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Students use dogs to bring cheer to patients, p. 4 Huey P. Long Fieldhouse remains in disrepair, needs feasibility plan for renovations Volume 115, Issue 17

Frederick Holl Staff Writer

Students who live or spend time near the west side of campus pass by it every day, unaware of the rapidly fading history within. The Huey P. Long Fieldhouse, constructed in 1932, is one of the oldest buildings on campus. It was the original Student Union and featured a soda fountain, ballroom, barber shop, racquetball courts and

post office, said Danielle Honeycutt, assistant director of The Foundation for Historical Louisiana. The Fieldhouse pool, 180 feet long and 48 feet wide, was the longest pool in the country at the time of its completion. The pool closed in 1999 because of maintenance issues and has been in a state of decline ever since, according to, a website dedicated to preserving the Fieldhouse pool facility.

Weeds, insects and animals have taken over the Fieldhouse, and a tree is growing in the pool. Since the pool’s closure, the Fieldhouse has been repeatedly broken into and vandalized. The locker rooms and racquetball courts are covered in graffiti, ranging from a Pikachu to a pentagram the size of a bedroom. “When I got here in 1995, they had things going on [at the pool] all the time,” said LSU Police

Department Sgt. Antoine Busby, who was a student at the University and has been on the force since 2001. Busby said the pool was open to the public often during his time as a student, and people from around Baton Rouge would swim there. Restoration efforts have been under way for years but had a major setback after Hurricane Katrina, Honeycutt said. DISREPAIR, see page 15

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Economy, structural issues led to cutbacks Matthew Albright Staff Writer

As students, faculty and staff grapple with budget cuts that are starting to have concrete impacts on the University, some professors and administrators say these cuts have been a long time coming. The most recent string of cuts started in early 2006, according to James Richardson, economics professor. Richardson sits on the Revenue Forecasting Committee, the brain trust that predicts how much cash the state will have on hand. Richardson said three economic trends created a surge in tax revenue for the state. First, the Louisiana tax code was restructured in the early 2000s. “We changed it to a more growth-oriented structure,” Richardson said. Second, the state’s coffers swelled as the state began rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. Federal recovery funds and private insurance money flowed freely, and homeowners worked — and spent — furiously to rebuild their homes and lives. Third, the oil industry was booming, and the state reaped the benefits. Flush with cash because of these three factors, the state began SPENDING, see page 15


Professor hired to write for ‘Treme’ Sarah Eddington Staff Writer

A University professor is getting the chance to write for one of TV’s most acclaimed shows, which depicts life in the Big Easy. Screenwriting professor Mari Kornhauser will be the newest addition to the writing staff of “Treme” — HBO’s hit series about life in New Orleans postHurricane Katrina. Kornhauser said she will join the team of writers for the show’s second season in just a few days. “I’m still so mind blown,”

Kornhauser said. “It’s a great gift to not only be able to work with these guys I consider geniuses, but I also get to learn their processes.” Kornhauser said she communicated frequently with Eric Overmyer and David Simon, the show’s co-creators, throughout the show’s first season. “We were acquaintances, and we reconnected in New Orleans when they were filming the show,” she said. “We kept running into each other and eventually started a dialogue. He wanted some honest feedback about the show.” Kornhauser said the idea for

her to write for the show came during a brunch with Overmyer during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. At the end of the meal, Overmyer asked Kornhauser, who has professional experience in feature filmmaking, what she thought about writing for television. “I asked him, ‘Do you mean for your show?’” Kornhauser said. “When he said yes, I responded ‘Hell yeah. Who wouldn’t?’” Kornhauser said she submitted a writing sample but didn’t TREME, see page 15

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LSU screenwriting professor Mari Kornhauser has been hired to write for the HBO television show “Treme.” Kornhauser is the third local writer hired to script the show.

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Nurse: Trapped Chilean miner’s daughter Esperanza born healthy

New York judge says terror case defendant is faking mental illness

COPIAPO, Chile (AP) — The first baby of trapped Chilean miner Ariel Ticona and his wife, Elizabeth Segovia, was born by cesarean section in a hospital in Copiapo, where many of the trapped miners’ families live. Ticona and his wife had planned to name the child Carolina but each decided independently to change the name to Esperanza — Spanish for “hope.” Israeli military accused of not probing Palestinian deaths

NEW YORK (AP) — A defendant in a terrorism trial who claims he sees ghosts, dead people and even the Virgin Mary is faking mental illness, a judge concluded Tuesday as she ordered a resumption of the trial of four men accused of plotting to blow up New York City synagogues and upstate military planes. U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon made the ruling concerning 28-year-old Laguerre Payen. But it remained unclear whether the trial will proceed Wednesday with or without him. Lawyers for the other three defendants said they would prefer to proceed without Payen in the courtroom so that a mistrial could not occur if he acts up. The judge noted that Payen had dodged trial after an arrest seven years ago in another case by being found incompetent to

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli human rights group charged in a report released Tuesday that Israel’s military has failed to adequately investigate cases in which Palestinian civilians have been killed by soldiers. The B’Tselem report said that in the past four years, soldiers have killed 1,510 Palestinians, including 617 civilians, but no soldiers have been indicted.

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Elizabeth Segovia feeds her newborn daughter, Esperanza, the first baby of trapped miner Ariel Ticona, at a Chilean hospital Tuesday. Thirty-three miners have been trapped deep underground in the copper and gold mine since it collapsed Aug. 5.

stand trial, only to exhibit no symptoms of psychiatric disorder when he arrived at a mental health facility. Airmen: Lesbian flight nurse should not have been discharged TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A staff sergeant in the Air Force Reserve says a lesbian flight nurse discharged from her unit in Washington state under the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy would be welcomed back if she wins reinstatement. Staff Sgt. Stacey Julian is the latest of several former colleagues of Maj. Margaret Witt testifying in federal court in Tacoma. Witt argues that her firing failed to further military goals. Julian told the judge Tuesday that Witt was an excellent nurse who held a respected job. Lawyers for the Air Force suggested in cross-examination that the witnesses don’t really know how all 150 people in the unit feel about gays serving openly.



Arena Football League team VooDoo returning to New Orleans NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans VooDoo has been relaunched as an expansion team in the Arena Football League. The first incarnation of the AFL’s VooDoo was formerly owned by New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, who shut the team down in 2008 while the league was undergoing reorganization. The VooDoo will play home games in the New Orleans Arena. Judge allows closed abortion clinic to reopen temporarily (AP) — A state judge has overturned a closure order for a Louisiana abortion provider. District Judge R. Michael Caldwell issued on Tuesday an order temporarily lifting suspension of the license for Hope Medical Group for Women, based in Shreveport. The state Department of Health and Hospitals suspended



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the clinic’s license Sept. 3, citing health and safety concerns. The closure was the first time the state had used a new Louisiana law, signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal, to shut down a clinic for those reasons. Previously, abortion clinics could continue to operate while appealing a license suspension. A hearing on whether the clinic will be allowed to remain open while it fights the suspension will be held Sept. 21. Feds have charged more than 1,300 with hurricane fraud NEW ORLEANS (AP) — More than 1,300 people have been charged in federal fraud cases related to the 2005 hurricanes in the five years since the storms struck the Gulf Coast, the Justice Department said Tuesday. Most of the cases have involved attempts to fraudulently obtain disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross.



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Animal Assisted Therapy program connects patients and dogs Students take dogs to visit sick, elderly Rachel Warren Contributing Writer

Animal Assisted Therapy, a program run through the Agriculture Residential College, will soon begin evaluating dogs volunteered to accompany students to nursing homes and hospitals. Students who participate in the program take the dogs to visit patients to make them happier and possibly healthier. AAT met Tuesday in Blake Hall to recruit new participants. Bryan Amato, natural resource ecology and management sophomore, said he worked with the group last year and returned this year to lead. He said students in the residential college apply to participate in the group, and the number of applicants accepted each year depends on the number of dogs available. Amato said the group looks for well-behaved dogs that will interact well with senior citizens and young children. Christina Giles, natural

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Christina Giles, natural resource ecology and management sophomore, pets a dog from Animal Assisted Therapy on Tuesday night after an informational session for the program.

resource ecology and management sophomore, said volunteered dogs are evaluated at the School of Veterinary Medicine to be sure they’re healthy and obedient. “You want to make sure they walk well on a leash, are wellbehaved and work well with other dogs,” Giles said.

