Higher ed: Jindal proposes amendment to fund TOPS, p. 3
City life: Downtown area named national historic district, p. 4
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Baseball: LSU swept by Florida at home, p. 7 Monday, March 21, 2011 • Volume 115, Issue 110
Campus housing standby list grows Emily Herrington Contributing Writer
time trial Saturday morning in the men’s B division, and Percy placed eighth in the men’s A division in the criterium race. Riders met at the Memorial Tower and prepared to make their way through campus. Elliot Minick, a member of the University of North Texas Cycling Club, said he was excited to be racing at LSU. Minick said when other schools host races, the courses are set up in small areas on or near their
Some students hoping to live in residence halls next semester are uncertain about the status of their living situations, as the undergraduate on-campus housing standby list implemented March 5 continues to expand. As of Friday afternoon, 222 students are on the standby list — 117 female and 105 male, said Jay High, Residential Life communications manager. The list has continued to grow, as there were only 82 students on it as of March 10, Renee Snider, ResLife associate director of operations, said in an e-mail. Students on the standby list will be placed into rooms as cancellations are made throughout the summer, High said. ResLife has no way of knowing the number of additional applications or cancellations it will receive, but High said based on last year he does not expect to be able to ﬁnd housing for everyone on the list. High said ResLife will accept applications throughout the summer and continue making room assignments even after classes begin.
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Pedal for the Medal
Various college cycling teams race along a course winding through LSU’s campus Saturday afternoon. LSU Cycling hosted a total of three races during the weekend.
LSU Cycling Club hosts collegiate cycling teams for races on campus, in Baton Rouge Rachel Warren Staff Writer
Racers line up at the starting line, adrenaline pumping through their veins. Next to the group, there’s a pit stocked with spare tires and volunteers, waiting for any sign of a crash. A crowd gathers at the checkered ﬂag, anticipating the announcer’s magic word— “Go.” This isn’t NASCAR. It’s collegiate cycling. The LSU Cycling Club hosted races Saturday and Sunday on
campus and in the Baton Rouge area for members of the South Central Collegiate Cycling Conference. Dustin Drewes, kinesiology junior and race director, said it was the ﬁrst cycling event held at the University in more than 10 years. Drewes said racers were divided into groups according to skill levels, from the men’s and women’s A, the most skilled, to Men’s D — the least skilled. Brennan Percy, philosophy and religious studies senior, was the only LSU Cycling member to race in the Men’s A division.
Percy said LSU Cycling hosted three races total during the weekend. He said the ﬁrst was a team time trial, in which individual riders raced against the clock. The second was the criterium, which is usually a short race on a ﬂat course. The criterium was the race held on campus. The last race, a road race, was held Sunday in St. Francisville. The distances in Sunday’s road race varied from 79.3 miles for the men’s A division to 35.9 miles for the men’s D division. Drewes placed ﬁrst in the team
Students pack Parade Ground tent for silent dance party Sydni Dunn Staff Writer
Nearly 450 University students packed into a tent Friday night on the Parade Ground, bouncing to the rhythm of electronic beats and bass lines as ﬂashing colored lights twirled around them. But it was completely silent. The event, which was sponsored by the Student Activities Board, was a “silent disco,” a dance party where live music can only be heard by guests through wireless headphones.
Randall Head, SAB music committee chair and mass communication sophomore, said instead of blasting music through a speaker system, sounds are broadcast via an FM-transmitter and the signal is picked up by wireless headphone receivers provided to the participants. Without the headphones, the only sound that can be heard is the faint rumble of bass and the laughter of participants, making the event a unique and comical sight. “It’s interesting to watch everyone ﬂailing around,” laughed
Dylan Purvis, art freshman. “It’s entertaining.” Purvis, along with several of his friends, stayed around the outside rim of the tent, dancing and hula-hooping with light-up, ﬂashing hoops to the beat. “It’s funny to think about whether the people around you are listening to the same music,” said Taylor Simon, philosophy and economics freshman. “It’s fun without the volume.” Head said the idea for the silent disco came from DISCO, see page 6
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Mass communication freshman Nick Lutz (left) and sociology freshman Allen Hunt (right) dance Friday during LSU’s Silent Disco. Participants wore wireless headphones.
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Nation & World
Monday, March 21, 2011
Obama: Brazil’s democracy an example to the Arab world
AT&T Inc. to purchase T-Moblie USA in a $39 billion deal
State may pay to move school away from Medical Center
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — As U.S. warplanes pounded faraway Libya, President Barack Obama praised Brazil’s transition from dictatorship to democracy as a model for the Arab world, where decades of stability enforced by strongmen are giving way to an uncertain but potentially brighter future. The president spoke from a theater in a historic Rio de Janeiro square where a 1984 protest set the stage for the eventual end of a 20year military dictatorship.
NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T Inc., the country’s second-largest wireless carrier in the United States, said Sunday it will buy T-Mobile USA, the fourth-largest, from Deutsche Telekom AG in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $39 billion. AT&T will pay about $25 billion in cash and the balance in company stock in a deal that gives Deutsche Telekom about an 8 percent equity stake in AT&T. T-Mobile is coming off of two years of ﬂat revenue as it struggles to compete with much larger rivals.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Instead of tearing down a historic New Orleans school, the state may move it. Funds previously earmarked for acquiring and demolishing the McDonogh No. 11 School in New Orleans now have been earmarked to move the structure off the site of the new University Medical Center. In a Friday news release, the state said the commitment comes after a request from the New Orleans City Council that the state incorporate the school into the plans for the Medical Center. As an alternative, the state says it has offered to move the school, provided it can locate a piece of land.
Japanese villagers near nuclear plant told not to drink tap water TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Health Ministry says it has advised a village near a crippled nuclear plant not to drink tap water because of elevated levels of radioactive iodine. Ministry spokesman Takayuki Matsuda said Sunday that radioactive iodine three times the normal level was detected in Iitate, a village of about 6,000 people northwest of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. That’s still one twenty-sixth of the level of a chest X-ray and poses no danger to humans, he said.
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President Barack Obama smiles Sunday during his visit to the slum Cidade de Deus, or City of God, in Rio de Janeiro.
Two foreign journalists and one photographer missing in Libya BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Two journalists working for a French news agency and a photographer traveling with them have gone missing in Libya while reporting on the ﬁghting between Moammar Gadhaﬁ’s forces and rebels, the agency said Sunday. Agence France-Presse said the journalists went missing Saturday morning while working near the eastern city of Tobruk, which is not far from the border of Egypt.
Hillary Clinton: U.S. ambassador Carlos Pascual has resigned WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Mexico, who wrote a cable that questioned how Mexico coordinates the war against drug trafﬁckers, has resigned. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in Paris to meet with U.S. allies on Libya, released a statement Saturday announcing Carlos Pascual’s departure. Clinton said Pascual’s decision was “based upon his personal desire to ensure the strong relationship between our two countries and to avert issues” raised by President Felipe Calderon.
