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Groovin’ BR ranks second in national Jindal lineup HIV cases, NO ranks third proposes 3 bills to announced Catherine Threlkeld Contributing Writer

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Sharon DeCuir gets her blood pressure checked by a medical assistant at the HAART clinic. DeCuir has lived with HIV for eight years.

HIV isn’t just Sharon DeCuir’s job — it’s her life. DeCuir has been living with HIV for eight years. She takes nine medications a day, including three for HIV. But she has taken her infection to another level. DeCuir works at HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two, testing four to five people a week for HIV and participating in outreach programs in the Baton Rouge community. DeCuir said by educating people, “we reduce the possibility of someone contracting HIV.” Timothy Young, HAART executive director, said Baton Rouge ranks second highest in HIV cases per 100,000 people after Miami. New Orleans ranks third. Young said there are higher HIV percentages in the South

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OneRepublic will be the main attraction at Student Government’s Groovin’ on the Grounds concert to be held Saturday, March 26 on the Parade Ground, according to an SG news release. Hip-hop artist Jay Sean and country artist ‘I’m excited Steel Magnolia also perabout the will form at the condiversity cert, the release of genres. said. The DayIt will be lights, an alappealing ternative pop/ trio that to a lot of rock tours with students’ OneRepublic, will be one of Dani Borel the opening SG vice president acts, along with Stone Rabbits, the winner of last semester’s Battle of Bands competition. “I’m excited about the diversity of genres. It will be appealing to a lot of students,” said SG Vice President Dani Borel. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. with Stone Rabbits, followed by The Daylights, Steel Magnolia,

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Matthew Albright Staff Writer

Gov. Bobby Jindal will seek legislation that would allow higher education and health care to take smaller shares of budget cuts, according to a news release. Jindal proposed three different bills at a Lafayette news conference Monday. The proposals address complaints by higher education officials like Chancellor Michael Martin about the state’s system of constitutional and statutory dedications. Dedications are funding sources that can only be used to pay for certain services. Higher education and health care lack many dedicated funds, which means higher education and health care suffer “more than their fair share” of cuts. “These three bills will put more options on the table so we can access this funding to help protect critical services,” Jindal said. “We must be able to put all state spending on the table, especially as we work to make reductions and improve efficiencies across state government.” The first would increase the amount the governor can cut from protected funds during a budget crisis from 5 percent to 10 percent. JINDAL, see page 15

Tiger Lair reopens with Quiznos, Bayou Bistreaux More businesses to open in coming weeks Josh Naquin Contributing Writer

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Employees prepare sandwiches Monday at the newly opened Quiznos in the Student Union Tiger Lair. More dining options are expected to open in coming weeks.

Tiger Lair officially reopened for business Monday with Quiznos and Bayou Bistreaux joining CC’s Community Coffee House in the Student Union. The vendors are the first to operate out of Tiger Lair since its closure for renovation nearly three semesters ago. “It’s very exciting that we now have these new dining options in

the Union and are looking forward to adding the rest of the Tiger Lair restaurants to our dining options in the next few weeks,” said Ellen John, Union assistant director of marketing. Other Tiger Lair food options, including On-the-Geaux, Salsarita’s and Jamba Juice, are slated to open up next week. Panda Express, Chick-fil-A and Papa John’s, the remaining Tiger Lair food vendors, will be opening some time in the coming weeks. “I’m most excited for the Chick-fil-A to open,” said Ashley Dawsey, history sophomore. In addition to an updated interior, Tiger Lair has made several

other improvements to optimize students’ dining experiences. Food vendors in the new Tiger Lair will operate independently of one another. In other words, each vendor will have its own cash register and different vendors may hold different operating hours instead of one uniform opening and closing time. Additionally, the new Tiger Lair has added more than 250 square feet of dining space for customers.

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Key Libyan diplomats disown Gadhafi’s regime

Giffords wishes husband happy birthday on Twitter, thanks hospital

$2 million in state money will fund oyster spawn after summer loss

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Key Libyan diplomats disowned Moammar Gadhafi’s regime on Monday and the country’s deputy U.N. ambassador called on the longtime ruler to step down because of its bloody crackdown on protesters. The Libyan ambassador to the United States also said he could no longer support Gadhafi. Almost all Libyan diplomats at the United Nations backed deputy ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi’s pleas to Gadhafi to end his 40-year rule and to the international community to intervene.

HOUSTON (AP) — Rep. Gabrielle Giffords wished her husband and brother-in-law a happy birthday Monday afternoon — and also thanked the Houston hospital where she’s undergoing intensive rehabilitation, for a cake that featured the likeness of her astronaut husband. The message, posted on Giffords’ Twitter page, was directed toward the Twitter accounts of her husband, Mark Kelly, and his twin brother, Scott Kelly, as well as to TIRR Memorial Hermann hospital.

HOUMA (AP) — To ensure that the state’s oyster crop has a chance this spring to rebound after the Gulf oil spill, the state has committed $2 million to immediately restore oyster grounds. As much as half of Louisiana’s oyster crop was wiped out this past summer not by oil, but by freshwater diversions opened by the state in an effort to flush oil out of wetlands east of the Mississippi River and in Barataria Bay.

Tunisian minister seeks to dissolve ousted autocratic ruling party TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s interior minister on Monday sought to dissolve the political party of the country’s ousted autocratic president, while the government asked Saudi Arabia to extradite the widely reviled former first lady to face justice at home. Former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia on Jan. 14, following a massive popular uprising that ended his 23-year rule and prompted a wave of protest against other autocratic leaders across the Arab world. The caretaker government,

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Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya’s deputy U.N. ambassador, speaks to reporters Monday at the entrance to the Libyan Mission in New York. Dabbashi called for Moammar Gadhafi to step down as Libya’s ruler.

which is preparing for elections later this year, has been trying to distance itself from the former regime in the North African nation. Interior Minister Farhat Rajhi on Monday formally petitioned a Tunis court to dissolve Ben Ali’s longtime ruling party, the official TAP news agency reported. Some members of the current government — including the acting prime minister — are former members of the Democratic Constitutional Rally, known as the RCD. They quit the political group after Ben Ali’s ouster, and the party’s activities have already been suspended.

Daughter of Malcolm X arrested in NC on multiple charges MARS HILL, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a daughter of Malcolm X is being held in North Carolina on several outstanding warrants from New York. Chief Deputy Michael Garrison of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that Malikah Shabazz will face an extradition hearing Tuesday. He said Shabazz was arrested Friday night. Investigators found that the 45-year-old had several outstanding warrants from Queens, N.Y., that include charges for grand larceny, forgery and identity theft.

BR man, 77, drowns while fishing on his property’s private lake WILSON (AP) — A 77-year-old Baton Rouge man drowned Saturday in a private lake on his property in Wilson. East Feliciana Parish Sheriff Talmadge Bunch says Clark W. Taylor was fishing with his brother when he fell out of his boat and went under shortly before 12:30 p.m. Sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, Wildlife and Fisheries agents and the Baton Rouge Police Department’s dive team searched the lake, and a diver recovered Taylor’s body shortly after 7 p.m. Divers estimated the water was about 14 feet deep where Taylor drowned.

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Filing for spring elections to continue through Wednesday Three tickets file for president, VP Andrea Gallo Staff Writer

Editor’s note: Candidates are listed in alphabetical order of the presidential candidate’s last name. Filing for Student Government elections began Monday and will continue through Wednesday, Feb. 23.

