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Hudson, Borel reflect on tenure Completed initiatives: • Advocate against budget cuts • Assess fee bill thoroughly • Add a Redbox kiosk on campus • Extend add/drop time frame • Extend library hours • Create online test bank • Strengthen Dead Week violation system • Improve Student Organization Fair • Establish baseball bus trip • Increase Priority Points per event • Increase seating in Student Union • Ensure correctly labeled recycling bins are in every classroom • Institute service-learning in every college • Increase communication with other Louisiana colleges and universities

In progress:

• Establish covered bus stops • Reform international student orientation • Publish results of teacher evaluations • Extend Wi-Fi throughout campus • Host baseball pep rallies • Research solutions to traffic conditions on Burbank and Nicholson drives • Continue to make North Gate area safer

Not complete:

positions than his own. While Hudson and Borel have worked closely with Chancellor Michael Martin and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Jack Hamilton, they acknowledged they disagree on some of their positions regarding budget cuts. Borel said she disagrees with prorated tuition, which would make students pay more per credit hour taken, while Hudson said he disagrees with

Strengthening laws regarding sex offenders on college campuses will be debated in the coming legislative session. Prefiled House Bill 13 would require faculty and student sex offenders to register with campus police departments. Current law requires sex offenders to register with law enforcement in the city and parish where they live, work, or go to school, according to the bill. Currently, the University runs background checks on staff members when they are hired but has no way of keeping up with students or faculty who may be registered, according to LSU Police Department Det. Kevin Scott. “The problem is LSU is a city within a city,” Scott said. “LSU

INITIATIVES, see page 15

OFFENDERS, see page 15

• Decrease restrictions for on-campus events • Decrease receipt printing from LSU Dining • Advocate LSU to purchase renewable energy • Donate funding from unused meal plans

After their administration made national headlines for questioning Gov. Bobby Jindal’s dedication to funding Louisiana’s higher education, Student Government President and Vice President J Hudson and Dani Borel are leaving office Wednesday. But say they will maintain relationships with administrators and legislators and advocate

for the University. “There was once an SG president who said, ‘There’s a life after Student Government, and I’m going to live it,’” Hudson said. “We’re Of Hudson and Borel’s going to live it, but 32 pushcard initiatives, we’re going to be fight21 are complete. ing for LSU.” Hudson said he learned to emphasize “the student is the customer of higher education” while dealing with those in higher-powered

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Social work students learn value of helping others grieve Attendees gather at Indian Mounds for music, poetry Andrea Gallo Staff Writer

Bagpipes sounded from the top of the Indian Mounds on Monday afternoon as affiliates with the University’s School of Social Work gathered for an “Honoring and Remembering Ceremony.” Participants listened to music, read poetry and gazed at candles, carnations and American flags. Sherry Smelley, social work instructor, has been hosting the ceremony as part of her “Grief and Bereavement” class since Sept. 11, 2001. Smelley said the ceremony partially serves as a way for graduate students to learn the value of helping others grieve.

“We understand that nothing can lessen the pain of grief, but somehow ceremonies such as this seem to comfort,” Smelley said. The ceremony stressed three main themes — supporting those with loss and grief, honoring those who serve in the military, as firefighters and elsewhere, and coping with the loss of a loved one. “We understand that only when one loves does one grieve. ... That loss could be from death, from deployment, from disaster and many other forms,” Smelley said. The Corps of Cadets and Pershing Rifles presented the colors, and within each theme was a poetry reading and a musical selection. At the end of the ceremony, Stanley Masinter, a licensed clinical social worker, played “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes as attendees released a bundle of balloons, each representing a different kind of loss with notes CEREMONY, see page 15

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The Corps of Cadets and Pershing Rifles present the colors Monday during the Honoring and Remembering Ceremony. People affiliated with the School of Social Work gathered for the event.

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Former Hosni Mubarak confidant investigated for corruption

Romney considers second run at presidential candidacy

Retired AgCenter agent drowned in Lake Des Allemands

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s Justice Ministry has ordered the 15-day detention of a former regime stalwart pending investigations into corruption charges. The state news agency reported that Safwat el-Sherif, the secretary general of the ruling party and one of the most powerful men in the former regime, was remanded into custody following 12 hours of questioning. Monday’s report said he was being investigated on charges of profiteering, abusing his position to amass wealth illegally and corrupting public morals.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the closest to a front-runner in a wide-open Republican field, took a major step toward a second White House candidacy Monday, formally announcing a campaign exploratory committee. The Republican, who has been plotting a comeback since losing the GOP presidential nomination to John McCain three years ago, offered himself as the person best able to lead a country struggling to recover from economic crisis.

VACHERIE (AP) — The body of a retired agent with the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center has been found in Lake Des Allemands after a three-day search. Authorities say Larry Brock apparently was setting out hoop nets for catfish near his home when he vanished Thursday. His aluminum skiff was discovered by boaters with the engine running, turning in circles. The Courier said Brock’s body was found Saturday floating not far from where the search had been centered. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ivory Coast 4-month standoff ends with strongman’s capture ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — A bloody, four-month political standoff ended Monday when troops loyal to Ivory Coast’s elected president — backed by French ground and air forces — captured the West African country’s longtime leader who had refused to give up power. Video of former President Laurent Gbagbo being led into a room in a white undershirt was broadcast on television as proof of his detention. He would not sign a statement formally ceding power after

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A pro-Gbagbo protester holds a “Sarkozy continuing Slavery” sign Monday next to riot police officers at the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris.

losing a Nov. 28 election to economist Alassane Ouattara. More than 1 million civilians fled their homes and untold numbers were killed in the power struggle between the two rivals that threatened to re-ignite a civil war in the world’s largest cocoa producer. Gbagbo’s security forces have been accused of using cannons, 60 mm mortars and 50-caliber machine guns to mow down opponents during the standoff. Gbagbo, who ruled the former French colony for a decade, was pulled from his burning residence by Ouattara’s troops following fighting earlier in the day.

Woman dies after backroom cosmetic surgery in Las Vegas LAS VEGAS (AP) — With her smooth skin and wavy, honeyed hair, Elena Caro was celebrated as a beauty by her husband and teenage daughter, who often told her that she didn’t need cosmetic surgery. Caro, 42, was found walking the streets of Las Vegas in agony Saturday after buttocks enhancement surgery that authorities say was performed by two Colombian nationals in the back room of a tile business. She was pronounced dead minutes later at North Vista Hospital in North Las Vegas.

