston is really patient on offense, and he is really smart,” said sophomore guard Aaron Dotson, who added 12 points and five assists in the scrimmage. “He has a really high basketball IQ, and we all know Matt can shoot.” Not far behind Turner at No. 72 on the list was freshman guard Andre Stringer, who knocked down two 3-pointers and dished out four assists at the scrimmage. Stringer, a 5-foot-9-inch point guard, was leading scorer at Forest Park High School in Mississippi. He rotated with junior guard Chris Bass at point guard. “Andre, coming in I didn’t know how he was going to be because he was so small,” Dotson said. “But he’s really good. He has a really good shot and a really good
change of pace.” Despite switching in and out with Bass, Stringer said he doesn’t consider the position a competition. “At the end of the day we’re on the same team,” Stringer said. “We want to teach each other things. We want to help each other.” The freshmen combined to shoot 8-of-18 from 3-point range in the scrimmage and contributed 44 of the game’s combined 96 points. LSU coach Trent Johnson said junior forwards Storm Warren and Malcolm White should benefit from having so many perimeter shooters. “For us to be effective we’re
going to have to have balance,” Johnson said. “With the range of some of these kids ... that post play’s going to open up.” Sophomore forward Eddie Ludwig said it took him five to 10 games as a freshman last season to get accustomed to college basketball. He said this year’s freshmen need to be ready immediately. Based on how they played in practice and scrimmages, he thinks they should be ready by the first game. “You could tell coming out they weren’t really sure what to expect, but once they got in the flow of the game and got under control and
started handling the pressure well, that was a positive,” Ludwig said. Johnson said the freshmen are “as good as advertised” but are slightly behind defensively. “As intense as practice has been and as much as they’ve been thrown in the fire they’ve held up physically as good as anybody,” he said.
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Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010
LSU should pick better game for Homecoming weekend
I don’t understand the logic in picking Louisiana-Monroe as the Homecoming game. Why choose what (looking at the schedule at the start of the season) should and likely will be the most boring and least hyped game of the season as the Homecoming game? It doesn’t make any sense. This game has so little build up around it, especially after the win against Alabama, that the only way to watch it is to pay for it. It was a lose-lose situation all along. Had LSU lost to Alabama, the hangover from the loss would have been so great that LSU fans likely would have felt the season was lost (remember, LSU fans are stubborn like that). The Homecoming game would have done little, if anything at all, to assuage the pain. The Tigers won the game, and still few people care about this game. Tiger faithful are looking forward to the upcoming games against Ole Miss and Arkansas, not ULM. In fact, I’m willing to bet Tiger fans are more interested in the
outcome of the Georgia versus Auburn game than this game. Then, on top of it all, should LSU lose to ULM, the Homecoming game will be remembered as a loss. If LSU beats ULM, then it did what it should have done. It’s not exciting. Obviously, I’m not trying to disrespect ULM. LSU just needs to pick a Andy Schwehm better HomeSports columnist coming opponent. Let’s just take a hypothetical situation and say the Homecoming game was actually last week against Alabama instead of this week. Now obviously this is hindsight, but hang with me. There would already be an enormous amount of hype surrounding the game because Alabama has been one of LSU’s most fierce rivals in the past few years. The game is always bound to be close.
On top of that, the campus would be inundated with 150,000 plus fans for the spectacle. The whole point of Homecoming is to welcome back alumni from the past. There’s no better way to do that than to pick the biggest home game of the year as the Homecoming game. Just look back at LSU’s past with Homecoming games. In 1958, it was LSU’s Homecoming victory against Florida that helped push the Tigers toward an undefeated regular season. On a Homecoming Halloween night in 1959, it was Billy Cannon’s punt return against Ole Miss that gave LSU a big victory. Those are the ghosts of Homecoming past. Now all we have is Louisiana Tech and Troy from the past two seasons, both of which were made far more exciting than they needed to be. Simply put, LSU needs to go back to the past on this one and start playing a worthwhile team on Homecoming. It has become a
Top gymnast signs with Tigers Women’s basketball, softball get signees Rob Landry Sports Contributor
The LSU gymnastics team has already started putting the pieces together for the 2012 season. The Tigers received a national letter of intent Wednesday from Rheagan Courville, a senior at University High School, who is ranked in the top 10 nationally among gymnasts her age. She is a balance beam specialist who also plans to compete in the all-around. Courville chose the Tigers over nearly the entire Southeastern Conference, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Georgia. “My family has been Tiger fans ever since I can remember, and I couldn’t see choosing any other team,” Courville said. But the gymnastics team was not the only LSU squad to pick up some new players Wednesday. The women’s basketball team took great strides in brightening the future of its program as well, signing 6-foot-4-inch Krystal Forthan, the fifth-best recruiting prospect in the nation according to ESPN HoopGurlz.com. Forthan is a native of Portland, Ore., and will play forward
for the Tigers. “Anytime you sign a player the caliber of Krystal Forthan, you have to be excited,” LSU women’s basketball coach Van Chancellor said in a news release. “She has great size and can play inside or outside. She has the kind of athleticism that you need at this level and in the Southeastern Conference. She will be a difference maker for our team.” The softball team signed five new players to its roster Wednesday. Rikki Alcaraz, Ayanna “AJ” Andrews, Kailey McCasland, Dylan Supak and Tammy Vermeulen
agreed to spend their collegiate careers at LSU. Alcaraz is a left-handed hitter who was the first freshman ever to start for her high school team. She was the Marist High School Offensive Player of the Year and was also honored with All-Conference and All-State mentions in Illinois. Andrews was also All-State and was named the Suncoast League Most Valuable Player in Florida. Contact Rob Landry at firstname.lastname@example.org
nation wide epidemic of big schools playing smaller opponents that they are virtually guaranteed a win against for their Homecoming games. It kind of makes me wonder who the smaller schools play for their Homecoming games (for ULM, it’s rival Troy). Back in high school, I remember my school’s Homecoming games being against big rivals. It built up anticipation for the games.