Three separate tickets for SG president and vice president filed their campaigns together Monday. SG Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Aaron Caffarel and University Center for Advising and Counseling Sen. Alli Robison filed for president and vice president, respectively. “We see so much room for improvement,” Caffarel said. “We feel we could have strong leadership.” Robison emphasized the passion behind her and Caffarel’s campaign, saying whatever they

lack in experience, they make up for with passion. College of Humanities and Social Sciences Sen. David Jones filed for president and SG First Year Experience Assistant Director Kacey Brister will be Jones’ running mate. “LSU has given me so many opportunities,” Jones said. “The time is coming where we need to define the future of the University.” Brister also said she and Jones will focus on “making this a great University, not only for now, but also for the future.”

UCAC Sen. Cody Wells and SG Director of Student Outreach Kathleen Bordelon also filed for president and vice president. “We want every student to feel like they’re a member of Student Government,” Wells said. Bordelon said she and Wells will stress the importance of the SG president and vice president being relatable to students. Billy Wright, SG commissioner of elections, said he looks forward to the elections. “Go vote for them,” Wright said. “They’re all passionate

about LSU.” The election still has time to expand. Additional tickets can file to run for office in the Live Oak Lounge on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. SG President J Hudson endorsed the filing process by asking all SG members to post their Facebook picture as the “Geaux Vote” election filing flier. Contact Andrea Gallo at


Resolution passed to amend non-discrimination clause Kate Mabry Contributing Writer

The Student Government Committee on Student Outreach passed a resolution Monday night proposed by Spectrum’s political activism committee to amend the University’s non-discrimination clause to include and protect those at the University on the basis of gender identity and expression. PS-01, the University’s Equal Opportunity Policy, states that one cannot be discriminated against based on sexual orientation. However, it wasn’t until recently that members of Spectrum, the University’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer student organization, discovered that gender identity and expression is not included in the policy, said Matthew Patterson, physics graduate student and member of the political activism committee. Patterson said the resolution would protect transgender students from harassment and discrimination. Many transgender students and staff often worry about their job security if they openly express their gender identity, Patterson said. “As of now, harassment on the basis of gender

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identity and gender expression is not explicitly prohibited,” Patterson said. “So if a student is experiencing harassment by a professor, boss or fellow student, there’s no guarantee that they’ll be taken seriously if they make a formal complaint.” The resolution was read and discussed at the committee’s meeting Monday, and the committee asked Spectrum members questions on the matter. “Addressing the issue is needed in the community, and legally something needs to be done,” said Sen. Carolyn Hills, Graduate School. Now that the committee has approved the resolution, it will be presented to SG Senate on Wednesday where it will be passed or denied. The new policy states SG should support the addition of “gender identity” and “gender expression” to PS-01 where it lists the categories it protects, including race, gender and religion.

The resolution also urges the Faculty Senate to support the change, Patterson said. “We know we can’t actually get PS-01 changed without strong support from students, faculty and staff,” Patterson said. Patterson said he hopes the Faculty Senate will take action to make the change, but at the moment, the political activism committee is more concerned about getting the resolution passed through SG. Usually, when attempting to pass a resolution, one would go to the Committee on Student Outreach and then to SG Senate.

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Deceased professor was noted Report suggests strict TOPS awards coastal advocate, researcher Stone was teacher, administrator Matthew Albright Staff Writer

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Xerxes A. Wilson Staff Writer

Louisiana spends too much on subsidizing education for students who can afford it through the TOPS program and spends far below the national average on need-based aid, according to a report released by the Louisiana Budget Project. The report by the state policy group parallels comments made by higher education leaders late last week. The report states since the income cap was removed from the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students — or TOPS — the percentage of recipients coming from higher income families has increased drastically. According to the report, 39 percent of students receiving the TOPS awards come from families with annual income between $75,000 and $149,000. The report also takes issue with the state’s allocation of need-based financial aid, saying Louisiana spends 17 percent of student financial assistance on need-based aid. The report claims that is less than a third of the national average. The report suggests phasing in more stringent academic requirements for the program than the 2.5 GPA required in high school to receive the smallest TOPS award. This suggestion was echoed by Chancellor Michael Martin at an unrelated panel discussion on higher education issues Friday. “If it is going to be merit based, as it allegedly is now, then it really should have more merit in it than it does,” Martin said. Martin said students are more motivated when they have more invested in completing their education. “If you have your own skin in the game, you are more inclined to take it seriously,” Martin said. “I do believe there are students who take TOPS and use it without necessarily being fully committed because there is no real cost for them.”

Martin said the state should consider ways to move some of the $130 million it invests annually into TOPS to need-based programs like the University’s Pelican Promise program. The Pelican Promise covers costs for students who receive all other need-based aid but still have educational costs to be covered. “The evidence suggests that the best form of financial aid with respect to success is work study,” Martin said. “I do think we have to think about a mix that includes TOPS and some other programs.”

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Coastal Sciences professor Gregory Stone was a pioneering scientist who wasn’t afraid to speak truth to power, colleagues and contemporaries say. Stone passed away suddenly the morning of Feb. 17 after being hospitalized with an unknown illness, according to family friends. A memorial service was held Monday. “His passion for what he did was so great, it was infectious,” said Christopher D’Elia, Dean of the School of the Coast and Environment. D’Elia said Stone served the school in multiple capacities as a teacher, administrator and researcher. “First and foremost, he was a professor,” he said. “That’s what all of us are at our core.” Stone taught classes and supervised numerous graduate students. Stone also served as director of the Coastal Studies Institute, the well-known research branch of a University. “It’s been around for 60 years,” D’Elia said. “It’s highly esteemed around the world.” Stone also administered the WAVCIS, or wave-current information system, program, a cuttingedge network of sensors located throughout the Gult of Mexico. “That’s not a trivial task,” D’Elia said. “[WAVCIS] can make predictions for people who are going out to sea.” But Stone’s most important

work may have been as a researcher. “He was a superb researcher,” D’Elia bragged. “He’s well known for his studies on forces that affect the coast.” Stone was an influential voice in the continuing discussion about Louisiana’s perilous coastal erosion. Stone made a name for himself challenging engineers and policymakers for projects he thought would be dangerous or unsuccessful, D’Elia said. “Greg said what he believed and what the science told him,” D’Elia said. Len Bahr, a former University coastal sciences professor, paid tribute to Stone on his popular insider policy blog “The LA Coast Post.” “Dr. Stone understood the

difference between practical and bogus engineering approaches to minimize coastal damage,” Bahr wrote. “He was willing and anxious to proffer advice on the difference, so as to inform the federal and state agency staffers who formulate plans for coastal protection/restoration.” Both D’Elia and Bahr say the greatest loss is for Stone’s family — he left behind a wife, Ann, and a 16-year-old son, Carter. “The loss to Greg’s family is huge,” D’Elia said. “We have the greatest sympathy for them.”

