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Patrick Peterson drafted No. 5 overall to Arizona Cardinals

Rachel Whittaker Sports Writer

Patrick Peterson sported a red tie, red handkerchief in his suit pocket and even red-rimmed sunglasses in the bright lights of Radio City Music Hall on Thursday night for the first round of the NFL Draft. The red accessories were a fitting omen of the former LSU cornerback’s NFL future, which began when the Arizona Cardinals

made him the No. 5 overall pick and the highest LSU defensive back ever selected in the draft. Peterson is the 33rd firstround pick LSU has produced, and he joins former Tennessee safety Eric Berry as the highestdrafted defensive back in Southeastern Conference history. The 6-foot-1-inch, 219-pound Peterson is the eighth first-rounder and fifth top-10 pick under LSU DRAFT, see page 6

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Group recommends changes to merger Sydni Dunn Staff Writer

The University of New Orleans’ Faculty Senate approved on Wednesday a resolution rejecting the Board of Regents’ recommendation concerning the merger between UNO and Southern University-New Orleans. The resolution, which was passed at the Joint Faculty Council and University Senate’s regular meeting, rejects Senate Bill 183, the merger bill, in its current form and recommends several modifications to the legislation. The resolution followed the controversial study conducted by the National Center for Higher Education Systems to analyze higher education in New Orleans and the feasibility of merging UNO and SUNO, which the Regents supported. MERGER, see page 6


Chancellor’s Day Parade honors ROTC participants University has military history Rachel Warren Staff Writer

The Parade Ground was filled with students looking to enjoy the sunshine Thursday, but their laughter could barely be heard over the familiar service songs “Anchors Aweigh,” “The U.S. Air Force Song” and “The Army Goes Rolling Along.” The songs played during the Chancellor’s Day Parade, an annual ceremony that allows the chancellor to address the University’s ROTC program and affirm the University’s commitment to keep-

ing military presence on campus. Master of Ceremonies Cadet William Beal explained the rich history of the University’s ROTC as the ceremony went on. Beal said the University has had an ROTC program since it was founded more than 150 years ago. Chancellor Michael Martin said he wanted to use the ceremony to personally thank the cadets of the University ROTC for their service. After he spoke at the ceremony, Martin, accompanied by a reviewing party of officials, walked around the Parade Ground to see each unit up close. Rachelle David, communication studies senior, was one of many in attendance. David said her fiance participated in the parade,

and she attended the event to support him. David said she enjoyed the ceremony because of what it means for the University. “It’s great to celebrate the military history of the school, and having it out on the [Parade Ground] means a lot because everyone can see it,” she said. Martin said he enjoys attending the service each year because it gives him a chance to recognize the University’s military history. “It’s always a celebration of the long tradition of military science,” he said. Martin said he hopes more students will consider joining the ROTC in the future. PARADE, see page 6

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Tornadoes devastate South, killing at least 291 PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. (AP) — Firefighters searched one splintered pile after another for survivors Thursday, combing the remains of houses and neighborhoods pulverized by the nation’s deadliest tornado outbreak in almost four decades. At least 291 people were killed across six states — more than two-thirds of them in Alabama, where large cities bore the half-mile-wide scars the twisters left behind. The death toll from Wednesday’s storms seems out of a bygone era, before Doppler radar and pinpoint satellite forecasts were around to warn communities of severe weather. Residents were told the tornadoes were coming up to 24 minutes ahead of time, but they were just too wide, too powerful and too locked onto populated areas to avoid a horrifying body count. “These were the most intense super-cell thunderstorms that I think anybody who was out there forecasting has ever seen,” said meteorologist Greg Carbin at the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. “If you experienced a direct hit from one of these, you’d have to be in a reinforced room, storm

shelter or underground” to survive, Carbin said. The storms seemed to hug the interstate highways as they barreled along like runaway trucks, obliterating neighborhoods or even entire towns from Tuscaloosa to Bristol, Va. One family rode out the disaster in the basement of a funeral home, another by huddling in a tanning bed. In Concord, a small town outside Birmingham that was ravaged by a tornado, Randy Guyton’s family got a phone call from a friend warning them to take cover. They rushed to the basement garage, piled into a Honda Ridgeline and listened to the roar as the twister devoured the house in seconds. Afterward, they saw daylight through the shards of their home and scrambled out. “The whole house caved in on top of that car,” he said. “Other than my boy screaming to the Lord to save us, being in that car is what saved us.” Son Justin remembers the dingy white cloud moving quickly toward the house. “To me it sounded like destruction,” the 22-year-old said. “It was a mean, mean roar. It was awful.”

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Spring Fest headliner Wale fails to attend because of weather

Former student Dee-1 performed Celeste Ansley Staff Writer

Hip-hop artist Wale was supposed to headline Spring Fest at the PMAC on Thursday night but was unable to attend because of weather delays at a New York airport. Spring Fest, a concert put on by High Definition Productions Inc., charged about $35 for seat, but some students became enraged when doormen began letting guests in for free after the performer no-showed. Aston Symonette, a freshman at the University of New Orleans, said he bought a ticket to see Wale three weeks in advance and is looking into a refund because others got in for free. Other performers included Level, Dee-1, DJ Supa Mike, Down Bad Entertainment, Locco, Phil Mic, The Brotherhood, Jimi Jump and Da Future. Justin Burnett, High Definition Productions Inc. co-founder, said there was nothing the company could do about Wale not being able to attend. Burnett said the company paid Wale in advance but will be refunded as stated in the contract. He refused to comment on the cost of securing the rap star. Burnett said the company will consider having Wale at a future event. Wale tweeted about the weather in New York and the multiple times his flight was delayed. He received some angry tweets from fans planning to attend the concert. “It bothers me that people are so small minded,” Burnett said. “Do you think Wale wanted to be waiting at the airport since 10 a.m.?” Matthew Destouet, sports administration freshman, said he was disappointed because Wale promised to come to the University, and Destouet said he should have tried to find an alternative way to get to Baton Rouge. Tony Lum, biology sophomore, said he wasn’t attending the event because Wale wasn’t performing, but he didn’t blame the rappers for the problems. “It wasn’t his fault. You can’t control stuff happening,” Lum said. “We have to hunt down the promoters,” Symonette said. Burnett said it was “not cheap” to rent the PMAC, but the company will still make a profit on the event. The concert was scheduled to start around 7 p.m., but was delayed until after 8 p.m. Burnett said he still considered the event successful with artists like Dee-1 as well as Houston-based Slim-Thug’s late arrival.

