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Caterie will not return to former spot, restaurant may take its place, p. 4

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Few turnovers since bye week helps LSU to 10-1 record, p. 5

Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010


Admin. shift to cut red tape in colleges Matthew Albright Staff Writer

identified the dock as an unutilized community asset. “[The developer] asked the question of how do we begin to restore commerce,” Trahan said. “We believe the portion between LSU and downtown is essential to growth and success of the city.” Trahan said the project would cost anywhere from $20 to $30 million. Plans to start building have not begun, but Trahan said the project has generated interest from developers. “We asked the question of how do you build economically out there in the river and not experience high construction costs, as well as memorialize the memory of the place,”

Graduate students should see less bureaucracy, and individual colleges should get greater control over their graduate programs after structural changes were made Friday. University administrators moved graduate school programs into individual colleges and shuffled personnel into different administrative roles. Chancellor Michael Martin said Monday the shifts were not a result of budget cuts. “This is more related to just a philosophical change,” he said. The most important change is the decentralization of graduate programs from the general administration to the individual colleges. Martin said the shift would allow the colleges greater leeway to spend graduate program funds as they see fit. “Graduate programs are best served when closest to the discipline in which they work,” Martin said. Martin said grad students should expect less bureaucracy

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GRAD PROGRAMS, see page 11

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The Baton Rouge dock, located off River Road near downtown, is overrun with plants and graffiti. See photos of the old municipal dock at

Riverfront Revamp

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This rendering proposes what the new, revamped riverfront structure would look like.

Architect proposes riverfront revival project to be built atop municipal dock Catherine Threlkeld Staff Writer

Between the bends of the Mississippi River, a multi-story residential and commercial structure may soon grace the bank between downtown Baton Rouge and the University’s campus. The proposed structure would be built on top of the current municipal dock, located between downtown and LSU’s campus along the east side of the river. It will feature a public space for gatherings and performances, as well as apartments, offices and a restaurant. The upper deck would include a garden overlooking campus, downtown and the river. Trey Trahan of Trahan Architects, the firm designing the project, said a developer came to him and


Dardenne sworn in as lieutenant governor, unveils new state f lag Matthew Albright Staff Writer

Former Secretary of State Jay Dardenne unveiled a revamped state flag yesterday at a ceremony in which he was sworn in as the state’s new lieutenant governor. The flag, like the old one, features Louisiana’s trademark brown pelican, but the new design adds three red drops of blood on the bird’s chest above

the bird’s chicks. The blood symbolizes Louisiana’s commitment to “sacrifice itself for its citizens,” according to a news release from the Secretary of State’s office. The state Legislature passed a bill in 2006 requiring all new flags to include the drops. In his last official act as secretary, Dardenne unveiled the new state flag at the Old State Capitol ceremony.

Dardenne, a former Republican leader in the Legislature, defeated Democrat Caroline Fayard in a statewide election earlier this month to take the position, earning 57 percent of the vote. Dardenne fills the seat vacated by Mitch Landrieu, who left the office after being elected mayor of New Orleans. Dardenne will have to run for re-election next year. FLAG, see page 11

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Jay Dardenne gives a speech Monday afternoon in the Old State Capitol after he was sworn in as lieutenant governor. Dardenne also unveiled a revamped state flag.

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INTERNATIONAL Robot breakdown delays rescue of 29 trapped New Zealand miners GREYMOUTH, New Zealand (AP) — The bid to rescue 29 New Zealand coal miners trapped underground by a massive gas explosion for nearly five days hit new problems Tuesday as a mechanical robot broke down inside a tunnel and hard rock layers slowed progress on gas testing. Stampede in Cambodian festival kills 330, injures hundreds PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Thousands of people stampeded during a festival in the Cambodian capital Monday night, leaving more than 330 dead and hundreds injured in what the prime minister called the country’s biggest tragedy since the 1970s reign of terror by the Khmer Rouge. Some in the panicky crowd — who were celebrating the end of the rainy season on a sliver of land in a river — tried to flee

over a bridge and were crushed underfoot or fell over its sides into the water. A witness who arrived shortly after the stampede described “bodies stacked on bodies” on the bridge as rescuers swarmed the area. Ambulances raced back and forth between the river and the hospitals for several hours after the stampede. Calmette Hospital, the capital’s main medical facility, was filled to capacity with bodies as well as patients, some of whom had to be treated in hallways. Many of the injured appeared to be badly hurt, raising the prospect that the death toll could rise as local hospitals became overwhelmed. Hours after the chaos, the dead and injured were still being taken away from the scene, while searchers looked for bodies of anyone who might have drowned. An Associated Press reporter saw one body floating in the river, and hundreds of shoes left behind on and around the bridge.

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Injured visitors seek help after a stampede in Phnom Penh killed more than 330 during the last day of the water festival Monday.

Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010



Jury convicts immigrant of murdering intern Chandra Levy

Deer stand falls leading cause of hunting related injuries

WASHINGTON (AP) — A jury found a Salvadoran immigrant guilty on Monday of murdering Washington intern Chandra Levy back in 2001, when her disappearance became a national sensation. Ingmar Guandique was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder for attacking Levy while she exercised in Washington’s Rock Creek Park in May 2001.

NEW IBERIA (AP) — As you set out to go hunting in a tree stand in your favorite deer hunting spot around Acadiana, Louisiana or elsewhere, remember this sobering news from the Midwest: Nearly half of deer hunter injuries are the result of falls rather than gunshots. The American Surgeon journal recently published the study by the Ohio State University Medical Center, which examined more than a decade of Level 1 trauma center admissions at two hospitals in central Ohio. The study showed falls from the tree stands are the leading cause of hunting related injuries in the Buckeye State. Critical care and trauma researchers sought to disprove popular stereotypes that most hunting injuries are gunshot wounds, typically associated with alcohol or drug use, and are accidentally self-inflicted or caused by a fellow hunter. Specifically, they set out

Video shows shirtless young boy resisting search at Utah airport SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A YouTube video showing a shirtless young boy resisting a patdown at Salt Lake City’s airport is renewing criticism of search methods for travelers. Utah Valley University student Luke Tait shot the video Friday while waiting in a security line. It has been viewed on YouTube more than 765,000 times.