Maybe it’s time to go back to our roots and start to pick a Homecoming game that matters. Andy Schwehm is a 21-year-old English and psychology senior from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_Aschwehm.
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possible head injury. He should be ready to play Saturday. Miles also said junior right guard Will Blackwell has been taking snaps in practice the past two weeks and could return soon after breaking his ankle in the season opener. “It’s amazing. He’s worked really hard at rehabilitation,” Miles said. “His body has healed extremely
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“There’s certain guys that want to be a part of something that, ‘Hey, I put this thing on the map for a long period of time,’ he said. “I think he’s one of those guys. I really feel that.” Isaac, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound guard from Pickering High School in Leesville, La., averaged 18.5 points and 11.5 rebounds his sophomore year. He didn’t play his junior year but has recovered and is playing high school football. Johnson said he told Isaac he would have a scholarship at LSU regardless of how his rehab went. “I’ve seen him work out,” Johnson said. “The last time I saw him he came out of class and he had his flipflops on, and he proceeded to go off of one foot and go up and dunk the
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attack to develop, as did perplexed senior wide receiver Terrence Toliver. “We had to open it up eventually, and I’m happy we chose this game to open it up because it was very important for us,” said Jefferson, who finished the Alabama game 10-of-13 for 141 yards and a touchdown. The weapons have been there. LSU boasts three wide receivers who earned five-star labels out of high school — Toliver and sophomores Rueben Randle and Russell Shepard. But the receivers struggled early with drops and took time to establish rapports with Jefferson and Lee. “It just took some games to [get] comfortable,” Lee said. “We know the talent we have.” The sudden outburst could be a fluke for LSU. Miles said the downfield approach implemented for Alabama had “been there all year ... but that we needed to execute better,” despite a 32.8-percent success rate on throws of 10 yards or more. “Our football team recognizes when they see us practice that we can throw the football, and we’re
well. I’m not ready to say he’s ready to take snaps in a game, but I think he will be soon.” Miles would not comment extensively on the controversy surrounding Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and his recruitment. Reports have surfaced that Newton and his father, Cecil, may have arranged a “pay for play” option for him to play at either Auburn or Mississippi State.
“I worry about the things I can control, first and foremost ULM,” Miles said. “I suspect there’s somebody with due diligence in mind working on those issues. I defer to those people who understand the process that’s going on, whether it’s people at Auburn or those who represent other interests.” Miles also addressed the delay of game penalty called against LSU in the third quarter Saturday,
ball with two hands.” Johnson also said he hasn’t decided on a starting five for Friday’s home opener against Northwestern State. He said if he was forced to choose today, freshman Ralston Turner would play shooting guard, sophomore Aaron Dotson would be small forward, and junior Malcolm White would be at center. The other two positions are still undecided. Junior forward Storm Warren has battled injuries throughout the preseason and is about 90 percent after an ankle injury, according to Johnson. Johnson said how Warren overcomes the injury this week will determine his playing time Friday. He also said he likes sophomore forward Eddie Ludwig’s ability to pass and handle the ball against
Northwestern State. He said with Ludwig on the floor he can play one low-post player and keep the other four around the perimeter. “There’s going to be certain looks that are going to be thrown at us defensively that we’re going to have to keep Eddie on the floor longer at the four,” he said. Johnson said freshman forward Jalen Courtney sprained his left ankle but will likely be ready by Friday, while sophomore forward Dennis Harris and junior forward Garrett Green are as healthy as they’ve been this year.
coming,” he said. “It just needs to stay there.” After managing only 95 yards in the first half against Alabama, LSU exploded for 338 yards in the second half. The passing game opened up the run for junior running back Stevan Ridley, who racked up 60 of his 88 yards in the second half. “[Miles] kept the playbook open, especially in the second half,” Jefferson said. “I just feel like he had a lot of confidence in us in the second half, and he knew we were going to make plays looking at the preparation we had.” Even with the explosion against Alabama, LSU is still only averaging fewer than seven downfield pass attempts per game. One reason for this low rate has been LSU’s offensive line. The line has only allowed 15 sacks all year, but largely because of short, quick throws and screen passes. “To throw the ball down the field, one of the main factors in that is obviously time,” said junior left guard Josh Dworaczyk. “For those deep passes, you have to sit back and give the quarterback time.” Miles said the line played extremely well against Alabama,
despite losing sophomore right tackle Alex Hurst and junior lineman TBob Hebert to injury. Rarely-used junior lineman Greg Shaw replaced Hurst, while redshirt freshman Josh Williford replaced Hebert at right guard. “Our offensive line gave us good protection without mistake — and when a mistake was made it was different — but without mistake, I thought they were very, very good in protection,” he said. The offense hopes the new dimension of stretching the field can earn a little respect from opposing defenses and help to open up the running game for Ridley. “Teams do need to respect us a little more in that aspect, but it is in our game plan, and we do plan to use it in the future,” Lee said. Jefferson disagreed, adding most teams will consider the Tigers’ passing game as a mirage. “I don’t think we’ll probably gain too much respect from this,” he said. “Teams are still going to look past us.”