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Destouet and Jerwanna Coleman, biology freshman, said they were now looking forward to seeing hip-hop artist Level perform. “He is awesome. I’d rather him than Wale,” Coleman said. Level said he felt good to have his fans in the audience. “This is my hometown. I’ve got my people here,” Level said. “I’ve got home-court advantage.” Level said although Wale was unable to attend, it wouldn’t affect his performance and performing at the University would further expand his audience. Dee-1, a former University student, said performing at the PMAC made him feel like the work he put in “walking in the Quad and the Union passing out CDs” paid off.

Dee-1 said he was on his first Productions Inc. co-founder said if nationwide tour and he ended his Spring Fest is successful enough, the tour early and cancompany plans to celed a show in West host a concert in Virginia to attend the the summer and a event. Fall Fest. Burnett said this “We aren’t was the first major going to stop at event for the High Spring Fest. We Definition Producare going to do a tions Inc. Fall Fest, as well,” Mario Murphy “This expe- High Definition Productions Inc. Murphy said. rience will help Murphy said co-founder us work kinks High Definitions out in the future,” Inc. originally booked Wiz Kalifa for Burnett said. the event, but the artist was offered Burnett said the company would double the amount to play at another like to have University student orga- venue. nizations and Greeks involved in future events. Mario Murphy, High Definition

‘We aren’t going to stop at Spring Fest. We are gong to have a Fall Fest as well.’

“His agency said they also had Wale, and we decided to go with him,” Murphy said. Murphy said Wale was the first person booked, and Slim Thug contacted the company wanting to perform at Spring Fest. Murphy said High Definition Productions Inc., founded in June, hosts a range of events from poetry nights to fashion shows, Murphy said. “Anything we think is uplifting the culture of the Baton Rouge area,” Murphy said. Contact Celeste Ansley at

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Research projects receive nearly $1M Human, animal ailments examined Kate Mabry Contributing Writer

Since July, the University’s School of Veterinary Medicine has received almost $1 million in research funds for several research projects that examine human and animal disease and injuries. Frank Andrews, professor of veterinary medicine in SVM’s Veterinary Clinical Sciences and equine internal medicine specialist, is contributing to these research projects and has received a combined $167,396 on his work this fiscal year: $103,196 from the Zinpro Corporation and $64,200 from Elanco. Andrews said he has been working with horses for 28 years in addition to 20 years working on solutions for gastric ulcer disease in horses. Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome, or EGUS, is a painful stomach ulcer in horses created by excess acid that destroys the stomach’s outer protective layer. Typical symptoms of EGUS include “changes in eating and drinking behavior, changes in attitude or recurrent colic,” according to Andrews describes EGUS as a medical condition in the stomach of horses where gastric ulcers of the non-glandular region form and worsen over time.

“Because the horse’s esophagus lining extends into the stomach, the stomach is prone to injury from stomach acid,” Andrews said. “It’s like gastroesophageal reflux disease in people that causes heartburn and esophageal erosions.” At this time, available medications for gastric ulcers “either buffer or decrease secretion of gastric acid, which can alter digestion of food materials,” Andrews said. Andrews said his research team hopes it will find a natural product that prevents gastric ulcers in horses. “Pharmaceutical agents are excellent products, but clients frequently need a prescription, and when you take the horse off the medications, the ulcers recur,” Andrews said. For four years, Andrews and his team have worked on finding cheaper and more efficient drugs to treat this condition. They are currently researching the effect of seabuckthorn berries produced by the SeaBuck Equine company, Andrews said. Seabuckthorn is a natural substance that will not alter the horse’s stomach acid and digestion. This allows horse owners to keep the horse’s digestive tract naturally healthy, according to Andrews. Another research group at the SVM is focusing on the study of the viruses, specifically respiratory syncytial virus and human metapneumovirus, which target children, elderly and immunocompromised patients. Maria Antonieta GuerreroPlata, pathobiological sciences

assistant professor, and her small research team has received $148,000 for her project called “The Role of Plasma Cytoid Dendritic Cells in Human Metapneumo Virus Infection,” in which they are investigating the mechanisms of virus-induced inflammation. According to Guerrero-Plata, there is no vaccine for these viruses, and her group hopes to gain the key knowledge to develop potential vaccine and find a new and better antivirus therapy. Guerrero-Plata said she has been working on this research at several other universities since she was a graduate student in 1994 as well as working on this specific project at LSU’s SVM since May 2009. Other research projects from this year include pathobiological sciences professor Shafiqul Chowdhury’s “Improved genetically engineered vaccines against BHV-1 & equine HV-1,” which received $315,000 from Elanco, and professor of veterinary microbiology and parasitology in pathobiological sciences John Hawke’s project on conducting “communication, disease management, and surveillance activities,” which received $25,250 from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, according to the SVM’s website.

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LSU interior design student Lauren Godfrey walks the runway Thursday during the Cocomania: Tête-à-Tête with Chanel, a Chanel-themed fashion show at the LSU Museum of Art. The show was presented by the LSU Department of French Studies in collaboration with the Francophilia Foundation and Friends of French Studies.

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Financial Literacy Day allows students to practice money smarts Obama devotes April to Financial Literacy Brian Sibille Contributing Writer

Many University organizations gathered in Free Speech Plaza on Thursday to promote the importance of financial literacy for students. “We want students to think about financial literacy for just one minute,” said Emily Burris Hester, Student Financial Management Center coordinator. Hester said her organization aimed to get in front of students to emphasize the importance of financial knowledge and planning. President Barack Obama declared April Financial Literacy Month in the U.S., followed by Gov. Bobby Jindal in Louisiana. In a proclamation, Jindal highlighted many financial problems Louisiana citizens experience, stating 20 percent of residents spend more than they earn and 61 percent have no emergency funds. Hester said Wednesday was Financial Literacy Day at the State Capitol, where many

organizations promoted financial about marketing and entrepreneurship. awareness to the Legislature. Grimes said the E.J. Ourso Hester and the SFMC partnered with Campus Federal College of Business loaned its mobile classroom Credit Union to to the SFMC and host Financial Campus Federal Literacy Day on to provide a space campus. Blaine for students to Grimes, finanlearn more about cial education finance in a comcoordinator at fortable setting. Campus Federal “Students are Credit Union, Emily Burris Hester said the organiza- Student Financial Management looking for financial help from a tion sponsored a Center coordinator place they can financial literacy week for the past seven years trust,” Grimes said. Hester said she encourages but wanted to combine with the SFMC to foster greater aware- students to do their financial homework and make money ness. “We’ve been serving LSU management a priority. Students who stopped by the for 75 years,” Grimes said, “and this is a way of letting the com- financial literacy booth were enmunity know we go beyond bank couraged to visit the SFMC website, Hester said, where resources telling.” Grimes said Campus Federal are available to help students has a responsibility to educate budget their expenses. “Financial literacy is an and equip students to be finanactive process,” Hester said, cially independent. Olivia Sisti, accounting “and resources exist to make senior, said financial literacy that easier.” should be more important to the University and the Baton Rouge community. Sisti is a member of Students in Free Enterprise, a Contact Brian Sibille at student outreach group dedicated to educating the community

‘We want students to think about financial literacy for just one minute.’


