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Friday, Nov. 12, 2010

Quad falls short in handicap access Julian Tate Contributing Writer

Trojans, 31-3, in the third quarter before mounting a furious comeback, resulting in a 40-31 victory against the eventual Sun Belt Conference champions. The Tigers dropped another game to the Crimson Tide last year, this time in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Louisiana Tech came calling the following week and took a 13-10 lead in to the locker room at halftime. LSU would rally once more to claim a 24-16 win against the Bulldogs. Return to the present. Les Miles’ squad is riding a wave of momentum this time after taking down the defending BCS champion Crimson Tide, but the euphoria that surrounded campus early this week takes a back seat to the focus on the final

Students with special needs in graduate assistant Laurie Chancey’s sociology class can’t get to her office in Stubbs Hall. Chancey recalled having a student who broke his leg earlier this semester. She tried to accommodate the student by meeting at a different location for the student’s makeup exam, but the student declined. “I was thinking, ‘He could very easily just fall all the way down the stairs because he’s not used to the crutches,’” she said. The student arrived safely in her office, but Chancey said it seems against the spirit of the University and the social and political sciences housed in Stubbs Hall not to have accommodations for handicapped students. “It’s slightly ironic,” Chancey said. Research done by students in English instructor Martha Strohschein’s service-learning course has shown that all of the buildings in the Quad, excluding Middleton Library,

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LSU senior safety Jai Eugene (4) leads LSU onto the field Nov. 6 during the Tigers’ 24-21 win against Alabama in Tiger Stadium. LSU aims to maintain momentum Saturday.

Tigers step out of conference, try to keep momentum going after Alabama win SCOREBOARD WATCH Georgia at No. 2 Auburn 2:30 p.m. on CBS LSU needs Auburn to lose to both Georgia and Alabama (on Nov. 26) in order to reach the SEC title game on Dec. 4. LSU also needs to win out.

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It’s time to turn the page. The No. 5 LSU football team (8-1, 5-1) welcomes Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday for Homecoming. This marks the third consecutive year LSU has stepped out of conference for Homecoming after playing Alabama the previous week. Those Homecoming games haven’t looked too good for LSU in the previous two seasons. Two seasons ago LSU fell in overtime at home when Nick Saban returned to Tiger Stadium, and the Tigers followed that game with a flat performance against Troy. LSU inexplicably fell behind the

TELEVISION

University student featured on ‘The Millionaire Matchmaker’ Episode includes ‘Real Housewives’ stars Rachel Warren Staff Writer

When fashion merchandising senior Rachel Svetlecic showed up in New York City at an audition she found on Craigslist, she had no idea she would end up going on a televised date with a reality TV star. Svetlecic said she was in New York this summer because she had an internship with a fashion public relations firm, but it fell through on her first day in the city. “I was determined to stay in New York,” Svetlecic said. “I

wanted to go on auditions, act, model, wait tables, whatever I had to.” Svetlecic said on her third day in the city, she went to a hotel to attend an audition she had found on Craigslist listed under “gigs” and was shocked to find that she had stumbled onto the set of the Bravo TV show “The Millionaire Matchmaker.” Before she knew it, Svetlecic ended up on the show. She said once she was screened by production assistants and the employees of “The Millionaire’s Club,” the company featured on the show, she went before the company’s CEO, Patti Stanger, a woman known by viewers for her harsh words and no-nonsense attitude.

“She asked my age, and when I said, ‘21,’ she called me ‘jailbait,’” Svetlecic said. “But she said I was cute and fun, and she thought I was spunky.” That’s where the story gets more interesting — especially to Bravo fans. Svetlecic said the show’s producers told her to show up for another audition the next day. She said when she arrived at the company’s headquarters, she and five other women were immediately taken by bus to The Brownstone, a New Jersey reception hall owned by a family prominently featured on another Bravo television show, “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” BRAVO, see page 6

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LSU fashion merchandising senior Rachel Svetlecic laughs Wednesday in the Quad as she recalls her stint on Bravo’s “The Millionaire Matchmaker” this past summer.


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INTERNATIONAL $120 million of US rebuilding money finally headed to Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The first portion of U.S. reconstruction money for Haiti is on its way more than seven months after it was promised to help the country rebuild from the Jan. 12 earthquake. The U.S. government will transfer $120 million — about one-tenth of the total amount — to the World Bankrun Haiti Reconstruction Fund. Michelle Obama honors US troops and their relatives in Germany RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama surprised a group of U.S. servicemen and women based in Germany on Thursday, jumping in to serve them a special Veterans Day meal. The first lady spent time with 200 people during a refueling stopover on the way home from her tour of Asia with President Barack Obama. “It is a thrill to be here with

you guys because we are so grateful to all of you,” she said. “Not just our servicemen and women, but their kids, wives, husbands and parents.” Chinese porcelain vase fetches $69.3 million at London auction LONDON (AP) — An 18th century Chinese porcelain vase discovered when clearing a house was sold Thursday at a London auction for 43 million pounds ($69.3 million). Bainbridges, the auction house, said the final price for the 16-inch vase — an imperially commissioned piece decorated with a fish motif — far exceeded the pre-auction estimated price, which was about 1.2 million pounds. The final amount was thought to be among the highest ever paid for any Chinese artwork sold at auction. After fierce competition among Chinese buyers, the vase was bought by a Chinese bidder who turned up to bid on behalf of an undisclosed buyer.

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First lady Michelle Obama serves steak, peas, corn on the cob and dessert to U.S. airmen and their relatives at Ramstein Airbase in Ramstein, Germany on Thursday.

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STATE/LOCAL

NATIONAL

Owner: 5 North Carolina nursing home deaths under scrutiny

ACLU challenging half-pay for discharged gays in military

FEMA forgives New Orleans airport’s $10.8M disaster loan

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. (AP) — The owner of a North Carolina nursing home where five residents have died from hepatitis B says public health investigators are examining whether a shared blood testing needle may have spread the disease.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the government on behalf of a gay former Air Force sergeant denied full separation pay after he was forced out under the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Former Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard Collins says he only wants what is given to other military veterans who leave involuntarily. The Air Force paid Collins $12,351 instead of the expected $25,702 when he was honorably discharged in March 2006 after nine years. The ACLU, which filed the suit Wednesday in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., argues the Department of Defense cannot unilaterally cut the amount for people discharged for homosexuality. The lawsuit, which is not a challenge to “don’t ask, don’t tell,” seeks full pay for Collins and others affected by the policy.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is forgiving $10.8 million in community disaster loans to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. New Orleans CityBusiness reports that the airport used the money for repairs after Hurricane Katrina.