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Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 saying the officials’ reasoning gave Alabama time to counter LSU’s substitutions, although the umpire did not move away from the ball until the play clock had almost expired. “Basically ... they’re holding a certain amount of time to allow them to substitute, and then when that time is gone, you better snap it quickly if
in fact the game clock is running down,” Miles said. “It’s tough to answer. We substituted a tailback last. The rest of our personnel were on the field.” Contact Rachel Whittaker at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Facebook breakups suggest patterns
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Chester, the dog of business management senior Jared Reaves, hangs out Tuesday at pet-friendly bar The Bulldog on Perkins Road.
Some Lucky Dogs Baton Rouge bars and restaurants cater to canines
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Nothing warms up a lonely apartment like a canine companion, but students often learn the hard way that dogs cannot always be left at home alone while their owners are out. Thankfully, Baton Rouge offers dog owners several alternatives to staying home and playing fetch. Dog parks are a popular destination for students and their furry friends, but several bars and restaurants around town cater as much to dogs as they do to people.
The Bulldog on Perkins Road has been a dog-friendly bar since its doors opened in 2008 and hosts frequent charity events for The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The Bulldog also holds dog adoptions for shelter dogs where bar patrons can leave with their own new pets. Assistant general manager Anthony Ramirez said the dog-friendly concept goes beyond simply admitting the dogs onto the bar’s back porch. Dogs visiting the bar can get similar refreshments to their owners, minus the alcohol.
“We offer dog treats, and dog bowls with water are provided,” Ramirez said. “And on a typical Wednesday night, we’ll have anywhere from a half dozen to two dozen dogs throughout the course of the evening.” Ramirez also said Fridays usually draw a large canine lunch crowd. It’s not only The Bulldog’s patrons who ﬁnd themselves unable to resist adopting dogs. Carter Cauley, University alumnus and a bartender DOG-FRIENDLY, see page 10
Local dog-friendly hangouts: • The Bulldog - The Perkins Road bar and restaurant hosts charity events for The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, holds dog adoptions and offers dog treats and water bowls. • Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant - The downtown venue offers “canine cuisine” and water bowls. • Brew Ha-Ha - A Jefferson Highway coffee and dessert shop where customers can sit on a patio with pets.
A new study shows Facebook couples can have an expiration date. In a discussion at the Technology, Entertainment, Design conference called “The Beauty of Data Visualization,” author and designer David McCandless presented his research on status updates related to breakups and the time of year they occur. According to McCandless, Facebook users and their signiﬁcant others most commonly break up on Mondays, before spring break, two weeks before Christmas, and on April Fools’ Day or Valentine’s Day. The least popular holiday for breakups is Christmas Day. “We scraped 10,000 Facebook status updates with the phrase ‘breakup’ or ‘broken up,’ and this was the pattern we found,” McCandless said. Facebook has become an integral part of this generation, said Loretta Pecchioni, associate communication studies professor. “Younger people, like collegeage students, have grown up with [Facebook] and use it to stay in touch,” Pecchioni said. “People use it for a number of purposes.” Facebook is like a giant game of “telephone,” said Sheri Thompson, IT planning and communications ofﬁcer. “I would caution people about putting so much of their lives up for BREAKUPS, see page 10
Lil Wayne’s prison release raises musical, social questions
Last week’s barrage of Facebook posts, Twitter tags and cheers of joy surely revealed the biggest news of the year. No, not the midterm election — Lil Wayne’s release from prison. After serving eight months on a gun possession charge in Rikers prison in upstate New York, the New Orleans-born emcee was yet again unleashed upon the world and the music charts last Thursday, and he promptly made the rounds across the country. First, Wayne had to take care of his probation terms from a 2008 drug charge in Arizona, which will supposedly prevent him from drinking alcohol or being in possession of drugs for three years — as if drugs were legal anyway. With his legal issues resolved for the moment, Weezy set about
partying, showing up for a surprise performance with labelmate and heir apparent Drake in Las Vegas before ultimately being banned from the Wynn Hotel for “preventive reasons,” according to management CHRIS ABSHIRE at the Wynn. Entertainment Then, his Writer label, Young Money, threw Wayne a lavish homecoming party in Miami on Sunday night, complete with a red carpet and visits to numerous strip clubs. Finally, the latest news to emerge from Wayne’s weeklong victory lap is that he’s back in the studio recording new music and reportedly even writing down his
lyrics now despite his reputation for memorizing rhymes in his head. While Wayne’s release from prison is a major story, considering Weezy is the most popular rapper in recent history, the social and cultural ramiﬁcations of Wayne’s career and criminal history are far-reaching. Let’s start with the music. The world has not exactly been hurting for new Wayne music, considering an album he recorded before his prison stay, “I Am Not a Human Being,” was released in September and quickly hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Add that to his guest appearances on hit singles by Kevin Rudolf, Drake and Nicki Minaj in the past nine months, and it becomes clear that Wayne was never WEEZY, see page 10
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Lil Wayne arrives at a welcome home party for him Sunday in Miami. The rapper was recently released from a New York City jail where he was imprisoned for a gun charge.