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to identify the causes of huntingrelated injuries and to characterize trauma-associated injury patterns. Researchers identified 130 patients who suffered hunting-related injuries. Fifty percent of injuries results from falls and 92 percent of the falls were from tree stands, and 29 percent of the injuries were attributed to gunshot wounds. Two UL-Monroe baseball players accused of aggravated rape MONROE (AP) — Two University of Louisiana-Monroe pitchers have been booked with aggravated rape. The News-Star reports that 21-year-old Shelby Esters Aulds of West Monroe and 20-year-old Kendall Scott Thamm of Baytown, Texas, turned themselves in Friday and are free on $15,000 bond each. Athletic Director Bobby Staub said in a news release that both have been suspended while the case is investigated.



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SG resolution for two-day drop date extension denied Sydni Dunn Staff Writer

After extensive communication with Student Government concerning the extension of the date to drop classes without a “W,” the Faculty Senate’s Admissions, Standards and Honors Committee denied the resolution to extend the date on Friday. SG began working on the extension plan in June and presented Resolution 10-13 “Withdrawal Date Policy Revision” to the Faculty Senate at its October meeting. The current policy states students must drop a course by the sixth class day to avoid penalty. The resolution, which asked the faculty’s support of a two-day extension of the drop date, was moved by the Senate to the ASH Committee, according to Thomas Rodgers, SG assistant director of Academics and mass communication sophomore. If the committee were to approve the extension, it would then return to the Faculty Senate for a vote, he said. Three meetings were held between the two groups, but only one yielded results. During the first two meetings, held Oct. 15 and Nov. 5, SG representatives presented the committee with reasons why the extension would be effective. “The drop date is a pressing concern for students,” said Jeffrey Wale, SG director of academics and political science senior, at the Nov. 5 meeting. Wale said students were unable to form opinions about some courses within the allotted time period in place. For example, students would have less time to evaluate a class held on Tuesday and Thursday since those classes would only meet twice before the drop date. He said students have complained that the first day of a course is typically centered

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around the syllabus and course objectives and nothing more. Committee members discussed this view, arguing not all courses take that approach and that students will have less options in the future and may have to take a course they may not necessarily enjoy. “We are offering fewer class offerings,” said Robert Doolos, University registrar, on Nov. 5. “It will only get harder over the years.” Doolos also questioned the effects of the extension on the number of waitlisted students. The committee motioned to move the voting process until a later date, pending solid figures about the number of students who add and drop on the sixth day of each semester. SG Academics leaders met with Doolos and members of the committee before the final meeting and worked out a compromise for the resolution. The compromise was to extend the period by just one day instead of two and evaluate the results after one year of implementation. In the latest meeting, held

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‘I know people who ‘An extra would’ve two days liked to isn’t going drop later to make a if it would difference.’ have been Taylor Wells art and design sophomore extended.’

Nov. 19, the committee reviewed the numbers and discussed the new compromise. “I’m not sure [extending the date] will have the effect you want,” said William Armstrong, committee chair and LSU Libraries senator. Stacia Haynie, outgoing vice provost for Academic Affairs, said the extension may have a negative effect, making it easier to drop courses without adding one in return. “We need students to be in 15 hours to be on track to graduate,” she said. “We don’t want to make the opportunity to where you can schedule 19 hours and drop three.” Rodgers countered, saying it’s the students’ responsibility to graduate on time. Before motioning for a vote, the committee requested all students leave the room. Robert Perlis, committee member and Sciences senator, said Monday the committee “did

not wish to advance the appeal.” “The students made a passionate plea, but it did not

convince the committee,” Perlis said. Rodgers said he was disappointed in the result of the vote and in the lack of notification from the committee. “We worked hard and presented an argument that represented the students,” Rodgers said. “I think the full Faculty Senate should have made a decision, not a subcommittee.” Contact Sydni Dunn at

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Caterie will not return to former spot Burger restaurant may take its place Grace Montgomery Contributing Writer

Former popular music venue The Caterie will not return to its former home in the Acadian-Perkins Plaza shopping center, according to Jon Claitor, owner of the shopping center. Instead, other taverns and restaurants are negotiating for the space. The Lafayette-based Bugersmith restaurant is a likely future tenant in the plaza, Claitor said. Claitor said plans for The Caterie’s return to the fire-ravaged plaza came to a halt in August. Originally, the music landmark and Southdowns Discount Liquor and Cigarettes planned to jointly return to the space but lacked funds to continue negotiations. The Caterie has no current plans to relocate, Claitor said. “There is no signed deal, but we are close,” Claitor said. Bugersmith would take the old AT&T space, and a new AT&T store would move to the space at the corner of South Acadian Thruway and Perkins Road. Claitor estimated the stores could be ready by Feb. 1. “I think it will pan out really soon,” Claitor said.

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The Caterie may be replaced by a Bugersmith restaurant in February 2011 after it was destroyed by a fire Jan. 1, 2010, according to Acadan-Perkins Plaza owner Jon Claitor.

