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LSU alumnus shot while trying to help woman being robbed Cangelosi was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening wounds, Kelly said. The woman described the suspect as 6 feet tall, 160 pounds with a dark complexion, gold teeth and a black hooded jacket, Kelly said. Kelly said detectives are currently looking for potential leads. “We are hoping someone out there has additional information,”
he said. According to Cangelosi’s Facebook page, he graduated from the University in 2009. Cangelosi is expected to make a full recovery, according to WAFB.
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A University alumnus was shot in the stomach in the Tigerland area while trying to help a woman being robbed at gunpoint early Sunday morning. The incident took place just after midnight outside the Stadium Square apartment complex in the
4700 block of Earl Gros Avenue, according to Sgt. Don Kelly, Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman. WAFB identiﬁed the man as Charlie Cangelosi after speaking with his family. As the 20-year-old woman was exiting her vehicle, she was approached by a male who held a gun to her head and demanded her
cell phone, Kelly said. The victim screamed while the suspect grabbed her phone and ran, Kelly said. That’s when the 23-year-old man ran after him. Cangelosi caught up with the suspect and was shot in the stomach after a brief struggle, Kelly said, adding that the suspect proceeded to get into a dark gray sedan and ﬂee the scene.
Hilltop Arboretum connects people, outdoors
As Peggy Davis Coates walked certiﬁcation, and will include a new the winding paths of the Hilltop Ar- classroom and catering kitchen for boretum, she described the idyllic special events. foliage surrounding her, pointing and Coates, executive director of smiling. Hilltop, said the new addition will To the left was a grand oak, enhance the arboretum, which she deeply rooted in said is a place to Sydni Dunn the Louisiana soil. savor. Staff Writer To the right was a “The arboforest of towering retum is a beautibamboo stalks, and ahead lay a sea ful example of Louisiana trees and of yellow daisies busy with bees and plants,” Coates said. “It’s a place butterﬂies. where you can learn about them, The University’s Hilltop Arbo- learn about landscape design and retum, located off Highland Road learn about natural systems.” between Bluebonnet Boulevard and Coates said Hilltop is an expanSiegen Lane, is a captivating prop- sion of the traditional classroom for erty, and the University’s own secret many campus departments like landgarden will soon get a facelift. scape architecture, forestry and enviHilltop gained approval from ronmental science. the LSU Board of Supervisors on Donated by former University Oct. 15 for the construction of a $1.43 postmaster Emory Smith in 1981, million educational facility. Money the grounds have preserved more for the addition has been saved for than just historic plant life — they’ve the past nine years, and construction captured Smith’s loving character will begin in 2011 pending approval and legacy, Coates said. from the Board of Regents. Smith, whose hand-built cabin The 2,050-square-foot facility still stands on the property, was the will be the University’s ﬁrst build- father of the arboretum. ing to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, ARBORETUM, see page 15
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The Hilltop Arboretum, located off Highland Road, is the University’s first facility to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
Students following the ongoing budget cuts saga are used to administrators complaining of the serious damage cuts have done to the University. But in recent weeks, Gov. Bobby Jindal has challenged the depth and damage of those cuts. Neither group is lying — they’re just using different numbers from the same complex budget. University administrators have repeatedly warned that funding cuts to higher education have caused serious damage to the University’s ability to educate students. In a recent e-mail to alumni, Chancellor Michael Martin wrote “LSU has had $47 million cut from its budget. That’s an average of more than $2 million per month. And in the last several months LSU has been asked to prepare for cuts of 23 BUDGETS, see page 15
University dedicates new time capsule Sarah Eddington Staff Writer
Whether it’s a ticket stub from a campus theater performance or a letter to a future student, members of the University community are leaving future generations with something to remember them by in the soon-to-be-sealed Sesquicentennial Time Capsule. To help kick off the beginning of Homecoming week, the Sesquicentennial Student Committee dedicated the time capsule Monday on the Parade Ground. The time capsule will serve as a
snapshot of the University’s 150-year history, according to Iftekhar Rouf, chair of the committee. Chancellor Michael Martin was also in attendance at the dedication ceremony of the campus’ fourth time capsule. “The time capsule will give us the chance to celebrate where we’ve been and let future generations know what was going on in 2010,” Martin said. “We remember where we’ve been so we can remember where we’re going.” Rouf said the capsule will contain items received from various students and departments. Some of the items include an
LSU football ticket, a scrapbook of performances from the College of Music and Dramatic Arts, documents from Greek Life and editions of the Gumbo, Legacy and The Daily Reveille. “We even have a personal letter written by a student to her future family members who may be attending the University,” Rouf said. The capsule will also include predictions for the future in addition to letters from the chancellor and various athletic coaches, Rouf said. CAPSULE, see page 15
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Iftekhar Rouf, Sesquicentennial Student Committee chair, speaks to reporters Monday about the new time capsule, left.
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Nuclear waste shipment’s path blocked by sheep, other protesters
California officer shot, killed by truck driver during foot chase
GORLEBEN, Germany (AP) — A shepherdess hoping to block the transport of nuclear waste to a storage site in northern Germany herded her ﬂock of 500 sheep and some 60 goats Monday across a road leading to the site — just one of hundreds of people hoping to stop the shipment from reaching its ﬁnal destination Tuesday.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Police scoured a Southern California park for clues Monday as they searched for a truck driver accused of gunning down an ofﬁcer who chased him into a park after what should have been a routine trafﬁc stop. Authorities said the gunman, wearing dark clothing, drove off in the cab of an 18-wheeler after a shootout with Riverside Ofﬁcer Ryan Bonaminio, who had pulled him over because his truck was apparently involved in a hit-and-run accident near a state highway. The cab did not have a trailer attached.
Vatican calls summit to discuss response to sex abuse scandal VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI has summoned cardinals from around the world to a daylong summit in Rome next week on the clerical sex abuse scandal and other issues facing the Catholic church, the Vatican said Monday. The Vatican called the session “a day of reﬂection and prayer” that will also include discussions on threats to religious freedom and relations with other religions.
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Colorado man may go to court, face fines because of treehouse GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — A Denverarea man might have to go to court to keep city ofﬁcials from tearing down an elaborate backyard treehouse local ofﬁcials say is hazardous. Sculptor Duncan Foss of
Golden faced a deadline of 4 p.m. Monday to take down the treehouse or face legal action. Foss says he’s not taking down the hangout he built for his 11-year-old daughter. City spokeswoman Karlyn Tilley says Golden’s chief building ofﬁcial will meet with the city attorney Tuesday. The city likely will issue a summons that could result in a ﬁne. Foss’s backyard structure consists of a rambling series of bright blue decks and elevated boardwalks. Local building ofﬁcials consider it a hazard. Part of the treehouse burned in December because of an exploding tiki torch. Capitol Christmas tree cut down, begins journey to Washington, D.C. JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is a secret no more. The 67-foot Engelmann spruce has been cut down and carefully loaded onto a ﬂatbed trailer in western Wyoming. A lighting ceremony in front of the Capitol is scheduled for Dec. 7.