La. preps for Miss. River overflow Jindal declares state of emergency Matthew Albright Chief Staff Writer

State officials are bracing to prepare for possible flooding as the Mississippi River threatens to overflow its banks. Gov. Bobby Jindal convened the heads of several state agencies Thursday afternoon as communities farther north struggle to deal with the swelling river. “We have all seen the flooding in the Dakotas, Minnesota and other locations in the Upper Mississippi River system and know that the river levels are projected to rise above historic levels in some areas,” Jindal said. “Which is why we held this UCG meeting today — so we could identify resources and ready them in the event of an emergency.” Jindal issued a state of emergency while urging nine state agencies to get ready to contain the rising water. This is the second state of emergency Jindal has issued in as many days — the governor issued one Wednesday as part of the severe weather system that spawned thunderstorms and tornadoes, wrecking huge swaths of

the South. The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness’ Crisis Action Team remains open from the previous order. The Louisiana National Guard, State Police, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Office of Coastal Management, Department of Children and Family Services and Department of Health and Hospitals are all on standby. More than 1.8 million sandbags and 5,175 shelter positions

have been opened in anticipation of widespread flooding. Communities farther north are struggling as tributaries dump more than twice as much water into the Mississippi, according to a news release from the administration. The release says it usually takes about two weeks for water to make it from the tributaries to Louisiana.

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“The UNO-SUNO Merger as proposed will be costly to implement and potentially inflict longterm harm on higher education in metro New Orleans and the state,” the resolution says. It also states the merger will potentially harm both student bodies, the universities’ ability to attract and retain students and the missions of the institutions. The UNO faculty instead suggests the creation of two separate academic units that grant their own diplomas, with one entity focused on research. The resolution states the research entity should maintain a full spectrum of undergraduate and graduate programs in math and science, liberal arts, social

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coach Les Miles’ tutelage. Miles traveled to New York to attend the draft with Peterson. “This has been an unbelievable experience, and to have my family here and Coach Miles means so much to me,” Peterson said at his post-draft reception. “It was something I waited for my entire life.” Miles expressed his excitement for Peterson via Twitter. “Very happy for Patrick and his family. It was great to be in NYC with him for the draft,” he tweeted. ESPN football analyst John Gruden said Peterson’s “raw ability” will make him an asset to the Cardinals, who finished in the cellar of the NFC West at 5-11 in 2010. But at the same time, Gruden issued a caveat that the 2010 Southeastern Conference Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Year “rarely put his hands on anybody.” Peterson likely won’t be striking the Heisman Trophy pose in the NFL to celebrate an interception, punt return or kickoff return, but ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. described Peterson as “Deion Sanders-like” in the return game. He will have to fight to get those return touchdowns if he gets the chance since the league voted in March to move kickoffs to the 35-yard line. Peterson might eventually emerge as a starter alongside Arizona cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who is arguably one of the top cover corners in the NFL. Rodgers-Cromartie was Arizona’s first-round pick three seasons ago at No. 16 overall. Last season the Cardinals were No. 30 in points allowed per game (27.1), No. 23 in passing yards allowed (228.4) and No. 29 in total yards allowed (373.6). Five of the first six first-round picks Thursday night were SEC players, beginning with former Auburn quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton as No. 1 overall to the Carolina Panthers. Two former Alabama players were chosen in the top six – defensive tackle Marcell Dareus by the Buffalo Bills at No. 3 and wide receiver Julio Jones by the Atlanta

sciences, engineering, business and education, as they are nationally recognized and serve the needs of the state. The second entity, according to the faculty, would be academicbased and would admit students unable to qualify for admission to the research unit and focus on undergraduate education. It would also provide a “portal for shared admissions and student academic and financial aid counseling on the campus of the research unit.” SB 183 will be voted on during the ongoing legislative session. The session will adjourn June 23. Contact Sydni Dunn at

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Lt. Col. John Wright, professor of military science, said he’s proud to be part of a university that has upheld tradition for so long. Wright said he doesn’t know of many schools that still line up their ROTC units for review by a senior administrator. “It’s good they still do this,” he said. “This is not typical.” Wright said seeing such an enthusiastic group of men and women makes him excited for the future. “Eventually, I’ll retire,” he said. “And I feel like I’m leaving the military in good hands.”

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Falcons three picks later. The Fal- Orleans Saints made headlines by cons acquired the No. 6 selection drafting California defensive end from the Cleveland Browns in a Cameron Jordan with the 24th pick draft-day trade. and pulled off a late trade with the Former LSU New England Paguard Alan Fantriots for the No. eca, a 13-year 28 pick to select NFL veteran, and Alabama running wide receiver back Mark InEarly Doucet also gram. sport Cardinals The Saints uniforms and will traded away the welcome PeterNo. 56 overall son, who spurned pick and a firsthis senior season rounder in the to turn profes2012 draft to draft Patrick Peterson sional. the former Heisformer LSU cornerback “You work so man Trophy winhard to get to this moment,” Peter- ner at 28th overall. son said. “I’d like to thank Coach Miles and the LSU family who Follow Rachel Whittaker on supported me through my college Twitter @TDR_RWhittaker. career. Playing in the NFL is a dream come true. I can’t wait to get to Arizona and meet my teamContact Rachel Whittaker at mates.” Besides Peterson, the New

‘Playing in the NFL is a dream come true. I can’t wait to get to Arizona and meet my teammates.’