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at The Bulldog, met his dog while working one evening during a dog adoption event. “There was one puppy that really struck me as it belonged at my house,” Cauley said. Cauley took advantage of a foster program that allows potential dog owners to provide a temporary home for a dog to determine how well the animal fits into their lives. For Cauley, the trial run was a success, and he decided to make the puppy a permanent part of his life. For another dog-friendly hangout, fans of downtown Baton Rouge
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really gone. Also, Minaj and Drake — Wayne’s proteges and Young Money labelmates — both blew up while he was in prison. Drake’s debut album “Thank Me Later” hit the top of the charts in June, with many anointing him as the “best rapper alive.” Minaj, on the strength of her numerous guest appearances on other artists’ chart-topping hits and her strange Gaga-esque persona, has become one of hip-hop’s biggest stars. While their success would seem to raise the question of Wayne’s actual importance to hip-hop, the relative quality of his prolific output and
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public consumption,” Thompson said. “See who has access to that information and to be wary because once it’s up there, it stays there.” Brittany Burns, political science senior, said she thinks some people like the attention their relationship can get on Facebook. “It’s kind of like PDA,” Burns said. “They just want everyone to know they are in a relationship.” Others believe it should stay between the parties involved. “I’m not necessarily one to kiss and tell,” said Tim Dalton, biological sciences freshman. Updating relationship statuses helps deter unwanted attention, said Madelyn Westholz, biological sciences freshman. “After I set mine to being in a relationship, other guys wouldn’t hit on me,” Westholz said. “It helps set the bar for what you’re willing to do with people.” Sometimes the relationship
can stop by Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant on 3rd Street with pet in tow. The restaurant allows dogs on its outdoor patio and provides doggy bowls with water upon request. Lucy’s even has a “canine cuisine” menu exclusively for dogs with dishes like the “Hot Diggity Dog” and the “Canine Kahuna.” Ryan Caldwell, Lucy’s assistant general manager, said the dogfriendly policy is popular with customers, and customers often show up with dogs when the weather is nice. “I actually have some customers that I recognize because of their
dogs,” Caldwell said. “The whole idea behind Lucy’s is to be relaxed and chilled. I think dogs go hand in hand with that.” Dog owners looking to satisfy a sweet tooth or caffeine fix without the hassle of leaving their dogs alone need to look no further than the Brew Ha-Ha coffee and dessert shop on Jefferson Highway for a sweet destination that welcomes dogs. Ashley Savoy, a barista at Brew Ha-Ha, said that in the six years the coffee shop has been open, customers have always been allowed to enjoy their coffee and dessert outside accompanied by their pets.
the fact he remains the only recent chart-topping rapper without a gimmick, side career or distracting persona cements Wayne’s impact on the pop charts and hip-hop. Weezy is famous almost exclusively for his music — his clever wordplay, strange rhyming patterns, unique ear for hooks and even that laugh he does in most of his songs. Because Wayne is all about the music, the best thing he could actually do now that he’s out is release the true follow-up to 2008’s classic album “Tha Carter III.” Then his release from prison will actually mean something. As far as social ramifications, Wayne’s gun and drug charges only further reinforce hip-hop’s thug
reputation, even as the genre and its artists fuse more with Top 40 radio and the pop charts. While Wayne is not the only criminal celebrity — far from it, of course — it still seems a bit strange and even absurd for any criminal, let alone possibly America’s most famous musician, to be celebrated for getting out of a federal prison, where he served time for possessing a dangerous weapon. It’s doubtful people would welcome back a common criminal with such open arms, but Weezy’s cultural impact has drowned out any social hangups people might have.
doesn’t matter until it’s “Facebook official,” students say. “In our case, when we were dating, it was a direct question in normal conversation,” said Colbjorn Erlandson, psychology sophomore. “You know, because they say, ‘It’s not official until it’s on Facebook.’” Facebook statuses act as a window into people’s lives, Pecchioni said. “It does help people understand who we think we are, what we think is worth posting and how we keep up with people,” Pecchioni said. Many people use Facebook to create a persona, Pecchioni said. “People are looking at what image they are presenting to others based on what they post on their home page,” Pecchioni said. Breakup etiquette has changed in the past couple years with the advent of social media, Pecchioni said. “I still think you should break up with someone face to face,” Pecchioni said. “If you’ve been together long enough, and the world knows
and you’ve told people you’re a couple, you need to tell the other person before you post it on Facebook.” Pecchioni agrees with McCandless’ data. “Right before Christmas ... [people might say,] ‘If I can’t figure out what’s a good gift, maybe I don’t want to have to spend money on this person,’” Pecchioni said. “Valentine’s Day actually makes sense because everyone wants to be in love on Valentine’s Day, and then with the summer, you’ve been in a summer internship or home, and you’re going back to school.” Pecchioni said popular college events like spring break have an interesting dynamic with relationships and Facebook.