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010
Rally against higher ed cuts prompts extra security at Capitol
Protesters interrupt Netanyahu’s New Orleans speech with banners
(AP) — Louisiana State Police are ramping up security at the state Capitol on Wednesday, when hundreds of people are expected to rally against higher education cuts. Col. Mike Edmonson, head of the state police, says troopers are responding to threats of disruptions, skirmishes and building blockages that have been posted online. Edmonson says a “very small number of people” have talked of trying to use the rally to create trouble, and he says he’ll have uniformed ofﬁcers present to make sure the demonstration is peaceful for those seeking to protest recent and expected college budget cuts. The rally, organized by students and faculty from the University of New Orleans, has been attracting interest from students and university staff around the state. Edmonson says he expects anywhere from 400 to more than 1,000 people to rally on the Louisiana Capitol steps.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hecklers interrupted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a prominent American Jewish group on Monday, the same day his government said it would move ahead with hundreds of new housing units in disputed east Jerusalem. The ﬁve Jewish-American and Israeli protesters stood up and held banners denouncing the settlements. Sheriff’s deputies escorted them out to a chorus of shouts and boos, and they were released without charges. One audience member took a protest banner left behind and ripped it with his teeth. Netanyahu accused the protesters of joining those who believe “Israel is guilty until proven guilty.” “The greatest success of our detractors is when Jews start believing that themselves. We’ve seen that today,” the prime minister told the assembly.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves after speaking Monday at the annual General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America in New Orleans.
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Faculty Senate passes resolutions demanding Jindal’s attention Documents applaud SG’s leadership Catherine Threlkeld, Sydni Dunn Staff Writers
Faculty senates across Louisiana are working to pass a version of LSU-Shreveport’s “Just Say No” resolution, which says faculty members are fed up with the budget cut exercises imposed by the state. LSU Faculty Senate proposed its version of the resolution at the Nov. 2 meeting, and ﬁnal approval will be decided at the Dec. 8 meeting. The resolution aims to stop budget scenarios that “degrade morale” and appeal for increased leadership by higher education boards. College of Agriculture Sen. Kenneth McMillin, who sponsored the resolution with the Executive Committee, said all the faculty senates in the LSU System are proposing similar resolutions to show that all universities are united in trying to get as much support for the system as possible. “[LSUS] introduced it to their faculty senate, so it’s a show of
solidarity and support for them,” Senate President Kevin Cope. McMillin said. The Senate also passed a ﬁrstMcMillin said LSUS’s resolu- read of Resolution 10-17, which tion was tailored to reﬂect the needs requested increased leadership by of the Baton Rouge campus. Gov. Bobby Jindal. “The numer“As I worked ous budget cut on the changes [to ‘It takes intelligence 10-16], it struck me ‘scenarios’ that have been required and courage [from that we, as a Faculof college and Unity Senate, needed the faculty] to versity administrato support Student tors over the past criticize the leadership Government as an two years have afﬁrmation that not resulted in any on campus and in we applaud the meaningful direcstudents and want the state.’ tion or guidance to see them move to the institutions, forward,” McMilKevin Cope have wasted valulin said. “We want Faculty Senate president able time and huthe governor and man resources and will likely need different advisory boards to show to be repeated again,” according to some leadership to the institutions.” Resolution 10-16. Resolution 10-17 recalls efThe resolution suggests admin- forts by SG President J Hudson to istrators stop engaging in exercises contact Jindal and the $108 million that they suggest will lead to the budget deﬁcit this past ﬁscal year. “demise of LSU.” It also suggests McMillin said in his 30 years at the Louisiana Board of Regents and LSU, he has never seen that kind of LSU Board of Supervisors “accel- student leadership. “LSU Faculty Senate demands erate efforts as advocates of higher that the governor and his staff proeducation.” “It’s again to recall the question vide each management board with on the budget process and to let ev- speciﬁc guidance by the end of this eryone know that we are not fooled calendar year on the desired proby this political game,” said Faculty grams and activities to be eliminated
at each institution,” according to Resolution 10-17. Cope said if passed, the Faculty Senate hopes to send the resolution to leadership at the state level. “This resolution marks a salutary step forward,” Cope said. “It takes intelligence and courage [from the faculty] to criticize the leadership on campus and in the state.” LSUS Faculty Senate recently passed its “Just Say No” resolution. In a letter to faculty members, LSUS Faculty Senate President Mary Jarzabek said if all of the
faculty senates in Louisiana create similar resolutions, they would be speaking with a stronger voice for each individual campus. “While it is unclear whether our chancellor will, or even could, follow our recommendations, we hope that this resolution will send a clear message that the LSUS faculty are fed up with the budget cutting ‘exercises,’” according to LSUS’s resolution. Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Proud Students, RHA host guest speakers at ‘Don’t Sink LSU’ event Members encouraged to attend rally Wed. Sydni Dunn Staff Writer
Proud Students, in conjunction with the Residence Hall Association, hosted a presentation to University students, “The Current Budget Crisis: Don’t Sink LSU,” in West Laville Hall on Monday night. The event featured three guest speakers: Brian Sain, Proud Students member and English junior, John Proveti, French studies professor, and Kevin Carman, College of Science dean. “We wanted to, in conjunction with RHA, bring in the facts and the numbers that are readily available but also reinforce what we think [students] should know about the budget cuts,” said Bradley Wood, co-founder of Proud Students and biological sciences and philosophy senior. Sain, who held a German ﬂag in his pocket as he spoke, reviewed a brief timeline of the recent cuts to the University. “It is affecting all of us and will affect all of us,” Sain said. Sain also told students how to get involved in the effort, mentioning the “Rally for Higher Education” on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. The rally is a collaborative effort of universities state-wide to call attention to the budget crisis. “We also brought in two faculty members to give a historical
overview of how the University got to where it is today,” Wood said. Proveti discussed higher education and funding from a historical perspective, spanning institutions in the Colonial period to the creation of the corporate university. “We have to understand [LSU] and how it has gone through different phases,” Proveti said. “If you don’t understand the past, you can’t understand the future.” Proveti emphasized there are two sides with every budget crisis — the expenditure side and the revenue side. “Jindal is only looking at the
expenditure side, and that’s wrong,” he said. Carman presented information on how the College of Science has been impacted by the cuts, even if the effects have been less visible. He told students about the potential effects on the University as a whole. “We want to try to help students become critical and creative thinkers,” Carman said. “The necessities will be there [after the cuts], but what I’m concerned about is the breadth of the experience.”