(AP) — State lawmakers refused Monday to give up on redrawing Louisiana’s congressional districts, despite a push from Gov. Bobby Jindal and five of the seven congressmen to delay the work for a year. The Senate passed a new version of the congressional map in a 22-17 vote, sending it to the House for debate with a tight timeline remaining in the redistricting special session, which must end by Wednesday evening. But the two chambers remained far apart on an agreement.

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Faculty Senate begins smoking debate Resolutions will be voted on May 4 Celeste Ansley Staff Writer

Efforts to make the University tobacco and smoke free or ban smoking within 75 feet of buildings were debated Monday by the Faculty Senate. The two resolutions will be voted on at the May 4 meeting. Michael Russo, LSU Libraries senator, presented the resolution to make the University tobacco and smoke free along with a petition signed by about 1,900 people. Russo said it was mostly students who signed the petition. “As soon as those doors slide open, secondhand smoke goes rushing in,” mass communication professor Judith Sylvester said about smoking by the Middleton Library entrance. Sylvester said if the resolution passes, the University will be the 13th institution in Louisiana to

begin working toward this goal. Sylvester said she has been tracking smoking habits at the University for about 10 years and the real issue will be with staff members who smoke outside the building they work in every day. Sylvester said she thinks Student Government should also address this issue. The resolution to move smokers 75 feet away from buildings aims to move smoking receptacles away from buildings and make the University compliant with Louisiana smoking laws and the Clean Air Act. In other business, Jim Purcell, the new commissioner of higher education, gave a speech about the higher education budget issues in Louisiana. Purcell said issues like increasing the operational fee and raising the tuition cap from 12 to 15 hours must pass in the state Legislature. “Without their passage, there will have to be additional cuts,” Purcell said. Purcell also said the University needs to “think” more like a

private institution. “Institutions that are reliant on self-generated funds have to think differently,” Purcell said. Purcell also spoke about the importance of the relationship between the community and the University. Purcell said new literature states there is a relationship to universities and the work force and the states that will survive are those “who can show relevance to the workforce.” Purcell said he wants to “make sure faculty members have input in the big decisions being made.” The Faculty Senate passed a resolution dealing with universities in Louisiana spending taxpayer money to sustain athletic programs while faculty members and academic programs are being cut. The resolution asks Louisiana representatives to make taxpayers aware of this issue.

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Incoming Manship School dean to focus on news media and politics Ceppos has dealt with budget cuts Matthew Albright Chief Staff Writer

Incoming Manship School of Mass Communication Dean Jerry Ceppos says he wants to see the school impact the way politics are discussed in news media. “The Manship School has made a name for itself at the intersection of media and politics,” he said. “I think there is no other school in the country that does so as well.” Ceppos, who will replace interim dean Ralph Izard on July 1,

said he thinks the Manship School can improve how the country talks about politics. “Too often we see political figures shouting past each other, and the media covers the shouting,” he said. “I think this school can go a long way towards fixing that.” Ceppos, who has more than 30 years of professional journalism experience, said journalism is his strongest suit. “I like to see hard-hitting reporting,” he said. “That’s where I come from, so that’s where my heart is.”

Ceppos acknowledged that he will take the school’s helm in the midst of continuing budget cuts. “Bear in mind, I left a declining industry,” he said wryly. “I’m used to having to make cutbacks and be as efficient as possible.” Ceppos is currently journalism dean at the University of Nevada, Reno. He said that state is facing even worse budget crises than Louisiana.

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Construction around Middleton Library to continue until May

Project will make basement waterproof Rachel Warren Staff Writer

Students walking past Middleton Library these days find themselves swimming in a sea of orange. Bright orange barricades block off construction on the walkways surrounding the library amid renovations that will waterproof the basement, according to Sam Territo, associate director of Facility Maintenance. Territo said the project will be completed in two phases, the first of which concerns the east side of Middleton between the library and Memorial Tower because it has seen the most damage. The second will address the rest of the walkways. He said the first phase is expected to be complete by May. Territo said the reason for the problem is the walls of the library’s second floor and the basement line up, and the first floor recesses to form a walkway around the building. He said rainwater dripping from students’ shoes and belongings soaked through the ‘[The alkway construction] w into the hasn’t stopped ground beit and anyone from neath reached the coming in.’ b a s e m e n t ceiling. T e r Amanda Knippers rito said Middleton Library facility manager workers laid down a waterproof membrane under the walkway when the library was first built in the late 1950s, but after about 20 years, cracks began to form, and the membrane stopped working. He said Facility Services has worked intermittently throughout the years since the issue first came up in the 1980s by spraying it with a waterproofing solution and caulking significant cracks. Territo said the office finally decided to replace the entire walkway in 2009. “We basically had to remove the old walkway, scrape out the old membrane, replace it and repave it,” Territo said. Territo said the new walkway will be paved with a smooth concrete finish which will be less slippery during inclement weather than the aggregate material the rest of the Quad is paved with. He also said the concrete will be better for students in wheelchairs to use. “It’s definitely the more [Americans with Disabilities Act]friendly material,” Territo said. Territo said the basement has lost some ceiling tiles and several of its carpet tiles have had to be

cleaned or replaced. He said Facility Services tries to schedule construction work minimal impact on students, but inconvenience is inevitable in any construction job. Territo said the first phase of the project will cost $200,000 to $250,000, and the second phase should cost about the same amount. The money comes from deferred maintenance funding from the state. Tony Lombardo, Facility Services assistant vice chancellor, said Facility Services keeps a list of deferred maintenance projects and prioritizes them by analyzing several factors. Lombardo said Facility Services assigns risk levels to each project based on lifespan of materials used and the impact it has on

students and other projects. He said the office has had to work to become even more efficient in recent years because of the University’s budget situation. “When the regular maintenance operation budget decreases, the deferred maintenance list increases,” Lombardo said. “Without those funds, the list will never get smaller.” Amanda Knippers, Middleton Library facility manager, said she doesn’t think the construction has stopped anyone from visiting the library. “It pretty much has been going the way it was going,” she said. “It hasn’t stopped anyone from coming in.” Contact Rachel Warren at

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The construction project to water proof Middleton Library’s basement will be completed in two phases, said Sam Territo, associate director of Facility Maintenance. The library is currently in phase I, which is expected to be completed by May.

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A rendering shows the expected location and design of the Komma and Allam Remembrance Garden Fountain. Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma and Kiran Kumar Allam were shot and killed in the Edward Gay apartments in December 2007.