Amato said the group usually receives dogs from University faculty and staff, and most of them are already well trained. Betsy Garrison, associate dean of the College of Agriculture, said the program accepts dogs that are already trained to allow the students more time to work with patients.

Caplan said he was trying to teach him self-defense and had no intention of hurting him, Bettencourtt said. Caplan was issued a misdemeanor summons and released.

Student arrested for attempting to break into MDA building

CAMPUS CRIME BRIEFS University employee arrested for outstanding warrants The LSU Police Department assisted the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office in arresting a University employee Sept. 13 at The 5 for three outstanding warrants. Officers arrested Shamon Sims, 30, of 999 Rosenwald Road, for outstanding warrants for speeding, lack of insurance and failing to appear in juvenile court, said Sgt. Jason Bettencourtt, LSUPD spokesperson. Sims was booked in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Students arrested for spraying fire extinguisher in residence halls LSUPD officers arrested two students Sept. 11 for criminal mischief. Officers were dispatched to Herget Hall around 3 a.m. in response to a possible fire. After speaking with students, they questioned James Murray, 18, of 23 Swallow St., New Orleans, and Wayne Zeringue, 18, of 160 East Oakridge Ave., Metairie. Zeringue and Murray admitted to spraying the second floor with a fire extinguisher, Bettencourtt said. Both students were issued misdemeanor summonses and released. Student arrested for putting other student into submission holds Officers arrested a student Sept. 7 for simple battery of another student. A student complained to police Aug. 30 about Chad Caplan, 18, of 4712 North Turnbull Drive, Metairie, subjecting the student to a series of submission holds without his permission, Bettencourtt said.

Man arrested for possession of two bags of crack cocaine Officers arrested a 45-year-old man unaffiliated with the University on Sept. 7 for cocaine possession. Police were patrolling North Stadium and Nicholson drives at about 2 a.m. when they saw Darryl Branch, of 2069 Kentucky St., riding his bicycle near several parked cars and looking inside, Bettencourtt said. Police questioned Branch in the Alex Box Stadium parking lot where they searched him and found two small bags of crack cocaine, Bettencourtt said. Branch was booked in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Police arrested a 21-year-old University student Sept. 2 for criminal trespassing. Officers found Joshua McDonald, 160 Burgan Ave., trying to break into the Music & Dramatic Arts building around 1 a.m. using security cameras, Bettencourtt said. McDonald told officers he was trying to enter the building after hours to practice because it was a common thing for students to do, Bettencourtt said. McDonald was issued a misdemeanor summons and released.

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“The dog is really a vehicle for the conversation,” Garrison said. “It’s as much about the person as it is about the dog.” Garrison said the program launched with the residential college three years ago. “We wanted to develop signature programs that were unique to the Residential College and not offered to students in class,” Garrison said. Garrison said she’s encouraged by the number of students returning from last year. She said only three students returned to the program last year, and eight came back this year. Garrison said the program is run primarily by returning students who have had experience with animal-assisted therapy. “The theme of the Residential College is leadership, and that’s what we encourage them to do,” Garrison said. Amato said his favorite part of the program is seeing patients open up and enjoy themselves. Kirby Brannon, natural resource ecology and management sophomore, led a portion of the meeting and explained to prospective members that the visits may not always be happy ones.

“You’ll see some heartbreaking cases,” Brannon said. “You really have to have the stomach for it.” Alissa Walsh, animal sciences sophomore, worked in the program last year and said she saw something she didn’t expect. Walsh said she visited a boy her age with cancer, and the dog she brought with her was the same breed he had at home. “I almost cried,” Walsh said. Amato said some of the experiences can be upsetting, but students will learn from them. “The positives outweigh the negatives,” Amato said. “It really is an eye-opening experience.” Brannon said in the meeting the group will up its involvement this year. “This year we’re hitting the ground running,” Brannon said. “We’ve got four visits scheduled this semester, and then next semester we’ll do two a month.”

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More students concerned with parking than budget at Chats Theme of Tuesday’s talk was budget buts Celeste Ansley Staff Writer

Even though the theme for Tuesday’s Chats with the Chancellor was supposed to be the University’s financial crisis, most students asked about parking instead. Students asked Chancellor Michael Martin about parking on game days, parking lot construction and inadequate parking space on campus. About 70 percent of students’ questions were about parking, said Billy Gomila, University Relations editor of media relations. One student asked why the

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Chancellor Michael Martin speaks to students Tuesday afternoon in the Union during Chats with the Chancellor. Many students asked Martin about on-campus parking.

University is building another parking lot in the wake of the budget crisis, Gomila said. Martin encouraged students

to take advantage of Tiger Trails Transit System. He also directed students to the Office of Parking, Traffic and Transportation for an-


Youth smoking linked to movies WHO tries to give films R rating Sydni Dunn Staff Writer

Classic onscreen smokers like the characters of Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood might have garnered R ratings for their films if they premiered in the near future, as initiatives seek to tag films with smoking as Restricted. The latest push comes from the World Health Organization. The portrayal of smoking in movies increases the probability that young viewers will start smoking, according to an August report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Data show young people heavily exposed to onscreen tobacco use are two to three times more likely to begin smoking. “It makes perfect sense that it would have an impact,” said Anne Osborne, associate professor of mass communication. “Celebrities are who young people look up to and want to emulate.” Continued exposure to these behaviors may reinforce false ideas in impressionable minds, said Kathy Saichuk, Wellness Education coordinator. It’s for this reason WHO aims to issue an R rating to films depicting tobacco use. Saichuk said Hollywood’s portrayal of smoking has changed over time.

“There was a time when everyone in the movies smoked, even on television,” she said. “It was more ‘the norm’ than not.” Saichuk said instances of tobacco use have decreased as health risks have been publicized, but smoking in movies is still an issue. Forty-nine percent of the topgrossing films in 2009 contained depictions of tobacco use, according to a study by Breathe California Sacramento-Emigrant Trails, a nonprofit advocating clean air. “When you see it used, it is in a glamorous way,” Osborne said. “You rarely see a movie where someone faces the long-term consequences of tobacco use.” Saichuk added, “I think it would be a good environmental change to reduce the use of tobacco in movies and television.” But not everyone is in favor of the rating system. “Tobacco use isn’t that vulgar — it’s something you see in everyday life,” said Daniel Colvin, music composition freshman. “An R rating is a little extreme.” Osborne said she didn’t know how much the rating could be enforced. “Most of movie consumption is outside the theaters,” she said. “Kids can still find ways to see the images.” Communication studies professor Michael Applin said the images of smoking may not be the key issue. “I don’t put much stock in the idea that children mindlessly repeat what they see in the media,” he said.

“They are much more likely to repeat what they see in their families and friends.” The CDC reported that most people who begin smoking during adolescence are addicted by the age of 20. According to the 2009 CORE Alcohol and Drug Survey, 52.5 percent of University students indicated using tobacco in their lifetime, while 12.8 percent used tobacco three times a week or more. “Cigarettes are the only product that when used as directed will kill you,” Osborne said.

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swers. Martin said two residential lots will be closed for tailgating Saturday, but he did not say which ones. “We use those for gameday parking, which is lucrative to the University,” Martin said. The profit from closed-off parking lots on game days goes toward the cost of home games and cleanup, Gomila said. But some students did question Martin about the University’s budget situation. Martin said the main questions regarding the budget cuts were related to majors and foreign languages. Four foreign language programs will be dropped, and foreign language departments with few students are likely to be cut. Students also asked if certain

classes will still be available next semester, Gomila said. Many students attended the event for snacks, Scantrons and blue books provided by Student Government. SG hosts Chats with the Chancellor, which gives students the opportunity to discuss any questions with Martin. The next chat will be Oct. 19. SG is still working on the details, but it plans to have Martin on board Tiger Trails buses as he meets with students. Martin said he believes questions asked at Chats with the Chancellor will be more energetic later in the semester.

