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Students charged with laptop thefts Xerxes A. Wilson Staff Writer

accredited programs in Louisiana. But medical emergency training is just one aspect of FETI. “We are a focal point for all fire training in the state,” said FETI Director Jeffrey Gleason. “It’s our mission to train and educate fire and emergency services personnel.”

It’s not often crime comes to the police station. But it happened twice earlier this week, leading to two arrests tied to laptop thefts on campus. A University student was at the LSU Police Department Office on Tuesday reporting the theft of her $2,000 laptop from Howe-Russell Geoscience Complex when she received an unexpected call, said Det. Kevin Scott, LSUPD spokesman. On the other line was Dustin Williams, a 19-year-old student at Southeastern Louisiana University. Williams, of 19262 Antenor St., Mandeville, 70471, told the victim he had bought the laptop on Craigslist and needed her password, Scott said. The student informed Williams the laptop was stolen, but Williams refused to cooperate and instead said she would have to buy the laptop back, Scott said. At this point, an LSUPD detective posed as the student’s boyfriend

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Firefighters-in-training work to control flames Thursday at the Fire and Emergency Training Institute. See more pictures of FETI’s training session at

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LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute gains national accreditation

Sydni Dunn Staff Writer

A thick, billowing cloud of black smoke climbed to the sky Thursday as a group of firefightersin-training worked to control a towering inferno. The scene may sound like a blockbuster action movie, but for the

LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute, it’s just an average day. FETI, located off Nicholson Drive about 6 miles from campus, is a leader in the state for its fire and rescue training courses and has recently become accredited for its Emergency Medical Services Program. The national accreditation was awarded by the Commission on

Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs on Jan. 14. “The accreditation means the program follows national standards and guidelines for similar educational programs,” said FETI EMS Manager Eddie Pyle. Pyle said he worked diligently for three years to gain the accreditation, which makes FETI one of four


Experts: Redistricting process ripe with potential abuse Louisiana will redraw districts later this month Matthew Albright Chief Staff Writer

Before legislators begin the battle to fill the state’s $1.6 billion budget deficit, they will convene a special session to redraw district lines — a process that is fraught with potential abuse, many experts say. “Instead of voters choosing their elected officials, it’s the elected officials choosing their voters,” said Bob Mann, political communication professor. “It’s an obvious conflict of interest.” Every 10 years, the U.S. Census reveals population shifts between and inside

states. Because seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and the state Legislature are determined by population, those shifts mean some states and districts will lose representation. The Legislature will redistrict the state’s congressional delegation, which is losing one House seat, its own districts and numerous boards and judgeships. Redistricting is the process of redrawing the boundaries for those districts. While those boundaries are nominally changed to reflect population shifts, they are sometimes changed to benefit legislators — a political tactic called gerrymandering. Louisiana has a history of gerrymandering, according to Public Affairs Research Council reports. The process takes three basic forms: racial gerrymandering, in which district lines split minority-heavy areas,

disenfranchising members of that race; partisan gerrymandering, in which district lines split areas with heavy party affiliations, disenfranchising members of that party; and incumbent gerrymandering, in which current legislators draw districts to solidify political power or lock out challengers. Partisan and incumbent gerrymandering aren’t technically illegal, but racial gerrymandering was banned by the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Any redistricting plans a state submits must first go to the Department of Justice, which checks the maps to make sure they meet the act’s requirements. Sixty-eight percent of redistricting plans proposed by state legislatures fail DOJ scrutiny, according to PARC. Two of Louisiana’s proposed REDISTRICTING, see page 4

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Bangladeshi refugee crisis grows at Tunisian border town of Ras Adjir

US planes could leave Germany today to evacuate refugees of Libya

Mayor Landrieu asks cigarette company to butt out of Mardi Gras

RAS ADJIR, Tunisia (AP) — Bangladeshis washed themselves with bottles of drinking water and Egyptians fought over bread handed out by aid workers Thursday as thousands fleeing chaos in Libya took refuge in this border town that didn’t have enough toilets, beds or food to meet the needs of a growing humanitarian crisis. The stench of feces made the air uncomfortable to breathe, trash was everywhere and many of the tens of thousands of migrant workers had been stranded for several days and had no money. The Tunisian army has set up tent camps to help house the laborers, but not nearly enough for everyone.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say U.S. aircraft could leave as early as Friday for the first mission to help evacuate refugees from the crisis in Libya. Senior defense officials said Thursday that flights from Ramstein Air Base in Germany were being prepared following President Barack Obama’s OK to use military planes to take home Egyptians who fled Libya and are stranded in Tunisia. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because plans have not been officially announced. Mariah Carey ‘embarrassed’ over Gadhafi-linked private concert

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The mayor of New Orleans asked a cigarette company to butt out of Mardi Gras. But by the time he made his request, the company had already snuffed out the advertising campaign with the Big Easy reference. New Orleans was among 10 cities featured on Camel cigarette packs during the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. campaign, which drew protests last year from the National Association of Attorneys General, New York’s health commissioner and other officials. Political watchdog group questions donations to Supriya Jindal charity

NEW YORK (AP) — Mariah Carey says she was unaware she was booked to perform a concert linked to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s clan — and she’s embarrassed “to have participated in this mess.” Carey is among a handful of entertainers who were paid handsome fees to give exclusive private concerts. It was later revealed the people behind those concerts were the family of Gadhafi, whose country is in an open revolt against him and who faces an investigation for possible war crimes.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A political watchdog group in Washington says donors to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s campaigns have also contributed big money to a charitable foundation headed by his wife. Louisiana campaign finance law limits individual donors’ direct campaign contributions to $5,000. But the donors gave the Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisiana’s Children much more. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington says nine companies collectively gave $790,000 to the charity.

