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Wednesday, March 16, 2011 • Volume 115, Issue 107
Grief by the Gallon As gas prices rise, people perceive news negatively Claire Caillier Contributing Writer
As gas prices skyrocket, Americans are having trouble seeing positives. The Pew Research Center found in its March News Interest Index survey that rising costs of goods are causing Americans to perceive more negative news on the economy and prices than in previous months. This month, 38 percent of Americans said they felt news about the economy was “mostly bad,” an increase from 29 percent in February. March data also showed 53 percent of Americans said the news is a “mix of good and bad,” and only 7 percent said it was “mostly good.” “Mostly bad” news hit a high in December 2008 when 80 percent of Americans reported viewing news negatively. The lowest number of “mostly bad” responses came in January 2011 at 24 percent. Increasing gas prices are a contributing factor to the rise in perceptions of negative news on economy and prices, according to the News Interest Index. This month, 90 percent of people said news about gas prices was “mostly bad,” compared to 77 percent in February. Kirby Goidel, mass communication and political science professor, said perception of the news changes with big occurrences, like the recent Tunisian revolution. GAS PRICES, see page 11
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After a four-hour meeting laden with emotional testimony and some confusion over a ﬁnal vote, the Board of Regents decided Tuesday to recommend to the state Legislature a proposal that could lead to a “University of Greater New Orleans.” The Regents voted 9-6 to recommend Alternative B following a study performed by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems which addressed the possibility of merging the University of New Orleans and Southern University-New Orleans. Alternative B includes four institutional components — an urban research university, a metropolitan university, a comprehensive community college and a “university college” as an entry point for the other three units. No speciﬁc names of New Orleans institutions were identiﬁed in either alternative. Urban research and metropolitan universities would share a campus and be united as the “University of Greater New Orleans” — which could represent UNO and SUNO. MERGER, see page 11
Japan crisis: Quake and tsunami aftermath affects University community, p. 4
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ELECTION WATCH: A series looking at the SG presidential race
Safety a concern for Jones, Brister Editor’s note: Ticket series will be printed in alphabetical order according to the presidential candidates’ last names. Andrea Gallo Staff Writer
Candidates of the “Deﬁning Our Future” ticket for Student Government president and vice president say they want to approach SG with the idea that “to lead is to serve.” SG presidential candidate David Jones, an SG senator, and vice presidential candidate Kacey Brister, assistant director of First Year Experience, said the University needs to
“deﬁne its future” as the “pinnacle of public education in the state.” Jones and Brister said they are committed to ensuring the University retains its ﬂagship status years from now. Though Brister is a sophomore, she said her job “overseeing a group of 50 freshmen” this year has prepared her, and she said she is paired well with Jones, who has served in the Senate for three years. Jones and Brister said “safety is most important” in their administration. Jones said he has spoken to Councilwoman Tara Wicker, District 10, about increasing the safety of both campus and the surrounding Baton Rouge community.
Jones said an acquaintance of his has been approached by a dangerous man on campus, and Brister said she frequently runs the LSU Lakes, inciting them to push for establishing call boxes, such as blue-light phones, on campus. Jones said LSU Police Department ofﬁcers told him they are understaffed — Jones wants to ensure LSUPD is fully staffed.
Hear more from Jones and Brister at 5:20 p.m. on KLSU. JONES/BRISTER, see page 11
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SG presidential candidate David Jones, left, and vice presidential candidate Kacey Brister, right, discuss their “Defining Our Future” campaign and initiatives Monday.
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Nation & World
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Clashes sweep Bahrain as king declares state of emergency
Last American veteran of World War I buried at Arlington Cemetery
Federal appeals court issues a stay on drilling ruling
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Frenzied clashes swept Bahrain Tuesday, a day after a Saudi-led military force entered the country to defend its Sunni monarchy from a Shiite-led protest movement. Hundreds of demonstrators were injured by shotgun blasts and clubs, a doctor said. As the government’s crackdown intensiﬁed, the Bahraini king declared a threemonth state of emergency Tuesday that gave his military chief wide authority to battle protesters.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The last American veteran of World War I has been laid to rest. Frank Buckles was buried Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery, just 50 yards from the gravesite of Gen. John Pershing, under whose command he served. Buckles’ ﬂag-draped casket was carried to the gravesite on a caisson led by seven horses. After the service, Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli handed the ﬂag to Buckles’ daughter, Susannah Flanagan.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has blocked a judge’s order requiring regulators to act on several drilling permit applications. The federal government ﬁled court documents earlier this month saying it may have to deny the applications if regulators must make a decision within 30 days as ordered. The order was issued by U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman, who overturned the Obama administration’s moratorium on deepwater drilling. That moratorium followed energy company BP PLC’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year.
Prosecutors: Berlusconi had sex with teen 13 times in Milan villa MILAN (AP) — Premier Silvio Berlusconi paid for sex with an underage Moroccan teen 13 times at his villa near Milan, prosecutors said in a document ﬁled Tuesday seeking indictments against three aides for allegedly soliciting prostitutes for the Italian leader. The seven-page document, obtained by The Associated Press, alleges the sex-fueled parties started with dinner, progressed to erotic dancing involving the premier and culminated with Berlusconi’s choice of a sex partner, or partners.
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Anti-government protesters gesture in front of the Saudi embassy Tuesday in Manama, Bahrain. Frenzied clashes erupted after a Saudi-led military force entered the country.