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Princeton Review lists University as ‘Green College’ recycling 316.2 tons in 2005 to 1,311.8 tons in 2009, according to statistics from the LSU Recycles The University has taken steps website. “We are improving big time,” toward becoming one of the nation’s leading green colleges, and Harris said. Starting in 2009, the Univerone organization is noticing. sity increased its This year, recycling efforts Princeton Review named the Univer- ‘We started entering by collecting recyclable materials sity in its “Guide to 286 Green Col- this competition two within Tiger Stadileges” — a com- years ago ... When I um during football season. prehensive list of During last environmentally saw the results, I was year’s football responsible univerpretty happy.’ season, 438.4 tons sities in the counof trash were coltry. Andres Harris The guide Facility Services manager of solid lected, and 12.4 percent of that was highlights the Uniwaste and recycling recycled. versity’s sustainHarris said this coming season ability activities and efforts. The University ranked 154th will be the first time the University out of 346 schools participating will recycle at the suite level, too. “I usually publish how much in the national Recyclemania Per Capita Classic competition in 2010 we recycled for each game during by collecting 10.9 cumulative recy- the following week,” Harris said. “We are excited to see how the clable pounds per person. The University came in second numbers this year will come up.” The University currently rein the Southeastern Conference. “We started entering this com- cycles at a rate of 45 percent, Harris petition two years ago as a way to said, and the Committee for Camsee how we stood up against other pus Sustainability is always lookcolleges,” said Andres Harris, man- ing for new ways to improve that ager of solid waste and recycling in number. The University has been usFacility Services. “When I saw the ing used cooking oil from campus results, I was pretty happy.” The University went from dining halls for biodiesel research

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during the past four years, but the biodiesel is now being used to operate University fleet vehicles, said Denise Scribner-Newell, campus sustainability manager. Another green initiative is to find more sustainable ways to host campus events. “With every event we have on campus, we are always trying to green it up,” Scribner-Newell said. For this year’s Fall Fest, recycling and composting bins will be placed throughout the event, in addition to separate containers for chip bags. “Our goal is to have zero waste,” Harris said. Scribner-Newell said the University is in the process of planting a permanent Christmas tree this year. “By planting our own tree, we won’t need to have one hauled all the way from Washington state,” she said. The tree will be planted in front of the Music and Dramatic Arts building, Scribner-Newell said. Students interested in monitoring the University’s recycling and sustainability efforts can visit LSU Recycles on Facebook or

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Theta Chi aims for chapter status Kayla DuBos Contributing Writer

Members of the Theta Chi colony are waiting until spring to become the first-ever chapter of the Theta Chi fraternity at the University. “We have been recognized as an interest group on campus since the week before this fall semester,” said Ethan Gremillion, political science sophomore and president of the Theta Chi interest group. A group wishing to form a fraternity must first petition for status as a colony, and it may later be chartered to become a full chapter. Gremillion said the group was off track in its progress to fulfill requirements in the beginning. “We met with [Dean of Students] KC White and [Associate Director of Greek Life] Jonathan Sanders,” said Gremillion. “They got us back where we needed to be.” The organization began with Alex Harvey, BRCC student, and Alex Mouhot, disaster science management sophomore. Each brought together 10 friends who were interested in starting the fraternity, Gremillion said. “Mouhot, [history junior] Matthew Barouse and I went to the National Convention in July. That’s when it clicked. Instead of it just being about friendship, it was about Theta Chi,” Gremillion said. Ten of the men in Theta Chi were interested in Greek life, and they each went through rush. But

they didn’t click with any of the fraternities. “We are open to anyone, but the people who weren’t drawn to the other fraternities have found a safe haven in Theta Chi,” Gremillion said. Fifteen new men have expressed interest since school started, though most have been through word of mouth, Gremillion said. “We were all a group of friends,” Gremillion said. “As we add more people, we are in a sense pitching what Theta Chi is all about.” Theta Chi wants to help the community and be a positive force, Gremillion said. “First, we have to know who we are and where we are coming from,” he said. The petition for the Interfraternity Council has already been written. However, Theta Chi is waiting to add to its 25 members and build its service portfolio, Gremillion said. The group is already getting involved on campus as well as in the community with events like “My Hands,” an event to raise awareness for Scleroderma, Gremillion said. “We are new,” Gremillion said. “We have a lot to establish as far as presence and history.” Theta Chi would not be near where they are today without the support of the Theta Chi Alumni, Gremillion said. He said there are about 1,000 in Louisiana. The group doesn’t have a house yet, but once Theta Chi is established

at the University, housing will be considered, Gremillion said. “It won’t be something we see in our day but something our successors will see,” he said. Jonathan Sanders, associate director of Greek Life and Interfraternity Council adviser, said Greek Life anticipates Theta Chi’s expansion. “We are extremely excited for the possibility of Theta Chi joining the IFC in the spring,” Sanders said.

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Many universities target students as potential donors

economy,” Vannoy said. “But the trend is that smaller gifts have maintained and increased.” But these donations, which include time and money, are not only being generated by alumni Sydni Dunn and wealthy Tiger fans, but also Staff Writer by current students and recent “It’s never too early” is a graduates. phrase college students are hear“There were 9,200 undering more and more these days graduate degrees awarded during — it’s never too early to start a 2008 and 2009,” Vannoy said. project, and it’s never too early to “Of that group, 1,824 undergradplan for the future. uates donated to the University.” Now universities are teachThat 19.8 percent of uning students it’s dergraduates is never too early to larger than the donate. general alumni According to donor population a survey conductand does not ined by the Council clude donors to for Aid to Eduthe Tiger Athletic cation, donation Foundation. rates and alumni “Students are Beverly Major participation in not just donating director of Forever LSU fundraising have in money, but in reached an alltime and service,” time low, sinking 11 percent from said Beverly Major, director of last year. As the numbers drop, Forever LSU. universities are targeting potenRebecca Templet, education tial donors prior to graduation. sophomore, is one of these stuDonation patterns have dents. Templet has worked for changed during the nation’s eco- the campaign for two years and nomic recession, said Cliff Van- encourages students to get innoy, executive vice president of volved. the LSU Alumni Association. “Donating is a chance for “Multi-million dollar gifts students to give back and really are down because of the stock show their Tiger pride,” Temmarket and the uncertainty of the plet said. “If they begin to give

Fundraising rates drop by 11 percent


‘It doesn’t matter if you give $1 or $10,000. This is our University.’

back now, they will not only truly understand where their contributions are going but what their contributions are benefiting.” Loyola University New Orleans is a participant school in “Building Bridges: Young Alumni and Current Students,” a program designed to teach students the importance of alumni connections. Texas Christian University and several other schools are taking the next step by asking students for $1 donations. The University created its own effort through the leading fundraising campaign Forever LSU. Forever LSU began a silent planning phase in 2001 with a public launch in June 2006. The foundation set a goal to raise $750 million by 2010, the University’s sesquicentennial anniversary. The campaign is divided into academic units, each having their own goals. There are also 23 regions across the U.S. that foster regional committees to help identify potential donors, Major said. “[Forever LSU] has raised more than $710 million as of the end of May,” Major said. “We are very pleased with the result and pleased with the support across the Tiger Nation.” While the campaign has not actively solicited students


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Students seeking employment opportunities Tuesday night tour the Career Expo in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

through letters or e-mails, Forever LSU is catching the attention of undergraduates through other means. “We have built an amazing brand in LSU,” Major said. “The last two lines of the alma mater resonate with people.” Classroom PowerPoint advertisements, STRIPES program presentations and student-produced videos are ways Forever LSU is conveying the message of giving back, Major said. “Philanthropy is taught,” Major said. “It’s not instinctive.” Theatre performance freshman Matthew Reed disagreed. “You can tell us about why it’s good to give back, but you can’t teach it,” Reed said. “And honestly, undergraduates are struggling with the finances of living on their own.” Whatever the motivation, all

agreed that donating is important. “It doesn’t matter if you give $1 or $10,000. This is our University, and I think every student needs to take responsibility in commitment to community,” Major said. “There is no monetary return, but the rewards are so much greater.” And if students are encouraged to give now, they will be more inclined to donate later, Templet said. “I think we, as alumni and future grads, have responsibility to ourselves [and] to our fellow classmates to make sure every Tiger that follows us is as successful as we have been and then some,” Major said.