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Jindal’s budget includes proposed constitutional amendment for TOPS Proposal would allot money to fund program Editor’s note: While Gov. Bobby Jindal’s budget includes no general fund cuts to higher education, it is build on several new provisions that require legislative approval. This story is part of a series looking at the largest of those provisions. Matthew Albright Chief Staff Writer
One piece of legislation Gov. Bobby Jindal has proposed to ﬁll the state’s $1.6 billion budget gap would move money from other state programs to fund the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students. Jindal ﬁrst SHOW proposed a ME THE constitutional to MONEY amendment move money from the MilA series lennium Trust looking at how Fund to TOPS Jindal plans on Jan. 19. T O P S to preserve is the state’s higher ed wildly popular funding merit-based scholarship program. The vast majority of University students receive the award. The Millennium Trust Fund receives money from the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, in which tobacco companies agreed to pay states annual compensation for health costs associated with smoking illnesses. Louisiana established the MTF to hold and earn interest on the $58 million it receives from the settlement each year. Jindal’s proposal would cap the fund at $1.38 billion. All extra funds earned from the settlement would be dedicated to TOPS. Jindal’s administration has estimated this could provide $92 million for TOPS annually. When it was ﬁrst unveiled, Jindal couched the proposal as a
way to protect the program dur- of state general funds for use in ing tough ﬁscal times. ﬁlling the state’s budget hole,” “This amendment will be Ashworth wrote. very important to protecting the Ashworth argued the proposfuture of the TOPS program be- al would add additional proteccause it constitutionally protects tions to state funds, further limitmore TOPS dollars,” Jindal said ing the already small portion of when he released the budget from the budget. which policymakC u r r e n t l y, ers can cut. TOPS receives Several legmost of its monislators also took ey from the state aim at the proposgeneral fund, al when Jindal’s which is more budget was unvulnerable to veiled March 12 cuts. to the Joint LegisWhen the lative Committee governor’s budon the Budget. get was released, They argued the amendment it is irresponsible took on a new for the governor Bobby Jindal to assume passage role — helping of certain legislato ﬁll the state’s governor tion — especially $1.6 billion buda constitutional amendment — get gap. Jindal’s budget moves gener- when proposing a budget. “I think the budget is unal fund dollars currently allotted to TOPS to programs elsewhere, constitutional,” said Sen. Karen relying on the amendment to ﬁll Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans. “What happens if [the Legislain the gap. That practice has come un- ture] or the people don’t pass der some criticism. In the Jan. this amendment? You won’t have 28 issue of The Times-Picayune, TOPS fully funded.” Constitutional amendments Edward Ashworth, director of the Louisiana Budget Project, require a two-thirds vote of the predicted Jindal would use the Legislature and a vote of the peoamendment to ﬁll the budget gap. ple, making them one of the more “Because he knows that po- difﬁcult political hurdles. litically he can’t cut TOPS, he would put more of the state budget off limits by raiding the MilContact Matthew Albright at lennium Trust and dedicating it to TOPS, freeing $40 million email@example.com
‘This amendment will be very important to protecting the future of the TOPS program because it constitutionally protects more TOPS dollars.’
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A student hit the acceleration pedal at the wrong moment Sunday, causing her to wreck into a pole on Nicholson Drive near the old Alex Box Stadium parking lot.
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Monday, March 21, 2011
BATON ROUGE COMMUNITY
Ribbon cutting celebrates completion of underpass Roadway creates access to Miss. River Claire Caillier Contributing Writer
City, state and development officials cut the ribbon Friday morning of the newly constructed underpass off River Road by Hollywood Casino to celebrate the opening of future commercial land. Davis Rhorer, executive director of the Downtown Development District, said the underpass gives access to 36 acres of development, which is “unparalleled in Louisiana.” “This is one of the most extraordinary projects yet because
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East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden and various contractors, politicians and supporters cut the ribbon Friday on the new underpass in downtown Baton Rouge.
it opens 36 acres of site along the Mississippi River,” Rhorer said. The underpass marked the end of the first of four phases in the River Park Development plan.
The project took cooperation from the Mayor’s Office, the Metro Council, the Baton Rouge Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Downtown Development District and the state of
Louisiana for its completion, according to a news release. Pete Clements, CEO and manager of River Park Development LLC, said the underpass took five years to complete. Clements said phase two includes the development of an entertainment district, retail shops, a parking garage and a hotel. Cosima Clements, executive assistant at River Park Development LLC, said phase two provides 120,000 square feet for restaurants and bars surrounding a public concert facility and also a boardwalk. Cosima Clements said phase three will feature another hotel and office space, and phase four will be a residential development. East Baton Rouge MayorPresident Kip Holden said the
development will create 1,400 temporary jobs and 3,400 fulltime jobs. Holden also said the space is expected to make $103 million in tax collections in the first 10 years. “This project means revitalization, economic growth and the transformation of a site that was previously used to hold limestone,” Holden said. Holden said the project is beneficial to the Baton Rouge community. “It is a chance for us to lock up [businesses] in Baton Rouge and let them know we are a vibrant community,” he said.
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Third Street named one of Louisiana’s historic districts Recognition could lead to renovation Rachel Warren Staff Writer
An area downtown has officially been designated as a National Historic District by the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation. Jake Holinga, Downtown Development District assistant executive director, said the section of Third Street from Main Street to North Street qualifies for recognition because ‘What it 43 buildings on street are reminds the 50 years old or people is older. “It was an that involved prodowntown cess,” he said. “It took about was months to historically nine a year to comthe heart plete.” inga of Baton said Htheo l recogRouge.’ nition qualifies the owners of Donna Fricker certain properretired state ties on the street preservation worker to receive a State Residential Tax Credit of 25 percent. Donna Fricker, a retired state preservation worker who now works as a private consultant, said the properties are also eligible to receive a Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit for 20 percent of the cost of renovation. Fricker said the main reason the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation pursued this project is because it makes the area available for the two tax credits. Fricker worked with a group of consultants to have the portion of downtown Baton Rouge listed on the National Register of Historic Places after the project was advertised by the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation.
She explained the process of having the area deemed historic as time consuming. “You can’t just say something’s historic,” Fricker said. “You have to demonstrate it.” Fricker said she and the other consultants conducted intricate surveys of the area and photographed the properties. They also researched each property and other parts of downtown Baton Rouge. Fricker said once an application is filed, it is reviewed at state and national levels. Fricker said she and the other consultants want to return the area to its former glory. In recent months, the DDD has been working to improve the downtown area, from building a town square to restoring parks to renovating landmarks. Fricker said she thinks the recognition Third Street is receiving is another step in the right direction. Holinga said he thinks the tax credit will encourage area developers and property owners to beautify the space. “That’s exactly what it’s for,” he said. “It works to their advantage.” Davis Rhorer, DDD executive director, said he’s positive about Third Street’s future because of what he has seen happen downtown recently. Rhorer said buildings like the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center and the Hotel Indigo were renovated using tax credits.