NC man accused of scaring an old woman to death gets life sentence GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — A bank robbery suspect who authorities accused of scaring an elderly woman to death after hiding in her home has been sentenced to life in prison. Larry Whitfield of Charlotte, N.C., was sentenced Wednesday in federal court, authorities said. Whitfield, 22, had been convicted of attempted bank robbery, weapons offenses and seeking to avoid arrest for attempted bank robbery. Prosecutors say Whitfield forced his way into the home of Mary Parnell, 79, to elude police.

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FOOD

New Taco Bell opens on Burbank Catherine Threlkeld Staff Writer

Taco Bell opened its newest location Thursday on Burbank Drive next to Mellow Mushroom and Izzo’s Illegal Burrito. The new Taco Bell is the closest branch to the University except for the Taco Bell Express located inside The 459 Commons. “We’re excited to be here, and hopefully the restaurant will be wellreceived,” said Gregory Hamer, owner of B&G Food Enterprises, a family-operated business that controls chain restaurants like Taco Bell. The new restaurant will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. every day, but the times may be adjusted depending on how many diners come, Hamer said. The interior features dining and lounge areas with several outlets for computers. The entire restaurant has free wireless Internet. “I can safely tell you it’s the only restaurant in the United States that looks like this,” Hamer said.

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Gregory Hamer, owner of B&G Food Enterprises, cuts the ribbon Thursday to open a new Taco Bell franchise on Burbank Drive. The building was once an Arby’s restaurant.

Hamer said the company has hired 58 people for the new location, and he encouraged students to apply because it will continue hiring. Hamer and several members of his family attended the University, so the new location has a Tiger spirit, he said. Taco Bell also has a partnership with the Athletic Department and has ads in Tiger Stadium. On her first day at work,

employee Monique Nelson said the people, management and location are great. She said the new location is ideal for students and the school. Employee Trey Gibson said a campus-adjacent Taco Bell was needed because the one on campus isn’t a full restaurant. Contact Catherine Threlkeld at cthrelkeld@lsureveille.com

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SESQUICENTENNIAL

LSU Day to be celebrated tomorrow Kayla DuBos Contributing Writer

This year represents the 150th anniversary of the University’s founding, and the weekend is packed with events to celebrate the occasion. Family Weekend begins tonight, along with an array of Homecoming events. The Bayou Blackout Step Show begins at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theater. The University will host LSU Day on Saturday. As part of the University’s sesquicentennial anniversary, students, alumni, faculty, staff and visitors are invited to come together to experience the University and all its benefits, according to the event’s website. The annual Homecoming parade will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. LSU will take on Ole Miss at 6 p.m. for the Homecoming football game. The week kicked off with the

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annual weeklong CANapalooza event. This year, coordinators created a large replica of Tiger Stadium consisting of 21,000 cans. Last year, CANapalooza gathered fewer than 10,000 cans. The Parade Ground was filled Tuesday with more than 2,000 students beating trashcans filled with paint to the sound of hip-hop and techno music for the second annual Splatterbeat event. LSU’s Best Dance Crew was held Wednesday, drawing a large, boisterous crowd of an estimated 600 students, according to Amelia Burns, chair for the LSU Student Homecoming Committee. This year’s dance showdown led seven crews to the competition, and Legacy Dancers prevailed with the title. And on Thursday, the Parade

Ground was filled with students for a pep rally hosted by Billy Cannon, former LSU running back and 1959 Heisman Trophy winner. Members of the Tiger Band, Golden Girls, Tiger Girls and LSU Cheerleaders performed. This year’s Homecoming Court will be presented with gifts from Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry, which is an official sponsor of Homecoming 2010. Lee Michaels has also donated the new Homecoming crown and scepter for this year’s king and queen. These new additions will replace the old crown and scepter that were created in the 1980s.

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BUDGET CUTS

State representative aims to restructure higher ed planning

New schedule offers long term planning Rachel Warren Staff Writer

While students, administrators and legislators have been racking their brains to solve the budget cut crisis, one state representative thinks he’s got a plan to help bring the University out of financial despair. Rep. Joe Harrison, R-Terrebone, said he has been working for two years on the idea of a three-year budget cycle, which would give higher-education institutions the opportunity to plan their budgets for three years at a time instead of one like they do now. Harrison said he has been trying to get the Jindal administration to review the plan. “The University would come in and say, ‘This is what we need,’ the state would give them a three-year plan, and [the state] would be held

accountable for what they promise,” he said. Harrison said the University needs a good business plan to thrive and had some harsh words for the Board of Regents, which he said has hindered the University’s ability to do so. “Regents has failed,” he said. “They have not accommodated the University in a way to make them successful.” Harrison said the main problem is that the University’s budget is constantly being cut. “LSU is our flagship university, and we need to support it any way we can,” he said. Harrison said getting his idea off the ground would be as simple as calling a constitution special session to address the situation, which can be done within a period of two weeks. He said such a thing hasn’t be done since the late 1980s but believes it’s necessary. “People need to stand up and say, ‘No more,’ or there is little hope for the future of our state,”

BUDGET CUTS

Alumni raise awareness of LSU’s budgetary problems Sydni Dunn Staff Writer

As University students work to combat the ongoing financial crisis, the LSU Alumni Association is doing its part to keep graduates informed and engaged. The Office of the Chancellor contacted the association earlier this month, asking it to forward the first of a three-part informational plea to University alumni concerning the current budget situation starting Nov. 4. “Given the consequences, it is important for LSU’s closest friends and supporters to know the pertinent facts about this situation,” Chancellor Michael Martin wrote in the first message. “So over the course of the next several months, you will be presented facts that will help you consider the impact of these cuts to your university.” Martin’s message, which was sent to about 46,000 alumni, focused attention on the status of the University in the midst of budget cuts. “The damage that has already been done has largely gone unnoticed, but it has been substantial,” Martin wrote, referring to the $47 million lost in the past 22 months. Martin encouraged alumni to stay informed about the budget situation and to “make a difference” through involvement. Matt Deville, LSUAA director of communications and marketing, said “e-blasts” and e-newsletters are great ways for the association to communicate with University alumni. Jackie Bartkiewicz, editor of LSU Alumni Magazine, said the LSU Magazine is also an effective way to reach University graduates.