Japan rescuers pull 70-year-old woman from tsunami debris TOKYO (AP) — Rescuers pulled a 70-year-old woman from her toppled home Tuesday, four days after an earthquake-spurred tsunami tossed the house off its foundation in Japan’s northeast. The rescues of the elderly Sai Abe and a younger man pulled from rubble elsewhere in the region were rare good news following Friday’s disaster that killed at least 2,700 people and left thousands missing.
2 La. fugitives caught in Memphis made initial court appearances MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Two fugitives from Louisiana who were captured in Memphis after evading authorities for 10 days made a brief court appearance Tuesday. Darian Pierce, 33, and Ricky Wedgeworth, 36, are being held in Memphis on a federal escape charge. They also face charges in at least three states, including charges in the death of an Ohio businessman. Both men made initial appearances in federal court Tuesday.
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N.O. cop asks judge to quash his indictment in Danziger shooting NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans police ofﬁcer charged in deadly shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina is asking a judge to dismiss his indictment, accusing prosecutors of tainting the case. A court ﬁling Monday by Sgt. Kenneth Bowen’s attorney claims state and federal prosecutors improperly used his 2006 testimony before a state grand jury under an immunity deal.
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Union supporters flock to Parade Ground as part of national protest Wis. bill sparked demonstrations Matthew Albright Chief Staff Writer
More than 50 protesters gathered Tuesday around the ﬂagpole on the Parade Ground to protest antiunion measures and Republican proposals to slash the federal budget. The “Defend the Dream” protest was one of more than 250 orchestrated by MoveOn.org, a national nonproﬁt progressive activist group, in response to the passage of a controversial bill in Wisconsin that gutted public workers’ collective bargaining rights. “We’re here to say enough is enough,” said Joshua Bennett, a MoveOn representative who organized the protest. The group of mostly older people gathered in the early evening as students played Quidditch and ultimate frisbee in the background. Protestors bore signs reading “Save the American Dream,” “Weekends off? Thank a Union,” and “I can has edukashun?” Several leaders for local activist organizations spoke at the event, including Louis Reine, president of the Louisiana chapter for major organized labor group AFL-CIO. “When did [labor unions] become the enemy?” Reine asked. “We are defending the American dream.” Reine criticized private retirement plans, citing a Wall Street Journal article indicating that 75 percent of 401(k) retirement plans don’t provide 80 percent of their previous standard of living. “The only people who make money off of 401(k)s are money managers,” he said. “We are entitled to our fair share.” Nathan Anderson, political
science freshman and president of what he referred to as LSU’s Student Labor Action Project, called for union supporters to become active in Louisiana. “We already have one of the lowest unionization rates in the state,” Anderson said. “Through the union, through unity, we can defend our rights.” Anderson criticized “corporate hogs” and “Republicrats,” both of which were generally criticized by the speakers. Anderson led the crowd in several chants, including a sound-off: “I don’t know but I’ve been told — Bobby Jindal is pretty bold. He’s been cutting my health care — but all he’s saying is I don’t care.” In addition to broad criticism of anti-union measures and budget cuts, several speakers proposed radical political reforms. Gregory Esteves, speaking on behalf of a group he called the “Voice Collective,” said America’s “neo-liberal capitalism” is failing democracy. “In a capitalist society, the powerful class is the ruling class,” he said, quoting Karl Marx. “What we need is radical change to our political structure. We need socialism.” The “Defend the Dream” rallies were organized to “show solidarity with” protestors in Wisconsin. Tens of thousands of protestors swarmed the State Capitol for weeks in an attempt to prevent passage of a budget plan supported by Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker that would strip public sector unions of their
collective bargaining rights. The debate over Walker’s proposal caused national controversy after Democrats in the state legislature went into hiding, preventing the bill’s passage. After weeks of protests, state Republicans passed a stand-alone bill removing bargaining rights independent of the budget bill. “They basically used a backroom movement to pass their ban,” Bennett said, to widespread cheers. “We should be inspired by what our brothers in Wisconsin are doing.” Several signs at the protest referenced the controversy, saying, “I am in Wisconsin.” Bennett also said the protest was aimed at challenging congressional Republicans, who have proposed federal budgets that slash public sector jobs. “We want to tell [Sen. Mary Landrieu] and [Sen. David Vitter] that what they are doing is a dangerous threat to the American dream,” he said. Bennett and others criticized national leaders for refusing to reduce defense spending to rein in spending. “There is $700 billion of defense spending,” Bennett complained. “That’s six times more than the next country, which is China. If everything is on the table, everything is on the table.”
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Protesters hoist signs Tuesday expressing support of unions in the Wisconsin labor strikes at a MoveOn.org organized protest on the Parade Ground.