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Mounds off limits on game days

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would be the next great defensive tackle at LSU, which Nevis took to heart. “He definitely set the bar high for me, so I had to come to work ready to get better every day and just do my job,” Nevis said. The defensive tackle answered the challenge. Nevis didn’t

Tailgaters will have to stay off the Indian Mounds on home football game days this season. The Indian Mounds are more than 6,000 years old, and countless fans ‘We’re on game days ride bikes destroying who and slide down them ... If the University you look landmarks on boxover there, cardboard es add pressure we have to the strucThey’re a serious tures. already vulproblem.’ nerable to natural damBrooks Ellwood age, including geology professor rainwater in the cracks of the mounds that advances their erosion. Brooks Ellwood, a Robey H. Clark Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics, said the mounds are precious to the campus and recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. “We’re destroying them,” Ellwood said. “People say, ‘Well, [we] can’t cause that much damage,’ but if you look over there, we have a serious problem.” Ellwood said prohibiting traffic on the mounds on game days will be worth the effort to shield them from further damage.

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LSU senior defensive tackle Drake Nevis recovers a fumble from Mississippi State on Sept. 26, 2009, during the Tigers’ 30-26 win in Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss.

Drake Nevis leads SEC with 3.5 sacks, mentors young defensive line As an undersized defensive tackle in the Southeastern Conference, senior Drake Nevis may have had his doubters before the season began. But point the biggest skeptic out, and Nevis will make him a believer. The 6-foot-2-inch, 285-pound lineman leads the Southeastern Conference with 3.5 sacks through

two games. Caldwell. His first came against North “He whipped us,” Caldwell Carolina, where he only brushed said. “Bottom line. Ain’t no sehis potential. The cret.” following week Nevis has Rowan Kavner Nevis battered learned from some Sports Writer Vanderbilt junior of the best, includquarterback Larry Smith for 2.5 ing former LSU defensive linesacks, garnering SEC Lineman men and NFL players Glenn Dorsof the Week honors and frustrat- ey and Tyson Jackson. In 2007, ing Commodore coach Robbie Dorsey said then-freshman Nevis


QB Jefferson offers plea to fans before home opener Miles says Jarrett Lee could play Sat. Sean Isabella Sports Writer

Unanswered questions have been the theme of the LSU football team’s first two games. First, the team faced questions about an ineptness in closing out football games following a nailbiter against North Carolina. Now the questions have made their way to junior quarterback Jordan Jefferson — fresh off a careerworst game last weekend at Vanderbilt.

With LSU’s home opener looming just three days away and an array of eager fans who have waited about 10 months for another night game at Tiger Stadium, Jefferson has made a plea to fans. “I just hope the fans will really be realistic,” he said. “I’m a college player. I’m still working. I’m still learning. I’m trying to do my best to help this team improve. ... I would just hope they keep faith in me and still have time. Just have time to wait for me to help the offense.” Jefferson’s request comes four days after a night to forget in Nashville, Tenn. His stat line — 8-of-20 passing for 96 yards and an interception — was not a misprint.

Neither were his 13 rushing attempts that netted a measly 13 yards. The start of the game against Vanderbilt was indicative of how the rest of the game would go for Jefferson. On the first play from scrimmage, he fumbled and fended off three Vanderbilt defenders for the ball, though senior running back Richard Murphy was credited with the recovery. Two possessions later, Jefferson was in the shotgun and dropped the snap from sophomore center P.J. Lonergan. Jefferson said he was “too busy reading what the defense was doing.” QUARTERBACKS, see page 11

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LSU sophomore quarterback Jarrett Lee prepares to pass Nov. 14 during a game.


LSU junior quarterback Jordan Jefferson scrambles for yardage Sept. 4.

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Bensend rapidly develops as leader Senior unanimously voted team captain Mark Clements Sports Contributor


Senior outside hitter Angela Bensend jumps up for a block during LSU’s five-set victory against New Mexico State University on Saturday in the PMAC.

The LSU volleyball team is off to its first 9-0 start since 1991 — a year ending in a Final Four appearance. The main force behind the team’s ferocious start this year is senior outside hitter Angela Bensend. Bensend has racked up 127 kills, 86 digs and 10 blocks only nine games into the season. “I’ve been working on my ball control and hitting consistency,” Bensend said. “When I first came I had to learn how to hit outside. Also my serve, receive and defense is something I’ve really been working on.” Bensend’s work has not gone unnoticed by LSU coach Fran Flory. “She’s learned how to truly be an outside hitter,” Flory said. “Once she found her home she really discovered and has thrived in being productive, being balanced and being reliable.” Last season, Bensend started 29 matches, including the squad’s final 22 matches. Junior libero Lauren Waclawczyk said Bensend has become the backbone of the team. “She’s our go-to when we need someone to put the ball away,”

Waclawczyk said. “We know we can always count on her.” At her high school in Plano, Texas, Bensend earned four letters in volleyball along with a plethora of awards and honors from the state. She also got the opportunity to be coached by her “proud” aunt, Kari Bensend, for a year. Kari played volleyball at the University of Oklahoma from 1977 to 1980 before beginning her coaching career. She said Angela’s development and skills came rapidly and out of nowhere. “I always called her my little freak because we always wondered where she came from,” Kari Bensend said with a laugh. “She grew so fast, but she always had the potential and that physical body. You knew she was going to sprout into a very dynamic player once she understood the game. We’re so proud of her.” Unanimously voted captain by the rest of the team, Flory said the No. 1 thing Angela Bensend brings to the team is enthusiasm. “From the first day she walked into this gym she brought the right level of work ethic,” Flory said. “She brought the right team attitude and the right approach. She’s a great team person that people trust and people believe in. She is the role model for our program.” The one word Angela’s peers consistently use to describe her is “leader.” “As I’ve seen her mature and mature and mature over the last

several years, she has become an excellent team leader,” Kari said. “That’s what coaches are looking for — the kid who is unselfish, that gives everything they can and that leads in every aspect.” Angela Bensend said she strives to improve her leadership skills entering this season as one of only three seniors on the team. “I try to be a leader on and off the court, but especially on the court,” Angela said. “I try to be as vocal as possible to keep our team relaxed and have fun.” Waclawczyk described Angela as one of the friendliest people she’s ever met and one of her closest friends off the court. What’s the one word Waclawczyk would use to describe Angela? “Loyal,” Waclawczyk said without hesitation. “She is the type of person that will do absolutely anything you need. It’s good to know you can count on someone.” But Waclawczyk, Angela Bensend’s roommate, said Angela keeps most of the hard work on the court. “If I dissed her cooking skills she’ll get mad. … She can do some OK cooking,” Waclawczyk chuckled. “She’s a very clean person, but she does sleep a lot. When she’s at home, she’s laying in bed sleeping.” Contact Mark Clements at

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Gameday parking options announced Construction limits available public lots Staff Reports Some free parking options will no longer be available during LSU’s 2010 home football schedule, the Athletic Department announced Tuesday. A portion of the grass parking area near Bernie Moore Track Stadium will be reserved because

of construction. The grass field was formerly free public parking but now will be limited to permitted vehicles. Only the south portion of the area is reserved — the north portion, adjacent to game day parking Lot O, is still open to public parking. Fans looking for free public parking may park in the Levee Lots on River Road, the Hayfield Lot on Gourrier Avenue, the Kirby-Smith lot on Aster Street and The Oaks at Burbank and Nicholson Drives. Free public parking is

available across the east side of campus, but those lots fill up quickly because of tailgating. Fans can also purchase parking spaces in the Alex Box West Lot for $40-$75 per game. LSU will open restrooms and concession stands at Alex Box Stadium for fans in the area.