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Petroleum Engineering appeals to continue grad. programs Xerxes A. Wilson Staff Writer

Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of stories looking at 34 University programs under scrutiny. The Board of Regents, the body that oversees the state’s higher education system, labeled those programs “under-performing” on Jan. 26. The master’s and doctorate programs of the Department of Petroleum Engineering are appealing to continue after being recommended for closure or consolidation by the state’s higher education governing board. “The program is critical and a great benefit to the state and the University,” said Stephen Sears, chair of the Department of Petroleum Engineering. “You can’t argue with the numbers. They are what they are. But we have things in place to improve our graduation rates.” The programs are two among 34 labeled as under-performing at

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Field operations teaching assistant Abiola Olabode answers student questions Nov. 23 at PERTT lab. The lab is part of the Department of Petroleum Engineering.

the University in the Board of Regents’ review of curriculum across Louisiana higher education. The University must submit to the Regents either its plans to consolidate or cut the programs or its appeal to keep the program funded by Feb. 28. Sears cited the program’s relation to the state’s economy as one

of the reasons to continue it. “The oil and gas is one of the largest, if not the largest, industry in the state,” Sears said. “If we want to have Louisiana students participating in the higher technology part of this industry, we have to continue these programs.” Sears also said the programs have helped build the University’s


University holds comedy show Daniel Raborn, mass communication sophomore, is returning to Last Comic Standing for the second year. He began performing stand-up at open-mic nights around Morgan Searles Baton Rouge. Contributing Writer “My audition went fantastic,” With nothing but a micro- Raborn said. “I had them laughing, phone between the performer and and they gave me a good feel, so an audience that can just as soon I’m pretty confident.” Comedic competitors will atthrow rotten fruit as buckle over tend a comedy laughing, standworkshop with up comedians put host comedian everything on the Dan Ahdoot, who line in the name of will share methall things funny. ods for coming The Univerup with routines sity is hosting its and techniques for own stand-up comreading the audiedy show, “Last Steven Johnson ence, said Craig Comic Standing,” on March 10, free chair, Student Activities Board Marcus, assistant director of Camto students. The Pop Fusion committee pus Life. Ahdoot competition is still seeking student comedians to per- will also close the show with an act form in front of a large anticipated of his own. “For audience members, this audience. Auditions will be extended event will be a good Thursdayto tonight from 7:30 to 9:30 in evening thing to do where you can the Castilian Room of the Student have fun and enjoy yourselves,” Marcus said. “For participants, Union. The event has had a fairly it’s a good challenge for them and good reception and had good atten- an opportunity that doesn’t come dance last year, said Steven John- around that often.” The winner of the competition son, kinesiology sophomore and chair of the Pop Fusion committee is awarded bragging rights and exin Student Activities Board, the posure, Johnson said. “You get to showcase your talgroup running the audition. “Our goals are really to have ents in front of your student body,” our student comedians showcase he said. “It is a larger event. You their talent and to give them a usually don’t get to be seen by this venue,” Johnson said. “They get a amount of people.” James Ramsey IV, computer chance to meet a professional comedian ... and also to give the stu- science and electrical engineering freshman, said this was the first dent body a comedy show.” This year, Last Comic Stand- time he auditioned for this type of ing will be combined with the competition. “I’m always funny, but I’ve SAB music committee, which will begin the show by hosting an never tried to do stand-up comedy before,” Ramsey said. open-mic night.

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‘You get to showcase your talents in front of your student body.’

Ramsey hopes the audition and the experience performing in front of an audience will help with his public speaking skills. “Whenever I’m somewhere, everything has to be awkward,” Ramsey said. “Apparently, that’s one of my traits. I’m just used to it, and it doesn’t affect me either way.” Many students who audition are participating for fun and to gain new experiences, but some, like Adrian Wintz, mass communication freshman, are hoping to form a future career. “My eventual goal is to have my own stand-up special on Comedy Central,” Wintz said. “Auditioning definitely has been a good experience. Ever since I got into comedy when I was 14, I’ve been trying to make people laugh.”

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close relationship with the large oil corporations in the state. To be considered a low completer, a master’s program must have, on average, graduated fewer than five students annually in the past three academic years. Doctorate programs are considered low completer if they graduate fewer than two students annually in the past three academic years. The department graduated four master’s students in December and expects to graduate two more in the spring, according to Sears. The department expects to have one doctorate candidate graduate in March and two others complete their doctorate before the end of the year. The program currently has 46 graduate students enrolled, Sears said. Sears blamed the lull in graduates on faculty turnover about five years ago in the already small department.

“We never had a very large graduate program, so the numbers have never been two or three times the minimum number that is being required,” Sears said. “We had some turnover in the department and we hired new assistant professors to replace them, but it takes several years for these assistant professors to train a Ph.D. student.” Sears said losing the programs would seriously strain the department because the graduate students help train the undergraduate program of 451 students. Sears said the program also benefited the University as a whole by raising $9.5 million in the Forever LSU campaign.

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3 students caught with ADHD medication this semester Celeste Ansley Staff Writer

The LSU Police Department caught three students in possession of Concerta, an attention hyperactivity deficit disorder medication, in the past month. Concerta, an extended release medication similar to Adderall and Vyvanse, is a Schedule II controlled substance, and students illegally carrying the drug can face felony charges, said Sgt. Blake Tabor, LSUPD spokesman. Tabor said charges for carrying a Schedule II substance include up to a $5,000 fine and up to five years in prison. He said intent to distribute charges can result in more severe punishments. Tabor said the most common types of stimulant medications the department sees are Adderall and Concerta. “It’s isolated on a case-bycase basis,” Tabor said. “We’ve seen crime trends for a few weeks, then other times we may go weeks or a semester without seeing it.” Tabor said students with a prescription should carry stimulant drugs in the pharmacy bottle. “It is against the law to carry

controlled dangerous substances in containers that aren’t marked,” Tabor said. Tabor said when the department finds stimulation drugs not in a container, officials will try to help the student find the bottle or prescription. “If the bottle is in the dorm and the pills are in the car, we will take measures to get the bottle,” Tabor said. Christopher Garner, associate director and chief psychologist at the Student Health Center, said Concerta is a psychological stimulant usually prescribed for ADHD. Garner said these stimulant medications are performance enhancers, which help improve attention, processing speed and consciousness. “Stimulants are performance enhancers whether you have ADHD or not,” Garner said. These effects have led to these types of drugs being used by students for help with school, said Madeleine Gallaher, pre-nursing freshman. “The proper usage of the drug is less than it used to be,” Gallaher said. Garner said there’s not a lot of


LBTC becomes member of Clean Energy Alliance Rachel Warren Staff Writer

They just keep going and going and going. The Louisiana Business and Technology Center recently became a member of the Clean Energy Alliance, an organization that gathers business incubators to encourage cooperation among companies that use energy-efficient technology. Charles D’Agostino, LBTC executive director, said the CEA received a large number of applications for membership, and so far only 13 incubators in the country have been chosen. D’Agostino said the LBTC is Louisiana’s only incubator in the alliance. “It says we’re doing things right, finding companies that can operate in that arena,” he said. D’Agostino said the incubator’s new membership will give its clients a business advantage. “What it does for our clients is qualify our companies to compete on that level,” he said. D’Agostino said a company must produce or use energy with few to no pollutants to be considered “clean.” “[We accept] anybody dealing with wind or water turbines,” he said. “All of these count as clean energy.” D’Agostino said the LBTC’s membership encourages the incubator’s staff to continue their efforts. “We feel we’ve been doing things properly, and when you get recognized by something like the

Department of Energy, it really shows,” he said. James Groelinger, CEA executive director, said the organization was formed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy in 2000. “We’re really looking to create an organization of credible and capable members,” he said. Groelinger said an advantage of the alliance is each member will be more aware of what others are doing and they can cooperate with each other. “This way you’re not solving the same problem twice,” he said. “It will also become a more efficient attractor of government and non-government funding.” Groelinger said an incubator looking to join the alliance must have a strong focus on clean energy development and a good reputation among its peers. Each prospective member must be recommended by existing members. Groelinger said the alliance is encouraging for incubator clients as well because it offers them resources they may not get elsewhere. “It tells them they’re in good places,” he said. “They’re in good hands.”