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Students get part-time jobs driving Campus Transit vehicles Rachel Warren Staff Writer
When Ira Alves picks up students in the Campus Transit van, they might be surprised to see one of their classmates behind the wheel. Alves, biological sciences junior, is just one of the University students who drives a Campus Transit vehicle on a daily basis. Gary Graham, director of the Office of Parking, Traffic and Transportation, said the office employs three students as part-time employees. Graham said people who drive the buses are required to have a commercial driver’s license. Gildas Guedia, petroleum engineering junior, got his CDL to begin driving Campus Transit buses about a year ago. He said getting the license was a long process similar to getting a regular driver’s license. He said he went through training, practiced with a learner’s permit and took a written exam.
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Ira Alves, biological sciences junior, drives a Campus Transit van Thursday.
However, Guedia said, the driver’s test was a bit more difficult. “You have to walk around the bus and tell the instructor everything you check,” Guedia said. “You have to be able to find what’s wrong.” Guedia said he also was tested on driving, reversing and parking. Graham said people who drive
the Campus Transit vans don’t have to get a special license, but they are required to pass a test. Alves has been driving the Campus Transit vans for more than a year and didn’t find the driving test difficult. “It’s just a test to make sure you know how to safely drive,” Alves
University’s high school recruiters get creative in light of budget cuts Grace Montgomery Contributing Writer
High school students have the opportunity to learn about the University’s academics, organizations and spirit with LSU on the Geaux, the University’s recruiting program that visits high schools around the South. “The goal of LSU on the Geaux is to bring LSU to different areas in and out of state to provide information to students and parents,” said Mandy Hoffman, assistant director of Undergraduate Admissions and Student Aid. Though the program has not yet had to cut back on travel because of budget cuts, the cuts have required more efficient planning, Hoffman said. She said parents often ask questions about the budget situation. “The chancellor has done a wonderful job of sending out letters explaining the budget situation,” Hoffman said. Recruiters also promote the preservation of the academic core when discussing budget cuts, Hoffman said. Kurt Keppler, vice chancellor for Student Life and Enrollment Services who often travels with LSU on the Geaux, said while parents are concerned about budget cuts, they usually have more questions about majors, careers and housing for their children. In the last year, LSU on the Geaux has worked to more strategically target recruiting areas. The major locations to which recruiters travel out of state are Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida, Hoffman said. Recruiters meet with students,
families and guidance counselors at high schools during trips. “Not only is it fun to meet parents and potential students, but it’s also important to show them that LSU is interested in a strong and diverse student body,” Keppler said. Recruiters travel with representatives from academics and programs like Freshman Year Experience and Residential Life, Hoffman said. “All areas entering freshman would interact with are represented,” Hoffman said. Hoffman said recruiters receive mixed reactions from students about the University. Some students are knowledgeable
about the University, but others have only experienced it through football games, Hoffman said. Hoffman said she thinks LSU on the Geaux’s presence in recruiting plays a positive role in enrollment numbers. “Last year was the first year we had a stronger, more strategic presence, and I think that contributed to our entering freshman class of 5,481,” Hoffman said. “That’s almost 500 more in an entering class than in prior years.” Contact Grace Montgomery at firstname.lastname@example.org
said. “It’s not that hard.” Alves said he’s never nervous to drive students around campus late at night because he thinks Baton Rouge streets are safe. “You’ve just got to be cautious,” Alves said. And Graham said he doesn’t worry about students driving the vans and buses. “Generally, if they’re looking to do this, they’re pretty confident,” he said. Alves said students are not allowed to work more than 20 hours a week — part of that time he answers the Campus Transit phone and alerts drivers to students that need to be picked up. Alves said he sometimes has trouble remembering where his passengers are going and where students are waiting to be picked up. “You have to remember the people in the van and then try to combine the routes to save time,” Alves said. “It can get frustrating.” Morgan Reeves, psychology freshman, said she’s not bothered
by students driving the vehicles but wouldn’t consider doing it herself. “I don’t know campus that well,” Reeves said. “I would get lost.” Alves said he had that problem when he first started, but his supervisors helped him overcome it. Alves said he started working with Campus Transit as a radio dispatcher then rode as a passenger with other drivers until he felt comfortable driving by himself. Alves said he has seen some interesting things while driving the van. “The Friday before Halloween, I picked up this couple, and they were really, really drunk,” he said. “I just remember I was so scared they were going to throw up in my van.” He said Campus Transit carried about 600 people Halloween night, and he enjoyed seeing intoxicated students in their costumes. Contact Rachel Warren at email@example.com
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Getting students to clean cemeteries and record the historical stories of Baton Rouge’s oldest black citizens are just a few ways the Center for Community Engagement, Learning and Leadership arranges partnerships between the University and non-proﬁt Baton Rouge organizations. Service-learning, a method of teaching and learning in which students learn the goals of their academic courses while serving the community, has grown on campus over the years. Building playgrounds, planting gardens, performing demonstrations and tutoring at local public schools are some of the service-learning projects students have participated in as a part of their courses, said Assistant Director of CCELL Christy Arrazattee. “Students in [a service-learning] class do service related to the learning goals of their course,” Arrazattee said. What began in the early ’90s as a simple idea between two instructors in the English Department has “really taken off,” Arrazattee said. “Last year, there were over 3,000 students who participated in service-learning,” Arrazattee said. Approximately 90 sections were taught, and the number grows every year, Arrazattee said. “Certain faculty were interested in trying out a new pedagogy that would motivate their students to work a little bit harder and to really get out of the classroom,” she said. English instructor Sharon Andrews, who said all of her classes involve a service-learning aspect, claims service-learning was “birthed out of the English Department.” “[Service-learning] started as an opportunity for students to use their writing to serve the
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A Baton Rouge area student shoots a basketball during a service learning program with University students in a kinesiology class.