Claitor said a Winn-Dixie grocery store and Tuesday Morning store were initially going to move into the plaza in early 2010, but plans fell through during negotiations. “It’s why we’re so behind,” Claitor said. A fire blazed through the shopping center Jan. 1, 2010, destroying The Caterie and neighboring shops in the plaza. Claitor’s Law Books and Publishing was affected by the fire and relocated to the former Major Video space shortly thereafter. “We’re doing great,” Claitor said. “We only missed a day after the fire, and we are proud we were able to sell books to law students so shortly after.”

The Claitor family purchased the land for the shopping center in 1968 and opened a bookstore, drug store and post office within the first five years, according to an article by the Baton Rouge Business Report. Fundraising efforts to benefit artists who lost equipment or practice space in the fire took place last spring. An event called Fanning the Flames garnered funds from private donations, proceeds from a local fashion show and T-shirt sales to help artists recover from the damage.

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Oysters still a part of Thanksgiving The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Cajun chef John Folse worried in the weeks before Thanksgiving that BP’s oil spill meant he’d have to dish up fowl and fish without his rich, dark oyster stew or fried oyster dressing, anathema to a keeper of Louisiana culinary customs. “It’s kind of sacrilegious,” Folse said last week. “People say, ‘My God, it’s not Thanksgiving without your oysters.’” In the end, it wasn’t quite that bad. Oysters from Louisiana and other Gulf Coast waters are available, just in shorter supply and more expensive because of damage to some Louisiana oyster beds and the temporary closure of others that delayed harvesting. Folse’s oyster delicacies will be on the table at White Oak Plantation in Baton Rouge, where he expects to feed 400 on Thanksgiving. Other restaurants in south Louisiana also are advertising oyster dishes, and supermarkets say that oysters are on the shelves despite the supply problems. Mike Voisin’s advice is to shop early. “They’ll be available, but I expect high demand and so we expect some outages in certain areas,” said Voisin, head of family-owned Motivatit seafood in Terrebonne Parish, which is supplying Folse and various Louisiana restaurants and supermarkets with holiday oysters.

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Workers with P&J Oyster Co. prepare to unload sacks of oysters for delivery last Friday to restaurants in the French Quarter. Fresh oysters are still available for Thanksgiving.

Prices will be higher. Donald Rouse, owner of the south Louisiana supermarket chain that bears his family name, is advertising a pint of shucked oysters for $11.99. “That same container would go for about $8 last year,” he said. Paradoxically, Voisin said, the demand in the Gulf South for oysters is strong, even as nationwide demand for Gulf seafood remains depressed despite industry and government assurances of its safety. Voisin’s business, like any that deals in Gulf oysters, took a hit because of the oil spill resulting from the April explosion of the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig — not from contamination, but because oyster waters were closed as a safety precaution. But many of his Louisiana

oyster sources were far enough west that they weren’t as badly effected by a related problem — the diversion of fresh inland water into salt-water areas keep the oil at bay. Whether the freshwater flushing worked at keeping oil out is up for debate, but the flood of fresh water was ruinous for oysters, which thrive on salty water. Although oyster landings are down an estimated 35 percent in Louisiana, oysters are available from other areas of the Gulf. Texas waters are producing a lot of oysters now, and there are some available from Mississippi and Alabama.

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Miles says Jefferson is more comfortable


Fewer turnovers since bye week help LSU to 10-1 record Sean Isabella Sports Writer

Rachel Whittaker Chief Sports Writer

LSU football coach Les Miles said Monday junior quarterback Jordan Jefferson has grown more comfortable in the offensive scheme put together by offensive coordinator Gary Crowton. Miles held his final regularseason media luncheon Monday afternoon, following Jefferson’s career-high 254 passing yards and 76.4 completion percentage in Saturday’s 43-36 win against Ole Miss. Jefferson earned Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career for his performance, which included a passing touchdown, a rushing touchdown and one interception. “This week it was the offense’s turn,” Miles said. “The defense has had that offense’s back a great majority of the season, so it was right. … Now [Jefferson] is executing the throwing game much better than he has, so it becomes much more productive to call it.” Senior kicker Josh Jasper was also recognized Monday by the SEC as the Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this year. LSU will face Arkansas this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The winner takes home The Golden Boot trophy, which Miles called “the

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LSU redshirt freshman running back Michael Ford weaves through tacklers Saturday en route to a 27-yard touchdown catch during LSU’s 43-36 win against Ole Miss. Watch interviews with Ford and junior quarterback Jordan Jefferson at

If the LSU football program learned anything during its bye week four weeks ago, it was to protect the ball. The Tigers turned the ball over 18 times in their first eight games (nine interceptions and nine fumbles). Since the bye week, LSU has only had two turnovers on offense, both of which came in Saturday’s win against Ole Miss. “Our quarterbacks and running backs really took it upon themselves to protect the ball, and that’s something we really stress here,” said junior center T-Bob Hebert. LSU even went through a stretch of 41 straight possessions without a turnover, starting with junior quarterback Jordan Jefferson’s interception on LSU’s first drive against Auburn and ending with an interception on the first drive of the third quarter against Ole Miss. During the stretch, the LSU defense forced nine turnovers and converted eight of those into 44 points to solidify the Tigers’ 10-1 record. With the recent success of holding onto the football, LSU has soared to No. 4 in the Southeastern Conference in turnover margin (+6). Part of the limit in turnovers is the progression and maturation of Jefferson, who started out the season on the wrong foot. Jefferson tossed seven interceptions in his first six starts of the season but has thrown only two in TURNOVERS, see page 7

‘Now that we see a prize that we can get having an 11-win season, we became more focused and disciplined to what we’re doing.’ Jordan Jefferson, LSU junior quarterback