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Electronic Faculty reflects on Japanese catastrophe transcript Student studying in Tokyo is safe system now available Xerxes A. Wilson Staff Writer
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Beginning today, students will have a lot less trouble having University transcripts sent to other higher ed institutions and potential employers. Robert Doolos, University registrar, said the Registrar’s Office will officially partner with Scrip-Safe International, a company that specializes in electronic documents, to change the way transcripts are delivered. Doolos said the old system had Registrar’s Office employees mail transcripts to a third party of student’s choosing. The new process will be handled electronically, sent via secure PDF online. Doolos said under the old system, students would request a transcript, and it would be printed and mailed the next day. The new system has a transcript sent out to its recipient almost immediately after the student submits his or her request, and both University employees and students will be notified when it has been received or viewed. Doolos said the electronic system is an initiative of the Board of Regents, and several higher education institutions in Louisiana have adopted it in recent years. Doolos said the University wasn’t able to begin using it until now. “We had other things that we were implementing,” he said. “It had to be delayed.” Doolos said the Board of Regents paid the up-front costs of the system and the University is responsible for a yearly maintenance fee and an individual transcript fee of 55 cents per document. He said he expects the system, to cost about $500 each year to maintain, which he believes is reasonable. Doolos said the amount of money it costs to send each document is about the same as what it would cost to mail it. Doolos said he wanted to make clear the system change will not affect students financially — each student will still be able to request two transcripts per day for free. Doolos said the main purpose for the change was to increase the Registrar’s Office’s efficiency. “We’re very excited,” he said. “We’re just really pleased to be at this point.”
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The sole University student studying in Japan is safe after a massive quake and subsequent tsunami hit the country Friday. The student studying in Tokyo didn’t respond to interview requests from The Daily Reveille, but University Assistant Vice Chancellor of Public Affairs Kristine Calongne confirmed she was safe. University faculty with ties to the country watched in horror as the images of the disaster flooded in. “After I saw the tsunami scene I was very depressed,” said Yoshinori Kamo, sociology associate professor. Kamo grew up in Tokyo and lives there during the summer. His family members remain in Tokyo but are safe, he said. “Tokyo is at a stand-still,” Kamo said. “There is a shortage of food and essentials, and they have rolling blackouts, but they are OK.” Sociology instructor Makiko Hori arrived in Baton Rouge from Japan on Sunday. Hori was in the southern part of Japan and didn’t feel the quake. “It was really depressing,” Hori said. “All the TV channels are reporting it constantly.” All of Hori’s family lives in the southern part of the country, safe from the tsunami and quake’s wrath, but that doesn’t stop her from feeling empathy for the country. “It is so hopeless. ... Many small
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Yoshinori Kamo, sociology associate professor, compares the Japanese disaster to Hurricane Katrina. Kamo’s relatives, who remain in Tokyo, are safe.
towns are completely destroyed,” Hori said. “There are thousands dead. There is no good news.” Kamo, who has been in the United States since his 20s, said the images of Japan conjure up memories of New Orleans from 2005 when Hurricane Katrina struck. “The scene looks very similar to Katrina: water covering everything, rubble everywhere, people on
rooftops, S.O.S. being painted on buildings, body bags, military people everywhere,” Kamo said. Kamo said Tokyo will be similar to Baton Rouge after Katrina by providing a staging ground for rebuilding and taking in those who now have no home.
Kamo said his primary source for news about the tragedy has been Twitter. “Twitter has helped me more than anything,” Kamo said, “though it is a double-edged sword.” Kamo has seen another similarity with Katrina in “useless” rumors that have begun to spread through social media. “People are so uneasy now, so they believe everything,” Kamo said. The University has reached out to the seven Japanese students studying at the University, Calongne said. As of Saturday, one faculty member with family in Japan had not been able to contact her family. The faculty member has been unavailable for comment since. Staff writer Sydni Dunn contributed to this report.
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LSU hasn’t cut ties with Lyles
NFL lockout could make LSU a refuge for draft hopefuls and former players
Vincent: No NCAA violations occurred Katherine Terrell
LSU’s relationship with reputed street agent Will Lyles has been blown out of proportion, Senior Associate Athletic Director Herb Vincent said Tuesday. Vincent conﬁrmed LSU paid Lyles’ business, Complete Scouting Services, $6,000 in December for tapes of junior college prospects from Kansas and California. LSU is just one of many schools who purchase video and information from these businesses, Vincent said. Vincent said LSU used 14 scouting services last season and as many as 17 two years ago. “It’s more efﬁcient for us than to send nine or 10 available coaches all over the country,” Vincent said. “It’s less expensive to hire these scouting services.” Vincent rebutted a report published Monday by Thayer Evans on FoxSports.com. The report said Michael Bonnette, LSU associate athletic director and sports information director, told
Former LSU middle linebacker Kelvin Sheppard hasn’t stopped during the past few months. The menacing 250-pound linebacker made his mark in LSU’s Cotton Bowl win with eight tackles. Since then, he has been traveling the country, trying to impress NFL scouts at the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine. But Sheppard’s life could change drastically after April’s NFL Draft, where he is projected to be a third-round pick. If the NFL’s labor unrest isn’t settled by then, he could transform from a former captain to a mere spectator. “I’d be right here [if a labor agreement isn’t reached],” Sheppard said Monday at LSU’s Pro Day. “I wouldn’t miss a game.” At least Sheppard would be in good company. Many former LSU players plan to return to Baton Rouge if the NFL needs more time to settle its labor dispute. “I’d be here with the guys I’ve come here with,” Sheppard said of the 11 others who participated in Pro Day. “We’d be here working out every day. We’d be spectators and fans up until the lockout’s over.” The NFL Players Association ﬁled an antitrust suit after decertifying last Friday,
Former LSU running back Stevan Ridley (34) tries to break a tackle in the Tigers’ 16-14 win Oct. 2 against the Volunteers. Ridley, fellow former Tiger Terrence Toliver (80) and other former LSU players await a potential NFL lockout.