community,” Andrews said. In 1991, the ﬁrst two sections of service-learning classes were taught by two English instructors, Wade and Susann Dorman. “They were wonderful, innovative teachers, who shared an ofﬁce and who were married to each other,” former CCELL director Jan Shoemaker wrote in an e-mail to The Daily Reveille. “Others on campus were doing some experiential community projects [at the time], but the Dormans were the ﬁrst to call it service-learning.” When Shoemaker began working at the University in ’94, the Dormans became her mentors, she said. Shoemaker worked with the budding program to coordinate classes starting in 1995 and taught English service-learning classes for six years. When service-learning was established through a grant from the Baton Rouge Area Foundation in 1994, Shoemaker became its ﬁrst director. It was modeled after a similar program at Boston College. “Service-learning by that time was well established in other parts of the country,” Shoemaker said. Boston College’s program served as a guide for the University’s program. As the program’s ﬁrst
director, Shoemaker “worked to guarantee that all of the stakeholders [involved] got what they needed from the experience.” “Each course is different, so personal involvement is usually required to ensure that course academic goals are reinforced, that students have a rigorous and enjoyable learning experience, and that community partners have their service needs met,” Shoemaker said. Shoemaker matched community partners with appropriate classes, facilitated training for partners, students, and faculty, and helped facilitate course development and evaluation until she retired, striving to publicize the University’s community work. “The ﬁrst service-learning ofﬁce was established in the Center for Academic Success, where it received great support from its director, Saundra McGuire, and her staff,” Shoemaker said. Service-learning became the Center for Community Engagement, Learning and Leadership in 2003. As of last school year, there were 173 service-learning sections, 3,080 students and 93 instructors involved. Contact Julian Tate at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Rueben’s Redemption Sophomore WR has career day Saturday against Alabama following early drop
Rueben Randle by the numbers: 2009 season 11 receptions 173 yards 2 touchdowns
2010 season 28 receptions 469 yards DAVID LYLE / The Daily Reveille
LSU sophomore wide receiver Rueben Randle races into the end zone Saturday to cap a 75-yard touchdown reception against Alabama during the Tigers’ 24-21 victory against the Crimson Tide in Tiger Stadium.
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Rueben Randle needed a pick-me-up at halftime. The sophomore receiver had a crucial drop on No. 5 LSU’s ﬁnal drive of the ﬁrst half that would have put the Tigers in position to get into ﬁeld goal range. Instead, the Tigers were forced to punt and went into halftime trailing No. 12 Alabama, 7-3.
“I said [to Randle], ‘Man, I have faith in you. Just keep your head up,’” said senior wide receiver Terrence Toliver. “I know how it feels, and he came right back and stepped it up.” “Stepped it up” is an understatement. The Bastrop native — who wrapped up the ﬁrst half of play with no receptions — snagged three balls for 125 yards, a touchdown and a two-point conversion in the second half.
“[My teammates] just told me to keep my head up,” Randle said. “I just needed to get out there and make the next one. That was my whole key point for the rest of the game.” With 8:28 remaining in the third quarter, Randle lined up in the slot position and ran a deep drag route. Freshman wide receiver James Wright was split out wide and ran a straight go RANDLE, see page 11
Saturday against Alabama 3 receptions 125 yards 1 touchdown
Les Miles addresses grass eating Sean Isabella Sports Writer
Move over, chewing tobacco. Eating grass is the new, trendy thing to do in sports. And LSU football coach Les Miles is to blame. Just when college football fans ﬁgured the man known as the “Mad Hatter” couldn’t get any more peculiar, Miles once again showed his unique — and often misunderstood — personality in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s win against then-No. 6 Alabama. Seconds before junior quarterback Jordan Jefferson connected with sophomore wide receiver Rueben Randle for a two-point conversion to give LSU a 21-14 lead, Miles reached down, picked up a blade of grass and put it in his mouth without hesitation. It was just another typical day on the job for Miles. His grass-snacking habits were still prevalent 48 hours later at his weekly press conference. “I’ll put my knee on the ground and look for a small blade now and then,” Miles said with a smile. “You might try it. It’s not a bad deal. I suspect it’s better than chewing tobacco and some other things that people put in their mouths.” MILES, see page 11
Lady Tigers knock off Delta State in exhibition game LSU finds shooting strides in second half Rachel Whittaker Chief Sports Writer
The LSU women’s basketball team started off slowly Monday night in an exhibition game against Delta State, but the Lady Tigers came to life in the second half. LSU started the game with a bleak shooting performance, hitting just 33 percent (10-of-30) from the ﬁeld in the ﬁrst half. But the team ﬁnished the game at 40.3 percent (25-of-62) in defeating the visiting Lady Statesmen, 67-47, in front of an announced crowd of 2,424 at the PMAC. Junior forward LaSondra
Barrett led LSU with 14 points, the season will be easy buckets.” and sophomore guard Adrienne LSU coach Van Chancellor Webb added 11 points in her ﬁrst said the team “couldn’t throw one career start. Webb also had one in the Atlantic Ocean” in the ﬁrst of LSU’s four half. 3-pointers, while “We just senior guard Ancouldn’t make a drea Kelly shot shot, and when a perfect 2-foryou can’t make a 2 from 3-point shot, that causes range. you to have a lot Barrett said of jitters,” ChanLSU’s slow cellor said. “Delta Van Chancellor shooting start was State was a pesky slightly due to LSU women’s basketball coach little team. If they early jitters. play like that, “It was a little bit of being they’re going to win the national out there for the ﬁrst time, and championship in Division II.” we had a couple of new starters All three LSU freshmen on the ﬂoor,” Barrett said. “It was saw action on the court Monday. trying to get into the ﬂow of the Guard Jeanne Kenney started off game, kind of what you’d expect. 0-for-7 shooting in the ﬁrst half I rushed a couple of shots and missed a couple that later on in EXHIBITION, see page 11
‘When you can’t make a shot, that causes you to have a lot of jitters.’
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LSU junior forward LaSondra Barrett drives past Delta State defenders Monday during the Lady Tigers’ 67-47 victory against the Lady Statesmen in the PMAC.
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Team assesses injuries from Saturday’s battle with Alabama Safety Taylor likely benched for season Mark Clements Sports Contributor
For the second year in a row, the LSU football team walked away from the Alabama game torn, tattered and trampled. Little less than a year after the 2009 Alabama contest left the Tigers riddled with injuries, Saturday’s scuffle with the Crimson Tide brought the losses of three key cogs in the LSU football machine. Sophomore offensive tackle Alex Hurst, sophomore cornerback Morris Claiborne and junior safety Brandon Taylor all left the game injured Saturday. Junior center-turned-right guard T-Bob Hebert also exited
for a period of time. “I think the only long-term loss will be Brandon Taylor,” said LSU coach Les Miles. “I think Mo Claiborne is really dayto-day, and I think we’ll get him back pretty quickly. Other than that everybody else will be intact.” The defensive side of the ball took the biggest blow, as two starters left the game and could not return. Taylor, a two-year starter at safety, left the game with what looked to be an ankle injury. Claiborne was kept out of the game because of migraine headaches, according to junior cornerback Patrick Peterson. Les Miles and staff turned to some young guns to step up in the biggest games of their LSU careers thus far. True freshman Eric Reid and redshirt freshman Craig Loston
saw the most action filling in for Taylor. “The young freshmen … really approached it with the idea that they’re capable, that they’re ready,” Miles said. “Eric Reid is one of the more physical players that we have. They’re ready to play, and we’re very comfortable when we call their names.” Peterson said he saw glimpses of past LSU greats in this young secondary. “[Reid] kind of reminds me of LaRon [Landry],” Peterson said. “That’s who Eric reminded me of when we were watching film. He was getting around the ball so quick, corralling the ball, making a couple key tackles, coming out with his checks, he was really, really sharp Saturday.” The offensive line lost a starter for the second time this season when Hurst went down
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Team physicians attend to injured safety Brandon Taylor on Saturday, who appeared to sustain an ankle injury during the game.
with an ankle injury. Miles said Hurst’s injury is “temporary” but said he likely will not play this Saturday. Filling in for Hurst against Alabama was 6-foot-5-inch junior Greg Shaw. Miles said he expects the same to happen this week against Louisiana-Monroe but is leaving room for possible changes. “We like Shaw, and that’s certainly one way we can go,” Miles said. “But we’re looking at a couple other things just to see and at worst provide us with some quality adjustments in case someone else goes down.”