Rhorer said he thinks it’s important to preserve downtown’s rich history, but he’s an advocate for constructing new buildings in the area as well. “It gives it a little contrast,” he said. “It just makes it a more unique place to be.” Allison Gianelloni, library and information science graduate student, said she enjoys going downtown because of the unique bars it offers. Gianelloni said she thinks it’s good for Third Street to receive recognition because it might encourage others to visit the area. She said she has noticed improvements made downtown in the past few years and the historic district recognition is beneficial. Gianelloni said she’d like to see developers take advantage of the tax credits provided and beautify the area so it can be more popular with students. “It has a good nightlife now,” she said. “But that would give people something to look at during
the day.” But not everyone is excited about the work being done. Scot Blackwell, psychology junior, said he doesn’t enjoy going downtown anymore because he has the same experiences every time. “It just stopped being fun,” he said. Blackwell said he has found that most bars in the area play rap music — a genre he doesn’t enjoy. “There are no good rock bars around here,” Blackwell said. Blackwell said he doesn’t
think any improvement efforts would encourage him to visit the area. Fricker said she hopes the recognition and renovation of Third Street will give residents a glimpse of what downtown used to be. “What it reminds people is that downtown was historically the heart of Baton Rouge,” she said. “It still is.”
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Monday, March 21, 2011
BATON ROUGE COMMUNITY
City officials work to repair sewage system by January 2015
$1.3B cost expected for all renovations Rachel Warren Staff Writer
City officials with the Department of Public Works are fervently working to repair a stinky situation in Baton Rouge. Bryan Harmon, DPW deputy director, said the city is working to repair and renovate its sewer system. Harmon said the plan — estimated to cost $1.3 billion once complete — addresses three problem areas: storage and treatment, rehabilitation and capacity improvement. Michael Ellis, program manager for CH2M Hill, the group contracted to oversee construction, said the Environmental Protection Agency set a deadline of Jan. 1, 2015, for the project and if officials don’t meet it, the city-parish will be fined. Ellis said he wasn’t sure of any areas around the University campus that would require construction, but he mentioned areas around Lee Drive as possibilities. Harmon said officials first began revamping the sewer system in 1988 by eliminating treatment facilities outside East Baton Rouge Parish. He said the EPA wanted city officials in 2001 to build new infrastructures, which would have required them to dig deep tunnels and disrupt traffic flow on numerous roadways. Harmon said when East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden took office in 2005, his
administration chose to rethink the plan. Harmon said city officials met with sewage treatment experts and decided rehabilitation was a viable option because technology had changed since planning began in 2001. Officials say the rehabilitation will cost less than the previous plan would have. Ellis said officials plan to close the Central wastewater treatment plant and divert sewage to the south WWTP, which will save the city-parish an estimated $20 million in a 25-year period. He said if the Central plant had been left open, it would have required $40 million to $60 million in renovations. “There are definite benefits to closing it,” Ellis said. Harmon said treatment plants are designed to handle sewage and a certain amount of rainwater, but a rain event like the ones Louisiana often sees could overwhelm the system. In response, engineers are adding storage facilities to treatment plants to better cope with excess water or sewage. Harmon said rehabilitation will call for a small amount of new pipe to be constructed, as well as repairs made to existing pipe. He said about 6 million feet of pipe will be videotaped to determine if any parts need repair. “Not only will it allow us to see what’s inside, it’ll remove buildup in the pipes,” Harmon said. “We may find no broken parts, but they still needed to be cleaned.” Harmon said officials didn’t think it was necessary to lay more pipe under the streets because of
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Workers continue construction on phase one of Baton Rouge’s sewage renovation March 2 at the South Sewage Treatment Plant. Repairs should be finished by 2015.
the amount that was already there. “There’s about 10 million feet of pipe under the city,” Harmon said. “So we decided to fix what we already had instead of adding something new.” William Daniel, acting director of the DPW, said it would have been impossible to determine the types of problems deep tunneling would have caused. “No one had done deep tunneling here before,” he said. “It was almost experimental.” Daniel said some residents have been focusing on the estimated $654 million it would have cost to dig deep tunnels, but that number was an initial estimate and the
amount would have undoubtedly increased during construction. Daniel said he wanted to make it clear that the sewage system renovation is unavoidable and being mandated by the EPA. “If we had $1.3 billion just to spend however we wanted, we’d spend it on roads,” he said. Mark LeBlanc, assistant Public Works director, said the plan is being funded through three sources. LeBlanc said some funds come from a resident sewer-user fee, some come from sales tax and the rest come from sewer impact fees paid by builders and developers in the area.
Daniel said officials are working to comply with EPA regulations, but they’re also trying to improve life in Baton Rouge. He said the plans include emergency generators — something the EPA doesn’t require — to keep plants and pumps running if the electricity goes out in the city.
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“We don’t have a set date to tell students that they won’t be guaranteed a spot,” High said. “Unless they have nerves of steel, we encourage them to have a backup plan.” Last year, the standby list peaked at 1,000 students, and ResLife was able to find spaces for about 300, High said. Steve Waller, ResLife director, said the number of applications received has increased by 25 percent, compared with last year. “Either more people are applying for housing than last year or they got our word and are applying earlier,” Waller said. High said ResLife plans to create a more responsive standby list by notifying waiting students via e-mail and a call center as soon as rooms become available. “We’re trying to communicate with students through every single step,” High said. ResLife encourages students on the standby list to have housing alternatives, know their options and monitor their e-mail and the ResLife website. “We’re doing everything we can so everyone who wants a place on campus can have one,” High said. Students on the standby list are required to pay a $150 deposit that will be refunded if the student is never removed from the list or does not accept a room assignment, High said. Contact Emily Herrington at email@example.com
DISCO, from page 1
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. A member of SAB attended the Tennessee-based festival last year and brought the idea back to Baton Rouge. “I was apprehensive at first,” Head said. “I didn’t know how it would go over.” The group began planning the event in January with a total cost of about $11,000, according to Elaine Giles, SAB president and mass communication sophomore. Giles said the disco was funded by SAB’s budget, which comes
RACES, from page 1
campuses. Minick said he liked that the University’s course was laid out so racers rode through most of campus. Angela Man, a member of the University of Houston Cycling Club, said she felt the same way about the course at LSU. Man said the University’s course was different from others on which she has raced. “It definitely has more components to it,” she said. But Man said her favorite part of the race was the historic look of the University’s campus. “It has an old look to it,” she said. “That’s really cool.” Man said she attended the race to support her team and the Baton Rouge bicycling community. “It’s all about fitness and having fun,” she said. Ethan Boudreaux, political
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from student fees. Giles said the committee hired Silent Events, a rental company from Memphis, Tenn., to help produce the disco. Silent Events provided 500 pairs of headphones for the festivities, Giles said. Head said SAB hired two local musicians to disc-jockey the two-hour event. DJ Marsig and RMONIC performed at the event, each taking a one-hour time slot to play. The two mixed original dubstep tracks with popular electronic hits to create a high-energy playlist.