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Loupe struggles in Zurich Classic

Former Tiger Toms ties for 21st Ryan Ginn Sports Blogger

toward me with fire in his eyes.” The smash was the high point of an eight-run inning that vaulted LSU to just their second conference win since April 3. “We rose to the occasion in the eighth inning,” said junior Mikie Mahtook, who contributed with a double in the inning and scored

AVONDALE ­­— LSU senior golfer Andrew Loupe dreams of playing on the PGA Tour once his collegiate career wraps up. Thursday, he learned how hard chasing that dream can be. Playing in the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic after qualifying Monday, Loupe made just one birdie en route to posting a 10-over-par 82, the worst round of the day. Starting on the back nine, the senior began by making pars on the 10th and 11th holes. “I felt like I had control over my ball in warmup,” Loupe said. “On the 10th tee, there were nerves, but I wasn’t nervous per se. I was excited.” From there, however, his round began to unravel as he made three bogeys over the next four holes before wrapping his first nine holes with a double-bogey on the 18th hole. “I just lost control over my golf ball,” Loupe said. Loupe struggled with his driver and putter, an unforgiving combination on a difficult course. He needed 35 putts to complete his round — more than any other golfer in the field. “I missed numerous short putts,”

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Sophomore outfielder Mason Katz (5) celebrates with the rest of the team after scoring in the eighth inning. LSU beat Kentucky, 9-5, on Thursday night at Alex Box Stadium.

Eight is enough

LSU seals improbable comeback win against Kentucky with eight-run eighth For seven-and-a-half innings, the LSU baseball team looked much like the team that had lost eight of its previous nine conference games. The Tigers couldn’t buy a hit, the opponent got all the clutch hitting it could possibly ask for, and the crowd of 4,378 seemed disinterested to say the least. For seven-and-a-half innings, that is.

Then, just like that, in the bot- two-run single. It was Katz’ first attom of the eighth, the Tigers (26-17, bat since breaking his hand in the 5-14), who came into the game with Auburn series. a 4-14 conference “I didn’t record, found their even know he’d Luke Johnson mojo to capture be available until Sports Contributor a 9-5 win against a couple of days Kentucky (20-23, 4-15). ago,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said Junior outfielder Mason Katz of Katz. “When I saw them bring knocked in what would prove to be in that left-hander, I didn’t have to the winning runs with a pinch-hit look far for Katz. He came running


Hornets feel the sting in 98-80 loss to Lakers Bryant scores 24 points in Game 6 The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kobe Bryant scored 22 of his 24 points in the first three quarters, then let his Lakers teammates take over in a dominant 98-80 victory against the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday night that wrapped up the series for Los Angeles in six games. Andrew Bynum added 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Pau Gasol chipped in 16 points for the two-time

defending champions, who led by as much as 21 in the fourth quarter to provide an anticlimactic ending to what had been a more exciting series than many expected. Chris Paul, who helped the Hornets split the first four games with two sensational performances, wasn’t able to deliver the Hornets a third victory. He had only seven points before hitting a 3-pointer with 4:02 to go and finished with 10 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. Lamar Odom had 14 points for the Lakers, who once again controlled the paint, outrebounding New HORNETS, see page 11

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New Orleans Hornets guards Willie Green and Chris Paul react on the bench in the final moments of the second half of Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers in New Orleans on Thursday. Los Angeles defeated New Orleans 98-80 to advance to the next round. Paul finished with 10 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.

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LSU opens Mainieri’s job security shouldn’t be an issue Relays with preliminary victories SCHWEHMMING AROUND Andy Schwehm Sports columnist

Chris Abshire Sports Contributor

Thursday was a day of strong tune-up performances and top-10 field event finishes for the LSU track and field teams on a rain-soaked track at the Penn Relays in Phildelphia. Before a crowd of nearly 50,000 at the historic Franklin Field, the No. 1 Lady Tigers turned in preliminary heat victories in both the women’s college 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relay events. The 100-meter group of senior Kenyanna Wilson, juniors Rebecca Alexander and Semoy Hackett and sophomore Kimberlyn Duncan combined to post a time of 44.21 seconds, good enough for third among all schools in the preliminaries. The event’s championship heat will run today at noon CDT. In the 4x400-meter relay, the Lady Tiger quartet of sophomore Latoya McDermott and juniors Rebecca Alexander, Jonique Day and Cassandra Tate won their heat with a time of 3:35.79 seconds and finished third overall in the preliminary round. The finals kick off on Saturday at 4:45 p.m. CDT. LSU added a slew of impressive finishes in the afternoon and evening field events to its swift sprints. Freshman Annie Simoneaux threw 141 feet, 11 inches to finish fifth in the college women’s javelin throw championship in her first Penn Relays. Freshman Jen Clayton stretched a jump to 19 feet, 4 3/4 inches to capture seventh place on the women’s long jump championship. Junior Rachel Laurent vaulted to a height of 12 feet, 11 1/2 inches feet before fouling on her next three attempts to settle for seventh place in the college pole vault final. The women’s hammer throw championship featured two Lady Tigers in the top 10, as Karen Henning and Brieanna Kennedy finished fourth and sixth, respectively. Action at the Penn Relays resumes at 10 a.m. CDT today and continues through Saturday night, with dozens of LSU athletes competing each day. Contact Chris Abshire at

I feel like I just did this for another coach (because I did with LSU basketball’s Trent Johnson), but it’s time to do it again because the murmuring is getting louder. My friends are asking me about it, my fellow sports writers are debating it, and online message boards have been going back and forth on it. Should LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri be in the hot seat, especially if the baseball team struggles down the stretch? Simply put: no. In fact, put the man on the coldest seat in the house because, in the words of Outkast, “What’s cooler than being cool? Ice cold.” And that’s what Mainieri is. For every reason LSU fans give for why he should be in trouble, I can give you one why he shouldn’t: the 2009 College World Series Championship. “Oh, but he won it with Smoke Laval’s players,” they exclaim. “Laval sure as hell didn’t win with those players,” I say back. Plus, much of that team, especially some of the major role players, were Mainieri’s recruits. So don’t even go there. The Tigers have a young team this year that most knew heading into the season would struggle. Most (including myself) thought it wouldn’t be this bad and pitching, not timely hitting, would be the issue. In fact, the Tigers are 5-7 in one-run games this season. That’s a lack of clutch hitting, which is mental. One also has to remember this is a young team. They were bound to have a few hiccups along the way. Losing players from the 2010 squad like Blake Dean, Leon Landry, Micah Gibbs and Austin Ross (the latter three were all juniors who left early) to the majors and Jordan Rittiner and Joey Bourgeois to injury has hurt this 2011 team tremendously. Mainieri will replace those guys, and the team will rebuild. Every coach deserves an off season every once in a while, and if this is Mainieri’s (as it appears to be), then so be it. But there’s still time to turn this season around. LSU’s schedule was brutal to open the Southeastern Conference. They opened

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LSU coach Paul Mainieri watches from the dugout Thursday during the Tigers’ 9-5 victory against Kentucky at Alex Box Stadium.

against SEC-leading Florida and faced all the top teams first. With series against Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi State coming up (all four of whom are in the bottom five of the SEC), the Tigers should be feeling pretty good about making the eight-team field in the SEC Tournament. Then again, I’m sure those four teams say the same thing when playing LSU. But the Tigers showed some grit in Sunday’s 10-7 loss against Vanderbilt and in Tuesday night’s game against Nicholls State. LSU scored more than 10 runs Tuesday for the first time since March 16 against Nicholls. The team hasn’t given up on themselves, and Mainieri hasn’t given up on this team yet, I can guarantee that. There’s still a lot of baseball left to be played. If they can take the next four series, which there is a solid chance for them to do, then they will likely make the tournament with a chance to make a splash. Mainieri is a hell of a coach who knows his players extremely well. He will know how to make them tick to get the ball rolling. That’s the sign of a great

coach — a coach that’s cooler than cool.