requesting for a preliminary injunction to lift the lockout. The trial will be held April 6. Players can’t sign contracts until a new labor agreement is reached, even though the NFL Draft will be held April 28. But some agents have been known to front money to draftees until they sign deals. Running back Stevan Ridley said he’ll LOCKOUT, see page 7
51 LSU players currently in the NFL • 12 LSU players eligible for the 2011 •
• Trial between NFL and NFLPA begins April 6 • If injunction is lifted, lockout will ofﬁcially begin • NFLPA decertiﬁed March 11
LYLES, see page 7
No. 8 LSU plays first away game tonight against Nicholls Next matchup vs. No. 1 Florida Rowan Kavner Sports Writer
Between the biggest nonconference series of the year and the most anticipated Southeastern Conference opening series in recent memory sits an in-state matchup for the No. 8 LSU baseball team. LSU hits the road for the ﬁrst time this season to play Nicholls State tonight, three days after sweeping No. 13 Cal State Fullerton and two days before welcoming No. 1 Florida to Alex Box Stadium. “Here you might be thinking about Florida coming,” said sophomore right ﬁelder Mason Katz. “Going on the road you
really have to focus and get ready to play and play well.” Nicholls State is 7-7 this season and 6-1 at home. Senior inﬁelder Chase Jaramillo, who has started every game, leads the Colonels at the plate with a .411 batting average. The Tigers snagged a narrow 3-2 victory the last time they travelled to Nicholls State in 2005. Katz said he knows not to go into Thibodaux expecting to effortlessly roll over the Colonels. “I know a couple of players on their team that I played against in high school and played summer ball with,” Katz said. “They’ve got a lot of good players.” It wasn’t long ago the Colonels came to Alex Box Stadium and upset the Tigers. LSU won the national championship in 2009 but lost to Nicholls State at home, 3-1, that year.
“When we played them in 2009 they pitched eight different pitchers and beat us,” said junior shortstop Austin Nola. “We know we can’t take this one lightly.” Six Nicholls State relievers threw six shutout innings in that game to snap LSU’s 17-game winning streak against the Colonels. “We can learn a lot about history,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Nicholls State came here and beat us fairly and squarely. They deserved to win, and they outplayed us that night.” The Tigers will send junior transfer pitcher Tyler Jones to the mound in hopes it doesn’t happen again. Jones, who has started in a midweek game every week this season, is 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA. Nicholls State will counter with NICHOLLS, see page 7
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Sophomore right ﬁelder Mason Katz hits a pop ﬂy during LSU’s 10-2 win Sunday against Cal State Fullerton. The Tigers’ ﬁrst away game is tonight at Nicholls State.
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Podium gives gymnasts extra bounce Soft landings help reduce injuries Rob Landry Sports Contributor
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Sophomore pitcher Rachele Fico throws to junior first baseman Anissa Young. LSU beat Texas 2-1 March 6 at the Purple & Gold Challenge at Tiger Park.
LSU hits the road to face Southern Miss Tigers defeated in five straight Hunter Paniagua Sports Contributor
After facing the nation’s top two teams, the No. 25 LSU softball team may find solace in facing struggling Southern Miss on Wednesday. The Tigers (15-10) travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., to face the Golden Eagles (8-13), who have lost eight straight games. LSU rides a five-game losing streak of its own after dropping consecutive series to No. 1 Georgia and No. 2 Florida ‘We may to open SouthConferhave put eastern ence play. ourselves “It’s been in a hole a difficult five for now, but games us,” said LSU there’s an coach Yvette “We awful lot to Girouard. just have to get play for.’ back to the baYvette Girouard sics and play softball.” LSU softball coach L S U ’ s struggles started with the offense. The Tigers have only recorded four runs in their five defeats, including three shutouts. Junior first baseman Anissa Young, who leads the team with 21 RBIs, said the offense can only improve. “We need to get mentally stronger,” Young said. “We need to band together and figure out what’s wrong.” A matchup with Southern Miss may be exactly what
LSU’s offense needs to get back on track. Southern Miss pitchers have combined for a 4.19 ERA and have walked 81 batters. Girouard said she needs to focus on her own team’s faults before dwelling on her opponents’. “We have our own problems right now,” Girouard said. “And we have to worry about ourselves before we worry about any opponents.” The LSU pitching trio also has room for improvement. Junior Brittany Mack, sophomore Rachele Fico and freshman Meghan Patterson have allowed 39 runs during the losing streak. “We can’t allow people to dwell in the past,” Girouard said. “It really only matters that you’re hot at the end. We may have put ourselves in a hole now, but there’s an awful lot to play for.” Contact Hunter Paniagua at email@example.com
As the stakes get higher, the game changes. Not so much in competition or personal routines, but in the actual performing surface. For this weekend’s Southeastern Conference Championships, the LSU gymnastics team will compete on a raised platform surface, commonly referred to as “performing on a podium.” The Tigers are accustomed to their landing surfaces being on top of the gymnasium floor, instead of raised up. The different feeling forces some minor changes in the way certain apparatuses are performed. “On beam especially, you have to do everything a lot slower because it is very bouncy,” said senior Sam Engle. “You have to go slower and concentrate a little more to deal with everything being a little shaky.” The extra spring in the mat tends to favor the gymnasts when they move to the floor exercise, though. “On floor you just soar,” Engle said. “You don’t really notice it when you’re up there, but the podium just makes for little adjustments in the equipment, but it’s really a fun thing.” A little give in the landing will put a little less stress on the gymnasts’ bodies as they attempt to stick their landings, something for which LSU will be grateful. “Sometimes it’s a little softer, so the landings aren’t quite as hard,” said LSU coach D-D Breaux. “For kids like [freshman] Sarie [Morrison], who is nursing shin splints and sore joints, that extra modicum of softness might work to her advantage.”