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Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 “A lot of our regular customers have dogs and know that they can bring them and hang out,” Savoy said. “We have a lot of regulars who rescue dogs, as well, so there’s always random little dogs coming in.” Joseph Salzer, mechanical engineering senior, said his chocolate lab
Brewester is too young to bring to bars like The Bulldog, but said since discovering other dog-friendly places he’s looking forward to bringing the pup to new places. Contact Andrew Price at email@example.com
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MUSIC * MOVIES * BOOKS * TELEVISION
Cee Lo Green
The Lady Killer
After a bout of career turbulence, hip-hop, funk and soul artist Cee Lo Green may finally achieve mainstream success with his third solo album, “The Lady Killer.” With his distinctive voice, the tracks play smoothly from start to finish. The first single, “F—k You,” went viral when it was intentionally leaked on YouTube. The song has had censored radio play since then, and a reworked version will be performed on an upcoming episode of “Glee.” Other songs on the album pale a little in comparison, but overall it’s a good ride.
Power-pop quintet Good Charlotte cranks out an album of underwhelming anthems, dumbed-down lyrics and earnest angst for its fifth studio record, “Cardiology.” While the band is clearly trying to return to its “heyday” of vaguely emo and punk rock roots, Good Charlotte only succeeds in producing cliche Disney rock with louder guitar solos. Despite the lack of originality or growth, the band succeeds in churning out catchy choruses and mildly entertaining instrumental sweeps. However, Good Charlotte’s overproduced attempt at a return to form ultimately indicates the band has run out of relevant ideas.
The new road trip comedy “Due Date,” from the director of “The Hangover,” Todd Phillips, is a funny story of an odd couple consisting of Robert Downey Jr., playing an easily irritated architect, and Zach Galifianakis, playing an aspiring Hollywood actor. Downey’s character, Peter, is trying to get home, with the help of Ethan, Galifianakis’ character, to his wife who is about to give birth to their first child. With Galifianakis’ scene-stealing moments, the film offers moviegoers an entertaining flick that provides a heartfelt story and plenty of crude humor.
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With its child-friendly appearance and hidden adult humor, Will Ferrell shows the audience how to relate to the villainous protagonist of “Megamind.” The film owned the box office this past week, and for good reason — it was good. While the plot does lose steam in the third quarter of the movie, it tells the story of Megamind, who just never fit in and learned to be good at being bad. With full role reversals and a silver lining, DreamWorks may have another film contending for “Best Animated Feature” at the Golden Globes.
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Prom Date’s new album “Clock Out” is a mishmash of indie pop rock greatness all packed into one little album with a lot of sound. One minute it sounds experimental, and all of a sudden, there’s a Beirut vibe, with horns booming in the background. The next thing the listener knows, he or she is listening to Interpol with a serious dose of reggae and maybe a little ’60s feel to it, too. Not to mention there are sweet, soft yet masculine voices throughout the entire thing. If anything, the album isn’t boring.
In 2009, Susan Boyle skyrocketed to fame via the British talent show “Britain’s Got Talent” when she performed a rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” that gave the entire world goosebumps. Two albums later, the nearly forgotten goosebumps from that epic performance do little to offset the mediocrity of “The Gift.” Boyle’s sophomore album is a collection of Christmas standards with a few strange and unrelated covers like Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over.” The album does have some pleasant moments, but they’re easy to miss amid the struggle to stay awake and listen.
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Editor’s Pick Conan
Coco is back. Months after his tumultuous exit from “The Tonight Show,” Conan O’Brien’s new show premiered this week with A-list guests like Seth Rogen, Lea Michele, Tom Hanks and the return of the Masturbating Bear. Conan even found time for a lively performance with longtime friend Jack White. Though such a lauded comedian deserves better than a time slot before George Lopez, this new endeavor for everyone’s favorite redhead promises barrels of laughs.
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stop it. One responded that he was “carrying on a tradition.” C’mon, man! A tradition!? That chant started a few games ago. That “tradition” needs to go the way of segregation and banging on Mike’s cage. It got worse. At halftime, the “traditional” student decided to leave the game, but not without a parting shot, “____ you, _____!” to my wife (again, fill in the blanks). I lost my temper and jumped up. Thankfully, my brother-inlaw grabbed my belt and kept me in my seat. To be fair, one student did approach us and say that the other wasn’t representative of all. I appreciate that. A Sheriff’s deputy saw the incident and talked with my wife while I stewed. While we talked,
Student section needs to learn courtesy at games The great Alabama game was marred, in my opinion, by fan behavior. I have season tickets in the north end zone. Most of the section sitting above me is filled with students. After an early field goal, the Tiger Band struck up the popular “Neck.” The students, and some other fans, began chanting, “____ that Tiger ____!” (You can fill in the blanks). That is embarrassing to me. I asked a few students to
another student yelled “Old people ____!” You may think so, but would you say that to your parents? Would they tolerate that behavior from you? We are actually tolerant of a wide range of outlandish behavior at football games. The games are supposed to be fun and build camaraderie among students and alumni. You can have a lot of fun without cursing, throwing anything or embarrassing the rest of us. That’s another thing! Who thought it would be fun to throw drinks in the air when we score a touchdown? It’s no fun to us sitting below you, and some people get hurt by flying ice and bottles of water. The deputy told us that they had taken out 50 students
that day. That’s too many! It’s a shame that so much manpower has to be spent on this kind of duty. By the way, the “old people” pay taxes that fund TOPS that supports many of you in school. I’m wise enough to realize that I can’t buy your respect, but a little common courtesy shouldn’t be out of the question. Haven’t you noticed that the Tiger Band doesn’t play some popular songs anymore? Two simple rules: Don’t curse, and don’t throw anything. Rick Buller University alumnus
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The Jindal Count Days Bobby Jindal has ignored our concerns:
29 Will higher education hold any priority with the administration in the coming budget crisis? Would the governor put pressure on the Legislature for constitutional amendments to protect higher education and allow for more “across the board” cuts?