Soldiers open fire on women protesters in Ivory Coast, kill six ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Soldiers backing Ivory Coast’s defiant leader mowed down women protesting his refusal to leave power in a hail of gunfire on Thursday, killing at least six and shocking a nation where women’s marches have historically been used as a last resort against an unrestrained army.

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Displaced people play soccer Thursday, backdropped by their refugee camp after fleeing from unrest in Libya, at the Tunisia-Libya border, in Ras Ajdir, Tunisia.

Newest Mexico census reports fewer migrating, many returning MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s newest census shows the number of migrants leaving the country dropped by more than two-thirds since its peak in the last decade, and more migrants are coming back than before. The National Statistics and Geography Institute says the 2010 census shows a net outflow of about 145,000 Mexicans leaving the country from 2005 to 2010, the years covered by the count.

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UNO transfer to NCAA Division II up for vote at today’s meeting

Sydni Dunn Staff Writer

The LSU Board of Supervisors will vote today on adopting a resolution allowing the University of New Orleans to transfer from NCAA Division I competition to Division II. The decision will be “contingent upon the availability of funds,” and “no general operating funds of UNO shall be used to supplement the athletic budget without further

approval,” according to a news release. In December 2009 the board approved UNO to move from Division I to Division III because of the expense of maintaining the program, but the conference UNO intended to join declined. Switching to Division II is the university’s alternative. The release says UNO projected future athletic department deficits of up to $1.6 million per year to continue participation in Division I.

Moving to Division II could produce a surplus of up to $250,000. In other actions, the individual campuses will present updated data on graduation, retention and enrollment rates. Committee meetings will begin at 1 p.m. at the LSU System Building, followed by the regular board meeting. Contact Sydni Dunn at


Roemer hopes to obtain Republican presidential nomination in 2012 Celeste Ansley

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Former Louisiana Gov. Charles “Buddy” Roemer announced his plans Thursday afternoon to form an exploratory committee in hopes to obtain a bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Roemer said at a news conference at Business First Bank on Jefferson Highway that he wants to “challenge the current system of money and politics.” He said he is not a “smooth politician,” but a reformer. Roemer said the current system institution is corrupt. “Washington, D.C., is a boomtown, and the rest of America is hurting,” Roemer said. Roemer said he wants a president “free to lead” and to make America energy independent in this decade, honor small business, balance the budget and attack the nation’s debt. Roemer said he will not accept more than $100 in donations to the campaign. He started with $50,000 of his own money and has spent around $3,000 to $4,000. “I will accept voluntary contributions of $100 and not a penny more,” Roemer said. Roemer said he will not accept special interest money. He said now is not the time to have money determining a candidate’s chances. He said he will be on the campaign trail, but he will also rely on Internet support through his website. Roemer said he has already received a few contributions to the campaign and has received a large number of voice mails, e-mails and tweets in the past 24 hours. Roemer also said Sen. John

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Former Louisiana Gov. Charles “Buddy” Roemer announces Thursday that he will form an exploratory committee to seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

McCain has been helpful thus far in the process, and he plans to call Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who is an “old friend.” Roemer is currently the president and CEO of Business First Bank. He served one term as Louisiana governor and multiple terms

as a congressman. Roemer said while he has been out of politics for 20 years, he has aided others in their campaigns. Contact Celeste Ansley at

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FETI was created by legislation in 1963 “to equip, operate and maintain an in-service Firemen Training Program,” Gleason said. “Since then we have grown from a closet in LSU’s Pleasant Hall to the 82-acre facility that we have today,” he said. The expansive facility encompasses everything from administrative buildings and classrooms to fire training structures and props. The FETI grounds also offer unique scenery. Lofty metal structures used for high-angle rescue techniques stand strong as recruits dangle on ropes from their beams, and a pile of rubble sits waiting to be searched by a structural collapse training group. A line of broken vehicles, an airplane, a model ship for marine firefighting and a hazardous materials training course are a few other sights. More industrial structures reside in the distance, burnt black from daily use. Gleason said the props are ignited, setting FETI’s fire and rescue experience apart from other facilities. “We’re unique in that we are the only ones in-state that are able to burn fossil fuels and put the black smoke into the sky,” Gleason said. “There are other institutions similar to us in the United States that do that, but only about half a dozen still burn fossil fuels.”