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Kentucky point guard considering LSU, set to decide by May 6 Hickey named Mr. Basketball in Ky. Michael Lambert Sports Writer

The LSU men’s basketball team is still seeking a point guard to steer the program in the right direction after seasons of futility from the position. Before the 2010-11 season, Bo Spencer, who led the Tigers from the point from 2007 to 2010, transferred to Nebraska and highly-touted freshman point guard K.C. RossMiller failed to meet the NCAA’s standards for eligibility. Sophomore point guard Andre Stringer stabilized the spot for the Tigers this past season during his freshman campaign, averaging 11.2 points per game but he also committed 2.6 turnovers per contest. This offseason, walk-on point guard Daron Populist fled the program to pursue a scholarship, leaving LSU with two pure point guards — Stringer and senior Chris Bass. The recruiting efforts of LSU coach Trent Johnson and his staff have turned to three-star recruit Anthony Hickey to fill in the point guard depth chart during the late signing period. “From the standpoint of the perimeter, we need the best possible player we can have,” Johnson said during his postseason news conference. “When you look at what we have coming back up front and what we lost, obviously we need a perimeter player.” Hickey visited LSU this past weekend, according to Derek Ponamsky, recruiting analyst for Ponamsky said Hickey and his family enjoyed the trip to Baton Rouge. “They were impressed with the facility and liked the campus,” Ponamsky said. The Tigers’ interest in Hickey has been a recent development after he missed the beginning of the basketball season while playing quarterback for the Christian County High School football team. After returning to the hardwood, Hickey led Christian County to the state championship, and the point guard wrapped up his high

school career with a 17-point, 12-assist performance in the title game against Rowan County High School. The 5-foot-10-inch, 170-pound point guard averaged 18 points, four assists and four steals per game during his senior season. “After the state tournament, he just exploded,” said Brian Eldridge, the Kentucky Preps publisher for Scout. “Finally, he started seeing some other coaches take notice.” Eldridge said Johnson and West Virginia coach Bob Huggins watched Hickey work out March 24 in his school’s gym. “We were surprised LSU was coming in here to look at him,” Eldridge said. Even though Hickey’s recruitment went under the radar early, he earned a prestigious title in late March — Kentucky’s 2011 Mr. Basketball — which turned the heads of potential suitors. Eldridge said Hickey has become a local celebrity in Hopkinsville, Ky., in recent months. “Everybody around here is excited for him,” Eldridge said. “You ride up the street and see, ‘Congratulations, Mr. Basketball’ on restaurant signs. It’s a huge deal

over here.” Eldridge said Hickey has narrowed his choices down to LSU, South Carolina, Butler and Dayton, but the point guard told Rivals on Tuesday he will pick among LSU, South Carolina and Western Kentucky when he decides May 6. “He likes Coach Johnson a lot,” Eldridge said. “It’s [a Southeastern Conference] school — that got his attention. He’s talked about LSU more than he has the other schools.” LSU missed out on the recruitment of junior college point guard Dylan Talley, who picked Nebraska last week. Ponamsky said the Tigers are fortunate to be in this situation, but landing Hickey is not a done deal. “They’re very lucky this late in the process to have a guy at the caliber of Hickey still considering them,” Ponamsky said. “I don’t know by any means it’s a slam dunk he will commit to LSU. They still have some work to do.” Hickey’s father, Anthony Hickey Sr., has a unique connection to LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley. Hickey Sr. played running back for Austin Peay while Haley was the defensive line coach at the school, and they continued to have


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Hornets point guard Chris Paul (3) drives around Lakers point guard Derek Fisher Thursday. The Hornets fell to the Lakers, 98-80, and have been eliminated.

a relationship. “Mr. Hickey’s a very well-connected guy,” Eldridge said. “Him having another guy to look out for his son, that would definitely help.”

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LSU has not lost to MSU since 2005 Hunter Paniagua Sports Contributor

The end is in sight for the No. 21 LSU softball team. The Tigers (32-15, 13-9) have two Southeastern Conference series remaining in the regular season and have already clinched a spot in the conference tournament. But even with the meat of their schedule behind them, LSU coach Yvette Girouard said her team can’t coast past a weekend series in Starkville, Miss., against Mississippi State. “We can’t ever relax,” Girouard said. “If we were scoring 10 runs a game, I’d say we could relax.” The future for Mississippi State (23-26, 9-13) is much less certain. The Bulldogs currently hold the eighth position in the SEC standings, two games behind Auburn and three games ahead of South Carolina. Only the top eight teams in the conference receive a bid into the SEC tournament. LSU may be a difficult obstacle for Mississippi State to overcome as it hopes to maintain position in the SEC. The Tigers have not lost to the Bulldogs since 2005, including a three-game sweep last season in which they outscored them 16-5. But this year’s Mississippi State team is riding high after stealing a game last weekend from No. 6 Tennessee, a team that swept LSU earlier this season. “They’re a very worthy opponent,” Girouard said. “I watched them on TV and was very impressed. This is a much better [Mississippi] State team than they were last year.” The LSU offense has been the primary concern for Girouard all season. The Tigers rank near the bottom of the SEC in almost every offensive category. A date with the Bulldogs’ pitching staff may be what LSU needs to find its stride at the end of the season. Mississippi State pitchers rank last in the SEC with a 4.88 team ERA. Girouard, however, said she was impressed with what she has seen from Mississippi State sophomore pitcher Stephanie Becker, a left-hander who has struck out 76 batters compared to just 26 walks. “We’ll have to make some adjustments and go with pitches,” Girouard said. LSU pitchers Brittany Mack and Rachele Fico have recorded five consecutive shutouts as part of the Tigers’ six-game winning streak. Contact Hunter Paniagua at

SPORTS BRIEFS Staff Reports GYMNASTICS NO. 9 IN ATTENDANCE The LSU gymnastics team is no stranger to attracting a crowd. The Tigers drew enough fans in the 2011 campaign for No. 9 in the country, GymInfo announced Thursday, marking the eighthconsecutive season LSU has been in the top 10. The Tigers held five meets at home this season, against No. 1 Florida, BYU, No. 11 Arkansas, No. 5 Georgia and New

Hampshire, respectively. They went 2-3 in those meets. LSU drew the fifth-largest crowd in school history for the Fourth Annual Etta James Meet Feb. 18 against Georgia. The 4,460 fans in attendance were also good for the ninth-biggest crowd in the nation in 2011. Coach D-D Breaux’s squad made it to an NCAA Regional, but failed to qualify for nationals. Redshirt freshman Kaleigh Dickson, however, qualified individually in the all-around. She finished in seventh place at nationals.