SAB also provided 1,700 glow sticks to guests, who covered their ankles, wrists, necks and heads with the vibrant bands. Others built balls out of glow sticks and threw them around the crowd. “It’s so different,” Head said, as participants danced wildly in the background. “I don’t think this has been done in Louisiana before — definitely not in Baton Rouge and not at LSU.” Even though it proved to be a success, Head said SAB doesn’t know if the disco will become an annual event. He said the disco
was an experiment, but he is optimistic the University will see another. The group will e-mail a survey to all who participated and base future decisions on the survey results, Head said. “They look silly, but they’re fun,” said John Adams, liberal arts graduate student. “LSU should have more — it builds a sense of community with the students.”
science sophomore and member of the LSU Cycling Club, said he enjoyed the race because it was the first he had attended at the University. Drewes said LSU Cycling competes in the South Central Collegiate Cycling Conference, which includes other clubs from universities in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Drewes said clubs apply to conference officials at the beginning of each year to host races. Drewes said he and the other members of the club wanted to host a race because most of the other schools in the conference are located in Texas. He said club members were expected to travel to Texas nearly every weekend for races, which was sometimes difficult. “It just wasn’t fair to us,” he said. Drewes said LSU Cycling wasn’t prepared to host a race last
year, so members focused their efforts on hosting this weekend’s race. Drewes explained the cycling club meets for fun and the love of the sport, and it doesn’t race for money. Riders were required to pay a fee to register for the race — $13 per event or $30 for the weekend — but Drewes said the club tried to keep the race as inexpensive as possible. He said LSU Cycling members housed participants from other teams to eliminate the cost of lodging. Drewes said Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Services and race officials monitored the race free of charge. Drewes said he had help from several of the club’s officers in planning the race. He said it was stressful to plan because of all the buildings and offices he had to visit to get permission to hold the race on campus.
“It’s a good thing we’re on bikes,” he joked. “It was a lot to do.” Drewes said he saw a large number of women at the race, which he found encouraging. “There are a lot of women here,” he said. “It’s not like a ‘dude fest.’” Drewes said he hoped the sport would become even more popular among women. “The more girls that are in it, the better it is to be a girl in it,” he said. Drewes said his favorite part of cycling is the camaraderie that comes with it. “You really get to know people in this sport,” Drewes said. “You make a lot of friends.”
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GATOR CHOMPED New coaches
make their marks early
Jefferson throws 2 TDs in scrimmage Rachel Whittaker Sports Writer
Florida answered with ﬁve runs in the fourth inning, while the Tigers couldn’t get another run across after the third inning. “I should have done a better job of getting my team up and trying to inspire my team,” said junior third baseman Tyler Hanover. The Gators smacked six hits in the fourth inning off senior pitcher Ben Alsup. Sophomore catcher Mike Zunino started the scoring with a two-run single to left ﬁeld. Junior third baseman Jeff Moyer pinch hit for Dent and smacked a two-out, two-run single
A full week of spring practice for the LSU football team is in the books, and the inﬂuences of the two new coaches are evident. The Tigers concluded their ﬁfth of 15 spring workouts Saturday with a 120-play “partial practice/scrimmage” in full pads. LSU coach Les Miles said senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson threw two touchdown passes, and the special teams unit is working on a new punt formation inspired by newly hired special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey. “Punts will be more traditional and pro-style with McGaughey from the New York Giants,” Miles said. “We’ll have a single protector with more guys on the edge. … I’m not necessarily ready to commit to a punter just yet, but I like what we’re doing.” Miles said the quarterbacks have beneﬁted from the arrival of offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe this spring. He said the overall performances of Jefferson, senior Jarrett Lee and sophomore Zach Mettenberger were “pretty sharp” in the scrimmage. “[Kragthorpe] has worked
FLORIDA, see page 11
COACHES, see page 11
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LSU freshman pitcher Ryan Eades throws a pitch Sunday. The Gators swept the Tigers at home this weekend in an SEC series — a first for LSU since 2006.
No. 8 LSU leaves 27 runners on base in No. 1 Florida’s sweep of Tigers at Alex Box Rowan Kavner Sports Writer
The No. 8 LSU baseball team swept three of its ﬁrst four series this season. This weekend, the Tigers got a taste of their own medicine. LSU (16-4, 0-3) left 27 men on base against No. 1 Florida (18-2, 3-0) during the weekend and were swept in a home Southeastern Conference series for the ﬁrst time since 2006 after falling, 7-3, on Sunday. “We just didn’t hit in the clutch situations to the level that we needed to all weekend,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “It’s a challenge against
that level of pitching, but hey, this is the SEC.” LSU stranded seven runners on base Friday and 10 runners Saturday and Sunday. The Tigers left runners in scoring position in each of the ﬁrst ﬁve innings Sunday. “You’ve got to drive them in,” said junior center ﬁelder Mikie Mahtook. “That’s just something you have to do, and we didn’t do that at all this whole weekend.” Sophomore right ﬁelder Mason Katz gave LSU a 3-0 lead in the third inning Sunday on a blazing ground ball, which tipped off the glove of Florida sophomore third baseman Cody Dent and scored Mahtook.
Pitching gives Tigers first SEC wins Mack tosses two complete games Michael Lambert Sports Writer
LSU junior pitcher Brittany Mack might have had seven more innings in her — even after throwing 14 innings in a 26-hour period this weekend. Mack’s back-to-back complete games steered LSU (17-12, 2-6) to a 4-1 win Sunday and a 2-1 victory Saturday at Tiger Park against Kentucky, giving the Tigers their ﬁrst Southeastern Conference wins of the season. The junior pitcher tossed 10 strikeouts and allowed only one
close,” Mack said. “I didn’t have any earned run in the two-day period. “When she’s on, she has nasty pain after [the 21-inning game], but stuff — the nastiest on the staff,” it’s deﬁnitely a lot of soreness and just being tired after said LSU coach throwing that Yvette Girouard. much.” Mack, who The Round has battled injury Rock native was problems during given the circle her LSU career, Sunday instead said this weekend’s of usual starter work was much freshman pitcher easier on her arm Meghan Patterson. than a particular Brittany Mack “I was pleased historic game in LSU junior pitcher to get this game high school. Mack struck out 39 batters in again,” Mack said. “As a pitcher or 21 straight innings of work for West- any ball player, you always want the wood High School in Round Rock, ball. It’s great that I got to come out Texas, in 2008, earning a spot in the and try and shut them down again.” Mack (7-3) wasn’t the only reaFaces of the Crowd section of Sports Illustrated. “[The games] are not even SEC WIN, see page 11
MONITORING THE MADNESS
‘I was pleased to get this game again. As a pitcher ... you always want the ball.’
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Texas’ Dogus Balbay winces in pain Sunday after being fouled during Arizona’s 70-69 win against the Longhorns in the third round of the NCAA tournament in Tulsa. Read blogger Ryan Ginn’s thoughts on the tournament on Tiger Feed.