ICC to build remembrance fountain, garden for deceased grad students

Memorial in honor of Komma, Allam Rachel Warren Staff Writer

Three years ago campus was gripped by the tragic killing of international students Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma and Kiran Kumar Allam, and University employees hope this year students will finally find peace. Maureen Hewitt, International Cultural Center manager, said the ICC is partnering with Facility Services to build a memorial garden, fountain and sculpture behind the ICC building. Hewitt said the memorial — named the Komma and Allam Remembrance Garden Fountain — will give students a place to visit and remember the two graduate students who were shot and killed in the Edward Gay apartments in 2007. Hewitt said she thought it was important for the memorial to be a celebration of the students’ lives. Deepmala Agarwal, International Student Association president, said the project began as a memorial dedicated solely to Komma and Allam, but has grown to memorialize University students in general. Dennis Mitchell, campus landscape architect, designed the memorial. “We felt we should do something to memorialize their lives in a way that was appropriate,” he said. Mitchell said the fountain will be made of recycled glass and stone and a metal globe will sit at the top of the structure. Mitchell said the University School of Art will create the metal globe sculpture, which hasn’t been named yet. Mitchell also said Student Government contributed money to the project to have an area near

the lake behind the ICC paved for students to reflect quietly. The first phase of the project, which includes construction on the garden, fountain and reflection area, will cost about $20,000, Mitchell said. Hewitt said the ICC has raised more than $30,000 to fund the project through different events. She said she has also seen a large number of volunteers and people who want to donate plants and greenery instead of money. Hewitt said the next phase of the project will involve more green space in the area, site furniture and an expansion of the garden. Mitchell said he thought the garden would help the ICC become more well known on campus. Mitchell said Facility Services recently hired a contractor to oversee the project and he expects construction soon. The first

phase should take about 60 days to complete, he said. “We’d like to see it become a beautiful green space on campus,” Mitchell said. “It’s for the community in general.” Hewitt said she hopes the garden will increase the amount of foot traffic by the ICC and joggers will stop and enjoy it. Agarwal said she thinks it’s important for international students to have a place to meet and share their memories of those who have passed away. “It gives them a feeling that they’re not alone here,” she said. Hewitt said the ICC has kept in touch with Komma’s and Allam’s families and friends and gives them frequent updates on the project.

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Family raises money for Japan, son starts T-shirt fundraiser $10,000 raised for tsunami relief Catherine Threlkeld Contributing Writer

One month after Japan’s disastrous earthquake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear crisis, the country is trying to recover and rebuild. People across the world are donating millions for relief, and people in and around the University are no different. Yoshinori Kamo, sociology associate professor, and his two sons, international trade and finance sophomore Kenta and University alumnus Shota, have joined forces to rally the University community to help Japan. Shota Kamo, a bartender at Bogie’s Bar and Grill, helped organize Bogie’s Japan Relief Palooza on March 24, and Kenta Kamo is working on T-shirt sales to raise money for relief. Kenta designed the T-shirt himself, and the family has sold 566 shirts at $20 apiece, totaling

more than $10,000. The T-shirts older son. He has a lot of friends bear the slogan “Hope, Help, there.” Heal.” Yoshinori said his sons are goYoshinori Kamo said they are ing back to Japan next winter for trying to sell 1,000 shirts. Kenta six months — Kenta for an exKamo, a member of Theta Xi fra- change program and Shota for fun ternity, is using the and work. Greek system as Much of the an outlet to gain Kamos’ family awareness and and friends live in support. Tokyo, but every“It was my one was accounted dad’s idea at first, for after the earthand he brought it quake and tsunami. up to me because “My entire Yoshinori Kamo I had experience extended family sociology associate professor designing T-shirts, lives there and my and we just went brother actually from there,” Kenta said. “I work did something at Bogie’s, and I felt at Red Stick Sports and they do like I should probably do somescreen printing, and they paid for thing, too,” Kenta Kamo said. the first 200 shirts.” The Kamos encourage stuYoshinori Kamo is originally dents and supporters to buy shirts from Tokyo and moved to Seattle online at when he was 25. He said he goes or to visit Yoshinori Kamo’s office back to Japan every year with his at 139 Stubbs Hall. sons. When they return in the sumProceeds from the T-shirts mer, Kenta and Shota even attend will go to Save the Children: Japan public school there for a couple Earthquake Tsunami Relief. months. “Both are bilingual. They Contact Catherine Threlkeld at both feel a strong tie to Japan,” Yoshinori said. “Particularly my

‘Both [of my sons] are bilingual. They both feel a strong tie to Japan.’


Kenta Kamo, left, international trade and finance sophomore, and his Japaneseborn father, Yoshinori Kamo, sociology professor pose Monday with the T-shirt they are selling to raise money for Japan relief.

Baseball: LSU takes on Northwestern State at 6:30 p.m. at Alex Box Stadium.


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Running Back

Eades to make first start tonight Rowan Kavner Sports Writer

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LSU baseball players huddle together while freshman outfielder Spencer Ware hypes up his teammates Feb. 18 before the season opener against Wake Forest. LSU won, 15-4.

Spencer Ware returns to LSU baseball team following spring football Rowan Kavner Sports Writer

Freshman Spencer Ware won’t have much time to adjust from the gridiron to the diamond. LSU coach Paul Mainieri said the left

fielder could get into games as soon as tonight after rejoining the baseball team Monday following spring football. “As soon as he’s ready to go, he’s going to get an opportunity to get right in there,” Mainieri said. “It might be [tonight], it might be Wednesday night. I’m not sure yet.”

Ware, who hasn’t started a single game this season, hit .429 in seven non-conference at-bats off the bench before leaving for spring football in early March. “He got his feet wet,” Mainieri said. “He WARE, see page 11

“We need somebody to spark our team. At this point, Ware’s going to get his chance.” Paul Mainieri, LSU baseball coach

Last place in the Southeastern Conference Western Division is not a familiar position for the LSU baseball team. Coach Paul Mainieri said an immediate turnaround must begin tonight against Northwestern State (10-22, 3-12 Southland) after LSU (21-11, 3-9 SEC) was swept by Arkansas during the weekend. “I’m not going to downplay the significance of this week,” Mainieri said. “We have to get the job done, beginning with these midweek games.” Freshman Ryan Eades, who has a 5.68 ERA in 12 2/3 innings and 11 appearances out of the bullpen, will make his first career start tonight. “This is a kid with an awful lot of talent, one of the really shining lights in our recruiting class,” Mainieri said. Mainieri said Eades “has as much talent” as weekend freshmen starters Kurt McCune and Kevin Gausman. He said Eades, who had shoulder surgery his senior year of high school, hasn’t had any major postsurgery issues, and his innings should not be limited the way redshirt freshman Forrest Garrett’s were following Tommy John surgery. “It seems like every time Eades has pitched, the game has been on the line,” Mainieri said. “He hasn’t had a chance to use all of his pitches, and he hasn’t had a chance to really EADES, see page 11