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structure in many students’ lives, and they use the drug to help them stay up and focused all night. Steven Gilliam, electrical engineering sophomore, said he

has been prescribed Vyvanse since his junior year of high school. “When I take it I focus on one thing for hours and hours until I get it done,” Gilliam said. “It helps

with more than just school.”

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Tiger Feed Blog: Check out a Q&A with Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter.


Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011

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Walter’s selfless act transcends athletics

The New Orleans baseball team wandered into Alex Box Stadium last season on a nine-game losing streak and left with a one-game winning streak. The Privateers, who finished the 2010 season with a 5-19 road record, surprised the LSU baseball team with a 7-4 victory. “We came back from a tough weekend series at Ole Miss,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “I didn’t see the team the whole day on Monday. They showed up to the field on Tuesday, and it was obvious we weren’t ready to play.” Mainieri said No. 20 LSU (3-0) practiced Monday to avoid a similar situation as it prepares for another

LSU fans took a lot of things away from the baseball team’s opening weekend sweep of Wake Forest. For one, junior center fielder Mikie Mahtook resembled a machine, making quick work of the Wake Forest pitchers to the tune of four home runs. Also, the Tigers’ young pitching staff is budding with potential. Freshman hurler Kurt McCune was chosen as the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week after a sixinning, one-hit performance Sunday in his first collegiate outing. But those will be forgotten in the coming weeks. Mahtook and McCune will both go on to greater accomplishments at LSU. One thing should be remembered for the years to come — the selfless actions of the opposing team’s skipper. His deed shouldn’t be pushed aside among the headlines and box score. The story gained national attention and made news in Baton Rouge before last weekend’s series. You’ve probably heard it already. Wake Forest coach Tom Walter donated one of his kidneys to freshman outfielder Kevin Jordan a couple of weeks before the Demon Deacons came to Baton Rouge. Jordan was diagnosed with ANCA vasculitis, an inflammation of blood vessels that

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LSU junior shortshop Austin Nola runs home Saturday during the Tigers’ game against Wake Forest in Alex Box Stadium. The Tigers beat the Demon Deacons, 4-3.

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Loupe prepares for PGA tour in last season with Tigers Senior at full strength after torn labrum Sean Isabella Deputy Sports Editor

Andrew Loupe remembers the qualifier as if it was yesterday. While most 16-year-olds were playing video games or learning how to drive, Loupe was on the cusp of qualifying for the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C. After making it past the local qualifier, the Baton Rouge native fired an even-par 144 in the sectional qualifier in Tampa, Fla., to finish fifth among 100 players.

Loupe came within five strokes of making the final cut of 156 players, but did beat Robert Floyd, the son of former PGA legend Raymond Floyd, in a playoff to secure the second alternate position. His name, however, was never called. So began Loupe’s unofficial run toward a professional golf career. “I was 16 years old. I was nearly qualifying for the U.S. Open,” said Loupe, a senior on LSU’s golf team. “I knew at that point this could really be my profession one day.” Loupe continues his quest toward joining the PGA Tour in his final spring season at LSU. He began by shooting a 5-over-par 215 to

finish in a tie for 11th at the Gator Invitational on Feb. 5. A left-hander who plays righthanded, Loupe has quietly emerged as one of the nation’s premier collegiate golfers during his 3 1/2 years at LSU, finishing the fall season as the No. 32 golfer in the country, according to Golfweek. Loupe managed a 72.8 season average while battling back from a torn labrum in his left shoulder he suffered last spring. Loupe had surgery in June, sidelining him for 14 weeks. The career success Loupe has earned hasn’t surprised him, his parents or LSU coach Chuck Winstead. “Everybody says Andrew’s so LOUPE, see page 11

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LSU senior Andrew Loupe lines up a putt during practice Feb. 8 at the University Club.

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Paul’s improvement crucial for Hornets’ playoff success The New Orleans Hornets’ re- shooting nearly 44 percent from becent struggles are disturbing. yond the arc. After a hot January that feaTo top it off, Paul’s efficiency tured a 12-4 record and a 10-game ranking has dropped from more than winning streak, New Orleans has 24 to 20 during Okafor’s absence. dropped eight of its last 10. Oh, and there’s the little turnover Much of that can be contributed problem where he has gone from an to center Emeka assist-to-turnover SCHWEHMMING ratio of more than Okafor’s injury, as AROUND the Hornets are 2-7 four — the best in without their big Andy Schwehm the NBA among man. normal starters — Sports columnist So one would to 3.58 in the last 10 think it would have been a perfect games. time for Chris Paul, the team capIt would be one thing if the team tain and All-Star starter, to take over were losing to top-tier teams. But it games and carry the team, right? isn’t Think again. New Orleans lost to the likes of In his last 10 games, Paul has Golden State, Minnesota and New been exceptionally terrible when the Jersey in its last 10 games. team needed him most. He is averagAfter the 103-101 overtime loss ing only 15.2 points with 9.3 assists, to New Jersey, Paul took the blame: 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game “I feel like this was my loss,” he said. while shooting 36 percent from Sure, the team and Paul are 3-point land. both struggling with Okafor’s inOn the season, Paul is averag- jury. On top of that, starting small ing 16.2 points, 9.6 assists, 3.9 re- forward Trevor Ariza missed a little bounds and 2.5 steals per game while bit of time with an injury of his own

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New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul drives to the basket past Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, Feb. 12. The Hornets lost 88-97.

during that stretch. But that’s all the more reason for Paul to step up his game and prove he is what many think he is — the best point guard in the game. He hasn’t, though. And it’s time for him to put more than just that one loss on his shoulders. This is his team, and it’s his job to correct wrongs—something he hasn’t been doing.

Maybe he’s injured, as some are speculating. Maybe he doesn’t believe this team has what it takes to win it all, or maybe he has already checked out of the Big Easy mentally. But none of those would characterize the Paul we have grown to know in New Orleans, the point guard who has played through numerous injuries and has fought to

prove he is one of the best in the league despite his short stature. I really like Paul as a player, and he can be the best point guard in the league when he wants to be. Recently, he hasn’t shown that ability. For this New Orleans team to get out of the first round of the playoffs, Paul has to get back to the intensity he showed in his rookie and sophomore seasons in the league. The Hornets have shown they are capable of beating nearly any team (outside of the Lakers) that will be in the playoffs. In fact, they own two of San Antonio’s 10 losses. Now, it’s time for Paul to show he is capable of being the point guard that can lead this team in a playoff series. Otherwise, there’s no reason for him to hang around New Orleans.