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Tigers finish fifth at SEC Championship, set two season highs Ryan Ginn Sports Blogger
By salvaging a near-disaster in the Southeastern Conference Championship meet Saturday, the LSU gymnastics team was able to erase a poor start to the season as well. The Tigers rebounded from an awful first rotation with two season-best performances en route to a 195.475 score and fifthplace finish at the conference championship. The overall score was LSU’s second-best road score of the season, meaning it will count toward the team’s regional qualifying score and allow LSU to drop a 194.500 score from its second meet of the year. In the past two weeks, the Tigers have drastically improved their RQS — which is used to rank teams and seed postseason meets — by dropping uncharacteristically low scores from their first two meets of the season. LSU came into the meet on the heels of its first winless SEC season since 1993, and it showed in the team’s opening performance on balance beam. A slew of deductions coupled with a fall resulted in LSU having to count a 9.30 score, and
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Sophomore Shelby Prunty performs on the floor March 4 during LSU’s win against New Hampshire. The Tigers finished with a 195.475 score and fifth-place finish at the Southeastern Conference Championship meet Saturday thanks to two season highs.
the 47.925 team score was easily the worst among the seven teams competing. “It’s a bad draw we had to start out on beam, especially with a young team,” said LSU coach D-D Breaux. “Most of these kids have never been in this kind of arena before.” With a bye between each
event, the Tigers had time to collect their thoughts. Rather than launch into a tirade, Breaux said she let her team sort out its issues. LSU responded with a 49.050 on floor exercise, highlighted by 9.85 scores from freshman Kaleigh Dickson and senior Sam Engle. From there, the momentum
LSU stumbles to fourth place Chris Abshire Sports Contributor
The LSU men’s golf team struggled to a fourth-place finish Sunday in the Schenkel Invitational at Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro, Ga., following a promising start to the tournament. The No. 12 Tigers opened the event with a 1-under-par 287 on Friday before posting an impressive 11-under 277 total Saturday. LSU entered Sunday’s final round just 10 shots off the lead and in sole possession of third place, but back-nine errors and inconsistent play led to a 10-over 298, dropping the Tigers to their 2-under team 54-hole total and a fourthplace finish. Southeastern Conference rivals No. 9 Auburn and No. 5 Florida ultimately sparred down the back nine for the team title, and a playoff was needed to crown Auburn as the event champion. The Tigers led No. 17 Virginia most of the tournament in the race for third,
but LSU’s late miscues vaulted the Cavaliers into the third slot. In Saturday’s second round, every LSU golfer carded an underpar round, including Sang Yi’s 4-under 68 and Andrew Loupe’s 3-under 69. Sunday was a different story, however, as no Tiger managed so much as an even-par round. All five LSU players carded at least one double bogey or worse in the final round. Overall, LSU placed four golfers in the top 20 of the final individual standings. Senior All-American John Peterson was again the steadying force for LSU, as a final round 73 for Peterson was good enough for a top-10 finish and a 54-hole total of 3-under 213. Yi played a volatile final round that included an eagle and two double bogeys on his way to a 2-over 74 and a three-round score of 1-under 215 that put him in 11th place. Junior Austin Gutgsell began the final round in contention at
5-under for the tournament, but a back-nine meltdown that included three bogeys, a double bogey and a quadruple bogey on the 18th hole resulted in a final-round 6-over 78 and a 15th-place finish. Loupe rebounded from an opening-round 76 with a 3-under 69 on Saturday and a final-round 73 to place in a tie for 20th. Freshman Andrew Presley sandwiched a 2-under 70 in the second round between high scores of 76 in the first round and an 80 in the final round to finish in a tie for 58th. LSU had to compete without senior Ken Looper, who is ranked No. 64 in the Golfweek rankings and has been one of the Tigers’ most consistent players this season. He is dealing with a back injury.
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picked up. Engle, the team’s lone senior, decided to vault for the first time in her career after an injury against Alabama sidelined sophomore Ericka Garcia for the rest of the season. Breaux sent a text message to Engle the morning after the Alabama meet saying that
either Engle or sophomore Shelby Prunty, neither of whom compete on vault, needed to step up. “She went to the gym and decided it was time for her to be the leader,” Breaux said. “I don’t know if it’s proud or what the emotion is, but she just really slayed a dragon to do that.” Despite having a mental block that kept her from competing on the apparatus previously, Engle pulled out a 9.85 on her vault. Freshman Sarie Morrison’s 9.90 vault earned her SecondTeam All-SEC honors and helped spark LSU to a season-high 49.350 score. The Tigers carried their momentum in their final event, setting another season high with a 49.150 on uneven bars, in which four of the six gymnasts competing tied or set personal seasonhigh scores. “We’re going to go to regionals, and that’s a good thing,” Breaux said. “Our next goal is to hit at regionals and see where that brings us.”
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No. 8 Tigers set attendance record despite home sweep Ryan Ginn Sports Blogger
The broomsticks were back in Alex Box Stadium for a second consecutive weekend, but this time it was the away team, No. 1 Florida, doing the sweeping. LSU struggled to consistently manufacture runs all series long against a pitching staff whose least successful starter was the No. 9 overall pick in the 2010 MLB draft. The results, on the offensive end at least, were predictably ugly. Notable What LSU lacked in runs, it didn’t lack in support. Friday’s actual attendance of 10,220 set a new single-game record. Additionally, the actual attendance for the entire series was 28,215, eclipsing the record set just one week prior against Cal State Fullerton. Friday night included junior closer Matty Ott’s first loss, blown save and home run allowed this season. Home runs have always been a weak point for Ott, who allowed seven in just 28 appearances
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LSU junior shortstop Austin Nola readies for a pitch Sunday during LSU’s 7-3 loss against No. 1 Florida at Alex Box Stadium. The Tigers were swept in the series.
in 2010. Freshman pitcher Kevin Gausman became the first LSU pitcher to last eight innings this season, throwing 118 pitches and allowing just five hits in LSU’s 1-0 loss Saturday. The shutout loss marked the first time the Tigers failed to score in a game since May 5, 2007, and was the first 1-0 loss for LSU since the 2004 Southeastern Conference Tournament against Georgia. Saturday’s loss was also the
first time in 16 chances this season in which LSU lost a game despite collecting more hits than its opponent. It was sandwiched between the only two times this season LSU has lost a game when scoring first. The three straight losses was the first time since the 2006 season LSU suffered an SEC series sweep at home. The single-game high for hits allowed by a pitcher was broken twice this series. Freshman pitcher Kurt McCune surrendered seven
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Stokes, others earn individual titles Luke Johnson Sports Contributor
Even without senior NCAA champion Walter Henning and junior All-American Max Lauro, the LSU throwers impressed at the Louisiana Classics meet in Lafayette this weekend. None of the 29 athletes who made the trip to College Station, Texas, for the NCAA Indoor Championships last week traveled to Lafayette for the first outdoor meet of 2011. LSU coach Dennis Shaver insisted they stay home, rest and catch up on schoolwork from a busy indoor season. Therefore, it was up to a contingent of a little more than 50 athletes to represent LSU this weekend. Junior Samia Stokes, the defending Southeastern Conference
discus champion, came within inches of supplanting her personal record Saturday as she cruised to victory in the discus. Stokes defended her title at the meet with a throw of 177 feet, 4 inches. The junior won the discus throw at last season’s Louisiana Classics meet with a mark of 166 feet, 1 inch. Because of the limited space at indoor meets, throwers can’t compete in the discus, javelin or hammer throw events until the outdoor season, so several athletes were making their first appearances this season. Senior Ross Roubion prefaced Stokes’ victory by eclipsing his previous personal best in the hammer throw by nearly eight feet when he launched the hammer 200 feet, 3 inches. Roubion’s effort was good enough for a third-place finish and also put him at No. 8 on LSU’s
all-time performance list in the event. Junior Brieanna Kennedy took home the women’s title in the hammer throw with a mark of 171 feet, 11 inches, and javelin throwers Aaron Moore (215-5) and Annie Simoneaux (143-9) each grabbed thirdplace finishes to round off the meet for the throwers. Freshman Keith Griffin and junior Richard Chautin also established new personal records en route to claiming individual titles. Griffin completed the 400-meter dash in 47.4 seconds, and Chautin won the 1500-meter race with a 3-minute, 57.08-second finish. LSU will test its new Mondo track surface for the first time next weekend when it hosts the LSU Relays. Contact Luke Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org
against Florida in the series opener, which was eclipsed only two days later when senior pitcher Ben Alsup allowed 11 hits in four innings. Junior shortstop Austin Nola committed three errors during the series, including LSU’s first multierror game of the season. His nine errors thus far are already a higher total than either of his previous two seasons. LSU stranded 10 runners in each of the last two games of the series.