Bartkiewicz said former issues of the magazine have included information about the “problems on the horizon.” Deville is pleased with the feedback the information generates. Jason Ramezan, LSUAA vice president of alumni relations, said alumni enjoy giving back. “We have a lot of alumni who are very concerned about the state of the University and what the cuts in funding will do,” Ramezan said. The association has 110 chapters located around the country working to raise money for the University. “We do our best to raise money for LSU to keep the best and the brightest at LSU and in the state,” Ramezan said. “Alumni are proud of the University and think it’s a great place to be a part of and connected to.” Contact Sydni Dunn at sdunn@lsureveille.com

Harrison said. Harrison said Louisiana is ranked 49th in education in the United States, and he said he believes if something isn’t done now, the state will fall to No. 50. “Higher education is the only means that we can use to build our economy,” Harrison said. Jason Droddy, the University’s director of External Affairs, said he agrees with Harrison, but he said

he’s unsure of how easy the plan would be to implement. “The state works on a fiscal year, so I don’t know how complicated it would be, technically speaking,” he said. Droddy also said several questions would have to be answered before such a plan could be implemented. “If the state’s budget increases, is our budget increased?” Droddy

asked. “Or is it a locked-in amount?” Droddy said the most important benefit a three-year budget cycle would offer is time. “Anytime you have more time to plan, it’s going to be beneficial,” he said.

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FACULTY SENATE

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Additional Manship professor holds graduation EBR school board spot ceremony Freeman elected to serve for four years approved

Some students find program excessive Sydni Dunn Staff Writer

Students will now have the opportunity to display their organizational accomplishments at graduation as result of the Faculty Senate’s decision to create an additional honors ceremony for commencement. Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope said the additional program should be implemented by the May 2011 Commencement. “There will be a separate ceremony, probably the day before, in which recipients will have the opportunity to be recognized by the University,” Cope said. The Faculty Senate adopted a memorandum in early October limiting the cords, ribbons and stoles worn during the main graduation ceremony. The resolution said students may only wear academicbased regalia from the University, excluding college and organizational adornments. The Faculty Senate decided to allow only items from the African American Cultural Center, Latin honors and National Honor Societies like Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. The Student Government Senate debated the issue and opposed the memorandum, passing a resolution Oct. 6 that honored all departamental awards. “It’s our day — we are commemorating ourselves,” SG President J Hudson said before the SG Senate on Oct. 6. Cope said he has met with student representatives, like College of Humanities and Social Sciences Sen. Brandon Jones, and they seem comfortable with the idea. But not all students agree. “J and I don’t feel it’s a good idea,” said SG Vice President Dani Borel. “I don’t think it is relative to students, and it defeats the point.” Borel said the extra program takes away from wearing the adornments at the University’s official graduation ceremony, and it is “too much.” “The commencement is firmly in the hands of the Faculty Senate,” Cope said. “We welcome input and advice from the Student Government association, but it is not a determining factor.” Stacia Haynie, vice provost for Academic Affairs, said the Office of Academic Affairs respects the Faculty Senate’s review of the commencement process. Contact Sydni Dunn at sdunn@lsureveille.com

received a great education, but all kids don’t have a great experience. The University loses talented teaching candidates because of lowperforming public schools near campus, Freeman said.  Parker Cramer “The best way to improve a Contributing Writer school is to give it a very capable Mass communication profes- principal,” Freeman said.  sor Craig Freeman is no stranger to He said good principals give Louisiana’s public school system teachers the freedom to focus on after 10 years at the University, but teaching and the educational welfare he’s about to be working with much of their students.  younger students than he’s used to. “It’s hard to move the system The practicing attorney and because of decades of politics and LSU Law Center alumnus was re- problems,” Freeman said. cently elected to a four-year term on Some schools are still having the East Baton Rouge Parish School problems resonating from racial inBoard. tegration in the 1960s and ’70s, and He has four kids in the public Freeman said the issues still make school system, and the Philadelphia black and white families uneasy with native said he wants to bring the fo- the public school system. cus of education back to students.  He said he has no further politiFreeman decided to run for this po- cal aspirations other than improving sition after “lots of conversations East Baton Rouge Parish Schools. [among past board members] where “I’m not a politician, I’m a kids weren’t the focus.” dad,” Freeman said. He said he campaigned doorto-door most nights during the campaign, joking that he is still recoverContact Parker Cramer at ing from the project. pcramer@lsureveille.com Freeman said his kids have

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LSU mass communication freshman Emerald Byrd dances during the Native American Student Association Pow Wow in Free Speech Plaza on Thursday.


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page 6 do not fully meet equal access requirements for disabled students. The information suggests the University may be lacking in amenities, said communication disorders sophomore Stephanie Lorio, a member of Strohschein’s class. According to the Office of Disabilities website, the University is required to accommodate students with disabilities to ensure equal access to University programs. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the University is also required to prohibit discrimination against students with disabilities. “None of the buildings are basically accessible,” Lorio said. “They don’t have to be because they are historic buildings and have not been renovated.” Lorio claims the University “just kind of gets by” when it comes to providing special access to buildings in the Quad. “I’ve always been kind of shocked by it,” Chancey said. The class is presenting the information it has gathered to Disability Services and the Center for Community Engagement, Learning and Leadership in Prescott Hall on Nov. 18.

The event is open to the public, but space is limited. The class originally planned to give the presentation in its classroom in Allen Hall but had to move the location when Associate Director of the Office of Disability Services Benjamin Cornwell wouldn’t be in attendance because “his wheelchair couldn’t fit through the elevator” in Allen Hall, said biological sciences sophomore Krishna Patel. “I would love to see full physical access for everything across the board, but that’s going to take a lot of time and a lot of money and with this being a state facility,” Cornwell said. Food science sophomore Sarah Henthorn, a student in the class, said the University has not broken the law yet because it has not renovated the buildings. “The only reason they’d have to update the buildings to standards would be if they majorly renovated them,” Henthorn said. Chancey said problems with the Quad have even affected fellow graduate students. “[A graduate student] had a motorcycle accident,” Chancey said. “He broke his leg, and he had to switch offices with one of the professors on the first floor because the first floor is the only floor you can get to