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and negotiated a $1,500 buyback of the laptop, for which Williams later said he paid $900, Scott said. Williams agreed to meet at a truck stop in Hammond, where instead of getting money, he was arrested by LSUPD and charged with extortion and illegal possession of stolen things. Possession of stolen things carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $3,000. Extortion carries a penalty of one to 15 years of incarceration. “The right thing to do when you discover you have purchased stolen

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congressional districts have been overturned: first in 1980, when a concentrated black district was halved, and again in 1990, when several disparate black areas were strung together to create a “black district.” In 2000, the state House districts were overturned because there were fewer minority districts than the previous map. But, while the Department of Justice theoretically prevents racial gerrymandering, no mechanism exists to prevent the political variety. In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2004 that partisan gerrymandering is not appropriate for judicial consideration. Robert Travis Scott, PARC’s president, says that’s a problem. Because legislators inherently have a stake in the redistricting process, Scott argues they have a conflict of interest in drawing those districts. There are several possible ways to remove those interests, Scott said. Twenty-eight states, including Louisiana, rely entirely on

Gleason said many states have stopped the live burning because of environmental issues, but he believes it is essential. “We try to expose them to real fire situations,” he said. “Without realism, they aren’t ready to face what they typically would come upon in any emergency situation.” FETI holds three recruit academies each year, which host a number of cadets from around the nation. The cadets are trained for 14 weeks and are certified firefighters when they graduate. Gleason said a number of specialty courses, such as fire instructor and chief training, are also available. Gleason said FETI extends past Baton Rouge with the LSU FETI at Pine Country facility located in Minden. He said the 30-acre institute has most of the same equipment as the Baton Rouge campus and reaches the “northern audience.” FETI also has a regional delivery program, where instructors statewide visit fire departments and teach training courses. Locally, FETI communicates with the Baton Rouge Fire Department, allowing it to use the facility and employing some of its officers as instructors. Gleason said the FETI programs collectively train about 29,000 people per year. Joe Ward, 26, of Fort Polk, is one of the cadets currently enrolled and housed at FETI. He is in his

eighth week of firefighter training. “FETI teaches you everything you need to know,” Ward said. That is the goal, Gleason said. Gleason said 87 firefighters in the U.S. died last year in the line of duty, but there have already been 23 this year. He said training plays a huge role in keeping the national mortality rates down. “Firefighting is one of the most hazardous occupations, so training is vital,” he said. Gleason said while not many University students participate in the firefighting training programs, students are involved in FETI in different ways. “There’s an exchange in resources that takes place,” he said. Gleason said students have designed props for the institute, tested the flammability of materials on site and participated in the paramedic and EMS training. “LSU A&M is one of the landgrant colleges set up many years ago in the United States, and part of the mission of land grant colleges is to not just address the academic side but also the social aspect,” he said. “We fit into that social realm by serving the community through a fire department.”

material is report it to the law,” Scott said. After being arrested, Williams led police to University student Jasmond Tucker, of 10694 Country Aire, Wakefield, 70784, who originally sold the laptop on Craigslist. Police got lucky again when they brought in Tucker to interview and eventually arrest. After questioning, detectives arrested Tucker and discovered he was carrying another laptop that had been stolen from Middleton Library on Feb. 15. Tucker was charged with two counts of felony theft and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Each count of felony theft

carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $3,000. “The most prevalent crime on this campus is theft,” Scott said. “And iPhones and computers are the items most commonly reported stolen.” Scott said most instances of computer or cell phone theft happen when a student leaves the item unattended in public. Scott suggested students consider purchasing electronic tracking software available for computers and cell phones.

legislators to draw their districts. The rest have other mechanisms that check legislative power. Eight states, including Texas, have advisory councils that approve the budget passed by the legislature. Thirteen, including California, have independent commissions draw their maps. Iowa is unique in that its districts are drawn by nonpartisan legislative staff. When, or if, legislators try to make a change, the system needs to be tailored specifically for the state, Scott said. “I don’t think Iowa’s system would work here. I don’t think California’s system would work here,” he said. “Louisiana needs to come up with its own system.” Mann said some form of nonpartisan council makes sense, pointing to the national Medicare commission, which is made up of health experts. But Mann, who was Sen. John Breaux’s press secretary when Breaux chaired the commission, said the senator still encountered some problems. “Not only did everyone know a lot about Medicare, they also all had

an axe to grind,” he said. Mann said Breaux sometimes dreamed of a panel containing “12 really smart people who don’t know a thing about Medicare.” Whatever the solution, Scott said the time is ripe for legislators to make a change because term limits mean they theoretically don’t have a stake in the next redistricting process.