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Freshman Kaleigh Dickson performs a routine on the floor during LSU’s win March 4 against New Hampshire.
The Tigers have had plenty of success on podium in the recent past. LSU advanced to both its Super Six appearances while performing on podium, and national champions Ashleigh Clare-Kearney and Susan Jackson captured all of their hardware on the podium as well. Current Tigers have posted high scores on the podium. Engle scored a 9.85 on the uneven bars in the NCAA National Prelims last season. Junior Ashley Lee tallied a 9.90 on vault in the Prelims, good enough to earn her a spot in the event finals later in the weekend. Lee averaged a 9.7625 in her two vault attempts in the event finals to earn ninth place in the country. Even though the surface can cause the gymnasts to get some extra airtime on their
leaps and bounds, there won’t be any changes in routines. “We get to practice the day before, so that helps us get adjusted to it,” Lee said. “By the time the meet comes, we’re used to it.” Saturday’s SEC Championship will be the second time LSU has performed on a podium this season. On Jan. 29, the Tigers traveled to Dallas for the Metroplex Challenge, a podium meet. They scored a 195.55 on the weekend, their highest road score of the season. Breaux said she is pleased her squad has some previous experience on the podium.
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also remain in Baton Rouge if he can’t practice with an NFL team. “I’ll just be hanging out,” Ridley said. “It’s the most free time I’ll have since ... second grade.” Ridley has an alternative outlook on the grim situation. “I don’t look at it in a bad way at all,” Ridley said. “I can come up here and work out. I have one priority, and that is to work out every day, study some film, and the rest of the day is mine.” Kicker Josh Jasper said he’s optimistic a deal will be struck soon, but if not, he said he’ll join the swarm of players in Baton Rouge. “More than likely I’ll come back here to live and do what I’m doing now,” Jasper said. LSU coach Les Miles has always welcomed back previous players. He could see a record number of alumni this spring. Dan Graff, a former LSU special teams standout, said many other past players, including Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn and San Francisco 49ers defensive back Curtis Taylor, will call Baton Rouge their home again in the coming months if no deal is complete. “Curtis told me it’s so expensive where he is that it’s cheaper just to move back to Baton Rouge,” Graff said. Former Tiger running back Jacob Hester, a three-year player for the San Diego Chargers, understands the reality of a possible sustained lockout. “We can’t talk to coaches. We can’t talk to players. We can’t go to the facilities,” Hester said. “So what you have to do is be strong willed and do it yourself.” Once business returns to normal, Hester said rookies will have a disadvantage compared to veterans like himself. “May, June, July — those [organized team activities] are where you really learn the playbook,” Hester said. “You’ll be behind, and it could hinder your chances to be a starter.” Current Tigers who have their eyes set on the NFL in the coming years are also taking notice. “That’s the scariest thing for me as a guy that is leaving next year,” said senior left guard Josh Dworaczyk. “Is the NFL going to be what is just watched? Is it going to be the same? That’s the kind of stuff you have to look at.” Follow Michael Lambert on Twitter @TDR_Lambert.
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Evans that LSU stopped using Complete Scouting Services but declined to give a reason. LSU never had a formal contract with Lyles’ business, Vincent said. “Some of these reports say we’ve stopped using him or we’ve severed ties,” Vincent said. “The fact is, we bought a service from him. ... We were provided with that service and paid for it.” Bonnette disputed Evans’ report, saying LSU has not cut ties with Complete Scouting Services. “I don’t know that we’ve severed anything,” Bonnette said. Vincent couldn’t comment on the rumor about Lyles and LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley appearing together at Clear
Springs High School to watch linebacker Trevon Randle, who signed with LSU last month. “I’ve just seen media reports that they were seen together at a high school,” Vincent said. “But just being seen together is not an NCAA violation.” Vincent said anything LSU has done with Lyles’ company has been within NCAA guidelines. If Lyles attempted to guide recruits to sign letters of intent, the school would be violating NCAA rules. “We paid for a service, he provided a service and that was the extent of the relationship,” Vincent said.
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junior pitcher Mike Wisecarver, who is 2-1 with a 4.40 ERA. While the trip is less than 70 miles, Mainieri said he enjoys getting the Tigers together on the road for the first time. “We’re getting on a bus, we’re wearing our gray uniforms, we’re doing something a little bit different,” Mainieri said. “Whenever you shake things up a little bit it does enhance the focus.” LSU has built a comfortable home, hitting .318 as a team. The Tigers hit .307 and were 12-for12 in stolen base attempts against Fullerton. Mainieri said from taking infield and batting practice second to batting first in the game and first in the ninth inning, the Tigers need to get the visiting team
experience before taking their first SEC road trip March 25. “There’s a lot of little nuances that are different,” he said. “It was by design we would play a road game before we went to Georgia.” Sophomore designated hitter Raph Rhymes said it’s the perfect time for a road trip before the SEC season begins. “You’re going to be with those guys all day,” he said. “That helps you gel as a team. Road trips are always good for chemistry.” Follow Rowan Kavner on Twitter @TDR_Kavner.