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Saints’ LT Bushrod won’t waste his time getting ‘comfortable’

Continues focusing on improving daily Brett Martel The Associated Press

METAIRIE — Jermon Bushrod doesn’t like to use the word “comfortable,” at least not when talking about playing left tackle for the New Orleans Saints. The second-year starter figures there isn’t much room for error when protecting reigning Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees from some of the best pass rushers in the league. The fact that Bushrod’s primary competition for his job WINSLOW TOWNSON / The Associated Press — Jammal Brown — was traded New Orleans Saints lineman Jermon Bushrod (74) lines up during the Aug. 12 to Washington in the offseason preseason game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. doesn’t change that. “I don’t really like to try to get last week, and Allen didn’t register continue just to fight to get better.” Coaches and teammates say comfortable in this whole situation, a sack. “We won the battle,” Bushrod Bushrod is getting better. When truthfully,” Bushrod said, recalling how he struggled against DeMar- said. “I really don’t harp too much asked if Bushrod played well cus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys in on individual-type things. We just against Allen, who had 14 1/2 sacks went out there as 11. This is not an last season, Saints coach Sean Paythe Saints’ first loss of last season. When the Saints were 13-0 individual game. It’s a team game. ton replied, “He sure did.” Veteran right tackle Jon last December, Bushrod recalled, There were times I counted on my he thought he had a good grasp teammates to help me out and vice Stinchcomb agreed. “He had a heck of a game,” of what it took to be a starting left versa.” Although the Stinchcomb said. “[Minnesota’s] tackle in the NFL. 26-year-old Bush- front four is elite and constantly During the next rod has a left tack- he was in one-on-one situations, game, Ware had le’s build at 6 feet and constantly he stepped up to the two sacks, two 5 inches and 315 challenge. So I thought he played forced fumbles pounds, he wasn’t very well against a very quality opand three quartera household name ponent.” back hits. Bushrod is playing under a coming out of “It kind of all Towson and was one-year, $1.7 million tender he backfired on me, taken by the Saints signed as a restricted free agent. so you just got to Jermon Bushrod in the fourth round So at this point, there’s no telling continue to fight New Orleans Saints left tackle of the 2007 draft. what Bushrod’s future holds after to stay hungry and He then spent this season. ... continue just to The Saints also used a secondget better on a day-to-day basis,” two seasons learning the position behind Brown before finally get- round draft choice last spring on Bushrod said. Bushrod had never played ting his chance in 2009. By the Southern Cal left tackle Charles an offensive snap when Brown, a time last season was over, he had Brown, who is a reserve lineman 2005 first-round draft pick out of a Super Bowl ring. Yet it wasn’t for now. “I understand we brought anOklahoma, was injured during the clear whether he’d get his starting job back until Brown, a two-time other guy in, but it’s a fight daily,” 2009 preseason. Now, as Bushrod begins his Pro Bowl player who was in the Bushrod said. “You can’t ever get second season as a starter, he is midst of a contract holdout, was too comfortable because playing in this league is a privilege and it’s performing confidently as Brees’ traded to the Redskins in June. “It was hard seeing a guy like hard work.” blind-side protector, whether he admits to feeling secure about his that go because I was behind him for 2 1/2 years,” Bushrod said. position on the club or not. He was often left one-on-one “He’s a great player. He’s a great against Minnesota Vikings star friend. Seeing him leave was Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports defensive end Jared Allen in the tough, but I guess it was an opSaints’ season-opening 14-9 win portunity for me to go out here and staff at


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Bush forfeits 2005 Heisman Trophy in unprecedented move Improper benefits scandal comes to end Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Reggie Bush took the unprecedented step of giving back his Heisman Trophy on Tuesday, saying the scandal over improper benefits while he was a star running back at Southern California should not stain “the dignity of this award.” The New Orleans Saints’ star won the Heisman — symbol of the best player in college football — in 2005. Returning the trophy has no practical effect on Bush because he’s already in the pros and a member of a Super Bowl championship team. However, it is the first time in the award’s 75-year history that a player has forfeited it. USC was hit with heavy sanctions by the NCAA this summer after it determined Bush and his family had received hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts from two fledgling California-based marketing agents. The NCAA ruled that Bush was ineligible for the 2005 season, which opened the possibility that the Heisman Trophy Trust would take back the award. One of the few guidelines given to Heisman Trophy voters is that a player must be in compliance with NCAA rules to be eligible for the award. “The persistent media speculation regarding allegations

“It was a very noble thing for One of the marketing agents, Lloyd Lake, sued Bush in trying Reggie to do,” Haden said. “In my to recoup nearly $300,000 in cash opinion, he made the right deciand gifts. Eventually, the case was sion. It was a thoughtful decision settled and Bush never had to pub- by Reggie. “It’s never a good thing to give licly tell his side of the story. In handing out its penalties, a Heisman back. But at the end of the NCAA cited USC for a lack of the day, USC did the right thing institutional control. Its report cit- when we gave our Heisman back, ed numerous improper benefits for and now Reggie did, too.” Bush’s decision ends four Bush and former basketball player O.J. Mayo, who spent just one year years of questions, debate and turmoil surrounding allegations that with the Trojans. tainted one of the The penalgreat performancties included the es in college footloss of 30 football history. ball scholarships “It doesn’t over three years matter if he gives and vacating 14 victories in which it back. Everyone Bush played from still knows Reggie December 2004 Bush was the best Pat Haden player that year. through the 2005 USC athletic director Look at the runs. season. USC, unHe was clearly the der coach Pete Carroll, beat Oklahoma in the BCS best player,” said Johnny Rodgers, title game on Jan. 4, 2005, and won 1972 Heisman winner from Ne12 games during Bush’s Heisman- braska. “O.J. Simpson got accused winning season, which ended with of a murder and they didn’t take a loss to Texas in the 2006 BCS his back. That was a far greater allegation, and they didn’t find O.J. title game. After the 2009 season, Carroll guilty on that.” Former Nebraska quarterback left USC to take over as coach of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. Eric Crouch, who won the Heis“It is my hope that this situa- man in 2001, called it a “sad day.” tion serves as a teachable moment Eddie George, the 1995 Heisto all involved, especially for the man winner from Ohio State, felt young athletes and university and the same way: “I don’t think he high school administrators of to- should’ve gave his Heisman away. morrow,” Carroll said in a state- I think it’s a shame that it’s come to this for Reggie.” ment. USC replaced athletic director Mike Garrett with Pat Haden in July, and one of the first moves Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports Haden made was returning USC’s staff at copy of Bush’s Heisman Trophy.


‘It was a very noble thing for Reggie to do ... He made the right decision.’

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While still a player and student at USC, Reggie Bush poses with his Heisman Trophy on Dec. 10, 2005. Bush forfeited it Tuesday due because of an NCAA offense.

dating back to my years at USC has been both painful and distracting,” Bush said in a statement released through the Saints. “In no way should the storm around these allegations reflect in any way on the dignity of this award, nor on any other institutions or individuals. “For the rest of my days, I will continue to strive to demonstrate through my actions and words that I was deserving of the confidence placed in me by the Heisman Trophy Trust.” Shortly after USC was sanctioned, the eight-member trust, based in New York, said it was considering what to do about Bush, who won in a landslide vote over Texas quarterback Vince Young. The trust met Tuesday; it had

no comment. Whether the 2005 Heisman will be vacated or given to Young remains to be seen. “Reg will continue to be the 2005 Award recipient and I will continue to be honored to have been in the 2005 Heisman campaign with such a talented athlete,” Young posted on his Twitter account. Allegations of improper benefits to Bush and his family were first reported by Yahoo! Sports in September 2006, months after Bush had already been drafted No. 2 overall by the Saints. The NCAA and Pac-10 began investigating him and the USC football program soon afterward, and Bush immediately denied any wrongdoing.