SPORTMAN’S PARADISE LOST
Campaign funding remains an unaddressed issue in La. politics Right now, I’m so happy I could eat a giant pile of grass. Unlike our beloved Mad Hatter, my joy has nothing to do with Saturday’s win against Alabama. No, the source of my jubilance comes from a much more pessimistic place, a dark area of my existence I only exercise Cody Worsham Columnist once a week, right here in this very column: political cynicism. That’s right, voters and fellow non-voters — election season is over, and for me, it’s like Christmas has come early. I hate election season. It brings out the worst in people, and this year’s campaigning — particularly between Charlie Melancon and David Vitter — was as dirty as ever. The smear tactics used by both sides were embarrassing enough, from Melancon’s recalling of Vitter’s sexual exploits of three years ago to Vitter’s racially charged immigration campaign, the hilarious tragedy of which cannot be expressed in words and warrants immediate searching on YouTube. The most embarrassing fact to consider, however, is how these ads were paid for — private contribution. In the state’s most important election, the candidates raised a combined $15.7 million, with Vitter chipping in a whopping $12 million himself, according to The Advocate. Ruminate on that fact for me.
A guy who admittedly spent public time and money with hookers while he was representing his state in Congress raised $12 million to put out trashy campaign ads during halftime of New Orleans Saints’ games. Meanwhile, Melancon, who apparently has the political wherewithal of a lapdog, wasted $3.7 million on a smear campaign when the only issue in voters’ minds was ideology. Welcome to Louisiana, folks, home of the most expensive state per capita for highly contested statewide offices, according to long-time state political columnist and analyst Jim Brown. This problem exists because there are no real limits on campaign funding in the state. Sure, there are laws, but they have more loopholes than Cayman Island tax regulations. Much of the funding for these elections comes from out of the state. Consider Mary Landrieu’s re-election campaign in 2008, in which she raised about $5 million, or 53 percent of her campaign funds, from across the country. Vitter, too, spent much of his time soliciting funds across the country, including more than $30,000 from a dry cleaning corporation in California who hoped to receive stimulus money from Vitter in return. Of course, Vitter knows all about soliciting funds. He has learned from the best whores in D.C. Just venture on over to the Federal Election Commission website to have a look for yourself at the contributions to Vitter, or any Louisiana politician up for election recently, for that matter.
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The overwhelming majority of them come from political action committees (PACs) based in Washington, D.C., or individuals from across the country who are not from anywhere near Louisiana. I wish I were telling you something you already knew. I’m afraid, however, that the majority of voters have no idea how these elections are won. You have no control over the winner. Your vote means nothing against the millions of dollars Washington and its affiliates throw at the chosen candidates. The worst part is no one seems to care. The “Fair Elections Now Louisiana” Facebook page, supporting a bill that “would allow
federal candidates to choose to run for office without relying on large contributions, big money bundlers, or donations from lobbyist,” has only 43 likes. Compare that to pages like “Hot Dogs” (33,220 likes), “How does Ke$ha only brush her teeth with Jack and not get cavities!?” (951 likes) or “Why do women need umbrellas, it doesn’t rain in the kitchen” (1,448). While the first is underrated and the latter two are obviously important cultural questions, it remains that political funding is an issue that threatens the very principles of democracy — and no one cares. But as budget cuts bring the University to the face of severe
financial trauma, numbers like $15.7 million become significant. Imagine those kinds of donations to the University, a multi-million dollar generating research hub, instead of in the hands of pillaging politicians. The very thought leaves me with an awful taste in my mouth — and there’s not enough grass in Tiger Stadium to wash it out. Cody Worsham is a 21-year-old mass communication senior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @ TDR_Cworsham. Contact Cody Worsham at email@example.com
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Auto-Tune corrects Evolution might be basis of morality pitch, eclipses talent If you look at the Billboard Top 100 anytime soon, you’ll find popular songs such as “Like a G6,” “Only Girl” and “Just a Dream” dominating the top 10. As popular as the songs have to be in order to clear such a benchmark, their respective “artists” display minimal skill and cover up their talent with studio “tools” like Matt Lousteau Columnist Auto-Tune. Producers use electronic instrument tracks and the program made famous by T-Pain to generate musically bland and skillfully barren songs for the public to “enjoy.” Thanks to Auto-Tune and studio electronics, popular music is little more than a pretty puppet show these days. A glaring example is when Kanye West displayed his beautifully mediocre abilities on a Christmas episode of Saturday Night Live. West chose to perform his songs without Auto-Tune because it was a live performance. He sang the song “Heartless” without sounding smooth, articulate, melodic or generally good. When he sang “Love Lockdown,” he was consistently out of tune and had to defer high notes to one of his female backup singers. He was at the same level as the guy who sang “Chocolate Rain” on YouTube years ago. As a musician, West should be tremendously embarrassed, which he may be, but he is tenaciously popular because of his flashy personality and controversial media appearances. Herein lies the problem. Because the uneducated ear of the public doesn’t hear talent, skill or difficulty, the “artist” who can produce songs with the most extreme shock value and similarity to other songs gains the most popularity — like Lady GaGa. Axis of Awesome, a comedy band, displays how similar many songs are in their piece “Four Chord Song.” It goes through a tremendous number of excerpts from compositions that follow the same chord progression yet reached the masses with magnificent popularity. The band highlights the similarity between productions like “Don’t Stop Believing,” “You’re Beautiful,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and even “Let it Be.” Musicians don’t need to be original anymore.