Streaks LSU’s last home run came in the first game of the Princeton series. After hitting 14 home runs in its first 10 games, LSU has failed to hit a home run in its last 10. Junior left fielder Trey Watkins was pinch-hit for in the ninth inning Sunday, marking the first time this season he failed to reach base in a game. Junior center fielder Mikie Mahtook is now the only player who has reached base in all 20 games. Junior second baseman Tyler Hanover now has the
second-longest reached base streak at 12 games. Mahtook extended his hitting streak to six games, his longest of the season and the longest active streak on the team. LSU has lost seven consecutive regular season games to the Gators, dating back to 2009 when LSU dropped the final game after winning the first two.
Quotable Gausman on the stranded baserunners: “It’s definitely frustrating, but with how good our offense has been, I didn’t think we were going to have nine hits and not score a run.” Mahtook on Gausman’s performance: “He deserved to win the game, but unfortunately, we didn’t come up with any runs.” Nola on scoring runs: “You can’t win games when you strand 10 baserunners. That’s just the way the game goes.” Contact Ryan Ginn at email@example.com
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Tigers, Lady Tigers fall to ranked opponents Bulldogs, Golden Hurricane Hunt Palmer Sports Contributor
It was a rough weekend for LSU’s tennis programs. LSU’s men traveled to Athens, Ga., on Saturday for a Southeastern Conference match with No. 8 Georgia, and the women hosted No. 23 Tulsa on Friday afternoon. Neither team got a win. The men fell, 7-0, while the women lost, 5-2. Playing without injured senior Sebastian Carlsson, the Tigers dropped all three doubles matches, including court one where junior Neal Skupski was without Carlsson for the first time all year. Skupski and fellow junior Mark Bowtell fell 8-4 to the No. 10 pair of Javier Garrapiz and Hernus Pieters. Georgia’s Drake Bernstein and Wil Spencer, the nation’s No. 47 doubles team, edged LSU senior Julien Gauthier and sophomore Olivier Borsos, 9-8, to secure the doubles point. The Bulldogs (13-3, 5-0) didn’t ease off the accelerator in singles. Georgia won all six contests, dropping just two sets on the way to a 7-0 win. “We played hard, and we had a lot of close matches,” said LSU men’s coach Jeff Brown. “In singles we were close in a lot of the first sets. We just weren’t able to close out any of them.” Meanwhile, the Lady Tigers put a five-match win streak on the line against the Golden Hurricane at W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium.
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LSU junior Mark Bowtell drills a forehand Thursday during LSU’s match against Michigan. The Tigers and Lady Tigers lost this weekend.
Tulsa stormed out of the gates on all three doubles courts, taking quick 3-1 leads. Bonnie Davidson and Michelle Farley buried LSU freshman Ariel Morton and sophomore Ebie Wilson, 8-4, to take a one-match lead. Sophomore Keri Frankenberger and freshman Yvette Vlaar clawed back into their match, tying the score at six before Tulsa’s Ewa Szatkowska and Anastasia Erofeeva got a late break to win the match 8-6 and clinch the doubles point. The winner of the doubles point has won all of LSU’s matches in 2011, and it held true on Friday. Wilson disposed of Farley, 6-1, 6-0, to even the match at 1-1. LSU sophomore Kaitlin Burns fell in straight sets, but Frankenberger knotted the match at two
with a straight-set victory of her own. After losing the first set, 6-4, LSU junior Whitney Wolf squared her match at a set a piece before dropping the decisive set to Alexandra Kichoutkin. With Tulsa needing just one point to win the match, Vlaar and Morton forced third sets, but neither could muster a win, making the final score 5-2 in favor of Tulsa. “We fought really hard out there today,” said LSU women’s coach Tony Minnis. “I give tons of credit to Tulsa. They played really well today, especially in doubles.”
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Monday, March 21, 2011 staff up, and we didn’t do that at all,” Mahtook said. to give the Gators a 4-3 lead. He A lack of timely hitting was came home on the next at-bat when even more lethal Saturday as the Tisophomore shortstop Nolan Fontana gers left ﬁve combined runners on ripped an RBI triple off the right ﬁeld base in the seventh and eighth inwall to stretch Florida’s lead to 5-3. nings and were shut out, 1-0. Alsup (3-2) It marked the lasted four innings ﬁrst time LSU was and was pulled after held scoreless since giving up a lead-off the 2007 season. single in the ﬁfth. “We just He held the Gators couldn’t get the scoreless in three of runs across,” Mainhis four innings but ieri said. “I can’t was blasted for 11 remember the last hits in the game. time I’ve had a “I was around team with nine hits Paul Mainieri the plate. I just left and get shut out.” LSU baseball coach some pitches up,” LSU freshAlsup said. “With man pitcher Kevin those kinds of guys, you just can’t Gausman (2-1) tossed 118 pitches in do that.” eight innings Saturday and gave up Florida added two insurance one run with four strikeouts and four runs later in the game on solo home walks. runs by senior second baseman Josh “When you know you can’t Adams and Moyer, who came off give up a base hit or walk a guy here, the bench and hit 3-for-3 with three you’re kind of locked in,” Gausman RBIs. said. “As an offense you’ve got to LSU freshman pitcher Kurt Mccome back and pick your pitching Cune was locked in Friday as the
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‘We just didn’t hit in the clutch situations to the level that we needed to all weekend.’