Shaw saw action in just one game last season and has played in seven games this season. Despite the minimal playing time, Shaw said the coaches and practices have gotten him up to speed for game action. “Practicing against our guys, the speed was exactly the same,” Shaw said. “I just had to go, fast thinking, and you already know the plays so just do your job. I think I did well for the first time being out there in a big-time game.” Contact Mark Clements at email@example.com
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Tigers finally find ‘the want’ to perform on the big stage
There’s a lot on my mind after another classic game Saturday afternoon in Death Valley. First of all, I’m still upset that Zenyatta lost by less than a nose in the Breeder’s Cup. I wanted the girl to go a perfect 20-for-20 in her starts. That’s a topic for another day, I suppose. But if there is one thing I took away from LSU’s victory, it’s this: LSU’s football team has finally found what it has been looking for all season. The Tigers have found “the want.” Everyone knows what I’m talking about. Les Miles talks about it nearly every week. I mock it nearly every week. And now, the Tigers have proven us all wrong. You could just tell the entire game that there was one team on the field that perhaps had “the want” more than the other. One team showed more emotion on every tackle, every catch and every big play. That team was LSU. Just look at how hard Patrick Peterson fought to keep Alabama running back Trent Richardson out of the end zone early in the second quarter. Just look at Jordan Jefferson laying a key block on Deangelo Peterson’s 23-yard rush on 4th -and-1 in the fourth quarter. And look at the emotion
Kelvin Sheppard showed after his interception and later fumble recovery. This is an LSU team that simply had more “want” than its opponent. And what was even more noticeable was the simple fact that the want extended beyond those wearing helmets to those wearing the headsets. It makes me think I’m starting to get some pull this Andy Schwehm around Sports columnist place. First Verne and Gary didn’t sing Nick Saban’s praises the entire game, as per my request. Then Les used the two quarterback system to perfection by sticking with the hot hand like I asked a few weeks back. How much more can a columnist ask for? That’s a joke for those of you who don’t get sarcasm. I was ridiculed by some after the Auburn game when I said Jefferson should have stayed in the game and taken the majority of the snaps. My reasoning was plain and simple: If Les says he is going to stick with the hot hand in the system, then he should do it. Against Auburn, he didn’t.
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LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson (9) attempts a pass during the Tigers’ 24-21 win against Alabama on Saturday.
Against Alabama, he did. Les showed the want to coach a good game, and he did. Both he and his offensive coordinator Gary Crowton coached a hell of a game, making the right calls at the right times. Jefferson was in the game for virtually the entire second half (outside of when he was forced to sit out for a few plays because of a minor injury). That allowed Jefferson to get into the flow of the game, and it showed. He threw 10-for-13 for 141 yards and a touchdown, and he
commanded the offense with poise for the first time all season. And was that a little shoulder fake I saw on the 75-yard strike to Rueben Randle? Look at Jefferson busting out all the tricks. Now, obviously I’m poking fun at Miles and one of his “Milesisms,” but in all seriousness, LSU put together its best team performance of the season Saturday. It was one of those “where has this been all season?” type of games. If LSU can keep it up and get a little luck here and there from
outside teams, there could be a chance to show the nation how much want there is on this football team. And perhaps they will be able to show it in a BCS game. Andy Schwehm is a 21-year-old English and psychology senior from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_ASchwehm.
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Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 RANDLE, from page 7
route down the sideline while sophomore wide receiver Russell Shepard lined up on the inside and ran a bubble route. The linebackers jumped the bubble route and Alabama junior safety Mark Barron bit just a bit too hard on Wright, leaving Randle a wide-open seam across the middle of the ﬁeld. Randle snagged the pass from junior quarterback Jordan Jefferson at the LSU 45-yard line and scampered untouched into the end zone for a 75-yard touchdown reception that ‘It was just gave LSU a lead. Alabama 10-7The play week, and was a shining the game moment for the offense, was very LSU which had emotional struggled most the day. It for me and of also had Jefthe rest of ferson visibly the team.’ ﬁred up. “That was Jordan Jefferson probably the LSU junior quarterback most emotional I’ve been all season because of it being a great play and a great call,” Jefferson said. “It was just Alabama week, and the game was very emotional for me and the rest of the team.” The Tigers worked hard on executing big plays and giving the passing game some quick strike potential during the bye week before facing the Crimson Tide. “With the open week, we took some time to do some things that we needed to do and redo,” said LSU coach Les Miles. “There were things that have been there all year, but we needed to execute better and continue to press in the same direction. I think our football team recognizes when we practice that we can throw the football.” While the touchdown pass made all the television highlight reels, Randle’s most important catch may have come a bit later in the game. LSU faced a third-and-13 situation on its own 20-yard line when junior quarterback Jarrett Lee connected with Randle down the sideline for 47 yards, ironically enough, on the exact same play Randle dropped in the ﬁrst half. “It was [the same play]. It was just a different defense,” Randle said. “I missed the ﬁrst one, and it was a Cover-3 defense, so I had to go inside a little bit. But the second one was a Cover-2, so I just had a go route down the sidelines.” The catch gave the Tigers enough cushion to run the ball comfortably and milk much of the clock and force Alabama to take over possession at its own 14-yard line with just 18 seconds left to play. “We threw it at [Randle] just once in the ﬁrst half,” Lee said. “And after halftime we made some adjustments, and I knew he was going to be there, so we just had to get it in his hands.” Contact Rob Landry at email@example.com
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LSU Sports Information even poked fun at Miles on Monday, putting a bin full of grass on a table with a sign that read “Tiger Stadium grass.” The love for luscious green grass dates back to Miles’ football- and baseball-playing days as a youngster when his intriguing pastime was born. “I’ve always seemed to enjoy a blade or two now and then, not that this was a meal in any way but more of kind of being in touch with where I was at,” he said. The current turf — Celebration Grass — in Tiger Stadium is only six months old, which could
have helped entice Miles’ urge potentially pose a problem with to taste test. Bullseye Bermuda the release of Sunday’s Bowl grass had inhabited Tiger Sta- Championship Series standings. dium in the recent LSU currently past, but a switch sits at No. 5 — to Celebration which is the highGrass was made est ranking of any in June following one-loss team the Bayou Coun— and could ﬁnd try Superfest. itself with a posWhether sible Sugar Bowl Bermuda or Celberth with wins ebration, the taste against Louisiof grass easily ana-Monroe, Ole trumps synthetic Miss and at ArLes Miles turf for Miles. kansas. LSU football coach “[Synthetic “Our football is] not nearly as team is enjoying tasty,” Miles said. the position that we’re in,” Miles Miles’ preference for grass said. “It’s an earned position. It’s and not artiﬁcial turf could not one that is void of schedule.”