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coach Tommy Moffitt. “Coach Chavis puts me in the start a game last season as a junior, right position, and Coach Mofbut he still led the Tigers with 11 fitt does a good job getting me tackles for loss. He also managed physically prepared as well as a sack in four sepmentally,” Nevis arate games. said. Nevis has The LSU debeen a nightmare fense leads the for opposing ofnation with 10 fensive lines sacks, three more since becoming a than any other consistent starter. SEC team. He is once again Senior lineleading the team backer Kelvin Kelvin Sheppard in tackles for loss Sheppard said the LSU senior linebacker this year from line is strong from sacks alone. top to bottom, “Drake Nevis, along with but the schemes and techniques some of the other guys, is really haven’t changed from last year. disruptive,” said LSU coach Les The main difference is an exploMiles. “It’s really difficult to snap sive defensive tackle. it to the quarterback [with him on “I think it’s just a matter of the line].” the mentality that Drake Nevis has But Nevis isn’t one to boast. fit for those guys on the defensive He attributes his success to de- line,” Sheppard said. “Everybody fensive coordinator John Chavis, has to play every play like it’s defensive line coach Brick Haley your last.” and strength and conditioning Sheppard, who watched

Dorsey and Jackson play as a redshirt freshman in 2007, said this year’s defensive line is the deepest and most talented he has seen since coming to Baton Rouge. But he said Nevis’ rare ability at defensive tackle has separated him from the pack. “Every guy is not a Drake Nevis and going to go sack the quarterback with two people on his back,” Sheppard said. Working hard is nothing new to Nevis. The Marrero native’s former high school coach Billy North said when Nevis was in seventh grade he would go to John Ehret High School to work out with the varsity team. “His attitude has certainly prepared him for where he is today,” North said. “His ability to motivate his teammates and lift the team spirits up has always been a great attribute of his.” As Nevis’ sack total rose, so did his leadership. Sheppard said his job is easier when Nevis is in the game creating havoc on the

line, but he also loves who Nevis is off the field. “After every game he wants to know, ‘Hey Shep, how many tackles did you have? What did you do?’ It’s always about what did I do, not what he did,” Sheppard said. Nevis said he’ll hand linemen Gatorade and water if they look thirsty on the field, and off the field they are eating and watching film together. The senior has mentored redshirt freshmen defensive linemen Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery, and Nevis’ ability to draw double teams is opening lanes for the young, speedy pass rushers. “He’s making our work easier to make us look even better than what we’re looking,” Mingo said. “Thank Drake.”

A few balls were dropped, but most of Jefferson’s passes were either at the feet or over the heads of the receivers. “I looked at the film — all my reads were correct. If I get the ball up a couple more inches, then it’s a totally different game for me,” said Jefferson, whose night also included an overthrown ball in the third quarter that was intercepted in the Vanderbilt end zone for a touchback. Jefferson’s 96 passing yards tied a career low from last October against Florida. Junior quarterback Jarrett Lee played two series in the fourth quarter and completed one pass — a 16-yard laser to sophomore wide receiver Rueben Randle.

LSU coach Les Miles stirred the pot after the game regarding a possible quarterback switch in the future. “We’re going to continue to evaluate our quarterback situation, and frankly we’re going to expect more out of the position,” he said. “Both [Jefferson and Lee] can give it to us. ... We’re going to encourage Lee because he’s a guy who’s going to have to win games for us as we go forward.” Message boards and fan chatter swirled Saturday night and Sunday as fans wondered if Jefferson would be replaced, but Miles slammed the door shut Monday during his weekly press conference. “I have no problem putting

[Lee] in the game,” Miles said. “I can only tell you that it is a game feel and not something that we are envisioning at this point.” Despite his struggles, Jefferson’s teammates spent Monday showing support for him, though one player didn’t exactly give a ringing endorsement. “I have faith in my quarterback, and if they want to call Jarrett Lee’s number, I’m ready for Jarrett to get in there also,” said junior running back Stevan Ridley. “I’m not picking or choosing either one, but we have some talent on the bench.”

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‘Every guy is not a Drake Nevis and going to go sack the quarterback with two people on his back.’

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He also fumbled a third time near halftime, but it was recovered by freshman running back Alfred Blue. Things only got worse for Jefferson. In the first half alone, he managed to complete only three passes, all of which came in the first quarter. Jefferson’s last completion of the half came with less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter when he connected with junior tight end Mitch Joseph for 10 yards. He then strung together eight straight incompletions, with his next completion coming nearly 20 minutes later on LSU’s first drive of the third quarter.

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MOUNDS, from page 7 He said this is the most concerted effort that has been made to protect them. “Everyone has been concerned about the increased damage we physically see, even from a distance,” Ellwood said. “In order to mitigate that … just at those times with extremely large numbers of people up there, everybody agreed we should cut the volume down — just on game days. As long as they don’t ride bikes and slide down on mats, it’s OK.” Faculty and students will tailgate Saturday in the areas around the Indian Mounds for LSU’s home opener against Mississippi State to provide information about the reasons for staying off the mounds. “Informed Ph.D. and master’s-level students and faculty will be there, along with interested and concerned folks who can answer questions, show where damage is and what this is doing to prevent it,” Ellwood said. “There will be a slideshow with a series of pictures showing the damage.” An excavation is planned for a small area on the top of the northern mound next year, “a very careful, slow excavation” that will be open to the public, Ellwood said. It will be the first time any such excavation has taken place on top of the mounds, though others have been done around their bases.

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Faculty union to benefit professors, the University As an LSU Faculty Senator, I was pleased to learn that the Louisiana Association of Educators, an affiliate of the National Education Association, will work with the University faculty to create a union at LSU. I call it a “union” because in my opinion there is no other word for such a collective bargaining unit.

The LSU faculty is composed of scholars who earned their degrees at some of the best universities in the country and the world. At the minimum, our job consists of course preparation and teaching, research and publication, advising students and directing undergraduate and graduate theses and dissertations, service on University and department committees, supporting community and educational projects on and off the campus, and participation in shared governance, mostly in an advisory capacity. We came here to deliver a first-class education to the citizens of Louisiana,

an education that could compete effectively with the best institutions in the world. Our research informs our teaching and has enabled us to make strides in achieving that goal, particularly in the first eight years of the new millennium. Though LSU is the state’s flagship educational institution, it has not always been supported consistently. In the ‘90s, during good economic times, the faculty went five years without across-the-board raises, and now, in bad economic times, we are in the same situation for the third year in a row. This causes us to lose good faculty to

better-paying or more consistently funded universities. The library, the most critical tool of any research university, has suffered from underfunding, in good times and bad, for two decades, which has made it more difficult to do research at LSU. The constant threat of debilitating budget cuts from the state government undermines the morale of the institution and again causes good faculty to leave. I can only speak for myself, but the LSU faculty needs to organize so they can speak in a unified voice to the state government and to the people of Louisiana. A strong

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010 university results in a productive workforce, a robust economy, a better-informed electorate and a community that offers desirable opportunities to new generations so that they want to remain in the state. It also attracts new talent to the state. An empowered and organized faculty can make LSU a strong university. Patrick McGee McElveen professor of English Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at


Real legacy of WWI is lost on many Americans

It was a somber close to one of the longest wars in U.S. history as President Barack Obama declared the end of combat operations in Iraq last month. There was no “Mission Accomplished” banner draped above the president’s podium. No national holidays were declared. Across the nation, the announcement was met with cynical chuckles rather than excitement and exultation. After seven long years of combat, most Americans realize “victory” is nothing but a distant mirage. There are plenty of reasons why people should criticize our nation’s recent military ventures. But perhaps the greatest example of the unintended consequences of foreign intervention came during western civilization’s most monumental event nearly a century ago. The year was 1914, and the seeds of the First World War were rapidly being sown across the entire European landscape. Within months, the “Great War” had become one of history’s most gruesome slaughters. Outmoded combat strategies of the 19th century were combined with the technologically advanced weaponry of the 20th century, resulting in a staggering loss of life. Yet by 1917, Allied and Central powers found themselves stuck in a peculiar stalemate. With neither side truly advancing and thousands lying dead for no apparent reason, citizens were growing weary. Government propaganda had lost its appeal. The lofty patriotism that helped fuel Europe’s sudden “war fever” was fading quickly. But political leaders knew they couldn’t settle for anything short of victory after coaxing their citizenry into war and squandering virtually all of their nation’s wealth.