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hard to take a lot of the gray out,” Miles said. “There’s much more matter-of-fact to it. The quarterbacks are very strongly directed.” Miles said Jefferson’s touchdown strikes in the scrimmage were to junior wide receivers Russell Shepard and Rueben Randle. He added that Jefferson is more sure of himself as a starter because of how much he has learned the past three years. “We probably overloaded him to some extent by my direction. … Now he’s conceptually picking everything up so much quicker,” Miles said. “He wants to have a great year. If he doesn’t want to have a great year, people will go by him because there are some other guys who really want to have great years.” Miles said the scrimmage included primarily ﬁrst-and-10 plays with about 50-50 runs and passes. The carries were divided among ﬁve running backs — sophomores Spencer Ware, Alfred Blue and Michael Ford, redshirt freshman Jakhari Gore and true freshman Kenny Hilliard. LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette conﬁrmed fullback Brandon Worle has left the team and returned home to Georgia. Worle was expected to vie for snaps with senior James Stampley and sophomore J.C. Copeland. NOTES Senior guard T-Bob Hebert played at left guard for senior Josh Dworaczyk, who has been out after minor knee surgery. Junior cornerback Morris Claiborne played after missing time with a high-ankle sprain he suffered in the Cotton Bowl. Senior safety Brandon Taylor and sophomore defensive end Sam Montgomery sat out after practicing with green non-contact jerseys so far this spring. Follow Rachel Whittaker on Twitter @TDR_RWhittaker Contact Rachel Whittaker at email@example.com
The Daily Reveille momentum swung back and forth before Florida won, 5-4, with a three-run ninth inning. McCune (3-0) surrendered two runs in the seventh inning and handed the ball to freshman pitcher Ryan Eades, who held the Gators scoreless in the eighth inning. After the Tigers took a 3-2 lead, Florida launched a solo home run and a two-run single in the ninth inning off junior closer Matty Ott to take a 5-3 lead. LSU freshman catcher Ty Ross roped an RBI double off the left ﬁeld wall in the bottom of the ninth inning to cut the lead to 5-4 before the Gators retired the next three Tiger batters. “I thought it was gone,” Mahtook said. “I didn’t think it was even close, to be honest.” The actual weekend attendance of 28, 215 set an Alex Box record for the second straight weekend. Follow Rowan Kavner on Twitter @ TDR_Kavner Contact Rowan Kavner at firstname.lastname@example.org
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son the Tigers won their ﬁrst Southeastern Conference series. LSU junior left ﬁelder Ashley Langoni belted a solo home run to left ﬁeld in the bottom of the third inning Sunday, and freshman shortstop Tammy Wray then hit an RBI double to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead. “[Kentucky junior pitcher Rachel Riley] was a slower pitcher than what we’ve been seeing, so my ﬁrst at-bat I was kind of rolling over, so I scooted up in the box the next at-bat and just went with the pitch,” Langoni said of her home run. LSU’s fourth run came when Kentucky junior pitcher Chanda Bell walked Langoni with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth inning. “[This series] puts us back into the conference with all the other teams,” Langoni said. The Tigers’ win Saturday snapped a seven-game losing streak and a 0-6 start in the SEC. “This has not been pretty,” Girouard said. “Nobody was satisﬁed with what was going on. ... Everybody was sick to their stomach
about what was happening.” Wray was hit by a pitch and scored the winning run Saturday with the bases loaded against Bell. “From the past weekends you could just see we were just dull and our concentration wasn’t on there, but this weekend we came out and we put all of it together,” Langoni said. The Wildcats beat LSU, 6-1, on Friday night to open the series. Kentucky junior third baseman Brittany Cervantes’ three RBIs led the way for the Wildcats on Friday. LSU sophomore pitcher Rachele Fico (5-8) picked up the loss, allowing 13 hits and six earned runs. The Tigers will take their newfound momentum to Thibodaux on Wednesday to face Nicholls State at 6 p.m. LSU will return home April 6 when the Colonels travel to Tiger Park. Follow Michael Lambert on Twitter @TDR_Lambert Contact Michael Lambert at email@example.com
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SHOW ALL COMMENTS As usual, the Opinion section of our website, lsureveille.com, has been absolutely buzzing with reader comments. Check it out today, and let your voice be heard. Regarding Clayton Crockett’s column, “Rocking the Cradle: Guevara a failed, idealist leader,” readers had this to say: “Yeah let’s waste space online and in print honoring a murderer. Awesome job, Rev.” -Anonymous “Humans are mouths to feed in the same sense that humans are all equal in their ability to be productive and successful. I’ll choose not to be painfully ignorant. The reason that Marxism has never worked on a large scale should be enough, but I guess some people never learn.” -ET
Regarding Zach Davis’ column, “Lessons can be learned from Guevara example,” readers had this to say: “Yes. If Che had lived, just think how many more people could have been murdered in the interest of spreading utopian socialism.” -Anonymous “And people like you wonder why mature adults find your thoughts not even worthy of consideration..specious arguments, illogical thought process.. Che Guevara was a murderous thug who adopted ‘revolution’ for his own ends and ended up not ‘great’ enough to outsmart the Bolivians. Food for the hungry, helping aids sufferers? How is Che’s project, Cuba, doing in accomplishing that?
Get a new hero, or better, get a job.” -Anonymous Regarding The Daily Reveille article, “Union supporters flock to Parade Ground as part of national protest,” readers had this to say: “Sheeple! Keep drinking the kool-aid! Union’s brainwash their sheep into thinking/believing a certain way - that’s why Obama got elected and all the other communists/liberals!” -Anonymous “You call that a ‘FLOCK’... more like a few sheep...” -Anonymous “Yes. And you can be the first to leave, slaving on a Chinese assembly line for a nickle an hour working for a Mega-Corporation, whose only concern is exploiting
workers for cheap labor and deregulation. You have a donut hole in your five head. Dolt” -Anonymous “The debate is over. Unions lose and Americans win. -Anonymous “‘We need socialism,’ says it all. Pure ignorance.” -Bastiat “As a proud retired private sector employee and career union member and representative, I don’t like federal or state government employees being able to have unions negotiating their wages and benefits with the bosses they help elect. That is automatic pay-back! The common taxpayer, who foots the bills on both sides of this battle, LOSES BIG TIME!! These same government employees have taxpayer
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funded civil-service boards to fight for them in cases of mistreatment or job loss! In the private sector, I was never asked my opinion about my supervisor or who it would be! GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES HAVING A UNION, BULL! I, TAXPAYER WANT MY SEAT AT THE BARGAINING TABLE TO PROTECT MY OWN WALLET!!!” -Anonymous “What a bunch of donut holes. If it’s socialism they want then they should move out of the county. But they won’t because they can’t milk the cow the way they do here anywhere in the world.” -Anonymous
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WALKING ON THIN ICE
Scratch the meat for Lent: Large scale farmers are killing us The ethics of consuming animal flesh have been debated since the beginning of time. Some people claim all animals are created equally, that they all have feelings and senses and can cry just like us. Meanwhile, others claim all animals are not in fact considered equal — some are beautiful and loyal, faithful companions that serve us well, while others are just tasty. Regardless of your personal opinion of why one should or shouldn’t eat meat, the fact of the matter is that industrialized agriculture is killing our environment. When people actually had to kill their own food and took only what they needed, the food market was as simple (or as difficult) as the hunt itself. Now, the meat market is as simple as supply and demand. The more we eat, the more is supplied. Unfortunately for the environment, Americans eat a lot. With the top four meat suppliers controlling more than 80 percent of the market, large-scale meat production has become more than just what we eat — it has become a way of life. “At about 5 percent of the world’s population, we ‘process’ (that is, grow and kill) nearly 10 billion animals a year, more than 15 percent of the world’s total,” New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman wrote in 2008. With so many animals being
“processed” at such an extreme rate, certain adjustments to the land are made — most, if not all of which, have ridiculously negative impacts on the environment. More than half of Central America’s rainforest has been cleared to provide beef to North America by implementing larger, more efficient farms, Priyanka Bhatia according to the Rainforest AcColumnist tion Network. A loss of trees means a loss of fresh air and scenery, but in the case of the rainforest, it’s also an extreme loss of biodiversity we may never get back. Essentially, the only thing efficient about these demon farms is their ability to completely suck the life out of the land on which they thrive. Manure liquidation and crowding have caused such pollution problems in their surrounding towns that people have become unable to live off what should have been sustainable land. “In McDonald County, Miss., home to 13 million broiler chickens and a few hundred thousand turkeys, every stream is on a government ‘impaired water body’ list,” according to a 2004 article by the San Francisco Chronicle. If it were an isolated incident, maybe we could all turn our heads
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away from the facts, but it’s not. More than half of the prosecutions by water authorities for serious pollution are given to farmers, according a New Scientist magazine article. These large-scale farmers aren’t thinking about our health or well-being. So why on earth are we paying these environmentally uncompassionate tycoons to continue these malpractices?