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Gumbo now offered in print, online
Student Media is at it again. We just got through rolling out an iPhone app, and the editors at Gumbo, your yearbook, are launching another techy treat — an online yearbook. This Gumbo 2.0 will feature every glossy spread the printed book holds plus additional features that couldn’t quite fit between the bindings — all in stunning hi-res quality you can keep forever. Still not impressed? We have the capability to inject multimedia into the online page spreads, so if you’re looking at
football game photos or reading about the basketball season, you can watch it, too. Flash mob? Done. Student protest? It’s there. Gumbo and The Daily Reveille are one entity this year for the first time, which means your Gumbo book will feature all the beautiful photography and design you expect plus some real Reveille coverage of events and issues — well worth the $50. But the new online version is free to anyone with an lsu.edu e-mail address through a license for the entire University through LifePages.
So buy your classic Gumbo book for a piece of history from your time at LSU — you can order it now and pay later on your fee bill. But if you can’t spring the cash, at least check out the digital yearbook. Whatever you do, just don’t miss the excellent work your fellow students are putting together in the best Gumbo yet. Check out proofs of spreads and videos from the new book now at lifepages.com/preview/lsu. Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jones sanctioned for distributing food On March 14 at 9:05 pm the Election Board of LSU Student Government found that David Jones, a candidate for Student Government President, distributed food to a registered LSU student organization during the active campaigning period. For this reason, the Election Board found him in violation of the SG Election Code and has imposed the following sanctions:
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• Public Censure — executed by this notification. • Self-imposed Sanctions agreed upon by the Election Board — disallowing Jones to distribute food to any student organization for the remainder of the active campaigning period. Any questions about this notification may be directed to the Election Board through SG Commissioner of Elections Billy Wright. LSU Student Government Election Board Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at email@example.com
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TigerCASH adds extra burden, fees to every student Accepted at more than 250 places on and around campus, TigerCASH has become a popular form of payment among students at the University. “TigerCASH is a debit card system using your Tiger Card (LSU ID) to provide a fast, safe and convenient way to make purchases on and off campus,” the Tiger Card Office website says. The page brags multiple times about the convenience of this fake currency. While TigerCASH seems to be a convenient form of payment, it actually adds an unknown burden to students, all while helping the University make a quick buck. You know what’s even more convenient than TigerCASH? Real money. Why is it if I need to quickly print something out at the library, I can’t simply swipe my debit card and be on my way? Instead, I have to turn my real money into LSU money for it to be acceptable. It also wasn’t until a couple of years ago that debit/credit cards could be used in the Student Union for meals — you either had to use real cash, Paw Points or TigerCASH. The whole process seems frivolous and unnecessary. TigerCASH also doesn’t allow students to learn the basics of responsibility and self control. One of the big sells I heard during my orientation and throughout my freshman year was TigerCASH was a great way for parents to give their kids money without worrying they’ll spend it all on booze or Soulja Boy albums (Justin Bieber wasn’t
around yet). If parents are so worried about giving their 18-year-old money, TigerCASH isn’t the answer. Don’t pay the 2.5 percent processing fee to magically transform real money into, essentially, Monopoly money. Open a bank account, the Adam Arinder transfer funds and moniColumnist tor what Little Johnny or Susie is buying. If you don’t like what they do, cut them off. Not only does this help the student build credit, it also teaches a maturing adult the responsibility of spending wisely and budgeting funds. Another “huge” benefit TigerCASH supporters brag about is the ability to save 5 percent on all textbook purchases in the bookstore. This discount occurs because when you (or whomever) paid the processing fee to convert your real money into fake money, the University no longer needs to deal with banking fees after your purchase. Therefore, the TigerCASH user receives this “deal” to make his or herself feel better about being ripped off in the first place. Instead of paying 2.5 percent to save 5 percent, buy your books from online retailers like Amazon — in some cases, you can save around 40 to 50 percent per book and can qualify for free shipping with Amazon Prime. With TigerCASH, your funds are tied up until you graduate or
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withdraw from the University. And at no point are you allowed to make cash withdrawals, according to the Tiger Card Office’s FAQ page. Overall, TigerCASH is a huge joke and a giant waste of time. There is absolutely no point in paying the University in processing fees and other nonsense when real world money would be far better. However, because the
University is doing such a great job allowing only TigerCASH in certain situations and limiting the opportunity for students to use real, big boy money, the frivolity will continue until something is done. Should students rise up in revolution? While that seems to be the common theme around the world right now, it wouldn’t be entirely necessary — although it may be fun.
Instead, simply stop endorsing this ridiculous notion, and maybe it will eventually go away. Adam Arinder is a 21-year-old communication studies senior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_aarinder. Contact Adam Arinder at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Conservative media, Wisconsin’s Corporal punishment at Republicans are anti-intellectual St. Augustine displays
Former NPR CEO Vivian Schiller resigned March 9 after former Vice President of Fundraising Ron Schiller (no relation) was recorded making disparaging remarks toward the Republican Party and the Tea Party movement. While speaking with conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe, disguised as a wealthy Muslim donor, Schiller called the Tea Party “racist” and criticized the GOP for being “anti-intellectual.” I understand conservatives not wanting to be called racist, and the veracity of his accusation is questionable. But looking at the situation in Wisconsin, I think calling the Tea Party anti-intellectual is right on the money. In 2010, Wisconsinites elected a Republican governor, Scott Walker, and voted in a strong Republican majority in the state legislature. After running on a platform of fiscal responsibility, Republicans produced several bills designed to balance the state’s budget. One of these bills targeted public sector pay and included a clause designed to strip many public unions of their collective bargaining rights. The public employees of Wisconsin did not take kindly to the idea of neutering their unions, which would threaten their ability to negotiate their pay or pensions in the future. Wisconsin Republicans claimed their goal was to balance the budget, and public employees were just upset about the bill reducing their pay. However, in the first days of their protest, public employees accepted the financial provisions and only requested their unions retain the right to collectively bargain.