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Lady Tigers lead after day 1 in opener, Ernst shoots 69 Hunt Palmer Sports Contributor

A strong second round effort by the No. 4 LSU women’s golf team propelled the Lady Tigers to a one-shot advantage after the first two rounds of the seasonopening Central District Invitational in Parrish, Fla. The Lady Tigers’ second round 290 was the best of the afternoon, four shots better than second place Texas A&M and three shots better than the Tigers’ first-round 293. LSU entered the second round in fourth place, but the Lady Tigers rallied in the afternoon to take the lead. “It was a good day for our first competition of the spring,” LSU coach Karen Bahnsen said in a news release. “We left a few strokes out there, but I’m very pleased with our position and now we just need to come out [Tuesday], remained focus and complete our job.” Freshman Austin Ernst,

playing in her first spring event as a Lady Tiger, followed an evenpar morning round with a second round of 69. Ernst was the only player in the field of 75 players to shoot a sub-70 round in the afternoon. Senior All-American Megan McChrystal fired a 1-under-par 71 to lead the Lady Tigers in the morning session and followed that with a 72. Individually, Ernst finished the day in second place behind TCU’s Brooke Beeler, who fired a sparkling 65 in round 1

before posting a one-over 73 in the second round. McChrystal is tied for fourth at 1-under-par. LSU sophomore Mary Michael Maggio is in position to finish in the top 10. The Conway, Ark., native completed day one tied for eighth at 3-over par. Jacqueline Hedwall, a sophomore from Sweden, shot 77 and 75 for LSU. Lady Tiger junior Tessa Teachman struggled Monday, shooting rounds of 80 and 77. Though the Lady Tigers will

sleep on the lead, the rearview mirror is crowded. Texas A&M is just one shot off the pace. Iowa State finished two shots back, and TCU looms just four stokes behind LSU. The third and final round

will be an 8 a.m. shotgun start at River Wilderness Golf Club.

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Freshman McCune earns SEC Pitcher of the Week honors Rowan Kavner Sports Writer

LSU freshman pitcher Kurt McCune earned Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week honors Monday for his Sunday start against Wake Forest. McCune threw six shutout innings and had a no-hitter after five innings before surrendering a oneout single in the sixth inning. He amassed seven strikeouts, gave up two walks and allowed only the one hit in his first start as a Tiger to preserve the sweep against Wake Forest. “His numbers were phenomenal, but he showed me more than just what the numbers were,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “He showed me that he really knew what it took to win.” Mainieri said McCune pitched like a veteran from the

start. He struck out the side in the first inning. “First pitch of the game I thought was a strike, and the umpire called it a ball,” Mainieri said. “Instead of him whining about that, he just came right back next pitch and pumped a strike in there and ended up striking out the leadoff hitter.” McCune said he wasn’t sure until shortly before the game if he would even get the start. “Our plan was if they needed me to come in and close Saturday night that was the plan, and if they didn’t then Sunday was my start,” he said. McCune, who went 9-4 with a 3.74 ERA last year at Destrehan High School, was one of a number of freshmen with breakout performances this weekend. Freshman pitcher Kevin Gausman threw six strikouts and no

walks, giving up two runs in 5 2/3 innings on Saturday. Freshman second baseman JaCoby Jones hit .500 for the weekend with a home run and three RBIs, and freshman outfielder Spencer Ware had two hits and a walk in his three at-bats this weekend. LSU jumped two spots from No. 22 to No. 20 in the Baseball America poll and from No. 15 to No. 13 in the Collegiate Baseball poll after sweeping Wake Forest. Florida (3-0) remained No. 1 in the Baseball America poll, while Vanderbilt (4-0) jumped a spot to No. 3 and South Carolina (3-0) remained at No. 7. LSU is the only team in the top 25 representing the SEC West. Contact Rowan Kavner at


Tigers 20th in initial RQS rankings Six SEC teams placed in top 25 Rob Landry Sports Contributor

The season is in full swing for the LSU gymnastics team. The Tigers, coming off their highest score of the season Friday night, checked in at No. 20 in the initial Regional Qualifying Score rankings. LSU’s RQS average is 194. 825. Six of the Southeastern Conference’s seven gymnastics teams are ranked in the top 25. Florida tops the charts, leading the country with an RQS average of 197.055. Georgia is fourth, Alabama came in at No. 5, Arkansas checked in at No. 15 and Auburn is No. 18. RQS determines the seedings and pairing of teams for the NCAA tournament. The scoring system is not released until each team has competed in at least three home meets and three road meets. As teams get more scores later in the season, lower scores begin to be dropped. The average at the end of the season will be each team’s top three home meets and top three

road meets. The highest score — no matter home or away — will then be dropped from those six. The average of the five kept scores will then determine placement for each of the six NCAA regional meets, which host the 36team field. The top two teams in each regional meet will advance to the NCAA Championships. Once the rankings are final, the regional meet placement is done in a snake-like fashion. Teams ranked Nos. 1-6 will hold the top seed in their respective regional. It will then swing back, where No. 7 will be placed in a regional with No. 6, No. 8 in No. 5’s regional, No. 9 in No. 4’s, and so on until the field is completed with six teams placed in each of the six regionals. If the tournament were to start

today, LSU would be placed in a regional as the fourth seed with Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, San Jose State and Maryland.

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Freshman Kurt McCune pitches Sunday during LSU’s 9-1 win against Wake Forest. McCune was named Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday.

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Senior Peterson named to Hogan watch list

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Eastern Conference Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Boston 40 14 .741 — 28 26 .519 12 direction this season. Peterson has New York Staff Reports one top-five finish and two top-10 Philadelphia 27 29 .482 14 LSU senior John Peterson was finishes to his credit, and totes a 72.8 17 40 .298 24.5½ named Monday to the Ben Hogan strokes per round average. His low New Jersey Award watch list for the second-con- round of the year came at the David Toronto 15 41 .268 26 secutive season. The award is given to the country’s best golfer in NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA or NJCAA. Semifinalists will be announced April 14, with three John Peterson finalists named in Senior golfer sometime May. The recipient will be announced May 16 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas — Peterson’s hometown. Peterson is no stranger to the spotlight. He earned Second-Team All-America honors in 2009 and Honorable Mention All-America honors in 2010. He’s heading in a similar

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can result in kidney failure. LSU fans paid their respects with a standing ovation before Friday night’s contest at the request of LSU coach Paul Mainieri, a longtime friend of Walter. Walter’s incredible gift to Jordan exceeds the medical world. It’s a reminder of what college athletics should be all about. In the age of corruption, recruiting violations and scandals throughout college sports, Walter sheds light on the heart of collegiate athletics. Sometimes we fail to see the good nature of the college game. Players being arrested, coaches being suspended and athletic departments being reprimanded often overshadow the genuine nature of the sport. Walter’s story is the kind of thing that separates college sports from professional leagues. There’s a family atmosphere present on campuses across the country. College coaches become second fathers or mothers for student-athletes. Many times, biological parents live across the country, and the coaches assume the role while the student-athletes are away from their homes. A scholarship offer to a recruit is more than a contract securing the services of a player. It’s a two-way pact binding a coach to a player for more than just on-field obligations. Walter honored his end of the scholarship in remarkable fashion. The 42-year-old coach sacrificed his body for a player 23 years younger than him. This wasn’t the first time Walter put himself on hold for his players. Walter led the University of New Orleans baseball team for five seasons, even enduring the challenges of Hurricane Katrina. During an interview Friday at the Embassy Suites, Wake Forest’s hotel for the weekend, Walter talked about the

Toms Intercollegiate Tournament, where he fired a second-round 67. Peterson captured an individual title at the Jones Cup Invitational on Feb. 4 to 6. He carded a sizzling 4-under par 68 in the final round en route to the win. Representing the Southeastern Conference on the watch list are Auburn’s Blayne Barber, Alabama’s Bud Cauley and Bobby Wyatt and Georgia’s Harris English and Russell Henley. Augusta State’s Patrick Reed, University High School graduate and former Georgia Bulldog, is also on the list. Reed boasts an average of 71.93 strokes per round.

Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at tough journey after Katrina. Walter lived in a trailer next to a baseball field in New Orleans while his family lived in Michigan until the city was safe enough to return. Once again, the coach accepted a paternal role. He said the one advantage from the devastation was the dedication from the UNO players who returned to the city. With nothing else to do, Walter said players would knock on his trailer door late in the night for spur-of-the-moment batting practices.

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 46 10 .821 — Dallas 40 16 .714 6 New Orleans 33 25 .569 14 Memphis 31 26 .544 15.5½ Houston 26 31 .456 20.5½

Southeast Division W Miami 41 Orlando 36 Atlanta 34 Charlotte 24 Washington 15

L 15 21 21 32 39

Pct .732 .632 .618 .429 .278

GB — 5.5½ 6.5½ 17 25

Northwest Division W Oklahoma City 35 Portland 32 Denver 32 Utah 31 Minnesota 13

L 19 24 25 26 43

Pct .648 .571 .561 .544 .232

GB — 4 4.5½ 5.5½ 23

Central Division W Chicago 38 Indiana 24 Milwaukee 21 Detroit 21 Cleveland 10

L 16 30 34 36 46

Pct .704 .444 .382 .368 .179

GB — 14 17.5½ 18.5½ 29

Pacific Division W L.A. Lakers 38 Phoenix 27 Golden State 26 L.A. Clippers 21 Sacramento 13

L 19 27 29 35 40

Pct .667 .500 .473 .375 .245

GB — 9.5½ 11 16.5½ 23

The Wake Forest baseball team may not have returned to WinstonSalem, N.C., with a victory after the weekend series. But they left under the leadership of an inspirational coach. I’d call that a win. Follow Michael Lambert Twitter @TDR_Lambert.

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Tuesday night game against UNO (1-2) tonight. “Baseball is a game you’ve got to do in a repetitive way to be good at it,” Mainieri said. “Just going out and taking batting practice will force our kids to maintain their focus and work on their skills with an eye on the game.” Junior shortstop Austin Nola said practicing early in the week is essential after losing to in-state rivals in midweek games the last two seasons. Nola played for the Tigers when they lost to UNO last year and to Nicholls State in 2009. “If you take a whole day off, reality is your swing’s going to be slow, your hands are going to be slow, and you’re just going to be moving slow,” he said. Junior college transfer Tyler Jones is expected to take the mound tonight. He was scheduled to pitch Sunday but was suspended for the weekend because of a disciplinary issue. Jones, a Milwaukee native, was a JUCO First-Team All-American in 2010 pitching for Madison Area

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talented, but what they don’t see is how hard he works at it,” Winstead said. “Talent alone will only take you so far, but being driven to succeed ... that’s the biggest difference.” The connection to golf was natural. His mother, Gayle, was an avid golfer before Andrew was born, and his father, Jack, has played for the past 20-plus years. “I have pictures of myself with plastic clubs between the ages of 2 and 3 that my parents put in my hand,” Loupe said. By the time Loupe was 6, he was blasting 60-yard tee shots at the Country Club of Louisiana. At his 10th birthday, he was playing in the Future Masters in Georgia and the PGA junior series.

Tech, which advanced to the JUCO World Series for the first time since 2005. He had a 9-2 record with 77 strikeouts and a 3.01 ERA last year. Mainieri said Jones can’t afford a bad outing after senior pitcher Ben Alsup and freshman pitchers Kevin Gausman and Kurt McCune all went at least five innings in Tiger victories last weekend. “He’s going to have to fight his way back into that rotation,” Mainieri said. “He knows it’s going to be an uphill climb because all three starting pitchers pitched so well this past weekend.” The Tigers enter tonight on a three-game winning streak, unlike last year when LSU played UNO after dropping three straight. LSU’s dominant weekend series against Wake Forest included two wins by eight runs or more. Sophomore first baseman Alex Edward said the Tigers can’t gloat if they want to build on that streak, especially after experiencing UNO’s wrath last year. “With college baseball you can lose any game if you’re not completely focused,” he said. “I think we definitely know that now, and we’re going to come out with a purpose.”

UNO dropped two of three to Southern to start the season, including a season-opening 19-2 loss. Mainieri, who was on the UNO baseball team in the late ’70s, said after tremendous budget cuts and a lack of funding within the athletic program, the Privateer baseball program isn’t the same as when he played. UNO is in the midst of a reclassification process after submitting a proposal to the LSU Board of Supervisors to change from Division I to Division II. “The sad thing is the UNO program has changed dramatically since the announcement they’re going to drop down in classification,” he said. “They just don’t have the same resources to work with that they had at one point.” Mainieri said LSU still can’t take UNO lightly. “We have a saying in our program that when midnight strikes the day is over, and we put yesterday behind us,” he said.

Loupe went on to letter in golf at Episcopal High School six times, which included two state championships. When he wasn’t on the greens, the 6-foot-1-inch shooting guard dominated the basketball court to earn all-state basketball honors twice, averaging 21.6 points per game for his career. With basketball looming, Loupe’s decision to come to LSU to play golf was easy. He had grown up in Baton Rouge, was a die-hard LSU fan and had a previous history with Winstead that most golfers lacked — Winstead was his swing coach since he was 10. Loupe’s familiarity with Winstead made for a smooth transition at LSU. Following two productive, yet quiet seasons, Loupe exploded during his junior campaign. His team-leading 72 average earned

him Louisiana Player of The Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and also garnered AllAmerica honorable mention and First-Team All-Southeastern Conference honors. As his collegiate career winds down, Loupe has his ultimate goal in sight — to pick up where he left off in 2005 and become a mainstay on the PGA tour. He will turn pro June 5 after the NCAA golf championships. “I couldn’t be any more proud of him than I am now,” his father said. “If he made [the PGA tour], which he is certainly capable of doing, [it] would just be like a dream come true.”

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As usual, the Opinion Section of our website,, has been absolutely buzzing with comments, especially the newly launched blog, “New Spin Zone.” Check it out today, and let your voice be heard. Regarding Chris Freyder’s blog post, “Addicts should be treated like HIV patients,” readers had this to say: “This is a good article and a great point. It’s a shame that people who use drugs are looked down upon

so strongly. Imagine being born into a family of gang members who are both heavily addicted to something: in that case, it’s almost out of your power to not get involved in things like that, if your parents are the ones that raise you. This is why life is not fair and something needs to be changed, in our society. I would say it’s exactly what you’re talking about -- treat addicts like patients - not criminals.” -Anonymous “Your stance reminded me of this quote from Mitch Hedberg,

perhaps these addicts should be treated as diseased patients like those with HIV. Alcoholism is seen as a disease, its not too difficult to link addiction to a disease. ‘Alcoholism is a disease, but it’s the only one you can get yelled at for having. Goddamn it Otto, you are an alcoholic! Goddamn it Otto, you have Lupus! One of those two doesn’t sound right.’ -Mitch Hedberg btw- please stop repeating the crossword puzzles. I have nothing to do in class without it.” -Anonymous

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Regarding Devin Graham’s column, “Cancel the Tampocalypse: o.b. tampons get pricey,” readers had this to say: “A 21 y.o. boy writes an article on tampons, and doesn’t even take the time to research where the name actually comes from. Surprise surprise. Not does he realize the items selling for lots on ebay were the ultra and ultra plus sizes, which have indeed been discontinued.” -Anonymous “Amazing. You really did your

research on this. Personally, I would not spend 80 cents on one tampon, but it’s nice to laugh at the women who do. My vagina is doing just fine; despite the fact that my tampons were not ordered on bay.” -Aunt Flo “OB is actually an acronym for ‘ohne binde’ or ‘without napkins’.” -Anonymous