Allow me to reiterate: For every dollar we spend on Tyson, Swift, Cargill or any other factory farm, we’re telling them it’s OK to poison our land and essentially poison us. So stop paying them. It’s really easy, or at least it is during Lent. For the next 40 days, try to make a difference, not only in the way you eat but what you eat. Eat from family farms, or even go
vegetarian for a month. It’s not that difficult. Priyanka Bhatia is a 19-year-old pre-veterinary medicine freshman with a minor in environmental management systems. Follow her on Twitter @TDR_Pbhatia. Contact Priyanka Bhatia at email@example.com
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ROCKING THE CRADLE
International response in Libya is founded, admirable Paving the way for the largest collaborative military action in the Middle East since the invasion of Iraq, the U.N. has authorized the use of “all necessary action” to protect Libyan civilians. Lessons have been learned since Iraq’s invasion, though, and this move by the U.N. is a beautiful example of the right direction in which global diplomacy is moving. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made clear from the start the U.S. would not headline military action in Libya. She said any action must be decided upon by the international community as a whole, which was wise and, as it turns out, beneficial for everyone involved. Even the Arab League collectively called upon the U.N. to impose a no-fly zone over Libya, granting even more credence to the motion. The only nations in the U.N. Security Council who did not vote in favor were Germany, China and Russia, all of which abstained. Regardless, the measure passed the Security Council on
Thursday, and nations had air forces ready to move that night. Though Americans tend not to consider France much of a military actor, French President Nicolas Sarkozy actually headlined movement toward direct military action against Moammar Gadhafi’s forces in Libya. Following the U.N.’s decision, Sarkozy hosted an emergency summit Saturday where nations could discuss exactly what “all necessary action” might entail. France even had jets flying over the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, bombing Gadhafi’s tanks before the summit adjourned. The actions are strictly for defense of the people by disarming Gadhafi. France and Britain were first to utilize their air forces, while American warships and submarines, according to the Pentagon, fired off 110 tomahawk missiles Saturday aimed at Gadhafi’s air defense systems, radar sites and command-andcontrol centers. President Barack Obama has promised that no ground troops
will be deployed in Libya. Thus far, the internationally coordinated actions taken to protect the civilians in Libya have been executed admirably. The U.N. passed a justvague-enough motion in an emergency, and no nation has engaged in military activity prior to garnering international support — save France, though support soon followed nonetheless. To protect innocent lives, “all necessary action” was the perfect terminology for Clayton such a bill, as it Crockett condoned imColumnist mediate defensive responses held to one standard: that they protect the people of Libya. Such coordination has also made a bold statement about the role of international government organizations in our world. While a government exists to protect all citizens within its borders,
organizations such as the U.N. and the Arab League exist to protect civilians everywhere. Gadhafi’s next move now has the world on edge. After feigning a cease-fire, Gadhafi has declared a “long war” following the military intervention. Against such unanimous opposition, Gadhafi knew it was too late to surrender given his adamance in the past. Rebels in Benghazi, the final stronghold for his opposition, have reported not only the presence of Gadhafi’s tanks but also of rooftop snipers and, according to American officials, Gadhafi has a large stockpile of weapons — including mustard gas — at his disposal. My concern is Gadhafi will simply shrug, mutter an Arabic version of “to hell with it” and start killing people, but this is a worst-case scenario. One must remember, in an address to his own people, Gadhafi swore there would be “no mercy and no pity” when dealing with the rebels. Even since the strikes against
Gadhafi’s forces began, Obama made clear his reluctance to military action, which is what one should hope to see in a commander-in-chief. “The use of force is not our first choice, and it’s not a choice that I make lightly,” he assured. “But we can’t stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people that there will be no mercy.” Regardless of what Americans may think of Obama’s domestic policy, his command and the coordination of the international community on behalf of the people of Libya are politics of which to be proud. Clayton Crockett is a 19-year-old international studies freshman from Lafayette. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_ccrockett.
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VIEW FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL
Japanese officials underestimate nuclear problems News-Letter Editorial Board The Johns Hopkins News-Letter
BALTIMORE, Md. (UWIRE) – The Editorial Board has observed the ongoing tragedy in Japan with the utmost concern. Not only have the Japanese just gone through both the worst earthquake in their nation’s history and a massive and deadly tsunami, but they are now also in the midst of the worst nuclear crisis since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. We are alarmed by the fact that Japanese authorities seem to be understating the damage to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and the many dangers it poses. Tokyo Electric and the Japanese government have claimed there is still enough water in the pool at Reactor 4 to hold spent fuel rods and keep them cool. However, the chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission has claimed this is not the case and the fuel rods are releasing radiation into the atmosphere. Considering a 2005 report from the National Academies of Science that any level of radiation, however small, can cause cancer, this is especially alarming. Even worse, another U.S. official has claimed that if drastic action is not taken in the next 24 to 48 hours, Japan will have a situation that will be “deadly for decades.” Even so, bringing the
situation under control would be a “suicide mission,” according to the official. While some are still talking of the “potential” for a nuclear meltdown, U.S. Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu, a Nobel Laureate in physics, has stated there already is a “partial meltdown” at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Japanese authorities have told people to evacuate 12 miles from the plant, while the U.S. government has advised American citizens and ordered American military personnel to stay at least 50 miles from the plant. Considering the danger this situation poses to not only the Japanese people but to everyone in the region, the Japanese government has a duty to be honest about the extent of the crisis. It is hardly surprising Japan is downplaying the damage, as the nation is heavily invested in nuclear energy. Less than a year ago the United States government deliberately downplayed the damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, damage that will most likely continue to hurt the Gulf for decades. Japan was aware of how dangerous earthquakes can be – and how they can cause nuclear crises. Cables released by WikiLeaks show that in late 2008 the International Atomic Energy Agency warned the Japanese government about the threat a
major earthquake could pose to its nuclear plants. In response, the Japanese built an emergency response center at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, but the center was only prepared to withstand a 7.0 magnitude quake. The recent
earthquake has been upgraded to a magnitude of 9.0. Considering the history of major earthquakes suffered by Japan, this was not enough. Regardless of the actions taken after this tragedy,
The News-Letter sends its best wishes to those affected by the earthquake, both at Hopkins and abroad. Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
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