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three games this season. “It has been addressed for sure,” said junior quarterback Jarrett Lee, speaking about non-conference letdowns. “Those in-state schools, those small schools like that, they come in ready to fight. McNeese came in a couple of weeks ago and gave us all we could handle, so we have to step up to the challenge and stay focused.” Following LSU’s win against Florida in Gainesville, Fla., McNeese State led LSU 10-7 with 11:26 to play in the first half before the Tigers’ ground game wore the Cowboys down. LSU eventually won, 32-10, in a largely unimpressive fashion. ULM (4-5, 3-3) is no stranger to the big stage. The Warhawks went into Tuscaloosa and upset the Crimson Tide, 21-14, in Nick Saban’s first year on the job. In 2008, Arkansas slipped past ULM, 28-27, in Little Rock, Ark. LSU is the third Southeastern Conference Western Division opponent for ULM this season. Arkansas knocked off ULM, 31-7, in the season opener for both teams, and Cam Newton and company took care of the Warhawks, 52-3, in Auburn. “They understand what it means to go into a stadium,” Les Miles said. “Our football team needs to understand we need to improve, and we need to be ready to play a very quality ULM team.” The Warhawks are led in both passing and rushing by quarterback Kolton Browning. Browning has carried the ball 139 times for 524 yards and three scores. He also has a 63.5 completion percentage and has thrown for 2,080 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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She said the women were told their millionaire matches would meet them at the venue and while they waited, they’d be waited on by the family’s sons, Chris and Albie Manzo. But Stanger eventually revealed the true purpose of the evening. The women were set up on dates with the Manzo brothers — and Chris had chosen Svetlecic. Svetlecic said she was excited to meet Chris’s mother Caroline, one of the women featured on “The Real Housewives,” and his sister, Lauren. She said both women liked her and appreciated her for her Southern upbringing and manners. But the date with Chris was like nothing Svetlecic expected. He took her to “Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament” restaurant,

on a wheelchair.” Accessibility on campus for the disabled is an issue of which many are not aware, Strohschein said. “Increasingly over the years I’ve had students who need and request accommodations through Disability Services,” Strohschein said. Strohschein’s English 2000 class partnered with the University’s Office of Disability Services during the summer to form her servicelearning course. “It just seemed to me that a nice place to start [with the issue] would be with a class of 20 and have them work with Disability Services,” Strohschein said. Strohschein and Disability Services saw the class as an opportunity to get information from students concerning student and faculty perceptions regarding students with disabilities. “We would request interviews with faculty members, and faculty members weren’t forthcoming always ... but that reinforced the idea that maybe there’s not always a lot of cooperation [regarding disabilities],” Strohschein said. Contact Julian Tate at jtate@lsureveille.com where they dressed in costumes and watched a jousting competition while eating with their hands. “If anyone knows me, they know that’s not my type of thing,” she said. Svetlecic’s friend, elementary education senior Danielle de Mond, said she thought the same thing when she watched the episode when it aired Oct. 26. “It’s definitely not her idea of a perfect date,” de Mond said. “It was funny to see all her facial expressions.” Svetlecic said she and Chris didn’t hit it off on their date but have remained friends and keep in touch.

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Sports

Friday, Nov. 12, 2010

MEN’S BASKETBALL

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LSU opens today against Demons

Student section now behind east basket Luke Johnson Sports Contributor

It has been exactly eight months since the LSU men’s basketball team last laced up its sneakers for a real game. Eight months for the team to either dwell on the failures of last season or work hard to bust out of the doldrums brought on by an 1120 campaign. Tonight the Tigers will see which route they followed as they open up their season against the Northwestern State Demons in the PMAC. “I’m not going to flash back too much on last year — last year was last year,” said junior forward Storm Warren. “You’ve got to take it as a learning experience and roll with it. You can’t change anything that happened. There’s no use to put yourself through that again. Just learn from it, build on it and move on.” LSU coach Trent Johnson made it clear the game is an important step for the team to regain the form it had in the 2008-09 season. “When you’re talking about getting respect back, we understand where we’re at, and we understand the process,” Johnson said. “A statement is playing within your capabilities and being the best you can possibly be, not worrying about who you’re competing against but DEMONS, see page 8

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Louisiana-Monroe junior wide receiver Luther Ambrose (22) tries to catch the ball between Flordia Atlantic freshman defensive back Keith Reaser (34) and junior defensive back Marcus Bartels (27) on Oct. 9. The Warkhawks beat the Owls, 20-17, in Malone Stadium in Monroe.

Life in the Fast Lane

Warhawks junior wide receiver Luther Ambrose balances football, track Ryan Ginn Sports Contributor

With 26 consecutive wins since 1982, games against in-state opponents are as close as it gets to a sure thing at LSU. However, while many Tiger fans approach the matchup against LouisianaMonroe as a glorified scrimmage, Warhawks junior wide receiver Luther Ambrose recognizes his chance to orchestrate a coming-out party in front of more than 92,000 guests. Saturday’s game against LSU represents the latest in a long string of opportunities for Ambrose to make an impact against

elite competion. Ambrose made his way onto the national stage in June when he finished third in the 100-meter dash at the NCAA track championships, clocking a time of 10.12 seconds. The career-best time came despite having spent most of spring in football practice rather than focusing exclusively on track. While he said he surprised even himself with the result, perhaps he shouldn’t have. As a high school junior, Ambrose handed district rival Joe McKnight the only 100-meter loss of his high school career at the state track meet, beating the future Southern California star by five thousandths of a second.

“I just step up to the challenge in anything,” Ambrose said. “Every time against someone good, or in a big situation, I end up stepping up. That’s just what I do.” His track results lend credence to his confidence, but the upcoming battle with the LSU secondary represents his biggest challenge to date on the gridiron. That he’ll get a chance to play in Tiger Stadium, less than an hour from his hometown of St. James, makes him relish the matchup even more. “I’m always looking forward to competing against the best,” he said. “I’ve always AMBROSE, see page 8

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Demons forward a threat to LSU

Jaeschke No.7 in Big Ten with 253 blocks Rachel Whittaker Chief Sports Writer

The LSU women’s basketball season opener has a unique feel to it this year. It’s the first time in program history the Lady Tigers will face a team from the Big Ten conference to begin a season, as LSU will travel to Northwestern on Sunday for a 2 p.m. contest. LSU has won nine of its past 10 season-opening games and is

30-5 all time in openers. Assistant coach Travis Mays said the challenge against Northwestern will be to overcome the road environment and start fast against the Wildcats and senior center Amy Jaeschke, who has led Northwestern in scoring and rebounding for the past three seasons. “What we’ve been stressing against a team like Northwestern is to make sure we box out and rebound ... and find the shooters because they have very good shooters,” Mays said. “They have something in their five-player that we don’t play against a lot. They have a five-player who can step out on the perimeter and shoot

the basketball.” LSU junior forward LaSondra Barrett, who is on the Naismith Trophy watch list along with Jaeschke, said the 6-foot-5-inch post player’s size and strength present a threat. Jaeschke is No. 7 in Big Ten history with 253 career blocks and averaged 16.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as a junior last season. “[Northwestern] reminds us of a team like Vanderbilt or Middle Tennessee where we have to stretch our defense out,” Barrett said. “[Jaeschke] is a big, strong and OPENER, see page 8

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LSU junior forward LaSondra Barrett dribbles past Delta State senior forward Shameka Russell on Monday during the Tigers’ 67-47 win.