Johnson searching for guard to fill scholarship void JUCO player Talley to visit this weekend Michael Lambert Sports Writer

The LSU men’s basketball team suffered a heartbreaking season in 2010-11 on and off the court after struggling to a 3-13 Southeastern Conference record. But for sophomore guard Aaron Dotson, losing basketball games was minimized by a situation much closer to home. Dotson’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer during the season, and the Seattle native

decided to leave the team in the offseason to be closer to his family. LSU is now left without the production of a 6.5-points-pergame performer, but his scholarship remains for the taking. five-star center Johnny O’Bryant and three-star guard John Isaac have signed letters of intent and will join the team in the summer. The NCAA allows 13 scholarships for men’s basketball teams. LSU has 10 players under scholarship before the two incoming freshmen. The Tigers have room for one more scholarship player, and the backcourt is the thinnest area of the team with only five guards on the

roster after the addition of Isaac. “We need a perimeter player,” said LSU coach Trent Johnson. “When you look at what we have coming back up front and what we lost, obviously, we need a perimeter player.” More specifically, LSU is lacking depth at point guard. The Tigers will have two true point guards — sophomore Andre Stringer and senior Chris Bass — next season, but it lost another point guard in walkon Daron Populist, who has scholarship offers from other schools. Stringer hit some road bumps in his freshman season, committing 82 turnovers and shooting 33 SCHOLARSHIP, see page 11

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LSU sophomore guard Aaron Dotson (12) tries to drive past former Kentucky guard John Wall on Feb. 6, 2010. Dotson has left the program, and his scholarship is up for grabs.

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Loupe, Peterson lead senior trio, restore dormant program Tigers in top 10 entering postseason Chris Abshire Sports Contributor

LSU men’s golf coach Chuck Winstead has one goal for his program. “We need to get better today and then do it again tomorrow,” Winstead said. So far, the 2010-2011 season has been a culmination of many days of that type of improvement. Heading into next week’s Southeastern Conference championships, the No. 10 Tigers have won four tournaments this year, the most since Winstead’s own playing days at LSU in the 198889 season. Along with a trio of seniors — John Peterson, Andrew Loupe and Clayton Rotz — Winstead has helped turn LSU from a dormant underachiever into a prominent force in college golf. Since enrolling at LSU in the fall of 2007, ‘I’m from all the seniors have improved Baton their individual Rouge and scoring averevery year have such ages and led the Tia passion gers to three for this victories in of the last university each two seasons. and LSU With the of seathletics. addition nior transfer I think Ken Looper there’s this year and depth in something quality juniors Austin special Gutgsell and about this Sang Yi, the Tihave spent place.’ gers the year parked in the top 10 of Andrew Loupe the polls and in LSU senior golfer contention at every event. “We’ve not only won this year, but we’ve been right there playing in the final group and top five in every tournament,” said Peterson, a Fort Worth, Texas, native. “Not many teams can

say that.” But the road to consistent play this year has been anything but easy, according to the players. “There’s been a lot of growing pains and ups and downs going back to our freshman year,” said Loupe, a Baton Rouge native. “But even with the setbacks, we’ve remained on a steady incline through these four years.” While Loupe, Peterson and Rotz have been the linchpins of the program’s rebuilding effort, they took vastly different paths to arrive at LSU. Peterson was one of the top prospects in Texas out of high school and had offers from other big programs but chose LSU beADAM VACCARELLA / The Daily Reveille cause he had experience work- Senior Andrew Loupe tees off at the 11th hole Saturday, April 3, during the LSU National Invitational at University Club. ing with Winstead and liked the Loupe, along with seniors John Peterson and Clayton Rotz, have helped bolster the Tigers’ rating at No. 10. challenge of helping restore a have to get it done on the course, “It’s been gratifying to watch year, but you don’t work hard to program. “Me, Andrew, Clayton, all both Peterson and Loupe said it these kids progress and build on win the Gopher Invitational or was Winstead’s our success, but we’re not done the Hootie [at Bulls Bay Interthese guys, we recruiting persis- yet,” Winstead said. collegiate],” Peterson said. “You made the choice tence and coachPeterson and Loupe, who play to win championships, so to turn this place ing acumen that were each named Golfweek All- our goal is to get that win total back into a powconvinced them American Honorable Mentions to seven.” erhouse,” Peterto attend LSU and in 2010, echoed Winstead’s call son said. “We Contact Chris Abshire at spurred their golf to finish strong. were ranked games. “We’ve got four wins this around 85th when Winstead has I signed, and look been one of Golfat us now in the week’s top 100 top 10 in every instructors since poll.” 2005. Loupe, on “As playthe other hand, John Peterson ers we have abwas an EpiscoLSU senior golfer solute trust and pal High product confidence in his and had worked with Winstead since he was 9 teaching, and it helps that he’s years old. Even though he grew so passionate about the game and up around the program, Loupe’s our development,” Loupe said. While the golf team is the commitment was not a foregone conclusion because he was one best it has been since the late of Louisiana’s most coveted golf 1980s, Winstead said he wants to prospects. The lure of playing for avoid thinking the work is done. his hometown team ultimately won out. “I’m from Baton Rouge and have such a passion for this university and LSU athletics,” Loupe said. “I think there’s something special about this place.” Rotz is from Chambersburg, a small town in south-central Pennsylvania, and was one of the top 50 junior golfers in the country before he decided to make the journey south to play for LSU. While the players ultimately

‘We’ve not only won this year, but we’ve been right there playing in the final group and top five in every tournament.’

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A look at early MLB impressions 10 games into season start hitting, they would be in even better shape. That’s about it, but I feel like there’s something I’m leaving out here. Well, until next time — Oh, right, now I remember. The Baltimore Orioles are in first place still. And I say that with as much enthusiasm as possible. Don’t say I didn’t call it, because I did. When September rolls around and they are still up atop the AL East, you all know who to proclaim as the wisest prognosticator that ever existed. I expect to be trending worldwide on Twitter.