‘I’ve always seemed to enjoy a blade or two now and then, not that this was a meal in any way.’
Chancellor said he plans to stick with the starting ﬁve of Barand ﬁnished with six points, a rett, Webb, senior guards Kathersteal and two turnovers in 16 ine Graham and Latear Eason and minutes. junior forward Taylor Turnbow Chancellor said he never for the season opener Sunday stopped encouraging Kenney to against Northwestern, although shoot the ball in Chancellor said her early strugconsistency is an gles. issue. “She’s been “After that shooting the ball game, that linein practice really up is subject to well,” Chancelchange at halflor said. “We’re time,” he said. going to let them “They tell you shoot this year.” in football you Forward have to have viShanece McKinsual evidence to Van Chancellor ney entered the LSU women’s basketball coach overturn a call. game in the secI don’t have any ond half and made an impact visual evidence I can see in pracdown the stretch, recording ﬁve tice that would decide who ought blocks in 10 minutes, including to be playing.” three in the ﬁnal minute of play. Freshman forward Theresa Plaisance scored four points, two rebounds and one block in 10 minutes. Barrett said the performance of the freshmen showed their passion. “What I’ve always said from the beginning of the year is we brought them in because that is what we’re lacking — size and outside shooting,” Barrett said. “This is just the ﬁrst of everyone seeing what they can do.”
EXHIBITION, from page 7
‘I don’t have any visual evidence I can see in practice that would decide who ought to be playing.’
Delta State led by as many as six points on two occasions in the ﬁrst half. Senior guard Sheena Johnson led Delta State with 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting. Junior center Veronica Walker added 10 rebounds. Two long jumpers by Barrett in 40 seconds capped a 10-0 run
LSU is mathematically also still alive for a trip to the Southeastern Conference championship game in Atlanta. LSU would need to win the rest of its games and hope Auburn loses at home to Georgia this weekend and at Alabama on Nov. 26. “I don’t think there is any way that our team will not have interest in that [Auburn-Georgia] score,” Miles said. “Certainly there is a favorite that we might cheer for, but that has no bearing on our preparation.”
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Leisure art classes resume despite cuts while art program still suffers I was pretty upset after reading the recent article, “Leisure Arts Studio to reopen after four year closure,” in the Reveille, and felt I needed to represent the sentiments of some of the art students. This disgusts me. I was never aware of any student polling to fund leisure classes in the Union and certainly would have voted against it, both for fundamentally opposing the idea of Universitysupported (and liberally accommodating) leisure, and for the lack of funding allotted to facilities for students enrolled in the arts, actively and seriously pursuing an engaged
relationship (strongly opposing what Ms. Maxwell here supports- a lazy, half-engagement where arts fit conveniently between classes, and only when there is a little extra time). I am absolutely astounded that, in the midst of our budget crisis, construction continued on a new leisure class studio to support a supposedly high interest in taking entertainment-based classes in the arts, when our actual arts college is suffering, and has been for years, to maintain the facilities for students in which the future of art resides. Maybe most of the University was unaware, but our ceramics studios (which, by the way, maintain a status of second-best graduate program in the United States for the work produced, despite the dilapidated studio conditions) have now mandated that students purchase expensive heavy-duty gas masks because of issues with leaking kilns that have been neglected to be fixed
for years. Our painting students work in the old engineering shops which have been on the renovation list for over 20 years, where roofs leak onto paintings, supplies and materials are regularly stolen for lack of adequate locks and windows, and poor ventilation requires any pregnant students or students with health conditions to fund their own studio space (a heavy and superfluous burden when enrolling in a program meant to accommodate studios for active participation with faculty). I can’t understand why the University feels it needs to maintain a source of entertainment or leisure for students in the first place under such tight budget restrictions of late. These sorts of things make me question whether LSU is a brand name business, trying to make a buck, or whether it is an educating institution, which is implied by “university,” that hopes to
afford not only the highest possible education to our students, but also the most accommodating arena to do so. This is a perfect example of the lack of communication within the different departments of LSU, and the lack of reverence for our serious students, who enrolled to engage with faculty and resources that have earned respect out of hard work and national academic or artistic prestige, not for entertaining the masses. Thanks for continuing to cover happenings at the University that affect students. Ellen Ogden Painting/drawing and art history senior
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The Jindal Count Days Bobby Jindal has ignored our concerns:
27 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?
University is not a business, graduates are not a product While you might prefer to talk about the Tigers’ wonderful victory this past Saturday or to track the “Twilight Saga” cast around Baton Rouge, I’m still struggling with the idea of justifying the importance of education — regardless of economic variables.