Germany was in a particularly vexing spot. Exhaustion was setting in on both the eastern and western warfronts. Moreover, British blockades had wreaked havoc on their innocent civilians. Continuing to fight a two-front war was clearly unsustainable. So with battles still raging on the western front and the United States’ potential entry into the war looming, Germany sought out a desperate plan to eliminate Russia’s already beleaguered forces on the eastern front. Their solution for getting Russia out of the war was simple. And it involved something much more potent than any bomb: It was an idea. The seed of that revolutionary idea came in the form of an exiled Russian revolutionary named Vladimir Lenin. Tragically, the Germans’ plan to incite a revolution in Russia worked. The October Revolution swept through St. Petersburg. Bolsheviks quickly deposed the czar and withdrew Russian forces from the eastern warfront. In the next few decades, Marxist ideas would spread across the globe like a swift plague, infecting the minds of the young and traumatized, prompting the systematic slaughter of around 120 million civilians. The only thing more tragic than Lenin’s transport to Russia and the ensuing Bolshevik Revolution — largely a result of Germany’s fear of the United States’ potential entry into the war — was the actual result of the United States’ unwarranted intervention. By unloading tens of thousands of fresh troops in the midst of a waning war on the path towards diplomacy, the U.S. tipped the scales in the Allied powers’ favor. The Central powers’ fate was sealed.

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Rather than settling for compromise, Germany was forced to accept an unconditional surrender under the stringent terms of the Treaty of Versailles. The sanctions were so disastrous for Germany that Scott Burns French military theorist FerdiColumnist nand Foch observed, “This is not peace. It is an armistice for 20 years.” His prediction was hauntingly accurate. Within the next decade, Germans endured starvation, isolation and hyperinflation. This desperation and sense of being exploited

inevitably drove them into the waiting arms of the 20th century’s most notorious villain: Adolf Hitler. In a very real way, England and the United States’ unjust intervention into World War I helped set the stage for radical ideologies like communism and fascism to emerge. World War II was not a chance event. It was an inevitable consequence of the First War’s tragic conclusion. Sadly, Americans never accepted the fact that imperialism only breeds war and — invariably — financial collapse. The final chapter is far from being written in the Middle East. But with our spiraling debt and lingering economic uncertainty, we’re already feeling the effects of this war.

Today’s troops deserve much more than our unquestioning praise and support. They deserve to serve a nation that will never blindly send them off to fight another unnecessary war. It may be too late to reverse history, but we’ll only be able to create a more peaceful and sustainable future once we learn from the mistakes of our past. Scott Burns is a 21-year-old economics and history senior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_sburns.

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Google announces plans for music store, could rival iTunes Google recently announced it will soon open a music store of its own soon in an attempt to capture some of the online music industry’s lucrative profits. So far, Google is only in negotiations and hasn’t signed with any labels yet. Apple’s iTunes store currently dominates the market. In 2007, Amazon launched its own music store, but as of this year it has only captured 12 percent of the market — hardly major competition for the entertainment giant. There are several reasons why Apple dominates online multimedia. It entered the market quickly. It had massive success with the iPod and iPhone. Its integration with iTunes, which offers a direct, easy way to buy songs, has been unparalleled — so far. Amazon has essentially failed to be a competitor for Apple here. First of all, it entered the game too late, offered no incentive to switch from Apple’s massively successful setup and had less exposure. Honestly, I was shocked to hear 12

percent of the market even knew songs could be bought from Amazon. It comes down to this: When suppliers compete, prices are generally lowered as they try to capture as much of our money as they possibly can. When there is no competition, there’s usually little incentive for lowering prices. Why should you care? Glad you asked! The going rate for most music now is 99 cents for most song s and $1.29 for popular songs. It’s unlikely this price will go down, as most of the money made from a music purchase is already tied up in contracts to the people who actually make the music. What can go down is the price of other, more expensive items like movies and TV episodes. Google can actually do this. Amazon failed, but the Internet giant has several advantages Amazon doesn’t. First, if there is ever going to be a Skynet, it’s going to run on Google’s servers. Maybe they’ll

call it GNet and run targeted ads on the drones. The level of information Google collects on its users is jaw-dropping, rivaled only by God. Google uses the information to match you up with products you’re statistically likely to buy and put the ads all over the Internet. So it wouldn’t be beyond Google, at least from a technological standpoint, to say, “OK, we know predominantly 26to 29-year-old males visit this site from 8 to 10 p.m. Monday Devin Graham through Friday after work, and Columnist there’s an 86 percent chance they like the band ‘Whomevuh,’ and the band’s top single right now is ‘Whateveh.’ Let’s run a discount if they click on the link and buy the song and music video at 25 percent off.” Really. They could do that. It’s freaky.

What’s more, YouTube exposure has historically helped Apple’s music sales, but YouTube is owned by Google. Yep, in 2006 Google bought YouTube. That kind of control gives Google a huge edge on the competition as it can not only increase its own exposure, but completely stop Amazon and Apple’s income from YouTube, barring any open contracts with those companies. Finally, it’s entirely possible Apple’s largest market for media has been its sales from its own line of products, particularly the iPhone. The iPhone makes it all too easy to download music quickly and painlessly, believe me. Amazon didn’t really have that, to its massive disadvantage, but Google already has its promising Android operating system out on cell phones. It only makes sense at this point for it to capture those unused profits. Honestly, I’m most surprised it hasn’t done it already. In the end, this is what you need to know: Classical

economics predicts that as long as it’s more convenient for you to search the Internet and download the music for free, you’ll tend to download the music from torrents or servers like Rapidshare until the price is so low it’d be more convenient to download the music quickly from one place than it would be to search all over the Internet and wait for the music. This will always be true, no matter who starts their own store. Until prices get that low, every legal group in the world can yell about contracts, moral obligations and artists’ income until they’re blue in the face. The bottom line — it’s tough to beat free. Devin Graham is a 21-year-old business management senior from Prairieville. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_dgraham.

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Despite new competition, iTunes will not lose its lead This is very difficult for me. To those who know me personally or the few who keep up weekly with my columns, it’s quite evident I’m the biggest Google-loving, Apple-bashing son-of-a-whoknows-what to grace The Daily Reveille’s pages. With all my might, I want Apple’s arro- Adam Arinder Columnist gant CEO Steve Jobs and his “Jesus Phone” to fail and everyone see it as the overhyped, technologically belated, signal-dropping machine that is the iPhone. And I truly believe Google’s latest line of Android powered cell phones can be the ones to challenge the almighty Jobs — but we’re talking about cell phones here. Music, on the other hand, is an entirely different story. Ever since the iPod was released in 2001, it has become the brand name associated with MP3 players. So many people come up to me at my job at Best Buy telling me they want a Sony iPod. The name has stuck — like BandAid or Kleenex. With each iPod purchase, the user must download iTunes to load and sync music, videos, pictures and more. iTunes also allows users the ability to easily purchase singles, full albums and even exclusive tracks along with TV shows and movies.