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Advanced Placement Lady Tigers advance to SEC quarterfinals with win against Alabama Rachel Whittaker

Sam Montgomery expected back soon

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The search for a special teams coach is under way at LSU with spring practice set to begin March 11, but coach Les Miles said no decision has been made yet. Former special teams coach Joe Robinson resigned to become defensive line coach at North Carolina. Miles said he will not make a hurried decision on Rob‘We want inson’s replaceto get the ment.“We would right guy. prefer if we We’ll take could have him for [March 11], our time but not neceswith the sarily,” Miles Thursday decision.’ said at his first news conference of Les Miles the spring. “We LSU football coach want to get the right guy. We’ll take our time with the decision. We don’t expect to take a sidestep in special teams. We expect to get better.” Miles said sophomore defensive end Sam Montgomery, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last October against Tennessee, might be back sooner than expected. “[Montgomery] may play this spring. He’s run every coaching SPRING, see page 7

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LSU freshman guard Jeanne Kenney, left, and Alabama senior forward Tierney Jenkins fight for the ball Thursday during the Lady Tigers’ 60-36 victory against the Crimson Tide. LSU advances to the quarterfinals today against Kentucky.

Playing on the first day of the Southeastern Conference tournament Thursday for the first time in 10 years was unfamiliar to the LSU women’s basketball team, but its defense still came out in full force. The No. 7-seed Lady Tigers (19-12) limited No. 10-seed Alabama (16-14) to nine points in the first half and rolled to a 60-36 victory in Nashville, Tenn. LSU will face No. 2 Kentucky today at 2:30 p.m. “It sure is good to be hanging around another day,” LSU coach Van Chancellor said after the game. “I’ll tell you that right now.” The nine points were the fewest first-half point total by an SEC opponent against LSU in school history. No Alabama player scored in double figures. LSU, on the other hand, shot 49 percent from the floor for the game, and junior forward LaSondra Barrett and sophomore guard Adrienne Webb led the charge with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Junior forward Taylor Turnbow also racked up 12 rebounds. “I knew coming into the SEC tournament I would have to show by example,” Barrett said after the game. “Coach Chancellor tells me I’m the most influential person on this team.” Webb went 5-of-11 from the field Thursday, and her one 3-pointer vaulted her into the top five in LSU history with 71 career treys. LSU’s victory, its 13th straight win against Alabama, was marked by the Lady Tigers connecting on both sides of the court. TOURNEY, see page 7


Former LSU players have stake in league’s labor dispute

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, second from right, arrives Thursday at a labor negotitation meeting. The NFLPA and the NFL extended negotiations by 24 hours.

Former LSU defensive back LSU players who could be afRyan Clark could have a new oc- fected by the recent labor negocupation in a couple of months. tiations in the NFL. Clark, a Pittsburgh Steelers The collective bargaining union representaagreement was set THE JOOSE tive, may go from to expire at 10:59 IS LOOSE crushing wide rep.m. CST on ceivers under the MICHAEL LAMBERT Thursday night, bright lights of but the NFL and Sports Writer Super Bowl XLV NFLPA agreed to to doing laundry and helping his a 24-hour extension, according to three kids with homework. The Associated Press. When asked on Pittsburgh’s Thursday was the 10th day 93.7 The Fan what he would do the two sides met with private if the owners and NFL Players mediator George Cohen. Association don’t agree on a new The union and owners are collective bargaining agreement, fighting about a number of isClark said, “I’m going to be a sues, including a rookie wage stay-at-home dad and do radio scale, possible 18-game season and TV.” and how to split the $9 billion of Clark is one of many former league revenue.

The owners currently hold most of the leverage and are threatening to lock out the players, which would be the first NFL work stoppage since 1987. Sources told ESPN the players unionwould have decertified if they didn’t agree to an extension. It’s hard to side with the greedy 32 NFL owners, especially because they refuse to prove they are losing money. “That tells you all you need to know right there,” said Albert Elias, an NFL agent who represents many former LSU players. “If they were really having this much trouble, why wouldn’t they NFLPA, see page 7

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Princeton enters Alex Box Stadium for its first series of the year Jones leads LSU with .536 batting average Rowan Kavner Sports Writer

The unknown hasn’t harmed the No. 19 LSU baseball team yet. For the third consecutive weekend, LSU (9-0) welcomes a team playing its first series of the season as Princeton enters Alex Box Stadium on Friday night. “It’s harder to judge them,” said sophomore right fielder Mason Katz. “We don’t have the scouting report on many pitchers, and we don’t know how they hit and where to position in the outfield.” Katz said he relies on assistant coaches Will Davis and Javi Sanchez to adjust to opponents after the first few innings and tell him how to shade hitters LSU hasn’t seen. “They get a great feel early and

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LSU junior shortstop Austin Nola fields a ball Wednesday during the Tigers’ 10-8 win against Mississippi Valley State at Alex Box Stadium.

position us right so we don’t miss a step,” Katz said. LSU has an opportunity to start the season on a double-digit winning streak for the second consecutive season after winning 12 straight games to begin 2010. Princeton finished 12-30 overall last season with an 8-21 away record and a 6-14 record in the

Ivy League. Only four Princeton players had at least 50 collegiate at-bats entering the 2010 season. This season’s more experienced squad has nine players with at least 85 at-bats and seven with more than 100 atbats. “We know they have smart players,” said LSU coach Paul


Tigers wrap up regular season Auburn, LSU vies for No. 5 seed Rob Landry Sports Contributor