OFFENSE, see page 7


Thanks for the joy, Tiger Stadium I’ve spent six or seven Saturdays in Tiger Stadium each year for the past four years. There has been laughter, tears of victory, tears of defeat, heartache and joy. During this Thanksgiving week, I feel like I should give some thanks of my own after the recent stressful Satur- ANDY SCHWEHM day afternoon in Sports columnist Death Valley. First of all, thank you, Kelvin Sheppard. For four years you have done absolutely magnificent work on the field for your team. You have become one of my all-time favorite LSU players to cover in any sport (and not only because of your beard and golden hair highlights). Your 98 tackles this season lead the team, and your four sacks rank third. You have been the cornerstone of one of the best defenses in the nation. Defensive coordinator John Chavis calls you one of the most intelligent players he has ever coached, and I believe him. It has been a pleasure to watch you lead LSU this year. I wish you nothing but the best in your future, and I can’t wait to see you in the NFL next year. DEATH VALLEY, see page 7


LSU takes on Tulane tonight, focuses on improving offense Green Wave enters game undefeated Ryan Ginn Sports Contributor

Only four games into the season, the LSU women’s basketball team’s identity is far from fully formed. While the Lady Tigers (2-2) have been forcing turnovers at the rate of a Final Four team, they’ve also been missing shots at the rate of a middle school team. The 35-shot advantage the defense has produced off those turnovers has largely gone to waste, considering LSU’s inefficient 34-percent shooting on the season.

The Lady Tigers have also been not shooting the ball well, but our far below average at the free throw kids are playing hard and trying to line, making just 45 of 76 foul do everything we want done.” shots. Tulane is one year removed Despite the from taking LSU missed opportunito overtime before ties, LSU still manfinally tapping out. aged to pick up its If last year’s scare first two wins of has been forgotten, the season at the Tulane has served Seton Hall Classic. notice by rolling LSU also has out to a 3-0 record a chance to pull this year, including Van Chancellor above .500 when LSU women’s basketball coach a 62-42 dismanit faces Tulane totling of Mississipnight in the PMAC. pi State. “Our players played awfully “This is the best Tulane team hard, and our defense was outstand- I’ve seen,” Chancellor said. “It’s ing,” LSU coach Van Chancellor going to be a challenge here for us said of the Seton Hall Classic. “It [tonight], I guarantee you that.” reminded me of the old defensive teams we’ve had here. We’re still TULANE, see page 7


‘This is the best Tulane team I’ve seen. It’s going to be a challenge.

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LSU sophomore guard Adrienne Webb dribbles past Ohio State defenders Nov. 17 in LSU’s 59-55 loss to the Buckeyes. Webb may not play tonight against Tulane.

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Miles’ unconventional tactics yielding impressive classes Dixon thinks Miles’ recruiting style is a thing of the past. Former prized Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger is close to committing to LSU to be its signal caller of the future. Sean Isabella With that, Dixon said to look Sports Writer for LSU to establish a pro-style To consider LSU coach Les offense and recruit precisely to a Miles an unorthodox human be- more traditional system. “My opinion is we’re going ing would be slightly generous. The man known as the “Mad to see a trend to more of a power Hatter” takes more risks than a Full system where they run the ball Tilt poker player, even though he and set up for the play action,” contends he hasn’t done anything he said. “I just feel that because “50 or 60 high school coaches in they’ve stacked the past couple running back classes so heavy this state wouldn’t do.”  And to top things off, he en- with a slew of backs.” Miles has had an average rejoys eating grass.  Quirky, peculiar and bizarre, cruiting class rank of No. 6 since and even genius, can all be used coming to LSU in 2005, accordto describe the man under the ing to Of the five recruiting classes “hat” — including his recruiting Miles’ has reeled in, only one has tendencies.   While most schools have a been outside of the top 10 (No. 11 specific system to which they in 2008).   Maybe the most successful recruit —  a la Oregon’s spread offense, Georgia Tech’s triple thing Miles has been able to acoption and Alabama’s traditional complish is the ability to find and pro-sets —  Miles and his coach- develop hidden talent.  Miles played a major role ing staff do the absolute opposite.  “They obviously aren’t re- in the progression of former Ticruiting to fit a certain mold, they gers Jacob Hester (2-star recruit), are recruiting a lot of different Glenn Dorsey (4-star), Tyson types of guys basically just saying Jackson (3-star) and Brandon whichever one works out best,” LaFell (3-star) — though former said local ESPN radio host Matt LSU coach Nick Saban originally recruited them.  Moscona.  Dorsey and Jackson were But Miles has gotten away both first round picks, and LaFell with it his whole career. His current record at LSU is and Hester both went in the third a sparkling 61-16, good enough round.  “Anybody he recruits, he cerfor the fifth-most wins since 2005 (three behind Ohio State’s Jim tainly feels that if they are a good Tressel, Florida’s Urban Meyer enough athlete, they can adjust to and TCU’s Gary Patterson, who the scheme,” said Rene Nadeau, college football analyst for ESPN all have 64).   Moscona agreed Miles’ and TigerVision.  In the past few seasons, Miles hodgepodge tendencies have been hard to argue against, saying “it’s has transformed several defensive not necessarily an entirely nega- players into viable offensive linetive thing,” as did Shea Dixon, men.   Senior tackle Joseph Barksmanaging editor of TigerSportsdale and junior guard Will  “Obviously it’s worked for well were originally recruited as him,” Dixon said. “He’s probably defensive tackles. Backup sophomore tight end gambled with players and tried to bring in the best talent and fit Chase Clement started his career them in somewhere when they get as a defensive lineman.  However, it hasn’t been all there. Who says that’s not a bad strategy? It’s gotten him some blue skies for Miles. Those transitions were wins the past few years.”  Despite the recent trend, needed in order to have any

Style may change with Mettenberger

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LSU football coach Les Miles shouts plays from the sidelines during the Tigers 30-26 win against Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss., on Sept. 26, 2009. Miles’ unusual tactics have added to his recruiting savvy, shown in his average recruiting class rank of No. 6.

substance on the offensive line because Miles hasn’t always been successful bringing in quality talent. “If there is one area where Les Miles and his staff have struggled it has been on the offensive line,”  Moscona said. “It is bizarre considering he’s a former lineman. They’ve swung and missed on a lot of offensive line recruits and had a lot of guys transfer.” Since 2007, LSU has lost linemen Jarvis Jones, Ernest McCoy, Cordian Hagans, Thomas Parsons, Clay Spencer, Carneal Ainsworth, and Stavion Lowe for various reasons. “You feel it the most at the offensive line because it takes a while to develop,” Nadeau said. “You’re allowed less mistakes at offensive line than any other position. If one guys leaves, you lose more at that position.”