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A firsthand look at Tigerland’s discriminatory dress codes Dress codes are nothing new to Tigerland. In past years, some bars’ dress codes have even been subject to accusations of discrimination, according to past articles in The Daily Reveille. And since MTV’s “Jersey Shore” premiered, some bars have adopted an “if it’s On Jersey Shore, it’s not coming through the door” policy to keep Ed Hardy and Af- Chris Grillot Columnist fliction-laden fist-pumping champs out bars. Last spring, I first noticed a sign that read just that at Republic, a semi-respectable club in New Orleans. Later that semester, I spotted a similar sign in Tigerland — outside Mike’s Daiquiris and Grill. Not long after, I noticed a huge “dress code strictly enforced” sign above the front door at Reggie’s Bar. I thought this was strange, to say the least. In the midst of these appearances, Andrew Robertson, former Daily Reveille opinion editor, received a letter from an international student who complained Fred’s Bar had once prevented him from coming in and another time kicked him out because he “smelled bad.” Needless to say, it seemed as if these scum-of-the-earth bars were trying to make some sort of progress — by keep people they deem undesirable out. Let’s cut to the chase — I decided to push the limits at Mike’s on Saturday, Feb. 12. Instead of wearing a perfectly ironed Polo Oxford, khaki pants and my nicest pair of

Sperrys, complete with a dangling pair of Costa Del Mar sunglasses, I dressed in a 1980s camouflage jumpsuit. To accompany me, I had a buddy wear a Rev Run-style black Adidas tracksuit. We arrived at the bar around 11 p.m., and oddly enough, I was able to get in. The doormen didn’t question my camouflage outfit. “Maybe they didn’t see me,” I wondered. It was a different story for my friend. They stopped him and told him his tracksuit wasn’t acceptable attire for their respected bar. After a few words, he was able to get in by telling the doormen he had just left a party put on by his fraternity — Iota Zeta (a.k.a. Izod). Once inside, we were outcasts in a sea of Ralph Lauren polo shirts. After testing the dress code, we decided to see what kind of behavior we could get away with. We continually tried to dance with girls and violently fist-pumped our way to the stage while incessantly asking guys if they would join Iota Zeta. We got a few confirmed recruits and a few to say “@#$% off.” We took over on the stage, grabbing girls from every guy we saw in an attempt to see if it was possible to take it too far and get kicked out. When nothing happened, I started to take note of other people’s behavior in the bar, and mine was rather conservative. I noticed countless people grinding and making out. I saw guys attempting to learn the female anatomy. And I saw a girl throwing up in a trash can. When I thought about what I had just experienced, I was confused. The dress code appears to be a way to keep undesirable people

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out of the bar. But all the code is doing is keeping preppy white kids in and preventing people who like to dress like DJ Pauly D and Lil’ Boosie from enjoying themselves. Keeping these people out of the bar doesn’t change what goes on inside. The bar may not get as many orders for Jagerbombs, but it certainly isn’t reducing the number of STDs transferred. Moreover, the dance floor will still look like a “Girls Gone Wild” video no matter who they let in. That’s what happens when you

let 20-something-year-olds drink. All the bars in Tigerland have dress codes, but not all of them enforce them as strictly as the next. Then again, just because they don’t all enforce them doesn’t make having them right. In the end, Tigerland dress codes are pointless. They simply give the bars a right to discriminate if you don’t appear to be a devoted member to the Interfraternity Council. But keep in mind, if you actually want to go to Tigerland and not look like a “bro,” wear camouflage

— the doormen won’t see you. Or wear anything you want and just tell them you came from an Iota Zeta party. Then, for some reason, your skin color or attire may become acceptable. Chris Grillot is a 19-year-old mass communication and English sophomore from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_CGrillot.

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Google, other companies team up to defend new FCC proposal Google TV is truly amazing. I’ve had mine for four months now, and I can easily say it changes the way you interact with your television. Its seamless merging of television and Internet is a technological wonder. If a commercial comes on, I can switch from TV viewing to Facebook (and waste my day away stalking people instead) with one click of a button. If there is ever a dispute about a sports statistic or movie director, I can easily search the Web while not breaking away from the show or movie I’m watching. Google TV can also stream videos from YouTube and Netflix as well as music from sites like Pandora. But Google TV is more than just a fancy Web browser. Let’s say I did a search for “Steve Carell.” Not only would a selection pop up to perform a simple Google search, but Google TV also searches and

displays various YouTube videos in which Carell appears. The device also shows an episode of “The Office” will come on later in the day and even allows me to purchase “Despicable Me” to watch OnDemand. Unfortunately, there has Adam Arinder been one aspect Columnist of Google TV that I — along with many others — have found disappointing in its few months out. Many networks, such as Fox or ABC, broadcast their shows online for those who missed the initial broadcast. However, it is somewhat of a pain for people to gather around a small computer monitor to watch their favorite shows together. We all hoped Google TV and its ability to browse the Web could alleviate this issue.

Unfortunately, many networks blocked the ability for their shows to be streamed on the device. Their defense was advertising. If someone had the ability to simply go online and watch the television show on their big screen, what would be the point of advertisers to pay for no one to watch their commercials? While this move makes some sense, there are still annoying advertisements when I watch television shows online. Plus, with many people owning a digital video recorder, the ability to fast forward through commercials is as easy as pushing a button. Luckily, this wall separating the home network from the television network could be torn down soon with a new proposal from the Federal Communications Commission — AllVid. “Cable, satellite, or telco video providers would send their signals to a small adapter on the

customer’s premises that would present a standard interface to all consumer devices,” FCC Chair Julius Genachowski said last year, according to Ars Technica. Basically, AllVid can be connected to televisions, computers — essentially anything that shows multichannel video or Internet — therefore merging Internet and television for all. This proposal seems to be so popular that big names in the tech world have banded together in support and have even come up with a nifty alliance name. The AllVid Tech Company Alliance comprises Google, Best Buy, Sony, Mitsubishi and TiVo. These tech companies are aligned to defend the FCC’s new AllVid proposal — hence the name. The companies involved are no surprise, either. Currently, the only way to get Google TV is by either buying a specific Sony-brand television or purchasing a Logitech

set-top box. The only way to purchase said TV or set-top box in a brickand-mortar store is by shopping at Best Buy. Mitsubishi and TiVo finish off the alliance, but I think they just joined in a “me too” fashion because both companies have been in a decline recently. With names like this, there could be a dramatic shift in the way consumers experience television and Internet. Let’s hope this invisible wall will be broken down soon, and cable companies will fall with it. Adam Arinder is a 21-year-old communication studies senior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_aarinder.