However, don’t be scared away or annoyed by my intentions. I realize without higher education you wouldn’t be able to enjoy a good game day, safe tailgating or a fun environment that culminates in an important win for the Tigers. Neither could you care about
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a movie and its production if it wasn’t for education in the process of creating, selling and ultimately appreciating a good piece of popular culture like “Twilight.” So let me try this again. Education: It’s not about the money it makes, it’s about the Marcelo Vieira quality of life it Columnist nurtures. The crisis we are facing is supposedly caused by a lack of economic and financial resources, but it’s actually a crisis of human resources. We have everything we need — except for the creativity to come up with an educational system that is meaningful and strong enough to sustain itself. Suffering from a sudden shortfall on the funding and structural resources needed to carry on an ignorant educational system designed to generate job-filling dummies, we lack the developed expertise of the very faculties that makes us humans: creativity, craftsmanship and passion. “We make very poor use of our talents,” says Sir Ken Robinson, creativity expert and educator, in a TED.com talk. TED is a website with lectures from a diverse team of experts in
several areas of expertise. You might want to check it out — if you care about your education. If the University is a business-driven enterprise that is evaluated through the amount of “profit” — read “number of graduates” or “graduates occupying jobs” — we are missing the point of the education the University is supposed to provide in its higher forms. While my mission here is neither to dismiss nor explain the obvious and explicit importance of money and funding for education to happen, it is to bring out the forgotten necessity of all the other elements that make our lives dependent on education. Why do we want to spend money? Is living only working? Is education a matter of an inputoutput equation? Living is learning. Heard that before? I’m sure the answer is yes, and unfortunately it might have been in a self-improvement book cover or online text. But it’s a true statement, and it’s up to us to recover its meaning. It means if right now you feel that, rather than enjoying your educational experience, you are trudging through it (classes, papers, exams), you are not cultivating something that is going to help you build quality of life later. In a recent talk with a friend
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and professor, I heard these words: “It’s not my job to tell my students and their parents how likely it is that he or she is going to get a job after graduating. What I do is teach the valuable skills I learned in life and in my occupation, such as discipline, problem solving, perception, creativity and expression.” Wondering what he teaches? He’s an oboe professor and an established musician. Maybe not the type of position Gov. Bobby Jindal and the LSU System Board of Supervisors had in mind when approving the $5.1 million in cuts to LSU. But if all you care about is the Tigers or the “Twilight Saga,” then I don’t blame you. There are worse things out there. There’s some who are only concerned with making money and getting to higher grounds in politics to, well, make more money. I’m still trying to guess where they got their “education.” Marcelo Vieira is a 32-year-old jazz cello graduate student from Brazil. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_MVieira.
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Kinect will lead motion gaming sales this holiday season Nintendo revolutionized the gaming world when it introduced the Wii in 2006. The little white box wasn’t revolutionary for its top-notch graphics or immersive game worlds. It was revolutionary because it drove many non-gamers to buy their first home consoles with one huge draw — motion control. Buyers were becoming disenchanted with increasingly complicated video games. Controllers had too many buttons, and screen graphics moved too fast. But with Wii, anyone could pick up a remote and wildly flail their arms to victory in a range of sports. Housewives and soccer moms flooded retail stores in droves, making the Nintendo Wii the musthave gift for the past four Christmases. After years of domination, Nintendo’s competition — Sony and Microsoft — did the only thing they could do: develop and release their own motion control add-on and hopefully capitalize on
Nintendo’s fortune. Sony took the safe route by releasing PlayStation Move this past September. Using peripherals similar to Nintendo’s Wiimote and Nunchuk, Move has players flailing their arms Adam Arinder in much the same way as Wii Columnist fanatics. However, Move’s PlayStation Eye camera makes for more accurate motion sensing than Wii and higher-definition sports graphics. These two improvements would logically make Move the superior choice. But its similarities to Nintendo likely won’t convince Wii owners to make the switch. And those who don’t already own a Wii will likely be turned off by the $400 price tag for the PS3/ Move — double the price of the Wii console. Microsoft decided to take motion gaming in a completely
different direction from Nintendo and Sony with the credo “you are the controller.” Last week, Microsoft released Kinect, a dual-camera sensor that tracks players in a three-dimensional space. Microsoft Kinect doesn’t require controllers, remotes or wands. Simply step in front of the sensor, and Kinect starts tracking body movements in a one-to-one ratio — sort of. Players navigate menus simply by gesturing their arms, “Minority Report” style. And the sensor can recognize the user’s voice while ignoring any sound produced by the television. Want to make a command? Simply say “Xbox,” then proceed to boss your console around like your little sister. Using facial recognition, Kinect can also distinguish different players as they step in front of the sensor — assuming they’ve setup their Kinect ID. Microsoft’s technology is highly impressive.
I took the $150 plunge and tested Kinect over the weekend, and though the games for Kinect are somewhat lacking, I’ll admit my view on Microsoft’s newest toy has changed. After watching videos and reading various reviews for months, Kinect didn’t seem like something I would be interested in. The sensor requires 6 to 8 feet of unobstructed space between the player and the sensor, 3 feet on each side and no abnormal lighting. Not the ideal setup for a college student living in a small apartment or dorm. But I was able to squeeze within its view in my cramped living room and had a blast playing the included “Kinect Adventures” and even embarrassed myself with Guitar Hero-Rock Band creator Harmonix’s “Dance Central.” Microsoft spent nearly half a billion dollars in advertising for Kinect, and it seems it is a serious contender this holiday season to possibly dethrone the Wii.
Another interesting fact — pre-orders on Amazon increased 42 percent for the Kinect sensor and 67 percent for the Xbox/Kinect bundle after the peripheral was on Oprah. Kinect has also recently been featured on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show. With all the money Microsoft is throwing around, Kinect could easily become the must-have item this holiday season. If there’s anything my “handson” with Kinect taught me this weekend, it’s motion gaming can be fun again. I just hope the novelty doesn’t wear off as quickly as that of my dust-collecting Wii. Adam Arinder is a 21-year-old communication studies senior in Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_aarinder.
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Ron Paul advocates gold standard to decrease inflation Will Mattessich University of Iowa
(IOWA CITY — UWIRE) If platitudes are a disease, American politics is experiencing an epidemic. Politicians on both sides of the aisle are infected, some more severely than others. And who can blame them? It seems most Americans will always get behind vague, constitutionalsounding things like “personal freedom” and “protecting liberty,” so why shouldn’t candidates pepper their speeches with such phrases? It’s not that these concepts aren’t important. But trying to back up every argument with rhetoric that sounds as if it was lifted from Patrick Henry trivializes the ideals that are being invoked and misinforms the electorate. This is especially true with a subject as complex as the United States’ $13 trillion economy. An acute case of the disease was on display at Rep. Ron Paul’s speech in the IMU last week. The Texas Republican is a rare politician in many ways. He actually sticks to his principles, has delivered thousands of babies, and believes in a drastic overhaul of the U.S. economy. Paul wants to end the Federal Reserve and put the United States back on a form of the gold standard. So it is important for people to understand the consequences of those plans before they buy a “Paul 2012” bumper sticker. Anyone who went to Paul’s
speech expecting a coherent articulation of his economic positions would have left unsatisfied. Beyond his general talking points, Paul did not discuss his reasoning thoroughly. The libertarian said Americans need to know more about Austrian economics (a heterodox school of economic thought), but didn’t mention which tenets of the school he agreed with or why. He did talk frequently, however, about eliminating the Federal Reserve (prompting raucous chants of “End the Fed”) and putting the United States back on the gold standard. Paul believes the Fed is the root of inflation. He argues the Fed’s efforts to stabilize or stimulate the economy actually end up making things worse. He relates this to his common theme of “liberty” by saying that the government is imposing an implicit tax on everyone, because inflation lowers the value of everyone’s money. His solution to this problem? Abolish the Federal Reserve and back up the dollar with gold. Under the gold standard, every dollar of U.S. currency would be backed by gold, meaning you could redeem a dollar bill for a set amount of gold whenever you wanted. Proponents argue the benefits of the system would include less severe inflation and a more stable international-exchange rate. “Under the gold standard, currency values were pretty much fixed, so the global-exchange
rates rarely changed,” said University of Iowa political science Professor John Conybeare, who specializes in international relations and political economy. That was the way it worked in the 19th century. However, now there is far less gold in the world by value, and the exchange-rate stability would not exist today if the United States were to move to the gold standard. Paul has stated in past
interviews that he doesn’t want the United States to go back to the 19th-century version of the gold standard. Instead, he wants to make currency redeemable in gold and silver, known as “hard currency.” If the United States decided to strictly adhere to the gold standard — so that $1 of currency was redeemable for $1 in gold — the total money supply would shrink by 70 to 80 percent, Conybeare said.