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mobile post player. Not that many people are like she is. ... Right now we’ve been working on not getting sealed up.” The Lady Tigers lost three Southeastern Conference games in overtime in the 2009-10 season and were eliminated in the SEC tournament in a 63-61 loss to Vanderbilt. Mays said the team has been working at the end of every practice to increase its mental toughness as games wind down. “We try to end practice on a defensive note, end on special situations to make sure our girls have to think at the end of the game,” Mays said. “We don’t do those situations until the end of practice when they’re fatigued and mentally about to check out. ... We have a more athletic team, a quicker team and a stronger team. The worst we can have is a weaker mental team.” In LSU’s exhibition game Monday against Delta State, the Lady Tigers shot a meager 33 percent from the floor in the first half. In the second half, they raised their

shooting percentage to 40.3 percent for the game. Freshman guard Jeanne Kenney said the exhibition game was eye-opening with the regular season on the horizon. She started 0-of-7 from the field in the game and finished 2-of-10 with six points in 16 minutes. “The exhibition is a great idea by the coaches to get the pregame jitters out,” Kenney said. “If your shot isn’t falling, you have to find other ways to score and keep attacking to the goal.” Barrett said playing on the road against Northwestern will make it additionally challenging for LSU to secure a convincing win. “We have to prove ourselves. Not many people think LSU is one of the top programs,” Barrett said. “We have to prove those doubters wrong and come in and make a statement. The jitters are gone because this game is a statement game.” Contact Rachel Whittaker at rwhittaker@lsureveille.com

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wanted to play in that stadium, and I get a chance to play there against one of the best defenses. I can’t ask for anything better than that.” For his part, LSU junior cornerback Patrick Peterson understands the problems Ambrose can present to opposing defenses. “It’s hard guarding those smaller, shifty receivers,” Peterson said. “You’ve got to stay a little more aggressive. That’s definitely going to be a fun challenge. I’m getting excited.” Ambrose represents a growing trend of sprinters being utilized in college football as running backs or wide receivers. The past two NCAA 100-meter champions are Florida running back Jeff Demps and former LSU running back Trindon Holliday. Former Clemson running back C.J. Spiller was a 100-meter semifinalist at the 2009 NCAA Championships. “There was a time period when everybody used smaller receivers that could run, and then everybody went big, and now you’re kind of

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worried about what you’re capable of doing.” The Tigers have taken big steps in reshaping their roster. Gone are Tasmin Mitchell and Bo Spencer, the top two scorers from last season. Now four freshmen and junior transfer Malcolm White are in line for playing time. And the fans won’t only have to adjust to the new faces on the roster. The student section in the PMAC has been moved behind the east basket, instead of its former place on the north side of the facility. Students — whose entry is still free with a valid student ID — can access the new student section through the east portal of the PMAC. Former LSU All-American Rudy Macklin will be in the student lounge at the PMAC to meet students at 5:45 p.m. Macklin’s No. 40 jersey was retired last season. While Johnson is still non-committal with his entire starting five, he did divulge three spots that were locked down. Freshman Ralston Turner, who scored 21 points in the Purple and Gold scrimmage, is starting at shooting guard. A healthy Aaron Dotson is starting at small forward, and White is starting at center. The point guard and power forward spots are still undecided, according to Johnson. Junior guard Chris Bass brings experience to the point guard position. But Bass will be challenged for playing time by diminutive freshman Andre Stringer. Stringer — who won the Gatorade Mississippi Player of the Year award in both his junior and senior

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LSU junior foward Storm Warren (24) shoots over former Mississippi State foward Jarvis Varnado (32) on Feb. 20. LSU opens the season Friday in the PMAC.

high school seasons — provides some offensive firepower in the backcourt. Warren and sophomore Eddie Ludwig figure to challenge each other for playing time at power forward. “The kids in general are looking forward to playing somebody for real now under the lights,” Johnson said. “They are tired of beating up on each other, and for me as a head coach, I want to look at the rotation of nine or 10 guys and get this thing

started.” LSU has an edge in the alltime series with Northwestern. The Tigers have won 15 of 21 games against the Demons.

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Friday, Nov. 12, 2010 seeing a little bit of a transition back to where they’ve got some speed guys,” said ULM coach Todd Berry. “Certainly for our offense, we want some fast guys and don’t really care about the size.” Rick Gaille, who coached Ambrose at St. James High School, warned against mistaking Ambrose for a sprinter in a football uniform. “He has track speed with football skills,” Gaille said. “There’s a lot of people that have speed, and there’s a lot of people that have football skills, but there’s very few people that have that combination.” That combination manifested itself during Ambrose’s senior year in a semifinal game of the Class 2A state playoffs. As Gaille remembers it, the Wildcats were in a third-and-30 situation near midfield when he called a play for his thenAll-State running back.

“We ran a delay draw type of play to him,” Gaille said. “He broke four or five tackles and ran away from the rest of the defense to not only get us a first down but score. That really showed all of his assets in one play.” Ambrose switched from running back to wide receiver after enrolling at ULM. Despite leading the team in catches, yards and touchdowns this season, he said he’s still a work in progress. “It was difficult [to change positions] because in high school we didn’t throw the ball that much. I had to work on my hands, technique, routes and reading defenses. It’s always an ongoing process of learning.” Contact Ryan Ginn at rginn@lsureveille.com


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VOLLEYBALL

Tigers prepare for tough SEC weekend on the road Mark Clements Sports Contributor

It’s coming down to the nitty gritty. With just five matches left on the slate, it’s crunch time for the LSU volleyball team. The No. 15 Tigers (22-2, 132) hit the road again this weekend, traveling to Knoxville, Tenn., on Friday to take on No. 21 Tennessee (21-5, 12-4). They finish the weekend Sunday in Lexington, Ky., against the Kentucky Wildcats (1412, 8-8). “Those two teams are always really good teams, especially on the road,” said senior middle blocker Tania Schatow. “We just need to be focused because we don’t get all week and work hard.” The two-match swing is one of the toughest the Tigers will face this year.