SCHWEHMMING AROUND Andy Schwehm Sports columnist Ten games have come and gone this season for about every MLB team. That means we are 1/16th of the way to the end of the season. In other words, it’s far too early for me to make any grand generalizations and gloat, but I’m going to do it anyway. First off, Manny Ramirez (and I’ve said this for so many years) is — well, was — the most overrated baseball player that ever existed. I’m glad he’s out of the league. I hate him and his performance-enhancing drug using self. Moving on. The Boston Red Sox are going to be just fine. Yes, they do have some serious causes for concern with a lack of timely hitting (team .200 batting average with runners in scoring position) and pitching (league-worst 6.24 team ERA) that is awful right now. But it’ll even itself out eventually. They showed some signs of life by taking a few from the Yankees during the weekend, and they will have a good chance to reach .500 with series against Tampa Bay and Toronto coming up. Sticking in the American League, one of the bigger surprises has been the AL Centralleading Cleveland Indians. The question with them, though, is will they keep it up? In short, no. They’ve played the slumping Red Sox, the terrible Seattle

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Cleveland Indians’ Orlando Cabrera and Seattle Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo watch Cabrera’s sacrifice fly in the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday in Seattle. Columnist Andy Schwehm predicts the Indians’ pitching to be their downfall.

Mariners and the Chicago White Sox. They swept the first two but lost two of three to Ozzie Guillen’s crew. Sure, their hitting is solid so far this season, but their pitching will be their downfall. That is, if a lack of attendance doesn’t kill them first (fewer than 10,000 people at a Saturday game). And to close out the AL, the Texas Rangers are exceeding expectations. They have the best team ERA in the league (2.48) and the eighth-best batting average (.273), and they are tied for first in the league in home runs (18). All of those numbers bode well for a team looking to repeat as AL champions. Down in the National League, the Philadelphia Phillies, who just about everyone, including myself, thought would have

serious offensive problems, have been tearing the cover off the ball with a league-best team .344 batting average. If they can keep those bats up, they are going to quickly become the favorite to win the World Series. In the NL Central, the Cincinnati Reds are looking good. Specifically, Reds’ first bagger Joey Votto is an absolute monster, batting .455 to start off the season with an outrageous OPS of 1.275. They have a team 4.90 ERA right now ­— a possible cause for concern. They need to get their pitching act together, especially ace Edinson Volquez, who has thrown only 11 innings in his two starts, giving up nine runs. Out in the NL West, the Colorado Rockies are looking like the early favorite, especially with

their pitching (2.86 team ERA is the second best in the NL). If someone named Troy Tulowitzki on that team would

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Rangers beat Martinez, Tigers 2-0

Young, Mack win SEC weekly honors

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Loupe named SEC golfer of the week Staff Reports People are still buzzing about the LSU softball team. LSU junior first baseman Anissa Young won Southeastern Conference Player of the Week and junior right hander Brittany Mack nabbed SEC Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Both were instrumental in LSU’s sweep of No. 1 Alabama this weekend. Mack notched two of the three wins this weekend, both complete game efforts, including a herculean 14-inning, 234-pitch gem Friday night. She only allowed a combined one earned run in the two outings. Young could be classified more as clutch than instrumental. The Fontana, Calif., native drilled consecutive extra-inning walk-off bombs to clinch the Friday and Saturday wins. Young also eclipsed the 100hit mark with her weekend effort. The honor is Mack’s second and Young’s first. The sweep stretched LSU’s win streak to 10 games, a morale booster after Tigers coach Yvette Girouard’s squad lost six straight games before embarking on the current streak. LSU will travel to Lake Charles to face McNeese State at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. LOUPE NAMED SEC GOLFER OF THE WEEK LSU senior golfer Andrew Loupe wasn’t left out of the party. The SEC tagged Loupe, a Baton Rouge native, as Player of the Week coming off his strong performances in the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate and LSU National Invitational, respectively. The Tigers won both events. Loupe recorded a 6-underpar 207 to tie for first at Bulls Bay, while finishing fifth at the Invitational with a 2-over 218. LSU will now head to St. Simons Island, Ga. to play in the SEC Championships starting Friday.

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Junior pitcher Brittany Mack fields a fly ball Sunday in LSU’s 2-0 win against No. 1 Alabama. Mack tossed two complete games in LSU’s sweep of the Alabama.

DETROIT (AP) — To Victor Martinez, the Texas ploy made perfect sense. The Rangers chose to have closer Neftali Feliz intentionally walk Miguel Cabrera with two outs in the ninth inning, even though it meant bringing Martinez to the plate as the potential winning run. The Detroit newcomer grounded out with two runners on base Monday, finishing off the Tigers’ 2-0 loss to the Rangers. Martinez wasn’t surprised by Texas manager Ron Washington’s bold strategy to pitch around Cabrera. “He’s been swinging the bat good, and I haven’t been swinging the bat good at all,” the fourtime All-Star said. “They took a chance on me.” The former Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians standout is hitting just .225, making $12

million in the first season of a $50 million, four-year deal he signed with Detroit to primarily be its designated hitter. Martinez, though, said it’s too early to be frustrated. “We’ll see what happens at the end of the year,” he said. Alexi Ogando outpitched Justin Verlander before leaving with a finger problem to help the defending AL champions improve to 9-1, maintaining the majors’ top record and matching the best 10-game start in team history. Michael Young and Mitch Moreland hit RBI doubles in the seventh inning as Texas equaled the start of its 1989 club. Ogando (2-0) gave up just two hits, walked one and struck four in seven innings in his second start in the majors. The converted reliever had his outing cut short by fluid under a callus on his right index finger after pitching six scoreless innings last

week with a developing blister on the same finger. Ogando expects to make his next start. Texas reliever Darren Oliver gave up a hit in the eighth. Feliz finished for his fourth save in as many chances after retiring two batters and allowing Ryan Raburn to double, bringing up Cabrera. Verlander (1-1) lost despite pitching a six-hitter, striking out four and walking one in a 119-pitch performance. “It’s terribly disappointing for me,” he said. “I think it’s terribly disappointing for the team.” Verlander was perfect until Josh Hamilton hit a two-out single in the fourth inning.

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got used to the pace of play and the quality of pitching.” Mainieri said he didn’t want Ware to start before spring football because he thought it would be too traumatic for the team’s chemistry once he left. He said Ware, who went 2-for-3 with runners in scoring position and posted a perfect fielding percentage in eight games, displayed enough talent before spring football to warrant playing time following his hiatus. “I told him ... there’s all kinds of factors that it’s quite possible when spring football is over we’re going to need a spark, and you can be that sparkplug for us,” Mainieri said. “And so here we are, exactly as I predicted it would happen.” LSU could use a jump-start after getting swept by Arkansas and falling to 3-9 in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers have lost 10 of their past 15 games and three of their first four SEC series.