Hopefully, most of Paul’s supporters understand the policies they vociferously advocate. His preferred policies would have a huge effect on the life of every American. And it is not a decision voters should make if they are basing their opinions solely on vague pronouncements of “freedom” and “liberty.” Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Daily Reveille
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 BUDGETS, from page 1
percent to 33 percent.” Meanwhile, the governor’s office has given much less drastic numbers about the budget cuts to higher education. “LSU’s main campus, in fact, has seen a reduction of 1.5 percent in funding,” Jindal wrote in an Oct. 21 Facebook post addressed to students. Jindal’s Press Secretary Kyle Plotkin went even further Wednesday, after Student Government President J Hudson and Vice President Dani Borel met with Jindal. Plotkin said LSU’s budget has actually increased by 0.3 percent, if tuition raised from the LA GRAD Act is counted. Jason Droddy, University director of external affairs, said the state is using different numbers from the University administration. When University administrators
ARBORETUM, from page 1
The relationship between Hilltop and the University stemmed from Smith’s friendship with Dr. Robert S. “Doc” Reich, who established the University’s landscape architecture program in the 1950s. “Doc began bringing classes, and before they knew it, it became a lab for plant material,” Coates explained. “It became institutionalized and used as a classroom.” Gretchen Munster, animal science and technology sophomore, took advantage of Hilltop last week as she worked on a project for her landscape architecture class. “If you are stressed, you could sit in here and chill out,” Munster said. “[The arboretum] is something
CAPSULE, from page 1
The capsule will be located alongside the footpath leading from Tower Drive to the flagpole but will not be buried until the granite cap is complete. According to Dennis Mitchell, campus landscape architect, the circular cap will be inscribed with all the years between 1860 and 2010 to represent all the students who graduated from the University over the past 150 years. “It’s an incredible and intricate design,” he said. “It’s very appropriate for this purpose.” The cost of the time capsule, including the concrete work, landscaping and inscription on the decorative cap, is around $17,000, Mitchell said. Jamie Segar, director of development for Student Life, said the funding for the capsule came from money obtained from the bricks sold during the 2009 class gift project, and no student fees were used. The capsule is not set to be opened again until the University’s 300th anniversary in 2160. Martin said the capsule also represents the hardships the University has faced in the past 150 years, including three campus relocations, two world wars, three official depressions and a civil rights movement. “And we’re a better university for it,” he said. “The capsule will tell people in the future where they came from.” Contact Sarah Eddington at firstname.lastname@example.org
talk about an impending 33 percent cut, they’re talking about a cut to the state’s general funding for the Baton Rouge campus. But the state’s funding is only one component of the University’s overall operating budget. Michael DiResto, communications director for the governor’s Division of Administration, says it makes more sense to look at the operating budget. “I believe it is very important for people to put it in context,” DiResto said. DiResto said, while the state has indeed cut direct funding to higher education, the state has also granted institutions leeway to raise funds independently through tuition and fee increases. He pointed to the LA GRAD Act passed in the last legislative session, which allows higher education institutions to raise tuition by a total of 10 percent per semester.
“When you have the legislature giving institutions more flexibility for self-funding, you have to take that into account,” DiResto said. Droddy doesn’t challenge the assertion that tuition increases have taken some of the edge off of decreased funding. “While that’s not optimal for the students, that’s what the policy seems to be,” he said. But he says tuition may not necessarily be an adequate substitute. First, the amount the University brings in for tuition increases shrinks because of scholarships and hardship exemptions for tuition. So while the state says the University has brought in $13.2 million more in tuition, the actual amount the University brings in is less. Droddy also said the state is using end-of-the-year numbers when calculating higher education’s total budget. Those numbers are the most
accurate, but they aren’t the numbers the University uses to plan its budget. When the University plans its budget, it uses beginning-of-the-year numbers, which are estimates of how much the University will have to spend. If the budget ends up lower than the estimates, the University has to scale back spending. When the state uses end-of-the year numbers, those numbers are accurate — but they don’t reflect budget adjustments administrators had to make. “If I say I’m going to give you $10 for coffee, you plan to spend $10,” Droddy explained. “So what happens if I show up with $5? You technically only got $5, but that doesn’t give you the whole picture.” Finally, Droddy says “unfunded mandates” have eaten up much of the increased tuition dollars. These are programs that the state forces the
University to pay without providing funding, including increases to the University’s retirement payouts and risk management. “The unfunded mandates are the phantom costs we’re struggling with,” Droddy said. “They don’t show up on any budget sheet.” Droddy says the unfunded mandates amount to $16 million, which neatly eats up even the gross amount raised from tuition increases. But DiResto counters that such mandates aren’t an uncommon practice. “All departments, not just higher ed, have been asked to absorb these cuts,” he said. DiResto said the funding gaps are a result of the state not providing funds to account for inflation.
people should see at least once.” But students and nature enthusiasts aren’t the only visitors to Hilltop. “Nestled between two neighborhoods the way it is, it’s really a treasure for the adjoining neighborhoods,” Coates said. “I see parents come in with their children, take nature walks and bring their dogs.” Coates said it is designed for the “community at large,” and visitors
immediately connect with Hilltop’s offerings. This connection created “Friends of Hilltop,” a community outreach group that hosts fundraising events and activities each year to help manage the property. Coates said the arboretum has some funding provided by the University, but the majority of funds come from private donations that go toward operating the facility,
improving the site and programming. The arboretum also sells potted plants for a profit of about $30,000 a year. “You can buy plants any day of the week and use the Emory Smith honor system,” Coates said. “You can come at any time, buy a plant, add 9-percent tax and leave money in the mailbox.” The arboretum continues to follow Smith’s “honor system” today,
even using the same mailbox he used when he sold plants out of his home. “I just think it embodies the whole spirit of Hilltop,” Coates said. “You can come and enjoy nature, find interesting plants and even take some home and try them in your own backyard.”
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The Daily Reveille
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010