Friday, April 29, 2011 DUO EARNS TENNIS POSTSEASON HONORS Junior Neal Skupski was named to the All-Southeastern Conference Second Team, the league announced Thursday. Fellow junior David Roberts was also given a spot on the SEC Community Service Team. Heading in the NCAA Championships, Skupski and doubles partner senior Sebastian Carlsson are ranked as the No. 9 doubles pair in the country. They tout a 18-5 dual-match record and a 7-3 record in conference play.

It’s a familiar slot for Skupski. He was named second-team All-SEC last year, as well. Roberts is also a two-time selection to the SEC Community Service Team, mostly for his work with the Big Buddy program. He also helped out during LSU’s annual Spring Greening Day.

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on the go-ahead run in the passed ball. “We aren’t losing anymore. We don’t want to have that feeling of being so close and giving it up in the end. Guys are going up there fighting hard and getting on base.” It all started with a walk to junior first baseman Grant Dozar, who scored LSU’s only run prior to the eighth inning. Then it started snowballing. LSU scored eight runs on the strength of six hits in the inning, forcing Kentucky to use five pitchers in the frame. “To score eight runs in one inning without a home run, you know you’ve got some good breaks,” Mainieri said. “This team was ready for some good breaks. We deserve some good breaks. I promised everybody this team

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Orleans 43-30, including 14 offensive rebounds. The Hornets were routinely frustrated by the ability of the 7-foot, 285-pound Bynum to prolong possessions by snaring his teammates’ missed shots. He had eight offensive rebounds, helping the Lakers finish with a whopping 21-4 advantage in second-chance points. The Lakers led by double digits throughout the fourth quarter, and Hornets coach Monty Williams finally conceded the game with about a minute to go when he removed the starters, who received an appreciative standing ovation from the sellout crowd in the New Orleans Arena. The Lakers move on to the second round, facing the winner of the Dallas-Portland series. Game 1 will be Monday at Staples Center. Carl Landry had 19 points for the Hornets, who have not won a

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Loupe said. “The longest putt I made was eight feet on the third hole.” Although his average driving distance of 334 yards was second in the field, he tied for last by hitting four of 14 fairways — a driving percentage of 28.57 percent. Loupe drove the ball into the water on two holes, both of which resulted in double-bogeys. “I will come out tomorrow and do better,” Loupe said. “I have a lot of self-confidence. My execution just wasn’t there.” Playing in front of one of the day’s largest galleries, former LSU golfer David Toms racked up four birdies while shooting 2-under to finish tied for 21st place. The day belonged to emerging PGA Tour superstar Bubba Watson, who tied with Australian golfer Matt Jones for the first-round lead with a 6-under 66. Watson, who took two weeks off after playing the Masters, said TPC Louisiana is a course that has always given him trouble. “The way the course is, it just doesn’t fit my eye,” he said. “Today, it just worked out. I made some putts, hit some good iron shots and somehow came out with a six-under.”

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The Daily Reveille wouldn’t quit, and they didn’t quit tonight.” The Wildcats had their ace on the mound to start the inning, but lifted him after he gave up a hit to Tyler Ross, the second Tiger to bat in the eight-run eighth. That ace, Kentucky junior pitcher Alex Meyer, looked masterful against the struggling Tiger lineup, hurling seven mostly spectacular innings. “He was as good as we’ve faced this year,” Mainieri said. “His slider was absolutely nasty. But his command was the best he’s ever had against us. For seven innings he overpowered us.” Meyer came into the game leading the Southeastern Conference with 80 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings, and didn’t disappoint against the Tigers. The junior right-hander

tallied 10 strikeouts in seven innings, including seven strikeouts against LSU’s No. 2, 3 and 5 hitters. Included in that group was Mahtook, who completed baseball’s dubious version of the hat trick with three strikeouts against Meyer. LSU freshman starter Kurt McCune limited Kentucky to two runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings of work. But the Tigers’ bullpen faltered as sophomore Kevin Berry and freshman Nick Rumbelow gave up a combined three runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief. Freshman Kevin Gausman (25) will take the hill for LSU tonight as they go for their first SEC series win since the Ole Miss series April 1-3.

playoff series since the first round in 2008, but who did better than expected after Williams took his first head coaching job last summer with a team that had missed the playoffs last season. Trevor Ariza scored 12 points for New Orleans and Marco Belinelli 11. After falling behind by as many as 12 points in the middle of the third quarter, New Orleans was as close as 54-48 when Jason Smith hit a jumper. But Bryant and Gasol each hit a pair of free throws to get Los Angeles’ lead back to 10, and each time the Hornets tried to claw back after that, the Lakers had an answer. When Willie Green hit a 3 to make it 60-53, Bryant came right back with a 3 of his own. Then late in the quarter, Paul lost the ball under his own basket when he bumped into Ron Artest and tumbled over the baseline, hoping to draw a foul. Instead, Artest put in an

easy layup and flexed both biceps while the crowd booed the officials in frustration. The boos continued when Smith fouled Bryant hard on a drive and was called for a flagrant foul. After conspicuously applauding the call, to the annoyance of Hornets fans, Bryant made both free throws, giving the Lakers a 69-57 lead heading into the final quarter. The Hornets needed a strong start to the fourth quarter, and it appeared they might make one more run when Paul promptly found Smith for an open jumper to make it 69-59. Yet the Lakers once again denied the Hornets any momentum, as Odom responded with a 3 and Bynum scored inside on a possession kept alive by an offensive rebound.

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Outfielder Mikie Mahtook (8) celebrates after scoring the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, clinching LSU’s win against Kentucky on Thursday night at Alex Box Stadium.