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percent from the floor. But the Jackson, Miss., native averaged 11.2 points a game and started in 30 contests. “He held up. He was durable,” Johnson said. “Where he needs to improve the most is his ability to distribute the ball in key situations to people at the right time.” LSU will also get the addition of Iowa State transfer Justin Hamilton, who sat out last season, to give the team depth under the basket. “With the addition of Justin and Johnny to our base up front, it changes how you play and how physical you want to be,” Johnson

“We’re not doing that good right now, and hopefully I can come back and give us some energy and some life in the dugout,” Ware said. The two Tigers with at least seven starts in left field — sophomore Alex Edward and junior Trey Watkins — have struggled in SEC play at the plate. In conference games, Edward is hitting .120, and Watkins is hitting .083. Mainieri said the duo will have to wait its turn if Ware returns to his previous form. “We need somebody to spark our team,” Mainieri said. “At this point, Ware’s going to get his chance.” Ware, who scored two touchdowns and led all running backs with 94 yards in LSU’s spring game, fielded balls in left field and was the first player in the batting cage Monday in his first practice after rejoining the team. He pinch ran in one SEC game but hasn’t had an at-bat since Feb. 27 against Holy Cross. “I’m hoping it’ll come back

quick to him and we’ll get him in there,” Mainieri said. “He’s a winner, and we need some competitiveness and some toughness, and I think he’ll bring that to our team.” Ware said he would love to return to the lineup today and is optimistic he will “rise to the occasion.” “That would be tremendous, but the one thing is I don’t want to rush back into it and put us in a deeper hole,” he said. “I want to come in and give us some life.” Sophomore designated hitter Raph Rhymes said any change could be positive for the struggling Tigers. “We’re glad to have him back,” Rhymes said. “He’s a big asset to this team.”

said. “Now we can play down low and roll bodies in and guard around the basketball.” Dave Telep, ESPN senior basketball recruiting analyst, said teams have various methods on getting players during the spring signing period, including the junior college route. “We’re at the point that it doesn’t matter whether you’re at the JUCO level, out of high school or playing in your rec league — people need bodies,” Telep said. Point guard Sam Grooms out of Chipola Junior College was on LSU’s radar, but the 6-foot-1-inch recruit committed to Oklahoma on Sunday, according to

“There’s a talent deficit out there right now,” Telep said. “We had a weak senior class and a ton of guys signing early, so it’s left a void for the spring signing period.” But Junior college guard Dylan Talley is still on the market. Talley, a recruit from Blinn Community College, will visit Baton Rouge this weekend, according to Rivals. Talley led Blinn with 22.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game this past season. He will have two years of eligibility remaining. The 6-foot-5-inch, 215-pound prospect visited Nebraska last weekend and told Rivals he plans to make a decision in the next couple of weeks.

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get comfortable out there.” Eades will pitch against a Northwestern State lineup hitting .253 with only 124 runs compared to LSU’s 227. The Demons were also swept last weekend, scoring only three runs in each of their three games against Nicholls State. LSU sophomore designated hitter Raph Rhymes said it’s still easy to get excited for a non-conference game against a struggling team. “We all love this game a lot, and any chance we get to come out and play, we really embrace that moment,” Rhymes said. “We treat these games just as important as SEC games.” Mainieri said the Tigers were “down in the dumps” following the weekend sweep, which kicked LSU out of the national rankings in the Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball polls. The Tigers were No. 24 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. He said he met with the players Talley began his career at Binghamton before transferring after a scandal kicked six players off the team. Talley wasn’t involved in any of the allegations but chose to transfer anyway.

immediately after the Arkansas series to keep their spirits high. “You have to keep the kids believing,” Mainieri said. “I don’t think you can play well enough to win unless the morale is there and the confidence is there.” LSU swept consecutive games against Northwestern last season before losing seven straight games. Six of those seven losses were away, whereas this year LSU plays another midweek game at home Wednesday against Alcorn State and hosts Auburn in a three-game series. The Tigers are 18-6 at home this season, including a sweep of No. 8 Cal State Fullerton. “Hopefully a week from today we’ll be talking about how we’re 26-11 and we’ve won five in a row,” Mainieri said. “And hopefully we’ll have a better feeling about ourselves.” Follow Rowan Kavner on Twitter @TDR_Kavner. Contact Rowan Kavner at Follow Michael Lambert Twitter @TDR_Lambert. Contact Michael Lambert at


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Congress should save Planned Parenthood Picture millions of men and women without STD testing and treatments, breast and cervical cancer screenings, or comprehensive sexual education – that is what our country can look forward to if federal funding to Planned Parenthood is lost. As a woman who escaped

adolescence without truly understanding the ins-and-outs of my sexual reproduction, I know firsthand what it feels like to really need honest information and to search for a trusted family planning provider. Fortunately, I’ve managed to stay safe and healthy! However, I’m worried about the state of women’s health care access in Louisiana and throughout the United States. Specifically, I’m concerned about the political attacks on Planned Parenthood. In Congress, extremists are trying to hijack the

budget process and bar Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal funds. Life-saving healthcare services are at risk of slipping away from 3 million American women. The extreme proposal, initiated by Rep. Pence of Indiana, will hurt American women by taking away health care that they receive today. This entire situation is sloppy politics, short sighted and fiscally irresponsible. We know that every public dollar invested in family planning programs saves about four dollars in Medicaid-related

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costs. Every day in Baton Rouge Planned Parenthood provides preventive health care, including lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, annual exams, STI testing and more. It’s a no-brainer that these preventive health care services save lives and save money. Where will the millions of people who rely on Planned Parenthood go if this measure becomes law? Taking all of this into account, it is apparent that Pence and those supporting these dangerous attacks on women’s health care are

sending a message — they do not care about the millions of Americans that want to live safe and healthy reproductive lives. Let’s get real. Less reproductive health care services means increased disease and increased costs. Sounds good I guess, if you are into that kind of thing. Jessica Allain LSU English major Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at


La.-based reality shows have potential to hurt state’s reputation If you’ve seen “The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia,” a documentary about the pillpopping, murderous White family, you probably don’t think too highly of Boone County in West Virginia. And if you’ve seen “Jersey Shore” (I’m sure you have), you may feel similarly disappointed at the thought of New Jersey. A similar phenomenon could happen to Louisiana — if it hasn’t already. In the past a few years, a number of Louisiana-based documentary TV series have appeared across cable channels. Some might think this is a positive thing — our economy is suffering, and promoting our great state could lure visitors. Unfortunately, three popular shows in the last few years have the potential to do the opposite. One TV hit was A&E’s “Billy the Exterminator,” which was shot near Shreveport. The show follows the leather and chain-clad Billy, owner of Vexcon Inc., as he conquers one bug-infested, impoverished home after another. In the show Billy is rarely called out to affluent neighborhoods to solve pest problems. He’s almost always called to small, rundown shacks occupied by roaches and underprivileged residents. Aside from that, Billy wears ridiculous black outfits consisting of spiked bracelets and dog collars throughout the show. So here’s what we understand about Louisiana from “Billy the Exterminator”: Louisianians are all poor, live in shacks and we get our pest control from a ridiculouslooking man wearing a spiked dog collar. In 2010, The History Channel revealed “Swamp People,” a