It has basically become the one-stop media shop for those who like to obtain their entertainment legally. Sure, others have tried to top Apple’s media giant — Rhapsody, Amazon and the redesigned Napster, to name a few — but all have fallen before the mighty Jobs. Now, just like with smart phones, Google is stepping into the ring to try and accomplish where so many others have failed — it’s going to try to bring down iTunes. The Web search aficionado recently reported it would launch its very own music service to coincide with its Android handsets. While not much information has yet been published, Google has a fighting chance with the ability to link YouTube, Gmail and its search site together. And, given Google’s recent background, all of this will be done over cloud computing. Cloud computing is great because it allows users to store and stream data over the airwaves without the need for internal storage like a hard drive or memory card. If Google’s new service could also provide its Android users ways to more easily sync and manage their media data, a la iTunes, it could pull the many new Android owners away from Apple and iTunes, as their Android phones could become more intuitive music players. Unfortunately, that’s about as high as they’ll get — No. 2. The closest competition to Apple is Amazon with 12 percent of the marketshare, and while there are other music services for

consumers, it shows iTunes easily controls at least three-quarters of the music market, if not more. Hell, Jobs was so confident in his digital distribution media service he changed the iTunes logo, removing the CD from behind the music note because he claimed iTunes is now outselling the physical CD. And he’s right. With more than 260 million iPods sold worldwide as of April 2010, and with every iPod needing iTunes to operate, the install base for Apple is just too high for

anyone to touch. Just like in the smartphone realm, if anybody in the market right now has a chance to topple Apple, it’d be Google. But unlike smartphones, where I believe Google has a strong fighting chance, the terms Apple, iPod and iTunes have become so synonymous with music, it’d take a huge economic shift to change that in people’s minds. When the day comes of a music service providing free legal downloads to everyone, then we may see the mighty Jobs fall.

Until then, we’re stuck with Apple’s controlling music scene of hip commercials and overpriced “popular” singles. Adam Arinder is a 20-year-old communication studies senior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_aarinder.

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Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010 TREME, from page 1

expect to hear anything back. “Everyone and their mother wanted to work for ‘Treme,’” she said. “I was just honored to be on the list.” But in July, Kornhauser said she received a call from Nina Noble, one of the show’s executive producers, saying they were interested in having her on board. Kornhauser is the third local writer and the first woman hired for the show. “I think I’ll bring an interesting perspective,” she said. “I was here during Katrina, and my boyfriend is a cop.” Kornhauser said she will work with a team of about seven writers throughout the season, and she is guaranteed credit for one episode’s teleplay. While season one covered a lot of character introductions, New Orleans culture and music, Kornhauser said season two will branch into other areas. Kornhauser, whose contract with HBO runs through May, will not teach this semester but will return in the spring when she will both teach and continue writing for “Treme.” Rick Moreland, English Department chair, said the experience will benefit both Kornhauser and the University. “It’s a great opportunity for her and her students,” Moreland said. “She’s going to be working for the best in the business, and she can bring that knowledge back to her students.” According to Rick Blackwood, screenwriting professor, it’s not common for television shows to hire college professors. “It’s completely unprecedented and tremendously exciting,” Blackwood said. “It shows the quality of people that teach here.” Blackwood said Kornhauser will be a good fit for the show. “She’s very talented, very imaginative and an outstanding writer,” he said. Kornhauser said she has never written for television before, but she’s excited to learn. “My objective is to write the best script I can write,” she said. “As a writer on ‘Treme,’ working with the best of the best on a show about my city, I really want to hit a home run out of the ballpark.” Contact Sarah Eddington at

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spending. Richardson said the state government ramped up spending across the board during that time, including in higher education. Numbers from the Board of Regents, which oversees the state’s higher education programs, show higher education’s budget blooming from $1.03 billion in 2005-06 to $1.42 billion in 2008-09. Richardson said the state created many new programs during that time that were designed to be permanent. “By the end of 2008, we had all these new obligations,” he said. The state Legislature also started slashing taxes, most notably by repealing the Stelly Plan, which would have increased the state income tax starting in 2009. The revenue boom didn’t last, however. When the national economy tanked in the fall of 2008, Louisiana’s wells of cash dried up, and the state could no longer afford the new programs it had created. “In 2006 and 2007, we made the easy decision to spend more,” Richardson said. “In 2008, we had to make a harder one.” The Legislature had no choice but to start scaling back. Ideally, Richardson said, the legislators could simply backtrack, eliminating the programs they had established when times were good. But because of a maze of constitutional and technical limitations,

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Honeycutt said the University needs a feasibility plan, which would outline renovations and determine the cost. The future of the Fieldhouse falls to the College of Education, said Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Bunnie Cannon. “The [College of Education] has been given the go ahead to raise $250,000 to get a feasibility plan in place,” Cannon said. Cannon said other renovation and construction projects have taken more fundraising precedence because of the amount of construction needed for the Fieldhouse and that work needs to be done on buildings still in use.

it wasn’t that easy. “The other piece of the puzzle is that, over the past 20 years, we’ve created all kind of restraints [on cutting programs],” Richardson said. Some programs were given dedicated sources of funding, while others were given “non-discretionary” statuses by constitutional decree. For example, the state’s Minimum Foundation Program, which doles out funds to primary and secondary education, is protected from cuts entirely — and that program accounts for almost a third of the state’s budget, Richardson said. “The only things that are cuttable that have any sizable money are higher education and health care,” Richardson said. When the hard times hit, higher education had to suffer cuts far worse than the rest of the state budget. After giving higher education a funding peak of $1.42 billion in 2008-09, the state slashed funding to just more than $1 billion in 2009-10 — a cut by almost a third. Overall, higher education has had general state funding slashed by $274.6 million since January 2009. That puts the system’s funding at a level just under the funding it had in 2005-06. The University’s share of those cuts totals $42 million, according to Eric Monday, vice chancellor of Finance and Administrative Services. That translates into 376 total cut positions — 283 of those were vacant positions, but 93 employees “It’s such a shame, because it was such a beautiful building,” Cannon said. The project could be completed if a wealthy donor would be willing to finance it or if an independent group could raise the necessary funds, Cannon said. “If there’s anyone who would step up and donate the money, LSU would step up, too,” Cannon said. In June, the National Trust for Historic Preservation hosted its annual leadership training conference for the first time in Baton Rouge, Honeycutt said. The preservationists were split up into teams, and three teams were assigned the task of planning the renovation of the Fieldhouse. The plans varied from turning

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have lost their jobs. And the cuts are far from over. The University will announce today a plan to cut its share of a $518 million state-wide cut as part of a state-mandated “exercise” for FY 2011-12, the next fiscal year. That number is a projection, and the final cut may be less than that. But if the cut does materialize, it will put the University’s funding at a lower level than it has been in decades — a decrease Chancellor Michael Martin said would be “ruinous to LSU for generations,” when the cuts were first announced. Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Jack Hamilton said the University’s current woes are a result of this historical context, but are also a result of legislative priorities. “It was a priority of the state leadership,” Hamilton said of higher education. “If you look at the growth, it starts with [former Gov. Mike] Foster and goes through

[former Gov. Kathleen] Blanco.” Hamilton refused to comment on the priorities of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration. Hamilton said the state has to decide higher education is a priority to prevent future cuts. President of the Faculty Senate Kevin Cope echoed Hamilton’s sentiments about priorities. “This shows that the state really needs to take a more stable approach to funding higher education,” he said. He argued legislators should find a way to reserve funds during economic booms — like those of 2006 to 2008 — so that “when the cash comes in, we don’t squander it.” “Louisiana suffers from chronic, under-informed enthusiasm,” Cope said.

the vacant racquetball courts into classrooms and labs to turning the whole vacant area of the building into a dormitory with the pool serving as the complex pool, Honeycutt said. The Foundation for Historical Louisiana wants to stop the Fieldhouse from getting worse, Honeycutt said. “Right now our biggest goal is to fundraise just to stabilize it,” Honeycutt said. In a weak economy, the foundation needs student involvement for the renovation to be a reality, Honeycutt said.

“We all think [student involvement] is crucial because you guys are the ones who are on campus,” she said. “Young people have great ideas, imagination and energy.” Although students may be curious about the pool and the Fieldhouse, Busby warns students against sneaking into the decrepit building. “If someone is caught in here, unfortunately, they will be charged with criminal trespassing and be arrested,” Busby said.

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