They can just change lyrics and melody, and millions of fans will gobble up the familiar garbage put out by the so-called “artists.” Originality is out of the picture now, but talent counts for something. If “artists” are singing other people’s songs really well, they deserve some credit for their musical ability and practice. But with electronic banks of instruments and Auto-Tune, skill, talent and practice are not so necessary. Look at “Auto-Tune the News” on YouTube to see my point. I could record a conversation between David Vitter and his escorts, Auto-Tune it and draw the attention of millions of viewers on YouTube to the catchiness of the hit rather than to the substance of the music. Substance, depth and talent have dissolved in the acid that is public opinion, which drives the musical economy. Music is unoriginal and superficial at best. Talent isn’t rising to the top of the music industry. There are numerous students in our School of Music who can sing far better than Kanye West or Alicia Keys or play piano better than OneRepublic. Unfortunately, the countless hours they put into practice don’t matter because they don’t know the “right people” or want to “sell out” by producing mediocre music that compromises the skill and work they’ve invested. My colleague Marcelo Vieira played and sang an interpretation of “Clarity” by John Mayer for The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff recently. I would listen to him any day of the week before Mayer because of the raw emotion, passion and skill evident in his playing. It’s easy to spot those lacking talent when broken equipment exposes their true voices or songs make people sound like melodic robots. But, because of the prevalence of Auto-Tune and electronic instruments, we can no longer tell who are actually practiced, good musicians — even in live performances.
Philosophers have been debating the basis of human morality since at least the days of Socrates — but scientists are shining new light on these philosophical questions. Thanks to modern research, we can see human morality probably evolved as a survival mechanism in our ancient ancestors. It’s hard to find a scientific Andrew Shockey Columnist issue more maligned and misunderstood than evolution. Many critics condemn evolution because they believe it conflicts with their belief in a higher power. While a literal interpretation of the Bible is irreconcilable with the theory of evolution, it’s also irreconcilable with letting handicapped people worship (Leviticus 21:16-23) or not killing a bratty child (Deuteronomy 21:18-21). A literal interpretation of Genesis, or any other ancient creation myth, requires complete disregard for nearly every scientific theory on the books from plate tectonics to radioactive decay. Fortunately, accepting these basic laws of nature does not exclude the existence of a supreme being. As scientists look into the past they find more and more evidence for how the universe and life itself could have developed, but most scientists agree there will never be an empirical explanation for how the universe was born. As long as the Bible isn’t taken literally, there is no conflict
between scientific theories like evolution and attributing the initial creation of the universe to a supreme being. Evolution is so widely accepted by scientists because of its ability to explain a wide array of natural phenomenon based on empirical evidence. In fact, some scientists have started investigating a new question through the lens of evolution — the basis of morality. Our morality is probably a combination of genetics and upbringing, but exactly how important our genes are to our behavior can be quite surprising. Researchers at the University of Bonn may have discovered a gene responsible for altruism. Subjects were screened for two different variations of the same gene and then given a test. If they passed they received five euros which they could then keep or anonymously donate to any charitable cause. Subjects with the “altruism gene” were twice as likely to donate their prize than those without it. Humans and other apes have always been highly social creatures. Our basic moral principles are common across all cultures and religions — don’t kill, lie, cheat or steal — and they probably came about through evolution. Troops of apes able to empathize with each other were simply better adapted for survival than their completely selfish counterparts. Principles of cooperation, communication and reciprocity probably evolved as survival mechanisms in social animals. Modern scientists have seen these adaptations in our closest
living relatives — chimpanzees. Nearly every aspect of chimp life — from gathering food to grooming — is improved through cooperation and empathy. If a chimp isn’t able to find enough food for himself, other members of the troop will share their food with him for the good of the group. Chimps exhibit principles of reciprocity and fairness through mutual grooming. Cleaning their friend’s back is easier than reaching their own, so chimps groom each other with the expectation the other chimp will be moral and return the favor. Even our hatred of murder makes sense based on evolution. If a chimp kills another chimp the troop has instantly been weakened. Eliminating a potential food gatherer or warrior makes the troop that much more susceptible to starvation or invasion by another clan. Obviously, chimps can’t explain every facet of our morality. Finding a chimpanzee’s perspective on illegal file sharing or abortion would be difficult to say the least. With the development of a bigger, better brain, humans have added new wrinkles to this basic “chimp morality,” but we probably owe much of our deep-seeded morality to an ancient survival mechanism primarily concerned with keeping bugs out of our hair. Andrew Shockey is a 20 year-old biological engineering sophomore from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_Ashockey. Contact Andrew Shockey at email@example.com
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Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 RALLY, from page 1