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SG addresses meeting time This letter was written in response to Thursday’s article entitled “SG Senate spends 58 percent of meeting time on issues with little student impact.” We write to you today in response to the article concerning the time spent by the Student Senate. As leaders of the Senate body, we feel that it is our duty and responsibility to defend the actions of the Senate and to provide an alternate look at the situation. According to Ms. Gallo, portions of our meetings which are classified as unrelated to student matters include Public Input, Executive and Judicial Officer reports and roll calls. It seems interesting that Public Input would be classified in this manner, as this is the one opportunity for the general student populace to address the body on issues that are important to them. In the event there is a controversial matter before the Senate, we see students attend our meeting to address it.

An example of this instance was the controversy surrounding the regalia worn at commencement. Multiple students representing various organizations around campus attended the meeting to express their concerns. We would never advocate for the limitation of free speech, especially for those we represent. The elimination of both Public Input and Petitions, Memorials and Other Communications would be comparable in our minds to the removal of features in your paper such as the online comments feature and Letters to the Editor. In terms of the officer reports, we also maintain that it is a necessary tool in keeping the overall Student Government in sync. It is essential for each member of the organization to be in tune with the other branches and to always coordinate with initiatives, ideas and projects. In terms of roll call, we must have an opening roll call to determine quorum in order to proceed with business. Roll calls that occur with votes are also essential and have been used by your paper in multiple instances in the past. Roll call votes ensure transparency and accountability. While they may be time consuming, their worth is undeniable.

In our interviews with Ms. Gallo, we were stunned with her question concerning the limitation of debate time for senators. Indeed, in certain instances, debates may come to be repetitive and un-ending. [It is, however, and should never be our right or responsibility to limit an individual from expressing their opinions.] Each senator is elected to represent a different constituency; therefore all voices are different, in a sense. We hope that an institution such as yours would never be an advocate for the limitation of free speech or expression of ideas. We will never compromise the integrity of the process for the sake of saving a few minutes of time. The article in question also fails to address several other sides of the situation that are integral in the overall picture of the questioned effectiveness of the Student Senate. While senators do spend the majority of their service in Senate meetings during the week, they also spend time in committee, College Council meetings, and engaging in Student Outreach opportunities. There is a large volume of work that occurs in our committees each and every week that deals directly with student initiatives, as

there is no need for procedure in such a small setting. Senators participate in their respective College Councils, and host programs for the students they represent. These officers are also charged with participating in Student Outreach events that all involve reaching out to students to solicit concerns and issues that need to be addressed. This large amount of time and work focused in on the students is in no way covered by the article, and yet it remains an essential and integral part of the manner in which the Senate operates and serves the student body. While this article only pertains to the Student Senate, your readership may have gained an unfavorable opinion of the entirety of Student Government. Countless hours are also spent by the Executive Staff and justices of the University Court in their respective roles in our organization. We urge you and your readership to not discount the hard work that every member of the organization accomplishes for the students week after week. We also question how exactly this matter is hurtful or detrimental to the students. It is not the case that we do not arrive at other

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discussion or matters because we do not have time, or because we have spent time on matters your staff has deemed “with little or no direct student impact.” Every matter, discussion and piece of legislation that has been authored and brought before our floor has been addressed, debated, and voted upon. The extra time spent is indeed integral to the functioning and efficiency of our meetings. In closing, we reiterate the great work that occurs each and every week by our student senators that should never be discounted. Our overall accomplishments and service to the student body can speak for themselves. Our senators have done a phenomenal job over the past year, and we look forward to seeing what this coming year will bring. In service, Aaron Caffarel Speaker of the Senate Brooksie Bonvillain Former Speaker of the Senate Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at


Student Government Senate wastes time — believe me, I know

“Kittens inspired by kittens” video references, making plans to go to Pluckers, changing one word in a bylaw — these are my only memories of being a member of the Student Government Senate. Those, and wasting count- Sydni Dunn Staff Writer less hours sitting in the Capital Chambers. Believe it or not, before this so-called wretched, inaccurate reporter began writing for “The People’s Reveille,” I was an elected senator for University Center for Freshman Year. That’s right, folks. I’ve seen both sides. As a heavily involved veteran in my high school’s student council, I knew I would continue to make my school a better place by joining SG in college. I remember nervously submitting an application for the Freshman Leadership Council in early August and convincing the leaders

I was a worthy candidate. I was selected days later, and my adventure into the long-winded world of LSU SG began. Clad in a white blouse, navyblue pencil skirt and brown pointed-toe flats, I prepared for my first meeting. I met new friends, brainstormed ways to improve the University and learned about the levels of SG. I attended meetings of all three branches and was impressed by parliamentary procedure. It seemed so official, I thought with starry eyes. And I wanted more. I was approached by the StudentsFIRST campaign, led by J Hudson and Dani Borel, early in the spring semester and made the decision to run for UCFY senator in the March election. I joined the brigade of purple and gray for weeks, passing out pushcards and being ignored by the majority of Free Speech Plaza passers-by. I was dedicated to our initiatives and naively convinced I could single handedly make a difference. The votes were cast, the

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fingers were crossed, and the results were announced — I won. And after another week of runoff blood, sweat and literal tears, my ticket won. The difficult part was over, and I could comfortably settle into my swinging Senate Chamber seat. It was time to pass the initiatives and serve my constituents. Right? Oh, little Sydni. How I chuckle at her ignorance. I learned at my first Senate meeting that discussing an issue — or voting on it, for that matter — takes a lot longer than a few minutes. Or a few hours. Or a few days. I’m not going to rant and say SG doesn’t accomplish anything — that would be unfair and false. What I can say, however, is a large portion of the time spent at the meetings actually does not relate to or serve the student body, which is the mission of the association. Some may argue the time spent on internal issues aids the University in the long run, but that isn’t necessarily true. The student

body isn’t directly involved in where the Senate should grab a drink after the seven-hour session or which student leaders are parting with their “second family.” A Senate meeting should outline student issues with the rest saved for leisurely conversation or committee discussion. Yes, it’s sad when a student graduates, but it doesn’t take 56 minutes to say goodbye, and it doesn’t take 72 minutes to decide how much paper to buy in the fall. And while it requires time to pass legislation, it often does not need to take hours to debate a single issue. At some point the conversation will shift from civil debate to a cacophony of political hopefuls trying to snag the last word. The Daily Reveille reported Thursday that SG spent 57.9 percent of Senate meeting time discussing issues with minimal student impact, 30.3 percent on student-related issues and 11.8 percent of time spent on meeting procedures. The reporter had a precise formula to calculate the times

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and presented all of the logged information in an organized manner, but the information has been misconstrued. As raging comments flood Facebook statuses and website comments, it is important to point out the larger issue interpreted by a student who has been in both SG and Student Media. More of the Senate time should be spent on student issues. End of story. It is unfair for the students who rely on the organization to be their voice and unfair for senators who have to sit through unnecessary conversation when they just want to help their college. Perhaps I wouldn’t have resigned my seat to work for Student Media if it would have taken less time to effect change. Sydni Dunn is a 20-year-old mass communication sophomore from Lake Charles.