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The world is on fire with revolution, and I support it It’s almost impossible to ignore the sense of revolution spreading throughout parts of the world right now. The news has been full of stories of citizens rising up and venting anger that has long been building up. Zachary Davis Whether Columnist it’s in the Middle East in countries like Egypt or in our own country in states like Wisconsin, people are no longer standing by while they let their governments ignore their needs. Personally, I could not be happier. I would love to see the whole world engulfed in the fires of revolution and to see governments forced to listen to the will of the people. In most of these situations, it has been far too long, and I can only hope it continues to spread. The fact that Egypt actually succeeded in ousting Hosni Mubarak, especially in such a short time, is amazing. Let’s hope other countries will be able to share in such measures of success. Yet, even with their newfound freedom, countries like Egypt must be careful. History has shown countless times how some will take advantage of the post-revolutionary political turmoil for their own gains. Just look at the aftermath of the 1917 Russian Revolution if you need some proof. The people of Russia had

succeeded in taking down the authoritarian rule of Czar Nicholas II in February 1917, ending the centuries-long rule of the czars. Following this success, the country was ruled by a Provisional Government along with the nation’s network of Soviets. While the Russian people may have been treated better than under czarist rule, it would only last until a few months later. The October Revolution resulted in the Provisional Government being overthrown, and the Bolsheviks claimed power under the leadership of Vladimir Lenin. The country was plunged into a civil war, as well as down a political path for which it simply was not prepared. It is this same sort of problem the people in the Middle East must be careful to avoid right now. While the current leaders may treat their citizens horribly (and undoubtedly should be taken out), those who follow could potentially cause the country even more harm. As the saying goes, “The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t.” Of course, some in our country seem to have taken this to an extreme. For some pundits (like those on Fox News), the events in Egypt are either the work of the Muslim Brotherhood or will result in their climb to power soon. An extreme example of this would be professional clown Glenn Beck’s theory that the protests were part of a larger scheme dreamed up by communists and Islamic fundamentalists. Yet no matter how great

a victory for the people the Egyptian revolution was, the fight is not nearly finished. As I said with Southern Sudan’s independence, many trials in the coming months will test the will of the people. Despite how pure the original reasons behind the revolution may have been, there are those who will follow Lenin’s example and try to twist it for their own power. If the rest of the region

wants to follow the same path toward freedom Egypt is on, they’re going to need to see it will not simply backfire on them. Revolutions are great things, and they truly allow the people of a country to let their will be known. As a country born through one, Americans cannot forget this. Instead of worrying and fearmongering like some have chosen to do, we as Americans must

support the fight for freedom abroad. This, more than waging war with a country, will bring more democracy to the world.

Zachary Davis is a 20-year-old history junior from Warsaw, Poland. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_zdavis. Contact Zachary Davis at


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According to the Southern States Manifesto by the Southern State AIDS Directors Work Group, “socioeconomic and cultural factors such as access to health care, education and prevention services add to the risk for transmission” among the African-American population. “In the South, unemployment, poverty and lack of health insurance are significant cofactors that lead to higher rates of risk behaviors for HIV and STD transmission,” the manifesto said. Young said the “lack of awareness in the African-American population about how deeply HIV has invaded that population” has made prevention difficult in Baton Rouge. He suggested there is also mistrust of institutional health

care settings among AfricanAmericans. “Stigma creates fear, causing people to not test or to test late,” Young said. “Those who have HIV and get treatment — they have their lives back, except they have to take medications every day.” Among the 4,725 people currently living with HIV in the Baton Rouge area, 5 percent are 20 to 24 years old, according to the Louisiana HIV/AIDS Surveillance Quarterly Report as of Dec. 31. The age group of 45- to 49-year-olds has the highest percentage in Baton Rouge, at 16 percent of total HIV cases. Young said HAART only tests about six college-aged people each year, and they are usually gay or bisexual men.

HAART performs several types of tests. An oral swab takes about 20 minutes for results and tests for antibodies against the HIV virus, Young said. A viral load test measures the amount of the HIV virus in the blood. “The patient is treated, and viral load in the body can fall to undetectable levels,” Young said. “That’s a very achievable goal to most people.” But many people don’t get tested until their HIV reaches an AIDS diagnosis. Young said some people are scared, but others simply don’t realize they have the virus. “That’s a real problem because we need everyone to know their status,” Young said. Jeff Trudel, Splash owner, said the Baton Rouge AIDS

Society does HIV testing in the Splash parking lot every few months. Trudel encourages people to get tested and puts up fliers promoting HIV awareness events. Trudel said he was surprised Baton Rouge ranks second highest in HIV percentage. He said there are many ways to contract HIV besides homosexual contact. Male homosexual contact comprised 36 percent of HIV diagnoses in the Baton Rouge metropolitan area, and heterosexual contact made up 30 percent, according to the quarterly report.

Rabbits because students comprise the band. Jay Sean and OneRepublic to cap “One thing that’s great is we the night. have an extra band for free,” said The concerts SG President J will be free and Hudson. “We have open to the public, five total perforand alcohol will mances instead of not be permitted. four.” Michelle ElThe total buddredge, associate get for Groovin’ is director for Camabout $171,000, pus Life, said SG which comes from J Hudson has contracted the several SG funds SG president bands, and once and outside sponthey perform, SG sorships. will pay about $45,000 for OnEldredge said the Groovin’ eRepublic, $40,000 for Jay Sean talent budget, which includes perand $10,000 for Steel Magnolia. formers and agents, was originally Eldredge said SG does not budgeted for $110,000, but SG have to pay The Daylights be- booked talent for only $104,500. cause the band tours with OneReThough it did not affect the public, and SG cannot pay Stone performers booked, Khristen

Jones, SG assistant director of programming, said Hudson promised last semester to fund $13,000 toward Groovin’ but recently changed his promise to $6,500. “J promised us a certain

amount of money, and we are now receiving less,” Jones said. Hudson rebutted the claims by saying the Groovin’ budget has a “reserves” account of about $11,000.

“They were never told they would get that funding,” he said.

HIV, from page 1 because there are more lowincome residents, morer insured people, more people with barriers to health care access and more people living in rural areas. A lack of effective awareness and prevention in AfricanAmerican communities and a concentration of these communities in the South also contributes to more cases, Young said. Reports have shown the South traditionally has the highest percentage of HIV cases. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said African-Americans account for the largest percentage of HIV diagnoses nationally at 50.3 percent. African-Americans make up 55.7 percent of diagnoses in the South.

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‘One thing that’s great is we have an extra band for free.’

This legislation will be sponsored by Sen. Mike Walsworth, RCurrently, the governor has West Monroe. “The LSU System continues to the power to cut 5 percent from protected programs during tough support initiatives that will give legfiscal times. The proposed legisla- islators flexibility to make strategic tion would raise that amount to 10 adjustments throughout the state budget to spread and minimize the percent. Jindal chose not to use his impact of revenue reductions on all power to cut 5 percent from pro- of the state’s public services,” LSU System President John Lombardi tected programs said in the release. last semester when Jindal’s prothe University reposals stop short ceived a $5.1 milof some proposlion midyear cut. als that would reThe second move dedications proposal would on many programs allow interest on entirely. Some of protected funds to those programs are be spent to bolster protected constitunon-protected budBobby Jindal tionally. gets. La. governor AdministraWhile dedition officials have cated funds’ principal investments would remain previously said challenging dediuntouched, the interest those funds cations requires political battles, earn could be used to shore up because programs with protections higher education and health care don’t want to see those protections disappear. budgets in fiscal rough patches. Legislators who defend the Both of these proposals will be sponsored by Sen. Gerald Long, R- current system of dedications argue that these two programs’ budNatchitoches. The third would impose a bud- gets already have more money than get “sunset” on most of the state’s most others. They also say no dedidedicated funds, meaning those cated fund is large enough to make funds would be up for regular re- much of a difference for either program anyway. view. Currently, funds dedicated to certain programs are dedicated permanently. The proposed legislation would force most of those Contact Matthew Albright at programs to routinely defend those dedicated funds.

JINDAL, from page 1


‘These three bills will put more options on the table so we can ... help protect critical services.’

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