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Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 TURNOVERS, from page 5

his last five contests. “We weren’t being focused at the beginning,” said Jefferson, who threw a career-high 254 passing yards this past weekend. “Now that we see a prize that we can get having an 11-win season, we became more focused and disciplined to what we’re doing.” Jefferson’s performance earned him the honor of SEC Offensive Player of the Week. LSU coach Les Miles said Jefferson hasn’t done anything differently but become more acclimated to the offense as the season has progressed. “If you look at the style of throws and the things that we are doing, it is the same,” Miles said. “It is the comfort of the offense and the taking [of] the steps and strides that a college student-athlete takes to get better.” Miles has rewarded Jefferson with more playing time because of his ability to limit mistakes. After sharing duties with junior quarterback Jarrett Lee for most of the season, Jefferson’s play of late has earned him the distinction as LSU’s primary quarterback. Jefferson attempted 17 passes and ran the ball nine times against Ole Miss, compared to Lee’s four pass attempts. Besides the quarterbacks doing their parts, LSU’s running backs have been nearly perfect in protecting the ball since junior running back Stevan Ridley fumbled twice in the season opener against North Carolina. The last fumble by a member of the running back corps dates back eight games and 239 carries ago to Sept. 18 against Mississippi State when true freshman Alfred Blue coughed up the ball in the fourth quarter. Ridley has gone 153 straight carries without a fumble. Miles and running backs coach Frank Wilson preach to their running backs to hold the ball high and tight, something former NFL running back Tiki Barber made famous during his days as a New York Giant. Even redshirt freshman Michael Ford noted how the “highand-tight” model was second nature to the running backs, which makes the early season fumble issues more surprising. “We emphasized how important that ball was,” said Ford, who has 242 rushing yards and three scores this season. “You may never know when you’re going to get that ball again. We made a little pact. That ball is our heart; it’s our life. You can’t let go of your heart.”

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OFFENSE, from page 5

heaviest trophy in college football.” “I promise you when it comes to the challenge of keeping that trophy, that’s something that we want to have happen,” Miles said. “I can also tell you ‘The Boot’ reminds me of the shape of our state. I can tell you that a boot is also a piece of clothing worn on the foot. The key is to not be given the boot.” Arkansas’ offense is No. 2 in the SEC with 491.5 total yards per game and No. 1 with 340.1 passing yards per game under the leadership of junior quarterback Ryan Mallett. But Miles said the LSU defense cannot forget about Arkansas’ running game, spearheaded by Knile Davis, who reached the 1,000-yard plateau last week against Mississippi State. In injury news, LSU junior right guard Will Blackwell returned to game action Saturday

DEATH VALLEY, from page 5

Next, thank you, Stevan Ridley and Michael Ford. It’s always fun to watch a speedy, powerful backfield, and you have given that to me this year. Ford broke open a few big runs Saturday night in his limited carries, while Ridley provided the punch up the middle for three touchdowns. Next year is going to be something with each of you a year older. But right now, while I am still here, I’m grateful to watch two amazing running backs in person. Thirdly, thank you, Jordan Jefferson. I’ve got your back, and you’ve got mine. For weeks, I’ve been writing about how you should be getting more playing time, and for weeks I have been ridiculed. You showed up with your best game of the season Saturday, and you showed everyone why you should be in there for the majority of the snaps. Oh, and you proved me right. You threw 13-of-17 for 254 yards, a touchdown and an interception. You also tacked on 45 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground, probably one of the more impressive plays of the day. That play was hard to see from the student section, but when I saw the replay later on Saturday night, I noticed how much effort it took to get the full reach to get the ball into the end zone. You did a solid job, Jefferson. You looked like the you that dominated Georgia Tech, 38-3, two years ago in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Keep it up, and LSU fans may be writing you apologies pretty soon for the way they treated you

for the first time since the season opener. Redshirt freshman Chris Faulk started Saturday in place of sophomore right tackle Alex Hurst, who suffered a leg injury against Alabama. “[Hurst] was really a gameday decision on Saturday, and we feel like he’ll be ready to play,” Miles said. The luncheon had an unusual moment of levity when a reporter asked Miles what it was like to be interviewed by “a sweet young thing,” referring to ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews. “If they had given the job to some old big ugly man, it wouldn’t be near as much fun,” Miles responded. “But what a joy it is to represent LSU in postgame with a victory and to celebrate victory in a postgame interview with a very talented, very attractive woman.” Contact Rachel Whittaker at earlier this season. That may be a stretch, though. And finally, thank you, Les Miles. Yes, I just thanked Les. Les, you have been my source of comedy, good times and fun oldies for the past four years. Without you, there would be no want, no clock blunders, no mad hat, no grass eating and who knows what else you do on the sidelines that the cameras have yet to catch. You coached LSU to a national title in 2007 and a bowl win in 2008. And somehow, some way, you have a team that could go 111 this year against all odds and against the hardest schedule in the nation. For four years of … well, being you, thank you, Les. Thank you, Tigers, for four years in Tiger Stadium that I can and will never forget. Andy Schwehm is a 21-year-old English and psychology senior from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_ASchwehm. Contact Andy Schwehm at