attack posters like “Governor Jindal — don’t pay for your tax cut with our higher education,” to the absurd, like “Re-elect [Former Gov. Edwin] Edwards.” The ULL mascot, an anthropomorphic cayenne pepper, joined the crowd, sporting crutches and BandAids apparently to symbolize the pain of budget cuts. Several student groups brought huge signs or rolls of paper bearing signatures of students on their respective campuses. Ariel Gratch, an LSU communication studies graduate student and Proud Students member, echoed other speakers who said the protest wasn’t a standalone event but the kickoff of a larger movement. Gratch referenced a September protest at UNO, when students barricaded themselves into the student union one night. “One night isn’t going to cut it. One protest isn’t going to cut it,” Gratch said. “We have been heard, but the power we have together has not been felt yet. We need to keep going.” Gratch encouraged the students to “stand up — push back,” which started another crowd chant. Gratch said the protest was a successful inaugural effort for the coalition. “One of the concerns we had was that students wouldn’t show up,” he said. “Well, those steps were filled.” Gratch did say, however, that LSU may have been underrepresented in the crowd. “There was definitely more red and blue in that crowd than purple and gold,” he said. “It would have been nice to have seen more [LSU students].” Bradley Wood, Proud Students co-founder and protest organizer, echoed Gratch’s statements. “Just the fact that we had this many people here obviously makes a huge statement,” he said. Wood also said he would have liked to see more LSU students. “We have 30,000 students, and we certainly didn’t even have 1 percent of that here,” he said. “I think that being in closer to proximity, LSU could have done better.” Wood said more protests are planned for the fall. He expects more students will appear at those protests because cuts to LSU’s campus will start producing more concrete effects. LSU Student Government President J Hudson and Vice President Dani Borel attended the protest. They set up a booth and went into the crowd getting students to write letters to their legislators. “We were interested in giving people another way to contact their legislators,” Hudson said. A contingent of students walked from the Capitol to the Governor’s Mansion to continue the protest, but they were rebuffed at the gate by state police. The state police made a significant showing at the protest. Police officials had expressed concerns that anarchist groups might hijack the proceedings. The protest remained peaceful. Contact Matthew Albright at email@example.com
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least 0.7 percent. The state’s general fund is the section of the state’s budget with the least restrictions and dedications, making it the most vulnerable to cuts. Higher education and health care fall under the “discretionary” portion of the general fund, which means those programs are completely vulnerable to cuts. The provision makes an exception for the state’s Minimum Foundation Program, which funds elementary through high school education and can’t be cut even under this proviso. It also protects several other miscellaneous programs that don’t make up a significant part of the budget. This proviso could allow the state to make cuts from a larger span of the budget, relieving some cuts to higher education and health care. The most recent midyear cut, for example, could have triggered these across-the-board cuts, but the Governor’s Office chose not to use the provision. Because the state’s revenues were less than expected for this budget year, the state needed to trim $106.8 million, according to governor’s executive order, to make the cut. Because the general fund totals $7.7 billion, the midyear cut more than surpassed the 0.7 percent threshold, which is $53.9 million — half the amount cut. When the Jindal administration distributed the cuts, it decided to take the entire $106.8 million out of the general fund — meaning the administration could have made the cuts from a larger portion of the budget but chose not to.
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dollars that they had kept,” Mahler said. Mahler said if the university goes away, so do the local businesses. “You start to realize a lot of your money comes from Nicholls State students, faculty,” Mahler said. “A lot of these businesses thrive on the college students, so we wanted to make sure they knew what was going on.”
That translates into the $2.2 million cut University administrators began preparing for last month. That cut grew to $5.1 million after officials took additional money from teaching campuses to prevent cuts to Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the LSU AgCenter. State Rep. John Bel Edwards, D-Amite, said some legislators protested the decision not to use the proviso and spread out the cuts. According to Edwards, Jindal’s Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater told legislators the administration wanted to wait to use the provision during the next legislative session, when the entire budget — and thus a larger stake in higher education funding — will be up for debate. “I just didn’t understand it as a rationale,” Edwards said. “If you could use it now, I don’t see why you would wait for later.” Kyle Plotkin, Jindal’s press secretary, pointed to bills the governor supported in the 2009 legislative session as evidence the administration supports removing budget protections to ease pressures on higher education and health care. Most notable among those bills were Senate Bills 1 and 2, which would have evened out the way the state cuts its budget. Both those bills failed in committee. Senate Bills and 1 and 2 in the 2010 session closely resembled their 2009 counterparts. Those bills also failed in committee.
Contact Matthew Albright at firstname.lastname@example.org About 100 Nicholls State students in the Stand Up campaign attended the “Rally for Higher Education” on Wednesday, said Nicholls State graphic design senior Lauren Jones. “There were a ton of people and from a very wide range of schools,” Jones said. “I feel like it’s really good to have this broad range of people.” Contact Catherine Threlkeld at email@example.com
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