One last hurrah. Saturday’s game against Auburn will be the last regular-season contest for the LSU men’s basketball team. The game will also be a de facto tie breaker for the Southeastern Conference Western Division No. 5 seed in the upcoming SEC tournament. “No matter who we play, it’s going to be a tough game,” said freshman guard Matt Derenbecker. “I just feel like any game we play, it’s going to be a dog fight, and we have to come out and be prepared for whoever we have to play.” LSU (11-19, 3-12) has played well in the first half of its previous two games, leading Vanderbilt by two at the half and trailing at Georgia by five. But the Tigers struggled down the stretch, losing both games by 21 and 20 points, respectively. “I thought we got off to a very, very good start against Georgia,” said LSU coach Trent Johnson. “But then at the end of the half ... we took a couple bad shots. But they’re talented and they’re skilled.” Auburn (10-19, 3-11) enters the game with the same number of conference wins as LSU, but Auburn heads to Baton Rouge riding a tidal wave of momentum after overcoming a 20-point deficit Wednesday night to beat Ole Miss. The Rebels led the game, 3818, with a little more than two minutes remaining in the first half and went into the locker room with a 41-25 halftime lead. Auburn rallied in the second half for a 76-73 win. “Without question, coach

[Tony] Barbee has done a heck of a job,” Johnson said. “They have some athletes, they have some experience, and usually when you inherit a program, you inherit players with a learning curve and everything they’re doing there is on the fly, and they’ve just gotten better.” A positive of late for LSU has been the play of junior forward Storm Warren. Warren posted 12 points and six rebounds Wednesday night in Athens, Ga., a solid performance following his career high 24-point outing Feb. 26 against Vanderbilt. “He’s got in a good rhythm. He’s shooting the ball with confidence,” Johnson said. “He’s the Storm that we expected going into this year. It’s just been unfortunate for him, the things he’s had to go

through this year.” Though the game does have some implication on postseason seedings, Johnson is only interested in what his team accomplishes. “The goal is real short and simple,” Johnson said. “You want to be as good as you can at the start of the year, and you want to be as good as you can at the end of the season so you can compete at a high level.” The Tigers’ next game after Auburn will be Thursday in the SEC tournament. Their opponent will be determined based on the outcome of Saturday’s games.

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Mainieri. “I’m sure they’ve got talented players, too, and we’re going to go into it believing that’s the case.” Mainieri said intelligence can translate to the field. He said he consciously recruits smart players, evidenced by LSU’s recent Academic Progress Rates, which measure the eligibility and retention of studentathletes. “I’m very proud of the fact that in 2008, when we finished fifth in the country, we were one of only 16 schools in Division I that had a perfect score in the APR,” he said. “When we won the national championship in 2009, we had a 982 in the APR, one of the top scores in the country.” Freshman second baseman JaCoby Jones, who leads LSU with a .536 batting average, said athleticism and skill will determine much more this weekend than intellect. “It’s just baseball,” Jones said. “We’re not doing the Quiz Bowl.”

Freshman Kurt McCune (20) is expected to pitch Friday with freshman Kevin Gausman (1-0) and senior Ben Alsup (2-0) likely to start Saturday and Sunday, respectively. McCune’s 0.75 ERA is the lowest in LSU’s starting rotation. His 5-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio is tied for the best among starters with junior transfer Tyler Jones. Princeton is expected to send sophomore Matt Bowman to the mound. He had a 3.74 ERA in 21 2/3 innings as a freshman. Mainieri said he expects to see a persistent and scrappy team similar to what he saw against Mississippi Valley State. “Brains without ability is one thing,” Mainieri said. “But if you have both of them, then you’re going to be a tough team to beat.”

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but at the same time, a lockout concerned with the labor unrest. or decertification are still strong The draft is one of the only cerpossibilities, both which could tain things to happen in the uptake months to settle. coming months. The players received a minor “I’m not worried about it,” win Wednesday said linebacker when U.S. DisKelvin Sheppard. trict Judge David “There’s going to Doty ruled the NFL owners and players are be a draft. There’s owners violated divided on the following issues: going to be footthe current colball.” lective bargaining • Rookie wage scale Wide receiver agreement by ne- • Possible 18-game season Terrence Toliver gotiating guaran- • Splitting the $9 billion of didn’t comment, teed money from saying he has league revenue TV revenues if • Player medical benefits been told to keep there was to be a mum on the issue. lockout. Elias, who Despite the represents New widespread media attention, for- Orleans Saints cornerback Ranmer LSU players entering this dall Gay, doesn’t share the posiyear’s NFL draft don’t seem too tive view of the former Tigers,