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LSU junior middle blocker Michele Williams attempts to return the ball Oct. 29 during the Tigers’ 3-0 win against Mississippi State. LSU has five matches left.

LSU defeated both schools at home earlier this season. But LSU coach Fran Flory said it’s a whole new matchup on the road. “Tennessee at Tennessee is

always a tough match, and we haven’t had great success at Kentucky since I’ve been here, so we’re looking forward to it,” said Flory, who has not won at Kentucky since

CROSS COUNTRY

LSU to compete in NCAA Regional Hunter Paniagua Sports Contributor

The successes and disappointments of the regular season will mean little for the LSU cross country team Saturday when it competes in the NCAA South Central Regional meet in Waco, Texas. Regardless of prior finishes, every team competing in the regional meet has a chance to make it to the 2010 NCAA Championships, but teams must finish in the top two to fulfill the opportunity. LSU has never qualified for the championship meet as a team, but coach Mark Elliott expects the Tigers to take on the challenge. “We’ll go there and try to compete hard as a team and finish out the season on a more positive note teamwise,” Elliott said. Last year, the men’s team finished 18th at the regional meet while the Lady Tigers finished 21st. Arkansas took home the men’s title, and SMU led the way for the women. Elliott said juniors Richard Chautin and Laura Carleton may contend for individual spots at the national meet. Both Chautin and Carleton have paced their respective teams in every meet this season. Individuals can qualify by finishing in the top five of runners not on qualifying teams, which Elliott said would be a historical accomplishment for the two walk-ons. No LSU walk-on has ever qualified for the NCAA championships, Elliott said, but scholarship runner

Joseph Simuchimba did so for the Tigers in 2007. In 2008, walk-on Jacob Simmons finished just one place shy of qualifying. “While we’re not known as a cross country power, we do pretty decent at the regional meet,” Elliott said. LSU will try to bounce back from a disappointing finish at the Southeastern Conference Champi-

onship meet Nov. 1. The men’s team finished ninth and the women’s team placed 11th despite many of the runners recording personal bests. Elliott said he expected the teams to place higher but felt his team just ran into stiffer competition. Contact Hunter Paniagua at hpaniagua@lsureveille.com

2006. “We need to regroup. We need to get a little bit better, but I actually think the style of play will be a little better for us.” The Friday afternoon matchup is going to be a showdown of two of the best in the Southeastern Conference. Both LSU and Tennessee sit in the top four in the conference in nearly every statistical category, including hitting percentage, opponent hitting percentage, assists, kills and digs. The Tigers are coming off a huge comeback win against Ole Miss last Sunday, and sophomore outside hitter Madie Jones said the team needs to keep the momentum going. “Those are two great teams, and we know we’re going to have to prepare really hard and just keep going,” Jones said. “It’s not over yet. We want to win out the SEC,

that’s one of our goals, so I think we’re just going to keep going at it.” If the winning ways do continue, the team could be on track to set LSU volleyball history. The Tigers have not finished with two or fewer losses since the 1991 season, when they made an NCAA Final Four run. And with just five matches left on the schedule, the Tigers are gearing up for this year’s postseason play. “This is key,” Flory said. “This is a great road trip for us in terms of preparing for the NCAA tournament. They’re two NCAA tournament teams that we’ll play.” First serve Friday afternoon is slated for 2:30 p.m., and the Sunday matchup is set for a 12:30 p.m. start. Contact Mark Clements at mclements@lsureveille.com


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Video games should be protected by free speech The Jindal “unacceptably” violent. The hearing took place on Nov. 2, with Supreme Court Justices grilling both California Deputy Attorney General Zackery Morazzini, who is arguing against video games, and Paul Smith, who is representing the video game industry. The issue with making it illegal to sell video games to children seems hardly debatable. But the reality is that such a ruling would impinge on developers’ First Amendment rights, forcing them to self-censor and speculate whether their games might provoke a federal case. It seems pretty clear as to what the big deal is: California is concerned for the psyches of children — a completely noble and understandable aim — and worries playing violent video games will lead them down some twisted path of degeneracy. The video game industry insists

Jason Krell University of Arizona

TUSCON, Ariz. (UWIRE) — It has always been the responsibility of adults to shield children from that which might not be appropriate for them, but in the age of accessible technology, this task has become increasingly difficult. So what happens when one of the most popular forms of technology among children — video games — raises questions about violence? You get a case in the United States Supreme Court. More specifically, you get Entertainment Merchants Association v. Schwarzenegger. The case deals with whether it should be illegal to sell violent video games to children, but it’s not as simple as it sounds. It highlights First Amendment rights and how to determine what makes a video game

video games are no more damaging than any other form of violent media, arguing they deserve full protection from the First Amendment, just like any other art form. This battle has been raging for over a decade, but one thing has stopped states like California from attacking video games. Plain and simple: Lawyers who don’t play video games are trying to talk about them. And not just talk but make hugely important decisions about their future. Either way, it’s clear in the transcript of the hearing that not only does Morazzini have limited understanding of the real level of violence in video games, but the justices are also not experts. That’s to be expected to some degree, but when your argument is based off a hypothetical game in which you can torture babies and “Postal 2,” a 1997 game that was truly horrid, you don’t have much.

To be frank, while you can do some pretty twisted things in a small handful of games, it doesn’t come close to infanticide. Additionally, “Postal 2,” which seems to be the only name California ever uses in its cases against video games, is nothing like any game made today. Since video games have become a respected medium of art and entertainment, people have formed standards. Developers, by and large, aren’t just in it for the shock value anymore. The Supreme Court now has the power to change video games forever with one ruling. Here’s hoping they see that video games should be protected by the First Amendment. Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at opinion@lsureveille.com

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Days Bobby Jindal has ignored our concerns:

30 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?