Before the bill could come to a vote, Wisconsin’s Democratic senators fled the state so Republicans would not have the necessary quorum to approve a budget. L a s t Wednesday, the same day Schiller resigned from NPR, Wisconsin RepubAndrew Shockey licans separated the anti-union Columnist provision from the state’s budget proposal and passed it. If the protesters accepting the financial provision of the bill and passing the union-busting legislation completely separate from the budget weren’t enough to prove this bill isn’t about balancing the budget, a comment from the Wisconsin State Senate majority leader sure is. “If we win this battle and the money is not there under the auspices of the unions, certainly what you’re going to find is President Obama is going to have a much more difficult time getting elected and winning the state of Wisconsin,” Wisconsin state Sen. Scott Fitzgerald said in an interview with Fox News. Fitzgerald is referring to the efforts by Wisconsinites to recall several of the newly elected state senators, which would result in the union legislation being repealed. Fitzgerald knows unions contribute a lot of money to the Democratic Party and stripping their power to bargain will hurt Obama and other Democrats in the future. To me, the most troubling
aspect of the events in Wisconsin is the way Fox News, as well as the rest of the conservative media, is portraying public employees, especially teachers. Before Wisconsin, teachers were praised as heroes for doing an incredibly difficult, often thankless job for a low salary, but in the last few weeks I’ve heard dozens of conservative pundits criticize how much teachers in Wisconsin are paid. They laugh about how teachers don’t work as hard as the rest of us because they get off at 2:30 p.m., not mentioning the countless hours spent after class and on the weekends preparing lessons, dealing with students and parents and grading stacks of tests. Fox has also cluttered the issue by including thousands of dollars worth of pensions and benefits in the numbers they compare to average private sector salaries, which don’t report those values. Not to mention, all teachers hold at least one degree, if not an advanced degree, while the average salary in Wisconsin includes every high school dropout making minimum wage flipping burgers. Teachers work hard for the money they make, and anyone who says otherwise really is anti-intellectual. Andrew Shockey is a 20-year-old biological engineering sophomore from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_Ashockey. Contact Andrew Shockey at firstname.lastname@example.org
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‘embarrassing vestige’ Chris Seemann Special to The Daily Reveille
The entire student body of St. Augustine High School in New Orleans attended a rally March 4 to support the return of paddling as a method of discipline at their school. You read right — these students spent part of their day advocating for the return of corporal punishment, a form of discipline the Catholic school has utilized since its founding in 1951. Before the start of the 20102011 school year, New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond banned the practice at St. Augustine, the lone remaining Catholic school in the nation to practice institutional corporal punishment. By late February, alumni and administrators were calling for the return of the practice, citing discipline concerns they claim have arisen since the beginning of the school year. The specifics of the practice at St. Augustine were revealed during a vetting process undertaken by Aymond and others in 2010. Students were not only paddled for showing a lack of respect to teachers and administrators or “acting out” in class, but also for poor academic performance. At the student rally, one senior stood before his fellow students, almost all of whom are African-American, and held a paddle aloft, extolling the virtues of the instrument that was, ironically, created to punish wayward slaves without injuring them severely. Students chanted “Leave St. Aug alone” loudly during the rally, but student body president Jacob Washington calmly provided perhaps the most revealing sentiment of all. “We want discipline back, because we know that we’re going to need it in real life,” Washington said. And therein lies the problem. Although imparting discipline on high school students is undoubtedly important, the questionable efficacy and morality of hitting them to do so makes the practice of corporal punishment seem draconian at best and damaging at worst. Worse yet, the school’s student body seems to have internalized the idea that institutionalized violence is a legitimate problemsolving mechanism that has relevance in “real life.” Unequivocally, the intent of
corporal punishment is to cause pain. Pain is inflicted on students to produce a desired result, whether it is quiet subservience — euphemistically referred to as “respect” — or a higher test score. The vast majority of peer-reviewed literature has shown that corporal punishment is a generally ineffective form of discipline that may engender more violence. It is illegal to administer corporal punishment in 29 states, and it is used sparingly in all but a few. It is estimated that 10 to 12 percent of schools in America use corporal punishment, and the numbers have continued to dwindle as the years pass. Proponents of St. Augustine’s 60-year-old policy, which is actually enumerated in their student handbook, point to the school’s record of academic success as proof of the policy’s value. Whether they realize it or not, sentiments like these devalue the contributions and ingenuity of every teacher and student who ever walked through the halls of St. Augustine. It also perpetuates the subtle but insidious idea that black teenagers require violent discipline to “match up” to their white counterparts academically. St. Augustine High School was conceived in a progressive spirit. It was founded to provide quality education for black high school students in New Orleans during a time when segregation made such a proposition daunting. The school has a venerable tradition that should be celebrated, but corporal punishment is an embarrassing vestige of a bygone era that struggles to survive in the modern day. Aymond is correct in believing corporal punishment has no place in the modern academic environment and should stand firm against those who believe that shaping the lives of young adults necessitates inflicting pain on them when they make mistakes. Chris Seemann is a 20-year-old mass communication senior from New Orleans.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011 MERGER, from page 1