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LSU outscored the Crimson Tide in points in the paint, 34-10, and converted 16 Alabama turnovers into 16 points. Alabama’s offense was anemic right off the bat, as the Crimson Tide did not score a point until the 10:17 mark of the first half when freshman guard Shafontaye Myers broke a 0-of-11 shooting streak. LSU jumped out to an 18-5 lead with 7:56 remaining in the first half and then led 26-9 at the break. “We controlled the first five minutes of each half,” Chancellor said. “I thought that was the difference in the game.” The Lady Tigers will have a tougher test today against Kentucky. LSU hung with the Wildcats for much of their matchup Feb. 13 in Lexington, Ky. The game was tied with 30 seconds left, but Webb was called for traveling on the ensuing possession. That call opened the door for Brittany Henderson to sink a game-winning layup with 1.1 seconds left on an assist from A’dia Mathies, as Kentucky won, 49-47. “They did a great job of pressuring us, but if you’re going to hold Kentucky to 49 points, you think you ought to win the game,” Chancellor said. “But we couldn’t make a layup. We missed five layups with nobody around us. That was a great play they ran at the end, but that wasn’t the play that beat us. We lost the game within the game.” Today’s game will mark LSU’s 13th straight quarterfinal appearance in the SEC tournament. Follow Rachel Whittaker Twitter @TDR_Whittaker. Contact Rachel Whittaker at


workout and finally completed a whole one,” Miles said. “We’ll go slow, but again, he’s way ahead.” Miles said senior safety Brandon Taylor will take a little longer to return to action. Taylor suffered a leg injury against Alabama and missed the rest of the season. “[Taylor’s] prognosis is very good. We’re not ready to rule him out of spring,” Miles said. “But we will moderate his progress and let him come slowly.” On the offensive side, Miles said three quarterbacks will be in contention for the starting job — seniors Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee and junior college transfer Zach Mettenberger. “Jefferson is in the best shape I’ve seen him in,” Miles said. “I don’t know that we’ll be in a twoquarterback system. ... The competition will be a fair one.” Miles said he predicts Mettenberger to adjust to the offense quickly when spring practice begins. “We expect him to be a fast

learner,” Miles said. “He’s been received really well. ... Our guys who have thrown it with him really enjoy catching his balls.” In the meantime, senior safety Karnell Hatcher will likely switch to linebacker, similar to Harry Coleman’s change from safety to linebacker during his senior season in 2009. “Hatcher may well be that guy,” Miles said. “He’s got some quickness and ability there that are significant.” Another notable change could be at left tackle, which was left vacant with the departure of Joseph Barksdale. Miles said junior Alex Hurst and sophomore Chris Faulk will battle for the spot. Faulk started for Hurst when he was injured in the final two games of the regular season. Follow Rachel Whittaker on Twitter @TDR_Whittaker. Contact Rachel Whittaker at

page 7 saying the proposed schedule increase could be a major holdup in the negotiations. “[Gay] had a concussion last year,” Elias said. “We don’t know if he’s going to get that salary. The players have so many injuries, they can’t walk when they are 40.” Former LSU players may be reunited with LSU coach Les Miles in Baton Rouge to workout if there is a lockout because the players wouldn’t be able to practice or have contact with their NFL teams. “Football is very important in this country at all levels,

whether it’s high school, junior high school, youth football, college football or the NFL,” Miles said. “It will be a significant loss if those playing dates aren’t met.” Follow Michael Lambert on Twitter @TDR_Lambert.

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Column concerning Chick-fil-A, LGBTQ taken out of context My column “LGBTQ community needs to leave Chick-filA alone,” published Wednesday, covered the recent attacks toward Chick-fil-A because it sponsored Pennsylvania Family Institute — an anti-homosexual marriage organization. I expressed how I thought these attacks were menial. The column was written in a way I thought would not offend anyone. Needless to say, the rest of the day I received comments and emails essentially telling me I was homophobic and displayed hatred toward the LGBTQ community. Some called me ignorant.

Others expressed their “outrage” at my so-called homophobic comments. But it seemed most of the hate came from one line in my column, which had no intention of indicating hatred — it was simply used as a metaphor. The line that received Chris Grillot Columnist the most heat was: “Moreover, criticizing a company because they support heterosexual over homosexual marriage

is like criticizing a professor for teaching out of the book — it’s traditional, and it works.” Before I continue, I’d like to state my views of homosexual marriage. Personally, I believe if two people want to get married, they should be able to — regardless of sex. Also, I believe the illegality of gay marriage violates the First Amendment’s separation of church and state. Most people seemed to think I implied a “hetero-bias,” and they frequently used slavery as an example of an institution that was traditional and worked at one time. To clarify, what I meant was

not that I think heterosexual marriage is the only way to go. I simply believe criticizing a chicken sandwich company because its owners think a certain way is futile. Chick-fil-A clearly thinks this way because heterosexual marriage is “biblically” traditional, and marriage works out about half of the time. Also, commentors continually said while something may be traditional, that does not make it right. Did I once say what Chick-filA was doing is right? No. I merely used it as an example as to why Chick-fil-A has its viewpoint. Overall, the message I wanted

to convey is that protesting Chickfil-A of all companies does not seem very beneficial to further homosexual rights. I never meant to detract anyone of the LGBTQ community. My words were taken out of context, and part of that was my fault — I should have been clearer. Chris Grillot is a 19-year-old English and mass communication sophomore from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_cgrillot. Contact Chris Grillot at