THE C-SECTION

Explore changing your major — you’ll thank yourself later Did you ever want to be a doctor? How about a lawyer? Engineer? I wanted to be doctor at one point. Well, at least I thought I did. Majoring in biological sciences and graduating from medical school sounded great. I would make lots of money, have job security and be respected. After a year of sitting through tough classes I didn’t like, med school didn’t interest me. I worked up the courage to change my major to something involving writing — a subject I have always enjoyed more. And here I am, a student of the University majoring in a subject,

which, even if I attend grad school, will never have the demand or salary of a doctor. Many students are in a similar situation — beginning college for a well-paid career and then changing. And there’s nothing wrong with changing a major. The Office of Budget and Planning’s enrollment summaries break down enrollment among each college as well as the University Center for Freshman Year. According to enrollment statistics for the fall 2009 and spring 2010 semesters, almost half of the students who entered the

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University as biological sciences majors changed their majors, dropping enrollment from 878 in the fall to 496 in the spring. Another prominent major in fall 2009 was mechanical engineering — a major that dropped from 293 students enrolled in the fall to 142 in spring 2010. The entire College of Engineering’s enrollment for freshman dropped 1,080 to 528 from fall to spring. The previously mentioned majors had huge cuts in enrollment, whereas majors like mass communication saw enrollment drop from 398 to 394. In addition, marketing only dropped from 97 to 67. One reason for the initially huge enrollments in some “harder” majors can be explained in a study by Michigan State University professor John Miller. Miller’s study showed high school students were 41 percent more likely to pursue STEMM (science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics) careers with parental encouragement. And while parents may consistently advocate for some careers, many outside sources also constantly bog students down with information about what the highest paying jobs are. Yahoo! posted an article Monday boasting the title “Get Hired With These Degrees.” Six degrees were listed, and only one (criminal

justice) was not a math- or sciencebased major. To further ingrain the idea that students should chose either a STEMM career or imminent poverty, Money Watch, a financial advice website, posted a column in 2009 cataloging “The Best and Worst College Degrees Chris Grillot by Salary.” The Columnist “worst degrees” ranged from social work to drama, and — you guessed it — not one math or science major made that list. With so much positive stimulation toward math and science, it’s no wonder their enrollments are exponentially large. Ramon Lopez, UCFY counselor, believes students get an idea from media and parents that they should do something lucrative with their choice of major. “A lot of people have this idea that they’re expected to be a doctor, lawyer or engineer ... but when they get to college they realize their expectations [of what they think they should be and what they actually should be] don’t match,” Lopez said. Lopez also had an answer for the huge slashes in enrollments. “After a while, [students] realize they have other options or realize that they really don’t like their

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original choice,” Lopez said. While many would argue against changing from a potentially rewarding major like math or science, students shouldn’t waste their life away miserably studying differential equations or organic chemistry if they’re not fully devoted to it. They should simply change their major instead. We’re given the opportunity to try new things in college, so why not take advantage of them? We should find something we are passionate about rather than struggle to find motivation to study biology or engineering and pass with C’s. With only mediocre grades may come only a mediocre salary. So freshmen —or any students really — if you hate your major, change it. Find something you’re good at, and enjoy the subject you study. If you put yourself ahead of the class, finding a decent job probably won’t be so hard after all. Besides, life is too short to spend it wishing you could do something else. Chris Grillot is a 19-year-old mass communication and English sophomore from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_cgrillot. Contact Chris Grillot at cgrillot@lsureveille.com

Quote of the Day “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.”

John F. Kennedy 35th U.S. president May 29, 1917 — Nov. 22, 1963


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Afghani wives and bully victims show not all suicide is selfish Life sucks sometimes. Undoubtedly, there have been parts in everybody’s lives where this thought crosses their mind. For most of us, though, these times are not too lengthy or strenuous for us to do anything serious about it. However, for some people in the world, this feeling becomes too much to handle, and they do what they can to escape their current situation. For some, it means taking their own life. Some argue suicide is nothing more than a selfish and cowardly way out of a temporary problem, yet there are certain situations where this argument seems to hold no weight whatsoever. In Afghanistan, for example, a disturbing amount of women have been trying to take their lives to escape the treatment they receive from their husbands and his family. Often treated as nothing more

than a servant, and with United Nations statistics saying 45 percent are married before 18, it’s not hard to see why these women would want to escape their lives. Simply running away, however, has severe Zachary Davis risks involved. Should they Columnist be caught, these women potentially face rape and imprisonment. If wives return to their families, many husbands decide to kill the runaway wives in an “honor killing” by stabbing, shooting or stoning them. Trapped in a society where obedience is expected of wives and where brutality or death at the hands of their own in-laws is prominent, these women often feel there is no other choice but suicide.

Thus, instead of running away, many women in this position turn to something much more final: death. According to a Washington Post article, unlike most who attempt suicide here in the U.S., these women do not have many options or know of other methods, turning to cooking oil and matches to end their lives. Last year, at least 300 cases of suicide by burning occurred in Afghanistan, and at least 80 percent were successful. These are only the women who made it to a hospital, and rights workers in Afghanistan believe the actual number is far higher. Closer to home, we have been seeing a surge of suicides related to students being bullied for their sexual preferences. From being teased to being secretly taped having sex with a partner, students as young as age 13 have taken their lives in the

past several months. While any kind of bullying -related suicide is a travesty, the recent number of suicides related to homosexual bullying is appalling. As with the wives in Afghanistan, many of these victims feel they are trapped in a society where there is no other choice available. Obviously, there are men and women who lead everyday lives while also having different sexual preferences than the majority of Americans. However, if you just look around at our society, you can see why some aspects of it drive some to believe life isn’t worth it. Between the inability to marry the person you love in a majority of the country, having intimate parts of your life referred to as abominations and members of the population believing you simply need to be cured, should we be surprised that some gays and

lesbians are pushed to taking their own lives? Just like the Afghani wives, our society is trapping some of the population for their beliefs, and these people find suicide the only way out of this trap. While suicide might be a horrible thing, by no means can we say it is always selfish. What we need to do as a society is take these victims’ deaths as a sign to fix the respective problems and make sure no one else feels the need to do the same. No matter how much life might suck at times, we need to facilitate a hope for change and improvement. Zachary Davis is a 19-year-old history sophomore from Warsaw, Poland. Follow him on Twitter Contact Zachary Davis at zdavis@lsureveille.com

GUEST COLUMNIST

Tailgating should profit the University, not litter it Trevon Nwankwo Special to The Daily Reveille