documentary series about a handful of Cajun alligator hunters fighting their way through the season to harvest as many alligators as possible. The hunters barely spoke distinctive English, as their Cajun Chris Grillot accent was so Columnist thick. Between interviewing the hunters at their — gasp — shack-ish homes, the camera followed them into the swamps chasing poachers, arguing with each other and shooting alligators in the head with a .22-caliber rifle. “So the bullet bounces around in the head,” one of our Cajun heroes grumbled to the camera. What the nation learns from “Swamp People” is that Louisianians can barely speak English, we’re all missing teeth, we all wear shrimp boots, all own a flatbottomed boat and our favorite pastime is killin’ gators. Lastly, the Discovery Channel’s Baton Rouge-set “Sons of Guns” series came out in 2011. The show follows the day-to-day work of the gunsmiths of Red Jacket Firearms. Apparently, our fellow citizens of Baton Rouge consistently demand custom silenced shotguns, AK-47s, double M16s and rocket launchers because these are the types of weapons the Red Jacket team is consistently contracted to produce. After the guns are created, the men play with their shiny new toys. In one episode, they do a river assault from a boat outfitted with two M16s. What the U.S. can gather from “Sons of Guns” is that Baton

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Rouge citizens have thousands of dollars to spend on outrageous modifications to firearms. We also assault riverbanks for fun. Overall, as you can imagine, these shows don’t exactly show anything positive about our state — the same way “Jersey Shore” makes New Jersey look bad. Each of these Louisianabased shows display ridiculous fringe groups of people who don’t represent the state as a whole. Do you remember the last time an absurdly dressed exterminator rid your shack of roaches?

Or the last time you spent a month in the swamps slaughtering alligators? How about the last time you bought a silenced shotgun? I don’t, and I doubt most can. And we can’t because they aren’t common occurrences. Sure, we have a rich Cajun heritage and quite lax gun control laws, but why focus only on these topics in the TV shows? The answer is obvious — more viewers will tune in to see people participating in questionably barbaric behavior. And sadly, when shack

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homes, pirogues, dead alligators, double M16s and Billy the Exterminator represent Louisiana’s TV portrait, the state’s reputation is bound to mirror that image. Chris Grillot is a 20-year-old English and mass communication sophomore from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_cgrillot.

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Quote of the Day “Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.”

John Lennon English musician Oct. 9, 1940 — Dec. 8, 1980

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You should avoid messing with pirates, hackers online Yar! Ahoy, mateys. It’s time to batten down the hatches, shiver me timbers and drink some rum. A pirate’s life be what for me. Now it may not be this type o’ pirate lurking around ye everyday, but pirates are still hunting for ye booty, even right now — on the Internet. Aside from the trivial form of piracy concerning music and movies, hackers are constantly working to provide people access to devices in ways other than the manufacturer may have intended. Last summer, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals deemed it legal for users to “jailbreak” their iPhones, allowing many more customization options and features than provided by Apple. Hackers have gone on to “jailbreak” (or “root”) many more things, such as other smartphones, operating systems, etc. However, one hacker got more than he bargained for at the

beginning of this year by releasing the root key for Sony’s PlayStation 3. The root key lets users openly manipulate their PlayStation 3, allowing any unsigned code to run on the system. Sony didn’t take too kindly to hacker George “Geohot” Hotz and his new finding. In fact, Sony officially sued Geohot and “fail0verflow” (who released development tools for rooted PS3s) and demanded restraining orders. Sony even went as far as to obtain the IP addresses of all the people visiting Geohot’s site for the root key. After months of fighting, Sony and Geohot finally settled out of court Monday with the hacker agreeing not to post source codes, hacking tips or anything else that will help circumvent the PS3’s security, according to gaming site Destructoid. While that’s all fine and well, the real news comes from last

week when multiple Sony websites and the PlayStation Network mysteriously crashed. Sony blamed “sporadic maintenance,” but the real cause comes from Internet group “Anonymous.” Anonymous was originally an Adam Arinder Internet meme Columnist created in 2003 on the website 4chan. The meme took off, representing an online community of members existing as an anarchic, digitized global brain — kind of like a modernized Project Mayhem from “Fight Club.” After Sony refused to relinquish pressure on Geohot, Anonymous declared an all-out war on the tech giant. A member of Anonymous came out on an Internet forum and attributed the crashes to the group.

It started with crashing the aforementioned Sony sites but then led to something a bit more extreme. Within hours of “declaring war,” members of Anonymous obtained the personal information of many Sony executives including Sony Computer Entertainment America President and CEO Jack Tretton. Simply through a bit of thorough research and manipulation of people, a member of Anonymous learned of Tretton’s home address by seeing if he ordered flowers for his wife on Valentine’s Day. After ordering a bunch of pizzas to be delivered to Tretton’s house from “Anon Mous,” one of the members decided to call Tretton’s house as well, but was hung up on by Tretton’s wife. Fortunately, it appears nothing malicious — aside from a large pizza bill — fell upon Tretton or any of the Sony executives. But this “war” easily shows

how public your “private” information is. With the most trivial information — ordering flowers for his wife — people found someone’s address and phone number. It’s definitely a scary thought. Does that mean you should quit what you’re doing and hide from the Internet forever? Of course not. Just be sure to remember any information you put on the Internet — no matter how “private” you set it — is public information for everyone. Now, where be me wenches? I have some more plundering to do. Yarrrrrrr! Adam Arinder is a 21-year-old communication studies senior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_aarinder.