Everyone is getting high ­– they just don’t know it yet More than a year has passed since New Orleans celebrated the Saints’ first Super Bowl championship. Since then, the Green Bay Packers have usurped the coveted title, yet exalted Saints quarterback Drew Brees still regularly appears on NyQuil’s television commercials. In one commercial, Brees is shown passed out on a bed, clutching a pillow. He then pulls away from the pillow and tosses his arms over his head, emulating a sacked quarterback — all the while snoring like a bear. I’ve probably seen this commercial a dozen times, but it only recently dawned on me — Brees is high in these commercials. Before you think I’m high for writing that, let me explain myself. The terms “high” and “drunk” are tossed around so thoughtlessly that they’ve lost their meaning. People often use the terms separately, as if they actually denote some sort of measurably different phenomena. When the effects of cocaine, marijuana and heroine are observed, we apply the term “high,” and when alcohol is consumed, we use the word “drunk.” But the way marijuana use biochemically affects our bodies is no more different to alcohol use than cocaine use. In other words, there is no objective or scientific method of saying, “this gets you high, but that gets you drunk.” It is much easier to throw away old distinctions and broadly

categorize all drugs, including alcohol, as substances that induce an altered state of mind — you get high. In his commercials, Brees is in a NyQuil-induced stupor. In fact, most of NyQuil’s advertisements involve happily zonked-out individuals. NyQuil Cold and Flu, an over-thecounter medication, is used to treat, rather than cure, the symptoms of Chris Freyder the common Columnist cold. The common cold is a viral infection, yet NyQuil contains no antivirals. However, NyQuil does contain sedatives and hypnotics, as its actual purpose is to make you too high to care about being ill anymore. More appropriately, NyQuil’s active ingredients are conveniently mixed in a 10 percent alcohol by volume solution, a higher alcohol concentration than most beers — so you get more high with your high. Although the recommended dosage of NyQuil induces a harmless high, increased dosages can emulate effects similar to PCP (angel dust) and ketamine (special K). Oddly enough, NyQuil is available to anyone without a prescription as long as they are 18 or older, and according to The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, NyQuil is the single most abused over-the-counter cough or

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cold medicine. Does that mean we should ban NyQuil or limit its use to those 21 or older? Absolutely not. But our permissive attitude toward NyQuil usage sticks out to me as a logical inconsistency in the way society views drugs. I understand no drugs, including NyQuil, are meant to be abused, yet we are afforded the right to use NyQuil at our own discretion. We are allowed the opportunity to exercise self-control. On the other hand, any level

of marijuana or cocaine use is automatically considered illegal — no flexibility offered. This issue highlights the confusion surrounding drug use, as some level of use has been deemed acceptable. However, the way we make these distinctions seems to have no method or reason. Why do I have to be 21 to buy Mike’s Hard Lemonade, while I only have to be 18 to purchase NyQuil, hallucinate and then pass out? If Brees inhaled marijuana on television, his family-friend

image would crumble, yet his quasi-comatose condition is a welcome and comical sight to behold. All the while, we are somehow expected to take the War on Drugs seriously. What are we, high? Chris Freyder is a 21-year-old biological sciences junior from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_Cfreyder. Contact Chris Freyder at


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Quote of the Day “What am I drinking? NyQuil on the rocks, for when you’re feeling sick but sociable.”

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Jindal’s plan to privatize prisons unethical, inefficient

If Gov. Bobby Jindal thinks private prisons are in any way a good idea, we need to lock him up and throw away the key. Taking the control of prisons away from the state is a cheap move to make the government seem like it’s doing more than it actually is to reduce the Macy Linton budget deficit. Proving Columnist even worse, the move would compromise Louisiana’s ethics — or what’s left of them. Back in 2001, Louisiana — along with a few other states — placed a moratorium on the privatization of prisons at a time when the public, faced with a slew of scandals, effectively turned against the industry. A conflict of interest is immediately apparent when state duties are outsourced to for-profit businesses. While state governments are (optimally) looking to act in the best interests of their constituencies, private industries are looking to make money. Shocking, I know. In the case of private prisons, the way to rake in a decent profit is to keep beds full, preferably by a majority of 95 percent or more. So how do you make that happen? By lobbying for tougher laws that result in more prisoners and longer sentences, for one. And the private prison industry, as it turns out, is fantastic at lobbying. Businesses such as the Corrections Corporation of America and the GEO Group have stakes in the


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American Legislative Exchange Council, a “non-partisan” public policy organization that has effectively helped to implement many tough-on-crime state laws. In addition to dealing with legislation, the industry is wracked with scandals and glaring inefficiencies. State-run prisons aren’t exactly bastions of virtuosity, either. The businesses significantly lower the ratio of guards-to-prisoners to pay fewer salaries. Paired with poor job training, this factor may contribute to the high amount of escapees from private prisons. On July 30, for example, three convicted murderers escaped from a private prison in Kingsman, Ariz. GEO (formerly known as

Wackenhut), one of the corporations making a bid to house Louisiana’s prisoners, has a dark history in Louisiana, where it previously ran a juvenile rehabilitation center in Jena that spun out of control, resulting in lawsuits and the suicide of a sexually abused female inmate. In 2008, Mid-Atlantic Youth Services Corp. was found guilty of paying two judges in Pennsylvania $2.6 million to send 2,000 children to its prisons. The atrocity has been dubbed by the media as the “kidsfor-cash” scandal. Despite the fact that grandscale corruption is overwhelming, some seem to think we can legitimize the scheme because of our financial straits.