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The Green Wave comes into the game with five scorers averaging at least 10 points. The high-octane offense will meet its foil in the Lady Tiger pressure defense, which is generating seven steals and six blocks per game. Perhaps the biggest force behind the Lady Tigers’ swarming defense is junior forward Taylor Turnbow, who leads the team with 11 blocks in four games. “I try to keep my hands up and not foul and pursue the ball,” Turnbow said. “If I get there, I block it.” LSU could face even more offensive struggles of its own, as leading scorer sophomore guard Adrienne Webb sustained a cut near her eye during Monday’s practice. Though she continued to practice

sporadically and trainers ruled out a concussion, overnight swelling may prevent her from playing against Tulane. Ironically, players feel like the fix to their stagnant offense lies in their defense. “Our whole defensive scheme is to make the other team struggle to run their offense,” said senior guard Katherine Graham. Turnbow insisted that if the team keeps taking more shots than its opponents, the scoring will take care of itself as the season progresses. “LSU has always been a defensive school, so if we keep playing hard defense, our offense will come,” Turnbow said. Contact Ryan Ginn at

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Burns interviews Vieira: Do immigrants enrich or endanger American culture? Burns: Ever since the inception of the American republic, immigration has been one of our nation’s most controversial issues. Today, the debate has taken to a whole new level with increasingly divisive issues like illegal immigration taking center stage after the controversial passing of SB 1070 in Arizona. But before we can talk about more complex Scott Burns topics, like border protection Columnist and amnesty, it is important we have a fundamental understanding of what immigration truly is, why immigrants still choose to come to the U.S. and whether or not their presence truly benefits American society. As a red-state born and bred, freedom fighting, culturally myopic, Lou Dobbs-loving American, I’ve been taught America is a Godordained “city on a hill,” and all foreigners are a group of unshaven socialistic sociopaths with subversive motives and bad hygiene. That being the case, do immigrants really have anything valuable to offer to American culture? Or are they all just a bunch of freedom-haters trying to infiltrate our society? Vieira: I think that before immigration became a feverishly disputed issue in particular border states, it was, and still is, the basis on which this country was built. If we are looking for a fundamental understanding of immigration we should realize that immigrants are not only Latin Americans, Indians, Chinese, and other cultures that are today asked why they come to the U.S., but also Irish, British, Germans and many other European cultures who were the first immigrants that came to this land in search of a new life. To someone like you, anyone who comes from a non-Anglo Saxon background would be considered part of a marginal layer of the American society when in reality they are just as part of American culture as any other ethnic or national group. The question: “Do immigrants have any value to offer to American culture?” should really be rephrased: “Should immigrants be called immigrants at all?” Clearly, there is

an incoherence between what a group of poorly informed and undereducated people think about immigration and the number of “immigrants” that are a legal and functioning part of this nation. Burns: That’s all fine and well. But what about all the jobs foreigners are taking from hardworking Americans? One of the reasons you personally came to this country was to get your degree in jazz studies as a cello player. How does it make you feel knowing your presence in this country is potentially taking away a job from a hardworking American cello player? Vieira: Are foreigners taking jobs from Americans? Is the American workforce willing to deal with labor that involves bad hygiene? There’s a lot of service in this country that is done by foreigners because many of them come here seeking an “opportunity” for which they have no education or instruction. They end up in jobs that require little education and instruction. In the case of coming to study in academia, the presence of international students and the fostering of a culturally diverse community is within the interests of most universities, and in fact is often part of their educational purpose. By the way, there are very few cellists in the U.S. or in the world that would be interested in a jazz studies major, so in this case, job demand is still much greater than supply.

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Vieira: No problem. As an immigrant to the U.S., I’m used to scrutinous questions. Burns: First Question: On a scale of 9.9 to 10, how much would you say you hate freedom? Vieira: I don’t hate freedom. I do hate having to buy freedom, though. Burns: Tough luck. Everyone who’s seen Team American knows

Vieira: As far as I’m concerned, I have a Christian background, until proven guilty. But who knows? I have Spanish ancestors, and we both know that what today is Spain used to be part of the Moorish Empire. Burns: Do you have connections to George Soros or any other Jewish banksters trying to systematically destroy America’s capitalist system? Vieira: No, I unfortunately don’t have connections to George Soros. I wish I had, though. Maybe then I could turn America’s capitalist system into a big party full of filthy South Americans shaking their booties. Burns: So let me get this straight: Foreigners not only want to take our jobs and erode our culture — they also want us all to wear string-laced thongs and shake our booties with them in a grotesque international orgy on American soil?

40 How does the governor propose to protect higher education during budget cuts? Would the governor put pressure on the Legislature for constitutional amendments to protect higher education and allow for more “across the board” cuts? known Ricky Martin and Shakira were terrorist operatives trying to fundamentally transform American pop culture. Vieira: Yes, indeed. But I’d be more concerned about Justin Bieber and Ke$ha. Scott Burns is a 21-year old economics and history senior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter@ TDR_sburns. Marcelo Vieira is a 32-year-old jazz cello graduate student from Brazil. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_ MVieira.

Vieira: Precisely. Burns: Well slap my scrotum and call me Shirley. I should’ve

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Vieira: Right. Why talk about diversity when you can live it? And I’m also happy to realize that the very Tea Party movement has its own diversity going on. That’s what

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Burns: I don’t like your tone, comrade, so let’s skip the foreplay and get down to brass tacks. You’re officially on the hot seat.

freedom costs a buck o’ five. Moving on: Are you sure you’re not a secret Muslim looking to undermine America’s Christian heritage?