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Quote of the Day “This oil spill threatens not only our wetlands and our fisheries, but also our way of life.”

Bobby Jindal Louisiana governor June 10, 1971 — Present

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International Energy Agency reports peak oil has occurred The International Energy Agency released its World Energy Outlook for 2010 last November, which announced global conventional oil production peaked in 2006. The announcement gave credence to claims by followers of the late geophysicist M. King Hubbert, who developed the theory of “peak oil” to explain how petroleum reserves are depleted over time. Hubbert’s theory was based on observation of individual oil wells, which tend to increase their production over time as infrastructure is developed and then eventually reach a maximum value before declining in production. Wells are finally abandoned when the cost of extracting the remaining oil becomes too great. Hubbert argued this phenomenon not only affected individual wells, but also the sum of individual wells making up a nation’s aggregate oil production. The theory of peak oil has

come a long way since Hubbert’s first predictions in the 1950s. Hubbert claimed U.S. oil production would peak between 1965 and 1970. By the 1970s, the truth of Hubbert’s prediction became indisputable, as U.S. oil production Andrew has steadily Shockey declined since Columnist hitting its maximum of 9.6 million barrels per day in 1970. For the last few decades, Hubbert’s followers have attempted to refine his methods and predict when global peak oil will occur. Most of these predictions fall between 2000 and 2020, but because a peak value can only be observed after several years of decline, determining when global production has passed its peak is difficult.

According to the IEA, the peak for conventional oil production (excluding “unconventional” heavy oil, tar sands, oil produced from natural gas, etc.) occurred in 2006 at 70 million barrels per day. However, the agency believes global oil production will plateau slightly below the peak for at least the next 20 years. By contrast, popular peak oil theory predicts a nearimmediate decline in output after peak production is reached. While peak oil models are usually concerned primarily with resource availability, the IEA believes countries’ reactions to climate change will play a major part in decreasing oil demand. The report also cites growing economies, particularly in China and India, as serious factors in the world’s fossil fuel future. The U.S. currently makes up less than 5 percent of the world’s population but consumes more than 20 percent of the world’s oil.

By contrast, China and India make up nearly 40 percent of the world’s population and consume less than 15 percent of the world’s oil. As these economies develop, they will have an undeniable effect on global oil demand despite the commitment of other nations to fossil fuel reduction. The IEA report also predicts a dramatic increase in the production of unconventional oil sources, particularly Canadian oil sands and Venezuelan heavy oil. Unfortunately, these oil sources create serious environmental concerns both in terms of pollution and an increased carbon footprint over conventional oil. Unconventional oil is also an inferior option because of its low energy returned on energy invested (EROEI). Depending on who you ask, tar sands produce anywhere from 1.5 to 6 times the energy they require for production. While advances in technology could

improve yield, tar sands will likely never compare to the much higher EROEI of conventional oil and other energy sources. Whether the world has passed peak oil production or not, when the peak does occur, consumers should expect increasingly high oil and gas prices unless significant portions of declining production can be replaced with alternatives. Ideally, these alternatives would be sustainable, but the U.S. will certainly pursue unconventional oil if it can lower gas prices right now, regardless of what it means for our or the planet’s future. Andrew Shockey is a 20-year-old biological engineering sophomore from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_Ashockey.

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Good science necessary before BP oil spill claims are made Since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010, a multitude of individuals have employed lazy science to influence the opinions of Louisiana residents. When sifting through the noise of television, blogs and political pundits, we should remember what science really is. It is frequently forgotChris Freyder ten that at its Columnist core, science does not involve textbooks or winding lectures overloaded with esoteric jargon. It’s born out of exhaustive experimentation, observation and shots in the dark. More often than not, victories are small and long in the making. And therein lies the heart of science — an ongoing struggle against the unknowns of the physical world. In this struggle, there is a distinction between what is observed and what is fact, and such conclusions depend on meticulously peer-reviewed methodology. When natural disasters occur, rational thought is drowned out in an atmosphere of fear and anger, and good science is forsaken. On April 21, Dr. Mike Robichaux, a Raceland, La., physician, told CNN that he has personally treated about 60 patients for a variety of maladies he has linked to the Gulf spill. His patients suffer from symptoms like memory loss, abdominal pain and fluctuating blood pressure levels. As Raceland is located less than 25 miles from Louisiana’s

wetlands, Robichaux has been privy to the personal lives of many affected by the spill. It’s likely he has had firsthand experience in dealing with individuals who lost their livelihoods or more. On the other hand, many Louisianans, including myself, only knew the drama of a lackluster oyster season. In his statement to CNN, Robichaux said there is “no question” these ailments are caused by contact with both crude oil and dispersants. What we need to keep in perspective, however, is how little we really know about the health impact of the 2010 Gulf spill and oil spills in general. Contrary to Robichaux’s belief, there are many questions left to be answered. Whether the crude oil, dispersants and stress are causing hormonal disease or cancer is unknown. If any of these factors are causing disease, the epidemiology has not been sufficiently characterized yet. In fact, the source of all the oil is still not known. In May and July of 2010, tar balls washed upon the shores of both Florida and Texas. Testing by the United States Coast Guard Marine Safety Lab showed both oil samples were unlinked to the Deepwater Horizon spill, implying a greater level of malpractice in oil-drilling and transportation. Rather than believe we need to crusade against an enemy to both our health and well-being, we need to understand we have only exposed large flanks of uncertainty. Aubrey Miller, senior medical adviser to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology

Program, stated, “While extensive data exists on the effects of oil spills on wildlife and ecosystems, the effects on human health from these exposures have not been well studied.” This gap in medical knowledge spurred the National Institutes of Health to initiate the largest oil spill health study ever conducted. Launched in February 2011, the study will follow 55,000 cleanup workers for 10 years. Meanwhile, scientists are

examining an array of chemicals and psychological factors to determine what should and should not be a cause for concern, so the state can direct its efforts efficiently. When considering the scientific communities’ careful and pragmatic approach toward understanding the health effects of the oil spill, one sees how Robichaux’s unwarranted certitude only obfuscates the issue and hampers any chance for intelligent discourse. If we hastily doll out justice

based on emotion and public sentiment, the truth may become buried beneath a mound of misinformation. Chris Freyder is a 21-year-old biological sciences junior from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_Cfreyder.

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