Maybe we’re in a bit of a bind here, Jindal, but that doesn’t mean we have to sink so low. Or be so stupid. As it turns out, any financial benefits are felt only by the corporations, not the taxpayers. A 2005 study by researchers of Private Corrections Institute Inc. showed the Arizona state budget for prisons actually increased because of the introduction of private prisons. In 1999, an evaluation made of other studies conducted by the University of Utah showed the cost-benefit is nil. As of right now, the only possible thing privatization could bring to the table is a quick influx of cash — about $100 million for the two prisons on sale, according

to the Times-Picayune. But the long-term cost of privatizing prisons is risky at best and could outweigh the short-term benefits. The transition from paying $31.51 per capita daily (the current state expenditure) to paying $33.55 (the lowest price offered as of press time) for the next 20 years (the time limit for the contract) has the real possibility of becoming a burden. If conditions remain the same, the overall profit at the end of the contract ($21 million) would be a fraction of the original value. But that’s incredibly unlikely. Recently, the Department of Justice issued a study saying prison populations in Louisiana are growing. The trend is clear — in the past 20 years, they’ve grown by an incredible 130 percent. To completely eradicate the profit, the prison population only needs to grow by 28 percent, or 1,418 people. Suddenly, the whole business is looking less promising by the second. As such, any chances of the initiative raking in any financial benefits are looking slim — but who’s to say some company won’t come along with a slimier smile and a cheaper price tag? Whether the numbers turn in our favor or not, privatization of prisons shouldn’t be an option. Compromising Louisiana’s ethics is not the solution to fixing our money problems. Macy Linton is a 19-year-old international studies freshman from Memphis, Tenn. Follow her on Twitter @TDR_Mlinton. Contact Macy Linton at


Automated tickets abuse due process and cause accidents Taylor Lutz The Daily Evergreen

PULLMAN, Wash. (UWIRE) — Like many functions of the state, authoritative traffic precautions were implemented for the purpose of collecting a revenue stream under the guise of safety. The most outrageous measure has been an effort to squelch driving violations through the use of automated ticketing machines (ATMs). If a motorist runs a red light, a camera takes a picture of the vehicle, then sends a ticket through the mail — in an effort to crack down on running red lights. Besides the creepy Big Brother implications of these measures, the machines come with a number of reasons to be prohibited. As mentioned, they provide a source of revenue from citizens who are paying enough already. The

cameras ignore the basic function of due process by automatically ticketing drivers, relinquishing their ability to contest violations immediately. Most importantly, though, studies show the cameras actually lead to an increase in intersection accidents in complete opposition of the program’s hopes. The state can collect revenue in a number of ways in order to function. Taxes are the most plausible, but raising money while keeping citizens safer sounds winwin. Unfortunately, the mentioned scenario does not account for the ATMs. Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., the company that manufactures ATMs, earns a portion of the revenue, partially to pay for the devices. But even more egregious, this company gets to dictate where the cameras are installed based on a location that is profitable, not necessarily one that promotes greater

safety. In line with the profit motive, numerous cities have been caught shortening the duration of yellow lights, in a “dangerous fundraising initiative,” according to The Huffington Post. All of this brings the program’s legitimacy into question. Regardless of any benefits from the use of ATMs, the machines ignore the premise of innocent-until-proven-guilty. Because the reality that traffic cameras are incapable of differentiating between an automobile owner and the actual driver, the machines send tickets to the owner of the vehicle. In addition, many citizens have been ticketed for taking legal right turns, being treated the same as those who have blatantly violated red lights. A machine that cannot differentiate between traffic violations and legal driving maneuvers obviously has no place in

a free community. As the money-making ATMs have been installed in 450 communities nationwide, studies have assessed the effectiveness of these enforcement mechanisms. As many would not expect, the University of South Florida found traffic cameras to “significantly increase crashes and are a ticket to higher insurance premiums.” CBS Los Angeles found the same conclusion after an audit by the city controller, showing the cameras were unable to improve public safety. The research makes sense intuitively. Instead of proceeding through yellow lights, drivers slam on the breaks to avoid tickets and often end up increasing the amount of rear-end collisions at intersections. Motorists across the nation have been in legislative battles with the ATMs for years now, but the issue is quickly becoming a bigger

debate in Washington. A new bill is moving forward with a third of the state Legislature to eliminate the cameras while requiring a citizenry vote to use them in particular cities. In Wenatchee, more than 700 people a month are receiving $124 tickets in the mail, according to The Seattle Times. The state always claims it holds the intent of safety and concern for the citizenry, but this is no solution to traffic control. While creating a rise in accidents and ignoring due process, the government is doing what it does best — using scare tactics to usurp a pool of revenue. State legislation should be forwarded and supported for all the above reasons before the cameras become entrenched and part of our daily lives. Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at

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