The Regents rejected Alternative A, which would have put all institutions under the Greater New Orleans Higher Education Authority and wouldn’t have included UGNO. Gov. Bobby Jindal had already endorsed Alternative B late Monday afternoon before the meeting Tuesday, drawing the ire of a number of Regents, especially Donna Klein, who said any Board recommendation would be “irrelevant.” The addendum to the Regents’ recommendation includes a proposal by Southern University System President Ronald Mason to share resources between SUNO and Delgado Community College. Mason said during the meeting he thought the study was “directly on point” and that “NCHEMS and I sort of ended up in the same place” but that his proposal is “as far as the state can realistically go.” Afterward, Mason was noticeably disappointed in the Regents’
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GAS PRICES, from page 1
“You don’t see big swings unless something big happens,” Goidel said. Goidel said when prices of necessary products continue to increase, citizens will respond as the issue affects more people. “People hear this price change in a story ... which validates the concern that the cost is too high,” Goidel said. James Richardson, director of the Public Administration Institute at the E.J. Ourso College of Business, said gas prices are high because of political unrest in the Middle East. President Barack Obama addressed high gas prices in a news conference Friday, acknowledging the crisis would affect gas prices, but
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“We have close to 30,000 students,” Jones said. “It could be a serious and dangerous problem.” Jones said he and Brister and SG Senate’s Committee on External Affairs will advocate safety together. As a senator, Jones voted in favor of both the resolution to form the black caucus and the resolution to add “gender identity and expression” to the nondiscrimination clause of the equal opportunity policy. Brister said she supports both resolutions. “If this is going to help us better to define LSU, better to help the students, why not?” Jones said. Jones said senators can represent students by voting based on constituent input, regardless of personal opinion. He said current SG President J Hudson has gone against his personal convictions amid the budget cut crisis. “I will never make a decision on the floor of the Senate without
decision. He also seemed convinced his proposal won’t be incorporated in any legislation proposed by Jindal. “SUNO will lose its [historically black college or university] status under option B, which defeats the entire purpose of ... the proposal,” Mason said. The roll-call vote came after a tense, two-hour session of public comments, in which members of the SUNO community filled the room and delivered impassioned speeches about saving SUNO. Administrators, faculty members, current and former students and even state legislators spoke on the university’s behalf. Some of those who spoke sobbed and yelled at Board members. Several Regents fired back. “I challenge you to follow us and see how we interact with universities,” Regent Ed Antie said. “This Board does care. We do care.” The biggest divide arose over whether the proposed “University of Greater New Orleans” was actually a merger.
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NCHEMS panel members repeatedly said by definition, Alternative B is not a merger because the four components must still establish separate education missions. SUNO students and administrators, as well as a few Regents, disagreed with that assessment. Regent Demetrius Sumner, student representative from Southern-Baton Rouge, asked about the UGNO “box” around the urban research and metropolitan components on the Alternative B diagram. “It’s a merger,” Sumner said, which elicited applause. The motion passed after two substitute motions failed, one of which included making no recommendations to the Regents at all.
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“other oil-producing nations have committed to filling any gaps.” “As long as our economy depends on foreign oil, we’ll always be subject to price spikes,” Obama said. Richardson said Libya produces 2 million barrels a day, which mostly goes to Europe. Richardson also said Egypt is not a major oil supplier, but it is a major oil transporter. Richardson said even if the United States does not use Libyan oil, it will go to other parts of the world, affecting the global market. “Oil is a global commodity,” Richardson said. “We’re all fighting over the same barrel.” Deja Trudeaux, art history senior, said she drives to New Orleans every weekend and high gas prices affect her budget.
“I can no longer afford to do some of the things I would like to,” Trudeaux said. Kim Barber, accounting sophomore, said high gas prices define her decisions about where to drive. “I left something at home, and [my girlfriend and I] couldn’t go home to get it because we couldn’t afford to fill the tank,” Barber said. Anna Hurst, English senior, said although the news is negative, something positive may come out of it. “I view the negative news as positive because if more people make a big deal about it, the more likely it is to change,” Hurst said.
talking to constituents,” Jones said. Jones and Brister said they also want to “garner better relationships” between the Senate and the executive branch. Jones said he is an advocate of the Flagship Coalition plan because it is the only complete plan regarding budget cuts. He said he and Brister hope to “do more with less.” “Our stance will reflect what is best for the University, but it will still be driven by student opinion,” Jones said. Jones and Brister said they want to continue defining the foundation Hudson and SG Vice President Dani Borel built to fight budget cuts, and they want to create a three-year plan for the University’s future. Brister called University tuition “a deal” and said if raising tuition is necessary to retain the University’s flagship status, she would be in support of it. Brister also said she is in favor of raising TOPS standards. Jones said he has always had
to work a job to afford school and “what he wants to do,” but if the University “needs” to raise tuition, he would support it. Both Jones and Brister said they have quit their jobs to campaign for SG elections. “This campaign is not about us,” Brister said. “This campaign is about LSU as a whole.”
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