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Burns: Enough with the diversity spiel. Our president is rumored to be a Muslim and to be from Kenya, for Allah’s sake. What more “diversity” do you think we really need? Besides, the Tea Party movement contains all the true diversity this country needs. Bill O’Reilly is our beloved Irish Papa Bear, Sarah Palin is our sexy Alaskan Mama Bear who can see Russia from her house, and Glenn Beck is our alcoholic and overly emotional uncle from the planet Inept-tune. So you can take your “diversity” shtick and shove it right up your Brazilian bikini-waxed ass.

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America is, a “melting pot.” Or maybe it’s more like a tossed salad, where you have a multitude of different flavors scattered all over the plate, making a nutritious whole. It surprises me that you don’t want to add a Brazilian bikini-waxed ass to that plate, since this kind of image is exactly what figures like your Tea Party family can seize better from Latina American beMarcelo Vieira cultures, sides the coffee Columnist you drink every morning at Starbucks.

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‘Sex addiction’ a trend Google’s seamless merging of TV and Internet a technological wonder among the famous, not a real disorder “Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll” has been a pretty accurate summary of pop culture for decades. But these days it has boiled down even further, and rock ‘n’ roll has virtually evaporated (or perhaps morphed into pop, but I digress). So sex and drugs are left. Individually, each occupies a pretty substantial role in our culture. Sex sells, so naturally it’s everywhere. Drugs also sell and are equally in-your-face. You can’t find any magazines or prime-time commercial breaks without an ad urging you to “ask your doctor” about something. While you’re at it, name five celebrities who haven’t made recent news for some sort of addiction. It’s not impossible, but it’s a lot easier to identify the ones who have. When combined, the appeals of sex and drugs make a dynamite force in society. The combination partially explains why the “beautiful people” have such a cozy relationship with the pharmaceutical industry. It’s no surprise, then, that the Los Angeles Times reported last week on the growing national industry of “sex addiction rehab” after the likes of Tiger Woods, David Duchovny and Russell Brand confessed they have the disorder and admitted themselves into treatment centers. “My practice wouldn’t exist without [celebrities],” California therapist Alexandra Katehakis said, according to the LA Times. She has a point. Sex addiction, clinically referred to as “hypersexual disorder,” isn’t even recognized by the American Psychiatric Association. Yet, as the LA Times noted, the largely consumer-driven diagnosis has led to a business boom, with sex rehab centers opening in California, Arizona, Texas and Mississippi. VH1 also cashed in on the sex addiction bandwagon, teaming up with celebrity health guru Drew Pinsky for the 2009 reality series “Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew.” The show aimed to lend awareness and credibility to a controversial illness that supposedly affects 6 percent of Americans, according to Pinsky’s website. As part of the effort to spotlight this “oft-dismissed compulsion,” Drew and the participants of his televised boot camp appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show for a special “sex addiction” episode. It’s worth noting that the cast

consisted mainly of porn stars, Playboy models and other Hollywood stereotypes. This should tell us a little something about the main sufferers of “sexaholism.” If VH1 is the first place you’ve ever heard of sexual addiction as a genuine physiological problem, then there’s a good chance it’s not a bona fide illness. And if the rehabilitation process is so legitimate, the specialists at these centers Kelly Hotard wouldn’t cater only to the Columnist elite members of society who can afford them. But as these so-called experts are quick to divulge, the addiction often arises from some type of early-life trauma like physical abuse. So the sex addiction rehab is simply a much more profitable way of making up lost years of counseling the victim. People spend small fortunes in the programs of such cheerfulsounding places as Promises and Gentle Path for 12-step treatment when sessions with their local therapists would be enough to deal with past demons. The truth about “sex addiction” as a disorder: It isn’t one, unless you’re a celebrity. If only our medical industry focused its resources on curing diseases we already have rather than creating others. Normalizing our sexuality is a tricky topic, as drug company Boehringer Ingelheim learned this past summer when it couldn’t convince the Food and Drug Administration to market the antidepressant flibanserin as a “female Viagra.” This time the ailment in question was “hyposexual disorder” for women who just didn’t feel like having sex as often as someone thought they should be. I guess there weren’t enough famous women asking their doctors for the little pink pill. We don’t take sex drugs unapproved by the FDA, so we shouldn’t be diagnosing ourselves with an intimacy disorder the APA doesn’t recognize — not even if Oprah says we should.

The future is here — get excited. The seamless integration of TV and Internet now rests in my living room. Released last month, Google TV provides users a brand new experience when it comes to watching TV. With the click of a button, TV watchers can easily transition to Web surfers while not missing a second of their favorite programs. There are currently three different ways of getting Google TV into your home. Consumers can choose to purchase the Sony Internet TV with a choice of 24-inch, 32-inch, 40-inch or 46-inch screen sizes with prices ranging from $600 to $1,400. This line of TV sets has Google TV internally integrated and comes with a QWERTY keypad in lieu of a traditional remote control. If you already have a TV, Sony also offers a Blu-ray disc player with Google TV integration for $400. The player comes with the same QWERTY keypad as the Sony Internet TV. However, if you’re like me and already have a TV and Blu-ray player, you can buy the Logitech Revue for $300 and incorporate it into your existing home theater setup. The Revue comes with a fullsize keyboard with trackpad for navigating menus and surfing the Web. I purchased the Revue, so I’ll focus on that Google TV solution. Although my time with Google TV has been short, I’ve been impressed with my experience. Let’s start with the hardware.