Red cups, plates, food and beer bottles strewn everywhere around campus. These are just some of the horrendous sights we behold every Sunday after a home football game. The main problem here: These “tailgating leftovers” are all over the ground in places where I learn on school days. I wonder if I’m the only one who recognizes this as an insult to my education? Am I the only one who feels like setting up a bucket labeled “Budget Cuts: Help Us” so every fan has to drop some cash in before entering LSU’s campus or collecting from each individual tailgate? Am I also the only one who is disgusted at not having one parking spot to choose from in the middle of the day on a Saturday? I can’t be. I’m not condemning tailgating. I understand this is the South, and we like food, football and frivolous days with friends and family. It’s tradition. At the same time, there are some untraditional things going on now, and I just cannot logically make the connection between a great football team and a trashed campus. I understand the increased revenue supports small businesses in the area and whatnot, but do we pretend every Saturday that there are no real problems ahead of the University? At LSU, you can get expelled for sneaking alcohol into your dorm room, but you also can go outside every Saturday and drink for free around campus at will. Something about that just doesn’t click. The camaraderie present among LSU fans and students during tailgating is awesome. The loud music

outside of my dorm room from Friday night to the wee hours of the morning is not. The roar from Death Valley throughout games is unforgettable. Random drunken screaming outside my window at midnight after an already hectic school week is not. Yelling “Tiger Bait” at unsuspecting rivals is classic. Arguing about a parking spot with a rude, drunk old man who is apparently still living in the Antebellum South is not. I could go on for days, but I’m

sure you get the point. Tailgating is an integral component of college football, especially at LSU. But this does not give people, including students, the right to lose their sense of dignity for a whole day and act like they’re not disrespecting a place that many people strive to take care of, as well as a beacon of education for a whole state. Keep in mind this is just commentary — there’s no call for action in this article. I see we can’t even protect the historically and

nationally significant Indian Mounds from hyperactive kids. How could we possibly stop adults from turning the Parade Ground upside down with filth? As the adage says, if you don’t respect yourself, others won’t respect you either. This phrase rings true here. How can anyone take the student body’s demands to save higher education seriously after we allow our campus to be overrun with trash from people who don’t even attend

the school? For a top-tier, four-year university, there sure is a lot of high school-esque business going on. Maybe we can clean our act up before the Legislature does, when the football team will truly be the only reason to step foot on LSU’s campus after the massive reduction of our beloved school’s formerly diverse educational paths and prestige. Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at opinion@lsureveille.com

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3 BR 2 BA HOUSE FOR RENT Meadowbend Subd. Near LSU. Remodeled. $1100. per mo. $500. DepositCall 985-688-2757.

UNIVERSITY VIEW UNIT 1107 CONDO FOR SALE 2BDRM, 2 BATHS GATED, INCLUDES APPLIANCES, cotaj@cox.net

STUDIO LOFT POOL VIEW Nearly 1000 sq ft! New Construction! NO ROOMMATE! Luxury Amenities! Fully Furnished w/Most Bills Paid. Seconds from campus! Onsite parking! Spring Semester. 409.682.4219

EARN EXTRA MONEY Students needed ASAP. Earn up to $150 per day being a Mystery Shopper. No Experience Required. Call 1-888-615-5245

2002 CHEVY S10, ~113k miles, $1,500, obo. e-mail: batonrouge. s10@gmail.com

PARKVIEW BAPTIST PRESCHOOL Preschool Afternoon Teachers needed 3-6pm flex days. no degree required. Please email your resume to parkviewbps@gmail.com INTERNSHIP Wanted: Poli Sci or International Relations majors to participate in government simulation. Participants will act as the cabinet of a fictional country. 225.910.8861 ►►BARTENDING UP TO NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. TRAINING PROVIDED. AGE 18+ OK 1-800-965-6520 ext127 VETERINARY EMERGENCY TECH Night & weekend help. Exp req. Fax resume to 225.293.6441. www.sherwoodsouth.com

For Sale TIGER MANOR CONDOMINIUMS. UNITS READY FOR FALL and SPRING 2010-2011!! Reserve now! Brand new 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units for sale starting at $124,900. Ask about our Guaranteed Buy-Back Program!! 3000 July St. 225-346-5055 www.tigermanor.com Location. Location. Location... Start Living. 225.383.0143 AVON Its more than just make-up! Buy/sell Avon today! Shellie-Ann Avon_Independent_Sales_Repre-

For Rent WALK TO CAMPUS 1Br, 2Br, and Townhomes. Starting as low as $325.00. www.lsuwestchimesplace.com 225.346.4789 1-BR APTS. Near LSU. $450500/Month, Hot water included. Call Wang at 225.278.6622 225.278.6622 225.278.6622 UNIVERSITY VIEW CONDO Roommate needed for 3BR/2BA $450/ month plus utilities great location - walk to campus 281.468.4342 HIGHLAND ROAD House - 3 br/2ba $1099/mo. 225.769.1079 CHATEAU DU COUR IN TIGERLAND Large 2 BR 1 B in gated complex..772-2429 mckproperties. com FOR RENT 3 BR 1 1/2 BA house next to campus. Fenced yard. Range, refrig., washer & dryer. Central heat, window A/ C. $960 per month. Pets OK. Deposit and lease. Available Nov. 20. 225.766.2963 1 BR - THE WILLOWS $550. 4243 Burbank. $300 Dep. Near WalkOns/Mellow Mushroom. No Pets. www.lsubr.com for pics/floorplans. 978-1649. BRIGHTSIDE PARK TWN Large 2br 2.5 bath. W/ D, $800 Pool. 1737 S. Brightside View 588-3070 or 955-6480 225.751.0093

HOUSE FOR RENT Capital Heights Area 225.928.9384 TIGER MANOR CONDOMINIUMS. UNITS READY FOR Fall 2010 and Spring 2011!! Reserve Now! Brand new 1, 2, & 3 bedrooms available. Reserve your unit today! Walk to class! 3000 July St. 225-3465055. www.tigermanor.com Location. Location. Location... Start Living. 225.383.0143

Personals

COUPLE SEEKING BISEXUAL FEMALE nerdy couple seeking bisexual female to have fun with. liking of anime, final fantasy, and other equally geeky things preferable but not strictly necessary :) contact us at persona.aigis@ yahoo.com if interested =) SEEKING HILLARY LOOK-ALIKE I love the environment, vegetables, recycling, books, gays, and protesting everything, so pretty much just a normal, run-of-the-mill democrat. If you want to meet up over a non-fat, dairy-free, sugarfree, caffeine-free latte’ and talk about how much we love taxation just send me an email at bdonne3@lsu.edu

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SPIRITUAL WORSHIP SERVICE 2nd and 4th Sundays --- 11am --- Non-Denominational. For more information: 225.362.2511


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