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Mexican, US drug legalization necessary to end war With its current focus on the dictatorships in Middle Eastern countries, the United States has largely been ignoring an issue closer to home. Namely, the “War on Drugs” raging in Mexico. In Mexico, the term takes on a more literal definition than in the U.S. In 2006, Mexican President Felipe Calderon called on military forces to handle the growing problem presented by increasingly powerful drug cartels specializing in marijuana and methamphetamine (who have grown so powerful and violent since the ’90s that many have labeled them insurgencies). Rather than solve the problem, the inclusion of the military into everyday state matters escalated the situation and, moreover, presented a human rights conflict. In a state where the enemies are in fact citizens, the Mexican military sometimes fails to distinguish the innocent. Now, with 34,000 people (including civilians, children and journalists) dead from drug-related incidents since Calderon’s inauguration — and a crumbling economy — the plan is largely a failure. In a speech made Wednesday to a convention of newspaper editors from the United States and Latin America, former Mexican President Vicente Fox (who also experienced failures when using military force to deal with drug cartels) addressed many topics involved in consideration of the drug war consuming Mexico, including violence, human rights,

legalization and immigration. In what amounts to a political mess, Fox presents a voice of reason. Among other things, he joins fellow former President Ernesto Zedillo in calling for drug (specifically Macy Linton marijuana) legalization in Columnist Mexico. In his speech, Fox referenced success in Portugal, where drug use has fallen by 25 percent a decade after they were legalized. Addressing the importance of international cooperation among Mexico, America and Canada in his speech, Fox basically echoed U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s sentiments on working together from her speech in January. Unlike the former Mexican president, however, Clinton made her support for Calderon’s drug war clear, claiming there was “no alternative.” In fact, there is an alternative, and it’s the same one Fox is advocating: legalizing marijuana. Ignoring Portugal’s precedent and refusing to even attempt policy change is a negative trend in both U.S. and Mexican politics. However, even if legalization in Mexico succeeds, it won’t get far without assistance from the U.S. Profit for drug cartels arises from the transport of illegal narcotics to the U.S. Consequently, Mexico can’t reasonably legalize drugs without parallel policies

being initiated in the U.S. If it does, the country risks becoming a haven for drug cartels. Supporting this initiative may be seen in some ways as a concession to drug-runners, when it’s in fact a complete dismantling of the black market structure in its entirety. A quick resolution of the problems in Mexico will be a boon to America as well (especially the Southwest). With violence on the streets causing the economy to suffer, it’s hardly unreasonable that Mexican citizens are making

their way out of the country. With greater safety and a more promising economic outlook at home, immigration across the border — some of it, at least — will fall. And so will drug-related violence. America itself is no innocent bystander. Drugs are often paid for with guns originating in the U.S. In addition, the U.S. plays a vital role in the war by training Mexico’s military and police. As the largest international player in the world and a close

partner to Mexico, the U.S. must take the necessary steps to de-escalate the war in Mexico. Legalization is the next step for both countries — at this point, it may be the only choice we have left. Macy Linton is a 19-year-old international studies freshman from Memphis, Tenn. Follow her on Twitter @TDR_Mlinton. Contact Macy Linton at


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The Daily Reveille

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 INITIATIVES, from page 1

instituting user-based fees, such as fees to join the Greek system. Hudson and Borel had 32 initiatives on their pushcard, and they completed 21. As SG Presidentelect and Vice President-elect Cody Wells and Kathleen Bordelon are inaugurated, Hudson and Borel have two initiatives that should be completed within the next year, five initiatives in progress and four initiatives not complete. Hudson and Borel also completed at least 12 more initiatives that were not on their pushcard. Hudson said one of their initiatives, donating funding from unused meal plans, was not possible because LSU Dining is sponsored by a for-profit company. “We tried everything,” Hudson said about donating unused

CEREMONY, from page 1

written to loved ones attached. “This is a demonstration of how we can cope with grief,” said Craig Pierce, social work graduate student. “We’re all going to lose somebody or something.” Denise Head, Social Work accounting technician, and Rebecca Cavalier, Social Work administra-

OFFENDERS, from page 1

has a lot of part-time employees and students who are not full-time residents of the area.” Scott said LSUPD currently doesn’t have the manpower to keep track of every student who may be a sex offender. Scott said the proposed law would make the task much easier and lead to a safer campus but isn’t practical because of the cost. “LSU has a day care, elementary school and a lab school nearby. There are also a lot of juveniles on campus,” Scott said. “We think it is a great thing, but we couldn’t currently bear the cost.” Current law requires sex offenders to pay an annual registration fee of $60 to the city or parish law enforcement agency with which they register. The fee is meant to defray the cost of maintaining the record of the offender. The new law would maintain the current fee but would not add a new fee for sex offenders registering with campus police. Scott said devoting the manpower to filing the sex

meal plan funding. “The answer was no because of money.” Hudson said he hopes to see at least two of the “in progress” initiatives finished in the next few weeks. He said he will be in meetings for the continuation of making the North Gate area safer and the merger of the committees overseeing the Programming, Support and Initiatives Fund and Organizational Relief Fund. The PSIF/ORF merger is an initiative that was not on Hudson and Borel’s pushcard. Hudson said he considers the PSIF/ORF merger to be one of the most difficult initiatives to establish because they “reached so much red tape and bureaucracy.” Borel said the Greek wireless Internet initiative has also been a challenge because “bureaucracy and budget cuts make it difficult.” Borel said Greek wireless is la-

beled “in progress.” Hudson said he will graduate in August and plans to stay at the University for his master’s degree in public administration. Borel said she will graduate in May and get married this summer as she works on a fundraiser for legislators. She said she will attend the Paul M. Hebert Law Center next year. Reflecting on his term, Hudson said his best moment was not meeting Jindal but instead having a custodial worker tell him it was a shame he could not run again because he had done so much for the University. Borel said her favorite memories are of students saying her administration “restored their faith” in SG. Hudson said he would have liked to spend more time on the budget cut crisis. He called the

tive coordinator of student services, attended the ceremony with signs featuring their sons, crafted by Glenda Banta, Social Work executive administrative specialist, who also attended the ceremony. Both Head and Cavalier used the ceremony as a way to honor their sons, both of whom are members of the Marine Corps. Head said her son, Cpl. Michael Head, will be

deployed for Afghanistan in three weeks, and Cavalier said her son, Lance Cpl. Clark Cavalier, has been serving in Afghanistan for more than three months. “It was a beautiful ceremony — very uplifting,” Cavalier said.

offenders and then maintaining the database is not possible given LSUPD’s current budget situation. “It’s a great idea, but there are some financial costs we couldn’t absorb,” Scott said. It’s unclear as to why a new fee wasn’t proposed in the legislation. The author of the bill, Rep. Jerry Gisclair, D-Larose, couldn’t

be reached for comment at press time. The 2011 regular session begins April 25. House Bill 13 has been assigned to the House Committee on Criminal Justice.

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page 15 process of meeting Jindal after he wrote letters to newspapers, went to the Capitol and spoke with various legislators the “pinnacle.” Hudson said he hopes some of his administration’s foundations, such as Flagship Advocates and EducateLA, will continue to the next administration. Wells said previously he would not focus his administration on “combating budget cuts.” However, Hudson said he

challenges Wells and Bordelon to “spend as much time or more on budget cuts.” Borel said they, with the help of their staff, were able to complete initiatives while being catalysts for change at the University, local and state levels. “It’s exciting to know that your voice does matter,” she said. Contact Andrea Gallo at

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