The Revue itself is a sleek black box a little smaller than my Xbox 360. The box has an HDMI input and output, Ethernet jack, an audio optical output and two USB inputs. Setup is quite simple, and the onscreen instructions do a great job walking users through the Adam Arinder initial connections. Columnist I should warn those with a Motorola set top box (STB) from Cox who also have their home theater through a primary receiver: You may hit complications trying to incorporate your Google TV. Because of limitations from the Motorola STB, you cannot simply run HDMI from your box to the Google TV to your receiver and then to your television. Instead, you must run HDMI from the Google TV straight to your TV set, and if you want surround sound, then run an optical cable from your television to your receiver. It’s a minor gripe, but it’s still an annoyance. Now to the Google TV experience. While many people have simply plugged their computers into their TVs to surf the Web on the big screen for years, Google TV provides a much simpler solution to those not as technically savvy. Not only can Google TV run apps like Netflix and Pandora — seriously, what device can’t do that

these days — it also seamlessly merges your Internet and TV experience. For example, I did a simple search of “tech news” to prepare for a recent column. Not only did an expected Google search become available, but Google TV also let me know G4’s “Attack of the Show” — a program based around technology and gaming — was starting in eight minutes and also brought up the top tech news from CNN and The New York Times. Also, while searching for a movie or television show, Google TV provides users not only with information about the show, but also informs the viewer when the show will air again. Users can also download an app to their iPhone or Androidpowered device to control the TV through their phone. No more fighting over the remote. While my time with Google TV has been limited so far, it has been quite an impressive experience to me and those I’ve shown it to. Sure, the Logitech Revue can be sluggish and a bit intimidating to a less tech-savvy person, but I think Google is on to something, and I can’t wait to see in which direction they go next. Adam Arinder is a 21-year-old communication studies senior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_aarinder.

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Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 RIVERFRONT, from page 1

Trahan said. The municipal dock was previously used to unload barges as they traveled on the river. Trahan’s drawings of the project show an arching pattern and a large open area for the public. Trahan said the designs tie in the beauty of the state and the French culture. “The struc‘We have ture should rethis inter- flect who we are a people now nationally as and into the fuknown body ture, and I think of water that’s an optimistic perspecthat we’re tive, thinking just sitting about buildings are shaped on. ... It’d that and formed and be a great sculpted in a opportunity very progressive Trahan to connect way,” said. with the Scott Dyer, spokesman river.’ for East Baton Paul Arrigo Rouge MayorBaton Rouge President Kip Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Holden, said the city reviewed the plans when they were produced in April but said the city doesn’t have the money now to pay for a project like that. “It has not advanced yet. We are talking to others about its potential,” Trahan said. “We’re hoping in time others and the city may embrace it, support it and invest in it.” Paul Arrigo, president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the plans for the “striking” structure would provide an opportunity for citizens and visitors to connect the city and the river. “We have this internationally known body of water that we’re just sitting on,” Arrigo said. “It’d be a great opportunity to connect with the river and all that it has.” Baton Rouge currently has some attractions close to the river, like museums and the USS Kidd. “It’d be great if we had more additional and comfortable ways to view and experience the river,” Arrigo said. Arrigo said the riverfront site would also provide the opportunity for an excursion boat to view the city and the river, one thing Baton Rouge does not currently have. Trahan said the new riverfront development would bring people back to the levee’s edge. “The levees are not as safe as we’d like it to be,” Trahan said. “We think by bringing people to that levee’s edge, not only would it return people to the river as an attraction of some sort, but to also bring security to that area.” The project was featured as “Extreme Makeover: City Dock Edition” in 225 Magazine’s top five things to look forward to in 2011. Trahan said the dock has garnered national and international attention and will be sculpted in a progressive and sustainable way. “I think we need to establish a place that’s unique to us and not borrow an architectural language or way of building that speaks to a different place,” Trahan said. Contact Catherine Threlkeld at

FLAG, from page 1

Scott Angelle, who took the position upon Landrieu’s departure, recently switched his party allegiance to Republican, raising some speculation he might challenge Dardenne for the position next year. The lieutenant governor oversees the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. He is also next in line should Gov. Bobby Jindal be incapacitated. Dardenne has said his first priority will be repairing the brand of

GRAD PROGRAMS, from page 1

when dealing with admissions, research and thesis programs. Martin said the reorganization has been a long time coming. “When I came on board, I said, ‘This is not a model I’m comfortable with,’” Martin said of the old, centralized system. “When [Provost Jack Hamilton] came on board, he said he also wasn’t comfortable with it, so we changed it.” Administratively, Martin said David Constant will remain dean of the Graduate School but

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Louisiana’s seafood after the BP oil spill. Dardenne is a University graduate and former Student Government president. Tom Schedler, Dardenne’s chief aide, will assume the nowvacant secretary of state position.

Watch a video of the new state flag’s unveiling at Contact Matthew Albright at will now answer to Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Development Thomas Klei. “That’s the way it’s done in most places,” Martin said. “In some places, those offices are combined, although we still think they’re both doing a full job.” Constant will oversee continuity in graduate student theses and fundraising for the graduate school, among other duties. LSU Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Stacia Haynie is also stepping down from her post. Martin said Haynie’s decision had nothing

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do with the reorganization — she simply wanted to return to the political science faculty. “That is just a coincidence,” Martin said. “Stacia’s like many of us — our hearts are back in our disciplines. She’s paid her dues to the administration.” Martin said he expected the administration would ask Haynie to continue some of her duties on a part-time basis, including her work with the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes. Hamilton, who is in charge of Academic Affairs, announced in

an e-mail to faculty and staff Friday that kinesiology professor Gil Reeve will replace Haynie. “[Reeve] is an accomplished faculty member who brings a wealth of experience with [Southern Association of Colleges and Schools] accreditation, strategic planning, assessment and academic counseling to the Office of Academic Affairs,” Hamilton said in the e-mail.

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